Below, you will find some important local links to websites which we feel are crucial to doing business in Ladysmith.
Ladysmith is a growing community both in its population as well as its business base. One of the key indicators of this growth is in the number of business licenses issued by the Town. In 2006, the Town issued twice as many business licenses than in 2000.
The Town of Ladysmith supports enhanced economic development efforts and works cooperatively with local industry to continue to grow the local economy. To guide and facilitate these efforts, the Town established the Ladysmith Economic Development Commission in 2005. The Commission’s prime mandate is to provide leadership to diversify and grow the Ladysmith economy and achieve a sustainable community.
For more information on doing business in Ladysmith, please explore the Doing Business section on the Town’s site or contact the Town Development Services Department at (250) 245-6405.
You can also read the community profile by visiting the Town’s website.
Who’d have thought you could pack this much fun into a small town? We’ve got an ocean-side beach park, a vibrant heritage downtown, golfing, plenty of hiking trails, art and cultural activities, bird watching, nearby wineries and an abundance of community spirit. And that’s not all. Our free trolley bus will take you through town and down to the waterfront. Our Heritage Route and floating Maritime Museum are also highlights to enjoy.
Officially launched in August 2009, the Ladysmith Trolley service meets several key goals for the Town. It supports sustainability by reducing greenhouse gases, provides increased mobility for young and old, residents and visitors alike, reduces parking congestion at the town’s two major shopping areas, and strengthens the local economy by enabling more people to access local businesses.
You can take the Trolley from many stops around town to the downtown core where you can shop, dine and grab a coffee before heading back home!
The Chemainus First Nation are a Coast Salish People who have lived around the Salish Sea for thousands of years. Our traditional territory on east Vancouver Island includes four reserves of more than 1,200 hectares, much of it bordering the Strait of Georgia and Ladysmith Harbour. Our Nation has 1,300 members with about half living on our reserves. We are a rapidly growing Nation, offering our members a range of opportunities, programs and services.
We are a member Nation of the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group and Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council. Please travel throughout our website and find out more about our people, our culture and traditions, our government and administration, the natural world that surround us, our educational and social facilities and the economic opportunities we offer.
Doing Business in Ladysmith
Associations and Groups
- Ladysmith Resources Centre
- Ladysmith and District Historical Society
- Ladysmith Downtown Business Association
- Ladysmith and Area Accommodations and Services
- Parks, Recreation and Culture
Local Education Links
- Chemainus Native College (1 mile north of Ladysmith)
- Ladysmith Primary School
- Ladysmith Intermediate School
- Ladysmith Secondary School
- Vancouver Island University
- Vancouver Island Regional Library
- School District 68
Local, Municipal and Government
- Town of Ladysmith
- Ladysmith Fisherman’s Wharf
- District of North Cowichan
- City of Duncan
- Cowichan Valley Regional District
- City of Nanaimo
- Regional District of Nanaimo
- Minister of Labour – Employers Advisor – Newsletter
- Doing Business with the Federal Government