The number of people employed in the Thompson Okanagan Region decreased from 282,300 in August 2019 to 267,600 in August 2020. Simultaneously, the number of people in the labour force decreased from 295,900 in August 2019 to 297,600 in August 2020. Last month, employment rates were 57.1% in B.C. and 57.9% in Canada, while the Thompson Okanagan Region was 58.1%. The unemployment rate in the Thompson Okanagan Region remained at 10.1% August.

Source: Statistics Canada LFS

Number of Postings by Occupation, in Kamloops

Airport Passenger Volumes

As expected, passenger numbers in Q2 reflect the negative impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the airline, aviation and tourism industries in Kamloops. Passenger numbers are slowly starting to recover domestically, with the increased services of WestJet and reintroduction of service by Air Canada and Central Mountain Air, However, as travel restrictions and quarantine requirements remain in effect for transborder and international destinations, recovery for those sectors will be much slower

Source: Kamloops Airport Authority

Real Estate

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 10,172 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August 2020, an increase of 42.8 per cent from August 2019. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $771,309, a 12.7 per cent increase from $684,093 recorded the previous year. Total sales dollar volume in August was $7.8 billion, a 61.1 per cent increase over 2019.

Sources: Kamloops and District Real Estate Association, BC Real Estate Association, and Canadian Real Estate Association

Housing Sales across the Province August 2020

Board Avg. Price ($) Unit Sales
Kamloops 456,662 349
Greater Vancouver 1,077,729 3,122
Fraser Valley 820,685 1,940
Victoria 780,978 941
Chilliwack 586,976 400
Okanagan Mainline 636,310 1,034
Vancouver Island 536,669 1,071
South Okanagan 539,451 253
Kootenay 396,310 426
BC Northern 344,507 545
Powell River 438,307 56
Northern Lights 269,514 35

Housing Construction

There were 18 new housing starts in Kamloops in August 2020, which was up from the 8 starts in August 2019. The 18 housing starts represented $12,466,880 in construction value, compared to $3,389,700 in construction value for the 8 housing starts in August of the previous year.

Source: City of Kamloops; Statistics Canada

Building Permits

In August 2020, the City of Kamloops issued 36 residential building permits valued at $16,635,700, an increase over total permits issued in August of the previous year at a value of $3,833,400. A total of 10 commercial building permits were issued in August 2020 with a value of $17,120,000 compared to the 18 permits issued in August 2019 with a value of $3,837,000.

Source: City of Kamloops

Business Licenses

Kamloops issued 54 new business license applications in August 2020 up from the 53 from the previous year.


Business Licenses
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Residential Building Permits
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Commercial Building Permits
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Source: City of Kamloops