Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.
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.
Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017
- The City of Vancouver launched a new commercial renovation centre to support small businesses. The center serves as a ¿one-stop shop¿ and is designed to speed up the process of obtaining permits and licences for small businesses.
- The Vancouver General Hospital is undergoing a $102M upgrade, which will increase the number of surgeries by 13% once work is complete in 2021. The project is expected to create 450 construction jobs.
- The Government of BC is investing $33M to replace Minnekhada Middle School's existing building with a fully accessible and seismically upgraded building in Port Coquitlam. Construction is expected to begin in September.
- The Province granted environmental approval with 33 conditions for the construction of a $3.5B, 10-lane bridge between Delta and Richmond to replace the George Massey Tunnel. Construction is expected to begin this year and should be completed by 2022.
- The College of New Caledonia, in partnership with five Northern Indigenous communities, is delivering community-based training to 90 Indigenous people. The program will help prepare learners for employment in health care, trades and building maintenance.
- The federal and provincial governments are contributing to the upgrade of Kwanten Polytechnic University's Spruce Building in Surrey. The renovation work is expected to begin in April and should be complete by spring 2018.
- The Immigrant Employment Council of BC launched BC Refugee Job Connect, a new website to connect refugees with employers. The website aims to help refugees overcome the challenge of finding employment.
- The Capital Regional District awarded a $784,000 contract to Don Mann Excavating for the engineering and construction of a new section of trail between View Royal and Esquimalt. Work on the pedestrian and cyclist trail will begin later this spring.
- Mamele'awt Qweesome Housing Society held a ground breaking ceremony for a new Urban Village project in Chilliwack. Construction of the mixed-use 80-unit affordable housing project is set to begin this summer and should be completed in spring 2019.
- The Valley Fair Mall in Maple Ridge is undergoing a major renovation, at a significant cost. Construction of the project began in February and is scheduled to be completed by fall.
Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017
- The City of Vancouver is granting $2M to address the ongoing drug overdose crisis. The grants will fund initiatives such as addictions and mental health training for city staff and the creation of a new community policing centre.
- The federal and provincial governments are granting $5.6M each towards the construction of North Island College¿s new training facility in Campbell River. The project will generate 82 jobs and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2018.
- The Government of BC has committed $217M over the next three years towards the construction and expansion of schools in Surrey. These capital projects are expected to create up to 5,200 new student seats for Surrey¿s rapidly growing population.
- The Government of Canada, the Municipality of Richmond and the South Arm Community Association are contributing towards the $2.1M renovation of Richmond South Arm Community Centre. The upgrades are expected to be completed by fall 2017.
- The expanded Hope to Health Research Centre recently opened its doors in Vancouver. In addition, an adjacent walk-in clinic and eye clinic are also slated to open this spring.
- Construction of the provincially funded $975,000 rest area on Highway 97, south of Fort St. John, is underway and expected to be complete by spring. The project includes room for transport trucks and non-commercial vehicles, washrooms and picnic tables.
- Vancouver online shoe retailer, Shoes.com, is ceasing operations. The company is closing its three e-commerce channels and two brick-and-mortar locations in Vancouver and Toronto, which will leave approximately 230 people out of work.
- Glanford middle school in Victoria hosted the WorkBC Find Your Fit Tour for middle school students. The program provided information and interactive displays on skills needed for various in-demand jobs, as well as insights on work conditions.
- Metro Vancouver is moving ahead with its plans to replace the Twin Bridge. The bridge will be replaced by a new $2.3M suspension bridge, which is slated for completion by the end of this year.
- The Government of BC is granting $2.1M to support clean energy projects. The funding will help get more Indigenous communities plugged into their own electricity supply.
- The Government of BC is providing $35M in funding over the next three years to BC Parks. Part of the funding will be used to hire 25 new full-time park rangers across the province.
- The Okanagan School of Business hosted the Business Expo and Employment Fair at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Over 50 booths helped connect students looking for employment and career opportunities with the business community.
- The Government of BC has granted environmental assessment approval for the $1.7B North Montney Mainline Pipeline Project. Construction is expected to create up to 2,500 direct jobs in the Peace Region.
- Nations Creations is offering specialized manufacturing equipment training in Chilliwack for 24 unemployed people from the Fraser Valley. The provincially funded course will give participants skills and resources needed for employment.
- The Tally-Ho hotel of Victoria will close at the end of February. Thirty staff members will be affected by the closure.
- The Government of BC has signed off on the construction of a new $150M courthouse in Abbotsford. The project is slated to begin in 2018 and, when complete, will employ around 200 people ¿ more than double its current staffing levels.
- Construction of the new $417M Royal Inland Hospital patient care tower in Kamloops is expected to begin in 2018. The project is estimated to create 2,400 construction jobs and should be completed by 2022.
- The Government of Canada is granting $10M to construct the new Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre. Construction of the centre began on February 6 and the facility is expected to open in June 2018.
- Eagle Creek and Okanagan Studios are building new soundstage facilities in Kelowna and Vernon. The facilities will support the Okanagan¿s growing film and TV production industry.
- The Government of BC and St. Paul¿s Foundation have announced a combined $8M in funding for the BC Centre on Substance Use located in Vancouver¿s Downtown Eastside. The centre is dedicated to research, education and care related to substance abuse.
- Construction of a new adventure park near Revelstoke is set to begin this spring. The first phase of the park will open this spring and, once complete, the park will employ about 250 people.
Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017
- Black Press is hosting a career fair in Courtney on February 9. The career fair will include more than 80 exhibitors and will offer employment, education and skills upgrading opportunities.
- The Government of BC is investing $8M to improve museum and heritage sites across the province. The program will offer a one-time grant of up to $100,000 to organizations responsible for cultural or heritage mandate.
- Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission hosted a career fair on January 28 to bolster the local crew base. The event was in anticipation of a number of upcoming movie and TV projects.
- According to the provincial government, employment in BC's tech industry rose by 2.9% in 2016 compared to the national average of 1.1%. BC's tech industry has more than 9,900 companies and employs about 4.9% of the province's workforce.
- The City of West Kelowna is hiring temporary full-time summer students in various departments including communications, economic development, engineering, public works, parks and finance
- The Metro Vancouver transportation authority, TransLink, is aiming to hire 144 drivers to operate buses and shuttles by April. Another 300 drivers will be hired by the end of this year.
- The Canada Revenue Agency has sent relocation notices to 391 employees in Surrey, inviting them to consider moving to other locations. Affected workers have been given the option of moving to Winnipeg, Summerside, Sudbury, or Vancouver.
- The Vancouver International Airport announced plans for a $5.6B expansion. The 20 year plan includes expanded terminals, new taxiways and improved roads and bridges.
- The Government of BC is investing over $16M to increase addiction treatment services. Up to 240 people will receive intensive residential treatment in 60 additional new beds, while another 200 will have access to 50 intensive outpatient treatment spaces.
- The Camosun College and the Royal Roads University are planning to expand their facilities, thanks in part to the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. The projects, valued at $48.5M and $21.5M, are expected to be completed by fall 2018.
- A new daycare opened in Port Alberni on January 23, creating 50 childcare spaces
- The municipality of Delta approved a $1.4M contract to renovate a century-old building which will house the community police station. Construction of the project is slated for completion by the end 2017.
- The federal and provincial governments are granting $70M to reconfigure the Alex Fraser Bridge to seven lanes. Construction of the project is expected to be completed by spring 2018.
- Vancouver Island University announced a new $40M health and science centre for the Nanaimo campus. The university plans to look at the possibility of adding new programs and degrees when the facility opens in fall 2018.
- Schneider Electric, a France-based manufacturer of energy-measuring devices, recently laid-off six employees at its Saanichton location. The company employs approximately 300 workers at this facility.
- The Government of BC is providing $900,000 to the BC Centre for Palliative Care. The money will improve access to hospice palliative care by funding five new hospice beds at the Langley Hospice Residence.
- The BC Government recently announced two new initiatives under the BC Jobs Plan to help address risks faced by rural communities and the need for fostering talent in the province's technology industry
- The Government of Canada is granting $400,000 to Victoria's Royal Theatre, to fund the purchase of new audio and scenic-projection systems. The upgrades will make the theatre more appealing to touring companies.
Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017
- Graham's Gifts recently closed its doors. The Chilliwack store has been open for more than 45 years.
- Telus recently purchased Mascon Cable, a Salmon Arm-based internet and television provider. The company confirmed that all employees have accepted full-time positions with Telus and there will be no change in staffing levels.
- Regus, an office space provider, is opening a new co-working building in Vancouver's Gastown. The building will accommodate about 450 people and is set to open by summer 2017.
- The Government of BC announced $4M toward an 82-unit affordable rental project for seniors in Langley. Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2018.
- Cowichan Lake's Brookside Medical Clinic is recruiting new family physicians, as three doctors announced they are leaving the community
- The Government of BC recently approved Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project, adding 37 conditions to the project. The revenue-sharing deal will provide the province with up to $1B over 20 years.
- Gibsons Recycling Depot is closing its Zero Waste store
- Executive Hotels & Resorts recently purchased the Splashdown Waterpark. The Tsawwassen attraction will reopen this summer as Big Splash Waterpark and will add new slides in 2018 as well as a 200-room hotel in 2019.
- The Government of BC is granting $144,000 to the pipeline craftsmanship training and wildlife monitoring program. The program will provide up to 21 Doig River First Nation members an opportunity to gain job skills and maximize employment opportunities.
- The Canada Foundation for Innovation is granting $46M, over five years, to University of Victoria-based Ocean Networks Canada. The funding will support research on topics such as earthquake prediction and ocean acidification.
- The Westbay Marina RV Park of Esquimalt will be closing its doors for renovations at the end of February. The upgraded facility will be called the Salish Seaside RV Haven and is expected to re-open in July 2017.
- According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there were 2,196 new housing starts in Kelowna in 2016-up 72% from the previous year. Housing starts are expected to decline in 2017 and are forecast to range between 1,520 and 1,780.
- Metro Vancouver school districts are currently in the process of hiring about 500 new teachers. The hiring comes as a result of a new legislation which limits class-size, specialist teacher ratios and the number of special needs students in a class.
- The Community of Merritt hosted a job fair for laid-off Tolko mill workers on January 16. The fair featured businesses such as Kinder Morgan, the Douglas Lake Cattle Company and several trade organizations and post-secondary institutions.
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Two new primary-care health centres are opening in Kamloops on March 2 and April 10. The clinics are expected to employ about 75 full-time staff, once operational.Greater Victoria School District is closing its nature kindergarten program at the end of the school year. The program operates at the South Park Family School and the James Bay Community School.Revelstoke saw a 73% spike in the value of residential home construction between 2015 and 2016. Development is expected to further increase in 2017, with several commercial and multi-family projects scheduled to proceed.The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission launched its new website, InvestKelowna.com. The website aims to attract businesses and investors from around the world to support local businesses.Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has proposed five new oil response bases on Vancouver Island. The $150M project would create 22 full-time jobs at the main facility, located in Nanaimo.Gartree Medical Clinic, located in Vernon, is closing its doors on March 24. The closure will affect three employees.Ladysmith & District Credit Union is opening a new location in Stz'uminus First Nation's Oyster Bay Development. The credit union plans to seek new members and employees from the community.Canada Post is opening a new postal outlet in Port Alberni's Shoppers Drug MartBC Hydro is providing a one-time payment of $442,000 to Hudson's Hope to mitigate the impacts of the Site C hydroelectric dam. The agreement also includes a donation of $268,000 to support community facilities and infrastructure.Polygon Promenade at The Quay Homes Ltd. is developing Promenade at the Quay, a 117-unit condominium tower, in North Vancouver. The development is scheduled for occupancy in spring 2019.Glenlyon Norfolk School is expected to begin a major renovation at its Beach Drive campus this year. The Victoria school plans to replace the gymnasium, classroom and kindergarten buildings with new energy efficient buildings.Pacific Breeze Urban Winery recently merged with Revelation Cellars, under the Revelation banner. The company plans to increase production and build a second urban winery in Vancouver.A proposed $15M hotel in Nanaimo is expected to create up to 27,000 person-days of construction work, and up to 70 full-time jobs once complete. Construction could begin as early as April, with the hotel opening in summer 2018.
AltaGas is planning to begin construction of its $475M Ridley Export Terminal near Prince Rupert in early 2017. The project is expected to create up to 250 construction jobs during 2017 and 2019, and up to 50 jobs once the facility is operational.The value of properties in Greater Vancouver increased by 29.7% between 2016 and 2017, bringing the total to value up to $825.2B. About $11B of the increase comes from new construction, subdivision and rezoning.Pembina Pipeline started construction on its $235M northeast BC expansion project. The project, which includes 145km of new pipeline, is expected to be operational in late 2017.Several BC mining organizations are cautiously optimistic that resource prices will stabilize or recover in 2017. A number of mining projects in northern BC are moving forward, including Red Chris Mine, Brucejack gold project, and Brule mine.BroadbandTV is hosting a job fair on February 2 at its Vancouver headquarters. The company plans to add 50 new positions to its workforce of 400, as part of a major expansion into Asia and the Middle East.A 473-unit rental housing project has been proposed in View Royal. The $200M project is expected to create 2,000 person-years of employment during construction.YMCA of Okanagan is opening its third Kelowna location inside Interior Health's Community Health and Service Centre. The new 7,500sq.-ft. fitness centre is expected to open in late spring.The Bristol, a 4-storey mixed-use apartment building, is under construction in Surrey. The building will include residential units as well as 11 live/work units, which would accommodate home-based businesses.Re/Max Market Outlook 2017 forecasts that the average residential sale price in Greater Victoria will rise from $580,961 in 2016 to $590,450 in 2017Infinity Properties is developing a 55-unit condominium building in Langley. The Belmont at Heritage is scheduled for occupancy in fall 2018.Browns Socialhouse Restaurant and Bar opened a new location in KelownaTofino Bottle Depot is closing its doors on March 10The provincial government and the BC teachers union reached a $50M deal to hire approximately 1,100 new teachers, counsellors and librarians across the provinceA number of new craft breweries are scheduled to open across BC in 2017, including Backroads Brewing, Twin City Brewing and Mount Arrowsmith BrewingBird Design-Build Construction Inc. was selected to build the first phase of Royal Columbian Hospital's new mental health facility in New Westminster. The $260M facility is expected to open in December 2019.CertainTeed Gypsum Canada has added about 30 employees at its drywall plants in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg since September
Trinity Post & Panel Inc. officially opened its new factory in Lone Butte. The company is working with First Nations communities to provide job training, as well as affordable housing to members of the community.Victoria-based Camosun College recently launched its Coastal Skills Initiative, a $1M program providing students with specific skills to work in the marine industryThe Royal BC Museum, located in Victoria, is renovating its existing building. The first of a five-phase 25-year redevelopment of the site will cost $10M.According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, private apartment vacancy rate in Langley was 1.1% in October 2016, compared to 1.5% in the year before. The city's first purpose-built rental building was pre-leased before it opened in September.Osoyoos Fire Department opened the doors to its new $6M fire hall. The fire department hopes to add a new rescue truck by 2019 and an aerial truck by 2021 or 2022.BC Interior Health has selected Kelowna's Ledcor Construction Ltd. as the construction contractor for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital pediatric unit. The $750,000 construction will begin in early 2017 and should be completed by summer.Municipal council of Ladysmith is building a new $13M water filtration plant. The town council has voted to borrow up to $6M over 25 years to fund the construction of the plant.Hummingbird Cove Lifestyles is nearing completion of the first phase of its $40M shellfish hatchery near Powell River. The hatchery is expected to create 30 to 50 jobs when completed.Telco Management, a Vancouver telemarketing company, closed its doors on December 22. The closure left up to 200 workers unemployed.Nanaimo city council is closing its arms-length Economic Development Corporation at the end of January, replacing it with a city economic development office. Two administration positions will be transferred to the city and a manager job will be created.Kamloops-Thompson school district received 162 more students than expected this year, as a result the school district will receive $1.17M in additional funding. The district plans on using the additional funds to hire more teachers and support staff.Mountain Equipment Co-op, a Vancouver-based outdoors-lifestyle retailer, announced plans to move and expand its flagship store in Vancouver. The company also plans to open additional locations across Canada over the next three years.A new plan for Bridge Creek, a five-hectare city-owned property, was recently proposed to the Revelstoke city council. The plan includes a mix of single-family and multi-family homes developed over the next 15 to 20 years.The City of Nanaimo consultants have recommended building an $86.6M sports and entertainment centre in the city. Construction of the facility could create more than 400 full-time construction-related jobs.Cando Rail Services plans to have its Mission Flats location operational by summer 2017. The new rail-terminal is expected to employ approximately 50 workers, including locomotive engineers, conductors, truck drivers and office staff.TransLink recently sold its 13.8-acre Oakridge Transit Centre lot to Intergulf-Modern Green Development Corp. for $440M. The city approved a policy allowing the lot to be redeveloped into a residential community.
