Land Linking Workshop Well Attended in Cobble Hill

Land Linking Workshop Well Attended in Cobble Hill

The Vancouver Island Land Linking Workshop in Cobble Hill on November 24, 2018 was an inspiring day! Cowichan Land Matcher Azja Jones Martin, was thrilled with the attendance of 65 farmers and landowners from across Vancouver Island.   Participants were keen to learn more about land lease arrangements through the B.C. Land Matching Program. The room was buzzing with great conversations and important connections were made to move the program forward in the region. Economic Development Cowichan...

Rural Design–A New Design Discipline; Dewey Thorbeck in the Island Speaker Series

Rural Design–A New Design Discipline; Dewey Thorbeck in the Island Speaker Series

On November 29, 2018, renowned architect Dewey Thorbeck was the latest guest in the CVRD’s Place-Making Vancouver Island Speaker Series. Professor Dewey Thorbeck is a practicing architect, emeritus adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Minnesota, emeritus founder and director of the Centre for Rural Design, and now a senior research fellow in the Minnesota Design Centre.  He believes the spirit of a place exists in the feelings that people generate about it and that a...

Cowichan Lake Region – Hiking & Cycling Tourism Action Plan

Cowichan Lake Region – Hiking & Cycling Tourism Action Plan

In 2018, Community Futures Cowichan took the lead in bringing together the CVRD, the Town of Lake Cowichan and Ts’uubaa-asatx (Lake Cowichan) First Nations to create a Tourism Action Plan focused on hiking and cycling for the Cowichan Lake Region. The now completed plan promotes collaboration in the business and community members and the creation of a more robust tourism identity for the Cowichan Lake region based on pumping up the volume on its acclaimed hiking and cycling assets. These...

Ladysmith’s 31st Festival of Lights Kick Off November 29

Ladysmith’s 31st Festival of Lights Kick Off November 29

Come join the 31st annual Ladysmith Light Up celebration! From the last Thursday in November until the second Sunday in January, Ladysmith is ignited with the life of thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. Since 1987, each year, over 1,000 volunteer hours are put into setting up the festive decorations and 200,000 sparkling lights.  The Town of Ladysmith, services clubs like the Rotary Club and Eagles, Kinsmen Club and many other organizations and downtown merchants have been major...

Vancouver Island Receives Foreign Trade Zone Point Designation

Vancouver Island Receives Foreign Trade Zone Point Designation

The Government of Canada has granted Foreign Trade Zone Point designation (FTZ-VI) to Vancouver Island, through the efforts of Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA). The designation has been a priority project for VIEA, and Economic Development Cowichan has contributed financially to this island-wide initiative to mature and diversify a sustainable island economy. The FTZ will help island businesses produce goods for export through programs designed to defer duties and taxes to improve...

EDC Supports New Land Matching Program

EDC Supports New Land Matching Program

Economic Development Cowichan is working in partnership with the provincial Young Agrarians to promote a new land match program in the Cowichan Valley. The program will be profiled at the Vancouver Island Land Linking Workshop on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Cobble Hill Farmers Institute Hall. If you’ve got land or you’re a farmer looking for land, the workshop is a great opportunity to network and learn more about land lease arrangements through the BC Land...

B.C. Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Program is Launching this Fall!

B.C. Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Program is Launching this Fall!

The Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. is launching the B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Market Development Program (BCASMD) this fall.  The BCASMD program provides Provincial and Federal cost-shared funding support for B.C.’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors to undertake eligible domestic and export market development projects and activities.  Funding opportunities include preparing for business in domestic and international markets by acquiring marketing and skills training, conducting...

New Strategy Showcases the Power of Partnership in Building a Vibrant Local Economy for Ladysmith

New Strategy Showcases the Power of Partnership in Building a Vibrant Local Economy for Ladysmith

A new economic development strategy for Ladysmith is highlighting how partnership and collaboration will lead to new opportunities for the town and surrounding communities. The strategy, authored by lead consultant and economist Jamie Van Struth, is the result of a collaboration between the Town of Ladysmith, Stz’uminus First Nation, the Nanaimo Airport, the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association, and Community Futures Central Island. Economic Development...

Catalyst Paper purchase secures 1,500 local forestry jobs

The jobs and livelihoods of 1,500 British Columbia forestry workers are being secured by Paper Excellence Canada’s (PEC) acquisition of Catalyst Paper’s facilities in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River. The purchase by PEC – which is subject to regulatory review and final approvals – comes after months of joint effort by the B.C. government, Catalyst Paper and potential purchasers to maintain the viability of the company’s operations. Catalyst Paper manufactures 1.3 million tonnes of pulp...

Creating Housing in Cowichan: From Ideas to Action

Creating Housing in Cowichan: From Ideas to Action

On Friday September 21, 2018 Economic Development Cowichan brought together local planners, financial institutions and funding agencies, developers and designers, and non-profit organizations for a workshop called - Creating Housing in Cowichan: From Ideas to Action. The event continued the conversation from the March, Missing Middle workshop, and explored the ways in which we can work collaboratively to move the dial on attainable housing projects. The event featured presentations to an...

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Economic
Development
Cowichan

135 Third Street
Duncan, BC
Canada V9L 1R9
edc@cvrd.bc.ca
T 250.746.7880
TF 1.866.746.2508