Why relocate to Salt Spring?
The island is a draw for artists, writers, unique intellectuals, cultural creatives, digital types, diverse and community minded folks and eco-sustainability activists.
Many home-based businesses start up and thrive on the island with an array of business sectors here from food + beverage, green services to craft + lifestyle products.
Business Registry/ Licenses
Home-based businesses do not require a license here.
Another free resource to improve your business planning is BizPal:
Some helpful links for purchasing business insurance.
Salt Spring Island falls within the Islands Trust "preserve and protect mandate" in order to protect the Trust Area's ecosystems. Therefore specific requirements are in place for land use planning, please check this link before making your business plan.
In order to start any business you need to follow land use by-laws as follows:
Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 355: Suggested link: Part 3 3:13 Home Based Businesses:
Or visit the island to get a feel for the people who live here already.
Gulf Islands Driftwood is the community weekly paper available for purchase at retailers and by subscription. Both online and in print:
Salt Spring Exchange provides online news, events, accommodations, classifieds, listings and visitor info:
The Fishbowl Magazine is the island’s arts, entertainment and culture magazine:
The Islands Marketplace is Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands buy & sell, events, entertainment guide: