B.C. opens circuit breaker relief grant applications for businesses

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The province has opened applications for its Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant to assist eligible bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness centres through the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

Businesses affected by the provincial health orders put in place last month will be eligible to receive between $1,000 and $10,000 in grant funding, according to the province.

The grant is open to eligible businesses of any size that have been in operation since Feb. 1 this year. It is designed to help with expenses such as rent, insurance, wages, maintenance and utilities.

“It can also help cover unexpected costs, such as the purchase of perishable goods, that resulted from COVID-19 restrictions,” reads a new release from the province.

To be eligible, a business is required to confirm it has been affected by the recent provincial health orders; provide electronic banking information; confirm it is registered as a B.C. business; produce a business validation document, such as a business licence, liquor licence, notice of assessment or lease agreement and confirm majority ownership and operations and payment of taxes in B.C.

The province said businesses that were closed or had their licences revoked due to provincial health order non-compliance are not eligible for this grant.

Applications will remain open until June 4, or until the grant funds are disbursed.

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