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 Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2015
- The Government of BC has announced a new $24.5M program to help single parents improve their education. The program begins on September 1, 2015 and will pay for 12 months of tuition for in-demand occupations to eligible candidates.
- Jawl Properties has two large construction projects planned for downtown Victoria. If approved, construction would likely begin in July or August. The total construction cost for the projects has not been determined.
- The District of Chetwynd will be losing all but one of its doctors this summer, if more are not recruited. Northern Health has a goal of four or five full-time doctors in Chetwynd, to support the nearly 10,000 local residents.
- Alternative Forest Operations Ltd. recently sold off $2M of its logging equipment and will be laying off half of its 50-person workforce. The company reports that logging rates aren't keeping up with contractors' costs.
- The Canvas Cup Coffee Bar in Port Alberni will be reopening under new ownership on May 1, 2015
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lifted the avian flu quarantine from 10 of 13 farms in BC. The quarantine was placed on a number of farms in early December and is the first time the H5N2 virus has been seen in North America.
- The Crossing at Keremeos, a non-profit drug treatment centre, has closed its doors in Langley on March 5, 2015. The Crossing employed 30 staff, with some being offered work at other locations in Prince George and Vancouver.
- The Malahat Nation will be performing $1.85M worth of construction to revitalize the Mill Bay waterfront. The work is expected to create 56 new jobs from increased tourism and aquaculture business development.
- Target Canada recently announced details on its first wave of store closures. In BC, the stores in Chilliwack and Cranbrook closed on March 22. The remainder of the first 16 stores to close are located in Alberta and Ontario.
- The City of Nanaimo will review its current by-laws covering street vendors in an attempt to make the city more friendly to food trucks
- The government of BC will be phasing in a new licensing system for residential builders over the next 16 months. The new system will require home builders to prove that they have completed recognized courses prior to annual license renewal.
- Contech Enterprises, an animal repellent manufacturer, has begun bankruptcy proceedings. The Victoria-based company has 27 staff in BC and three in New Brunswick.
- The Pat Bay Highway visitor information centre will re-open by May 15, 2015. The centre, which closed in 2013, welcomes visitors to Vancouver Island who arrive on a BC Ferries vessel.
- Construction has completed on Sole, a six-storey mixed-use building in Kelowna. Sixty percent of the building's 40 condos are sold and two commercial spaces are still available.
- The Government of BC is re-launching its Clean Energy Vehicle Incentives program with $10.5M over the next three years. The bulk of the funding will go toward point-of-sale incentives, the remainder toward infrastructure and fleet vehicles.
- Prince Rupert's Fairview Container Terminal will undergo a $200M upgrade, to increase its capacity from 850,000 containers to 1.3M. Construction will begin immediately and should be complete by the middle of 2017.
- Simon Fraser University will be closing its 60-unit Louis Riel House student-family residence at the end of August. There are currently 20 low-income students with families and 40 mature students living in the residence.
- Coldstream Meadows, a retirement community in Coldstream, has proposed a new residential care facility. The new facility, Aberdeen Manor, would provide 85 beds to residents who are not able to afford a private care facility.
- Lake Country is hiring election officials for its rail corridor referendum on April 25. Officials will be provided training and are needed for April 15th-17th, 20th, 21st and 25th.
Week of Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2015
- School district 36 is reviewing its 10-year plan in response to decreasing student enrollment. The school board is exploring several options, including closing Silver Creek Elementary, or reconfiguring grade levels.
- Nine new retailers will be moving into Vancouver's expanded Pacific Centre shopping mall this summer. Pacific Centre has added 44,000 sq.-ft. of retail space, as well as 290,000 sq.-ft of office space on the top four levels.
- Loblaw Companies will be building 50 new stores and renovating 100 others this year, creating more than 20,000 jobs across Canada. The company reported that the $1.2B investment will be in grocery, pharmacy, clothing and banking.
- Nordstrom will soon be opening a new location in downtown Vancouver. The company is expected to hire up to 44 managers, as well as 1,000 sales and support positions by June.
- The College of New Caledonia, in Prince George, is facing a $2.8M deficit. It is estimated that the college will lay off approximately 20 staff as a result.
- The Industry Training Authority has appointed 15 apprenticeship advisors across BC to boost the number of certifications in high-demand areas. The advisors will identify the barriers that apprentices are facing and help them move forward.
- The deadline of 2020 to perform seismic upgrades on BC schools has been postponed to 2030. The high-risk schools outside Vancouver will be complete by 2025; however, Vancouver schools will not see work until 2030.
- TELUS has announced that it will be upgrading its fibre optic internet network in the city of Revelstoke. The company will have the first zone of the upgrade online by the spring of 2016.
- According to a recent survey from Manpower, 13% of employers in Victoria plan to hire more staff between April and June and 83% will maintain current staffing levels
- The Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual Career and Job Fair at the College of the Rockies. The career fair had a record 45 participants at this year's event.
- The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Comox Valley Tech Expo in October. The expo will highlight the growing Comox Valley technology sector, following a round table discussion on tech and innovation last fall.
- The Red Chris mine has been granted a three-month permit, allowing the mine to operate its ore-grinding mill while testing the tailings facility. The company must demonstrate that the tailings facility is holding up before a final permit is granted.
- Beginning April 1, all revenue received by the Government of BC from fishing licences will be transferred to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. The initial transfer will be approximately $10M, which is about $3M more than what the society currently receives.
Week of Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2015
- Thompson Rivers University is now offering a Camp/Prep Cook Training Program. The seven-week program will prepare students for a number of Camp/Prep Cook opportunities that are currently available in the North Thompson area. The program runs from March 16 to May 1, 2015.
- The City of Surrey recently broke ground on its biofuel processing facility, which will convert kitchen and yard waste into natural gas. The project is expected to be complete by 2017, creating 15 long-term full-time jobs.
- Remedi Pharmaceuticals and Iotron Industries are proposing the first medical marijuana production facility in Port Coquitlam. If approved, the facility would create 20 full-time jobs.
- The Government of BC has provided funding to open 14 new BC Early Years Centres across the province. The centres will provide drop-in programs, health clinics and child care for parents of children aged 0-6.
- The Canadian College of Advanced Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy has recently opened in the Comox Valley. The school offers a 220-hour program toward a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy.
- The BC Health Employees' Union has reported that more than 240 aides, nurses, cleaners and dietary workers at Laurel Place care home, in Surrey, will be given layoff notices effective June 1
- Aramark has lost its contract with Vancouver Coastal Health hospitals and extended care facilities, resulting in layoff notices for its 935 staff. The new contract has been awarded to Compass Group, who is committed to retaining as many affected staff as possible.
- The Salvation Army in Langley City will be closing its doors by March 21. Close to 20 employees are affected by the closure.
- IMW, a manufacturer of natural gas compression systems, recently laid off an undisclosed number of employees in Chilliwack. The company reported that the layoffs were a result of cyclical fluctuations and the weakness in the global market.
- Bosa will begin construction on the first of two new residential towers in New Westminster's waterfront in the fall of 2015. The first tower will have 285 units, and is expected to be complete in 2018.
Week of Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2015
- Finning International has recently announced that it is cutting 500 positions in Canada, approximately 9 percent of its workforce. The company did not provide a timeframe for the job cuts.
- The new Primary Health Clinic in Chetwynd, scheduled to open in May 2015, is expected to attract physicians to the area. The clinic will temporarily receive some hospital staff and four physicians when it opens.
- North Island College has created a new position, the Co-ordinator of Work Integrated Education, to connect employers and students in the Comox Valley
- MediaCore, a Victoria-based educational film developer, is planning to hire up to 15 additional staff and expand its cloud-based educational video products following a $4.5M investment
- Michaels Companies, a large craft and art supplies retailer, has hired 60 staff for its new store in Victoria scheduled to open on March 20, 2015
- Douglas College has introduced the Retail Automotive Sales Program at its Coquitlam Campus to produce trained staff for automotive dealerships. Participants must be at least 35 years old and be current or former Employment Insurance recipients.
- Shaw Communications is adding 300 jobs to its call centre operations with a new location in Saanich. Some of the positions may be filled by Shaw employees transferring from locations that are scheduled to close.
- Encana has announced plans to cut $130M in spending for the Montney fields around Dawson Creek in 2015, but the company does not plan to shut down drilling rigs or lay off workers in the area
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Week of Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2015
- The Uptown Shopping Centre in Victoria has announced its third and final construction phase, with plans to open in the fall of 2016. Hundreds of workers will be employed during construction and about 150 jobs will be created once the project is complete.
- Interior Health has issued a request for proposals to provide 100 new senior residential care beds in Kelowna and 85 new beds in Vernon. Interior Health expects that the construction will begin in the fall.
- Interior Health is seeking a request for solutions, in a move towards privatizing its laundry services. Interior Health currently employs 175 laundry workers in 11 communities.
- Canfor announced that its sawmill in Canal Flats would be laying off 81 employees, as it reduces from two shifts to one. The reduction will occur on May 4 and affects more than 50% of the employees at the mill.
- A new A&W restaurant recently opened in Surrey
- Pomme, a natural and organic grocery chain, has established a presence in Nanaimo by acquiring Island Natural Markets. The store will be rebranded as a Pomme location later in 2015.
- Ski instructors and lift operators laid off due to poor snow conditions around Vancouver are being hired by other resorts across BC. Whistler Blackcomb is still searching for additional instructors due to the demand for lessons at the resort.
Week of Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2015
- The Truck Loggers Association recently completed its annual convention in Victoria. At the convention, a looming labour shortage was a focus; the association estimates that there will be 4,700 positions available over the next 10 years.
- Artisans Attic and Fudgery Gift Shoppe recently opened in downtown Hope. The store will feature products from 10-15 vendors, with inventory rotating on a regular basis.
- Flight Centre has recently opened a new location in Kelowna. The travel agency will specialize in business travel at its new location.
- A new Save-On-Foods opened in Parksville on February 14. The new location, which replaces an older, smaller store, will create an additional 50 jobs in the area.
- Whole Foods has recently announced that it will be opening a new location in Victoria in 2016. Whole Foods also has two additional BC stores under development, in Burnaby and North Vancouver.
- Shaw Communications has announced that it will be partially closing its Kelowna call centre, affecting 145 employees. The company also reported that it will be expanding its call centres in Vancouver and Victoria.
- The Federal Government has announced $1.75M for the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merrit. The funding will allow the institute to purchase a mobile trailer used to deliver the Bridging to Trades program to Aboriginal communities across BC.
- Horizon North Logistics, an oilfield-assistance company, recently announced that it will be laying off 48 employees in Kamloops
Week of Feb 02 - Feb 06, 2015
- West Marine, a boat and supply store is closing all 10 of its stores in Canada. The Company had 3 locations in Victoria as well as stores in Vancouver and Richmond. The stores will close over the next few years as the leases expire.
- Kennedy Heights printing plant recently shut down, affecting 220 employees. The closure was a result of a decision by Pacific Newspaper Group to outsource its print production to Transcontinental Printing in Delta.
- Blasting has begun for the John Hart Generating Station near Campbell River. Construction on the main tunnel will begin in the spring, with an expected completion date in fall 2018.
- CIBT Education Group has purchased a 17-storey hotel in Vancouver with plans to renovate it and rent out suites to international students. The company plans to open a number of additional rental properties for foreign students.
- TransLink will be performing a $100M upgrade to the Pattullo Bridge in New Westminster. The first of three phases includes a $25M detailed design, expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
- North Lake Ventures will be tearing down two three-storey buildings in Central Lonsdale and building a six-storey building with 107 rental units
- The Port Hardy Primary Health Care Centre has recently completed construction and will begin offering health care services this spring. The $2.6M clinic will be staffed by Port Hardy's three existing physicians, as well as 4 nurses. Three more physicians are expected to be added later this year.
- Code Brew, a coffee shop at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, has opened its second location, at the Millstore Medical Centre
- The 2015 Northwest Growth Conference will be held on March 6 and 7 in Prince Rupert. The conference will help local small and medium businesses to make the most of upcoming opportunities in the region.
Week of Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2015
- Western Forest Products recently reopened its Ladysmith mill. The mill will recall all 85 workers who were previously laid off when the facility closed in December 2014.
- Chapters Indigo will be shutting down its flagship store in Vancouver on June 30. The company reported that the closure is due to a significant rent increase, but a new downtown location will be sought.
- Carecorp will be terminating its agreement with Inglewood Care Centre, affecting more than 230 staff at the Vancouver nursing home. A representative of the Hospital Employees' Union reported that 75-80% of the employees may be rehired.
- According to the Canadian Border Services Agency, the number of Canadians who travelled into the US from the five crossings from Tsawwassen to Abbotsford was 19.6% lower in December 2014 compared to the same time last year
- Fortinet, a security software developer in Vancouver, is hiring over 76 new employees as a result of the low Canadian dollar
- The Vancouver Port Authority has recently given licenses to 68 trucking companies, reducing the number of authorized port truckers from approximately 2,000 to 1,450. The port reported that the decision was made to prevent persistent undercutting.
- The Home Depot has more than 370 career events scheduled across Canada, with plans to hire more than 5,500 associates, including 650 in British Columbia
- The Cloverdale MarketPlace IGA in Surrey will be closing its doors at the end of February. The closure will affect 35 employees.
- Tolko will soon begin construction on its pellet plant at its Lavington mill. The plant is expected to be operational by September and will create 30 permanent jobs at the mill.
- A new walk-in clinic recently opened in Fort St. John. The clinic will be staffed by existing physicians in the community on a rotational basis; however, efforts to recruit new physicians are ongoing.
Week of Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2015
- The Centre at Naramata, a United Church conference and retreat centre, is closing permanently effective January 21, 2015, after 70 years of operation
- The Broadbent Institute, an Ottawa-based group, recently released a report that found BC experienced the worst income growth of any province in Canada between 2006 and 2012
- Gibraltar Mines, near Williams Lake, is reducing its workforce by nearly 50 employees and an additional 20 contractors, effective January 19, 2015. The company attributed the layoffs to declining copper prices.
- Construction is set to begin on the $400M Meikle Wind Energy Project in Tumbler Ridge. The construction phase of the project is expected to generate 175 jobs and nine permanent employees will be required on completion in 2016.
- Sears Canada is offering job opportunities for displaced Target employees at both the retail and head-office level. Sears is holding special events and career fairs for the former Target employees.
Week of Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2015
- The Government of BC has introduced a new, faster, immigration stream. Applicants may be eligible under the categories of Skilled Workers, Health Care Professionals, International Graduates, and International Post Graduates.
- Kelowna city council has approved the construction of a $7.6M, 2km road, linking Mission and Southeast Kelowna. The road will allow for future development, including a shopping centre and middle school in the area.
- Victoria Shipyard is attracting international clients to modernize aging navy vessels. A contract is currently being finalized for work on two New Zealand frigates between 2016 and 2018, which will each create 100 jobs for six months.
- The Government of BC recently held its 12th annual Premier's Natural Resources Forum in Prince George. The forum, which covers energy, mining, liquefied natural gas, First Nations, and forestry issues, attracted approximately 600 delegates.
- Pacific Coastal Airlines has begun offering non-stop service, six days a week, between Prince George and Victoria
- Blue Fuel Energy is in the process of obtaining permits for its $2B refining facility in Chetwynd. The Company has expressed concerns regarding availability of labourers, on the prediction that they will require 1,000-2,000 workers over three years.
- Initiatives Prince George hosted its third annual market expansion forum in Prince George on January 20, 2015. The forum allowed local businesses to connect with contacts for major projects in northern BC.
- Construction has begun on a new bridge over the Okanagan River Channel in Penticton. The new five-lane bridge will provide access to 150 acres of Penticton Indian Band land for future development.
- Pomme Natural Market, a Victoria-based grocer, has recently opened a new location in Vancouver's west end. The Company has stated that they would like to expand to have 10 stores in 10 years throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
- Exxon and Imperial Oil revealed details of their Prince Rupert LNG project recently, when they filed for environmental assessment. The project will need between 1,000 and 6,000 construction workers and between 250 to 300 operations employees.
- Nanaimo's Terminal Park Save-on-Foods location will close its doors on February 5, affecting 68 unionized employees. The company is reviewing options with the affected employees, including moving them to another location.
- Cube Climbing gym recently opened in Nelson. Cube Climbing is the only indoor climbing gym in the West Kootenays.
- Simon Fraser University will begin offering a part-time Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials Certificate in October 2015. The program is in response to Vancouver's growing demand for quality craft beer.
Week of Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2015
- The BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook was recently released, forecasting nearly one million job openings in the next seven years. The report predicts that 80% of jobs in BC will require some form of post-secondary education by 2022.
- The Government of BC recently announced that it is extending the BC Training Tax Credit program until the end of 2017. The program provides up to $6,500 for apprentices and up to $13,500 for employers.
- Pepper Lunch, a popular Asian restaurant, will be opening its first North American restaurant in Richmond this winter. Pepper Lunch plans on also opening a second location in Vancouver.
- Home values in northern BC have seen significant increases as a result of liquefied natural gas prospects in the region. Between 2013 and 2014, house assessments have increased 39% in Kitimat, 30% in Terrace and 17% in Prince Rupert.
- Compliance Energy will be submitting an application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office early this year for a coal mine near Qualicum Beach. If approved, Compliance expects to hire 200 workers during construction and up to 350 afterwards.
- Construction has begun on a 92-room Comfort Inn located in Terrace. Development of the $12M hotel is expected to be complete by spring 2016. This project is one of four hotels announced in the Terrace and Thornhill area in the last two years.
- AirCare stations in BC shut down at the end of 2014, ending the vehicle pollution testing program that began in 1992 and impacting around 100 employees
- Winners, a discounted clothing retailer, recently began construction of its new location at Prosperity Ridge in Williams Lake. The store is expected to open in summer 2015.
- Molson Coors has announced that it is closing its bottling line in Vancouver at the end of March and will lay off an undisclosed number of staff. The company reports that the decision is due to changing trends in consumer demand.
- A recent survey has found that Richmond may be facing a shortage of family doctors in the near future. The Richmond Division of Family Practice will be presenting a proposal to address gaps in Richmond's primary care system.
- A recent review of construction workers on the North Island Hospitals Project has found that approximately 50% of workers are local residents. Organizers have contacted local agencies to determine how to increase the number of locals involved in the project.
Week of Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014
- The Ikea store in Richmond recently announced that it will be hiring an additional 60 workers. The announcement comes after the end of a 17-month labour strike at the store The Richmond Ikea currently has 260 employees.
- The BC Salmon Farmers Association is beginning a five-year series of research projects on the interactions between wild and farm-raised salmon. The $1.5M project will look at pathogens, migration, and environmental management.
- The Walmart in Terrace recently opened a new grocery section in its store. The store hired an additional 40 employees to manage the expanded product line, raising its total number of employees to 160.
- Esquimalt Drydock has won a $12M contract to complete the mid-life upgrade on the Queen of Capilano. The contract will employ 75 to 150 workers between January and May 2015.
- The Thompson Creek Metals Company has temporarily suspended operations at its Endako mine. About half of the mine's salaried employees were laid off, while the hourly employees will be temporarily suspended until operations resume.
- The Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria is beginning a $5M renovation on its south and east towers. The renovations are scheduled to pause in April in order to limit the impact on the tourist season, with a re-start of the project in September 2015.
- Otter Co-op recently opened its newest location in Chilliwack, with additional plans to construct a gas bar in February. Otter Co-op expects the new location to add sales of over $10M per year, which benefits members of the co-op.
- As a result of decreasing oil prices, BC Ferries will be removing its 3.4% fuel surcharge. The surcharge took effect in January 2014.
- Tesla Motors has opened its second Supercharger location in BC. The supercharger is located in Hope, as Tesla is quickly building its network between Vancouver and Calgary.
- Surrey city council has approved its 2015 budget, which creates jobs for 100 new Mounties in the city. The budget also includes $205M in projects, which will increase property taxes by an average of $162 per year.
- The GoodLife Fitness Autism Family Hub recently broke ground on its $33M facility in Richmond. The facility is slated for completion in 2016, with plans for up to eight spoke centres throughout BC, providing support to families with autism.
Week of Dec 08 - Dec 12, 2014
- Southern BC, up to Prince George, has been placed under a control zone to limit the spread of avian flu. Although some countries have placed bans on BC poultry, only seven percent of Canada's chickens are exported.
- Residents of Shirley, BC, attended a community meeting recently, expressing opposition to a proposed composting facility near Sandcut Beach. The facility would create five to 10 new jobs; however, residents are concerned with increased traffic and odours.
- Vancouver Community College has handed 70 layoff notices to staff, after the province announced it is discontinuing funds for English and academic upgrading for adults in BC. The Vancouver School Board has said it is also anticipating job reductions.
- Ramsay Machine Works on the Saanich Peninsula has completed the first three of 13 grain conveyor towers being manufactured for Richard International. Work on the towers began in July and will last until February, creating jobs for 30 employees.
- Fraser Health recently announced that it will be creating two Assertive Community Treatments teams. The teams will serve Abbotsford, Mission, Surrey, and North Delta, providing support for mental health and substance use.
- Flightcraft, an aviation company in Kelowna, has been selected by Westjet to perform upgrades on 100 aircrafts. The company stated that they have immediately begun hiring 30 aircraft maintenance engineers.
- The Tim-Br Mart in Lake Country will be closing its doors at the end of 2014. The store currently employs 16 staff, who will be laid off on December 31st.
- In response to $8B in federal shipbuilding contracts in the province, the BC Institute of Technology has launched a ¿Marine Fitter' Program. The four-level program will prepare apprentices to work in shipyard production.
- Avenir Retirement could break ground on a new 83-bed dementia care facility in north Nanaimo next year. Construction is slated to begin in March. Once complete, the facility will create 50 to 60 full-time jobs.
- Western Forest Products has shut down its sawmill in Ladysmith as a result of a weakened lumber market, and lower demand from China. The mill employed 75 workers, as well as 15 contractors.
- Habitat for Humanity will be opening a new ReStore location in Kelowna, their second in the Central Okanagan. Construction of the store will be completed by volunteer tradespeople using new materials purchased through fundraising.
Week of Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014
- Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital has recently opened the first fully automated microbiology laboratory in a North American hospital. The automated lab will help address a looming shortage of laboratory technologists.
