Economic supports for businesses, non-profits and community groups

Access economic recovery and financial benefits for your business, industry, non-profit organization or community group from the federal and provincial governments. This list is updated on an ongoing basis. 

Last updated: December 2, 2021

Get help from Small Business BC

The B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service provides information and support to business owners to help navigate challenges from COVID-19. 

Advisors are ready to help, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Call 1-833-254-4357Email


Loans and grants

Loans, grants and flexible financing solutions are available to businesses affected by COVID-19.

Federal

Supports organizations in future-proofing their business, building resiliency and preparing for growth.

Eligible businesses with fewer than 500 full time employees may qualify for interest-free repayable contributions for up to 50% of eligible costs. Eligible not-for-profit organizations may qualify for non-repayable contributions for up to 90% of eligible costs. Indigenous-led organizations and businesses may qualify for up to 100% of eligible project costs.


Eligibility

Applications will be accepted until funding is fully allocated.

Provides $200 million over two years to support major Canadian festivals and events.

Major, recurring festivals and events with annual revenues exceeding $10 million may qualify for financial assistance, including:

  • generally non-repayable contributions to not-for-profit organizations; and,
  • generally repayable contributions to for-profit organizations.

Eligibility

Learn more about the support initiative here.

Provides $300 million over two years to support arts, culture heritage, and sport organizations. The Reopening Fund provides $200 million over two years through existing programs to support Canada’s festivals, cultural events, outdoor theatre performances, heritage celebrations, local museums, amateur sport events, and more.


Eligibility

More information and an application portal will be available in the coming weeks.

The HASCAP supports the hardest hit businesses, including those in sectors like tourism and hospitality, hotels, arts and entertainment.

  • Offers 100% government-guaranteed loans ranging from $25,000 to $1 million
  • Loans are low-interest and include terms of up to ten years
  • There is up to a 12-month postponement on principal repayments at the start of the loan

HASCAP is available at participating financial institutions until December 31, 2021.


Eligibility

Qualifying businesses

Learn more about the HASCAP.

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is available at various financial institutions and credit unions to support businesses in all sectors and regions to obtain financing.

BCAP has been extended until December 31, 2021.

For small- and medium-sized enterprises:

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is working with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to small and medium enterprises, for their operational cash flow requirements. The program offers differing maximum finance amounts based on business revenues. Eligibility has been extended to all legal businesses, including cannabis businesses and those in the hospitality sector operating bars and lounges.

Export Development Canada (EDC) is working with financial institutions to issue operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to small- and medium-sized enterprises. Support is available to both exporting and non-exporting companies.

For mid-sized companies with larger financing needs:

BDC's Mid-Market Financing Program provides commercial loans ranging between $12.5 million and $60 million to medium-sized businesses whose credit needs exceed what is already available through the BCAP and other measures. 

EDC Mid-Market Financing Program guarantees 75% of new operating credit and cash-flow loans – ranging in size from $16.75 million to a maximum of $80 million to companies with revenues of between $50 million and $300 million. These expanded guarantees are available to exporters, international investors and businesses that sell their products or services within Canada. 


Eligibility

Small and medium sized enterprises 

See more details about the Business Credit Availability Program

Provides short-term liquidity help through interest-bearing term loans to large Canadian employers who have been affected by COVID-19. LEEFF continues to provide bridge financing to employers to help these enterprises to preserve their employment, operations and investment activities.


Eligibility

Large Canadian employers that

  • Have a significant impact on Canada’s economy, as demonstrated by having significant operations in Canada or supporting a significant workforce in Canada
  • Can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues
  • Require a minimum loan size of about $60 million

Review eligibility requirements and apply


Bill relief

Service providers are offering businesses flexible payment plans and other supports:

  • BC Hydro is providing residential and commercial customers the option to arrange flexible payment plans
  • ICBC customers on a monthly Autoplan payment plan, who are facing financial challenges due to COVID-19, can defer their payment for up to 90 days with no penalty

Wage and rent support

Programs are available to help employers avoid layoffs, rehire employees and temporarily reduce rent.

