Regional Pilot Communities in the Lower Mainland / Southwest

This page was last updated on November 16, 2022.

The Mainland/Southwest region includes the Greater Vancouver area, the Fraser Valley, and the Sunshine Coast, and stretches north to include Whistler. This region was the location for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. One of the most ethnically diverse areas in Canada, the Mainland/Southwest is B.C.'s most dynamic metropolitan area and offers economic opportunities, a mild climate, an active lifestyle, world-class cultural attractions, and all the amenities of a vibrant urban centre. Many people who live in this area enjoy taking advantage of the region's nearby mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers, and beaches.
Major industry sectors include health care and social assistance, professional, scientific, and technical services, retail trade, educational services, and accommodation and food services.


Participating communities in the Lower Mainland  / Southwest region:


Community Description: 
The District of Lillooet is looking for entrepreneurs in specialty value-add agriculture, cultural tourism, and wellness businesses. Lillooet presents great opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to get involved in small, community-minded towns with specialized and unique industries.

Lillooet’s tight-knit business community includes a community hub, a weekly farmer’s market, a District office, and a Chamber of Commerce. A new business owner will quickly meet like-minded entrepreneurs and be able to make a significant contribution to the community. As a small town, personal connections and strong community ties are important in Lillooet, and unique ideas are welcomed and supported. The existence of nearby fast-growing markets offers an opportunity to live in a small town while supplying major urban areas.

Lillooet is a community with a long history, proud people, beautiful environments, and strong connections. Residents can ride on horseback through a canyon or meet new people at the winery. The strong arts & culture scene features many local artists and festivals throughout the year. Lillooet is affordable while being near cities and towns such as Whistler, Vancouver, and Kamloops, allowing for day trips to those locations.

Lillooet aims to stay community-minded, with entrepreneurs celebrating its unique attributes. Lillooet’s geography and climate support the development of small-scale, specialized industries not found anywhere else in B.C. In the next 5 years, Lillooet will develop as it has in the past: by building a small, proud, and strong community where everyone supports and celebrates each other.

Priority Sectors:
111 - Crop production
722 - Food services and drinking places
4452 - Specialty food retailers
4561 - Health and personal care retailers
5418 - Advertising, public relations, and related services
6216 - Home health care services
6241 - Individual and family services
8121 - Personal care services

Population: 2,302