VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C government will be investing an additional $30 million for the Launch Online Grant program, due to a high number of applicants.

The Launch Online Grant program helps to provide up to $7,500 to businesses that will build or expand an e-commerce site to reach more customers and sustain and grow their business.

The province says an online presence is an important part for businesses that want to adapt their operations to reach customers better. The investment is expected to help around 4,000 more businesses market products and services online.

“Many small businesses have had to change the way they operate as more and more people shifted to online purchasing during the pandemic. Our government has been there to help these businesses adapt,” said Premier John Horgan.

“By expanding eligibility to our successful launch online program, more B.C. small businesses from the hardest-hit sectors will have access to the tools they need to boost their online presence, grow their e-commerce capacity and become more resilient as we build toward a brighter future.”

The first announcement of funding was last month when $12 million was announced to support 1,500 businesses. Currently, over 3,500 businesses from across B.C. have applied. Now businesses in the tourism sector, like tour operators or hotels, and businesses in the service industry, like massage therapists, hair stylists or personal trainers, can access the grants.

The Launch Online Grant program is part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, focusing on recovery that is innovative, sustainable, and inclusive.

More information on the grant can be found on launchonline.ca.