June 8, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria
The first winners of a free meal courtesy of the Picnics & Patios campaign were at Fire + Water, Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, when they were randomly selected by Miranda Ji (second from right), Destination Greater Victoria's VP of Sales and Business Events. See details below for more on this initiative.
Picnics and Patios is back June 7-29
The Greater Victoria Picnics & Patios Campaign begins this week with a tasty chance to win great prizes!

Tag your favourite restaurant and two friends on The Chamber’s Picnics & Patios post for a chance to win a $75 gift card of your choice!

Share a photo of your summertime snack and use the hashtag #PicnicsPatiosVicBC for five (5) additional entries!
By participating in the Picnics & Patios campaign this week, you will also be entered to win the Grand Prize: A $200 gift card to the restaurant of your choice + a prize pack of local goodies.

For all of this month — between Tuesday and Thursday — when you visit a Greater Victoria restaurant, pub or bar, there's a chance The Chamber, or one of our partners, will pick up the tab. We're inviting everyone to get involved and celebrate our region's great hospitality and cuisine.
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Chamber presenting to province on budget priorities
The Chamber is meeting with the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services on Monday to offer guidance on the next provincial budget.

Chambers have a long history of being the effective voice of business in their communities. We've worked hard to earn the trust of decision makers as we advocate to make a real difference in policies that help business thrive.

"I'm available to our members any time they want to reach out and discuss concerns or seek support," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "We don't always see eye to eye with government officials but we're always respectful and do the work needed to show why policies need to be implemented or changed. A robust and vibrant economy is good for business and everyone in our community."

Individuals can also share their views with the committee by filling out an online survey or sending in written comments by 3 pm, June 24.
BC Bid system opens to buyers, suppliers, public
The provincial government has launched a new BC Bid portal, making it easier for businesses to participate in procurement opportunities offered by hundreds of public sector organizations.

The single-point of access is used by school districts, municipalities, health authorities, Crown corporations and other government agencies to post contracts for goods and services across industries.
More listings good news for prospective home buyers
People looking to buy a home in Greater Victoria have more options to choose from as there were 30.1% more listings in May compared to April.

"The real estate market in Greater Victoria is returning to a steadier pace following the strange two years we experienced over the course of the pandemic," Victoria Real Estate Board President Karen Dinnie-Smyth said in a news release. "While inventory is still below historical levels for a spring market, it is now within our pre-pandemic five-year average, which is good news for buyers."

The cost of a single family home continued to increase, however, with the benchmark value for May at $1.446,400. That's up from $1,424,900 in April.
Where Will UVic Go Next?
Join Dr. Kevin Hall, president of the University of Victoria, as he shares key findings from UVic's Economic Impact Report and asks for your feedback on the development of UVic's next strategic plan.

Enjoy a complimentary lunch while providing input to shape the future direction of Victoria's largest post-secondary institution and it's continued support of the Greater Victoria economy.
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Municipal Council Workings: What everyone should know
This session will offer transparency on what being a Mayor or Councillor entails, ensuring that potential candidates are better informed about what to expect when elected, making better community representatives.
This event is for anyone thinking of running for municipal election and anyone who would like to know more about what our municipal officials do. 
Join Allison Habkirk, former Mayor and Councillor for the District of Central Saanich, as she answers key questions to help inform candidates and the general public of what makes good municipal candidates and councils. She will also share her key learnings from her experience as Mayor.
Wed., June 29 | 12-1:30 PM
Virtual via Airmeet
Take The Chamber's Membership Survey
Help us help you by sharing your thoughts on your Chamber membership through our 2022 Membership Matters Survey. In less than 10 minutes, you could win round-trip flights to Vancouver for two from Helijet.

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?
Alerts will help the public prepare for heat domes
Last June's heat dome caused major disruption across the province, shutting down a number of businesses because of uncomfortable or even unsafe conditions. The weather event was especially damaging because it caught people off guard. Tragically, the extreme heat was also linked to the deaths of 619 British Columbians. The province has now launched a Heat Alert and Response System to identify and support people at risk during extreme heat. The system will categorize extreme heat events as warnings or emergenices, with thresholds varying across regions.
As well, prevention and mitigation strategies can help the public better prepare for future climate events.

