Why British Columbia?


Five great reasons to choose British Columbia for your next clinical trial

  1. Strong infrastructure

  2. British Columbia has a wealth of systems and resources to enable a strong clinical research environment. Established assets include:
    • A provincial healthcare system with regional acute and community health care facilities
    • Strong academic and research institutions, including a provincial medical school
    • World-class genome sciences and proteomics capabilities
    • Clinical trial support units, imaging and laboratory services, technology and informatics platforms and organizations providing clinical research services
    • Particular strengths in trials for cancer, cardiology, HIV, infectious and communicable diseases, MS and GI disorders
    • Provincial organizations enabling clinical research, including Clinical Trials BC, Lifesciences BC, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Genome BC
    In active development are:
  3. Skilled workforce

  4. British Columbia’s clinical trials workforce is ready, willing and able to conduct clinical trials that are on par with the world’s leading centres.
  5. Vibrant life sciences environment

  6. A steady stream of innovation flows into British Columbia’s industries, thanks to our excellent educational institutions. The University of British Columbia alone has spun-off more than 100 life sciences companies, raising more than $2 billion in private investments.
  7. Diverse population

  8. BC's population is wonderfully diverse. More than 40 major Aboriginal cultural groups are represented in the region. The province's large Asian communities have made Chinese and Punjabi the most spoken languages after English. There are also sizeable German, Italian, Japanese and Russian communities – all creating a vibrant cultural mosaic in which distinct cuisine, architecture, language and arts thrive
  9. Streamlined processes

  10. We have a province-wide, harmonized system for research ethics reviews of studies conducted in multiple geographic areas involving the resources, people, patients or data from more than one BC research institution.

Clinical Research in BC

Sector Funding

  • British Columbia’s deep pool of talent is matched by an ability to raise funds: Between 2001 and 2012, $1.8 billion was invested in the life science sector and an additional $1 billion secured for future research.
  • Bring your business to British Columbia. You and your employees will benefit from one of the lowest corporate income tax rates among G7 nations and the lowest provincial personal income taxes in Canada for individuals earning up to $121,000.

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