COVID-19: Information and resources for businesses
Province's Restart Plan
The District of West Vancouver is working to phase in a new operating model in response to the Province's Restart Plan. Services will be gradually re-introduced as efficiently, effectively and safely as possible.
We will continue to keep the community informed of service level adjustments.
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WorkSafeBC has released guidelines to help businesses identify actions and protocols they need to have in place to open under Phase II of the Province’s Re-Start Plan.
Guidance from health authorities
With the rapidly changing nature of COVID-19, information and advice from health authorities can change quickly. Please regularly visit their websites:
In a Provincial State of Emergency, the Public Health Officer can make orders as needed, including orders for restaurants, foodservice and bars. You must follow the orders listed here:
temporary outdoor business areas
Council has endorsed a new program to enable West Vancouver businesses to accommodate more customers, while operating in a safe manner in accordance with Provincial guidelines.
Federal government support and resources
On March 18, the Government of Canada announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund helps small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. Learn more.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the BC Chamber of Commerce, Small Business BC, Community Futures British Columbia, and Economic Development Association of BC are lobbying federal and provincial governments to introduce more immediate economic supports including relief from fixed business costs, employment measures, tax relief, prompt government payment to vendors and further policy review.
The British Columbia Tourism Resiliency Network provides information for the tourism sector during this pandemic and for building resilience over the longer term.
Local business organizations
Connect North Shore
The District of West Vancouver is working together with the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver and North Shore Emergency Management (NSEM) to support residents impacted by COVID-19.
Connect North Shore was created to link residents to community resources including information for those in need and volunteer opportunities for those who want to help.
How businesses can help
We ask everyone in the community to do their part to prevent the spread of this virus. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread through contact.
For our local businesses, the following guidance may help prevent exposure and contagion in the workplace:
- increase awareness about and communicate to staff about COVID-19.
- encourage frequent hand washing hygiene, practice respiratory etiquette (cough and sneeze into your sleeve) and self-isolate when ill
- provide access to handwashing facilities and place hand sanitizing dispensers in prominent locations throughout the workplace, if possible
- actively encourage sick employees to stay home
- perform routine environmental cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in the workplace