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City of Victoria

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the homelands of the Songhees and Esquimalt People, Victoria is a forward-thinking, active community. Victoria, the Capital City of BC, is home to a dynamic, thriving economy and vibrant arts and culture scene, with an unparalleled natural environment enjoyed by residents and visitors. It’s a place where sustainability, health and well-being are the cornerstones of creating a prosperous and inclusive future.

North Saanich

The District of North Saanich is located at the north end of the Saanich Peninsula, approximately 25 kilometres north of Victoria, British Columbia, on southern Vancouver Island. North Saanich exists on the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ people. Specifically, the BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin) First Nation and W̱SĺḴEM (Tseycum) First Nation are an active and vital part of our community, and the District is committed to respectfully and appropriately engaging these nations in matters of common interest. The District, surrounded on three sides by 40 kilometres of ocean shoreline, is home to the Victoria International Airport, and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

This area historically emerged from several coastal focal points inward to the interior of the Peninsula. Today, the community-like neighbourhoods, which include Ardmore, Deep Cove, Curteis Point, Cloake Hill/Green Park, Dean Park, and the South East Quadrant, are on the periphery of a rich agricultural interior which is protected by the Provincial Agricultural Land Reserve. Agriculture is very important to the municipality, as evidenced in the number of farms, and road side produce and flower stands.

District of Sooke

As a growing community, the District of Sooke strives to adapt its municipal business practices in an effort to provide excellent service and meet community needs. Our website is an example of our commitment to ongoing improvement. Visitors to the site will find new content continually added, a mobile-friendly platform, and opportunities for engagement. Sooke is a vibrant, dynamic and welcoming community. We are fortunate to be located close to nature, and our town motto of “Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea” speaks to the environmental riches of the area.

The District supports land use and development principles that preserve our natural environment, while also creating affordable and accessible housing that allows families to put down roots and thrive as members of the community. Opportunities for community involvement are abundant, our arts and cultural scene is second to none with many festivals and events throughout the year. Our residents are passionate and engaged in civic and volunteer activities.

View Royal

The Town of View Royal is located on southern Vancouver Island, approximately six kilometers west of Victoria, British Columbia. The Town of View Royal acknowledges with respect that it is within the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and that their historic connections to these lands continue to this day. On December 5, 1988 – with a population of less than 5,000 – the Town of View Royal was incorporated and became its own distinct municipality comprising approximately 2,500 hectares of land.

Since that time, the community has experienced significant growth and development while still maintaining much of its small town character. As a gateway between Victoria’s urban core and the growing West Shore municipalities, View Royal today is a thriving community of approximately 11,600 residents located in the Capital Regional District (CRD).

Saanich

Saanich blends both the rural and urban on southern Vancouver Island. Welcome to our diverse community! Entrepreneurs, artists, community-builders, farmers and families call Saanich home. More than 114,000 people live here giving us the largest population on the island.

We border six other municipalities, including British Columbia’s capital, Victoria.

Our motto is Populo Serviendo. It means “serving the people”. We work to enhance the quality of life for citizens, visitors and future generations here and in the region. We strive to live in harmony with each other and the environment. We aim to further our citizens’ economic, physical and social well-being.

Sidney

The picturesque town of Sidney by the Sea is situated within the traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ People on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The community is located along the shores of the Salish Sea on the Saanich Peninsula, amidst the Gulf Islands with Mount Baker standing in the distance. In SENĆOŦEN, the language of the W̱SÁNEĆ People, the land which the Town of Sidney sits on is called SET,TINES, which means “chest sticking out,” in reference to the way the land juts out into the water.

The population of Sidney is 12,318. The mainly flat, walkable community is 5.10 square kilometers and the moderate climate makes it a year-round tourist destination. Sidney’s major economic drivers are manufacturing, retail and tourism.

Township of Esquimalt

Esquimalt is located in the heart of the Capital Regional District on the southern tip of Vancouver Island four kilometres west of the City of Victoria. The municipality was incorporated in 1912 and comprises approximately 1,006 hectacres (2,485 acres) of land and water. Water figures prominently in Esquimalt’s history, location and residents’ lifestyles. Esquimalt is the home of Canada’s naval presence on the West Coast and was first used by the Royal Navy as early as 1837. The original Esquimalt townsite has long since disappeared inside the boundaries of the Canadian Forces Base, which is now the community’s largest employer.

