Mandate and structure of PacifiCan

PacifiCan is the federal agency that supports economic growth in British Columbia. Its programs and services help businesses, not-for-profits and communities grow stronger.


Support the growth and diversification of British Columbia’s economy and advance the interests of the region in national economic policy, programs and projects.


Partner with British Columbian businesses and organizations to create a more diversified economy driven by strong, competitive and innovative local businesses and thriving communities.


The Agency operates under the provision of the Western Economic Diversification (WD) Act, which came into force on June 28, 1988. As a federal agency, PacifiCan is headed by a Minister and a Deputy Head (President).

PacifiCan has offices in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will establish headquarters in Surrey. To better serve British Columbians, new office locations opened in Victoria, Kelowna, Prince George, Surrey, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Prince Rupert and Campbell River, and a liaison office in Ottawa.

Programs and services

PacifiCan administers a number of grants and contributions programs that enable the agency to contribute strongly to the productivity and competitiveness in British Columbia.

Strategic priorities

PacifiCan activities in 2023-24 will focus on two priorities:

Read more about PacifiCan’s priorities in its 2023-2024 Departmental Plan.

Future priorities will be informed by engagement with BC businesses, organizations and communities.


The Western Economic Diversification Act governs budgets and activities. The Act seeks to boost and diversify the economy in British Columbia. It also advances the interests of British Columbians when the Government of Canada creates national economic policy and runs its programs.

The Act requires the PacifiCan Minister to fulfill 3 duties:

Values and standards

PacifiCan employees care about people and about serving the best interests of its many clients. These 6 statements reflect PacifiCan’s values. They were developed in the context of the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service:

PacifiCan employees are accountable for their actions. They know that for these statements to have meaning, each of them must hold the other accountable in a supportive manner. From these values, comes PacifiCan’s commitment to provide you with quality service.

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