COVID19 Community Resources

#COVID19 Resources for Economic Developers & Local Leaders

BCEDA Virtual and In-Person Community Workshops
BCEDA has developed workshops to help communities be better prepared to overcome the economic impacts of disasters. Please contact BCEDA for pricing and more details. Training can be delivered virtually or in-person, adhering to social distancing measures with under 50 capacity.
  • Community-Delivered Training: Making Resilience and Recovery the New Norm
  • Community-Delivered Training: Business Continuity Planning
  • Community-Delivered Training: Business Retention and Expansion (1, 3, and 5-day options)
  • Community-Delivered Training: Economic Development for Local Leaders


Spring Business Resilience Program

BCEDA has partnered with Spring, a global incubator and accelerator that empowers entrepreneurs and entrepreneur ecosystem organizations, to launch the Business Resilience Program, an online program created to help businesses recover, adapt, and survive challenging economic conditions. 


BCEDA Economic Response & Restart Weekly Teleconference Recordings

Never before has the need to work together been so prevalent. Understanding the impacts of COVID19 on our local community's economy and sharing our efforts towards response and recovery is needed. We are all in this together.

This weekly conference call series during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic aimed to share challenges, hear what BCEDA and others are doing, and to have an open Q&A to allow for you to seek answers to your questions. We’ll share relevant information, facilitate dialog, explore collaboration opportunities and tactics for recovery. 

These weekly calls were hosted by the BC Economic Development Association through the Economic Disaster Recovery Program. Content is relevant to every local, regional and Indigenous government in BC as well as Chambers of Commerce, Community Futures, and others involved in supporting the local economy.

BCEDA #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide
This shareable, live document is being continually updated with the most relevant information, tools and resources for the BC business community. 160+ pages of information including industry specific resources, utilities, insurance and banking information, links to webinars and more.

NEW BCEDA Economic Recovery & Resiliency Toolkit
In disaster-impacted communities, economic development organizations often lead economic recovery efforts by helping local businesses respond to impacts on their employees, their facilities, and their customer and supply networks. This toolkit is designed to get your communities started in the pre-planning process for economic recovery including:
  • Disaster Preparation Measures – Building Capacity for Recovery
  • Engaging the Business Community in Disaster Preparedness
  • Small Business Assistance
  • Business Retention and Expansion – Pre- and Post Disaster
  • Crisis Communications
  • Strategic Planning for Disaster Recovery 
Support Local BC - Province-wide shop local program
Support Local BC is an online gift certificate marketplace where 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to the business owners. To date, the website features over 1,100 businesses and has sold more than $60,000 in gift cards.

We are partnering with community organizations that are coordinating awareness for the initiative and providing funding so that local businesses in their region can join. Have questions about how the program works? Read our Community Participation Guidelines and if you're ready, complete the form below to have your community included in the website.

Community Tips for Response & Recovery
NEW One Page Community Tips for Response & Recovery

BC BusinessCounts Program
Business Retention is best performed as a community driven activity to maximize local development of existing industry. Each community or region develops its own approaches to conduct business outreach. A robust CRM is an integral part of this approach. The BC BusinessCounts Program, powered by ExecutivePulse™ has the ability to upload your business database, enter survey results in the system and run robust reports.
Current Users: You will need to modify your add screen to use the features below. Just click Add on the main menu and then click Add a New Widget (oval on screen capture) and select the new Phase 2 COVID Survey.

BCEDA COVID Business Survey

BCEDA COVID Business Survey Phase 2

BCEDA COVID Restart Survey

BCEDA's Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness
Interested in forming an Economic Response/Recovery Team? There is information in the Roadmap!
Economic Recovery Task Force Overview Template
Economic Recovery Task Force Press Release Template

UBCM's COVID-19 Provincial Orders Support Team and Call Centre
A Provincial Orders Support Team and Call Centre has been established to support local authority staff (e.g. municipal bylaw officers and equivalent local officials) that are supporting compliance of Provincial Orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

IEDC Presentation - COVID-19: Preparing for What Comes Next
GIS Planning: 10 Impacts on Economic Development & Solutions to Mitigate These Challenges
Getting Urban Economies Back Up & Running After COVID-19
Examples of What BC Communities are Doing