The Vancouver Economic Commission works to build a prosperous, inclusive and resilient economy for Vancouver, its businesses and its citizens
As the economic development agency for the City of Vancouver, we work to strengthen Vancouver’s thriving economy by supporting local companies, attracting high-impact investment and promoting international trade. VEC collaborates with business, academia and government organizations to position Vancouver as a global destination for innovative, creative and sustainable business.
VEC is an external agency of the City of Vancouver governed by the Societies Act.
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.