We are unapologetic for our support of business and the vital role it plays in building and supporting our incredible community.
Dear Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce Members and Supporters.

British Columbians can expect to see $5 billion in income supports, tax relief, and direct funding for people, businesses, and services affected by COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Action Plan dedicates $2.8 billion to assist individuals and fund the services required to withstand this crisis, and $2.2 billion is promised to provide relief and recovery for businesses.
"The COVID-19 pandemic challenges our health, our economy and our way of life," said Premier John Horgan. "People and businesses urgently need support."

We will continue to ADVOCATE for our Business Communities via our direct connections locally, our strength within the BC Chamber of Commerce and Federally with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is also working closely with the City of Port Alberni and Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot on an ambitious task of phoning as many local businesses as possible. We want to hear direct from the Business Owner how this is affecting them (you) today and into the future. Please expect a call from one of our representatives in the coming days. You can also call us at the Chamber office where two of us are working daily on this. 250.724.6535.

The email below was received today in our office from Ms. Evelyn Clark former Chamber manager in Qualicum Beach who is now the Executive Director in Qualicum for the Qualicum branch of Divisions BC. Evelyn also looks after the Port Alberni area and all of our Doctors and Health Providers. They make the following appeal:

"At this remarkable time, we are appealing to our area's healthcare and personal service providers to assist our family practitioners' urgent need for personal protective equipment. " 
Physicians are running out of essential items such as:
-Surgical Masks, N95 Masks, masks with face shields
-Exam Gloves
-Hand sanitizer
We are appealing to businesses in the community that may have stock of the above items and be willing to sell or donate it to us so that we may distribute these urgently needed supplies to family practitioners in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and Port Alberni.  
If you think you may have anything at all that might help in our shared efforts to fight this pandemic, please let me know. We are happy to pick up wherever is convenient.  We are incredibly grateful for any help at all that we receive - thank you!   
Kind regards, 
Sharon Todd
Program Manager
Central Island Division of Family Practice
Mobile: (250) 937-0611
Fax: (888)-977-3318