Volunteers make life Better at Home for seniors

Thank you to all the workers and volunteers who are making a difference for seniors isolating at home during COVID-19. Better at Home is a non-medical service that provides support for senior’s independence, delivered by OneSky Community Resources and the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society. While in-home services have been suspended to reduce the risk […]

WEEKLY UPDATE, May 7 — planning to re-start

The Government of BC outlined its four-phase plan to re-open the province for business, and re-start the economy, in a safe and progressive manner. We are currently in Phase 1, the plan can be viewed here or read the official press release for an outline.  And, everyone can download a comprehensive PDF. Phase 2, which will […]

WEEKLY UPDATE, April 30 — rent assistance for business

In addition to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy — applications for this program opened earlier this week — there are now more details via the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program. CECRA offers forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners so that they can reduce the rent owed by their […]

WEEKLY UPDATE, April 23 — preparing a return to work

While there is much we all still need to do to #flattenthecurve, it is promising to see businesses starting to re-open, though in different ways as it is not business-as-usual. Check your local chambers of commerce or business improvement associations for lists of what’s open; that includes farmers’ markets throughout the region and province, with […]

WEEKLY UPDATE, April 16 — new support for business

Our COVID-19 updates and other articles will now be posted weekly on Thursdays. Our Facebook page, and that of our partner network, PentictonWorks, is updated weekdays with information for both individuals and businesses to support our wider community. Everyone can also sign up for email alerts from the City of Penticton. Earlier this week a […]

FRIDAY UPDATE, April 10 — COVID-19: important feedback

With the long weekend beginning — which may not feel like a long weekend — and fewer changes to benefit and financial programs, compared to recent weeks, it’s time to think local. As well, updates here will now take place weekly, on Thursdays, with strategic articles focused on economic recovery, employment, and business planning for […]

WEDNESDAY UPDATE, April 8 — COVID-19: recruiting tools for employers

Employers: have you explored the tools here on Start Here Okanagan? We’ll get you started with these tips and a video tutorial so you can start posting jobs and opportunities here on the most comprehensive job listing service in the South Okanagan. By adding your company to Start Here Okanagan, you are accessing free marketing services […]

MONDAY UPDATE, April 6 — COVID-19: new network for business

This morning the Canadian Chamber of Commerce launched the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) in partnership with the Government of Canada to help the business community. The CBRN is a coordinated, business-led, inclusive campaign that will focus on providing businesses the tools they need to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, and includes resources on […]

FRIDAY UPDATE, April 3 — COVID-19: information roundup

As the week comes to a close, the procedures and information for both businesses and individuals to access the different levels of financial support have become clearer, however the situation can change as various agencies respond the most recent developments related to healthcare and the effects COVID-19 is having on our daily lives, and our […]

WEDNESDAY UPDATE, April 1 — COVID-19: task force and toolkits

This week the City of Penticton launched its Economic Recovery Task Force, created by the Economic Development Department. The full press release can be read here;  the nut and bolts of this task force is to  investigate measures the City can take to support local residents, businesses and workers during these challenging times. This group of […]

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