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LMI Report May 15 – 19, 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://new.kcds.ca/employer



 Thy growler runneth over: Nelson’s Torchlight Brewing Company is expanding

 “Our old space just had a couple places for people to sit—it was a very small tasting room,” said Swendson. The new location boasts more seating, encouraging a greater volume of patrons to enjoy full servings of beer, wine, cocktails, sodas and food. “We have a kitchen with a tight menu of food items,” he said. “We’ll have a few different sandwiches, salads and other options.”



Entrepreneurs & Innovators Come Together in Castlegar

 “We’d like to bring together entrepreneurs, business students and community members with innovative products, services and ideas, “ said Arry Dhillon, Councillor for the City of Castlegar. “By networking them with each other and connecting them with available business support agencies as well as other assets in the region we can create new entrepreneurs and innovative businesses in our community.”



Nelson Council adopts 2017-2021 Financial Plan; Extra funds allocated for roads and facilities

 NELSON Council adopted the 2017-2021 Financial Plan Bylaw and related bylaws at a Special Meeting on Friday May 5, 2017. Parking fees and taxes increase…

Although the budget reflects what was presented during the budget public consultation in February and March, Council made the decision last week to contribute $140,000 more to the building reserve to help fund our aging facilities.  Council also carried through on its commitment to double the amount spent on roads by increasing the paving budget by $600,000 per year.




Kelowna home prices soaring

 First quarter of 2017 sees big growth as the area continues to attract homebuyers from the Lower Mainland

Home prices in Kelowna surged ahead in the first quarter of 2017, according to at least one survey of home prices in the region.

The Royal LePage House Price Survey released earlier this year revealed significant increases in Kelowna home prices during the first quarter of 2017. The aggregate price of a home in the region surged 14.4 per cent year-over-year to $581,770.


British Columbians do not want a Liberal-Green coalition government: Poll

If the situation after next week’s recounts and counting of absentee ballots continues to point to a minority, a poll conducted by Mainstreet Research indicates that just 27 per cent of British Columbians would approve of a Green-Liberal coalition.

The majority of respondents, 58 per cent, said they would prefer the Green party to work with the governing party on a issue-by-issue basis rather than joining a formal coalition



First Nations chiefs plan to challenge Liberal oil tanker ban for British Columbia

CALGARY – Aboriginal chiefs backing a pipeline through northern British Columbia plan to challenge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “ill-conceived” moratorium on oil tanker traffic off the northern section of Canada’s West Coast.

“I think it’s for the betterment of the country that we do challenge it,” Woodland Cree Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom said Monday of the federal Liberal government’s planned tanker ban.


New oil and gas pipelines are winning approval in B.C. and across the country, but the world is also shifting in new directions. Global investment in green energy hit a record of almost US$286 billion last year, according to the…



Leduc mayor hopes Ford distribution centre will spur more investment in region

A parts warehouse and distribution centre Ford Motor Co. plans to build in Leduc could spur other development in the Edmonton region, City of Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke says.

About 75 people will be employed at the site after it opens at the Leduc Business Park in fall 2018, with construction expected to start in approximately six weeks, Krischke said Wednesday



Champion Petfoods building big new plant near Edmonton

Champion Petfoods announced Tuesday it’s building a 37,000-square-metre facility near Edmonton’s western border that will greatly expand its capacity to produce dog and cat food.

The new kitchen will prepare kibble and freeze-dried foods and treats for the Edmonton-based company’s Acana and Orijen brands, and there will also be a distribution warehouse and logistics centre, according to a news release.

The operation is expected to create about 200 jobs after it opens in spring 2019. Construction at the 30-hectare property in Parkland County’s Acheson Industrial Park, west of Edmonton, is scheduled to begin next month.



Don’t hold Alberta ‘hostage,’ Rachel Notley warns B.C.

   The TransMountain pipeline expansion is approved by Ottawa and no province should attempt to hold another one “hostage” by attempting to block a federal project, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Tuesday




Canada’s economy grew by 1.3% last year, but many provinces grew by more

Two prairie provinces have now contracted for two years in a row for the first time in more than a decade

British Columbia led the country for the second straight year as the province’s economy grew by 3.7 per cent, up from 3.1 per cent in 2015. Oil and gas and real estate were sources of strength, while engineering and manufacturing declined.


Global Voices: Students unequipped for tomorrow’s jobs

Literacy, numeracy and scientific knowledge will always be critical. But recently, the World Economic Forum asked executives from some of the world’s leading companies what they thought the most important job skills would be in 2020. Their No. 1 response? Complex problem solving. Other skills on their top 10 list included critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and emotional intelligence.

Unfortunately, our school systems — built during the Industrial Revolution — are not well equipped to impart these skills, according to world-renowned education expert Ken Robinson.



 Customers are key in softwood lumber dispute: Doer

Pressure from big-name U.S. wood retailers will be Alberta’s key ally in resolving the softwood lumber dispute, says the man hired to plead the province’s case. Former U.S. ambassador Gary Doer was in Edmonton Tuesday to meet with government officials. Canada is on the side of justice when it comes to lumber legal rulings, Doer said, and he’s confident we will win once again. The problem, he said, is that a positive outcome will take too long for the 19,000 Albertans who work in the industry.



