SURREY, B.C. — B.C. is undertaking a comprehensive labour market study for the city of Surrey.
Officials intend to gather data to assist employers, jobseekers and entrepreneurs.
“As one of B.C.’s fastest growing cities, Surrey is planning now for tomorrow’s labour market needs,” said Shane Simpson, minister of social development and poverty reduction, in a press release. “Funding through WorkBC’s Community Employer Partnerships program will provide new labour market data that will have lasting impacts for Surrey employers, local businesses and skilled workers who are the foundation of a strong, sustainable local economy.”
Surrey is the ninth largest city in Canada and the second largest in Metro Vancouver. Between 2011 and 2016, Surrey’s workforce grew by 30,720.
In a statement, Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Jagrup Brar explained people looking to develop, launch and build successful businesses in the city will benefit from the study’s results. He added local people looking to plan their careers and train for in-demand jobs will also benefit.
“Surrey is known for its innovation in business and community building,” said Brar. “I look forward to seeing the study’s positive impact on Surrey’s labour market.”
The study is a collaboration between the province and the Surrey Board of Trade. The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has provided $198,965 to the Surrey Board of Trade to fund the study. Officials stated they intend to determine Surrey’s current and anticipated labour market needs and identify skills shortages.
The study will wrap up this September and a public report on the findings will be released in October.