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 Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017
- 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 2017
- Infinity 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 Kelowna
- Tofino Bottle Depot is closing its doors on March 10
- The provincial government and the BC teachers union reached a $50M deal to hire approximately 1,100 new teachers, counsellors and librarians across the province
- A number of new craft breweries are scheduled to open across BC in 2017, including Backroads Brewing, Twin City Brewing and Mount Arrowsmith Brewing
- Bird 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
Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017
- 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 industry
- The 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.
Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016
- TELUS recently expanded its fibre optic network to Hudson's Hope
- Cutler's Jewellery closed its doors in downtown Penticton on December 24
- Wings, a Burnaby-based restaurant, recently reopened its location in Quesnel
- The 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 $2.5M
- The City of Nanaimo is ending its visitor and tourism service at the end of January. The closure will affect five Tourism Nanaimo employees.
Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016
- 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 facility
- The 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.
Want to find out more about local or provincial labour market history? The labour market news archive may be a good place to start.
In this section, you can browse archived news titles, whose links are no longer functional, for up to one year from the current date. The archived news can help you understand the labour market trends in geographic areas and industries that are of interest to you.
According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there were 268 new housing starts in Victoria in November, bringing the yearly total to 2,787 homes
Construction recently began on the Bear Mountain Parkway extension, a $10M municipal roadway, in Langford
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.
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.
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.
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 federal and provincial governments are granting $24M in combined funding to replace the Nass River Bridge, located near Stewart
United Front Games, a video game developer, closed its doors in Vancouver on October 17. The closure affects 150 employees.
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.
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.
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.
Roadhouse Interactive, a Vancouver-based on-line and mobile game development studio, closed at the beginning of September resulting in 100 layoffs
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.
Interior Health is adding 243 residential care beds at several communities across the region including 70 beds in Williams Lake, 60 in Salmon Arm, 48 in Kamloops, 35 in Penticton and 30 in Cranbrook
The federal government is investing $9.6M in various infrastructure projects around Richmond¿s Steveston Harbour
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.
Metro Vancouver has awarded a $31M construction contract to Canadian Turner Construction Company Ltd. for tenant improvements at its new Metrotower III office building
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.
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.
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 government
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.
Kerkhoff Construction plans on building a 117-unit condominium in downtown Kelowna. Construction of the building is slated to begin in September 2016.
Brookside Foods is closing its production facility in Abbotsford in October 2016. The closure will affect approximately 180 employees.
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.
NewLeaf Travel, a Kelowna-based airline company, will begin offering flights to 12 Canadian cities on July 25
Duz Cho Logging recently opened a sawmill in Mackenzie. The mill employs a total of 28 people.
Cloverdale-Langley will see 117 summer jobs created for students aged 15 to 30 as the result of $421,000 in funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program
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.
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.
Tsawwassen First Nation is holding a job fair for its Tsawwassen Mills shopping centre on June 25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre
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.
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.
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.
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.
Osoyoos Desert Centre, a 67 acre nature interpretive facility, recently opened for the season. The centre offers several guided tours throughout the day.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Kelowna's Paramount Theatre is closing as a result of redevelopment plans for the property
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.
Community Marine Concepts is building two commercial buildings, instead of one, at Victoria International Marina. The City approved the $24M marina development, which is expected to begin construction in April.
The Government of BC has realigned its funding for educational institutions to help meet the need for in-demand jobs. Targeted grants will focus on technology occupations such as engineering, and software or computer development.
Apprenticeships are on the rise in BC, with more than 10,000 employers sponsoring apprentices in 2015, compared to 9,500 in 2014
Northern Health hopes to create 100 nursing jobs by the end of March. There are currently 143 registered nurse positions in the region and recruitment can be difficult for remote communities.
Colwood council approved two new developments. The first is an apartment complex and nine single-family dwellings. The second project is a six-phase development which includes 33 condominiums in three low-rise buildings.
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