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Local Government

Business friendly first attitude. Progressive vision and a commitment to the environment.  Supportive local government. All assets you can count on when choosing Ladysmith for your business.

Our municipality is among the most business-friendly in the province, according to the BC Small Business Roundtable. We’re the only local government in central and south Vancouver Island to be named a finalist in the 2019 Open for Business Awards.

Ladysmith offers multiple tax incentives and economic revitalization programs and services for small business owners. You can get information at the town’s business and development portal.

We’re also known for a progressive vision and a commitment to the environment. The Town of Ladysmith’s sustainability initiatives have repeatedly earned it honours as one of Canada’s greenest employers. Among other municipal awards, the town has also been recognized for policy planning excellence.

Town council includes a mayor and six councillors who are elected every four years.

Ladysmith is one of four municipalities with a representative on the regional district board. The CVRD also includes nine electoral areas.


The Stz’uminus were the first inhabitants of the land now known as Ladysmith. The First Nation is an important partner with the town on projects that benefit the shared communities. The Stz’uminus play an integral role in the town’s strategic plan and waterfront development plan, for example.


Health authority

Your business may also work with Island Health, a government agency that enforces commercial health regulations.