Business Resources

There are a number of agencies dedicated to ensuring small businesses in British Columbia have the resources they need during these difficult times. We have compiled several of these resources below in the ‘Links for Businesses’ area. If you find any additional resources that you would like to share please email them to SEPPlanningChief@sooke.ca.

The Provincial Government has several economic development resources available that can be found.  Personal Service Establishments and Major Planned Events have been temporarily suspended in BC. Click here for more information.

The Federal Government has announced an $82 billion pandemic aid package for Canadians. This includes income supports, flexible options for taxpayers, mortgage default management tools, support for businesses and more. Click here to read more about Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.


Tourism Business Resources

The Vancouver Island Coastal Tourism Resiliency Program will be providing Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast tourism businesses with meaningful, hands-on guidance and support to navigate the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards long-term resiliency.

Register for the Program

Links for Businesses

South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) – Resources

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce

Resources for Small Businesses (Small Businesses BC site)

Small Business Support (Small Businesses BC site)

Economic Development Resources (Provincial Gov’t site)

BC Economic Response Plan of Businesses

BC Economic Development Association – Information

Entrepreneurs Resource (BC Centre for Disease Control site)

Personal Service Establishments

Provincial Tax & Revenue Changes

Local Business Information 

The District of Sooke encourages residents to Choose Sooke whenever they can. To help, we have compiled this list of local businesses that are operating in Sooke during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list is by no means exhaustive and we suggest you confirm the accuracy of the information below before visiting. If you would like to suggest an addition/change to the list, please email SEPPlanningChief@sooke.ca.

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth released a list of essential services, defined as “essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning. They are the services British Columbians rely on in their daily lives.” For more information please visit the BC Government News website.

While reasonable efforts have been taken to ensure the information contained on this webpage is current at the time of publication, it can change quickly and without notice. The District of Sooke is in no way liable for the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of the information contained on this webpage and does not guarantee that the information may be relied upon for any reason. If you would like to suggest an addition/change to the information, please email SEPPlanningChief@sooke.ca


Grocery Stores

Food supply chains are operating and stores are doing their best to keep the shelves stocked with the necessities residents require. CBC News released useful information on how we can all implement practices of physical distancing while grocery shopping – watch the online video. Physical distancing can help keep ourselves and our neighbours safe and healthy during this pandemic.

Retail Food Stores – Information

Grocery Business NameDetailsContact
Daniel's MarketDelivery availablefacebook
Western FoodsOpen 7am - 8pm dailywebsite
West Coast Natural FoodsOpen 9am - 6pm dailywebsite
Village Food MarketOpen 7am - 8pm dailywebsite

 

Pharmacies

During this pandemic, pharmacies and their employees have been recognized as essential health care providers. Please be aware that hours may be altered. Please plan ahead and note that prescriptions may take longer than usual to be filled.

Pharmacy Business NameDetailsContact
Shoppers Drug Mart10am - 6pm daily
*Post Office 10am-5pm

First opening hour of shopping at our stores to our customers who need assistance or consideration, including seniors and people living with disabilities
website
PharmasaveMon-Fri 8am - 5pm
Sat 9am - 4pm
Sun 10am - 4pm
website

 

Financial Institutions

There are a number of financial institutions in Sooke. Please check with your regular branch for altered hours of operation. Most  ATM machines can be utilized at your branch even while closed and you are able to withdraw cash from many retail stores when making a purchase.

Financial Institution Business NamesDetailsContact
CIBCwebsite
Coast Capital Savingswebsite
Royal Bankwebsite
TD Canada Trust

 

Animal and Pet Services

Your pet is just as important as you are. Veterinary services vary between our local vets, please ensure you call ahead to arrange a curb-side emergency evaluation or consult over the phone. Both animal supplies stores in Sooke are open, with limited hours and physical distancing measures in the store to ensure everyone is safe.

