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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)||2015-05-29|
For the 2014-2016 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Furniture Finishers and Refinishers (NOC 9494) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region.
This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:
- Employment growth is expected to be weak.
- A large number of people are expected to retire.
- This occupation has recently experienced moderate levels of unemployment.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Jun 15 - Jun 19, 2015
- Adams Road Elementary School, in Surrey, has recently broken ground on a major expansion. The expansion will add 10 classrooms to the school, increasing the number of spaces by 240, up to a total of 530.
- Langley city council has approved a new five-storey condominium complex. The 37-unit development will contribute $335,000 to the city in development cost charges. The building is expected to be complete in approximately 18 months.
- The Langley Board of Education has announced that it will be closing Lochiel School on July 1. Students and teachers of the U-Connect program will be moved to Simonds Elementary on September 1.
- Associated Engineering has filed a report with the National Energy Board, which states that the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline would result in a cost increase for municipalities of $93M over 50 years in five lower mainland communities
- Hopcott Premium Meats, a Pitt Meadows butcher shop, is currently expanding and will provide additional retail and production space. Expected to be opening by November, the butcher will be hiring extra staff once complete.
- As a result of a Skytrain shutdown, which affected 19 trains, Translink has announced that it will be hiring more SkyTrain attendance over the summer. The Company will hire 16 attendants on August 1, and 48 more by October.
- A number of tech companies have recently set up shop in the Tri-Cities area, in the Lower Mainland. The companies have reported that by setting up in the area, they don't have to compete for workers, and enjoy a high retention rate.
- ESCO Corporation in Port Coquitlam has announced that it is for sale, and will likely close within the next two to three years. The company currently has 140 employees, and has indicated that there will be no immediate layoffs.
- Tickleberry, a South Okanagan ice cream shop, has recently opened a second location in Penticton
- Whistler Blackcomb will be installing four low-energy snow-making machines on top of Horstman Glacier in late July. The glacier has been shrinking for several decades, and is at a point that summer operations could be threatened.
- Following the closure of Subeez, a Vancouver restaurant, the Warehouse Group BC has offered all laid off staff interviews at their restaurants. The Company has also offered to compensate any workers who are hired for unpaid time by the former employer.
- According to a recent ranking by MoneySense magazine, North Vancouver is the 9th best place to live in Canada, and the highest ranked city in BC. The magazine considered unemployment, taxes, and crime rates in its rankings.
- Paragon Development has increased the budget of its Parq development from $535M to $600M. The development will include two hotels, eight restaurants, as well as convention and special event space.
- Wespac Midstream has secured a license for a $175M docking facility on Tilbury Island in Delta. The facility would transport up to 120 mid-sized tankers per year along the Fraser River.
- The Fraser River Discovery Centre has begun the first phase of its $2.25M Working River Project. Once the design is complete, construction of the exhibit could begin with phase 2, in 2017.
- The Richmond Women's Resource Centre has had to shut down for eight weeks due to a shortage of funds. The Centre has two part-time employees.
- Community Vision, a North Vancouver child care agency for at-risk youth and young adults, has closed its doors.
- A mattress recycling depot in south Vancouver, which was recently destroyed by fire, has reopened in Burnaby. The fire left 45 workers temporarily unemployed.
- PricewaterhouseCoopers has updated a 2012 report for the Vancouver School Board, supporting its decision to close 28 classrooms next year. The report also outlines eight additional ways for the school board to improve its finances.
- The $260M redevelopment of Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster will begin this fall. The first phase is expected to be complete in 2019, and the whole project could take 10 to 15 years.
- Fox Sports recently finished construction of its media headquarters for the FIFA Women's World Cup in Vancouver. Fox Sports will employ 300-400 workers for the duration of the event.
- Vancouver is one of the hosts of the FIFA Women's World Cup this year, which began on June 6. The month-long event is expected to provide a $267M economic boost to Canada, including $52M in BC, and $37M within Vancouver.
- Animal Logic, an Australian animation company, will be opening an office in Vancouver. The company is expected to hire about 300 employees in January 2016, when production on ¿The Lego Movie Sequel¿ begins.
- The Fish House, a restaurant in Stanley Park, will close its doors at the end of September. The closure will affect approximately 60 employees.
- A Money Mart and a One Stop Love Shop in the City of Langley have recently closed their doors. The city owns the building previously occupied by the two retailers and is planning to redevelop the location.
- Independent toy retailer, Granville Island Toy Company, has recently opened its third location in Vancouver. With the new location, the company now has 28 employees.
- Main Sheet Metal Works, a nearly 100-year old sheet-metal fabrication company, has closed its doors. The Vancouver shop has attempted to find someone to buy the company, but with no interest, has decided to auction off its equipment and shut down.
- The Surrey RCMP detachment will add 100 police officers within the next 12 months. Besides a contingent of new recruits, others are being promoted or transferred in. With the additional officers, the Surrey detachment will grow to about 800 officers.
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