British Columbia

Quality of life

The standard of living is high in B.C. and Canada. The United Nations Human Development Index consistently ranks Canada as one of the world's best countries to live in. The people of B.C., like the rest of Canada, are friendly and welcoming. People from many cultures call B.C. their home, creating a diverse and vibrant society that welcomes international students.

Seasons and climate

The Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges have a strong effect on B.C.'s climate and it will be different depending on where you live. Find current weather conditions on the WeatherOffice website. There are four distinct seasons in B.C.

  • FALL


All provinces in Canada use the Canadian dollar for currency. It is recommended that you use Canadian currency when you first arrive and while you are living in B.C. You can visit any Canadian chartered bank, trust company, credit union, or a foreign exchange broker to exchange any of your currency.

Cost of living.

The cost of living in B.C. varies depending on where you live. WelcomeBC's Cost of Living Calculator lets you compare things like housing, healthcare, taxes, utilities and transporation in different regions of B.C.


Employment in B.C. is expected to grow by an average of 1.8 per cent each year through to 2019, creating a total of 450,000 new jobs. Visit WorkBC for an overview of regional labour market information including employment information by industry and workforce breakdowns.

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