The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) is a collaborative partnership spearheading regional economic development for the Vancouver Island region. VIEA is hosting a special series of brief video conference events designed to provide close-to-the-ground ‘how to’ information. Islanders can hear from thought leaders and network with peers to help their decision-making during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Innovation Island Technology Association (IITA) has launched the Digital Economy Response Program, or DER3, to begin to tackle the economic implications of COVID-19. To restart the local economy, this rapid recovery initiative will provide one-to-one business and technical expertise to small and medium sized businesses that are entering the digital marketplace. This is a FREE consultation service, that will also match businesses with regional service providers who can deliver contracted solutions.

Through these challenging times, ICET reiterates their commitment to work in collaboration with stakeholders and trusted partners to support immediate economic transition and recovery in addition to longer-term economic diversification.  Focus programs will remain in place, as does engagement to support  recipients and partners through responsive emergency, adaptation and recovery readiness support.

If you have questions or concerns about how your community, project or initiative may be impacted during this time, please do not hesitate to contact: or by phone at 250-871-7797.

We are in this together. Welcome to the Canadian Business Resilience Network where you will find the latest information, tools and resources businesses need to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.

Small Business BC exists to provide support throughout the process of starting a business, to building resiliency and long-term growth. When an entrepreneur decides to start a business, SBBC is standing by with the products, services and advice they need to achieve their business goals. SBBC will serve as a single point of contact for businesses throughout the province looking for information on resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service will act as a one-stop resource to answer questions about supports available to businesses from the provincial and federal governments, industry and community partners.

    • Advisors are available Monday to Friday, from 8 am – 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm at 1-833-254-4357.
    • Inquiries can also be emailed to
SBBC’s website includes announcements from industry and community partners, as well as a variety of resources, including webinars and practical tools.
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