The riding office is located 3,540 km from Parliament Hill as the crow flies. Served by the SkyTrain line on its western edge, this riding is also accessible via SE Marine Drive, Boundary Road and E 49th Avenue.
Sitting on the north bank of the Fraser River, this downtown riding includes several municipal parks and the neighbourhoods of Killarney, Sunset, Fraserview and South Vancouver.
About 56% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in China, the Philippines, and India.
Cantonese, Punjabi, and Tagalog are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 1% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $35,989.
A number of recreational spaces can be found in the neighbourhoods of Sunset, South Vancouver, Victoria-Fraserview including local parks and community centres, to Killarney pool and Sunset ice rink and several branches of the Vancouver Public Library.
Artists James Picard, Vikky Alexander and Joan Balzar, author Spider Robinson, NHL player Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and poet and author Evelyn Lau all hail from Vancouver.
Retail, accommodation and food services, and health care and social assistance top the list of industries that employ the most people in this riding. About 50% of the workforce in this rising has some sort of post-secondary education. In 2011, the unemployment rate was 8.5%.
A portion of the Fraser River runs through the southern edge of this riding, dividing Vancouver South from Steveston—Richmond-East. The river supports the world’s most productive salmon river system, and drains almost 250,000 km2.
South Vancouver amalgamated with the City of Vancouver in 1929 but both it and Victoria-Fraserview maintained a quiet almost rural atmosphere until the post-war population boom of the 1940s and 50s. The increase in residential housing was met with some local opposition and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation had to expropriate land to build new housing.