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British Columbia

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  • Start date: 2019-09-30, End date: 2019-10-04
    Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2019

    Salesforce, a US-based technology firm, opened a new office in Vancouver. The company currently employs over 175 staff at the new location.
    Alopex Couriers is building a new 10,000 sq. ft. package handling facility and office in Castlegar. The new warehouse is expected to be operational by January 2020.
    Rogers Communications is opening a new customer solution centre in Kelowna. The centre will employ 350 people when it opens in summer 2020, with the number of staff expected to grow to 500 over time. Hiring for the centre will begin next spring.
    Miniso opened a new store inside the Uptown Shopping Centre Walmart in Saanich on October 5
    Northern Health is suspending new admissions at Peace Villa in Fort St. John due to staff shortages. Despite ongoing recruitment efforts, a number of positions remain vacant at the facility due to the high demand for health care staff in Northeast BC.
    Catalyst Crofton laid off over 70 employees on September 25, following the temporary shutdown of the pulp and paper mill's newsprint and package grading machines. The curtailment is expected to last for at least two weeks.
    Old Masset Village Council (OMVC) and the Industry Training Authority have signed an agreement to support trades education and apprenticeships for First Nations. As part of the agreement, OMVC is now able to sponsor apprentices for local projects.
    Ximen Mining has obtained an exploration permit for its Providence claim near Greenwood. The permit allows Ximen Mining to carry out further exploratory work on the site, including rock sampling, trenching, and diamond drilling.
    The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Sea-to-Sky Community Hospice in Squamish opened on September 27
    Jimmy's Cannabis opened a store in Rossland on October 1
    Perkins and Will has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver to develop the area next to Broadway-Commercial Skytrain station. The proposed development includes three residential towers, retail space, and a childcare facility.
    Whistler Learning Centre (WLC) has partnered with the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) to offer six part-time business courses this fall. WLC aims to address the labour shortage in Whistler by providing employers with a way to develop and retain staff.
    Forever 21 is closing all 45 stores across Canada. The fashion retailer has seven stores in BC, located in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, Victoria, and West Vancouver.
    A new WorkBC Employment Services Centre opened in Richmond on September 30. In addition to job placement supports, the site - called WorkBC Storeys - offers social programs and services and provides affordable housing to low-income seniors.
  • Start date: 2019-09-23, End date: 2019-09-27
    Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2019

    Vancouver-based technology firm Trulioo Information Services Inc. plans to hire around 100 new employees within the next two years, following a $70M raise in capital funding
    The City of Kelowna has approved the development of two new industrial buildings on Clement Avenue. The buildings will contain office and commercial space.
    Marmalade Cat Cafe opened its newest location at Okanagan College's Kelowna campus on September 13
    Rural Leaf is opening a cannabis store in Smithers in early October. The company is currently accepting job applications for new employees.
    Tolko Industries Ltd. reduced operations at its Soda Creek and Armstrong stud lumber mills, effective September 18
    Shíshálh Nation is adding three new retailers to the Tsain-Ko Village Shopping Centre in Sechelt. Construction on a Shoppers Drug Mart will begin this October, while work on a Lordco Auto Parts and BC Cannabis Store could begin as early as this fall.
    Three BC engineering and technology groups have partnered to launch the Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology Project. This two-year project aims to increase female participation in engineering, geoscience, technology, and technician occupations.
    Pacificanna is opening a cannabis shop in Williams Lake in early October. The store will employ around six to eight people.
    Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood and Cascadia Seaweed have formed a partnership to cultivate, harvest, and process sugar kelp near Bamfield on Vancouver Island. Up to 12 new jobs are anticipated in the first year, with more to come as operations expand.
    A new Kelowna Urgent Primary Care Centre is set to open this December. The Centre will employ the equivalent of 22 full-time staff, including general practitioners, nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists, and physiotherapists.
    Sunrise Soya Foods opened a new manufacturing plant in Delta on September 24. The company currently employs 30 people at the plant, with the number of staff expected to grow.
    A new FedEx Ground distribution centre is set to open in Squamish this September. The location will have five employees to start, with the possibility of more people being hired as needed.
    On September 19, 950 members of Unite Here Local 40 began strike action at the Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels in Vancouver. Over 200 unionized staff at the Hotel Georgia joined the strike on September 22.
    Lyft is partnering with Valley Driving School to offer free education sessions for drivers interested in working with Lyft and obtaining their Class 4 license. The sessions will be offered in Vancouver, Surrey, and Langley beginning September 30.
    Black Press Media is hosting an Extreme Education and Career Fair on October 10 at the Hart Community Centre in Prince George
  • Start date: 2019-09-16, End date: 2019-09-20
    Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2019

    Workers in the salmon fishing industry across BC are experiencing the worst commercial fishing season in 50 years. At least 2,500 people are affected by the downturn.
    Interior Health is recruiting three registered nurses for the emergency department at Arrow Lakes Hospital in Nakusp. A recent closure of the emergency department was due to staff shortages.
    The City of Kamloops has approved a development permit to build a new $17M Four Points by Sheraton hotel on Rogers Way. Construction is expected to begin in March 2020 and be complete for a March 2021 opening.
    Grammarly, a US-based technology firm, is opening an office in Vancouver. The company is currently hiring to fill a dozen jobs in frontend and backend engineering, customer service, and social media.
    Arc'teryx hosted a hiring fair in New Westminster on September 21. The company is looking to fill over 78 positions at its garment manufacturing facility, including warehouse workers, seamstresses, and quality control inspectors.
    A new BC Cannabis Store opened in Port Alberni on September 11. The same day, Orange Bridge Cannabis held its grand opening on Tseshaht First Nation lands.
    Tolko Industries is extending the curtailment at its Kelowna mill for an indeterminate period
    Kinetic Construction Ltd. will begin work on the expansion of the emergency department at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre this fall. Construction of the $16.25M project is expected to be complete by summer 2021.
    Zumiez is opening a new retail store in Abbotsford's Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
    Staples unveiled its redesigned Kelowna store on September 14. The location features a new Staples Studio co-working space and a new Marmalade Cat Cafe coffee shop.
    The First Nations Health Authority and the Province of BC are providing over $2M to the Lu'ma Medical Centre in Vancouver. The funding will help the centre expand Indigenous primary care services and to hire 12 full-time equivalent health-care professionals.
    Dehnel-Particle Accelerator Components and Engineering (D-Pace) has won two contracts worth over $1M to design, build, and test ion source facilities. The Nelson company plans to expand their current team of 15 staff members.
    The Province of BC is spending $3M to support the University of British Columbia in creating 91 licensed child care spaces at three centres on its Vancouver campus
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch hosted a job fair on September 17 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Prince George. The branch is looking to hire up to 16 positions for its BC Cannabis Store in Pine Centre Mall, which is expected to open this winter.
    Faction Projects will soon begin construction on a student-only apartment building in downtown Prince George. The development consists of 200 micro-units and is expected to be complete by summer 2021.
    Catalyst Powell River is curtailing paper operations from September 15 to September 30. The mill's steam plant will remain running during this period to support power generation.
    The Province of BC is providing $69M towards support programs for forest workers impacted by mill closures and shift reductions in the BC Interior. Measures include an early-retirement bridging program, job placement supports, skills training, and grants.
    The Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery at Chilliwack held its grand opening on September 17. The beer plant will support 100 jobs once fully commissioned.
  • Start date: 2019-09-09, End date: 2019-09-13
    Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2019

    Cariboo Place, a new long-term care home for seniors in Williams Lake, celebrated its grand opening on August 29. The facility is looking to hire at least 15 more health care aides to complete its staffing complement.
    Coast Mountain College (CMC) and the Province of BC are spending $19.7M to build two new student housing buildings at CMC's Terrace campus ¿ a project that will create 98 jobs. Construction is expected to start in summer 2020 and be complete in fall 2021.
    The Government of Canada is providing Coast Mountain College $1.3M to expand its mobile trades training programs to students living in rural and remote areas of Northwest BC
    Uride plans to launch ride-hailing services in BC by the end of this year, with a focus on smaller communities. The company is currently recruiting drivers in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Kelowna, and Prince George.
    InOrbis plans to launch long-haul ride-hailing services in BC as early as September 16, using its fleet of Tesla vehicles. Initial operations will target the Lower Mainland including Whistler and the Fraser Valley.
    Kater plans to launch ride-hailing services across all BC regions. The company intends to begin operating in Metro Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and the Okanagan by this winter, with plans to expand to other parts of BC over the next year.
    Construction on Phase 2 of the David E. Kampe Tower project at Penticton Regional Hospital begins this month. The renovation and expansion of the hospital's emergency department and pharmacy is expected to be complete in the fall of 2021.
    Canfor Pulp Products Ltd. is closing its Prince George Pulp and Paper Mill for at least three weeks, from September 14 to October 7. There will be a week of scheduled maintenance followed by a two-week curtailment due to weak market prices.
    Canfor Pulp Products Ltd. is re-extending the curtailment at its Taylor Pulp Mill for an additional three weeks. The mill, which has been down since June 29, is now expected to restart on September 30.
    The Government of Canada is spending $153.7M on three projects to increase capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert. The projects are expected to create around 3,100 jobs in the region during construction.
    Twelve post-secondary institutions across BC are adding a total of 314 student seats in early childhood education programs, starting this September. The additional seats include full- and part-time studies, online learning, and specialty programs.
    The Government of Canada is providing $3.2M towards six projects to improve employment and businesses development opportunities for people in Northern BC. The projects are expected to create at least 152 jobs.
    The Government of Canada is providing the Township of Langley $3M to build the Fort Langley Museums Heritage Centre. The cultural facility includes a new Langley Centennial Museum and an Indigenous museum developed with the Kwantlen First Nation.
    Nordstrom Rack, the discount division of Nordstrom, is opening a store in Langley's Willowbrook Shopping Centre in spring 2020
    The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and local communities are spending over $26M to build and improve six cultural and recreational facilities in Colwood, North Cowichan, Tsawwassen First Nation, Sumas First Nation, Lake County, and Williams Lake
    The Government of Canada is providing over $4.9M to 10 companies in the steel and aluminum sector across BC. The funding will help the companies design new products, open new facilities, install manufacturing equipment, and create around 97 jobs.
    The Government of Canada is spending $15M to build a commercial vehicle inspection station on Highway 16 east of Terrace. The project is expected to create around 300 jobs during construction.
    The Passenger Transportation Board has approved an application from Ebus to add five new bus stops on its daily Kamloops to Kelowna route. The route will now make additional stops in Chase, Sorrento, Salmon Arm, Enderby, and Armstrong.
    Martini Film Studios plans to build a new 600,000 square feet production facility in Langley. At least half of the space will be dedicated to soundstages, while the rest will include offices and production support buildings.
    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd is implementing variable operating schedules at five BC sawmills as of September 16, reducing lumber production by an estimated 15-25%. Its plywood operations in BC will also be curtailed for two weeks beginning September 16.
    The Teal-Jones Group halted all harvesting operations on the BC coast on September 10. The curtailment affects 300 logging contractors in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island, and 500 workers at Teal-Jones' two lumber, shake and shingle mills in Surrey.
    KF Aerospace is hosting a career fair at the KF Aerospace building in Kelowna on September 26. The company is hiring for a variety of roles within its aircraft maintenance services department.
  • Start date: 2019-09-02, End date: 2019-09-06
    Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2019

    Construction on the West Park Lane affordable rental housing development in View Royal is set to start this October. The Capital Region Housing Corporation will operate the 152-unit building when it opens for residents in September 2021.
    Uber plans to launch ride-hailing services in the Lower Mainland by late 2019. Initial operations will likely focus on Metro Vancouver, with more communities added based on the number of available drivers.
    BC Canna Park is developing part of the Sooke Industrial Park into a complex providing 34 cannabis micro-cultivators with two buildings of growing space and a production facility. These new operations could employ up to 200 people.
    BC's Employment Standards Branch is hiring additional staff to investigate employment standards violations following changes to the complaint process that aim to make it more accessible for workers
    Chinese grocery store chain Sungiven Foods plans to open three new locations in the Lower Mainland. Two of the stores will be located in Vancouver, while the third will be situated in Burnaby.
    The Government of Canada is providing the City of Vancouver $22M to establish a Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) urban climate centre. The funding will support the development of energy efficiency improvements in homes and buildings.
    The Governments of Canada and BC have signed an agreement to support the electrification of the natural gas industry. The projects under consideration are expected to create new jobs and opportunities in rural and Indigenous communities across BC.
    The McArthurGlen Vancouver Airport Outlet Centre expansion opened on August 29, featuring seven new retail stores. At least seven more retailers are expected to open over the coming months.
    The Government of Canada is providing the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) $1.9M towards research that will help minimize the environmental impacts of oil spills. The funding will support 11 scientific trainee positions at UNBC.
    The Province of BC has awarded Windley Contracting a $9.7M contract to widen Highway 1 in Langford from Leigh Road to the West Shore Parkway. Construction will begin this September and is expected to be complete by summer 2021.
    The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and New Relationship Trust have committed $9.5M in funding for the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative. The initiative supports Indigenous communities in developing local clean energy projects across BC.
    TappCar plans to launch ride-hailing services in BC later this year. The company has applied to operate in parts of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay, and Cariboo regions.
    Interfor will permanently close its Hammond sawmill in Maple Ridge by the end of 2019. The decision is part of Interfor's plan to reconfigure its BC Coastal business and reorganize its forestry and woodlands operations in coastal BC.
    The Province of BC is spending $1.3B to redevelop Burnaby Hospital. The upgraded facility will include 2 new patient-care towers, 400 beds, an expanded emergency department, and a new cancer treatment centre. Construction is expected to begin in 2021.
    The Province of BC is spending $21.4M to carry out seismic upgrades at Holly Elementary and George Greenaway Elementary in Surrey. Construction on both schools is expected to begin in summer 2020 and be compete by fall 2021.
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    Metric Modular laid off 49 employees at its Penticton plant on August 14 due to reduced demand
    Lush Cosmetics is hiring over 500 seasonal full-time positions for its manufacturing and distribution centres in Vancouver. Weekly hiring fairs will be held at their Cambie Street operations centre until October 25.
    The District of Saanich has given preliminary approval for the construction of two new student residence buildings at the University of Victoria. The $201M project will add 783 beds to the campus when it is complete in early 2023.
