This site is updated regularly as the Shop Local BC program progresses. If you have questions, please reference our FAQ document that is updated regularly (Last updated: January 26, 2022) . If your question remains unanswered, please contact [email protected].

Funded by the Government of Canada and delivered through provincial and territorial chambers of commerce, the Shop Local initiative provides grants for programs and campaigns that encourage Canadians to shop local to help businesses navigate through and beyond the pandemic.

The BC Chamber of Commerce received 88 applications seeking over $5 million in asks to support Shop Local initiatives across the province. Funds have been distributed to 75 applicants across all seven economic regions.

Take a look at the map below to find a Shop Local BC initiative near you!

Key program dates

  • 88 applications were received, and 75 were approved between November 1 to December 22, 2021 – read the news release here.
  • Applicants must complete their campaign by February 15, 2022.
  • Applicants must complete and submit their post-campaign report by February 18, 2022.
  • NEW – a one-week extension on post-campaign reporting is available – click here for details.
  • BC Chamber of Commerce will report the outcomes of the Shop Local BC initiative to the federal government by March 31, 2022

Program criteria

The Shop Local BC campaign will:

  • Be inclusive, and open to organizations that support business, especially in hard-hit sectors like tourism and hospitality:
    • Chambers of commerce and boards of trade that are members of the BC Chamber of Commerce
    • Chambers of commerce and boards of trade that are not members of the BC Chamber of Commerce
    • Other non-profit organizations and Business Improvement Associations
    • Existing shop/buy local campaigns, that support business 
  • Encourage collaboration across applicants to maximize the benefit of the grant awarded
  • Encourage local supply chain use
  • Encourage youth employment
  • Catalyze the delivery of new Shop Local campaigns or the enhancement/extension of existing campaigns – for businesses, neighbourhoods, communities, regions or the entire province. Example activities that could contribute to a Shop Local campaign are listed here.

Post-Campaign Reporting

All applicants must complete their post-campaign reports by February 18, 2022.

Post-campaign reports comprise two components:

  • A non-financial report that describes the actual campaign activities and explains differences from those anticipated in the proposed campaign.
  • A financial report that shows the actual costs incurred between November 1, 2021 and February 15, 2022, and explains any variances from the budgeted costs.

Both the non-financial and financial reports need to be submitted through the application portal that was used when the original proposal was submitted.

To prepare your submission, refer to the Post-Campaign Reporting Template as well as the Detailed Information for Financial Reporting.

Join us for an information webinar to review the post-campaign reporting requirements and have your questions answered.

Webinar Info:

  • Date: Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Zoom Link: Please contact [email protected] if you have not received a link to the webinar

Extensions

Recognizing the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 and extreme weather conditions, the BC Chamber of Commerce is offering a one-week extension to applicants who need additional time to complete their campaign activities and associated post-campaign reporting. Review Extension of Post-Campaign Reporting Deadline for more details.

Questions?

This site will be updated regularly as development of the Shop Local BC program progresses. If you have questions, please reference our FAQ document that is updated regularly (Last updated: January 26, 2022).

If your question remains unanswered, please contact [email protected].

Reference Materials/Archive

Application criteria and process

A) Applicants are required to complete this simple online application form.

B) The recorded Shop Local BC informational webinars are now available for viewing. Part 1: Intro to Shop Local BC. Click here to watch. Part 2: Application Portal Demo. Click here to watch

C) Here is an application form template intended to assist applicants to prepare their submissions. Fields in the online application portal may be slightly different from this planning document.

D) Here is a Budget Template for your Project Financial Plan.

Funds allocation, application and disbursementand process

i. Funds allocation

The Shop Local BC project funds will be allocated as follows:

Activity($)
Funding to support Shop Local campaigns delivered by chambers of commerce and boards of trade that are members of the BC Chamber (80%) 4,000,000
Funding to support Shop Local campaigns delivered by other organizations (20%)1,000,000
Total project funding5,000,000
Note: If either allotment is not fully utilized funds will be applied based on the discretion of the BC Chamber of Commerce.

Typical grants will range from $20,000 to $100,000, however, higher amounts may be considered based on the following: project rationale, size of the community, strength and reach of partnerships, as well as the scope of the proposal and associated budget.

ii. Funds application

  • Only one application per community will be considered to ensure full geographic representation
  • Regional applications encompassing more than one community and multiple partners will be eligible, encouraged and prioritized
  • Expenses must be part of a dedicated Shop Local campaign and will not be considered if incurred in respect of stand-alone activities
  • Administrative costs cannot be greater than 10% of the total project budget. This includes salaries and wages of existing staff working on project activities. 
  • Eligible and ineligible program expenses are set out below and subject to the discretion of the BC Chamber of Commerce:
Eligible expensesIneligible expenses
• Salary and wages
• Campaign success metrics
• Partnership development
• Advertising/marketing
• Supplies
• Professional fees related to activities
• Contracting costs related to activities
• Business plans / strategic plans / feasibility studies / strategies, etc.
• Inventory costs or existing operating costs
• Laptops, headphones, printers, cables, etc.
• Renovations, rent or capital expenses
• Items purchased for resale
• Recurring subscription fees/services

iii. Funds disbursement

Funds will be:

  • Disbursed equitably to communities across the province
  • Released to successful applicants by the BC Chamber of Commerce in two payments:
    • An initial payment of 80% of the applicant’s approved project value on signing the recipient agreement
    • A second payment that will represent the release of a 20% holdback of the applicant’s project value, provided the applicant has submitted the necessary project reports to the BC Chamber of Commerce during and at the completion of the local campaign