The Village of Lytton was significantly impacted by the Lytton Creek Wildfire that took place on June 30, 2021. The fire destroyed at least 90% of the community, which included most of the business community. The need to define a strategic path forward on economic recovery for the Village and area is essential to the successful recovery of the village.
Lytton has engaged O’Leary and Associates, a British Columbia-based economic development consulting firm with extensive experience in community economic development. Funding for the Lytton and Region Economic Recovery Plan were allocated from the Ministry of Forests Lands Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development funds.
Update: Stakeholder interviews are underway with area businesses, organizations, residents and elected officials. These interviews will help inform the Economic Recovery Survey, which is the next step of engagement with Lytton and Region businesses, organizations and residents. The project team will be in Lytton the week of Jan 16 to film a short video to support the project.
In the coming weeks, all community members will be to participate in the Economic Recovery survey – participation is key to ensure the Economic Recovery Plan for the area reflects the needs and desires of the community.
Phase 1: Project Launch
Phase 2 – Planning, Logistics and Communications Strategy
Phase 3 – Community Engagement – Needs Assessment
Phase 4 – Data and Gap Analysis
Phase 5 – Validation and Second Round of Community Engagement
Phase 6 – Creation of the Economic Recovery Plan
Upon completion of this process the Economic Recovery Plan will include economic recovery strategy recommendations that will inform and integrate with the Village Official Community Plan and Economic Development Strategy. The recovery plan will provide best practices and recommendations for programs/support for the Village of Lytton business sector. The Economic Recovery Plan will be presented to Council for final approval.
The Village has received $500,000 from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development for focusing on economic restart of the Village. The Village has also received a $100,000 grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust for and Economic Development position.