If you’re a recent arrival to Canada, welcome! We’re a proudly multicultural country and your presence here adds to the colour and personality that makes our country great.
We may be biased, but British Columbia is an incredible place to live, work and play. It’s also Canada’s home for entrepreneurship, with small businesses making up 98 per cent of all businesses in our province. Many of these small businesses are owned and operated by newcomers to Canada, with over 11 per cent of immigrants aged 25 to 69 owning their own small business.
If you’re thinking of starting your own business, Small Business BC is here to help. We’re BC’s premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, and we’ve got the supports and expertise you need to get started.
Read our 10 Step Guide to Starting a Business
Unsure of where to begin? Covering everything from finance to registering your business name, our 10 Step Guide lists all the major items you’ll need to account for when starting your own business.
Hear from Newcomers Who Started Their Own Business
Focus on solving a real problem and less on making money. If you solve a problem you are passionate about, you will find a way to make money out of it.
Ruairi Spillane lived the experience of moving to Canada, and wanted to make it easier for others to follow in his footsteps. He created Moving2Canada.com to help others achieve their Canadian dream. Learn how he did it.
Small Business BC provides practical business education tailored for small businesses right here in BC. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC is here to help. View our full calendar of business education.
Starting a business? Start with Small Business BC’s comprehensive list of free downloadable resources. We’ve got everything covered, from business plan templates, cash flow forecasting and our starting a business checklist. View Resources.
Our self-directed E-Learning courses are available anytime, anywhere. Each on-demand course consists of bite-sized topics filled with features like readings, handouts, videos and quizzes. Discover our range of E-Learning education today.
We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.