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Many businesses that choose Victoria — from startups to globally recognized enterprises — could locate anywhere in the world. But the extraordinary quality of life in Canada’s Creative Capital is magnetic and ideal for talent attraction, team retention and inspiring new ideas.

Open Ocean Robotics | James MacDonald

Victoria offers tremendous freedom, space and support to ideate and incubate away from big-city bluster, whether you’re a cleantech company, a gaming studio or a craft distillery.  Global business and culture magazine Monocle recognizes Victoria as the 5th Best Small City in the World that’s well-connected with great business opportunities, a rich culture and plenty of room to breathe.

RaceRocks and Iris Dynamics  | Luke Liable

Doing business in Victoria comes with many benefits. What’s not to love about a city where meetings are as likely to take place on paddle boards and walking trails as in cafés and boardrooms. But behind the unconventionality, we’re not sleepy about success. That’s why we’re brimming with businesses at the top of their game, hot startups, talent and engaged investors.

Victoria is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, but did you know our biggest industry is actually tech, with its $5.22B economic impact? Or that we’re an emerging hub for the blue economy and bio-science? Add in our robust health, education, manufacturing and creative sectors and you have a diverse economy primed for 21st-century success.

 Fort Tectoria | James MacDonald

Greater Victoria aerial | James MacDonald

It’s true Victoria is on an island, but we’re talking Vancouver Island — the largest, most populous island on the west coast of the Americas. We’re about the same size as Belgium or Taiwan. Our island locale makes us the perfect place to incubate ideas and gives rise to a refreshingly collaborative business culture. 

Being on an island doesn’t mean Victoria is isolated. Downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver is just 25 minutes by seaplane or helicopter (90 minutes by BC Ferries). Direct flights by major airlines shoot off daily from Victoria International Airport down the coast to Seattle, San Francisco and L.A., all in the same Pacific time zone.

BC Ferries vessel with Mt. Baker in background | James MacDonald

Victoria is home to three world-class post-secondaries — University of Victoria, Royal Roads University and Camosun College. This makes it easy for businesses to recruit top talent and access internationally recognized R&D centres like Ocean Networks Canada, Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence and Pacific Institute of Climate Sciences.

Indigenous ways of being and knowing infuse every aspect of life in Victoria, from the arts to business, law, education, blue economy innovation and more. Indigenous businesses are a vital part of Greater Victoria’s economy. Indigenous perspectives on collaboration, innovation and sustainability positively influence the region’s business culture, strengthening the entire region.

Dr. Dennis Kim, Medical Director, Trauma Services, Vancouver Island Health Authority | DH Photography

For those who work in high-pressure and essential professions, such as the medical field, your downtime is precious. In Greater Victoria, you’ll never run out of beach, bike trails, hiking paths and friendly people ready to welcome you to our growing region and support your goals. Plus, wave goodbye to long work commutes.

Victoria used to be known as a retirement city, but in recent years our average age has dropped due to a massive boom in young families. The growth in our younger demographic means Victoria now boasts a workforce balanced across all ages, from those looking for first jobs to those at the top of their game.

Family at Oak Bay shoreline| James MacDonald

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Victoria is Waiting •