John Wilson

Economic plan jumping ahead

Application process underway for SVIEDA following support from district

The region’s new economic development group made a huge step forward on Friday, laying the constitutional groundwork.

Friday’s South Vancouver Island Economic Development Association meeting drew unanimous votes for every motion said Dan Dagg, a lead on the SVIEDA plan.

“Friday was a pretty critical meeting in which we needed agreement on the constitution and bylaws which can hang an organization up, we had unanimous approval on the critical pieces,” Dagg said. “The public and private sector is working together to make this happen, it’s been great progress in a short period of time.”

SVIEDA is currently in the process of accepting applications for the nine-person board of directors, which will be strictly reserved for members of the business community. The board is scheduled to launch April 1. SVIEDA will employ five full time staff to deliver its projects.

To date, 26 private partners are on board on as well as 12 of the 13 municipalities in the region (only Metchosin has abstained).

Wilson’s Transportation is one of those initial 26 companies. On Monday Dagg accepted cheques from CEO John Wilson of Wilson’s Transportation and Coun. Fred Haynes on behalf of Saanich.

“Our growth is related to the economic growth of Greater Victoria and we want to be part of that, breaking the boundaries of the municipalities to create a strong economic format for the whole community,” Wilson said.

Saanich has joined SVIEDA’s Founding Partners Council to support the collaboration with $847,000 in support for core funding over the next five years. The target for annual core funding is $675,953 from the region’s 13 municipalities [there is hope Metchosin will join yet].

The target is $9 million over the next five years.

Saanich anchors the northern end of the Douglas Street Corridor, which hosts some 32 per cent of the regions economic activity within the 80-meter strip running on either side of Douglas Street from Uptown to Fort Street, Haynes said.

“The amalgamated economy features daily return trips of 29,500 residents traveling out of Saanich and back home. This represents some 50 per cent of Saanich’s working population of 60,000.”

There are about 4,500 companies in Saanich, of which many are international and national leaders in their sectors, Haynes added.

“From the municipality’s side, this is a call to action for the business community to get involved.”

The SVIEDA plan will focus on eight initial sectors: agriculture, agribusiness and aquaculture; clean technology; ocean technology and marine space; aviation and aerospace; advanced education; advanced manufacturing; sport and culture and construction.

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police closed McNeill Avenue after a workplace death Oct. 20, 2020. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
WorkSafe BC investigating man’s death during Oak Bay tree removal

Man was working for contracted tree removal company when incident occurred

The West Shore RCMP released these images of a suspect as part of its investigation into a report of sexual assault on Sept. 17. (West Shore RCMP handout)
The West Shore RCMP released these images of a suspect as part of its investigation into a report of sexual assault on Sept. 17. (West Shore RCMP handout)
Sexual assault suspect sought by West Shore RCMP

Police are looking for help identifying this man

Ma Miller’s Pub in Langford. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
Historic Langford pub serves up some spirits

Ghostly experiences at Ma Miller’s pub

A bear similar to this black bear was spotted on Elk Lake Drive on Oct. 20 and is believed responsible for killing a llama in Saanich the night before. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bear spotted several times in Saanich likely to be euthanized

Conservation officers still searching for bear reported near Elk Lake Drive

A notice on the door of the Starbucks at 3849 Cadboro Bay Rd. says it closes permanently on Sunday, Oct. 25. (Google Maps)
Cadboro Bay Starbucks location to close permanently after 16 years

Residents association seeks reason for closure set for Oct. 25

FILE – People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing facility in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, August 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
167 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death recorded as B.C. enters 2nd wave

Three new healthcare outbreaks also announced

Advance polls are open from Oct. 15 to 21 with election day on Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Michael Leighton, who is wanted on 11 warrants on Vancouver Island and is a suspect in a recent break, enter and theft in Nanaimo. (Photos submitted)
RCMP looking for break-and-enter suspect with 11 warrants on the Island

Nanaimo RCMP say Michael Leighton a suspect in theft of pistol and $40,000 worth of coins

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 particle isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID/NIH via AP
At least 49 cases of COVID-19 linked to wedding in Calgary: Alberta Health

McMillan says the city of Calgary has recently seen several outbreaks linked to social gatherings

UBC geoscientists discovered the wreckage of a decades-old crash during an expedition on a mountain near Harrison Lake. (Submitted photo)
Wreckage of decades-old plane crash discovered on mountain near Harrison Lake

A team of Sts’ailes Community School students helped discover the twisted metal embedded in a glacier

The official search to locate Jordan Naterer was suspended Saturday Oct. 17. Photo courtesy of VPD.
‘I am not leaving without my son,’ says mother of missing Manning Park hiker

Family and friends continue to search for Jordan Naterer, after official efforts suspended

Bernard Trest and his son Max, 10, are concerned about B.C.’s plan for students in the classroom. He was one of two fathers who filed a court application in August to prevent schools from reopening if stricter COVID-19 protections weren’t in place. That application was dismissed last week. (Contributed photo)
B.C. dad pledges to appeal quashed call for mandatory masks, distancing in schools

Bernard Trest and Gary Shuster challenged health, education ministries’ return-to-school plan

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
RCMP cleared in fatal shooting of armed Lytton man in distress, police watchdog finds

IIO spoke to seven civillian witnesses and 11 police officers in coming to its decision

A 34-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound in Williams Lake Monday, Oct 19, 2020. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake man treated for gunshot wound after accidental shooting: RCMP

Police are reminding residents to ensure firearms are not loaded when handling them

Most Read