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Emergency Assistance to small businesses impacted by the BC wild fires

Posted on: August 16, 2017 1:00 pm
Tags: Bc wildfires, Red cross, Small business, Emergency assistance

BCEDA is pleased to inform you that the Red Cross and the Province of BC have announced an emergency assistance program for Small Business, Not-for-Profit Organizations and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods. 


The Canadian Red Cross will be providing emergency assistance of $1,500 to each eligible small business, not-for-profit organization or cultural livelihood directly impacted by the British Columbia Fires through an application and validation process. This funding is made possible through a contribution from the government of British Columbia.


Who can apply?

To receive funding, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and First Nation people who support their community and its members through cultural livelihoods must meet the following basic requirements. Additional information will be required during the application process.


Types of businesses, organizations and First Nations individuals:

  • -Sole Proprietors
  • -Partnerships
  • -Corporations
  • -Franchises
  • -Not-for-profit organizations (Organization descriptions)
  • -First Nations businesses
  • -First Nations members whose main income support comes from carrying out a cultural livelihood (Cultural livelihood definitions)


In addition, applicants must:

  • -Have 50 employees or less (does not apply to not-for-profit organizations)
  • -Be located in a community that was (or is) under an evacuation order or evacuation alert as a result of the 2017 British Columbia Fires, including First Nations businesses or traditional cultural livelihoods located on-reserve.
  • -Eligibility has also been extended to areas directly impacted by closures along: Highway 20; Highway 97, south of Prince George to areas covered by evacuation alerts; Highway 26 to Barkerville; and, eastern Cariboo Regional District communities of Horsefly and Likely.
  • -NOTE:  Given the event is ongoing, please check back for additional eligible communities. The Province continues to review areas directly and significantly impacted by closures and will make adjustments to the eligibility as required but does not want to delay support to these affected communities while that review is undertaken.
  • -Have been in operation on or before July 7, 2017
  • -Be financially vulnerable as a result of the 2017 BC Fires
  • -Have resumed or are intending to resume operations


How to Apply:

To apply for this assistance please go to and complete the application form.  You can also call 1-855-999-3345 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Monday to Friday.  If you have any difficulties please feel free to email us at and we will do our best to help you.  

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A Christmas Wish

Posted on: December 21, 2015 9:00 am
Tags: A christmas wish


If we look back into our not too distant past and consider Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, and the Beatles they all have something in common. Love. Mr. King, “I have a dream”, John Lennon, “ Imagine all the people living life in peace”, and the Beatles, “All you need is Love”. If we think of what these men said, what they did, who they were and are, it seems like they all just wanted our world to be a better place.

As we all come together this holiday season, celebrating, or not as our faith and beliefs may guide us, consider your fellow man, feel your hearts beat in your chest, look upon your brothers and sisters with love and kindness, treat one another with tenderness, for what we put out into our world is returned to us. Alone we are one person, together we are a community and we can change the world and mould it to our ideal. Is that not what we do now?

Two thousand years ago, he came, he lived a perfect life, and he died for us. He loves all of us in a way that many do not know but can if they only choose to. Yes, I am talking about Jesus and let us not forget that Christmas is not really about the exchange of gifts, it’s a celebration of his life and the gift he has given all of us.

I believe we can live in a world where there is no war, there is no violence, where neighbours help each other, where children are taken care of when they are sick, where food is shared so that there are no empty belly’s, where we all have clean water to drink. Yes, this I truly believe. We can have all of this and more if you believe to.

Look upon one another with love and joy in your heart and witness the changes that happen around you. Closer to home, there is someone who says “Anything is possible”.

I love my community and all of us in it.

I would ask for one thing this Christmas, and I would like to share it with you

God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions.

Merry Christmas


Live the Dream

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Congratulations Rachel Meldrum

Posted on: August 28, 2015 4:00 pm
Tags: Williams lake

A New Chapter:

It's official!  Our valuable team member and CA student, Rachel Meldrum, has passed the three-day national Uniform Evaluation (UFE) exam.  We would all like to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to her and look forward to working with her in the future.

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