Series S148 - Economic Development Office general files

General overview of high-tech industry demographics Vancouver's high-tech industry location map plus G.V.R.D. [Greater Vancouver Regional District] d... Yokohama presentation

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Economic Development Office general files

General material designation

  • Textual record
  • Photograph

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title taken from records schedule.

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


Physical description area

Physical description

  • 11.45 m of textual records
  • 466 photographs

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Administrative history

Council established the Industrial Development Office on October 25, 1977 to advise Council on economic matters and to act as industry liaison to promote economic growth. It was soon renamed the Economic Development Office. A manager was appointed in April 1978, at which time the Office also became the secretariat of the Vancouver Economic Advisory Commission.

The July 1978 goals of the Economic Development Office were: to assist City Council and departments with economic development matters; to assist the business community and attract new business; and to encourage governments, companies, and agencies to optimize Vancouver's economic assets.

Primary activities 1978-1995 included advisory and organizational services to City Council and others for the numerous economic missions of the 1980s (including sister city relations with Yokohama, Los Angeles, and Guangzhou, in particular), assisting with reciprocal delegations touring Vancouver, providing Vancouver economic information dissemination to interested local, national, and international parties (including prospective immigrants from Hong Kong during the 1980s), and providing economic development expertise to local organizations as well as businesses. In April 1994 the Economic Development Office became one of the City's programs to face elimination as part of the "budget management program". The Office subsequently closed on October 31, 1995.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Series consists of subject files selected for long-term evidential and informational value containing correspondence, reports, clippings, pamphlets, etc., which document business liaison, advisory, and information services activities, periodic administrative support services to the Mayor, economic trade mission advisory and support, the visits of officials from sister cities and Hong Kong, the activities of the Downtown Eastside Economic Development Society, the revitalization of Victory Square, Expo 86, the Asia Pacific Initiative, and YVR and Port of Vancouver expansion. Includes sequences of photographs that show panoramic views of the Victory Square/Downtown Eastside area before revitalization.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Transferred on a regular basis between 1991 and 2003; latest accession in 2008.


Photographic images in this series have been assigned catalogue numbers beginning with CVA 797.

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

  • Some files restricted; please consult the archivist.
    Restriction details: The series contains a large number of mailing lists. To use any restricted records from this series, researchers must complete an "Agreement for Access to Restricted Records" form because of the mailing lists. The Dick Yip files located at 93-G-5 and 93-G-6 contain personal and financial information, and information which falls under Section 21(1), so that individuals named therein cannot be identifiable until approximately 2070. As a result, these files require additional precautions (ie. identifying details removed before access, see Archives Manager).
  • As of November 25, 2008, a separate entry has been made in the restrictions database for the Dick Yip records but not for other restricted files in this series
    Act reference: FOIPPA sec. 21(1), sec. 22(1), 22(3)(j)
    Access form required: Yes

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

File list available.

Associated materials

Related materials


No further accruals expected.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Rights area

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres