Economic Development

Straddling the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains and encompassing 16,500 square kilometers of land, the SLRD features some of the province’s most spectacular forests, glaciers, rivers and lakes as well as an abundance of fertile agricultural land. From the historic mining town of Bralorne (Area A), to the sprawling ranch lands of West Pavilion (Area B), to the international resort destination of Whistler, the character and opportunities of the many communities within the region are as diverse as its striking topography.

While the southern SLRD is already well-known for its outdoor recreation, tourism is emerging as an important economic driver in the northern region as well. With its rugged terrain, rich cultural heritage, incredible climate, friendly small-town atmosphere and proximity to the Lower Mainland, the northern SLRD is poised to become a “must-do” for regional and destination visitors alike.

In addition to tourism, opportunities abound in agriculture, both in the Pemberton and Squamish valleys in the south and in the Lillooet area to the north. The Lillooet region has a long history of cattle ranching, farming and fruit production. Recent ventures into hops, grape-growing, wine-making and value-added processing are fueling excitement about the area’s agricultural potential.

Construction, forestry, renewable energy and mining add to the diverse mix of economic opportunities.

The SLRD strives to support the well-being of our residents and visitors, protect the region’s natural environment and beauty, enhance the region’s world-class outdoor recreation, and foster balanced, equitable and sustainable economic development. Building effective partnerships with regional stakeholders is a key element of our success.

Projects / Initiatives

Name Communities
Community and Regional Economic Development - Northern SLRD
  • District of Lillooet
  • Electoral Area A
  • Electoral Area B
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