British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada requires a large number of skilled professionals during the next decade to uphold the requirements to be generated a cause of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.
According to the study, nearly 110,000 jobs will open up in 52 transportation and construction occupations across the province by 2025, including management and regular positions in the construction, logistics, marine, rail and trucking sectors.
BC continues to lead the country’s drop in unemployment as growth in job supply outpaces demand. According to APGST’s Labour Market Outlook 2016-2025, the Lower Mainland will face difficult hiring conditions between 2019 and 2023 across construction and transportation sectors.
BC will see 18,920 new jobs in construction and transportation sectors, a growth of six per cent. The labour supply is expected to grow by under 18,000 people over the same period. Almost half of the supply (47 per cent) will be new entrants to the workforce. New entrants make up an even greater part of northern BC’s labour supply at 65 per cent.
Immigrants will also contribute greatly to the new supply, comprising 17 per cent of new workers province-wide. In the Lower Mainland, a quarter of new workers will come from other countries.
Workers changing occupations or returning to the workforce make up 25 per cent of the expected new supply and people moving from other provinces is expected to account for 10 per cent of the increase.
The initiative aims for a regional partnership between labor, business, and education and training institutions to ensure that the Asia-Pacific Gateway has enough workforces.