Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

COVID-19 Business Recovery Efforts in the NRRM


Business talks program

Business use of off-street parking

New funding program

Business supplies sourcing


Business Talks Program

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and the Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce have been working together as part of an economy working group to discuss, understand and do what we can to support business during this unprecedented time of COVID-19.  One of the first projects undertaken through this partnership was to complete a Business Talks program through phone surveys.

The knowledge and input from our local businesses are critically important to our ability to be able to direct needed resources to our business community and lobby for additional supports.  The program aimed to allow businesses to have a conversation with someone on a personal level.  We appreciated people taking the time to talk to us and found business appreciated the check in and opportunity to let us know how things are going.  

In total over 500 businesses were reached out to and over 200 businesses were surveyed.  Many wanted to know what we were hearing so we have developed a What We Heard Report.

Veiw the full What We Heard Report here.

Businesses supported to use their off-street parking for additional space 

Currently during the COVID-19 orders from the Provincial Health Officer, businesses including restaurants are allowed to open providing they are able to maintain a variety of new requirements for health and safety. One of the biggest and most difficult requirements is the ability to maintain physical distancing. Allowing businesses to expand outside of their bricks and mortar buildings into off-street parking will give businesses more flexibility in how they re-open or offer services during the COVID-19 Provincial Orders

At the Special Regional Council meeting on June 2nd, Regional Council motioned to support businesses using their off-street parking for additional space to both accommodate physical distancing requirements and maximize the amount of patrons they may serve under Provincial Orders.

To view the full administration report on this topic click here.

Business Façade Improvement Program cancelled for 2020 – Funds redirected to new Covid-19 Business Interior Alterations funding program. 

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality in response to conversations through various meetings and the Business Talks program has decided to cancel the Business Façade Improvement Program for the 2020 year and has worked with Northern Development Initiative Trust to redirect the funds to a new program specifically targeted towards helping businesses reopen as part of Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan. 

All businesses must develop individual COVID-19 safety plans and measures to keep employees and customers safe. These safety plans often require interior alterations, barriers, sanitization infrastructure and other safeguards to be in place.   This program will provide grants up to $500 to assist business in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality purchase infrastructure required to safely reopen to the public.

Learn more about the program and eligibility by reviewing the grant guidelines and application here. Please read the full guidelines prior to applying.  

Business Supplies Sourcing

It has come to our attention that some businesses may be having trouble sourcing covid-19 related supplies.  We have created a form to identify what exactly people are struggling to find and whether there is interest in connecting for bulk purchasing. 

Please fill out the form here if you are having issues in this area by June 15th, 2020.

We can then aim to help you find sources for what you need and/or connect you with others looking to bulk order the same products.


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