Demographics

A Changing Population

Slide the arrow below to see how the age breakdown of B.C.'s population is expected to change over time.

  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2005
  • 2010
  • 2015
  • 2020
  • 2025
  • 2030
  • 2035
BC Population:
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 3,777,400
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,039,200
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,196,800
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,529,700
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 4,770,600
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
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  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
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  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,070,000
  • 5,368,500
  • 5,368,500
  • 5,368,500
  • 5,368,500
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  • 5,368,500
  • 5,368,500
  • 5,368,500
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  • 5,368,500
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  • 5,368,500
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  • 5,368,500
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  • 5,368,500
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
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  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
  • 5,644,600
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  • 5,644,600
  • 5,893,500
  • 5,893,500
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  • 5,893,500
  • 5,893,500
  • 5,893,500
  • 5,893,500

Projected Labour Force Participation

Participation rate refers to the percentage of the population 15 years and older that is either employed or looking for work. As B.C.'s population ages participation rates are expected to fall. Scroll through the years to see what is projected for the future.

Labour Force Participation Rate Projections
2012
Men
68.7 %
Women
61.3 %
Men
66.9 %
Women
60.1 %
Men
64.3 %
Women
57.9 %

A Diverse Population

B.C. is home to a diverse population that speaks many different languages. The most popular non-official ones are listed below along with the number and percentage of people that use it as their mother-tongue. In 2010, 28% of British Columbians reported having a non-official language as their mother-tongue.

  • A Chinese Language
    360,000
    8.3 %
  • Punjabi
    194,000
    4.5 %
  • German
    78,000
    1.8 %
  • Tagalog (Filipino)
    77,000
    1.8 %
  • Korean
    51,000
    1.2 %
  • Spanish
    44,000
    1.0 %

Regional Breakdown of Population

British Columbia is a large province with seven different economic regions. The majority of British Columbians live in the lower-mainland (Mainland/Southwest). The least densely populated areas of British Columbia are its two northern regions. Northeast and North Coast and Nechako.

Region Population Percentage
Cariboo 163,200 4 %
Kootenay 153,200 3 %
Mainland / Southwest 2,805,600 61 %
North Coast & Nechako 99,000 2 %
Northeast 72,500 2 %
Thompson-Okanagan 540,800 12 %
Vancouver Island / Coast 788,300 17 %

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