Life in Downtown Vancouver Campus
Our Vancouver campus is located at 474 Granville Street in the heart of Vancouver's downtown core. Among the hustle and bustle of the city's commerce, shopping, and entertainment districts is ITD Canada's small, intimate and safe campus. By studying in the downtown core, students have an opportunity to experience the business hub of the city while within ITD Canada's friendly, learning environment.
Conveniently located near major bus routes and steps away from the Skytrain, this campus allows students from outlying areas to easily commute to campus.
Feel the experience of being a Vancouverite
The city of Vancouver has recently been ranked as one of the top three livable cities in the world and in the top five cities with the highest quality of living in the world. Between its beautiful mountain and Pacific Ocean views and lively, urban atmosphere, Vancouver is an ideal place to live and study. Vancouver is home to one of Canada's major seaports and is the gateway to the Pacific Rim, Pacific Northwest, and beyond. It is Canada‘s third largest city with over 2.5 million people living in the Metro Vancouver area.
Vancouver is a hot spot for many events and activities related to arts and culture, technology, environmental sustainability projects, and research and innovation. Vancouver also hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, an event which put a spotlight on our thriving city. Students will find ITD Canada's downtown campus to reflect the heart of the city; there is no better place to study than in the center of Vancouver's entertainment, historical, and financial districts.
Vancouver: Top International Home for Students.
Located on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver has been consistently voted as one of the world's most beautiful, desirable and livable cities in the world. With an area population of just under 3 million people, Vancouver is British Columbia’s largest and Canada’s third largest city.
As a multicultural city with social and cultural activities to suit every taste, Vancouver is welcoming to all nationalities, where over 41 languages are spoken in schools and colleges, and perhaps 50% of the population has English as a second language. The top languages spoken in Vancouver are English, Chinese, Punjabi, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Hindi and so on.
Vancouver is considered to be one of the best urban destinations in the world for international students. The education system offers a culturally rich cross-section of instructors and counselors who contribute to the high quality of education, personal growth and development of every student. The education ranking is based on five key criteria: colleges and university rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity and affordability.
Vancouver Job Market
As a result of economic growth, employment in British Columbia should grow by an average of 1.8 per cent each year through to 2019, creating a total of 450,000 new jobs. Employees in Vancouver are covered by a fairly comprehensive social security system. BC is one of the Canadian provinces with a mandatory Worker’s Compensation plan, to which employers are bound by law to contribute.
Apart from the Workers Compensation program, expats are also covered by the Employment Insurance (EI) program.
The City of Vancouver is one of the top destinations for newcomers to Canada obtaining a dynamic, highly diversified urban economy with growing knowledge-based sectors and strong global linkages.
Things to do in Vancouver
Vancouver has long been noted for its spectacular views and safeness. It is bordered on the north by the majestic mountains, surrounded by a sparkling ocean; easy access to rain-forests and beautiful foliage greets you throughout all four seasons. It is for these reasons that Vancouver has been referred to by many, as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Canadians are known for our friendly nature, and Vancouver's citizens take great pride in our welcoming, clean, safe streets - day or night, all year round.
Vancouver caters to any interest throughout the year, you can enjoy world class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theater, outdoor adventure, spectacular sights and attractions - it's all waiting for you in Vancouver.
Vancouver is a gateway to adventure with quick and easy access to Whistler, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, Vancouver Island, and of course, endless year-round water and land sports. Whether you’re looking for extreme sports or family fun, you’ll find your personal adventure here. Vancouver also is the home-port for Alaska cruises May through October.
Vancouver's hotels, restaurants and business community offer outstanding levels of service and product quality. And with a consistently advantageous exchange rate on the Canadian dollar, you can have a world-class experience with superior value for your money!
Weather in Vancouver
Vancouver's weather is a real treat for its residences. Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver's weather is mild year-round. From high 70's Fahrenheit (low 20's Celsius) in summer to a mild mid 40's Fahrenheit (0º to 5º Celsius) in winter, the climate is always hospitable. Our winters are wet, but it rarely snows, except on our local ski hills, which in itself are a real treat.
Just as Vancouver welcomed the world in 2010 for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, we’re ready to welcome you as well! A vast multicultural population, endless activities, and excellent infrastructure, Vancouver is welcoming to all students.
The public transit system is highly accessible and convenient, offering a great way to reach any place in the city. TransLink is Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority that operates a public transit system made up of a network of buses, the SkyTrain, which is a completely automated light rapid transit system, offering fast, efficient service between downtown and Metro Vancouver’s suburbs, the SeaBus, as well as the West Coast Express commuter train service. The TransLink website shows all the current schedules, fare information, and trip planning tools that will help you get around Vancouver.
Exceptional public transportation is overshadowed slightly by the convenience of Vancouver as a great walking city - clean, green, safe, and easily accessible. Consistently performing well in worldwide “best livable city” rankings, Vancouver has an ambitious goal of becoming the “the greenest city in the world” by 2020.
Vancouver Quality of Living and Urban Environment
Vancouver has a popular and growing art scene, distinguished restaurants from a variety of nationalities, opportunities for year-round outdoor activities and a variety of sporting events. Gorgeous mountains, sparkling ocean and pure lakes, fresh amazing rain-forests; all seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful and attractive to everyone cities in the world.
You have a splendid opportunity to enjoy world class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theater, outdoor adventure, spectacular sightseeing and attractions.
Quality of living continues to be high in Vancouver with a stable political environment, positive social benefits, high standard of healthy living and medical care, various cultures, clean environment, high-quality education, developed infrastructure, mild climate and recreational activities, offering a very desirable and safe place to live and work for residents, expatriate employees and international students.