host of recreational offerings, including great places to go golfing, hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, bicycling, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, white-water rafting, whale-watching, sailing, bungee jumping, skydiving, and water and snow skiing! With pristine pine-covered mountains, spectacular seaside scenery, and around 1,000 provincial parks and other protected areas (including several national parks), amazing views await you almost everywhere you travel in BC. No wonder British Columbia immigration has skyrocketed over the past several years!
If you are issued a Permanent Resident Visa for Canada and move to BC, you will find that there are also numerous indoor activities to experience in British Columbia, including the Vancouver Aquarium, Ucluelet Aquarium, and the Royal BC Museum (located in Victoria). The BC provincial Parliament buildings and Hatley Castle, both in Victoria, also attract a lot of visitors who appreciate their architectural splendor. Sports fans will enjoy the excitement of cheering on the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team as they hit the ice!
With a strategic location next to the Pacific Ocean and the United States, British Columbia is a key center for Canadian international trade. British Columbia also boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates of any Canadian province or territory (5.8% as of April 2014)! Vancouver, the largest city in BC, has also enjoyed a low unemployment rate (5.7% in April 2014), while the provincial capital city of Victoria had a very low unemployment rate of just 5.1% in April 2014.
Much of British Columbia’s economic activity is related to its vast natural resources. For example, one-third of all hydroelectric power in Canada is generated in BC. British Columbia is also Canada’s second largest producer of natural gas. Additionally, the oil industry, forestry, mining, agriculture and eco-tourism are major contributors to British Columbia’s economy.
The largest categories of jobs in BC are: sales & service (25% of all workers); administrative, business and finance fields (20% of the workforce); and the trades, such as carpenters, pipefitters, mechanics, and plumbers (17%). It is forecast that the service industry (financial services, education, healthcare, retail, transportation, real estate, communication, etc.) in BC will expand by around 27% between 2008 and 2017 and the goods sector (e.g., manufacturing, agriculture, construction, fishing, mining, utilities, etc.) will grow by approximately 16% during this same timeframe. It is also projected that real GDP in British Columbia will increase by 24% in 2008-2017.