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Corona Virus – Support Resources

As we are in an unprecedented time for Boundary Country and the world, we will communicate with the tourism industry as often as information becomes available.  Safety of everyone is the main priority.

The Action Plan, announced on March 23, focuses on services to protect the health and safety of British Columbians, provide immediate relief to individuals and businesses, and position our province for economic recovery over the long term. The $5 billion plan explains the financial supports available in response to COVID-19  including several actions that individual businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors will be able to benefit from, such as

  • delayed/deferred tax filing and payment deadlines, plus reduced School Tax Rates, through provincial tax changes.
  • A tax-free one-time payment of $1,000 for those who are income-affected by the pandemic, via the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers.
  • $1.5 billion for economic stimulus and recovery, which will come into play in the longer-term for particularly hard hit parts of the economy, like tourism.

The Province, in partnership with Small Business BC, has created an excellent financial resource: COVID-19 Supports for Small Businesses in BC. This handy PDF includes a wide range of government and private sector supports for small businesses in British Columbia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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TOTA Recovery Taskforce
TOTA has launched a COVID-19 Recovery Taskforce.  The Recovery Taskforce will share information between tourism stakeholders and the BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture with daily discussions with TOTA’s CEO Glenn Mandzuik.

The Recovery Taskforce will be contacting various stakeholders to gain an understanding of the current and potential future impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on businesses throughout the Thompson Okanagan Region. These phone calls will take a few minutes to ask you a number questions about current conditions and suggestions for recovery. We will use this information to update your business listing on

Your response will better enable TOTA to support businesses during this time and to communicate impacts with government. This information is being rolled up in a document going directly to Minister Lisa Beare, which she will review with our region weekly and daily. All responses will be private and confidential.
*If you wish to share information or suggestions earlier, please reach out at your convenience:*

Chelsea McGonigal
Stakeholder Liaison
t: 778-721-5806


Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

Simone Carlysle-Smith 778-721-5448

Cindy Alblas, Boundary Country Tourism Stakeholder Liaison 250-447-9771