BizNews
March 30, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria
"We are proud to have a long-standing partnership with The Chamber — students can make a real impact in workplaces across the region, and they are key to supporting the economic recovery in this community. This type of hiring event helps facilitate these important connections,” said Andrea Giles, Executive Director of UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
Paid sick-days based on calendar year, province says
Employers have a little more clarity about the new requirement for five days of paid sick leave. On Monday, BC's Labour Minister Harry Bains said the requirement is for every "calendar year" of employment, regardless of an employee's start date.

As well, the government amended language relating to collective agreements so that no employees are excluded.

The Chamber continues to collect feedback from the business community about the introduction of paid-sick days in BC. Let us know your experiences to help inform our advocacy efforts by emailing communications@victoriachamber.ca.
ICBC rebate announced as relief from high gas prices
To help British Columbians deal with high gas prices, ICBC announced last week it is providing drivers with a one-time $110 rebate ($160 for commercial drivers).

Rising fuel prices — caused by what Premier John Horgan called "Putin's illegal war in Ukraine" — have made life more expensive and led to calls for the province to reduce fuel taxes. And while consumers will welcome the rebate, there are concerns that the cash back from ICBC could increase demand for fuel. A better solution, some economists say, would be to focus relief on commercial vehicles facing higher costs — costs that will inevitably be added to the price of goods and services.

The ICBC rebate will be directly deposited in customer's accounts or applied to their credit card, depending on how they pay for vehicle insurance. ICBC will not text or email information about the rebate and warns customers to be vigilant about fraud attempts.
CleanBC investing in innovation led by business
Innovation led by business is the key to addressing climate change. The Chamber supports the latest round of investment through CleanBC in developing technology that reduces harmful emissions.

On Monday, CleanBC unveiled its fourth round of funding for three streams:
  • The Emissions Performance stream supports projects that reduce emissions using commercially available technologies.
  • The Innovation Accelerator stream supports projects that use clean technologies to demonstrate innovative solutions for industry emissions.
  • The Project Feasibility Studies stream, opening April 1, supports studying how to remove barriers, mitigate risks and determine the viability of projects.

The program is aimed at supporting industrial jobs in communities across BC. The application process is open until April 29 for Emissions Performance RFPs, and May 27 for Innovation Accelerator RFPs.
Provincial grant funds street safety team in Victoria
Creating safe communities requires getting to the root of issues that make people feel unsafe. The Chamber advocates for adequate funding of enforcement, health care services and housing, and we applaud news that the City of Victoria will receive a grant to increase community safety.

"People in Victoria at risk of harm or victimization will benefit from a $30,000 grant to create a community-based team of front-line workers to deliver better, faster access to services," a provincial government news release states. "The teams, known as 'situation tables,' ... proactively identify vulnerable individuals or families who have a significant probability of committing criminal offences or experiencing harm or victimization, and rapidly connect them to services before they experience a negative or traumatic event."
City of Victoria: Member since 1962
Welcome back to in-person events
Protocols for all in-person Chamber events
 
To continue to safeguard the health of our community we require all in-person event attendees to be fully vaccinated. Mask wearing is to each individuals' discretion. You can review our COVID-19 safety protocols here.
 
Please be aware that the requirements for our events may change on short notice and we will follow the current PHO directives applicable on the event day.
The Chamber Annual General Meeting
There's still time to join us at our Annual General Meeting. Reserve now to hear from special guest speaker, the Hon. Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, about Budget 2022 and Transportation on the South Island. 
 
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure plans and improves transportation networks, builds new infrastructure, provides transportation services, and implements transportation policies, to allow for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. Join us to learn about how the Ministry’s priorities will impact your business.

The AGM is also your chance to catch up on chamber business, including recent advocacy wins, a report from our chair and audited financial statements.
Sponsored by:
Tues., April 12 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
100 Harbour Rd, Victoria
Prodigy Group April Mingle
@ Friends of Dorothy Lounge
Kick-off the April long-weekend with signature cocktails, upscale dishes and fabulous décor in a place that offers both a classy VIP experience and be-yourself atmosphere. Friends of Dorothy Lounge is the perfect place to foster great connections and future collaborations as one of Greater Victoria’s emerging professionals.
 
Come network, create new social connections, and build new business relationships at this fabulous Prodigy Group Mingle.
Co-Sponsored by:
Thurs., April 14 | 5 - 7:00 PM
Friends of Dorothy Lounge
537 Johnson St., Victoria, BC
Business Leaders Luncheon: Mark Collins, CEO of BC Ferries
Hear from BC Ferries on their plans to evolve our coastal ferry system. One of the world's largest marine passenger systems, BC Ferries is an economic driver for 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 on the west coast of BC, they serve as advocates for the coastal environment and the communities where they operate. 
 