TELUS recently expanded its fibre optic network to Hudson's HopeCutler's Jewellery closed its doors in downtown Penticton on December 24Wings, a Burnaby-based restaurant, recently reopened its location in QuesnelThe Richmond city council has allowed the RCMP to hire 11 new officers. Richmond is authorized to have 214 officers on duty, however the city currently has 189 officers on active duty.Tantalus Labs proposed its first purpose-built greenhouse for medical marijuana in western Canada. The greenhouse is located on a 15-acre property in east Maple Ridge.Upgrades on Kelowna's city hall basement are expected to begin in 2017 and will cost $2.5MThe City of Nanaimo is ending its visitor and tourism service at the end of January. The closure will affect five Tourism Nanaimo employees.
North Vancouver city council recently approved plans to construct a new building for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. Construction of the $5.5M museum is expected to begin in early 2017 and should open in 2019.The Government of BC and Creative BC recently launched three new funding programs, worth $3.8M, to support BC's music industry. The funds will support developments that contribute to the growth of live music events across the province.The first phase of TransLink's 10-year expansion plan will add 28 new SkyTrain cars to Metro Vancouver's transit system. The cars will cost a total of $93M and are expected to be in service by early 2019.Tolko recently shuttered its Merritt lumber mill. The equipment in the mill will remain intact, in the event that an offer is made to purchase the mill.The Nanaimo International Hostel is closing its doors on December 31. The owner of the hostel plans to convert the building into a rental apartment.Teck recently completed construction of its $35M smelter recycling building at its Trail facilityThe Government of BC recently launched the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program. Under the program, first-time home buyers could be granted an interest free loan to help with the down payment.
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 homesComox was selected as the location for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Replacement Project. The project will create 30 direct jobs, as well as a number of spin-off benefits.Campbell River city council approved four new staff positions, including two new firefighters, a building inspector and a contract worker coordinatorLNG Canada is launching a new bidding process to find a lead construction contractor for its proposed $40B liquefied natural gas development in KitimatMoissonnier, a French cabinetmaker, recently opened its first North American showroom in Vancouver's Yaletown neighbourhoodThe Dream Café, a live music bar in Vancouver that closed its doors in October, is re-opening in February 2017Gold River Super-Valu, the only grocery store in Gold River, closed its doors on November 12Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House, a new craft brewery, recently opened its doors in Campbell River. The brewery currently employs 20 full- and part-time workers, and is anticipating to hire additional staff.BC Housing is building 50 affordable housing units in Fort St. John. Forty of the units will be used by BC Hydro employees during the construction of Site C Dam project, with all 50 units being turned over to the community when the project concludes.The Government of BC is spending $60M to repair a section of highway 99, west of Kamloops. Construction of the project is slated to begin in summer 2017.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation forecasts that total housing starts in Metro Vancouver will reach 27,495 by the end of 2016. Starts are expected to ease in 2017 and will range between 21,500 and 23,500 units.Indigenous Roots plans to expand its medical marijuana business to First Nations communities across the country. The group is focused on indigenous ownership and operation as well as providing jobs to First Nations communities.Vancouver Island University received $22M from the federal and provincial governments to expand its trades-training complex. Construction of the project will begin in early 2017 and is expected to be substantially complete by spring 2018.The Township of Langley recently unveiled draft plans for the Smith Neighbourhood Plan, a new 192 acre development in Willoughby. The neighbourhood is expected to include two schools and up to 2,600 housing units.BC Transit proposed several improvements to the transit system in Campbell River, including two new transit hubs, two new buses and an expansion in service of 1,500 hours annuallyThe Government of BC announced $443,000 to help 28 immigrants and 30 refugees find work. The programs will be offered through MOSAIC, a Vancouver-based immigrant services agency.Pizza Hut has been forced to hold-off opening some new locations in BC due to staffing shortages in the provinceThe Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is eliminating some positions at its seven regional offices, including BC
Construction recently began on the Bear Mountain Parkway extension, a $10M municipal roadway, in LangfordNorth Shore Hospice announced a $2M expansion, including a new outpatient clinic. The expansion is expected to be completed by December 2017.Marmot Ridge Golf Course, located in 100 Mile House, recently reopened its Prospectors Roadhouse restaurant after completing renovations. Twenty-eight new staff members were hired to work at the restaurant.Cedar Tree Investment Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of China's Anbang Insurance Group, made an estimated $1B bid to buy a majority stake of Retirement Concepts. Retirement Concepts owns 24 seniors-care facilities in BC, Alberta and Quebec.Miracon is developing Westside at Orchard Grove, a 53-home single-family community, in South Surrey. Thirty-three homes are currently complete, with the remainder scheduled for completion by summer 2017.Wonderbucks, a Vancouver retail store, is closing its doors in early 2017. The store reports that it is closing as a result of the rising rental costs.Teck Resources announced that it was able to cut its workforce at Highland Valley Copper mine, located near Logan Lake, by six percent through attritionThe Government of BC will not be relocating the Balfour Ferry Terminal, on Kootenay Lake. The proposed relocation would have affected 50 jobs and cost the local economy an estimated $2M.Vancouver city council recently approved more than $350,000 for quick-start project as well as longer-term studies, to support economic development in the city's downtown eastsideInvenergy, a clean energy producer, may be moving ahead with its Mt. McDonalds Wind Energy Project near Port Edward. The project would create a number of construction jobs, as well as at least 15 permanent positions.Expansion work on the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is expected to begin in June. The $24M project is slated for completion in fall 2018.Diacarbon Energy Inc. expects to reopen its Merrit pellet plant in the new year, after a fire partially gutted a dryer at the plant on October 10. The plant employed approximately 25 full-time employees.BC Artspace is opening a 48,000 sq.-ft. hub for artists, cultural and community groups in Vancouver's Sun Wah CentreThe Office, a small business offering rental workspaces, recently opened its doors in RosslandSooke Seniors Drop In Centre recently closed its doorsPremium Brands Holdings Corp. recently acquired BC-companies, Island City Baking and Conte Foods. The company also announced an agreement to buy Vancouver-based Larosa Fine Foods.The Government of BC is granting $2M to build nine new affordable housing units in Burnaby. Construction of the project is expected to begin in fall 2017 and should be completed by spring 2018.Okanagan College forecasts that its enrollment will increase from 8,000 students to 10,000 by 2026. To accommodate additional students, the college plans to expand its culinary arts program, build new student residences, and add more classrooms and labs.The Government of BC is granting $5.1M to the Aboriginal Housing Society and the Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Housing Society, to construct two affordable housing projects in Prince George. The projects are expected to open in 2018.Teck Resources is building a new $174M acid plant at its Trail Operations facility. Construction of the facility will begin in 2017, and will create approximately 160 jobs.The Government of Canada recently approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The project is expected to create the equivalent of 15,000 jobs per year between 2017 and 2019.The Government of BC is granting $23M, over five years, to create 800 new campsites and 1,000 new recreation sites across the province
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.West Kelowna applied for funding to build a new $53.5M multi-barrier water treatment plant. The request came following a recent three-month long water quality advisory affecting the Rose Valley Reservoir.Greyback Construction was selected as the major contractor for the new Patient Care Tower and parkade at the Penticton Regional Hospital. The company expects that the project will require about 60 full-time workers over the next two years.Port Alberni Shelter Society is opening a new sobering and assessment centre at Phoenix House. Island Health also plans to open 93 sobering and assessment beds by March 2017.Willows Coastal Preschool recently opened its doors in Oak BayConstruction of Mount Begbie Brewing's new facility in Revelstoke is nearing completion. The brewery is hiring additional staff to help run the new tasting room.A new three-storey, 18-unit apartment building was recently proposed in ArmstrongYMCA of Northern BC is opening a new child care facility in Fort St. James in February 2017Okanagan Studios recently opened a full-service film studio in Okanagan. The studio includes multiple sound stages in a 50,000sq.-ft. building located near Vernon.Helijet International is expanding its service to include weekend flights between Nanaimo and Vancouver, starting December 24Victoria International Airport is completing about $30M in upgrades this year. The airport expects to see its total passenger count increase by eight percent this year, compared to the previous year.Camosun College is launching Adventure Education, a new professional development program, in summer 2017. The 13-month post-degree diploma program includes a mix of online courses and field work.Rossland city council has amended its zoning bylaw to include a classification for craft breweries. The new classification is expected to make it easier for new breweries to open and expand.Okanagan College broke ground on its new $1.2M daycare facility at its Penticton campus. The daycare is expected to be completed in mid-2017.U-Haul Moving & Storage is opening an indoor storage facility at an old Zellers building in Kelowna. The facility will include more than 1,000 self-storage units when renovations are complete in 2017.Kelowna city council approved a new master plan for Kelowna Airport. The master plan could see as much as $259M in improvements to the airport over the next 29 years.Revelstoke council approved a Master Development Agreement for Mackenzie Village, a medium-density development on a 35-acre property. Construction of the project is expected to begin in spring.TransLink has approved the first phase of a 10-year transit plan, worth $2B, that will see improvements in Vancouver's transit services. The 10-year plan will increase bus service by 10%, HandyDART service by 15%, and rail service by 20%.BC Early Years Centre opened its doors at Pentictons Queen's Park Elementary on November 19The Government of Canada announced a $1.5B ocean protection plan. The funding will increase coast guard capacity and add new rescue stations.Okanagan College is moving ahead with the construction of a new $6.21M trades training facility at its Vernon campus. The trades training centre is expected to be completed in 2018, and will add about 150 new seats at the campus.
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.Twelve members of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band will receive 12 weeks of full-time, group-based horticulture training. The training addresses a labour market demand in Thompson-Nichola region's horticulture industry.Tri-Eagle Development Corp. is building a six-story, 60-unit condominium in Royal Oak. Construction of the project is expected to begin early in 2017 and will be completed in approximately two years.North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society opened a new location in Port HardyKi-Low-Na Friendship Society is planning to begin construction on a new affordable housing project in Kelowna, thanks to $8.2M in funding from the provincial government. Construction of the 42-unit project will likely begin next fall.South Skaha Housing Society is building 35 units of rental housing in Okanagan Falls, thanks to a $4.7M contribution from the Government of BC. Construction is expected to begin next summer.Urban Core Ventures has amended the project design of its proposed mixed-use building in Victoria. The proposed five-storey development includes 53 homes, 17 of which will be rental units.The City of Merritt is installing a new $2.28M ultraviolet water filtration system at its wells near Voght Park. Work on the filtration system is expected to be completed by February 2017.Vail Resorts is laying off 60 employees from its Whistler Blackcomb ski resort on May 1. The layoffs primarily affect workers in IT, marketing and finance departments.Island Health has proposed three supervised consumption sites for injection drug users in Victoria. The sites would be staffed by personnel with medical training between 9am and 3am, seven days a week.TransLink recently issued a request for proposal to design its third SeaBus. The company expects the new SeaBus to be completed by fall 2018.Trail Beer Refinery is opening a new craft brewery next year in TrailBC Teachers' Federation estimates that the BC government will be hiring hundreds of new teachers as a result of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada. The decision will result in lower class sizes, restoring them to pre-2002 levels.Ruth and Naomi's Mission is building a new six-storey Family Centre in Chilliwack, thanks to $6M in funding from the provincial government. The project will feature 35 units for low-income families.Mamele'awt Qweesome Housing Society expects to begin construction on Urban Village, an 80-unit affordable housing project in Chilliwack, in the summer of 2017Natural gas producers drilled 267 new wells in northeast BC at the end of October 2016, down 40% from the same period last yearYuk Yuk's comedy club recently closed its doors in VictoriaEnbridge closed its Northern Gateway Pipelines office in Prince George, as it looks for a smaller location in the city. The company reports that there have been no job losses and employees will continue to work from home until a smaller space is found.Sooke Oceanside Brewery, a new craft brewery, recently opened its doors in SookeGE Digital has acquired Bit Stew Systems, a Burnaby-based software developer. The company, which currently has about 100 employees, is expected to grow as a result of the $207.5M deal.
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.WSP Global, a Montreal-based engineering consulting firm, laid off approximately 250 employees across Canada during the third quarter of 2016. About half of the affected employees were located in Western Canada.The Government of Canada is granting $350M to help Canadian milk producers and cheese-makers upgrade and modernize their operations. The five-year fund will help Canadian producers deal with increased competition from European cheese-makers.BC Lottery Corporation plans to relocate Surrey¿s Newton Community Gaming Centre to the Corporation of Delta. The potential gambling facility would be expanded to include more gambling and entertainment options.BC Housing submitted a rezoning application for the Nigel Valley Project in Saanich. The $100M project will combine five existing social service and housing providers into 14 new buildings.Petro-Canada and Tim Hortons are expected to open in Sooke by March. Construction of the 3,600 sq.-ft. location began in October.The federal and provincial governments announced a combined $90M towards a new $126M building at the Simon Fraser University. The five-storey building will house Western Canada¿s first energy systems and environmental engineering program.The Royal Canadian Legion expects construction of Surrey¿s Veterans Village to begin next September. The project will include a centre of excellence, where veterans will be treated for mental health-related concerns.Vancouver Island Construction Association is hoping to recruit unemployed youth through its Youth Constructing a Future program. The six-week program includes basic training and certifications, as well as visits to work sites.The provincial government and Interior Health are moving forward with an expansion of the Nicola Valley Hospital¿s emergency room. The $5.6M expansion is expected to take approximately two years to complete.In an effort to increase vacancy rates in the city, Vancouver proposed a one percent tax on the value of empty homes. A recent study found that at least 10,800 Vancouver homes have been empty for a year or more.Veterans Affairs Canada recently reopened its office in Kelowna. The office employs approximately nine staff.The Pantry, a Maple Ridge restaurant, recently closed its doors. The restaurant cited shortage of staff as the main reason behind the closure.Fairway Market is planning to shutter operations in Port Alberni at the end of January. About 40 employees will be laid off due to the closure.The GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub held its opening ceremony on November 9 in Richmond. The Pacific Autism Family Network plans to open eight mini-hubs in BC over the next two years.AdvantageHOPE found that the labour market in Hope shifts between the summer and winter, with businesses decreasing the number of employees during the winter monthsSterling Springs Chicken, a poultry farm in Falkland, expanded its facility to include a sausage kitchenBus drivers represented by the Kelowna Regional Transit Union went on a strike on November 10. The union represents 217 members.
