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Abbotsford: The Fraser Valley’s Economic Hub

Thriving and budding entrepreneurs alike will find Abbotsford an economic, social and cultural hub of the Fraser Valley. Visit today and stay to grow your future.


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Thriving and budding entrepreneurs alike will find Abbotsford an economic, social and cultural hub of the Fraser Valley. Visit today and stay to grow your future.

Abbotsford has long been one of the fastest growing cities in the province. The City’s current population is over 160,000 and has grown by 8.6% over the past five years. New residents are drawn to Abbotsford’s combination of high-quality lifestyle, affordability, location and opportunity for growth. This vibrant, multi-cultural community welcomes newcomers and celebrates its diversity as a source of strength. 

For those looking for work-life balance, Abbotsford is known as a family-oriented community that attracts and retains young families through a combination of a vibrant local economy, lower cost real estate, a high-quality lifestyle and exceptional access to outdoor recreation, cultural, educational and entertainment options. 

abbotsford-downtownCity of AbbotsfordAbbotsford’s population growth has been matched by equally strong growth in the business community. Industrial businesses in particular have been drawn by the city’s large skilled workforce and excellent transportation connectivity to the rest of the province and the United States, due to Abbotsford’s proximity to Highways 1, 7 and 11 and the USA border. Other important economic development assets include the Abbotsford International Airport, which sees one million passengers annually, the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, and the Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre.  The University of the Fraser Valley also supports a strong business climate in Abbotsford by attracting, developing, and retaining a highly skilled workforce and helping to foster a creative, entrepreneurial spirit.  

abbotsford-airportCity of AbbotsfordAbbotsford’s diverse economy includes aerospace, manufacturing, construction, food and beverage processing, technology, film, health care and education sectors. Industry-leading companies including Cascade Aerospace, Vitalus Nutrition, Conair, Saputo and Structure Craft have already staked claims in Abbotsford, helping drive its proven reputation as a dynamic employment centre.  

abbotsford-circle-tourCity of AbbotsfordThe city is also building on its strength in the agriculture sector to build thriving processing and agri-tourism sectors. Abbotsford has the most productive agricultural land in Canada, and the agricultural sector generates $3.8 billion in economic activity annually. There are a growing number of destination wineries, cideries, distilleries, meaderies and craft breweries, not to mention a thriving local food culture. The City’s annual Taste of Abby celebrates a number of unique culinary experiences at the peak of the harvest season in Abbotsford. The event has included farm-based long table events, tasting menus featuring local ingredients, and special beer, wine and spirit releases to celebrate the region’s culture and cultivations.  

In addition to being the economic hub of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford plays hosts to some of the Fraser Valley’s biggest entertainment and cultural events including Abbotsford Canucks games, concerts, trade shows, and the annual Abbotsford Airshow.

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