Statistics and Data


Population Projections

Source: BC Stats P.E.O.P.L.E Projections – Comox Valley Population Growth Projections

Source: BC Stats P.E.O.P.L.E. Projections


2016 Census Focus on Comox Valley Income

Household Income Levels

Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – 2016 Median Income (Contains data for each Comox Valley community)

Income Composition


Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx (Contains data for each Comox Valley community)


Educational Achievement – Percentage of population aged 25- 64 years

Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx (contains data for each Comox Valley community)

Labour Force

Current Trends

Earnings And Employment Trends Data  – July 2019(BC Stats)

Labour Force Statistics Data – July 2019 (BC Stats)

Employment and Unemployment Rate Detailed by Industry & Development Region – 2018 (BC Stats)

Labour Force Status, 2011


Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx

Vancouver Island & Coast Development Region Employment and Unemployment Rate


Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx (includes all Comox Valley Communities)


Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx (includes all Comox Valley Communities)



Source: BC Stats P.E.O.P.L.E Projections – Download .xlsx

Census 2011 – Population distribution for Comox Valley communitiesDownload .xlsx


Source: BC Stats British Columbia Regional District Migration Components – Migration Comox Valley And VI And Coast DR RDs

Construction and Real Estate


Comox Valley Housing Starts

Source: Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation Starts & Completions Survey – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Building Permit Values ($)

Source: BC Stats Building Permit Report – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Real Estate Sales

Source: Vancouver Island Real Estate Board – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Real Average Estate Prices ($)

Source: Vancouver Island Real Estate Board – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Rental Market – 2-Bed Apt.

Source: 2019 Courtenay Rental Market Statistics

Seniors’ Housing

Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation Seniors’ Housing Report for British Columbia

2019 Report, 2018 Report2017 Report, 2016 Report


View Marketing Opportunities here

Source: September 13 Environics Measuring Tourism Tracker All Regions (1)

Vancouver Island Visitor Centre True Visitor Parties

Source: Vancouver Island Visitor Centre Report – Download .xlsx

Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) Revenue

Source: Additional Hotel Room Tax Revenue Report – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) Passenger Volume

Source: Comox Valley Airport Passenger Volumes – YQQ Passenger Volume


Sector Research



Strategic Plans

Comox Valley Estuary and Glacier

Strategic Plan – Innovate 2030 Economic Development Master Plan

Innovate 2030 represents a substantial step towards realizing Comox Valley’s long-term future economic potential. It is supported by the work done concurrently on a number of strategies, business cases and profiles, including: Agrifood/Seafood Innovation Strategy, Technology Attraction Strategy, Business Retention and Expansion Strategy, Workforce Development & Labour Force component, Comox Airport Land Business Case, sector specific economic & gap analysis, site selector profile, governance review recommendations, review of annual reporting, and background document review. This was followed by the use of an analytical framework, using a Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Risks, and Results (SOARR) assessment tool, which helped to form coherent ideas that informed the master plan.

The outcome of this project are strategic objectives that are the result of extensive community buy-in and research, producing a tactical plan that will ensure  objectives are realized. This coherent, realistic, and sustainable Economic Development Master Plan identifies opportunities to be proactive in inspiring community and business leaders to break new ground by infusing innovation throughout Comox Valley’s economy. Innovate 2030 is ambitious but includes achievable results for directions that have been prioritized with the community’s voice at centre stage.

For more information and resources regarding the Innovate 2030 Economic Development Master Plan process, please click here.

Employment & Industrial Lands Based FDI Strategy


Work Plan

Annual Report

VIVC Annual Report


Comox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF)


The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) initiated the establishment of the Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) in May, 2020, to develop and direct implementation of an Economic Development Recovery Plan to mitigate the potential economic impact to local businesses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ERTF is a collaborative initiative representing the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, K’ómoks First Nation, and CFB 19 Wing Comox.  Mayor Bob Wells, City of Courtenay is the chair of the Comox Valley ERTF.

Over 30 industry leaders, business organizations, and sector association members, are participating as Industry Advisors in a Technical Advisory Sub-Committee. Industry Advisors have been submitting Business Case Action Plans containing recommendations for consideration of the ERTF, after facilitating small working-group meetings within their sector/organization, for a total of over 900 engagements to date.

The ERTF efforts have focused on the review of those submissions, including evaluation of recommended actions that have the greatest consensus, will have the most meaningful impact, and are viewed to be realistically achievable from a local government perspective. The recommendations have also been provided to the Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) of local government for review and consideration.

After reviewing the StrongerBC Economic Recovery Plan, the following were identified as key priority projects for economic recovery:

  • Shop local / arts
  • Agriculture
  • Tech / digital support for businesses
  • Childcare
  • Transportation and regional connectivity
  • Streamline permitting process for businesses

COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Response Projects & Resources

Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation

Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development & Competitiveness Presentation to the ERTF – November 26, 2020

Comox Valley Regional District

Town of Comox

City of Courtenay

Village of Cumberland

K’ómoks First Nation

Support Local BC

Economic Recovery Task Force Steering Committee Members

  • Mayor Bob Wells, City of Courtenay, ERTF Chair
  • Mayor Ken Grant, Town of Comox, ERTF Member
  • Mayor Leslie Baird, Village of Cumberland, ERTF Member
  • Jesse Ketler, Comox Valley Regional District Chair, ERTF Member
  • Edwin Grieve, Comox Valley Regional District EASC Chair, ERTF Member
  • Andrea Dawe, CFB 19 Wing Comox, ERTF Member
  • Deana Simkin, Comox Valley Economic Development Society, ERTF Member and TAC Chair

Additional Resources

Press Releases


December 15, 2020: Mayors’ 2020 Year in Review Updated

December 1, 2020: New infrastructure funding to support COVID-19 response, recovery

November 30, 2020: Courtenay Mayor urges visitors to ‘mask up’ before heading into local businesses

November 12, 2020: Town of Comox – Mayor’s Year in Review

November 8, 2020: New online portal makes supporting Comox Valley Businesses even easier

November 5, 2020: Local governments working towards economic recovery in the Comox Valley

November 2, 2020: Comox Valley Economic Recovery Initiatives Take Hold

October 21, 2020: Cumberland prioritizes economic recovery plans

October 19, 2020: Comox looks at grants for two projects to spur community economic recovery

September 22, 2020: Comox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force Update

September 15, 2020: Economic Recovery Task Force Update September 15

August 3, 2020: Comox Valley Economic Development Service continuing to work with CVRD to support local businesses

July 13, 2020: Economic Recovery Task Force Supports Phase III and Return of BC Residents

June 29, 2020: CV Economic Recovery Task Force Planning and Engagement Underway

May 14, 2020: CVRD Board Directs Staff Develop COVID-19 Renewal Plan

ERTF Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

ERTF Documents


Small Business Supports


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Business Resource Centre

Last edited: January 12, 2021

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Latest News & Current Updates

January 12Helping artists adapt during the pandemic

January 12New incubator project aims to keeps employment and businesses in local communities

January 8Province makes changes to simplify, clarify emergency orders

December 30Supports for people, businesses in 2020 helping build recovery for everyone

December 22BC commits $105 million to support tourism sector

December 21Grant program now accessible to more BC businesses 

December 18Online applications open for BC Recovery Benefit


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Small Business Resources

Please find links below with resources for small businesses from a variety of government and industry sources around COVID-19 and emergency preparedness.

For a comprehensive list of supports for businesses and individuals, click here

BC Economic Development Association: COVID-19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide here

  • COVID-19: 7 steps to sustain your business through the disruption here
  • COVID-19 Business Impacts Survey Results here
  • Business Retention and Expansion Tools here
  • Community Tips for Response & Recovery here
  • Planning for Coronavirus – A Guide for Businesses and Organizations here
  • Workplace and Employer Resources and Suggestions here

Chambers of Commerce

  • Business Resilience Service (BRS) here
  • Canadian Chamber/StatsCan Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Diverse Business Owners here
  • Canadian Chamber Identifies Five Keys to Reopening the Economy here
  • BC Chamber of Commerce: Pulse-check survey shows many BC businesses in need of life support here
  • Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 resources for businesses here
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Preparedness Business Guide here
  • CGLCC – Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce: updates and information here. Weekly calls for LGBT+ businesses across Canada regarding the status of COVID-19 here

Go2HR: Health and safety resources here

  • Job Board (browse jobs by sector) here
  • Available courses here
  • COVID-19 Human Resource information & updates here
  • COVID-19 FAQs for Tourism Employees here

Google: for businesses affected by COVID-19 – Guidance on updating info and temporary closures here

