June 15, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
Making connections at the May Business Mixer at Mayfair Optometric Clinic. Make sure you're joining in the fun at an upcoming Chamber event.
Chamber supports fair rules for short-term rentals
Digital platforms allowing people to book short-term rental accommodation have been one of the disruptive innovations that will define the past decade.

As with many technological changes, there are pros and cons, including a loss of long-term rental housing for locals and unfair competition for traditional accommodation providers.

The Chamber advocates for Fair Rules for new and established businesses and supports new initiatives to level the playing field. One proposal is to require companies promoting short-term rentals to share information with local governments. This would help municipalities track and ensure all businesses providing accommodation are licensed.
Healthy job growth as more workers back to full-time
A notable increase in full-time work helped drive job numbers for May, Statistics Canada said. The figures also show that absences from work due to illness or disability are back to pre-pandemic levels. Statistics Canada also said that wages grew by 3.9% ($1.18) in May compared to the same month last year.

Though work still needs to be done to close the gender wage gap, salaries among women have grown by 17.8% since January 2018, compared to 14.9% for men. Students are also experiencing higher wages, with average hourly wages up 5.7% year over year.

Other trends include one in five Canadians working exclusively from home, the same as the previous month, while slightly more (6.3%, up 0.5%) employees reported splitting time between home and office.

Greater Victoria had an unemployment rate of 4% in May, down from 4.4% in April.
Call goes out for feds and province to save Island rail
A renewed call to protect the Island Rail Corridor is being made to the Capital Regional District today, June 15.

The Town of View Royal voted last week to ask the provincial and federal governments to commit to maintaining the corridor. In a 2021 ruling, the BC Court of Appeal gave the federal government until March 2023 to clarify its intentions for the future of the corridor. The Island Corridor Foundation has released a business case for restoring rail service. All that's needed is the political will to make it happen.

“We want to bring real focus to this problem that we need to solve, and we need the upper levels of government to solve it with us,” View Royal Mayor David Screech told the Goldstream News Gazette.
Capital Regional District: Member since 1993
Town of View Royal: Member since 2020
Island Corridor Foundation: Member since 2020
Survey reveals milestone for Interac e-transfers
More than one billion Interac e-transfers were conducted by Canadians between April 2021 and April 2022, setting a new milestone, the company said.

It's the first time that number was reached in the 20 years the service has existed. Almost 90% of Canadians have sent cash by e-transfer, sharing $338 billion over the 12 month period. The numbers are from a recent survey by Interac about how different demographics are using the service.

“Each generation is navigating the changing economic conditions, and we see the rising trend in Canadians, especially younger ones, using their own money for the simple joys of shared experiences with friends and family,” Interac spokesperson William Keliehor said in a statement.
Supporting local restaurants continues with the Picnics & Patios Campaign
Support local restaurants and win great weekly prizes with the Greater Victoria Picnics & Patios Campaign!
Congratulations to @akthede for winning last week’s prize: a $75 gift card to their favourite restaurant, Wind Cries Mary!
Don’t miss your chance to win this week’s prize:
Tag your favourite restaurant and two friends on this week’s #PicnicsPatiosVicBC giveaway post for a chance to win a $75 gift card of your choice!

Share a photo of your summertime snack and use the hashtag #PicnicsPatiosVicBC for five (5) additional entries!

By participating in the Picnics & Patios campaign this week, you will also be entered to win the Grand Prize: A $200 gift card to the restaurant of your choice + a prize pack of local goodies.
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Where will UVic go next?
Join Dr. Kevin Hall, president of the University of Victoria, as he shares key findings from UVic's Economic Impact Report and asks for your feedback on the development of UVic's next strategic plan.

Enjoy a complimentary lunch while providing input to shape the future direction of Victoria's largest post-secondary institution and it's continued support of the Greater Victoria economy.

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Thinking about running for municipal council?
This session will offer transparency on what being a Mayor or Councillor entails, ensuring that potential candidates are better informed about what to expect when elected, making better community representatives.

Join Allison Habkirk, former Mayor and Councillor for the District of Central Saanich, as she answers key questions to help inform candidates and the general public of what makes good municipal candidates and councils. She will also share her key learnings from her experience as Mayor.
Wed., June 29 | 12-1:30 PM
Virtual via Airmeet
The best of both worlds!
July Mixer & Mingle
@ The Fort Common
We are thrilled to bring together our monthly Business Mixer and Prodigy Group Mingle to build new connections this July!

Join us on Wednesday, July 20 at the gorgeous Fort Commons for an evening of connections, food, drinks, and fun. Stay tuned for an event theme announcement soon!

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. 
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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?

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National Indigenous Peoples Day
Tuesday, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day – a time to celebrate Indigenous culture and learn more about ways to support Indigenous business across the region.

