British Columbia

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Post-Secondary Education Gap in British Columbia – Forgoing up to $7.9 billion in GDP and over $1.8 billion in lost tax revenues annually

British Columbia’s economy is forgoing up to $7.9 billion in GDP and over $1.8 billion in lost tax revenues annually, because too few people have the education and skills needed to help businesses innovate and grow. • Reliance on workers with post-secondary education (PSE) has grown in recent decades. In 1991–92, the share of jobs … Continue reading

LMDA – Governments of Canada and British Columbia sign job training deal

The Governments of Canada and British Columbia today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that paves the way towards retooling an existing federal-provincial job training deal which will better-align training with jobs. The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development … Continue reading

Temporary Foreign Worker in Canada – Eased hiring conditions have risen unemployment rates in Alberta and British Columbia says CD Howe

Since easier access to a large supply of foreign labour might generate undesirable incentives on the part of both employers and prospective workers, a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program requires careful design. Failure at any stage of the process – at time of hiring, during employment, or at the end of the contract – is … Continue reading

Coming back to BC – Shuting door on doctors from foreign medical schools

Canadians who study medicine, even at the best medical schools in the world, face barriers and prejudice when they seek to return home to work in B.C. and rejoin their families.   The government has allowed universities, instead of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, to choose who is granted entry-level training jobs as resident … Continue reading

BC Skills Gap / Only 18 per cent of employers with trades have apprentices

Difficulty finding a job for that valuable work experience is a challenge for many beginning tradespeople Continue reading

Skills Gap in BC Building Sector / The industry turns to Ireland

The current shortage of skilled tradespeople in Western Canada is so dire that the B.C. Construction Association is returning to Ireland this month to hire 600 people, said the group’s vice-president. In fact, even if one-in-five students graduating from high school in B.C. during the next three years were to pursue a trade, there still … Continue reading

Canada / BC and Ontario talk tactics against Canada Jobs Grant

The provinces are gearing up to battle Ottawa this fall over the federal government’s signature skills-training program, with British Columbia’s Christy Clark and Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne hunkering down to plan strategy for the coming fight. And in one of the sharpest criticisms yet of the Canada Jobs Grant, Ms. Clark said the program would simply … Continue reading

BC’s Liquefied Natural Gas / Union leaders join Premier to train thousands workers

Some of British Columbia’s most powerful labour leaders are pledging to work with Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government and the energy industry to help thousands of B.C. workers land jobs in what could be the province’s multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas industry. B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair and B.C. Building Trades Council executive director … Continue reading

BC / First Nations Job Search Sites

General Search Simply Hired – http://www.simplyhired.ca/a/jobs/list/q-aboriginal/pn-2 Aboriginal Canada – http://www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca/acp.nsf Indeed – http://ca.indeed.com/jobs?q=aboriginal&gclid=CJmV5pm5g7MCFQSCQgodT0MAcA First Nations in British Columbia – http://fnbc.info/jobs First Nations Jobs Online- http://www.firstnationsjobsonline.com/

Canada / The Controversy over Chinese miners is not over

One resident of an unnamed British Columbia community claimed to personally know 40 unemployed miners who would be more than happy to work at a proposed coal mine in the province’s northeast that was instead slated to employ temporary Chinese workers. Another lamented the mine’s hiring plan as just the latest example of Canadian resources … Continue reading

BC / The auto sector needs skilled labour

The Automobile Retailers Association and its industry partners have conducted a study to identify future labour needs of the sector. The research project took an industry “pulse check” to compare future labour demand with anticipated supply to see how they will align. The project identified a future gap in all employment areas in the automotive … Continue reading

Canada / BC’s Skills Gap / The number of jobs requiring university, college, or trades credentials will exceed the supply of graduates in 2016

A B.C. Labour Market Profile reveals that by 2016, B.C. will reach a “tipping point” where the number of jobs requiring university, college, or trades credentials will exceed the supply of graduates in the province. The report was released by B.C.’s six research universities, based on the provincial government’s BC Labour Market Outlook. It notes … Continue reading

Canada / Mandarin: a requirement for jobs at B.C. mine

A mining company under scrutiny over its plan to bring 201 Chinese miners to a proposed project in northern British Columbia listed Mandarin as a language requirement when it applied for temporary foreign worker permits, newly released documents reveal. The Federal Court released a package of documents Friday linked to HD Mining’s proposed Murray River … Continue reading

BC / Immigration / Visa program suspended

Six months after the B.C. government called for more authority to boost its intake of skilled immigrants, officials have suspended a program that fast-tracked visas for business investors following a suspicious surge in applications. British Columbia’s provincial nominee program saw an “extraordinary” increase in the number of business applicants for a category that promised a … Continue reading

HD Mining / Jobs advertised in China at lower pay

A mining company that has hired hundreds of temporary workers from China for its northern B.C. coal mine advertised those jobs in Canada for $10 to $17 less than what is paid for similar work at a nearby mine, a lawyer representing two unions told a federal court judge on Friday. HD Mining also advertised … Continue reading

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