An innovative plan to support local businesses operating in Vancouver will be considered at City Council next week, with Mayor Gregor Robertson supporting a pilot project for a new multi-city business licence.
Building on direction from a January motion from Councillor Geoff Meggs, the new ‘mobile’ business licence is part of ongoing work to continue Vancouver’s economic growth by cutting red tape at City Hall and streamlining regulations affecting Vancouver small businesses.
Under the new pilot project, trades contractors and professionals in Vancouver’s booming construction industry will need just one licence to operate in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Delta, and Surrey.
“As a lifelong entrepreneur, I understand the importance of City Hall supporting small businesses with every tool available,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The new multi-city business licence follows through on our commitment to reduce red tape and support small businesses in Vancouver’s growing economy, and it builds on our work at City Hall to ensure Vancouver has a robust business climate for new investment, talent, and jobs.”