The Lens: Perspectives on economic resilience in Vancouver
Play video: an interview with happiness and wellbeing expert John Helliwell

Measuring Wellbeing with World Happiness Report Author John Helliwell

The connection behind measuring happiness and the economy is simple: if the people living, working and connecting in our economy are not happy, can we really say our economy is a good one?

Happiness is widely acknowledged as being one of the fundamental needs of all people, and although Vancouver regularly dominates global indices for liveability, our city is seldom represented on global rankings for happiness.

As part of our “Beyond GDP” work, our senior manager of research James Raymond sat down with Dr. John Helliwell, one of the world’s foremost experts in happiness, to discuss what makes people happy, why we aren’t happier, and how we can act on these insights to shape a happier economy.

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Recent VEC News & Updates

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An Update on Film in Vancouver: Acting Film Commissioner Geoff Teoli

Designed to help businesses facing relocation for any reason, the new Commercial Tenant Assistance Program guides aim to help all commercial tenants – regardless of size – with access to reliable, consistent information and resources. Read the update.
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City of Vancouver launches new Commercial Tenant Resources

Designed to help businesses facing relocation for any reason, the new Commercial Tenant Assistance Program guides aim to ensure that all commercial tenants, regardless of their size, have equal access to reliable and consistent information and resources. Bookmark these resources.
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New Report
Building Skills for a Clean Economy

This new report explores current skills gaps in Canada’s cleantech sector, identifies opportunities for workers with transferable skills to transition from at-risk sectors, and makes recommendations for academia, government, and other organizations to aid the workforce shift to a clean economy.  

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VEC in the News 📡

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