We Value Our Community Partnerships & Projects
The Shuswap Labour Market Assessment is a community-based assessment and action planning project that focuses on our unique local labour market conditions to provide guidance in the development of action plans for the growth of our community.
In November 2004, regional stakeholders in the Shuswap met to consider a proposal by local trail advocates envisioning the creation of an internationally recognized natural trail and waterway network promoting environmental stewardship, sustainable economics, and a reputation of healthy living and recreation.
Under the direction of Community Futures Shuswap, funding was successfully assembled to assist with the cost of conducting a feasibility study to determine the overall economic, recreation, and environmental viability of the trail circuit and to assess regional community support for the concept. Funds were granted through Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Area E Economic Opportunities Fund to conduct a formal study process between September 2005 and September 2006. As well, additional local resources were leveraged totaling approximately $200,000, including the initiation of a pilot trail project designed to model and assess viability of the rest of the region.
The Trail Alliance has grown into a full development strategic organization that has successfully implemented new trail systems, signage, educational materials, guides, maps, and support services to establish a new driver of sustainable economic opportunities within the region. The Trail Alliance manages annual crews of 20 people and hires a full-time trail operations manager. Community Futures Shuswap has provided business development, project management, and funding development support through various funding programs and partnerships from 2005 to 2009.
The Shuswap Trail Alliance
Sicamous and the CSRD Area E Labour Market Study
Sicamous Communities Rally Around Labour Market Study - Spring 2016
Excerpt from BC Government News Release: "Sicamous and surrounding communities are ready to turn employment data into action to encourage local economic development after participating in a government-funded labour market study with Community Futures Shuswap.
The nine-month $69,000 study assesses the region’s labour market and identifies key challenges and opportunities for increased economic development in Sicamous and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Area E. As part of the project, Community Futures conducted a survey and review of labour market statistics and case studies on rural economic development, as well as community consultations with business and community leaders.
The study reveals that the area is currently short on labour and highlights the importance of regional training and skills development opportunities, especially for youth. This will ensure local employers can access a skilled workforce and provide year-long employment opportunities. The Thompson-Okanagan Region is expected to have 98,300 job openings to 2022.
A Labour Market Action Team will be created to implement key priorities, including developing an economic development plan for Sicamous and CSRD Area E by 2017. The action team will also work to address the impact of affordable housing, family services and transportation on the area’s labour market."
Read full news release and/or download the report using these links.
Western Economic Diversification Canada
In October 2002, Western Economic Diversification Canada announced a national funding program known as the Softwood Industry Community Economic Adjustment Initiative (SICEAI), to support forest-dependent communities across Canada that were impacted by the Canada-US Softwood lumber dispute.
Assistance was available in both repayable (for-profit projects) and non-repayable (not-for-profit projects) forms. Recipients included not-for-profit organizations, including municipalities and municipal organizations; crown corporations; corporations; sole proprietorships; community development organizations; associations; and First Nations organizations. Priority areas for SICEAI funding were: innovative and value-added forestry, community capacity building, economic diversification, infrastructure that encourages growth, and First Nations participation.
Community Futures Shuswap played an instrumental role in the achievement of several community projects being successfully funded by the SICEAI program, including 1) The Columbia Shuswap Regional District received $128,769 from SICEAI to upgrade and develop their snowmobiling trails and facilities in the Salmon Arm area. The “Snowmobile Tourism Product Development Project” included trail infrastructure development, signage,
construction of warming huts, purchase of grooming equipment, and product marketing.
The total project cost was $257,539. 2) The Columbia Shuswap Regional District also received $44,350 in SICEAI funding to implement a Shuswap Tourism Marketing Strategy. This integrated marketing communications package included billboard signs on the Trans Canada Highway, touring maps and signage, hiking/biking brochure maps, the Shuswap Bird Watching Guide, the Shuswap Visitor’s Guide, the Shuswap Tourism website, agri-tours/heritage brochures, and a Shuswap CD and video. 3) The City of Salmon Arm received SICEAI funding in the amount of $437,500 to develop a waterfront walkway. The elevated walkway infrastructure project anchors residential and commercial development at either end of the walkway. This initiative also builds on the successful bird watching tourism industry along the shores of Shuswap Lake and is key in expanding the existing trail system in the downtown area. Total project cost was $1,043.170. 4) Austrian Style Woodwork Ltd., in Falkland, BC was the successful recipient of re-payable SICEAI loan funds to complete a 4,000 sq. ft shop expansion and purchase new equipment to expand their custom kitchen cabinet business into a new market with the building of European tilt and turn windows.
The Mary Thomas Cultural And Heritage Sanctuary Project
The Mary Thomas Cultural Centre and Heritage Sanctuary Project will create a hub of economic activity in the Shuswap region, benefiting the Neskonlith Indian Band members and the entire Shuswap region. With stunning natural beauty as a backdrop, and extensive indigenous history and active natural systems as a foundation, the Centre will offer an authentic and extensive range of traditional First Nations culture, art, education, and activities for tourists and the local population interested in the aboriginal and ecological experience.
Local, national, and international visitors will be offered opportunities to experience Secwepemc ceremonies, stories, legends, and their deep understanding of the land. Visitors can participate in activities such as eating traditional food, attend workshops to learn how to make a traditional birch bark basket, native drum or traditional bullrush mat. Guests will also be offered guided interpretive tours through the traditional plant nursery and the trail system in the Salmon River Delta where they will learn about the inherent ecological/natural value of the delta region, including traditional plants, medicines and traditional sustainable resource management practices. Guides and instructors will provide visitors with an intimate knowledge and incomparable insight into local First Nations customs, history and environmental stewardship.