The Provincial Government visited Grand Forks today for an announcement at the Wooden Spoon. Up to $2.9 million is being provided to flood-impacted small businesses and not-for-profits throughout the entire Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. A community engagement regarding the program and applications can be expected this month. Some of the program requirements include having 50 employees or less, and the business being your primary source of income.

Parliamentary Secretary Jennifer Rice says the funding is being distributed through the Canadian Red Cross. “This support is being provided in response to locally identified needs, and will be distributed through the Canadian Red Cross, which has continued to be a key partner through the recovery process. Business owners have already received an immediate $1,500 and this additional funding will provide eligible businesses up to $18,500 with the potential for further assistance for eligible businesses who need it.”

Also, those that already received the initial $1,500 are still eligible, and those that haven’t are still eligible for both.

Rice explains that she’s also the response to a previously discussed flood-liaison. “I can assure you will we continue to listen to your concerns and find ways that we can work together to move forward. That’s why Premiere John Horgan had asked me to serve as the Provincial Government’s key point of contact for Grand Forks recovery, and to report directly to him on our efforts.”

Rice says the government is re-developing recovery framework for BC. “We’ve come to understand how complex recovery really is. We’re working to improve our systems to better support recovery. The government of British Columbia is shifting from an emergency management program that is orientated mainly towards planning for response to disaster, to one with an added focus on disaster risk, reduction, and recovery.”

For more details on the program click here.

To read about the next Boundary Flood Recovery Update Meeting click here.