This week the flurry of announcements at the local, provincial, and federal levels were fast and furious. We’ve rounded up a number of them, with some special attention to the agriculture sector. For our next update on Monday we are planning to focus on resources for workers and small-to-medium businesses, SMEs, as the procedures to access funding and benefits continue to roll out.

For those in agriculture, there were several changes made to funding programs and some positive news for farmers; the BC Association of Farmers’ Market has compiled critical info here, and these markets begin planning modifications and moving sales online, as reported by Infotel. The provincial Ministry of Agriculture also has important info here.  

The Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC has an update to its programs here, and encourages those with current projects to get in touch, as well as make electronic options for payments as soon as possible.*

There is a good list of info curated by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, and one by the British Columbia Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, as does Farm Credit Canada; FCC is hosting a webinar on March 31, Covid-19 economic update & maintaining strategic focus (info is on Facebook), and has extended the deadline for applications to its AgriSpirit Fund.

Businesses in any sector may want to download the Canada Business App to their smartphone to quickly navigate government services, as well as read COVID-19: Supports for Small Businesses in BC, a PDF that contains info for small businesses, and this google doc maintained by the BC Economic Development Association.

The City of Penticton has produced a handy online toolkit, and as we move into the weekend, explore how the BC Hospitality Foundation is supporting the hospitality industry with links to webinars and templates, and this great list from Wines of British Columbia of wineries across the province that have made their wines available through “takeout” to your car, pickup, or delivery.

*Note: take some time this weekend to set up a My Service Canada account or CRA online account to access applications and benefit information electronically, as well as set up direct deposit.

Featured image courtesy of BRODO Kitchen / Lionel Trudel

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