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District of Ucluelet

Ucluelet, BC Best Small Communities:
Nominee

Ucluelet’s population is approximately 1600, and in 2018 the District of Ucluelet issued over 400 business licenses – that’s a lot of small businesses per capita!
A local saying is that “Ucluelet residents flew or grew here.” Those who flew, or moved to Ucluelet mid career, have had to find their niche in a seasonal market. Those who grew have survived difficult economic times characterized by shifting market drivers.
The District of Ucluelet along with the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce asked “What do local businesses and not for profits need and how can we help?”
The Ucluelet Business and Employee Retention and Expansion Program was launched. It was designed as a business retention and expansion program, with a secondary mission to support local youth development.
Over 100 employers were interviewed to get detailed insight into critical issues, to report findings, and to immediately support to keep local businesses in good shape and help them grow.

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