Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2017-2018):
-2.0%
Job growth (2017-2018):
-400
Total employment (2018):
25,700

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction industry in B.C. is particularly sensitive to global economic conditions, as many of its products are exported to other countries.
  • Men make up a large majority of the workforce in this industry.
  • Wages in this industry are well above the provincial average.
  • Most of the jobs in the industry are full-time, permanent positions.
  • Many jobs in this industry are in the Kootenay, Thompson-Okanagan, and Northeast regions of the province.

Mining establishments are primarily involved in exploring, extracting and developing properties of naturally occurring solid minerals, such as coal and ores.

Oil and gas extraction involves removing liquids (crude petroleum) and gases (natural gas) from underground.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2018

  Men: 85%
  Women: 15%

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2018

  Men: 58%
  Women: 42%

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2013 2018 B.C. average (2018)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2013
5%
2014
4%
B.C. average (2018)
20%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2013
7%
2018
7%
B.C. average (2018)
20%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2013
7%
2018
7%
B.C. average (2018)
13%

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 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: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2019 2024 2029
Forecasted employment
2019
28,700
2024
31,000
2029
31,600

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2019 - 2024
  • 2024 - 2029

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2019
  • 2024
  • 2029

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

Enform
http://www.enform.ca

InfoMine
http://www.infomine.com/countries/canada.asp

Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC)
http://www.mining.bc.ca

Mining Association of Canada (MAC)
http://www.mining.ca

North American Industry Classification System
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/concepts/industry-industrie-eng.htm

Northwest Gas Association
http://www.nwga.org

Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC)
http://www.psac.ca