Helping businesses come back stronger

B.C. entered the pandemic as an economic leader in Canada. Our plan builds on B.C.’s core economic strengths and continues to help businesses reopen, adapt, hire, and grow – through the pandemic and beyond.

Helping B.C. businesses hire and grow

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Preparing tourism to welcome visitors again

As we move into recovery, we’ll continue to work with business and tourism operators to ensure B.C.’s tourism sector is poised to welcome back the world. This includes support for major anchor attractions, and community infrastructure that will help communities prepare for future visitors.

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Supports for restaurants and hospitality

Supporting 14,000 restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness centres through the most recent health restrictions with the Circuit Breaker Business Recovery Grants. We’ve also made wholesale liquor pricing a permanent change, and a placed a temporary cap on fees charged to restaurants by food delivery companies.

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Arts and culture recovery

Targeted recovery funding to support arts and culture through AmplifyBC. Doubling the budget for the Arts Infrastructure Program to help with things like the construction of new spaces, expansion of existing spaces or purchasing new equipment.

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Keeping farm workers safe

Ensuring that temporary foreign workers supporting B.C.’s crop harvesting are safe from COVID-19.

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Tax incentives to hire more workers

Encouraging businesses to hire more workers. Businesses that hired new employees or increased wages in the last quarter of 2020 can receive a 15% tax credit of the payroll increase.

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100% PST rebate to buy machines & equipment

Providing a 100% PST rebate on select machinery and equipment to help businesses invest in their own growth.

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Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant

Supporting 200,000 jobs in hard hit small and medium-sized businesses with grants up to $30,000. Eligible tourism businesses may receive up to an additional $15,000.

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Helping B.C. businesses adapt and grow

Helping B.C. businesses build online shops, boost e-commerce operations or increase their digital marketing capacity. Businesses can now apply for a Launch Online grant to build a online store.

Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grants

Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grants

Helping manufacturing businesses advance innovative ideas

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Encouraging people to buy local

Encouraging British Columbians to support their local businesses and jobs by buying local through Grow BC, Feed BC, Buy BC.

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New fund to scale up new B.C. businesses

Launching a new $500 million strategic investment fund — called InBC — to help B.C. businesses scale up. B.C.’s investment will help make sure our talent, intellectual property, and good jobs stay in the province.

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Faster connectivity for BC communities

Providing high-speed internet connectivity, and expanding cellular access along major roads and highways to rural and remote communities. This will expand access to the digital economy, helping more people, communities and local businesses to succeed in a post-pandemic economy.

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Building a future for value-added forestry

Advancing the use of mass timber to support new jobs and long-term investments in value-added manufacturing, green building and forest sector diversification.

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Find resources to support your business

B.C. businesses are facing a wide range of challenges. We are continuing to provide supports for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic so they can re-open, adapt and grow.

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Find out how WorkBC can get support to adapt and grow your business.

B.C. businesses and organizations are working hard to get our economy back on track while creating new opportunities for people. You’re not alone. WorkBC is here to help you adapt, hire, train and retain good workers, and grow.

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Discover the benefits of partnering your business with Buy BC

The Buy BC program helps to promote B.C. food and beverages to ensure people can easily identify and enjoy local food products, while supporting farmers and businesses throughout B.C.

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