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LMI Report Mar 20 – Mar 24, 2017

Labour Market Information encompasses material about occupations, wage rates, unemployment rates, employment outlooks and trends, education and training, and economic trends and conditions, as well as developments impacting these elements. For this compilation, articles are sourced from a wide variety of online publications. To capture the essence of the articles, edited excerpts are provided below (along with web links to the full articles – to be accessed at the option of the reader). A selection of specific reference links is included in the last section. Regular perusal of this report is likely to foster a good sense of local and broader labour market conditions and, also, any one article may at times prove to be a ‘gem’, something of particular relevance or value to a given reader. Find this report and past issues online at: http://www.kcds.ca/index.php/labour-market-updates/category/1-labour-market-updates .

 

LOCAL

To provide a snapshot of a key element of the local labour market we include this graphical look at employment postings, in five categories, from our job board for the Nelson area. Each week a new set of data is compiled and added and the past week’s data moved back, providing a five week visual perspective on job availability. [Note: This tool is an indicator but not an exact measure of all job postings and/or opportunities for the area. Readers are free to draw their own conclusions from the information provided and are also encouraged to develop networking contacts as part of their job search, instead of relying on job postings alone. KCDS assumes no liability for the accuracy of the information, or its interpretation, as presented in this LMI Report.]

 

Career BUZZ: Top Jobs in the Kootenays – March 24 issue

Kootenay Business has selected 10 career opportunities from leading companies throughout the region to feature as our Top Jobs of the week.

Kootenay Business March 24, 2017

http://kootenaybiz.com/kootenay-careers/article/career_buzz_top_jobs_in_the_kootenays_march_24_issue

Kootenay Business has selected 10 career opportunities from leading companies throughout the region to feature as our Top Jobs of the week … [see article]

 

Celebrating Co-op Education Week across Canada – Selkirk College Co-op Connects Students

Selkirk College March 20, 2017

http://selkirk.ca/news/celebrating-co-op-education-week-across-canada-selkirk-college-co-op-connects-students

Selkirk College joins in the Canada-wide celebration of Co-op Education Week. Co-op Education has been an integral part of enriching students’ post secondary education at Selkirk College for more than 25 years.

  • Each year over 300 students from six programs take part in the paid work experience that has them honing their learned skills and making valuable work connections …

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Highlights from the B.C. Small Business Quarterly, 4th Quarter 2016

BC Stats March 20, 2017

http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/publications/infoline/17-03-20/Issue_17-57.aspx

The number of small businesses in British Columbia (excluding self-employed persons) in December of 2016 was 188,057, up 1.9% from a year earlier.

  • In the fourth quarter of 2016, new business incorporations jumped 10.8% from the level recorded in the same quarter of 2015. This boost marked the fifth consecutive double-digit year-over-year increase.
  • Both consumer (-21.0%) and business (-27.7%) bankruptcies were down in the fourth quarter compared to the same period a year earlier. The 34 business bankruptcies were among the lowest quarterly number recorded in recent years.
  • Overall employment in B.C. climbed 0.5% between the third and fourth quarters. The number of self-employed in British Columbia in the fourth quarter of 2016 was also higher (+0.3%) than in the third quarter.
    • Meanwhile, the provincial unemployment rate averaged 6.0% in the fourth quarter, up slightly from 5.6% in the third quarter …

 

Site C now employs more than 2,000 workers

Business in Vancouver March 20, 2017

https://www.biv.com/article/2017/3/site-c-now-employs-more-2000-workers/

The number of workers on the Site C Clean Energy Project has passed 2,000, according to BC Hydro.

  • A total of 2,124 individuals were employed by the Site C project in January in both construction and non-construction roles. This includes 1,719 workers from B.C., 677 of which from the Peace River Regional District.” A total of 195 Aboriginal workers, 257 women and 42 apprentices were on working on the project.
  • … BC Hydro said the employment numbers related to construction activities on main civil works advances and highway work. Further workers will be added this spring when the turbines and generators contractor, Voith Hydro, begins work on the dam …

 

B.C. Highlights Quarterly Population Highlights

BC Stats March 23, 2017

http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/publications/infoline/17-03-23/Issue_17-60.aspx

The population of B.C. was estimated at 4,777,157 as of January 1, 2017, growing by 3,812 persons in the last quarter of 2016 (up 0.08% from October 1, 2016).

  • Combined net in-migration from all sources (inter-provincial and international) totalled 2,632 persons during the fourth quarter of 2016, the largest fourth quarter net migration in the last five years. Broken down, net interprovincial in-migration contributed 3,292 persons to population growth while net international in-migration subtracted 660 persons, due to a decline in non-permanent residents (NPRs). Finally, a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 1,180 had a positive impact on population growth in the fourth quarter, though lower than in the same quarter of the previous year.

 

Employment Insurance (EI)

BC Stats March 23, 2017

http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/publications/infoline/17-03-23/Issue_17-59.aspx

The number of regular Employment Insurance (EI) recipients in B.C. was relatively unchanged (+0.0%, seasonally adjusted) at 55,340 in January. An increase in the number of male beneficiaries (+1.0%) was offset by a decline among female recipients (-1.5%).

  • Nationally, the number was down slightly (-0.3%), with 567,930 Canadians receiving regular EI benefits in January.

 

Northern Development approves $125,000 for Smithers Airport Terminal Expansion

Northern Development March 21, 2017

http://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/news/northern-development-approves-125000-for-smithers-airport-terminal-expansion/

The Smithers Airport Terminal Modernization Project has gotten another boost in funding thanks to the commitment of $125,000 from Northern Development Initiative Trust.

  • Northern Development’s board of directors approved the funding for the $8 million project through the Trust’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure program. The program specifically targets projects that significantly strengthen the local economy, that drive revenue and job creation through a major capital investment and provide a long-term asset for the community.
  • The Terminal Modernization Project responds to studies, historical data and future projections that indicate that the terminal is no longer operationally effective …

 

Construction begins for new heavy mechanical trades building at CNC

BC Gov News March 24, 2017

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017AVED0031-000805

The College of New Caledonia (CNC) officially began work today for a new $15-million Heavy Mechanical Trades Training facility at its Prince George campus.

  • The 2,326-square-metre (approximately 25,000-square-feet) trades facility will replace leased facilities and accommodate 251 existing full-time equivalent (FTE) spaces and up to 48 new student FTEs in the heavy-duty equipment technician and truck and transport mechanics program.
  • The new facility will provide up-to-date facilities for students to develop the skills they will need for high-demand jobs …

 

Green light for new Nursing and Population Health Building at TRU

BC Gov News March 24, 2017

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017AVED0028-000726

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) will be home to a new $30.6-million Nursing and Population Health Building that will help meet the need for nurses in the Thompson-Okanagan and throughout B.C.

  • The Province will contribute $8 million and TRU will provide $22.6 million toward the construction of the new $30.6-million facility …
  • The 4,100-square-metre (44,000-square-feet) stand-alone building will house the bachelor of science in nursing, health care assistant and the new master of nursing program, as well as other nursing and health programs as they are developed by TRU and approved by government …

 

BC Economy Still Healthy … But Growth Will Downshift in 2017

Business Council of BC March 21, 2017

http://www.bcbc.com/publications/2017/bc-economy-still-healthy…but-growth-will-downshift-in-2017

The first 2017 edition of the Business Council of British Columbia’s BC Economic Review and Outlook examines the conditions and context for BC’s anticipated economic growth rate for the year.

  • The report reviews key economic indicators including exports, housing starts, spending, employment trends and global economic growth.

 

ALBERTA

Enbridge sheds 1,000 jobs after takeover of Spectra Energy

CBC News March 22, 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/enbridge-spectra-energy-layoffs-1.4036009

Enbridge Inc. said Wednesday it is cutting about 1,000 jobs, or 6% of its staff, following the completion of its takeover of Spectra Energy Corp of Houston, Texas.

  • In a statement to CBC News, Enbridge said the cuts are taking place across the combined company, which had a workforce of roughly 17,000 prior to the announcement of the job cuts …

 

CANADA

Budget 2017: Liberals spend on training and innovation while holding line on taxes

Liberals’ 2nd budget offers more details on plan for middle class

CBC News March 22, 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/liberal-trudeau-morneau-budget-2017-1.4034793

The Liberal government has delivered a budget designed to brace Canadians for a fast-changing global economy and empower women in the workforce, while taking a wait-and-see approach to sweeping changes south of the border.

