• NOKTogether | Support local focus of hotline
    The B.C. Economic Development Association (BCEDA) and FortisBC are working together to support small businesses during a time of economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. FortisBC has established a telephone hotline to assist businesses in signing up for Support Local BC, an online platform allowing customers to purchase gift certificates from local businesses across the province. The Support Local BC platform launched in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on businesses whoContinue reading “NOKTogether | Support local focus of hotline”
  • NOKTogether | Input Sought on Provincial Budget
    British Columbians will have the opportunity to share their priorities for the 2021 provincial budget. Consultations will occur virtually through video and teleconference June 1-4, 8-12, 15-19 and 22-24, 2020, with hearings and presenters grouped into small panels based on various themes. British Columbia’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services also invites people to participate in this year’s budget consultation by completing the survey online or making a written, audio or video submission. The surveyContinue reading “NOKTogether | Input Sought on Provincial Budget”
  • NOKTogether | Commercial Rent Program Strengthened
    B.C. businesses eligible for rent support from the federal government will be protected from evictions as the B.C. government issues a new order under the Emergency Program Act (EPA). Eligible businesses whose landlords choose not to apply for the federal CECRA program will be protected from evictions due to unpaid rent payments through to the end of June 2020, as determined by the federal program timelines. The EPA order restricts the termination of lease agreements andContinue reading “NOKTogether | Commercial Rent Program Strengthened”
  • NOKTogether | Coldstream Municipal Office Reopens
    Effective June 1, the District of Coldstream office will re-open to the public. Front counter service for bill payments and general inquiries will be available for walk in visitors. All other essential services including, development inquiries, building permits and utilities, should be coordinated through appointment only. Contacting the office by phone or email is still the quickest method for immediate service. Enhanced protocols have been established for all those who visit the office. All visitorsContinue reading “NOKTogether | Coldstream Municipal Office Reopens”
  • NOKTogether | City of Vernon Updates Covid Response
    The City of Vernon has remained operational during the Covid-19 pandemic.   While many municipalities are starting to look at ways to open their doors and resume full services, the city made the decision to keep its doors open for all services (with the exception of recreation services). “Maintaining the safety of our citizens, visitors and staff, while ensuring business continuity, has been the city’s top priority during this global pandemic,” states a release. “CouncilContinue reading “NOKTogether | City of Vernon Updates Covid Response”
  • NOKTogether | New program connects farmers with workers
    The new B.C. Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector will showcase current job vacancies throughout the province, including those for crop harvesters, food processing and farm workers, agrologists, large machinery operators and marketing specialists. The site also has sector-specific information and guidance to support businesses as they adapt their recruitment and human resource management in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The connector site will also provide information and context about the opportunities that exist withinContinue reading “NOKTogether | New program connects farmers with workers”
  • NOKTogether | PPE producers connected to businesses
    As our economy begins to reopen, many businesses will need to access personal protective equipment (PPE) to help keep their customers and staff safe from Covid-19. Sourcing masks, hand sanitizers and gowns is often challenging, especially for businesses that are new to sourcing this type of equipment, especially with unprecedented global demand for PPE. This is likely to continue into the foreseeable future as our economies move to reopen and many health and safety standardsContinue reading “NOKTogether | PPE producers connected to businesses”
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