Economic Development

An Economy For A Growing Líl̓wat Nation

The Líl̓wat Nation is a progressive community building a sustainable economy. The Economic Development Department engages in developing business opportunities to benefit all members of the Líl̓wat Nation. The department examines options and develops strategies to grow the nation’s economy while observing traditional ways and honouring community values.

By creating strong partnerships, supporting regional economic initiatives and offering small business assistance, the Líl̓wat Nation is strengthening its economy and creating opportunities for investment. The department has created successful partnerships with well-established businesses in neighbouring communities in the areas of project management, land development, and construction. We anticipate future opportunities in these areas along with new options in the tourism sector.

Plans For The Future

Entering into fiscal year 2015/2016, the Economic Development Department is preparing a long-term economic development strategy that will be in place by late 2015. Several economic development priorities for the next two years have already been identified.

Future economic development plans include developing a new commercial core in Mount Currie at Churchlands’ Corner, pursuing lease opportunities on fee simple lands, and creating tourism-related businesses including an RV park.

Supporting Líl̓wat Entrepreneurs

The Economic Development department can help community members with developing their businesses. From assistance with business plans to sharing funding resources, there is a variety of services that the department provides to ensure that ventures succeed. Here’s a list of the services that the Economic Development Department currently provides:

  • A review of your business plan including market research and financial planning.
  • Assistance with registering a business from assistance with a provincial name search and licensing, to getting a GST number and setting up payroll.
  • Help with understanding of the difference between business and personal taxes.
  • Help researching funding opportunities.
  • Training top assist with business paperwork regarding WCB, GST, and payroll remittances.

For More Information

Kerry Mehaffey
Director of Business and Economic Development
Phone: 604-894-6115 Ext. 2239
Email: Kerry.Mehaffey@lilwat.ca