Home to a Thriving Economy 

North Vancouver is home to a robust and diverse community with seven main industries driving the economy:

  • Film, Arts & Entertainment
  • Recreation &Tourism
  • Technical, Engineering & Innovation
  • Retail & Restaurants
  • Industry, Manufacturing & Transportation
  • Construction & Trades
  • Life Sciences & Services

With more than 100 community organizations offering programs and services to serve the residents, North Vancouver is also home to a thriving Community and Not-For-Profit industry. These organizations are vital to enhancing the overall economic, social, cultural, and environmental well-being of the community.

Film, Arts & Entertainment

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There has been a 243% job growth in support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography, and the performing arts from 2014 to 2018.There are 120% more jobs in motion picture and video production industries than what is typical in the nation. The average wage in the motion picture and video industries is $74,027.
There was a 40% job increase in the motion picture and video industries between 2014 and 2018. North Vancouver has an exceptional presence of designers, technicians, and media developers, with over 2,000 jobs directly related to the film, digital media, and entertainment industry, 621 of those directly related to the motion picture and video industries as of 2018.

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Recreation & Tourism

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The top 2 tourist attractions in B.C. are Grouse Mountain with 1.3 million visitors and Capilano Suspension Bridge with 1.1 million visitors in 2017, both located in North Vancouver. The region is considered a top destination for world travelers. Most jobs in this industry are service-based positions in the accommodation and restaurant spheres.
7.2%, or 3,310, of the total labour force in the region of North Vancouver, work in accommodation.There are many activities to enjoy including world-class mountain biking trails, an extensive hiking network, ocean and river kayaking, and skiing and snowboarding.

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Technical, Engineering & Innovation

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Professions in natural and applied sciences have experienced a healthy growth rate of 15% since 2014. 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.As of 2018, there are 2,017 jobs within the architectural, engineering, and related services. The average wage per job is $75,143.
There is an above average workforce available for architecture and engineering services and twice as many jobs than what is typical in the nation. Top occupations grew by 12%, since 2014, compared to the national average of only 2%.

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Retail & Restaurants

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10.1%, or 4,660, of the total labour force in the region of North Vancouver, work in retail.North Vancouver commercial centres include Lynn Valley Centre, Capilano Mall, Park & Tilford, Edgemont Village, Central and Lower Lonsdale, and Deep Cove.There are 2,888 jobs in middle management occupations in retail and wholesale trade and customer services, as of 2018.
Several major organizations have established headquarters and distribution centres in North Vancouver,including Arcteryx, A&W Canada, and ICBC.There are 3,650 jobs in the sales representatives and salespersons within the wholesale and retail trade, as of 2018.

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Manufacturing & Transportation

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Economic activity at North Vancouver’s ports supplies $4.6 billion of Canada’s GDP.The National Shipbuilding Strategy is forecasted to contribute approximately $4.4 billion to Canadian GDP between 2012 and 2022, and support 5,500 jobs nationally. Economic activity at North Vancouver’s ports supports 44,800 local full-time jobs.
There is an additional $5 billion GDP added indirectly by the industry’s supporting businesses. There are an additional 42,000 jobs added indirectly by the industry’s supporting businesses.
Shipbuilding showed a 30% job growth rate since 2014, compared to 1% nationally. Occupations in this sector typically are trained on the job and do not require certificates or degrees.

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Construction & Trades

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Residential, commercial, and industrial building permits in North Vancouver hit a record high in 2015 at $473.6 million.With an increased focus on residential, commercial and light industrial development both regionally and in North Vancouver, skilled trades are in demand.As of 2018, there are 4,750 jobs in the industrial, electrical, and construction trades.
The industrial, electrical, and construction trades have seen a healthy growth rate of 25% since 2014.
6.4%, or 2,955, of the total labour force in the region of North Vancouver, work in construction.

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Life Sciences & Services

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There was a 7% job growth in North Vancouver between 2011 and 2016.
8,390 residents in the North Vancouver region work in the health and social assistance industry.
Employment in healthcare will become increasingly prominent due to the planned expansion of the local Lions Gate Hospital. As of 2018, there are 3,043 jobs within the medical equipment and supplies manufacturing industry.
The City and District of North Vancouver were awarded Age-friendly BC Recognition designations from the provincial government in 2015. In addition, there are 2,833 jobs - as of 2018 - in the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industry. Lions Gate Hospital is one of the top employers in the region with 1,500 jobs.
Jobs have increased 56% since 2014, a growth which is almost exclusive to Vancouver.

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