Invest in the Village of Ashcroft

British Columbia, Canada

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Economic Development Contact

Michelle Allen  |  Chief Administrative Officer
1-250-453-9161 |

The Village of Ashcroft lies on a flat bench next to the Thompson River in a unique desert setting. Rolling hills that rise steeply in the east and extend to the west to form the Highland Valley Plateau surround the community that is centrally located in the South Central Interior of the Province of British Columbia, only 90 kilometres west of the TNRD's largest city centre, Kamloops.

As the gateway to the Cariboo and the North, Ashcroft serves as a centre providing amenities to both its own residents and the traveling public. It is a thriving community with an economy based in mining, ranching, transportation services and tourism industries. Tourism is experiencing significant growth as both North American and international tourists are attracted to the area. More recently, the transportation and logistics industry has experienced rapid growth and is expected to contribute to Ashcroft's growing economy in the years to come.

The Ashcroft Terminal (AT) is an industrial zoned parcel of land (600+ acres) situated along the banks of the Thompson River on the easter edge of the Village. As part of the Southern Corridor on Canada's Pacific Gateway, AT is uniquely positioned as a significant and sustainable logistics terminal that provides both handling/storage for bulk materials and trans-loading services. The Government of Canada announced a $5 million federal funding commitment to AT for the expansion of this project. The project will provide more train capacity and will lead to greater trade to the Asia-Pacific.

Ashcroft sits on the northern perimeter of the copper rich Highland Valley area. Highland Valley Copper is the area's major producing mine and the world's second largest open-pit mining operation. The mine is located on Highway 97C, approximately 38 kilometers east of Ashcroft. The company operates two open-pit mine sites, extracting 90 million tonnes of ore per year and shipping out 400,000 tonnes of clean, high-grade ore to smelters around the world.

Ashcroft features fully serviced residential and commercial properties. More importantly, it is a community prepared to encourage new business enterprises while maintaining its attractive quality of life. For entrepreneurs interested in business, Ashcroft offers an ideal setting to operate a storefront or home based business.

Local Investment Opportunities

Local Infrastructure Projects

  • In 2013, the Village of Ashcroft completed an $800,000 upgrade to the sewage treatment plant. Funding was provided under the Towns for Tomorrow program and the Gas Tax program. Improvements included back up power generation, replacing electric blowers and upgrading infrastructure. These improvements will allow the plant to operate more cleanly and efficiently.
  • In 2013 the Village of Ashcroft is undertaking upgrades to the Ashcroft Community Hall. This historic building is over 100 years old and provides a meeting pace for a wide variety of community functions. Funding from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, Northern Development Initiative Trust and Teck Highland Valley Copper allowed for the installation of air conditioning and acoustical improvements. The exterior of the building is being landscaped to allow outdoor seating while being low maintenance.

Community Economic Development Contact

Michelle Allen
Chief Administrative Officer
Village of Ashcroft

Community Contacts


Jack Jeyes
Village of Ashcroft

Community Contact

Michelle Allen
Chief Administrative Officer
Village of Ashcroft

Chamber of Commerce Contact

Ashcroft Chamber of Commerce

Community Futures Contact

Community Futures Sun Country