COVID Recovery Programs

Government of Canada Response Programs

Financial support, loans and access to credit

  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
  • Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)
  • Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Mid-Market Financing Program
  • Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program
  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)
  • Additional support by sector
  • Provincial and territorial support

Support for self-employed individuals

  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Indigenous businesses

  • Relief measures for Indigenous businesses
  • Supporting business through the pandemic and into recovery

Indigenous peoples can also access all other benefits.


  • Tourism Relief Fund
  • Additional support for your business

Aquaculture and fisheries

  • Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program (MISTFWP)
  • Assisting the fish and seafood processing sector
  • Changes to Employment Insurance fishing benefits
  • Additional support for your business

Culture, heritage and sport

  • Supporting arts and live events workers
  • Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative
  • Support for Independent production companies
  • Additional support for your business


  • Launching the Emissions Reduction Fund
  • Additional support for your business


  • Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI)
  • Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP)
  • Airport Relief Fund (ARF)
  • Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP)
  • Additional support for your business


  • Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative
  • Additional support for your business


  • Flexible funding for community resilience
  • Supporting communities: new ways to adapt spaces and services
  • Additional support for your business

Government of British Columbia Response Programs:

Fairs, Festivals and Events Recovery Fund

Launch Online Grant Program

B.C. Increased Employment Incentive

BC Employer Training Grant

BC Marketplace

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Marketplace

Alacrity Canada Digital Marketing Bootcamp

Agriculture and farmers

Rural, remote and Indigenous communities


Non-profit organizations

Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Policy/Procedures as they relate to COVID - 19 in British Columbia

  • AVCoC follows the direction of the Provincial Government alongside the orders and recommendations as presented to us by the Provincial Health Officer
  • Current orders as of January 2022 require that:
  • Masks are to be worn in all public settings for people born in 2017 or earlier. Some exceptions may apply
  • A face shield is not to be worn in place of a mask
  • At the present moment we are restricted to 50% capacity in our meeting room facilities. Under normal circumstance we can manage a capacity of +/- 24 people thus we now max out at no more than 10 people.
  • By order of the PHO all attendees must have proof of vaccination in order to participate in a workshop or meeting at AVCoC
  • Upon entry to the Visitor Center our guests will find a table where they can and are advised to sanitize prior to entry. Masks are provided for those who may have forgotten theirs. Other COVID - 19 information is readily available
  • We ask that the public respect the 2 meter physical distancing requirement and we ask that folks do not approach our employees without their consent
  • Our public washrooms remain open to the public (outside to your right when exiting the main doors). Please keep our washrooms clean and do advise us if any issues are found
  • Our washrooms are open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday
  • Nearby washrooms are located at Walmart located about 2 km west of the Visitor Center along the Alberni Highway (Highway #4)
  • Please DO NOT enter the building or approach anyone nearby if you are feeling unwell or under observation for potential exposure to COVID - 19 or any other transmissible virus.
  • Please respect our 2 hour parking limits throughout our lot. O/N parking is not permitted. Camping is not permitted under any circumstance

We remind all that the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center is required to follow all PHO orders. Folks not willing to respect or follow the orders are asked not to enter the building under any circumstance. Our employees do NOT create the orders; please respect their role. Any person who wishes to discuss these requirements are asked to do so in a respectful manner to the CEO of AVCoC available at: