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Invest Capital in British Columbia

Businesses in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada enjoy a welcoming business environment which actively encourages investment and is recognized for its ease of setting up business.

Investors looking for growth opportunities will find our international reputation for safety, stable fiscal and political environment, a dependable legal system, and top-ranked quality of life, makes British Columbia an optimal location for business opportunities in Canada.

Direct or Indirect Acquisitions

Generally, the direct acquisition of an established business does not require government review. Transactions are subject to pre-merger review under the Investment Canada Act based on certain thresholds. The indirect acquisition of a company doing business in British Columbia – perhaps through the acquisition of a parent company – is subject to review:

  • if the assets of the Canadian business affected are worth $50 million or more and if:
  • the Canadian business represents 50 per cent or more of the acquired company’s assets
Digital Media & Visual Effects
Natural gas energy

Investment Review Process in B.C.

A secure, confidential process governs the review of business investments under federal rules. An application for review follows specific steps:

  • The initial application must include a description of the plans for the business, including a description of how the investment will benefit Canada
  • The review process will complete within 45 days, but regulators may request an additional 30 days to complete the review
  • If an application is rejected, additional information may be submitted within 30 days of the rejection

BC Major Projects Inventory

The MPI includes a listing of private and public sector construction projects in B.C. with an estimated capital cost of $15 million (Can.) or greater.

Revelstoke Hydroelectric Dam

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions we are asked at Trade and Invest BC about capital investment in BC.

We Can Help

Trade and Invest BC helps facilitate foreign direct investment and has Trade and Investment Representatives in markets around the world. Contact the representative nearest you for support in investing in British Columbia.