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LMI Report June 12-16, 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



SD8 hiring 85 new teachers for 2017

 The Kootenay Lake school district is looking to fill all these spots for September 2017, with positions ranging from literacy helper to outdoor education coordinator to math teacher — and they’re fielding applications from all over the globe.



Kaslo’s Angry Hen Brewing Co. nears completion, set to open this summer

Kaslo’s Angry Hen Brewing Company is one of B.C.’s most anticipated brewing openings in 2017

The new Angry Hen Brewing Company is located on Kaslo’s main Front Street and across from the famous SS Moyie. Hammers and saws are busy as the completion of the craft brewery nears completion. It will include a tasting room, spacious street-front patio, growlers and keg sales




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.

Clark said Thursday decisions need to be made this month on permits and other pressing issues for the Site C hydroelectric dam and the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, two multi-billion-dollar projects that have been caught up in the lengthy uncertainty following the near-tie in the May 9 B.C. election.



$1.75 billion spent on Site C so far

The Site C dam project in northeastern B.C. has spent $1.75 billion as of the end of May and is currently spending $60 million a month, BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald says.



Hiring blitz: Parq Vancouver to fill over 1,000 positions for fall 2017 opening

If you’re in the market for a job, Parq Vancouver is hiring in a big way.

The largest private development in B.C. is set to open next to BC Place in the fall of 2017, which means there isn’t much time left to fully staff the Parq Vancouver casino, as well as its two luxury hotels and eight restaurants and lounges, including a fine dining Chinese restaurant, a whisky and tea lounge, an artisan coffee bar, a cocktail lounge with an outdoor terrace, and a bar in the casino. A major operation like that calls for another major operation just to gather the appropriate personnel.



Average Vancouver rental price for 1-bedroom apartment is $1,950, according to PadMapper

Vancouver continues to be the most expensive rental market in Canada, but Toronto is closing in, according to a report on the apartment-hunting website PadMapper.com.

PadMapper says the median average June rental price of a one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver is now $1,950, an increase of 0.5 per cent from May. Meanwhile, Toronto’s average one-bedroom rental price jumped 2.3 per cent to $1,790 per month in June. The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom unit in Vancouver is $3,150, compared to $2,300 in Toronto.



Scathing CRA Report Confirms Billions Lost in the Underground Economy

“The underground economy is rampant in construction,” said Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director of the BC Building Trades. “This goes way beyond paying for a plumbing repair with cash. This is thousands of undocumented and misclassified workers working on some of Vancouver’s largest construction projects.”



Green-NDP government in B.C. could mean $600 tax hike:

The Fraser Institute attributes most of the potential increase to carbon taxes in a new study

NDP and Green Party team leading B.C. will cost the average person $594 more in taxes each year, according to a new study released Wednesday.

The Fraser Institute, a right-leaning think tank, says most of that increase would come from fuel and carbon taxes.



TransCanada to spend $2 billion on Alberta-B.C. expansion

TransCanada’s expansion of Alberta-B.C. Nova pipeline network just latest in $5 billion capital commitment

TransCanada Corp. (TSX,NYSE:TRP) plans to invest $2 billion expanding its natural gas pipeline network in B.C. and Alberta over the next four years.TransCanada announced June 14 that it will expand its NOVA Gas Transmission Line (NGTL), a network of pipelines that gather natural gas in the fields of northwest Alberta and northeast B.C.




Varcoe: Notley defends oilsands, unworried about pipeline opposition or emissions cap

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley doesn’t think Ottawa will back away from supporting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.She doesn’t think her government’s 100-megatonne cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the oilsands will seriously crimp future production.




