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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




RDCK votes to oppose Ymir logging

Opposition growing for Quartz Creek project

According to retired public health inspector Phillip Jackson, the Quartz Creek watershed that serves the population of Ymir is an unusually pristine environment that produces some of the cleanest drinking water he’s ever seen.



Affordable Housing Energy Retrofit Program Now Open

The Energy Retrofit Program will enable non-profit organizations that operate affordable housing units to pay for retrofits with Trust-funded grants, perform energy assessments, and access existing rebates and other retrofit programs. Energy retrofits include activities like improving or replacing boilers, hot water heaters, lighting, insulation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.



Take Action on Invasive Species

 … In addition, the Trust has partnered with the BC government, Columbia Power Corporation and FortisBC to support the Invasive Mussel Defence Program. Since 2015, we have committed $1.06 million to this program, which aims to prevent zebra and quagga mussels from entering the province. This year there will be 10 boat inspection stations, six of which are in the Basin. The inspection season will be extended, along with daily hours. The number of inspection officers is nearly doubling, to 68, and the program will introduce Canada’s first mussel-detecting dog. Learn more here.



The BC CHAMBER AGM May 25-27th Victoria  is underway this week.

This unique grassroots policy-building forum brings together approximately 200 Chamber delegates from across B.C. to vote on new business/economic policies. Policies that are adopted become part of the BC Chamber’s advocacy agenda.

Approximately 40 policy resolutions will be under discussion and adopted at the AGM including advocacy positions on the following.

  • Return of the Business Vote
  • Fairer taxation for Business
  • Ensuring a stable and prosperous forest industry
  • Small Business Benefits from Simplifying the MSP Tax System
  • The Need for a Renewed Softwood   Lumber Agreement
  • Supporting B.C.’s Land-Based Wineries,  Cideries and Distilleries
  • Addressing the Housing Crunch Through Increasing Supply
  • Affordable Rental Housing and a Fluid  Labour Market
  • Addressing Barriers to Succession  Planning for Small and Medium Enterprises

These of course are just a small sampling of the policy discussions. The Nelson and District Chamber will be on hand at all of the policy and advocacy sessions.


Kicking Horse Coffee bought by Italian giant

Might Kicking Horse Coffee soon add an “Italian Stallion” variety to its line of coffee beans?

The Invermere-based company — which includes a whole bean called “Kick Ass” among others — has signed a deal with Italian coffee maker Lavazza Group.

The Turin-based Lavazza will now own 80 per cent of the Canadian company, which is valued at $215 million.



ELECTION 2017: B.C. will have first minority government in 64 years

Elections B.C. has announced a minority government win for Clark, with a final count of 43 for the Liberals seats – one short of maintaining a majority.

More than two weeks after voting day, absentee ballots favour a win for NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard in Courtenay-Comox, giving the NDP 41 seats in the new 87-seat B.C. legislature.



What happens next in B.C.

So the recounts are over in the super-tight British Columbia provincial election, with no changes to the seat count: 43 Liberals, 41 NDP, 3 Green. It’s obvious that (Greens + anybody else) = viable majority in the 87-seat legislature. So now what?  http://www.macleans.ca/politics/what-happens-next-in-b-c/

British Columbia by the numbers




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Housing inventory at 20-year low, B.C. Real Estate Association says

Demand rapidly outpacing supply, according to real estate professional association

New data from the B.C. Real Estate Association (BCREA) shows housing supply in the province is at a 20-year low, and the association says that lack of supply is making the ongoing affordability problem worse.

The BCREA, the provincial real estate professional association, says the supply of homes for sale is down 17 per cent from April 2016 and down 50 per cent since 2012 after adjusting for seasonal variance.



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…


Lower costs drive drilling boom in ‘bellwether’ Montney shale formation in northwest Alberta, BC

Drilling rigs and roughnecks are hot commodities once again across the Montney shale formation in northern British Columbia and Alberta, and companies like Grimes Well Servicing Ltd. are having a hard time keeping up with demand.



Alberta’s oilpatch finds it difficult to lure workers back after massive job cuts

After years of being a magnet for job seekers, Canada’s oilpatch is turning into a bit of a no-go place — and that’s making a recovery harder.

Drilling and equipment providers are finding it a tough sell to lure workers back to Alberta’s gravel roads and remote camps, where temperatures can drop below minus 40 degrees, after massive job cuts in the past years left lasting bad memories. Many who had moved there returned to their home provinces and found jobs in construction, mining, fishing or forestry.



