CFBC Award for Excellence and Innovation

Community Futures Boundary


Presented to:

Community Futures Boundary for The Boundary Flood Recovery

  • Boundary Flood Recovery is a multi-sectoral stakeholder group that was formed under the Regional District of the Kootenay Boundary in the face B.C.’s worst flooding event in recent history which took place in the Boundary Region in May of 2018. impacting 3000 km’s of riverfront. To date, Boundary Flood Recovery has played an integral role in securing over $60 million dollars of funding for the region.
  • Community Futures Boundary, under the Economic Recovery pillar, was able to provide flexible, much needed lending to impacted businesses along with support for businesses applying for funding from Disaster Financial Assistance and Red Cross.
  • CF Boundary was able to advocate for over $3 million dollars of support, and help to develop grassroots organizations throughout the region, thereby elevating the profile of CF and demonstrating real value to businesses and community in need.
  • This project is easily transferrable to other CF organizations in communities who experience a significant disaster and who are working under a Community led approach to recovery. 




Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin, North Cariboo and Sun Country


Presented to:

Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin, North Cariboo and Sun Country for The Wildfire Business Transition Training/Coaching Program

  • The 2017 wildfire season was the worst in BC’s history and had a particularly devastating impact on small businesses in rural communities. In addition to the immediate impacts of property damage and loss of business due to evacuation orders, businesses had to grapple with the longer-term effects on business continuity, including loss of employees, customers and cash flow.
  • The affected Community Futures developed a three-pronged approach that included outreach, financial support, and training.
  • The Training/Coaching component was spearheaded by the three community futures of Cariboo Chilcotin, North Cariboo and Sun Country. 
  • This program lends itself well to transferability and is flexible to be modified for other community disasters and crisis situations.
  • The quick and effective response initiated by Community Futures on this project positively supported the CF Brand provincially, and positioned Community Futures as a preferred vehicle for small business disaster recovery.  Lessons learned from this project will be incorporated into the work of the CFDA Disaster Recovery Framework Initiative.

Central Kootenay

Community Futures Central Kootenay

Presented to:

Community Futures Central Kootenay for The Small Business Training Centre

  • The program has been integral in CFCK’s ability to help local and regional businesses be successful.  Since, its inception in 1993, over 4,000 people have accessed training on topics ranging from marketing, to bookkeeping and technology.
  • This program could be implemented in Community Futures locations throughout Canada.  The Centre is transferrable in its management and structure, marketing and outreach activities, and the ability to successfully support businesses in their ongoing training needs.


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For over 30 years, we’ve been fostering entrepreneurship in rural BC. We offer small business loans, business counseling and specialized programs to help you start or grow a business, and to help communities become more resilient and dynamic. Find out more…

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