COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Below you will find the information and resources that the Village of Port Clements has regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. This page is updated as information becomes available for release.

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Subject: Haida Gwaii Economic Development Newsletter for Local Businesses

Updates on resources to help Haida Gwaii businesses

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Resources and Economic Supports Available during COVID-19

This is a comprehensive list of supports and services available to you during the time of COVID-19 generously provided by the Council of the Haida Nation. The list was updated as of August 19, 2020. Please check back frequently for the most current information. <https://mieds.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d7187496f9bdd1ab99f5def7b&id=4ebd94fbf7&e=067f4eddf4

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Community Futures Introduces New Local Business Liaison

Born and raised in Haida Gwaii, Sy-Lynne has 15 years of work experience in hospitality, specializing in the small business sector. Her travel and living experiences along the West Coast have given her a great appreciation of the unique importance and diversity entrepreneurs and SMEs hold to help build and shape their communities.

Sy-Lynne will be offering one-on-one support, facilitating business owners’ access to resources available to them, gathering data, and recovery development planning for all local Haida Gwaii businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.

You can reach Sy-Lynne by email <mailto:bl@haidagwaiicommunityfutures.ca>  or phone at 778-835-1153

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Gwaii Trust Staycation Grants Re-open

Our Haida Gwaii Staycation Grant, which was temporarily closed earlier in the summer due to emergency restrictions, were re-opened on August 20th. The Staycation Grant provides up to $250 for individual islanders to use at locally-owned tourism businesses, including fishing charters, tour operators, gear rental businesses and accommodation providers. It’s been a challenging season, and this grant is aimed at supporting local business and encouraging everyone to spend time with family and enjoy the last bit of summer. Visit the Gwaii Trust website <https://mieds.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d7187496f9bdd1ab99f5def7b&id=4aa0725b12&e=067f4eddf4>  for full details.

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MIEDS has been working in partnership with Gwaii Trust to ensure local community members are aware of business available for Staycations. If you are open for business to local residents, you can update your Love Haida Gwaii profile with that information. To update your profile or join Love Haida Gwaii please contact MIEDS Executive Director Jennifer Rutt <mailto:jenrutt@gohaidagwaii.ca> . If you are not yet a Love Haida Gwaii business see the benefits of the program here <https://mieds.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d7187496f9bdd1ab99f5def7b&id=25b4be414f&e=067f4eddf4> . Payment deferral to join can be arranged if your business has been impacted by COVID-19. Watch social media and your post office box for more resident Staycation marketing.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Businesses and Organizations

Are you struggling to find affordable PPE to protect your staff and customers? CHN’s Community Economic Supports Unit is developing a PPE purchasing program to provide local businesses and organizations with access to affordable bulk pricing of good quality PPE. Please contact Julien Braun <mailto:julien.braun@haidanation.com?subject=PPE%20for%20Businesses%20and%20Organizations>  for more information, or click here <https://mieds.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d7187496f9bdd1ab99f5def7b&id=dd19d78ef6&e=067f4eddf4>  to learn more and submit an ‘estimated PPE order’.

Gwaii Trust Continuing Education Grant

A great opportunity for professional development, don’t forget to apply for the Continuing Education Grant. We support both long and short term courses (including online), up to $3,750 a calendar year, or a maximum of five courses to a maximum of $750 per course.

Application Deadlines:

Long term courses (more than 3 months): Applications accepted throughout the year and must be submitted no later than two weeks into the semester or course.

Short term courses (less than 3 months): Applications accepted throughout the year and must be submitted no later than the day before the course starts.

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COVID-19 Stimulus Development Fund Application for Canadian Indigenous Tourism Businesses – Second Intake Deadline September 9, 2020

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) launched the COVID-19 Stimulus Fund to assist Indigenous tourism operators to invest in measures which minimize the impact of COVID-19.

The first program intake ran between April 07 – April 30, 2020. On June 11, 2020, Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced an additional $16 million for a new stimulus development fund to support the Indigenous tourism industry. This funding will be delivered by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada.

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Upcoming Event

TIABC and the BC Hotel Association (BCHA) will be hosting a webinar and open forum to outline the key issues and provide a reality check on the tourism and hospitality industry, our key messages, and ways we can coordinate and work together towards recovery.

Hospitality & Tourism Update

Wednesday September 2nd @ 1:00pm-2:00pm (PT)

The webinar will be 45 minutes in duration, with a 15 minute Q&A to follow.

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FIND CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES

The Haida Gwaii Community and Economic Supports (CES) is a CHN Incident Command Unit working on initiatives to respond to the challenges COVID-19 has posed on businesses and the community. We are collecting names of businesses and their capabilities to assist in identifying contracts to help people get back to work. Contact us to ensure you are connecting with the appropriate offices for contract opportunities on Haida Gwaii. We are available to assist with navigating bid processes, sharing bidding opportunities, and preparing your bid documents.

Please contact: Shelley Sansome <mailto:shelley.sansome@gmail.com?subject=Contract%20Opportunities&body=I%20am%20interested%20in%20contract%20opportunities%20on%20Haida%20Gwaii%20-%20here%20is%20my%20business%20information%3A%0A%0A>

Diversification and Development Program Coordinator Community Economic Supports Unit

778-260-0053

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Misty Isles Economic Development Society

113 Oceanview Dr

PO Box 652

Queen Charlotte, BC V0T 1S0

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For the CHN’s Haida Gwaii State of Emergency as of June 2, 2020 please click here

Guide on Resources and Economic Supports Available during COVID-19 by the Council of the Haida Nation here

ESSENTIAL SERVICE WORKER PERMIT APPLICATION

Community Notices:

Province of BC news release: K-12 students have optional in-class instruction on June 1, 2020. More information here

Minister’s statement on hate crimes

Helping B.C. agriculture, food businesses plan for COVID-19 recovery

Recreational Boaters asked to avoid unnecessary travel May long weekend

New COVID-19 Message from ISC BC Region on Supports here

Northern Health Information Bulletin: surgery pre-admission changes to keep patients safe

PROVINCIAL PLAN TO RESTART BC SAFELY & SLOWLY HERE

Updated and new Government of Canada information for Parents, Isolating at Home, and Coronavirus Prevention and Risks.

CHN April 30th, 2020 Joint Release on Travel Restrictions:

For more information on Vancouver Island Regional Library’s online services please click here. For more information on getting a card online click here.

For more information on Canada Emergency Response Benefit for Workers and Businesses click here

For more information on the Federal Governments’ COVID-19 Economic Response Plan click here

For more information from the Canada Revenue Agency on changes to taxes and benefits due to COVID-19 click here

Province of BC: Companies, societies and co-operatives now able to meet electronically

PROVINCE OF BC: NEW COVID-19 SUPPORTS FOR BUSINESSES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

MINISTRY OF HEALTH, HOW TO CARE FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID-19-Care-for-yourself-others.pdf

Business Reminder:

If your business is not in operation due to COVID-19 or you need to shut-off your water and sewer utilities, please contact the Village office. Without these utilities being disconnected or the business no longer being in operation we cannot stop utility billings due to legislative requirements

CONTACT NUMBERS:

Food Bank (Masset) 250-626-7517

Employment Insurance 1-800-531-7555

Provincial Support Programs 1-888-268-4319

Federal Support Programs 1-833-784-4397

If you are experiencing symptoms:

HealthLink BC   811 (Deaf or hard of hearing 711)

Northern Health 1-844-645-7811

Old Masset Health Centre  250-626-3911

Skidegate Health Centre  250-559-4610

For Information on enhanced digital library services, please follow the link: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0019-000652

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