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Start & Grow A Business

Have you got an idea for a business and don’t know where to start?  The prospect of starting a business or taking over an existing business is an exciting time. For some people, however, it can be a little daunting and overwhelming. 

Perhaps you are further along and need support to build your business plan or look for financing. Regardless of where you’re at Tumbler Ridge’s Economic Development Office is committed to helping you navigate through the steps, finding the resources and information you need and connecting you to the right people.

With some of the lowest commercial and residential tax rates in Canada and some of the most affordable homes in British Columbia, Tumbler Ridge provides many competitive advantages to residents, investors and business start-ups. As a well-managed community and one of the most financially stable in the country due primarily to our heavy industrial and resource tax base, Tumbler Ridge is well-positioned for growth.

All active businesses in the District of Tumbler Ridge are required to have a valid Tumbler Ridge Business Licence and to comply with the District's Business Bylaw No. 644.

In addition to a Standard Business Licence, for an additional cost of $130.00, some businesses can qualify for an Inter-Community Business Licence, which authorizes Inter-Community Business to be carried on within the boundaries of any or all participating governments. This unique advantage allows businesses in Tumbler Ridge to work in adjacent participating communities without purchasing multiple additional business licences. Blyaw No. 645.

Click here for more information and to download business licence applications.


Commercial Business$150.00
Home Occupation$150.00
Community Market$50.00
Industrial Business$200.00
Home Occupation$50.00
Non-resident Business$100.00
Special Event$50.00
Temporary Licence$50.00
Amendment Fee$25.00
Permit Fee$25.00
Reactivation Fee$50.00

Key Partners & Organizations:

Collaboration with the following local, regional and provincial partners allows us to offer a wide variety of services:

Community Futures Peace Liard | Website | Email | Phone: (250) 782-8748

Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce | Website | Email | Phone: (250) 242-3620

Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation | Email | Phone: (778) 576-8951

Futurpreneur | Website | Email | Phone 1 800 464 2923

Work BC | Website | Email | Phone 1-877-952-6914

BC Economic Development Association | Website | Email | Phone (604) 795-7119


Small Business BC | Small Business BC is an independent non-profit organization that exists to elevate every BC business. 

BizPal | BizPaL helps you find the permits and licences you may require when starting and/or operating your business. 

Work Safe BC | WorkSafeBC (WSBC) consults with and educates employers and workers about safe work practices.

Northern Health | Applications and forms for Food Facilities, Personal Services, etc.

Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP)| The  CSBFP makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.

Canada Business Benefits Finder | Find programs and services to help your business grow. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a business, or a not-for-profit organization.

Federal Government Services for Small Business | Find everything that government can do for your business, all in one place.