Information, Culture and Recreation

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2016-2017):
+8.0%
Job growth (2016-2017):
+10,200
Total employment (2017):
136,800

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • Most of the jobs in the Information, Culture and Recreation industry in B.C. are located in the Mainland / Southwest region, which includes the Greater Vancouver area.
  • Workers tend to be younger than those in other industries, and temporary employment is common.
  • Wages for workers in this industry are similar to the provincial average.

There are two sectors contained under the Information, Culture and Recreation industry: Information and Cultural Services; and Arts, Entertainment and Recreation.

Businesses and individuals working in Information and Cultural Services are involved in areas such as telephone, radio, television, film, theatre, books, magazines, newspapers and video games. Also included in this category are providers of Internet access and other services aimed at entertaining or informing people.

The Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector includes: performing arts companies, such as theatre, dance and music groups; independent artists; museums; zoos and nature parks; casinos and lotteries; and sports-related businesses and activities, from spectator sports events and fitness centres to ski resorts, golf courses and marinas.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2017

  Men: 57%
  Women: 43%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2017

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2012 2017 B.C. average (2017)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2012
28%
2017
29%
B.C. average (2017)
22%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2012
17%
2017
20%
B.C. average (2017)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2012
23%
2017
25%
B.C. average (2017)
14%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Location of work

Select your region:
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
  % employment of this industry
  % employment of all industries

Vancouver Island / Coast

Mainland / Southwest

Thompson-Okanagan

Kootenay

Cariboo

North Coast & Nechako

Northeast

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2018 2023 2028
Forecasted employment
2018
138,200
2023
151,400
2028
165,000

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2018 - 2023
  • 2023 - 2028

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2018
  • 2023
  • 2028

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

BC Arts Council
http://www.bcartscouncil.ca/

BC Parks
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/

British Columbia Film
http://www.bcfilm.bc.ca/index.php

British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA)
http://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/

Theatre BC
http://www.theatrebc.org/