June 7, 2023
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
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Indigenous Business Directory builds connections

A new Indigenous business directory was launched in Greater Victoria today with a goal to support Indigenous economic reconciliation by building new relationships and connections.

The South Island Indigenous Business Directory is the result of work of community partners, including The Chamber.

"The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of our members, is honoured and humbled by the work done to establish an Indigenous Business Directory," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "The Chamber is committed to taking actions towards reconciliation and inclusion and we are working to connect Indigenous entrepreneurs and First Nations with the broader business community. We can all benefit from being more inclusive and incorporating the knowledge of people who have called this region home for time immemorial."

The new directory provides opportunities for relationships, growth and partnership between community members and the many Indigenous-owned businesses across the South Island. From graphic design, art and web design to engineering, project management and catering, the directory currently features more than 50 Indigenous companies.

View the directory at
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
May's real-estate sales surpassed May of 2022
There was a slight increase in real estate sales in Greater Victoria in May, with 775 properties sold compared to 761 in May 2022.

The uptick was good news for the real estate industry, though sales are still not as high as typically seen in spring. The optimism that had been starting to grow could be short-lived however after the Bank of Canada opted to further raise interest rates today. Time will tell if the move stalls potential buyers or if it encourages more people to put their homes on the market.

"With momentum building, there’s an indication of consumer optimism in the market heading into June," Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Graden Sol said before today's rate announcement. "However, if the ongoing lack of homes for sale
persists and inventory is not added, we risk a return to an overheated market with pressure on pricing.”

The benchmark value in May for a single family home in the core Victoria municipalities was $1,297,600. That's up from $1,295,800 in April, but almost 9% lower than the benchmark value in May 2022.
Victoria Real Estate Board: Member since 1969
Training workforce helps employers with staffing
The Chamber applauds the ongoing investment in new workers through the Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning Pathways. Camosun College received $240,625 in funds for 2022/23. and, this year, the province is providing $3.8 million to help students earn pre-requisites for post-secondary programs they need to meet career goals.
Camosun College: Member since 1981 | Chamber Champion
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.
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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:
Government House: Member since 2020
Tues., July 18 | 5 - 7 PM
Government House
1401 Rockland Avenue
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
Our region's visitor economy is returning as travellers want the Victoria experience
In this Chamber Chat, CEO Bruce Williams talks travel with Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey.
Destination Greater Victoria: Member Since 1988
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Congratulations Alex!

The Chamber’s Membership and Marketing Assistant Alex Farah was honored Monday night at the Camosun College’s School of Business Award ceremony. Farah was the recipient of the Beate & Kirk Northcott Endowment in Business award.

This award honors a fourth year Business Administration, Bachelor's Degree - Marketing Major program student pursuing a career in sales or marketing management who has demonstrated leadership in the classroom and involvement in the community.

Congrats Alex, we are so happy to have you on The Chamber team. Alex and his award-winning skills are part of our frontline outreach to members to help them benefit from their engagement with The Chamber.
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
BC Transit celebrates inclusion and diversity with Pride bus

June is Pride Month and a chance to celebrate the many ways that the 2sLGBTQI+ community contributes to society. It's also important to show support for the ongoing work that needs to be done. BC Transit has taken up the cause with a new Pride bus taking its place in Greater Victoria's transportation system. BC Transit's graphics department created the vibrant wrap for the bus. You can see it around town, as well as in the annual Pride Parade on July 9.
BC Transit: Member since 1999
Business summit promises to UPLIFT women this fall

A two-day conference promises to connect 800 women from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The UPLIFT Women's Business Summit is set for Nov. 14-14 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Both days are packed from 9 am to 5 pm with speakers, including Jamie Kern Lima, and sessions designed to help you overcome common entrepreneurial challenges and enhance your investment and financial literacy skills.

UPLIFT Women's Business Summit: Chamber member since 2023
Victoria Conference Centre: Member since 1990
Floating spa, HAVN, open for business on Inner Harbour

There's a new place to hang out in downtown Victoria, away from the bustling streets and madding crowds — literally. HAVN Saunas Inc.opened last week offering a new sauna experience aboard a refurbished warship floating in the Inner Harbour.
HAVN's website says it's a "floating park-like environment" with "lush green spaces, cold pools, hot tubs, and hand-built saunas."

HAVN Saunas Inc.: Member since 2022
You can now officially grab an Uber in Greater Victoria

The ride-sharing app that is synonymous with ride sharing is now available in Greater Victoria. As of Tuesday, it's now possible to take Uber across much of the region. The service covers the Saanich Peninsula, including the Victoria International Airport and BC Ferries terminal as well as Langford and Colwood on the West Shore.

Uber Canada: Chamber member since 2019
Victoria Airport Authority: Member since 1981
BC Ferry Services: Member since 1983 | Chamber Champion
Royal Beach golf tourney raising funds for Salvation Army

The Royal Beach Victoria Open golf tournament, taking place this weekend, is a major fundraiser for The Salvation Army. The tourney's title sponsor is Royal Beach, a community development project currently underway by Reliance Properties.
The Salvation Army: Member since 2006
Reliance Properties: Member since 2022
The Farm at Royal Roads gets helping hand from TD

A garden at Royal Roads University that helps provide food security for local seniors, students and others in need has received a $196,000 boost from the TD Bank Group. The 5.26 hectare space, known as the Farm at Royal Roads, produced more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce in 2022. The donation from TD will allow an expansion of the giving garden program and the establishment of a market garden.
Royal Roads University: Member since 1996
TD Canada Trust: Member since 1913 | Chamber Champion
RBCM exhibit offers insight into ancient Cambodian empire
A fascinating new exhibit is now open at the Royal BC Museum, containing art and artifacts from one of the world's most spectacular historic sites. Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia details the story of what was once a thriving, complex society.
Royal BC Museum: Member since 1994
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