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It’s All Here Now

Information Communications Technology

The Okanagan’s technology sector has grown 15% year-over-year since 2013. While tech-enabled businesses span all industry classifications, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is what many people think of when they hear “tech”. Local ICT companies are solving problems to help people around the world learn, communicate and connect to the digital world. 

Learn more about ICT in the Central Okanagan and why the region is the fastest growing tech hub in BC in our ICT Industry Profile.

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Sector Overview

The technology sector is a driving force behind the economy of Central Okanagan with an annual economic impact of $1.3 billion for the Okanagan Valley.  Advancing technologies and their swift adoption are changing businesses around the globe especially as the Information and Communications Technology sector expands to include technology-enabled businesses.  The fastest growing techology hub in BC, the Central Okanagan is home to: 

  • Existing essential infrastructure and connectivity
  • Committed funding and support from three levels of government
  • National and international connectivity (Central Okanagan home to the 10th busiest airport in Canada, linking passengers to major hubs across the country)
  • A talent pipeline fed by public post-secondary institutions and directed efforts to attract and retain top talent in the region
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Industry Highlights

  • The Okanagan Valley has 693 tech-enabled firms employing 12,000+ people and a combined annual economic impact of $1.67 billion 
  • Established telecommunications infrastructure, including a dark fibre network, makes the region an attractive place to start-up, grow or relocate businesses that need to move large amounts of data
  • BC ranks third in Canada in per capital venture capital investment
  • Public post-secondary R&D and support in the region has driven increased technology licenses, start-up companies formed, and patents issued
  • The region benefits from funding and collaborative partnerships through initiatives like the Digital Technology Supercluster and the Cascadia Innovation Corridor

Employment Information

Central Okanagan Information & Communications Technology
Total Business 497
W/O Employees 304
W Employees 193
1-4 107
5-9 40
10-19 22
20-49 18
50-99 5
100-199 1
200-499 0
500+ 0
NOC Median Wage Central Okanagan Media Wage BC
2171 - Computer Engineers (Except Software) $38.46/HR $38.46/HR
2173 - Software Engineers and Designers $38.46/HR $38.46/HR
2174 - Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers $38.46/HR $38.46/HR
2175 - Web Designers and Developers $25.00/HR $25.00/HR
2281 - Computer Network Technicians $33.65/HR $33.65/HR
2282 - User Support Technicians $28.97/HR $28.97/HR

Competitive Advantages

  • The region was named the most Cost Competitive Region for business in the Pacific by KPMG in 2016
  • Talent pipeline supported by responsive public post-secondary institutions and directed regional attraction and retention initiatives
  • Proximity to and ease of travel to Vancouver (1-hour flight from YLW or 4-hour drive)
  • Dark Fibre network in Kelowna
  • Kelowna named the best city to open a small buisness by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in 2018

Local Success Stories

Accelerate Okanagan is the region's tech accelerator with a mission to increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the Okanagan through a wide range of educational, coaching and mentoring programs.

The Okanagan Centre for Innovation offers space and services for early-stage companies, non-profits, community groups, and social enterprises.  The goal of the Innovation Centre is to help build Canada's most innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial technology community.

Our Leads Are Sweet

Beelineweb has specialized, since 2001, in the online generation of high-quality leads, with expertise in search marketing and SEO since 1998.  With a wide range of clients throughout the U.S. and Canada Beelineweb has a long track record in the education sector, addiction rehab and senior living industries.  As a trusted and transparent source of high-converting leads clients have confidence that their organization is being represented accurately while getting results with less effort and less cost-per-conversion than other marketing methods.  Its's that simple.  Full Time Employees: 13

Your Compliance Testing and Certification Partner

Celltech Labs Inc. is an EMC, RF, and SAR compliance and engineering facility specializing in compliance testing of electronic intentional and unintentional radiators to meet international consumer and occupational standards for North America, Europe, Australia and through ISO 17025 accreditation with A2LA (ILAC member) virutally all areas of the world.  In the face of new technologies, materials, modules, and configurations or changes of transmitting capabilities, Celltech Labs Inc. has answered the regulatory challenge of the rapidly changing ICT sector since 1999.