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Mar 25, 2020 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Cracks Down on Unauthorized Supply Sales

by Rebecca Vaughan |

COQUITLAM, B.C., Mar. 25, 2020 – People trying to profit from unauthorized sales of medical and other essential supplies in Coquitlam could find themselves paying a $500 fine instead.

The City is cracking down on those who are cashing in on the COVID-19 pandemic by selling medical, cleaning and other hard-to-find supplies from their home, vehicle or roadside stand without a business licence.

Bylaw Enforcement Officers are investigating complaints received from the public. Residents are encouraged to report unauthorized sales to 604-927-7387 or (leave a message if after hours). Bylaw Enforcement operates Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on weekends and statutory holidays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The City has the authority to fine non-compliant vendors $500 per day through the Business Licence Bylaw.

Actions to Minimize COVID-19 Impact

Other steps the City has taken to help minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the community have included:

  • Cancelling programs and closing public facilities and some outdoor spaces to help slow the spread of the virus;
  • Providing full and automatic refunds for cancelled programs or events;
  • Deferring penalties for late utility payments to Sept. 30; and
  • Deploying on-duty Bylaw Enforcement Officers to assist in enforcing Provincial Health Orders, such as the suspension of dine-in restaurant and personal service businesses.

Most City staff are continuing to work and are accessible by phone or email. Contact information and additional detail is available at

Residents are encouraged to use the City’s online services, available at 

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For more information on COVID-19, including updates, answers to frequently asked questions, and translated information, please consult the following resources:

    • Non-medical information – 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)
    • Medical information – 8-1-1
Public Health Agency of Canada –

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