Animal Services BusinessesDetailsContact
Bosley'swebsite
778-365-0716
Otter Point VeterinaryOpen half days, closed Sunday.
Emergency services only.
778-425-1425
Sassenos VeterinaryMon-Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-4pm
website
Facebook
250-642-7387
Sooke VeterinaryOpen 8am - 3 pm weekdays

Closed on Saturdays
website
250-642-4413
Wiskers & WagsPick up & delivery available

Open Mon-Sat 9am - 4pm
Closed Sundays.
website
250-642-4318

 

Restaurants (Take Out & Delivery)

There are a number of restaurants in the community that are still operating and look forward to preparing you a wonderful meal. Pick up and delivery services are being offered. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food must ensure they are observing physical distancing measures. 

Please find a list below of restaurants that are currently open and operational.

Restaurant Business NamesDetailsContact
A & WDinning room closed.
Drive-thru open.
website
Black Market MeatsOpen Wed-Sat 11am-6pmFacebook
778-350-4924
Cathy's Corner CafeOpen Mon-Sun 8am-2pm (closed Wednesday)
Take out only
778-425-0020
Happy Village ResturantFacebook
250-642-0566
Hara Sushi Japanese ResturantOpen Mon-Sun 4-8pm
Take out only
778-352-4272
Jenny's Olde-Country Fare250-642-2425
Kelz Bakerywebsite
778-352-4444
Lazy GekoFacebook
778-425-2142
McDonalds250-642-1200
Milne's Landing Sushi250-642-7779
PizzabilityDeliverywebsite
250-642-7888
Road to SookeTake out : Mon-Sun 8am-3pm (closed on Tuesday)
Delivery available: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun
Facebook
250-642-0805
Route 14Take out and delivery
Open 11:30am - 7:00pm
website
Facebook
778-352-1414
Stark Raving BreadOrder online through facebook (Saturday drop offs)Facebook
Sooke 2 for 1 PizzaDelivery
See website for hours

website
250-642-5451 or
250-642-3312
Subwaywebsite
250-642-5699
West Coast GrillTake Out Onlywebsite
Facebook
778-425-0888
Yen's Kitchen250-642-3111

Other Essential Retail Services

Contained below are a few of the non-health essential service providers in the community. These are additional services that allow citizens to complete essential daily tasks.

Other Essential Businesses
247 ElectricOpen and providing
delivery service for elderly and vulnerable
website
778-533-7263
dale@247electric.ca
642 Cannabis778-425-2837
All Marine Mobile marine repairs778-535-4873
allmarinedave@gmail.com
Artisans GardenDelivery and pick up
(Local garden center)
website
778-352-3353
BC Liquor Storewebsite
Buffy's Beer & Winewebsite
Castle Beer & Winewebsite
Earth to Sky Cannabis778-425-3355
sooke@earthtoskycannabis.com
Fieldswebsite
Home Hardwarewebsite
HomeWise PlumbingPlumbing Services250-883-7270
dave@homewise.ca
Riverside CannabisOpen daily 9am-8pm
Minimal contact window in place.
No Cash - debit/credit only
website
250-642-0880
Serious CoffeeMon-Sat 8am-4pm
Closed Sundays
Opening May 4th

Takeout & delivery
website
Stick in the MudDeliveries Available778-352-0077
david@stickinthemud.ca
Sooke Fax & CopyOpen reduced hours Mon-Fri 10am to 3pm250-642-3231
sookecopycentre@shaw.ca
website
Sooke River Store
SUPPORT LOCALBetter Buy Sooke - Support Websitewebsite

NOTE regarding non-health essential service providers: The province says that “any business or service that has not been ordered to close, and is also not identified on the essential service list, may stay open if it can adapt its services and workplace to the orders and recommendation of the provincial health officer.”

For the most up-to-date information on local businesses, please check often as this page will be updated as required. 

Did we missing anything? If you would like to send us any suggestions we will gladly review and update this page as necessary. Please send your comments to SEPPlanningChief@sooke.ca