  • Budget 2017, titled Building a Strong Middle Class, offers targeted investments to tackle what it calls the “challenge of change.” It offers little new spending, but fleshes out details on where dollars earmarked in last fall’s economic update will be spent.
  • The budget delivers $1.18 billion this year on skills and innovation, nearly half of which has already been announced …

 

Federal budget slashes drilling deductions, grants Alberta $30 million to stimulate economy

Calgary Herald  03/23/2017

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/canada/federal+budget+slashes+drilling+deductions+grants+alberta+2430/13169567/story.html

Alberta is getting a $30-million payment from Ottawa to clean up “orphan wells” — and boost employment in a slowly recovering energy industry — even as higher tax rates will hit companies drilling new oil and natural gas wells.

  • The Liberal government’s budget released Wednesday, which projects a $28.6-billion deficit, includes a $30-million one-time payment to “support provincial actions that will stimulate economic activity and employment in Alberta’s resource sector” and its “specialized workforce.” …

 

What Budget 2017 means for working Canadians

Canadian Labour Congress March 24, 2017

http://canadianlabour.ca/news/news-archive/clc-releases-detailed-analysis-budget-2017-0

Compared to the significant announcements made in the 2016 budget and fall economic statement, Wednesday’s federal budget is much more modest … While it provides more details regarding multi-year investments in housing, public transit and other areas, it adds relatively little in the way of new spending.

  • The Canadian Labour Congress … today released a detailed budget analysis, which outlines the commitments on important issues for working Canadians. The analysis notes that the budget plan does include a few positive changes to Employment Insurance, and new funding for child care, home care, mental health, and especially, housing.
  • However, when measured against the scale of the need that exists – for child care, green job creation, EI fairness, health care, and rights for Temporary Foreign Workers – Budget 2017 … falls short. Read the detailedanalysis of Budget 2017

 

Monthly Employment Insurance numbers drop slightly in January

Significant monthly decline in Alberta, but EI beneficiaries still up on an annual basis

CBC News March 23, 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/january-2017-employment-insurance-1.4037465

Slightly fewer Canadians received employment insurance benefits in the first month of 2017, with the number of beneficiaries down 0.3% from December’s level.

  • A total of 567,900 people received EI benefits in January, up 3.7% compared to the same month a year earlier. Statistics Canada said the annual increase is “largely as a result of increases in Alberta.”
  • On a monthly basis, however, 6.2% fewer Albertans used EI. That’s the largest monthly%age decline in Alberta since April 2012, said Statistics Canada …

 

Inflation rate cools to 2% in February

But gas prices rise by 23% as higher oil prices bite

CBC News March 24, 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/inflation-rate-february-1.4039244

Canada’s inflation rate was 2% on an annual basis in February, a slight cooldown from January’s level.

  • The annual increase in the cost of living was largely fuelled by gas prices. Consumers paid 23.1% more for gasoline in February, compared to the same month last year …

 

UNITED STATES

Donald Trump approves Keystone XL pipeline

Mining.com March 24, 2017

https://www.biv.com/article/2017/3/donald-trump-approves-keystone-xl-pipeline/

U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a permit to TransCanada (TSX, NYSE:TRP) to build its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry more than one-fifth of Canadian oil exports from Alberta to Texas.

