Retail, Services and Restaurants COVID-19 Situational Analysis

On April 16, 2020, the South Island Prosperity Partnership announced the creation of the Rising Economy Taskforce to coordinate a strong response to the urgent economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the most comprehensive industry-led economic recovery initiative in BC, and will undertake a thorough process of crafting the best strategy to move the region into our next economy.

The following survey has been developed by the Retail, Services and Restaurants Committee to help understand your sector’s critical issues, ongoing vulnerabilities and opportunities associated with the of COVID-19 economic crisis on your sector.

Please take a moment to complete the survey.

The British Columbia Restaurant & Food Services Association has published a comprehensive guide to reopening. [PDF LINK] Get the guide here.

ICYMI: This Week in Business News

[Township of Esquimalt] Wellness Centre to Open by Reservation – June 23
Esquimalt Parks + Recreation will be opening the gym and weight room starting June 23rd. Reservations to use facilities must be made in advance. Click the link to read more on COVID procedures with the reopening.

[Government of Canada] Canadian Emergency Business Account
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced that as of Friday, June 19, 2020, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA).

[Office of the Prime Minister] CERB Extensions
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks.

[Government of Canada – Indigenous Services] Relief Measures for Indigenous Businesses
The Government of Canada will provide up to $306.8 million in short-term, interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses.

Chamber Updates & Opportunities

We’re thrilled to welcome Lighthouse Brewing Co to the Chamber! Lighthouse is offering delivery and no-contact pick-up options.