The Prince George Chamber of Commerce (PGCC) is gathering the city’s five elected officials to talk directly to those feeling the COVID-19 pinch.
This week, all municipal, provincial and federal representatives will be the guests of a roundtable discussion, via an online livestream provided by the PGCC, with the purpose of speaking to business owners and operators about the pandemic’s economic impact.
- Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall
- Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond
- Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris
- Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty
- Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer
B.C. has placed an order for all non-essential services to close in an effort to create physical distancing and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program has also been established in which businesses, non-profits and charities, big or small, can apply and have the federal government pay 75 per cent of an employee’s wage up to $58,700, equivalent to $847 per week.
The PGCC says feedback is encouraged during the roundtable ‘to help government at all levels develop policy positions that sustain our economy now, and drive a vibrant recovery can occur when ready – after all, without our local businesses, recovery is not possible.’
However, the Chamber acknowledges this is ‘step one’ in a long process, but hopes to have more engagement opportunities in the future.
The free session is slated for Wednesday (April 8) from 4 to 5 p.m. with a maximum capacity of 100 registrants.
You can register for the roundtable and find more information on the PGCC website.
The @PGChamber1 is hosting a roundtable discussion with elected officials this Wednesday. @bobzimmermp @ToddDohertyMP @shirleybond @MikeMorrisforBC @Lynhallpg will all be participating - listening to businesses concerns and asks https://t.co/t5dAtWWxQL #SupportPG #CityofPG— Todd C (@PGChamberCEO) April 6, 2020