- Mastermind Toys has recently opened new stores in Abbotsford and Coquitlam. The Toronto-based toy retailer is looking for a number of employees at both locations.
- Under BC's A GP For Me program, John Barsby Secondary School in Nanaimo will be establishing a new medical centre in 2015
- The Federal Government has announced that the Point Roberts border crossing, in Tsawwassen, will receive $12M in upgrades. The upgrades are part of a $5.8B series of investments by Infrastructure Canada.
- Lakeland Mills has started operations at its rebuilt lumber mill in Prince George. The replacement facility has created employment for 110 workers, or 50 fewer than the previous mill.
- The Iron Horse Youth Safe House, in Maple Ridge, will be closing its doors by the end of the year. The closure affects approximately 20 part-time and casual staff.
- The Insurance Corp. of BC has announced that it is laying off 10 senior managers and two vice-presidents. The layoffs will save the company approximately $2.2M in operating expenses annually.
- A zoning amendment has been approved for a gold recovery facility in 100 Mile House. The new facility will create up to six jobs, recovering fine gold, silver and platinum from former placer mines.
- The BC Fruit Growers Association has reported that a new seven-year $8.4M replant program will revitalize the tree fruit industry. It is estimated that the program will help replant 1,500 acres, creating 2,600 jobs each year between 2015 and 2021.
- Tilray, a medical marijuana producer in Nanaimo, is planning a major expansion by adding a second building, which will more than double the size of its current facility. Once complete, the company will substantially increase its number of employees.
- In addition to its $1B John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project, BC Hydro has announced the John Hart Dam Safety Upgrade Project, to begin in 2018. The two projects are expected to create hundreds of jobs over several decades in Campbell River.
- The New Westminster school district will be adding nine educational assistants and 15 teachers to its staff. The increase follows a round of layoffs in April, when the district cut 28 positions to meet its budget for 2014-15.
- The Ishtar Transition Housing Society is closing its 10-bed Libra House in Langley on January 31. The closure will affect 10 full-time, 11 part-time, and 14 casual staff.
Week of Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2014
- Real Estate Webmasters, a Nanaimo-based business, plans to expand from 100 to 1,000 employees after receiving $2M in funding
- A new gallery, 2nd Ave Art Gallery, has opened in Trail. The gallery currently has sculptures from Paper Face Studio and prints by local artist Shawna Erback. The Gallery hopes to take on additional works by local artists.
- Marten Brewpub has begun construction and is expected to open in early 2015. The Vernon brewpub plans to use as many ingredients from the Okanagan as possible. They will start with four beers and expand to eight once fully operational.
- A new taxi service has recently opened up in Trail. Trail Taxi, under the same ownership as taxis in Creston and Castlegar, employs drivers for two vehicles.
- Northwest, a mixed-use development on Vancouver's Westside, will include 349 homes in two towers, as well as ground floor retail. The development began unit sales on November 22, and is slated for occupancy in the spring of 2017.
- Presentation House Gallery has received a $4M donation toward its new 19,000 sq.-ft. art gallery. The gallery is scheduled to open on North Vancouver's waterfront in 2017.
- Chinese e-commerce company, Alibaba, is considering opening a new campus in Vancouver, but the company has concerns that Vancouver's tech industry is facing a talent crunch
- The Fairmont Empress Hotel, a 106-year-old historic hotel in Victoria, is scheduled for more than $30M in upgrades. Upgrades include improvements to windows, air conditioning, guest rooms, and public areas.
- Seaspan has recently completed a $170M modernization to its Vancouver and Victoria Shipyards. The upgrades allow Seaspan to build vessels under the federal shipbuilding contract, which is expected to create 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in BC over the next 20 years.
- As a result of rising ocean acidity in 2013, Island Scallops lost 95% of their crop of pacific scallops. As such, the company recently laid off 21 employees, which accounted for half of its workforce.
- The Government of BC has announced $7M in funding for 32 child-care providers across the province. The funding will add 1,006 new child care spaces across 28 communities.
Week of Nov 17 - Nov 21, 2014
- Venture Kamloops is conducting a five-year forecast and labour market survey for Kamloops. The Government of BC has provided $100,000 for the survey, which Venture Kamloops will use to recruit a team of economists.
- Dageraad Brewing, a brewery in Burnaby with three full-time employees, recently opened a tasting room
- The North Vancouver council has approved a new coach house policy, capping the houses at 968 sq.-ft. The district expects between five and 25 applications for coach houses every year.
- The Government of BC has launched a new website to connect BC businesses with Liquefied Natural Gas producers. The website allows businesses to advertise the products and services that they are able to provide.
- Organizers recently hosted a launch event for ThriveNorth, an initiative to empower young Northwest business people. The program provides funding and mentorship to people ages 18 to 39 who want to start their own business.
- A new McDonalds in Langley recently held its grand opening celebration. The new location employs 81 full and part-time workers and is open 24-hours a day.
- The Northwest Growth Conference is taking place on March 6th-7th in Prince Rupert. The conference is open to small and medium-sized businesses, investors, industry representatives and entrepreneurs.
- The Industry Training Authority and WorkBC have launched a new online tool, Apprentice Job Match. The tool will connect apprentices with employers in Victoria and the West Shore.
- Slack, a Vancouver-born start-up, has announced that it will begin aggressively hiring in Vancouver, once its renovations are complete. The company is headquarter in San Francisco, but intends to keep a number of its employees in Vancouver.
- A study by the Cariboo Regional District has found that recent cuts to BC Ferries service levels have resulted in a drop of $3.9M in tourism revenues. In addition, the study found that this drop equates to $870,000 in lost tax revenues.
Week of Nov 10 - Nov 14, 2014
- Double Negative, a visual effects firm, will be hiring up to 150 people when they expand to a new office in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant area next spring. In the long-term, the company anticipates employing a workforce of over 450 people in city.
- Imperial Metals Corp recently announced 36 layoffs at its Mount Polley Mine near Williams Lake. The mine has been shut down for environmental reasons since August 4th, but is planning to restart once its concerns are addressed.
- The Province of BC is planning to hire 200 new child welfare workers by 2016 in a bid to strengthen front-line services for at-risk kids in BC
- Nanaimo will keep its two ferry terminals, following a proposal to consolidate the two due to higher costs and lower ridership compared to the Tswwassen-Swartz Bay run
- The Strengthening Families Program in Prince George will receive $2.5M in federal funding over the next five years to operate a new family skills training program aimed at vulnerable youth in the region
Week of Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014
- British Gas has reported that it will delay completion of its Prince Rupert liquefied natural project until after 2020. The Company reports that the delay is due to increased supply of natural gas from the US and elsewhere.
- Royal York Estates, Armstrong's first gated community, recently had its ribbon cutting ceremony. The community consists of 45 lots, with 15 custom-built homes. Construction has begun on one townhouse and two more will break ground shortly.
- Okanagan College has partnered with Taylor Pro Training to offer class one driver training. The full-time program is in response to the Provincial Government's Labour Market Outlook 2022, which found that BC will require 18,000 drivers by 2022.
- BC Ferries may shut down its route between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo as an alternative to $200M in upgrades to the Horseshoe Bay terminal. If the upgrades proceed, construction will begin by 2018 and end in 2024.
- The Vancouver Economic Commission presented a case for the City of Vancouver to become the first Chinese renminbi currency hub in the Americas. The currency hub could save companies money and reduce supply chain costs by purchasing renminbi directly.
- Direct service between Vancouver and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport will begin in March 2015. The new service will add 248 jobs and $8.8M in wages to BC.
- Construction has begun on the Okanagan Centre for Innovation. The six-storey building will create about 500 construction jobs and is expected to be complete by early 2016.
- Sephora, a French cosmetics retailer, has opened its largest Canadian location on Vancouver's Robson Street
Week of Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2014
- Fraser Cedar Products recently had most of its main building in Maple Ridge destroyed in a fire, which could put up to 65 employees out of work
- Cannery Brewing, a craft brewery, has broken ground on their new location in downtown Penticton. The brewery will be offering a more robust food menu and hopes to help with the revitalization of the downtown area.
- Sherwood Mountain Brewery is opening Terrace's first brewery. The Company is expecting to produce 80,000 litres in its first year, expanding to 200,000 litres per year.
- Mountain Equipment Co-op has relocated its Vancouver headquarters to a new building in East Vancouver. The 112,000-sq.-ft. next generation green building is estimated to be 70% more energy efficient than conventional office buildings.
- Okanagan College hosted its 33rd annual career fair in its Kelowna campus on Nov 2. The event is the longest running of its kind in the Okanagan Valley.
- Seaspan Marine has begun work on an $11M contract for two non-combat ships for the federal government. There are currently 50 employees working on the project, with the workforce expected to grow to 350 by 2015.
- Versace has opened its first comprehensive home store in Vancouver's Gastown area. The 2,000 sq.-ft. location is the second free-standing Versace store in Canada.
- BC businesses can now apply for training through the Canada Job Grant for their future workforce needs. The program is expected to help up to 900 BC residents within a year and about 3,500 by 2017.
Week of Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014
- Blue Moon Winery, a farm and winery in Courtenay, recently opened a cooking school. The farm-to-table experience will offer a number of classes, but is limited to 12 participants.
- The Queens Printer will be shutting down its printing operations for the Government of BC by the summer of 2015. The shutdown will affect 31 unionized staff in Victoria.
- With 18 proposals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in BC awaiting final investment decisions, the Government of BC recently unveiled a tax system for LNG producers
- Office vacancy rates in Vancouver have reached a 10-year high, at 9.6%. Vacancy rates are expected to continue to increase next year, as 700,000 sq.-ft. of new office inventory will be constructed by the end of 2014.
- Burger King Canada is planning to expand across BC. The company has identified 49 potential markets for expansion over the next five years.
- The department of Western Economic Diversification has announced $249,000 in funding for the North Peace Airport Society. The funds will be used for water infrastructure upgrades to the Airport.
- The Richmond Ikea has reached a 10-year deal with its workers, ending a 17-month strike
Week of Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2014
- Teck Resources and Linde LLC are undergoing maintenance to their plants in Trail. The process is expected to take about six weeks and will employ approximately 900 contractors, the majority of which will be hired locally.
- Revelution, an indoor fitness facility, has opened in Revelstoke. The facility offers indoor cycling, suspension training, Pilates, and yoga.
- Nelson Commons, a 54-unit condominium development, has met its pre-sale requirement of 34 units. Construction on the residential and retail project is expected to begin early in 2015, with occupancy in late spring of 2016.
- Endurance Wind Power Inc. has opened a new manufacturing facility in Surrey. Endurance has created 80 new jobs in 2014, 40 of which are in the Lower Mainland.
- T&T Supermarket, an Asian grocery store chain, has opened a new location in Richmond. The 38,000 sq.-ft. store caters to an emerging high-density neighbourhood around the Richmond Olympic Oval.
- Victoria's Westshore has seen two new stores open in October. Gap Outlet store opened in Westshore Town Centre and Moksha Yoga has a new studio in the city.
- The Government of BC has granted an environmental assessment certificate to BC Hydro's Site C hydroelectric dam project. Site C is located near Fort St John and will cost an estimated $7.9B, with completion expected by 2024.
- TOPSHOP has opened its second location in the Lower Mainland, located in Richmond Centre. The new 14,000 sq.-ft. location is the 10th store in Canada for the UK fashion retailer.
- Boston Pizza is opening two locations in downtown Vancouver. The move is part of a larger expansion plan, which involves the company opening 15 locations this year, including four in BC.
- The University of BC's Okanagan campus has received $3.8M in funding to establish a Survive and Thrive Applied Research facility. The facility will help develop technology for human protection and survivability in extreme conditions.
- A number of Asian tech firms are expanding their operations in Vancouver. FunPlus Games is seeking a new facility in the city, which will allow them to expand from 12 to 30 employees.
- As a result of the recent drought in California, British Columbians may see an increase of $30 to $60 in their monthly grocery bill. More than 66% of BC's imported vegetables and 44% of imported fruits come from the United States.
Week of Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2014
- Western Forest Products will be closing its Nanaimo sawmill, but will be offering affected workers employment at the company's other mills. The company recently completed a $10M modernization at its Duke Point Sawmill, which is also located in Nanaimo.
- Pomellato, an Italian jewelry store, has opened its first Canadian location in Vancouver's Pacific Centre
- The City of Vancouver has designated a location to build the city's first Technology and Social Innovation Centre. The Centre will be run in partnership with the Vancouver Economic Commission and the Vancity Community Foundation.
- HMV is opening a new 3,000 sq.-ft. location on Robson Street later this fall. HMV previously closed a 30,000 sq.-ft. downtown location in early 2012.
- The Federal Government has announced over $247,000 in funding towards the Fort Nelson Community Trail to improve access for strollers and for people with mobility issues
- Maple Ridge council recently approved an Employment Land Investment Incentive program. The program is based on a similar one that was launched for the downtown area in 2010; however, this year the incentive will be aimed at the industrial areas.
- Destination Toyota has begun construction on a new 90,000 sq.-ft. dealership in Burnaby. The new location will include a service shop and auto body shop, while making it one of the largest Toyota dealerships in Canada.
- Macdonald Realty is opening a second location in Parksville. The real estate company, which currently employs nine agents in Qualicum Beach, will be able to hire additional agents once renovations on the new location are complete.
Week of Sep 29 - Oct 03, 2014
- The Northwest Growth Conference will take place from November 21-22 in Prince Rupert. The conference will help show small scale businesses how to benefit from the anticipated economic upturn coming to the region.
- The BC Government will be creating a new rural advisory council. The council will have representation from throughout rural BC, while providing input towards policy decisions that will support rural communities.
- Langley's Economic Development Department will be hosting its yearly Economic Forum at the end of October. This year, the forum will focus on the future of the transportation infrastructure in the area.
- The University of British Columbia is constructing a new mixed-use student housing tower, which will be the world's tallest wooden building of its kind. The $30M project will include academic space and up to 400 beds.
- L'Occitane en Provence has opened a new flagship store in Vancouver. The body, face and home products retailer currently has 29 free-standing stores across Canada.
- The Canada Lands Company has agreed to sell the last two pieces of federal land in Vancouver, to become residential neighbourhoods. The $307M deal includes 31.5 hectares of land, primarily consisting of the Jericho Garrison.
- Celebrity chef Kaila Klassen has recently opened two new restaurants in the Okanagan. Krafty Kitchen+Bar opened last month in Kelowna, while Corx+Brix Bistro recently opened at Bonitas Winery in Summerland.
- Marriott International will be building a $150M Autograph Collection hotel at Surrey's 3 Civic Plaza project. The 21-storey hotel will include 144 luxury suites and is scheduled to open by Christmas 2016.
Week of Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2014
- Kanata Energy Group Ltd is planning to build a new gas plant in northeastern BC. Construction is expected to begin during the summer, with completion by the end of 2015.
- The federal Western Economic Diversification department has announced over $400,000 in funding for six infrastructure improvement projects in the Kootenay and Thompson Okanagan regions
- The federal Western Economic Diversification department has announced over $233,000 in funding for three infrastructure improvement projects in Nechako, one in the North Coast and one in the Cariboo region
- The first part of the Ridley Island Road, Rail, and Utility Corridor project is nearly complete. The project began in March 2013 and consists of three inbound and two outbound tracks for coal, potash and other developments.
- The Save-On-Foods in Penticton is currently undergoing significant renovations. Once complete, the store's workforce is expected to grow by approximately 70 employees.
- The government of BC has launched a feasibility study for the construction of a bridge to Gabriola Island, replacing the ferry, which currently serves the 4,000 residents of the island
- Victoria¿s Art Gallery will begin a $14M expansion and renovation in March 2016. Currently, only 5% of the Gallery's collection can be displayed.
- The city of Vancouver has hired additional staff to help process a backlog of permit approvals. Vancouver homebuilders have reported that the current delays are causing some layoffs in the industry.
- Cottage Grove, a new $6.6M development being built in Saanich, will provide 45 suites to homeless seniors in the area. The four-storey, 19,000 sq.-ft. building will include a common kitchen and outdoor space for residents.
Week of Sep 15 - Sep 19, 2014
- The Neil Squire Society is hosting a job fair for persons living with a disability in Burnaby on October 23
- Kin's Farm Market, a Richmond-based produce store, is opening new locations in Kerrisdale, Coquitlam, and Vancouver's West End
- As part of the tentative agreement with the BC Teachers' Federation, a proposed $400M over six years will be used to hire additional teachers in BC. This will result in approximately 850 additional teaching positions across the province.
- The Prince Rupert Airport has completed its airfield improvements, with remaining work on the terminal expected to be complete by summer 2015. The airport has hired only local contractors for the $10M project.
- Boys' Co, an upscale menswear retailer, has opened a new 1,300 sq.-ft. store in Surrey. This is the fifth Boys'Co location, four of which are located in Vancouver.
- Following a chairlift accident in March, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort has announced that it will not be opening for the 2014-2015 season, but will reopen in 2015-2016
- Molson Coors Canada has laid off 15 employees at its Vancouver brewery. The layoffs included employees on the bottle line, label operators and mechanics.
Week of Sep 08 - Sep 12, 2014
- The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey suggests that 17% of employers in Victoria are planning to hire additional employees between October and December, while only 3% are expecting layoffs
- The New Westminster Downtown Business Improvement Association has launched a program to provide grants to downtown businesses to improve the appearance of their buildings
- After providing daily flights between Vancouver and London for the last two years, Virgin Atlantic will be cancelling its service to Vancouver on October 11. The Vancouver route was the only Canadian city that Virgin Atlantic serviced.
- The Victoria Youth Custody Centre has laid off its last group of 20 employees. Affected employees are being offered a choice as to whether they would like to receive severance, take vacant positions, or move to other jobs where they have seniority.
- The Government of BC has put a hold on coal exploration permits in the Mount Klappan area, located in the Northwest region of the province. The hold affects existing coal tenures, while the government works with the local First Nation on a plan for development of the land.
- The Aberdeen Canadian Tire in Kamloops has begun a $2M renovation to expand the store size by one-third
- A recent economic impact study by the Victoria Advanced Technology Council found that the technology sector has a total impact of $4B on the local economy. The sector directly employs an estimated 15,000 people, as well as 3,000 consultants and advisors.
Week of Sep 01 - Sep 05, 2014
- Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition has completed its 104th year. The 15-day event saw an increase in attendance from last year, with 769,242 visitors.
- Holt Renfrew is expanding its Vancouver store by 40,000 sq.-ft. The expansion, which should be complete by the end of 2017, will come on the heels of Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue entering the Vancouver market next year.
- South Surrey brokerage firm, 8th Avenue Elite Realty Ltd, has had its licence suspended. The suspension affects approximately 70 real estate agents and does not have a specified end date at this point.
- Delivery company, UPS, has opened a package centre in Kamloops. The centre will create 23 new jobs and will service from Tobiano to Salmon Arm and to Sun Peaks. UPS will be opening two more package centres in BC later this year.
- Surrey school district has announced that they will be building a new secondary school and making additions to three elementary schools. The new $55M secondary school will be complete by early 2017.
- Suzhou Youth Travel Services, a China-based tourism company, broke ground on its $50M hotel in Nanaimo in August. The company expects to bring 70,000 tourists a year to Nanaimo, to fill its 240-room hotel.
- The benchmark home price in Metro Vancouver has risen 5% to $631,600 in August, compared to the same time last year. In addition, sales rose by 10.2% across the region during the same timeframe.
- Canada Post has opened a new 700,000 sq.-ft. processing plant in Richmond. The facility replaces two old plants and employs over 1,000 workers.
Week of Aug 25 - Aug 29, 2014
- Hootsuite, a social media company, hosted a job fair in Vancouver in an effort to hire 100 new full-time employees. The Company hosted a similar event last year, which attracted more than 1,200 job seekers.
- Lululemon, a Vancouver-based clothing retailer, has opened its new flagship store on Vancouver's Robson Street. The company will be closing its existing Robson Street store, replacing it with the new 4,400 sq.-ft. location.
- Following a two-year review, Port Metro Vancouver has approved a direct coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks. The $15M project will create 25 direct jobs and 25 spinoff jobs.
- St George's School, a private primary and secondary school in Vancouver, has submitted a rezoning application to perform a $40M expansion. The expansion involves three phases and includes expanded dorms and academic spaces.
- Free People, a clothing retailer, is opening two stores in the Lower Mainland. The first store opened at the end of August in West Vancouver, with the second opening in downtown Vancouver on October 10, 2014.
- Bella Gelateria, a gelato store in Vancouver, is partnering with Carpigiani Gelato University (CGU), a prestigious Italian gelato university. Potential students must first complete all the courses at CGU in Italy, with a select few being offered internships at the new Vancouver branch.
- Ric's Mediterranean Grill closed its Kamloops location. A number of Ric's Grill locations have recently closed across BC and Alberta, including in Kelowna and Victoria.
Week of Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2014
- In a recent survey, 26% of employers in BC reported that they plan to hire additional employees in the second half of the year. In addition, two thirds of employers plan to keep the same number of workers.
- Following a tailings breach at Mount Polley mine, 42 mill operators have been given layoff notices. The company that owns the mine, Imperial Metals, is working to move employees to other locations, as well as on remedial work on the mine.
- The Terrace Northwest Regional Airport is beginning its $15M expansion, with construction expected to be complete in 2016. The airport is financing the upgrade with an airport improvement fee, and expects it to be paid off within 10 years.
- InsideOut Home and Floral, a retail truck, recently opened in Abbotsford. The boutique store is run out of a converted cube truck and its locations are posted on social media.
- Victoria Harbour Ferry has launched the Lynda Mae 2, a new 40-passenger shuttle service. The Lynda Mae 2 will sail every hour, providing direct service between Steamship Terminal, Fisherman's Wharf, and Ogden Point.
- White Spot is planning to open a new 8,200 sq.-ft. flagship restaurant in a Vancouver heritage building on August 21, 2014
- Following two years of studies, Port Metro Vancouver has approved a direct coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks. Construction is set to begin in the fall of 2015.
- US department store Marshalls has opened a store in Kelowna. The new location will be Marshalls' 33rd location in Canada.
