Invest in the City of Merritt

British Columbia, Canada

The City of Merritt is a growing community that focuses on socially responsible and environmentally sustainable economic development.

Economic Development Contact

Will George |  Economic Development Officer
1-250-378-4224  |  

The City of Merritt is the second largest city centre in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD). Merritt is located in the south-central Interior of British Columbia, and is situated at the confluence of the Nicola and Coldwater rivers. The city is a major community along the Coquihalla Highway and acts as the gateway to all other major highways to the B.C. Interior. The City of Merritt is located approximately 75 kilometres south of the regional district's largest city centre, Kamloops.

Located at the intersection of the key major transportation routes in the province including Highway 5 and Highway 97C, which intersect at Merritt with Highway 97C East connecting the city to Kelowna and Penticton, Highway 97C Northwest to Logan Lake, Highway 8 to Spences Bridge and Lillooet, Highway 5A South to Princeton, Highway 5A North to Kamloops and Highway 5 South to Vancouver. Through its logistical advantage, Merritt is able to offer investors direct access to efficient transportation and distribution networks.

Today, ranching, farming, forestry, transportation, tourism and, more recently, motion picture production have been the primary industries supporting Merritt's local economy. Interestingly, Merritt is the nearest large community to the Douglas Lake Cattle Company, Canada's largest working cattle ranch.

The City of Merritt offers outstanding training facilities, a youthful labour force and an urban lifestyle in a country setting.

Investors looking for a long-term sustainable environment to grow their business need to look no further than the City of Merritt. Merritt has significant “baby boomer” and “baby bounce” populations. Of the 7,113 strong population, 30% is under 25. Merritt has a diverse business community. With such a mix of experience and youth, the labour force can meet the long-term sustainable growth of any business. But Merritt is so much more.

Local Investment Opportunities

Local Infrastructure Projects

  • City of Merritt Airport Upgrades

Community Economic Development Contact

Will George
Economic Development Officer
City of Merritt

Community Contacts


Neil Menard
City of Merritt

Community Contact

Allan Chabot
Chief Administrative Officer
City of Merritt

Chamber of Commerce Contact

Merritt Chamber of Commerce

Community Futures Contact

Community Futures Nicola Valley