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A Holiday Message to our valued Members from the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce

As we enter into the holiday season, we want to take a moment and thank our members and the community for the support of, investment in, and involvement with the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce.

Without our members, there would be no Ladysmith Chamber. Our collective voice representing almost 200 businesses and thousands of employees would not exist. Thank you for your investment in our organization and your commitment to growing the business climate and economy of our town, region, province and country. 
Without our community and the partnerships we’ve formed there would be no Ladysmith Chamber. 2020 has been one whacky and tumultous year and we’re sure many, if not all of us, will be happy to put it in our rear-view mirror. The Covid-19 pandemic has made us all face unprecedented hardships and limited resources – limited financial means, limited human capital, and limited time. There is so much to be done, but with the strength of our community and our partnerships, we will pull through this difficult time and come out stronger and more resilient than ever because of what we collectively have been through.

So, thank you. It seems so simple. Yet, it is so heartfelt. Especially right now. As you are celebrating this holiday season remember to be thankful for all that you have. Take care of yourselves, your loved ones, your employees and your community. Have a happy and prosperous holiday season, shop local, and above all … in these strange days … BE SAFE.
Membership Renewal
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New options to support our Members!
Normally in December your Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is busy sending out invoices for the subsequent year’s membership fees. With 2020 being such a ridiculously difficult year for most of us we just don’t have the heart to send these invoices out at this time of year. So we’re going to hold off sending these out until the New Year and we’re going to include some options for you that might take some of the sting out of payment if 2020 was a particularly hard hit for you.

These options include:
1.     Choose a new Anniversary Renewal Date – Until now all memberships required renewal on January 1st whether that was a good time for your business or not. Starting in 2021 you can select a new anniversary date (that makes sense for your businesses cash flow on an ongoing basis). We will invoice you for the interim period from January 1 to your new anniversary date on a prorated basis. Then invoice you annually on your anniversary date from then on.
2.     Installment Payments – You will be able to opt for quarterly installment payments to reduce the stress on your cash flow.
3.     Additional Flexibility – If neither of the options above help we will work with you one-on-one to find a solution that will work. Now more than ever we need to work together and for one another and the Ladysmith Chamber pledges to do all we can to make your membership work for you moving forward.

You’ll hear more about these options and how you can take advantage of them in the New Year. For now all we want is for you to enjoy your Holiday Season. Be healthy, happy and safe. And let’s look forward to making 2021 a year of recovery and prosperity.
Holiday Closure
The Chamber office will be closed for our annual holiday break from Dec 18, 2020 through to Jan 04, 2021. We wish you all the joys of the season, good health, peace and prosperity in the New Year.
Hello Everyone,

I have been so excited to share with you some of the changes underway at WorkBC. It is my pleasure to let you know that the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction has increased accessibility to WorkBC’s Wage Subsidy Program. 

We are no longer limited to offering subsidies only to folks who have an EI history, but can offer it to every unemployed citizen eligible to work in BC! This really widens the scope and will make it easier than ever for employers with full time job opportunities to take advantage of this excellent program.

Another fantastic change is the ability to use the subsidy to recall laid off employees! 

An additional new aspect of the Wage Subsidy Program is that the subsidy amounts have changed, with larger subsidies available to priority groups; Youth 16-30 and Persons with Disabilities.

Take a look at the application guide here. It outlines employer criteria, provides details on the subsidy ranges, FAQ and application tips.

An excellent feature designed to streamline the process is the ability to apply online, using a candidate you've selected or requesting us to recommend someone for the position. See the application page here.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out! And do please keep on sending me your job postings, we have a steady flow of talented job seekers working with us who are eager to get to work.


Johnna Puusa
Labour Market Information Specialist
WorkBC Cowichan
cell: 250-732-9393
RECAP: FREE SERVICE to transition to the Digital
Thank you to Innovation Island’s Jennifer Hufnagel and Janet Bonaguro for delivering a fantastic session discussing the ‘Digital Economy Response Program‘ – DER3 which helps connect Small and Medium Businesses who want to enter or expand into the “Digital Economy”.

The program is geared to help Businesses build , grow and stay on the island. It's ok if you don't know what you need or where to start. They provided resources to point you in the right direction fit for you and your business. DER3 is available until the end of February.

Make the call, take the assessment, it will probably be one of the most valuable moves you can make!