Week of Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014
- Christopher's Spring Water Inc. has submitted a rezoning proposal to construct a water bottling plant in Harrison Mills
- The North East Native Advancing Society, located in Fort St. John, has purchased a heavy equipment/mining simulator tractor trailer with a $1.4M grant from Western Diversification Canada
Week of Aug 04 - Aug 08, 2014
- The B.C. Institute of Technology expects to add 272 seats in trades programs after receiving $1.35M in new funding to help equip students for work in the liquefied natural gas industry
- The recruitment efforts of the Northern Health show a need for 15 specialist physicians to fill empty positions in Prince George, which include neurologists, anaesthesiologists, geriatricians, and dermatologists
- Seabridge Gold received an environmental assessment certificate from the Government of BC for its $5.3M gold and copper Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mine in northern British Colombia
- A number of new small businesses have recently opened in Victoria, including Westshore Gold and Silver, Reloving Furniture and Tres Chic. In addition, Dads Homemade Soups and Sangy's have opened a second location.
- The Prince Rupert Airport has seen a 5.9% increase in passengers during the first 6 months of the year, compared to the same period last year. The increase is driven by developments in the liquefied natural gas industry within the region.
- Teck Trail Operations has completed construction of its new $148M No. 1 Acid Plant. The plant will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by up to 15% from its lead and zinc smelting operations.
- Construction has begun on Aqua Residences, a new six-storey condominium complex in downtown Nanaimo. The project will include 20 units, a parkade and a street-level café.
- Construction on the new Timms community centre in Langley is expected to begin at the end of August. A Surrey-based construction company has been awarded the $12.85M contract, which will include a weight room, gymnasium and indoor track.
- Santa Fe Minerals will resume drilling on its Sully Project near Fort Steele. Drilling was halted in June to refine interpretation of new geological information.
- Wings Tap and Grill is opening a new location in Vernon. The Surrey-based restaurant has expanded to 11 locations in the Lower Mainland and recently opened a new location in Kelowna as well.
- Versace will be opening its first Versace Home store in Vancouver, located in the Gastown district, by late September 2014
- Nordstrom will be opening a new 230,000 sq.-ft. store in Vancouver by September 2015. The new store will occupy the former Sears location and will be the largest Nordstrom's in Canada.
Week of Jul 28 - Aug 01, 2014
- The Lark Group started construction at the end of July on the first phase of the $17.7M redevelopment of the Aldergrove border crossing for the Canada Border Services Agency
- The Government of BC offered $100M in energy conservation subsidies over the next three years to benefit seven thermo-mechanical pulp mills across the province in projects that reduce their power consumption
- Langley-based Tybo Contracting Ltd. expects to start construction of the new four-lane Malakwa Bridge project on the Trans-Canada Highway in August, with a completion date scheduled for the summer of 2016
- The Government of BC and Service Employees' Union recently started construction of the new three-storey headquarters building for its members in Prince George and surrounding areas
Week of Jul 21 - Jul 25, 2014
- E-Comm, a call center that provides 911 services, is undergoing a $60M upgrade to its radio system. The company is also expanding its services to include northern Vancouver Island and interior BC.
- Construction has begun on two hospitals in Comox Valley and in Campbell River. The work will run until 2017, creating about 1,900 jobs during the construction period.
- Canpar Courier recently announced that they are laying off 37 employees across BC. Canpar will close six of its offices in BC by August 5, with the existing contracts being taken over by Loomis.
- Mount Baldy has been put up for sale after its owners failed to raise enough money during the last ski season. The Osoyoos-based ski hill is under foreclosure action and hopes to find a buyer before the ski season begins.
- West Kelowna council held its third annual Breakfast with Business on May 20, with 92 attendees who discussed the city's future business needs
- Kelowna city council gave approval for a $35M Okanagan Centre for Innovation. The building will begin construction once financing is secured and should be complete by early 2016.
- BC was the only province in Canada which experienced a retail sales decrease between April and May 2014. The slight decrease of 0.1% came after a 1.6% increase from March to April. Canada-wide, retail sales grew by 0.7%.
- Vancouver has approved a $900,000 plan to attract venture capital funds to the city. By bringing venture capitalists to the city, it will encourage investment in local start-up companies.
- Crypto Think Tank has launched the first Bitcoin ATM in Surrey. The nearby city of Vancouver currently has six Bitcoin ATM's.
Week of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014
- An industrial development cost survey of 18 municipalities in BC found that Burnaby and Maple Ridge collected the lowest amount of development fees in 2013. The low fees indicate that these communities are welcoming of new business.
- A White Spot restaurant is opening in the former IKEA location in Richmond
- Ericsson, a communications technology company, is hiring 90 additional employees at its Burnaby research and development centre. The positions include software, hardware, and firmware developers.
- A new candy store, Sticky's, has opened in Kelowna. The Chilliwack-based company started three years ago and has expanded to 13 locations, with two more planned for Vancouver.
- M3 Steel & Fabrication will be closing its doors at the end of August, resulting in 14 layoffs. The closure of the Kamloops-based company is due to a lack of projects.
- Hardy Capital Corp has purchased Seattle-based OnlineShoes.com and Vancouver-based ShoeMe.ca. Hardy will be consolidating the two companies, as well as hiring an additional 50 employees in Vancouver.
- BC's Truck Loggers Association has reported that by 2022, BC's forestry industry will need 4,700 workers. The study reported that the average age of tree fallers is 55 and nearly half of the current workforce will need to be replaced.
- Construction has begun on Civic Plaza in Prince George. The $1M project is expected to be complete by the end of October, in time for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
- Tesla Motors has opened its first Canadian Supercharger station in Squamish. The company plans to open three more stations in BC by the end of 2015.
Week of Jul 07 - Jul 11, 2014
- A new restaurant, Pizza Fabrika, recently opened in Vancouver's West End
- The Government of BC recently published an outlook of high demand jobs in the province over the next 10 years. The forecast also reports that the province will experience labour shortages as early as 2016.
- Construction began on July 7 on SunMine, a $5.3M solar field near Kimberley. The project is the largest solar field in Western Canada and is located on an old mine site.
- The Vernon Jubilee Hospital has donated over 3,000 sq.-ft. of space to the University of BC's Medical Program. The space is currently under construction and will provide new learning opportunities for students and existing physicians.
- The $100M Monaco high-rise development in Abbotsford is slated to begin construction in September with completion in 2017
- Steelhead LNG Corp recently applied to the National Energy Board for an export licence to ship up to 30M tonnes of LNG a year for 25 years. The company is proposing to build an LNG export terminal in Port Alberni.
- Quality Foods has opened a new location in Langford, creating between 75 and 100 jobs. Quality Foods also announced that it plans to open two more stores in Victoria over the next year.
- Miracle Ear, a hearing-aid company, recently opened two new locations in Guilford and South Surrey
- The BC health ministry has announced an additional $60M in funding over the next two years in the Fraser Health region. The money is expected to help improve the quality and safety of patient care.
Week of Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2014
- Abbotsford will be hosting the Fraser Valley Economic Summit in September. The summit will build on the 2012 Economic Symposium and focus on the economic opportunities that are unique to small and medium-sized businesses.
- Wally's Burgers will operate the concession stand at Westminster Pier Park. This will be the second location for Wally's Burgers, which also operates at River Market.
- A new restaurant, Twisted Dishes Café, recently opened in Comox
- A Taiwanese trade delegation met with the Langley Chamber of Commerce and local businesses on June 26. Taiwanese representatives were in Langley promoting Taiwan as a bridge to the Chinese market.
- TimberWest is proposing a $60M wood pellet plant near Nanaimo. The plant would be the first of its scale on Vancouver Island and would supply carbon-neutral fuel to industrial customers around the world.
- The BC Association of Farmers Markets has launched a campaign to raise awareness of farmers markets. The program, It Feels Better, will run through the month of July, benefiting more than 125 farmers markets across BC.
- The BC government recently changed liquor laws, allowing bars and restaurants to change drink prices over the course of a day. Many restaurants expect that the change will encourage more after-work parties, resulting in a need for more staff.
- As a result of a province-wide teachers' strike, a number of municipalities have cancelled summer classes
Week of Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2014
- Castlegar has established new rules for the city's food trucks. Specifically, yearly fees for food trucks will climb from $100 to $250, while also limiting the overall number of operating licences.
- For Real Food Mart recently hired 300 staff for its new 80,000 sq.-ft. Asian supermarket, located in Richmond
- White Whale Public House, a pub-style restaurant, will open on July 1, 2014 in Comox Valley
- A new Holiday Inn Express, that will include 93 rooms, is being developed in Lower Thornhill. This project is one of numerous hotels in construction or being planned in Terrace.
- BigSteelBox, a Kelowna-based modular building provider, will open new locations in Prince Rupert and Kitimat. The expansion is being driven by the liquefied natural gas developments along the North Coast.
- The 7-Eleven store in Trail closed its doors on June 20, taking with it the only gas station in the downtown area
- South Surrey's Zellers at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre will close at the end of August. A new tenant for the location has not been announced.
- The Vancouver Aquarium has opened its $45M expansion. The 5,100 square-metre expansion is the first of three phases of revitalization of the facility.
- Rogers Communications will spend $450M to upgrade its wireless network across BC over the next three-years. Rogers plans to expand its wireless coverage to communities that currently do not have service, including Fort Nelson and Rogers Pass.
- A new Shoppers Drug Mart has opened in Langley. This is the fourth new Shoppers Drug Mart to open in the area, following new stores in Murrayville, Willoughby, and Brookswood.
Week of Jun 09 - Jun 13, 2014
- Calgary-based Xortx Pharma Corp, a biotech company focused on hypertension and diabetes, is relocating to Vancouver. The company is hoping to fund clinical trials by raising $6-9M through a reverse takeover.
- Sixty workers at the Victoria Youth Custody Centre have received layoff notices after plans were announced to close the facility. The youth who are currently at the Victoria-based centre will be transferred to a facility in Burnaby.
- EcoDairy, an interactive agriculture project, has reopened in partnership with Science World. The Abbotsford-based facility is aiming to promote education in agriculture science and technology.
- Sticky¿s Candy, a new candy and ice cream store, recently opened in South Surrey
- Pacific Future Energy, a Vancouver-based consortium, is proposing a $10B refinery in BC that could create up to 3,000 permanent jobs
- The Walmart in Terrace is being upgraded to a supercentre, selling groceries, bakery goods and deli products. The footprint of the store is not being expanded; however, the interior will be remodelled.
- Several yoga studios in the Lower Mainland have recently shut down, including locations in North Vancouver, downtown Vancouver and Burnaby. However, YYoga, a corporately owned studio, has announced a new location in West Vancouver.
- The City of Vancouver has opened its new $100M water treatment plant. The plant uses ultraviolet filtration on 370M litres of water per day, which represents one-third of the water used in the city.
- Over 70 English second language (ESL) teachers at Vancouver Community College are expecting to be laid off in December 2014 when the college reduces its ESL program
Week of Jun 02 - Jun 06, 2014
- Sony Pictures Imageworks is relocating its head office from California to Vancouver. Their current Vancouver-based workforce of 150 staff is expected to grow over the next two years.
- OPUS Hotel Corporation, a Yaletown boutique hotel, is opening a new location in Richmond. The development will include three towers, two as office space, and the third housing a 110-room hotel.
- The Government of BC has announced $3M in funding for GeoscienceBC to conduct aerial geological surveys. These surveys will assist in finding potential mineral deposits, which can help create new mining projects in the province.
- The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists reported that 14 schools in Richmond are at high risk of serious damage during an earthquake. As a result, the BC Ministry of Education has applied for funding to conduct repairs.
- NOVA Gas Transmission, along with Chevron Canada Ltd. and Apache Canada Ltd., are awaiting regulatory approval on their $1.9B Merrick Mainline Pipeline Project in northern BC. If approved, the project would move 1.9B cubic feet per day of natural gas.
- Kootenay Co-op is constructing a new $25M condo and retail development in downtown Nelson. The development will have 30,000 sq.-ft. of commercial space and 54-apartment-style condo units above.
- Altus Group, an appraisal firm, has reported that the average price for a house in Vancouver's West End has gone from $835,101 in 2004, to $2.48M in 2014. If this trend continues, they predict that the average cost will be more than $7M in 2024.
- Fortress Paper in Vancouver has announced that it will be laying off 16% of its salaried staff. The layoffs will be in the dissolving pulp segment of the company and will save approximately $2.2M per year.
Week of May 26 - May 30, 2014
- Kamloops has recently seen several new stores opening in its shopping centres. The city will see a new David's Tea, a Gap Factory Store, and a Carlton Cards.
- North Vancouver has received an application from Pacific Gate Investments to build two new residential towers. The buildings would be 23 and 19 stories tall, containing between 262 and 280 units.
- Burnaby city council has given approval for the Metrotown towers. The towers are two new highrises, 38 and 48 stories, above a lowrise commercial podium.
- A number of Victoria businesses are reporting that they will have increased hiring during this summer. The Victoria Advanced Technology Council currently lists 79 available jobs, and a hospitality site has 104 positions available.
- Kelowna's Focus College is now offering new programs, between 90 days and two years, to prepare people for jobs in the oil and gas industry
- Pizza Fabrika is a new restaurant opening in Vancouver in June. The Robson street restaurant will have seating for 25 diners.
- The Coal Alliance has released a report detailing its effects on the economy of British Columbia. The alliance reports that BC's coal industry employs 26,000 people at mines, terminals and transportation.
- Revy Outdoors, an outdoor apparel store, recently opened in Revelstoke
- Highbanks Resources is going ahead with its Swamp Point North Aggregate Project. The project, 125 km north of Prince Rupert, will be in commercial production by August.
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC and WorkBC Employment Services Centre are hosting Job Seeker Workshops. The workshops will be hosted on Mondays, from May 26 to August 18.
Week of May 19 - May 23, 2014
- Craftsman Collision, a Vancouver-based auto body repair shop, has opened its 30th location in BC. The new Vernon location is 13,000 sq.-ft. and opens on June 2, 2014.
- Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation and Air Water Plant & Engineering Inc. have established a new joint venture based in Vancouver. The $2.2M project will manufacture containers for transporting Liquefied Natural Gas and related products.
- Following an announcement earlier this year that Petcetera was filing for creditor protection, the company has announced that it will be closing 9 of its locations and selling the remaining nine.
- Kelowna-based company BigSteelBox, a provider of steel modular homes, is planning to expand into northern BC in response to the anticipated population boom in the region, which is being driven by development of the liquefied natural gas industry
- A career fair is being held in Agassiz on May 31, 2014 in an effort to fill 40-60 positions which are needed to build a construction camp at Harrison Lake. The project will take about two years to complete.
- The Royal City Centre, in New Westminster, started preparations for the new Walmart Supercentre scheduled to open in the fall of 2015
Week of May 12 - May 16, 2014
- Victoria¿s Camosun College has announced that they have balanced their budget without any program cuts. However, there may still be approximately a dozen layoffs among faculty and other staff.
- The Vancouver Canucks hosted a job fair on May 12-13 to fill 1,000 food and beverage service positions at Rogers Arena in Vancouver
- Canfor Corp. will be spending $30M upgrading its Polar sawmill near Prince George. The chairman of the Steelworkers union reported that the upgrades might eliminate some jobs, but the remaining ones will be more secure.
- The City of North Vancouver is finalizing an agreement to construct the Harbourside project. The $400M project is a 18-building, 800-home revitalization of 12 acres of vacant space along the waterfront.
- Westjet Encore, a subsidiary of Westjet, is now offering direct flights between Vancouver and Fort McMurray, as well as Kelowna to Fort McMurray
- Value Village is opening a new store this month in New Westminster. This location will be the 10th Value Village in the Greater Vancouver area.
- The owner of Boomtown Sports Emporium is re-opening The Royal, as a family restaurant. The Royal, a popular music venue in Nelson, had announced in April that it would be closing its doors.
- Fatburger and Buffalo¿s Express will be opening in Mission in May. The new location will employ approximately 25 people in the city.
- The Coast Discovery Inn in Campbell River reopened on May 12, 2014. The Inn is planning a job fair on May 16, 2014 to fill 25 positions.
- School District 43 in Coquitlam is laying off 630 teachers in June due to a budget shortfall. Most of the effected employees are expected to be recalled in the fall; however, up to 100 will not.
- School district 67 in Penticton is eliminating the equivalent of 10 full-time positions in the 2014-2015 school year
Week of May 05 - May 09, 2014
- Telus has reported that it will spend $1.2B in BC through 2014 to improve infrastructure and internet connectivity across the province. In addition, Telus is expanding its medical records program, and constructing a new tower in downtown Vancouver.
- Microsoft will be opening a new training centre in Vancouver in 2015. The centre will create 400 new jobs in the city, which will more than double its current workforce.
- J. Balfour and Sons, a plumbing and heating shop in Trail, has closed its doors. The company reported that the closure is due to difficulty keeping apprentices.
- Domino's Pizza will open in Terrace this summer, becoming the city's fifth pizza parlour
- The Okanagan Home Center has opened in Kelowna. The new store sells barbecues, hot tubs, and fireplaces.
- Cultive Frozen Yogurt recently opened its doors in South Surrey. Cultive is a San Francisco-based company, with Surrey being its first international franchise.
- Galloway's Specialty Foods is closing its location in Burnaby. The company plans to keep its Richmond store open.
- The Port Edward Power and Water Company is proposing to generate electricity from three dams located in the District of Port Edward. The process is expected to take approximately two years before it is generating electricity.
- Northwest Community College is asking Prince Rupert Chamber of Commerce members to identify what types of workers they require, so the school can customized its training programs
- Surrey's Rialto Theatre has closed its doors. The Theatre had 11 employees, and reported the closure was a result of declining demand for 35-mm film.
- The City of Vancouver has finished selling the residential units in the Olympic Village. The entire $630M debt for the village has been repaid, and the city has recovered an additional $70M on the properties.
- CEFA-Willowbrook, a new all-day kindergarten in Langley, has opened its doors. The franchise has 14 locations across the Lower Mainland. The Langley school can accommodate up to 112 students.
- Surrey hosted its Pacific Community Resources Society Youth Job and Volunteer Fair on May 7. The job fair, exclusively for youth, attracted a number of companies and volunteer organizations to educate youth about opportunities around the city.
- Chapters is closing its Richmond location at the end of May
- Jacob Inc., a women's clothing retailer, has filed for bankruptcy, and will be closing its stores. The company has 92 stores across Canada, nine of which are in BC.
Week of Apr 28 - May 02, 2014
- Canadian Pet food retailer Petcetera is closing six stores in Canada, including one store in Penticton, by May 31, 2014
Week of Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2014
- Teck Resources, a Vancouver-based mining company, is laying off 600 employees worldwide, with about 80 employees affected in BC. The cuts, which affect approximately 5% of the total workforce, are a result of weak markets for coal, copper, and zinc.
- Shaw Communications announced 400 layoffs across Canada, including 25 employees from Global News in Burnaby. The majority of the cuts are in the graphics department, which is being transferred to Toronto.
- Terrace is experiencing its busiest residential construction season in nearly 10 years. A large portion of the boom is in multiple-unit buildings, which have been rare in the city. In March and April, over $3M in permits have been granted.
- Fjällräven Kånken, a Scandinavian outdoor brand, will open its first Canadian retail location in Vancouver. The 3,000 sq.-ft. store opens on April 25 on West Broadway.
- North Vancouver is reviewing several plans to implement bike lanes in the city, ranging in cost from $9M to $20M. The city previously established a plan in 2012 to install 15 km of bicycle lanes.
- This year's Terrace Business Expo is reflective of the planned Liquefied Natural Gas project at Kitimat. Sponsors and exhibitors include Shell Canada, TransCanada, and the BC Oil and Gas Commission. The expo is nearly sold out with 87 booths.
- The Terrace Northwest Regional Airport has seen an increase of 41% in the number of passengers between this fiscal year and the previous one. As a result, the airport will be expanding its long-term parking to include a total of 800 spots.
- Regional Recycling, a Vancouver-based recycling centre, has opened a new location in Surrey. The Company currently operates eight public recycling centres in the Lower Mainland and Nanaimo.
- British Columbia¿s Industry Training Authority has introduced regional apprenticeship advisors. These advisors will provide support and guidance to local apprentices and employers.
- The Vancouver Police Department is hiring police officers. The department is hosting a meeting on April 25 to provide information to prospective candidates.
- The Esther Short Building is undergoing renovations. Five local firms and a community foundation will take joint ownership of the property, bringing 60 jobs to downtown Vancouver.
Week of Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2014
- The Greater Victoria Development Agency has received $1.6M in funding to increase global exports from Greater Victoria businesses. The three-year project will assist 45 small and medium sized businesses that export products.
- Capital Iron, a Victoria-based general store, has opened its third location in Greater Victoria, in West Shore. Capital Irons' other locations are in downtown Victoria and in Sidney.
- Victoria currently has 19 video game studios, and more than two thirds of which plan to hire staff within the next year. Victoria's video game sector creates an estimated $24M in spending.
- Walter Energy has temporarily closed two mines in Northern BC, issuing temporary layoffs to 700 employees. Wolverine Mine employed 415 workers, and Brazion mine 280. One union stated that they expect a lengthy shutdown.
- Mountain Equipment Co-operative has opened a new, 860 sq.-ft., outpost in the University of BC's bookstore in Vancouver
- In order to compete with new buildings in downtown Vancouver, existing office towers have dropped their lease rates. The cost in the first quarter of 2014 dipped to $26.44, compared to $27.81 in 2013. The same trend was seen in the Broadway corridor, where lease prices dropped from $22.85 to $21.95.
- A Vancouver entrepreneur has launched a crowd-funding campaign to open Vancouver's first cat café. The café will serve food and drinks on one side, with the other side serving as a lounge and cat foster home.
- Statistics Canada reports that when the natural resources sector is developed, it will create more jobs in services than primary industry. As a result, an employment boost in this sector would likely create as many new jobs in the Lower Mainland as in the rest of BC.
- The Vancouver School Board is facing a budget shortfall of more than $13M. As a result, the board is considering options such as cutting elementary music, sports coordinators, school counsellors, psychologists, and language pathologists.
- Wexford Creek, a nursing home in Nanaimo, has laid off 162 employees due to insufficient funding. Among the affected staff are 122 full or part-time positions, and the remaining are casual employees.
