The following is a message from the Indigenous Business and Investment Council regarding resources in business and community economic development in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, please contact:
Chris Bechard, Senior Advisor, Indigenous Economic Opportunity
Greg Booth, Director, Indigenous Economic Opportunity
C: 250 216-6855
Greetings to our colleagues in the Indigenous business and economic development support community.
We hope that this message finds you in good health and safe keeping.
Given concerns over the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, we are reaching out today to:
- Support communications between the Province and Indigenous organizations involved in business and community economic development,
- Ensure that Indigenous organizations are receiving critical information concerning economic support programs for Indigenous businesses and communities,
- Ensure awareness of Provincial economic support programs, and
- Hear from you with respect to the economic impacts and concerns of Indigenous businesses and communities.
On March 24th, the Province established a webpage, COVID-19 Economic Development Resources, to communicate provincial and federal economic supports as well as other business resources. The Province’s initial response to COVID-19 is outlined in the BC COVID-19 Action Plan. Check this site regularly for additional supports and actions as the situation evolves.
The COVID-19 Financial Supports for Small Business document is now live at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/employment-business-and-economic-development/business-management/small-business/covid-19_small_business_supports.pdf.
The BC Economic Development Association has compiled an extensive set of resources and guidance for businesses, economic developers and local leaders. In addition, it has developed a COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports.
We hope you find this information helpful, encourage you to share it with your client communities and businesses, and would appreciate hearing from you with respect to economic impacts and concerns.
Our best wishes for good health to those in your families, communities and business networks, and for resilience in the face of great uncertainty.
Senior Advisor, Indigenous Economic Opportunity
Director, Indigenous Economic Opportunity
C: 250 216-6855
Secretariat to the Indigenous Business and Investment Council
Investment, Innovation & Technology Division
Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development & Competitiveness