Introducing the Columbia Valley Business Community Support Team
Over the past week the organizations listed above have been working together closely. We understand that there is a lot of news out there and communications are frequent and many. To streamline this, we have joined forces to provide a single, focused and local information source that you can count on daily - Monday to Friday before 5 pm . This mail-out is available to anyone so please encourage others to subscribe
Please scroll through, to the bottom and don't miss any important and valuable information for you, your family and your business. United, our special Valley will get through this together.
Your Local Network to  Help  and  Be Helped  is here...
Are you in need of assistance or do you have time to assist others? If so, please visit  Volunteer Columbia Valley  website to register. Should you have any questions on this, please email  klassenlaurie@gmail.com , or
call 250-688-0529. 
Guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19
The B.C. government and Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, are taking unprecedented measures to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Employers in the construction industry are asking for clarity about what this means for them.   More
The latest on what you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C
British Columbia health officials are continuing to remind people about the importance of social distancing to stop the spread.

B.C. has ordered all restaurants and bars to shut down dine-in operations, but they can now sell sealed liquor with take-out meals. More
The status of our Parks
Nature provides the perfect environment to promote health and well-being.

While BC Parks is bringing in some new novel COVID-19 protocols, people throughout B.C. will still be able to enjoy day-use parks as a positive way to connect to nature.

Some day-use services and facilities are currently available at the following provincial parks: More
The results are in!
Thank you for your spectacular engagement in the BC chamber network  COVID-19 Business Impact Survey  that launched last Friday and closed at 5pm on March 18 th .
We received an unprecedented 7900+ responses.You can be proud – and know with confidence – that there is no more definitive business community “pulse check” in the province right now.

We have prepared three online “Insight Stories” for you:

  1. An overall summary of the data
  2. A breakdown by region
  3. A breakdown by size of business

These insights have been sent to both the federal and provincial government – and the intelligence you shared with us is helping shape how government reacts to this pandemic crisis in real time.

Here’s the quick analysis:

  • 90% of businesses are “currently being impacted by COVID-19”
  • Of those impacted, 83% are seeing a “drop in revenue, business, or deal flow”
  • 91% anticipate a further “decrease in revenue in the near-term” [sic]
  • 73% of businesses expect their revenues will drop by 50% or more (with nearly a quarter saying revenues will drop by 100%)
  • Half of the respondents say they will be “temporarily shutting down” their offices.
  • 64% of respondents expect to reduce their staff by over half (with a quarter saying they will be reducing their staff by 100%)
Explore BC... Later
Like you, we are passionate about exploring British Columbia, but now is not the time to travel. Please stay home and follow the advice of health authorities to keep yourself and others safe.

Do your part now, so we can all explore BC again later. In the meantime, find information and future travel inspiration here
Many local businesses have already created an official statement on their website and social media. In an effort to centralize communication from your business to our visitors, municipalities and local community members, Please quickly submit your information below.
It is imperative that our community rallies together during this time and we strongly encourage everyone to support local business as much as possible.