We respectfully acknowledge that we conduct our Business on the Unceded Territory of the Hupacasath and Tseshaht First Nations.

We are unapologetic for our support of business and the vital role it plays in building and supporting our incredible community.
Our First Webinar - Thursday, April 30th 2:00pm
We are pleased to offer an important Webinar to our Business Community during these challenging times.

Meet our presenter:

Brittany Rousseau is an articled student at the law firm of Ramsay Lampman Rhodes (RLR). Brittany completed a degree in Business Administration at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and a law degree at Thompson Rivers University. Brittany will become a member of the Law Society of British Columbia in May, 2020 and has accepted an associate position at RLR’s Port Alberni office. Brittany was born and raised in the Alberni Valley and looks forward to serving the community as both a solicitor and litigator.
Brittany will speak about COVID-19 and the workplace, specifically what employers need to know. She will cover topics such as keeping your employee’s safe, changing the employment relationship, managing legal risks, and human rights concerns.   


You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Apr 30, 2020 02:00 PM Vancouver 
Topic: COVID - 19 and Employment Law 

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

* This webinar is best suited to Employers


The Chambers Group Plan has worked hard to provide savings to firms as quickly as possible, and so they're pleased to announce;

"we will provide the following credits, retroactive to April 1st, on your May billing:
  • Dental: 50% premium reduction adjustment
  • Extended Health: 10% premium reduction adjustment"

Federal Programs as known today
Organizations that qualify include:

  • Taxable corporations
  • Most NFP's
  • Societies, Labour Organizations
  • Charities
  • Individual Employers

To Qualify the Employer needs to demonstrate:

  • For March a minimum 15% decline in Revenue based on comparison between same month in 2019 (IE: March 2019) OR the average revenue of Jan/Feb 2019.
  • For Subsequent months the decline must be 30% or more and the comparison period must be the same as for the first application. (IE: If you selected the Jan/Feb average for March then use the Jan/Feb average for both April and May)
  • Special consideration in place for Charities and NFP's based on typical or usual Grants. The criteria insists that you use the same approach for each application thereafter.

How to Apply:

How and When to Apply:

  • Starting Monday, April 27th you can apply
  • Set up a My Business Account with CRA if not already done (you should be able to do that in advance)
  • You'll need to have calculated the application amount in advance.
  • Employers who qualify will ALSO receive 100% credit for CPP and EI premiums paid on behalf of your employees (employer paid).
  • Bookmark this page to assist you next week.
I n order to Qualify you must demonstrate:

  • Involuntary loss of income
  • No more than $1000. earned over the past 14 days for first application
  • No more than $1000. earned over 30 days for subsequent application.

The Canada Emergency Business Account is now open to all Businesses that have a payroll between $20,000 and $1,500,00. annually.

We suggest that you contact any of our local Banks (who you currently bank with) all of whom are currently working hard to offer solutions for your businesses.



Daily Updates Cdn Chamber / Govt of Canada. Click below
This resource guide serves a valuable tool to stay on top of the ever changing situation with COVID-19 AND THE RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC.

The guide keeps you up to date with the various Federal Programs in place AND the changes within them through the Advocacy efforts of organizations like the Chambers of Commerce

Make sure to WATCH the various WEBINARS including those such as the SHOPIFY ONE where you can learn about new technologies that are currently available to assist you in this new world.

Mark The Date:  National Webinar on Mental Health in the Workplace 
The Canadian Business Resilience Network established by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (compliments of Canada Life) invites you to a webinar on  April 29 at 11:00 a.m. PDT


BUSINESS PULSE CHECK: Almost half of B.C. Businesses that are temporarily closed are not confident in their ability to reopen

The COVID-19 crisis is deepening for BC businesses with four-in-ten (43%) of those surveyed in the most recent  Chamber Pulse Check  stating they can only continue to operate for up to three months under current restrictions and the clock is ticking. 

For businesses temporarily closed, the future is similarly dire, with only half (53%) expecting to reopen once the restrictions are eased on workplace operations, while 38% are unsure, and 8% will not reopen. The pulse check survey was conducted by our partners at the BC Chamber of Commerce using the  BCMindReader.com  platform.

On the recovery side, many businesses are not confident in their ability to restart or whether consumers will return. Businesses are doing everything possible to remain viable, but an increasing number are reaching the point of no return.   Find the Regional Report here:

Looking to help a Local Charity or Society of your choice?
Buff's Coming soon!


Like one? We have them on order and are currently developing our online store. In the meantime if you'd like to order one of a limited quantity please reach out to Susan and she'll set one aside for you. On your email please indicate where you'd like to see your contribution go (local Charity/Society).
Here's a few updates from local Food Service Businesses:
Steampunk Cafe - Reopening soon with a Take Out Window! Also very successful Veggie Boxes available by pre-order including smaller boxes for lighter appetites

Boston Pizza - Reopening soon with Take-out/Delivery. Target date April 30

Bare Bones Fish n Chips - Reopening soon with Take-out. Thursdays - Mondays - 4pm to 7pm. Starting April 30

Starboard Grill - Mother's Day Features. Pre-order by May 8th. Specially made for MOM

Donut Shop - Take out Window now open 8am - 3pm. Stop by or call!

Chances - Cypress Restaurant - Take-out Tuesday to Fridays. 11:30- 2, 4:30 - 7

Brie and Barrel - Weekly Menu Options. Visit their FB page for ordering.

Noodlebox - Open for Take out. Phone or Download their rewards APP

Twin City Brewery - Canned Beer Products coming soon, REALLY soon. And Pizza!

Dog Mountain Brewery - Gotta plug the Blueberry IPA and the food is delicious.

Boomerangs Cafe - They're rockin it! Good on 'em

Tim Hortons - Drive Through Open. Impressive organization committed to the well-being of all in the community.

Pizza Factory - Developed new online ordering. Pay online and avoid all unnecessary contact

Timberlodge Sehmi Sushi - Open for Take-out and Delivery

Golden Dragon Restaurant - Open for Take-out and Delivery Wed-Sun

We want to hear from you

  • If you have an idea or concern you would like government to address please send us a note.

  • If you are aware of a colleague, customer or business going above and beyond during these challenging times, let us know as we’d love to share the news.