Statistics and Data


Population Projections

Source: BC Stats P.E.O.P.L.E Projections – Comox Valley Population Growth Projections

Source: BC Stats P.E.O.P.L.E. Projections


2016 Census Focus on Comox Valley Income

Household Income Levels

Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – 2016 Median Income (Contains data for each Comox Valley community)

Income Composition


Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx (Contains data for each Comox Valley community)


Educational Achievement – Percentage of population aged 25- 64 years

Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx (contains data for each Comox Valley community)

Labour Force

Current Trends

Earnings And Employment Trends Data  – July 2019(BC Stats)

Labour Force Statistics Data – July 2019 (BC Stats)

Employment and Unemployment Rate Detailed by Industry & Development Region – 2018 (BC Stats)

Labour Force Status, 2011


Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx

Vancouver Island & Coast Development Region Employment and Unemployment Rate


Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx (includes all Comox Valley Communities)


Source: Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011 – Download .xlsx (includes all Comox Valley Communities)



Source: BC Stats P.E.O.P.L.E Projections – Download .xlsx

Census 2011 – Population distribution for Comox Valley communitiesDownload .xlsx


Source: BC Stats British Columbia Regional District Migration Components – Migration Comox Valley And VI And Coast DR RDs

Construction and Real Estate


Comox Valley Housing Starts

Source: Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation Starts & Completions Survey – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Building Permit Values ($)

Source: BC Stats Building Permit Report – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Real Estate Sales

Source: Vancouver Island Real Estate Board – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Real Average Estate Prices ($)

Source: Vancouver Island Real Estate Board – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Rental Market – 2-Bed Apt.

Source: 2017 Courtenay Rental Market Statistics

Seniors’ Housing

Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation Seniors’ Housing Report for British Columbia

2019 Report, 2018 Report2017 Report, 2016 Report



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Vancouver Island Visitor Centre True Visitor Parties

Source: Vancouver Island Visitor Centre Report – Download .xlsx

Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) Revenue

Source: Additional Hotel Room Tax Revenue Report – Download .xlsx

Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) Passenger Volume

Source: Comox Valley Airport Passenger Volumes – YQQ Passenger Volume


Business Counts E-Newsletters



Tourism Industry E-Newsletters


Sector Research



Strategic Plans

Comox Valley Estuary and Glacier

Strategic Plan

The Comox Valley Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan Update was prepared to guide economic development activities in the Comox Valley over the five-year period from 2013 to 2017.

It was prepared as part of the 5 Year Agreement between Comox Valley Economic Development Society and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), as the contracted agency responsible for economic development services in the CVRD. The strategy will be successfully implemented with the continued participation and joint efforts of the region’s municipalities (Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland) and Regional District, K’omoks First Nation, and many other partners in the public and private sectors.

High-level references to economic development in the Regional Growth Strategy, Sustainability Strategy and available municipal Official Community Plans are referenced in the Plan. As the economic “department” for the regional government, as well as the individual municipalities, CVEDS can use its expertise and track record to determine the specific programs and actions that are most likely to achieve these regional objectives, in the areas over which CVEDS provides services and support.

Strategic Plans

Work Plan

VIVC Annual Report

Annual Report


Past Workshops


Tourism & Professional Development Week – October 21 – 24, 2019
BC Seafood Expo Presentations – June 12 & 13, 2019


2018 Food & Beverage Development Workshop – November 21, 2018


Business Viability: Analysis and Forecasting – October 20, 2017
Building Employee Skills: How to Access the Canada-B.C. Job Grant – October 19, 2017
Tech Talk CV – October 18, 2017
Start Smart Series – October 18, 2017
Operations for Small Business – October 17, 2017
Get Started with Email Marketing – October 16, 2017
Instagram Marketing for Busy Entrepreneurs – October 16, 2017
Business Planning for Developing Businesses – October 16, 2017
Fall Forward Tourism Mini Conference – September 28, 2017
Certified Organic Associations of BC Roadshow – September 20, 2017
BC Seafood Expo – June 12-14, 2017


MIT Regional Outreach Seminar – March 10, 2016


BC Provincial Nominee Program Update – October 27, 2015
BC Abattoirs Premium & BC Restaurants and Foodservices – October 21, 2015
Advanced Online Reputation Management – October 14, 2015
Economics of Organic – September 24, 2015
BC Seafood Expo & Workshop Series – June 13-14, 2015


Industrial Lands – June 27, 2014
Seafood Global Growth Strategies – June 19, 2014


Agri-Tourism Marketing Caravan – Oct. 6, 2008

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Business Resource Centre

Last edited: April 3, 2020

We’re Here to Help You During the COVID-19 Crisis

If you’re a business in the Comox Valley join our e-newsletter for news and updates, including COVID-19 information.

