A driving force of BC’s provincial economic development, technology has become BC’s fastest growing industry in recent years, totalling $23 billion in annual GDP.
Therefore, the availability and suitability of talent, both local, extra-provincial and internationally-sourced, is crucial to support the steady growth, continual development and progressive innovation of the BC tech sector.
Launched in July 2016 with funding from the Province of British Columbia’s Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training (JTST), the BC Tech Association (BC Tech), in partnership with ICTC and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) embarked on a province and sector-wide labour market study, aimed at identifying the key talent challenges and opportunities pertaining to BC’s tech sector over a 5-year period from 2016-2021.
Spanning the province’s 7 economic regions, 5 technology subsectors and 4 workforce development issues, the 2016 TechTalentBC Report revealed important findings on talent challenges, in terms of labour and skills shortages. The report carried out in-depth analysis of primary and secondary quantitative data, including results derived from the BC Tech Employer Survey, which received over 400 responses. This baseline was further strengthened by key informant interviews and other research.
See the full report here.
 Lower Mainland – Southwest, Vancouver Island & Coast, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay, Cariboo, Northeast, North Coast & Nechako.
 Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Interactive & Digital Media (IDM), Clean Technology (CT), Life Sciences (LS) and Engineering Services (ES).
 Job Readiness, Immigration, Recruitment & Retention, Diversity & Outreach.