Lower Mainland - Southwest Region (BC)
Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.
The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements which can complement your job search and career exploration.
Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2019
- Salesforce, a US-based technology firm, opened a new office in Vancouver. The company currently employs over 175 staff at the new location.
- The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Sea-to-Sky Community Hospice in Squamish opened on September 27
- Perkins and Will has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver to develop the area next to Broadway-Commercial Skytrain station. The proposed development includes three residential towers, retail space, and a childcare facility.
- Whistler Learning Centre (WLC) has partnered with the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) to offer six part-time business courses this fall. WLC aims to address the labour shortage in Whistler by providing employers with a way to develop and retain staff.
- Forever 21 is closing all 45 stores across Canada. The fashion retailer has seven stores in BC, located in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, Victoria, and West Vancouver.
- A new WorkBC Employment Services Centre opened in Richmond on September 30. In addition to job placement supports, the site - called WorkBC Storeys - offers social programs and services and provides affordable housing to low-income seniors.
Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2019
- Vancouver-based technology firm Trulioo Information Services Inc. plans to hire around 100 new employees within the next two years, following a $70M raise in capital funding
- Tolko Industries Ltd. reduced operations at its Soda Creek and Armstrong stud lumber mills, effective September 18
- Shíshálh Nation is adding three new retailers to the Tsain-Ko Village Shopping Centre in Sechelt. Construction on a Shoppers Drug Mart will begin this October, while work on a Lordco Auto Parts and BC Cannabis Store could begin as early as this fall.
- Three BC engineering and technology groups have partnered to launch the Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology Project. This two-year project aims to increase female participation in engineering, geoscience, technology, and technician occupations.
- Sunrise Soya Foods opened a new manufacturing plant in Delta on September 24. The company currently employs 30 people at the plant, with the number of staff expected to grow.
- A new FedEx Ground distribution centre is set to open in Squamish this September. The location will have five employees to start, with the possibility of more people being hired as needed.
- On September 19, 950 members of Unite Here Local 40 began strike action at the Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront hotels in Vancouver. Over 200 unionized staff at the Hotel Georgia joined the strike on September 22.
- Lyft is partnering with Valley Driving School to offer free education sessions for drivers interested in working with Lyft and obtaining their Class 4 license. The sessions will be offered in Vancouver, Surrey, and Langley beginning September 30.
Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2019
- Workers in the salmon fishing industry across BC are experiencing the worst commercial fishing season in 50 years. At least 2,500 people are affected by the downturn.
- Grammarly, a US-based technology firm, is opening an office in Vancouver. The company is currently hiring to fill a dozen jobs in frontend and backend engineering, customer service, and social media.
- Arc'teryx hosted a hiring fair in New Westminster on September 21. The company is looking to fill over 78 positions at its garment manufacturing facility, including warehouse workers, seamstresses, and quality control inspectors.
- Kinetic Construction Ltd. will begin work on the expansion of the emergency department at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre this fall. Construction of the $16.25M project is expected to be complete by summer 2021.
- Zumiez is opening a new retail store in Abbotsford's Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
- The First Nations Health Authority and the Province of BC are providing over $2M to the Lu'ma Medical Centre in Vancouver. The funding will help the centre expand Indigenous primary care services and to hire 12 full-time equivalent health-care professionals.
- The Province of BC is spending $3M to support the University of British Columbia in creating 91 licensed child care spaces at three centres on its Vancouver campus
- The Province of BC is providing $69M towards support programs for forest workers impacted by mill closures and shift reductions in the BC Interior. Measures include an early-retirement bridging program, job placement supports, skills training, and grants.
- The Molson Coors Fraser Valley Brewery at Chilliwack held its grand opening on September 17. The beer plant will support 100 jobs once fully commissioned.
Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2019
- The Government of Canada is providing Coast Mountain College $1.3M to expand its mobile trades training programs to students living in rural and remote areas of Northwest BC
- Uride plans to launch ride-hailing services in BC by the end of this year, with a focus on smaller communities. The company is currently recruiting drivers in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Kelowna, and Prince George.
- InOrbis plans to launch long-haul ride-hailing services in BC as early as September 16, using its fleet of Tesla vehicles. Initial operations will target the Lower Mainland including Whistler and the Fraser Valley.
- Kater plans to launch ride-hailing services across all BC regions. The company intends to begin operating in Metro Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and the Okanagan by this winter, with plans to expand to other parts of BC over the next year.
- Twelve post-secondary institutions across BC are adding a total of 314 student seats in early childhood education programs, starting this September. The additional seats include full- and part-time studies, online learning, and specialty programs.
- The Government of Canada is providing $3.2M towards six projects to improve employment and businesses development opportunities for people in Northern BC. The projects are expected to create at least 152 jobs.
- The Government of Canada is providing the Township of Langley $3M to build the Fort Langley Museums Heritage Centre. The cultural facility includes a new Langley Centennial Museum and an Indigenous museum developed with the Kwantlen First Nation.
- Nordstrom Rack, the discount division of Nordstrom, is opening a store in Langley's Willowbrook Shopping Centre in spring 2020
- The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and local communities are spending over $26M to build and improve six cultural and recreational facilities in Colwood, North Cowichan, Tsawwassen First Nation, Sumas First Nation, Lake County, and Williams Lake
- The Government of Canada is providing over $4.9M to 10 companies in the steel and aluminum sector across BC. The funding will help the companies design new products, open new facilities, install manufacturing equipment, and create around 97 jobs.
- Martini Film Studios plans to build a new 600,000 square feet production facility in Langley. At least half of the space will be dedicated to soundstages, while the rest will include offices and production support buildings.
- West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd is implementing variable operating schedules at five BC sawmills as of September 16, reducing lumber production by an estimated 15-25%. Its plywood operations in BC will also be curtailed for two weeks beginning September 16.
- The Teal-Jones Group halted all harvesting operations on the BC coast on September 10. The curtailment affects 300 logging contractors in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island, and 500 workers at Teal-Jones' two lumber, shake and shingle mills in Surrey.
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Uber plans to launch ride-hailing services in the Lower Mainland by late 2019. Initial operations will likely focus on Metro Vancouver, with more communities added based on the number of available drivers.BC's Employment Standards Branch is hiring additional staff to investigate employment standards violations following changes to the complaint process that aim to make it more accessible for workersChinese grocery store chain Sungiven Foods plans to open three new locations in the Lower Mainland. Two of the stores will be located in Vancouver, while the third will be situated in Burnaby.The Government of Canada is providing the City of Vancouver $22M to establish a Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) urban climate centre. The funding will support the development of energy efficiency improvements in homes and buildings.The Governments of Canada and BC have signed an agreement to support the electrification of the natural gas industry. The projects under consideration are expected to create new jobs and opportunities in rural and Indigenous communities across BC.The McArthurGlen Vancouver Airport Outlet Centre expansion opened on August 29, featuring seven new retail stores. At least seven more retailers are expected to open over the coming months.The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and New Relationship Trust have committed $9.5M in funding for the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative. The initiative supports Indigenous communities in developing local clean energy projects across BC.TappCar plans to launch ride-hailing services in BC later this year. The company has applied to operate in parts of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay, and Cariboo regions.Interfor will permanently close its Hammond sawmill in Maple Ridge by the end of 2019. The decision is part of Interfor's plan to reconfigure its BC Coastal business and reorganize its forestry and woodlands operations in coastal BC.The Province of BC is spending $1.3B to redevelop Burnaby Hospital. The upgraded facility will include 2 new patient-care towers, 400 beds, an expanded emergency department, and a new cancer treatment centre. Construction is expected to begin in 2021.The Province of BC is spending $21.4M to carry out seismic upgrades at Holly Elementary and George Greenaway Elementary in Surrey. Construction on both schools is expected to begin in summer 2020 and be compete by fall 2021.
Lush Cosmetics is hiring over 500 seasonal full-time positions for its manufacturing and distribution centres in Vancouver. Weekly hiring fairs will be held at their Cambie Street operations centre until October 25.H&M's upscale fashion brand COS (Collection of Style) is opening a flagship store in Vancouver in late 2019Work has begun on Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project. Construction is expected to last until December 2021 and generate around 350 full-time jobs per year.The Government of Canada is providing over $8.4M to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in Vancouver. The multi-year funding will support three projects to help internationally trained newcomers and young Canadians develop their skills and enter the workforce.The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and local municipalities are providing over $240M to support 15 projects to improve drinking water and wastewater services across BCCanfor Corporation is curtailing operations at its Houston, Polar, Prince George, and Fort St. John sawmills for the week of September 3. Canfor's Houston and Plateau mills will also transition to a four-day work week beginning in September.
