For Immediate Release July 21, 2011 Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation    

B.C. Labour Market Outlook – 2010-2020

 The B.C. Labour Market Outlook – 2010-2020 was prepared in partnership with BC Stats and the Ministry of Finance. It provides labour market demand and supply projections for B.C. and its regions for the period of 2010 to 2020.

 Key Findings:

  • 1,027,400 job openings are projected for B.C. over the next ten years.
  • Tight labour market conditions, with demand exceeding supply are projected provincewide by 2016.
  • The largest number of job openings over the next 10 years is projected for the Mainland/Southwest (666,300 job openings), followed by Vancouver Island/Coast (152,600 job openings), and Thompson Okanagan (110,300 job openings). Other regions will account for 10 per cent of projected job openings. 
  • Occupation groups with the greatest number of job openings (new jobs and replacing retiring workers) are:

o   Sales and service occupations – 224,600 jobs (e.g., retail sales, child care and home support workers, chefs and cooks, food and beverage service).

o   Business, Finance and Administrative occupations- 182,000 jobs.  (e.g., clerical occupations, administrative officers, accountants).

o   Trades, transport and equipment operators – 153,300 jobs. (e.g., motor vehicle and transit drivers, automotive service technicians, electrical trades).

  • Occupation groups with expected to have the strongest percentage growth in demand (new job growth) are:

o   Health occupations. Primarily due to aging population and increasing health-care requirements. (e.g., doctors, nurses, medical technologists and technicians, physiotherapists). Annual growth of 2.4 per cent.

o   Natural and applied sciences and related occupations. (e.g., chemists, geologists, architects, urban planners, computer and information systems professionals, technical occupations in architecture, surveying and mapping). Annual growth of 1.6 per cent.

o   Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport (e.g., graphic arts technicians, graphic designers, program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness). Annual growth of 1.6 per cent. 

Skilled Trades

  • The demand for the trades is expected to surpass supply starting in 2016.
  • The increase in demand for the trades (33,900) is expected to outpace the increase in their labour supply (26,600) by 7,300 workers over the outlook period. 
  • The 10-year total job openings for the trades is forecast to be 104,600, including 70,800 or 68 per cent due to the need to replace retiring workers.