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The new Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000
to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where
their revenues have been temporarily reduced.
To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $20,000 to
$1.5 million in total payroll in 2019.
Business owners can apply for support from the Canada Emergency Business Account through
their banks and credit unions.
What is the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)?
To ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need to see them through the
current challenges, the Government of Canada has launched the new Canada Emergency
Business Account, which has been implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation
with Export Development Canada (EDC).
This $25 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and
not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have
been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
This will better position them to quickly return to providing services to their communities and
creating employment.
Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness
of 25 percent (up to $10,000).
How can I apply for the CEBA?
Small businesses and not-for-profits should contact their financial institution to apply for these
What are the eligibility requirements for the CEBA?
• The Borrower is a Canadian operating business in operation as of March 1, 2020.
• The Borrower has a federal tax registration.
• The Borrower’s total employment income paid in the 2019 calendar year was between
Cdn.$20,000 and Cdn.$1,500,000.
• The Borrower has an active business chequing/operating account with the Lender, which is
its primary financial institution. This account was opened on or prior to March 1, 2020 and
was not in arrears on existing borrowing facilities, if applicable, with the Lender by 90 days
or more as at March 1, 2020.
• The Borrower has not previously used the Program and will not apply for support under the
Program at any other financial institution.
• The Borrower acknowledges its intention to continue to operate its business or to resume
• The Borrower agrees to participate in post-funding surveys conducted by the Government of
Canada or any of its agents.
Are any Borrowers excluded from the CEBA?
Per the requirements of the Program, as set out by the Government of Canada, the Borrower
confirms that:1. It is not a government organization or body, or an entity owned by a government
organization or body;
2. It is not a union, charitable, religious or fraternal organization or entity owned by such an
organization or if it is, it is a registered T2 or T3010 corporation that generates a portion of
its revenue from the sales of goods or services;
3. It is not an entity owned by individual(s) holding political office; and
4. It does not promote violence, incite hatred or discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, sexual
orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, region, education, age or mental or physical
Are there any restrictions on how I can use CEBA funds?
The funds from this loan shall only be used by the Borrower to pay non-deferrable operating
expenses of the Borrower including, without limitation, payroll, rent, utilities, insurance,
property tax and regularly scheduled debt service, and may not be used to fund any payments or
expenses such as prepayment/refinancing of existing indebtedness, payments of dividends,
distributions and increases in management compensation
CERB Updates from Government as of today April 17, 2020 (likely more to come)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
We will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers
who have lost their income due to COVID-19.
The CERB is available to workers who meet all of the following conditions:
• live in Canada and are at least 15 years old
• stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits
• have not voluntarily quit their job
• had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their
On April 15, we announced changes to the eligibility rules to:
• Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
• Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and
are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work because of COVID-19.
• Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and
are unable to find a job because of COVID-19.
An online questionnaire will help us direct you to the service option that best fits your situation
(i.e. eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits or not)


The federal government continues to roll out the details of its new Canada Emergency Wage Benefit. Here’s what we know so far, after Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s news conference today (April 1):

  • It will be open to corporations, businesses, partnerships and non-profits – no matter how large or small
  • Your business must have seen a revenue reduction of 30% since last year due to COVID-19. This is determined by comparing revenues to same month last year, for March, April, or May (and you need to apply each month)
  • The benefit will cover up to 75% of workers’ salaries on the first $58,700 earned annually
  • The maximum benefit will be $847 per week, per worker
  • The subsidy will be backdated to March 15
  • Employers must attest that they are doing everything they can to pay other 25%, although it’s unclear how this will be determined
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau say “severe sanctions” will be taken against any business abusing this program.
  • It will take six weeks for this money to make it out to companies; there are business credit programs available
  • Applications will go through a Canada Revenue Agency portal, which will be up and running “within 3-6 weeks”

*District of Sicamous Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw Update Open House* – Thursday March 12, 2020

The District of Sicamous, Operations and Engineering Department, with assistance from Mr. Gary O’Rourke (ISL Engineering), have been working on a full revision of their Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw. They will be hosting an open house/workshop on Thursday March 12th from 3-6PM at District Hall in the council chambers (446 Main Street, Sicamous).

They are inviting all developers, engineers and contractors that do works in Sicamous, or may plan to do works in Sicamous, to attend and share your thoughts and suggestions. The workshop is intended to be informal, so please feel free to drop in at any time between 3-6PM. Gary O’Rourke and Brandon Barker from ISL will be facilitating and available for discussion, as well as from the District, Joe McCulloch, Operations Manager and Jeromy Schuetze, Engineering technologist. They are nearing completion on this important bylaw and are looking forward to your feedback.

