Prince Rupert Tourism, Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development announce recovery plan to help local business

Divya Gill

If there's one thing we have all learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that we are all in this together.

Yesterday, Tourism Prince Rupert, the Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce and the Prince Rupert Economic Development Office announced a Small Business Task Force a partnership that will look to provide additional supports locally as the BC Restart plan moves forward in the coming weeks and months.

The purpose of the Small Business Recovery Task Force is to work collaboratively and efficiently to find solutions to support local stakeholders. There will be weekly meetings to share concerns and feedback from each sector, and develop a shared action plan that will be address with the government.

Executive Director for Tourism Prince Rupert Ceilidh Marlow addressed a couple solutions to help local businesses this the summer. 

"We were able to have the city waive the $350 fee for patio bylaw for the summer, so we can allow them to have the patio  and expand their  footprint so they can have more tables  while still being distant 6ft apart."

The City is also moving forward with a plan to offer a complete refund of $350 on charter fishing business licenses for operators who choose not to operate this season.
Local businesses are encouraged to share any concerns or ideas with the Task Force. 

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