Columbia Valley Community & Economic Support Team
COVID-19 Update - April 6th, 2020
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Canada's Emergancy Benefit Applications Open This Week.
It is important to know during the application period for the Canada Emergency Benefit, applications will be accepted on certain days of the week, depending on your birth month, in order to reduce the strain on their online portal. 

  • Mondays: Those born in January, February and March.
  • Tuesdays: Those born in April, May and June
  • Wednesdays: Those born in July, August and September
  • Thursdays: Those born in October, November and December
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Everyone can apply.

When its your turn: Use This Link
A brand new website to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.
Launched just today , The Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome you to the Canadian Business Resilience Network, where you’ll find the latest information, tools and resources businesses need to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. 
A Great Read for Employers
There’s no question the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the tourism and hospitality industry hard. The timing is incredibly inopportune as the crisis comes just as employers were gearing up for their important and busy summer season.

The Latest Snapshot   from the Regional District of East Kootenay
The RDEK Board of Directors has unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Provincial Health Officer to introduce stronger measures and provide additional clarity around travel between communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read All About It!
A new number everyone should know is 211
As more and more people are appropriately self-isolating, many seniors who live
independently with the help of family and friends, are finding those supports

Seniors needing assistance and volunteers prepared to help may register by calling 2-1-1
or visiting the website:

The latest from the CBT.
To help small business in the Basin, the Trust will:
  • provide low interest working capital loans to help businesses meet immediate needs or plan for future recovery
  • increase the support available through the Impact Investment Fund
  • waive fees for Basin RevUp
  • provide increased wage subsidy support through Summer Works and the Career Internship Program
  • increase the resources available through Basin Business Advisors and Training Fee Support. Read More
Support Local!
From Scratch will deliver to your door in Invermere, Fairmont, and Canal Flats.
Starting next Monday, April 6th, get a MADE FROM SCRATCH COMFORT MEAL BOX

Each delicious box contains our choices of 2 frozen entrees meals (4 portions per meal), 2 of our well-loved condiments & a selection of BC produced foods ranging from salt to tea, coffee, honey, chocolate, salsa or pickles . Find Out More
Carry forward the local support and get your tires at Cleanline Auto!
Did you know Cleanline is offering a valet service right now? They will pick up and deliver vehicles right to your driveway!

Cleanline is also donating $50 to our Food Bank for every set of tires they sell this month. Their goal is to raise $1000!

If you need new tires, you know where to go! Check It Out!
Don't let the recent snow fool you. Summer is on the way, so be ready!
ION² Suspension is open, stocked with parts and ready to help you get on your bike asap!

They are recognized as a BC essential service (of course!) and are implementing the measures prescribed by the various public health authorities. Request a booking today!
A wonderful place for the community, and especially our seniors, to go when the air clears
The Columbia House Enhancement Society (CHES) has been working extensively to see the healing garden become reality. Now more than ever they need our help to finish this project.

CHES plans to have their Helicopter Ball Drop in September and would love your involvement

Contact them at:
or 250 342-5723 or Visit Their Site
Sydicate has a new
And they are offering 50% off winter stuff! Use code: WINTER50. For curb-side pick up or local delivery, you can email them with questions

Whats your business up to? Engage with us and become a HEADLINE
Three websites that your business should explore!
The Columbia Valley Community Economic Support Team have discovered three great websites that have been designed to help promote your business and attract customers during COVID19.

Enter your details in one that suites your business or get involved in all three! Click on their logos to discover more information!
What support is available to you?
  • Support for individuals and families
  • Support for people facing unemployment
  • Support for people who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation
  • Support to businesses
  • Avoiding layoffs
  • Supporting financial stability
  • Support for farmers
  • Access to credit
  • Its all here!
Get the answers you need directly from the source!
The Columbia Valley Community & Economic Support Team meets regularly each week and are tackling our Valley's challenges head on!

They understand that everyone has a unique story during this time and they are available to answer your questions. So whats on your mind?

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 , or
call 250-688-0529. 
It is imperative that our community rallies together during this time and we strongly encourage everyone to support local business as much as possible.
Many local businesses have created an official statement on their website and social media (like the one above). In an effort to centralize communication from your business to our visitors, municipalities and local community members, Please quickly submit your information below.
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