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.

For an at-a-glance view of all upcoming Task Force meetings, please review our online Community Calendar.

Terms of Reference

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.
www.workbccentre-mapleridge.ca   |    604.466-4600    |      info@workbccentre-mapleridge.ca

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!

Business Resources:

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: https://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

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Federal action to support Canadian businesses, their employees and their families 

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.




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

Support for Employees & Individuals:

BC Emergency Benefit for Workers
Climate Action Tax Credit
Leaves of Absences
Support for Income and Disability Assistance
Child Care FAQ & Temporary Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
Canada Emergency Response Benefit for workers and entrepreneurs
Boosted Canada Child Benefit Payments
Extended Tax Filing Deadline
Cancelled Tax Return and Tax Payment Penalty Information
Information on individual support including those facing unemployment, those sick, quarantined or in directed self-isolation, those who need support most (Indigenous Community, Reaching Home initiative, women’s shelters and sexual assault centres), seniors, students and recent graduates, and youth.

Support for Businesses:

Provincial Listing of Economic Development Resources
BC Deferred, Delayed or Reduced taxes
Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers FAQ
Extension of the Work Sharing Program
Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program
Bank of Canada Actions
Child Care Centre Temporary Emergency Funding
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.

Farmers and Agri-Food Sector
Arts and Culture Sector 

GST/HST Credit



Meeting Date  
June 11AgendaMinutes 
May 28AgendaMinutes (draft)
May 21AgendaMinutes 
May 13AgendaMinutes 
May 7AgendaMinutes 
April 30AgendaMinutes 
April 23AgendaMinutes 
April 16AgendaMinutes 
April 9AgendaMinutes 
April 2AgendaMinutes 



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