Business Resources: COVID 19 (Corona Virus)
In an effort to keep the public and business community informed on the economy of the region The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission has compiled the below resource links. We know that our local businesses and community members are working to stay updated to make informed decisions that are best for their customers, employees, communities and businesses.
We continue to stress the importance of following health information sources directly for the most recent information: Public Health Agency of Canada; British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Interior Health Authority.
Additionally, The Province of British Columbia has established a non-emergency and non-health related hotline, which can be reached by calling 1-888-COVID19 or 1-888-268-4319, and will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day with information available in more than 110 languages. 811 remains the hotline for British Columbians to call to reach health professionals.
These resources were last reviewed and updated September 8, 2020.
For information on the Regional Mayors’ and WFN Chief’s Economic Recovery Task Force (Economic Recovery Task Force) see investkelowna.com/taskforce
Our team is available to support all inquiries and we’ll continue to navigate this together.
Local businesses are adapting as they follow federal and provincial health guidelines for operating and re-opening. When you are in local stores and supporting our Okanagan businesses please let operators know and be considerate if you notice actions or process that can be improved – owners are here to help and want you to be confident and comfortable with your experience – we’re all in this together!
BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.
Connecting businesses with the resources, and guidance necessary:
- B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service (in partnership with Small Business BC (SBBC))
- Provincial Checklist: Key steps to safely operating your business or organization and reducing COVID-19 transmission
- WorkSafe BC Guidelines
- Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses
- Canadian Business Resilience Network
Industry Specific Updates
Provincial Guidance for All Industry
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada
- BC Agriculture Council (BCAC)
- Western Agriculture Labour Initiative
- Buy BC E-Commerce Support Funding
- B.C. Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector
Construction & Development
Food Services & Restaurant
The Government of Canada has launched a Resource Hub for Canadian Businesses that address four key considerations for businesses during this time: supporting employees, financial implications and business preparedness, business travel and events, and doing business in international markets.
- Canada’s COVID 19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
- Federal COVID 19 Information
- Federal Services Support Search Engine
- Federal Guidance on Essential Services
- Rolling Updates: Travel Advice and Advisories
The Province of British Columbia announced its $5 billion COVID-19 Action Plan which is focused on supporting services to protect the health and safety of people impacted by this virus, immediate relief for people and businesses, and building B.C.’s plan for economic recovery in collaboration with the business community.
- COVID-19: Support Directory for Small Business in BC (SBBC) * Recommended Summary Document *
The organizations and government departments listed below are available to provide financial support and advice:
What can businesses do to help?
The Government of Canada is seeking information from suppliers on their ability to provide products and services
The B.C. Government is looking for both medical and non-medical products and services to help with the response.. If you can donate or supply products from the priority list, you are invited to submit and offer.