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Highlights for Burnaby

Labour Force

  • Burnaby's 2011 labour force was 120,285 (as shown in the table below) and grew at 1.8% per year from 2001 to 2011.
  • Burnaby’s 2011 employed labour force was 111,370 (92.6% employment or 7.4% unemployment).


  • Burnaby's employment grew at 1.2% per year from 2001 to 2011, and by 1.5% per year from 2001 to 2011 when adjusted for "no fixed workplace" regionally.
  • Burnaby’s 2011 share of regional employment was 11.7% and continues to remain close to the approximately 11% share of regional jobs maintained since 1971.
  • Burnaby’s 2011 unadjusted employment was 120,890.
  • Burnaby’s 2011 proportion of regional “no fixed place of work” employment was 18,087.
  • Burnaby’s 2011 employment adjusted for regional “no fixed place of work” was 138,977.

Jobs (Employment) to Workers (Labour Force) Ratio

  • Burnaby’s 2011 jobs (employment) to workers (labour force) ratio was 1.0 and increased to 1.2 when adjusted for "no fixed workplace" regionally.

Burnaby's Labour Force by Occupation

2001 2006 2011* Percent Change
Management Occupations 10,685 11,025 12,495  16.9%
Business, Finance and Administrative Occupations 21,150 23,040  22,120 4.6%
Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations 9,140 10,910  12,630 38.2%
Health Occupations 4,510 5,495  7,235 60.4%
Occupations in Social Science, Education, Government Service and Religion 7,570 8,590  12,220 61.4%
Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport 3,230 3,600  4,000 23.8%
Sales and Service Occupations 24,235 27,585  30,155 24.4%
Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations 12,360 12,110  12,400 0.3%
Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Production Occupations 970 1,095  900 -7.2%
Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities 3,955 3,850  3,180 -19.6%
Occupation – Not Applicable 2,715 2,235  2,950 8.7%
Total Labour Force 100,510 109,545  120,285 19.7%

* Information presented for 2011 is derived from Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey. Changes from the compulsory long-form census to the voluntary survey in 2011 resulted in lower response rates than 2006. Due to this, statistical data for 2011 may not hold up against the 2006 standard and may affect any cross comparisons between years.

Resources for Further Information

Working in Canada
Information about jobs, job demand, wages, skills, education programs, and more. You can find out where the jobs are now and where they will be in the future.

BC Labour Market Navigator
Easy-to-use tool helps you make sense of labour market statistics for employers, workers and job seekers – explore the latest trends for more than 500 occupations in B.C.

Work BC 
Economic statistics on B.C.'s economy and how they will affect opportunities in the labour market. Find out how B.C.'s population is expected to change over the next 10 years and see which careers will be in demand in our region.

Burnaby/Metro Vancouver Demographic Tables (2006 Census)
Comparisons of key demographics for Burnaby and the region of Metro Vancouver using 2006 Census data, including: population, age, gender, diversity, home language, education, housing, families, income, and labour force.

Burnaby’s Economy – Historic Data (1971-2001, 1991-2001 and 1991-2006)
Historic data on Burnaby's economy – population, labour force, employment, changes in employment type, changes in occupations, place of residence of Burnaby employees, industries within Burnaby that have a regional competitive advantage, distribution of occupations and industries, development cost charges and tax rates can all be found starting on page 2 of the following document. 
Burnaby EDS 2020 - Chapter on "Advancing from a Position of Strength"

Burnaby Industrial Sector Profiles (as of 2007)
A sector profile is provided for each of the 11 industrial sectors identified within Burnaby. Each sector profile contains a sector fact sheet, sector definition, sector overview, Burnaby information, trends, opportunities and a sector specific action plan. See Sectors S1 through S11 in the following document.
Burnaby EDS 2020

Burnaby Social and Demographic Trends (1981-2006)
The information in this report provides an overview of important social and demographic trends and establishes a baseline for monitoring changes in the future.

Over the last 25 years, Burnaby has witnessed significant changes in its demographic profile. It has become a much more urban and culturally diverse community. This report paints a statistical picture of those changes using Statistics Canada Census data from 1981 to 2006. Information is provided on population size, age structure, families and households, cultural diversity, labour force, education and income. To add perspective to Burnaby’s current profile, 2006 Census information is also included for the neighbouring communities of Vancouver, New Westminster, the Tri-Cities (Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam combined), Richmond, and the North Shore (City and District of North Vancouver and West Vancouver combined). Information for Metro Vancouver as a whole is included as well.

Burnaby Trend Analysis (2004)
Burnaby’s Economy in 2013: An Analysis of Trends

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