British Columbia

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Chinese miners in B.C. | Review of foreign worker program

Controversial plans to hire 201 Chinese workers at a proposed mine in northern British Columbia have prompted Ottawa to announce a review of its entire foreign worker program, with the government suggesting the case has revealed deeper problems with a system designed to fill short-term labour shortages. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley issued a statement … Continue reading

Canada – Temporary Foreign Worker Program – Recruiters in China are charging $12,500

News that a company backed by Chinese state-owned steelmakers plans to bring more than 200 Chinese miners to work temporarily in its coal mines in northern B.C. has put a much-needed spotlight on Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, as has news that recruiters in China are charging $12,500 a head for access to these mining … Continue reading

BC – Universities warn of jobs crisis

The province’s leading universities have fired a warning shot across the bow of Premier Christy Clark’s vaunted jobs agenda. Without increased government funding of postsecondary education and better financial aid for hard-pressed students, B.C. faces a bleak future of jobs going begging, according to a report presented Thursday to the legislature’s select finance committee. “This … Continue reading

BC – Forest industry tackles Skills Gap

In Prince George, forest company Canfor has plans to convert its mothballed Rustad sawmill into a $10-million training centre for skilled workers. At High Prairie, Alberta, Tolko Industries has already done the same thing at its shuttered High Prairie mill, partnering with a local college and the Alberta government in a $5.3-million program to train … Continue reading

Canada – Trade Union slams ‘mass importation’ of Chinese workers for B.C. coal mine

A major B.C. labour organization denounced on Monday the “mass importation” of Chinese workers to mine coal in the northeast part of the province, saying it is “preposterous” to suggest British Columbians don’t have the skills to fill close to 2,000 full-time jobs destined for foreign workers. “We want to register our grave concerns about … Continue reading

Canada – Employment Up by 34,000 with 33,000 in Quebec

After a decline in July, employment rose by 34,000 in August, the result of an increase in part-time work. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.3%. Employment On a year-over-year basis, employment increased by 1.0% or 177,000, with most of the gains occurring in the spring of this year. Virtually all of the increase in the 12-month period was in full-time … Continue reading

BC Mining – Campbell River – 200 to 300 jobs in 3 years ?

Geoscience info could make CR mining hub Campbell River could become a service centre for increased mining exploration activity on the North Island following a $930,000 funding announcement under the BC Jobs Plan. “This initiative, by itself, could be a major driver for your economy,” said Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell at the … Continue reading

Skills Gap | B.C. and Alberta | You can’t just put up a help-wanted ad or hang out a shingle

News that oilsands recruiters have been appearing at British Columbia’s junior hockey games isn’t going over well with the resource sector on this side of the provincial border who are chasing the same pool of skilled workers. B.C.’s mining, forestry and energy sectors are expecting to need as many as 10,000 people over the next … Continue reading

Irish could fill up to 80,000 construction jobs in Canada – The Irish Times – Mon, Feb 27, 2012

UP TO 80,000 jobs in British Columbia could be filled by Irish construction workers, according to a delegation from western Canada which is visiting Ireland this week. Manley MacLachlan, president of the British Columbia Construction Association, which represents over 2,000 companies, said yesterday there was “a world of opportunities” for suitable workers in the western … Continue reading

BC | Hiring surge for tech sector

British Columbia’s technology sector appears to have weathered the global downturn and expects to create more than 3,000 new jobs in 2012, according to a new survey from the B.C. Technology Industry Association. The group’s bi-annual TechTalent B.C. survey showed the industry expects a five per cent growth in jobs this year with demand highest … Continue reading

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