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Doing Business in Whitehorse

Whitehorse is an attractive place to do business for the following reasons, and many more: 

  • A modern and progressive business environment
  • A responsive governance with forward thinking vision
  • Substantial government incentives, a supportive business climate, and the stimulus of a resurgent mining industry
  • Pristine nature
  • A thriving arts and culture scene
  • Recreational opportunities that provide a lifestyle second to none

Check out The Right Climate for Business (YouTube video) to learn more about the ten top reasons why businesses are choosing Whitehorse. Few locations can offer a better combination of business opportunity and quality of life.

If you are interested in starting a new business venture, or are relocating an existing business, we would be pleased to speak with you. The City can assist you with location information, demographics, facilitation, site tours, contacts, and advice.

Additional Information

For more information on the City's role in encouraging economic development, please visit our Economic Development pages. You may also wish to review our Official Community Plan, the guiding document for all development within the City.

Mayor Visitation Initiative

To help ensure we stay current on the trends, needs, interests, and issues affecting the local business community, Mayor Laura Cabott can meet with business owners. Book a meeting with the Mayor by sending us an email at

Business Opportunities

The City regularly posts Tenders and Requests for Proposal (RFPs). Click on the link to see current opportunities.

The City also develops and sells property. Click on the link to see current lots for sale.

Licences and Permits

Anyone conducting any kind of endeavor for profit or gain in the City is required to obtain a business licence. This includes non-profit organizations and seasonal operations.

If you are setting up a new business, you may require a Development Permit and/or Building Permit(s). The City's Zoning Bylaw outlines the types of business activities allowed in specific locations throughout the city.