Employment & the Job Shop


Hornby's work force consists of about 500 people. About half of these are self employed with almost 200 people working in their own home. (Check out the Business section of this website for the home-business review tool From Passion to Profit) About 35 people work of-island and 120 have no fixed work place. Only about 100 people have full-time year-round employment.

About half of Hornby's workers are employed in three sectors: arts and culture 19% (100 people), construction and trades 17% (85 people) and sales and services 15% (75 people).

Maintaining employment can be a challenge on Hornby. Many people rely upon two or more seasonal or part-time jobs plus self-employment. Getting known through networking in the community, building a reputation for competence, reliability and personal presentation and providing an effective resume can all be critical in securing work.

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The Job Shop

Hornby is fortunate in having The Job Shop - a local extension of a Courtenay-based resource centre for job-seekers. The Job Shop is open every Monday (except during the summer) in "Room to Grow" at the Community School. The service includes free one-on-one employment counselling .Appointments need to be made in advance by calling the Courtenay office at 250-334-3119.

The Hornby Island Job Shop provides a full range of career and job search services for the local community. These include career exploration, creating an action plan, developing a targeted resume, identifying resources, training programs, employer lists and posted jobs, brushing up on interview skills, entrepreneurial resources and possible sources of funding. The Job Shop has been serving the community for over eight years. An added bonus for users is that it is linked to the Courtenay Job Shop, thus making all of their services, resources and workshops available to residents. The service is friendly, free and confidential. The service is available thanks to support from the Community School and funding from the Government of Canada.

The Job Shop website provides excellent information and links with respect to employment, self-employment, job banks and training.