Job Market Trends and News

British Columbia

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The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements for the selected Province or Territory which can complement your job search and career exploration.

News Archive

Want to find out more about local or provincial labour market history? The labour market news archive may be a good place to start.

In this section, you can browse archived news titles, whose links are no longer functional, for up to one year from the current date. The archived news can help you understand the labour market trends in geographic areas and industries that are of interest to you.

  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there were 268 new housing starts in Victoria in November, bringing the yearly total to 2,787 homes

  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Construction recently began on the Bear Mountain Parkway extension, a $10M municipal roadway, in Langford

  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    The Government of BC announced a $516M commitment to create 2,900 new units of affordable rental housing across the province. The investment, which includes 68 projects, is expected to create 5,500 jobs.

  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    The Government of BC is relaxing its liquor laws starting January 23, 2017. The province will offer licence to any business interested in selling liquor, with the exception of those which operate from a motor vehicle and those that target minors.

  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Shaw Communications Inc. is laying off 200 employees across the country, including 67 in Vancouver and 33 elsewhere in BC. The affected employees include installers and service technicians.

  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Vicarro Ranch, a large residential development, was recently proposed in east Abbotsford. The 383 acre project will include five development areas with a combined potential for 1,400 residential units.

  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    The federal and provincial governments are granting $24M in combined funding to replace the Nass River Bridge, located near Stewart

  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    United Front Games, a video game developer, closed its doors in Vancouver on October 17. The closure affects 150 employees.

  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    The federal government is granting $3M to the proposed North Vancouver Museum and Archives project. The project will be presented to the city council in November and, if approved, is expected to open in 2019.

  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Victoria's Tally-Ho Hotel recently closed its doors. The hotel employed 10 to 14 people during the low season, and up to 20 in the high season. However, the Tally-Ho Sports Bar & Grill and Hideaway Café will remain open.

  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    Teck Resources expects to run out of coal at its Coal Mountain operations near Sparwood at the end of 2017. Over 200 employees may be laid off when the mine closes.

  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Roadhouse Interactive, a Vancouver-based on-line and mobile game development studio, closed at the beginning of September resulting in 100 layoffs

  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Southlands Community Farm and Market Square project, a 50-acre farming development in Delta, is moving ahead. The project includes an agricultural precinct building, two large farms and several smaller farms to attract new and young farmers.

  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Interior Health is adding 243 residential care beds at several communities across the region including 70 beds in Williams Lake, 60 in Salmon Arm, 48 in Kamloops, 35 in Penticton and 30 in Cranbrook

  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The federal government is investing $9.6M in various infrastructure projects around Richmond¿s Steveston Harbour

  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    The annual Pacific National Exhibition took place in Vancouver from August 20 to September 5. The event employs approximately 3,660 workers and is one of the largest employers of youth in the province.

  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    Metro Vancouver has awarded a $31M construction contract to Canadian Turner Construction Company Ltd. for tenant improvements at its new Metrotower III office building

  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    The design phase is underway for the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant, a new project in Vancouver's north shore. The $700M sewage plant is expected to be online by 2020.

  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    Molson Coors Canada is opening a new brewery in Chilliwack by the end of 2018 or early 2019. Construction of the project is expected to begin in early 2017 and will create approximately 1,000 construction-related jobs.

  • Week of Aug 02 - Aug 06, 2016

    La Van Tea opened its doors in South Surrey on August 5

  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    Bella Bella Airport is constructing a new terminal building, thanks to funding from the provincial government

  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    Pretium Resources expects to hire approximately 500 full-time employees at its Brucejack gold mine, located near Stewart. The mine, which is scheduled to open in 2017, is expected to operate for the next 18 years.

  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    Kerkhoff Construction plans on building a 117-unit condominium in downtown Kelowna. Construction of the building is slated to begin in September 2016.

  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    Brookside Foods is closing its production facility in Abbotsford in October 2016. The closure will affect approximately 180 employees.

  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    According to a recent survey by the Truck Loggers Association, optimism in BC's coastal forest industry has declined since 2004. More than 25 timber harvesting contractors filed for insolvency protection between 2004 and 2016.

