Manufacturing

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2014-2015):
+6.9%
Job growth (2014-2015):
+11,100
Total employment (2015):
172,500

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • Manufacturing generated about nine percent of the provincial GDP in 2011.
  • The majority of jobs in this industry are found in the Mainland / Southwest region.
  • Nearly every employee in the industry is in the private sector.
  • There are far fewer women in this industry than in others.

The Manufacturing industry is made up of businesses that are typically engaged in the physical or chemical transformation of materials or substances into new products. These products can be ready for use or put into the creation of another product.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2015

  Men: 73%
  Women: 27%

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2015

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2010 2015 B.C. average (2015)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2010
6%
2015
6%
B.C. average (2015)
21%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2010
9%
2015
8%
B.C. average (2015)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2010
7%
2015
8%
B.C. average (2015)
14%

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 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

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2016 2020 2025
Forecasted employment
2016
175,200
2020
174,900
2025
174,700

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2016 - 2020
  • 2020 - 2025

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2016
  • 2020
  • 2025

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

BC Alliance for Manufacturing
http://www.manufacturingbc.org/

BC Wood
http://www.bcwood.com/

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
https://www.cme-mec.ca/

Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC)
http://www.wmc-cfb.ca/