With a population of over 500,000, the City of Surrey is the second largest city in British Columbia. Surrey has a total of six town centres that each have their own distinct features and attributes. The population of Surrey is projected to increase by over 300,000 people in the next 3 decades. The City of Surrey has identified five priority sectors for economic development: health tech, clean tech, advanced manufacturing, agri-innovation and the creative economy.
The City of Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley with a population of over 125,000 residents. Kelowna is on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake and is surrounded by provincial parks, pine forests, vineyards, orchards and mountains. The Kelowna International Airport sees 1.7 million passengers pass through annually and makes it the 10th busiest airport in Canada.
Abbotsford is a city of distinct and increasingly complete neighbourhoods rich with public life. There is a compact urban area that is anchored by a thriving city centre and surrounded by remarkable natural areas and flourishing agricultural lands. Expanding to nearly 200,000 residents, Abbotsford is committed to principles of completeness, connectedness, sustainability, efficiency, and distinctiveness of place.
Located on the east side of Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is one of the most desirable, livable small cities in North America. Over the past two decades, Nanaimo’s economy has diversified from a commodity-based economy towards a service-based knowledge economy. Now the city is a regional centre for technology, manufacturing, tourism, retail, healthcare, and government services. Following Victoria, the City of Nanaimo is the second largest urban centre on Vancouver Island.
The City of Vancouver is known around the world as one of the best places to live with its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people. With 52 per cent of the population speaking a first language other than English, Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. Vancouver is an education hub in Canada with five renowned universities in the region and an extensive network of colleges to provide students with a wealth of options.