Business & Economy

Economic Development

Locate Your Business in Summerland

Summerland is the perfect combination of lifestyle and opportunity. With meandering roads and views of brilliant blue water, lush orchards and spectacular vineyards at every turn, it’s hard to believe we’re so close to larger cities, an international airport and the US border.

Families particularly love Summerland for our recreational opportunities, our excellent schools and our culture of helping our neighbors. As well, every type of farm-fresh fruit, produce and organics is available at our fingertips.

When it comes to growth, Summerland has lots of opportunity – both on our Main Street and in our newest industrial park. with your great ideas and our beautiful community, we know you’ll fit right in. For more detailed information follow this link to the Investment and Relocation Guide.


Summerland has a population of 11,615. It is close to the Kelowna International Airport, the Penticton Regional Airport, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus. Summerland has the world-class Pacific Agricultural Research Centre within our city limits, offers developable industrial land and has a hardworking and highly educated workforce. Summerland is served by four financial institutions: the Summerland Credit Union, RBC Royal Bank, CIBC and Bank of Montreal. Released on July 29, 2013 by BC Stats, Summerland ranks second in BC in the Overall Regional Socio-Economic Index behind West Vancouver.  For more detailed information follow this link to the Investment and Relocation Guide.

Doing Business in Summerland

Summerland is home to an initiative that is unique in the Province of BC.  Every business that takes out a license with the District of Summerland automatically receives a membership with the Chamber of Commerce.  This membership is a tremendous value to new and existing business owners, who are able to access training programs, discounts, promotional and networking opportunities.  Our average annual business license fee is $175.

Economic Development Office

The Economic Development function is shared between the Summerland Chamber of Commerce and the Development Services Department at the District of Summerland.  Please contact either for information on starting your business in Summerland.

District of Summerland Development Services

Summerland Chamber of Commerce