The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

Review the Business Climate

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The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and help you answer the following fundamental questions.

What is the business climate in The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine?

We have compiled the most important aspects of The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.

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What costs and assistance should I know about?

Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting business in The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and assistance available to The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine businesses.

Taxes in the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine are based on services offered these services vary between electoral areas and within electoral area. The following tax rates are the base amounts per $1000 of assessed value. Contact RDKS staff to ask for the additional rates according to services offered.

Electoral Area A $1.023
Electoral Area B $1.129
Electoral Area C $1.266
Electoral Area D $1.024
Electoral Area E $1.787
Electoral Area F $0.409

The taxation information below is the same for all communities in British Columbia.

Corporate Income Tax
General Tax Rate Small Business Tax Rate
Federal 15.0% 10.0%
Provincial 11.0% 2.5%
Personal Income Tax
Earned Income Rate Capital Gains Unearned Income
Federal 115.0% - 33.0% 7.5% - 16.5% N/A
Provincial 5.06% - 14.70% N/A N/A
Sales Tax
Sales Tax Tax Rate
Federal General Sales Tax (GST) 5.0%
Provincial Sales Tax (PST) 7.0%
Fee Amount
Development Permit N/A
Building Declaration nil
Temporary Use Permits $700
Development Variance Permits $250
Rezoning Application $700
OCP Amendment $700
Combined OCP/Zoning Amendment $800
Rural Land Use Bylaw Amendment $700
Sign Deposit $150
Water System Fees
Terrace Rural
Dwelling Unit $200
Commercial or Industrial (First 200sq metres of floor space or part thereof) $200
Commercial or Industrial (Each additional 200 sq metres or part thereof) $200
Queensway Sewer
Annual fee per household equivalent $260
Reconnect/Disconnect fees $20 or $55 if after hours
Connection Charge $3,830
Thornhill Water
Per category/use $180
South Hazelton Water
Per category/use $300
Curbside Collection
Payment before due date Payment after due date Other
Garbage and recyclable material collection for standard service $200 $220
Tags for set out of additional garbage containers N/A N/A $2

For more information, contact info@rdks.bc.ca

Social Insurance (Canada Pension Plan)
Amount
Maximum Pensionable Earnings ($) $ 55,300
Contribution Rate (%) 4.95%
Maximum Annual Employer Contribution ($ Per Employee) $ 2,564.10

Source: Canada Revenue Agency, 2017

Notes: Rates set by employer’s business activity.

Unemployment Insurance
Amount
Average Rate Among Employers (%) 2.28%
Maximum Weekly Benefit ($) $543
Taxable Base ($) Gross payroll

Source: Service Canada, 2016

Notes: Percentage based on percentage of weekly insurable earning. Maximum yearly insurable earnings is $49,500.

Workers Compensation
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Average Cost For All Manufacturing Per $100 Payroll ($) $2.56
Average Rate For Office Workers ($) $0.39
Maximum Weekly Benefit ($) $1,082.14

Source: WorkSafeBC, 2016

Notes: Ratings by industry apply to all workers in that industry, regardless of occupation. Rates for Business Services range from $0.10 to $1.20 per $100 of payroll (average $0.39) Rates apply to maximum gross earnings of C$80,600 per year per employee. (2016)

Cost of living calculator: http://www.costofliving.welcomebc.ca/

  • Façade improvement grant for businesses in select communities
  • Competitiveness Consulting Rebate allows for small- to medium-sized enterprises to recover up to $30,000 in eligible consultant costs for eligible projects
  • Grant writing support
  • Broadband fibre network in the Hazeltons, Terrace and Kitimat
  • Free business registry outside municipal boundaries
  • No municipal taxes outside municipal boundaries
  • Approx. $60 billion in major projects and investment opportunities planned in the region
  • Northern Development Initiative Trust
  • Small Business BC
  • Community Futures 16/37
  • BDC
  • Futurpreneur and ThriveNorth
  • Bulkley Valley Credit Union
  • Northern Savings Credit Union
  • Envision Financial Credit Union
  • Terrace Business Resource Centre
  • Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
  • BCIC Venture Acceleration

How do I use this information?

Having access to business climate statistics and information is one thing, but it's quite another to use data effectively and in a way that will benefit your business. This next section will help you do just that. Learn how to use this information to make better business decisions.

Monitor the local business climate

On-going assessment of the business climate is an essential part of operating a competitive business. In any business climate, there are numerous factors outside your control that will impact your business, both positively and negatively. The health of the economy impacts all businesses, but small businesses usually feel the effect of economic changes faster than big businesses. Improvements in the economy typically provide a rapid increase in new opportunities for small businesses, while an economic downturn can have a significant and prolonged negative impact.

Unfortunately, you can’t influence the economy, but you can monitor the business climate indicators provided above and then take the necessary actions to minimise risks to your business. Staying up to date with the business climate can also help you identify new opportunities that your business can take advantage of.

Know your costs

All industries are unique and incur different types of costs when starting or operating. Understanding these costs is essential when it comes to setting prices, budgeting and planning for growth or downturns. We’ve provided some of the local costs associated with taxes, development and labour that often get overlooked by businesses. There may be other municipal and provincial costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

Where can I learn more about the business climate?

While we are providing you with a range of valuable information about the business climate, the fact is that there's much more available. In this section we provide you with links to other websites that will supplement our information and help to keep your finger on the pulse.

There may also be other municipal and provincial costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

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Deklan Corstanje
Economic Development Officer
Tel: 250-615-6100, Fax: 250-635-9222, Toll Free: 1-800-663-3208
deklanc@rdks.bc.ca

Suite 300 – 4545 Lazelle Ave., Terrace, BC, V8G 4E1
economicdevelopment.rdks.bc.ca