Why choose B.C.

Last reviewed: March 20, 2024

British Columbia (B.C.) is one of the most appealing places to settle within Canada. In addition to its abundance of natural beauty, there are many reasons that make B.C. a very desirable destination to work, study, and live.

  • High standard of living: The United Nations Human Development Index consistently ranks Canada as one of the world's best countries to live in. For more information on the cost of living in B.C., please visit the WorkBC Cost of Living Calculator.

  • Excellent health care: B.C. has an affordable and reliable health care system. Once enrolled in B.C.’s Medical Services Plan (MSP), you and your family will be able to access excellent health care services.

  • Wages and benefits: People in B.C. earn competitive wages and enjoy a high standard of living. Many employers in BC offer their workers extended benefit plans, including full medical and dental coverage options. Your income will depend on your education, experience and occupation. For more information on working in B.C., please visit Work in B.C.

  • Diverse culture: People from many cultures call B.C. their home, creating a diverse and vibrant society that welcomes students, visitors and new British Columbians, from all over the world. To learn more about B.C.’s ethnic diversity, please visit Multiculturalism.

  • Rich cultural heritage: B.C. is home to approximately 200,000 Indigenous people who have been living within the unique geography of the province for more than 10,000 years. Read more about Indigenous peoples.

  • Range of workplaces and industries: B.C. is home to a large range of different opportunities and industries including agriculture, construction, forestry, health and manufacturing.

  • Safety in B.C.: Low crime rates and effective regulation make B.C. one of the safest places to work and live. For more information on the system of governance in B.C., please visit Understanding Our Government.