The Downtown Victoria Business Association will extend its Downtown Delivers campaign, which delivers orders from downtown retailers and restaurants to homes around the region, until the end of March.
The program, launched in December in an attempt to keep Christmas spending local, uses local delivery companies Maximum Express, NomadEx Bike Cargo and GeaZone Eco-Courier, and food-service delivery firm Tutti to manage the deliveries.
Since it started, the DVBA’s program has covered more than $70,000 in local delivery costs for its members and means downtown businesses can offer free delivery to their customers without a cost to themselves.
According to the DVBA, the pandemic meant few summer tourists and a significant reduction in office workers in downtown, which translated into a very difficult year for downtown retailers and restaurants.
More information about the program can be found at dvba.ca/downtowndelivers.