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Whether it was the mountains or the tech community that brought you to the Okanagan, adventure, opportunities and friendships await.

The Central Okanagan

As Canada’s fastest-growing census metropolitan area, the Central Okanagan has become one of the most desirable places to live. The appeal of Okanagan Lake, the natural beauty of the surrounding hillsides and the fragrant orchards and vineyards continue to draw people to the valley.

Quick Facts

A region with endless opportunities, here are a few things you should know about the Central Okanagan:

  • The Central Okanagan is the fastest growing region in Canada and the third largest urban area in BC.
  • It is home to more than 222,162 people.
  • Our citizens are young: the median age is only 44.4 years.
  • The region encompasses over 314,000 hectares of diverse topography straddling the shoreline of Okanagan Lake.
  • Warm summers characterized by low humidity and mild winters, with an average temperature of 28° Celsius in the summer and an annual minimum temperature of 2° Celsius.

Interested in what community is right for you?

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Our Communities

The Central Okanagan is home to over 222,000 residents and seven distinct but closely related communities: District of Lake Country, City of Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, City of West Kelowna, District of Peachland, and Central Okanagan West and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas.

Make Connections and Uncover Opportunities

You’ve moved to a breathtaking region to enjoy the lifestyle, and now you’re ready to develop a network and create equally amazing professional opportunities.

OYP Collective
Connector Program
Kelowna Newcomers Club

Job Search

Kick-start your career in the Central Okanagan with the below job boards:

Employment Resources

Take a look through our list of employment support organizations to help you establish your career!

YMCA of Southern Interior BC
UBCO Academic & Career Development
OC Student, Grad and Co-op Employment
Open Door Group
Partners In Resources (Piers)
International Gateway Kelowna (IGK)


Do you have questions that you want answered before, during and even after the big move? These links to online resources and government sites will help you with all aspects of immigration.

Immigration & Citizenship Canada
Immigration Services Society of BC
KCR Community Resources
Going to Canada
Language for Life Society

Diversity and Inclusion

Our community puts people first and welcomes people from all backgrounds. We all benefit when everyone in the community has access to economic, recreational and social opportunities.

Kelowna Pride Society
Kelowna Community Resources
Pathways Abilities Society
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society
CRIS Adaptive Adventures

Interested in learning more about our major industries?