Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Description | Titles | Duties | Related Occupations
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within British Columbia.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
No employment outlook has been assigned to Court officers and justices of the peace in British Columbia due to low levels of employment.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Lower Mainland - Southwest Region||(Undetermined)||2016-12-23|
|North Coast Region||(Undetermined)||2016-12-23|
|Vancouver Island and Coast Region||(Undetermined)||2016-12-23|
Additional Provincial Prospects
For additional information on current trends or the outlook for occupations in this province or territory, visit on: Provincial Job Futures - (Employment Prospects section) Web Site.
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
(To access archived Labour Market Bulletins not appearing on this webpage, please contact us).
- November 2016 | (PDF, 222 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 230 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 246 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 226 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 510 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 251 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 245 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 229 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- 2015 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 272 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 496 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 545 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 323 KB)
- 2014 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 539 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017
- AltaGas is planning to begin construction of its $475M Ridley Export Terminal near Prince Rupert in early 2017. The project is expected to create up to 250 construction jobs during 2017 and 2019, and up to 50 jobs once the facility is operational.
- The value of properties in Greater Vancouver increased by 29.7% between 2016 and 2017, bringing the total to value up to $825.2B. About $11B of the increase comes from new construction, subdivision and rezoning.
- Pembina Pipeline started construction on its $235M northeast BC expansion project. The project, which includes 145km of new pipeline, is expected to be operational in late 2017.
- Several BC mining organizations are cautiously optimistic that resource prices will stabilize or recover in 2017. A number of mining projects in northern BC are moving forward, including Red Chris Mine, Brucejack gold project, and Brule mine.
- BroadbandTV is hosting a job fair on February 2 at its Vancouver headquarters. The company plans to add 50 new positions to its workforce of 400, as part of a major expansion into Asia and the Middle East.
- A 473-unit rental housing project has been proposed in View Royal. The $200M project is expected to create 2,000 person-years of employment during construction.
- YMCA of Okanagan is opening its third Kelowna location inside Interior Health's Community Health and Service Centre. The new 7,500sq.-ft. fitness centre is expected to open in late spring.
- The Bristol, a 4-storey mixed-use apartment building, is under construction in Surrey. The building will include residential units as well as 11 live/work units, which would accommodate home-based businesses.
- Re/Max Market Outlook 2017 forecasts that the average residential sale price in Greater Victoria will rise from $580,961 in 2016 to $590,450 in 2017
- Infinity Properties is developing a 55-unit condominium building in Langley. The Belmont at Heritage is scheduled for occupancy in fall 2018.
- Browns Socialhouse Restaurant and Bar opened a new location in Kelowna
- Tofino Bottle Depot is closing its doors on March 10
- The provincial government and the BC teachers union reached a $50M deal to hire approximately 1,100 new teachers, counsellors and librarians across the province
- A number of new craft breweries are scheduled to open across BC in 2017, including Backroads Brewing, Twin City Brewing and Mount Arrowsmith Brewing
- Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. was selected to build the first phase of Royal Columbian Hospital's new mental health facility in New Westminster. The $260M facility is expected to open in December 2019.
- CertainTeed Gypsum Canada has added about 30 employees at its drywall plants in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg since September
Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017
- Trinity Post & Panel Inc. officially opened its new factory in Lone Butte. The company is working with First Nations communities to provide job training, as well as affordable housing to members of the community.
- Victoria-based Camosun College recently launched its Coastal Skills Initiative, a $1M program providing students with specific skills to work in the marine industry
- The Royal BC Museum, located in Victoria, is renovating its existing building. The first of a five-phase 25-year redevelopment of the site will cost $10M.
- According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, private apartment vacancy rate in Langley was 1.1% in October 2016, compared to 1.5% in the year before. The city's first purpose-built rental building was pre-leased before it opened in September.
- Osoyoos Fire Department opened the doors to its new $6M fire hall. The fire department hopes to add a new rescue truck by 2019 and an aerial truck by 2021 or 2022.
- BC Interior Health has selected Kelowna's Ledcor Construction Ltd. as the construction contractor for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital pediatric unit. The $750,000 construction will begin in early 2017 and should be completed by summer.
- Municipal council of Ladysmith is building a new $13M water filtration plant. The town council has voted to borrow up to $6M over 25 years to fund the construction of the plant.
- Hummingbird Cove Lifestyles is nearing completion of the first phase of its $40M shellfish hatchery near Powell River. The hatchery is expected to create 30 to 50 jobs when completed.
- Telco Management, a Vancouver telemarketing company, closed its doors on December 22. The closure left up to 200 workers unemployed.
- Nanaimo city council is closing its arms-length Economic Development Corporation at the end of January, replacing it with a city economic development office. Two administration positions will be transferred to the city and a manager job will be created.
- Kamloops-Thompson school district received 162 more students than expected this year, as a result the school district will receive $1.17M in additional funding. The district plans on using the additional funds to hire more teachers and support staff.
- Mountain Equipment Co-op, a Vancouver-based outdoors-lifestyle retailer, announced plans to move and expand its flagship store in Vancouver. The company also plans to open additional locations across Canada over the next three years.
- A new plan for Bridge Creek, a five-hectare city-owned property, was recently proposed to the Revelstoke city council. The plan includes a mix of single-family and multi-family homes developed over the next 15 to 20 years.
- The City of Nanaimo consultants have recommended building an $86.6M sports and entertainment centre in the city. Construction of the facility could create more than 400 full-time construction-related jobs.
- Cando Rail Services plans to have its Mission Flats location operational by summer 2017. The new rail-terminal is expected to employ approximately 50 workers, including locomotive engineers, conductors, truck drivers and office staff.
- TransLink recently sold its 13.8-acre Oakridge Transit Centre lot to Intergulf-Modern Green Development Corp. for $440M. The city approved a policy allowing the lot to be redeveloped into a residential community.
Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016
- TELUS recently expanded its fibre optic network to Hudson's Hope
- Cutler's Jewellery closed its doors in downtown Penticton on December 24
- Wings, a Burnaby-based restaurant, recently reopened its location in Quesnel
- The Richmond city council has allowed the RCMP to hire 11 new officers. Richmond is authorized to have 214 officers on duty, however the city currently has 189 officers on active duty.
- Tantalus Labs proposed its first purpose-built greenhouse for medical marijuana in western Canada. The greenhouse is located on a 15-acre property in east Maple Ridge.
- Upgrades on Kelowna's city hall basement are expected to begin in 2017 and will cost $2.5M
- The City of Nanaimo is ending its visitor and tourism service at the end of January. The closure will affect five Tourism Nanaimo employees.
Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016
- North Vancouver city council recently approved plans to construct a new building for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. Construction of the $5.5M museum is expected to begin in early 2017 and should open in 2019.
- The Government of BC and Creative BC recently launched three new funding programs, worth $3.8M, to support BC's music industry. The funds will support developments that contribute to the growth of live music events across the province.
- The first phase of TransLink's 10-year expansion plan will add 28 new SkyTrain cars to Metro Vancouver's transit system. The cars will cost a total of $93M and are expected to be in service by early 2019.
- Tolko recently shuttered its Merritt lumber mill. The equipment in the mill will remain intact, in the event that an offer is made to purchase the mill.
- The Nanaimo International Hostel is closing its doors on December 31. The owner of the hostel plans to convert the building into a rental apartment.
- Teck recently completed construction of its $35M smelter recycling building at its Trail facility
- The Government of BC recently launched the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program. Under the program, first-time home buyers could be granted an interest free loan to help with the down payment.
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