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Economic Development

Supporting and promoting economic growth is a primary community focus. Learn more about the business opportunities available in Merritt and access information on available industrial and commercial land, existing businesses and other useful statistics and facts.

The City of Merritt prides itself on an open door policy.  We encourage business owners, operators and potential investors to communicate with the City regarding their questions and concerns.

Merritt’s Investment Ready Community Profile has a wealth of information on Merritt and investment opportunities. 

 

The City of Merritt's Economic Development Action Plan

The City of Merritt has taken important steps towards moving the community forward and working to identify and achieve their economic development goals with the creation of the Economic Development Action Plan.  It will be the City’s role to encourage and develop policies to support existing business and to expand investment and attraction efforts.

A community's economic development strategy or plan should work to bring together community stakeholders and provide the roadmap for a common vision or goal.  This Economic Development Action Plan is intended to assist with that.  It is intended to help guide how economic development can work in the City of Merritt to enhance, support and encourage local economic progress.

Nobody knows the capacities and needs of a community better than its own residents and stakeholders.  The development of this plan brought together individuals and businesses to ensure the plan reflected the needs and desires from the local community. Their input provided a key source from which to draw conclusions and recommendations for the Economic Development Action Plan.

City of Merritt's Economic Development Action Plan

"The City of Merritt is a progressive, attractive, economically viable city that is socially responsible and environmentally sustainable."

Located at the intersection of the key major transportation routes in the province, the City of Merritt offers access to efficient transportation and distribution, to training facilities, to a youthful labour force, and to an urban lifestyle in a country setting. 

If you are looking for a long-term sustainable environment to grow your business, look no further than the City of Merritt.  Merritt has significant “baby boomer” and “baby bounce” populations.  Of the 7,113 strong population, 30% is under the age of 25.  Merritt has a diverse business community, with such a mix of experience and youth, the labour force can meet the long-term sustainable growth of YOUR business.

Economic Development for the City of Merritt is based on the vision, mission, guiding principles of the Official Community Plan (OCP).  The Integrated Growth Strategy (IGS) provides planning directives for managed growth and development for the overall economic development of the City of Merritt.

The Department is committed to capitalizing on our advantages to encourage economic growth to preserve our prosperity.  We are here to support the routes (and roots) to growth by providing information and strategic advice to business and industry, and working with our partners to identify and pursue economic development opportunities.  The Economic Development Department collects the most up to date data on Economic Development and Tourism indicators for our area. These are available on the Economic Indicators Quarterly Reports tab.

Our approach is to support a strong local economy using best practices, maximizing collaboration, and focusing on strategically planned economic development.  By actively examining Merritt’s economic base, understanding the City’s obstacles to growth and investment and by undertaking strategically planned programs and projects to remove obstacles and facilitate private sector development, the Department will be better positioned to support business, industry, labour, education, and government initiatives for capacity building.  We can be the catalyst through which economic activity is encouraged and where partnerships with community, industry, post-secondary institutions, and other partner organizations are the cornerstone for economic development opportunities.  The Department works to build on the community’s economic development capacity to ensure the economic condition continues to flourish.

Tourism is an important sector in Merritt, one which the City of Merritt hopes to see thrive as we continue towards a more diverse economy. As tourism related items consist of 20% of the Economic Development Action Plan, enhancing the sector and providing on brand tourism products is key. The following Tourism Plan was prepared for Merritt and the Nicola Valley through the Community Tourism Foundations program (CTF) of Destination BC.

Merritt and Nicola Valley Tourism Plan

See below for more information about programs and opportunities. 

Economic Development Guides, Brochures, and Documents
Investment Capital Discussion Guide Age Friendly Business Top 10 Barriers

 

Contact: 

Will George

Manager of Economic Development and Tourism
Main: (250) 378-4224
Direct: (250) 378-8619