Junior Achievement B.C. received a $1 million grant to ensure our youth have access to business skills, are better prepared to enter the labour force, and have the information necessary to consider an entrepreneurial career choice.
A new job search tool, WorkBC is a one-stop website that empowers users to do more than find jobs - it features interactive tools for users, they can explore careers and industry profiles, research labour and economic trends, access programs and benefits, and learn more about skills, training and available funding. It is a key customer-service deliverable under the BC Jobs Plan.
Premier Christy Clark announced $1.6 million for skills training programs at Thompson Rivers University. This funding supports students in the trades by investing in classroom skills training in high demand in the Cariboo.
British Columbia's forest sector strategy, released under the BC Jobs Plan, builds on and grows six priorities planted by the Working Roundtable on Forestry. These priorities support a more vibrant sector that creates employment in every part of the province.
Up to 300 young families and youth in government care are benefitting from a Family and Youth Partnership pilot project aimed at helping them find employment and build healthier futures. The project focuses on eligible young families on income assistance, and youth transitioning from care or involved with the child welfare system who appear at risk of transferring onto income assistance.
Over the next decade, there will be about 1.1 million job openings in this province. The new Employment Program of BC provides unemployed British Columbians with the supports and services they need to do get back to work and be self-sufficient.
Unemployed British Columbians will now receive the supports and services they need to get back to work quickly. Job seekers will be able to access services through WorkBC Employment Services Centres, as well as through satellite offices and mobile and outreach services in their communities.
The B.C. government and Western Forest Products jointly announced a $16-million upgrade to the Saltair sawmill, worth $16-million, to position the company for future exports. The retrofit will provide jobs for contractors and suppliers who specialize in mill infrastructure upgrades.
Premier Christy Clark and Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire announced a series of agreements to strengthen B.C. and Washington's cross-border partnerships, attract investment and create new jobs. The 2012 Action Plan on Jobs maintains the strong partnership between Washington and British Columbia on border management and cross-border infrastructure development.
Thanks in part to a $4-million investment from our government through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement, the Aboriginal Training for Employment Program (ATEP) gives Aboriginal students an opportunity to obtain skills training. This program helps participants pursue further studies and employment opportunities. ATEP is another Government initiative in ensuring that Aboriginal youth obtain the necessary skills to participate in the workforce.
Over 80 representatives from community organizations, First Nations, post-secondary institutions, employers, and labour organizations took part in the first Regional Workforce Table open house forum. The goal of the forum was to provide a labour market snapshot of the opportunities and challenges facing Northwest British Columbia. This forum is an example of the Government's dedication to aligning skills-training programs with the Northwest's labour market.
The BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) and its sector partners were awarded $632,500 for the development and pilot delivery of an industry-standard Parks and Public Works Technician training program. The program, which is part of 'Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan,’ seeks to ensure the B.C. parks and public works sector has continuing access to a qualified, skilled employee population over the next five to ten years.
Quinsam Mine, a coal mine located on central Vancouver Island, was awarded a Mines Act amendment permit to extend its mining operations. Quinsam Mine, the only underground coal mine in B.C., will produce more than 500,000 tonnes of thermal coal a year and will continue to prove jobs in the Campbell River area.
As part of the BC Jobs Plan, a Mines Act permit for the Barkerville Gold Mine, outside of Wells, was announced. The mine will provide 30 direct jobs at Bonanza Ridge and a further 40 jobs at the QR Mine once it is fully operational.
A total of $10 million in skills-training funding was made available to B.C. sector and industry groups over three years to allow them to play a leading role in developing new training programs to help meet labour market needs. The new funding builds on a commitment in the BC Jobs Plan to enhance access to skills training throughout B.C.
Three innovative online job tools were introduced by our government as part of 'Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan.' These tools allow British Columbians to explore career opportunities and find labour market information for any region of B.C.
The Government of B.C. provided a funding boost for a new program to support training for people to work in the mining industry, part of the BC Jobs Plan commitment to provide skills training to meet labour market demands in key sectors of the economy.
