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October 27, 2017 4:00 pm

Province Provides Aid To Small Businesses Impacted by Wildfires

Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 12:56 PM

Prince George, B.C. – Small businesses  that have been impacted  by the wildfires this summer,  can apply for a special grant from the Province.

The $1500 emergency  grant,  is being administered by the Red Cross  and is available to  eligible small businesses and not for profit organizations located in areas that have been under evacuation order or alert.  The funding is  part of the $100 million dollars that  the Province had made available to the Red Cross  to deal with the crisis.

Eligibility has also been extended to areas directly impacted by closures along:

* Highway 20;

* Highway 97, south of Prince George to areas covered by evacuation alerts;

* Highway 26 to Barkerville; and,

* eastern Cariboo Regional District communities of Horsefly and Likely.

The Province continues to review areas directly and significantly impacted by closures and will make adjustments to the eligibility as required but does not want to delay support to these affected communities while that review is undertaken.

Applicants must have:

* 50 employees or less,

* been in operation on or before July 7, 2017,

* been financially impacted as a result of the 2017 B.C. wildfires,

* a net income of less than $250,000 per year,

* resumed or are intending to resume operations as soon as possible.

“The Canadian Red Cross is committed to helping people recover from this summer’s B.C. fires. We know that small businesses and community organizations are integral to that recovery. We thank the Government of British Columbia for supporting this important assistance as part of its $100-million fund announced earlier this summer,” said Kimberley Nemrava, vice-president, British Columbia and Yukon, Canadian Red Cross.

There is no immediate estimate on the number  of businesses  what may have been  impacted.

Applications can be made by visiting the Canadian Red Cross  website and following the links,    or by  calling a special hotline that has been  established,  1-855-999-3345.   Applications will be accepted  until the end of October.




That’s not much… And WHY the Red Cross ??? They are overwhelmed as it is and still have not paid out the first payment yet to some families and now they want them to look after the small business too??

    Nothing stopping the Red Cross from saying NO.

      They’re a business, why would they say no to free revenue?

      Really? I thought the Red Cross was a registered charity.

      Just because a charity is registered does not mean that all the funds it collects are used for the purpose(s) they are collected for. Surely you are aware of the fact that many charities use the money for administration and advertising in order to raise more contributions! I am not saying that the Red Cross is one of those, but many charities are nothing but fund raising organizations, often spending as much as 80% or more on themselves in salaries, benefits and air conditioned offices. Being registered does not guarantee anything.

Well you might as well say it, Prince George, because that is exactly what the Red Cross does. Sure, they do a lot of good, no question, but they have a large staff, with a corporate structure ( i.e. a CEO etc.) that all get paid, it’s their job, they work for the Red Cross, not to mention buildings, vehicles etc.
I have no idea what their overhead is, but it’s probably like Canadians shopping in the U.S, our dollar is only worth 70 cents or so.

I do not mean to disrespect the Canadian Red Cross, far from it.
Just telling it like it is.

All registered charities have their financial records publicly available.

Total expenditure on all compensation in the fiscal period

$ 117,567,428

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