Business Friendly Cranbrook

Our local government is committed to fostering a thriving business community. We offer a range of measures and incentives to help established businesses grow and to encourage new startups. Our goal is to provide all business owners with the necessary support to succeed. Our collaborative and customer-focused approach involves working as a team to understand and meet the needs of those interested in investing, establishing, or relocating their business to Cranbrook. We also provide support for those already investing in our city, to ensure their continued success.

Spirit of Collaboration

We collaborate closely with local and neighboring business leaders to expand our market reach and drive strategic growth. One recent example is the development of the Tourism Master Plan 2023 in partnership with Cranbrook Tourism, the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, and the Ktunaxa Nation Council. This plan will serve as a guide for the city’s decision-making on tourism initiatives, while also providing a clear vision and mission to enhance current tourism assets in the city and surrounding region. Find out more about our Tourism Master plan.

Our team, local industry and partners are committed to strengthening our city’s role as the regional service centre.

Value of Building Permits Issued – over the last 5 years

  • $300M
  • $897 family dwelling units built
  • $50M + Invested in Infrastructure
  • Find out more one our data portal *click here*

Cranbrook Innovation Initiative

The purpose of the Cranbrook Innovation Initiative (CII) is to encourage and foster the growth of emerging technologies that utilize the vast Kootenay region’s capabilities.

Our goal is to be the largest innovation zone in the B.C. interior for commercializing the research and development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous vehicles (land and air), advanced optics, clean energy, data sciences, and other related technologies.

The CII is committed to growing our existing industrial sectors by revitalizing or repurposing existing lands and engaging sectors that have been affected by economic downturn. We are working with local stakeholders, business leaders, and government agencies to help support our city as a rapidly emerging 21st century economy.

Talent and Workforce

Our labour force is dedicated and diverse with extensive experience in the city’s prime industry sectors of education, health care, construction, transportation, mining, and retail trade. These individuals are motivated by their desire to live, work, and play here.

Cranbrook is the Kootenay’s talent destination. As home of the College of the Rockies Main Campus, our talent pipeline is strong and diverse with COTR consistently investing in new programming.