April 13, 2021

Dear ABLE BC members and industry colleagues,

Eligible bars, pubs, restaurants, breweries, wineries, gyms, and fitness centres can apply for the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant to help support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more and apply here.

The grant will provide affected businesses with one-time funding to help with expenses like rent, insurance, employee wages, maintenance and utilities. It can also help cover unexpected costs, such as the purchase of perishable goods, that resulted from COVID-19 restrictions. 

Businesses affected by the March 30, 2021, provincial health orders will be eligible to receive between $1,000 and $10,000 in grant funding.

The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant is open to eligible businesses of any size that have been in operation since February 1, 2021.

To be eligible, a business is required to:

  • Confirm it has been affected by the recent provincial health orders
  • Provide electronic banking information
  • Confirm it is registered as a BC business
  • Produce a business validation document, such as a business licence, liquor licence, notice of assessment or lease agreement
  • Confirm majority ownership and operations and payment of taxes in B.C.

Businesses that were closed or had their licences revoked due to provincial health order non-compliance are not eligible for this grant.

Application information and eligibility criteria are available here: www.gov.bc.ca/business-relief

Applications will remain open until June 4, 2021, or until the grant funds are disbursed.

Note from ABLE BC

This new fund is a direct result of work by ABLE BC and our industry association colleagues over the past several weeks.

Since the new restrictions were announced on March 29, ABLE BC worked tirelessly behind the scenes, pushing for urgent financial support for BC’s beleaguered hospitality industry.

ABLE BC expresses our immense gratitude to Minister Kahlon and his team for working around the clock to do in days what normally takes months to achieve. This is exactly the sort of support our industry needs to help weather the direct financial costs of this ongoing crisis.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact ABLE BC: info@ablebc.ca.

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