Investing in BC's Vancouver Island and Coast Region


The Vancouver Island/Coast economic region is located on the west coast of B.C. and includes all of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and some of the coastal regions of the Mainland. This region is known for its temperate climate, unspoiled wilderness and beautiful coastlines.

In this very diverse area, you will find mountains, beaches, ancient rainforests and agricultural farmland. Boating, kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing are very popular, and the region is home to many artists, festivals and cultural events.

Vancouver Island/Coast includes the city of Victoria, which is the capital of British Columbia and the oldest city in Western Canada. It also includes several medium-sized cities and many smaller ocean-side communities.

The service sector plays a major role in the region's economy. Many people have jobs in health care, public administration, and accommodation and tourism. Other important industries include logging and fishing.

The B.C. government forecasts an annual employment growth rate of 0.8 percent in this region to 2022. It is expected that there will be 147,200 job openings over the 10-year period. The top employment growth industry is Health and Social Services.


Community Size: 122,217.29 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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Established Information Technology, Digital Surveillance, Wi-Fi, Managed Services business

625 Hillside Ave Unit 4A, Victoria, BC, V8T4R9
An established multi-facetted Information Technology Business, providing Hardware sales, Managed Services, 24/7 support contracts province wide, Digital Surveillance, Hospitality WiFi / more. Also includes a 6 year established Philanthropy focused division, including elaborate events which have giv... continue

Scamp Catering Inc is a business for sale in BC.

Scamp Catering Inc

72 Cowichan Lake Rd, Lake Cowichan, BC
Live by the lake! Restaurant for sale in beautiful Lake Cowichan. This business has been in operation since 1998 and is known throughout the Cowichan Valley for its great breakfast. Live and work in one of the most affordable places on the island, and watch the town grow around you. Each year more ... continue

The Gusola Block is a commercial real estate opportunity in BC.

The Gusola Block

78 Wharf St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5G6
This mid-size, 1,900 square foot, retail or office space is located in the Gusola Block, on the corner of Commercial and Wharf Streets. The Gusola Block is among the most central and prominent retail buildings in Downtown Nanaimo. The premises are unique in their design by incorporating a walk-down ... continue

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B.C. Cleantech Company Drives Fuel Efficiency in Trucking Industry

Sidney, B.C.-based Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc. is sparking interest and sales in North American trucking fleets. The company’s innovative new fuel enhancement system allows large diesel engines to burn fuel 10-25% more efficiently.   The system consists of a small box of... continue

TREK Wildland Services brings fire control expertise to Indonesia

British Columbia’s expertise in managing forest fires has led a B.C. company to win a contract to train workers in fire-plagued parts of Indonesia. TREK Wildland Services has trained 400 Indonesians in Sumatra and East Kalimantan to fight out-of-control forest fires using the Incident... continue

British Columbia Fish Processor Lands Multiple Deals from Seafood Expo

Hub City Fisheries, of Nanaimo, British Columbia, netted big rewards after attending the Seafood Expo North America event in the spring of 2014.  In the months following the show, the Vancouver Island-based value-added fish processor finalized several deals to supply fish destined for the U... continue