Did You Know?

People want to live here: between our two communities, we had a 15.4% growth in the population from 2011 to 2016.

Mobile Professionals and Mobile Workers

When you can work anywhere why wouldn’t it be in one of the most awesome places on the planet? We’re not kidding! The Cranbrook-Kimberley Development Zone is where it’s at and doing business here makes perfect sense. Why? We’ll get to that in a minute.

But first, we want you to picture a place where you can feel good about letting your kids walk to school and ride their bikes through city parks. A place where the rivers that run through downtown are crystal clean and their source, the Canadian Rockies, are just minutes away. Dream come true? We’ll let you be the judge of that.

Now that you’ve discovered our lifestyle, let’s get down to business.

Our region is located in the southeastern corner of B.C. We’re on Mountain Time, the same as Edmonton and Denver, and we're just an hour ahead of San Francisco, Phoenix and Washington—which means you won’t be the one caught in your PJ's when that video conference call unexpectedly comes in.

Let the outdoors be your office

Operating in the Cranbrook-Kimberley Development Zone, you’ll be among the 4% of Canadians with speedy fibre optic WiFi internet. With our region's fast and reliable mobile data coverage from Rogers, Bell, Telus and Virgin, you'll be able to run your business from anywhere, even when you’re mountain biking through the largest municipal nature park in B.C. or paddle boarding on one of our region’s many lakes.

Is the dog giving you puppy eyes too cute to resist? Take a break and run to our dog park. Long commutes are nonexistent in our neighbourhoods so you’ll still have plenty of time in your day to get tasks done and feel like you’re living the life you want.

Need tech support? You’re in luck because computer downtime is not an option in our region, with several local companies available at a whim to get systems back up and running.

Lower living and business costs

Finding a place to base your life and business comes easier in our region because it costs less than the Lower Mainland and Southern Alberta. For example:

Housing: Average single family detached home is $250,000.

Electricity: Between $0.08 - $0.11 KWh.

Commercial space: For rent $5.00 - $10.00 per square foot.

Got cabin fever? It happens. That’s why the CKDI region has an excellent coworking facility as well as a collaborative workspace just for women.

So, the real question is not why would you want to base your tech, online, freelance or at-home business here, but why wouldn’t you?

Dream big and be inspired on a daily basis – that’s what we want you to have.


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