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British Columbia. Be Here.

In 2010, British Columbia will host the world for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Today, you can see what we live and breathe. It's the spirit of discovery, enterprise and opportunity.

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As Canada’s Pacific Gateway, B.C. now enjoys one of the nation’s most competitive business environments. The province’s budget is balanced and future surpluses are on the horizon. Our economy is back on track and job creation is booming. And a new competitive tax environment has been created through the elimination of the general corporate capital tax and an almost 20 per cent cut in the general corporate income tax rates.

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Due to a 25 per cent average personal income tax cut in 2001, B.C. now has the lowest base personal income tax rate and the second lowest overall provincial taxes. In addition to leading the nation in job creation, B.C. offers a quality of life that is second to none.
We have outstanding health and education services and a culture that is as rich in diversity as our landscape and regional economies.

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You can enjoy the Spirit of 2010 no matter where you travel. Whether it’s skiing down the slopes of our spectacular mountains, sailing the blue waters of the Pacific, riding horseback over our rolling hills, enjoying one of our many world-class resorts, or taking in our first-rate dining, shopping, arts and culture, B.C. can satisfy every taste.

B.C. is a leader in Canada:

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  • Canada’s lowest personal income tax rates on the first $64,900 of income.
  • Canada’s highest job growth rate over the last two years at 8.3 per cent – well ahead of the national rate.
  • Best housing growth, with a 21 per cent increase in 2003 – Canada’s largest gain.
  • First in small-business confidence across Canada (CFIB Quarterly Business Barometer).
  • Top destination in Canada for investor immigrants (B.C. Stats).
  • Longest life expectancy in Canada.
  • Canada’s most temperate climate.
  • North America’s 3rd largest film and TV production centre.
  • Victoria and Vancouver voted No. 1 and No. 2 in Top 10 America's cities (2003 Readers’ Choice Awards, Condé Naste Traveler).
  • Vancouver ranked No. 1 in the liveability survey of 130 cities worldwide (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2004).
  • Locating to B.C. can save businesses up to 30 per cent of annual costs and taxes over US locations (KPMG, 2004).
  • Whistler-Blackcomb ranked No. 1 ski resort in North America for the sixth straight year (Skiing Magazine).

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