Existing Businesses

home-alertCOVID-19: Things are evolving daily and the page below may not be current, get the latest updates on City facilities, services and programs at coquitlam.ca/covid19.

Note also that many services are available online to continue to serve the community at this time.

Serving You During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of Coquitlam is supporting businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic with continuing services and resources, including our new Business Support Portal. Many departments in the City are now open for drop-in visits. Long queues may be expected and we encourage you to consider online options. City service updates and other information is also posted on our main COVID-19 page.

Coquitlam businesses wanting to offer services or supplies in support of the COVID-19 response: gov.bc.ca/supplyhub.

Supporting Your Business During COVID-19

The City of Coquitlam is working to provide continuity and support for businesses during this challenging time. 

Please see below or contact the Economic Development Office at 604-927-3905 or economicdevelopment@coquitlam.ca with any questions.

New Business Support Portal

Check out our new online Business Support Portal at letstalkcoquitlam.ca/business for comprehensive information and resources to support you through the pandemic and beyond, including:

  • News, updates and key contacts;
  • Opportunities to provide input or ask questions in the Q&A forum;
  • Links and downloads of business resources from the City and other organizations and government;
  • A calendar of information sessions and other relevant events; and
  • A social media newsfeed with success stories, opportunities and resources.

Temporary Outdoor Business Spaces

The City has established a simple, expedited process to help Coquitlam businesses set up temporary patios and outdoor spaces to help support their business recovery during the pandemic. Visit the program page for additional information including the application guidelines and FAQs. Or contact patio@coquitlam.ca

Consumer Sentiment Survey

Coquitlam residents are willing to spend their money locally if they feel safe doing so, according to a new survey.

About a third of local residents are shopping locally more than before, based on a survey the City conducted in the last two weeks of June to gauge consumer confidence and find out what measures may be required as shopping, in-person dining and travelling begin to re-open.

Survey respondents pointed to crowds and lineups as top concerns, and most wanted to see physical distancing, cleaning and other measures to feel comfortable visiting in person. More than 1,200 people provided their feedback, most of them Coquitlam residents who either took part in the public survey or are part of the City’s Viewpoint online survey panel.

More information:

Property Tax Relief

Coquitlam has deferred the 2020 utility and tax deadlines to Sept. 30, 2020.

On April 16 the Province announced enhanced relief for businesses by reducing most commercial property tax bills by an average of 25%, along with new measures to support local governments facing temporary revenue shortfalls as a result of COVID-19. Learn more on the Government of BC website.

Planning and Development

Check here for the latest bulletins and service updates.

Business Support and Licensing



Businesses in our Parks

Coquitlam’s parks are provided for the public’s use and enjoyment. Our bylaws prohibit businesses from advertising or operating in them in any way, even if services are free. Only the City’s publicly-sponsored programs are allowed.

Businesses seeking additional space to provide services are urged to look into Coquitlam’s Temporary Outdoor Business Spaces program, an expedited process that gives businesses access to adjacent private or public property for restaurant seating, display and sales space, checkout areas or other services. Details available at coquitlam.ca/patios.

Promote Your Business

Promote your business through the City of Coquitlam and Tourism Coquitlam social media channels, websites, and virtual events with these opportunities. 

75 Days of Summer in Coquitlam

Are you a local business interested in getting involved with the 75 Days of Summer campaign? The City will be purchasing gift cards and prize packages for contest giveaways all summer long. Businesses with gift cards or prize packages for sale from $50 to $100 are invited to contact our Economic Development Office at 604-927-3913 or tourism@coquitlam.ca. Businesses selected for the prize purchases will be done on a first come, first served basis.

​Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day at Home

This year, Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day is going online and we want to promote your business alongside the event.

The City is contracting Flare Photography to provide photography services for 10 local businesses, as selected and identified by the City, in recognition of their participation in the 2020 Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day at Home event.

Additionally, the City will purchase $100 worth of goods, services or gift cards for contest giveaways and promotion from the selected businesses from June 24 to July 5 on the City and Tourism Coquitlam websites and social media channels.

To apply, write a short description and take a photo of your special products or services you will be featuring to help residents enhance their Canada Day celebrations. Don’t miss this opportunity – apply by June 24 at 12 p.m.at FestivalsandEvents@coquitlam.ca

Summer Concert Series 

Coquitlam wants to feature your restaurant for the virtual Summer Concert Series held on Friday evenings from July 10 to ​August 14.  Each concert will feature Coquitlam restaurants offering take-out. Selected restaurants will be featured online and included in the event promotions for the weekend, as well as on Coquitlam's tourism website and social media.

Restaurants have ​​two opportunities to apply: 

  • by July 6 (July 24 and June 31 shows), and
  • by July 20 ( Aug​ust 7 and August 14 shows).

Email ​a restaurant description and ​photos of your cuisine to FestivalsandEvents@coquitlam.ca

Coquitlam Business Connects

Coquitlam Business Connects is a business outreach program that focuses on keeping businesses in Coquitlam, while helping them grow and succeed. Coquitlam Business Connects:

  • provides Coquitlam businesses with support, resources and advice;
  • serves as a liaison between businesses and the City;
  • looks for ways to make City processes more business-friendly;
  • builds relationships with local businesses to better understand and meet their needs; and
  • seeks opportunities to promote and support Coquitlam’s businesses.

How We Can Help Your Business

Coquitlam Business Connects supports companies of any size, type and sector. All services are provided at no cost to the business. Specific services include:

  • assisting businesses through City approval processes, such as permits and licensing;
  • providing information about relevant City policies and initiatives, e.g. zoning, bylaws and programs;
  • providing information about business opportunities in Coquitlam;
  • assisting with site searches for growing companies;
  • referrals to organizations, programs and resources;
  • providing introductions to key local business contacts and organizations; and
  • supplying statistics, demographics, market research and other information to support business planning.

Need help growing your business or have a question about City processes? Contact us today.

Coquitlam Business Connects and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

An integral part of the Program is working collaboratively with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce on a variety of projects and activities. Maintaining a good rapport with the Chamber of Commerce is vital to developing programs and initiatives that assist the local business community. Some examples of these partnership programs and initiatives are Small Business Week, Social Media Mondays and the Tri-Cities Intermunicipal Business Licence Program.

Contact Us

For further information on business development opportunities, please contact:

Economic Development Office
P:  604-927-​3905