The City of Vancouver is undoubtedly the business, cultural and touristic heart of the Greater Vancouver region. However, its dominance as an employment centre is slipping steadily.
This is not news. The figures below date from 2006. But judging by online conversations – relating to the function of the new Port Mann Bridge, for example – there are still people who believe that all traffic on regional roads is bound for the City. The fact is, however, that increasing numbers of City dwellers travel to suburban municipalities. To take the extreme case, job growth in the South-of-Fraser subregion has been nine times as rapid as job growth in the City over the past generation. Put another way, the City was home to half the jobs in the region in 1981; by 2006, the figure had dropped to 31 per cent. Continue reading