Economic Development Strategy


The Town of Oliver kicked off a project with local business partners, residents, the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, Oliver Tourism Association, Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, and other partners to develop a Local Economic Development Strategy.

2022 GO Update

Visit the Grow Oliver page for helpful business resources.

Download the Grow Oliver! Local Economic Development Strategy.

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For more information on Grow Oliver and next steps, talk to the Town of Oliver, the South Okanagan Chamber of commerce, or the Oliver Tourism Association.

At the heart of Grow Oliver are eight objectives that were developed. 

  1. Create an attractive and vibrant Downtown
  2. Support and grow local businesses
  3. Attract investment and jobs
  4. Create local benefits and regional tourism
  5. Encourage affordable housing and commercial spaces
  6. Foster a robust and resilient local economy
  7. Promote innovation and a green local economy
  8. Strengthen relationships with regional partners

These objectives guided the development of three interconnected Strategy Areas and 19 supporting Actions (programs, projects, policies, etc.) that will help Oliver grow in the ways that the community wants to see. You can view all of these Actions in the draft Grow Oliver document.

Each Strategy Area is made up phased economic development Actions which will be rolled out over the next one to three years.

Strategy Area 1: Consolidate our Foundation - The fundamentals that need to be in place in order to grow the economic development Strategy.

Strategy Area 2: Strengthen our Heart - Strengthening Oliver from the inside-out.

Strategy Area 3: Grow our Opportunities - Expanding our appeal and collaboration with regional partners

Grow Oliver has its roots in the Town’s 2016 Official Community Plan which identified the need for a coordinated and strategic approach to economic development in Oliver. The plan also highlighted the need to support and revitalize Downtown Oliver, the historic and cultural heart of the community. 

April 2021 GO Newsletter

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