Our government partnered with communities in three regional economic development pilot projects as part of 'Canada Starts Here - The BC Jobs Plan'. In Campbell River, the Barriere to McBride corridor, and the North Fraser communities of Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission, communities looked at ways to attract investment, to diversify their economies and create jobs in their area.
Ten more B.C. municipalities are making it easier to start and run a business thanks to BizPaL, an online business permit and licence service that saves entrepreneurs time and money. In total, 110 B.C. communities now offer BizPaL. BizPaL is the result of a unique partnership among federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, which cuts through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter.
A record-breaking number of skilled tradespersons have qualified as journeypersons this year. Nearly 8,760 Certificates of Qualification have been awarded by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for the 2011-12 year – more than ever before, at a time when B.C.'s economy needs them the most. This is the highest number of certificates awarded since the ITA was established in 2004, and represents a 20 per cent increase over 2010-11, when 7,318 certificates were awarded.
Students across British Columbia will have new opportunities for skills training, thanks to $10 million in one-time funding being provided to 16 B.C. public post-secondary institutions to prepare workers for jobs in their regions.
Thirty people in Northern British Columbia began a five-week training program to learn the skills necessary to work as log or chip truck drivers and heavy equipment operators (HEO) in the forestry industry.
JobFest, an engaging exhibition, toured more than 25 communities in Northern B.C., connecting and educating youth on the multitude of career opportunities in our province. Young people are vital to our economic future and JobFest brought labour market and career information to them in a fun and creative way.
B.C. hosted leaders from California, Oregon and Washington at this year's Pacific Coast Collaborative where the four governments launched the 2012 West Coast Action Plan on Jobs. The plan outlines bold steps to grow the clean economy along the West Coast – a $47-billion sector that could triple in size by 2020 and create one million new jobs.
The BC Jobs Plan showed success just six months after implementation with 39,900 net new jobs, an export license for the Kitimat LNG facility, construction underway at four mines, improved infrastructure, and the start of numerous job training programs. Building on that success, the BC Jobs Plan continues to focus on sector strategies for forestry, mining, agrifoods, transportation, international education and technology.
The expansion of Endako mine near Fraser Lake will create 160 new jobs and sustain a total of 400 employees in the north. It also provides jobs to the 36 displaced mill workers who lost their source of income as a result of the explosion at Babine Mill in Burns Lake.
Changes to the Business Corporations Act allow for a new hybrid company: a community contribution company that combines socially beneficial purposes with a restricted ability to distribute profits to shareholders. The change responded to the growing demand for socially-focused investment options and fosters social enterprise investments.
A new land use agreement with the Kaska Dena First Nations in the north will provide certainty around resource development and will reduce the backlog of mining permits. The land use agreement will help create jobs in the mining sector, which is further emphasized by the Government's BC Jobs Plan.
The BC Construction Association, with help from our government's Labour Market Partnership Program, launched a new business succession pilot program. The pilot project is designed to help small construction businesses find people to take over their companies when there is a retirement or sale opportunity. The $121,000 program will focus on rural and remote areas of B.C., as the government is dedicated to strengthening the province's economy in all areas of the province.
A large mine expansion permit was approved for the Huckleberry Mine near Smithers. The Huckleberry mine expansion will ensure stable jobs for the current 230 employees for another nine years and provide approximately 70 additional jobs.
Our government is helping employees gain the essential skills they need to succeed while increasing productivity for employers through a $1.5 million investment in SkillsPlus. Over 450 British Columbians benefitted from essential skills training through nine SkillsPlus training projects across B.C.
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell hosted a forum on the Regional Economic Development Pilot in Campbell River. The Regional Economic Investment Pilot is part of an initiative to engage the public to help generate ideas to attract investment and create jobs in areas consistent with the BC Jobs Plan.
The B.C. government invested over $13 million in new employment skills training in regions throughout British Columbia. Job types included auto refinishing, underground mining, shellfish aquaculture and a host of other programs.