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).
- December 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 246 KB)
- 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 Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017
- The City of Vancouver launched a new commercial renovation centre to support small businesses. The center serves as a ¿one-stop shop¿ and is designed to speed up the process of obtaining permits and licences for small businesses.
- The Vancouver General Hospital is undergoing a $102M upgrade, which will increase the number of surgeries by 13% once work is complete in 2021. The project is expected to create 450 construction jobs.
- The Government of BC is investing $33M to replace Minnekhada Middle School's existing building with a fully accessible and seismically upgraded building in Port Coquitlam. Construction is expected to begin in September.
- The Province granted environmental approval with 33 conditions for the construction of a $3.5B, 10-lane bridge between Delta and Richmond to replace the George Massey Tunnel. Construction is expected to begin this year and should be completed by 2022.
- The College of New Caledonia, in partnership with five Northern Indigenous communities, is delivering community-based training to 90 Indigenous people. The program will help prepare learners for employment in health care, trades and building maintenance.
- The federal and provincial governments are contributing to the upgrade of Kwanten Polytechnic University's Spruce Building in Surrey. The renovation work is expected to begin in April and should be complete by spring 2018.
- The Immigrant Employment Council of BC launched BC Refugee Job Connect, a new website to connect refugees with employers. The website aims to help refugees overcome the challenge of finding employment.
- The Capital Regional District awarded a $784,000 contract to Don Mann Excavating for the engineering and construction of a new section of trail between View Royal and Esquimalt. Work on the pedestrian and cyclist trail will begin later this spring.
- Mamele'awt Qweesome Housing Society held a ground breaking ceremony for a new Urban Village project in Chilliwack. Construction of the mixed-use 80-unit affordable housing project is set to begin this summer and should be completed in spring 2019.
- The Valley Fair Mall in Maple Ridge is undergoing a major renovation, at a significant cost. Construction of the project began in February and is scheduled to be completed by fall.
Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017
- The City of Vancouver is granting $2M to address the ongoing drug overdose crisis. The grants will fund initiatives such as addictions and mental health training for city staff and the creation of a new community policing centre.
- The federal and provincial governments are granting $5.6M each towards the construction of North Island College's new training facility in Campbell River. The project will generate 82 jobs and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2018.
- The Government of BC has committed $217M over the next three years towards the construction and expansion of schools in Surrey. These capital projects are expected to create up to 5,200 new student seats for Surrey's rapidly growing population.
- The Government of Canada, the Municipality of Richmond and the South Arm Community Association are contributing towards the $2.1M renovation of Richmond South Arm Community Centre. The upgrades are expected to be completed by fall 2017.
- The expanded Hope to Health Research Centre recently opened its doors in Vancouver. In addition, an adjacent walk-in clinic and eye clinic are also slated to open this spring.
- Construction of the provincially funded $975,000 rest area on Highway 97, south of Fort St. John, is underway and expected to be complete by spring. The project includes room for transport trucks and non-commercial vehicles, washrooms and picnic tables.
- Vancouver online shoe retailer, Shoes.com, is ceasing operations. The company is closing its three e-commerce channels and two brick-and-mortar locations in Vancouver and Toronto, which will leave approximately 230 people out of work.
- Glanford middle school in Victoria hosted the WorkBC Find Your Fit Tour for middle school students. The program provided information and interactive displays on skills needed for various in-demand jobs, as well as insights on work conditions.
- Metro Vancouver is moving ahead with its plans to replace the Twin Bridge. The bridge will be replaced by a new $2.3M suspension bridge, which is slated for completion by the end of this year.
- The Government of BC is granting $2.1M to support clean energy projects. The funding will help get more Indigenous communities plugged into their own electricity supply.
- The Government of BC is providing $35M in funding over the next three years to BC Parks. Part of the funding will be used to hire 25 new full-time park rangers across the province.
- The Okanagan School of Business hosted the Business Expo and Employment Fair at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Over 50 booths helped connect students looking for employment and career opportunities with the business community.
- The Government of BC has granted environmental assessment approval for the $1.7B North Montney Mainline Pipeline Project. Construction is expected to create up to 2,500 direct jobs in the Peace Region.
- Nations Creations is offering specialized manufacturing equipment training in Chilliwack for 24 unemployed people from the Fraser Valley. The provincially funded course will give participants skills and resources needed for employment.
- The Tally-Ho hotel of Victoria will close at the end of February. Thirty staff members will be affected by the closure.
- The Government of BC has signed off on the construction of a new $150M courthouse in Abbotsford. The project is slated to begin in 2018 and, when complete, will employ around 200 people - more than double its current staffing levels.
- Construction of the new $417M Royal Inland Hospital patient care tower in Kamloops is expected to begin in 2018. The project is estimated to create 2,400 construction jobs and should be completed by 2022.
- The Government of Canada is granting $10M to construct the new Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre. Construction of the centre began on February 6 and the facility is expected to open in June 2018.
- Eagle Creek and Okanagan Studios are building new soundstage facilities in Kelowna and Vernon. The facilities will support the Okanagan's growing film and TV production industry.
- The Government of BC and St. Paul's Foundation have announced a combined $8M in funding for the BC Centre on Substance Use located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The centre is dedicated to research, education and care related to substance abuse.
- Construction of a new adventure park near Revelstoke is set to begin this spring. The first phase of the park will open this spring and, once complete, the park will employ about 250 people.
Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017
- Black Press is hosting a career fair in Courtney on February 9. The career fair will include more than 80 exhibitors and will offer employment, education and skills upgrading opportunities.
- The Government of BC is investing $8M to improve museum and heritage sites across the province. The program will offer a one-time grant of up to $100,000 to organizations responsible for cultural or heritage mandate.
- Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission hosted a career fair on January 28 to bolster the local crew base. The event was in anticipation of a number of upcoming movie and TV projects.
- According to the provincial government, employment in BC's tech industry rose by 2.9% in 2016 compared to the national average of 1.1%. BC's tech industry has more than 9,900 companies and employs about 4.9% of the province's workforce.
- The City of West Kelowna is hiring temporary full-time summer students in various departments including communications, economic development, engineering, public works, parks and finance
- The Metro Vancouver transportation authority, TransLink, is aiming to hire 144 drivers to operate buses and shuttles by April. Another 300 drivers will be hired by the end of this year.
- The Canada Revenue Agency has sent relocation notices to 391 employees in Surrey, inviting them to consider moving to other locations. Affected workers have been given the option of moving to Winnipeg, Summerside, Sudbury, or Vancouver.
- The Vancouver International Airport announced plans for a $5.6B expansion. The 20 year plan includes expanded terminals, new taxiways and improved roads and bridges.
- The Government of BC is investing over $16M to increase addiction treatment services. Up to 240 people will receive intensive residential treatment in 60 additional new beds, while another 200 will have access to 50 intensive outpatient treatment spaces.
- The Camosun College and the Royal Roads University are planning to expand their facilities, thanks in part to the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. The projects, valued at $48.5M and $21.5M, are expected to be completed by fall 2018.
- A new daycare opened in Port Alberni on January 23, creating 50 childcare spaces
- The municipality of Delta approved a $1.4M contract to renovate a century-old building which will house the community police station. Construction of the project is slated for completion by the end 2017.
- The federal and provincial governments are granting $70M to reconfigure the Alex Fraser Bridge to seven lanes. Construction of the project is expected to be completed by spring 2018.
- Vancouver Island University announced a new $40M health and science centre for the Nanaimo campus. The university plans to look at the possibility of adding new programs and degrees when the facility opens in fall 2018.
- Schneider Electric, a France-based manufacturer of energy-measuring devices, recently laid-off six employees at its Saanichton location. The company employs approximately 300 workers at this facility.
- The Government of BC is providing $900,000 to the BC Centre for Palliative Care. The money will improve access to hospice palliative care by funding five new hospice beds at the Langley Hospice Residence.
- The BC Government recently announced two new initiatives under the BC Jobs Plan to help address risks faced by rural communities and the need for fostering talent in the province's technology industry
- The Government of Canada is granting $400,000 to Victoria's Royal Theatre, to fund the purchase of new audio and scenic-projection systems. The upgrades will make the theatre more appealing to touring companies.
Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017
- Graham's Gifts recently closed its doors. The Chilliwack store has been open for more than 45 years.
- Telus recently purchased Mascon Cable, a Salmon Arm-based internet and television provider. The company confirmed that all employees have accepted full-time positions with Telus and there will be no change in staffing levels.
- Regus, an office space provider, is opening a new co-working building in Vancouver's Gastown. The building will accommodate about 450 people and is set to open by summer 2017.
- The Government of BC announced $4M toward an 82-unit affordable rental project for seniors in Langley. Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2018.
- Cowichan Lake's Brookside Medical Clinic is recruiting new family physicians, as three doctors announced they are leaving the community
- The Government of BC recently approved Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project, adding 37 conditions to the project. The revenue-sharing deal will provide the province with up to $1B over 20 years.
- Gibsons Recycling Depot is closing its Zero Waste store
- Executive Hotels & Resorts recently purchased the Splashdown Waterpark. The Tsawwassen attraction will reopen this summer as Big Splash Waterpark and will add new slides in 2018 as well as a 200-room hotel in 2019.
- The Government of BC is granting $144,000 to the pipeline craftsmanship training and wildlife monitoring program. The program will provide up to 21 Doig River First Nation members an opportunity to gain job skills and maximize employment opportunities.
- The Canada Foundation for Innovation is granting $46M, over five years, to University of Victoria-based Ocean Networks Canada. The funding will support research on topics such as earthquake prediction and ocean acidification.
- The Westbay Marina RV Park of Esquimalt will be closing its doors for renovations at the end of February. The upgraded facility will be called the Salish Seaside RV Haven and is expected to re-open in July 2017.
- According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there were 2,196 new housing starts in Kelowna in 2016-up 72% from the previous year. Housing starts are expected to decline in 2017 and are forecast to range between 1,520 and 1,780.
- Metro Vancouver school districts are currently in the process of hiring about 500 new teachers. The hiring comes as a result of a new legislation which limits class-size, specialist teacher ratios and the number of special needs students in a class.
- The Community of Merritt hosted a job fair for laid-off Tolko mill workers on January 16. The fair featured businesses such as Kinder Morgan, the Douglas Lake Cattle Company and several trade organizations and post-secondary institutions.
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