Electric power generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution and local utility infrastructure such as water and sewer systems are included in this sector. Vancouver Island is a net importer of electricity, producing only about ¼ of what is consumed and accounts for a lower concentration of utilities jobs in the region than would otherwise be found elsewhere.
In the Strathcona Regional District, the replacement of the John Hart Generating Station started a construction boom that the City of Campbell River successfully leveraged into additional investments in infrastructure. According to the Mayor Andy Adams, the infrastructure investment combined with tax incentives to encourage the revitalization of the downtown core has created a thriving construction sector that is attracting workers and businesses to the area.
State of the Island Economic Report 2015. VIEA..
For more information including employment, wages and number of businesses in this sector, consult recent editions of VIEA’s State of the Island Economic Report.
BANNER: Canadian Electricity Association