The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce has activated a resource page to help all businesses prepare and overcome COVID-19. Below is a list of resources and information that will be updated daily.
During this time, it is imperative that we remember the impact this is having on the business community. Please remember:
- Buy gift certificates from your favorite restaurant, shop, barber, etc. This an easy way to help businesses financially now, while saving for the future.
- Inquire about delivery options from business or through a local courier such as Mitchie’s Delivery or Skip the Dishes
- Buy goods such as food, cleaning supplies, and pharmacy items from a local manufacturer or supplier.
- Reach out to the local business directly and see if they have any innovate ways to provide their products or services. View our directory here.
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Stay up-to-date through our official channels.
- Frequent handwashing and covering your face when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home if you are sick (and create a culture where this is encouraged in your workplace)
- Leverage technology and consider remove work for your team where possible.
- Social distancing
- BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
- Calling All Suppliers: Help Canada combat COVID-19 - Government of Canada
- Call to Action: Canadian Manufacturers needed to combat COVID-19 - Government of Canada
- BC COVID-19 Action Plan - Government of British Columbia
- BC Chamber 'Cheat Sheet' for Businesses Affected by COVID-19 - BC Chamber of Commerce
- Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Government of Canada
- COVID-19 and the Business Community - Kamloops Chamber
- Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan COVID-19 Update and FAQs - Johnston Group
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian Businesses - Government of Canada
- Pandemic Preparedness for Business - Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – BC Chamber of Commerce
- Coronavirus and Small Business: Keeping You and Your Employees Safe - Canadian Federation of Independent Business
- Emergency Preparedness - Calgary Chamber
- Useful Advice to Help Entrepreneurs Plan and Respond to the Impacts of Coronavirus - BDC
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - Destination British Columbia
- COVID-19 Update – Tourism Kamloops
- 'Do Not Visit if You Are Sick' Poster - Fraser Health
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – City of Kamloops
- Business Continuity & COVID-19 Checklist: Key Considerations for Small Businesses in BC - Small Business BC
- Business Resource Hub: Managing Through and Building Resilience During the COVID-19 Outbreak - Facebook for Business
- Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Getting Your Workplace Read for COVID-19 - World Health Organization
- Guide for Small Businesses - PreparedBC
- Emergency Plan for Small Businesses - PreparedBC
- Webinar - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the Impact on Global Supply Chains - Export Development Canada
- Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs – BDC
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
- Canadian Mental Health Association Tips & Tools - CMHA
- Headspace App Mental Health Resources - Headspace
- Office of the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer - for provincial statements and resources
- Health Canada - for Canada specific travel advice, preparedness and Canada's response
- Interior Health Authority - For information relevant to Kamloops and Interior BC
- World Health Organization - for FAQs, global travel advice and situation reports
UPDATED HELPFUL ARTICLES AND LINKS
- Call To Action for Manufacturers Needed for Medical Supplies - March 20, 2020
- Mayor Ken Christian Declares Local State of Emergency - March 20, 2020
- Federal Package For Business & Provincial Update from BC Chamber of Commerce - March 18, 2020
- Prime Minister Announces More Support for Workers and Businesses Through Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - March 18, 2020
- Kamloops Business Leaders Activate Integrated Communications & Engagement Strategy - March 17, 2020
- Tips of How-to Get Through a pandemic as an entrepreneur - March 17, 2020
- Government Extends Tax Deadline to June 1 Admidst COVID-19 Outbreak - March 17, 2020
- The Coronavirus Outbreak - General Information - March 17, 2020
- Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially, and How to "Flatten the Curve" - March 14, 2020
- The Coronavirus: What does it mean for your business? - March 13, 2020
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Prevention and Risks - March 13, 2020
- Donate to Coronavirus Outbreak Response - March 13, 2020
- Support Charities in Your Community - March 13, 2020
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates: Canada - March 13, 2020
- How COVID-19 Delays Could Affect Your Supply Chain From Contracts to Insurance and Custom Clearance - March 12, 2020
- How to Manage COVID-19 in the Workplace - March 12, 2020
- The Dos and Don'ts of 'Social Distancing' - March 12, 2020
- How Cancelled Events and Self-Quarantines Save Lives - March 10, 2020
- Updated FAQs: What Canadian Exporters Need to Know About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - March 9, 2020
Employment and Social Development Canada: Several measures are available to assist employees who have been laid off or are unable to work due to quarantine. This includes waiving the one week waiting period for EI sickness benefits and priority application processing for related claims.
Work-Sharing Program: Work-Sharing is a federal government adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. Temporary special measures have extended the maximum duration of work-sharing agreements from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for businesses affected by COVID-19.
Export Development Canada (EDC), in partnership with the federal government and Canadian banks, will ensure customers impacted by COVID-19 have access to credit.
CMHC is working to address mortgage payment difficulties.
BC Hydro: The COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program provides customers the option to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Customers are encouraged to call BC Hydro's customer team at 1-800-224-9376 to discuss options.
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has resources available include:
- Small Business Loan - Up to $100,000 can be obtained online.
- Working Capital Loan - 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.
- BDC's Advisory Services experts are offering tools and support to review your financial management and operations.
- COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs - PDF | JPEG
- COVID-19 Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease - PDF | JPEG
- Reduce the Spread of COVID-19. Wash Your Hands. - PDF | JPEG
- Help Prevent the Spread - PDF | JPEG