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:
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
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