Translation Services in Kamloops – Economic Profile
Kamloops has a population of about 93,000 people and is located in south central British Columbia at the shore of Kamloops Lake and Thompson River.
The city’s major economic sectors include agriculture, wood production and mining as well as emerging industries such as agri-food products and services, high-tech manufacturing and non-metallic mineral products.
The most important employers in Kamloops include Royal Inland Hospital, the regional School District, Thompson Rivers University, Convergys, Highland Valley Mine, Domtar, Overlander Extended Care Hospital, Wal-Mart, BC Lottery Corporation, Horizon North, NRI-Distribution, International Forest Products and many more.
In addition, Kamloops is served by Kamloops Airport, a small national and international airport.
Kamloops is known as “Canada’s Tournament Capital” and hosts numerous sports events. In 2008 the Soccer Nationals, the Strauss Canada Cup of Curling Championship, and Mens’Volleyball Nationals will be held in Kamloops. In addition, the city will host the Western Canada Summer Games in 2011.
Tourism and in particular sport tourism is now one of the fastest growing sectors of the city’s economy. Kamloops has become a host center for major tournaments, cultural events, high performance training camps and national and international competitions.
Higher education in Kamloops is provided by Thompson Rivers University and a satellite campus of Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University that offers MBA programs as well as undergraduate degrees.
The city features a diverse ethnic makeup. It has significant communities of South Asians, Chinese, Japanese, Blacks, Filipinos, Southeast Asians, Koreans, Latin Americans and many more.
All these aspects have created a significant demand for translation and interpreting services in the city of Kamloops.