Check the Comox Valley Businesses Services during COVID-19 webpage to view what level of modified business services are available locally during this difficult time.

Have a question that can’t be found on this website? Email Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism at

Comox Valley Business Impacts Survey

To help benchmark and track the impacts COVID-19 is having on area businesses and sectors, Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism has released a COVID-19 Comox Valley Business Impacts Survey and encourage all area businesses to complete it – click here to take the survey.


Latest News & Current Updates

April 2Emergency support is on its way for regional businesses

April 2Government of Canada provides guidance on services and functions deemed essential to Canada’s critical infrastructure during COVID-19

April 2Premier’s task force to support BC economy during, after COVID-19

April 1Government announces details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to help businesses keep Canadians in their jobs

April 1Province supporting people with relief on power bills during COVID-19

April 1CVRD Board Approves Funding to Assist in Community COVID-19 Response

April 1COVID-19 Suppply Hub connects needed medical supplies to health workers

March 31Province extends state of emergency to support COVID-19 response

March 31 – BCEDA has updated their online Resource for BC Businesses Guide under the sections: Province of BC COVID-19 Leave, Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety & Depression, BC CDC Information for Food Businesses, and more

Upcoming Webinars:

Small Business BC Digital Meetups – view here

  • April 6: Small Business Community Chat
  • April 7: Commercial Lease and Contractual Law – Your Questions Answered
  • April 8: COVID-19 – Managing Your Cash Flow

Videos or Recordings of Recent Webinars

Small Business Resources

Please find links below (in alphabetical order) with resources for small businesses from a variety of government and industry sources around COVID-19 and emergency preparedness.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Industry questions and answers, as well as related links here

BC Economic Development Association:

  • Weekly Economic Response & Recovery teleconference calls starting April 2: register here
  • COVID-19 Business Impacts Survey Results here
  • COVID-19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide here
  • Business Retention and Expansion Tools here
  • Community Tips for Response & Recovery here
  • Planning for Coronavirus – A Guide for Businesses and Organizations here
  • Workplace and Employer Resources and Suggestions here

BC Hydro offers billing help during outbreak:

  • The COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program provides customers the option to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Customers are encouraged to call BC Hydro’s customer team at 1 800 BC HYDRO (1 800 224 9376) to discuss bill payment options. Commercial customers will be eligible for relief on a case by case basis.
  • Customers facing temporary financial hardship and possible disconnection of their service due to job loss, illness, or loss of a family member may also be eligible for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund, which provides access to grants of up to $600 to pay their bills.

BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association:

  • OneTable asking restaurants to share their story and make their voice heard here
  • Restaurant Sector COVID-19 Impact Survey here
  • Need for temporary staff, March 24 release here
  • Support your local restaurant with take-out or deliver image here
  • For updates follow BCRFA on Twitter
  • Printable signage for restaurant owners and operators here

Business Development Bank of Canada:

Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19. With flexible and tailored solutions, BDC can help you through this situation with the right financing and advice for your business.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Dealing with Mortgage Payment Difficulties here

Canadian Bankers Association: Canada’s Six Biggest Banks Take Decisive Action to Help Customers Impacted by COVID-19 here

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Preparedness Business Guide here

Calling All Suppliers – Help Canada Combat COVID-19:

  • The Government of Canada is seeking information from suppliers on their ability to provide products and services. Fill out this form if you can provide items from the list below, or any other product or services not listed.
  • Products: Disposable N95 masks, Disposable Surgical masks, Nitrile gloves, Vinyl gloves, Gowns, Bottles of hand sanitizer, Other prevention products.
  • Services: Guard / security services, Nursing services, Food services, Laundry services, Accommodation maintenance services, Personal services, IT support services, Other services.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CGLCC – Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce: updates and information here

  • Weekly calls for LGBT+ businesses across Canada regarding the status of COVID-19 here

Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 resources for businesses here

Department of Finance Canada: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan here

Destination BC: Emergency Preparedness for BC’s Tourism Industry here and specific info about the Coronavirus here

Destination Canada: COVID-19 Updates here

Emergency Preparedness BC: Small Business and Tourism Operator Emergency Planning here including:

Employment Insurance: Service Canada is ready to support Canadians affected by COVID-19 and placed in quarantine.

