South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

Three companies in the Top 100 Public Companies in BC are South of the Fraser River

Two in Delta, one in Langley

Every year Business in Vancouver newspaper ranks the Top 100 Public Companies in B.C. by revenue.

Although it's hardly a perfect proxy for greatness, it does give a sense of where money is flowing. Looking at where these companies are located also gives a sense where the economic hubs of the province are.

The Top 100 public companies in B.C. in 2013 has three companies South of the Fraser River. Two are in Delta, one in Langley. None in Surrey. Most are, as you'd expect, in Vancouver.

 

Here are the local public economic heros, ranked by 2012 revenue:

Rank: 37
Hardwoods Distribution Income Fund
TSX:HWD.UN
9440 202nd St Suite 306, Langley V1M 4A6
604-881-1988
www.hardwoods-inc.com
$306,087,000

Quote from their website:
Hardwoods Specialty Products has been providing the woodworking industry with hardwood lumber, plywood, and specialty wood products since 1926.

 

Rank: 62
Village Farms International Inc
TSX:VFF
4700 80th St, Delta V4K 3N3
604-940-6012
www.villagefarms.com
$133,808,000

Quote from their website:
Village Farms leads the industry as premier grower and marketer in North America of branded, finest quality, hydroponic greenhouse grown produce.


Rank: 69
Avcorp Industries Inc
TSX:AVP
10025 River Way, Delta V4G 1M7
604-582-6677
www.avcorp.com
$89,337,000

Quote from their website:
Avcorp designs and builds major airframe structures for some of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers.

Total number of building permits from 1998-2012 South of the Fraser River

Economy » Building permits

Twice as many building permits in 2012 than 1998

With a few peaks and dips in between, there were roughly twice as many building permits issued in 2012 (5,378) than 1998 (2,545).

BC Stats has compiled a variety of building permit data from Stats Canada recently. This is the third in a series. I recently did Building permits South of the Fraser River - the last 25 months, and Total building permits, in dollars, from 1998-2012 South of the Fraser River. This post looks at the total number of building permits, from 1998-2012. That's a pretty long view.

Here's the source of the data. If you like poking through CSV files I highly recommend looking through the information BC Stats compiles.

The charts below have some interactivity. If you hover over a point the data will pop out. Unfortunately, it doesn't work consistently on mobile devices, so I'll show them as regular graphics at the end.

First, just looking at the communities South of the Fraser River, Delta, Surrey, White Rock, the Township of Langley and the City of Langley we can see the scale of planned construction over 15 years:

 

For some context I collected a few subregions together. "South of the Fraser" are the five communities we just looked at. I put Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge into "North of the Fraser", and left Vancouver and Richmond on their own. These groupings are pretty arbitrary, but I think they sort of fall in how most people view these areas. 

Communities South of the Fraser River have lead other areas in issuing building permits since 2003, albeit with two exceptions (2004 and 2012). Notice the odd fluctuations in Vancouver's numbers, at least compared to other groupings. 

How does all this building compare with the GVRD and British Columbia as a whole? The following graph shows the number of permits South of the Fraser compared to the GVRD's total (in blue) and British Columbia (in red). 

This chart shows the region's growing importance to not just Metro Vancouver, hovering close to 30%, but also the province: almost 20% of all permits come from this area.

 


And now, as promised, the graphs as static images:

 Number of building permits South of the Fraser 1998-2012

Comparing subregions building permits 1998-2012 

South of the Fraser building permits as a percentage of the GVRD and BC 

Total building permits, in dollars, from 1998-2012 South of the Fraser River

Economy » Building permits

Surrey the giant in total value of building permits

It shouldn't come as a surprise: Surrey has higher value of building permits than other areas South of the Fraser River.

BC Stats has compiled a variety of building permit data from Stats Canada recently. I'll be poking around the various tables over the next little while. I recently did Building permits South of the Fraser River - the last 25 months. I hope to update that one frequently, perhaps every month or so! This post looks at something similar: the total value of building permits, but from 1998-2012. That's about as long a view as you're going to find.

The source of the data is here. If you like poking through CSV files I highly recommend looking through the information BC Stats compiles.

The charts below are somewhat interactive. If you hover over a point the data will pop out. Unfortunately, it doesn't work consistently on mobile devices, so I'll show them as regular ol' graphics at the end.

First, just looking at the communities South of the Fraser River, Delta, Surrey, White Rock, the Township of Langley and the City of Langley we can see the scale of planned construction over 15 years:

 

For some context I collected a few subregions together. "South of the Fraser" are the five communities we just looked at. I put Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge into "North of the Fraser", and left Vancouver and Richmond on their own. These groupings are pretty arbitrary, but I think they sort of fall in how most people view these areas.

You'd think Vancouver would have run out of places to build things, but apparently not. I find it fascinating how closely the groupings North and South of the Fraser follow each other, while Vancouver seems to find it's own path. Also note the three sub-regions are reasonably close to each other.

 


And now, as promised, the graphs as static images:

Building permits South of the Fraser 1998-2012 Building Permits sub-region comparison

 

Building permits South of the Fraser River - the last 25 months

Economy » Building permits issued ($000)

The graph has some interactivity. Hover over the lines for data points to show. Some mobile devices can't show the graph, so I'm including a static version at the bottom.

 

Source: Statistics Canada, Produced by BC Stats (www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca)    Latest month is preliminary, month previous to latest month is revised.

 

As promised, here's a PNG of the chart. The green line is Surrey, the purple is White Rock.

Building permits - the last 25 months

Growth in new businesses South of the Fraser River

Economy »  Surrey leads the way in new incorporations South of the Fraser River

Counting incorporations – the creation of a business – is one way to measure future economic growth.

Stats BC has recently released BC Incorporations by Development Region, Regional District and Municipality, a table of incorporations from 1990 to 2012.

Pulling out communities South of the Fraser River (Delta, Surrey, White Rock, The Township of Langley and the City of Langley) we can see a robust growth in the creation of new businesses in Surrey over the past 22 years. Hover over the lines to see individual data points.

 

 

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Introduction

Info on South of the Fraser River: Surrey, Delta, White Rock, City of Langley, Township of Langley, Fort Langley. Maybe a bit of Abbotsford, just for fun.

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