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Members « Elk Valley Economic Initiative



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BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

The BC government and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour (JTST) are focused on the economic fundamentals of creating a business friendly environment to grow investment and create jobs in the province.   Economic growth and diversification benefits regions and rural communities.    JTST provides economic development support to regions and communities across the province, and facilitates links to government programs and services.

NEW fernie member 250 by 75

City of Fernie

Fernie has a robust, multi-faceted economy which is strengthened by its ties to both resource extraction and tourism.

Mining and forestry remain key industries in Fernie with the city serving as an accommodation community to the coal mines in the neighboring areas. Both are a key source of business and employment throughout the region.

Continual steady growth in the tourism industry also provides another major source of employment and revenue. We strive to ensure that the local economy stays strong for established businesses and has growth opportunities for any new business and entrepreneur.

Our Economic Development strategy is geared towards making Fernie an attractive destination for new business alongside a perfect relocation for an established business. Economic growth and diversification are paramount to us.

Our strategy focuses on business retention as well as investment in infrastructure and marketing of the City and region, in an effort to recruit new business.

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin.

We often work behind the scenes and take our lead from residents and communities. The Trust is here to offer resources, experience and support to all Basin residents.

While our range of services, programs, initiatives and financial investments is complex, our purpose is straightforward and easy to understand: we exist and act for the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Columbia Basin—now and for generations to come.

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Community Futures East Kootenay (CFEK)

Community Futures East Kootenay (CFEK) is dedicated to fostering strong, vibrant local economies. Engaging in Community Economic Development with local governments, key partners and stakeholder organizations, CFEK seeks to be a driving force for economic growth and sustainability throughout the East Kootenay. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, CFEK’s dedicated staff supports the creation and expansion of small businesses in the area.

CFEK promotes economic development and the creation of jobs and wealth in our region by providing small-business loans for start-up, expansion or the purchase of existing businesses. In addition to financial support, CFEK offers a variety of business-related services, including knowledgeable, professional business consultation and access to training for entrepreneurs and
their employees.

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District of Elkford

Elkford, a picturesque town located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, was born in 1971 offering lodgings and amenities for the ever increasing mining community. Today the town offers unrivalled community spirit and an array of superb facilities to a proud population of approximately 3000.

An abundance of investment and economic opportunities exist, and whilst Elkford continues to have strong economic and social connection to the mining industry, trends such as community growth, above average median income, anticipated long-term expansion of the mining industry, a thriving regional tourism industry and exponential growth in mountain property investment certainly have profound influence.

Demand for recreational housing also generates opportunity as both visitors and investors come to the community to counter the pressures of urban environments. Outdoor enthusiasts seek the serenity, peace, solitude and active lifestyle that is afforded, and affordable. A rare commodity that is core to our unique community identity.

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District of Sparwood

Rocky Mountains, clean air and water, four seasons of incredible activity, a friendly community and a thriving major industry. If you could do business anywhere in the world, this is one of the finest places to be.  Sparwood, BC is yours and mine.

Located closely to the border, Sparwood is certainly the gateway to BC, readily open for business and an incredible place to live, work and play!  We are a mining community; a collection of hard-working, fun-loving people who happily call Sparwood home.  Metallurgical coal is used to make steel which is used in the manufacturing of everything from wind turbines through to clinical and dentistry tools to the bike you ride and the car you drive.

Our focus is on business retention and expansion.  We welcome innovative, diverse and entrepreneurial business partners who seek development in a thriving area with solid economy and ever increasing population.   Join us.


NEW elkford chamber member 250 by 75

Elkford Chamber of Commerce

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce is an important link to the world of business and marketing in Elkford, BC. Working together, the Chamber and its members can accomplish many things as a collective and integral voice within this wonderful business Community and beyond.

Our goals are to continue being a strong advocate and supporter of local business, a valuable support system and an effective network provider. We strive to strengthen existing partnerships and meet assistance needs of our members.  Meeting and event opportunities are plentiful and a wealth of information and advice is available to members in addition to the many Chamber discounts and offers.

We strive to encourage new business through sharing our knowledge, encouraging liaison with community partners and providing accurate information to base solid decisions.  Growth and economic stability of our community is our priority.

Fernie Chamber of Commerce

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is a service organization that is dedicated to enhancing the economic future of Fernie and the quality of life for the residents. Members of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce are provided access to a number of benefits and services designed to help their business prosper. We are a vibrant organization recognized for its valuable contribution to the community.

We are member-based, which means that the Chamber’s members are the single most important thing to the organization as a whole. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce represents Fernie businesses and will advocate on our members’ behalf, also being able to provide a number of members-only benefits. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce offers networking opportunities and targeted advertising to other members of the Fernie business community and beyond.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce helps its members focus on what’s really important to them – building successful businesses.

invest kootenay

Invest Kootenay

Invest Kootenay (IK) is a regional investment attraction partnership of Kootenay communities. Together, Invest Kootenay partner communities work to:

  • Showcase the outstanding lifestyle and business opportunities in our communities through a marketing program that raises the profile of the Kootenay region.
  • Provide interested investors up-to-date information about a community’s business environment.
  • Improve investor readiness at the community level by providing tools and facilitating planning.

Connect investors to opportunities by maintaining a database of local business opportunities on InvestKootenay.com

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Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

The Sparwood District Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1983 and operates the Chamber, the Business Information Centre and the Visitor Information Centre from our offices located at Titan Park in Sparwood.

Working closely with the District of Sparwood, we promote business and tourism within and around our community and the beautiful Elk Valley.

The objective of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce is to sustain existing business, enhance business opportunities and improve the economic, social, ecological and cultural well-being of the community. We organize a number of community events, rent meeting rooms, provide mine tours in the summer months and offer a tourist gift shop.

We are located next to the “Big Green Truck” on Highway 3.



Teck is the world’s second largest exporter of seaborne steelmaking coal, an essential ingredient in the production of steel, which is necessary for building infrastructure and improving the quality of life for people around the world.

Teck produces steelmaking coal from five mines in the Elk Valley region of British Columbia and one in Alberta. They wholly own the Coal Mountain, Cardinal River, Fording River and Line Creek mines, and have a 95% partnership interest in the Elkview mine and an 80% joint venture interest in the Greenhills mine.

The majority of Teck’s coal is exported overseas, with approximately 95% transported west by rail to the coast of British Columbia and shipped from there to Asia, Europe and South America. The largest markets in Asia have traditionally been Japan, Korea and Taiwan, and now China is emerging as a significant importer of steelmaking coal.

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Tobacco Plains Indian Band

Tobacco Plains Indian Band is located in Grasmere, BC near the Roosville Border Crossing.

We are part of the Ktunaxa Nation. The purpose of the Tobacco Plains First Nation Administration is to establish, maintain, conduct and promote liaison between our Chief & Council and membership through support and guidance in establishing goals towards health and wellness, employment and training and cultural heritage.

The leaders of the Tobacco Plains First Nation will, by example, be supportive, understanding, respectful, honest and cooperative. Their decision-making will be non-judgmental and consistent. With the direction, guidance, patience and confidence of the Tobacco Plains First Nation citizens, the leaders will continue to be responsible and committed to their roles as leaders.