Business & Economy
November 4, 2016

Working In Tech Vancouver

The tech sector comes into focus on this Canada-wide report “TechTalent Canada” from CBRE Research.

You can access the full report by registering HERE.
Thanks to Michael Gordon for the tip and these comments:

It provides factual information on the tech sector in Vancouver and compares us to other Canadian cities.

  • Over the past 5 years employment in the tech sector has grown by 50% (2015 – 57,500 jobs), amongst the strongest rates of growth compared to other large Canadian cities
  • Wages in the tech sector and the % of individuals with degrees in Vancouver compares favourably to other Canadian cities

By analyzing labour market conditions for highly-skilled tech workers, 10 Canadian cities were ranked according to their competitive advantages and appeal to tech-talent workers and tech employers. This edition is unique as it focuses largely on established tech occupations with over 1,500* employees, as tracked by Statistics Canada. The analysis also provides insight into tech-talent demographics and how their growth patterns are impacting cities and real estate markets across Canada.

CBRE, a large multi-national, offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting.

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Sustainable Cities International has released “Indicators for Sustainability : How Cities are Monitoring and Evaluating Their Success”

Sustainable city planning is a relatively new concept that many cities have embraced. … Some cities have opted for having a new department for sustainability, whereas many others have decided to take a more holistic approach and integrate a strategic, sustainable plan for their cities.

Whatever the approach taken by a city is, the challenge still remains in translating those plans into tangible actions and setting up indicators that will reflect their progress towards success …

With that in mind, we have done research in 12 cities across the globe to examine how they have established sustainability indicators to monitor the success of their sustainability plans. The paper reviews the methodologies or frameworks that these cities are using, outlines the indicators that each city is using and provides an analysis looking for commonalities and key findings that can support other cities that are in the same path.

Visit their website or contact Edna Aguiñaga ( or Pat Gordon (

This paper was made possible with financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Click here to download the document


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The latest from Bing Thom’s home-grown R&D division, BTA Works.

Blue indicates a decline in enrolment.

Research reveals that since 2004, enrollment in public elementary schools in the City of Vancouver has declined by more than 13 percent (over 2,600 students) — a continuation of a steady enrollment decline since 2000.

While our overall City population has grown, it is surprising to discover that public elementary school enrollment has actually been on the decline by so much and for such a long time”, observed Andrew Yan, a BTAworks researcher and Urban Planner who wrote the brief. “Almost 20 percent of all Vancouver public elementary schools lost more than 20 percent of their students over the last 5 school years”.

More here.

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