Skilled Workforce

As B.C. grapples with a skills shortage, the province's economic future hinges on attracting and training up a workforce that can meet our growing labour needs.

The Issue: 

B.C.’s economic growth is dependent on the availability of a skilled workforce.

B.C. business and industry can become, and remain, competitive only by the continued investment in, and maintenance of, the highest standard of human capital.

B.C. currently faces a unique challenge with a skills shortage existing in many regions and in key sectors.

Our Goal: 

Through partnerships with government, educators and trainers, the BC Chamber's goal is to ensure that the province has the skilled workforce needed to compete in the 21st century.

Further, the Chamber's goal is to work with training providers to develop programs and initiatives to provide businesses with the ability to train workers.

We Recommend: 


  • a more responsive education system,
  • an industry-led training approach, and
  • an immigration policy that recognises the reality of B.C.’s labour markets and allows immigrants speedy access to the job opportunities this market creates.

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