Starting a Business in BC

Starting a business is exciting but can be nerve-racking. One of the first things you should find out about is the regulations. Municipal Hall is the first place to check for local bylaws that concern your new business. You can find out about:

  • Your Zoning Requirements
  • A Business License
  • Sign Regulations
  • Parking Regulations
  • Bed & Breakfasts
  • Home Occupations
  • Other regulatory information on starting up a business in Summerland

Anyone doing business in Summerland requires a Summerland Business Licence.   You will need to complete an application form giving us details of your business.  Every business license holder automatically receives membership with the Summerland Chamber of Commerce.  Before the licence is issued, we may need approval from the Development Services Dept. to ensure your space satisfies safety and zoning requirements, Fire Dept. approval, and Interior Health approval may also be required if you are dealing with food or health issues.  It is a good idea to call Interior Health in advance to see what guidelines they have for you to follow. Business license fees are determined based on the type of business you are doing and are payable before the licence is issued.  Licences are valid until December 31st of the year you purchase it. Renewals are sent out at the end of each year and due in January. Business License applications are available here (29KB PDF).

Mobile Business License

If you will be doing business or performing a service in other cities, you may be eligible to also purchase an Inter-Community Business Licence. You must first have a regular Business Licence and for an additional $150.00 you can also do work in other participating municipalities. You can apply for this at the same time you fill out the Business Licence Application (it is the same form) or you can apply for it at a later date. Click on Information on the Inter-Community Business License link (19KB PDF) for more details.

Starting a Small Business in BC Guide

If you are interested in starting your own business, there are many things you will need to think about and we would like to help. This guide (3MB PDF) will introduce you to some of the things you need to know and do and tell you where you can get more information.

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As an entrepreneur, deciding your business idea is one of the most important steps you may make in your career. There are some Business Idea FAQ’s basic things you should keep in mind. Find out if you have the entrepreneurial spirit in the “Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?” section. Download Essential Business Development Concepts.

A Guide To Resources for Women Starting Your Business

If you are thinking of starting a business, you’re in good company. Today British Columbia has almost 360,000 small businesses, and women own or operate almost 36 percent of them; the highest rate in Canada.

Following are links to two guides to help get you started, and to grow your small business.

From drafting a business plan to finding the start-up money, these guides will help explain what you need to know and where you can find the information. You will also meet inspirational BC women who generously share their own business experiences.

At the end of each section, you will find sources for more information, and key resources are summarized at the end of the guide. These have been specially selected for women starting a business in BC and provide valuable information.

Cool Companies: Insights to Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Cool Companies is a new magazine for entrepreneurial-minded business people passionate about innovation. Like a shortcut to networking, Cool Companies provides an entry point to hundreds of high-quality business opportunities and entrepreneurial insights to seed innovation in readers’ lives.

Internet Safety Tips for Your Children

internet_safety_01Better than a library, the Internet is a virtual storeroom of knowledge. Along your route you will visit websites, check into chat rooms, pop into forums and bookmark your favourite sites along the way. You will learn a new computer language such as LOL, (laugh out loud), that Spam does not always come in a can and that trolls don’t live under a bridge in your fairy tale books from your childhood.

Because cyberspace is such a large virtual world there is so much to experience and you don’t even have to leave your chair. You can use the search engines or links to other websites to find all you need. You will be treated to inside looks at famous places, learn about current events, shop for a bargain. You can even start-up a new business or form an email group.

Children are believers in magic and make believe. They will easily walk off a path with a stranger in search of a lost puppy or kitty cat. They are vulnerable from every angle, and as a parent you are responsible to keep them as safe as possible if they use the Internet.

Learn how to keep your children safe on the Internet. So many parents say “my child would never meet anyone from the Internet” ….yet the reality is that so many kids are looking for something more … someone more … more love … more attention … and when a stranger tells them how wonderful they are and how happy they can make them … don’t be fooled! Your kids will believe them.

