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Whitehorse Named One Of Canada’s Top Places To Start And Grow A Business

Post Date:12/14/2016


City wishes to congratulate the community of Whitehorse on being named one of Canada’s top places to start and grow a business in 2016.

The Canadian Federation for Independent Business (CFIB) releases a yearly index of Canada’s top entrepreneurial communities. In the latest ranking, which was released in November 2016, Whitehorse placed 15th out of 121 Canadian cities with a population of 20,000 or more. Whitehorse was ranked 27th in 2015 and 30th in 2014.

The City would like to acknowledge the efforts of all the local businesses, entrepreneurs, governments, non-profits and individuals which make Whitehorse such a welcoming and attractive place to start a new business. The City of Whitehorse will strive to play its part to continually improve its relationship with local businesses, reduce barriers to getting started, and make Whitehorse a preferred location to invest and grow a business.


“Whitehorse is steadily improving in its ability to cultivate and retain new and exciting businesses. It’s encouraging to see the local business community lead the charge and make Whitehorse one of the most preferred locations in Canada to start and grow a business.”

Jordan Stackhouse
Economic Development Coordinator
City of Whitehorse

Key Facts:

The CFIB ranks communities on a number of metrics including (but not limited to):

  • Business establishment growth;
  • Expected future business performance;
  • Commercial, industrial and institutional permits; and
  • Local government regulations, policy and tax balance.



For more information about CFIB’s report please visit: (Direct Link to report)



Jordan Stackhouse                                                  
Economic Development Coordinator
City of Whitehorse                                                                         


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