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Vancouver has a dynamic, highly diversified urban economy with growing knowledge-based sectors and strong global linkages.The city is one of Canada’s largest industrial centres thanks to its location on the Pacific Rim and at the western terminus of Canada’s transcontinental highway and rail routes. Vancouver also has the largest and most diversified port in Canada.Forestry and mining companies have their headquarters in Vancouver. As well, in recent years, the city has become an increasingly important centre for software development, biotechnology, aerospace, video game development, animation studios and a vibrant film industry.In addition to these sectors, Vancouver’s scenic location makes it a major tourist destination.The Winter Olympics which Vancouver hosted in 2010 was a major influence on the city’s economic development. Immigrant Business BC offers business start up help and information for newcomers to Vancouver.