The Confucius Institute at BCIT is located in the Vancouver downtown campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). It was a granted organization authorized by Hanban in July 2005 and inaugurated by Chinese State Councilor Chen Zhili and BC Deputy Premier Shirley Bond, on February 7, 2006.
Since the first day of operations, the Confucius Institute at BCIT has been faithful to its mission to promote understanding between China and Canada, to strengthen bilateral cooperation and to expand economic and trade exchanges, as well as to develop generations of friendly relationships. The Confucius Institute has been committed to develop into: a major platform for Sino-Canadian trade, tourism and cultural exchanges, an important window on China for Canadian people from all walks of life, a teaching and training base for applied skills and post-secondary education, a Canadian center for promotion of Chinese language learning and use, a base of TCSL teachers training and curriculum development, an R & D center for the creation of Chinese teaching materials for the North American community and a business-Chinese examination and training center. At the same time, the examination center at the Confucius Institute at BCIT has become a platform for Canadians who require Chinese language and culture certification. In recent years, along with the increasing economic and trade exchanges between China and Canada, educational and cultural exchanges, as well as individual exchanges, more and more Canadians, intrigued by China's growth and development, have started to study Chinese and China’s culture.
As the gateway to China in Canada and in North America, Vancouver is also the economic and trade center of the Pacific. Fortunate to be so ideally situated in Vancouver, the Confucius Institute at BCIT is receptive to working cooperatively with others in allied industries, as it strives to become the distribution center of Chinese language and culture in Canada and North America.