Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant

The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant supported 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. Intake is closed and funds have been distributed.

Last updated: December 22, 2021

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How the grant worked

Grants of $2,000 to $20,000 were 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.


Evaluation considerations

Eligible businesses had to confirm:

  • Their business was impacted by the March 31, 2021 PHO orders or the April 23, 2021 EPA order
  • They were registered as a B.C. business (as of February 1, 2021)
  • They could demonstrate majority ownership and operations in B.C.
  • They paid taxes in B.C.

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. 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

Reporting requirements

Businesses that received grant funding may be contacted for information and documentation about their grant application and how the grant funding was used.