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The City of Vancouver is one of the top destinations for newcomers to Canada, particularly from the Asia-Pacific Region. That’s not surprising as it’s considered one of the most beautiful, liveable cities in Canada and the world, thanks to its mild climate, diversity, and awesome natural setting, all in a growing metropolitan city.
While the job market isn’t as robust as in Toronto, Vancouver is home to many large corporations, a strong mining industry, as well as technology, film and health care industries. Small businesses are considered the engine of the provincial economy. More provincial government jobs will be found in the province’s capital city, Victoria, on Vancouver Island, near B.C.’s Parliament Buildings, than in Vancouver.
The City of Vancouver, which has a population of 578,000, is at the heart of the larger region known as Metro Vancouver, which has 2,313,328 people.
Thirteen of the province’s 30 most populous municipalities are located in Metro Vancouver, from West Vancouver to as far east as Langley and Maple Ridge.
The cities of Abbotsford and Chilliwack and the district of Mission, located past Langley and Maple Ridge, although often linked to Vancouver and included in the broad term the Lower Mainland, are part of the separate Fraser Valley Regional District.
Metro Vancouver also has a large ethnic minority population, with the largest visible minority group being Chinese, followed by South Asians. Other prominent groups include Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese, Southeast Asian, West Asian and Latin Americans.