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Mainland / Southwest

Mainland / Southwest


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The Mainland/Southwest region is home to well over half of all British Columbians. The region is known for its vibrant internationally-focused economy and ethnic diversity. It also offers a mild coastal climate and a stunning natural environment.


  • This region offers big city amenities and varied outdoor activities from ocean to beaches to mountains.
  • Residents work in many sectors, including trade and financial services, transportation, education, manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.

Key Cities

Chilliwack, Mission, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Richmond, Delta, Langley, North Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Gibsons and Sechelt.


By 2029, this region will have:


expected jobs in total

32 %

from economic growth

68 %

from replacing retiring workers