Today, close to 18,000 people live in Esquimalt’s varied residential neighbourhoods and enjoy its many amenities including beautiful parks and beaches, scenic waterfront walkways, modern recreational facilities, schools, library, archives, and commercial services. Although it’s an established community, the Township still provides opportunities for new commercial, industrial and residential developments.

District of Oak Bay

Oak Bay is a picturesque suburban community located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. With a population of approximately 18,000, it forms part of the Greater Victoria urban area, and, along with 12 other municipal governments, comprises the Capital Regional District.

The municipality is bordered by the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south, Haro Strait to the east, the District of Saanich to the north and north-west, and the City of Victoria to the south-west. Along with other adjoining bodies of water, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait were officially renamed the Salish Sea in 2010; however the old names are also still in use.

Tseycum Nation

The Tseycum First Nation is a First Nations government located on southern Vancouver Island near Victoria. Tseycum (Union Bay Indian Reserve No.4) is one of the four Saanich villages of Southern Vancouver Island, located at the centre of Patricia Bay on the Saanich Peninsula. In the Sencoten langauge Tseycum is spelled Wsikem and means Land of Clay.

Pauquachin Nation

As Pauquachin people, we seek to build a healthy, self-reliant and economically strong community where every family is learning from and honoring each other.

We will root our future actions in the culture, traditions and languages of our people, which will be done through appreciating our history on this land. We are a strong independent nation that takes pride in ȻEṈEṈITEL ȽTE (working together). Through unity BOḰEĆEN will thrive as a safe, healthy and successful nation taking an active role to protect our lands and resources for our SELISET (family).

Songhees Nation

The Songhees community is comprised of five main families and several smaller families descended from the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking signatories of the Douglas Treaties in 1850. Traditional governance is by consensus among extended family heads, guided by their families. Today, the community is still guided by consensus among families represented by advisory committees, focus groups and an elected Chief and Council. Referendums and ratification votes are held for important Community decisions.

There are over 1500 tenants residing on Songhees Reserve 1A, in an apartment complex, townhouses, manufactured homes and mobile homes. Many tenants have lived in the community for decades, with the first mobile home parks opening in the early 1960’s. Songhees Nation members are Lək̓ʷəŋən People identified as Coast Salish. Songhees has a population of just over 600 with approximately 300 members residing on Songhees Reserve #1A, a 60 hectare reserve located adjacent to the Township of Esquimalt and the Town of View Royal, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, within the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

T'Sawout First Nation

The Tsawout First Nation is one of five bands that constitute the Saanich Nation. The other bands of the Saanich Nation are Tsartlip, Tseycum, Malahat and Pauquachin. East Saanich IR No. 2, the Tsawout First Nation main village, is about 15 minutes north of the City of Victoria and lies on the east side of the Saanich Peninsula. The village (“reserve”) can be accessed via Highway 17 – Pat Bay Highway. We have a population of 1600 people living in Tsawout (year 2006 est.) with approximately 1/3 of the population being registered band members, and others being residents who are leasing lands from landowners. East Saanich IR No. 2 is approximately 241 hectares in size.

There are single family residential, and leased modular homes, band administration and commercial developments. The commercial developments include motels, restaurants, offices and gas stations. We have a community water and sewer system in place. Our water system is supplied by the Peninsula Water Commission, and Tsawout has its own sewage treatment facility.

Scia'new Nation (Beecher Bay)

The Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay) First Nations is located 30kms southwest of Victoria BC. The word “Sc’ianew” (pronounced CHEA-nuh) translates from the Klallam language as “the place of the big fish,” indicating the richness of the sea life in the region that sustains the Sc’ianew and neighbouring First Nation communities with food, shelter, medicine, and clothing. Part of Sc’ianew traces their ancestry to people who spoke four different dialects. The community recognizes all four languages although they are not all currently spoken.

As with other First Nation names in the region, the place name “Sc’ianew” identifies what the inhabitants needed to know about the locale. Sc’ianew lands also include Fraser Island, Lamb Island, Long-neck Island, Twin Island, Village Island, and Whale Island. Today, the Sc’ianew community continues to apply their long knowledge of environmental management in sharing their land and marine resources. Sci’anew First Nation is a party to the Douglas Treaties and is negotiating a modern treaty as a member of the Te’mexw treaty nations through the BC treaty process.

Tsartlip First Nation

Tsartlip First Nation is one of five communities that constitute the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation. Located on the west side of the Saanich Peninsula, the W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived on these lands since time immemorial.

T'sou-ke Nation

The T’sou-ke Nation of the Coast Salish peoples is a band government whose reserve community is located on southern Vancouver Island. Most community members live on the southern 41-hectare reserve while the many administration offices are on the 26-acre reserve along the main road between Sooke and Victoria.

Esquimalt Nation

The Esquimalt Nation is a small nation on the water of Esquimalt Harbour. Our traditional name is Xwsepsum, also written Kosapsum. Our connection with the land and the resources of our large territory goes back thousands of years. In that time, we have learned to live in a finely balanced relationship with the seasons, the lands, the tides, and the seasons of our lives that have sustained us. We repaid the land through our commitment to stewardship, and through our ceremonies. We understand this obligation as our Sacred Trust.

Malahat Nation

The Malahat First Nation is a First Nations government located on southeastern Vancouver Island in southwestern British Columbia. With offices in Mill Bay, Malahat’s overall objectives include but are not limited to; equity of members, free to determine destiny, prioritizing community development, nation building, wealth, economics, culture, strong leadership, opportunity, build capacity to facilitate change, and bringing back the voice of the people. This translated into a resounding message of recognizing the past, and moving toward the future.

Metis Nation of Greater Victoria

The Métis Nation of Greater Victoria (MNGV) was established in 1990 and is the local organization representing Métis People in BC’s Capital Regional District. Our community stretches across the Southern tip of Vancouver Island: from Port Renfrew to Oak Bay, Metchosin to North Saanich, and includes the Southern Gulf Islands, West Shore Communities, and East Sooke. There are more than 1,400 MNGV members and approximately 6,500 Métis identified through the 2021 Census in the CRD region.

The Truffles Group

Locally owned and operated, The Truffles Group has been advancing Vancouver Island’s hospitality, tourism and beverage retail industries for over 25 years. Guided by founder Don Calveley’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to business excellence, The Truffles Group continually pushes the boundaries of innovation to create memorable and lasting experiences for their guests and team.

Built on a foundational commitment to core values, the group has grown to include six market-leading brands including Truffles Catering, Cascadia Liquor (eleven locations), Habitat Catering, Flight Cannabis (two locations) and Victoria Butterfly Gardens.

YYJ Victoria National Airport

Victoria Airport Authority is a not-for-profit authority that has managed the safe and secure operations of the Victoria International Airport on behalf of the surrounding communities since April 1, 1997.

Harbour Air Seaplanes

Harbour Air was founded in British Columbia in 1982. With two small de Havilland Beaver seaplanes and a plan to service the forest industry, Harbour Air began by offering private charters to log buyers visiting the coast. With growing success and an increasing demand on both commuting and touring service, the company quickly expanded over the years adding daily, frequently-scheduled flights between Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler.

Today, after 39 years in business and more than 40 aircraft, the Harbour Air Group consisting of Harbour Air Seaplanes, Whistler Air and Saltspring Air has become one of the largest all-seaplane airlines in the world. With an ongoing focus on safety, service, innovation and the environment, Harbour Air serves an average of 500,000 passenger per year and is now considered a vital transportation link along coastal British Columbia. Harbour Air’s showcase fleet of Canadian-built de Havilland Beaver, Single Otter and Twin Otter aircraft are envied worldwide for their history, craftmanship, safety record and workload capability.

Oak Bay Marine Group

Since 1962, the Oak Bay Marine Group (OBMG) has been a leader in the hospitality and marine tourism industry. Our core business is operating four marinas on Vancouver Island. OBMG also owns and operates two restaurants on Vancouver Island, a boutique resort in the Bahamas and a Ripley’s Believe it or Not! franchise in Newport, Oregon. At OBMG everything we do starts with our purpose “Providing unforgettable experiences on the ocean” and our Core Values: Passion for Service, Enthusiastic Teamwork, Dedication to Greatness, Respect for Crew, Community and the Ocean; our purpose and core values are the foundation of our culture.

OBMG’s commitment to crew, community and the ocean is evidenced by the installation of Western Canada’s first Seabin at our marinas, marine eco-certification under Georgia Strait Alliance’s Clean Marine BC, and operation of a 100% Ocean Wise Seafood restaurant. OBMG’s commitment to community touches many organizations, including the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Ocean Wise, University of Victoria’s Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Science programs, Power to Be and Royal Canadian Search & Rescue, to name a few. Our commitment to our Crew is evidenced by our recent award of being named 2022 Boating Industry of Canada Employer of Choice.

Hazelwood Group of Companies

Jack and Sid Whittaker founded Hazelwood Construction Services Inc in 1993. Since then, Hazelwood has built a solid reputation for market excellence, drawing on a foundation of quality work, stability and innovative approaches to challenging projects. Over the years Hazelwood Construction. has broadened its spectrum of construction services to include underground utilities and road construction, and more recently showcasing their diversified talents in bridge building and notably, several high-profile Run of River Hydro Electric projects.

Our mission is to consistently exceed our clients expectations with our professional and conscientious approach in completing exceptional quality construction projects, while maintaining budget and schedule goals.

DXC Technology

DXC Technology is a Fortune 500 global IT services leader. Our more than 130,000 people in 70-plus countries are entrusted by our customers to deliver what matters most. We use the power of technology to deliver mission critical IT services that drive business impact. DXC is an employer of choice with strong values, and fosters a culture of inclusion, belonging and corporate citizenship. We are DXC.

MNP

National in scope and local in focus, MNP is one of Canada’s leading professional services firms — proudly serving individuals, businesses, and organizations since 1958. Through the development of strong relationships, we provide client-focused accounting, consulting, tax, and digital services. Our clients benefit from personalized strategies with a local perspective to fuel success at every stage.

Knappett Projects Inc

The locally-owned Knappett Group of companies has been in business since 1983. Over the years, we’ve completed hundreds of projects throughout British Columbia and have established a tradition of excellence in construction. Our teams of certified tradespeople and construction professionals have completed some of the largest and most complex builds on Vancouver Island, and this expertise is brought to each and every project. For us, success is a completed build that exceeds obligations and is delivered on time and on budget.

Esri Canada

Esri Canada is a private Canadian-owned company founded in 1984 that provides world-class enterprise GIS solutions. Headquartered in Toronto, we have 15 offices across the country serving 12,000+ customers. We deliver geospatial solutions based on ArcGIS, the world’s leading GIS software.

Our solutions empower people in business, government and education to make informed and timely decisions by leveraging the power of mapping and spatial analytics — The Science of Where. We believe location intelligence unlocks data’s potential in every organization. By integrating and analyzing data through the lens of location, we find better solutions for achieving sustainability.

Pulver Crawford Monroe

At Pulver Crawford Munroe, our lawyers practice exclusively in labour and employment law. We know the players, we know the rules, and we have decades of practical experience. Our lawyers appear regularly before labour relations boards, human rights and employment standards tribunals, arbitration boards, and other administrative tribunals. We also have experience at all court levels, including the British Columbia and Federal trial and appellate courts, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Roy Group

For teams requiring unstoppable cultures, Roy Group is a leadership development firm that helps organizations work better—together. Grounded in deep and disciplined practice, Roy Group’s embedded, team-based approach provides leaders at all levels of an organization with the opportunity to learn and develop from their own experience, as it emerges. Our frameworks and coaching practices are easy to adopt and apply. You’ll see change right from the first engagement.

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that is committed to the stewardship and sustainable growth of Victoria’s dynamic working harbour. GVHA owns and operates several high-profile community amenities, including the Ogden Point Breakwater, Inner Harbour lower causeway, Fisherman’s Wharf and Ship Point Pier.

GVHA is certified as a Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Silver Member. Silver Members recognize the value of working with Indigenous communities and showing outcomes that have made a difference, including investment in communities, people, employment programs and business partnerships.

Fortis BC

It takes a diverse team of dedicated employees to lead the transition to a lower-carbon energy future for B.C. We proudly deliver renewable energy, natural gas, electricity and propane to 1.2 million customers. As the province’s largest energy provider, we’re putting more than 100 years of knowledge and experience into practice on our path to achieve provincial climate action goals by 2030 and our long-term vision to 2050.

Capital Daily

Welcome to Capital Daily, the West Coast’s premier independent news startup. Capital Daily is your source for proprietary, longform, and investigative stories and analysis.

Based in one of the most news-rich cities in Canada, our small team specializes in reporting that is unique, entertaining, and strictly non-partisan. We bring you explanatory journalism that helps make sense of Vancouver Island. Keep our kind of journalism alive by bookmarking our site and subscribing to our newsletter. And, of course, if you see anything strange happening on the BC coast, email and tell us about it.

Douglas

Douglas is Vancouver Island’s premier business magazine and media brand. It is essential reading for business leaders and innovators in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. Our in-depth, local coverage of the key people and issues affecting our region has earned a highly engaged, loyal and always-growing readership.

