business tools

The Pitt Meadows Economic Development Corporation is your go-to organization for assistance with locating, starting and growing your business. As business is ever-changing, so is this section of our website, so be sure to check back often!

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this page, you may also want to check out our links to partner organizations for additional resources.

City Resources

  • Business Licenses
    All businesses operating in Pitt Meadows are required to have a valid business license before commencing operations. This includes home-based businesses, commercial and industrial establishments and owners of apartment rental properties. Business licenses are also required for businesses that are not located in the community but carry-out work in Pitt Meadows (i.e. contractors, consultants and tradespeople). Please visit the City of Pitt Meadows’ website for more info.
  • Business Signage
    Before you purchase a sign for your business, please review the requirements of the City’s Sign Bylaw. If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Planning Department directly at 604-465-2430.
  • Sign Permit Application
    Once you’ve reviewed the Sign Bylaw and are certain that what you have planned to promote your place of business is acceptable, you are required to submit a Sign Permit Application to the Planning Department. If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Planning Department at 604-465-2430.
  • Commercial Properties for Lease or Sale
    Looking for a place to locate or expand your business? See what’s available for lease or sale in Pitt Meadows by clicking on the Property Search link located in the top right corner of this page.

Community Information 

  • Community Snapshot
    A two page reader-friendly document that highlights Pitt Meadows’ assets including its transportation networks, people, land, business and industry, utilities, current development projects, community services and amenities, housing and the City’s taxation rate.
  • Community Overview
    A four page document that highlights “Why Pitt Meadows?” and includes approximate driving times to key transportation networks and markets, community stats, leading economic sectors, an overview of current development projects and the PMEDC’s focus areas, services and contact information.

Business Start-up, Incorporating & Day-to-Day Operations

  • Business Gateway
    Access all the government services and information needed to start, run and grow your business.
  • Corporate Registry
    Provides information on the legal framework within which all businesses, not-for-profit societies, cooperative associations and financial institutions operate in British Columbia and files documents for the incorporation, registration, maintenance and dissolution of these entities.
  • FrontCounter BC
    FrontCounter BC simplifies the process for individuals or small-to-medium-sized natural resource businesses starting up or already operating.
  • OneStop BC Business Registry
    Onestop Business Registry allows you to complete the most commonly required business registrations and transactions – the site includes choosing, approving and registering your business name, incorporating your company, liquor licensing and changing your address.

Business Development and Support Organizations

  • Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce
    The Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce represents, promotes and protects the interests of the businesses/members of the organization.
  • BC Chamber of Commerce
    The BC Chamber of Commerce routinely advocates to provincial and federal governments on behalf of its members to ensure their concerns are being heard – the Voice of Business in BC.
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
    The BBB gathers and reports information on business reliability, alerts the public to frauds against consumers and businesses, provides information on ethical business practices and acts as mutually trusted intermediaries between consumers and businesses to resolve disputes.
  • Business Council of BC
    The Business Council is a policy and business advocacy organization in the province. Membership provides opportunities to participate in roundtable meetings, working committees and conferences, which allow you to stay informed about current developments and stay connected with other business leaders and government.
  • Consumer Protection
    The Consumer Protection BC website provides information regarding the rights and responsibilities of both consumers and businesses.
  • Small Business BC
    Assists small businesses at every stage of development with products, services and support in order to foster development and growth, improve productivity, increase profitability and create new opportunities.
  • Creating an Age-friendly Business in BC
    Being a business that accommodates older customers is increasingly becoming a necessity. If you are planning a new business, are considering changes or renovations, want to attract additional older customers, or are already providing services for many seniors, this guide is designed to help. 
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Western Economic Diversification Canada works to strengthen western innovation, business development and community economic development.


  • Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
    Facts about the HST for businesses, families and individuals.
  • Income Tax
    The Income Taxation Branch administers legislation on behalf of the Government of British Columbia. This link will provide you with information about the various income tax programs run by the Ministry of Finance.

