An innovative, diverse, and growing economy is central to all of the ways we’re working together to keep moving Vancouver forward, and this week Vancouver’s economic progress broke through a series of important records. I hope you’ll help spread the word.
Today, there is a record-breaking 4.5 million square feet of new office space under development in Vancouver, building on 3.6 million square feet in 27 new projects that have already been built since 2009.
This new investment is creating thousands of innovative, high-paying new jobs in our city – and continuing Vancouver’s rise as a global capital for technology and innovation.
Last month I visited Vancouver’s new global headquarters for Sony Pictures Imageworks, which is now home to over 750 digital media jobs in the heart of our vibrant downtown and has helped Vancouver become the world’s single largest employment hub for visual effects.
2015 is also shaping up as a record-breaking year for our region’s $6.1 billion tourism industry, which is experiencing its highest-ever number of visitors and continuing to support over 66,000 full-time jobs throughout our region.
We’re also seeing all-time records surpassed for overall new construction investment, with building permits surpassing $1.33 billion in the first half of 2015 and Vancouver’s economy “firing on all cylinders … in all sectors of the economy.”
Together we're demonstrating that a strong economy and our Greenest City progress go hand in hand. I look forward to continuing our work together to create new jobs and to build upon our leadership for a stronger, fairer, and greener Vancouver economy.
Thanks for your support,
PS. Another record: The Burrard Bridge had its millionth cycling trip of 2015 last week, marking an unprecedented increase in cycling trips that we’re seeing city-wide. Take a moment to spread the word!