- Kitimat Clean is submitting an environmental assessment application to construct a $13B refinery near Kitimat BC. If approved, the project could result in 6,000 construction jobs in BC.
Week of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014
- As a result of rising operating costs and little revenue growth, the BC Lottery Corporation has announced 67 job cuts. Twenty nine of the cuts will be in Kamloops, the head office, and 33 will be in Vancouver; the remaining will be seen across field staff.
- Kootenay Country Craft Distillery has recently opened near Winlaw. The distillery is hoping that their use of local ingredients and water from the Kootenays will set them apart from their competitors.
- The Okanagan Indian Band and Okanagan College have recently expanded their pre-employment program to address community needs. The program now includes skills training, employability certification, and adult education.
- Dogtown Coffee Co., an Okanagan Falls coffee shop, has opened its second location in Penticton. The shop is located in the former Smith & Co. building in downtown Penticton.
- As a result of dangerously high dust levels in nearly half of the sawmills across the province, WorkSafeBC has doubled the size of its inspection team
- Victoria's planned sewage treatment plant was shut down by Esquimalt council. The council also suggested an amendment to ban any sewage treatment plant from being built on the waterfront site.
- Vancouver School Board will close the Roberts Education Centre, an adult education program. The space, located inside Lord Roberts Elementary School, will be used for kindergarten classes, as there are currently 70 parents on waiting lists in the area.
- Never E'nuff Clothes, a clothing store in Peninsula Village, will be closing at the end of April
- The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is starting a 40-passenger water-shuttle service. The Shuttle will transport cruise-ship passengers from Ogden Point to the Inner Harbour, allowing them to avoid taking a bus ride through the city.
- Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria opened a new location in South Surrey on March 25
- McDonald's Canada hosted a one-day hiring event across the country on April 10. The restaurant is aiming to hire more than 6,000 crew, and 150 managers.
- The province of BC has provided $1M in funding to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's Pacific Division. The funding is part of a five-year $5M commitment, intended to help improve collaboration among BC aerospace firms.
- Scrubbi, residential cleaning company, is expanding to the Semiahmoo Peninsula. The Surrey-based company started up eight months ago and is planning to be in 20 markets across Canada by the end of 2015.
- Bella Clothing Boutique has opened a second location in Kelowna. The new store, Bella Plus Clothing Boutique, is located in Tutt Street Square.
- The Nanaimo Regional General Hospital will be adding two new operating rooms, at a cost of $3M. Island Health is hoping that the additional rooms will help alleviate the current backlog for surgery.
- CBC/Radio-Canada has announced $130M in budget cuts this year. As a result, 657 jobs will be eliminated over the next two years.
Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014
- MOSAIC is hosting a job fair on April 8, 2014 to connect new immigrants with employment opportunities. The job fair takes place at the Croatian Cultural Center in Burnaby, admission is free and attendees are advised to bring resumes.
- A job fair being held at the Quesnel Seniors' Centre on April 3, 2014 is open to the general public. Over 40 employers, as well as training and education providers, will be in attendance.
- The BC Government has signed on for a federal training program that will prepare young people for future job openings while also educating them on local labour market conditions
- Declining enrollment at the Western Academy of Photography has led to a funding shortfall, causing the school to close down on March 31, 2014
- The Peninsula Club is hoping to open a 160,000 sq.-ft. private sports and recreation club in South Surrey. If approved, the club would require approximately 900 man-years of construction and up to 300 full-time jobs once operational.
- Downtown Victoria will get a new flea market this year. Located in Market Square, the flea market will run every Sunday from May 4th until September. Organizers are hoping that the new flea market will also help invigorate surrounding businesses.
- Marshalls, a US retail chain, recently opened in Victoria¿s Hillside Centre. The 29,400 sq.-ft. store has created jobs for 60 residents of Victoria. Eleven more Marshalls stores are scheduled to open across Canada this year.
- Bill 4, the Park Amendment Act, was recently passed. This bill makes it easier for the film industry to work in parks, and also allows for feasibility studies for further work on roads, highways, pipelines and transmission lines.
- The city of Terrace has agreed to sell 2.03 hectares of land to Onstein Bros. Holdings for just over $1M. Onstein currently owns several automobile-related businesses and plans to move its Toyota dealership to the new location.
- British Columbia currently has 47 projects on the books, worth a total of $500M. These projects are expected to create a million jobs in construction and operation by 2020, a significant portion of which are within the next three years.
- According to a recent survey by Manpower, 17% of employers in Delta and Richmond are expecting to hire more employees between April and June. No employers reported that they expected to lay off staff.
Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014
- Kinder-Morgan's Trans-Mountain pipeline has received approval from the Whispering Pines Indian Band. The band will receive between $5M and $10M in exchange for right of way through Westsyde and Lac Du Bois park.
- Several businesses in downtown Penticton have moved to reduced hours of operation until construction is completed on the streets. Repairs to Westminster Avenue are expected to last two to three more weeks, when crews will then move to Martin Street.
- Richmond-based Mantra Energy Alternatives and Lafarge Canada are working together to pilot a new process which converts carbon dioxide into useful chemicals. The technology will be tested at Lafarge's No. 9 Road cement plant in Richmond.
- Spectra Energy's Westcoast Connector Transmission project, two pipelines with a total capacity of 8.4B cubic feet per day, have entered its screening stage. If accepted, the project will enter the application review stage.
- Steelhead LNG has reported that they are looking at several different locations along BC's west coast to develop its liquefied natural gas plant. Once a location is determined, it would take up to five years to complete the required permits.
- Darcy's Pub will be opening on April 22 in Langford. The pub will be hiring upwards of 70 employees for a mix of full and part-time positions.
- Tink International Real Estate is opening a new office in Kelowna. Tink is a Canadian-based company that has locations on several continents.
- Silver City skate park will not be built this year in Trail. The city had previously committed half of the $550,000 price tag; however, the park committee has only been able to raise $61,000. The City may revisit the skate park plan in 2015.
- Renovations to Rossland's école des Sept-Sommets are complete. The new, larger facility has allowed enrollment to increase by 20%.
- PR Associates has opened an office in Terrace. The Vancouver-based public relations firm has had clients in the northwest for a number of years, and felt that it was time to open a local office.
- A new 16,000 sq.-ft. Shoppers Drug Mart celebrated its grand opening in Langley on March 22
- The federal Pacific Pilotage Authority is concerned that there are not enough experienced marine pilots on the BC coast and has decided to add a second pilot exam this year; there are currently 103 coastal pilots
- As a result of the backlog at the Port Metro Vancouver, the Port of Nanaimo has seen an increase of approximately 25%. The increase is expected to be short lived, but will help pay for waterfront improvements.
- Vancouver's Ho Sun Hing Printers shut down on March 23, after more than 100 years in business. The company has occupied a large two-floor space on East Georgia Street since 1961.
- Aside from False Creek Flats, a 209-unit condominium development, the City of Vancouver is keeping the focus of the False Creek area on jobs. There is currently no permission for further residential development in the primarily, warehouse and distribution area of the city. Additional projects in the area include Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Mountain Equipment Coop's headquarters.
- BC has seen a significant increase in buying local produce in the last five years. Greenhouses in BC have grown from 675 acres in 2009 up to 775 acres. Growers have also seen an increase in the percentage of their products that are purchased in Canada, 41% in 2009 versus 47% in 2013.
- Air Canada will begin daily flights on its Rouge subsidiary between Vancouver and Las Vegas at the end of April. Air Canada hopes to lower costs by filling planes with more passengers
- Sun Peaks Resort will be adding more than 200 hectares of ski terrain this summer, giving it one of the largest skiable areas in Canada. The resort also announced that it will not renew its franchise with Delta Hotels, and will manage its own hotel.
- Construction will begin this spring on Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital's new clinical-services building. The project is estimated to cost $79.8M and will take about two years to complete.
- Kamloops city council has made a number of budget decisions for 2014 at its recent meeting. Some of them include annexing New Gold's New Afton mine, funding the Westsyde water park, and freezing the heavy-industry tax rate.
- The National Energy Board has approved four export licences for liquefied natural gas in BC. The projects that were approved are Woodfibre LNG, Pacific NorthWest LNG, WWC LNG, and Prince Rupert LNG.
- After more than 100 years in business, Pappas Furs will shut down on April 15. The company reported that its 24,000 sq.-ft. building, located on Hamilton Street, is under construction and will be rented out to other companies.
Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014
- Aspen Planers, a lumber mill in Merrit, has temporarily laid off 142 workers as a result of the port strike in Vancouver
- According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, more than 20% of Victoria businesses are expecting to hire more workers over the next three months. During the same period, approximately 7% anticipate layoffs.
- At the most recent job fair hosted by GT Hiring Solutions, 118 out of the 1,100 total attendees were over 55. The company also reported that nearly 30% of job seekers were already employed and looking for higher pay.
- Signature Oil & Vinegar, a new shop which sells olive oils and various vinegars, has opened in Comox Valley
- Industrial Light & Magic is hiring 70 new employees in their Vancouver office. The Gastown studio will be working on a significant portion of the new Star Wars movie, and as a result, will increase its current staff from 130 to 200.
- Richmond-based pet supply store, Petcetera, has filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in five years. Petcetera has more than 300 staff across six provinces, including 8 stores in BC.
- Aquilini Investment Group, owners of the Vancouver Canucks, have recently purchased Toptable Group, including five high-end restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler
- St. Augustine's Elementary School in Vancouver has begun construction of its new $10.4M building. Construction is expected to take 15 months; once complete, the school will be able to admit 290 students, eventually expanding to two classes in each grade.
- Construction of a dry-dock has been proposed in Prince Rupert, which would allow repairs to large vessels to be done on the North Coast. If approved the dock would require 30 to 50 skilled workers.
- The Lillooet Friendship Centre has issued 17 layoff notices until further funding is approved. Friendship Centres across BC employ more than 1,000 workers with 25 agencies.
- The Adams Lake Indian Band has received approval to operate a new gaming centre near Salmon Arm. The 26,000-sq.-ft. facility will include 100 slot machines, as well as banquet and conference areas.
- Approximately 50 residents of Churchill have signed a petition against a proposed work camp near Thornhill. The camp, being planned by PTI Group, would be on a 93-acre parcel south of Terrace.
- Steelhead LNG, a Vancouver-based liquefied natural gas company (LNG), has filed a licence application to the National Energy Board. If approved, they will be BC's 14th entrant in the LNG field.
- M&M Ventures wants to purchase two parcels of land in Terrace and Thornhill to develop up to 180 single-family residential lots. Development of the property would be phased in with 30 lots per year until 2020.
- Dine Out Vancouver, an annual festival encouraging people to visit new restaurants, had a record breaking year. The festival had more than 80,000 participants at 263 restaurants, and contributed an estimated $3.9M to the local economy.
- Target has opened its second store in Victoria, located at the Hillside Centre. The new store is larger than Victoria's first Target, coming in at 122,000-sq.-ft.
- Nine unionized employees who were laid off from the Victoria Salvation Army recycling centre in February have been reinstated following a grievance. The union reports, however, that the company is working to follow proper layoff procedures and the employees may still be out of work.
Week of Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2014
- A new Whole Foods is scheduled to open in early 2018 in North Vancouver. The store is part of a mixed-use development by The Omni Group; also included is an 80 ft. office building and two condo towers.
- In order to help alleviate the housing shortage in Kitimat, Rio Tinto Alcan has contracted the Silja Festival, a 170m Estonian cruise ship, as a floating hotel. The ship is capable of housing 600 workers as well as its crew of 100.
- Enbridge Western Access Inc. purchased 64 hectares of land on Dec. 19, 2013 at Grassy Point, adjacent to larger parcels of land where Australia¿s Woodside and China-owned Nexen have inked purchase agreements with the B.C. government for the Crown land.
- Flavelle Sawmill, located in Port Moody, will be returning to full operation. The mill is adding 20 employees to fulfill orders for cedar products, bringing the total staff up to 155.
- The Government of BC has launched two programs to generate employment in the province: Project-Based Labour Market Training will help employees who have been laid off; and Research and Innovation will encourage new methods of delivering programs.
- North Island College hosted its fourth annual Career Fair on March 12. The Fair connects job seekers with potential employees, and provides an opportunity for professions to answer questions about a particular industry.
- PacificSport, and Abbotsford-based sports organization, has opened a second location in Langley. The company provides its service to 11 communities, and the additional location will ensure a better use of staff and resources.
- Aramark, a food service provider, has ended its contract with Canucks Sports and Entertainment. As a result, nearly 1,000 employees who work at Vancouver's Rogers Arena have been issued layoff notices.
- Canadian National Railway is in talks with the government of BC regarding a crossing agreement at Exstew. The crossing leads to one of the largest waterfalls in the province, an 11-slip campground, and other recreational activities.
- Rumpus Room, a restaurant in Mount Pleasant, is closing at the end of March. A condo development will be built at the location.
- The province of BC has signed on to the Canada Job Grant. The agreement will help train British Columbians with required skills for job openings over the next decade.
- Following a façade failure in February, repairs on the Ladner Leisure Centre in Delta will take place throughout the summer. The facility is focussed on internal repairs in order to minimize the impact to users of the building.
- Vancouver city council is ready to debate a 30-year, $1B plan to reform the low-income downtown eastside without increasing density or pushing out residents
- According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, British Columbia has a job vacancy rate of 2.6%, or 39,000 unfilled jobs. The provincial rate is slightly higher than the national average of 2.5%.
- Metro Vancouver conducted its annual homelessness count on March 11. The event, which relies on around 900 volunteers, allows the regional steering committee on homelessness to better understand the issues facing the city.
- According to the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index, house prices in Vancouver have grown by 0.9% in January, the 10th consecutive month of increases. Victoria increased by the same percentage; ending four months of consecutive declines.
- As a result of an ongoing strike at the Port of Vancouver, lumber mills across northern BC have had to stop sending products to the lower mainland. Many companies are shipping through the Port of Prince Rupert or storing their lumber.
Week of Mar 03 - Mar 07, 2014
- Telus Health has purchased Med Access, an electronic medical records company based in Kelowna. Med Access provides medical record services to 2,000 practitioners across Canada; the acquisition will increase Telus Health's client base to more than 12,500.
- The City of Kamloops has ended its concession contract with KTW Compass Group Canada in Riverside Park. The City has put out a request for proposals to find a new vendor, which closes on March 17.
- In January, $627M in construction permits were issued in the Vancouver-area; an increase of 19.8% from the previous year. The City had one of the largest permit gains in the country, along with Toronto and Edmonton.
- A decision regarding the Kelowna-Vernon rail line, which has been closed since July, could be reached by the end of March. Canadian National Railway Company is in talks with representatives interested in restarting freight hauling along the line.
- Kelowna's new $48M RCMP office will be ready to open in late 2017. The 90,000 sq.-ft. building is more than twice the size of the current detachment and will accommodate growth over the next 10 years.
- Crystal Mountain, a ski hill near Kelowna, will remain closed indefinitely following an accident with its chairlift. The safety authority has suspended the resort's operating license pending an investigation.
- Nineteen undeveloped Langford properties, totalling 113 acres, have been sold to private interests. Development potential is limited for many of the properties due to zoning rules and rights-of-way.
- Rio Tinto's $3.3B aluminum smelter modernization project in Kitimat has been pushed off schedule and over budget due to a lack of skilled labourers. The project, which had an expected completion date of late 2014, is being reassessed and may not enter production until early 2015.
- Thrifty Foods has expressed interest in building a new location on the Belmont Secondary School property, when the school is replaced in 2015. Thrifty Foods currently does not have any locations in the West Shore.
- Ktown Medical Growers is expanding to an industrial-scale medical marijuana growing operation. The new facility will create 80 jobs in the village of Topley.
- Tilray, a new medical marijuana grower, recently had more than 400 applicants for the 60 positions available at its Nanaimo facility. The 53,000 sq.-ft. plant will be operational by April 1.
- Drilling for the Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel under the Fraser River has begun. Tunneling between Coquitlam and Surrey is scheduled to finish this summer, and the project will be complete in mid-2015.
Week of Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2014
- Logan Lake, a town of about 2,000 residents north of Kamloops, has lost its only doctor. The town's nurse practitioner is extending her hours, however, the emergency department will be closed as a result.
- A proposed development in Kelowna could see a 24-storey tower as well as a dozen low and medium-rise buildings in the South Pandosy neighbourhood
- BuildForce Canada has predicted that construction employment in BC will reach an all-time high in 2017. They have reported that about 24% of the province's skilled workforce will retire in the next 10 years.
- Victoria's St. Mary's Hospital is starting construction on new heliport gates. The helipad has been closed since 2010, resulting in patients requiring an airlift to be transported to Wilson Creek airport.
- The Northwest Stave River hydroelectric facility has begun commercial operation. The 17.5 megawatt plant, located near Mission BC, will generate enough electricity to power more than 5,500 BC homes.
- Revelstoke's Community Housing Society has proposed a 12-unit affordable rental housing plan to city council. The project would include 4 one-bedroom and 8 two-bedroom units.
- BONE Structure, a Quebec-based building construction company is expanding into British Columbia. The company will be adding three manufacturing plants in BC in the next year.
- Hollyburn Gardens, a 49-unit rental development proposed for West Vancouver, would provide an alternative to the large single-family homes in the area. If approved, construction could begin in mid to late 2015.
- Due to rising acidity in the ocean, BC business are expecting continued layoffs as shellfish are dying prior to harvesting. Island Scallops has had to lay off one-third of its workforce due to the lack of shellfish.
- If BC school districts are required to follow the recent BC Supreme Court ruling, the Langley School District will need to hire 228 full-time teachers. In addition, Maple Ridge would require 36 classroom teachers and 22 non-enrolling teachers.
- Seaspan has been awarded the $15M contract to construct a new 78.5m cable ferry; to run between Buckley Bay and Denman Island. Construction will begin in June and complete in early 2015.
- According to Statistics Canada, employees in BC earned an average of $895 per week. This is 4% less than the national average, and 22% less than Alberta, the highest earners in the country.
- During 2013, nine new craft breweries opened in BC; in 2014, nineteen more will open their doors. This will increase the total number of craft breweries in the province to 82.
Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014
- Overwaitea has agreed to buy 12 Sobeys stores across BC
- The Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre has received $1.5M in funding from Taseko Mines Ltd. Construction on the $84.5M centre is expected to begin in October and will be completed by May 2017.
- Vancouver city council is in favor of a $1.5B development plan for Oakridge Centre mall. The plan would turn the mall into a mini-city, with 40 storeys and 2,900 apartments, as well as a library, daycare, and artificial lake.
- Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver¿s only full-time jazz club, is closing its doors. The club, which has been included on Downbeat Magazine¿s list of the top jazz clubs in the world, is considering re-opening in a new downtown location.
- Sunridge Place has sold its residential care home in Duncan to Park Place Seniors Living. As a result of the change in ownership, 264 unionized employees have received layoff notices including nurses, aides, and activity workers.
- As part of a nationwide layoff, United Airlines is cutting 84 positions in Vancouver. The airline reported that the cuts are to facilitate a more efficient and financially sustainable business.
Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2014
- The BC government has provided the United Flower Grower Cooperative Association with $62,500 to promote British Columbians to purchase local BC flowers this Valentines Day
- Interfor, a Vancouver-based lumber company, recently purchased two sawmills and a remanufacturing plant in the United States. The $180M deal makes Interfor the fifth largest lumber company in North America; increasing their product line and their profile in the industry.
- Eleven PriceSmart grocery stores in BC will be converting to Save-On-Foods. Both brands are owned by Overwaitea; however, the change is expected to strengthen the Save-On-Foods brand.
- Vancouver's Save On Meats diner and butcher shop has reopened after being closed since September 2013. The Diner has finalized a long-term training project with Vancouver Community College and the City of Vancouver.
- Mount Washington, a ski resort on Vancouver Island, is reopening after receiving a significant snowfall. The resort was forced to close after only 14 days of operation in January due to a lack of snow.
Week of Feb 03 - Feb 07, 2014
- Gener8 Digital Media Corp, a Vancouver-based company that converts movies from 2D to 3D has doubled its number of staff, from 100 to 200, since October 2013. The company expects to hire 40 to 50 additional employees by the end of March.
- Construction for a gaming centre near Salmon Arm, which was originally scheduled to begin in October 2013, has been delayed until April 2014
- Salmon farmers in BC will receive $21,000 in federal funding, which will help the fish farmers improve confidence in their products, and increase exports
- BC Ferries will be cutting $19M through service reductions. Some of the changes may include eliminating mid-day sailings, as well as reductions to major routes. BC Ferries will also phase out free fares for seniors.
- TELUS has opened its $75M data centre in Kamloops. The centre has created 25 permanent jobs in Kamloops and an additional 50 positions in other locations.
Week of Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2014
- BuildDirect plans to hire 300 new staff and expand its building and home improvement categories with a recent $30M investment
- The City of Prince George has announced its residential road work plans for 2014 and is now accepting bids for various projects
- Target Canada is expected to open its new store at Hillside Centre in Victoria on March 11, 2014
Week of Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2014
- New home construction in British Columbia dropped 8% between October and November. The decline was primarily the result of a drop in new apartment construction, which decreased by 10.4% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, home construction in BC was down 1% in November and 8.2% Canada-wide.
- Sony Pictures Imageworks will be moving a number of staff from its Los Angeles office to its Vancouver studio. The affected staff are primarily in software development occupations.
- Canadian Freightways, Canada¿s largest freight carrier, has closed its operations in Prince George, Smithers, Terrace, and Prince Rupert. In the Prince George office, four employees will be laid off.
- BuildDirect, a Vancouver-based online building supply store, has received a $30M investment. The money will be used to hire 300 employees throughout 2014.
- After two years of construction, a 99-megawatt wind energy project on Vancouver Island has started feeding power into BC. The project will generate more than 290 gigawatt-hours per year with its 55 turbines.
- Starting in February, FedEx Canada will be sending a daily flight to Nanaimo. The addition will benefit business and online shoppers on Vancouver Island with options for next-day and express shipping.
- As a result of a nationwide shutdown by Big Lots, Liquidation World in Kamloops will be closing at the end of February. The closure will affect between 20 and 30 employees.
