Sunshine Coast Economic Development - British Columbia, Canada

Leading Employers

Leading Employers

Leading Employers

The Sunshine Coast economy has seen a three-decades transition from a forestry and fishing based economy, to a more diverse economy with construction trades, business services, retail and tourism becoming prominent.

The forestry, construction trades and business services sectors are comprised of many small and medium-sized businesses. Hence, while they form significant portions of the economy, they are under-represented in a list of large employers. Howe Sound Pulp and Paper is the exception. The forestry and construction sectors are largely made up of firms with 20-60 employees.

Sector Company Product/Service Employees (FTE)
Health Care Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Hospital and health care 610
Education School District 46 Public school board 500
Forest Products Howe Sound Pulp & Paper Kraft pulp 325
Transportation BC Ferries Ferry service (2 terminals) 275
Government Sunshine Coast Regional District Regional government 250
Retail IGA Groceries (3 stores) 200
Health Care Good Samaritan Society –
Christenson Village
Assisted living and care facility 90
Banking Sunshine Coast Credit Union Banking 75
Mining Lehigh Materials Gravel extraction 60
Retail Extra Foods Grocery and gas bar 80
Forestry Terminal Forest Products Logs, fuels, lumber 100

Sample New Businesses

a sample of Businesses (start-up or new ownership) in Last 5 Years

Sector Company Product/Service
Business Services Emerge Design Workplace / Interior Design
Business Services Gibsons Public Market Meeting venue with in-house catering
Hospitality Persephone Brewing Craft brewery and hops farm
Hospitality Gibsons Tapworks Craft brewery
Hospitality 101 Brewhouse & Distillery Craft brewery, distillery and restaurant
Personal Services Run for Your Lives Personal training, fitness
Personal Services Share-There Enterprises Ride share network
Recreation Blue Ocean Golf Club Golf club and restaurant
Recreation Coast Gravity Park Mountain biking facility
Recreation The Hangar Climbing Lounge Indoor “bouldering” and climbing facility
Retail Coast Naturals Natural foods and pharmacy
Sales & Manufacturing Eco-Freako Organic personal, baby and home care products
Tourism FUNtastic Hikes & Tours Custom walking / hiking tours
Tourism Gibsons Harbour Ferry Scheduled ferry service to Keats Island; charter tours
Tourism Pacific Ferries Scheduled harbour-to-harbour commuter ferry; tours
Transportation Suncoast Air Scheduled floatplane service to Nanaimo & YVR; charter tours

New business growth is predominately in the retail and services sectors. The success of Persephone Brewing has resulted in a “cluster” of similar businesses springing up in the Gibsons area in recent months, resulting in notice by BC Ale Trail marketing and national publications. Other retail growth is spurred by growing tourism volumes, population growth and increased local shopping by residents.

The home-based business sector is also growing rapidly. Many professionals, often with international markets, provide services or execute trade from home offices. There has been strong growth in non-storefront professional services, including marketing, architectural design, IT services, investment and finance, book publishing and a variety of consulting services.


Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Organization

District of Sechelt Sechelt Indian Government District SCRD   Gibsons


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