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Economic Development

(250) 378-4224


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 Direction

Economic Development for the City of Merritt is based on the vision, mission, guiding principles of the Official Community Plan (OCP) and the Economic Development Strategy provide 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.

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Questions or comments?

Economic Development

Phone: (250) 378-4224