Thank you for visiting our website. The city of Pitt Meadows offers so many of the qualities that entrepreneurs look for when setting up their business. The PMEDC is here to help you with any questions that you may have and to put you in touch with the local business community. We look forward to meeting you soon, but until then, we've included some community highlights below to help make your investment decision easy.
If you love the amenities the city has to offer and the lifestyle and outdoor spaces the suburbs can provide, Pitt Meadows is the location for you. With a West Coast Express station located in the community, you can be downtown for business meetings before you know it. Or if you happen to be working from home and need to recharge your creativity, a couple of steps outside your door will connect you to kilometres of dykes for walking, biking or running.
Talent and Access to Creativity and Innovation
Our strategic location at the centre of the Lower Mainland means that we’re surrounded by the urban amenities and population of the Lower Mainland. Within a 30 minute commute there is an available labour force of approximately 600,000 people.
Within 20-60 minutes of our community, you will find three of the largest post-secondary institutions and research centres in British Columbia including the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC). There are also approximately 10 colleges and universities within a short distance. Access to centres of creativity and innovation are just a short trek away.
Although our region does not have an incubator program (a.k.a. accelerator space) at this time, the PMEDC is interested in looking into an incubator program to help accelerate business if there is public demand. Please let us know if you are interested in having incubator space in Pitt Meadows.
Quality of Life
With a temperate climate, affordable housing and an abundance of green space, Pitt Meadows is the perfect location for those looking for a unique blend of big-city opportunities with a community based lifestyle. You can be in downtown Vancouver in 45 minutes and at the lake or on the trails in five to 15 minutes depending on where you live or work.
How the PMEDC Can Help You
The Pitt Meadows Economic Development Corporation has many services, programs and initiatives in place to assist the business community market the community to potential investors and encourage employment opportunities and entrepreneurial activity in Pitt Meadows.
Some of the services PMEDC offers include:
- Maintaining a comprehensive available land and built space inventory
- Providing community statistics and demographics
- Assisting both new and expanding businesses with locating and relocating businesses
- Facilitating the planning and development permitting process with the City of Pitt Meadows
- Conducting research on business gaps and opportunities
- Assisting prospective business owners and investors in identifying business opportunities in Pitt Meadows
- Facilitating the sharing of business concerns with the appropriate agencies.
For further information, view the PMEDC’s programs and initiatives or contact our office at 604-465-9481 to discuss how we can help you.
Q. What is the function of the Pitt Meadows Economic Development Corporation?
A. PMEDC’s primary function is to offer economic development services to the community by providing leadership and creating the environment needed to support the types of economic development opportunities residents would like to see grow and be attracted to the community.
Q. I have an idea for a business I want to start or a business I want to expand – who should I contact?
A. Contact Pitt Meadows Economic Development at 604-465-9481 or send your questions by .
Q. Who can help me with my business plan?
A. During the business planning process, one of the most important steps is market research. It’s important to understand what kind of demand there is for your product or service, who your competitors are in your target market, who your potential suppliers may be and so on. PMEDC is pleased to liaison with the right people and industry resources to help you with this part of your plan. Small Business BC is also an excellent resource during the business planning process.
Q. I need financing for my business. Who can help?
A. Aside from your community’s financial institutions and credit unions, you may wish to contact the Business Development Bank of Canada or find out more about Government of Canada grants, loans and financing options.
You may also wish to explore the Going Global Innovation Program. This program is designed to promote Canada's international innovation efforts by supporting Canadian companies and/or researchers in pursuing international R&D collaborative opportunities through the development of partnerships with key players in other countries. Please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website to learn more about this program.
Q. I’m considering transitioning from a home-based business to a commercial storefront. Can PMEDC help with this process?
A. PMEDC can help you identify possible business locations, assist with the permitting and licensing process with the City of Pitt Meadows and connect you and your business to other provincial and federal resources. Let us help you grow.
Q. How do I apply for a business license?
A. You can access business license information and download an application from the Licensing & Permits section of our website.
Q. I need to find a location for my business. Where can I find this information?
A. You can view information on buildings for lease or sale and commercial and industrial land available by clicking on the Property Search icon at the top of this page or you can contact PMEDC at 604-465-9481.
Q. Where can I find labour force information for Pitt Meadows?
A. You can access labour force information in the Workforce section of our website.
Q. Who can help me find the right employees for my business?
A. You can contact Service Canada at 1-800-0-Canada or visit job bank online.
Q. Where can I find demographic or statistical information for Pitt Meadows?
A. You can access demographic information in the Demographics section of our website.
Have a specific question that you’re unable to find an answer to? Please send it our way.