High-Tech in Kamloops – an Industry Snapshot
More than 200 High-Tech firms in the Kamloops Area
The high-tech sector in Kamloops is diverse with more than 200 high-tech firms located in the area providing a number of job opportunities in the industry. Kamloops is home to call centres, data centres, software providers, technology support services, many research organizations and four long distance and international telecommunications service providers in the area.
IT Committed Community: Kamloops is ideally positioned to support all types of business in the IT industry and is considered to be on par with major metropolitan areas in terms of communications infrastructure. An extensive fibre optic network allows the ability to provide high-speed digital voice and data access. Because both the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways pass through the city, Kamloops is located on most of the Canadian transcontinental fibre optic cable routes. As such, Bell, Telus, Big Pipe (Shaw), and BCNET all have major fibre access locations in Kamloops.
BCNET has been working to design Phase I of the network expansion plans for Kamloops. BCNET will be providing fibre ready capability ensuring capacity upgrades for higher-performance networks can be achieved.
Highly Skilled Labour Force: The labour force in Kamloops is one that is highly skilled. As the home of “Canada’s most comprehensive community” Thompson Rivers University (TRU), the post-secondary institution graduates over 1,200 students annually. The School of Advanced Technologies and Mathematics provides instruction ranging from the theoretical to the applied and is comprised of Computing Science, Computer Information Systems Technology, Digital Art & Design, Electronics & Engineering, Architectural & Engineering Technology, and Mathematics & Statistics departments.
Lifestyle: Kamloops has a vast landscape with plenty of room in which to play and engage in an array of recreational opportunities, all while enjoying over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. Housing is affordable and the cost of doing business is competitive, plus the area boasts exceptional schooling options and healthcare services. Employee retention is high in Kamloops with employees citing an affordable, quality of life in the region as a major plus.
Incentives for the High-Tech Industry
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP): The Government of Canada provides innovation and funding services customized to businesses specific needs and supports research projects on a selective basis with grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 per annum. More information
Machinery and Equipment Investment: Purchase of eligible machinery and equipment is exempted from Provincial Sales Tax (PST). Eligible expenditures include machinery and equipment used in manufacturing, software development, mining and mineral exploration, petroleum and natural gas production and logging.
Scientific Research and Experimental Tax Credit (SR&ED): This federal incentive gives Canadian Controlled Private Corporations a refundable investment tax credit of 35% up to the first $2 million of SR&ED expenditures and a non-refundable 20% on any amount over $2 million. Other Canadian corporations can earn a 20% non-refundable tax credit. More information
Kamloops Technology Directory: The directory gives you valuable contacts and in-depth information on Kamloops-based technology companies. Kamloops companies are leaders when it comes to innovation across several sectors and industries. As the most comprehensive directory of its kind in Kamloops, this resource helps put you in touch with companies, most of which fly below the radar and are unlikely to appear anywhere else. The directory has been complied by Venture Kamloops with assistance from the Interior Technology Industry Association, the Interior Science and Innovation Council and the Thompson Nicola Regional District Film Commission. It is an ongoing project that will remain continuously up to date with your assistance.
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Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Research: Thompson Rivers University is developing a vibrant and collaborative research and innovation culture, with a focus on curiosity-driven research, community-based research, applied research, technology transfer, and knowledge translation. The research excellence is supported through a commitment to research infrastructure, research facilities, internal research funding, research chairs, knowledge mobilization resources, and student research. More information
Interior Science Innovation Council (ISIC): Established in 1999, the Interior Science Innovation Council is a not-for-profit society working to promote, develop and enhance economic and community development in the Central Interior of British Columbia. ISIC is about enabling opportunities for using science and technology as a catalyst for commercialization and also creating and promoting a culture of knowledge, awareness and entrepreneurial excitement in the fields of science and technology. It provides many services for entrepreneurs as well as industry in the region, some of which are providing leadership and direction, sector analysis, research on key regional issues, increasing networking opportunities, outlining Science and Technology available funding and direction for management. More information
Interior Technology Industry Association: A number of independent IT businesses have formed a local Interior Technology Industry Association that takes a “business first” approach to fostering the growth of Kamloops’ IT industry.
NEW: B.C. Technology Industry Association (BCTIA): A not-for-profit organization that supports technology companies in British Columbia. Our network spans across the province and includes technology and professional services companies of all sizes and from every sector. More information
High Technology in British Columbia: This is a gateway to web sites that provide support, information, advice and other assistance to BC investors, entrepreneurs, technology-based companies and science, technology and engineering students. National organizations that offer services and support to BC are included. More information
Kamloops Community Network: not sure we want to include as the City of Kamloops on their website states: “the City of Kamloops has decided not to pursue an extension of the Kamloops Community Network (KCN) in the foreseeable future.”
“Kamloops has been a fantastic location for ideaLEVER for almost 15 years. It has great access to fibre optics for our datacentre and a fantastic computer program at TRU providing high quality graduates. Add all of that to the low cost of living and great recreation on our doorstep and Kamloops is a natural choice for any business.”
— Rob Stocks | President, ideaLEVER
“We chose to move our business to Kamloops for a number of reasons. Kamloops boasts an outstanding all year round lifestyle, excellent talent from our local Thompson Rivers University, and an overall lower cost of living and doing business. Kamloops also has a fantastic climate and is ideal for a variety of activities during all four seasons of the year. We are in close proximity to unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities, a variety of state of the art indoor sports facilities, and vast amounts of local parks and hiking trails – all of which is very important to our staff, many of whom have moved here from other parts of Canada and indeed the world. Kamloops has served our business well and we look forward to many more years of business in this great city!”
— Todd Stone | CEO & President, iCompass Technologies
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