Energetic City ranked one of Canada's most entrepreneurial cities

Fort St. John is ranked the 28th most entrepreneurial city in Canada.

That’s the word from a 2009 study, conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

More than 90 cities throughout Canada were ranked in the study. The CFIB took information gathered by Statistics Canada as well as direct perspectives from the Federation’s membership.

The group established a ranking system that focused on 12 key elements split into three categories including presence, perspective, and policy. More weight was applied on presence and policy indicators.

Fort St. John received an overall score of 52.7 per cent.

The Energetic City scored well in the Overall State of Business category, where 50 per cent of local respondents indicated that the general situation of their company is ‘good.’

The study also indicated that there were 9.6 businesses per hundred people in June 2009.

However, 58.3 per cent of local respondents indicated that the ‘cost of local government’ is a major concern for their business.

Overall, Saskatoon earned first place, with a score of 64.2 per cent, while Grande Prairie, Alberta ranked second.

But, the report indicates that even the top ten scoring cities in Canada have considerable room for improvement in each category. The study also found that Alberta, B.C. and Ontario cities have been hit harder by the weaker economy than communities in Saskatchewan.

To view the full report, click on the attachment below.