September 10, 2013
City Hall News
Creating a Robust Business Climate
shortlisted for award
Released by the City of Chilliwack
businesses play a vital role in developing both the economic and social
fabric of our community and the province. One of Council’s primary goals and
objectives is to attract and maintain business growth.
As such, the City of Chilliwack has adopted many small
business friendly initiatives to improve competitiveness and help our local
businesses grow, develop and flourish.
Contracting with the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) is an
innovative approach that the City has taken to encourage economic growth.
One of CEPCO’s small business priorities is to locate new businesses in
Chilliwack and work cooperatively with the City in setting mutual
Along with CEPCO, the City maintains strong relationships and commitments to
other business resources within the community such as the Business
Improvement Association and Chamber of Commerce.
Recently the City of Chilliwack teamed up with eight other communities in
the Fraser Valley to assist in the creation of a business license system
that is more business friendly and reduces red tape. Intended to enhance and
enable growth, the Intermunicipal Agreement Authorization Bylaw was adopted
in 2013 for this pilot program which allows a contractor/trade business to
purchase a single business license that is valid in each of the nine
This eliminates the need to purchase individual licenses from each
municipality in the region, resulting in significant cost savings to
businesses and a streamlined permitting process.
“The City of Chilliwack recognizes that small businesses play a vital role
in developing both the economic and social fabric of our community and the
province,” said Mayor Gaetz. “In order to maintain and attract business
growth, we have adopted many small business friendly initiatives to improve
competitiveness and help local businesses grow, develop and flourish.”
The City of Chilliwack was one of the 15 finalists announced for the 2013
Open for Business Awards, which recognizes communities that support small
business through local-government measures aligned with the BC Small
The Province will announce the winners on Thursday, September 19 at the
Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual conference in
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