B.C. forecasts more than one million jobs over next decade, health, tech key areas

1 million job openings

More than one million jobs will need to be filled in British Columbia in the next decade, and a labour outlook says about two-thirds of them will be needed to replace workers retiring.

The government says its labour forecast helps businesses, post-secondary institutions, organizations and governments plan for the future.

Selina Robinson, post-secondary education and future skills minister, says key growth areas for work will be in the technology and health-care sectors.

She says job opportunities are expected to be significant over the next decade and the government plans to support programs and initiatives that ensure people have the skills and supports to take advantage of the openings.

The provincial government highlighted in its throne speech the introduction of an accessible and affordable skills training plan to help people prepare for jobs today and over the next decade.

The outlook says those with post-secondary education will fill nearly 80 per cent of the job openings.

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