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  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    Discount air carrier, Swoop, is planning to hire 90 employees by the end of 2019 to crew its planes that are based out of the Abbotsford International Airport
    Empire Company Ltd. is reopening ten Safeway stores under its discount grocery brand FreshCo. The five stores in Richmond, Surrey and Mission that closed in July 2018 will reopen later this year, while the other five stores will close soon for renovations.
    The Government of BC funded five organizations in Surrey to create 156 new licensed child care spaces for children. The money comes from the $221M Childcare BC New Spaces Fund that will support the creation of 22,000 new spaces over the next three years.
    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.
    The Surrey Board of Trade received almost $200,000 from WorkBC's Community Employer Partnership program. The Board will conduct a labour market study that will identify Surrey's current and future employment needs and skills shortages.
    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.
    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

    Vancouver businesses in the food services, technology, and skilled construction trades face challenges attracting and retaining workers. Nurses and teachers are also in high demand in Vancouver.
    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
    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.
    Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Surrey unexpectedly closed its doors on January 25 after its lease was terminated
    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
    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 Government of BC, BC Housing, and the City of Burnaby are partnering on the Hall Towers redevelopment project that will provide 331 improved and affordable homes for seniors and people with disabilities
    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 Crab Park Chowdery in Vancouver's Gastown area closed its doors on January 20th
    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
    Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is building up to 50 homes over the next four years in Coquitlam for families with modest incomes. The project will use both volunteers and professional trades labour.
    The Government of Canada is providing $7.5M in funding to the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program that seeks to divert teenagers away from gang activity and membership
    The Government of BC and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are funding the redevelopment of Roddan Lodge and the Evelyne Saller Centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The social housing project will provide 200 affordable units and 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.
  • 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.
    New Beginnings, a 98-unit supportive housing project in Vancouver, provides life and employment skills training, wellness support and volunteer work experience to homeless Indigenous peoples. The Government of BC contributed $16.1M to the facility.
    The Roosters Country Cabaret in Pitt Meadows closed on January 20. The property was sold to the Joseph Richard Group, which plans to open a new bar on site in mid-2019.
    Metro Vancouver Water Services began preliminary design work on a new 1.4 km water supply tunnel that will run under Stanley Park. Design work is expected to continue until late 2020, followed by construction between 2021 and 2025 that will cost about $125M.
    Fibreco Export Inc. committed $100M towards building infrastructure to transfer specialty grains from railcars into bulk freighters at its North Vancouver wood biomass terminal. The agri-products project is scheduled for completion by August 2019.
    The Government of BC is allocating over $4M to the Fraser Health Authority to fund more direct care for seniors living in residential care homes in Abbotsford, Agassiz and Chilliwack
    The City of Richmond's 2019 operating budget includes a plan to hire 107 additional RCMP officers, firefighters and support staff over the next five years
    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.
    Fortis B.C. will begin upgrading 12 km of natural gas lines between Burnaby and Coquitlam in March. Construction is expected to be completed by late fall.
  • 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
    Vancouver service provider S.U.C.C.E.S.S. received $22.4M in Government of Canada funding to deliver pre-arrival settlement services to newcomers. The online and in-person services abroad will target specific immigration categories and client groups.
    City Cannabis Company recently received a provincial operating license to open a dispensary at its second retail location in Vancouver
    Evergreen Cannabis Society opened Vancouver's first licensed non-medical retail cannabis store on January 5
    Kabam Inc. recently moved its Vancouver headquarters into a larger space and rebranded its interactive entertainment and gaming company in anticipation of attracting new young talent
    City Cannabis Company opened Vancouver's third legal marijuana store on January 9
    The Government of BC is allocating over $12.8M to the Fraser Health Authority to fund more direct care for seniors living in residential care homes in Delta, Langley and Surrey
  • 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.
    Xing Fu Tang, a Taiwanese bubble tea café chain, recently opened storefronts in Vancouver and Richmond. The company plans to expand the chain further into Canada.
    The Government of Canada is providing Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation with $2M over four years to restore the coastal habitats of the Chinook salmon in the Fraser River Estuary
    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
    Vancouver's transit authority TransLink is experiencing a shortage of drivers and dispatchers for its HandyDart door-to-door shared ride service for people with disabilities. TransLink is working with its contractor ¿ First Canada ¿ to recruit new drivers.
    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 Dixon Transition Society received funding through the Building BC: Women's Transition Fund to build 20 affordable rental homes in Burnaby for women and children leaving violence. The Society will also offer counselling and support services.
    Comicshop, a comic store in Vancouver's Kitsilano area since 1974, recently announced that it was in receivership and is closing. An unknown number of employees are impacted by the closure.
    Vancouver-based companies MDA and UrtheCast Corp were awarded contracts under the Defence Innovation Research Program valued at $5.2M to leverage artificial intelligence and satellite imaging to further maritime and land surveillance
    Lens and Shutter has closed its three photography stores in Vancouver
    The City of Vancouver and the Government of BC are partnering to build a $30M rental housing building. The social services provider S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will operate the 109 affordable housing units, which will be available by early 2021.
    FI.SPAN, a financial technology company that specializes in simplifying transactions between banks and their customers, has raised $4M in equity financing to expand its operations. The company expects to double its Vancouver office over the next 18 months.
    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

    A Supreme Court of BC decision ordered the last 28 marijuana dispensaries operating without a licence in Vancouver to immediately close. The city currently has no legal stores operating, although four operations are waiting for provincial approval to open.
    The City of Richmond began site preparation on its temporary modular housing project in December. Construction of the 40 unit project and related landscaping will begin in February 2019.
    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.
    Coast Mental Health recently launched a new restaurant in Vancouver. The Social Crust Café and Catering provides culinary skills, training and job experience to youth living with mental health issues or those who face barriers to employment.
    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 Burnaby is spending $1.95M to rebuild a portion of the Barnet Marine Park parking lot and to add a walkway and bio-filtration drainage system. The upgrades are needed to address traffic congestion and overcrowding issues at the site.
    D-Wave Systems Inc of Burnaby received $2M from the Province of BC's Innovative Clean Energy Fund to develop its next-generation quantum computing system. The technology will improve energy efficiency for complex computational problems.
    The Government of BC and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $5.1M for a multi-use pedestrian/cyclist overpass on Stewardson Way in New Westminster. Construction is expected to start in January 2019 with completion scheduled for next summer.
    Village Farms International, Inc. has received a license amendment for its Pure Farms cannabis growing operations in Delta that will allow a major expansion. The newly licensed area is expected to be fully planted and in production immediately.
  • 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 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Government of Canada are jointly funding $7M towards the Shore Power Technology for Ports program. The program enables ships to connect to an electrical grid supplied by renewable energy sources while alongside.
    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.
    Road work on the Haney Bypass improvement project is scheduled to begin in spring 2019. The upgrades are part of the $70M Highway 7 project to improve traffic flow through the Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission corridor.
    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.
    The Surrey School District and the Government of BC are partnering to accelerate construction of permanent classroom space in new and existing schools. The $166.7M project will enable more than 7,000 students to move out of portables by 2021.
    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 Vancouver Coastal Health Region opened an Urgent Primary Care Centre in the downtown core. The facility aims to minimize hospital visits by offering same-day access to doctors, nurses and other medical professionals for non-life threatening conditions.
    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.
    BC Hydro will begin construction on a new Capilano Substation in Murdo Frazer Park in late 2019. The $50-$100M five-year project to replace one of the North Shore's main power substations will also include improvements to the park.
  • 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.
    Sikora's Classical Records will close its door for good on February 28, 2019. The Vancouver store cited competition from new technology and online commerce as eroding its customer base.
    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 North Vancouver Board of Education has received $23.7M from the BC Seismic Mitigation Program to undertake seismic upgrading at Mountainside Secondary School. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and be completed by fall 2021.
    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 BC Lottery Corporation has approved the Cascades Casino Delta, a gambling and entertainment facility in Delta that will also include a hotel and restaurants. Construction will begin in early 2019 with the casino opening in mid-2020.
    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.
    Vancouver's Precision Nanosystems received $1M through the Government of Canada's Western Innovation Initiative to develop and commercialize the next generation of instruments to manufacture nanomedicines
    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.
    Simon Fraser University has received a $1.9M grant from the Government of Canada to equip the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Integration with new micro and nanotechnology research equipment
    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.
    TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre, has received a total of $31.8M in funding from the Government of Canada, the Government of BC, BC Cancer Foundation and the UBC to build the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes in Vancouver
    Métis Nation BC, the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres will share $3.6M over three years to staff eleven new Indigenous early learning and child care planning and navigator positions
    The City of Vancouver, BC Housing and Concord Pacific signed an agreement to build up to 650 units of affordable, non-market housing in Yaletown. The agreement is part of the city's Northeast False Creek Plan to redevelop the area.
    Lowe's is closing its RONA Columbia Square store in New Westminster and block plant in Kamloops as part of a larger restructuring of its North American operations. The number of employees affected and a final closing date is not known at this time.
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    The Government of BC is making safety upgrades to the Highway 11-Highway 7 intersection by extending the left-turn lane and installing lights. Construction of the $220,000 project will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by December 2018.
    The BC Cancer Foundation has received an anonymous $18.3M donation. The funds will be directed towards a molecular imaging and therapeutics program that involves researching and developing radiopharmaceuticals through clinical trials.
    The Government of BC is building 280 new transition homes to provide short-term shelter and support to women and children fleeing violence. Funding is provided through the $734M Women's Transition Housing Fund.
    The Dilawri Foundation donated $5M to Vancouver Central Library to expand their children's programming and to create interactive spaces. Construction is set to begin in 2020.
    The Western Forestry Contractors' Association reports that reforestation firms are straining to recruit and retain sufficient workers. Low wages and the urgency to reforest following recent wildfire seasons are cited as causes for the worker shortage.
    The Government of Canada is providing $49.3M to General Fusion to develop transformative carbon-free energy technology. The funding will help the Burnaby company create 400 new jobs and develop a prototype plant to commercialize fusion energy.
    The Governments of BC and Canada are allocating $82.5M in 2018-19 to provide more inclusive child care to 1,000 children through the Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development programs
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch opened a new 400,000 sq. ft. distribution centre in Delta. The centre will employ approximately 560 full-time equivalent staff and operate three shifts, 24 hours a day, to provide more efficient service to clients.
    Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital recently received a $6.5M donation from the London Drugs Foundation and the Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundation. The funds will go towards establishing a new cardiac centre and for recruiting medical specialists.
    According to a report by O'Neil Marketing and Consulting, there are 401 Indigenous tourism businesses in BC that generate over $705M a year and create 7,400 jobs. The businesses are largely in the retail, outdoor adventure and accommodation industries.
  • 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.
    Family Services of Greater Vancouver's adoption agency is shuttering operations on November 1 as a result of a drop in international adoptions
    Coast Mountain Bus Company is recruiting up to 500 transit bus drivers by July 2019 to cover their expanded routes in Metro Vancouver
    Parent advisory councils across BC are eligible for approximately $13.5M in Community Gaming Grants over the 2018-19 school year. The funds can be used to provide enhanced extracurricular activities and to invest in facilities and infrastructure.
    Wilson's Transportation is expanding its Vancouver Island charter bus service to include daily commuter service between Vancouver and Kamloops
    The Government of Canada launched the $20M Women Entrepreneurship Fund. Businesses owned or led by women are eligible for up to $100,000 from the fund to assist them in growing and reaching export markets.
    The Government of Canada is directing 1.6M from the $167.4M Whales Initiative into researching measures to reduce underwater noise in the Salish Sea area frequented by the Southern Resident Killer Whales
    The Musqueam Indian Band ¿ YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement is connecting band members with jobs at the airport and other Sea Island businesses and contractors
    The Government of Canada is providing over $9.5M to fund safety improvements at regional airports in Masset, Terrace-Kitimat, Tofino-Long Beach and Castlegar. The upgrades include runway rehabilitation, new lighting and snow removal equipment.
    Wow Air, an Icelandic low cost airline, is offering direct flights between Vancouver and Reykjavik six days a week. The flights will begin in June 2019.
    Launch Academy, a start-up incubator, has started a virtual and augmented realities hub in Vancouver. The facility offers training programs and mentorship opportunities and includes a device lab to test new technologies.
  • 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
    Beyond Shuttle, a private bus service, now offers twelve, week day round trips between the city of Surrey and the University of British Columbia campus
    Interfor Corp. will reduce production at its sawmills by about 20% later this year due to declining lumber prices and higher log costs. The company intends to reduce operating days and extend weekend and holiday breaks.
    The Government of BC is providing up to $79.2M to build a new seismically safer Burnaby North Secondary School that will include space for child care, adult education and language development programs. The school is expected to open in September 2021.
    As of October 22, Rider Express Transportation will provide bus and parcel service along the Trans-Canada Highway from Winnipeg to Vancouver
    The provincial government is providing $100,000 for Futurpreneur Canada's Rock My Business Plan 2018-19 workshops in six communities. The workshops are for young aspiring business owners who will gain skills to help launch successful businesses.
  • Start date: 2018-10-08, End date: 2018-10-12
    Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2018

    The Squamish Nation Training and Trades Centre in North Vancouver has reopened following a $1M expansion that doubles the facility's floor space to include new classrooms and a general construction workshop
    Swoop, WestJet's low cost subsidiary airline, is adding flights from Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, Mexico starting in January 2019
    Key-West Asphalt of Surrey was awarded a $12.49M contract to widen Mt. Lehman Road leading to the Abbotsford International Airport. The total $27.5M project to improve traffic flow to the airport is expected to be finished in late 2019.
    The Government of BC and the shíshálh Nation on the Sechelt Peninsula have signed a reconciliation agreement that provides $36M to promote economic and socio-cultural opportunities such as land purchases and forestry initiatives
    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
    Hawthorne Canada, a subsidiary of Scotts Miracle-Gro, is building a cannabis research and development facility adjacent to Flowr Corp.'s cultivation facility in Kelowna. Upwards of 200 jobs are expected to be created at the two facilities.
    Paper Excellence Canada has purchased Catalyst Paper's pulp and paper mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River along with its Surrey distribution centre and Richmond headquarters. The company intends to retain the 1,500 employees affected by the purchase.
  • Start date: 2018-10-01, End date: 2018-10-05
    Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2018

    Vail Resorts recently announced plans to build a new 200-bed housing project at its Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. The Glacier 8 project, which will house employees in dorm-style accommodation for under $400 per month, is expected to be completed by 2020.
    Amazon is opening a 450,000 sq. ft. distribution warehouse within the Tsawwassen First Nation's Delta iPort industrial park. The centre will create 700 full-time jobs when it opens in 2019.
    The BC government is providing $1M to the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to build a new Centre of Excellence in Vancouver and expand its audiology, employment counselling, seniors outreach and clinical research programs
    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.
  • Start date: 2018-09-24, End date: 2018-09-28
    Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2018

    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
    The City of North Vancouver has approved Millennium Northmount Properties' 18-storey highrise in Central Lonsdale. The building will offer over 18,300 sq. ft. of commercial retail units on the lowest seven floors and housing units on the upper floors.
    A Canada-British Columbia bilateral agreement will direct approximately $656M over five years towards improving access to home care and community care and implementing initiatives to support mental health and addiction services in the province
    Iskwew Air recently announced that it is beginning charter air service from Vancouver to remote, Indigenous communities starting on March 8, 2019
    Fraser Health announced that work has begun on Phase two of the $1.35B renovation of the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. The second phase will add a new acute care tower and expanded emergency department to the facility.
    The Governments of Canada and BC are jointly funding $5M through the BC Agrifood and Seafood Export Program to assist farmers and producers in marketing and exporting their products in Canada and 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.
    Richmond's Keystone Supplies International Ltd. was awarded a $1.6M contract to supply the Canadian Coast Guard with 980 mooring equipment units and anchors that will be used to maintain marine navigation buoys in shipping channels and waterways
  • 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 Vancouver School Board and BC Hydro have concluded an agreement to build an underground substation at the Lord Roberts Annex school site and a new elementary school on the same property. Construction is expected to be completed by 2023.
    The Boathouse English Bay restaurant in Vancouver will close on October 6 as a result of its lease expiring. The restaurant's owners hope to relocate its employees to one of the five other Boathouse restaurant locations.
    The Chilliwack School District and the Government of BC are jointly funding the construction of a $53.6M elementary school that will accommodate 930 students. Construction will begin in October 2019 with the new school expected to open in September 2022.
    The Start Smart Child Care Centre and the Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre are unable to provide child care and social services to nearly 600 children due to water damage to their facility and are considering alternate ways to continue their services
    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
    Capcom, a Japanese video game company, has closed its studio in Burnaby and moved its game development operations to its Osaka headquarters. The company has laid-off 158 employees while a skeleton crew will remain on site until January.
    The BC Government is funding 37 more French teacher education seats starting in the 2019-2020 school year. The spaces will be located at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia Okanagan.
    Rize Alliance is building a 13-storey office building in the False Creek area of downtown Vancouver that will offer large floorplates suitable for large-firm tenants. Construction is set to begin this fall and be completed by 2021.
  • Start date: 2018-09-10, End date: 2018-09-14
    Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018

    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 City of Richmond has approved GBL Architects' plan for three 15-storey residential towers and one 12-storey office tower near the Brighouse Skytrain station. The site will include 546 residential units, retail space, parking and childcare facilities.
    The Government of BC is funding seismic upgrades for two Richmond elementary schools at a cost of $16M. The upgrades to Robert J. Tait Elementary and W.D. Ferris Elementary are scheduled to begin in 2019 and be complete in fall 2020.
