Vancouver is the beating heart of beautiful British Columbia with its ancient rainforests, colossal mountain peaks, and remote towns.

 
 
 
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Meet Vancouver

Canada’s fastest growing economy and will be for the next 4 years

Vancouver is the epicentre of BC’s tech industry boom more and more companies choosing to headquarter downtown.

Canada’s fastest job-creating economy, a top rated startup ecosystem, with technology jobs are leading the way.

3 out of the 5 Canadian unicorns were born here

 

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster

We connect a range of digital technology market participants, from start-ups and innovative SMEs to postsecondary institutions, to large multinational corporations. In short, we are the link between technology developers and adopters in the BC, Canadian and global economy.

We’re enabling start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses to gain pathways to customers, markets and partnerships that they could not access on their own, thereby providing them with the opportunity to leverage their expertise and innovations with that of large and multinational enterprises, public sector organizations and academia.


Vancouver Economic Commission

The Vancouver Economic Commission works to build a prosperous, inclusive and resilient economy for Vancouver, its businesses and its citizens


University of British Columbia (UBC)

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America’s most international university.


Genome BC

Genome BC, a non-profit research organization, leads genomics innovation on Canada’s West Coast and facilitates the integration of genomics into society. Our major investors are the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada through Genome Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada. This funding is complemented by partnerships with many national and international public and private funding organizations to drive BC’s bioeconomy.


Vancouver named one of the healthiest cities in the world

Finally all our sea wall bike rides, juice bar junkets, weekends on the slopes of Whistler, and yoga has brought us the global recognition this city deserves: Vancouver has been hailed as one of the world’s healthiest places to live by Time Magazine.


Greenest City Action Plan

The Greenest City Action Plan is a strategy for staying on the leading edge of urban sustainability.


The Centre for Digital Media (CDM)

A multidisciplinary graduate institution based in Vancouver, British Columbia. It offers a Master of Digital Media (MDM) program accredited by its four partner institutions, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


GLOBAL GATEWAY

The city’s global connectedness reinforces its diverse, multicultural roots.  Vancouver’s a top choice for companies delivering services crossing national and cultural boundaries


Vancouver Community College (VCC)

Located in the heart of the city, Vancouver Community College (VCC) offers academic, cultural, and social environments that inspire relevant real-world training. Our on campus facilities - including gourmet restaurants, an auto shop, and salon and spa - allow students to hone their skills and training while providing high-quality lower-cost services to the Downtown and East Vancouver communities.


BC Tech Jobs

BC Tech Association has partnered with BCjobs.ca to bring you BC Tech Jobs to compliment our Talent Programming and commitment to helping companies grow through the attraction of talent.


BC PNP TECH PILOT

The BC PNP Tech Pilot helps employers to address their talent needs by providing a fast-tracked, permanent immigration pathway for in-demand foreign workers and international students.



STATE OF VANCOUVER’S GREEN ECONOMY 2018

A preview of Vancouver Economic Commission’s (VEC) forthcoming State of Vancouver’s Green Economy 2018 Report, exclusively launched at North America’s leading sustainability conference.



Towards the Circular Economy

Identifying local and regional government policies for developing a circular economy in the fashion and textiles sector in Vancouver, Canada

Phase #1

Precision Health: Projects that enable the delivery of precision health services domestically and around the world through digital technologies that improve data collection, management and access in environments with global leading security and consent protocols.

Digital Twins: Projects that leverage AR/VR technologies to create real-time, virtual production environments for operations management, simulation, modelling and Training.

Data Commons: Projects that aggregate big data resources from multiple stakeholders into shared platforms for exploration, machine learning and innovative application development.


TED2020 uncharted in Vancouver

The future has never felt so uncertain. Our planet has more humans with more potential than at any other moment in history. The Adjacent Possible glitters with extraordinary promise. Yet there are deadly perils to be dealt with.

Political chaos? Check. Ability to edit our own genome? Check. Climate and environmental threats? Check. New technologies with unpredictable consequences? Check.

At TED2020, we're inviting you on a bold voyage into uncharted territory. We can guarantee thrilling glimpses of the landscape ahead. This journey couldn't matter more.


Vancouver has third most sustainable transit system in North America: study

Vancouver comes in third place among 23 North American cities in terms of overall urban transportation system sustainability, according to a new Arcadis study released October 29.

The city scored well in terms of system maintenance, air pollution and incentives to promote the use of electric vehicles. It also takes first place in terms of profit for transit sustainability, which Arcadis said was boosted by a high rate of public transit use per capita.


Emily Carr University

Emily Carr University Ranked Canada's Top University of Art + Design. Emily Carr specializes in sustainable design, photography, new media, visual arts, media, interactive media, animation, industrial design, product design, ceramics, sculpture, communication design, Illustration and fine arts.


