This BC First Nations Forestry Workforce Strategy (the “Workforce Strategy”) was developed as a long-term initiative to increase the participation and success of BC First Nations peoples in the BC forest sector training, careers, employment and self-employment – as forestry employees, managers and executive staff, and forestry contractors and self-employed entrepreneurs.
The Workforce Strategy’s goal is to double First Nations employment in the BC forest sector by 2027. In order to achieve this, the Workforce Strategy has a Call to Action of filling 2,200 forestry jobs by First Nations by 2027.
Extensive labour market research and assessments between 2011-2017 pointed to an imminent shortage of skilled forest sector workers mostly due to the aging workforce turnover and projected to occur over a 10-year horizon. The Workforce Strategy is the result of extensive research, labour market analysis and First Nations and stakeholder engagement throughout the province in 2017 and 2018.