    The Government of BC is providing $500,000 in grants to local governments to develop projects that support safer communities for seniors. Projects may include accessible public transportation, affordable housing, social connectedness and dementia care.
    The Government of BC is accepting requests for qualifications for the Highway 91/17 portion of the $245M Highway 91/17 and Deltaport Way Upgrade Project. Completion of the project is anticipated for 2023 and will create around 725 direct jobs.
    The University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford is renovating the former home of Finnegan's Pub and Phoenix Ballroom into offices and teaching space. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed by next spring.
    The BC government is providing $50M over the next three years through the Community Resiliency Investment Program for local projects that reduce the risk of wildfires and protect high value assets and critical infrastructure such as roads and power lines
    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.
    The Whistler Chamber of Commerce is seeking changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program as one way of addressing the ongoing staffing shortages plaguing Whistler businesses
    Telus is spending $21M to connect homes and businesses in Langley to its high speed, gigabit-enabled PureFibre network. Telus expects the majority of the work to be done by spring 2019.
    V2V Vacations ferry service is adding daily trips between Vancouver and Victoria to its fall and spring schedule. The additional service will operate from September 20 to October 15 and resume for the 2019 high season between April and September.
    The City of Vancouver has selected the Lu'ma Native Housing Society to build and operate 98 temporary modular homes that give priority to homeless Indigenous people. Construction of the new homes will begin in September with occupancy expected in December.
    The BC Centre for Women in the Trades has launched a project to increase the retention and advancement of women in the construction trades. Women represent less than five percent of the construction trade workforce in BC.
    The Northern Development Initiative Trust is providing grants to expand high-speed internet access in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Applicants can receive up to 50% of project costs through the Connecting British Columbia fund.
    The Government of BC is providing $580M towards the hiring of 3,700 new teachers and educational assistants. Secondary school math and science teachers in rural and remote districts and French immersion teachers are particularly in demand.
    The University of BC's School of Social Work launched a program in September to connect youth with a range of intellectual disabilities with meaningful employment. The five year research program has received more than $1M in federal funding.
    The federal and provincial governments are jointly contributing over $3B towards two rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver. The projects will ease traffic congestion by extending the Skytrain line and create the first light rail transit system in BC.
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    WestJet is reducing its flight schedule to address its first revenue loss in 13 years. Flights between Vancouver and Edmonton, Calgary, Fort St. John, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Palm Springs and Mexico City have been affected.
    Whistler Bounce, a trampoline facility, is shuttering operations after seven years in business
    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.
    Harvest Power is planning to close their east Richmond compost facility in 2019. The company anticipates that there will be some layoffs from their total workforce of 50, but they will look for other opportunities for some of their employees.
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    Sinorama Travel, a Richmond-based travel agency, temporarily ceased operations on August 8th after Consumer Protection BC suspended its license to operate in the province
    The Government of Canada has awarded a $485,380 contract to Canadyne Technologies Inc of Richmond for the acquisition of services and products to contain pollution spills in marine waters. The contract will create 10 new jobs and maintain 20 existing jobs.
    Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC has met all National Energy Board pre-construction requirements to begin work on four sections of its pipeline from the Edmonton terminal to its Darfield pump station near Kamloops, subject to other government permits
    Phase four of the Willoughby Town Centre in Langley is proceeding with the construction of three new buildings that will offer retail and office space, a restaurant, and 91 residential units along with green space, plazas and parking options
    The Province currently has a shortage of French immersion teachers as demand keeps growing
    According to Manpower Group, there is a demand for workers in manufacturing, light industry and warehousing in Richmond and Delta
    WorkBC is hosting three workshops with a career advisor at the Bowen Island Public Library on September 19, October 10 and November 14. Information will be provided on job trends, career opportunities and training.
    Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership is hosting various job workshops for newcomers throughout the Tri-Cities from September 10 - 13, 2018
  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    Solly's Bagelry, a Vancouver bagel shop, is temporarily closing one of three locations due to difficulties in finding enough entry level staff. The three stores typically employ 25 to 30 workers such as front-counter staff and line cooks.
    The Government of Canada awarded Atlantic Towing Limited a three year $67M contract for the lease of two emergency offshore towing vessels to operate on BC's west coast. The company will also provide training in offshore emergency towing.
    The Government of Canada has delivered the first of two annual $139.3M federal Gas Tax Fund installments to BC. The funds are distributed to communities on a per capita basis for local infrastructure projects.
