Why Vancouver?

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Top three reasons why Vancouver, BC is your first option:

  1. Vancouver is the gateway to the Asian/Pacific market.
  2. Vancouver has become a dynamic world business/trade center in the Pacific.
  3. Vancouver is one of the best places to live.

Gateway to Asian/Pacific market

Strategically located on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver, BC lies at the commercial crossroads of the Asia-Pacific region and North America. Whether you need to ship products, move information or travel to leading Asia/Pacific markets, Vancouver has a robust transportation and communication systems to ensure cost effective connections.


Foreign companies with operations in Vancouver, BC enjoy duty-free access to the world’s largest marketplace thanks to the North American Free Trade Agreement. The rules of origin provisions in the agreement ensure secure market access for exported goods and services, and the agreement provides for a fair, equitable dispute resolution mechanism.


Vancouver features the third longest commercial runway in Canada. Strategically located on trans-Pacific flight paths, it is a convenient refuelling and handling option, complementing Anchorage, for wide-body cargo carriers travelling between North America and Asia.

Vancouver airport is Canada’s second largest airport and busiest gateway to Asia; more than 17,6 million passengers travelled through Vancouver airport in 2012 and 62 passenger airlines regularly fly into the airport. Vancouver airport has 75 weekly flights to mainland China and Hong Kong, more than any other airport in North America http://www.yvr.ca/en/about/facts-stats.aspx

Condé Nast Traveller named Vancouver airport amongst the top 10 favourite airports in the world. In a 2011 survey of its readers, U.K.-based Skytrax ranked it the best airport in North America for the second year in a row.


The ports of Vancouver, Kitimat, Stewart and Prince Rupert (all in British Columbia) are Asia’s closest ports of entry on the west coast of North America.

Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified port, trading USD $75 billion in goods annually. It has 28 major marine terminals to service international shipping companies. The port has Super Post-Panamax crane capacity and extensive on-dock rail facilities. Freight transit time via rail from Vancouver to Chicago is four days.

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British Columbia
APEC Leaders Declarations

New World Business/trade Center

Due to the geographic location and ethnic diversity, Vancouver, BC is the heart of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway strategy, and the key to job creation and economic growth. As a result of economic growth, employment in British Columbia should grow by an average of 1.8 per cent each year through to 2019, creating a total of 450,000 new jobs Retirees will vacate approximately 676,000 additional jobs.

  • In total, we can expect 1,126,000 job openings over the next decade.
  • With about 650,000 young people in the education system today, the growth in job openings is likely to outpace the graduation rate.

British Columbia will need to increase the size of its workforce and ensure it has the right skills to support economic development in all regions.


Canada joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), along with Mexico, on October 8, 2012. The TPP currently comprises Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam, representing a market of 792 million people and a combined GDP of $27.5 trillion (close to 40% of the world economy). For more information please visit:
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada


Asian – Pacific Economic Cooperation primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC has 21 members: Canada, Australia, Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Philippines, Russia, Thailand, USA. For more information please visit:
APEC (Asian – Pacific Economic Cooperation)


It is a regional integration initiative formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, created on April 28, 2011. Canada is a former observer country and it will join the Pacific Alliance in the near future. The four countries have a total population of 209 million people with a GDP per capita, on average, $ 10,000. A GDP of 2.0 billion representing 35% of GDP in Latin America. Concentrates 50% of the Latin American trade with the world (1.1 billion). For more information please visit:
Pacific Alliance

Best place to live

“You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well...Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling.”The New York Times

“Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains — or both. And everyone looks so healthy.”The Daily Telegraph (UK)

“In winter, the heart of downtown [Vancouver] is 30 minutes from the ski slopes. In summer, sun seekers crowd its beaches and seaside promenades. Consider it the supermodel of North American cities.”USA Today

Vancouver is consistently voted one of the world's most beautiful and livable cities in the world; Vancouver offers people both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city. Take advantage of the city's ocean side location, with plenty of green space and many recreation opportunities in the mountains 20 minutes north of downtown. After a busy day, linger over a glass of BC wine and a locally inspired meal, or unwind at one of Vancouver's unique spas.

