Sep 20 2017

CETA Provisionally Comes into Effect September 21

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) provisionally comes into force. CETA is an economic partnership – free trade agreement – negotiated between Canada and the European Union (EU) over the last eight years.  It is seen as a gold standard, 21st-century agreement that addresses the full range of issues that involve trade in goods, services, and investment.  It is the most comprehensive agreement ever negotiated and signed by either party.

Mar 27 2017

Vancouver Climbs Global Financial Centre Index Ranking #17

Vancouver is rapidly climbing the ranks of the world’s financial centres – from 33rd on the Global Financial Centre Index in 2008 to 17th in 2017. Three Canadian cities rank among the top 20 of the 2017 Global Financial Centre Index – Toronto (#10), Montreal (#14) and Vancouver (#17).

Sep 01 2016

B.C. First Foreign Government to Issue Masala Bond

The Province of British Columbia has successfully issued an Indian Rupee denominated bond on the London Stock Exchange today, making it the first-ever foreign government to issue a bond in the Indian offshore market and strengthening increasingly important trade and investment ties with India, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced today.

Aug 18 2016

The Economist ranks Vancouver as the 3rd Most Livable City in the World

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking, which scores 140 cities on five lifestyle categories, six of the top 10 livable cities in the world are in Australia and Canada. Melbourne ranked first, Vienna was second and Vancouver third, with Toronto, Calgary, Adelaide and Perth rounding up the top seven, though the scores differentiating the quality of life in the top 15 to 20 cities were marginal.

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Did you know?

  • All five of Canada’s largest banks have significant operations in BC.
  • Vancouver is among the top-10 wealth management centres in the world.
  • Vancouver ranked third most livable city in the world by the EIU.
  • According to latest GFCI, Vancouver is the 5th most powerful financial centre in North America.