Mayor drop in sessions...
Drop-In Sessions in 2017 with Mayor Menard will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall (second floor), 2185 Voght Street.
Mayor Menard invites interested citizens to stop by and say hello and discuss issues and opportunities for the City, its residents and businesses. If you would like to schedule a particular time to meet with the Mayor at a Drop-In session please call reception at City Hall 250-378-4224.
About the Mayor...
It is an honour for me to have been elected Mayor for the City of Merritt. I was born, raised and schooled in North Central Saskatchewan. I joined the Royal Canadian Navy, did basic training in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia and was drafted to the Naval Base in Esquimalt, BC. I am a 3rd generation foresty worker as well as an iron worker who worked in B.C, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Upon my move to B.C. in 1976 I worked for the International Woodworkers of America (which later changed to the Industrial Wood and Allied Workers of Canada) for 30+ years which allowed me to work in the Merritt area in the late 1970's.
I have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family; there are so many outdoor activities to choose from around Merritt. My two sons both played hockey for the Merritt Centennials, the longest running Junior "A" hockey team in the BCHL. My daughter was the biggest fan.
We have an open door policy for the citizens of Merritt. Mayor Drop-in Sessions will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:00am - 3:00pm in the Mayor's office. Please feel free to drop by and discuss whatever is on your mind.
I am looking forward to the next four years of being in service to the citizens of Merritt
Welcome to the City of Merritt...
The heart of the beautiful Nicola Valley. Merritt is at the junction of the Coquilhalla Highway system, an engineering marvel completed in 1991 that has made Merritt the gateway to the Interior of British Columbia. Merritt is a three hour drive to five international airports, giving our residents, visitors, and business people quick access to destinations and markets around the world. Merritt boasts a favourable climate with long hours of sunshine and very little precipitation throughout the year.
Nature and the recreation opportunities that abound are at our doorstep...
Two rivers flow through our City that provides easy access to hundreds of lakes and many recreational activities for residents and visitors. Many provincial organizations recognize the quality of life and recreation activities in the Merritt area by establishing events throughout the year. Some examples include the annual Pacific Forest Rally and the ATV Association of BC's annual quad jamboree.
Merritt is the regional centre for the Nicola Valley...
We offer shopping, access to public service, education, health care, employment services, social support, and many other benefits. Merritt has much to offer every resident, visitor, and business person. I encourage you to explore our website to see what we have to offer as a resident, a visitor looking for activities to enjoy, or as a business looking to find a place to start, grow, or relocate your operations. Whatever your lifestyle, whatever your adventure, the City of Merritt offers a blend of country fun, an urban lifestyle, outdoor adventure, and a progressive business climate.
In 2011 the residents of Merritt celebrated the city's 100th year of incorporation. During our community’s development, forestry, mining, and agriculture & ranching have provided the foundation for economic prosperity, contributing the quality of life benefits to our citizens and supporting the provincial economic engine.
As our economy diversifies and become less reliant on traditional industries, our business sector represents a variety of industries. The retail sector is growing to serve the surrounding area, our financial services include traditional and non-traditional businesses models, the tourism sector is building its position in the marketplace, and there is a growing high tech incubation community. Our industries are moving forward and building for the future.
With the diversification of the economy and the partnership of our First Nations communities, Merritt saw the development of BC's only Aboriginal public post-secondary institution, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT). NVIT draws students from around the province to participate and develop skills necessary to be successful in the labour market.
Our neighbouring First Nations are tremendous supporters of business and services in our community and the City of Merritt has built strong relations with these bands in recognition of their contribution to the success of our city. Together we work together to bring economic opportunities that will benefit everyone in our community and surrounding area.
The City of Merritt has some leading tourism sites that are unique and national in scope. We boast the home of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Walk of Stars handprints, along with the Michelle Loughery Murals that depict the various country music artists past and present. The music events at Spirit Square and other venues throughout the city set the stage for our branding of the Canadian Country Music Capital of Canada.
In addition to the tourism attractions...
The City of Merritt offers services and infrastructure that communities equal or larger than us do not provide. Merritt has a Civic Centre that can accommodate small conferences and tradeshows, the Aquatic Centre is equipped with a fitness centre and Olympic sized pool and hot tub, the Memorial Arena is home to the Merritt Centennials, BC’s longest running Junior A hockey team, a community golf course, and many parks and sport fields that are available for all to enjoy.