The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank on Canada’s relations with Asia. The Foundation functions as a knowledge broker, bringing together people and knowledge to provide current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Canada’s transpacific relations. It promotes dialogue on economic, security, political and social issues, fostering informed decision-making in the Canadian public, private and non-governmental sectors. Visit the Asia Factor website to discover how Asia matters to Canada's provinces and territories through instant interactive data visualization, interesting facts, up-to-date news and information, and more!

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The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce is the largest, most broadly based business organization in the province. Chamber members have access to benefits, partnerships, networking opportunities and an advocacy process which ensures that the concerns of businesses of all sizes and sectors are being heard by the Provincial and Federal governments.

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Established in 1978, CreativeBC is a branch of the provincial government working to ensure that the business of film and television production thrives as a value proposition for our domestic and international clientele. The BC Film Commission offers a full range of services for film producers and production companies interested in what BC has to offer.

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The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) is the lead organization charged with advancing innovation and commercialization in British Columbia. BCIC develops entrepreneurial talent and commercializes technology through startup companies and partnerships between industry and academia. BCIC focuses on competitively positioning British Columbia in today's global knowledge economy in order to provide significant employment opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians.

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British Columbia Film is an independent, not-for-profit society established by the provincial government in 1987. It has the mandate to expand and diversify the film, television and digital media sector in British Columbia.

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The OneStop Business Registry offer most commonly required business registrations and transactions all in one place. OneStop services allows a one time input of business information and it seamlessly transfers to other participating agencies in local, provincial and federal governments.

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The Business Council of British Columbia, established in 1966, is an association representing approximately 210 large and medium-sized enterprises engaged in business in British Columbia. Members are drawn from all major sectors of the provincial economy, including forest products, mining, manufacturing, transportation, agri-food, telecommunications, information technology, financial services, energy, tourism, retail, construction, healthcare, education and the professions. Taken together, the corporate members and the associations affiliated with the Business Council are responsible for one-quarter of all jobs in British Columbia.

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The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) is Canada's Canada-China bilateral trade and investment facilitator, catalyst and advocate, bringing more than three decades of experience and business relationship building to its members. A private, not-for-profit business association, CCBC is dedicated to building its members’ business success in China and Canada by offering unmatched business service and support. From direct operational support in China to trade and investment advocacy on its members’ behalf, CCBC is a vital resource in enhancing Canada-China bilateral trade and investment and in building prosperity for Canadians. Its members range from the largest and best-known Canadian and Chinese firms to leading innovators and entrepreneurs in both countries.

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories, including international trade legislation and various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system.

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The Canadian Bankers Association is a professional industry association that provides both the public and its members, the chartered banks of Canada, with information and research.

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The goal of the Canadian Captive Insurance Association is to represent members in the development of B.C. as a captive domicile; to provide a forum for the professional development of all members; and to generally promote the B.C. captive insurance industry.

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The Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CGCIC) is the official representative of German trade and industry in Canada. It is a non-profit organization to promote bilateral trade and investment between Canada and Germany. The CGCIC provides information and consulting services for Canadian companies interested in the German market.

The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association (CME) represents the interests of Canadian business, keeping members on the competitive edge of world-class manufacturing and trade. The CME works to advocate for manufacturers and exporters, build a more competitive business environment, provide critical and timely intelligence, and strengthen leadership through best practices and leveraging networks for business success.

The Chamber of Shipping is a not-for-profit trade association representing ship owners, operators and agencies conducting business in Western Canada.

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The Economic Development Association of British Columbia (EDABC) is the leading provincial association of economic development practitioners and is dedicated to providing services that support the activities, profile and development of its members and their economic development goals. Economic development activities include efforts that support the growth and expansion of existing businesses, attract new business investments, and support new businesses.

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EDC provides innovative financing, insurance and bonding solutions to Canadian companies that export goods and services, or invest in other countries.

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Founded in 1984, the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association is a non-government, non-profit bilateral trade association with over 900 members in eight member cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Atlantic) in Canada.

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Trade and Invest BC jis an investment attraction and facilitation service led by the Province of British Columbia. If you are considering locating a new business in BC, Trade and Invest BC can provide prompt and professional service to help you find the best location for your business anywhere in British Columbia and a single point of contact to explore business location and expansion opportunities in British Columbia.

The Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) is a member-based, professional association that advances the growth and development of the Canadian investment industry. The IIAC acts as a strong, proactive voice to represent the interests of the investment industry for all market participants. Our member firms range in size from small regional firms to large organizations that employ thousands of individuals across the country.

Life Sciences British Columbia supports and represents the biopharmaceutical, medical device, bioproducts & bioenergy, and greater life sciences community of British Columbia through leadership, advocacy and promotion of our world-class science and industry.

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Metro Vancouver is a political body and corporate entity operating under provincial legislation as a 'regional district' and 'greater boards' that deliver regional services, policy and political leadership on behalf of 24 local authorities. Metro Vancouver comprises 22 municipalities, one electoral area, and one treaty First Nation.

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The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is a regional U.S.-Canadian forum dedicated to encouraging global economic competitiveness and preserving our world-class natural environment. PNWER is recognized by both the United States and Canada as the “model” for regional and bi-national cooperation because of its proven success. PNWER is a respected voice and resource for our region, and provides the public and private sectors a cross-border forum for unfiltered dialogue that capitalizes upon the synergies between business leaders and elected officials who work to advance the region’s global competitiveness.

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Small Business BC is British Columbia's premiere resource centre for knowledge-based business products and services.

The core activities of Small Business BC are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. Through our ongoing operations and private sector partnerships, we’re able to offer additional products and services to the small business community.

Small Business BC provides small businesses at every stage of development with products, services, and support.

  • Assist in development and growth
  • Improve productivity
  • Increase profitability
  • Enable businesses to take advantage of new opportunities

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The Vancouver Board of Trade works on behalf of its members to promote, enhance and facilitate the development of the region as a Pacific centre for trade, commerce and travel.

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The Vancouver Economic Commission is a non-profit organization created by the City of Vancouver to promote economic development for the city by encouraging a healthy business environment.

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A department of the Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) stimulates the development and diversification of Western Canada's economy and advances the interests of the West in national economic policy. Western Economic Diversification Canada works to strengthen western innovation, business development, and community economic development.

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Did you know?

  • Vancouver is among the top-10 wealth management centres in the world.
  • BC has a lower tax rate than Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • British Columbia is one of the top two designated financial centres in Canada.
  • BC has some of the lowest corporate taxes in North America.
  • You may be eligible for a refund of BC corporate tax on income from international business activities.