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch has issued a second product call for non-medical cannabis from licensed producers and will accept bids from craft producers once their micro-cultivating and micro-processing licensing is obtained later in 2018
    The federal government is providing $386,000 in research funding to the City of Vancouver to explore how to integrate self-driving and connected vehicles into a future transportation network
    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
    Longview Aviation Capital and Cascade Aerospace are partnering on the conversion of older aircraft into waterbombers. Cascade will provide training at its Abbotsford facility and then support Longview's staff as they continue the conversions in Calgary.
    The Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery in Chilliwack is set to start recruiting staff now that construction of the facility is nearing completion. The brewery is expected to be operational by late summer 2019 and provide up to 100 positions.
    The Climate Change Adaptation Program, a federal, provincial and territorial partnership, is providing $6M over five years towards research projects and strategies that build resilience to climate change at the farm and regional level
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    Kwantlen Polytechnic University has received $1.68M from two levels of government for its research farm and seed lab in Richmond. West Coast Seeds and other local seed companies have also donated $335,000 to the facility.
    Telus Health is spending just over $100M to acquire Medisys-owned corporate and employee health clinics across Canada. The acquisition involves about 30 bricks and mortar boutique clinics, which operate under various brands.
    The Cascades Casino Resort in Langley City is adding an upscale restaurant, expanded gaming area and rooftop patio to its existing facility. The expansion will create around 100 full- and part-time jobs and be complete in 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    The City of North Vancouver is spending $237M to replace the Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre. The new facility will include a swimming pool, ice sheets, gymnasium, youth and daycare centres, a seniors centre and 80 social housing units.
    Walmart Canada is building a $175M grocery facility in Surrey. The facility will employ up to 200 long-term workers when it opens in 2022, while 300 construction and engineering jobs will be created when the project begins in early 2021.
    The Governments of BC, the Washington and Oregon Department of Transportation, and Microsoft are proceeding with a $15M business-case study for a high-speed rail through the Cascadia Innovation Corridor linking Vancouver, Seattle and Portland
    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 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
    A Community Benefit Agreement for the upcoming Pattullo Bridge replacement project prioritizes the hiring of qualified local workers and aims to increase the ratio of apprentices, women and Indigenous workers. Construction is set to begin in 2019.
    The City of Surrey is spending $2.2M to construct a road through the fairgrounds to the future location of the Cloverdale Sports & Ice Complex. The work is scheduled to start in September 2018 and be completed by March 2019.
    The City of Surrey has approved a $360M traffic Congestion Relief Strategy that will upgrade road networks over the next five years
    Tybo Contracting Ltd. is working on a $15.38M project to expand the Aldergrove Border Crossing to the US. Work on the project is expected to wrap up in the fall of 2019.
  • 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 Vancouver Park Board will spend more than $399M from 2019-2022 on area parks, open spaces, recreational facilities and service yards. The work will focus on renewing infrastructure and expanding city parks.
    The Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam resolved a ten-week strike with its unionized staff with a new collective agreement. The 400 employees who work as cashiers, slot and game table attendants, kitchen workers and security will soon return to work.
    A BC Restaurant and Food Services Association's study found that the industry is replacing just 2 out of every 3 retiring workers
    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.
    B.C. Pavilion Corporation has received rezoning approval to build up to a 37-storey tower in Vancouver's Northeast False Creek area. The tower is restricted to 300 feet if it has strata condo units or up to 400 feet if provides 100% rental units.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    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
    Resurfacing work has started on 42 kms of Highway 1 near Chilliwack and Hope and is expected to be finished by late summer. The $3.5M contract was awarded to Key West Asphalt Ltd.
    The Province of BC is spending $10M on internship programs for students in the research industry. The funding will go towards three Mitacs programs that build partnerships between students and industry.
    According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment rate rose 0.4 percentage points between May and June, reaching 5.2%. At the national level, the unemployment rate also grew to 6.0% over the same period.
    Civeo Corp. has been awarded a workforce accommodation contract pending a final investment decision by LNG Canada for a terminal in Kitimat. The conditional contract will see temporary work camps being built at four locations along the Coastal GasLink.
    The City of Chilliwack awarded a contract to Algra Bros. Development to start a multi-year development of the city's downtown core
    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 federal government and Vancouver-based TRIUMF are providing a combined $12M to the Large Hadron Collider upgrade project. TRIUMF will be responsible for the production of five super-freezers for the Large Hadron Collider particle research tool.
    The Gardens Children's Centre is set to open in September in Richmond. The new childcare facility will have 37 spaces for infants and toddlers and children up to five years old.
