Recovery Task Force
The purpose of the RTF is to identify immediate and long-term needs, assess various initiatives, and craft a response to the economic and social disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
that best serve the needs of the local community.
Please reference the tabs below for information and latest updates on the RTF initiative.
On May 12, 2020, Council supported establishment of a
Recovery Task Force (RTF) in collaboration with the CSRD.
The City of Revelstoke and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District recognizes the need to identify immediate
and long-term needs, assess various initiatives, and craft a response to the economic disruptions caused by
the COVID-19 pandemic that will best serve the needs of the local community, comprised of the City of Revelstoke
and CSRD Area B.
The purpose of the Recovery Task Force is to help formalize efforts to create a resiliency and recovery plan and identify key actions needed to ensure Revelstoke is in a strong position for a safe recovery coming out of the pandemic. It will be a collaborative initiative representing the Revelstoke area consisting of local and regional government, business leaders, and stakeholders.
The role of the task force is to be a non-partisan, cross-sectoral ’think tank’ that will receive input from a variety of sectors and will collate that input to suggest strategies and opportunities that we can focus on to mitigate the potential economic impact to businesses from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The key objectives of the Recovery Task Force are:
- Conduct needs assessment, economic impact analysis, and research into best practices for economic recovery.
- Identify and leverage internal and external resources to fund and support delivery of effective programming and assistance measures to businesses.
- Support the on-going work of local agencies and stakeholders to assist businesses, tourism operators, cultural workers, food producers, and all sectors of industry experiencing significant disruption and negative impacts from the pandemic.
- Support consistent, proactive communications, and consensus-building among stakeholders.
- Develop a ’made-in-Revelstoke’ economic recovery and resiliency plan for the community and surrounding region.
- Develop business transition and restart resources, tools, and supports to enable businesses as well as workforce retention and expansion.
As the Recovery Task Force moves forward, we will update on the progress of these initiatives.
UPDATE: AUGUST 24, 2020 - The REVY. Masks have arrived!
Visit the Revelstoke Visitor Centre for your FREE mask! - MASK UP, REVELSTOKE! - VIDEO
The Visitor Information Centre is accepting cash and non-perishable food donations to the Community Connections Food Bank.
Media Release - Revelstoke Tourism: "Mask Up REVY" Project
UPDATE: AUGUST 14, 2020
Read the latest news from the RTF! Newsletter Issue #3 - ONLINE · PDF
UPDATE: JULY 31, 2020
COMMERCIAL UTILITIES RELIEF FOR COVID-19 SHUTDOWN PERIOD
If you are a business who was required to cease operations in response to COVID-19, Council recently passed
Commercial Utility Services Amendment Bylaw No. 2274 which provides businesses the opportunity to apply for a change in utility fees invoiced during the period from: March 16-May 30, 2020
Application deadline is September 30, 2020
Contact the Finance Department for more details and to apply.
Read the latest news from RTF! Newsletter Issue #2 - July 31, 2020: ONLINE or PDF
Watch our new WELCOME TO REVELSTOKE video - Visitors Welcome!
“We are proud to share Revelstoke with our visitors and excited to welcome you back." - Mayor Gary Sulz says.
UPDATE: JULY 10, 2020
The Recovery Task Force (RTF) has been working hard on initiatives to help the community work through the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the latest news from the RTF! Newsletter Issue #1 - July 10, 2020: ONLINE or PDF
Current Initiatives and Accomplishments include:
EXPANDED SPACE FOR BUSINESSES AND ‘PARKLET’ PILOT PROJECT
City Council has made recent approvals to waive fees for businesses to expand into their frontage onto City sidewalks and parking stalls to help with physical distancing guidelines.
These options include:
Retailers & Shops: display table/rack OR table & chairs on sidewalks, and ‘parklet’ seating areas in parking stalls
Restaurants & Bars: patios on sidewalks or extending into parking stalls
Fees for these permits have been waived until October 15, 2020.
To inquire about permit requirements and to apply, contact Development Services: 250-837-3637 firstname.lastname@example.org
MACKENZIE AVENUE PILOT PROJECT
Through extensive consultation with the local business community, the RTF has recommended to Council a phased approach to support Revelstoke’s vibrant downtown economy including:
Phase 1 - Communicating options for local business to increase capacity while maintaining physical distancing guidelines.
Phase 2 - The ‘Parklet’ Pilot Project Extended waiting areas for retailers! Fees for these permits have been waived until October 15, 2020. To inquire about permit requirements and to apply, contact Development Services:
Phase 3 - Assessment of Phase 1 and 2 and a further look at creation of expanded space for additional capacity including potential street closures during peak pedestrian traffic hours.
ART DECAL PILOT PROJECT
Sponsored by the Revelstoke Credit Union and working with local artists and Signs Ink, physical distancing Art Decals will be placed on sidewalks around the Credit Union. There will be an opportunity to expand this project to other businesses. The decals will feature notable revelstoke scenes and landscapes by local artists. The Art Decals enhance the experience for locals and tourists while observing physical distancing guidelines.
We’ve ordered 10,000 masks, funded by the Resort Municipality Initiative, to promote safety for visitors and locals. In partnership with the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce, these masks will be distributed through the Revelstoke Visitor Centre while quantities last. We’ll announce when our REVY. masks have arrived!
