The health and well-being of our workforce is of utmost importance. To help employers and employees through this difficult time we have compiled a list of resourcesthat touch on employment insurance, transitioning your employees, funding avenues, and upcoming webinars to support you during the covid-19 situation.

Employment Insurance

The federal government oversees Employment Insurance (EI). The application takes 60 minutes with the link here. Please send this information to any employees who are eligible, and may benefit, from this program.

Transitioning Your Employees

The Government of BC has province-wide legislation that employers must follow such as providing written notice with just cause, compensation, and more. Details of employment standards are available here.

Go2HR is a tourism and hospitality human resource association with toolkits for hiring, retaining, and laying off employees. Support is available here.

Added March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 CRISIS – INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS CONSIDERING LAYOFFS (Temporary Layoffs, Termination, Employment Insurance for Dismissed Employees, Work Sharing and more.)

During this time, the health care industry needs human support. We encourage you to connect with residential homes, care facilities, and medical institutions to see if your former employees can pivot their skills in relatable positions.


Recently, emergency funding streams have been created to support businesses in all industries.

Small Business BC

Resources for Small Businesses during COVID-19. This page includes a Business Continuity & COVID-19 Checklist 

Business Development Bank of Canada

Special support for Entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19 including small business loan, small capital loan, and purchase order financing

Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs 

Regional Development Agency

Response to COVID-19 for current tourism programs  

Employment and Social Development Canada 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – ESDC special measures will provide one-year temporary flexibilities nationally until March 14, 2021, including: employment Insurance, work Sharing program (specific cases); and information on occupational health & safety 

Online Training

Destination BC’s free, online learning centre has articles, templates, videos, and more to provide tools. Utilize this time to optimize your Trip Advisor listing.  Share information about your business’ operations, reply to previous user comments with gratitude, and keep your digital presence. Past- and future visitors- will appreciate this digital connectivity.

Locally, Venture Kamloops has recorded- and will host- remote webinars on March 18 and April 3. Details and registration are available here.

Continue to check back to the New Tourism Kamloops industry blog for resources, opportunities and information during this difficult time.

G2HR - COVID-19 | Crisis information for Employers

Together we can get through this. Our team is here for anything that you might need, please reach out with any questions or concerns you have with your business.