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There are many opportunities to find support for your business/non-profit right now, but we know that wading through the information can be overwhelming. The District of Tofino and the Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce will continue to compile some of the best employer support services to serve the needs identified by our community, however we realize that this listing may not be comprehensive and we urge you to keep checking back for updates.
On COVID-19 Support For Business page you'll find the following information:
- District Support for Food and Beverage Services
- FREE Social Distancing Decals
- NEW: BC Economic Recovery Plan
- BC Restart Plan
- West Coast COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey
- Resources For Resuming Operation
- Resources For Businesses
- Resources For Non-Profits/Charities
- Resources For Events, Arts, Culture, Heritage Sectors
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To create more safe spaces for the public to enjoy, and more chances for local businesses to thrive, we’re supporting the food and beverage industry in new ways:
Pop-Up 'Al Fresco' Dining Areas (Ending September 21, 2020): Sections of the Village Green and the RV parking lot adjacent to the District Office will become tented, open-air dining areas this summer. Funding for this project comes from a combination of Island Coastal Economic Trust’s Small Capital Restart Funding Program and the Resort Municipality Initiative program.
RV Parking: We know that parking can be a challenge, especially for RV’s. The 7 RV spaces removed from the municipal parking lot for this project have been temporarily redistributed to other areas near the downtown core. Find the RV Parking Map here.
In order to support local businesses, we’re encouraging more walking and cycling in the downtown core by working with resorts / campgrounds to promote bikes and other transportation options.
Temporary Extended Patios and Sandwhich Boards (Ends December 31, 2020): On June 15th, Council passed a zoning amendment bylaw to allow businesses to use their parking spaces and/or setbacks as an extended patio for food and beverage service or outdoor retail sales. Applications for temporary signage (sandwich boards) will also be considered by application.
The existing requirements to provide adequate loading zones and accessible spaces remain in place.
For businesses interested in these options, or to learn more, please contact Aaron Rodgers, Manager of Community Sustainability, firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-725-3299 ext 701.
Liquor Licencing (Ends October 31, 2020): On June 9th, the District of Tofino Council supported an expedited process through the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch that would allow businesses to temporarily expand licensed alcohol service areas until October 31, 2020 without the need for a Council resolution. Under this process, food primary, liquor primary and manufacturer licensees (i.e. breweries, distilleries) may apply to the LCRB for a Temporary Expanded Service Area Authorization to ensure they can continue to operate under provincial social distancing requirements.
Applications and more information are available on the LCRB website: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/cannabislicensing/covid-temporary-extension
The District of Tofino and Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide consistent social distancing floor signage to support local businesses as they re-open.
Contact Jen Dart, Executive Director, Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce for more information. Limit 5 per business.
On September 17, 2020, the provincial govrnment launched the BC Economic Recovery Plan.
- LEARN ABOUT: Specific Supports for Tourism Businesses
Phase 1 - (Ended May 15)
Phase 2 (Ended June 23, 2020)
PHASE 1 - ESSENTIAL SERVICES OPERATING DURING COVID-19
Essential health care and health services
Law enforcement, public safety, first responders and emergency response personnel
Vulnerable population service providers
Food and agriculture service providers
Industry and manufacturing
Communications and information technology
Non-health essential service providers
Phase 3 - ( Where We Are Now)
PHASE 2 - UNDER ENHANCED PROTOCOLS (May 15-June 23, 2020)
Restoration of health services
Re-scheduling elective surgery
Medically related services (dentistry, physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, chiropractors, physical therapy, speech therapy, and similar services)
Hair salons/ barbers/other personal service establishments
Restaurants, cafes, pubs – with sufficient distancing measures
Museums, art galleries, libraries
Parks, beaches and outdoor spaces
Began June 23, 2020
Phase 4 - (TBA)
PHASE 3 - UNDER ENHANCED PROTOCOLS (JUNE-SEPTEMBER, IF TRANSMISSION RATE REMAINS LOW OR IN DECLINE)
Hotels and resorts (June)
Parks – broader reopening, including some overnight camping (June)
Film industry – beginning with domestic productions (June/July)
Select entertainment – movies and symphony, but not large concerts (July)
K-12 education – partial return in June, full return in September
Post-secondary education – with mix of online and in-class (September)
Date To Be Announced
CONDITIONAL ON AT LEAST ONE OF:
- WIDE VACCINATION;
- “COMMUNITY” IMMUNITY;
- BROAD SUCCESSFUL TREATMENTS.