Innovation Canada: Based on your story, learn what help is available here

  • Find COVID-19 support and other programs and services here

Innovation Island: Digital Economy Response Program here

Small Business BC: COVID-19 Small Business Resources here

  • BC Business COVID-19 Support Service here
  • Small Business Marketplace here
  • Supports for Small Businesses in BC here
  • Sign this petition to save small business here
  • Join Small Business BC’s Digital Meetups here

Work Safe BC: Information and resources for employers and employees here and latest announcements here


Re-Opening Resources

BC’s Restart Plan: main page and resources here

  • Phase 3, beginning June 24, information here
  • PDF version of plan – next steps to move BC through the pandemic here
  • BC COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Strategy here
  • Key Steps to Safely Operating Your Business or Organization and Reducing COVID-19 Transmission here

BC Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance here

  • Gathering and Events (December 24) here
  • Food and Liquor Serving Premises and Retail Establishments which Sell Liquor (December 30) here
  • Workplace Safety (December 16) here
  • Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and Nightclubs (July 31) here
  • Vending Markets (May 29) here
  • K-12 School Settings (May 15) here
  • Farms & Farm Workers (May 13) here
  • Hotel Sector (May 11) here
  • Retail Food and Grocery Stores (April 25) here
  • Silviculture Sector (April 22) here

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Use these Tip Sheets by sector as guidance while operating during a pandemic here

  • Agriculture here
  • Food Processing here
  • Restaurants and Food Services here
  • Retail here
  • Disinfection of Touchpoints here


  • COVID-19 and Returning to Safe Operation here
  • Protocols for Returning to Operation by sector:
    • Arts and cultural facilities here
    • Offices here
    • Restaurants, cafes, and pubs here
    • Retail here
    • Personal services here
  • FAQs for returning to safe operation here
  • Preventing Exposure to COVID-19 in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers here
  • Media Backgrounder: Support for workplaces resuming operation here
  • COVID-19 Safety Plan here

More helpful resources:

  • Small Business BC’s Back to Business resources here
  • Canadian Chamber Lays Out Ambitious Recovery Plan, Urges Governments to Focus on Economic Fundamentals and Bold Solutions here
  • Town of Comox Temporary Patios & Parklet Programs here
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce Reopening Canada’s Economy – A National Guide for Business here
  • BCRFA Restaurant COVID-19 Safety Plan Template here
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business: Pandemic Operational Plan Template here
  • BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA): Business Re-opening Template here
  • Physical Distancing poster here
  • Do Not Enter If You Are Sick poster here


Financial Assistance Resources

Below are links to financial assistance and support programs for businesses and individuals.

Government of Canada: Support to Businesses here and Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan here

  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA): announcement here
  • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF): an initiative implemented by the six regional development agencies to help mitigate the financial pressure experienced by businesses and organizations to allow them to continue their operations, and to support projects by businesses, organizations, and communities to prepare now for a successful recovery.
    RRRF Eligibility Questionnaire here
    Applications are now being accepted under 2 streams:
    1. Regional Economy – Western Diversification: providing eligible SMEs (those that do not qualify for the CEBA) with an interest-free repayable contribution of up to $40,000. More details here
    2. Community Futures Emergency Loan Program: SMEs in rural communities can apply for loans of up to $40,000 through local Community Futures organizations. Visit Community Futures Strathcona
  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA): to provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy(CEWS): a fund to help businesses keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.  Calculate your subsidy amount here. Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s guide to applying for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy here
    • July 17 update: Adapting the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Protect Jobs and Promote Growth here
    • July 22 CEWS Questions and Answers Presentation here
  • Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs): $675 million to give financing support to small and medium-sized businesses that are unable to access other COVID-19 business supports.
  • Futurpreneur Canada: $20.1 million to continue supporting young entrepreneurs across Canada who are facing challenges due to COVID-19.
  • Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP): National Research Council Canada (NRC) COVID-19 programs.
  • Work-Sharing: Adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer.

Province of BC: Financial supports in response to COVID-19 here

Business Development Bank of Canada: Resources here

Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19. With flexible and tailored solutions, BDC can help you through this situation with the right financing and advice for your business.

BC Hydro: offers billing help during outbreak here

  • COVID-19 Relief Fund for Small Businesses here (application form to open week of April 13)
  • The COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program provides customers the option to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Customers are encouraged to call BC Hydro’s customer team at 1 800 BC HYDRO (1 800 224 9376) to discuss bill payment options. Commercial customers will be eligible for relief on a case by case basis.
  • Customers facing temporary financial hardship and possible disconnection of their service due to job loss, illness, or loss of a family member may also be eligible for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund, which provides access to grants of up to $600 to pay their bills.

