Labour force wages are the single biggest operational cost for the majority of enterprise. The 2009 B.C. Wage and Salary Survey covers 120 of the most common occupations and provides information on wages and salaries for full-time and part-time employees in B.C. by occupation, geographic area and industry group. It also includes information on skill shortages in B.C. The Survey can help a business make investment decisions and operational plans.
In general, salaries in Castlegar are below provincial average and enable enterprise competitiveness (skill set, work ethic, productivity, wages) given the City has a rural characteristic, lies beyond the wage influence of major metropolitan areas, and has a lower cost of living than major urban centres.