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Who is moving to Penticton – and why? The latest data reveals intriguing insights

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Who are Penticton's newest residents? And what is attracting them to this South Okanagan city? The latest data is in – and it reveals some interesting findings. 

The City of Penticton's 'Welcome Home' initiative has collected responses from 150 new households, representing 384 individuals who have relocated here since July 2022. Here's what we've learned about Penticton's newest residents.

A hub for work and lifestyle

Migration between B.C. communities represents the highest influx, with 37% hailing from the Lower Mainland and a further 39% from the rest of the province. Outside of B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba represent the next largest markets. A significant 54% of new residents moved here for job-related reasons, including temporary foreign worker permits, starting or taking over a business. 

Among the 13% who are remote working professionals, their motives for moving were evenly divided among climate, access to nature and outdoor activities, closeness to family and friends already here, and affordability. Additionally, 18.8% of this group moved specifically because their remote work status allowed it.

This group is exactly split between renting their homes and owning, with apartments and townhouses/duplexes making up the majority of the housing types.

Origin communities for new remote workers Oct 31 2023

Who are our newest residents?

Zooming back out to the big picture, the surveys collected thus far show that new arrivals are evenly split between 31-44 and 45-65 year olds, each making up 23% of newcomers. Children (age 0-18) are close behind, representing 22.4% of the new residents. A total of 11.5% are over 65 years of age.

Ages of new arrivals Oct 31 2023
(Percentages of 384 new residents)

Retirees are primarily moving from the Lower Mainland and Northern/Interior B.C., with a significant number also coming from Ontario and Manitoba. Interestingly, 65% of the retiree respondents indicated they had people under the age of 30 also living with them 

And showcasing our global appeal, 17% of new residents have immigrated to Canada in the last five years, mainly from the Philippines, India and Mexico.


A warm welcome awaits

As part of the 'Welcome Home' initiative, newcomers who arrived after July 2022 are eligible for a Welcome Home pack. The pack, brimming with local information and freebies like community centre passes, is a collaborative effort involving several local organizations. 

While each pack varies slightly, contents include: 

  • Cloth tote bag
  • Bus tickets to ride BC Transit 
  • A free pass to the Penticton Community Centre 
  • Copy of Start Here Penticton: Your Guide to Living Like a Local  
  • Popcorn from the Chamber of Commerce
  • Visitor guides and a map from Visit Penticton
  • Recycling brochures and information 
  • Information from Okanagan College, SOICS, WorkBC, Library & Museum, and other community-based organizations

Join the Penticton community

Penticton is more than a city — it's a community where work, life and natural beauty converge. If you're thinking of making a move, check out all the information and resources at

For more information or to apply for a Welcome Home pack, visit

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