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The Village of Burns Lake Covid-19 Small Business Relief Fund

To support the viability of Burns Lake’s most affected small businesses and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis, the Village will administer an emergency fund with seed money provided by Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT).  The Fund provides a grant up to $500 to qualifying applicants. The grant is intended to help support economically affected businesses. For more information please follow the links below:

Download Application Guidelines Here

Download Application Documents Here

Download Application Spreadsheet Here


All questions can be directed to Lorie Watson at the village office at 250-692-7587

(CECRA) Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance OPENS ON MAY 25th, 2020

Until rent relief supports are proposed by the government, negotiating compassionate rent relief needs to be done between the commercial property owners and their tenants themselves. 


(RRRF)Regional Relief and Recovery Fund


The Village of Burns Lake is closely monitoring developments around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage you to do the same as you conduct your business affairs and planning for the next several months.  In addition to monitoring the situation from an economic standpoint, The Village of Burns Lake is working to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Burns Lake’s economy and local businesses.

Business Resources

During these challenging times, it is imperative that we support one another. Whether that be through patronizing each other’s establishments, or listening to the concerns of our neighbours, we all have a role to play.

Regardless of external events that arise, it is best to be proactive and have a plan. With the help of our partners we have compiled the following resources and links to support your business planning;


Be informed with the most current information on COVID-19 please visit:

Assessment & updates of the local situation — Northern Health

Assessment & updates of the local situation — Village of Burns Lake

Assessment & updates of the global situation — World Health Organization

COVID-Class Order to Food and Drink Owners

COVID Food and Beverage Sector Fact Sheet


BC’s Restart Plan gradually allows for more social and economic activity but doing so in concert with public health monitoring from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and plans being developed by various of BC’s sectors, so that each business/organization can develop their own COVID-19 Safety Plan in compliance with public health and safety guidance from the PHO and WorkSafe BC.

Each business/organization must develop and make public a COVID-19 Safety Plan as to how it is to operate in accordance with public health and safety guidance from WorkSafe BC and the PHO.  WorkSafe BC provides a template safety plan as well as a general guide for any operation getting back up and running

There is also specific guidance from WorkSafe BC for some types of business operations, for example:  retail; offices; and restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Additionally, different sectors have developed industry guidance and tools for reopening, such as the retail sector through the Retail Council of Canada and the restaurant sector through the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association

Businesses can also get direct support, including:

  • WorkSafe BC advisors are available through the WorkSafe BC prevention information hotline 1 888 621-7233 – for example, to answer questions about worker safety issues as a business is developing its COVID-19 Safety Plan
  • Small Business BC’s BC Business COVID-19 Support Service provides a range of resources under topics such as Reopening Your Business, Phases for Reopening, and Industry Guidance  If businesses have specific questions, they can contact Small Business BC directly through the COVID-19 business support line  at 1 833-254-4357 or by email at

Business Re-opening Phase 2:

General works safe guidelines

Personal services

Food establishments

Preparing for re-opening: Checkout some helpful information and checklists for your business here.

Whether it is a public health issue, natural disaster, or other emergencies, it is important to be prepared and ensure you have an up-to-date business continuity and disaster recovery plan. Here are some other resources to assist you in your planning.