We are closely monitoring the ongoing conditions of the COVID-19 virus and associated economic impact and we take the health and safety of our members seriously. At the time of posting this statement, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada, with continued reassessment as new information becomes available.
Regardless of external events that arise, it is best to be proactive and have a plan. We have compiled the following resources and links to support your business planning.
Be informed with the most current information on COVID-19 please visit:
Assessment & updates of the local situation – Northern Health
Assessment & updates of the local situation – City of Prince George
Assessment & updates of the global situation – World Health Organization
Businesses offering services in Prince George – PG Chamber of Commerce
Whether it is a public health issue, natural disaster, or other emergencies, it is important to be prepared and ensure you have an up-to-date business continuity and disaster recovery plan. Here are some other resources to assist you in your planning.
- Resources for Canadian businesses (Trade Commissioner Service)
- Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19 (BDC)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada (Government of Canda)
- Chambers Plan Information
- Practical Considerations for Business Resilience (MNP)
- Preparing Your Organization for Business Interruption (MNP)
- Business Support Cheat Sheet (BC Chamber of Commerce)
- British Columbia COVID-19 App (Government of B.C.)
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (Government of Canada)
- Emergency Loan Program (Community Futures Fraser Fort George)
- Small Business Loan (Business Development Bank of Canada)
- Working capital loan (Business Development Bank of Canada)
- Purchase Order Financing (Business Development Bank of Canada)
- BDC’s Advisory Services experts are offering tools and support to review your financial management and operations.
- COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program (BC Hydro)
- CMHC is working to address mortgage payment difficulties.
- Export Development Canada (EDC). In partnership with the federal government and Canadian banks, EDC will ensure customers impacted by COVID-19 have access to credit.
- Opportunities for Canadian Manufacturers (Government of Canada)
- Business Credit Availability Program (Government of Canada)
- COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (Government of Canada)
- Temporary wage subsidy (Government of Canada)
- Tax Flexibility (Government of Canada)
- BC COVID-19 Action Plan (Government of B.C.)
- Employment and Social Development Canada: Several measures are available to assist employees who have been laid off, or are unable to work due to quarantine. EI sickness benefits
- Work-Sharing Program: Work-Sharing is a federal government adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. Temporary special measures have extended the maximum duration of work-sharing agreements from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for businesses affected by COVID-19
- Business Preparedness Checklist COVID-19 (GVBOT)
- Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization )
- PreparedBC: Guide for Small Business (Government of B.C.)
- Crisis Communications Plan (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
- Business Continuity & Recovery Plan (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
- Pandemic Preparedness resources & Templates (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
- Mental Health and Well-being Tips (TELUS)
Templates and Tools
- PreparedBC: Emergency Plan for Small Businesses (Government of B.C.)
- Webinar: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains (EDC)
- Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs (BDC)
Government of Canada COVID-19 Information Services
- Phone: 1-833-784-4397
- Email: email@example.com
For more information please contact the Prince George Chamber team via email:
Todd Corrigall – firstname.lastname@example.org
Quynlan Adair – email@example.com
Kendall Robertson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Otter – email@example.com
Disclaimer: The Prince George Chamber of Commerce team is updating this list as information becomes available. Please note that the business climate is changing rapidly and some of this information may be outdated. Contact us if you have any concerns.