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LMI Report July 3 – 7  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



Castlegar’s housing market is hot

Houses in Castlegar sold within two months on average within the first five months of 2017, according to a Castlegar real estate broker. Derek Sherbinin, broker at Century 21, says homes sold about 36 per cent faster between the beginning of January and the end of May than they did during the same period last year.



COLUMN: Mixed economic outlook for the Kootenays

The Kootenays faced economic challenges in 2016. Despite positive news in our region’s forestry, mining, and tourism industries, employment declined by 2.3 per cent and drove total employment to a 12-year low of 67,400 jobs.As a result, our unemployment rate increased for the third consecutive year, reaching 8.0 per cent, well above the provincial average of 6.0 per cent in 2016.

Looking forward, initial statistics for the first quarter of 2017 provided some positive news. Employment grew by 11.1 per cent and unemployment rate fell to 6.4 per cent.




Canada’s top court dismisses First Nations’ Site C appeal

The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations had been seeking judicial reviews of how the federal and provincial governments approved the $8.8-billion project under construction on the Peace River just outside of Fort St. John.

The two nations argue the governments failed to properly consult them about the project, which will flood 83 kilometres of river valley, including farms and areas sacred to First Nations, and that construction would violate their treaty rights to hunt, fish and trap on the land.



Sasquatch Mountain Resort expansion gets to work this summer

The snow might be gone, but expansion plans at Sasquatch Mountain Resort will be in full swing this summer.The recently rebranded Hemlock Mountain Resort has already doubled the size of its tube park and added additional lift capability for both the tube park and the ski school.This year, expansion of the tube park will continue, with the addition of another tube lane ride, a sound system, boutique kitchen and improved seating.




Renovation spending to hit another record in 2017, but pace finally starting to slow

Renovation spending is expected to reach record levels this year and next, but the Canadian home improvement craze may finally be slowing down, according to a new report.

Altus Group Ltd. said renovation spending will reach $72.7 billion in 2017, up from $71.2 billion in 2016, and climb to $74 billion next year. The entire new home market was worth only $53 billion in 2016 and we are now spending about $1.33 on renovations for every $1 we spend on new home construction, the report said.



Champion Petfoods breaks ground on new production plant outside Edmonton

The 400,000 sq. ft. facility will create 200 jobs; it’s scheduled to open in spring 2019 Champion says the new plant will cover 400,000 sq. ft. and produce approximately 150,000 tonnes of dry pet food, as well as 500 tonnes of freeze-dried food.

The federal government has set aside just short of $500,000 to support the project, while Alberta will indirectly contribute $3.5 million to develop a new intersection for site access.




Ottawa announces details around $2.1B investment program aimed at improving major trade corridors

OTTAWA — Canada’s transportation ministry on Tuesday announced details around a $2.1 billion infrastructure program aimed at bolstering Canada’s aging trade corridors, in a bid to free up long-standing trade snarls along prominent export and import routes.



Auto sales hit one-million mark by midway point of year for first time

Despite slumping passenger car sales, for the first time more than one million new vehicles have been sold in Canada by the midway mark of the year.DesRosiers Automotive Reports says overall car and light truck sales increased five per cent, with 1,039,068 vehicles moving off lots from January through June compared to the same time period last year.

The market research firm says auto sales in June also set a new record, with 203,486 vehicles sold, 6.5 per cent more than during the same month a year ago.



Greater Toronto Area home sales plunge 37.3% in June despite a jump in listings

he average price of a home sold in the Greater Toronto Area was $793,915 in June, an eight per cent decline from a month earlier, according to data released Thursday from the Toronto Real Estate Board.

On a year over year basis, June average prices were still up 6.3 per cent from a year ago. Using the board MLS HPI Composite Index prices were 25.3 per cent on a year over year basis.



Here’s How Canada’s Economy Has Performed Over The Past 150 Years

The economists at BMO Capital Markets are celebrating Canada 150 in typical economist fashion — by putting out a research report. In this case though, they’re tackling quite a lot: Canada’s economic performance going back all the way to Confederation in 1867.”The country has changed tremendously in that time — from a largely agrarian society 150 years ago, to nearly a post-industrial society today,” BMO chief economist Doug Porter wrote.



Boomtown in the making: ‘The timing is now for Halifax’

Halifax is booming, its skyline awash with construction cranes, and Ontario native Jesse Rodgers can tell you why. Rodgers, a veteran of Waterloo’s tech startup scene, moved to the Nova Scotia capital a year ago with his wife and four kids. They bought a big house on a quiet, tree-lined street a stone’s throw from the ocean.



Anxiety over Canadian housing costs cuts across class lines and geography: poll

OTTAWA — Feel like a house in your city is unaffordable? Apparently, you’re not alone.

A new poll suggests that just over two in five Canadians believe housing in this country is not affordable for them, a finding that cuts almost evenly across income levels.



