The City of Castlegar is located within the Selkirk Mountains at the meeting point of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, 30 minutes by car from both Trail and Nelson. It’s a regional trade and transportation centre, with a local economy fueled by forestry, mining and tourism. Castlegar is home to Selkirk College, Mountain Transport Institute, a regional airport, a pulp mill, and several sawmills.
With an economic base that is stable and diversified, jobs are found mostly in industrial manufacturing, in retail at large ‘big box’ stores, in local lumber mills, and in the energy sector. Teck Metals, in nearby Trail, is one of the world’s largest zinc/lead smelting and refining operations and employs many people in Castlegar and the entire region. Service and tourism organizations also serve visitors from the West Kootenay region, and beyond, year-round.
- Population (2014 est.):
7,864 – 12,466 (including RDCK Areas I & J)
- Age Demographic Profile:
Children (0-14 years): 1115
Emerging Labour Force (15-24 years): 885
Primary Labour Force (25-64): 4140
Seniors (65+): 1665
- Labour Force:
Labour Force participation rate: 59.3% (Kootenay Region)
Average Income: $42,329/year (99.7% of BC Average) Source: CRA 2014
- Community Service Providers:
Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce
City of Castlegar
- Primary Industry:
- Major Employers:
Interior Health Authority (regional)
FortisBC (regional employer)
BCGEU (regional employer)
Golden Life (regional employer)
Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership
Selkirk College (regional)
Kootenay Savings Credit Union
YRB (Yellowhead Road and Bridge)
Certified Coating Specialists Inc.
Martech Electrical Systems Ltd.
RHC Insurance Brokers
BC Timber Sales (Regional)
Columbia Basin Trust
Columbia Power Corp
Heritage Credit Union