We want to know how you feel about downtown Victoria and the decisions that are made about it. Taking our advocacy role very seriously, we send regular Open Letters to Council and other downtown organizations. By ensuring that your voice is being heard, downtown Victoria can remain engaged, responsive, and successful.

Government Street Closures

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Sent on July 15, 2019.

Addressed to Council.

In response to proposed closures of Government Street, the DVBA wrote to council in support of the staff report on Government Street submitted by Kerri Moore. The DVBA strongly believes that Government Street closures negatively impact businesses and are unnecessary. While the DVBA is committed to a pedestrian-friendly downtown, we also must prioritize downtown businesses.

The DVBA supports Moore’s recommendations to improve pedestrian experiences downtown without closing Government Street.

Read the letter from Executive Director Jeff Bray here.

Canada Day Police Funding

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Sent on June 5, 2019.

Addressed to Council.

In response to the proposed scale-back of the 152 Canada Day celebration due to lack of funding for the extra police resources needed to facilitate the event,  the Downtown Victoria Business Association urged city council to cover the extra costs using contingency funds.

The DVBA strongly believes that Canada Day celebrations are integral to affirming a strong sense of community. Keeping the event free and open to all emphasizes Victoria’s inclusiveness and diversity.

Read the letter from Executive Director Jeff Bray here.

Horse Drawn Carriages

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Sent on May 22, 2019.

Addressed to Council.

The Downtown Victoria Business Association opposed the motion to phase out horse-drawn carriages by 2023. The DVBA is committed to animal welfare and strongly believes that horse-drawn carriage companies take every necessary action to ensure the health of their horses.

Horse-drawn carriages contribute to the heritage atmosphere of downtown Victoria and are an important draw for tourists. The DVBA supports their continued use.

Read the letter from Executive Director Jeff Bray here.

DVBA 5 Year Renewal

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Sent on May 12, 2019.

Addressed to all Downtown Stakeholders.

On May 2, 2019, the Downtown Victoria Business Association began the formal process to renew our mandate for another five years. Serving downtown since 2005, the DVBA is committed to supporting and promoting the downtown Victoria business community.

The DVBA has organized several resources to describe our ongoing role and responsibility downtown, including our online story map and first annual report on downtown.

Read the letter from Board Chair Kathy Whitcher here.