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Labour Market Resources

Reference Sites for Determining Labour Market Demand and Occupational Trends

The Office of University Planning & Analysis can assist faculty with the assessment of labour demand for proposed new programs or provide links to additional online resources. Also see our Student Demand website for enrolments trends and new program trends.

Local and Regional

Nanaimo Economic Development Office - provides resources on local labour market data, development trends, major projects, economic profile etc., for example:

State of the Island Economic Report 2017 - report on population and labour force, industry analysis, cost of living and affordability, and First Nations on Vancouver Island. The report profiles 6 industries on Vancouver Island: Tourism, Aquaculture & Agriculture, Manufacturing, Forestry, High Technology, and Education.

Labour Market Year-in-Review 2017 - provides labour market trends, recent studies, and occupations and industries with the brightest outlook.

Innovation Island - supports technology-based companies to grow and succeed on the island.

Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council - news section provides recent articles related to the technology sector for the region.

Vancouver Island Regional Profile – provides an overview of demographic and labour market information, including a workforce breakdown.

Regional Employment Projections – a comprehensive report from BC Stats that shows projected employment rates for the VIU region (with BC comparators) by Industry sector and 3- and 4-digit NOC code.


B.C. 2027 Labour Market Outlook – a report that shows B.C. labour market projections for the period 2017 to 2027, including a list of the high demand occupations in British Columbia.

B.C. Career Profiles - search over 500 career options and get details on duties to projected demand.

B.C. Major Projects Inventory - search construction trends and current economic activities.

B.C. Student Outcomes Annual Surveys Dashboard - provides employment and educational outcomes by institution and program area.

Skills for Success: Developing Skills for a Prosperous B.C. - the Conference Board of Canada conducted a survey of 854 B.C. employers—covering over 130,000 employees to determine which skills, occupations, and credentials are required by employers to meet current and future needs.

B.C. Government Priorities - list of resources to help proponents address how a proposed program would support current government priorities.

    • Link to the go2HR website provides research, reports and statistics that exists for the tourism and hospitality industry in BC.

National and International

Canadian Occupation Projection System (COPS) – using Occupation title or Occupation Code (NOC) a detailed description of the projected supply and demand for 140 occupations is provided. Information pertaining to demand due to economic expansion and/or retirements is also available.

Skill Sets Required by Jobs of Post-Secondary Graduates - Statistics Canada

US-based O*NET OnLine report - search occupations to assist in developing program-specific goals, objectives, learning outcomes, career outcomes, etc.


Labour Market Trends by Faculty

Arts and Humanities
Social Sciences
Science & Technology
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Other Resources

Robots in the workplace: What the future of automation means for jobs

The Talented Mr. Robot: The Impact of Automation on Canada’s Workforce by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) at Ryerson University. The report analyzes automation and how it will directly affect the Canadian labour market over the next 10 to 20 years.

Top Five High Risk Occupations of being affected by automation with the most employees are:

  • Retail sales persons, 92% probability of automation and more than 656,000 employees;
  • Administrative assistants, 96% probability of automation and nearly 329,000 employees;
  • Food counter attendants and kitchen and kitchen helpers, 91.5% probability of automation and nearly 313,000 employees;
  • Cashiers, 97% probability of automation and nearly 309,000 employees; and,
  • Transport truck drivers, 79% probability of automation and nearly 262,000 employees.

Top Five Low Risk Occupations of being affected by automation with the most employees are:

  • Retail and wholesale trade managers, 20.5% probability of automation and more than 363,000 employees;
  • Registered nurses (psychiatric included), 0.9% probability of automation and more than 291,000 employees;
  • Elementary and kindergarten teachers, 0.4% probability of automation and more than 271,000 employees;
  • Early childhood educators and assistants, 0.7% probability of automation and nearly 188,000 employees; and,
  • Secondary school teachers, 0.8% probability of automation and nearly 174,000 employees.

Where machines could replace humans — and where they can’t (yet) by the consulting firm McKinsey and Company.

  • The hardest activities to automate with currently available technologies are those that involve managing and developing people (9 percent automation potential) or that apply expertise to decision making, planning, or creative work (18 percent).
  • Overall, healthcare has a technical potential for automation of about 36 percent, but the potential is lower for health professionals whose daily activities require expertise and direct contact with patients.
  • Of all the sectors examined, the technical feasibility of automation is lowest in education, at least for now.
  • Could a machine do your job? Find out on Tableau Public

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