Investing in Kamloops, British Columbia



Region:  Thompson/Okanagan

Regional District:  Thompson-Nicola

Increase your profits and efficiency by locating your business in Kamloops. It is the third largest city in British Columbia outside the Lower Mainland and the transportation hub of BC’s southern interior. The City and surrounding area offers an abundance of economic, social and lifestyle assets.

Market Access

One of only two cities in Canada serviced by both national railways

Located at the intersection of Western Canada’s four major highways

Kamloops Airport (YKA) is one of the fastest growing regional airports, providing air service throughout North America with connections to virtually every part of the world

Close to major urban centres; Port of Vancouver a short haul away

Over 25 trucking and transport companies based in the Kamloops area

Ideal location for warehousing, distribution, industrial and technology centres

Investment-Friendly Climate

Selected “Best BC Interior City to Invest In” (Real Estate Investment Network)

Recognized as one of five best Micro Cities (population less than 100,000) to invest in (Foreign Direct Investment Magazine study 2009/10)

Proactive municipal government ensures fast processing of permits and licenses

Competitive development and business costs

Excellent new business start-up support and resources

Balanced corporate/personal tax structure

Diversified Economy & Strong Infrastructure

Site of regional and provincial head offices, manufacturers, exporters and specialty medical clinics

Excellent professional base of nationally recognized accounting, legal and financial services

Both residential and commercial building permits show healthy community growth

Adequate supply of affordable commercial real estate and industrial land

Reliable supply of affordable power and telecommunications

City-wide wireless internet access

Skilled & Educated Labour

Access to a well‐educated and skilled labour pool of more than 54,000 workers

Thompson Rivers University, Canada’s most comprehensive university, is located in Kamloops; it has over 25,000 students (on campus and distance/online) enrolled in over 25 disciplines, and approximately 2,000 graduates every year

Quality of Life

Hot dry summers, mild winters, and more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually

Within a one-hour drive of 200 lakes, provincial parks, 14 golf courses, and a world-class ski resort

Thriving cosmopolitan centre, rich in arts and culture, shopping and lifestyle amenities

Excellent health care, schools, affordable housing and safe


Community Size: 314.86 km²

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