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LMI Report July 10 – 14 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



Students Spark New Era at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus

The first group of students to test out the future of the Silver King Campus got busy in the freshly completed welding shop which is the first learning area to be complete in the project that will transform the half-century old campus into a modern learning environment.

A key milestone in the $18.9 million Selkirk College Silver King Campus refresh project arrived in dramatic fashion when students made sparks fly in the shiny new welding shop.

The first shop to be overhauled and completed, a small group of Metal Fabricator Foundation Program students had the opportunity to get a taste of the trades training future when they stepped into the modern welding booths to work on final projects



‘Thank you for giving back:’ Help pours in for evacuees, firefighters in B.C.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Help from other provinces and the federal government has begun to pour in for firefighters and thousands of evacuees grappling with more than 200 intense wildfires raging across British Columbia.

About 300 firefighters and support staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick started to arrive Monday to help relieve the pressure on roughly 1,000 B.C. crew members battling the




B.C. wildfires cause closures, disruptions in the province’s resource industry

Forestry and mining operations have been shuttered in the communities of Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and Chasm in the central part of the province. CALGARY – As thousands flee from wildfires raging through British Columbia’s interior, the blazes are also hurting the province’s resource industry, forcing the closure of lumber mills, disrupting mining operations and threatening a natural gas pipeline.


Tourism in B.C.’s interior takes hit from wildfire crisis

Instead of welcoming tourists to Wells Gray Provincial Park, visitor centre manager Tay Briggs has to break the news to them that it is closed and try directing them to activities outside the spectacular wilderness area.

Wells Gray, one of the province’s most popular parks, was one of 60 across B.C.’s interior that were closed on short notice Sunday because of the extreme fire hazard.


Ikea to open new 340,000 square-foot distribution centre in Richmond

The new location will result in shorter delivery times for customers, the company said. As well, it will support 100 new jobs, with hiring beginning in the fall.

Ikea said in 2015 it plans to double its Canadian footprint by 2025 with coast-to-coast expansions. This year, the company plans to open new stores in Halifax and Quebec City.


British Columbia Wildfires beginning to exact Economic Toll                                     Dozens of logging companies have shut down

We saw a really, really bad fire issue in 2003 in the region, but nothing this widespread,” said Greg Munden, president of Munden Ventures Ltd. The log hauling and harvesting company shut down harvesting operations two weeks ago.

About 30 to 40 logging companies spanning from Merritt, B.C., to several hundred kilometres north in Williams Lake have also shut down harvesting operations, Munden said


 The Impact of Proposed NDP-Green Tax Changes on British Columbian Families

  • An NDP-Green government in British Columbia would result in a marked shift in tax policy in the province. The new government would impose several significant tax increases including a rise in personal income taxes, carbon taxes, and business taxes. These increases would add a further $1.4 billion to the tax burden of British Columbians, assuming that the carbon tax increase was fully implemented.
  • Under the proposed NDP-Green tax changes, the average family’s tax bill would increase by $594, including a $482 increase in fuel and carbon taxes.B.C. wildfire season hits 599 fires Chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said that they are expecting more hot weather, lightning and strong winds. Specialist staff from Alberta are on their way to offer expertise gleaned from last year’s Fort Mac fire.
  • http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/nearly-600-wildfires-burning-across-b-c/
  • The province isn’t likely to get a reprieve from the wildfires ravaging the B.C. interior any time soon, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
  • Over $50 million has been spent on the firefighting effort
  • https://www.fraserinstitute.org/studies/impact-of-proposed-ndp-green-tax-changes-on-british-columbian-families



Excess supply in Edmonton new housing market, research shows

Growing supply and decreasing demand are helping create a buyer’s market for new homes in the Edmonton suburbs, show new figures from a real estate consulting firm.

The number of “spec” homes built before they’re sold rose to 2,430 last winter from 2,156 in the summer of 2016, while sales dropped about 20 per cent to 1,263 over the same period, according to Intelligence House research.


Olymel investing $2M to expand Red Deer, Alta. pork plant

The project will create 20 new jobs and equip the facility to produce fresh sausages

RED DEER, Alta.—Meat packing firm Olymel is expanding its lone production plant in Western Canada.

The company said July 10 it will spend $2 million to add a new section to its Red Deer, Alta. facility and outfit the site to produce fresh sausages.

The project includes upgrades to the plant’s refrigeration systems and the purchase of new production equipment. It’s expected to add 20 new jobs at the facility, which already employs 1,400 across slaughterhouse, boning and cutting operations.


Alberta gives more than it gets from federal government: Fraser Institute

The report said that of the $158.3 billion paid out in equalization payments from 2008/09 to 2017/18, roughly $28.1 billion came from Alberta. It said none of that money has flowed back into Alberta. And it said the province continues to make those payments despite its recent economic woes.





Toronto housing boom driving economic growth in Ontario; masks weak business investment

Economic growth in Ontario has lagged Canada since 2003, reducing the province to ‘have-not’ status within Confederation. One theme that runs throughout the paper’s analysis is the persistent weakness of Ontario’s manufacturing sector, where output has fallen in absolute terms since the recession that began nearly a decade ago. Given that manufacturing is still Ontario’s third largest industry, it is critical that its health be restored if the Ontario economy is to fully recover and prosper.


