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Kootenay Regional Labour Market Study

Compared to many areas of the province, the Kootenay region will have a higher percentage of jobs opening up due to retirements, and the region is also affected by seasonality and retention challenges, particularly in resort communities.  By 2027, it is anticipated that the region will have 2,350 job openings. The food & beverage, accommodation, and recreation & entertainment sectors will be the hardest hit.

A View into Kootenay’s Labour Market:

Discover the unique challenges facing the Kootenay region with insights from local operators, like Revelstoke Mountain Resort and the Heid Out Restaurant, as well as Kootenay Rockies Tourism and go2HR. 

“I have an extensive training program.  I work on apprenticeships and try and further education for my staff.  I try as many strategies as I can!”
- Heidi Romich, Owner, The Heid Out Restaurant


At a Glance:

Which occupations will be the most in demand?  Check out the top occupations below.

Top Occupations in Demand

Occupations New Job Openings 2017-2027
Cooks 300
Food Counter Attendants and Kitchen Helpers 280
Food and Beverage Servers 230
Restaurant and Food Service Managers 200
Light Duty Cleaners 145
Accommodation Service Managers 115
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation and Sport and Fitness 100
Chefs 70
Hotel Front Desk Clerks 65
Executive Housekeepers 40
Other Occupations in Tourism Industry 805


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