With its vibrant startup culture and budding talent pool, Vancouver is a popular hub where creativity, entrepreneurs, and startups intersect. Ranked as the Economist Intelligence Unit’s number one Most Liveable City in North America, more than 2 million people choose to call Vancouver home.
Over the last five years, Vancouver has experienced a 42.6% increase in total tech occupations — even becoming the city with the fastest high-tech job growth in North America1 — and houses nearly 100,000 skilled workers and permanent residents2 within the British Columbia (BC) area.
The city’s forward-thinking culture, natural surroundings, and diverse community leave no shortage of opportunities — its tremendous growth in tech has earned it the nickname, “Techcouver.” By 2027, this market is expected to add 83,400 new tech-related job openings.3
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Companies and Jobs
- Top industries: construction, film and television, high technology, manufacturing, and tourism.4
- Major employers: Amazon, TELUS, Best Buy, BC Public Service, Fraser Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, University of British Columbia (UBC), and the City of Vancouver.5
- Other well-known tech companies have a major presence in Vancouver, including Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Cisco Systems, Samsung, Hootsuite, Absolute Software, ACL Service, Dwave, 1Qbit, and Slack.6
- The city also hosts growing sectors, including AI, Software as a Service (SaaS), business intelligence, cybersecurity, and FinTech.7
The Vancouver Tech Community
- The tech industry in BC employs around 100,000 people with 75,000 working in the Vancouver metro.8
- With a lower cost of living than other major cities, it’s a compelling environment to launch a business and attract top global talent. They introduced the Global Skills Strategy which offers highly-skilled employees work permit exemptions and faster application processing times.
- Vancouver Startup Week is a week-long event where entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders connect and celebrate the city’s startup community.
- Go-to startup hub, Startup Vancouver, serves tech and non-tech entrepreneurs with resources for every stage of their business.
- Vancouver Women in Technology (VanWIT) and BC Tech — through their #WhatWorks Women in Tech Series — provide women with educational opportunities to grow their businesses and careers.
Stay in the Know
Here are just a handful of resources to help you dive deeper into Vancouver’s tech and startup ecosystem:
- Subscribe to BC Tech, Venture Vancouver, and Vancouver Tech Journal for the latest local tech news and trends.
- Startup Grind Vancouver hosts regular virtual events from entrepreneurial stories from startup 101 to DEI-related topics.
- Check out the annual Future Technologies Conference for insight from education leaders about the technology industry.