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GOABC’S RANGE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM TO CREATE JOBS AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

Mountain Caribou in BC

“Guide outfitters are ready, willing, and able to step up and make a difference. We have been severely impacted by the closing of international borders and 90% of our annual revenue has been lost. Our sector is a major employer in rural BC – many in this region are depending on us.”  – Sean Olmstead, President, GOABC

The Guide Outfitters Association of BC has publicly released the Range Stewardship Program submitted to the Government of BC as part of the Stronger BC COVID-19 recovery strategy.  The Range Stewardship Program (RSP) undertakes to create or retain 250 jobs and protect 125 small businesses in rural and indigenous communities.

“Guide outfitters are ready, willing, and able to step up and make a difference,” says GOABC’s President Sean Olmstead.  “We have been severely impacted by the closing of international borders and 90% of our annual revenue has been lost.  The Range Stewardship program is critical to the long-term health and survival of our industry.  Our sector is a major employer in rural BC – many in this region are depending on us.”

The Range Stewardship Program is a 12-week program that deploys personnel into the field to find and remove refuse, monitor wildlife and habitat, maintain trails and cabins, and develop and implement COVID -19 operating protocols.  Participating employees will receive $800 per week in insurable earnings and qualify for Employment Insurance to sustain them over the winter months.  Outfitters are responsible for the management and supervision of employees and paying all related expenses.

“We are ready to immediately execute the RSP program as soon as we receive approval,” says GOABC Executive Director Scott Ellis.  “We understand the urgency and government’s desire to get money working for British Columbians as quickly as possible.  We can have boots on the ground and money flowing to support the industry by mid-October.”

The Range Stewardship Program has a budget of $5.6 million from the $1.6 billion Stronger BC plan.

For more information, contact Scott Ellis at (604) 541-6332.

Please download press release below.