Week of Jan 13 - Jan 17, 2014
- Hoban Equipment Ltd., a Vernon-based heavy construction and road-building company, has opened an office and shop complex in Prince George
- Port Boat House and Enex Fuels are partnering to construct a new building in Port Alberni
- TNG Canada is closing its Richmond plant effective April 1, 2014, resulting in the loss of 66 full-time and 117 part-time jobs
- Air Canada rouge is recruiting flight attendants for flights starting in the spring of 2014 out of Vancouver and Calgary
- The Regional District of Nanaimo is allotting nearly $23M from the federal Gas Tax Fund transfer to eight infrastructure projects across the area
- A $10M dredging program of waterways around Ladner and Steveston, by Vancouver Pile and Dredge, and Fraser River Pile and Dredge, is scheduled to begin before the end of January 2014
Week of Jan 06 - Jan 10, 2014
- After being on hold for years, the Killarney seniors center has recently been approved for 33% of the $7.5M cost. Before construction can begin, the centre requires an additional $1.2M of funding.
- The Nanaimo Airport's traffic in 2013 was 20% higher than in the previous year. Part of the reason for the increase was the addition of direct flights to Calgary. The airport further plans to add direct flights to Seattle in 2014, as well as hire a full-time fire department in the next two to three years.
- New Horizons, a senior-care facility in Campbell River, has issued layoff notices to more than 100 workers. The layoffs will take effect in April, and the positions will be contracted out to an experienced service provider.
- The Kamloops Daily News will be shutting down operations after 80 years in business. Employees of the newspaper, the majority of whom are unionized, will lose their jobs within 60 days of the layoff notice.
- Shark Club restaurant is hosting a one-week hiring blitz for its Kamloops location. The restaurant would like to recruit 15-20 employees in management, and 30 servers and bartenders.
Week of Dec 30 - Jan 03, 2013
- New Horizons Community of Care, a seniors-care facility in Campbell River, issued layoff notices to 30 workers. The company stated that the layoffs are necessary to manage costs at the facility.
- There are several construction projects planned for Kamloops in 2014. The largest project is the expansion to the Royal Inland Hospital, a development that was scheduled for construction in 2013 but delayed.
- Kitimat has seen the largest increase across BC in the assessment value of single-family homes, up 26.7% from the previous year. The town has a list of buyers looking for houses, due in part, to Rio Tinto Alcan¿s smelter modernization, and the planning of three liquefied natural gas plants.
- Trucks Plus, an Edmonton-based truck-parts store, has opened a location in West Kelowna
Week of Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2013
- The Burrard Gateway project, a half-block redevelopment in downtown Vancouver, has been approved by the city. The plan includes two condo towers, an office building, and a mixed-use space.
- TELUS has recently completed $2.5M in upgrades to its wireless coverage along Highway 16, between Prince George and McBride. The upgrades are part of a 10-year contract with the province to expand the wireless network along 1,700 km of highway in BC.
- A new 60-unit residential/commercial building has been approved near Uptown shopping centre in Victoria. The development will also include 12,000 sq.-ft. of ground-floor commercial space, as well as 71 parking spaces.
- A new Hard Rock Casino has opened in Coquitlam. The Casino has city approval to build a hotel as well, however, it is waiting to observe the popularity of the casino before it moves ahead.
Week of Dec 16 - Dec 20, 2013
- Shape Properties Corporation is planning a major redevelopment of the Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby. The site development would also incorporate surrounding properties and offer a range of housing and commercial development.
- The Province of B.C. is supporting seven more recommendations for liquor reform, largely benefiting restaurants and pubs. The reforms come as a result of a province-wide review on liquor regulations.
- The City of Kamloops has approved expansion of the Orchards Walk subdivision by an additional 219-units on the eastern edge of the city
- The North District Operational Communications Centre in Prince George is holding an information session for prospective dispatchers on January 11, 2014
- The City of Revelstoke has approved funding for upgrades to the Revelstoke Airport, which will extend the runway and add airplane turning space
Week of Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2013
- Versant Ventures has invested $10M to start a biotech company in Vancouver called Inception 4. The new biotech company will employ a team of scientists and support staff to develop a drug that will treat eye disease.
- Nippon Airways will begin a daily, non-stop flight service between Japan and Vancouver starting on March 30, 2014. The new flights are expected to generate about 350 jobs at Vancouver¿s airport, hotels, and restaurants.
- As a result of recent cuts to English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, several post-secondary institutions may see layoffs. Camosun College and Vancouver Community College have the largest number of full-time ESL students in the province. Camosun reports that they could see 10 to 15 faculty members losing their jobs.
- Light-Based Technologies, a company in Vancouver that specializes in LED lighting, is shutting down. The number of staff affected by the layoffs are unknown; however, the company employed 15 people in 2010.
- The Housing Market Outlook for 2014 is predicting an increase in housing sales and values over the next year. Recently, British Columbia has experienced an increase in home sales, led by the Lower Mainland, Kelowna, and Victoria.
- Ts'i'ts'uwatul Lelum, a new 50-unit assisted living development, has opened in Duncan
- The BC Institute of Technology¿s Burnaby campus recently completed a $2.7M renovation
- The Bank of China has consolidated its Canadian trade finance services in Vancouver
- Thanks to a new incentive program, there are nine new doctors in rural BC. There are 17 regions eligible for a one-time payment of $100,000 when doctors commit to a three-year service in the community.
Week of Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2013
- Samsung Electronics has opened its first research and development centre in Canada, located in Vancouver. Samsung employs about 60 staff at the centre, who are working on security features and providing technical support.
- A local non-profit group, Loco BC, is attempting to persuade British Columbians to do their holiday shopping locally. The Group reports that if one percent of people shop locally, it would create 3,100 jobs for BC businesses.
- Public servants in BC have agreed on a five-year collective agreement. The agreement will provide workers with wage increases for 4 of the 5 years, as well as additional increases when the provincial GDP growth is higher than projected.
- FortisBC is moving ahead with its $400M liquid natural gas facility expansion in Delta, creating 300 person-years of construction jobs. The expansion, which will be in service by mid-2016, includes a second tank as well as a new liquefier.
- The Province of B.C. has awarded a new forest license to the Westbank First Nation in part of their traditional territory north of Big White. The license is a 15-year replaceable forest license, worth up to $2.56M depending on lumber quality and prevailing prices.
- Microsoft has closed its Victoria game design studio, which had been open for less than two years, resulting in job loss for at least 30 employees. The company is centralizing development at its Vancouver studios.
- A proposed $9M Best Western Hotel next to Exhibition Park in Prince George has been cancelled by the development group. The City of Prince George has also cancelled infrastructure work that was tied-in to the hotel proposal.
Week of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- British Columbia's public health system currently has 24 vacant positions for dermatologists
- The Vancouver Airport is attempting to create a customs-free stopover zone for connecting international flights. If approved, the airport expansion could increase tourism and create hundreds of jobs for Vancouver.
- Jawl Properties has announced plans to construct a new 3,600 sq.-ft. physiotherapy clinic at Mattick¿s Farm. The company expects construction to occur between July 2014 and January 2015.
- British Columbians will see a 15% increase in electricity costs over the next two years, and an additional 10.5% increase in the following three years
- As part of 800 nationwide job cuts, Sears Canada will be laying off 79 employees from its service centre in Vancouver. Following the layoffs, the service centre will remain open in Vancouver with about 25 employees.
- British Columbia may see a new ultra-low cost airline. Canada Jetlines is currently raising money and has applied for an airline licence. Canada Jetlines plans to launch with two Airbus planes in the fall of 2014, expanding to 16 by 2017.
- Business confidence in British Columbia is at its highest level since mid-2011. A recent study found that 21% of businesses in BC are planning to hire staff and only 7% are expecting layoffs.
- BC Hydro plans to close Burrard Thermal, an old electricity plant in Port Moody. The plant has not been run at full capacity due to high pollution and low efficiency. BC Hydro reported that it will save $14M per year by shutting down the plant.
Week of Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013
- Construction is underway on a $100M mixed-use development across from Victoria General Hospital
- Vancouver saw a year-over-year increase of 37% in residential home sales in October 2013
- Northern Health is proceeding with demolition of the old hospital in Fort St. John. Mierau Contractors is in charge of the project, which is expected to be complete in February 2014. NAPP Enterprises, from Prince George, will handle the demolition.
- Dawson Creek-based Hegge Construction has been awarded a $2.7M contract for work on the basement of The Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts. Dawson Creek City Council anticipates that work on the centre will be completed by the summer of 2014.
- Richmond City Council has approved a $150M outdoor shopping centre development by SmartCentres, to be anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercentre. The development, which is scheduled for opening in 2016, is estimated to provide 1,000 retail jobs.
- The City of Prince George will be losing it's only dermatologist when the physician closes his practice on December 31, 2013. With the current province wide shortage of dermatologists, the nearest service to Prince George will be in Kelowna.
- City council approved a new community plan for Vancouver¿s West End, anticipating 10,000 new residents in the area over the next 30 years, including limited future residential development to rental housing, and a 20% social housing requirement.
- British Columbia has had the largest year-over-year drilling increase across Western Canada. In the Province, well release is up 15% compared to a year ago, and 20% more metres have been drilled.
Week of Nov 11 - Nov 15, 2013
- The BC Government and Service Employees Union is reviewing the possibility of continuing the AirCare program, which tests car emissions. The AirCare approval process, scheduled to end in 2014, could lead to layoffs for 110 Union members.
- Delta council has approved a $50M, 950-home project in southeast Tsawwassen. The project must now pass a vote with the Metro Vancouver board.
- Whistler Blackcomb is opening on November 16, which is about 13 days earlier than usual
- The South Surrey Park and Ride¿s $4.5M expansion is now open. The lot now has a total of 840 stalls, which should increase ridership.
- The Vancouver Police Department will be laying off nine civilians and one officer due to rising salary and benefit costs
- According to an RBC survey, people in BC reported the biggest drop across Canada in what they plan to spend on holiday shopping this year. Compared to 2012, BC is expected to see an 18% decrease in holiday spending.
- Nexen ULC paid $12M for a sole proponent agreement toward a future Liquefied Natural Gas development near Prince Rupert, BC
Week of Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2013
- The BC Technology Industries Association will be hosting a virtual Tech Jobs Career Expo on November 26. The event will connect companies with talent across Canada and globally.
- Vancouver¿s Gener8 Media Corp. will be hiring 80 new technology and studio employees by January 2014, as a result of an agreement with a Chinese production firm. Gener8 specializes in 3D stereophonic conversion for film and television.
- Cascade Aerospace in Abbotsford has signed its first international military contract with Mexico¿s Air Force. The company, which employs 600 people locally, will be providing support and training for two Mexican Air Force C-130K Hercules aircrafts.
- German software firm SAP is seeking six people with autism to work as software testers in Vancouver by early 2014. SAP is being assisted by Denmark firm Specialisterne, whose focus is finding jobs for autistic people and training employees and managers on how to interact with autistic colleagues.
- The Federal Review Panel has concluded the proposed New Prosperity copper-gold mine would have significant adverse environmental effects. Approval or rejection of the mine will be decided by the federal Ministry of Environment.
- Approximately 400 people pre-registered for a job fair in Victoria on November 7. More than 40 employers were seeking entry-level and semi-skilled workers. A similar fair attracted 1,000 job-seekers last year.
- A lack of jobs is a top concern of people surveyed in Penticton. Half of the respondents to the Vital Signs survey were from Penticton and the rest were from outlying areas and municipalities within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.
Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2013
- The BC government is providing $1.8M for targeted trades training at 10 provincial post-secondary institutions in 2013-14. Priority trades include, but are not limited to, carpentry, automotive refinish technician, millwright and heavy-duty mechanic.
- The Northern Skills Training Pilot has been extended to February 28 2014. The project provides essential skills and apprenticeship preparation to 850 United Steelworker union members working in northern BC.
- The federal government is offering interest-free loans to small and medium-sized technology businesses in Western Canada, to help bring new products to the market
- BC¿s wine industry contributes $2B to the BC economy, attracts 800,000 tourists (annually) and employs 10,000 people, according to the Canadian Vintners Association
- Retail giant Cabela¿s Canada plans to open a 50,000-sq.-ft. store in Nanaimo next fall that will employ 150 full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff.
- Canfor Corporation¿s Quesnel sawmill will be permanently closed in March 2014, resulting in 209 layoffs. The mill¿s viable lumber supply has been eroded by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
- West Fraser¿s Houston sawmill will be permanently closed by June 2014, resulting in 255 layoffs. The decision is driven by the lack of available timber following the mountain pine beetle infestation.
- Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops will receive close to $381,000 in one-time provincial funding for 96 foundation seats in targeted trades training courses during 2013-14
- The Westbank project, that includes a 52-storey residential tower, a 10-storey retail/residential podium, and several six-storey retail/office buildings has been approved
- The proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project in Delta would generate an estimated 2,500 direct construction jobs from 2017 until 2020, and another 9,200 direct port jobs once the terminal is fully operational
- Sears Canada is selling the lease on its Richmond Centre Mall department store and vacating the premises by February 28, 2015. The store employs more than 100 people.
- Prince Rupert's Northwest Community College campus is receiving $130,560 from the provincial government to fund electrical and millwright training
Week of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2013
- BC and Ontario geoscience regulators have signed a labour mobility agreement that will allow registered professionals to perform short-term assignments in each other¿s provinces, starting January 1, 2014.
- Kelowna-based Flair Air plans on boosting employee numbers as a result of a new 10-year contract with Shell Canada Energy Ltd. to provide exclusive charter services. Flair currently employs 90 people in Kelowna, Calgary and Eastern Canada.
- Amazon currently has 90 Vancouver-based job openings, mainly for software developers. The company employs approximately 200 people locally and may be expanding its Vancouver operations over the next couple of years. To view the jobs, visit http://www.amazon.com/gp/jobs
- BC exports increased 6% in the first eight months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Industries with the highest gains include lumber exports, mainly for the US housing market, and raw mineral shipments. Despite increased momentum in international trade, continued uncertainty over the US debt ceiling limit could stall growth in the fourth quarter.
- Initiatives Prince George is hosting an online job fair on November 19, 2013 to connect Prince George employers with skilled new Canadians living in Vancouver who are underemployed or unemployed.
- The Central Interior Loggers Association says forestry companies are eager to hire lumberjacks in and around Prince George. The Association says the work pays $30 to $35 an hour.
Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2013
- Gener8, one of four 3D film conversion companies in the world, plans to recruit 80 new employees from BC colleges and universities by January 2014. The Vancouver company currently has 150 staff and has worked on blockbusters such as Ironman 3, The Amazing Spiderman, and Harry Potter.
Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2013
- Industry demand for mobile applications developers is high, according to the chief technology officer at Conquer Mobile in Vancouver. The field demands strong problem-solving skills, adaptability, and a passion for learning. For a list of mobile app companies in Vancouver, visit www.techvibes.com/company-directory/vancouver/tag/mobile
- BC¿s only government-owned fertility clinic in Vancouver has been closed and clinic staff have been issued layoff notices. The Provincial Health Services Authority based its decision on the availability of private clinics.
- In fiscal year 2012/2013, Atira Property Management hired 105 Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents who were either underemployed, on government assistance, and/or lived in a single room occupancy building. Accounting firm Ernst and Young has since measured the economic benefit and found that for every dollar spent to employ a DTES resident, the economy benefited by $3.32.
- A reorganization at Victoria¿s Royal Jubilee and General hospitals will replace more than 122 registered nursing and licensed practical nursing positions with unlicensed care aides, according to the BC Nurses Union. The Island Health Authority claims the new approach will be more cost-effective and that the affected registered and licensed nurses will be reassigned to other duties.
- BC¿s $32M sardine fishery, whose season runs from July to November, has collapsed due to an absence of sardines. Trawlers have pulled the plug this season, having returned to port without a single catch. Marine scientists attribute the lack of sardines in BC waters to changes in ocean conditions, not overfishing.
- BC Tree Fruits and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union are close to ratifying a seven-year agreement covering 400 Okanagan packing-house employees
- Inclement weather caused $18M in damages to BC¿s tree fruit industry this year. The amount of damage is more than two times what¿s normal for fruit growers. About 80% of the crop damage was caused by hailstorms in the Okanagan Valley this summer.
Week of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2013
- The partial shutdown of the US government that began October 1 is having a limited impact on BC manufacturers. Although goods continue moving smoothly through the border, the cessation of some US infrastructure projects is affecting BC suppliers. The US government is a significant consumer of BC-made products, according to the BC chapter of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
- Surrey-based Black Press Media Group has launched a jobs and resume website located at www.LocalWork.ca. Black Press owns 190 newspapers in BC, Alberta, the Yukon, and several US states.
- New hospital developments in Campbell River and Comox will generate an estimated 1,900 direct construction jobs from 2014 until 2017, according to the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The $600M North Island Hospitals Project is currently in the site preparation phase.
- Early site preparation and other building work supporting BC Hydro¿s John Hart Station Replacement Project has created 100 construction-related jobs in Campbell River
- Vancouver-based Seaspan has been awarded a $3.3B contract to build 10 Canadian Coast Guard ships. This combined with the $8B federal shipbuilding contract Seaspan won in 2011 will create several thousand stable, well-paying jobs.
- Vancouver software developer Hootsuite held a hiring fair on October 8 to fill 100 positions in a variety of occupations. The company currently employs 370 people.
- The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is reported to have issued 17 layoff notices covering positions that include professional nutritionists and therapists who serve East Vancouver residents
- A tentative four-year contract has been reached between the BC Hospital Employees Union and US-based Aramark, which employs nearly 1,300 cleaning staff in Lower Mainland hospitals and extended care facilities. The agreement includes significant improvements in benefits and a modest wage increase.
- Disney-owned Pixar has closed its Pixar Canada animation studio in Vancouver and laid off about 100 employees. The company will be consolidating production work in California to save costs.
- The Vancouver School Board is considering layoffs as a means to afford contractual pay raises. An estimated 40 full-time-equivalent jobs could be affected.
- Taseko Mines has hired 150 additional workers for its Gibraltar Mine near Williams Lake. The hiring followed completion of a $325M milling facility and brings the copper mine¿s workforce to 700, one of the largest in the Cariboo Region.
- Skeena Sawmill in Terrace recently celebrated its first full year in operation since 2007. The mill, owned by Roc Holdings since 2011, produces export-ready lumber and woodchips and provides direct employment for 100 people.
- The BC government is funding a $650,000 study to examine the potential impacts of major industrial developments on the Kitimat airshed. The final report is expected by March 31, 2014. Data from the study will be used to guide regulatory decisions.
Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2013
- BC¿s economy will remain sluggish this year and see modest gains in 2014, according to Central 1 Credit Union. The province continues to see an outflow of working-age residents to other provinces where employment prospects are better.
- Glacier Media will be laying off 20 advertising production employees on December 13 and outsourcing the work to the Philippines. Five of the affected composers/graphic artists are in Kamloops and 15 are in the Lower Mainland.
- Servantage has issued layoff notices to 150 unionized building cleaners who service two Cadillac Fairview properties in Vancouver. The layoffs are to occur at the end of October 2013. Servantage has advised the workers that its cleaning contract with Cadillac Fairview is not being renewed because labour costs are too high. The cleaners are paid $12.65 an hour.
- Paragon Gaming Corp. is proposing to build a $535M hotel and conference centre in downtown Vancouver. The 675,000-sq.-ft. development would create an estimated 4,500 jobs during construction and 2,000 permanent jobs when complete.
- Quebec-based clothing retailer La Maison Simons plans to open a 100,000-sq.-ft. store in North Vancouver¿s Park Royal Mall in the fall of 2015. The 173-year-old firm currently employs over 2,500 people and operates eight stores, mainly in Quebec.
- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will be permanently closing its Griffins Restaurant in November 2013, as part of a $12M renovation. The hotel hopes to re-employ Griffins' 25 workers elsewhere in hotel.
- Niche outwear manufacturer Arc'teryx is opening its first retail outlet on October 12 on Vancouver¿s west side. The North Vancouver-based company currently employs 500 people, mainly at its Burnaby manufacturing facility.
- Nanaimo's Harmac Mill is celebrating its fifth year as an employee-owned and operated company. The mill was nearly bankrupt in 2008 when 225 employees decided to buy it. Today, Harmac is considerably more diversified and turning a profit.
- A modular home-building project will create 275 full-time, year-long jobs in Agassiz and Penticton. The $100M contract was awarded to Langley-based Britco by Devon Energy Corporation in Alberta.
- Pinnacle Renewable Energy is applying to build a $40M wood-pellet manufacturing plant in the town of Chase. If approved, the facility would directly employ 25 people and create another 15 indirect wood transport jobs.
- Prince Rupert forestry companies, Coast Tsimshian Resources LP and Quickload, are seeing significant economic improvements as a result of the growing demand for lumber
- The Coast Tsimshian Fish Plant, owned and operated by Lax Kw'alaams First Nations, provides employment and sustainable income for 225 people
- The Northwest Regional Airport, serving Terrace and Kitimat, is seeing record passenger numbers due to projects at Rio Tinto Alcan and Northwest, and northern BC mine developments
Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2013
- A new report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers shows nearly half of all BC agriculture jobs are generated by the province's 1,100 dairy, poultry and egg producers. Between 2007 and 2011, these farmers added 3,350 new jobs, almost more than forestry, mining and oil and gas combined over the same period.
- The union representing 27,000 BC education support staff has reached a tentative deal with the BC government, narrowly averting a strike that would have closed K-12 public schools. The new agreement¿s term ends on June 30, 2014.
- Fraser Health is planning to lay off six part-time nurses, and hire one full-time nurse as part of an amalgamation of health units in Delta
- Site preparation is underway for a new $30M hotel and condominium project in downtown Prince George. An announcement will be made in the upcoming days providing more details on the project.
Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2013
- Robust economic growth is not expected in BC until 2014. Although some exports are up and there are signs the housing market may be recovering, job growth remains flat, consumer spending is lower, and overall industrial expansion is ¿spotty¿.
- Western Canada coal exports are expected to double over the next ten years and BC is the region¿s top producer, with nine operating mines that generated 29 tonnes worth $5B last year. Wood Mackenzie forecasts annual global demand will rise from under 300 million tonnes in 2012 to 350 million tonnes by 2016, with three quarters of the growth coming from India and China.
