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Community & Not-for-Profit

We’ve provided you with several resources to assist you with starting, expanding or relocating your business. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, have questions, or would like to suggest a resource for this industry, – if you don’t see what you need or would like to suggest a resource for other businesses, please contact our Economic Partnership team.

Go to Startup for a comprehensive list of resources available to new businesses in BC.

Go to Industries for an overview of the different sectors in North Vancouver.

Finding a Site

Looking for a new site to expand or relocate your business? Go to Find a Site.

Permits, Licences & Regulations

Operating a business in the City of North Vancouver:

Apply for a Business Licence

  • If you are renovating or moving into a new space in the City, you may need to apply for a Building & Development Permit (types of permits include Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Sign Permits)
  • The City has several Bylaws, Policies and Guidelines that regulate specific types of businesses and help inform business owners about their responsibilities. Visit the City’s website for a complete list of Bylaws.

Operating a business in the District of North Vancouver:

Apply for a Business Licence

  • If you are renovating or moving into a new space in the District, you may need to apply for a Building or Building-related (Trade) Permit (types of permits include Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Sign Permits)
  • The District has several Bylaws, Policies and Guidelines that regulate specific types of businesses and help inform business owners about their responsibilities. Visit the District’s website for a complete list of Bylaws and Policies.

 

Funding
  • City of North Vancouver Living City Grants. An annual granting program that provides funding opportunities for small-scale, community-based parks and environmental initiatives.
  • City of North Vancouver Community Grants – Grants that help non-profit organizations deliver services that reduce social, economic or physical disadvantage and improve the quality of life for residents in the community.
  • District of North Vancouver Community Grants – Grants that support not-for-profit organizations that deliver services that reduce social, economic, or physical disadvantages, or improve the quality of life for residents.
  • CharityVillage Funder Database – A comprehensive online resource of corporate, independent, government and international funders for not-for-profit organizations.
Advocacy, Associations & Industry Peers
  • CharityVillage – This website has become the Canadian non-profit sector’s largest and most popular online resource for recruiting, news and how-to information.
  • WorkinNonProfits.ca – This website connects non-profits across Canada with job seekers as well as suppliers of services and products.