Welcome to the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Major Projects page. This strategically developed site, targeted at major project bid proponent teams is a one-stop, local supplier, service provider, job seeker and community resource centre. The site will maximize the economic opportunities flowing from major construction projects in the area and demonstrates, in very real terms, that the South Okanagan is open for business.

This page will also provide relevant news and notifications of upcoming events associated with major projects in our area.
The Business Registry
If you are a South Okanagan and surrounding area based supplier of goods, services or seeking employment opportunities regarding the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) project, register today using our online business registry. The business registry is open to everyone and you do not need to be a member of the chamber.

The business registry is a unique opportunity for you and your business to be seen, contacted and engaged by major project leaders.

For the OCC project, the business registry will be provided to the three proponent teams on a bi-weekly basis. Once a preferred bidding team is selected in early 2014, the business registry will continue to be sent to them on a regular basis, up until the end of construction.
Current Major Projects
Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) project:
Status: In procurement
Construction start: Early 2014
Owner: Ministry of Justice, the B.C. Corrections Branch and the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
The 378 cell, high-security facility is the centrepiece of BC Corrections’ second-phase capital expansion plan. When completed, the new centre will more than double corrections capacity in B.C.’s Interior and will enhance public safety for communities, correctional staff and inmates throughout the province.

The construction cost of the project is estimated to be approximately $200 million. The OCC will generate significant economic benefits for the region, including the creation of up to 500 direct and 500 indirect construction jobs, as well as new, full-time correctional positions when the centre opens in the fall of 2016. In addition, there will be a number of contracted staff on site such as nurses, doctors, dentists, counsellors, food service workers and trades personnel.

In February 2012, government selected the Osoyoos Indian Band’s proposed site in the Senkulmen Business Park on Highway 97 as the preferred location for the new facility.

As part of the B.C. government’s commitment to a green and energy efficient building strategy, the OCC will be designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification and will use wood in accordance with the B.C. Building Code and in keeping with government’s Wood First Act.

The project is on target with construction expected to start in 2014 and project completion by the fall of 2016.

For more information and project updates, visit: