Vancouver is the most populous city in British Columbia, with a Greater Vancouver regional population of 2.7 million. It is the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada and has the highest population density in Canada.
Consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, Vancouver is also the most expensive city to live in Canada and the fourth-most expensive housing market globally.
The coastal city is the western terminus of Canada's transcontinental highway and rail routes. Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified port, generating more than $172 billion in trade annually with over 160 different economies.
Vancouver is the headquarters for traditional sectors such as forestry and mining, however, in recent years it has established itself as a centre for software development, biotechnology, aerospace, video game development, animation studios, television production, and the film industry.
Other key city sectors include tourism, which contributes approximately $4.8 billion to the city and supports over 70,000 jobs.
Over 1,800 acres of industrial land provide an important range of support services, manufacturing, and wholesale premises for businesses throughout region.