Activities requiring large gatherings, such as: conventions, live audience professional sports, concerts
Phase 1 - (Ended May 15)
|PHASE 1 - ESSENTIAL SERVICES OPERATING DURING COVID-19|
|Essential health care and health services|
|Law enforcement, public safety, first responders and emergency response personnel|
|Vulnerable population service providers|
|Food and agriculture service providers|
|Industry and manufacturing|
|Communications and information technology|
|Non-health essential service providers|
Phase 2 (Ended June 23, 2020)
|PHASE 2 - UNDER ENHANCED PROTOCOLS (May 15-June 23, 2020)|
|Restoration of health services|
|Re-scheduling elective surgery|
|Medically related services (dentistry, physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, chiropractors, physical therapy, speech therapy, and similar services)|
|Hair salons/ barbers/other personal service establishments|
|Restaurants, cafes, pubs – with sufficient distancing measures|
|Museums, art galleries, libraries|
|Parks, beaches and outdoor spaces|
Phase 3 - ( Where We Are Now)
Began June 23, 2020
|PHASE 3 - UNDER ENHANCED PROTOCOLS (JUNE-SEPTEMBER, IF TRANSMISSION RATE REMAINS LOW OR IN DECLINE)|
|Hotels and resorts (June)|
|Parks – broader reopening, including some overnight camping (June)|
|Film industry – beginning with domestic productions (June/July)|
|Select entertainment – movies and symphony, but not large concerts (July)|
|K-12 education – partial return in June, full return in September|
|Post-secondary education – with mix of online and in-class (September)|
Phase 4 - (TBA)
Date To Be Announced
CONDITIONAL ON AT LEAST ONE OF:
|Activities requiring large gatherings, such as: conventions, live audience professional sports, concerts|
In order to advocate for the supports and programs that are specifically needed on the Coast, the Districts of Tofino and Ucluelet partnered with Tourism Vancouver Island to create a survey to form an accurate understanding of the effects of COVID-19 in our communities.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT - THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED
Results have been compiled and distributed to District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, Tourism Tofino, Tourism Ucluelet, Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce.
BC's Restart Plan
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.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Resources
Physical Distancing Signage Templates
Environmental Concerns: Stay Green While Staying Clean
The BCCDC has provided guidance for businesses related to:
- Reusable beverage containers
- Takeout containers
- Reusable bags
Contact Surfrider for guidance and ideas on resuming operations in a green way. email@example.com
Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce offers local business and sector support. TLBCC can connect you with your sector group to navigate best practices for resuming operations.
Try Local Tofino
Try Local Tofino is a Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce program encouraging customers to shop local.
Access to Credit and Funding
For more information about each program, please contact the program officer directly through the links provided.
Business Credit Availability Program - The Business Credit Availability Program is available at various financial institutions and credit unions to support businesses in all sectors and regions to obtain financing.
For Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises:
- The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is working with financial institutions to co-lend term loans of up to $6.25 million for operational cash flow requirements
- Export Development Canada (EDC) is working with financial institutions to issue new operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million
For Mid-Sized Companies with Larger Financing Needs:
- BDC and EDC are working with financial institutions to provide loans of up to $60 million, and guarantees of up to $80 million, to mid-sized companies with larger financing needs
Canada Emergency Business Account - The Canada Emergency Business Account provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to eligible small businesses and not-for-profits to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.
Repaying the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25% (up to $10,000).
Financial Support for Indigenous Businesses - Financial support for Indigenous businesses will be provided through Aboriginal Financial Institutions and administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and the Métis capital corporations in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada.
Industrial Research Assistance Program - Early-stage companies that are unable to access other COVID-19 business supports can find support through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). IRAP provides advice, connections, and funding to help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses increase their innovation capacity and take ideas to market.
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund - Rural businesses and communities can access much-needed capital and support through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. The two components of the fund are offered through the Regional Economic Development Agencies (RDA's) and Community Futures Network.
