Comox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF)


The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) initiated the establishment of the Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) in May, 2020, to develop and direct implementation of an Economic Development Recovery Plan to mitigate the potential economic impact to local businesses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ERTF is a collaborative initiative representing the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, K’ómoks First Nation, and CFB 19 Wing Comox.  Mayor Bob Wells, City of Courtenay is the chair of the Comox Valley ERTF.

Over 30 industry leaders, business organizations, and sector association members, are participating as Industry Advisors in a Technical Advisory Sub-Committee. Industry Advisors have been submitting Business Case Action Plans containing recommendations for consideration of the ERTF, after facilitating small working-group meetings within their sector/organization, for a total of over 900 engagements to date.

The ERTF efforts have focused on the review of those submissions, including evaluation of recommended actions that have the greatest consensus, will have the most meaningful impact, and are viewed to be realistically achievable from a local government perspective. The recommendations have also been provided to the Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) of local government for review and consideration.

After reviewing the StrongerBC Economic Recovery Plan, the following were identified as key priority projects for economic recovery:

  • Shop local / arts
  • Agriculture
  • Tech / digital support for businesses
  • Childcare
  • Transportation and regional connectivity
  • Streamline permitting process for businesses

COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Response Projects & Resources

Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation

Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development & Competitiveness Presentation to the ERTF – November 26, 2020

Comox Valley Regional District

Town of Comox

City of Courtenay

Village of Cumberland

K’ómoks First Nation

Support Local BC

Economic Recovery Task Force Steering Committee Members

  • Mayor Bob Wells, City of Courtenay, ERTF Chair
  • Mayor Ken Grant, Town of Comox, ERTF Member
  • Mayor Leslie Baird, Village of Cumberland, ERTF Member
  • Jesse Ketler, Comox Valley Regional District Chair, ERTF Member
  • Edwin Grieve, Comox Valley Regional District EASC Chair, ERTF Member
  • Andrea Dawe, CFB 19 Wing Comox, ERTF Member
  • Deana Simkin, Comox Valley Economic Development Society, ERTF Member and TAC Chair

Additional Resources

Press Releases


February 26, 2021: Town of Comox receives RER grant for new Marine Services Building

December 15, 2020: Mayors’ 2020 Year in Review Updated

December 1, 2020: New infrastructure funding to support COVID-19 response, recovery

November 30, 2020: Courtenay Mayor urges visitors to ‘mask up’ before heading into local businesses

November 12, 2020: Town of Comox – Mayor’s Year in Review

November 8, 2020: New online portal makes supporting Comox Valley Businesses even easier

November 5, 2020: Local governments working towards economic recovery in the Comox Valley

November 2, 2020: Comox Valley Economic Recovery Initiatives Take Hold

October 21, 2020: Cumberland prioritizes economic recovery plans

October 19, 2020: Comox looks at grants for two projects to spur community economic recovery

September 22, 2020: Comox Valley Economic Recovery Task Force Update

September 15, 2020: Economic Recovery Task Force Update September 15

August 3, 2020: Comox Valley Economic Development Service continuing to work with CVRD to support local businesses

July 13, 2020: Economic Recovery Task Force Supports Phase III and Return of BC Residents

June 29, 2020: CV Economic Recovery Task Force Planning and Engagement Underway

May 14, 2020: CVRD Board Directs Staff Develop COVID-19 Renewal Plan

ERTF Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

ERTF Documents


Small Business Supports