COVID-19 Resources

In order to assist rural small businesses with the challenges and uncertainties associated with COVID-19, Community Futures BC has curated a roster of business-related resources and supports, available below. 

COVID-19 Business Supports from Community Futures (RRRF)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused difficulties for small businesses throughout Canada. Due to this crisis, the Government of Canada has provided funds to Community Futures organizations (CFs) to be used to provide supports for rural small businesses via the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). Owners of small businesses impacted by the pandemic can apply for loans up to $60,000 from this fund.

Please note that RRRF funding does not apply to businesses that have been approved for supports from the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) or the Emergency Loan Program that is delivered via Aboriginal Financial Institutions.
 

More details on the RRRF small business supports and how to access them can be found here:

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund - General Information

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund - Community Futures Stream

 

If you are looking for an RRRF loan, and you are in a rural area, then you can search for you local CF office in British Columbia using our Location Finder.

If you are in the Great Vancouver Regional District or the Victoria Capital Region then please contact Western Economic Diversification on 1-888-338-9378.

 

Other COVID-19 Business-Related Supports & Resources

Federal Government resources:

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

COVID-19 Measures to Help Canadians

COVID-19 Outreach Resource Links

General information on COVID-19

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

Supports for businesses and industries

BC Provincial Government resources:

*COVID-19 & Returning to Safe Operations - WorkSafeBC

BC's Four-Stage Restart Plan

COVID-19: Financial Supports for Small Businesses in B.C.

COVID-19 Sale Tax Changes

General COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information

Go Forward Checklist

Public Health Authority in BC

Other resources:

Back to Work Toolkit- Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

BC Chamber of Commerce

BC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

BDC Co-Lending Program

Canadian Business Resilience Network

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Canadian Mental Health Association

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Small Business and COVID-19 Safety- WorkSafeBC

Small Business BC

Resources For Nonprofits- TechSoup

Women's Enterprise Centre

Get your Store Online in Changing Times:

Community Futures partnered with Shopify to present a webinar for CF clients and businesses on digital business transformation -  how to get your store online in changing times. The recording of the 2 hour webinar is available at the link below:

Get Your Store Online Webinar
Part 1 - Exploring Opportunities in E-Commerce
Part 2 - Launch and Grow Your Online Business with a Shopify Store

The following additional resources are also available:

Get Your Store Online in Changing Times
The Digital Products Startup Guide
Shopify Resources 2020

*If you would like more information from Shopify please use the following links (any of these links can be used to schedule a on-on-one session from anywhere in the province):

https://shopifyvictoria.com - Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
https://shopifyseatosky.com - the Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Squamish, Whistler, Lillooet and points north
https://shopifykelowna.com - the Okanagan, Kootenay and points north

Contact

Community Futures British Columbia
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC  V2V 0C5
  1-604-289-4222
 

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