Boundary Business Portal

We have created this Facebook group for regional business owners and managers to share relevant business related information in an effort to identify common themes and issues being faced.

Together with our regional partners we have built this webpage to provide our business community with the most up to date economic and recovery information regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

If you feel there are any resources that should be added to this page, or if any of these sources are inaccurate, please let us know by email.

Support Information for Community Organizations

Resources for Business Owners and Not For Profits

The following resources are providing various solutions for business owners in fast need of liquidity and capital.

  • Canada Emergency Business Account
    The Canada Emergency Business Account allows businesses to borrow up to $60,000 interest free, with the potential to have $20,000 of that debt forgiven
    Learn More >
  • Community Futures Boundary
    The Community Futures Regional Relief and Recovery Fund offers businesses a $40,000 interest free relief loan. 
    Learn More >
  • Regional Credit Unions
    The Credit Unions have announced they will work with all business members impacted on a case by case basis, with the option for payment deferral.
  • Grand Forks Credit Union >
  • Heritage Credit Union >
  • Osoyoos Credit Union >
  • CIBC
    CIBC, and all the big national banks have announced they are offering payment deferrals and emergency conditions to qualifying organizations.
    Learn More >

The following resources are being offered to business owners and entrepreneurs by Government.
See the full details HERE.

  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
    A program to help commercial property owners and their tenants impacted by COVID-19.
    Learn More >
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
    A potential 75% wage subsidy from the Federal Government.
    Learn More >
  • Support For Farmers
    The Fed’s have increased credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada.
    Learn More >
  • Extending the Work-Sharing program
    The maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program has been extended from 38 weeks to 76 weeks.
    Learn More >

The Government of BC partnered with many organizations like BC Hydro and ICBC to develop some short term measures focused on individuals whose work has been directly impacted, and appears to be developing a longer term plan at this time.
See their full resource offering HERE.

  • Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant
    Grants from $10,000 to $40,000 are available for small and medium size business owners.
    Learn More >
  • Support Hotline
    Small Business BC has established a website and hotline dedicated to providing information to businesses about the relief and supports available.
    Learn More >
  • Property Tax Decrease
    The Province has announced it will cut commercial property tax for business and light and major industry property classes by 50% for 2020.
    Learn More >

Our local Government will be working through recovery and response to ensure the business community is heard and can have relevant needs met. They will be dialled in to the Boundary Business Facebook Group recently created, which will be a place to organize conversations and meetings.
Click HERE to join this group.

Please let us know if there are any other types of documents that would help you in operating your business during this unprecedented time. The documents below, created by the BCRCC, are starting points that we hope can be easily adapted to fit your specific need.

Resources For Managers, Employees, and Self Employed Individuals

  • CRB / CRCB / CRSB 
    Federal Government Employment / Income Loss Support Programs. 
    Apply Now >
  • Improved access to sick leave EI 
    The Fed’s have claimed to create a streamlined EI process for those impacted by COVID-19.
     Learn More >
  • BC Emergency Benefit
    The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19.
    Learn More >