CMPA-BC COVID-19 updates

BC producer online meeting with CMPA-BC staff


CMPA-BC recently invited all BC members for a town hall-style online meeting to share updates on the current COVID-19 situation, outline some of the work being done on provincial and national initiatives, and answer questions and hear from members. The recording of this meeting with the CMPA-BC team can be found here (for CMPA members only):


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BC government’s COVID-19 Action Plan


As part of British Columbia’s COVID-19 Action Plan, the provincial government has announced resources available to small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Click on the link below for detailed information about the BC government’s support measures of relevance to the BC production sector.


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Job-protected leave


During the COVID-19 public health emergency, many employees are unexpectedly taking time off work. In response to COVID-19, a new unpaid, job-protected leave has been established for employees unable to work for specified reasons relating to COVID-19. The leave entitlement is retroactive to January 27, 2020 and employees can take this leave for as long as they need it without putting their job at risk. Once it is no longer needed, this leave will be removed from the Employment Standards Act.


The CMPA strongly encourages you to speak with your local employment counsel for advice regarding whether there are any legislative changes that may impact your employment-related rights or obligations.



The following organizations also have resources on their website for BC-based business owners affected by COVID-19:


– BC Centre for Disease Control
– Creative BC
– Small Business BC
– BC Economic Development Association
– Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
– Actsafe
– Vancouver Economic Commission
– Worksafe BC