About Us

Leading economic development & tourism in a vibrant community with an exceptional quality of life.

Formed in 2009, The Hope Business and Development Society was created to oversee the completion and execution of the newly identified Economic Development Plan on behalf of the District of Hope. Operating as a non-profit organization, Hope Business Development Society manages the investment portfolio, the Hope Cascade & Canyons Tourism Region, Lifestyle initiatives, and the Hope, Cascades & Canyons Visitor Centre & Museum for the quaint mountain community of Hope, British Columbia.

The Hope Business and Development Society is an arm’s length organization funded by the District of Hope working on various initiatives with goals set but not limited to:

  • Population growth that is able to sustain the service needs of residents and the labor market needs of the economy
  • A base of sustainable jobs that will allow residents to earn a reasonable living within the community
  • Protection of quality of life that have made Hope an attractive place to live
  • A diversified economic base that is able to meet the local budget need to improve District finances
  • Promoting a business-friendly atmosphere that fosters growth and development, helping to balance the municipal tax load
  • Continuing to become recognized as a provincial tourism destination, increasing sources of sustainable revenue to the community
  • Developing a vibrant downtown core that will attract residents and visitors and build a greater sense of community pride.

These goals are achieved through business and resident attraction, as well as marketing the Hope, Cascades & Canyons Tourism Region. 

The Hope Business and Development Society is located near the downtown core, at 919 Water Avenue. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the office is currently closed to the public. However, the Visitor Centre remains open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for drive-by services. Other appointments can be completed virtually or on-site.

Our Mission

Guide and influence development by attracting new residents, visitors, and investors through tourism and outreach. Collaborate on local initiatives that focus on asset development, workforce development, business retention and expansion, and economic opportunities.

Our Purpose

Foster and develop a sustainable and diversified local economy for Hope and the surrounding region.

Promote Hope, Cascades & Canyons as the best place to live, invest, relocate, and do business.

Foster regional economic development initiatives.

Foster a viable economic development office with broad community input.

Promoting a business-friendly atmosphere that fosters growth and development, helping to balance the municipal tax load

Develop strategies and programs to encourage marketing opportunities and new investment beneficial to the economy.

Work with the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) to promote tourism initiatives.

Our Values

We take pride in our community

We have a positive and progressive approach to change and innovation

We focus on leadership and building partnerships matter.