September 7, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
With a new school year underway, remember to watch for school zones and obey speed limits — 30 km/h from 8 am to 5 pm. According to ICBC, 31 children are injured every month in crashes while walking or cycling. And, last year, 6,500 tickets were issued for speeding in school zones.
Vote for Chamber Board elections starts Thursday
A new slate of community leaders have put their names forward to share their insight and experience as potential members of the 2023-24 Chamber Board of Directors.

Each fall, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce holds an election to fill open seats on our board. Directors are elected to two-year term with staggered renewal dates. This year, there are eight (8) amazing candidates nominated for six (6) positions on the board.

Election ballots will be emailed Thursday, Sept. 8, to the main contact of every Chamber member. The Chamber uses a weighted voting system, based on your organization's number of employees. Voting will close at noon Thursday, Oct. 6.

Personal write-ups for each of the nominees are included with the electronic ballot. You can also view the nominees on The Chamber’s website.
Housing continues to trend toward balanced market
Greater Victoria's housing market continues to become more balanced. The ratio of sales to active listings is at 28.14%. Real estate professionals consider a balanced market to be between 20% and 15%, Victoria Real Estate Board president Karen Dinnie-Smyth said.

“A high percentage means more of the available listings have sold, which shows a high buyer demand and that’s generally a favourable market for sellers," Dinnie-Smyth said.

The benchmark value of a single family home in Greater Victoria's core was $1.39 million. That's down from $1.43 million in July, but up from $1.2 million last August.
Victoria Real Estate Board: Member since 1969
Province seeks proposals for Camosun film studio
A plan to level up Greater Victoria's film industry received a boost last week. The provincial government's BC Bid website posted a Request for Pre-Qualification for a film studio at Camosun College's Interurban campus.

“The process is intended to result in an innovative proposal that benefits the college, students and the local economy,” Camosun College President Geoff Wilmshurst said in a news release.

The request could lead to a respondent being pre-qualified to design, build and fund a film and digital media education centre in exchange for a 99-year lease. The deadline to submit is Sept. 30, with next steps dependent on the numbers of responses received. The size and construction timeline will be part of a future step in the process.
Camosun College: Member since 1981
Missing middle hearing continues Thursday
A plan to make it easier to replace single family homes with multi-unit housing within the City of Victoria is heading into its third debate on Thursday.

The Missing Middle-Housing Initiative is a proposal to make the construction of new homes faster. The plan has been working its way through the municipality's channels since 2019 and went to public hearing this August. However, the outpouring of public commentary was more than could be addressed in the initial hearing. Additional time was required last week but was still not enough to conclude the hearing, which will continue tomorrow at 10 am (Thursday, Sept. 8).

Information on how to participate, including a link to a livestream, can be found here.
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
Innovation Canada hosting business support session
The pandemic showed that government support has an important role in helping business. As the economy recovers, the lessons learned should help the public and private sectors find more efficient ways to work together.

To that end, Innovation Canada is hosting an event at 10 am on Sept. 14 for entrepreneurs interested in government investment. explain what programs are available to help businesses scale their growth

The free session includes a chance to ask questions. Register here.
Introducing our Business Hall of Fame Inductees
The Chamber continues to highlight our inaugural Business Hall of Fame inductees starting with previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
Lynda and Murray Farmer have devoted
themselves to philanthropy, specifically around education.

Lynda joined the Camosun College Foundation, and served on the college’s Board of Governors.

Murray joined UVic’s Board of Governors in 2002, serving two years as Chair before being elected as Chancellor in 2009, eventually presiding over 79 convocation ceremonies.

As co-chairs of Camosun’s Trademark of Excellence campaign, the Farmers played a key role in helping raise $5 million towards the new trades education complex and the refurbishment of eight existing facilities on campus.

The Farmers also worked together as campaign co-chairs to help raise $5 million towards the establishment of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney.
Lynda and Murray Farmer were
awarded the Governors’ Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2016.
Learn about the Farmers' impact and legacy at the 2022 Business Hall of Fame gala.
Wed., Oct. 5 | 5-9 PM
Victoria Conference Centre
Network and learn with The Chamber this fall
Get outside with Prodigy and Take a Hike Foundation
Join the Prodigy Group and Take A Hike Foundation to reflect and connect with one another in nature. Counsellors will guide attendees through a circle exercise and a walk with options for different lengths and accessibility levels.
After the walk, enjoy casual appies and drinks in the Nature House where you can continue to foster great connections and future collaborations with a diverse group of emerging professionals overlooking Swan Lake and the beautiful outdoor landscape.
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Thurs., Sept. 15  | 5-7 PM
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd., Victoria
Business Leaders Luncheon:
Mental Health in the Workplace with CMHA
Join Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division's CEO Jonny Morris to learn about CMHA's work around building better mental health.
Whether you are managing a mental illness, supporting someone you care about, managing a team at work, or looking to build your own overall health, CMHA has valuable resources to build skills and resilience to help.
Sponsored by:
Tues., Sept. 20 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM
The Parkside Hotel & Spa, 810 Humboldt St., Victoria
5 Chamber Business Mixer
Join us for the annual joint mixer bringing together great businesses from the Esquimalt, Greater Victoria, Saanich PeninsulaSooke Region and WestShore Chambers

The beautiful, open space of the new Gorge Park Pavilion will set the stage for a great evening of connection hosted by The Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce and will feature some of their local member businesses.

This event welcomes Chamber members of all 5 local Chambers. Future members of a chamber are welcome to join the event to see firsthand why joining a local Chamber of Commerce is right for you.

