Business and Industry at a Glance

Manufacturing

For a snapshot of Coquitlam's statistics and demographics, check out our Economic Development Dashboard.

The City of Coquitlam is a vibrant, diverse and growing community of 144,668, which is uniquely situated in the heart of Metro Vancouver. Coquitlam’s diversified local economy provides businesses with excellent access to labour, transportation and markets. The City of Coquitlam’s growing and diverse business community is driving job creation and economic growth. The major sectors, based on labour force numbers, are: Professional Services; Retail / Wholesale Trade; Manufacturing; Technology; Public Administration; Transportation; and Construction. For further information, visit the City of Coquitlam community profile on the Ministry of International Trade’s Trade and Invest BC website.

Public projects such as the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex, the new City Centre Public Library, the Port Mann Bridge and King Edward Overpass and the Evergreen SkyTrain line, combined with significant investment in private sector development projects, in areas such as the City Centre, and the growth of organizations like Douglas College, Natural Factors and Coquitlam Centre, have made Coquitlam a popular destination. These infrastructure and amenity investments have created numerous business and economic development opportunities.

Proximity to major transportation networks,including the Vancouver and Abbotsford International airports, Port facilities and excellent access to the 2 million plus Metro Vancouver market and the 10 million citizen trading area, which stretches from Vancouver, BC to Oregon State in the United States, make Coquitlam an attractive choice for a variety of transportation, logistics, technology and manufacturing companies.

The next decade promises to be a very exciting time for the City of Coquitlam’s residents and businesses. As the regional service centre for Northeast Metro Vancouver, Coquitlam is experiencing tremendous growth and investment. The next decade promises to be a very exciting time for the City of Coquitlam’s residents and businesses.

Contact the economic development office at the City of Coquitlam to learn why Coquitlam is an excellent place to Invest, Innovate, Grow and Prosper.

Employment Sector Profiles

Check out Coquitlam’s major and emerging employment sector profiles:

Film Sector

With its diverse and friendly neighbourhoods, natural splendor and close proximity to downtown Vancouver, Coquitlam is “picture perfect” for filmmakers in one of BC's fastest-growing industries.

Fact Sheet - Film Sector

Home-based Business

Small business is an essential component of Coquitlam’s economy, reflecting a similar composition as BC’s statistics of 98% of our business base being in the small business category.

Fact Sheet - Home Based Business Sector

Manufacturing

This sector of BC's economy is the third largest employment generator and includes traditional industries for processing the province’s abundant natural resources and has grown to include equipment and parts, plastics, health care products, computers and electronics and food-processing manufacturing. A large portion of Coquitlam's labour force is employed in manufacturing firms that are engaged in a variety of industries that export products to worldwide destinations such as Europe, Asia, the United States and Mexico.

Fact Sheet - Manufacturing Sector

Professional Services

Professional services is the largest employment generator in BC accounting for 888,600 jobs. A significant portion of Coquitlam's labour force is employed in professional service firms that are engaged in a variety of industries such as finance, real estate, education, legal, accounting, engineering, healthcare, etc.

Fact Sheet - Professional Services Sector

Retail / Wholesale

The retail/wholesale sector is the largest employer in BC, accounting for 15% of jobs in 2013 and generating 10% of the total GDP. In Coquitlam, the sector has remained strong as a result of population and investment growth with busnesses serving both the community and surrounding region.

Fact Sheet - Retail Wholesale Sector

Technology

The technology sector in BC has become one of the province’s largest sectors accounting for 7.6% of the BC economy.  Coquitlam’s technology sector has diversified over the past decade to include a variety of businesses in the ICT, digital media and wireless, health and life sciences and clean-tech subsectors.

Fact Sheet - Technology Sector

Tourism

The City of Coquitlam is a vibrant, diverse and growing community of 144,668, which is uniquely situated in the heart of Metro Vancouver. BC’s spectacular natural beauty and mild climate have made the province a world class travel destination. From skiing to culinary tourism to a plethora of parks and trails, BC gives the 4.9M international overnight visitors and 13.6M domestic overnight visitors per year a very special experience. Coquitlam’s diversified local economy provides businesses with excellent access to labour, transportation and markets.

Fact Sheet - Tourism Sector

 For more information on Economic Development, please read about the current Economic Opportunities in our city.

Contact Us

For further information on business development opportunities, please contact:

Economic Development Office
P:  604-927-3442
economicdevelopment@coquitlam.ca