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Community Wide Gift Card Program announced below!
LAST CALL! This coming Wednesday - 11:30am- 1:30pm (max)

AGM - Wednesday, May 20
Join us online - Wednesday, May 20th @ 11:30am.

  • President's Report
  • CEO Report
  • Auditor's Report
  • Member Resolution: To permit the CEO to investigate loan options with intent to access - CERB or alternatively a smaller loan from Community Futures.
  • Thanks to outgoing Directors
Gord Johns - MP Courtenay/Alberni
Mr. Johns has agreed to participate in our AGM planned for next week - Wednesday, May 20th. He has been busy lobbying on behalf of our community paying particular attention to our SME's throughout this crisis.

We thank Gord in advance for agreeing to participate in these challenging times.

Please remember to pre-register via the link above.
Special Occasion?
  • A Birthday?
  • Anniversary?
  • Father's Day?
  • Just because?
New Online Gift Card Program brought to you by:

Our Program....

Keep the money in Port Alberni:  One online shopping giant hauls in $10,000  per second  in sales. Unfortunately, that money does not re-circulate in our economy. It does not pay local wages. It does not keep local stores open. It does not help you our your neighbour.

So, what is it? Our NEW SITE sponsored by the City of Port Alberni Economic Development, Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce & WebMax.ca an organization based in Sooke BC has partnered together to bring this to you.

  • Businesses of any size/type can participate.
  • Businesses not currently online can participate and are encouraged to do so.
  • Businesses with a current online presence are also encouraged to participate
  • Businesses looking to increase sales, improve cash-flows, get back on their feet are encouraged to participate.
  • Businesses looking to get online through an effective ONLINE STORE are encouraged to participate.

Our new website is now LIVE. We have ONE business already online and we're hoping to multiply that number by 60 in the next few days.

The Catch? In order to pay NOTHING you as a business owner need need to signup on the website - see the button on the website that says 'Business Owners Join Better Buy Alberni Valley' click that button and complete the very short form by May 28th via the website. The FREE period concludes at that time so....don't delay .

Go ahead: Purchase a LOCAL Gift Card today for our first business on the site:

YOU can be the agent of change   !

Simply visit  BetterBuyPortAlberni.ca  and make your next online shopping experience one that supports local!
About WebMax.ca
WebMax.ca is a Vancouver Island, BC, Canadian Digital Marketing Company providing affordable websites and search engine marketing. The company services clients across Canada. WebMax has a National Reach and Local Roots.

Extension to August 29, 2020
Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently announced that the Government of Canada will extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. Extending the program will give workers greater confidence that they will continue to get the support they need during these difficult times. The Government will consult with key business and labour representatives over the next month on potential adjustments to the program to incent jobs and growth, including the 30 per cent revenue decline threshold. Any potential changes following the consultation will have as key objectives to maximize employment, ensure the CEWS reflects the immediate needs of businesses, and support the post-crisis economic recovery.

Employers resuming operations during Phase 2 of BC's Restart Plan are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan  that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

WorkSafeBC has provided industry-specific protocols to use as businesses develop these plans.  Although they will not be reviewing or approving individual plans, to be in accordance with Dr. Bonnie Henry's order,  these plans must be posted in the workplace . During more regular WorkSafeBC inspections, employers will be asked about the steps they have taken to protect their workers.
Although protocols have been developed for arts and cultural facilities, health professionals, in-person counselling services, education institutions, offices, parks, personal services, real estate services, restaurants, cafes, pubs, and retail,  we do not know if Dr. Henry intends to lift all closures in Phase 2.
National Sick Pay Policy endorsed by BC Chamber of Commerce
VICTORIA — B.C.’s major business leaders have united behind Premier John Horgan’s call for a national sick-pay program to help combat COVID-19.
Ten business groups from B.C., as well as 11 associations from Alberta to Atlantic Canada,  co-authored the request  to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a letter sent Wednesday.

“In these circumstances, we believe senior governments should shoulder any costs associated with time away from work (i.e. sick pay) associated with the current pandemic,” read the letter. “At a time when many businesses have been hit extremely hard by the economic fallout from the pandemic, it is simply not reasonable for businesses to be expected to cover sick-pay costs for COVID-19 which, at its core, is a global pandemic, and a national and provincial public health emergency.”
The letter signatories made up the bulk of B.C.’s business sector, including the B.C. Business Council, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Surrey Board of Trade, B.C. Chamber of Commerce, B.C. Agriculture Council, Urban Development Institute, B.C. Trucking Association, B.C. Council of Forest Industries and the B.C. Maritime Employers Association.
Horgan said he used the letter to boost his proposal to Trudeau and other premiers on a conference call Thursday.

I’m grateful for the leadership that the local businesses have shown,” Horgan said. “An economic imperative is what gets people out of their sick beds and to work, and we need to make sure people stay in their sick beds until they are well.”

While some employees get paid sick days due to collective agreements or employer contracts, others, particularly in low-paying jobs, often must choose between working sick to get paid or staying home and earning nothing.
BURNABY, B.C. –  Alberni Valley Bulldogs President and Governor David Michaud has been named the BCHL’s Marketer of the Year for 2019-20.
Michaud joined the Bulldogs front office last summer after his group Keycorp Sports & Entertainment purchased a majority share of the team. Prior to that, Michaud was the Director of Corporate Partnerships & Player Development for the Penticton Vees from 2015 to 2018. Read the full Press Release here
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