Top Kootenay Employers

Kootenay Business presents the 2015 list of the Top Kootenay employers based on number of employees

2015 Top 120 Kootenay Employers

As 2015 begins, we salute the businesses that appear on our latest list of Top 120 employers. This list, compiled in December 2014, is based on numbers of regular employees in each business. It is encouraging to note that a number of businesses saw a substantial uptick in the number of people they employ, which can only be good news for company owners and employees alike.

Among those who hired more workers last year are Pacific Insight Electronics in Nelson, Downie Timber in Revelstoke, International Forest Products (with operations in Castlegar and Grand Forks), Louisiana Pacific Canada (Golden and Malakwa), Kalesnikoff Lumber in Thrums (just outside of Castlegar), Nelson's Kootenay Country Store Co-op, Selkirk Signs & Services in Cranbrook, Kicking Horse Coffee in Invermere and Brisco Wood Preservers/Brisco Manufacturing in Brisco (near Golden). Best of luck to everyone in the year ahead.

If you think your business should be included in next year's list, please email [email protected] with "Top 120" in the subject line and we will consider your request.

  Company Location Employees
1Interior HealthEast & West Kootenay5192
2Teck Coal Ltd.Five Mines in the Elk Valley4050
3FortisBC Throughout B.C.2200
4BC Government & Service Employees Union (Members)East & West Kootenay2192
5Teck - TrailTrail1573
6Golden Life East & West Kootenay992
7School District 8Nelson (Kootenay Lake)800
8CanforCranbrook/Elko/Canal Flats776
9School District 5 (Southeast Kootenay)Cranbrook, Elk Valley & South Country650
10Fernie Alpine ResortFernie600
11Canadian PacificEast & West Kootenay540
12School District 6 (Rocky Mountain)Kimberley/Invermere/Golden512
13Canadian Mountain Holidays LP.East & Central B.C.500
14Panorama Mountain VillagePanorama500
15Pacific Insight Electronics Corp.Nelson475
16School District 20 (Kootenay-Columbia)Trail/Castlegar/Rossland/ Fruitvale/Robson443
17Zellstoff Celgar Limited PartnershipCastlegar390
18Selkirk CollegeCastlegar/Trail/Nelson/Grand Forks/Kaslo/Nakusp360
19Downie Timber Ltd.Revelstoke350
20Tamarack CentreCranbrook350
21Fairmont Hot Springs ResortFairmont Hot Springs330
22International Forest Products Ltd.Grand Forks & Castlegar325
23Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd.Golden & Malakwa307
24Kimberley Alpine ResortKimberley300
25Paper ExcellenceSkookumchuck300
26Kicking Horse Mountain ResortGolden290
27BC HydroEast & West Kootenay280
28School District 51 (Boundary)Grand Forks/Christina Lake/Greenwood/Beaverdell/Midway/Rock Creek/Big White Ski Resort280
29College of the RockiesEast Kootenay251
30Kootenay Savings Credit Union13 Kootenay Locations234
31Red Mountain ResortRossland225
32Whitewater Ski ResortNelson225
33St. Eugene Golf Resort & CasinoCranbrook220
34Real Canadian SuperstoreCranbrook219
35Roxul Inc.Grand Forks211
37City of CranbrookCranbrook200
38Revelstoke Mountain ResortRevelstoke200
39City of NelsonNelson180
40Ferraro FoodsTrail & Rossland175
41Regional District of Central KootenayNelson/Creston/Kootenay Lake167
42Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd. Castlegar160
43Hume Hotel & Best Western Baker Street InnNelson154
44Prestige Hotels & ResortsGolden/Radium Hot Springs/ Nelson/Cranbrook/Rossland150
45Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource OperationsKootenay Boundary Region147
46Columbia Brewery (Labatt)Creston143
48Canada SafewayCranbrook126
49Porcupine Wood Products Ltd.Salmo125
51Nohels Group of CompaniesSparwood120
52Sutco Contracting Ltd.Creston/Salmo/Chilliwack/Salmon Arm120
53Canada SafewayNelson112
54City of TrailTrail110
55Amec Americas LimitedTrail105
56City of FernieFernie100
57City of RevelstokeRevelstoke100
58Vic Van Isle GroupRevelstoke100
59Western Financial GroupEast & West Kootenay100
61Selkirk PavingCrescent Valley94
62Home DepotCranbrook92
63Canada SafewayCastlegar91
64Glen Transport (A Division of DCT Chambers Trucking Ltd.)Skookumchuck90
65Kootenay Country Store Co-opNelson90
66Ktunaxa Nation CouncilCranbrook/Creston/Grasmere/Windermere85
67Regional District of Kootenay BoundaryTrail & Grand Forks85
68Northstar GMCranbrook & Creston81
69J.H. Huscroft Ltd.Creston78
70Eagle Ranch ResortInvermere75
71Kicking Horse CoffeeInvermere75
72Maglio Building Centre/Maglio Building Centre (Trail) Ltd.Nelson & Trail75
73Yellowhead Road & Bridge (Kootenay) Ltd.West Kootenay (Nelson)75
74Certified Coating Specialists Inc.Castlegar (with satellite offices in the Lower Mainland & Vancouver Island)70
75Fab-Rite Services Ltd.Cranbrook70
76Island Lake LodgeFernie70
78Brisco Wood Preservers Ltd./Brisco Manufacturing Ltd.Brisco68
79Overwaitea FoodsCreston68
80Royal LePage East Kootenay RealtyEast Kootenay68
81Nelson & District Credit UnionNelson/Rossland/Crawford Bay65
82RHC Insurance Brokers Ltd.Nelson/Castlegar/Trail/Rossland/Grand Forks/ New Denver63
83East Kootenay Community Credit UnionCranbrook/Fernie/Elkford/Sparwood61
84Martech Electrical Systems Ltd.Castlegar60
85Selkirk Signs & Services Ltd.Cranbrook60
86Regional District of East KootenayCranbrook & Columbia Valley59
87Galena ContractorsNakusp58
88Overwaitea FoodsFernie58
89Atco Wood Products Ltd.Fruitvale57
90Mainroad East Kootenay ContractingCranbrook/Yahk/Kimberley/Invermere/Jaffray/Fernie/Sparwood57
91Wildstone Golf CourseCranbrook56
92BC Timber SalesNelson/Castlegar/Cranbrook/Grand Forks/Nakusp55
93Canadian TireCranbrook55
94Canadian TireTrail55
95Heritage InnCranbrook55
96Canada SafewayTrail52
97Grand Forks Credit UnionGrand Forks50
98New Dawn Developments Ltd.Cranbrook/Kimberley/Fernie/Invermere/Panorama50
99Overwaitea FoodsGolden50
100Revelstoke Credit UnionRevelstoke50
101Columbia Basin TrustCastlegar/Cranbrook/Golden/Nakusp46
102Home Hardware Building CentreCranbrook45
103Canadian TireCastlegar44
104Investors Group Financial ServicesEast & West Kootenay44
105Box Lake Lumber Products Ltd.Nakusp42
106Columbia Power CorporationCastlegar42
107Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd.Trail/Nelson/Cranbrook/Invermere/Crawford Bay/Sparwood42
108Koocanusa Publications Inc.Cranbrook40
109Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child & Family ServicesCranbrook/Creston/Windermere40
110Liberty FoodsFruitvale40
111Unifab Industries Ltd.Grand Forks40
112A.M. Ford (Sales) Ltd.Trail38
113Boundary Electric (1985) Ltd.Grand Forks35
114Hamill Creek Timber HomesMeadow Creek35
115The Kootenay Import Auto GroupCranbrook35
116Rocky Mountain Diesel Ltd.Cranbrook34
117Town of GoldenGolden34
118Denham Ford (BC) Ltd.Cranbrook33
119Heritage Credit UnionCastlegar/Slocan Park/Greenwood33
120District of InvermereInvermere31

Think your business should be on our list? Email Kootenaybiz and let us know how many employees your business has.