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LMI Report June 26 – 30  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



Celgar wraps massive shutdown maintenance project

 This year’s shutdown, ‘The M17’ as it referred to at the mill, had more than 2,000 maintenance tasks completed with a material, services and labour price tag of $20 million, and also completed a few capital projects totalling just under $17 million. Add 14 days of downtime where the mill is not producing pulp or exporting power… and you’ve got a pretty expensive shutdown.




 John Horgan formally introduces motion of non-confidence in B.C. Liberal government

With 44 combined NDP and Green MLAs, motion is expected to pass Thursday afternoon



B.C. dairy alternative enters lucrative Asian market

 A Vancouver-area company has landed its plant-based dairy-alternative beverage into the lucrative Chinese market after a customs approval process that lasted almost half a year, officials said.

Richmond-based Global Gardens Group Inc. said the first and second shipments of its Veggemo products have already arrived on Chinese shelves, and a third container will be headed to China within the month



B.C. government says last year’s surplus was $1.3 billion more than predicted

On what could be the B.C. Liberal Party’s final full day in office before being voted out of government, finance minister Mike De Jong provided an unaudited fiscal update showing the province’s economic health was better than anticipated. The government had a $2.8 billion surplus in 2016/2017 — significantly higher than the $1.5 billion predicted in February’s budget.




Canopy Growth to build Edmonton’s first medical marijuana production plant

Canada’s largest medical marijuana company is planning to construct Edmonton’s first cannabis production facility to supply the therapeutic and coming recreational markets.

Canopy Growth Corp. of Smiths Falls, Ont., is leasing a 15,000-square-metre warehouse in the southeast Morris industrial park it intends to turn into a pot plant by early next year, Canopy president Mark Zekulin said Tuesday.



Alberta stands firm in support of forestry

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Oneil Carlier issued the following statement in response to the United States’ anti-dumping action against Canada and Alberta’s softwood industry:

“We continue to stand with Alberta’s forest workers, their families and the communities that rely on a robust forest industry….




Softwood Lumber: Preliminary anti-dumping duty rate announced

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations John Rustad has issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce preliminary determination of anti-dumping duties of 6.87% to be applied to the majority of Canadian softwood lumber shipments entering the U.S. The anti-dumping duty is on top of the previously announced preliminary countervailing duties of 19.88%, for a total rate of 26.75%.



Canada in the right on softwood dispute, will keep working with U.S.: Trudeau

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his Liberal government will continue to work with the U.S. administration to find a resolution to the latest chapter of the long-running dispute over softwood lumber.

Trudeau says Canada has repeatedly emerged triumphant each time the U.S.-Canada softwood dispute lands in the courts, and expects the same outcome again.



Caring for aging parents costs Canadians $33B a year in expenses and lost income

TORONTO — Caring for aging parents costs Canadians $33 billion a year in direct out-of-pocket expenses and time off work, a new study by CIBC says.

The report also says that number will only increase over the next decade, as the share of Canadians aged 65 and older grows from its current level of 17 per cent to roughly 22 per cent.



Canadian mining fueling the alternative power boom: report

TORONTO—Thinking of clean energy doesn’t usually conjure images of mines, with their diesel spewing drills and diggers and slime-crusted tailing ponds. However, Canadian mining companies, both through their operations in Canada and abroad, are contributing to the green power revolution.



Sears Canada slashing about 2,900 jobs, closing 59 locations across country – Includes two locations in southeast BC

Sears Canada Inc. plans to close 59 locations and cut approximately 2,900 jobs as part of its plan to restructure its business under court protection from creditors.

The struggling retailer says it will close 20 full-line locations, plus 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet stores and 14 Sears Hometown locations. The two locations in will close in southeast BC, one in Grand Forks and one in Creston. Sears in Nelson will remain open.



Quebec invests $147 million in five-year plan to help First Nations and Inuit

With the five-year plan, the province wants to introduce new services to improve school dropout rates among other initiatives




What’s the future of coal country? These grads aren’t sure

The state, and this region in particular, has been hit particularly hard — from diminished demand for coal, long the economic bedrock of the region, to the opioid crisis gripping many rural towns.

Most problematic for McDowell County’s future: People are leaving and not coming back.

The loss of coal mining jobs has accelerated in recent years. In the fourth quarter of 2011, coal employed 26,000 West Virginians. By the second quarter of 2016, that number had plummeted to just 12,000



BMW adding 1,000 jobs in South Carolina

The German car company announced Monday that it will invest $600 million at the plant in Spartanburg, which produced 411,000 vehicles last year and employs about 9,000 people. BMW will add the jobs by 2021



U.S. energy secretary seeks pact with Canada, Mexico as NAFTA talks near

The U.S. has a unique opportunity to develop a “North American energy strategy” with Canada and Mexico, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said, striking a conciliatory tone with the other members of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

While President Donald Trump has blasted NAFTA and moved to renegotiate it, Perry referred to the upcoming talks as a “massage” of the 1994 NAFTA deal, saying it presents an opportunity to bolster energy ties, not enact new trade barriers.



U.S. excludes three Canadian provinces from softwood lumber probe

The U.S. Commerce Department said on Monday it had made a preliminary decision to exclude three of Canada’s Atlantic provinces from a U.S. investigation into whether Canada is dumping or subsidizing exports of softwood lumber. The decision to exclude Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island follows a preliminary finding by the department in April that Canada subsidizes its softwood lumber exports, which prompted the United States to slap on countervailing duties of 20 per cent.



Trump hails ‘energy revolution’ as U.S. oil and gas exports surge

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed an energy revolution marked by surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas.

Trump cited a series of steps the administration has taken to boost energy production and remove government regulations that he argues prevent the United States from achieving “energy dominance” in the global market




Google unveils plans for 1m sq ft London headquarters

Google has released designs for a new 11-story, 1 million-square-foot headquarters in London near King’s Cross railway station, complete with a sprawling, landscaped rooftop garden.

The facilities will include a cafe, gym and pool as well as a rooftop track and ground-floor retail spaces, according to the company’s application for permission to build.



Shenzhen’s factory hub status draws young tech companies seeking edge in hardware

Billionaire Li Ka-shing, for decades one of the world’s wealthiest tycoons, has named his elder son Victor Li Tzar-kuoi as his successor in principle, a day after the Cheung Kong group clarified that he had “no concrete timetable” to retire from the global conglomerate.

Li, who turns 89 in July, said his younger son Richard Li Tzar-kai is engaged in different business of his own, which continues growing.



Global borrowing hits record $217T, as central banks prepare to tighten credit

Global debt levels have climbed $500 billion in the past year to a record $217 trillion, a new study shows, just as major central banks prepare to end years of super-cheap credit policies.

World markets were jarred this week by a chorus of central bankers warning about overpriced assets, excessive consumer borrowing and the need to begin the process of normalizing world interest rates from the extraordinarily low levels introduced to offset the fallout of the 2009 credit crash




The rise and decline of Sears Canada

TORONTO – For decades, Sears was a quintessential part of the Canadian shopping experience. Its catalogues adorned coffee tables and its Kenmore-branded appliances were staples in homes for generations. But like Eaton’s and Simpsons before it, Sears has encountered a litany of problems…..

June 22, 2017 — Sears Canada is granted court protection from creditors. It announces plans to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring.



Venezuela crisis: What is behind the turmoil?

Tension in Venezuela is on the rise again as the opposition and the government accuse each other of trying to stage a coup….There has been a wave of anti-government protests and dozens of people have been killed in protest-related violence since April. Here, we look more in depth at the problems facing Venezuela and its president, Nicolas Maduro.




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