Waitlist is now being taken.
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Venue Sponsor:
Thurs., Sept. 22 | 5 - 7 PM
Gorge Park Pavilion, 1070 Tillicum Rd, Victoria, BC
Chamber Partners:
Small Business Month Member Networking Breakfast
Come celebrate the power of small businesses with the Small Business Month Networking Breakfast presented by Grant Thornton LLP and supported by our media partners 98.5 The Ocean and 103.1 Jack FM

After casual networking over breakfast, The Chamber Team will take the floor to begin the roundtable meetings. At each table, guests will have a chance to introduce themselves and their businesses in a 60 second elevator pitch.

Facilitated by The Chamber, attendees will connect with nearly everyone in the room. Try it out for yourself & grow your business!
Wed., Oct. 19 | 8 - 9:30 AM
Spinnakers Brewpub & Guesthouses
308 Catherine St - Upstairs in the Tap Room, Victoria
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Media Partners:
October Business Mixer @ Pendray Inn & Tea House
Emerse yourself in elegance at the October Business Mixer hosted by the Pendray Inn & Tea House.

Formerly known as the Gatsby Mansion, the magnificent Victorian-era Pendray Inn and Tea House offers a boutique experience for those in search of a little old time romance.

Come enjoy it's remarkable history and outstanding service while you establish and renew business connections.
Sponsored by:
Thurs., October 20 | 5 - 7 PM
Pendray Inn & Tea House
309 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1X2
The Chamber Auction is back this November
Showcase your product or service
We are thrilled to announce the return of our Annual Auction, taking place Nov. 6 – 13.

This is a major fundraising event for The Chamber, with all proceeds supporting our work as the largest and most influential advocate for businesses in the region. Last year, we received thousands of visits to our auction platform for an action-packed week of bidding on fabulous gifts and memorable experiences.
Do you want your products and services featured in the auction?

From gift cards to great local items and everything in-between, reach thousands of potential customers by donating a prize today. Keep an eye on our social media feed to see some of the incredible Auction items that will be featured this year.
As an event sponsor, Maximum Express, Courier, Freight and Logistics is offering donors complimentary delivery of their auction item to The Chamber Office.

Any questions? Please call (250) 383-7191 or email
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Staying tidy with Chamber members
Did you miss your spring-cleaning opportunity this year? There’s no time like the present to tidy your surroundings and prepare for a productive fall and winter.

Many Chamber members are still offering cleaning options for offices,

including disinfecting services, janitorial services, and industrial steam cleaning. And as you reducereuse and recycle you'll feel invigorated. Make sure you don’t neglect cleaning your carpets, rugs, or upholstery!

Still working from home? Check out Chamber member house cleaning services to ensure your home is cleaned efficiently and safely.
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
Greater Victoria Welcomes 55+
BC Games
This September, Greater Victoria will host the largest gathering of competing athletes since the 1994 Commonwealth Games. 

In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams talks with organizers about the upcoming BC 55+ Games. Featuring Keith Wells, Executive Director of the Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission, and Clint Flood, GM of the Greater Victoria 2022 55+ BC Games.
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Work with a Chamber Champion!
When you’re searching for your next employer, look no further than a Chamber Champion!

Featured on The Chamber’s job board, Chamber Champions are offering great career opportunities for talented individuals across Greater Victoria.

From a Customer Experience Associate at Scotiabank to a Submarine Program Director at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards, Chamber Champions are ready to offer you your next great career move.

Visit The Chamber’s job board and find new opportunities today.

If you have any questions about The Chamber’s job board, please contact
Member News
Langford buys 13 acres for ball diamonds, play areas

Ball players heard some great news on Sept. 7 as the City of Langford announced a deal to buy 13 acres of land from the Capital Regional District. The former industrial lands at 2955 Sooke Lake Rd. have not been active since 2017. The property will be used to build new baseball fields, a spray park and a playground.
City of Langford: Member since 2019
Capital Regional District: Member since 1993
UVic opens new BioInnovation Hub

The University of Victoria has unveiled a new BioInnovation Hub to enhance collaboration in BC’s life sciences sector. Entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups within the life sciences and biotech sector are now able to connect with UVic researchers, access equipment, and share resources to explore new opportunities for innovation.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champ since 2020
Victoria announces grant to empower Black youth

In recognition of the International Day for People of African Descent on Sept. 1, The City of Victoria has announced an annual $25,000 grant for youth of African descent. The grant aims to support and empower youth through leadership opportunities.

Individuals, community groups and non-profit organizations led by people of African descent can also apply for up to $8,000 in funding from now until Sept. 21.
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
New Langford elementary school welcomes students

A new elementary school has opened in the City of Langford to meet growing demand. PEXSISEN Elementary School, which translates to “opening of hands” in the Songhees language, features a considerable amount of glass to let in natural light and will offer gardening classes on the grounds. The building is able to accommodate 600 students.

Songhees Nation: Member since 2017
City of Langford: Member since 2019
Fatso to be featured in Walmart

This October, Fatso will be available at all Walmart stores across Canada. Fatso has been expanding rapidly to new stores across North America, and has been ranked as Canada’s fastest growing peanut butter brand.
At the 2019 Greater Victoria Business Awards, Fatso won the New Business Award.
Fatso: Member since 2019
New transit exchange unveiled

BC Transit has completed construction of the new University of Victoria transit exchange. With new lighting, signage, landscaping, and additional improvements to Ring Road, pedestrian walkways have a redesigned layout to improve movement. With 17,000 daily trips to the university, 25% of all transit trips in Greater Victoria will go through the new exchange.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champ since 2020
BC Transit: Member since 1999
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