Learn about how our editorial team goes behind the scenes to get the real stories about issues and trends that impact the region’s business community and economic growth to produce a must-read business magazine. Want to know more about Douglas magazine?

Times Colonist

The Times Colonist is the oldest daily newspaper in Western Canada. It was created by the 1980 merger of the British Colonist, which started in 1858, and the Victoria Daily Times, which began publishing in 1884. The British Colonist was founded by Amor De Cosmos, who went on to become the second premier of British Columbia. The newspaper has chronicled the history of Victoria and Vancouver Island from the gold rush days of the 1850s to Victoria’s present status as a thriving capital city and an international tourist destination. Today, the Times Colonist is the dominant medium in the B.C. capital, reaching a quarter of a million households every week.

The newspaper’s lively blend of local news and informed commentary make it a must-read for Victorians who want to know what is happening in the capital and on Vancouver Island. The Times Colonist has also been recognized provincially and nationally with awards for its investigative reporting, editorials and beat coverage, and timescolonist.com, the newspaper’s website, delivers breaking news and other multimedia content to a growing number of readers nearly 24/7.

The newspaper’s strong connections with the community stretch back almost to its inception. The Times Colonist publishes in print six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, and online 365 days per year.

Chek News

Over the past six decades, CHEK has grown to meet the ever-changing needs of advertisers and audiences. Gone are the days of live commercials, where the message was more important than the length. Today, CHEK’s award-winning Creative Services department captures an advertiser’s message in a precise highly-crafted, 30 or 15-second spot that is often complimented by online advertising.

CHEK has been part of the fabric of the communities it serves since 1956 and continues to provide viewers with compelling and comprehensive news coverage from all across Vancouver Island seven days a week. Giving back has also been a major part of the station’s 60-year history. CHEK continues to dedicate its people, airtime and resources to countless events and causes.

Coast Capital

At Coast Capital, we’re not dreaming about a better future, we’re building one. We’re a member-owned financial cooperative with an 80-year legacy of unlocking financial opportunities that positively impact people and communities. We believe that every Canadian deserves a financial partner who actually cares how things turn out. Driven by our social purpose, we look at everything we do through the lens of how we can help our 600,000 members, our employees and communities.

Ranked in the platinum category of the 2022 Corporate Knight’s Social Purpose Ranking and a proud Certified B Corporation®, we’re part of a global movement building a more inclusive, equitable and regenerative economic system. Each year, we invest 10% of our bottom line into our communities, which over the past two decades totals almost $90M.

We’re deeply committed to making our financial cooperative a great place to work as demonstrated by some of our accolades. Coast Capital is a platinum member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, and a BC Top Employer.

Island Savings

Island Savings is a premier provider of banking and investment services for residents and businesses throughout Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union with 46 branches throughout the province, Island Savings brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience.

Vancity

Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 560,000 member-owners and their communities, with offices and more than 50 branches located in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay, within the territories of the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw people.

With $34 billion in assets plus assets under administration, Vancity is Canada’s largest credit union. Vancity uses its assets to help improve the financial well-being of its members while at the same time helping to develop healthy communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

CIBC

CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 13 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients. Across Personal and Business Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets businesses, CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services through its leading digital banking network and locations across Canada, with offices in the United States and around the world.

TD Bank

As a top 10 North American bank, TD aims to stand out from its peers by having a differentiated brand – anchored in our proven business model, and rooted in a desire to give our customers, communities and colleagues the confidence to thrive in a changing world.

RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 97,000+ employees who leverage their imaginations and insights to bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper.

As Canada’s biggest bank and one of the largest in the world, based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our more than 17 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 27 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com. We are proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-social-impact.

Coastal Community

As the largest Vancouver Island-based financial services organization, helping you improve your financial health and protect what’s important is what we’re here to do. We provide expert advice plus a full range of products, solutions & digital innovations to over 120,000 islanders. To help build stronger communities for us all, each year we give back over half a million dollars to support local initiatives and causes. 

Scotiabank

Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by our purpose: “for every future”, we help our customers, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.

With a team of over 90,000 employees and assets of approximately $1.4 trillion (as at July 31, 2023), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS).

Viatec

VIATEC’s mission is to cultivate the most cohesive tech community in the world by providing resources to tackle shared opportunities and challenges while boosting a sense of belonging and shaping our region. VIATEC started in 1989, when a community of technologists and entrepreneurs joined together to share information on how to build companies and support the tech industry.

Since then Victoria’s economy has changed dramatically and its brand has been transformed. We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs.

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that is committed to the stewardship and sustainable growth of Victoria’s dynamic working harbour. GVHA owns and operates several high-profile community amenities, including the Ogden Point Breakwater, Inner Harbour lower causeway, Fisherman’s Wharf and Ship Point Pier.

GVHA is certified as a Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Silver Member. Silver Members recognize the value of working with Indigenous communities and showing outcomes that have made a difference, including investment in communities, people, employment programs and business partnerships.

Destination Victoria

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the homelands of the Songhees and Esquimalt People, Victoria is a forward-thinking, active community. Victoria, the Capital City of BC, is home to a dynamic, thriving economy and vibrant arts and culture scene, with an unparalleled natural environment enjoyed by residents and visitors. It’s a place where sustainability, health and well-being are the cornerstones of creating a prosperous and inclusive future.

UDI

The Urban Development Institute is a national non-profit association (with international affiliations) of the development industry and its related professions that is non-partisan in its activities. With over 750 corporate members, UDI represents thousands of individuals involved in all facets of land development and planning, including: developers, property managers, financial lenders, lawyers, engineers, planners, architects, appraisers, real estate professionals, local governments and government agencies. Since 1972, the Pacific Region has been dedicated to fostering effective communication between the industry, government, and the public; and aims to improve both housing and job opportunities for all British Columbians.

UDI Pacific also serves as the public voice of the real estate development industry, communicating with local governments, the media, and community groups on a number of issues. UDI concentrates its activities in three primary areas: government and community relations, research, and professional development and education.

Pacific NorthWest Economic Region

The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is a statutory public/private non-profit created in 1991 by the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories. PNWER’s goal is to increase the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens of the region, while maintaining and enhancing our natural environment.

Victoria Foundation

The Victoria Foundation is a registered charity accredited by Imagine Canada, and the second oldest of Canada’s over 200 community foundations. Our work allows us to invest in people, projects and non-profit organizations that make our communities stronger – now and for the long-term. We work closely with both donors and charitable organizations and conduct the annual Victoria’s Vital Signs community report, which gives us a bird’s eye view of the most pressing concerns and needs in this community.

Each year, through the generosity of our donors, we fund hundreds of initiatives, both large and small. In doing so, we help charitable organizations succeed in Victoria – and increasingly, throughout British Columbia and Canada. Integrity is a core value for the Victoria Foundation, and you can view our T3010 Registered Charity Information online. The Canada Revenue website includes our tax filings from the last five years.

Royal McPherson Theatres Society

For over four decades, the Royal and McPherson Theatres Society (RMTS) has managed the theatres on behalf of their civic owners and, by extension, the region’s citizens, visitors and community. The RMTS manages all aspects of the theatres, including the administration, concessions, front of house, production, box office and historic building maintenance, in order to facilitate the use of approximately 75 groups per year.

The RMTS provides service to over 200,000 patrons annually, setting the stage for an exceptional customer service experience, from ticket purchase through to the closing curtain. The RMTS provides the care and expertise to operate and maintain the historic Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse. Both theatres are in their second century serving the Capital Region as the premier performing arts venues and play an integral role in enriching the cultural life of the community. We are proud of the diverse and valued performances that grace the stages of the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse.

The RMTS is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of three Municipal Councillors, three to seven Elected Directors and three to five CRD Appointed Directors. The Board works to maintain, preserve, and further develop the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse by providing governance and management of the organization’s resources.

Inter-cultural Association of Greater Victoria

For more than fifty years, the Inter-Cultural Association’s purpose has been to support the full integration of newcomer immigrants and refugees into the social, economic and civic life of the Capital Region of British Columbia. We help immigrants form community bonds and deep friendships that reduce isolation and foster positive connections. Serving more than 2,000 newcomers annually, ICA’s work now ranges from guiding immigrant entrepreneurs as they create small businesses that lead to job creation, to supporting vulnerable newcomers by helping them increase their skills and confidence to become healthy, contributing members of our community.

Our Philosophy At ICA, we believe no one who joins our community should ever feel vulnerable or alone. When people have the support they need, they end up giving back far more to the community than they receive. In partnership with more than 500 community partners and generous donors and volunteers, ICA serves as a helping hand, a listening ear, and a tireless advocate for immigrants and refugees. Through our efforts, Greater Victoria grows stronger as an accepting, vibrant and diverse community. By empowering newcomers to share the many assets they bring to Canada, ICA will continue to have a positive impact on the community for years to come.