Natural Resources Canada is accepting applications for the Indigenous Natural Resource Partnerships program. The $6M initiative supports Indigenous participation in energy infrastructure projects in BC and Alberta.The Province of BC is providing $360,000 to All Nations Driving Academy (ANDA) in Terrace. The funding will support ANDA in delivering driver training to rural Indigenous communities in the North Coast and Nechako regions.The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish shut down on August 10 due to unforeseen circumstances related to equipment damages. While most employees have been retained, 75 seasonal staff members were laid off due to the closure.Two Safeway stores in Kelowna and Williams Lake are closing on October 26, one month earlier than expected. The stores will be reopened under the FreshCo brand in spring 2020.FortisBC has begun geotechnical work in the Indian River Valley in Squamish for its Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas Pipeline project. The company plans to conduct technical work at various locations from now to mid-October.The Government of Canada is providing $7.6M in funding to the University of British Columbia for a project to expand its Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility in VancouverThe Government of Canada is spending $6.16M to upgrade the Brentwood Town Centre SkyTrain Station in Burnaby, with remaining costs funded by the Province of BC and TransLink. Construction is expected to begin in late 2020.Taiwanese bubble tea chain Jenjudan is opening three new stores in the Lower Mainland. Two stores will be located in Vancouver, while the third store will be situated in Richmond.
The Government of Canada is spending $20M to improve the Canadian National rail corridor tracks near Abbotsford. The project is expected to create around 400 jobs in the region during construction.The Government of Canada, through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, is providing $184M in funding to support construction of up to 1,100 affordable housing units in VancouverA new urgent and primary care centre is opening in North Vancouver this September. The centre will employ over 14 clinical practitioners including general practitioners, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers.The Governments of Canada and BC, local municipalities, and non-government organizations are providing over $15.28M in funding to support 20 flood mitigation projects across the provinceThe Leq'á:mel First Nation has opened a new business centre in Deroche. The site, which includes Tim Hortons, Esso, and the Leq'á:mel Development Corporation office, is expected to employ over 30 people.The Government of Canada is providing $39M to 17 small- and medium-sized companies across BC. The funding will support a variety of innovative projects and help create around 800 new jobs.Northern Development is offering funds through the Forestry Affected Business Consulting Rebate program to businesses affected by mill closures and curtailments in central and northern BC. The rebate will help cover the cost of hiring consulting services.WestJet Link will operate daily nonstop flights between Cranbrook and Vancouver beginning October 27Lyft plans to launch ride-hailing services in the Lower Mainland this fall, pending approval from the Passenger Transportation Board. To recruit drivers, Lyft will be helping applicants cover the costs to obtain the required Class 4 license.
Amazon has begun hiring for its new fulfillment centre in Tsawwassen. The centre will support around 800 jobs when it opens later this year.Capilano University is opening its new Lonsdale campus in North Vancouver this September. The new campus will have the capacity to accommodate up to 400 students.Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. will be curtailing operations at three sawmills in Prince George, Vanderhoof, and Fort St. James for two weeks, effective August 19. Around 300 employees will be affected by the closures.The National Energy Board has approved Trans Mountain's request to resume construction at its Burnaby Terminal, Westridge Marine Terminal, and Westridge Tunnel PortalHealth Canada has issued a cultivation license to Zenabis Global Inc. for its cannabis facility in Langley. The company expects to employ over 200 staff at this location once fully operational.The Government of Canada is providing $75M in funding over five years to support construction of 1,500 affordable housing units across BC
The Government of Canada is providing over $24M to six BC-based wood product associations. The multi-year funding will support projects to strengthen international demand for Canadian wood products.The first BC Cannabis Store on Vancouver Island opened in Campbell River on July 31. Three more locations in Courtenay, Parksville, and Port Alberni are expected to open later this year. A new BC Cannabis Store also opened in Cranbrook on July 31.The City of Abbotsford has approved a proposal from Infinity Properties to build a mixed-use development near the historic downtown area. The complex includes 599 residential units and seven retail stores.Seven Coastal First Nations and the Government of Canada have signed an agreement to expand community-based fishing on the north and central coasts, increase commercial fishing opportunities, and establish collaborative governance in fisheries managementThe Province of BC has issued a five-year work permit to Benchmark Metals Inc. for its Lawyers Gold-Silver Project, located in the Stikine Terrane of Northern BC. The permit allows Benchmark to conduct exploration and drilling work until July 17, 2024.
A second REACH Urgent and Primary Care Centre is opening in East Vancouver. The community health centre will begin providing some urgent primary care services as of August 2019, and will be fully operational by October 2019.The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and local municipalities are spending $79M to purchase 118 new buses for use in communities across BC. The fleet includes 10 long-range electric buses that will operate in Greater Victoria.The National Energy Board has re-validated all previously issued permits for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The decision allows construction to begin at sites along the route from Alberta to BC, and at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby.The Government of Canada is spending $29.2M to improve sections of Highway 7 between Maple Ridge and Mission. Consultation and technical analysis for the project is being undertaken by the Province of BC.Keltic Development has started construction on The Paramount in Richmond. The development includes 560 residential units, 84 offices, 24 retail stores, and an 89-seat child care centre. The complex is expected to be complete in 2022.The Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC and the First Nations Health Authority are spending $30M to create over 600 child care spaces in 30 communities across BC. The funds will also be used to expand Aboriginal Head Start early learning programs.The Government of Canada is spending $102M on five projects to improve efficiency at the Port of Vancouver's terminals and facilities. The projects are estimated to create around 2,320 jobs in the region during construction.
Health Canada has issued an industrial hemp production license to AgraFlora Organics for its greenhouse complex in DeltaFujitsu has opened its global headquarters for artificial intelligence in Vancouver. The technology firm plans to expand its new office to 50 employees by the end of the year.The Government of Canada is providing Marcon Metalfab $1M to purchase and install new equipment at its Delta facility. The funding will help the steel and rubber manufacturer enhance production capacity, take on new work, and create new jobs.The City of Vancouver has approved a rezoning application from Reliance Properties to build a new 32-storey office tower downtownTwo new Chalo! FreshCo stores opened in Surrey on July 11. The Chalo! brand is an extension of Sobeys discount grocery chain that carries South Asian foods.Cactus Club Cafe opened its fourth restaurant in Burnaby on July 16BC Transit is soliciting proposals from transit operators interested in providing inter-city bus services for four routes in Northern BCCanada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Government of Canada are providing $9M to build 24 units of affordable rental housing in WhistlerHealth Canada has issued a cultivation license to Emerald Health Therapeutics for the outdoor area of its cannabis growing facility in Metro Vancouver
Oxford Properties has started construction on The Stack, its new office tower in Vancouver. Ernst & Young LLP, Blakes, and DLA Piper have pre-leased space in the building, which is set to become the city's tallest office tower once it is complete in 2022.Japanese retailer MUJI is opening a new store at Guildford Town Centre in Surrey. This will be MUJI's fourth and largest store in BC.Construction has started on The Springs in Port Moody. The development includes 55 units of affordable rental housing, a new Tri-Cities Children's Centre, and St. Andrew's-IOCO United Church. The building is set to be complete by summer 2021.The Governments of Canada and BC are providing $18M in funding for high-speed Internet projects in the communities of Bridge River, T'it'q'et, Skuppah, Boothroyd, Gitanyow, Iskut, Dease Lake and Bob Quinn LakeThe University of Northern BC is launching a new Bachelor of Science in Conservation Science and Practice degree for fall 2019. Career opportunities for graduates could include researchers, policy advisors, field biologists, and consultants.BentallGreenOak has started construction on B6, its new 32-storey office tower in Vancouver. The building is expected to be complete by February 2023.The Government of Canada is spending $185M on six highway improvement projects in the Regional District of Columbia Shuswap, the City of Fort St. John, the District of Taylor, the Town of Golden, and the Village of JaffrayThe BC Oil and Gas Commission has issued a facilities permit allowing Woodfibre LNG to build and operate its $1.6B liquefied natural gas plant near Squamish. The company plans to start construction later this year.Air Canada will be operating daily year-round flights between Terrace and Calgary beginning October 28. The airline is also increasing flight service on key routes across the BC Interior, Northern BC, Vancouver Island, and Western Canada.The Province of BC is providing the City of Vancouver $33M to create around 2,300 new licensed child care spaces over the next three yearsThe Province of BC has announced new regulations to enable the launch of ride hailing later this year. Companies wishing to provide commercial ride hailing services in BC can apply to the Passenger Transportation Board beginning September 3.The Province of BC has chosen CBRE Ltd. to provide repair, maintenance, landscaping, janitorial, and construction services for nearly 1,800 government buildings. The contract is worth $190M annually and is valid for five years, beginning April 1, 2020.The Province of BC is providing Stillwater Consulting $3.3M to deliver a 19-week Advanced Forestry Skills Training Program to 108 students in Cranbrook, Kamloops, and Nanaimo. Training starts on July 22 in Kamloops and August 12 in Cranbrook and Nanaimo.McDonald's Canada hosted its annual West Hiring Day on July 10 at participating restaurants across Western Canada. The company aimed to hire over 400 new employees in BC as part of the event.
The Government of Canada is providing Carbon Engineering $25M to support the development of its clean energy technology research facility and industrial-scale commercial plant in Squamish. The funding will help create 450 jobs and student positions.TransLink is spending $7.5M to build a new bus loop at the Richmond-Brighouse SkyTrain station. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2019 and will take about five months to complete.The Province of BC is spending $28.61M on seismic upgrades at Parkcrest Elementary school and Seaforth Elementary school in Burnaby. Construction on both schools is expected to begin in summer 2020 and be complete by fall 2022.The Province of BC is spending $58M over the next five years to improve energy efficiency in courthouses, correctional centres, warehouses, and ministry offices under the new CleanBC Government Buildings Program
The shíshálh Nation has voted to support Lehigh Hanson Materials' proposal to extend its aggregate mining operations on shíshálh Nation band lands in Sechelt by an additional 50 yearsAmazon plans to hire around 800 people to staff its new fulfillment centre in Tsawwassen. The facility is set to open in fall 2019, with hiring expected to begin in September or October.The Province of BC has put a stop to new resource development in the areas near MacKenzie, Tumbler Ridge, and Chetwynd in Northeastern BC to protect the region's caribou herds. The moratorium will be in place until June 20, 2021, or until it is repealed.The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act has received Royal Assent. The Act prohibits oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tons of crude oil and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading, or unloading at ports or marine installations in Northern BC.The Richmond School District and the Province of BC are spending $11.38M to carry out seismic upgrades and add 95 new seats at F.A. Tomsett Elementary School. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2020 and be complete by early 2022.
The Minhas Micro Brewery in Calgary has hired 34 workers as it expands into wine and spirits. The new employees will staff the distilling and wine-making part of the business with further hiring anticipated as the company expands its operations.West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is permanently closing its Chasm lumber mill and eliminating the third shift from its 100 Mile House lumber mill. Layoffs will begin in the third quarter of 2019 and affect about 176 workers at Chasm and 34 at 100 Mile House.WeWork, a co-working firm that offers workspace solutions to freelancers and organizations, is opening its newest office in Vancouver. Over 1,200 desks will be available for lease when the site opens in December 2019.The Province of BC is spending $2.7M on Indigenous teacher education training. The funds include $1.4M toward teacher education seats for Indigenous students, $730K for two master of education cohorts, and $600K to update the teacher education curriculum.Oceana PARC hosted a two-day career fair on June 15 and 19 at the White Rock Community Centre. The developer plans to staff over 70 positions at its new White Rock property.The Government of Canada has selected Vernon and the West Kootenay region to participate in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program. The pilot aims to attract newcomers to rural communities to help fill existing labour gaps and skill shortages.The International Luge Federation has chosen Whistler to be the official host of the 2021 luge world championshipsThe Government of Canada has approved the Trans Mountain Expansion and announced that all money earned from the project will be put toward clean energy initiatives in Canada
Empire Company Limited recently announced it is converting six more Safeway locations in BC to its discount brand FreshCo. These stores are expected to re-open in spring 2020. Seven other FreshCo locations are scheduled to open in BC by the end of 2020.Health Canada has granted an industrial hemp production license to Zenabis Global Inc. The license will allow the company to begin hemp cultivation and hemp-derived cannabidiol production at its Langley, Pitt Meadows, and Aldergrove facilities.The Government of Canada is providing Women's Enterprise Centre with $2.7M from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund to expand its services in helping women across BC start, lead, and grow their own businessesThe District of North Vancouver has approved a development permit to build a new $62M Handsworth Secondary school. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021.Canfor Corporation is curtailing operations at all of its BC sawmills except WynnWood. Mackenzie will be curtailed for six weeks; Houston and Plateau will be curtailed for four weeks; and all other mills will be curtailed for two weeks between June 17 to July 26.The Province of BC is allocating $9M towards co-op and work-integrated learning programs for post-secondary students
Tile, a US-based technology firm, is opening an office in Vancouver. The location will be the company's main backend engineering hub and is expected to grow to about 20 workers in the next 18-24 months.Construction recently began on the new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in Tahsis. The Canadian Coast Guard plans to open three more stations located in Hartley Bay, Victoria and Port Renfrew.The Province of BC increased the general hourly minimum wage to $13.85, effective June 1. The minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers, and live-in camp leaders also increased.The City of Vancouver has awarded a $2.5M contract to PWL Partnership Landscape Architects to develop detailed designs for two sections of the Arbutus Greenway project. PWL will return to city council for approval on the designs in summer 2020.The City of Coquitlam has approved a $22M project to build a new Place Maillardville Community Centre. Construction of the facility is expected to begin next year.The Province of BC is providing nearly $8M in BC Air Access Program grants to 16 regional airports across the province. The funds will be used to support 21 safety and infrastructure improvement projects.The Langley School District and the Province of BC are funding the construction of a new $32.2M elementary school in Willoughby. The school will create seats for 555 students and include up to 83 child care spaces when it opens in September 2021.The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Government of Canada are allocating $87.9M towards a project separating road traffic from trains at the Harris Road crossing and Kennedy Road crossing in Pitt MeadowsThe Teal-Jones Group curtailed second growth harvesting at its Honeymoon Bay-TFL46 operation on May 31 due to high stumpage rates. The curtailment will also result in lost mill time and employment at the company's Surrey mills.West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is curtailing production at its Chetwynd, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Smithers, and Fraser Lake sawmills for one week in June. The decision is due to weak market conditions and high log costs.Tolko is extending downtime at its Armstrong and Soda Creek lumber mills for an additional two weeks due to poor market conditions
Tolko Industries Ltd. suspended operations at its Armstrong and Soda Creek lumber mills during the weeks of May 27 and June 3 due to high log costs and weak market conditionsUnion Gospel Mission has started construction on its new $35.5M Women and Families Centre in Vancouver. The upgraded facility will include 63 new long-term housing units, 135 beds, childcare spaces, emergency supports, and addiction recovery programs.The Governments of Canada and BC are working with Translink to jointly fund the $1.47B upgrade of Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain system. The funds will be used to increase fleet capacity and support operational, system, and facility upgrades.Construction of the new $312M Legion Veterans Village in Surrey will begin in June. The development includes a centre of excellence for mental health treatment, Whalley Legion Branch 229, and a mix of market and affordable housing.The Province of BC is providing the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society $1.7M annually for two years to deliver safety technician and construction trades skills training programs for young adults in SurreyThe Impact Career Fair 2019 was held on May 29 at Simon Fraser University's Segal Graduate School of Business in Vancouver. The fair promoted a values-based approach to connect companies with job seekers.The Province of BC is allocating $31M to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for local government and First Nations resiliency projects, and is providing $19M to the Forest Enhancement Society of BC to implement 40 wildfire risk reduction projectsThe Government of Canada is allocating over $76M from the Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund to support initiatives for the City of Surrey, the City of Delta, and the Semiahmoo First Nation to safeguard the region from the impacts of coastal floodingThe First Nations Health Authority and the Province of BC are jointly contributing $40M to build and upgrade First Nations-run treatment centres across BCThe Province of BC is providing the University of BC, in partnership with the University of Northern BC, with $3.3M to expand its master of physical therapy program by 40 seats and its master of occupational therapy program by 24 seatsInterfor is temporarily reducing production at its three BC Interior sawmills by operating on fewer days during the month of June. The decision was made due to high log costs and weak lumber prices.
