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 One Feather

Categories: Vancouver Island/Coast

Lawrence Lewis is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation on Vancouver Island. For years he worked to grow Indigenous communities, help them protect their rights and title, and enhance cultural and social values and priorities. He had a vision to create technology solutions for First Nations to use. His company is now able to provide technology solutions for elections, membership, and engagement, to… Read More

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