Workforce

The Comox Valley has 66,527 (Stats Canada, 2016) residents, with more arriving steadily. They’re attracted to the quality of life and the opportunities to raise their families in a safe, clean community. Within a 30 minute drive, there are over 148,957 people.

Trained and Diversified

While the majority of workers are in the health care and social services (13.9%), there are almost as many in the retail sector (13.4%). After that comes construction at 9.7%, public administration at 8.1%, education at 7%, and agriculture and forestry at 6.2%.

The local tech workforce has been under development for several years at both the secondary and post secondary levels. Local secondary schools offer digital design and engineering courses and sport robotics teams that compete internationally. North Island College offers one and two-year digital design and web development programs, and we’re only an hour away from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

Well Educated with Easy Access to Upgrading Skills

The number of people with some type of post secondary degree, diploma or college certificate has increased significantly in recent years. North Island College, located in the Valley, is certainly a major factor, as they now offer more degree programs.

Labour Force Development Information

In the last 5 years, the Comox Valley has grown by 4.7%. BC Statistics projects that number will grow steadily for the foreseeable future. By 2031, the population will have almost doubled from 1996, which means more potential workers and customers.

Labour Force Statistics

BC Labour Market Outlook

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