Wildfire Business Transition Project News

Funding for training announced for businesses impacted by the 2017 wildfires

June 15, 2018

Businesses and not-for-profit organizations impacted by last summer’s wildfires in B.C.’s Interior will be able to access up to $10,000 in financial support for training through a new program established by four Community Futures groups in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, North Cariboo, Sun Country and Thompson Country regions, thanks to funding from Western Economic Diversification. The training program is part of the Wildfire Business Transition Project, which provides targeted support to businesses and communities that were impacted by the wildfires.

Eligible businesses and not-for-profits will be able to access a maximum up to $5,000 per owner/manager for business coaching or other self-identified training program, and up to $2,500 per employee for a maximum of $10,000 per organization.

Re-tooling for the future

Businesses in the affected areas are in transition. They’re moving beyond where they were last July, dealing with the immediate aftermath of the fires, and are now looking ahead to how they can use that experience to strengthen their businesses.

Last summer’s wildfires forced many business owners to re-assess their operations and make adjustments. Some businesses lost a lot of staff due to the evacuations, and now have to hire and train new employees. Others may need new skills in order to adjust to changing markets or take advantage of new opportunities.

The Wildfire Business Transition Training program is designed to meet a wide range of needs, from training new employees or upgrading trade certificates, to business coaching and customized, self-identified training for owners and managers.

In addition to financial support for training, the Wildfire Business Transition Project also offers outreach and advisory services and assistance in succession planning. Funding from Western Economic Diversification augments funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition in the northern communities

Who can apply?

Businesses and not-for-profit organizations that are currently in business and were operating in a wildfire affected community before July 7, 2017 and have less than 50 employees and a net profit of less than $250,000 (revenue less expenses) in the past 12 months.

Deadline for applications

Funding is limited, so businesses are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. All training must be completed no later than December 31, 2018. Training that has started and been paid for between October 23, 2017 and December 31, 2018 may also be eligible for support.

How do I apply?

For more details and to apply, please contact the Community Futures office in one of the following regions or visit our website at www.cfwildfire.ca/training_programs/

Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin
Tel. (250) 392-3626

Community Futures North Cariboo
Tel. (250) 992-2322

Community Futures Sun Country
Tel. (250) 453-9165

Community Futures Thompson Country
Tel. (250) 828-8772

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