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Vancouver’s population is extraordinarily diverse, and the City values that diversity as a source of creativity and strength. Cultural diversity attracts visitors and investment, which helps the economy.

Vancouver was founded on First Nations territory, built by immigrants from many nations, and made prosperous by trade worldwide.

Our laws give everyone equal rights and equal access, regardless of origin, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or politics. Vancouver is a city for everyone.

Vancouver is the eighth most populous city in Canada with a population of 603,502 people, according to the 2011 census. 65% of Vancouver residents usually speak English at home, and 17% usually speak Chinese.

Vancouver's aboriginal communities


Aboriginal communities

Vancouver plays an important role in helping our Aboriginal communities gain access to services, overcome barriers, and have a voice in civic government. Learn more about our Aboriginal programs and services.

Green economic development

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The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) is a City of Vancouver agency.

VEC works to strengthen the city's economic future, while being a global leader in sustainability practices.

Visit the VEC website

Vancouver population statistics

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