Columbia Valley Community & Economic Support Team
COVID-19 Update - April 15th, 2020
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Two Must See Online Events This Week!
THURSDAY: An invitation to Invermere Businesses
Join Pete Bourke , Executive Director, Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce as he hosts a 'Business Roundtable' with Mayor Al Miller , Interim CAO Kindry Luyendyk and CFO Karen Cote from the District of Invermere.

The panel will provide an update on support programs and other resources to assist Invermere businesses. Followed by a Q&A from attendees.

Duration  – 60 minutes 
Date  – Thursday, April 16 th  2020 
Start Time  – 11am 
Location  – Zoom Conferencing
FRIDAY: An invitation to everyone
Join our Provincial and Federal Government officials for an information session related to COVID-19. MP Rob Morrison & MLA Doug Clovechok will provide an update on items within their scope and take questions from the attendees. This session will be moderated by Pete Bourke and Jessica Fairhart.

Duration   – 60 to 90 minutes 
Date   – Friday, April 17th   2020 
Start Time   – 11:30am 
Location   – Zoom Conferencing

Hump Day is now Takeout Day! and thats TODAY!
We’re encouraging Canadians across the country to order takeout en-masse in a show of support for their favourite local restaurants.

Restaurants are doing their part by staying open for takeout. Now it’s your turn to take an active part in the support of an industry that employs millions of people in this country. Learn More
New virtual mental health supports for COVID-19
To ensure British Columbians have increased access to vital mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Province has announced $5 million to expand existing mental health programs and services and launch new services to support British Columbians.  

Are you aware of the Basin Business Advisor's Program?
If you are a business looking for assistance in getting through these tough times this program offers confidential, one-to-one counselling and assessment services free of charge. It will provide timely, reliable and relevant business information on COVID-19. Business advisors are available to provide information and advice on mitigating the impact of COVID-19 as well as how to act on opportunities. You can reach out to Corey Kanzig – East Kootenay Advisor at

The Latest Snapshot   from the Regional District of East Kootenay
Today, the Government of Canada announced $50 million to help farmers, fish harvesters, and all food production and processing employers, put in place the measures necessary to follow the mandatory 14-day isolation period required of all workers arriving from abroad... Read All About It!
Invermere and District Hospital’s Chief of Staff Addresses COVID-19 Facts and Testing
Dr. Gareth Mannheimer, Chief of Staff of Invermere & District Hospital and
local family physician provides a local update on COVID-19, re-affirms the need to remain
vigilant and discusses new developments in antibody testing.

BINGO! An awesome way to think, shop & support local businesses.
Play the 'Rally The Valley' BINGO Competition and win huge prize packages stuffed full of goodies!

  • Download or view your BINGO card here: 
  • Choose a line from the BINGO card you want to complete.
  • Once completed, post on Facebook how you completed the BINGO card line, include photos/videos if you have them!
Tomorrow Starts Here
The Help List is a non-profit initiative committed to curating the most relevant and meaningful resources for the Canadian Technology Sector during this global crisis.

Two opportunities to have your voice heard and help our government make informed choices
The next two week Pulse Check Survey is now out and we're listening!

Your participation is critical!

Two weeks ago, we started conducting ‘pulse check’ surveys to find out how businesses are faring in the age of COVID-19, and how your needs are evolving.

This information will inform ongoing recommendations to government and, perhaps more importantly, help track the efficacy of government programs and initiatives as they roll out. 

Our previous COVID-19 Pulse Check survey saw close to 2000 responses and informed many of the existing supports for business already put forth by the BC government. 

This is your opportunity to be heard on an ongoing basis and get the support you need.
Canadian Chamber and Statistics Canada create one of the largest business conditions surveys in Canadian history; the Chamber sends out a call to action for all businesses amid COVID-19.

As Canada rises to the challenge of COVID-19, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Statistics Canada have created a new weapon: time-sensitive data about what businesses are going through and how they are planning for the eventual recovery

The new survey will be in the field this week and collect data on how businesses are currently coping with COVID-19, but the survey may be repeated in the coming weeks, depending on how the situation progresses.

The survey will be an invaluable tool for government to understand what businesses are going through during the shutdown, but also going forward as we recover and return to growth.
A brand new website to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.
The Government of Canada, and 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. 

The Canadian Government wants to know how to best serve you.

Feed The Valley! The Gardening Initiative
With the impact that COVID -19 may have on our food system, now is the time to grow more of our own food and increase our food security.
You can participate by:
  • Plant a family garden.
  • Double your impact.
  • Start a Youth garden project.

Support Local!
Local shopping made easy!
Take a virtual walk down Invermere's main street
Collect your treasure on the curb or have it delivered!
Need those finishing touches for the isolation home make over? Check out treasures in the wind collection of Vintage Items, Antique pieces, Furniture, Records,Kids items, costume apparel and vintage wear!

Did You know Summit Footwear have curb-side pick up and free delivery/shipping!?
Do you need a little pick-me-up or maybe know someone who needs a little TLC? Order a Summit Care Package today. Each package holds 6 thoughtfully curated items from our new spring accessory collection. You won’t be disappointed!

Whats your business up to? Engage with us and become a HEADLINE
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?

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