With cooler than seasonal temperatures so far this spring, experts are continuing to watch their long-range forecasts for any indication of a summer heat wave.
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
Exploring the seas with Ocean Networks Canada - Part 2

This Chamber Chat is Part 2 of our conversation about the work being done by Ocean Networks Canada, based at UVic, to steward the oceans of the world.

Bruce Williams continues the chat with Ocean Networks Canada CEO Dr. Kate Moran.

Ocean Networks Canada: Member since 2019
Special thanks to our series sponsor:
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.

As always, you can email us the changes you would like to see and we can update your listing on your behalf.
Chamber Champions
Find your next best employee this June
As summer quickly approaches, ensure you’re well-staffed by using The Chamber’s job board.

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 use this offer today.

Reach the right candidates with the help of The Chamber. If you have any questions or need help uploading your job posting, email
Member News
New beverage options for BC Ferries routes

BC Ferries announced that they will be adding beer, wine and cider to Coastal Cafés on select routes this summer. Alcoholic beverages have been available in the Pacific Buffet for more than two years, and now — through the approval of additional liquor licenses — more options are being created for travellers. BC Ferries is focused on procuring products from local breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries.
BC Ferry Services Inc: Member since 1983
BC Ferry Services Inc: Chamber Champion since 2022
Local broadcaster unveils new look

CHEK News has unveiled their new logo and new fall line-up for original content. The announcement debuted the first branding change for the station in over 12 years, using a blue and green design to reflect a “strong West Coast feel”. An indigenous version of the logo, created by Lou-Ann Neel, was also created to be used for special occasions.
CHEK News: Member since 1971
CHEK News: Chamber Champion since 2020
#StandWithOwners celebrates local businesses

TELUS has launched the third annual #StandWithOwners program, which is back with a recommitment of $1M to help Canadian businesses thrive in a digital world. Starting today, businesses can apply to receive $25,000 in funding, advertising and technology from TELUS and its partners by submitting an application at until Sept. 18.
This year, TELUS will also award one #StandWithOwners recipient with a technology makeover with additional prizes from TELUS and its partners to help their business grow through the addition of enhanced technology.
TELUS Business: Member since 1962
TELUS Business: Chamber Champion since 2020
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Torch lit for BC 55+ Games set for Greater Victoria

The BC 55+ Games’ Torch Lighting Ceremony was held this week, celebrating that the games are less than 100 days away. Presented by Berwick Retirement Communities, the games will be held Sept. 13-17, and will bring together athletes 55 and over from across the province to compete in more than 25 sports.
Berwick Retirement Communities: Member since 1970
Pacific Opera Victoria offering Pop-Up Opera

Pacific Opera Victoria is performing a Pop-Up Opera at the Royal BC Museum on June 13 and June 18. Hosted inside and outside the museum, the events include performances from Rebecca Gray and Mike Zuming Fan.
Pacific Opera Victoria: Member since 2007
Royal BC Museum: Member since 1994
A cool way to deliver sustainably

ColdStar Solutions Inc. has added a new Canadian made 100% electric truck to their fleet. Servicing the Greater Victoria area, the refrigerated truck will deliver BC produce locally and beyond.
ColdStar Solutions Inc.: Member since 2012
Safeguarding environment
earns national recognition

Barnacle Systems has received a national award from the Canadian Safe Boating Awards. The company received the Safeguarding the Environment award in recognition of their commitment to reducing marine pollution and helping to protect the waterways for future generations. At the 2020 Greater Victoria Business Awards, Barnacle Systems won the Innovation Award.

Barnacle Systems Inc: Member since 2019

The City of Victoria has begun to hang flower baskets around the city, marking the unofficial start of summer. First introduced in 1937, 2022 marks the 85th anniversary of the hanging baskets program. Learn how to make your own hanging baskets here.
City of Victoria: Member since 1962
Member to Member discounts
Members can post Coupons and Discounts free of charge here.
Welcome to our newest members!