Ec dev update

A Growing Business Community

There are many reasons to make Squamish the place for your business investment. And who better to ask than members of our local business community!

Watch: Squamish - A Great Place for Business

A Successful Year for Squamish

2016 was a successful year for Squamish as our community continues to be recognized as an outstanding destination for recreation and for business.

Ranked #1 "Best Place to Work“, BC Business Magazine
Ranked #3 "Best Sports Adventure Centre", Squamish Adventure Centre, Georgia Straight “Best of Vancouver”. 
 Economic Development Association of Canada Marketing Canada Awards:  
1. “Squamish Brand Development” Brand Identity.
2. “Community Profile” Single Publication (four or more pages) submission.
Finalist Small Business BC “Open for Business” awards at the recent UBCM conference in Victoria.
Ranked #9  “Top 50 Places to Invest in Canada”,  Canadian Property Investor Magazine.
Ranked #15 “Best Place to Invest in Canada”, Canadian Business and Profit Guide.

Other notable rankings

Ranked #32 "52 Places to Go in 2015", The New York Times
Ranked #1 "Best Mountain Town to Visit in North America", CNN Money (Summer 2014)
Ranked #1 "Best Place to Bike in Canada", Pedal Magazine (2014)

A New Economic Development Action Plan for Squamish

The District of Squamish, in partnership with Economic Growth Solutions Inc. (EGS), has completed an Economic Development Review and Action Plan, intended to coordinate economic development activity in the District in the coming years. In developing the document, EGS and the District worked with a task force of local subject matter experts and those with an interest in economic development, and hosted a number of focus groups and an online survey. EGS also conducted an extensive review of existing documents that addressed economic development issues.

Business Retention and Expansion Remains a Key Initiative to Grow Business Opportunities

Economic Development staff regularly work in the community to support local businesses, and are currently meeting one-on-one with business owners in the Business Park to discuss what can be done to support their business growth in Squamish. 

The goal of this initiative is to build stronger relationships with local business owners and to provide the District of Squamish with a better understanding of issues relating to retaining and expanding businesses. 

Information collected during the interviews help inform the Economic Development team of new opportunities for business growth, as well as barriers that businesses may face, providing valuable insights moving forward. This initiative aligns with the current Council’s strategic plan that defines building a balanced and resilient economy as one of the four key areas of focus for the District.

To learn more about the program, please visit the Business Retention and Expansion page.