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 For Immediate Release – June 17th 2014

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission announces the release of the Growing in the Okanagan 2020 Labour Market Outlook, the Okanagan Region’s first detailed look at the Region’s turnover rates, compensation data, and top occupations poised for growth and expected shortages by sector. 

Conducted for the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO), Growing in the Okanagan is a multi-component study which assesses the nature and extent of the labour market, and demand and supply of skills training and skilled labour in the Okanagan Region. The research includes a detailed assessment of the North Okanagan, Central Okanagan, and Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Districts aimed at providing a full understanding of labour market trends, the post-secondary education needs and specific program gaps, and anticipated labour market needs within the next five years.

“The project was motivated by changing economic climates in British Columbia and the unique opportunities and challenges faced by the Okanagan Region.  The 2020 Okanagan Labour Market Outlook provides comprehensive data from multiple primary and secondary sources which provides detailed information about the future workforce needs throughout the Region.  This information can be used by various industry, training and policy stakeholders to ensure the Okanagan is poised for growth,” says Corie Griffiths, Business Development Officer for the COEDC

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and its partners recognize the need for detailed employment forecasts in order to develop market strategies aimed at increasing the availability of skilled labour.

The COEDC is an agency of the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO). The Commission is funded by and accountable to the elected board of the RDCO.

The work completed for this project was conducted in support of one initiative by the Commission to collect the information required to forecast employment and skills training requirements.

The COEDC would like to recognize that the 2020 Labour Market Outlook study was funded and facilitated in partnership with: The Employment Program of British Columbia funded by the Government of Canada Government of Canada, Okanagan Valley Economic Development Society, University of British Columbia Okanagan and Okanagan College.

Growing in the Okanagan 2020 Labour Market Outlook can be downloaded here.


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For more information please contact:

Corie Griffiths, Business Development Officer

Okanagan Economic Development Commission

Regional District of Central Okanagan




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