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We’re hiring! EDC seeks an Economic Development Analyst for sub-regional support

We’re hiring! EDC seeks an Economic Development Analyst for sub-regional support

Economic Development Cowichan (EDC) is seeking to hire a part-time (28 hours per week) Economic Development Analyst to support sub-regional groups in Cowichan for up to 12 months. Cowichan village/town cores, critical components of our economic systems, have been particularly hard hit during COVID. Their vibrancy is key to rural economies building back better, including responding to climate change. In recognition that different towns/villages may unique needs, EDC is delighted to be seeking...

Contribute to a groundbreaking study on the impact of arts on Vancouver Island

Contribute to a groundbreaking study on the impact of arts on Vancouver Island

Digital Innovation Group (DIG) has launched ART’S Impact – A Survey to help measure the economic, social, cultural, and health impacts of arts across the Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands/Central Coast super-region. Whether you are an artist, arts worker, cultural organization, local business or somebody who just loves the arts, DIG invites you to participate. DIG is a group of Vancouver Island and Gulf Island arts councils interested in using technology to transform how they operate, collaborate...

Island Good Education & Empowerment Session

Economic Development Cowichan would like to invite area restaurants, retailers and producers selling local products to a virtual lunch n' learn exploring the Island Good brand and how you can become part of this regional marketing campaign. The session is hosted in partnership with Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, and Island Good. Event Name: Island Good Education & Empowerment Session Date: June 24, 2021 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm Where: Zoom (virtual)...

New THRIVE Small Capital Program will drive vitality in downtowns, main streets, and business districts

New THRIVE Small Capital Program will drive vitality in downtowns, main streets, and business districts

Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) has launched the THRIVE Small Capital Program to help stimulate and promote vitality in downtown areas across the Vancouver Island and Coast region. The program can contribute up to 100% of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for small scale capital projects that bolster short to medium-term renewal of downtown or commercial area vitality. Successful THRIVE projects must create new outdoor public amenities or areas that contribute to increased...

Latest regional dashboard shows varying recovery across sectors

Latest regional dashboard shows varying recovery across sectors

In response to the unprecedented economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region, Economic Development Cowichan began publishing a regional recovery dashboard of indicators to track progress towards recovery. The first report was published in January 2021. The May 2021 report shows an alarming increase in Cowichan housing prices, up 15% in March 2021 versus March 2020, as well as continued low inventory. “Although lack of inventory is a problem throughout British Columbia,...

Free marketing boost for Cowichan businesses selling local products

Free marketing boost for Cowichan businesses selling local products

Cowichan restaurants, retailers and producers selling local products can get a free marketing boost in 2021 from the VIEA Island Good Program. Economic Development Cowichan has once again partnered with the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) to offer Cowichan businesses a free one-year Island Good licence. VIEA developed the Island Good brand program as a way for customers to easily identify local products on retailer shelves and restaurant menus. “The need and desire to support local...

Complete your Census 2021 questionnaire on May 11

Complete your Census 2021 questionnaire on May 11

Census Day is coming up on May 11. The census is a valuable tool that increases our understanding of Canadians across the country and allows governments to provide the right services and support to each community. We encourage everyone to participate by completing their census questionnaire at census.gc.ca. Census information is used in many different ways to shape government action and investment. Here are just a few ways that census data is used to benefit communities: Schools and social...

Cowichan organizations successful in securing funding for recovery positions through Island Coastal Economic Trust

Cowichan organizations successful in securing funding for recovery positions through Island Coastal Economic Trust

Three new employment positions in Cowichan have been approved for funding through Island Coastal Economic Trust’s (ICET) Rural Business and Community Recovery Program. Funding has been awarded to Stz’uminus First Nation, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Development Cowichan for new temporary term positions focused on economic recovery. With this funding, Stz’uminus First Nation will look to hire a part-time Business Recovery Advisor. Their role will be to support the Coast Salish...

Budget 2021 Highlights

Budget 2021 Highlights

2021 federal and provincial budgets were released this week. Both budgets have a strong focus on getting us through the COVID-19 pandemic and building for the future. BC Finance Minister Selina Robinson tabled the 2021 provincial Budget in the legislature on Tuesday, April 20. The budget includes additional support for many of the programs and initiatives announced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year, both for immediate relief and for long-term recovery. The Province is...

Community Futures Publishes Inaugural Rural BC Economic Bulletin

Community Futures British Columbia has published the first in a series of Rural BC Economic Bulletins. The Bulletins will highlight the latest data and economic trends for the regions covered by the Community Futures network, including the smallest rural communities and regions as well as mid-sized cities and larger regions. Everywhere except the Vancouver and Victoria metropolitan areas is included. This first edition reviews a variety of year-end statistics for 2020, with the inevitable...

 

 

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Economic
Development
Cowichan

Economic
Development
Cowichan

135 Third Street
Duncan, BC
Canada V9L 1R9
[email protected]
T 250.746.7880
TF 1.866.746.2508