Columbia Valley Community & Economic Support Team
COVID-19 Update - April 8th, 2020
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The latest from Dr. Gareth Mannheimer, Chief of Staff for the Invermere & District Hospital
"I am pleased to let you know that since my last report, we have had no new test positive cases
in our community."

What About Cloth Face Coverings For Community Use? Read All About It
Positive Changes To Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program, Interest-Free Loans Available April 9  
(OTTAWA, ON) – April 8, 2020 –  The Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, the Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, issued the following statement regarding today’s announced changes to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy program. Read More
Another opportunity for financial relief during this challenging time
If you are on a monthly Autoplan payment plan, and are facing financial challenges due to COVID-19, you can defer* your payment for up to 90 days with no penalty. Payment deferral is also available for fleets. If your account is not up to date, you are not eligible to defer payments but we will work with you to find a mutually agreeable solution.
The Latest Snapshot   from the Regional District of East Kootenay
“Let’s bend the curve, not bend the rules.” That was a key theme today as Dr. Henry and Minister Dix stressed the need for people to abide by the guidelines that have been laid out by the Province including... Read All About It!
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. 

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

Support Local!
Main Street Fun & Games is helping to save Easter!
Their Bunny Bags are filled with toys, games and treats! Each bag is $29.99 +tax ($33.59 with tax) and can be picked up or delivered on Friday April 10th! Delivery is free in Invermere and $5 for out of town.

If you would like to customize the bag by adding Pokemon, Magic the Gathering or anything else, just let them know! They are happy to add to your Easter Fun!

Cleanline Auto are adding SPARK to their new valet service
Did you know Cleanline is offering a valet service right now? The only thing better than valet is Zero Emission Valet! They drive Sparky the electric car to your home and leave it parked there while they take your car to Cleanline!

Cleanline is also donating $50 to our Food Bank for every set of tires they sell this month. they have already sold three and on their way to their $1000 goal.

If you need new tires, you know where to go! Check It Out!
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
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
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!
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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