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On Our Radar: Prince George’s elected officials taking part in online COVID-19 roundtable

Via livestream, regional and city politicians to speak to struggling businesses

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.

This includes:

  • 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.