Report highlights initiatives taken to boost economic recovery in Richmond
07 July 2020
A dedicated business support centre, a job board for displaced workers and a list of locally made personal protective equipment suppliers are just some of the measures implemented by the City of Richmond Economic Development Office (EDO) to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on our economy as actions necessary to mitigate risks to public health forced businesses to close and people to stay at home,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Along with ensuring public health and community safety, supporting local businesses and boosting economic recovery remains a top priority for the City."The 16-page report captures some of actions taken, already underway, or planned to reduce and alleviate the impact of COVID-19 across the city, especially among businesses and their employees. Among them:
- COVID-19 Business Support Centre – a centralized, online source for accurate and timely information and resources for local businesses (www.businessinrichmond.ca/covid-19)
- WeAreRichmondBC – a partnership between the City of Richmond, Tourism Richmond and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to showcase local businesses and encourage residents to explore and connect with their community (www.wearerichmondbc.ca)
- Alternate Product Distribution opportunities – to overcome challenges getting products to marketplace during the pandemic, several alternate channels were created such as Skipper Otto (a direct-to-consumer seafood network) and BC Local Root (an online platform for delivery and pickup of locally made products) (www.businessinrichmond.ca/distribution)
- Richmond-made Safety Supplies – as businesses re-open, personal protective equipment and safety supplies are in high demand to combat COVID-19. A list of suppliers of Richmond-made medical and personal protective equipment enables people to buy local and support local (www.businessinrichmond.ca/safetysupplies)
- Opportunities for Displaced Workers – many workers, especially in the tourism, hospitality, aviation and service sectors, experienced temporary displacement due to COVID-19. A database of job boards and job listings for local companies gave some a chance to find alternate employment and stability during this period of uncertainty (www.businessinrichmond.ca/jobs)
- the expedited patio application process - Richmond was among the first to streamline opportunities for local eateries to expand space to allow for physical distancing without charge
- reducing the municipal tax increase from 4.98 per cent to 2.97 per cent and extending the tax penalty due date to after September 30
- allowing the delay of business licence renewal fees for businesses temporarily closed due to COVID-19
- prioritizing fire and life safety inspections for businesses looking to reopen, and
- reintroducing tower crane inspections to allow new construction to continue
The report can be found on the City of Richmond Economic Development website at www.businessinrichmond.ca/response-recovery-report.