Sears Canada ponders sale, says there is ‘significant doubt’ about its future

Sears Canada, known for its catalogues that were a household staple for generations, said Tuesday there is “significant doubt” about its future and it could sell or restructure itself



Ontario shortlists construction teams to build $1.4B Mississauga light rail project

Construction on the new light rail line is expected to get underway next year. It will run from Lake Ontario to Brampton, cutting through downtown Mississauga along the way



American firm aims to reopen western Labrador iron mine, could create 300 jobs

The Wabush Scully Mine was closed in 2014, but prospective buyer Tacora Resources has signed a collective agreement with United Steelworkers and aims to gain court approval to purchase and reopen the mine



Stats Canada reports strong jobs growth

The labour market rode a surprisingly strong wave of new jobs last month as the country churned out 77,000 full-time positions, Statistics Canada said on Friday. Overall, 54,400 jobs were added in May after accounting for declines in other categories including part-time work, the latest labour force survey said.



Hudson’s Bay eliminating 2,000 positions to offset tough retail environment

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) said Thursday it is cutting 2,000 jobs across North America to help it compete in an increasingly tough retail environment made more challenging with the rise in online shopping.Canada’s oldest retailer said the layoffs will save the company $350 million annually once the plan is fully implemented by end of fiscal 2018.



Search for the next monster field boosts exploration off Newfoundland

After three rough years, Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil industry is in recovery mode as the Hebron project gets ready to produce first oil, the West White Rose project starts construction and exploration activity surges, fuelling hope of another major development.



Canadian oil production to grow more than one-third by 2030, petroleum group predicts

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says it expects crude oil production to hit 5.12 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2030, an increase of 33 per cent from current levels. The forecast, revised upward from last year’s projection that output would hit 4.93 million bpd, reflects an anticipated rise in production from both Western and Eastern Canada.



Car dealerships could be out of business within a decade, says report

Report comes as car and truck sales are booming in Canada

The time-honoured tradition of buying a shiny new sports car or a chrome-lined pickup truck from a lot may no longer exist a decade from now, according to a new report that paints a bleak future for auto dealerships in North America.



Everyone gets a bathtub full of beer: What the Liberals’ massive $52.5B deficits could buy

Between their election in 2015 and the end of the next fiscal year, the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau plans to run up deficits totalling $52.5 billion — with another $91.3 billion planned for the next four years after that.




Competition for offshore wind ramps up in northeast U.S.

A new Massachusetts law requires the state generate at least 1,600 megawatts of power from offshore wind turbines by 2027



Three things to expect from the U.S. Federal Reserve today

Economists have no doubt that the central bank will raise interest rates once again

There isn’t much suspense about what the Fed will announce when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday: That it’s raising its key short-term interest rate for the third time in six months.



U.S. employers add modest 138,000 jobs; unemployment rate dips to 4.3%

U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though hiring was still enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low.

The Labor Department said Friday that the jobless rate fell to 4.3 per cent the lowest level since 2001, from 4.4 per cent. Still, the rate declined mainly for a less-than-encouraging reason: People stopped looking for work in May and so were no longer counted as unemployed.



U.S. jobless claims fall 8,000 to 237,000

The number of Americans applying for and receiving benefits after losing their jobs keeps going lower. Initial jobless claims fell by 8,000 to 237,000 in the seven days stretching from June 4 to June 10, the government said Thursday.



Kellogg shuts distribution centres, lays off 1,000 workers

NEW YORK — Kellogg Co. is shuttering distribution centres around the nation and cutting more than 1,000 workers, as it follows through with a cost-cutting plan amid falling sales.

The maker of Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts and Eggo waffles notified agencies in several states of the closures this week.



Housing Starts Drop for Third Straight Month

Housing starts dropped for the third straight month in May, plummeting to their lowest level in eight months, according to a new report from the Census Bureau




Broader trade deal on the cards between China and Canada, says economist

Unlike a traditional pact that includes only goods and tariff items, a broader agreement including services, tariffs and non-tariff barriers could meet the needs of both nations as they seek to diversify their markets, said Kevin Lynch, vice-president of BMO Financial Group, which runs one of Canada’s biggest banks.





Export Insights report: strategies and lessons learned for opening new markets

The report benchmarks manufacturers’ current export business and illuminates their challenges, success strategies and plans for growth in overseas markets



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