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How to Expand to BC

If you’re thinking about opening a location in British Columbia to launch a new business or to expand an existing operation, we can help you through the process.

A panoramic drone view of Vancouver downtown.
Aerial view of metro Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

Establish a New Business

It’s easy to set up a business in British Columbia — in fact, most businesses can be incorporated in a matter of hours. Initiatives to streamline and reform regulations have reduced compliance costs and made it easier for businesses to operate. Our employment laws are responsive to the needs of businesses while protecting the well-being of employees.

Grow Your Business

British Columbia is one of North America’s most advantageous business locations, thanks to a responsible fiscal policy and a competitive tax system. Standard & Poor’s consistently rates British Columbia AAA, its highest rating, based on our strong economy and financial outlook. This reflects confidence in British Columbia’s fiscal management and ability to reduce its debt below the median of other provinces in Canada.

Funding and Supports

Support for specific audiences and sectors

CanExport SMEs
Funding up to $75,000 and personalized advice to help Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) break into new international markets.

CanExport Innovation
Funding and advice to help Canadian organizations develop R&D collaborations and commercialize new technologies through partnerships in foreign markets.

Accelerated Growth Service
Financing, innovation, export and business advice from a dedicated adviser for growth-oriented Canadian businesses.

Business Women in International Trade
Representation and advocacy for Canadian women entrepreneurs in international trade who want to expand their commercial and economic interests.

Canadian Technology Accelerators
Dedicated support for Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service expand opportunities in foreign markets.

Canadian International Innovation Program
Support to create, develop, adapt and validate technologies with high potential for commercialization with our foreign partners.

Indigenous Business Export Support
Export support and resources for Canadian businesses that are at least 51% owned, managed and operated by Indigenous persons or communities.

International Scholarships Programs
Supporting Canadian post-secondary institutions in their internationalization efforts through inbound and outbound scholarships for faculty and students.

Funding and support services

Funding and support services

Business Development Bank of Canada
Financing, innovation, export and business advice from a dedicated adviser for growth-oriented Canadian businesses.

Export Development Canada
Supporting Canadian post-secondary institutions in their internationalization efforts through inbound and outbound scholarships for faculty and students.

Eureka international research and development network
Access to technology, expertise, and markets in over 40 economies from the E.U., Europe, Israel, South Korea and now Canada.

Business growth and support

Canadian Commercial Corporation
Services to help exporters secure international contracts with government buyers.

Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)
Enhance your global credibility and expertise. Learn and get certified with FITT courses and workshops.

Learn More About British Columbia

Discover the sector or regional advantages to support your business. Learn more about community engagement and consulting with Indigenous people and First Nations communities in British Columbia.