Our team at Real Canadian Movers has prepared a list of the reasons you should consider moving to BC.
1. Quality of Life
The standard of living is high in BC and Canada in general. The United Nations Human Development Index consistently ranks Canada as one of the world’s best countries to live in. And the people of BC, like the rest of Canada, are friendly and welcoming.
2. Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
Communities in BC are culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse, with immigrants accounting for approximately 27% of population. An additional 5% of the population is made up of indigenous Aboriginal peoples.
English and French are Canada’s official languages, with English being the main language of BC. There are many other languages spoken in BC, including multiple Aboriginal languages, Chinese, Panjabi (Punjabi), Korean, and more.
3. Mild Climate
The Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges have a strong effect on BC’s climate making it mild comparing to the rest of Canada, but it will be different depending on whereabouts in BC you live.
Vancouver Island, the coastal regions of BC and Vancouver have a mild climate with pleasant warm, dry summers and mild, wet conditions in spring, fall and winter. It rarely snows in the lower areas of this region and if it does snow it usually doesn’t stay around long.
Thompson-Okanagan and the Cariboo region enjoy pleasant temperatures during spring. Summers are some of the hottest in BC with temperatures often in the high 30’s (degrees Celsius). By late October the temperature drops and brings a cooler fall with temperatures continuing to drop through to winter.
Kootenay region is in the southeast corner of the province. The climate in this region is known to fluctuate and change suddenly. Temperatures range from mild to cold in spring, fall and winter, and warm to hot in summer accompanied by high winds and dramatic lightning storms.
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast stretches from the Cariboo and Columbia mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, with a vast plateau area in between. The climate will vary dramatically as you travel across this region. The Cariboo and Chilcotin areas typically enjoy warm and dry summers while winters are cold but not damp. The coastal parts of this region are mild all year-round with October-February being the wettest months and May-August being the driest.
Northern BC encompasses more than half the province. Temperatures in this region are typically cooler than in the southern regions of BC for all seasons. Northern BC has high rainfall levels for spring, summer and fall, and cold winters.
4. Stable Growing Economy
Cost of living
The cost of living in BC varies depending on where you live. WelcomeBC’s Cost of Living Calculator lets you compare things like housing, healthcare, taxes, utilities and transportation in different regions of BC.
Employment in BC is expected to grow by an average of 1.8% each year through to 2019, creating a total of 450,000 new jobs. Visit WorkBC for an overview of regional labour market information including employment information by industry and workforce breakdowns.
Visit WelcomeBC for more information on B.C.’s Economy.
Here’s a video to help you learn more about living in BC:
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