May 3, 2023
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
Last year's Greater Victoria Business Award winners were all smiles. This year's Chamber Business Award recipients will be much the same at tomorrow night's gala event.
Meet the 2023 Business Awards Finalists
We hope you enjoy reading about this year's finalists and that you continue to stay engaged and help build your chamber. We are in this together and being an active member of the chamber is a wonderful way to enhance your business and your life.
Dalmation shines as a business-led innovation
Phase 1 of a project that shows how innovation led by business can help with some of our community's most complex challenges has officially opened.

The Dalmation, located at 1021 Johnson St., was built by Jawl Residential Ltd. (Dalmation Developments), and features 130 rental units, office space and a new firehall for the Victoria Fire Department within an eight-storey building. The homes will rent for between $375 and $2,900 per month based on unit size and resident income. The next phases of the project will include more than 480 market-rate rental homes and a diverse mix of commercial, retail and restaurant space, as well as dedicated public spaces, including a 250-square-metre public plaza.

“We are very proud of the work that went into developing and constructing The Dalmatian and Victoria Fire Department Headquarters," Director of Development for Dalmatian Developments David Jawl said in a news release. "The completion of this project is a wonderful example of how partnerships between the private and public sector can succeed to deliver much-needed housing and safety infrastructure in our communities.”

The project is a partnership between BC Housing, the City of Victoria, Pacifica Housing and Dalmatian Developments. It is the largest purpose-built affordable rental project of its kind in downtown Victoria.
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
Jawl Residential Ltd: Member since 2021
BC Housing: Member since 2021
Pacifica Housing Advisory Association: Member since 2019
New life-sciences lab announced for Greater Victoria
The provincial government announced today it is providing $2.5 million to Vancouver Island Life Sciences to create a 650-square-metre facility to help up to six companies with access to low-cost, specialized lab space. The lab will be in Greater Victoria, but the specific location is still in the works.

Vancouver Island Life Sciences is a volunteer, non-profit society in Victoria that connects Island researchers with the global life science community.
Fund will help workers get skills for in-demand jobs
The provincial government announced Tuesday that is focusing on five pillars to help businesses find and keep employees. They are:
  • making post-secondary education more affordable, accessible and relevant to British Columbians
  • helping people reskill to find in-demand jobs so more employers facing current and future skills shortages can find the people they need
  • breaking down barriers so everyone can find a job where they can thrive
  • addressing Indigenous Peoples’ workforce priorities; and
  • ensuring people new to BC find a career in the field in which they are trained.
The province has committed $480 million for its plan, which includes funding for future skills grants of up to $3,500. The money will be available starting in September to help workers train for in-demand jobs.

“I’m hearing from businesses, small and large, that finding skilled labour is one of their biggest challenges,” said BC Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey, who will be speaking at The Chamber's Business Leader Luncheon on Monday, May 8.
Upcoming Business Leaders Series
What's next for economic development?
Elected in 2020, Minister Bailey brings experience as a leader in the private sector and tech industry to her mandate of attracting investment in BC's clean energy businesses. - SOLD OUT
Mon., May 8 | 11:30 AM - 1PM
The Union Club of British Columbia
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Economic Progress Report
Join us as we host the Bank of Canada's Deputy Governor Paul Beaudry as he delivers the Economic Progress Report. This presentation will discuss recent developments in the Canadian economy and the implications for monetary policy.
Thurs., June 8, | 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Victoria Conference Centre - Carson Hall
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BC Hydro's electrification plan

With a focus on climate change and the electrification of more devices, homes, vehicles and industries, find out how BC Hydro is helping their customers make the switch from fossil fuels to clean electricity.
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May Member Networking Breakfast
Start your morning with a business development and community building check mark. Hosted by Revera at their Kensington Retirement Residence, known for the independent, active senior living lifestyle it provides, this breakfast is a must-attend event for Chamber members. It's a great way to learn about services offered by one another and how you can positively contribute to our local business community.
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Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
Understanding the mysteries of inflation and interest rates
The “i” words are in everyone’s thoughts. Inflation and Interest Rates.

In this Chamber Chat, CEO Bruce Williams chats with three finance and business professionals about how we can best manage the challenges created by i&i.
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Celebration of life planned for Gary Kinar
Gary Kinar, who served on the Chamber's Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017, has died after a brief battle with cancer. Gary was 70.

The Chamber sends our sincere condolences to family, friends and all who had the pleasure of knowing Gary. He was a well-respected lawyer and strong supporter of community. Gary is survived by his wife Ida Chan and daughter Gwyneth Kinar.

A Celebration of Gary's life will be held at Uplands Golf Club on May 7 at 2 pm.
Find the best talent for your team
If you’re looking to grow your team this Spring, The Chamber’s job board is your next best resource.

Attract the best workers by posting a 30, 60, or 90 day job listing. Tap into the Google Jobs Network and candidates that are eager to work for a Chamber member.

As an exclusive member benefit, use the code INTRO2023 at checkout to receive a free 30-day listing.

If you have any questions or need help uploading your job, email The Chamber at [email protected]
Member News
RBCM announces weekend evening hours start June 2

The Royal BC Museum will be open until 10pm, Fridays and Saturdays, from June 2 until Sept. 9. The extended hours give cruise ship passengers and weekend tourists more opportunities to visit the museum and experience IMAX. The museum opens at 10am daily, and closes at 5pm on weekdays. This year's exhibits include Dinosaurs of BC, which is on now, as well as the indigenous story Sacred Journey, which starts Friday, and Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia, opening June 2. SUE: The T. rex Experience opens June 16.
Royal BC Museum: Member since 1994
IMAX Victoria: Member since 1998
UVic awarded $83.6 million to get Canada to net zero

The University of Victoria has been awarded $83.6 million from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund for Accelerating Community Energy Transformation, a UVic-led research initiative working to move every community in Canada to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.​
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
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May 11 walk supports Moose Hide Campaign

The Moose Hide Campaign, an Indigenous-led movement standing up against violence towards women and children, is holding a Walk to End Violence on May 11, 12-1pm, starting at Thunderbird Park at Douglas and Belleville streets. Participants are encouraged to bring a drum. For more info, including how to hold a walk in your community, contact 250-882-7018 or [email protected].
Moose Hide Campaign: Member since 2022
Launched with style

Inaugural Design Victoria — a five-day festival celebrating all that is design —  launches May 10 and will feature special installations, exhibits and tours to celebrate the region's growing design community. Chamber members participating include ARYZE, Belfry Theatre, City of Victoria, Fort Properties Ltd., Kwench, Malahat Skywalk, Shape Design, Thomas and Birch Kitchens + Living, Western Design+Build, Toolpath Design.
Aryze Developments Inc.: Member since 2021
Belfry Theatre: Member since 1995
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
Fort Properties: Member since 2005
Kwench: Member since 2019
Malahat Skywalk: Member since 2022
Shape Design: Member since 2021
Thomas and Birch Kitchen + Design: Member since 2022
Western Design Build: Member since 2013
Toolpath Design: Member since 2023
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