Community Support & Recovery Plan

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To stay informed on Coquitlam's pandemic recovery, visit coquitlam.ca/covid19

Supporting our Business Community

On May 5, City Council approved a Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP), that includes immediate relief for taxpayers and a recovery fund to address the pandemic’s short- and long-term financial impact on all sectors of the community. It includes:

• Deferring 2020 utility and property tax deadlines for all property types to Sept. 30;

• Designating $5-million to implement a response plan with both short- and long-term support for businesses, residents and non-profits;

• Seeking federal and provincial stimulus funding for City capital projects to promote economic recovery; and

• Additional measures to be included

Supporting our Business Community

On May 5, City Council approved a Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP), that includes immediate relief for taxpayers and a recovery fund to address the pandemic’s short- and long-term financial impact on all sectors of the community. It includes:

• Deferring 2020 utility and property tax deadlines for all property types to Sept. 30;

• Designating $5-million to implement a response plan with both short- and long-term support for businesses, residents and non-profits;

• Seeking federal and provincial stimulus funding for City capital projects to promote economic recovery; and

• Additional measures to be included in the 2021 budget.

City staff are now moving forward with refining the CSRP and a host of ideas are being considered, including targeted grants, reduced or waived City fees, technology investments and marketing to support local businesses. Staff plan to present specific CSRP recommendations to Council in late May.

Business Supports

We have more than 7,000 businesses in Coquitlam, ranging from home-based operations to large enterprises with hundreds of employees. The City recognizes that this is a very challenging time for many of our local businesses as they face the impacts and the uncertainty of the current public health crisis.

From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coquitlam’s Economic Development team has been reaching out to local business stakeholders and researching how best to support our community’s business sector. Over the coming weeks and months, City staff will continue to work with other levels of government, as well as business support organizations and other industry stakeholders, to help identify and inform our next steps.

This page has been developed to provide ongoing updates and information resources to Coquitlam’s business community. This will include opportunities for input, links to government and industry assistance programs, and a Q&A forum to get answers to your questions.

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  • B.C. government seeks input on how to spend $1.5 billion for 'stimulus and recovery' - Tri-City News

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    by KAcres,

    The B.C. government plans to spend an additional six weeks consulting the public on how to spend $1.5 billion that it has set aside to help with "stimulus and recovery" from the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier John Horgan announced June 17.

    His government in March announced a $5 billion commitment to meet needs arising from the pandemic, including $3.5 billion that is already being provided to B.C. residents, and businesses.

    It has not determined how it will spend the remaining $1.5 billion despite what Horgan said has been more than 1,500 "outreach sessions," with business executives, labour leaders, community organizers and others. In total, government representatives have spoken with more than 20,000 people, he said.

    B.C. has about 314,000 people who are out of work, and many businesses are struggling to survive – something that demonstrates clear financial need. With about 90% of job losses in the service sector, which disproportionately employs women and youth, Horgan said those demographics have been hardest hit.

    Still, he defended not spending all of the money his government has set aside for stimulus and recovery, and instead getting more feedback, because "stimulus in a time when you're asking people to stay home is poorly spent resources," he said.

    Horgan hinted that much of the $1.5 billion in future spending could be spent to encourage tourism.

    "Destination British Columbia's plan for tourism, domestic tourism this summer, is not well spent if we have not yet come to a place where we can lift travel restrictions," he said.

    Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry had said that she did not want British Columbians to be travelling around the province at least until there have been at least two full incubation periods for the COVID-19 virus, or 28 days, after the May 19 Phase 2 reopening of sectors of the economy, such as hair salons and nail bars.

    The province has now gone beyond that time period, but Henry said on June 15 that lifting restrictions may not begin this week. Then again, "maybe" they will. The determining factor will be data.

    The three main ways that the B.C. government plans to interact with residents to get ideas and set priorities are:

    • online surveys;
    • responses to a report named Building B.C.'s Recovery, Together: Have Your Say; and
    • virtual town halls.

