Business & Tourism Support
During a Wildfire situation like Clinton, surrounding area and much of the interior of BC have been experiencing this " Fire Season" formerly known as "SUMMER" has undoubtedly impacted business and tourism in the area.
The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) is working to help communities and businesses get back on their feet after the wildfires that have impacted so many. They have initiated the Economic Disaster Recovery Program (EDRP) which has been used in Burns Lake, Southern Alberta floods and most recently following the Fort McMurray fire of 2016.
This program is to support businesses impacted by evacuation order, alert orders and those impacted due to highway closures and wildfire causing a downturn in tourism.
BCEDA are asking owners and managers of businesses from the impacted areas to call our Business Recovery Hotline. The hotline will begin operation on July 24, Monday through Friday during the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., for the first two weeks after evacuees begin to return back to their communities. This may be extended if the need is there. The number for the hotline is 1-877-4BC-EDRP (1-877-422-3377).
Business owners will be asked questions over the hotline that will help distinguish the businesses and community’s short and long-term needs. The information will then be shared with the communities, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Futures British Columbia, the Province of British Columbia, Chambers of Commerce and others to help them plan as the community moves forward. We encourage every business regardless of type to call. This includes businesses in incorporated, unincorporated and First Nation communities.
The following links provide information regarding the Economic Disaster Recovery Program
The calls will be administered with the generous support of energy utility FortisBC’s contact centres in Prince George and Burnaby, using existing resources.