B.C. Introduces COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant for Businesses Impacted by Recent Closure Orders

On December 23, 2021, the Province announced the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant, a one-time payment that will range from $1,000 to $10,000 for businesses recently mandated to temporarily shut down by the latest public health orders.

Businesses ordered to close include:

  • gyms, fitness and adult dance centres;
  • bars, lounges and nightclubs; and
  • event venues that can no longer hold events.

The amount granted will depend how many employees each business has, similar to the formula used in connection with the earlier Circuit Breaker Relief Grant back in the Spring of 2021.

The grant will supplement federal support programs, and is intended to help with expenses such as rent, wages, insurance, maintenance and utilities.

Eligible businesses will be able to apply for the grant as early as January 2022, and the application process will be open until the end of February 2022.

The Province has indicated that more information on how to apply will be made available over the coming weeks.

We will continue to update our clients with information as it becomes available. If you have any questions about this topic, other COVID-19 related questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer, or refer to the Firm’s other COVID-19 website resources.

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