    "This is not about waiting another six weeks," Horgan said. "This is about six more weeks of discussions with British Columbians. We have been investing in every aspect of the economy, including tourism. We have a Destination BC advertising plan ready to kick off. We've been engaging with tourist operators, whether they be eco-tourist operators on the Central Coast, whether it be the Butchart Gardens here in Victoria. We've been talking to people about how can we maximize the benefits in this extraordinary time."

    While Horgan said that his government is having regular conversations with the federal government to "mesh" benefits, he would not commit to extending the temporary rental supplement past the end of June. That program provides $300 per month for eligible households with no dependents, and $500 per month for eligible households with dependents.

    Horgan similarly declined to clarify whether there will be any extension of the one-time $1,000 B.C. Emergency Response Benefit for workers that is accessible for those who are also on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB had been planned to end in early July but yesterday was extended by eight weeks.


    Still, he defended not spending all of the money his government has set aside for stimulus and recovery, and instead getting more feedback, because "stimulus in a time when you're asking people to stay home is poorly spent resources," he said.

    Horgan hinted that much of the $1.5 billion in future spending could be spent to encourage tourism.

    "Destination British Columbia's plan for tourism, domestic tourism this summer, is not well spent if we have not yet come to a place where we can lift travel restrictions," he said.

    Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry had said that she did not want British Columbians to be travelling around the province at least until there have been at least two full incubation periods for the COVID-19 virus, or 28 days, after the May 19 Phase 2 reopening of sectors of the economy, such as hair salons and nail bars.

    The province has now gone beyond that time period, but Henry said on June 15 that lifting restrictions may not begin this week. Then again, "maybe" they will. The determining factor will be data.

    The three main ways that the B.C. government plans to interact with residents to get ideas and set priorities are:
    •online surveys;
    •responses to a report named Building B.C.'s Recovery, Together: Have Your Say; and
    •virtual town halls.

    "This is not about waiting another six weeks," Horgan said. "This is about six more weeks of discussions with British Columbians. We have been investing in every aspect of the economy, including tourism. We have a Destination BC advertising plan ready to kick off. We've been engaging with tourist operators, whether they be eco-tourist operators on the Central Coast, whether it be the Butchart Gardens here in Victoria. We've been talking to people about how can we maximize the benefits in this extraordinary time."

    While Horgan said that his government is having regular conversations with the federal government to "mesh" benefits, he would not commit to extending the temporary rental supplement past the end of June. That program provides $300 per month for eligible households with no dependents, and $500 per month for eligible households with dependents.

    Horgan similarly declined to clarify whether there will be any extension of the one-time $1,000 B.C. Emergency Response Benefit for workers that is accessible for those who are also on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB had been planned to end in early July but yesterday was extended by eight weeks.


    B.C. has about 314,000 people who are out of work, and many businesses are struggling to survive – something that demonstrates clear financial need. With about 90% of job losses in the service sector, which disproportionately employs women and youth, Horgan said those demographics have been hardest hit.

    Still, he defended not spending all of the money his government has set aside for stimulus and recovery, and instead getting more feedback, because "stimulus in a time when you're asking people to stay home is poorly spent resources," he said.

    Horgan hinted that much of the $1.5 billion in future spending could be spent to encourage tourism.

    "Destination British Columbia's plan for tourism, domestic tourism this summer, is not well spent if we have not yet come to a place where we can lift travel restrictions," he said.

    Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry had said that she did not want British Columbians to be travelling around the province at least until there have been at least two full incubation periods for the COVID-19 virus, or 28 days, after the May 19 Phase 2 reopening of sectors of the economy, such as hair salons and nail bars.

    The province has now gone beyond that time period, but Henry said on June 15 that lifting restrictions may not begin this week. Then again, "maybe" they will. The determining factor will be data.

