Economic Development and Recovery Program

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The District of Central Saanich has worked with businesses to recover and explore new opportunities to retain and expand the local economy. The District has brought on a term position for a specialist to work on this. The new Community Economic Recovery Coordinator, Patrick Earl, has worked in multiple communities in BC and Alberta in municipal economic development roles, from large industrial-based communities to small rural communities. He has worked primarily in tourism and agriculture sector development and, more recently, through the pandemic, assisted businesses in looking at diversification of operations to expand their product and service offerings, business marketing

The District of Central Saanich has worked with businesses to recover and explore new opportunities to retain and expand the local economy. The District has brought on a term position for a specialist to work on this. The new Community Economic Recovery Coordinator, Patrick Earl, has worked in multiple communities in BC and Alberta in municipal economic development roles, from large industrial-based communities to small rural communities. He has worked primarily in tourism and agriculture sector development and, more recently, through the pandemic, assisted businesses in looking at diversification of operations to expand their product and service offerings, business marketing collaboration, customer service and helping businesses get online.

As part of the recovery efforts, the District looks to create a Recovery Task Force to brainstorm a recovery plan. We are looking for volunteers across the business community to participate in this task force, and we are currently developing a Terms of Reference for its operation, milestones and metrics. Once complete, we will publically advertise for the task force this fall, seeking a range of perspectives from the community.

The insight of this recovery plan will assist in Council direction and the economic development efforts by the Community Economic Development Coordinator.

  • Call for Task Force members - Apply by Sept 16! Community Economic Recovery Program

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    Do you have ideas for shaping Central Saanich's recovery from the pandemic?

    As part of the recovery efforts, the District is creating a Task Force of community members from various sectors to develop a Community Economic Recovery Plan.

    Apply to sit on the Community Economic Recovery Task Force with the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Community Services, local First Nations and a range of business perspectives.

    What will the task force be responsible for?

    The task force will meet about 6-8 times over a one year period for 2-hours meetings to discuss community recovery and develop a strategy.

    Insight of this recovery plan will assist in Council direction and the economic development efforts by the District's new (two year) Community Economic Development Coordinator.

  • Community Economic Recovery Coordinator joins District

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    Thanks to the COVID Restart funding provided by other levels of government, the District has brought on an economic development and recovery specialist to work with businesses for a two-year term during economic recovery.

    The new Community Economic Recovery Coordinator, Patrick Earl, has worked in multiple communities in BC and Alberta in municipal economic development roles, from large industrial-based communities to small rural communities. He has worked primarily in tourism and agriculture sector development and, more recently, through the pandemic, assisted businesses in looking at diversification of operations to expand their product and service offerings, business marketing collaboration, customer service and helping businesses get online.

  • Shop Central Saanich

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    During Central Saanich's Economic Recovery Roundtable and Survey with local businesses, staff and Council heard that while many businesses are managing, many are also very concerned about the impact the pandemic is having. The District also heard about the impacts of the decline in tourism and worries about how a second wave could impact restaurants and those with storefronts.

    Without a Central Saanich business association, the District is pleased to be able to launch a Shop Central Saanich campaign to build awareness of the businesses in the municipality. Over the coming weeks, a new Central Saanich Business Directory will grow, the presence of the Shop Central Saanich message will be felt in the community, and businesses' stories will be shared with the community to demonstrate the unique ways local businesses are integrated with our community's vibrancy.

  • What We Heard Report

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    Following Central Saanich's Economic Recovery Roundtable with local businesses, a report will be presented to Council Monday evening summarizing what was heard as well as a number of immediate actions the District could take.

    The report is available here. If you have comments on the topic or report for Mayor and Council, you can submit it here. Questions for staff can be directed to community.services@csaanich.ca.

  • We want to hear about your experiences during COVID

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    Please join us for a short online meeting to talk about local business recovery. We will be posing some questions to you and looking for your feedback. A report summarizing what we heard will be presented to Central Saanich Council.

    Register today and reserve a spot.

    Can’t make it? Let us know (email community.services@csaanich.ca) if you’d like to join a future Recovery Roundtable session and we will be sure to reach out again.

  • Supports for local businesses

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    We would like to thank Central Saanich’s business community for all the measures they have taken to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

    Here is a summary of resources to help you navigate the assistance available to businesses.

    Central Saanich Supports and Changes to Operations

    • Interested in a temporary outdoor patio or retail/industrial customer service area? To assist businesses and enable outdoor customer service, you can temporarily expand on private land in some cases. Learn more.
    • To assist those facing financial hardship, Council has extended the penalty dates for property tax payments. The period to pay without a penalty has been extended to: Residential, utility and farm property owners have until July 31, 2020, to pay without a penalty; a 3% penalty will be applied after that and an additional 7% penalty after September 30, 2020. Business, industrial, and recreational property owners have until September 30, 2020, after which there is a 10% penalty. Learn more.
    • New electronic processes are being used for permits and applications. Learn more.
    • Our Community Action Team is visiting businesses to ensure they have everything they need for a Safe Operating Plan and connecting businesses with WorkSafe BC and other resources.

    For a full list, please visit Resources for Business.