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Weekly earnings of employees British Columbia 2001-2020

Average weekly earnings of employees in British Columbia from 2001 to 2020 (in Canadian dollars)

Average weekly earnings of employees in British Columbia from 2001 to 2020 (in Canadian dollars)

Salaried employees Hourly employees
2020 1,311.48 700.36
2020 1,269.75 675.99
2020 1,238.77 666.93
2015 1,230.47 662.85
2014 1,204.8 647.85
2013 1,165.13 638.82
2012 1,151.08 625.67
2011 1,124.85 606.28
2010 1,104.19 580.08
2009 1,071.3 572.09
2008 1,065.05 565.62
2007 1,027.38 546.6
2006 986.4 536.28
2005 961.78 523.28
2004 936.2 502.56
2003 914.54 493.41
2002 890.99 485.25
2001 869.51 481.34
Salaried employees Hourly employees
2020 1,311.48 700.36
2020 1,269.75 675.99
2020 1,238.77 666.93
2015 1,230.47 662.85
2014 1,204.8 647.85
2013 1,165.13 638.82
2012 1,151.08 625.67
2011 1,124.85 606.28
2010 1,104.19 580.08
2009 1,071.3 572.09
2008 1,065.05 565.62
2007 1,027.38 546.6
2006 986.4 536.28
2005 961.78 523.28
2004 936.2 502.56
2003 914.54 493.41
2002 890.99 485.25
2001 869.51 481.34

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Great-West Lifeco consol >Great-West Lifeco is consolidating its three Canadian life insurance companies under a single brand.

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Move will unite more than 11,000 employees across Canada but no jobs to be cut

Great-West Lifeco is consolidating its three Canadian life insurance companies under a single brand.

The Winnipeg-based company says Great-West Life Assurance, London Life Insurance and Canada Life Assurance will come together under the Canada Life banner.

«Today marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for our companies in Canada. We really are very excited about our future,» sa >Mahon , president and CEO, adding the unified group of companies represents one in three Canadians — 13 million.

Great-West says its businesses in the U.S. and in Europe are not affected by this change.

The company says the move will unite more than 11,000 employees across Canada but no jobs will be cut as a result of this announcement.

Those employees will continue to work from the company’s five main offices in Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Montreal and Regina, as well as other regional offices across the country.


The reason there won’t be any significant structural change is because those adjustments were made when London Life merged with Great West Life in 1997 and again when Canada Life joined in 2003, Mahon said.

What’s coming together now is the way the company is marketed.

«Now, rather than reaching out with three separate brands, we’ll be reaching out with a single brand,» Mahon said.

In addition to the brand unification, Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life and their holding companies also have started the process of formally amalgamating as one company.

The company says the change, which requires board, regulatory and policyholder approvals, will further simplify the business.

British Columbia

Canada’s only west coast province, British Columbia, hogs the country’s entire border with the Pacific Ocean, stretching from the Alaskan panhandle in the north to the American state of Washington in the south. Thanks to its unique location, the province is the most temperate part of a country otherwise known for cold weather, and houses many of the iconic symbols of natural beauty — giant evergreens, sky-high waterfalls, jagged, snow-capped peaks — that have long formed the popular postcard image of “Canada” around the world.

The third-largest province in terms of population, B.C. — as most call it — is nevertheless over three thousand miles from Canada’s major cities of Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and has evolved a somewhat distinct culture as a result. The large coastal city of Vancouver and its surrounding suburbs are British Columbia’s dominant population centres, while the interior and north remain far more rural.

Note: This chapter provides a broad overview on British Columbia. For information on things to see and do in British Columbia, see the British Columbia tourism chapter.

Walking amid flowers and evergreen trees on the Selkirk Mountains in Revelstoke, British Columbia.

Geography of British Columbia

B.C.’s geography is so unlike the rest of Canada’s it’s classified in a distinct category all its own. The province occupies what is known as the country’s Cordillera region, a vast, thickly forested area of enormous mountain ranges, deep valleys and long rivers. A largely rainy climate has helped contribute to a diverse mix of vegetation, most notably a wide array of evergreen trees which once formed the backbone of the province’s historically lumber-based economy.

The coast of British Columbia is a jagged mess of fjords, rocky coves and sandy beaches, with numerous islands crumbling off the edges. The two largest of these is the massive Vancouver Island in the south, home to the provincial capital of Victoria, and the more remote, but still populated, Haida Gwaii archipelago to the north (previously known as the Queen Charolette Islands).

Mainland British Columbians usually speak of their province in terms of two broad regions: the Lower Mainland, containing the southwestern Vancouver peninsula and its surrounding suburbs, and the Interior, which is everywhere else. The vast majority of citizens dwell in the Lower Mainland, though decent-sized communities can be found in almost every region of the province.

The «last spike» of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, hammered on November 7, 1885, in Craigellachie, British Columbia.
21st Century Treaties

Unlike other provinces, British Columbia’s white settlers never signed treaties with Canada’s aboriginal peoples, and simply displaced them without compensation. Only in recent years has the treaty-making process began, with the B.C. government signing agreements with the Nisga’a (2000), Tsawwassen (2009), and Maa-nulth (2011) nations. Seen here, the 2011 signing ceremony between B.C.’s minister of aboriginal relations and Maa-nulth chiefs.

History of British Columbia

What we now know as “British Columbia” was originally two distinct colonies; the British colony of Vancouver Island, which was discovered by English and Spanish navigators in the late 18th century, and the mainland territory of New Caledonia, which was settled around the same time by fur traders who had either migrated west from Britain’s eastern Canadian colonies, or north from the United States. An enormously difficult place to visit before the advent of airplanes or railroads, the two colonies had tiny, mostly aboriginal populations until an 1858 gold rush flooded the land with new settlers. Many stayed to become full-time miners or loggers.

After a brief period of joint U.S.-British rule as the Oregon Territory, in 1866 the Island and mainland were merged into a single political unit known as British Columbia. After Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick merged to form the Dominion of Canada in 1867, both British and Canadian elites quickly put pressure on B.C. to join as well. British Columbia agreed to become Canada’s sixth province in 1871, with the promise of a trans-Canadian railroad helping seal the deal.

The 19th and 20th centuries saw advancements in industry and transportation that allowed British Columbia to become one of North America’s natural resource hubs, trading lumber, minerals and fish across the continent. A booming economy spawned dozens of new cities and drew thousands of immigrants from all over the world, including many from Asia, which is relatively nearby. In modern times, B.C. has mostly abandoned its resource-based economy in favour of service industries like retail, tourism and technology, though 25 per cent of the provincial GDP is still drawn from chopping trees or mining rocks.

Chinese-Canadians

New Year’s revelers at the gate to Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, at one time the largest concentration of Chinese people in Canada. These days Chinese-Canadians are dispersed all over the city and its surrounding suburbs. B.C.’s fourth-largest city, Richmond now has a majority Chinese-Canadian population.

Vancouver

Most British Columbians claim to come from Vancouver, but the city itself is not terribly large. Housing less than 600,000 people, it’s only the country’s eighth-largest city, behind such powerhouses as Winnipeg and Mississauga. It’s only when you incorporate the population of Vancouver’s less famous surrounding cities, such as Surrey, Burnaby and Richmond that the “Greater Vancouver” population climbs to over a million.

A scenic, oceanfront city, Vancouver is the epicentre of Canadian trade with Pacific nations, as well as a popular destination for cruise ships, border-crossing Americans and other varieties of tourists. Proximity to Asia has also contributed to the city’s racial diversity, and Vancouver’s Chinese, Korean and Indian populations have visibly skyrocketed in recent years, giving the city a unique multicultural character that exerts its influence on everything from food to festivals. Like Toronto, Vancouver’s visible minority population is now over 40 per cent, and in some neighbourhoods the English language may be rarely seen or heard.

Banking, real estate and software design have come to play a large role in the Vancouver economy, allowing the city to aggressively market itself as a hip haven for international investment. Waterfront / mountain views do not come cheap, however, and the city is easily the most expensive place to live in Canada. Some studies claim it’s one of the most expensive places to live in the whole world, in fact.

The orb-like Telus World of Science dates to Vancouver’s hosting of the 1986 World Epxo.
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Vancouver protestors rally against various things on Earth Day, 2012.

British Columbia Culture and Politics

Sitting so far from Canada’s major population centres of Ontario and Quebec, British Columbians can feel alienated from the goings-on in other parts of the country, which has led to a somewhat obsessive culture of contrasting “East vs. West.” The standard stereotype is that British Columbians tend to be more laid-back and easy-going than Eastern Canadians, but also less ambitious and successful. Neither trope is without some basis in reality; historically, “moving west” has been a popular journey for easterners eager to escape the rat race of Toronto or Montreal, while the opposite trek has been equally popular with British Columbians seeking big jobs and big money.

Living in Vancouver, British Columbia

Living in Vancouver:

Environment – Transport – Where to Live – Business – Jobs – Pros and Cons

Geography and Climate

Vancouver sits on the Pacific west coast of Canada.


It is the largest city in British Columbia and, as a result of its Pacific Ocean location, is a very important port, exporting Canadian goods to Asia and the USA’s west coast.

Vancouver’s climate is incredibly mild by Canadian standards; its winters are easily the warmest of Canada’s big cities.

The mild winters are a result of the combined effects of the mild Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains, which block cold winter air moving in from the rest of the continent.

Snow falls in Vancouver on an average of eleven days a year, rarely reaching depths of more than a few centimeters.

Summers are dry, sunny and reasonably warm.

Character

Chinese New Year, Vancouver
Photo: Bobanny

Vancouver is an ethnically diverse city.

About 50 percent of the city of Vancouver’s residents and about 44 percent of Metropolitan (Greater) Vancouver’s residents don’t speak English as their first language.

Vancouver takes pride in its status as one of the world’s best cities to live in; it consistently ranks in the top three of the world’s most livable cities.

The city is renowned for its innovative programs in the areas of environmental sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity.

The city’s people are friendly and polite, but a number of newcomers have found that Vancouverites are rather reserved and difficult to become good friends with.

According to Forbes, Vancouver is the 10th cleanest city in the world.

Comparisons are often made between Vancouver and Toronto. In general, Vancouver comes across as less hectic than Toronto, with a more relaxed feel.

Commercially it also has a more white-collar, service-oriented, less industrial feel than Toronto.

Gang violence – usually drug related – has been a concern in Vancouver. The number of violent crimes has been high compared with other Canadian cities. Crimes involving firearms have been among Canada’s highest – these are usually gang-on-gang offences – and burglary rates are also high.

Vancouver’s police have been targeting violent gangs; there has been a rise in 2020 of gang gun violence which the police are endeavouring to tackle.

Violent crime affected 9 per thousand residents in 2020 down 2 percent from 2020, according to police figures. Police advise that the east-side corridor of downtown Vancouver should be avoided.

Business and Jobs

British Columbia, with Vancouver as its commercial hub, has one of Canada’s most prosperous economies. The city is one of Canada’s largest industrial centres and has a highly diversified economy.

Vancouver has Canada’s largest port, handling $200 million of cargo a day.

The port is ranked number one in North America for exports and, according to InterVISTAS, generates $7 billion in wages via 115,000 Canadian supply chain jobs accross the country.

Vancouver is also home to a variety of other industries including biotechnology, alternative fuels and software development.

Electronic Arts employs one thousand people in Burnaby, making it their largest games studio.

QLT Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company, is based in Vancouver, employing 350 people in research and technology.

MDA (MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) employs over 1,000 people in Richmond, working in satellite and information systems technology.

Ballard Power Systems, which develops fuel-cell technology, has about 700 employees in Burnaby.

Foreign technology companies in Vancouver include Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Kodak, Microsoft and Nokia.

HSBC Canada has its headquarters in Vancouver, as do a number of mining and forestry companies.

Vancouver, however, has fewer large company head offices than Calgary or Toronto.

A vibrant, growing, film industry has developed in Vancouver – or “Hollywood North” as it is sometimes described – which produces the second largest number of television shows of any location in North America.

Vancouver’s scenic location ensures that the tourism industry is healthy too.

Both Vancouver and British Columbia were hit by the global recession. Hovever, British Columbia’s unemployment rates tend to be consistently lower than the Canadian average.

Vancouver hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic winter game. The The Olympic Village is now a mixed-use community, with approximately 1,100 residential units, area parks, and a growing number of retail and service outlets.

Construction projects currently underway in 2020 include the $130 million Delta iPort Cargo Centre and the $200 million Concord Brentwood residential development.

Vancouver’s economy is projected to grow by 2% each year from 2020 – 2020.


Education

Vancouver has two major universities: The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University.

Newsweek ranked UBC 3rd out of Canada’s universities (behind McGill University and the University of Toronto) and 47th in the world. Simon Fraser University ranked 10th in Canada according to Times Higher Education.

The British Columbia Institute of Technology provides polytechnic education and offers degrees in various fields.

Vancouver also has several community colleges and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Vancouver Film School, a private entertainment arts school.

Government funded elementary schools and high schools generally offer students a high quality education.

Unless you opt for private education, the school(s) your children attend will be determined by where you live.

It makes sense, therefore, to avoid some inner-city schools and schools in poorer areas where issues associated with poverty make it harder for children to perform to their full ability.

The publicly funded high schools with the best academic performance in Vancouver and its surrounds were:

These schools outperformed many fee paying schools.

There is also a wide variety of independent (fee paying) schools available. The following independent schools were Vancouver’s absolute top academic performers:

Where to Live in Vancouver

Vancouver is an expensive city to live in.

It has the most expensive housing market in Canada and is ranked by Demographia as the third least affordable major city in the world, behind Hong Kong and Sydney.

The city has attempted to introduce strategies to reduce housing costs, including co-op housing, increased density and legalized secondary suites. (A secondary suite is a subdivided single home. Secondary suites, or granny flats, usually have their own entrances, living areas, kitchens and bathrooms.)

A large number of people also live in high-rise condominiums.

High density housing is more of a consideration in Vancouver than other Canadian cities because any expansion of Vancouver is restricted by sea and mountains more so than elsewhere.

In mid 2020, the average home in Vancouver cost $1,094,000 – much more expensive than in Toronto, $772,000; Calgary, $431,000; Ottawa, $389,000 or Montreal, $345,000.

Houses in a new Vancouver suburb

Real Estate Board statistics of Vancouver summarizing June 2020 found that purchasing a townhouse would cost:

$574,300 in Maple Ridge; $1,049,000 in North Vancouver; $855,000 in Richmond; $777,000 in Burnaby South; $923,000 in Vancouver East; $1,304,000 in Vancouver West; and $664,000 in Pitt Meadows.

For condominium apartments, prices were:

$327,000 in Maple Ridge; $603,000 in North Vancouver; $683,000 in Richmond; $737,000 in Burnaby South; $574,000 in Vancouver East; $843,000 in Vancouver West; and $480,000 in Pitt Meadows.

Most rentals in Vancouver are unfurnished and come with 12 month leases.

Estimated the monthly rental prices for bedroom suites were:

from $1,400 in Richmond for one bedroom and from $1,900 for two bedrooms; from $1,200 for one bedroon in Delta / Surrey/ Langley and from $1,500 for two bedrooms.

Vancouver’s best neighbourhoods are situated in the city’s downtown, to the west of the downtown, and over the bridge to the North Shore (West and North Vancouver).

North Vancouver has one of Canada’s lowest crime rates.

The west end of the downtown core is the most expensive area, while downtown’s east side is a more impoverished area, with higher crime rates.

Some parts of the eastern city are very run down with some of the worst drug and homelessness problems in Canada.

Moving a little farther out, to somewhere like Burnaby, will be cheaper than the North Shore or downtown and there are plenty of more affordable, family sized properties in areas such as Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Delta, Surrey and Langley.

Each of these areas have some poorer neighbourhoods that families moving to Vancouver might prefer to avoid, but they also have plenty of great places to live too, with lots of amenities that families will find are ideal.

Environment and Getting Around

Vancouver is clean and livable; this results from a combination of its beautiful physical surroundings and the government’s strong environmental policy.

A rapidly growing population (doubling in the last 20 years) has resulted in an even more rapid increase in vehicle usage. Despite this, peak levels of major pollutants have been trending downward, a sign of successful environmental policies.

Vancouver offers a variety of options for public transit, from buses and ferries (SeaBus) to commuter rail services. The Coast Mountain Bus Company operates throughout the Greater Vancouver area and the buses in the city are completely electric.


Pacific Boulevard, Yaletown
Photo: Arnold C

The Sky Train is an extensive rail system that loops around the city, offering an efficient, frequent service.

The West Coast Express commuter rail system is the interregional railway system of British Columbia, linking downtown Vancouver to various cities in the province.

Vancouver has just one major freeway, Highway 1, passing through the north eastern corner of the city.

There is a city-wide network of bicycle lanes and with the moderate weather all year long, the use of bicycles as a primary mode of transportation is more than viable. More people walk or bike to work in Vancouver than in any other Canadian city.

What to do in Vancouver

Vancouver has a popular and growing art scene, distinguished restaurants from a variety of nationalities, opportunities for year-round outdoor activities and a variety of sporting events.

Vancouver is a major centre for Canadian music, the Vancouver Art Gallery is a staple of the art scene, and the Vancouver museum is also popular.

There is a prominent performing arts scene as well, with a multitude of theatre companies. Vancouver is home to an annual Fringe Festival and an International Film Festival.

Despite these attractions, anyone looking for serious cultural activities would be better advised to head for Toronto.

Walking and Cycling

On the other hand, Vancouver easily beats Toronto for climate, proximity to the ocean, mountains, rivers, lakes and beaches.

Vancouver is a world-class destination for year round outdoor recreation. Cycling, golf, sailing, hiking, canoeing, skiing and snowboarding are very popular.

The result of all this furious, year round, activity is that Vancouver has a low adult obesity rate – 12% compared to the Canadian average of 23%.

There are over 3200 acres of parks in Vancouver, with Stanley Park being the largest.

Vancouver is home to six professional sports teams, including two ice hockey teams, a baseball team, football and soccer.

Summary

Vancouver is a metropolitan city offering something different from most cities. Its large downtown core offers an affluent arts scene, diverse foods and sporting events.

On top of this, Vancouver is surrounded by ocean and mountains that result in a moderate climate allowing outdoor recreational activities all year round. The housing market in Vancouver is the highest priced in the country, and crime rates are higher than in “competing” Canadian cities.

Vancouver’s Negatives

Vancouver’s Positives

42 thoughts on “Living in Vancouver, British Columbia”

I’ am currently living in Winnipeg for morethan 8 yrs and always looking forward to move in BC or greater Vancou… I have 2 kids aged 7 and 6, who always inspired to move in Vancou even at their Young age… We have a good lifestyle here in manitoba Winnipeg except the unbearable Winter of -50 °c during winter, and it feels like we are buried here on ice for 7months in a row, and quite depressing sometimes. We’re looking for a change in terms of scenery and weather temp.

At the same time I hear complains that the real estate market is expensive in Vancouver, I make strong my decision to move to Vancouver to work in the construction field, as a certified construction builder. I have read here people complaining that the city is not offering wat they want. But I ask: what do you have to offer to the city and other people’s true need? Is not the city that will fit to us, but we need to fit to the city and community. It seems to be true professionally as well personally. I ask who complains about the difficult to make friends in Vancouver if they have dedicated time to the community and other’s need, like doing volunteer work, taking part in sport and cultural activities, and so on. So it seems reasonable that before claim for things you want to receive to ask what you are going to do to fulfill other’s true needs, and not what do you want from them. I know that it does not apply to any situation, but always can be a good referential point.

