COVID-19 Resources & Important Information

Dear Chamber members;

In recent days we’ve all been consumed with news on the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it’s affecting our health, our families, and our businesses.

During this time, it’s critical that the chamber network understands the economic impacts on BC businesses in the weeks and months ahead, and how government can support their viability. That’s why we’ve partnered with Small Business BC, Community Futures, and The BC Economic Development Association and created a short survey for big and small businesses alike.

All feedback will go to different levels of government to help them shape their response to the crisis. Please take the time to provide your feedback.

Sincerely,

Tammy Verigin-Burk
Executive Director
Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce


Take Survey Here

Other Resources and Important Links

Update

In light of the spread of COVID-19 in many countries and the recent pandemic declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission has compiled the below resources to help businesses navigate the risk.

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.

Government of Canada COVID-19 Information Service
Phone: 1-833-784-4397
Email: phac.info.aspc@canada.ca

Updates are also provided by British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Interior Health Authority

Resources

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.

We’re sharing the below compiled information with you, as it includes guides and tools for business owners and employers, which you may find helpful.

Guides:

Templates and Tools:

Permanent wholesale liquor pricing will help hospitality sector recover- BC Government News!

Changes to allow restaurants, bars and tourism operators with liquor licences to purchase beer, wine and spirits at the wholesale price set by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) are now in place permanently.

“Early in the pandemic, our government took urgent action to support B.C. restaurants and pubs by allowing them to purchase alcohol at a wholesale cost,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “Now we are making this change permanent to give these businesses certainty and help them recover, and to help the estimated 190,000 British Columbians who work in this sector.”

Temporary changes to allow for wholesale pricing for the hospitality industry were implemented June 2020 and set to expire March 31, 2021. Before that, hospitality licensees – including restaurants, pubs and tourism operators with liquor licences – paid full retail price (wholesale price, plus a retail markup set by the LDB) on most liquor purchases.

These changes permanently allow licensees to pay the wholesale price for the products they purchase, which is the same cost paid by government and private liquor stores in the province when they purchase stock for retail sale. Read the whole story below. 

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PSSG0014-000308