With the events unfolding from the 2021 wildfires, the BCEDA wants to make sure you are aware of the support available through BC Economic Development Association for businesses impacted by the wildfires at bceda.ca/wildfires.php. These programs are offered as part of our Economic Disaster Recovery & Resiliency Program, and we hope to have you spread the word about it. BCEDA has created resources specific to the #BCWildfires, including a Business Impact Survey, live resources document, 10 Steps to Prepare your Business for Evacuation, Local Economic Recovery & Restart Toolkit and more.  In addition, we do offer the ability to upload your business information to our BC BusinessCounts system at no charge With this information, you will be able to fully communicate with your businesses in the event of an evacuation, assuming you provide email addresses and contact names. This can also assist with a phased re-entry, assuming you will want your businesses to enter before the rest of the community.

BCEDA’s expertise is in Economic Recovery, having been involved following the Burns Lake Mill Explosion, Alberta Flooding, Wildfires 2017/2018, development of the US Government Economic Recovery Framework, US Virgin Islands, US Mariana Islands, State of Hawaii, and others.  While our primary focus in British Columbia, we do try to help others when requested

Business Impact Survey

Our thoughts are with those who the wildfires have impacted throughout BC and the many communities who are currently supporting evacuees.  A major part of our program is our large group of volunteers around the Province who are ready to work with businesses to find support.  To identify those needing support, we have developed a short Business Impact Survey that we hope you will share with businesses in your regions that are being impacted by a variety of wildfire impacts, including:

  • Direct Impact (destruction of the business)
  • Road Closure
  • Staff unable to attend work
  • The community was evacuated as a precution
  • Delivery interruption
  • The perception that we were closed
  • Other

This short survey will help distinguish businesses’ and communities’ short and long-term needs. The BCEDA collects this information to share aggregate information with Provincial, Indigenous, Local and Regional Governments and other support agencies like the Canadian Red Cross.  No confidential information will be shared unless you request a follow-up call. All information is stored in Canada by Softlanding.

We are sorry that you may be experiencing challenges due to the wildfires, and BC Economic Development Association will do everything we can to help you. When it comes to Economic Recovery from Disasters, no one in Canada has the experience or volunteer network like BCEDA.

For more information visit:  https://www.executivepulse.ca/bcwildfire2021

British Columbia Economic Development Association