Business investment opportunities in The Elk Valley, British Columbia



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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.

Community Futures East Kootenay

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.

Columbia Basin Trust

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)


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

Often working behind the scenes and taking the lead from residents and communities. The Trust offers resources, experience and support to all Basin residents.

Whilst their range of services, programs, initiatives and financial investments is complex, the purpose is straightforward and easy to understand: CBT exists and acts for the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Columbia Basin—now and for generations to come.


Established in the mid-1960’s, regional districts were created to meet service needs for the rural areas and to partner with municipalities within their boundaries on the provision of services that are more regional in nature.

Simply put, the RDEK is a partnership of municipalities and electoral areas who work together through the RDEK to provide and coordinate services.

RDEK has three general areas of responsibility:

  • Provision of services
  • Protection of health and safety of citizens
  • Protection of the environment