City of Coquitlam

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The City of Coquitlam, located in the heart of Metro Vancouver, has a population of 128,000 and is one of the fastest growing communities in the Lower Mainland. It is estimated that the population of Coquitlam will be 176,000 by 2021 and 224,000 by 2041.

The City of Coquitlam is represented by two seats on the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable (CRWR) Core Committee: one Councillor by Council appointment; and, one environmental manager and staff alternate. During 2007, the City led the development of a collaborative governance framework initiative, partnering with Kwikwetlem First Nation and the City of Port Coquitlam that resulted in the formation of the Roundtable in early 2011. The Coquitlam River watershed is valuable and integral to our community, and the future of a harmony between endangered fish stocks, water quality and gravel extraction. Prior to the CRWR, there were many conflicts and competing interests. The development of the CRWR provided common values, vision and mission as a reference point for the interests of the stakeholders, who all share a common interest in maintaining the sustainability of the Coquitlam River watershed for both economic and environmental purposes.

As the regional service centre for Northeast Metro Vancouver, the City of Coquitlam is experiencing tremendous growth and investment. Public projects such as the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex, the new City Centre Public Library, the Port Mann Bridge and King Edward Overpass and the coming Evergreen Sky Train line, combined with significant investment in private sector development projects, in areas such as the City Centre, and the growth of organizations like Natural Factors, IKEA and Coquitlam Centre, have made Coquitlam a popular destination.

Proximity to major transportation networks, including the Vancouver and Abbotsford International airports, the Port of Metro Vancouver and excellent access to the 2 million plus Metro Vancouver market and the 10 million citizen trading area, which stretches from Vancouver, BC to Oregon, make Coquitlam an attractive choice for a variety of transportation, logistics, technology and manufacturing companies.

Coquitlam has competitive housing prices, diverse housing types, and high quality education options ranging from the Coquitlam School District to Douglas College, diverse dining and shopping choices and accessible transportation services like buses, Sky Train and the Westcoast Express commuter rail train. The City of Coquitlam also has vast recreation opportunities, a variety of sport and cultural amenities such as Place des Arts and the Evergreen Cultural Centre, an expanding network of civic facilities including the rebuilt Chimo Pool, new Public Library (to open in 2012), Town Centre Park and Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex (a $53M project). The City is also home to an extensive trail network and a variety of natural areas including provincial, regional and municipal parks, such as the 38,000 hectare Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park, the 175 hectare Minnekhada Regional Park, the 404 hectare Colony Farm Regional Park, the 176 hectare Mundy Park, and many more.
The innovation, entrepreneurship and commitment of Coquitlam’s residents and businesses have created a vibrant business climate. The City of Coquitlam is keen to work with these groups to develop innovative solutions that will positively impact the community. This is demonstrated by QNet, Coquitlam’s City owned fibre-optic network, which provides low-cost broadband services across the City for residents and businesses.

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