November 16, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Business Leaders Luncheon with BC’s Auditor General, Michael A. Pickup! Attendees had the opportunity to learn how the Office of the Auditor General of BC safeguards tax dollars, as well as how government audits affect you, your business, and your family. See event photos here.
Lights of Wonder
And while the Inner Harbour is set to shine from the water, the Downtown Victoria Business Association is planning to add their own magic to the city. Starting Dec. 15, Lights of Wonder will transform Centennial Square into a holiday wonderland. Light exhibits and a 40-foot tree will be on display until the end of the year, providing a festive backdrop for live entertainment, food vendors and more.
Ralmax Group of Companies: Member since 2011
Downtown Victoria Business Association: Member since 2007
Businesses seek certainty as inflation plateaus
Inflation watchers breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday morning as the latest report on Canada's Consumer Price Index shows the rate appears to have stalled out at 6.9%. While the number is still more than double the Bank of Canada's target rate, the fact it no longer seems to be increasing is reason for optimism. High inflation creates uncertainty for businesses facing difficult decisions around how they will increase prices and raise wages.

Inflation jumped to 8.1% in June — the highest it had been in decades — prompting the Bank of Canada to raise its interest rate target six times in an attempt to slow the economy.
Rifflandia, Marathon among major grant recipients
The provincial government has announced funding for close to 100 events in BC through the Tourism Events Program. Among the Greater Victoria events to receive grants are the Rifflandia Festival, the Royal Victoria Marathon, Dragon Boat Festival, JazzFest and Symphony Splash.

In April, the province announced $4.8 million for the program, which aims to boost BC's reputation as a destination for major events.
Victoria Symphony: Member since 1984
Victoria Jazz Society: Member since 2009
Rifflandia Festival: Member since 2022
Victoria Dragon Boat Festival: Member since 2020
Victoria Marathon Society: Member since 2017
BC not seeing fall surge in COVID hospitalizations
British Columbia is not seeing a surge in people needing to be hospitalized due to respiratory illnesses, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said today.

Over the summer, there were concerns that the fall flu and cold season would see an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. So far, that has not happened.

Dr. Henry said the current situation does not warrant a formal mask mandate.

"While COVID-19 continues to circulate in communities, the situation has changed ... and the number of people at risk for serious outcomes from COVID-19 has dropped significantly," states the provincial news release. "There are many tools to get people through respiratory illness season. The most important is to maximize protection through vaccination. People are also encouraged to check daily for symptoms of respiratory illness, wash their hands regularly and practise respiratory etiquette. This includes wearing a mask if they have mild symptoms, covering coughs and disposing of tissues appropriately."
2023 Business Awards nominations are now open!
Each week, The Chamber will profile two of the 14 different award categories, encouraging members to nominate a deserving Chamber member.
  • The Business of the Year Award (40+ employees) honours a business that demonstrates continual business excellence through positive business growth; displays a commitment to the community; exemplifies superior customer service; and embraces an outstanding commitment to quality.
Nominations close: January 18, 2023
Need some inspiration?
Check out the videos of the 2022 Business of the Year (40+) finalists below. Thanks to BCLC, who is our sponsor for this award in 2023.
Winner: Monk Office
Have questions about our 2023 Business Awards?
Join us as we walk through our new online nomination and award application process and answer all kinds of questions about the 2023 Business Awards to help you put your best foot forward.
We will share tips on determining which category is the best fit for you and how to prepare a strong award application. Finalists receive almost $10,000 worth of promotional value including a professional video that tells your story to the world. Not to mention the exposure finalists receive through the awards gala.
This event is for businesses who have already received a nomination or want to learn more before nominating themselves. During this virtual call we will take a look at the 2023 Business Awards timeline, award categoriesnomination information, and how to submit an award entry. 
Tues., Nov. 29 | 12 - 1 PM
Virtual via Zoom
Call-in details provided upon registration
Victoria voted Canada’s Top Small City
No surprises here, but our region is once again earning praise as a great place to visit and build a life.

This time, the City of Victoria gets the credit as Best Small City in Canada, according to Resonance Consulting. The international firm ranked six categories: place, product, programming, people, prosperity and promotion to determine the top 25 small cities in Canada.

Victoria placed on top for access to post-secondary education and bike lanes (product) as well as for its restaurant scene and activities (programming). The rank is well deserved, of course, though locals know that the city couldn't do it without all of the neighbouring municipalities that make up Greater Victoria. The list did include the District of Saanich, which placed No. 23. Saanich's only real knock seems that it is lesser known then the official capital!

Hopefully being featured in lists such as this will help more people choose to join our community and contribute to our workforce and economy.
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
District of Saanich: Member since 2019
Thurs., Dec. 8 | 4 - 6 PM
Strathcona Hotel, Wicket Hall
919 Douglas Street
Chair's Holiday Reception
Come enjoy the holiday season, fill a merry motorcoach and celebrate our "last tour" with Chamber Chair John Wilson at the wheel.
This lively year-end event is our opportunity to thank our members, partners, sponsors, committee members, and board members for your dedication, engagement, and support throughout 2022. 
In recognition of Wilson's Groups' commitment to community we are asking for your help to fill a Merry Motorcoach this season in support of Our Place. Donations of winter clothing, towels, and non-perishable food would be much appreciated.
We will send John off with a toast or two as he wraps up his last year as Chamber Chair. Light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available.
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
The State of the Island Economy - with MNP
In this Chamber Chat, CEO Bruce Williams speaks with MNPs Senior Economist Susan Mowbray about the State of the Island Economy Report.

MNP describes the report as "an overview of the drivers and entrants to Vancouver Island’s diverse economy."
MNP: Member since 2013
MNP: Chamber Champion since 2020
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Staying safe with Teladoc

Stay warm and dry this November even when seeking medical advice. If you have Chambers Group Insurance, you can now take advantage of Teladoc Telemedicine Services — a fast and efficient way of getting the help you need, when you need it.

Members can receive a diagnosis, treatment recommendation and even be prescribed medicine when necessary. Members can consult a physician about non-urgent medical matters by video conference or by phone, from wherever they are, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This cold and flu season, ensure your family is prepared for anything — without leaving the comfort of your home.

Chambers Plan offers the Teladoc Telemedicine service at no additional charge to all plan members and their dependents. With the Chambers Group Insurance plan, you can customize an employee benefits plan that meets your needs.
Work for a Chamber Champion!
When you’re searching for your next employer, look no further than a Chamber Champion!

Featured on The Chamber’s job board, Chamber Champions are offering great career opportunities for talented individuals across Greater Victoria.

From a Night Fright Assembler at ColdStar Solutions Inc. to a Senior Business Analyst at TELUS Business, Chamber Champions are ready to offer you your next great career move.

Visit The Chamber’s job board and find new opportunities today.

If you have any questions about The Chamber’s job board, please contact
Member News
Scotiabank earns global recognition for workplaces

Scotiabank has been named one of the top 25 workplaces in the world. The only Canadian headquartered company and only financial institution to make the list, Scotiabank was recognized for their commitment to positive employee experiences and how fairly they are treated in the workplace.
Scotiabank: Member since 1913
Scotiabank: Chamber Champion since 2020
Accent Inns Over the Rainbow over accreditation

Accent Inns & Hotel Zed has become the first hotel chain to have all locations become Rainbow Registered by Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce. Rainbow Registration is a national accreditation that shows a company has met a high standard to ensure LGBT+ visitors feel safe, welcomed and accepted.
Accent Inns: Member since 1992
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Members honoured at Food and Beverage Awards

At the BC Food and Beverage Awards, three Chamber members took home prestigious prizes. Fatso won the Best in Brand Award, Vancouver Island Brewing won the Outstanding Workplace - Heath & Safety Award, and Cascadia Seaweed won the Social Impact Awards. Congratulations all!
Fatso: Member since 2019

Cascadia Seaweed: Member since 2021
Vancouver Island Brewing: Member since 1993
49 Below steps up to help by donating to Our Place

After hearing about the challenges local grocers were having with thefts from people struggling with addiction, 49 Below Ice Cream has stepped up to help. The company delivered a shipment of ice cream to Our Place Society. The sweet treat offers the rich calories required by people whose bodies are struggling to process street drugs.

49 Below Ice Cream Inc.: Member since 2022
Our Place Society: Member since 2010
New air-traffic-control tower at YYJ

Construction of a new air-traffic-control tower at Victoria International Airport will begin this spring. For nearly 65 years, the current airport control tower has ensured safe takeoff and landings at YYJ. Now, plans are underway for a LEED-certified upgrade with state-of-the-art equipment and surveillance. The six-storey tower is expected to be completed by 2026.
Victoria Airport Authority: Member since 1981
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