The Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver acts as a liaison office between the government of Italy and the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory in the political, economic and cultural domains, with particular focus on establishing or keeping relationships with the local Italian and Italian-Canadian communities. It also fosters commercial and cultural relations between Italy and Western Canada, collaborating with local institutions and organizations to encourage business exchanges; its cultural and education offices work towards promoting student exchanges and the knowledge of the Italian language and culture through the Consulate’s jurisdiction.
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada–West (ICCC) has operated since 1992 as a private, non-profit, membership organization with the mandate of promoting and enhancing business, trade and investment exchanges between Italy and Western Canada. ICCC is an integral part of a prestigious worldwide network of Italian Chambers of Commerce, and is one of the most active and respected bilateral trade organizations in Western Canada. With offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Italy, ICCC acts as a catalyst between businesses and institutions by coordinating and hosting trade and economic missions, organizing the participation of delegations to international trade shows, and providing customized business solutions for Italian and Canadian companies wishing to enter international markets. ICCC promotes its members’ interests, from young professionals to multinational companies, offering a wide range of business – building and trade development activities, such as customized contacts’ databases, planning of dedicated events, implementation of business and corporate strategies.