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DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update

DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update
01 May 2020 by Colleen Arndt

DigiBC recognizes that our members are having an array of business challenges during this crisis, ranging from a few issues to very significant business threats. As your trade association, we are working to ensure our industry, as diverse as it is, comes out of this in the most positive way possible. Our weekly updates will have pertinent information on government policies, industry responses, and tips on getting through this challenging time. Please feel free to contact us if there is something you think should be included or if there's an issue that your business would like help with. We are here for you! Please note, the info from each of our weekly updates gets consolidated into our COVID-19 Member Resources.

Week of May 1, 2020

Government Announcements / Policies / Funding

  • B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers Update - May 1
    Online applications opened today. This is a tax-free, one-time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.
  • Provincial Funding to Improve Rural Internet Connectivity - April 24
    To help communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, targeted funding will give people in rural, remote and Indigenous communities in British Columbia access to faster internet services.
  • BDC Co-Lending Program Finalized - April 24
    BDC announced that it has finalized the details of its new $20-billion program, as part of the BCAP previously announced by the Prime Minister on March 27, 2020.
  • Support for Students and New Grads Affected by COVID-19 - April 22
    The Prime Minster announced support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. The plan will help provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers.

Industry-Related News

Signal Boosting / #GiveBack / How Can I Help?

  • The Coalition has donated 200 Xbox One X consoles to the Gamers Outreach. They will then be distributing the hardware to children's wards in US hospitals.
  • Small Business BC has created a digital marketplace website where you can find out about and support some of the amazing small businesses still operating in the province.
  • A quick reminder that the DigiBC Fundrazr campaign with Backpack Buddies is up and running for the next three weeks. Schools in the province are suspended due to COVID-19, and children who relied on school lunches are going hungry. In light of this, the creative tech industry is stepping up to help. Click here to join us and contribute to this fantastic cause!

 Companies Currently Hiring

Upcoming Virtual Events of Interest

May 6 - Tencent Industry Insights Conference
May 7 - Learn Zoom from a pro w/Zoom Success Manager Andrew Robbins
May 13 - Virtual Tech Talent Day