Greater Victoria Public Library

The Greater Victoria Public Library’s (GVPL) engaged team of builders and network of seasoned mentors seamlessly steward business owners through training programs, and help tech founders realize their vision from idea to commercialization.

The GVPL watch the market and listen to the entrepreneurs in our fold, then intentionally develop programs that meet their needs. GVPL partner with the Canadian government and others to distribute funding or training for focused impact, and direct emerging companies to meet the needs of a growing economy.

Alacrity Canada

Alacrity Canada is a not-for-profit ecosystem that starts with an inclusive community and extends to full-spectrum support for early-stage companies and entrepreneurs in industrial transformation. We provide hands-on advisory services and digital training for emerging businesses, connect them with experts in our network, and offer dilutive and non-dilutive investment opportunities. We are experienced operators.

We have started, built and scaled companies, so we understand the inherent challenges that entrepreneurs are going through. Amongst our group of advisors and mentors, we have over 100 years of involvement in successful technology ventures. Drawing from this wealth of experience, we help entrepreneurs access customers and take measured risks.

We use our global network of established business relationships as strategic partners to find viable opportunities. In 13 years of operations, Alacrity has worked with more than 10,500 companies, helping them create or support 6,800 jobs and attract $360 million in investments.

Habitat for Humanity Victoria

Habitat for Humanity Victoria is a registered charity that brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. Founded in 1990, Habitat Victoria has built 34 homes locally and served 37 families. Habitat Victoria builds decent housing in order to provide local lower-income families with access to affordable homeownership in the Capital Region. Our Homeownership Program is open to people from all cultures and faiths. Habitat for Humanity Victoria is a member of Habitat for Humanity Canada and one of 55 Affiliates in ten provinces and two territories. habitat-victoria-builder How does Habitat for Humanity work?

Through volunteer labour, efficient management and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity builds safe, decent and affordable houses alongside the future homeowner. Each homeowner contributes 500 hours of their own labour through volunteer service into Habitat projects, its ReStores, and through the charity’s events. Habitat houses are sold to qualified families at fair market value and are financed with affordable mortgages. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving fund, which is used to build more homes.

A 2014 study revealed that Habitat for Humanity initiated $39 million in social benefit through its Canadian housing program. Every $1 invested produces a $4 return to society. Worldwide, Habitat for Humanity has improved shelter conditions for over a million people, helping one family every 11 minutes.

Island Community Mental Health

ICMH is a community centre of knowledge regarding information, referrals, system navigation, advocacy, and services (e.g., housing, employment, education, recreation). In addition, ICMH participates in activities to: Increase public awareness of mental health issues, Participate in broad scale advocacy efforts, Cooperate with other organizations to increase scope/effectiveness of service delivery, Expand funding sources to provide additional services.

Our mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of life for people with mental health disorders. We promote integration in the communities surrounding Victoria through partnerships with the individual, their family members and the community.

Destination Greater Victoria

Destination Greater Victoria was established in 1985. It brought together disparate groups that ran the gamut from accommodation and transportation providers to restaurants and entertainment, retail, and local government – to market Greater Victoria in a coordinated, cohesive, and intelligent manner. The structure of Destination Greater Victoria’s board remains largely intact from its establishment, with broad interests represented in its governance.

Today, Destination Greater Victoria is the official not-for-profit destination marketing and management organization in Greater Victoria, with almost 1,000 members in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. These members represent an eclectic mix of partners working together to promote, advance and steward the Greater Victoria visitor economy.

South Island Division of Family Practice

The South Island Division of Family Practice (SIDFP) provides ongoing professional support for Family Physicians, and the best health care possible for residents of the South Island. Together, South Island Division members work to:

  • improve patient access to local primary care
  • increase local physicians’ influence on health care delivery and policy
  • create a community for family physicians

This collaborative and innovative approach to health care strengthens family practice and patient care in South Island communities.

Victoria Division of Family Practice

The Victoria Division is a member-driven organization that supports and advocates for family physicians. We bring physicians together to foster an engaged community, provide professional support, and co-create and co-lead meaningful change in our community. All local family medicine-trained physicians from all work settings are welcome to join the Division.

The Chamber: Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

A willingness to try new things and adapt as needed ensures the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce remains a modern organization. We embrace contemporary methods for getting results and are consistently a leading organization in our community. This willingness to change with the times is something we’ve done along with our members for 160 years. We also strive to represent all voices in our community, going the extra mile to build relationships that bring people from typically marginalized communities into the wider conversation. And our collective voice makes a difference.

