The Greater Victoria Development Agency (GVDA) is your key to opening the door to business in Greater Victoria. As the lead economic development agency for the Greater Victoria region, the GVDA seeks to help local businesses grow and provide new employment opportunities for the citizens of our region.
From new start-up companies to some of our region's largest employers, the GVDA provides a broad range of services and plays a number of roles to foster our best and brightest companies and individuals.
Starting a New Venture
New businesses can get assistance with developing a business plan customized for the Greater Victoria region. We also provide local business mentoring sources, as well as funding options and sources.
We have access to information on a variety of research and development opportunities available in Greater Victoria for new ventures and can offer assistance with establishing partnerships with both the private sector and the public sector. Additionally, we have details on regional associations for all local business sectors.
Regional Information and Statistics
The GVDA is the main source for economic statistics for Greater Victoria, as well as current regional demographic information and quality of life indicators. We actively collect and distribute economic data and other information from government and industry partners to help identify new development opportunities.
The GVDA works with a number of export businesses. We can help your business become export ready and assist with local government/business procurement, as well as with international market development.
Sources of Investment Capital
The GVDA has current, detailed information on government investment programs for business and can provide assistance in accessing those programs. We also have extensive information on sources for angel investors and venture capital.
Labour Market Development
The GVDA works with several local human resources companies that specialize in finding employees locally and also in attracting foreign workers for a variety of industry sectors. Moreover, we can provide businesses with details on regional co-op education opportunities.
Other Services Provided by the GVDA
- Assistance to existing businesses relocating to Greater Victoria
- Guidance for expanding an existing business in Greater Victoria
- Information on commercial and industrial land availability
- Site selector information and assistance
- Arrangements for local government contacts and introductions
- Assistance with national and international business delegation regional tours
The GVDA can help you establish your business in Greater Victoria.
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