Talking about business and businesses in the WestShore. We will be sitting down with local business owners and discussing their challenges and successes here in Langford, Colwood, View Royal, Highlands & Metchosin.
We understand the success of Colwood’s recovery depends on how we help our residents and businesses through these challenging times.
Last night council passed a 0% residential tax lift and a business tax reduction that over the next 5 years will match the average business rate in the CRD.
In coordination with South Island Prosperity Project, Councilor Kobayashi has been appointed to the Regional Prosperity Recovery taskforce. In addition, Councilor Kobayashi chaired the Colwood Development and Business leaders Covid 19 Recovery RoundTable that included business leaders, the Westshore Chamber and council. These roundtables are designed to help the city understand the real impacts on local businesses and what we as city can do and the importance of advocating to our provincial and federal governments on how to best support local business moving forward.
Brief summary of the City survey to help us better understand how COVID-19 is impacting business owners, we invited all Colwood businesses to participate in a survey.
We received 68 responses representing 16 different business categories including construction, finance, health, food + accommodation, professional + technical services, education and more.
Mostly from small businesses with between one and four employees, as well as from larger businesses with up to 200 employees.
About a third of the responses were from home-based business owners.
Most respondents (78%) were from private sector businesses.
As expected, many are taking a hit in terms of decreased sales, closures, reduced staff hours, cancelled contracts and layoffs; and most expect those impacts to continue.
They offered ideas about how the City, the Province and the Federal government could help.
Half the respondents expect the economic rebound to be slow, 35% are unsure.
Staff are reviewing the data now and have a tentative date for a second Business Round Table discussion to move forward with actions.
health – balancing continued vigilance with loosening restrictions, continuing to follow the direction of the provincial health officer
protecting vulnerable populations – approval of affordable housing at 85 Belmont
I have a question for the two of you since you over the last month spoken to almost all the Westshore Mayors as well as our MLA Mitzi Dean. My question is “what has the Westshore done right with Covid and what are opportunities for our communities do our municipalities have moving forward?
Both John and Kelly would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone in MLA Deans office that continue to work and help local residents in this very stressful and challenging environment.
We chatted with Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins about Esquimalt's COVID 19 response. She reviewed what has happened, what is happening and most intriguing what will happen in the near future. Listen in to this concisely planned and managed response to our Global Health crisis.
Please note that we conduct these podcasts somewhat on the fly...they're very impromptu...we are certainly not in a recording studio...LOL! But the information needs to get out to the community asap...today Mayor Young reviews:
his summary of the current status of the of the virus in his community
his analysis of government recovery and assistance programs:
a reflection of Langford's in-home testing program
the new construction site working rules announced April 3rd
working relationship with the Provincial Health Officer
preparation for future economic impacts
immediate budget implications - "moving towards a 0% tax lift"
The Mayor also discusses the emotional & mental impact of this health crisis on the Colwood community.
On Tuesday, April 7th at 6pm, HMCS Calgary will depart Esquimalt Harbour as military personnel deploy and leave their families behind during some of the most uncertain and challenging times we have ever encountered.
Base Commander, Captain Sam Sader and Mayor Rob Martin are working together to allow military families access to the Lagoon Beach in Colwood to wave goodbye to loved ones and see the ship off as it sails out. This small action will be a great comfort to both the departing sailors and the partners and children staying behind.
Colwood Bylaw Officers will open the gate at Fort Rodd Hill to allow families to access the beach. Base personnel will ensure families comply with strict physical distancing measures for the hour or so that they will be there.
Bylaw Officers will re-lock the gate after military families have departed.