I am sure you do not need another message telling you that we are living in unprecedented times. What I can say is, we are all in this together, and what your Chamber wants to offer you during this difficult time for everyone - including your business- is as much up to date information and resources as possible.


The Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce is gathering and following information from all sources; locally, regionally, Provincial and Federally, as well as Nationally. What you can expect on this page is clickable links to the resources we know will help you.

We are also wanting to get your information out to the people who need it! Modified your business in this time to safely serve your community? Let us know and we will get the information out for you!If you have specific questions or concerns please reach out to us at portmcneillchamber@gmail.com or 250-230-9552 and we will do our best to get you matched up with the help you need. 

- Thank you, 

Jessica McLaughlin
Executive Director

*Links and information are changing frequently at this time. We recommend checking back often and revisiting links to view updated information. * 

 General Information 

  • *NEW March 27* 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.

  • On March 18, the federal government announced a package for businesses and workers. These measures will offer some relief of the economic stress, but we know more will be needed. On March 23, the provincial government announced the B.C. COVID-19 Action Plan, which builds on the federal government’s strategy and represents our first step to provide relief to people and businesses in British Columbia. 

  • The B.C. COVID-19 Action Plan has several measures that will offer some immediate relief to the tourism and hospitality sectors. These include delaying several tax filing and payment deadlines for personal income tax, EHT, PST, MRDT, motor fuel tax, and carbon tax. Businesses will also benefit from government’s announced 50% cut in the provincial school property tax rate for commercial properties.  

  • People who have had their income affected by the outbreak will soon be able to apply for the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers for a tax-free one-time payment of $1,000. That is in addition to the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit. As well, the federal government has introduced a temporary wage subsidy up to 75% and is providing additional business financing support through its Business Credit Availability Program. 

  • For more information about supports for businesses and workers, click here or visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/employment-business-and-economic-development/business-management/small-business/covid-19_small_business_supports.pdf  

Covid-19 Resource Links

  • The BC Chamber Website has a page dedicated to resources you may need. It is updated daily so check often.  HERE

  • If you are feeling unwell, you can check your symptoms online or download the self-assessment app - these resources are available 24 hours a day. You can also call 8-1-1 to speak to a nurse Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.

  • You must follow the Provincial Health Orders listed HERE

  • For non-medical COVID-19 questions, call 1-888-COVID19. This line is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. The BC Centre for Disease Control also has more info HERE

  • Small and medium businesses are eligible now for a 75% payroll subsidy from the federal government, retroactive to March 15. Learn more HERE

  •   Canada’s full COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (with supports for people and businesses) can be found HERE

  • There’s a new $2000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for workers impacted by COVID-19, learn more HERE

  • COVID-19 Provincial Support and Resources are found HERE

  • For the latest information on small business supports and resources during COVID-19, please contact Small Business BC by phone at 1-800-667-2272 and email [askus@smallbusinessbc.ca]
    You can also view their live document of linked financial supports for business and employees HERE 


  • Destination BC’s industry-focused COVID-19 updates can be found HERE, and the Hello BC traveller-focused site is found HERE


Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 129
Port McNeill, British Columbia

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photo contributions: A. Smith, G. Wickstrom, O. Jorgensen, Business Members