Central Saanich is home to many small scale retail businesses and impacts on these businesses from the pandemic and the trend of shopping online present risks for our independent businesses.
Local businesses provide jobs and services to our neighbourhoods, and additionally improve residents’ quality of life by reducing travel times, building strong community connections and making life more convenient. They foster social and cultural environments, and participate in community building and fundraising efforts. Central Saanich businesses are a key part of our vibrant community.
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.
In the absence of 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.
About our businesses
Central Saanich has approximately 700 businesses, 200 of which are home-based. There are two village centres in Saanichton and Brentwood Bay, commercial and industrial activities in the Keating Business Park, and a range of farms.
Central Saanich is a founding partner of South Island Prosperity Partnership, a non-profit society with a mandate to diversify and strengthen the economy of the Greater Victoria region by working together, and is also a member and contributor to the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, which is a resource for local businesses.