  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    NewLeaf Travel, a Kelowna-based airline company, will begin offering flights to 12 Canadian cities on July 25

  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    Duz Cho Logging recently opened a sawmill in Mackenzie. The mill employs a total of 28 people.

  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    Cloverdale-Langley will see 117 summer jobs created for students aged 15 to 30 as the result of $421,000 in funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program

  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    Eastlake Campus, a high-tech business hub in Burnaby, is expanding to include six multi-tenant buildings that will total about 310,000 sq.-ft. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.

  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Gasland Properties is building a $50M gated vacation community in Kelowna. The project includes 21 three-bedroom homes, starting at $2.5M each. The first homes are expected to be complete in June 2017.

  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    Tsawwassen First Nation is holding a job fair for its Tsawwassen Mills shopping centre on June 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre

  • Week of May 18 - May 22, 2016

    The Horizon Village Lift Station in West Kelowna will be replaced. The $1.3M project is expected to be completed before the end of October.

  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    Vancouver Public Library will build a 35,000 sq.-ft. upgrade to its Robson Street location. Work on the $15.5M expansion will begin in early 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2018.

  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    Potluck Café Society recently launched Knack, a program offering workplace readiness workshops and digital badges to demonstrate skills to potential employers. Knack offers an eight-week soft skills program and a 12-week kitchen skills training.

  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    BC Corrections expects that 65% of the 240 guard jobs at the new Okanagan Correctional Centre will be new hires. The first inmates are expected to arrive at the facility in January.

  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    Osoyoos Desert Centre, a 67 acre nature interpretive facility, recently opened for the season. The centre offers several guided tours throughout the day.

  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    Ladner-Tsawwassen Kinsmen Club and Reach Child and Youth Development Society are building a new 21,000 sq.-ft. building in Delta. Construction is expected to begin in August.

  • Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2016

    Quay Property Management was selected to develop The Shipyards, a new waterfront destination in North Vancouver. Construction is expected to begin this year and will be complete by the fall of 2018.

  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    The Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that BC's private-sector has a 3% job vacancy rate, or approximately 50,000 positions. Businesses with fewer than 20 employees had a harder time finding candidates.

  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    Bridge Studios, a film studio in Burnaby, is planning a multimillion-dollar expansion. Once complete, the expanded studio is expected to provide employment opportunities for 800 to 1,000 people.

  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    A new community health centre is being built in Sun Peaks, and is expected to open in December 2016. The facility will serve the resort and also provide family doctor services for residents of nearby Whitecroft and Upper Louis Creek Valley.

  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    Bosa Properties recently broke ground on Encore, a 134-unit residential tower in Victoria. The $40M building is the newest addition to the 20-acre Bayview Place development in Victoria West.

  • Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016

    FortisBC is building a new Kootenay Operations Centre in Castlegar. As a result, the company will move 38 positions from Warfield to Castlegar. Construction of the $22.4M project is expected to begin in May 2016.

  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    Kelowna's Paramount Theatre is closing as a result of redevelopment plans for the property

  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    Export Development Canada will provide up to $750M to support small and medium-sized oil and gas companies. Companies will have to be active internationally or interested in expanding beyond Canada to receive funding.

  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016

    Community Marine Concepts is building two commercial buildings, instead of one, at Victoria International Marina. The City approved the $24M marina development, which is expected to begin construction in April.

  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    The Government of BC has realigned its funding for educational institutions to help meet the need for in-demand jobs. Targeted grants will focus on technology occupations such as engineering, and software or computer development.

  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    Apprenticeships are on the rise in BC, with more than 10,000 employers sponsoring apprentices in 2015, compared to 9,500 in 2014

  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    The Burns Lake Band expects construction of a new hotel to begin as early as March 2016. The band is working with Langley-based Britco to build the modular development.
  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    Northern Health hopes to create 100 nursing jobs by the end of March. There are currently 143 registered nurse positions in the region and recruitment can be difficult for remote communities.

  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    Colwood council approved two new developments. The first is an apartment complex and nine single-family dwellings. The second project is a six-phase development which includes 33 condominiums in three low-rise buildings.

Economic/Environmental Scan

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Sectoral Profiles

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Occupational Outlook

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