2020 Calendar of Events

We are listing some of the main events in town for 2019 that businesses can plan for and around.


  • 16th @ 5:30 pm: Membership meeting @ Fox & Hounds


  • 20th: Membership meeting


  • 19th @ 5:30 pm: AGM


  • No membership meeting


  • No membership meeting


  • 25th: AGM


  • 16th: Membership meeting


  • No membership meeting
  • 22nd: Light up the Night
  • 23rd: Arts on the Avenue


  • 17th: Membership meeting


  • 15th: Membership meeting

November (no membership meeting)

  • 26th: Light Up kicks off Festival of Lights

December (no membership meeting)

  • 4th @ 5pm: Old Time Christmas
  • 11th: Friday Late Night Shopping I
  • 18th: Friday Late Night Shopping II

Relief Funding Coming for Hard-Hit Businesses

April 8, 2021 – The B.C. government will provide more than $50 million to help the 14,000 restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness centres affected by the March 30, 2021, provincial health orders.


“We understand how greatly this group of businesses have been, and continue to be, impacted by the pandemic,” said Premier John Horgan. “This grant will provide the funds these businesses need to help them through this extraordinary time. As a community, we have come so far together in this fight against COVID-19. Let’s stay the course and we will get through this together.”

The new Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant will provide affected businesses with up to $10,000 in one-time funding to help with expenses like rent, insurance, employee wages, maintenance and utilities. The grant can also help cover unexpected costs that resulted from the restrictions, such as the purchase of perishable goods.

“Our commitment to support businesses is unwavering and our work to ensure that they have every opportunity to get past this pandemic will continue,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “We have reason to be hopeful and things will soon get better for all of us in British Columbia. In the meantime, our local businesses need us, and we need them. I encourage communities to BuyBC and shop local wherever you can.”

More than $50 million from the $345-million Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program has been set aside for businesses through the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant. The individual amount a business receives will be based on the number of employees.

The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant is open to eligible businesses of any size that have been in operation since Feb. 1, 2021. To ensure affected businesses can access the funds quickly, the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant has a streamlined application.

“COVID-19 has presented significant challenges for everyone in the restaurant industry,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada vice-president, Western Canada. “We appreciate that the B.C. government continues to find ways to help the hospitality sector. This new grant will be of great benefit to many restaurants as they continue to adapt and change in response to the pandemic.”

Applications for the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant are expected to open the week of April 12, 2021.

Read more and determine eligibility »

Art Walk – Windows Wanted!

Unexpected Friends

The Arts Council of Ladysmith is looking for 10-15 businesses who will let us put art in their windows during the month of June.

GoatWe will supply the art and a short story to go with it.

It will be family-friendly and the art will be for sale through the Arts Council.

Your commitment: allow the Arts Council to have a small space for a table-top easel in your window for the month ofJune.

This is designed to bring people shopping!

Deadline: May 15th, 2021. First come, first served so email to reserve a spot. We are teaming up with artists for this fun walk and advertising the Art Walk. All art must be for sale and will be accompanied with a short story. The Walk will be displayed until June 3oth.

Email gallery [at] ladysmitharts [dot] ca »

Complimentary Tourism Cowichan Membership

Tourism Cowichan hasn’t yet started its big promotion of this, but it is waiving membership fees for 2021 for tourism-related businesses.

Tourism Cowichan logo 2021

LDBA members sign up for a free membership to Tourism Cowichan, here are some of the benefits. It cost you nothing and it helps build a stronger community.

  • A listing on their website under as many categories the business logically fits; all its social media links included in listing
  • Addition to Jill’s “members only” distribution list for email communication
  • Addition to the Dispatches industry eNewsletter
  • Consideration for travel media requests
  • Access to Eventworks and all special programs they offer such as Sip Savour Support, Storm Riders, BC Bird Trail

They still have incredible traffic to our website so they wanted to share this with you immediately.

Businesses that recently became members are now being featured in 4 different blogs coming up: Haltwhistle Cheese, Cowichan Cycles, Good Bite, Shanti Chai Tea, Fat Chili Farm, Neilsen’s Honey, Organic Fair, Wild Poppy, Old Town Bakery, Owl’s Nest Bakery, Crowfoot Collective.  Next up is a cycling itinerary TCS is creating as an ad on the Cowichan Grown Farm Map that will feature stops at members’ businesses along the cycling route.  All free exposure for our members.

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Source: Tourism Cowichan

Downtown Washroom Project

February 18th, 2021 – Work will be starting next week and we look for a completion date by end of spring.

We thank the Kinsmen and Duck Paterson for all their hard work on getting this done for us.

The local Kinsmen first presented the idea to Ladysmith council almost two years ago to seek their blessings for the project. The location for the amenity is located at the end of the alley between the Royal Bank building and the health food store coming onto First Avenue.

Read more on the Kinsmen’s website »

LDBA Against Racism

The following organizations stand against racism and discrimination.

We believe if we continue to work together to foster a more inclusive society that is both humane and welcoming – that our community will benefit as a whole.

Against Racism

It is our wish that this belief would not only apply to our community but the broader world we all.

In light of recent statements by Cowichan leadership regarding racism in the Cowichan Valley, Downtown Duncan worked with Cowichan Tribes to create a poster that welcomes customers and clients in Hul’q’umi’num. Businesses across the Cowichan region are welcome to post the sign as a show of solidarity.

First Nations sign

Download sign (PDF) »

Read an open letter from Cowichan Tribes »

Cowichan Tribes Q&A for Businesses »

Mukw’ tst ‘o’ slhilhukw, ‘u tu COVID-19 lhxeen
(We’re all in this together)

Thanks / hay ch q’a!

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