Explore Careers - Job Market Report
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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.
Information on the 3-Year Employment Outlooks for certain occupational groupings is not currently available on Job Bank. Until the completion of the analysis based on the 2011 National Occupational Classification is complete in December 2016, please consult the Open Data website or contact the Labour Market Information Division ( NC-LMI-IMT-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca ) to obtain further information for occupations for which outlooks are not currently available.
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 (NOC 1227) in British Columbia due to low levels of employment.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Lower Mainland - Southwest Region||(Undetermined)||2016-04-15|
|North Coast Region||(Undetermined)||2016-04-15|
|Vancouver Island and Coast Region||(Undetermined)||2016-04-15|
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).
- 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 Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016
- The Government of BC is relaxing its liquor laws starting January 23, 2017. The province will offer licence to any business interested in selling liquor, with the exception of those which operate from a motor vehicle and those that target minors.
- Twelve members of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band will receive 12 weeks of full-time, group-based horticulture training. The training addresses a labour market demand in Thompson-Nichola region's horticulture industry.
- Tri-Eagle Development Corp. is building a six-story, 60-unit condominium in Royal Oak. Construction of the project is expected to begin early in 2017 and will be completed in approximately two years.
- North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society opened a new location in Port Hardy
- Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society is planning to begin construction on a new affordable housing project in Kelowna, thanks to $8.2M in funding from the provincial government. Construction of the 42-unit project will likely begin next fall.
- South Skaha Housing Society is building 35 units of rental housing in Okanagan Falls, thanks to a $4.7M contribution from the Government of BC. Construction is expected to begin next summer.
- Urban Core Ventures has amended the project design of its proposed mixed-use building in Victoria. The proposed five-storey development includes 53 homes, 17 of which will be rental units.
- The City of Merritt is installing a new $2.28M ultraviolet water filtration system at its wells near Voght Park. Work on the filtration system is expected to be completed by February 2017.
- Vail Resorts is laying off 60 employees from its Whistler Blackcomb ski resort on May 1. The layoffs primarily affect workers in IT, marketing and finance departments.
- Island Health has proposed three supervised consumption sites for injection drug users in Victoria. The sites would be staffed by personnel with medical training between 9am and 3am, seven days a week.
- TransLink recently issued a request for proposal to design its third SeaBus. The company expects the new SeaBus to be completed by fall 2018.
- Trail Beer Refinery is opening a new craft brewery next year in Trail
- BC Teachers' Federation estimates that the BC government will be hiring hundreds of new teachers as a result of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada. The decision will result in lower class sizes, restoring them to pre-2002 levels.
- Ruth and Naomi's Mission is building a new six-storey Family Centre in Chilliwack, thanks to $6M in funding from the provincial government. The project will feature 35 units for low-income families.
- Mamele'awt Qweesome Housing Society expects to begin construction on Urban Village, an 80-unit affordable housing project in Chilliwack, in the summer of 2017
- Natural gas producers drilled 267 new wells in northeast BC at the end of October 2016, down 40% from the same period last year
- Yuk Yuk's comedy club recently closed its doors in Victoria
- Enbridge closed its Northern Gateway Pipelines office in Prince George, as it looks for a smaller location in the city. The company reports that there have been no job losses and employees will continue to work from home until a smaller space is found.
- Sooke Oceanside Brewery, a new craft brewery, recently opened its doors in Sooke
- GE Digital has acquired Bit Stew Systems, a Burnaby-based software developer. The company, which currently has about 100 employees, is expected to grow as a result of the $207.5M deal.
Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016
- Shaw Communications Inc. is laying off 200 employees across the country, including 67 in Vancouver and 33 elsewhere in BC. The affected employees include installers and service technicians.
- WSP Global, a Montreal-based engineering consulting firm, laid off approximately 250 employees across Canada during the third quarter of 2016. About half of the affected employees were located in Western Canada.
- The Government of Canada is granting $350M to help Canadian milk producers and cheese-makers upgrade and modernize their operations. The five-year fund will help Canadian producers deal with increased competition from European cheese-makers.
- BC Lottery Corporation plans to relocate Surrey¿s Newton Community Gaming Centre to the Corporation of Delta. The potential gambling facility would be expanded to include more gambling and entertainment options.
- BC Housing submitted a rezoning application for the Nigel Valley Project in Saanich. The $100M project will combine five existing social service and housing providers into 14 new buildings.
- Petro-Canada and Tim Hortons are expected to open in Sooke by March. Construction of the 3,600 sq.-ft. location began in October.
- The federal and provincial governments announced a combined $90M towards a new $126M building at the Simon Fraser University. The five-storey building will house Western Canada¿s first energy systems and environmental engineering program.
- The Royal Canadian Legion expects construction of Surrey¿s Veterans Village to begin next September. The project will include a centre of excellence, where veterans will be treated for mental health-related concerns.
- Vancouver Island Construction Association is hoping to recruit unemployed youth through its Youth Constructing a Future program. The six-week program includes basic training and certifications, as well as visits to work sites.
- The provincial government and Interior Health are moving forward with an expansion of the Nicola Valley Hospital¿s emergency room. The $5.6M expansion is expected to take approximately two years to complete.
- In an effort to increase vacancy rates in the city, Vancouver proposed a one percent tax on the value of empty homes. A recent study found that at least 10,800 Vancouver homes have been empty for a year or more.
- Veterans Affairs Canada recently reopened its office in Kelowna. The office employs approximately nine staff.
- The Pantry, a Maple Ridge restaurant, recently closed its doors. The restaurant cited shortage of staff as the main reason behind the closure.
- Fairway Market is planning to shutter operations in Port Alberni at the end of January. About 40 employees will be laid off due to the closure.
