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British Columbia

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  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    TransLink is spending $14.5M to replace escalators at the Granville SkyTrain Station in Metro Vancouver
    The Northern Development Initiative Trust is providing $236,650 to the Lillooet Tribal Council to develop a Community Adult Basic Education Learning Centre in Lillooet
    Thompson Rivers University is spending $5M to upgrade classrooms in the Old Main Building in Kamloops
    The federal, provincial and Capital Regional District governments are providing a combined $90M to build 2,010 new rental units in Victoria
    The Okanagan College Trades Centre in Vernon is set to open in August. The new $6.2M 13,450-sq.-ft. facility can accommodate 150 welding, construction and electrical trades students.
    According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment edged up from 4.7% in March to 5% in April, but remained the lowest in the country
    The Province is providing $4.7M to Our Place Society's Therapeutic Recovery Community project which includes a new recovery centre in Victoria
    The Surrey School District is hiring 66 new teachers, 24 education assistants, 28 support staff and a school administrator to begin in September
    LNG Canada announced its commitment to begin construction this year on the $40B liquefied natural gas export project on BC's northern coast. However, the company has not made a final investment decision.
    The federal government is providing $188,000 for renovations to the Sagebrush and Pavilion theatres in Kamloops
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    The provincial government is providing $100,000 for an additional 40 engineering diploma and certificate seats at Vancouver Island University. The programs will open 20 spaces for 2019-20 and up to 40 spaces in 2020-21.
    VI Fitness filed for bankruptcy on May 1 and closed all eight of their locations on Vancouver Island. Over 100 employees and contract workers were laid off as a result of the closures.
    The Four Seasons hotel in downtown Vancouver is closing on January 31, 2020, after more than 40 years in operation
    TransLink's Waterfront Station is set to undergo a $17M upgrade. The work includes a new elevator, new escalators, a new staircase and a new building extension.
    The Ministry of Health is providing $2.7M to the Alzheimer Society of BC to support further the First Link program that offers help to people with the disease
    The Government of BC is spending $291M to build 2,000 units of modular supportive housing over the next two years. The spending is expected to create 2,050 direct and indirect jobs.
    The Huu-ay-aht First Nation is receiving $500,000 in equity funding from the BC government to build a clean-energy power plant on the west coast of Vancouver Island
    The provincial government is spending $900,000 towards 370 new tech seats in niche programs at nine public post-secondary schools throughout the province. The additional seats are expected to be ready in 2019-20, with a full rollout in 2020-21.
    TransLink is looking to hire 525 drivers by next spring as it adds new routes to its service. The new routes are part of a previously announced plan for improvements to transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver.
    The City of Vancouver is hiring 1,500 people to assist with the municipal election in October. The application process recently started and closes between June 30 and August 8.
    There are currently 200 job openings for various positions in Fernie. According to a recent survey by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, 60% of businesses have unfilled positions, and a majority of them have been advertised for over a month.
    Viking Air hired 50 employees at its Victoria International Airport location. The company is also launching a recruitment campaign for 50 additional employees in Victoria.
    The provincial government is providing up to $5M each year to school districts to buy new or replacement playground equipment. This year, 51 schools throughout the province will receive money for standard or universally accessible playgrounds.
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    Construction started on the $19.4M expansion of the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden. The project will widen a 2.5km section of the highway into four lanes.
    STEMCELL Technologies is receiving $45M in combined funding from the federal and provincial governments which will support the construction of a manufacturing facility in Burnaby. The new facility will generate 675 new jobs by 2022 and up to 2,170 by 2031.
    Construction is underway on 160 modular units at three sites in Surrey. The units are expected to be ready for tenants by late spring.
    The Province recently hired 20 new conservation officers that will start their postings throughout BC this fall
    The Cedar Sage Health and Wellness mental health clinic recently opened in downtown Kelowna
    The Province is investing more than $85M for highway and side road improvements in the southern Interior that include 450kms of road resurfacing
    Amazon is opening a 416,000 sq.-ft. development centre in Vancouver by 2020 which will create an additional 3,000 high-tech jobs. The company currently employs more than 1,000 people in Vancouver and expects that number to grow to 5,000 by 2022.
    The provincial government is providing $64M to build a new elementary school, expand two existing schools and to buy land for a future school in Surrey
    The Province is providing $100,000 to North Island College to plan for 40 student spaces in a new tech certificate program. The program is expected to be open to students in 2019-20 and at full capacity in 2020-21.
    The College of New Caledonia in Vanderhoof is set to undergo a $5.2M renovation and upgrade. Construction is expected to start in fall 2018 and completed in early 2019.
    The provincial government is spending $2.6M to construct a new Indigenous housing building at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George
    The Foundry Victoria mental health and wellness centre recently opened in Victoria. The new centre offers services to youth ages 12 to 24 living with mental-health and substance-use challenges.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    Pangea is opening the first pod hotel in Canada in Whistler by the end of summer
    The provincial government is investing $1.9B over ten years to build 14,000 new rental units across the province
    The ministries of Health and Advanced Education, Skills and Training are providing $3.3M for increasing the number of health-care assistant seats in 11 post-secondary institutions throughout the province
    Armstrong-based Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. is set to begin reconstruction of the intersection of Stickle Road and Highway 97. The $15M project will improve safety and traffic flow in the area.
    The Province is providing more than $711,000 over the next three years to the Alacrity Foundation of BC's Cleantech Scale-Up program. The program promotes investment in BC clean technology companies and assists them in generating new business internationally.
    The Province is increasing wages for workers not covered by minimum wage requirements including liquor servers, piece-rate farm workers, resident caretakers, live-in camp leaders and live-in home-support workers
    The Province of BC is pledging $6.5M in grants for over 170 local programs and projects that help stop violence and promote Indigenous healing
    The provincial government is providing $5M to the Ministry of Attorney General's Court Services Branch to increase the number of sheriffs and staffing at the branch
    Tsawwassen Mills Mall recently held a spring job fair. More than 30 retailers were present hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal staff.
    The Province is providing $100,000 in funding to add 50 seats in the animations program at Capilano University
    The Government of BC, in partnership with Pacifica Housing and the City of Colwood, is providing $22.9M to build 82 new rental homes. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed by summer 2019.
    Northern Development Initiative Trust approved $1.27M in funding for five projects throughout Northern BC that support local economic development and sustainability
    The City Centre Community Policing Office in Richmond will double the capacity of its operation once it moves to a larger space in the fall of 2019. Richmond City council also recently approved funding for 40 additional police officers for the current term.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    Nanaimo Port Authority is partnering with Western Stevedoring and US-based SSA Marine to develop a new automobile import and processing facility. The facility will create 40 to 60 new jobs in the short term and 110 new jobs in the coming years.
    Victoria-based BC Investment Management Corp. recently laid off approximately 20 employees including analysts and portfolio managers who worked in equities
    Horizon North Logistics is being awarded a $63M, 16-month conditional contract to construct and operate two new workforce lodges in the North Montney region
    Construction is underway on the first phase of the Belmont Market in Langford. The $93M project is expected to be completed in 2020.
    The federal government is providing $5.4M through an apron and taxiway rehabilitation project for upgrades to the Tofino airport
    The federal and provincial governments are providing a combined $115M in funding over five years to BC programs that support the farming, ranching and food-processing sectors
    The Stanley Park seawall is currently undergoing $4.5M in upgrades that include filling holes, replacing stones, stabilizing foundations and installing rocks to prevent erosion. The first phase of the project will be completed in August.
    Elizabeth Buckley School in Victoria is closing its doors after 30 years. The school cites a shortage of teachers as the reason for the closure.
    The provincial government awarded a $2.1M contract to Courtenay-based O.K. Industries Ltd. to resurface 13 kms of Head Bay Forest Service Road on Vancouver Island. The upgrade is expected to start in mid-April and be completed in late June.
    The BC government granted $2M to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to help enhance and recover caribou habitat
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    UNIQLO, a Japanese clothing retailer, recently opened its third location in Metro Vancouver at the Richmond Centre
    The provincial government is committing $4.7M to build a housing project for Indigenous youth and elders in Kamloops. Construction on the 31-unit two-story building is set to begin in the summer.
    Vancouver-based Harbour Air is partnering with US-based Kenmore Air to run four daily weekday flights between Coal Harbour in Vancouver and Lake Union and Lake Washington near Seattle. The new seaplane service will begin on April 26.
    The provincial government is investing $7.8M to advance wood building systems and products and to promote and expand BC's wood exports. The funding will go to 13 industry trade associations and research institutes in the province.
    FrontCounter BC, a one-stop facility that offers various government services, opened a new office in Nelson
    Construction on the new nursing building at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops is expected to begin in April. The $37.2M, 49,000-sq.-ft. project is expected to create 176 jobs in construction and supplier industries.
    The Forest Enhancement Society of BC is providing $134M to 71 forest enhancement projects around the province. The projects include restoring damaged forests and supporting communities affected by wildfires.
    The Province of BC is providing $6.45M in funding over three years to all 25 Aboriginal friendship centres in the province as part of Budget 2018
    Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. is suspending all non-essential activities and related spending for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
    Victoria Shipyards acquired a number of high-value public and private sector contracts that will result in more jobs from now until 2020
    According to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Vancouver's 2018 cruise season will be its largest since 2010 with an expected increase of 7% more visitors than 2017
    The provincial government is providing $300,000 to the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance to help strengthen economic development in the region. The organization represents 21 local governments from Vanderhoof to Masset.
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    The federal and provincial governments, in partnership with Shaw Communications, Gwaii Communications and CityWest Cable and Telephone Corporation, are providing $38M to provide high-speed internet connections to 33 rural and Indigenous communities
    The Black Press Extreme Career & Education Fair was recently held at the Port Hardy Civic Centre. The event was open to students and job seekers looking for educational and employment opportunities.
    Vancouver-based talk and news radio station CKNW laid off three employees as the station restructures and moves from downtown Vancouver to Global BC's operation in Burnaby
    The Ministry of Health announced the addition of 21 new full-time paramedic positions for Northeast BC, the Central Interior and Castlegar
    The City of Kamloops awarded an $899,600 contract to Dawson Construction to resurface Lac Le Jeune Road
    The City of Campbell River is set to begin upgrades to Highway 19A this summer. The $27M project includes updating the waterfront sewer line, rebuilding the Big Rock Boat Ramp and completion of the highway improvements.
    The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training is providing $1M to Thompson Rivers University to administer off-campus trades training in the Tk'emlups and Neskonlith communities
    A delegation of BC's education leaders recently travelled to France, Belgium and the Netherlands to recruit French-speaking teachers to address the teacher shortage in the province
    Camosun College is partnering with Songhees Nation to launch a new culinary arts, hospitality and tourism management program that will be delivered in the community
    Belgium-based The Belgian Chocolate Café is set to open its first location in Vancouver this summer
    Torstar Corp. is hiring 20 new reporters in Western Canada, including Vancouver. The company is rebranding its Metro newspaper in Vancouver to StarMetro Vancouver.
    The federal government is providing $4.1B over the next ten years for infrastructure projects in BC. The investment will support work on transit, green infrastructure, recreation facilities and projects in rural and northern communities.
    The television network CW is renewing six shows which are filmed in Vancouver
    The Province is launching a BC Parks student ranger program that will hire 48 young people with a 30% Indigenous hiring target. Applications are currently being accepted, and positions will start in late May and early June.
    BMO Financial Group is donating $1M to the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs program that is offered through the University of Victoria. The program currently delivers entrepreneurial training to 26 First Nations communities in the province.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    The province of BC is investing $175M over two years to reduce wait times for hip and knee replacements. The funding will allow an additional 4,000 people to have surgeries in the coming year.
    Saanich council has awarded Don Mann Excavating a $2.1M contract for the installation of a new sanitary sewer. Construction is set to begin in May and completed by October.
    The provincial government is providing $7.5M to AMPLIFY BC, a new music fund that supports people working in the province's music industry. The program focuses on industry initiatives, career development, live music and music company development.
    The Government of BC is providing nearly $8M in funding, through the BC Rural Dividend Program, to 58 eligible projects throughout the province that help stabilize rural economies
    Emil Anderson Construction is set to begin work on safety upgrades to Highway 4 at Kennedy Hill on Vancouver Island. The $29M project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.
    Women on Wheels, an all-female taxi service, is set to launch on the West Shore of Vancouver Island later this year
    The provincial government is providing $11M to increase the number of MRI exams in the province and to reduce wait times. The funding will allow for the completion of 225,000 MRI's in 2018-19.
    The provincial government is providing $5.4M to 15 public post-secondary trades and technology institutions for the replacement of obsolete equipment with more current technology
    The Province is providing $198M in maintenance funding for school districts across the province. The funding will be used for facility and building systems maintenance, energy-efficiency upgrades and school bus maintenance.
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    Popina Canteen, a new shipping container fast-food restaurant, is opening on Granville Island in Vancouver this summer
    BC Hydro signed a $1.6B contract with Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership for work on the generation station, spillways and substation at the Site C dam. Approximately 1,600 people will be employed during peak construction.
    go2HR and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association recently held a tourism job fair at the Holiday Inn Express in Kelowna. There were 30 tourism and hospitality employers looking to fill both permanent and summer positions.
    The provincial and federal government are providing a total of $24M to replace the Nass River Bridge located east of Stewart. Construction will start in spring 2018.
    Stuart Olson Construction Ltd. recently began work to widen Highway 7 in Mission from two to four lanes and adding a new median barrier. The $22M project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.
    The Government of BC is providing $23.2M for a 600-seat expansion and new gym at Royal Bay Secondary school in Colwood. Work on the expansion is expected to begin in September 2018 and be complete by the fall of 2020.
    Construction recently started on Residences at The Heights, a new market rental housing development in Coquitlam. The project will include 41 rental units and is set to be completed by August 2019.
    The Province is increasing the number of dental surgeries performed in BC hospitals this year by 900. The increase will improve access to dental care for vulnerable patients and reduce wait times.
    WestJet recently launched direct flights from Vancouver to Mexico City. Currently there are three direct flights per week, but the airline will offer daily service by April 29.
    The federal government is providing more than $12M in new funding for research aimed at protecting BC's killer whale population
    According to Tourism Vancouver, in 2017 more than 10.3M people visited Vancouver, an increase of 3% over the previous year. Tourism contributes approximately $4.8 billion a year to the Metro Vancouver economy and provides over 70,000 full-time jobs.
    The federal government has awarded a five-year, $79.8M contract to White Bear Industries to maintain a stretch of the Alaska Highway north of Fort St. John
    Terrace Interiors Ltd., an interior home supply store, is closing on May 10 after 57 years in business
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018

    North Island College held its seventh annual career fair at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay on March 8. The event had 35 employers present as well as feature speaker presentations.
    Construction is currently underway on the Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre. The $12M facility is expected to open in October 2018.
    The provincial government is providing $1.8M over two years for various services and programs that support women's participation in the building trades
    The Government of Canada is providing $193M from the federal Gas Tax Fund towards over 100 capital and capacity-building projects throughout BC
    Transport Canada has awarded a $6.4M contract to Ledcor Construction to modernize and improve security and safety of the Penticton Regional Airport. Work is expected to start in spring 2018 and be completed within two years.
    The Simon Fraser University public plaza is undergoing a three-year renovation. The estimated $40M project includes the addition of a new roof, furniture and look-out points.
    The Sky's NO Limit ¿ Girls Fly Too! annual event was recently held at Abbotsford International Airport. The event is aimed at boosting the number of female pilots in the flight industry.
    The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and the Northern Development Initiative Trust are providing more than $300,000 to build a new dock in Telegraph Creek
    The Surrey Biofuel Facility recently opened. The $68M facility converts organic waste into natural gas which will be used to fuel the city's waste collection fleet.
    Transport Canada is providing $1.3M for assessing and removing abandoned boats from coastal communities including Ladysmith, Vancouver and Victoria. The funding will also be used for an education campaign to deter the abandonment of vessels.
    The City of Surrey is awarding a $3.4M contract to Tybo Contracting Ltd. for the second phase of upgrades to Hawthorne Rotary Park
    The Vancouver Island Health Authority has awarded contracts to SOLID Outreach Society and Lookout Housing and Health Society to provide harm reduction services at the Pandora Wellness Centre in Victoria. Hiring is set to begin in the near future.
    The federal government is providing more than $27M for 45 projects across Western Canada to support the economic development of First Nations
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    The Interior Health Authority is currently running a recruitment campaign to hire 1,200 Indigenous employees by 2025
    Greyhound Canada is stopping various routes to northern BC, Vancouver Island, and southern BC. The company cites a number of declining riders and financial losses as the reason for cutting the services.
    The University of Victoria is offering a new program that studies both Canadian and Indigenous law. The program will be available for students in September 2018.
    The federal government is providing $548M in funding over three years for senior care in the province
    Parksville's Career Centre is offering a pilot program called the GoodSeeds Project aimed at helping youth students enter the workforce in agriculture
    The Brandon Jansen Foundation is opening up three new recovery centres in BC's Interior. The first centre opened in Penticton on March 1.
    The provincial government is providing $50M for Indigenous language revitalization and $6M over three years for Aboriginal friendship centres
    Arpa Investments is developing 43 units of affordable senior housing in Kamloops. Construction is set to begin in June and includes 5,200-sq.-ft. of both commercial and residential space.
    According to BC's Auditor General, there is a shortage of registered nurses in northern BC. The report found that Northern Health is short 121 registered nurses for what is needed and 25% of available positions are unfilled.
    Construction is set to begin on the new Unisus International School in Summerland. The school will be open for students in September.
    The Village, a community designed for people with dementia, is opening in Langley by April 2019. The new care facility is expected to have 72 specially trained staff.
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada is suspending this year's commercial roe herring fishery on BC's central coast as part of the federal government's commitment to reconciliation with First Nations
    The Province of BC, in partnership with the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation, is beginning the first phase of a new affordable-housing project for families, seniors and people with disabilities. Construction is expected to be complete by winter 2019.
    McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport in Richmond is expanding by 84,000-sq.-ft. and adding 35 new brands to the centre. The expansion will generate 400 jobs in both construction and retail.
    TransLink is adding four new B-Line bus routes in the Lower Mainland by the end of 2019. The new routes will run 60 buses as part of the fleet.
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    Muji, a Japanese-based retailer, is opening a new location in Richmond Centre in April. This is the company's third location in the province.
    The federal government is providing $15.8M for an electrical substation at Esquimalt Graving Dock in Victoria. Scansa Construction is currently working on the project that is expected to be complete in December 2018.
    The Victoria International Airport is expanding its ground-level departure lounge, doubling its seating capacity. Construction on the $19.4M upgrade is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
    Pattison Sign Group in Penticton is shutting down on April 15 due to company-wide restructuring; 58 jobs will be eliminated as a result of the closure.
    The Province, in partnership with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health, is planning to build approximately 100 affordable rental units and a new addiction services centre
    The BC government is providing $15M to hire more sheriffs and support staff as part of the 2018 provincial budget
    A new urgent family-care clinic and learning centre is expected to open at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops this spring
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    Global News is laying off nearly 70 staff across Canada, including 21 in Vancouver
    The federal government is awarding a portion of $950M in federal innovation funding to a BC-based digital supercluster consortium. The supercluster will fund over 100 projects involving more than 1,000 organizations to create thousands of new jobs.
    According to a recent survey by the Independent Contractors and Business Association, construction wages in BC are expected to increase by 4.5% in 2018 and by 5.1% in 2019
    The BC government is replacing the Pattullo Bridge in Metro Vancouver. Construction on the new $1.4B bridge is set to begin in the summer of 2019.
    Construction of the first phase of the Nanaimo Airport expansion is set to begin in March. This initial $14M phase will see the addition of 14,000-sq.-ft. of space to the terminal building.
    Metro Vancouver has a shortage of Chinese and South Asian chefs
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    Pronto Café and sister bar Prontino, located in Vancouver's Cambie Village, will close on March 3. The lease on the building was terminated to allow for the construction of a new dentist's office and apartments.
    According to the Ridge Meadows Division of Family Practice, there is a shortage of 20 doctors to serve the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows area
    Following the recommendations of the Fair Wages Commission, the provincial government will make yearly increases to the minimum wage over the next four years, effective June 1, 2018. The minimum wage will rise to at least $15.20 an hour by June 2021.
    The Province of BC is partnering with the City of Langford and the District of Sooke to build 115 new affordable rental homes. The Langford project is expected to be ready by the end of 2018 and the Sooke project is expected to be open in early 2019.
    The Province of BC is providing $20M over three years to support initiatives that address the opioid crisis in Indigenous communities across the province
    The provincial government is providing $571,000 to train more than 100 new specialist teachers in high-demand fields by creating new spaces in teacher education programs over the next two years
    The provincial government is partnering with the City of Richmond to build 40 new homes for vulnerable people in Richmond. RainCity Housing will offer on-site 24/7 support services.
    Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery, a grocery delivery service, is partnering with an unknown Canadian grocer to open a 74,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Burnaby
    Balila, a restaurant specializing in hummus, recently opened in Gastown in Vancouver
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    The Capital Regional District has awarded a $35.9M contract to Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. to upgrade the Macaulay Point pump station in Victoria. Construction is expected to begin in March and will take approximately two years to complete.
    Swoop, WestJet's new low-cost airline, is launching in June with flights from Abbotsford to Hamilton and Edmonton
    The provincial government is providing $35.1M to build a new middle school in Winfield that will accommodate 600 new spaces for students in grades 6 to 8. Construction is expected to begin in May 2019.
    Home Depot recently held a job fair in Richmond. The company is hiring 108 employees for its Richmond location including full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.
    New Gold has laid off 28 employees at its New Afton copper and gold mine located west of Kamloops
    The provincial and federal governments are providing $10.7M in funding to support 30 flood mitigation projects in BC through the National Disaster Mitigation Program
    The Victoria Cruise Industry Alliance is holding a job fair for summer employment on February 24 at Western Stevedoring on Ogden Point
    The BC Government is providing $1.5M to community action teams in 18 cities across the province in an effort to address the opioid crisis
    The BC SPCA awarded a $6.5M contract to A&T Project Developments Inc. to build its new Community Animal Centre and Spay/Neuter Clinic in Kamloops. Construction of the 10,500-sq.-ft. facility is expected to begin in late spring.
    The Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair was recently held at 19 Wing Air Force Base in Comox
    Construction is underway on Metro Vancouver's Port Mann water tunnel project. The $430M, five-meter wide tunnel will supply drinking water to the Lower Mainland.
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    Gree, a Chinese air conditioner manufacturer, recently opened its first Western Canadian Gree Product Experience Centre in Richmond
    The federal government is providing $693,000 to the TELUS World of Science in Vancouver to teach thousands of young people coding and digital skills
    UNIQLO, a Japanese-based clothing store, is opening an 8,010-sq.-ft. store at Richmond Centre this spring
    Dobosala Cantina and Ride-Thru, an Indo-Pacific restaurant, is set to open in Victoria in March. The new restaurant will offer a "ride-thru" for bike lane users.
    Milkcow, a South Korean-based dessert café chain, recently opened its first Canadian location in Richmond
    BC Emergency Health Services is hiring 30 new full-time paramedics in Nanaimo, bringing its total complement of paramedics in the region to 64
    Alberni Outpost, an outdoor and recreation store, shuttered operations at its Courtenay and Nanaimo locations on January 24. Approximately 9 employees are affected by the closures.
    The Loblaws-owned Independent grocery store at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford is closing in September 2018
    The Cornerstone Café in Victoria recently closed its doors after 12 years in business. The Parsonage Café and Ferwood Coffee, currently located a few blocks away, will move into the vacated space in February.
    The provincial government, in partnership with the City of Nanaimo, are providing 44 new modular homes with 24/7 support services. Construction of the $7.25M project is expected to begin in spring 2018 pending permit approvals.
    The Sun Peaks Family Practice facility held its grand opening on January 26. The $1.37M building houses a family medical clinic and a ski patrol triage area.
    Shuswap Midwifery recently opened its doors in Salmon Arm. The midwifery clinic is the first of its kind in the region.
    WestJet is expanding service out of Vancouver International Airport with the addition of 60 more flights weekly. The increase in service includes flights to Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Fort. St. John, Victoria, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.
    The Surrey Mental Health and Substance Use Urgent Care Response Centre is set to open in the summer of 2019. The facility is expected to have 45 full-time staff.
    UFC GYM, a mixed-martial arts training gym, recently opened its third BC location in Richmond
    The provincial government is providing $24.3M to rebuild and replace École Irvine Elementary school in Coquitlam. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    Hotel 540 in downtown Kamloops is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation that will see it converted into a Delta Hotel. Upgrades will begin in the winter of 2018/2019 and are expected to be completed in April 2019.
    Nanaimo-based Windley Contracting is set to begin work on the Millstream overpass in Langford on February 1. The $2M upgrade includes the addition of another left turn lane, bike lanes, pedestrian/cycling crossings and completion of sidewalks.
    A $5M channel restoration project recently began on the Upper Vernon Creek in Kelowna
    Compass Cannabis Clinic, a medical-marijuana clinic, is set to open in Dawson Creek at the end of February
    The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is providing $123,120 to the YMCA of Okanagan for an early childhood educator work experience project. The project is expected to add up to 12 new early childhood educators in the Kelowna area.
    The Kamloops Library is currently undergoing a $350,000 upgrade. Work includes the addition of a café, reorganization of the main floor collections, consolidation of the computer area, and revamping their customer service desk.
    The federal government is providing $2.25M to the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia to help expand the Indigenous tourism sector. The funding will provide support to over 400 Indigenous cultural businesses across the province.
    The provincial government and the City of Kamloops are partnering to build more than 100 modular homes in two locations in Kamloops. The modular projects are usually completed in approximately three to four months.
    The provincial government is providing $10M for immediate upgrades to the Highway 14 corridor in the southern part of Vancouver Island
    A major fire at Mainland Sawmills in south Vancouver caused extensive damage to multiple areas of the mill. Approximately 150 employees have been temporarily laid off as a result of damage caused by the fire.
    Sobey's is closing 10 Safeway stores in B.C.'s Lower Mainland in May and July due to falling sales and changing customer demand. Five of the stores may reopen under the discount brand FreshCo. As many as 1,000 workers could be affected by the closures.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    Construction is underway on the Lot 5 commercial complex at Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver. The $35M, four-level commercial complex, which will consist of a hotel, two restaurants, shops and a public ice rink, is expected to be completed in early 2019.
    The provincial government and the Town of Smithers are partnering to build 24 modular-housing units as part of the Province's $291M modular-housing program
    The provincial government is providing various housing options and supports to address homelessness in Maple Ridge. The plan includes supportive, rental and modular housing, as well as increased support from the Intensive Case Management Team.
    The former Dunsmuir Lodge site in North Saanich has been sold by the University of Victoria and will reopen as a mental health and addiction treatment facility in the fall of 2018. The new facility will employ approximately 80 full-time employees.
    The BC government is providing $13M for three temporary modular-housing projects in Surrey. The 160 supportive housing units are expected to be fully operational by early spring.
    The provincial government and the Saanich School District are providing a combined total of $7.92M to Keating Elementary school for a seismic upgrade and to add four new classrooms to the school
    The Arrow Lakes Hospital in Nakusp is set to undergo a $2.1M upgrade in April. The project includes a dedicated triage area, new trauma bays, renovated patient exam bays, new utility rooms and an enclosed multi-purpose meeting room.
    Cannabis at Work recently held a career fair at the Lift Cannabis Expo in Vancouver
    The provincial government is providing $62.3M to replace Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver. The new building will be completed by September 2021.
    Indigo is opening a new 29,000-sq.-ft. flagship store on Robson Street in Vancouver, replacing the former Forever 21. The new location is expected to open in the fall of 2018.
