Location

Far, far away there is a fairy-tale country which lies on the Pacific coast among the forests and rocks, where bearded bears wander in the evergreen forests, salmon splashes in the mountain rivers, grapes grow in the valleys, and where good people live. This place is called British Columbia, the most western province of Canada.

And if you ever read Jack London, you should know where decent people hunt for gold.

The capital of British Columbia is Victoria; the largest city is Vancouver. Ski resorts: Whistler - Blackcomb, Sun Peaks, Silver Star, Big White, Kimberley, Fernier.

The climate of British Columbia is extremely unpredictable. The Pacific Ocean and the Arctic make their rules - therefore, those who are not used to weather changes will be slightly uncomfortable from temperature fluctuations. Although it is not too hot in summer and winter isn’t too cold.

"Miracle" - this is how precisely springs are called all over the world. The most famous of them are Albert, Canyon, Fairmont, Nakusup, Ainsworth, Halcyon, and Radium.

Economy and Employment

The basis of the British Columbia economy is natural resources. It is in this province where transcontinental automobile and railway roads end. It also has Canada's largest ports on the Pacific coast, through which international trade is conducted. Thanks to the warm and mild climate and considering the fact that less than five percent of the province's land is used for arable land, agriculture is still very developed there

This is especially true of Okanagan Valley and Fraser. Tourism and various kinds of outdoor recreational activities are well developed, but the main source of income in the province's budget is still mining and logging.

Okanagan region is known as one of the wine regions of Canada and in addition to excellent wine, is engaged in the production of cider. The Cowichan Valley, which is located on Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley also produce wine. The warmest and longest summer in all of Canada is in Penticton and Kamloops, as well as in the countryside in the Oliver district.

Most of the island of Vancouver, as well as the rest of the coast of the province, is covered with boreal forests. Territories located in the interior of the continent, not affected by the ocean, cover semi-arid plateaus and deserts. The northern latitudes of British Columbia are characterized by a rather cold climate. Two-thirds of the province in the north are undeveloped and uninhabited. They are almost completely covered by mountains.

British Columbia is a good place to find a job in Canada. Unemployment rates in the province have dropped in comparison to the past 30 years, falling at 6.1%. Many of these new jobs are in the service or technology sectors. With growth forecasts very positive for the future of the province, there will continue to be many job opportunities for immigrants in British Columbia in the near future.

British Columbia is one of the most appealing places to settle in Canada. In addition to its abundance of natural beauty, there are many factors that make BC a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Education

 

The study in Canada today is at the peak of popularity among foreign students, which is due to the colleges of the west coast. All colleges in British Columbia undergo strict state certification so that foreign visitors can safely expect the highest quality of education and services even in small colleges. British Columbia has one of the most flexible educational systems in Canada, and, perhaps, in the world either. You can easily transfer from one program to another within local colleges and you don’t need to re-exam.

Students from colleges British Columbia colleges receive an excellent opportunity to gain professional internship during their studies, so 90% of them find work within six months after graduation. Studying in local colleges can also be the first step towards full-fledged resettlement to Canada: after successful college graduation in British Columbia, you will be able to work in this province, and subsequently apply for a residence permit.

One of the most popular colleges among foreign students, LaSalle College offers short, intensive programs with a professional career and an abundance of internships: this will help students in the future to find a job in Canada and gives an advantage in finding employment in any part of the world. To enter LaSalle College, you do not need to take international exams, and students who do not meet English language requirements can study the language on the spot. Other colleges: Douglas College, Acsenda School of Management, Vancouver Film School, British Columbia of Technology.

Culture
 

 

British Columbia’s culture brings together a unique mix of European, Asian, and First Nations influences. The province’s natural resources like salmon, timber, and other, made perfect conditions for British Columbia’s First Nations create arts. Totem poles survived till our days in several British Columbia communities.

As for Asian influence, it goes back to the Chines railway workers, who went through the rough toil during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Chinatowns are located both, in Vancouver and Victoria and annual dragon boat festivals are held there. Japanese gardens and cherry trees blossom in the mild climate of Victoria. The city is also popular for its strong British background. Annual summer rodeos are held in Bella Coola and Williams Lake.

Cities

Vancouver

The climate and weather in Vancouver are affected not only by the influence of the nearby mountains but also by the influence of the Pacific Ocean. The city, covered by the island of Vancouver (Vancouver Island), is subject to much less precipitation than the rest of the coastlines of British Columbia. While the Vancouver climate can be humid, winter seasons of being excessively cold. The nearby hills of Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour are subject to heavy snowfalls, creating excellent conditions for winter sports.

Golf is always in demand; thanks to the temperate climate, many Vancouver golf courses are open throughout the year. The reason why the city is called "the edge of the lotuses" is its beautiful flowers.

Interesting facts:

  1. Few people know, but the city was named after the captain of the fleet, George Vancouver. The British fleet under his command, it was the first European mission to explore the Pacific Canadian coast in the distant 1792.

    Golf is always in demand; thanks to the temperate climate, many Vancouver golf courses are open throughout the year. The reason why the city is called "the edge of the lotuses" is its beautiful flowers.

  2. Every year Vancouver tourists come from all over the world, from every corner of our planet (there are more than 15 million visitors annually).

  3. "Greenpeace" was founded in Vancouver.

  4. Vancouver occupies the third position in the popularity of producing movies, it was ahead of such cities as New York and Los Angeles.

  5. Vancouver is officially recognized as the cleanest city on the planet.

  6. This is a tolerant city because it was the place where loud and large Gay parades took place.

  7. Stanley Park, located in the heart of the city's massifs, is 10% bigger than its neighbor in New York.

  8. Most of the city is made up of residential buildings. Do not be surprised if walking in the center of the city, you will often come across residential multi-storey buildings. This is common for Canada, and in particular, Vancouver.

  9. The climate is warm and moderate, with a lot of rain (except for summer months).

 
British Columbia Nominee Program (BC PNP) PNP)

The immigration programs of British Columbia will be interesting for those who plan to live in this province. Also, immigration under the provincial program can be considered by those who want to immigrate to Canada but don’t get enough points to apply for the federal program.

PNP - Express Entry BC

Skilled Worker – for skilled workers with a job offer in high-demand occupations;
Health Care Professional – for physicians, specialists, nurses and allied health professionals with a job offer;
International Graduate – for candidates who graduated from a Canadian university or college within the last three years;
International Post-Graduate - a program for students graduating from a higher
Education institution in British Columbia who received a master's degree;
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Pilot Project - a program for low- and middle-skilled
specialists in such sectors as tourism, food industry, hotel business, long-haul trucking or food processing;

Entrepreneur Immigration - a direction for businessmen and people wishing to establish their business in British Columbia.