Internet Safety Tips for Your Children

internet_safety_02Talk openly with your child; many youngsters mature a lot faster than their parents give them credit for. Really listen to your child, show that not only do you expect to have respect, but that you have respect for them as well.

Make a game about sitting with them while they are on the Internet. Learn how to watch their activities without overdoing it.

Keep the computer in an open area, like the living room or kitchen. Don’t allow your child a place where they can have full privacy. Glance at the screen every time you pass the computer without slowing down and being obvious, unless you see something very objectionable.

Use the parental control software available and password-protect your computer.

Check out the email folders often. Also look for additional folders the child can make and store their emails in. Don’t be deceived by the titles of the folders; one parent reported that a file labelled “Pet Pictures” turned out to be undesirable photos.

Your child uses computers at school, friend’s houses and at the library. Find out what safeguards are in place on these computers that will keep your child away from predators.

Remember your child is a victim, not a willing participant. If you find your child has been targeted, call the RCMP immediately. The guilty one is the human predator that picked your child for various reasons to prey upon.

Tell your children to never arrange for a one-on-one meeting with anyone they meet online.

Never upload or post photos without parental approval.

Never give out personal information over the Internet, including phone number, address, first or last names, schools that are attend or sports teams you are on.

Anyone can be anybody on the Internet and there are no repercussions. Do not believe all the hard-luck stories and keep your wits about you when you surf the net.

If your child receives adult content emails, what should you do?

Check the laws with your local RCMP detachment.

Should I just lock my child off the Internet?

For all the bad things that can happen to a child online, the Internet also holds good things. Your child can learn about the world, they can explore countries they have only heard about, pick up pen pals for direct mail contact, and learn about subjects they are studying in school. Restricting them is not a good idea, but talking with your children and monitoring their activities will help to keep them safe and informed. And as a parent, that is your job.

Your child’s safety is paramount.

Home Sales Firming Across the Province

Vancouver, BC – December 12, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,616 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS® ) in November, an increase of 27.5 per cent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $746,939, an increase of 5.5 per cent from November 2018. Total sales dollar volume was $4.94 billion, a 34.4 per cent increase from the same month last year.

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“After several months of strong gains, home sales are now firming around long-run averages,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “We expect 2020 will be a much more typical year for markets compared to the volatility of recent years.”

MLS® residential active listings in the province were down 6.6 per cent from November 2018 to 31,310 units, and down for a seventh straight month on a seasonally adjusted basis. Overall market conditions remain balanced with a sales-to-active listings ratio of 21 per cent.

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 6 per cent to $50.23 billion, compared with the same period in 2018. Residential unit sales were 3.9 per cent lower at 72,106 units, while the average MLS® residential price was down 2.2 per cent year-todate at $696,574

November 2019 Residential Average Price, Active Listings and Sales-to-Active-Listings Data by Board

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November 2019 BC Residential Multiple Listing Service® Data - Dan Jones

November 2019 Year-to-Date BC Residential Multiple Listing Service® Data by Board

November 2019 Year-to-Date BC Residential Multiple Listing Service® Data - Dan Jones


BCREA is the professional association for about 23,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province’s 11 real estate boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients. To demonstrate the profession’s commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods. For detailed statistical information, contact your local real estate board. MLS® is a cooperative marketing system used only by Canada’s real estate boards to ensure maximum exposure of properties listed for sale.

For more information, please contact: Brendon Ogmundson Chief Economist Direct: 604.742.2796 Mobile: 604.505.6793 Email:


Skaha Lake Towers Phase II – Price List and Floor Plans

Skaha Lake Towers Phase II - Dan JonesWhat you have been waiting for …

Phase II Sales Event

Skaha Lake Towers Phase II - Dan Jones

We are pleased to announce the release of the Skaha Lake Towers Phase II price list and floor plans.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Skaha Lake Towers development!


Please see the Brochure HERE containing the price list and floor plans for Phase II.

Sales event starts on January 10th!  Call or email today to make an appointment.
Sales are by appointment only

Please call or email with any questions or to make an appointment.

