July 20, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
Sage LaCerte from Sage Initiative, left, enjoys a warm summer night with fellow Chamber members Nick Van Buren and Emily Deslaurier from HAVN Saunas. Make sure to make the most of your Chamber membership and connect with colleagues at an upcoming Chamber event. Spots fill up fast so reserve now!
Chamber CEO promotes region across the province
Word is getting out about the best small cities in Canada. On Monday, Chamber CEO Bruce Williams took part in a Black Press podcast discussing why the City of Victoria and District of Saanich are great places to live and work. The podcast, by Peter McCully, appears on 75 newspaper websites.

"These lists are a lot of fun and there certainly are other Greater Victoria municipalities that could have been included," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "Having Victoria place No. 1 and Saanich in the Top 25 does help raise awareness about our region, which attracts visitors, workers and investment."
District of Saanich: Member since 2019
Black Press: member since 1987
City of Victoria: member since 1962
Welcoming nine millionth cruise ship passenger
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is preparing to welcome the nine millionth passenger to the Victoria Cruise Ship Terminal at Ogden Point. The lucky passenger arrives Friday afternoon.
"Many businesses in Greater Victoria provide services for cruise ships and their passengers, and welcoming the ninth million unique visitor shows how much the work of these businesses has made our region appealing to travellers," Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Bruce Williams said. "As travel opens up around the world, we are proud to see Greater Victoria has earned its place as a preferred destination for cruise ships."

The ten millionth cruise ship passenger is expected in Victoria by 2024.
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority: member since 2003
Inflation rises, though less than many expected
Fueled by surging gas prices, Canada's inflation rate rose again last month to 8.1%. If the cost of gas is taken out, the rate would be 6.5%.

Other factors contributing to our higher cost of living include jumps in grocery bills, accommodation and ticket prices for sports and concert events. If there is a silver lining it is that the increase was less than expected. Whether this signals peak inflation is unclear. Many experts are forecasting inflation to begin falling in the next few months.

The Chamber is working with a number of members to get a clearer picture of what rising rates mean for business. Watch for updates in future editions of BizNews.
Migrants outpace housing in Greater Victoria
A report by the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC has confirmed expectations that people are moving to Greater Victoria faster than homes can be built for them. Our region added 5,941 residents in 2021 bringing our regional population to 432,062. Going back five years, Greater Victoria has added 31,500 people. And, although 16,942 housing units have been completed in that time, they have not met the demands of the market.

“Across the region, there has been strong housing construction activity. However, developments have typically been smaller attached units replacing older stock, with limited mid-sized units,” said Chamber Governor Lindalee Brougham, President of LL Brougham Inc. “The strongest demand has been for larger units, which has put significant pressure on housing prices for family homes.”

All of the region's growth is coming from migration as people move here from other parts of Canada. Greater Victoria's natural growth remains negative as fewer babies are being born here compared to the number of residents dying.
Lindalee Brougham: Governor since 2007
Introducing our Business Hall of Fame Inductees
In the coming weeks, The Chamber will be highlighting our inaugural Business Hall of Fame inductees starting with previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
John Chew was an innovator and a ground breaker. Chew brought the first backhoe to the Island in 1951 and grew the business into one of the Island’s largest excavating and civil construction firms.

Chew, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 87, is remembered fondly as a natural entrepreneur as well as a generous philanthropist.

A firm believer that a strong community was key for business and quality of life, Chew was a founding member of the Island Equipment Owner’s Association, Western Pacific Bank and the Victoria Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
John Chew was awarded the Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
Learn about Chew's impact and legacy at the 2022 Business Hall of Fame gala.
Wed., Oct. 5 | 5-9 PM
Victoria Conference Centre
Government Street redesign vote set for July 28

Changes are coming to one of downtown Victoria's most celebrated boulevards. The City of Victoria has been working on a redesign of Government Street, which has retained much of its streetscape for 50 years.

Last week, Victoria's Committee of the Whole set a date to vote on approving the redesign for July 28. The Chamber worked with members and partner organizations to provide input on the proposal.

"Government Street is an attraction for residents from around our region and visitors to our destination," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "Investing in a refresh helps build economic resilience, but we'd like to see the businesses that have made Government Street so attractive steer this project to make sure it has the best chance of success."
Engage with The Chamber
Interested in running for The Chamber Board?

Find out everything you need to know at this information session facilitated by our Chamber Executive.

The Chamber works together to build good business and great community for all. It is our vision to be the most diverse and influential business association in the region.
Mon., July 25 | 12-1 PM
Hybrid Zoom & Chamber Office
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.
Sponsored by:
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 and 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.
Tues., Sept. 20 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
810 Humboldt St., Victoria
Waitlist being taken
August Business Mixer @ Sea Cider
Join us for our August Business Mixer at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. With a beautiful new events space, you won't want to miss this one!

