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.
|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 –
|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||60|
|Forestry||Terminal Forest Products||Logs, fuels, lumber||40|
|Business Services||Emerge Design||Workplace / Interior Design|
|Business Services||Gibsons Public Market||Meeting venue with in-house catering|
|od/Hospitality||Persephone Brewing||Craft brewery and hops farm|
|Hospitality||Gibsons Garden Hotel||Hotel / meeting venue|
|Hospitality/Tourism||Sechelt Yacht Tours||Luxury tours, on-board accommodation|
|Personal Services||Run for Your Lives||Personal training, fitness|
|Personal Services||Share-There Enterprises||Ride share network|
|Retail||Coast Naturals||Pharmacy and health / organic foods|
|Retail||Embellish Emporium||Home decor and more|
|Tourism||FUNtastic Hikes & Tours||Customized tours|
New business growth is predominately in the retail and services sectors. 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.