    Butchart Gardens is hosting a job fair on February 20. The company has raised its starting wage to $15 an hour for various positions in visitor and food services, gardening and their gift store.
    The provincial government is providing $4.4M for a tech-programming expansion that will add 2,900 tech-related spaces at public post-secondary institutions across BC
    The Government of BC has committed $83M to construct approximately 450 units of affordable rental housing in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    Imperial Metals is beginning staged layoffs at their Mount Polley Mine near Williams Lake. Approximately 78 employees will be laid off by the end of 2018.
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University has opened the new Wilson School of Design at its Richmond campus. The $36M high-tech design facility will add 140 full-time seats for a total of 681 spaces for students.
    The City of Vancouver has started sewer upgrades in downtown Vancouver. Work on the project is expected to be completed by this summer.
    According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment rate in December 2017 was 4.6% ¿ the lowest unemployment rate in the country
    The provincial government is currently seeking an executive director and director of merchandising for B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch's cannabis operations
    The City of Victoria is providing $200,000 for park maintenance issues related to homeless camping
    Bestway Driver Training in Coquitlam closed its doors in December after being in operation since 1985
    The federal and provincial governments are providing a total of $30M to upgrade the Kennedy Lake climb on Highway 4 on the way to Tofino. Construction is set to begin this spring and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.
    Red Barn Market opened its doors on January 9 in Victoria. The 6,200-sq.-ft. grocery store currently employs 60 staff.
    Kamloops-based iCompass Technologies Inc. has been purchased by an unknown American investor, but will not leave the city. The software company plans to hire more staff in the coming months as it expands in all areas of software development.
    Le Château closed its Aberdeen Mall location in Kamloops on January 6. Sephora will open in the former Le Château space this summer.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    The provincial government, District of Sechelt and RainCity Housing recently opened a 20 bed homeless shelter in Sechelt. The on-site support will offer case planning, meals and access to health services and counselling.
    The span for the new Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria will be installed the week of January 26. The bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in the spring.
    The Crumsby's Cupcake Café in Victoria is closing after five years in business
    Country Prime Meats located in the Cariboo region is struggling to find employees for its recently added processing lines. The company needs to hire up to 20 employees for the expanded section.
    University of Victoria-based Oceans Network Canada is conducting a new Arctic research program in Nunavut. The program aims to determine how the receding sea ice and changing climate affect the lives of those living in the Arctic.
    Indigenous Roots, a medical marijuana company operated by and for First Nations across Canada, in partnership with Cronos plans to build a marijuana growing facility in Armstrong, BC. The new facility is expected to create up to 50 employment opportunities.
    B.C. Hydro has selected Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership as their preferred contractor for the Site C generating station and spillways. The final contract estimated at over $1B is expected to be signed by the end of February.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    The BC government is expanding its gambling addiction services. The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch is increasing its off-site services, and the GameSense Advisor program is hiring additional advisors for all 18 community gaming centres in BC.
    Alkali Lake Wellness Centre is set to open in the spring of 2018. The centre will have six new Indigenous recovery beds and will help provide support for people with mental-health and substance-use concerns.
    Vancouver-based Native Shoes recently opened its first boutique in Gastown
    The BC government is moving forward with plans to build a new hospital in Surrey. The project is currently in the concept planning stage.
    The provincial government is providing $23.3M to the Sooke School District for the purchase of 16 acres of land in Langford. The site will accommodate a new elementary and middle school for Langford's growing population.
    Loblaw's City Market in Richmond is closing on February 3, 2018
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    Health Canada recently approved a second supervised consumption site in Victoria. The facility is the first to open on Vancouver Island and is for the exclusive use of residents and registered guests of Johnson Street Community supported housing.
    Vancouver's Westender newspaper, an arts and culture publication, is closing after 68 years. All seven staff will move to different jobs within Glacier Media, but the future is uncertain for the paper's contributors.
    The New Westminster School District has awarded a contract to Graham Design-Builders LP and KMBR Architects Planners Inc. to design and build the new New Westminster Secondary School. The $106.5M project is scheduled for completion in September 2020.
    The provincial government is providing $500,000 to the Ucluelet First Nation for a new daycare at the First Nation's government office in Hitacu
    BC Ferries has awarded two contracts worth $20M to Esquimalt Drydock to refit the Northern Sea Wolf ferry. Work is set to begin in late December and should be completed by April 2018. The project will employ up to 100 personnel of all trades.
    Service Canada began accepting applications on December 19 for the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs program. The federally funded program aims to help students find summer employment and gain valuable workplace skills.
    The provincial government is providing $10.4M for seismic upgrades to Mary Jane Shannon Elementary and Bear Creek Elementary in Surrey. Construction will begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed by 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    The City of Surrey awarded a $4.4M contract to KDS Construction Ltd. to build a new Fire Service Training Centre. The 12,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to open in the fall of 2018.
    Vegpro International, a Quebec-based produce company, is investing $60M by purchasing 700 acres of land and constructing a packing facility in Coldstream. Approximately 50 farming jobs and 150 packaging jobs will be created in the first year.
    McDonald's Corp. has signed a credit agreement with North Island College on Vancouver Island. The agreement allows employees who complete management-training modules to receive credits towards the college's business administration degree program.
    Nick's Spaghetti House in East Vancouver is closing after being open since 1955. The closure is affecting 13 employees.
    TRUgen, the first genomics lab in BC's Interior, recently opened at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops
    According to a new University of British Columbia study, BC's doctor shortage is expected to worsen as more physicians near retirement
    Island Health is making plans to staff the Pandora Community Health and Wellness Centre. The centre, which is slated to open next spring, will be Victoria's first supervised consumption site.
    Air Canada is launching nonstop flights from Nanaimo to Toronto and Victoria to Montreal beginning June 2018
    Whistler-Blackcomb will undergo a $66M upgrade that includes adding a new gondola, increasing lift capacity and expanding its mountain bike park
    The Salmon Arm Innovation Centre, a hub for the technology sector, business start-ups and entrepreneurs, is set to open in early 2018
    The provincial government is providing $24M to build a new elementary school in south Surrey. The province is also providing $9M to expand Pacific Heights Elementary so it may accommodate an additional 300 students.
    The BC government is proceeding with the construction of the Site C dam located near Fort St. John. The government concluded that cancelling the project would result in hydro rate increases and less money for other infrastructure spending.
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    Bardel Entertainment in Vancouver cancelled plans to hire more than 50 artists, animators and production members for a primetime American network comedy series when development of the animated show was halted
    The Snuneymuxw First Nation has started construction of a $3M health centre on reserve. The centre will contain a drop-in medical clinic, pharmacy, lab and dentist office. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.
    Pembina Pipeline is moving ahead with construction of a $270M liquefied petroleum gas export terminal in Prince Rupert. The project is expected to create 150 to 200 construction positions and 20 to 30 full-time positions once the terminal is operational.
    Miniso, a Japanese version of the dollar store concept, plans to open 30 to 50 locations in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec by the end of 2018
    Steelhead LNG and the Malahat Nation have cancelled plans for a floating liquefied natural gas terminal on south Vancouver Island. The proposed plant was first announced in 2015.
    Neucel Specialty Cellulose, a pulp mill in Port Alice, has recalled 25 workers for maintenance and winterization work. The work is scheduled over a four-month period with a possible extension.
    WCC LNG recently announced that they will be closing their office in Prince Rupert by the end of 2017
    A recent study estimates 5,400 new jobs are expected to be created through the Port of Prince Rupert within the next decade. The anticipated positions range from those working directly at the terminals to marine operations and government positions.
    The Government of BC is providing $33 million to create more than 3,800 new licensed child-care spaces. The spaces will come from 103 projects in 52 communities and are expected to be in place within one to two years.
    Buy-Low Foods, a retail grocery chain, recently opened a store in Houston
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    Construction has started on the Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo diagnostic services building at the Delta Hospital. The $15.2M centre will be able to accommodate 32,000 more patients than the existing facility each year and is expected to open in 2019.
    The Kelowna airport is currently undergoing a $38M renovation. The improvements have already doubled the screening capacity for outbound luggage and tripled the baggage hall capacity.
    The Vancouver school district is struggling to find substitute teachers and still has 65 job openings ¿ far more than any other district in BC
    Victoria City Council has approved a proposal from the Victoria Cool Aid Society to redevelop the former Tally Ho Hotel into 52 units of temporary transitional housing
    WestJet, in a partnership with Pacific Coastal Airlines, is reintroducing flights between Prince George and Calgary. The new flights will be operated by WestJet Link and will begin on March 14, 2018.
    The City of Vancouver has approved a proposal for 78 modular housing units in Marpole. The first building is expected to be open in February 2018.
    Postmedia Network Inc. and Torstar Corp. plan to close 36 newspapers in regions served by multiple publications, including one in Vancouver. The shuttering of these newspapers will result in 291 jobs lost across Canada.
    Construction is underway on the $1.27M upgrade to the Kamloops Law Courts. Upgrades include replacing the front stairwell, installing skylights, exterior lighting, balcony repair and landscaping. The work is expected to be complete by the end of March.
    The Business Association of Richmond (BAR), MOSAIC and Avia Employment Services recently hosted a job fair for refugees at Aberdeen Square in Richmond. More than 30 companies were in attendance, offering hundreds of entry-level positions.
    Air Canada is launching daily non-stop flights between Vancouver and Sacramento on May 17, 2018. The new service is expected to create close to 80 new positions in Vancouver.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    The Parksville and District Historical Society closed the Parksville Museum and Archives on November 3 due to budget concerns. The facility will be closed indefinitely and all staff members have been laid off.
    NL Broadcasting, a Kamloops radio station, recently laid-off six staff members due to company restructuring
    The City of Richmond is providing $3.5M to TransLink to design a new Canada Line station at Capstan Way
    StructureCraft recently opened an engineered timber manufacturing plant in Abbotsford. The new facility is twice the size of its original location in Delta.
    Vancouver City Council has approved the development of 153 rental units in Kensington-Cedar Cottage and 65 rental units in Marpole
    CN Rail is hiring 600 employees in Western Canada, including approximately 100 positions in BC. Most new roles in BC will be located in Smithers, Prince George and Kamloops.
    UberEATS will soon launch its food delivery app in Vancouver. The company recently held sessions for prospective drivers at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Robson St.
    The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is spending $7M to expand Victoria's harbour by adding a second mooring dolphin to accommodate larger ships. Work on the expansion is set to begin late this year or early 2018.
    Van Isle Jewellers in downtown Victoria is closing on December 15 after 70 years in business. Six jobs will be lost as a result of the closure.
    The Province and BC Transit launched a new inter-community transit service connecting the Hazeltons to Terrace on November 20. The transit expansion is part of the BC government's Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan.
    A new mental health and addictions centre on Riverview lands in Coquitlam is set to open in late 2019. The $101M 105-bed facility will replace the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.
    TransLink launched an online merchandise store on November 21. SVS Marketing will operate the online store and any profits will be reinvested in the transit system.
    Metric Modular in Penticton recently increased its on-site staff to 50 employees. The company, formerly known as Britco, expects to increase staffing levels by an additional 25-50 employees within the next year.
    Zenabis, a Delta pharmaceutical-grade cannabis firm, signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Brunswick government to provide $40-$50M a year of cannabis products. The deal is expected to bring 60 new jobs to the Annacis Island facility.
    Construction of the Sun Peaks Health Centre was recently completed and the new facility is set to open in December. The community has recruited a full-time doctor who will be joined by a part-time doctor in January.
    The Brandon Jansen Recovery Centre is opening in Penticton in January 2018. The centre will be staffed with addictions physicians, trauma addictions counsellors, a psychologist, a cook and experienced counsellors who have experienced previous struggles with addiction.
    Victoria Shipyards acquired a number of large contracts that will keep the company busy into 2020. Employment is expected to increase by about 25% as a result of the new contracts, keeping between 600 and 1,000 people employed through to 2020.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    The City of White Rock has awarded a $12.6M contract to NAC Construction Ltd. for the design and construction of a new water treatment facility
    The provincial government is providing an additional $153,000 in 2017-18 and another $224,000 in 2018-19 towards the operating costs of the WISH Drop-In Centre Society located in the Downtown Eastside
    Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo is opening a second Metro Vancouver location in Surrey's Guilford Town Centre shopping mall next spring
    Viking Air resumed production at its Victoria plant on November 1. The majority of the 212 employees affected by the recent 90-day layoff have been re-hired.
    The BC Ministry of Education is providing $200,000 to expand professional learning opportunities for education leaders in the province
    The provincial government has awarded a $3.75M contract to Formula Contractors to replace the Ksi Sii Aks (Tseax) River Bridge in the Nisga'a Territory. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2018.
    Roots Corp. opened its third "enhanced experience" store at the Pacific Centre in Vancouver on November 8. The new location offers customers the option to customize and personalize their clothing and accessories.
    Swiss watch and jewelry maker Chopard recently opened its largest stand-alone boutique in Canada in downtown Vancouver
    Post-Secondary Information-BC recently hosted an information night at the Colombo Lodge in Kamloops. The event allowed parents and local secondary students to interact with representatives from 13 different post-secondary institutions.
    North Island Hospital's Comox Valley campus officially opened on November 14. Comox Valley campus is part of the $606.2M North Island Hospitals Project co-funded by the provincial government and the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District.
    Douglas College is opening a second campus at the Anvil Centre Office Tower in New Westminster in summer 2018. The new 66,000-sq.-ft. location will cover four floors with 21 new classrooms, collaborative spaces and a simulation lab.
    The Ritchie Brothers Prince George auction site is closing at the end of the year. Six positions will be affected as a result of the closure.
    Japanese retailer Muji is opening its first Canadian flagship store on Robson Street in Vancouver on December 2. The new location will be the company's largest store outside of Asia.
    The federal government is providing $1.5M to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre to support the standardization of first response teams
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    Brazzoni and Associates has launched a new out-patient addictions treatment program in partnership with Edgewood Health Network in Prince George
    Cardero Grocery, located in Vancouver's West End, closed its doors on November 1 after 75 years in business
    Canada Jetlines will introduce service between Abbotsford and Hamilton next summer. The airline will be the third ultra-low cost carrier to fly out of Abbotsford International Airport.
    Construction is underway on the new $2.69M West Kootenay Community Animal Centre in Castlegar. The 4,250-sq.-ft. facility is expected to open by June 2018.
    Okanagan College's Career Fair was recently held in Kelowna. More than 50 employers were present at the fair showcasing various careers and educational pathways.
    Amazon is expanding its presence in BC by bringing 1,000 new tech jobs to Vancouver. The company plans to double its workforce in the province to 2,000 by 2020.
    According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria's unemployment rate was 3.8% in October ¿ the lowest unemployment rate among Canada's largest cities
    The SheBiz conference was recently held at Crofton House School in Vancouver. The one-day event is meant to inspire young women to enter traditionally male-dominated fields such as business, science, and technology.
    The provincial government is providing a total of $790,000 for various skills training programs designed by First Nations in north-central BC. The programs will be delivered to Witset First Nation, Wet'suwet'en First Nation and Tsil Kaz Koh First Nation.
    Western Forest Products shut down its Englewood logging train after 100 years in service. The closure will result in the loss of approximately 15 jobs.
    Flair Airlines is increasing its seat capacity by 40% by adding two jets to its fleet. The company is expanding its services to Kelowna, Vancouver and Toronto in mid-December.
    Surrey City Council has approved plans for a two-lane road dividing Hawthorne Park. Construction could begin by early 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    The Jackson Lam Adult Day Centre recently opened at the Austin Harris Residence in Richmond. The centre provides day programs for seniors who have physical and cognitive challenges.
    BC Transit is launching a bus service in and out of the Tk'emlups reserve located near Kamloops. The new route will begin in September 2018 with a capacity for 20 to 30 passengers.
    The provincial government is providing $2.4M for the seismic upgrade of Campus View Elementary school in Victoria. Construction is set to begin in June 2018 and will be complete in September 2019.
    The Vancouver Island Emergency Dispatch Corporation is expected to open in Saanich by January 2019. The new regional fire dispatch centre will provide service to Victoria and Saanich, along with the municipalities already dispatched by Saanich.
    BC Transit is hiring approximately 50 new drivers a year for the next two to three years. In the following years they expect to hire 30 to 40 drivers a year.
    Elements Casino Victoria in View Royal is looking to hire up to 130 people. Available positions include restaurant staff, security officers, table games dealers, surveillance operators, as well as finance, human resources and marketing personnel.
    Whistler City Council has awarded a $684,668 contract to Whistler Excavation Ltd. for the Lot 5 upgrade. Upgrades will be completed by spring and include re-grading, storm water drainage improvements and widening the entrance to the lot.
    The City of Vancouver is building two temporary modular-housing buildings containing 78 new homes along the Cambie corridor. These homes are part of the Province's plan to spend $66M towards the construction of 600 housing units in Vancouver.
    The Greater Victoria Public Library is opening a new branch in James Bay. The new library is expected to open in early 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    Comox Valley Regional District has approved the $110.6M Comox Valley Water Treatment Project to upgrade the region's current drinking water system. Construction is scheduled to start in 2019, with a planned completion for 2021.
    Liberty Ridge Homes is set to begin construction on two condominium buildings with a total of 360 units in Langford. This is the first of four phases of their Aqua condominium project that will see 869 units built over the next 5 to 7 years.
    Construction is set to begin on the new 3,000-sq.-ft. Petro Canada gas bar and café in Lower Similkameen within the next few weeks. The gas station is expected to be operational by the 2018 tourist season and offer approximately 13 employment positions.
    The Teck Acute Care Centre and the BC Women's Urgent Care Centre recently opened on the campus of BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital in Vancouver
    The provincial government has awarded a $1.03M contract to North Gate Pacific Contracting for the rehabilitation of a wall that separates Highway 3 from the Canadian Pacific Railway near Moyie Lake. The work will be completed next spring.
    The Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, in collaboration with 18 community and business organizations, launched Surrey Newcomer Employment Week, held from October 21-27, 2017
    According to the Northern Regional Construction Association, an estimated 14,200 construction jobs will be vacant due to labour shortages in BC by 2026
    The Autism B.C. Lending Library opened at the Pacific Autism Family Network in Richmond. The new library has a technology station equipped with iPads and autism-specific games.
    Vancouver Island Film Studios recently unveiled plans for a full-service film studio located northwest of Parksville. The facility, which will include sound stages, offices, construction areas and prop shops, is expected to be fully operational by 2018.
    The Resort Municipality of Whistler recently approved Lil'wat First Nation's development permit to build a new gas station and four mixed-use residential/commercial buildings. Construction is expected to take three to four years.
