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Thompson--Okanagan Region (BC)

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  • Start date: 2019-09-02, End date: 2019-09-06
    Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2019

    BC's Employment Standards Branch is hiring additional staff to investigate employment standards violations following changes to the complaint process that aim to make it more accessible for workers
    The Governments of Canada and BC have signed an agreement to support the electrification of the natural gas industry. The projects under consideration are expected to create new jobs and opportunities in rural and Indigenous communities across BC.
    The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and New Relationship Trust have committed $9.5M in funding for the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative. The initiative supports Indigenous communities in developing local clean energy projects across BC.
    TappCar plans to launch ride-hailing services in BC later this year. The company has applied to operate in parts of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay, and Cariboo regions.
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    Metric Modular laid off 49 employees at its Penticton plant on August 14 due to reduced demand
    Aritzia is opening a new boutique in Kelowna's Orchard Park Shopping Centre this fall
    Staples Studio is opening a co-working space in Kelowna on September 14. The facility will offer services to start-ups, small businesses, and service providers.
    The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and local municipalities are providing over $240M to support 15 projects to improve drinking water and wastewater services across BC
    Canfor Corporation is curtailing operations at its Houston, Polar, Prince George, and Fort St. John sawmills for the week of September 3. Canfor's Houston and Plateau mills will also transition to a four-day work week beginning in September.
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    Natural Resources Canada is accepting applications for the Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships program. The $6M initiative supports Indigenous participation in energy infrastructure projects in BC and Alberta.
    Tolko Industries is curtailing operations at its Armstrong lumber, Armstrong plywood, and White Valley veneer facilities from August 17 to September 2. Tolko's Heffley Creek plywood and veneer facility will also be down from August 24 to September 2.
    The Province of BC is providing $360,000 to All Nations Driving Academy (ANDA) in Terrace. The funding will support ANDA in delivering driver training to rural Indigenous communities in the North Coast and Nechako regions.
    The Adams Lake Indian Band celebrated the opening of the new Chief Atahm High School and Language Centre in Chase. The school will accommodate students from nursery age to Grade 10 once classes begin on September 3. 
    Two Safeway stores in Kelowna and Williams Lake are closing on October 26, one month earlier than expected. The stores will be reopened under the FreshCo brand in spring 2020.
    Downie Timber is halting production at its sawmill in Revelstoke from September 3 to September 6. The closure is due to bad weather in parts of central Canada and the eastern US causing reduced demand and increased inventory.
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    The Governments of Canada and BC, local municipalities, and non-government organizations are providing over $15.28M in funding to support 20 flood mitigation projects across the province
    The Government of Canada is providing $39M to 17 small- and medium-sized companies across BC. The funding will support a variety of innovative projects and help create around 800 new jobs.
    Northern Development is offering funds through the Forestry Affected Business Consulting Rebate program to businesses affected by mill closures and curtailments in central and northern BC. The rebate will help cover the cost of hiring consulting services.
    WestJet Link will operate daily nonstop flights between Cranbrook and Vancouver beginning October 27
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    Recycle BC is experiencing a shortage of truck drivers in the North Okanagan, resulting in delays in picking up recycling from residents of the area
    HomeSense is opening a new store in Vernon on August 13
    The Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is revamping its programs and services in order to cut operating costs. As part of the changes, staffing levels will be reduced at the downtown Y location, the Y Women's Emergency Shelter, and the PEACE program.
    Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. will be curtailing operations at three sawmills in Prince George, Vanderhoof, and Fort St. James for two weeks, effective August 19. Around 300 employees will be affected by the closures.
    The National Energy Board has approved Trans Mountain's request to resume construction at its Burnaby Terminal, Westridge Marine Terminal, and Westridge Tunnel Portal
    The Government of Canada is providing $75M in funding over five years to support construction of 1,500 affordable housing units across BC
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    The Government of Canada is providing over $24M to six BC-based wood product associations. The multi-year funding will support projects to strengthen international demand for Canadian wood products.
    The first BC Cannabis Store on Vancouver Island opened in Campbell River on July 31. Three more locations in Courtenay, Parksville, and Port Alberni are expected to open later this year. A new BC Cannabis Store also opened in Cranbrook on July 31.
    Seven Coastal First Nations and the Government of Canada have signed an agreement to expand community-based fishing on the north and central coasts, increase commercial fishing opportunities, and establish collaborative governance in fisheries management
    The Province of BC has issued a five-year work permit to Benchmark Metals Inc. for its Lawyers Gold-Silver Project, located in the Stikine Terrane of Northern BC. The permit allows Benchmark to conduct exploration and drilling work until July 17, 2024.
    Tolko Industries is curtailing operations at its Kelowna lumber mill from August 6 to September 15. The decision is due to high log costs and weak market conditions.
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and local municipalities are spending $79M to purchase 118 new buses for use in communities across BC. The fleet includes 10 long-range electric buses that will operate in Greater Victoria.
    The National Energy Board has re-validated all previously issued permits for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The decision allows construction to begin at sites along the route from Alberta to BC, and at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby.
    Surerus Murphy has began hiring for the Kamloops and Merritt sections of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Although a start date has not yet been determined, Surerus Murphy expects to have over 600 people working on the project at peak construction.
    The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC and the First Nations Health Authority are spending $30M to create over 600 child care spaces in 30 communities across BC. The funds will also be used to expand Aboriginal Head Start early learning programs.
