Access to recreation, short commute times, and job opportunities make Whistler a top place to work in BC.
Whistler has been named in the top three Best Cities for Work in BC in 2019 by BCBusiness magazine.
In its inaugural placing, Whistler came in at second position, on a list of 46 cities from around the province, for its attractive access to recreation, short commute times, and job opportunities supported by the thriving tourism economy. This is the first time Whistler has been included in BCBusiness’ Best Cities ranking as one criteria is a permanent residency of more than 10,000 people (from Census collected every five years).
“The Whistler community comprises passionate people who are proud to call Whistler home. We all feel extremely lucky to have access to an abundance of recreation opportunities, to be a part of our close-knit community, and also have the opportunity for jobs and growth within the resort community that have been identified within BCBusiness’ Best Cities for Work list” says Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton.
BCBusiness reported Whistler’s low unemployment rates (4.5%), short average commute times (16.7 minutes), and high average household spending on recreation ($5,875). The report further lists Whistler’s five-year household income growth, and Whistler’s household income average and household income for under 35 year olds average which were comparable to the rest of the province.
Whistler’s average shelter costs according to the report ($27,435 per year) were similar to the other top three cities as housing affordability remains a concern across the province.
“The RMOW remains committed to proactive employee-restricted housing initiatives that are uncommon in other municipalities, such as the three new developments underway by the Whistler Housing Authority, and moving forward the Cheakamus Crossing Phase 2 development. We know that Whistler’s community is one of its biggest assets and continue to support our people through high standard of municipal infrastructure, programs and services, as well as the important work in areas like housing,” Mayor Crompton continued.
There is more information for newcomers interested in working in Whistler at whistler.ca/WorkInWhistler.
Whistler congratulates fellow sea-to-sky community Squamish for its top placing on the list. The top five top cities for work in BC in 2019 (in order) were Squamish, Whistler, District of North Vancouver, Township of Langley, and Kelowna.
BCBusiness works with research partners to determine the criteria and source the data for their independent rankings. The full rankings and more information about the Best Cities for Work in BC on their website, bcbusiness.ca/BestCities