With an economy that is experiencing steady growth, a low cost of living for residents and higher than average incomes, Prince George is a great place to live if you want to move up!
Prince George is the largest city in one of the fastest growing regions of the country. With a considerable number of large natural resource-oriented projects slated for construction across the north, existing Prince George businesses are already seeing an increased demand for their products and services and the city is seeing an influx of new businesses.
Currently, there are over $140 billion worth of major capital projects proposed and an additional $23 billion already underway in BC; many of which are in the northern and north-central parts of the province. As a result, the professional services, construction and manufacturing sectors are among the fastest growing sectors in Prince George. In addition, the city is experiencing increased expansion in the healthcare and education sectors.
Prince George is home to a diverse range of businesses and with an unemployment rate that is lower than both the provincial and national averages, there are many employment opportunities available to job seekers.
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The Prince George construction industry is a key contributor to the development of new projects that are either planned or underway in northern British Columbia (BC). A major part of these projects involves delivering and building modern and innovative infrastructure, creating a large amount of work for the sector. Prince George is strategically located to provide construction related services to projects of all sizes in central and northern BC.
Prince George is a centre for education of all levels. The city is home to an award winning university, an excellent college, and public and private schools. In addition, Prince George is home to the only teaching hospital in the region, the University Hospital of Northern BC, which supports the Northern Medical Program offered through the University of Northern British Columbia.
Forestry and Pulp & Paper
Prince George is located in the centre of a vibrant, sustainable, globally competitive forest industry that provides enormous benefits to the local and regional economy. The forestry sector in Prince George consists of a complete supply chain network made up of a number of separate, but inter-connected activities including planning, harvesting and forest management, wood engineered products, bio refining, pulp and paper manufacturing, and more.
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Prince George is a key centre for the delivery of city and regional health related services. The growing economy will prosper as the city supports a diverse population and provides public healthcare services. An abundance of innovative organizations and high quality facilities in Prince George are providing valuable social support for the community and region.
Manufacturing is one of the largest economic sectors in Prince George and is part of a fully developed supply chain for natural resource projects. The main manufacturing activities in the city are traditionally related to the forest industry through wood products and paper manufacturing. The sector also supports the production of metal products, chemicals, pulp and paper, pellets and biomass material, plastics goods, machinery and equipment and more.
Prince George plays a crucial role as a supply and service hub for local and regional mines. Approximately 20% of northern BC’s employment in the mining sector is located in Prince George, with a similar percentage for the number of businesses focused primarily on mining or support activities for mining operations.
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Prince George has diversified considerably over recent decades, developing into an economy that supplies services to a broad range of activities and supports tech startups and virtual work. Supporting the city’s primary and secondary sector growth, employment in professional, scientific and technical services has expanded considerably over the past five years to meet the local and regional needs.
Tourism, Culture and Information
Prince George offers four-season recreation opportunities that are complemented by a full range of urban amenities. The city offers numerous entertainment and dining experiences and is surrounded by lakes, rivers, trails and mountains that offer unlimited adventures for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts.
Transportation and Warehousing
Prince George, British Columbia (BC) is strategically located to provide exchange to global destinations due to its superior transportation connectivity via road, air, rail and marine infrastructure. The thriving local economy places the city in the unique position of supporting new growth in resource based projects and exploration, while providing goods and services to a broad range of sectors. This geographic advantage has positioned Prince George to service existing and future industries.