|Softwood Industry Community Economic Adjustment Initiative
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.
Priority areas for SICEAI funding were:
- Innovative and Value-Added Forestry
- Community Capacity Building
- Economic Diversification
- Infrastructure that Encourages Growth
- 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:
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, purchased of grooming equipment and product marketing. The total project cost was $257,539.
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.
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.
Austrian Style Woodwork Ltd., in Falkland, BC, was the successful recipient of re-payable SICEAI loan funds to complete a 4000 sq. ft shop expansion and purchase and house new equipment to expand their custom kitchen cabinet business into a new market with the building of European tilt and turn windows.