Buy BC: New Buy BC Partnership Program E-commerce Funding Stream here

  • The Government of BC has committed $300,000 to Buy BC E-commerce activities to support the immediate needs of the sector as a result of COVID-19.
  • Up to $5,000 per applicant
  • The application window will open May 15 at 9am PDT
  • First-come, first-serve basis until funding has been fully allocated

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Response to Coronavirus here

  • CECRA for Small Businesses here
  • Dealing with Mortgage Payment Difficulties here
  • Understanding Mortgage Payment Deferral here
  • CMHC Expands Insured Mortgage Purchase Program here

Canadian Bankers Association: Canada’s Six Biggest Banks Take Decisive Action to Help Customers Impacted by COVID-19 here

Coastal Communities Social Procurement Initiative: supporting local government and First Nations social procurement through education, training and coaching here

Employment Insurance: Service Canada is ready to support Canadians affected by COVID-19 and placed in quarantine here

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months
  • Benefits for the Self-Employed: If you operate your own business, or if you work for a corporation but cannot access EI benefits because you control more than 40% of the corporation’s voting shares.
  • Work-Sharing Program: temporary special measures for employers affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19 here.
  • EI Sickness Benefits: provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement. Canadians quarantined can apply for EI sickness benefits
  • Emergency Care Benefit: providing up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks.  Application will be available in April 2020.
  • Record of Employment: instructions for employers
    • If your employees are directly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and they are no longer working, you must issue a Record of Employment (ROE).
    • When the employee is sick or quarantined, use code D (illness or injury) as the reason for separation (block 16). Do not add comments.
    • When the employee is no longer working due to a shortage of work because the business has closed or decreased operations due to coronavirus (COVID-19), use code A (Shortage of work). Do not add comments.
    • When the employee refuses to come to work but is not sick or quarantined, use code E (Quit) or code N (Leave of absence), as appropriate. Avoid adding comments unless absolutely necessary.

Export Development Canada: Information for Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19 here.

  • New domestic mandate enhances EDC’s role in supporting all Canadian businesses through COVID-19 crisis here
  • Business Credit Availability Program here

Facebook: offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for eligible small businesses across the countries where they operate.  Small Business Grants Program information here

Farm Credit Canada: FCC’s response to COVID-19, including additional lending capacity here

FortisBC: Supporting BC during the COVID-19 outbreak here. COVID-19 may have financial impacts to FortisBC customers. They encourage customers to reach out and let them know if you are having difficulty with your bill so they can help find a solution.


  • Ad credits for Google Ads small and medium-sized businesses here
  • COVID-19: $800+ million to support small businesses and crisis response here

Granted Consulting: Use this COVID-19 Business Assessment Tool to help determine what resources and funding is available here

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada: ITAC Launches Stimulus Fund in Response to COVID-19 here

Innovative Solutions Canada: dedicated funding to help combat current and future outbreaks of COVID-19 here

Island Coastal Economic Trust: In collaboration with Tourism Vancouver Island and Innovation Island Technology Association have lunched 2 new programs to help foster business adaptation and recovery during and post COVID-19 here

Microsoft Teams: Rogers and Microsoft are offering a 6 month free trial of Microsoft Teams here

Work Safe BC: defers Q1 2020 payment here 

United Way: COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund here


Call to Action

Supply products and services to support BC’s COVID-19 response here

Canadian manufacturers needed to help combat COVID-19 here

Help Canada Combat COVID-19 here

Foreign Trade Zone – Vancouver Island (FTZVI): If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. If you can say yes to the following, they want to hear from you by sending a short summary of your offer to

  • You manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain.
  • You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns; sanitizers; wipes; ventilators; and other medical equipment and supplies.
  • You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.