Trans Mountain fight ‘going to be ugly,’ says industry veteran at Edmonton oil, gas conference

When the shovels hit the ground, my belief is there’s going to be an uprising in Burnaby, etcetera, and it’s going to be ugly,” said Bruce Robertson, an oil-and-gas industry veteran and chairman of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada. “And Trudeau et al have got to make a decision (on) whether and how he flexes his muscle to get this thing approved.”



Alberta’s second licensed cannabis facility could be the start of a big future for tiny hamlet

Peers is starting to feel it already. We’re injecting quite a bit of cash into the community through the creation of quality jobs … It’s a big boost to the area, and we’re doing that without any effluent.”



Alberta leads the country in spending growth

Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP government inherited a difficult set of fiscal circumstances when it came into power just over two years ago. The new government faced a big budget deficit, caused by a combination of rapid spending increases over the preceding decade and a steep decline in the price of oil in 2014.

Unfortunately, instead of taking action to address the serious fiscal challenges it inherited, Premier Notley’s government has made matters worse through its spending decisions. Rather than reining in excesses, the new government has doubled down on spending increases, leading to ballooning deficits for the foreseeable future. That is a choice that the provincial government could have avoided, which will result in billions of dollars of extra debt accumulation over the next several years




Yedlin: East Coast LNG moving faster than West Coast


For a ray of hope on the liquified natural gas file, it might be best to look east rather than west.

Last week, privately held Pieridae Energy Ltd. announced a reverse takeover of Quebec-based energy company Pétrolia Inc., becoming the first publicly traded LNG company in Canada



GM is motoring as profit jumps 34 pct on US truck, SUV sales

DETROIT –  People are buying more SUVs and trucks and paying General Motors handsomely for them, pushing the company’s first-quarter net income up 34 percent to a record $2.6 billion.

U.S. sales of large truck-based SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe rose nearly 15 percent for the quarter to almost 54,000. Pickup truck and van sales were up 1 percent to 238,000, and sales of smaller SUVs rose 16 percent to nearly 219,000, according to GM.



Quebec’s construction sector hit by mass walkout

A union alliance representing about 175,000 Quebec construction workers has launched an unlimited general strike. The walkout began Wednesday morning after construction companies and labour federations failed to sign collective agreements ahead of a strike deadline of midnight Tuesday.




 EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay

JUNEAU, Alaska — In a sharp reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a way for a company to seek permits to develop a massive copper and gold deposit near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska



Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

President Donald Trump’s proposal to sell nearly half the U.S. emergency oil stockpile is sparking renewed debate about whether the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is still needed amid an ongoing oil production boom that has seen U.S. imports drop sharply in the past decade



U.S. Stocks Climb as Fed Signals June Rate Increase

Materials, real-estate and utility shares boost the S&P 500

U.S. stocks gained Wednesday as minutes from the Federal Reserve signaled that interest rates could rise in June.

Many investors and analysts view rate increases as a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy, but some said the central bank’s assessment of growth and the details offered on how it plans to pare its balance sheet suggested officials would continue to move at a gradual pace.




Non-OPEC Producers Join OPEC in Extending Oil Output Cut: Delegates

 VIENNA (Reuters) – Non-OPEC oil producers led by Russia agreed on Thursday to join OPEC in extending production cuts for nine months until March 2018, OPEC delegates said.



International agency predicts 24 million renewable energy jobs by 2030

An annual review published by the International Renewable Energy Agency tallied 9.8 million clean energy sector jobs around the planet for 2015-2016, including 3.1 million jobs in the solar PV sector.

The total could increase to 24 million jobs around the world by 2030, said the report by the agency, an intergovernmental panel based in the oil-producing United Arab Emirates.



Doubling defence spending wouldn’t move Canada higher among NATO’s ranks: study

Even were Canada to double its spending on defence, it would not change its rank as the sixth-largest spender in NATO, according a new report.

In terms of actual dollars spent on defence Canada is ranked sixth among NATO’s 28 member nations, behind the U.S., France, U.K., Germany and Italy. It would remain in sixth place if it added $20 billion a year to the defence budget, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which monitors worldwide defence spending.

That increase would, however, see Canada move from 16th-largest defence spender in the world to 12th largest, according to the report compiled last month.



Coal Mines Are Reimagined as a New Power Source

Companies look to retrofit deserted mines into storage systems using an old technology


BERLIN—Deserted coal mines, once left to gather dust, are glimpsing a new life in the age of solar panels and wind turbines.




Taking the high road will get Alberta nowhere

It’s time Alberta’s travelling light bulb switcheroo crew made a quick stop at the Rachel Notley household.

Because, for someone who seems so smart, our premier appears completely in the dark about the way this strange country actually functions




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