The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) has initiated its Economic Disaster Recovery Program (EDRP) to assist communities impacted by the wildfires. Several EDRP initiatives are currently underway, including the creation of a business hotline and planning for the creation of Economic Recovery Teams to send in to the communities once residents and businesses are allowed to return. We are currently calling for volunteers for the Economic Recovery Teams and hope that you will consider putting your name forward. You can do so by clicking here. Please note that we are working to find the resources to activate these teams.
Economic recovery is a critical area of focus for recovery as many community leaders have suggested that getting the local economy operational helps to spur community recovery. Without jobs and income, few residents will remain in the affected area. Local businesses need to open their doors as quickly as possible, local workers need access to those facilities, and all of the public services, infrastructure and utilities that help support business activity need to be operational to facilitate the movement of people, goods and services. Local government, utilities, and public safety personnel need to partner with local businesses and their intermediaries to make all of this happen.
BCEDA is working very hard to find the resources to provide additional assistance and is doing the best we can to develop and provide information as it comes available. On July 13th, BCEDA released information on what steps businesses should take to prepare for evacuation. That document also includes important information on some resources available for existing evacuated businesses. Please see the link below. If you are not evacuated or are on alert you should take this time to call together your banks and credit unions to see what kind of assistance they will be able to provide to businesses that get impacted. Some do provide some relief and it would be good to have that information available when talking to business owners. In the meantime, we encourage you all to download the EDRP Manual at http://bceda.ca/content/economic-disaster-recovery. The manual provides some important tips on dealing with the current situation as well as how to manage re-entry. We hope it helps.
Business Recovery Hotline
Resources for Impacted Businesses - This Resource Booklet is being continually updated with relevant information including Emergency Links, Banking Information, Insurance Information, Employee Assistance, Funding Information, Community Contacts, etc. Any information updates are appreciated. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org