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.The Government of BC is granting $7.44M towards Okanagan College's $35M trades training complex. The new facility will have 2,667 training seats for electricians, welders, cooks, heavy mechanics and carpenters.The Chilliwack city council is planning to hire 10 new RCMP officers to deal with property crime, as well as two RCMP information officersRolex is opening its first standalone boutique in VancouverWoodfibre LNG is proceeding with its proposed $1.6B natural gas liquefaction plant in Squamish. The project is expected to create 650 construction jobs and 100 operating jobs once the project is complete.Terrace landfill closed its doors on October 31A new material Transfer Station opened in Thornhill on November 1. Materials that can be deposited at the station include garbage, metal, yard and garden waste, clean wood and demolition material.The Government of BC is opening a new Trade and Investment Office in Malaysia by early next year. The new facility will be third such office in Southeast Asia and the 14th BC investment office worldwide.Penticton city council has approved rezoning for a $9M affordable rental development. The project will consist of two six-storey apartment towers with 119 suites.Canada Jetlines, a Richmond-based discount airline, expects to be operational by next summer. The company plans to lease at least six passenger aircrafts, which could create up to 850 direct jobs and generate more than $850M in economic benefits.DP World is hiring 250 workers at its Fairview Container Terminal, following the completion of its Phase 2 North expansion project. The project is expected to be completed by July 2017 and will bring the total workforce up to 750.The Rise, a golf course in Vernon, is expanding its operations by adding a new practice facility and clubhouse. The practice facility is expected to open its doors in 2017.The provincial government is soliciting proposals to create a province-wide earthquake monitoring and early-warning system. Scientists predict that there is a 30% chance of a damaging earthquake hitting southwestern BC in the next 50 years.Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership recently unveiled the design for Vancouver's The Post towers. The project, located on top of Vancouver's old Post Office, will include a 17-storey office tower and two residential towers of 18 and 20 storeys.The District of Lake Country applied for two grants under the federal and provincial governments' Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. If approved, a septic expansion project would see sanitary sewer service extended to 700 homes.Quality Greens Farm Markets recently opened a new location in KelownaThompson Rivers University is planning to construct a new building to house its school of nursing. The university estimates that construction of the building would cost $32M, and will result in economic spinoffs worth $47M as well as about 305 new jobs.Threshold House, a transitional housing for youth, recently opened its doors in Oak BayThe Landing Galley, an art gallery in Gibsons,is closing its doors on November 30Carl's Jr. closed its locations in Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton
The federal and provincial governments are granting $24M in combined funding to replace the Nass River Bridge, located near StewartThe Government of BC announced a $24.5M seismic-safety replacement for Vancouver's Lord Tennyson elementary school. Construction of the project will begin in 2018 and should be completed by 2020.Sunshine Coast Fixed Link Study will begin examining the feasibility of establishing a route across Howe Sound for cars and trucksConstruction recently began on the $7.8M High Performance Training Centre at Langford's Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. About 150 workers will be employed during the construction phase of the project.The Government of BC is contributing $45M towards the construction of more than 500 new units of affordable rental housing in the capital regionThe Government of BC is granting $565,000 to the Okanagan College for new trades-training equipment. The new equipment will support training in several trades including refrigeration and air conditioning.Port Hardy recently approved the construction of a proposed $12M multiplexVancouver Island Economic Alliance recently held its 10th annual Vancouver Island Economic Summit. The summit allows business and community leaders to learn about new initiatives and explore opportunities in the region.The Saanich municipal council recently approved an 11-storey rental building in the regionMaple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times is consolidating with Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News to increase efficiencies. Staff affected by the merger will be provided with opportunities within the Black Press Group Ltd.Westwind Design Group was recently awarded a $433,000 contract for final design, construction, and installation of three galleries in Trail's Riverfront CentreNorth West Regional Hospital District recently signed a health care agreement with Nisga's Nation of the Nass Valley to provide financial assistance for the construction of medical facilities or purchase of medical equipmentThe Government of BC is constructing a $37M overpass on highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert. Construction is expected to start next spring and will be completed in approximately two years.Construction of Delta Rise, a 37-storey residential and office condo tower, is expected to be completed by March 2017. The building includes 317 residential condos, a four-storey office space and ground-level retail spaces.Abbotsford school district plans to build a new elementary school in Eagle Mountain before 2020 to accommodate a projected increase in enrolment in the coming yearsMan-Mac Automotive, a Kamloops transmission repair shop, closed its doors on September 30BC Building Trades recently launched its first promotional campaign. The campaign aims to boost enrolment in skilled trades in the province.The City of Vancouver is testing modular construction with a 40-home temporary social housing project. If the pilot is successful, the city may fast-track permits for standardized, modular laneway houses.Seaspan expects that the employee count at its Vancouver Shipyard will more than double, up to 1,000 people, at the height of its 17-vessel federal contract. The contract is expected to sustain the shipyard for 15 years.
United Front Games, a video game developer, closed its doors in Vancouver on October 17. The closure affects 150 employees.Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica is considering moving its headquarters out of Vancouver due to a lack of skilled and specialized workersAltaGas Ltd. is building a propane extraction plant near Fort St. John. Site preparation for the $125M plant will begin in 2017, with commercial production expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018.According to Yellow Sheet Construction Data Ltd., the capital region has 2,573 rental apartments, either planned or under construction, as well as 2,762 condos either proposed or being builtIn a recent poll of local businesses, the City of Penticton found that employers are struggling to find skilled workers in the fields of engineering, healthcare, trades, project management, transportation, manufacturing and hospitalityTELUS is constructing two new wireless communication facilities in Williams LakeIn the first 10 months of 2016, 401 new businesses were registered in Saanich. Of the new businesses, 254 are based in the city.North Island College has received $187,000 from the provincial government to add new trades equipment. The new equipment will benefit the welding, joinery and automotive programs.Island Health will open 38 new beds to treat substance use by early 2017, bringing the total number of beds to 93. The new beds are part of a provincial strategy to open 500 substance use beds by 2017.Postmedia Network Canada Corp., owner of the National Post and the Vancouver Sun, is aiming to reduce its staffing costs by 20% in the fourth quarter of 2016. In an effort to avoid layoffs, staff have until November 8 to apply for buyouts.Hope Drive-In and Restaurant is closing its doors on November 5Honour House Society is launching Honour Ranch, a mental health treatment facility, in Kamloops. Programs at the ranch are expected to begin in March 2017.Air Canada recently launched a new direct route between Vancouver and Delhi. The BC-India Business Network expects that the new flight will provide a boost to provincial trade with South Asia.BC Hydro recently opened the Two Rivers Lodge, a camp for construction worker on its Site C project, near Fort St. JohnGateway Casinos and Entertainment is adding two new restaurants to its Cascades Casino in Langley City. Construction of the 23,000 sq.-ft. expansion project is expected to begin in 2017.Bosa Developments is planning to build a 53-storey skyscraper on the New Westminster waterfront. The proposal also includes a 43-storey highrise and a two-storey commercial building.Lafarge Canada Inc. is closing its plant in east Kamloops by the end of this year. The closure will affect up to 36 workers.Prince George city council approved Pittman Asphalt's proposal to excavate an additional 8.15 hectares. The expansion is expected to add another eight or nine years to the gravel extraction project.Capitol 6 Cinemas is reopening its doors in Victoria on November 4. The movie theatre closed in 2013 and has been undergoing renovations since June.
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.Nomad Cider is opening a new production facility in SummerlandLeon's Home Furnishing opened a new location in Saanich, the company's first location in BC. The new store will employ 45 people.Polygon Fulton House is constructing a 41-storey residential building in Burnaby. The project will include 296 apartment homes as well as seven townhouses.Rossland joined the West Kootenay Inter-Community Business License program. The program allows businesses to operate across participating communities by paying one additional business license fee.A new shopping centre, Central at Garden City, opened in Richmond on October 27. The 372,000 sq.-ft. outdoor mall created an estimated 975 jobs in the region.The Government of BC is closing the barracks at Salmon Arm's rapid attack fire base in January 2018Langley's Willowbrook Shopping Centre is undergoing a 140,000 sq.-ft. expansion. The development is expected to be completed by the end of February 2017.Northern Lights College received $1.9M through the Industry Training Authority. The funding will be used in creating about 640 trades training seats at the Dawson Creek campus.Suncor Energy donated a former gas station site to the Urban Native Youth Association for its proposed youth centre complex in Vancouver. The $90M project will include a native youth centre and more than 200 units of housing.Oak Bay council approved a new $21.5M program to separate storm and sanitary sewers in UplandsTrump International Hotel is delaying its opening until January 2017 due to construction delays. Construction of the hotel is expected to be completed in late November.A recent study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found several BC cities provide the best economic opportunities for women in the country. The list includes Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford-Mission and Kelowna.The City of Salmon Arm issued more residential construction permits in September 2016 than in any other September since 1999. Between the new subdivisions of Canoe and Hillcrest, over 100 new lots have been created.Rossland Dispensary, a licensed marijuana dispensary, recently opened its doors in the cityConuma Coal Resources reopened its recently purchased Brule Mine near Tumbler Ridge. The company plans to hire up to 170 workers to run the mine.Several new businesses recently opened in Maple Ridge, including Beyond Nutrition, Avo Real Food, PharmaChoice Maple Ridge and Extra Foods PharmaEK Cell Repair opened its second location in KelownaTWG Tea, a Singaporean-based tea company, is opening its first North American location in Vancouver this winterHidden Treasure Thrift Store opened its second location in BurnabyProvence Mediterranean Grill, a Vancouver restaurant, is closing its doors at the end of November
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.Vancouver English Centre, a language school, recently closed its doors in downtown Vancouver. The closure resulted in 45 teachers and more than a dozen additional staff members being laid-off.University of Victoria received $8.7M in funding from the provincial government for six new research projects, including a new research facility at Vancouver-based TRIUMFConstruction is underway at Shinish Creek and Pennask wind power projects. The two Okanagan wind farms have generated about $7.5M in the local economy and created approximately 60 construction jobs. Both wind farms are expected to be completed in early 2017.EK Employment is hosting job fairs in Cranbrook and Elk Valley on October 27 and 28. Free preparation courses are being offered in Kimberley and Cranbrook prior to the job fairs.Columbia Shuswap Regional District is creating an economic development strategic plan. The plan will provide a guideline for economic activities and programs in the region.According to Physiotherapists Association of BC, there is a critical shortage of physiotherapists in northern BC. Nine northern towns in the province lack publicly-funded physiotherapy and three have unfilled positions.BC-based Sutco Transportion recently signed a transportation contract with Vaagen Brothers Lumber. Sutco is hiring local drivers in the Grand Forks area.Diamond Head Development is constructing Skyridge, a 20-acre residential development, in Squamish. Construction is scheduled to begin in November and the final phase of the project will be completed by early 2019.Kelowna city council approved The Shore, a six-storey mixed-use development. The project will include 89 residential suites, medical offices, and ground-floor commercial space.The Government of BC is investing $10.5M to enhance tourism infrastructure and amenities at 14 resort communities across the provinceBurns Lake Thrift Shop is expanding its operations. Big Dog Construction, a local company, has been hired to complete the $250,000 renovation.Two new walk-in clinics will open in Kamloops by January 2017. The new clinics will bring five to seven doctors to the city.New Westminster-based Big Star Sandwich recently opened a new location in BurnabyBrowns Social House recently opened a new location in North VancouverOsoyoos' Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre is being renovated and expanded. The $5M project will begin in 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2018.Tobiano Golf Course is pre-selling units at its proposed condo-hotel. The Kamloops golf course will begin construction on its 17-unit condo-hotel when pre-sales reach a sufficient number.The renovated Holt Renfrew store recently opened its doors in Vancouver. The expanded store includes a 1,750sq.-ft dining space as well as expanded shop-in-shop boutiques.According to Victoria Foundation's 2016 Vital Signs report, the city does not have sufficient low and moderate income housing options. The average sale price for a single-family home in Victoria rose from $557,250 in 2015 to $665,000 in 2016.Achillion, a Greek restaurant in Prince George is closing its doors at the end of October. The closure will affect 13 to 14 full- and part-time employees.Gelnmore Lodge, a 118-bed care home, is under construction in Kelowna. The facility is expected to be completed in February 2017.The Dream Café closed its doors in Penticton on October 1
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.The Government of Canada is funding 96 skills training, work experience and green job projects across the country that will benefit over 3,400 youth, people with disabilities and newcomers. Five projects totalling nearly $2M have been approved in BC.According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, apartment and condo starts in Kelowna are at the highest levels since 1990. Moreover, the city's vacancy rate for rental units is 0.7%.Jacob Bros. Construction will complete the first phase of the new Admirals-McKenzie interchange project of the Trans-Canada Highway near Saanich. The next major construction tender for the $85M project will be released in 2017.Tsawwassen Mills, a 1.2M sq.-ft. shopping centre, opened in Delta on October 5. The mall will feature 200 stores and restaurants which will create approximately 3,000 full- and part-time positions.Island SodaWorks opened a bistro in Qualicum Beach on September 13Polygon Parker House ltd. is developing the final low-rise building at its Windsor Gate project. The project includes 131 apartment residences in two buildings.The Government of BC is investing $6.5M to convert Vancouver's Victoria Super 8 hotel into a 51-unit social housing property. PHS Community Services Society will operate the property, with residents expected to move in by mid-November 2016.Geoscience BC is launching a new project to sample and profile natural gas from wells in northeast BC. Over 2,000 samples will be analyzed over the next three years, allowing gas producers to target higher-value gas streams.Casino Mining Corp. and Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd. are planning to build a liquefied natural gas plant in Fort Nelson. The $200M plant is expected to employ 25 to 50 people during the construction phase.OPAL by Element, a $97.4M retirement community, recently received its final development permit from the City of Vancouver. Construction of the project will begin in fall 2016.TELUS is investing $14.5M to expand its fibre optic network in Lake CountryNorthern Health added two full-time psychiatric liaison nurses to Prince Rupert Regional HospitalAltaGas is expected to make a final investment decision on its proposed $400-500M Ridley Island propane export terminal near Prince Rupert. If the project proceeds, it will likely create up to 250-construction and 50-operations jobs.Colwood's Royal Roads University is planning to expand its operations. The expansion will include an update to the Mews property as well as a new 52,000 sq.-ft. science facility, expected to be completed in 2018.Suitela Fight Club, a martial arts and boxing gym, closed its doors in Surrey on October 1Hollyburn Properties is planning to redevelop its 14-storey Vancouver apartment building into a 42-storey rental apartment tower, adding more than 200 units to the projectDownie Timber ltd. and Revelstoke Secondary School are launching a new program to allow students to begin pre-apprenticeship while in high school. The program will begin with heavy duty mechanics and may expand to other trades.The Government of BC is granting $5M to establish a BC Centre on Substance Abuse. In addition, the province will provide another $5M towards initiatives recommended by BC's Joint Task Force on Overdose Prevention.T-Bones Fresh Meal Market recently opened in KelownaGoodLife Fitness is opening 15 new locations across the country, including two in Port Coquitlam and Fort St. John. Each new location is expected to create between 30 and 50 full- and part-time jobs.The federal government approved Pacific NorthWest LNG's proposed $11B liquefied natural gas project. The project is expected to create 4,500 jobs during construction and an additional 630 direct and indirect jobs once operational.
