Economic Development

The township hosts a multitude of local businesses as well as large employers like Seaspan and CFB Esquimalt. 

There is a blend of commercial, residential and industrial-zoned areas allowing a wide variety of services and housing forms to be centrally-located in Greater Victoria.

The township is improving active transportation in the community to make shopping and commuting locally even easier. With stunning parks and several schools, including English and French, Esquimalt is a desireable place for families. 

Business Façade Improvement Program

The program is open to businesses located in Esquimalt and outlines a list of eligible improvements including permanent features such as signage, awnings, lighting, windows and exterior surfaces. Successful applicants would be repaid the costs of eligible improvements. Learn more.

Business Investment Roadmap 2020

The township engaged with the South Island Prosperity Partnership in creating a roadmap to build on the exisiting economic development strategy.

The Township of Esquimalt Economic Development Strategy was approved by Council on October 27, 2014. 

The document was shaped over two years through input from industry, local businesses, community groups and residents. 

The strategy is comprised of 15 unique strategies targeting four focus areas for action: business attraction and retention, commercial and industrial revitalization, community image, and quality of life.

Considered to be a living document, Council will update the strategy annually as part of its strategic planning and progress on the implementation of the four focus areas will be monitored regularly.



A. Sector Backgrounders

B. Round Table Participants

C. Surveys by Sector (Community Forum & Online)

D. Summary of Survey Results (Quantitative)

E. Survey Results by Sector (Quantitative)

F. Recommended Actions by Area

G. Implementation & Evaluation Plan

H. Action Plans for Focus Areas

I. Performance Measures

For more information, please contact:
Bill Brown, Director of Development Services
Tel: 250-414-7146