Working in the Kootenays

“I came to visit and ended up staying forever.”

View of Trail bridge over the Columbia River



That phrase is the genesis for many newcomers who call the Kootenays RFlett_Tourism_Rossland_Business_2015-17-Shome. The natural beauty and lifestyle of BC’s Lower Columbia region have been drawing a diverse and talented range of people for decades. This in turn has shifted the resource-based economy to a well-rounded region where science and technology businesses are taking it to the next level.

BC’s Lower Columbia region is opportunity-rich, making it an ideal place to spring
board a new business or lifestyle change. Visit the Invest Section to discover the region’s major employers.

Job Listing Resources

Looking for employment in the Kootenays? View the links below to see the latest opportunities in the Lower Columbia Region. Visit the Skills Centre to see if you are eligible for training grants or wage subsidies.

Walmart in Trail, BC

The Skills Centre – Hosts the most comprehensive online job board in the area, with access to career assessments, training, and employment services.

WorkBC – Committed to helping British Columbians successfully navigate BC’s labour market.

Indeed – Lists jobs available in BC’s Lower Columbia.

Job Bank – Service Canada’s one-stop job listing website.

Kootenay Association for Science & Technology – Promotes regional science and technology opportunities.

Business Resources

If you are looking to start a business, let LCIC connect you with business and industry networking opportunities so your good ideas can springboard into great investments.

Basin Business Advisors Program – Provides free, one-to-one, confidential business counselling and assessment services and more.

Community Futures – Can provide Business Loans.

Columbia Basin Trust – Supports Basin residents to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency.

Western Economic Diversification Canada – Promotes development and diversification of the economy delivered primarily through grants and contribution programs.

Imagine Kootenay – Helping business owners showcase their business opportunities on a free online database, aiming to attract investment.

Rural Development Institute – A regional research centre with a mandate to support informed decision making by Columbia Basin-Boundary communities.

Trail & District Chamber of Commerce – An advocate and trusted resource for the business community to support and encourage growth and development.

Tourism Rossland – Leads, directs and manages tourism devlopment on behalf of Rossland by building on the existing strengths of local organizations.

Small Business BC – Comprehensive business information and planning resources.

BizPal – Online information source for business permits and licences from three levels of government.

Onestop Business Registry – Online business registration and transactions.

Front Counter BC – A single window service for natural resource clients of provincial resource agencies to obtain all the information to start or expand a business.

Trade & Invest BC – Official trade, investment and exporting website for British Columbia.

Venture Capital Programs – Encourages investments in BC businesses by providing investors with tax credits.

Service BC & Government Agents – Province wide access to government services including key government transactions for business.

Futurpreneur – Provides mentoring services and loans to grow the economy one young entrepreneur at a time.

BCBid – Access, create, browse and compete on public sector business opportunities.