Vancouver is a coastal city located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. With its location on the Pacific Rim and at the western terminus of Canada's transcontinental highway and rail routes, Vancouver is one of the nation's largest industrial centres. The Port of Vancouver, Canada's largest and most diversified, does trade with over 130 different economies annually. Vancouver is also the headquarters of forest product and mining companies. In recent years, Vancouver has become an increasingly important centre for software development, biotechnology and a vibrant film industry. Canada is in Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north, north of the USA. The climate varies from temperate in the south to subarctic and arctic in the north. The official languages are English and French. All government documents and information services are available in both. English remains the dominant language in every province except Québec. There is also a sizeable francophone community in New Brunswick, which is the country's sole officially bilingual province. Canadian French is different from European French, but they are mutually intelligible. Given Canada's multicultural population, many other languages are spoken in the major cities, especially Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Canada is one of the world's wealthiest, with a high per-capita income, and it is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the G8. It is one of the world's top ten trading nations. Business is conducted in a similar way to that of the US, UK and Australia. Canadians will generally invite you to call them by their first names. Expatriate business dress is generally conservative, suits are the norm. Women hold positions at the highest levels. The security risk for expatriates in Canada is low. Risks include petty street crime mainly in low income neighbourhoods of major cities, as well as of terrorism. The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment can be very expensive for expatriates if you don’t meet provincial residency requirements for health care. The population of Vancouver is 2.3 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.3% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Vancouver, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Vancouver as at 1 April 2016 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Vancouver is for example 44.2% more expensive than Santiago for groceries, -18.4% cheaper for household costs than China, and 46.6% more expensive for transport costs than Beijing. The hardship premium for Vancouver for an expat from Congo, is for example -30%, i.e. host location (Vancouver) premium of 10% minus home (Congo) location premium of 40%. Vancouver is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Vancouver? Register subscribe to your home location and Vancouver and run your personalised reports.