Investing in rural communities can contribute to economic growth and employment opportunities, acting as a net benefit for everyone. The following sources help investors and businesses to identify and promote investment opportunities in British Columbia.
Invest British Columbia offers a single point of service for companies and site selection professionals exploring business location and expansion opportunities in British Columbia. Services include customized site location reports, confidential financial projections for your project, introductory briefings, familiarization tours as well as meeting facilitation.
OpportunitiesBC is an online, searchable database of business and project opportunities within British Columbia. Business owners can post their investment opportunity and potential investors can search and view these opportunities, as well as connect with British Columbia's Economic Development Officers and International Trade and Investment Representatives.
The Asia-Pacific Business Centre is an entry point to the services and programs offered by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training's Asia Pacific, Trade and investment Division.
Gateway Asia provides networking events, training seminars, workshops, trade shows and other special missions for Canadian and Asian investors.
The Economic Development Association of British Columbia provides mentors and speakers, resource materials, educational opportunities and strategic partnerships to support the growth and expansion of existing business, attract new business investments and support new businesses.
LINX BC seeks out and assist enterprises with their expansion and re-location investments in the province. It offers businesses looking to locate within BC responsive and efficient follow-up, sector specific first stage investment reports on the member communities, and up-to-date research on opportunities and emerging markets.
You can find commercial properties in regions throughout British Columbia through the Commercial Real Estate in British Columbia website.
Regional Investment Websites
Invest Kootenay is a joint-initiative of local governments, economic development organizations and Chambers of Commerce with the aim of attracting and retaining investment in the Kootenays. The website is designed to connect investors with business and lifestyle opportunities that exist in this growing and vibrant region of British Columbia.
The Invest in Northwest British Columbia, Invest in North Central British Columbia, and Invest in Northeast British Columbia portals are designed to allow potential investors to engage with communities and connect with major project and investment opportunities in Northern BC.
Statistics and Profiles
Investors may benefit from HelloBC's high level descriptions of the unique attributes of each region within British Columbia.
- Northern British Columbia
- Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
- Vancouver Island (Victoria & the Gulf Islands)
- Vancouver, Coast & Mountains
- Thompson Okanagan
- Kootenay Rockies
BC Stats's Business Gateway has detailed information about British Columbia's business environment, customers, products, suppliers, workers as well as what business thrives on and information for those wishing to open a new location.
Statistics Canada offers investment relevant information, such as indicators, tables, articles, surveys, and censuses, on economic, business and social statistics in Canada. See the 2006 Census of Canada.
Industry Canada's SME Benchmarking Tool offers industry-specific income statement and balance sheet data for small and medium sized businesses. It features detailed financial data on more than 600 industries across Canada.
Invest in BC is a magazine that provides up-to-date regional business and investment intelligence throughout British Columbia
Doing Business in British Columbia (pdf 742 KB) is a guide aimed at non-Canadian companies and entrepreneurs looking for general information about laws, regulations and taxes that apply to starting and operating a business in the Province of British Columbia.