COVID-19 Vaccination & Immunization
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has a Vaccine Resource Hub to equip businesses to play their part to get Canada to herd immunity.
Get vaccine registration information and learn about B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan here.
B.C. is currently accelerating second dose appointments for all eligible people because of increased vaccine supply – Register here
BC’s Restart Plan
The BC Restart Plan takes a phased approach to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Each phase provides guidance for individuals and businesses. Everyone is free to go at their own pace as we move between phases, as long as they follow the guidance and orders of the Provincial Health Officer. Businesses and organizations may not follow the same timelines for reopening and expanding interactions.
Whistler is currently in Phase 3 of the Restart Plan. Noteably, this means that there is Canada wide recreational travel, masks are recommended but not mandatory, return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings.
The BC Chamber of Commerce has launched resource guides to support small businesses as they navigate toward economic recovery as laid out in the Restart Plan. The guides address workforce planning, operational challenges and the next steps of pandemic recovery, among other topics. Access the Mainland | Southwest Region Resource Guide that encompasses Whistler and the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
Workplaces will transition from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to a Communicable Disease Plan.
Business Reopening Resources
Here are some key resources to help businesses in the reopening phase:
Key steps to safely operating your business or organization and reducing covid-19 transmission – from BC Small Business Roundtable
We will continue to provide the Whistler Business community with the necessary resources and updates as we move towards our ‘new normal’.
Industry Specific Resources
Employer resources from the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA)
Recovery Playbook from the Retail Council of Canada
BC’s Economic Recovery Plan
BC’s Economic Recovery Plan – Stronger BC, is focused on building better healthcare, supporting people and families, helping BC businesses and building stronger communities.
Stronger BC is helping B.C. businesses hire and grow in a range of different industries. Their plan helps businesses, adapt and grow through initiatives like helping businesses connect to customers online, and delivering grants to businesses that have lost revenue because of the pandemic. Find a range of Stronger BC resources for businesses here.
Health & Wellness + HR
Mental Health Resources
- BC COVID-19 Mental Health Network: email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Free counselling and support with Wellness Together Canada
- Connect with an outreach worker: Whistler Community Services Society
- A toolkit for mental health in uncertain times: Sea to Sky Healing Project
- First aid includes mental health: Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Mental health and substance use support: Sea to Sky Safety Net
- Government of Canada takes action on COVID-19 (Government of Canada)
- Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service (MediateBC)
- Keeping your employees safe (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)
- Work Sharing Brochure for Employers (Service Canada)
- HR advice: Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace (go2HR)
- What Employers Need to Know About Temporary Layoffs (Small Business BC)
Whistler’s Doors Open Directory
Whistler’s Doors Open Directory from Tourism Whistler provides information for locals or visitors planning ahead. The directory provides up-to-date information on what is open in Whistler.
Guidelines for a Safe Restart
Whistler’s guidelines for a safe restart from the RMOW cover COVID-19 business best practices including core workplace guidelines and best practices for different sectors.
Mayor’s Video Updates
Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the Resort Municipality of Whistler, with Mayor Jack Crompton’s regular video updates.
Safety & Expectations
Businesses must continuously revisit their COVID-19 safety plans. WorkSafe BC’s COVID-19 Safety Plan should be your master document. Safety plans should be constantly reviewed as things evolve.
The RMOW also has a guide on COVID19 Guidance and Support for Whistler Businesses, as well as the COVID-19 business best practices page.
All employers must demonstrate that they can operate safely, and are required under the Workers Compensation Act to ensure the safety of their employees at work.
WorkSafeBC will be there to help all local businesses, non-profits and organizations, and will work with employers and workers through educational materials, consultation, and workplace inspections to help you restart safely.
Employers are required to:
- Review Health and Safety Guidelines, best practices and other resources from WorkSafeBC
- Adapt these materials into appropriate COVID-19 Safe Plans for your workplace
Sectors that have operated during the pandemic may need to update their COVID-19 Safe Plans to fit with updated Health and Safety Guidelines, best practices and resources.
The BC Chamber with your Sea to Sky regional Chambers partnered with WorkSafeBC to provide this webinar on workplace health and safety during COVID-19.
Posters & Infographics to Share
Business Travel & Events
As of March 13, 2020, the Government of Canada advised Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
Webinars & Virtual Events
Click on the videos below to browse the category playlist and find videos about the topics your need support with.
COVID-19 Business Support
CEO's Weekly Update for Whistler Biz
Advocacy in Action
Stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving situation, by frequently checking provincial, national and international websites:
These excellent resources from Canadian organisations will keep you informed, and will help to make business easier for you:
BC Minister Ravi Kahlon Meets with the Whistler ChamberJuly 7th, 2021 On June 15th, BC Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery, and Innovation Ravi Kahlon joined the Whistler Resort Partners, hosted by the Whistler Chamber, for a meeting to discuss the challenges facing...
June Advocacy in Action SummaryJuly 7, 2021 The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity for businesses in Whistler. As we progress through the BC Restart plan, the easing of restrictions means visitors have returned to enjoy the charm of our Resort Municipality....
Whistler Chamber Responds to new Health Orders April 22, 2021 On March 31, 2021, Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer, announced a series of health orders that would have implications across the province. The Whistler Chamber posted a response by...