Key Industries

Castlegar has a dynamic and diverse economy rooted in 115 years of history. The economy is driven by five pillars: Forestry, Education, Government/Education, Retail, and Tourism. The breadth of economic activity in Castlegar reflects the City’s role as the geographic and economic centre of the Columbia and Kootenay River valleys (60,000 residents) extending north to Nelson and south to Trail/Rossland. Forestry and mining activity have rebounded out of the recession. Opportunities to diversify and leverage these larger industry anchors include centralized commercial and professional services, and independent and creative entrepreneurial spirits attracted by the combination of soulful people, warm climate mountain geography, and critical mass of population that supports full services

Profiles of 5 B.C. industries (forestry, mining, life sciences, digital media, clean energy) with global competitive advantage are available on the Invest B.C. website.

Leading Local Employers:

# employees
Selkirk College415
Zellstoff Celgar (pulp mill)410
School District #20300
Castlegar and District Hospital230
Columbia Power Corporation50
Castlegar Credit & Savings Union41
Kootenay Savings24
Leading Regional Employer:

(one of the world’s largest fully-integrated zinc and lead smelting and refining complexes, including the Waneta hydroelectric dam and transmission system)