  • … Former President Barack Obama rejected the project in late 2015, saying it would not have made a meaningful long-term contribution to the U.S. economy. He also believed it would have dented his administration’s efforts to seal a global climate change deal, key to his environmental legacy.
  • But as Trump signed in January an executive order … he said Keystone XL would create about 28,000 jobs. The figure, however, has been questioned as TransCanada itself predicts only 13,000 temporary construction jobs, with the U.S. State Department saying only 50 of them will be permanent positions, The Independent reports …

 

STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT — FEBRUARY 2017

US Department of Labor March 24, 2017

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm

Unemployment rates were significantly lower in February in 10 states, higher in 1 state,and stable in 39 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

  • Nine states had notable jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, and 41 states and the District had no significant change. The national unemployment rate, at 4.7%, was little changed from January but 0.2%age point lower than in February 2016.
  • Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 11 states in February 2017 and was essentially unchanged in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Over the year, 31 states added nonfarm payroll jobs, 2 states lost jobs, and 17 states and the District were essentially unchanged …

 

Trump Budget Would Cut Labor Department 21%

LaborPress March 24, 2017

http://laborpress.org/national-news/9818-trump-budget-would-cut-labor-department-21

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, released March 16, would cut funds for the Department of Labor by more than 20%, from the current $12.2 billion to $9.6 billion.

  • The blueprint for fiscal year 2018 doesn’t give much detail … but unemployment benefits and job-training programs, which account for about three-fourths of the department’s spending, would likely take the biggest hit.
  • It would eliminate the $434 million Senior Community Service Employment Program, which provides job training for older unemployed workers; close some Job Corps centers; and expand assessments of people seeking unemployment benefits to find more ineligible.
  • The administration is also likely to cut funding for the Wage and Hour Division and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The White House did not brief Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta on the budget proposal before it was released … It is expected to release a full budget proposal in May …

 

Career and Tech Education Programs Essential

LaborPress March 24, 2017

http://laborpress.org/national-news/9805-career-and-tech-education-programs-essential

Career and technical education is crucial to maintaining a strong American economy with well-paying jobs, but it cannot succeed on a “skinny” budget that provides insufficient funding.

  • That was the message AFT President Randi Weingarten delivered … March 15 outside Washington, D.C.
  • Career and technical education centers, at high schools and community colleges, are no longer the simple automotive shops and cosmetology programs they used to be. Today, they partner with businesses to provide training and skills for careers as diverse as first responders, aerospace engineering, computer science, marine biology and culinary arts …

 

GLOBAL

Robots to affect up to 30% of UK jobs, says PwC

BBC March 24, 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39377353

Robotics and artificial intelligence could affect almost a third of UK jobs by the 2030s, according to a study.

  • However, the report from accountancy firm PwC also predicted that the nature of some occupations would change rather than disappear.
  • It added that automation could create more wealth and additional jobs elsewhere in the economy.
    • Jobs in manufacturing and retail were among the most at risk from the new technologies, the report said …

 

Chilean workers end 43-day strike at world’s largest copper mine with no deal

About 2,500 Escondida mine workers will return to the job under their old contract after talks with majority owner BHP Billiton failed

The Associated Press March 24, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/human-resources/chilean-workers-end-43-day-strike-at-world-largest-copper-mine-189072/

Chilean workers have ended a 43-day strike at the world’s biggest copper mine.

  • The stoppage by some 2,500 workers at the Escondida mine began on Feb. 9 over demands for a bonus payment, a salary increase and other benefits.
  • Workers ended the strike March 23 after negotiations failed with majority owner BHP Billiton Ltd. They used legal provision that allows them to return their old contract with their existing benefits and work conditions. But they will lose out on a bonus payment.
    • Chile is the world’s top copper producing nation. Escondida … produces about 1.2 million metric tons of copper each year. The … country’s longest-running mining strike caused an estimated $700 million in losses.

 

EU trade chief expects Canada will ratify CETA trade deal within weeks

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom also said despite Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric, she’s not writing off Europe’s free trade pact with the U.S.

The Canadian Press March 22, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/exporting-and-importing/eu-trade-chief-expects-canada-will-ratify-trade-deal-within-weeks-188875/

The European Union’s trade chief says she expects Canada to ratify the landmark CETA free trade agreement within weeks.

  • EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom says she expects the Canada-EU pact to stand as an example of the merits of free trade for the protectionist Donald Trump administration in Washington.
  • Despite Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric, Malmstrom says there is still hope of a U.S.-EU free deal because Trump hasn’t formally declared the negotiations dead, unlike the Trans-Pacific Partnership which he pulled the U.S. out of in January …

 

BUSINESS & MARKET

Weekly Market Update (Mar 20 – Mar 24, 2017)

EdwardJones March 24, 2017

https://www.edwardjones.ca/market-news-guidance/recent-news/weekly-recap.html

Both Canadian and U.S. stocks were lower while bonds were higher on the week, with most of the U.S. stock market’s losses coming on Tuesday as investor angst grew with doubts about the passage of the health care bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • This week’s U.S. stock market decline was the worst of the year, and Tuesday’s 1.2% decline was the largest daily decline since mid-October, a span of 109 trading days. Given the post-election rally, we believe it’s a good time to rebalance your portfolio by adding to bonds – if it has become too overweight in equities – which can help protect your portfolio’s downside during market dips …

 

Retail sales rise 2.2% to $46 billion in January

CBC News March 21, 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/retail-sales-rise-2-2-to-46-billion-in-january-1.4034042

Retail sales increased 2.2% to $46B in January led by broad-based gains in every province and almost every type of store.

  • Sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers led the way with gains of 3.8%. Sales at health and personal care stores increased 6%, and general merchandise sales were up by 1.8%.
  • “This was a good report all around,” TD Bank economist … said. “Consumers will remain a key driver of economic activity this year.” … The only type of store to see lower sales were sporting goods, hobby, books and music stores, where sales fell 0.1% …

 

The price of oil is falling and few are willing to bet on that changing

The Province March 20, 2017

http://www.theprovince.com/business/energy-resources/price+falling+willing+that+changing/13159613/story.html

The exodus of oil-price optimists has begun.

  • … “It’s sort of a negative feedback loop, where money managers were selling because the price was falling, and the price was falling in part because money managers were selling,” said … an analyst …
  • Bets on rising WTI crude during the report week were reduced by the most on record in data going back to 2006 … The cuts came as prices tumbled below $50 a barrel for the first time this year, and anxious executives discussed rising U.S. rig counts at an industry meeting in Houston.
    • On Friday, oil settled at $48.78 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, up 29 cents for the week. As the week ended, Saudi Arabia and Russia sent mixed messages on the future of the production cuts agreed to by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and 11 other nations. Oil slid 84 cents to $47.94 at 8:40 a.m. …

 

Retail Sales

BC Stats March 23, 2017

http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/publications/infoline/17-03-23/Issue_17-58.aspx

Retail sales in British Columbia climbed at a slightly faster pace (+2.9% in January, seasonally adjusted) than the nation as a whole, which saw sales climb 2.2%.

  • Across the country, retailers in P.E.I. had the largest jump in sales in January (+4.3%), followed by those in Sask. (+3.7%).

 

Wholesale Sales

BC Stats March 20, 2017

http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/publications/infoline/17-03-20/Issue_17-56.aspx

Wholesale sales in B.C. rose 0.8% (seasonally adjusted) in January, marking the fourth straight monthly increase.

  • Nationally, sales climbed 3.3%, as strength in 6 provinces, including ON (+6.0%), outweighed lower sales in others …

 

Wholesale trade hit record in January

CBC News March 20, 2017

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/wholesale-trade-january-record-1.4032548

Canadian wholesale trade surged to a record high of $59.1 billion in January, driven by a big gain in the auto sector, Statistics Canada said Monday.

  • For the first month of the year, wholesale trade rose by 3.3% from Dec. 2016 for the largest monthly percentage gain since November 2009, when wholesale sales expanded by 3.8%.
  • Statistics Canada said the motor vehicle and parts subsector recorded the largest gain in dollar terms in January, rising 17.1% to $11.9 billion, the first increase in three months.
  • January sales in the motor vehicle industry rose by almost 21% from December, hitting a record high of $9.27 billion …

 

LNG struggling but rising prices to bring relief, says Conference Board of Canada

Canadian natural gas is being squeezed out of markets by increased U.S. production, but regional export opportunities in the U.S. still exist, and rising prices will return Canada’s industry to profitability next year

Canadian Manufacturing.com March 20, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/manufacturing/lng-struggling-but-rising-prices-to-bring-relief-says-conference-board-of-canada-188610/

Prospects for Canada’s natural gas producers are currently looking grim, as continued strength in U.S. production results in weaker demand for Canadian gas and low prices.

