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Vancouver Island and Coast Region (BC)

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  • 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 Capital Regional District, BC Housing, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are collaborating through the Regional Housing First Program to build 494 affordable housing units in Sooke and Langford
    Vancouver Island University received a $65,000 grant from the Government of BC to fund fifteen teacher training seats at its Cowichan campus and to collaborate with local First Nations to bring Indigenous perspectives into the K-12 curriculum
    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 Province of BC is partnering with three local organizations in Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Langford to provide up to 50 additional transition and second-stage housing unit spaces and support services for women and children fleeing violence
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    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 Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is partnering with the Government of Canada to fund more than $6.8M towards a dolphin extension project at Ogden Point. The new mooring structure will enable quantum-sized cruise ships to dock at the site.
    The Government of Canada is awarding a $9.5M contract for the installation of an underwater hydrophone listening station at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea. The station will measure the effectiveness of underwater noise reduction efforts in shipping lanes.
    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.
    Victoria's Salish Sea Industrial Services, an Indigenous-owned marine company, was awarded a $404,350 grant to remove 17 abandoned boats. The federal funding comes from the Oceans Protection Plan to improve marine safety and protect coastal environments.
    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 BC is funding a new $33.85M intensive care unit at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 with the unit opening to patients in late 2021.
    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 Greater Victoria School District is partnering with non-profit organizations to create 439 licensed child care spaces and extra wraparound support at six elementary schools. Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is contributing $4.6M towards the project.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are partnering with the Comox Valley Regional District and the K'ómoks First Nation to fund $125.1M towards a new drinking water treatment plant that will provide clean reliable water services to communities in the area
  • 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 University of Victoria will begin construction on 620 new housing units, a dining hall and a multipurpose space in 2020. The $201M project, partially funded through the BC government's student-housing loan program, has a completion target of 2024.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Parks Canada is providing an additional $17M for the ʔapsčiik t̓ašii multi-use trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve near Ucluelet. The trail design and build will be adapted to protect the ecological and culturally sensitive environment.
    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.
    Seaspan Victoria Shipyards will share in the Government of Canada's $7B contract to maintain and repair the Royal Canadian Navy frigates. Seaspan anticipates the work will provide stable employment for 400 workers.
    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
    Construction has begun on the 113-unit Capital Park Residences, the final phase of the $250M James Bay Project located behind the legislature in Victoria. The project is expected to be completed by early 2021 and will require about 125 workers.
    Brazilian software firm, Daitan Group, recently opened a development lab in Victoria to create custom products for its clients on the North American west coast. The firm anticipates recruiting up to 100 developers over the next two years.
    A temporary cold-weather shelter opened in the Powell River Community Resource Centre on November 15. The 20-bed facility will continue to offer services and resources during the day and sleeping spaces at night until March 31, 2019.
    The Tofino Bus Company has been purchased by the owners of Wilson's Transportation, which will align Tofino's intercity, charter and freight services with those of the larger company. Tofino's employees will remain in place.
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 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 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 Elbow Room Cafe in Vancouver recently closed. The restaurant was located on a site designated to be redeveloped into new housing units.
    The Governments of BC and Canada are allocating $82.5M in 2018-19 to provide more inclusive child care to 1,000 children through the Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development programs
    Our Place Society recently opened a therapeutic recovery community in Victoria. The Government of BC provided $4.7M in funding towards the recovery based program that assists residents in overcoming repeat incarceration, homelessness and addictions.
    According to a report by O'Neil Marketing and Consulting, there are 401 Indigenous tourism businesses in BC that generate over $705M a year and create 7,400 jobs. The businesses are largely in the retail, outdoor adventure and accommodation industries.
    Onni Group began construction on its mixed-use community at Colwood Corners. Phase one will include three mid-rise residential buildings with 276 rental units and 152,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    Windley Contracting Ltd. is set to begin construction on a new $2.2M water pump station near Craig Bay. Work on the project is expected to run through the end of March 2019.
    Edmonton-based long-haul bus company Ebus is extending its services into BC. Operations are anticipated to begin by late October and include routes between Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna.
    Parent advisory councils across BC are eligible for approximately $13.5M in Community Gaming Grants over the 2018-19 school year. The funds can be used to provide enhanced extracurricular activities and to invest in facilities and infrastructure.
