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British Columbia

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  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    The Government of BC is making safety upgrades to the Highway 11-Highway 7 intersection by extending the left-turn lane and installing lights. Construction of the $220,000 project will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by December 2018.
    The City of Vernon and BC Housing are partnering on a new housing project. Turning Points Collaborative will manage the Compass project that will offer 40 short-term shelter beds and round-the-clock support services to residents.
    The BC Cancer Foundation has received an anonymous $18.3M donation. The funds will be directed towards a molecular imaging and therapeutics program that involves researching and developing radiopharmaceuticals through clinical trials.
    The Government of BC is building 280 new transition homes to provide short-term shelter and support to women and children fleeing violence. Funding is provided through the $734M Women's Transition Housing Fund.
    The Dilawri Foundation donated $5M to Vancouver Central Library to expand their children's programming and to create interactive spaces. Construction is set to begin in 2020.
    The Western Forestry Contractors' Association reports that reforestation firms are straining to recruit and retain sufficient workers. Low wages and the urgency to reforest following recent wildfire seasons are cited as causes for the worker shortage.
    The Government of Canada is providing $49.3M to General Fusion to develop transformative carbon-free energy technology. The funding will help the Burnaby company create 400 new jobs and develop a prototype plant to commercialize fusion energy.
    Aspen Grove Golf Course in Lake Country recently closed. The course was sold to School District 23 which plans to use the land for soccer fields.
    The Elbow Room Cafe in Vancouver recently closed. The restaurant was located on a site designated to be redeveloped into new housing units.
    The Governments of BC and Canada are allocating $82.5M in 2018-19 to provide more inclusive child care to 1,000 children through the Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development programs
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch opened a new 400,000 sq. ft. distribution centre in Delta. The centre will employ approximately 560 full-time equivalent staff and operate three shifts, 24 hours a day, to provide more efficient service to clients.
    Our Place Society recently opened a therapeutic recovery community in Victoria. The Government of BC provided $4.7M in funding towards the recovery based program that assists residents in overcoming repeat incarceration, homelessness and addictions.
    Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital recently received a $6.5M donation from the London Drugs Foundation and the Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundation. The funds will go towards establishing a new cardiac centre and for recruiting medical specialists.
    Merritt Shuttle Bus Services Ltd. will begin shuttle services between Merritt and Prince George, Langley, Kamloops, Kelowna and the Highland Valley Copper Mine in late November. The company will hire drivers with bus and trucking experience.
    According to a report by O'Neil Marketing and Consulting, there are 401 Indigenous tourism businesses in BC that generate over $705M a year and create 7,400 jobs. The businesses are largely in the retail, outdoor adventure and accommodation industries.
    Onni Group began construction on its mixed-use community at Colwood Corners. Phase one will include three mid-rise residential buildings with 276 rental units and 152,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    Windley Contracting Ltd. is set to begin construction on a new $2.2M water pump station near Craig Bay. Work on the project is expected to run through the end of March 2019.
    Edmonton-based long-haul bus company Ebus is extending its services into BC. Operations are anticipated to begin by late October and include routes between Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna.
    Family Services of Greater Vancouver's adoption agency is shuttering operations on November 1 as a result of a drop in international adoptions
    Coast Mountain Bus Company is recruiting up to 500 transit bus drivers by July 2019 to cover their expanded routes in Metro Vancouver
    Parent advisory councils across BC are eligible for approximately $13.5M in Community Gaming Grants over the 2018-19 school year. The funds can be used to provide enhanced extracurricular activities and to invest in facilities and infrastructure.
    Wilson's Transportation is expanding its Vancouver Island charter bus service to include daily commuter service between Vancouver and Kamloops
    San Group Inc. is investing between $60-70M into three new mills in Port Alberni that will specialize in small-dimension wood. Construction will create an anticipated 50 jobs while the operating mills will employ 85 people.
    The Government of Canada launched the $20M Women Entrepreneurship Fund. Businesses owned or led by women are eligible for up to $100,000 from the fund to assist them in growing and reaching export markets.
    A multi-purpose cultural facility in downtown Vernon has been approved by municipal referendum. The $40M project will be funded through district borrowing, infrastructure grants.
    The Government of Canada is directing 1.6M from the $167.4M Whales Initiative into researching measures to reduce underwater noise in the Salish Sea area frequented by the Southern Resident Killer Whales
    The Musqueam Indian Band ¿ YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement is connecting band members with jobs at the airport and other Sea Island businesses and contractors
    The Government of Canada is providing over $9.5M to fund safety improvements at regional airports in Masset, Terrace-Kitimat, Tofino-Long Beach and Castlegar. The upgrades include runway rehabilitation, new lighting and snow removal equipment.
    Island Health is seeking request for proposals to add 7,400 more adult day program spaces. Priority will be given to spaces created in the communities of Mt. Waddington, Campbell River, Comox Valley, Saanich Peninsula and greater Victoria.
    Wow Air, an Icelandic low cost airline, is offering direct flights between Vancouver and Reykjavik six days a week. The flights will begin in June 2019.
    Launch Academy, a start-up incubator, has started a virtual and augmented realities hub in Vancouver. The facility offers training programs and mentorship opportunities and includes a device lab to test new technologies.
    Omnicron is not proceeding with its proposed $35M Sidney Crossing shopping centre development beside the Victoria airport, citing rising construction costs. The project was expected to create 157 jobs during construction and over 220 when completed.
    The Prince George Airport has been awarded $2.3M from the National Trade Corridors Fund to rehabilitate the runway and two aprons. The project will create 40 jobs during construction and is expected to be completed by October 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-10-15, End date: 2018-10-19
    Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018

    The Canadian Coast Guard adjusted its recruitment strategy to address a shortage of lighthouse keepers along the BC coast
    Beyond Shuttle, a private bus service, now offers twelve, week day round trips between the city of Surrey and the University of British Columbia campus
    Interfor Corp. will reduce production at its sawmills by about 20% later this year due to declining lumber prices and higher log costs. The company intends to reduce operating days and extend weekend and holiday breaks.
    According to a study commissioned by the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, the high-tech industry in the Victoria region grew by 30% since 2014 but continues to be limited by the availability of skilled labour
    Mt. Washington Alpine Resort is building a $3.5M zipline attraction at its year-round facility near Courtenay. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2019.
    The Government of BC is providing up to $79.2M to build a new seismically safer Burnaby North Secondary School that will include space for child care, adult education and language development programs. The school is expected to open in September 2021.
    As of October 22, Rider Express Transportation will provide bus and parcel service along the Trans-Canada Highway from Winnipeg to Vancouver
    The provincial government is providing $100,000 for Futurpreneur Canada's Rock My Business Plan 2018-19 workshops in six communities. The workshops are for young aspiring business owners who will gain skills to help launch successful businesses.
  • Start date: 2018-10-08, End date: 2018-10-12
    Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2018

    The Squamish Nation Training and Trades Centre in North Vancouver has reopened following a $1M expansion that doubles the facility's floor space to include new classrooms and a general construction workshop
    Swoop, WestJet's low cost subsidiary airline, is adding flights from Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, Mexico starting in January 2019
    Key-West Asphalt of Surrey was awarded a $12.49M contract to widen Mt. Lehman Road leading to the Abbotsford International Airport. The total $27.5M project to improve traffic flow to the airport is expected to be finished in late 2019.
    The Government of BC and the shíshálh Nation on the Sechelt Peninsula have signed a reconciliation agreement that provides $36M to promote economic and socio-cultural opportunities such as land purchases and forestry initiatives
    The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly funding $5M under the 2018 Canada-British Columbia Wildfire Recovery Initiative to assist farmers and ranchers with the extraordinary costs incurred as a result of this year's wildfires
    The Government of BC issued an environmental assessment certificate to IDM Mining Ltd. for the Red Mountain Underground Gold Project located northeast of Stewart. Construction will cost $93.5M and create 175 jobs.
    Victoria City Council has granted a heritage alteration permit for the restoration of the Morgan Block and the Watson & McGregor Building. Two additional floors will be added to the buildings to provide space for 30 condominium units.
    Hawthorne Canada, a subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro, is building a cannabis research and development facility adjacent to Flowr Corp.'s cultivation facility in Kelowna. Upwards of 200 jobs are expected to be created at the two facilities.
    Vancouver Island University has opened a new $40.9M Health and Science Centre and a $20M redeveloped Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex in Nanaimo. The facilities will provide local access to training in the health and trades sectors.
    Paper Excellence Canada has purchased Catalyst Paper's pulp and paper mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River along with its Surrey distribution centre and Richmond headquarters. The company intends to retain the 1,500 employees affected by the purchase.
  • Start date: 2018-10-01, End date: 2018-10-05
    Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2018

    Merridale is building a 12,000 sq. ft. distillery and brewhouse in Victoria's Dockside Green area
    Canadian Tire will be the first tenant in the new Sandown Park Shopping Centre in North Saanich when it opens in late October
    Thompson Rivers University has opened its $32M Industrial Training and Technology Centre in Kamloops. The centre provides room for 550 additional student spaces for training on industry-standard equipment in a variety of trade and technology programs.
    The Government of Canada is providing $2.9M to the Sc'ianew First Nation to add 50,000 sq. ft. of commercial space to their Spirit Bay Town Centre project in Sooke. The project is expected to create 82 full- and part-time jobs and eight spin-off businesses.
    Vail Resorts recently announced plans to build a new 200-bed housing project at its Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. The Glacier 8 project, which will house employees in dorm-style accommodation for under $400 per month, is expected to be completed by 2020.
    Amazon is opening a 450,000 sq. ft. distribution warehouse within the Tsawwassen First Nation's Delta iPort industrial park. The centre will create 700 full-time jobs when it opens in 2019.
    The BC government is providing $1M to the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to build a new Centre of Excellence in Vancouver and expand its audiology, employment counselling, seniors outreach and clinical research programs
    EfficiencyBC, a partnership between the Governments of Canada and BC and local stakeholders, provides grants to encourage energy-saving retrofits and improvements to homes and businesses. The Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is providing $24M to the program.
    Disney Canada Inc. recently announced that it will be discontinuing Club Penguin Island, an online role-playing game, and laying off its staff in Kelowna. The date of the impending closure and the number of employees involved is not known.
    EcoLock Kelowna is constructing a five-storey, 112,000 sq. ft. self-storage facility in Kelowna which will offer two floors of co-working desk space and three upper floors of storage lockers. The facility is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2019.
    The Vancouver Island Regional Library is building a new $2.7M, 5,000 sq. ft. library in Chemainus. Construction is anticipated to begin before the end of the year.
    LNG Canada is spending $40B to build a new liquefied natural gas processing terminal in Kitimat and a pipeline linking the terminal to northeast BC. The project will create up to 10,000 jobs during construction and 950 jobs once operational.
    The Victoria Times Colonist newspaper has contracted out the printing of its paper edition to Black Press in Ladysmith, resulting in the layoff of 30 employees
    A new waterfront winery is being developed in West Kelowna by Markus Frind. The site, which will include a production facility, tasting room and lounge, is expected to open between April and August of 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-09-24, End date: 2018-09-28
    Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2018

    Saanich city council has approved the Nigel Valley project, a $250M community development that will provide nearly 800 supportive and affordable housing units. Construction will take place over the next five to eight years.
    The Indigenous-governed Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt recently opened a $10.3M Centre of Excellence in Sustainability. The facility provides career training in the culinary arts and environmental resource technology to 1200 learners.
    The City of Nanaimo has chosen PEG Development to build a 172-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The city anticipates issuing the building permit by the end of October, allowing construction on the $22M project to begin before the end of the year.
    Ebus, an Edmonton-based bus line, has applied to BC's Passenger Transportation Board for approval of inter-city bus service between Vancouver and Kelowna and Kamloops
    The City of North Vancouver has approved Millennium Northmount Properties' 18-storey highrise in Central Lonsdale. The building will offer over 18,300 sq. ft. of commercial retail units on the lowest seven floors and housing units on the upper floors.
    A Canada-British Columbia bilateral agreement will direct approximately $656M over five years towards improving access to home care and community care and implementing initiatives to support mental health and addiction services in the province
    Iskwew Air recently announced that it is beginning charter air service from Vancouver to remote, Indigenous communities starting on March 8, 2019
    Fraser Health announced that work has begun on Phase two of the $1.35B renovation of the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. The second phase will add a new acute care tower and expanded emergency department to the facility.
    Coast Mountain College has opened its $18.4M newly renovated House of Cedar trades training facility in Terrace. The facility provides 429 student spaces for a variety of trades.
    The Mount Boucherie Estate Winery is building a new 15,000 sq. ft. wine centre and dining lounge in West Kelowna with an expected completion date of August 2019
    The Government of Canada awarded QM/JJM Contracting JV a $17.66M contract to remove contaminated soil from Victoria's Laurel Point Park. The remediation work will start in October and take 12-18 months to complete.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly funding $5M through the BC Agrifood and Seafood Export Program to assist farmers and producers in marketing and exporting their products in Canada and internationally
    The Government of Canada has designated Vancouver Island as a Foreign Trade Zone which will enable local businesses and industries to champion the region's export potential, attract investment and access federal programs designed to defer duties and taxes
    The Government of BC is providing $8M to the Williams Lake Association for Community Living to construct 39 affordable rental homes, including two that will be fully accessible for people with disabilities
    The Government of BC is increasing the direct care received by seniors living in residential care homes by providing $240M in funding over three years. Approximately 1,500 new full-time equivalent health care positions will be added over the period.
    Richmond's Keystone Supplies International Ltd. was awarded a $1.6M contract to supply the Canadian Coast Guard with 980 mooring equipment units and anchors that will be used to maintain marine navigation buoys in shipping channels and waterways
  • Start date: 2018-09-17, End date: 2018-09-21
    Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2018

    BC Housing is expediting the construction of 50 affordable rental homes and 50 supportive housing units in Grand Forks. Construction of these homes will be funded by the Building BC: Community Housing Fund and the Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund.
    The Governments of Canada and BC announced over $229M in total initial funding for two new funding streams under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: the Community, Culture and Recreation fund, and the Rural and Northern Communities fund.
    The Vancouver School Board and BC Hydro have concluded an agreement to build an underground substation at the Lord Roberts Annex school site and a new elementary school on the same property. Construction is expected to be completed by 2023.
    The Government of Canada is providing $3.2M over five years, from 2018 to 2023, for the management of the Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area northwest of Vancouver Island
    The Boathouse English Bay restaurant in Vancouver will close on October 6 as a result of its lease expiring. The restaurant's owners hope to relocate its employees to one of the five other Boathouse restaurant locations.
    The Inn at Laurel Park on Victoria's Inner Harbour will remain open while it undergoes a six-month $10M renovation beginning later this fall. The hotel's Aura restaurant will close for a period while it undergoes an expansion.
    Relevant Properties has begun site preparations on the first phase of its Two Waters development in Colwood. Phase one will include 61 townhouse units spread over three buildings and is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
    The Chilliwack School District and the Government of BC are jointly funding the construction of a $53.6M elementary school that will accommodate 930 students. Construction will begin in October 2019 with the new school expected to open in September 2022.
    ARC Asphalt Recycling Inc. is proceeding with the resurfacing of a section of Highway 19 between Parksville and Courtenay. Completion of the $2.5M project is expected by mid-October.
    The Start Smart Child Care Centre and the Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre are unable to provide child care and social services to nearly 600 children due to water damage to their facility and are considering alternate ways to continue their services
    The BC Ambulance Service is adding 22 new full-time paramedic positions in the Okanagan region to address a growing population and improve patient care. Sixteen paramedics will be based in Kelowna, four in West Kelowna and two in Lake Country.
    The College of New Caledonia has opened a new $18.5M heavy mechanical trades facility in Prince George. The building provides over 295 spaces for the heavy-duty equipment technician and truck and transport mechanics programs.
    The Government of Canada is funding over $1.5M to the Native Education College in Vancouver for the Essential Skills for Aboriginal Business project that will support training for approximately 200 Indigenous people
    Capcom, a Japanese video game company, has closed its studio in Burnaby and moved its game development operations to its Osaka headquarters. The company has laid-off 158 employees while a skeleton crew will remain on site until January.
    The BC Government is funding 37 more French teacher education seats starting in the 2019-2020 school year. The spaces will be located at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia Okanagan.
    The BC Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction to suspend Taseko Mines Ltd's $15M exploratory mining program for its proposed $1.5B copper and gold New Prosperity mine located southwest of Williams Lake
    Rize Alliance is building a 13-storey office building in the False Creek area of downtown Vancouver that will offer large floorplates suitable for large-firm tenants. Construction is set to begin this fall and be completed by 2021.
  • Start date: 2018-09-10, End date: 2018-09-14
    Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018

    The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel in Nanaimo will close on October 31 despite a strong tourism year. No decision has been made on how the site will be redeveloped, but assistance is being provided to the 18 full-time workers to find alternate work.
    The Government of BC and the Capital Region Housing Corporation are jointly funding an $8.5M affordable housing project in Saanich. The 73-unit building will offer a variety of housing options for low income families, seniors and people with disabilities.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly contributing over $71.7M towards improving and expanding access to treatment options and addiction services in BC for individuals suffering from substance use disorder
    According to the Business Development Bank of Canada, 45% of small- and medium-sized BC businesses experience difficulties hiring new workers. The survey identified high housing costs, retiring baby boomers and fewer young people in the workforce as causes.
    Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has halted plans to invest $150M into enhancing its oil spill response capabilities along the BC coast following the Federal Court of Appeal's decision that stopped work on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
    According to the BC Teacher's Federation, more than 250 teacher and administrative positions remain unfilled. The need for French teachers is particularly high due to the popularity of French immersion programs.
    The City of Richmond has approved GBL Architects' plan for three 15-storey residential towers and one 12-storey office tower near the Brighouse Skytrain station. The site will include 546 residential units, retail space, parking and childcare facilities.
    The Government of BC is funding seismic upgrades for two Richmond elementary schools at a cost of $16M. The upgrades to Robert J. Tait Elementary and W.D. Ferris Elementary are scheduled to begin in 2019 and be complete in fall 2020.
    The Government of BC is providing $500,000 in grants to local governments to develop projects that support safer communities for seniors. Projects may include accessible public transportation, affordable housing, social connectedness and dementia care.
    The Government of BC is accepting requests for qualifications for the Highway 91/17 portion of the $245M Highway 91/17 and Deltaport Way Upgrade Project. Completion of the project is anticipated for 2023 and will create around 725 direct jobs.
    Okanagan College Kelowna campus has received a $1M donation to expand its automotive trades training facility. The funds will go towards equipment, education and infrastructure to enhance student training on hybrid and electric vehicles.
    The University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford is renovating the former home of Finnegan's Pub and Phoenix Ballroom into offices and teaching space. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed by next spring.
    The BC government is providing $50M over the next three years through the Community Resiliency Investment Program for local projects that reduce the risk of wildfires and protect high value assets and critical infrastructure such as roads and power lines
    Wertman Development Corp. has received approval to build a 24-storey tower in downtown Nanaimo that will contain 114 residential units, as well as retail and office space. Construction will begin in 2019 and be completed within 22 months.
    The Union of BC Municipalities is partnering with the province to create almost 1,400 new licensed child care spaces and to assess the need for future spaces. Funding is provided under the $17M federal-provincial early learning and child care agreement.
    Beginning in September, the Passenger Transportation Board is permitting taxi companies to increase their fleets by 15%. This will add up to 500 more taxis in the province, including 300 in the Lower Mainland, allowing for more wheel-chair accessible taxis.
  • Start date: 2018-09-03, End date: 2018-09-07
    Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2018

    The Federal Court of Appeal nullified the Government of Canada certification approving the construction and operation of the $7.4B Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Work on the project has been halted indefinitely.
    The Whistler Chamber of Commerce is seeking changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program as one way of addressing the ongoing staffing shortages plaguing Whistler businesses
    Telus is spending $21M to connect homes and businesses in Langley to its high speed, gigabit-enabled PureFibre network. Telus expects the majority of the work to be done by spring 2019.
    V2V Vacations ferry service is adding daily trips between Vancouver and Victoria to its fall and spring schedule. The additional service will operate from September 20 to October 15 and resume for the 2019 high season between April and September.
    The District of Houston is reducing the hours of operation of its aquatic centre due to a shortage of certified lifeguards. The district council has requested the development of a strategy to train, hire and retain lifeguards.
    Nechako Lakes' School District 91 has approximately 10 full and part time teaching positions to fill across the region and may consider hiring non-certified teachers to work as substitutes if the positions remain vacant
    EllisDon Infrastructure has been chosen as the preferred proponent on the $417.2M Royal Inland Hospital Patient Care Tower project in Kamloops. Construction on Phase 1 is expected to begin this fall, with the tower set to open for patients in early 2022.
    The City of Vancouver has selected the Lu'ma Native Housing Society to build and operate 98 temporary modular homes that give priority to homeless Indigenous people. Construction of the new homes will begin in September with occupancy expected in December.
    The BC Centre for Women in the Trades has launched a project to increase the retention and advancement of women in the construction trades. Women represent less than five percent of the construction trade workforce in BC.
    The Northern Development Initiative Trust is providing grants to expand high-speed internet access in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Applicants can receive up to 50% of project costs through the Connecting British Columbia fund.
    The Government of BC is providing $580M towards the hiring of 3,700 new teachers and educational assistants. Secondary school math and science teachers in rural and remote districts and French immersion teachers are particularly in demand.
    The University of BC's School of Social Work launched a program in September to connect youth with a range of intellectual disabilities with meaningful employment. The five year research program has received more than $1M in federal funding.
    Pela, a high-tech company that manufactures compostable, recyclable smartphone cases out of flax straw, is moving to Kelowna. The company is hoping to hire 40 sales and marketing, customer service, product development and social media workers by December.
    The federal and provincial governments are jointly contributing over $3B towards two rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver. The projects will ease traffic congestion by extending the Skytrain line and create the first light rail transit system in BC.
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    The $72M Mayfair Centre expansion in Victoria is nearing completion. Sport Chek, Saje Natural Wellness and a larger Aritzia will be the first tenants to open in the new space.
    WestJet is reducing its flight schedule to address its first revenue loss in 13 years. Flights between Vancouver and Edmonton, Calgary, Fort St. John, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Palm Springs and Mexico City have been affected.
    Whistler Bounce, a trampoline facility, is shuttering operations after seven years in business
    Approximately 3,150 people are currently working on the Site C dam construction project located on the Peace River. The workforce for the $10.7B project is expected to increase as construction progresses.
    The provincial government awarded new contracts to Mainroad Mid-Island Contracting LP and Mainroad North Island Contracting LP for the maintenance of two highway service areas on Vancouver Island
    The Cowichan Valley Youth Services Society will receive $835,000 over the next three years through the federal Skills Link program to fund its Youth Employment Mentorship Program. Nearly 100 youth in Duncan will be eligible to participate in the program.
    The Government of Canada is building a new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in Tahsis that is set to open in 2020. The station will provide an enhanced response to marine emergencies and security incidents off Vancouver Island's northwest coast.
    The Government of Canada has secured market access to Japan for all BC fresh cherry varieties. The increased access is expected to create new opportunities for cherry growers as exports to Japan are estimated to be worth up to $8M annually.
    Indigenous Services Canada is providing $4.2M to support Vancouver Island's Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Project on child and family services. The funding will pay for community initiatives such as hiring family and protection support workers.
    Harvest Power is planning to close their east Richmond compost facility in 2019. The company anticipates that there will be some layoffs from their total workforce of 50, but they will look for other opportunities for some of their employees.
    Westcorp received final approval from the City of Kelowna to begin construction on a new 33 storey building on the downtown waterfront. The project will include a public plaza, a 174 room hotel and 40 luxury condo units.
    The BC Government is partnering with the City of Kamloops to build 55 temporary supportive homes. ASK Wellness will operate the units and provide support services to those experiencing homelessness when they open in November.
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    Sinorama Travel, a Richmond-based travel agency, temporarily ceased operations on August 8th after Consumer Protection BC suspended its license to operate in the province
    The Government of Canada has awarded a $485,380 contract to Canadyne Technologies Inc of Richmond for the acquisition of services and products to contain pollution spills in marine waters. The contract will create 10 new jobs and maintain 20 existing jobs.
    Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC has met all National Energy Board pre-construction requirements to begin work on four sections of its pipeline from the Edmonton terminal to its Darfield pump station near Kamloops, subject to other government permits
    Phase four of the Willoughby Town Centre in Langley is proceeding with the construction of three new buildings that will offer retail and office space, a restaurant, and 91 residential units along with green space, plazas and parking options
    Construction is underway on the final phase of a $2.1M transit improvement project in Kelowna's Rutland neighborhood. The work includes a road extension, a multi-use pathway, traffic signals, transit amenities and landscaping.
    The City of Kelowna granted approval to Flowr Corporation to build a two-storey, 50,000 sq.-ft. facility to house a marijuana-related research and development complex
    The Province of BC and the City of Prince George are jointly spending $400,000 to upgrade Highway 97 and Central Street West. The safety and access improvements will begin in late August and finish in October.
    The Coast Hotel has opened in Oliver, providing the town with its first full-service hotel and creating 30 jobs
    The Patterson Hall trades training facility recently opened at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook. The $11.5 M building will provide students in the electrical and millwright programs with new technology and equipment.
    The Province currently has a shortage of French immersion teachers as demand keeps growing
    According to Manpower Group, there is a demand for workers in manufacturing, light industry and warehousing in Richmond and Delta
    Okanagan College recently opened a new $2.2M, 5,000-sq.-ft. welding training facility at its Penticton campus
    BC Green Pharmaceuticals is developing a new medical cannabis facility in Princeton. The $21.5M facility is expected to create 95 new jobs.
    WorkBC is hosting three workshops with a career advisor at the Bowen Island Public Library on September 19, October 10 and November 14. Information will be provided on job trends, career opportunities and training.
    Macro Enterprises recently started construction on the Aitken Creek section of the North Montney Mainline project. The $200M project is expected to be completed in the beginning of 2019.
    Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership is hosting various job workshops for newcomers throughout the Tri-Cities from September 10 - 13, 2018
    Conifex Timber has temporarily suspended operations at its Fort St. James mill site until further notice due to the proximity of wildfires and an evacuation alert issued for the immediate area
  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    Solly's Bagelry, a Vancouver bagel shop, is temporarily closing one of three locations due to difficulties in finding enough entry level staff. The three stores typically employ 25 to 30 workers such as front-counter staff and line cooks.
    The City of Victoria is spending $750,000 to improve cycling and pedestrian routes with new bike lanes, as well as sidewalk and landscaping enhancements. The projects are aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and fostering active transportation.
    The Mount Polley Mine and its unionized workers have reached a three-year agreement to end a legal strike that began in May. Workers are returning in stages to resume work on the current mine plan.
    Kelowna Youth and Family Services will be closing by the end of November. The city-funded counselling service currently employs three part-time counsellors and an administrative support staff.
    WestJet will begin twice weekly, non-stop flights between Terrace and Calgary on September 4th
    A shortage of qualified early child-care educators is preventing a Victoria day-care operator from opening a new location on Vancouver Island
    The Government of Canada awarded Atlantic Towing Limited a three year $67M contract for the lease of two emergency offshore towing vessels to operate on BC's west coast. The company will also provide training in offshore emergency towing.
    The Government of Canada has delivered the first of two annual $139.3M federal Gas Tax Fund installments to BC. The funds are distributed to communities on a per capita basis for local infrastructure projects.
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch has issued a second product call for non-medical cannabis from licensed producers and will accept bids from craft producers once their micro-cultivating and micro-processing licensing is obtained later in 2018
    The federal government is providing $386,000 in research funding to the City of Vancouver to explore how to integrate self-driving and connected vehicles into a future transportation network
    Western Economic Diversification Canada has given Vancouver Island's HYAS Infosec Inc. $475,000 under the Western Innovation Initiative to commercialize their cybersecurity monitoring platform
    The Government of BC is providing $2.6M under the Seniors Safety and Quality Improvement Program to purchase equipment such as beds, mobility aids and sensory rooms for long-term care homes
    The Government of BC is accepting applications from prospective private retailers seeking to sell non-medical cannabis in the province
    The Mule on Martin, Penticton's only nightclub, will close on September 2nd after operating for twenty years
    DB Services Victoria is building three rental projects in Langford, contributing 246 housing units to the more than 2,185 units that have been started in the capital region so far this year
    Longview Aviation Capital and Cascade Aerospace are partnering on the conversion of older aircraft into waterbombers. Cascade will provide training at its Abbotsford facility and then support Longview's staff as they continue the conversions in Calgary.
    The Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery in Chilliwack is set to start recruiting staff now that construction of the facility is nearing completion. The brewery is expected to be operational by late summer 2019 and provide up to 100 positions.
    WestJet's subsidiary, WestJet Encore, has added additional daily flights on its routes from Nanaimo to Vancouver and Calgary. The seasonal flights will continue until April 27, 2019.
    Reconstruction is underway of Tolko's Williams Lake sawmill that was destroyed by fire in 2017. The company expects to start testing the equipment in November and resume full production by February 2019.
    The Climate Change Adaptation Program, a federal, provincial and territorial partnership, is providing $6M over five years towards research projects and strategies that build resilience to climate change at the farm and regional level
    Talok Fisheries in Fort Babine, Lake Babine Nation's community-owned fishing company, has resumed operations due to an unexpected surge in returning sockeye on Lake Babine. The fishing company employs between 15 to 75 community members.
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    The Flowr Corporation, a licensed cannabis producer, is recruiting for its Kelowna cultivation, processing and research campus. The company is seeking employees in management, construction, facilities, production and administration.
    The Government of BC has started work on a seniors housing project in Port Edward, near Prince Rupert. The seniors home is expected to be built by December 2018.
    The Lower Nicola Indian Band has reached a deal through its development corporation to purchase Ogilvie Mountain Holdings. Ogilvie is a pipeline and right-of-way management services company with about 40 full time workers at peak season.
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University has received $1.68M from two levels of government for its research farm and seed lab in Richmond. West Coast Seeds and other local seed companies have also donated $335,000 to the facility.
    The City of Prince George has issued 231 building permits for $99.87M worth of construction so far this year, more than double the value in the same period last year. In total, the construction of single-family homes leads the way at $45.9M on 83 permits.
    Telus Health is spending just over $100M to acquire Medisys-owned corporate and employee health clinics across Canada. The acquisition involves about 30 bricks and mortar boutique clinics, which operate under various brands.
    The City of Victoria has restored $25,000 in funding to the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission. The commission estimates that in 2016 there were 950 jobs created in the region and about 350 of those were direct employment within the city.
    The Cascades Casino Resort in Langley City is adding an upscale restaurant, expanded gaming area and rooftop patio to its existing facility. The expansion will create around 100 full- and part-time jobs and be complete in 2019.
    The Government of BC has started construction on 52-units of supportive housing in Terrace. The building will have 24/7 support for residents, including meal programs, laundry, life and employment skills training, and health and wellness services.
    The Columbia Basin Trust is providing $1.6M for energy retrofits to 32 affordable housing buildings in 14 communities. The projects range from installing new boilers to insulating attics.
    Rose's Waterfront Pub in Kelowna is closing permanently on September 30th. The pub has 58 full-and part-time staff.
    Islands West Produce has opened a new distribution centre in Saanich with 130 staff
    The Government of BC is spending $2.6M for upgrades to Highway 101 between Powell River and Lund. The contractor, B.A. Blacktop Ltd. of North Vancouver, is expected to complete the work by this fall.
    A new Trades Training Centre has opened at Okanagan College's Vernon campus. The centre houses a dedicated welding shop and multi-use space for carpentry, electrical, plumbing and pipefitting program, along with an increase in teaching spaces.
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    The City of North Vancouver is spending $237M to replace the Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre. The new facility will include a swimming pool, ice sheets, gymnasium, youth and daycare centres, a seniors centre and 80 social housing units.
    Vancouver Island blueberry farmers are experiencing difficultly finding enough recreational and professional pickers to harvest the crop this summer. Excessive heat has caused the berries to ripen earlier, while creating uncomfortable working conditions.
    The Government of BC is seeking individuals with experience in customer service and knowledge of cannabis for positions at its first cannabis store in Kamloops. The store is scheduled to open on October 17th.
    The Uchucklesaht First Nation of Vancouver Island has launched an artisan bottled water business to sell Thunderbird Spirit Water to high-end establishments. Additional jobs are expected at a new bottling facility that is planned for Port Alberni.
    Walmart Canada is building a $175M grocery facility in Surrey. The facility will employ up to 200 long-term workers when it opens in 2022, while 300 construction and engineering jobs will be created when the project begins in early 2021.
    The Province is partnering with the City of Powell River to build 40 self-contained modular housing units with funding from the Building BC: Rapid Response to Homelessness program. Construction will begin in this fall and should be completed by spring 2019.
    The Governments of BC, the Washington and Oregon Department of Transportation, and Microsoft are proceeding with a $15M business-case study for a high-speed rail through the Cascadia Innovation Corridor linking Vancouver, Seattle and Portland
    BC Ferries is seeking interest from shipyards for the construction of five new ferries, with delivery dates in 2020 and 2021. The new ferries would replace three older vessels and improve the frequency and capacity on some of the company's routes.
    The Comox Valley Regional District has awarded Vancouver Island's Knappett Projects Inc. a $10.3M contract to build a regional office building. Construction is scheduled to begin by fall 2018.
    The Government of BC is providing over $5.3M in grants to 23 regional airports to undertake safety and infrastructure improvements that will enhance the travel experience for passengers
    A Community Benefit Agreement for the upcoming Pattullo Bridge replacement project prioritizes the hiring of qualified local workers and aims to increase the ratio of apprentices, women and Indigenous workers. Construction is set to begin in 2019.
    The City of Prince Rupert has awarded a $3M contract to Broadwater Industries to expand the west berm at the city's landfill. The expansion will extend the capacity of the landfill five additional years.
    The City of Surrey is spending $2.2M to construct a road through the fairgrounds to the future location of the Cloverdale Sports & Ice Complex. The work is scheduled to start in September 2018 and be completed by March 2019.
    The City of Surrey has approved a $360M traffic Congestion Relief Strategy that will upgrade road networks over the next five years
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation is starting work on its propane export facility on Watson Island in Prince Rupert. The facility will employ between 150 and 200 people for the construction phase and 20 to 30 permanent, full-time employees once operational.
    Tybo Contracting Ltd. is working on a $15.38M project to expand the Aldergrove Border Crossing to the US. Work on the project is expected to wrap up in the fall of 2019.
    Western Canada Marine Response Corp. has signed a 25-year lease for land and water in Nanaimo to serve as its main Vancouver Island base. As part of a $150M budget the company expects to have 120 new employees at five new response bases.
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    Generate Capital, a California based investment company, is extending its electric bus leasing program to Canada. The program will enable transit operators to switch from diesel to electric bus fleets without the high up-front infrastructure costs.
    Construction has begun on Okanagan College's $18.9M Health Sciences Centre located in Kelowna. The new integrated learning centre will provide diploma and certificate programs in a variety of health related fields beginning in the fall of 2020.
    The Government of BC has approved 500 more taxis in the province, including 300 in the Lower Mainland. The Province also indicated that ride-sharing services will not be available in BC until late 2019.
    The Vancouver Park Board will spend more than $399M from 2019-2022 on area parks, open spaces, recreational facilities and service yards. The work will focus on renewing infrastructure and expanding city parks.
    The Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam resolved a ten-week strike with its unionized staff with a new collective agreement. The 400 employees who work as cashiers, slot and game table attendants, kitchen workers and security will soon return to work.
    A BC Restaurant and Food Services Association's study found that the industry is replacing just 2 out of every 3 retiring workers
    Penticton's Metric Modular will begin construction this fall on a 62-unit supportive housing project in the city. The project, which is funded through the Building BC: Rapid Response to Homelessness program, should be completed by spring 2019.
    The Government of BC is providing a $500,000 equity grant to the Hesquiaht First Nation towards the construction of a $13.7M hydroelectric power plant that will enable the community to transition away from a reliance of diesel generators
    The Government of BC is spending $1.9M towards co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities at the province's post-secondary institutions. Employers will gain new ideas and talent, while students will acquire relevant job experience.
    Workers at Gateway Casinos in Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton remain off the job following the breakdown of mediation discussions with the BC Government and Service Employees' Union. The 675 workers walked off the job on June 29.
    Pembina Pipeline Corporation recently began construction on above-ground facilities for their propane terminal on Watson Island. Pembina has invested $250M in the project that will employ 150-200 workers during the construction phase.
    The City of Prince George is building an access road from Recplace Drive to the Pine Centre Mall. The almost $3M project, which also includes the installation of new water mains, is anticipated to be complete by the fall.
    Northern Rockies Municipality received $10M under the Infrastructure Development Contribution Agreement to fund various infrastructure projects that support economic development and other initiatives in natural resource industries
    B.C. Pavilion Corporation has received rezoning approval to build up to a 37-storey tower in Vancouver's Northeast False Creek area. The tower is restricted to 300 feet if it has strata condo units or up to 400 feet if provides 100% rental units.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    The federal, provincial and municipal governments are jointly investing over $63M to improve the water supply for Southeast Kelowna. This funding will be used to create separate agricultural and domestic water infrastructure systems.
    The FilCan Filipino-Asian Variety Store recently opened in Port Hardy's North Island Mall. The store offers a variety of grocery items and services requested by the Filipino community such as Balikbayan boxes and remittance services.
    The Somass River sockeye salmon fishery will close early for the second year in a row due to low escapement returns and to conserve the Great Central Lake stock
    Local bus companies, such as Wilson's Transportation of Victoria, are considering expanding their routes and services, following Greyhound Canada' s announcement that it was discontinuing its operations in British Columbia
    The Province of BC is spending $6.9M to purchase and renovate Woodwynn Farms. The facility will be used as a therapeutic recovery facility for individuals dealing with substance abuse and mental-health challenges.
    The Vice and Virtue Brewing Company, offering local beers and a small menu, recently opened in Kelowna
    Gone Hollywood, the last video rental store in the Comox Valley, will be closing permanently at the end of August. The owners cited issues regarding inventory supplies and building costs amongst the causes for the closure.
    The Government of Canada is granting $2.5B over six years to the Province of BC under the Labour Market Development Agreement. The funding will be used to provide jobs employment support, and skills training for 84,000 British Columbians.
    The Union of British Columbia Municipalities is providing $33.5M from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to enable communities to undertake flood mitigation projects, such as constructing pump stations and dikes
    The Government of BC announced its new Community Benefits Agreement under which future infrastructure projects will target maximizing apprenticeship training opportunities, the hiring of Indigenous workers and women and wage alignment
    The Government of Canada has awarded PRE Labs Inc of Kelowna a $210,468 Build in Canada Innovation Program grant for its modular body armour plate system that may be used by military, police and security organizations
    Twenty high-priority communities will receive up to $100,000 through the first phase of the Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Fund. The funds will be used to support a variety of treatment, medication and support services.
  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    The provincial government is spending $221M through the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund to create 22,000 new child care spaces over the next three years
    Resurfacing work has started on 42 kms of Highway 1 near Chilliwack and Hope and is expected to be finished by late summer. The $3.5M contract was awarded to Key West Asphalt Ltd.
    The Province of BC is spending $10M on internship programs for students in the research industry. The funding will go towards three Mitacs programs that build partnerships between students and industry.
    Lafarge Canada Inc. is set to begin resurfacing a nine km section of Highway 19A in Nanaimo. The $3.5M project is expected to be completed in mid-September.
    According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment rate rose 0.4 percentage points between May and June, reaching 5.2%. At the national level, the unemployment rate also grew to 6.0% over the same period.
    The provincial government approved plans for a new hospital in Cowichan Valley that will replace the existing Cowichan District Hospital. Construction is set to begin in 2021.
    Civeo Corp. has been awarded a workforce accommodation contract pending a final investment decision by LNG Canada for a terminal in Kitimat. The conditional contract will see temporary work camps being built at four locations along the Coastal GasLink.
    The Victoria Times Colonist is shutting down its printing press and moving the work to a facility outside of the city. As a result, 18 employees will be laid off at the end of September.
    The City of Chilliwack awarded a contract to Algra Bros. Development to start a multi-year development of the city's downtown core
    Greyhound is shuttering operations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC at the end of October. A total of 415 people will lose their jobs when the routes end. The U.S.-run service from Vancouver to Seattle will not be affected.
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    The federal government and Vancouver-based TRIUMF are providing a combined $12M to the Large Hadron Collider upgrade project. TRIUMF will be responsible for the production of five super-freezers for the Large Hadron Collider particle research tool.
    The federal government rejected plans for an open pit copper and gold mine near Kamloops citing environmental concerns. According to KGHM Ajax Mining Inc., the mine would have created 1,800 jobs during construction and 500 during operation.
    Cozy Bay Seafood Café in Summerland is closing on September 1 after close to 18 years in business
    The Province of BC is spending $30.8M to build a new elementary school in Fort St. John that will have 505 student spaces. Construction on the Northeast Elementary school is set to begin in summer 2019, and the school is expected to open in fall 2021.
    The Gardens Children's Centre is set to open in September in Richmond. The new childcare facility will have 37 spaces for infants and toddlers and children up to five years old.
    Construction is underway on the Skeetchestn Health & Wellness Facility. The new health centre located on Skeetchestn First Nation will provide nursing, mental health and children's oral health services and more.
    Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd will restart construction on the North Thompson region portion of the Trans Mountain pipeline's expansion in September
    Langley-based Dorosh Construction recently started work on a $2.3M project to replace the existing Hedley Bridge with a new, two-lane structure. The replacement bridge, located west of Keremeos, is expected to be completed in the fall.
    The provincial government is providing $111,000 to the University of the Fraser Valley to add 12 new seats for the September 2018 infant toddler educator program
    The OTTO is currently under construction in Saanich. The 59-unit residential complex is scheduled to be completed in spring 2019.
    The federal government is providing $2.5B over six years to the Province of BC to increase jobs and skills training
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    Tim Hortons is spending $100M to update their current distribution system, expand the warehouse in Debart, NS and open two new warehouses in Calgary and Langley. The upgrades are expected to be completed by 2020 and create 150 jobs.
    The Province is providing $40M to Sullivan Heights Secondary school in Surrey for the construction of a three-storey addition that will add 29 new classrooms. Construction is set to begin in winter 2020 with completion expected in fall 2021.
    Herschel Supply Co. opened its first wholly-owned retail location in North America in Vancouver's Gastown on June 16
    Construction is underway on the new Kootenay Street Village, a 97 unit seniors housing facility in Cranbrook
    The Government of Canada is providing $167M for three projects that will improve road and rail infrastructure for the Port of Vancouver and Canadian National Railway
    According to the BC Care Providers Association, there will be approximately 2,800 job vacancies for senior care workers in the province over the next five years
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch is partnering with Shopify Inc. for the online sale of non-medical cannabis. A new 70,000 sq.-ft. distribution facility has been secured in Richmond and is expected to employ 130 staff.
    Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops is spending $37M to expand student-housing. The 533 additional housing units are expected to open in September 2019.
    Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project is awarding $620M in conditional contract opportunities to northern BC Indigenous businesses. The projects will create various job opportunities with varying skill levels and trade specializations.
    The provincial and federal government signed an agreement to equally share in spending nearly $1B over ten years for affordable housing in the province
    The provincial government is spending $7.4M to build 30 units of supportive housing and 20 shelter spaces in Port Alberni. The new housing is expected to be open by December 2018.
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    The provincial government is providing $6.1M in BikeBC grants for cycling projects in 18 communities throughout BC
    Construction is set to begin on the Kelowna Integrated Water project in mid-July in South Mission. Once complete, the $86M project will see a new clean drinking water system built in Southeast Kelowna.
    Standard Aero is laying off nearly 300 workers at their Richmond aerospace facility due to company restructuring. Operations at the facility will be winding down over the next 12-18 months and jobs will be relocated to Winnipeg and Prince Edward Island.
    The Columbia Lake Technology Centre is expected to open in October 2018 at the old Canfor sawmill site in Canal Flats. The new data centre will create approximately 100 tech jobs.
    IDL Projects recently started work on a new in-patient unit at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George. The $8M project is expected to be completed by early 2019.
    The City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority are spending a combined $3.2M to upgrade the old pier at Ship Point
    Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation in Burnaby is shuttering operations at the end of June. About 200 employees will be affected by the closure, but some have been offered jobs by Ford, Daimler and Ballard Power Systems Inc.
    Vancouver International Airport is undergoing construction for a $9.1B 20-year expansion. The first phase includes a four-gate addition to the international flight area, a geothermal heating system and a new parkade.
    ICBC hired 43 new estimators since February 2018 to address the increase in vehicle claims costs and enhance oversight of autobody repair costs. The company plans to hire an additional 17 estimators this year.
    The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is contributing $6M to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's $30M renovation project
    Comforting Care and CD Nurturing Care are laying off over a 150 care workers and support staff working at Lakeshore Care Home and Madison Care Centre in Coquitlam as a result of the owner's retirement and decision to end contracts with the care homes
    The provincial government is providing $187,500 to help add 24 new seats to Selkirk College's early childhood education program at the Castlegar campus
    The Ministry of Health is providing $75M over the next three years for the expansion of respite services and adult day programs in the province
    The Province is granting $1M for new and upgraded forestry sector programs at six public post-secondary institutions throughout the province
    Flair Airlines is moving its headquarters from Kelowna to Edmonton in the next few months. Approximately 40 to 50 employees in Kelowna will be affected by the move.
