Resources and Services
Within the Village of Ashcroft there is a broad range of business resources and support available to new and existing investors.
A business license from the Village of Ashcroft is required by businesses operating within Village boundaries. You can fill out an application at the Village Office, or the application can be found here. The business by-law sets out the price schedule for business licenses.
BizPaL Online Business Permits and Licences
BizPaL is an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow their business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments.
Benefits of BizPaL
Finding out which government requirements apply to a certain business type can be time consuming and frustrating. BizPaL was created to help identify what you may require, quickly and easily. The information you need is available from a single source; entrepreneurs spend less time dealing with red tape - saving effort and money in the process - and more time building their business. The service is the result of strong collaboration between the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments and is designed with the following benefits in mind:
- It's free to use
- It saves time
- It's available 24/7
Launch the BizPaL service
Business Facade Program
The Northern Development Initiative Trust offers a program to provide funding for the rehabilitation of business facades within participating communities. Each year local governments, like Ashcroft, apply to distribute a total of $20,000 in funding to support this cause. Eligible businesses within Ashcroft's municipal boundaries are able to apply for funding through the Village Office. Funding is provided as a matching grant of upto $5,000. Some conditions apply.
If you are interested in taking dvantage of this program, or would like to know more, please view the documents below. Deadline for applications is September 28, 2018.
2018 Business Facade Program Guidelines
Business Facade Checklist
Love Ashcroft is a program designed to showcase local, independent and non-franchised businesses through local photography, professionally written profiles and providing a web presence to those businesses that don't have one.
This program launched in December 2014 and can be found at www.loveashcroft.com, or on Facebook at "Love Ashcroft."
Check out the video below to see how this Northern Development funded program came to be;
Service BC is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. It is closed Tuesdays and weekends as well as everyday between noon and 1:15.
BCeID Point of Service
BC Hydro Payments
BC Parks Reservations
Legal Services Society
Logging Tax Payments
Manufactured Home Services
Medical Services Plan Registration
Mineral Titles Online
Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance
OneStop Business Registration
Personal Property Registry and Lien Searches
Company Name Searches and Registrations
Community Access Terminals
Consumer Taxation Payments and Forms
Fish and Wildlife Licences
Freedom of Information
Residential Tenancy Information
Rural Property Tax
Commissioner for Taking Affidavits
Birth, Death and Marriage Certificate applications
Business Information and Referrals
Child Care Subsidy Program
Service BC is located at 318 Railway Avenue and can be reached at 250-453-2412.
Motor Vehicle Licensing & Driver's Licences
Interior Savings Insurance Services Inc.,
located at 201 Railway Avenue provides full ICBC insurance services. In addition, they are able to arrange for Driver's License testing and exams. For more information call them directly at 250-453-9133 or Fax: 250-453-9646.
The Village of Ashcroft has a branch of Interior Savings Credit Union
located at 201 Railway Avenue. The branch offers a full range of personal and commercial banking options and has a 24 hour ATM machine. They can be contacted at 250-453-2210 or Fax: 250-453-9080.
Real Estate Offices
The Village of Ashcroft has two fully licensed Real Estate Offices located in town.Remax Golden Country Real Estate Services Ltd.
is located at 401 Railway Avenue.Royal LePage Ashcroft Realty
is located at 211 Railway Avenue.
Ashcroft & District Employment Services is a local division of Service BC. The staff are able to assist in career planning, job placement and training opportunities. The office is located at 124 - 4th Street in Ashcroft, across from the Post Office. Their telephone number is 250-453-9421.
Self Employment and Business Development
Community Futures Sun Country
offices are located at 203 Railway Avenue in downtown Ashcroft. Their mission statement is "to plan and initiate development of our area through the promotion and facilitation of cooperative activities dedicated to the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of our citizens and communities." In addition to assisting you prepare a business plan, they are available to assist you with various funding programs.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
The local Road and Bridge Maintenance Contractor for Ashcroft and area is Interior Roads
. They provide year round service to all Provincial roads and highways.
Northern Development Initiative Trust Resources
Northern Development Initiative Trust is a trust that provides service to the Northern Region of the province which includes Ashcroft. Northern Development has a variety of resources that can be accessed by businesses including funding. These resources can be accessed at Northern Development's Business Resources.
Northern Development has also launched the Supply Chain Connector
, an online database of industrial service and supply businesses within the Northern Development region. It is free to register and if you would like your business to be located within the database, please contact Ethan Anderson at the Village Office at 250-453-9161.