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 Wayward Distillery

Categories: Vancouver Island/Coast

Dave’s first career was in the Canadian Armed Forces and Air Force. The military supported him to think about what he wanted to do after completing his service. His travels had helped refine his palate with rum from Jamaica, beer from Belgium and wine from France; and Dave decided he wanted to become a distiller. When he left the service, he opened Wayward Distillery in Courtenay. View the full… Read More

Show all Spotlights for Region