    Salon J in Sidney closed permanently on August 20 due to a shortage of staff
    H&M's upscale fashion brand COS (Collection of Style) is opening a flagship store in Vancouver in late 2019
    Enbridge Frontier Inc. is proposing to build a $2.5B natural gas liquids infrastructure project in Northeastern BC. If approved, the project would span from Chetwynd to Taylor and include construction of a straddle plant, pump station, and pipeline.
    Work has begun on Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project. Construction is expected to last until December 2021 and generate around 350 full-time jobs per year.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are spending a total of $19M on improvements to Highway 97 in Quesnel at the Racing Road and Quesnel-Hydraulic Road intersection
    Selkirk College celebrated the opening of three trades training buildings at its Silver King Campus in Nelson. Over 500 trades students and faculty will use the facilities for programs such as heavy mechanics, carpentry, and welding.
    The Government of Canada is providing over $8.4M to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in Vancouver. The multi-year funding will support three projects to help internationally trained newcomers and young Canadians develop their skills and enter the workforce.
    Aritzia is opening a new boutique in Kelowna's Orchard Park Shopping Centre this fall
    Staples Studio is opening a co-working space in Kelowna on September 14. The facility will offer services to start-ups, small businesses, and service providers.
    The District of Saanich and the Government of Canada are spending over $18.5M to improve Highway 17 and build a new overpass at Keating Cross Road
    LNG Canada awarded a $500M twelve year contract to HaiSea Marine to design, build and operate escort tugs and harbor tugs required for the LNG export facility in Kitimat ¿ creating employment for around 70 mariners, six onshore staff and other positions
    The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and local municipalities are providing over $240M to support 15 projects to improve drinking water and wastewater services across BC
    Canfor Corporation is curtailing operations at its Houston, Polar, Prince George, and Fort St. John sawmills for the week of September 3. Canfor's Houston and Plateau mills will also transition to a four-day work week beginning in September.
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    Natural Resources Canada is accepting applications for the Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships program. The $6M initiative supports Indigenous participation in energy infrastructure projects in BC and Alberta.
    The City of Williams Lake has approved Pinnacle Renewable Energy's proposal to expand production at its pellet plant. Further approvals from the Ministry of Environment and the City are required before work on the $30M project can begin.
    The Province of BC has issued a Mines Act permit to Casa Minerals Inc. for its Pitman property near Terrace. The permit allows Casa Minerals to begin exploration, drilling, and construction work on the site.
    Tolko Industries is curtailing operations at its Armstrong lumber, Armstrong plywood, and White Valley veneer facilities from August 17 to September 2. Tolko's Heffley Creek plywood and veneer facility will also be down from August 24 to September 2.
    The Province of BC is providing $360,000 to All Nations Driving Academy (ANDA) in Terrace. The funding will support ANDA in delivering driver training to rural Indigenous communities in the North Coast and Nechako regions.
    The Adams Lake Indian Band celebrated the opening of the new Chief Atahm High School and Language Centre in Chase. The school will accommodate students from nursery age to Grade 10 once classes begin on September 3. 
    The Haisla Nation Council and the Tamitik Status of Women (TSW) have signed an agreement to enhance the social services offered by TSW in Kitimat. Haisla members will see an increase in training and work opportunities with TSW as part of the agreement.
    The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish shut down on August 10 due to unforeseen circumstances related to equipment damages. While most employees have been retained, 75 seasonal staff members were laid off due to the closure.
    The Government of Canada is providing $1.7M in funding to support construction of the Tŝilhqot'in Solar Farm in Yuneŝit'in. The solar farm is expected to create 32 full-time and 17 part-time jobs for Tŝilhqot'in community members.
    Two Safeway stores in Kelowna and Williams Lake are closing on October 26, one month earlier than expected. The stores will be reopened under the FreshCo brand in spring 2020.
    FortisBC has begun geotechnical work in the Indian River Valley in Squamish for its Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. The company plans to conduct technical work at various locations from now to mid-October.
    The Mile 54 gas station in Charlie Lake is reopening in September. The development will reopen in several phases, starting with a Chevron station, a convenience store, and a grocery market.
    The Government of Canada is providing $7.6M in funding to the University of British Columbia for a project to expand its Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility in Vancouver
    The Government of Canada is spending $6.16M to upgrade the Brentwood Town Centre SkyTrain Station in Burnaby, with remaining costs funded by the Province of BC and TransLink. Construction is expected to begin in late 2020.
    Downie Timber is halting production at its sawmill in Revelstoke from September 3 to September 6. The closure is due to bad weather in parts of central Canada and the eastern US causing reduced demand and increased inventory.
    Taiwanese bubble tea chain Jenjudan is opening three new stores in the Lower Mainland. Two stores will be located in Vancouver, while the third store will be situated in Richmond.
    SG Shuttle will be launching a daily shuttle bus service between Prince Rupert and Terrace in the coming weeks. Three drivers have been hired to operate the routes.
    The Government of Canada is providing The Salient Group $13.25M to build 60 units of affordable housing in downtown Victoria. The development is comprised of micro-suites geared towards renters working in the technology and service sectors.
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    The Valemount Community Forest has purchased a head-rig sawmill in the Valemount Industrial Park. The mill is expected to create eight new jobs in the village once it becomes operational.
    Conifex Timber Inc. is extending the curtailment at its Mackenzie sawmill for an additional three weeks, until September 3
    The Government of Canada is spending $20M to improve the Canadian National rail corridor tracks near Abbotsford. The project is expected to create around 400 jobs in the region during construction.
    The Government of Canada, through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, is providing $184M in funding to support construction of up to 1,100 affordable housing units in Vancouver
    A new urgent and primary care centre is opening in North Vancouver this September. The centre will employ over 14 clinical practitioners including general practitioners, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers.
    The City of Victoria has approved a $6.6M project to build new bike lanes near the downtown area. Construction is expected to begin this fall.
    The Governments of Canada and BC, local municipalities, and non-government organizations are providing over $15.28M in funding to support 20 flood mitigation projects across the province
    The Williams Lake Indian Band and Tsi Del Del Enterprises formed a partnership to begin producing biomass from logging debris left from forestry activities in the area
    The Leq'á:mel First Nation has opened a new business centre in Deroche. The site, which includes Tim Hortons, Esso, and the Leq'á:mel Development Corporation office, is expected to employ over 30 people.
    The Government of Canada is providing $39M to 17 small- and medium-sized companies across BC. The funding will support a variety of innovative projects and help create around 800 new jobs.
    JGC Fluor, the lead contractor for the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, has awarded a berth construction contract to BESIX Canada and Vancouver Pile Driving. Work is expected to begin later this year and be complete by 2021.
    Northern Development is offering funds through the Forestry Affected Business Consulting Rebate program to businesses affected by mill closures and curtailments in central and northern BC. The rebate will help cover the cost of hiring consulting services.
    WestJet Link will operate daily nonstop flights between Cranbrook and Vancouver beginning October 27
    Lyft plans to launch ride-hailing services in the Lower Mainland this fall, pending approval from the Passenger Transportation Board. To recruit drivers, Lyft will be helping applicants cover the costs to obtain the required Class 4 license.
    Dine In Victoria closed on August 9 after 20 years in business due to increasing competition from other food delivery companies in the area
    The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and the Industry Training Authority in BC have signed an agreement to increase Nuu-chah-nulth participation in the trades. As part of the agreement, the Tribal Council is now able to sponsor apprentices for local projects.
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    Recycle BC is experiencing a shortage of truck drivers in the North Okanagan, resulting in delays in picking up recycling from residents of the area
    The Province of BC has awarded contracts for the 8th Street bridge construction project in Dawson Creek. Work on the $20M project is expected to begin in the next few weeks.
    Amazon has begun hiring for its new fulfillment centre in Tsawwassen. The centre will support around 800 jobs when it opens later this year.
    HomeSense is opening a new store in Vernon on August 13
    Capilano University is opening its new Lonsdale campus in North Vancouver this September. The new campus will have the capacity to accommodate up to 400 students.
    The Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is revamping its programs and services in order to cut operating costs. As part of the changes, staffing levels will be reduced at the downtown Y location, the Y Women's Emergency Shelter, and the PEACE program.
    Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. will be curtailing operations at three sawmills in Prince George, Vanderhoof, and Fort St. James for two weeks, effective August 19. Around 300 employees will be affected by the closures.
    Catalyst is extending the curtailment at its paper mill in Powell River. The mill, originally scheduled to restart August 7, will be down until August 12. The steam plant will continue to operate during this period.
    The Government of Canada is spending $13.1M to increase capacity at the Stewart World Port in Northern BC. The project is expected to create around 275 jobs in the region during construction.
    The National Energy Board has approved Trans Mountain's request to resume construction at its Burnaby Terminal, Westridge Marine Terminal, and Westridge Tunnel Portal
    Health Canada has issued a cultivation license to Zenabis Global Inc. for its cannabis facility in Langley. The company expects to employ over 200 staff at this location once fully operational.
    The Government of Canada is providing $75M in funding over five years to support construction of 1,500 affordable housing units across BC
    The Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair will be held on August 22 at the Days Inn and Conference Centre in Cranbrook. Over 30 employers will be in attendance.
    Northern Development is accepting the first round of applications for the $20M BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund until September 30. Funding is available to support agricultural production and related economic activities in the Peace Region.
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    Ray-Mont Logistics is building a new plastic pellet export facility at the Port of Prince Rupert. Construction is underway on the multi-million dollar project, with the first phase expected to be complete by the end of August.
    The Government of Canada is spending $46.2M to expand and upgrade the Duke Point Terminal at the Port of Nanaimo. The project is expected to create around 900 jobs in the region during construction.
    Western Forest Products Inc. is curtailing operations at its Ladysmith sawmill, beginning around August 1. Nearly 70 employees are impacted by the closure.
    The Government of Canada is providing over $24M to six BC-based wood product associations. The multi-year funding will support projects to strengthen international demand for Canadian wood products.
    The Comox Valley Regional District has awarded a contract to AECON Water Infrastructure Inc. to design and build a new $126M water treatment system. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be complete by 2021.
    The Province of BC has approved the business plan for the $217.75M redevelopment of Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake. An estimated 1,400 jobs will be supported by the project during construction, which is expected to begin in 2021.
    West Coast Olefins is proposing to build a $5.6B petrochemical facility in Prince George, pending regulatory approvals. The company plans to make a final investment decision on the project by the end of 2020.
    The first BC Cannabis Store on Vancouver Island opened in Campbell River on July 31. Three more locations in Courtenay, Parksville, and Port Alberni are expected to open later this year. A new BC Cannabis Store also opened in Cranbrook on July 31.
    The City of Abbotsford has approved a proposal from Infinity Properties to build a mixed-use development near the historic downtown area. The complex includes 599 residential units and seven retail stores.
    The Province of BC is providing $492,585 in funding to help School District 92 build a new 32-seat child care centre in Gitlaxt'aamiks (New Aiyansh). Construction is underway and is expected to be complete by September 2019.
    Kalum Kabs is recruiting drivers for its new taxi service in Kitimat
    Seven Coastal First Nations and the Government of Canada have signed an agreement to expand community-based fishing on the north and central coasts, increase commercial fishing opportunities, and establish collaborative governance in fisheries management
    The Province of BC has issued a five-year work permit to Benchmark Metals Inc. for its Lawyers Gold-Silver Project, located in the Stikine Terrane of Northern BC. The permit allows Benchmark to conduct exploration and drilling work until July 17, 2024.
    Canfor is extending the curtailment at its pulp mill in Taylor for an additional five weeks. The mill, originally scheduled to restart August 5, will be down until September 9.
    Tolko Industries is curtailing operations at its Kelowna lumber mill from August 6 to September 15. The decision is due to high log costs and weak market conditions.
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    The Province of BC has approved the Fort Nelson Community Forest Agreement. 191,571 hectares of Crown land will be converted into BC's largest community forest, to be managed by the Fort Nelson First Nation and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.
    The Province of BC has increased the annual allowable cut for the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area by 59%. The new cut level is expected to improve forestry opportunities for First Nations and other operators in the region.
    Canfor Corporation indefinitely curtailed production at its Mackenzie sawmill on July 18. Canfor is also reducing operations at its Isle Pierre sawmill from two shifts to one, effective September 20.
    Conifex Timber Inc. is curtailing operations at its Mackenzie sawmill for two weeks, effective July 29. The decision is due to high log costs and poor market conditions.
    A second REACH Urgent and Primary Care Centre is opening in East Vancouver. The community health centre will begin providing some urgent primary care services as of August 2019, and will be fully operational by October 2019.
    The Province of BC is providing the Nanaimo Association for Community Living $4.9M to build 28 affordable rental homes. The complex will provide housing for low-income residents and people with developmental disabilities when it is complete in 2020.
    The District of Saanich has awarded a $1.5M contract to Allterra Construction to build new bike lanes on West Saanich Road. The project is expected to be complete by May 2020.
    The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and local municipalities are spending $79M to purchase 118 new buses for use in communities across BC. The fleet includes 10 long-range electric buses that will operate in Greater Victoria.
    The National Energy Board has re-validated all previously issued permits for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The decision allows construction to begin at sites along the route from Alberta to BC, and at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby.
    Surerus Murphy has began hiring for the Kamloops and Merritt sections of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Although a start date has not yet been determined, Surerus Murphy expects to have over 600 people working on the project at peak construction.
    Komatsu Mining Corp. is investing $40M to build a new sales and service facility in Sparwood. Construction is expected to begin in early August and be complete by the end of 2020.
    The Quesnel School District and the Province of BC are spending $52.3M to rebuild Quesnel Junior school and add a neighbourhood learning centre on site. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2020 and be complete by September 2022.
    The Government of Canada is spending $29.2M to improve sections of Highway 7 between Maple Ridge and Mission. Consultation and technical analysis for the project is being undertaken by the Province of BC.
    Keltic Development has started construction on The Paramount in Richmond. The development includes 560 residential units, 84 offices, 24 retail stores, and an 89-seat child care centre. The complex is expected to be complete in 2022.
    The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC and the First Nations Health Authority are spending $30M to create over 600 child care spaces in 30 communities across BC. The funds will also be used to expand Aboriginal Head Start early learning programs.
    Construction on Northern Escape Heli Skiing's new resort lodge in Terrace is set for completion this fall. The resort is expected to increase tourism in the area, and will allow Northern Escape Heli Skiing to provide year-round employment to its staff.
    The City of Fort St. John has approved a proposal from Peace Holdings to build a new seniors housing complex. The development includes units for independent and assisted living, palliative care, and commercial amenities. Construction is planned for 2020.
