Scoping Out Today’s Biotechnology Industry (2006-2007)

October 2006 – May 2007

Industry need: Talent—a pool of skilled and qualified human resources—is critical to success in the bio-economy. Yet in many regions of Canada, demand for biotechnology talent outstrips its availability. There had been no comprehensive body of biotechnology-specific labour market information to help guide human resource strategies and the decisions of policymakers.

Objective: To conduct a labour market snapshot of the Canadian biotechnology industry. This project scoped such areas as the range of sectors using biotechnology, the occupations involved, estimated employment size per sector and emerging trends in the industry. Occupations were prioritized for competency development.


These findings built the foundation for the Labour Market Information for the Biotechnology Industry and the Skills Profile creation projects.

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program.