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).
- March 2017 | (PDF, 282 KB)
- February 2017 | (PDF, 224 KB)
- January 2017 | (PDF, 235 KB)
- 2016 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 282 KB)
- 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 Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017
- Antares Construction Ltd. has started remediation work on the Seton Canal. It is expected this project will create up to 6,000 person hours in labour, as well as additional sub-contracting opportunities for local businesses.
- The Government of BC is granting $488,000 to North Island College for a new film and TV industry training pilot. The specialized training will prepare students to work on productions that could begin in Vancouver Island next spring.
- Metro Vancouver has awarded a $525M contract to ADAPT Consortium to design and construct the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant. Construction will begin this spring and is expected to be completed in December 2020.
- The Government of BC is providing $12.5M for upgrades to Prince George's University Hospital of Northern BC. The funding will go towards two construction projects that will create an estimated 45 direct jobs and 30 indirect jobs.
- Canadian Pacific Railway is planning to relocate 73 locomotive engineer and conductors positions from Cranbrook to Sparwood in order to create a new crew base. The moves are being made to adjust for changing business conditions and to improve efficiency.
- The New Westminster Public Library will undergo a $4.7M renovation. Construction is expected to begin in October 2017 and should be completed by September 2018.
- McBride's BKB Cedar Manufacturing mill was destroyed in a fire on April 5. The mill employed 35 people in a community of approximately 600 people.
- According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Greater Victoria stood at 3.8% in March 2017 - the lowest unemployment rate in Canada and at a level last seen in 2008
- The new $25M Cascades Casino Penticton recently opened. The casino has hired more than 150 new employees, bringing their total staffing complement to 340 employees - the majority of which are full-time.
- The provincial government and Trans Mountain reached a final benefits agreement ensuring BC workers will have priority for construction jobs resulting from the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project
- The Government of BC is granting $1.6M to create nine support recovery units for individuals suffering from mental-health and substance-use issues in Squamish. The funding is part of the new Mental Health Housing program.
- The City of Prince Rupert and Pembina Pipelines have signed a letter of intent to construct a liquid propane export terminal on Watson Island. Construction of the project is expected to cost up to $175M.
- The City of Victoria and Tourism Victoria are providing $3M to upgrade the 400-block of Belleville Street, including improvements to the Belleville/Menzies plaza. Construction is set to begin in October, with completion of the project anticipated in April 2018.
Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017
- The Government of BC is contributing $66.6M towards the construction of a new $78.3M Health Sciences Centre for Advanced Simulation at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Construction will begin in summer 2018 and should create about 445 jobs.
- The Government of BC is granting $36M for a two-phase highway rehabilitation project to improve the Rosedale overhead and the Agassiz-Rosedale bridge structures. Construction on the first phase of the project will begin in May 2017.
- Victoria's View Royal Casino is undergoing a 42,000sq.-ft expansion. The project, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018, will more than double the size of the casino.
- The Government of BC is granting $4.17M to the District of Kent to upgrade and expand the Hammersley Pump Station. The funding is part of the Province's over $80M contribution to emergency preparedness and public safety.
- GT Hiring Solutions hosted a job fair in Chilliwack on April 6. More than 20 employers set up booths at the fair.
- The Province of BC has signed a 60-year land-use agreement that allows construction and development of the Valemount Glacier Destinations ski and sightseeing resort. Overall, 800 jobs will be created through the construction and operation of the resort.
- The Government of BC is funding a $9M resurfacing improvement on Road 40 and the Seaton Portage area. Construction is expected to start this summer and should be completed by fall ¿ creating approximately 27 jobs.
- The Government of BC is contributing $700,000 towards a $2.1M highway intersection project in Revelstoke. The second phase of the project is currently underway.
- Berry & Vale Contracting Ltd. has been awarded a contract for just over $700,000 to expand Quadra Island's sewer system. Construction will begin this month and is expected to be completed in September.
- The Government of BC is matching the federal government's contribution of $2.2B over 11 years for new transit projects in Metro Vancouver. The projects include rapid transit in Surrey and Vancouver.
- Enbridge is planning to cut 1,000 jobs as it restructures operations following its takeover of Spectra Energy. The majority of reductions will be made in corporate functions with less impact on field operations.
- Kinetic Construction is set to begin foundation work on a new $10M community safety building in Sidney this month. Construction is anticipated to be completed by fall 2018.