Canadian business sentiment improving: poll

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada says business sentiment has reached its highest level since 2011 with corporate expectations for key areas like future sales, investment and hiring intentions all above historical averages.

The findings Friday in the bank’s forward-looking, quarterly survey of Canadian firms fuelled growing expectations the bank will start hiking its benchmark interest rate next month.The combination of the strengthening economy and recent, “more-hawkish” comments by governor Stephen Poloz have fed speculation the bank will increase its rate for the first time in seven years as soon as July 12.



Molson Coors to spend up to $500M to build new Montreal brewery

MONTREAL—Molson Coors plans to spend up to $500 million to build a new Montreal brewery instead of modernizing its 231-year-old facility along the St. Lawrence River.

The brewer’s decision, which follows a two-year study, was announced to employees July 5.



Armoires Fabritec expanding Montreal-area plant, will create 520 new jobs

BROMONT, Que.—Quebec manufacturer Armoires Fabritec is scaling up its operations east of Montreal to support a major drive into the U.S. market.

The company, which makes cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms, plans to expand its Bromont, Que. plant, boosting its production capacity and adding more than 530 jobs over the next five years



Ottawa opens $1.26B innovation fund to all industrial sectors

The fund was announced in the 2017 federal budget and allocates the money over five years to support research and development and the scale-up of high-potential companies

The fund was announced in the federal budget and designed to allocate the money over five years to support research and development, the scale-up of high-potential companies and efforts to attract investment to Canada.

The budget described it as a consolidation of several “business innovation” programs, including existing funds to support the automotive, aerospace, space and defence sectors.



 Rate hike more likely as exports surge 18% in past year

Trade deficit doubles even as total value of inbound and outbound trade hits record $98.5B

 Two-way trade between Canada and the rest of the world surged to a record high in May, even as the trade deficit doubled to $1.1 billion.

Imports rose for the sixth month in a row, up 2.4 per cent in May to $49.8 billion, Statistics Canada said Thursday. The biggest factor in the increase was imports of aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts, which soared by 45.9 per cent.





Auto sales fall 6 straight months, stay near record levels

DETROIT — Unemployment is down, consumer confidence is up, and gas prices and interest rates are still low.

Even so, U.S. auto sales fell 3 per cent last month.

It was the sixth straight monthly decline as sales dropped off last year’s record pace. For the first six months, car and truck sales fell 2.1 per cent, the first such decrease since the financial crisis in 2009. But auto executives and industry analysts say it’s no cause for panic. Sales are still strong and aren’t expected to plunge anytime soon. Plus, buyers are still loading out trucks and SUVs with high-priced options, and that’s likely to boost earnings, at least in Detroit



Pennsylvania’s shale drillers showing signs of rebound after difficult 2016

Natural gas producers drilled 397 shale wells through the first six months of 2017, more than twice the number they sank in the same period last year, meaning fracking crews are suddenly in short supply. http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/operations/pennsylvanias-shale-drillers-showing-signs-of-rebound-after-difficult-2016-196762/



How bad is unemployment in Italy? 85,000 apply for 30 bank jobs

Italy’s chronic unemployment problem has been thrown into sharp relief after 85,000 people applied for 30 jobs at a bank – nearly 3,000 candidates for each post.

With youth unemployment close to 40 per cent and the overall level at 11 per cent, steady jobs are in great demand. But managers at the Bank of Italy were still astounded by the huge number of people who contacted them.



Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler builds battery factory in Beijing

The announcement of the EV battery production facility in China’s capital comes a month after groundbreaking on a similar plant in Kamenz, Germany. Daimler is investing $1.5 billion in battery production worldwide

Volvo to become first major carmaker to do away with traditional engines

The Swedish company has put the internal combustion engine on notice. By 2019 all its vehicles will have an electric motor under the hood and five will be fully-electric



Italy’s farmers ‘demonizing’ Canadian wheat in bid to protect domestic industry

“We’re concerned about health, because Canada uses chemicals that are banned in Europe,” said Patrizia Puppo, a farmer from the northern Italian region of Friuli. “And also about the big size of Canadian farms. Italy has small ones, with high productivity, but it’s hard to compete.”

Mobilized by the largest agricultural organization in Europe, Italy’s Coldiretti, the farmers converged to turn up the heat on Italian politicians faced with ratifying the controversial Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA




Future jobs: How Canadians will earn a living 150 years from now

A top researcher at the University of Toronto says our choices today will define whether 2167 will be an era of technology-fueled prosperity, policy-protected super-monopolies or a “Mad Max style descent into madness” TOTONTO—Canadians have seen the world of work rapidly reshape itself around them in the past 30 years. Globalization, technological change, declining unionization rates and new business strategies are among the forces that have combined to create a labour market characterized by stagnant wages and eroding job quality




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