  • New Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months here
  • Benefits for the Self-Employed: If you operate your own business, or if you work for a corporation but cannot access EI benefits because you control more than 40% of the corporation’s voting shares.
  • Work-Sharing Program: temporary special measures for employers affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19 here.
  • EI Sickness Benefits: provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement. Canadians quarantined can apply for EI sickness benefits
  • Emergency Care Benefit: providing up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks.  Application will be available in April 2020.
  • Record of Employment: instructions for employers
    • If your employees are directly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and they are no longer working, you must issue a Record of Employment (ROE).
    • When the employee is sick or quarantined, use code D (Illness or injury) as the reason for separation (block 16). Do not add comments.
    • When the employee is no longer working due to a shortage of work because the business has closed or decreased operations due to coronavirus (COVID-19), use code A (Shortage of work). Do not add comments.
    • When the employee refuses to come to work but is not sick or quarantined, use code E (Quit) or code N (Leave of absence), as appropriate. Avoid adding comments unless absolutely necessary.

Export Development Canada: Information for Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19 here

  • EDC provides relief for Canadian businesses during COVID-19 crisis here

Farm Credit Canada: FCC’s response to COVID-19, including additional lending capacity here

Facebook: offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for eligible small businesses across the countries where they operate.

  • Small Business Grants Program information here

Foreign Trade Zone – Vancouver Island (FTZVI): If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. If you can say yes to the following, they want to hear from you by sending a short summary of your offer to

  • You manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain.
  • You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns; sanitizers; wipes; ventilators; and other medical equipment and supplies.
  • You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.


  • COVID-19 may have financial impacts to FortisBC customers. They encourage customers to reach out and let them know if you are having difficulty with your bill so they can help find a solution.

Go2HR: Health and safety resources here

  • Job Board (browse jobs by sector) here
  • COVID-19 HR information & updates here
  • COVID-19 FAQs for Tourism Employees here

Google: for businesses affected by COVID-19 – Guidance on updating info and temporary closures here

  • Ad credits for Google Ads small and medium-sized businesses here
  • COVID-19: $800+ million to support small businesses and crisis response here

Harbour Air Seaplanes: COVID-19 Service Update here

Hotel Association of Canada: Information for Hoteliers here

Innovation Island: “Pivot or Preserve” presentation here

Microsoft Teams: Rogers and Microsoft are offering a 6 month free trial of Microsoft Teams here

Prepared BC: COVID-19 Provincial support and information here

Public Health Agency of Canada: Printable resources and downloads here

Restaurants Canada: Resources for foodservice operators here

Small Business BC: COVID-19 Small Business Resources here

Tech Soup Canada: Tips on Working Remotely here

The Conference Board of Canada: Implications for Canada and the economic impact here

  • Videos of past webinars here

Tourism Industry Association of Canada: Updates and resources here

Trade Commissioner Service: COVID-19 Resources for Canadian business here

United Way: COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund here

Western Economic Diversification Canada: Support for tourism operators and SMEs here

Work Safe BC: Information and resources for employers and employees here

  • WorkSafeBC defers Q1 2020 payment here 
  • Industry information for construction and manufacturing here
  • Latest announcements here


Checklists and Recommendations


Local Government Resources

City of Courtenay

Town of Comox

Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD)

Civic Info 

Province of BCList of COVID-19 Essential Services here

Government of Canada: Resources for Canadian Businesses


Personal Health Resources

The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and working with the World Health Organization and other international partners.

BC Centre for Disease Control

Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus here

Lush Valley Food Action Society

Emergency Food Share Program is aimed at providing food to those in need in the Comox Valley, including those in need of financial and/or food delivery assistance.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Public health risk is being continually reassessed as new information becomes available. For up-to-date and reliable information about the coronavirus and Canada’s response to this issue, visit PHAC’s online resources here.

Prevention and Planning

You can find preventative information here on the PHAC’s website and call the Health Canada 2019 coronavirus information line at 1-833-784-4397 with further questions.

Thrive Health

BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool and new support app here. The app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and alerts.  The Self-Assessment Tool is built in.

World Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have issued a joint statement on international cooperation as key to the containment of COVID-19. Read it here.



Bank of Montreal (BMO): COVID-19 support page, including updates here

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC): Financial assistance form, services, and updates here

Coastal Community Credit Union: Service updates, financial relief plan, FAQs here

Coast Capital Savings: member financial relief program, branch closures, and updates here

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC): Updates, financial relief program, and FAQs here

Scotiabank: Latest updates including message from CEO, financial relief, and COVID-19 FAQs here

TD Canada Trust: How they can help, mortgage payment deferral online application, and other information here

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