Investing in BC's Lower Mainland/Southwest Region


The Mainland/Southwest is B.C.'s most populous region, home to 2.8 million people or 61 percent of the provincial population. This dynamic metropolitan area offers economic opportunities, a mild climate, an active lifestyle and all the amenities of a vibrant urban centre.

One of the most ethnically diverse areas in Canada, Mainland/Southwest is made up of the city of Vancouver and the surrounding metropolitan area (known as Metro Vancouver). It also includes the communities in the Fraser Valley to the east, the towns of Squamish and Whistler to the north, and the Sunshine Coast. This region was the location for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Many people who live in this area enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, taking advantage of the region's mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers and beaches. And thanks to a mild climate in the winter, it is even possible to ski in the morning and golf or sail in the afternoon.

Major industry sectors include trade and financial services, transportation, education, secondary manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.

The B.C. government forecasts an annual employment growth rate of 1.4 percent in the Mainland/Southwest region to 2022. It is expected that there will be 641,500 job openings over the 10-year period. The top employment growth industry is Mining, and Oil and Gas. Workers will fill positions in northern B.C., where growth in this industry will be strong, while permanently residing in Mainland/Southwest.


Community Size: 39,865.49 km²

The BC Economic Atlas provides an intuitive way to gain a better understanding of B.C.’s vibrant economy and diverse communities by making information available from thousands of data sources through the use of interactive maps. This information can be used for opportunity identification and business case analysis by site selectors and corporate investors.

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NOTE: Driving distances are measured using the road/ferry network starting with a key point in a community (e.g main office address).



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West Wood Organic Grocery

2307 47th Ave, Vancouver, BC
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Deano's Pizza is a business for sale in BC.

Deano's Pizza

107 - 7th Avenue, Lillooet, BC
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3338 Wesbrook Mall is a commercial real estate opportunity in BC.

101 - 3338 Wesbrook Mall

3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6S 0A5
Two high quality fixtured offices are available in the Tapestry seniors residence at Wesbrook Village, UBC. Each office is beautifully finished with full height wood panelling and millwork. Located on the lower level of the building, these units accessed from a secure lobby off the parkade. Office t... continue

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