My husband and I live in Mississauga ON, just outside of Toronto. I work in Stereo Conversion, and our jobs in the company are being threatened by outsource (to India and China). More than 200 artists will be out of jobs in the next 3 months. VFX houses in Toronto are already overwhelmed with job applications and its only going to get worse. My husband is a Service Technician and there is a location in Burnaby that he may be able to transfer too. I understand that Vancouver has a very high cost of living, I dont expect to be able to purchase a home, since thats out of the question in Toronto its a joke in Vancouver. I have looked into renting in Burnaby and Mt Pleasant and found you can get some really nice 2 bedroom condos and homes for under $1700. Vancouver also looks like it has a really extensive transit system, and the climate for biking year round. In the GTA you would be hard pressed to find a 2 bdrm place to rent under $2000, and i personally think that transit in Toronto sucks. Its also not a bike friendly city if you live out of the downtown core. Is it really that hard to make friends in Vancouver? I find that people in Toronto are rude, especially since it has a very business oriented core. Torontonians seem to absolutely love the city and always talk it up compared to Montreal. My husband and I are definitely outdoorsy and I cant stand having to drive 3+ hours out of the city to get to decent camping and nature. Basically I want to know if it would be worth if for us to relocate, and if the quality if life is better. Ive read that there is a lot of film jobs in the city and software development. I have a diploma in arts and have been building a portfolio to apply for tattoo apprenticeships. Im not afraid to work some kind of regular service jobs until I can find a position in what im looking for. Is all the negativity about Vancouver based on living in the downtown core? Is it really that bad in Burnaby or Mt Pleasant? Is it possible to make a good living and future in Vancouver? My husband and I want to have kids in a few years and want to do it in cleaner and less polluted city.

It is not impossible to live a good life in Vancouver, but this city is not for everyone. You have to have good qualifications or skills in an area that is in demand. I suggest those of you making a big decision to move halfway around the world to a new country, do your research very carefully as your quality of life will depend on it. No use of having a degree if there are no jobs to match it. Foreign degrees are difficult to have accredited in Canada, to begin with – I came with a teaching degree 24 years ago and after 10 years of low wages and menial jobs I got a Canadian degree that finally opened up doors for me. I purposefully chose a vocation that I knew was always in demand with above average wages (social work). There are similar occupations that are in demand, such as nurses, doctors, long term care aids, child psychologists, etc. etc. Unfortunately, when it comes to a city like Vancouver, where a lot of people want to live in and rich people move to by the busload driving up prices, you might not have a choice how you earn a living. I’d rather choose gainful employment and good quality of life where I want to live than the occupation of my choice where I don’t want to live.

I heard many newcomers complaining about the difficulties in making friends in Vancouver. People say folks in Montreal are more eager to make friends and I know for a fact that “Prairie provinces” are the same. Unfortunately Vancouver and area has a lot of people coming and going and people won’t invest in superficial relationships – to build a meaningful one, you need time. My advice is to join some kind of a smaller community to make friends. There are multicultural societies, clubs for your home country, clubs for every activity and hobby under the sun as well as lots of volunteering opportunity. I made friends by volunteering at various non profits. I disagree that Chinese and East Indians are “cold” as I have met some wonderful people in Vancouver who opened up their homes to me and even helped me when I needed it. In fact one of my mentors who helped me get a degree was Chinese (and I am European). In general, immigrants do make friends easier with each other, so you won’t feel alone, because Vancouver is full of immigrants.

I totally agree with those above who state in Vancouver you must live within your means. You got to find an area that is within your budget and work your way “up” from there. This is normal in every other city in the world as every city has preferred areas that are especially expensive.

As for the crime rates, Vancouver unfortunately does have a drug and gang problem – as does Toronto or Montreal. Due to lenient (uhmm “socially progressive”) attitudes and mild climate, Vancouver “attracts” a lot of destitute and homeless people. Why they are allowing people to live on welfare in one of the world’s most expensive city when there are much cheaper places for poor people is beyond comprehension. But this is Vancouver for you – tolerant, laid back, or as people in the Prairies like to call it “land of the lotus eaters” – LOL.

I moved to Vancouver with my family as a teen and have been part of the work force for 5 years now after graduating with a diploma program. My family is not particularly well off but we all have jobs and were able to buy our first home together as a family which we later sold when the children wanted to live independently. The real trick in living in Vancouver is living within your means. If you can’t afford decent space in downtown Vancouver then choose to live outside. I live half an hour commute away from downtown, I don’t drive and choose to use transit with my monthly pass. I get to eat out at least 3 – 4 times a week, more if I choose to but wise grocery shopping is the way to go. There’s a lot of ethnic based grocers around in Vancouver that sells a wide array of produce and goods that allows for one to bring home food from all over the world. In Vancouver, one can be spoiled for authentic Asian cuisine without leaving the comforts of the west and lately local cuisine has been flourishing as well affordably.

My yearly salary is around $30k as a hotel staff, I get to eat out, shop and watch theatre shows and concerts with friends and family. Arts although not as extensive as other metropolitan city is still growing. A lot of artist do make Vancouver as one of their stops in their tours and local offerings are not too shabby too, enough to keep one occupied if you’re not snobby. With my salary, I’m also able to afford a trip outside the country once a year. Weather is mild most of the year compared to the rest of the country. All in all, it’s not bad for me as a single person.

But if one has a family, that’s how things can be a little trickier. Education in BC is not particularly its strongest suit. The system is almost treated as a baby sitting service especially the publicly funded elementary and secondary schools. Proof can be noted with the on going battles between the government and the teacher’s union. Transit is not quite as friendly to families using strollers. After school services’ availability is meagre and expensive. I know this because I’ve baby sat for a lot of friends with little to no option when the family has to work late or on weekends.

Aside from expensive housing market another common gripe about the city is the difficulty of finding friends which I personally thing is true. The population is polite but breaking the ice takes time with Vancouverites. Most of my friends in the city are from my school days and new ones are usually foreigners moving in to the city. Befriending another local sure is challenging that meeting a new implant is a much easier choice, besides I understand their plight more anyways. Having a group of friends is hard but not impossible.

Despite the gang and drug issues that is often brought up to topic, unfortunately I don’t have much experience about it which can be a big tell about it. I know that bike theft is high but that’s the extent of my local crime knowledge. I find that there’s drugs and crime everywhere these days and some ignore it while some magnify it. One thing I know though is that it’s so not as prevalent that you’ll see it everywhere but not inexistent that you’ll never be able to say you’ve never seen one around.

