VICTORIA, B.C. – Businesses that must close because of the new public health orders will be eligible for up to $10,000 from the Province.

The COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant is intended to supplement federal support programs to help businesses recoup some of the expenses like rent, employee wages, insurance, maintenance and utilities.

“We’re all exhausted by COVID-19, but unfortunately COVID-19 is not done with us. As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we are coming together to ensure those hardest hit businesses will receive much-needed support,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.

“The COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant will directly help businesses through these difficult times. I encourage everyone in B.C. to support impacted local businesses, including businesses that have been forced to close by buying gift cards and memberships for future use.”

The grant was announced by Dr. Bonnie Henry on Tuesday, bringing an estimated cost of around $10 million.

Based on the number of employees, relief grants between $1,000 and $10,000 will be given to eligible businesses, similar to the Circuit Breaker Relief Grant from the spring of 2021.

The application window will open in January 2022 and it will close at the end of February.

A call centre will be set up in January through Small Business BC and the Province. Businesses can also email questions to covid@smallbusinessbc.ca.

More information will be released in the coming weeks.

In order to be eligible for the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant, businesses must:

The funding breakdown is as follows: