May 25, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria
Thanks for joining us bright and early this morning for our Member Networking Breakfast at Vista 18 in the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites, sponsored by Victoria Hospitals Foundation. View event photos here.
Province reveals business plan for RBCM rebuild
After the initial announcement of plans to replace the Royal BC Museum created a storm of controversy, the provincial government tried again to explain their rationale with the release of the final business case today.

"If we had seen the business case when the original announcement was made, it might have helped with some of the sticker shock our members are feeling," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "We're going to keep working with our members to help those that can pick up some of the traffic, as well as with the museum and the province to try and mitigate the loss of a major attraction for eight years."

The province said it's not possible to keep the museum open while rebuilding because of the complexity of moving items and safely removing hazardous materials. The current building has outlived its useful life and there are potential risks to its stored collections as well as staff and visitors.

There is a cost to doing nothing, Minister for Tourism, Art, Culture and Sport Melanie Mark said at today's technical briefing. The province estimates that the cost of the project — currently at $789 million — will increase the longer it is delayed.
Royal BC Museum: Member since 1994
New report shows economy taking flight in 2022
Greater Victoria's business community is showing its resilience as a new report shows commerce continues to strengthen and grow.

“Despite headwinds facing the global economy, our region has roared back and we’re in a good position to really take flight as we welcome our traditional tourism season,” Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. “These indicators make it clear that people can’t wait to get back to our vibrant downtown and enjoy all the amazing experiences our businesses provide.”

The report shows that there were 314,730 more pedestrian trips to downtown Victoria in the first three months of 2022 than the same period last year. The City of Victoria issued 7,623 business licences in the first quarter of 2022, up from 7,187 in the same period in 2019 before the pandemic.
City of Victoria: Member since 1962
Leveraging wage subsidies to hire co-op students
Interested in hiring a Camosun or UVic co-op student, but not sure where to start? Come learn about timing, mentorship and funding options to hire a student for Fall 2022.

Engaging a student is a cost-effective way to tackle ebbs and flows in the workplace— no matter the economic temperature, and particularly now as we move into recovery from the pandemic.

Students are available from a wide variety of programs from technology and sciences to business and communications and everything in between! 
Can't make the webinar?
Register to receive the post-event recording to watch.
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Prodigy Group June Mingle @ United Way
The Prodigy Group is excited to welcome you to the June Mingle at United Way Southern Vancouver Island!
Join us for a drink and appies in this comfortable space that will foster great connections and future collaborations with a diverse group of emerging professionals.
Sponsored by:
Thursday, June 16 | 5-7 PM
United Way of Southern Vancouver Island
June Business Mixer with Victoria HarbourCats
Come for the Mixer, Stay for the Game!

Enjoy a complimentary HarbourCats ticket with your registration and cheer on our home team as they battle the Wenatchee Applesox.
This vibrant, after hours business social event provides an excellent opportunity for members and prospective members to meet face-to-face, establishing or renewing valuable business relationships.

Join us for hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and an opportunity to connect with the Greater Victoria business community. Remember to bring your business cards.
Co-Sponsored by:
Thursday, June 23 | 5-7 PM
Wilson's Group Stadium - Royal Athletic Park
Go by Bike Week aims to inspire people to ride
Capital Bike is hoping to inspire more people to choose bikes to get where they need to go. Go By Bike Week runs May 30 to June 5, and anyone can participate as individuals or by registering as a team. The week-long event, previously known as Bike to Work Week, is a great chance for co-workers to boost their mental and physical health in a collaborative and fun way. Capital Bike is planning Celebration Stations along popular bike routes with more than $20,000 in prizes available.
Capital Bike: Member since 2022
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
Impact of COVID-19 on rural Communities
The COVID-19 Pandemic has had differing impacts in rural and remote communities compared to more urban communities.

In his Chamber Chat, we hear more from Elizabeth Aman-Hume of the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce, and Jen Dart of the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Special thanks to our series sponsor:
Get your prescriptions delivered right to your door
The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is now offering prescription medication delivery for all Chambers Plan members through PocketPills.

PocketPills is a proudly Canadian online pharmacy and technology company that provides free home delivery for prescription medications — often by the next business day. They also offer direct access to their team of pharmacists by text, live chat, phone or email. And their app allows individuals to manage not only their own prescription needs, but also those of family members.

Plan members are also eligible for an extra 10% drug co-insurance coverage on prescription drugs filled through PocketPills. Get more coverage for the same cost to you and your employees.

Looking for more information on how to use this new benefit? For more than 25 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. For more information, contact Ryan at RDF Group.
Chamber Champions
Post free in May on the Chamber’s Job Board
As summer quickly approaches, ensure you’re well-staffed by using The Chamber’s job board.

As an exclusive Chamber member benefit, you can post a free 30-day listing on the job board every calendar year. Use the code INTRO2022 at checkout to use this offer today.

Reach the right candidates with the help of The Chamber. If you have any questions or need help uploading your job posting, email [email protected]
Member News
Scotiabank wins global award for sustainability

Scotiabank has received six prestigious awards at the 2022 Global Finance Sustainable Finance Awards. For the second consecutive year, the company was the only major Canadian bank to be recognized for Outstanding Global Leadership in Sustainability Transparency. The awards Scotiabank received include Outstanding Leadership in Sustainable Bonds, Outstanding Leadership in Transition/Sustainability Linked Loans, and the Best in Canada Award.
Scotiabank: Member since 1962
Scotiabank: Chamber Champion since 2021
Langford Station officially opens

The Langford Station arts and culture revitalization project has officially opened. The initiative was created in partnership with the City of Langford and the Island Corridor Foundation, as the area was created along the railroad tracks at the corner of Station Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway. The district includes six artist studios, six business incubators, a community arts workshop, and areas for additional activities.

City of Langford: Member since 2019

Island Corridor Foundation: Member since 2020
UDI celebrates anniversary and recognizes local talent

The Urban Development Institute’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Awards for Excellence recognized outstanding urban developments across the province, including three projects in Greater Victoria
The Salient Group received an award in the Purpose-Built Market Rental Low Rise category for their Sawyer Block building, Chard Development received an award in the Non-Market Housing category for their Vivid at the Yates project, and Aryze Developments received recognition in the Innovations in Affordability Category for their Tiny Homes Village initiative.

Urban Development Institute - Capital Region (UDI): Member since 2017

The Salient Group: Member since 2017

Aryze Developments Inc: Member since 2021
Chard Development Ltd: Member since 2008
UVic radio seeking to connect LGBTQ2S+ seniors
The University of Victoria’s campus radio station has launched a new program to help connect the community of queer, trans and non-binary seniors in Greater Victoria. The Queer Histories and Futures project aims to promote technical literacy in LGBTQ2S+ seniors and establish intergenerational connections between Greater Victoria’s queer communities.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
Play Ball! HarbourCats season begins May 31

The Victoria HarbourCats home-opener game against the Port Angeles Lefties will begin at 6:35 pm on Tuesday, May 31. Tickets are still available for this match-up, marking the first opening game for the HarbourCats since 2019.
Remember to register for The Chamber’s June Business Mixer with Victoria HarbourCats on Thursday, June 23. Enjoy a complimentary HarbourCats ticket with your registration and cheer on our home team as they battle the Wenatchee Applesox.

Victoria HarbourCats: Member since 2012
Sail the seven seas with Royal Caribbean’s full fleet

For the first time since March of 2020, all 26 of Royal Caribbean’s fleet of ships are back in service. To celebrate the occasion, the company hosted a livestream event from each of their cruise ships. The event spanned eight countries and seven time zones.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.: Member since 2020
'Order Up' with L’Apero

L'Apero Wine and Cheese Bistro has been featured on CHEK NewsOrder Up segment for their take on delicious French dining. Offering small bites and an assortment of wine, L’Apero offers a unique tasting experience while encouraging patrons to connect with one another.

L'Apero Wine and Cheese Bistro: Member since 2022
CHEK News: Member since 1971
CHEK News: Chamber Champion since 2020
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