BC Labour Market Profile

About the study

This study examined BC’s labour market situation and employment outcomes of university graduates in BC and across Canada. Using data from Statistics Canada and BC Stats, the study analyzed BC’s employment by sector, net migration, as well as post-secondary degrees granted by province and employment outcomes. The study also compared BC results to other provinces.


What can be learned from this study?

• While 1,027,000 more job openings are expected in BC during the ten year period from 2010 to 2020, 78 percent of those job openings would require post-secondary education.

• Lower Mainland/Southwest would see the largest number of job openings, followed by Vancouver Island and interior regions such as Okanagan and Kootenays.

• BC ranked below the national average (8th) for granting undergraduate degrees in 2009/10. For graduate degrees, BC ranked fourth.

• In addition, BC ranked sixth for graduate degrees granted in engineering, architecture, information sciences, and other technology-related programs.

• The unemployment rate was lowest for people with post-secondary degrees compared to those with high school diploma, college degree or apprenticeship certification.

• University graduates’ earnings increased as they gained more work experience.


What method(s) did the study use?

Analyses of Statistics Canada and BC Stats data