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Business relief grant eligibility criteria, pay structure

To be eligible for the updated COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant amount, a business is required to:

  • confirm it has been fully closed by the Dec. 22, 2021, provincial health officer’s orders;
  • confirm it was registered with BC Registries before Nov. 1, 2021;
  • produce up-to-date business validation documents (2020 or newer), such as a municipal business licence, liquor licence, notice of assessment, insurance policy, statement of business registration or lease agreement;
  • confirm majority ownership and operations and payment of taxes in B.C.; and
  • confirm that the business has been following and will continue to follow all public health orders.

Eligible businesses that also offer online rentals or online services, but their physical location is fully closed can apply.

New applicants will need to provide direct-deposit information. This may not be needed if business was approved for the Circuit Breaker Business Relief or the Small- and Medium-Sized Business Recovery grants, and banking information is the same.

For more information on the COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant, including the application process and eligibility and timeline, visit:

Eligible businesses that remain temporarily closed as a result of the Jan. 18, 2022, provincial health officer orders will receive funding based on number of staff at the time of closure. The breakdown is as follows:

  • businesses with no employees or contracted staff: $2,000
  • one to four employees or contracted staff: $4,000
  • five to 99 employees or contracted staff: $10,000
  • 100 or more employees or contracted staff: $20,000.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time).