Dual career couple employment support
At the University of Victoria, we recognize that the employment of a spouse or partner can be critical to the successful relocation of a faculty member/librarian. We have developed a program to assist those regular faculty members/librarians and their families who are new to the Greater Victoria area.
Working in Victoria
Based on provincial outlooks published by Scotiabank, TD, RBC, BMO and the Desjardins Group, BC's employment growth is forecasted to be among the strongest in Canada into 2011 (source). In fact, a labour-market outlook for 2009 to 2019 released by Work BC (part of the Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development) predicts a shortage of workers in the Vancouver Island region by 2014. The fastest-growing areas are expected to be masonry and plastering; medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine; and nursing—with labour demand in those fields expected to grow at more than four per cent each year.
Spouses and partners who are seeking employment can get started with these links to some of the region's top employers.
University of Victoria
The university is one of the largest employers on Vancouver Island. If your spouse or partner is interested in exploring employment possibilities at UVic, a complete listing of positions is available on the UVic website.
A community college with two campuses in Victoria, one of which is within a short distance of UVic.
Royal Roads University
A public university that offers applied and professional programs, many of which are offered through distance education.
Vancouver Island University (VIU)
Formerly known as Malaspina University-College, VIU is a comprehensive, four-year, post-secondary institution located in Nanaimo.
Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Centre (VIATeC)
Located at the Vancouver Island Technology Park in Victoria, VIATeC promotes the advanced technology industry on Vancouver Island and takes part in recruitment, networking, education and mentoring programs. Its members include companies in advanced manufacturing, energy technologies, information technology, life sciences, telecommunications and many others. VIATeC's high tech job board lists job opportunities in the local technology sector.
Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA)
A network of hospitals, clinics, health centres and residential facilities that provides hospital, community, and home care, along with environmental and public health services, to residents of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and mainland communities on the BC coast. Their executive office is located in Victoria. VIHA's job postings are listed under different categories including clerical/administrative support, nursing, nutrition services, pharmacy, physicians, therapists, social work, student opportunities and many more.
Victoria Times Colonist Classified Alerts
The Victoria Times Colonist newspaper offers a free service that alerts job seekers to advertised positions relevant to their skills and interests.
One of the most effective ways to make employment contacts in Victoria and to gain experience is to become a volunteer. Volunteer Victoria is a recruitment and referral centre for more than 260 member agencies in the Greater Victoria region.