February 27, 2024

News Impacting Southern Vancouver Island Business

VICTORIA – Stephen Fox is celebrating 6 years work anniversary with Galaxy Motors.

The Western Canada Turfgrass Association successfully held its 60th Anniversary Conference & Trade Show at the Victoria Conference Centre from February 14 – 16.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest members, Emerald Eye Care, Montailler Landscaping, Forge Technical Solutions Inc., and Pacifica Dental.

Nelson Investments has received Victoria’s approval to construct a 23-story building at 937 View Street, which will be reserved exclusively for rental purposes and will not have any parking. The project will be designed by dHK Architects.

A distribution partnership has been announced by Sunshine Earth Labs Ltd., a Canadian biosciences firm, and PharmaPac, an American provider of point-of-care medication dispensing solutions, to distribute Sunshine Earth Labs Ltd.’s harm reduction products worldwide. The new Naloxone delivery system will be distributed exclusively in Canada, the EU, the UK, and Australia by Waxed International, a subsidiary of Sunshine Labs, under this exclusive agreement.

Caledonia Place, previously referred to as Tiny Town, is the revised name that will be applied to the sea canister housing development situated on Caledonia Avenue. Supported by the Homeless Encampment Action Response Temporary Housing (HEARTH) program, the province has declared their intention to reestablish operations in the region.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is hosting their April Business Mixer at the Pacific Opera Victoria – Baumann Centre, located at 925 Balmoral Rd., and registration is now open.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2024 Greater Victoria Business Awards. Click here for the full list of finalists.

BC Finance Minister Katrine Conroy announced the Employer Health Tax exemption for businesses with payrolls up to $1 million at the presentation of the province’s 2024 budget.

On February 29th, Recurrent Energy will host an open house to showcase their proposed 100-megawatt solar project. The project would cover 235 hectares, which is located east of the Jordan River, between the Sandcut and Jacob creeks.

The largest battery manufacturing plant in Canada and the first to be led by Indigenous peoples are being constructed in the 52-acre business park situated on Malahat Nation lands in collaboration with Energy Plug of Vancouver.

The Victoria Foundation is hiring a Philanthropic Services Administrative Assistant!

Victoria International Airport has been named as one of BC’s Top 100 Employers for 2024. The designation, which the Victoria Airport Authority just received for the fifth-year in a row

Studio Y Design at 520 Herald Street is hosting a Store Clearance Sale for floor models until February 29th.

Former head coach Dexter Janke has been succeeded as head coach of the West Shore Rebels by Mark Townsend for the 2024 season.

Quantum Technology has been awarded $2,547,500 to enable it to increase production of its environmentally friendly hydrogen technology. This funding was announced by the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for PacifiCan. With the support of this funding from PacifiCan’s Business Scale-up and Productivity program, Quantum Technology will be able to expand its operations, meet the demand in both the Canadian and international markets, and improve its manufacturing process and product design.

Applications are open for two annual City of Victoria programs that help residents build strong neighbourhoods. My Great Neighbourhood Grant funding supports vibrant and resilient community projects and events, and the Local Champions program trains community planners.

Pearlman Lindholm, located at 201-19 Dallas Road, Victoria, has raised $1,234.03 for the  MOVE the Distance initiative, an annual 3-week virtual marathon aimed at supporting a local, non-profit Victoria organization, MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of BC.

The WestShore Chamber of Commerce and the Town of View Royal Council are collaborating to host the Business Mixer on March 13 at the Town of View Royal, located at 45 View Royal Road, Victoria.

The 2024–25 opera season has been announced by Pacific Opera Victoria. In October 2024, Pacific Opera will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s La Clemenza di Tito at the Royal Theatre. In February 2025, the stage will be graced with Rachel Portman‘s The Little Prince, an enchanting adaptation of the tale that has captivated readers for generations. And in April 2025, the spotlight will be on Giuseppe Verdi‘s iconic Rigoletto. Additionally, the McPherson Playhouse‘s inaugural Luminary Series was announced by Pacific Opera, featuring the Gryphon Trio, Lawrence Brownlee, Bertrand Chamayou, Barbara Hannigan, and more world-class musicians.

Camosun College is hosting a Career Fair for Arts & Science students  on March 11 at the Sherri Bell Hall Lansdowne Campus.

The District of Saanich has been named as one of BC’s Top Employers.

Avison Young has listed Gateway Tech Park for sale at 2261 Keating Cross Road in Central Saanich for $48 million. This property is currently occupied by mostly government or national tenants and offers assumable financing below market rates with four years left on the term.

Applications for the Saanich Peninsula Arts and Culture Grant (SPACG) Program, a partnership between ArtSea and the municipalities on the Saanich Peninsula, will now be accepted year-round.

A plan to construct a 580-acre solar farm near Sooke will utilize a significant portion of forest land east of Jordan River, as confirmed by the proponent and the province. The members of the public interested in learning more about a proposed solar farmare invited to a meeting to be held at Sooke’s community centre at 2037 Shields Road and Eustace Road on March 7.

Metchosin Soap Works, a Sooke-based company, is currently recruiting for part-time and full-time positions in the Idlemore Road area.

Plans are in place for a mixed-use rental and commercial building at 6676 Sooke Road and Townsend Road. The developer intends to include 20 to 40 rental units in the building, which will vary in size, along with a maximum of 3,800 square feet of ground floor commercial space.

This year, Sidney’s Beacon Brewing will operate a food truck in front of its 9829 Third St. location on multiple occasions, including its third anniversary in the fall.

The Town of Sidney and the Vancouver Island Regional Library are lending four bike repair kits to the Sidney/North Saanich branch for a week. Simultaneously, the Greater Victoria bike group, Capital Bike, the Town of Sidney, and the BC Alliance for Healthy Living are funding free Kids Can Ride courses for Sidney residents on Feb. 25 and March 9.

The Trailside at the Lake at 1361 Goldstream Avenue, held its Showhome Grand Opening on February 24th.

The WestShore Chamber of Commerce’s next Membership Mix N’ Mingle at Darcy’s Pub -Westshore, 737 Goldstream Avenue, Victoria, is scheduled on March 20th.

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