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Unlock Vernon’s Secrets

Nestled in the scenic North Okanagan, Vernon is a treasure trove of opportunities waiting to be discovered. From thriving business landscapes to breathtaking outdoor adventures and a rich tapestry of cultural experiences, there’s something here for everyone. Subscribe to our updates and be the first to know about what makes Vernon the ideal place to live, work, and play.

Work & Invest

Make your move to Vernon, the heart of B.C.’s North Okanagan. We provide a dynamic business climate, world-class recreational opportunities, a rich culture and an entrepreneurial spirit. We invite you to learn more about our great community and why this is the place to live, work and invest. Welcome.

Vernon's Growth and Prosperity

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Population (Census 2021)

44,519

Up 11.0% from the previous census

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5,885

Up 11.0% from the previous census

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$73,500

Up 11.0% from the previous census

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$524,000

Up 11.0% from the previous census

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Population (Census 2021)

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Up 11.0% from the previous census

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Population (Census 2021)

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Up 11.0% from the previous census

Vernon Lifestyle, Work, Culture

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Lifestyle

Over 82% commute locally, with 56% traveling under 5km. Just 30 mins from Kelowna Airport, this area boasts 50+ trails, 3 lakes, top resorts like Silver Star, and attractions like Davison Orchards and Okanagan Spirits. Ideal for outdoor lovers.

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Health Care

The area features one hospital with 182 beds and 1.5 practitioners per 1,000 residents as of 2019/20. Impressively, 82% of the population has a regular doctor, highlighting strong local healthcare access.

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Housing

In 2021, 88% of Vernon homes were within 500m of active transportation, 86% near parks, and 25% close to services. The city added 148 single-family and 238 multi-family units. Permit processing times were 4.25 weeks for single-family and 16.5 weeks for multi-family homes. The vacancy rate stood at 0.96%.

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Schools & Education

Vernon has 1,497 licensed childcare spaces, with two new facilities opening in fall 2022 adding 170 spaces. The city boasts 14 elementary, 5 high schools, and 3 independent schools. Okanagan College serves over 20,000 annually, offering degrees, diplomas, trades, and adult education.

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Culture Events

Vernon boasts the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre with a 750-seat auditorium, attractions like the Public Art Gallery, O'Keefe Ranch, and Caetani Centre. The city hosts the Winter Carnival, Funtastic Festival, and Okanagan Wine Festival. It's also home to a historic farmers' market with over 100 vendors.

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The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that’s been supporting business and non-profits in Vernon since 1897. We promote economic development, advocate for business-friendly policies and provide relevant resources. A key reason our members join is to build relationships and they are eager to welcome you to our community.