What we do

Our Community Futures office is a non-profit organization guided by a volunteer board of directors and staffed with business professionals. We work with community partners to help foster entrepreneurship and economic development in our region.  Our services include:

  • Business financing
  • Business planning support
  • One-on-one start-up or expansion consulting

Community Futures are developmental lenders. That means we work in collaboration with, not in competition to, conventional lenders like banks and credit unions. We have successfully helped local entrepreneurs get financing to: 

  • Start or expand a business 
  • Apply new technology to a business 
  • Upgrade a business' facilities and/or equipment
  • Develop new products and services
  • Access new markets
  • Expand into the global marketplace

In addition we offer facilities rentals to local groups and businesses, as well as state-of-the-art video conferencing technology.

Community Futures is funded in western Canada by Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Community Futures Mt. Waddington has been operating on North Vancouver Island for over twenty years.  We have never been more active than we are today.  Over the past three years we have lent over $1.0 million annually for new business start-ups and expansions.  We have played a lead role in a number of key economic development projects and activities and we are continually seeking new ways to partner with communities, First Nations and small business to maintain the strength and vibrancy of the North Island economy and life style.


“To support sustainable economic development on northern Vancouver Island and the Mid-Coast region.”

This mission is achieved by creating partnerships for planning and implementing community change by building and improving our physical, social and human resource infrastructure.

CFMW’s mandate is to stimulate, participate in and lead, when appropriate:

  • Community-based strategic planning;
  • Small enterprise training and development, and financial support, specifically through small business lending and the self-employment program;
  • Developing alternatives for Employment Insurance and social services recipients, specifically through the self-employment program;
  • Coordinating, targeting and designing of training programs for employment for North Island workers and employers;
  • Partnerships with Western Economic Diversification and other Federal Government departments, and Provincial Government Ministries to develop creative economic diversification solutions.


CFMW is the recognized leader at building capacity for and supporting community economic development and entrepreneurship on northern Vancouver Island and the Mid-Coast region.

Core Values

We will conduct ourselves with integrity and be responsive and responsible to our communities and our Network. We will adhere to our Core Values and high professional standards.

  • Honesty – We will be genuine, fair, truthful and sincere in all our dealings.
  • Respect – We will show consideration and deference for the contribution of others.
  • Trust – We will behave responsibly and honourably, maintaining an atmosphere that inspires trust.
  • Openness – We will share information in a timely fashion, while at the same time respecting the need for discretion and confidentiality.
  • Results – We will create positive community outcomes through innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, excellent client care and strong partnerships.


  • CED Leadership and Partnerships
    Promote community economic development through coordination, collaboration and partnerships.
  • Maintain/Raise CFMW Profile within the Region
    Increase awareness of the benefits and services of CFMW in all parts of the region.
  • Investment Fund Strategy
    Increase business start-up, maintenance and expansion through lending.
  • Financial Stability
    Increase the financial sustainability of CFMW.

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Communities Served

Alert Bay, Bella Bella, Coal Harbour, Echo Bay, Holberg, Kingcome Inlet, Klemtu, Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Quatsino, Rivers Inlet, Shearwater, Sointula, Telegraph Cove, Winter Harbour, Woss, Zeballos


Community Futures Mount Waddington
14 - 311 Hemlock Street
Box 458
Port McNeill, BC
V0N 2R0

T: 250.956.2220
T: 877.956.2220
F: 250.956.2221