    The three main ways that the B.C. government plans to interact with residents to get ideas and set priorities are:
    •online surveys;
    •responses to a report named Building B.C.'s Recovery, Together: Have Your Say; and
    •virtual town halls.

    "This is not about waiting another six weeks," Horgan said. "This is about six more weeks of discussions with British Columbians. We have been investing in every aspect of the economy, including tourism. We have a Destination BC advertising plan ready to kick off. We've been engaging with tourist operators, whether they be eco-tourist operators on the Central Coast, whether it be the Butchart Gardens here in Victoria. We've been talking to people about how can we maximize the benefits in this extraordinary time."

    While Horgan said that his government is having regular conversations with the federal government to "mesh" benefits, he would not commit to extending the temporary rental supplement past the end of June. That program provides $300 per month for eligible households with no dependents, and $500 per month for eligible households with dependents.

    Horgan similarly declined to clarify whether there will be any extension of the one-time $1,000 B.C. Emergency Response Benefit for workers that is accessible for those who are also on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB had been planned to end in early July but yesterday was extended by eight weeks.


    His government in March announced a $5 billion commitment to meet needs arising from the pandemic, including $3.5 billion that is already being provided to B.C. residents, and businesses.

  • Coquitlam Residents Surveyed on New Shopping Habits

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    by KAcres,

    June 15, 2020

    Coquitlam residents are being asked how the pandemic is changing how they shop, dine out and travel in a new survey.

    As part of its support for local businesses, the City is conducting a consumer survey at https://bit.ly/CQShoppingSurvey until June 30, 2020 to measure consumer confidence in Coquitlam and find out what measures may be required as shopping, in-person dining and travelling begin to re-open.

    The survey is one of many initiatives outlined in the City’s Economic Development COVID-19 Response and Recovery Action Plan, designed to support local businesses and help them manage the impacts of the pandemic.

    Share Your Experience to Help Businesses

    Insights gained from the survey will help Coquitlam’s businesses understand what they can do – while following the necessary public health restrictions – to encourage customers to return during the pandemic.

    The multiple-choice survey will take less than five minutes to complete and asks residents:

    ·How their shopping habits have changed;

    ·Their biggest concerns about visiting local businesses and attractions;

    ·Their comfort level with visiting local restaurants, stores, parks and other services and amenities;

    ·How much shopping they do online and in person for goods and services now versus pre-pandemic;

    ·What safety measures would make them comfortable visiting a local business;

    ·If they would be willing to pay a surcharge to support the required safety measures, and if so, how much;

    ·What type of vacation plans they have for this summer; and

    ·Where they typically find information about local business hours and operations during the pandemic.

    Survey respondents also have the option of providing anonymous demographic information and additional written comments.

    Strategic Support Provided to Businesses

    The survey results will add to the body of research the City’s economic development team is gathering to help the City provide strategic support to businesses, and to help businesses make informed decisions as they face the challenges of the pandemic. The City recently completed a survey of local businesses to identify their challenges and needs, with the results to be released later this month.

    City staff are also now conducting in-person outreach to Coquitlam businesses to discuss their needs and share the opportunities and resources available to them through both the economic development action plan and the City’s multi-sector Community Support and Recovery Plan.

    More initiatives to raise awareness and directly support businesses are planned in the coming weeks. Comprehensive information about opportunities and resources is available on the City’s Business Support Portal at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/business.

  • Outreach Campaign Offers Support to Coquitlam Businesses

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    by KAcres,

    June 11, 2020

    Coquitlam’s Economic Development staff are hitting the pavement over the next two weeks to make sure local businesses know what supports are available to them during the pandemic.

    The outreach campaign is part of the City’s efforts to provide continuity and support to local businesses, many of which are struggling due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With a focus on the summer months ahead, staff will be updating businesses on the various initiatives and programs that can help them, including Coquitlam’s Temporary Outdoor Space Expansion Program.

