Resources

Agribusiness Programs, Funding, and Incentives

BC Agri-Business Planning Program

The B.C. Agri- Business Planning Program offers two distinct streams of support for agri-businesses:

  • Specialized business planning to enable producers and processors to make more informed decisions and strengthen their business
  • Disaster recovery planning to help producers implement an immediate and long-term disaster recovery plan

Eligible applicants can access up to $5,000 for individuals and $30,000 for groups for business planning services from a Qualified Business Consultant.

Apply here

BC Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Program

Provides funding to support businesses to develop marketing skills, purchase market research, create marketing plans and expand export sales.

More info

AgriService BC

Find information and resources for multiple subjects including New Farmers, Agri-Tourism, Drought Management and the BC Agrifood Resource Guide.

BC Land Matching Program

The BC Land Matching Program (BCLMP) provides land matching and business support services to new farmers looking for land to farm as well as landowners interested in finding someone to farm their land.

Canada-BC Agri-Innovation

The Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program is designed to accelerate the pace of agrifood related innovation to enhance the sector’s competitiveness, sustainability, productivity and resiliency.

Innovation funding supports projects related to:

  • Research and Development
  • Pilot and Demonstration
  • Commercialization and Adoption

Farm Adaptation Innovator Program

The Farm Adaptation Innovator Program (FAIP) seeks to build adaptive capacity and encourage the adoption of effective farm practices to help mitigate impacts related to climate change by supporting projects that:

  • Promote innovation in farm practices, approaches and technologies that support climate change adaptation
  • Demonstrate farm practices that reduce weather related production risks, and identify new production opportunities
  • Develop informational and knowledge sharing resources and support increased sector capacity to support adaptation

Greenhouse Carbon Tax Relief Grant

The BC government is providing carbon tax relief to commercial greenhouses. The grant covers 80 per cent of the carbon tax paid on natural gas and propane used for greenhouse heating and CO2 production.

Innovation in Agriculture

The government innovation programs aim to transform ideas into new and sustainable solutions for the agrifood sector. The programs enable the development, piloting, commercialization and adoption of new products, practices, processes and technologies, making producers and processors more competitive and sustainable.

Insurance & Income Protection

Agricultural producers can protect their business against severe market volatility and disaster situations.

Agriculture & Seafood Programs

View all the current programs here.

Statistics and Data

Demographics

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

Income

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

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

Education

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

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

Vancouver Island & Coast Development Region Employment and Unemployment Rate

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

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

Age

population-pyramid2

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

Census 2011 – Population distribution for Comox Valley communitiesDownload .xlsx

Migration

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

Tourism

 

View Marketing Opportunities here

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

 

Business Counts E-Newsletters

 

 

Tourism Industry E-Newsletters

 

Sector Research

General

 

Strategic Plans

Comox Valley Estuary and Glacier

Strategic Plan

The Comox Valley Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan Update was prepared to guide economic development activities in the Comox Valley over the five-year period from 2013 to 2017.

It was prepared as part of the 5 Year Agreement between Comox Valley Economic Development Society and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), as the contracted agency responsible for economic development services in the CVRD. The strategy will be successfully implemented with the continued participation and joint efforts of the region’s municipalities (Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland) and Regional District, K’omoks First Nation, and many other partners in the public and private sectors.

High-level references to economic development in the Regional Growth Strategy, Sustainability Strategy and available municipal Official Community Plans are referenced in the Plan. As the economic “department” for the regional government, as well as the individual municipalities, CVEDS can use its expertise and track record to determine the specific programs and actions that are most likely to achieve these regional objectives, in the areas over which CVEDS provides services and support.

Strategic Plans

Work Plan

VIVC Annual Report

Annual Report

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Business Resource Centre

Last edited: September 16, 2020

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We’re Here to Help You During the COVID-19 Crisis

If you’re a business in the Comox Valley join our e-newsletter for news and updates, including COVID-19 information.

Check the Comox Valley Businesses Services during COVID-19 webpage to view what level of modified business services are available locally during this difficult time.

Have a question that can’t be found on this website? Email Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism at COVID-19@investcomoxvalley.com

 

Latest News & Current Updates

September 17New plan maps next steps forward in B.C.’s economic recovery

September 16Prime Minister announces next steps for Safe Restart Agreement

September 10Economic challenges of COVID-19 matched by strong supports for people

September 8Government Announces Extension of Rent Relief for Small Businesses

August 31Government announces greater flexibility and extension of Canada Emergency Business Account

August 31Minister’s statement on report on hotel sector

Upcoming Webinars:

 

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 (August 7) 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

WorkSafeBC

  • 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.

Google:

  • 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 ic.mid-dim.ic@canada.ca.

  • 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

Agriculture

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

Construction

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

  • 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

Forestry 

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

Manufacturing 

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

Retail

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

BC Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Guidance to the Hotel Sector (April 28) here

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

  • BC’s Tourism Sectors to Benefit from $400,000 in Funding from Destination BC here
  • The Road to Recovery Webinar Series 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.

 

Banks

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

Business Resources

Business Success Stories

The Comox Valley’s entrepreneurs are innovators in their fields, expanding their operations and incredible examples of the range of business opportunities in the area. Check out some of the recent business news here, and contact us if you are considering starting or expanding your business to explore how Comox Valley Economic Development Business Counts services can support your success.

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Agrifood Statistics, Reports & Other Resources

Agriculture & Seafood

 

Previous Agriculture E-News

 

Other Resources

 

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