Jobs and training

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Future Ready Action Plan 

An action plan to meet the challenges of today, make sure people are ready to succeed, and grow our stronger economy into the future 

B.C. is taking action to create jobs, train people to work in high-opportunity fields and support businesses to adapt and grow. We’re making sure people have the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow and creating more opportunities for people to get the education they want.

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Find Your Path to an in-demand career

Curious about where your education can lead you? Unsure how to reach your dream job? Chart your course toward a successful future in over 250 in-demand careers using the new Find Your Path digital tool. 

Stay current on trades skills and training with TradeUpBC

If you are an experienced tradesperson looking for new skills and training to move ahead in your career and get ready for future opportunities, explore TradeUpBC today. It brings together post-secondary institutes across B.C. and Yukon that offer microcredentials and professional development programs for trades professionals.

Get your international credential recognized faster

Are you an engineer or a teacher trained outside Canada and have found it difficult to put your skills to use? Have your international professional credential recognized in a faster, more efficient manner in B.C. with the new International Credentials Recognition Act. Explore 29 different professions impacted by this Act. 

Budget 2024 – Taking action for you

Creating 185,000 more jobs

Strengthening health care workforce

New teachers and education support staff

Helping B.C. businesses save

Creating 185,000 more jobs

Strengthening health care workforce

New teachers and education support staff

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Minimum wage increases

Every worker in B.C. deserves to make a fair wage for their work. That’s why, on June 1, 2024, British Columbia’s minimum wage increased to $17.40/hr from $16.75/hr.

Future-focused skills and training for trades

Trades professionals are crucial for building the future of B.C. and they are in demand now more than ever. TradeUpBC brings together post-secondary institutes in B.C. to help tradespeople and employers stay current and inclusive. They offer access to microcredentials and professional development to help tradespeople move ahead their careers and get ready for future opportunities.

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Protecting workers from asbestos

New rules to keep people safe from the danger of asbestos are now in effect. Workers must be certified and employers must hold a licence to do asbestos abatement, including removal, transportation, and disposal of asbestos.

Asbestos-related diseases are the number one cause of workplace-related deaths in B.C., and we are the first province in Canada to introduce a formal licensing program to reduce harm from asbestos.

Find educational programs and in-demand careers

B.C. is anticipating almost one million job openings in the next decade. The new Find Your Path digital tool is designed to assist employers, workers, and students in exploring and crafting educational pathways for over 250 in-demand careers. Curious about where your education can lead you? Unsure how to reach your dream job? Get started today and chart your course toward a successful future.

Improving working conditions for app-based gig workers

App-based ride-hail and food-delivery workers will soon have better working conditions as we address major challenges in this sector, including issues such as low and unpredictable pay, suspensions or deactivations, and the absence of workers’ compensation. These initiatives underscore our dedication to supporting app-based workers.

New manufacturing plant will bring hundreds of jobs to B.C.

A new private sector manufacturing plant will bring 450 permanent, well-paying, clean jobs to B.C. The plant will produce lithium-ion battery cells – used in things like vacuums, power tools and medical devices. This initiative is one of the ways we’re working to establish B.C. as a leader in clean technology and meet our CleanBC climate action goals for a better future.

Streamlining international credential recognition

Skilled people trained outside of Canada too often face unfair barriers to work in their field in B.C. We’re taking action this fall to help people moving to B.C. use their skills in their professions faster. This builds on the progress we have already made to make it faster and easier for internationally trained health care workers to fill the worker shortage in the health sector. This will help B.C. meet current and future needs for in-demand jobs and strengthen the economy.

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New future skills grant

Giving thousands of people new skills and opportunities through short- term training options. The grant is up to $3,500 to cover the cost of micro-credential training for in- demand jobs delivered by public post-secondary institutions throughout the province. 

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More post-secondary spaces

Making post-secondary education even more affordable, accessible, and relevant and increases the number of students with job-ready skills needed for the tech-related and engineering workforce, Early Childhood Education services, caring professions, teachers, and innovative enterprises throughout B.C. 

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Helping people who want to reskill 

Providing the skills needed to fill the jobs of tomorrow, so people can more easily reskill for better jobs and opportunities in B.C.’s growing economy. This means more people equipped with high-demand skills to increase productivity and competitiveness, to take advantage of the opportunities in this labour market. 

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Expanding skills training for people facing multiple barriers 

Breaking down barriers so everyone can find a meaningful job that works for them by providing more access to education and training. These actions will increase economic security and greater participation by people facing barriers and will quickly boost the supply of ready workers.

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Expanding opportunities for Indigenous Peoples 

Addressing, recognizing and elevating Indigenous Peoples workforce priorities through expanded post-secondary training and labour market opportunities designed to boost the participation and employment security of Indigenous Peoples across the B.C. economy. 

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More veterinarians in B.C.

B.C. needs more veterinarians. New funding will permanently double subsidized veterinary medicine seats for B.C. students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. More people will get quality training, and our pets and farm animals can get the health care they need.

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Access to education expanded for former youth in care

No more age limits for former youth in care to get the costs of post-secondary tuition covered. Removing the age limit will break cost barriers and support people to get good-paying and meaningful jobs. The Provincial Tuition Waiver Program covers many options: certificate programs, diploma or undergraduate degrees, non-credit courses, apprenticeship programs and continuing education courses.

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Gold and silver mine will bring jobs to B.C.’s central Interior

Jobs for people, benefits for local businesses, communities and First Nations, and highest standards for environmental protection with a new gold and silver mine in B.C.’s central Interior. Artemis Gold, the Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation, Ulkatcho First Nation and Carrier Sekani First Nations, and area communities worked together to get the Blackwater Gold project approved.

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Skills for future jobs

Future Ready is getting $480 million over three years to break down barriers to post-secondary training. More people can get the training they need for in-demand careers, and employers can access the talent they need.

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1 million jobs for people in B.C.

Helping B.C. businesses save

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B.C. Access Grants

Each year, the B.C. Access Grant helps more than 40,000 low- and middle-income students in B.C. access, afford and complete public post-secondary education and training in undergraduate degree, diploma, and certificate programs.

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Helping close B.C.’s gender pay gap

B.C. is taking action to address the gender pay gap. Starting November 2023, employers will be required to make average pay for men and women publicly available. This change will address discrimination that holds women back and will help ensure fairer compensation throughout B.C.

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Jobs and training for early childhood educators

Providing families in B.C. with the child care they need by making investments in our early childhood education workforce.

As we expand access to child care for parents, more than 10,000 new early childhood educators will be needed in B.C.’s workforce in the next decade. With funding for training, and new seats in post-secondary programs, there is no better time to train to be an early childhood educator.

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Creating opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs

New entrepreneur training and business support for Indigenous Peoples and traditionally underrepresented groups.

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Training people to get jobs in trades and tech

Building a new Trades and Technology Complex at BCIT to train people to fill the high-demand jobs opening up in B.C.

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Closing B.C.’s skills and talent gap

As we speed up talent development and skills training throughout the province, we’re also helping today’s workers upgrade their skills and train for new jobs.

This includes new skilled trades certification and more training seats for much-needed workers in the health-care sector.

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Support for forestry workers

Supported more than a thousand forestry workers to retire in their communities, while creating more jobs.

Continuing to invest in new opportunities for younger workers affected by old growth deferrals, while helping older workers bridge to retirement.

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Helping B.C. businesses hire and grow

Making sure high-potential businesses have more opportunities to scale-up, retain talent and create good jobs with funding from InBC, a $500-million strategic investment fund.

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Growing B.C.’s life science sector

People in the province and around the world will benefit from the innovative work of B.C.’s life sciences sector as we invest more in new talent, lab space and health research.

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Paid sick leave