BCEDA is watching the wildfires currently burning throughout the province, and the devastation that they bring. We encourage every community to ensure that they, and their business community, are prepared in the event of a disaster such as a wildfire. Resources to aid in this preparation can be found below.
We encourage communities to prepare and check back to this page for more info as the situation unfolds, and new assistance programs are announced.
2022 BCEDA Economic Recovery & Resiliency Manual
In disaster-impacted communities, economic development organizations often lead economic recovery efforts by helping local businesses respond to impacts on their employees, their facilities, and their customer and supply networks. All too often, economic recovery becomes a piecemeal reaction, rather than a planned response, when disaster strikes. The key is to take steps ahead of time to ensure your organization can stay in touch with local businesses after any type of major incident and to set up a plan of action for disaster response and recovery. This manual provides information designed to get your communities started in the pre-planning process for economic recovery. Communities that have a plan in place prior to a disaster can start on the road to recovery immediately and have a better chance of economic recovery.
Click here to download the BCEDA Economic Recovery and Resiliency Manual
2020 BCEDA Economic Recovery & Resiliency Manual - This manual is adapted from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) disaster preparedness toolkit titled “Leadership in the Time of Crisis” and incorporates information from The Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness. This condensed version offers a streamlined edition highlighting the information required for economic development practitioners and local leaders.
In 2012, the BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) developed the Economic Disaster Recovery Program (EDRP) to assist the community of Burns Lake, BC following the 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.
BCEDA continued to further develop the program in order to be better prepared to visit communities in times of crisis and hoped to get the longer term financial support from the Province of BC so that we were ready if needed. We also raised funds through auctions and in other ways.
The BC Economic Disaster Program is the first program of its kind in Canada focused on the resiliency and recovery of distressed economies. As with everything we do, BCEDA has shared our program with others, including our efforts in Southern Alberta following the flooding of 2013. We are proud of our partner association in Alberta, Economic Developers Alberta, for the program that they have now developed to assist Alberta communities including Fort McMurray following the fires of 2016.
Since 2013, the BCEDA BC Economic Disaster Recovery Program has been involved in the following: