Regional Pilot - Community Profiles

The following communities are participating in the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot. Please be advised that each community has implemented its own unique process for arranging exploratory visits or issuing referrals to foreign entrepreneurs. This may include the implementation of administrative fees for services related to the community’s administration of the EI Regional Pilot.

We ask interested parties to respect and follow a community’s specific process. Communities reserve the right to meet only with those potential applicants for the EI Regional Pilot that have been qualified through the community’s official intake process.

After reviewing the detailed community profiles and their priority sectors, you should contact the community using only the contact details listed in each community’s profile.

Before considering the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot, you should familiarize yourself with the program criteria and check your eligibility. Please refer to the Regional Pilot webpage and the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Program Guide for more information, including details on ineligible businesses.
 

Enrolled communities by Development Regions:

Cariboo

Kootenay

Mainland/Southwest

Nechako

North Coast

Northeast

Thompson-Okanagan

Vancouver Island/Coast

Community Profiles (alphabetically listed):

100 Mile House

Information:
Population: 1,980
Google Map
Contact:
Priority Sectors:
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
623 – Nursing and residential care facilities
611  – Educational services
Community Description:
100 Mile House, known as the Handcrafted Log Home Capital of North America, is a busy service centre located in the South Cariboo in British Columbia. We are located right on Highway 97, the main North-South highway in the province.
 
Community website: http://www.100milehouse.com
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/cariboo/one-hundred-mile-house/

Akisqnuk First Nation

Information:
Population: 140
Google Map
Contact :
cvced@rdek.bc.ca
 
Priority Sectors:
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721 – Accommodation services
621 – Ambulatory health care services
Regional Description:
The Columbia Valley stretches from the Headwaters of the Columbia River to Spillimacheen, including Area F & G, the villages of Canal Flats & Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere, and includes the shared territory of the Akisqnuk First Nation and Shuswap Indian Band.
Community Description:
A thriving, modern, First Nation Community of approximately 300 members, the Akisqnuk First Nation covers over 8,000 acres of some of the most picturesque land in the Columbia Valley. In fact, almost the entire distance between Windermere and Fairmont Hot Springs crosses the Akisqnuk First Nation.
 
Community website: http://www.akisqnuk.org
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/first-nations/akisq-nuk-first-nation/

Barriere

Information: 
Population: 1,763
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Contact: 
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Community Description:
A beautiful place to raise a family, start a business or retire in an affordable, safe community. Abundant recreation is at your doorstep in a relaxing home-town atmosphere. Just 45 minutes scenic commute to the city of Kamloops.
 
Community website: http://www.barriere.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/thompson-nicola/barriere/

Burns Lake

Information: 
Population: 7,500
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Contact: 
Priority Sectors: 
111  – Crop production
238 – Specialty trade contractors
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
Community Description:
Burns Lake and the greater area known as the Lakes District is an example of northern regeneration. The economy is diversifying, building on our strength in forestry, while encouraging growth in tourism, agriculture, technology and small business.
 
Community website: https://www.burnslake.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/nechako/bulkley-nechako/burns-lake/

Campbell River

Information:
Population: 34,585
Google Map
Contact: 
 
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
722 – Food services and drinking places
Community Description:
Campbell River is the 3rd largest city on Vancouver Island and is named one of the top 5 quality of life destinations in North America by Foreign Direct Investment Magazine. Campbell River is the urban service centre and hub community for ~60,000 people.
 
Community website: https://www.campbellriver.ca/invest
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/strathcona/campbell-river/

Canal Flats

Information:
Population: 668
Google Map
Priority Sectors:
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721 – Accommodation services
111 – Crop production
Regional Description:
The Columbia Valley stretches from the Headwaters of the Columbia River to Spillimacheen, including Area F & G, the villages of Canal Flats & Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere, and includes the shared territory of the Akisqnuk First Nation and Shuswap Indian Band.
Community Description:
Canal Flats strives to be the affordable, family-friendly village that re-connects people to nature, and each other. The Village is looking for ambitious community builders to pursue housing innovation, rebuild a unique work-live downtown, and create next generation business legends.
 
Community website: http://www.canalflats.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/east-kootenay/canal-flats/

Castlegar

Information: 
Population: 8,000
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Contact: 
Priority Sectors:  
113 – Forestry and logging
453  – Miscellaneous store retailers
484 – Truck transportation
Community Description:
Located halfway between Calgary and Vancouver, Castlegar is projected to be the Kootenay's fastest growing community in the next 20 years. Castlegar is home to Selkirk College. The region's main economic drivers are Forestry, Education and Transport.
 
Community website: https://www.castlegar.ca | https://www.caded.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/central-kootenay/castlegar/

Clinton

Information:
Population: 642
Google Map                       
Priority Sectors:
452 – General merchandise stores
236  – Construction of building
238 – Specialty trade contractors
Community Description:
Clinton is a small friendly community close to larger centres but offering a life of quiet living in a pristine natural environment full of outdoor recreational opportunities. Clinton is a community prepared to encourage new business enterprise.
 
Community website: https://village.clinton.bc.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/thompson-nicola/clinton/

Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Sorrento and Electoral Area C

Information:
Population: 7,921             
Google Map
Priority Sectors:
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
111  – Crop production
453 – Miscellaneous store retailers
Community Description:
CSRD Area C (The South Shuswap) is located along the Trans-Canada Highway, and close to major centres. There is a mixture of agriculture, commercial and industrial activity in this area, as well as abundant lake and mountain recreation opportunities.
 
Community website: https://shuswapecdev.ca/live/region-overview/south-shuswap
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/columbia-shuswap/

Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Falkland and Electoral Area D

Information:
Population: 4,044            
Google Map
Priority Sectors:
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
111  – Crop production
453 – Miscellaneous store retailers
Community Description:
CSRD Area D (Falkland and Salmon Valley) is the agricultural centre of the Shuswap, with beautiful countryside ambiance, stable year-round population and strong rural spirit. Industrial activity and rural commercial businesses are also found here.
 
Community website: https://shuswapecdev.ca/live/region-overview/falkland-deep-creek-ranchero
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/columbia-shuswap/

Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Malakwa and Electoral Area E

Information:
Population: 1,185               
Google Map
Priority Sectors:
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
111  – Crop production
453 – Miscellaneous store retailers
Community Description:
CSRD Area E (Malakwa/Eagle Valley) is located along the Trans-Canada Highway. Tourism agriculture, manufacturing and other commercial activity all contribute to the local economy. Area D has the strongest winter tourism industry in the Shuswap.
 
Community website: https://shuswapecdev.ca/live/region-overview/malakwa-eagle-valley
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/columbia-shuswap/

Columbia-Shuswap Regional District – Scotch Creek and Electoral Area F

Information:
Population: 2,454               
Google Map
Priority Sectors:
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
111  – Crop production
453 – Miscellaneous store retailers
Community Description:
CSRD Area F (North Shuswap) is on the north end of Shuswap Lake. Light industry, rural commercial, tourism and agriculture are the main economic drivers of this area. Residents here value community, outdoor recreation, and the natural environment.
 
Community website: https://shuswapecdev.ca/live/region-overview/south-shuswap
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/columbia-shuswap/

Comox

Information: 
Population: 14,850
Google Map                                  
Contact: 
Priority Sectors: 
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Comox is the second-largest municipality in the Comox Valley (CV) and contains a multitude of economic assets that are significant on a regional scale, including a vibrant harbour and adjacent waterfront areas, the downtown, 19 Wing Comox and the CV Airport (YQQ).
 
Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.com
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/comox/

Comox Valley Regional District – Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Island (Area A)

Information: 
Population: 7,213
Regional District Map              
Contact: 
Priority Sectors: 
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Islands (Electoral Area A) begins at the southern boundary of Courtenay and stretches south to Cook Creek, the most southerly boundary of the CVRD. It includes Royston, Union Bay and Fanny Bay, and both Denman/Hornby.
 
Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.com
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/comox/

Comox Valley Regional District – Lazo North (Area B)

Information:
Population: 7,095
Regional District Map        
Contact:
pnp@investcomoxvalley.com
Priority Sectors: 
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Lazo North (Electoral Area B) includes the Comox Peninsula, Little River, Balmoral Beach Area, Point Holmes, Bates Beach, Huband Road and the Tsolum regions.
 
Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.com
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/comox/

Comox Valley Regional District – Puntledge – Black Creek (Area C)

Information:
Population: 8,617
Regional District Map
Contact:
pnp@investcomoxvalley.com
Priority Sectors: 
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Puntledge – Black Creek (Electoral Area C) includes Merville, Black Creek, Dove Creek, Saratoga Beach, Mount Washington, and northern boundary of the Oyster River for CVRD.
 
Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.com
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/comox/

Courtenay

Information:
Population: 27,146
Google Map                              
Contact:
pnp@investcomoxvalley.com
Priority Sectors: 
311 – Food manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Located on the East coast of Vancouver Island, Courtenay is in the heart of some of the Island’s most beautiful farming land. The City is a bustling metropolis with galleries, theatres, shops and restaurants.
 
Community website: https://www.investcomoxvalley.com
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/comox-valley/courtenay/

Gibsons

Information:
Population: 4,605
Google Map
Contact:
pnp@scredo.ca
Priority Sectors: 
713 – Amusement and recreation industries (excluding 7132 Gambling industries)
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
611  – Educational services
Community Description:
Gibsons is a coastal community located in southwestern British Columbia, Canada on the Strait of Georgia, approx. 40 km northwest of Vancouver. The Town's compact boundaries encompass only 4,600 residents.
 
Community website: https://www.gibsons.ca  |  http://investsunshinecoast.ca/pnp/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/lower-mainland-southwest/sunshine-coast/gibsons/

Hope

Information:
Population: 6,181                                         
Google Map
Contact:
economicdevelopment@hopebc.ca
Priority Sectors:
721  – Accommodation services
713 – Amusement and recreation industries (excluding 7132 Gambling industries)
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
Community Description:
Situated at the east end of the lush Fraser Valley, Hope offers many of the amenities of a large centre, while at the same time preserving the lifestyle of a mountain community.
 
Community website: https://www.hopebc.ca/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/lower-mainland-southwest/fraser-valley/hope/

Invermere

Information:
Population: 3,391
Google Map
Priority Sectors:
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721 – Accommodation services
621 – Ambulatory health care services
Regional Description:
The Columbia Valley stretches from the Headwaters of the Columbia River to Spillimacheen, including Area F & G, the villages of Canal Flats & Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere, and includes the shared territory of the Akisqnuk First Nation and Shuswap Indian Band.
Community Description:
Invermere-on-the-Lake is on the northern shore of Lake Windermere, offering a vibrant downtown and seasonal farmers market, a hospital, high school, community college, many professional services offices, the new Columbia Valley Centre and two public beach areas.
 
Community website: http://www.invermere.net/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/east-kootenay/invermere/

Kimberley

Information:
Population: 7,425
Google Map
Contact:
sgoodeve@kimberley.ca
 
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
339  – Miscellaneous manufacturing
611 – Educational services
Community Description:
Kimberley is a growing community located in southeastern British Columbia with easy access to major markets by road or the Canadian Rockies International Airport (15 min drive from city). Kimberley offers low land cost, no development cost charges.
 
Community website: http://www.kimberley.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/east-kootenay/kimberley/

Mackenzie

Information:
Population: 3,883
Google Map                                  
Contact:
bcpnp@districtofmackenzie.ca
Priority Sectors: 
115 – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
213 – Support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Mackenzie is a friendly community of about 3,700 residents nestled between the Rocky and Omineca Mountains. We are open for business and willing to work with potential investors. We invite you to explore the opportunities Mackenzie has to offer!
 
Community website: https://www.districtofmackenzie.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/fraser-fort-george/mackenzie/

McBride

Information:
Population: 617
Google Map
Contact:
pnp@mcbride.ca
Priority Sectors:
811 - Repair and maintenance
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
722  – Food services and drinking places
Community Description:
McBride is a small community of independent-minded, self-starters surrounded by mountains and wilderness, perched on the banks of the Fraser River. McBride is an affordable community that offers endless economic opportunity for newcomers.
 
Community website: https://www.mcbride.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/fraser-fort-george/mcbride/

Merritt

Information:
Population: 7,526
Google Map
Contact:
wgeorge@merritt.ca
Priority Sectors: 
484 – Truck Transportation
453 – Miscellaneous store retailers
493 – Warehousing and storage
Community Description:
The City of Merritt is located at the hub of major transportation routes, offering direct links to provincial and international markets, education facilities, a youthful labour force, while providing residents with mild winters and warm summers.
 
Community website: www.merritt.ca

Trade and Invest website: www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/thompson-nicola/merritt/

Midway

Information:
Population: 679                                 
Google Map
Contact:
PNP.VillageofMidway@shaw.ca
Priority Sectors: 
721 – Accommodation services
722 – Food services and drinking places
811 – Repair and maintenance
Community Description:
The Village of Midway, population 679 people, is in a tranquil valley surrounded by protective mountains. Located in the Kettle Valley on the scenic Highway #3, where the Kettle River meanders through the Canada-U.S. Border.
 
Community website: https://www.midwaybc.ca

Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/kootenay-boundary/midway/

Nelson

Information:
Population: 10,572
Google Map
Contact:
info@discovernelson.com
 
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
Community Description:
Nelson and area is one of B.C.’s richest resource regions. Nelson’s climate, location, & quality workforce have helped create a robust diverse economy including tourism, retail, food & beverage, education, health services, manufacturing, and technology.
 
Community website: http://www.nelson.ca  | http://www.discovernelson.com
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/central-kootenay/nelson/

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Information:
Population: 5,200       
Google Map
Contact:
bcpnp@northernrockies.ca
 
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
211 – Oil and gas extraction
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) spans 10% of B.C., comprising the communities of Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake, Tetsa River and Toad River. NRRM is rich in forest and oil and gas resources, has limitless tourism potential and a well-developed physical and service infrastructure. With a successful history in resource development, it is ripe with opportunity.
 
Community website: https://www.northernrockies.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/northeast/northern-rockies/northern-rockies/

Osoyoos

Information:
Population: 5,085
Google Map
Contact:
gmackay@osoyoos.ca
 
Priority Sectors: 
722 – Food services and drinking places
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
Community Description:
Osoyoos is a thriving resort municipality in the southern Okanagan wine region. The community lies on the border with Washington State, approximately 4 ½ hours east of Vancouver and 45 minutes from Penticton airport, at the junction of Highways 3 & 97.
 
Community website: https://www.osoyoos.ca | http://www.EcDevOsoyoos.com
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/okanagan-similkameen/osoyoos/

Parksville

Information:
Population: 12,500
Google Map                                        
Contact:
pnp@parksvillechamber.com
Priority Sectors:
321 – Wood product manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
339  – Miscellaneous manufacturing
Community Description:
Parksville is home to a skilled and educated labour force and a growing population. The main industries in the Parksville area are tourism, retail, services, construction and light industry. Agriculture and forestry also offer great opportunities.
 
Community website: www.parksville.ca/ and www.parksvillechamber.com
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/nanaimo/parksville/

Peachland

Information:
Population: 5,655
Google Map                           
Contact:
PNPinfo@peachland.ca
Priority Sectors:
312 – Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721  – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Peachland is a growing town nestled in the elbow of scenic Lake Okanagan – a growing town eager for new business opportunities, ready to help people moving to Peachland looking to start a new business or home where they can live, work, and play.
 
Community website: http://www.peachland.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/central-okanagan/peachland/

Penticton

Information:
Population: 36,118
Google Map                                             
Contact:
economicdevelopment@penticton.ca
Priority Sectors:
311 – Food manufacturing
312 – Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
Community Description:
Penticton is famous for its geography, mild climate, fruit & wine. Daily flights to Vancouver & Calgary as well as high speed fibre optic internet keep our residents & diverse businesses well connected. Live, Work & Play in Penticton!
 
Community website: https://www.penticton.ca/bcpnp
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/okanagan-similkameen/penticton/

Port Alberni

Information:
Population: 17,678
Google Map
Contact:
pnp@portalberni.ca
 
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
721 – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Centrally located on Vancouver Island. Forest industry has been primary economic driver; community now diversifying into other sectors. Breakbulk seaport; regional airport; midway between 2 tourism powerhouses.
 
Community website: https://www.portalberni.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/alberni-clayoquot/port-alberni/

Powell River

Information:
Population: 13,157
Google Map
Contact:
investment@powellriver.ca
Priority Sectors: 
311 – Food manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
721113 – Resorts
Community Description:
Located on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, Powell River offers an amazing mixture of nature, culture and industry. The region has become a hotspot for businesses, families, and retirees relocating from centres across North America and the world.
 
Community website: https://powellriver.info/liveinvest/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/vancouver-island-and-coast/powell-river/

Prince George

Information:
Population: 74,003
Google Map
Contact:
pnp@princegeorge.ca
Priority Sectors: 
448 – Clothing and clothing accessories stores
493 – Warehousing and storage
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
Community Description:
Located in central British Columbia on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, Prince George has a population of 74,003 and serves a region of nearly 320,000 people.
 
Community website: https://www.princegeorge.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/fraser-fort-george/prince-george/

Quesnel

Information:
Population: 10,378
Google Map
Contact:
invest@quesnel.ca
 
Priority Sectors: 
311 – Food manufacturing
541  – Professional, scientific and technical services
722 – Food services and drinking places
Community Description:
Located in the central interior of British Columbia, in Quesnel, we live life to the fullest. With affordable housing costs, accessible amenities, and short commutes, we’re able to get out and enjoy the nature that surrounds us.
 
Community website: https://www.quesnel.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/cariboo/quesnel/

Radium Hot Springs

Information:
Population: 776
Google Map
Contact : 
cvced@rdek.bc.ca
 
Priority Sectors:
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721 – Accommodation services
321 – Wood product manufacturing
Regional Description:
The Columbia Valley stretches from the Headwaters of the Columbia River to Spillimacheen, including Area F & G, the villages of Canal Flats & Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere, and includes the shared territory of the Akisqnuk First Nation and Shuswap Indian Band.
Community Description:
Radium’s vision is to be an authentic, environmentally-focused mountain resort community with a dynamic mix of full-time population, daytime enterprise, and recreational property owners, expanding atmospheric tourism services, and a long list of community and valley recreational pursuit that drives motivation to visit or move to the area.

Community website: http://radiumhotsprings.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/east-kootenay/radium-hot-springs/

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area A (Smithers Rural)

Information:
Population: 5,256         
Google Map
Area Profile
Contact:
entrepreneur@rdbn.bc.ca
Priority Sectors: 
115 – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
339  – Miscellaneous manufacturing
721 – Accommodation services
Community Description:
Electoral Area A (Smithers Rural) is the rural area surrounding the Town of Smithers and the Village of Telkwa. The unincorporated communities within the area are Evelyn and Quick.
 
Community website: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/index.php?clD=4645
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/nechako/bulkley-nechako/

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area B (Burns Lake Rural)

Information:
Population: 1,938       
Google Map
Area Profile
Contact:
entrepreneur@rdbn.bc.ca
Priority Sectors: 
112 – Animal production and aquaculture
321  – Wood product manufacturing
713 – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Community Description:
Electoral Area B (Burns Lake Rural) is the rural area surrounding the Village of Burns Lake. The unincorporated communities within the area are Decker Lake, Donalds Landing, Palling, Rose Lake, Sheraton, and Tintagel.
 
Community website: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/index.php?clD=4646
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/nechako/bulkley-nechako/

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area C (Fort St. James Rural)

Information:
Population: 1,415         
Google Map
Area Profile
Contact:
entrepreneur@rdbn.bc.ca
Priority Sectors: 
113 – Forestry and logging
212  – Mining and quarrying (except oil and gas)
321 – Wood product manufacturing
Community Description:
Electoral Area C (Fort St. James Rural) is the rural area surrounding the District of Fort St. James. The unincorporated communities within the area are Germansen Landing, Leo Creek, Takla Landing, and Trembleur.
 
Community website: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/index.php?clD=4647
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/nechako/bulkley-nechako/

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area D (Fraser Lake Rural)

Information:
Population: 1,472         
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Area Profile
Contact:
entrepreneur@rdbn.bc.ca
Priority Sectors: 
111 – Crop production
112  – Animal production and aquaculture
113 – Forestry and logging
Community Description:
Electoral Area D (Fraser Lake Rural) is the rural area surrounding the Village of Fraser Lake. The unincorporated communities within the area are Endako and Fort Fraser.
 
Community website: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/index.php?clD=4648
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/nechako/bulkley-nechako/

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural)

Information:
Population: 1,593      
Google Map
Area Profile
Contact:
entrepreneur@rdbn.bc.ca
Priority Sectors: 
111 – Crop production
115  – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
321 – Wood product manufacturing
Community Description:
Electoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural) is the rural area south of the Village of Burns Lake. The unincorporated communities within the area are Francois Lake, Noralee, Grassy Plains, Ootsa Lake, Southbank, Danskin, Wisteria, and Takysie Lake.
 
Community website: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/index.php?clD=4649
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/nechako/bulkley-nechako/

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area F (Vanderhoof Rural)

Information:
Population: 3,665        
Google Map
Area Profile
Contact:
entrepreneur@rdbn.bc.ca
Priority Sectors: 
111 – Crop production
339  – Miscellaneous manufacturing
115 – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
Community Description:
Electoral Area F (Vanderhoof Rural) is the rural area surrounding the District of Vanderhoof. The unincorporated communities within the area are Engen and Cluculz Lake.
 
Community website: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/index.php?clD=4650
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/nechako/bulkley-nechako/

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako – Electoral Area G (Houston Rural)

Information:
Population: 903        
Google Map
Area Profile
Contact:
entrepreneur@rdbn.bc.ca
Priority Sectors: 
113 – Forestry and logging
321  – Wood product manufacturing
486 – Pipeline transportation
Community Description:
Electoral Area G (Houston Rural) is the rural area surrounding the District of Houston and the Village of Granisle. The unincorporated communities within the area are Fort Babine, Kuldo, Smithers Landing, Topley, and Topley Landing.
 
Community website: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/index.php?clD=4651
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/nechako/bulkley-nechako/

Regional District of Central Kootenay (Area J)

Information:
Population: 3,500
Regional District Map
Contact:
edm@castlegar.com
Priority Sectors: 
113 – Forestry and logging
236 – Construction of buildings
623  – Nursing and residential care facilities
Regional Description:
The Regional District of Central Kootenay – Area J includes the communities of Ootischenia, Robson, Renata, Deer Park, Brooklyn, Shields, Raspberry, Syringa and Fairview.
Community Description:
Located across the river from Castlegar, Area J is projected to be among the Kootenay's fastest growing communities in the next 20 years. The region's main economic drivers are Forestry, Education and Transport.
 
Community website: https://www.rdck.ca  |  https://www.caded.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/central-kootenay/

Regional District of East Kootenay (Area F)

Information:
Population: 2,726
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Contact:
cvced@rdek.bc.ca
Priority Sectors: 
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721 – Accommodation services
311 – Food manufacturing
Regional Description:
The Columbia Valley stretches from the Headwaters of the Columbia River to Spillimacheen, including Area F & G, the villages of Canal Flats & Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere, and includes the shared territory of the Akisqnuk First Nation and Shuswap Indian Band.
Community Description:
The small community of Windermere sits on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere, where the population swells in the summer. The world¹s largest outdoor mineral hot pool drew the first visitors to Fairmont Hot Springs more than 100 years ago, with 3 golf courses, downhill skiing and accommodation surrounding it. Panorama is a world-class four-season resort with skiing, snowboarding, cross-country, biking and hiking trails. Columbia Lake is wrapped by a mix of large ranches, small communities and a Ktunaxa Cultural Landscape.
 
Community website:  http://livecolumbiavalley.ca/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/east-kootenay/

Regional District of East Kootenay (Area G)

Information:
Population: 1,462
Google Map
Contact:
cvced@rdek.bc.ca
Priority Sectors: 
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721 – Accommodation services
311 – Food manufacturing
Regional Description:
The Columbia Valley stretches from the Headwaters of the Columbia River to Spillimacheen, including Area F & G, the villages of Canal Flats & Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere, and includes the shared territory of the Akisqnuk First Nation and Shuswap Indian Band.
Community Description:
The hamlets of Edgewater, Brisco & Spillimacheen lie north of Radium Hot Springs. The villages offers collectively offer general stores, gas stations, post offices, community halls and a Royal Canadian Legion. The Columbia River, Purcell Mountains and surrounding forests inspire a thriving wood product manufacturing, agriculture and arts community.
 
Community website: http://livecolumbiavalley.ca/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/east-kootenay/

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary - Electoral Area E (West Boundary)

Information:
Population: 2,155        
Area Profile
Contact:
pnp@riversidecentre.coop
Priority Sectors: 
713 – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
721 – Accommodation services
722  – Food services and drinking places
Community Description:
The West Boundary is cowboy country. We value our accessible wilderness with beautiful mountains, rangelands, rivers & forests close to large markets. Friendly people in seven communities (Rock Creek, Bridesville, Mount Baldy, Idabel Lake, Big White, Westbridge/Christian Valley and Greenwood/Jewell Lake) welcome visitors’ enjoyment of nature on ski hills and trails.
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/kootenay-boundary/

Rossland

Information:
Population: 3,904
Google Map                                                             
Contact:
http://www.lcic.ca/invest/bc-pnp-ei-regional-pilot/
 
Priority Sectors: 
236 – Construction of buildings (2361 – Residential Building Construction only)
518 – Data processing, hosting, and related services
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
Community Description:
The City of Rossland, tucked high in the Monashee Mountains, is known as both “Canada's Alpine City”. Slightly higher, Red Mountain Ski Resort's an incredible tourist destination for world class skiing in winter and mountain biking in the summer.
 
Community website: https://www.rossland.ca
 www.lcic.ca

Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/kootenay-boundary/rossland/

Salmon Arm

Information:
Population: 18,814
Google Map                                                             
Contact:
eip@saeds.ca                                                        

 
Priority Sectors:
111 – Crop production
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
Community Description:
Salmon Arm is a small city with big ideas! Located in a spectacular setting and ideally situated on a key transportation crossroads, Salmon Arm offers authentic community, varied activity, real prosperity and true opportunity.
 
Community website: http://www.saeds.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/columbia-shuswap/salmon-arm/

Sayward

Information:
Population: 310                                         
Google Map
Contact:
economicdevelopment@saywardvalley.ca
Priority Sectors: 
452 – General merchandise stores
453 – Miscellaneous store retailers
454 – Non-store retailers
Community Description:
This hamlet is nestled in the mountains with the White River meandering by the village. The area abounds with wildlife, and is famous for its great fishing and hiking (Kusam Klimb).
 
Community website: https://www.sayward.ca/ | https://www.sayward.ca/sayward-tourism/ 
http://saywardfutures.ca

Sechelt

Information:
Population: 10,216
Google Map
Contact:
pnp@scredo.ca
Priority Sectors: 
541 – Professional, scientific and tech services
611 – Educational services
713 – Amusement and recreation industries (excluding 7132 Gambling industries)
Community Description:
The District of Sechelt is the largest population centre in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Located about 30 km north of the ferry terminal that connects the Sunshine Coast to the Lower Mainland, Sechelt has a population of 10,216.
 
Community website: https://www.sechelt.ca  |  http://investsunshinecoast.ca/pnp/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/lower-mainland-southwest/sunshine-coast/sechelt/

Shuswap Indian Band

Information:
Population: 319
Google Map
Contact :
cvced@rdek.bc.ca
 
Priority Sectors:
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
721 – Accommodation services
311 – Food manufacturing
Regional Description:
The Columbia Valley stretches from the Headwaters of the Columbia River to Spillimacheen, including Area F & G, the villages of Canal Flats & Radium Hot Springs, the District of Invermere, and includes the shared territory of the Akisqnuk First Nation and Shuswap Indian Band.
Community Description:
The First Nations people have always been keepers of the land, using its bounty to sustain their way of life. Native culture hinges on the belief that the land responds positively to care and respect. Those who nurture the land will receive back from it ten-fold. The vision of Eagle Ranch was born out of this intrinsic cultural belief.
 
Community website: http://www.shuswapband.net
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/first-nations/shuswap-indian-band/

Squamish

Information:
Population: 20,799
Google Map                                                                                                     
Contact:
https://squamish.ca/business-and-development/economic-development/bcpnp/
Priority Sector: 
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services 
Only companies focused on green building technology, clean energy, construction or efficient technologies will be considered.
Community Description:
Nestled between the west coast metropolis of Vancouver and the world-famous resort of Whistler, Squamish has access to global markets, and a strong workforce without the congestion and aggravation of urban life. Squamish is accepting applications focused on the Green Economy, which is a local priority sector.
 
Community website: https://squamish.ca/bcpnp
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/lower-mainland-southwest/squamish-lillooet/squamish/

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Egmont and Pender Harbour (Area A)

Information:
Population: 2,624
Regional District Map
Contact:
pnp@scredo.ca
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
611 – Educational services
541 – Professional, scientific and tech services
Regional Description:
Located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast Peninsula, the Pender Harbour area is a complex maze of inlets, islands, coves, and lakes. The scattered community of settlements includes Madeira Park, Beaver Island, Garden Bay and Irvines Landing. To the north are Kleindale, Sakinaw Lake, Ruby Lake, Earl's Cove, Egmont, Skookumchuck Narrows and the waterways up Jervis Inlet.
Community Description:
The Egmont/Pender Harbour area is home to several marinas and numerous tourist accommodations, artists’ studios, local shops, restaurants, a health centre and the School of Music.
 
Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-A---Pender-Harbour--Egmont
http://investsunshinecoast.ca/pnp/

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Halfmoon Bay (Area B)

Information:
Population: 2,726
Regional District Map
Contact:
pnp@scredo.ca
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
611 – Educational services
541 – Professional, scientific and tech services
Regional Description:
The Halfmoon Bay (Area B) includes Porpoise Bay from Tuwanek to the Skookumchuk, Salmon and Narrows Inlet, Redrooffs, Welcome Woods, Halfmoon Bay, Secret Cove and Wood Bay. It also includes the Trail Islands, Merry Island, Franklin Island, North Thormanby Island, South Thormanby Island, Bertha Island, Capri Isle, France Islet, Grant Island, Jack Tolmie Island and Turnagain Island.
Community Description:
The Halfmoon Bay Area has gentle bays and coves that provide several protected harbours for marine traffic; the area includes several parks as well as diving spots, hiking and mountain biking trails.
 
Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-B---Halfmoon-Bay
http://investsunshinecoast.ca/pnp/

Sunshine Coast Regional District – Roberts Creek (Area D)

Information:
Population: 3,421
Regional District Map
Contact:
pnp@scredo.ca
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
611 – Educational services
541 – Professional, scientific and tech services
Regional Description:
Roberts Creek is a residential and beach area located between the Elphinstone area and the District of Sechelt.
Community Description:
Roberts Creek includes a paved bike path that runs parallel to the highway; a golf course, Cliff Gilker Park, a family-oriented hiking area. Roberts Creek is also the location for several important regional amenities.
 
Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-D---Roberts-Creek
http://investsunshinecoast.ca/pnp/

Sunshine Coast Regional District - Elphinstone (Area E)

Information:
Population: 3,664
Regional District Map
Contact:
pnp@scredo.ca
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
611 – Educational services
541 – Professional, scientific and tech services
Regional Description:
Elphinstone is a small, but populated area surrounding the north, west and south of Gibsons.
Community Description:
The southernmost area in the SCRD, Elphinstone is home to an agricultural plateau where early farm settlements are still operational. Elphinstone also includes large tracts of undeveloped land, small businesses, residential areas, parks and a pioneer cemetery.
 
Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-e---Elphinstone
http://investsunshinecoast.ca/pnp/

Sunshine Coast Regional District – West Howe Sound (Area F)

Information:
Population: 2,043
Regional District Map
Contact:
pnp@scredo.ca
Priority Sectors: 
321 – Wood product manufacturing
611 – Educational services
541 – Professional, scientific and tech services
Regional Description:
The communities of West Howe Sound stretch along the lower roadway (Marine Drive) from Gibsons, to the ferry terminal, past the ferry terminal towards Port Mellon, and up the ferry bypass route into Upper Gibsons and Area E – Elphinstone.
Community Description:
The West Howe Sound area includes Langdale, Port Mellon, Williamson’s Landing, Granthams Landing, Soames, Hopkins Landing, and Gambier and Keats Islands. Although this is the most lightly populated area in the SCRD, it has the highest growth rate in the Regional District.
 
