Jobs and training

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.

Minimum wage increases

The current minimum wage in B.C. is $15.65 per hour. You must be paid at least minimum wage. The next increase is effective June 1, 2023.

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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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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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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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1 million jobs for people in B.C.

In the next decade, B.C. will have over 1 million new job openings in fields like health care, technology, education, social services and skilled trades. These jobs will help people support their families and build secure futures. New grads and people planning to change career paths will have skills training and employment opportunities available to them.

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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

You don’t have to choose between going to work sick or losing wages. You can take 5 paid sick days a year.

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