Job opportunities coming to North Fraser

Study commissioned by Invest North Fraser and B.C. gov't

Communities in the North Fraser region, including Mission, will be bursting with job opportunities over the next decade, according to a Labour Market Partnership study commissioned by Invest North Fraser and funded by the provincial government.

The $111,000 study took six months and laid out labour market opportunities in the agriculture/forestry, tourism, manufacturing, education and advanced technology sectors of the region, which also includes Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.

Some of the keys findings and opportunities were:

• Over the next 10 years, employers in the five industry sectors predict

they will grow by more than 15,000 new employees.

• Over the next 10 years, just under 60 per cent of new hires will require some form of post-secondary education.

• Businesses can focus on three key areas to attract new businesses or to encourage business expansion: employee quality of life, business-friendly government, and accessible and affordable transit.

The study also offered recommendations for workforce attraction, and training and skills development.

Workforce attraction:

• Formalize/maintain a formal group to oversee human resource issues in the region.

• Continue to develop and foster a means for employers to communicate their training needs to the training bodies.

• Consider sector specific targeted recruitment/attraction strategies.


Training and skills development:

• Develop a regional labour force training committee.

• Develop a strategy to attract recent graduates of B.C. post-secondary



“The three communities that banded together and took part in this study will benefit for years to come,” said Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton. “This report lays out the blueprint for prosperity and employment in five vital sectors in the North Fraser region.”

Nearly 500 employers took part in the North Fraser labour market survey to delve into job vacancies, workforce profile (age, retirements) and training needs.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Rockslide keeps Coquihalla northbound lane closed

Highway 5 is closed in one direction.

UPDATE: Wind warning ends for Metro Vancouver after thousands lose power

More than 34,000 BC Hydro customers in the dark on Sunday morning in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast

Downtown Mission: Ready to revitalize

With the bidding process underway, construction could start by mid-March

Guilty plea issued in case where man, 86, was assaulted and robbed

Hughie Stump pleads guilty to break-and-enter in relation to Abbotsford incident

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

VIDEO: Mission City Indoor Farmers Market returns

Market kicks off 2018 schedule on Saturday

Coal dust escaping rail cars spurs B.C. petition

Local governments are on board with Shuswap resident’s request for better control of escaping particulate

Lawyers slam ‘de facto expulsion’ of student guilty of sexual interference

Calgary student guilty of sexual assault of a minor allowed to finish semester

B.C. NDP set to restructure union bargaining

School trustees to regain control over employer group

A new development surrounding plane that went missing around Revelstoke in November

The family of Ashley Bourgeault believe they have found a new clue

$130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic

Hot summer ticket: $130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic off Newfoundland

UK’s Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, engaged

Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, will marry Jack Brooksbank in Autumn 2018

German nurse charged with 97 more murders

Niels Hoegel, serving a life sentence for two murders, has been indicted in nearly 100 more killings.

Two men guilty in murders of Alberta family could face 75 years

The pair were found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Klaus’s parents and sister in a rural home near Castor, Alberta

Most Read