- Vancouver software developer QuickMobile reports it has created the equivalent of 145 full-time jobs over the past five years and is one of the city's fastest growing tech companies
- A job search program for BC residents in or near Nanaimo who are 55 years of age and older is being offered through the Employment Services Centre, GT Hiring Solutions in Brooks Landing
- Construction of a marine container inspection facility on Tsawwassen First Nation land will generate construction jobs lasting a year, and permanent jobs once it opens in 2015. The start date of construction is not yet known.
- Approximately 1,500 workers employed by Canfor in northern BC have voted 97% in favour of strike action over stalled wage negotiations. The strike vote was conducted by United Steelworkers Local 1-424.
- The Penticton Indian Band has numerous developments underway and several in the planning stages that bode well for the Band¿s economic future
- Conifex Timber Inc. has secured $100M for its stalled bioenergy project in Mackenzie. The project would transform an idled newsprint mill into an energy plant fed by wood waste.
Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2013
- Young workers are leaving BC for provinces that offer a lower cost of living and, in some cases, better wages and work opportunities, according to the BC Business Council. Of the more than 8,600 people who departed in 2012, nearly 60% moved to Alberta.
- The Northern Development Initiative Trust has launched an on-line procurement database to help companies find industrial partners for major projects in northern BC. The database is expected to facilitate job creation.
- BC's Industry Training Authority is undergoing a review by the province to ensure trades training targets are being met. The government predicts more than 40% of new jobs created over the next ten years will be in trades or technical occupations.
- BC labour leaders support the provincial government¿s plan to train BC workers for future Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) employment opportunities. The government expects tens of thousands of skilled trades jobs will be created by LNG projects. Details of the training strategy will be available by the end of September 2013.
- The unionized Kennedy Heights Printing Plant in Surrey is being sold by Postmedia Network, and operations will end sometime in 2015. Postmedia will either outsource newspaper printing to Montréal-based Transcontinental, or form a new lower-cost company in partnership with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. It is not yet known how many workers may be affected.
- Kamloops processed $80M worth of building permits in the first half of 2013, a 20% decline over the same period last year. Although residential building has increased, commercial, industrial and institutional projects have declined significantly.
- Nanaimo¿s Harmac Pulp Mill has created a major secondary revenue source by supplying BC Hydro power from its new $45M electrical generation plant. The revenue will ensure the mill is secure during periods of lower pulp prices.
- Although Victoria's industrial vacancy rate has edged up because of business closures and lower demand, the trend is expected to reverse over the next two years due to multiple construction projects and high-tech expansion
- Vancouver Island construction activity and related employment is expected to increase starting in 2014, according to the Vancouver Island Construction Association
- The expansion of Kelowna¿s RapidBus public transit route will create more than 240 jobs during the construction period, beginning September 11 and ending in the summer of 2014
- Shell's Saturn 1 liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant near Dawson Creek was recently unveiled during a commissioning tour. The LNG plant will produce 200 million cubic feet of gas per day at its capacity.
- A new Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters store has opened in Prince George. The retailer is located in a new 34,000 sq.-foot building in the downtown core.
Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2013
- The Vancouver International Airport and its emergency response, customer care and runway maintenance employees have reached a tentative four-year agreement. The unionized workers are represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
- Icelandair will begin operating from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in May 2014. Although job numbers aren¿t specified, every airline at YVR inevitably generates some employment. YVR employs 26,000 people in a wide variety of occupations.
- Wilson's Transportation has won a five-year contract to provide shuttle-bus service between the Victoria Airport and downtown Victoria hotels. The contract starts November 1 and will boost opportunities for Wilson's existing employees.
- Construction on Fortune Minerals NICO mine, near Tumbler Ridge, is set to begin in 2014
Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2013
- Pavac Industries expects to grow its high-tech workforce to between 100 and 200 over the next two or three years. The developer of hybrid electron beam technology has tripled its Richmond headcount to 60 since 2005.
- Beecher Bay First Nations is planning to build a $400M residential development near Sooke, on Vancouver Island. Land will be cleared beginning this September and marketing will begin in October. Depending on sales, the first 30 homes could be ready by June 2014.
- The BC Seniors Games, held August 20-24, attracted 3,700 competitors and injected an estimated $2M into the Kamloops economy
- Mediated talks between FortisBC and the electrical workers union have broken off, as a lockout of employees heads into a third month. IBEW 213 represents some workers from FortisBC, which supplies electric power and gas.
- Veresen Inc. is planning to build a gas-fired power plant in Terrace. The plant is expected to create 300 construction jobs and 10-12 permanent jobs.
Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2013
- A $22M Sea to Sky gondola being built near Squamish will create 60 to 70 full-time tourism sector jobs starting in May 2014. Building the gondola has generated 60 to 80 person-years of construction employment since March 2013.
- Poland-based Techland has opened its first Canadian animation studio in Burnaby. The new Digital Scapes Studios, staffed with former Radical Entertainment employees, will produce elements for a zombie survival game called Dying Light that is slated for launch in 2014.
- Gener8, a 2010 startup animation company in Vancouver now employs 100 software developers and artists and has openings for more. The company specializes in 3D animation for blockbuster films like Prometheus and The Amazing Spider-Man and says opportunities are increasing.
- Big Fish Games is closing its six-person Vancouver animation studio to save overhead costs. The laid-off employees have been offered jobs in Seattle where the firm is based.
- Boeing in Seattle will be providing paid internships for three Vancouver Island engineering and technical university students next summer. If the internships are successful, the aerospace company may expand the program. Boeing is forecasting the production of at least 30,000 new planes over the next 20 years and needs to expand its workforce.
- Canadian Pacific Railway has laid off four of its seven specialized safety inspectors in the Cranbrook rail yard. The company says the layoffs are in response to the business climate.
- The District of Fort St. James is receiving $250,000 to develop a multi-purpose community centre
- Wholesale Sports Outfitters will be opening a new store in downtown Prince George in September. More than 90% of employees have been hired locally.
- The Coastal Business Centre, a new resource centre for Prince Rupert businesses, is scheduled to open in September
- Construction has begun on the Roman Coal Mine near Tumbler Ridge. Mine construction will generate 100 jobs until 2014. Once built, the mine will employ 450 people.
Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2013
- Delta-based Avcorp Industries has signed a contract with Boeing to make driveshaft tunnel cover assemblies for CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Avcorp employs 400 people, mainly in the BC Lower Mainland.
- Construction of a $200M office tower in downtown Vancouver will create up to 400 jobs beginning in October 2013 and lasting approximately three years. When complete in 2017, the 31-storey structure will accommodate 1,700 workers.
- Thompson Creek will begin production at its Mount Milligan copper-gold mine, 155 km northwest of Prince George. The mine, which has been under construction for two years, will employ nearly 400 people and has an estimated life span of 22 years.
- Anglo American¿s $200M expansion of its Tumbler Ridge Trend coal mine will create 100 construction jobs and secure 420 mining positions. First phase construction begins mid-August 2013. Although the worldwide market for metallurgical coal is in an oversupply situation, the company is confident the quality of the coal and the ease of transport to Asia will generate additional contracts.
- Vancouver-based TTM Resources has withdrawn its Chu Molybdenum Mine Project in north-central BC from provincial and federal environmental review processes, due to weak financial markets and the depressed price of molybdenum
- Teck Resources is delaying reopening the Quintette coal mine near Tumbler Ridge until metallurgical coal prices recover. The mine, which recently received provincial government approval to reopen, has the potential to employ 500 people.
- Three hundred unionized Vancouver International Airport workers could be on strike as early as Labour Day. Contentious issues include job security and two-tier wages.
- Job opportunities appear to be plentiful in Kamloops where the unemployment rate is relatively low and numerous employers are reported to be hiring
- Kelowna animation studio Yeti Farm Creative will be hiring 30 new employees as a result of a three-year contract signed with Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver
- Sockeye returns lowest in decades, other salmon plentiful along North Coast
- Petronus plans to build two liquefied natural gas trains for its LNG export project near Prince Rupert. The $20B investment should be ready by 2019 at the latest.
Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2013
- Approximately 750 retail and food service jobs will be created when the newly expanded Guildford Town Centre mall opens on August 28, 2013. The $280M expansion also generated more than 4,000 construction jobs.
- Japan's Namco Bandai Studios has opened an animation studio in Vancouver, employing 30 people
- Quantum Murray, the company contracted to clean up the Lemon Creek fuel spill, is holding a day-long hiring fair on August 7 in the Castlegar Sandman Hotel
- The Kootenay Food Co-op is planning to build a $23M mixed residential-commercial development in Nelson
- The Kootenay Region Skills Training Plan has been launched to help local residents and businesses understand which occupations will be most in demand over the next ten years
- TransCanada is applying to build a 305-km extension to its Groundbirch pipeline across northern BC. The $1.5B project would generate jobs for equipment operators, welders, mechanics, truck drivers, and labourers.
- On September 1, 2013, the First Nations Training and Development Centre in Prince Rupert will have a new name - Coastal Training Centre - and will focus on skilled trades training, in order to better meet North Coast workplace needs
- Phase 1 construction of the $100M Eagle Creek Village, a mixed-used development in the City of Victoria, is expected to begin mid-September 2013
- A recent fire in Smithers gutted two local businesses, a furniture store and a law firm
Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2013
- Employment in BC¿s shipbuilding industry is expected to rise by 33% over the next seven years, adding over 1,000 new long-term, well-paying jobs. By 2020, provincial shipyards expect to employ over 4,200 people. Trades most in demand include welder, marine fitter, electrician, pipefitter, machine fitter and marine engine mechanic.
- The Fantastic Four movie franchise is moving production from Vancouver to Louisiana. The company, which has filmed those movies in Vancouver since 2004, cites tax incentives as the reason for the move.
- Nerd Corps Entertainment, a Vancouver-based animation company, has hired 135 people so far this year and expects to hire another 80 or 90 before the end of 2013
- RaceRocks 3D, a visual effects company in Langford, could triple its workforce to 60 by next year. The company is developing simulation training applications for defense and aerospace companies.
- Construction of the new Haida Gwaii hospital is expected to generate 189 direct jobs and 143 indirect jobs from July 2013 until the fall of 2015, when the development is complete
- Lighthouse Brewing, a Victoria-based microbrewery, currently employs 21 people but plans to add new staff as it expands its market territory
- FortisBC Electric workers have entered their fifth week of a lockout. Of the 240 affected employees, 12 are reported to have resigned their positions. The lockout extends from Princeton to Creston and up through the Okanagan Valley to Winfield.
Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2013
- The BC government has released a report outlining the job growth that may occur should a number of LNG projects materialize over the next ten years
- BC continues to lead the country in wood products manufacturing. In the 12 months leading to May, sales of BC wood products rose 23%; this was mainly driven by a rebound in the US housing market.
- The doubling of China Eastern Airlines flights to Vancouver, starting July 20, is expected to create 470 full-time-equivalent jobs at Vancouver International Airport and in the local hospitality industry
- The Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) is expanding paramedic training at its Chilliwack campus for September. JIBC trains over 1,200 students at four BC campuses annually.
- Sunshine Group Daycare will be hiring 26 people for a new daycare it plans to open in September 2013 in Langford. The facility will be located in the Glen Lake Inn, which is being transformed from a hotel into a commercial space.
- Reconstruction work has begun on the Prince George Lakeland Mills sawmill that burned down in April 2012. The mill will employ 100 people when it reopens in September 2014. Prior to the fire, the mill employed 150 people.
- Mercer International plans to lay off 85 employees at the Celgar pulp mill in Castlegar over the next five years. The reduction is intended to improve its competitiveness with other pulp producers. Celgar will employ 370 people by 2017.
- An increasing number of Aboriginals are entering training programs to prepare for work in the mining industry
- A new report from the BC Construction Association predicts more than 50,000 new construction jobs will be created by 2021
Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2013
- Although BC exports remain resilient, its overall economy has been held back by a subdued job market, weak retail sales, and declining housing market activity this year
- The North Coast and Nechako regions will be key drivers of BC¿s economic growth over the next decade, according to the latest forecast from Central 1
- BC¿s 800 blueberry growers expect to repeat last year¿s bumper crop. The harvest normally begins in mid-July and continues until October but this year farmers have gotten an earlier start due to favourable weather.
- On June 30, US-based paper and packaging manufacturer RockTenn closed its New Westminster corrugated cardboard manufacturing and laid off approximately 100 long-term unionized workers
- The BC Wine Grape Council, representing 317 growers and 139 wineries in the Okanagan-Similkameen, expects a bountiful grape harvest this year despite inclement June weather
- Construction will begin July 18, 2013 on a salmon hatchery on Penticton Indian Band (PIB) lands. The $24M hatchery is a joint project of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the State of Washington and the PIB.
- Construction on the independent McKay Creek hydroelectric power project south of Revelstoke is scheduled to start in August
- Rossland-based Fulcrum Management Solutions has created eight new positions in sales, software development and customer support, as a result of rapid growth of its Thoughtstream software
- The Vancouver Island Health Authority¿s decision to reduce hours at three laboratories and end home visits will affect 3.5 full-time equivalent workers. The VIHA says the affected workers can be placed elsewhere.
- Nanaimo¿s low unemployment rate takes into account residents who commute out of town and out of province for employment, months at a time. Many work in resource extraction jobs in northern BC and Alberta.
- The BC Seniors Games, taking place this August, is expected to generate over $2M in economic benefits for the community of Kamloops
- Skeena River commercial and recreational sockeye salmon fisheries have been closed due to near record-low fish numbers. Only 453,000 sockeye are expected, compared to approximately 2.4M in 2012.
- The Prince Rupert Port Authority and Ridley Terminals are contributing a combined $250,000 to help North Coast workers train to fill skilled trade jobs that are expected as a result of rapid industrial growth
- Pinnacle Renewable Energy will begin advertising in August to hire 24 people for a new $42M wood pellet export terminal in Prince Rupert. Pinnacle currently supports 350 manufacturing jobs in six BC communities.
Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2013
- The BC government is spending $4M this year to support trades training for women. The decision is driven by the increasing need in BC for workers, particularly in oil and gas, shipbuilding and mining industries.
- Seventy unionized jet fuelers at Vancouver International Airport have voted 100% in favour of striking this summer, if their disputes with GlobeGround Fuel Services and the Vancouver Airport Authority are not resolved. The workers will be in a legal strike position on July 28, 2013.
- Solefood, an urban farming company, has opened an urban fruit and herb orchard in downtown Vancouver. The company provides jobs and agricultural training to people with multiple barriers to employment.
- The new Edmonds Community Centre in Burnaby has created 53 full-time-equivalent positions
- Minter Gardens¿ 32-acre show garden in Chilliwack is closing in October due to lower tourist numbers. The closure will put three full-time employees out of work. The Minter Country Garden Store will remain open.
- Vancouver-based Steamworks Brewing Company is opening a 30,000 square-foot brewery in Burnaby later this summer. The manufacturing facility will feature offices, packaging, canning, kegging lines, and a tasting room.
- Victoria-based Viking Air is forging close ties with Vietnam that is expected to have far-reaching benefits for future trade. The company, which is training Vietnamese pilots on Viking¿s Twin Otter planes, employs 575 people in Western Canada, a 400% increase over three years ago. About 450 workers work in Victoria and the remainder work in Calgary.
- Kelowna Flightcraft has been awarded a 2-year, $15M contract to maintain Royal Canadian Air Force Fixed Wing Search and Rescue aircraft. The contract supports 54 full-time jobs.
- Vernon-based Kelowna Pacific Railway went into receivership on July 5, 2013. The company, which employed 40 to 50 people, attributed the bankruptcy to a drop in lumber shipments.
- Structurlam, a structural wood products manufacturer, has added a $7M facility to its Okanagan Falls operation that provides work for 15 people and will soon employ more. Structurlam employs 150 people in Okanagan Falls, Penticton and Oliver.
- The City of Kimberley, Teck Resources and the EcoSmart Foundation are collaborating to develop SunMine, the first industrial grid-connected solar energy plant in BC
- The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed the Dungeness fishery on the North Coast due to inconclusive crab population testing. Approximately 150 fishermen and shore-workers will be affected by the closure.
- Malaysian Petronas has applied to Canada's National Energy Board for an LNG export license
- Pacific Northwest LNG has submitted an application for an LNG export permit to Canada's National Energy Board
- Avanti Mining has signed a letter of understanding with the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs concerning its proposed Kitsault Mine Project
- The BC government is investing $4M through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement to help 675 women access mentorship opportunities and trades training programs
Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2013
- The BC government has downgraded its provincial economic and employment forecasts for 2013
- Rona, a home and garden retailer, will be closing three unprofitable BC stores in October 2013 and laying off 189, mostly part-time, workers. The affected stores are in North Cowichan, Kamloops and Abbotsford. Rona will also be eliminating an undisclosed number of administrative positions in Vancouver.
- BC farmers markets contributed over $170M in economic benefits in 2012 and sales have increased 146% since 2006. The rise in popularity is due to heightened consumer interest in locally grown food.
- Phase 2 construction of the golf villa residential community at Oliver's Canyon Desert Resort has begun and is expected to be complete in 2014
- To save costs, BC Tree Fruits will be closing its 70-year old Kelowna packinghouse in the fall of 2013 and shifting production to existing packinghouses in Oliver and Winfield. The number of affected employees has not yet been disclosed.
- Modernization of the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf to improve export capacity is expected to create many job opportunities during and after the construction period. The federally-funded project is expected to start this fall and last until September 2014.
- Construction of the Salmon Arm Community Gaming Centre is scheduled to begin in October 2013 and be complete by June 2014. The gaming centre is expected to create 100 jobs when it opens.
- The Columbia Shuswap region¿s hospitality industry is experiencing revenue losses due to the recent floods in Alberta
- Construction of a new $23M BC Hydro building in Campbell River will create 60 jobs from July 2013 until October 2014. Vancouver-based Omicron was awarded the contract.
- The Port Alberni Port Authority has received federal funds to study the feasibility of a short sea port facility in Alberni Inlet. The facility would handle small cargo vessels travelling short distances.
- A $531M federal shipbuilding contract, awarded to Babcock Canada, will protect 200 jobs in Esquimalt for at least five years
- Huldra Silver Inc., near Merritt, suspended its mine and mill operations and laid off 20 workers on June 25. The company cites a weakened market as the reason for the temporary suspension. It is unknown when operations will resume.
Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2013
- After years of decline, Canada¿s wood industry is rebounding, with BC producing half of Canada¿s softwood lumber. According to the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian lumber industry is on track to double its profits this year and needs 6,000 skilled workers. BC mills report difficulty finding skilled labour locally.
- Ten BC forestry companies, five in Merritt and five in the West Kootenays, have had their annual allowable harvests increased by the BC government. The increase addresses a timber supply crisis arising from the pine beetle infestation which wiped out half of BC¿s merchantable timber.
- WorkSafeBC is proposing new regulations to lessen workers¿ exposure to rock dust that is linked to a potentially deadly form of lung disease. An estimated 48,000 BC construction and mining workers are at risk of such exposure, and silicosis-related medical claims cost the province about $1.2M per year. Public hearings on the proposed regulatory changes will take place in May and June 2014.
- Between July 2010 and June 2011, more than a quarter of BC¿s registered professional engineers were educated outside of Canada, according to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. Countries generating the largest number of applications include the US, China, Iran, India and the UK.
- More than a dozen BC companies are heading to southern Alberta to help with the flood cleanup and repairs, according to the 125-member BC Association of Restoration Contractors
- Hiring in the mining sector is expected to be flat for the next six months and 46% of mining executives are considering layoffs, according to the Vancouver-based Mining Recruitment Group
- Major mixed-used developments worth billions of dollars are transforming Surrey¿s city centre
- Concord Pacific has plans to build 15 high-rises in downtown Vancouver and two in Surrey. Other developers are planning major developments in Surrey, due to its rapid population growth.
- Kia West is seeking approval to double its Coquitlam car dealership to five acres by October 2013, a move that will also enable the company to add between 60 and 75 more employees. The Coquitlam location currently employs 75 people.
- Barrick Gold Corp is laying off a third of its 400 Canadian corporate staff this month, due to a gold price slump. Most of the affected workers are in Toronto; a small number in Vancouver will also be impacted.
- The North Vancouver Outdoor School near Squamish is laying off 21 staff between June 30 and the end of August 2013. The school has lost nearly $1M over the past two years.
- Victoria¿s top 25 high tech companies generated nearly $1B in revenue in 2012, an 18% increase over 2011. This represents a third of the total revenue generated by 900 Victoria tech firms, which provide employment for 13,000 people.
- The Osoyoos Indian Band has more jobs available than band members. The 500-member community employs people from over 30 First Nations in western Canada as well as hundreds of non-Aboriginal people. Land development, tourism and a 300-acre vineyard are increasing employment opportunities.
- Construction on the $900M Waneta Expansion Project near Trail employs 350 people, mainly from the local area. The electrical power project, scheduled for completion in the spring of 2015, has so far contributed $150M to the local economy.
- FortisBC, an electric power and gas distributor, locked out 240 Southern Interior electrical employees on June 26
- WestJet Encore has opened service to North Peace Regional Airport in Fort St. John, creating 16 jobs
- Tahl-tan First nation boasts a high employment rate due to $11B worth of major projects in its territory
- Teck Resources Limited was issued an amendment to their Mines Act permit, allowing the re-opening of the Quintette Mine near Tumbler Ridge. If re-opened the project could create 500 full-time jobs.
- WCC LNG, a partnership of Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil, has filed for a permit for a new LNG export facility in either Kitimat or Prince Rupert
- The Prince Rupert Port Authority experienced a record-breaking year in 2012 for cargo and revenue. The port moved 22.2 million tonnes, an increase of 15% over 2011; and port revenue increased 40%.
Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2013
- BC¿s economic growth is forecast to stagnate in 2013 due to a softer housing market, slower population growth, lower consumer spending and stalled job creation, according to RBC
- A new export agreement signed by Canada and China will enable BC cherry growers to begin exporting fresh fruit to China. The BC Cherry Growers Association estimates sales to China will reach $10M by 2014 and rise to $20M in the next five years.
