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Economic development

Vancouver Economic Action Strategy

Our strategy for a high-performing economy is to:

  • Create a healthy climate for growth and prosperity
  • Provide support for local business, new investment, and global trade
  • Focus on people to attract and retain human capital

Read the strategy

A thriving, diverse economy with opportunity for everyone is the foundation of a liveable city.

Council has undertaken a number of initiatives to promote and strengthen local business, provide the tools for Vancouver's businesses to flourish while incorporating sustainable practices, and make the city an attractive destination for businesses around the world.

Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)

Find and get information on your local Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Small business input

We're working on several initiatives directly impacting small businesses and would like to hear your feedback.

Starting a small business

Key resources to help you plan, finance, register, locate, license, and operate your business in Vancouver.

BIZMAP Market Area Profiles

Find clear and relatable market area data to help your business and community grow.

Downtown office development

Get information on office, retail, commercial, and industrial development in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC)

Learn how the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) strengthens our city's economic future.