Our 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.
This event is now at capacity. Please register to be added to the waitlist. We will contact you if space becomes available.
Thursday, August 11 | 5-7 PM
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd., Saanichton
Co-Sponsored by:
Showcase your brand through your Chamber Directory Listing
Make sure you're putting your best self forward this summer by updating your online directory listing! Through strong SEO practices, thousands of users are viewing The Chamber’s member directory every month. So, we made an easy checklist to ensure your listing is getting the views it deserves.

Online Directory Listing Checklist:
  • Your logo, pictures and videos are all up-to-date
  • All your social media channels are listed
  • Your listing description reflects your brand
  • All relevant keywords are added
It's easy to make changes to your listing - simply login here. To update your logo, photo or video, scroll to the Upload Media table listed at the bottom of the page. To update your listing description, keywords and social media channels, select the Edit this Profile button.
Remember to visit the Exposure Opportunities and Deals tab to learn more about unique ways to showcase your business.
As always, you can email us the changes you would like to see and we can update your listing on your behalf.
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
How to Avoid the Challenges of Revenge Travel
You may have heard the term “Revenge Travel” to describe the vigorous return of travellers to worldwide destinations. 

In this Chamber Chat, we have a conversation with Cathy Scott of Departures Travel and Niche Travel Inc about what we all need to know to avoid some of the challenges we are hearing about and where to go to make the best of your travel experience.
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Departures Travel and Niche Travel Inc: Member since 2013
Find your next best employee this July
As we all enjoy the nice weather, ensure you’re well-staffed for the rest of summer 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
Chamber designated as Green Leader

The Chamber has received Green certification for the third consecutive year from the Vancouver Island Green Business Collective, a program by Synergy Foundation. We are proud to have been added to the Green Leader program, highlighting our commitment to sustainable business practices. By developing initiatives such as utilizing Energy Star® Certified appliances and installing motion sensors from Patriot Electric, The Chamber has reduced our carbon emissions by 2,910 kg since the program began. The Chamber is also a Surfrider Vancouver Island certified Ocean Friendly Business for our reduction of single-use plastics.
Patriot Electric Ltd: Member since 2012
Synergy Foundation: Member since 2017
Victoria bus riders praised for their politeness

Have you seen the latest TikTok video showcasing Canadian politeness? With nearly 10 million views and 1.2 million likes, TikTok user The Fat Passport recorded Greater Victoria riders on BC Transit thanking the driver while exiting the bus. Comments on the post range from surprise that this has become an informal custom, to disbelief that this isn’t a global standard of courtesy.
BC Transit: Member since 1999
Evolve E-Bike Share coming to a bike lane near you

Looking for a fun new way to get around town? Evolve E-Bike Share, created by Evo Car Share, has arrived in Greater Victoria. Businesses are invited to sign up for their turn-key program to establish a private fleet of bikes for their staff.

Evo Car Share: Member since 2021
New pathway for Indigenous environmental leaders

Royal Roads University is launching a new program that offers Indigenous students the opportunity to launch careers in environmental leadership without leaving their home communities. The Certificate in Indigenous Environmental Leadership Pathways is a free program that is the first of its kind in Canada, offered entirely online. Students will discuss ways to address climate change, biodiversity loss, and other environmental issues with a course embedded with Indigenous knowledge, values, and worldviews.
Royal Roads University: Member since 1996
Eagle Wing wins international award

The National Marine Educators Association has recognized Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours with its 2022 Marine Education Award for Outstanding Organization. Receiving the award for their marine education and outreach initiatives, Eagle Wing was praised for their commitment to marine conservation and responsible ecotourism practices.

Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours: Member since 2013
Enjoy Whisky for Life with Macaloney’s

Macaloney’s Island Distillery is offering Whisky for Life to new investors. As the first Canadian distillery to raise capital through crowdfunding, Macaloney’s is continuing to grow throughout the pandemic. New Canadian investors receive free bottles of whisky each year, unlimited tours, a 10% discount on all products, and access to a two-day, hands-on whisky and beer academy.

Macaloney’s Island Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery: Member since 2013
Esquimalt appoints new CAO

The Township of Esquimalt has appointed a new Chief Administrative Officer for the first time in 14 years. Daniel Horan will assume leadership of the municipality from Laurie Hurst on Oct. 3, completing his role as the Director of Engineering and Public Works at the District of Oak Bay since 2016.

Township of Esquimalt: Member since 2020

District of Oak Bay: Member since 2021
Resthouse grand opening

This Thursday, Resthouse is celebrating their grand opening! With prizes and refreshments, everyone is invited to join the party at Uptown and save on sleep essentials. Resthouse will also have a celebration this Saturday with
Ocean 98.5 and pizza for visitors.

Resthouse: Member since 2022
Rogers Media - Jack 103.1 & Ocean 98.5: Member since 1962
Shape Property Management – Uptown: Member since 1983
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