Gentrification will be a word you’ll hear often and it’s a double edged sword. I personally think that BC and Canada as a whole has a deep root of being a socialist but this can be just based on my background from a developing country. Never the less, Vancouver (Canada) can be only bad or good depending on where you’re coming from. One can love it or hate it depending on what your priorities are. What drives your choice in moving?

I am living in Vancouver and of course it is expensive but you don’t have to live in Kitsilano and downtown Van. There are many good places to live…I am not a big fan of Surrey but still hoping it will change one day because there are many beautiful townhouse for a good price..
I love Vancouver and you know, how many friends you need in your life? I made very nice people and my kids enjoy living here.
We are even planning to move to Squamish where is cheaper and not that far from Vancouver.
Maybe people are not that friendly than people from Montreal but they are not that bad.
And a big plus to move to Vancouver is they kick out John Tortorella from the Canucks team ��


Move to BC and enjoy!! When I am tired of the rain in winter…I drive a bit and the kids and I are going riding snowboard. Anyway, I will not move back to the East Cost.

I grew up in Vancouver during the late 50’s and 60’s.

We lived in East Vancouver a few blocks from Broadway and Fraser. We never had much money because my dad loved to drink and we lived in rented apartments.

A detached home in my neighborhood at that time was probably around $50,000-$60,0000.

East Vancouver at the time was the poorer side of town.

I went to Mount Pleasant Elementary that used to sit on the corner of Broadway and Kingsway, and then went to high school at Vancouver Technical Secondary further down Broadway.

I remember endless Summers with day after day of clear blue skies and countless days spent at Stanley Park and my favorite haunts, English Bay and Second Beach.

Our after-grad party included a big bonfire at Third Beach.

I remember playing soccer in the rain every Saturday during the Fall. I loved it and was at peace with the rain.

I can remember raindrops so big in the Winter they would bounce a foot in the air when they hit the pavement.

I remember how four inches of snow would paralyze the city and people would drive around with chains on their tires.

I especially remember the apple trees and wild blackberry bushes that seemed to grow everywhere and I think I climbed every one of those trees within an hour of my home.

The city was my oyster and I knew it inside out. I spend entire Summers walking through it, busing through it, and biking through it.

I went to China Town, to skid row, down to Hastings Street and Main to the museum, you name it. I was a fearless and curious as a kid and nothing bad ever happened to me.

At 16 I left home. Like most people I wanted to see “what else was out there” so drove to Expo “67” with a friend in his ’55’ Ford.

I never returned to Vancouver for a few decades.

Eventually I lived in Toronto for five years.

I loved it for the amazing camping and lakes just a few hours to the North.

I loved that I could go into a beer hall with no cover charge and watch The Platters perform live and in person.

I loved Maple Leaf Gardens.

But it was just took big. I didn’t like driving 110k an hour for 40 minutes on the 401 in order to get to work. And then have to do it again after work only this time in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

I have lived in Calgary for over 30 years. I own a condo by the Elbow River that I bought for $64,000. It’s probably about $220,000 now.

I really have nothing bad to say about Calgary.

It is however growing very fast and there are traffic jams everywhere and I don’t really see it as a great place to retire.

The winters can be mild or bitterly cold. Every year is different. Summers are usually very short and the nicest months are normally September and October or what we call “Indian Summer.”

I was amazed when I went back to visit Vancouver twenty years after I left.

The city had matured so much. The street I lived on is beautiful and lined with big tall trees for block after block.

It’s been transformed into a trendy area and the same house that was around $60,000 when I was a kid is around $750,000 now.

As soon as I got to Vancouver the smell of the ocean and the warm Summer breeze brought back so many great memories.

Now as I get set to retire, I would LOVE to be able to live in Vancouver again, but it’s simply beyond my means.

I would Love to live in the very same neighborhood because I know that from there I could walk downtown if I wanted to.

I could walk up Fraser, Kingsway, or Main Street, or walk down Broadway and pass so many great shops and restaurants along the way.

I live a quiet life and know how to live inexpensively if only there was a place to call home.

You can meet great people in any city in the world.

I disagree that you can label a city as unfriendly.

We all have it within us to see the best in people and to share a smile and those two attributes alone can get you so far in this world no matter where it happens to be.


If someone said to me………”I have this place in East Vancouver you can rent for as long as you want at a fair price you can afford as a senior”, I would probably be back in Vancouver in a heartbeat.

While I’m waiting, I keep buying those lottery tickets………..you never know.

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Иммиграционая программа: Провинции Британская Колумбия (The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)).

Провинция Британская Колумбия имеет достаточно низкий уровень безработицы (7%), но к 2020 году будет испытывать существенный недостаток в рабочей силе. Тысячам предприятий в области туризма, а также информационных технологий, кинематографии, аэрокосмической промышленности и ресторанно-гостиничного бизнеса потребуются новые рабочие руки. Федеральным правительством Канады заключено соглашение об иммиграции с провинциальным правительством Британская Колумбия – The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Согласно данному соглашению, ускорен процесс оформления на ПМЖ (Permanent Resident) квалифицированных профессиональных рабочих и опытных бизнесменов , которые имеют намерение жить и работать в Провинции БК.

Иммиграционная программа провинции Британская Колумбия

Иммиграционная программа провинции Британская Колумбия (BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) предлагает иммиграцию для востребованных иностранных рабочих и опытных предпринимателей, которые могут сделать вклад в экономическое развитие провинции.

BC PNP принимает заявки в трех основных иммиграционных направлениях, которые разделяются на категории:

Направление Skills Immigration

  • Skilled Worker – менеджеры, эксперты и квалифицированные профильные специалисты;
  • Healthcare Professional – врачи, медсестеры с регистрацией и другие смежные работники области здравоохранения, работающие в провинциальных органах здравоохранения.
  • International Graduate – выпускники канадских колледжей или университетов.
  • International Post-Graduate – выпускники университетов Британской Колумбии со степенью магистра или доктора естественных, прикладных или медицинских наук. Исключительно для этой категории, предложение трудойстройства не требуется.
  • Entry Level и Semi-Skilled

Направление Express Entry BC (EEBC)

  • Skilled Worker
  • Healthcare Professional
  • International Graduate
  • International Post-Graduate

Направление Entrepreneur Immigration

Общие требования Express Entry и Skills Immigration

Если не указано иное, следующие требования являются общими требованиями для всех категорий направлений Express Entry и Skills Immigration:

  • Вы должны иметь предложение трудоустройства без определенного срока действия на полную занятость и по профессии, согласно критериям программы. (Исключение: Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate and EEBC – International Post-Graduate).
  • Вы должны соответствовать требованиям предлагаемой позиции.
  • Предлагаемая Вам заработная плата должна быть конкурентоспособной для данной профессии по стандартам провинции.
  • Вы должны подтвердить уровень владения английским или французским языком на уровне 4 согласно Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB), для профессий категорий NOC B, C, и D. Языковой тест для профессий категории NOC 0 и A может быть потребован, по усмотрению комиссии иммиграционной программы провинции.
  • Вы должны подтвердить, что Вы имеете минимальный требуемый программой доход.
  • Вы не должны владеть / или иметь более 10% пакета акций компании, которая предложила Вам работу.
  • Ваша работа должна приносить экономическую выгоду провинции Британская Колумбия.
  • Ваша работа не должна оказывать отрицательное влияние на урегулирование трудового спора или на работу любого лица, участвующего в любом таком споре, или отрицательно сказываться на профессиональной подготовке или возможностях трудоустройства жителей Британской Колумбии.
  • В случае приглашения на подачу документов, Вы должны оплатить $700 комиссионного сбора.
  • Для оценки Вашего опыта работы в Канаде, иммиграционный офицер будет учитывать только опыт роботы полученный в период легального разрешения на трудоустройство.
  • Вы должны соответствовать другим требованиям, которые касаются опыта работы необходимой Вам категории.

Общие требования направления Entrepreneur Immigration

Данное направление предназначено для опытных предпринимателей, которые готовы инвестировать и активно управлять бизнесом в провинции Британская Колумбия.

Ниже указаны обязательные требования направления Entrepreneur Immigration :

  • Персональные требования
    • личные средства на сумму не менее $600 000;
    • подтверждение опыта в бизнесе и/или управлении.
  • Вы не сможете быть номинированы если:
    • Вам запрещен въезд в Канаду;
    • Вы допущены в страну текущего проживая на незаконны основаниях;
    • Вы находитесь в Канаде, но не имеете документов, разрешающих пребывание в стране;
    • Вы работаете в Канаде без должного разрешения;
    • Вы имеете неподтвержденное заявление на статус беженца в Канаде;
    • Имеется судебный приказ о Вашей высылке из Канады.
  • Бизнес требования
    • основать новый бизнес или приобрести и улучшить существующий.

  • Требования по инвестициям
    • сделать личные инвестиции в бизнес в размере не мене $200 000, согласно критериям программы.
  • Требования по рабочим местам
    • создать в рамках бизнеса, как минимум одно рабочее место на полный рабочий день для гражданина Канады или постоянного резидента.
  • Общие требования для получения номинации
    • активное и постоянное управление повседневными бизнес-операциями;
    • продемонстрировать факт проживания в провинции Британская Колумбия.
  • Комиссионные сборы
    • Регистрация – $300;
    • Плата за рассмотрение заявления – $3 500;
    • Сбор за заявление каждого ведущего специалиста – $1 000.

Best Cities To Live: British Columbia, Canada

These are ranked as the top 10 best cities in BC to live in 2020.

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The Canadian province of British Columbia is located between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is the westernmost province and the third most populous. British Columbia is known globally for maintaining a high standard of living. The city of Vancouver is consistently listed among the best cities to work and live. The cost of living in British Columbia is exceptionally high but the average income is also quite high. The mandatory minimum wage is $12.65. The following are the best cities live in British Columbia according to MoneySense.

10. Richmond, BC

Richmond is a suburb of Vancouver located in southwestern British Columbia. It is notable for being the location of Vancouver’s international airport, the second-busiest airport in Canada. Richmond ranks high for quality of life thanks to its green space access as well as its proximity to job opportunities in nearby Vancouver.

9. North Saanich, BC

North Saanich is located 16 miles north of Victoria on the Saanich Peninsula. It consists of a blend of a rural and urban environment with residential and agricultural activities. It is a relatively quiet environment fit for young families and retirees seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of large cities without losing the comfort of accessing good infrastructure and service. With a population of just 11,000, North Saanich, there are no jams and their education and health services are of high standard.

8. Oak Bay, BC

Oak Bay is located on the southern end of Vancouver Island. It is a coastal city of slightly less than 20,000 people. Oak Bay is an expensive community with the cost of living and the cost of property always rising. On the positive note, the environment is quiet and the community is social. The city outshines other cities in British Columbia in wealth, income, low taxes, accessibility to quality healthcare and education, weather, and the low level of crime.

7. Vancouver, BC

The city of Vancouver is located in the Pacific West Coast. The city population is slightly less than 700,000 but the metropolitan population stands at about 2.4 million. It is the largest city in the province and an important harbor for export of Canadian goods to the US West Coast and Asia. Vancouver is always listed among the most expensive but livable cities globally. The city’s status as the largest in the province and the huge population attract job seekers and creates opportunities for others. As a modern urban city, Vancouver is well served by modern transport infrastructure including highways and rails.

6. West Vancouver, BC

West Vancouver is the wealthiest district in the province. It is a residential community of a slightly more than 41,000 residents. West Vancouver is an expensive place to own a house and a small percentage of the population can afford property within the district. For those with the extra pennies to spend, West Vancouver offers a quiet family oriented environment with low level of crime rates, no jams, high standard healthcare and education, and a serene environment. The average cost of real estate is $2,881,458. The average income stands at $209,629 is about three times the national average.

5. North Vancouver, BC

The District of North Vancouver is part of Metro Vancouver. The district covers three sides of the city of North Vancouver. It is the second richest district in the province after the neighboring West Vancouver district. North Vancouver is an affluent community that is home to the upper middle class and high-class families. The Trans-Canada Highway is the only significant highway that services through North Vancouver, however, several link roads are available to prevent jams. Education and healthcare services are among the best in the country.

4. Delta, BC


Delta is lies at the delta of the Fraser River. It is home to approximately 110,000. Delta is located 17 miles from the city of Vancouver making it a preferred place of residence for the people who work in the city. It is a quiet residential city surrounded by nature and the crime level is below the national average. The city enjoys a mild climate with moderately cold winter and warm summers. A network of roads and highways connect delta to the rest of the country while a metro bus system offers transportation within the city. The average income is $114,588 while unemployment stands at 4.3%.

3. Squamish, BC

Squamish in a small town of approximately 21,000 people located along the Sea to Sky Highway. In recent years, the town has become popular with Whistler and Vancouver residents escaping the high cost of living. The environment is calm and beautiful with the sight of breathtaking mountains. Young families prefer the town because of the friendly environment and the low cost of living. There are no jam, while education and health services are of high standards. The average income is $108,238 while unemployment stands at 4.3%.