Grants & Financing

  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
    BDC is owned by the Government of Canada and has been serving Canadian entrepreneurs for more than 65 years. BDC offers loans and investments that supplement services available from commercial financial institutions.
  • Canada Business Network – Government Services for Entrepreneurs
    Access the Government of Canada’s grants and financing information for entrepreneurs. Learn about the different types of financing available and how to assess which one is best for your needs.
  • Venture Capital Programs
    Venture capital programs encourage investors to make equity capital investments in BC’s small businesses to enhance and diversify the provincial economy. These programs give small businesses continuous access to early-stage venture capital to help them develop and expand.
  • Farm Credit Canada
    Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is a federal crown corporation that provides capital to Canadian Farm Producers, Agribusinesses and the Agri-Food companies all across Canada.  FCC partners with customers to provide mortgage debt, equipment financing, cash flow financing and venture capital.  With a portfolio now exceeding $22 billion, FCC is confident in the ability of its products and people to deliver unique financing that is right for their customers needs, all while making it easy for you to do business with FCC.
  • Canada Small Business Financing Program
    The Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP) seeks to increase the availability of loans for establishing, expanding, modernizing and improving small businesses. It does this by encouraging financial institutions to make their financing available to small businesses.
  • Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia
    The Investment Agriculture Foundation strategically invests federal and provincial funds in support of innovative projects to benefit the agri-food industry in British Columbia. Funding is available to help the industry seize new opportunities and deal with emerging issues.
  • BC Angel Forum
    The BC Angel Forum introduces established companies to private equity investors. If you’re seeking equity financing of $100,000 to $1 million, you can apply to present your business and your growth
    strategy to pre-screened private and corporate investors.

Immigrating to BC/Canada

  • WelcomeBC is designed to assist prospective immigrants, newcomers, community leaders and service providers by offering direct access to a wide cross-section of BC government and federal ministries.
  • Citizenship & Immigration Canada
    Citizenship & Immigration Canada offer a variety of programs for individuals that would like to visit, word temporarily, study in or immigrate to Canada.
  • Working in Canada Tool
    If you need help finding out what your occupation is referred to in Canada and what jobs are open across the country, you can use  the Working in Canada Tool. It will give you a detailed labour market report  that includes information on wages and job opportunities for your occupation and city where you would like to work.
  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
    The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) accelerates the Permanent Resident application process for skilled and/or experienced workers, experienced business persons and their family members who want to settle in BC permanently.

Labour Force, Employment Standards & Training

  • Employment Standards Act
    A quick reference guide for employers.
  • Information for Employers
    Includes a quick reference guide for the Employment Standards Act, as well as a comprehensive list of questions frequently asked by employers.
  • Service Canada
    Outlines federal services and programs available for employers.
  • Workers Compensation Board of BC
    WorkSafeBC is dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for the workers and employers of this province.
  • Work-Sharing
    Work-sharing is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid temporary layoffs when there is a reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.
  • Workplace Training for Innovation Program
    The Workplace Training for Innovation Pilot Program budget has been fully committed. As of November 26, 2010, Applications for WTIP Funding will no longer be accepted.

International Business Development

  • BC Business Network
    The BC Business Network is a virtual business club for BC businesses interested in creating or developing international trade and investment relationships. The role of the BC Business Network is to raise your profile, identify international opportunities and partnerships, and deliver relevant market and industry information.
  • Import/Export Tax Guide
    Includes an interactive export planner to assist in preparing an export plan or an export-focused business plan for a new or existing business. Also includes valuable guides and information resources related to both export markets and importing.
  • Industry Canada
    Provides access to tools and resources within three sections: economic research, industry and trade statistics and market research.
  • International Trade Canada (DFAIT)
    Information and advice on Canadian and international business.
  • Invest BC
    A resource for business location needs in British Columbia.
  • Invest in Canada
    A resource for business location needs in Canada.
  • Tradestart
    Learn how to take your product or service outside Canada. Follow the five stages below and find out how your business can become export ready. Your next market is waiting for you. 

Young Entrepreneurs

  • Canadian Youth Business Foundation
    The CYBF provides coaching, resources and financing across Canada to help entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 34.
  • Junior Achievement Canada
    Junior Achievement provides a link between education and work to help students discover leadership, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce-readiness skills.
  • Small Business Finance Centre
    Explore provincial opportunities via the “Go Grant Finder” in the upper left corner of the page.
  • Young Entrepreneur Awards
    Junior Achievement provides a link between education and work to help students discover leadership, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce-readiness skills.
  • Young Social Entrepreneurs of Canada
    A great network for socially driven young entrepreneurs who are interested in aligning making profits strategically and responsibly.


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