If you are interested in securing a unit on launch date please contact Philip Fox PREC*, Diane Fox PREC* or Stephen Fox, Len Fox PREC* as soon as possible:

Phone: 250-492-2266

Sample Floor Plan 1  *for reference only. Phase I unit shown, some changes made for Phase 2
Sample Floor Plan 2  *for reference only. Phase I unit shown, some changes made for Phase 2
Sample Floor Plan 3  *for reference only. Phase I unit shown, some changes made for Phase 2
Sample Floor Plan 4  *for reference only. Phase I unit shown, some changes made for Phase 2

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New Year’s Eve Dinner – On New York TIME

Celebrate the coming year with a New York-inspired New Year’s Dinner experience at TIME Winery & Kitchen.

Tue  December 31, 2019  5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

$59 + taxes & gratuity per person (food only) 

Enjoy a celebratory bubbles toast with us at 9 pm, as we countdown to 2020 on New York TIME.

Visit our website for full menu details (6 pm and 9 pm seating available)

  1. Seating is limited. For reservations, please call 236-422-2556 or email

Organizer’s Info:

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade @ Apex Mountain Resort

  • Tuesday, December 24, 2019
  • 6:30 PM  9:00 PM
  • Apex Mountain ResortStrayhorse RoadBC, V0XCanada
  • Google Calendar  ICS

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade @ Apex Mountain Resort

* Please double check date, time and location with the host, as this information is subject to change *

Come and join us for our annual Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade. There will be fireworks and Santa will even be making an appearance to personally deliver presents to all of the girls and boys. Warm up by the big bonfire in-front of the Gunbarrel!

Sign up in the office for the torchlight parade before December 24th.


Cost: FREE

Location: Apex Mountain Resort -MAP-

The Nutcracker at Caravan Farm Theatre

  • Saturday, December 28, 20195:00 PM
  • Caravan Farm Theatre 4886 Salmon River RoadArmstrong, BC, V0E 1B4Canada
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Caravan Farm Theatre Nutcracker

* Please double check date, time and location with the host, as this information is subject to change *

Crackling fires, hot chocolate, magnificent horses, and the magic and mystery of the Theatre…

This winter, get ready for a spectacular retelling of Tchaikovsky’s Holiday Classic: The Nutcracker, as re-imagined for the outdoors by Director Manon Beaudoin. Featuring a cast of five actors, Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, and the beauty of the winter landscape. Magical, fantastical, and transformative, The Nutcracker is an ode to growing up set against the backdrop of the wonder and magic of the holidays.

The Winter Sleigh Ride Show is a professionally produced theatre production staged in up to five locations, outdoors, on our 80-acre venue. The audience is transported from scene to scene by horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon, depending on the snow). A winter tradition for thousands of families, the Winter Sleigh Ride show is a one-of-a-kind experience, incorporating the adventure and beauty of a night-time horse-drawn sleigh ride, the spectacle of professionally executed theatre design, and the high calibre performances for which this company has become known.


December 10, 11 5PM & 7PM
December 12 to January 4th, 4PM, 6PM & 8PM

Run Time: Approx. 60 minutes

Audience Advisory: The Winter Sleigh Ride Show is performed outdoors, please dress accordingly, and bring blankets, hot shots, and or/anything else that will keep you and your family warm. The show starts in the Timber Barn, so a short walk will be necessary. If you or anyone in your party has mobility issues, please notify our Box Office.

Budgeting made easy with FCAC’s new interactive Budget Planner

Today, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) launched its new Budget Planner tool, which will help Canadians manage their financial goals. This evidence-based tool uses behavioural insights, enabling users to tailor their budget to their needs. FCAC’s Budget Planner offers instant personalized feedback, customizable budget templates, guidelines and reward badges to help Canadians easily prioritize their spending and take control of their finances.

The Budget Planner also provides suggestions and useful links. Users can view charts that show them where their money is going and compare their budget with those of other Canadians in similar life situations. This budgeting tool provides an exceptional level of personalization and customization.

