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We have a proud 120-year history: Kimberley was started in 1896 and Cranbrook in 1898.

Life Sciences

Our region serves an immediate market of 100,000 people. In other words, we are the largest service centre in southeastern B.C. Health care is a major and in demand sector in the Cranbrook-Kimberley Development Zone.

The industry is anchored by the East Kootenay Regional Hospital (Interior Health), which offers core physician specialities, 24 emergency and trauma services, a Level 3 laboratory, and acute and obstetrical care. Interior Health also operates over 20 clinics and care centres throughout our zone.

The health care sector in our region is supported by societies like the East Kootenay Foundation for Health and an award-winning educational facility. College of the Rockies, based in Cranbrook, offers a range of industry certifications, University transfer programs and specialized online training. A majority of our population has post-secondary education, with accreditation in nursing, dental, kinesiology and other health services.

As one of the hottest new spots for the millennial generation, the Cranbrook-Kimberley Development Zone is comprised of active, health-conscious people. Adding to the demand for new clinics and care facilities is a rising population of senior citizens and retirees.

Access to international health care markets

The health care sector is one of the largest and fastest growing in B.C., with over 210,000 people working in this industry. Our province enjoys international partnerships, which open the doors for exports. Canada’s largest trading partner is only an hour from the Cranbrook-Kimberley Development Zone. Our region is also home to an international airport, providing links to worldwide health and life sciences markets.

Along with the location, demand and support, you’ll also find tons of affordable property in our region to locate your business—whether it’s a clinic, laboratory or research facility.


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