Chamber Update
April 13, 2020
This was too good not to share. Thank you Adrian Raeside from the Times Colonist for illustrating a sentiment felt by many members of The Chamber. We can all use a little humour to help us get through these times.
Times Colonist: Member since 1961
Federal wage subsidy receives Royal assent
The federal wage subsidy legislation received Royal assent at 6:30 pm Saturday, after clearing the House of Commons and Senate earlier in the day.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will cover 75% of an employee's wages up to $58,700 for the next three months. The federal government hopes this will allow employers to hang on to staff until the crisis is over.

Employers need to reapply every month for the subsidy, and will have to show that their business has lost 15% of revenue in March and 30% of revenue due to the pandemic.

On Saturday, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said he's hopeful the Canada Revenue Agency will be able to send the subsidy to employers in two weeks.

Federal relief for agriculture
On Monday, the federal government also announced a $50 million fund for farmers.
The money will help farmers ensure temporary foreign workers abide by a mandatory two-week quarantine after they arrive in Canada. 

Employers will receive $1,500 per foreign worker and must provide accommodation and pay during the 14-day period.

Applications open for loan program
The Canadian Emergency Business Account is now available at various financial institutions and credit unions. Eligible businesses can receive up to $40,000 in interest free loans through the program. If the loan is repaid by Dec. 31, 2022, up to $10,000 will be forgiven.

Check out BizNews on Wednesday for the latest on government assistance programs, and an update on The Chamber's advocacy efforts including commercial rent relief.
No property tax increase as Victoria amends budget
The City of Victoria amended its 2020 Budget to reduce costs for people struggling to make ends meet due to the pandemic.

At its April 9 meeting, Victoria council agreed to keep taxes for residential and commercial properties the same as last year. Council also extended the deadline to pay property taxes to Aug. 4, and reduced the penalty for late payment.

Victoria also agreed to extend the deadline for utility bill payments for 90 days.
City of Victoria: Member since 1962
Stay connected with The Chamber's virtual events
COVID-19 From Crisis to Recovery
Join Chamber CEO Catherine Holt and Jamie Sawchuk, BC Government and Public Service Leader at Deloitte as they discuss how businesses can prepare now for recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

About the Series:

The Chamber is bringing you free virtual events to inform and provide guidance on key topics related to the current COVID-19 crisis and its effects on business. This is your opportunity to get answers on pressing issues, and information to help you in these uncertain times.
Submit your questions for our Fireside Chat before noon on Tues. April 14 to
Please check our Events Calendar for other events and updates on tools and suggestions to get through to the other side.
Virtual Prodigy
Group Mingle
Join us on April 16 for the first Virtual Prodigy Group Mingle. Grow valuable connections from the comfort of your own home, and interact with a diverse group of young professionals.
Virtual April Prodigy Group Mingle
Thurs., April 16 | 4-5 PM
Virtual Member
Networking Breakfast
Join us at our next Virtual Member Networking Breakfast event. Participants are invited to join us in developing business relationships during these extraordinary times.
Thurs., April 23 | 9-10 AM
Chamber Job Board offers 188 opportunities
Our expanded Job Board is now up to 188 postings looking for peopl e to support essential services in our community.

When we heard from members in need of staff to provide essential services, we repurposed our job board to connect with people in our region looking for employment. We’re working hard to bring people together — after all connections are what we do best.

At this time, employers are able to post at no charge by using the code SUPPORTYYJ.

If you have any difficulty posting, email us and we will get back to you by next business day. All jobs posted to our job board have been vetted by a member of The Chamber team.
Let us know about updates to your hours or services
We've created a webpage to help your customers keep track of updated hours and services as a result of COVID-19. If your changes are not yet listed, email to have your information added.