BCBusiness in partnership with BCEDA and the City of Merritt

At the crossroads of business and recreation

Fishing on the lake near Merritt

Welcome to Merritt, British Columbia, and the beautiful Nicola Valley. The City of Merritt’s Economic Development Department is here to provide quality information, increase the growth and competitiveness of our value-added sectors, facilitate economic development, work to attract investment and promote the City of Merritt.


Located at the intersection of key major transportation routes, the City of Merritt offers transportation and distribution to all points throughout B.C. and beyond. Relocating, building or establishing your business in Merritt is a smart business decision and a wise lifestyle choice.


Merritt offers a variety of educational schools to meet the demand of the growing population. There are currently five elementary schools, one high school, one Community Learning Centre, and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) situated in Merritt.

Tax Exemption Program

Progressive taxation policies to encourage business growth, expansion and attraction are the cornerstone of our business-friendly environment. The City of Merritt has a four-year revitalization tax exemption bylaw that offers up to 100 percent in year one and scales down to 25 percent in year four before returning to regular taxes.

A Lifestyle Choice

Merritt has an urban lifestyle in a country setting. The community supports the longest established franchise in the B.C. Junior Hockey League. There is a modern aquatic centre, a skateboard park and children’s water park as well as sport fields, tennis courts, hockey and curling rink, and a nine-hole golf course. The Nicola and Coldwater Rivers run through the heart of the City of Merritt. There are also mountain bike, ATV and hiking trail networks surrounding Merritt.

Event Destination

Merritt hosts a variety of unique events throughout the year. There is always something going on from the Bass Coast Festival and Rockin’ River Music festivals, to rodeos and stock car races. The City of Merritt caps off the year with the Merritt Country Christmas Parade (one of North America’s largest night Christmas parades). To learn more go to tourismmerritt.com/events.

The City of Merritt is strategically located to support your business and lifestyle opportunities. Contact the Economic Development Manager at the City of Merritt for information.

Contact: Will George, Economic Development Manager
City of Merritt
Phone: 250-378-8619
Email: wgeorge@merritt.ca
Website: www.merritt.ca