    Wilson's Transportation is expanding its Vancouver Island charter bus service to include daily commuter service between Vancouver and Kamloops
    San Group Inc. is investing between $60-70M into three new mills in Port Alberni that will specialize in small-dimension wood. Construction will create an anticipated 50 jobs while the operating mills will employ 85 people.
    The Government of Canada launched the $20M Women Entrepreneurship Fund. Businesses owned or led by women are eligible for up to $100,000 from the fund to assist them in growing and reaching export markets.
    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.
    Island Health is seeking request for proposals to add 7,400 more adult day program spaces. Priority will be given to spaces created in the communities of Mt. Waddington, Campbell River, Comox Valley, Saanich Peninsula and greater Victoria.
    Omnicron is not proceeding with its proposed $35M Sidney Crossing shopping centre development beside the Victoria airport, citing rising construction costs. The project was expected to create 157 jobs during construction and over 220 when completed.
  • 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.
    According to a study commissioned by the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, the high-tech industry in the Victoria region grew by 30% since 2014 but continues to be limited by the availability of skilled labour
    Mt. Washington Alpine Resort is building a $3.5M zipline attraction at its year-round facility near Courtenay. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2019.
    The provincial government is providing $100,000 for Futurpreneur Canada's Rock My Business Plan 2018-19 workshops in six communities. The workshops are for young aspiring business owners who will gain skills to help launch successful businesses.
  • Start date: 2018-10-08, End date: 2018-10-12
    Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2018

    The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly funding $5M under the 2018 Canada-British Columbia Wildfire Recovery Initiative to assist farmers and ranchers with the extraordinary costs incurred as a result of this year's wildfires
    Victoria City Council has granted a heritage alteration permit for the restoration of the Morgan Block and the Watson & McGregor Building. Two additional floors will be added to the buildings to provide space for 30 condominium units.
    Vancouver Island University has opened a new $40.9M Health and Science Centre and a $20M redeveloped Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex in Nanaimo. The facilities will provide local access to training in the health and trades sectors.
    Paper Excellence Canada has purchased Catalyst Paper's pulp and paper mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River along with its Surrey distribution centre and Richmond headquarters. The company intends to retain the 1,500 employees affected by the purchase.
  • Start date: 2018-10-01, End date: 2018-10-05
    Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2018

    Merridale is building a 12,000 sq. ft. distillery and brewhouse in Victoria's Dockside Green area
    Canadian Tire will be the first tenant in the new Sandown Park Shopping Centre in North Saanich when it opens in late October
    The Government of Canada is providing $2.9M to the Sc'ianew First Nation to add 50,000 sq. ft. of commercial space to their Spirit Bay Town Centre project in Sooke. The project is expected to create 82 full- and part-time jobs and eight spin-off businesses.
    EfficiencyBC, a partnership between the Governments of Canada and BC and local stakeholders, provides grants to encourage energy-saving retrofits and improvements to homes and businesses. The Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is providing $24M to the program.
    The Vancouver Island Regional Library is building a new $2.7M, 5,000 sq. ft. library in Chemainus. Construction is anticipated to begin before the end of the year.
    The Victoria Times Colonist newspaper has contracted out the printing of its paper edition to Black Press in Ladysmith, resulting in the layoff of 30 employees
  • Start date: 2018-09-24, End date: 2018-09-28
    Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2018

    Saanich city council has approved the Nigel Valley project, a $250M community development that will provide nearly 800 supportive and affordable housing units. Construction will take place over the next five to eight years.
    The City of Nanaimo has chosen PEG Development to build a 172-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. The city anticipates issuing the building permit by the end of October, allowing construction on the $22M project to begin before the end of the year.
    Ebus, an Edmonton-based bus line, has applied to BC's Passenger Transportation Board for approval of inter-city bus service between Vancouver and Kelowna and Kamloops
    A Canada-British Columbia bilateral agreement will direct approximately $656M over five years towards improving access to home care and community care and implementing initiatives to support mental health and addiction services in the province
    Iskwew Air recently announced that it is beginning charter air service from Vancouver to remote, Indigenous communities starting on March 8, 2019
    The Government of Canada awarded QM/JJM Contracting JV a $17.66M contract to remove contaminated soil from Victoria's Laurel Point Park. The remediation work will start in October and take 12-18 months to complete.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly funding $5M through the BC Agrifood and Seafood Export Program to assist farmers and producers in marketing and exporting their products in Canada and internationally
    The Government of Canada has designated Vancouver Island as a Foreign Trade Zone which will enable local businesses and industries to champion the region's export potential, attract investment and access federal programs designed to defer duties and taxes
    The Government of BC is 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.
  • Start date: 2018-09-17, End date: 2018-09-21
    Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2018

    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 Government of Canada is providing $3.2M over five years, from 2018 to 2023, for the management of the Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area northwest of Vancouver Island
    The Inn at Laurel Park on Victoria's Inner Harbour will remain open while it undergoes a six-month $10M renovation beginning later this fall. The hotel's Aura restaurant will close for a period while it undergoes an expansion.
    Relevant Properties has begun site preparations on the first phase of its Two Waters development in Colwood. Phase one will include 61 townhouse units spread over three buildings and is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
    ARC Asphalt Recycling Inc. is proceeding with the resurfacing of a section of Highway 19 between Parksville and Courtenay. Completion of the $2.5M project is expected by mid-October.
    The Government of Canada is funding over $1.5M to the Native Education College in Vancouver for the Essential Skills for Aboriginal Business project that will support training for approximately 200 Indigenous people
    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.
  • Start date: 2018-09-10, End date: 2018-09-14
    Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018

    The Howard Johnson Harbourside Hotel in Nanaimo will close on October 31 despite a strong tourism year. No decision has been made on how the site will be redeveloped, but assistance is being provided to the 18 full-time workers to find alternate work.
    The Government of BC and the Capital Region Housing Corporation are jointly funding an $8.5M affordable housing project in Saanich. The 73-unit building will offer a variety of housing options for low income families, seniors and people with disabilities.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly contributing over $71.7M towards improving and expanding access to treatment options and addiction services in BC for individuals suffering from substance use disorder
    According to the Business Development Bank of Canada, 45% of small- and medium-sized BC businesses experience difficulties hiring new workers. The survey identified high housing costs, retiring baby boomers and fewer young people in the workforce as causes.
    Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has halted plans to invest $150M into enhancing its oil spill response capabilities along the BC coast following the Federal Court of Appeal's decision that stopped work on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
    According to the BC Teacher's Federation, more than 250 teacher and administrative positions remain unfilled. The need for French teachers is particularly high due to the popularity of French immersion programs.
    The 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 BC government is providing $50M over the next three years through the Community Resiliency Investment Program for local projects that reduce the risk of wildfires and protect high value assets and critical infrastructure such as roads and power lines
    Wertman Development Corp. has received approval to build a 24-storey tower in downtown Nanaimo that will contain 114 residential units, as well as retail and office space. Construction will begin in 2019 and be completed within 22 months.
    The Union of BC Municipalities is partnering with the province to create almost 1,400 new licensed child care spaces and to assess the need for future spaces. Funding is provided under the $17M federal-provincial early learning and child care agreement.
    Beginning in September, the Passenger Transportation Board is permitting taxi companies to increase their fleets by 15%. This will add up to 500 more taxis in the province, including 300 in the Lower Mainland, allowing for more wheel-chair accessible taxis.
  • Start date: 2018-09-03, End date: 2018-09-07
    Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2018

    The Federal Court of Appeal nullified the Government of Canada certification approving the construction and operation of the $7.4B Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Work on the project has been halted indefinitely.
    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 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.
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    The $72M Mayfair Centre expansion in Victoria is nearing completion. Sport Chek, Saje Natural Wellness and a larger Aritzia will be the first tenants to open in the new space.
    The provincial government awarded new contracts to Mainroad Mid-Island Contracting LP and Mainroad North Island Contracting LP for the maintenance of two highway service areas on Vancouver Island
    The Cowichan Valley Youth Services Society will receive $835,000 over the next three years through the federal Skills Link program to fund its Youth Employment Mentorship Program. Nearly 100 youth in Duncan will be eligible to participate in the program.
    The Government of Canada is building a new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in Tahsis that is set to open in 2020. The station will provide an enhanced response to marine emergencies and security incidents off Vancouver Island's northwest coast.
    The Government of Canada has secured market access to Japan for all BC fresh cherry varieties. The increased access is expected to create new opportunities for cherry growers as exports to Japan are estimated to be worth up to $8M annually.
    Indigenous Services Canada is providing $4.2M to support Vancouver Island's Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Project on child and family services. The funding will pay for community initiatives such as hiring family and protection support workers.
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC has met all National Energy Board pre-construction requirements to begin work on four sections of its pipeline from the Edmonton terminal to its Darfield pump station near Kamloops, subject to other government permits
    The Province currently has a shortage of French immersion teachers as demand keeps growing
  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    The City of Victoria is spending $750,000 to improve cycling and pedestrian routes with new bike lanes, as well as sidewalk and landscaping enhancements. The projects are aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and fostering active transportation.
    A shortage of qualified early child-care educators is preventing a Victoria day-care operator from opening a new location on Vancouver Island
    The Government of Canada awarded Atlantic Towing Limited a three year $67M contract for the lease of two emergency offshore towing vessels to operate on BC's west coast. The company will also provide training in offshore emergency towing.
    The Government of Canada has delivered the first of two annual $139.3M federal Gas Tax Fund installments to BC. The funds are distributed to communities on a per capita basis for local infrastructure projects.
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch has issued a second product call for non-medical cannabis from licensed producers and will accept bids from craft producers once their micro-cultivating and micro-processing licensing is obtained later in 2018
    Western Economic Diversification Canada has given Vancouver Island's HYAS Infosec Inc. $475,000 under the Western Innovation Initiative to commercialize their cybersecurity monitoring platform
    The Government of BC is providing $2.6M under the Seniors Safety and Quality Improvement Program to purchase equipment such as beds, mobility aids and sensory rooms for long-term care homes
    The Government of BC is accepting applications from prospective private retailers seeking to sell non-medical cannabis in the province
    DB Services Victoria is building three rental projects in Langford, contributing 246 housing units to the more than 2,185 units that have been started in the capital region so far this year
    WestJet's subsidiary, WestJet Encore, has added additional daily flights on its routes from Nanaimo to Vancouver and Calgary. The seasonal flights will continue until April 27, 2019.
    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
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    Telus Health is spending just over $100M to acquire Medisys-owned corporate and employee health clinics across Canada. The acquisition involves about 30 bricks and mortar boutique clinics, which operate under various brands.
    The City of Victoria has restored $25,000 in funding to the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission. The commission estimates that in 2016 there were 950 jobs created in the region and about 350 of those were direct employment within the city.
    Islands West Produce has opened a new distribution centre in Saanich with 130 staff
    The Government of BC is spending $2.6M for upgrades to Highway 101 between Powell River and Lund. The contractor, B.A. Blacktop Ltd. of North Vancouver, is expected to complete the work by this fall.
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    Vancouver Island blueberry farmers are experiencing difficultly finding enough recreational and professional pickers to harvest the crop this summer. Excessive heat has caused the berries to ripen earlier, while creating uncomfortable working conditions.
    The Uchucklesaht First Nation of Vancouver Island has launched an artisan bottled water business to sell Thunderbird Spirit Water to high-end establishments. Additional jobs are expected at a new bottling facility that is planned for Port Alberni.
    The Province is partnering with the City of Powell River to build 40 self-contained modular housing units with funding from the Building BC: Rapid Response to Homelessness program. Construction will begin in this fall and should be completed by spring 2019.
    BC Ferries is seeking interest from shipyards for the construction of five new ferries, with delivery dates in 2020 and 2021. The new ferries would replace three older vessels and improve the frequency and capacity on some of the company's routes.
    The Comox Valley Regional District has awarded Vancouver Island's Knappett Projects Inc. a $10.3M contract to build a regional office building. Construction is scheduled to begin by fall 2018.
    The Government of BC is providing over $5.3M in grants to 23 regional airports to undertake safety and infrastructure improvements that will enhance the travel experience for passengers
    Western Canada Marine Response Corp. has signed a 25-year lease for land and water in Nanaimo to serve as its main Vancouver Island base. As part of a $150M budget the company expects to have 120 new employees at five new response bases.
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    Generate Capital, a California based investment company, is extending its electric bus leasing program to Canada. The program will enable transit operators to switch from diesel to electric bus fleets without the high up-front infrastructure costs.
    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 Government of BC is providing a $500,000 equity grant to the Hesquiaht First Nation towards the construction of a $13.7M hydroelectric power plant that will enable the community to transition away from a reliance of diesel generators
    The Government of BC is spending $1.9M towards co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities at the province's post-secondary institutions. Employers will gain new ideas and talent, while students will acquire relevant job experience.
    Workers at Gateway Casinos in Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton remain off the job following the breakdown of mediation discussions with the BC Government and Service Employees' Union. The 675 workers walked off the job on June 29.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

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

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

    The OTTO is currently under construction in Saanich. The 59-unit residential complex is scheduled to be completed in spring 2019.
    The federal government is providing $2.5B over six years to the Province of BC to increase jobs and skills training
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    The Government of Canada is providing $167M for three projects that will improve road and rail infrastructure for the Port of Vancouver and Canadian National Railway
    According to the BC Care Providers Association, there will be approximately 2,800 job vacancies for senior care workers in the province over the next five years
    Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project is awarding $620M in conditional contract opportunities to northern BC Indigenous businesses. The projects will create various job opportunities with varying skill levels and trade specializations.
    The provincial and federal government signed an agreement to equally share in spending nearly $1B over ten years for affordable housing in the province
    The provincial government is spending $7.4M to build 30 units of supportive housing and 20 shelter spaces in Port Alberni. The new housing is expected to be open by December 2018.
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    The provincial government is providing $6.1M in BikeBC grants for cycling projects in 18 communities throughout BC
    The City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority are spending a combined $3.2M to upgrade the old pier at Ship Point
    ICBC hired 43 new estimators since February 2018 to address the increase in vehicle claims costs and enhance oversight of autobody repair costs. The company plans to hire an additional 17 estimators this year.
    The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is contributing $6M to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's $30M renovation project
    The Ministry of Health is providing $75M over the next three years for the expansion of respite services and adult day programs in the province
    The Province is granting $1M for new and upgraded forestry sector programs at six public post-secondary institutions throughout the province
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    Maple Ridge-based North Gate Pacific Contracting Ltd. recently began construction on a new bridge at Roche Cove in Sooke. The $3.7M project is expected to be completed in the fall.
    The Province awarded a $2.6M contract to Seismic 2000 Construction Ltd. for upgrades to the Highway 19 crossing of the Campbell River. Construction is expected to begin in June with completion expected in fall 2018.
    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.
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    The US Department of Commerce recently imposed tariffs of 25% on Canadian imported steel and 10% on Canadian imported aluminum. Rio Tinto in Kitimat is BC's only aluminum smelter. The company employs 1,000 people and is an economic driver for the region.
    Construction started on the Cambie Street bridge in Vancouver to add a new bike lane. The work is expected to be completed by the end of June.
    The Province of BC is expanding tuition-fee waivers for former youth in care to include construction trades training delivered by union providers
    Viking Air Ltd. is hiring 50 skilled trades workers at its North Saanich manufacturing facility to build conversion kits for waterbombers
    The provincial government is spending $23M over three years for a developmental program that will include 50 new clinical pharmacists. The new positions are part of the government's plan for a primary health-care strategy for the province.
    Babies to Big Kids Childcare in Victoria is shutting down at the end of June. The daycare was forced to close due to the lease not being renewed.
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    The Province of BC is creating 200 new nurse practitioner positions, with funding of $115M over three years, as part of a plan for a team-based primary health-care system
    According to the Mining Association of BC, mining in the province is rebounding with a new mine opening in 2017, along with shuttered mines reopening
    The BC Government announced plans for urgent primary care centres that will offer service on evenings and weekends. Ten centres are expected to open within the next 12 months.
    The provincial government is spending $734M over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,500 new units of housing for women and children fleeing violence
    The provincial government is providing $30M by 2020 to the First Nations Health Authority and the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC for the expansion of Aboriginal Head Start programs
    The federal government announced plans to spend $4.5B to buy the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, and infrastructure related to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The project is expected to employ over 9,000 people in BC.
    The BC government is launching a new bus service called BC Bus North for travel in northern BC. The new service will begin on June 4 and replace the discontinued Greyhound service.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    The Province recently announced new spending on tech and innovation which includes over $102.6M for 75 post-secondary research projects, $12M over 3 years in graduate degree scholarships and $10.5M to fund co-op opportunities and entrepreneurial training
    Air North recently added new twice-weekly flights between Victoria and Whitehorse
    The Stz'uminus Career Fair was recently held in Ladysmith. Positions were available with 21 businesses and organizations that were at the event.
    The Province, in partnership with M'akola Housing Society and Wachiay Friendship Centre Society, is building 35 affordable rental homes in Courtenay. The new units are expected to be ready by February 2019.
    Lake Trail Middle School in Courtenay is set to undergo a $27.2M seismic upgrade beginning in March 2019 that includes partial replacement of the school. The project will also add a new child care facility with up to 60 child care spaces.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $14M to farmers and food processors in BC to help develop new products and processes that support food production in the province
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    The federal, provincial and Capital Regional District governments are providing a combined $90M to build 2,010 new rental units in Victoria
    According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment edged up from 4.7% in March to 5% in April, but remained the lowest in the country
    The Province is providing $4.7M to Our Place Society's Therapeutic Recovery Community project which includes a new recovery centre in Victoria
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    The provincial government is providing $100,000 for an additional 40 engineering diploma and certificate seats at Vancouver Island University. The programs will open 20 spaces for 2019-20 and up to 40 spaces in 2020-21.
    VI Fitness filed for bankruptcy on May 1 and closed all eight of their locations on Vancouver Island. Over 100 employees and contract workers were laid off as a result of the closures.
    The Ministry of Health is providing $2.7M to the Alzheimer Society of BC to support further the First Link program that offers help to people with the disease
    The Government of BC is spending $291M to build 2,000 units of modular supportive housing over the next two years. The spending is expected to create 2,050 direct and indirect jobs.
    The Huu-ay-aht First Nation is receiving $500,000 in equity funding from the BC government to build a clean-energy power plant on the west coast of Vancouver Island
    The provincial government is spending $900,000 towards 370 new tech seats in niche programs at nine public post-secondary schools throughout the province. The additional seats are expected to be ready in 2019-20, with a full rollout in 2020-21.
    Viking Air hired 50 employees at its Victoria International Airport location. The company is also launching a recruitment campaign for 50 additional employees in Victoria.
    The provincial government is providing up to $5M each year to school districts to buy new or replacement playground equipment. This year, 51 schools throughout the province will receive money for standard or universally accessible playgrounds.
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    The Province recently hired 20 new conservation officers that will start their postings throughout BC this fall
    The Province is investing more than $85M for highway and side road improvements in the southern Interior that include 450kms of road resurfacing
    The Province is providing $100,000 to North Island College to plan for 40 student spaces in a new tech certificate program. The program is expected to be open to students in 2019-20 and at full capacity in 2020-21.
    The Foundry Victoria mental health and wellness centre recently opened in Victoria. The new centre offers services to youth ages 12 to 24 living with mental-health and substance-use challenges.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    The provincial government is investing $1.9B over ten years to build 14,000 new rental units across the province
    The ministries of Health and Advanced Education, Skills and Training are providing $3.3M for increasing the number of health-care assistant seats in 11 post-secondary institutions throughout the province
    The Province is providing more than $711,000 over the next three years to the Alacrity Foundation of BC's Cleantech Scale-Up program. The program promotes investment in BC clean technology companies and assists them in generating new business internationally.
    The Province is increasing wages for workers not covered by minimum wage requirements including liquor servers, piece-rate farm workers, resident caretakers, live-in camp leaders and live-in home-support workers
    The Province of BC is pledging $6.5M in grants for over 170 local programs and projects that help stop violence and promote Indigenous healing
    The provincial government is providing $5M to the Ministry of Attorney General's Court Services Branch to increase the number of sheriffs and staffing at the branch
    The Government of BC, in partnership with Pacifica Housing and the City of Colwood, is providing $22.9M to build 82 new rental homes. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed by summer 2019.
    Northern Development Initiative Trust approved $1.27M in funding for five projects throughout Northern BC that support local economic development and sustainability
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    Nanaimo Port Authority is partnering with Western Stevedoring and US-based SSA Marine to develop a new automobile import and processing facility. The facility will create 40 to 60 new jobs in the short term and 110 new jobs in the coming years.
    Victoria-based BC Investment Management Corp. recently laid off approximately 20 employees including analysts and portfolio managers who worked in equities
    Construction is underway on the first phase of the Belmont Market in Langford. The $93M project is expected to be completed in 2020.
    The federal government is providing $5.4M through an apron and taxiway rehabilitation project for upgrades to the Tofino airport
    The federal and provincial governments are providing a combined $115M in funding over five years to BC programs that support the farming, ranching and food-processing sectors
    Elizabeth Buckley School in Victoria is closing its doors after 30 years. The school cites a shortage of teachers as the reason for the closure.
    The provincial government awarded a $2.1M contract to Courtenay-based O.K. Industries Ltd. to resurface 13 kms of Head Bay Forest Service Road on Vancouver Island. The upgrade is expected to start in mid-April and be completed in late June.
    The BC government granted $2M to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to help enhance and recover caribou habitat
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    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 2018
    Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. is suspending all non-essential activities and related spending for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
    Victoria Shipyards acquired a number of high-value public and private sector contracts that will result in more jobs from now until 2020
    The provincial government is providing $300,000 to the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance to help strengthen economic development in the region. The organization represents 21 local governments from Vanderhoof to Masset.
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    The federal and provincial governments, in partnership with Shaw Communications, Gwaii Communications and CityWest Cable and Telephone Corporation, are providing $38M to provide high-speed internet connections to 33 rural and Indigenous communities
    The Black Press Extreme Career & Education Fair was recently held at the Port Hardy Civic Centre. The event was open to students and job seekers looking for educational and employment opportunities.
    The City of Campbell River is set to begin upgrades to Highway 19A this summer. The $27M project includes updating the waterfront sewer line, rebuilding the Big Rock Boat Ramp and completion of the highway improvements.
    A delegation of BC's education leaders recently travelled to France, Belgium and the Netherlands to recruit French-speaking teachers to address the teacher shortage in the province
    Camosun College is partnering with Songhees Nation to launch a new culinary arts, hospitality and tourism management program that will be delivered in the community
    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 Province is launching a BC Parks student ranger program that will hire 48 young people with a 30% Indigenous hiring target. Applications are currently being accepted, and positions will start in late May and early June.
    BMO Financial Group is donating $1M to the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs program that is offered through the University of Victoria. The program currently delivers entrepreneurial training to 26 First Nations communities in the province.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    The province of BC is investing $175M over two years to reduce wait times for hip and knee replacements. The funding will allow an additional 4,000 people to have surgeries in the coming year.
    Saanich council has awarded Don Mann Excavating a $2.1M contract for the installation of a new sanitary sewer. Construction is set to begin in May and completed by October.
    The provincial government is providing $7.5M to AMPLIFY BC, a new music fund that supports people working in the province's music industry. The program focuses on industry initiatives, career development, live music and music company development.
    The Government of BC is providing nearly $8M in funding, through the BC Rural Dividend Program, to 58 eligible projects throughout the province that help stabilize rural economies
    Emil Anderson Construction is set to begin work on safety upgrades to Highway 4 at Kennedy Hill on Vancouver Island. The $29M project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.
    Women on Wheels, an all-female taxi service, is set to launch on the West Shore of Vancouver Island later this year
    The provincial government is providing $11M to increase the number of MRI exams in the province and to reduce wait times. The funding will allow for the completion of 225,000 MRI's in 2018-19.
    The provincial government is providing $5.4M to 15 public post-secondary trades and technology institutions for the replacement of obsolete equipment with more current technology
    The Province is providing $198M in maintenance funding for school districts across the province. The funding will be used for facility and building systems maintenance, energy-efficiency upgrades and school bus maintenance.
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    The Government of BC is providing $23.2M for a 600-seat expansion and new gym at Royal Bay Secondary school in Colwood. Work on the expansion is expected to begin in September 2018 and be complete by the fall of 2020.
    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.
    The federal government is providing more than $12M in new funding for research aimed at protecting BC's killer whale population
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018

    North Island College held its seventh annual career fair at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay on March 8. The event had 35 employers present as well as feature speaker presentations.
    The provincial government is providing $1.8M over two years for various services and programs that support women's participation in the building trades
    The Government of Canada is providing $193M from the federal Gas Tax Fund towards over 100 capital and capacity-building projects throughout BC
    Transport Canada 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 Vancouver Island Health Authority has awarded contracts to SOLID Outreach Society and Lookout Housing and Health Society to provide harm reduction services at the Pandora Wellness Centre in Victoria. Hiring is set to begin in the near future.
    The federal government is providing more than $27M for 45 projects across Western Canada to support the economic development of First Nations
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    The Interior Health Authority is currently running a recruitment campaign to hire 1,200 Indigenous employees by 2025
    Greyhound Canada is stopping various routes to northern BC, Vancouver Island, and southern BC. The company cites a number of declining riders and financial losses as the reason for cutting the services.
    The University of Victoria is offering a new program that studies both Canadian and Indigenous law. The program will be available for students in September 2018.
    The federal government is providing $548M in funding over three years for senior care in the province
    Parksville's Career Centre is offering a pilot program called the GoodSeeds Project aimed at helping youth students enter the workforce in agriculture
    The Brandon Jansen Foundation is opening up three new recovery centres in BC's Interior. The first centre opened in Penticton on March 1.
    The provincial government is providing $50M for Indigenous language revitalization and $6M over three years for Aboriginal friendship centres
    According to BC's Auditor General, there is a shortage of registered nurses in northern BC. The report found that Northern Health is short 121 registered nurses for what is needed and 25% of available positions are unfilled.
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada is suspending this year's commercial roe herring fishery on BC's central coast as part of the federal government's commitment to reconciliation with First Nations
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    The federal government is providing $15.8M for an electrical substation at Esquimalt Graving Dock in Victoria. Scansa Construction is currently working on the project that is expected to be complete in December 2018.
    The Victoria International Airport is expanding its ground-level departure lounge, doubling its seating capacity. Construction on the $19.4M upgrade is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
    The BC government is providing $15M to hire more sheriffs and support staff as part of the 2018 provincial budget
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

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

    The Province of BC is partnering with the City of Langford and the District of Sooke to build 115 new affordable rental homes. The Langford project is expected to be ready by the end of 2018 and the Sooke project is expected to be open in early 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    The Capital Regional District has awarded a $35.9M contract to Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. to upgrade the Macaulay Point pump station in Victoria. Construction is expected to begin in March and will take approximately two years to complete.
    The provincial and federal governments are providing $10.7M in funding to support 30 flood mitigation projects in BC through the National Disaster Mitigation Program
    The Victoria Cruise Industry Alliance is holding a job fair for summer employment on February 24 at Western Stevedoring on Ogden Point
    The BC Government is providing $1.5M to community action teams in 18 cities across the province in an effort to address the opioid crisis
    The Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair was recently held at 19 Wing Air Force Base in Comox
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    BC Emergency Health Services is hiring 30 new full-time paramedics in Nanaimo, bringing its total complement of paramedics in the region to 64
    Alberni Outpost, an outdoor and recreation store, shuttered operations at its Courtenay and Nanaimo locations on January 24. Approximately 9 employees are affected by the closures.
    The Cornerstone Café in Victoria recently closed its doors after 12 years in business. The Parsonage Café and Ferwood Coffee, currently located a few blocks away, will move into the vacated space in February.
    The provincial government, in partnership with the City of Nanaimo, are providing 44 new modular homes with 24/7 support services. Construction of the $7.25M project is expected to begin in spring 2018 pending permit approvals.
    WestJet is expanding service out of Vancouver International Airport with the addition of 60 more flights weekly. The increase in service includes flights to Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Fort. St. John, Victoria, Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    Nanaimo-based Windley Contracting is set to begin work on the Millstream overpass in Langford on February 1. The $2M upgrade includes the addition of another left turn lane, bike lanes, pedestrian/cycling crossings and completion of sidewalks.
    The federal government is providing $2.25M to the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia to help expand the Indigenous tourism sector. The funding will provide support to over 400 Indigenous cultural businesses across the province.
    The provincial government is providing $10M for immediate upgrades to the Highway 14 corridor in the southern part of Vancouver Island
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    The former Dunsmuir Lodge site in North Saanich has been sold by the University of Victoria and will reopen as a mental health and addiction treatment facility in the fall of 2018. The new facility will employ approximately 80 full-time employees.
    The provincial government and the Saanich School District are providing a combined total of $7.92M to Keating Elementary school for a seismic upgrade and to add four new classrooms to the school
    Butchart Gardens is hosting a job fair on February 20. The company has raised its starting wage to $15 an hour for various positions in visitor and food services, gardening and their gift store.
    The provincial government is providing $4.4M for a tech-programming expansion that will add 2,900 tech-related spaces at public post-secondary institutions across BC

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