Cineplex Entertainment is opening The Rec Room Granville in 2021. The 45,000 sq. ft. facility will include a dining and live entertainment section and an arcade. Construction of the venue will begin next year.The Government of BC approved more than $3M in Community Emergency Preparedness Funding to 22 local and regional governments. The funds will support local flood risk assessments, mapping and mitigation planning.The Surrey School District recently awarded a construction contract for the new Grandview Heights Secondary School and marked the occasion with a ground-breaking ceremonyThe Ballyhoo Public House is opening in downtown Vancouver in early JuneSobeys Inc. opened two new Freshco discount grocery stores in Richmond on May 17. The newly branded outlets replace former Safeway stores that closed last year.The Government of Canada is providing the Province of BC $10.1M over five years to increase both the number of police officers trained in identifying drug-impaired drivers and those qualified to give the trainingThe WISH Drop-In Centre Society received over $2M from the Government of Canada's National Crime Prevention Strategy. The Society is part of the Metro Vancouver Consortium delivering the Transition Project that assists individuals exiting the sex trade.The Government of Canada allocated $15.7B towards the construction of 18 new Coast Guard ships. Seaspan will build up to 16 Multi-Purpose Vessels at its Vancouver Shipyards.
The Government of BC provided $5M to Geoscience BC. The organization carries out mineral, energy, water and earth science research that generates geoscience data used in the mining industry.The Government of BC launched the $1.8M CleanBC Building Innovation Fund. The program provides funding for the development and demonstration of advanced energy-saving building designs and technologies, and innovative low-carbon construction methods.The Government of BC is contributing more than $47M to build a new elementary school in Coquitlam and a further $20M to upgrade three other local schools. The work will create space for an additional 820 students when it is completed in 2021.DataCloud, a U.S. based mining technology firm, opened an office in Vancouver. The company uses Internet of Things sensors and cloud computing technology to provide highly accurate visualizations of underground iron ore and metallurgical coal bodies.The Government of BC allocated an additional $5M to its Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to enable local governments, First Nations and society-run fire departments to upgrade their training and equipmentTolko Industries Ltd will permanently close its Quest Wood sawmill in Quesnel on August 2 and cut one shift at its Kelowna sawmill beginning July 12. The changes impact approximately 150 employees in Quesnel and 90 workers in Kelowna.The Province of BC is providing Sport BC with $2.5M over three years. The funds will be used to increase participation in sports by children from under-represented groups through the expansion of programs such as KidSport BC.GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. is investing $160M in its Port of Vancouver facilities. The upgrades include new ship-to-shore cranes, gantry cranes and container handlers. The upgrades are anticipated to create 1,200 new direct and indirect jobs.The Government of BC is allocating up to $10M a year under the Canada-BC Workforce Development Agreement to fund service providers who can deliver skills training and employment support programs for those facing barriers to employmentIce Level Sports, a family-owned hockey store in Richmond, will permanently close on May 25. The owners cite high operating costs for the closure.The Fraser Basin Council received $750,000 in funding from the Government of BC to research and evaluate flood management strategies. The Council will also recommend strategies to improve prevention activities and partnerships among stakeholders.
Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. and Interior Roads were awarded 10-year maintenance contracts for provincial highways around Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Prince George, Mackenzie, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson and Hudson's HopeThe Government of BC allocated an additional $5.25M to increase the number of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams offered to patients throughout the provinceBurnaby City Hall granted building approval for a 64-storey apartment tower at the western edge of the Brentwood Town Centre development. Later phases of the residential project will include two additional towers.Hot Star, a Taiwanese fried chicken restaurant chain, opened its first BC location in Richmond on May 2The Government of BC is partnering with WestUrban Developments Ltd. to build 40 rental apartments for middle income families in Squamish. The Province contributed approximately $14M to the project through its HousingHub funding initiative.The City of White Rock received a $1M grant from the Government of BC towards repairing waterfront infrastructure along the White Rock promenade and pier. The first phase of the project will begin shortly and be completed by fall 2019.The Alzheimer Society of BC received $2.7M from the provincial government to continue its First Link Program. The program provides individuals living with dementia and their caregivers with activities and support from health-care professionals.
The Government of Canada provided 45 M$ in Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation funding to improve the flood mitigation infrastructure along the Fraser River near the communities of the Skwah First Nation, Shxwhá:y Village and the City of ChilliwackThe Government of BC recently announced more than 400 km of highway resurfacing and side road improvements in the Southern Interior. The work, valued at more than $70M, will be carried out during spring and summer 2019.Sobeys Inc. opened its first discount grocery store, FreshCo, in Mission on April 25. Sobeys plans to open nine more FreshCo stores in BC.The Abbotsford School District and the Government of BC are jointly funding the construction of a new $27.2M elementary school in the city. The school, which will include a neighbourhood learning centre and child care spaces, is scheduled to open in 2022.The City of Richmond received $13.7M from the Government of Canada's Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to improve the city's flood protection infrastructure. Upgrades will be made to the city's dike system and pumping stations.The BC Assembly of First Nations is receiving $2.24M in provincial funding over the next two years to implement its Sustainable Economic Development and Fiscal Relations StrategyCanfor Corp. began a temporary production cutback at all of its BC mills on April 29, citing low lumber prices and the high cost of wood supplies as the causeThe Governments of Canada and BC joined the Township of Langley to provide $225.5M towards widening 10 km of Highway 1 and other road improvements in Langley. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed by 2025.The Comedy Mix, a commercial comedy club that has operated in Metro Vancouver since 2003, closed on April 27Interfor is reducing production at its three Interior BC mills during the month of May by operating on fewer daysRotoliptic Technologies Inc. received $2.89M in federal funding to advance its high-efficiency positive displacement pump technology that will reduce energy consumption in the oil and gas industryThe Government of BC's $16M Connecting British Columbia program is accepting applications for projects that improve local high-speed Internet connectivity and infrastructureVancouver-based social media management company Hootsuite recently laid off over 100 employees, citing organizational changesThe Gallery Café located at the Vancouver Art Gallery closed on April 30. Approximately 30 employees are affected by the closure.
The Government of Canada awarded Richmond based Saltworks Technologies Inc. $4.4M to support its AirBreather technology used to clean up industrial wastewater. The funding will help maintain 65 jobs at Saltworks and create 20 more.Sustainable Development Technology Canada provided $3M to North Vancouver's Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. The funds will support an autonomous AI-powered pest control platform for greenhouse tomato growers that increases crop yields.Survivors of violence and abuse will soon have access to up to $5M in funding for skills training and employment supports under the Government of Canada and BC's Workforce Development AgreementThe Government of Canada has placed commercial and recreational fishing restrictions on chinook salmon for the rest of 2019. The measures, which are aimed at conserving the Fraser River stocks, include fishery closures and limits on daily and annual takes.The Surrey School District received a total of $15M towards the expansion of the Sullivan Elementary School. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed by September 2020.Capilano University received more than $1.9M from the Government of Canada to set up the Indigenous Digital Accelerator Centre at its North Vancouver campus. The centre is partnering with Indigenext to nurture Indigenous start-up businesses.The Government of BC is contributing $5.3M over two years to six organizations in Abbotsford, the Cariboo-Chilcotin region and the Capital Regional District to deliver gang-related prevention and intervention programsPC Urban plans to begin construction later this summer on a four-storey stacked industrial strata building in Vancouver's False Creek Flats. The company will begin hazardous material remediation of the site in mid-May.The Government of BC and the City of Burnaby are funding the construction of a $24M, 14-storey apartment building. The project will provide 125 affordable housing units when completed.The City of Richmond is seeking over 200 youth between the ages of 15 and 30 to fill summer job positionsThe Governments of Canada and BC expanded the Export Navigator program with $4.25M in new funding. The program provides specialized support to regional, Indigenous and women-led exporters to increase the international marketability of their goods.
WeWork, a company that offers shared office space, is opening two new locations in Burnaby. Their Station Square office will open in September 2019, while a second site will open in the Brentwood Tower 3 complex in early 2021.Early childhood educators in BC can now access $1.9M in bursaries to further their academic studies under the Governments of Canada and BC's Early Learning and Child Care AgreementThe Government of Canada is contributing more than $1M over four years to the United Way of Lower Mainland to establish the Social Purpose Institute. The Institute will develop social purpose business models and create at least 70 jobs.The Government of BC is increasing its ferry service between coastal communities with the addition of 2,700 round trips per year
The Province of BC is contributing $7.9M to 15 industry trade associations and research institutes for projects that advance innovative uses of wood products and expand global markets for wood products manufactured in BCCineplex Cinemas recently opened a new 11-screen Cineplex Cinemas Park Royal and VIP in West VancouverThe Forest Enhancement Society of BC is contributing almost $3.4M to eight projects that bring forests damaged by wildfires back into production and available as a future source of mid-term timberCanada Jetlines, an ultra-low cost airline flying out of Vancouver, is delaying its launch until December 2019TransLink is upgrading the infrastructure at several of its older, high traffic stations in the Vancouver area with the aim of attracting new food vendors, boutiques and other retail shopsThe Government of BC is providing $7.6M to set up a modular affordable housing facility in Sechelt. RainCity Housing and Support Society will operate the facility and provide support services to 40 residents beginning in mid-April.Construction on the Haney Bypass improvement project in Maple Ridge will begin this summer with completion expected by summer 2020. These upgrades are part of the $70M Highway 7 project to improve traffic flow by upgrading roads and intersections.According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, there is high demand for workers in the BC film and television industry, including in the field of graphic design, animation, and video game developmentThe City of North Vancouver has approved new zoning bylaws that will permit breweries to open lounges within the designated Lower Lonsdale brewery district. Five breweries have expressed interest in expanding their operations.
The Province of BC's Liquor Distribution Branch has approved government-run cannabis stores in twelve communities. The stores in Campbell River, Cranbrook, Kamloops and Terrace are expected to open by late summer.Earls Restaurant Group will open a new eatery at the Station Square redevelopment on April 20. The restaurant will have seating capacity for 287 guests and an additional 88 seats on a seasonal patio.The Law Foundation of BC received a one-time grant of $7.9M from the Province of BC and the Legal Services Society to fund legal-aid lawyers from April 28 to October 31, 2019The BC Search and Rescue Association and 80 ground search and rescue groups received $18.6M to spend over three years to increase training, provide administrative support and update their equipmentThe Governments of Canada and BC are allocating almost $1.2M to support projects that make sports more accessible. The funding will increase opportunities for Indigenous, under-represented and marginalized populations to participate in sports.
The Government of BC is providing $3.6M over three years to the BC Dental Association to enable 24 not-for-profit dental clinics to provide low-cost dental careKater Technologies Inc. is launching its ride-hailing services in Vancouver at the end of March. The company will operate 140 vehicles around the clock.The new Burnaby Urgent and Primary Care Centre and three primary-care networks will begin serving patients in Burnaby in May 2019. Approximately 68 health-care providers will be recruited over the next three years to staff these services.The Government of BC is building 51 temporary supportive housing units in Maple Ridge. The units will be manufactured by Horizon North and operated by Coast Mental Health. Construction will begin in April and take approximately five months to complete.The Province of BC is providing $18.6M in one-time funding to ground search and rescue (GSAR) groups throughout the province to be used over the next three years. The funding supports 80 GSAR groups and 2,500 members across the province.The Province of BC is providing almost $1.5M in provincial emergency preparedness funding to 63 local and regional governments and First Nations communities to support emergency operations centres (EOCs) and related emergency training
The Gaming Stadium is converting a former Richmond car dealership into an arena to cater to esports events. The temporary facility is scheduled to open in June.The BC building code was amended to increase the height allowance of wood buildings from six storeys up to twelve storeys. The new height allowance will expand opportunities for builders and manufacturers of engineered wood products.The Government of BC is providing the BC Arts Council with an additional $15M over three years, bringing its 2019-20 budget to $34M. The funding will support new programs that improve inclusivity and accessibility in the arts and culture sector.BC's Budget 2019 includes $18M to support projects that help Indigenous and remote communities transition to cleaner energy sourcesThe Governments of Canada and BC are contributing a total of $142.85M over five years towards the newly launched British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. The fund is now open to receive proposals for eligible projects.The Government of BC allocated $5M to the Playground Equipment Program to build 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts. Construction will take place over the next six months and be completed by fall 2019.The Sunshine Coast Lions Housing Society received $10.4M from the Building BC: Community Housing Fund to add 104 new rental units in the Greenecourt seniors complex located in Sechelt. Construction on the five-storey building will begin this summer.The BC Wildfire Service plans to recruit additional Type 2 and 3 contract firefighters, expand its aerial capacity and increase its prevention programs in anticipation of the 2019 wildfire seasonSimon Fraser University recently began construction on a 1,800 seat stadium at its Burnaby campus. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by August 2020.BC Emergency Health Services is recruiting additional paramedics. The authority is using part-time and casual paramedics to fill current staffing shortages.The Government of Canada is allocating $24M to the Canada Revenue Agency to create audit teams that will monitor real estate transactions in BC and Ontario
The Government of BC is granting $206M to school districts across the province. The funds will be used for a variety of maintenance projects, energy efficiency upgrades and new buses.The Government of Canada is granting over $33M between 2016 and 2020 to 35 small craft harbours across BC, through its Small Craft Harbour Program. The funding will be used in a variety of harbour restoration and upgrading projects.The Government of BC is allocating $50M towards expanding high-speed internet service to 200 rural and Indigenous communitiesThe Government of Canada has closed fisheries around eight newly created marine refuges in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound. The closures apply to all commercial, recreational and Indigenous bottom contact fishing activities.The Government of BC and the Sts'ailes First Nation signed an agreement to share the revenues generated by the expansion of the Sasquatch Mountain Resort near Harrison Lake into an all-season resortThe Donnelly Group is opening five cannabis stores in Vancouver, two stores in the Vancouver suburbs and one store in Kelowna. The first store will open in April with the others opening in quick succession thereafter.The Town of Gibson is partnering with the Governments of Canada and BC to create a 40-unit supportive housing project, which will be operated by RainCity Housing. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2019.The British Columbia Fruit Growers' Association received $4.2M through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriScience Program to develop new commercially viable varieties of apples and cherriesIskwew Air began operations in Vancouver on March 8. The Indigenous owned and operated airline offers charter flights to remote communities and nature tours through a partnership with Campbell River's Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours.
Eleven television pilots will be filmed in Vancouver during the month of MarchThe Government of BC is allocating more than $64M over three years to boost monthly pay rates for caregivers of foster and adoptive children. A further $45M over three years will go towards those providing home-sharing support to vulnerable adults.The Government of BC recently released its strategic framework for growing the provincial tourism industry. As part of the vision, Destination British Columbia received an additional $1M to support marketing and destination development.The Government of Canada is providing $5.3M over two years to fund initiatives aimed at addressing gun and gang violence in BC communitiesIndia Gate Restaurant on Vancouver's Robson Street is one of three independent businesses whose lease will be terminated on July 31 to make way for a new office tower
The B.C. Care Providers Association is forecasting a shortage of care aides for seniorsThe Chocolate Mousse Kitchenware store in Vancouver's West End closed after 32 years. Rapidly rising property taxes were cited as a factor for the closure.Hudson's Bay Co. is closing all of its Home Outfitters locations this yearKey Party, a 1970's inspired bar in Vancouver, opened on February 21The Government of BC is restoring ferry service to coastal communities on ten BC Ferries routes. Most of the 2,700 new round-trip sailings will start this spring.The Government of BC is recruiting up to 65 healthcare providers to staff four new primary-care networks in the Fraser north-west region. The teams will include doctors, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals.The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources created two new divisions to increase its inspection programs and to improve its investment approval process. New funding of $20M over three years will create up to 65 safety and enforcement positions.The Government of BC approved $1.5M in Community Emergency Preparedness Funding for sixty regional governments and First Nation communities. The funds will support local efforts to prepare for disasters by developing evacuation routes.
