The City of Port Coquitlam has fallen four spots to 18th place in the 2019 BC Business Magazine Best Cities for Work survey.
Coquitlam is tops in the Tri-Cities at 11th spot (19th in 2018). Squamish, Whistler and District of North Vancouver are the top three replacing Fort St. John & Dawson Creek.
This year saw a notable shakeup in the performance of other Metro Vancouver municipalities. Township of Langley, City of Langley, City of North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Surrey and Richmond all rose, while Delta, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Burnaby and New Westminster saw declines. Those that climbed generally had higher incomes, income growth, recreational spending and home construction activity in 2018.
Vancouver also plunged this year, from No. 9 to No. 31. High housing costs, longer commute times and mediocre incomes for people under age 35 brought down its score.
In our fifth annual ranking of B.C.’s best cities for work, we have a former No. 1 back in the top spot, a handful of reliable contenders and a lively shakeup of the rest.