Invest in Kitimat

British Columbia, Canada

A Marvel of Nature and Industry

Economic Development Contact

Mike Dewar
Director of Economic Development
Tel: 250-632-8921 | 

There is an energy hub evolving on the north coast of British Columbia. Sustainable, energy-intensive manufacturing, clean energy technology fuels and green energy applications are in play. This hub is the private industrial Port of Kitimat – the closest inland Pacific terminus for Canada’s Northwest Corridor.

The modern city of Kitimat became a reality in 1950, when the Aluminum Company of Canada (Alcan) chose a site at the head of Kitimat Arm for an aluminum smelter. Kitimat’s successful history as a strategic location for attractive Photo Source: – Photo Credit: Mark Margerisonbusiness The potential for, and proximity of hydro power was a major factor in selecting this site. Kitimat’s plan created a town systematically divided into residential neighbourhoods, a town centre, a service centre, and an industrial area. For the most part, this is what Kitimat still looks like today. Planners initially predicted Kitimat would become the third largest city in BC and that community growth would closely parallel industrial development, levelling off after each expansion project or new industry was established. The factors which generated such optimism are still here today: flat land suitable for heavy industry, significant sand and gravel resources, secure hydropower supply and an available deep water harbour.

Photo Source: – Photo Credit: Mark Margerisonconditions and as an enduring Asia Pacific trade and investment location, is about to repeat itself. Several multi-million and multi-billion dollar project proponents have selected Kitimat’s private port for substantial investments. These Kitimat investors will be unencumbered by federal government control of waterfront land and development. They will build, own and operate their facilities (at no cost to taxpayers) and gain a global market edge by controlling their own shipping destiny. As these new facilities come into operation we expect Kitimat’s economic trade value to reach several billion per annum. While this may be staggering to some, the past decade saw $15 billion in goods produced and exported from Kitimat.

The Kitimat Valley is an incredible place to live and play. Located on the 54th parallel, mountain and valley settings, it is:

  • A place with strong safety and environmental commitments.
  • A place with a history of winning business conditions.
  • A place to operate international business.
  • A place where the highly specialized supply and service sector applies technology to seamlessly integrate with industry and business.
  • A place where people respect and marvel in nature.
  • A place to work, learn and raise a family or retire.

Secure your net advantages – locate in the Kitimat Valley.

Local Infrastructure Projects

  • Construction of Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre
    The District of Kitimat has provided residents with new aquatic opportunities at the community's improved pool facility, the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre. The major renovation project has seen investment of over $15 million into the community owned and operated facility.
  • The Onion Lake Ski Trails
    The Onion Lake Ski Trails have over 35 km of groomed trails which includes 5 km of lit trails for night skiing. Newest to the trail system is a 6 km 'Doggy Trail', where your canine friend is welcome to romp beside you while you ski. The trail system has been built to suit a variety of skill levels and still provides easy access to many small lakes and spectacular views of the valley.



Community Economic Development Contact

Mike Dewar
Director of Economic Development
District of Kitimat
Tel: 250-632-8921

Community Contacts


Phil Germuth
District of Kitimat

Community Contact

Warren Waycheshen
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Kitimat
Tel: 250-632-8900

Chamber of Commerce Contact

Trish Parsons
Executive Director
Tel: 250-632-6294

Community Futures Contact

Debbie Beauregard
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