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.
Links for Businesses
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
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.
|Grocery Business Name||Details||Contact|
|Daniel's Market||Delivery available|
|Western Foods||Open 7am - 8pm daily||website|
|West Coast Natural Foods||Open 9am - 6pm daily||website|
|Village Food Market||Open 7am - 8pm daily||website|
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 Name||Details||Contact|
|Shoppers Drug Mart||10am - 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
|Pharmasave||Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm|
Sat 9am - 4pm
Sun 10am - 4pm
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 Names||Details||Contact|
|Coast Capital Savings||website|
|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 Businesses||Details||Contact|
|Otter Point Veterinary||Open half days, closed Sunday.|
Emergency services only.
|Sassenos Veterinary||Mon-Fri 9am-5pm|
|Sooke Veterinary||Open 8am - 3 pm weekdays|
Closed on Saturdays
|Wiskers & Wags||Pick up & delivery available|
Open Mon-Sat 9am - 4pm
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 Names||Details||Contact|
|A & W||Dinning room closed.|
|Black Market Meats||Open Wed-Sat 11am-6pm||Facebook
|Cathy's Corner Cafe||Open Mon-Sun 8am-2pm (closed Wednesday)|
Take out only
|Happy Village Resturant||Facebook
|Hara Sushi Japanese Resturant||Open Mon-Sun 4-8pm|
Take out only
|Jenny's Olde-Country Fare||250-642-2425|
|Milne's Landing Sushi||250-642-7779|
|Road to Sooke||Take out : Mon-Sun 8am-3pm (closed on Tuesday)|
Delivery available: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun
|Route 14||Take out and delivery|
Open 11:30am - 7:00pm
|Stark Raving Bread||Order online through facebook (Saturday drop offs)|
|Sooke 2 for 1 Pizza||Delivery|
See website for hours
|West Coast Grill||Take Out Only||website
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 Electric||Open and providing|
delivery service for elderly and vulnerable
|All Marine||Mobile marine repairs||778-535-4873
|Artisans Garden||Delivery and pick up|
(Local garden center)
|BC Liquor Store||website|
|Buffy's Beer & Wine||website|
|Castle Beer & Wine||website|
|Earth to Sky Cannabis||778-425-3355
|HomeWise Plumbing||Plumbing Services||250-883-7270
|Riverside Cannabis||Open daily 9am-8pm|
Minimal contact window in place.
No Cash - debit/credit only
|Serious Coffee||Mon-Sat 8am-4pm|
Opening May 4th
Takeout & delivery
|Stick in the Mud||Deliveries Available||778-352-0077
|Sooke Fax & Copy||Open reduced hours Mon-Fri 10am to 3pm||250-642-3231
|Sooke River Store|
|SUPPORT LOCAL||Better Buy Sooke - Support Website||website|
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