The Government of Canada launched the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk which will provide $55M over five years towards projects that support aquatic conservation and species at risk in the Fraser and Columbia WatershedsThe Government of BC announced that the $1.9B facility to replace St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver is expected to open in 2026.The new 548 bed facility will house several programs and referral centres.The Government of BC is distributing a $100M Northern Capital and Planning Grant to four regional districts and 22 municipalities in the Northwest. The grants will enable the local governments to address their infrastructure needs.The Government of BC opened the competitive procurement process for the $2.83B Broadway Subway project that will add 5.7km and six subway stations to Vancouver's rapid transit system. Full construction is expected to begin in 2020.Aerospace firm MDA is developing the electronic systems for the Combat Ship Team consortium's contract to design new warships for the Royal Canadian Navy. MDA intends to hire additional workers for its Richmond facility to work on the systems integration.The Government of BC and the First Nations Leadership Council concluded a revenue-sharing agreement that will distribute approximately $3B over 25 years to First Nations communities in BC. The funds will be used to address a range of community priorities.Payless ShoeSource Canada Inc. recently announced it would be seeking creditor protection in Canada and ceasing operations by May. There are 31 Payless Shoe stores in BC.
The Government of BC implemented changes to its WorkBC employment services. The changes include new assistive technology services to help people with disabilities pursue job opportunities and an additional $9M in direct supports such as skills training.Seaspan Marine received direction from the Government of Canada to proceed with construction of new naval support vessels. The decision will enable the shipyard to remain busy until construction of a Coast Guard vessel is approved.The Forest Enhancement Society of BC allocated more than $10M in grants towards nine fibre use projects. The recipients will repurpose residual timber and wood fibre for other uses, while reducing carbon emissions caused by the burning of wood waste.Vancouver Island-based Wilson's Transportation is partnering with Landsea Tours to offer hop-on-hop-off tour service in Vancouver. The partnership plans on expanding its Vancouver fleet to eight buses by 2020.The Governments of Canada and BC are supporting the expansion of the public electric vehicle network by jointly funding more than $1.7M towards building 23 fast charging sites across the provinceThe Government of Canada is providing funding to the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency to build over 600 units of temporary modular housing and to the Union Gospel Mission's Women and Families Centre to help expand to over 60 shelter unitsThe Government of BC is providing $7.4M to the Mission Association of Seniors Housing to build 70 affordable rental homes for seniors and a new senior's community centre. The funding comes from the Province's Building BC: Community Housing Fund.The Public Health Agency of Canada is granting $950,000 over 30 months to the University of Victoria's RADIUS Health Promotion Lab. The lab will collaborate with organizations to design and deliver initiatives that address and prevent chronic diseases.The Government of BC is contributing more than $11M to the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants and BC Settlement and Integration Services programs. The programs provide training, resources and settlement services to assist newcomers in finding employment.The Vancouver School District will receive $40.6M from the Government of BC's Seismic Mitigation Program to make seismic upgrades at three elementary schools. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and should be completed by late 2021.
Discount air carrier, Swoop, is planning to hire 90 employees by the end of 2019 to crew its planes that are based out of the Abbotsford International Airport https://biv.com/article/2019/01/abbotsford-airport-expansion-attracts-ultra-low-cost-carriersEmpire Company Ltd. is reopening ten Safeway stores under its discount grocery brand FreshCo. The five stores in Richmond, Surrey and Mission that closed in July 2018 will reopen later this year, while the other five stores will close soon for renovations.The Government of BC funded five organizations in Surrey to create 156 new licensed child care spaces for children. The money comes from the $221M Childcare BC New Spaces Fund that will support the creation of 22,000 new spaces over the next three years.The Canadian Agricultural Partnership awarded $2.9M in funding to fifteen projects in BC that are pursuing innovative agricultural technologies, tools and products. The Partnership is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.The Government of BC granted over $6.5M to 145 organizations involved with public safety programs through its 2018-19 BC Community Gaming Grants. A further $3.8M was distributed to 120 organizations undertaking environmental projects.The Surrey Board of Trade received almost $200,000 from WorkBC's Community Employer Partnership program. The Board will conduct a labour market study that will identify Surrey's current and future employment needs and skills shortages.According to BuildForce Canada, BC will need an additional 14,600 construction workers by 2021 to meet employment demand for upcoming major private and public infrastructure projectsThe Government of BC and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities are granting $729,500 to 37 communities in 2019. The grants will be used for projects that focus on accessibility, aging well, physical activity and non-medical home supports for seniors.The Government of BC contributed $3M towards new school-based mental health programs that focus on prevention, wellness promotion, and early intervention
Vancouver businesses in the food services, technology, and skilled construction trades face challenges attracting and retaining workers. Nurses and teachers are also in high demand in Vancouver.The Government of Canada provided the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council with more than $299,000 through the Nation Rebuilding Program to build governance and hereditary structuresPacific Immigrant Resources Society received about $1.16M in Government of Canada funding to develop and test a childcare service delivery model. The new service will provide jobs for immigrant women and help service providers who offer onsite childcare.Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Surrey unexpectedly closed its doors on January 25 after its lease was terminatedThe Government of BC has begun acting on recommendations presented by the BC Mining Jobs Task Force by contributing $2M towards creating a mining innovation roadmap and expanding the Regional Mining AllianceThe communities of Enderby, Esquimalt, Port Coquitlam, Port McNeill, Tsawwassen First Nation and Vernon will share $3M through the Community Emergency Preparedness FundThe Government of Canada is providing more than $1M in Climate Change Adaptation Program funding for six BC projects. The projects will research climate adaptation and resilience.The Government of BC, BC Housing, and the City of Burnaby are partnering on the Hall Towers redevelopment project that will provide 331 improved and affordable homes for seniors and people with disabilitiesThe Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement donated just under $1M to the BC Emergency Health Services to train paramedics in providing in-home palliative care to terminally ill patientsAn additional 426 in-home child care spaces have been created in BC because of funding made available through the Childcare BC Start-Up Program. The provincial program offers funding to help unlicensed child care providers become licenced.Canfor Corp. will curtail operations at its Vavenby sawmill for six weeks beginning February 11 and for one week at its Houston and Mackenzie sawmills during the first quarter of 2019 due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions
The Crab Park Chowdery in Vancouver's Gastown area closed its doors on January 20thThe Government of Canada contributed $3.5M to the AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub: Digital Health Circle. The funding will help commercialize preventative health technologies related to aging, and support independence and quality of life for seniors.Doctors of B.C. recently reported on the physician shortage currently facing many communities and regions, noting that every year the province is around 170 new doctors short of replacing those who leaveHabitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver is building up to 50 homes over the next four years in Coquitlam for families with modest incomes. The project will use both volunteers and professional trades labour.The Government of Canada is providing $7.5M in funding to the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program that seeks to divert teenagers away from gang activity and membershipThe Government of BC and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are funding the redevelopment of Roddan Lodge and the Evelyne Saller Centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The social housing project will provide 200 affordable units and services.The British Columbia Construction Association received $3.4M in Government of Canada funding to provide settlement services to pre-arrival clients. The services will prepare newcomers for jobs in the construction industry.
The Government of BC has launched the $3.2M Survivors of Violence and Abuse program and the $3.2M Older Workers 55+ program. The programs provide these groups with new skills training and employment supports while removing barriers to finding jobs.New Beginnings, a 98-unit supportive housing project in Vancouver, provides life and employment skills training, wellness support and volunteer work experience to homeless Indigenous peoples. The Government of BC contributed $16.1M to the facility.The Roosters Country Cabaret in Pitt Meadows closed on January 20. The property was sold to the Joseph Richard Group, which plans to open a new bar on site in mid-2019.Metro Vancouver Water Services began preliminary design work on a new 1.4 km water supply tunnel that will run under Stanley Park. Design work is expected to continue until late 2020, followed by construction between 2021 and 2025 that will cost about $125M.Fibreco Export Inc. committed $100M towards building infrastructure to transfer specialty grains from railcars into bulk freighters at its North Vancouver wood biomass terminal. The agri-products project is scheduled for completion by August 2019.The Government of BC is allocating over $4M to the Fraser Health Authority to fund more direct care for seniors living in residential care homes in Abbotsford, Agassiz and ChilliwackThe City of Richmond's 2019 operating budget includes a plan to hire 107 additional RCMP officers, firefighters and support staff over the next five yearsThe Government of BC is providing over $752,000 under the Tourism Events Program to 15 events and festivals around the province. The recipients include both professional and amateur sporting events, a Shakespearian play and an art show.Fortis B.C. will begin upgrading 12 km of natural gas lines between Burnaby and Coquitlam in March. Construction is expected to be completed by late fall.
