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Smart. Experienced. Friendly. Beautiful. Consistently ranked one of the best small cities in the world, Greater Victoria is a place where business prospers and people thrive.

What are the top 5 reasons?

Strategic Location

Located on the tip of the largest island on the Pacific coast, Victoria is the southernmost major city in Western Canada. Access Vancouver and Seattle quickly and easily with a wide range of transportation options, all within the same time zone. Travel between downtown centres can take as little as 35 minutes by float plane to Vancouver and 45 minutes to Seattle, making same-day meetings possible.

Serious Talent

Leverage experienced local talent to launch a business or build out a team. Our talent pool has been carefully fostered through one of the highest-ranked school systems in Canada. Local post-secondary institutions excel in innovation and technology-related teaching and research and are helping graduates integrate with local business through co-ops, incubators, accelerators and business centres. The region also benefits from the spillover effect of nearby tech hubs like Vancouver and Seattle.

Business Advantages

Benefit from newcomer-friendly immigration and visa programs designed to attract foreign talent and companies to our region. Our overall corporate tax rates are the most competitive in the G7. And a broad system of tax credits and incentives involving research and development, business investment and entrepreneurs support companies establishing a regional platform.

Better Affordability

Improve your bottom line, with business costs that are typically lower than Vancouver, Seattle or Silicon Valley. Operating costs like wages, utilities and commercial space tend to be lower, comparatively. Residential properties are also less expensive, making it feasible for employees to grow their families and call Greater Victoria home for the long run, resulting in a more stable workforce.

Attractive Lifestyle

Simply put, the mild climate and unsurpassed quality of life here is a huge incentive for people to stay in the region, which can help with employee retention. Shorter commutes and a multi-modal transit system make getting to work better and faster. Coffee shops, restaurants and craft breweries celebrate local ingredients and producers. After work and on weekends, the lively local cultural scene, outdoor recreational opportunities and family-friendly parks and services keep everyone busy and healthy.

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What makes this place so special?

Canada’s most temperate climate, top-notch public facilities and an active outdoor culture means this is a place that balances work with play. Why invest in Victoria and South Vancouver Island?

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With frequent, easy access to Vancouver, Seattle, and to markets across North America and the world, the region offers enormous growth opportunities in these sectors:

  • Digital & Civic Technology
  • Marine & Ocean Sciences
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Cultural Industries

You’ll be in good company.

Business is thriving in Greater Victoria, especially among our top performing economic sectors.

Read about some local success stories by clicking below.

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Animikii

Animikii is an Indigenous-owned technology company which develops custom websites, software, and digital communications projects.

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Daitan

Daitan is a Brazilian-based leader in software development for the tech industry.

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DreamCraft Attractions

Innovators of the theme park industry, DreamCraft Attractions develop virtual and augmented reality experiences.

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Gwaii Engineering

Gwaii engineering is an indigenous-majority owned holistic engineering and environmental consulting firm.

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Ocean Networks Canada

Ocean Networks Canada boasts 900km of underwater telecommunications cable and some of the world’s largest underwater research infrastructure.

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Point Hope Maritime

Point Hope Maritime offers construction and servicing of vessels from 60 – 160 ft on a site that includes marine railways, deep-water berths, and a graving dock.

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Sea Cider

Sea Cider an award-winning cider house, producing over 7,000 cases of top quality, traditionally fermented cider annually.

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Seaspan

Seaspan repairs and refits vessels ranging from military submarines to pleasure cruise ships at the largest solid-bottom dry dock on the west coast.

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Specific Mechanical

Specific Mechanical designs and builds custom systems for a wide variety of industries ranging from brewing and distilling to wastewater treatment.

How we can help

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Concierge Service

We have a business concierge program that connects your business to the services and supports you need. Every business that works with us is teamed with our dedicated concierge, who acts as your ‘go to’ person. This alleviates much of the logistical scramble that comes with relocating your business to our region.

“All in all, we would not be able to move at this speed without the help of South Island Prosperity Partnership. Love what you guys are about.” – Matt Celuszak, CEO, CrowdEmotion

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Connections with our Network

Building a strong network is a top priority for any business contemplating a relocation. We work directly with some of the region’s top companies and most influential people. We can connect you with them, creating a reliable, helpful network for you virtually overnight.

“With the help of SIPP, we were able to navigate the logistical challenges that come with opening a new office, hiring local services and personnel, and moving employees and their families from Brazil. We look forward to the future of Daitan in Greater Victoria.” —Augusto Cavalcanti, President & CEO, Daitan Group

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Expert Mentor Advice

The expert mentors in our BusinessConnect program are successful entrepreneurs we pair with companies needing help in a particular area, from finance and strategy to operations and marketing. The mentors are all local, and provide a perspective on doing business in the South Island market that is invaluable.

“SIPP provided sound, objective advice that we took under advisement in making strategic decisions that turned out very well for our growing business.” – Jeff Ward, Founder & CEO, Animikii