Resources and support for Richmond businesses impacted by COVID-19

Richmond’s Economic Development Office (EDO) has implemented several initiatives to help support businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Resources for business owners and workers including a support centre, a job board for displaced workers, a list of locally made personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers and alternate product distribution platforms are available for owners and entrepreneurs are now available or underway.

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The city is also partnering with Tourism Richmond and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to showcase local businesses and encouraging residents to explore their community through WeAreRichmondBC.

These initiatives are part of June’s Economic Response and Recovery Report and were shared at Monday’s council meeting.

Meanwhile, the city will also be reducing municipal tax from 4.98 per cent to 2.97 per cent while extending the tax penalty due date to Sept. 30.

Businesses that were temporarily closed due to the pandemic are allowed delayed licence renewal fees.

Patio expansion application processes will be expedited and fire and life safety inspections for businesses re-opening will be prioritized.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on our economy as actions necessary to mitigate risks to public health forced businesses to close and people to stay at home,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Along with ensuring public health and community safety, supporting local businesses and boosting economic recovery remains a top priority for the city.”

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