    The Government of Canada is spending $102M on five projects to improve efficiency at the Port of Vancouver's terminals and facilities. The projects are estimated to create around 2,320 jobs in the region during construction.
  • Start date: 2019-07-15, End date: 2019-07-19
    Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

    The City of Kamloops has approved a development permit to build a $417M patient-care tower at Royal Inland Hospital. The new building is expected to open in summer 2022.
    BC Transit is soliciting proposals from transit operators interested in providing inter-city bus services for four routes in Northern BC
    Health Canada has issued a cultivation license to Aurora Cannabis Inc. for its outdoor cannabis research facility in Westwold
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    YMCA Okanagan hosted a hiring day on July 11 at the Pandosy Street YMCA in Kelowna. The organization is recruiting supervisors, program leaders, and preschool teachers for positions starting in September.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are providing $18M in funding for high-speed Internet projects in the communities of Bridge River, T'it'q'et, Skuppah, Boothroyd, Gitanyow, Iskut, Dease Lake and Bob Quinn Lake
    The University of Northern BC is launching a new Bachelor of Science in Conservation Science and Practice degree for fall 2019. Career opportunities for graduates could include researchers, policy advisors, field biologists, and consultants.
    The Government of Canada is spending $185M on six highway improvement projects in the Regional District of Columbia Shuswap, the City of Fort St. John, the District of Taylor, the Town of Golden, and the Village of Jaffray
    Air Canada will be operating daily year-round flights between Terrace and Calgary beginning October 28. The airline is also increasing flight service on key routes across the BC Interior, Northern BC, Vancouver Island, and Western Canada.
    Perkins Restaurant at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna closed suddenly on July 1, leaving 29 employees out of work
    The Province of BC has announced new regulations to enable the launch of ride hailing later this year. Companies wishing to provide commercial ride hailing services in BC can apply to the Passenger Transportation Board beginning September 3.
    The Province of BC has chosen CBRE Ltd. to provide repair, maintenance, landscaping, janitorial, and construction services for nearly 1,800 government buildings. The contract is worth $190M annually and is valid for five years, beginning April 1, 2020.
    The Province of BC is providing Stillwater Consulting $3.3M to deliver a 19-week Advanced Forestry Skills Training Program to 108 students in Cranbrook, Kamloops, and Nanaimo. Training starts on July 22 in Kamloops and August 12 in Cranbrook and Nanaimo.
    McDonald's Canada hosted its annual West Hiring Day on July 10 at participating restaurants across Western Canada. The company aimed to hire over 400 new employees in BC as part of the event.
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    KF Aerospace is investing $25M to build a KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence in Kelowna. The facility will be a hub for aerospace education, training, and professional development. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2020.
    The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) is hiring cooks, kitchen attendants, sales attendants, shipper/receivers, and general workers to support its new in-house food services program
    The Province of BC is spending $58M over the next five years to improve energy efficiency in courthouses, correctional centres, warehouses, and ministry offices under the new CleanBC Government Buildings Program
    The syilx/Okanagan Nation and the Governments of Canada and BC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    Canoe Forest Products is curtailing operations at its plywood plant in Canoe for the week of July 1. About 150 employees will be impacted by the closure.
    The City of Revelstoke has approved a development permit to build a new hotel at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
    The Province of BC has put a stop to new resource development in the areas near MacKenzie, Tumbler Ridge, and Chetwynd in Northeastern BC to protect the region's caribou herds. The moratorium will be in place until June 20, 2021, or until it is repealed.
    The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act has received Royal Assent. The Act prohibits oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tons of crude oil and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading, or unloading at ports or marine installations in Northern BC.
    The Province of BC has approved an application from SpiritLeaf to open a recreational cannabis store in Vernon. SpiritLeaf expects to open their new Vernon location during the first week of July.
    MR MIKES held a two-day job fair on June 22 and 23 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm. The restaurant is hiring up to 80 positions for its new Salmon Arm location, set to open at the end of July.
    The Province of BC is providing the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society with $4.1M to build 41 affordable rental homes in Keremeos. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    The Minhas Micro Brewery in Calgary has hired 34 workers as it expands into wine and spirits. The new employees will staff the distilling and wine-making part of the business with further hiring anticipated as the company expands its operations.
    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is permanently closing its Chasm lumber mill and eliminating the third shift from its 100 Mile House lumber mill. Layoffs will begin in the third quarter of 2019 and affect about 176 workers at Chasm and 34 at 100 Mile House.
    The Government of Canada is providing $1.75M over five years to Okanagan College to set up a BC Beverage Technology Access Centre at its Penticton campus. The facility will provide testing, business, and research services to BC's beverage industries.
    The Province of BC is spending $2.7M on Indigenous teacher education training. The funds include $1.4M toward teacher education seats for Indigenous students, $730K for two master of education cohorts, and $600K to update the teacher education curriculum.
    Sicamous' Waterway Houseboats Ltd. and associated company Vinco Holdings Ltd. entered receivership on June 11 and ceased operations. Fifty-one employees were laid-off.
    Al Stober Construction has broken ground on its new Landmark 7 office building in Kelowna. The development will have space for 1,500 people once complete.
    The Government of Canada has selected Vernon and the West Kootenay region to participate in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program. The pilot aims to attract newcomers to rural communities to help fill existing labour gaps and skill shortages.
    The Province of BC and the University of British Columbia Okanagan are funding construction of a new $25M student housing building located in Kelowna. Construction work is expected to create 160 direct and indirect jobs.
    The Government of Canada has approved the Trans Mountain Expansion and announced that all money earned from the project will be put toward clean energy initiatives in Canada
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    Empire Company Limited recently announced it is converting six more Safeway locations in BC to its discount brand FreshCo. These stores are expected to re-open in spring 2020. Seven other FreshCo locations are scheduled to open in BC by the end of 2020.
    The Government of Canada is providing Women's Enterprise Centre with $2.7M from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund to expand its services in helping women across BC start, lead, and grow their own businesses
    Canfor Corporation is curtailing operations at all of its BC sawmills except WynnWood. Mackenzie will be curtailed for six weeks; Houston and Plateau will be curtailed for four weeks; and all other mills will be curtailed for two weeks between June 17 to July 26.
    The Province of BC is allocating $9M towards co-op and work-integrated learning programs for post-secondary students
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    Interior Health is recruiting relief, casual, and permanent nursing staff for the emergency department at Ashcroft Hospital. Recent closures of the emergency department are due to a shortage of nurses.
    Construction recently began on the new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in Tahsis. The Canadian Coast Guard plans to open three more stations located in Hartley Bay, Victoria and Port Renfrew.
    The Province of BC increased the general hourly minimum wage to $13.85, effective June 1. The minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers, and live-in camp leaders also increased.
    Aspen Planers Ltd. curtailed production at its Merritt sawmill by reducing operations to one shift per day effective June 3. The decision was due to an ongoing lack of access to logs, high log costs, and weak lumber markets.
    The Province of BC is providing nearly $8M in BC Air Access Program grants to 16 regional airports across the province. The funds will be used to support 21 safety and infrastructure improvement projects.
    The Teal-Jones Group curtailed second growth harvesting at its Honeymoon Bay-TFL46 operation on May 31 due to high stumpage rates. The curtailment will also result in lost mill time and employment at the company's Surrey mills.
    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is curtailing production at its Chetwynd, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Smithers, and Fraser Lake sawmills for one week in June. The decision is due to weak market conditions and high log costs.
    Canfor Corporation is permanently closing its Vavenby sawmill in July due to log supply constraints, high fibre costs, and depressed lumber markets. The forest tenure associated with the sawmill is being sold to Interfor for $60M.
    Tolko is extending downtime at its Armstrong and Soda Creek lumber mills for an additional two weeks due to poor market conditions
    Okanagan Falls IGA, the only grocery store in the Okanagan Falls community, is closing on September 10 due to ongoing operating losses. Twenty-five employees are affected by the closure.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    Tolko Industries Ltd. suspended operations at its Armstrong and Soda Creek lumber mills during the weeks of May 27 and June 3 due to high log costs and weak market conditions
    The Province of BC is allocating $31M to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for local government and First Nations resiliency projects, and is providing $19M to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC to implement 40 wildfire risk reduction projects
    The Province of BC and the Vernon School District are funding an $11.5M expansion of BX Elementary School. The project will create space for an additional 240 students and is expected to be completed by September 2021.
    The First Nations Health Authority and the Province of BC are jointly contributing $40M to build and upgrade First Nations-run treatment centres across BC
    The Province of BC is providing the University of BC, in partnership with the University of Northern BC, with $3.3M to expand its master of physical therapy program by 40 seats and its master of occupational therapy program by 24 seats
    Interfor is temporarily reducing production at its three BC Interior sawmills by operating on fewer days during the month of June. The decision was made due to high log costs and weak lumber prices.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative is developing a state-of-the-art packing plant and cider facility on land recently purchased near the Kelowna International Airport
    The Government of BC approved more than $3M in Community Emergency Preparedness Funding to 22 local and regional governments. The funds will support local flood risk assessments, mapping and mitigation planning.
    Penticton's Haven Hill Retirement Centre is partnering with Sprott Shaw College to offer a free 29-week care aide course. The BC Care Providers Association recently reported there are 139 unfilled care aide positions in the Okanagan Valley.
    The Governments of Canada and BC awarded Emil Anderson Construction an $82.5M contract to upgrade a portion of Highway 1 east of Revelstoke. Work is expected to begin in June and be completed by spring 2022.
    The Cornerstone shelter in Kelowna received approximately $2.4M from the Government of BC and other community partners. The annual funding will extend operations at the 80-bed shelter beyond June 30 until alternate housing is arranged.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    IPMC Smart Technologies recently opened its North American headquarters in Kelowna. The company, which provides specialized software to businesses, plans to hire more local staff later this year.
    The Government of BC provided $5M to Geoscience BC. The organization carries out mineral, energy, water and earth science research that generates geoscience data used in the mining industry.
    The Government of BC launched the $1.8M CleanBC Building Innovation Fund. The program provides funding for the development and demonstration of advanced energy-saving building designs and technologies, and innovative low-carbon construction methods.
    Compass Court recently opened in Penticton. The housing facility for people at risk of homelessness provides support services, shelter spaces, as well as mental health, substance-use and employment skills programming.
    The Government of BC allocated an additional $5M to its Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to enable local governments, First Nations and society-run fire departments to upgrade their training and equipment
    The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen awarded Greyback Construction of Penticton a $450,000 contract to build a waste transfer station at Apex Mountain, east of Hedley
    Nicola Mining plans to resume operations at its Merritt Mill later this year. The company is currently carrying out reclamation efforts at the former Craigmont Mine site.
    Tolko Industries Ltd will permanently close its Quest Wood sawmill in Quesnel on August 2 and cut one shift at its Kelowna sawmill beginning July 12. The changes impact approximately 150 employees in Quesnel and 90 workers in Kelowna.
    The Province of BC is providing Sport BC with $2.5M over three years. The funds will be used to increase participation in sports by children from under-represented groups through the expansion of programs such as KidSport BC.
    The Greenery Cannabis Boutique has received provincial licensing approval to open in Salmon Arm. An opening date has not yet been announced.
    The Government of BC is allocating up to $10M a year under the Canada-BC Workforce Development Agreement to fund service providers who can deliver skills training and employment support programs for those facing barriers to employment
    The Fraser Basin Council received $750,000 in funding from the Government of BC to research and evaluate flood management strategies. The Council will also recommend strategies to improve prevention activities and partnerships among stakeholders.
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. and Interior Roads were awarded 10-year maintenance contracts for provincial highways around Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Prince George, Mackenzie, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Hudson's Hope
    Sunniva Inc. recently announced that it is suspending all development plans for its proposed 759,000 sq. ft. cannabis production facility in Okanagan Falls. The company is shifting its focus to its U.S. operations.
    The Government of BC allocated an additional $5.25M to increase the number of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams offered to patients throughout the province
    Mierau Contractors of Abbotsford was chosen as the general contractor for the $1.3M renovation of the emergency room at the South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver
    The Alzheimer Society of BC received $2.7M from the provincial government to continue its First Link Program. The program provides individuals living with dementia and their caregivers with activities and support from health-care professionals.
    The Government of BC contributed more than $2.2M in grants for projects in the Kamloops Fire Centre. The funding will support community resiliency projects geared towards reducing the risks of wildfire.
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    The Government of BC recently announced more than 400 km of highway resurfacing and side road improvements in the Southern Interior. The work, valued at more than $70M, will be carried out during spring and summer 2019.
    The BC Assembly of First Nations is receiving $2.24M in provincial funding over the next two years to implement its Sustainable Economic Development and Fiscal Relations Strategy
    Canfor Corp. began a temporary production cutback at all of its BC mills on April 29, citing low lumber prices and the high cost of wood supplies as the cause
    Interfor is reducing production at its three Interior BC mills during the month of May by operating on fewer days
    The Government of BC's $16M Connecting British Columbia program is accepting applications for projects that improve local high-speed Internet connectivity and infrastructure
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    The Kamloops School District and the Government of BC are jointly contributing $34.45M to build an addition to the Valleyview Secondary School. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2022.
    Survivors of violence and abuse will soon have access to up to $5M in funding for skills training and employment supports under the Government of Canada and BC's Workforce Development Agreement
    The Government of Canada has placed commercial and recreational fishing restrictions on chinook salmon for the rest of 2019. The measures, which are aimed at conserving the Fraser River stocks, include fishery closures and limits on daily and annual takes.
    The Government of BC is contributing $5.3M over two years to six organizations in Abbotsford, the Cariboo-Chilcotin region and the Capital Regional District to deliver gang-related prevention and intervention programs
    The Governments of Canada and BC expanded the Export Navigator program with $4.25M in new funding. The program provides specialized support to regional, Indigenous and women-led exporters to increase the international marketability of their goods.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    The South Okanagan Similkameen primary-care network has been created to provide health care to the communities of Summerland, Penticton and Okanagan Falls. Twenty-two health care professionals, including doctors, nurses and social workers will be hired.
    Early childhood educators in BC can now access $1.9M in bursaries to further their academic studies under the Governments of Canada and BC's Early Learning and Child Care Agreement
    KF Aerospace anticipates hiring 75 more employees by year's end to accommodate a $3M hangar expansion at its Kelowna International Airport facility. The company provides aircraft maintenance and repair services to several airlines.
    Two new research spaces recently opened at the UBC Okanagan campus in Kelowna. The spaces include labs for research on chronic disease, physical disability and obesity.
    The Government of BC is increasing its ferry service between coastal communities with the addition of 2,700 round trips per year
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    The Province of BC is contributing $7.9M to 15 industry trade associations and research institutes for projects that advance innovative uses of wood products and expand global markets for wood products manufactured in BC
    The Forest Enhancement Society of BC is contributing almost $3.4M to eight projects that bring forests damaged by wildfires back into production and available as a future source of mid-term timber
    According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, there is high demand for workers in the BC film and television industry, including in the field of graphic design, animation, and video game development
    The City of Kelowna has resumed construction on the Glenmore Recreation Park. Phase two, which should be completed by September 2019, includes two multi-use playing fields, irrigation, and drainage.
    The Okanagan Skaha School District has launched the SD67 Careers Department that connects students with local employers through job posting flyers
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    The Province of BC's Liquor Distribution Branch has approved government-run cannabis stores in twelve communities. The stores in Campbell River, Cranbrook, Kamloops and Terrace are expected to open by late summer.
    The Law Foundation of BC received a one-time grant of $7.9M from the Province of BC and the Legal Services Society to fund legal-aid lawyers from April 28 to October 31, 2019
    The BC Search and Rescue Association and 80 ground search and rescue groups received $18.6M to spend over three years to increase training, provide administrative support and update their equipment
    The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly contributing more than $121M to upgrade the Trans-Canada Highway between Glacier National Park and the Town of Golden. Improvements include additional lanes, access roads and new bridges.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are allocating almost $1.2M to support projects that make sports more accessible. The funding will increase opportunities for Indigenous, under-represented and marginalized populations to participate in sports.
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    The Government of BC is providing $3.6M over three years to the BC Dental Association to enable 24 not-for-profit dental clinics to provide low-cost dental care
    The Province of BC is providing $18.6M in one-time funding to ground search and rescue (GSAR) groups throughout the province to be used over the next three years. The funding supports 80 GSAR groups and 2,500 members across the province.
    The Province of BC is providing $4M towards a new affordable housing project for seniors in Merritt. The Ask Wellness Society is in the design stage of the 40-unit project, with construction expected to begin in spring 2020.
    The Province of BC is providing almost $1.5M in provincial emergency preparedness funding to 63 local and regional governments and First Nations communities to support emergency operations centres (EOCs) and related emergency training
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    The BC building code was amended to increase the height allowance of wood buildings from six storeys up to twelve storeys. The new height allowance will expand opportunities for builders and manufacturers of engineered wood products.
    The Government of BC is providing the BC Arts Council with an additional $15M over three years, bringing its 2019-20 budget to $34M. The funding will support new programs that improve inclusivity and accessibility in the arts and culture sector.
    BC's Budget 2019 includes $18M to support projects that help Indigenous and remote communities transition to cleaner energy sources
    The Governments of Canada and BC are contributing a total of $142.85M over five years towards the newly launched British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. The fund is now open to receive proposals for eligible projects.
    The Government of BC allocated $5M to the Playground Equipment Program to build 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts. Construction will take place over the next six months and be completed by fall 2019.
    The Government of Canada is contributing $22M through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund towards the Mill Creek Flood Protection project in Kelowna
    The BC Wildfire Service plans to recruit additional Type 2 and 3 contract firefighters, expand its aerial capacity and increase its prevention programs in anticipation of the 2019 wildfire season
    BC Emergency Health Services is recruiting additional paramedics. The authority is using part-time and casual paramedics to fill current staffing shortages.
    Pacific Poke, a Vancouver based franchise that serves Hawaiian inspired poke and sushi, is opening a restaurant in Kelowna
    The Government of Canada is allocating $24M to the Canada Revenue Agency to create audit teams that will monitor real estate transactions in BC and Ontario
    Mastermind Toys opened a store in Ajax
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    The Government of BC is granting $206M to school districts across the province. The funds will be used for a variety of maintenance projects, energy efficiency upgrades and new buses.
    The Government of Canada is granting over $33M between 2016 and 2020 to 35 small craft harbours across BC, through its Small Craft Harbour Program. The funding will be used in a variety of harbour restoration and upgrading projects.
    Air Canada is discontinuing its early morning and late-night flights between Penticton and Vancouver, effective May 1. The airline will increase seat capacity by 17% by using a larger aircraft on the three remaining daily round-trip flights.
    The Government of BC is allocating $50M towards expanding high-speed internet service to 200 rural and Indigenous communities
    The Government of BC is granting $350,000 to help Feed BC increase the amount of locally grown, harvested and processed food in the meals served at Interior Health facilities
    The British Columbia Fruit Growers' Association received $4.2M through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriScience Program to develop new commercially viable varieties of apples and cherries
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    The Government of BC is allocating more than $64M over three years to boost monthly pay rates for caregivers of foster and adoptive children. A further $45M over three years will go towards those providing home-sharing support to vulnerable adults.
    The Government of BC is allocating nearly $5.3M to the Interior Health Authority to fund additional hours of direct care hours for seniors and to hire more health-care assistants. Thirty-one residential care homes are benefiting from this funding.
    The Government of Canada is launching the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program on April 1. Funding of $2B over five years will be available for training programs aimed at reducing the skills gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
    The Government of BC recently released its strategic framework for growing the provincial tourism industry. As part of the vision, Destination British Columbia received an additional $1M to support marketing and destination development.
    The Government of Canada is providing $5.3M over two years to fund initiatives aimed at addressing gun and gang violence in BC communities
    The City of Kamloops awarded a $13M contract to Extreme Excavating Ltd. for the Victoria Street West project that will include upgrades to the road, underground infrastructure, lighting and landscaping. Construction is scheduled to begin in April.
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    The B.C. Care Providers Association is forecasting a shortage of care aides for seniors
    Kelowna-based Flair Airlines recently announced it is discontinuing seasonal service to three destinations in Florida and California due to low ridership
    Hudson's Bay Co. is closing all of its Home Outfitters locations this year
    The Government of BC is restoring ferry service to coastal communities on ten BC Ferries routes. Most of the 2,700 new round-trip sailings will start this spring.
    The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources created two new divisions to increase its inspection programs and to improve its investment approval process. New funding of $20M over three years will create up to 65 safety and enforcement positions.
    The Government of BC approved $1.5M in Community Emergency Preparedness Funding for sixty regional governments and First Nation communities. The funds will support local efforts to prepare for disasters by developing evacuation routes.
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    The Government of Canada launched the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk which will provide $55M over five years towards projects that support aquatic conservation and species at risk in the Fraser and Columbia Watersheds
    The Government of BC is distributing a $100M Northern Capital and Planning Grant to four regional districts and 22 municipalities in the Northwest. The grants will enable the local governments to address their infrastructure needs.
    The Governments of Canada, BC, the City of Vernon and the Vernon Native Housing Society are jointly funding the construction of Thunderbird Manor through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund. The 38 unit housing project will cost about $10M.
    The Government of BC and the First Nations Leadership Council concluded a revenue-sharing agreement that will distribute approximately $3B over 25 years to First Nations communities in BC. The funds will be used to address a range of community priorities.
    Payless ShoeSource Canada Inc. recently announced it would be seeking creditor protection in Canada and ceasing operations by May. There are 31 Payless Shoe stores in BC.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    The Government of BC implemented changes to its WorkBC employment services. The changes include new assistive technology services to help people with disabilities pursue job opportunities and an additional $9M in direct supports such as skills training.
    Hemrich Bros. Garage is closing at the end of March after operating for 87 years in Vancouver
    The Forest Enhancement Society of BC allocated more than $10M in grants towards nine fibre use projects. The recipients will repurpose residual timber and wood fibre for other uses, while reducing carbon emissions caused by the burning of wood waste.
    The Government of BC is partnering with the Kelowna Women's Shelter to create approximately 40 second-stage and affordable housing units for women and children leaving violence. The project is funded through the Building BC: Women's Transition Fund.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are supporting the expansion of the public electric vehicle network by jointly funding more than $1.7M towards building 23 fast charging sites across the province
    The Government of BC is contributing more than $11M to the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants and BC Settlement and Integration Services programs. The programs provide training, resources and settlement services to assist newcomers in finding employment.
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    The Canadian Agricultural Partnership awarded $2.9M in funding to fifteen projects in BC that are pursuing innovative agricultural technologies, tools and products. The Partnership is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
    The Government of BC granted over $6.5M to 145 organizations involved with public safety programs through its 2018-19 BC Community Gaming Grants. A further $3.8M was distributed to 120 organizations undertaking environmental projects.
    Canada Jetlines Ltd. and Kelowna International Airport finalized an agreement to allow the airline to operate flights out of Kelowna
    According to BuildForce Canada, BC will need an additional 14,600 construction workers by 2021 to meet employment demand for upcoming major private and public infrastructure projects
    The Government of BC and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities are granting $729,500 to 37 communities in 2019. The grants will be used for projects that focus on accessibility, aging well, physical activity and non-medical home supports for seniors.
    Natural Factors, a Kelowna nutraceutical company that manufactures nutritional products, is seeking employees to fill approximately 50 vacancies
    The Government of BC contributed $3M towards new school-based mental health programs that focus on prevention, wellness promotion, and early intervention
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    The Government of Canada provided the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council with more than $299,000 through the Nation Rebuilding Program to build governance and hereditary structures
    The City of West Kelowna approved the hiring of eight additional fire fighters. Selection and training will begin in the coming weeks and the new members will be placed in September.
    Pacific Immigrant Resources Society received about $1.16M in Government of Canada funding to develop and test a childcare service delivery model. The new service will provide jobs for immigrant women and help service providers who offer onsite childcare.
    Kamloops Kidz Early Learning Center and the Government of BC are partnering to open 144 new child care spaces in the Orchards Walk facility. The spaces are funded through a $250,000 grant from the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund.
    The Government of BC has begun acting on recommendations presented by the BC Mining Jobs Task Force by contributing $2M towards creating a mining innovation roadmap and expanding the Regional Mining Alliance
    Murphy's Irish Sports Bar and Grill in Oliver has closed. Six employees are impacted by the closure.
    The communities of Enderby, Esquimalt, Port Coquitlam, Port McNeill, Tsawwassen First Nation and Vernon will share $3M through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund
    The Government of Canada is providing more than $1M in Climate Change Adaptation Program funding for six BC projects. The projects will research climate adaptation and resilience.
    The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement donated just under $1M to the BC Emergency Health Services to train paramedics in providing in-home palliative care to terminally ill patients
    An additional 426 in-home child care spaces have been created in BC because of funding made available through the Childcare BC Start-Up Program. The provincial program offers funding to help unlicensed child care providers become licenced.
    Canfor Corp. will curtail operations at its Vavenby sawmill for six weeks beginning February 11 and for one week at its Houston and Mackenzie sawmills during the first quarter of 2019 due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    The Government of Canada contributed $3.5M to the AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub: Digital Health Circle. The funding will help commercialize preventative health technologies related to aging, and support independence and quality of life for seniors.
    Doctors of B.C. recently reported on the physician shortage currently facing many communities and regions, noting that every year the province is around 170 new doctors short of replacing those who leave
    The Government of BC is providing $2.95M through the Building BC: Supportive Housing Fund to build a 50-unit housing project in Kelowna. The John Howard Society of Central and South Okanagan will operate the facility and provide support services.
    The British Columbia Construction Association received $3.4M in Government of Canada funding to provide settlement services to pre-arrival clients. The services will prepare newcomers for jobs in the construction industry.
    Swoop Airlines recently added thrice weekly, direct flights between Kelowna and Winnipeg. The routes will operate between May 24 and October 25.
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    The Government of BC has launched the $3.2M Survivors of Violence and Abuse program and the $3.2M Older Workers 55+ program. The programs provide these groups with new skills training and employment supports while removing barriers to finding jobs.
    Flowr Group recently signed a three-year agreement to supply Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis. The product will be grown at Flowr's Kelowna facility, which has been expanding and increasing its production since opening in late 2018.
    DD Express recently began offering courier and delivery services between Revelstoke and Osoyoos, and as far north as 100 Mile House
    The Government of BC is providing over $752,000 under the Tourism Events Program to 15 events and festivals around the province. The recipients include both professional and amateur sporting events, a Shakespearian play and an art show.
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    The Government of BC has approved $1.5M to develop a 24/7 virtual resource for post-secondary students dealing with mental health and addiction challenges. The program includes counselling sessions, as well as phone, online chat, text and email support.
    Twenty-nine new craft breweries are planning to open around BC in 2019
    V&C Courier has begun operations as a parcel delivery service in Salmon Arm. The owners are partnering with other former Greyhound agents to provide the service between Penticton, Revelstoke, and as far north as 100 Mile House.
    The community of Peachland is facing a doctor shortage with the impending closure of its only medical clinic. The Beach Avenue Medical Clinic in Peachland will close at the end of March when its owner retires.
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    The Government of BC's BikeBC program is open for submissions until February 18, 2019. The program offers funding to communities on a cost sharing basis to create new cycling infrastructure.
    Fifteen BC-based fisheries and aquaculture businesses will share $1.1M in funding from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to improve environmental sustainability and business results
    BC Ferries is spending $57M to carry out its annual maintenance and refit cycle on its fleet of ferries. The company employs more than 5,100 British Columbians in communities around the province.
    The Northern Health Authority launched a strategy to recruit and retain nurses in remote and rural locations in Northern BC. The strategy includes offering temporary housing and using a newly-formed travel pool to address the long-term nursing shortage.
    The Government of BC is accepting applications under the BC Air Access Program. The program provides cost-sharing funding to communities undertaking safety and green energy infrastructure upgrades to regional airports, heliports and water aerodromes.
    Exxon Mobil Corp. has withdrawn its environmental assessment application for a $25-billion LNG export facility on the BC coast that it proposed in 2015
    The Construction Foundation of BC provides youth with training and support to transition from provincial care into employment opportunities in construction and other industries. The Shift program also assists with driver training, licensing and mentoring.
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    The Governments of Canada and BC are spending up to $62.94M on green infrastructure projects and efficiency upgrades at the community level through the CleanBC Communities Fund
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    Valens GroWorks Corp. has signed a multi-year Extraction Services Agreement to process Canopy Growth Corp's cannabis flowers into high-grade resin at its three subsidiaries located in and around Kelowna
    The Governments of BC and Canada are jointly funding the $224.5M RW Bruhn Bridge replacement project. Construction of the five-lane single bridge, which includes new approach roadways, intersections and pathways, is anticipated to begin in 2020.
    The Governments of Canada and BC recently signed a five-year, $1.4M French-language services agreement. The agreement will improve access to programs and services in French in the economic development, justice, early childhood, arts and culture sectors.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    The Government of Canada is providing UA Piping Industry College of BC with over $762,000 through the Union Training and Innovation Program. The funds will support 90 apprentices from underrepresented groups in completing their skilled trades training.
    The Government of BC is partnering with the City of Kelowna and the West Kelowna Shelter Society to open a 40-bed shelter at First United Church in Kelowna before year end. The facility will offer laundry, showers and access to health and social services.
    The Government of BC has increased its funding for the K-12 public education system by $591M. The additional funds from the Classroom Enhancement Fund will enable districts to support higher student enrolment and to hire up to 3,900 more teachers.
    The City of Kamloops has awarded a two-year, $4.4M contract to Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. to haul biosolids to a composting and soil fabrication facility. The city has the option for two one-year extensions to the program.
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    The Inn from the Cold shelter in Kelowna will close its doors on December 31. The facility had previously offered over 40 spaces for people in need but received an eviction notice and has been unable to find an alternate space.
    The Government of BC is seeking bus carriers willing to take over eight Interior long-haul bus routes that remain unfilled. Operators of these routes are still required to obtain an intercity bus license.
    The Government of Canada is working with the Government of BC to create the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. The Government of Canada is providing more than $100M over six years to the fund while the BC Government will announce its contribution in the coming months.
    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. recently announced plans to curtail lumber production over the holiday period at its sawmills in Chasm, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Chetwynd. An unknown number of employees will be impacted.
    The Government of Canada is providing $2.5M to four coastal First Nations to develop and evaluate a new maritime awareness system. The system will increase access to data and expand the type of maritime data available to Indigenous and coastal stakeholders.
    ABC Communications is receiving Connecting British Columbia grant funding to install or upgrade high-speed broadband internet service in about 650 households and businesses in the Clinton, Deka Lake and Wells areas
    Crabtree & Evelyn Canada Inc. recently filed for bankruptcy protection and is closing all of its Canadian stores, including six in BC. An unknown number of employees are impacted.
    The BC Wildfire Service is recruiting between 150 and 200 wildfire firefighter positions for the 2019 fire season. Successful recruits will work between May and September and be eligible for recall rights and potential year-round work with the Service.
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    The Government of Canada recently announced a $25M endowment to Avalanche Canada. The funds will go towards promoting avalanche safety through public education, awareness training and enhanced forecasting services.
    The Government of BC is directing $1.1B over the next decade towards retrofitting its social housing units to be more energy efficient, safer and less polluting. The project will create approximately 7,700 direct and indirect jobs in BC.
    BC Ferries recently outlined its 2019-2030 $3.9B capital plan. Projects outlined include the purchase of new vessels, upgrading its existing fleet and terminals, introducing alternative fuel sources and investing in its fleet maintenance facility.
    The Government of BC is providing $231M to build more than 1,100 affordable homes for Indigenous peoples. The housing will be spread across 26 communities and includes both off-reserve and on-reserve homes.
    The Government of Canada is spending up to $153M to match private sector investments in the BC-based Digital Technology Supercluster. The supercluster is expected to create more than 13,500 jobs over 10 years.
    Fifty-five organizations that provide community services in BC received capital grants under the provincial Community Gaming Grants program. The funds will support the purchase and upgrading of facilities, infrastructure and equipment.
    The Insurance Corporation of BC is redirecting $2.4M of its advertising budget in the next fiscal year towards enhancing traffic enforcement. A total of $24.8M will now be spent on policing and traffic safety programs to reduce accident costs.
    The Mount Bourcherie winery is expanding its visitor centre to include a 75-seat indoor lounge and a 75-person patio. The project will take two years to complete.
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    The Canadian Coast Guard has approved six new radar installations along the southern BC coast. The radar expansion will improve the monitoring of marine traffic while providing better protection for the marine environment and coastal communities.
    Ten BC First Nations communities received funds from the Government of Canada's $5.7M Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program. The program supports local guardians to undertake environmental monitoring and stewardship in their traditional territories.
    The Neil Squire Society was awarded a $28.8M five year Government of BC contract to provide the Assistive Technology Services program. Beginning on April 1, 2019, workers can access assistive technology and services to help with finding employment.
    Dinoflex recently announced a $3.5M plant expansion and automation upgrade to its recycled rubber manufacturing facility in Salmon River. The company plans to recruit more staff to handle the increased production capacity and new market opportunities.
    The Sun Peaks ski resort north of Kamloops anticipates opening its newly built 82-person housing project in January 2019. The units will alleviate the accommodation shortage for the 600 staff that the resort employs during peak seasons.
    The Governments of BC and Canada are jointly funding the replacement of the R.W. Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous, which has reached the end of its lifespan. The $224.5M project will improve traffic flow and driver safety along Highway 1 through the region.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are partnering with local governments to invest more than $136M on five projects aimed at improving public transit. Projects include purchasing new buses, installing Smart Bus technology and building bus shelters.
    The National Disaster Mitigation Program is funding 32 projects in BC that address the risks and costs arising from flooding events. More than $16.5M in federal and provincial funds will go towards risk assessments, flood mapping and mitigation projects.
    The Government of BC introduced legislation that began the process to allow ride-hailing companies to start operations in BC in late 2019. All ride-hailing and taxi drivers will require a Class 4 commercial licence and undergo mandatory criminal checks.
    According to WorkBC's latest Labour Market Outlook, there will be 903,000 job openings in the province over the next decade
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    Community organizations in BC are sharing $45.5M in funding through provincial Community Gaming Grants. Eligible organizations provide programs, facilities and resources that encourage participation in arts, culture and sport.
    A new shelter opened in Kamloops on November 12, 2018. Osborne House has 55 single occupancy low-cost rooms, provides three meals a day and a safe injection site.
    Emerald Plants Health Source Inc. plans to build a 40,000 sq. ft. cannabis facility in Merritt with the potential to employ approximately 200 people. Construction is set to begin in the second quarter of 2019.
    The Government of BC is providing $492M to deliver 4,900 new affordable rental homes directed at middle-income families, low-wage workers, seniors and others on fixed income. Seventy-two projects have been approved throughout the province.
    The Government of BC is contributing an additional $10M towards relief, recovery and resiliency efforts and activities for those impacted by the 2018 wildfire season
    The Government of BC has chosen 53 childcare facilities across the province as prototype sites to provide subsidized child care. The facilities will receive funding through the Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.
    Penticton's XCo Tech Inc. received $800,000 through the Government of Canada's Western Innovation Initiative to commercialize its XPSTM and BioAnalytics TM technology platform that measures athletic performance and cognitive concussion biomarkers
    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is permanently curtailing lumber production by eliminating a third shift at its Fraser Lake and Quesnel mills. The company hopes to accommodate the 135 workers impacted by offering them work at other West Fraser operations.
    The Government of Canada is providing the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries with $1M to engage women, Indigenous Peoples and youth in training and employment opportunities in the marine sector
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    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.
    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
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    The City of Vernon and BC Housing are partnering on a new housing project. Turning Points Collaborative will manage the Compass project that will offer 40 short-term shelter beds and round-the-clock support services to residents.
    The BC Cancer Foundation has received an anonymous $18.3M donation. The funds will be directed towards a molecular imaging and therapeutics program that involves researching and developing radiopharmaceuticals through clinical trials.
    The Government of BC is building 280 new transition homes to provide short-term shelter and support to women and children fleeing violence. Funding is provided through the $734M Women's Transition Housing Fund.
    The 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.
    Aspen Grove Golf Course in Lake Country recently closed. The course was sold to School District 23 which plans to use the land for soccer fields.
    The 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
    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.
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    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.
    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.
    A multi-purpose cultural facility in downtown Vernon has been approved by municipal referendum. The $40M project will be funded through district borrowing, infrastructure grants.
    The Government of Canada is directing 1.6M from the $167.4M Whales Initiative into researching measures to reduce underwater noise in the Salish Sea area frequented by the Southern Resident Killer Whales
    The 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.
  • Start date: 2018-10-15, End date: 2018-10-19
    Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018

    The Canadian Coast Guard adjusted its recruitment strategy to address a shortage of lighthouse keepers along the BC coast
    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 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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