Mark Collins, BC Ferries CEO, 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 
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
The State of Local Film
The South Island has seen a boom of lights, camera, action! The film and movie industry has discovered Greater Victoria has a lot to offer productions.

We get an outline of recent activity and the prospect of even more happening in the future in this Chamber Chat with Film Commissioner Kathleen Gilbert of the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission.
Special thanks to our series sponsor:
Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission: Member since 1980
2022 Greater Victoria Business Awards
The Chamber is excited to announce that the 2022 Greater Victoria Business Awards taking place in-person are now sold out. 
 
If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this event, please email specialevents@victoriachamber.ca.
 
This gala event recognizes businesses in Greater Victoria that have achieved a standard of excellence in the community through their own abilities, efforts and initiatives. Click here to see the 2022 finalists!
Saturday, May 7 | 6-10 pm
The Fairmont Empress, 721 Government St.
How are you #ChamberLocalVicBC?
Our #ChamberLocalVicBC campaign aims to help individuals understand what local means on a social, economic, and community level — and we want to hear from you.

Being a local business can mean many things, and we would like to invite our members to showcase their thoughts on what it means to be a local business.
Let us know how your organization defines local and we'll feature you in our campaign. Contact Thomas at members@victoriachamber.ca to share your story.
Check out our previous #ChamberLocalVicBC participants to read stories about great local Chamber members.

From buying gift cards to leaving reviews of your favourite local businesses online, we can continue to support our friends, family, and our #ChamberLocalVicBC community.
Celebrating our Chamber Champions
Find great employees this April

Although April Fool’s Day may be this Friday, it’s no joke how helpful The Chamber’s job board can be in finding your next great employee.

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 utilize this offer today.

Reach the right candidates with the help of The Chamber. If you have any questions or need assistance uploading your job posting, email members@victoriachamber.ca
Grow your business with successful exporting
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
Post-secondary sports in national spotlight

The University of Victoria and Camosun College have received national attention for their skills in post-secondary sports. The UVic Vikes won their first Canada West men’s basketball title since 2015, earning a spot at the U Sports national championship tournament. Meanwhile, The Camosun Chargers men’s volleyball team became national champions at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship, winning nine sets consecutively.
Camosun College: Member since 1981
University of Victoria: Member since 1976 
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
Eyecare offered for Ukrainian refugees

In support of Ukrainian refugees, Mayfair Optometric Clinic will be donating lenses, lab work and eyewear products to people resettling in Greater Victoria in the coming weeks. Refugees who left behind eyewear or need repairs to their glasses will be able to access support after they arrive.
Mayfair Optometric Clinic: Member since 1996
Portraits of Caring

Looking for a painted portrait of yourself or a loved one? Local artist Elfrida Schragen, who painted portraits of community leaders as part of Our Place Society’s Portraits of Caring campaigns will be offering her services to the public. All funds raised for paintings will go directly to Our Place’s vital programs.
Our Place Society: Member since 2010
Commissionaires expands on Vancouver Island

Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon has expanded their operations to the Comox Valley. A local not-for-profit security company operating for more than 80 years, Commissionaires now offer ID services at three different offices on Vancouver Island.
Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon: Member since 1995
Finding the best local pubs

Matt Phillips of Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. has been exploring local pubs, and CHEK News has documented his adventures as part of the MicCHEK Podcast. Phillip’s list of his favorite pubs included Chamber Champion Spinnakers, Bard & Banker Pub, Whistle Buoy Brewing Company and more.

Phillips Brewing & Malting Co: Member since 2020
CHEK News: Member since
Spinnakers: Member since 1990
CHEK News: Chamber Champion since 2021
Bard & Banker Pub: Member since 2008
Whistle Buoy Brewing Company: Member since 2019
Airport Authority turns 25

The Victoria Airport Authority is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. In 1997, Transport Canada gave operational control of the airport to the VAA, which has since developed YYJ into the 11th busiest airport in Canada.

The Chamber has been a strong advocate for the airport and the Victoria Airport Authority and we continue to support their work connecting Greater Victoria with the world.
Victoria Airport Authority: Member since 1981
Local park receiving increased accessibility

The City of Victoria has unanimously approved the addition of a wheelchair accessible swing to the redevelopment plan of Stadacona Park, the first of its kind in the city. Located across the street from Origin Bakery, construction of the park will begin this summer and will also feature in-ground trampolines.
City of Victoria: Member since 1962
Origin Bakery: Member since 2020
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