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Canada: City in Focus – Vancouver

Vancouver is one of the major cities in Canada and is situated in the province of British Columbia. It is the most populated city in the province, with about 2.5 million residents, and is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. The city is well known for its ethnic and linguistic diversity as 52% of its residents are not native English speakers, 48.9% are native speakers who neither speak English nor French, and 50.6% of residents belong to minority communities. The city offers breathtaking views of nature as it has a picturesque West Coast location, which is surrounded by mountains and beaches, which make it a popular filming location. Vancouver also has thriving art, theatre, and music scene.

If you are looking to immigrate to Canada and are looking to settle, work, or study in Vancouver, this article will give you valuable insight and an overview of the city of Vancouver.


Vancouver is a west coast seaport, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, just 50 Km north of the U.S. border.


Vancouver has one of the mildest winters with lesser snow and high rainfall in Canada as the average temperature rarely falls below 0 degrees Celsius. Summer in Vancouver is dry, and the temperatures stay between 20-30 degrees Celsius.

Cost of Living:

Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in Canada alongside Toronto.  The housing prices are through the roof and are the least affordable. Like Toronto, the high wages and low tax somehow balances the cost of living.


Vancouver has a well-developed transportation system with rapid transit trains, commuter trains, a fleet of buses which have a high frequency, and sea ferries. Vancouver’s metropolitan area is split into 3 zones. Fares depend on how many zones the person traveling needs to cross.


There are a lot of pros and cons of the city of Vancouver, but it all depends on immigrant’s preferences and financial situation.

The positives of living in Vancouver are:

Diversified population, more job opportunities, less cold and snowfall in winter. Sunny and dry summer. Picturesque views of mountains and beaches. Ranked in the world’s top 10 livable cities.

The negatives about living in Vancouver are:

The city with the highest cost of living in North America. Overpriced housing market. Rainy and cloudy weather in winter. High crime rate.

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