  • … U.S. natural gas production has increased by 40% in the last decade, mainly due to rapid increases in U.S. shale gas output. In the meantime, Canadian production has stagnated.
  • … But it’s not all bad news for Canada’s industry. The rapid buildup of U.S. LNG export capacity in the coming years, and the associated contractual obligations, indicate that export increases will outpace production gains south of the border.
  • This creates an opportunity for Canadian gas to help fill some regional demand in the U.S.
    • Some Canadian producers are also signing contracts to export LNG via the U.S., indicating that, while [U.S.] LNG export facilities … are competing … with Canadian projects, they may also provide a new marketing outlet …

 

ARTICLES

Artificial Intelligence’s two-edged sword: better lives but fewer jobs

Financial Post March 20, 2017

http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/fp-innovators/0320-biz-bc-croxon

Artificial intelligence (AI) has promised to relieve us of our dullest tasks and improve almost every aspect of our lives, from transportation to health care. But, by their very nature, the best tech ideas lead to incredible efficiencies, and if those efficiencies touch on people’s jobs, it will take those jobs away.

  • The Industrial Revolution replaced entire job descriptions, but more highly skilled and better-paying jobs eventually followed. That may not necessarily end up the case with AI, as deep learning helps machines replace people further up the talent chain.
  • How many jobs could be affected? Tech billionaire Elon Musk recently estimated that AI could replace 12 to 15% of the global workforce in 20 years. A report by U.K. think-tank Reform suggests AI could displace a quarter-million of the U.K.’s civil service positions at the administrative level by 2030 …

 

Automation could cancel out millions of jobs, but these experts have some solutions

Researchers from around the world are trying to tackle the pending problem of robots taking over for workers on a huge, global scale; some ideas are better than others

The Canadian Press March 20, 2017

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/human-resources/automation-is-expected-to-hurt-workers-but-these-workforce-experts-have-some-solutions-188586/

Everyone’s talking about problems hurting workers. In the last U.S. election, [candidates] argued about reasons for a historic disruption in the labour market. The Canadian government will explore it in its March 22 budget.

  • The issues are well known. With inequality already rising in most of the industrialized world, and a long-term decline in labour-force participation, particularly in the U.S., fast-improving automated technologies are rolling in to obliterate jobs—potentially millions in the transportation sector alone.
  • So how about solutions? Some ideas from experts on the disruptive potential of artificial intelligence: A job mortgage, Career clusters, Information sharing, Universal basic income … [see article]

 

OUR FEARS ABOUT JOB-REPLACING ROBOTS ARE LONG-HELD – AND UNFOUNDED

MacDonald Laurier Institute March 21, 2017

http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/our-fears-about-job-replacing-robots-are-long-held-and-unfounded-philip-cross-in-the-financial-post/

Dominic Barton … recently repeated the doomsday scenario that automation will wipe out 40% of the jobs that exist today, raising the spectre of mass unemployment. … Polls show a majority of Canadians feel automation will destroy jobs.

  • However, technology experts are evenly divided about whether automation will eliminate more jobs than it creates. Optimists argue that it’s the nature of work and the required skills that is changing, from the “technical, classroom-taught, left-brain skills” needed over the last two centuries to skills based on human social relationships, as Geoff Colvin writes in his book Humans Are Underrated. The economic historian Deirdre McCloskey estimates that one-quarter of GDP already is earned from “sweet talk in markets and management.”
  • This shift actually favours what humans are good at. The neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga concluded that “Our big brains are there primarily to deal with social matters, not to … cogitate about the second law of thermodynamics.” …

 

BUDGET 2017 ACKNOWLEDGES – BUT WON’T SOLVE – CANADA’S JOB MARKET DISRUPTION

MacDonald Laurier Institute March 23, 2017

http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/budget-2017-acknowledges-but-doesnt-solve-canadas-job-market-disruption-linda-nazareth-in-the-globe-and-mail/

Canada’s job market is facing major challenges as technological change leaves many workers behind. The 2017 federal budget scratches the surface on solving the issue … but Ottawa will need to do more in the years to come.