Prevention, Planning & Advice

COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information here

Resources for Canadian businesses here

Plan Templates & Guides

Pandemic Preparedness for Business here

Emergency Preparedness BC: Find the below plans and more here

Pandemic Planning e-Course (Free): Understand a pandemic and what you need to do to prevent one. Offered by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety here

Printable Posters

Checklists and Recommendations

  • How Workplaces can Prepare and Protect here
  • Is Your Business Digitally Ready? here
  • Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety tip sheets here
  • COVID-19, Energy and Canada’s Economic Choices Going Forward here
  • Is COVID-19 Forcing Your Digital Transformation? 12 Stepts to Move Faster here
  • COVID-19 and Teleworking: Adapting Your Business Practices here
  • Engaging Your Workforce in a Crisis Context here
  • Business Preparedness Checklist COVID-19 here
  • 5 tips for extending cash flow amid times of uncertainty here
  • Working from home: Securing your new workplace here
  • COVID-19: Managing and Pivoting During a Time of Crisis here
  • Tech Soup Canada: Tips on Working Remotely here
  • Small Business: Financial checklist before you call your banker here

PwC’s COVID-19 Navigator: Digital Assessment Tool to help you understand the potential impact to your business and gauge your readiness to respond here

Videos or Recordings of Recent Webinars

Canadian Business Resilience Network videos here

The Conference Board of Canada recordings and videos here

BDC’s Entrepreneur’s Learning Centre here

Golden Shovel’s 2020 Exceptional Economic Development Webinars here


Sector Specific Resources

Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic here


For our new Agrifood Resources during COVID-19 list of resources click here.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Industry questions and answers, as well as related links here

  • Surplus Food Rescue Program here

BC Agri-Business Planning Program here

Intake for greenhouse carbon tax relief grants open here

Small Scale Food Processor Association: Ag-Food Entrepreneur & Supervisor Training Program here

Work Safe BC: Agriculture and COVID-19 Safety here


BC Construction Safety Alliance here

  • Employer COVID-19 Site Inspection form here
  • What if Physical Distancing is Not Possible? here
  • Managing a Pandemic on Site here
  • COVID-19 Prevention Procedures While Working on a Construction Site here

Building Supply Industry Association of BC (BSIA): COVID-19 response here

Province of BC: Guidance to BC construction sites during COVID-19 here

Vancouver Island Construction Association here

  • Online courses available for Business & Leadership and Safety here

Work Safe BC: Construction and COVID-19 Safety here

Food Services

BC Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Guidance to Retail Food and Grocery Stores (April 25) here

BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association: resources here

  • Join the Restoring Confidence App program and get a custom local business poster, learn more, or join here
  • Stand Up For Service Campaign – Press Release here, Nomination Form here
  • Blueprint for Reopening here
  • BC Restaurant and Foodservices Industry Working to Develop Strategy for Reopening here
  • List of BC restaurants who are offering takeout and delivery services here
  • OneTable asking restaurants to share their story and make their voice heard here
  • Restaurant Sector COVID-19 Impact Survey here
  • Printable signage for restaurant owners and operators here

Restaurants Canada: Resources for foodservice operators here

Small Business BC: resources for the food & beverage industry here


BC Forest Safety: COVID-19 resources here

Logging Tax: updates and info here

Work Safe BC: Forestry field work and COVID-19 safety here

Industrial Camps

BC Ministry of Health: Protecting Workers at Large Industrial Camps During the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 28) here

Province of BC: Interim Communicable Disease Control Guidelines for Industrial Camps here


Canadian manufacturers needed to help combat COVID-19 here

Province of BC: Guidance to BC manufacturers during COVID-19

Work Safe BC: Industry information for manufacturing here

Mining and Smelting

Province of BC: Guidance to mining and smelting operations during COVID-19 here


BC Centre for Disease Control: Guidance for non-food retail (malls, shops and stores) here

Canada Post: COVID-19 latest updates & FAQs here

Comox Valley Businesses Services during COVID-19 here

London Drugs:

  • Attention local small business owners: London Drugs want to help you sell your products, announcement here
  • Register here

Retail Council of Canada: Coronavirus resources for retailers here

  • Recovery Playbook here
  • Retail Council of Canada Launches Framework for Retailers to Reopen Stores here
  • Q&As for Retailers on COVID-19 here
  • RCC applauds today’s update on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (April 15) here
  • 2020 province Workers’ Compensation updates for retailers (April 13) here
  • BC announces additional COVID-19 measures (March 26) here

Retail Insider: Articles and releases here

Work Safe BC: Retail and COVID-19 Safety here

Tourism Industry

Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs): Info sheet here

Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE): Resources here

  • Scenario Mapping During a Crisis here
  • Working with Sponsors During Difficult Times here

Canadian Heritage: Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations here

Destination BC: Emergency Preparedness for BC’s Tourism Industry here, Virtual Experiences Best Practices Guide here and specific info about the Coronavirus here

