Government of Canada provides targeted support for business to help maintain over 11,000 jobs in British Columbia

Funding provides BC entrepreneurs with the advice and tools they need to mitigate COVID-19 impacts on their businesses. November 13, 2020 – Quesnel, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada From the outset, the Government of Canada has taken action to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to protect their contributions to the … Read more

Backgrounder: Funding for British Columbia business support services

November 13, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada Today, the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, announced over $1.7 million for business support services across BC. This Western Economic Diversification Canada funding comes from the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) and supports … Read more

Government of Canada to announce funding support for business ecosystems in British Columbia

Quesnel, British Columbia – November 12, 2020 –  The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, will provide details on funding to support business ecosystems across British Columbia. Following remarks, Minister Murray will … Read more

Combating unauthorized and counterfeit goods during the COVID-19 pandemic: the CBSA, Health Canada and RCMP announce the results of Project Purify  

November 5, 2020 Vancouver, British Columbia                                         The Government of Canada continues to take action to prevent the importation of unauthorized or illegal health products at border crossings across Canada.   Today, the Canada Border Services … Read more

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh comments on U.S. election, discusses COVID aid measures – November 3, 2020

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh comments on U.S. election, discusses COVID aid measures – November 3, 2020

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks with reporters on Parliament Hill about the U.S. election and his hope for a defeat of President Donald Trump, the federal government’s new bill on commercial rent relief, and the Conservative motion urging better support for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal COVID-19 update: Aid for businesses, new modelling data – October 9, 2020

Federal COVID-19 update: Aid for businesses, new modelling data – October 9, 2020

At a news conference on Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He is joined by federal ministers Chrystia Freeland (finance and deputy prime minister), Patty Hadju (health), Dominic LeBlanc (intergovernmental affairs), Marie-Claude Bibeau (agriculture) and by Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief … Read more

COVID-19: Ontario details new restrictions for Toronto, Ottawa and Peel regions – October 9, 2020

COVID-19: Ontario details new restrictions for Toronto, Ottawa and Peel regions – October 9, 2020

In a news conference at Queen’s Park, Dr. David Williams (Ontario’s chief medical officer of health), Dr. Dirk Huyer (Ontario’s chief coroner and executive lead, COVID-19 Testing Approach), and Adalsteinn Brown (the dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto), discuss new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of … Read more

PM Justin Trudeau on federal COVID-19 response, vaccine procurement – September 25, 2020

PM Justin Trudeau on federal COVID-19 response, vaccine procurement – September 25, 2020

At a news conference on Parliament Hill, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. He announces that Canada has signed an agreement with AstraZeneca to procure up to 20 million doses of its vaccine candidate. This new agreement is in addition to a number … Read more

Government of Canada supports British Columbia’s clean technology sector

Minister Melanie Joly announces $2.2 million in federal funding to help some of BC’s most innovative companies grow, create jobs and recover from the impact of COVID-19 September 16, 2020 – Victoria, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on businesses across British Columbia, and those whose … Read more

Government of Canada to announce funding support for Western Canada’s cleantech sector and small and medium-sized enterprises across BC

Victoria, British Columbia – September 15, 2020 – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, will provide details on funding to ensure SMEs across BC have the support needed to build resiliency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and leverage opportunities during economic recovery.  … Read more

Government of Canada COVID-19 measures delivering support for young people and students this fall

September 11, 2020            Burnaby, British Columbia            Employment and Social Development Canada The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on Canada’s youth, with many seeing their summer jobs, internships and graduation plans disappear. To help our country’s students and young people during this unprecedented time, … Read more

Minister Ng visits British Columbia virtually to meet with local businesses and exporters

August 24, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia As Canadian small businesses continue to face unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada remains committed to continuing to listen to and support them through the economic recovery. Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, toured British Columbia … Read more

Government of Canada Supports Innovation in British Columbia

WD funding will support up to 1,000 good, local jobs in communities across the province July 28, 2020 – Vancouver, BC – Western Economic Diversification Canada Small- and medium-sized businesses in British Columbia’s technology sector have never experienced an economic crisis like the one brought on by COVID-19. Even seasoned entrepreneurs are struggling with uncertainty … Read more

Backgrounder: Relief and recovery funds flowing to western businesses

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced over $95,136,762 in support to help over 1,767 businesses that were unable to access existing Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures. This is the first funding from WD to flow from the Regional … Read more

Over $95 million in relief and recovery funds flow to businesses in Western Canada

More than 1,760 businesses across the West receive targeted assistance to address the impact of COVID-19 July 28, 2020 – Vancouver, BC – Western Economic Diversification Canada COVID-19 has had a severe impact on businesses of all sizes across the country, and those whose livelihoods depend on them In Western Canada, thousands of local businesses … Read more