Over the decades, Chamber members have pushed for investment or policies that led to many of the icons and landmarks we continue to enjoy across the region: The Empress, shipbuilding facilities, ferry service to the mainland and to Washington State, the airport, the first parking garage in the city, E&N rail and the University of Victoria are a few of our accomplishments. Established in 1863, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has played a significant role in the success of Greater Victoria ever since.

Today, with about 1,400 members, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is one of the five largest chambers in the Province. Our membership reflects the diversity of the business community. We represent the interests of small, medium and large businesses across all sectors as well as members from the not-for-profit sector. Reflective of the character of businesses in Greater Victoria, approximately 80% of our membership is made up of small businesses with 25 employees or less.

Westshore Chamber of Commerce

The WestShore Chamber of Commerce is privileged to carry out its work on the ancestral and traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, Beecher Bay and Malahat First Nations, whose continuous relationship to the land encompasses past, present, and future. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit membership organization that exists to promote business and economic growth, advocate on behalf of local business, and participate in enriching the community. One of five Chambers of Commerce on southern Vancouver Island, the WestShore Chamber primarily serves organizations in Colwood, the Highlands, Langford, Metchosin and View Royal. We do, however, have members from across the South Island, who connect with us to do business in the fastest growing region in B.C.

Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1912 the Saanich Peninsula Chamber has been actively supporting businesses of all sizes and industries to ensure a stable loves environment to do business within. The chamber is funded purely by member businesses that understand the need to ensure local governments don’t institute unsafe and inequitable bylaws and practices. Our Chamber advocates for businesses in three distinct municipalities on the Saanich Peninsula.

Together they represent over 2,300 businesses providing over 50,000 jobs. We work with our members to identify the key challenges in each municipality that need to be addressed and work with each municipality to create solutions that work for everyone. Advocacy can be a long process but is a long term key to ensuring a healthy place for businesses to grow. Give that most decisions are made at the municipal level by residents voted into office businesses are under represented in our local political arena.

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce supports and advocates for Sooke area business success and overall economic strength in our area.

Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce

The Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce is a cornerstone of the business community in Esquimalt. We exist to help start, run and grow business within the Township. We are focused on providing resources and programs that support local businesses and advance the vitality of our region.

Camosun College

Camosun College is located in beautiful Greater Victoria, British Columbia. Camosun College’s two campuses serve approximately 19,000 learners a year in certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree and continuing education programs. Each year Camosun welcomes over 1,100 Indigenous students from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit groups, and over 1,600 international students from more than 80 countries.

Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University is a publicly funded, applied research university that has focused on lifelong education since 1995. No matter what stage of your education, career and life, Royal Roads warmly welcomes you to explore the history, present and future of our university.

University of Victoria

Dynamic learning, research with a vital impact, and an extraordinary academic environment give UVic an edge that can’t be found anywhere else. The University of Victoria is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. UVic also has 22,020 students (undergraduate and graduate) 5,000 employees, including 900 full-time faculty members.

CFB Esquimalt

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt is the second largest military base in Canada and home to one of the country’s three naval formations. Located just west of Victoria, B.C., CFB Esquimalt was first established as a military installation by the Royal Navy in 1855 and has been serving the Royal Canadian Navy since its inception in 1910.

The base is responsible for providing support services to all ships as well as over 6000 military and civilian personnel of both Maritime Forces Pacific, which is responsible for maintaining multi-purpose, combat-capable maritime forces, and Joint Task Force Pacific, which is focused on the defence of Canada and all civil support operations within the Pacific Region. CFB Esquimalt houses organizations such as the headquarters of the Naval Personnel and Training Group, the Commander of the Canadian Submarine Force, Naval Fleet School (Pacific), and Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton. The base is essentially a community within a community, with its own services including police, fire, postal, legal, health, social work and chaplains to name a few. The base’s security forces, along with the Queen’s Harbour Master, are responsible for the safety and security of Esquimalt Harbour.

The Base Commander is responsible for a distributed property from Masset to Matsqui, spanning nearly 5,000 hectares, spread over 23 sites and encompassing almost 1,500 buildings. CFB Esquimalt and Maritime Forces Pacific contribute over half a billion dollars annually to the local economy, and the entire Defence Team is proud of its contributions to the local community through fundraising and volunteering.