Provincial


The B.C. Increased Employment Incentive offers a refundable tax credit for all private sector B.C. employers to encourage the creation of new jobs for B.C. workers or increased payroll for existing low or medium-income employees.

  • The tax credit is calculated at 15% of the amount that the employer's qualifying B.C. remuneration exceeds the employer's base B.C. remuneration
  • Remuneration increases over the last quarter of 2020 (October to December) are eligible
  • Applications are open

Eligibility

Private sector businesses and non-profits

Review eligibility requirements and learn more


Taxes

Some provincial taxes have been deferred, delayed or reduced:


Help with business operations and safety

Programs and resources to help manage your business operations and safety procedures through COVID-19.

Federal

Essential service organizations can apply for temporary, urgent access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies, including KN95 respirators, surgical masks, non-medical cloth and disposable masks, gowns, face shields, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and gloves.


Eligibility

Organizations identified as essential service providers as defined by Public Safety Canada

Visit the Public Services Procurement website for more information or to apply

 

Provincial


The BC Marketplace helps British Columbians support local small businesses. Businesses can reach new audiences by creating their own business profile for free.

The PPE Marketplace connects businesses with suppliers of non-medical safety equipment.  PPE suppliers interested in being listed as a vendor in the non-medical PPE Marketplace can submit a request to be part of the digital marketplace directory.

The Alacrity Digital Marketing Bootcamp provides digital marketing knowledge, tools and resources to help businesses grow.

Small to medium sized businesses and non-profits based in and registered in B.C. that employ less than 149 B.C. residents and have been directly impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible to have their tuition covered.

Registration is open.


Supports for business sectors and community groups

Federal

Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund 

The Canadian Fish and Seafood Opportunities Fund has been reopened to support the industry in accessing new consumer markets in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $42.85 million fund enables the Government of Canada and provincial and territorial partners to support industries’ priority projects and help people working in the fish and seafood sector by creating jobs and developing more opportunities for products.

Eligibility

In general, not-for-profit industry organizations operating on a national or sector-wide basis

Review fund details and apply


Loan deferrals and financing through Farm Credit Canada

Through an additional $5 billion received from the Federal government, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is offering loan payment deferrals and other financing products to the agriculture and food industry.

Support includes:

  • A deferral of principal and interest payments up to six months for existing loans

or

  • A deferral of principal payments up to 12 months

Eligibility

Producers, agribusinesses and food processors

Review eligibility requirements

Contact your local office or call 1-888-332-3301 


Farm Credit Canada (FCC)

FCC is offering loan payment deferrals and other financing products.

Eligibility

FCC loan recipients

 

Rural, remote and Indigenous communities

Provincial

Community Futures BC

Business-related resources and supports for rural small businesses, including how to move businesses online.

Eligibility

Rural small businesses

 

Federal

Tourism Relief Fund

Supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations while investing in services to facilitate their future growth.

Non-repayable contributions up to $100,000 and fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 are available.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include tourism entities that cater mainly to visitors, such as businesses, not-for-profit organizations, band councils or other Indigenous organizations and cooperatives

Learn more about the Tourism Relief Fund


Provincial

Local tourism infrastructure investment

$53 million provincial investment through StrongerBC: B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan to create jobs and grow economic development for tourism businesses. This includes:

  • Support for tourism-dependent municipalities to build, adapt and diversify their tourism infrastructure
  • Identifying projects to create jobs and attract new businesses
  • Developing local tourism experiences, infrastructure and services

Eligibility

Tourism businesses


British Columbia Tourism Resiliency Network

One-on-one support for tourism businesses to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards eventual recovery. The BC Tourism Resiliency Network is led by the Regional Tourism Secretariat. 

Register for the program to access one-on-one meetings with program advisorswebinars and other resources.

Eligibility

Tourism businesses

Register for the program


Federal

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support

The program provides a subsidy directly to eligible charities and non-profit organizations that have suffered a decrease in revenue to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses.

Organizations eligible for the base subsidy may also be eligible for lockdown support if their location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more.


Provincial

BC Employer Training Grant Impacted Worker Training Stream

Offers employers 100% of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year, to support British Columbians that are employed or have been employed in a sector where job opportunities have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.