Roadhouse Interactive, a Vancouver-based on-line and mobile game development studio, closed at the beginning of September resulting in 100 layoffsTolko Industries will permanently close its Merritt mill on December 16. The closure will affect 203 workers.Joseph Richard Group is opening its third S+L Kitchen & Bar location in Surrey. The opening date of the restaurant will be announced in October 2016.Central Mountain Airlines is cancelling its non-stop flights between Terrace and Vancouver starting October 1, due to a decline in passengers. No job losses are expected as a result of the route cancellation.Chilliwack School District saw an increase in student enrollment numbers, with 196 more students registering this year than projected. As a result, the school district is hiring additional staff.New Gold recently halted the environmental assessment of its proposed open pit gold and silver mine, Blackwater, southwest of Vanderhoof. The pause will not affect the project's timeline, which calls for construction to begin in 2018. The mine expects to hire about 1,000 to 1,500 workers between 2018 and 2020.Surrey council approved the development of 131 new single-family lots in the Clayton neighbourhood. The 16-acre project will house 136 students in the neighbourhood.Teck Coal Limited received an environmental assessment certificate for its Baldy Ridge extension project. The project will extend the life of the open-pit coal mine until 2045, creating about 31,204 person-years of on-site employment.Skydance Studios opened a new 12-acre film and television production studio in Surrey on September 20. The facility includes five sound stages and can employ up to 400 people.The City of Langford is launching the Langtoria Greenline, a bus service from various points in Langford to downtown Victoria. The new service will begin on October 17 with one bus.The Department of National Defence is planning to replace two jetties at its Esquimalt base. Construction of the $72M project is expected to take 18 to 24 months and will create about 1,400 jobs over the life of the project.The Poké Shop, a Hawaiian-style restaurant, recently opened in VancouverThe Juicery Co. is planning to open a new location on Vancouver's Main StreetThe federal and provincial governments are providing $162.7M in funding to support the Salmon Arm West Project. The project will widen a section of the Trans-Canada Highway to four lanes.Skeena Sawmills is upgrading its milling facility near Terrace. The improvements are expected to double the mill's capacity, which will move to two full shifts. The mill currently employs about 80 workers.Red Apple Store opened a new location in Fort St. James on September 17Sandy's RV & Camping Resort, located in Burns Lake, closed its doors on September 30Pro Motion Clinic, a sports chiropractic and massage therapy clinic, recently opened in KelownaKamloops-based iTel Networks is planning to increase its staff level to 300 employees. The company currently employs 75 workers and is adding approximately 10 workers each month.The City of Vancouver plans to become a living-wage employer within the next few years. The change will primarily affect city contracts for janitorial, security and graffiti removal, where employees are paid less than the living wage of $20.64.Kit and Ace, a Vancouver-based clothing chain, is laying off 20% of its 280 head-office employees. The chain also plans to close approximately 25% of its 60 outlets in the next two years.Tiffany's Boutique Mall recently opened its doors in Penticton. The mall offers nine boutique spots on the first floor and five residential units on the second floor.Realstar Group plans to convert View Royal's James Bay hotel into rental apartments. The development will replace the existing 161-unit hotel with 520 rental apartment units in four to nine storey buildings.Thompson Rivers University is constructing a $30M Industrial Training and Technology Centre at its Kamloops campus. Construction will begin in early 2017 and create 108 direct as well as 82 indirect jobs.The Government of BC is granting $500M to build 2,900 rental units across the province
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.Spectra Energy began construction on its Jackfish Lake pipeline expansion in northeast BC on August 15. At its peak, the 36km project will employ around 350 people; however for most of the project, employment will average about 50 workers.According to Accelerate Okanagan, the technology industry contributed $1.3B to the local economy in 2015. Moreover, there were about 633 technology businesses based in Okanagan Valley, which employed 7,600 employees.The Government of BC increased its minimum wage from $10.45 to $10.85 on September 15. The increase is expected to affect more than 120,000 workers across the province.The City of Abbotsford is constructing a $1.5M extension to Mason Street. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017.McCall Funeral and Cremation Service opened a new 15,000sq.-ft. location in SaanichThe City of Chilliwack will begin construction on the Vedder Bridge replacement shortly. The $12.5M project is expected to be complete by October 2017.TELUS is investing $27M in the Penticton area to upgrade 90% of homes and businesses to its fibre-optic network. The company expects the upgrades to be complete by the end of 2017.Canadian Tire is opening a new location in Victoria's Hillside Centre in November, which will employ about 130 staff. When the new 140,000sq.-ft. location opens, the company will be closing two other stores in the city.Save-On-Foods is planning on opening its seventh location in Greater Victoria's Gateway Station Shopping Centre in the spring of 2018Bella Terra Investments Inc. is developing Bella Terra by the Lake, 26 custom-built single-family homes, in AnmoreConstruction recently began on a new $24M super-yacht marina in Victoria Harbour. The 28-slip marina is expected to be complete in late spring 2017.Omicron plans to begin construction on its $35M Sidney Gateway shopping centre in early 2017. The shopping centre, located on Victoria Airport land, will take approximately two years to complete.Tokyo Asian Buffet/Bar recently opened in KelownaCanwest Hotels Ltd. proposed a new hotel and restaurant along the Trans Canada Highway in RevelstokeLangley's Willowbrook Shopping Centre plans to add a 140,000sq.-ft. outdoor mall, along with interior and exterior renovations. Construction of the project could begin in late 2017.The Capital Regional District approved a plan to build a $765M regional tertiary sewage treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt. If the plant receives regulatory approval, it could be built by 2020.Ledcor Construction was awarded a $5.3M contract to build Riverfront Centre in Trail. Work is scheduled to begin in October and is expected to complete in September 2017.Hub Engineering Inc. proposed building 131 homes in the southern portion of Surrey's West Clayton neighbourhoodConstruction of Bear Mountain Resort Community's Elevate project in Victoria, a 200-unit condominium development, is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017Construction recently began on University of British Columbia's The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre in VancouverChildren of the Island Childcare Centre, a new bilingual daycare, recently opened in Colwood. The daycare is currently licensed for 72 children and hopes to expand to 100, increasing its staffing levels to 12-14 by the end of this year.
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 CranbrookMission municipal council approved a $3.5M renovation to the First Avenue streetscape to attract more investors and merchants to its downtown. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and will be completed in 2018.Splashdown Park recently closed its doors in TsawwassenCascade Aerospace, an Abbotsford aircraft maintenance company, issued layoff notices to 69 unionized workers and 30 non-union employees. The union reported that up to 50 additional layoffs may be seen in November.The Original Christmas Village recently closed its doors in Victoria. Bois & Cuir, a Quebec-based furniture store, will be replacing the closed store.Kerkhoff Construction Ltd. is developing 1151 Sunset Drive, a 21-storey condominium project, in Kelowna. Construction of the project began in 2008, however work stalled due to financial troubles.Lustre Products, an elevator and escalator manufacturer, is building a new 60,000 sq.-ft. location in Chilliwack. The company will increase its staff from 40 to 60 by the time the new facility is ready.Island Health added wellness centres to three secondary schools in the Sooke school district this year. Each wellness centres will be staffed by a part-time physician, while Belmont Secondary School will also staff four nurses.Kindermusik, a childrens music studio, recently opened a new location in ComoxHorses Records and Hits and Misses, two record stores, closed their doors this summer in VancouverMetallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration Studies recently opened in TrailWestStone Group and CIBT Education Group are planning to build a $200M education centre in Surrey. The 50-storey development will include several floors dedicated for long-term international students.Imperial Metals laid off approximately 200 workers as it closed Huckleberry Mine, an open pit copper mine, located near Houston. The mine will keep a small core group of workers to continue environmental monitoring and protection for another year or two.Peregrine House School recently opened its doors in Langley. The facility can serve 20 full-time students as well as 20 before and after care students.Tops Restaurant, located in east Vancouver, closed its doors at the end of AugustUniversity of Northern British Columbia is opening a Community Development Institute office in Fort St. John. The facility is expected to be up and running by the end of 2016 and will have two full-time staff members.The Government of Canada is granting $2M to the Vancouver International Maritime Centre. The centre aims to attract up to eight regional headquarters to the region and will create up to 200 direct as well as indirect jobs.Construction of Richter property, a new subdivision in Osoyoos, will begin soon. Over the next 20 years, the subdivision will include more than 200 single-family homes, as well as a number of townhouses and condominiums.Wealth One Bank of Canada opened a new office in Vancouver. The bank is the newest federally chartered bank to open in Canada.Western Canada Marine Response Corporation is moving forward with $200M in enhancements to improve its spill response in Vancouver Harbour. The enhancements include 115 new employees and 26 new vessels along BCs southern shipping lane.Hamilton Transit Centre recently opened in Richmond. The new bus depot will add hundreds of jobs to the city.Bella Coola RCMP detachment recently added three new constables and an indigenous police officer to its teamThe Government of BC will restore direct ferry service from Port Hardy to Bella Coola by summer 2018The Capital Regional District housing strategy plans to build more than 440 subsidized housing units and 440 market rental units in Victoria over the next five yearsRed Cat Records, a Vancouver record store, recently opened a second location in the city
The federal government is investing $9.6M in various infrastructure projects around Richmond¿s Steveston HarbourLowe¿s recently opened a new store in Prince George¿s Pine Centre Mall. The new location employs between 120 and 140 workers.Coulter Berry building held its grand opening in Langley on September 17. The building includes five retail businesses, as well as office space and residential units.Seismic upgrades at Delta Secondary School in Ladner are expected to be completed by March 2017. The $19.8M project includes upgrades to the library, shops, learning centre and cafeteria.Thinking Garden Early Childhood Centre opened in Lantzville on September 12. The facility offers kindergarten preparation classes and preschool curriculum classes for children between the ages of three and six.Cardero, a condominium project by Bosa Properties, set a new high price point for condos in Canada by pre-selling units in the $1,750-per-square-foot range. The project is slated for completion in late 2019.The Government of BC added an additional $20M to its School Enhancement Program. The program provides repairs and upgrades to 124 schools across the province.Cantex-Okanagan Construction has been awarded a $21.6M contract to widen a six kilometre section of Highway 97, near Williams Lake. The company plans to hire as many community members as possible for the project.Nicola Valley Institute of Technology may soon establish a rural campus in Burns Lake. The Lakes District post-secondary education committee has been trying to find an institution that would meet the needs of the local students.The Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association forecasts that residential construction could see up to 5,000 job losses by the end of 2016, due to the new foreign buyer taxConstruction of Pretivm Resources¿ Brucejack mine, north of Stewart, will begin soon. The company plans to hire at least 500 full-time employees for the project.The federal government will be opening a new Veterans Affairs office in Surrey by May 2017. The new office will employ approximately 21 workers.Value Village is opening a new location in Kelowna on September 22Delta Community Living Society¿s Leading Employment and Achieving Possibilities program has partnered with the Delta School District to transition youth from the school system into their first jobsThe Port of Prince Rupert is constructing a $16M maintenance and warehouse complex. The project is expected to be complete in September 2017.Construction of Mahogany at Mill Lake, 26-storey residential project worth $80M, recently started in AbbotsfordMount Washington Alpine Resort, a ski resort located near Courtenay, is investing $2M to upgrade its facilities and open a new 80-seat restaurantThe Keg recently closed its doors in downtown KamloopsCapital Airlines will begin offering flights between Hangzhou China and Vancouver three times per week. Capital Airlines will be the sixth airline to serve Vancouver from mainland China.Surrey Board of Education plans to hire an additional 70 teachers and 81 education assistants to accommodate an additional 1,000 students in the city
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.Chinese Village Club is planning to open a new Mandarin bilingual school, CVC Newbridge Academy, in Surrey. The school, which would begin with two classes, is expected to open in fall 2017.Trinity Post & Panel, a construction material manufacturer based out of 108 Mile Ranch, recently opened a new facility in Lone Butte. The company currently employs nine workers and aims to increase its workforce to 18 workers by next year. The company also has long-term hiring plans to expand to 70-90 employees.Dawson Construction was awarded a $3.4M project to resurface 21km of highway 97 located in the Cariboo region. The Kamloops-based company is scheduled to complete the work by the end of September.The federal and provincial governments announced an additional $9.6M to help businesses in hiring and training BC workers, through the Canada-BC Job GrantWindermere District Farmer' Institute has begun construction on its micro abattoir in Invermere. The project is expected to begin operations in October.Art Knapp Plantland, a garden centre, recently closed its doors in RichmondThe Government of BC provided $660,000 to the Industry Training Authority. The investment will fund 464 roofers, utility arborists and glaziers training positions at three training providers in Langley.Northern Lights College is building a new $33M trades training centre at its Dawson Creek campus. The project is expected to create 235 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase.Naramata Benchland Properties Ltd is developing 42 single-family lots overlooking Okanagan LakeChabad Centre for Jewish Life and Learning recently opened its doors in Victoria. The $3M facility includes a synagogue, Hebrew school, library, kosher kitchen and daycare.A new restaurant, Memories of Indian Cuisine, recently opened in CrestonCanna Mall, a collection of businesses targeting marijuana-buying customers, recently opened in VictoriaIvanhoé Cambridge, a Quebec-based real estate developer, is investing $72M to expand and renovate the Mayfair Shopping Centre in VictoriaThe City of Surrey is building a new water park in the city. Construction of the $800,000 park is scheduled to begin early next year and the project is expected to be completed before the end of May 2017.Sidney municipal council has approved building a new $10M fire hall. Construction of the project is expected to begin within the next two to three months.Cressey Development Group is constructing McKinnon by Cressey, a four-storey residential building, in Vancouver. The 40-home building is scheduled for occupancy by spring 2019.Sandpiper Pub, a waterfront tavern in White Rock, is closing its doors on September 15The Government of BC approved a $235M natural gas pipeline expansion near Fort St. John. Construction of the project is expected to create 455 direct jobs, 774 indirect jobs, and 531 inducted positions.Construction of Port Hardy's Kwa'lilas Hotel is nearing completion and the hotel expects to open its doors in September 2016BlueSky properties is beginning construction on a $70M residential-retail development in downtown Victoria. The six-storey project includes 209 rental units, 11 of which will remain below-market rate in perpetuity.The Government of BC approved a $235M natural gas pipeline expansion near Fort St. John. Construction of the project is expected to create 455 direct jobs, 774 indirect jobs, and 531 inducted positions.Home2 Suites by Hilton opened a new location in Fort St. John at the end of August. The 90-room hotel employs approximately 40 workers.
Metro Vancouver has awarded a $31M construction contract to Canadian Turner Construction Company Ltd. for tenant improvements at its new Metrotower III office buildingThe Government of BC is accepting applications for the third year of its tree fruit replant program. The program provides $9.4M over seven years to help BC growers replant their orchards, creating more than 2,600 jobs each year in the Okanagan.Partnered Films is planning to open a new film studio in either Esquimalt or Central Saanich. The company plans to begin development in February 2017, with the studio fully operational by 2018.Campbell River is expected to receive $1.36M from the Government of Canada's Community Works Fund. The money is part of the $2B Federal Gas Tax Fund, supporting long-term community infrastructure projects.The City of Victoria is sending a 19-member trade team to China in October. The goal of the eight-day trip is to develop export opportunities for Victoria companies.WestGen, a livestock genetics company, opened its new $6M head office in Abbotsford on August 16The Government of BC has approved the master plan for the $175M Valemount Glacier Destination Resort, west of Valemount. Construction of the resort could begin as early as spring 2017.The City of Vancouver is building 400 new affordable homes, worth 50M. The new housing units are the first step toward the city's pledge to add 2,500 affordable homes by 2021.Caledonian Brewery and Distillery opened its doors in Victoria on August 17, 2016Fairfield Book Shop, a used bookstore, is closing its doors in Victoria. The store will be replaced by Cook Street Nail and Spa, which is slated to open in fall 2016.Seven Summits Coffee is planning to open a new location in downtown RosslandThe Government of BC announced a new $14.7M Student Transportation Fund to make transportation more affordable and accessible for BC familiesTim Hortons is opening a new location in Clearwater Shopping Centre. The new location could employ between 45 and 60 full- and part-time workers.Twin City Design, a new interior design company, recently opened in the Alberni ValleyThe Kamloops Airport is being upgraded, starting fall 2016. The $3.2M project will allow the airport to accommodate more planes on the main apron at any given time.Dairy Queen recently opened a new 50-seat location in KelownaThe Government of Canada is investing $138M to upgrade its immigration detention centres in Vancouver and LavalThe City of North Vancouver approved Lot 5, a mixed-use development, in the Shipyards District. The development will include a hotel, restaurant and other retail spaces.
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.Boeing is opening a new laboratory in downtown Vancouver, creating more than 200 highly-skilled jobs in the city. The lab will focus on data analytics-driven software solutions.Tsawwassen Mills, a mega-mall under construction in Delta, recently held its second job fair. The mall tenants are hiring up to 3,000 full- and part-time employees at the event. The facility is scheduled to open on October 5.Bel Air Motel will renovate and convert into an affordable housing complex. Once complete, the motel will create 42 affordable housing units in Penticton.Highway 13 is receiving a $25.5M upgrade at the Aldergrove Port of Entry thanks to a $25.5M investment from the federal and provincial governments. The project's aim is to reduce traffic congestion and improve border access.The Odd Job Squad, a program that provides experience for Okanagan youth with autism, has entered its second yearA new $5M development is being planned for Nanaimo's Departure Bay. "Legasea" will include six penthouse-style units as well as a coffee shop and café.The Government of BC awarded 47 grants to 30 local governments, 15 First Nations, and two not-for-profit organizations across the province. The grants total $464,000 and will be used to promote economic sustainability in the communities.Pemberton Holmes opened a new office in Sidney. Approximately 10 realtors are based out of the new office.Westhills Land Corp is developing Lakepoint One, a multi-generational project in Langford. The project, which includes 46 condominiums, is scheduled for occupancy in late 2017.Construction began on the Westsyde Pool renovation in Kamloops. The $2.5M project is expected to be complete by the end of January 2017.Bosa Properties is developing Cardero, a 26-storey highrise in downtown Vancouver. The project, which includes 119 condominium units, is expected to be complete in late 2019.The city of Fort St. John approved over $500,000 for sidewalk and street light upgrades throughout the city. The projects were awarded to Interoute Construction.Focus Ability, a Salmon Arm startup connecting disabled adults and employers, is launching its first class on September 6. The program includes a six-week assessment and training program with the end goal of obtaining meaningful employment.Amrikko's By the Sea, a restaurant in Nanaimo that was closed due to a fire, announced plans to rebuild and reopen. The proposed building includes four second-floor residential units as well as four commercial spaces, including the restaurant.Ahousaht Nation proposed a hydroelectric project that could power Tofino and Ucluelet. The project would create between 30 and 40 construction jobs for approximately 2.5 years, as well as four to six permanent positions once operational.The MS Society of Canada is downsizing its location in Victoria to reduce costs. The society will maintain most of its services, however its physiotherapy program will be cut.Nuvola Gelato Dolci, an artisan Italian gelato and pastry shop, recently opened in VancouverJF Kustoms, a hot rod builder and repair shop, is opening a new automotive shop near the Osoyoos AirportArrowsmith Independent School is preparing to open in Qualicum Beach. The K-7 elementary school is located in the same building as the former Morning Glory School, a private school that closed its doors at the end of the 2015-16 school year.Rainforest Arts, a retail art gallery located in Chemainus, opened its doors in July
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.Fraser Health Authority proposed a 200-bed residential care facility, worth $40M, near Peace Arch HospitalBC Ocean Boating Tourism Association began the third phase of its multi-year marketing program. In this phase, the program will market Broughton Archipelago Discovery Islands and Vancouver Island West.North Island College is offering a free course, New Directions For Older Workers, to help worker between the ages of 55 and 64 in getting back into the workforceMastercraft Construction has started construction on its townhouse development near Brentwood Bay. The project consists of 103 rental townhouses and is expected to be complete by 2019.Sawbucks Pub, located in South Surrey, is expected to reopen soon, following a four-month renovationContractors First by Rona recently opened a new location in OsoyoosAccording to the Asia-Pacific Gateway Skills Table study, nearly 110,000 jobs will open up in 52 transportation and construction occupations across BC by 2025The City of Fort St. John has issued 13 new construction permits this year. Approved developments include residential, retail, and commercial construction.Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society will train up to eight job seekers in the Barriere and Clearwater areas in trail clearing, milling, and carpentryCanadian Natural Resources Ltd. capped approximately 10% of its natural gas wells as a result of flooding in northeastern BC. The company expects to return to full production in December.Several new retail stores will be opening in the upgraded Langley City Square. Some of the new stores include Bed Bath & Beyond, Chipotle and Starbucks.Extra Foods in Maple Ridge closed its doors on August 13, while it is renovated into No Frills. The upgraded store is scheduled to re-open in November.Alabaster Homes is constructing Oak + Park, a 40 townhome project, in Vancouver¿s Marpole neighbourhoodConcord Pacific Developments Inc. is building Concord Brentwood, a 10-highrise tower development, in BurnabyKidcare Daycare recently opened in Williams Lake. The new daycare created 22 new jobs in the community.Campbell River is building a new transit operations and maintenance facility, thanks to $15M in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The city expects to double the number of buses in operation over the next 25 years.Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society recently held its annual Mega Job Fair and Business Expo in Surrey. The job fair attracted 102 businesses and 4,700 job seekers.Lowes recently hosted a two-day hiring fair in Victoria to recruit up to 160 staff for its new location at Tillicum shopping centre. The 93,000 sq.-ft. location is expected to open in late fall 2016.Movie and TV production in Vancouver is up by 45% so far in 2016, compared to the same period last year. In the past few months, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees signed an average of 150 new workers per month.Klaus Fuerniss Enterprises Inc. is developing George Gibsons Marine Resort and Residences in Gibsons. The project includes two buildings, a 39-unit condominium complex as well as a 116-room hotel.
La Van Tea opened its doors in South Surrey on August 5
Bella Bella Airport is constructing a new terminal building, thanks to funding from the provincial governmentHarbourside Senior Cohousing recently opened in Sooke. The cohousing facility includes 31 individual units as well as a common house.Gramercy Developments is building 'The Crossing', a 67-unit townhome development, in South Surrey. The project is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.The Government of BC announced $34M in safety upgrades to a 5km section of the Trans-Canada Highway through Malahat Village. Construction will begin early next year, and is expected to be completed in 2018.The RCMP detachment in South Okanagan Similkameen has requested two additional officers. The additional officers will be needed to help with the anticipated increase in workload from the new Okanagan Correctional Centre.Demolition work has resumed on Central Saanich¿s Marigold Nursery. Following demolition, Marigold Lands will begin construction of its mixed-use development, which will include up to 250 housing units.According to a report by BC¿s auditor general, the provincial Financial Institutions Commission is significantly understaffed and has a staff vacancy rate of 37%Tourism across BC was up by 14% between January and May 2016, compared to the same period last year. In addition, visits from international travellers also increased by nearly five percent over the same period.Vancouver city council approved the Grandview-Woodland community plan. The plan will see up to 10,000 new residents and 7,000 new homes added to the neighbourhood around the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station over the next 30 years.BC Hydro announced that it will reduce its use of outside contractors to cut costs, in addition to several other adjustments, in response to declining revenues from its industrial customersSalvatore¿s La Spaghetteria, a restaurant in New Westminster, closed its doors on August 1. The restaurant employed 12 people.New Westminster School District recently moved into its new 7,200 sq.-ft. office. The new office will save the school district about $400,000 per year, which has been used to hire four new staff members at Fraser River Middle School.Two highrise apartment towers and a new church have been proposed in Burnaby. The new towers will add 254 rental units to the city.A recent report found that Metro Vancouver requires 18,200 new housing units per year over the next decade. One-third of the new units should be purpose-built rentals, while two-thirds of which should be earmarked for low-income households.Tsawwassen Commons, a 550,000 sq.-ft. outdoor mall on Tsawwassen First Nation land, reported that the mall will open in two phases. The first phase is currently under construction and includes stores such as Wal-Mart, Rona and Canadian Tire.Globe International Cuisine, a new restaurant, opened its doors in Hope on July 4Nissan is opening its first auto dealership in south Okanagan¿s Satikw Crossing. More than 30 full-time jobs will be created when the dealership opens in mid-2017.Bosa Development announced a multi-tower residential and commercial project in downtown New Westminster. The project will include two or three condo towers, a stand-alone restaurant and a daycare facility.Hawaiian Electric has withdrawn its application for a liquefied natural gas contract with Fortis Hawaii Energy Inc. The agreement, which was signed earlier this year, would have resulted in an $800M to $900M expansion at the Delta LNG location.
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.Good Shepherd Christian School is closing its doors in Osoyoos. The closure will result in a loss of two full-time teaching positions.A new Contractors First by Rona outlet is opening its doors in Osoyoos. The store will employ approximately 10 to 11 full-time employees and is currently hiring yard workers and cashiers.BC Corrections is hiring guards for its Okanagan Correctional Centre. Construction of the new facility is currently underway, with the centre scheduled to receive inmates in early 2017.The Government of BC is funding a $600,000 study to find ways to meet demand for high-tech workers in BC. At any given time, there are approximately 2,000 high-tech job vacancies in the province.FortisBC broke ground on its new Kootneay Operation Centre in Castlegar. The $23M project will allow the company to centralize operations by relocating approximately 100 existing employees to the city.The City of Richmond began construction on its new $22.3M fire hall. The 8,000 sq.-ft. facility is expected to be completed by late 2017.A new CRAFT restaurant is anticipated to open at New Westminster¿s Shops at New West plaza. In addition to the restaurant, First Capital Realty plans to develop a three-storey building that would connect to the plaza.Canfor recently celebrated the addition of two new pellet plants to its Chetwynd and Fort St. John sawmills. The pellet plants have a combined annual production capacity of about 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets.A three-storey building, that includes a boutique hotel and a courtyard plaza, has been proposed in Fort LangleyThe federal and provincial governments are granting approximately $26M to BC Transit in Greater Victoria. The funding will be used to extend a bus-priority lane, as well as to build a new depot and upgrade maintenance facilities.The BC Cattlemen¿s Association is developing a business plan for a beef processing plant in Prince George. If the plant proceeds, it would create approximately 180 full-time jobs and about 620 spinoff jobs in the region.Full of Beans Play Café, a coffee shop and indoor playground, recently opened in Port AlberniA new $28M transit depot and maintenance facility will be constructed in AbbotsfordTillicum Lelum is building a new $2M childcare centre in Nanaimo. The new centre is expected to open in January 2017.Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association is conducting an Aboriginal labour market study, thanks to funding from the provincial government. The report is expected to be released in October 2017.Care Funeral Services recently opened a satellite location in Sooke
Kerkhoff Construction plans on building a 117-unit condominium in downtown Kelowna. Construction of the building is slated to begin in September 2016.Construction of a new patient care tower and parkade recently began at the Penticton Regional Hospital. The new tower will include expanded space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine program, and is slated to open in 2019.The City of Vancouver completed the removal of train tracks on the West Side last week. Parts of the transportation corridor have already been transformed into a paved path for cycling and pedestrian use.Stormy weather and summer hail has affected fruit growers in the Kamloops region. For example, some of the grapes at Harper's Trail winery were damaged by the recent storm.The City of Vancouver's bike sharing service was launched on July 20, 2016. The program will allow members of the rental network to benefit from greater mobility within the city.A new virtual reality gaming studio recently opened in Kamloops
Brookside Foods is closing its production facility in Abbotsford in October 2016. The closure will affect approximately 180 employees.Magnolia House Holdings is replacing two aging rental properties in Vancouver with a single 40-unit apartment buildingBC Lottery Corp. plans on building a new casino in Victoria. The next step in development will be choosing an operator and identifying a potential site.BC Lottery Corporation announced plans to expand the View Royal Casino in Victoria. The expansion, which is expected to include a 600-seat theatre, restaurants and a larger gaming floor, could begin within the next 18 months.Similkameen News Leader, an independent weekly newspaper, is shutting down operation in Princeton. The newspaper had two employees, as well as four contributors from the community.Caetani Port Studio, a new multi-purpose facility, recently opened its doors in Vernon. The facility will be used to host workshops, presentations and exhibits by artists and writers.Indian Residential School Survivors Society opened a new location in Hope. The facility specializes in dealing with the effects of traumatization.Lowe¿s opened a new location in Abbotsford on July 7. The new store, which employs 140 associates , is Lowe¿s second location in BC.A new daycare, Mary¿s Place, is opening as part of Rosalie¿s Village development in Saanich. The development provides subsidized housing for single mothers with children under the age of five years.Element Lifestyle Retirement will begin construction on OPAL, a new retirement community, in Vancouver in fall 2016The provincial government is granting $300,000 to increase the handyDart service in Victoria. The additional funds will result in 4,000 more service hours per year.Grizzli Winery recently opened its doors in West KelownaNorthIsle Copper and Gold announced plans to explore for a potential mine at Red Dog, located near Port Hardy. If the feasibility study is positive, the mine could employ between 500 and 600 people.DunnEnzies, a Kelowna pizzeria, recently opened a second location in the cityThe Government of BC announced a $15.5M investment in flood prevention in Surrey. The city will contribute another $10M toward the project, raising and boosting several dikes around the city.Les Chocolats Favoris, a Quebec-based chocolatier, opened its first BC location in VictoriaPICS employment programs presents PICS Mega Job Fair and Business Expo 2016 on August 4 at North Surrey Recreation Centre, 10275 City Parkway, Surrey, BC.
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.Saanich council is proceeding with a public hearing for the Uptown residential tower's proposed 14-storey development. The development includes 134 apartments and townhouses, as well as 55,000 sq.-ft. of retail space.Strathcona regional district is undertaking a $21.8M renovation to Strathcona GardensConstruction of Sooke Brewing Company's new facility is expected to begin soon in Sooke. The new brewery expects to employ six full- and part-time staff, and is scheduled to open at the end of 2016.BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals opened a new $3.4M facility in Nanaimo. The facility will act as a development model for 12 new shelters being developed in BC over the next eight years.The Village, a local restaurant, is opening a second location in SaanichConstruction of a 49-unit affordable housing project, Madrona at Dockside Green, started in Victoria. The project includes a mix of two- and three-storey buildings, which will be rented to households with incomes ranging from $28,000 to $65,000.Berwick Retirement Communities proposed a $25M development in Qualicum Beach. Construction of the 91-unit community could begin as early as spring 2017, with occupancy in fall 2018.Sooke Oceanside Brewery, the first craft brewery in Sooke, is expected to open its doors in AugustLeaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary opened in Port Alberni on June 1. The facility is the second licensed medical marijuana dispensary in the Alberni Valley.Royal Bay, a new community, is under development in Colwood. The first phase of the project includes 28 homes, which will eventually grow to 2,300.Chard Development is constructing a new 54,000 sq.-ft. building in Vancouver. The four-storey office strata building is expected to break ground in January 2017, with an 18-month construction period.The federal government announced an investment of $150M over two years in affordable housing in BC. The investment includes $25.2M for senior housing, $10.9M for victims of family violence, and $50.9M to repair aging facilities.Ted Baker opened a new location at Vancouver's McArthusGlen OutletKamloops Airport will receive $2.6M from the Government of BC's Air Access Program. The funding will be used to rehabilitate a section of the airport apron.
NewLeaf Travel, a Kelowna-based airline company, will begin offering flights to 12 Canadian cities on July 25Mount Polley mine will return to full production on July 9. The mine, located near Williams Lake, features a repaired and strengthened tailings storage facility.Patio Burger and Ice Cream Co is opening in Penticton's Lakawanna ParkSeaspan laid off 250 workers from Victoria Shipyards following the completion of a five-year federal frigate upgrading contract. The company expects to hire about 250 workers this fall, however the make-up of the trades will be different.Seaspan Vancouver announced a $2.9M investment to support training in the marine industrial sector. Funding was provided to the University of BC, BC Institute of Technology, Camosun College, and the Canadian Welding Association.New Westminster is building a new 7,100 sq.-ft. animal shelter and tow yard. Construction of the facility is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.Veresen Midstream awarded a $130M contract for its Saturn Phase 2 project to WorleyParsonsCord. The company will provide module assembly and field construction services for the project, located near Dawson Creek.ABC Communications is investing $2M, along with $5M in government funding, to develop wireless high speed internet in several rural communities across the provinceConstruction recently began on an $86M seniors facility in Victoria. The Summit at Quadra Village is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2019 and will provide 320 beds for seniors, including residents with dementia.Okanagan Similkameen school board voted to save Osoyoos Secondary School. The school was scheduled to close this year due to declining enrolment and required repairs.Alpha Secondary School, a high school in Burnaby, began a $27.2M renovation. The project involves seismic upgrades and the replacement of two classroom wings. Construction is scheduled for completion in fall of 2018.A Vancouver developer announced plans to open Hawkers Wharf, a public market featuring 25 local, independent food start-upsBliss Float Centre, a float therapy provider, recently opened in KamloopsVancouver school board are considering closing 12 schools, 11 of which are located on the city's east side. Under the proposed plan, 11 of the 12 schools would close by September 2017, with the final one closing in September 2018.Viking Air, a North Saanich-based aircraft manufacturer, bought the manufacturing rights for Bombardier's water bombers. The acquisition will see Viking add another 40 people to its workforce in Victoria and Calgary.The City of New Westminster is building BridgeNet, a one-gigabit-rated fibre optic network. New Westminster hopes that the network will help attract new businesses to the city.RBC Capital Markets predicted at least five mills in BC could be negatively affected if a new softwood lumber agreement with the US is not reached by October 15
Duz Cho Logging recently opened a sawmill in Mackenzie. The mill employs a total of 28 people.West Vancouver city council recently endorsed a five-year plan that will expand the Spirit Trail and replace nine buildings with a new arts centre and bistroConstruction will begin shortly on Mahogany at Mill Lake, an $80M high-rise in AbbotsfordMicrosoft recently opened its new Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver. The new centre will double Microsoft's workforce in Vancouver from 350 to 700.Chevron Canada is soliciting bids for its Burnaby oil refinery and fuel distribution network in BC and Alberta. The refinery, which employs approximately 430 people, currently processes 55,000 barrels-per-day.Oak+Cru, a new restaurant and wine bar, was added to the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort as part of a recent $9.4M renovation.Nightingale, a new Vancouver restaurant, recently opened downtownThe Government of BC announced $2.7M in funding, to help save nine rural schools slated to close next year. School Districts can apply for the funding, which equals the amount they would save by closing the schools.A feasibility study for the Kootenay Lake ferry concluded that building a new location on Queens Bay would cost $25M, compared to a $40M upgrade to the current Balfour location. A decision on the ferry terminal location is expected in the fall.The Government of BC reaffirmed its commitment to provide transit service between Price Rupert, Terrace, and the Hazeltons. The new routes, which are subject to local government approval, are expected either in 2016 or 2017.Construction of Margaret "Ma" Murray Community School, located in Fort St. John, is expected to begin in July and be completed by spring 2018, with classes starting later that year in fall.Bad Axe Throwing, a Burlington-based company, is opening its first BC location in SurreyFederal, provincial, and municipal governments announced nearly $1B in joint transit funding for BC. The funding will allow for 55 new rail cars, a third Seabus, new transit exchanges, and the construction of Surrey's new light-rail lines.The Government of BC purchased the former Victoria Central Care Home from the Baptist Housing Society for $11.2M. The building will provide 140 units of long-term supportive housing for residents with mental-health and addictions issues.Multiple hotel renovation projects in Victoria this year made as many as 500 rooms unavailable for use. The shortages resulted in average occupancy levels rising from 67% in the first four months to 80% in April.The Keg restaurant is closing its location in Kamloops at the end of August. Up to 60 full and part-time staff are expected to be laid off.Chanel recently opened a 470 sq.-m. flagship store in Vancouver, located on the first floor of Holt Renfrew
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 programHighstreet Ventures is building new apartment buildings in Kelowna and West Kelowna. Construction of the $113M project is expected to begin before the end of the year and will create 528 units in the region.Central Okanagan School District is building a new administration building in Kelowna. Construction of the 125,000 sq.-ft. building is expected to begin this summer and be complete by August 2017.Chartered Professional Accountants of BC released its annual economic report. The report highlights that despite layoffs in the mining and forestry industries the Kootenay region saw overall positive job creation.The Trellis Group will build and operate a new 135-bed residential care facility in east Richmond. Fraserview, another residential care facility in the city, is redeveloping and expanding by 75 beds.The Trellis Group will build and operate a new 180-bed residential care facility on the North ShoreThe Trellis Group will build and operate a new 128-bed residential care facility in Sechelt. The facility is scheduled to open in August 2018.Vancouver Coastal Health signed agreements to add new beds to residential care facilities in Vancouver. Point Grey Private Hospital will add 84 new beds and Casa Mia Mansion will add 87 beds. Both projects include publicly and privately funded beds.The Government of BC and North Vancouver school district are replacing Argyle Secondary school with a new $45.7M facility as part of its Seismic Mitigation Program. Construction is expected to begin in 2017, with the school opening in 2019.Queen's Park Meat Market, a butcher shop in New Westminster, closed its doors at the beginning of JuneEvo, a Vancouver-based car sharing company, expanded its services to include three locations in Burnaby. The company launched last year and recently tripled its fleet to include 750 hybrid vehicles.A Victoria movie theatre that closed in 2013 is being remodelled and is scheduled to reopen in AugustThe Government of BC is investing $30M to build a new interchange at Highway 91 and 72nd Avenue in Delta. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall.Playland, a Vancouver amusement park, proposed a $120M expansion to be financed by the city and repaid through increased future revenue. The expansion includes a number of upgrades that owners believe would turn Playland into a world class theme park.Rathskeller, a German restaurant in Victoria, was put up for sale. It's owner expect the restaurant will close its doors after the location is sold.The Government of BC is providing an additional $1M in funding through its seven-year tree fruit replant program. The funding will assist more than two dozen projects with 122 additional acres being replanted.The city of White Rock proposed a $30M renovation to the city's waterfront, including a seaside walkway and amenities.Margaux Resources is restarting operations at Jersey-Emerald Mine, a tungsten-zinc mine outside Salmo that shut down 43 years ago. The company estimates the mine will generate approximately 10 jobs to start.The Government of BC announced $11.3M in funding to create 1,818 new childcare spaces in 30 communities across the province. Priority was given to underserved areas like Surrey, Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam.Immigrant Services Society of BC recently opened a new $24M facility in Vancouver, providing many of the services refugees need under one roofCanadian Tire is opening a new location at Victoria's Hillside Centre this fall
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.Bardel Entertainment, an animation company based in Vancouver and Kelowna, is planning to add 70 positions to its Kelowna locationEnderby Preschool Society is expanding its facility and creating 33 new child care spaces. The expansion is scheduled to open in February 2017.The Government of BC is reducing the mark-up rate for small and regional breweries by about 25% per litre. The reduction should provide craft breweries with increased opportunities to grow and expand.British Columbia, led by metro-Vancouver, saw the highest year-over-year employment growth in the country in April at 4.9%. Nonetheless, many residents still face difficulties finding affordable housing in Vancouver.Tourism Victoria expects to see interest in the region rise, increasing ferry and aircraft traffic and intensifying demand for more hotels in the city. The tourism sector in Victoria currently employs about 22,000 people.The Government of BC announced that a $25M cut to school districts across the province will be cancelled. School Districts that have already made the necessary savings will be able to spend the money as they see fit.Northern Lights College, located in Dawson Creek, will receive $150,000 to provide training for workers affected by decreased production at the Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp MillNorth Island College, located in Courtenay, will receive $200,000 to provide training for workers affected by the closure of Myra Falls Mine and Quinsam MineKamloops-Thompson school district expects to rescind 15 full-time layoff notices, as at least 29 teachers opted to retire at the end of this school year
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.Summerland Secondary School is receiving a $1.2M exterior upgrade and roof replacement. The renovations are expected to be complete by April 2017.Construction began on the new $7.9M community centre in Invermere. The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017.Sooke school board is hiring at least 12 classroom teachers due to an increase in enrolment. However, the school district also announced cuts to several specialist positions, including counsellors, librarians, and special education.The Government of BC is investing $12.7M over three years in BC Transit, which will increase handyDART service in the province by an additional 8,000 hours annuallyThe Government of BC announced $5M in funding to help Geoscience BC continue mapping groundwater resources in the Peace Region, which should help communities make informed resource decisions and attract investmentSobeys recently applied for a development permit from the City of Langford for its $100M project, Belmont Market Shopping Centre. The project will include a 57,000 sq.-ft. Thrifty Foods and a 200,000 sq.-ft. shopping centre.Magusta Development is building a new residential tower in Vancouver. Burquitlam Capital will include 189 condominiums, four townhomes, and 10,534 sq.-ft. of commercial space. Construction is expected to be complete by December 2018.The federal and provincial governments will provide a combined $17.6M towards the expansion of British Columbia¿s Coquihalla highwayThe City of Vernon is hiring two temporary bylaw compliance officersSt Joseph Elementary School broke ground on its new facility in Kelowna. The $4.8M modular project is expected to open for school in September.The Government of BC announced a $45M investment in its School Enhancement Program, which will provide various school improvements across the provinceLoblaw Companies Limited is closing its Super Valu grocery store in Fraser Lake in June, laying off 18 employees. The closest location to purchase groceries after the store closes will be Vanderhoof, 58km away.Loblaw Companies Limited is closing its Super Valu grocery store in June, laying off 27 employees. The closest location to purchase groceries after the store closes will be Smithers or Burns Lake, approximately a 45-minute drive away.Flashbacks Nightclub, a 27 year old nightclub in Kelowna recently closed its doorsTexada Island Inn was heavily damaged by a recent fire. The Inn is a major employer in the small community of Van Anda, creating approximately 20% of employment.TELUS is investing $40M to expand its fibre optic network in Kelowna and West KelownaAvenue M Microgreens recently opened in KelownaStarkhund Brewery is under construction in Kelowna. The new 60,000 sq.-ft. brewery and accompanying 150-seat lounge are expected to create a number of jobs in manufacturing and in food and accommodations.The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is opening a new 4,000 sq.-ft. location in Castlegar. Construction of the $2M facility is expected to begin before the end of the year.The BC Schizophrenia Society is adding an additional 12 educators to its caregiver network in BC after receiving an investment of $3M from the Ministry of Health
Tsawwassen First Nation is holding a job fair for its Tsawwassen Mills shopping centre on June 25 at the Vancouver Convention CentreThe Federal Government provided over $550,000 to 54 employers in Delta through its Canada Summer Jobs program. The funding, which is double the amount provided in 2015, will create 178 summer jobs for Delta students.BC Housing announced that a new affordable housing project is being developed in Penticton. The new development, which is expected to open in 2018, will provide 67 units for low-income families.The National Energy Board issued a recommendation to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs between Edmonton and Burnaby. The recommendation includes 157 conditions that the company must meet before they can begin construction.PARC Retirement Living expects to begin construction next spring on its 23-storey rental retirement building in White Rock. The $100M project will provide 204 units for seniors, as well as a two-storey retail and amenity building.AltaGas proposed a $400-$500M propane export terminal on Ridley Island. The project is expected to create up to 250 jobs during construction as well as 40 permanent full-time positionsThe Canada Summer Jobs program is providing $679,119 to 91 employers in the North Okanagan-Shuswap region this year. The funding will create 188 summer jobs for students in the region.Parallel Mechanical Ltd proposed a 30,000sq.-ft. multi-purpose activity centre in Quesnel. The new facility includes bowling alleys, mini golf and a banquet room.The Government of BC announced nearly $100M to create 2,700 new student spaces in Surrey schools. Three elementary schools will receive expansions, which will be completed by fall 2017, and two new schools will be built by the end of 2020.Seaspan's Victoria shipyard is aiming to increase its cruise ship dockings from two to three or four per year; each docking includes about $5M in ship maintenanceSplashdown, a water park in South Delta, is closing its doors in SeptemberThe Skilled Trades Employment Program is opening an office at Mission's Riverside College one day per week. The program connects people with skilled trade jobs and education, as well as connecting employers with skilled labour.The City of Vancouver will soon issue a Request for Proposals for two modular housing projects in the city. The projects will create 120 microsuites, with rents starting at $375.BC Hydro is providing $1.8M to School District 60 to help build a new daycare at its Margaret ¿Ma' Murray Community School in Fort St. John. The new daycare will provide space for 37 children, with half of the spaces reserved for Site C workers.Skydance Media, a California-based film and television production company, is renovating a new building in Surrey which can accommodate up to 400 production staff. The company expects to bring in $100M per year of regional economic spinoffs.Wealth Shop Society opened Vancouver's first licenced medicinal marijuana shopA new $140M senior living project has been proposed in Summerland. The new project, iCasa, includes four building as well as numerous amenities and on-site health care.The Trading Post, a gift shop, opened on Highway 1 at the Ashcroft Esso Travel CentrePaesano's, an Italian restaurant in Richmond, recently closed its doorsCabela's is opening a new location in Abbotsford on June 23. The new 70,000 sq.-ft. store is the company's second location in BC. The store will create 220 jobs through a mix of full- and part-time and seasonal employees.The Government of BC announced $6.1M in funding to repair the roof at Bayside Middle School, located in Central Saanich
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.George Derby Centre, a long-term care home in Burnaby, issued layoff notices to 54 nurses effective July 11. The affected nurses will be offered employment elsewhere in Fraser Health.Fisheries and Oceans Canada is hiring 135 research scientists, biologists, oceanographers, and techniciansThe first phase of construction at the Site C dam worker camp near Fort St. John is finished. The $470M camp will be able to house 2,000 workers once complete.Knappett Industries Ltd. is commencing work on a $3M storm sewer project in Fort St. John. The work will be the final phase of the upgrade, which began in 2013.Columbia Basin Trust announced 42 recreation projects around the region which will receive a combined $3.5M in infrastructure grantsPJ's Pets is closing 27 of its 39 stores across Canada, including five in BC. The closures in BC affect Petculture stores located in Victoria, Coquitlam, Chilliwack, Pitt Meadows, and Richmond.The Canadian Coast Guard closed its marine traffic and services centre in Comox. Nine of the affected employees relocated to Sidney and nine were laid off.Burnaby is moving ahead with a $250,000 feasibility study for the development of a new ice arena. The city has put aside $22M from its 2017/18 budget to construct the new facility.Polygon Homes is developing 84 townhomes in Delta's Marina GardensMake Children First, Vancouver Community College, and School District 74 have partnered to offer a full-time Early Child Care Education certificate program to high school students and adults in Clinton, Cache Creek, and AshcroftThe Health Employers Association of BC and the BC Nurses' Union ratified a five-year collective agreement. The agreement will provide 40,000 BC nurses with a wage increase of 5.5% over the five-year term.Canadian officials met with a 200-member delegation from China in Vancouver. The province of BC was identified as an ideal location for China to invest in Canadian engineering, bioscience, and finance sectors.Woodfibre LNG signed a 25-year agreement with Guangzhou Gas Group to export one million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year from its planned Squamish plant. The agreement starts in 2020 and accounts for half of the plant¿s total production.
