British Columbia expects 1 million jobs opening by 2033
British Columbia expects 1 million jobs opening by 2033.
According to the recently published Labour Market Outlook report in British Columbia, the province aims to incorporate one million new jobs into its workforce by 2033.
This 10-year forecast outlines in-demand careers, skill training, education, and industries with potential employment opportunities. Of the projected job openings, 65% will be to fill positions left by retiring workers in British Columbia (BC). Approximately nine million Canadians will retire by 2030.
The remaining 35% (345,000) of jobs in BC will contribute to expanding the provincial workforce. The government of BC predicts an annual average employment growth rate of 1.2%. Resulting in a workforce of 3.1 million people by 2033.
In addition, the report anticipates that 46% of new job seekers in the province will be immigrants, marking a 25% increase from the previous Labour Market Outlook report released five years ago. BC’s government expects 470,000 new immigrant workers, including both permanent and temporary residents, to arrive in the province over the next decade.
Higher-than-expected immigration levels and increased labor force participation for key age groups are cited as reasons why the number of job seekers is projected to align with the number of new job openings.
The report highlights that 75% of the anticipated job openings will require some form of post-secondary education or training.
British Columbia PNP
The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) actively encourages candidates to apply for provincial nomination weekly (with some exceptions) to support the province’s workforce expansion.
Through the BCPNP, British Columbia can specifically select economic immigration candidates likely to integrate successfully into the provincial economy. This ability stems from the collaborative efforts of both federal and provincial governments in managing immigration responsibilities.
Reports such as the Labour Market Outlook guide the BC PNP in determining key attributes to prioritize when extending invitations. For instance, the province regularly conducts draws for candidates in tech occupations while inviting professionals like Early Childhood Educators, Assistants, and those in healthcare occupations throughout the 2023 draws. The program has also recently expanded its focus to include candidates in construction occupations.
Various pathways within the BC PNP enable candidates to seek the provincial nomination, enhancing their application strength. However, it differs from obtaining permanent resident status from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Skilled Workers, International Graduates, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled streams cater to skilled newcomers alongside entrepreneurial streams, a tech stream, and a dedicated Express Entry stream. Each program comes with unique eligibility criteria.
Professions and Education Levels
Accompanying the report, the province has provided a catalogue of occupations offering the most significant opportunities for individuals seeking entry into British Columbia’s workforce. The list categorizes trades based on the required level of education.
- Registered psychiatric nurses and registered nurses.
- Kindergarten school and elementary teachers
- Designers and Software engineers
College diploma or traineeship
- Community and social service workers
- Early childhood educators and assistants
- Police officers
High school or specific occupation training
- Messengers and couriers
- Letter carriers
- Parcel and mail sorters, and other related occupations
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