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LMI Report Apr 24 – Apr 28, 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




Nelson’s Hall St. phase two construction starts this summer

The plans will include a waterfront park beside the Prestige.

The cost will be about $6 million — two-thirds paid by the federal and provincial governments, and one third by the city. The project will redo the section from Lake Street to the waterfront.  http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/page/3/

Building Castlegar’s culture of entrepreneurship and innovation

A grassroots group of entrepreneurs and like-minded community individuals are working together to build an engaged network to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Castlegar and area.

To kick this off, they are hosting a workshop with the goal of creating several working groups that will take on projects to achieve this goal and invite other entrepreneurs and wannabe innovators to join them. http://www.bclocalnews.com/business/420304623.html




B.C. eagerly anticipating federal pot law; NDP, Greens prepare policy

B.C. looks to score big from legal marijuana.  After decades as a marijuana renegade, British Columbia is eagerly anticipating the federal government’s bill legalizing marijuana.



FactSheet: Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Trade

“It is anticipated that the final decision orders for both subsidy and dumping will be issued by the U.S. in early January 2018.”


B.C. construction surges after weak start to year

2017 housing starts are forecast to reach 36,500 units, down 13%, following a 33% surge in 2016. This will still mark a high pace of activity, underpinned by a growing population and strength in the economy and lack of inventory in large urban markets.



B.C. moves to ban U.S. coal transport in retaliation for softwood duties

In the wake of the U.S. imposing new penalties on Canadian softwood lumber imports, B.C. Premier Christy Clark is asking Ottawa to ban the shipment of all thermal coal — including U.S. thermal coal — through British Columbia.”We’ve gone from seeing Americans as being good trading partners to being hostile trading partners,” said Clark when asked why she was making this move now.


UPDATE: Province will buy lumber to protect mills: Clark

Premier Christy Clark says one of the strategies B.C. can use to protect small lumber producers from U.S. trade action is to buy lumber to stockpile for future housing projects….Clark vowed to fight the preliminary ruling and convince U.S. officials that B.C. lumber is a key component of the U.S. housing industry.. http://www.bclocalnews.com/business/420309373.html

Northeast B.C. ‘cautiously optimistic’ as natural gas drilling recovery takes hold

According to the online trade publication BOE Report, 335 wells have targeted the Montney in the first quarter of this year. That’s a hopeful sign after drilling fell to 746 wells for all of 2016 from a peak of 1,321 in 2014.

The northeastern B.C. unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 per cent in March from 10.5 per cent in December. At the height of the boom in 2014, it registered as less than 3.5 per cent.“People are feeling more optimistic,” Moore said. “Cautiously optimistic.”





Alberta forestry industry fears job losses in wake of Trump lumber tariffs

A United States decision to slap duties of up to 24 per cent on Canadian lumber is “very disappointing,” says Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier.

“It’s too bad that we’re going to have to put up with this fight,” Carlier told a news conference Tuesday at the Alberta legislature. http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/alberta-forestry-industry-fears-job-losses-in-wake-of-trump-lumber-tariffs

New figures show consumer spending down in Alberta

More from Gordon Kent

While Canadian credit and debit card spending was up for the first three months of the year, Albertans bucked the trend by using their cards less, a report released Thursday indicates.

Total spending in the country rose 3.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, but that figure was down 0.7 per cent in Alberta, according to statistics from Moneris, which handles credit, debit, wireless and online payment service for merchants


Jobs Data more good news for Alberta Economy, but concerns remain:

Edmonton is sharing in Alberta’s recent strong job growth as the city continues to recover from the crash in oil prices.

The capital region gained 6,400 jobs last month, part of the province’s unexpectedly large increase of 20,400 positions that was concentrated mainly in the categories of finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing, wholesale and retail trade, and manufacturing.



Alberta companies told to hire local workers for 29 occupations

Chris Ambrozic, vice-president of a local trade association, praised the move, saying “We believe in hiring Albertans first, Canadians next and foreign workers as a last resort”

Under a new federal-provincial pilot program, companies cannot apply to hire temporary foreign workers for 29 occupations.The list includes engineering managers, contractors, machinists, plumbers, carpenters and oil and gas well drillers.