- The $360M construction of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver will create 170 full-time equivalent construction jobs lasting two years and 300 hospitality jobs when the tower opens in late 2016
- Burnaby-based TELUS is investing $1B in telecommunications infrastructure across BC this year. The company currently has 87 job openings in BC in a variety of occupations. TELUS employs 40,000 Canadians, including 7,800 in BC.
- Vancouver¿s Pacific National Exhibition is recruiting hundreds of seasonal workers for its annual summer fair, scheduled from August 17 to September 2, 2013
- Social media giants Twitter and Facebook are opening software development offices in Vancouver. Facebook is seeking 150 staff, mostly software engineers, and Twitter is seeking ¿a handful¿ of computer science graduates.
- Victoria-based Viking Air has signed a $70M contract to build Twin Otter planes to support northern Russian communities. The aircrafts are scheduled for delivery through 2015.
- The Point Hope Maritime shipyard is considering upgrading buildings and infrastructure. The 140-year old shipyard employs 125 workers at peak periods and contributes an estimated $20M to Greater Victoria¿s economy.
- CUPE Local 50, representing 700 City of Victoria workers, is concerned a long-delayed organizational review to find efficiencies will result in layoffs next year. The review comes as Victoria struggles with a $6M budget cut.
- On June 20, TransCanada PipeLines opened a new office in Prince George that will function as a regional support centre for northern BC pipeline development
- The Northern Health Authority in Prince George has a spike in job vacancies, due to 367 people leaving their employment in the first four months of 2013 for various reasons. Nursing and health sciences have the highest unfilled job rates.
- The proposed Sukunka coal mine near Tumbler Ridge has moved into the next stage of development by opening public consultations in June, as well as a 30-day window for public comments
Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2013
- Port Metro Vancouver supports 35,100 direct local jobs that pay wages well above the Canadian average, according to a new study. The port indirectly supports another 10,000 jobs outside of Metro Vancouver.
- Coal mines expansion would create 50 new jobs at the Fraser Surrey Docks, which is reported to have lost 270 jobs since 2008 due to sharp export declines in lumber, pulp and steel
- Vancouver-based Westport Innovations has been contracted by CN Railway to build LNG solutions for next generation locomotives. Westport employs 251 people and has 20 Vancouver job openings in a variety of occupations.
- Sears Canada has applied to the City of Burnaby to build a $1B mixed-use development on nine acres in Metrotown
- Guildford Town Centre Mall is holding a retail trade job fair at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey on June 27 from 2:00 to 8:00pm
- Burnaby-based TELUS plans to have 70% of its 40,000-person workforce working from home or on a mobile basis by 2015. TELUS is Canada¿s third largest telecommunications company and one of BC¿s largest employers.
- Wind energy projects worth billions of dollars are being proposed for BC
- Taseko Mines and the BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association are collaborating to boost employment for Aboriginal people in the Cariboo region
- Coastal forest industry employers are having difficulty finding contractors and workers, according to the Coast Forest Products Association
- Petronus, a Malaysian-owned energy company, has said it is prepared to invest $20B in a liquefied natural gas project in BC
Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2013
- The Lower Mainland economy continued growing in 2012 but at a slower pace than in 2011. This was partly due to a housing market slowdown and on-going government fiscal restraint.
- Metro Vancouver had the lowest job posting numbers in Canada in May, according to the Conference Board of Canada; while Abbotsford-Mission saw an increase in new hiring by employers.
- The New Westminster school district has approved cutting 60 positions, including 27 teaching assistants and 19 teachers, to balance the 2013-2014 school year budget
- To reduce expenses, Translink plans to lay off 26 to 32 unionized HandyDART drivers in late July, and transfer 10,000 hours of service to private taxis. HandyDART transports people with physical or cognitive disabilities.
- Catalyst Paper is seeking to hire and train young people to replace its retiring Port Alberni pulp mill workforce. In the past 18 months, the Catalyst mill has hired 60 people and is concerned it may be facing a labour shortage.
- Quality Foods is recruiting 75 to 100 staff for a new grocery store scheduled to open in Langford in in May 2014. The company currently employs 1,000 people in 11 stores on Vancouver Island.
- After losing jobs in 2011, Vancouver Island employment grew 0.7% in 2012, well below the provincial average of 1.7%. Most of the new jobs were concentrated in Greater Victoria.
- Following a strong showing in 2011, the Kootenay region economy performed well in 2012. Annual employment rose 3.7% in 2012, with positive gains in a number of industries.
- After shrinking in 2011, the Thompson-Okanagan economy grew by a modest 0.8 per cent in 2012; and the region¿s 2012 job growth was well below the provincial average.
- Cariboo region jobs increased for the third consecutive year in 2012, and the total number surpassed the pre-recession high. This is mainly due to a rebound in mining, forestry and construction.
- Wholesale Sports Outdoors Outfitters have announced the opening of a new store in Prince George in September
- A new report from the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada estimates that BC could have an additional 640 to 1,600 oil and gas jobs over the next ten years
- Chetwynd Forest Industries is finalizing a plan to begin pine salvage harvesting in the Little Prairie Community Forest this summer. The harvest is expected to continue until 2017.
Week of May 27 - May 31, 2013
- BC's tourism industry is still recovering from the 2009 recession
- The Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC reports the demand for Aboriginal tourism experiences exceeds the supply, and business opportunities abound for First Nations communities
- Vancouver¿s cruise ship industry is seeing a 20% passenger increase over 2012. Cruise lines generate nearly 7,000 jobs and nearly $259M in wages and salaries in BC.
- Fraser Valley blueberry farmers are concerned the shortage of bees will hurt their crops this year. Tens of thousands of bees are needed to pollinate 20,000 acres of blueberry crops.
- The Vancouver School Board has issued layoff notices to adult education teachers for the first time in its history. The reduction, which is due to low enrolment, is equivalent to 25 full-time jobs and affects 48 faculty members.
- Extremely poor housing affordability in Vancouver area still weighs heavily on homebuyer demand, according to RBC¿s May 2013 Housing Trends and Affordability report
- Large defense contracts have been awarded to Weatherhaven in Burnaby and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates in Richmond for portable repair shelters for helicopters and satellite image technology
- A new trade certification for experienced BC shipyard and parks workers is expected to help Vancouver-based Seaspan Marine find labourers to fulfill an $8B contract to build non-combat navy ships
- Construction is underway on the next phase of the Waterfront at Mill Bay Marina project, near Victoria. The project, which calls for 14 townhouse units in four buildings, is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
- Catalyst Paper has sold its 1200-acre Elk Falls pulp and paper site to Calgary-based Quicksilver Resources Canada. The mill was closed in 2009 and the site is being redeveloped for multiple industrial uses.
- A surge in the Okanagan wine industry¿s 2012 grape harvest bodes well for wine sales in 2013 and 2014. The useable crop increased 17%, due in part to favourable weather.
- Film shoots in Kelowna, Summerland and Vernon will create temporary job opportunities for local film production crews during the summer of 2013
- The B.C. Aboriginal Mine Training Association announced details of the $100,000 partnership to cover the costs of training 20 students from the Chetwynd area in the environmental technician certificate program
- National Concrete Accessories is opening a branch in Prince George in early June
- A Costco gas bar originally scheduled to open in June has yet to begin construction and will be delayed until September
Week of May 20 - May 24, 2013
- US-based technology firm Analogic has issued layoff notices to 140 employees as part of a move to consolidate manufacturing and support functions. About a fifth of the affected workers are in Vancouver.
- The Burnaby school district is laying off 75 teachers in what it refers to as a regular annual exercise. The District expects to rehire most of the affected employees in the fall of 2013.
- FedEx Freight Canada has opened a multi-million dollar service centre in the City of Surrey; employing approximately 45 people
- Coquitlam-based Rokstad Power Corp. has grown its skilled trades workforce from 40 to 300 in less than five years, and expects to hire another 200 to 300 people by 2016 due to a boom in power-line construction
- Construction on the $80M Royal Inland Hospital redevelopment in Kamloops is expected to start early in 2014 and last two years
- Lower Columbia businesses are planning to invest more than $60M over the next three years, according to a recent survey. A lack of skilled staff was commonly cited as a critical barrier to business expansion.
- A $400,000 federal grant signed with North Island employers will create 92 summer jobs for students this year
- Six Cowichan Valley middle schools are being closed due to a budget shortfall, and layoff notices have been issued to 75 full-time teachers. Another 90 teachers on temporary contracts will be laid off at the end of June 2013.
- Vancouver Island construction employment fell 15% in the first quarter of 2013, as fewer home sales slowed residential building. The industry expects improvement in 2014.
- School District 52, Ridley Terminals Inc. and Northwest Community College have partnered up to bring The Millwright/Industrial Mechanic Foundation Training program to Prince Rupert. The program is aimed at both high school students and adults.
- BC's three major coal ports have committed a combined $365M to increase coal handling capacity; which will result in at least 175 new jobs by 2015
- Petronas has begun engineering work for a massive BC natural gas export project in Prince Rupert
- BG Group has filed its proposed Prince Rupert LNG export plans with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Week of May 13 - May 17, 2013
- Over 300 Richmond IKEA employees were locked out by their employer on May 13 after rejecting concession demands in a collective agreement proposal. No talks are scheduled between the two parties.
- Ramsay Machine Works in Sidney hopes its newly completed $20M coal slinger marks an upturn in manufacturing in BC. The slinger, commissioned by Port Metro Vancouver, provided steady employment for 60 Ramsay employees over 19 months.
- Fewer bookings at the Victoria Conference Centre a troubling trend for the local hospitality and retail sectors which rely on the centre to generate business
- School District 20 in Rossland plans to reduce teaching, counselling, and administrative jobs due to a budget reduction. Teachers on temporary contracts are expected to be hardest hit.
- A SuperValu grocery store is opening on May 22 in North Burnaby's Greystone Plaza, the same location IGA vacated in 2011. The new store will employ some former IGA employees.
- Chilliwack had one of the fastest-growing mid-sized economies in Canada between 2005 and 2012, according to the Conference Board of Canada
- Pacific Coast Terminals in Port Moody has delayed a major terminal expansion project. Construction is now expected to be complete in two phases between 2014 and 2016. Once complete, the terminal will create an estimated 90 longshore jobs.
- Dawson's Creek has given permission for a number of new projects, including a 24-unit mixed-use building, a light industry building, a shop expansion, a veterinary clinic, and an oilfield operation
- Gold mining has seen a resurgence in BC over the last decade. The industry grew by 25% from 2010 to 2011 alone.
- The Mount Milligan gold-copper mine is still on target to open in August. Construction is employing 1000 people and, when completed, the project will create 400 permanent positions.
- UK's BG Group has created a $16B plan to export gas from a new terminal at Prince Rupert, bringing the number of similar projects up to 10
- Target has announced the opening of 24 stores across Western Canada on May 7 and May 14, including 10 in BC
Week of May 06 - May 10, 2013
- Richmond-based Helijet International has secured $3.5M in new flight contracts, which will expand its presence along BC¿s central and north coast
- The film industry injected $408M into Burnaby¿s economy in 2012, according to a municipal report. Productions valued at nearly $154M employed over 2,400 residents and benefited 72 local businesses.
- Wet'suwe'ten First Nation have threatened to shut down an expansion of Huckleberry Mines Ltd. in northern BC if their demands for jobs are not met.
- BC's overall economic growth was the weakest among provinces in 2012; however, residential and engineering construction posted above average growth
- Victoria's Royal Road University plans to add new programs and hire 30 more employees this year
- Target has opened nine new stores across the province
- Construction is underway to restore the Babine Forest Products mill near Burns lake. The mill, which was destroyed by fire last year, is expected to be operational again by early 2014.
- The shortened Vancouver Canucks hockey season negatively affected the city's retail and hospitality sales, which could mean reduced work hours for some workers in these sectors over the next month
Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2013
- Engineering jobs are strongest in BC and Alberta, according to a recent Engineers Canada report titled Engineering Labour Market in Canada: Projections to 2020.
- Demand for lumber has reached a six-year high; however, more than half of the commercial pine in BC, Canada¿s largest timber exporter, has been lost to the pine beetle infestation.
- International Forest Products has purchased two Kootenay region timber tenures that will sustain production at the company¿s Castlegar sawmill. According to the most recent figures available, the mill employs over 100 people.
- West Fraser Mills¿ Chetwynd Forest Industries division is proceeding with Phase 2 of a $35M Chetwynd sawmill upgrade that will enable the company to maintain a two-shift operation with increased production
- In a restructuring move, California-based Electronic Arts closed two subsidiary Vancouver video game studios on April 25. PopCap Games employed about 30 people and Quicklime Games employed about 60.
- Vancouver¿s video game industry has set up a website to assist recently laid off games workers find employment. The industry is also holding a job fair on May 3 at EXP Bar from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
- In late March 2013, the Justice Institute of BC announced it would be eliminating 30 jobs in order to reduce operating costs. The Vancouver-based educational facility has yet to finalize any decisions.
- North Vancouver¿s Capilano University is considering eliminating 200 courses from 10 programs, including Studio Art, Textiles, Software Design, Computer Science and Commerce, to manage a budget deficit. The final decision will be delivered in May 2013.
- Construction of the $100M mixed-use Monaco high-rise development in downtown Kelowna should begin this fall and last two and a half years
- Construction on the new $7.4M NorKam Trades and Technology Centre in Kamloops will begin in September 2013 and last nearly a year
- Kitimat is undergoing a real estate boom due to energy export activities
Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2013
- New 'Construction Looking Forward' reports are forecasting workforce demand by skilled trade for each province. The reports are available from Buildforce Canada, formerly the Construction Sector Council of Canada.
- BC¿s advertising and public relations sectors anticipate a business and employment boost after the May 2013 provincial election
- BC Central 1 Credit Union predicts the 2013 summer job search will be difficult for BC students, due to economic uncertainty. Seasonal resource sector opportunities should be available in northern BC.
- A $500M mixed-use Port Coquitlam development, currently under construction, is expected to create hundreds of service sector and light industrial jobs when completed in 2018
- The Vancouver Sun and The Province newspaper employees have been advised that layoffs are imminent, due to declining revenues. The papers will first seek voluntary layoffs through a buyout program.
- The Manning Park Ski Resort that was scheduled to close on April 1, 2013 has been sold to a new owner who hopes to retain the existing 15 employees and hire more people
- Investment in non-residential construction in Metro Vancouver hit a record high in the first quarter of 2013, and has been climbing steadily for nearly a year and a half
- To save $11.5M in 2013-2014, Coquitlam School District 43 plans to eliminate 142 positions, including teachers, education assistants and support staff. Attrition is expected to offset some of the reductions.
- The Corporation of Delta is hosting its first Trades & Technical Career Fair on May 8, 2013. The event is geared to Delta high school students.
- Edmonton-based AFD Petroleum is opening a fuel distribution centre in Langford in May to service Vancouver Island homes and businesses. AFD is seeking a Class 1 Fuel Driver and Office Administrator for the centre.
- Work has begun on a $9M yacht club in Kelowna; construction will last for a little over a year. Most of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultants are local.
- A number of companies are interested in developing BC's coast for the processing and export of liquefied natural gas
- A $30M multi-use building has been proposed for a vacant lot in downtown Prince Rupert
Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2013
- The BC Council of Forest Industries reports that most BC lumber mills have returned to two shifts and are experiencing a shortage of drivers and trucks to move wood products
- Cascade Aerospace in Abbotsford has been awarded a $225M federal contract to maintain Canada¿s Hercules aircrafts for at least the next five years. Cascade employs more than 600 employees, most of them aircraft maintenance engineers.
- Richardson International¿s $120M North Shore grain terminal expansion will create 150 construction jobs over two years starting in mid-April 2013. Another 40 to 50 permanent grain-handling jobs will be created when construction ends in 2015.
- In June 2013, Japan¿s Namco Bandai Studios is opening a video game studio in Vancouver that will employ 30 people
- Slant Six Games has temporarily laid off employees to save costs while it negotiates new business. The Vancouver video game company employed 60 people prior to the April 10 layoff, its third workforce reduction since 2010.
- The Delta School Board is planning to eliminate 16 full-time jobs in the 2013-2014 school year to cope with a budget deficit and declining enrollment
- In late June 2013, Mountain Equipment Co-op is opening a store in Langley that will employ 25 people, including five senior staff. The 16,000 sq.-ft. outdoor goods store will be MEC¿s fourth in BC and 17th in Canada.
- The University of Victoria plans to eliminate 82 full-time equivalent jobs in 2013-2014 because of a budget deficit. Of these, 36 are vacant and officials hope attrition will take care of the remainder. UVic currently employs 4,500 people.
- An ABC Country Restaurant in Saanich was destroyed by a fire on April 11, putting 25 people out of work. The owners are making efforts to place the affected employees in other restaurants in the community.
- Penny Land Bargain Outlets, a non-profit retailer of liquidated goods in Summerland, will close on May 31, 2013 due to sluggish sales. The charity shop, which raised funds for youth organizations, employs three full-time and several part-time workers.
- Construction has begun on the $90M Road, Rail, and Utility project at the port of Prince Report. The project will employ 90 people during its two-year construction phase.
- The Province has received interest from four companies to develop natural gas terminals in Prince Rupert. Six other proposals were announced in the past two years.
Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2013
- The New Westminster School District is considering eliminating 70 positions by the end of the 2013 school year, to reduce its deficit. Affected occupations could include teachers, special education assistants and support staff.
- North Vancouver-based Seaspan is urging Canada¿s small and medium-sized marine manufacturers to supply parts for an $8B, multi-year federal shipbuilding project, expected to start in the spring of 2014
- BC's wind power sector has grown to three projects, and five more are in various development stages. These include Vancouver Island¿s Cape Scott wind project, which will employ 250 people at peak construction in 2013
- Development of Centermount Coal¿s Bingay mine in the Elk Valley has been temporarily suspended, due to reduced global demand for iron ore. The project, employing 14 consultants, may resume in the summer of 2014.
- The National Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference, to be held in Prince Rupert from April 16 to 18, 2013, is expected to contribute $890,000 to Prince Rupert¿s economy
- PTI Group is in discussions with Port Edward to build a major workers-camp in the area
- A lack of cold storage is hurting the fishing industry in Prince Rupert
- Shell Canada has filed for an environmental assessment of the LNG project in Kitimat
- A new Winners store opened in Terrace
Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2013
- Canadian Tire in Salmon Arm will be re-opening in a new, larger building. As a result, they hired 30 new employees on top of the existing 60 employees.
- The Canadian Cancer Society's BC and Yukon Division recently eliminated 12 full-time employees and closed its Ladysmith local unit
- Construction began last month on a new Superstore in South Surrey
- The BC Centre for Ability will receive $4.5M from the Government of Canada to provide people with disabilities work and educational experiences. The program will have 535 participants, who will develop skills for employment.
- TRU North received $1M in funding to provide group literacy and skill assessment for local aboriginal workers to help prepare them for entering the skilled trades
- Willow Creek Mine near Chetnwyd will lay off 250 of their 350 workers this month
- The federal and provincial government will provided $50M for highway construction in Kelowna, creating construction jobs
- The University of Vancouver Island's Kowichan campus has received $11M in funding to provide training for 49 students in welding, business tech, and health care
Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2013
- Imperial Metals Corp. will construct a 93-km extension to BC Hydro's Line from Bob Quinn to Tatogga. The extension will provide grid-supply power to residents of Iskut and to the Red Chris Mine, creating jobs and economic activity for the region.
- BC Aboriginal Mine Training (BC AMTA) this March celebrated 500 Aboriginal hires within the past three years. The association is a partnership with the government; BC Mining Industry and First Nations to train and place Aboriginal people in skilled jobs.
- The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) will cut three full-time employees and eliminate one vacant faculty position due to budget constraints for the 2013-2014 school year
- Construction of The Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George is set to begin in April, creating 50 local jobs
- Kitsault Energy has announced a multi-phase plan to construct a resort community, an liquefied natural gas terminal, and an energy export facility
- Domtar¿s pulp machine, in Kamloops, recently shut down. By the end of spring, 125 job losses are expected.
- Construction and food industries in BC are expected to see immediate benefits when the PST is re-introduced on April 1
- Fair-trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages will close six BC stores this spring
- Sauce restaurant in Victoria closed its doors on March 27, laying off 25 staff
- Two BC Hydro projects are creating economic benefits for the City of Merritt. The $500M projects have created employment and business opportunities for multiple sectors and are expected to be completed by 2015
Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2013
- California-based Facebook is opening a training and recruitment centre for software engineers in downtown Vancouver at the end of May 2013. The social networking service plans to hire 150 people to staff the facility.
- 1,200 municipal employees of Saanich have ratified a collective agreement that includes a 7.25% wage increase over four years
- Approximately 15 full-time employees will be out of work when the Manning Park Resort closes permanently on April 1, 2013. The ski resort, situated east of Hope, has experienced financial difficulties since 2009.
- BC had 57% of Canada¿s $2.4B cruise ship industry in 2012, according to a new study. Ports of call in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and Prince Rupert generated $790M in direct spending and supported 12,252 direct and indirect jobs.
- The re-opening of the Kitsault Mine, located 140km north of Prince Rupert, has been approved by the BC government. The mine is expected to create up to 300 local jobs.
- Sinclair Group Forest Products Ltd. announced they will rebuild Lakeland Mills in Prince George, recalling approximately 100 of the 160 sawmill workers. Construction is estimated to take one year and will commence this spring.
- An eight-day motion picture shoot that started March 18, 2013, is expected to inject nearly a million dollars into the Central Vancouver Island economy. The Godzilla production is benefiting local hospitality and other service industries.
- The BC government has invested $1M into Accelerate Okanagan Technology (AOTA), an association that nurtures new technology startups. Over the past 18 months, AOTA has benefited 68 local companies and helped create 170 high tech jobs.
Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2013
- Calgary-based Original Joe's is opening two restaurants in Duncan and Saanich on Vancouver Island before the end of March 2013. Each of the new restaurants will employ 80 people.
- Construction of the $90M Road, Rail and Utility Corridor project at the Port of Prince Rupert will employ 90 workers over the next two years. The project will link potential potash and liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments to growing Asian markets.
- Global BC is launching a 24-hour television channel and has hired 30 communications staffers in BC. Recently, the CBC also expanded its news coverage from Vancouver and hired 15 employees.
