British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, Melanie Mark announced the launch of Here2Talk, a new mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students.
The Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, Michelle Mungall announced the launch of a new B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service that will serve as a single point of contact for businesses looking for information on resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic. To access the Support Service website, see here.
British Columbia’s Minister of Finance, Carole James announced supports for businesses by reducing most commercial property tax bills by an average of 25 percent, along with new measures to support local governments facing temporary revenue shortfalls as a result of COVID-19. The Province of British Columbia is:
- Further reducing the school property tax rate for commercial properties to achieve an average 25 percent reduction in the total property tax bill for most businesses, providing up to $700 million in relief. This enhances the 50 percent reduction to the provincial school property tax rate that was originally announced for classes 4,5, and 6 as part of B.C.’s COVID-19 Action Plan; and
- Postponing the date that late payment penalties apply for commercial properties in classes 4,5,6,7 and 8 to October 1, 2020, to give businesses and landlords more time to pay their reduced property tax, without penalty.