Bank of Canada raises overnight rate for first time in seven years

The Canadian dollar jumped more than eight-tenths of a cent Wednesday morning (July 12), breaking the 78-cent mark, after the Bank of Canada announced it is increasing the key overnight lending rate by 25 basis points to 0.75%.his was the first increase in seven years and the first change since July 2015 when the rate was cut to 0.5%. It was also the first increase under Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.

The move comes as little surprise to analysts.


Auto sector ‘single-handedly’ driving Canada’s industrial revival, report says

Scotiabank report shows record North America auto sales bolstering country’s many parts suppliers, entire manufacturing industry. “The auto sector has also reclaimed its title as Canada’s largest exporter, overtaking the oil and gas industry. In fact, the auto sector’s share of overall manufacturing activity is now at the highest level since 2003, and exports have been so strong that the sector has swung to trade surplus in early 2016,” the analyst added.


Canadian oilpatch may defer $19 billion in capex spending if low prices persist: analysts

CALGARY – Oil’s sharp decline into bear market territory this week threatens $19 billion in anticipated capital spending by Canadian energy producers and could slow down industry activity, according to analysts.

This week, West Texas Intermediate oil tumbled to its lowest intraday level since August 2016  to US$42.05 per barrel, recovering slightly to US$42.74 Thursday, but well below the threshold necessary to spur new investment in many plays across the Western Canadian basin.


Canada adds more than 45,000 jobs as unemployment rate drops to 6.5%

Statistics Canada says the vast majority of the new jobs in June were in part-time work


OTTAWA — The Canadian labour market beat expectations last month by adding 45,300 positions. Statistics Canada says the vast majority of the new jobs in June were in part-time work, although the number of full-time positions also increased.

The agency says the national unemployment rate edged down to 6.5 per cent


Canadian sugar refiner pushes into maple syrup business with $160M deal

Rogers Sugar will acquire a syrup bottling firm with two plants in Quebec and one in nearby Vermont


MONTREAL—Rogers Sugar Inc. has struck a sweet deal.

The Canadian sugar refiner and parent company of Montreal’s Lantic Inc., has agreed to acquire a maple syrup bottling and distribution company from Quebec holding firm Champlain Financial Corp.

The $160.3 million acquisition will see L.B. Maple Treat Corp. (LBMT) and its three East Coast plants change hands. Roger Sugar said the acquisition will give it a foothold in the growing market for natural sweeteners while complementing its core sugar processing operations.



A $24.5M effort will promote Atlantic Canada as a top travel destination

STEADY BROOK, N.L. — Ottawa and the Atlantic provinces are teaming up with industry to spend $24.5 million over three years on touting Atlantic Canada as a top travel destination.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Tuesday estimates based on business cases suggest the plan could deliver big returns.

“This investment is so critical because it’s going to help generate $200 million in export revenue for Atlantic tourism businesses over the next three years, add 200 new businesses to the sector and create 6,000 new jobs,” he told a news conference as Atlantic premiers and federal ministers met in western Newfoundland.


United States

Pentagon to spend $5.6 billion on ‘next-generation’ fighter jets

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Department has announced that it is paying $5.57 billion to expand the U.S. military’s arsenal of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 74.

The contract action is seen as an early stamp of progress for the next “lot” of planes, which the Defense Department Joint Program Office and defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin are negotiating. Joint Program Office spokesman Joe Della Vedova said that the round of planes is set to include 50 planes sold to foreign governments, bringing the total to 141 planes in this sales lot.




After 8 years of austerity, Greece gets EU budget approval

Wednesday’s recommendation from the EU Commission to end the so-called excessive deficit procedure on Greece comes after a sharp improvement in the country’s finances following years of spending cuts and tax increases and a recession that saw a quarter of the economy wiped out and unemployment and poverty levels swell.


Climate policies helped put 54 million Europeans into ‘energy poverty.’ Canadians are next

According to the EU, 54 million people already cannot afford their energy bills

Europe has become a continent where families are often asked to pay exorbitant amounts for basic needs, including energy. That has led to what is known as “energy poverty.” Many are not able to afford household power bills, especially in winter but also during summer heat waves.

The number of Europeans affected by this problem is high. According to the European Union in its 2015 report on rising energy costs, fully 11 per cent of its member states’ population — that’s 54 million people — already cannot afford their energy bills. The EU further estimates that fully one-quarter of residents, or 128 million people (and that includes the existing 54 million), are at risk of being energy poor.



European industrial output grew 1.3 per cent in May

The figures are further evidence that the eurozone recovery has picked up steam as economists predict a quarterly rate of 0.7 per cent

BRUSSELS—Official figures show that the industrial sector in the 19-country eurozone had its strongest month this year in May, a development that augurs well for the region’s second-quarter growth.

Statistics agency Eurostat said Wednesday that industrial production rose by a monthly rate of 1.3 per cent. That was up on the previous month’s 0.3 per cent and ahead of expectations for a 1 per cent increase. It’s also the biggest increase since last November.


Study: India the World’s Newest Economic Pacesetter

 India and China are expected to blow America’s economic growth away by 2025.

For years, China was regarded as the globe’s bastion for economic growth. But a new study predicts those days are fading further into the rearview mirror as the Asian economic titan slows its roll.

India appears to have snatched the growth crown from China, with researchers at Harvard University’s Center for International Development estimating its economy will grow at a 7.7 percent average annual pace between 2015 and 2025. That ties Uganda for the fastest expected rate of economic growth over the course of that decade.



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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