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Doing Business in Whitehorse

With one of the strongest economies in Canada, Whitehorse is a great place to do business. Progressive legislation, capable staff and clear and concise processes help make Whitehorse an attractive place to do business.

Check out our YouTube video, The Right Climate for Business which showcases the ten top reasons to do business in Whitehorse. Few locations on the continent currently offer this combination of business opportunity and quality of life.

Why Whitehorse?
Here are the reasons why entrepreneurs and innovative new companies are choosing Whitehorse:

  • Whitehorse is as modern and progressive as any small city in Canada
  • Responsive governance with forward thinking vision
  • Substantial government incentives, a supportive business climate and the stimulus of a resurgent mining industry
  • A pristine natural environment, abundant arts and culture, and a lifestyle that is second to none.

If you are interested in starting a new venture in Whitehorse or relocating your business, we would be pleased to speak with you! We are here to help you with location information, demographics, identifying opportunities, facilitation, site tours, providing contacts, providing statistics, and advice. Please call Jordan Stackhouse, the City's Economic Development Coordinator, at (867)336-2097, or send Jordan an email.

Additional Information
For more information on the City's role in encouraging economic development, please visit our Economic Development pages. You may also wish to review our Official Community Plan, the guiding document for all development within the City.

Business Opportunities
The City regularly posts Tenders and Requests for Proposal (RFPs). Click on the link to see current opportunities.

The City also develops and sells property. Click on the link to see current lots for sale.

Licences and Permits
Anyone conducting any kind of endeavor for profit or gain in the City is required to obtain a business license. This includes non-profit organizations and seasonal operations.

If you are setting up a new business, you may require a development permit and/or building permit(s). You may also wish to consult the zoning bylaw, which outlines the types of businesses that are allowed in specific locations throughout the city.