A Global Workforce: Attracting and Retaining Top TalentA Global Workforce: Attracting and Retaining Top Talenthttps://investvancouver.ca/PublishingImages/global-workforce-banner.jpg, Global Workforcergba(3,239,194,.95)

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Metro Vancouver is a global destination with compelling immigration policies that attracts a diverse workforce of highl​y skilled and qualified talent. The region thrives on progressive entrepreneurship, fostered by collaboration between educational institutions and industry. With world-class universities, as well as micro-credential opportunities for talent development and upskilling. Higher education institutions, incubators, and accelerators all contribute to a growing and flourishing innovation ecosystem.​​​​


​​​​Total per employee labour costs for a role in​ digital development operations are on average 60% of those for San Francisco

​​Total per employee labour costs for a role in digital development operations are on average 60% of those for San Francisco

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​​​​​​​Irresistible Appeal

The region has one of the highest quality of life, ranking fifth globally according to the Economist Intelligent Unit. Mercer’s 20​23 Cost of Living City Ranking confirms that the region has a high labour productivity and a lower cost of living for international talent than hundreds of other cities with similar quality of life ranking.

With more than a decade as being in the Top 10 in the Economist Intelligent Unit’s Livability report, Metro Vancouver is the only North American region ranked in the Top 10 for Healthy Living. This quality of life, sought by professionals and entrepreneurs worldwide, helps businesses retain top talent and offers a true balance between personal and professional interests — a hallmark of the region. ​

Attracting a Global Workforce​


Metro Vancouver is a vibrant metropolitan hub that celebrates all ethnicities, cultures, and international heritages. Local policies and programs help attract, support, and expedite the inflow skilled workers from across the globe, fostering connection, vitality, and prosperity.


of recent immigrants have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher


of immigrants are between 25 and 44 years old

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​Metro Vancouver is home to world-renowned public and private post-secondary institutions that nurture the innovators of tomorrow.

Univerity of British Columbia

Univerity of British Columbia

UBC is 40th in the world and 2nd in Canada

(Times Higher Education World University Ranking, 2023)

Simon Fraser Univerity

Simon Fraser Univerity

SFU is the #1 comprehensive university in Canada (MacLeans 2023) and #1 in the world for impact on sustainable cities and communities

(Times Higher Education 2023 Impact Ranking)


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