The Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre re-opened to the public on Monday, July 6th with many safety protocols in effect.

  • The Visitor Centre will host a maximum of 6 Guests at a time in addition to no more than 2 Employees
  • Visitors to the Building will see a TABLE in front of the doors restricting entrance to the Building. This table will have pertinent and updated information displayed based on current Health Orders in the Province of BC
  • As of early November 2020 ALL VISITORS TO THE BUILDING ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER WITH A MASK ON. 
  • We ask that Visitors do not attempt to challenge this requirement. Our employees are doing what they're asked to do; please respect that courtesy. 
  • Hand Sanitizer is available for your use both at the table and inside the building
  • Washrooms are OPEN (outside) for your use. They are cleaned frequently through the day
  • Hours of operation are: Monday - Saturday 10am to 4pm. We are currently CLOSED on Sundays. Note that the washrooms are accessible during open hours only
  • Our employees are stationed behind physical barriers. We ask that Visitors not attempt to circumvent the barriers. Please respect that for the safety of all
  • Please notice and respect the floor stickers that are positioned at least 2 meters apart. The PHO orders continue to mandate Physical Distancing in all situations. 
  • Maps, Brochures and other publications are available by request only. We ask Visitors not to attempt to access any of these publications. Please allow us to do that on your behalf. 
  • Please take notice of the posters on our Windows describing the Symptoms of COVID - 19 and please respond accordingly.
  • PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING OR APPROACH THE TENT AREA, OR ANY EMPLOYEE IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL. 
  • Please do not leave personal garbage on our property or in the garbage cans. 
  • Please do not discard used MASKS or other PPE on our Property. Doing so increases the risk to our Employees
  • Overnight Parking or Camping is not permitted. Note Signage that does grant us right to have unidentified vehicles towed at owner expense. 
  • Our Employees have all reviewed our COVID - 19 Protocol Measures and all understand the importance of following guidelines as presented, and often updated, by the Provincial Health Officer. 
  • Our Employees are not permitted to work if feeling unwell and if symptoms indicate the potential for COVID - 19 they will be asked to submit to a test and will not be permitted back to work until confirmation of a Negative Result and/or confirmation that the incubation period has expired. 
  • Our Facility is cleaned several times during the day including a full clean prior to close/open every day. Said clean includes the use of a commercial cleaning device (think Ghostbusters) that sprays a cleaning solution similar to what is used on tables throughout the facility. This equipment and product is highly recommended by the Island's largest Cleaning Service 

We are pleased to have you back! 

Alberni Chamber of Commerce - The Voice of Business for the Alberni Valley

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Government Affairs Committee

The Chamber of Commerce has a Government Affairs Committee that meets periodically through the year - typically later month on a Tuesday morning. The focus of the committee is to monitor local issues affecting the business community including taxation, bylaws, growth opportunities etc. Through the committee we then forward agenda recommendations to our Board of Directors who in turn direct the staff to share comments with the City.

Our Committee has been very successful in helping the City understand the wants and needs of the Business Commuinity and overall we've been pleased with the level of support and interest that the City typically takes with respect to our comments.

The Government Affairs Committee and Chamber of Commerce have initiated comments and recommendations on many issues. Including:

  • BC Ferries. We recommended that BC Ferries adopt a more flexible pricing schedule such that later evening sailings would be less expensive than those during high traffic times. BC Ferries have adopted such a policy
  • BC Ferries. We recommended that BC Ferries reintroduce the north island sailings that had been canceled in recent years. Most of those sailings are now back
  • Cannabis. The Chamber has written in support of monitored Cannabis production facilities. Letters of support have been issued to City of Port Alberni, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, our MLA and others.
  • Fisheries. The Chamber in Port Alberni took a lead role in setting up an Island Wide network of Chambers to speak with one voice regarding potential Recreational Fishery Closures around Vancouver Island. Our obby efforts helped to keep some areas, including the Alberni Inlet open for Fishing in 2019
  • Government Labour Laws. Our Chamber wrote to Government and followed that with a meeting in front of our MLA to register our disagreement with proposed Labour Law changes. In particular we were opposed to changes affecting Sick Pay and vacation allowances affecting Small business in BC. Our efforts helped to stop these changes from taking place
  • Bylaws. The Chamber pushed local government to increase Bylaw presence in Port Alberni. This push helped result in a doubling of Bylaw enforcement officers as of 2018.
  • The Chamber has presented several letters to both the BC Governement and Government of Canada in support of the Port Alberni Transshipment Hub
  • The Chamber continues to push for a redirection of Business Licence Fees which are currently placed into general revenues with the City of Port Alberni. Our request is to see those funds held separately and used specifically for Business Area Improvements.
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