Check out our Coquitlam Advantages Fact Sheet for easy reference.
Housing Choice: Coquitlam offers affordable housing choices that range from high end apartments and executive homes to smaller homes, duplexes and rental apartments.
Parks, Trails and Green Corridors: Coquitlam is home to an extensive trail and green corridor network that blankets the City. The City is served by a range of parks that include natural areas and sport amenities, including Percy Perry Stadium.
Access to Natural Areas: Coquitlam has excellent access to natural areas including provincial, regional and municipal parks such as the 38,000 hectare Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park, which provides access to excellent hiking and canoeing opportunities, the 175 hectare Minnekhada Regional Park, the 404 hectare Colony Farm Regional Park, the 176 hectare Mundy Park, and many more.
- Douglas College – Douglas College, one of BC’s largest educational institutions with over 14,000 students, provides educational programming in four major areas: degrees, diplomas, university transfer programs and continuing education. Coquitlam is home to Douglas College’s David Lam Campus, which serves over 4,000 students and offers the Business, Nursing and Child, Family and Community Studies programs.
- Access to Universities – Both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia serve Coquitlam residents.
- Coquitlam College – A private institution, with over 1,100 international students, that specializes in first and second year university credit courses, high school graduation and English studies.
- School District #43 – School District #43, the Province of BC’s third largest school district, offers innovative and diverse programming to over 30,000 students. School District #43 also has the largest international education program in Canada with over 1,500 students.
InfrastructureCoquitlam has invested in modern infrastructure that continues to pave the way for residential, commercial and industrial growth.
Civic Facilities & Amenities
The City of Coquitlam continues to improve its excellent civic amenities. This includes the rebuilt Chimo Pool, the $53M, 18,300 square metre Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex and the 3,363 square metre City Centre Library. These facilities complement the large array of facilities near Coquitlam City Centre, including Town Centre Park and the City Centre Aquatic Centre..
Coquitlam offers direct access to major highways, rail arterials, rapid transit and river ports, and is close to the Vancouver and Abbotsford International airports and the US border. Access to these major transportation networks, combined with Coquitlam's central location in the Lower Mainland, have helped Coquitlam become a magnet for businesses such as Coca Cola, Rolls Royce Canada, Natural Factors and many others.
Transportation Infrastructure Improvements
The Port Mann, Golden Ears and Pitt River Bridges, King Edward Overpass and Trans Canada Highway upgrade, have improved transportation and the flow of goods and services. These transportation investments, as well as the Evergreen SkyTrain Line, will create numerous economic development opportunities while improving the transportation options available to residents and businesses. Northeast Metro area transportation improvements, such as the Pitt River and the Golden Ears Bridges have improved transportation and the flow of goods and services.
Locate your Office on the Evergreen Line! Check out the Evergreen Line Project Brochure or visit the Evergreen SkyTrain Line for more information.
The City provides safe, reliable and affordable water, sewer and solid waste services as well as a strong transportation network. Fortis BC provides natural gas services and BC Hydro provides electrical utilities in the City.
Wireless, high-speed internet and competitive telecommunication services are all available from a variety of providers such as TELUS, Bell, Rogers, Wind Mobile, Uniserve and Allstream.
The City of Coquitlam believes in the knowledge economy and understands that access to connectivity is a key component of companies generating wealth. The City of Coquitlam is one of the first cities in North America to pursue a proactive and innovative approach to telecommunications infrastructure investment. In 2008, Coquitlam launched a wholly owned subsidiary QNET, the City’s fibre optic network. QNET has invested in fibre optic infrastructure (60km to date) as a means to connect Coquitlam’s traffic signal system and facilities. Today the project has grown and allowed Coquitlam to “open up access to high speed, competitive telecom services in its community by leasing unlit fibre optic cable primarily to the telecom industry.”
Check out the QNet -Need for Speed Sheet or visit the QNet site for more information.
Arts & Culture
- Cultural Capital of Canada – In 2009, the City of Coquitlam was recognized with the Cultural Capital of Canada designation. Coquitlam received this honour as a result of the community recognizing the important contribution of culture to community identity, quality of life, and economic development. Evergreen Cultural Centre – the Evergreen Cultural Centre, which opened its doors in October 1996, presents a variety of arts programs including professional theatre, dance and music presentations, art exhibitions, arts education programs, and public programs for both children and adults, including arts camps.
- Mackin House – Mackin House, which was built in 1909 as the residence for Fraser Mills' sales manager Henry J. Mackin and his family, is a museum that offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like in the early days of Maillardville. Since 1993 the Coquitlam Heritage Society has operated the Mackin Heritage Home & Toy Museum.
- Place des Arts – Place des Arts began as a non-profit society in 1972 in Ryan House, a turn-of-the-century residence built for the manager of a lumber mill. In 1996, this community arts centre and music school, which offers a variety of programming, expanded to 18,000 square feet.
The City of Coquitlam is a welcoming multicultural community. Coquitlam is home to the Kwikwitlem First Nation, BC’s only francophone neighbourhood, Maillardville, as well as large Chinese, Korean and Iranian communities. This diversity extends to the City's business community which includes major destination stores and businesses that serve all of Metro Vancouver.
For further information on business development opportunities, please contact:
Economic Development Office