Statement from Mayor Helps on New Federal Economic Development Office for Victoria

City of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by federal Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Mélanie Joly, that Victoria will be a future service location for Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan), the new federal regional economic development agency for British Columbia.

“While our businesses have been hard hit by the pandemic, Victoria is a dynamic driver of the economy in Pacific Canada, and our city and region are primed for recovery. It’s clear the federal government is in full agreement by choosing Victoria as a site for a Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) office.

“The South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP), of which the City is a member, deserves kudos for helping to land a PacifiCan office in Victoria. Two of SIPP’s key projects – the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) and the Indigenous Prosperity Centre – are potential flagship projects for the new PacifiCan office to fund, as they will create high-value jobs and a sustainable, inclusive South Island economy.

“Strong, sustained growth doesn’t happen in a silo but rather through strong partnerships and a shared vision. I’m grateful to the federal government for betting on Victoria as a key economic engine in the province. Together, we’re poised to build back a high-value, inclusive economy for the future.”