Rapid Response

Rapid Response

A Rapid-Response Service will be established by September 2020 to respond to individual employer needs for planning, preparing and executing recovery and back-to-work strategies. This service will outreach to Surrey employers on a continual basis throughout the project and builds on the HR Consultancy from last year’s Surrey Workforce Strategy.

For more information or questions about the Rapid-Response Service or to have your questions answered, email John Lim at or Melissa Peel at or call 604-581-7130.


NEW UPDATE: October 13, 2020


The Surrey Board of Trade Pandemic Rapid Response Business Centre is making you aware of the following program for you to determine eligibility and to apply. The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program will invest up to $300 million in targeted financial support for some of the hardest hit businesses in B.C. that employ between two and 149 B.C. residents and have experienced declines in revenue since March 10, 2020. Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available. An additional $5,000 to $10,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses that have been hit especially hard by COVID-19. The program runs until March 31, 2021 or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first. The program happens in 5 steps: Step 1: Businesses apply for funding and provide information to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria. Step 2: A business that meets the eligibility criteria is matched with a professional services provider who will help develop a recovery plan or assess the business’s current plan (a value up to $2,000 in professional services, in addition to the grant amount). Step 3: Once a recovery plan is developed, submitted and approved, funding is provided to the business to implement the actions outlined in their recovery plan. Step 4: Businesses must provide regular updates that account for the spending and status of their recovery efforts supported by the grant funding. Step 5: All businesses must agree to participate in a third-party audit at the end of the program.

Contact Anita Huberman