May 1, 2020

Online applications are now open for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers at: read the release, visit

Click here for a List of Provincial Government announcements to support people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic updated to April 30, 2020. Please visit the COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information website for more information:

April 29, 2020

Click here for the April 28, 2020 Provincial COVID 19 News Release

Please find the latest provincial announcements below. All news updates can be found at

B.C. extending state of emergency for the third time to continue response to COVID-19:

Statement on safe spaces for people leaving violence:  

New supports for B.C. animal care facility operators:

Support for COVID-19 Impacts from the Columbia Basin Trust

Update on Local Businesses Newsletter - April 9, 2020  

Effective March 24, 2020 until further notice, to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all play structures in Village parks are closed to the publicWe would like to remind the public to practice safe distancing - stay at least 6' apart from others if you have to be in the public.  The Village has placed signs on all memorial benches in the Village reminding the public to be at minimum 6' apart from another person.  We all must do our part in stopping the spread of this virus.


Due to the COVID-19 recommendations from the Provincial Health Minister for social distancing, all Village of Fruitvale facilities (Village Office, Fruitvale Memorial Centre, Age Friendly Gym) are CLOSED to the public.  

Village staff will continue to work so if you have any inquiries or emergencies, please call or email the office. 


For utility payments, residents are encouraged to use internet banking or pay by cheque.  Cheques can be mailed or dropped in the mail slot at the Village Office.

If you require garbage bags, please contact the Village Office, 250-367-7551 or to make arrangements for pickup.

Visit our website at or the Village of Fruitvale Facebook page for updates.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

If you have to go out, practice safe distancing.


Keep up-to-date on COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information

New Self-Assessment App for British Columbians

Along with being able to check symptoms online, The Ministry of Health has a new app that allows British Columbians to conduct self-assessments.  British Columbians can now download the new self-assessment app


Information from Grant Thornton - April 2, 2020
Help for Canadian businesses and employees, including 75% wage subsidy
Canada's federal government is working quickly to address the needs of citizens and businesses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is an update on what you need to know.

On April 1, 2020 Prime Minister Trudeau announced new and revised measures that the federal government is taking to help all Canadians - both individuals and businesses alike.
This includes:

  • Updated measures in the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • Ways to utilize the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations

As details continue to emerge, updates and downloadable resources on these programs will be available on Grant Thornton's COVID-19 Hub.

Read the summary here


Information from Consumer Protection BC for Small Businesses in BC  - Federal and Provincial Relief Programs for Businesses - April 1, 2020

Small Business BC has created an overview of all the current support programs offered by both the Government of Canada and the BC government for small businesses. The document is updated regularly and was last updated on March 27, 2020, at the time of this email.

Federal business support programs
The Government of Canada is rolling out the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Included are several programs that businesses who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may find helpful including:

  • Temporary wage subsidies

  • Loan programs

    • Loan guarantees

    • Co-lending program

    • Canada Emergency Business Account, which will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000

Details on these programs, eligibility requirements and how to apply are on the webpage linked above and are updated regularly as government makes more details available.
Additionally, the Government of Canada has a website set up specifically for businesses with information, resources and links to more details. We encourage you to regularly check these websites for the latest business support information.  

Provincial business support programs
The BC government has announced its COVID-19 Action Plan and has set up a COVID-19 support and information website that outlines all the latest information for businesses.
Small Business BC is providing current information on COVID-19 related resources for small businesses.

We hope that these resources give you a place to start to access supports that may work for you. We know that this is a very challenging time as a business owner, and we are working on putting together some more comprehensive information about federal and provincial support options on our website very soon – please watch this page over the next week. 


Information for Businesses

#COVID-19 Bulletin: March 24, 2020

BCEDA #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide
All of these updates are now located in one document. This shareable, live guide is being continually updated with the most relevant information, tools and resources for the BC business community. Click here to view.
Newly Updated:

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 4:00pm
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