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The Lens: Perspectives on economic resilience in Vancouver

New Vancouver Economy Report


The impact of the economy is inescapable because it forms the building blocks to our lives

The latest edition of the Vancouver Economy Report is an open invitation to embed economic development into our everyday thinking. This 18-page edition features the usual economic snapshot with Vancouver-centric economic indicators.

This issue of the report also spotlights life sciences, the zero emissions buildings sector and government deficit and debt. It also includes a primer on economic reconciliation and what it looks like in action. 

Join us as we connect the dots between economic data and daily life.

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#1 #1 in Top 10 Large Americas Cities of the Future 2021/22 – Overall, a new ranking by FDI Intelligence

Economic Snapshot + New Ranking

The latest data uniquely relevant to the Vancouver region’s strengths, needs and opportunities. Now featuring new numbers on employment recovery, real GDP growth, business numbers, and Vancouver’s stellar performance as an FDI destination. View the snapshot
A collection of headshots of founders and leadings members of Vancouver based indigenous companies and organizations

Spotlight on Economic Reconciliation

Here are 10 leaders committed to regenerating Indigenous prosperity through investment, education and relationship-building. For non-Indigenous businesses, investors or organizers aiming to learn more, we listed some resources we found helpful as we embarked on our own mission of meaningful action. Read the feature
A life sciences researcher looks into a microscope

5 Actions Essential to Supercharge B.C. Life Sciences Industry

Despite recent successes and rising global attention to Vancouver and British Columbia’s life sciences sector, there are numerous outstanding opportunities to ensure the continued growth of this industry. See the recommendations

What we're reading 📖

Covers of the 6 books featured in the What We're Reading section below

The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy

A timely read in the wake of record expenditures during COVID, this book examines and dispels 6 myths that shape how we think of public spending.
By Stephanie Kelton | Learn more

Land Back: A Yellowhead Institute Red Paper

A must-read for all settlers, Yellowhead Institute lays out the systemic dispossession of Indigenous Peoples from the land, and what Indigenous Peoples are doing to get it back.
By the Yellowhead Institute | Read the paper

The Day the World Stops Shopping

Is there a way to reduce consumption to earth-saving levels without triggering an economic collapse? How much would we lose – and how much do we stand to gain?
By J. B. MacKinnon | Find the book

The Entrepreneurial State

Mazzucato’s recent appointment as an advisor on post-pandemic decision-making in B.C. had us dust off this classic text and eye her more recent publications for our bookshelves.
By Mariana Mazzucato | Get more info

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

The caring economy is on our mind, and this book by visionary writer and thinker Ai-jen Poo envisions a future where care is valued, and how to make it happen.
By Ai-jen Poo | Find out more

The Ministry for the Future

A work of speculative fiction packed with hard science, international politics, and the physics of climate change, this has been on several VEC’s staff’s to-read lists since its release last year.
By Kim Stanley Robinson | Read the review

In case you missed it... 👉

Vancouver Economy Report Feb 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the links between the many systems making up the global economy. As it recovers, which groups are being left behind?
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Vancouver Esports Strategy

Vancouver is an esports hub waiting to happen… but not without the right combination of public, industry and government support.
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Gaining Momentum: 24 People of Asian Descent To Watch

Each of these people embodies championship, success, community and building resilience in some way – and they are gaining momentum. Meet the leaders

Vancouver Cross-Border Investment Guide

This guide streamlines the process of cross-border investment by featuring all the legal and tax details necessary for international investors to consider. Download the guide
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