Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant
The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant provided fully funded grants to hospitality, fitness and accommodation businesses impacted by the March 31, 2021 Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders and the April 23, 2021 Emergency Programs Act (EPA) order. Applications are closed.
Last updated: November 12, 2021
On this page:
- Applications are now closed
- How the grant works
- Evaluation considerations
- Available funding
- Translated information
Intake for the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant closed June 4, 2021.
The application review process will be permanently closed as of November 30, 2021.
Businesses that received grant funding may be contacted for information and documentation about their grant application and how the grant funding was used.
In progress applicants
If you applied to the program on or prior to June 4, 2021:
- Complete applications are reviewed in the order they are received
- Applications processing time takes up to 8 weeks for complete applications
- Incomplete applications will delay processing time and payments
- You will receive a grant decision by email
If your application is approved, funding will be distributed around 4 weeks after you receive a decision
Grants of $2,000 to $20,000 are available to hospitality, fitness and accommodation businesses impacted by the March 31, 2021 Public Health Officer orders on gatherings and events and liquor and food serving premises, and the April 23, 2021 EPA order on travel. Orders were removed on May 25, 2021.
Eligible businesses must meet program criteria to receive funding.
Hospitality, fitness or accommodation businesses that partially or fully closed to comply with the March 31, 2021 PHO orders and April 23, 2021 EPA order are eligible. A business must have been in operation and registered in B.C. as of February 1, 2021. Examples include:
Food and beverage businesses
- Restaurants, pubs and bars
- Coffee shops, cafes and cafeterias
- Lounges and nightclubs
- Breweries, wineries and tasting rooms
- Pilates and yoga studios
- Barre and spin studios
- Gyms offering indoor high or low intensity group exercise classes
Hotels, motels and other short-term accommodation businesses
- Hotels, motels, hostels, lodging houses, resorts, bed and breakfast establishments and similar places
- Privately owned vacation homes, cabins, condominiums, or similar places sold by an operator or an owner that are registered as a business
- Clubs and similar places, whether or not a membership is required for the lodging
- Campgrounds, guide outfitters, fishing lodges or guest ranches
For a complete list of accommodation businesses please review the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) accommodation codes.
Review the orders to confirm your business is eligible:
- PHO order – Food and Liquor Serving Premises – March 31, 2021 (PDF)
- PHO order – Gatherings and Events – March 31, 2021 (PDF)
- EPA order – April 23, 2021 (PDF)
Grants are fully funded and do not have to be paid back unless the business is not following health orders or the funds are misused. The grant amount is based on number of B.C. employees or contracted staff.
You can use the grant for expenses like:
- Cost of perishable food loss
- Employee wages
- Rent and utilities
|Number of B.C. employees or contracted staff||Grant amount|
|None (or indeterminate for short term accommodation businesses)||$2,000|
|1 to 4||$4,000|
|5 to 99||$10,000|
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