Small Business Relief Fund - As part of its Canadian Business Resilience Network campaign, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, through the generosity of Salesforce (NYSE:CRM), will provide 62 small Canadian businesses from coast to coast to coast with $10,000 grants to help their recovery efforts during these unprecedented times. Application open June 1 -12 through the Canadian Business Resilience Network website.
Bill Relief (Rent, ICBC, BC Hydro, etc.)
BC Hydro Payment Relief - Visit BC Hydro COVID-19 Relief to see if you are eligible to apply.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program - The CECRA program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50% of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June.
The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the small business tenants’ rent by at least 75% under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25% of the rent. Applications are expected to open mid-May. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2020.
ICBC Payment Deferral - ICBC clients currently on a monthly Autoplan can defer their payments for up to 90 days with no penalty. Eligible to residential and commercial customers currently on a monthly Autoplan payment. Deferrals also available to commercial and fleet vehicles. Visit ICBC Payment Deferral Online.
Community Futures BC
In order to assist rural small businesses with the challenges and uncertainties associated with COVID-19, Community Futures BC has curated a roster of business-related resources and supports
Federal Supports for Businesses
Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan offers a comprehensive list of supports for businesses.
Liquor & Cannabis Regulation Branch Response to COVID-19
Find information on temporary expanded service areas, hand sanitizer and sanitizer production, hours of sale and delivery for liquor retail outlets, liquor primary and food primary licensee liquor delivery, liquor licences, liquor permits and exemptions on the LCRB website.
Municipal Tax Relief for Businesses
The property tax due date of July 2, 2020 remains in place for all property classes, however no late penalty will be applied until October 1, 2020, after which a 10% penalty will apply. In order for the District to meet cash flow needs required to provide essential services to the community, the District is asking taxpayers, where possible, to pay by the due date of July 2, 2020.
The District of Tofino Reduced 2020 taxation by 19% over 2019 due to Economic Impacts of COVID-19. Learn more about changes to the District's 2020 Budget.
To learn more or if you have questions about your 2020 Property Tax, contact District of Tofino’s Financial Services Department at (250) 725-3229 ext. 604 for guidance.
Provincial Tax Relief for Businesses
Provincial Tax Relief - Find the full list of current COVID-19 Updates for Provincial Tax & Revenue changes on the Province of BC website.
Provincial Supports for Businesses
Find support for businesses, organizations and industry throug this Province of BC website.
Small Business BC
Small Business BC offers resources to support directory, BC's restart plan, webinars for COVID-19, portal link to Supply Goods to the Government, Small Business Marketplace and digital meetups B.C. Business.
Can't find the answer to your question? SBBC advisors are available Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1-833-254-4357, firstname.lastname@example.org and live chat. Support is available in several languages.
Wage Subsidies and Rehiring Employees
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to August 29, 2020.
This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.
To review eligibility and to apply visit the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy webpage.
Please also review the Resources For Business and Resources for Events, Arts, Culture, and Heritage Sector sections.
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust offers the following funding programs: Emergency Community Support Fund and COVID-19 Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants.
Imagine Canada offers insights and resources to help navigate the pandemic and the expected economic downturn. Find out how Canadian charities are responding to COVID-19 and how to meet the needs of non-profit organization.
Techsoup - Tech resources for non-profits impacted by COVID-19
Vancouver Foundation offers funding and resources for non-profits and charities.
Vantage Point COVID-19 Response Program
Vantage Point COVID-19 Response Program - will match your organization with a volunteer who has expertise in one of four areas: navigating info, governance, fundraising, or financial management.
Please also review the Resources For Business and Resources For Non-Profit/Charities sections.
BC Arts Council
BC Arts Council offers funding, information and resources for people and organizations in the arts sector. Explore their site to see if you are eligible for any funding programs.
Canada Council for the Arts
Canada Council for the Arts for the Arts offers Arts’ emergency support and funding. Explore their site to see if you are eligible for any funding programs.
Canada Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations
Canada Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations: As a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Canada through is taking immediate action to provide support measures and financial relief for the culture, heritage and sport sectors.
Have a new online program, live-streamed event or activity? You can post it to Cultureonline.ca. Online platforms provide a whole new audience.
Heritage BC offers a list of resources for the heritage sector.
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Museums Assistance Program (MAP)
Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Indigenous culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.
Manager of Corporate Services