    North Island Employment Foundations Society recently held a job fair at Campbell River in response to a shortage of skilled workers in the area. The region has seen job growth in forestry, aquaculture, film and technology.
    BC Children's Hospital has opened a family immunization clinic. The facility will help in the immunization of children with complex medical conditions, and be a hub for research and support to physicians across the province.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    The provincial government is providing $10.5M for tourism infrastructure projects and programs in 14 resort communities across British Columbia
    The provincial government is providing $46.9M to replace Sir Matthew Begbie and Bayview elementary schools in Vancouver in order to meet modern seismic standards. The Province has set aside $522M over three years for seismic upgrades to BC schools.
    Chemtrade Logistics Inc. is closing their Nanaimo chemical plant at the end of the year. A total of 20 full-time employees will be affected by the closure.
    WestJet is adding new daily year-round flights between Nanaimo and Vancouver starting December 14, 2017
    Construction recently began on the Quesnel Lions Club senior's housing project. The non-profit affordable-housing apartment building for seniors will have up to 30 one-bedroom units.
    The Cube, a virtual reality hub, recently opened in Vancouver's Railtown. The new hub aims to help start-up virtual and augmented reality companies grow by providing a workspace and resources.
    The provincial government is providing over $528,000 in project development grants to 53 local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations. The Rural Dividend project-development funding stream provides up to $10,000 to eligible applicants.
    TransLink is providing $23M in funding for 51 local infrastructure projects across Metro Vancouver. The upgrades include improvements to roadways, as well as the expansion of bike lanes and pedestrian paths.
    WorkBC recently held a job fair in Maple Ridge. The event had six confirmed employers present with as many as 50 job opportunities available for full-time and part-time employment.
    The provincial government is providing $300,000 to the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association for driver education and trades-training programs. The funding will allow training for up to 44 participants from Lheidli T'enneh First Nation and McLeod Lake Indian Band.
    WorkBC and MAXIMUS Canada Employment Services Inc. recently held the 2nd annual Orchard Park Mall Fall Hiring Fair in Kelowna
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    Mastermind Toys is set to open a new location at the Westshore Town Centre in Langford on October 21
    The Cariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training and Employment Centre and WorkBC Employment Services recently held a job fair at the Cariboo Memorial Complex in Williams Lake. The event had 40 employers present.
    Vancouver City Council awarded a contract to Horizon North to design, supply and construct 600 modular homes to be distributed throughout Vancouver by the end of winter. The provincial government is providing $66M to build and operate the housing units.
    The Job Shop, WorkBC Employment Services is hosting the Employment Expo Job Fair 2017 on October 20 at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. Employers from the health, hospitality, human services, construction, and other industries will be present.
    Lowe's recently opened a new location in Langford. The store was converted from a Rona Home and Garden centre, with approximately 30 new jobs created during the transition.
    The provincial government awarded a $346,000 contract to Kon Kast Products Ltd. to build a new median barrier along a stretch of Highway 97 in Vernon. Construction is set to begin in the coming weeks and will be completed by the end of October.
    Four new restaurants and three lounges recently opened at the new Parq Vancouver complex. The restaurants include Honey Salt, Mrkt East, B.C. Kitchen, and 1886. The food and beverage department at the complex will employ over 600 people.
    According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, BC has the highest job vacancy rate in Canada at 3.1%. Sectors with rising job vacancy rates include oil and gas, construction, transportation and hospitality.
    Sears Canada is planning to seek court approval to liquidate all of its remaining stores and assets. Hundreds of jobs in BC would be affected by the liquidation and closure of the stores.
    WestJet is adding a new daily service between Comox and Vancouver starting December 14
    Reconstruction of the Trinity United Church in Creston is currently underway. Construction is expected to take 42 weeks.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., a Mumbai-based entertainment company, is setting up a production company in Vancouver. The content developed in Vancouver will span a wide array of genres.
    Construction of the new $49.2M Argyle Secondary in North Vancouver is expected to begin in 2018
    The Township of Spallumcheen and CN Rail are partnering in a funding application to install an upgraded active signalized warning system at the Otter Lake Cross Road crossing. The $325,000 project is expected to be completed in 2018.
    School District No. 91 Nechako Lakes is still seeking teachers to fill full-time roles. The district is looking to hire eight to 10 teachers on call to fill in for day-to-day absences.
    J.E. Anderson and Associates, a land surveying and engineering firm, has opened an office in Campbell River. The company is relocating some employees and adding new staff.
    The old Canada Customs building site in Victoria is set to undergo a $100M redevelopment that will include high-end condominiums and retail space. The Customs House project is expected to be complete in about two years.
    Encana's new Tower natural gas processing plant began operations on September 20. The plant, budgeted at $715M, is the first of three new processing facilities expected to start up in Northeastern BC before the end of the year.
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation expects to complete construction work on its Northeast BC pipeline expansion project by the end of 2017. Pembina and its contractors have spent $30M in Fort St. John and hired more than 400 local people to work on the project.
    Parq Vancouver recently opened in downtown Vancouver. The new $640M development contains two hotels and a casino.
    Sears Canada is closing 11 stores across Canada, including four in BC. Nanaimo North Town Centre, Brentwood Town Centre in Burnaby and two stores in Kelowna will close within approximately three months pending judicial approval.
    The Government of BC is spending more than $31M over the next three years to fight the opioid problem in the province. New addiction clinics will be opened and existing clinics will expand their hours in Vancouver, Burnaby and other locations.
    The Greater Victoria School District is spending $1.47M of surplus funds this school year. Part of the money will be used for technology support and district-wide library support.
    School boards across the province are still struggling to fill teaching positions following a court ruling that reduced class sizes and required the Province to hire 3,500 new teachers. There are currently 400 postings for new teachers in BC.
    Interior Health has shortlisted three firms to design and build the proposed $417M patient-care tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2018, with the building opening to patients in 2022.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    The provincial government awarded a $1.98M contract to Western Watershed Designs Inc. to upgrade the culvert under Highway 37 at Gamma Creek. Construction is set to begin in late September and is expected to be completed by the end of May 2018.
    Vancouver Island University is providing $13.5M to help increase learning opportunities for Indigenous students. Initiatives include "education navigators" to assist youth with access to post-secondary education.
    The Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair was recently held at the Cloverdale Agriplex in Surrey. The event had more than 80 exhibitors looking to attract potential employees.
    Peace River Hydro Partners recently laid off 200 workers from the Site C dam project
    The National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education Job Fair was recently held in Vancouver. Recruiters from several firms were present to hire accountants, laboratory technicians, IT staff and dozens of other positions.
    Motion picture production expenditures in BC increased to $2.6B in the 2016-2017 fiscal year ¿ an all-time high for the province
    Central Saanich council has approved plans by Marigold Lands Ltd. to construct on an underground parking garage on the former Marigold Nursery site
    Construction is set to begin on an infant-toddler wing for the Bowen Children's Centre. The 933-sq.-ft. addition is expected to open by March 2018 and will accommodate eight full-time daycare positions for children under three.
    Foundry North Shore recently opened in Vancouver. The 9,000-sq.-ft. facility houses 15 existing social programs and services offered to youth.
    The Umbrella Shop on West Pender Street in Vancouver is closing at the end of December after more than 80 years in business. The business' factory on West Broadway has already shut down.
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    The Government of BC awarded a $998,900 contract to Seismic 2000 Construction Ltd. for the Cowichan River bridges' seismic upgrade. Construction is set to begin in late September and should be complete by spring 2018.
    Aurora LNG and partners Nexen Energy and INPEX Gas B.C. have cancelled plans to build a Liquefied Natural Gas plant on Digby Island
    The provincial government recently introduced the Startup in Residence (STIR) program. The pilot project combines innovation from tech companies with public sector expertise to co-develop and launch solutions during a 16-week residency.
    The CIBC in Keremeos is closing and will be consolidated with the Osoyoos CIBC Banking Centre on March 22, 2018. There are currently six employees at the Keremeos branch.
    Wholesale Sports is closing 12 stores across Western Canada after 30 years in business. The company will lay off 545 employees by the end of the year.
    Construction is underway on a new three sheet ice complex in the Bridgeview area of Surrey. The $52M facility is expected to open in the summer of 2019.
    The Residential Tenancy Branch will hire 30 new staff with funding announced in the recent Budget 2017 Update. The new hires will include positions in dispute resolution services, information services and innovation.
    The federal government is providing $950,000 in funding to the Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute in Richmond. The facility develops new technologies to efficiently capture and convert carbon dioxide emissions.
    The Lake City Casino in downtown Kelowna will undergo a $3.6 M renovation to add two restaurants, a pub and to update the gaming floor. Construction is set to begin in September and is expected to be completed this winter.
    The federal government is providing $2.9M for the Skills Link program in Maple Ridge. Approximately 90 youth per year will learn job-hunting skills, job skills, business communications and job interview preparation through the program.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    Rossland City Council recently awarded Trail Roofing Ltd. a $149,000 contract to replace the roof for the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre
    Victoria City Council recently approved a rezoning application to renovate the Harbour Towers Hotel into 219 new rental units. Renovations are expected to begin later this year and completed in 2019.
    The federal government is providing over $42M to the University of British Columbia through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's 2017 competition for the Discovery Grants program, scholarships and fellowships
    The Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair was recently held at the Kelowna Curling Club. More than 80 employers were present.
