Whether you’re planning a move to Vancouver from elsewhere in Canada, or are planning to immigrate to Vancouver from abroad, you’re in for a treat when you arrive.
The city has been a popular choice for newcomers for decades, thanks to the city’s mild climate, stunning views, and a robust economy.
Vancouver is a coastal seaport city. It has a densely populated downtown core, surrounded by sprawling suburbs to the south and east.
The Metro Vancouver area is home to almost 2.5 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in Western Canada. This includes neighbouring suburban cities, including Burnaby, Richmond, and Surrey.
The city is consistently named among the top five cities in the world for ‘liveability’ and quality of life, and newcomers who move to Vancouver frequently boast about the city’s range of amenities and natural beauty.
Fans of the great outdoors will feel right at home in Vancouver. Water borders the downtown peninsula on three sides. Parks are dotted throughout the city, hiking options are plentiful, and world-famous ski and snowboarding resorts are just a short drive away.
Prefer to keep warm? You’ll be glad to know the city itself rarely gets very cold, with winter afternoons typically averaging 6-8°C. And though residents complain about the rainy autumns, Vancouver is one of the driest cities in Canada during the summer.
Anyone seeking to move to Vancouver can be reassured with the wealth of information we have on the city. You can see our full range of articles here, or go directly to these helpful articles:
- What’s it like living in Vancouver?
- Where to live in Vancouver neighbourhoods guide
- How to find accommodation amid Vancouver’s property boom.
- Things to do in Vancouver
- How to get settled and begin working in Vancouver
How to immigrate to Vancouver
There are various immigration options available for those who wish to move to Vancouver.
For short-term moves, there are temporary work permits that will allow new residents to live and work in Vancouver for a limited period of time. Young citizens from over 30 participating International Experience Canada countries can avail of a Working Holiday Visa in Canada. Where local staff cannot be found to fill a vacancy, a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) may be obtained and a work permit issued.
See our full guide to Canadian work permits for more information.
Permanent Residency options are also available for those who wish to immigrate to Vancouver. Many popular federal economic immigration programs are aligned with the Express Entry Canada selection system.
There are also provincial immigration options, which are hosted as part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. It allows a broad range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs to immigrate to Vancouver permanently.