  • Messaging Guidance for BC’s Tourism Industry here
  • BC’s Tourism Sectors to Benefit from $400,000 in Funding from Destination BC here
  • COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Report: Business Events here
  • Messaging Guidance for BC’s Tourism Industry here

Destination Canada: COVID-19 Updates here

Discover Comox Valley: COVID-19 information and updates for residents and visitors here

Hotel Association of Canada: Information for Hoteliers here

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada: Indigenous Businesses Receive $306.8 Million Federal Stimulus Funding Package in Response to COVID-19  here

Tourism Industry Association of Canada: Updates and resources here

  • State of Tourism in Canada During COVID-19 (April 13) here

Vancouver Island Coastal Tourism Resiliency Program: information here

  • Register for the program here
  • Webinar Archive with recordings here

Western Economic Diversification Canada: Support for tourism operators and SMEs here


Local Government Resources

City of Courtenay

Town of Comox

Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD)

Province of BC

Provincial news releases here. List of COVID-19 Essential Services here


Government of Canada

Resources for Canadian Businesses



Examples of Recovery & Re-Opening Plans

Province of Ontario: Reopening after COVID-19 plan here

Province of Saskatchewan: Phases of Re-Open here

Articles & News Stories

  • April 22: New Zealand is reopening – how did it handle coronavirus differently than Canada here


Local Services

BC Ferries: Travel advisories here

  • BC Ferries to screen passengers for COVID-19 as new regulations announced here
  • Keeping Vital Goods and Services Moving here

BC Transit: Coronavirus Information here

  • BC Transit and the Comox Valley Regional District implement services changes here

Comox Valley Airport: COVID-19 Updates here

  • April 30th update here

Harbour Air Seaplanes: COVID-19 service updates here

Pacific Coastal Airlines: President’s message here


Personal Health Resources

The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners.

BC 211

A program that matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community who are willing to help. To register for services, or to offer help, register here. More information available here

BC Centre for Disease Control

Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus here

Lush Valley Food Action Society

Emergency Food Share Program is aimed at providing food to those in need in the Comox Valley, including those in need of financial and/or food delivery assistance.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Public health risk is being continually reassessed as new information becomes available. For up-to-date and reliable information about the coronavirus and Canada’s response to this issue, visit PHAC’s online resources here.

Prevention and Planning

You can find preventative information here on the PHAC’s website and call the Health Canada 2019 coronavirus information line at 1-833-784-4397 with further questions.

Thrive Health

BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool and new support app here. The app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and alerts.  The Self-Assessment Tool is built in.

World Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have issued a joint statement on international cooperation as key to the containment of COVID-19. Read it here.



Bank of Montreal (BMO): COVID-19 support page, including updates here

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC): Financial assistance form, services, and updates here

Coastal Community Credit Union: Service updates, financial relief plan, FAQs here

Coast Capital Savings: member financial relief program, branch closures, and updates here

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC): Updates, financial relief program, and FAQs here

Scotiabank: Latest updates including message from CEO, financial relief, and COVID-19 FAQs here

TD Canada Trust: How they can help, mortgage payment deferral online application, and other information here

Past Workshops

BC Seafood Expo


Trademodo By: Paul Pan, CEO of Trademodo Video
Cascadia Seaweed By: Bill Collins, Cascadia Seaweed Video
Communicating Sustainable Seafood By: Claire Dawson and Shiori Ito, Ocean Wise Video
Building Momentum Growth & Opportunities By: Kendra, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Video


Coastal Restoration: Ocean Plastics, Recycling & Solutions for the Marine Environment PDF
Taking Indigenous Seafood Global PDF
BC’s Best Weed: Seaweed Commercialization Workshop .


Louis Druehl

Briana Warner







Free Trade Agreements Agenda

Regan Khan

Meagan Clarke

Sussan McKay

Liliana Zhylina

Francis Dorsemaine







Innovations to Drive Economic Growth in Fisheries & Aquaculture Dr. Kelly Hawboldt

Dr. John Kelly

Funding for Sustainable Development Shirley Choi

Christie Whelan

Asha Nooh

Gloria Teo




Doing Business with Sobeys PDF
Buy BC Presentation PDF


Ocean Acidification Dr. Wiley Evans, Hakai Institute

Amelia Hesketh, UBC

Dr. Debby Ianson, Fisheries & Oceans Canada




Seafood Fraud & Traceability Dr. Xiaonan Lu, University of British Columbia

Dr. Robert Hanner, University of Guelph



Cold Chain and Evolving Seafood Transport Logistics – Are they Impacting your bottom line? Dr. Stephen Neel, Ph.D, Senior Technical Director, Global Cold Chain Alliance

