Nanaimo works on mobile business licence

NANAIMO – The city is working on a proposed inter-municipal business licence program. It's good news for businesses, experts say.

  • Aug. 21, 2013 10:00 a.m.

A new mobile business licence program could be a big boon for Nanaimo businesses, experts say.

The City of Nanaimo is moving forward with a new inter-municipal business licence program, aimed at cutting costs for businesses doing work in several Vancouver Island communities. Under the program companies can purchase an annual $150 mobile licence instead of buying individual licences for each community. Up to 12 municipalities could participate in the program.

Business experts say the initiative will make it easier for companies to expand on Vancouver Island and could cut expenses.

“For some companies [licence] paperwork is an impediment … so its easier to stay and work where they are as opposed to growing,” said Donna Hais, general manager of Bob Wall Construction. “[This mobile licence] is good news.”

A proposed bylaw is expected this September.