    Opportunities for Businesses

    Businesses are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities:

    • The City’s new simple and expedited process to set up temporary patios or outdoor retail space in as little as two days (see www.coquitlam.ca/patios);
    • Promotional opportunities, a free photo shoot and purchase of $100 worth of goods, services or gift cards for up to 10 businesses that are offering a Canada Day special or package (apply by June 21; details at www.coquitlam.ca/canadaday);
    • City purchases gift cards or prize packages worth $50 to $100 from local businesses for the 75 Days of Summer marketing campaign starting June 24 (contact 604-927-3913 or tourism@coquitlam.ca; selection is on a first-come, first-served basis);
    • The chance for up to 12 restaurants to have their takeout featured during this year’s virtual Summer Concert Series (details at www.coquitlam.ca/summerconcerts); and
    • Opportunities to support the class of 2020 by putting up free posters from the City and offering discounts and packages for local grads and their families (contact 604-927-3913 or tourism@coquitlam.ca for information).

    Resources for Businesses

    Resources available to Coquitlam businesses include:

    • Free promotion through the Tri-Cities #SupportLocal website www.wegotthistricities.com (click the I’m Open for Business button) and the Tourism Coquitlam website www.visitcoquitlam.ca (email tourism@coquitlam.ca with details for a free retail or restaurant listing);
    • Comprehensive information and resources through the City’s Business Support Portal at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/business;
    • Short-term and long-term initiatives to help businesses recover through the new Community Support and Recovery Plan, funded by an initial allocation of $5 million (see www.coquitlam.ca/csrp);
    • Updates and news for and about local businesses through Tourism Coquitlam’s Twitter feed, along with sharing of posts tagged @visitcoquitlam; and
    • Information and support from the Economic Development team, reached through 604-927-3913 or economicdevelopment@coquitlam.ca.

    A full list of business resources is also available at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/business.

    Additional Business Resources

    • Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (www.tricitieschamber.com) – comprehensive COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page available to all Tri-Cities businesses
    • Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/covid19) – federal financial and economic support, including information on Canada’s Economic Response Plan, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), wage subsidies, access to loans, and deferrals for income taxes, GST and duty payments
    • Province of BC (www.gov.bc.ca/covid19) – provincial benefits, including tax deferrals, arts and culture grants and resources
    • Small Business BC (covid.smalbusinessbc.ca) – COVID-19 support and resources for small businesses
    • Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org/coronavirus-info-for-retailers/recovery-playbook/) – Retail Recovery Playbook to help retailers in their effort to recover from COVID-19
    • BC Economic Development Association (www.bceda.ca) – economic development and recovery information, including daily bulletins
    • Urban Development Institute (www.udi.bc.ca/udi-covid-19) – information for the development community
    • Destination BC (www.destination.bc.ca/covid-19) – resources for tourism-based businesses
    • Tourism Industry Association of BC (www.tiabc.ca/covid19) – resources including bulletins and webinars
    • Creative BC (www.creativebc.com/about-us/news/covid-19) – resources for the film sector and the creative industry
    • Government of Canada tender site (www.buyandsell.gc.ca) – opportunities for local businesses to bid on government contracts, including providing medical supplies
    • Province of BC Supply Hub (www.gov.bc.ca/supplyhub) – opportunities for local businesses to supply products and services in support of B.C.’s COVID-19 response

    Join Coquitlam’s Efforts to #SupportLocal

    The City of Coquitlam has joined the Tri-Cities #SupportLocal campaign to assist local businesses, many of which are struggling at this time. Coquitlam also strongly encourages residents to #SupportLocal for their shopping and meals; view business listings at www.wegotthistricities.com and www.visitcoquitlam.ca for a directory of 150+ Coquitlam restaurants offering takeout and delivery.

    See also our video to learn more about how you can support our local businesses.

  • Update Thursday June 11, 2020 - BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association

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    by KAcres,

    We're here to lead the restaurant and foodservice industry through this COVID-19 crisis. Please visit our website www.bcrfa.com for current updates.


