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LMI Report Mar 27 – Mar 31, 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: https://kcds.ca/employer





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 31 issue

Kootenay Business March 31, 2017


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


Additional Health Care Assistant Program Seats Added at Selkirk College

Selkirk College News March 28, 2017


With a growing demand in the region for professionals to care for the elderly and persons with disabilities, the Provincial Government has provided special funding for a Health Care Assistant Program cohort that will begin training in September at the Selkirk College Trail Campus.

  • Funding for Health Care Assistant Program seats at Selkirk College’s Trail Campus will address the demand for health care professionals in the region.
  • The Ministry of Advanced Education announced one-time funding of $158,000 to support an additional 18 full-time students in the 26-week program. The scheduled start date for the Trail cohort is September 2017 …




TMTVNews.com March 24, 2017


British Columbia’s education system will receive a $150-million funding boost after the province reached a deal with teachers to restore contract language that called for smaller class sizes.

  • Education Minister Mike Bernier said the new classroom enhancement fund is in addition to the $180 million announced in this year’s budget, bringing the total to $330 million.
  • The new funding will mean the hiring of about 1,500 new teachers, adding to the approximately 1,000 already announced in the budget, for a total of 2,600 new positions …


Canadian Coast Guard on hiring blitz, 150 positions in B.C.

Victoria Times Colonist March 29, 2017


The Canadian Coast Guard is on a hiring blitz, looking to fill 150 positions in B.C. to staff new lifeboat stations, ships and infrastructure projects.

  • The federal agency is looking to add 500 positions across Canada. While that will not reverse the cuts made under the previous Harper government, it will allow a quicker response to environmental emergencies and search-and-rescue missions, said … [the] regional director for the coast guard’s integrated business management services.
  • Some of the new positions on the West Coast will be tied to four new lifeboat stations and several new vessels, part of the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan announced in November …


New $100m year-round glacier ski resort approved for Valemount, B.C.

Business in Vancouver March 29, 2017


Provincial minister Shirley Bond signed an agreement March 28 with Valemount Glacier Destinations finalizing the approval of a new ski and sightseeing resort near Valemount, B.C. The company said it plans to invest $100 million on the first phase of the project, which will include year-round glacier skiing and gondola service.

  • “The glacier access at this world-class resort gives visitors an extended ski season and helps diversify the tourism experiences in northern B.C.,” Bond said. “The partnerships, investment and jobs created by the resort will benefit the region for years to come.”
  • The construction and operation of the resort will create 800 full-time jobs, the government said in a press release …


Enbridge slashing 1,000 jobs

Alaska Highway News March 29, 2017


Enbridge said it plans to eliminate 1,000 jobs as it looks to decrease overlap after its takeover of Spectra Energy last month, but how those cuts will play out in Northeast B.C. remains unclear.

  • The cuts represent around 6% of the company’s workforce, however, Enbridge spokeswoman Suzanne Wilton said she couldn’t provide the losses by region or location.
  • “I can say that the majority of the reductions will be made in the corporate functions in various locations where there is duplication and overlap with services that are provided,” Wilton wrote … “There will be much less impact in our field operations areas, where we have minimal overlap in geography and roles.” …

B.C. inflation flat in February at 2.3% despite skyrocketing gas prices: StatsCan

Business in Vancouver March 24, 2017


Consumer prices remained flat between January and February, according to Friday (March 24) data from Statistics Canada.

  • Inflation registered at 2.3% last month on the West Coast, above the national rate of 2%. In January, inflation came in at 2.1% nationwide. The biggest price shock came at the pumps, where consumer prices were up 23.1% in February compared with a year earlier.
  • … “Once again energy was the main source of price pressures,” … a senior economist at TD Economics, wrote in a note to investors. “Partially offsetting higher energy prices, food prices continue to decline.”
  • The price of fresh vegetables fell 14% year over year, while fresh fruit prices fell 13.3%.
    • Overall, food prices in Canada declined 2.3% in February compared with a year earlier.


Aboriginal job seekers in Metro Vancouver receive training for jobs with government support

BC Gov News March 29, 2017


Up to 32 Aboriginal residents from the Metro Vancouver area are receiving training for welding and metal fabrication jobs, thanks to support from the federal and provincial governments.