Any questions or concerns can be forwarded to either Joe McCulloch at 250-836- 5268; cell: 250-517-7370; email: [email protected] or Jeromy Schuetze 250-836-5267; cell: 250-517-9619; email: [email protected]

*Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) Training*  worth 7 CPD Points – Tuesday March 24, 2020

Future Form Enterprise will be hosting an all day learning session to introduce: Rigid insulations, Hydronic insulating panels, Step Code, NBC 9.36, ICF Estimating, ICF design guides and ICF installing in Salmon Arm on Tuesday, March 24. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Date: Tuesday March 24, 2020            Location: Prestige Harbourfront – 251 Harbourfront Drive NE Salmon Arm, BC
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Doug Smith 250-308-7241 to register
Cost: $210.00 plus GST – Lunch and refreshments included
Trainer: Patrick Cymbala

*BC Housing – Building Smart*
New Seminar – Wednesday April 8, 2020
Using an Integrated Design Process

Learn how an Integrated Design Process (IDP) can ensure greater project success. IDP is a collaborative design approach that is intended to optimize performance, cost, occupant comfort and resilience of a residential building.  It involves engaging the builder and their team of designers, mechanical contractor and energy advisor at the conceptual design stage. IDP examines the needs and performance of a building throughout its lifecycle; from design, construction through to operation, with the goal of ensuring that multiple objectives of the builder are met.

The seminar will:

  • Explore the structure of IDP
  • Discuss applications to various building types
  • Demonstrate case studies from across B.C.
  • Share experiences with IDP from outside B.C.

Join us to learn about the unique steps, timelines, costs and benefits that make this approach preferable to a conventional process.

Date: Wednesday April 8, 2020
Time: 9am – noon
Cost: $80.00
Location: Available online via a webinar, or in-person at Brix Studio, #102-211 Columbia St., Vancouver, B.C., V6A 2R5

Note: Brix Studio is a renovated heritage building that has a wheelchair accessible entrance, a fully accessible washroom and an elevator with access to the studio filming space.  Please let Brix staff know if you have any accessibility needs

Register Now


Our continued support by way of cash donations to North Okanagan – Shuswap School District 83 is going a long way by purchasing tools to introduce trades training to youth starting as young as  kindergarten.

Youth in trades1 Youth in trades 5 Youth in trades 4  Youth in trades 2

Youth in trades 3Explore A Trade



Explore A Trade 2


2017 board of directors

One of the many duties of the Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo is to help non profits make it possible to follow through with their mandate by digging and advocating on their behalf to find funds to help them out. Most recently SCIP has been actively promoting and supporting the new Explore A Trade Program through School District # 83. A letter was written to our MLA in the Fall requesting funding to help out with the duties of SCIP so we can continue to move forward and promote worthy causes such as this. Through the gaming funds Mr. Kyllo was able to find us some money and on March 22, 2017 presented a cheque in the amount of $10,000.00 to the SCIP Board of Directors.



SCIP was approached with a request to support a Trades Sampler/Awareness Program that School District #83 – Career Programs is currently setting up. It has been determined that they will need $25,000.00 in tooling to offer a robust sampler program. Although they were fortunate enough to receive a $5,000.00 grant from the Ministry of Education to get the program started, this would not provide enough tools to offer a diverse program.

The request was delivered to the SCIP Board of Directors at a regular monthly meeting and they thought it was a great idea as it fits well with SCIP’s mandate. After discussion, a motion  was unanimously passed supporting the project by way of a $10,000.00 donation to purchase tools from local suppliers that are SCIP members and then follow up with $2,000.00 annually to support career programs in lieu of the scholarships previously offered to School District #83. The presentation took place Wednesday morning, May 4, 2016 and the full story can be seen on the SCIP Facebook page or watch for it in the local newspaper.

May 2016 Donation



SCIP Members are hard at work providing material, labour and cash donations to complete the new office space for the Roots and Blues located at 541 3rd Street SW in Salmon Arm. It will be known as The SCIP House. The Roots and Blues Society has been providing Salmon Arm with a 3 day family fun festival for the past 22 years. It has marked Salmon Arm as a popular summer destination spot. The Economic Impact generated from this event combining both local and non local attendees has previously generated close to $5,000,000.00 in revenue for our community. If you would like to be a part in this worthy cause please call the SCIP office at 250-832-8050 or email [email protected] Contributions large or small are welcome. All contributors will be acknowledged on a 12×8 sign located on site.

SCIP House (2) Willness Construction SA Ready Mix Mar 16 Ross McDiarmid Mar 16 IMG_1521 Mar 16 Ian, Brian and Garth Mar 16 Eric Potheven Mar 16 Brian Turner Mar 16 Brian and Garth Kelvin Willness Interior Concrete truck Cutting wall cutting wall 2 

The Independent Contractors and Business Association of British Columbia (ICBA) is opening up opportunity for SCIP Members. Read the following to find out how you can access the CMI Online Plan Room FREE for 6 months. After the 6 month trial if you wish to sign up you will receive a 50% discount off the open market simply by being a SCIP Member


CMI Online Planroom PDF


SCIP Partnership Press Release- Final

Salmon Arm Video Series now online

View the series of Salmon Arm videos featuring our community here:

For more information about business opportunities and relocation, visit our community and economic development partners
Salmon Arm Economic Development Society
Community Futures Development Corporation of the Shuswap
Salmon Arm Chamber of  Commerce
Downtown Salmon Arm
Shuswap Hospital Foundation
Shuswap Tourism