BizNews
May 11, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria
The Chamber's board celebrates the induction of past chair Dan Dagg into The Chamber's Board of Governors at Saturday night's Business Awards gala. Experience all the stories of winners and finalists of the 2022 Greater Victoria Business Awards at victoriachamber.ca.
Victoria airport urges passengers to arrive early
If you're flying out of Victoria International Airport, be prepared to get there early and have plenty of patience. The airport's website recently added a live update for the current wait time to get through security screening to help passengers plan ahead. The website currently suggests domestic travellers arrive 90 minutes before their flight, while international travellers give themselves two hours.

A pent-up demand to travel has resulted in long lines at airports across Canada. "This follows two tumultuous years that resulted in a significant number of layoffs throughout the aviation industry, including the security-screening workforce," states a news release from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.
Victoria Airport Authority: Member since 1981
Record gas prices adding to costs for businesses
Record-breaking gas prices are the latest challenge for businesses that need to transport goods across our region. The cost per litre of regular gas hit $2.219 this week. That compares to $1.526 in December. The rapid increase is partly linked to global shortages caused by sanctions on Russian energy supplies after the invasion of Ukraine. However, supply issues existed before the war began and are expected to become more of a concern as demand for gas increases in the summer.

The sudden jump in gas prices has led to spirited debate in BC's Legislature, and highlighted efforts to switch to alternative fuels.
Tight labour market continues in April: Stats Can
Unemployment was up slightly for April, with fewer people active in the labour force in Greater Victoria, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada.

Our region's unemployment rate was 4.4% last month, compared to 4.1% in March. There were a total of 228,100 people in the labour force in April, down from 229,800 in March.
For 17 years, the Victoria Foundation has conducted the Vital Signs Citizen Survey to measure social indicators that help us better understand the health of our region. This year's survey went live on May 5 and is open until July 4.

This year's focus is "What does community mean to you?" Data collected from the survey reflects how a community is integrating economic, social and environmental elements and helps policy makers understand where improvements are needed.
Victoria Foundation: Member since 2004
Last chance to register!
Business Leaders Luncheon: Mark Collins, CEO of BC Ferries
Hear from BC Ferries on their plans to evolve our coast ferry system. One of the world's largest marine passenger systems, BC Ferries is an economic driver of our province.
 
For 60 years, BC Ferries has been dedicated to providing safe and efficient travel to their customers. Their role as a ferry transportation provider goes beyond getting passengers from point A to B. With 25 routes throughout the west coast of BC, they serve as advocates for the coastal environment and communities where they operate. 
 
Mark Collins, CEO of BC Ferries, will take you through how the company is preparing for the future and contributing to a sustainable environment.
Sponsored by:
Thurs., May 12 | 11:30 - 1 PM
Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA, 146 Kingston St, Victoria 
May Business Mixer @ Mayfair Optometric Clinic
Join Dr. Taylor and Chamber Member of the Year, Mary Lou Newbold, at Mayfair Optometric Clinic for a tropical May Mixer! Come decked out in your favourite tropical wear for a chance to win a pair of non-prescription sunglasses from Maui Jim Sunglasses, who will be on site with their whole line.
 
This indoor/outdoor, 19+ event includes on theme hors d'oevres and refreshments. Join us to create new connections and renew valuable business relationships.
Sponsored by:
Thurs., May 19 | 5 - 7 PM
Mayfair Optometric Clinic
3196 Douglas St.
Member Networking Breakfast @ Vista 18
Join us for the best view of town, a healthy breakfast and the opportunity to create new business connections. The Chamber Member Networking Breakfast is a must-attend event for new and existing 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.
 
After breakfast and casual networking, The Chamber Team will take the floor to facilitate introductions and organize guests into roundtables. At each roundtable, guests will have a chance to introduce themselves and their businesses in a 60 second elevator speech; once everyone has had a chance to connect, it's time to meet an entirely new group of people at a different roundtable!
Sponsored by:
Vista 18 at Chateau Victoria
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
Business Leaders Luncheon: Michael Pickup, Auditor General of BC
Ever wonder about who is doing the oversight on how our tax dollars are spent and how that is managed?
 
Auditor General Michael Pickup and his team provide independent advice to the legislative assembly on how to improve financial reporting, programs and services for the benefit of the people of BC.
 
Join us to hear from BC’s Auditor General on how his office strives to maximize the effectiveness of the provincial government for the benefit of all British Columbians.
Sponsored by:
Thurs., June 2 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St.
Take The Chamber's Membership Survey!
In less than 10 minutes, you can share your thoughts on your Chamber membership by taking our Membership Matters Survey.

Your Chamber Membership provides you with discounts on our benefit programs, opportunities to connect with the business community and supports your business through its advocacy efforts. Are you getting your full membership value?

Help us help you! Enter to win round-trip flights to Vancouver for two from Helijet or tickets for two to this year's Picnic in the Park.

Get your answers in by May 11 to enter to win the early bird prize, free membership and 150 free driving minutes from EVO Car Share."
Enjoy scrumptious snacks and delicious drinks at Picnic in the Park!
Picnic in the Park, formerly known as YYJ Eats, is your exclusive chance to enjoy a variety of gourmet food samples, local wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails created and presented by some of Greater Victoria’s most popular restaurants, breweries, wineries, cideries & spirit makers.