Steve Williams, Engagement Manager, Gfresh

Rob Flood, Air Canada




Aquaculture and Marketing Research Projects Dr. Stephen Cross, North Island College

Dr. Shannon Balfry, BC Centre for Aquatic Health Science

Dr. Sarah Dudas, Vancouver Island University

Michele Patterson, Vancouver Island University





New Culture Species in British Columbia Daniel Rabu, Aboriginal Aquaculture Association

Dr. Wendy Vandersteen, Miracle Springs Inc.

Terry Brooks, Golden Eagle Sable Fish

Justin Henry, Target Marine/Northern Divine





BC Wild Shellfish Dive Fisheries Grant Dovey, Underwater Harvester Association

Geoff Krause, Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association

Jesse Ronquillo, North Island College




Seafood Industry Human Resources and Training Roundtable Pauline Stevenson, Excel Career College

Chris Roberts, Nanwakolas Council

Shannan Brown, Cermaq Canada

Dean Dobrinsky, Marine Harvest Canada





Shellfish Production and Protecting Public Health Darlene Winterburn, British Columbia Shellfish Growers Association

Dr. Ahmed Siah, BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences

Mark Winowich, Director Business Development, Vitsab International AB





June 13-14, 2015

BC Coastal Community Mayors’ & Chairs’ Breakfast Ruth Salmon, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance PDF
Exploring the Business of Closed-Containment Aquaculture Robert Walker, AgriMarine Technologies

Garry Ullstrom, Kuterra

Steve Atkinson, Taste of BC

Terry Brooks, Golden Eagle Aquaculture





Wild Fisheries Trends, Challenges and Opportunities Dr. Brian Riddell, Pacific Salmon Foundation

Dr. Marc Trudel, Department Fisheries & Oceans Canada



7 Billion People are coming to Dinner; Feeding the World vs. Fisheries Gunnar Knapp, University of Alaska PDF
Creating & Leveraging Market Demand for Sustainable Seafood in Canada Claire Li Loong, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre PDF
The Future of Shellfish Development in the Baynes Sound Area on Vancouver Island Dr. Terri Sutherland, DFO West Vancouver, Baynes Sound Carrying Capacity Project PDF
Bringing Genomics Home; Do microbes rule the seas Dr. Curtis Suttle, Biological Oceanography, Marine Biology, Environmental Virology PDF
Keynote Lunch Presentation Dr. John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium PDF
How to get your product from here to there; Cross border trade and distribution channels to grow business William Lee, Pacific Custom Brokers

Wendy Nixon, Transport Canada

Sandy Moreland, Flying Fresh Freight




The Evolution of Salmon Aquaculture Wade Kaskiw, AKVA Group

Ian Roberts, Marine Harvest

Gavin Shaw, Skretting North America




Understanding Seafood Certifications and How to Buy Sustainable Seafood Lisa Goché, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Division of the Global Aquaculture

Grant Warkentin, Cermaq Canada Ltd.

Tim Rundle, Creative Salmon

Katherine Dolmage, Marine Harvest Canada





Understanding the Research Behind Ocean Wise and Seafood Cooking Demo Claire Li Loong, Ocean Wise, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre PDF
The Changing Tide; How the Seafood Industry is Adapting to Ocean Acidification Dr. Helen Gurney-Smith, VIU Centre for Shellfish Research

Dr. Curtis Suttle, Biology Oceanography, Marine Microbiology, Environmental Virology UBC

Dr. Stephen Cross, North Island College & UVic

Debby Ianson, Department of Fisheries & Oceans





European Trade Policies and Seafood Business Opportunities Celso Boscariol, EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West

Alex Martyniak, European Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West

Bart Schobben, Belgium Trade Commission




The Changing Landscape of Sustainable Seafood’s; Farm to Fork Katherine Dolmage, Marine Harvest PDF
Your Product – Export, Distribution & Trade Rob Arthurs, Agri-Foods Export Development, Province of BC

Marilyn Denton, Department of Foreign Affairs Trade & Development



Ecological Aquaculture; an approach that follows natures lead Dr. Stephen Cross, SEA Vision Group & North Island College PDF


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