We have been working with the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the City of Victoria to ensure there is a regularly updated website containing business-related information on federal, provincial, and municipal programs pertaining to COVID-19.

This page also contains links to the Chamber of Commerce Job Board (for workers able to fill a need or employers in need of temporary employees)

 

Visit the page here: https://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/business/covid-19-business-resources.html

 

COVID-19 and the DVBA:

We are working to support our members, the businesses of Downtown Victoria, during these challenging times.  Our main message to the larger community is to check in with their favourite businesses virtually to learn how they can best support them.  We urge businesses to take a minute to update your information online: on all social media accounts, on your business website, and your Google Business listing; communicate the changes you would like customers to understand.

Additionally, tag us in your post so we can help share your messages/updates:

  • Instagram: @downtownvictoriabc
  • Facebook: @downtownvictoria

Our main means of reaching out to businesses has been our Business Buzz e-newsletter.  However, we want to make sure every downtown business has access, even if we don’t have your current email address.  Links to newsletters starting March 13, 2020 are below.

If you would like to receive these newsletters by email, please contact alison@downtownvictoria.ca to verify your email address.

Letters of Support:

We are also continuing to collaborate with our partners at Destination Greater Victoria and the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce to request federal action to support our local businesses.

 

#YYJLocalsforLocals – Free marketing and web support for your business:

 

A group of 70+ tech and marketing Volunteers have joined together to offer pro-bono support for small businesses in Victoria – helping retail businesses digitally transform to retain revenue in the face of social distancing.  YYjLocalsforLocals.com offers services that any small business in the area can request through the website.