    The Government of Canada is spending $102M on five projects to improve efficiency at the Port of Vancouver's terminals and facilities. The projects are estimated to create around 2,320 jobs in the region during construction.
  • Start date: 2019-07-15, End date: 2019-07-19
    Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

    Health Canada has issued an industrial hemp production license to AgraFlora Organics for its greenhouse complex in Delta
    Fujitsu has opened its global headquarters for artificial intelligence in Vancouver. The technology firm plans to expand its new office to 50 employees by the end of the year.
    The Government of Canada is providing Marcon Metalfab $1M to purchase and install new equipment at its Delta facility. The funding will help the steel and rubber manufacturer enhance production capacity, take on new work, and create new jobs.
    The Province of BC has partnered with Stride Properties Ltd. to build 48 rental homes in Colwood. Construction of the $9.7M building is underway and should be completed in late 2020.
    The City of Kamloops has approved a development permit to build a $417M patient-care tower at Royal Inland Hospital. The new building is expected to open in summer 2022.
    Catalyst is curtailing operations at its paper mill in Powell River from July 20 to August 6. The mill's steam plant will remain running during this period to support power generation.
    The Province of BC is implementing a targeted fee-in-lieu of manufacturing for exported logs harvested from a coastal BC Timber Sales license. The fee is meant to reduce log exports, maintain jobs, and increase fibre supply to local mills.
    Crab fishermen in Northern BC are experiencing the best season in years due to an abundance of Dungeness crab in the Hecate Strait
    The City of Vancouver has approved a rezoning application from Reliance Properties to build a new 32-storey office tower downtown
    Construction has started on a $9M supportive housing project in Quesnel. The Quesnel Shelter & Support Society and Northern Health will provide services to residents once the 32-unit building is complete in 2020.
    Two new Chalo! FreshCo stores opened in Surrey on July 11. The Chalo! brand is an extension of Sobeys discount grocery chain that carries South Asian foods.
    Cactus Club Cafe opened its fourth restaurant in Burnaby on July 16
    BC Transit is soliciting proposals from transit operators interested in providing inter-city bus services for four routes in Northern BC
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Government of Canada are providing $9M to build 24 units of affordable rental housing in Whistler
    Health Canada has issued a cultivation license to Aurora Cannabis Inc. for its outdoor cannabis research facility in Westwold
    Health Canada has issued a cultivation license to Emerald Health Therapeutics for the outdoor area of its cannabis growing facility in Metro Vancouver
    The Government of Canada has awarded a $500M contract to Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Limited for ongoing frigate maintenance work. The contract is expected to sustain up to 400 jobs at the shipyard, plus hundreds more for marine suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    Oxford Properties has started construction on The Stack, its new office tower in Vancouver. Ernst & Young LLP, Blakes, and DLA Piper have pre-leased space in the building, which is set to become the city's tallest office tower once it is complete in 2022.
    Japanese retailer MUJI is opening a new store at Guildford Town Centre in Surrey. This will be MUJI's fourth and largest store in BC.
    YMCA Okanagan hosted a hiring day on July 11 at the Pandosy Street YMCA in Kelowna. The organization is recruiting supervisors, program leaders, and preschool teachers for positions starting in September.
    Construction has started on The Springs in Port Moody. The development includes 55 units of affordable rental housing, a new Tri-Cities Children's Centre, and St. Andrew's-IOCO United Church. The building is set to be complete by summer 2021.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are providing $18M in funding for high-speed Internet projects in the communities of Bridge River, T'it'q'et, Skuppah, Boothroyd, Gitanyow, Iskut, Dease Lake and Bob Quinn Lake
    The University of Northern BC is launching a new Bachelor of Science in Conservation Science and Practice degree for fall 2019. Career opportunities for graduates could include researchers, policy advisors, field biologists, and consultants.
    BentallGreenOak has started construction on B6, its new 32-storey office tower in Vancouver. The building is expected to be complete by February 2023.
    The Government of Canada is spending $185M on six highway improvement projects in the Regional District of Columbia Shuswap, the City of Fort St. John, the District of Taylor, the Town of Golden, and the Village of Jaffray
    The BC Oil and Gas Commission has issued a facilities permit allowing Woodfibre LNG to build and operate its $1.6B liquefied natural gas plant near Squamish. The company plans to start construction later this year.
    Air Canada will be operating daily year-round flights between Terrace and Calgary beginning October 28. The airline is also increasing flight service on key routes across the BC Interior, Northern BC, Vancouver Island, and Western Canada.
    The Province of BC is providing the City of Vancouver $33M to create around 2,300 new licensed child care spaces over the next three years
    Perkins Restaurant at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna closed suddenly on July 1, leaving 29 employees out of work
    The Legal Services Society is opening a Parents Legal Centre in Williams Lake
    Northern Health and the Peace River Regional District are spending $2.05M to build a third doctor's office at the Fort St. John medical clinic
    The Province of BC has announced new regulations to enable the launch of ride hailing later this year. Companies wishing to provide commercial ride hailing services in BC can apply to the Passenger Transportation Board beginning September 3.
    The Province of BC has chosen CBRE Ltd. to provide repair, maintenance, landscaping, janitorial, and construction services for nearly 1,800 government buildings. The contract is worth $190M annually and is valid for five years, beginning April 1, 2020.
    The Province of BC is providing Stillwater Consulting $3.3M to deliver a 19-week Advanced Forestry Skills Training Program to 108 students in Cranbrook, Kamloops, and Nanaimo. Training starts on July 22 in Kamloops and August 12 in Cranbrook and Nanaimo.
    BC Hydro is expanding its Site C Work Camp near Fort St. John by 150 rooms to accommodate a growing workforce
    Surerus Murphy Joint Venture has started work on sections one and two of the Coastal GasLink project in the Peace River Regional District. Construction of the pipeline is expected to create 2,500 jobs and $400M in local subcontracting work.
    McDonald's Canada hosted its annual West Hiring Day on July 10 at participating restaurants across Western Canada. The company aimed to hire over 400 new employees in BC as part of the event.
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    KF Aerospace is investing $25M to build a KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence in Kelowna. The facility will be a hub for aerospace education, training, and professional development. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2020.
    ARC Resources Ltd. is deferring construction on its Attachie West Phase I gas processing and liquids-handling facility in Northeastern BC by at least one year. ARC had originally planned to have the facility operational by 2021.
    The Government of Canada is providing the University of Victoria $9.1M to build a national centre for Indigenous law. A joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders will be offered through the centre.
    The Government of Canada is providing Carbon Engineering $25M to support the development of its clean energy technology research facility and industrial-scale commercial plant in Squamish. The funding will help create 450 jobs and student positions.
    The City of Fort St. John has awarded a $1.06M contract to Big League Utilities Corp. for work on three water main projects
    The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) is hiring cooks, kitchen attendants, sales attendants, shipper/receivers, and general workers to support its new in-house food services program
    TransLink is spending $7.5M to build a new bus loop at the Richmond-Brighouse SkyTrain station. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2019 and will take about five months to complete.
    The City of Grand Forks and the Governments of Canada and BC are contributing a total of nearly $50M to fund a flood mitigation project in Grand Forks
    The City of Williams Lake has awarded a $1.1M contract to Houle Electric Ltd. for airfield lighting upgrade work at Williams Lake Airport. Work is expected to begin in July and will take around three months to complete.
    The Saanich Board of Education and the Province of BC are spending $4.2M to replace the Children's Development Centre and add a new neighbourhood learning centre on site. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.
    The Province of BC is spending $28.61M on seismic upgrades at Parkcrest Elementary school and Seaforth Elementary school in Burnaby. Construction on both schools is expected to begin in summer 2020 and be complete by fall 2022.
    The Greater Victoria School District and the Province of BC are spending $79.7M to carry out seismic upgrades, add 200 seats, and build a new neighbourhood learning centre for child care at Victoria High School. Construction is expected to begin in 2020.
    Canfor Pulp Products Inc. is implementing phased curtailments in July and August at its Intercontinental and Northwood pulp mills in Prince George. Canfor expects to resume full production at both mills in September.
    The Province of BC has awarded a $4M contract to Hub City Paving for road improvement work at intersections along Highway 19A in Nanaimo. Construction is underway and should be complete by fall 2019.
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch is hosting a job fair on July 9 at the Best Western Plus Chateau in Fort St. John. The branch plans to hire 17 positions for its BC Cannabis Store in the Northgate Mall complex, expected to open later this year.
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch is hosting a job fair on July 11 at the Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel in Trail. The branch plans to hire 17 positions for its BC Cannabis Store in the Waneta Plaza complex, set to open later this year.
    The Province of BC is spending $58M over the next five years to improve energy efficiency in courthouses, correctional centres, warehouses, and ministry offices under the new CleanBC Government Buildings Program
    The United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 union in coastal BC began strike action on July 1. This union represents about 1,500 hourly employees working for Western Forest Products and another 1,500 of this company's timberland operators and contractors in BC.
    Ximen Mining Corp intends to start drilling and underground development work at the Kenville gold mine near Nelson. The project is expected to take six months to complete.
    The syilx/Okanagan Nation and the Governments of Canada and BC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    The shíshálh Nation has voted to support Lehigh Hanson Materials' proposal to extend its aggregate mining operations on shíshálh Nation band lands in Sechelt by an additional 50 years
    Canoe Forest Products is curtailing operations at its plywood plant in Canoe for the week of July 1. About 150 employees will be impacted by the closure.
    The Province of BC is spending $4.7M to renovate Washington Apartments, a social housing complex in Courtenay. Beginning in July, CleanStart will support residents during renovations and provide job opportunities to people facing employment barriers.
    The City of Revelstoke has approved a development permit to build a new hotel at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
    Bulkley Valley Regional Pool and Recreation Centre in Smithers is recruiting lifeguards by offering training and financial assistance to those wanting to become certified. The facility is currently operating at reduced hours due to staff shortages.
    The City of Nanaimo has issued a development permit to Highstreet Ventures Inc. to build a 170-unit rental apartment complex near Long Lake
    Amazon plans to hire around 800 people to staff its new fulfillment centre in Tsawwassen. The facility is set to open in fall 2019, with hiring expected to begin in September or October.
    The Province of BC has put a stop to new resource development in the areas near MacKenzie, Tumbler Ridge, and Chetwynd in Northeastern BC to protect the region's caribou herds. The moratorium will be in place until June 20, 2021, or until it is repealed.
    Northern Health and the North West Regional Hospital District are spending nearly $1M to build a secure observation room for psychiatric patients at the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre in Masset
    Homalco First Nation and Interfor Corporation have signed a five-year agreement to jointly plan forestry projects within the Homalco traditional territory on the BC coast and Vancouver Island
    The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act has received Royal Assent. The Act prohibits oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tons of crude oil and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading, or unloading at ports or marine installations in Northern BC.
    Canadian Premier League soccer team Pacific Football Club is investing $5M to build a new indoor training facility in Langford
    The Province of BC has approved an application from SpiritLeaf to open a recreational cannabis store in Vernon. SpiritLeaf expects to open their new Vernon location during the first week of July.
    MR MIKES held a two-day job fair on June 22 and 23 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm. The restaurant is hiring up to 80 positions for its new Salmon Arm location, set to open at the end of July.
    The Government of Canada is providing LNG Canada with $275M to support its liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat. The contribution includes $220M to fund energy-efficient gas turbines and $55M to replace the Haisla Bridge in Kitimat.
    The Richmond School District and the Province of BC are spending $11.38M to carry out seismic upgrades and add 95 new seats at F.A. Tomsett Elementary School. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2020 and be complete by early 2022.
    School District 60 Peace River North is facing a teacher shortage at a number of schools for the 2019-2020 school year. The School District has launched a nation-wide campaign to recruit teachers to the region.
    Conifex Timber Inc. is selling its Fort St. James sawmill and associated forest license to Hampton Lumber for around $39M. Hampton Lumber plans to build a new sawmill in the district.
    The Province of BC is providing the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society with $4.1M to build 41 affordable rental homes in Keremeos. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2020.
    The Province of BC has issued an environmental assessment certificate to New Gold Inc. for its Blackwater gold and silver mining project near Vanderhoof. Once operational, the mine would support 396 full-time equivalent jobs.
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    The Tahltan Nation and Seabridge Gold Inc. have reached a Co-operation and Benefits Agreement for Seabridge's Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mining project in Northwestern BC
    Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is indefinitely curtailing production at its Peace Valley oriented strand board mill in Fort St. John, beginning early in the third quarter. Approximately 190 employees will be impacted by the closure.
    Canfor Pulp Products Inc. is temporarily curtailing operations at its pulp mill in Taylor from June 29 to August 5, due to weak market conditions and short-term fibre constraints
    ATCO Wood Products is intermittently curtailing operations at its Fruitvale mill by reducing operating days. The curtailments are due to challenging market conditions.
    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is permanently closing its Chasm lumber mill and eliminating the third shift from its 100 Mile House lumber mill. Layoffs will begin in the third quarter of 2019 and affect about 176 workers at Chasm and 34 at 100 Mile House.
    The Government of Canada is providing $1.75M over five years to Okanagan College to set up a BC Beverage Technology Access Centre at its Penticton campus. The facility will provide testing, business, and research services to BC's beverage industries.
    WeWork, a co-working firm that offers workspace solutions to freelancers and organizations, is opening its newest office in Vancouver. Over 1,200 desks will be available for lease when the site opens in December 2019.
    The Province of BC is spending $2.7M on Indigenous teacher education training. The funds include $1.4M toward teacher education seats for Indigenous students, $730K for two master of education cohorts, and $600K to update the teacher education curriculum.
    Sicamous' Waterway Houseboats Ltd. and associated company Vinco Holdings Ltd. entered receivership on June 11 and ceased operations. Fifty-one employees were laid-off.
    Oceana PARC hosted a two-day career fair on June 15 and 19 at the White Rock Community Centre. The developer plans to staff over 70 positions at its new White Rock property.
    Al Stober Construction has broken ground on its new Landmark 7 office building in Kelowna. The development will have space for 1,500 people once complete.
    The Government of Canada has selected Vernon and the West Kootenay region to participate in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program. The pilot aims to attract newcomers to rural communities to help fill existing labour gaps and skill shortages.
    The District of Houston has awarded a $671,490 contract to LB Paving for road and concrete work
    Taseko Mines Limited intends to start geotechnical work at its proposed New Prosperity gold-copper mining project near Williams Lake. The work is expected to take place over the summer and winter seasons.
