Castlegar: Who’s who in business

Information about business in Castlegar, B.C. - including contacts, award winners and listings.

Castlegar is attractively situated on the banks of the Columbia River.

Castlegar is an attractive community with a thriving business scene. — Brendan Mitchell photo

Community Pulse Population7,259 Number of businesses679 Supporting industriesMining, manufacturing (wood products), education

With its central West Kootenay location, Castlegar, B.C., is positioned as the commercial service centre of the region. The West Kootenay Regional Airport sees 70,000 passenger movements a year while education, retail and the lumber industry help the city thrive.

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce

Find out more about Castlegar's chamber, and what it does for the community.

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City of Castlegar

Castlegar offers attractive lifestyle options with an abundance of outdoor activities and a friendly, small-city feel.

The Castlegar city council regularly meets on the first and third Monday of each month, with a summer recess during July and August.

Mayor: Lawrence Chernoff

Current council:

  •     Councillor Dan Rye
  •     Councillor Deb McIntosh
  •     Councillor Florio Vassilakakis
  •     Councillor Bruno Tassone
  •     Councillor Kevin Chernoff
  •     Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

Economic development contact:


One-on-one with the Mayor

Lawrence Chernoff began his fourth term as mayor of Castlegar, B.C., in December 2014.

Patience and perseverance are watchwords for Lawrence Chernoff, who is in his 11th year as the mayor of Castlegar, B.C.

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Top employers

Every year Kootenay Business lists the Top 110 employers in the Kootenays. With a number of key sectors that serve the region, Castlegar had a number of companies and organizations on the list for 2014.

  • Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership (444)
  • Selkirk College (353)
  • International Forest Products Limited (300)
  • Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd. (135)
  • Canada Safeway (109)
  • Certified Coating Specialists Inc. (70)
  • Canadian Tire (51)
  • Columbia Power Corporation (42)
  • Columbia Basin Trust (42)
  • Heritage Credit Union (33)
  • Glacier Honda (20)

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Do you own a business in Castlegar? We'd like to hear more about you. Please contact us if you're a successful long-time business owner in the area, or if you think you would qualify as a top employer in the Kootenays.

Promoted Castlegar businesses