COVID-19 Business Resources

Economic Snapshot

How Vancouver’s economy is adjusting to the global pandemic

-3.0%GDP Growth Rate2020 ForecastMetro Vancouver, Conference Board of Canada
13.0%Unemployment RateThree-month moving average, Unadjusted, June 2020
Vancouver CMA, Statistics Canada
0.1%Consumer Price IndexY-O-Y April 2020Vancouver CMA, Conference Board of Canada

More on Economic Impact

Navigating COVID-19

New & Noteworthy

1. The provincial government has unveiled the series of steps comprising its Restart Plan, including measures and considerations for a gradual and safe reopening of the economy. BC is now in stage three. Read it for yourself.

2. Experts the world over are calling for a global clean restart. They warn that addressing the pandemic and global economic recovery effort independently from urgent action on the climate crisis means we risk locking the world onto a dangerous trajectory. Read VEC’s take.

3. In designing and implementing restart plans, we have a golden opportunity to recalibrate the way we live and work, to consider our impact on society and the planet, and to adjust our actions accordingly as we rebuild our world. Read the article.

Government of Canada Province of British Columbia City of Vancouver


VEC’s Mandate

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we will continue to work on improving the resilience of Vancouver’s diverse, low-carbon economy by:

  • sharing relevant information and resources with the business community
  • working with strategic partners to understand impacts to business
  • and working together to develop a Vancouver-centric economic recovery strategy.

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Need to talk to someone?

If you are a resident or business looking for more information, there are number of service lines that have been made available.

  • City of Vancouver
    3-1-1 for non-medical information related to COVID-19. If you’re a business, the City also has a business support inquiry form
  • Province of British Columbia
    1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319), available 7 days a week from 7:30AM-8:00PM
  • WorkplaceBC Prevention Information Lines
    604 276-3100 (Lower Mainland), toll-free 1-888-621-7233 (1-888-621-SAFE) (Canada)
  • Government of Canada
    1-833-784-4397 (or email, or review frequently asked questions)