    The Ministry of Education is spending $79.3M to replace Eric Hamber Secondary in Vancouver with a seismically upgraded school. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2020 allowing the new school to be ready for students by fall 2022.
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    The Phil Bouvier Centre Daycare in downtown Vancouver is shuttering operations on July 27. The daycare cites funding issues as the reason for the closure of the 49-space centre.
    Yeti Farm Creative in Kelowna is partnering with Surprise Bag Inc. to expand production services in the Okanagan. The alliance is expected to create up to 200 new jobs over a two to three year period.
    The provincial government awarded a $3.8M contract to Lafarge Canada Inc. to reconstruct and repave part of University Boulevard in Vancouver
    Maple Ridge-based North Gate Pacific Contracting Ltd. recently began construction on a new bridge at Roche Cove in Sooke. The $3.7M project is expected to be completed in the fall.
    A new urgent primary-care centre is opening in Surrey in fall 2018. Patients will have access to a team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacist and other health-care professionals providing a broad range of services.
    Can-Filters in Nelson recently closed after being in business since 1987. The company laid off 27 employees as a result of the closure.
    The Province awarded a $2.6M contract to Seismic 2000 Construction Ltd. for upgrades to the Highway 19 crossing of the Campbell River. Construction is expected to begin in June with completion expected in fall 2018.
    Kamloops Urgent Primary Care and Learning Centre is starting operations in June with reduced hours and will be fully operational in fall 2018
    According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment rate dropped from 5% in April to 4.8% in May. The province also shed 12,400 jobs during the same period.
    Whistler City Council awarded two contracts worth a total of over $2M to TGK Irrigation Ltd. and AstroTurf West Distributors Ltd. to construct an artificial turf field at Bayly Park
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    The US Department of Commerce recently imposed tariffs of 25% on Canadian imported steel and 10% on Canadian imported aluminum. Rio Tinto in Kitimat is BC's only aluminum smelter. The company employs 1,000 people and is an economic driver for the region.
    The federal government awarded a $66M contract to Seaspan Shipyards to build two support ships for the Canadian Navy. Initial work on the vessels began in June.
    Construction is underway on 46 modular housing units in Kelowna. The provincial government is providing $8M in capital and construction costs for the project. The units are expected to be completed by September 2018.
    ATB Riva Calzoni Hydro Canada Inc. signed a $68M contract with BC Hydro to provide the hydromechanical equipment for the Site C dam. The company will mobilize to the site in the summer, and the work will be completed over five years.
    Construction started on the Cambie Street bridge in Vancouver to add a new bike lane. The work is expected to be completed by the end of June.
    The Patient Family Centre recently opened at BC Cancer - Abbotsford. The new centre offers cancer-related workshops, teaching sessions and resource materials.
    The Province of BC is expanding tuition-fee waivers for former youth in care to include construction trades training delivered by union providers
    Viking Air Ltd. is hiring 50 skilled trades workers at its North Saanich manufacturing facility to build conversion kits for waterbombers
    The provincial government is spending $23M over three years for a developmental program that will include 50 new clinical pharmacists. The new positions are part of the government's plan for a primary health-care strategy for the province.
    Babies to Big Kids Childcare in Victoria is shutting down at the end of June. The daycare was forced to close due to the lease not being renewed.
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    The Province of BC is creating 200 new nurse practitioner positions, with funding of $115M over three years, as part of a plan for a team-based primary health-care system
    The provincial government awarded two contracts worth a combined $10.9M to Penticton-based Peters Brothers Construction Ltd. and Fernie-based Green Roads Recycling Ltd. to resurface sections of Highway 16 near Prince George and McBride
    According to the Mining Association of BC, mining in the province is rebounding with a new mine opening in 2017, along with shuttered mines reopening
    The BC Government announced plans for urgent primary care centres that will offer service on evenings and weekends. Ten centres are expected to open within the next 12 months.
    Construction is underway on the New Westminster Secondary school. The $106.5M school will accommodate 1,900 students and is expected to open in September 2020.
    The provincial government is spending $734M over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,500 new units of housing for women and children fleeing violence
    The provincial government is providing $30M by 2020 to the First Nations Health Authority and the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC for the expansion of Aboriginal Head Start programs
    The Province is providing $130,000 to College of the Rockies to add 30 new seats to its early childhood educators program at its Cranbrook campus
    Penticton-based Peters Brothers Construction Ltd. recently started construction on the $6.1M resurfacing project on Highway 97 near Dawson Creek. The work is expected to be finished by the end of summer.
    The provincial government, in partnership with the Kootenay Region Association for Community Living and the Columbia Basin Trust, is building nine new affordable rental units in Creston. The $2.55M project is expected to be ready for occupancy by fall 2019.
    Nada, a zero-waste grocery store, is set to open in Vancouver on June 2018
    The federal government announced plans to spend $4.5B to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, and infrastructure related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The project is expected to employ over 9,000 people in BC.
    The BC government is launching a new bus service called BC Bus North for travel in northern BC. The new service will begin on June 4 and replace the discontinued Greyhound service.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    The federal government is providing $9.2M for transportation infrastructure improvements at the Ashcroft Terminal in BC. Over 250 jobs are expected to be created during construction.
    The Province recently announced new spending on tech and innovation which includes over $102.6M for 75 post-secondary research projects, $12M over 3 years in graduate degree scholarships and $10.5M to fund co-op opportunities and entrepreneurial training
    The federal government is providing $55.8M for four infrastructure upgrade projects including two in the Tri-Cities that will improve goods movement and reduce traffic gridlock in the region. An estimated 550 jobs will be created during construction.
    YWCA Work BC, in partnership with the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, recently held the Journey to Employment Hiring Fair in North Vancouver. More than 60 employers were present at the event.
    Air North recently added new twice-weekly flights between Victoria and Whitehorse
    The Stz'uminus Career Fair was recently held in Ladysmith. Positions were available with 21 businesses and organizations that were at the event.
    The Province, in partnership with M'akola Housing Society and Wachiay Friendship Centre Society, is building 35 affordable rental homes in Courtenay. The new units are expected to be ready by February 2019.
    The BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently started construction on its new community animal centre in Kamloops. The $6.5M, 10,500-sq.-ft. facility is replacing the current shelter on the North Shore.
    Burnaby-based Chandos Construction is currently working on a $9M renovation of the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre. The year-long renovation includes fixing the pools and improvements to the lobby and change room areas.
    Lake Trail Middle School in Courtenay is set to undergo a $27.2M seismic upgrade beginning in March 2019 that includes partial replacement of the school. The project will also add a new child care facility with up to 60 child care spaces.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $14M to farmers and food processors in BC to help develop new products and processes that support food production in the province
  • 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.

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