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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:

Social Services


Wood Manufacturing


Financial/Gov’t Services
  • Major Employers:
    Interior Health Authority (regional)

    Teck (regional)

    FortisBC (regional employer)

    BCGEU (regional employer)

    Golden Life (regional employer)


    Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership

    Selkirk College (regional)

    Kootenay Savings Credit Union

    Kalesnikoff Lumber

    Selkirk Paving

    Canada Safeway

    YRB (Yellowhead Road and Bridge)

    Certified Coating Specialists Inc.

    Martech Electrical Systems Ltd.

    RHC Insurance Brokers

    BC Timber Sales (Regional)

    Columbia Basin Trust

    Canadian Tire

    Columbia Power Corp

    Heritage Credit Union