In 2012, the BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) developed the Economic Disaster Recovery & Resiliency Program (EDRRP) to assist the community of Burns Lake, BC following a mill explosion. Working with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and RestoreYourEconomy.org, BCEDA established teams of volunteers to visit the community of Burns Lake and develop an Economic Recovery Plan. The volunteers consisted of experienced economic developers from across Canada who visited the community over a period of four days, held one-on-one meetings, visited businesses, met with Council, local Indigenous communities and other key stakeholders.
Since 2013, the BCEDA BC Economic Disaster Recovery Program has been involved in the following:
The EDRRP is the first program of its kind in Canada focused on the resiliency and recovery of distressed economies. BCEDA will do whatever it can within the resources we have available to assist communities in distress. We depend on the funds raised through our annual Auction at the BC Economic Summit and in generous donations from corporations like FortisBC, Pacific Coastal Airlines, and ASTTBC. We welcome you to join our efforts. If you would like to be a volunteer for our programs please click here to complete the form.