As we are in an unprecedented time for Boundary Country and the world, we will communicate with the tourism industry as often as information becomes available. Safety of everyone is the main priority.
The Province, in partnership with Small Business BC, has created an excellent financial resource: COVID-19 Supports for Small Businesses in BC. This website has many resources including a handy PDF with a wide range of government and private sector supports for small businesses in British Columbia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association launched its Tourism Resiliency Program to support any tourism business in the region looking for guidance, links to financial support provided by government, and other programs to strengthen businesses and help them recover and be stronger for the future. Please visit https://www.totabc.org/resiliency to register for the program to speak with an advisor and learn more.
IMPORTANT LINKS FOR YOU
Please follow these important links for official information and subscribe to the newsletters to help keep you most up to date as information is released.
- Destination British Columbia – COVID-19 Updates
Subscribe to the Destination BC Newsletter here.
- TOTA Official Website and News Centre
Plus TOTA compiles ALL federal and provincial supports here: https://www.totabc.org/federal-and-provincial-resources
- Subscribe to the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) Newsletters for regional industry updates here
- Tourism Industry Association of Canada COVID-19 Updates
Subscribe to their mailing list here or Email email@example.com to provide the Tourism Industry Association of Canada information on how COVID-19 is impacting you.
- Indigenous Tourism BC
Subscribe to Indigenous Tourism BC Newsletters here
- Destination Canada – COVID-19 Updates
Subscribe to the Destination Canada Newsletter here
- Government of Canada and Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Government of BC
Subscribe to the Government of BC Newsletter here
- BC Economic Development Association COVID-19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide
Subscribe to their newsletter from their website here
- BC Ministry of Health & HealthLink
Download the new BC Ministry of Health COVID-19 BC Support App and Self Assessment Tool here
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Canada Public Health – COVID-19 Information
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Tourism HR Canada – Coronavirus Resource Hub
Subscribe to Tourism HR Canada Newsletter here
- go2HR – BC’s Tourism Industry HR Resource
To subscribe to Go2hr here or VISIT THE GO2HR JOB BOARD
- Boundary Country Newsletters will be issued as necessary.
If you know anyone who would like to receive the newsletter, they can sign up for updates.
Tourism Recovery Taskforce
TOTA launched a COVID-19 Recovery Taskforce. The Recovery Taskforce shares information between tourism stakeholders and the BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture with daily discussions with TOTA’s CEO Glenn Mandziuk. Glenn Mandziuk acted as Vice-Chair for the provincial Tourism Task Force, whose final report was made available on Dec 9 2020 from the BC government here.
The Recovery Taskforce contacted stakeholders throughout 2020 to gain an understanding of the current and potential future impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on businesses throughout the Thompson Okanagan Region. These phone calls take a few minutes to ask you a number of questions about current conditions and suggestions for recovery. We will use this information to update your business listing on boundarybc.com.
Responses enabled TOTA to support businesses during this time and to communicate impacts with government. This information was rolled up into a document going directly to Minister Lisa Beare, which she reviewed with our region weekly and daily. All responses were private and confidential.
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
Kelly Galaski, Boundary Country Tourism Project Manager 778-721-5448 firstname.lastname@example.org
Charnley van Wyk, Boundary Country Tourism Stakeholder Liaison 250-363-9422 email@example.com