Vancouver Island / Coast

Latest numbers for this region in November 2018

679,700
396,200
3.7 %
3.8 %
396,200

Source: Monthly Labour Force Survey, 3-month moving average, seasonally unadjusted

Regional 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.

Regional district Key cities
Regional district Alberni-Clayoquot Key cities Tofino, Ucluelet, Port Alberni
Regional district Capital Key cities Victoria
Regional district Central Coast Key cities
Regional district Comox Valley Key cities Courtenay, Comox
Regional district Cowichan Valley Key cities Duncan
Regional district Mount Waddington Key cities
Regional district Nanaimo Key cities Nanaimo
Regional district Powell River Key cities Powell River
Regional district Strathcona Key cities Campbell River

Age distribution

  • Age
  •    % by age for Vancouver Island / Coast
  •    % by age for B.C.
  • 0 - 14
  • 15 - 24
  • 25 - 54
  • 55 - 64
  • 65 - 90+

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

10-year unemployment rate in Vancouver Island / Coast compared to B.C. rate (2007-2017)

  British Columbia
  Low:
4.3 %
  High:
7.7 %
Unemployment rate (2017):
5.1 %
10-year average:
6.2 %
  Vancouver Island / Coast
  Low:
4.3 %
  High:
7.8 %
Unemployment rate (2017):
5.0 %
10-year average:
6.0 %

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

This region's industries and sectors

Industry Sector
Accommodation and Food Services Services
Agriculture and Fishing Goods
Business, Building and Other Support Services Services
Construction Goods
Educational Services Services
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Services
Forestry and Logging with Support Activities Goods
Health Care and Social Assistance Services
Information, Culture and Recreation Services
Manufacturing Goods
Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction Goods
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Services
Public Administration Services
Repair, Personal and Non-Profit Services Services
Retail Trade Services
Transportation and Warehousing Services
Utilities Goods
Wholesale Trade Services

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Goods and Services sectors

Share of employment in Goods and Service sectors (2017)

  Goods         Services

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

The Vancouver Island/Coast region accounts for the second largest percent of provincial employment.

Service sector

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.

Goods sector

In 2015, Vancouver Island / Coast accounted for fourteen percent of provincial employment in the Goods producing sector (agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas, fishing, hunting and trapping, utilities, construction and manufacturing).

In the more rural areas of Vancouver Island / Coast, there are significant resource-based activities.

Employment outlook

  • 2018
  • 2023
  • 2028

Forecasted 10-year total employment growth:   153,800
Forecasted average annual employment growth rate:   1.1%

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Top 10 occupations

Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 occupations
Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
Job openings
4,700
Employment growth
0.9%
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Job openings
4,290
Employment growth
1.6%
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
Job openings
4,090
Employment growth
2.2%
Retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621)
Job openings
3,910
Employment growth
1.0%
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
Job openings
3,280
Employment growth
1.1%
Social and community service workers (NOC 4212)
Job openings
2,880
Employment growth
2.0%
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711)
Job openings
2,640
Employment growth
1.6%
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (NOC 6733)
Job openings
2,510
Employment growth
1.1%
General office support workers (NOC 1411)
Job openings
2,440
Employment growth
1.1%
Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731)
Job openings
2,290
Employment growth
1.3%

View all top occupations
Top 10 industries Job openings Employment
growth
Top 10 industries
Health Care and Social Assistance 34,100 2.0%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 17,700 1.7%
Retail Trade 17,200 0.9%
Public Administration 13,900 1.0%
Accommodation and Food Services 11,500 1.5%
Educational Services 11,100 0.7%
Repair, Personal and Non-Profit Services 10,100 2.5%
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 8,700 1.0%
Information, Culture and Recreation 8,400 2.3%
Transportation and Warehousing 8,300 1.4%