The provincial government is adding more than $75 million to the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant, bringing the amount available for hard-hit B.C. businesses to more than $125 million.
The grant remains open to the 14,000 restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness facilities impacted by the March 31 provincial health officer's order banning applicable indoor activities. The orders remain in place until at least May 25.
The grant is now also open to the more than 5,300 hotels, motels and other short-term accommodations impacted by the April 23 order restricting travel between B.C.'s regional zones.
“For many B.C. businesses, the next few weeks will be some of the toughest since the pandemic began," Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon said. "These additional funds will help businesses cover costs like rent and employee wages to help them through this difficult stretch. We hope for better days ahead for B.C. businesses and to be able to have the kind of summer we all want."
With the increased funding, Kahlon said the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant will provide $100 million to continue to support restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness facilities impacted by the extended provincial health officer's orders.
The grant has been clarified to include high-intensity fitness facilities that were partially or fully closed as a result of the provincial health officer's orders issued in November 2020 and updated on March 31 of this year.
Almost $25 million is available to the hotels, motels and other B.C. owned short-term accommodation providers affected by the recent travel restrictions.
With the increased funding, eligible businesses will receive up to $20,000 to help with expenses like employee wages, rent, maintenance and utilities. The individual amount a business receives will be based on the number of employees.
Businesses that previously applied for, or received the grant that opened on April 12, do not need to apply again as they will automatically receive the additional funding.
Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until June 4 or when the funds are disbursed.
For more information on the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant, including the application process and eligibility, click here.