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.
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Retail & Restaurants
Technical, Engineering & Innovation
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
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
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.
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Film, Arts & Entertainment
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.
Health & Wellness Services
Community & Not-for-Profit
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.