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Economic development

A thriving, diverse economy with opportunity for everyone is the foundation of a liveable city.

Council has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote and strengthen local business, provide the tools for Vancouver's businesses to flourish while incorporating sustainable practices, and make the city an attractive destination for businesses around the world.

Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)

Find and get information on your local Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Small business

We're working on several initiatives directly impacting small businesses and would like to hear your feedback.

Starting or expanding a small business

Key resources to to help you start or expand your business in Vancouver.

BIZMAP Market Area Profiles

Find clear and relatable market area data to help your business and community grow.

Commercial Tenant Assistance Program

Find information for relocating your business and finding a new space.

Renovate a small business space

Find out how we can help small business owners plan a renovation, move, or start a business.

Support for local businesses and non-profits

Review how we and others are supporting local businesses. Get resources and review guidelines for businesses.

Downtown office development

Get info on office, retail, commercial, and industrial development in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC)

Learn how the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) strengthens our city's economic future.

Community Economic Development Strategy

We are co-creating a Community Economic Development Strategy with Downtown Eastside communities to help meet the goals of the DTES Plan.