Addressing the Labour Market Gap

British Columbia’s acute labour shortage challenges both employers and job seekers. Employers struggling to find workers must adapt to the needs and expectations of job seekers to attract and retain talent. Job seekers, however, are struggling to secure employment despite the myriad opportunities available.

Building labour force capacity and resiliency is a top concern for BC Chamber of Commerce members across the province.

That is why we are undertaking a trailblazing project to address the labour market gap between employers and job seekers.

Your participation in this project will help us to better understand the needs of both employers and job seekers, identify appropriate solutions to improve and innovate employment practices and inform future program and public policy decisions in B.C.

This project will be conducted in two phases, from January 2023 to January 2024:


Phase 1: Addressing the Labour Market Gap Survey

The Addressing the Labour Market Gap survey collected the views of 812 employers and 1225 job seekers between February 7 and March 3, 2023.

Thank you to the individuals who participated in this phase. Read the results in the Addressing the Labour Market Gap Insights Report | May 2023 ➜


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Phase 2: Engagement and Solution-building

This phase is currently in progress, running from April 2023 to January 2024. In Phase 2, we will continue to engage with the BC Chamber of Commerce network, industry and professional associations, as well as WorkBC and human resource organizations to explore potential solutions.


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This project is funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and led by the BC Chamber of Commerce.