March 22, 2023
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
The Chamber is preparing for an exciting lineup of Business Leaders Luncheons this spring and summer. Make sure to register now for our May 8 event with Hon. Brenda Bailey, BC's Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation. And watch for more announcements from The Chamber soon!
Inflation down in February, Statistics Canada reports
The fight against inflation is working as the Consumer Price Index for February was down 5.2% year over year. That compares to 5.9% in January and is the largest deceleration since April 2020. Lower costs at the pumps and for home energy helped lower the CPI, while the cost of groceries remains high as supply constraints and weather-related production issues is adding to the cost of food.

The global economy is getting back to normal but there's still a ways to go, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Stephen Tapp.

"In this context, the latest Canadian Survey on Business Conditions shows that costs and labour issues remain the biggest near-term obstacles for Canadian companies," Tapp said the Q1 2023 Canadian Survey on Business Conditions Report. "Even as higher interest rates slow demand, there are a few bright spots. First, while long-standing supply-side bottlenecks for the workforce and supply chains remain elevated, they have eased in recent surveys. This might be
because businesses are taking proactive steps to address these problems, such as raising wages, embracing flexible work options and working with suppliers. Second, while the near-term outlook for sales is clearly subdued, all things considered, most companies remain optimistic about the year ahead, especially larger firms and those in services."
Registration opens for Moose Hide Campaign Day
Registration is now open for organizations and individuals interested in taking part in this year's Moose Hide Campaign Day on May 1. There is also a separate registration for schools with K-12 classes looking to participate.

The Moose Hide Campaign Development Society helps promote safe communities by calling for all Canadians to speak out against violence towards women and children. Last year, more than 400,000 people took part.

This year's Moose Hide Campaign Day event will be held May 1 in Victoria and livestreamed across the country. The day begins at 7 am with a sunrise ceremony and ends with a fast breaking followed by Community Feast from 6 to 7 pm.
Moose Hide Campaign Development Society: Member since 2022
Housing help for CFB Esquimalt benefits our region
The Chamber applauds news of a Canadian Armed Forces housing benefit that will help make life a little more affordable for people stationed at CFB Esquimalt. With one of the higher costs of living in the country, Greater Victoria is a challenging region for employers looking to find and keep employees. This is amplified when people living in areas with lower housing costs are asked to move here for their job.

The Canadian Forces Housing Differential takes effect July 1 and replaces the current allowance for members of the military living in expensive communities. The new benefit is tied to income to help lower earning members.

The Chamber is also supportive of ongoing efforts to develop more housing for CFB Esquimalt members. The Department of National Defence has previously announced plans for an 84-unit apartment on the base.

"This is a great example of how non-market housing can help add homes to our region's housing supply that are catered to the needs of a specific employer or sector," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "This will eventually allow for more market homes to be available to people in other industries."
CFB Esquimalt: Member since 1979
Due to overwhelming demand, The Chamber is excited to share that our 2023 Business Awards Gala is now sold out! If you missed out on getting tickets, you can register for the waitlist here.
Thurs., May 4 | 6 - 10 PM
Fairmont Empress - Crystal Ballroom
721 Government St.
The Chamber's AGM featuring BC's Minister of Housing Hon. Ravi Kahlon
We invite you to join us for our Annual General Meeting luncheon. Our agenda includes time for networking, a highlight on recent advocacy wins, a report from the Chair and a presentation of the 2022 audited financial statements.
Hear from Hon. Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing on BC’s plans to improve housing affordability and decrease chronic homelessness.

The No. 1 expense for workers in Greater Victoria is the cost of their home. We believe all levels of government need to encourage an increase in the supply of private-market housing as well as investing in housing for all — including affordable rental units and non-market housing for working families. 
Spring Savings with The Chamber
As a member of The Chamber, you and your organization are eligible for discounts and savings. Take advantage of these corporate discounts this spring through the Chamber Benefits Program.

