Community Economic Development Advisory Committee
At the Council meeting held December 10, 2019, staff were directed to conduct a review of the Community Economic Development Advisory Committee terms of reference to determine alignment with District goals as expressed in corporate planning documents including Council’s Strategic Plan.
This assessment forms part of a larger direction within Council’s Strategic Plan to examine the delivery of economic development functions of the District, and new appointments to the Committee have been deferred until this review is complete.
The role of the Community Economic Development Advisory Committee is to advise Tofino Council on matters related to the District's socio-economic development. The Committee helps guide development of a strategic plan to identify Tofino's socio-economic goals, priorities and targets, it provides advice on issues involving business retention, expansion and attraction.
The primary reference for the Committee's work is the Vision to Action: Sustainable Community Action Plan.
Business Walks: In 2014, CEDAC and the District of Tofino undertook a "Business Walks" program in partnership with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training, the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Tofino Business Association. Business Walks are a tool to gather and track the pulse of local businesses and help community leaders identify measures and actions that ensure jobs, goods and services stay in a community. Read the Final Report.
Profile: In 2018, the Committee supported the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce in finalizing and maintaining the Invest Tofino: Community Profile.
Investment Readiness: In 2016, the Tofino Business Association provided an Investment Readiness Report with funding from the Island Coastal Economic Trust and the District of Tofino.
Round Tables: In 2018, the Committee began hosting Industry Roundtables to hear from the local business community in groups populated by sector/ The aim of the round tables is to identify opportunities, tools and policies for action from local government and the business community in order to foster resiliency.
Who We Are
The Community Economic Development Advisory Committee is established and its members appointed by Tofino Council. The Committee consists of 13 members:
- Two Council members
- One representative from the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
- One representative from Tourism Tofino
- One representative from the Tofino Business Association
- One representative from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
- One representative from Ahous Business Corporation
- One representative from the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
- Five members of the public who represent a breadth and diversity of community interests
To view the current membership list click here.
The District's Manager of Corporate Services serves as the staff liaison.
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