Industry & Workforce

Our regional economy is stable and diversified, with an existing combination of primary, secondary and tertiary industries and government services. Stable natural resource industries form the backbone of our communities and tourism is emerging as a new economic driver.

Established local industries in our region:

  • Manufacturing
  • Shipping and logistics
  • Natural resources and value added
  • Alternative energy
  • Clean technology
  • Mobile workers
  • Aviation
  • Life sciences
  • Tourism and ecotourism


Our workforce is socially cohesive and highly motivated. A majority of the population has post-secondary education, with higher levels of accreditation in the trades. The award-winning College of the Rockies, based in Cranbrook, offers a range of trades certifications and University transfer programs. It also has a robust contract learning program for those wanting customized training. Both Cranbrook and Kimberley are among the 4% of Canadians who have fibre optic internet.

Our region is becoming one of the new hot spots for the millennial generation. Property prices are small and lifestyle big.

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Questions? We Have Answers.

There has never been a better time to look at investing and developing your business in our region. Don’t just take our word for it here – reach out and talk directly with our elected leaders…

When you contact CKDI, your message goes directly to the mayor of Kimberley and Cranbrook. Whether you have a specific question about the economy, would like to arrange a tour of our region or simply want to chat, we want to hear from you:

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