Fresh, educated, and entrepreneurial
Welcome to the knowledge-based community. Our post-secondary-educated population has nearly doubled since 2006. Wages are competitive with our neighbours to the north and south.
We excel in architecture, engineering, and business management, as well as public administration and health, and construction. What does all this point to? A talented pool of resources, right in our backyard. Tap into the power of the Squamish workforce.
Higher education is a priority
Nearly a third (68.5%) of Squamish's adults 25-64 years of age have a post-secondary diploma or degree compared to 63.9% for all of BC. We’re also seeing a rapid shift towards a more educated workforce, with 5% growth between 2011 and 2016 in those with a post-secondary diploma or degree.
68.5% postsecondary certification among ages 25-64
1/3rd trained in engineering, business and health
Uniquely inquisitive - Quest University
Located in Squamish, BC, Quest University is Canada’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular liberal arts and science university, devoted entirely to excellence in undergraduate education.
Quest seeks to reinvent the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences, using an innovative philosophy and novel curriculum. Quest offers an environment of intellectual rigor and personal enrichment, where students help design their own education and delve deep into topics they’re passionate about. Quest has 600 students, with maximum class size of 20 students. Uniquely, Quest offers only one degree, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, with programs operating in a block structure as opposed to typical semesters.
Visit Quest's website to learn more about this groundbreaking approach to postsecondary education.
An opportunity to attract local talent
Approximately 19% of residents commute outside of Squamish for work across all industries and sectors. This means there’s a great opportunity for businesses to attract locals, with the financial and social benefits of working close to home being wide-ranging. Retaining just 10% of the commuting workforce from a few of our key sectors would lead to an additional 235 residents available for local employment.
13.8K estimated workforce
10.4K local jobs
An active labour market with competitive wages
With the expanding population and new businesses coming on line regularly, Squamish's labour market is active. Between January 2021 and January 2022, there were more than 4,200 unique job postings advertised online, with a median posting duration of 16 days.
4.2K job postings (Jan '21-Jan'22)
Wages in Squamish are competitive, with the median hourly wage for nearly every occupation similar to our neighbours. Keep in mind that residents commute outside of Squamish for work, and work remotely – so taking the time to review your compensation package to make it even more competitive could be the key to attracting and retaining top talent.
$52K median advertised salary
$25 median posted hourly wage
Learn more about our local workforce below
Projected Growth for Occupations
Learn about the projected growth for different industries and occupations.
Forestry Worker Profile
A summary of local data and statistics for forestry worker careers.
Retail Trade Profile
A summary of local data and statistics for retail careers.
Office Admin Profile
A summary of local data and statistics for office administrative careers.
Healthcare Aide Profile
A summary of local data and statistics for healthcare aide careers.
Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers Profile
A local profile summary for construction trades helpers and labourers.
We're lucky that we have so many people interested in working for us. The fact that Squamish has such amazing opportunities outside of work really allows us to pick and choose the best people for the job
- Robert Smith, Quantum Technology