British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA)

The British Columbia Economic Development Association of (BCEDA) is the leading professional association of economic development practitioners in British Columbia. The BCEDA provides services that help members of communities grow and expand new and existing businesses, attract new business investments, and work towards strategic infrastructure investment, land use planning, and community enhancement.

The BCEDA services include an annual summit and networking event, educational and professional development opportunities, public relations, advisory services and resources and partnering with communities and the Province of BC to market British Columbia for business investment.

The BCEDA is not your typical membership based organization and does so much more to enhance and support all levels of government.  Whether you are a local government, provincial, federal, First Nations or Regional District we work with you to make sure the needs of your organization and others are met

BCEDA Business Resources Page

BCEDA Spring Business Resilience Program

BCEDA has partnered with Spring, a global incubator and accelerator that empowers entrepreneurs and entrepreneur ecosystem organizations, to launch the Business Resilience Program, an online program created to help businesses recover, adapt, and survive challenging economic conditions. 

BCEDA Website Assessment Tool

In an increasingly digital world, the internet has become an important platform for investors and potential residents to obtain services and information. To adequately serve the audience, communities must ensure their websites provide the information necessary to keep the visitor engaged and informed. A well-constructed website has other benefits.

In addition to providing the right information, websites can free up town staff time by answering frequently asked questions and processing common requests and forms. It can effectively and inexpensively communicate about doing business in the community and opportunities. It can serve as a central information source for investors and potential residents on a broad range of topics such as starting a business, moving to the community and what support services exist

BCEDA Mentorship Program

Hand-picked, long time BCEDA members that have served in leadership roles and have a positive reputation and outlook in British Columbia and the economic development industry. Members that are at that point in their career that they are ready to sincerely “give back” to the profession and mentor other economic developers in British Columbia.