June 18 | 2020
CHAMBER COVID-19 UPDATES
ON THE LOCAL FRONT
BC Tourism Experts Encourage British Columbians to Explore BC & Promote Local
Tuesday, experts in BC's Tourism Industry Marsha Walden (Destination BC), Michael J. Ballingall (Big White Ski Resort), and Jennifer Horsnell (Tourism Kelowna) were joined in a conversation with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce on the current state of BC's tourism industry. The panelists encouraged kickstarting the tourism sector locally, encouraging British Columbians to explore their own province and share the news that Kelowna is ready to welcome visitors with friends and family. Did you miss the webinar? WATCH IT HERE
TODAY: The Next Phase - A Conversation with WorkSafeBC, Human Resources & Employment Law Professionals
How's it going so far? We’re in Phase Two of BC’s restart plan and eager for Phase Three. Join us TODAY from 10:00am - 11:30am for a check in with WorkSafeBC along with our labour law and HR experts. Do you have questions? Concerns? Need clarity on what is really required as you restart your business?  Join us as we go head-to-head with these experts for 90 minutes to get the answers you need!
TODAY: KGH Day of Giving, "We See You" Campaign to Support Local Healthcare Workers
Today, join our community in a day of support for the annual KGH Foundation Day of Giving. This year, the campaign surrounds the message 'We See You', to showcase the faces of those working in our healthcare community, and to show gratitude for everything that they do. Today we celebrate the compassion, courage, service, and generosity of our healthcare community who have not stopped their critical work in the face of this pandemic and the reality that is our 'new normal'.

All donations made through June 18 will have double the impact, as an anonymous donor will match donations up to $100,000.
Quick Links to Valuable Resources
Need help with your back to office plan? Check out the Chamber Office Safety Plan CLICK HERE

Have you built you safety plan? No problem, check out our Fab Five list to get a sense of where to focus. -  CLICK HERE

Have you visited WorkSafeBC's website yet? You should have it bookmarked -   CLICK HERE

Looking for other helpful tips, resources, or good news stories? Visit our COVID-19 Resource Center HERE.
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ON THE PROVINCIAL FRONT
British Columbians Invited to Have Their Say on Economic Recovery
British Columbians are invited to share their feedback as the Province continues to its economic recovery program. On Wednesday, the Premier and BC Finance Minister held a media conference and noted that the province has already accomplished much in the fight against COVID-19 and now they want to hear directly from British Columbians. There are three main ways for people to share their ideas and priorities:

Province Expands Measures to Support Restaurant, Tourism Industries
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The Province has approved a temporary wholesale pricing model that will allow liquor licensees to purchase beer, wine and spirits at reduced cost.  This measure will provide much-needed financial support for businesses like restaurants, bars and tourism operators with liquor licences. It will be in place from the end of July 2020 until March 31, 2021, when the program will be reviewed .
Mass Timber to Drive Economic Growth, Advance CleanBC
Premier John Horgan has appointed Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, to lead the expansion and use of mass timber in B.C. buildings. Premier Horgan made the announcement in a call with representatives of the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI). The Premier stated that as the B.C. economy bounces back from the COVID-19 crisis, the Province wants to do everything possible to support forest workers. He added that by focusing on mass timber, there is an opportunity to transition the forestry sector to high-value over high-volume production.
ON THE FEDERAL FRONT
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Extended an Additional Eight Weeks
On June 16 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks, to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. This extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks. Canadians may apply for the CERB through either Service Canada or the Canada Revenue Agency - but not both.
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Expanded: Applications Available This Friday
On Friday June 19 , new applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). Owner-operated small businesses that had been ineligible for the program due to their lack of payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll will become eligible this week.
Canada - US Land Border to Remain Closed for Non-Essential Travel until July 21
In an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada has announced the closure of the Canada - US land border for non-essential travel for an additional 30 days, extending the closure until July 21. While shopping trips, vacations, and casual cross-border visits are still cancelled, essential trade shipments and temporary foreign workers are still permitted to cross. There is no announcement as to when the border will open, but we will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest news as it comes available.
On the CBRN Blog: Managing Your Cash Flow during COVID-19 - and beyond
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, Canada’s businesses have suffered their greatest economic shock in living memory. Read more about how businesses can manage costs and revenue to sustain cash flow and find current and future market opportunities in a post-COVID-19 environment in our latest blog from Export Development Canada (EDC).
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