If you missed the presentation you can view the Recording or Session Slides
Recording: Click Here
Session Slides: Click Here  
(includes some additional DER3 client stories)
Looking for a way to improve customer experience while adhering to social distancing & capacity protocols?
SPECIAL OFFER | Manage wait-lists, line-ups & contact tracing with WAIT. Chamber Members, find out how you can get this web-based tool FOR FREE, thanks to a partnership with Community Futures Cowichan & Kuusoft Software Corp.

There are only 20 spaces available and will be assigned on first come first serve basis. 
If you want to sign up or just have some questions please contact:

Thank you for your ongoing patronage and support of the Chamber
BC Chamber COVID-19 Pulse Check Survey
With rising COVID cases, the BC Chamber is launching a COVID-19 'Pulse Check' Survey to see how your business is impacted and what supports you need in this critical time. 

They will track the workforce challenges and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on BC businesses. Your feedback to this survey is essential to inform their understanding of the most pressing impacts you are experiencing and what can be done to support your business.

Responses are confidential and personal information will not be shared.
The survey will take ~ 8 minutes to complete (follow the progress bar below). Survey will close on December 18th at 5PM.

If you have any questions about the collection of this information, please contact Georgiy Sekretaryuk at
Want to reinvigorate workplace culture and boost your productivity?
The BC Chamber has partnered with UVIC’s Gustavson School of Business to offer an online training program that will help businesses mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by teaching them how to adapt their business models, re-engage customers, and adjust workplace cultures. 

The Building Resilience to Thrive program will feature weekly seminars delivered by award-winning professors Dr. Mark Colgate and Prof. Brian Leacock offered on the following dates: 
  • COHORT TWO: January 12th to February 16th (11am PST/12pm MST) 
  • COHORT THREE: February 24th to March 31st (11am PST/12pm MST)
PS. Read about how our program is helping businesses reinvigorate workplace culture and boost their productivity in the Pique.
Applications are open for Survive & Recover
The applications for the Survive & Recover, in partnership with Community Futures, Coastal Community Credit Union and Oceanside Initiatives are now open.

The program builds strength and resiliency through adversity and prepares organizations for uncertainty in the changing landscape of COVID-19. The 2-month program combines group coaching, individualized support, peer support, financial tools, scenario thinking tools, resources, and timely webinars to develop financial strategies to best prepare for a COVID-19 road to recovery. Survive & Recover helps organizations navigate the day-to-day realities through these changing times and provides support to begin preparing for a recovery phase.

Charities, not for profits and social enterprises are key players in the health and vigor of our communities. From food and shelter; health and wellness; tourism and public services they play a significant role in our communities’ livability and vitality.
Province Announces Small and Medium Business Recovery Grant program
Have you applied for the BC Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program?

How the program works: The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program will invest up to $300 million in targeted financial support for some of the hardest hit businesses in B.C. that employ between two and 149 B.C. residents and have experienced declines in revenue since March 10, 2020.

Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available. An additional $5,000 to $10,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses that have been hit especially hard by COVID-19. The program runs until March 31, 2021 or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.
Interregional Service between Cowichan Valley Regional District and Regional District of Nanaimo
BC Transit, the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and the Regional District of Nanaimo are seeking input on proposed interregional service expansions. Ladysmith to Nanaimo!! The survey is open until Dec 18th.
Keep your Business information current in the Ladysmith-Open for Business Online Directory
The Directory highlights local businesses that are open, have adjusted hours and any practices they are implementing to keep themselves and their customers safe.  

Local Businesses can update their hours & services by clicking on the button below.
#CowichanStrong invites all Cowichan businesses to be showcased on Buy Local Cowichan. 
We sincerely hope that you, your families, your employees, coworkers and all around you are safe and healthy in these extraordinary times. The Ladysmith Chamber has worked hard to monitor the many announcements related to federal, provincial and local responses to the Covid-19 pandemic and make information pertinent to business readily available to you on our website, newsletters and Facebook posts. We have also tried our best to monitor how your businesses have adjusted to the current crisis to make this information available to the public through our Facebook page. (If you have not already Liked and Followed our Page, you may need to do so in order to tag us.)
The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is proud to work closely with the BC Chamber and local area Chambers
33 Roberts Street, PO Box 598 Ladysmith,
BC V9G 1A4 Canada
Hours: Monday - Friday 10am-4pm