Suncor Energy reports net earnings of $1.35 billion on higher prices, production

Suncor Energy is reporting net earnings of $1.35 billion or 81 cents per share in the first quarter of 2017, compared with $257 million or 17 cents a year earlier, thanks to higher commodity prices and oilsands production.

The company reports operating earnings of $812 million or 49 cents per common share, beating the 31 cents estimated by a consensus of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters





Canada’s housing market still flashing ‘red’ warning, but some signs of improvement, says CMHC

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. sees better housing market conditions than it did 90 days ago but the federal Crown corporation didn’t see enough improvement in the second quarter to remove its red warning label on the country as a whole.

The red tag is the strongest language used by CMHC for what it describes as problematic conditions in the housing market, something it slapped on the overall Canadian market two quarters ago.



Has the US started a lumber trade war with Canada?

The United States is slapping hefty new tariffs on the import of Canadian softwood lumber. The US Commerce Department says that Canada is improperly subsidising its exports of the forestry product. More on this story at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39708779

Canada hits back in dairy dispute with the US

Canada is pushing back over US President Donald Trump’s criticism that its protectionist dairy policies are hurting US farmers. Mr Trump targeted Canada’s dairy sector as “unfair” in a recent speech in Wisconsin. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39646497

Corporate Canada warns Trump’s tax cut plan would hurt competitiveness

If implemented, the plan would would erase Canada’s current tax advantage over the U.S.

OTTAWA—Corporate Canada is bracing for the latest economic challenge out of Washington: a tax-cutting plan for U.S. businesses that many fear would pose a considerable threat to Canadian competitiveness as well as Ottawa’s bottom line.

The White House announced a tax-reform package April 26 that included a proposal to significantly slash the top U.S. corporate rate from 35 per cent to 15 per cent.


Lumber allegations ‘baseless,’ Trudeau tells Trump, as Canada prepares for trade war

A “thickening” border will hurt both countries the prime minister said, while the Trump administration fanned the flames of its latest trade spat

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canada-U.S. relationship is bigger than any one trade irritant—and that both countries would suffer from a “thickening” border.



Teck Resources sees big surge in Q1 profit, sales but falls short of estimates

VANCOUVER — Teck Resources Ltd. had a big increase in first-quarter profits thanks to higher prices for its coal, copper and zinc but the company still fell short of analyst estimates due to weak sales volumes.The Vancouver-based miner had $572 million of net income in the first quarter, equal to 99 cents per share.That’s six times higher than in Teck’s first quarter last year.




Trump proposes dramatic tax cuts for companies big and small

President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in the taxes paid by corporations big and small Wednesday in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America’s middle class. But his ambitious plan alarmed lawmakers who worry about ballooning federal deficits.


Trump U-turns on NAFTA, abandons threat to pull out

“President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time,” the White House said late April 26, after warning it was readying an executive order to pull out of the trade deal. Critics call the mixed signals a negotiating tactic.

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump swore off plans to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement on late April 26, after a day rife with speculation that he could be on the verge of threatening to obliterate the seminal trade deal.



Shortage of Auto Mechanics Has Dealerships Taking Action

The shortfall of automotive technicians is not new, but as vehicles have grown more computerized and vocational programs have disappeared from high schools, the situation has become more urgent. No longer is the career path a matter of looking over the shoulder of a patient mentor. Advancing in the profession demands digital skills — a diagnostician who can solve puzzles without physical clues, like an engine bearing that knocks or an axle shaft that vibrates.




The Low-Inflation World May Be Sticking Around Longer Than Expected

There is a worldwide glut that includes oil wells, steel plants and eager would-be workers, and it will take more than a United States presidential election and a few months of solid global growth to fix it.

That, in a sentence, is the reality that haunts the world economy a third of the way through 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/upshot/the-low-inflation-world-may-be-sticking-around-longer-than-expected.html?ref=business






Canada’s air cleanest it’s been in 40 years, stricter environmental regulation may unnecessarily harm economy



Understanding Wealth Inequality in Canada

Most wealth inequality in Canada explained by differences in people’s age




Global BC


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