The Vancouver Economic Commission’s purpose is to contribute to building a prosperous, inclusive, zero carbon and resilient local economy, competitively positioned in the global market
The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) serves one of the world’s fastest-growing, low-carbon economies. VEC works to strengthen Vancouver’s economic future by providing programs, supporting local companies, convening with purpose, attracting targeted high-impact investment, and conducting and publishing thoughtful leading-edge industry research. As the economic development agency for the City of Vancouver, VEC contributes to building a prosperous, inclusive, zero-carbon and resilient Vancouver economy, competitively positioned in the global market today and in the future.
VEC is an external agency of the City of Vancouver governed by the Societies Act.
VEC respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
VEC serves the business community’s needs across six pillars:
Entrepreneurship & Industry Support
VEC provides mentorship, business-to-business and investment opportunities for local companies through a wide range of programs, workshops and events.
Research & Analysis
VEC publishes leading-edge industry research on key opportunities and challenges for businesses, investors, policy makers and job seekers.
Talent Attraction & Development
VEC works to identify and fill professional talent gaps to sustain Vancouver’s economic growth, while working with partners to generate well-paying local jobs.
Capital Access & Attraction
VEC helps local businesses access capital at all stages of fund-raising by organizing business-to-business matchmaking, hosting deal-flow events and connecting companies to other funding opportunities.
Trade & High-Impact Investment
VEC welcomes trade delegations and conducts trade missions while helping local companies access and build customer bases in international markets. We attract cross-border investment and assist international companies in landing and expanding in Vancouver.
Navigating & Branding Vancouver
VEC proudly shares success stories of Vancouver businesses and positions Vancouver as a business, employment and investment destination.