Community Support & Recovery Plan

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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  • Can I defer my business license renewal if I can't run my business?

    SLC asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for reaching out. The best thing to do is reach out to our Business LinQ team at businesslinq@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3975. They can give you the best information based on your specific situation.

  • I heard something on the radio about a reduced/ subsidized property tax for commercial businesses. I was wondering if this is being offered by the City of Coquitlam? Thank you so much!

    nikkizawadzki asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for reaching out. You likely heard reference to the Provincial School Tax reduction for commercial properties. The Province of BC has reduced the school tax rate by approximately 25% on the total property tax burden levied on the commercial classes. To find out more information on the school tax rates, please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes/annual-property-tax/school-tax

    The 2020 Property Tax Notices were mailed out the first week of June, so you should have already received it. If you’d like to ask questions specific to your municipal property taxes, feel free to contact Revenue Services at revenueservices@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3050.

  • how do I apply for expanded patio for my restaurant?

    Enrique asked 5 months ago

    Hi there. All of the information on how to apply can be found here. You can also contact the Building Permits Division at 604-927-3441 or permits@coquitlam.ca. Hope that helps!

  • For commercial property taxes where’/when can we expect to receive information regarding the impact of the reductions announced by the province. Thank you

    Graytek asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for reaching out! School tax rates for commercial properties have been reduced to achieve an average saving of approximately 25% on your total 2020 tax bill. This link explains these changes: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governance-powers/covid-19

    Property tax notices will be mailed out about the first week of June. At that time, please feel free to contact our Financial Services division if you have any questions about your specific statement. 

  • Where can I go for timely information on COVID-19 Business Resources?

    6 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your question! Check out some of these resources and links:

  • With City Hall closed, who do I contact if my business license is up for renewal?

    6 months ago

    Staff at the Business LinQ office are still available to assist you.

    Phone: 604-927-3975
    Email: businesslinq@coquitlam.ca
    Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Also, many City services and transactions can be completed online. Visit coquitlam.ca/eservices to learn more.