NOTE: The Invest BC data is available at four different geographic levels: Community,
Regional District, Economic Region, and Province.
1. Community. Community profiles are based on local "Labour Market
Areas" that represent the local pool of labour available for a new business.
The Areas are defined based on actual commuting patterns from the 2006 Statistics
Canada Census. Each Labour Market Area includes a central municipality and may include
neighbouring municipalities and rural areas.
2. Regional District. The 28 Regional Districts in British Columbia
are administrative areas providing selected region-wide services. The closest American
equivalent is a county. They are also equivalent to Statistics Canada Census Divisions.
3. Economic Region. The 8 Economic Regions in British Columbia
(shown in the map) are statistical regions agreed by Statistics Canada and the Province
of British Columbia (which calls them Development Regions).
4. Province. Data is for the entire Province of British Columbia,
which is the 3rd most populated of Canada's 10 provinces and the 2nd largest
by land area. Provinces are similar to American states.
Not all data is available at all levels.
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