The Government of BC has approved $1.5M to develop a 24/7 virtual resource for post-secondary students dealing with mental health and addiction challenges. The program includes counselling sessions, as well as phone, online chat, text and email support.Twenty-nine new craft breweries are planning to open around BC in 2019Vancouver service provider S.U.C.C.E.S.S. received $22.4M in Government of Canada funding to deliver pre-arrival settlement services to newcomers. The online and in-person services abroad will target specific immigration categories and client groups.City Cannabis Company recently received a provincial operating license to open a dispensary at its second retail location in VancouverEvergreen Cannabis Society opened Vancouver's first licensed non-medical retail cannabis store on January 5Kabam Inc. recently moved its Vancouver headquarters into a larger space and rebranded its interactive entertainment and gaming company in anticipation of attracting new young talentCity Cannabis Company opened Vancouver's third legal marijuana store on January 9The Government of BC is allocating over $12.8M to the Fraser Health Authority to fund more direct care for seniors living in residential care homes in Delta, Langley and Surrey
The Government of BC's BikeBC program is open for submissions until February 18, 2019. The program offers funding to communities on a cost sharing basis to create new cycling infrastructure.Fifteen BC-based fisheries and aquaculture businesses will share $1.1M in funding from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to improve environmental sustainability and business resultsBC Ferries is spending $57M to carry out its annual maintenance and refit cycle on its fleet of ferries. The company employs more than 5,100 British Columbians in communities around the province.The Northern Health Authority launched a strategy to recruit and retain nurses in remote and rural locations in Northern BC. The strategy includes offering temporary housing and using a newly-formed travel pool to address the long-term nursing shortage.Xing Fu Tang, a Taiwanese bubble tea café chain, recently opened storefronts in Vancouver and Richmond. The company plans to expand the chain further into Canada.The Government of Canada is providing Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation with $2M over four years to restore the coastal habitats of the Chinook salmon in the Fraser River EstuaryThe Government of BC is accepting applications under the BC Air Access Program. The program provides cost-sharing funding to communities undertaking safety and green energy infrastructure upgrades to regional airports, heliports and water aerodromes.Exxon Mobil Corp. has withdrawn its environmental assessment application for a $25-billion LNG export facility on the BC coast that it proposed in 2015Vancouver's transit authority TransLink is experiencing a shortage of drivers and dispatchers for its HandyDart door-to-door shared ride service for people with disabilities. TransLink is working with its contractor ¿ First Canada ¿ to recruit new drivers.The Construction Foundation of BC provides youth with training and support to transition from provincial care into employment opportunities in construction and other industries. The Shift program also assists with driver training, licensing and mentoring.
The Dixon Transition Society received funding through the Building BC: Women's Transition Fund to build 20 affordable rental homes in Burnaby for women and children leaving violence. The Society will also offer counselling and support services.Comicshop, a comic store in Vancouver's Kitsilano area since 1974, recently announced that it was in receivership and is closing. An unknown number of employees are impacted by the closure.Vancouver-based companies MDA and UrtheCast Corp were awarded contracts under the Defence Innovation Research Program valued at $5.2M to leverage artificial intelligence and satellite imaging to further maritime and land surveillanceLens and Shutter has closed its three photography stores in VancouverThe City of Vancouver and the Government of BC are partnering to build a $30M rental housing building. The social services provider S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will operate the 109 affordable housing units, which will be available by early 2021.FI.SPAN, a financial technology company that specializes in simplifying transactions between banks and their customers, has raised $4M in equity financing to expand its operations. The company expects to double its Vancouver office over the next 18 months.The Governments of Canada and BC are spending up to $62.94M on green infrastructure projects and efficiency upgrades at the community level through the CleanBC Communities Fund
A Supreme Court of BC decision ordered the last 28 marijuana dispensaries operating without a licence in Vancouver to immediately close. The city currently has no legal stores operating, although four operations are waiting for provincial approval to open.The City of Richmond began site preparation on its temporary modular housing project in December. Construction of the 40 unit project and related landscaping will begin in February 2019.The Governments of Canada and BC recently signed a five-year, $1.4M French-language services agreement. The agreement will improve access to programs and services in French in the economic development, justice, early childhood, arts and culture sectors.
The Government of Canada is providing UA Piping Industry College of BC with over $762,000 through the Union Training and Innovation Program. The funds will support 90 apprentices from underrepresented groups in completing their skilled trades training.Coast Mental Health recently launched a new restaurant in Vancouver. The Social Crust Café and Catering provides culinary skills, training and job experience to youth living with mental health issues or those who face barriers to employment.The Government of BC has increased its funding for the K-12 public education system by $591M. The additional funds from the Classroom Enhancement Fund will enable districts to support higher student enrolment and to hire up to 3,900 more teachers.The City of Burnaby is spending $1.95M to rebuild a portion of the Barnet Marine Park parking lot and to add a walkway and bio-filtration drainage system. The upgrades are needed to address traffic congestion and overcrowding issues at the site.D-Wave Systems Inc of Burnaby received $2M from the Province of BC's Innovative Clean Energy Fund to develop its next-generation quantum computing system. The technology will improve energy efficiency for complex computational problems.The Government of BC and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $5.1M for a multi-use pedestrian/cyclist overpass on Stewardson Way in New Westminster. Construction is expected to start in January 2019 with completion scheduled for next summer.Village Farms International, Inc. has received a license amendment for its Pure Farms cannabis growing operations in Delta that will allow a major expansion. The newly licensed area is expected to be fully planted and in production immediately.
The Government of BC is seeking bus carriers willing to take over eight Interior long-haul bus routes that remain unfilled. Operators of these routes are still required to obtain an intercity bus license.The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Government of Canada are jointly funding $7M towards the Shore Power Technology for Ports program. The program enables ships to connect to an electrical grid supplied by renewable energy sources while alongside.The Government of Canada is working with the Government of BC to create the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. The Government of Canada is providing more than $100M over six years to the fund while the BC Government will announce its contribution in the coming months.West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. recently announced plans to curtail lumber production over the holiday period at its sawmills in Chasm, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Chetwynd. An unknown number of employees will be impacted.The Government of Canada is providing $2.5M to four coastal First Nations to develop and evaluate a new maritime awareness system. The system will increase access to data and expand the type of maritime data available to Indigenous and coastal stakeholders.ABC Communications is receiving Connecting British Columbia grant funding to install or upgrade high-speed broadband internet service in about 650 households and businesses in the Clinton, Deka Lake and Wells areasCrabtree & Evelyn Canada Inc. recently filed for bankruptcy protection and is closing all of its Canadian stores, including six in BC. An unknown number of employees are impacted.The BC Wildfire Service is recruiting between 150 and 200 wildfire firefighter positions for the 2019 fire season. Successful recruits will work between May and September and be eligible for recall rights and potential year-round work with the Service.
The Government of Canada recently announced a $25M endowment to Avalanche Canada. The funds will go towards promoting avalanche safety through public education, awareness training and enhanced forecasting services.Road work on the Haney Bypass improvement project is scheduled to begin in spring 2019. The upgrades are part of the $70M Highway 7 project to improve traffic flow through the Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission corridor.The Government of BC is directing $1.1B over the next decade towards retrofitting its social housing units to be more energy efficient, safer and less polluting. The project will create approximately 7,700 direct and indirect jobs in BC.The Surrey School District and the Government of BC are partnering to accelerate construction of permanent classroom space in new and existing schools. The $166.7M project will enable more than 7,000 students to move out of portables by 2021.BC Ferries recently outlined its 2019-2030 $3.9B capital plan. Projects outlined include the purchase of new vessels, upgrading its existing fleet and terminals, introducing alternative fuel sources and investing in its fleet maintenance facility.The Vancouver Coastal Health Region opened an Urgent Primary Care Centre in the downtown core. The facility aims to minimize hospital visits by offering same-day access to doctors, nurses and other medical professionals for non-life threatening conditions.The Government of BC is providing $231M to build more than 1,100 affordable homes for Indigenous peoples. The housing will be spread across 26 communities and includes both off-reserve and on-reserve homes.The Government of Canada is spending up to $153M to match private sector investments in the BC-based Digital Technology Supercluster. The supercluster is expected to create more than 13,500 jobs over 10 years.Fifty-five organizations that provide community services in BC received capital grants under the provincial Community Gaming Grants program. The funds will support the purchase and upgrading of facilities, infrastructure and equipment.The Insurance Corporation of BC is redirecting $2.4M of its advertising budget in the next fiscal year towards enhancing traffic enforcement. A total of $24.8M will now be spent on policing and traffic safety programs to reduce accident costs.BC Hydro will begin construction on a new Capilano Substation in Murdo Frazer Park in late 2019. The $50-$100M five-year project to replace one of the North Shore's main power substations will also include improvements to the park.