2. Whistler, BC

Whistler is a resort town of approximately 13,000 people. The town receives a tourist population of about 1.5 million annually most of whom engage in snowboarding, alpine skiing, mountain biking, and camping. Whistler is constantly ranked among the world’s top 5 ski destinations. The British Columbia Highway 99 and the railway connect the city to the outside world. The small resident population enjoys better healthcare service and education. The average income is $116,362 while unemployment stands at 4.3%.

1. Fort St. John, BC

The City of Fort St. John is located in the northeastern part of the province. It is a beautiful city of slightly more than 20,000. The city’s economy is driven by the gas and oil industry. There are no traffic jams or long queues for service because of the small population. Fort St. John is a blend of rural and urban environment, the residents live in harmony with wildlife especially elk and deer. The community is close and friendly with the residents always willing to help new immigrants. Community events such as ice-skating and charity drive are held annually. The average income is $124,134 while the unemployment rate stands at five percent.

What are the Best Cities to Live in in BC?

Some of the best cities to live in in BC are said to be Fort St. John, Whistler, Squamish, Delta, and North Vancouver.

British Columbia

About British Columbia

British Columbia is Canada’s most westerly province, and is a mountainous area whose population is mainly clustered in its southwestern corner. BC is Canada’s third-largest province after Québec and Ontario, making up 10 percent of Canada’s land surface. British Columbia is a land of diversity and contrast within small areas.

Coastal landscapes, characterized by high, snow-covered mountains rising above narrow fjords and inlets, contrast with the broad forested upland of the central interior and the plains of the northeast. The intense «Britishness» of earlier times is referred to in the province’s name, which originated with Queen Victoria and was officially proclaimed in 1858.

English and French are Canada’s official languages, with English being the main language of B.C. There are many other languages spoken in B.C. including multiple Aboriginal languages, Chinese, Panjabi (Punjabi), Korean, and more.

There’s a lot to celebrate about British Columbia. Learn about British Columbia destinations. British Columbia cities. Tourism. Including British Columbia travel guides.

Quick facts about British Columbia:

  • Half of all British Columbians live in the Metro Vancouver area.
  • BC’s Provincial flag is five by length and three by width, and electronic images of the flag must never be electronically or mechanically altered, and must remain sized in scale.
  • There are 961 km of the Trans-Canada Highway in BC.
  • There are over 864 vineyards on more than 9,800 acres of land, which includes wineries and independent growers.
  • The northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail, one of the world’s longest hiking trails, is located in BC in Manning Park.

Careers and Job Opportunities in BC, Canada

For foreign nationals seeking to live and work in Canada, British Columbia should be considered a potential destination, due to a demand for skilled workers. As the case with the rest of Canada, BC’S workforce is expected to undergo a sizeable shift in the coming years. As the pool of younger workers becomes smaller than the number of ageing workers who are set to retire, hence the need for more skilled foreign workers.

10 Jobs expected to be in high demand in British Columbia in the next decade

NUMBER OF JOB OPENINGS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS

REGISTERED NURSES AND REGISTERED PSYCHIATRIC NURSES 24,660 TRANSPORT TRUCK DRIVERS 16,300 CARPENTERS 13,690 FINANCIAL AUDITORS AND ACCOUNTANTS 13,450 COOKS 10,210 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS AND ASSISTANTS 9,050 CONSTRUCTION TRADES HELPERS AND LABOURERS 8,170 ELECTRICIANS (EXCEPT INDUSTRIAL AND POWER SYSTEM) 7,230 HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS (EXCEPT CRANE) 6,760 WELDERS AND RELATED MACHINE OPERATORS 3,890

As Vancouver is the economic hub of British Columbia, most of these job openings will be on Vancouver Island.

Two-thirds of the projected 985,100 job openings created between now and 2022 will be due to retirement, and one-third to economic growth — especially in skilled trades, according to the B.C. 2022 Labour Market Outlook, a forecast of labour demand and supply trends carried out by the government of British Columbia.

About four out of five of those job openings will require some form of post-secondary education, the report said, while 44 percent of job openings will be in the skilled trades and technical occupations.

At the moment, about 70 per cent of B.C.’s labour force has some post-secondary education.

Cost of Living In British Columbia

Over half of the population in British Columbia lives in Vancouver. Communities in B.C. are culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse, with immigrants accounting for approximately 27 per cent of our population. Find out some of the cheap places to live in B.C, Canada.

Below is a basic breakdown of monthly costs for two individuals sharing an apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Rent: $900 – The total rent cost ($1800) is split between both roommates
  • Utilities: $80
  • Phone Bill: $80
  • Internet: $50
  • Groceries: $325 – This total cost ($650) is split between both roommates
  • Going out to eat (including nights out at bars/ clubs): $120
  • Monthly transit pass (2-zone): $124
  • Taxi costs: $40
  • Personal items (clothing/makeup/hygiene): $100
  • Leisure (gym pass/ movies/ events): $50

However, the cost of living in British Columbia varies depending on where you live.

Education in British Columbia

More than 426,000 students are enrolled in at least one course at one of the 25 public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia – taking classes at campuses, satellite locations or learning centres throughout the province.

A post-secondary education offers a great return on investment whether it is a diploma, trade or degree. For example, British Columbians with an undergraduate post-secondary degree can expect to earn an additional $827,000 over their lifetime. International students have also greatly benefited from the University of British Columbia, and are among some of the best performing students.


  • More than 32,000 new student seats – including 2,500 graduate student spaces – and seven public university campuses have been added to the public post-secondary system since 2001.
  • In 2014-15, 3,340 credentials were awarded to Aboriginal students, an increase of 706, or 26% over 2009-10.
  • More than 8,900 new spaces in health and medical programs have been added since 2001. This includes more than doubling the number of nursing spaces funded, adding almost 4,800 new student spaces to train registered nurses, psychiatric nurses, specialty nurses, nurses re-entering the workforce and licensed practical nurses, as well as nurses with advanced degrees.
  • Doubled the number of midwife spaces at UBC in 2012 to 20 first-year seats and added eight seats for internationally-educated midwives that started in January 2020.
  • The number of first-year spaces for medical students has more than doubled since 2001 from 128 to a total of 288 seats.

British Columbia Student Experience

Nearly 30,000 B.C. post-secondary students are surveyed annually within two years after graduation. The 2020 surveys showed 93% of all graduates were satisfied with their education.

