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Advocacy + Action to Support the Business Community

Advocacy + Action to Support the Business Community

As part of the Vancouver BIA Partnership, we are participating on the COVID-19 Vancouver BIAs task force, and Marketing and Revitalization committee, to advocate for support for business and property owners, and develop reopening initiatives.

We greatly appreciate the assistance and collaboration with all levels of government, to support our local businesses and communities.

Click here for advocacy letters for greater economic relief, and street use to support businesses.  Recently we had roundtable meetings with the Mayor, Councillors, and commercial property owners throughout the City.

In addition, the lobbying efforts that Vancouver BIAs and BCRFA have achieved for restaurants include: wholesale hospitality pricing on alcohol; first industry sector to be reopened due to the “blueprint” created by a restaurant task force; alcohol allowed to be included in take-out menus, and relaxation of the 50% capacity.

We are actively engaging stakeholders and policy makers from municipal to federal, and have meetings with Mayor and Council, City staff, MLA’s, Ministers and others to address issues and solutions, based on input from members and current priorities.

Below is an outline of advocacy efforts.  Please visit our resource page for more updates and contact us if there is anything we can assist with.

We hope you are safe and well, and wish you and your loved ones good health.

  • Save Small Business Petition:

    • A grassroots coalition of small businesses across Canada. Sign the petition to support small businesses, and submit your story about how COVID-19 is impacting your business.
  • Advocacy for Municipal Support: 

    • The Vancouver BIA partnership, representing 22 BIAs across the city, have requested immediate relief for businesses and a municipal recovery strategy, and we are being heard.  Requests are being implemented, including deferral of property taxes and other fees.
    • Vancouver BIA Partnership follow-up letter for measures to support small businesses in the near and long-term, noting priority issues and proposed solutions.
    • West Broadway BIA letter advocating for flexible, innovative and expedited patio permitting that will remove impediments to business operations, and facilitate social connections and spaces while maintaining safety protocols.
    • Vancouver BIA partnership letter for supportive measures and policies for Vancouver’s retail sector.
    • Vancouver BIA partnership letter regarding BIAs and City to work together to identify the needs and opportunities within business areas for public space interventions to expand and support commercial activity, and enhance the comfort and safety of customers.
  • Advocacy for Provincial and Federal Support:

    • We area also advocating through BIABC, representing over 60 BIAs across the province, for support at the provincial level.
    • BIABC letter to Premier Horgan with 8 key requests for small business support.
    • BIABC letter to Premier Horgan with key areas of assistance needed including commercial rent relief, financial aid not debt deferral, technology development funding, and involvement in the provincial economic recovery task force.
    • BIABC letter to Minister Mike Farnworth advocating for safety and security measures for small businesses and law enforcement.
    • BIABC letter advocating for 4 key areas of support, including commercial rent relief, financial aid and not debt deferral, technology development funding, and involvement in the economic recovery task force.
    • West Broadway BIA letter to Ministers and MLAs to implement the hospitality pricing model, which will help to reduce costs for restaurants in BC and aid in their survival.
    • Vancouver BIA partnership letter sent to provincial and federal ministers regarding our recommendations for the financial assistance programs.
      • Key points include: introducing mechanism to allow tenants to directly access funding via CECRA; increase loan/grant amounts for financial assistance programs, including forgivable portion of CEBA (50%); decrease the eligibility thresholds to maximize number of businesses that can access funding (70% too high for CECRA); expand the timeframe for all funding programs past June.
  • COVID-19 Cabinet:

    • Established by the BC business community, to address the significant impacts on our economy, collectively  share information and provide a point of contact for government as it creates policies, programs and measures to support business and workers.

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West Broadway BIA

c/o Suite 238 - 2912 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V6K 0E9
Tel 778-384–6377
Fax 604-739-8511