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LMI Report Feb 27 – Mar 3, 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 .





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.]


Reminder! Make Valuable Connections at Selkirk College Career & Education Fair

Selkirk College News FEB 27 2017


… The Selkirk College Career & Education Fair brings students and community members together with employers and post-secondary programs that will help them along the pathway to success.

  • The annual event takes place Tuesday, March 7 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus and features more than 60 exhibitors. All the resources needed to plan for a future career will be in one space with face-to-face networking a key component …


Reminder! Record Number Of Exhibitors At Annual Career And Job Fair [Cranbrook]

College of the Rockies February 23, 2017


The eleventh annual Career and Job Fair is shaping up to be another great event.

  • Representatives from dozens of local and national companies, government agencies and professional associations will be on hand from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, March 8 at College of the Rockies’ Cranbrook main campus …


Work experience funding boosts Kootenay social enterprises

BC Gov News February 27, 2017


Two Kootenay-based social enterprises are getting a face lift while seven job-seekers are gaining valuable work experience in the process.

  • The Province is providing $240,171 in combined funding for two separate projects that will renovate buildings owned by the Kootenay Region Association for Community Living in Creston and the Trail Association for Community Living, allowing them to better serve their communities.
  • The work will be completed, under professional supervision, by EI-eligible participants looking to enhance their employment skills, who were referred to the projects by local WorkBC Employment Services Centres …



B.C.’s minimum wage will go up to $11.35 an hour in September

BC Local News February 27, 2017


Minimum wage workers in B.C. will see a 50-cent increase in their pay on Sept. 15.

  • … Christy Clark first announced a two-stage plan to raise the minimum wage last May. The first stage, last September, upped the rate to $10.85, based on a 10-cent inflation increase and an extra 30 cents that the province committed.
  • The second stage, coming this fall, will see minimum wage go up to $11.35 an hour – 30 cents from the province and 20 cents based on inflation. Liquor servers will also see their pay go up by 50 cents to $10.10 an hour.
    • … It’s still “absolutely inadequate,” according to B.C. Federation of Labour president … The group, along with the BC NDP, have been calling for a $15 rate, gathering 50,000 signatures so far on a petition to that effort …


Breaking down barriers to First Nation job opportunities

Global News March 3, 2017


It’s the first project of its kind in BC with the goal of getting First Nations young people into the labour market.

  • The provincial government is giving the Okanagan Nation Alliance $1.97 million to help aboriginal youth with multiple employment barriers find a job. In partnership with UBC-Okanagan, BRIDGES … will provide individualized employment services to 140 people aged 15 to 30 years.
  • First Nation elders will help candidates learn about their heritage. “We are certain that by utilizing and incorporating Syilx Indigenous knowledge and practices as a basis to this project it will lead to greater success for our youth,” …
    • Employment mentors will help program participants overcome barriers to finding work …


Phase four of Kicking Horse Canyon project announced

Castlegar News February 23, 2017


Phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Highway 1 project was announced Friday …

  • … Phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon, which is a four-kilometre section east of Golden, will come in at $450 million …
  • … these projects will create 1,400 direct jobs, most of which will be in Kamloops. However Golden and Revelstoke will both see a significant economic impact …


Thriving international education sector in B.C. boosts provincial economy

BC Gov NewsFebruary 27, 2017


Greater numbers of international students are selecting BC as their study destination. Their presence is driving a thriving international education sector that has a significant impact on the economy and job creation throughout the province.

  • “Students from around the world are increasingly realizing the value of the high-quality post-secondary education that is offered in British Columbia,” said Advanced Education Minister … “International students bring a range of social, cultural and economic benefits to classrooms, campuses and communities …”
  • In 2015, 130,053 international students studied in B.C. – a 44% increase from 90,037 in 2010 …
  • International students spent $3.5 billion on tuition and expenses in 2015, which equalled a $2-billion contribution to the provincial GDP and supported 29,300 jobs in British Columbia …


B.C. company awarded $230-million shipbuilding contract

The Canadian Press February 27, 2017


A Vancouver-area shipyard has been handed a $230-million contract to help create the latest vessel in the federal government’s national shipbuilding plan.

  • The agreement will see shipbuilding company Seaspan develop and finalize plans to build two joint supply ships for the Royal Canadian Navy, with construction of the vessels expected to begin next year.
  • Judy Foote, minister of procurement and public services, announced the contract in North Vancouver on Tuesday, saying the deal will help create stable middle-class jobs …



Alberta economy poised for first growth in two years in 2017, but unemployment will stay high, ATB Financial economist says

Edmonton Journal February 27, 2017


There was positive news for Alberta’s economy Monday as another analyst predicted solid if unspectacular growth in 2017 following two years of recession.