  • It’s probably all going to be too little and too late, but Budget 2017 gives at least a nod to the fact that Canada’s job market is getting hit by a global tsunami. Between technology and tight corporate margins, old-style jobs are in jeopardy and, at the very least, Canada’s industries need a reboot. This budget does not exactly provide a quick-fix solution to any of that, but it suggests at least an acknowledgment of the disruptions to come.
  • Even now, in 2017, things are not all rosy in the labour market. Theoretically things are “good” since the unemployment rate was 6.6% as of February, its lowest level in a couple of years, but the single number masks a bunch of disparities.
    • There is wide gap between the unemployment rate for those with a university education and those who dropped out before getting a high-school diploma. Youth unemployment is an issue, as is underemployment for those of all ages.
    • … the labour force participation rate for those aged over 55 keeps trending higher, which means there are some older workers who are loathe to give up their current positions, which are lucrative and fun. It also means there are some increasingly desperate 50- and 60-somethings out there who are having a lot less fun, but who do not have the kind of savings or pensions they need to retire …

 

REGULAR LABOUR MARKET RESOURCE INFORMATION LINKS

Labour and Employment Data

http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/2828/

Find statistics and analysis on the labour force, employment issues (such as hours worked, number of employees and payrolls) and income. Learn more about the various surveys conducted by Statistics Canada and access the data …

 

B.C. 2025 Labour Market Outlook

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/B-C-s-Economy/Reports.aspx

Labour market information can help job seekers make comparisons when looking for a job or moving to a new place. It can also help business owners identify new markets for their service or product, or to decide where to expand if theirs is a business that requires a high number of workers or workers with a particular skill set. [Replaces 2022 Outlook.]

 

B.C.’S Top Health Careers

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/Jobs-in-Demand/Top-Health-Careers.aspx

B.C.’s health sector employed 227,000 workers in 2015, one of the largest sectors in terms of the number of workers. The sector is also one of the fastest-growing industries, with employment growing at an average rate of 3.2% each year in the past decade …

 

Explore Careers

https://www.workbc.ca/Jobs-Careers/Explore-Careers.aspx

Discover the career of your dreams. Explore 500 career profiles and get all the details you need, from job duties and wages to projected demand in your region.

 

Industry Profiles

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/Industry-Profiles.aspx

Learn everything you need to know about B.C. Industries, including employment, wages, outlook and more. Access profiles and see employment gains and losses by industry for 2013 at a glance.

 

Regional Profiles

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/Regional-Profiles.aspx

B.C.’s development regions are diverse and have unique labour market conditions.  Here you’ll find labour market details on each of the seven regions, as well as employment outlooks over the next 10 years.

 

Blueprint Builder

https://www.workbc.ca/blueprintbuilder

Blueprint Builder is your online career planning tool that contains essential career, education and job search resources to help you plan your career path. Discover career options, find the right education and funding, and target jobs in your selected field.

 

Career Compass

https://www.workbc.ca/careercompass

Try a selection of Career Quizzes (Abilities, Work Preferences, Subjects) to help you gain insight into an appropriate career direction

 

Career Trek

http://www.careertrekbc.ca

95 video based career profiles, averaging five minutes in duration, to provide insights into choices you make.

 

Cost of Living Calculator

http://www.costofliving.welcomebc.ca

Are you new to B.C. or thinking of moving here? Need help deciding where to live and work? The Cost of Living Calculator can help you make the right move!

 

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS)

http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=5217

The purpose of this survey is to collect detailed information about unmet labour demand. The survey collects information from Canadian employers about the number of job vacancies and wage estimates by occupation, for all economic regions and industries. Information is compiled quarterly. The link above is for the most recent quarterly data release.

 

Nelson, BC – Community Profile Fall 2015

http://www.cbrdi.ca/wp-content/uploads/Nelson_2015_Profile.pdf

Contains a host of area related data including information on Labour Force Activity 2014, Labour Force by Occupation 2011, Labour Force by Industry 2014, Employment by Industry 2014, Median Hourly Wage by Industry 2014, Median Commute Duration 2011, Place of Work Status 2011.

 

Castlegar, BC – Community Profile Fall 2015

http://www.cbrdi.ca/wp-content/uploads/Castlegar_2015_Profile.pdf

Contains a host of area related data including information on Labour Force Activity 2014, Labour Force by Occupation 2011, Labour Force by Industry 2014, Employment by Industry 2014, Median Hourly Wage by Industry 2014, Median Commute Duration 2011, Place of Work Status 2011.

 

Trail, BC – Community Profile Fall 2015

http://www.cbrdi.ca/wp-content/uploads/Trail_2015_Profile.pdf

Contains a host of area related data including information on Labour Force Activity 2014, Labour Force by Occupation 2011, Labour Force by Industry 2014, Employment by Industry 2014, Median Hourly Wage by Industry 2014, Median Commute Duration 2011, Place of Work Status 2011.

 

2016 Best Workplaces in Canada

While there is no single right way to create a great workplace, the very best companies have managed to create a culture where employees TRUST the people they work for, have PRIDE in what they do, and ENJOY the people they work with. And the winners are:

Best Workplaces in Canada – Large and Multinational / Best Workplaces in Canada – Medium / Best Workplaces in Canada – Small

Best Workplaces in Canada for Women & Download our The Globe & Mail report

 

BC’s Top Occupations

Our top occupations are largely based on the projected job openings to 2024. These openings include new jobs created through economic growth as well as replacement jobs due to retired workers.

https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/Jobs-in-Demand/Top-Occupations.aspx

 

Labour Organizations and Unions – contact info and websites

Our alphabetical listings of unions comprise their name and a link to the contact section of their website. This way you are assured that our listings are as up-to-date as the unions themselves keep them. If there is no website, their telephone number is shown.

http://www.shopunion.ca/unions

 

FACTSHEET: LNG project proposals in British Columbia

These are the export projects in various stages of development as of February 20, 2017

https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/factsheet-lng-project-proposals-in-british-columbia

 

Engineering Labour Market in Canada: Projections to 2025

https://www.engineerscanada.ca/labour-market-report

 

Companies in British Columbia & Alberta

Need to research specific companies? Manta has 206,218 companies under Companies in British Columbia and 160,819 companies under Companies in Alberta – see the links below for listings by category: basic company profiles are provided

http://www.manta.com/world/North+America/Canada/British+Columbia/ & http://www.manta.com/world/North+America/Canada/Alberta/

 

BC Jobs Plan

http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/

 

BC Major Projects Inventory

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/economic-development/industry/bc-major-projects-inventory

The BC Major Projects Inventory (MPI) contains summary information on major projects in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, that are over $15 million (Cdn) capital cost, or $20 million in the Lower Mainland–Vancouver area.

 

Major Projects Inventories Across Canada

http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/StatisticsBySubject/BusinessIndustry/MajorProjectsInventory/MPIsAcrossCanada.aspx

 

Community Futures Central Kootenay Workshop Schedule

http://futures.bc.ca/workshop-schedule/

 

Top 100 Projects for 2016 – Canada’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects

http://top100projects.ca/2016filters/

 

Top Kootenay Employers – by Kootenay Business

http://kootenaybiz.com/top-employers

 

Alberta Labour Market Information

http://work.alberta.ca/labour/labour-market-information.html

 

Fort McMurray Labour Market Information

http://www.woodbuffalo.net/

 

Job Market Trends and News, for Canada and Individual Provinces

http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/LMI_bulletin.do?cid=3373&AREA=0011&INDUSTRYCD=&EVENTCD

 

LMI – Publications, for Canada and Provinces

http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/lmi/publications/index.shtml

 

PayScale – Salary Data & Career Research Center (Canada)

http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Country=Canada/Salary

 

Wage Search Tool – Job Bank

http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/wage-outlook_search-eng.do?reportOption=wage

 

Wages and Benefits Information – BC Fact Sheets

https://www.workbc.ca/Job-Seekers/Build-Your-Career/Working-in-B-C/Your-Rights-and-Responsibilities-as-a-Worker/Wages-and-Benefits.aspx

 

Average Salary in Canada – Average Canadian Salary

http://www.livingin-canada.com/work-salaries-wages-canada.html

 

WorkBC Labour Market Information

https://www.workbc.ca/Statistics/Labour-Market.aspx