Resources for Businesses
Explore this page to see what resources are available for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Latest Updates
- B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service
- PPE Marketplace
- Federal Resources
- Provincial Resources
- WorkSafeBC Resources
- Town of Sidney Resources
- Business Liaison Program
- Business and Pedestrian Use of Public Space in the Downtown Core
- Business Associations
February 5 - PHO order on province-wide restrictions extended
On February 5, 2021, the Provincial Health Officer extended the province-wide restrictions until further notice.
- Mandatory mask mandate for workers & customers in indoor public & retail spaces, and in workplace common areas
- No events or social gatherings with anyone outside your household or core bubble (if you live alone)
- Travel advisory in BC - essential travel only
- High-risk group fitness suspended.
The B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service has been set up to serve as a single point of contact for businesses throughout the province looking for information on resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service is operated by Small Business BC and will act as a one-stop resource to answer questions about supports available to businesses from the provincial and federal governments, industry and community partners.
Small Business BC has established a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Marketplace to connect businesses with suppliers of non-medical safety equipment. Visit the Marketplace to find PPE for your business or to list your services as a PPE supplier.
Visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Supports for Businesses page to explore a number of federal programs and subsidies for Canadian businesses.
Visit the Provincial Health Officer's page to review provincial health orders, notices, & guidance.
Visit the B.C. Government's COVID-19 Supports for Businesses page to explore a wide-range of supports for businesses in British Columbia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidelines and resources. Businesses in all sectors are required to use these guidelines and resources to develop their COVID-19 safety plans and post those plans for employees and customers as they resume operations.Click here to access WorkSafeBC's guidelines.
WorkSafeBC has also made available a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan template and printable informational posters for businesses. Click here to access these WorkSafeBC resources.
- We have created a physical distancing floor decal template for Sidney businesses to use.
- Physical Distancing Floor Decal File
- Some local businesses have expressed interest the type of physical distancing signage that the Town has posted around the community. We have created a general template that local businesses can print and post in your work spaces.
- Physical Distancing Sign - 8.5" x 11" File
- Physical Distancing Sign - 11" x 17" File
- Physical Distancing Sign - 24" x 24" File
- Property Tax Information
- Council asked staff to bring forward options for eliminating the general municipal tax increase for the year, and options for further reducing the tax impact on businesses. Over the course of three meetings, Council considered a series of options, and at the April 27, 2020 Council meeting amended the previously approved 2020 financial plan as follows:
- Reduced the previously-approved 1.79% general tax increase to zero for Residential and Commercial properties;
- Provided an additional 10% reduction in the municipal portion of taxes for Commercial and Light Industrial properties.
- In addition to the tax reductions, Council, in combination with the Province, also delayed the penalty dates to be applied to unpaid taxes, effectively providing property owners with more time to pay their tax bill this year. The 5% penalty date for Commercial properties shifts from July 3 to October 1, 2020. A second 5% penalty date for Commercial properties shifts to December 15, 2020.
The Town appreciates all the measures that our business community has taken to keep their staff, customers, and the community safe and healthy. For Sidney businesses looking for additional advice regarding how to operate safely, follow public health orders, and implement WorkSafeBC protocols, the Town is here to help.
Sidney businesses can email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment with one of our Business Liaison Ambassadors who can come to your business and offer advice and suggestions geared towards your particular operation.
What the Town of Sidney is Doing
The Town of Sidney is moving forward with options for increasing public space for pedestrians and businesses in the downtown commercial area.
Town staff are monitoring pedestrian levels, lineups for commercial businesses and demand for outdoor seating for food vending businesses. Pinch points will be addressed by repurposing on-street parking spaces as protected pedestrian spaces or outdoor seating areas. Staff will ensure that accessibility is maintained. If closing streets to traffic or repurposing entire block faces of on-street parking spaces is warranted, staff will report back to Council and initiate public engagement.
On June 8, 2020, Council adopted an amendment to Sidney’s Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw which allows restaurants, cafés, and pubs to use a maximum of 50% of their privately owned parking spaces for outdoor seating for patrons, while still ensuring that the number of designated accessible parking spaces is maintained. Businesses looking for more information on the Off-Street Parking and Loading Bylaw amendments can email email@example.com.
Council also adopted an amendment to the Sidewalk Café Regulations and Licensing Bylaw which allows business owners to apply to the Town for a permit to place outdoor café seating for patrons in public on-street parking spaces in addition to the previously permitted outdoor café seating on public sidewalks. The amendment also increased the minimum width of sidewalk space to be kept clear for passing pedestrians from 2 metres to 3 metres in order to allow for safe physical distancing between all users of our downtown public spaces. Businesses looking for more information on sidewalk and roadside cafés can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional, provincial, and national business and economic development associations are working hard to compile resources for our local business community. If you have any questions regarding resources available for businesses, visit their websites or contact them directly.