The manufacturing sector supports diverse, high-paying jobs for British Columbians. The manufacturing sector is a primary generator for growing B.C. exports, comprising 67 per cent of goods shipped. A wide range of high-value products and components are produced for international and domestic markets.

B.C.’s advanced manufacturing industries, including aerospace and marine, are increasing exports, fostering increased value-added activities and creating desirable, high-paying jobs in communities across the province.

In 2015, manufacturing generated $15 billion in GDP and supported 172,500 jobs.


Food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing
Fabricated metal product manufacturing
Machinery manufacturing
Paper manufacturing
Primary metal manufacturing
Transportation equipment manufacturing
Wood product manufacturing
Other manufacturing

Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program

The Sector Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) Program helps industry and employers understand and respond to changing labour market demands. Under the program, partnership-led projects can apply for funding to address broader sector and regional labour market issues.

Performance Apparel Manufacturing – Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Engagement Report – December 2015
Engagement of the Vancouver Island Manufacturing Sector Report - December 2015
Manufacturing Safety Alliance BC Sector Engagement Report – July 2016​ 
Vancouver Island Manufacturing Labour Market Information Report – August 2016
BC Apparel – BC Alliance for Manufacturing Labour Market Information Research Report – September 2016 
Harbour Digital Media Strategy Report for Island/Coastal Region – January 2017
Harbour Digital Media Engagement Report for North Central BC – March 2017 
BC Value-added Wood Products Sector Engagement Report – July 2017 
Occupational Health and Safety Labour Market Information Report – July 2017 
BC Apparel – BC Alliance for Manufacturing Workforce Strategy – August 2017

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