  • The governments and the Industry Training Authority have allocated more than $717,000 to the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society to deliver two training programs at no cost to eligible participants:  $359,000 for the Welding Foundation Program and the Canadian Welding Bureau Certification in Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) for 16 participants, and $358,000 for the Metal Fabrication and Marine Fitter Foundation Program for 16 participants.
  • Both programs are underway and will end in August 2017 … The programs announced today are funded through the Province’s Employment Services and Supports (ESS) program …



As economy begins to recover, Tenaris reopens Calgary plant to the relief of 100 workers

Calgary Herald March 24, 2017


About 100 Calgary employees who were laid off two years ago will be offered their jobs back, as energy supply giant Tenaris moves to re-open a manufacturing plant in light of increased optimism about oil prices and the economy.

  • The company announced Thursday it will resume manufacturing in July at its southeast Calgary Prudential facility, which produced pipe, casing and tubing for the Canadian oil and gas sector but halted operations in 2015 due to low oil prices and an industry-wide reduction in drilling …


Notley notes jobs and new markets to come from Keystone XL approval

Calgary Herald  03/24/2017


Premier Rachel Notley says the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline will have an immediate impact on Alberta’s economy, and eventually allow access to new and existing markets.

  • … “We know that, in the pretty immediate term, we’re probably looking at about 5,000 jobs just in Alberta, and probably over $1 billion, at least, in direct investment,” said Notley. “Given the state of the economy, this is very good news.” …


Another 8,700 oil jobs are at risk if prices drop below US$50 for a sustained period, according to new study

Financial Post March 30, 2017


Despite two years of layoffs and heavy cost cutting, jobs in the Canadian energy sector continue to be at the mercy of price swings, says a new report … 8,700 more jobs could be lost if prices drop below US$50 per barrel for a sustained period.

  • Enform, a Calgary-based firm that researches labour market trends in the Canadian energy industry, released a study Thursday showing the oilpatch lost 52,500 direct jobs between 2015 and 2016 “along with thousands of indirect jobs.”
  • The study also shows tentative plans by oil and gas companies to rehire laid-off workers could be delayed until 2018 and “further restructuring will occur,” leading to 8,700 jobs losses if West Texas Intermediate oil prices fall well below US$50 per barrel.
    • The WTI benchmark price rose one% Thursday morning to US$50.22 per barrel …



GDP jumps in January as ‘the hits just keep on coming’

Business in Vancouver March 31, 2017


The Canadian economy is maintaining its recent winning streaking, expanding 0.6% in January, its 7th gain in eight months.

  • Manufacturing (+1.9%), wholesale trade (+2.4%), and retail (+1.5%) all worked to kick-start the year with notable growth, according to data released Friday (March 31) from Statistics Canada.
  • “The hits just keep on coming,” TD Economics senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a note to investors.
  • “Although it is still early days and risks abound, signs are pointing to an economy that looks increasingly poised to shake off the setbacks of recent years.” …


Bombardier’s top execs get almost 50% pay raise as company lays off thousands, taps government aid

The Canadian Press, Financial Post  03/29/2017


Bombardier’s senior executives saw their compensation rise by nearly 50% last year at a time when it laid off thousands of workers, sought government aid and saw the first CSeries passenger jet take flight.

  • Total compensation for the Montreal-based company’s top five executives and board chairman Pierre Beaudoin was US$32.6 million in 2016, up from US$21.9 million the year before, according to a proxy circular ahead of its May 11 annual meeting.
  • CEO Alain Bellemare received US$9.5 million, up from US$6.4 million in 2015, including US$5.2 million in share and option-based awards and a US$1 million salary.
  • Bellemare’s annual bonus almost doubled to US$2.36 million. Beaudoin’s compensation increased to US$5.25 million from US$3.85 million a year earlier.


Ford, governments announce $1.2 billion investment in Ontario’s auto industry, creating 800 jobs

Postmedia News March 30, 2017


Ford of Canada joined with the federal and provincial governments Thursday to announce a $1.2-billion investment in its Windsor operations along with others in Ottawa, Waterloo and Oakville.

  • The federal government will provide Ford of Canada with $102.4 million and Ontario will match that amount. The company will contribute $1 billion in research and development spending, which will “lead to the creation and maintenance of almost 800 good, middle-class jobs for Canadian workers,” the statement said …



U.S. economy expected to grow slower than Trump pledges, survey finds

Poll of 50 economists sees U.S. growth of 2.3% this year and 2.5 % in 2018

The Associated Press March 27, 2017


U.S. economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next, yet remain modest, even if President Trump’s promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending are implemented, a survey found.