    The International Luge Federation has chosen Whistler to be the official host of the 2021 luge world championships
    The Province of BC and the University of British Columbia Okanagan are funding construction of a new $25M student housing building located in Kelowna. Construction work is expected to create 160 direct and indirect jobs.
    The Province of BC is spending $88.6M to build a 500-seat elementary school and a 700-seat middle school in Langford. The Province and Sooke School District are also spending close to $19M to purchase land for a future secondary school in Langford.
    LNG Canada and JGC Fluor have launched YOUR PLACE, a four-week training program open to BC women 18 years or older interested in working in entry-level skilled trades on the LNG Canada Project in Kitimat
    The Government of Canada has approved the Trans Mountain Expansion and announced that all money earned from the project will be put toward clean energy initiatives in Canada
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    Empire Company Limited recently announced it is converting six more Safeway locations in BC to its discount brand FreshCo. These stores are expected to re-open in spring 2020. Seven other FreshCo locations are scheduled to open in BC by the end of 2020.
    Health Canada has granted an industrial hemp production license to Zenabis Global Inc. The license will allow the company to begin hemp cultivation and hemp-derived cannabidiol production at its Langley, Pitt Meadows, and Aldergrove facilities.
    The Government of Canada is providing Women's Enterprise Centre with $2.7M from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund to expand its services in helping women across BC start, lead, and grow their own businesses
    Western Forest Products Inc. is curtailing production at three Vancouver Island sawmills in June. Mill operations will be restricted for one week in Saltair and two weeks in Duke Point, while operating hours will be reduced to 80 hours a week in Chemainus.
    The Province of BC is spending $44.8M to partially replace and upgrade Ucluelet Secondary school, and to carry out seismic upgrades at Ucluelet Elementary school on Vancouver Island
    TELUS is investing $150M to connect over 90 per cent of homes and business in Prince George, including the North Side of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation's Fort George 2 reserve, to its fibre optic network by 2022
    The District of North Vancouver has approved a development permit to build a new $62M Handsworth Secondary school. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021.
    The Province of BC is providing $1.1M to support the University of Northern British Columbia's new northern baccalaureate nursing program. The first class is set to begin in September 2020 and operate out of Northern Lights College in Fort St. John.
    The Province of BC has awarded Upland Contracting Ltd. a $4.03M contract to create a new passing lane on Highway 19 near Campbell River. Construction will begin in June and is expected to be complete by spring 2020.
    All veterinary clinics in the Cowichan Valley have shut down after-hour emergency services as of June 1, due to a shortage of available veterinarians and technicians
    Canfor Corporation is curtailing operations at all of its BC sawmills except WynnWood. Mackenzie will be curtailed for six weeks; Houston and Plateau will be curtailed for four weeks; and all other mills will be curtailed for two weeks between June 17 to July 26.
    The Province of BC has approved $157M in capital funding for construction of a new Nanaimo Correctional Centre. The project is expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs.
    The Province of BC is allocating $9M towards co-op and work-integrated learning programs for post-secondary students
    The City of Prince George has given approval to Cannabis West Development Corporation to build a large-scale cannabis growing and shipping facility. Preliminary operations are expected to create 80 full-time jobs and generate $12.8M in wages per year.
    Norbord Inc. is indefinitely curtailing production at its oriented strand board mill in 100 Mile House starting August 2019. Approximately 160 employees will be impacted by the curtailment.
    Traction on Demand, a Burnaby-based technology company, has opened an office in Nelson as part of its Small Town Initiative to expand to areas outside of urban centres in BC
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    Interior Health is recruiting relief, casual, and permanent nursing staff for the emergency department at Ashcroft Hospital. Recent closures of the emergency department are due to a shortage of nurses.
    Tile, a US-based technology firm, is opening an office in Vancouver. The location will be the company's main backend engineering hub and is expected to grow to about 20 workers in the next 18-24 months.
    Construction recently began on the new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in Tahsis. The Canadian Coast Guard plans to open three more stations located in Hartley Bay, Victoria and Port Renfrew.
    The Province of BC increased the general hourly minimum wage to $13.85, effective June 1. The minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers, and live-in camp leaders also increased.
    Castlegar's Mountain Transport Institute Ltd. is opening a charter bus division to fill a service gap in the Kootenays left by the closure of Queen City Shuttle and Charters
    The City of Vancouver has awarded a $2.5M contract to PWL Partnership Landscape Architects to develop detailed designs for two sections of the Arbutus Greenway project. PWL will return to city council for approval on the designs in summer 2020.
    The City of Coquitlam has approved a $22M project to build a new Place Maillardville Community Centre. Construction of the facility is expected to begin next year.
    Northern Health is cutting intravenous chemotherapy treatment services on Haida Gwaii, effective June 21, due to the loss of its pharmacy technician. The health authority was unable to recruit a candidate to fill the position.
    Aspen Planers Ltd. curtailed production at its Merritt sawmill by reducing operations to one shift per day effective June 3. The decision was due to an ongoing lack of access to logs, high log costs, and weak lumber markets.
    The Province of BC is providing nearly $8M in BC Air Access Program grants to 16 regional airports across the province. The funds will be used to support 21 safety and infrastructure improvement projects.
    The Langley School District and the Province of BC are funding the construction of a new $32.2M elementary school in Willoughby. The school will create seats for 555 students and include up to 83 child care spaces when it opens in September 2021.
    Tourmaline Oil has approved a $150M project to double the capacity of its new Gundy natural gas processing plant by 2021. The plant is set to begin operations in June and is located in Northeastern BC.
    Save On Foods is investing $12M to build a new store in Kimberley that will employ about 100 people. The current Kimberley location will remain open until construction is completed in 2020.
    The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Government of Canada are allocating $87.9M towards a project separating road traffic from trains at the Harris Road crossing and Kennedy Road crossing in Pitt Meadows
    The Province of BC is contributing $1.2M from the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund to Wiggles and Giggles Group Daycare and Anne Roberts Young Elementary School Daycare in Fort St. John to create 113 licensed child care spaces
    The Province of BC is providing nearly $3M from the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund to the Cowichan Valley School District to create 161 licensed child care spaces across three schools. The projects are expected to be completed in early 2020.
    The Teal-Jones Group curtailed second growth harvesting at its Honeymoon Bay-TFL46 operation on May 31 due to high stumpage rates. The curtailment will also result in lost mill time and employment at the company's Surrey mills.
    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is curtailing production at its Chetwynd, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Smithers, and Fraser Lake sawmills for one week in June. The decision is due to weak market conditions and high log costs.
    Canfor Corporation is permanently closing its Vavenby sawmill in July due to log supply constraints, high fibre costs, and depressed lumber markets. The forest tenure associated with the sawmill is being sold to Interfor for $60M.
    Tolko is extending downtime at its Armstrong and Soda Creek lumber mills for an additional two weeks due to poor market conditions
    Okanagan Falls IGA, the only grocery store in the Okanagan Falls community, is closing on September 10 due to ongoing operating losses. Twenty-five employees are affected by the closure.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    The BC Passenger Transportation Board has given approval to Mountain Man Mike's to operate two inter-city bus routes in the Kootenay region. The company plans to have its weekly 16-stop Kaslo-to-Vancouver route operational by the end of June.
    Northern Health and the North West Regional Hospital District are funding construction of the new $447.5M Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace. Construction of the level-three trauma and inpatient surgery centre will begin in 2020.
    Tolko Industries Ltd. suspended operations at its Armstrong and Soda Creek lumber mills during the weeks of May 27 and June 3 due to high log costs and weak market conditions
    Union Gospel Mission has started construction on its new $35.5M Women and Families Centre in Vancouver. The upgraded facility will include 63 new long-term housing units, 135 beds, childcare spaces, emergency supports, and addiction recovery programs.
    The City of Prince Rupert has approved Pembina Pipeline's $20M dock repair project on Watson Island. The upgrades are part of Pembina's larger $270M project to build a petroleum export terminal on the island.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are working with Translink to jointly fund the $1.47B upgrade of Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain system. The funds will be used to increase fleet capacity and support operational, system, and facility upgrades.
    Construction of the new $312M Legion Veterans Village in Surrey will begin in June. The development includes a centre of excellence for mental health treatment, Whalley Legion Branch 229, and a mix of market and affordable housing.
    The Province of BC is providing the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society $1.7M annually for two years to deliver safety technician and construction trades skills training programs for young adults in Surrey
    WorkBC and Kootenay Employment Services are launching the Aspire program to help young adults in the Elk Valley region find employment. The program includes four weeks of paid skills training followed by individualized job placement supports.
    The Impact Career Fair 2019 was held on May 29 at Simon Fraser University's Segal Graduate School of Business in Vancouver. The fair promoted a values-based approach to connect companies with job seekers.
    The Province of BC is allocating $31M to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for local government and First Nations resiliency projects, and is providing $19M to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC to implement 40 wildfire risk reduction projects
    The Government of Canada is allocating over $76M from the Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund to support initiatives for the City of Surrey, the City of Delta, and the Semiahmoo First Nation to safeguard the region from the impacts of coastal flooding
    Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake temporarily suspended maternity services from May 30 to June 2 due to a lack of trained maternity nurses. Full maternity services are expected to resume in July following recent hiring and training.
    The Province of BC and the Vernon School District are funding an $11.5M expansion of BX Elementary School. The project will create space for an additional 240 students and is expected to be completed by September 2021.
    Café Bon Appétit, the cafeteria on the top floor of The Bay in Victoria's Bay Centre, closed on May 30
    The First Nations Health Authority and the Province of BC are jointly contributing $40M to build and upgrade First Nations-run treatment centres across BC
    The Province of BC is providing the University of BC, in partnership with the University of Northern BC, with $3.3M to expand its master of physical therapy program by 40 seats and its master of occupational therapy program by 24 seats
    Interfor is temporarily reducing production at its three BC Interior sawmills by operating on fewer days during the month of June. The decision was made due to high log costs and weak lumber prices.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    Cineplex Entertainment is opening The Rec Room Granville in 2021. The 45,000 sq. ft. facility will include a dining and live entertainment section and an arcade. Construction of the venue will begin next year.
    The Fernie Family Housing Society received city council approval to proceed with its 49-unit North End Court affordable housing project. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed by early 2021.
    The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative is developing a state-of-the-art packing plant and cider facility on land recently purchased near the Kelowna International Airport
    The Government of BC approved more than $3M in Community Emergency Preparedness Funding to 22 local and regional governments. The funds will support local flood risk assessments, mapping and mitigation planning.
    The Surrey School District recently awarded a construction contract for the new Grandview Heights Secondary School and marked the occasion with a ground-breaking ceremony
    Penticton's Haven Hill Retirement Centre is partnering with Sprott Shaw College to offer a free 29-week care aide course. The BC Care Providers Association recently reported there are 139 unfilled care aide positions in the Okanagan Valley.
    The Ballyhoo Public House is opening in downtown Vancouver in early June
    The Government of Canada awarded BC Hydro a $3.4M contract to install distribution lines at the Esquimalt Graving Dock. A contract to replace two watertight caisson doors at the dock will be announced shortly with work to begin in the coming months.
    The Governments of Canada and BC awarded Emil Anderson Construction an $82.5M contract to upgrade a portion of Highway 1 east of Revelstoke. Work is expected to begin in June and be completed by spring 2022.
    Koto Japanese Restaurant, which opened in Campbell River almost forty years ago, will close at the end of May
    The City of Victoria received more than $15.3M from the Government of Canada's Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund towards renewing the city's infrastructure and make it more resilient to coastal natural hazards
    The Cornerstone shelter in Kelowna received approximately $2.4M from the Government of BC and other community partners. The annual funding will extend operations at the 80-bed shelter beyond June 30 until alternate housing is arranged.
    Sobeys Inc. opened two new Freshco discount grocery stores in Richmond on May 17. The newly branded outlets replace former Safeway stores that closed last year.
    The Government of Canada is providing the Province of BC $10.1M over five years to increase both the number of police officers trained in identifying drug-impaired drivers and those qualified to give the training
    The WISH Drop-In Centre Society received over $2M from the Government of Canada's National Crime Prevention Strategy. The Society is part of the Metro Vancouver Consortium delivering the Transition Project that assists individuals exiting the sex trade.
    The Government of Canada allocated $15.7B towards the construction of 18 new Coast Guard ships. Seaspan will build up to 16 Multi-Purpose Vessels at its Vancouver Shipyards.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    AltaGas has begun storing propane at its recently completed Ridley Island Export Terminal, located near Prince Rupert. The company anticipates beginning export operations from the terminal in the second quarter.
    The Government of BC is proceeding with safety enhancements to the Canadian National rail crossing at Mile 28 outside of Terrace. The $5M project will begin in summer 2019.
    IPMC Smart Technologies recently opened its North American headquarters in Kelowna. The company, which provides specialized software to businesses, plans to hire more local staff later this year.
    The Government of BC provided $5M to Geoscience BC. The organization carries out mineral, energy, water and earth science research that generates geoscience data used in the mining industry.
    The Government of BC launched the $1.8M CleanBC Building Innovation Fund. The program provides funding for the development and demonstration of advanced energy-saving building designs and technologies, and innovative low-carbon construction methods.
    Compass Court recently opened in Penticton. The housing facility for people at risk of homelessness provides support services, shelter spaces, as well as mental health, substance-use and employment skills programming.
    The Government of BC is contributing more than $47M to build a new elementary school in Coquitlam and a further $20M to upgrade three other local schools. The work will create space for an additional 820 students when it is completed in 2021.
    DataCloud, a U.S. based mining technology firm, opened an office in Vancouver. The company uses Internet of Things sensors and cloud computing technology to provide highly accurate visualizations of underground iron ore and metallurgical coal bodies.
    The Comox Child Development Association received a $500,000 grant from the Government of BC to continue its "Pathways to Healing Partnership" program. The program provides specialized support and services to families who have experienced stress or trauma.
    The Government of BC allocated an additional $5M to its Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to enable local governments, First Nations and society-run fire departments to upgrade their training and equipment
    The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen awarded Greyback Construction of Penticton a $450,000 contract to build a waste transfer station at Apex Mountain, east of Hedley
    Nicola Mining plans to resume operations at its Merritt Mill later this year. The company is currently carrying out reclamation efforts at the former Craigmont Mine site.
    Tolko Industries Ltd will permanently close its Quest Wood sawmill in Quesnel on August 2 and cut one shift at its Kelowna sawmill beginning July 12. The changes impact approximately 150 employees in Quesnel and 90 workers in Kelowna.
