April 2, 2024

News Impacting Southern Vancouver Island Business


Marion Newman

Marion Newman was appointed to the position of assistant professor in the music school at UVic.

Jane Gumley, a rower for Victoria University, is named Female Coach of the Year by BC Sports.

Jamie Lyons, President & CEO of Westland Insurance, has been named to the Global 100 list for 2024 by Insurance Business Canada Magazine. 

Daryl Ross-Bidner‘s Little Barber Shop of Horrors was featured in the local filmmaker Matt Enright‘s documentary Punk Rock Barbershop.

Jason Morehouse, one of Victoria’s most successful entrepreneurs, founded the mental health startup HiBoop!, which is slated to launch this year and seeks to obtain B Corporation certification.


Annual New Ventures BC, presented by Crown agency Innovate BC, is accepting applications from BC startups until April 11 for its twenty-fourth year.

Great Little Box Company Ltd./ Ideon Packaging (GLBC) has again been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers.

Chelsea Medd begins her new role at City of Victoria as a senior process planner.

Tim Ayres

Tim Ayres has been appointed as the new chair of the BC Real Estate Association, following his four-year tenure on the board of directors.

Hiwa Javanmiri is joining the City of Victoria in a new role as a shift engineer.

The grand launch of the Solaris Condominium is scheduled for April 27.

The B.C. Cancer Foundation’s $15 million campaign to build the future Victoria Integrated Care and Research Pavilion on Richmond Road, across from B.C. Cancer‘s Victoria centre and Royal Jubilee Hospital, has received a $500,000 matching gift pledge from the Campbell family of Victoria.

The building in Brentwood Bay, currently leased by Floyd’s Diner, is now on the market for $2.1M.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest members, Oasis Vacation Rentals, Maisha Tea, Rotary Club of Victoria Harbourside, and This Week’s Lunch.

Unionized workers at BC Ferries will receive 7.75% pay raise, according to company announcement.

The British Columbia hotel and business sector will come together for the 2024 BCHA Summit, which will take place May 1-2 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, for two days of industry networking and excellence.

The City of Victoria has acquired the business assets and structure located at 751-753 View Street, which houses Hermann’s Jazz Club and the View Street Social. This acquisition aims to preserve this iconic downtown performance centre in support of Victoria’s live music industry.

A Taste of Victoria Food Tours and Swans Pub & Brewery have both made a Biosphere Commitment.

The City of Victoria is exploring the possibility of using funds from the Bastion Square Revitalization Association Trust to enhance the lighting and walking surface of Bastion Square.

This week, Victoria council will determine whether a 105-unit rental development is eligible for a 10-year tax break to assist developers in preserving historic building elements while seismic upgrading takes place at the former Wellburn’s grocery site at the corner of Pandora Avenue and Cook Street.

The provincial government is providing a $250,000 boost to support the final flight of the Hawaii Martin Mars water bomber. This firefighting aircraft will be making its journey from Sproat Lake to the B.C. Aviation Museum in North Saanich.

The district started replacing the Brentwood Bay sewer system, which processes half of the municipality’s wastewater, with a new system costing $12.4 million on Thursday, March 28. Since the primary sewage pump station is located close to the Saanich Inlet, the project qualifies for $5.8 million in financing from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, which is based on environmental considerations.

The North Saanich De Havilland plant is undergoing expansion as a result of the company’s commitment to construct the DHC-515 firefighting aircraft of the next generation.

The Sooke council decided to raise property taxes by 10.53% in 2024, which would be the largest yearly municipal tax increase in the District’s history.

With the approval of a resolution put forth by councillor Jeff Bateman, the Hummingbird Place homeless shelter on West Coast Road in Sooke could potentially double its sleeping capacity for persons without housing.

A newly constructed rental community along Drennan Street and Sooke Road, which was completed in late 2023, is now offering affordable housing in Sooke.

TXIT Shellfish Company, owned by the T’sou-ke First Nation, received a federal grant from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to finance a Shift Energy Group marine floating off-grid solar power conversion.

Sidney Council has given the green light to several building enhancements for Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe on Canora Drive. These upgrades include an expanded kitchen and a permanent deck with an overhead pergola for the front of the restaurant.

The Peninsula Lifetime Eyecare Centre located at 2401 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, is celebrating 45 years anniversary.

Island Vintage EventsVintage Fair & Entertainment Extravaganza, taking place August 24th and 25th, 2024, at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, is currently accepting vendor applications.

Focus Tax and Accounting located at 2-9843 2nd St. Sidney, has been acquired by Patrick and Lynnette Schile.

Colwood Hearing and Balance Clinic has opened at 310 Goldstream Avenue.

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