British Columbia offers a high quality, diverse labour pool that is constantly being replenished by both immigration and graduates of BC’s many universities and colleges.

British Columbia’s Financial Services Workforce

The financial services sector accounts for more than 100,000 directly related jobs in British Columbia. Indirectly, the financial services sector creates one new job in another sector, such as professional services or administrative services, for every new job in the industry. The quality of life in BC attracts skilled workers and contributes to the long-term job satisfaction and retention of key personnel.

Quality Workers

  • Qualified workers are drawn to British Columbia for its high standard of living and quality of life.
  • Canadian and BC government policies encourage immigration by people with business and employment-related skills that provide Vancouver with a talented and diverse labour pool with strong international connections and experience.
  • Between 2006 and 2011, BC’s working aged population (15-64) grew by 7.1%. The Lower Mainland had the largest rate of increase at 9.5%, more than 160,000 people (May 2012).

Well-Educated Employees

  • Vancouver has vaulted up the list of best cities for university students as of 2014 — up from #21 to the #12 in the world.
  • BC’s education system offers over 1,900 programs at 11 universities, 11 colleges and 3 institutes. BC universities consistently receive high marks in the World University rankings, with the University of British Columbia (UBC) placing among the top 20 public universities in the world.

A Diversified Labour Market

  • In Vancouver, the four leading immigrant home languages accounted for more than half (57.7%) of the overall population speaking an immigrant language most often at home.
  • In British Columbia, 26.5% reported a non-official language as a mother tongue, higher than the Canadian average of 19.8%.

Work in British Columbia

  • BC Stats compiles data on key indicators for the BC economy, as well as analysis of BC’s economy.
  • Information about BC’s industry sectors, as well as economic data, is available online at Trade and Invest BC’s Doing Business.
  • The BC Jobs Plan focusses on eight industries in creating jobs. BC a competitive advantage in each of these areas.
  • More about the Industry Sectors in BC can be found at the Trade and Invest BC.
  • Industry resources and tools for investing, exporting and networking at home and abroad can be found at the BC Market Monitor.

Did you know?

  • Vancouver is among the top-10 wealth management centres in the world.
  • All five of Canada’s largest banks have significant operations in BC.
  • Vancouver ranked third most livable city in the world by the EIU.
  • According to latest GFCI, Vancouver is the 5th most powerful financial centre in North America.