How it's done
The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in Smithers and help you answer the following fundamental questions.
What is the business climate in Smithers?
We have compiled the most important aspects of Smithers’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.
What costs and assistance should I know about?
Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting business in Smithers and assistance available to Smithers businesses.
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The application fee is $35.00 for residential buildings and $50.00 for all other buildings. The total fee is calculated by the value of construction. The applicant submits a construction value and the building inspector calculates an estimate according to the plans submitted.
Value between $1 and $1,000,000 = $6.25 per $1,000 of total
Value over $1,000,000 = $5.50 per $1,000 of total
Additional costs may include the installation of a water meter or service connection.
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Grant program for $5000 in matching funds to renovate the facades of buildings in Smithers.
Competitiveness Consulting Rebate allows for SMEs to recover up to $30,000 in eligible consultant costs for eligible projects.
Broadband fibre network throughout Smithers.
Off-street parking is no longer required for ALL uses in the C1-A and C1-B zones around Main Street.
Over 100 PhD’s live in Smithers and surrounding area to help you with your research.
Over 150 skilled trades companies based in Smithers and surrounding area to help you build your design.
Over $60 billion dollars in proposed natural resource development taking place in northwest British Columbia with Smithers in the middle of it.