May 24, 2023
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
Chamber members celebrated cocktails and community at a vibrant, after-hours business social, held May 18 at Thomas and Birch Kitchens + Living. It was an excellent opportunity for members and future members to meet face-to-face and establish valuable relationships.
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
Victoria Police Department: Member since 2008
Downtown Victoria Business Association: Member since 2007
Chamber op-ed calls for regional approach to Greater Victoria's collective downtown
There has been a lot of talk lately about downtown Victoria.

Some of the talk is positive. Greater Victoria often ranks highly in lists of desirable places to live, work and visit. Our region has a sterling reputation — especially to people who aren’t from here.

But it would seem many of us believe our own bad publicity. Have we taken on an inferiority complex?

Crime and violence are real but not rampant as some would have us believe. And at the root of these issues are housing and mental illness.
By the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, Downtown Victoria Business Association, and the Urban Development Institute – Capital Region.
B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association: Member since 1996
Downtown Victoria Business Association: Member since 2007
Urban Development Institute - Capital Region: Member since 2017
Thurs., June 8
11:30 AM - 1 PM
Victoria Conference Centre
Luncheon Sponsors:
Be there for the Bank of Canada in Victoria
It’s been more than five years since Vancouver Island last hosted the Bank of Canada and The Chamber is proud to announce Victoria will serve as host for the Bank of Canada’s mid-year Economic Progress Report on June 8.

The Economic Progress Report, delivered by Deputy Governor Paul Beaudry, will be presented the day after the Bank of Canada makes its next interest rate announcement. Join us for this important event for the opportunity to hear first-hand about recent developments in the Canadian economy and implications for monetary policy and your business.
BC receives AAA credit rating from Moody's
The province received some welcome news about its financial state of affairs when Moody's reaffirmed BC's AAA credit rating on May 17. Moody's is the last credit agency to release its results. In April, Fitch Ratings maintained its AA+ rating for the province, while S&P Global Ratings downgraded BC from AA+ to AA. On May 1, DBRS Morningstar kept BC at AA(high).

Moody’s noted British Columbia’s attractiveness to businesses and individuals, as well as migration into the province.

Good credit ratings are vital for the province to get competitive rates on borrowing for infrastructure projects and service demands. BC has the highest credit rating among Canadian provinces across the four agencies.
July Business Mixer @ Government House
Located on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, Government House is the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor and the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. This event will be hosted by the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

Come join us on this historical site, surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodlands for a vibrant, after-hours business social. 
Sponsored by:
Tues., July 18 | 5 - 7 PM
Government House
1401 Rockland Avenue
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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?

Help us help you! Enter to win round-trip flights to Vancouver for two from Helijet by completing the survey.
BC Hydro's electrification plan

With a focus on climate change and the electrification of more devices, homes, vehicles and industries, find out how BC Hydro is helping their customers make the switch from fossil fuels to clean electricity.
Sponsored by:
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
One of the fastest growing sectors of our economy is Indigenous-owned businesses
In this Chamber Chat, CEO Bruce Williams speaks with Christina Clarke, Executive Director of the Indigenous Prosperity Centre, about the organization and its work.
South Island Prosperity Partnership: Member since 2017
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Showcase your brand through your Chamber Directory Listing
Make sure you're putting your best self forward 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.

You can email [email protected] the changes you would like to see and we can update your listing on your behalf.
Find the best talent for your team
If you’re looking to grow your team this Spring, The Chamber’s job board is your next best resource.

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, email The Chamber at [email protected]
Member News
Awakening Chinatown

In celebration of the 21st anniversary of Asian Heritage Month, the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society is hosting the second annual Awakening Chinatown event Sunday, May 28, for a celebration that honours the contributions of Chinese Canadians who enrich our country.

Presented by the Victoria Chinatown Museum Society and in collaboration with the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Pacific Opera Victoria and local Chinatown businesses, the Second Annual “Awakening Chinatown” festivities will take place in the vibrant National Historic Site area of Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

Chamber members participating in this event include: RBC, Reliance Properties Ltd., Coastal Community Credit Union, Dumpling Drop, the Salient Group, and Western Design + Build.
Coastal Community Credit Union: Member since 2014
Dumpling Drop: Member since 2022
Salient Group: Member since 2017
Western Design + Build: Member since 2013
Reliance Properties Ltd.: Member since 2022
Pacific Opera Victoria: Member since 2007
RBC: Member since 1962
RBC: Chamber Champion since 2020
Saanich goes to the dogs as summer pop-up parks now open

The District of Saanich announced that three popular pop-up dog parks are back for the summer. The parks are completely fenced and available from 7 am to 10 pm daily. The pop-ups are at Hyacinth Park, Lambrick Park and Rudd Park, and proper dog etiquette is essential to making the parks a success:
  • always keep a collar on your dog with your contact information
  • bring your pup’s leash with you
  • clean up your furry friend’s waste
  • stay attentive and be able to control your dog
  • ensure your dog is healthy and up to date on their vaccinations; and
  • respect other dogs and dog owners.

District of Saanich: Member since 2013
Eagle Wing Tours earns Biosphere Certification
Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours is the world's first marine ecotour operator to become Biosphere Certified. The certification, from the Responsible Tourism Institute, promotes environmental protection and the improvement of the quality of life in tourism destinations.

Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Watching Tours: Member since 2013
Sage initiative opens seats to help participants with investing

Sage Initiative’s Indigenous Womxn’s Impact Investing Collective returns for a third cohort this fall, with 15 seats available. The program uses a trauma-informed online learning curriculum that is used in Indigenous concepts of commerce and is designed to help participants learn to take initiative with their money.

Sage Initiative: Member since 2022
Kenmore Air offering flights from Seattle to YYJ

Kenmore Air announced a new option for travellers from Seattle, starting tomorrow, May 25. Kenmore is flying to Victoria International Airport from Boeing Field and Paine Field as well as from Friday Harbor Airport. The flights expand on Kenmore's long-running float plane service. Kenmore Air will use its fleet of modern Cessna Caravans, which can operate in limited visibility conditions and provide increased service reliability.
Kenmore Air: Member since 1987
Victoria Airport Authority: Member since 1981
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