Workforce Development

Workforce Development

A talented workforce is vital to economic growth. With 60% of post-secondary students in the region remaining after graduation and a family friendly lifestyle that attracts talented people from Canada and around the world, the Central Okanagan boasts a dynamic and growing workforce.

Are you a business looking for talented workers or a current or future resident curious about Okanagan opportunities? Contact

The COEDC Connector program is a network building program designed to broaden a newcomer or recent graduate's local network through one-on-one meetings with established Central Okanagan business and community leaders.

Connectors are well-networked local volunteers who enjoy making connections and giving back. Connectees are recent graduates, immigrants, individuals whose spouse/partner has a career opportunity in the region and other newcomers to the community. Click HERE for more information or to apply to be a Connector or Connectee.

A few more ways the COEDC is helping Kelowna and the Central Okanagan become known for its talented workforce:

  • Connecting Industry with Training: The COEDC collects, analyzes and communicates industry skill needs to training institutions.
  • Communicating with Businesses: The COEDC collects and monitors the human resources needs of businesses through one on one communication and works in partnership with organizations and institutions to address ongoing needs.
  • Labour Market Studies and Strategy:
  • a skills-based, employment matching platform connecting employers and job seekers throughout the Central Okanagan. It is a free service for job seekers and employers can post opportunities and review candidates’ profiles for free. If an employer is interested in connecting with a candidate, a small connection fee is then incurred.