BC government’s COVID-19 Action Plan
updated September 9, 2021
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. The government’s most recent announcements and resources can be found here and here.
COVID-19 support service for BC businesses
A B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service site serves as a single point of contact for businesses throughout the province looking for information on resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advisors are available Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-833 254-4357. Inquiries can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or raised on the live-chat feature available on SBBC’s dedicated website.
A COVID-19 Supports for Businesses Guide is a comprehensive resource about government and private sector financial supports and can be accessed online.
Other types of support:
- BC Hydro is providing residential and commercial customers the option to arrange flexible payment plans
- FortisBC is offering bill deferrals and interest free repayment schedules to impacted business clients
- ICBC customers on a monthly Autoplan payment plan, who are facing financial challenges due to COVID-19, can defer their payment for up to 90 days with no penalty
- Employer Health Tax (EHT) deferrals. Employers required to make quarterly instalment payments for the 2020 calendar year can defer these payments