COVID19 / Wellbeing LINKS
Updated April 3, 2020 @ 1:30 pm
The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is a registered charity that raises funds to provide assistance to hospitality industry workers in financial crisis due to an extraordinary health condition. We have, for example, given grants to individuals following kidney transplants, life-changing accidents, and terminal cancer diagnoses. In addition, we offer a scholarship program to foster the development of the next generation of hospitality industry leaders.
ABLE, BC CRAFT BREWERS, BCHA, BCRFA, VICTORIA TOURISM, HOTEL ASSOCIATION OF GREATER VICTORIA, HOTEL ASSOCIATION OF VANCOUVER, IVSA, OWFS, RESTAURANTS CANADA, TOTA, VANCOUVER TOURISM, WINES OF BC
Canada COVID-19 App
Thrive Health, a B.C. based company, has launched a new app in partnership with the federal government. The free app provides information of COVID-19 how it spreads, prevention procedures, symptoms and the most up to date recommendations. You can download it on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
New guide to help address COVID-19 in the workplace
To help slow the progression of COVID-19, we encourage employers to review the WorksafeBC new guide Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. This guide contains questions employers should ask themselves to better understand the health and safety concerns in the workplace raised by COVID-19.
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Webinar – Contract Performance
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 1:00 PM – Register here
Business Resources – Webinars
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has created a series of free webinars addressing topics that are top of mind for businesses navigating COVID019. Register below for their upcoming sessions and to access their past webinars. These can also be found on the Member Business Continuity Webinar page.
- If you were unable to attend McMillan LLP’s live webinar on Essential Services and Emergency Law, a recording of the webinar is now available here.
- From Crisis to Recovery – Understanding and managing a new normal
- Finance and Cash Flow Management
- Human Resources
- Mental Wellness
Mental Health support
The Lifeline Canada Foundation RESOURCES PAGE
Mind the Bar: a non-profit based in Vancouver and a mental health resource, support system, and community hub designed for the hospitality industry.
Mind the Bar is helping hospitality workers get fast-tracked for access to any mental health professional within the LifeWorks app. Counselling sessions on the app generally cost $125 – but this is currently completely free for hospitality workers. The app also offers a number of mental health resources.
Hospitality workers have to apply for a free Mind the Bar membership here. They should be approved within 24 hours and will then be granted access to the LifeWorks app.
WIRTH Hats: a Vancouver-based hat company supporting mental health initiatives. WIRTH Hats is offering free counselling to anyone in need this month. Their website also has a comprehensive list of mental health resources, including low-cost counselling options in BC.
Public Health Agency of Canada Website
Updates from the Government of British Columbia
Public Health information
- Island Health
In line with directions provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada and other leading health authorities, BC Ferries is advising customers to avoid non-essential travel at this time.
Online learning from little kids to adults
- Library books online
- Art videos
- Scholastic learn at home
- PBS Kids Daily Newsletter
- Khan Academy
- Circle Time
- Math Games
- Mystery science
- Scratch Jr.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Down Dog yoga
- Yoga for Stress
- 30 days of yoga
- Code camp courses
- Open Culture
- Oprah & Deepak 21 Days of Meditation Finding Hope in Uncertain Times
- Mediation Master Class
- Escoffier Online
- Wine server
- The Grape Explorer
- Musee d’Orsay, Paris
- Doge’s Palace, Venice
- MOMA, New York
- Van Gogh, Amsterdam
- Uffizi Gallery, Firenze
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, LA
- The MET, New York
- and many more
Click on the bird and listen from Museu del Ter (Catalunya)
10 things small businesses can do to help cash flow
|In their newsletter yesterday, our industry partner TIABC shared 10 things small businesses can do to help cash flow during COVID-19 (information gathered from a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade webinar). We thought the information may also be helpful for you:|
Prepare for the federal application process: ensure your CRA business account is set up ASAP and that direct deposit is set up correctly.
Take advantage of provincial tax deferments: defer PST and Employer Health Tax payments to September 30.
Take advantage of federal tax deferments but continue to file your returns: the CRA will allow all businesses to defer, until the end of June 2020, any GST/HST payments or remittances that become owing on or after March 27th and before June 2020. This means that no interest will apply if your payments or remittances are made by the end of June. The deadline for businesses to file their returns is unchanged.
The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all businesses to defer, until August 31st, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments.
Explore payment options with BC Hydro: defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Small businesses that have been forced to close due to COVID-19 will have their power bills forgiven for three months. BC Hydro is waiving bills for these customers from April to June 2020.
