Economic Development

Comox Valley Tourism Service

The new Comox Valley Tourism Service, branded "Experience Comox Valley" recognizes that tourism is an integral economic driver in the Comox Valley that requires collaboration and a unified managed approach at a regional level. 4VI (formerly Tourism Vancouver Island) has been contracted to deliver the regional tourism service and is working with community and industry to provide tourism information services throughout the region as well as destination marketing.

NEW Events & Experiences Funding Program

Experience Comox Valley has launched the new Events & Experiences funding program that will support the development of tourism products and offerings in the Comox Valley. The new Events & Experiences Fund, invests in creating or enhancing the supply of experiences, events and fesitvals that attract visitors to the Comox Valley. This new grant program aims to support the development of shoulder season activities, increase length of overnight stays, and help to ensure that tourism makes meaningful contributions to the well-being of the region. Applications open July 31, 2023 at 9am and will be considered on a first-received, first-reviewed basis until all funding for 2023 is committed.

Program Guide and Application

Economic Development Service Review Complete

On February 15, 2022 the Comox Valley Regional District Board concluded the economic development service review. The review process, which took eleven months, followed the statutory framework provided for in the Local Government Act in which participant representatives (CVRD, Electoral Areas A, B and C, City of Courtenay, Town of Comox), assisted by a third-party facilitator, reviewed the terms and conditions of the service and undertook negotiations to identity common interests and reach agreement on the next steps.

Based on recommendations from the final report, the Economic Development Service transitioned to the Comox Valley Tourism Service focused on providing regional tourism information and destination marketing services. This transition means economic development services will no longer be delivered to the region and instead undertaken individually by each jurisdiction. 

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Economic Development by Jurisdiction


Electoral Areas A, B and C

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Denman Island

Denman WORKS! is committed to improving the socio-economic health of Denman Island by supporting community organizations that share this aim. Operating as a Society, under an Agreement with the Comox Valley Regional District, we aim to leverage our tax-funded budget to obtain the maximum benefit for islanders.

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Hornby Island

Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation (HICEEC) goal is "Building a sustainable island economy." HICEEC is a non-profit Community Economic Development Corporation operating on Hornby Island, British Columbia. HICEEC’s purpose is to take leadership in developing and implementing solutions to social and economic issues facing the citizens of Hornby Island.

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