December 17, 2015






Burnaby, B.C. BCBusiness Editor-in-Chief Matt O’Grady is excited to announce the

magazine’s second annual ranking of the “Best Cities for Work in B.C.” Once again, the

northeast of the province leads the way in the popular list—with Vancouver’s outer

suburbs also showing great strength.


“We expect the results of this year’s ranking to attract a lot of attention and provoke a lot

of discussion across the province,” says O’Grady. “The B.C. job market, despite what’s

happening next door in Alberta, has more or less weathered the economic storm.” Still,

some cities are clearly faring better than others, O’Grady notes—pointing to the

absence of B.C.’s largest city from the Top 10.


Developed in partnership with Environics Analytics, the survey evaluated each of B.C.’s

36 cities on seven economic indicators—factors such as income growth, average

household income, population growth and unemployment. Combined, these factors

paint a picture of relative economic health in each community—and their relative appeal

for those seeking work there.


The 2015 Top 10 “Best Cities for Work in B.C.” are (2014 rankings in brackets):

  1. Fort St. John (1)
  2. Dawson Creek (5)
  3. North Vancouver District (2)
  4. Squamish (12)
  5. Coquitlam (3)
  6. Langley District (7)
  7. Surrey (9)
  8. Delta (14)
  9. New Westminster (6)
  10. Port Coquitlam (13)


The complete list, along with details on methodology and analysis of B.C.’s top-ranked

cities, can be found in the January 2016 issue of BCBusiness—available online at, in the iTunes store now and on newsstands December 31st.

Join the conversation with #BestCitiesForWork.


About BCBusiness

Published for more than 40 years, BCBusiness is British Columbia’s foremost business

authority and the most widely read business publication in the province. Focusing

exclusively on business in British Columbia, BCBusiness provides unparalleled behindthe-

scenes coverage, chronicling major deals and putting faces to the major players.

BCBusiness is published by CW Media Limited, the largest independent publisher in

Western Canada.


Contact Information:

Media Inquiries:

Holly Pateman

T: 604-473-0352




Editorial Inquiries:

Matt O’Grady

T: 604-473-0346

E: mogra

Surrey Board of Trade and New Westminster Chamber Support Metro Vancouver Regional Prosperity Initiative December 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- December 16, 2015


Surrey Board of Trade and New Westminster Chamber Support Metro Vancouver Regional Prosperity Initiative


Today, Metro Vancouver announced its plans for a Regional Prosperity Initiative that will generate wealth for constituents in our region. In January 2015, Board Chair Greg Moore created a Regional Economy Task Force made up of five mayors from throughout the region to explore beneficial actions relating to the Board’s Regional Economy Strategic Direction. The mayors are: Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver; Linda Hepner, City of Surrey; Darrell Mussatto, City of North Vancouver; Richard Stewart, City of Coquitlam; and Greg Moore, City of Port Coquitlam.


As neighbouring associations, the Surrey Board of Trade and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce have been working collaboratively on several initiatives that bring economic opportunity to our areas. Both organizations are pleased to support Metro Vancouver in this continued action plan and dialogue on a metropolitan approach to prosperity for the region that recognizes the importance of skilled labour, efficient transportation, innovation, livability and lifestyle.


The Surrey Board of Trade and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, to enhance further results for our regional economic development initiatives, will work with Metro Vancouver, government officials and regional Chamber/Boards of Trade to:


  1. Encourage entrepreneurship


  1. Improve the talent base


  1. Enhance the attractiveness of the region to international businesses


  1. Work from a government advocacy perspective to encourage new business to relocate to our region, to understand the assets of each of our cities, and to help create a legal, fiscal and regulatory environment that stimulates business attraction


  1. Access venture capital options


  1. Develop effective regional business attraction plans


  1. Continue to support and encourage research and development in local universities


  1. Facilitate, promote, and support the movement of inventions from the lab to commercialization


“These regional economic development actions (that support Metro Vancouver’s Regional Prosperity Initiative), as noted in the Surrey Board of Trade’s Strategic Plan, supports the creation of new businesses and provides existing businesses with the opportunity to expand resulting in more jobs and increased wages. This increases our standard of living in the region,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “We look forward to working on a ‘made-in-Metro-Vancouver’ collaborative approach for prosperity in our region. This is good for Surrey, this is good for New Westminster – and all of our Metro Vancouver cities.”




“We recognize and acknowledge that quality of life and opportunity is a determining factor for many businesses looking to locate in the region,” said Cori Lynn Germiquet, CEO, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. “We are a clearly defined geographic region with common attributes and shared infrastructure. To be competitive in today’s global marketplace we need to use all assets to best advantage. Working as a region we can harness individual strategies to accelerate economic prosperity, job creation and build a sustainable regional economy.”


Metro Vancouver is engaging leaders from diverse sectors including Port Metro Vancouver, the Vancouver Airport Authority, chambers of commerce and boards of trade across the region, and the Business Council of British Columbia to pursue ideas and concepts regarding regional economic prosperity, which will culminate in a Regional Forum on Prosperity in April.


Their green paper, Framework for a Regional Prosperity Initiative in Metro Vancouver, was developed to stimulate thinking and discussion on whether the prosperity of the region could be advanced through a multi-stakeholder collaboration. It notes that today over half of the world population lives in urban areas, and by 2050 it is expected that will increase to two out of three people.


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