In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a website to allow customers to purchase gift certificates for local, independent businesses in British Columbia. This helps us support our community, encourage social distancing, and will allow businesses to maintain some cash flow while we tackle this incredibly difficult situation. Many businesses have made the difficult choice to close their doors for the health of their customers and the community.
How the Gift Certificate Process Works
The buyer gets an order confirmation email which has a unique order number and also serves as their gift certificate. This includes the business name and the amount. The buyer will print it off and bring it to you (once we're in the clear from the pandemic). On the back end, we will send you a listing of all the gift cards bought for your business including the unique order number and amounts. You can refer to this list as the gift certificates get presented/used. You do not need to issue your own gift certificates. It would be best to keep track of the balance for each gift certificate on the list. We'll send you an e-transfer every month for your gift certificate sales during that period. Please note: There is no charge to your business - you will receive the full value of the gift certificates purchased.
Community and regional economic development organizations are providing the funding so that the local, independent businesses in their city/town/village can participate. View all the communities participating and if yours is on the website, then add your business.