  • The provincial economy should increase by 2.2% this year with the assistance of oil prices that will likely remain in the current $50 US to $60 US range for the foreseeable future …
  • “(Having) $55 oil is much better than $27 oil,” … “That has brought stability to the oil sector. The bad news is a lot of producers … had counted on prices being much higher.” As a result, many planned projects will likely be shelved …
  • The energy industry will remain the backbone of Alberta’s economy, but probably won’t be the massive growth engine it was in 2011 to 2014, when oil prices were as much as double their current level …


Alberta unions call for assistance for workers affected by phasing out coal-fired power plants

Edmonton Journal March 3, 2017


The province and employers should provide job training, relocation assistance, transitional allowances and other help for workers left unemployed when coal-fired power plants are closed, a report released Friday says.

  • The document … calls for the government to create an Alberta Economic Adjustment Agency to handle such areas as planning and employment programs.
  • “When addressing a societal issue that will impose costs, it is unfair to download those costs on a single segment of society or individuals, in this case, workers within the coal-fired electricity sector,” the report says …


Economy may be improving, but many Alberta oilpatch jobs will never come back

The Canadian Press March 1, 2017


Tens of thousands of oil and gas workers laid off during the downturn have been waiting for the patch to get back on its feet, but many of the jobs could be gone for good.

  • A rapid change in technology is playing out across the industry … energy analysts say the growth of automation and other labour-saving efficiencies could hold back many jobs from returning with the economic recovery.
  • Take shale drilling, where just a few years ago you could find 30 rig hands operating diesel pumps, using headsets to synchronize the throttle and pressure needed to break apart the rock formations and free the trapped crude.
  • Today, that job can be done by two people sitting inside a control van, monitoring the automated, electrified systems, said Mark Salkeld, head of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada.
    • “Now on a drill rig you’ve got a driller sitting in a cyber chair, with dual joysticks, touch screens, everything instrumented. He can control the whole rig, he can see it all.” …



Business, labour brace for changes to Ontario’s workplace laws

‘We’re challenging whether such sweeping reforms are necessary,’ says Ontario Chamber of Commerce

CBC News February 28, 2017


Businesses in Ontario are spooked by the wide scope of possible changes to the province’s labour and employment laws.

  • The Liberal government is about to receive recommendations that could lead to the most significant reforms to Ontario’s employment laws since the 1990s.
  • Mandatory sick pay, shifting the threshold for overtime, boosting the minimum paid vacation, advance scheduling, and making it easier to join a union areall under consideration.
    • “We’re challenging whether or not such sweeping reforms are necessary,” said … vice-president of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Its 60,000 members employ some two million people in the province …


Canada’s economy grew at faster-than-expected 2.6% rate in 4th quarter of 2016

Household spending boosts GDP growth, driven by financial services and durable goods such as appliances, cars

CBC News March 02, 2017


The Canadian economy gained momentum in the fourth quarter of 2016 at a 2.6 % annualized rate, beating expectations.

  • … Economists … had expected an annualized growth rate of 2% for the quarter.
  • Household consumption was the single biggest driver of the GDP growth of 0.6 % in the final three months of last year, boosted by stronger spending on financial services and durable goods such as household appliances and vehicles. Investment in residential structures also rebounded.
  • Business investment declined 2.1 % during the quarter, the ninth quarterly contraction in a row …


Manitoba PCs promise public-sector wage freezes to control debt

The province budget will include a number of measures to reduce debt, including unpaid days off and penalties for departments that overspend

The Canadian Press March 3, 2017


The Manitoba government … is planning a new way to keep ministers and departments from over-spending.

  • Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said the fiscal plan will contain tough but necessary decisions aimed at cutting the deficit. The Progressive Conservative government has already cut spending in some areas since winning last April’s election and inheriting an $846-million deficit …
  • … The government is promising a new law to control the cost of public-sector wages through options that could include wage freezes and unpaid days off …



Hershey looks to cut 15% of global workforce

The maker of Hershey chocolate bars and other candies said the layoffs are aimed at improving profits and reducing administrative expenses

The Associated Press March 1, 2017


Hershey Co. says it expects to cut its global workforce by about 15%, with the layoffs coming mostly from hourly employees outside the United States.

  • … the layoffs are part of a program aimed at improving the operating profit margin through a streamlined operating model and reduced administrative expenses …
  • Hershey operates eight factories outside the U.S. As of December, Hershey employed approximately 16,300 full time and 1,680 part-time employees worldwide. A 15% workforce reduction would therefore represent about 2,700 employees.



