BC Minister’s Statement on March’s Labour Force Survey Results

EIN British Columbia Logo

April 20, 2022

Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has issued the following statement on the release of Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey for March 2022:

“As we shift into spring, British Columbia continues to lead the country in economic recovery with eight straight months of job growth. B.C. created 10,500 new jobs in March, building on the 100,000 jobs created last year.

“Supported by our StrongerBC Economic Plan, 94,500 more people are working in B.C. now than prior to the pandemic – the highest job recovery rate in Canada (103.6%). B.C.’s unemployment rate continues to be one of the lowest in Canada at 5.1%, remaining at a level not seen since before the pandemic began.

“B.C. also has the highest job recovery rates in the country for the private sector (104.9%) and for women (104.3%).

“Our government has been determined to grow good-paying jobs in our private-sector – both with unprecedented supports to get through the pandemic and new investments to grow jobs and opportunity as we recover. Today, we are leading Canada in private-sector job recovery, with 82,700 more people working in the private sector than prior to the pandemic, complementing the tens of thousands of new health-care workers and other public-sector workers delivering the services people in B.C. count on.

“In March, we paid tribute to the important work done to advance gender equity and I am pleased that B.C. leads Canada with 54,900 more women working now than before to the pandemic. This underlines the importance of our government’s supports for workers through the pandemic and of our work to expand access to quality, affordable child care so more women can enter the workforce.

“Helping to bolster the job recovery rate is a record number of people coming to B.C. to make our province home. New data shows more than 100,000 people made British Columbia home last year, arriving from other provinces, the territories and abroad. This sets a new record and makes it clear that B.C. is a leader in attracting the people we need to fill an anticipated one million job openings over the next decade as we work to deliver the housing and services to support this growth.

“This week, the Province also unveiled the Mass Timber Action Plan to support good, sustainable jobs for people in the forest industry in British Columbia, along with $1.2 million in funding to build four new mass timber construction projects for both residential and commercial use.

“B.C. is already a leader in this environmentally sustainable technology and has the highest number of mass timber buildings per capita of any province or state in North America. That’s why I am heading to the International Mass Timber Conference in Portland, Ore., next week to show the world the potential of our value-added, low-carbon wood product. Building relationships with potential investors face-to-face is invaluable as we seek to support good jobs for people in B.C.  in this emerging, innovative sector.

“We’re going to continue our work to build a strong economy recovery that benefits everyone, because we know that an economy built for people is an economy built to succeed.”

Source

Related Articles


Latest Articles

  • Comprehensive Energy Savings Incentive Program for Alberta Businesses

    Comprehensive Energy Savings Incentive Program for Alberta Businesses

    Through additional financial incentives for participants bundling efficiency measures and new technology types, the Comprehensive Energy Savings (CES) stream supports facilities that are aiming to achieve deeper emissions reductions and energy savings. Participants that bundle smaller capital investments into a bigger investment package will benefit from increased incentives and greater long-term results, such as increased… Read More…

  • ECAO Anti-Racism Toolbox TalkAnti-Racism Toolbox

    ECAO Anti-Racism Toolbox TalkAnti-Racism Toolbox

    February 7, 2023 Racist actions, activities, tones, or remarks have no place in Ontario workplaces including construction sites. The ECAO not only have zero tolerance for any form of racism or intimidation, they are taking responsibility to stand up and be actively anti-racist in policy and action. To assist and educate member companies and their… Read More…

  • 2022 Electrical Contractor Survey: Material Availability and Price Volatility Increasing Risk for Electrical Contractors

    2022 Electrical Contractor Survey: Material Availability and Price Volatility Increasing Risk for Electrical Contractors

    February 6, 2023 By: Blake Marchand There are several factors that have led to uncertainty when it comes to material availability and product prices fluctuation in the electrical market. Primarily, those factors stem from global events that influence the broader market – the value and demand of raw materials, the cost of shipping, the cost… Read More…

  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 , 25th Edition – A Road Map: Section 80

    Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 , 25th Edition – A Road Map: Section 80

    Rule 80-000 notes that this is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies only to the installation of impressed current cathodic protection systems. Appendix B and the CEC Handbook have additional information and descriptions of Cathodic Protection. This Section considers that the wiring methods used in installing such systems are sometimes inconsistent with the requirements of other Sections of the Code. Read More…


Changing Scene

  • Arlington Presents National and Regional Sales Awards at NEMRA 2023 Conference

    Arlington Presents National and Regional Sales Awards at NEMRA 2023 Conference

    February 7, 2023 Arlington Industries Inc. is pleased to announce the recipients of their annual representative sales awards – for 2022 sales of Arlington’s MADE IN USA and many patented, innovative and labor-saving products. Presented to firms representing Arlington at the recent 2023 National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA) meeting in Las Vegas, the awards… Read More…

  • Westburne Announces Three New Appointments in Quebec

    Westburne Announces Three New Appointments in Quebec

    February 7, 2023 Westburne has announced three new appointments in for their Quebec division. Stephane Lepage has been appointed Director of Sales – West effective January 10th. “With over 25 years of experience, Stephane started his career with Westburne, where he held several positions within the company. He then moved to other distributors and manufacturers…. Read More…

  • Acuity Brands Announces Licensing Agreement with BIOS

    Acuity Brands Announces Licensing Agreement with BIOS

    February 7, 2023  Acuity Brands, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. has entered into an agreement to participate in the BIOS ILLUMINATED™ partnership program. In connection with this agreement, BIOS will sell to Acuity Brands certain human-centric LED lighting components for use in its architectural lighting fixtures for wellness. Acuity Brands will… Read More…

  • FLO Introduces FLO Ultra™: a New DC Fast Charger Designed to Provide the Ultimate Fast Charging Experience

    FLO Introduces FLO Ultra™: a New DC Fast Charger Designed to Provide the Ultimate Fast Charging Experience

    February 7, 2023 FLO introduced FLO Ultra, an ultra-fast charger engineered to maximize energy delivery with future-proof performance and smart design that enables the ultimate EV charging experience. “EV demand and sales are topping all industry expectations and are now forecasted to exceed more than 45% of U.S. light duty vehicle sales by 2030,” said Nathan Yang,… Read More…