What's New

Stakeholders are involved in the process of forming a new regional public-private collaboration on promoting and expanding Metro Vancouver’s prosperity. Read about the opportunities and challenges of the development trajectory of our regional economy in this new paper Dynamics of Economic Change in Metro Vancouver by UBC professors Trevor Barnes and Tom Hutton:

Recent Events

March 2017 Update: Two projects have been initiated by the Regional Prosperity Initiative Steering Committee. The Regional Mobile Business Licence project aims to implement a single business licence for the region for mobile businesses, and municipal representatives are being convened to shape the project. A Regional Filming Portal is also being pursued through a working group involving municipal and industry representatives – the aim is to establish a portal for the filming industry to help access all municipalities’ various permitting processes.

January 2017 Update: A report commissioned by Metro Vancouver has been released – Dynamics of Economic Change in Metro Vancouver: Networked Economies and Globalizing Urban Regions. The paper outlines the economic landscape of our region, and how it has changed over recent decades.

September 2016 Update: A Steering Committee – comprised of 19 regional leaders from business, academia, labour and the public sector – has been put together to guide the formation of the new public-private collaboration on regional prosperity. Read about the Steering Committee members here.

April 27, 2016 Update: Over 100 people, including presidents and CEOs from businesses, professional associations, public agencies, post-secondary institutions, labour and community organizations as well as Mayors from across the region participated in the April 27 Regional Prosperity Forum. The discussion indicated widespread support, and even a sense of urgency in developing a more collaborative, regional approach to dealing with issues that would both improve the competitiveness of Metro Vancouver in the global market and enhance the opportunities for businesses already located here to grow and thrive. 36 organizations signed a declaration committing to moving forward with collaboration.