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LMI Report June 5 – 9, 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



Some bright spots in the Kootenays’ economy

“Our region is very sensitive to global commodity price trends, so it was a welcome relief to see prices recover for some of our key resources last year. In particular, the sharp rebound in steelmaking coal prices had a positive impact in the East Kootenay area,” said Mike Calder, CPA, CA, partner at BDO Canada LLP in Cranbrook. “The forestry sector also showed strength in 2016. U.S. demand for softwood lumber increased lumber production in B.C.’s Southern Interior Forest Region by 3.5 per cent.”




Clark warns of $600 million delay to Site C Dam

Premier Christy Clark has written to the NDP and Green Party leaders, warning that a delay in removing two homes from the path of a Site C dam road could delay the project by a year and cost as much as $600 million.



B.C. Ferries hires Dutch-owned shipyard to build two minor vessels

VICTORIA — B.C. Ferries has hired a Netherlands-owned shipyard to build two new minor ferries and Point Hope Maritime in Victoria will be responsible for maintaining them under their warranty.

None of the Canadian shipyards which were shortlisted for the job submitted bids, B.C. Ferries said Tuesday.



Pipeline, dam await B.C. government direction

NDP leader John Horgan says he’s willing to meet with Premier Christy Clark on the transition to a new minority government, which he said is being “delayed unduly” while the B.C. Liberals reconvene the legislature.



Woodfibre LNG gets 40-year export licence

 What could be B.C.’s first liquefied natural gas export project has received its federal export licence, a step towards what global investors have considered a major industry for B.C.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announced the 40-year licence Monday for Woodfibre LNG. It is the 24th federal LNG export licence issued by Ottawa, and it represents another division between the B.C. NDP and B.C. Green Party as they move toward an alliance to take over the B.C. government.



Kinder Morgan plans work all along Trans Mountain line, starting in September

Kinder Morgan’s schedule for the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion shows construction work is to start as early as Sept. 1.

The detailed schedule was filed recently with the National Energy Board, one of 157 conditions that must be met in order for the Houston, Texas-based company to begin construction.



Shell says it will proceed with B.C. energy plans despite political uncertainty

CALGARY — Royal Dutch Shell will forge ahead with its energy development plans in British Columbia regardless of the uncertainty swirling around the province’s political future, says the company’s Canadian country chair.

Energy investments in B.C. have been cast into doubt after the May 9 provincial election that saw the Liberals win 43 seats and the NDP take 41— a situation that gives the Green party the balance of power with their three seats.



Industrial instrument company opens new Edmonton training facility

A major Swiss industrial instrument company officially opened a $12-million Edmonton facility Friday that is expected to provide training for hundreds of people annually.



Telus Corp says it will invest $4.2 billion in Alberta infrastructure, follows company’s $4.7 billion B.C. pledge

Telus, which has been attracting more postpaid wireless customers amid heightened competition, said it would invest more than $900 million this year alone in Alberta.



Global survey on oil and gas finds ‘the world wants more Canada’

A new research survey for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) found Canada is seen by people around the world as a preferred supplier in meeting growing global oil and gas needs.

More than 22,000 people in 32 countries were polled by Ipsos on behalf of CAPP.



Stephen Jarislowsky slams tax system that is now so unfair it will push people to leave Canada

To love their work and their country, entrepreneurs must feel treated fairly by the tax system



Liberals pladge $14 billion more to expand the Canadian Armed Forces, but delay most spending until 2019

OTTAWA — Canada will increase defence spending by $13.9 billion over the next decade, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Wednesday as he unveiled the Liberal government’s long-awaited vision for expanding the Canadian Armed Forces.

The money will be used to put another 5,000 troops in uniform and add new modern capabilities, such as letting the military conduct cyberattacks and to buy armed drones for unmanned airstrikes.



Infrastructure spending a smart move, but new revenue sources needed: former Bank of Canada governor

While Alberta is smart to invest in infrastructure, the province needs new revenue streams such as a sales tax to pay for it, former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge says.

The March provincial budget puts a record $9.2 billion into health facilities, roads, maintenance, environmental initiatives and other projects under its massive construction, repair and upgrading plan.



House prices and debt loads a growing concern, Bank of Canada says

Debt loads tied to overheated Canadian housing markets are making households more vulnerable, but on the whole Canada’s economy is resilient enough to withstand any major shocks to the system, the Bank of Canada says. Canada’s central bank released its semi-annual Financial System Review on Thursday, a document which outlines some of the major risks that the Bank of Canada sees on the economic horizon



Canadians keep up long-running credit binge in 1st quarter of 2017

Canadian consumers continued to spend on credit in the first three months of 2017, bringing the average non-mortgage debt across the country to $21,696, up 1.9 per cent annually. At the same time, the national 90-day delinquency rate for non-mortgage credit accounts fell 1.45 per cent on an annual basis, to 2.72 per cent



The fight for technology talent is heating up as Canada looks to fill holes in the sector

Ottawa became the latest Canadian city to step up recruitment efforts for its technology sector with a campaign launched in late April targeting expats south of the border.

Invest Ottawa’s Work in Ottawa program will seek talent to fill positions in software development, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and other tech sectors



Hudson’s Bay Co. to cut 2,000 jobs by 2018

TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. says it is cutting 2,000 jobs, including some it says were previously announced in February. The retail giant says the layoffs are intended to save $350 million annually once the plan is fully implemented by end of fiscal 2018.




GE factory jobs move from Wisconsin to Canada

Manufacturing workers at a General Electric plant in Waukesha, Wisconsin say they feel like pawns in a political game between GE and Congress as they watch their jobs cross the border to Canada.



Job Openings Hit All-Time High

A record 6 million positions were up for grabs in the U.S. labor market at the end of April, according to a new report that suggests employers are ramping up hiring and may be having trouble finding qualified applicants.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary – known as the JOLTS report – on Tuesday showed vacancies narrowly eclipsed the 6 million-position benchmark in April for the first time since the data were initially tracked by the government back at the tail end of 2000.




More than 2 million electric vehicles hit the road globally in 2016, but Canada trailing peers: IEA

The Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2017, released by the IEA on Wednesday, said the number of registered electric cars around the world hit a new record in 2016 with more than 750,000 sales, pushing the stock to more than two million in 2016, a 60 per cent growth from last year.




Rise of the robot

 About 180 robots here are doing work that humans used to do at a GE Aviation plant that makes parts for jet engines. But they haven’t replaced the humans. Indeed, the opposite is true. Since a new, automated section of the plant ramped up at the start of the decade, the number of people working here has risen to more than 900 from 600. – See more at: http://business.financialpost.com/features/rise-of-the-robot#sthash.DAX8VsBF.dpuf


Rob Merrifield: Politicians killed Canada’s low-dollar advantage by piling on carbon taxes and environmental red tape

A lot of talk on trade relations between Canada and the United States risks missing the forest for the trees. Understandably, the NAFTA renegotiation is top of mind for folks in trade circles and within these discussions we easily end up focusing on specific trade irritants such as supply management, softwood lumber, wheat grading, rules of origin, and more. These and other trade irritants will always be present between the world’s largest trading partners, but they, and even potential changes to NAFTA, do not present the biggest threat to the Canadian economy today.




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