Forest Impact Recovery Program

The Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI-BC), has provided funding to 18 different business support organizations, local governments, and First Nations communities in BC’s Southern Interior through the Province of BC’s Rural Business and Community Recovery Initiative.  A total of $1.3 million has been provided to 18 communities and non-profit business support organizations.

Funding for the FIR Program is part of the $185-million support package announced in Budget 2022 to ensure that co-ordinated and comprehensive supports are in place to offset any economic impacts from a changing forestry industry. It’s part of the Province’s StrongerBC Economic Plan. The FIR Program will assist rural communities in the Southern Interior of BC with populations under 25,000 and non-profit business support organizations serving those communities. The grants will help fund a mix of 21 full- and part-time contract positions.


FIR Advisor

Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce

Robyn Cyr

Barriere, District of

Lianne Hamblin 

Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Zwicker

Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce

Christina Allen


Michael Hoher

Clearwater, District of


Community Futures Central Interior First Nations

Chasity Jones

Community Futures Central Kootenay

Amber McGregor

Community Futures Revelstoke

Carolyn Gibson

Community Futures Sun Country

Arnice Asquin

Community Futures Thompson Country

Deanna Pidcock

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

Riley Wilcox


Jerry Ericsson



Interior Logging Association

Meagan Preston

Kootenay Employment Services Society

Shana Riordan

Lumby and District Chamber of Commerce

Merissa Holland

Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce

Laurie Turmel

Nakusp and Area Development Board

Dawn Driscoll

Neskonlith Indian Band

Craig Kennedy

Regional District of Central Okanagan