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)

On April 17, 2020, the Government of Canada announced the Regional Relief and Recovery Funds (RRRF). With nearly $1 Billion committed to support affected businesses and communities, the RRRF will help to:

  • Mitigate the financial pressure experienced by businesses and organizations to allow them to continue their operations, including paying their empoyees
  • Support projects by businesses, organizations, and communities to prepare now for a successful recovery 

The RRRF includes two components:

  • $675 million to support regional economies, businesses, organizations and communities in regions all across Canada, through the Regional Economic Development Agencies (RDA's);
  • $287 million to support the national network of Community Futures Development Corporations, which will specifically target small businesses and rural communities across the country.

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

WD RRRF Release - English

WD RRRF Release - French

Community Futures Pan West RRRF Release

Community Futures RRRF Factsheet

Community Futures Network of Canada Release 

RRRF-CF Stream FAQ-06.05.20

If you are looking for an RRRF loan of up to $40,000, and you are in a rural area, then you can search for you local CF office using our Location Finder.

If you are in the Great Vancouver Regional District or the Victoria Capital Region or you wish to apply for a loan greater than $40,000 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

Helping Vulnerable Canadians Receive Benefits

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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