- The Columbia Basin Trust is granting $1.8M to 38 recreation infrastructure projects located in Basin communities. The Recreation Infrastructure Grants program funds the construction or renovation of recreation facilities and trails.
- The Government of Canada is granting up to $60.47M to upgrade and expand ferry services in BC. BC Ferries is responsible for all remaining costs associated with the $201M plan.
- The Government of BC is granting $600,000 to North Island College's Campbell River campus to implement the advanced aquaculture training program. Aquaculture has provided work in coastal communities affected by the downturn in commercial fishing.
- Voith Hydro Canada (VHC) recently started work on BC Hydro's Site C Clean Energy Project in northeast BC. VHC was awarded the $470M contract to design, supply, and install turbines and generators for the project.
- The Government of BC is granting $15M to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre to expand its emergency department and to add a dedicated area for mental health and substance-use care. The project is expected to be completed by October 2019.
- The Government of BC is granting $90M over the next three years to expand team-based primary health care throughout the province
- Kitselas First Nation recently signed a benefits agreement with the Province backing a project to export liquefied natural gas from the Port of Prince Rupert. Pacific Northwest LNG is expected to make a final decision on the project later this year.
- Simon Fraser University is planning a $10M upgrade to its Burnaby campus stadium. Construction is expected to begin within the next three years.
- Martini Film Studios is expected to open in Langley next month. With this addition, Metro Vancouver will have over 2.75M sq.-ft. feet of studio space.
- The Government of BC is granting $2.2M to First Nations Technology Council's Bridging to Technology program. The program provides Indigenous people with industry-relevant training in the technology and innovation sector.
Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017
- Many BC shellfish farms have been closed temporarily by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency following an oyster norovirus outbreak. The outbreak has not affected any other shellfish.
- The federal budget committed $20.1B to transit system improvements across Canada over the next 11 years. BC's estimated share is $2.7B to $2.2B to fund TransLink projects in Metro Vancouver and about $463M for transit in the rest of the province.
- Construction of Teck Trail Operation's $174M acid plant is slated to begin in April 2017. About 160 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.
- The Government of BC has granted AuRico Metals an environmental certificate for its Kemess Underground project, 430km northwest of Prince George. The $683.9M copper and gold mine is expected to have a life of 12 years, and would support up to 475 jobs.
- A Rapid Access Cardiac Exam clinic is set to open this fall in Kamloops, the second clinic of its kind in BC's Interior. The clinic will have six cardiologists, trained nurses and a pharmacist providing outpatient care.
- The Government of BC is contributing $200M for Phase 3 of the Cariboo Connector Strategy which will begin with a four-laning project south of Williams Lake. The engineering and design work of Phase 3 will begin immediately.
- The Government of BC is contributing $27,500 to the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce to find new ways to expand the Kootenays manufacturing industry. The money will fund a labour market study which is expected to be completed in August 2017.
- The Government of BC has approved the expansion plan of the Langley Memorial Hospital's emergency department. The project is expected to create about 182 jobs during the construction phase.
- The Government of BC has awarded IDL Projects Inc. a $15.6M contract to four-lane Highway 16 from Bunce to Blackwater. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and will create more than 70 jobs over the life of the project.
- Revelstoke Sand & Gravel (RS&G) received approval from the provincial government to develop an eight hectare quarry across from Columbia Park. RS&G still needs a mine permit to begin operations.
- The Government of BC is granting $150M to the province's education system to restore smaller class sizes. The new funding is in addition to the $180M already included in the provincial budget - increasing the total new teaching positions to 2,600.
- The Government of BC is contributing $8M towards the construction of a new $30.6M Nursing and Population Health Building at Kamloops' Thompson Rivers University. Construction will begin in spring 2018 and create approximately 176 jobs.
- Vancouver Island's Huu-ay-aht Nation has granted approval to Steelhead Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) for the proposed Sarita LNG project. The project will have a six-person oversight board with three seats saved for Huu-ay-aht representatives.
- The Canadian Coast Guard has launched a recruitment drive and expects to fill over 500 positions in the next two years due to new funding and employee turnover. Approximately 150 of these jobs are expected to be around BC's West Coast.
