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.

Stay Up-to-Date

Register here to receive emails on new programs and supports offered to Coquitlam businesses.

You can also sign up to be notified when there are updates to this project page. Click on the Subscribe button above.


Spotlight on Business

We want to hear about the businesses that are standing out in Coquitlam. During this time, many businesses are pivoting to support COVID-19 efforts, others are innovating to help address emerging needs due to the pandemic. And others are turning their focus to the community supporting first responders or people in need. We want to share these stories here.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

You need to be signed in to share your story.

  • Local companies pivot to produce made-in-B.C. medical products for a steady supply during COVID-19

    29 days ago


    Article published by Provincial Health Services Authority

    Read the original article by clicking here.

    PHSA’s Supply Chain has sourced made-in-B.C. solutions from dozens of local companies. Learn how PHSA has been working with these manufacturers since the start of the pandemic to pivot production and provide a steady stream of supplies.

    Since the onset of COVID-19, PHSA Supply Chain has been working with local companies to secure a steady stream of provincially manufactured medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).

    While much of B.C.'s PPE comes from international suppliers, local vendors have become increasingly important to maintain a steady... Continue reading

  • Coquitlam Repurposes Technology Roadmap to Focus on Pandemic Resilience - Province of British Columbia

    about 2 months ago

    Article published by the Province of British Columbia

    Read the original article by clicking here.

    Coquitlam

    Technological innovation is nothing new for Coquitlam, a rapidly growing urban community of 150,000. The City has adopted a variety of advanced solutions through its 2018-2022 Technology Roadmap, which guides the City’s selection and use of technology. Even so, the recent, sudden and widespread reliance on technology due to the COVID-19 pandemic has required a nimble response from the City’s Information and Community Technology team that has included fast-tracking some projects and repurposing existing hardware and software for new uses.

    The Challenge

    In... Continue reading

  • Here’s why it’s become tough to buy a new bike, or fix your old one

    about 2 months ago
    Mario Bartel / Tri-City News

    June 5, 2020 03:34 PM... Continue reading

  • Coquitlam restauranteurs dip into own savings to feed needy families - Tri-City News

    2 months ago

    Mario Bartel / Tri-City News

    Coquitlam restaurateurs Malik and Jamila Malikzada have felt the warm embrace of community.

    But, as refugees from the civil war in Afghanistan, they’ve also experienced how tenuous that can be.

    Since finding their feet and rebuilding their lives in Coquitlam, the Malikzadas have not only nourished their customers with a unique fusion of Afghan, Indian and Greek cuisine they serve at their restaurant, Jamila’s Kitchen, they’ve also nurtured them as they have come through their doors.

    That effort has taken on new urgency with so many of them struggling through the financial uncertainties and anxieties... Continue reading