COVID-19 & Business Research

COVID-19 & Business Research for British Columbia’s Small Businesses

Note: This is a work in progress and intended to be a starting place for Canadian, and specifically BC, businesses to gather information. Special thanks to the Academic Business Librarians of British Columbia, who have helped curate the information on this webpage. Check with your local library regarding access to subscription resources. 

1.0 Key Business Research Starting Places


A live resource to support businesses across the province as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic on their road to recovery as set out in BC’s Restart Plan.

  • CovidImpact
    An app, COVID-19 Business Care Package, created by UBC graduates that offers a "...small business care bundle that equips the founder with everything they need to immunize their business to COVID-19 and its after-effects."
  • Small Business BC Back To Business
    Whether your business is getting ready to reopen, or you’re pivoting operations to service the new COVID economy, you don’t need to face these challenges alone. Small Business BC is here to help with the tools and resources you need to weather these unprecedented times.

1.4.2 Student Placement Programs

  • BC Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Forward Program is a free program provided to BC Chamber members. Using the work-integrated learning model, Talent Forward seeks to connect businesses with students to help businesses recover and build for the future.
  • Magnet Student Work Placement Program, funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program, provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences. Employer applications are now open.
  • Mitacs Accelerate Program connects companies with research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business challenges. Click here to watch John Hepburn, CEO and scientific director of Mitacs, discuss a new initiative pairing business students with companies impacted pandemic develop a business strategy. This interview was conducted by Business in Vancouver.

1.5 Related Library Resources & Guides


  • COVID 19 and Business Research. This is being regularly updated and has a US focus. This webpage was inspired by this in-depth online resource curated by Alice Kalinowski of Stanford University.
  • Small Business BC's Personal Protective Equipment Marketplace. The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness has partnered with Small Business BC to establish a searchable directory for businesses to easily locate suppliers with the necessary non-medical PPE to help them operate their business safely.