    The Province of BC is providing Sport BC with $2.5M over three years. The funds will be used to increase participation in sports by children from under-represented groups through the expansion of programs such as KidSport BC.
    The Greenery Cannabis Boutique has received provincial licensing approval to open in Salmon Arm. An opening date has not yet been announced.
    GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. is investing $160M in its Port of Vancouver facilities. The upgrades include new ship-to-shore cranes, gantry cranes and container handlers. The upgrades are anticipated to create 1,200 new direct and indirect jobs.
    The Government of BC is allocating up to $10M a year under the Canada-BC Workforce Development Agreement to fund service providers who can deliver skills training and employment support programs for those facing barriers to employment
    Ice Level Sports, a family-owned hockey store in Richmond, will permanently close on May 25. The owners cite high operating costs for the closure.
    The Fraser Basin Council received $750,000 in funding from the Government of BC to research and evaluate flood management strategies. The Council will also recommend strategies to improve prevention activities and partnerships among stakeholders.
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. and Interior Roads were awarded 10-year maintenance contracts for provincial highways around Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Prince George, Mackenzie, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Hudson's Hope
    Sunniva Inc. recently announced that it is suspending all development plans for its proposed 759,000 sq. ft. cannabis production facility in Okanagan Falls. The company is shifting its focus to its U.S. operations.
    The Victoria Foundation received a $3M grant from the Government of BC to support food security programs in Victoria. The grant will fund the purchase of the Mustard Seed's Food Security Distribution Centre and the expansion of their educational programs.
    The Government of BC allocated an additional $5.25M to increase the number of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams offered to patients throughout the province
    Prince George City Council approved a $3.95M budget for the construction of a new entrance for the Bob Harkins branch of the Public Library
    Conifex Timber Inc. began curtailing operations at two of its sawmills on May 6. The Fort St. James sawmill will stop production for four weeks, while the Mackenzie sawmill will close for three weeks.
    Burnaby City Hall granted building approval for a 64-storey apartment tower at the western edge of the Brentwood Town Centre development. Later phases of the residential project will include two additional towers.
    Hot Star, a Taiwanese fried chicken restaurant chain, opened its first BC location in Richmond on May 2
    Mierau Contractors of Abbotsford was chosen as the general contractor for the $1.3M renovation of the emergency room at the South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver
    The Government of BC is partnering with WestUrban Developments Ltd. to build 40 rental apartments for middle income families in Squamish. The Province contributed approximately $14M to the project through its HousingHub funding initiative.
    The City of White Rock received a $1M grant from the Government of BC towards repairing waterfront infrastructure along the White Rock promenade and pier. The first phase of the project will begin shortly and be completed by fall 2019.
    The Government of Canada is providing the Pacheedaht First Nation with $1.6M from the Coastal Restoration Fund to restore salmon habitats. The project will restore tidal channels, vegetation and forage fish habitats in the San Juan and Gordon estuaries.
    The Alzheimer Society of BC received $2.7M from the provincial government to continue its First Link Program. The program provides individuals living with dementia and their caregivers with activities and support from health-care professionals.
    The Government of BC contributed more than $2.2M in grants for projects in the Kamloops Fire Centre. The funding will support community resiliency projects geared towards reducing the risks of wildfire.
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    The Government of Canada provided 45 M$ in Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation funding to improve the flood mitigation infrastructure along the Fraser River near the communities of the Skwah First Nation, Shxwhá:y Village and the City of Chilliwack
    The Government of BC recently announced more than 400 km of highway resurfacing and side road improvements in the Southern Interior. The work, valued at more than $70M, will be carried out during spring and summer 2019.
    Sobeys Inc. opened its first discount grocery store, FreshCo, in Mission on April 25. Sobeys plans to open nine more FreshCo stores in BC.
    The Abbotsford School District and the Government of BC are jointly funding the construction of a new $27.2M elementary school in the city. The school, which will include a neighbourhood learning centre and child care spaces, is scheduled to open in 2022.
    The City of Richmond received $13.7M from the Government of Canada's Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to improve the city's flood protection infrastructure. Upgrades will be made to the city's dike system and pumping stations.
    The BC Assembly of First Nations is receiving $2.24M in provincial funding over the next two years to implement its Sustainable Economic Development and Fiscal Relations Strategy
    Canfor Corp. began a temporary production cutback at all of its BC mills on April 29, citing low lumber prices and the high cost of wood supplies as the cause
    The Governments of Canada and BC joined the Township of Langley to provide $225.5M towards widening 10 km of Highway 1 and other road improvements in Langley. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed by 2025.
    The Comedy Mix, a commercial comedy club that has operated in Metro Vancouver since 2003, closed on April 27
    Interfor is reducing production at its three Interior BC mills during the month of May by operating on fewer days
    Rotoliptic Technologies Inc. received $2.89M in federal funding to advance its high-efficiency positive displacement pump technology that will reduce energy consumption in the oil and gas industry
    The Government of Canada is contributing more than $988,000 to the T'Sou-ke First Nation to build a gas station, convenience store and restaurant. The project will create 46 full-time jobs, 32 part-time jobs and six spin-off businesses.
    The Government of BC's $16M Connecting British Columbia program is accepting applications for projects that improve local high-speed Internet connectivity and infrastructure
    The West Coast Family Medical Clinic in Sooke is recruiting doctors and nurses to expand its team-based care. The Government of BC is contributing over $1M annually to support the cost of these additional health care professionals.
    The Governments of BC and Canada are jointly providing up to $54.39M towards improving the Kootenay Lake ferry service. The project includes upgrades to the Balfour and Kootenay Bay terminals and the purchase of a ferry with greater vehicle capacity.
    Ocean Network Canada received $7.2M from the Canada Foundation for Innovation Major Science Initiative. The federal funding will be used to develop computer systems that filter and analyze data collected from ocean instruments and observatories.
    Vancouver-based social media management company Hootsuite recently laid off over 100 employees, citing organizational changes
    The Gallery Café located at the Vancouver Art Gallery closed on April 30. Approximately 30 employees are affected by the closure.
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    The Government of Canada awarded Richmond based Saltworks Technologies Inc. $4.4M to support its AirBreather technology used to clean up industrial wastewater. The funding will help maintain 65 jobs at Saltworks and create 20 more.
    Sustainable Development Technology Canada provided $3M to North Vancouver's Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. The funds will support an autonomous AI-powered pest control platform for greenhouse tomato growers that increases crop yields.
    The Kamloops School District and the Government of BC are jointly contributing $34.45M to build an addition to the Valleyview Secondary School. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2022.
    Survivors of violence and abuse will soon have access to up to $5M in funding for skills training and employment supports under the Government of Canada and BC's Workforce Development Agreement
    The Government of Canada has placed commercial and recreational fishing restrictions on chinook salmon for the rest of 2019. The measures, which are aimed at conserving the Fraser River stocks, include fishery closures and limits on daily and annual takes.
    The Prince George Urgent and Primary Care Centre will open in June to provide after-hours care, pharmacare services and an outreach program. More than 30 healthcare providers will be recruited.
    The Surrey School District received a total of $15M towards the expansion of the Sullivan Elementary School. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed by September 2020.
    Capilano University received more than $1.9M from the Government of Canada to set up the Indigenous Digital Accelerator Centre at its North Vancouver campus. The centre is partnering with Indigenext to nurture Indigenous start-up businesses.
    Construction begins soon on the $6.2M Lizard Creek Bridge replacement on Highway 3 west of Fernie. The new bridge is expected to be completed and open to traffic in late 2019.
    BC Hydro and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $289M towards the Peace Region Electricity Supply project. The project will extend transmission power lines between the Site C Substation near Fort St. John and a Substation east of Chetwynd.
    The Government of BC is contributing $5.3M over two years to six organizations in Abbotsford, the Cariboo-Chilcotin region and the Capital Regional District to deliver gang-related prevention and intervention programs
    PC Urban plans to begin construction later this summer on a four-storey stacked industrial strata building in Vancouver's False Creek Flats. The company will begin hazardous material remediation of the site in mid-May.
    The Government of BC and the City of Burnaby are funding the construction of a $24M, 14-storey apartment building. The project will provide 125 affordable housing units when completed.
    The City of Richmond is seeking over 200 youth between the ages of 15 and 30 to fill summer job positions
    The Governments of BC and Canada are jointly contributing $85.7M towards the Highway 14 corridor improvement in Sooke and a further $14M towards the Highway 1 four-laning project in Langford. The projects will improve road safety on these commuter routes.
    The Governments of Canada and BC expanded the Export Navigator program with $4.25M in new funding. The program provides specialized support to regional, Indigenous and women-led exporters to increase the international marketability of their goods.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    WeWork, a company that offers shared office space, is opening two new locations in Burnaby. Their Station Square office will open in September 2019, while a second site will open in the Brentwood Tower 3 complex in early 2021.
    The South Okanagan Similkameen primary-care network has been created to provide health care to the communities of Summerland, Penticton and Okanagan Falls. Twenty-two health care professionals, including doctors, nurses and social workers will be hired.
    Early childhood educators in BC can now access $1.9M in bursaries to further their academic studies under the Governments of Canada and BC's Early Learning and Child Care Agreement
    The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recently received a $2.8M donation towards the expansion of their existing facility. Construction of the expansion is expected to cost over $25M and begin within the next 12 to 18 months.
    The Government of Canada is contributing more than $1M over four years to the United Way of Lower Mainland to establish the Social Purpose Institute. The Institute will develop social purpose business models and create at least 70 jobs.
    KF Aerospace anticipates hiring 75 more employees by year's end to accommodate a $3M hangar expansion at its Kelowna International Airport facility. The company provides aircraft maintenance and repair services to several airlines.
    The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and Norwegian Cruise Lines signed a 12-year agreement that will guarantee a berth at the Ogden Point terminal for Norwegian's ships. The company will provision locally produced goods during each call.
    The Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake is sponsoring accelerated training in perinatal care in order to address the critical shortage of maternity nurses. The facility is recruiting nurses in order to resume its maternity services.
    The Government of BC is providing the Cheslatta Carrier, Nadleh Whut'en and Stellat'en First Nations with almost $443,000 in BC Rural Dividend special circumstances funding. The funded projects address local economic and emergency preparedness needs.
    The Sikh Gurdwara Temple in Victoria received a $1M grant from the Government of BC to improve accessibility and to undertake other upgrades at the facility
    The Government of BC is contributing $1.4M towards the restoration and conservation of the Morden Colliery near Nanaimo. Work will begin immediately to stabilize and repair the remaining structure.
    Two new research spaces recently opened at the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna. The spaces include labs for research on chronic disease, physical disability and obesity.
    The Government of BC is increasing its ferry service between coastal communities with the addition of 2,700 round trips per year
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    Nanaimo's Medical Arts Urgent and Primary Care Centre will open in June to offer increased local access to health-care services. Fourteen additional health-care professionals, including doctors, nurses and substance-abuse clinicians will be hired.
    Cloud Nine Collective received its provincial license to operate the first recreational cannabis store in Victoria. The store anticipates opening in April and employing a dozen workers.
    The Province of BC is contributing $7.9M to 15 industry trade associations and research institutes for projects that advance innovative uses of wood products and expand global markets for wood products manufactured in BC
    Cineplex Cinemas recently opened a new 11-screen Cineplex Cinemas Park Royal and VIP in West Vancouver
    The Forest Enhancement Society of BC is contributing almost $3.4M to eight projects that bring forests damaged by wildfires back into production and available as a future source of mid-term timber
    Canada Jetlines, an ultra-low cost airline flying out of Vancouver, is delaying its launch until December 2019
    TransLink is upgrading the infrastructure at several of its older, high traffic stations in the Vancouver area with the aim of attracting new food vendors, boutiques and other retail shops
    The Government of BC is providing $7.6M to set up a modular affordable housing facility in Sechelt. RainCity Housing and Support Society will operate the facility and provide support services to 40 residents beginning in mid-April.
    Construction on the Haney Bypass improvement project in Maple Ridge will begin this summer with completion expected by summer 2020. These upgrades are part of the $70M Highway 7 project to improve traffic flow by upgrading roads and intersections.
    Victoria-based CHOICES Adoption and Pregnancy Counselling Agency will close on May 31. The agency identified the declining number of children available for domestic and international adoptions as the reason for the closure.
    According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, there is high demand for workers in the BC film and television industry, including in the field of graphic design, animation, and video game development
    The City of North Vancouver has approved new zoning bylaws that will permit breweries to open lounges within the designated Lower Lonsdale brewery district. Five breweries have expressed interest in expanding their operations.
    The City of Kelowna has resumed construction on the Glenmore Recreation Park. Phase two, which should be completed by September 2019, includes two multi-use playing fields, irrigation, and drainage.
    The West Kootenay Region Airport in Castlegar received almost $1.3M through the Government of Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program. The funds will be used to upgrade its runway lighting and electrical systems.
    The Okanagan Skaha School District has launched the SD67 Careers Department that connects students with local employers through job posting flyers
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    The Province of BC's Liquor Distribution Branch has approved government-run cannabis stores in twelve communities. The stores in Campbell River, Cranbrook, Kamloops and Terrace are expected to open by late summer.
    The Province of BC is providing $19.7M to the North Coast Regional District and five communities in the region to fund infrastructure projects. The funds are part of the Northern Capital and Planning Grant.
    Earls Restaurant Group will open a new eatery at the Station Square redevelopment on April 20. The restaurant will have seating capacity for 287 guests and an additional 88 seats on a seasonal patio.
    The Province of BC is allocating $37.5M to the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and eight communities in the region to fund infrastructure projects. The funds are part of the Northern Capital and Planning Grant.
    The new Harrop II cable ferry has begun operating on Kootenay Lake between Harrop and Longbeach, with increased passenger and vehicle capacity
    The Law Foundation of BC received a one-time grant of $7.9M from the Province of BC and the Legal Services Society to fund legal-aid lawyers from April 28 to October 31, 2019
    The Province of BC is providing $20.4M to the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and five communities in the region to fund infrastructure projects. The funds are part of the Northern Capital and Planning Grant.
    Adventure Charter and Rentals is seeking approval from the Passenger Transportation Board to offer passenger bus service between Prince George and Surrey and between Williams Lake and Kamloops. The company hopes to start offering these services by early June.
    The Province of BC is allocating $22.3M to the Fraser-Fort George Regional District and four communities in the region to fund infrastructure projects. The funds are part of the Northern Capital and Planning Grant.
    The BC Search and Rescue Association and 80 ground search and rescue groups received $18.6M to spend over three years to increase training, provide administrative support and update their equipment
    The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly contributing more than $121M to upgrade the Trans-Canada Highway between Glacier National Park and the Town of Golden. Improvements include additional lanes, access roads and new bridges.
    The Tahltan First Nation received $1.75M from the Province for a housing project in Dease Lake and to build modular homes in Telegraph Creek. The housing will replace homes lost in the 2018 Alkali Lake wildfire.
    Kilshaw's Auctioneers has closed its doors after operating for 67 years in Victoria. The auction house employed 15 staff.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are allocating almost $1.2M to support projects that make sports more accessible. The funding will increase opportunities for Indigenous, under-represented and marginalized populations to participate in sports.
    According to the South Island Division of Family Practice, there is an immediate need for family physicians and primary care services in the Township of Esquimalt
    Western Forest Products and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation finalized an agreement on a 7% stake in a Port Alberni forest operation. The deal will provide training, employment and business opportunities for members of the First Nation.
    The BC Supreme Court granted an injunction that will prevent Taseko Mines from commencing exploratory drilling at its proposed copper and gold New Prosperity mine southwest of Williams Lake
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    The Government of BC is providing $3.6M over three years to the BC Dental Association to enable 24 not-for-profit dental clinics to provide low-cost dental care
    Kater Technologies Inc. is launching its ride-hailing services in Vancouver at the end of March. The company will operate 140 vehicles around the clock.
    The new Burnaby Urgent and Primary Care Centre and three primary-care networks will begin serving patients in Burnaby in May 2019. Approximately 68 health-care providers will be recruited over the next three years to staff these services.
    WesPac Midsteam Vancouver's proposal to build a temporary floating terminal at FortisBC's Tilbury Island LNG export terminal is undergoing a provincial environmental review. If approved, the project is expected to employ 100 workers during construction.
    The Government of BC is building 51 temporary supportive housing units in Maple Ridge. The units will be manufactured by Horizon North and operated by Coast Mental Health. Construction will begin in April and take approximately five months to complete.
    The College of the Rockies in Cranbrook and the Government of BC are jointly contributing $17.7M to build six new on-campus, energy efficient residences. The buildings will provide space for 96 students.
    The Province of BC is providing $18.6M in one-time funding to ground search and rescue (GSAR) groups throughout the province to be used over the next three years. The funding supports 80 GSAR groups and 2,500 members across the province.
    The Province of BC is providing $4M towards a new affordable housing project for seniors in Merritt. The Ask Wellness Society is in the design stage of the 40-unit project, with construction expected to begin in spring 2020.
    The Province of BC is providing almost $1.5M in provincial emergency preparedness funding to 63 local and regional governments and First Nations communities to support emergency operations centres (EOCs) and related emergency training
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    The Government of BC is allocating more than $9.1M to Vancouver Coastal Health to fund additional direct care hours for seniors and to hire more health-care assistants. Twenty-nine residential care homes are benefiting from this funding.
    The Gaming Stadium is converting a former Richmond car dealership into an arena to cater to esports events. The temporary facility is scheduled to open in June.
    The BC building code was amended to increase the height allowance of wood buildings from six storeys up to twelve storeys. The new height allowance will expand opportunities for builders and manufacturers of engineered wood products.
    The Government of BC is providing the BC Arts Council with an additional $15M over three years, bringing its 2019-20 budget to $34M. The funding will support new programs that improve inclusivity and accessibility in the arts and culture sector.
    BC's Budget 2019 includes $18M to support projects that help Indigenous and remote communities transition to cleaner energy sources
    The Governments of Canada and BC are contributing a total of $142.85M over five years towards the newly launched British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. The fund is now open to receive proposals for eligible projects.
    Kalesnikoff Lumber recently announced plans to build a $35M mass timber manufacturing plant near Castlegar. The plant is expected to reach full production in 2020 and employ 50 workers.
    The Government of BC allocated $5M to the Playground Equipment Program to build 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts. Construction will take place over the next six months and be completed by fall 2019.
    San Group Inc. is spending more than $70M for a new mill in Port Alberni that will process smaller dimension logs. The company anticipates employing 50 workers when it opens later this year and up to 200 people once additional phases are added to the mill.
    The Sunshine Coast Lions Housing Society received $10.4M from the Building BC: Community Housing Fund to add 104 new rental units in the Greenecourt seniors complex located in Sechelt. Construction on the five-storey building will begin this summer.
    The Government of Canada is contributing $22M through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund towards the Mill Creek Flood Protection project in Kelowna
    The BC Wildfire Service plans to recruit additional Type 2 and 3 contract firefighters, expand its aerial capacity and increase its prevention programs in anticipation of the 2019 wildfire season
    Simon Fraser University recently began construction on a 1,800 seat stadium at its Burnaby campus. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by August 2020.
    The University of Victoria is receiving $9.1M over three years from the Government of Canada to build the national centre for Indigenous law and reconciliation. The facility will include lecture rooms, offices, an Elder's room and other public spaces.
    BC Emergency Health Services is recruiting additional paramedics. The authority is using part-time and casual paramedics to fill current staffing shortages.
    Pacific Poke, a Vancouver based franchise that serves Hawaiian inspired poke and sushi, is opening a restaurant in Kelowna
    The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has approved the construction of a $255,000 recycling depot and a $650,000 waste transfer station in Houston
    The Government of Canada is allocating $24M to the Canada Revenue Agency to create audit teams that will monitor real estate transactions in BC and Ontario
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    The Governments of BC and Canada are jointly contributing $16M towards the construction of a new southbound bus-only lane along the Highway 1/Douglas Street corridor in Saanich
    The Government of BC is granting $206M to school districts across the province. The funds will be used for a variety of maintenance projects, energy efficiency upgrades and new buses.
    The Government of Canada is granting over $33M between 2016 and 2020 to 35 small craft harbours across BC, through its Small Craft Harbour Program. The funding will be used in a variety of harbour restoration and upgrading projects.
    Air Canada is discontinuing its early morning and late-night flights between Penticton and Vancouver, effective May 1. The airline will increase seat capacity by 17% by using a larger aircraft on the three remaining daily round-trip flights.
    The Government of BC is allocating $50M towards expanding high-speed internet service to 200 rural and Indigenous communities
    The Government of Canada has closed fisheries around eight newly created marine refuges in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound. The closures apply to all commercial, recreational and Indigenous bottom contact fishing activities.
    Delta Air Lines is suspending its daily service between Victoria and Seattle on September 3. The airline has offered three flights per day on the route since April 2016.
    AltaGas' Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, located near Prince Rupert, will begin operations this spring. The terminal will employ approximately 40 workers for operations.
    Telus is investing $75M to connect homes and businesses in Nanaimo and Lantzville, including the Indigenous communities of Snuneymuxw and Snaw-Naw-As, to its Telus PureFibre optic network. Work is expected to begin this spring.
    The Government of BC is granting $350,000 to help Feed BC increase the amount of locally grown, harvested and processed food in the meals served at Interior Health facilities
    The District of Lantzville awarded IWC Excavating Ltd. more than $800,000 to undertake rehabilitation work on Peterson Road and to construct an adjacent pathway
    The Government of BC and the Sts'ailes First Nation signed an agreement to share the revenues generated by the expansion of the Sasquatch Mountain Resort near Harrison Lake into an all-season resort
    The Donnelly Group is opening five cannabis stores in Vancouver, two stores in the Vancouver suburbs and one store in Kelowna. The first store will open in April with the others opening in quick succession thereafter.
    The Town of Gibson is partnering with the Governments of Canada and BC to create a 40-unit supportive housing project, which will be operated by RainCity Housing. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2019.
    The British Columbia Fruit Growers' Association received $4.2M through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriScience Program to develop new commercially viable varieties of apples and cherries
    Iskwew Air began operations in Vancouver on March 8. The Indigenous owned and operated airline offers charter flights to remote communities and nature tours through a partnership with Campbell River's Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours.
    Rocky Mountain Farms received approval from the City of Kimberley to build and operate a 7,500 sq. ft. micro-cannabis cultivating and processing facility. Once operational, the facility will employ up to five full- and five part-time workers.
    Western Forest Products suspended operations at its Alberni Pacific Division Sawmill in Port Alberni on March 18 for a four-week period
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    Eleven television pilots will be filmed in Vancouver during the month of March
    The Province of BC recently directed the Victoria Police Department to hire six more police officers to serve the municipalities of Victoria and Esquimalt
    The Government of BC is allocating more than $64M over three years to boost monthly pay rates for caregivers of foster and adoptive children. A further $45M over three years will go towards those providing home-sharing support to vulnerable adults.
    Neucel Specialty Cellulose recently closed its pulp mill in Port Alice. The mill has been dormant since 2015 when the bulk of the mill's 400 workers were laid off. The remaining dozen employees were notified of the layoff on February 27.
    The Government of BC is allocating nearly $5.3M to the Interior Health Authority to fund additional hours of direct care hours for seniors and to hire more health-care assistants. Thirty-one residential care homes are benefiting from this funding.
    The Government of Canada is launching the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program on April 1. Funding of $2B over five years will be available for training programs aimed at reducing the skills gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
    The Government of BC recently released its strategic framework for growing the provincial tourism industry. As part of the vision, Destination British Columbia received an additional $1M to support marketing and destination development.
    The Government of Canada is providing $5.3M over two years to fund initiatives aimed at addressing gun and gang violence in BC communities
    The BC Court of Appeal recently allowed Taseko Mines Ltd to conduct exploratory drilling at its proposed copper and gold New Prosperity mine southwest of Williams Lake
    India Gate Restaurant on Vancouver's Robson Street is one of three independent businesses whose lease will be terminated on July 31 to make way for a new office tower
    The City of Kamloops awarded a $13M contract to Extreme Excavating Ltd. for the Victoria Street West project that will include upgrades to the road, underground infrastructure, lighting and landscaping. Construction is scheduled to begin in April.
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    The B.C. Care Providers Association is forecasting a shortage of care aides for seniors
    The Government of Canada awarded Industra-Liard Ltd a $2.27M contract for remediation work on the Alaska Highway near Peterson Creek in northeast BC. Construction will begin this winter and employ local workers and Indigenous companies.
    The Chocolate Mousse Kitchenware store in Vancouver's West End closed after 32 years. Rapidly rising property taxes were cited as a factor for the closure.
    Kelowna-based Flair Airlines recently announced it is discontinuing seasonal service to three destinations in Florida and California due to low ridership
    Hudson's Bay Co. is closing all of its Home Outfitters locations this year
    Key Party, a 1970's inspired bar in Vancouver, opened on February 21
    The Government of BC is restoring ferry service to coastal communities on ten BC Ferries routes. Most of the 2,700 new round-trip sailings will start this spring.
    The Canada-BC Workforce Development Agreement is providing almost $500,000 to fund skills and management training for 35 people from the Nisga'a First Nation in the Nass Valley
    The Government of BC is recruiting up to 65 healthcare providers to staff four new primary-care networks in the Fraser north-west region. The teams will include doctors, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals.
    The City of Victoria plans to hire 34 new employees in areas ranging from housing and street safety to parks and climate change mitigation
    The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources created two new divisions to increase its inspection programs and to improve its investment approval process. New funding of $20M over three years will create up to 65 safety and enforcement positions.
    Teck Resources Ltd. temporarily shut down its fertilizer plant in Trail following an acid spill. An investigation into the cause of the spill and an environmental impact assessment are underway.
    The Government of BC approved $1.5M in Community Emergency Preparedness Funding for sixty regional governments and First Nation communities. The funds will support local efforts to prepare for disasters by developing evacuation routes.
    Construction on a 21-unit modular housing project for Indigenous women in Victoria has been delayed until April, in part due to a shortage of workers. Completion of the project has been pushed back to December.
    Coastal GasLink is holding information sessions along the route of its natural gas pipeline to connect local job seekers and companies with the prime contractors of each pipeline segment
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    The Government of Canada launched the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk which will provide $55M over five years towards projects that support aquatic conservation and species at risk in the Fraser and Columbia Watersheds
    The Government of BC announced that the $1.9B facility to replace St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver is expected to open in 2026.The new 548 bed facility will house several programs and referral centres.
    The Government of Canada and the Beecher Bay First Nation settled a land claim that provides the First Nation with $2.99M in compensation. The funds may be used to purchase land or invest in community and business developments that benefit the community.
    The Huu-ay-aht First Nations was recently advised by its partner, Steelhead LNG, that the company had halted work on the Kwispaa LNG project ¿ a proposed liquefied natural gas processing and export facility located on the west coast of Vancouver Island
    The Government of BC is distributing a $100M Northern Capital and Planning Grant to four regional districts and 22 municipalities in the Northwest. The grants will enable the local governments to address their infrastructure needs.
    Coastal GasLink voluntarily suspended construction on a camp that will house gas pipeline workers near Houston. The company is investigating claims that two stone Indigenous artifacts were discovered on the site.
    The Governments of Canada, BC, the City of Vernon and the Vernon Native Housing Society are jointly funding the construction of Thunderbird Manor through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund. The 38 unit housing project will cost about $10M.
    The Government of BC opened the competitive procurement process for the $2.83B Broadway Subway project that will add 5.7km and six subway stations to Vancouver's rapid transit system. Full construction is expected to begin in 2020.
    Interior Health will receive $23.3M from the Government of BC towards a new ambulatory care area and expanded pharmacy at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. Construction is expected to start in 2020 and be completed by 2023.
    Aerospace firm MDA is developing the electronic systems for the Combat Ship Team consortium's contract to design new warships for the Royal Canadian Navy. MDA intends to hire additional workers for its Richmond facility to work on the systems integration.
    The Government of BC and the First Nations Leadership Council concluded a revenue-sharing agreement that will distribute approximately $3B over 25 years to First Nations communities in BC. The funds will be used to address a range of community priorities.
    Payless ShoeSource Canada Inc. recently announced it would be seeking creditor protection in Canada and ceasing operations by May. There are 31 Payless Shoe stores in BC.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    The Government of BC implemented changes to its WorkBC employment services. The changes include new assistive technology services to help people with disabilities pursue job opportunities and an additional $9M in direct supports such as skills training.
    Seaspan Marine received direction from the Government of Canada to proceed with construction of new naval support vessels. The decision will enable the shipyard to remain busy until construction of a Coast Guard vessel is approved.
