About Us

Abbotsford is a modern city with a rich history of entrepreneurship and philanthropy, set in beautiful south western British Columbia, Canada. It combines small town hospitality with big city services and an all-important diversified business base. Canada’s Conference Board praises Abbotsford’s economy as one of the most diverse in the country. Since business diversity tops the wish-list of leaders wanting to create economic development opportunities, our city makes a lot of people green with envy.

Not that we have anything against green, in fact, we are highly environmentally-focused, sustainable and have enough park land to keep all creatures big and small, happy and relaxed. The high quality of life in Abbotsford is bolstered by its reasonable cost of living, affordable residential real estate, the lowest utility fees in the area and a strong school district with 46 modern schools. Our world-class regional hospital and cancer centre, operated by Fraser Health and the BC Cancer Agency respectively, meets LEED Gold standards and is our biggest employer.

Do you want join us for a vacation? Why not connect with Tourism Abbotsford; they can help you plan your holiday. Tourism Abbotsford is a small City Destination Marketing Organization that represents more than 300 marketing partners in the development and delivery of annual Destination Sales & Marketing plans; we lead the delivery of community Visitor Services. Their commitment to best practices has resulted in award recognition as the 2009 BC Tourism Industry Award recipient in the category of Community Sport Tourism and the 2011 recipient as the BC DMO Professional Excellence Award.

While you’re in Abbotsford why not check out an event or two; Tourism Abbotsford also operates the Fraser Valley Tradex & Exhibition Centre (TRADEX). TRADEX is the second largest facility of its kind in British Columbia and an industry leader to a growing market. Or maybe there is an event or concert that catches your eye happening at the Abbotsford Centre. Whatever you plan to do while you’re in Abbotsford; we’re sure to have something for everyone.
About Us at CAED with a Strategic Focus
Abbotsford has gained a reputation as a major hub for working and living.

Today’s competitive business environment means that municipalities need to engage in robust, comprehensive economic strategies. Vital strategies include development of: human capital, critical infrastructure, regional competitiveness, social inclusion, health and safety measures. Economic development is a strategic focus for the City of Abbotsford.

Download Strategic Plan for City of AbbotsfordCity of Abbotsford Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018


Meet the Team at City of Abbotsford Economic Develoment (CAED)
But what makes any place great is its people. The people who work at the City of Abbotsford Economic Development are client-oriented. Our team is smart and determined, skilled, experienced and bring a fresh attitude to their tasks. Hailing from various backgrounds and walks of life, our staff reflects the global audience they serve while holding a shared vision for the community.

The CAED team is open for business, supportive, hands-on and ready to contribute to the community. Regular meetings encourage interactions between the Economic Development Department and our business community, sparking constructive conversations that drive innovative solutions to business challenges.

We provide professional responsive customer service to help you find the ideal location for your business. We function as a solid single point of contact, helping you explore location and expansion opportunities in Abbotsford.

We are progressive, forward-thinking and ready to serve with tomorrow’s thinking today. Ready to take your business into the future where it belongs? Call us at 604.864.5586 or fill out our online form. We’ll take the journey together.