Community Economic Development

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) is committed to supporting economic growth and stability throughout the Cariboo Chilcotin. Economic development, from a local government perspective, involves creating the right conditions that allow the private sector to make better and more productive use of the available resources to create sustainable, well-paying employment under local control and ownership, which will in turn facilitate the offering of socially benefiting services. To achieve these conditions, the CRD works to collaborate with and facilitate connections between various regional stakeholders including our member municipalities, community groups, First Nations, small business, and industry to ensure that the Cariboo Region continues to remain a desirable place to live, work and invest.

Through the CRD’s community economic development services, we also work to encourage and provide capacity support to community-led development initiatives that improve the quality of life, livability, and tourism potential of our rural communities and member municipalities. The CRD’s community economic development services are delivered through the Community Services department.

Top 10 reasons to invest in the Cariboo Chilcotin

1.      Incredible lifestyle with outdoor activities, recreation facilities, city centres, cultural diversity & great climate – one of the sunniest places in BC

2.      Great location in BC’s Southern Interior with good access and infrastructure (HWY 97, rail, airports)

3.      Affordability - low tax rates and reasonable housing cost & real estate prices – great time to invest

4.      Strong sense of community

5.      Competitive wage rates reflecting a balanced and growing labour pool

6.      Untapped potential with Indigenous economies and culture

7.      Growing labour supply with many young people who are very connected to the region

8.      Welcoming communities that keenly encourage new investments in clean energy technology sector

9.      Financial support for capital investments in northern BC

10.   Innovative Businesses (home of the Timber Kings) with many entrepreneurial opportunities in a market that is not yet saturated

Proximity to Markets – Infrastructure

Highway 97 and access to CN Rail make the Cariboo a perfect location for same day delivery to major international shipping points like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton or Prince Rupert. Airports: Quesnel Regional Airport, Williams Lake Regional Airport, South Cariboo Regional Airport, Anahim Lake Airport, Likely Airstrip

Lifestyle and Outdoor Activities

With average daily commuting times between 5-20 minutes, the Cariboo Region is known for its excellent quality of life.

Our region has a unique wheelchair accessible trails network as well as world class networks of mountain bike trails that are also used for hiking and snowshoeing in the winter. Throughout our region you can share and experience First Nation culture through heritage centres, guided interpretive tours and workshops as well as cultural festivals and pow wows. We are known for our ranching culture with our many working cattle ranches, guest ranches and rodeos. The annual ArtsWells Festival was voted one of the ‘Top 10 Music Festivals in Canada’ and is one of the many unique events in our region. Canoe the legendary Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, explore one of over 100 lakes along the Fishing Highway 24, see ancient hoodoos and volcanic mountains or explore the Gold Rush Trail which leads to Barkerville Historic Town.

Regional Economic/Community Development Officer

In order to provide leadership in regional and sub-regional community economic development and to assist regional stakeholders in their economic and community development objectives, the CRD has created the position of Regional Economic/Community Development Officer. Among other things, this individual acts as a primary contact within the CRD for industrial and business inquiries, assists community groups in researching and accessing funding for priority projects, and takes the lead on developing and initiating regional and sub-regional economic development projects and programs for the benefit of Cariboo residents. This position is funded in part through the Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Economic Development Capacity Building program.


Regional Economic & Community Development Officer
250-392-3351 |

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