Closure Relief Grant funds doubled for eligible businesses
The B.C. government today announced it is extending the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant and doubling supports for eligible businesses that have been ordered to remain temporarily closed through public health measures until Feb. 16, 2022.
Businesses that were directed to remain temporarily closed on Jan. 18, through public health orders are now eligible for up to $20,000 in total funding, based on staffing levels at the time of closure.
Eligible businesses include:
* bars, nightclubs and lounges that do not serve full meals; and
* event venues that had to close due to cancellations.
Eligible fitness facilities that were ordered closed on Dec. 22, 2021, but can now reopen, will receive the original four-week temporary-closure grant of up to $10,000 based on staffing levels at the time of closure, a Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation media release stated.
“It’s fair to say that the Omicron variant has created new challenges for all of us, but our government’s commitment to support people and businesses through this latest COVID-19 wave is unwavering,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “While we are encouraged to see that many fitness activities will now be able to take place in a safe, controlled environment, we know there are still sectors directly impacted by these public health measures. Our government will continue to support these businesses, as we have in the past. Together, we can move closer to putting this pandemic behind us.”
Businesses that have applied for a COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant do not need to reapply.
To apply for a grant, visit the B.C. government website.
The $4-million extension of the original $10-million grant program complements existing federal government programs, including the Local Lockdown Program and the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit.
The Local Lockdown Program provides wage and commercial rent support for businesses and other organizations, regardless of their sector, that have been affected by regional provincial health officer orders. This program is a way businesses, charities and non-profit organizations can receive up to 75% in wage and rent support.
The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit provides $300 a week in income support to eligible workers who are directly affected by a COVID-19 related public health order and have lost 50% or more of their income.
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