Life Sciences

Anchored by the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, our city’s health care sector is diversifying to include pharmaceutical companies in emerging markets.

The East Kootenay Regional Hospital is the district’s primary hospital and is responsible for providing services to patients throughout the East Kootenay. As one of the four regional hospitals belonging to the Interior Health Authority, the East Kootenay Regional Hospital offers services including core physician specialties, 24 emergency and trauma services, Level 3 laboratory, acute and obstetrical care. Interior Health also operates over 20 clinics and care centres throughout the region. In addition to the benefit of easily accessible healthcare, the East Kootenay Regional Hospital has and continues to create opportunities for research investors, medical developers, and healthcare workers in Cranbrook.

As the largest service centre in southeastern BC, and with a steadily rising population, the health care sector is crucial and in demand now more than ever.

The health care sector in our region is supported by societies like the East Kootenay Foundation for Health and an award-winning educational facility. The College of the Rockies, based in Cranbrook, provides our workforce with a range of industry certifications, university programs, and specialized online training in the fields of health care, nursing, medicine, dental care, and biology. Along with the location, demand, and support, you’ll also find tons of affordable property in our region to locate your business—whether it’s a clinic, laboratory or research facility.

The life sciences industry is one of the largest and fastest growing in B.C., with over 210,000 people working in this sector. Our province enjoys international partnerships, which open the doors for exports. Canada’s largest trading partner is only an hour from the Cranbrook-Kimberley Development Zone. Our region is also home to an international airport, providing links to worldwide health and life sciences markets.

Interior Health Unit

  • Serves 801,000+ population of the southern interior
  • $2.6 billion annual budget
  • Covers more than 215,000 km² (83,011 m²)
  • $8.8 million invested into EKRH in 2019 and 2020