  • The economy will grow a solid 2.3% this year and 2.5% in 2018, according to 50 economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics. Those rates would be up from 2016’s anemic pace of 1.6%.
  • Still, those rates are below the 3% to 4% growth that Trump has promised to bring about through steep corporate and individual tax cuts and more spending on roads, airports and tunnels …


US Department of Labor March 31, 2017


Construction and extraction occupations had employment of nearly 5.6 million in May 2016, representing 4% of total national employment, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

  • Over 4.2 million of these jobs were in construction trades occupations, including construction laborers (912,100), carpenters (676,980), and electricians (607,120).
  • The highest paying construction and extraction occupations were elevator installers and repairers ($76,860) and first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers ($68,040). The lowest paying construction and extraction occupations were roofers’ helpers ($28,890) and helpers of painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons ($28,760).
    • The annual mean wage across all construction and extraction occupations was $48,900, slightly below the U.S. average wage of $49,630 for all occupations combined …



‘Very depressing’: CIBC staff losing jobs to workers in India, expected to help with training

Up to 130 CIBC finance jobs will be lost due to outsourcing this year

CBC News March 30, 2017


CIBC is eliminating up to 130 jobs in its Toronto finance department and outsourcing the work to India.

  • As part of the transition, staff losing their positions must train other local CIBC employees. Those employees then train the workers in India who will be taking over the jobs.
  • Although they aren’t directly training their replacements, the situation isn’t sitting well with some affected staff who spoke with CBC News. They asked that their identity be protected because they fear repercussion from CIBC — one of Canada’s largest banks.
  • “It’s very, well, depressing,” said one employee about having to pass on his work knowledge so that someone in another country can replace him. “A lot of people would have rather just been let go immediately than to sort of, if you will, suffer [through this].”
    • “It feels like no one cares for us,” said another employee. “The environment is really bad. People are bitter.” …


Global Business Unites to Fight the Rise of Protectionism

Canadian Chamber of Commerce 31/03/2017


the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has joined its voice with those of the business organizations of the other G7 nations to deliver a clear message to world governments: Protectionism and isolation hurt worldwide productivity and jeopardize the benefits of global trade, including wages, job security and social programs.

  • “The G7 business organizations have delivered a clear message to our governments: closed borders choke off trade, undermine growth and cost opportunity, while inclusive, responsible trade brings jobs, higher wages and the revenues needed to pay for social programs.
    • “This is the message the G7 leaders need to hear at their summit in May,” said … President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce …



Weekly Market Update (Mar 27 – Mar 31, 2017)

EdwardJones March 31, 2017


Both Canadian and U.S. stocks were higher on the week. Both U.S. large-cap and small-cap stocks rebounded from declines in the previous week.

  • Stock market performance over the past two weeks has aligned with our expectation that markets will return to normal levels of volatility. Due to the rally in stock prices since the U.S. presidential election, you may need to add short- and intermediate-term bonds and reduce your portfolio’s exposure to stocks.
  • When stocks perform better than bonds, they become a bigger portion of your portfolio, and if stocks decline, your portfolio’s value could drop by more than you would have expected. Rebalancing realigns your portfolio with the mix of stocks and bonds that is appropriate for your situation and long-term financial goals.


Kraft Heinz cuts 200 staff in Canada, U.S.

The Associated Press March 27, 2017


Kraft Heinz has laid off 200 white-collar workers in Canada and the United States.

  • … the company’s senior vice-president of corporate and government affairs says the company is realigning its administrative functions to be more efficient. The company didn’t say where the layoffs occurred.
  • Kraft Heinz is dually headquartered in Pittsburgh and Chicago since the Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group of Illinoismerged two years ago … has about 41,000 employees worldwide …


Cenovus Energy buying most of ConocoPhillips’ Canadian assets for $17.7B

Royal Dutch Shell sold most of its stake in Alberta’s oilsands earlier this month

The Canadian Press March 29, 2017


Cenovus Energy of Calgary says it will spend $17.7 billion to acquire most of the Canadian assets of ConocoPhillips, making the Houston-based company the latest international player to exit the oilsands.

  • … The deal includes ConocoPhillips’s 50% interest in the FCCL Partnership, an oilsands venture between the two companies in northern Alberta, as well as the majority of ConocoPhillips’s Deep Basin conventional assets in Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Combined, the assets have forecast 2017 production of approximately 298,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day …


The great retail churn: Why a string of fashion failures does not signal the death of malls

Financial Post March 24, 2017


Each spring the Canadian retail landscape recalibrates to account for the mall spaces orphaned by sector bankruptcies and restructurings.