The Chamber is proud to work with local Nations and a diverse membership as we continue to support Indigenous businesses in our community. Find a list of Indigenous-owned Chamber members here.

There are many different ways to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. Royal Roads University will be hosting a canoe challenge, nature walks, and field games on the 21st. Visitors will be able to experience Indigenous art and music while joining a craft table or purchasing goods from an Indigenous vendor.

Now is the time to listen with purpose as we all move towards the path to reconciliation. The Chamber encourages our members to take a moment this Tuesday to acknowledge and respect the people whose land we call home.
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
Skills Training at Camosun College
As workforce challenges continue in our economy, skills training is more important than ever. 

In this Chamber Chat, we hear perspective from Camosun College President Dr Lane Trotter.
Camosun College: Member since 1981
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Have a fan-stache-tic Father’s Day
Make sure dad feels special this Father's Day! Whether you are relaxing in the backyard or visiting a great local restaurant, bar or pub to celebrate the day, show your appreciation.

Need a gift suggestion? You can't go wrong with tried-and-true favorites:
  • tasty meal or even a grill to spice up your next BBQ
  • A high-tech gift from a local electronics store. Perhaps a new camera to snap precious memories?
  • Get a little more creative than the standard tie — find new design options from local clothing retailers.
  • A case of wine or beer to enjoy in the backyard
  • Check out local catering options to have pre-made, delicious meals
  • Go camping in a BC Park (or your backyard) with supplies from local retailers.
  • Father's Day Open House at Point Hope Maritime, Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm at 345 Harbour Rd. Tours, music, art and more!

Whether you’re taking the day to celebrate in-person with your dad, or if you’re celebrating from afar, we hope you have a fun and relaxing Father’s Day!
Elevate your job to the top of The Chamber’s job board!
Are you looking to get extra attention on your job board post? For an extra $45 USD per listing, shoot your job to the top of the job board and increase the number of jobseekers that view your offer.

Your job will also have a highlighted “FEATURED” badge and will be published to the Google Jobs Network.

You can also upgrade your previously posted positions to ensure your job opening gets the most views over time.

Learn more about how to post on the job board and utilize featured posting.

If you have any questions or need assistance uploading your job, please email
Member News

The University of Victoria’s transit exchange is receiving a $4.5 million upgrade this summer, increasing accessibility for riders on BC Transit. It's the second-most frequented destination for BC Transit in Greater Victoria. The upgrades will replace old bus shelters, add new lighting and signage and other improvements to help with safety.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
BC Transit: Member since 1999
Vancouver Island tech in the spotlight

MazumaGo and RaceRocks3D are featured in the Victoria Tech Journal as Vancouver Island tech companies to watch. As voted by the journal's Twitter community, both companies received praise for their rapid expansion and development.

MazumaGo: Member since 2021

RaceRocks3D: Member since 2020
Broken Promises exhibit highlights Japanese Canadian resilience

The Royal BC Museum has unveiled a new exhibit to teach visitors about the history of Japanese Canadian dispossession. The Broken Promises exhibit brings attention to the injustice caused by the internment of 21,000 individuals of Japanese descent in BC in the 1940s, and the subsequent removal of their property and personal belongings. The exhibit, created by the Landscapes of Injustice project, at the University of Victoria, tells the story of the generational trauma caused by the mass displacement and the resilience of the Japanese Canadian community.
Royal BC Museum: Member since 1994
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
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Building Chateau Victoria brick by brick

Glenn Waddingham, an employee of Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites, has created a detailed Lego replica of the hotel. Featured on CHEK NewsThe Upside, the project incorporates 62,000 pieces and took 18 months to complete. Now displayed proudly in the lobby of the hotel, the Lego structure features furniture, paintings, and nearly 100 mini figures.
CHEK News: Member since 1971
CHEK News: Chamber Champion since 2020
Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites: Member since 1974
Three local hotels receive national accolades

TripAdvisor’s 2022 Traveller’s Choice Awards have recognized three Greater Victoria hotels among the top 25 in Canada. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Oak Bay Beach Hotel and the Oswego Hotel all received the highest number of outstanding reviews from travellers over the last 12 months, earning them a spot on the list.
Oswego Hotel: Member since 2007
Magnolia Hotel & Spa: Member since 1998
Oak Bay Beach Hotel: Member since 2011
Local artists wanted!

Applications are now open for the City of Victoria’s Artist in Residence program. From now until July 4, artists across the region are invited to submit an expression of interest to work with the city to develop a dynamic art plan over a two-year term.
City of Victoria: Member since 1962
Safety and beer go hand-in-hand

Vancouver Island Brewing has been recognized with the Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence certification from WorkSafeBC. As the first craft brewery on Vancouver Island to receive the certification, the company has shown a commitment to developing a strong culture of safety and sustainability.
Vancouver Island Brewing: Member since 1993
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