Doing Business in the Tri-Cities
The Tri-Cities region has experienced population growth at a rate far beyond the national average over the 21st century thus far. As a result, the region is more commonly being referred to as a distinct urban core within Metro Vancouver. This is for good reason; each of the Tri-Cities have gradually curated their own key industries to keep their economies relevant, competitive, and diverse. All things considered, business capacity in the Tri-Cities is set to grow.
This section covers why you should consider doing business in the Tri-Cities, and how to do so properly. It also makes note of the sectors that are currently thriving in each city.
Business Resource Centre
Doing business in Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam? Use their uniquely crafted business resource centres to help navigate the path of running a business.
Doing business in Coquitlam is easier than ever with Business LinQ, a convenient new way to link to the resources and support you need. The Business LinQ staff is available by phone or in person (drop-in or by appointment) at its new dedicated resource centre, located at City Hall near the Guildford Way entrance.
Use Business LinQ to:
- Learn what is required to start and operate a business in Coquitlam.
- Get one-on-one help navigating City permitting and regulatory processes – including licensing, zoning, inspections, and building, plumbing and sign permits.
- Find out about City services and programs that support businesses, including our Economic Development office.
Business LinQ services are free to all existing or prospective Coquitlam businesses and entrepreneurs and reflect the City’s ongoing commitment to businesses.
Biz Hub brings together all the City services you need to start and operate a business, develop a property or build in Port Coquitlam. Get one-on-one help to navigate through City requirements. Drop by the City Hall Annex, 200-2564 Shaughnessy St. (enter next to BMO and Starbucks) for additional support.
Licenses, Permits, and Bylaws
Starting a business legally in the Tri-Cities has never been easier, thanks to free online programs put in place by the provincial and municipal governments. Visit the Licenses, Permits, and Bylaws page on our website for more information. You can also click the links below for information provided by each of the Tri-Cities.
Trade and Invest British Columbia
The BC government has put together an online database that outlines demographic information relevant to entrepreneurs looking to invest in cities in the province. Click the links below to view the pages created for each of the Tri-Cities.
Each Tri-Cities municipality has a section of its website dedicated to information similar to what is on the Provincial Government’s Trade and Invest website noted above. Click the links below to learn more about the advantages of doing business in each of the Tri-Cities – from their perspectives.
A city’s proximity to existing infrastructure, natural resources, and neighbouring communities generally determines the type of investment it attracts. For example, Port Coquitlam’s historical role as a train port has kept investment in its various industrial sectors steady despite a regional shift of employment towards service and retail occupations. Coquitlam, by contrast, has seen major growth in its commercial sectors due to its historical role as a major suburb. Click the links below to learn more about the key sectors present in each of the Tri-Cities.