September 22, 2020 - The Economic Resiliency Task Force is now concluded. This task force was created as a temporary initiatives in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support local businesses. Council wants to continue this important initiatives by transitioning it into a permanent committee. For more information, please watch the September 22, 2020 Council Meeting.  

On March 24, 2020, Pitt Meadows Council established the Economic Resiliency Task Force (the “Task Force”) to assist local businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mandate of the Task Force is to:

  • Advocate with senior levels of government for remedies to ease the economic burdens created by the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Disseminate information and educate the Pitt Meadows community on resources and programs available to support business and community resiliency; and
  • Work in collaboration with stakeholders to identify new initiatives to achieve economic recovery for businesses, workers and the community, within the City’s or Task Force’s purview or capability.

During this time, the City of Pitt Meadows is not holding in person committee meetings due to COVID-19; all meetings will be livestreamed to allow for the public to view.

The agenda package can be viewed and downloaded below.

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Employment Resources:

Work BC Maple Ridge is still working hard to help community members in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge find work, and also to help employers find staff. Their office can be contacted via email or phone, and are here to help anyone who needs assistance finding employment.
Work BC  |    604.466-4600    |      info@workbccentre-mapleridge.ca

View current BC Farm, Fish & Food Jobs

BC Infrastructure Benefits is taking applications for Workers and Contractors for the upcoming Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project and Broadway Subway Project.  All BCIB employees get competitive wages, benefits, and a pension so they spend less time worrying about bills and more time focusing on using and building their skills. BCIB prioritizes the hiring of local residents, Indigenous peoples, women and other visible minority groups to increase opportunities for those traditionally underrepresented in the trades. Once you have worked on one of our projects, you’ll be added to a priority re-hire list and be automatically considered for other BCIB projects. All BCIB employees receive construction site safety training, Indigenous Cultural Competency Training, and Be More Than a Bystander training for safer, more respectful, and welcoming worksites. Apply today!

Fit 4 Less is looking for reliable, outgoing, self motivated, and hard working applicants with a passion for customer service, cleaning and fitness, who enjoy helping others by providing outstanding service to our valued members and guests. Applicants need to have a flexible work schedule as we are currently seeking to hire someone who can cover all shifts (mornings, afternoons, evenings & weekends).
Duties include: greeting our members and guests, answering telephones, handling sales and taking payments, as well as ensuring club is clean for our members and guests, properly completing paperwork, membership data entry, etc.
This is an entry level, permanent part time position which includes a Fit4Less membership.
Please e-mail resume and cover letter to pittmeadowsbc@fit4less.ca

 

Business Resources:

EDC Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
If your business needs greater cash flow to cover operational costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for Export Development Canada's BCAP Guarantee. For more information visit edc.ca/bcap-guarantee.

Does your restaurant offer takeout? If so, register for Canada Takeout Day at canadatakeout.com, happening every Wednesday in August.

Once you register, your business will be featured on the Canada Takeout Day map online. In addition, the Economic Resiliency Task Force will feature a different business on our social media each week for the month of August.

Temporary Patios and Outdoor Retail Space to Support Businesses
The City has approved temporary patio and outdoor retail space guidelines to help local businesses provide additional distancing for customers and clients while following public health guidelines during COVID-19. Find out more here.

Pitt Meadows Shop Local Passport Program
The City has launched a passport program highlighting local businesses in order to encourage residents to Shop Local this summer. Kicking off on Canada Day and continuing until the end of August, the passport program encourages customers to visit local establishments for a chance to win prizes.

Print off the passport and then complete your entry by visiting at least 9 of the businesses on the list - each time receiving a stamp. Once your card is complete, email a photo of it to events@pittmeadows.ca and be entered to win great prizes from local businesses! 

Watch KPMG Pitt Meadows City Council Presentation: COVID-19 Wage subsidy, Government funding and other programs– June 2, 2020

Download KPMG PDF Powerpoint Presentation

Please see this exciting announcement from The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News assisting local business. For all inquiries related to this announcement please contact Lisa Craik (details below):
The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News is happy to work with local businesses in their COVID-19 marketing and advertising plans whenever they are ready. We have developed an extensive Communication Strategy Plan for you during these trying times, and we are happy to present it whenever you are ready to discuss via Zoom. As a local business and employer we understand the unprecedented times we are all having to navigate. Let us help you, we’re ready when you’re ready - contact Lisa Craik at 604-476-2728 or email her at lisa.craik@mapleridgenews.com for further details. #wereinthistogether
B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service Centre Small Business BC advisors are available: Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Pacific time) and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1-833-254-4357. Inquiries can also be emailed to covid@smallbusinessbc.ca, or raised on the live-chat feature available on SBBC’s dedicated website: covid.smallbusinessbc.ca Support is available in multiple languages and a call-back feature will be in place to help manage high call volumes.

BC’s COVID Action Plan and other government resources and updates 
BC's COVID Action Plan Fact Sheet
BC Emerging Economy Task Force Information
BC Emerging Economy Task Force Final Report
BC's Restart Plan

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Federal action to support Canadian businesses, their employees and their families 
Canada Business Resilience Hotline or entrepreneurs and small business owners - including not-for-profit organizations and charities. If you need help navigating these uncertain times, call 1-866-989-1080 to speak with an accountant or business advisor.
Canada Emergency Business Account: The new Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $50,000 to $1 million in total payroll in 2019. This program will roll out in the three weeks after March 27, and interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions.
Ministry of Agriculture's Response to COVID-19
Subscribe to AgriServe BC's mailing list

Email:  AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca      Phone: 1-888-221-7141

Canadian Federation of Independent Business templates including: CECRA Request Letter, CECRA Landlord Letter, Recall Letter and more.

View free printable "We're Open" & "Thank You" posters from CFIB

 

Additional Resources

The following are links taken from www.gov.bc.ca and www.canada.ca to help direct you to the information you are seeking:

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