Other key features of the Budget Planner allow users to:

  • Budget anywhere, anytime and online
  • Save and update their budget via a unique link
  • Earn badges and share their success stories via social media
  • Download an interactive spreadsheet that provides similar functionality to the online tool
  • Print a budget report

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“Our research shows that a household budget can be the foundation of financial well-being.  Making a budget is the first step every Canadian should take toward managing their financial future.  FCAC’s new Budget Planner is a free and highly effective tool Canadians can use to take charge of their finances!”

Judith Robertson, Commissioner, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

Quick facts

  • Encouraging Canadians to make and follow a budget is an area of focus of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy – Count me in, Canada and of the National Research Plan for Financial Literacy.
  • Research demonstrates that budgeting is a behaviour strongly associated with financial well-being.
  • Budgeting helps people prioritize their spending and is particularly effective when someone is facing financial stress.
  • A budget can help Canadians lay out their sources of income and monthly expenses to determine their needs versus wants, set priorities for making purchases and commit to a spending plan.
  • Canadians are increasingly turning to digital or online financial tools to manage their money.

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Commercial Activity Remains Stable in 2019 Q3

To view the full Commercial Leading Indicator PDF, click here.

The BCREA Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) fell slightly to 135.3 in the third quarter of 2019. The index remains unchanged compared to the same time last year.

Provincial economic activity continued to slow in the third quarter of 2019, with declines in retail and manufacturing sales more than offsetting a gain in wholesale trade. This left the economic activity component of the CLI negative for the fifth consecutive quarter. Office employment was up for the fifth consecutive quarter, edging out a decline in manufacturing employment, which resulted in a positive change in the employment component of the CLI. The financial component of the CLI was positive for a third straight quarter. The underlying trend in the CLI has been relatively flat over the past five quarters, suggesting a stable environment for commercial real estate activity in the province.

Following several years of robust growth, the BC economy continues to slow in 2019. Weak manufacturing sales in petroleum and coal, and lower retail sales at gasoline stations and auto dealers, put a drag on economic activity in the third quarter. Wholesale trade sales were positive in the third quarter due to a large expansion in machinery and equipment.

Employment growth in key commercial real estate sectors such as finance, insurance, real estate and leasing continues to be strong, up by 7,600 jobs in the third quarter. This measure of office employment now sits at an all-time high, signalling strong future demand for office space. In contrast, manufacturing employment fell by 4,200 jobs from the previous quarter.

The CLI’s financial component was positive in the third quarter due to an increase in benchmark Canadian REIT prices, which more than offset the expansion of short-term credit spreads.

Send questions and comments about Commercial Leading Indicator to:

Brendon Ogmundson
Chief Economist

Kellie Fong

Brew Years Eve

Event Details:

Tue  December 31, 2019  7:00 PM

Event Cost:  $25-$60

Join the team at Slackwater Brewing and the rockin’ gents of Midnight Special Revival for an evening of great food, beers, bubbles, rock n’ roll, dancing and saying farewell to 2019!

Tickets available from the taproom at the Growler bar.

Ticket Options

$30 (Early Bird $25 before December 1st)
– Welcome 10oz Slackwater Beer
– Canapés
– Midnight Bubbles
– Entertainment

$60 (Early Bird $55 before December 1st – Limited Seating)
– All of the regular ticket items
– Table Reservation
– 3 Course Dinner. Dinner is served 7:30 pm – 9 pm
…Menu below…

First Course
Carrot Ginger Soup w. roasted garlic crostini
House Greens Salad w. shaved beets

Main Course
Vegetarian Pasta
Zucchini, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Basil,
Roasted Garlic & crostini (GF option available)
Braised Lamb Shank
Creamy mashed potatoes, Golden Beets & Broccolini.

Chocolate cake w. plum compote & berries (vegan)
Creme Brûlée w. sable cookies & berries

* Dinner orders need to be placed no later than December 20th. Table reservations placed at the time of booking.

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