    According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment rate dropped from 5.3% in July to 5.1% in August ¿ remaining one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country
    Two new art galleries are opening in Vancouver this fall. The Libby Leshgold Gallery located in the Emily Carr University of Art + Design will have its first exhibit on October 21 and The Polygon opens on November 18 in North Vancouver.
    The federal government is providing $2.2M to seven gender-equality initiatives in BC. The funding will be put towards projects that challenge barriers to gender equality.
    Marriott International's Civic Hotel in Surrey recently held a job fair to fill 165 positions. The 144-room hotel is set to open in November.
    The BC Budget 2017 Update includes $291M to construct and $170M to operate over three years 2,000 modular housing units for the homeless. Another $208M will be provided for the construction of over 1,700 new units of affordable rental housing.
    W.D. Moore Logging in Winter Harbour on Vancouver Island will cease operations in September after nearly 90 years in business. As a result, the company is laying off 25 employees.
    Fortinet, a cybersecurity company based in Burnaby, announced it will increase its workforce by 1,000 positions. The expansion will enhance the company's threat intelligence capabilities and house a new leading-edge data centre.
    The provincial government is providing $1.6M for seismic upgrades to North Delta's Gibson Elementary. The upgrades are set to begin in summer 2018. This is the final school in Delta scheduled for seismic improvements.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    The Fairview Container Terminal in Prince Rupert has completed its expansion. The two-year, $200M project has increased the terminal's annual container capacity by 60%.
    Construction is underway on the Pomeroy Inn and Suites in Prince George. The $20M, 124-room hotel is set to be completed in the fall of 2018.
    Kamloops City Council has awarded Extreme Excavating a $2.8M contract to construct a pathway that will link the neighbourhood of Sahali to the city's downtown. The 1.7 km trail is expected to open in summer 2018.
    The Fraser Health Authority is opening seven new opioid addiction treatment centres across the Lower Mainland. The new clinics will be in Burnaby, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, Abbotsford and Chilliwack and will open through September and October.
    Air Canada is adding two new non-stop flights from Vancouver to Paris and Zurich. The new service will begin in June 2018. Additional flights will also be added to Delhi, London and Melbourne opening the way for increased travellers to BC.
    Construction has started on the new trades training facility at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek. The $33M, 3,995-sq.-m. facility is expected to be completed by next year generating approximately 133 direct and 102 indirect jobs during construction.
    PC Urban has announced its plans to transform a former steel plant site in Richmond into 265,000-sq.-ft. of industrial space. The new space, dubbed IntraUrban Rivershore, is expected to be ready for occupancy in late 2019.
    The provincial government is currently looking at ways to hire and train sheriffs to address the staff shortages in the province
    AbbotsfordWORKS recently hosted a hiring event at the Apollo Multiplex Centre in Abbotsford. The event included employers such as ACS Recycling, Home Depot, Cabela's, Best Buy and others.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $20M in financial aid to BC farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires
    The Ministry of Transportation has awarded a $403,260 contract to Hazelwood Construction Services Inc. for the upgrade of the Qualicum-Alberni interchange. Construction began after Labour Day and is expected to be completed by October 2017.
    The provincial government is providing $6M towards the purchase and renovation of the Kelowna Good Night Inn. The building will be converted into 42 affordable housing units and ready for occupancy in early 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    Mountain Park Motorsport is expected to open November 15 in Sicamous. The new recreation vehicle sales and service centre will be moving into the former Tru Hardware building on Main Street.
    The Province of BC has awarded Westpro a $42.6M contract for the final phase of the McKenzie interchange project in Saanich. Construction will begin this fall and is expected to be completed in winter 2019.
    According to the Pembina Institute, an increasing number of jobs are being created by BC`s green building sector. The Institute says 31,700 people are currently employed in the sector, up from 23,200 in 2015.
    BC technology companies have been offering big perks to attract prospective employees as demand for skilled workers outpaces supply. According to the B.C. Tech Association, an estimated 35,000 jobs will need to be filled in BC's tech industry by 2021.
    Construction is underway on a new Nissan dealership in Penticton. The dealership plans to hire approximately 30 employees.
    Albion Farms & Fisheries is shutting down its Victoria distribution centre on October 28. Up to 20 employees will be laid off as a result of the closure.
    Ucluelet First Nation opened a satellite office in Port Alberni on August 26 to serve urban members of the First Nation. Services include help with resumes and cover letters, birth and registration forms, school subsidy forms and status cards.
    K+S Potash Canada and Pacific Coast Terminals have opened a potash handling and storage facility in Port Moody. Product will be shipped to the new terminal from the Bethune mine in Saskatchewan and then delivered to international customers.
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Chevron is closing five gas stations on the west side of Vancouver. The locations were sold due to their high land value.
    Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence recently opened in Nanaimo. The $27.4M residential care facility will have 133 publicly subsidized care beds and three private-pay beds.
    The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has awarded a $257,000 contract to Trademark Industries to build a boardwalk on the KVR Trail near Osoyoos
    The provincial government is providing $1.67M to post-secondary institutions throughout BC that offer foundation and apprenticeship programs. The funding will be used to add 562 additional trades training spaces at 13 institutions.
    The airport plaza recently opened at the Kelowna International Airport. The newly constructed plaza includes a gas station, convenience store, Tim Hortons and Freshii.
    BC's tourism sector is showing signs of growth. According to Statistics Canada, international visitor arrivals to the province were up 5.3% in June 2017 compared to June 2016.
    There are still hundreds of teaching vacancies across the province. The shortage of teachers is largely a result of positions opening following a Supreme Court ruling on restoring class sizes and composition to 2002 levels.
    The federal government is providing $800,000 to the YMCA of Okanagan's Jumpstart Employment Essentials Penticton project through the Skills Link program. The project will help 108 youth learn job skills to enter the workforce.
    Robertson Home Hardware in Burnaby closed at the end of August after 90 years of service
    TransLink is expanding its Metro Vancouver bus service by adding 105,000 service hours in September. This marks the third increase in bus service this year.
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    Construction on the Marriott Hotel in downtown Prince George has resumed. The $35M, 174-room project will be completed by the end of the year and ready to open in 2018. The hotel is expected to create 40 to 50 jobs once completed.
    Nystar recently announced plans to reopen the Myra Falls zinc, copper and lead mine located west of Campbell River. Once operational, the company will restore almost 300 jobs that were lost when it suspended operations in April 2015.
    Tybo Contracting Ltd. has started work on the seismic and safety upgrades to the Rosedale Overhead that connects Rosedale and Agassiz. The $3.7M project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.
    Construction is underway on the new terminal building at the Langley Regional Airport. The $10M, 55,000-sq.-ft. building will house a control tower, offices and a restaurant. The new terminal is expected to be completed by the spring of 2018.
    Mariner Brewing, Coquitlam's first craft brewery, is set to open on August 22
    The provincial government has awarded Belvedere Place Contracting Ltd. a $4.2M contract for repairs to Highway 29 south of Chetwynd at Zonnebeke Creek. The project is set to begin soon and is expected to be completed by summer 2018.
    Planet Fitness recently opened its first BC location at the Sahali Mall in Kamloops. The 28,000-sq.-ft. gym will be one of the three new businesses to take over the former Target location in the mall.
    The City of Surrey, in partnership with the Province, has hired a research consultant to study the local manufacturing sector. The study will help develop new strategies to advance the local manufacturing industry and help create more jobs.
    The BC government is providing a $1,500 emergency grant to small businesses, First Nations and non-profits located in areas affected by the recent wildfires. The funding will be administered through the Canadian Red Cross.
    The provincial government has partnered with the City of Richmond and Pathways Clubhouse Society on a project to build affordable housing units in Richmond. Construction on a new 80-unit subsidized apartment building is set to start in spring 2018.
    The BC government is increasing the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 per hour, effective September 15, 2017. This is the Province's first step towards its plan to bring the minimum wage to $15.00.
    The B.C. Tree Fruits Cooperative north of Osoyoos, is closing its retail store on September 9 and will close its packinghouse after this year's apple crop is received. The number of staff affected by the closures is unknown.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    Construction is set to begin on the first of Maple Ridge's four new turf fields. The $2.5M Karina LeBlanc Field project, which includes new parking, lighting and landscaping, is expected to be completed in November.
    Peace River Hydro Partners laid off 120 workers from the Site C project on July 31 due to ongoing workforce management. The previous week, 72 workers were laid off at the site due to a work stoppage and safety concerns.
    Health Canada has approved Victoria's first supervised injection site, which is expected to open in spring or summer 2018. The facility will also offer mental health counselling, nursing care and access to addiction treatment programs.
    Work on the $4.2M Haslam Lake water main replacement project recently started and is expected to take four months to complete. The infrastructure upgrade will supply the City of Powell River with water from Haslam Lake.
    The provincial government awarded an $8.8M contract to Eagle Rock Construction Ltd. to build new passing lanes on Highway 5 near Darfield. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed in fall 2018.
    Canfor is planning a $105M energy retrofit at two of its mills. The company's Taylor mill is receiving a $40M upgrade and their Northwood mill in Prince George will receive a new $65M 32-megawatt condensing turbo-generator.
    The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has awarded a $3.45M contract to Jacob Bros. Construction Inc. for upgrades to Admirals Road in Victoria. Work on the project will begin shortly and is expected to be completed by winter 2017.
    The provincial government is spending $4.5M to purchase the Super 8 Motel on Main St. in Penticton. The motel will be renovated into housing units and emergency shelter beds. The building conversion is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
    The Canadian Tourism College is set to open a new campus in Victoria with classes starting in the fall. The campus will offer certificate and diploma programs in both hospitality and travel and tourism.