US Department of Labor February 28, 2017


Annual average unemployment rates decreased in 38 states and the District of Columbia, increased in 9 states, and were unchanged in 3 states in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

  • Employment-population ratios increased in 36 states and the District, decreased in 12 states, and were unchanged in 2 states. The U.S. jobless rate declined by 0.4%-age point from the prior year to 4.9%, and the national employment-population ratio rose by 0.4 point to 59.7% …



China to slash half a million jobs in steel, coal, other heavy industries

Beijing says it will lay off hundreds of thousands of workers this year in an effort to cut excess capacity of a range of products flooding world markets

The Associated Press March 1, 2017


China’s labour minister says Beijing will cut another 500,000 jobs this year from steel, coal and other heavy industries to reduce excess production capacity that’s flooding markets and depressing global prices.

  • Yin Weimin said March 1 the government will provide support for the laid-off workers to transfer to other jobs, start their own companies or retire …


Indian economic growth slows in December quarter of 2016

BBC News Febraury 28, 2017


India’s economic growth slowed in the December quarter of 2016, but the pace of expansion still beat expectations.

  • The 7% rate was slower than the previous quarter’s rate of 7.4%, but beat analysts’ expectations of 6.4%.
  • Economists had expected the economy to suffer from the government’s decision to withdraw high-denomination banknotes as part of an anti-corruption drive.
    • The federal statistics office retained its growth forecast for the year ending in March 2017 at 7.1% …



Weekly Market Update (Feb 27 – Mar 3, 2017)

EdwardJones March 3, 2017


Canadian stocks were higher along with U.S. stocks which increased for the fourth straight week and closed at record highs on Wednesday as economic data continued to come in better than expected.

  • S. consumer confidence reached another high-water mark for the current economic expansion, and the ISM Non-manufacturing Index, which measures business activity and employment trends, rose to levels not seen since October 2015.
  • Members of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) have taken note of these positive surprises, and many have stated that a short-term interest rate increase would be appropriate at its next meeting on March 15 …


Coal mining returns to Cape Breton after 15 year hiatus

A news release from a minority stakeholder says 64 employees and contractors have been working at the

The Canadian Press March 1, 2017


Underground coal mining has restarted in Cape Breton, more than 15 years after the fossil fuel was last cut from a rock face beneath the island.

  • A news release from a minority stakeholder in the operation says 64 employees and contractors have been working at the Donkin project site since Monday night …


Dow breaks through 21,000-point ceiling for 1st time

Record follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress

The Canadian Press March 01, 2017


North American stock markets soared a day after a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump before Congress in which he repeated plans to spur economic growth and cut taxes.

  • In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index climbed 200.44 points, or 1.3%, to 15,599.68 — driven higher by big gains in the metals, materials and industrials sectors.
  • The Canadian dollar weakened against a strengthening greenback, losing 0.31 of a U.S. cent at 74.99 cents US.
  • South of the border, all three major Wall Street indexes finished at record highs …


Canadian auto sales hit another monthly record

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says Fiat Chrysler was the top seller in February

March 2, 2017 The Canadian Press


DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says Canadian auto sales hit a new monthly high for February.

The consulting firm says sales of cars and light trucks totalled 123,032 last month, up 3.2% from the same month last year.

  • The increase came as sales of light trucks last month climbed 5.7% from a year ago to 84,865.
  • But sales of cars fell 2.1% to 38,167.


Border Service expands quick-crossing program to Fort Erie, Ont.

Exporters and importers can now take advantage of an expedited entry process at the country’s four busiest crossings

Canadian Manufacturing.com March 1, 2017


The Canada Border Services Agency has opened its latest FAST, or Free and Secure Trade, border crossing at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont.

  • The new FAST lane is Canada’s fourth and means there are now expedited crossings for shippers at the country’s four busiest ports of entry … The three other FAST locations are along the Pacific Highway in B.C. and at the Windsor and Sarnia, Ont. crossings.
  • The program aims to speeding up the flow of goods entering Canada from the U.S., allowing “Trusted Traders” transporting low-risk goods to use dedicated lanes and booths to expedite the customs-clearing process …


Scotiabank profit rises 10% to $2.01B of net income

1st quarter earnings amount to $1.57 per diluted share

The Canadian Press February 28, 2017


​Scotiabank had $2.01 billion of net income during the first quarter, up 10% from the same period last year on strong results from its Canadian and international banking operations, according to results released early Tuesday.

  • The earnings amounted to $1.57 per diluted share, up from $1.43 per diluted share a year ago, when Scotiabank had had $1.81 billion of net income during the first quarter …


BMO reports $1.49B of net income in 1st quarter, up 39%

Earnings amount to $2.22 per share, up from $1.58 in Q1 of 2016

The Canadian Press February 28, 2017


​The Bank of Montreal had net income of $1.49 billion during its first quarter, up 39% from a year ago, according to results posted early Tuesday.

  • During the same period last year, BMO had $1.07 billion of quarterly profit. The earnings amounted to $2.22 per share, up from $1.58 per share during the first quarter of 2016 …


TD beats expectations, reports $2.53B net income

Bank also reports $9.12B in Q1 revenue, up from $8.61B

The Canadian Press March 02, 2017


TD Bank had $2.53 billion of net income during the first quarter, up from $2.22 billion a year ago …

  • The earnings amounted to $1.32 per diluted share, compared with $1.17 per diluted share during the first quarter of last year. After adjustments the bank had $1.33 of earnings per diluted share, better than the $1.27 that analyst estimates …
  • Adjusted net income was $2.56 billion during the quarter, compared with $2.25 billion a year earlier. TD also reported $9.12 billion of revenue during the quarter, up from $8.61 billion a year ago …


B.C. slips in international ranking of mining investment attractiveness

Mining.com February 28, 2017


British Columbia and Ontario—two of Canada’s largest mining jurisdictions—dropped in this year’s rankings of the world’s most attractive mining investment destinations, according to the Fraser Institute’s latest annual global survey …

  • Internationally, Ontario places 18th (down three spots from last year) and B.C. ranks 27th, more than ten places lower than its 2015 position (18th).
  • Two other Canadian provinces — Saskatchewan and Manitoba — are the world’s top two most attractive mining investment destinations, displacing Western Australia from the first to the third place, the ranking showed …



Match people to jobs and jobs to people for more productive economy

Canada West Foundation Febraury 27, 2017


A new way to develop and deploy Canada’s workforce will lead to fewer unfilled jobs, more employed Canadians and far less mismatch between the positions that are available and the people who can fill them, says a new Canada West Foundation report.

  • In Canada, there are 1.32 million people without jobs, yet there are 400,000 jobs needing people. Part of the problem is that a person’s credentials do not tell the whole story. Too often, neither out-of-work Canadians nor potential employers recognize the competencies that people have developed that can be put to good use in various industries and occupations, says Matchup: A case for pan-Canadian competency frameworks.
  • The report … proposes an ambitious solution – a competency-based, pan-Canadian qualifications framework …


Labour Market Profile: Hotel Manager

BC Labour Market Report


British Columbia is coming off one of it’s best years for tourism and there couldn’t be a better time for people to be considering a career in accommodation management.

  • While we’ve titled this issue ‘Hotel Manager’, the broader category of accommodation management and supervision includes a wealth of roles including catering, event planning, marketing, property management, sales, housekeeping, frontof-house operations and general management …


Tech accelerators create 1,640 jobs

BC Gov News February 28, 2017


An entrepreneurial program launched by the BC Innovation Council to help British Columbians transform their ideas into successful businesses is helping drive B.C.’s growing tech sector.

  • Over the past five years, the Venture Acceleration Program has created 1,640 jobs, attracted $196 million in investment and generated more than $81.6 million in revenues provincewide.
  • “B.C. boasts many innovative thinkers who are choosing our province as the place to start their technology companies,” said … Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. “The Venture Acceleration Program helps harness those ideas and bring local innovation to market more quickly, growing our tech sector and creating jobs.”
  • The program helps entrepreneurs bring ideas to market faster, like LlamaZOO’s revolutionary 3D veterinary training platform, EasyAnatomy …


“Fly now, pay later”: One of the traps for migrant workers

How a Fair Recruitment Programme led by the ILO in the Philippines, Nepal, Jordan and Tunisia helps protect migrant workers against deceptive hiring practices and abusive working conditions, if not worse.

International Labour Organization March 2, 2017


… Like Ria, there are 232 million international migrants who are mostly searching for decent work. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 21 million people end up in conditions of forced labour and human trafficking.

  • “Ensuring fair recruitment is crucial to level the playing field and to protect migrant workers from abuses. Establishing fair recruitment corridors is important to prevent exploitation,” said … Director of the ILO Country Office … Philippines.
  • The recruitment process is an essential path to reducing or preventing abuses, including deception on the contract and conditions of work, debt bondage due to high fees, retention of passports and illegal wage deduction …



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: Updated



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



Labour Force Highlights, December 2015