Economy of BC

The 2001 population of BC is estimated to be just over 4 million people. At the time of CONFEDERATION in 1871, the population was about 36,000, including the First Nations (see ABORIGINAL DEMOGRAPHY; PEOPLES OF BC). Getting from then to the present has involved economic development on a large and continuous scale.

The Gold Rush to the Modern Era

Before the GOLD RUSHES that began in 1858, the small European population of BC was located at a few fur-trading posts, the largest of...

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