We are grateful to the following organizations for building this initiative and connecting the local, independent businesses in our communities across BC.
Think Local First Victoria is a founding partner of Support Local BC.Support Local BC is a program created by Think Local First, a non-profit organization that champions local, independent businesses in Greater Victoria.
Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 543,000 members and 60 community branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay. As Canada’s largest community credit union, Vancity mobilizes its assets to improve the financial well-being of its members while developing healthy communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. Learn more about why Vancity has chosen to partner with SupportLocalBC here.
The British Columbia Economic Development Association is a leader in Canada when it comes to economic recovery. Since 2012, BCEDA has been providing assistance to communities impacted by disaster and encouraging others to plan for future ones. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, BCEDA launched its Economic Disaster Recovery Program, and it continues support communities throughout British Columbia. “Local leaders, economic developers and other community organizations will lead the local-based economic recovery, and we are proud to help them establish programs, modify regulations and launch consultation processes to support every business,” says Dale Wheeldon, president and CEO of BCEDA. “Local businesses will need the support of all levels of government as we take the steps necessary to adapt to a new way of doing business.”
Northern Development Initiative Trust was established in 2004 by the Province of B.C. to foster economic development and job creation in northern and central British Columbia. The Trust covers more than 70 per cent of the province, from Lytton to Fort Nelson and from Valemount to Haida Gwaii, including 39 incorporated communities, nine regional districts, one regional municipality and 88 First Nation communities.
LOCO BC is a non-profit organization building stronger communities with applied research of the policies and practices of a fair and just economy, contributing to a world where resilient communities are based on shared economic prosperity. They engage businesses and educate consumers on the importance of supporting independent businesses, research the challenges faced by independent businesses, advocate for reducing these barriers, and work to build bridges between businesses and policymakers.
Global BC has been British Columbia’s leading television station for over 60 years. With its flagship broadcast Global News Hour at 6 with Chris Gailus and Sophie Lui and the only provincial 24 hour news channel, Global News: BC1; Global BC is the place more British Columbians turn to for local news than any other news stations. Global BC provides viewers with award-winning journalism, digging deeper to find the truths behind major issues that matter most to residents, and unique stories that they won’t find anywhere else. Global BC is proud to be a community partner with Support Local BC.
FortisBC is one of the largest energy providers in BC, with more than 2,400 employees working to deliver natural gas and electricity to 1.2 million customers every day. FortisBC employees live and work in towns and cities throughout the province and giving back to communities is an important part of creating a sustainable future for all British Columbians. Local businesses are vital to the economic health of our communities so, to support them through the challenges of COVID-19, FortisBC is offering the services of its customer contact centres to answer calls from businesses to sign up for the Support Local BC platform.