Okanagan 2020 Labour Market Outlook

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.

For more information please contact:

Corie Griffiths, Business Development Officer

Okanagan Economic Development Commission

Regional District of Central Okanagan

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Western Diversification Program Information Session


Western Diversification Program (WDP) Call For Proposals
Regional Information Session

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) and Community Futures of the Central Okanagan would like to invite not-for-profit organizations to attend a regional information session to learn more about how to apply for funding from WD under the new Call for Proposal (CFP) process.

By attending, you will learn important information about:
WDP funding priorities
Eligibility criteria
Types of projects funded through the WDP
How and when to apply
What makes a strong application

Event Details

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
at Community Futures of the Central Okanagan in Kelowna, B.C.

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Registration and Networking

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Presentation by Western Economic Diversification Canada

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.


This event is brought to you by Community Futures of the Central Okanagan and 
the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada



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CFDCCO Announces Business Development Internship

The CFDCCO is pleased to announce that they have created a new Business Development Internship. The Business Development Intern will have an opportunity to learn, to help, to develop and to implement strategies, programs and services for community economic development, business training, business advisory and loan services for clients and projects consistent with the CFDCCO Strategic Plan and Annual Operating Plan.

The position is a diverse multifaceted position that will help you develop a wide range of skills. Our focus in hiring will be to identify candidates with a mix of business and entrepreneurial education and/or experience along with the attitude and aptitude that is required to become an excellent Business Developer.

click here for job description and hiring process information

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