Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Economic Development Opportunities Project

EcoPlan conducted an Economic Opportunity Assessment project for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) to foster economic development and to facilitate collaboration among local governments. The project was coordinated by the SLRD as part of its Regional Growth Strategy initiative, and included many municipal, regional and First Nations governments.

The project had two main components. An Economic Base Analysis provided a ‘snap shot’ of local labour market trends, including demographics, employment, wages and capacity measures, along with a summary analysis of four key local business sectors – tourism, forestry, agriculture and energy. This analysis informed the project’s second component, an Economic Opportunity Assessment, which involved a stakeholder-driven identification, assessment and prioritization of potential economic development opportunities. The final strategy identified three top priority opportunities: a Joint Economic Development Strategy, a Joint Economic Development Working Group, and a St’át’imc Heritage and Learning Centre. The SLRD has adopted the Joint Economic Development Strategy, and the Working Group is proceeding forward. The St’át’imc Heritage and Learning Centre is currently in development.