    Updated- Order of the Provincial Health Office

    Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a new public health order this morning that is effective immediately. The order removes the 50% capacity and allows operators to determine their capacity based on the ability to physically distance staff and patrons by 2 m. This will support the work we accomplished on patio extensions, those restaurants who are expanding their patios will now be able to come closer to their licensed capacity numbers with the use of a larger patio while still abiding by social distancing requirements.

    The order officially legislates the use of plexiglass partitions to create separation: provided that they are washable, rigid and impermeable. They can be floor, table or counter mounted or hung from the ceiling.

    Buffets/Self service are now allowed to open with certain regulations - hand-sanitizing must be available before any self-service stations.

    Limits re-confirmed for:
    - Events - no more than 50 people. Added: people leaving cannot be replaced with new people.
    - Table limit - 6 people max at a table or booth.

    This positive change is in direct response to the advocacy work of the Business Technical Advisory Panel, BCRFA and our industry partners ABLE and the BC Craft Brewers Guild.
    BCRFA greatly appreciates the ongoing work of the Provincial Health Officer, Attorney General David Eby, staff, and the LCRB to support our industry in this time of crisis.

    You can review the full order issued today by our Provincial Health Officer here: FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS AND LIQUOR SERVICE. JUNE 10, 2020


    Physical Distancing and Patio Extensions Explained

    This Friday, June 12, 2020 at 10:00AM the BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association and Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) are hosting a ZOOM webinar, for restaurants and licensees who are re-opening / have re-opened and have questions regarding physical distancing and temporary patio extensions.
    Format will be a 20 minute presentation and then an opportunity to ask questions.

    Pre-registration is not required, however space is limited to 300 participants. The session will also be recorded.
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88357347958
    Meeting ID: 883 5734 7958

    Consumer Confidence Campaign

    We are looking for images and quotes from restauranteurs and Chefs.
    The BCRFA is pleased to be working with the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia on a consumer campaign. Below is one of the images that is being circulated through our social media channels, BCRFA, EatDrinkLocal, BCTastesBetter and ChefTableBC is sharing. Please send a high quality image and short quote along with name of your restaurant and who is in the image to membership@bcrfa.com to be included in this campaign.


    If you are not currently a member of the BCRFA and would like more information on becoming one, visit our website or email membership@bcrfa.com

    Visit our website for more information www.bcrfa.com. Please remember to tag our Facebook and our Instagram as you post updates about your business. We will post them, too.



  • Resources for restarting your business in the new normal - Small Business BC

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    by KAcres,

    As British Columbia moves through the four phases of our Provincial Restart Plan, businesses across our province are tackling the challenges involved in adapting to the “new normal” of operating during a pandemic.

    Whether your business is getting ready to reopen, or you’re pivoting operations to service the new COVID economy, you don’t need to face these challenges alone. Small Business BC is here to help. We’ve got the tools and resources you need to weather these unprecedented times, and maybe even identify some potential areas for growth.


    How to safely reopen your business

    The health and safety of staff and customers must remain the top priority for businesses during the pandemic. Find resources and guidance to help develop your own COVID-19 safety plan. GET STARTED


    For many business owners, COVID-19 has forced a quick pivot to service a rapidly changing business landscape. Find resources and best practices to develop a successful business strategy for the months ahead.Restart planning and strategies. GET STARTED


    Marketing tips for communicating with your customers as you reopen

    Have you considered how to effectively communicate your reopening plans to your customers? Find resources and best practices for marketing in the time of COVID-19. GET STARTED


    Read our resource list for restarting your business

    Refer to Small Business BC’s resource list and find ways to reopen and manage your business operations in rapidly changing times. We’re here to help you get back to business. GET STARTED

  • Closed hospitality businesses permitted to sell liquor stock during pandemic

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    The Province is providing temporary relief to hospitality licensees who have had to suspend their operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    These licensees will be allowed to sell their existing liquor stock to other licensees who are still operating and/or to private liquor stores.

    These changes will provide immediate financial relief for licensees unable to meet the guidelines and mandates established by the provincial health officer by allowing them to liquidate some inventory.

    The temporary authorization from the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) was requested by the Business and Technical Advisory Panel, a group of liquor industry leaders, as a way of supporting the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This authorization is set to expire on July 15, 2020. However, as the pandemic is an evolving situation, LDB will review this and other temporary authorizations as necessary.

    Government has introduced other temporary actions in support of the hospitality industry, including authorizing all food-primary and most liquor-primary establishments to sell and deliver sealed, packaged liquor products for off-site consumption alongside the purchase of a meal, and allowing the expansion of service areas and patios so businesses can continue observing the provincial health officer's mandates as they begin to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

    Learn More:

    Read LDB’s policy directive here: https://wholesale.bcldb.com/sites/default/files/files/2020-06/Private%20Sale%20of%20Liquor%20During%20COVID19%20Pandemic%20Policy.pdf

    For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
    Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

    For provincial health officer's orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

    For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19
    Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

  • Coquitlam Adopts Expedited Process for Business Outdoor Spaces

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    by KAcres,

    June 3, 2020

    Coquitlam has introduced a simple, expedited process to help businesses set up temporary patios and outdoor spaces in as little as two days.

    City Council approved a temporary outdoor space expansion program that will enable Coquitlam businesses to quickly and easily expand their food, liquor and retail services outdoors on their own property during the pandemic. As a second phase of the program, City staff are exploring the potential use of untravelled portions of sidewalks, roads and other public rights-of-way for similar purposes.

    The adapted outdoor space process is an example of the flexible, reasonable approach Coquitlam is taking to adapt bylaws and policies during the pandemic. To support businesses, the City has been considering ways to streamline and relax regulations that do not negatively affect public health or community wellbeing.

  • Coquitlam Puts In Motion Plans to Support Businesses

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    by KAcres,

    May 26, 2020

    Coquitlam is moving forward with a number of actions to help support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

    Monday night, Council received an overview of the proposed COVID-19 Economic Development Response and Recovery Action Plan designed to support local businesses and help them manage the impacts of the pandemic – something that will be vital to the community’s overall recovery.

    The planned steps and actions will complement the City’s multi-sector Community Support and Recovery Plan with activities such as: targeted marketing to increase awareness of local businesses; providing information and presenting training programs on business recovery; support for businesses embedded into civic events and activities; identifying and pursuing City process improvements to assist business recovery; coordinating a business survey; and collecting feedback and data to develop tools and resources for local businesses.

    A Phased Response to the Crisis

    The plan consists of four inter-related phases, each building on the next:

    ·The Business Outreach and Response Phase started in early March, when City staff began reaching out to Coquitlam’s businesses to offer support, answer questions, learn about their needs and direct them to available resources. Other activities have included a new Business Support Portal at www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/business offering news and updates, resources, input opportunities and a Q&A forum; a business outreach survey to collect input for the development of future supports; and featuring business updates, opportunities and success stories on the TourismCoquitlam Twitter feed.

    ·The Communications and Marketing Phase centres around a multi-media strategy that builds awareness and communicates regularly to the business community, while also promoting support for local businesses. Tactics will include marketing partnerships with business organizations, traditional media and online outreach. Preliminary efforts have included a new restaurant take-out and delivery listing at www.visitcoquitlam.ca, promoting local businesses in City communications and advertising, joining the Tri-Cities #SupportLocal campaign, and providing opportunities for businesses to be involved in civic events, including Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day. Upcoming work will include adding a retail sector listing to the Tourism Coquitlam website.

    ·The Tracking and Reporting Phase involves capturing and evaluating data from the business survey, program uptake and other sources to monitor success and inform new initiatives. Survey results and other findings will be made available through update reports.

