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Vancouver Island/Coast Regional Labour Market Study

The Vancouver Island/Coast region is affected by seasonality and retention challenges, and compared to other parts of the province, they will have a higher percentage of jobs opening up due to retirements.  By 2027, it is anticipated that the region will have 17,100 job openings. The food & beverage, recreation and entertainment, and transportation sectors will be the hardest hit.

A View into Vancouver Island/Coast’s Labour Market:

Discover the unique challenges facing the Vancouver Island/Coast region with insights from local operators, like the Wickaninnish Inn and WildPlay Element Parks, as well as Tourism Vancouver Island and go2HR.

“Our training programs provide staff with the fences they can move within.  Because they’re managing a high risk environment, they like to know how to do it, the best way they possibly can. I think that gives them some comfort and also gives them a great deal of pride.”
- Tom Benson, CEO, WildPlay Element Parks


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 1,550
Cooks 1,450
Restaurant & Food Service Managers 1,100
Food and Beverage Servers 1,050
Bus Drivers and Other Transit Operators 600
Accommodation Service Managers 600
Light Duty Cleaners 575
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness 500
Chefs 475
Taxi and Limousine Drivers 350
Other Occupations in Tourism Industry 8,850


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