Society unveils economic profile for Okanagan Valley

The first Okanagan Valley economic profile has been released by the Okanagan Valley Economic Developers Society.

The first Okanagan Valley economic profile has been released by the Okanagan Valley Economic Developers Society.

The profile covers the member communities throughout the Okanagan and includes a wide range of demographic information pertinent to the local economy including information on population, infrastructure, housing, education, labour force, industry and resources related to investing and living in the region.

The profile is a tool for market research with a wide range of users from potential investors, business students, trade and investment representatives to individuals researching the marketplace prior to starting a business.

“Member communities at Invest Okanagan (OVEDS) recognize the need to market assets of the Okanagan to the global marketplace,” said Corie Griffiths, society chairperson.

“Investors and visitors see the Okanagan as a whole with the unique attributes of communities throughout the valley adding value to the investment proposition. The profile provides detailed statistical and qualitative information about the Okanagan as one means to showcase the region as a place to invest, work and experience.”

Griffiths says the Okanagan Valley is one of the province’s more desirable places to live, work and play, and that it appeals to residents, visitors and potential investors on several fronts, including an emerging technology sector, sustainable communities and year-round recreational opportunities.

Established in 2005, the society is the valley’s association of economic development practitioners dedicated to providing investment attraction activities, profile and a forum for its members and their collective economic development goals. The society facilitates initiatives in support of collective investment attraction opportunities in areas encompassing the three regional districts – North Okanagan, Central Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen.

Member communities range considerably in size, demographics and stages of economic development. However, the society pursues strategic regional initiatives that seek to benefit all members. To download the economic profile, and for a list of OVEDS members and contact information, visit