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

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Applications are now closed

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

How the grant works

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.

Evaluation considerations

Eligible businesses must meet program criteria to receive funding.

Eligible businesses 

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

Fitness businesses

  • 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:

Available funding

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
  • Insurance
  • Maintenance
  • 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
100+ $20,000

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