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 certificate that you will bring into the store you purchased them from.
In order to provide the most benefit to businesses, we ask that you wait to use the gift certificates at least 7 days after you purchase them. This will allow us time to send the money from your purchase to the business. We want to avoid businesses having to honour the gift certificate without having been paid first. Otherwise, we might be causing another cash flow issue if they are used too soon.
When you are ready to use the gift certificate, 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 and no expiry date.
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!
Independently owned businesses across the province of British Columbia have experienced an economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the pandemic's need for social distancing and self-isolation, it has caused local businesses to become financially fragile and weak against new work formalities such as reduced business capacities, shorter business hours and long-term closures.
Many businesses in 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 and are the forerunners of our province's culture and identity.
At Support Local BC, we strive to preserve the prosperity and spirit of local businesses in an effort to maintain the identity of British Columbians who love to showcase the unique features of the province and foster a culture of economic resilience and passion.
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, friend, or co-worker. These purchases will provide an injection into the current cash flow of businesses that are struggling or have had to temporarily close their doors.
Our hope is that you will wait to use the gift certificates for at least 7 days after you purchase them. This will allow us time to send the money from your purchase to the business. We don't want them to have to honour the gift certificate without having been paid.
Support Local BC is a program managed by Think Local First, a non-profit organization that champions local, independent businesses in Greater Victoria.
Get rewarded for supporting local with the Support Local BC prepaid virtual VISA debit card - launching on 8 August 2022!
We are transitioning to our new Support Local BC prepaid virtual VISA debit card on 8 Aug 2022! You will no longer be able to purchase gift certificates after Wednesday 3 Aug 2022. Instead you can pledge to buy local and invest in your community and be rewarded with a prepaid VISA debit card to use at participating businesses.