Squamish Economic Development

Thanks to our international access, talented workforce and active lifestyle, locals love to work, live and play in Squamish.

Thanks to our international access, talented workforce and active lifestyle, locals love to work, live and play in Squamish.

Our location adds authenticity and supports our brand and team culture in many ways.

"Squamish is our competitive advantage, and participation in our community makes our business relationships stronger. Our location allows our team, clients, and lifestyles to overlap both inside and outside of the office."

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Jim Morris, founder and principal of a digital agency based in Squamish

Supportive Community

Our strong entrepreneurial spirit and supportive community make great ideas quickly come to life.

"Squamish is an amazing place to start a business because of the small community atmosphere where everyone looks out for each other and wants to lend a hand in whatever way they can.  Between the ongoing support we've seen at our local farmers markets, to the amazing opportunities we've been able to be apart of as a business, we feel fortunate to be apart of a smaller community that really cares about the successes of small businesses."

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Ami Massey, craft beverage manufacturer

Our business benefits from the strong local growth of our economy.

"For over 40 years our businesses have been a part of the growth and development of Squamish and the Sea to Sky Corridor. As a materials supplier to the construction industry, our businesses grow as the community grows. We now employ over 50 people who work in skilled, well-paid positions. They work close to home, and they get to be a part of the development of the community they live in."

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Amy Fast, business development professional for a construction and manufacturing company

Great Lifestyle

The Squamish lifestyle complements who we are as a company and as a brand.

"We focus on a work /life balance and we feel Squamish strongly resembles this way of life. We feel the growth of Squamish will only help our business grow and succeed. The 25-to-45 year olds who enjoy the outdoors, great food, beer and good times are the community we want to attract and associate with."

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Marc Roberts, co-founder of a local craft beverage manufacturer

Talented Workforce

It is motivating to work with and employ many young and talented people in the area who are passionate about building better, and healthy, homes.

"Squamish has a competent and trained work force.  On staff, among those who are certified, we have a timber framer, two project managers, two passive house designers, as well as a certified interior designer and an architectural technologist.  Our shop manager is currently working on his Red Seal carpenter certification."  

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Kelvin Mooney, home design and manufacturing business owner

High Growth

Every day I see a new commercial development underway.

"There's so much happening here in Squamish. Development, whether residential or commercial, doesn't seem to slow down.  Our location is strategically located near Highway 99.  We take advantage of not only our loyal, local patrons, but benefit from additional tourism volume with nearly eight million car trips recorded annually."

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Solana Green, co-founder of a local outdoor retailer

Local Infrastructure

Easy access to port, rail and highway infrastructure has meant my business can easily scale.

“We build modular buildings and need a lot of space. Feeling the land crunch in Vancouver, we identified Squamish as an excellent location to move our manufacturing operations to. Proximity to major transportation routes by highway, rail and barge routes were instrumental in the decision-making process and Squamish has them all.”

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Geoff Baker, who moved his modular outbuilding manufacturing company to Squamish in 2017.

We're here to help.

Get in touch with Economic Development to find out more about starting or growing your business or investing in Squamish today.

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