  • And industry watchers are working the worry beads even more feverishly this year given the titanic threat of Amazon, which continues to gobble up retail market share and infiltrate categories that pundits never imagined would be a hit online — clothing, most notably.
  • But while the retail sector may not be in the most robust mood right now, the situation might not be as dire as some fear. What appears to be an unfolding catalogue of fashion failures is making way for growth, allowing for multiple expansions and new retail arrivals to Canada …


U.S. stocks mixed as ‘Trump trade’ runs out of steam

Gold rallies as stocks slide

CBC News March 27, 2017


The three-month rally in stock markets ran out of a little steam on Monday on worries that the Trump White House may not be able to push through as many changes to business regulations as once thought.

  • Monday was the first trading day since word emerged late Friday that the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress had failed to pass a bill to nix Obamacare, the divisive health care plan that Trump had promised to replace and repeal.
  • While not devastating, the Republican’s lack of ability to get through their bill despite having control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives was a setback for the new president. And that pessimism spilled into stocks, as some U.S. markets retreated …




Canadian coal production hit 30-year low in 2016

Nearly half of Canadian production is thermal coal used in power generation, which is expected to see a steady decline between now and 2030

The Canadian Press March 30, 2017


The National Energy Board says Canadian coal production dropped to a three-decade low last year as demand waned.

  • Production came in at 60.4 million tonnes, a 12% decline since 2013, and well off the peak of about 79 million tonnes reached in 1997, the NEB said …
  • About half of Canadian production is thermal coal used in power generation, which is expected to see a steady decline as the country moves to largely phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030.
  • The NEB expects that by 2040 coal production will drop to 34 million tonnes, with almost all remaining production focused on higher-quality metallurgical coal used to make steel …



BC Liberals want to trim WorkSafeBC surplus

BC Local News March 29, 2017


A re-elected BC Liberal government will put a cap on WorkSafeBC’s surplus premiums and return excess funds to employers who pay into the agency’s injury fund, Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says.

  • Bond said Wednesday she doesn’t have a figure yet on how much money WorkSafeBC should have on hand in its accident fund, but an analysis will be done by June. A policy would be set when the legislature sits after the election.
  • “We believe the best place that additional funds for employers would be in their businesses,” Bond said. “So as we see the surplus in the accident fund increasing, we want to be sure there is a mechanism of policy and explicit direction that at a particular point there would be a return of funds to employers in British Columbia.”
    • The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has been pushing for the policy, citing similar measures in AB & SK. CFIB says that by 2015, WorkSafeBC’s assets exceeded liabilities by $4.5 billion … nearly 40% “overfunded.”


“It’s easy to advocate for cheaper coffins when you don’t have to face the families of dead workers that will lie in them”

BC Building Trades March 29, 2017


The BC Building Trades was offended and outraged to hear the BC Liberal government announce it would redirect tens of millions of dollars in funds to employers and away from injured workers.

  • “We face one of the highest injury rates in the construction industry,” said Tom Sigurdson. Executive Director of the BC Building Trades. “This money should be going to injured workers, their families and prevention programs.”
  • An average of 27 construction workers die every year in BC from trauma and exposures. Last year, 29 construction workers lost their lives in British Columbia (18 from trauma and 11 from exposures).
  • “This announcement effectively says that the government is comfortable with that level of fatalities …


Applying for a job in Canada with an Asian name

Recent research into discrimination against racialized job seekers suggests bigger companies are more receptive than smaller ones

Institute for Research on Public Policy March 30, 2017


The world of work is changing – but some of the racial biases held by employers are slow to shift, particularly in smaller companies.

  • Our recent study Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly?continued an analysis that was started several years ago … on how job applicants with Asian names fare when compared with applicants with Anglo-Canadian names.
  • The original data collected in Toronto and Montreal in 2008 and 2009 showed that job applicants with Asian names were 28% less likely to be called for an interview than applicants with Anglo-Canadian names, even when both groups had equivalent qualifications and their education and work experience were Canadian.
  • For Asian-named applicants with foreign education and foreign work experience, the picture was twice as dismal: they were 62.5% less likely to be called in for an interview than Anglo-Canadian-named applicants with Canadian qualifications and experience …



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