Industry Sectors

North Vancouver is home to businesses of all types and sizes. 65% of North Vancouver businesses have fewer than 5 employees, and 97% employ 50 staff or less. At the same time, our waterfront and port industries are growing, we have a strong retail and service base, renowned tourism attractions, and many public and private sector headquarters are located here. The depth of our economy means businesses of all types and sizes thrive in North Vancouver.

If you would like more information about industries based in North Vancouver, please contact us.

Retail & Restaurants
North Vancouver boasts a strong and growing retail and restaurant sector. Commercial centres include Lynn Valley Centre, Capilano Mall, Park & Tilford, Edgemont Village, Central and Lower Lonsdale, and Deep Cove. Several major retail chains have located their headquarters and distribution centres in North Vancouver.
Technical, Engineering & Innovation
Entrepreneurs and start-ups in the digital space – including 3D printing, robotics, and wearable tech – are benefiting from emerging technologies, creative solutions, and a strong business community.

To augment port activities, BCIT’s North Vancouver Marine Campus is the primary provider of accredited professional training for the maritime industry in British Columbia.

The City of North Vancouver was awarded the first-ever Green City Award in its class by the Province of BC and UBCM for Innovation & Leadership in Sustainability.



Construction & Trades
North Vancouver is flourishing as part of the Metro Vancouver economy that is forecast to expand by 3.5% in 2016, up slightly from 3.4% in 2015. With an increased focus on residential, commercial and light industrial development both regionally and in North Vancouver, skilled trades are in demand. Infrastructure projects and improvements are also of strategic importance to strengthening the transportation corridor that moves people and goods in and out of North Vancouver and across the continent.

Residential, commercial, and industrial building permits in North Vancouver hit a record high in 2015 at $473.6M, or 5.4% of total permit values in Metro Vancouver last year.

With an investment forecast of $283M in public infrastructure projects and more than $485M in operator-led expansions by port tenants, there will be a growing demand for construction and trades in North Vancouver over the next 12-18 months.

Industry, Manufacturing & Transportation
Our ship building and manufacturing sectors have been part of North Vancouver’s identity since World War II. We continue to contribute to the next generation of growth with port expansion supporting our rejuvenated waterfront industry. Manufacturing output in the region grew to an impressive 8.6% in 2015 thanks in part to a multi-billion dollar contract to build non-combat ships for the federal government at Seaspan‘s North Vancouver site.

North Vancouver’s reputation for its world-class outdoor lifestyle has also attracted some of the industry’s leaders in outdoor apparel and equipment design and manufacturing, including the production of electric bicycles. North Vancouver provides the ideal environment to innovate and test new products.

North Vancouver is strategically located along the Burrard Inlet with access by rail and sea to Asia-Pacific Gateway markets. The movement of goods and commodities plays a prominent role in regional and international trade, and Port of Vancouver handled 138 million tonnes of cargo in 2015, with cargo shipped by container to Asia up 5%, agricultural products up 8% and potash up 15%.

Recreation & Tourism

With its close proximity to the Coastal Mountain Range, North Vancouver is home to many premier attractions including Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain Resort. Enjoy a variety of outdoor adventure activities and amenities that can be only minutes from your doorstep, including world-class mountain biking trails, West Coast rainforest hiking trails, ocean and river kayaking, and skiing and snowboarding.

More on Recreation in North Vancouver

Film, Arts & Entertainment
Vancouver is the 3rd largest film and television production centre on the continent (after Los Angeles and New York), and has helped stimulate more than 27,000 jobs in the region.

North Vancouver is a key player in film and television, animation, and digital media. Feature films and other national and international productions are produced in North Vancouver, plus the North Shore is home to a growing community of film and digital media industry professionals. A combination of catering, rentals, construction materials, and other services support the local film industry, but the North Vancouver film professionals alone earned a combined $78M in 2015.

North Shore Studios’ full service film production facility includes more than 150,000 square feet and the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University attracts aspiring film industry professionals to study and live in North Vancouver.

Both the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver issue film permits for commercial productions planning to film within their municipalities.

Health & Wellness Services
10% of employment based in North Vancouver works at hospitals and offices of health practitioners and health care professionals. There are a number of local and public health facilities serving the North Shore including the recent investment of $62.2M for the HOpe Centre for Psychiatry and Education that opened in December 2014 at Lions Gate Hospital. In recognition of these and other social services, in 2015 the City and District of North Vancouver were awarded Age-friendly BC Recognition designations from the provincial government for supporting efforts to help seniors remain safe, active and independent.
Community & Not-for-Profit
Numerous community organizations provide valuable services for youth, immigrants, and seniors on the North Shore. Their contribution is important to enhancing the economic, social, cultural, and environmental well-being of our residents.

North Vancouver has more than 100 community organizations that offer programs and services to serve our residents and Economic Partnership North Vancouver is here to connect you with all of them.