Vernon—an excellent immigration destination in British Columbia, Canada!

BC Vernon

Vernon—an excellent immigration destination in British Columbia, Canada!

Located on the north shore of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Canada, Vernon is a geomantic treasure land, surrounded by mountains and lakes, shining like a hidden gem in the interior.

Vernon is 440 kilometers away from Vancouver, but the living atmosphere and facilities here are not inferior to that of this big city. With its modern living facilities, beautiful lake and mountain views, and rich community activities, it has become the most livable city in the interior of BC. Vernon’s annual average temperature is 8.3°C, and its climate is similar to Vancouver.

Housing Costs

Vernon rent house

Housing prices in Vernon are low, providing residents with affordable housing options. The monthly rent for a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment is only $800.


The cost of buying a home is also much lower than in Vancouver. In addition to lake view/mountain view vacation villas, the average house price is around 700,000-800,000.

Living Facilities

Vernon has a wide range of living facilities, including various supermarkets and shopping malls such as Safeway, Save on food, Superstore and Walmart, to meet your daily shopping needs. In addition, Asian grocery stores also allow you to taste the delicacies of home in a foreign country.


Vernon has multiple community centers that provide gyms, swimming pools, skating rinks, libraries, galleries, senior centers and other facilities, making it a good place for citizens to relax and entertain. Here you can interact with the locals as much as you want, so you won’t feel bored in a small city.


Vernon’s transportation is very convenient, and there are buses in the city connecting various residential areas and the downtown business area. The two nearest large cities are  Kamloops, 115 kilometers away and Kelowna, 50 kilometers away. The two cities are connected by Highway 97, and Highway 1 leads to Vancouver and Alberta. There are also highways to the south that connect to the United States.


The Vernon area has 10 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and multiple private schools, providing comprehensive education from K7-K12.


Vernon Elementary School Ranking


Vernon high school rankings

In terms of higher education, Vernon has Okanagan College and the UBC-Okanagan campus located 35 kilometers south of Vernon, with 8 majors and more than 10,000 students. These institutions provide Vernon with a complete higher education from associate degree to doctoral degree.


Vernon has several clinics offering routine medical diagnostic services. Family doctors and walk-in clinics are always available to protect your health. Vernon Jubilee Hospital provides emergency and comprehensive medical services to ensure you get timely treatment when you need it.

In addition, nearby Kelowna also has a large general hospital, providing residents with more comprehensive medical coverage, making you feel more at ease living in Vernon.


As a well-known resort in British Columbia, Vernon is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, lakes, forests and grasslands. Not only can you enjoy the beautiful scenery all year round, it also provides residents with a wealth of leisure and entertainment options.


In Vernon, you can go boating on the lake, enjoy skiing at many ski resorts, visit wineries to taste wine, and play golf under the snow-capped mountains. The nearby Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is a great place to enjoy both lake views and snow-capped mountains.

The Okanagan region where Vernon is located is Canada’s main fruit-producing region, producing 35% of Canada’s apples and the vast majority of pears, apricots, cherries and other fruits. There are many orchards and farms here open to the public, where you can taste all kinds of delicious and fresh fruits.

In Vernon you can find food from all over the world, whether it is Chinese, Western, Japanese, Thai or Vietnamese food, you can find one that satisfies your taste buds.
All in all, Vernon is a livable and vibrant city that’s a great place to live, work, and play.

Immigration programs for Vernon

BCPNP: Vernon belongs to BC Area 3 and can receive 15 points for remote areas when applying for BCPNP. 10 additional points are awarded for work and education experience in Vernon.

RNIP: Vernon is one of the designated communities of Canada’s Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Project (RNIP). To apply for the Vernon RNIP, you need to have 1 year of continuous full-time and part-time employment in Vernon, with a salary exceeding the minimum income standard, and be recommended by the community letter.
Vernon received 2,457 permanent residents who have passed the RNIP in 2023, exceeding the target. The Vernon RNIP project is currently suspended, but there is an opportunity to restart it in the future.

Vernon Job Opportunities

A supermarket in downtown Vernon is currently under preparation and is ready to open in 2024. It plans to recruit store managers, buyers, deli chefs and other positions. Employer sponsorship and LMIA are available.

supermarket job

Position: Store Manager

NOC Tire: 0

English Proficiency: Fluent oral and written communication.

Experience requirements: Relevant experience required.

Location: Vernon, BC

To learn more about jobs at Vernon Supermarkets, contact us.

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