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. Varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north. Mostly plains with mountains in west and lowlands in southeast. 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. 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 population in Vancouver is 2.1 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.4% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Vancouver as at 1 April 2015 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. In Vancouver, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows: 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Vancouver is for example 29.3% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 24.6% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and 36.8% more expensive for transport costs than Athens. Vancouver is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Hardship (also know as quality of living) refers to the degree of hardship an expatriate and their family are likely to experience in the host location. Hardship pay is compensation to encourage people to move, in particular to less desirable locations. In determining the amount of hardship premium payable, factors such as economic, political, religious, infrastructure, environment/climate, personal safety, health, education, and transportation factors are considered. The hardship premium for Vancouver for an expat from Zurich is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Vancouver) premium of 10% minus home (Zurich) location premium of 10%. Xpatulator.com has been created to assist subscribers calculate expatriate pay using the online calculators and extensive database of cost of living and hardship indexes, for 780 international locations. 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.