The City of Richmond is actively responding to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and engaging with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to ensure we stay current with the most up to date information. In addition, we are also monitoring the economic impact of COVID-19 on Richmond’s economy and local businesses so we can work with our government partners to respond. For general City of Richmond updates, please check

The following resources have been compiled to help businesses prepare for and respond to disruptions due to COVID-19. Please note, this list is not comprehensive and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Current City of Richmond Economic Development Office Initiatives

Government of Canada Economic Response Plan

The Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan includes wage subsidies for small businesses, increased credit availability, deferral of business filing tax, and income supports for individuals. These supports include:

Support for Business
Avoiding layoffs
Access to credit
Support for farmers
Supporting financial stability
More flexibility
Support for Individuals

View Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for a complete list of measures instituted to support individuals facing unemployment, financial hardship, and other challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. Highlights include the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit which will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.

Government of British Columbia Action Plan

Highlights from the COVID-19 Action Plan: B.C.’s first steps to support people, businesses include:

  • A new B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a tax-free $1,000 payment to British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by the outbreak.
  • Effective immediately, businesses with a payroll over $500,000 can defer their employer health tax payments until Sept. 30, 2020.
  • The Province is extending tax filing and payment deadlines for the provincial sales tax (PST), municipal and regional district tax on short-term accommodation, tobacco tax, motor fuel tax and carbon tax until Sept. 30, 2020.
  • The Province has allocated $1.5 billion for economic recovery.

General Business Resources


Employee Support

Business Preparedness


Public Health Resources