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British Columbia

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  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    TransLink is renovating stations on its Expo Line and estimates these changes will increase retail space to 17,000 sq.-ft. in the next five years
    The provincial government is providing over $355M that will be allocated to all 60 school districts. The funding will be used to restore class size and composition by continuing to hire approximately 3,330 full-time teachers and specialists.
    The government of BC is proposing to provide an additional $1B for their daycare policy which would create 60,000 more spaces over four years
    Sears Canada is closing 59 Canadian stores, including five locations in BC. The company will lay off 2,900 employees across the country as part of their restructuring.
    Sleep Country Canada recently opened a new distribution centre in Richmond. The 70,000 sq.-ft. space is a consolidation of two distribution centres that almost doubles capacity.
    West Shore RCMP is hiring four additional Mounties in Langford to address the city's rapidly growing population
    Okanagan College in partnership with BCIT is launching the Collaborative Mining Engineering and Technology Diploma/Degree pilot program this fall. The program will increase accessibility to education not previously available in the BC interior.
    Progressive Ventures Construction will begin work on a new $2.9M aboriginal-centred daycare in Terrace this month on behalf of the Kermode Friendship Society. An Early Childhood Education program will be offered to train approximately 10 future staff.
    The BC wine industry is in need of employees for various positions in vinyards, cellars, restaurants and front-of-house
    The Greater Victoria Public Library recently started offering free access to The learning resource offers online business-related courses and video tutorials.
    The federal government is providing $8M to form a mentorship network for Indigenous people considering a career in health research. The Canadian Institute for Health Research will fund eight mentorship teams across Canada, including BC.
  • Start date: 2017-06-19, End date: 2017-06-23
    Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    A new Vancouver Indigenous radio station is expected to open in June 2018 following recent CRTC approval
    The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has awarded Peters Brothers Construction Ltd. two contracts worth close to $1M for upgrades to the Naramata water system. The work is part of a larger $4.6M upgrade to the water system.
    Kelowna General Hospital recently laid off its in-house laundry staff as Interior Health moves to privatize laundry services. Approximately 99 positions will be affected throughout the health region.
    TransLink is increasing service for its Vancouver/Horseshoe Bay route to add capacity and reduce crowding
    The City of Fort St. John has awarded Knappett Industries Ltd. a $4.7M contract to build a water recovery facility
    The Lazelle Avenue Medical Clinic recently opened in Terrace. The new clinic is an overflow site for the Park Avenue Medical Clinic and offers additional space for physicians.
    Prince of Whales recently added a 95-passenger whale watching vessel to its fleet. The $3.5M 78-ft. catamaran will sail between Vancouver and Victoria.
    Camosun College has opened a new satellite training centre on Songhees Nation Territory. The Camosun Coastal Centre offers additional programs and training opportunities for the marine industries, Indigenous trades people, and members of the community.
    Construction recently got underway on the new Langley Youth Resource Centre that is set to open this fall. The facility will feature five beds, showers, laundry, as well as access to many youth services and programs.
    The District of North Vancouver will begin restoration of the road to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in July. The $700,000 project should be complete by the beginning of August.
    The BC government is granting $50M to build more than 4,300 electric vehicle charging stations across the province over the next five years
    Vancouver International Airport and the Musqueam Indian Band recently signed a 30-year agreement that incudes revenue sharing, jobs and educational opportunities for Musqueam members. The deal is estimated to be worth over $200M.
  • Start date: 2017-06-12, End date: 2017-06-16
    Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    Save-On Foods is planning to open its doors in Steveston's Roderick development in 2019. The 20,000sq.-ft. grocery store would employ at least 100 people.
    The University of Victoria properties division and Chard Development Ltd. are redeveloping three properties for condo, rental and commercial use
    According to Statistics Canada, Victoria had the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 3.9% in May 2017, down from 5.6% in May 2016
    Arc'teryx, an outdoor clothing retail outlet, has opened its second location in downtown Vancouver
    Seaspan Ferries has opened a new $44M loading facility at Duke Point terminal in Nanaimo due to rising demand on Vancouver Island. According to company officials, more than half the consumer goods delivered to the Island arrive via a Seaspan ferry.
    Construction has started on the Pangea Pod Hotel in Whistler. The $10M project, which is the first of its kind in Canada, will open in April 2018.
    Parq Vancouver casino is holding four job fairs throughout the summer. The casino plans to fill over 1,000 positions for its opening this fall.
    The City of Prince George is providing $5.2M for two projects that will improve the reliability of water service to the Hart
    The Prince George Airport is undergoing upgrades. The renovation project, which is worth over $5M, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
  • Start date: 2017-06-05, End date: 2017-06-09
    Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica Inc. is shutting down 40 of its 55 Ivivva stores across Canada. About half of the remaining 15 locations will be converted to Lululemon stores.
    BC Ferries and Point Hope Maritime have signed a five-year servicing deal. The agreement could inject $40M into the region's economy and will support shipyard positions in Victoria.
    Coquitlam's Mackin Park will be undergoing upgrades worth $1.35M. Funding for the project, which will be completed by November, is being provided by the city's Sports Field Strategy Program.
    The federal government is providing $867M in financial assistance over the next three years to the softwood lumber industry. The funding will aid BC's 60,000 forestry workers that have been affected by US trade policy changes.
    The federal government has granted a 40-year natural gas export licence to the Woodfibre LNG plant near Squamish. The $1.6B plant is anticipated to begin operations in 2020 and will process natural gas for export to Asian markets.
    Rogers Media is re-opening the CityTV newsroom in Vancouver after being out of production since July 2006
    The Empire Landmark Hotel and Cloud 9 restaurant in downtown Vancouver will be demolished once they close at the end of September. Two new mixed-use towers, which will include condos, office and retail space, are replacing the hotel and restaurant.
    SafePoint, Surrey's first supervised injection site, recently began operations
    Construction of the Delta iPort logistics centre on Tsawwassen First Nation is underway. The first 450,000sq.-ft. building is expected to open by summer 2018.
    A steady increase in the number of new builds in Powell River has created a contractor shortage in the city
    RainCity homeless shelter in Maple Ridge closed its doors on May 31, 2017 due to lack of funding
    The federal government is providing $108.1M in funding for new lifeboat stations in B.C. and Newfoundland. The grant is part of the $1.5B Oceans Protection plan that was announced in November 2016.
  • Start date: 2017-05-29, End date: 2017-06-02
    Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    Horizon Studios is opening in Dawson Creek in mid-June. The recording studio will offer music lessons and theory.
    The Canada North Resources Expo was held in Prince George on May 26 and 27. The event allowed businesses from the forestry, mining and various other industries to showcase tools and to recruit employees.
    Construction has started on Copper Spirit Distillery on Bowen Island. The business is set to begin production by February 2018.
    Northwest Community College is closing its Houston campus on June 30, 2017 due to a decline in student enrollment
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is ceasing operations of the BC Coast Guard dive team. Despite these layoffs, the Kitsilano base will stay open, and the Ministry plans to increase staffing levels over the next three years.
    Huka Entertainment has started laying off employees after the cancellation of the Pemberton Music Festival. The number of layoffs is unknown.
    Viking Air Ltd. is temporarily laying off 212 workers, including 136 unionized staff in North Saanich. The company is taking time off production as it tries to gain potential sales that may take 60 to 90 days to complete.
    Construction of the Lantzville Foothills residential development is set to begin in July. The development will include 730 homes, a mixed-use village and a park that will be completed over a 10 year period.
    Scotiabank is providing $2M in funding to UBC for research and educational initiatives in the fields of cybersecurity and financial risk
    Britco Construction has reopened its Penticton operation following a successful company restructuring. Forty new employees will be hired by the company, in addition to former workers who will be re-hired.
    The Powell Street Gateway, a supervised injection site, will begin operations in downtown Vancouver in June
    Kinder Morgan is proceeding with the $7.4B Trans Mountain pipeline expansion between Alberta and BC, pending successful completion of its initial public offering
  • Start date: 2017-05-22, End date: 2017-05-26
    Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    The Vancouver Film School has opened a state-of-the-art performance capture studio - the largest of its kind in Canada
    The Maple Leaf Bakery in Vancouver's West End will close this summer due to rising rental costs
    The federal government is providing $750,000 through its Canada Summer Jobs program to Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo area employers for summer student hiring. Approximately 230 student jobs have been approved under this program in the region.
    According to the BC Automotive Sector Alliance, the automotive industry will need at least 20,000 new hires over the next 10 years as baby boomers start retiring
    The Ontario Provincial Police is coming to BC for its out-of-province recruitment drive as it tries to increase its force by 300 people over the next 18 months
    Chanty's restaurant is closing its doors in Kamloops
    Wildstone Construction and Engineering has been awarded a three-year contract, worth $360,000 annually, to operate the Okanagan Falls Landfill
    MUJI is opening its doors in Burnaby's Metropolis at Metrotown. This will be the Japanese retailer's first store in BC.
    The Pemberton Music Festival has been cancelled due to bankruptcy
    Victoria Hyundai is expanding and will open a new showroom at the Westshore Town Centre on June 17
    Construction is underway at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Trail. The $300,000 expansion will add another 1,000sq.-ft. to the facility.
  • Start date: 2017-05-15, End date: 2017-05-19
    Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    The final redesign of Vancouver's 10th Avenue was presented to city council on May 16. If approved, construction will begin this fall.
    Businesses in White Rock's Five Corners neighbourhood are struggling to recover from a fire that destroyed an apartment complex last year. Many businesses are still operating in temporary locations.
    According to the BC Real Estate Association, housing supply is at a 20-year low in the province - putting upward pressure on prices. Housing inventory is down 17% in the province compared to April 2016 levels.
    According to the CBRE Group, Metro Vancouver is running out of industrial land. The lack of land could impact economic and employment growth in the region.
    SisterSpace, a women's only overdose prevention site, has opened its doors in downtown Vancouver
    The University of Northern BC is taking on a $2M research project to observe the impact of resource development on rural, remote and Indigenous communities. The five year project will involve a team of more than 60 researchers.
  • Start date: 2017-05-08, End date: 2017-05-12
    Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    Lowe's Canada is hiring 35 employees in Victoria as part of its plan to convert the Langford Rona location into a Lowe's store
    Express is closing all of its stores and discontinuing operations in Canada. The clothing-chain has 17 outlets in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta, which employ 340 people.
    V2V Vacations has launched its first passenger ferry service between Victoria's Inner Harbour and Coal Harbour in Vancouver
    Construction has begun on a new $200M Molson Coors brewery in Chilliwack. About 1,000 workers will be employed during the construction-phase of the project, while another 100 positions will be created once the plant opens in 2019.
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments are providing a total of $2.5M towards the Emerald Water System Disinfection upgrade in Whistler. The project is anticipated to be completed by March 2018 at the latest.
    Moricetown's Kyahwood Forest Products has laid-off seven employees as it faces challenges associated with new US tariffs on softwood lumber
    Pacifica Dairy Centre has started construction on a 40,000sq.-ft. facility in Chilliwack
    There is a high demand for forest technologists in rural BC. The shortage of technologists is a result of retiring workers, as well as a lack of new graduates who want to work in rural areas.
    Vancouver-based Ingledew's Shoes is closing due to high business costs and low sales. The company's six stores are expected to close in summer 2017.
    The Abbotsford school district will create 35 new classrooms following the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling on classroom composition. The district is also required to hire 50 teachers by September.
    The Port Alberni Shelter Society and Island Health began operation of an overdose prevention site on May 1 in Port Alberni
    Coulson Forest Products has been acquired by Surrey-based San Group of Companies. The mill currently has about 70 employees and plans to hire an additional 15 to 20 workers once the new owners take over.
    The City of Nanaimo has approved construction of a new downtown fire hall. Construction of the $16.9M building is set to begin in 2019.
    The City of Nanaimo has awarded a $12.5M construction contract to Cracey Holdings to build a 46-unit rental building on the former city hall annex. The development is expected to begin later this year, after the old annex is torn down.
    Niagara Grocery in James Bay recently closed its doors after eight years in business
  • Start date: 2017-05-01, End date: 2017-05-05
    Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    The Government of Canada is contributing $2.3M to upgrade four pedestrian rail crossings and build a pedestrian rail overpass in White Rock. The funding comes from Transport Canada's Rail Safety Investment Program.
    The Black Press Career Fair was held at the Langley Events Centre on May 11. The fair featured more than 100 employers.
    Vancouver-based retailer Kit and Ace is laying-off staff at its head office and closing all of its 26 international stores as it restructures operations. The clothing company's nine Canadian stores will remain open.
    Corus Entertainment is closing Shaw television stations in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, effective August 15. The closures will affect approximately 70 employees.
    The federal government is granting $641,573 towards the 2017-18 Canada Summer Jobs program to fund 190 post-secondary student jobs in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith region
    According to Statistics Canada, BC's real GDP grew 3.7% in 2016 - up from 3.1% in 2015. This is the second year in a row that BC has led the country in economic growth.
    The Surrey school district is planning to add 30 additional portables as it makes room for 168 new classrooms by fall 2017. The school district is currently hiring 300 teachers following a Supreme Court decision to restore class-size.
    Construction of a new BMX track, adjacent to Penticton's Munson Mountain Park, started in the first week of May. The track is expected to be operational this summer.
    According to Colliers International, Victoria's retail vacancy rate dropped to 5.45% at the end of 2016 compared to 8.53% during the same period in 2015
    The City of Langford is moving forward on its plan to build dual lanes on the Millstream Road overpass. Construction of the project is expected to start in June and should be complete by early September.
    According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey, Kelowna home prices increased significantly during the first quarter of 2017. The aggregate price of a home in the region increased 14.4% on a year over year basis.
    Construction of the new Penticton Nissan auto dealership is underway ¿ creating 35 full-time jobs during the construction phase. The dealership is expected to open in December and should create more than 30 full-time positions.
    B.C. Tree Fruits is installing a new apple-bagging line at their Winfield packing house as they expand operations. The expansion will add 66 employees to the company's current workforce of 180 at this location.
    The City of Campbell River is spending $155,384 to install a Municipal Broadband Network. Construction of the project is expected to be complete by the end of May and will provide affordable access to high-speed Internet for all downtown businesses.
  • Start date: 2017-04-24, End date: 2017-04-28
    Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Walmart Canada is laying-off an unspecified number of employees throughout the country as it restructures its operations. The company operates 410 stores across Canada and employs approximately 91,000 people.
    The BC Oil and Gas Commission granted KT Energy a permit to build and operate its proposed Fort Nelson liquid natural gas plant. Construction of the estimated $18M plant is anticipated to start in 2018.
    The Corporation of Delta hosted the 2017 Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair on April 27. More than three dozen exhibitors offered hands-on introductions to a variety of careers.
    Poseidon Ocean Systems (POS) of Campbell River was awarded a multi-million dollar contract to build 87 circular fish pens for Marine Harvest Canada. POS employs 11 full-time employees and 20 local contractors.
    The Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair was held at Okanagan College's Kelowna campus on April 23. The event showcased opportunities in the hospitality industry with representatives from restaurants, wineries, hotels and other tourism related businesses.
    Bebe, a clothing retailer, expects to close all its stores by the end of May. The chain has more than 130 retail stores and more than 30 outlet stores in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.
    The United States has imposed new preliminary countervailing duties ranging from 3 to 24% on Canadian imported lumber. The duties are expected to be collected at the border starting in early May.
    Great-West Lifeco plans to lay-off 1,500 workers across Canada over the next two years as a cost-cutting measure to address changing technology and heightened competition
    More than $1B in Employment Insurance extended benefits have been paid to workers in 15 designated regions that were hardest hit by the downturn in energy prices
    The cruise-ship industry contributed over $2B to BC's economy in 2016, according to a study by Business Research & Economic Advisors for the Cruise Lines International Association. The industry also created more than 23,000 jobs in Canada.
  • Start date: 2017-04-17, End date: 2017-04-21
    Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    Delbrook Surgical Centre recently filed for bankruptcy. The North Vancouver private surgery clinic had been in business for 17 years.
    Slegg Building Materials, a Langford building supply retailer, hosted a job fair on April 12
    Northwest Community College's trades building in Terrace is undergoing an $18M renovation. The upgrade is scheduled for completion in August 2018.
    A $2.8M project to link Kamloops' Grasslands Boulevard, between Woodrush Drive and Cantle Drive, is currently underway. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2017.
    Seafair Medical Centre in Richmond closed its doors due to a shortage of physicians
    The municipality of Lake Country has approved $18.5M worth of new construction projects between January and March this year ¿ an increase of almost $3M compared to the same period last year
    The Career Centre hosted its Hiring Fair in Parksville on April 12. Dozens of employers were present at the fair and offered employment opportunities in fields such as hospitality, tourism and education.
    Loblaw Companies Limited plans to open 30 new stores and renovate more than 500 existing stores across Canada, at a cost of about $1.3B. The company anticipates the expansion to create approximately 10,000 new retail, trade and construction jobs.
    Britco has laid-off an undisclosed number of workers at their Penticton plant due to lack of work. The remaining employees are working to reconfigure the facility to handle both commercial and residential construction projects.
    Pitt Meadows council has approved a living wage policy. All city staff and service providers will be paid a minimum of $20.64 per hour, effective September 1, 2017.
    The number of housing units sold in the Vancouver area increased by 48% in March compared to the previous month. This was higher than the historical average of about 25%.
    Construction is underway on the $3.5B George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project between Richmond and Delta. The project is scheduled for completion in 2022.
    Three local schools in Penticton will receive approximately $774,000 from the provincial government to upgrade their facilities. The upgrades are expected to be completed by March 2018.
    Construction of the $765M McLoughlin Point wastewater treatment plant is set to begin in late April or early May. The Capital Regional District has awarded the first construction contract, worth $272M, to Harbour Resource Partners.

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