Squamish Tops Annual BCBusiness Ranking of the "Best Cities For Work in B.C."

BURNABY, BC, Nov. 30, 2016 /CNW/ - BCBusiness is excited to announce the magazine's third annual ranking of the "Best Cities for Work in B.C." in partnership with Environics Analytics. The booming Sea-to-Sky community of Squamish leapt three spots on this year's list to take No. 1.

Northeastern cities Fort St. John and Dawson Creek hold strong at No. 2 and No. 3, despite a weak oil-and-gas sector. Among the big gainers on this year's list were Kelowna, Kamloops, Pitt Meadows and Terrace, which all placed in the Top 10 for the first time ever.

Developed in partnership with Environics Analytics, the survey evaluated each of B.C.'s 36 cities on seven economic indicators—factors such as income growth, average household income, population growth and unemployment. This year, two new quality-of-life factors, shelter costs and spending on recreation, were also taken into account. Combined, these factors paint a picture of relative economic health in each community—and their relative appeal for those seeking work there.  

The 2017 Top 10 "Best Cities For Work in B.C." (2016 rankings in brackets):

  1. Squamish (4)
  2. Fort St. John (1)
  3. Dawson Creek (2)
  4. Kelowna (11)
  5. Langley (6)
  6. Terrace (25)
  7. Pitt Meadows (15)
  8. Kamloops (13)
  9. North Vancouver (3)
  10. Delta (8)

The complete list, along with details on methodology and analysis of B.C.'s top-ranked cities, can be found in the December/January issue of BCBusiness—available online at BCBusiness.ca/BestCities and on newsstands November 30. Join the conversation on social media with #BestCitiesForWork.

Media Inquiries: Matt O'Grady, the former Editor-in-Chief of BCBusiness who produced this feature, is available for media interviews on November 30 and December 1, 2016.   

Contact: Charlene Rooke, Publisher, T: 604-473-0350, C: 604-417-5931, E: crooke@canadawide.com

About BCBusiness
Published for more than 40 years, BCBusiness is British Columbia's foremost business authority and the most widely read business publication in the province. Focusing exclusively on business in British Columbia, BCBusiness provides unparalleled behind-the-scenes coverage, chronicling major deals and putting faces to the major players. BCBusiness is published by CW Media Limited, the largest independent publisher in Western Canada.


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