Oliver is now part of Support Local BC's Gift Certificate Program
As part of the Town of Oliver's Grow Oliver Local Economic Development Strategy we are helping to create a Buy Local Campaign to support the community in its recovery and resiliency. As part of this campaign, we are excited to share that Oliver is now a registered community with Support Local BC – a place to purchase gift certificates online to support our independent local businesses and organizations!
If you have a business in Oliver, please review the requirements below to see if you are eligible and visit their website to see if it is a good fit for you!
Sell Gift Certificates Online!
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Support Local BC has created a website to allow customers to purchase gift certificates for local, independent businesses in British Columbia. This helps us support our community, encourage physical distancing, and will allow businesses to augment their cash flow while we continue to tackle this difficult situation. As of 15 October, we have 105 communities participating with 1,429 businesses and have channeled over $415,000 into their hands.
Each community has its own page on the site. Check out the participating Oliver Businesses so far!
How the Gift Certificate Process Works for Businesses
The buyer gets an order confirmation email which has a unique order number and serves as their gift certificate or certificates if they purchase multiple. This includes the business name and the amount. The buyer will print it off and bring it to you or show it on their smartphone. On the back end, Support Local BC has a business portal that shows gift certificate sales for each business in real-time. Businesses use this portal to manage the gift certificates and redeem them as they are used. Businesses do not need to issue their own gift certificates. Funds for gift certificate sales are sent weekly via direct deposit using a service called WayPay. Please note: There is no charge for payment processing fees to businesses - they will receive the full value of the gift certificates purchased.
If you would like your business included on this website, please complete the form and we'll get you added.
Questions about the Online Gift Certificate Website and listing your business? Check out the FAQs or contact Support Local BC.
If you have questions about the Grow Oliver strategy, please contact the Town at 250-485-6200 or the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce at 250-498-6321. Thank you for working together and supporting local!