Grow Your Business

Grow your business

The District of Squamish has created a number of strategies and plans to help economic development. Squamish.ca provides access to a whole range of plans.

Economic Development Action Plan (PDF)

Official Community Plan

Employment Lands Strategy (PDF)

Home, Land and Property Development

Access the full range of plans here

LOCAL & PROVINCIAL


Province of BC

The provincial government of British Columbia provides a range of services, grants and funding for economic development.

Learn how to do business with the Province of BC: Download PDF 


Small Business BC

Small Business BC offers a range of affordable tools, advice and education for starting or growing a small business.

A comprehensive range of guides, checklists and how-tos

Indigenous Small Business Resources – a useful handout of resources for indigenous business: Download PDF

Community Futures

Community Futures offers business advice and small business loans to viable Sea to Sky small businesses in the range of $10,000 to $150,000. 

UBC, Small Business Accelerator Program

The Small Business Accelerator offers free online access to information and tools for market research for BC business and entrepreneurs.

Women’s Enterprise

Women’s Enterprise is a leading business resource for BC women who own a business or are thinking of starting a business.

BC Innovation Council

BC Innovation Council accelerates the growth and success of BC companies by providing resources and market opportunities for applied innovations to solve challenges and drive competitiveness in BC industries

 

NATIONAL

 

Canada Business Network

The federal government provides a range of resources and information to get businesses going and growing.

Futurepreneur

Futurepeneur provides financing, mentoring, funding and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.  

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

ISED works to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.

Province of BC

The provincial government of British Columbia provides a range of services, grants and funding for economic development: 

BC Rural Dividend

 • Labour Sponsored Funds Program

Venture Capital Program

Arts & Heritage Legacy Fund

Buy Local (Agriculture, agrifood or seafood sectors)

 

Western Economic Diversification Canada

A range of programs for grants and contributions that support economic development.

WorkBC

Learn about funding that can help you accomplish your business goals, from grants to tax credits. 

BC Innovation Council

BCIC provides several funding programs for the technology sector.

Destination BC

The Tourism Events Program provides incremental funding to eligible events to support marking or promotional activities.

Women’s Enterprise

Women’s Enterprise Centre’s Business Loans Program offers small business loans to women-owned businesses in BC.

Community Futures

Community Futures offers business advice and small business loans to viable Sea to Sky small businesses in the range of $10,000 to $150,000.

Canada B.C. Job Grant

The Canada BC Job Grant is a cost sharing program that helps employers invest in training for current and future employees.

Futurepreneur

Futurepreneur provides financing, mentoring, funding and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.

BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada)

BDC supports small and medium-sized businesses in all industries with money and advice.

Canadian Heritage

Access a range of grants and funding programs that support culture, history, heritage, sport and official languages in Canada.

Canada Business Network

A comprehensive list of grants and financing opportunities

National Research Council

Financial assistance to technology innovation projects and youth employment programs

SQUAMISH RESEARCH & DATA

 

Squamish Open Data

Access to data sets in downloadable formats.

Squamish Mapping 

Access interactive maps for business licenses, developments and more

Squamish Chamber Intel

Coming soon

Squamish census data

Statistics Canada provides information and intelligence from the 2016 census data.

Squamish Library

The Squamish library hosts a list of databases that can help with your research. Staff are also available for one to one sessions.

 

REPORTS

 

• Sea to Sky Regional Transit Study, 2017

• Squamish Vital Signs, 2014

• Mountain Bike Economic Impact Study, 2017

• Squamish Terminals Economic Impact Study

• The Collective Perspective

 

PROVINCIAL RESEARCH AND DATA

 

BC Data Catalogue

Access the BC Government’s collection of datasets, applications and web services, including sector statistics, geographic data and open data.

Provincial Mapping services

BC Stats

BC Stats is the provincial government’s leader in statistical and economic research, information and analysis.

Small Business Profile 2017

Small business data

BC Jobs Plan

Five Year Progress Update on the BC Jobs Plan

Destination BC

Tourism Research from Destination BC

 

NATIONAL

 

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country – its population, resources, economy, society and culture. In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are about 350 active surveys on all aspects of Canadian life.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

A variety of tools to research business trends, find statistics by industry and trade reports.

Helpful Links:

An interactive map with commercial lease in BC

Employment Lands Strategy (PDF)

 

Commercial Realtors in Squamish

For a full selection of realtors, please see our business listings

Barbara Gloor – Real Estate Consultant

Nancy Hamilton – Coldwell Banker Westburn Realty

Thornhill Real Estate Group

Steve de Wolf – Black Tusk Realty

Squamish Chamber

The Squamish Chamber offers a range of affordable training and education opportunities, from customer service workshops to governance training.

 

WorkBC

WorkBC is the provincial government’s access point to the world of work in BC. WorkBC helps people find jobs, explore career options and improve skills. WorkBC also helps employers fill jobs, find the right talent and grow their business.

 

Canada BC Job Grant

The Canada BC Job Grant is an employer driven, cost sharing program that helps employers invest in training for their current or future employees. Read More

 

Food Safe

The Squamish Chamber offers Food Safe certification. Please see our Events Calendar or email events@squamishchamber.com.

 

Industry Training Authority

Resources for apprenticeships, sponsorships and trades (including information on tax credits).

 

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

Information and resources for skilled trades employers and apprentices.

 

Cutting Barriers

Cutting Barrier creates opportunities that empower personal growth through culinary training and employment.

 

Back in Motion

Back in Motion Rehab Inc. is a full-service rehabilitation and employment solutions company based in BC.

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