Do Business Here

When it comes to business, our local government is extremely progressive. With measures and incentives put in place to help established businesses thrive and to encourage new business start ups, we pride ourselves on giving all types of business owners the support they need to be successful. With a collaborative and customer-focused approach, we work together as a team to understand and meet the needs of those interested in investing, establishing or relocating their business to Cranbrook, as well as supporting those currently investing in our city.

Spirit of collaboration

We work directly with local and neighbouring business leaders to expand our market reach and promote strategic growth. For instance, the Cranbrook-Kimberley Development Initiative (CKDI) established in 2015, presents the cities of Cranbrook and Kimberley as one economic region working together to bring new business to the area. Furthermore, the two cities have developed a joint business license for companies looking to expand their local market.

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

And with our total tax rate (5.29%) on major industry significantly lower than other B.C. cities, including those in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan, we present a solid case for large enterprise expansion.

Advantages

Hydro electricity, green, renewable, sustainable & cost effective

Preferred Access to major markets

Competitive tax environment

Fiscal Incentives

Global hub for natural resources

Low land acquisition cost

Municipal leadership and vision

Growth potential

Value of Building Permits Issued



Air

The Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) makes travelling to and from Cranbrook a breeze. YXC is only 10 minutes away from the city, which means your time will be spent in Cranbrook, not getting to it. Over 20 flights from three major airlines depart from YXC daily and because of our fair weather, cancellations are extremely rare.

With direct flights to key Canadian business centres, including Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto as well as international hubs, YXC has further opened Cranbrook to commerce, trade, and tourism opportunities and brings in a steady flow of business year-round. Offering stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges, YXC is unofficially and rightfully known as the world’s most beautiful runway.

  • 2nd fastest growing airport in Canada (2018)
  • 134,000+ passengers on average
  • 10-minute drive to Cranbrook
  • $10 million+ invested over 10 years
  • 52 acres available for aerospace development
  • 20+ flights a day3 major airlines

Rail

Cranbrook is fortunate to be in a major transportation nodal point where a variety of transportation modes are available to allow cargo to move regionally, interprovincially and internationally. As a central point between many origins and destinations, Cranbrook is an attractive place for collection and distribution of goods and services of various industries.

Established as a railway and resource town, Cranbrook has a long history with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Trains travel to and through Cranbrook daily from the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan, and other key B.C. locations.

Cranbrook is also one the few locations in the province with an international railway port. This means that US bound cargo spends significantly less time in transit than it would leaving from elsewhere and that Cranbrook can deliver its business to the world.