  • Of former apprenticeship students:
    • 78% students took their training at a public post-secondary institution.
    • When surveyed, 86% had earned their “ticket”.
    • 97% of former traditional apprenticeship students were in the labour force and the median hourly wage for those employed was $32.
    • Of baccalaureate graduates:
    • 43% graduated from an arts or science program.
    • 47% had enrolled in further training.
    • 89% of baccalaureate graduates were in the labour force; of those not in the labour force, 72% were attending school full-time.
    • The median annual income of those who worked full time was $50,000.
  • Of diploma, associate degree or certificate students:
    • 81% of respondents with an associate degree or university transfer went on to further education.
    • 91% of respondents with a diploma or certificate were in the labour force, with a median hourly wage for those employed full-time was $20.

In addition to that, The University of British Columbia is always one of the highest ranked schools in Canada and has consecutively been considered one of the top 50 universities in the world.

So there you have it, British Columbia has a bit of everything. And is a truly remarkable place to live with a lot to offer its residents. The question is, will you move here? We think you should.

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Британская Колумбия, самая западная провинция Канады, является центром культурного разнообразия и экономического роста.

Британская Колумбия, где находится третий по величине город Канады, Ванкувер, также является одной из самых многонациональных канадских провинций. Экономика Британской Колумбии ориентирована на сильный сектор природных ресурсов, с акцентом на лесной и горнодобывающей промышленности. Ее природа, с обширными лесами и уникальным прибрежным климатом, считается одной красивейших в Канаде и в мире.

В Британской Колумбии действует провинциальная иммиграционная программа (BC PNP (British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program)), с помощью которой потенциальные иммигранты, обладающие востребованными в провинции квалификациями и опытом, могут получить сертификат кандидата Британской Колумбии (British Columbia Provincial Nomination Certificate), позволяющий ускорить процесс рассмотрения заявления иностранного гражданина на получение вида на жительство в Канаде по сравнению с иными иммиграционными классами.

К участию в BC PNP допускаются заявители по двум основным направлениям:

  • направление для квалифицированных специалистов (Skills Immigration) (включая иммиграционные направления для квалифицированных специалистов, зарегистрированных в федеральной системе отбора Express Entry (Express Entry British Columbia));
  • направление для предпринимателей (Entrepreneur Immigration).

Указанные направления подразделяются на категории. Ниже приведена дополнительная информация о каждой категории, которая поможет вам понять, подходит ли вам программа BC PNP.

Направление для квалифицированных специалистов (Skills Immigration)

Иммиграционное направление для квалифицированных специалистов (Skills Immigration) BC PNP подразделяется на следующие категории:

  • Категория квалифицированных специалистов (SkilledWorker)— данная категория включает лиц, получивших предложение о работе по специальности, требующей квалификации. Указанные лица должны иметь несколько лет опыта работы по соответствующей специальности.
  • Категория медицинских работников (HealthCareProfessional)— в рамках данной категории заявления могут подаваться лицами, обладающими необходимым опытом и получившими предложение о работе в сферах медицины, лечебного дела, сестринского дела, сестринского дела в психиатрии или иных областях здравоохранения. Полученное предложение о работе должно относится к одной из включенных в список медицинских специальностей.
  • Категория международных выпускников (InternationalGraduate)— в данную категорию входят выпускники, окончившие определенные университеты и колледжи Канады в последние два года и получившие предложение о работе от работодателя Британской Колумбии.
  • Категория международных магистрантов и аспирантов (InternationalPost-Graduate)— в данную категорию входят магистранты и аспиранты включенных в список образовательных учреждений Британской Колумбии, завершивших обучение по естественнонаучным, прикладным и медицинским направлениям. В рамках данной подкатегории получение предложения о работе не требуется.
  • Категория низкоквалифицированных и полуквалифицированных работников (EntryLevelandSemiSkilledWorker)— по данной программе иммиграционные заявления могут подавать работники определенных специальностей, требующих квалификаций начального и среднего уровня в туризме/гостиничном бизнесе, пищевой промышленности или грузовых автоперевозках, или лица, работающие по специальностям, требующим квалификаций начального и среднего уровня, и проживающие в северо-восточном регионе развития Британской Колумбии.

Иммиграционные направления для квалифицированных специалистов, зарегистрированных в федеральной системе отбора Express Entry (Express Entry British Columbia)

В рамках секции профессиональной иммиграции (Skills Immigration) в 2015 году Британская Колумбия отберет до 1 350 квалифицированных специалистов, подавших заявления на получение вида на жительство в Канаде, через свое направление Express Entry British Columbia, которое действует в соответствии с федеральной системой иммиграционного отбора Express Entry. Направление Express Entry British Columbia позволяет соответствующим требованиям заявителям получать приоритетную обработку заявлений на участие в BC PNP и, в случае получения номинации, заявлений на получение вида на жительство.

В рамках направления Express Entry British Columbia принимаются в обработку заявления следующих категорий профессиональных иммигрантов:

  • категория квалифицированных специалистов (SkilledWorker);
  • категория медицинских работников (HealthCareProfessional);
  • категория международных выпускников (InternationalGraduate);
  • категория международных магистрантов и аспирантов (InternationalPostGraduateCategory).

Система регистрации профессиональных иммигрантов (SIRS (Skills Immigration Registration System))

ПРИМЕЧАНИЕ: 27 января 2020 года Правительство Британской Колумбии объявило о запуске новой системы регистрации профессиональных иммигрантов (SIRS) для поддержки программы BC PNP. Данная система позволяет кандидатам набирать баллы, определяющие возможность получения ими приглашения к подаче заявления. Баллы присваиваются на основании ряда факторов — уровень образования, опыт работы и получение предложения о работе от работодателя в Британской Колумбии — отражающих способность индивида преуспеть на рынке труда и внести вклад в экономику провинции.

Направление для предпринимателей (Entrepreneur Immigration)

В рамках данного иммиграционного направления заявления о получении вида на жительство могут подавать лица, планирующие проживать Британской Колумбии и инвестировать средства в ее экономику. Данная программа подразделяется на две категории:

  • Категория предпринимателей (Entrepreneur)— данная категория включает руководителей высшего звена или предпринимателей, которые намерены инвестировать средства в предлагаемый бизнес в Британской Колумбии.
  • Категория сотрудников иностранных компаний, планирующих реализовывать стратегические проекты в Британской Колумбии (StrategicProjects)— в рамках данной категории иностранные компании могут открывать дочерние предприятия в Британской Колумбии. До пяти руководителей, квалифицированных сотрудников и технических специалистов могут быть номинированы для получения вида на жительство в провинции.
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