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Open For Business

  The City of Powell River is a stunningly beautiful and engaging community located in the south west of British Columbia, Canada. Neatly tucked into BC’s coastline and hours from Vancouver, Powell River is an attractive option for those seeking to capitalize on a growing community with constantly expanding opportunities.

 This Community Profile is intended to provide new business investors with an overview of the state of the economy and quality of life in the City of Powell River. Additional market studies, reports and documents are also available. Contact the City of Powell River for more information: 1-604-485-8653 or powellriver.info

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Open For Business

  The City of Powell River is a stunningly beautiful and engaging community located in the south west of British Columbia, Canada. Neatly tucked into BC’s coastline and hours from Vancouver, Powell River is an attractive option for those seeking to capitalize on a growing community with constantly expanding opportunities.

 This Community Profile is intended to provide new business investors with an overview of the state of the economy and quality of life in the City of Powell River. Additional market studies, reports and documents are also available. Contact the City of Powell River for more information: 1-604-485-8653 or powellriver.info

READ THE PDF HERE

neighbourhoods

In the Community

Like almost any place in British Columbia, Powell River is actually much more than simply “Powell River”. From the Old Townsite, to the charmingly named communities of Cranberry and Wildwood, there are many distinct sub-communities of this unique region.

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development

Development Activity

Powell River has been developing a range of housing choices for adult living and retirees, including residential areas offering primarily level entry and single-level home layouts, and senior-focused condominium communities conveniently located to all of the major amenities and bus routes.

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sectors

Economic Sectors

With Powell River’s strategic location it is no wonder the area is blessed with many successful industries and sectors. The strength of Powell River’s economic condition comes from established resource sectors such as forestry, aquaculture (marine), mining, and agriculture. These sectors have become instrumental to the success of the Powell River economy. These industries are in high demand and are capable of employing the majority of Powell River’s population resulting in a self sustaining community.

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demographics

Population

The City of Powell River has experienced a relatively constant population base for the past 25 years.  Declining slightly in 1996 and in 2001, the City of Powell River and the regional district has rebounded to 13,165 and 19,906 respectively. The losses that were experienced during the previous decade can be attributed

to the decline in the resources economy, and population estimates project continued growth to over 20,000 over the next decade. It is estimated that in 2013 the regional population has grown to 20,493.

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labour-force

General Information

The labour force represents the total number of Powell River residents who are employed. Compared to British Columbia as a whole, the Powell River economy appears to be more diversified. Services make up 42% of the City’s employment. A variety of sectors make up the remaining employers in the area. Unsurprisingly enough, forestry & logging in Powell River is almost 3 times the Provincial distribution. Other areas of note are Powell River’s strong construction and manufacturing sectors.

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education

General Information

British Columbia is widely recognized as having some of the best educational environments in Canada.  Powell River is no different. The youth of Powell River are treated to an extensive array of options when it comes to education. Powell River has cemented itself as a leader with innovative approaches to learning. Through partnerships with private sector companies, Powell River offers unique and innovative programs for their students, which helps to solidify long term employment in the region.

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transportation

General Information

Powell River has developed an efficient transportation system that caters to its residents and visitors, as well as the logistical needs of the goods being shipping in and out of the community.  Powell River is served by many international recognized courier companies including: DHL, FedEx, Purolator and UPS. Within the

community you will find reliable public transportation, friendly taxi services, as well

water taxi and other transportation means.

The public transit system offers a fleet of low-floor buses that provide wheelchair and scooter accessible service throughout the region. Buses are equipped with a ramp that allows entrance for people who have difficulty with stairs. Passengers will find the service to be timely, trustworthy, and friendly. As with much of the rest of BC, HandyDART services are offered in the City of Powell River and surround- ing areas to aid people with disabilities. The service is offered to and from acces- sible building entrances, and users must be registered with the HandyDart office before usage. These services are available to people whose disability is severe enough that they are unable to take traditional means of transportation such as public transit.

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utilities

Water and Sewer

British Columbia is widely recognized as having some of the best water quality in the world. The City of Powell River’s water originates from the Haslam Lake Watershed. Haslam Lake is located within the traditional territories of the Sliam- mon and Sechelt First Nations. Logging in the area is expected to increase in the coming years, as much of the timber is now reaching harvestable age.

The City of Powell River is responsible for sewer maintenance and is mandated by the Ministry of Environment to ensure safe treatment and disposal is within Ministry regulations. The City is regulated to ensure safe water treatment and discharge of sewage and storm water as well as water conservation and sustain- able environment initiatives.

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research base

Business Services

City of Powell River

The City of Powell River is dedicated to serving prospective business investors. We will ensure that you will get what you need to make your relocation experience to Powell River painless and enjoyable. powellriver.info

Powell River Chamber of Commerce

The Powell River Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization led by a board of volunteer community business people dedicated to the economic vital- ity of its members. The affiliated businesses and organizations are the very best providers of goods and services available in the Powell River Region. powellriverchamber.com

Community Futures Powell River

Community Futures Powell River assists the community to develop a strong, diverse economy while maintaining a quality lifestyle, environment, cultural and inclusive community. They provide a variety of different support services to people in the community.   prfutures.ca

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government

Municipal Government

Municipal government in BC consists of an elected Mayor and Council that are responsible for establishing policies for the community and passing bylaws based on these policies. The next Municipal Election will next be held in November 2014. While the Mayor and Councilors are responsible for establishing policy, municipal employees are responsible for translating policy into action and administering vari- ous municipal services such as engineering, building permits, licensing, planning, and parks and recreation, to name only a few. The list of important contacts at the City of Powell River can be found at www.powellriver.info

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taxation

Taxation

The City of Powell River, The Powell River Regional District, the Province of BC, and the Government of Canada are all committed to reducing taxation.

• The City of Powell River and the Regional District work hard to keep tax

increases at a minimum.

• The Province of BC has reduced personal income tax by more than 25%

since 2001 to attract and retain skilled workers.

• The Province of BC has introduced significant tax cuts to encourage busi- ness innovation and revitalize the economy and has committed to having the lowest Small Business Tax in Canada by 2012.

• The Government of Canada has reduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST)

to 5%. This tax is fully recoverable by business in Canada.

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quality-of-life

Climate

The Regional District of Powell River is one of the best places in the world to live. Rated tops in all of the international rankings, the West Coast of Canada is one of the most desirable places to live, work and play. Mild climate, clean, safe communities, and a strong economy are only a few of the reasons that Powell River is the place to be…for work, for business, and for life.

Nestled in the coastal mountains with the Pacific Ocean to its west, the region enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and sun filled summers. With an average of 1900 hours of sunlight each year, the Sunshine Coast is appropriately named.
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