The Lower Mainland, BC is a name commonly applied to the region surrounding and including Vancouver, BC, Canada.
As of 2016, 2,832,000 people (60% of British Columbia‘s total population), lived in the region. Islands contained within rivers in the region are also considered to be part of the Lower Mainland.
Climate, ecology and geology of the Lower Mainland, BC are consistent enough that it has been classified as a separate ecoregion (the Lower Mainland Ecoregion) within the Ecological framework of Canada.
Economy & Employment
The Lower Mainland BC is one of Canada’s most rapidly changing ecoregions, largely because of its growing population and its evolving economy.
The B.C. government forecasts an annual employment growth rate of 1.4 percent in the Mainland/Southwest region to 2022. It is expected that there will be 641,500 job openings over the 10-year period. The top employment growth industry is Mining, and Oil and Gas.
The principal land uses in the ecoregion are forests (44%), developed land (23%) – which includes built-up areas, lawns, road surfaces, industrial sites and farmsteads – and agriculture (13%). Major industry sectors include trade and financial services, transportation, education, secondary manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.
Living & Activities
Many people who live in this area enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, taking advantage of the region’s mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers and beaches. Thanks to a mild climate in the winter, it is even possible to ski in the morning and golf or sail in the afternoon.
Here’s more information about living in Lower Mainland, BC: http://www.britishcolumbia.ca/invest/communities/british-columbia/lower-mainland-southwest/
And here’s a quick video for you to learn more about visiting and living in Lower Mainland, BC:
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