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Outlook & Prospects for Furniture Finishers and Refinishers in Lower Mainland - Southwest Region
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Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Lower Mainland - Southwest Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2014-05-22|
For the 2013-2015 projection period, employment opportunities will be fair for Furniture Finishers and Refinishers (NOC 9494) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region. Compared with all other occupations, more job openings are expected as a result of workers retiring or leaving this occupation. However, this will be offset by weaker than average employment growth, as well as a proportionately larger number of unemployed workers with experience in this occupation that may compete for available jobs.
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the average age for this occupation in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region was 43 years and 12% of workers were 55 years old and older.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of May 11 - May 15, 2015
- Telus is investing $7M in Abbotsford to expand its communications infrastructure. The upgrades will increase internet speed in the area, while providing additional services to residents.
- Vancouver city council is reviewing a proposal to redevelop the historic downtown Sinclair Centre. The redevelopment would increase the seven-storey building to 29 floors, providing office space for federal government employees.
- Urban Academy's $14M expansion plan has been rejected by New Westminster city council. The expansion would have allowed the private school to amalgamate its two locations into one and expand to 450 students by 2022.
- Maple Ridge city council recently approved the hiring of four street outreach workers for a six-month work term
- The WestStone Group recently announced plans to build Innovation Village, a $250M three-building development for seniors in North Surrey. The development will consist of two six-storey residential buildings and a 12-storey medical building.
- A new program at Simon Fraser University, the First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator, will help First Nations entrepreneurs launch their businesses. The program will operate out of RADIUS, a business incubator at the university's school of business.
- China Fiber Optic Network Systems Group has announced that it will open a fibre-optic materials manufacturing facility in Surrey. The facility is expected to be operational by June and will employ 200 workers on 10 production lines.
- Vancouver City Council recently selected TELUS to supply the City's free public Wi-Fi program. The first of 43 city-owned locations is expected to be operational by the fall.
- Parkland Fuel has recently opened a new 38,000 sq.-ft. location in Pitt Meadows, creating 20 full-time jobs
- Video game developer, A Thinking Ape, recently held a pop-up job fair in Vancouver. The event had over 400 job seekers signed up to meet with representatives from 12 gaming companies.
- Downtown Vancouver currently has 2.2M sq.-ft. of office space under construction. Surrounding communities are concerned that the construction will affect their ability to create jobs in other areas of the region.
- The City of Vancouver is developing a website that will allow residents to report vacant homes. The reporting site will help tackle the growing concerns surrounding vacant properties, given current affordability challenges in the city.
- The John Volken Academy has recently opened its new $80M addictions treatment facility in Surrey. The 220,000 sq.-ft. facility offers 24hr treatment and education for a minimum of two years, for up to 150 residents.
- The Vancouver International Airport plans to handle 25M passengers by 2020, or 5M more than what is expected this year. This increase is expected to create between 5K and 7K new jobs in BC, as well as adding $500M to the provincial economy.
- The Federal Government recently announced $2M in funding to support construction of the Advanced Resource Clean Technology Innovation Centre in Burnaby
- McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, a new discount mall in Vancouver, recently hosted a hiring fair which attracted approximately 2,000 applicants. The company attributes the high turnout to the recent closure of local Target and Future Shop locations.
- Big Rock Urban in Mount Pleasant recently held its grand opening. The Calgary-based brewer is the seventh brewery to open in the Mount Pleasant/Olympic Village area and Big Rock's first location in BC.
- Granville Island is currently accepting applications for its first major restructuring in 35 years. With the Emily Carr University of Art and Design moving, it is freeing up more than 200,000 sq.-ft. of space in the area.
- Meridian Meats & Seafood will be opening a new location in Maple Ridge, its sixth location in BC. The new store will operate under the name Meridian Farm Market.
- The Burnaby school district may have to cut up to 30 jobs, including 17 teaching positions, as a result of a projected $6.4M shortfall next year
- According to a new report by Vancity, if housing prices in the region continue to rise, while incomes stay stagnant, the only area in Metro Vancouver which will remain affordable by 2030 will be Langley
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