Port Coquitlam Extends Business Licence Deadline to March 31

PORT COQUITLAM, BC – December 8, 2020… Port Coquitlam businesses have been given until March 31 to pay for their 2021 business licences.

The city has extended the deadline – originally Jan. 4, the first business day of the year – to March 31 as part of its ongoing support for businesses during the pandemic.

Port Coquitlam businesses have been notified of the new date in the business licence renewal notices that were sent earlier this month, along with the annual Biz Update newsletter. The newsletter includes a message from City Council along with information, stats and resources of interest to the business community.

“It has been a difficult year for Port Coquitlam businesses and we know the months ahead will continue to be a challenge,” said Mayor Brad West. “As a city we’ve been supporting businesses from the start of the pandemic and extending the business licence renewal date is our latest effort. We know it’s a long road ahead and want our businesses to know we are there for them.”

All businesses – including those that are temporary or home-based – require a valid business licence to operate in Port Coquitlam. Licences are issued for one calendar year, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, may be renewed quickly and conveniently through the online payment system at portcoquitlam.ca/businesslicence.

New Port Coquitlam businesses can find information and application forms – fillable PDFs that can be completed out onscreen and emailed – on the Business Licensing page at portcoquitlam.ca/bizhub.

“We’re also promoting the Tri-Cities #supportlocal campaign and encourage all our residents to shop local especially during the upcoming holiday season,” added West. “Our businesses keep our community thriving and we need to be there for them at this time.”

The deadline extension is the latest city initiative to help local businesses at this challenging time. Earlier this year, Port Coquitlam eliminated late fees for business licences and deferred 2020 property tax and utility payments by several months.

The city also recently extended the outdoor space program that is helping businesses meet physical distancing and other health protocols by allowing them to use streets, sidewalks and other adjacent outdoor spaces for patios, lineups and product displays.

In effect until October 2021, the program provides a simplified approval process and waives application, security and other fees until the end of the year. For information, contact business@portcoquitlam.ca or 604.927.5266.

Business services have continued non-stop throughout the pandemic by phone and email or in person by appointment, including providing information about available supports and assistance with navigating regulatory and permit requirements. The online Biz Hub at portcoquitlam.ca/bizhub is a comprehensive source of information about business and development services and requirements, along with current COVID-19 business supports.

Stay Informed

Many city services continue to be available by phone, email and online, and some facilities have begun to gradually open. For information, visit portcoquitlam.ca/covid19 or follow the City of Port Coquitlam on social media.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Pardeep Purewal
Manager of Communications & Admin Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5335 Cel 604.218.0533
Email purewalp@portcoquitlam.ca