    Hemrich Bros. Garage is closing at the end of March after operating for 87 years in Vancouver
    The Forest Enhancement Society of BC allocated more than $10M in grants towards nine fibre use projects. The recipients will repurpose residual timber and wood fibre for other uses, while reducing carbon emissions caused by the burning of wood waste.
    The Victoria Cruise Industry Alliance is holding a job fair on February 23 in Victoria. Businesses with ties to the cruise industry will be recruiting for a variety of positions and skillsets. The fair is open to everyone from students to retirees.
    Vancouver Island-based Wilson's Transportation is partnering with Landsea Tours to offer hop-on-hop-off tour service in Vancouver. The partnership plans on expanding its Vancouver fleet to eight buses by 2020.
    The Government of BC is partnering with the Kelowna Women's Shelter to create approximately 40 second-stage and affordable housing units for women and children leaving violence. The project is funded through the Building BC: Women's Transition Fund.
    The Government of BC is providing $10.4M to make seismic upgrades to Braefoot Elementary School in Victoria. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and should be completed by September 2020.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are supporting the expansion of the public electric vehicle network by jointly funding more than $1.7M towards building 23 fast charging sites across the province
    The Government of Canada is providing funding to the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency to build over 600 units of temporary modular housing and to the Union Gospel Mission's Women and Families Centre to help expand to over 60 shelter units
    The Government of BC is providing $7.4M to the Mission Association of Seniors Housing to build 70 affordable rental homes for seniors and a new senior's community centre. The funding comes from the Province's Building BC: Community Housing Fund.
    The Public Health Agency of Canada is granting $950,000 over 30 months to the University of Victoria's RADIUS Health Promotion Lab. The lab will collaborate with organizations to design and deliver initiatives that address and prevent chronic diseases.
    The Government of BC is contributing more than $11M to the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants and BC Settlement and Integration Services programs. The programs provide training, resources and settlement services to assist newcomers in finding employment.
    The Vancouver School District will receive $40.6M from the Government of BC's Seismic Mitigation Program to make seismic upgrades at three elementary schools. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and should be completed by late 2021.
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    Pretium Resources, operators of the Brucejack gold mine north of Stewart, donated $250,000 towards rebuilding efforts in Telegraph Creek. Many structures in the Tahltan First Nations community were damaged by the Alkali Lake wildfire in 2018.
    Discount air carrier, Swoop, is planning to hire 90 employees by the end of 2019 to crew its planes that are based out of the Abbotsford International Airport https://biv.com/article/2019/01/abbotsford-airport-expansion-attracts-ultra-low-cost-carriers
    Empire Company Ltd. is reopening ten Safeway stores under its discount grocery brand FreshCo. The five stores in Richmond, Surrey and Mission that closed in July 2018 will reopen later this year, while the other five stores will close soon for renovations.
    The Government of BC funded five organizations in Surrey to create 156 new licensed child care spaces for children. The money comes from the $221M Childcare BC New Spaces Fund that will support the creation of 22,000 new spaces over the next three years.
    The Canadian Agricultural Partnership awarded $2.9M in funding to fifteen projects in BC that are pursuing innovative agricultural technologies, tools and products. The Partnership is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
    The Government of BC granted over $6.5M to 145 organizations involved with public safety programs through its 2018-19 BC Community Gaming Grants. A further $3.8M was distributed to 120 organizations undertaking environmental projects.
    Canada Jetlines Ltd. and Kelowna International Airport finalized an agreement to allow the airline to operate flights out of Kelowna
    Conifex Timber Inc. is temporarily curtailing operations at its Fort St. James sawmill for three weeks, starting on February 4, 2019
    The Surrey Board of Trade received almost $200,000 from WorkBC's Community Employer Partnership program. The Board will conduct a labour market study that will identify Surrey's current and future employment needs and skills shortages.
    According to BuildForce Canada, BC will need an additional 14,600 construction workers by 2021 to meet employment demand for upcoming major private and public infrastructure projects
    The Government of BC is partnering with the Aboriginal Land Trust Society and the City of Colwood to build 124 affordable housing units for Indigenous families. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2019.
    The Government of BC and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities are granting $729,500 to 37 communities in 2019. The grants will be used for projects that focus on accessibility, aging well, physical activity and non-medical home supports for seniors.
    Natural Factors, a Kelowna nutraceutical company that manufactures nutritional products, is seeking employees to fill approximately 50 vacancies
    The Government of BC contributed $3M towards new school-based mental health programs that focus on prevention, wellness promotion, and early intervention
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    Vancouver businesses in the food services, technology, and skilled construction trades face challenges attracting and retaining workers. Nurses and teachers are also in high demand in Vancouver.
    The Government of Canada provided the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council with more than $299,000 through the Nation Rebuilding Program to build governance and hereditary structures
    Prince of Whales will begin offering whale watching tours out of the Telegraph Cove Resort on May 1 under a five-year lease agreement
    The City of West Kelowna approved the hiring of eight additional fire fighters. Selection and training will begin in the coming weeks and the new members will be placed in September.
    Pacific Immigrant Resources Society received about $1.16M in Government of Canada funding to develop and test a childcare service delivery model. The new service will provide jobs for immigrant women and help service providers who offer onsite childcare.
    The Government of Canada provided the Tŝilhqot'in Nation with $205,000 through the Nation Rebuilding Program to support their self-determination efforts. The funds will expand their stewardship and land management programs.
    Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Surrey unexpectedly closed its doors on January 25 after its lease was terminated
    Stellar Jay Organics plans to open its cannabis shop in Port Hardy in February. The store received its approval in principle from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch and will receive its license once the final security inspection is completed.
    Kamloops Kidz Early Learning Center and the Government of BC are partnering to open 144 new child care spaces in the Orchards Walk facility. The spaces are funded through a $250,000 grant from the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund.
    The Government of BC has begun acting on recommendations presented by the BC Mining Jobs Task Force by contributing $2M towards creating a mining innovation roadmap and expanding the Regional Mining Alliance
    Murphy's Irish Sports Bar and Grill in Oliver has closed. Six employees are impacted by the closure.
    The communities of Enderby, Esquimalt, Port Coquitlam, Port McNeill, Tsawwassen First Nation and Vernon will share $3M through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund
    The Government of Canada is providing more than $1M in Climate Change Adaptation Program funding for six BC projects. The projects will research climate adaptation and resilience.
    The Government of BC, BC Housing, and the City of Burnaby are partnering on the Hall Towers redevelopment project that will provide 331 improved and affordable homes for seniors and people with disabilities
    The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement donated just under $1M to the BC Emergency Health Services to train paramedics in providing in-home palliative care to terminally ill patients
    An additional 426 in-home child care spaces have been created in BC because of funding made available through the Childcare BC Start-Up Program. The provincial program offers funding to help unlicensed child care providers become licenced.
    Canfor Corp. will curtail operations at its Vavenby sawmill for six weeks beginning February 11 and for one week at its Houston and Mackenzie sawmills during the first quarter of 2019 due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    Island Health has chosen Golden Life Management Corp. to build and operate a 126 bed long-term care facility in Comox. Construction is planned to begin later this year and the facility is expected to be ready for occupancy by 2020.
    The Crab Park Chowdery in Vancouver's Gastown area closed its doors on January 20th
    The Government of Canada contributed $3.5M to the AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub: Digital Health Circle. The funding will help commercialize preventative health technologies related to aging, and support independence and quality of life for seniors.
    Doctors of B.C. recently reported on the physician shortage currently facing many communities and regions, noting that every year the province is around 170 new doctors short of replacing those who leave
    The Government of BC is providing $2.95M through the Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund to build a 50-unit housing project in Kelowna. The John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan will operate the facility and provide support services.
    Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is building up to 50 homes over the next four years in Coquitlam for families with modest incomes. The project will use both volunteers and professional trades labour.
    Pacific BioEnergy Corporation recently announced two long-term contracts to supply pellets to Japanese biomass power plants. A combined 170,000 metric tonnes will be supplied per year by 2022 and extend the company's contracted sales portfolio to 2035.
    The Government of Canada is providing $7.5M in funding to the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program that seeks to divert teenagers away from gang activity and membership
    The Nadleh Whut'en First Nation and the Corporation of the Village of Fraser Lake will receive $153,168 through the Government of BC's Rural Dividend Fund to create an economic development office and to fund research into wastewater management practices
    Stubbs Island Whale Watching is ceasing operations after 38 years of providing marine wildlife tours out of Telegraph Cove. The closure follows the end of its lease agreement with the Telegraph Cove Resort.
    The Government of BC and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are funding the redevelopment of Roddan Lodge and the Evelyne Saller Centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The social housing project will provide 200 affordable units and services.
    The British Columbia Construction Association received $3.4M in Government of Canada funding to provide settlement services to pre-arrival clients. The services will prepare newcomers for jobs in the construction industry.
    Swoop Airlines recently added thrice weekly, direct flights between Kelowna and Winnipeg. The routes will operate between May 24 and October 25.
    LNG Canada has signed $937M worth of contracts so far with Canadian businesses and contractors for its LNG project in Northern BC, including $175M to First Nations businesses and contractors
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    Ocean Networks Canada will receive $12.6M over four years from the Government of Canada's Oceans Protection Plan. The funds will expand the national network of ocean observation systems based out of the University of Victoria.
    The Government of BC has launched the $3.2M Survivors of Violence and Abuse program and the $3.2M Older Workers 55+ program. The programs provide these groups with new skills training and employment supports while removing barriers to finding jobs.
    New Beginnings, a 98-unit supportive housing project in Vancouver, provides life and employment skills training, wellness support and volunteer work experience to homeless Indigenous peoples. The Government of BC contributed $16.1M to the facility.
    The Roosters Country Cabaret in Pitt Meadows closed on January 20. The property was sold to the Joseph Richard Group, which plans to open a new bar on site in mid-2019.
    Metro Vancouver Water Services began preliminary design work on a new 1.4 km water supply tunnel that will run under Stanley Park. Design work is expected to continue until late 2020, followed by construction between 2021 and 2025 that will cost about $125M.
    Flowr Group recently signed a three-year agreement to supply Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis. The product will be grown at Flowr's Kelowna facility, which has been expanding and increasing its production since opening in late 2018.
    Fibreco Export Inc. committed $100M towards building infrastructure to transfer specialty grains from railcars into bulk freighters at its North Vancouver wood biomass terminal. The agri-products project is scheduled for completion by August 2019.
    The Government of Canada issued a positive Decision Statement for IDM Mining Ltd.'s Red Mountain Underground Gold Project northeast of Stewart. An anticipated 200 jobs will be created during project operations.
    The Government of BC is allocating over $4M to the Fraser Health Authority to fund more direct care for seniors living in residential care homes in Abbotsford, Agassiz and Chilliwack
    The Centre for Innovation in Fish Health on the University of Vancouver Island campus received a grant of $215,000 from the Government of BC. The laboratory will conduct research into the viability and sustainability of coastal and Indigenous fisheries.
    DD Express recently began offering courier and delivery services between Revelstoke and Osoyoos, and as far north as 100 Mile House
    The City of Richmond's 2019 operating budget includes a plan to hire 107 additional RCMP officers, firefighters and support staff over the next five years
    The Government of BC is providing over $752,000 under the Tourism Events Program to 15 events and festivals around the province. The recipients include both professional and amateur sporting events, a Shakespearian play and an art show.
    The Higher Path recreational cannabis store will open in Trail by the end of January
    Fortis B.C. will begin upgrading 12 km of natural gas lines between Burnaby and Coquitlam in March. Construction is expected to be completed by late fall.
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    The Government of BC has approved $1.5M to develop a 24/7 virtual resource for post-secondary students dealing with mental health and addiction challenges. The program includes counselling sessions, as well as phone, online chat, text and email support.
    The Island Corridor Foundation is partnering with the Government of BC to undertake an assessment of all track and bridges on the E&N Rail Corridor. The aim is to restore the 225 km Victoria to Courtenay rail line for passenger and freight traffic.
    Twenty-nine new craft breweries are planning to open around BC in 2019
    Vancouver service provider S.U.C.C.E.S.S. received $22.4M in Government of Canada funding to deliver pre-arrival settlement services to newcomers. The online and in-person services abroad will target specific immigration categories and client groups.
    City Cannabis Company recently received a provincial operating license to open a dispensary at its second retail location in Vancouver
    Evergreen Cannabis Society opened Vancouver's first licensed non-medical retail cannabis store on January 5
    V&C Courier has begun operations as a parcel delivery service in Salmon Arm. The owners are partnering with other former Greyhound agents to provide the service between Penticton, Revelstoke, and as far north as 100 Mile House.
    Imperial Metals plans to suspend operations at its Mount Polley mine northeast of Williams Lake due to declining copper prices. The mine's ongoing environmental and remediation program will not be affected by the suspension.
    Kabam Inc. recently moved its Vancouver headquarters into a larger space and rebranded its interactive entertainment and gaming company in anticipation of attracting new young talent
    City Cannabis Company opened Vancouver's third legal marijuana store on January 9
    The Government of BC is allocating over $12.8M to the Fraser Health Authority to fund more direct care for seniors living in residential care homes in Delta, Langley and Surrey
    The community of Peachland is facing a doctor shortage with the impending closure of its only medical clinic. The Beach Avenue Medical Clinic in Peachland will close at the end of March when its owner retires.
    The Royal Bay Secondary school in the Sooke school district is undergoing a $25.2M expansion to create space for an additional 600 students. Construction is expected to be completed by the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    The Government of BC's BikeBC program is open for submissions until February 18, 2019. The program offers funding to communities on a cost sharing basis to create new cycling infrastructure.
    The Village of Cumberland received a $5.7M grant to build a new wastewater lagoon system that will serve its growing population, while meeting public health and environmental standards. The funds come from the Government of Canada's Green Municipal Fund.
    The Government of BC is allocating over $6.4M to the Vancouver Island Health Authority to fund an additional 50,000 hours of direct care for seniors. Eight residential care homes in Nanaimo and Parksville are among those benefitting from this funding.
    Fifteen BC-based fisheries and aquaculture businesses will share $1.1M in funding from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to improve environmental sustainability and business results
    BC Ferries is spending $57M to carry out its annual maintenance and refit cycle on its fleet of ferries. The company employs more than 5,100 British Columbians in communities around the province.
    The Northern Health Authority launched a strategy to recruit and retain nurses in remote and rural locations in Northern BC. The strategy includes offering temporary housing and using a newly-formed travel pool to address the long-term nursing shortage.
