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British Columbia has a comprehensive network of Universities, Private and Public Schools, Community Colleges and other Training Facilities. British Columbia’s Ministry of Education is responsible for primary and secondary education, while the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology is responsible for post-secondary education. The system is currently made up of 59 school districts and one Francophone Education Authority. Each district has an elected board of trustees that governs under the School Act.

There are six publicly funded universities in British Columbia, three of which are in the Vancouver area, and an extensive college and institute system providing academic, technical, vocational, career and adult basic education programs. The programs are administered through 11 community colleges, five university-colleges (which offer selected courses of study leading to bachelor degrees), five institutes and the Open Learning Agency.

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British Columbia (B.C.) is the westernmost of Canada’s provinces and is known for its natural beauty. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria and the largest city is Vancouver which the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. British Columbia had an estimated population of 4,419,974 (about two million of whom were in Greater Vancouver).

British Columbia’s economy is largely resource-based. It is the endpoint of transcontinental highways and railways and the site of major Pacific ports, which enable international trade. Because of its mild weather the province is agriculturally rich, particularly in the Fraser and Okanagan Valleys. Its climate encourages outdoor recreation and tourism

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British Columbia’s GDP is the fourth largest in Canada and it has a resource dominated economy, centred on the forestry industry but also with increasing importance in mining. BC’s film industry known as Hollywood North, the Vancouver region is the third-largest feature film production location in North America, after Los Angeles and New York City.

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