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Western Business Outlook 2018: Vancouver

Tuesday February 20 2018 Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Vancouver, B.C.


Vancouver’s economy is slowing down following several years of exceptional growth. After expanding by nearly four per cent annually on average during the previous five years, the economy is expected to grow by three per cent in 2017 and a more modest 2.5 per cent in 2018.

This slowdown reflects the fallout from a cooler housing market, the impacts of increased protectionism in the U.S., a slightly higher dollar that makes exports more expensive and the city’s notoriously poor housing affordability. Job growth is expected to slow, but the unemployment rate will drop to about 5 per cent, and in-migration is forecast to hit an eight-year high in 2018.

Get the most detailed and up-to-date analysis of the economic outlook for Vancouver the Lower Mainland and British Columbia, all set within a national and international context, at the 2018 Western Business Outlook: Vancouver.

This is the fourth year that the Conference Board will host a Western Business Outlook event in Vancouver. Craig Alexander, the Conference Board’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, will present the macro-economic outlook from one of Canada’s most respected economic forecasting organizations.

This in-depth and detailed economic analysis is accompanied by a keynote address and a lively panel discussion with some of the region’s leading business people and policy-makers.

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

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