    Xing Fu Tang, a Taiwanese bubble tea café chain, recently opened storefronts in Vancouver and Richmond. The company plans to expand the chain further into Canada.
    The Government of Canada is providing Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation with $2M over four years to restore the coastal habitats of the Chinook salmon in the Fraser River Estuary
    The Government of BC is accepting applications under the BC Air Access Program. The program provides cost-sharing funding to communities undertaking safety and green energy infrastructure upgrades to regional airports, heliports and water aerodromes.
    Exxon Mobil Corp. has withdrawn its environmental assessment application for a $25-billion LNG export facility on the BC coast that it proposed in 2015
    Vancouver's transit authority TransLink is experiencing a shortage of drivers and dispatchers for its HandyDart door-to-door shared ride service for people with disabilities. TransLink is working with its contractor ¿ First Canada ¿ to recruit new drivers.
    The Construction Foundation of BC provides youth with training and support to transition from provincial care into employment opportunities in construction and other industries. The Shift program also assists with driver training, licensing and mentoring.
    Petronas, a partner in LNG Canada, is curtailing production by between 50 and 200 million cu. ft. per day from its natural gas wells in northeastern BC. The company will do so by shutting some wells and curtailing its exploration program.
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    The Dixon Transition Society received funding through the Building BC: Women's Transition Fund to build 20 affordable rental homes in Burnaby for women and children leaving violence. The Society will also offer counselling and support services.
    Cermaq and Marine Harvest, two fish farm operators in the Broughton Archipelago, have agreed to close or move all 17 of their operations in order to create a migration path for wild salmon
    Comicshop, a comic store in Vancouver's Kitsilano area since 1974, recently announced that it was in receivership and is closing. An unknown number of employees are impacted by the closure.
    The Province of BC is providing $12.1M from the Community Housing Fund to construct three buildings with a total of 121 affordable rental units in Nanaimo. A partnership with the local city and Board of Education will offer onsite amenities and services.
    Vancouver-based companies MDA and UrtheCast Corp were awarded contracts under the Defence Innovation Research Program valued at $5.2M to leverage artificial intelligence and satellite imaging to further maritime and land surveillance
    Lens and Shutter has closed its three photography stores in Vancouver
    The City of Vancouver and the Government of BC are partnering to build a $30M rental housing building. The social services provider S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will operate the 109 affordable housing units, which will be available by early 2021.
    FI.SPAN, a financial technology company that specializes in simplifying transactions between banks and their customers, has raised $4M in equity financing to expand its operations. The company expects to double its Vancouver office over the next 18 months.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are spending up to $62.94M on green infrastructure projects and efficiency upgrades at the community level through the CleanBC Communities Fund
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    A Supreme Court of BC decision ordered the last 28 marijuana dispensaries operating without a licence in Vancouver to immediately close. The city currently has no legal stores operating, although four operations are waiting for provincial approval to open.
    The BC Government is contributing an additional $8M through the Indigenous Housing Fund towards the M'akola Housing Society's Station Avenue development in Langford. The forty new units will be reserved for Indigenous people.
    Canadian Fiber Optics is partnering with Gwaii Communications to install 40 km of fibre network throughout the Haida Gwaii region. The $4.9M project will provide internet connection to 630 homes and 39 institutions.
    Valens GroWorks Corp. has signed a multi-year Extraction Services Agreement to process Canopy Growth Corp's cannabis flowers into high-grade resin at its three subsidiaries located in and around Kelowna
    Westcoast Energy Inc. received approval to proceed with the construction and operation of the $565M Spruce Ridge pipeline project. The project includes 38 km of pipeline near Chetwynd and Aitken Creek and two new compressor units.
    The Governments of BC and Canada are jointly funding the $224.5M RW Bruhn Bridge replacement project. Construction of the five-lane single bridge, which includes new approach roadways, intersections and pathways, is anticipated to begin in 2020.
    The City of Richmond began site preparation on its temporary modular housing project in December. Construction of the 40 unit project and related landscaping will begin in February 2019.
    The Governments of Canada and BC recently signed a five-year, $1.4M French-language services agreement. The agreement will improve access to programs and services in French in the economic development, justice, early childhood, arts and culture sectors.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    The Government of Canada is providing UA Piping Industry College of BC with over $762,000 through the Union Training and Innovation Program. The funds will support 90 apprentices from underrepresented groups in completing their skilled trades training.
    The Capital Regional District, BC Housing, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are collaborating through the Regional Housing First Program to build 494 affordable housing units in Sooke and Langford
    Coast Mental Health recently launched a new restaurant in Vancouver. The Social Crust Café and Catering provides culinary skills, training and job experience to youth living with mental health issues or those who face barriers to employment.
    The Government of BC is partnering with the City of Kelowna and the West Kelowna Shelter Society to open a 40-bed shelter at First United Church in Kelowna before year end. The facility will offer laundry, showers and access to health and social services.
    Vancouver Island University received a $65,000 grant from the Government of BC to fund fifteen teacher training seats at its Cowichan campus and to collaborate with local First Nations to bring Indigenous perspectives into the K-12 curriculum
    The Government of BC has increased its funding for the K-12 public education system by $591M. The additional funds from the Classroom Enhancement Fund will enable districts to support higher student enrolment and to hire up to 3,900 more teachers.
    The City of Burnaby is spending $1.95M to rebuild a portion of the Barnet Marine Park parking lot and to add a walkway and bio-filtration drainage system. The upgrades are needed to address traffic congestion and overcrowding issues at the site.
    The Province of BC is partnering with three local organizations in Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Langford to provide up to 50 additional transition and second-stage housing unit spaces and support services for women and children fleeing violence
    D-Wave Systems Inc of Burnaby received $2M from the Province of BC's Innovative Clean Energy Fund to develop its next-generation quantum computing system. The technology will improve energy efficiency for complex computational problems.
    Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. is planning to add a second drilling rig to its Montney program in 2019. Petronas plans to gradually build up to four to six rigs accompanied by hydraulic fracturing work over the next 30-plus years.
    The Government of BC and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $5.1M for a multi-use pedestrian/cyclist overpass on Stewardson Way in New Westminster. Construction is expected to start in January 2019 with completion scheduled for next summer.
    Village Farms International, Inc. has received a license amendment for its Pure Farms cannabis growing operations in Delta that will allow a major expansion. The newly licensed area is expected to be fully planted and in production immediately.
    The City of Kamloops has awarded a two-year, $4.4M contract to Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. to haul biosolids to a composting and soil fabrication facility. The city has the option for two one-year extensions to the program.
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    The Inn from the Cold shelter in Kelowna will close its doors on December 31. The facility had previously offered over 40 spaces for people in need but received an eviction notice and has been unable to find an alternate space.
    The Government of BC is seeking bus carriers willing to take over eight Interior long-haul bus routes that remain unfilled. Operators of these routes are still required to obtain an intercity bus license.
    The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is partnering with the Government of Canada to fund more than $6.8M towards a dolphin extension project at Ogden Point. The new mooring structure will enable quantum-sized cruise ships to dock at the site.
    The Government of Canada is awarding a $9.5M contract for the installation of an underwater hydrophone listening station at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea. The station will measure the effectiveness of underwater noise reduction efforts in shipping lanes.
    The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Government of Canada are jointly funding $7M towards the Shore Power Technology for Ports program. The program enables ships to connect to an electrical grid supplied by renewable energy sources while alongside.
    The Government of Canada is working with the Government of BC to create the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. The Government of Canada is providing more than $100M over six years to the fund while the BC Government will announce its contribution in the coming months.
    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. recently announced plans to curtail lumber production over the holiday period at its sawmills in Chasm, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Chetwynd. An unknown number of employees will be impacted.
    Conifex Timber Inc. will reduce operations at its Fort St. James sawmill beginning on January 1, 2019 due to log costs and current lumber market conditions. The temporary workforce reduction will last until mid-2019 and impact approximately 70 employees.
    The Government of Canada is providing $2.5M to four coastal First Nations to develop and evaluate a new maritime awareness system. The system will increase access to data and expand the type of maritime data available to Indigenous and coastal stakeholders.
    Cannmart, an online seller of cannabis sourced from small-batch growers, is recruiting more cultivators in the Nelson region. Under the new regulations of the Cannabis Act, growers can now apply for a micro-cultivator or micro-processor licence.
    Victoria's Salish Sea Industrial Services, an Indigenous-owned marine company, was awarded a $404,350 grant to remove 17 abandoned boats. The federal funding comes from the Oceans Protection Plan to improve marine safety and protect coastal environments.
    ABC Communications is receiving Connecting British Columbia grant funding to install or upgrade high-speed broadband internet service in about 650 households and businesses in the Clinton, Deka Lake and Wells areas
    Crabtree & Evelyn Canada Inc. recently filed for bankruptcy protection and is closing all of its Canadian stores, including six in BC. An unknown number of employees are impacted.
    The Government of BC is providing $2.9M in grants for small businesses in the Kootenay region that were impacted by spring flooding. The Red Cross will distribute the funds and focus on housing, business and economic recovery, and social support projects.
    The BC Wildfire Service is recruiting between 150 and 200 wildfire firefighter positions for the 2019 fire season. Successful recruits will work between May and September and be eligible for recall rights and potential year-round work with the Service.
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    The Government of BC is funding a new $33.85M intensive care unit at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 with the unit opening to patients in late 2021.
    The Government of Canada recently announced a $25M endowment to Avalanche Canada. The funds will go towards promoting avalanche safety through public education, awareness training and enhanced forecasting services.
    Road work on the Haney Bypass improvement project is scheduled to begin in spring 2019. The upgrades are part of the $70M Highway 7 project to improve traffic flow through the Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission corridor.
    The Government of BC is directing $1.1B over the next decade towards retrofitting its social housing units to be more energy efficient, safer and less polluting. The project will create approximately 7,700 direct and indirect jobs in BC.
    The Surrey School District and the Government of BC are partnering to accelerate construction of permanent classroom space in new and existing schools. The $166.7M project will enable more than 7,000 students to move out of portables by 2021.
    BC Ferries recently outlined its 2019-2030 $3.9B capital plan. Projects outlined include the purchase of new vessels, upgrading its existing fleet and terminals, introducing alternative fuel sources and investing in its fleet maintenance facility.
    The Vancouver Coastal Health Region opened an Urgent Primary Care Centre in the downtown core. The facility aims to minimize hospital visits by offering same-day access to doctors, nurses and other medical professionals for non-life threatening conditions.
    The Government of BC is providing $231M to build more than 1,100 affordable homes for Indigenous peoples. The housing will be spread across 26 communities and includes both off-reserve and on-reserve homes.
    The Government of Canada is spending up to $153M to match private sector investments in the BC-based Digital Technology Supercluster. The supercluster is expected to create more than 13,500 jobs over 10 years.
    Fifty-five organizations that provide community services in BC received capital grants under the provincial Community Gaming Grants program. The funds will support the purchase and upgrading of facilities, infrastructure and equipment.
    The Insurance Corporation of BC is redirecting $2.4M of its advertising budget in the next fiscal year towards enhancing traffic enforcement. A total of $24.8M will now be spent on policing and traffic safety programs to reduce accident costs.
    The Greater Victoria School District is partnering with non-profit organizations to create 439 licensed child care spaces and extra wraparound support at six elementary schools. Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is contributing $4.6M towards the project.
    The Mount Bourcherie winery is expanding its visitor centre to include a 75-seat indoor lounge and a 75-person patio. The project will take two years to complete.
    BC Hydro will begin construction on a new Capilano Substation in Murdo Frazer Park in late 2019. The $50-$100M five-year project to replace one of the North Shore's main power substations will also include improvements to the park.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are partnering with the Comox Valley Regional District and the K'ómoks First Nation to fund $125.1M towards a new drinking water treatment plant that will provide clean reliable water services to communities in the area
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada received $14.65M from the Governments of Canada and BC to expand the Darkwoods Conservation Area. The land consists of an inland temperate forest along Kootenay Lake that provides habitat for a number of species at risk.
    The Canadian Coast Guard has approved six new radar installations along the southern BC coast. The radar expansion will improve the monitoring of marine traffic while providing better protection for the marine environment and coastal communities.
    Ten BC First Nations communities received funds from the Government of Canada's $5.7M Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program. The program supports local guardians to undertake environmental monitoring and stewardship in their traditional territories.
    The University of Victoria will begin construction on 620 new housing units, a dining hall and a multipurpose space in 2020. The $201M project, partially funded through the BC government's student-housing loan program, has a completion target of 2024.
    The Neil Squire Society was awarded a $28.8M five year Government of BC contract to provide the Assistive Technology Services program. Beginning on April 1, 2019, workers can access assistive technology and services to help with finding employment.
    The Government of BC is seeking requests for proposals on the closure and remediation of the Tulsequah Chief gold and silver mine. The inactive mine south of Atlin has prompted environmental concerns arising from acid run-off leaking into the Taku River.
    Dinoflex recently announced a $3.5M plant expansion and automation upgrade to its recycled rubber manufacturing facility in Salmon River. The company plans to recruit more staff to handle the increased production capacity and new market opportunities.
    The Sun Peaks ski resort north of Kamloops anticipates opening its newly built 82-person housing project in January 2019. The units will alleviate the accommodation shortage for the 600 staff that the resort employs during peak seasons.
    Sikora's Classical Records will close its door for good on February 28, 2019. The Vancouver store cited competition from new technology and online commerce as eroding its customer base.
    The Governments of BC and Canada are jointly funding the replacement of the R.W. Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous, which has reached the end of its lifespan. The $224.5M project will improve traffic flow and driver safety along Highway 1 through the region.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are partnering with local governments to invest more than $136M on five projects aimed at improving public transit. Projects include purchasing new buses, installing Smart Bus technology and building bus shelters.
    The National Disaster Mitigation Program is funding 32 projects in BC that address the risks and costs arising from flooding events. More than $16.5M in federal and provincial funds will go towards risk assessments, flood mapping and mitigation projects.
    The North Vancouver Board of Education has received $23.7M from the BC Seismic Mitigation Program to undertake seismic upgrading at Mountainside Secondary School. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and be completed by fall 2021.
    The Government of BC introduced legislation that began the process to allow ride-hailing companies to start operations in BC in late 2019. All ride-hailing and taxi drivers will require a Class 4 commercial licence and undergo mandatory criminal checks.
    According to WorkBC's latest Labour Market Outlook, there will be 903,000 job openings in the province over the next decade

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