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Notice to Village of Fruitvale Residents:

With Council's support, Village of Fruitvale Staff have worked hard over the past year to keep the Village safe and to keep staff healthy to continue delivering essential services to our citizens.  We are worried about our family, our friends, and our community and believe that by following our Provincial Public Health Orders we will return to normal.  We will continue to be vigilant in following PHO orders and doing what we can to keep us all safe. 

Be kind, be calm, and be safe.

Trail and Greater District RCMP Detachment - Weekly Media Report
Emergency Programs Act contravention prompts investigation
Trail and Greater District RCMP File # 2021-1753

On April 23, 2021, at 12:10 Trail and  Greater District RCMP received a report of an  organized outdoor event located at the Creekside Park located on Columbia Gardens Road in Fruitvale, BC. Trail RCMP observed a female speaker using a microphone to talk to an allegedly unmasked crowd of approximately 40 people. There was also a small group of protesters carrying signs in attendance. The crowd began slowly dispersing after the  arrival of the Trail RCMP.

Trail RCMP is continuing to investigate a 60-year-old Trail man and 53-year-old woman for allegedly organizing the event.

Trail RCMP would like to remind the public that anyone attending such an event could be issued a $230 fine for attending a non-compliant event under Section 4(4) of the Emergency Program Act. Other fines under the EPA also could apply.

With recent surges in COVID-19 infections in Canada, the Trail RCMP is asking the   public to continue following social distancing rules and refrain from gathering, as well as following all other enacted laws under the Emergency Programs Act. Trail and Greater District community wants to prevent our local hospital from becoming overwhelmed with new cases, which will help ensure anyone can get medical treatment and care if required. Gatherings like this one can lead to the accelerated spread of COVID-19 through contact and close contact. 

FETCH - For Everything that's Community Health
Kootenay Boundary Region

This site, has been created specifically for the communities of the Kootenay Boundary, BC Health Service delivery area.  New information is being added every day so please continue to visit the site as it grows.

For information on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, check out the following link -

As we are still dealing with this Pandemic, people are still at home often without connection and feeling isolated.
To help those find connection and stay healthy, the CLBC with partners, has put together a list of resources that may help.  

Booking your Vaccine:  March 2021


Effective November 20, 2020

Click here for the new Province-wide restrictions 

Effective November 16, 2020

Effective November 9, 2020


September 3, 2020

The COVID-19 Safety Plan for the September 12, 2020 Haines Park and Middle School Development Open House is now available for review. Please be mindful of this Safety Plan when attending the Open House.

Haines Park and Middle School Development Open House Safety Plan

August 21, 2020

The Province of BC introduces new measures to enforce COVID-19 public safety.  To learn more about the new measures visit

July 27, 2020

With the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in our region, we know that many of our residents in the community are looking for ways to respond. Interior Health has created resources and encouraged local governments to share them with their residents to help educate and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Please click on the below links for these resources.

Top Ten Ways to Stay Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 16, 2020

For information on all COVID-19 financial support benefits visit

June 26, 2020

The Village of Fruitvale's COVID-19 Management Policy and supporting Safety Plans is now available online. If you would like to either visit the Village Office or attend a Council meeting in person, please make sure you review the below linked safety plans in advance. Remember, all Council meetings are being held virtually as well so you can participate via a Zoom meeting from the comfort of your own home!

COVID-19 Management Policy

Village Office Safety Plan

Public Works Safety Plan

Council Meeting Safety Plan

June 16, 2020

The playgrounds and green spaces are now open for use by Village residents. Signage has been placed throughout the playgrounds and green spaces to remind residents to exercise social distancing. 

A reminder that the Village does not clean or sanitize equipment and all equipment will be used at your own risk.

The RV Park is fully open for use.

The Fruitvale Gym remains closed because we are unable to put in place adequate safety measures. Public health direction requires gym facilities to be staffed by at least one individual at all times to ensure adequate cleanliness and sanitization standards and we're unable to meet this staffing requirement.

June 15, 2020

The Village Office is now open from 8:30 until noon and from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. We kindly ask that you only visit the Village Office if absolutely necessary. Our phones are answered between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and we are more than happy to assist you over the phone. Residents are also encouraged to use the drop-box to place their Home Owner Grants in to avoid visiting the Village Office in person.

When visiting the Village Office in person, please adhere to the following:

  • only two visitors are permitted in the foyer at a time
  • social distancing is in effect--please make sure you keep two meters between you and any other visitors
  • hand must be sanitized upon entering the building
  • all applications and forms must be completed at home whenever possible
  • do not visit the Village Office if you are feeling unwell

 Village staff will sanitize all surfaces and equipment used by visitors in between each use. 

