September 28, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
Last week's 5 Chamber Business Mixer was a huge success! Kudos to the Esquimalt Chamber for a fabulous event. Thanks to event sponsor Coastal Community Credit Union and venue sponsor TLA Developments. View photos from the event here.
Changes coming Saturday for international travellers
Saturday marks the end of border restrictions that have been in place for much of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government has confirmed travellers will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or wear masks aboard planes and trains. There will also be no requirement for testing or quarantines.

The ArriveCan app will still be available to submit customs and immigration declarations, but will no longer be mandatory.

"There's a real sense of relief in the tourism industry that their recovery will benefit from making it easier to welcome international travellers," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "The restrictions served a purpose but we're at a different place in the pandemic, and a lot of people have been calling for these changes for awhile. Hopefully we can heal some of the divisions that resulted from the times being so uncertain."

The shift also represents a time to reflect on how government responded during the pandemic. Canadian Chamber of Commerce CEO Perrin Beatty was co-chair of the Lessons Learned report that will help policy makers plan for future situations that require restricting access to our border.
Ticket sales close tonight at midnight for 2022 Business Hall of Fame Gala

Tickets are nearly gone for The Chamber Business Hall of Fame, presented by RBC! Join us for the very first red-carpet gala celebrating the contributions of 19 Hall of Fame inductees in growing our region.
Wed., Oct. 5 | 5-9 PM
Victoria Conference Centre
Ticket sales end tonight, Sept. 28 at midnight.
Or, call The Chamber office at
250-383-7191 for our concierge service.
Introducing our Inaugural 2022 Inductees
Chief Robert Sam served as elected Chief of Songhees First Nation from 1996 until his death in 2012 at the age of 76.

Born and raised on Songhees territory, Sam was first elected as a councillor in 1966. He led negotiations with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia over dispossessed land now occupied by the BC Legislature buildings.

He also played a key role on behalf of Songhees Nation within the Te’mexw Treaty Association — a collaboration among five Nations living on South Vancouver Island.

Sam was a founding member of the First Nations Finance Authority, a board member of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and a member of the Association of First Nations Chief Committee on Treaties.
Learn about Sam's impact and legacy at the 2022 Business Hall of Fame gala.
One week left to vote in Chamber Board Elections
Thank you to everyone who has voted so far for the 2023-24 Chamber Board of Directors. There's still time to make your choice from the list of community leaders who put their names forward to share their insight and experience.

Voting will close at noon Thursday, Oct. 6 so don't delay!

Join a Chamber committee!
The Chamber is also accepting nominations for openings on our 2023 committees. You can make a difference for your community, build your network and share your leadership attributes with Greater Victoria's business community. Learn more.
Victoria extends patio permits until next spring
The Chamber applauds the decision by the City of Victoria to extend its Business Recovery from Pandemic bylaw into the spring. The bylaw was set to expire at the end of October. The bylaw temporarily allowed businesses to use outdoor spaces for patios and other commercial activities.

"Businesses are always at the forefront of innovations that move our economy forward and build resilience," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "We're happy to see local governments working with businesses to include initiatives that are being asked for by the public."

The deadline extension potentially gives city staff time to look at individual situations to ensure they're safe and accessible, as well as their impact on parking in downtown Victoria.
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
Economy and parents benefit from child care savings
Last week's news that the provincial government is making child care more affordable is a step in the right direction. The Chamber has long advocated for accessible and affordable child care as a vital investment in our economy.

On Friday, the province announced that parents can expect to save as much as $550 in child care costs every month. The new funding will go directly to licensed child care centres so parents don't have to apply. The savings will take effect in December, and help families with children who are kindergarten-aged or younger.

The savings build on earlier cuts to costs and are funded by the federal governments $3.2 billion agreement with BC.

Examples of how the program will help families and allow more parents to continue their careers include:

  • A family with a 10-month-old and a three-year-old in group care could save as much as $11,940 more per year.
  • A family with a two-year-old and a four-year-old receiving family care would see up to $10,080 more in savings each year.
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Three weeks until local elections on Oct. 15
The election signs are everywhere and the number of candidates and sources of information can seem overwhelming. As leaders in our communities, chamber members can make a difference by encouraging all voters to mark their ballots by Oct. 15.

By voting, you are participating in the democratic process and learning about the people making decisions with your tax dollars.

"As a non-partisan organization, The Chamber won't tell you who to vote for, but we will continue to ask that you do vote," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "Even if you're not sure who the candidates are, it only takes a few minutes to find out and begin to learn what they stand for. Democracy is not about being perfect. It's about being able to participate — something we are privileged to do as Canadians."
Step 1: Who is running in your municipality?
Step 2: How to find out more information on candidates?
We're lucky in Greater Victoria to have a number of sources of great journalism committed to keeping democracy healthy. Here are a few sources this week to help you learn more about the Oct. 15 election.
Network and learn with The Chamber this fall
Small Business Month Member Networking Breakfast
Come celebrate the power of small businesses with the Small Business Month Networking Breakfast presented by Grant Thornton LLP and supported by our media partners 98.5 The Ocean and 103.1 Jack FM

After casual networking over breakfast, The Chamber Team will take the floor to begin the roundtable meetings. At each table, guests will have a chance to introduce themselves and their businesses in a 60 second elevator pitch.

Facilitated by The Chamber, attendees will connect with nearly everyone in the room. Try it out for yourself & grow your business!
Wed., Oct. 19 | 8 - 9:30 AM
308 Catherine St - Upstairs in the Tap Room, Victoria
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Virtual Mingle
International Student & Local Business Connector
Are you a business owner looking for exceptional talent to add to your work team?
Over 100 students have already registered to be hired by business leaders like you!
The Prodigy Group is hosting a special networking event for international students and their spouses who are eligible to work in Canada to network and create new connections with local employers.
International students from Royal Roads, Camosun College, and the University of Victoria are a great resource for employers to engage with to find new and future talent. 
Thurs., Oct. 13 | 5 - 6 PM
Virtual via Airmeet
Hire a Co-op Student to Benefit Your Team
Interested in hiring a Camosun or UVic co-op student, but not sure where to start? Come learn about timing, mentorship and the benefit of hiring a student for 2023.

Engaging a student is a cost-effective way to tackle ebbs and flows in the workplace— no matter the economic temperature, and particularly now as we move into recovery from the pandemic. Students are available from a wide variety of programs from technology and sciences to business and communication and everything in between!
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The Chamber Auction is back this November
2022 Chamber Auction spotlight
As we approach the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, The Chamber would like to encourage everyone to support Indigenous businesses and artists that make our community whole.

At the upcoming 2022 Chamber Auction, we are proud to feature donations that highlight Indigenous art, culture, education and business, including:

  • Enjoy a Signs of the Lekwungen Walking tour for six guests — with lunch included! Through storytelling and sightseeing, you will enrich your understanding of the culture and traditions of the Songhees Nation – kindly donated by the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

  • This Indigenous Canadian Flag, created by Kwakwaka'wakw Artist Curtis Wilson, features traditional designs of salmon and the head of a killer whale. The flag was created with the vision of all Canadians coming together in the future — kindly donated by The Flag Shop.

  • Reach new heights at the Malahat Skywalk! Enjoy a Family Day ticket for 2 Adults and 2 Kids.

  • Win a certificate to attend Cultural Perspectives Training at the Indigenous Perspectives Society. IPS offers Cultural Perspectives Training to help governments, organizations, businesses and individuals deepen their understanding, increase cultural competence and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

2022 Auction
Take a sneak peek at some of the incredible items available at the 2022 Chamber Auction, which runs Nov. 6 – 13.

Interested in having your products or services showcased at our auction?

As an event sponsor, Maximum Express, Courier, Freight and Logistics is offering donors complimentary delivery of their auction item to The Chamber Office.

Any questions? Please call (250) 383-7191 or email
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Here's what's happening in Greater Victoria Friday on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Here's a look at some of the events happening in Greater Victoria for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The Songhees Nation hosts the South Island Powwow Friday. The first-of-its-kind event is free and is "an opportunity to recognize Survivors and their families in the spirit of reconciliation. Through song and dance, we will celebrate traditional Indigenous cultures and resiliency."

Municipalities across Greater Victoria are hosting events to commemorate and celebrate indigenous voices. Across all 13 municipalities, flags will be flown at half-mast on Sept. 30, and events for reflection include:
The City of Victoria hosts the Xe xe Smun' eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony from 10 am to 12:30 pm at Centennial Square. The event includes Indigenous performances, a minute of silence, and guest speakers sharing their personal experiences with residential schools and reconciliation.

The District of Oak Bay hosts a truth and reconciliation event at the Sno’uyutth Welcome Pole at Oak Bay High School starting at 9:30 am. The pole, designed by Songhees Nation elder Butch Dick, symbolizes the beginning of a new relationship between the Oak Bay community and the Songhees and Esquimalt peoples
Along with the region’s municipalities, post-secondary institutions have committed to close their campuses on Sept. 30 and are offering informative and inclusive events:
The University of Victoria hosts various reconciliation events throughout the week. From informative lectures to workshops, students and faculty are invited to wear their orange shirts on Sept. 29 in the quad to witness the lighting of the Sacred Fire. The fire will burn until 3 pm that day, and visitors can listen to stories from residential school survivors, witness reflections and celebrate this year’s theme: Indigenous resurgence.

Royal Roads University invites the community to join in-person and virtual events to honour the strength and resilience of Indigenous Peoples. This year, Royal Roads will raise the Survivors' Flag to honour residential school Survivors and all the lives and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada. Each element depicted on the flag was carefully selected by Survivors from across Canada, who were consulted in the flag’s creation.

Camosun College has created an Orange Shirt Day research guide to assist those in learning about the importance of honouring Indigenous voices. Camosun hosts an event at Na’tsa’maht: The Gathering Place, Lansdowne Campus on Sept. 29 at 1:30 pm with guest speakers Eddy Charlie and Kristin Spray attending.
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
The Recovery of Hotels & Hospitality
As the travel economy surges across the Capital Region, hotels are doing their best to meet the demand for accommodations and related services.

In this Chamber Chat, CEO Bruce Williams gets a snapshot of the hospitality sector and its recovery with Madone Pelan, GM of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and Bill Lewis, GM at the Magnolia Hotel and Chair of the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel: Member Since 2011
Magnolia Hotel & Spa: Member Since 1998
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Claim your free job on The Chamber’s job board

Now is the perfect time to strengthen your professional relationships. If you’re looking to grow your team this fall, find the perfect match on The Chamber’s job board.

Attract the best workers by posting a 30-, 60-, or 9-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 INTRO2022 at checkout to receive a free 30-day listing.

If you have any questions or need help uploading your job, please email
Member News
Songhees hosts South Island Powwow Friday

The Songhees Nation will be hosting the South Island Powwow this Friday in recognition of Indigenous resiliency. This free event, hosted on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, will feature intertribal dances, grand entries, and a Retirement of Colours event later in the evening.
Songhees Nation: Member since 2017
Week long reconciliation learning opportunity

Students and staff in the Greater Victoria School District (SD61) will be commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a week-long event. “Remembering the Children” will provide pre-recorded videos, live Q&A sessions and activities for students in Grades 1 to 12 hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Educators can also participate to deepen their understanding about residential schools.
Greater Victoria School District SD61: Member since 1976
Bike Ride honours Reconciliation Day

Capital Bike is hosting a Truth & Reconciliation Day Ride this Friday. In honour of residential school survivors, this family-friendly ride will begin at Songhees Park at 10 am, will feature Diane Sam of the Songhees Nation as a guest speaker, and will end at the South Island Powwow before noon.
Capital Bike: Member since 2022
Songhees Nation: Member since 2017
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CIBC Run for the Cure happens Sunday at UVic

This Sunday, CIBC Run for the Cure is back in person to raise life saving funds for cancer research across Canada. Opening ceremonies for the event will begin at the University of Victoria at 8:30am, followed by the 5km and 1k runs starting at 9 am.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
CIBC: Member since 1901
CIBC: Chamber Champion since 2020
SIPP CEO finalist for national award

South Island Prosperity Partnership CEO Emilie de Rosenroll has been named a 2022 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award finalist. Shortlisted for the Social Change: Regional Impact award, Rosenroll was one of 21 finalists across Canada selected. Winners across seven categories will be announced on Nov. 23.

South Island Prosperity Partnership: Member since 2017
RBC: Member since 1962
RBC: Chamber Champion since 2020
Planning continues for dementia care facility

The Capital Regional District is moving forward with the financial plans for a dementia care facility in the City of Colwood. Almost $4 million has been approved in the 2023 provisional budget for the project. The proposed facility includes 306 beds for patients and amenities such as a hair salon, bistro and coffee shop to help it resemble a secure village.
City of Colwood: Member since 2020
Capital Regional District: Member since 1993
Who will be on Douglas's next 10 to Watch?

Douglas Magazine has opened nominations for the 10 to Watch Awards. The awards are given to new and innovative local businesses that are three years old or younger. Winners will be featured in the April/ May 2023 issue of Douglas Magazine, and the deadline for nominations is Nov. 6.
Douglas Magazine: Member since 2004
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