In recent days we’ve all been consumed with news on the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it’s affecting our health, our families, our small businesses and our communities across the province.

During this time, it is critical that we understand the economic impacts you anticipate in the weeks and months ahead, and how government and related agencies can support the Nicola Valley businesses to ensure they stay viable. As a result, Community Futures Nicola Valley in partnership with the City of Merritt and the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce conducted the COVID-19 Impact Business Survey to determine how our local business have been affected.

Community Futures has prepared the following summary report for you.

These insights have been shared with the City of Merritt, the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce and the local business community.

Thanks again for your support and assistance with this important data collection initiative - we greatly appreciate it!


Regional Relief & Recovery Fund

Check this section of the website for updates on the Regional Relief & Recovery Fund - exciting news is expected shortly regarding an extension to this vital program. 


Community Futures Nicola Valley in partnership with Michael Sumbler, the Manager of Global Business Services for Equifax Canada, will be delivering this seminar "Understanding Your Equifax Consumer Credit Report". Michael Sumbler will be delivering this session via video conference.

Have you checked your beacon score lately? Do you know the difference between a soft hit vs a hard hit and their impact in your credit score? To answer these and more questions, join us on March 4th, 2020 at 6pm at the Civic Centre.

Thanks to an exciting new sponsorship with Boyd Autobody & Glass, Community Futures will now be able to offer this event free of charge!

You can make your reservation at:

This session will:

a)    Provide participants with a better understanding of what is contained in a Consumer Credit File;

b)    Equip participants with the knowledge to better interpret credit files,

c)    Help participants make better credit decisions to increase their credit score;

What is specifically covered:

  • Fast facts about Equifax;
  • Our search logic;
  • The different sections and fields of the credit file;
  • Portfolio Types and Ratings;
  • Consumer Retention and Purge Rules;
  • Scores and Score Characteristics, and much more.

We look forward to seeing you there!








The 2020 Merritt Youth Entrepreneur Program turned out to be one of the last major Community Futures Nicola Valley endeavours of 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the first wave of lockdowns and restrictions in March of that year. 


Initially it was assumed that the 2021 Merritt Youth Entrepreneur Program may be forced to be cancelled; but CFNV staff and Board are passionate about bringing projects like this to local schools and helping to inspire entrepreneurial youth in the community. Currently this program does not have any dates scheduled and isn't confirmed to return for 2021, but the CFNV team is hard at work assessing remote access and digital workshop options to keep MYEP going strong in 2021.


This page will continue to be updated with any new information as it develops, but if you would like to speak with CFNV staff directly about the project, please contact us at 250.378.3923 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We thank you for your continued support and interest in the Merritt Youth Entrepreneur Program!


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