(Downtown Victoria / Jay Wallace)

The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) announced the availability of $60,000 for reimbursements of vandalism for local businesses in the downtown core. 

Individual grants of up to $1,000 are available to any business in the City of Victoria that experiences vandalism between January 1st to December 31st, 2021.

To be eligible for reimbursements, businesses must submit proof of insurance deductible amount, receipts for completed repair work, and a police file number associated with the incident.

Businesses looking to access these grants should email info@downtownvictoria.ca.

“We continue to look for ways we can support businesses impacted by the pandemic by keeping taxes low and allowing businesses to expand through our Build Back Victoria program,”  said City of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.

“This new grant program is another way we can show our support and help ensure downtown remains open and inviting for everyone. Our thanks to the DVBA for taking on this important work.”

In February, a graffiti spree left multiple local businesses vandalized and the Queen Elizabeth statue head stolen.

There have also been issues of businesses being damaged, including one incident after a crime spree that included smashing several local businesses’ windows.

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