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Prince George is the “Northern Capital” of British Columbia; it’s the largest city in the northern area of the province and has a population of about 80,000.

Situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, and the crossroads of Highway 16 and Highway 97, Prince George has an important role in British Columbia’s economy and culture, and acts as its service and supply hub.

Many highly skilled new immigrants choose Prince George as their home in Canada, because of its safe and embracing community, and the easy lifestyle.

Weather

Prince George has a humid continental climate: four complete seasons – lots of sun between May and September and lots of snow between November and March. The average January temperature is −10 °C, and there’s an average of 38 days from December to February where the high reaches or surpasses freezing. Summer days are warm, with a July high of 22°C, but lows are often cool, with monthly lows averaging below 10 °C. The transitions between winter and summer, however, are short. There is some precipitation year-round, but February through April is the driest period. Snow averages 216 centimetres each year.

Working

As you are in the process of choosing the best city in Canada for you, join us at the upcoming Settling in Canada Online Fair.  You’ll learn all about the careers and government funded training that is available by province so that you can make an informed choice on where to live.

What you can do at the fair

  • When you enter the fair you will be at the Plaza, from there you can check out the auditorium, exhibit halls and a lot more…
  • In the auditorium, you can watch some very informative webinars where you can learn everything from interview techniques to how to choose a settlement agency that is right for you.
  • The exhibit halls are where you find the booths, Each one of these is packed full of downloadable resources and other tools that will allow you to settle in Canada with great ease and comfort.

Remember to Register Now to avoid missing out on this great career opportunity.

Transportation

With its international airport (YXS), VIA Rail daylight passenger train service, Greyhound Bus and good highway infrastructure, Prince George is known as the transportation hub of northern B.C.

Prince George Transit System, or PG Transit, is the main public transit provider in Prince George, British Columbia. Adult fares for the bus service cost $2.25 and children under 4 travel free. Day Passes are $4.50 and monthly passes for $54.

For detailed information on services offered by the Prince George Transit System, click here.

The primary air connection to the rest of the world is provided by multiple daily flights out of YXS to Vancouver on Air Canada and Westjet.

A few smaller airlines and charter flights fly to regional and smaller centres.
Greyhound Bus Lines provides daily bus service south to Vancouver, west to Prince Rupert, east to Edmonton, Alberta and north to Fort St. John.

Driving

If you live in one of Prince George’s residential areas, your maximum commute to downtown will be about 15 minutes.

For information on driving in British Columbia and how to get a licence, see Driving.

Police Services

Law enforcement services in Prince George are provided by Canada’s national police service – the RCMP.

In emergency call 9-1-1 immediately. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department or an ambulance.

If the situation doesn’t require immediate attention, please call 613-993-7267.

Places of worship

Prince George is home to numerous cultural associations for immigrants from around the world and you will find Catholic and Protestant churches, Sikh Temples and an Islamic Center in the city. To find out about different places of worship in Prince George, click here.

Pre-arrival settlement and employment services in British Columbia available through the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) (Video)