Lochaber Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite applications from Scottish businesses for a virtual trade mission to British Columbia for businesses interested in exploring business opportunities in Canada to expand their International Trade activity. 

British Columbia is the third largest most westerly province in Canada and it is four times the size of Great Britain.  British Columbia is bordered by Alberta to the east, the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Alaska Panhandle and the Canadian territories of Yukon and The Northwest Territories form the northern border.  Most of BC’s population of over four million people (4,638,825 in 2012, BC Stats) clusters in the province’s southwest corner, in and around the cities of Vancouver and Victoria.

Scottish influence has been an important part of the cultural mix both in metropolitan Vancouver and wider British Columbian society. The city still celebrates Scottish Heritage week; which concludes with the BC Highland Games. Many local place names in Vancouver are of Scottish origin.

In June 2021 exports in British Columbia were up 24.1% year to date to April, relative to the same period in 2020. 

British Columbia, Canada has one of North America’s most competitive, flexible, and supportive business climates making it an attractive location to start a business or expand existing operations. A stable, welcoming government has streamlined regulations and developed a competitive tax regime. Combined with a dependable legal system and top-ranked quality of life, British Columbia is an optimal location for business opportunities in North America.

What is involved?

As part of the trade mission delegates will receive market briefings on key opportunities in British Columbia, a virtual networking event with business organisations in British Columbia; and a minimum of two virtual one-to-one business meetings with potential clients or trade partners in British Columbia, based on your company requirements

British Columbia offers many opportunities for Scottish businesses in the following sectors and many more:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Film and Television
  • Forestry
  • Technology
  • Education Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Tourism
  • Aquaculture

Who can apply?

Open to any company in Scotland looking to grow their International Trade activity in North America.

  • Companies do not need to be a member of Chamber of Commerce.
  • Cross sector delegation
  • Non-refundable deposit of £100 required to secure each delegate place

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce are working in partnership with Inverness Chamber of Commerce and Scottish North American Business Council as part of a Scotland Canada business fortnight and this mission will follow on from Inverness Chambers mission to Ontario w/c 21 February 2021.  

If you require further information on the mission to British Columbia, please email

If you require further information on the mission to Ontario, please email

Vancouver and Victoria , British Columbia


Start: 01/03/2022
End: 04/03/2022


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