Business Restart Toolkit

After weeks of planning, British Columbia has entered the second phase of the slow reopening of the economy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Under Phase 2, many businesses that were ordered to close are being allowed to reopen, but only if they abide by new health and safety regulations. 

Some businesses, like the retail industry, which were never ordered to close completely in BC, are now expected to follow a new set of guidelines, if they wish to reopen or stay open. 

We recognize that implementing these new requirements can add stress to an already stressful situation, and we're here to help.

In an effort to support local businesses in their reopening, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society has created the following Business Restart Toolkit, which includes Resources & Templates, Marketing Materials & Signage, as well as a list of Suppliers of Personal Protective Equipement (PPE) and Safety Supplies. Please feel free to share!

Resources for Reopening

Provincial Publications

Safety Plan Templates

Industry-Specific Worksafe BC Guidelines

Webinars on Reopening

Additional Helpful Resources


Marketing Resources

Marketing Toolkits


Shuswap Recovery Hub - Digital Transition Support

This program aims to provide free, individualized support to businesses to transition/expand their sales methods to include digital platforms. Through a dedicated Community Digital Transition Team, businesses will be able to access support services (including web developers) who can work with them one-on-one to establish the required framework and initial set-up to launch online sales. Contact the Shuswap Emergency Support Hub at (250)833-5928 or via [email protected] to get connected.


Shop Local Campaign

Salmon Arm & the Shuswap Region have secured a community platform on the website. This is a site where consumers can show their love for their favourite local businesses by purchasing gift cards in various denominations or shopping direct through the businesses’ online store (if available).  Businesses can register on this site at no cost and begin selling gift cards or directing consumers to their online stores. 


SupportLocalBC website (Salmon Arm & Shuswap Region)
SupportLocalBC FAQ  


PPE & Safety Supplies

Due to high demand, it can be difficult to source the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety supplies required for reopening. Below is a list of locally available items.

Rainbow Glass
Trademark Glass

Non-Medical Grade Face Masks
Abundant Specialty Advertising

Non-Medical Grade Face Shields
Shuswap Makerspace & SD83 3D Printed Face Shields

Hand Sanitizer
After Dark Distillery Available in 120mL to 4L containers
Health Quest Non-alcohol formula

Additionally, BC Food & Beverage has partnered with Evolution Fulfillment, a Vancouver logistics company, to provide PPE on behalf of the food, beverage and natural health product manufacturing sector, as well as for the seafood and agriculture sectors in British Columbia. Place your order here.

Please note: If your business can provide PPE and other safety supplies and is not listed above, please call us at (250)833-0608, so that we can add you to our supplier database. Thank you!