Vancouver, British Columbia

Nestled between snow-capped mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is Canada’s third largest city and acts as a gateway to the Pacific Rim. With a population over 2 million people, Vancouver is the largest metropolitan area in Western Canada and the third largest city in all of Canada. Over the last 30 years immigration has played a huge part in the growth of the city. As a result, Vancouver has become ethnically and linguistically diverse with a prosperous, highly skilled multi-ethnic community that has profoundly shaped the business, cultural and social development of the region.

Greater Vancouver’s location on the West Coast of North America is a strategic advantage for conducting business in other countries. Situated just north of the U.S. border, extensive transportation and business linkages exist to major cities throughout the Western United States. Vancouver is also closer to Asia by air and sea than any other North American city, making it the gateway of choice for Asian trade and travel.

Vancouver’s port is now the busiest and largest in Canada, as well as the fourth largest port (by tonnage) in North America. While forestry remains its largest industry, Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second largest industry. It is also the third largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning it the nickname “Hollywood North.” In recent years, Vancouver has also become an increasingly important centre for biotechnology, aerospace, telecommunications, environmental technologies, new media and software development.

Vancouver is served by Vancouver International Airport, located on Sea Island in the City of Richmond, immediately south of Vancouver. Vancouver’s airport is Canada’s second busiest airport, and the second largest gateway on the west coast of North America for international passengers.

Natural resources and a highly developed power generation infrastructure provide Vancouver with high quality, reliable electricity at an affordable price. Combine these bottom-line advantages with the region’s exceptional labour force, world-class infrastructure and unparalleled quality of life and Vancouver’s potential as a place to do business is fully realized.