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#ykastrong | stay connected and informed

Update April 7, 2020

Stay YKA Connected with online resources to receive relevant and timely information and provide important and necessary tools for Kamloops businesses and residents to endure the COVID-19 crisis.

Here’s your YKAStrong checklist to stay up to date:

Follow us on Instagram: @yka_strong
Review our weekly email send out below
Visit our website: https://www.ykastrong.com
Use #ykastrong on your social posts.


Tourism Kamloops

BC Regional Destination Management Organizations, in partnership with community tourism marketing organizations and the BC Hotel Association, are working to understand the current and potential future impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on businesses throughout the Province. Here’s a quick survey to let us know about your business.

Share this video released by Destination British Columbia inviting guests to Dream now, explore later.

Check out these FREE webinars by CIPR Communications inviting you to keep your marketing minds sharp in anticipation of recovery… later.  April 14: Using Influencers in Your Marketing with Jasmin Shannon (Lemons for Days) 2:30pm – Register NowApril 21: The Importance of Print in the Digital Age with Christoph from Mountain View Printing 2:30PM – Register Now Check out the YKASTRONG BLOG for tips, tools, and resources to help all businesses. 

City of Kamloops

City Council Resuming Council Meetings April 7
Kamloops City Council will resume regular Council meetings, streamed online, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 1:30 pm. There are a series of changes being implemented to ensure the safety of council and staff. Watch Here

City Coordinating with Province to Protect Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19
Collaborations with BC Housing, Interior Health, and various social agencies to provide support during COVID-19.  Focus includes people experiencing homelessness, under-housed people, people with complex care needs, and/or people with mental health and substance use needs. More information

City of Kamloops COVID-19 Update – April 1, 2020
Mayor Ken Christian provides further updates on the City’s response to COVID-19, including direction around social gatherings, council meetings, transi, and capital projects. Watch his update. 

Kamloops Airport

Passengers are reminded that further travel restrictions are in place effective March 30, 2020.  No traveler showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be allowed to fly. 

Access to the Air Terminal Building remains available for the travelling public from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through the month of April.  The Airport will remain operational throughout the COVID 19 pandemic to serve remaining scheduled commercial passenger flights, air cargo, medivac and wildfire activity. 

The recently announced rent relief for airports does not apply to most Canadian airports, including Kamloops.  With this in mind, Kamloops Airport Ltd. along with the Canadian Airports Council, continues to ensure that Kamloops Airport and its stakeholders are well-represented at the federal level to ensure relief is in place to ensure the continued delivery of a safe and secure operating environment for our community and business partners. 

Travellers should check trip interruption insurances associated with their various credit card companies in the event costs not fully refunded by the service provider.

Venture Kamloops

During these unsure times, Venture Kamloops is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the most relevant information possible for your business. Contact Venture Kamloops for remote assistance through phone, email, and scheduled Zoom meetings for complimentary advisory services. Reach out to us through email: info@venturekamloops.com

Phone: 250.828.6818
Toll Free: 1.888.526.5667

Downtown Kamloops

Advocacy: The KCBIA continues to collaborate with Provincial partnerships including the BIABC Board of Directors.  One of the ongoing initiatives includes advocating to have the Board represented on the provincial Economic Recovery Task Force. It is essential that the interests and priorities of our businesses be at the forefront of government conversations. 

Security and safety: The CAP team has completed some training with Bylaw and has started mobile patrols with a crime prevention vehicle.  The benefits of this initiative include enhanced capacity for team members to monitor the KCBIA area, and reporting incidents requiring response by either RCMP or Bylaw.  CAP team members will maintain frequent communication with Bylaw members, provide support and respond to various situations.

Communication: The KCBIA is planning additional webinar presentations to support the business community.  Current information will be published on the Downtown Kamloops website.   

Community Futures

Community Futures Continuity Plan
It’s never to late to develop a continuity plan for your business when facing a crisis. Community Futures’ comprehensive emergency and continuity planning document will prepare your business in the face of any type of emergency or crisis situation. A valuable part of continuity planning is evaluating business opportunities during a crisis. The interactive Business Continuity Plan can be found HERE

COVID-19 Loan Program
CFTC is offering loans to businesses in the Kamloops area that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak resulting from Provincial/Federal regulations and associated social distancing. MORE INFO

COVID-19 Business Support Program:
CFTC will be providing one to one virtual and phone support to businesses that require assistance to complete Federal and Provincial relief applications. This service is available to all Kamloops and area business owners. Businesses are able to access this service by calling the CFTC office at: 250-828-8772 or email at reception@communityfutures.net

North Shore Business Association

Our NSBIA team have been speaking with many of our member businesses over the past week, and have been updating our openings, offers, and revised operational information daily via our Instagram feed and our Facebook page and through our Kamloops business collaborative feed, #YKASTRONG. We have also fed our list into the Kamloops This Week feeds, so you will be able to tell at a glance which Shore based businesses are available to you.

The benefits and programs side of the COIVID response is changing daily, and we have links off our NSBIA.com website to the core resources, so you can read first hand what you may or may not qualify to take advantage of. As always, you can reach out by telephone or email to myself: jeremy@nsbia.com or Patti: patti@nsbia.com. We are privileged to be able to serve you at this time.

Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

ADVOCATE: The network of Chambers from across Canada are busy collecting data to inform the Government about the immediate needs for the business community. Ongoing data is needed from you, please participate in the newly released national CSBC (Canadian Service on Business Conditions) survey. 📣

CELEBRATE: Businesses throughout our community can use some additional love right now. Take some time to celebrate our neighbours, friends and peers by nominating a community leader or standout business for a Business Excellence Award presented by MNP. Award details can be found here. 🏆

COFFEE: We have business specialists ready to serve you. Do you need immediate support or a sounding board for ideas? Email mail@kamloopschamber.ca and let’s set up a virtual coffee or phone call. ☕

PROGRESS: The Chamber team is getting you the support you need to stay afloat. See what we have been advocating for and our progress here. If you have any questions or need clarity, our team is ready to answer your questions. 💪

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