Quebec lumber workers among the first to feel pain of layoffs from U.S. softwood lumber dispute

MONTREAL — Hundreds of Quebec forestry workers are experiencing the first sour tastes from the softwood lumber battle with the United States as they prepare for the start of layoffs.

Starting Monday, Resolute Forest Products is cutting shifts at seven sawmills and delaying the start of forest operations that will affect 1,282 workers.



More Canadian oil companies considering mergers to survive the slump

Canadian drillers and other oilfield service providers have stepped up merger and acquisition activity, with more deals expected in coming months, as players battered by more than two years of weak oil prices look to lower costs and strengthen finances by scaling up.



Vale to shut down Thompson, Manitoba nickel mine, lay off 200 workers

The mining firm will suspend operations at its Birchtree Mine this fall; union leaders say the closure will hit workers in the northern Manitoba city hard




While B.C. counts ballots, the U.S. signs a big LNG deal with China

 While British Columbia was counting absentee ballots from this week’s election to find out who will form the next government — which could mean more political risk for proposed multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas projects — the United States was announcing a big deal with China that paves the way for an acceleration of its LNG industry.



US households owe record amount, topping pre-recession peak

WASHINGTON –  U.S. household debt reached a record high in the first three months of this year, topping the previous peak reached in 2008, when the financial crisis plunged the economy into a deep recession.

Americans have stepped up borrowing over the past three years, yet the nature of what Americans owe has changed since the Great Recession. Student and auto loans make up a larger proportion of household debt, while mortgages — the epicenter of the financial crisis — and credit card debt remain below pre-recession levels. Those changes suggest households are still cautious about taking on debt to fuel day-to-day consumption



US housing starts fell 2.6 percent in April

WASHINGTON –  Construction of new homes fell for a second straight month in April, pushing activity to the lowest point in five months. Housing starts fell 2.6 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million units, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That followed a 6.6 percent decline in March and left home building at its lowest point since last November. The weakness was led by a big drop in construction of apartments, a volatile sector.




 Ford to cut North America, Asia salaried workers by 10%, source says

 WASHINGTON/DETROIT — Ford Motor Co plans to shrink its salaried workforce in North America and Asia by about 10 per cent as it works to boost profits and its sliding stock price, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters on Monday.

A person briefed on the plan said Ford plans to offer generous early retirement incentives to reduce its salaried headcount by Oct. 1, but does not plan cuts to its hourly workforce or its production.



GM to End Sales in India, Exit South Africa

 General Motors (GM) said Thursday it will no longer sell vehicles in India, as the automaker overhauls its global businesses to focus on profitable markets and new technology.


Oil prices are surging today as Saudis, Russia back cutting supply into 2018

Oil hit a three-week high on Monday above US$52 a barrel after top exporter Saudi Arabia and Russia said supply cuts needed to last into 2018, a step towards extending an OPEC-led deal to support prices for longer than originally agreed.

Energy ministers from the two countries said on Monday that supply cuts should be prolonged for nine months, until March 2018. That is longer than the optional six-month extension specified in the deal.



Castlegar Complex proposed plans made easy to understand

“This building can be a place that brings people together as opposed to just being about recreation.” http://www.castlegarnews.com/news/castlegar-complex-proposed-plans-made-easy-to-understand/


Can Robots Save the U.S. Economy?

Amid a growing debate over the use of robots in the American workforce–and the resulting loss of workers’ jobs–Entropy Economics president Bret Swanson argues robots aren’t killing the economy, but saving it.  “There’s been a lot of doom and gloom about robots and automation and artificial intelligence,” Swanson told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney. “But if you look at the facts, if you look at the evidence the problem isn’t that we’ve had too much technology, it’s that we’ve had too little technology across a lot of the economy in what we call the physical industries.” http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/05/18/can-robots-save-u-s-economy.html


All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years in twin ‘death spiral’ for big oil and big autos, says study that’s shocking the industries

No more petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will be sold anywhere in the world within eight years. The entire market for land transport will switch to electrification, leading to a collapse of oil prices and the demise of the petroleum industry as we have known it for a century.

This is the futuristic forecast by Stanford University economist Tony Seba. His report, with the deceptively bland title Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030, has gone viral in green circles and is causing spasms of anxiety in the established industries.




Labour and Employment Data


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Career Trek


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


Cost of Living Calculator


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)


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


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


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


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.



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.



FACTSHEET: LNG project proposals in British Columbia

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



Engineering Labour Market in Canada: Projections to 2025



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



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



Community Futures Central Kootenay Workshop Schedule



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



Top Kootenay Employers – by Kootenay Business



Alberta Labour Market Information



Fort McMurray Labour Market Information



Job Market Trends and News, for Canada and Individual Provinces



LMI – Publications, for Canada and Provinces



PayScale – Salary Data & Career Research Center (Canada)



Wage Search Tool – Job Bank



Wages and Benefits Information – BC Fact Sheets



Average Salary in Canada – Average Canadian Salary



WorkBC Labour Market Information