To learn more about closures and our response to COVID-19, and for updates on District operations, visit westvancouver.ca/covid.
COVID-19: Information and resources for businesses
The District of West Vancouver is following the guidance of our local, provincial and federal health authorities—and encourages the business community to do the same.
With the rapidly changing nature of COVID-19, information and advice from health authorities can change quickly. For the latest information on COVID-19 and the measures that the Local Health Authority, Provincial and Federal Government are taking, 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:
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.
Relief funding available for residents and businesses
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.
Local business organizations
The Ambleside Dundarave Business Improvement Association and the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce have created a survey to gather information on how we can best serve and help our local businesses during COVID-19.
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