Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Support Local BC gift card, they can use this generic gift card to purchase any gift certificates on our website. Buy a Support Local BC Gift Card Here.
Once you select and purchase your gift certificates, you will receive a confirmation email. This email has your order number and also serves as the gift certificates that you will bring into the stores you purchased them from.
Once we are in the clear from the COVID-19 pandemic and are able to roam freely, you can print the email confirmation or pull it up on your smart phone and head down to the business and redeem the certificate for goods and/or services. The gift certificates have no cash value.
In order to provide the most benefit to businesses, we ask that you do not use the gift certificates all at once as the pandemic restrictions are raised. As you can imagine, this might create another cash flow bottleneck for businesses if everyone uses the gift certificates as soon as shops re-open.
Each business will keep track of your balance, but be sure to write down your balance as well. Thank you for supporting your local, independent businesses!
The economic slowdown resulting from the COVD-19 pandemic’s requirements for social distancing and self-isolation, is being felt around the globe. Many businesses around British Columbia have either revamped their level of service, pivoted their business model, or closed their brick and mortar locations. Those hardest hit are the local, independent businesses that are the backbone of our communities’ economic sustainability.
Support Local BC provides a place for communities and businesses throughout the province to support each other. It connects all regions and is a platform where you can show your love for your favourite local businesses by purchasing gift cards for future use.You can choose businesses in your own community or you can purchase gift cards from other communities to give a family member or friend.
These purchases will provide an injection into the current cash flow of businesses that have had to temporarily close their doors. Our hope is that you will wait to use the cards at least one month after the pandemic has passed and businesses have re-opened their locations. Otherwise, we might be causing another cash flow issue if they are used too soon.
Support Local BC is a program managed by Think Local First, a non-profit organization that champions local, independent businesses in Greater Victoria.