DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update

DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update
24 Apr 2020 by DigiBC

DigiBC recognizes that our members are having an array of business challenges during this crisis, ranging from a few issues to very significant business threats. As your trade association, we are working to ensure our industry, as diverse as it is, comes out of this in the most positive way possible. Our weekly updates will have pertinent information on government policies, industry responses, and tips on getting through this challenging time. Please feel free to contact us if there is something you think should be included or if there's an issue that your business would like help with. We are here for you! Please note, the info from each of our weekly updates gets consolidated into our COVID-19 Member Resources.

Week of April 24, 2020

Government Announcements / Policies / Funding

  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) - April 24
    The federal government reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the CECRA program. This will lower rent by 75% for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for April, May and June.
  • B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers Update - April 23
    Online applications will open on May 1. This is a tax-free, one-time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.
  • Companies, Societies & Co-operatives Now Able to Meet Electronically - April 22
    A temporary change under the Emergency Program Act will allow electronic meetings during the province's state of the emergency. The order helps corporations hold annual or special general meetings.
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Update - April 21
    The Prime Minister and the President of the Treasury Board, Mr. Jean-Yves Duclos, announced that employers will be able to apply starting April 27, using their CRA My Business Account.
  • NRC-IRAP Innovation Assistance Program (IAP) - April 17
    The federal government announced $250 million in funding for the Innovation Assistance Program (IAP) to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The IRAP IAP provides a wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks. SMEs that are pursuing technology-driven innovation and have been unable to secure CEWS funding are eligible to apply. The call for applications will close on April 29 @ 11:59PM EDT.

Industry-Related News

Signal Boosting / #GiveBack / How Can I Help?

  • The Digital Technology Supercluster is supporting Canadians in the fight against COVID-19. It is investing $60 million to deliver solutions to some of the biggest health and safety problems created by the virus. The Supercluster has advanced four projects that are each making a meaningful contribution to the health and safety of Canadians. 
  • One of the four Supercluster projects is run by Finger Food Advanced Technology Group. Alongside their partners, they are developing a new tool for decision-makers to better forecast emerging pandemics. By predicting regional needs and allowing for fast and effective planning we can have targeted deployment of resources. 
  • DigiBC has just set up a fundraising platform on Fundrazr and launched our first campaign with Backpack Buddies. Schools in the province are suspended due to COVID-19, and children who relied on school lunches are going hungry. In light of this, the creative tech industry is stepping up to help. Click here to join us and contribute to this fantastic cause!

 Companies Currently Hiring

Upcoming Virtual Events of Interest

April 28: Technology Impact Awards - Announcement of Finalists

April 28: Business Resiliency Series: The Honourable Michelle Mungall

April 30: Submission Deadline for Science Fair Foundation Youth Innovation Showcase