For over a decade, Vancouver has surprised economists and led the country in job creation and economic growth. And while many believe it is the real estate market that accounts for our growth, it is only one factor in a much bigger story.
Through intentional, focused energy by the City, its Economic Development Commission, and the private and non-profit sector Vancouver has developed a diverse, cutting-edge knowledge-based economy.
Our universities, entrepreneurial culture, talent and financial infrastructure have created clusters in the creative, clean technology, transportation and social innovation sectors. Our strong tourism, manufacturing, green technology and ship building industries and our position as a gateway to the Pacific have fortified our city's dominant economic position.
To keep Vancouver as a global leader in video gaming, a destination for eco-adventurers or as a beacon for cooperative and credit union development, we need to provide the facilities, services, and supports that will attract entrepreneurs and professionals and retain workers at all levels. Supports such as:
With well-conceived policies based on genuine community consultations, we can continue to develop a thriving, innovative and inclusive economy that leverages the strengths of our diverse and talented population.