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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    Antares Construction Ltd. has started remediation work on the Seton Canal. It is expected this project will create up to 6,000 person hours in labour, as well as additional sub-contracting opportunities for local businesses.
    The Government of BC is granting $488,000 to North Island College for a new film and TV industry training pilot. The specialized training will prepare students to work on productions that could begin in Vancouver Island next spring.
    Metro Vancouver has awarded a $525M contract to ADAPT Consortium to design and construct the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant. Construction will begin this spring and is expected to be completed in December 2020.
    The Government of BC is providing $12.5M for upgrades to Prince George's University Hospital of Northern BC. The funding will go towards two construction projects that will create an estimated 45 direct jobs and 30 indirect jobs.
    Canadian Pacific Railway is planning to relocate 73 locomotive engineer and conductors positions from Cranbrook to Sparwood in order to create a new crew base. The moves are being made to adjust for changing business conditions and to improve efficiency.
    The New Westminster Public Library will undergo a $4.7M renovation. Construction is expected to begin in October 2017 and should be completed by September 2018.
    McBride's BKB Cedar Manufacturing mill was destroyed in a fire on April 5. The mill employed 35 people in a community of approximately 600 people.
    According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Greater Victoria stood at 3.8% in March 2017 - the lowest unemployment rate in Canada and at a level last seen in 2008
    The new $25M Cascades Casino Penticton recently opened. The casino has hired more than 150 new employees, bringing their total staffing complement to 340 employees - the majority of which are full-time.
    The provincial government and Trans Mountain reached a final benefits agreement ensuring BC workers will have priority for construction jobs resulting from the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project
    The Government of BC is granting $1.6M to create nine support recovery units for individuals suffering from mental-health and substance-use issues in Squamish. The funding is part of the new Mental Health Housing program.
    The City of Prince Rupert and Pembina Pipelines have signed a letter of intent to construct a liquid propane export terminal on Watson Island. Construction of the project is expected to cost up to $175M.
    The City of Victoria and Tourism Victoria are providing $3M to upgrade the 400-block of Belleville Street, including improvements to the Belleville/Menzies plaza. Construction is set to begin in October, with completion of the project anticipated in April 2018.
  • Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    The Government of BC is contributing $66.6M towards the construction of a new $78.3M Health Sciences Centre for Advanced Simulation at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Construction will begin in summer 2018 and should create about 445 jobs.
    The Government of BC is granting $36M for a two-phase highway rehabilitation project to improve the Rosedale overhead and the Agassiz-Rosedale bridge structures. Construction on the first phase of the project will begin in May 2017.
    Victoria's View Royal Casino is undergoing a 42,000sq.-ft expansion. The project, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018, will more than double the size of the casino.
    The Government of BC is granting $4.17M to the District of Kent to upgrade and expand the Hammersley Pump Station. The funding is part of the Province's over $80M contribution to emergency preparedness and public safety.
    GT Hiring Solutions hosted a job fair in Chilliwack on April 6. More than 20 employers set up booths at the fair.
    The Province of BC has signed a 60-year land-use agreement that allows construction and development of the Valemount Glacier Destinations ski and sightseeing resort. Overall, 800 jobs will be created through the construction and operation of the resort.
    The Government of BC is funding a $9M resurfacing improvement on Road 40 and the Seaton Portage area. Construction is expected to start this summer and should be completed by fall ¿ creating approximately 27 jobs.
    The Government of BC is contributing $700,000 towards a $2.1M highway intersection project in Revelstoke. The second phase of the project is currently underway.
    Berry & Vale Contracting Ltd. has been awarded a contract for just over $700,000 to expand Quadra Island's sewer system. Construction will begin this month and is expected to be completed in September.
    The Government of BC is matching the federal government's contribution of $2.2B over 11 years for new transit projects in Metro Vancouver. The projects include rapid transit in Surrey and Vancouver.
    Enbridge is planning to cut 1,000 jobs as it restructures operations following its takeover of Spectra Energy. The majority of reductions will be made in corporate functions with less impact on field operations.
    Kinetic Construction is set to begin foundation work on a new $10M community safety building in Sidney this month. Construction is anticipated to be completed by fall 2018.
    The Columbia Basin Trust is granting $1.8M to 38 recreation infrastructure projects located in Basin communities. The Recreation Infrastructure Grants program funds the construction or renovation of recreation facilities and trails.
    The Government of Canada is granting up to $60.47M to upgrade and expand ferry services in BC. BC Ferries is responsible for all remaining costs associated with the $201M plan.
    The Government of BC is granting $600,000 to North Island College's Campbell River campus to implement the advanced aquaculture training program. Aquaculture has provided work in coastal communities affected by the downturn in commercial fishing.
    Voith Hydro Canada (VHC) recently started work on BC Hydro's Site C Clean Energy Project in northeast BC. VHC was awarded the $470M contract to design, supply, and install turbines and generators for the project.
    The Government of BC is granting $15M to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre to expand its emergency department and to add a dedicated area for mental health and substance-use care. The project is expected to be completed by October 2019.
    The Government of BC is granting $90M over the next three years to expand team-based primary health care throughout the province
    Kitselas First Nation recently signed a benefits agreement with the Province backing a project to export liquefied natural gas from the Port of Prince Rupert. Pacific Northwest LNG is expected to make a final decision on the project later this year.
    Simon Fraser University is planning a $10M upgrade to its Burnaby campus stadium. Construction is expected to begin within the next three years.
    Martini Film Studios is expected to open in Langley next month. With this addition, Metro Vancouver will have over 2.75M sq.-ft. feet of studio space.
    The Government of BC is granting $2.2M to First Nations Technology Council's Bridging to Technology program. The program provides Indigenous people with industry-relevant training in the technology and innovation sector.
  • Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    Many BC shellfish farms have been closed temporarily by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency following an oyster norovirus outbreak. The outbreak has not affected any other shellfish.
    The federal budget committed $20.1B to transit system improvements across Canada over the next 11 years. BC's estimated share is $2.7B to $2.2B to fund TransLink projects in Metro Vancouver and about $463M for transit in the rest of the province.
    Construction of Teck Trail Operation's $174M acid plant is slated to begin in April 2017. About 160 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.
    The Government of BC has granted AuRico Metals an environmental certificate for its Kemess Underground project, 430km northwest of Prince George. The $683.9M copper and gold mine is expected to have a life of 12 years, and would support up to 475 jobs.
    A Rapid Access Cardiac Exam clinic is set to open this fall in Kamloops, the second clinic of its kind in BC's Interior. The clinic will have six cardiologists, trained nurses and a pharmacist providing outpatient care.
    The Government of BC is contributing $200M for Phase 3 of the Cariboo Connector Strategy which will begin with a four-laning project south of Williams Lake. The engineering and design work of Phase 3 will begin immediately.
    The Government of BC is contributing $27,500 to the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce to find new ways to expand the Kootenays manufacturing industry. The money will fund a labour market study which is expected to be completed in August 2017.
    The Government of BC has approved the expansion plan of the Langley Memorial Hospital's emergency department. The project is expected to create about 182 jobs during the construction phase.
    The Government of BC has awarded IDL Projects Inc. a $15.6M contract to four-lane Highway 16 from Bunce to Blackwater. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and will create more than 70 jobs over the life of the project.
    Revelstoke Sand & Gravel (RS&G) received approval from the provincial government to develop an eight hectare quarry across from Columbia Park. RS&G still needs a mine permit to begin operations.
    The Government of BC is granting $150M to the province's education system to restore smaller class sizes. The new funding is in addition to the $180M already included in the provincial budget - increasing the total new teaching positions to 2,600.
    The Government of BC is contributing $8M towards the construction of a new $30.6M Nursing and Population Health Building at Kamloops' Thompson Rivers University. Construction will begin in spring 2018 and create approximately 176 jobs.
    Vancouver Island's Huu-ay-aht Nation has granted approval to Steelhead Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) for the proposed Sarita LNG project. The project will have a six-person oversight board with three seats saved for Huu-ay-aht representatives.
    The Canadian Coast Guard has launched a recruitment drive and expects to fill over 500 positions in the next two years due to new funding and employee turnover. Approximately 150 of these jobs are expected to be around BC's West Coast.
    The City of Port Coquitlam recently began work on the $3M Blakeburn Lagoons Park rehabilitation project. The city is converting two decommissioned sanitary ponds into an ecologically restored public park.
    The Government of BC is contributing $1.63M to the Greater Victoria Transit Commission. The commission will use the funds to add 20,000 service hours in 2017-18 and to buy eight new buses.
    The Government of BC is granting over $777,000 in Bike BC funding to the City of Kelowna to help convert a section of abandoned rail line into an off-road bike path. The new route is part of the Okanagan Rail Trail initiative.
    The Government of BC is contributing $113M towards phase two of a $235.5M project to twin the Trans-Canada highway in Langley. Design work is expected to start this fall.
    The Province of BC is providing $232,000 to two local organizations to help manage invasive plants in the Cariboo region. A total of 31 grants will be distributed throughout the province in 2017 to support the objectives of the Invasive Plant Program.
    A new Tim Horton's franchise opened recently in Oyster Bay. The store will employ about 15 people and many will be members of the Stz'uminus First Nation.
  • Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The federal and provincial governments are granting nearly $5M in joint infrastructure funding to expand the Nanaimo Airport terminal building. Construction of the $12M project is estimated to be completed by spring 2019.
    The Government of BC is granting $55,799 to the Quesnel School District to purchase trades training equipment, through the Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program. In total, the program will provide $15M over the next three years to 59 school districts.
    The District of Lantzville awarded a $633,360 contract to Copcan Civil Ltd. for the construction of a water pipeline. The pipeline will provide the district with a backup supply of water in the event of an emergency.
    Knappett Industries was awarded a $7.3M contract to finish work on improving connections between Highway 19 and the community of Courtney. Construction will begin this spring and is expected to be completed in fall 2017.
    The Columbia Basin Trust approved $1.8M in funding to build infrastructure that encourages active lifestyles in the Castlegar area. Three projects will receive funding through the Recreation Infrastructure Grants program.
    Cantex Okanagan Construction resumed a full complement of staff on March 22 to work on the twinning of Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Prince George. Construction of the $47M Cariboo Connector project is expected to be completed in November 2017.
    The City of Castlegar received a $3.21M grant from the Build Canada Small Communities Fund, co-funded by the federal and provincial governments, for the rehabilitation of Columbia Avenue. The city plans to have construction complete by 2018.
    The Government of BC granted $20,000 to the Creative Corner to host a career fair for Northerners interested in working in the film industry. The fair will be held in Prince George from May 5 until May 7, as part of the Northern FanCon conference.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $373.2M in joint funding for 144 new water and wastewater infrastructure projects throughout the province. The projects will create close to 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.
    The new Construction Ready Pilot Project was officially launched in Salmon Arm on March 17. The provincial initiative is administered through the Construction Foundation of BC and aims to connect students with construction industry employers.
    InSite Housing, Hospitality Health Services Inc. is planning to start the construction of its new Williams Lake residential care facility in July. The facility is expected to open in summer 2018 and will employ 80 care and hospitality staff.
    Construction of the new $44.3M Kelly Road secondary school in Prince George is set to begin this fall. The project is expected to create about 135 jobs.
    According to a new report by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the value of commercial real estate sales reached nearly $13B in 2016 - an increase of 47% from 2015
    The television shows "Lucifer" and "Legion", currently filming in Vancouver, will relocate to California for next season. The decision to relocate will result in a loss of about 400 BC jobs.
    The Government of BC is granting $80M for emergency preparedness across the province. The funding will go towards flood protection and prevention, seismic safety, local government emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and fire prevention.
    IDL Projects has started clearing the site for the new Ray-Mont Logistics containerized cargo facility on Ridley Island. The facility is expected to be operational this fall and will create an estimated 40 new jobs.
    The Government of BC is contributing $15.4M towards a new $18.9M Health Science Centre at Kelowna's Okanagan College, which will provide an additional 79 student spaces. Construction will begin in summer 2018 and is expected to create 118 jobs.
    TransCanada Corporation filed a variance application with the National Energy Board to proceed with the North Montney Mainline project. Approval would allow construction of the $1.4B pipeline prior to a final investment decision by Pacific NorthWest LNG.
    Avino Silver and Gold Mines Ltd. is planning to reopen its Bralorne underground gold mine later this year. Upgrades are ongoing at the mine and mill, while a new fleet is being assembled to support a modernized mining method.
  • Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    The Government of BC is contributing $91.4M over the next three years for emergency health services. The money will be used to hire 60 new paramedics, 20 dispatchers, and for purchasing new ambulances and equipment.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $27M to upgrade a stretch of the Pacific Rim Highway east of the Ucluelet-Tofino junction. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018 and should be completed by spring 2020.
    The Government of BC is providing $1.97M to the Okanagan Nation Alliance for a new three year pilot project to promote employment for Indigenous youth. The program will blend traditional teachings with employment training for 140 Syilx youth.
    The Government of BC is spending $500M over the next four years for seniors care. The funds will be used in hiring 1,500 additional health-care assistants, nurses and physiotherapists to assist seniors in residential care.
    Sunrise Records will open 29 new music stores across the country in former HMV properties, including Metrotown in Burnaby and Orchard Park in Kelowna. The new stores will be operational in April 2017.
    Prince George will host the 2022 BC Summer Games from July 21 to 24. The economic impact of the BC Summer Games is estimated at $2M.
    The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako approved a new inter-community transit service as part of the BC government's $5M Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan. The new service will link communities such as Smithers, Burns Lake and Prince George.
    Fort St. John will host the BC Winter Games from February 20 to 23, 2020. The economic benefit for a winter games host community is estimated at $1.6M.
    Construction of a series of road and highway improvements in Delta and Surrey is expected to begin this year. The project will cost approximately $245M and will create an estimated 745 direct construction-related jobs.
    The federal and provincial governments will contribute a combined total of over $87M to fund 26 community infrastructure projects throughout the province. Local governments will provide the remaining funds to cover their respective project costs.
    Shell Canada is discontinuing any further development of the Prince Rupert Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project on Ridley Island
    Postmedia is planning to lay off 54 workers in Vancouver by April 8. Layoff notices are expected to be delivered to impacted workers at the Vancouver Sun and the Province by the end of March.
    The new $700M Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant will be constructed in North Vancouver by 2020. The project received close to 58% of its funding from the federal and provincial governments.
    The Surrey Central SkyTrain station will undergo a $25M upgrade to improve capacity, accessibility and safety of the station. Construction is expected to start in early April and should be completed by the end of 2018.
    The City of Prince Rupert awarded a $6.9M contract to Kledo Construction to work on the Shawatlan Raw Water Pipeline Project. Construction to replace the pipeline and build an access road to the dam will begin this spring.
    Construction of a new 15-bed stand-alone hospice residence in Langley will begin this summer. The new residence will replace the current facility, located on the Langley Memorial Hospital grounds, once it opens in 2019.
    According to a survey conducted by KPMG, BC's clean-technology industry employed 8,560 people and generated an estimated $1.8B in revenue in 2016
    The Government of Canada granted $17.6M to UtherCast of Vancouver. The company will use the funding to develop patented cutting-edge earth observation technology, which can be used for disaster management, forestry and agriculture.
    The Government of BC is granting $2M to the BC Public School Employers' Association's recruitment and retention program. The funding will be used to support solutions for school districts with hard-to-fill positions in rural and remote communities.
  • Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    The Government of Canada awarded Seaspan of Vancouver a $230M contract to build two joint supply ships for the Royal Canadian Navy. Construction is expected to begin next year.
    The Government of BC awarded a $2.33M contract to Brocor Construction Ltd. to upgrade the intersection at Highway 97 and Montney Highway, north of Fort St. John. Work on the project is expected to begin in May, with completion in late September.
    Saanich will host the Capitol Regional District's new $13.5M 9-1-1 dispatch and call centre. Construction of the facility is anticipated to begin this year and should be completed by early 2019.
    Pacific NorthWest recently launched the Individual Training Grant Program to prepare North Coast residents for job opportunities in the liquid natural gas industry. The new program will be administered through the company's Prince Rupert and Port Edward offices.
    The Government of BC launched the Clean-Tech Innovation Strategy for the BC Forest Sector. The strategy, done in partnership with FPInnovations, aims to use innovation to drive commercialization and enhance the forest resource and product value.
    The BC Arts Council is accepting applications for several project-assistance funding programs until April 3, 2017. The programs are part of the BC government's planned $60M funding for art and culture in 2017-18.
    BC's largest wind facility, located north of Tumbler Ridge, is now fully operational. Meikle Wind will be managed by 16 operations and maintenance personnel, and will also utilize a variety of local subcontractors.
    The City of Kelowna will begin Phase 3 of the Active Transportation Corridor project by the end of April. The $2.5M project includes construction of dedicated and protected bike lanes, new sidewalks, streetlights, landscaping and utility improvements.
    Wired4Success has received a $1.2M federal grant to fund its 17-week program for job seekers in the North Shore. Participants get four weeks of classroom time to learn basic employment skills, followed by placements with local employers.
    Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. finalized a contract with Fraser Health to build the first phase of the Royal Columbian Hospital's three-phase redevelopment. Work on the $200M project will begin this year and should be completed by winter 2019.
    The Government of BC is providing $40M to improve internet capacity in rural and remote communities across the province. The funding is meant to improve career opportunities outside major cities and is part of the province's rural development strategy.
    The Government of BC is granting $13.7M in royalty deductions to support the construction of 13 clean infrastructure projects through BC's new Clean Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program. The projects will be located in northeastern BC.
    The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will be hiring two interns and two summer students, thanks to a two year partnership with Rio Tinto. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC operates the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre in Vanderhoof.
    The provincial government is spending $1.8M to purchase and renovate a transition house in Delta. Overall, the province's new budget will earmark approximately $34.6M for transition houses, safe houses and second-stage housing throughout BC.
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    The Government of BC is spending $150M to plant millions of trees creating 3,000 jobs in rural parts of the province. The funding is part of BC's plan to spend $800M over the next 10 years to fight climate change and create 20,000 jobs in the province.
    The federal and provincial governments are spending a combined total of $469M to widen two sections of the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden. Construction will begin later this year and continue over the next seven years - creating 1,400 jobs.
    The BC Government has signed a 10-year $1.4B health funding agreement with the federal government. The agreement includes $785.7M for home care infrastructure and $654.7M for mental-health initiatives.
    Ruth King elementary in Langford is undergoing a $4.2M seismic upgrade. Construction started in February and is expected to be completed by December 2017.
    The Province of BC awarded a $3.94M contract to Peter's Bros. Construction Ltd. for a 4.3 km paving project in Prince Rupert. Work is scheduled to begin in April and should be completed by July.
    The Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council hosted its annual Discover Tectoria trade show in Victoria on February 24. The council aims to attract talent and grow the region's tech industry revenues.
    Work Link hosted the West Shore hiring fair in Victoria on March 7. The fair featured representatives from Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa, Alpine Group, Royal Roads University and Wendy's support service.
    North Vancouver City Council approved the construction of a $1.1M bicycle lane on Keith Road. Construction on the project, which is being funded by the provincial and municipal governments, will begin this summer.
    The BC government is increasing the province's minimum wage to $11.35 per hour, effective September 15, 2017. The new rate includes a 20-cent increase based on the BC 2016 Consumer Price Index, plus an additional 30 cents.
    Construction of the new Margaret ¿Ma¿ Murray Community School recently began in Fort St. John. The $26.6M construction project is being built under BC's Apprentices on Public Projects Policy and is expected to be completed in early 2018.
    According to Tourism Vancouver, the city welcomed more than 10M overnight visitors in 2016. The report indicates a 7.2% increase in overnight visitation from 2015 levels.
    The Government of BC issued an environmental assessment certificate to NOVA Gas Transmissions Ltd. for the Towerbirch Expansion Project. Approximately 69 km of the proposed interprovincial gas pipeline would be in the Peace River Regional District.
    The Government of Canada is spending $100M to upgrade the Esquimalt Graving Dock through the construction of two new electrical substations and reconstruction of the south jetty. The graving dock supports about 1,300 jobs.
    The College of New Caledonia hosted the Career in Health Sciences Day in Prince George on February 27. The event offered high school students a chance to examine career paths in health sciences through hands-on learning experience in various programs.
    Black Press is closing its Penticton printing plant and bindery as it restructures operations. The plant employed at least 10 pressmen and insertion staff.
    The Government of BC is providing $1.2M for the Music Company Development program as part of the BC Music Fund. The funding will be used to further develop the capacity of BC's music companies through business development activities.
    The Government of BC will fund the construction of a new Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace. Work on the new hospital could start as early as next year.
    The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society office in Williams Lake will close permanently at the end of March due to funding constraints
    Glades Park in Surrey will undergo $1.5M in improvements over the next two years. Upgrades include a new parking lot, accessible path loops, new entrance and the development of a natural amphitheatre.
  • Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    Two job fairs are being held in the Campbell River region. The Island Health Career Fair will be held on February 23, while the annual hiring fair for April Point and Painter's Lodge resorts will be held on March 31.
    Molson Coors will begin the first phase of construction of its new brewery in Chilliwack this spring. The facility is expected to be completed by late 2018 or early 2019.
    The province and the Lax Kw'alaams Band have reached benefits agreements as part of the development to create a liquefied natural gas export industry in the Prince Rupert area. The agreements include access to employment and training opportunities for Indigenous communities.
    Construction of a $75M multi-disciplinary mental health services building in Coquitlam will begin this spring. The Valleyview building will house a treatment centre for youth, as well as an assessment centre.
    Three new agreements involving eight local governments have been reached in the Kootenay region, through the Mobile Business Licence program. The agreements allow small businesses to operate in multiple jurisdictions with a single business licence.
    School districts throughout Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley are struggling to find substitute teachers following the recent teacher hiring spree. BC hired 1,100 new teachers after last year's Supreme Court ruling to restore staffing levels.
    The new Gateway Cascades Casino will be opening its doors in Penticton this spring. The casino is currently hiring 150 employees, primarily food and beverage servers, for their two new restaurants.
    Telus is starting a $55M fibre optic expansion project in Chilliwack to improve internet speed and capacity. This project is part of the company's commitment to invest $4.5B in fibre connection throughout BC between 2016 and 2019.
    The rehabilitation and resurfacing of the Dry Gulch Bridge, located near the summit of the Coquihalla, will begin this spring. The project is expected to create 20 jobs and should be completed by fall 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting an additional $82,000 to Horton Ventures Inc. The funding will be used to train 10 older workers at 100 Mile House, in an effort to help them in re-enter the workforce.
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    The City of Vancouver launched a new commercial renovation centre to support small businesses. The center serves as a ¿one-stop shop¿ and is designed to speed up the process of obtaining permits and licences for small businesses.
    The Vancouver General Hospital is undergoing a $102M upgrade, which will increase the number of surgeries by 13% once work is complete in 2021. The project is expected to create 450 construction jobs.
    The Government of BC is investing $33M to replace Minnekhada Middle School's existing building with a fully accessible and seismically upgraded building in Port Coquitlam. Construction is expected to begin in September.
    The Province granted environmental approval with 33 conditions for the construction of a $3.5B, 10-lane bridge between Delta and Richmond to replace the George Massey Tunnel. Construction is expected to begin this year and should be completed by 2022.
    The College of New Caledonia, in partnership with five Northern Indigenous communities, is delivering community-based training to 90 Indigenous people. The program will help prepare learners for employment in health care, trades and building maintenance.
    The federal and provincial governments are contributing to the upgrade of Kwanten Polytechnic University's Spruce Building in Surrey. The renovation work is expected to begin in April and should be complete by spring 2018.
    The Immigrant Employment Council of BC launched BC Refugee Job Connect, a new website to connect refugees with employers. The website aims to help refugees overcome the challenge of finding employment.
    The Capital Regional District awarded a $784,000 contract to Don Mann Excavating for the engineering and construction of a new section of trail between View Royal and Esquimalt. Work on the pedestrian and cyclist trail will begin later this spring.
    Mamele'awt Qweesome Housing Society held a ground breaking ceremony for a new Urban Village project in Chilliwack. Construction of the mixed-use 80-unit affordable housing project is set to begin this summer and should be completed in spring 2019.
    The Valley Fair Mall in Maple Ridge is undergoing a major renovation, at a significant cost. Construction of the project began in February and is scheduled to be completed by fall.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    The City of Vancouver is granting $2M to address the ongoing drug overdose crisis. The grants will fund initiatives such as addictions and mental health training for city staff and the creation of a new community policing centre.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $5.6M each towards the construction of North Island College's new training facility in Campbell River. The project will generate 82 jobs and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2018.
    The Government of BC has committed $217M over the next three years towards the construction and expansion of schools in Surrey. These capital projects are expected to create up to 5,200 new student seats for Surrey's rapidly growing population.
    The Government of Canada, the Municipality of Richmond and the South Arm Community Association are contributing towards the $2.1M renovation of Richmond South Arm Community Centre. The upgrades are expected to be completed by fall 2017.
    The expanded Hope to Health Research Centre recently opened its doors in Vancouver. In addition, an adjacent walk-in clinic and eye clinic are also slated to open this spring.
    Construction of the provincially funded $975,000 rest area on Highway 97, south of Fort St. John, is underway and expected to be complete by spring. The project includes room for transport trucks and non-commercial vehicles, washrooms and picnic tables.
    Vancouver online shoe retailer, Shoes.com, is ceasing operations. The company is closing its three e-commerce channels and two brick-and-mortar locations in Vancouver and Toronto, which will leave approximately 230 people out of work.
    Glanford middle school in Victoria hosted the WorkBC Find Your Fit Tour for middle school students. The program provided information and interactive displays on skills needed for various in-demand jobs, as well as insights on work conditions.
    Metro Vancouver is moving ahead with its plans to replace the Twin Bridge. The bridge will be replaced by a new $2.3M suspension bridge, which is slated for completion by the end of this year.
    The Government of BC is granting $2.1M to support clean energy projects. The funding will help get more Indigenous communities plugged into their own electricity supply.
    The Government of BC is providing $35M in funding over the next three years to BC Parks. Part of the funding will be used to hire 25 new full-time park rangers across the province.
    The Okanagan School of Business hosted the Business Expo and Employment Fair at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Over 50 booths helped connect students looking for employment and career opportunities with the business community.
    The Government of BC has granted environmental assessment approval for the $1.7B North Montney Mainline Pipeline Project. Construction is expected to create up to 2,500 direct jobs in the Peace Region.
    Nations Creations is offering specialized manufacturing equipment training in Chilliwack for 24 unemployed people from the Fraser Valley. The provincially funded course will give participants skills and resources needed for employment.
    The Tally-Ho hotel of Victoria will close at the end of February. Thirty staff members will be affected by the closure.
    The Government of BC has signed off on the construction of a new $150M courthouse in Abbotsford. The project is slated to begin in 2018 and, when complete, will employ around 200 people - more than double its current staffing levels.
    Construction of the new $417M Royal Inland Hospital patient care tower in Kamloops is expected to begin in 2018. The project is estimated to create 2,400 construction jobs and should be completed by 2022.
    The Government of Canada is granting $10M to construct the new Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre. Construction of the centre began on February 6 and the facility is expected to open in June 2018.
    Eagle Creek and Okanagan Studios are building new soundstage facilities in Kelowna and Vernon. The facilities will support the Okanagan's growing film and TV production industry.
    The Government of BC and St. Paul's Foundation have announced a combined $8M in funding for the BC Centre on Substance Use located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The centre is dedicated to research, education and care related to substance abuse.
    Construction of a new adventure park near Revelstoke is set to begin this spring. The first phase of the park will open this spring and, once complete, the park will employ about 250 people.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    Black Press is hosting a career fair in Courtney on February 9. The career fair will include more than 80 exhibitors and will offer employment, education and skills upgrading opportunities.
    The Government of BC is investing $8M to improve museum and heritage sites across the province. The program will offer a one-time grant of up to $100,000 to organizations responsible for cultural or heritage mandate.
    Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission hosted a career fair on January 28 to bolster the local crew base. The event was in anticipation of a number of upcoming movie and TV projects.
    According to the provincial government, employment in BC's tech industry rose by 2.9% in 2016 compared to the national average of 1.1%. BC's tech industry has more than 9,900 companies and employs about 4.9% of the province's workforce.
    The City of West Kelowna is hiring temporary full-time summer students in various departments including communications, economic development, engineering, public works, parks and finance
    The Metro Vancouver transportation authority, TransLink, is aiming to hire 144 drivers to operate buses and shuttles by April. Another 300 drivers will be hired by the end of this year.
    The Canada Revenue Agency has sent relocation notices to 391 employees in Surrey, inviting them to consider moving to other locations. Affected workers have been given the option of moving to Winnipeg, Summerside, Sudbury, or Vancouver.
    The Vancouver International Airport announced plans for a $5.6B expansion. The 20 year plan includes expanded terminals, new taxiways and improved roads and bridges.
    The Government of BC is investing over $16M to increase addiction treatment services. Up to 240 people will receive intensive residential treatment in 60 additional new beds, while another 200 will have access to 50 intensive outpatient treatment spaces.
    The Camosun College and the Royal Roads University are planning to expand their facilities, thanks in part to the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. The projects, valued at $48.5M and $21.5M, are expected to be completed by fall 2018.
    A new daycare opened in Port Alberni on January 23, creating 50 childcare spaces
    The municipality of Delta approved a $1.4M contract to renovate a century-old building which will house the community police station. Construction of the project is slated for completion by the end 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $70M to reconfigure the Alex Fraser Bridge to seven lanes. Construction of the project is expected to be completed by spring 2018.
    Vancouver Island University announced a new $40M health and science centre for the Nanaimo campus. The university plans to look at the possibility of adding new programs and degrees when the facility opens in fall 2018.
    Schneider Electric, a France-based manufacturer of energy-measuring devices, recently laid-off six employees at its Saanichton location. The company employs approximately 300 workers at this facility.
    The Government of BC is providing $900,000 to the BC Centre for Palliative Care. The money will improve access to hospice palliative care by funding five new hospice beds at the Langley Hospice Residence.
    The BC Government recently announced two new initiatives under the BC Jobs Plan to help address risks faced by rural communities and the need for fostering talent in the province's technology industry
    The Government of Canada is granting $400,000 to Victoria's Royal Theatre, to fund the purchase of new audio and scenic-projection systems. The upgrades will make the theatre more appealing to touring companies.
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    Graham's Gifts recently closed its doors. The Chilliwack store has been open for more than 45 years.
    Telus recently purchased Mascon Cable, a Salmon Arm-based internet and television provider. The company confirmed that all employees have accepted full-time positions with Telus and there will be no change in staffing levels.
    Regus, an office space provider, is opening a new co-working building in Vancouver's Gastown. The building will accommodate about 450 people and is set to open by summer 2017.
    The Government of BC announced $4M toward an 82-unit affordable rental project for seniors in Langley. Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2018.
    Cowichan Lake's Brookside Medical Clinic is recruiting new family physicians, as three doctors announced they are leaving the community
    The Government of BC recently approved Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project, adding 37 conditions to the project. The revenue-sharing deal will provide the province with up to $1B over 20 years.
    Gibsons Recycling Depot is closing its Zero Waste store
    Executive Hotels & Resorts recently purchased the Splashdown Waterpark. The Tsawwassen attraction will reopen this summer as Big Splash Waterpark and will add new slides in 2018 as well as a 200-room hotel in 2019.
    The Government of BC is granting $144,000 to the pipeline craftsmanship training and wildlife monitoring program. The program will provide up to 21 Doig River First Nation members an opportunity to gain job skills and maximize employment opportunities.
    The Canada Foundation for Innovation is granting $46M, over five years, to University of Victoria-based Ocean Networks Canada. The funding will support research on topics such as earthquake prediction and ocean acidification.
    The Westbay Marina RV Park of Esquimalt will be closing its doors for renovations at the end of February. The upgraded facility will be called the Salish Seaside RV Haven and is expected to re-open in July 2017.
    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there were 2,196 new housing starts in Kelowna in 2016-up 72% from the previous year. Housing starts are expected to decline in 2017 and are forecast to range between 1,520 and 1,780.
    Metro Vancouver school districts are currently in the process of hiring about 500 new teachers. The hiring comes as a result of a new legislation which limits class-size, specialist teacher ratios and the number of special needs students in a class.
    The Community of Merritt hosted a job fair for laid-off Tolko mill workers on January 16. The fair featured businesses such as Kinder Morgan, the Douglas Lake Cattle Company and several trade organizations and post-secondary institutions.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    Two new primary-care health centres are opening in Kamloops on March 2 and April 10. The clinics are expected to employ about 75 full-time staff, once operational.
    Greater Victoria School District is closing its nature kindergarten program at the end of the school year. The program operates at the South Park Family School and the James Bay Community School.
    Revelstoke saw a 73% spike in the value of residential home construction between 2015 and 2016. Development is expected to further increase in 2017, with several commercial and multi-family projects scheduled to proceed.
    The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission launched its new website, InvestKelowna.com. The website aims to attract businesses and investors from around the world to support local businesses.
    Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has proposed five new oil response bases on Vancouver Island. The $150M project would create 22 full-time jobs at the main facility, located in Nanaimo.
    Gartree Medical Clinic, located in Vernon, is closing its doors on March 24. The closure will affect three employees.
    Ladysmith & District Credit Union is opening a new location in Stz'uminus First Nation's Oyster Bay Development. The credit union plans to seek new members and employees from the community.
    Canada Post is opening a new postal outlet in Port Alberni's Shoppers Drug Mart
    BC Hydro is providing a one-time payment of $442,000 to Hudson's Hope to mitigate the impacts of the Site C hydroelectric dam. The agreement also includes a donation of $268,000 to support community facilities and infrastructure.
    Polygon Promenade at The Quay Homes Ltd. is developing Promenade at the Quay, a 117-unit condominium tower, in North Vancouver. The development is scheduled for occupancy in spring 2019.
    Glenlyon Norfolk School is expected to begin a major renovation at its Beach Drive campus this year. The Victoria school plans to replace the gymnasium, classroom and kindergarten buildings with new energy efficient buildings.
    Pacific Breeze Urban Winery recently merged with Revelation Cellars, under the Revelation banner. The company plans to increase production and build a second urban winery in Vancouver.
    A proposed $15M hotel in Nanaimo is expected to create up to 27,000 person-days of construction work, and up to 70 full-time jobs once complete. Construction could begin as early as April, with the hotel opening in summer 2018.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    AltaGas is planning to begin construction of its $475M Ridley Export Terminal near Prince Rupert in early 2017. The project is expected to create up to 250 construction jobs during 2017 and 2019, and up to 50 jobs once the facility is operational.
    The value of properties in Greater Vancouver increased by 29.7% between 2016 and 2017, bringing the total to value up to $825.2B. About $11B of the increase comes from new construction, subdivision and rezoning.
    Pembina Pipeline started construction on its $235M northeast BC expansion project. The project, which includes 145km of new pipeline, is expected to be operational in late 2017.
    Several BC mining organizations are cautiously optimistic that resource prices will stabilize or recover in 2017. A number of mining projects in northern BC are moving forward, including Red Chris Mine, Brucejack gold project, and Brule mine.
    BroadbandTV is hosting a job fair on February 2 at its Vancouver headquarters. The company plans to add 50 new positions to its workforce of 400, as part of a major expansion into Asia and the Middle East.
    A 473-unit rental housing project has been proposed in View Royal. The $200M project is expected to create 2,000 person-years of employment during construction.
    YMCA of Okanagan is opening its third Kelowna location inside Interior Health's Community Health and Service Centre. The new 7,500sq.-ft. fitness centre is expected to open in late spring.
    The Bristol, a 4-storey mixed-use apartment building, is under construction in Surrey. The building will include residential units as well as 11 live/work units, which would accommodate home-based businesses.
    Re/Max Market Outlook 2017 forecasts that the average residential sale price in Greater Victoria will rise from $580,961 in 2016 to $590,450 in 2017
    Infinity Properties is developing a 55-unit condominium building in Langley. The Belmont at Heritage is scheduled for occupancy in fall 2018.
    Browns Socialhouse Restaurant and Bar opened a new location in Kelowna
    Tofino Bottle Depot is closing its doors on March 10
    The provincial government and the BC teachers union reached a $50M deal to hire approximately 1,100 new teachers, counsellors and librarians across the province
    A number of new craft breweries are scheduled to open across BC in 2017, including Backroads Brewing, Twin City Brewing and Mount Arrowsmith Brewing
    Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. was selected to build the first phase of Royal Columbian Hospital's new mental health facility in New Westminster. The $260M facility is expected to open in December 2019.
    CertainTeed Gypsum Canada has added about 30 employees at its drywall plants in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg since September
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Trinity Post & Panel Inc. officially opened its new factory in Lone Butte. The company is working with First Nations communities to provide job training, as well as affordable housing to members of the community.
    Victoria-based Camosun College recently launched its Coastal Skills Initiative, a $1M program providing students with specific skills to work in the marine industry
    The Royal BC Museum, located in Victoria, is renovating its existing building. The first of a five-phase 25-year redevelopment of the site will cost $10M.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, private apartment vacancy rate in Langley was 1.1% in October 2016, compared to 1.5% in the year before. The city's first purpose-built rental building was pre-leased before it opened in September.
    Osoyoos Fire Department opened the doors to its new $6M fire hall. The fire department hopes to add a new rescue truck by 2019 and an aerial truck by 2021 or 2022.
    BC Interior Health has selected Kelowna's Ledcor Construction Ltd. as the construction contractor for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital pediatric unit. The $750,000 construction will begin in early 2017 and should be completed by summer.
    Municipal council of Ladysmith is building a new $13M water filtration plant. The town council has voted to borrow up to $6M over 25 years to fund the construction of the plant.
    Hummingbird Cove Lifestyles is nearing completion of the first phase of its $40M shellfish hatchery near Powell River. The hatchery is expected to create 30 to 50 jobs when completed.
    Telco Management, a Vancouver telemarketing company, closed its doors on December 22. The closure left up to 200 workers unemployed.
    Nanaimo city council is closing its arms-length Economic Development Corporation at the end of January, replacing it with a city economic development office. Two administration positions will be transferred to the city and a manager job will be created.
    Kamloops-Thompson school district received 162 more students than expected this year, as a result the school district will receive $1.17M in additional funding. The district plans on using the additional funds to hire more teachers and support staff.
    Mountain Equipment Co-op, a Vancouver-based outdoors-lifestyle retailer, announced plans to move and expand its flagship store in Vancouver. The company also plans to open additional locations across Canada over the next three years.
    A new plan for Bridge Creek, a five-hectare city-owned property, was recently proposed to the Revelstoke city council. The plan includes a mix of single-family and multi-family homes developed over the next 15 to 20 years.
    The City of Nanaimo consultants have recommended building an $86.6M sports and entertainment centre in the city. Construction of the facility could create more than 400 full-time construction-related jobs.
    Cando Rail Services plans to have its Mission Flats location operational by summer 2017. The new rail-terminal is expected to employ approximately 50 workers, including locomotive engineers, conductors, truck drivers and office staff.
    TransLink recently sold its 13.8-acre Oakridge Transit Centre lot to Intergulf-Modern Green Development Corp. for $440M. The city approved a policy allowing the lot to be redeveloped into a residential community.
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    TELUS recently expanded its fibre optic network to Hudson's Hope
    Cutler's Jewellery closed its doors in downtown Penticton on December 24
    Wings, a Burnaby-based restaurant, recently reopened its location in Quesnel
    The Richmond city council has allowed the RCMP to hire 11 new officers. Richmond is authorized to have 214 officers on duty, however the city currently has 189 officers on active duty.
    Tantalus Labs proposed its first purpose-built greenhouse for medical marijuana in western Canada. The greenhouse is located on a 15-acre property in east Maple Ridge.
    Upgrades on Kelowna's city hall basement are expected to begin in 2017 and will cost $2.5M
    The City of Nanaimo is ending its visitor and tourism service at the end of January. The closure will affect five Tourism Nanaimo employees.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    North Vancouver city council recently approved plans to construct a new building for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. Construction of the $5.5M museum is expected to begin in early 2017 and should open in 2019.
    The Government of BC and Creative BC recently launched three new funding programs, worth $3.8M, to support BC's music industry. The funds will support developments that contribute to the growth of live music events across the province.
    The first phase of TransLink's 10-year expansion plan will add 28 new SkyTrain cars to Metro Vancouver's transit system. The cars will cost a total of $93M and are expected to be in service by early 2019.
    Tolko recently shuttered its Merritt lumber mill. The equipment in the mill will remain intact, in the event that an offer is made to purchase the mill.
    The Nanaimo International Hostel is closing its doors on December 31. The owner of the hostel plans to convert the building into a rental apartment.
    Teck recently completed construction of its $35M smelter recycling building at its Trail facility
    The Government of BC recently launched the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program. Under the program, first-time home buyers could be granted an interest free loan to help with the down payment.
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, there were 268 new housing starts in Victoria in November, bringing the yearly total to 2,787 homes
    Comox was selected as the location for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Replacement Project. The project will create 30 direct jobs, as well as a number of spin-off benefits.
    Campbell River city council approved four new staff positions, including two new firefighters, a building inspector and a contract worker coordinator
    LNG Canada is launching a new bidding process to find a lead construction contractor for its proposed $40B liquefied natural gas development in Kitimat
    Moissonnier, a French cabinetmaker, recently opened its first North American showroom in Vancouver's Yaletown neighbourhood
    The Dream Café, a live music bar in Vancouver that closed its doors in October, is re-opening in February 2017
    Gold River Super-Valu, the only grocery store in Gold River, closed its doors on November 12
    Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House, a new craft brewery, recently opened its doors in Campbell River. The brewery currently employs 20 full- and part-time workers, and is anticipating to hire additional staff.
    BC Housing is building 50 affordable housing units in Fort St. John. Forty of the units will be used by BC Hydro employees during the construction of Site C Dam project, with all 50 units being turned over to the community when the project concludes.
    The Government of BC is spending $60M to repair a section of highway 99, west of Kamloops. Construction of the project is slated to begin in summer 2017.
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation forecasts that total housing starts in Metro Vancouver will reach 27,495 by the end of 2016. Starts are expected to ease in 2017 and will range between 21,500 and 23,500 units.
    Indigenous Roots plans to expand its medical marijuana business to First Nations communities across the country. The group is focused on indigenous ownership and operation as well as providing jobs to First Nations communities.
    Vancouver Island University received $22M from the federal and provincial governments to expand its trades-training complex. Construction of the project will begin in early 2017 and is expected to be substantially complete by spring 2018.
    The Township of Langley recently unveiled draft plans for the Smith Neighbourhood Plan, a new 192 acre development in Willoughby. The neighbourhood is expected to include two schools and up to 2,600 housing units.
    BC Transit proposed several improvements to the transit system in Campbell River, including two new transit hubs, two new buses and an expansion in service of 1,500 hours annually
    The Government of BC announced $443,000 to help 28 immigrants and 30 refugees find work. The programs will be offered through MOSAIC, a Vancouver-based immigrant services agency.
    Pizza Hut has been forced to hold-off opening some new locations in BC due to staffing shortages in the province
    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is eliminating some positions at its seven regional offices, including BC
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Construction recently began on the Bear Mountain Parkway extension, a $10M municipal roadway, in Langford
    North Shore Hospice announced a $2M expansion, including a new outpatient clinic. The expansion is expected to be completed by December 2017.
    Marmot Ridge Golf Course, located in 100 Mile House, recently reopened its Prospectors Roadhouse restaurant after completing renovations. Twenty-eight new staff members were hired to work at the restaurant.
    Cedar Tree Investment Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of China's Anbang Insurance Group, made an estimated $1B bid to buy a majority stake of Retirement Concepts. Retirement Concepts owns 24 seniors-care facilities in BC, Alberta and Quebec.
    Miracon is developing Westside at Orchard Grove, a 53-home single-family community, in South Surrey. Thirty-three homes are currently complete, with the remainder scheduled for completion by summer 2017.
    Wonderbucks, a Vancouver retail store, is closing its doors in early 2017. The store reports that it is closing as a result of the rising rental costs.
    Teck Resources announced that it was able to cut its workforce at Highland Valley Copper mine, located near Logan Lake, by six percent through attrition
    The Government of BC will not be relocating the Balfour Ferry Terminal, on Kootenay Lake. The proposed relocation would have affected 50 jobs and cost the local economy an estimated $2M.
    Vancouver city council recently approved more than $350,000 for quick-start project as well as longer-term studies, to support economic development in the city's downtown eastside
    Invenergy, a clean energy producer, may be moving ahead with its Mt. McDonalds Wind Energy Project near Port Edward. The project would create a number of construction jobs, as well as at least 15 permanent positions.
    Expansion work on the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is expected to begin in June. The $24M project is slated for completion in fall 2018.
    Diacarbon Energy Inc. expects to reopen its Merrit pellet plant in the new year, after a fire partially gutted a dryer at the plant on October 10. The plant employed approximately 25 full-time employees.
    BC Artspace is opening a 48,000 sq.-ft. hub for artists, cultural and community groups in Vancouver's Sun Wah Centre
    The Office, a small business offering rental workspaces, recently opened its doors in Rossland
    Sooke Seniors Drop In Centre recently closed its doors
    Premium Brands Holdings Corp. recently acquired BC-companies, Island City Baking and Conte Foods. The company also announced an agreement to buy Vancouver-based Larosa Fine Foods.
    The Government of BC is granting $2M to build nine new affordable housing units in Burnaby. Construction of the project is expected to begin in fall 2017 and should be completed by spring 2018.
    Okanagan College forecasts that its enrollment will increase from 8,000 students to 10,000 by 2026. To accommodate additional students, the college plans to expand its culinary arts program, build new student residences, and add more classrooms and labs.
    The Government of BC is granting $5.1M to the Aboriginal Housing Society and the Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Housing Society, to construct two affordable housing projects in Prince George. The projects are expected to open in 2018.
    Teck Resources is building a new $174M acid plant at its Trail Operations facility. Construction of the facility will begin in 2017, and will create approximately 160 jobs.
    The Government of Canada recently approved the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The project is expected to create the equivalent of 15,000 jobs per year between 2017 and 2019.
    The Government of BC is granting $23M, over five years, to create 800 new campsites and 1,000 new recreation sites across the province
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    The Government of BC announced a $516M commitment to create 2,900 new units of affordable rental housing across the province. The investment, which includes 68 projects, is expected to create 5,500 jobs.
    West Kelowna applied for funding to build a new $53.5M multi-barrier water treatment plant. The request came following a recent three-month long water quality advisory affecting the Rose Valley Reservoir.
    Greyback Construction was selected as the major contractor for the new Patient Care Tower and parkade at the Penticton Regional Hospital. The company expects that the project will require about 60 full-time workers over the next two years.
    Port Alberni Shelter Society is opening a new sobering and assessment centre at Phoenix House. Island Health also plans to open 93 sobering and assessment beds by March 2017.
    Willows Coastal Preschool recently opened its doors in Oak Bay
    Construction of Mount Begbie Brewing's new facility in Revelstoke is nearing completion. The brewery is hiring additional staff to help run the new tasting room.
    A new three-storey, 18-unit apartment building was recently proposed in Armstrong
    YMCA of Northern BC is opening a new child care facility in Fort St. James in February 2017
    Okanagan Studios recently opened a full-service film studio in Okanagan. The studio includes multiple sound stages in a 50,000sq.-ft. building located near Vernon.
    Helijet International is expanding its service to include weekend flights between Nanaimo and Vancouver, starting December 24
    Victoria International Airport is completing about $30M in upgrades this year. The airport expects to see its total passenger count increase by eight percent this year, compared to the previous year.
    Camosun College is launching Adventure Education, a new professional development program, in summer 2017. The 13-month post-degree diploma program includes a mix of online courses and field work.
    Rossland city council has amended its zoning bylaw to include a classification for craft breweries. The new classification is expected to make it easier for new breweries to open and expand.
    Okanagan College broke ground on its new $1.2M daycare facility at its Penticton campus. The daycare is expected to be completed in mid-2017.
    U-Haul Moving & Storage is opening an indoor storage facility at an old Zellers building in Kelowna. The facility will include more than 1,000 self-storage units when renovations are complete in 2017.
    Kelowna city council approved a new master plan for Kelowna Airport. The master plan could see as much as $259M in improvements to the airport over the next 29 years.
    Revelstoke council approved a Master Development Agreement for Mackenzie Village, a medium-density development on a 35-acre property. Construction of the project is expected to begin in spring.
    TransLink has approved the first phase of a 10-year transit plan, worth $2B, that will see improvements in Vancouver's transit services. The 10-year plan will increase bus service by 10%, HandyDART service by 15%, and rail service by 20%.
    BC Early Years Centre opened its doors at Pentictons Queen's Park Elementary on November 19
    The Government of Canada announced a $1.5B ocean protection plan. The funding will increase coast guard capacity and add new rescue stations.
    Okanagan College is moving ahead with the construction of a new $6.21M trades training facility at its Vernon campus. The trades training centre is expected to be completed in 2018, and will add about 150 new seats at the campus.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    The Government of BC is relaxing its liquor laws starting January 23, 2017. The province will offer licence to any business interested in selling liquor, with the exception of those which operate from a motor vehicle and those that target minors.
    Twelve members of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band will receive 12 weeks of full-time, group-based horticulture training. The training addresses a labour market demand in Thompson-Nichola region's horticulture industry.
    Tri-Eagle Development Corp. is building a six-story, 60-unit condominium in Royal Oak. Construction of the project is expected to begin early in 2017 and will be completed in approximately two years.
    North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society opened a new location in Port Hardy
    Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society is planning to begin construction on a new affordable housing project in Kelowna, thanks to $8.2M in funding from the provincial government. Construction of the 42-unit project will likely begin next fall.
    South Skaha Housing Society is building 35 units of rental housing in Okanagan Falls, thanks to a $4.7M contribution from the Government of BC. Construction is expected to begin next summer.
    Urban Core Ventures has amended the project design of its proposed mixed-use building in Victoria. The proposed five-storey development includes 53 homes, 17 of which will be rental units.
    The City of Merritt is installing a new $2.28M ultraviolet water filtration system at its wells near Voght Park. Work on the filtration system is expected to be completed by February 2017.
    Vail Resorts is laying off 60 employees from its Whistler Blackcomb ski resort on May 1. The layoffs primarily affect workers in IT, marketing and finance departments.
    Island Health has proposed three supervised consumption sites for injection drug users in Victoria. The sites would be staffed by personnel with medical training between 9am and 3am, seven days a week.
    TransLink recently issued a request for proposal to design its third SeaBus. The company expects the new SeaBus to be completed by fall 2018.
    Trail Beer Refinery is opening a new craft brewery next year in Trail
    BC Teachers' Federation estimates that the BC government will be hiring hundreds of new teachers as a result of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada. The decision will result in lower class sizes, restoring them to pre-2002 levels.
    Ruth and Naomi's Mission is building a new six-storey Family Centre in Chilliwack, thanks to $6M in funding from the provincial government. The project will feature 35 units for low-income families.
    Mamele'awt Qweesome Housing Society expects to begin construction on Urban Village, an 80-unit affordable housing project in Chilliwack, in the summer of 2017
    Natural gas producers drilled 267 new wells in northeast BC at the end of October 2016, down 40% from the same period last year
    Yuk Yuk's comedy club recently closed its doors in Victoria
    Enbridge closed its Northern Gateway Pipelines office in Prince George, as it looks for a smaller location in the city. The company reports that there have been no job losses and employees will continue to work from home until a smaller space is found.
    Sooke Oceanside Brewery, a new craft brewery, recently opened its doors in Sooke
    GE Digital has acquired Bit Stew Systems, a Burnaby-based software developer. The company, which currently has about 100 employees, is expected to grow as a result of the $207.5M deal.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Shaw Communications Inc. is laying off 200 employees across the country, including 67 in Vancouver and 33 elsewhere in BC. The affected employees include installers and service technicians.
    WSP Global, a Montreal-based engineering consulting firm, laid off approximately 250 employees across Canada during the third quarter of 2016. About half of the affected employees were located in Western Canada.
    The Government of Canada is granting $350M to help Canadian milk producers and cheese-makers upgrade and modernize their operations. The five-year fund will help Canadian producers deal with increased competition from European cheese-makers.
    BC Lottery Corporation plans to relocate Surrey¿s Newton Community Gaming Centre to the Corporation of Delta. The potential gambling facility would be expanded to include more gambling and entertainment options.
    BC Housing submitted a rezoning application for the Nigel Valley Project in Saanich. The $100M project will combine five existing social service and housing providers into 14 new buildings.
    Petro-Canada and Tim Hortons are expected to open in Sooke by March. Construction of the 3,600 sq.-ft. location began in October.
    The federal and provincial governments announced a combined $90M towards a new $126M building at the Simon Fraser University. The five-storey building will house Western Canada¿s first energy systems and environmental engineering program.
    The Royal Canadian Legion expects construction of Surrey¿s Veterans Village to begin next September. The project will include a centre of excellence, where veterans will be treated for mental health-related concerns.
    Vancouver Island Construction Association is hoping to recruit unemployed youth through its Youth Constructing a Future program. The six-week program includes basic training and certifications, as well as visits to work sites.
    The provincial government and Interior Health are moving forward with an expansion of the Nicola Valley Hospital¿s emergency room. The $5.6M expansion is expected to take approximately two years to complete.
    In an effort to increase vacancy rates in the city, Vancouver proposed a one percent tax on the value of empty homes. A recent study found that at least 10,800 Vancouver homes have been empty for a year or more.
    Veterans Affairs Canada recently reopened its office in Kelowna. The office employs approximately nine staff.
    The Pantry, a Maple Ridge restaurant, recently closed its doors. The restaurant cited shortage of staff as the main reason behind the closure.
    Fairway Market is planning to shutter operations in Port Alberni at the end of January. About 40 employees will be laid off due to the closure.
    The GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub held its opening ceremony on November 9 in Richmond. The Pacific Autism Family Network plans to open eight mini-hubs in BC over the next two years.
    AdvantageHOPE found that the labour market in Hope shifts between the summer and winter, with businesses decreasing the number of employees during the winter months
    Sterling Springs Chicken, a poultry farm in Falkland, expanded its facility to include a sausage kitchen
    Bus drivers represented by the Kelowna Regional Transit Union went on a strike on November 10. The union represents 217 members.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Vicarro Ranch, a large residential development, was recently proposed in east Abbotsford. The 383 acre project will include five development areas with a combined potential for 1,400 residential units.
    The Government of BC is granting $7.44M towards Okanagan College's $35M trades training complex. The new facility will have 2,667 training seats for electricians, welders, cooks, heavy mechanics and carpenters.
    The Chilliwack city council is planning to hire 10 new RCMP officers to deal with property crime, as well as two RCMP information officers
    Rolex is opening its first standalone boutique in Vancouver
    Woodfibre LNG is proceeding with its proposed $1.6B natural gas liquefaction plant in Squamish. The project is expected to create 650 construction jobs and 100 operating jobs once the project is complete.
    Terrace landfill closed its doors on October 31
    A new material Transfer Station opened in Thornhill on November 1. Materials that can be deposited at the station include garbage, metal, yard and garden waste, clean wood and demolition material.
    The Government of BC is opening a new Trade and Investment Office in Malaysia by early next year. The new facility will be third such office in Southeast Asia and the 14th BC investment office worldwide.
    Penticton city council has approved rezoning for a $9M affordable rental development. The project will consist of two six-storey apartment towers with 119 suites.
    Canada Jetlines, a Richmond-based discount airline, expects to be operational by next summer. The company plans to lease at least six passenger aircrafts, which could create up to 850 direct jobs and generate more than $850M in economic benefits.
    DP World is hiring 250 workers at its Fairview Container Terminal, following the completion of its Phase 2 North expansion project. The project is expected to be completed by July 2017 and will bring the total workforce up to 750.
    The Rise, a golf course in Vernon, is expanding its operations by adding a new practice facility and clubhouse. The practice facility is expected to open its doors in 2017.
    The provincial government is soliciting proposals to create a province-wide earthquake monitoring and early-warning system. Scientists predict that there is a 30% chance of a damaging earthquake hitting southwestern BC in the next 50 years.
    Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership recently unveiled the design for Vancouver's The Post towers. The project, located on top of Vancouver's old Post Office, will include a 17-storey office tower and two residential towers of 18 and 20 storeys.
    The District of Lake Country applied for two grants under the federal and provincial governments' Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. If approved, a septic expansion project would see sanitary sewer service extended to 700 homes.
    Quality Greens Farm Markets recently opened a new location in Kelowna
    Thompson Rivers University is planning to construct a new building to house its school of nursing. The university estimates that construction of the building would cost $32M, and will result in economic spinoffs worth $47M as well as about 305 new jobs.
    Threshold House, a transitional housing for youth, recently opened its doors in Oak Bay
    The Landing Galley, an art gallery in Gibsons,is closing its doors on November 30
    Carl's Jr. closed its locations in Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    The federal and provincial governments are granting $24M in combined funding to replace the Nass River Bridge, located near Stewart
    The Government of BC announced a $24.5M seismic-safety replacement for Vancouver's Lord Tennyson elementary school. Construction of the project will begin in 2018 and should be completed by 2020.
    Sunshine Coast Fixed Link Study will begin examining the feasibility of establishing a route across Howe Sound for cars and trucks
    Construction recently began on the $7.8M High Performance Training Centre at Langford's Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. About 150 workers will be employed during the construction phase of the project.
    The Government of BC is contributing $45M towards the construction of more than 500 new units of affordable rental housing in the capital region
    The Government of BC is granting $565,000 to the Okanagan College for new trades-training equipment. The new equipment will support training in several trades including refrigeration and air conditioning.
    Port Hardy recently approved the construction of a proposed $12M multiplex
    Vancouver Island Economic Alliance recently held its 10th annual Vancouver Island Economic Summit. The summit allows business and community leaders to learn about new initiatives and explore opportunities in the region.
    The Saanich municipal council recently approved an 11-storey rental building in the region
    Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times is consolidating with Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News to increase efficiencies. Staff affected by the merger will be provided with opportunities within the Black Press Group Ltd.
    Westwind Design Group was recently awarded a $433,000 contract for final design, construction, and installation of three galleries in Trail's Riverfront Centre
    North West Regional Hospital District recently signed a health care agreement with Nisga's Nation of the Nass Valley to provide financial assistance for the construction of medical facilities or purchase of medical equipment
    The Government of BC is constructing a $37M overpass on highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert. Construction is expected to start next spring and will be completed in approximately two years.
    Construction of Delta Rise, a 37-storey residential and office condo tower, is expected to be completed by March 2017. The building includes 317 residential condos, a four-storey office space and ground-level retail spaces.
    Abbotsford school district plans to build a new elementary school in Eagle Mountain before 2020 to accommodate a projected increase in enrolment in the coming years
    Man-Mac Automotive, a Kamloops transmission repair shop, closed its doors on September 30
    BC Building Trades recently launched its first promotional campaign. The campaign aims to boost enrolment in skilled trades in the province.
    The City of Vancouver is testing modular construction with a 40-home temporary social housing project. If the pilot is successful, the city may fast-track permits for standardized, modular laneway houses.
    Seaspan expects that the employee count at its Vancouver Shipyard will more than double, up to 1,000 people, at the height of its 17-vessel federal contract. The contract is expected to sustain the shipyard for 15 years.
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    United Front Games, a video game developer, closed its doors in Vancouver on October 17. The closure affects 150 employees.
    Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica is considering moving its headquarters out of Vancouver due to a lack of skilled and specialized workers
    AltaGas Ltd. is building a propane extraction plant near Fort St. John. Site preparation for the $125M plant will begin in 2017, with commercial production expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018.
    According to Yellow Sheet Construction Data Ltd., the capital region has 2,573 rental apartments, either planned or under construction, as well as 2,762 condos either proposed or being built
    In a recent poll of local businesses, the City of Penticton found that employers are struggling to find skilled workers in the fields of engineering, healthcare, trades, project management, transportation, manufacturing and hospitality
    TELUS is constructing two new wireless communication facilities in Williams Lake
    In the first 10 months of 2016, 401 new businesses were registered in Saanich. Of the new businesses, 254 are based in the city.
    North Island College has received $187,000 from the provincial government to add new trades equipment. The new equipment will benefit the welding, joinery and automotive programs.
    Island Health will open 38 new beds to treat substance use by early 2017, bringing the total number of beds to 93. The new beds are part of a provincial strategy to open 500 substance use beds by 2017.
    Postmedia Network Canada Corp., owner of the National Post and the Vancouver Sun, is aiming to reduce its staffing costs by 20% in the fourth quarter of 2016. In an effort to avoid layoffs, staff have until November 8 to apply for buyouts.
    Hope Drive-In and Restaurant is closing its doors on November 5
    Honour House Society is launching Honour Ranch, a mental health treatment facility, in Kamloops. Programs at the ranch are expected to begin in March 2017.
    Air Canada recently launched a new direct route between Vancouver and Delhi. The BC-India Business Network expects that the new flight will provide a boost to provincial trade with South Asia.
    BC Hydro recently opened the Two Rivers Lodge, a camp for construction worker on its Site C project, near Fort St. John
    Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is adding two new restaurants to its Cascades Casino in Langley City. Construction of the 23,000 sq.-ft. expansion project is expected to begin in 2017.
    Bosa Developments is planning to build a 53-storey skyscraper on the New Westminster waterfront. The proposal also includes a 43-storey highrise and a two-storey commercial building.
    Lafarge Canada Inc. is closing its plant in east Kamloops by the end of this year. The closure will affect up to 36 workers.
    Prince George city council approved Pittman Asphalt's proposal to excavate an additional 8.15 hectares. The expansion is expected to add another eight or nine years to the gravel extraction project.
    Capitol 6 Cinemas is reopening its doors in Victoria on November 4. The movie theatre closed in 2013 and has been undergoing renovations since June.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    The federal government is granting $3M to the proposed North Vancouver Museum and Archives project. The project will be presented to the city council in November and, if approved, is expected to open in 2019.
    Nomad Cider is opening a new production facility in Summerland
    Leon's Home Furnishing opened a new location in Saanich, the company's first location in BC. The new store will employ 45 people.
    Polygon Fulton House is constructing a 41-storey residential building in Burnaby. The project will include 296 apartment homes as well as seven townhouses.
    Rossland joined the West Kootenay Inter-Community Business License program. The program allows businesses to operate across participating communities by paying one additional business license fee.
    A new shopping centre, Central at Garden City, opened in Richmond on October 27. The 372,000 sq.-ft. outdoor mall created an estimated 975 jobs in the region.
    The Government of BC is closing the barracks at Salmon Arm's rapid attack fire base in January 2018
    Langley's Willowbrook Shopping Centre is undergoing a 140,000 sq.-ft. expansion. The development is expected to be completed by the end of February 2017.
    Northern Lights College received $1.9M through the Industry Training Authority. The funding will be used in creating about 640 trades training seats at the Dawson Creek campus.
    Suncor Energy donated a former gas station site to the Urban Native Youth Association for its proposed youth centre complex in Vancouver. The $90M project will include a native youth centre and more than 200 units of housing.
    Oak Bay council approved a new $21.5M program to separate storm and sanitary sewers in Uplands
    Trump International Hotel is delaying its opening until January 2017 due to construction delays. Construction of the hotel is expected to be completed in late November.
    A recent study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found several BC cities provide the best economic opportunities for women in the country. The list includes Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford-Mission and Kelowna.
    The City of Salmon Arm issued more residential construction permits in September 2016 than in any other September since 1999. Between the new subdivisions of Canoe and Hillcrest, over 100 new lots have been created.
    Rossland Dispensary, a licensed marijuana dispensary, recently opened its doors in the city
    Conuma Coal Resources reopened its recently purchased Brule Mine near Tumbler Ridge. The company plans to hire up to 170 workers to run the mine.
    Several new businesses recently opened in Maple Ridge, including Beyond Nutrition, Avo Real Food, PharmaChoice Maple Ridge and Extra Foods Pharma
    EK Cell Repair opened its second location in Kelowna
    TWG Tea, a Singaporean-based tea company, is opening its first North American location in Vancouver this winter
    Hidden Treasure Thrift Store opened its second location in Burnaby
    Provence Mediterranean Grill, a Vancouver restaurant, is closing its doors at the end of November
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Victoria's Tally-Ho Hotel recently closed its doors. The hotel employed 10 to 14 people during the low season, and up to 20 in the high season. However, the Tally-Ho Sports Bar & Grill and Hideaway Café will remain open.
    Vancouver English Centre, a language school, recently closed its doors in downtown Vancouver. The closure resulted in 45 teachers and more than a dozen additional staff members being laid-off.
    University of Victoria received $8.7M in funding from the provincial government for six new research projects, including a new research facility at Vancouver-based TRIUMF
    Construction is underway at Shinish Creek and Pennask wind power projects. The two Okanagan wind farms have generated about $7.5M in the local economy and created approximately 60 construction jobs. Both wind farms are expected to be completed in early 2017.
    EK Employment is hosting job fairs in Cranbrook and Elk Valley on October 27 and 28. Free preparation courses are being offered in Kimberley and Cranbrook prior to the job fairs.
    Columbia Shuswap Regional District is creating an economic development strategic plan. The plan will provide a guideline for economic activities and programs in the region.
    According to Physiotherapists Association of BC, there is a critical shortage of physiotherapists in northern BC. Nine northern towns in the province lack publicly-funded physiotherapy and three have unfilled positions.
    BC-based Sutco Transportion recently signed a transportation contract with Vaagen Brothers Lumber. Sutco is hiring local drivers in the Grand Forks area.
    Diamond Head Development is constructing Skyridge, a 20-acre residential development, in Squamish. Construction is scheduled to begin in November and the final phase of the project will be completed by early 2019.
    Kelowna city council approved The Shore, a six-storey mixed-use development. The project will include 89 residential suites, medical offices, and ground-floor commercial space.
    The Government of BC is investing $10.5M to enhance tourism infrastructure and amenities at 14 resort communities across the province
    Burns Lake Thrift Shop is expanding its operations. Big Dog Construction, a local company, has been hired to complete the $250,000 renovation.
    Two new walk-in clinics will open in Kamloops by January 2017. The new clinics will bring five to seven doctors to the city.
    New Westminster-based Big Star Sandwich recently opened a new location in Burnaby
    Browns Social House recently opened a new location in North Vancouver
    Osoyoos' Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre is being renovated and expanded. The $5M project will begin in 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2018.
    Tobiano Golf Course is pre-selling units at its proposed condo-hotel. The Kamloops golf course will begin construction on its 17-unit condo-hotel when pre-sales reach a sufficient number.
    The renovated Holt Renfrew store recently opened its doors in Vancouver. The expanded store includes a 1,750sq.-ft dining space as well as expanded shop-in-shop boutiques.
    According to Victoria Foundation's 2016 Vital Signs report, the city does not have sufficient low and moderate income housing options. The average sale price for a single-family home in Victoria rose from $557,250 in 2015 to $665,000 in 2016.
    Achillion, a Greek restaurant in Prince George is closing its doors at the end of October. The closure will affect 13 to 14 full- and part-time employees.
    Gelnmore Lodge, a 118-bed care home, is under construction in Kelowna. The facility is expected to be completed in February 2017.
    The Dream Café closed its doors in Penticton on October 1
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    Teck Resources expects to run out of coal at its Coal Mountain operations near Sparwood at the end of 2017. Over 200 employees may be laid off when the mine closes.
    The Government of Canada is funding 96 skills training, work experience and green job projects across the country that will benefit over 3,400 youth, people with disabilities and newcomers. Five projects totalling nearly $2M have been approved in BC.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, apartment and condo starts in Kelowna are at the highest levels since 1990. Moreover, the city's vacancy rate for rental units is 0.7%.
    Jacob Bros. Construction will complete the first phase of the new Admirals-McKenzie interchange project of the Trans-Canada Highway near Saanich. The next major construction tender for the $85M project will be released in 2017.
    Tsawwassen Mills, a 1.2M sq.-ft. shopping centre, opened in Delta on October 5. The mall will feature 200 stores and restaurants which will create approximately 3,000 full- and part-time positions.
    Island SodaWorks opened a bistro in Qualicum Beach on September 13
    Polygon Parker House ltd. is developing the final low-rise building at its Windsor Gate project. The project includes 131 apartment residences in two buildings.
    The Government of BC is investing $6.5M to convert Vancouver's Victoria Super 8 hotel into a 51-unit social housing property. PHS Community Services Society will operate the property, with residents expected to move in by mid-November 2016.
    Geoscience BC is launching a new project to sample and profile natural gas from wells in northeast BC. Over 2,000 samples will be analyzed over the next three years, allowing gas producers to target higher-value gas streams.
    Casino Mining Corp. and Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd. are planning to build a liquefied natural gas plant in Fort Nelson. The $200M plant is expected to employ 25 to 50 people during the construction phase.
    OPAL by Element, a $97.4M retirement community, recently received its final development permit from the City of Vancouver. Construction of the project will begin in fall 2016.
    TELUS is investing $14.5M to expand its fibre optic network in Lake Country
    Northern Health added two full-time psychiatric liaison nurses to Prince Rupert Regional Hospital
    AltaGas is expected to make a final investment decision on its proposed $400-500M Ridley Island propane export terminal near Prince Rupert. If the project proceeds, it will likely create up to 250-construction and 50-operations jobs.
    Colwood's Royal Roads University is planning to expand its operations. The expansion will include an update to the Mews property as well as a new 52,000 sq.-ft. science facility, expected to be completed in 2018.
    Suitela Fight Club, a martial arts and boxing gym, closed its doors in Surrey on October 1
    Hollyburn Properties is planning to redevelop its 14-storey Vancouver apartment building into a 42-storey rental apartment tower, adding more than 200 units to the project
    Downie Timber ltd. and Revelstoke Secondary School are launching a new program to allow students to begin pre-apprenticeship while in high school. The program will begin with heavy duty mechanics and may expand to other trades.
    The Government of BC is granting $5M to establish a BC Centre on Substance Abuse. In addition, the province will provide another $5M towards initiatives recommended by BC's Joint Task Force on Overdose Prevention.
    T-Bones Fresh Meal Market recently opened in Kelowna
    GoodLife Fitness is opening 15 new locations across the country, including two in Port Coquitlam and Fort St. John. Each new location is expected to create between 30 and 50 full- and part-time jobs.
    The federal government approved Pacific NorthWest LNG's proposed $11B liquefied natural gas project. The project is expected to create 4,500 jobs during construction and an additional 630 direct and indirect jobs once operational.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Roadhouse Interactive, a Vancouver-based on-line and mobile game development studio, closed at the beginning of September resulting in 100 layoffs
    Tolko Industries will permanently close its Merritt mill on December 16. The closure will affect 203 workers.
    Joseph Richard Group is opening its third S+L Kitchen & Bar location in Surrey. The opening date of the restaurant will be announced in October 2016.
    Central Mountain Airlines is cancelling its non-stop flights between Terrace and Vancouver starting October 1, due to a decline in passengers. No job losses are expected as a result of the route cancellation.
    Chilliwack School District saw an increase in student enrollment numbers, with 196 more students registering this year than projected. As a result, the school district is hiring additional staff.
    New Gold recently halted the environmental assessment of its proposed open pit gold and silver mine, Blackwater, southwest of Vanderhoof. The pause will not affect the project's timeline, which calls for construction to begin in 2018. The mine expects to hire about 1,000 to 1,500 workers between 2018 and 2020.
    Surrey council approved the development of 131 new single-family lots in the Clayton neighbourhood. The 16-acre project will house 136 students in the neighbourhood.
    Teck Coal Limited received an environmental assessment certificate for its Baldy Ridge extension project. The project will extend the life of the open-pit coal mine until 2045, creating about 31,204 person-years of on-site employment.
    Skydance Studios opened a new 12-acre film and television production studio in Surrey on September 20. The facility includes five sound stages and can employ up to 400 people.
    The City of Langford is launching the Langtoria Greenline, a bus service from various points in Langford to downtown Victoria. The new service will begin on October 17 with one bus.
    The Department of National Defence is planning to replace two jetties at its Esquimalt base. Construction of the $72M project is expected to take 18 to 24 months and will create about 1,400 jobs over the life of the project.
    The Poké Shop, a Hawaiian-style restaurant, recently opened in Vancouver
    The Juicery Co. is planning to open a new location on Vancouver's Main Street
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $162.7M in funding to support the Salmon Arm West Project. The project will widen a section of the Trans-Canada Highway to four lanes.
    Skeena Sawmills is upgrading its milling facility near Terrace. The improvements are expected to double the mill's capacity, which will move to two full shifts. The mill currently employs about 80 workers.
    Red Apple Store opened a new location in Fort St. James on September 17
    Sandy's RV & Camping Resort, located in Burns Lake, closed its doors on September 30
    Pro Motion Clinic, a sports chiropractic and massage therapy clinic, recently opened in Kelowna
    Kamloops-based iTel Networks is planning to increase its staff level to 300 employees. The company currently employs 75 workers and is adding approximately 10 workers each month.
    The City of Vancouver plans to become a living-wage employer within the next few years. The change will primarily affect city contracts for janitorial, security and graffiti removal, where employees are paid less than the living wage of $20.64.
    Kit and Ace, a Vancouver-based clothing chain, is laying off 20% of its 280 head-office employees. The chain also plans to close approximately 25% of its 60 outlets in the next two years.
    Tiffany's Boutique Mall recently opened its doors in Penticton. The mall offers nine boutique spots on the first floor and five residential units on the second floor.
    Realstar Group plans to convert View Royal's James Bay hotel into rental apartments. The development will replace the existing 161-unit hotel with 520 rental apartment units in four to nine storey buildings.
    Thompson Rivers University is constructing a $30M Industrial Training and Technology Centre at its Kamloops campus. Construction will begin in early 2017 and create 108 direct as well as 82 indirect jobs.
    The Government of BC is granting $500M to build 2,900 rental units across the province
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Southlands Community Farm and Market Square project, a 50-acre farming development in Delta, is moving ahead. The project includes an agricultural precinct building, two large farms and several smaller farms to attract new and young farmers.
    Spectra Energy began construction on its Jackfish Lake pipeline expansion in northeast BC on August 15. At its peak, the 36km project will employ around 350 people; however for most of the project, employment will average about 50 workers.
    According to Accelerate Okanagan, the technology industry contributed $1.3B to the local economy in 2015. Moreover, there were about 633 technology businesses based in Okanagan Valley, which employed 7,600 employees.
    The Government of BC increased its minimum wage from $10.45 to $10.85 on September 15. The increase is expected to affect more than 120,000 workers across the province.
    The City of Abbotsford is constructing a $1.5M extension to Mason Street. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017.
    McCall Funeral and Cremation Service opened a new 15,000sq.-ft. location in Saanich
    The City of Chilliwack will begin construction on the Vedder Bridge replacement shortly. The $12.5M project is expected to be complete by October 2017.
    TELUS is investing $27M in the Penticton area to upgrade 90% of homes and businesses to its fibre-optic network. The company expects the upgrades to be complete by the end of 2017.
    Canadian Tire is opening a new location in Victoria's Hillside Centre in November, which will employ about 130 staff. When the new 140,000sq.-ft. location opens, the company will be closing two other stores in the city.
    Save-On-Foods is planning on opening its seventh location in Greater Victoria's Gateway Station Shopping Centre in the spring of 2018
    Bella Terra Investments Inc. is developing Bella Terra by the Lake, 26 custom-built single-family homes, in Anmore
    Construction recently began on a new $24M super-yacht marina in Victoria Harbour. The 28-slip marina is expected to be complete in late spring 2017.
    Omicron plans to begin construction on its $35M Sidney Gateway shopping centre in early 2017. The shopping centre, located on Victoria Airport land, will take approximately two years to complete.
    Tokyo Asian Buffet/Bar recently opened in Kelowna
    Canwest Hotels Ltd. proposed a new hotel and restaurant along the Trans Canada Highway in Revelstoke
    Langley's Willowbrook Shopping Centre plans to add a 140,000sq.-ft. outdoor mall, along with interior and exterior renovations. Construction of the project could begin in late 2017.
    The Capital Regional District approved a plan to build a $765M regional tertiary sewage treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt. If the plant receives regulatory approval, it could be built by 2020.
    Ledcor Construction was awarded a $5.3M contract to build Riverfront Centre in Trail. Work is scheduled to begin in October and is expected to complete in September 2017.
    Hub Engineering Inc. proposed building 131 homes in the southern portion of Surrey's West Clayton neighbourhood
    Construction of Bear Mountain Resort Community's Elevate project in Victoria, a 200-unit condominium development, is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017
    Construction recently began on University of British Columbia's The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre in Vancouver
    Children of the Island Childcare Centre, a new bilingual daycare, recently opened in Colwood. The daycare is currently licensed for 72 children and hopes to expand to 100, increasing its staffing levels to 12-14 by the end of this year.
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Interior Health is adding 243 residential care beds at several communities across the region including 70 beds in Williams Lake, 60 in Salmon Arm, 48 in Kamloops, 35 in Penticton and 30 in Cranbrook
    Mission municipal council approved a $3.5M renovation to the First Avenue streetscape to attract more investors and merchants to its downtown. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and will be completed in 2018.
    Splashdown Park recently closed its doors in Tsawwassen
    Cascade Aerospace, an Abbotsford aircraft maintenance company, issued layoff notices to 69 unionized workers and 30 non-union employees. The union reported that up to 50 additional layoffs may be seen in November.
    The Original Christmas Village recently closed its doors in Victoria. Bois & Cuir, a Quebec-based furniture store, will be replacing the closed store.
    Kerkhoff Construction Ltd. is developing 1151 Sunset Drive, a 21-storey condominium project, in Kelowna. Construction of the project began in 2008, however work stalled due to financial troubles.
    Lustre Products, an elevator and escalator manufacturer, is building a new 60,000 sq.-ft. location in Chilliwack. The company will increase its staff from 40 to 60 by the time the new facility is ready.
    Island Health added wellness centres to three secondary schools in the Sooke school district this year. Each wellness centres will be staffed by a part-time physician, while Belmont Secondary School will also staff four nurses.
    Kindermusik, a childrens music studio, recently opened a new location in Comox
    Horses Records and Hits and Misses, two record stores, closed their doors this summer in Vancouver
    Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration Studies recently opened in Trail
    WestStone Group and CIBT Education Group are planning to build a $200M education centre in Surrey. The 50-storey development will include several floors dedicated for long-term international students.
    Imperial Metals laid off approximately 200 workers as it closed Huckleberry Mine, an open pit copper mine, located near Houston. The mine will keep a small core group of workers to continue environmental monitoring and protection for another year or two.
    Peregrine House School recently opened its doors in Langley. The facility can serve 20 full-time students as well as 20 before and after care students.
    Tops Restaurant, located in east Vancouver, closed its doors at the end of August
    University of Northern British Columbia is opening a Community Development Institute office in Fort St. John. The facility is expected to be up and running by the end of 2016 and will have two full-time staff members.
    The Government of Canada is granting $2M to the Vancouver International Maritime Centre. The centre aims to attract up to eight regional headquarters to the region and will create up to 200 direct as well as indirect jobs.
    Construction of Richter property, a new subdivision in Osoyoos, will begin soon. Over the next 20 years, the subdivision will include more than 200 single-family homes, as well as a number of townhouses and condominiums.
    Wealth One Bank of Canada opened a new office in Vancouver. The bank is the newest federally chartered bank to open in Canada.
    Western Canada Marine Response Corporation is moving forward with $200M in enhancements to improve its spill response in Vancouver Harbour. The enhancements include 115 new employees and 26 new vessels along BCs southern shipping lane.
    Hamilton Transit Centre recently opened in Richmond. The new bus depot will add hundreds of jobs to the city.
    Bella Coola RCMP detachment recently added three new constables and an indigenous police officer to its team
    The Government of BC will restore direct ferry service from Port Hardy to Bella Coola by summer 2018
    The Capital Regional District housing strategy plans to build more than 440 subsidized housing units and 440 market rental units in Victoria over the next five years
    Red Cat Records, a Vancouver record store, recently opened a second location in the city
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The federal government is investing $9.6M in various infrastructure projects around Richmond¿s Steveston Harbour
    Lowe¿s recently opened a new store in Prince George¿s Pine Centre Mall. The new location employs between 120 and 140 workers.
    Coulter Berry building held its grand opening in Langley on September 17. The building includes five retail businesses, as well as office space and residential units.
    Seismic upgrades at Delta Secondary School in Ladner are expected to be completed by March 2017. The $19.8M project includes upgrades to the library, shops, learning centre and cafeteria.
    Thinking Garden Early Childhood Centre opened in Lantzville on September 12. The facility offers kindergarten preparation classes and preschool curriculum classes for children between the ages of three and six.
    Cardero, a condominium project by Bosa Properties, set a new high price point for condos in Canada by pre-selling units in the $1,750-per-square-foot range. The project is slated for completion in late 2019.
    The Government of BC added an additional $20M to its School Enhancement Program. The program provides repairs and upgrades to 124 schools across the province.
    Cantex-Okanagan Construction has been awarded a $21.6M contract to widen a six kilometre section of Highway 97, near Williams Lake. The company plans to hire as many community members as possible for the project.
    Nicola Valley Institute of Technology may soon establish a rural campus in Burns Lake. The Lakes District post-secondary education committee has been trying to find an institution that would meet the needs of the local students.
    The Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association forecasts that residential construction could see up to 5,000 job losses by the end of 2016, due to the new foreign buyer tax
    Construction of Pretivm Resources¿ Brucejack mine, north of Stewart, will begin soon. The company plans to hire at least 500 full-time employees for the project.
    The federal government will be opening a new Veterans Affairs office in Surrey by May 2017. The new office will employ approximately 21 workers.
    Value Village is opening a new location in Kelowna on September 22
    Delta Community Living Society¿s Leading Employment and Achieving Possibilities program has partnered with the Delta School District to transition youth from the school system into their first jobs
    The Port of Prince Rupert is constructing a $16M maintenance and warehouse complex. The project is expected to be complete in September 2017.
    Construction of Mahogany at Mill Lake, 26-storey residential project worth $80M, recently started in Abbotsford
    Mount Washington Alpine Resort, a ski resort located near Courtenay, is investing $2M to upgrade its facilities and open a new 80-seat restaurant
    The Keg recently closed its doors in downtown Kamloops
    Capital Airlines will begin offering flights between Hangzhou China and Vancouver three times per week. Capital Airlines will be the sixth airline to serve Vancouver from mainland China.
    Surrey Board of Education plans to hire an additional 70 teachers and 81 education assistants to accommodate an additional 1,000 students in the city
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    The annual Pacific National Exhibition took place in Vancouver from August 20 to September 5. The event employs approximately 3,660 workers and is one of the largest employers of youth in the province.
    Chinese Village Club is planning to open a new Mandarin bilingual school, CVC Newbridge Academy, in Surrey. The school, which would begin with two classes, is expected to open in fall 2017.
    Trinity Post & Panel, a construction material manufacturer based out of 108 Mile Ranch, recently opened a new facility in Lone Butte. The company currently employs nine workers and aims to increase its workforce to 18 workers by next year. The company also has long-term hiring plans to expand to 70-90 employees.
    Dawson Construction was awarded a $3.4M project to resurface 21km of highway 97 located in the Cariboo region. The Kamloops-based company is scheduled to complete the work by the end of September.
    The federal and provincial governments announced an additional $9.6M to help businesses in hiring and training BC workers, through the Canada-BC Job Grant
    Windermere District Farmer' Institute has begun construction on its micro abattoir in Invermere. The project is expected to begin operations in October.
    Art Knapp Plantland, a garden centre, recently closed its doors in Richmond
    The Government of BC provided $660,000 to the Industry Training Authority. The investment will fund 464 roofers, utility arborists and glaziers training positions at three training providers in Langley.
    Northern Lights College is building a new $33M trades training centre at its Dawson Creek campus. The project is expected to create 235 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase.
    Naramata Benchland Properties Ltd is developing 42 single-family lots overlooking Okanagan Lake
    Chabad Centre for Jewish Life and Learning recently opened its doors in Victoria. The $3M facility includes a synagogue, Hebrew school, library, kosher kitchen and daycare.
    A new restaurant, Memories of Indian Cuisine, recently opened in Creston
    Canna Mall, a collection of businesses targeting marijuana-buying customers, recently opened in Victoria
    Ivanhoé Cambridge, a Quebec-based real estate developer, is investing $72M to expand and renovate the Mayfair Shopping Centre in Victoria
    The City of Surrey is building a new water park in the city. Construction of the $800,000 park is scheduled to begin early next year and the project is expected to be completed before the end of May 2017.
    Sidney municipal council has approved building a new $10M fire hall. Construction of the project is expected to begin within the next two to three months.
    Cressey Development Group is constructing McKinnon by Cressey, a four-storey residential building, in Vancouver. The 40-home building is scheduled for occupancy by spring 2019.
    Sandpiper Pub, a waterfront tavern in White Rock, is closing its doors on September 15
    The Government of BC approved a $235M natural gas pipeline expansion near Fort St. John. Construction of the project is expected to create 455 direct jobs, 774 indirect jobs, and 531 inducted positions.
    Construction of Port Hardy's Kwa'lilas Hotel is nearing completion and the hotel expects to open its doors in September 2016
    BlueSky properties is beginning construction on a $70M residential-retail development in downtown Victoria. The six-storey project includes 209 rental units, 11 of which will remain below-market rate in perpetuity.
    The Government of BC approved a $235M natural gas pipeline expansion near Fort St. John. Construction of the project is expected to create 455 direct jobs, 774 indirect jobs, and 531 inducted positions.
    Home2 Suites by Hilton opened a new location in Fort St. John at the end of August. The 90-room hotel employs approximately 40 workers.
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    Metro Vancouver has awarded a $31M construction contract to Canadian Turner Construction Company Ltd. for tenant improvements at its new Metrotower III office building
    The Government of BC is accepting applications for the third year of its tree fruit replant program. The program provides $9.4M over seven years to help BC growers replant their orchards, creating more than 2,600 jobs each year in the Okanagan.
    Partnered Films is planning to open a new film studio in either Esquimalt or Central Saanich. The company plans to begin development in February 2017, with the studio fully operational by 2018.
    Campbell River is expected to receive $1.36M from the Government of Canada's Community Works Fund. The money is part of the $2B Federal Gas Tax Fund, supporting long-term community infrastructure projects.
    The City of Victoria is sending a 19-member trade team to China in October. The goal of the eight-day trip is to develop export opportunities for Victoria companies.
    WestGen, a livestock genetics company, opened its new $6M head office in Abbotsford on August 16
    The Government of BC has approved the master plan for the $175M Valemount Glacier Destination Resort, west of Valemount. Construction of the resort could begin as early as spring 2017.
    The City of Vancouver is building 400 new affordable homes, worth 50M. The new housing units are the first step toward the city's pledge to add 2,500 affordable homes by 2021.
    Caledonian Brewery and Distillery opened its doors in Victoria on August 17, 2016
    Fairfield Book Shop, a used bookstore, is closing its doors in Victoria. The store will be replaced by Cook Street Nail and Spa, which is slated to open in fall 2016.
    Seven Summits Coffee is planning to open a new location in downtown Rossland
    The Government of BC announced a new $14.7M Student Transportation Fund to make transportation more affordable and accessible for BC families
    Tim Hortons is opening a new location in Clearwater Shopping Centre. The new location could employ between 45 and 60 full- and part-time workers.
    Twin City Design, a new interior design company, recently opened in the Alberni Valley
    The Kamloops Airport is being upgraded, starting fall 2016. The $3.2M project will allow the airport to accommodate more planes on the main apron at any given time.
    Dairy Queen recently opened a new 50-seat location in Kelowna
    The Government of Canada is investing $138M to upgrade its immigration detention centres in Vancouver and Laval
    The City of North Vancouver approved Lot 5, a mixed-use development, in the Shipyards District. The development will include a hotel, restaurant and other retail spaces.
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    The design phase is underway for the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant, a new project in Vancouver's north shore. The $700M sewage plant is expected to be online by 2020.
    Boeing is opening a new laboratory in downtown Vancouver, creating more than 200 highly-skilled jobs in the city. The lab will focus on data analytics-driven software solutions.
    Tsawwassen Mills, a mega-mall under construction in Delta, recently held its second job fair. The mall tenants are hiring up to 3,000 full- and part-time employees at the event. The facility is scheduled to open on October 5.
    Bel Air Motel will renovate and convert into an affordable housing complex. Once complete, the motel will create 42 affordable housing units in Penticton.
    Highway 13 is receiving a $25.5M upgrade at the Aldergrove Port of Entry thanks to a $25.5M investment from the federal and provincial governments. The project's aim is to reduce traffic congestion and improve border access.
    The Odd Job Squad, a program that provides experience for Okanagan youth with autism, has entered its second year
    A new $5M development is being planned for Nanaimo's Departure Bay. "Legasea" will include six penthouse-style units as well as a coffee shop and café.
    The Government of BC awarded 47 grants to 30 local governments, 15 First Nations, and two not-for-profit organizations across the province. The grants total $464,000 and will be used to promote economic sustainability in the communities.
    Pemberton Holmes opened a new office in Sidney. Approximately 10 realtors are based out of the new office.
    Westhills Land Corp is developing Lakepoint One, a multi-generational project in Langford. The project, which includes 46 condominiums, is scheduled for occupancy in late 2017.
    Construction began on the Westsyde Pool renovation in Kamloops. The $2.5M project is expected to be complete by the end of January 2017.
    Bosa Properties is developing Cardero, a 26-storey highrise in downtown Vancouver. The project, which includes 119 condominium units, is expected to be complete in late 2019.
    The city of Fort St. John approved over $500,000 for sidewalk and street light upgrades throughout the city. The projects were awarded to Interoute Construction.
    Focus Ability, a Salmon Arm startup connecting disabled adults and employers, is launching its first class on September 6. The program includes a six-week assessment and training program with the end goal of obtaining meaningful employment.
    Amrikko's By the Sea, a restaurant in Nanaimo that was closed due to a fire, announced plans to rebuild and reopen. The proposed building includes four second-floor residential units as well as four commercial spaces, including the restaurant.
    Ahousaht Nation proposed a hydroelectric project that could power Tofino and Ucluelet. The project would create between 30 and 40 construction jobs for approximately 2.5 years, as well as four to six permanent positions once operational.
    The MS Society of Canada is downsizing its location in Victoria to reduce costs. The society will maintain most of its services, however its physiotherapy program will be cut.
    Nuvola Gelato Dolci, an artisan Italian gelato and pastry shop, recently opened in Vancouver
    JF Kustoms, a hot rod builder and repair shop, is opening a new automotive shop near the Osoyoos Airport
    Arrowsmith Independent School is preparing to open in Qualicum Beach. The K-7 elementary school is located in the same building as the former Morning Glory School, a private school that closed its doors at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
    Rainforest Arts, a retail art gallery located in Chemainus, opened its doors in July
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    Molson Coors Canada is opening a new brewery in Chilliwack by the end of 2018 or early 2019. Construction of the project is expected to begin in early 2017 and will create approximately 1,000 construction-related jobs.
    Fraser Health Authority proposed a 200-bed residential care facility, worth $40M, near Peace Arch Hospital
    BC Ocean Boating Tourism Association began the third phase of its multi-year marketing program. In this phase, the program will market Broughton Archipelago Discovery Islands and Vancouver Island West.
    North Island College is offering a free course, New Directions For Older Workers, to help worker between the ages of 55 and 64 in getting back into the workforce
    Mastercraft Construction has started construction on its townhouse development near Brentwood Bay. The project consists of 103 rental townhouses and is expected to be complete by 2019.
    Sawbucks Pub, located in South Surrey, is expected to reopen soon, following a four-month renovation
    Contractors First by Rona recently opened a new location in Osoyoos
    According to the Asia-Pacific Gateway Skills Table study, nearly 110,000 jobs will open up in 52 transportation and construction occupations across BC by 2025
    The City of Fort St. John has issued 13 new construction permits this year. Approved developments include residential, retail, and commercial construction.
    Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society will train up to eight job seekers in the Barriere and Clearwater areas in trail clearing, milling, and carpentry
    Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. capped approximately 10% of its natural gas wells as a result of flooding in northeastern BC. The company expects to return to full production in December.
    Several new retail stores will be opening in the upgraded Langley City Square. Some of the new stores include Bed Bath & Beyond, Chipotle and Starbucks.
    Extra Foods in Maple Ridge closed its doors on August 13, while it is renovated into No Frills. The upgraded store is scheduled to re-open in November.
    Alabaster Homes is constructing Oak + Park, a 40 townhome project, in Vancouver¿s Marpole neighbourhood
    Concord Pacific Developments Inc. is building Concord Brentwood, a 10-highrise tower development, in Burnaby
    Kidcare Daycare recently opened in Williams Lake. The new daycare created 22 new jobs in the community.
    Campbell River is building a new transit operations and maintenance facility, thanks to $15M in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The city expects to double the number of buses in operation over the next 25 years.
    Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society recently held its annual Mega Job Fair and Business Expo in Surrey. The job fair attracted 102 businesses and 4,700 job seekers.
    Lowes recently hosted a two-day hiring fair in Victoria to recruit up to 160 staff for its new location at Tillicum shopping centre. The 93,000 sq.-ft. location is expected to open in late fall 2016.
    Movie and TV production in Vancouver is up by 45% so far in 2016, compared to the same period last year. In the past few months, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees signed an average of 150 new workers per month.
    Klaus Fuerniss Enterprises Inc. is developing George Gibsons Marine Resort and Residences in Gibsons. The project includes two buildings, a 39-unit condominium complex as well as a 116-room hotel.
  • Week of Aug 02 - Aug 06, 2016

    La Van Tea opened its doors in South Surrey on August 5
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    Bella Bella Airport is constructing a new terminal building, thanks to funding from the provincial government
    Harbourside Senior Cohousing recently opened in Sooke. The cohousing facility includes 31 individual units as well as a common house.
    Gramercy Developments is building 'The Crossing', a 67-unit townhome development, in South Surrey. The project is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.
    The Government of BC announced $34M in safety upgrades to a 5km section of the Trans-Canada Highway through Malahat Village. Construction will begin early next year, and is expected to be completed in 2018.
    The RCMP detachment in South Okanagan Similkameen has requested two additional officers. The additional officers will be needed to help with the anticipated increase in workload from the new Okanagan Correctional Centre.
    Demolition work has resumed on Central Saanich¿s Marigold Nursery. Following demolition, Marigold Lands will begin construction of its mixed-use development, which will include up to 250 housing units.
    According to a report by BC¿s auditor general, the provincial Financial Institutions Commission is significantly understaffed and has a staff vacancy rate of 37%
    Tourism across BC was up by 14% between January and May 2016, compared to the same period last year. In addition, visits from international travellers also increased by nearly five percent over the same period.
    Vancouver city council approved the Grandview-Woodland community plan. The plan will see up to 10,000 new residents and 7,000 new homes added to the neighbourhood around the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station over the next 30 years.
    BC Hydro announced that it will reduce its use of outside contractors to cut costs, in addition to several other adjustments, in response to declining revenues from its industrial customers
    Salvatore¿s La Spaghetteria, a restaurant in New Westminster, closed its doors on August 1. The restaurant employed 12 people.
    New Westminster School District recently moved into its new 7,200 sq.-ft. office. The new office will save the school district about $400,000 per year, which has been used to hire four new staff members at Fraser River Middle School.
    Two highrise apartment towers and a new church have been proposed in Burnaby. The new towers will add 254 rental units to the city.
    A recent report found that Metro Vancouver requires 18,200 new housing units per year over the next decade. One-third of the new units should be purpose-built rentals, while two-thirds of which should be earmarked for low-income households.
    Tsawwassen Commons, a 550,000 sq.-ft. outdoor mall on Tsawwassen First Nation land, reported that the mall will open in two phases. The first phase is currently under construction and includes stores such as Wal-Mart, Rona and Canadian Tire.
    Globe International Cuisine, a new restaurant, opened its doors in Hope on July 4
    Nissan is opening its first auto dealership in south Okanagan¿s Satikw Crossing. More than 30 full-time jobs will be created when the dealership opens in mid-2017.
    Bosa Development announced a multi-tower residential and commercial project in downtown New Westminster. The project will include two or three condo towers, a stand-alone restaurant and a daycare facility.
    Hawaiian Electric has withdrawn its application for a liquefied natural gas contract with Fortis Hawaii Energy Inc. The agreement, which was signed earlier this year, would have resulted in an $800M to $900M expansion at the Delta LNG location.
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    Pretium Resources expects to hire approximately 500 full-time employees at its Brucejack gold mine, located near Stewart. The mine, which is scheduled to open in 2017, is expected to operate for the next 18 years.
    Good Shepherd Christian School is closing its doors in Osoyoos. The closure will result in a loss of two full-time teaching positions.
    A new Contractors First by Rona outlet is opening its doors in Osoyoos. The store will employ approximately 10 to 11 full-time employees and is currently hiring yard workers and cashiers.
    BC Corrections is hiring guards for its Okanagan Correctional Centre. Construction of the new facility is currently underway, with the centre scheduled to receive inmates in early 2017.
    The Government of BC is funding a $600,000 study to find ways to meet demand for high-tech workers in BC. At any given time, there are approximately 2,000 high-tech job vacancies in the province.
    FortisBC broke ground on its new Kootneay Operation Centre in Castlegar. The $23M project will allow the company to centralize operations by relocating approximately 100 existing employees to the city.
    The City of Richmond began construction on its new $22.3M fire hall. The 8,000 sq.-ft. facility is expected to be completed by late 2017.
    A new CRAFT restaurant is anticipated to open at New Westminster¿s Shops at New West plaza. In addition to the restaurant, First Capital Realty plans to develop a three-storey building that would connect to the plaza.
    Canfor recently celebrated the addition of two new pellet plants to its Chetwynd and Fort St. John sawmills. The pellet plants have a combined annual production capacity of about 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets.
    A three-storey building, that includes a boutique hotel and a courtyard plaza, has been proposed in Fort Langley
    The federal and provincial governments are granting approximately $26M to BC Transit in Greater Victoria. The funding will be used to extend a bus-priority lane, as well as to build a new depot and upgrade maintenance facilities.
    The BC Cattlemen¿s Association is developing a business plan for a beef processing plant in Prince George. If the plant proceeds, it would create approximately 180 full-time jobs and about 620 spinoff jobs in the region.
    Full of Beans Play Café, a coffee shop and indoor playground, recently opened in Port Alberni
    A new $28M transit depot and maintenance facility will be constructed in Abbotsford
    Tillicum Lelum is building a new $2M childcare centre in Nanaimo. The new centre is expected to open in January 2017.
    Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association is conducting an Aboriginal labour market study, thanks to funding from the provincial government. The report is expected to be released in October 2017.
    Care Funeral Services recently opened a satellite location in Sooke

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Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.

Occupational Outlook

To review the most recent medium-term outlooks for occupations at the provincial, territorial and economic region level, please refer to the Outlook Report on Job Bank.

Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011

The National Occupational Classification is being updated. To propose a change, please visit Statistics Canada.
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