Vancouver Island Labour Force Estimates

Labour participation rate: 62.4%

Labour Force by Industry
Primary Goods – 5.4%
Manufacturing – 7.1%
Construction – 5.9%
Non-Government Services – 71.3%
Government – 10.3%

Labour Force by Occupation 
Management – 10.4% 
Professional Occupations – 15.8% 
Technical Trades and High Skilled – 26.5% 
Intermediate and Lesser Skilled – 47.2%


Workforce Education Attainment
With post-secondary certificate or diploma- 34.9%
With university degree – 16.4%


Just over 50% of the Vancouver Island population over the age of 20 has received post-secondary education, slightly higher than the provincial average.

HIGHLIGHTS (2010 – 2020):

  • Over the next decade, Vancouver Island/Coast’s employment demand is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 0.8 per cent, slower compared to B.C.’s demand growth of 1.4 per cent.
  • Shortage in labour supply is forecast in the region starting 2012 and continuing through 2016 after which it is expected to taper off towards more balanced labour market conditions in 2020.
  • Utilities and Health Care and Social Assistance industries are forecast to have the highest employment growth in the region within the outlook period.
  • Shortages in labour supply are predicted in occupations related to Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks, Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations, and Motor Vehicle and Transit drivers.
  • The highest growth in employment demand in the region within the 10?year period is expected in health?related occupations such as Nurse Supervisors and Registered Nurses, Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals, and Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians.”

Source from: Regional Labour Market Outlook 2010/2020 Vancouver Island/Coast

More Information:

Labour Market Information Gateway

Labour Force Characteristics of the Immigrant Population

Skills for Growth- BC Labour Market Strategy to 2020