Merritt Business & Investment

Community Profile

Located at the gateway between Lower Mainland British Columbia and the Okanagan Region, the City of Merritt is strategically centered to provide efficient transportation and distribution to much of Southern BC, only one hour commute away from neighbouring regions.

Low overhead costs combined with a superb quality of life and bountiful recreational opportunities, make the City of Merritt a destination for thousands of residents and millions of visitors.

The resident population of more than 7,000 boasts a youthful population, with 30% under 25 years old, as well as a sizable highly experienced baby boomer population. With a post-secondary institution, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, offering trades and university-level programs, the educational attainment of skilled workers continues to grow. Additionally, with large regional events and bountiful outdoor opportunities, the community’s population increases exponentially in the warmer months, with traffic counts well in excess of 2 million vehicles per year.

With a large seasonal population and active lifestyle, the City of Merritt is an ideal location for growth in tourism and supporting retailers, including accommodations, restaurants, bakeries, sporting equipment, and other retail. Centrally located in Southern BC, the City of Merritt is also a great economical location for high-value industries requiring a central distribution node to access Lower Mainland and Okanagan markets.

With proximity to major regions, high traffic counts, superb quality of life, greater affordability, and more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, the City of Merritt is the ideal place to … Flourish Under the Sun.

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Economic Development Office
City of Merritt
T: (250) 378-8623

Merritt & District
Chamber of Commerce
T: (250) 378-5634

Community Futures
Nicola Valley
T: (250) 378-3923