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COVID-19 Message and Resources

Small businesses across the country are facing a lot of uncertainty as a result of  COVID-19.  It is a challenging time as a business owner is to lead your company through this crisis.

Community Futures Cowichan understands this and encourages all our clients to connect with us on ways we can support you through this. We can be reached by phone: 250-746-1004, or email:  info@cfcowichan.ca. Our office remains closed to the public and most staff are working remotely.

CFC’s small but dedicated team is working hard to support our clients and get important updates out to the Cowichan Business Community. 

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)– Community Futures Stream

This $962-million Government of Canada fund is to support small and medium size businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses can now apply for loans of up to $40,000 through RRRF.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is collaborating with Community Futures  to deliver the Fund in Western Canada.

Community Futures offices are supporting rural businesses requesting $40,000 or less. These businesses should apply through their local Community Futures office if they are eligible.

As the financing terms of RRRF and Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) are the same, rural businesses can choose which program to apply for funding. Applicants can only apply to ONE of these federal programs

If you are a rural business requesting more than $40,000 you should apply through Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Full details here on this Federal ProgramRegional Relief and Recovery Fund 

#CowichanStrong

We want to help the Cowichan Valley business community. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of Cowichan’s economy. These range from storefront businesses, manufacturing industries, agricultural, professional services and so much more.

This centralized website is designed to share relevant information on the support and resources available in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The links below connect you to other valuable reources: 

BC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly based business organization in the province. Their page is dedicated to the most important resources a B.C. business needs to know, with the latest updates and links to provincial and federal relief initiatives. 

BUSINESS COUNCIL OF BC

This information, primarily from the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada and BC Centre for Disease Control. It may be useful to inform your employees, customers and partners about what they can do.

BC MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE

In response to COVID-19, the federal government wants to hear from manufacturers about their ability to pivot and provide necessary products or services. One critical area of focus: increase the production of essential medical supplies. Connect with them if your business can help.

LEAGUE OF INNOVATORS

Start-ups know that navigating ambiguity is part of the deal, but COVID-19 has created a whole new level of adaptability. In times like these, we all need to stick together and act with compassion. The League of Innovators are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial community to the best of their ability, and offer this toolkit of resources to help navigate through the uncertainty.