Resource Links for Buyers


Community Futures British Columbia

Community Futures provide entrepreneurs with small business loans when traditional financial institutions are unable to help. Loans are available for new business start-ups, business expansion, or to stabilize an existing business. 

Our Affiliates:

Community Futures Alberni Clayoquot 

Community Futures Central Island 

Community Futures Cowichan 

Community Futures Mount Waddington 

Community Futures Powell River

Community Futures Sunshine Coast

Service Providers

Business Development Bank

Business Development Bank offers purchase financing for small business in Canada.


BizPal is a service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits and licences from all levels of government. Visit to start your customized search now.

Canada Business

Canada Business has a page that details government grants and loans for financing your business.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

A provincial initiative designed to facilitate immigration to Canada and the purchase of Canadian business.

Small Business BC

Small Business BC is British Columbia's resource centre for knowledge-based business products and services. Core activities are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. Small Business BC’s mandate is to provide small businesses at every stage of development with products, services, and support that: • Assist in development and growth • Improve productivity • Increase profitability • Enable businesses to take advantage of new opportunities.

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA)

The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) is a collaborative partnership spearheading regional economic development for the Vancouver Island region.

More Information

Why Acquire an Existing Business?

The Business Development Bank of Canada has numerous articles for buying or starting a small business. This article particularly outlines the benefits of buying an existing business as opposed to starting a new business. 

Legalities of Starting a Business

A short article from Small Business BC about the legal requirements of starting a small business. 

A Comprehensive Guide to Buying a Business in Canada

This is a 20 page comprehensive business buying guide created by CanadaOne, Canada's business channel on the Internet. CanadaOne's niche is its focus on Canadian business. The website includes an online magazine, a Canadian business directory, Canadian specific business resources, a technology centre, and several other promotional tools designed to help Canadians grow their businesses. 

Entrepreneur (on-line) - How to Buy a Business

Starting from scratch isn't the only way to get started. Buying an existing business can help you hit the ground running. Here's what you need to know to find a great deal. 

New Zealand

A New Zealand article about the benefits of buying or starting a business.

How To Buy a Business in Canada

This article covers the steps needed when considering buying a business registered in Canada.