KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives Report (April 2016): Ranking #1 Central Okanagan (most cost effective place to do business in the Pacific Region of North America) and 11th in Canada. Canada ranks as the 2nd most competitive country worldwide, with a cost advantage of 14.6% relative to the United States
University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan: 10-year-old Okanagan campus, home to 8,500 students, including Education, Medicine and Technology programs, plus annual payroll of $86 million across seven faculties, UBC-O is estimated to inject $1.5 billion into the local economy
Okanagan College: Injects $0.5 billion into the local economy. September 2016 saw the opening of its $33 million Trades Complex, including shop and classroom expansions and renovations.
Kelowna’s General Hospital (KGH): Affiliated with UBC’s Medical School, saw a $632 million redevelopment over last 10 years, includes a new Heart and Surgical Centre with 15 operating rooms that opened in 2014, and a new Cardiac Catheterization Lab set to open in 2017
Westbank first Nation has processed approximately $400 million in business permits since 2006. [View full building permit breakdown]
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Manager, Economic Development & Communications
Westbank First Nation
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