A reminder that you can take advantage of the various payment methods to avoid visiting the Village Office in person. These include e-transfer, the PayTM Canada App, and internet banking through credit unions, CIBC, BMO, and ScotiaBank. Using these methods of payment instead of visiting the Village Office helps keep you and everyone else safe and healthy!

Did you know that we offer curbside pick up for garbage bags? Simply call ahead and let us know when you'd like to pick them up and we will gladly leave them outside the Village Office doors for you!

Council meeting will continue to be held via Zoom for the foreseeable future. You can access the meetings by clicking on the URL listed on the Council meeting notification. 

May 31, 2020

To help support small and medium-sized businesses in BC to recover from the challenges of COVID-19, FortisBC have partner with GreenStep Solutions to offer free customized energy advice. In a consultation via phone or video conference, the business is given tips, technical advice and information about FortisBC programs that can help you save energy, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs.

May 1, 2020

Online applications are now open for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers at: read the release, visit

Click here for a List of Provincial Government announcements to support people and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic updated to April 30, 2020. Please visit the COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information website for more information:

April 29, 2020

Click here for the April 28, 2020 Provincial COVID 19 News Release

Please find the latest provincial announcements below. All news updates can be found at

B.C. extending state of emergency for the third time to continue response to COVID-19:

Statement on safe spaces for people leaving violence:  

New supports for B.C. animal care facility operators:

Support for COVID-19 Impacts from the Columbia Basin Trust

Update on Local Businesses Newsletter - April 9, 2020  

March 24, 2020

To help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all play structures in Village parks are closed to the publicWe would like to remind the public to practice safe distancing - stay at least 6' apart from others if you have to be in the public.  The Village has placed signs on all memorial benches in the Village reminding the public to be at minimum 6' apart from another person.  We all must do our part in stopping the spread of this virus.

March 18, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 recommendations from the Provincial Health Minister for social distancing, all Village of Fruitvale facilities (Village Office, Fruitvale Memorial Centre, Age Friendly Gym) are CLOSED to the public.  

Village staff will continue to work so if you have any inquiries or emergencies, please call or email the office. 


For utility payments, residents are encouraged to use internet banking or pay by cheque.  Cheques can be mailed or dropped in the mail slot at the Village Office.

If you require garbage bags, please contact the Village Office, 250-367-7551 or to make arrangements for pickup.

Visit our website at or the Village of Fruitvale Facebook page for updates.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

If you have to go out, practice safe distancing.


Keep up-to-date on COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information

New Self-Assessment App for British Columbians

Along with being able to check symptoms online, The Ministry of Health has a new app that allows British Columbians to conduct self-assessments.  British Columbians can now download the new self-assessment app


Information from Grant Thornton - April 2, 2020
Help for Canadian businesses and employees, including 75% wage subsidy
Canada's federal government is working quickly to address the needs of citizens and businesses in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is an update on what you need to know.

On April 1, 2020 Prime Minister Trudeau announced new and revised measures that the federal government is taking to help all Canadians - both individuals and businesses alike.
This includes:

  • Updated measures in the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • Ways to utilize the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations

As details continue to emerge, updates and downloadable resources on these programs will be available on Grant Thornton's COVID-19 Hub.

Read the summary here


Information from Consumer Protection BC for Small Businesses in BC  - Federal and Provincial Relief Programs for Businesses - April 1, 2020

Small Business BC has created an overview of all the current support programs offered by both the Government of Canada and the BC government for small businesses. The document is updated regularly and was last updated on March 27, 2020, at the time of this email.

Federal business support programs
The Government of Canada is rolling out the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Included are several programs that businesses who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may find helpful including:

  • Temporary wage subsidies

  • Loan programs

    • Loan guarantees

    • Co-lending program

    • Canada Emergency Business Account, which will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000

Details on these programs, eligibility requirements and how to apply are on the webpage linked above and are updated regularly as government makes more details available.
Additionally, the Government of Canada has a website set up specifically for businesses with information, resources and links to more details. We encourage you to regularly check these websites for the latest business support information.  

Provincial business support programs
The BC government has announced its COVID-19 Action Plan and has set up a COVID-19 support and information website that outlines all the latest information for businesses.
Small Business BC is providing current information on COVID-19 related resources for small businesses.

We hope that these resources give you a place to start to access supports that may work for you. We know that this is a very challenging time as a business owner, and we are working on putting together some more comprehensive information about federal and provincial support options on our website very soon – please watch this page over the next week. 


Information for Businesses

#COVID-19 Bulletin: March 24, 2020

BCEDA #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide
All of these updates are now located in one document. This shareable, live guide is being continually updated with the most relevant information, tools and resources for the BC business community. Click here to view.
Newly Updated:

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 4:00pm
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