REVY. Rules Posters
REVY. Rules posters are available at the Revelstoke Visitor Centre for businesses to encourage both visitors and locals to follow the simple guidelines set out by the Province of BC to keep everyone safe and healthy. Tourism Revelstoke has also created additional digital components that outline the REVY. Rules and how to explore both responsibly and safely to keep our community and visitors safe.
UPDATED: June 10, 2020
The following initiatives were presented to Council on June 9, 2020.
USE OF CITY SIDEWALKS & REFUND OF PRE-PAID VENDING FEES - 2020
Council approved that all fees as prescribed in Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 2256 associated with vending or busking use of sidewalks; use of City sidewalks for retail purposes; use of City sidewalks for dining purposes; use of City sidewalks for coffee shops; and for outdoor patios be waived for the year 2020.
In addition, it was also approved that a refund be authorized for any fees paid between January 1-9, 2020, as prescribed in Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 2256 associated with vending or busking use of sidewalks; use of City sidewalks for retail purposes; use of City sidewalks for dining purposes; use of City sidewalks for coffee shops; and for outdoor patios.
PILOT PROJECT FOR MACKENZIE AVENUE
Council approved that City staff assist the Recovery Task Force (RTF) with implementation of a pilot project regarding Mackenzie Avenue closures and/or adjacent streets for selected times and days of the week.
This is to enable businesses to expand their footprint into the street and includes possible temporary road closures, parking adjustments, and public engagement.
Included with the pilot project, Council also approved the implementation of removable sidewalk art, organized by the Revelstoke Credit Union, be used to support physical distancing measures for businesses while entertaining/educating customers.
The RTF is organized by the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and reports to the EDC.
Meetings are frequent as time is of the essence in our current situation.
TASK FORCE MEMBER
Economic Development Commission
City of Revelstoke
Economic & Social Issues / Arts & Culture
City of Revelstoke / CSRD Area B
All Small Business / Chamber Members
Technology / Change of Service Delivery
Tourism / Operators
Hospitality / Accommodation / Restaurants & Bars
Childcare / Daycare
WorkBC / Employment
Healthcare / Public Health & Safety
In addition to the initial RTF membership, ongoing communication needs, business supports, and outreach continues under the leadership of the Business and Visitor Information Centre team, including:
Basin Business Advisor program
Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Info Centre
Community Economic Development staff and project leads
Key staff provide regular updates to RTF and work together to ensure that we have the capacity
to deliver on proposed initiatives in collaboration with the City.
ECONOMIC RECOVERY and RESILIENCY
The one common denominator of the COVID-19 pandemic is the unknown.
Economic recovery, even by optimistic assessments, will take time.
Even with great uncertainty we can work together to plan our path forward and resolve impacts
in an adaptive, effective, and efficient manner.
The Recovery Task Force Timeline
(Our current position is indicated by the RTF Bear)
Recovery actions respond to the immediate needs of individuals and the community. Actions include safeguarding health and safety of community members, enabling essential services, communicating pertinent information, sharing resources, and performing outreach efforts to understand and respond to needs of the community.
Recovery refers to the need to re-establish a healthy, functioning community that will sustain itself over time. The steps in long-term recovery begin with determining “community need” - those elements that will allow a community to fully recover and become resilient should any future disasters occur.
Input from Revelstoke businesses and the community is critical for shaping initiatives that deliver results.
Share your thoughts with the Recovery Task Force as they work to help guide responsive actions and recommendations.
Revelstoke businesses are the heart of our community. We want to understand what assistance may be needed to ensure your business has a successful re-opening as the province moves into different phases of restarting the economy. We may conduct various surveys as we progress through our current situation.
The RTF plans on delivering an Individual Survey for the community this Fall. Stay tuned for more information!
The following are resources relative to the Recovery Task Force for background information,
tools for businesses, and helpful material as the community transitions through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Revelstoke Community Foundation - Rapid Response Funding
Individuals - The Revelstoke Community Foundation is in the process of developing the Revelstoke Response and Recovery Fund aimed at providing funding toward immediate needs of low-income or vulnerable individuals impacted by COVID-19 related closures including access to food, hygiene, housing and other basic needs. Once fundraising is complete, announcements will be made for the application process for this fund.
Agencies - Through Revelstoke Community Foundation, non-profit and charity agencies can apply for COVID-19 support through the Emergency Community Support Fund - follow link for application details.
Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce - Open Businesses Listing
Revelstoke Tourism - Open Businesses Listing
Revelstoke Tourism - Visual Stories: Revy Rules
Mayor Sulz on Global News Radio - Mayor Gary Sulz joins Charles Adler of Global News Radio to discuss his “Kindness to out-of-province plates” initiative in response to reports of aggressive driving and rude gestures being directed at individuals with out-of-province license plates in British Columbia. #BeKind Listen Here: https://bit.ly/3fY6FpC
Revelstoke Mountaineer: Summer 2020 issue - RTF Overview
Council Highlights - Re: Recovery Task Force Progress - June 23, 2020
Council Report - Recovery Task Force - Update and Recommendations - June 23, 2020
Mayor’s Letter to Community – Finding Humanity, Sharing Love - June 10, 2020
Council Report - Recovery Task Force - Update and Recommendations - June 9, 2020
Press Release - Establishment of the Revelstoke Recovery Task Force - May 28, 2020
Council Meeting Minutes - Approval for Establishing the Revelstoke Recovery Task Force - May 12, 2020