Demographics

Demographics show the statistical data about a population, such as average age, labour force participation, regional population, language used and more. This information helps with understanding labour market trends.

A changing population

See how the age breakdown of B.C.'s population is expected to change over time—slide the arrow along the timeline below.

Year
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2005
  • 2010
  • 2015
  • 2020
  • 2025
  • 2030
  • 2035

B.C. Population:

  • 90+
  • 85-89
  • 80-84
  • 75-79
  • 70-74
  • 65-69
  • 60-64
  • 55-59
  • 50-54
  • 45-49
  • 40-44
  • 35-39
  • 30-34
  • 25-29
  • 20-24
  • 15-19
  • 10-14
  • 5-9
  • 1-4
  • <1
  • 90+
  • 85-89
  • 80-84
  • 75-79
  • 70-74
  • 65-69
  • 60-64
  • 55-59
  • 50-54
  • 45-49
  • 40-44
  • 35-39
  • 30-34
  • 25-29
  • 20-24
  • 15-19
  • 10-14
  • 5-9
  • 1-4
  • <1
  • 90+
  • 85-89
  • 80-84
  • 75-79
  • 70-74
  • 65-69
  • 60-64
  • 55-59
  • 50-54
  • 45-49
  • 40-44
  • 35-39
  • 30-34
  • 25-29
  • 20-24
  • 15-19
  • 10-14
  • 5-9
  • 1-4
  • <1
  • 90+
  • 85-89
  • 80-84
  • 75-79
  • 70-74
  • 65-69
  • 60-64
  • 55-59
  • 50-54
  • 45-49
  • 40-44
  • 35-39
  • 30-34
  • 25-29
  • 20-24
  • 15-19
  • 10-14
  • 5-9
  • 1-4
  • <1
  • 90+
  • 85-89
  • 80-84
  • 75-79
  • 70-74
  • 65-69
  • 60-64
  • 55-59
  • 50-54
  • 45-49
  • 40-44
  • 35-39
  • 30-34
  • 25-29
  • 20-24
  • 15-19
  • 10-14
  • 5-9
  • 1-4
  • <1
  • 90+
  • 85-89
  • 80-84
  • 75-79
  • 70-74
  • 65-69
  • 60-64
  • 55-59
  • 50-54
  • 45-49
  • 40-44
  • 35-39
  • 30-34
  • 25-29
  • 20-24
  • 15-19
  • 10-14
  • 5-9
  • 1-4
  • <1
  • 90+
  • 85-89
  • 80-84
  • 75-79
  • 70-74
  • 65-69
  • 60-64
  • 55-59
  • 50-54
  • 45-49
  • 40-44
  • 35-39
  • 30-34
  • 25-29
  • 20-24
  • 15-19
  • 10-14
  • 5-9
  • 1-4
  • <1
  • 90+
  • 85-89
  • 80-84
  • 75-79
  • 70-74
  • 65-69
  • 60-64
  • 55-59
  • 50-54
  • 45-49
  • 40-44
  • 35-39
  • 30-34
  • 25-29
  • 20-24
  • 15-19
  • 10-14
  • 5-9
  • 1-4
  • <1
  • 90+
  • 85-89
  • 80-84
  • 75-79
  • 70-74
  • 65-69
  • 60-64
  • 55-59
  • 50-54
  • 45-49
  • 40-44
  • 35-39
  • 30-34
  • 25-29
  • 20-24
  • 15-19
  • 10-14
  • 5-9
  • 1-4
  • <1
  • 1%
  • 2%
  • 3%
  • 4%
  • 1%
  • 2%
  • 3%
  • 4%
  Men           Women

Source: Estimates - Statistics Canada Projections - BC Stats, July 2016

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.

Language Population
  • A Chinese Language
  • Punjabi
  • German
  • Tagalog (Filipino)
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Source: 2011 National Household Survey

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.

  • 2012
  • 2022
  • 2032
  Men           Women

Source: British Columbia Labour Force Participation Rate Projections: 2013 Edition (BC Stats)

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 two northern regions: Northeast and North Coast & Nechako.

Region Population Percentage
Cariboo Population 157,000 Percentage 3%
Kootenay Population 145,900 Percentage 3%
Mainland / Southwest Population 2,808,800 Percentage 61%
North Coast & Nechako Population 96,500 Percentage 2%
Northeast Population 69,600 Percentage 2%
Thompson-Okanagan Population 528,700 Percentage 12%
Vancouver Island / Coast Population 775,400 Percentage 17%
Source: BC Stats 2016 sub-provincial population estimates