Community Economic Development Strategy

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Community Economic Development (CED) is about working together as a community and with partners towards a diverse local economy that helps all of Sooke to thrive. It’s also about learning from all sectors of the community, and supporting local businesses, organizations, professionals, service providers and citizens. Council’s commitment to take action on climate change will drive community economic development in Sooke. We are striving for Low Carbon Resilience, and the achievement of social, economic and environmental co-benefits for all Sooke citizens.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the summer/fall 2021 development of the CED Strategy and Action Plan through the business Walk, telephone interviews, discussions about town, and surveys. We have posted an Engagement Summary here.

Read the CED Strategy and Action Plan that District Council that Council approved on December 13, 2021. Watch for updates, and let us know if you have ideas or feedback on the Strategy.

Community Economic Development (CED) is about working together as a community and with partners towards a diverse local economy that helps all of Sooke to thrive. It’s also about learning from all sectors of the community, and supporting local businesses, organizations, professionals, service providers and citizens. Council’s commitment to take action on climate change will drive community economic development in Sooke. We are striving for Low Carbon Resilience, and the achievement of social, economic and environmental co-benefits for all Sooke citizens.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the summer/fall 2021 development of the CED Strategy and Action Plan through the business Walk, telephone interviews, discussions about town, and surveys. We have posted an Engagement Summary here.

Read the CED Strategy and Action Plan that District Council that Council approved on December 13, 2021. Watch for updates, and let us know if you have ideas or feedback on the Strategy.

  • District Adopts Community Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan

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    The District's Community Economic Development Committee has developed a Community Economic Development (CED) Strategy and Action Plan (the "Strategy"), and recommends that it be adopted by Council. Citizen, business and organization engagement was carried out over the summer of 2021, and the Strategy takes into account the feedback provided during the engagement. Development of the Strategy used a Low Carbon Resilience approach to analyze potential actions. The Strategy is nested in Climate Action.

    The Strategy has the following Vision and Strategic Goals:

    VISION

    Sooke’s community economy realizes environmental, social and economic co-benefits for all residents/citizens, is grounded in its vital partnership with the T'Sou-ke First Nation, and is Low Carbon Resilient, diversified, resilient and adaptable.

    STRATEGIC GOALS

    1. To attract new businesses and organizations that are Low Carbon Resilient. Definition of Low Carbon Resilient businesses are those that, to the greatest extent possible:

    • contribute to a circular economy,
    • protect natural resources and carbon sinks,
    • provide protection from climate risks,
    • lower GHG emissions,
    • identify social, environmental and economic co-benefits as part of the business vision.

    2. To support existing businesses and organizations to grow, thrive and create jobs in Sooke.

    3. To augment opportunities for all Sooke residents to contribute to, participate in, and benefit from, a healthy community and Low Carbon Resilient economy. Specific strategies and actions with timelines are included, to provide guidance on implementation, and to ensure that implementation begins following Council adoption of the Strategy.

  • Comment on the DRAFT Community Economic Development Strategy

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    Between now and October 18, 2021, you are invited to leave comments in the Guest Book about the DRAFT Community Economic Development (CED) Strategy.

    As you review, consider:

    • Which proposed actions do you feel are a high priority?
    • Is there anything missing that you think should be included?
    • Do you feel the proposed actions are achievable?

    Thank you again for your participation, and for your commitment and excitement about the future of our community!

  • District invites participation in developing a Community Economic Development Strategy

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    The District invites public participation as it develops a Community Economic Development strategy.

    “Community Economic Development is about working together as a community towards a diverse local economy that helps all of Sooke thrive!” shares Sue Welke, District of Sooke Community Economic Development Officer. “Council’s commitment to take action on climate change will drive community economic development in Sooke. We are striving for Low Carbon Resilience, and the achievement of social, economic and environmental co-benefits for all Sooke citizens,” Welke adds.

    Through letstalk.sooke.ca/ced citizens can complete a five-minute survey to let us know about their local spending habits, and share what would make it easier to spend more money locally and what types of businesses/services are missing in Sooke. Public input will help inform how we grow a strong and vibrant local economy. There is a survey available for not-for-profit organizations as well.

    On Thursday, July 22, the District’s Community Economic Development Committee will drop by businesses and offices in Sooke for a short discussion about opportunities and challenges.

    Home-based businesses and businesses that do not operate a storefront, or have an office, interested in participating in a short telephone interview about business opportunities and challenges are invited to email Sue Welke swelke@sooke.ca.

    For those without computer access, print surveys are available at the Sooke Municipal Hall (2205 Otter Point Road) or the survey can be completed over the phone by calling 250.642.1634.

    This phase of consultation will run until August 20, 2021. A draft Strategy will be shared with the public this fall, before being presented to Council later in the year.

    Learn more and participate:

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