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.University of Northern British Columbia recently opened its Field Education Centre, a 1,200 sq.-ft. interpretive centre overlooking the Upper Fraser area and the McGregor Mountains
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.Export Development Canada predicts that agriculture and forestry will continue to be BC's largest export sectors. Agriculture exports are expected to grow by 7% in 2016 thanks to demand from China and other Asian economies.Harbour Air opened its new 5,000 sq.-ft. floating terminal in VictoriaBC Oil and Gas Commission issued the final permits required for TransCanada Corp to begin construction on its proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline. The project is expected to create between 2,000 and 2,500 jobs during construction.Burns Lake Band began construction on its new $8M hotel project. The Band will hold a job fair to recruit for the hotel, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year.Ksan House Society is proposing a 45-unit affordable housing complex in Terrace. The $13M project will rent all units at about 30% below market value.Repair Express, a Kelowna-based cellular phone repair company, opened a new location in PentictonThe province of BC is increasing its minimum wage in two stages. The first increase of 40 cents will be effective September 15, 2016 with a second 30 cents increase a year later.Thompson Rivers University is adding an engineering program to its school. The university expects it will begin offering software, electrical, and computer engineering within three years.Mr. Red Café opened a new location in KitsilanoEmilio Finatti Sicilian Pizzeria opened its second location in Langley. The company employs 25 people between its two locations.Polygon is building a new 27-storey residential high rise in Coquitlam. The new building includes 179 two- and three-bedroom apartments, and is expected to be complete in summer 2018.The Canadian Coast Guard base in Kitsilano reopened on May 1 after being closed for three yearsThere were 81 fires burning across BC as of May 6. About 500 people northwest of Fort St. John have either been forced to evacuate or have been notified they may need to leave.Langley Hospice Society received approval for a new stand-alone facility with 15 beds. The facility will be planned and built over the next few years.The Government of BC amended the restricted operations permits for Mount Polley Mining Corporation. The mine is now allowed to produce five million tonnes of ore, up from from four million previouslySigma Stone Inc. is building 18 duplex houses in OsoyoosClothing retailer Aeropostale is closing all 41 of its locations in Canada, including two in BC, as well as 113 locations in the US. The closures represent 20% of the retailer's total locations.The Government of BC announced that The Crossing at Keremeos, a substance-abuse treatment centre for youth near Keremeos, is reopening in 2017. The centre will offer 22 treatment beds for youth between 17 and 24.Meridian Farm Market Store opened a new location in Maple Ridge. Approximately 40 positions were created at the new store.Nak'azdli Whut'en First Nation held its fourth annual ¿Think Big¿ Career Fair on May 6 and 7 at Fort St. James Secondary SchoolMarriott Hotels of Canada is building a new 170-room Marriott Courtyard hotel in Prince George. The hotel is expected to open sometime in 2017.Edgecombe Builders is constructing a six-storey mixed-use complex in downtown Kelowna. The development, Sole Downtown, will include 40 condo units.Nl'akapxm (Eagle) Motorplex, located near Ashcroft, has closed its doors. The drag-racing facility attributed the closure to declining attendance at events and difficulty finding qualified repair personnel.Six schools in Kootenay Lake school district face possible closures. The schools being considered are Trafalgar, Winlaw, Salmo Elementary, Jewett, Yahk, and Creston Education Centre.Construction began on Cascades Casino Penticton. The casino is expected to create 150 jobs during construction and employ 300 people when completed in spring 2017.TELUS is investing $8M to expand its fibre optic network to Grand Forks. The company aims to connect more than 90% of homes and businesses in the city before the end of 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.Delta Board of Education is cutting 12 full-time education assistant positions and eight full-time teaching and library positionsMaple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School Board will end its school bus transportation service next year. The change will affect 370 students who are currently riding the school bus.Three new 25-storey towers were proposed for White Rock¿s town centre. The towers would include approximately 342 units ranging from 1,100 to 25,000 sq.-ft. The development also includes a daycare centre for up to 70 children.The College of New Caledonia will begin offering Industrial Mechanic (millwright) apprenticeship training at its campus in Vanderhoof in SeptemberThe College of New Caledonia will begin offering Access to Business as well as Pathway to Practical Nursing courses at its Burns Lake campus in September. The programs will prepare students for the upcoming business management certificate diploma program as well as the two-year practical nursing program offered at the college.T.A. Rendek and Associates Ltd. was selected to build Invermere¿s new $7.45M multi-use centre. The Creston-based company expects the centre will open in the summer of 2017.Bowen Island Pub is constructing a new, larger building at its current locationMeridian Farm Market held a job fair for its new location in Maple Ridge. The job fair attracted over 250 applicants, 42 of which were hired.Air Canada will begin offering direct flights between Vancouver and Delhi on October 20. The thrice-weekly flights are expected to add 94 jobs in BC.Holmberg House, Abbotsford¿s first adult hospice, opened its doors at the end of April. The 30,000 sq.-ft. facility provides end-of-life care to adults as young as 19 in a home-like setting.The Government of BC is expanding paramedicine service to 73 rural and remote communities in the province. The additional coverage is expected to create at least 80 new full-time positions across the province.Northern Thunderbird Air will begin offering flights twice a week between Dease Lake and Prince George91, a casual fine dining restaurant, recently opened in PeachlandBjornbar Bakery opened in North VancouverAir Canada will begin offering three flights per week between Vancouver and Brisbane, Australia, starting in June 2016Victoria Clipper has postponed the launch of its Vancouver to Victoria ferry service until spring 2017Thompson Veneer Products, a forest-products company in Kamloops, recalled 40 staff that were temporarily laid off last month back to workENCORE Vineyards is opening the first urban winery in the south Okanagan. The former PenMar Theatre will be home to TIME Winery, McWatters Collection and Evolve Cellars.
Osoyoos Desert Centre, a 67 acre nature interpretive facility, recently opened for the season. The centre offers several guided tours throughout the day.The Greater Victoria School District is requesting funding from the Ministry of Education to support hiring an additional 52 teachers and 50 support staff. The school board would also like to hire a number of speech-language pathologistsKindale Developmental Association, a non-profit organization supporting people with disabilities, is opening a new training centre in Vernon. The new centre includes a thrift store, which provides participants with on-the-job training.Days Inn in downtown Prince George reopened its doors after being closed for a year and a half. The hotel underwent a large renovation and now includes a barber shop, diner, coffee shop, and sandwich spot.Mountain Equipment Co-op and Lee Valley Tools both opened new stores at Kelowna's Orchard Plaza. The shopping centre had large vacancies created after Target and Future Shop moved out.Capilano University is closing its Community Music School. The closure will affect about 16 part-time instructors and 250 students at the North Vancouver University.Ledingham McAllister is building Escala, a 42-storey high-rise, in Burnaby's Brentwood area. The development, which includes 520 homes and townhomes, began selling at the end of April.Open Door Group recently held job fairs in Oliver and Osoyoos, attracting over 300 job seekers across both eventsThe City of Nelson expects to complete the second half of its Hall street reconstruction in late 2017. The $6.6M project includes replacing old water and sewer pipes under the street.Lowe's is completing $3M in renovations at Victoria's Tillicum Shopping Centre before opening its new store in the former Target locationAritzia, a women's clothing retailer, opened a new location in VancouverUp to 130 marijuana shops in Vancouver were forced to close their doors at the end of April. Of the 176 businesses that applied under the city's new regulations last year, only 41 were allowed to remain open.Polygon R&R Homes is developing R + R, a new 99-unit residential development in Vancouver. The six-storey building is Polygon's fifth development in as many years in Vancouver's River District.Tim Horton's is opening a new location in Sparwood. The building is currently under construction and is expected to open in December.Anita's Diamonds by Design recently opened in Kelowna's Towne Centre MallKamloops Innovation Centre, Venture Kamloops, and the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce joined together to form Startup Kamloops. The new group will focus on promoting entrepreneurship within the city.Bao Down, a Vancouver-based restaurant, opened a new location in False CreekBritish Columbia's wildfire season began on April 1, with three evacuation orders in South Taylor Hill, Charlie Lake, and Baldonnel. There are currently 21 fires burning near Fort St. John and 16 near Dawson Creek.CaliBurger is opening a franchise in Vancouver
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.Conceptual plans were unveiled for a new long-term rental building in downtown Victoria. The 85,000 sq.-ft. building will include about 70 units as well as 5,000 sq.-ft. of ground-floor commercial space.Clean Energy BC anticipates future green energy projects will create 4,500 construction jobs, as well as more than 800 current and future operational positions in the provinceA 48km gravel footpath along an abandoned Vernon-Kelowna railway was recently proposed to Kelowna city council. Construction could begin this year and cost an estimated $7.9M.The Government of BC is spending $23M to combat gangs and gun violence in the province. Part of the funding will go towards the creation of two new 10-person anti-gang police units.Electra Meccanica, a Vancouver-based electric vehicle manufacturer, is preparing to launch a single-seat electric vehicle named "Solo". The company is opening retail stores in Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle and Manhattan.Choo Choo's, a family-friendly restaurant in Lanley, recently closed its doorsSeveral new businesses have recently opened up storefronts in downtown Rossland. In September 2015, Rossland News observed 11 empty retail spaces, currently only three remain empty.Northern Health announced 19 community groups in northeast BC will receive grants through its IMAGINE program. The groups will receive a total of $75,000 through the grants.Northern Health anticipates it will need 143 new health care assistants in the Peace Region over the next five years. To help meet demand, Northern Light College is opening at least 10 spots for a spring course in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.Vancouver city council is considering a shared-ownership pilot program to help make home ownership more affordable for moderate-income, longer-term residentsFresh St. Market is opening a new location in Surrey's Panorama Village shopping mall. The new store is currently under renovations and is expected to open in August.Interior Law recently opened a new law office in PentictonNorthwest Regional Airport started work on its $16.4M expansion and renovation. The project includes a substantial renovation to the terminal building as well as an expanded passenger hold area. The project, which will be complete in late 2017, is expected to be sufficient for the airport's needs for the next 20 years.Riverside Marine will not start its Victoria to Vancouver passenger ferry service until next year. The company is expecting that a complete refit of its vessel will take five to six months and begin in late May.The unemployment rate in northeast BC has more than doubled in the last year, rising from 4.2% in March 2015 to 9.7% the same time this yearBrowns Socialhouse is opening a new location in Fort St. John. More than 80 workers have already been hired, with the restaurant still looking for another 10 employees.The Zen Den, a new store featuring yoga and active wear, recently opened in KelownaHarkness and Co. Butchers closed the retail storefront of its Mount Pleasant butcher shop. The butcher is beginning a three-month trial offering meat as a delivery service instead, taking orders online.Woss Lake Elementary, a school on Vancouver Island with only three children enrolled next year, is closing its doors
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.Site preparation of Penticton Regional Hospital's new patient-care tower will begin in May, with construction starting in August. The $312.5M project is expected to create 1,900 direct and indirect jobs during construction.
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.The Government of BC is accepting applications for its Rural Dividend program. In its first year, the program will provide $25M to communities with populations under 25,000 to diversify and bolster their economies.CKF Inc., a food service and packaging manufacturer, is expanding its facility in Langley City by 20,000 sq.-ft. The company is the largest employer in the City with about 150 workers.Vancouver school board updated its budget proposal for the new school year. The new proposal significantly reduces the number of staff cuts under consideration in the district.A future capacity study completed by Urban Systems found that the new $25M Sechelt Water Resource Centre could require a $23M expansion if population growth estimates are correctA 43-storey residential tower was proposed for downtown Vancouver. The tower will include 188 condominiums as well as six levels of underground parking.A rezoning application to construct 30 single-family units in Richmond will result in eight businesses closing their doors if approvedOkanagan-Similkameen School Board voted to close Osoyoos Secondary School and transfer its 233 students to Southern Okanagan Secondary in OliverThe Regional District of Kootenay Boundary voted to close the reuse centres at West Boundary, McKelvey Creek, and Grand Forks Landfill. The landfills are also reducing their hours of operation as a result of reduced usage.Imperial Metals recalled 44 workers from a temporary layoff at Huckleberry Mine. Despite the recall, the mine remains scheduled to shut down at the end of August.A large seniors care home, proposed by Elim Housing Society, was recently approved by Chilliwack city council. The new facility includes a mix of seniors living, residential care, and medical units for over 500 individuals.Good Earth Coffeehouse, a Calgary-based coffee shop, is planning to open three to five new locations in Vancouver over the next yearStarline Enterprises recently broke ground on its three-tower residential development in Penticton. The first 12-storey tower includes 75 units and four garden apartments and will be built over the next 18 to 24 months.Selkirk College recently completed its inaugural Logger Training Program. The 11-week training program provided participants with work experience and job coaches.Lionsgate, a California-based studio, moved production of a new TV series from North Carolina to Vancouver. The move is expected to create a number of local jobs, more if the project involves multiple seasons.The Federal Government is providing $460M to the BC transit system over two years as part of the $3.4B Canada-wide public transit fund. The federal government will fund up to 50% of projects under the new program, up from the previous 33%.Peacock Bar & Grill recently opened in SurreyHorizon North, a Calgary-based modular building manufacturer, laid off 34 employees at its Kamloops locationWhistler Blackcomb announced Renaissance, a $345M investment that will add year-round attractions and activities to the mountain. The Company expects that construction of the first two phases will take four to five years to complete.Voith Hydro Inc. was selected to design, supply, and install six turbines and generators for Site C dam. The $470M deal is expected to create about 400 person-years of employment.Wexford Creek Care Home, a seniors-care facility in Nanaimo, will lay off its entire staff on September 30. More than 150 employees are affected by the layoffs, ranging from nurses to care aides.TELUS is investing $5M to expand its fibre optic network to include Tofino and Ucluelet. The company expects that 90% of homes and businesses in the communities will be connected by the end of 2016.Richmond school district is considering closing four or five schools this year due to declining enrolment and aging facilities
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.A major fire in Nanaimo recently destroyed 15 businesses. The affected businesses included a framer, graphic designer, clothing store, three art studios, and the Nanaimo Arts Council office and gallery space.Interior Heavy Equipment, a heavy equipment training school, opened a new location in Mission. The school offers courses from three to ten weeks long, teaching between 20 to 60 students at a time.Northwest Community College is planning an extensive renovation at its main campus in Terrace. An estimate found that $6M would be required to bring their trades building up to current standards.The Government of BC is setting up eight permanent mussel inspection stations to protect the province from invasive mussel species. The inspection stations will employ a total of 32 conservation officers between April and October.A number of new businesses recently opened in Summerland. Some of the new openings include landscaping services, food retailers, and bookkeepers.A developer is proposing a new micro-suite development in Lake Country. The two-building development will include 150 units, 42% of which will be larger than 45 sq. meters.West Fraser Mills and Interior Logging Association recently trained 16 new heavy duty equipment operators in Williams Lake. The training initiative received over 60 applications and all of the participants have received full time jobs in the forest industry.Chinese waste-management company, Bioland Environment Technologies Group, is opening its North American headquarters in Vancouver this year. The company expects to employ over 200 workers in the Lower Mainland by 2021.The City of Kelowna is beginning a $20M expansion to the Kelowna airport. The airport expansion will include a gas station and convenience store outside the terminal, and a Tim Hortons and Subway inside the departure lounge.Eaglequest Coyote Creek, a golf course in Surrey, recently hosted a hiring fair. The facility is hiring for multiple positions, including servers, bartenders and cooks.WorkBC is hosting an interview workshop in White Rock on April 18. "Rock that Interview" will cater to youth aged 15 to 24, providing tips and tricks to help with job interviews.Codan Radio Communications is hiring up to 30 engineers at its location in Victoria over the next five years. The Australia-based electronics manufacturer is expecting its production in Victoria to double over the same time.Woodfibre LNG, a liquefied natural gas export facility in Squamish, received federal environmental approval. The project is now awaiting a final investment decision.Uber, a ride-for-hire provider, began posting job advertisements for drivers in Vancouver despite not being legally eligible to operate in the province at this timeSears Canada recently closed several of its Hometown Store outlets in the province. Affected stores were located in Penticton, West Kelowna, Vernon, and Osoyoos.Camille's Restaurant, a 28-year-old restaurant in Victoria, recently closed its doorsThe first Burger King in Fort St. John recently opened its doors at Gateway Plaza. The new restaurant hired 45 employees and most of the construction work was completed by local tradespeople.A Vancouver School Board proposal is calling for 167 full-time job cuts next year and a further decrease of 35 going forward if enrolment continues to decline. About 80 of the affected jobs are positions that work directly with children, including support workers, vice-principals, and specialists.School District 20 is considering cutting its bus service in order to address a deficit of nearly $1M. Cutting bus services would affect 1850 students, including 100 living in rural areas.Omni Group is poised to begin its largest residential development project in the province. Vancouver's Cambie Corridor could include more than 400 units of low-cost housing, medical and recreational facilities, and a new SkyTrain station.The Railway Club, an iconic live music venue in Vancouver, recently closed its doorsDolce Melli, a European-style ice-cream shop, opened in Penticton in April.A new Shoppers Drug Mart recently opened its doors in BurnabyThe Government of BC is investing $515,000 to support The Government of BC is investing $515,000 to support Aboriginal digital skills development with its Bridging to Technology program. The program will help develop advanced digital skills and professional development in up to 40 participants.Laduree Boutique and Tea Salon recently opened in Vancouver. The new location is Laduree's first location in Canada.
