Wednesday, August 3, 2016

NEWS RELEASE: Search for skilled workers in BC to continue in next decade, study finds

VANCOUVER – New labour market information released today shows nearly 110,000 jobs will need to be filled in 52 transportation and construction occupations across British Columbia in the next 10 years.

The projections are from the Asia Pacific Gateway Labour Market Outlook 2016-2025, a study that examines the future demand in occupations in the construction, logistics, marine, rail, and trucking sectors. These sectors have been identified as critical to meeting the labour demands of the Asia Pacific Gateway. The study also includes managers across all five sectors.

The study has been conducted regularly since 2011. The data validates the considerable economic change that has occurred in western Canada in the last 12 months, and the potential shift in long-term expectations for 22 occupations within the construction and managers sectors. Though the numbers do show a growing economy and growing sectors over the duration of the forecast, for the first time fewer jobs appear in multiple years and in multiple sectors.

“In-depth information on potential labour market shortfalls and challenges in the future position employers to plan ahead and avoid difficulties to fill the critical job positions identified,” said Krista Bax, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table. “The Asia Pacific Gateway continues to be an economic driver for the province and part of our ability to capitalize on this opportunity is to have the labour in place to support it.”

Read the full release here

Visit to access project findings here

For media enquiries, please contact:

Krista Bax, Executive Director, APGST
604-684-1471 x105

Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table wishes to acknowledge the funding support from the Sector Council Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative led by Transport Canada.