Cost of Doing Business in BC’s Lower Columbia

JL Crowe High School


Business taxes in British Columbia are levied at the federal, provincial and local levels. At this link, you’ll find an overview of the federal and provincial taxes, and other reasons to invest in BC!

The City of Trail posts its annual tax rates here:

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business rates the City of Trail very positively for its approach to small business property tax. The City of Trail also has the lowest tax rate of the five BC municipalities that use a flat tax rate to mitigate fluctuations in property value.

Rossland is also taking steps to encourage investment. For example, property owners can apply to receive a tax exemption if they revitalize commercial, industrial and recreation properties within the City’s boundaries.

The Villages of Fruitvale, Warfield, Montrose have taxing authority and are the best source of current information about the costs of doing business in their communities.


Building Permits

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary issues all building permits required in the area that makes up BC’s Lower Columbia Region.

The link below provides the fee schedules as well as applications:



FortisBC provides natural gas and electricity to businesses in BC’s Lower Columbia. Call the following toll free numbers to find out more about probable utility costs for your venture.

Electrical services: 1-866-436-7847

Natural Gas: 1-888-224-2710 or 1-250-979-4900