BC predicts 61,500 more jobs than workers by 2020

February 6, 2012

According to BC's most recent Labour Market Outlook, there will be 61,500 more jobs in the province than workers to fill them by 2020, and that has BC relying on newcomers to the province to fill one-third of all job openings within a decade. The shortage will hit well before that in the skilled trades, where demand for workers is expected to outstrip supply by 2016. BC's minister of jobs, tourism and innovation says addressing First Nations unemployment is a priority for the province. The government is also looking to encourage under-skilled workers, who perhaps did not complete secondary school, to enter the trades. The minister says BC plans to recruit migrants from other provinces to fill the skilled trades shortage before turning to immigrants from overseas. Vancouver Sun