Vancouver - The City for 21st century business


Key Advantages 

Competitive Tax - One of the most globally competitive tax regimes with low rates and generous refundable R&D incentives

First class infrastructure - Vancouver has North America’s best airport; an outstanding public transit system; some of the fastest broadband speeds in the world

Closest major port to Asia - One of the world’s best natural deep-water harbours and a key international transportation hub

Competitive energy rates - Some of the lowest energy rates in North America, primarily derived from clean energy

Talent - Vancouver is one of top 10 lowest risk cities in the world to recruit, employ, and redeploy business talent

Global investment magnet - Vancouver is a magnet for global talent and investment; in 2014, it attracted over $550 million in venture capital.



2,470,289 (CMA)

Largest city in the
Province of British Columbia

Key Sectors 

Green Economy

In 2010, Vancouver set a challenge to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, and the challenge set off a flurry of economic activity in this sector. 25% of Canada’s clean tech companies are in Vancouver, there’s been a 20% increase in green and local food jobs and green building design and construction is the city’s second largest sector. With Vancouver recently setting a goal of being a 100% renewable city, this economic activity is only going to speed up.  MORE...


Technology - 

Vancouver has one of the most productive tech ecosystems in the world; outstanding talent, an abundance of home grown success stories e.g. Hootsuite and Avigilon; and leading multi-nationals e.g. Amazon, Microsoft. Vancouver’s strengths include business intelligence, content management, SaaS, e-commerce, security, digital video, genomics, social media and web technologies. MORE...


Digital Entertainment & Interactive - 

Global centre for animation & special effects; film & tv; gaming; interactive design, digital media, with over 1,000 digital media companies employing over 16,000 people.  Home to many of the world’s top studios including Sony Imageworks, Industrial Light & Magic and MPC.  A global top 5 film production centre. MORE...


Social Enterprise - 

Vancouver is a world leader in social enterprise; a broad, dynamic sector affecting social & environmental change through the power of new business models. Over 750 social enterprises operate in every sector of industry, including non-profits, co-operatives, credit unions, B-Corps and social venture business. MORE...



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City Profile of Vancouver (2016)



For more information, please contact: 


Vancouver Economic Commission
Suite 2480, 1055 West Georgia Street
Box 11102
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6E 3P3

General Phone: 604-632-9668
Toll Free: 1-866-632-9668
Fax: 604-632-9788