Fort St. John is ranked fourth, on a new Canadian Federation of Independent Business list of communities in Canada, attractive to small businesses.
The report entitled, Communities in Bloom: Canada’s Top Entreprenneurial Cities, is the result of an examination of 12 main factors, including strong economic activity fuelled by the energy industry.
In addition to Fort St. John, other cities on the top ten list benefitting from that category were Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray and Lloydminister.
The Alberta-Saskatchewan border community topped the list by a fair margin with three other Saskatchewan communities, Saskatoon, Regin and Moose Jaw also in the top ten.
In addition to Fort St. John, other BC communities among the top ten were Parksville, which finished second on the list, and Kelowna.
Eight of the centres on the top ten list were in western Canada and, the Federation says smaller communities were dominant, because things like tax policies and regulatory hurdles are less evident, in smaller towns and, better position those places for small business growth.
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