    ·Activities in the Supporting Local Business and Recovery Phase are intended to assist businesses and the local economy with recovery and long-term resilience. Activities have included identifying and advocating for policy and procedure changes that positively impact the business community, providing new online tools and streamlined processes to support the development and construction sector, and work to develop webinars and workshops on business recovery topics. Strategies to assist the tourism and film industries are also being developed.

    As well, given the ongoing evolution of the pandemic, the City will continue to collaborate with all levels of government, as well as business and industry associations, to identify potential supports for the recovery and long-term sustainability of Coquitlam’s business community.

    Business Resources

    For more information on City supports for business, as well as links to other government resources and supports, visit www.coquitlam.ca/ecdev or contact Coquitlam’s Economic Development Office at economicdevelopment@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3905.

    Other online resources:

    • Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce (www.tricitieschamber.com) – comprehensive COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page available to all Tri-Cities businesses
    • Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/covid19) – federal financial and economic support, including information on Canada’s Economic Response Plan, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), wage subsidies, access to loans, and deferrals for income taxes, GST and duty payments
    • Province of BC (www.gov.bc.ca/covid19) – provincial benefits, including tax deferrals, arts and culture grants and resources
    • Government of Canada tender site (www.buyandsell.gc.ca) – opportunities for local businesses to bid on government contracts, including providing medical supplies
    • Province of BC Supply Hub (www.gov.bc.ca/supplyhub) – opportunities for local businesses to supply products and services in support of B.C.’s COVID-19 response

    Join Coquitlam’s Efforts to #SupportLocal

    The City of Coquitlam has joined the Tri-Cities #SupportLocal campaign to assist local businesses, many of which are struggling at this time. Coquitlam also strongly encourages residents to #SupportLocal for their shopping and meals; view business listings at www.wegotthistricities.com and www.visitcoquitlam.ca for a directory of 150+ Coquitlam restaurants offering takeout and delivery.

    See also our video to learn more about how you can support our local businesses.

    Supporting Our Community During the Pandemic

    The City of Coquitlam is here to help, with these resources:

    • Visit www.coquitlam.ca/csrp to learn about the City’s Community Support and Recovery Plan, which is providing immediate and long-term support for the non-profit sector, businesses and residents;
    • Visit www.coquitlam.ca/spirit for a free library of activities for all ages, including fitness, arts and culture, outdoor activities and ways to connect with your community; and
    • Visit www.coquitlam.ca/covid19 for updates on City services and initiatives and COVID-19 health resources.

    Coquitlam residents and businesses are also encouraged to follow the City of Coquitlam on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and download the CoquitlamConnect mobile app for up-to-date City information.

  • Prime Minister Announces Opening of Program to Protect Jobs and Help Businesses

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    by KAcres,

    May 20, 2020

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Canadians are focused on keeping their jobs and paying their bills, as they continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. That’s why the Government of Canada has put jobs and workers first, in our approach to support businesses during this challenging time.

    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that application documents and updated criteria for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses are now available, and that the program will be opened for applications beginning on May 25.

    The Government of Canada is focused on safeguarding workers’ jobs as we continue to deal with this pandemic. That’s why we reached an agreement in principle last month with all provinces and territories to implement CECRA. This program will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners, who in turn will give a rent reduction of at least 75 per cent for April and May (retroactive), and June, to their small business tenants.

    This program provides property owners the opportunity to do their part in helping small businesses and their employees succeed in these challenging times. We’re all in this together, and that’s why the government is stepping up to provide rent relief to businesses, while helping property owners maintain rental income through this crisis.

    CECRA will provide important relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship, and is another measure that helps businesses keep Canadians on the payroll. Applications will be accepted through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website beginning on May 25, and application documents can be accessed now.

    The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan is protecting middle class jobs and helping Canadian businesses through this crisis. Together, we will continue to ensure Canadians have what they need to pay their bills and keep their families safe and healthy during these challenging times.

    Quotes

    “Canadians want to know that their jobs are protected and their families are safe and healthy. That’s why we’re stepping up to provide support that will keep workers on the payroll, protect middle class jobs, and help Canadians recover quickly once we make it through these difficult times.”

    The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

    “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound impact on Canadians. We thank and commend the many property owners who have already taken action to help their tenants during this crisis. With CECRA, the Government of Canada is stepping up to support Canada’s small businesses. The forgivable loans will significantly lower the rent for small business tenants and keep them prepared to bounce back when this crisis subsides.”

    The Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

    Quick Facts

    • CECRA will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners, whether they have a mortgage on their property or not. The loans will cover 50 per cent 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 qualifying property owner agrees to reduce the small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 per cent under a rent reduction 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 per cent of the rent.
    • Impacted small business tenants are businesses that are paying less than $50,000 per month in gross rent in a given location, with annual revenues of less than $20 million (at the ultimate parent level), and who have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues.


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  • Prime Minister Announces Expansion of Support for Workers and Small Businesses

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    by KAcres,

    May 19, 2020

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Throughout the pandemic, the Government of Canada has focused on keeping Canadians safe and healthy and helping families pay their bills. That’s why we have introduced strong measures to protect middle class jobs and support businesses, so they can keep Canadians on the payroll during this challenging time.

    The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses. This extended measure will help small businesses protect the jobs that Canadians rely on.

    The changes to the CEBA will allow more Canadian small businesses to access interest free loans that will help cover operating costs during a period when revenues have been reduced, due to the pandemic.

    The program will now be available to a greater number of businesses that are sole proprietors receiving income directly from their businesses, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends rather than payroll.

    To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 would need:

    • a business operating account at a participating financial institution
    • a Canada Revenue Agency business number, and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.
    • eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible non-deferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities, and insurance.

    Expenses will be subject to verification and audit by the Government of Canada. Funding will be delivered in partnership with financial institutions. More details, including the launch date for applications under the new criteria, will follow in the days to come. To date, over 600,000 small businesses have accessed the CEBA, and the government will work on potential solutions to help business owners and entrepreneurs who operate through their personal bank account, as opposed to a business account, or have yet to file a tax return, such as newly created businesses.

    This measure is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which is putting Canadians and the protection of middle class jobs first. We will continue to help all Canadians, and together we will get through this crisis.

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    “Canadians are counting on us to protect their jobs and help them pay their bills during this difficult time. By expanding the CEBA, we will be giving more businesses access to the support they need, so they can help protect workers and the jobs they rely on. Today we are helping to keep more businesses open and more Canadians working, so we are better prepared for the recovery to come.”

    The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

    “Our government has been taking action since the start of this crisis to support the small businesses that define our Main Streets and provide jobs that Canadians rely on. We have been listening to you throughout this, and will continue to, to make sure we’re delivering the support Canadian businesses need to get through this tough time and be well positioned for success once the recovery begins.”

    The Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

    “Small businesses are at the heart of our communities, and they drive our national economy. By making our lending supports more generous and inclusive, we’re working hard to save Canadian jobs and businesses. We will continue to be there for Canadian businesses and workers every step of the way through this crisis.”

    The Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

    Quick Facts

    • Launched on April 9, 2020, the CEBA provides zero-interest, partially forgivable loans up to $40,000 to small businesses that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19, but face ongoing non-deferrable costs such as rent, utilities, insurance, taxes, and employment costs. Twenty-five per cent of this loan is forgivable if repaid by December 31, 2022.
    • The CEBA is administered by Export Development Canada, which is working closely with Canadian financial institutions to deliver the loans to their existing business banking customers.
    • When first launched, the CEBA was designed to allow for rapid deployment of credit to businesses with 2019 payroll between $50,000 and $1 million. The government then expanded the eligibility parameters of the program, by increasing the payroll eligibility range to between $20,000 and $1.5 million.
    • Since the CEBA’s launch, over 600,000 loans have been approved, representing a total of more than $24 billion in credit.


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