Vancouver Island/Coast is a mixture of urban and rural areas, and its economy reflects this diversity. As Victoria is the capital city, there is a large government presence. Accordingly, around 25 percent of B.C.’s Public Administration jobs are located in Vancouver Island/Coast, well above the region’s 16 percent share of the province’s overall employment.
Given the relatively older population of the region, there is a greater need for health-related services. This is reflected in the region’s share of B.C.’s employment in Health Care and Social Assistance (20 percent).
Vancouver Island/Coast is a major tourist destination, which explains why it has a higher than average share of employment in the Accommodation and Food Services industry.
In the more rural areas of Vancouver Island/Coast, there are significant resource-based activities. Around 18 percent of B.C.’s jobs in the Other Primary sector (forestry, mining, oil and gas, fishing, hunting and trapping) were located in this region in 2013. There are currently two major mines on Vancouver Island (Quinsam Coal and Myra Falls, a copper-lead-zinc mine), and other mines may open in the future. Around 28 percent of B.C.’s forestry and logging jobs were located in the region, as well as half of the province’s employment in fishing, hunting and trapping.