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British Columbia jobs and where to find them

Submitted by on March 3, 2010 – 5:00 pmNo Comment

vancouver-skyline-and-burrard-bridge-img_5425Are there jobs for newcomers to British Columbia? You bet!

During the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development held a series of seminars on living, working, studying, and investing in British Columbia, targeting prospective new immigrants.

At one of these seminars, Aireen Luney, Program Manager in the ministry’s Provincial Nominee Program, outlined the province’s growing economic opportunities.

Among the highlights:

  • There will be roughly 90,000 job openings per year in B.C. between now and 2020, Luney reported.
  • At least one-third of these positions — approximately 30,000 jobs per year — will need to be filled by people coming from outside of Canada.
  • Skilled workers and managers in a variety of industries are in particularly high demand.

So where are the jobs? The industries expected to have the greatest number of job opportunities include:

  • Software and information technology
  • Construction and building technology
  • Marketing and advertising
  • New media, including digital design and electronic games
  • Culinary arts and food services
  • Architecture
  • Aerospace and advanced manufacturing
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Engineering sciences and technologies

Want to learn more about working in B.C.? Start with some of these resources:

What’s Key in Labour Market Information for B.C.

High Opportunity Occupations in British Columbia

Working in Canada

Job Bank

Links to Job Search And Job Market Sites

So, you’re on your way to finding a job in British Columbia. Now, what paperwork do you need to work in B.C.?

Tune in later this week for more on getting a permit to work in B.C., working holiday visas, applying for permanent resident status, and B.C.’s provincial nominee program.

Photo ©Carolyn B. Heller

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