Comox Valley Economic Development Service Review Complete

February 17, 2022

The City of Courtenay is proud to have participated with Comox Valley local governments on a comprehensive review of economic development and tourism services for the region.

The process over an 11-month period reviewed the terms and conditions of the service and identified common interests amongst the jurisdictions.

A newly-established Comox Valley Regional Tourism Service will provide tourism information and destination marketing services on behalf of the region.

Economic development services will become the responsibility of individual jurisdictions to implement.

Recognizing the gap left by the end of Comox Valley Economic Development Society, Courtenay Council in cooperation with local hoteliers, Tourism Vancouver Island and the Province reinitiated the Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) on accommodations in 2021 to maintain continuity in tourism marketing.

Going forward, the City will be examining Courtenay’s formal role in economic development, beginning with the financial planning process in 2022 and through ad-hoc committees identified through the service review process. A new Courtenay-specific economic development function will be reviewed beginning in 2023.

The City of Courtenay acknowledges and appreciates the work of the Comox Valley Economic Development Society and its volunteer board over many years.

Learn more about the Comox Valley Economic Development Service Review from the Comox Valley Regional District