VANCOUVER BUSINESS & INVESTMENT GUIDE

A comprehensive take on the outstanding investment opportunities in Vancouver’s high knowledge, low carbon, economy. The Guide covers the city’s key economic sectors as well as detailing its unique competitive advantages, which explain why the city has become such a global magnet for smart capital and the world’s best talent.


British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Different than a college or university, BCIT's approach combines small classes, applied academics and hands-on experience so that you're ready to launch your career from day one.


TECHNOLOGY TALENT STRATEGY FOR BC

BC’s tech industry has grown nearly 15% in the last two years to become one of the top five largest industries in BC. Research shows the sector has much more room to grow too. For that reason, strong action is needed to ensure the province’s technology talent pool keeps pace with the sector’s rising demand – predicted to increase by 30% over the next 10 years.

With that in mind, the Vancouver Economic Commission, with support from the province of British Columbia and other partners including BCTECH and the BC Innovation Council, engaged sector leaders to develop a comprehensive, industry-driven strategy and action plan.


Capilano University

Capilano University offers world-class university degree programs and courses at our campus in North Vancouver and Sunshine Coast, British Columbia


Langara

Today, Langara is one of BC's leading undergraduate institutions providing University Studies, Career Studies, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 21,000 students annually.


CITY OF VANCOUVER BUSINESS ENERGY AND EMISSIONS PROFILE (BEEP)

This City of Vancouver Business Energy and Emissions Profile (BEEP) provides a unique view of the business sector emissions by industry and highlights the areas with greatest potential for achieving reductions.


techfest

Techfest attracts up to 1,000 attendees, more than 300 career opportunities, and up to 15 hiring companies. Hiring company executives pitch a crowd of potential employees on why they’re the best employer in the room.


Vancouver Economic Commission Research

The Vancouver Economic Commission works to build a prosperous, inclusive and resilient economy for Vancouver, its businesses and its citizens


Benefit to Canadians

Canada becomes a world leader

Economic growth for Canada

Job creation

Small companies and startups expand their reach

Job ready training

Research moves to commercial opportunities

Skills development for employees across multiple organizations

Market exposure for SMEs

Ecosystem building


Vancouver Film School

Vancouver Film School is a recognized world leader in entertainment arts education, offering 13 full-time programs to over 1000 students across eight campuses.


Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada's leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia's largest municipalities — Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world


GREENEST CITY

A world-renowned city for green thinking and living.  Vancouver’s expertise in sustainable design is guiding major developments across the globe.


Launch Academy

Launch Academy is an early-stage tech incubator that provides entrepreneurs with the mentorship, resources, network and environment they need to launch, fund and grow their startups.

Since 2012, Launch Academy has incubated over 500 companies that have collectively raised over $100 million and created more than 1000 jobs. As a nonprofit leader that’s focused on community impact, Launch Academy aims to train and support more than 100,000 entrepreneurs by 2025.


THE VANCOUVER LIFESTYLE

A city primed for living, working and playing. The Vancouver lifestyle is all about work–life balance.


Joule

In support of clinical excellence, Joule provides valuable continuing education opportunities and makes leading evidence-based clinical products and research available to members. Joule proudly collaborates with physician entrepreneurs who are pushing the boundaries of technology in health care and in particular in the digital care space and extends exclusive offers to members to ensure their practice is at the forefront of modern science and medicine.


Canada's most walkable city for 2017

Vancouver has been named Canada’s most walkable city in Walk Score’s 2017 ranking of the most pedestrian-friendly places in the country.


PLACE OF IDEAS

A hub where entrepreneurs, innovation and creativity intersect. Increasingly, Vancouver is becoming known across the globe as a place that buzzes. Vancouver’s startups received a record $3.2bn of investment in 2017


Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD)

Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) provides accessible, innovative, and industry-driven education and training that serves the needs of our local communities by preparing graduates for rewarding careers in the art and design.


T-Net

T-Net operates the leading "portal" web site for the high tech industry in BC. Our customer base includes over 500 of BC's largest and fastest growing technology companies and many of BC's leading industry suppliers.


VanHack

VanHack prepares tech talent to get jobs in abroad by giving them the skills, mentorship and connections needed to get hired. Get started today for free.




British Columbia Technology Report Card

Overall, this report card examines the performance of the BC technology industry relative to other industries in BC and to the technology industries of other provinces and countries. We take a deeper dive into the trends reflected in the data by incorporating insights from some of BC’s leading corporate tech sector executives. Finally, we estimate the economic benefits the province could obtain from growth in the technology industry’s output.