November 30, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
The Chamber Member of the Year award, sponsored by Air Canada, recognizes an individual who has served as a volunteer at The Chamber, has taken an active role with the board or committees, fosters relationships with the community and advocates on behalf of business.

“Ann has inspired us all with her resilience in managing her cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as her ongoing insightful and thoughtful input to her Chamber role,” Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said.
New premier launches blitz of announcements
BC Premier David Eby hasn't wasted any time putting his stamp on the provincial government. In less than two weeks, the province has rolled out a series of almost daily announcements that take aim at some of the top concerns facing British Columbians.

Among the barrage of news releases was a promise to add $230 million to RCMP funding to increase staff and a plan to train more doctors. Those, along with announcements of a new Housing Ministry and a strategy for making communities safer, are welcome news. The Chamber will continue to advocate for business as these announcements move from the idea stage to implementation.

Tell us what you think by emailing [email protected].
Nationwide ban on single use plastics starts Dec. 20
A movement that initially took hold in the City of Victoria is set to become a Canada-wide initiative as of Dec. 20. The federal Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations aims to stop the manufacture, import and sale of bags, cutlery and other items made with problematic plastics.

The Chamber worked closely with Victoria and other local governments. Our goal was to make sure the initial regulations incorporated innovations that businesses were already using to address consumer concerns. The public has, for many years, supported businesses that provided alternatives to plastic waste. Having the same rules across the country will help businesses work with the requirements efficiently and effectively.
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
2023 Business Awards nominations are now open!
Each week, The Chamber will profile two of the 14 different award categories, encouraging members to nominate a deserving Chamber member.
The Outstanding Workplace of the Year Award honors a business that:

shows a commitment to a healthy work environment through practices that benefit employees physically, intellectually and/or emotionally
has competitive employment packages
focuses on workplace culture as well as employee recognition and reward programs
is dedicated to professional development and/or advancement opportunities
and shows diversity in the workplace.
Nominations close: January 18, 2023
Need some inspiration?
Check out the videos of the 2022 Outstanding Workplace of the Year finalists below.
Winner: BC Transit
Finalist: Engaged HR 
Have questions about our 2023 Business Awards?
Join us as we walk through our new online nomination and award application process and answer all kinds of questions about the 2023 Business Awards to help you put your best foot forward.
We will share tips on determining which category is the best fit for you and how to prepare a strong award application. Finalists receive almost $10,000 worth of promotional value including a professional video that tells your story to the world. Not to mention the exposure finalists receive through the awards gala.
This event is for businesses who have already received a nomination or want to learn more before nominating themselves. During this virtual call we will take a look at the 2023 Business Awards timelineaward categoriesnomination information, and how to submit an award entry. 
Tues., Dec. 13 | 12 - 1 PM
Virtual via Zoom
Call-in details provided upon registration
Thurs., Jan. 5 | 12 - 1 PM
Virtual via Zoom
Call-in details provided upon registration
Increased focus on Indo-Pacific trade welcomed
The federal government released Canada's Indo-Pacific Strategy this week, providing a guideline for future engagement with this massive economic region. The Canadian Chamber welcomed the news.

“In addition to increasing our presence in the region, much of the important work that needs to be done is here at home," Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO Perrin Beatty said. "Any successful strategy must give an enhanced priority to building the trade-enhancing infrastructure that is needed to significantly increase our exports. Additionally, the rapidly-growing communities of Canadians who trace their roots to the region provide a much-underutilized source of people who speak the languages, understand the cultures and have networks of family and friends in the region and who could help to strengthen our trade and investment ties."

The Indo-Pacific accounts for 65% of the world's population and is Canada’s second-largest regional export market, after the United States, with annual two-way trade valued at $226 billion.

Almost 20% of Canadians have family ties in the Indo-Pacific, which also provides 60% of Canada’s international students.
Journalism series examines impact of higher tips
Inflation has become the top concern for many businesses. The Chamber is hearing from many members struggling to balance higher costs by adjusting prices and raising wages to keep staff.

On top of this, the increased emphasis on tipping that took hold during the pandemic has created new challenges for employers, employees and customers.

The issues and a few solutions are the subject of a new series that recently ran in the Times Colonist. The articles shine a light on how tipping was affected by social changes over the past few years, as well as consumers reliance on debit cards and tax implications for people whose income relies on tips.

It's well worth the read as we head into the holiday shopping season!
Times Colonist: Member since 1961
Chair's Holiday Reception
Come enjoy the holiday season, fill a merry motorcoach and celebrate our "last tour" with Chamber Chair John Wilson at the wheel.
This lively year-end event is our opportunity to thank our members, partners, sponsors, committee members, and board members for your dedication, engagement, and support throughout 2022. 
In recognition of Wilson's Groups' commitment to community we are asking for your help to fill a Merry Motorcoach this season in support of Our Place. Donations of winter clothing, towels, and non-perishable food would be much appreciated.
We will send John off with a toast or two as he wraps up his last year as Chamber Chair. Light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available.
Thurs., Dec. 8 | 4 - 6 PM
Strathcona Hotel, Wicket Hall
919 Douglas Street
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
Mayor Murdock sets new course for Saanich
The recent municipal elections saw strong winds of change blow through the offices of many of our region's Councils and Mayors.

In this Chamber Chat, CEO Bruce Williams talk about what’s ahead for the new leadership team in the District of Saanich with newly elected Mayor Dean Murdock.
District of Saanich: Member since 2019
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Use your Chamber Benefits today!
Now is the time to take advantage of your health insurance coverage through your Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan.

Before the end of the calendar year, make sure to schedule a visit to your local dentistchiropractor, massage therapist or acupuncturist to ensure you use the coverage you’re provided. Depending on your plan, your funds may not carry over into 2023.

Rest easy knowing claim payments are directly deposited into your account within 48 hours of being processed, and that you’re supporting local businesses this holiday season.

Interested in learning more? For over 17 years, RDF Group Ltd. has helped Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce members design a Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance plan reflecting the size and requirements of their businesses.
Tech Awards feature record-breaking finalists
The VIATEC Community Tech Awards have received a record number of finalists, and Chamber members are proudly represented in a variety of categories, including:

Winners for the Community Tech Awards will be announced Thursday, Dec. 8
Celebrating #IndigenousBusinessYYJ
The Chamber is committed to Indigenous reconciliation. We’re proud to feature our new Indigenous members, including Indigenous Perspectives Society.

Indigenous Perspective Society (IPS) is a charitable and not-for-profit social enterprise that offers specialized training and consulting services to help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives, cultural differences, and the need for self-determination.

Stay tuned as we highlight more Indigenous Chamber members — #IndigenousBusinessYYJ.

Are you an Indigenous-owned business working in Greater Victoria? Learn more about Chamber membership and opportunities to connect by emailing [email protected]
Make sure you’re well-staffed for the New Year
With only one month left before the end of the year, make sure you use your free job post on The Chamber’s job board!

Chamber Members are entitled to one free 30-day listing on the job board every calendar year. Simply use the code INTRO2022 at checkout. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity for Chamber members. Ensure you’re well-staffed for the start of 2022.

If you have any questions or need help uploading your job posting, email [email protected]
Member News
CHEK Drive Thru 2022 supports people in need

CHEK News and The Salvation Army are hosting the 29th annual CHEK Drive Thru. New, unwrapped toys as well as non-perishable food and cash donations are being accepted to help support people in need across Greater Victoria. From in-person locations to online and phone donations, there are numerous ways to support our community this Friday.
The Salvation Army: Member since 2006
CHEK News: Member since 1971
CHEK News: Chamber Champion since 2020
Locating and securing affordable housing

The Victoria Brain Injury Society is launching a new affordable housing program. The program will provide a dedicated housing coordinator to people with brain injuries, and help them access safe, affordable housing.

Victoria Brain Injury Society: Member since 2022
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UVic students research truly out of this world

The University of Victoria has successfully launched a satellite. ORCAsat, designed by UVic engineering students, will act as an optical reference for ground-based telescopes. The satellite has arrived at the International Space Station, and will collect vital data for the next 18 months.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
Coat drive gathers warm clothes for Cool Aid Society

This Sunday, Max Furniture and Maximum Express are hosting a coat drive for Victoria Cool Aid Society. To help people in need stay warm and dry, adult-sized winter coats and jackets will be accepted from 12 to 4pm at 3460 Quadra St.
Victoria Cool Aid Society: Member since 2006
Maximum Express Courier, Freight & Logistics: Member since 2004
Max Furniture: Member since 2008
Christmas caroling back for 55th year at city hall

For the 55th year, caroling will return to City Hall in the City of Victoria. On Dec. 6 and 7, carolers from the Greater Victoria School District will sing holiday favorites starting at noon.
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
Greater Victoria School District SD61: Member since 1976
Member to Member Discounts
Members can post Coupons and Discounts free of charge here.
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