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Mainland South West Regional Labour Market Study

The Mainland South West region has a workforce that is younger than other areas of the province, and with a declining youth population, there will not be enough supply to meet the demand. By 2027, it is anticipated that the region will have 74,100 job openings. The food & beverage, recreation & entertainment, and transportation sectors will be the hardest hit.

A View into Mainland South West's Labour Market:

Discover the unique challenges facing the Mainland South West region with insights from local operators, like Canadian Wilderness Adventures and Delta Vancouver Suites, as well as Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism Association and go2HR. 

“One of the strategies is ensuring that we have a competitive compensation package as well as benefits to attract staff – and continuing to make sure that the training program and the employee culture are as robust as they can be.” 
- Tety Partaatmadja, People Resources Director, Delta Vancouver Suites


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
Food Counter Attendants and Kitchen Helpers 7,600
Cooks 6,800
Food and Beverage Servers 6,300
Restaurant and Food Service Managers 5,000
Bus Drivers and Other Transit Operators 2,600
Chefs 2,500
Light Duty Cleaners 2,300
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness 2,200
Cashiers 2,000
Taxi and limousine drivers 1,500
Other Occupations in Tourism Industry 35,300


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