Property damage and loss of revenue, businesses are now dealing with long-term effects of the fires on business continuity. Business across all sectors have had to deal with the loss of employees, customers, and cash flow, and are struggling to recover.
Support Available for Rural Businesses Impacted by the 2017 Wildfires
Small Business and Agriculture Sectors can access help in the recovery process from Community Futures of Central Interior First Nations are providing targeted support to help owners/operators and other business rebuild through the Wild Firs Business Transitions Project.
Funding has bee provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada and Community Futures British Columbia
The Indigenous communities cited in the Mission Statement are People living within the Thompson, Shuswap, Nicola, Fraser Canyon, Lillooet and Okanagan areas.
This includes persons, groups, or businesses living both on and off reserves as well as in urban or rural settings. The Boards' main objectives include the creation and strengthening Indigenous business development and formation of programming and support measures to prepare Indigenous people entering the labour market.
While there are subsequent Community Futures Development Corporations within our geographical area, the Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations is dedicated to the unique economic development needs of Indigenous Communities.