While this sea-level port city is known for its temperate climate, the surrounding snow-covered slopes are perfect for winter sports and breathtaking views of the city twinkling below. Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it's possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. Please visit web sites for more information:
Most Livable Cities
Quality of Living Cities Ranking


Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Catering to any interest throughout the year, you can enjoy world class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theatre, outdoor adventure, spectacular sights and attractions - it's all waiting for you in Vancouver. Watch the new video about Vancouver:
It’s You … Vancouver
Stanley Park


With quick access to the Coast Mountains, Whistler Resort, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, Metro Vancouver is a base camp for an endless array of adventures all year round. The Whistler Blackcomb Resort is consistently voted as North America's top ski and snowboard resort, and was a host venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Enjoy the videos:
British Columbia, Journey of a lifetime
Whistler Blackcomb

Best weather in Canada

Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver’s coastal air brings temperatures that average 20°C in summertime and 5°C during the winter months. Mild winters and warm spring, summer and fall seasons make it attractive to everyone. Our winters are wet, but it rarely snows, except on our local ski hills.
Vancouver Weather Daily High Temperatures

Welcoming and multicultural

A vast multicultural population, endless activities, and excellent infrastructure, Vancouver is welcoming to all - families, couples, gay & lesbian travelers, and special needs people - everything is within reach. The Vancouver International Airport has consistently been rated as a top North American airport providing easy access from all over the world. Exceptional public transportation is overshadowed slightly by the convenience of Vancouver as a great walking city - clean, green, safe, and easily accessible!

Vancouver is among the world’s most multicultural cities. The top 10 languages spoken in Vancouver are English, Chinese, Punjabi, German, Tagalog (Filipino), French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, and Hindi.
Inside Vancouver: Commercial Drive
Inside Vancouver: South Main
Granville Island Experience

Clean and eco-friendly

bikingVancouver is a very clean city; from its streets to its parks and beaches, you'll be hard-pressed to find much trash. Our businesses and residents engage in significant eco-friendly activities from recycling to transit and more. Car pools are commonplace, bicycles lanes rule (there are about 4,000 two-wheel commuters daily), and many companies provide free bus passes to employees who give up commuting by car.

Consistently performing well in worldwide “livable city” rankings, Vancouver has an ambitious goal of becoming the “the greenest city in the world” by 2020. They already lead the world in hydroelectric power—making up 90 percent of its supply—as well as regularly tapping into renewables like wind, solar, and wave power.
Most Sustainable Cities
Eco-friendly cities
Car Cooperative
Bike lanes downtown Vancouver

Excellent public transportation

Vancouver’s TransLink provides extensive bus service, a foot and bicycle passenger ferry service known as SeaBus, an automated rapid transit service called SkyTrain and the West Coast Express commuter rail. SkyTrain’s latest addition—the Canada Line—connects Vancouver International Airport and the City of Richmond with Downtown Vancouver and the existing SkyTrain system; under construction is the Evergreen Line to connect SkyTrain to the growing Tri-Cities area (Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam). It’s an ecologically friendly, highly reliable, and inexpensive system that allows you to get everywhere, including the beaches and ski slopes. Regular service runs daily from 5am to 2am, with a reduced schedule available overnight.
TransLink: Getting everywhere you want to go in Metro Vancouver
Myra Buenaflor: a real rider story from TransLink
Mike Lazzaroni: a real rider story from TransLink
Metro Vancouver Translink System Map

Fast Facts about Vancouver

  • Vancouver has the highest proportion (per capita) of Asians of any North American city. Statistics Canada data shows that over 22% people living in the metropolitan area are ethnic Chinese and almost 37% from Asia (India, Korea, The Philippines, Japan).
  • Vancouver is Canada's 3rd largest city (Toronto is 1st and Montreal 2nd) with an area population of just under 3 million. Vancouver is divided into several municipalities: Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Delta, White Rock (Vancouver city has a population of about 603,502). The generic term for Vancouver is the “Lower Mainland”, “Greater Vancouver” or “Metro Vancouver”.
  • Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone UTC/GMC -8hours.
  • Vancouver is the second or third largest film production centre in North America. It is second to LA in Television production & third behind LA & NYC in Feature film production.
  • Vancouver has 3 professional major league sport teams: the BC Lions (CFL Football), Vancouver Canucks (NHL Ice Hockey), and the Vancouver Whitecaps (Soccer).
  • Vancouver is the birthplace of the one of the world’s largest environmental organizations – Greenpeace

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