Vancouver Island / Coast

Latest numbers from this region in December 2016
Total population (Age 15+) 664,700
Unemployment rate 5.4 %
   In Victoria 4.9 %
   In Nanaimo 6.6 %
Total Employment 378,500
Source: Labour Force Survey data, three-month moving average (unemployment and employment data)

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01Regional Overview

The Vancouver Island/Coast economic region is located on the west coast of B.C. and includes all of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and some of the coastal regions of the Mainland, from the Powell River area up to the Central Coast. It includes Nanaimo and the provincial capital, Victoria.

02Population Distribution

Distribution by regional districts

Population

  • 149,300
  • 30,700
  • 43,700
  • 3,200
  • 20,500
  • 81,700
  • 63,900
  • 11,500
  • 370,900
Urban
Rural
  • 77 %
  • 71 %
  • 83 %
  • 0 %
  • 66 %
  • 59 %
  • 70 %
  • 52 %
  • 90 %
  • Regional total
  • 775,400
    • 80 %
Note: Regional district numbers may not add up to regional total due to rounding.
Source: 'BC Stats (population), 2011 National Household Survey (urban/rural split)'

03Employment Statistics

Full-time employment rate

As a share of total employment in 2014, by all regions

Region's employment in 2014371,400
Total B.C. employment2,308,100

04This region's role in the B.C. economy

Share of B.C. provincial jobs in the service and goods sector that were located in this region in 2014
Industry Sector
Agriculture Goods
Construction Goods
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Goods
Forestry and Logging with Support Activities Goods
Manufacturing Goods
Utilities Goods
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction Goods
Other Services Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Services
Public Administration Services
Transportation and Warehousing Services
Wholesale and Retail Trade Services
Health Care and Social Assistance Services
Information, Culture and Recreation Services
Educational Services Services
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Leasing Services
Business, Building and Other Support Services Services
Accommodation and Food Services Services

05Employment Distribution

Shares of employment in Goods and Service sectors in 2014

20%
Goods
Services

06Labour Market Outlook (2015 - 2025)

Accumulative job openings over 10 years (2015 - 2025)