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.The Government of BC is providing nearly $7.2M for over 250 projects and programs across the province that safeguard vulnerable youth and womenConstruction of a new truck stop in Chetwynd is expected to start this spring. The development also includes a convenience store, liquor store, laundromat, showers and office space.BC Ferries is sending two Spirit-class vessels to a Polish shipyard for $140M in upgrades. Vancouver-based Seaspan pulled out of the bidding process as its BC shipyards are too busy to handle the work.The BC government and City of Richmond are spending nearly $25M on flood mitigation efforts in the area. The projects are expected to create 297 jobs.BC Housing and Abbotsford Community Services are building a new supportive housing project in the city. The four-storey building is expected to open in mid-2017, and will provide 30 residential units for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.Construction will begin soon on a new winery near Osoyoos that is located at the site of the historic Haynes House. The winery is expected to be up and running by the fall of 2017.Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada recently closed its office in Prince George. The organization will continue to serve northern BC from its head office in Toronto and a location in Burnaby.New Westminster approved funding for a new $8M animal shelter. The new facility, which is expected to take three to four years to build, will be three times larger than the current shelter.The Government of Canada is reopening nine Veterans Affairs offices across the country, including locations in Prince George and Kelowna. A new office will also be opening in Surrey.Mission Group sold $10M worth of condominiums on the opening day of sales at Central Green, its new master-planned community in downtown KelownaHouston-based KBR Inc. has been selected to complete the engineering and design work for the Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas project in SquamishCentral Okanagan School District is building a new 125,000 sq.-ft. head office in KelownaKelowna Fire Department is seeking funding to build a new $9.1M fire hall and hire 20 additional firefightersBurnaby currently has 106 high-rise residential buildings either proposed or under construction, 47 of which are 40 storeys or higher. By comparison, Vancouver currently has 68 under development, with 13 above 40 storeys.Campbell River School District is closing two of its elementary schools. Oyster River and Discovery Passage are closing on June 30, with students transferring to other schools in the district.Construction of Tsawwassen First Nation's $25M sanitary sewage treatment plant is now completeInvermere's Canadian Tire is under new ownership and expanding its product line. The store has hired two new full-time staff and expects to hire additional part-time employees over the summer.Vancouver Coastal Health expects to increase the number of hospice beds in the city from 28 to 46Myrtle's Famous Hot Dogs is closing its doors at Tsawwassen Town Centre MallDowntown Deli in Kimberley is closing
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.Waterbridge Steel, a Nakusp-based ship builder, has been awarded a $27.9M contract to design and build four new cable ferries. The project will generate employment for around 30 individuals over four years.Some Vancouver families are struggling to find available child care spaces in the city. Neighbourhoods that are hardest to find after-school care include Yaletown, Sunset, Kerrisdale and South Vancouver.Audain Art Museum recently opened in Whistler. The $43.5M museum took three years to build.Parks Canada is providing the Hul'q'umi'num and Wsanec First Nations with $900,000 to restore ancient seafood farms in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The five-year project will focus on rebuilding rock walls and clam gardens.The National Energy Board reports that Liard Basin, which straddles the BC, NWT and Yukon borders, could be one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world. According to estimates, the play could supply Canada's natural gas needs for 70 years.A Work BC job fair in Victoria recently attracted 50 employers and 1,200 job seekersUrban Sprout, an organic café, recently opened in ChilliwackThe Government of BC is providing RainCity Housing with $270,000 to continue operating its 40-bed temporary homeless shelter in Maple Ridge until June 30, 2016. The shelter was previously scheduled to close at the end of March.Chetwynd's CIBC branch is closing in September 2016, once its operations are merged with a location in Dawson Creek. The bank is looking at transfer opportunities for the branch's five employees.The City of Vancouver broke ground on a new $38.75M, 135-unit affordable housing developmentGrizzli Winery, a new $30M development in West Kelowna, will open on May 1, 2016. Staff are being hired for administrative, vineyard, production and retail positions at the winery.The Canada Foundation for Innovation is providing $1.4M to support ten research projects at the University of BCPretivm is ramping up construction at its Brucejack Gold Project near Smithers. The company expects to increase the number of workers at the site from 400 to 500.Boralex, a Québec-based renewable energy developer, is proceeding with its Red Willow project near Tumbler Ridge. Construction of the $480M development is expected to begin in 2018.The Government of Canada is providing $65.4M to start building two non-combat vessels at Seaspan's Vancouver ShipyardsBC Hydro attracted over 5,000 job seekers at Site C job fairs held across northern BC. Business-to-business meetings also drew over 700 local firms. The sessions were held to facilitate local employment and contract opportunities for the project.The BC government is providing $1.8M for the Women in Trades Training initiative. The funding will benefit up to 234 participants at Camosun College, Okanagan College, Thompson Rivers University and Tradeworks Training Society.
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.Gordon Head Recreation Centre, located in Saanich, will receive a $1.6M upgrade to reduce its carbon emissionsCityAge recently held its sixth Data Effect conference in Vancouver. The conference examined how to design new health care systems and infrastructure to promote innovation and economic growth.The Government of BC announced $11.9M for three programs that promote clean energy. Over half of the funding will be used to continue incentives for purchasing clean energy vehicles.The Government of BC is expanding the Trans-Canada Highway near Victoria from three lanes to four. Design work for the project is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.The Government of BC made an offer to purchase the Quality Inn in Maple Ridge for $5.5M. The building is expected to be converted into 61 units of long-term supportive housing for individuals who are homeless or at risk.TELUS is upgrading its network to provide fibre optic internet to more than 90% of homes and businesses in Dawson Creek. The $10M investment should be complete before the end of 2016.Fort St. John's École Central Elementary School is being renovated. The project will transform its library, computer lab and a classroom into a centralized learning space.Cutbank Ridge Partnership approved the construction of Saturn Phase 2, an expansion to its compressor station located near Dawson Creek. The $930M project is part of Veresen Midstream's energy infrastructure development.Okanagan Skaha School Board is closing three schools on July 1, 2016. The affected schools are Westbench Elementary and McNicoll Park Middle School in Penticton, as well as Trout Creek Elementary in Summerland.Richmond School District is closing between three and five schools on June 30, 2017. The schools being considered for closure are at least 25% under-capacity and are older and in need of repairs.Alaska Highway News is closing its printing operations in Dawson Creek. The change is a result of the paper shifting to a weekly publication. The paper's editorial staff will be retained, providing daily coverage online.Metro Vancouver's TransLink is moving to a fully-automated toll system, but will continue to staff transit stations and terminals to assist disabled customers. However, this staffing will be a short-term policy until a permanent solution is found.A new $480,000 amphitheatre is being built in West Kelowna. The city is inviting bids for naming rights to the facility, which it hopes will be completed by early July 2016.MedviewMD, a Toronto-based telemedicine provider, is opening two new locations in Kamloops. Each studio is located within an existing pharmacy and is staffed with a nurse practitioner or registered nurse, as well as an assistant.West Fraser temporarily shut down production at its fibreboard mill in Quesnel after a fire broke out in early March. The mill's 100 employees will remain on the job, conducting cleanup and repair.Thompson River Veneer Products issued layoff notices to 40 workers at its plywood manufacturing facility in Kamloops. The company has retained 20 employees for its veneer-drying operations.Cradlepoint, a wireless network solutions provider, is opening a new operations centre in Kelowna. The development will create a number of highly-skilled jobs in the city.Plans for Dawson Creek's largest apartment complex have been approved. The new 160-unit development is expected to begin construction in summer 2016.The Government of BC is spending $23M to bring high-speed internet to every public school in the provinceThe BC government is providing $9M to members of the Tsimshian First Nations. The funding, which will be issued over three years, supports skills training programs on the northwest coast.Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service is building a new laundry facility in the Okanagan to support its 20-year contract with Interior Health. The new facility, which is expected to open in mid-2017, will create up to 100 full-time unionized jobs.The City of Vancouver purchased the Arbutus Corridor, a 9km route from Kitsilano to the west side of the city, from Canadian Pacific Railway for $55M. A project office is being established to oversee development of the land.
Kelowna's Paramount Theatre is closing as a result of redevelopment plans for the propertyPrivate MRI clinics in Nanaimo and Comox are performing 1,800 diagnostic tests for Island Health over the next three months. The $1M contract will help reduce the region's wait time for these services, which is currently around eight months.North Delta Recreation Centre recently reopened, following a $15.2M expansion. The expansion added 27,000 sq.-ft. of space including a fitness centre and aerobics studio.Construction recently started on Clayton North Secondary, a new high school in Surrey. The $55M school, which has capacity for 1,500 students, is expected to open in the fall of 2018.The Government of BC is providing Bioenterprise BC with $800,000 over four years to support the growth of innovative agri-tech businesses in the provinceBeachcombers Academy & Little Oysters Preschool, located in Comox Valley, recently completed a $267,000 renovation. Upgrades include a new preschool room, play structure and playground.The Conference Board of Canada predicts that Vancouver will be the only major metropolitan region in Canada to see economic growth above three percent in 2016. Vancouver's labour market is also forecast to add 26,600 jobs this year.Red Barn Market will open a new location in Esquimalt in spring 2017. The specialty grocer expects that its new store will create 75 jobs, including 15 to 20 full-time positions.Kamloops saw a slow start to building permits this year, with $15.3M in permits issued in January and February 2016. This compares to $30.8M in the same period last yearThe Bridge Lounge, a nightclub in downtown Courtenay, closed its doors on March 5Interior Health is cutting approximately 93 full-time positions once its laundry services are transferred to Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service in summer 2017. Staff in Kelowna, Nelson, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops will be affected.North Island Employment Foundation Society is cautiously optimistic about job creation in the region in 2016. The group expects to see increases in tourism and construction. Major projects in the area include a new hospital and generating station.BC Hydro will begin seismic upgrades to the John Hart Dam once work on its generating station is complete in summer 2019. Work on these long-term projects, as well as the nearby Strathcona Dam, could take up to 20 years.The 2016 Squamish Valley Music Festival has been cancelled due to financial pressures, and it is unclear if the event will proceed in the future. The music festival generated $14.8M for the local economy in 2015.A recent study by the Union of BC Municipalities estimates that changes to BC ferry rates and routes deprived the province of $2.3B in economic activity. Another study from Alaska found that each dollar invested in ferry service returns $2.30 in economic benefits.The BC government recently put two oil and gas drilling licences and three parcels of land up for sale, but did not receive any successful bidsDelta Museum has closed so that its current building can be repurposed and undergo $2.5M in renovations. The museum will be shut for at least a year, until a new location can be found and retrofitted.Victoria Conservatory of Music opened a new location on Victoria¿s West Shore. The 30,000 sq.-ft. facility includes four classrooms and three studios, and employs around 20 instructors.The Conference Board of Canada estimates that if three large liquefied natural gas plants are built in BC, the provincial government would gain $2.9B per yearCAE and Conair are developing a Wildfire Training and Simulation Centre in BC to provide pilot training for Conair¿s RJ85 Airtanker aircraftPoly Culture North America has opened its headquarters in Vancouver. The art, culture, movie and theatre company currently has seven local employees and plans to expand quickly.Construction will begin soon on a residential building in Kelowna that fell into receivership in 2008. The Grace, a 21-storey high rise, includes 155 suites. Construction is expected to take two years.
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.AltaGas is not proceeding with its proposed Douglas Channel liquefied natural gas terminal near KitimatA development permit was issued for a new 15-storey tower in Richmond. The Alfa new tower joins three other similar developments in the area.Elk Falls Cemetery, in Campbell River, will undergo a $175,000 expansionKwadacha First Nation, located north of Williston Lake, is hoping to build a $4M biomass project. The facility would burn wood waste to offset the diesel currently generating electricity for the community.A $35M upgrade to Vancouver's Burrard Bridge will start in March 2016 and take 18 months to completeThe Government of BC announced a $6.45M expansion to the Douglas Street bus lane in Victoria. Construction for the project will begin in the fall of 2016.The abc Country Restaurant in Delta is closing. The restaurant has offered all of its staff positions at its Richmond location.Work has begun on Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital's $1.77M upgrade. The project, which is expected to be complete by mid-October, includes wall and window replacements, as well as an improved intensive care unit.Port Metro Vancouver issued a project permit to the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation to build a jet fuel storage facility. The project, which includes six storage tanks, is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete.Camosun College opened its new $30M Centre for Trades Education and Innovation in Victoria. The 80,000 sq.-ft. facility will offer 370 full-time seats in a variety of trades training programs.BC is on-track to see 28 new breweries opening in 2016. If all of the expected projects proceed, it will bring the total number of breweries in the province up to almost 140.In 2015, BC had 7.9% more international visitors compared to the previous year. It is estimated that each new daily international flight to BC creates between 450 to 600 direct and indirect jobs in the province.Homewood Health, an Ontario-based mental health and addiction care provider, is opening a new treatment centre in North Saanich. The facility will employ between 60 and 80 staff.Mercer released its rankings of quality of life in cities around the world. Vancouver was found to have the highest quality of life in the Americas and came in fifth globally.Nightingale, a new 120-seat restaurant, will be opening in Vancouver in mid-April 2016Starting this spring, Okanagan College is charging fees for its educational upgrading and English second language courses. Tuition will be up to $1,600 per semester; however, students who qualify for financial assistance may pay less.Leon¿s Furniture is opening a new location in Victoria. The furniture company will complete about $500,000 in upgrades to the former Sears Home location before opening the new store in September 2016.A recent survey by the BC Construction Association found that a number of employers in BC hired laid off workers from Alberta's oil-patch in the last year. Several member companies are also currently recruiting full-time skilled tradespeople.Spare Rides, a new ride-on-demand app, has launched in Vancouver. The new app is allowed to operate in the city as it provides a carpooling service, as opposed to a taxi service.Buildex Vancouver recently held its annual construction industry trade show. The two-day event attracts over 14,000 attendees and features more than 600 exhibits and 70 educational seminars."Contractors for the Site C dam project collected over 3,300 resumes during the first two job fairs held in Dawson Creek and Prince George. Job fairs were also held in Fort St. John, Mackenzie and Quesnel."Cineplex Entertainment opened a new 11-auditorium movie theatre in Vancouver. The 1,900-seat theatre employs 130 people and features a restaurant and lounge in its VIP area.Kit and Ace, a high-end clothing retailer, laid off 35 employees from its head office in Vancouver
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- July 2015 | (PDF, 545 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 323 KB)
- 2014 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 539 KB)
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.