Lower Mainland - Southwest Region (BC)
Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.
The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements which can complement your job search and career exploration.
Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018
- The Government of Canada is committing $61.5M to implement additional measures to protect the Southern Resident Killer Whales. The measures will address threats to the survival and recovery of the species.
- TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre, has received a total of $31.8M in funding from the Government of Canada, the Government of BC, BC Cancer Foundation and the UBC to build the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes in Vancouver
- Métis Nation BC, the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres will share $3.6M over three years to staff eleven new Indigenous early learning and child care planning and navigator positions
- The City of Vancouver, BC Housing and Concord Pacific signed an agreement to build up to 650 units of affordable, non-market housing in Yaletown. The agreement is part of the city's Northeast False Creek Plan to redevelop the area.
- Lowe's is closing its RONA Columbia Square store in New Westminster and block plant in Kamloops as part of a larger restructuring of its North American operations. The number of employees affected and a final closing date is not known at this time.
Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018
- The Government of BC is making safety upgrades to the Highway 11-Highway 7 intersection by extending the left-turn lane and installing lights. Construction of the $220,000 project will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by December 2018.
- The BC Cancer Foundation has received an anonymous $18.3M donation. The funds will be directed towards a molecular imaging and therapeutics program that involves researching and developing radiopharmaceuticals through clinical trials.
- The Government of BC is building 280 new transition homes to provide short-term shelter and support to women and children fleeing violence. Funding is provided through the $734M Women's Transition Housing Fund.
- The Dilawri Foundation donated $5M to Vancouver Central Library to expand their children's programming and to create interactive spaces. Construction is set to begin in 2020.
- The Western Forestry Contractors' Association reports that reforestation firms are straining to recruit and retain sufficient workers. Low wages and the urgency to reforest following recent wildfire seasons are cited as causes for the worker shortage.
- The Government of Canada is providing $49.3M to General Fusion to develop transformative carbon-free energy technology. The funding will help the Burnaby company create 400 new jobs and develop a prototype plant to commercialize fusion energy.
- The Governments of BC and Canada are allocating $82.5M in 2018-19 to provide more inclusive child care to 1,000 children through the Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development programs
- The BC Liquor Distribution Branch opened a new 400,000 sq. ft. distribution centre in Delta. The centre will employ approximately 560 full-time equivalent staff and operate three shifts, 24 hours a day, to provide more efficient service to clients.
- Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital recently received a $6.5M donation from the London Drugs Foundation and the Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundation. The funds will go towards establishing a new cardiac centre and for recruiting medical specialists.
- According to a report by O'Neil Marketing and Consulting, there are 401 Indigenous tourism businesses in BC that generate over $705M a year and create 7,400 jobs. The businesses are largely in the retail, outdoor adventure and accommodation industries.
Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018
- Edmonton-based long-haul bus company Ebus is extending its services into BC. Operations are anticipated to begin by late October and include routes between Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna.
- Family Services of Greater Vancouver's adoption agency is shuttering operations on November 1 as a result of a drop in international adoptions
- Coast Mountain Bus Company is recruiting up to 500 transit bus drivers by July 2019 to cover their expanded routes in Metro Vancouver
- Parent advisory councils across BC are eligible for approximately $13.5M in Community Gaming Grants over the 2018-19 school year. The funds can be used to provide enhanced extracurricular activities and to invest in facilities and infrastructure.
- Wilson's Transportation is expanding its Vancouver Island charter bus service to include daily commuter service between Vancouver and Kamloops
- The Government of Canada launched the $20M Women Entrepreneurship Fund. Businesses owned or led by women are eligible for up to $100,000 from the fund to assist them in growing and reaching export markets.
- The Government of Canada is directing 1.6M from the $167.4M Whales Initiative into researching measures to reduce underwater noise in the Salish Sea area frequented by the Southern Resident Killer Whales
- The Musqueam Indian Band ¿ YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement is connecting band members with jobs at the airport and other Sea Island businesses and contractors
- The Government of Canada is providing over $9.5M to fund safety improvements at regional airports in Masset, Terrace-Kitimat, Tofino-Long Beach and Castlegar. The upgrades include runway rehabilitation, new lighting and snow removal equipment.
- Wow Air, an Icelandic low cost airline, is offering direct flights between Vancouver and Reykjavik six days a week. The flights will begin in June 2019.
- Launch Academy, a start-up incubator, has started a virtual and augmented realities hub in Vancouver. The facility offers training programs and mentorship opportunities and includes a device lab to test new technologies.
Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018
- The Canadian Coast Guard adjusted its recruitment strategy to address a shortage of lighthouse keepers along the BC coast
- Beyond Shuttle, a private bus service, now offers twelve, week day round trips between the city of Surrey and the University of British Columbia campus
- Interfor Corp. will reduce production at its sawmills by about 20% later this year due to declining lumber prices and higher log costs. The company intends to reduce operating days and extend weekend and holiday breaks.
- The Government of BC is providing up to $79.2M to build a new seismically safer Burnaby North Secondary School that will include space for child care, adult education and language development programs. The school is expected to open in September 2021.
- As of October 22, Rider Express Transportation will provide bus and parcel service along the Trans-Canada Highway from Winnipeg to Vancouver
- The provincial government is providing $100,000 for Futurpreneur Canada's Rock My Business Plan 2018-19 workshops in six communities. The workshops are for young aspiring business owners who will gain skills to help launch successful businesses.
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The Squamish Nation Training and Trades Centre in North Vancouver has reopened following a $1M expansion that doubles the facility's floor space to include new classrooms and a general construction workshopSwoop, WestJet's low cost subsidiary airline, is adding flights from Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, Mexico starting in January 2019Key-West Asphalt of Surrey was awarded a $12.49M contract to widen Mt. Lehman Road leading to the Abbotsford International Airport. The total $27.5M project to improve traffic flow to the airport is expected to be finished in late 2019.The Government of BC and the shíshálh Nation on the Sechelt Peninsula have signed a reconciliation agreement that provides $36M to promote economic and socio-cultural opportunities such as land purchases and forestry initiativesThe Governments of Canada and BC are jointly funding $5M under the 2018 Canada-British Columbia Wildfire Recovery Initiative to assist farmers and ranchers with the extraordinary costs incurred as a result of this year's wildfiresHawthorne Canada, a subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro, is building a cannabis research and development facility adjacent to Flowr Corp.'s cultivation facility in Kelowna. Upwards of 200 jobs are expected to be created at the two facilities.Paper Excellence Canada has purchased Catalyst Paper's pulp and paper mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River along with its Surrey distribution centre and Richmond headquarters. The company intends to retain the 1,500 employees affected by the purchase.
Vail Resorts recently announced plans to build a new 200-bed housing project at its Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. The Glacier 8 project, which will house employees in dorm-style accommodation for under $400 per month, is expected to be completed by 2020.Amazon is opening a 450,000 sq. ft. distribution warehouse within the Tsawwassen First Nation's Delta iPort industrial park. The centre will create 700 full-time jobs when it opens in 2019.The BC government is providing $1M to the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to build a new Centre of Excellence in Vancouver and expand its audiology, employment counselling, seniors outreach and clinical research programsEfficiencyBC, a partnership between the Governments of Canada and BC and local stakeholders, provides grants to encourage energy-saving retrofits and improvements to homes and businesses. The Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is providing $24M to the program.
Ebus, an Edmonton-based bus line, has applied to BC's Passenger Transportation Board for approval of inter-city bus service between Vancouver and Kelowna and KamloopsThe City of North Vancouver has approved Millennium Northmount Properties' 18-storey highrise in Central Lonsdale. The building will offer over 18,300 sq. ft. of commercial retail units on the lowest seven floors and housing units on the upper floors.A Canada-British Columbia bilateral agreement will direct approximately $656M over five years towards improving access to home care and community care and implementing initiatives to support mental health and addiction services in the provinceIskwew Air recently announced that it is beginning charter air service from Vancouver to remote, Indigenous communities starting on March 8, 2019Fraser Health announced that work has begun on Phase two of the $1.35B renovation of the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. The second phase will add a new acute care tower and expanded emergency department to the facility.The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly funding $5M through the BC Agrifood and Seafood Export Program to assist farmers and producers in marketing and exporting their products in Canada and internationallyThe Government of Canada has designated Vancouver Island as a Foreign Trade Zone which will enable local businesses and industries to champion the region's export potential, attract investment and access federal programs designed to defer duties and taxesThe Government of BC is increasing the direct care received by seniors living in residential care homes by providing $240M in funding over three years. Approximately 1,500 new full-time equivalent health care positions will be added over the period.Richmond's Keystone Supplies International Ltd. was awarded a $1.6M contract to supply the Canadian Coast Guard with 980 mooring equipment units and anchors that will be used to maintain marine navigation buoys in shipping channels and waterways
The Governments of Canada and BC announced over $229M in total initial funding for two new funding streams under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: the Community, Culture and Recreation fund, and the Rural and Northern Communities fund.The Vancouver School Board and BC Hydro have concluded an agreement to build an underground substation at the Lord Roberts Annex school site and a new elementary school on the same property. Construction is expected to be completed by 2023.The Boathouse English Bay restaurant in Vancouver will close on October 6 as a result of its lease expiring. The restaurant's owners hope to relocate its employees to one of the five other Boathouse restaurant locations.The Chilliwack School District and the Government of BC are jointly funding the construction of a $53.6M elementary school that will accommodate 930 students. Construction will begin in October 2019 with the new school expected to open in September 2022.The Start Smart Child Care Centre and the Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre are unable to provide child care and social services to nearly 600 children due to water damage to their facility and are considering alternate ways to continue their servicesThe Government of Canada is funding over $1.5M to the Native Education College in Vancouver for the Essential Skills for Aboriginal Business project that will support training for approximately 200 Indigenous peopleCapcom, a Japanese video game company, has closed its studio in Burnaby and moved its game development operations to its Osaka headquarters. The company has laid-off 158 employees while a skeleton crew will remain on site until January.The BC Government is funding 37 more French teacher education seats starting in the 2019-2020 school year. The spaces will be located at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia Okanagan.Rize Alliance is building a 13-storey office building in the False Creek area of downtown Vancouver that will offer large floorplates suitable for large-firm tenants. Construction is set to begin this fall and be completed by 2021.
The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly contributing over $71.7M towards improving and expanding access to treatment options and addiction services in BC for individuals suffering from substance use disorderAccording to the Business Development Bank of Canada, 45% of small- and medium-sized BC businesses experience difficulties hiring new workers. The survey identified high housing costs, retiring baby boomers and fewer young people in the workforce as causes.Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has halted plans to invest $150M into enhancing its oil spill response capabilities along the BC coast following the Federal Court of Appeal's decision that stopped work on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansionAccording to the BC Teacher's Federation, more than 250 teacher and administrative positions remain unfilled. The need for French teachers is particularly high due to the popularity of French immersion programs.The City of Richmond has approved GBL Architects' plan for three 15-storey residential towers and one 12-storey office tower near the Brighouse Skytrain station. The site will include 546 residential units, retail space, parking and childcare facilities.The Government of BC is funding seismic upgrades for two Richmond elementary schools at a cost of $16M. The upgrades to Robert J. Tait Elementary and W.D. Ferris Elementary are scheduled to begin in 2019 and be complete in fall 2020.The Government of BC is providing $500,000 in grants to local governments to develop projects that support safer communities for seniors. Projects may include accessible public transportation, affordable housing, social connectedness and dementia care.The Government of BC is accepting requests for qualifications for the Highway 91/17 portion of the $245M Highway 91/17 and Deltaport Way Upgrade Project. Completion of the project is anticipated for 2023 and will create around 725 direct jobs.The University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford is renovating the former home of Finnegan's Pub and Phoenix Ballroom into offices and teaching space. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed by next spring.The BC government is providing $50M over the next three years through the Community Resiliency Investment Program for local projects that reduce the risk of wildfires and protect high value assets and critical infrastructure such as roads and power linesThe Union of BC Municipalities is partnering with the province to create almost 1,400 new licensed child care spaces and to assess the need for future spaces. Funding is provided under the $17M federal-provincial early learning and child care agreement.Beginning in September, the Passenger Transportation Board is permitting taxi companies to increase their fleets by 15%. This will add up to 500 more taxis in the province, including 300 in the Lower Mainland, allowing for more wheel-chair accessible taxis.
The Federal Court of Appeal nullified the Government of Canada certification approving the construction and operation of the $7.4B Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Work on the project has been halted indefinitely.The Whistler Chamber of Commerce is seeking changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program as one way of addressing the ongoing staffing shortages plaguing Whistler businessesTelus is spending $21M to connect homes and businesses in Langley to its high speed, gigabit-enabled PureFibre network. Telus expects the majority of the work to be done by spring 2019.V2V Vacations ferry service is adding daily trips between Vancouver and Victoria to its fall and spring schedule. The additional service will operate from September 20 to October 15 and resume for the 2019 high season between April and September.The City of Vancouver has selected the Lu'ma Native Housing Society to build and operate 98 temporary modular homes that give priority to homeless Indigenous people. Construction of the new homes will begin in September with occupancy expected in December.The BC Centre for Women in the Trades has launched a project to increase the retention and advancement of women in the construction trades. Women represent less than five percent of the construction trade workforce in BC.The Northern Development Initiative Trust is providing grants to expand high-speed internet access in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Applicants can receive up to 50% of project costs through the Connecting British Columbia fund.The Government of BC is providing $580M towards the hiring of 3,700 new teachers and educational assistants. Secondary school math and science teachers in rural and remote districts and French immersion teachers are particularly in demand.The University of BC's School of Social Work launched a program in September to connect youth with a range of intellectual disabilities with meaningful employment. The five year research program has received more than $1M in federal funding.The federal and provincial governments are jointly contributing over $3B towards two rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver. The projects will ease traffic congestion by extending the Skytrain line and create the first light rail transit system in BC.
WestJet is reducing its flight schedule to address its first revenue loss in 13 years. Flights between Vancouver and Edmonton, Calgary, Fort St. John, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Palm Springs and Mexico City have been affected.Whistler Bounce, a trampoline facility, is shuttering operations after seven years in businessThe Government of Canada has secured market access to Japan for all BC fresh cherry varieties. The increased access is expected to create new opportunities for cherry growers as exports to Japan are estimated to be worth up to $8M annually.Harvest Power is planning to close their east Richmond compost facility in 2019. The company anticipates that there will be some layoffs from their total workforce of 50, but they will look for other opportunities for some of their employees.
Sinorama Travel, a Richmond-based travel agency, temporarily ceased operations on August 8th after Consumer Protection BC suspended its license to operate in the provinceThe Government of Canada has awarded a $485,380 contract to Canadyne Technologies Inc of Richmond for the acquisition of services and products to contain pollution spills in marine waters. The contract will create 10 new jobs and maintain 20 existing jobs.Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC has met all National Energy Board pre-construction requirements to begin work on four sections of its pipeline from the Edmonton terminal to its Darfield pump station near Kamloops, subject to other government permitsPhase four of the Willoughby Town Centre in Langley is proceeding with the construction of three new buildings that will offer retail and office space, a restaurant, and 91 residential units along with green space, plazas and parking optionsThe Province currently has a shortage of French immersion teachers as demand keeps growingAccording to Manpower Group, there is a demand for workers in manufacturing, light industry and warehousing in Richmond and DeltaWorkBC is hosting three workshops with a career advisor at the Bowen Island Public Library on September 19, October 10 and November 14. Information will be provided on job trends, career opportunities and training.Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership is hosting various job workshops for newcomers throughout the Tri-Cities from September 10 - 13, 2018
Solly's Bagelry, a Vancouver bagel shop, is temporarily closing one of three locations due to difficulties in finding enough entry level staff. The three stores typically employ 25 to 30 workers such as front-counter staff and line cooks.The Government of Canada awarded Atlantic Towing Limited a three year $67M contract for the lease of two emergency offshore towing vessels to operate on BC's west coast. The company will also provide training in offshore emergency towing.The Government of Canada has delivered the first of two annual $139.3M federal Gas Tax Fund installments to BC. The funds are distributed to communities on a per capita basis for local infrastructure projects.The BC Liquor Distribution Branch has issued a second product call for non-medical cannabis from licensed producers and will accept bids from craft producers once their micro-cultivating and micro-processing licensing is obtained later in 2018The federal government is providing $386,000 in research funding to the City of Vancouver to explore how to integrate self-driving and connected vehicles into a future transportation networkThe Government of BC is providing $2.6M under the Seniors Safety and Quality Improvement Program to purchase equipment such as beds, mobility aids and sensory rooms for long-term care homesThe Government of BC is accepting applications from prospective private retailers seeking to sell non-medical cannabis in the provinceLongview Aviation Capital and Cascade Aerospace are partnering on the conversion of older aircraft into waterbombers. Cascade will provide training at its Abbotsford facility and then support Longview's staff as they continue the conversions in Calgary.The Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery in Chilliwack is set to start recruiting staff now that construction of the facility is nearing completion. The brewery is expected to be operational by late summer 2019 and provide up to 100 positions.The Climate Change Adaptation Program, a federal, provincial and territorial partnership, is providing $6M over five years towards research projects and strategies that build resilience to climate change at the farm and regional level
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has received $1.68M from two levels of government for its research farm and seed lab in Richmond. West Coast Seeds and other local seed companies have also donated $335,000 to the facility.Telus Health is spending just over $100M to acquire Medisys-owned corporate and employee health clinics across Canada. The acquisition involves about 30 bricks and mortar boutique clinics, which operate under various brands.The Cascades Casino Resort in Langley City is adding an upscale restaurant, expanded gaming area and rooftop patio to its existing facility. The expansion will create around 100 full- and part-time jobs and be complete in 2019.
The City of North Vancouver is spending $237M to replace the Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre. The new facility will include a swimming pool, ice sheets, gymnasium, youth and daycare centres, a seniors centre and 80 social housing units.Walmart Canada is building a $175M grocery facility in Surrey. The facility will employ up to 200 long-term workers when it opens in 2022, while 300 construction and engineering jobs will be created when the project begins in early 2021.The Governments of BC, the Washington and Oregon Department of Transportation, and Microsoft are proceeding with a $15M business-case study for a high-speed rail through the Cascadia Innovation Corridor linking Vancouver, Seattle and PortlandBC Ferries is seeking interest from shipyards for the construction of five new ferries, with delivery dates in 2020 and 2021. The new ferries would replace three older vessels and improve the frequency and capacity on some of the company's routes.The Government of BC is providing over $5.3M in grants to 23 regional airports to undertake safety and infrastructure improvements that will enhance the travel experience for passengersA Community Benefit Agreement for the upcoming Pattullo Bridge replacement project prioritizes the hiring of qualified local workers and aims to increase the ratio of apprentices, women and Indigenous workers. Construction is set to begin in 2019.The City of Surrey is spending $2.2M to construct a road through the fairgrounds to the future location of the Cloverdale Sports & Ice Complex. The work is scheduled to start in September 2018 and be completed by March 2019.The City of Surrey has approved a $360M traffic Congestion Relief Strategy that will upgrade road networks over the next five yearsTybo Contracting Ltd. is working on a $15.38M project to expand the Aldergrove Border Crossing to the US. Work on the project is expected to wrap up in the fall of 2019.
Generate Capital, a California based investment company, is extending its electric bus leasing program to Canada. The program will enable transit operators to switch from diesel to electric bus fleets without the high up-front infrastructure costs.The Government of BC has approved 500 more taxis in the province, including 300 in the Lower Mainland. The Province also indicated that ride-sharing services will not be available in BC until late 2019.The Vancouver Park Board will spend more than $399M from 2019-2022 on area parks, open spaces, recreational facilities and service yards. The work will focus on renewing infrastructure and expanding city parks.The Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam resolved a ten-week strike with its unionized staff with a new collective agreement. The 400 employees who work as cashiers, slot and game table attendants, kitchen workers and security will soon return to work.A BC Restaurant and Food Services Association's study found that the industry is replacing just 2 out of every 3 retiring workersThe Government of BC is spending $1.9M towards co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities at the province's post-secondary institutions. Employers will gain new ideas and talent, while students will acquire relevant job experience.Workers at Gateway Casinos in Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton remain off the job following the breakdown of mediation discussions with the BC Government and Service Employees' Union. The 675 workers walked off the job on June 29.B.C. Pavilion Corporation has received rezoning approval to build up to a 37-storey tower in Vancouver's Northeast False Creek area. The tower is restricted to 300 feet if it has strata condo units or up to 400 feet if provides 100% rental units.
The Government of Canada is granting $2.5B over six years to the Province of BC under the Labour Market Development Agreement. The funding will be used to provide jobs employment support, and skills training for 84,000 British Columbians.The Union of British Columbia Municipalities is providing $33.5M from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to enable communities to undertake flood mitigation projects, such as constructing pump stations and dikesThe Government of BC announced its new Community Benefits Agreement under which future infrastructure projects will target maximizing apprenticeship training opportunities, the hiring of Indigenous workers and women and wage alignmentTwenty high-priority communities will receive up to $100,000 through the first phase of the Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Fund. The funds will be used to support a variety of treatment, medication and support services.
The provincial government is spending $221M through the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund to create 22,000 new child care spaces over the next three yearsResurfacing work has started on 42 kms of Highway 1 near Chilliwack and Hope and is expected to be finished by late summer. The $3.5M contract was awarded to Key West Asphalt Ltd.The Province of BC is spending $10M on internship programs for students in the research industry. The funding will go towards three Mitacs programs that build partnerships between students and industry.According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment rate rose 0.4 percentage points between May and June, reaching 5.2%. At the national level, the unemployment rate also grew to 6.0% over the same period.Civeo Corp. has been awarded a workforce accommodation contract pending a final investment decision by LNG Canada for a terminal in Kitimat. The conditional contract will see temporary work camps being built at four locations along the Coastal GasLink.The City of Chilliwack awarded a contract to Algra Bros. Development to start a multi-year development of the city's downtown coreGreyhound is shuttering operations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC at the end of October. A total of 415 people will lose their jobs when the routes end. The U.S.-run service from Vancouver to Seattle will not be affected.
The federal government and Vancouver-based TRIUMF are providing a combined $12M to the Large Hadron Collider upgrade project. TRIUMF will be responsible for the production of five super-freezers for the Large Hadron Collider particle research tool.The Gardens Children's Centre is set to open in September in Richmond. The new childcare facility will have 37 spaces for infants and toddlers and children up to five years old.The provincial government is providing $111,000 to the University of the Fraser Valley to add 12 new seats for the September 2018 infant toddler educator programThe federal government is providing $2.5B over six years to the Province of BC to increase jobs and skills training
Tim Hortons is spending $100M to update their current distribution system, expand the warehouse in Debart, NS and open two new warehouses in Calgary and Langley. The upgrades are expected to be completed by 2020 and create 150 jobs.The Province is providing $40M to Sullivan Heights Secondary school in Surrey for the construction of a three-storey addition that will add 29 new classrooms. Construction is set to begin in winter 2020 with completion expected in fall 2021.Herschel Supply Co. opened its first wholly-owned retail location in North America in Vancouver's Gastown on June 16The Government of Canada is providing $167M for three projects that will improve road and rail infrastructure for the Port of Vancouver and Canadian National RailwayAccording to the BC Care Providers Association, there will be approximately 2,800 job vacancies for senior care workers in the province over the next five yearsThe BC Liquor Distribution Branch is partnering with Shopify Inc. for the online sale of non-medical cannabis. A new 70,000 sq.-ft. distribution facility has been secured in Richmond and is expected to employ 130 staff.Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project is awarding $620M in conditional contract opportunities to northern BC Indigenous businesses. The projects will create various job opportunities with varying skill levels and trade specializations.The provincial and federal government signed an agreement to equally share in spending nearly $1B over ten years for affordable housing in the province
The provincial government is providing $6.1M in BikeBC grants for cycling projects in 18 communities throughout BCStandard Aero is laying off nearly 300 workers at their Richmond aerospace facility due to company restructuring. Operations at the facility will be winding down over the next 12-18 months and jobs will be relocated to Winnipeg and Prince Edward Island.Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation in Burnaby is shuttering operations at the end of June. About 200 employees will be affected by the closure, but some have been offered jobs by Ford, Daimler and Ballard Power Systems Inc.Vancouver International Airport is undergoing construction for a $9.1B 20-year expansion. The first phase includes a four-gate addition to the international flight area, a geothermal heating system and a new parkade.ICBC hired 43 new estimators since February 2018 to address the increase in vehicle claims costs and enhance oversight of autobody repair costs. The company plans to hire an additional 17 estimators this year.Comforting Care and CD Nurturing Care are laying off over a 150 care workers and support staff working at Lakeshore Care Home and Madison Care Centre in Coquitlam as a result of the owner's retirement and decision to end contracts with the care homesThe Ministry of Health is providing $75M over the next three years for the expansion of respite services and adult day programs in the provinceThe Province is granting $1M for new and upgraded forestry sector programs at six public post-secondary institutions throughout the provinceThe Ministry of Education is spending $79.3M to replace Eric Hamber Secondary in Vancouver with a seismically upgraded school. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2020 allowing the new school to be ready for students by fall 2022.
The Phil Bouvier Centre Daycare in downtown Vancouver is shuttering operations on July 27. The daycare cites funding issues as the reason for the closure of the 49-space centre.The provincial government awarded a $3.8M contract to Lafarge Canada Inc. to reconstruct and repave part of University Boulevard in VancouverA new urgent primary-care centre is opening in Surrey in fall 2018. Patients will have access to a team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacist and other health-care professionals providing a broad range of services.According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment rate dropped from 5% in April to 4.8% in May. The province also shed 12,400 jobs during the same period.Whistler City Council awarded two contracts worth a total of over $2M to TGK Irrigation Ltd. and AstroTurf West Distributors Ltd. to construct an artificial turf field at Bayly Park
The US Department of Commerce recently imposed tariffs of 25% on Canadian imported steel and 10% on Canadian imported aluminum. Rio Tinto in Kitimat is BC's only aluminum smelter. The company employs 1,000 people and is an economic driver for the region.The federal government awarded a $66M contract to Seaspan Shipyards to build two support ships for the Canadian Navy. Initial work on the vessels began in June.The Patient Family Centre recently opened at BC Cancer - Abbotsford. The new centre offers cancer-related workshops, teaching sessions and resource materials.The Province of BC is expanding tuition-fee waivers for former youth in care to include construction trades training delivered by union providersThe provincial government is spending $23M over three years for a developmental program that will include 50 new clinical pharmacists. The new positions are part of the government's plan for a primary health-care strategy for the province.
The Province of BC is creating 200 new nurse practitioner positions, with funding of $115M over three years, as part of a plan for a team-based primary health-care systemAccording to the Mining Association of BC, mining in the province is rebounding with a new mine opening in 2017, along with shuttered mines reopeningThe BC Government announced plans for urgent primary care centres that will offer service on evenings and weekends. Ten centres are expected to open within the next 12 months.Construction is underway on the New Westminster Secondary school. The $106.5M school will accommodate 1,900 students and is expected to open in September 2020.The provincial government is spending $734M over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,500 new units of housing for women and children fleeing violenceThe provincial government is providing $30M by 2020 to the First Nations Health Authority and the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC for the expansion of Aboriginal Head Start programsNada, a zero-waste grocery store, is set to open in Vancouver on June 2018The federal government announced plans to spend $4.5B to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, and infrastructure related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The project is expected to employ over 9,000 people in BC.The BC government is launching a new bus service called BC Bus North for travel in northern BC. The new service will begin on June 4 and replace the discontinued Greyhound service.
The Province recently announced new spending on tech and innovation which includes over $102.6M for 75 post-secondary research projects, $12M over 3 years in graduate degree scholarships and $10.5M to fund co-op opportunities and entrepreneurial trainingThe federal government is providing $55.8M for four infrastructure upgrade projects including two in the Tri-Cities that will improve goods movement and reduce traffic gridlock in the region. An estimated 550 jobs will be created during construction.YWCA Work BC, in partnership with the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, recently held the Journey to Employment Hiring Fair in North Vancouver. More than 60 employers were present at the event.Burnaby-based Chandos Construction is currently working on a $9M renovation of the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre. The year-long renovation includes fixing the pools and improvements to the lobby and change room areas.The federal and provincial governments are providing $14M to farmers and food processors in BC to help develop new products and processes that support food production in the province
TransLink is spending $14.5M to replace escalators at the Granville SkyTrain Station in Metro VancouverThe Northern Development Initiative Trust is providing $236,650 to the Lillooet Tribal Council to develop a Community Adult Basic Education Learning Centre in LillooetAccording to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment edged up from 4.7% in March to 5% in April, but remained the lowest in the countryThe Surrey School District is hiring 66 new teachers, 24 education assistants, 28 support staff and a school administrator to begin in September
The Four Seasons hotel in downtown Vancouver is closing on January 31, 2020, after more than 40 years in operationTransLink's Waterfront Station is set to undergo a $17M upgrade. The work includes a new elevator, new escalators, a new staircase and a new building extension.The Ministry of Health is providing $2.7M to the Alzheimer Society of BC to support further the First Link program that offers help to people with the diseaseThe Government of BC is spending $291M to build 2,000 units of modular supportive housing over the next two years. The spending is expected to create 2,050 direct and indirect jobs.The provincial government is spending $900,000 towards 370 new tech seats in niche programs at nine public post-secondary schools throughout the province. The additional seats are expected to be ready in 2019-20, with a full rollout in 2020-21.TransLink is looking to hire 525 drivers by next spring as it adds new routes to its service. The new routes are part of a previously announced plan for improvements to transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver.The City of Vancouver is hiring 1,500 people to assist with the municipal election in October. The application process recently started and closes between June 30 and August 8.The provincial government is providing up to $5M each year to school districts to buy new or replacement playground equipment. This year, 51 schools throughout the province will receive money for standard or universally accessible playgrounds.
STEMCELL Technologies is receiving $45M in combined funding from the federal and provincial governments which will support the construction of a manufacturing facility in Burnaby. The new facility will generate 675 new jobs by 2022 and up to 2,170 by 2031.Construction is underway on 160 modular units at three sites in Surrey. The units are expected to be ready for tenants by late spring.The Province recently hired 20 new conservation officers that will start their postings throughout BC this fallThe Province is investing more than $85M for highway and side road improvements in the southern Interior that include 450kms of road resurfacingAmazon is opening a 416,000 sq.-ft. development centre in Vancouver by 2020 which will create an additional 3,000 high-tech jobs. The company currently employs more than 1,000 people in Vancouver and expects that number to grow to 5,000 by 2022.The provincial government is providing $64M to build a new elementary school, expand two existing schools and to buy land for a future school in Surrey
Pangea is opening the first pod hotel in Canada in Whistler by the end of summerThe provincial government is investing $1.9B over ten years to build 14,000 new rental units across the provinceThe ministries of Health and Advanced Education, Skills and Training are providing $3.3M for increasing the number of health-care assistant seats in 11 post-secondary institutions throughout the provinceThe Province is providing more than $711,000 over the next three years to the Alacrity Foundation of BC's Cleantech Scale-Up program. The program promotes investment in BC clean technology companies and assists them in generating new business internationally.The Province is increasing wages for workers not covered by minimum wage requirements including liquor servers, piece-rate farm workers, resident caretakers, live-in camp leaders and live-in home-support workersThe Province of BC is pledging $6.5M in grants for over 170 local programs and projects that help stop violence and promote Indigenous healingThe provincial government is providing $5M to the Ministry of Attorney General's Court Services Branch to increase the number of sheriffs and staffing at the branchTsawwassen Mills Mall recently held a spring job fair. More than 30 retailers were present hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal staff.The Province is providing $100,000 in funding to add 50 seats in the animations program at Capilano UniversityNorthern Development Initiative Trust approved $1.27M in funding for five projects throughout Northern BC that support local economic development and sustainabilityThe City Centre Community Policing Office in Richmond will double the capacity of its operation once it moves to a larger space in the fall of 2019. Richmond City council also recently approved funding for 40 additional police officers for the current term.
The federal and provincial governments are providing a combined $115M in funding over five years to BC programs that support the farming, ranching and food-processing sectorsThe Stanley Park seawall is currently undergoing $4.5M in upgrades that include filling holes, replacing stones, stabilizing foundations and installing rocks to prevent erosion. The first phase of the project will be completed in August.The BC government granted $2M to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to help enhance and recover caribou habitat
UNIQLO, a Japanese clothing retailer, recently opened its third location in Metro Vancouver at the Richmond CentreVancouver-based Harbour Air is partnering with US-based Kenmore Air to run four daily weekday flights between Coal Harbour in Vancouver and Lake Union and Lake Washington near Seattle. The new seaplane service will begin on April 26.The provincial government is investing $7.8M to advance wood building systems and products and to promote and expand BC's wood exports. The funding will go to 13 industry trade associations and research institutes in the province.The Forest Enhancement Society of BC is providing $134M to 71 forest enhancement projects around the province. The projects include restoring damaged forests and supporting communities affected by wildfires.The Province of BC is providing $6.45M in funding over three years to all 25 Aboriginal friendship centres in the province as part of Budget 2018Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. is suspending all non-essential activities and related spending for the Trans Mountain Expansion ProjectAccording to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Vancouver's 2018 cruise season will be its largest since 2010 with an expected increase of 7% more visitors than 2017The provincial government is providing $300,000 to the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance to help strengthen economic development in the region. The organization represents 21 local governments from Vanderhoof to Masset.
The federal and provincial governments, in partnership with Shaw Communications, Gwaii Communications and CityWest Cable and Telephone Corporation, are providing $38M to provide high-speed internet connections to 33 rural and Indigenous communitiesVancouver-based talk and news radio station CKNW laid off three employees as the station restructures and moves from downtown Vancouver to Global BC's operation in BurnabyA delegation of BC's education leaders recently travelled to France, Belgium and the Netherlands to recruit French-speaking teachers to address the teacher shortage in the provinceBelgium-based The Belgian Chocolate Café is set to open its first location in Vancouver this summerTorstar Corp. is hiring 20 new reporters in Western Canada, including Vancouver. The company is rebranding its Metro newspaper in Vancouver to StarMetro Vancouver.The federal government is providing $4.1B over the next ten years for infrastructure projects in BC. The investment will support work on transit, green infrastructure, recreation facilities and projects in rural and northern communities.The television network CW is renewing six shows which are filmed in VancouverThe Province is launching a BC Parks student ranger program that will hire 48 young people with a 30% Indigenous hiring target. Applications are currently being accepted, and positions will start in late May and early June.BMO Financial Group is donating $1M to the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs program that is offered through the University of Victoria. The program currently delivers entrepreneurial training to 26 First Nations communities in the province.
The province of BC is investing $175M over two years to reduce wait times for hip and knee replacements. The funding will allow an additional 4,000 people to have surgeries in the coming year.The provincial government is providing $7.5M to AMPLIFY BC, a new music fund that supports people working in the province's music industry. The program focuses on industry initiatives, career development, live music and music company development.The Government of BC is providing nearly $8M in funding, through the BC Rural Dividend Program, to 58 eligible projects throughout the province that help stabilize rural economiesThe provincial government is providing $11M to increase the number of MRI exams in the province and to reduce wait times. The funding will allow for the completion of 225,000 MRI's in 2018-19.The provincial government is providing $5.4M to 15 public post-secondary trades and technology institutions for the replacement of obsolete equipment with more current technologyThe Province is providing $198M in maintenance funding for school districts across the province. The funding will be used for facility and building systems maintenance, energy-efficiency upgrades and school bus maintenance.
Popina Canteen, a new shipping container fast-food restaurant, is opening on Granville Island in Vancouver this summerStuart Olson Construction Ltd. recently began work to widen Highway 7 in Mission from two to four lanes and adding a new median barrier. The $22M project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.Construction recently started on Residences at The Heights, a new market rental housing development in Coquitlam. The project will include 41 rental units and is set to be completed by August 2019.The Province is increasing the number of dental surgeries performed in BC hospitals this year by 900. The increase will improve access to dental care for vulnerable patients and reduce wait times.WestJet recently launched direct flights from Vancouver to Mexico City. Currently there are three direct flights per week, but the airline will offer daily service by April 29.The federal government is providing more than $12M in new funding for research aimed at protecting BC's killer whale populationAccording to Tourism Vancouver, in 2017 more than 10.3M people visited Vancouver, an increase of 3% over the previous year. Tourism contributes approximately $4.8 billion a year to the Metro Vancouver economy and provides over 70,000 full-time jobs.
The provincial government is providing $1.8M over two years for various services and programs that support women's participation in the building tradesThe Government of Canada is providing $193M from the federal Gas Tax Fund towards over 100 capital and capacity-building projects throughout BCThe Simon Fraser University public plaza is undergoing a three-year renovation. The estimated $40M project includes the addition of a new roof, furniture and look-out points.The Sky's NO Limit ¿ Girls Fly Too! annual event was recently held at Abbotsford International Airport. The event is aimed at boosting the number of female pilots in the flight industry.The Surrey Biofuel Facility recently opened. The $68M facility converts organic waste into natural gas which will be used to fuel the city's waste collection fleet.Transport Canada is providing $1.3M for assessing and removing abandoned boats from coastal communities including Ladysmith, Vancouver and Victoria. The funding will also be used for an education campaign to deter the abandonment of vessels.The City of Surrey is awarding a $3.4M contract to Tybo Contracting Ltd. for the second phase of upgrades to Hawthorne Rotary ParkThe federal government is providing more than $27M for 45 projects across Western Canada to support the economic development of First Nations
The Interior Health Authority is currently running a recruitment campaign to hire 1,200 Indigenous employees by 2025Greyhound Canada is stopping various routes to northern BC, Vancouver Island, and southern BC. The company cites a number of declining riders and financial losses as the reason for cutting the services.The federal government is providing $548M in funding over three years for senior care in the provinceThe Brandon Jansen Foundation is opening up three new recovery centres in BC's Interior. The first centre opened in Penticton on March 1.The provincial government is providing $50M for Indigenous language revitalization and $6M over three years for Aboriginal friendship centresAccording to BC's Auditor General, there is a shortage of registered nurses in northern BC. The report found that Northern Health is short 121 registered nurses for what is needed and 25% of available positions are unfilled.The Village, a community designed for people with dementia, is opening in Langley by April 2019. The new care facility is expected to have 72 specially trained staff.Fisheries and Oceans Canada is suspending this year's commercial roe herring fishery on BC's central coast as part of the federal government's commitment to reconciliation with First NationsThe Province of BC, in partnership with the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation, is beginning the first phase of a new affordable-housing project for families, seniors and people with disabilities. Construction is expected to be complete by winter 2019.McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport in Richmond is expanding by 84,000-sq.-ft. and adding 35 new brands to the centre. The expansion will generate 400 jobs in both construction and retail.TransLink is adding four new B-Line bus routes in the Lower Mainland by the end of 2019. The new routes will run 60 buses as part of the fleet.
Muji, a Japanese-based retailer, is opening a new location in Richmond Centre in April. This is the company's third location in the province.The Province, in partnership with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health, is planning to build approximately 100 affordable rental units and a new addiction services centreThe BC government is providing $15M to hire more sheriffs and support staff as part of the 2018 provincial budget
Global News is laying off nearly 70 staff across Canada, including 21 in VancouverThe federal government is awarding a portion of $950M in federal innovation funding to a BC-based digital supercluster consortium. The supercluster will fund over 100 projects involving more than 1,000 organizations to create thousands of new jobs.According to a recent survey by the Independent Contractors and Business Association, construction wages in BC are expected to increase by 4.5% in 2018 and by 5.1% in 2019The BC government is replacing the Pattullo Bridge in Metro Vancouver. Construction on the new $1.4B bridge is set to begin in the summer of 2019.Metro Vancouver has a shortage of Chinese and South Asian chefs
Pronto Café and sister bar Prontino, located in Vancouver's Cambie Village, will close on March 3. The lease on the building was terminated to allow for the construction of a new dentist's office and apartments.According to the Ridge Meadows Division of Family Practice, there is a shortage of 20 doctors to serve the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows areaThe provincial government is partnering with the City of Richmond to build 40 new homes for vulnerable people in Richmond. RainCity Housing will offer on-site 24/7 support services.Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery, a grocery delivery service, is partnering with an unknown Canadian grocer to open a 74,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in BurnabyBalila, a restaurant specializing in hummus, recently opened in Gastown in Vancouver
Swoop, WestJet's new low-cost airline, is launching in June with flights from Abbotsford to Hamilton and EdmontonHome Depot recently held a job fair in Richmond. The company is hiring 108 employees for its Richmond location including full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.The provincial and federal governments are providing $10.7M in funding to support 30 flood mitigation projects in BC through the National Disaster Mitigation ProgramThe BC Government is providing $1.5M to community action teams in 18 cities across the province in an effort to address the opioid crisisConstruction is underway on Metro Vancouver's Port Mann water tunnel project. The $430M, five-meter wide tunnel will supply drinking water to the Lower Mainland.
Gree, a Chinese air conditioner manufacturer, recently opened its first Western Canadian Gree Product Experience Centre in RichmondThe federal government is providing $693,000 to the TELUS World of Science in Vancouver to teach thousands of young people coding and digital skillsUNIQLO, a Japanese-based clothing store, is opening an 8,010-sq.-ft. store at Richmond Centre this springDobosala Cantina and Ride-Thru, an Indo-Pacific restaurant, is set to open in Victoria in March. The new restaurant will offer a "ride-thru" for bike lane users.Milkcow, a South Korean-based dessert café chain, recently opened its first Canadian location in RichmondThe Loblaws-owned Independent grocery store at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford is closing in September 2018WestJet is expanding service out of Vancouver International Airport with the addition of 60 more flights weekly. The increase in service includes flights to Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Fort. St. John, Victoria, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.The Surrey Mental Health and Substance Use Urgent Care Response Centre is set to open in the summer of 2019. The facility is expected to have 45 full-time staff.UFC GYM, a mixed-martial arts training gym, recently opened its third BC location in RichmondThe provincial government is providing $24.3M to rebuild and replace École Irvine Elementary school in Coquitlam. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019.
The federal government is providing $2.25M to the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia to help expand the Indigenous tourism sector. The funding will provide support to over 400 Indigenous cultural businesses across the province.A major fire at Mainland Sawmills in south Vancouver caused extensive damage to multiple areas of the mill. Approximately 150 employees have been temporarily laid off as a result of damage caused by the fire.Sobey's is closing 10 Safeway stores in B.C.'s Lower Mainland in May and July due to falling sales and changing customer demand. Five of the stores may reopen under the discount brand FreshCo. As many as 1,000 workers could be affected by the closures.
Construction is underway on the Lot 5 commercial complex at Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver. The $35M, four-level commercial complex, which will consist of a hotel, two restaurants, shops and a public ice rink, is expected to be completed in early 2019.The provincial government is providing various housing options and supports to address homelessness in Maple Ridge. The plan includes supportive, rental and modular housing, as well as increased support from the Intensive Case Management Team.The BC government is providing $13M for three temporary modular-housing projects in Surrey. The 160 supportive housing units are expected to be fully operational by early spring.Cannabis at Work recently held a career fair at the Lift Cannabis Expo in VancouverThe provincial government is providing $62.3M to replace Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver. The new building will be completed by September 2021.Indigo is opening a new 29,000-sq.-ft. flagship store on Robson Street in Vancouver, replacing the former Forever 21. The new location is expected to open in the fall of 2018.The provincial government is providing $4.4M for a tech-programming expansion that will add 2,900 tech-related spaces at public post-secondary institutions across BCThe Government of BC has committed $83M to construct approximately 450 units of affordable rental housing in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has opened the new Wilson School of Design at its Richmond campus. The $36M high-tech design facility will add 140 full-time seats for a total of 681 spaces for students.The City of Vancouver has started sewer upgrades in downtown Vancouver. Work on the project is expected to be completed by this summer.According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment rate in December 2017 was 4.6% ¿ the lowest unemployment rate in the countryThe provincial government is currently seeking an executive director and director of merchandising for B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch's cannabis operationsBestway Driver Training in Coquitlam closed its doors in December after being in operation since 1985
The provincial government, District of Sechelt and RainCity Housing recently opened a 20 bed homeless shelter in Sechelt. The on-site support will offer case planning, meals and access to health services and counselling.
The BC government is expanding its gambling addiction services. The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch is increasing its off-site services, and the GameSense Advisor program is hiring additional advisors for all 18 community gaming centres in BC.Vancouver-based Native Shoes recently opened its first boutique in GastownThe BC government is moving forward with plans to build a new hospital in Surrey. The project is currently in the concept planning stage.Loblaw's City Market in Richmond is closing on February 3, 2018
Vancouver's Westender newspaper, an arts and culture publication, is closing after 68 years. All seven staff will move to different jobs within Glacier Media, but the future is uncertain for the paper's contributors.The New Westminster School District has awarded a contract to Graham Design-Builders LP and KMBR Architects Planners Inc. to design and build the new New Westminster Secondary School. The $106.5M project is scheduled for completion in September 2020.BC Ferries has awarded two contracts worth $20M to Esquimalt Drydock to refit the Northern Sea Wolf ferry. Work is set to begin in late December and should be completed by April 2018. The project will employ up to 100 personnel of all trades.Service Canada began accepting applications on December 19 for the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs program. The federally funded program aims to help students find summer employment and gain valuable workplace skills.The provincial government is providing $10.4M for seismic upgrades to Mary Jane Shannon Elementary and Bear Creek Elementary in Surrey. Construction will begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed by 2019.
The City of Surrey awarded a $4.4M contract to KDS Construction Ltd. to build a new Fire Service Training Centre. The 12,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to open in the fall of 2018.Nick's Spaghetti House in East Vancouver is closing after being open since 1955. The closure is affecting 13 employees.According to a new University of British Columbia study, BC's doctor shortage is expected to worsen as more physicians near retirementIsland Health is making plans to staff the Pandora Community Health and Wellness Centre. The centre, which is slated to open next spring, will be Victoria's first supervised consumption site.Whistler-Blackcomb will undergo a $66M upgrade that includes adding a new gondola, increasing lift capacity and expanding its mountain bike parkThe provincial government is providing $24M to build a new elementary school in south Surrey. The province is also providing $9M to expand Pacific Heights Elementary so it may accommodate an additional 300 students.
Bardel Entertainment in Vancouver cancelled plans to hire more than 50 artists, animators and production members for a primetime American network comedy series when development of the animated show was haltedMiniso, a Japanese version of the dollar store concept, plans to open 30 to 50 locations in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec by the end of 2018The Government of BC is providing $33 million to create more than 3,800 new licensed child-care spaces. The spaces will come from 103 projects in 52 communities and are expected to be in place within one to two years.
Construction has started on the Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo diagnostic services building at the Delta Hospital. The $15.2M centre will be able to accommodate 32,000 more patients than the existing facility each year and is expected to open in 2019.The Kelowna airport is currently undergoing a $38M renovation. The improvements have already doubled the screening capacity for outbound luggage and tripled the baggage hall capacity.The Vancouver school district is struggling to find substitute teachers and still has 65 job openings ¿ far more than any other district in BCThe City of Vancouver has approved a proposal for 78 modular housing units in Marpole. The first building is expected to be open in February 2018.Postmedia Network Inc. and Torstar Corp. plan to close 36 newspapers in regions served by multiple publications, including one in Vancouver. The shuttering of these newspapers will result in 291 jobs lost across Canada.The Business Association of Richmond (BAR), MOSAIC and Avia Employment Services recently hosted a job fair for refugees at Aberdeen Square in Richmond. More than 30 companies were in attendance, offering hundreds of entry-level positions.Air Canada is launching daily non-stop flights between Vancouver and Sacramento on May 17, 2018. The new service is expected to create close to 80 new positions in Vancouver.
The City of Richmond is providing $3.5M to TransLink to design a new Canada Line station at Capstan WayStructureCraft recently opened an engineered timber manufacturing plant in Abbotsford. The new facility is twice the size of its original location in Delta.Vancouver City Council has approved the development of 153 rental units in Kensington-Cedar Cottage and 65 rental units in MarpoleCN Rail is hiring 600 employees in Western Canada, including approximately 100 positions in BC. Most new roles in BC will be located in Smithers, Prince George and Kamloops.UberEATS will soon launch its food delivery app in Vancouver. The company recently held sessions for prospective drivers at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Robson St.A new mental health and addictions centre on Riverview lands in Coquitlam is set to open in late 2019. The $101M 105-bed facility will replace the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.TransLink launched an online merchandise store on November 21. SVS Marketing will operate the online store and any profits will be reinvested in the transit system.Zenabis, a Delta pharmaceutical-grade cannabis firm, signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Brunswick government to provide $40-$50M a year of cannabis products. The deal is expected to bring 60 new jobs to the Annacis Island facility.
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
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A report that provides an overview of major socio-economic trends that can have an impact on the local and provincial economy and labour market.
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
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- Mining and Quarrying | (PDF, 498 KB)
- Information, Culture and Recreation | (PDF, 401 KB)
- Construction | (PDF, 417 KB)
- Oil and Gas | (PDF, 409 KB)
- Public Administration | (PDF, 599 KB)
- Agriculture | (PDF, 570 KB)
- Transportation and Warehousing | (PDF, 406 KB)
- Forestry and Logging | (PDF, 573 KB)
- Health Care and Social Assistance | (PDF, 402 KB)
- Wholesale Trade | (PDF, 399 KB)