Vancouver Island/Coast region spans Vancouver Island and encompasses some of the southern shoreline including Powell River to Bella Bella and Bella Coola. Greater Victoria's 377,000 residents make up almost half of the region's 817,000 people. Victoria's economy is anchored by the provincial government and Canada's Pacific Naval Fleet and a healthy innovation sector and high value construction. North of the Capital Region, the economy is driven by tourism, aquaculture and forestry.


The following list of organizations offer services and programs dedicated to helping small businesses succeed in the region.

Women’s Enterprise Centre, Victoria

Community Futures

Chamber of Commerce

Mobile Business Licence Agreements

The following areas hold a Mobile Licence Agreement for mobile businesses in their areas. Check with the local municipality to see if a Mobile Business Licence can apply to your mobile business type.

  • Central Vancouver Island: Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, Duncan, Ladysmith, Cowichan, Nanaimo, North Cowichan, Parksville, Port Alberni, Qualicum Beach
  • Comox Valley: Courtenay, Comox
  • Cowichan Valley: Duncan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, North Cowichan
  • Greater Victoria: Central Saanich, Colwood, Esquimalt, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin, North Saanich, Oak Bay, Saanich, Sidney, Sooke, Victoria, View Royal
  • Vancouver Island: Central Saanich, Duncan, Esquimalt, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Nanaimo, North Cowichan, North Saanich, Parksville, Saanich, Sidney, Sooke, Victoria

Aboriginal Financial Institution


Spotlight On Westcom Plumbing and Gas

Categories: Vancouver Island/Coast

Mary-Anne Bowcott grew up on a hobby farm in Sooke, B.C., where hard, physical work came naturally. Tough times early on meant that Mary-Anne needed an opportunity to make a higher wage and gain financial independence. Securing a job in the trades gave Mary-Anne the means to survive on her own while completing her schooling. However, finding that first job was difficult for a woman with no… Read More

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