To help you navigate these challenging times, this page provides information on pandemic-related restrictions, support measures, government services, and useful CFIB resources for British Columbia. You’ll also learn how CFIB is fighting for your business.
Update: July 1, 2021 - BC Government moves into step three of BC's Restart four-step plan. Details here.
Use our Communicable Disease plan
Stage 3 of BC’s restart plan requires businesses to have a Communicable Disease Prevention plan that replaces the previous COVID-19 safety plan. We’ve put together a Communicable Disease Prevention plan template to help you establish this policy in your business.
Public health measures & restrictions
Provincial Health Orders and Business Restrictions Mandatory Mask Regulations Communicable Disease Plan Employment standards and Labour legislation changes COVID-19 vaccine What to do if an employee tests COVID-19 positive
Provincial financial support programs
Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant Major Anchor Attractions Program Launch Online Grant Increased Employment Incentive: a tax credit on payroll PST Rebate on Select Machinery and Equipment Relief and initiatives from provincial services (Worksafe BC, utilities, etc.)
Tax relief and sector specific assistance
Provincial tax deferrals Provincial tax relief Provincial sector-specific initiatives
What CFIB is doing in British Columbia
What we’ve achieved
Provincial School Tax reduction in 2020, with average business seeing a 25% reduction in their overall bill
Deferment of several provincial taxes in 2020 (e.g., Employer Health Tax, PST)
Delayed implementation of tax on sugary drinks (deferred from April 2020 to April 2021)
Delayed increase of Carbon tax (delayed from April 2020 to April 2021)
Financial aid for small businesses, SME Recovery Grant
Financial aid to help businesses with ecommerce, Launch Online
Financial aid to help hospitality and fitness businesses impacted by the March 30, 2021 PHO order, Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant
PST refund on certain machinery and equipment purchased through September 17, 2020 to September 30, 2021
Commercial Eviction Ban from June 1, 2020 to October 1, 2020
What we’re asking for
Provincial property tax relief (i.e. School Tax) in 2021
Expansion of the SME Recovery Grant to include more businesses, like those who opened in 2020 (i.e. new businesses)
Expansion of Launch Online grant such that service-based businesses can access funding to help with digital marketing and other online technologies
Reintroduction of commercial eviction protection
Introduce a training grant to help businesses recover from the pandemic
Defer provincial taxes such as the Employer Health Tax in 2021
Postpone any new taxes or cost increases (e.g. Carbon Tax, Minimum wage) set to happen in 2021
Learn more on how
CFIB is fighting for better relief at the federal level. External links to government website:
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