COVID-19 - Business and Personal Preparedness

Stay Informed

The Village is closely following the unfolding events surrounding COVID-19. The situation is changing rapidly and updates will continue to be shared through our eNews, Facebook page and website.

We encourage you to follow the Village of Pemberton on Facebook (@VillageOfPemberton) for current news and information, including public notices and messages from the Mayor.

 

Health Care

Please reference the most up-to-date information from official / government agencies.

BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool

Workplace and HR

Federal

COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Employment and Social Development Canada

  • Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks to provide income support to workers who must stay home and don’t have access to paid sick leave.
  • Waive, for a minimum of six months, the mandatory one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits for workers in imposed quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate
  • Waive the requirement for medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits
  • Additional assistance to families with children by temporarily boosting Canada Child Benefit payments. 
  • An Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the CRA to provide up to $5 billion in support to workers not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.
  • Extend the tax filing deadline for individuals to June 1, and allow taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing.

Financial Support

For Business

Federal – COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

  • 10 per cent wage subsidy for the next 90 days up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. 
  • Allow all businesses to defer income tax payments, from March 18 until after August 31, 2020.
  • Increase the credit available to small, medium, and large Canadian businesses via BDC and EDC. 
  • Further expand Export Development Canada’s ability to provide support to domestic businesses.
  • Provide flexibility on the Canada Account limit, to allow the Government to provide additional support to Canadian businesses.
  • Augment credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada.
  • Launch Insured Mortgage Purchase Program to purchase up to $50 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This will provide stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders and support continued lending to Canadian businesses and consumers. 

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has resources available including:

Export Development Canada

For Residents

Federal – COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

  • See Human Resource tab for EI & Wages

BC Hydro COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program

  • Defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty.

Fortis BC:

  • Flexible Payment Options and Updates

Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation is working to address mortgage payment difficulties.

Prevent

Please reference the information above and observe and communicate the recommended protocols: 

  • Frequent handwashing & covering your face when coughing/sneezing 
  • Stay home if sick (and create a culture where this is encouraged) 
  • Leverage technology and consider remote work for your team where possible  
  • Social distancing

 

For up to date information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) visit Vancouver Coastal Health's site

Prepare

Should COVID-19 escalate further, some of the things businesses need to plan for include:

  • Staff absences
  • Service disruption
  • Supply chain disruption
  • Increase / decrease in demand for products or services
  • Cancelation of travel, meetings and events
  • Increased public fear

To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has prepared a Business Preparedness Guide, which we encourage you to utilize.