If you and your business would like to participate as an exhibitor in Picnic in the Park, please email business@victoriachamber.ca for more details.
Presented by:
Tues., June 7 | 5 - 7 PM
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site
835 Humboldt Street, Victoria
Member and General Public Tickets include 10 tasting tickets to use at the event. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased through online registration or at the event.
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Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
What does the future hold for Royal Roads?
The experience of visiting Royal Roads University as a student, a tourist or a resident is unique for everyone — it’s a castle after all!

There are exciting plans in place to transform students' lives and the university campus. Hear more in this Chamber Chat with Royal Roads President and Vice Chancellor Dr Philip Steenkamp.
Special thanks to our series sponsor:
Royal Roads University: Member Since: 1996
Chamber supports Moose Hide Campaign Day
Thursday, May 12 is Moose Hide Campaign Day — a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children.

Wearing a moose hide pin signifies commitment to respecting, honouring, and protecting women and children. The campaign was founded to encourage men and boys to step up and take action, challenging behaviour that leads to violence and developing a culture of healthy masculinity.

Everyone is invited to take part in this nationwide anti-violence movement. Here are some ways to spread the important message of the campaign:
  • Order pins to wear and distribute
  • Write a short description of what you will/are doing to support the Moose Hide Campaign
  • Share a story that demonstrates how you are using the pins
  • Take a photo(s) and let everyone know what you're up to with the pins. Don't forget to tag The Moose Hide Campaign:
  • Facebook - @moosehidecampaign.ca
  • Twitter - @moose_hide
  • Instagram - @moose_hide_campaign
Learn more and download additional resources at moosehidecampaign.ca.
Chamber Champions
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 Senior Accounts Payable Clerk at BC Ferries, 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 members@victoriachamber.ca
Grow your business with successful exporting
Four Days Left!
Looking for a potential 18% increase in export revenue? The Chamber invites you to bounce forward out of the pandemic by taking advantage of the upcoming local Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)!

TAP is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results. With new trade agreements, competitive Canadian dollar, and new business opportunities, now is the ideal time to extend your company's reach through international expansion of goods and services. Since 2017, World Trade Centre Vancouver has successfully delivered 24 TAP cohorts in B.C.

Qualifying Chamber Members pay only $500 (a $4,500 savings).
Apply Now

Enter Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce in the Who Referred you section.
Learn more about the program and apply today at tapbc.ca.

Have questions? Call TAP B.C. Team on 604-640-5491 or email info@wtcvancouver.ca.
Workshop Days
9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.
June 1, 2, and 3

Mentorship Days 
8:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
July 12 and 13

Application Deadline:
May 17, 2022
Member News
Seaspan recognized for protecting Canadians

Seaspan Victoria Shipyards has been ranked as Canada’s #1 defence company by Canadian Defence Review. As Canada’s long-term strategic shipbuilding partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan provides building and repair capabilities for vessels conducting research and defensive operations at home and abroad.
Seaspan Victoria Shipyards: Member since 2002
Seaspan Victoria Shipyards: Chamber Champion since 2020
Chamber members among most trusted brands

Shoppers Drug Mart, TELUS and Costco are among Canada's Most Trusted Brands, according to the University of Victoria's Gustavson School of Business 2022 Brand Trust Index.

The annual analysis of Canadian perceptions ranks more than 400 brands based on trust and likelihood of being recommended.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
TELUS Business: Member since 1962
TELUS Business: Chamber Champion since 2020
Costco Wholesale Langford: Member since 1998
Shoppers Drug Mart Royal Oak: Member since 2022
Do you have a success story? We want to hear from you
Economic development and affordable housing

Habitat for Humanity Victoria has partnered with South Island Prosperity Partnership to advance affordable housing solutions across Greater Victoria. Habitat for Humanity is the 76th member and 7th non-profit to join SIPP, marking both organization's commitment to reducing barriers of affordable home ownership.

Habitat for Humanity Victoria: Member since 2021

South Island Prosperity Partnership: Member since 2017
Proceeds from McHappy Day help Island kids

The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island is serving up burgers today at six McDonald's locations across Greater Victoria. McHappy Day helps support families who stay at Jeneece Place while their children receive medical care.
Children's Health Foundation: Member since 2007
Vancouver Island tourism certified as sustainable

Vancouver Island has been acknowledged as a sustainable destination for tourists, thanks to the efforts of 4VI (formerly Tourism Vancouver Island).

After a year-long process, 4VI earned the Responsible Tourism Institute’s Biosphere certification. The recognition provides a guarantee to travellers that they are visiting a region with a balance between environmental, economic and socio-cultural wellness.
4VI: Member Since: 2021
CRD purchasing Panorama Rec Centre for $10

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is purchasing the Panorama Recreation centre from the Municipality of North Saanich for $10. Ownership of the 6.4-hectare property, currently being leased to the CRD, is being transferred to better meet recent changes in accounting standards. The municipality retains the right to buy back undeveloped land for $10 to construct a library over the next 20 years.
Capital Regional District (CRD): Member since 1993
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