Defer ICBC payments for 90 days: you must use the ICBC online tool to request the deferral. Do this at least one business day before your insurance is due.
Explore the Canada Emergency Business Account: up to $40,000 loan, interest free for one year through financial institutions, but fully backed by the federal government. For some businesses, up to $10,000 may be forgivable. The program will likely become available next week.
Explore your eligibility for the Federal Wage Subsidy Program:
Eligible employers who suffer a drop in gross revenues of at least 30% in March, April or May, when compared to the same month/s in 2019, will be able to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. However, there is no clear guideline yet for businesses that just opened in 2020 or for seasonal businesses that are typically closed in March, April and May.The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75% of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week. The program would be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020.Employers who cannot show a drop in revenue of at least 30% can still apply for the wage subsidy of 10% – the Temporary Wage Subsidy – paid from March 18 to before June 20, 2020.
Defer individual tax payments: For individuals, the deadline to file taxes is now June 1. But this is only an advantage if you expect to owe taxes. Do not delay if you expect a refund. If you do owe taxes after this later filing date, you will now have until August 31, 2020 to make the payment.
Check if your municipality is offering any tax deferral options
Share information about the employment benefits available to your staff:
Canada Emergency Response Benefit: Provides $2,000 per month for four months to any workers who have lost their income for reasons related to COVID-19 including reasons of sickness, quarantine, taking care of those with COVID-19 as well as working parents needing to stay at home with children.
COVID19 is not the Flu
Globe and Mail article, on pandemic anxiety:
Article in The Province
Simple and effective video for explaining Covid19 to all ages
Coronavirus: Here’s how you can stop bad information from going viral – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-51967889
Canada Emergency Response Benefit – CERB
More information on how to apply is now available on Canada.ca/coronavirus-cerb
Applications will open on April 6.
People who have already applied for EI do not have to reapply for CERB.
Those receiving the wage subsidy cannot qualify for the CERB.
CERB application dates are tied to birthdates, as follows:
|If you were born in the month of||Apply for CERB on||Your best day to apply|
|January, February or March||Mondays||April 6|
|April, May, or June||Tuesdays||April 7|
|July, August, or September||Wednesdays||April 8|
|October, November, or December||Thursdays||April 9|
|Any month||Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays|
go2HR – Visit the job board.
Temporary Staff needed
- Buy-Low Foods; Nesters Market; AG Foods; Meinhardt Fine Foods
Stores: Metro Vancouver, Clearwater, Gabriola, Grand Forks, Hope, Houston, Kelowna, Keremeos, Lillooet, Nanaimo, Oliver, Osoyoos, Port Alberni, Squamish, Summerland ,Whistler
Email application/interest to: email@example.com
telephone (604) 888-7061 Ext. 233
- Choices Markets & Canadian Choice Wholesale
Stores: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Kelowna, South Surrey, Vancouver
Email application/interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org
telephone (604) 970-0022
- Nature’s Fare Markets
Stores: Kamloops; Kelowna; Langley; Penticton; Vernon; Westbank; White Rock
Email application/interest to: Careers@nullnaturesfare.com
telephone (250) 542-5910 Ext. 1600
- Thrifty Foods + Safeway
Any candidate is welcome to visit one of our 67 Thrifty Foods or Safeway locations throughout the province, and our Customer Service Desk representative would be happy to assist them in their applicant and/or on-boarding.
- Alternatively, candidates are able to search job and apply online using our Sobeys Careers site: https://jobs.sobeyscareers.com/
- EI sickness benefits including illness and quarantine: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html
- The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim.
- EI special benefits for self-employed people: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-self-employed-workers.html
- A new portal will be created on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website in the coming weeks for applications to the subsidy program.
- Funds from this program will be made available in approximately 6 weeks.
- Government is also offering a separate 10 per cent wage for businesses of up to 18 employees that cannot prove 30 per cent in loss of revenue but have still been affected by COVID-19.
go2HR is pleased to offer a solution to help your staff find temporary employment during this trying time.
Effective immediately, go2HR is allowing healthcare employers to post their job openings on the go2HR Job Board for free. The goal is to provide a tool for displaced tourism and hospitality employees to find temporary work, to ensure their livelihood is not disrupted.
