Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
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The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce or GVCC is a business association that serves the Greater Victoria Region of the province of British Columbia in Canada.
The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has been in operation since 1863, before the Confederation of Canada was formed, and only two years after the City of Victoria was founded and it has played a significant role in the Victoria region ever since. Over the years the Chamber has initiated or been involved with many of the developments in the region’s business community including encouraging the Canadian Pacific Railway to build the landmark Empress Hotel, to establishing both the Greater Victoria Film Commission and Tourism Victoria, which first started as committees of the Chamber.
The GVCC was created as a result of the Federal Board of Trade Act. The organization is operated by a volunteer board of directors. The GVCC, like other Chambers of Commerce in Canada, is not a part of government but is affiliated with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce  and the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
It has a membership of more than 1,500 members, and is the second largest of the 131 chambers in the Province of British Columbia. Their membership reflects the diversity of the business community, representing the interests of small, medium and large businesses across all sectors as well as members from the not-for-profit sector.
Economic development is supported through a special committee called the Greater Victoria Development Agency (GVDA). The GVDA is an industry led group that will facilitate and promote development of a strong economic base in Greater Victoria. Board members of the GVDA are nominated by the partner organizations and appointed by the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
GVCC 2010 Priorities
Municipal Taxation The Chamber is concerned about the sustainability of municipal budgeting level and the approach to taxation. We appreciate that the provincial government has committed to reviewing the municipal tax structure in British Columbia and will be involved in that process as a stakeholder.
Board of Governors The GVCC Board of Governors is composed of all past Chairs of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. They function as an advisory group for the Chambers current Board of Directors as the knowledge and experience of our past leadership remains a valuable resource.