Need to improve your home office? Lenovo, Monk Office, and Grand & Toy offer a variety of discounts for hardware, furniture and more.
Ship your packages with ease and get 50% off domestic and international shipping with UPS. Shipments can be easily tracked through UPS My Choice® for Business. Learn more about shipping rates and tracking here.

Our Chamber Benefits Program has many valuable offers to utilize, from fuel discounts to certificates of origin. Chamber members can also find and post on the Member to Member Offers page, a constantly updated resource to showcase your product/service to fellow Chamber members.

For more information on how to take advantage of these savings, or to post a Member to Member offer, contact [email protected].
April Business Mixer
@ Max Furniture with Victoria Foundation
Join us for cocktails and community!

This vibrant, after-hours business social event provides an excellent opportunity for members and future members to meet face-to-face, establishing or renewing valuable business relationships.

Join us for an evening of hors d'oevres and refreshments at our April Business Mixer at MAX Furniture co-hosted by The Victoria Foundation.
Thurs., April 20 | 5 - 7 PM
Max Furniture
Co-Sponsored by:
June Emerge Connector @ the Bay Centre
Join Emerge to make authentic connections and have a great time all in one inclusive, casual and fun event. 

We can't wait to welcome you to the Bay Centre's newly upgraded Food Terrace! A "must-see" experience to meet up with friends and coworkers for affordable meals and skyline views in the heart of downtown.

This exciting new space includes access to a 450-seat food terrace rich with natural light from floor to ceiling windows, a 120-seat outdoor heated patio, state-of-the-art washrooms and 24 hour security - all centrally located in the heart of the business, shopping and tourism districts. 
Thurs., June 15 | 5 - 7 PM
Bay Centre Food Court Patio - 4th Floor
Sponsored by:
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
Discussing the Regional Impact of UVic 
The University of Victoria creates an impact on every element of our region.

In this Chamber Chat, CEO Bruce Williams speaks with UVic President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Kevin Hall about the ongoing evolution of tech, housing, healthcare, climate change and the Vikes! 
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Find great talent for your team
Now is the perfect time to strengthen your professional relationships.

If you’re looking to grow your team this February, find the perfect match on The Chamber’s job board.

Attract the best workers by posting a 30, 60, or 90 day job listing. Tap into the Google Jobs Network and candidates that are eager to work for a Chamber member.

As an exclusive member benefit, use the code INTRO2023 at checkout to receive a free 30-day listing.

If you have any questions or need help uploading your job, please email [email protected]
Member News
Seaflora awarded Top Spa Partner

Seaflora Skincare has been named the Top Spa Partner of Canada 2022 by the Canadian Spa & Wellness Awards, marking the second time the company has received this prestigious honour. Seaflora's commitment to providing high-quality, sustainable skincare products made from hand-harvested seaweed sets them apart.
Seaflora Skincare Inc: Member since 2023
UVIC researchers explore wave power

Scientists from UVIC are working towards the development of a renewable energy microgrid to transform tidal waves into electricity. They’re working to power the community of Yuqout, allowing the First Nation to return to Nootka Island.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
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Max Express celebrating
19 years in business

Maximum Express Courier Freight and Logistics is celebrating 19 years in business this month. The team was asked how they wanted to mark the anniversary and replied by "continuing to deliver community support because our community supports our customers.” Happy anniversary!
Maximum Express Courier, Freight & Logistics: Member since 2004
Crazy for cookies

What started as sharing a family cookie recipe turned into a surge in sales for the Crazy Cookie House after a video went viral last month. The Crazy Cookie House was then featured on CHEK’s Order Up! segment, talking abut the video and showcasing their signature monster and wonder cookies.
The Crazy Cookie House: Member since 2023
CHEK News: Member since 1971
CHEK News: Chamber Champion since 2020
One step closer to French cultural hub

La Société francophone de Victoria is getting a $1 million grant from the federal government, getting them one step closer to their goal of buying property. They plan to open a French cultural hub, a gathering place for the entire community and space for Francophone organizations, artists, families and events. 
La Société Francophone de Victoria: Member since 2010
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