News Releases & Updates

COVID-19 Update - August 20, 2020

August 13, 2020

In this week's COVID-19 Update, Important Reminder for Temporary Layoff Extension Application Deadline, valuable COVID resources, and other news updates.

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Reminder: Applications for Temporary Layoff Extensions Close August 25th

August 13, 2020

While there are signs of increased economic activity in many sectors, some employers are not yet able to recall their workers. To extend a “COVID-19 emergency layoff” beyond August 30, the province has set up an online portal where employers and workers can apply jointly to the Employment Standards Branch for a further temporary layoff variance...

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COVID-19 Update - August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020

In this week's COVID-19 Update, Reminder of Temporary Layoff Prevision Submission Deadline, valuable COVID resources, and other news updates.

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Webinars & Upcoming Events

Recorded Webinars

Resources for yourself and your business:


Okanagan School of Business Speaker Series Online - A Conversation with Andrew Wilkinson - July 28, 2020


Business Smarts Online - Leading Remote Workers with Sage Transitions - June 25, 2020

Download Sage Transition's slides

Remote Working: Personality & Performance Research Results


Business Smarts Online Special Edition with OYP - The Next Phase: A Conversation with WorkSafeBC, Law & Employment Experts - June 18, 2020 

View WorkSafeBC Resources

Download Employment Law Slides

Download HR Slides

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Upcoming Webinars & Events

Check back for more webinars and events, as they will be announced soon. 

Helpful Tips

Here are some additional ways you can take positive action in your community right now:

Create a safety plan & return to work checklist - In preparing our own return to work plan, we reviewed information available online from health authorities and various industry organizations and then developed two helpful documents to assist you in getting back to work safely.

  • The first is a helpful one page checklist to make sure we covered what we needed to in developing our migration plan back to the office. This one page check list was crafted to help our team prepare and understand what changes were being made and why. This checklist includes the five principles noted by the Premier as well as the general areas that businesses need to think about when building their return to work plan.
  • The second is a his return to work safety plan that will allow for increased use of the Chamber office by our staff and customers while ensuring a safe and healthy environment for our team and visitors.

We thought you might find these documents useful and thus provide them here for you to download:

Download our General Return to Workplace Readiness Checklist

Download our COVID-19 Office Safety Plan


Keep supporting local organizations/businesses - Whether it is your local associations, such as the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, or your local gym membership, please do not cancel your memberships. We will get past this but many non-profits, community organizations and small businesses cannot survive if we don't support them. We want these organizations and businesses to exist when this crisis passes.  

Shop local - We strongly urge our members to heed the authorities' advice and limit your exposure to others. However, support your local businesses and vendors as much as possible. Even many small businesses offer online and delivery options. 
Please keep checking back to this page frequently for further updates. Let's stay stronger together!

Resources for Businesses:

Canadian Business Resilience Network - Business Resilience Service Hotline (BRS)

Canadian Business Resilience Network - A National Toolkit for Business Reopening

WorkSafeBC - Preparing COVID-19 Safety Plans at the Worksite

Retail Council of Canada - Retail Recovery Playbook

Canadian Business Resiliency Network - A National Toolkit for Business Reopening

WorkSafeBC - Industry Specific Guidelines for Phase 2 Sectors

WorkSafeBC - Guide to Preventing Exposure to COVID-19 in the Workplace

WorkSafeBC - Industry Information Pages: Returning to Safe Operations

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Communications Crisis Guide


Get Connected to your Local Task Force


Canadian Business Resiliency Network (CBRN)

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.  

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BC Chamber of Commerce 

The BC Chamber of Commerce drives business advocacy on behalf of its BC-wide network. The Chamber also facilitates a range of programs and benefits to strengthen and grow BC's network of Chambers and Boards of Trade, and their member businesses. Throughout this time, the BC Chamber of Commerce is providing resources and information for businesses affected by COVID-19, as presented by your local and provincial BC Chambers. 

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