December 17, 2015
NEW WESTMINSTER RANKS 9TH IN BCBUSINESS’S ANNUAL “BEST
CITIES FOR WORK IN B.C.” LIST
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):
- Fort St. John (1)
- Dawson Creek (5)
- North Vancouver District (2)
- Squamish (12)
- Coquitlam (3)
- Langley District (7)
- Surrey (9)
- Delta (14)
- New Westminster (6)
- 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
BCBusiness.ca/BestCities, in the iTunes store now and on newsstands December 31st.
Join the conversation with #BestCitiesForWork.
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