- The GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub held its opening ceremony on November 9 in Richmond. The Pacific Autism Family Network plans to open eight mini-hubs in BC over the next two years.
- AdvantageHOPE found that the labour market in Hope shifts between the summer and winter, with businesses decreasing the number of employees during the winter months
- Sterling Springs Chicken, a poultry farm in Falkland, expanded its facility to include a sausage kitchen
- Bus drivers represented by the Kelowna Regional Transit Union went on a strike on November 10. The union represents 217 members.
Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016
- Vicarro Ranch, a large residential development, was recently proposed in east Abbotsford. The 383 acre project will include five development areas with a combined potential for 1,400 residential units.
- The Government of BC is granting $7.44M towards Okanagan College's $35M trades training complex. The new facility will have 2,667 training seats for electricians, welders, cooks, heavy mechanics and carpenters.
- The Chilliwack city council is planning to hire 10 new RCMP officers to deal with property crime, as well as two RCMP information officers
- Rolex is opening its first standalone boutique in Vancouver
- Woodfibre LNG is proceeding with its proposed $1.6B natural gas liquefaction plant in Squamish. The project is expected to create 650 construction jobs and 100 operating jobs once the project is complete.
- Terrace landfill closed its doors on October 31
- A new material Transfer Station opened in Thornhill on November 1. Materials that can be deposited at the station include garbage, metal, yard and garden waste, clean wood and demolition material.
- The Government of BC is opening a new Trade and Investment Office in Malaysia by early next year. The new facility will be third such office in Southeast Asia and the 14th BC investment office worldwide.
- Penticton city council has approved rezoning for a $9M affordable rental development. The project will consist of two six-storey apartment towers with 119 suites.
- Canada Jetlines, a Richmond-based discount airline, expects to be operational by next summer. The company plans to lease at least six passenger aircrafts, which could create up to 850 direct jobs and generate more than $850M in economic benefits.
- DP World is hiring 250 workers at its Fairview Container Terminal, following the completion of its Phase 2 North expansion project. The project is expected to be completed by July 2017 and will bring the total workforce up to 750.
- The Rise, a golf course in Vernon, is expanding its operations by adding a new practice facility and clubhouse. The practice facility is expected to open its doors in 2017.
- The provincial government is soliciting proposals to create a province-wide earthquake monitoring and early-warning system. Scientists predict that there is a 30% chance of a damaging earthquake hitting southwestern BC in the next 50 years.
- Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership recently unveiled the design for Vancouver's The Post towers. The project, located on top of Vancouver's old Post Office, will include a 17-storey office tower and two residential towers of 18 and 20 storeys.
- The District of Lake Country applied for two grants under the federal and provincial governments' Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. If approved, a septic expansion project would see sanitary sewer service extended to 700 homes.
- Quality Greens Farm Markets recently opened a new location in Kelowna
- Thompson Rivers University is planning to construct a new building to house its school of nursing. The university estimates that construction of the building would cost $32M, and will result in economic spinoffs worth $47M as well as about 305 new jobs.
- Threshold House, a transitional housing for youth, recently opened its doors in Oak Bay
- The Landing Galley, an art gallery in Gibsons,is closing its doors on November 30
- Carl's Jr. closed its locations in Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton
Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016
- The federal and provincial governments are granting $24M in combined funding to replace the Nass River Bridge, located near Stewart
- The Government of BC announced a $24.5M seismic-safety replacement for Vancouver's Lord Tennyson elementary school. Construction of the project will begin in 2018 and should be completed by 2020.
- Sunshine Coast Fixed Link Study will begin examining the feasibility of establishing a route across Howe Sound for cars and trucks
- Construction recently began on the $7.8M High Performance Training Centre at Langford's Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. About 150 workers will be employed during the construction phase of the project.
- The Government of BC is contributing $45M towards the construction of more than 500 new units of affordable rental housing in the capital region
- The Government of BC is granting $565,000 to the Okanagan College for new trades-training equipment. The new equipment will support training in several trades including refrigeration and air conditioning.
- Port Hardy recently approved the construction of a proposed $12M multiplex
- Vancouver Island Economic Alliance recently held its 10th annual Vancouver Island Economic Summit. The summit allows business and community leaders to learn about new initiatives and explore opportunities in the region.
- The Saanich municipal council recently approved an 11-storey rental building in the region
- Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times is consolidating with Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News to increase efficiencies. Staff affected by the merger will be provided with opportunities within the Black Press Group Ltd.
- Westwind Design Group was recently awarded a $433,000 contract for final design, construction, and installation of three galleries in Trail's Riverfront Centre
- North West Regional Hospital District recently signed a health care agreement with Nisga's Nation of the Nass Valley to provide financial assistance for the construction of medical facilities or purchase of medical equipment
- The Government of BC is constructing a $37M overpass on highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert. Construction is expected to start next spring and will be completed in approximately two years.
- Construction of Delta Rise, a 37-storey residential and office condo tower, is expected to be completed by March 2017. The building includes 317 residential condos, a four-storey office space and ground-level retail spaces.
- Abbotsford school district plans to build a new elementary school in Eagle Mountain before 2020 to accommodate a projected increase in enrolment in the coming years
- Man-Mac Automotive, a Kamloops transmission repair shop, closed its doors on September 30
- BC Building Trades recently launched its first promotional campaign. The campaign aims to boost enrolment in skilled trades in the province.
- The City of Vancouver is testing modular construction with a 40-home temporary social housing project. If the pilot is successful, the city may fast-track permits for standardized, modular laneway houses.
- Seaspan expects that the employee count at its Vancouver Shipyard will more than double, up to 1,000 people, at the height of its 17-vessel federal contract. The contract is expected to sustain the shipyard for 15 years.
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