    The provincial government has eliminated tuition fees for Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    Vancouver city council has approved The First Baptist Church of Vancouver and Westbank Project Corp's rezoning application for a tower in the city's West End. The 57-storey residential building will contain 331 market strata units.
    Western Forest Products Inc. has indefinitely shut down their Somass Sawmill in Port Alberni in an effort to reduce costs and remain competitive. The company is offering voluntary severance to the 77 hourly employees affected by the closure.
    Powell Street Getaway, a drop-in centre for people with mental health and addiction issues in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, opened a new supervised injection site on July 28
    Mission Group has received approval from the City of Kelowna to build a 116-unit condominium project in Kelowna's downtown. A sales centre will open this fall and construction is expected to begin in early 2018.
    Starbucks is closing all of its Teavana stores across Canada over the next year, including six locations in BC
    The Surrey Museum is currently undergoing a $15.7M expansion that will add 12,000-sq.-ft. to the existing facility. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2018.
    Construction is underway to upgrade the Knight Street and SE Marine Drive intersection in Vancouver. The $5.2M project will see the addition of another lane on the off-ramp and a traffic signal. Work is expected to be completed by November.
    The Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society recently hosted the Mega Job Fair and Business Expo at the North Surrey Recreation Centre. The event had more than 100 exhibitors looking to fill approximately 2,500 local positions.
    Westbank First Nation and its partners have started a new pilot project that allows Indigenous people to train for certification in the public works sector. The group-based workshops are set to start at the end of September.
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    Health Canada has approved two supervised mobile injection sites in Kamloops and Kelowna. They will be operational in a few weeks.
    The City of Penticton has approved a two-storey medical building located across the street from the Penticton Regional Hospital tower. The new facility will house one doctor and up to three additional specialists.
    FedEx is shuttering all of its Office stores across Canada on August 18, including five locations in BC. The nationwide closure will result in 214 layoffs.
    Canfor has shut down it's Vavenby sawmill due to the BC wildfires. The sawmill is not under an evacuation order, however many of its employees live in evacuated areas.
    Construction on Silverstone Care Centre, a 135-bed long-term care home, is set to begin at the end of the year in Gibsons. The new facility is expected to bring 150 jobs to the town.
    The Myra Falls zinc and copper mine, near Campbell River, is expected to reopen after reaching a tentative labour agreement with union workers. There are currently 70 employees at the mine working on environmental clean-up and site repair.
    WestJet announced that it will offer more flights from Kelowna to Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. The new Edmonton flights have already been added and the rest will begin service in November.
    The YMCA of Okanagan is offering free youth employment programs to individuals under 30 in August and September. The four and fifteen-week programs focus on career planning and gaining skills for entering the work force.
    Norbord Inc's oriented strand board mill in 100 Mile House has resumed operation after an evacuation order for the area was lifted. The company suspended production on July 10 due to the wildfires in the region.
    Petronas, a Malaysian oil and gas company, has cancelled its $36B liquid natural gas project in Port Edward. The company claimed poor market conditions for their decision. The plan to build the export facility would have created 4,500 jobs.
    Interior Health has closed the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital's cafeteria from July to September 30 due to a shortage in staff. The hospital is in the process of hiring additional staff for food services and housekeeping.
    The Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery is closed due to lower than expected returns
    The City of Burnaby has approved plans to create a high-density downtown core in the Metrotown area by increasing mixed use buildings in the area
    The federal government is providing $64.7M over 5 years to support an Indigenous-led oversight committee for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion project. The committee will monitor the construction of the pipeline set to begin in September.
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Starbucks opened its first Trail location at Ferraro Foods on July 17
    Construction is underway at Metro Vancouver's Tsawwassen Commons. Phases two and three of the 550,000sq.-ft. mall will be ready to open in early-to-mid 2018.
    The federal government is providing $130,000 to several Whistler organizations through its Summer Jobs Program, to help post-secondary students develop on-the-job skills and gain work experience
    In May 2017, BC Hydro's Site C project employed 2,522 construction and non-construction workers. The company expects employment to increase at the site as realignment and civil work continues.
    The Employment Program of BC is providing free services to assist citizens and newcomers in Victoria to find employment that suits their skill set. Services include resume building, interview preparation and employment resources.
    Larsen's Music in Victoria is closing its doors after more than 20 years in business
    The federal government has granted $1.35M to the District of Hudson's Hope to install solar panels on six public buildings. Installation is currently underway and is expected to be completed by the end of the fiscal year.
    Construction recently began on the Barnet Highway overpass upgrade in Port Moody. The $2.1M project is expected to be completed at the end of November.
    Integra Air announced that it will offer a new flight from Dawson Creek to Calgary starting on September 18, 2017
    Trail Regional Airport is seeking a paving company for a $4.6M project to repave and upgrade its runway and apron
    International Herbs Medical Marijuana Ltd. recently received a cultivation license from Health Canada to produce medical marijuana. The company is opening a 25,000sq.-ft. production facility in Delta, its second facility in Canada.
  • Start date: 2017-07-10, End date: 2017-07-14
    Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    The City of Chilliwack has awarded Preview Builders International a $10.8M contract to build a new curling rink and community centre. The majority of construction is expected to be completed by July 2018.
    Britco, a modular construction company in Agassiz, is hiring employees to fill positions vacated by previous layoffs
    The Town of View Royal has approved rezoning for a $200M high-density housing complex. The redevelopment plans include replacing the 161-unit Christie Point complex with 473 rental units.
    The Josie Hotel in Rossland has begun the process of hiring 90 to 100 staff for various positions. The hotel is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2018.
    The provincial government is providing $100M in relief funds to those affected by the Interior wildfires. The funding will assist evacuees with the resources needed to rebuild.
    Vancouver Coastal Health recently hired five full-time specialized nurses set to begin work on August 11 in the Sea to Sky corridor
    Northern Health has hired three new resident psychiatrists to serve Smithers, Terrace and surrounding communities
    The Interior Health Authority has put out an urgent call to health care workers in the Interior to assist during the wildfire evacuations. Care aides are needed to work in Prince George and Merritt.
    The federal government is providing $2.7M in funding to the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chance to Choose: A Youth Employment Program. The program aims to help vulnerable youth between the ages of 15 and 30 become employed or return to school.
  • Start date: 2017-07-03, End date: 2017-07-07
    Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    The Ministry of Education is providing nearly $5M to the New Westminster school district to hire up to 51 new teachers for the fall
    The Vancouver Island Conservation Land Management Program is beginning the first phase of a five-year enhancement restoration project of Parksville's Englishman River Estuary in late July. The total cost for the project is estimated to be up to $200,000.
    Construction began July 10 to replace the bridge over MacDougall Creek on Shannon Lake Road in West Kelowna. The $975,000 project is expected to be completed in October 2017.
    La Maison Valmont recently opened its first North American store at Oakridge Mall in Vancouver. The 1,100 sq.-ft. store employs four full-time and two part-time staff, as well as three estheticians.
    Nanaimo Christian School recently began a multi-phased expansion that will take place over the next ten years. Construction for the first phase of the expansion is estimated to cost $5M and is expected to be completed by May 2018.
    Interior Health has awarded contracts to Good Samaritan Canada and H&H Total Care Services to create 35 seniors' residential care beds in Penticton. The new beds are expected to open in late 2018.
    BC Ferries plans to add one new vessel per year for the next 12 years at a cost of approximately $70M per ship
    Freshworks Studio, a Victoria based mobile application developer, has expanded to Vancouver. The company has more than doubled in size since last fall and now has 25 employees.
    Galloway Lumber Company is cutting production and has shut down its planing mill due to the cost of new US duties on softwood lumber exports. The mill employs less than 50 people and has laid off 8 employees due to the shutdown.
  • Start date: 2017-06-26, End date: 2017-06-30
    Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    TransLink is renovating stations on its Expo Line and estimates these changes will increase retail space to 17,000 sq.-ft. in the next five years
    The provincial government is providing over $355M that will be allocated to all 60 school districts. The funding will be used to restore class size and composition by continuing to hire approximately 3,330 full-time teachers and specialists.
    The government of BC is proposing to provide an additional $1B for their daycare policy which would create 60,000 more spaces over four years
    Sears Canada is closing 59 Canadian stores, including five locations in BC. The company will lay off 2,900 employees across the country as part of their restructuring.
    Sleep Country Canada recently opened a new distribution centre in Richmond. The 70,000 sq.-ft. space is a consolidation of two distribution centres that almost doubles capacity.
    West Shore RCMP is hiring four additional Mounties in Langford to address the city's rapidly growing population
    Okanagan College in partnership with BCIT is launching the Collaborative Mining Engineering and Technology Diploma/Degree pilot program this fall. The program will increase accessibility to education not previously available in the BC interior.
    Progressive Ventures Construction will begin work on a new $2.9M aboriginal-centred daycare in Terrace this month on behalf of the Kermode Friendship Society. An Early Childhood Education program will be offered to train approximately 10 future staff.
    The BC wine industry is in need of employees for various positions in vinyards, cellars, restaurants and front-of-house
    The Greater Victoria Public Library recently started offering free access to Lynda.com. The learning resource offers online business-related courses and video tutorials.
    The federal government is providing $8M to form a mentorship network for Indigenous people considering a career in health research. The Canadian Institute for Health Research will fund eight mentorship teams across Canada, including BC.

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