    The provincial government is providing $111,000 to the University of the Fraser Valley to add 12 new seats for the September 2018 infant toddler educator program
    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

    Tim Hortons is spending $100M to update their current distribution system, expand the warehouse in Debart, NS and open two new warehouses in Calgary and Langley. The upgrades are expected to be completed by 2020 and create 150 jobs.
    The Province is providing $40M to Sullivan Heights Secondary school in Surrey for the construction of a three-storey addition that will add 29 new classrooms. Construction is set to begin in winter 2020 with completion expected in fall 2021.
    Herschel Supply Co. opened its first wholly-owned retail location in North America in Vancouver's Gastown on June 16
    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
    The BC Liquor Distribution Branch is partnering with Shopify Inc. for the online sale of non-medical cannabis. A new 70,000 sq.-ft. distribution facility has been secured in Richmond and is expected to employ 130 staff.
    Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project is awarding $620M in conditional contract opportunities to northern BC Indigenous businesses. The projects will create various job opportunities with varying skill levels and trade specializations.
    The provincial and federal government signed an agreement to equally share in spending nearly $1B over ten years for affordable housing in the province
  • 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
    Standard Aero is laying off nearly 300 workers at their Richmond aerospace facility due to company restructuring. Operations at the facility will be winding down over the next 12-18 months and jobs will be relocated to Winnipeg and Prince Edward Island.
    Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation in Burnaby is shuttering operations at the end of June. About 200 employees will be affected by the closure, but some have been offered jobs by Ford, Daimler and Ballard Power Systems Inc.
    Vancouver International Airport is undergoing construction for a $9.1B 20-year expansion. The first phase includes a four-gate addition to the international flight area, a geothermal heating system and a new parkade.
    ICBC hired 43 new estimators since February 2018 to address the increase in vehicle claims costs and enhance oversight of autobody repair costs. The company plans to hire an additional 17 estimators this year.
    Comforting Care and CD Nurturing Care are laying off over a 150 care workers and support staff working at Lakeshore Care Home and Madison Care Centre in Coquitlam as a result of the owner's retirement and decision to end contracts with the care homes
    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
    The Ministry of Education is spending $79.3M to replace Eric Hamber Secondary in Vancouver with a seismically upgraded school. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2020 allowing the new school to be ready for students by fall 2022.
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    The Phil Bouvier Centre Daycare in downtown Vancouver is shuttering operations on July 27. The daycare cites funding issues as the reason for the closure of the 49-space centre.
    The provincial government awarded a $3.8M contract to Lafarge Canada Inc. to reconstruct and repave part of University Boulevard in Vancouver
    A new urgent primary-care centre is opening in Surrey in fall 2018. Patients will have access to a team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacist and other health-care professionals providing a broad range of services.
    According to Statistics Canada, BC's unemployment rate dropped from 5% in April to 4.8% in May. The province also shed 12,400 jobs during the same period.
    Whistler City Council awarded two contracts worth a total of over $2M to TGK Irrigation Ltd. and AstroTurf West Distributors Ltd. to construct an artificial turf field at Bayly Park
  • 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.
    The federal government awarded a $66M contract to Seaspan Shipyards to build two support ships for the Canadian Navy. Initial work on the vessels began in June.
    The Patient Family Centre recently opened at BC Cancer - Abbotsford. The new centre offers cancer-related workshops, teaching sessions and resource materials.
    The Province of BC is expanding tuition-fee waivers for former youth in care to include construction trades training delivered by union providers
    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.
  • 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.
    Construction is underway on the New Westminster Secondary school. The $106.5M school will accommodate 1,900 students and is expected to open in September 2020.
    The provincial government is spending $734M over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,500 new units of housing for women and children fleeing 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
    Nada, a zero-waste grocery store, is set to open in Vancouver on June 2018
    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
    The federal government is providing $55.8M for four infrastructure upgrade projects including two in the Tri-Cities that will improve goods movement and reduce traffic gridlock in the region. An estimated 550 jobs will be created during construction.
    YWCA Work BC, in partnership with the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, recently held the Journey to Employment Hiring Fair in North Vancouver. More than 60 employers were present at the event.
    Burnaby-based Chandos Construction is currently working on a $9M renovation of the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre. The year-long renovation includes fixing the pools and improvements to the lobby and change room areas.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $14M to farmers and food processors in BC to help develop new products and processes that support food production in the province
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    TransLink is spending $14.5M to replace escalators at the Granville SkyTrain Station in Metro Vancouver
    The Northern Development Initiative Trust is providing $236,650 to the Lillooet Tribal Council to develop a Community Adult Basic Education Learning Centre in Lillooet
    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 Surrey School District is hiring 66 new teachers, 24 education assistants, 28 support staff and a school administrator to begin in September
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    The Four Seasons hotel in downtown Vancouver is closing on January 31, 2020, after more than 40 years in operation
    TransLink's Waterfront Station is set to undergo a $17M upgrade. The work includes a new elevator, new escalators, a new staircase and a new building extension.
    The Ministry of Health is providing $2.7M to the Alzheimer Society of BC to support further the First Link program that offers help to people with the 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 provincial government is spending $900,000 towards 370 new tech seats in niche programs at nine public post-secondary schools throughout the province. The additional seats are expected to be ready in 2019-20, with a full rollout in 2020-21.
    TransLink is looking to hire 525 drivers by next spring as it adds new routes to its service. The new routes are part of a previously announced plan for improvements to transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver.
    The City of Vancouver is hiring 1,500 people to assist with the municipal election in October. The application process recently started and closes between June 30 and August 8.
    The provincial government is providing up to $5M each year to school districts to buy new or replacement playground equipment. This year, 51 schools throughout the province will receive money for standard or universally accessible playgrounds.
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    STEMCELL Technologies is receiving $45M in combined funding from the federal and provincial governments which will support the construction of a manufacturing facility in Burnaby. The new facility will generate 675 new jobs by 2022 and up to 2,170 by 2031.
    Construction is underway on 160 modular units at three sites in Surrey. The units are expected to be ready for tenants by late spring.
    The Province recently hired 20 new conservation officers that will start their postings throughout BC this fall
    The Province is investing more than $85M for highway and side road improvements in the southern Interior that include 450kms of road resurfacing
    Amazon is opening a 416,000 sq.-ft. development centre in Vancouver by 2020 which will create an additional 3,000 high-tech jobs. The company currently employs more than 1,000 people in Vancouver and expects that number to grow to 5,000 by 2022.
    The provincial government is providing $64M to build a new elementary school, expand two existing schools and to buy land for a future school in Surrey
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    Pangea is opening the first pod hotel in Canada in Whistler by the end of summer
    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
    Tsawwassen Mills Mall recently held a spring job fair. More than 30 retailers were present hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal staff.
    The Province is providing $100,000 in funding to add 50 seats in the animations program at Capilano University
    Northern Development Initiative Trust approved $1.27M in funding for five projects throughout Northern BC that support local economic development and sustainability
    The City Centre Community Policing Office in Richmond will double the capacity of its operation once it moves to a larger space in the fall of 2019. Richmond City council also recently approved funding for 40 additional police officers for the current term.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    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
    The Stanley Park seawall is currently undergoing $4.5M in upgrades that include filling holes, replacing stones, stabilizing foundations and installing rocks to prevent erosion. The first phase of the project will be completed in August.
    The BC government granted $2M to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to help enhance and recover caribou habitat
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    UNIQLO, a Japanese clothing retailer, recently opened its third location in Metro Vancouver at the Richmond Centre
    Vancouver-based Harbour Air is partnering with US-based Kenmore Air to run four daily weekday flights between Coal Harbour in Vancouver and Lake Union and Lake Washington near Seattle. The new seaplane service will begin on April 26.
    The provincial government is investing $7.8M to advance wood building systems and products and to promote and expand BC's wood exports. The funding will go to 13 industry trade associations and research institutes in the province.
    The Forest Enhancement Society of BC is providing $134M to 71 forest enhancement projects around the province. The projects include restoring damaged forests and supporting communities affected by wildfires.
    The Province of BC is providing $6.45M in funding over three years to all 25 Aboriginal friendship centres in the province as part of Budget 2018
    Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. is suspending all non-essential activities and related spending for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
    According to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Vancouver's 2018 cruise season will be its largest since 2010 with an expected increase of 7% more visitors than 2017
    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
    Vancouver-based talk and news radio station CKNW laid off three employees as the station restructures and moves from downtown Vancouver to Global BC's operation in Burnaby
    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
    Belgium-based The Belgian Chocolate Café is set to open its first location in Vancouver this summer
    Torstar Corp. is hiring 20 new reporters in Western Canada, including Vancouver. The company is rebranding its Metro newspaper in Vancouver to StarMetro Vancouver.
    The federal government is providing $4.1B over the next ten years for infrastructure projects in BC. The investment will support work on transit, green infrastructure, recreation facilities and projects in rural and northern communities.
    The television network CW is renewing six shows which are filmed in Vancouver
    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.
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    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.
    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
    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.

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