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​A skilled and diverse workforce able to meet industry challenges across multiple sectors is an integral part of what drives Prince George's - and the region's - economy.

​Prince George's workers support economic growth by playing important roles in ventures of all sizes. The workforce fuels and contributes to commercial and industrial success by offering skilled labour to drive the city's and region's economic engine. Impacts made by local workers on the local economy include:

  • Helping traditional forestry and forest products manufacturing sectors evolve over time.
  • Aiding the mining sector's expansion.
  • Expanding investments in transportation and other infrastructure throughout northern British Columbia.
  • Assisting sustained growth in other sectors including healthcare, education and professional services.

Workforce employed by industry

IndustryEmployed
Services-producing sector57,300 (71.1%)
Goods-producing sector23,300 (28.9%)
Health care and social assistance11,600 (14.4%)
Wholesale and retail trade11,000 (13.6%)
Manufacturing8,800 (10.9%)
Construction7,400 (9.2%)
Educational services​5,600 (6.9%)
Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas5,600 (6.9%)
Accommodation and food services5,500 (6.8%)
Transportation and warehousing4,700 (5.8%)
Other services (except public administration)4,400 (5.5%)
Public administration3,900 (4.8%)
Professional, scientific and technical services3,500 (4.3%)
Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing2,800 (3.5%)
Business, building and other support services2,300 (2.9%)
Information, culture and recreation2,000 (2.5%)

Major employers in and around Prince George

Workforce training

Prince George is home to the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and the College of New Caledonia (CNC) main campuses, which had an annual combined student population of around 12,300 students for the 2020-21 academic year. These institutions offer a number of programs to develop important skill sets that provide competitive advantages and prepare students for entry into the local workforce across multiple sectors.

Demographics

According Statistics Canada, Prince George has a relatively young population compared to the rest of British Columbia. The average age in the City of Prince George is 39.4 while British Columbia's average age is 42.3 years. Moreover, 38.6 per cent of Prince George residents are 24 years old or younger. Given North America's ageing population, Prince George is positioned to provide a productive and competitive workforce in the coming years.

Recruitment and retention