The Canadian Coast Guard has approved six new radar installations along the southern BC coast. The radar expansion will improve the monitoring of marine traffic while providing better protection for the marine environment and coastal communities.Ten BC First Nations communities received funds from the Government of Canada's $5.7M Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program. The program supports local guardians to undertake environmental monitoring and stewardship in their traditional territories.The Neil Squire Society was awarded a $28.8M five year Government of BC contract to provide the Assistive Technology Services program. Beginning on April 1, 2019, workers can access assistive technology and services to help with finding employment.Sikora's Classical Records will close its door for good on February 28, 2019. The Vancouver store cited competition from new technology and online commerce as eroding its customer base.The Governments of Canada and BC are partnering with local governments to invest more than $136M on five projects aimed at improving public transit. Projects include purchasing new buses, installing Smart Bus technology and building bus shelters.The National Disaster Mitigation Program is funding 32 projects in BC that address the risks and costs arising from flooding events. More than $16.5M in federal and provincial funds will go towards risk assessments, flood mapping and mitigation projects.The North Vancouver Board of Education has received $23.7M from the BC Seismic Mitigation Program to undertake seismic upgrading at Mountainside Secondary School. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and be completed by fall 2021.The Government of BC introduced legislation that began the process to allow ride-hailing companies to start operations in BC in late 2019. All ride-hailing and taxi drivers will require a Class 4 commercial licence and undergo mandatory criminal checks.According to WorkBC's latest Labour Market Outlook, there will be 903,000 job openings in the province over the next decade
Community organizations in BC are sharing $45.5M in funding through provincial Community Gaming Grants. Eligible organizations provide programs, facilities and resources that encourage participation in arts, culture and sport.The BC Lottery Corporation has approved the Cascades Casino Delta, a gambling and entertainment facility in Delta that will also include a hotel and restaurants. Construction will begin in early 2019 with the casino opening in mid-2020.The Government of BC is providing $492M to deliver 4,900 new affordable rental homes directed at middle-income families, low-wage workers, seniors and others on fixed income. Seventy-two projects have been approved throughout the province.The Government of BC is contributing an additional $10M towards relief, recovery and resiliency efforts and activities for those impacted by the 2018 wildfire seasonThe Government of BC has chosen 53 childcare facilities across the province as prototype sites to provide subsidized child care. The facilities will receive funding through the Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.Vancouver's Precision Nanosystems received $1M through the Government of Canada's Western Innovation Initiative to develop and commercialize the next generation of instruments to manufacture nanomedicinesWest Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. is permanently curtailing lumber production by eliminating a third shift at its Fraser Lake and Quesnel mills. The company hopes to accommodate the 135 workers impacted by offering them work at other West Fraser operations.Simon Fraser University has received a $1.9M grant from the Government of Canada to equip the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Integration with new micro and nanotechnology research equipmentThe Government of Canada is providing the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries with $1M to engage women, Indigenous Peoples and youth in training and employment opportunities in the marine sector
The Government of Canada is committing $61.5M to implement additional measures to protect the Southern Resident Killer Whales. The measures will address threats to the survival and recovery of the species.TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre, has received a total of $31.8M in funding from the Government of Canada, the Government of BC, BC Cancer Foundation and the UBC to build the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes in VancouverMétis Nation BC, the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, and the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres will share $3.6M over three years to staff eleven new Indigenous early learning and child care planning and navigator positionsThe City of Vancouver, BC Housing and Concord Pacific signed an agreement to build up to 650 units of affordable, non-market housing in Yaletown. The agreement is part of the city's Northeast False Creek Plan to redevelop the area.Lowe's is closing its RONA Columbia Square store in New Westminster and block plant in Kamloops as part of a larger restructuring of its North American operations. The number of employees affected and a final closing date is not known at this time.
The Government of BC is making safety upgrades to the Highway 11-Highway 7 intersection by extending the left-turn lane and installing lights. Construction of the $220,000 project will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by December 2018.The BC Cancer Foundation has received an anonymous $18.3M donation. The funds will be directed towards a molecular imaging and therapeutics program that involves researching and developing radiopharmaceuticals through clinical trials.The Government of BC is building 280 new transition homes to provide short-term shelter and support to women and children fleeing violence. Funding is provided through the $734M Women's Transition Housing Fund.The Dilawri Foundation donated $5M to Vancouver Central Library to expand their children's programming and to create interactive spaces. Construction is set to begin in 2020.The Western Forestry Contractors' Association reports that reforestation firms are straining to recruit and retain sufficient workers. Low wages and the urgency to reforest following recent wildfire seasons are cited as causes for the worker shortage.The Government of Canada is providing $49.3M to General Fusion to develop transformative carbon-free energy technology. The funding will help the Burnaby company create 400 new jobs and develop a prototype plant to commercialize fusion energy.The Governments of BC and Canada are allocating $82.5M in 2018-19 to provide more inclusive child care to 1,000 children through the Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Supported Child Development programsThe BC Liquor Distribution Branch opened a new 400,000 sq. ft. distribution centre in Delta. The centre will employ approximately 560 full-time equivalent staff and operate three shifts, 24 hours a day, to provide more efficient service to clients.Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital recently received a $6.5M donation from the London Drugs Foundation and the Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundation. The funds will go towards establishing a new cardiac centre and for recruiting medical specialists.According to a report by O'Neil Marketing and Consulting, there are 401 Indigenous tourism businesses in BC that generate over $705M a year and create 7,400 jobs. The businesses are largely in the retail, outdoor adventure and accommodation industries.
Edmonton-based long-haul bus company Ebus is extending its services into BC. Operations are anticipated to begin by late October and include routes between Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna.Family Services of Greater Vancouver's adoption agency is shuttering operations on November 1 as a result of a drop in international adoptionsCoast Mountain Bus Company is recruiting up to 500 transit bus drivers by July 2019 to cover their expanded routes in Metro VancouverParent advisory councils across BC are eligible for approximately $13.5M in Community Gaming Grants over the 2018-19 school year. The funds can be used to provide enhanced extracurricular activities and to invest in facilities and infrastructure.Wilson's Transportation is expanding its Vancouver Island charter bus service to include daily commuter service between Vancouver and KamloopsThe Government of Canada launched the $20M Women Entrepreneurship Fund. Businesses owned or led by women are eligible for up to $100,000 from the fund to assist them in growing and reaching export markets.The Government of Canada is directing 1.6M from the $167.4M Whales Initiative into researching measures to reduce underwater noise in the Salish Sea area frequented by the Southern Resident Killer WhalesThe Musqueam Indian Band ¿ YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement is connecting band members with jobs at the airport and other Sea Island businesses and contractorsThe Government of Canada is providing over $9.5M to fund safety improvements at regional airports in Masset, Terrace-Kitimat, Tofino-Long Beach and Castlegar. The upgrades include runway rehabilitation, new lighting and snow removal equipment.Wow Air, an Icelandic low cost airline, is offering direct flights between Vancouver and Reykjavik six days a week. The flights will begin in June 2019.Launch Academy, a start-up incubator, has started a virtual and augmented realities hub in Vancouver. The facility offers training programs and mentorship opportunities and includes a device lab to test new technologies.
Labour Market Bulletins
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
- Agriculture | (PDF, 590 KB)
- Construction | (PDF, 417 KB)
- Forestry and Logging | (PDF, 573 KB)
- Health Care and Social Assistance | (PDF, 402 KB)
- Information, Culture and Recreation | (PDF, 428 KB)
- Manufacturing | (PDF, 396 KB)
- Mining and Quarrying | (PDF, 498 KB)
- Oil and Gas | (PDF, 402 KB)
- Public Administration | (PDF, 411 KB)
- Real Estate, Rental and Leasing | (PDF, 392 KB)
- Retail Trade | (PDF, 487 KB)
- Transportation and Warehousing | (PDF, 399 KB)
- Wholesale Trade | (PDF, 399 KB)