- Construction of the new Lakes District Hospital will create 200 direct jobs in Burns Lake. PLC Contractors West Coast Inc. will build the $55M hospital by fall 2015.
- Business is picking up for Eulachon fishery in northwest BC, but it is now facing a worker shortage
- Engineering job market strongest in Alberta and BC
- Flavelle sawmill's future questioned in Port Moody
- BC offers $100,000 to doctors who take jobs in certain rural communities
- Aaron's opens new store in Port Alberni
- SmartCentres construction to begin immediately in Salmon Arm
- New Westminster-based Justice Institute to cut 30 jobs, close Vancouver campus by June
- Site work to begin this month for new Campbell River hospital
Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2013
- Surrey's diverse agricultural economy generates $167M in direct revenue every year and provides more than 4,470 jobs. The City of Surrey is drafting a strategic plan to ensure Surrey farms continue to be supported and sustainable.
- BC lumber mills are well-positioned to benefit in the near-term from the steady rise in softwood lumber prices, caused by the US housing market recovery and continued demand by Asian economies
- Terrace has signed a deal to lease land to a Chinese-owned wood processing company Yaorun Wood Co. Ltd.
- The Vancouver Island Construction Association reports construction activity is brisk in Greater Victoria, and the industry is having difficulty finding estimators, project managers and some trades
- A new study shows BC's wine industry is the second largest in Canada, contributing $2B annually to the BC economy and employing 10,000 people.
- The Rocky Mountaineer rail tour company has opened a 20,000 sq. ft. maintenance and repair facility in Kamloops that will sustain employment for 40 mechanics year round, as well as 28 seasonal staff
- The Health Sciences Association of BC, representing nearly 17,000 professionals, has ratified a new collective agreement that improves pay and benefits, and protects the wages of BC hospital pharmacists
Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2013
- Home Depot Canada is currently hiring 6,700 sales associates, cashiers, design professionals, department supervisors and night operators, nationally. Nearly half of the new job opportunities will be in Western Canada.
- The federal government has announced two jetties will be replaced at CFB Esquimalt, which is expected to create up to 1,400 jobs during the construction phase
- BC's trucking industry faces labour shortages
Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2013
- Between February 25 and March 14, 2013, the Asia Pacific Skills Gateway Table will be surveying Port Metro Vancouver truck drivers to build a labour force profile of drayage drivers
- The closure of an IGA Marketplace grocery store in New Westminster will result in approximately 55 layoffs by mid-April 2013
- Campbell Construction Ltd. has been awarded a contract to build the University of Victoria¿s $77M Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities
- Highland Valley Copper's $475M mill modernization project is underway
- Teck Resources Limited will hire 500 workers for their Tumbler Ridge Quintette coal mine, which is estimated to open in mid-2014 upon federal and provincial regulatory approval
Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2013
- The BC Utilities Commission has approved the replacement of the John Hart generating station near Campbell River, a project that will create about 400 construction jobs per year for five years
- A new $30M Aquatic Centre approved in Langford
- Avanti Mining Inc. is planning to reopen the Kitsault molybdenum mine. An estimated 700 workers will be employed during construction and another 300 permanent mining positions created thereafter.
- Vancouver-based Accenture has begun laying off 400 utility meter readers and field workers. The layoffs started in mid-January and will be complete by March 31, 2013 when Accenture¿s contract with BC Hydro to install smart meters expires.
Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2013
- U.S.-based Target will be opening its Nanaimo North Town Centre store in May and is expected to hire approximately 140 staff
- 2016 and 2018 BC Summer and Winter Games are expected to benefit the host cities
- Seabridge Gold¿s KSM project will create 6,500 jobs over the life of its mine and contribute $48 billion to Canada¿s GDP
- West Coast Chilcotin Forest Products Ltd recalls 60 sawmill workers, 90% of its employee base
Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2013
- Coal-handling expansion at Neptune Bulk Terminals in North Vancouver will create 100 full-time equivalent construction jobs from January 2013 until the end of 2015, and up to 185 new permanent unionized longshore jobs once construction is complete
- Construction of the new Sandman Signature Hotel in Kamloops is well in progress, and is expected to create about 200 jobs once completed in late 2013
- Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar will be opening its third Vancouver restaurant and hiring about 75 people, including servers, bartenders, hostesses and cooks before an early summer 2013 opening
- Major construction of the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project connecting the Tri-Cities and the City of Vancouver is scheduled to begin in February 2013. The three-year project is expected to create 8,000 construction-related jobs.
- Construction of BC LNG Export Co-operative's first plant in Kitimat is expected to create 150 construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs once it is operational in 2015
Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2013
- Sixty Vancouver hospitality workers lost their jobs when the Waldorf Hotel closed on January 21. The 65-year-old East Vancouver landmark has been sold to a condominium developer.
- Silian Sapphire Co. has laid off 38 staff, effectively shutting down its local production line in Victoria
- Vineyard Networks in Kelowna has been acquired by Silicon Valley-based, Procera, for $28M. Procera is planning to expand the company and will hire approximately 15 engineers.
- The provincial government has announced over $291,000 in funding to train 30 aboriginal health care assistants in Halzelton and Nisga'a (1/2)
- The provincial government has announced over $291,000 in funding to train 30 aboriginal health care assistants in Halzelton and Nisga'a (2/2)
- Canfor is spending approximately $40M to increase production at its sawmill in Mackenzie. The upgrades, which will begin this month and be completed by November, include modifications to the sawmill, kilns and planer.
Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2013
- Mahoney and Sons will employ up to 130 people when it opens a new Irish-themed restaurant and pub in Vancouver's Stamps Landing in September 2013. The company expects to begin interviewing for hospitality positions in June.
- Victoria Shipyards is expected to employ hundreds of workers in Esquimalt through 2013
- Addiction treatment centre closing in Kelowna
Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2013
- NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc.'s project on BC's North Coast is expected to create over 500 construction and maintenance jobs
- On November 29, 2012, Microsoft opened a new Vancouver video game studio called Black Tusk Studios, employing 55 software engineers and designers. Black Tusk plans to hire another 50 such employees in 2013.
- New hospital project to create jobs in Campbell River
- PCL Constructors Westcoast (PCL) has been contracted to complete the new Johnson Street Bridge project in Victoria
Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2012
- Resuming on January 18, 2013
Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2012
- A $10 million project to remove silt buildup in Ladner Harbour and secondary channels will create a number of engineering and trades jobs from July 2013 to March 2014
- The Babine Forest Sawmill in Burns Lake is set to be rebuilt and ready for operations by 2014 after it was destroyed by a fire last January
- Domtar Corporation recently announced the shutdown of one of their pulp machines at its Kamloops mill, resulting in the layoff of 125 employees
Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2012
- As a result of restructuring, Vancouver biotechnology firm QLT will be laying off 27 employees, or 42% of its workforce, during the first half of 2013
- The Walmart store in Courtenay is expanding to become a supercentre establishment, 90 additional sales associates have been hired
- George Derby Centre in Burnaby has suspended its decision to lay off 90 long-term, unionized non-medical support staff
- The Ardew Wood Products sawmill in Merritt will be closing in January, resulting in the lay-off of 55 employees
- Petronas receives federal approval for its $6B takeover bid of Progress Energy, Its plans to build a Liquefied Natural Gas terminal near Prince Rupert could create 3,500 construction and 300 operational jobs.
Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2012
- Northern Lights College in Tumbler Ridge is developing a new underground mining curriculum in response to industry demand for skilled workers
- Canpotex Inc., a Saskatchewan potash supplier, has received federal approval to proceed with its Prince Rupert export terminal project
Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2012
- Phase one of Air Liquide¿s new liquid nitrogen plant is now in operation, creating 10 permanent jobs in Dawson Creek
- Tolko Industries has permanently closed its Creekside Sawmill in Williams Lake due to long-term profitability concerns. No immediate layoffs have resulted.
- Heatherington Industries is building a plastics recycling facility that will create 10 to 15 sorting and labouring jobs in Port Alberni by February 2013
Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2012
- BC logging companies are concerned that workers who left forestry to work in mining, oil and gas will not return
- Vancouver video game company Tiny Speck will be laying off 32 employees by December 9, 2012
- The Hudson¿s Bay Company (HBC) has closed its Zellers store in Prince George, laying off approximately 100 workers
Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2012
- Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has begun building a 28,000-square-foot casino in Maple Ridge that will employ 75 people when it opens in December 2013. The construction phase will employ 60 building trades workers for 12 months.
- Housing starts in BC were up 8% in the third quarter compared to last year, and the number of new units so far this year has climbed above the 10-year average
- Craigmont Mines will close its mine, resulting in the loss of 30 jobs. Huldra Silver¿s mine was also reported as closing; however, production is continuing and there are no staff layoffs expected.
Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2012
- The province has allocated close to $19M to train 3,000 individuals. The funding, which will be distributed to 17 provincial colleges and universities, ensures British Columbians will have the skills needed to staff anticipated job openings.
- The BC Cancer Agency opened its first cancer centre in Prince George last week, one of only six full-service facilities in the province
- Ninety support staff at the George Derby Centre care facility in Burnaby will be laid off by April 30, 2013.
- Canfor Corp. reopened the Radium Hot Springs sawmill on October 29th, 2012. Canfor expects an initial workforce of 136 employees at the Radium mill by the end of November, with 144 employed in 2013.
- Kamloops will host the Brier curling championship in March 2014. The tournament would have a $5M economic impact on Kamloops; approximately 2,500 tourists are expected to flock to the city.
- ICBC will be eliminating 250 senior management and management positions, most of them by the end of 2012
Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2012
- Calgary-based CRAFT Beer Market plans to open a 350-seat Vancouver restaurant employing 140 people, in June 2013. CRAFT is currently seeking managers and expects to interview for food preparation and serving positions in May 2013.
- BC nurses and employers recently ratified a new two-year collective agreement, a move that could attract more health care practitioners to Northern BC
- Future Shop and Best Buy will be hiring 4500 part-time workers across Canada this holiday season, down 1,500 from last year. For BC, this could mean 250 fewer temporary hires than last December.
Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2012
- In a cost-saving move, Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) in Metro Vancouver plans to lay off 40 maintenance employees or nearly 6% of its fleet repair crew by January 2013. CMBC employs 5,500 people, including 650 maintenance staff.
- After several years of minimal job-growth, Catalyst Paper has filled 70 positions at its Crofton mill this year
- BC nurses and employers recently ratified a new two-year collective agreement, a move that could attract more health care practitioners to Dawson Creek and Northern BC
Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2012
- The Skeena Sawmill in Terrace has started testing equipment in preparation for full-capacity operations which will ramp up in the coming years
- Work on Northern Lights College's simulated well sight training facility in Fort St. John has been completed
- Construction of The Heights at Mount View residential care facility in Saanich has begun and is scheduled to open in December 2014
- Canfor Corp. is expected to reopen its sawmill in Radium later this month
Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2012
- A proposed $120M expansion to Richardson International's North Vancouver grain terminal would create 150 construction jobs lasting two years, and 40 to 50 additional grain-handling jobs once the renovation is complete
- Bella Bella has its first solid waste transfer station and recycling facility, employing four full-time staff. The city is also gearing up for the future development of a new compost facility for food waste.
- Terrace's Skeena Sawmill will increase its workforce from the current 24 to over 100, when full-capacity operations begin. A $21M investment has been put aside and an apprenticeship training program has been developped to attract skilled trades workers.
- Several BC companies were represented at an international job fair in Dublin during the weekend of October 6; the BC construction sector is hoping to tap into this source of workers.
Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2012
- New Ocean Spray cranberry processing plant in Richmond supports Southwest BC farmers
- Provincial government approves $120M in royalty deductions for the natual gas sector, which will lead to the construction of 21 new infrastructure projects in northeast B.C, creating over 1,650 direct jobs
- Sportcheck store opens in Terrace
Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2012
- Vancouver's economy to brighten starting next year
- Retail job fair in Burnaby on September 29
- A $30M expansion at Camosun College in Victoria
- Royalty deductions raise job prospects in Northeast region
- North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS) has officially opened their Northern Centre in Fort St. John aimed at offering a bridging program for Aboriginal students
Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2012
- More BC civil servants go on strike
- Vancouver-based Rocky Mountaineer has reached a new agreement with unionized onboard staff
- Nordstrom to open a new department store in Vancouver
- Tolko Industries Ltd. announced the opening a new reload terminal in Richmond
- Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services (ACFS) announced a new fulfillment centre in Delta, creating more than 100 new full-time jobs
- Forever 21 to open new store in Saanich
- Interior Provincial Exhibition benefits local community near Armstrong
- Babine sawmill will be rebuilt in the Nechako region
Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2012
- Some BC exports to cool along with Chinese economy
- Construction rebound generates thousands of jobs in Vancouver
- Aerospace industry in British Columbia is growing
- Final Ironman triathlon benefits South Okanagan
- Spectra Energy Corp. has announced the signing of a Project Development Agreement with BG Group to develop plans for a new natural gas transportation system in northern BC
- Rio Tinto Alcan short on skilled tradespeople in Kitimat
Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2012
- BC government workers go on strike for a day
- Customer contact centre Stream Global Services is recruiting in Chilliwack to fill 300 positions
- B Mill, belonging to S&R Sawmills Ltd. in Surrey will be demolished
- Westhills is becoming a fast-growing community
Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2012
- Mill fire in Maple Ridge results in at least 60 employees laid off
- Annual fair at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver generates hundreds of seasonal jobs
- City of Port Alberni to purchase wastewater treatment facility and land from Catalyst for $5.75M
- Kamloops-based Northern Trailer awarded contract to build a work camp in Fort McMurray, creating more than 100 jobs
- Provincial government invests $3.4M in the Burns Lake region for reforestation and timber supply mitigation
- The Lakeland Mills in Prince George has shut down their planer factory
Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2012
- ICBC to cut staff by about 165 positions by 2014
- Mobile game developer TinyCo will open a new studio in Vancouver
- Apple has opened a new store in Vancouver at the Coquitlam Centre mall
- Catalyst Paper's Elk Falls site sold to Pacifica Deep Sea Terminals for $8.6M
- Beach festival in Kelowna benefits local tourism industry
- FortisBC planning $16M facility in Castlegar
- Highway improvement project underway in Nelson
- QR Mill in Cariboo will create 40 new jobs
- Northwest Transmission Line project will create 40 jobs in the North Coast region
- Thompson Creek Metals has shut down the mining portion of its molybdenum project in Endako
Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2012
- Construction boom is underway in downtown Surrey
- Mazda Canada Inc. has announced the opening of its new Western Regional Operations and Parts Distribution Centre in Langley
- Modern Café in Nanaimo has closed
- The School Works Program is being offered again this fall to Columbia Basin-based businesses and organizations
Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2012
- Most former Aveos workers in Vancouver remain unemployed
- Blueberry harvest in the Lower Mainland area is on track
- Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria will hire 120 staff
- Record number of teachers in BC's North Coast region are retiring
Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2012
- Doctors in BC have ratified a new four-year agreement that will support ongoing efforts to recruit and retain physicians
- Microsoft lays off 35 employees in Vancouver
- Michaels craft store to open in Vancouver
- Provincial government announces new North Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project
- Cariboo ¿ New training program for Aboriginals at the College of New Caledonia's Fort St. James campus and Prince George campus
- New healthcare facility in Fort St. John has officially opened
- Sidewalk removal project to get underway by next week in Rossland
- Westjet will add Kelowna to Los Angeles route
Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2012
- The London Court of International Arbitration sides with BC in softwood lumber dispute
- Provincial government announces oil pipeline requirements
- Pacific Coast Terminals plans expansion in Port Moody
- Construction starts on new FedEx Freight service centre in Surrey
- GREE announces plans to establish new game development studio in Vancouver
- New sewage treatment project in Victoria will create jobs
- Bike race in South Okanagan benefits local tourism industry
- Spectra Energy officially announces opening of the Dawson Processing Plant in Bessborough
- Construction has started on the Northwest Transmission Line in Terrace
- Five East Kootenay communities are receiving funding to attract tourism
Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2012
- BC to connect post-graduates to tech sector
- Aboriginal mine training program back in business
- Virtual high tech job fair to be held July 24
- Visual effects studio in Vancouver is growing
- Vancouver-based video game studio moving to Toronto
- Western Forest Products Inc. is investing $6.7M to upgrade its sawmill in Port Alberni
- Waste water treatment plant in Creston to receive upgrades
- Tembec will shut down its pulp mill in Chetwynd in September
Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2012
- Thrifty Foods opens new 24 hour grocery store in Maple Ridge
- Cardiome announces workforce reduction in Vancouver
- Haida Enterprises announced the acquisition of Tree Farm License 60 (TFL 60) and associated infrastructure in the Vancouver Island area
- New power line being built near Terrace
- Ricky¿s All Day Grill has opened in Creston
- Staff locked out at care facility in Westbank
Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2012
- Vancouver Airport Authority today welcomed the start of Sichuan Airlines¿ thrice-weekly service
- Target has announced it will take over the Zellers store in Richmond
- Vancouver game studio announced layoffs
- "Steelworkers union signs deal with Teck in the Kootenays region
- New Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in the North Coast region
Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2012
- Provincial government announces that natural gas is to be declared a source of clean energy
- Vancouver airport outlet will create hundreds of jobs
- Burnaby gains unique Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facility, creating 50 jobs
- Vancouver shipbuilding project unimpeded by budget cuts
- Upgrades to Western Forest Products Inc's sawmill on Vancouver Island will create jobs
- The Central Okanagan School District is set to hire more teachers
- Sections of highway in the West Kootenay region will be resurfaced
- Mill shut down in Prince George leads to layoffs
Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2012
- Burnaby research centre will close next year
- The Burnaby Board of Trade has launched a new career development program aimed at students
- Aquaculture training program to be offered across Vancouver Island
- Kelowna Flightcraft secures maintenance contract
- Ferry construction creates local employment in Nakusp
- Provincial government to help strategize workforce in Terrace
Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2012
- Six BC companies have been awarded tenders for the work required to build the TELUS Garden office tower in Vancouver
- Multi-family and commercial projects drive Greater Victoria building boom, creating jobs
- TransCanada to build $4B pipeline to export natural gas from BC
- AltaGas Renewable Energy Inc. moves closer to construction in the North Coast region
- New Target retail outlet in Kelowna creates jobs
- Teck furnace construction to create jobs in Trail
- Aboriginal mine training program in BC is about to close
Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2012
- Vancouver software firm experiences rapid growth
- Wind farm development begins in Port Hardy
- Construction of water treatment facility in Elk Valley
- Shoppers Drug Mart opens in West Kelowna
- Highway improvement project in Cariboo begins
- BC to fund 190 advanced nursing positions
- BC Hydro growing to meet future power needs
Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2012
- Target to open in Burnaby in 2013, plans to hire 150-200 employees
- Vancouver public transit undergoing a hiring freeze
- New airline will generate local jobs in Vancouver
- Private firm to rebuild marina in Nanaimo
- Mill in Cariboo reopens temporarily after fire damage
- Shoppers Drug Mart opened a new store in Prince Rupert
- Working-age population concentrates in southern BC
Week of May 21 - May 25, 2012
- Mega-development project in Coquitlam has undergone some changes
- Four road construction projects, valued at a total of $13M, will start this year in the West Kootenay region
- $3.7M invested to improve highways in Revelstoke area
- Spectra Energy progressing on $1.5 billion expansion program in northeastern BC
- The Alberni School District will cut teaching positions this year
Week of May 14 - May 18, 2012
- Teck Resources in BC plans to hire 1,500 people in the next three years and spend $1 billion
- BC's minimum wage now $10.25 per hour
- Teck Resources in BC plans to hire 1,500 people in the next three years and spend $1 billion
- Vancouver¿s largest urban farm generates work opportunities
- Chilliwack-based Tycrop Manufacturing is planning an expansion, creating jobs
- Kootenay Columbia School Board cuts jobs
- Job losses at Spring Valley seniors home in Kelowna
- New liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal planned near Kitimat
- Rise in construction in Victoria boosts employment
- Port Alberni Home Hardware is relocating, will create new jobs
Week of May 07 - May 11, 2012
- Zellers employees in Nanaimo will be laid off
- South Island port diversifies longshore employment
- Canfor announces capital investments in Kootenay sawmill operations
- Highway upgrade project near Oliver will create jobs
- Province invests $24M for highway improvements near North Peace, creating jobs
- BC¿s economy has cooled
- Sawmill insurance costs skyrocket in BC
Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2012
- Record number of journeypersons get their ¿ticket¿
- Airport hotel project creates jobs in Kelowna
- Hospital construction to create jobs
- Vancouver shipbuilder hiring hundreds for long-term jobs
- Lower Mainland losing film industry jobs
- Forestry training program means jobs for the North
- Telus investing in Cranbrook
Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2012
- Plans unveiled for huge development in Richmond
- RCMP in Kelowna to get seven more cops
- Sawmill in Cariboo destroyed by fire
- Northern Lights College facing budget cuts
- Calgary-based Encana Corporation cutting natural gas production
Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2012
- British Columbia Utilities Commission approves Ruskin dam and powerhouse upgrades
- Lower Mainland cities foster Aboriginal employment
- Construction contract awarded for a new medical building in Kelowna
- Lumber mill opening in Port Alberni
- Major bridge upgrade underway in Golden
- Hotel and condo project in Cariboo to create jobs
- Construction of new hospital in Burns Lake will create jobs
- Oil pipeline from Edmonton to Vancouver to be expanded
- New regulations for overnight gas stations stir debate in BC
Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2012
- Surrey mill production slows
- Surrey prison expansion creates hundreds of new jobs
- Vancouver Island Health Authority to hire nurses throughout the province
- Store closure results in job loss in Nelson
- The Northwest Transmission Line project creates jobs in Terrace
Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2012
- British Columbia job market posts modest gains
- Nurses union in BC advocating for more employees
- Vancouver aircraft maintenance employees laid off
- Liquor distribution jobs to be protected
- Kirmac's Burnaby locations provide on-the-job training to fill skills gap
- Paper producer reaches labour agreement with employees at the Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River mills
- Health centre construction underway in Parksville
- New data centre in Kamloops creates jobs
- Ski resort development in Invermere approved
- Northern BC will lead provincial growth in 2012-2013
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
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