The B.C. Economic Development Association (BCEDA) and FortisBC are working together to support small businesses during a time of economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
FortisBC has established a telephone hotline to assist businesses in signing up for Support Local BC, an online platform allowing customers to purchase gift certificates from local businesses across the province.
The Support Local BC platform launched in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on businesses who have had to adjust their operations or close their doors. More than $47,000 in gift certificates for over 1,000 businesses have been sold to date through the online platform.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, BCEDA launched its Economic Disaster Recovery Program, and it continues to support communities throughout British Columbia, including a business restart survey to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our local communities’ economies.
The FortisBC-sponsored hotline will operate from Monday through Friday during the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The toll-free number for the hotline is 1-888-772-4667. Businesses will also have the opportunity to complete the business restart survey.
For more information about the program, visit https://supportlocalbc.com/