A Widening Gap
Demand for highly skilled workers is increasing in all sectors across the province, and the supply of skilled workers isn’t keeping pace. Over the ten-year outlook period to 2022, demand for workers is expected to outgrow the labour force by 42,250 workers.
With an aging workforce, booming resource development and a widening gap between skilled trades supply and demand, employers in BC’s natural gas sector need a clear outlook so they have the confidence to face challenges head-on, and the knowledge required take full advantage of opportunities that lie ahead.
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Workers in the skilled trades are currently over the age of 45
The ratio of BC high school grads over the next three years that would need to enter the trades to fill BC's skilled labour shortage (about 7 times current levels)
Forecasted portion of BC population growth due to international migration within the next 20 years
Percentage of BC population that is foreign-born
Number of new Canadians who actually work in the field in which they were trained
Percentage of BC employers that characterized hiring difficulties as skills shortage
Percentage of BC employers that characterized hiring difficulties as labour shortage
Percentage of BC employers who characterized hiring difficulties as both skills and labour shortage
Percentage of BC employers who did not hire any recent immigrants over the past 5 years
Northern BC Statistics
(vast majority in Northern BC)
(as compared to 79% provincial average)
(does not include production or export processes)
Natural Gas Statistics
BC’s ranking in natural gas production (Alberta is #1)
amount of investment in natural gas sector in 2000
amount of investment in natural gas sector in 2010
3,000,000 cu ft./day
amount of BC produced natural gas (2012)
amount of BC produced natural gas that is exported to the U.S.
amount of BC produced natural gas that is consumed in BC
amount delivered to other regions in Canada by pipeline
total revenue to BC’s coffers from oil and gas sector in 2009/2010
number of years worth of natural gas supply remaining in BC
number of years natural gas has been extracted in BC to date.
forecasted demand increase for natural gas in Asia from now to 2030
number of BC’s natural gas workers that are based in the northeast.
current labour force in northeast and northwest regions of BC combined
number of natural gas workers employed in BC across 3 subsectors.
cost difference to build gas power plants vs. coal-fired power plants
Investments to-date by industry to acquire natural gas assets and other acquisitions to provide the foundation for the development of pipelines and LNG plants
Approximate investments to-date spent preparing for the construction of LNG infrastructure
Potential in industry investment LNG presents over next decade in BC
Number of LNG facilities the BC government has slated for operation by 2020
Number of announced LNG proposals in BC as of September 2014
Job demand forecast with five LNG plants constructed between 2015 - 2024
58,700 direct and indirect construction jobs;
23,800 permanent direct and indirect jobs for operations
Number of workers required in BC’s LNG sector by 2018
Estimated additional revenues annually to provincial government coffers (in 2020)
Top 10 Jobs-in-Demand
With 75% of BC’s major infrastructure projects slated for northern BC and only 3.5% of the provincial workforce calling that region “home”, competition for skilled workers is intense, especially in the North. The top 10 jobs-in-demand for BC’s natural gas sector aren’t unique – these occupations are in demand in many other resource-based industries in BC and the need for these skilled workers is set to only increase with time.
Steamfitters, Pipefitters and
Sprinkler System Installers:
Heavy Equipment Operators:
Purchasing Agents & Officers:
Contractors and Supervisors,
Oil & Gas Drilling Service:
Oil and Gas Well Drilling
Workers & Service Operators:
Petroleum, Gas & Chemical Process
Operators (no steam ticket required):
Construction Millwrights &
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