WorkSafeBC: What employers should do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Destination Greater Victoria
The Victoria Chamber of Commerce is refocusing their Jobs Board to help connect current employment opportunities with workers affected by businesses that have closed in response to the shutdown of travel and the need for social distancing as mandated by government in response to the COVID-19 crisis. To access the Job Board as an employer in need of employees or as a worker able to fill a need, go to VictoriaChamber.ca/jobs. At this time, employers are able to post at no charge by using the code SUPPORTYYJ.
Recently, a group of 70+ tech and marketing volunteers came together to offer pro-bono support for small businesses in Victoria. Their focus is getting retail businesses digitally transformed to retain revenue in the face of social distancing.YYJLocalsForLocals offers services that any small business in the area can request through the website located at yyjlocalsforlocals.com
Many dine-in restaurants are providing take-out food options during this time. View local restaurants providing take-out options
Vancouver Food and Beverage Community Relief Fund – You may be eligible to apply for funds. REVIEW HERE
- One Table: Helpful Links and How To’s for Foodservice Industry including
- Step by step instructions to complete temporary layoffs
- Hourly Layoff Letter Template
- Checklist for temporary shutdown
- Helpful guides for beverage cleaning
Breaking Bread serves as a central online hub to share which restaurants across British Columbia and beyond are offering DELIVERY, TAKE-OUT, CURB-SIDE PICK-UP, MEAL PREP, GROCERY and MORE, as well as many other ways to show support. STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY, WASH YOUR HANDS, SUPPORT LOCAL.
Tourism Vancouver links
Tourism Vancouver have created #VirtuallyVancouver to bring travel-worthy experiences from our destination to wherever our readers and future visitors may be. They have published a blog post of current online member offerings and will continue to add to the list. They will also be sharing through all of their social channels! If your organization is doing something uniquely Vancouver digitally, please send details to Darren Johner at email@example.com and Chelsea Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org
Missed an update? Visit our website for the latest member advisory, business continuity resources, and other relevant information that we have shared in past updates. Bookmark the page here.
Information summary for businesses
- The federal government and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) have partnered to develop liquidity options for affected industries. BDC is offering:
- Small Business Loans: up to $100,000 can be obtained online in as little as 48 hours from the time of approval
- Working Capital Loans: get extra funds to bridge cash flow gaps and support everyday operations
- Purchase Order Financing: increase your cash flow to fulfill domestic or international orders with very flexible terms
Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. They will begin taking applications in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information when it becomes available.
Western Economic Diversification Canada: https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/20051.asp; https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/icgc.nsf/eng/h_07662.html
Canada’s COVID-19 Response Fund: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/11/prime-minister-outlines-canadas-covid-19-response
BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) Support for Entrepreneurs: https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx?special-initiative=covid19
Small Business BC list of resources: https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/resources-for-small-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19/
BC Economic Development Association resources: https://bceda.ca/coronavirus.php
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness for Business: http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/
Vancouver Economic Commission programs and COVID-19 resources: https://www.vancouvereconomic.com/about/
Help with Utilities
Residential customers who have lost jobs or had wages reduced as a result of COVID-19 will receive a credit worth three times their average monthly bill over the past year. It will not have to be repaid.
Small businesses forced to close as a result of COVID-19 will have their April to June 2020 bills forgiven.
Customers facing temporary financial hardship and possible disconnection of their service due to job loss, illness, or loss of a family member may also be eligible for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund, which provides access to grants of up to $600 to pay their bills. MORE DETAILS
Shaw has opened up access to Shaw Go WiFi, Canada’s largest WiFi network, to everyone, whether or not you are a customer.
Until the end of April the following changes will apply:
- Waiving home internet overage charges for customers who are not on unlimited data plans
- Waiving all Easy Roam® and pay-per-use roaming charges for postpaid Mobility customers that are stranded outside North America* and are unable to return to Canada
*Note: North America includes all Caribbean and Central American countries
Additionally, Telus says they will support their customers facing financial challenges because of COVID-19 by providing them with flexible payment options.
Telus also promotes Babylon by TELUS Health, a free app that allows you to receive virtual healthcare from your phone, without leaving the house.
As of 3/15/20, Roger’s COVID-19 response is focused on employee health and safety and maintaining connectivity.
From March 16 to June 14, we will ensure accounts will not be suspended or disconnected for customers experiencing financial difficulties. Additionally, we will support customers facing financial uncertainty due to COVID-19 with more flexible payment options.
On the front page of their website (3/15/20), Fortis BC states that they realize that COVID-19 may have financial impacts to their customers and they “encourage you to reach out and let us know if you are having difficulty with your bill so we can help find a solution.” No contact information given, find their contact information here.
Best wishes to all during this difficult period.