Vancouver Expat City Guide

Vancouver Expat City Guide

Vancouver has been consistently rated as one of the most livable cities in the world by authorities in surveys. Located on the Pacific coast, it is a large city that is ringed by mountains and the ocean. it is the star of Canada. If you are an expat who wants a vibrant city life and easy access to the great outdoors, Vancouver is the place for you. The city is a multicultural and ethnically diverse metropolis with English, French, Chinese, German and Vietnamese are regularly heard. Vancouver also has an active film industry as many movies and TV shows are produced and shot in the city. While the city center has over 600,000 people, the greater Vancouver region has over 2 Million inhabitants. Many expats and locals enjoy the relaxed and laid back atmosphere at the many pubs and coffee houses. While it rains a lot in Vancouver, this also means lots of snow on the local mountains.

1. Dinning

Vancouver is one of the world’s food capitals, it brings in high quality dining experiences. Eating out in Vancouver is common and not very expensive.

2. Shopping

Downtown area is shopper’s paradise. Art galleries and markets can be found near Granville area. Metrotown is another popular shopping mall in Vancouver.

3. Healthcare

In Vancouver, permanent residents and citizens receive universal public health insurance via the provincial MSP (Medical Services Plan) system. Expats with international health insurance will receive high quality treatment by well-trained professionals in Vancouver in either public or private facilities. There are limited private medical centres in the city and province due to the restrictions put in place by the Federal and Provincial governments. Most expats and locals alike will utilize the public system. There are no large private hospitals in Canada as they are all part of the public systems. You can easily find a doctor in Vancouver, but some are not accepting new patients so you may have to go to a walk-in clinic. To know about healthcare system in Vancouver check out our healthcare region page.

4. Insurance for Expatriates in Vancouver

Most expatriates will want to obtain international medical coverage if residing in Vancouver if they are not able to be approved for local government healthcare. A plan that will provide reimbursement for medical expenses via a large network of hospitals is recommended.

Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to become an expatriate in Vancouver:

If you are an expatriate living in Vancouver or your company is sending employees there, please contact us to discuss your requirements.