BC NDP News – Help for workers and small businesses

Help for workers and small businesses

Building a #BetterBC
Workers benefit applications open

Folks all across BC, in nearly every sector, are affected by the economic impact of COVID-19. That’s why we’re establishing a range of measures to protect British Columbians’ economic security, including the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers.

This benefit opened to applications on May 1 – International Workers’ Day. It provides a one-time, tax-free payment of $1,000 for people whose ability to work has been impacted by the pandemic.

Helping local businesses

Many small businesses have faced hardship in this unprecedented crisis. We’re working to help them stay in business.

Thanks to a new federal-provincial program, thousands of small businesses in BC will see their monthly rent reduced by at least 75%. The province will contribute an estimated $80 million to this $300 million program.

Calling for calm and kindness

COVID-19 represents a serious threat to the health, safety, and economic security of people in BC and across the world. Your BC NDP government understands the need for a quick, measured, and compassionate response.

Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Bob D’Eith, writing to BC Local News: “There has never been a more important time for British Columbians to pull together. We all need to do our part, because the health of our families, our friends, our neighbours, and everyone in our community depends on it.”

The right guy for the job

At a time like this, we need strong, stable leadership more than ever. Like many British Columbians, we’re grateful for the leadership consistently shown by Health Minister Adrian Dix.

As a recent Vancouver Sun profile states: “Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry have been the guiding forces behind BC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, they’ve helped bend the curve of growth, and put the province in one of the best positions in the country.”

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