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Across British Columbia, there are more than 400 franchised new car and truck dealerships that provide almost $16 billion in economic activity. While they are recognized for their role in guiding consumers to the vehicle that will best fit their needs, lifestyle and budget, their relevance goes well beyond that.

The majority of new car dealers are classified as small businesses, meaning they employ less than 50 people, but combined, those members directly and indirectly employ more than 27,000 people in this province in a wide variety of jobs. That’s a significant tax contributor!

Today’s auto industry workforce requires a wide variety of skills, and there are many career opportunities for those looking for jobs in a stable, growing industry. With nearly half of the sector’s workforce anticipated to retire over the next decade, as many as 20,000 positions will need to be filled in trades, such as automotive technicians and other career opportunities ranging from finance to marketing, business development, human resources and more.

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