COVID-19 Business Resource Directory
As events related to the COVID-19 pandemic unfold daily and even hourly, our small but dedicated team is working hard to support and advocate for the Cowichan Business Community.
This page will primarily act as a business resource directory of partner organizations that, like the Duncan Cowichan Chamber, are working diligently on behalf BC businesses to not only provide resources and support during the pandemic, but to ensure that post-pandemic economic stimulus strategies, at both a Provincial and Federal level, reflect the realistic needs of all BC businesses, in particular, small businesses.
Please check back on this page frequently as we will be adding more links and resources as they become available. In the meantime, if you are not already subscribed to our Duncan Cowichan Chamber eNews, we encourage you to sign-up for daily announcements and updates.
BC Chamber of Commerce
The BC Chamber of Commerce has developed a landing page that features the latest updates and links to provincial and federal relief initiatives for both businesses and workers. This includes, but is not limited to, information on Access to Capital, Taxation Relief for Businesses, Wage Subsidy Programs, Employment Insurance & Emergency Benefits for Workers and B2B Support from Private and Crown Corporations (BC Hydro, Fortis BC, etc.).
Chamber's Plan Business Resource Centre
Chambers Plan has created a COVID-19 Business Resource Centre to help Canadian businesses and employees get the advice, tools, and latest updates they need. The online resource centre is open to all and features communication tools, HR and legal guidance, financial resources and advice on how businesses can best support their people.
BC Economic Development Association
BCEDA has developed a #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide. This is a live, shareable guide that is being continually updated with the most relevant information, tools and resources for the BC business community. Especially helpful, these tools and resources are broken down by industries or sectors, and the document also contains other key information and updates.
Small Business BC
SBBC has also developed a COVID19 Resource page, which includes a range of support tools including. We recommend joining their Digital Meet-Up, a video call group for the small business community during COVID-19 to help share challenges and solutions. They also have resources for Creating a Crisis Plan, which includes a downloadable Business Continuity & COVID19 Small Business Checklist that small businesses can use to help minimize the impacts of COVID19 on their employees and operations.
WorkBC Centre | Cowichan Valley
The Cowichan Valley WorkBC Centre has been working with Duncan Mayor, Michelle Staples, and other community organizations to come up with a solution to help essential service providers address their hiring needs during COVID-19. We have created a Job Matching service to help employers quickly access qualified job seekers for their open positions. We can refer qualified job seekers to apply to open positions or make direct referrals to employers, depending on their current hiring practices. Weed out unqualified applicants by reaching out to WorkBC Cowichan first. Simply fill out and submit the form on our website and WorkBC will begin the Job Matching process for your business.
Additional COVID-19 Resources by Industry
The following organizations are providing information, tools and resources specific to their respective industries. The Chamber will be doing its best to update and add to this list. If you know of online resources specific to your industry that are not represented on this list, please email us the links at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts & Culture BC Arts Council Construction Vancouver Island Construction Association Forestry BC Forest Safety Retail Retail Council of Canada Tourism & Hospitality Tourism Industry Association of BC, Destination British Columbia