Community website: http://www.scrd.ca/Area-F---West-Howe-Sound
http://investsunshinecoast.ca/pnp/

Terrace

Information:
Population: 13,000
Google Map
Contact:
BCPNP@Terrace.ca
 
Priority Sectors: 
115 – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
213 – Support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
Community Description:
Centrally located in Northwest B.C., Terrace is home to many of the regions business and government services. The City is situated along the Skeena River with excellent access to neighbouring communities and major urban centres by road, rail and air.
 
Community website: https://www.terrace.ca  |  https://terrace.ecdev.org
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/north-coast/kitimat-stikine/terrace/

Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area I – Spences Bridge

Information:
Population: 2,969
Google Map                                                              
Contact:
pnpgccs@telus.net                                                 
Priority Sectors:
111 – Crop production
711 – Performing arts, spectator sports and related industries
115  – Support activities for agriculture and forestry
Regional Description:
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area I includes the communities of Spences Bridge, Walhachin and Hat Creek.
Community Description:
Thompson Nicola Regional District Area I is located in Southern British Columbia along the Thompson River. Amenities include a hospital, motels/hotels, grocery stores, laundromats, museums, heritage sites, restaurants, post offices and restaurants.
 
Community website: https://www.exploregoldcountry.com/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/thompson-nicola/

Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area M – Nicola Valley North

Information:
Population: 1,181
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Contact:
pnpgccs@telus.net                                                
Priority Sectors:
238 – Specialty trade contractors
337 – Furniture and related product manufacturing
411  – Farm product merchant wholesalers
Regional Description:
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area M includes the communities of Douglas Plateau Nicola, and Quilchena.
Community Description:
Thompson Nicola Regional District Area M is located in Southern B.C. in the beautiful Nicola Valley and Douglas Lake Plateau area.  Amenities include restaurants, stores, post office, and service stations.  There are many recreation activities.
 
Community website: https://www.exploregoldcountry.com/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/thompson-nicola/

Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area N – Nicola Valley South

Information:
Population: 1,064
Google Map                                                            
Contact:
pnpgccs@telus.net                                             
Priority Sectors:
339 – Miscellaneous manufacturing
711 – Performing arts, spectator sports and related industries
493  – Warehousing and storage
Regional Description:
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area N includes the communities of Aspen Grove, Brookmere and Lower Nicola.
Community Description:
Thompson Nicola Regional District Area N is situated in Southern B.C. in the beautiful Nicola Valley.  Amenities include an arena, community park, driving range, grocery store, service stations, restaurants, trail riding, hiking, fishing, and camping.
 
Community website: https://www.exploregoldcountry.com/
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/thompson-okanagan/thompson-nicola/

Trail

Information:
Population: 8,122
Google Map                                                              
Contact:
http://www.lcic.ca/invest/bc-pnp-ei-regional-pilot/
Priority Sectors: 
332 – Fabricated metal product manufacturing
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
562 – Waste management and remediation services
Community Description:
The City of Trail, also known as “the Silver City”, is nestled along the mighty Columbia River. It was settled in the 1890s and is home to one of the world's largest metallurgical complexes because of the historical mining industry in the region.
 
Community website: http://www.trail.ca  |   www.lcic.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/kootenay/kootenay-boundary/trail/

Tumbler Ridge

Information:
Population: 2,130
Google Map
Contact:
InvestTumblerRidge@dtr.ca
Priority Sectors: 
611 – Educational services
713  – Amusement, gambling and recreation industries (excluding 7132 – Gambling industries)
721 – Accommodation services
Community Description:
The second of three Global Geoparks in North America, our spectacular mountain wilderness setting of forests, waterfalls, rock formations, dinosaur footprints, lakes, canyons and caves provide spectacular associated business start-up opportunities.  
 
Community website:  https://investtumblerridge.ca/start-and-grow-a-business/pnp-regional-pilot/  |  https://www.TumblerRidge.ca  |  https://www.DistrictOfTumblerRidge.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/northeast/peace-river/tumbler-ridge/

Vernon

Information:
Population: 42,574
Google Map
Contact:
ecdev@vernon.ca
Priority Sectors: 
311  – Food manufacturing
452 – General merchandise stores
541 – Professional, scientific and technical services
Community Description:
Vernon is surrounded by three lakes and is known for its hot summers and mild winters. Vernon’s casual lifestyle, rich agricultural bounty and spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities has attracted residents from across the globe.
 
Community website: https://www.vernon.ca/pnp

Williams Lake

Information:
Population: 11,359
Google Map
Contact:
PNPexplore@williamslake.ca
Priority Sectors: 
561 – Administrative and support services
611 – Educational services
722  – Food services and drinking places
Community Description:
Williams Lake is the “hub” of the Cariboo and a vital part of the Hwy 97 Cariboo Connector - the gateway to Northern B.C.  Less than 600KM from Vancouver, Williams Lake serves as the business centre for much of the Cariboo-Chilcotin region.
 
Community website: https://www.williamslake.ca
 
Trade and Invest website: https://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/cariboo/cariboo/williams-lake/