- The City of Port Coquitlam recently began work on the $3M Blakeburn Lagoons Park rehabilitation project. The city is converting two decommissioned sanitary ponds into an ecologically restored public park.
- The Government of BC is contributing $1.63M to the Greater Victoria Transit Commission. The commission will use the funds to add 20,000 service hours in 2017-18 and to buy eight new buses.
- The Government of BC is granting over $777,000 in Bike BC funding to the City of Kelowna to help convert a section of abandoned rail line into an off-road bike path. The new route is part of the Okanagan Rail Trail initiative.
- The Government of BC is contributing $113M towards phase two of a $235.5M project to twin the Trans-Canada highway in Langley. Design work is expected to start this fall.
- The Province of BC is providing $232,000 to two local organizations to help manage invasive plants in the Cariboo region. A total of 31 grants will be distributed throughout the province in 2017 to support the objectives of the Invasive Plant Program.
- A new Tim Horton's franchise opened recently in Oyster Bay. The store will employ about 15 people and many will be members of the Stz'uminus First Nation.
Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017
- The federal and provincial governments are granting nearly $5M in joint infrastructure funding to expand the Nanaimo Airport terminal building. Construction of the $12M project is estimated to be completed by spring 2019.
- The Government of BC is granting $55,799 to the Quesnel School District to purchase trades training equipment, through the Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program. In total, the program will provide $15M over the next three years to 59 school districts.
- The District of Lantzville awarded a $633,360 contract to Copcan Civil Ltd. for the construction of a water pipeline. The pipeline will provide the district with a backup supply of water in the event of an emergency.
- Knappett Industries was awarded a $7.3M contract to finish work on improving connections between Highway 19 and the community of Courtney. Construction will begin this spring and is expected to be completed in fall 2017.
- The Columbia Basin Trust approved $1.8M in funding to build infrastructure that encourages active lifestyles in the Castlegar area. Three projects will receive funding through the Recreation Infrastructure Grants program.
- Cantex Okanagan Construction resumed a full complement of staff on March 22 to work on the twinning of Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Prince George. Construction of the $47M Cariboo Connector project is expected to be completed in November 2017.
- The City of Castlegar received a $3.21M grant from the Build Canada Small Communities Fund, co-funded by the federal and provincial governments, for the rehabilitation of Columbia Avenue. The city plans to have construction complete by 2018.
- The Government of BC granted $20,000 to the Creative Corner to host a career fair for Northerners interested in working in the film industry. The fair will be held in Prince George from May 5 until May 7, as part of the Northern FanCon conference.
- The federal and provincial governments are providing $373.2M in joint funding for 144 new water and wastewater infrastructure projects throughout the province. The projects will create close to 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.
- The new Construction Ready Pilot Project was officially launched in Salmon Arm on March 17. The provincial initiative is administered through the Construction Foundation of BC and aims to connect students with construction industry employers.
- InSite Housing, Hospitality Health Services Inc. is planning to start the construction of its new Williams Lake residential care facility in July. The facility is expected to open in summer 2018 and will employ 80 care and hospitality staff.
- Construction of the new $44.3M Kelly Road secondary school in Prince George is set to begin this fall. The project is expected to create about 135 jobs.
- According to a new report by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the value of commercial real estate sales reached nearly $13B in 2016 - an increase of 47% from 2015
- The television shows "Lucifer" and "Legion", currently filming in Vancouver, will relocate to California for next season. The decision to relocate will result in a loss of about 400 BC jobs.
- The Government of BC is granting $80M for emergency preparedness across the province. The funding will go towards flood protection and prevention, seismic safety, local government emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and fire prevention.
- IDL Projects has started clearing the site for the new Ray-Mont Logistics containerized cargo facility on Ridley Island. The facility is expected to be operational this fall and will create an estimated 40 new jobs.
- The Government of BC is contributing $15.4M towards a new $18.9M Health Science Centre at Kelowna's Okanagan College, which will provide an additional 79 student spaces. Construction will begin in summer 2018 and is expected to create 118 jobs.
- TransCanada Corporation filed a variance application with the National Energy Board to proceed with the North Montney Mainline project. Approval would allow construction of the $1.4B pipeline prior to a final investment decision by Pacific NorthWest LNG.
- Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. is planning to reopen its Bralorne underground gold mine later this year. Upgrades are ongoing at the mine and mill, while a new fleet is being assembled to support a modernized mining method.
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