The high-tech sector includes motion picture production and post-production, telecommunication, engineering services, software publishing, and other computer and related services. According to the Profile of the British Columbia Technology Sector 2019 Edition (Released in May 2020) British Columbia' high technology sector expanded by 2.7% in 2018, while revenue in the sector grew to $34.7 billion.

The high technology sector employs 123,170 people in 10,941 business throughout BC, which equates to 5.4% of BC's workforce. This is more than the mining, oil and gas, and forestry sectors combined.

Vernon is part of the Thompson Okanagan Development Region. Collectively in 2018, this region had 886 high-tech companies, representing over 8% of all high-tech firms in British Columbia. Approximately 115 of these companies were located in Vernon and the North Okanagan. Over the past decade, the number of high-tech firms has continued to increase in the Vernon area building on the strength of the provincial and regional trends.

Vernon is well situated for technology companies capitalizing on the synergies leveraged from the Thompson-Okanagan region, representing considerable technological and economic diversity. Vernon companies have a long history of leveraging the community’s amenities and outdoor-recreation assets to attract a skilled and desirable workforce. Vernon’s local post-secondary educational institutions including Okanagan College and University of British Columbia Okanagan provide access to a highly trained workforce as local students train close to home and often remain in the community.

Company Profiles

Technology companies in the Vernon area include: