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In April 2016, the unemployment rate[1] in the tourism sector was at 6.8%, which is 0.1% higher than the rate reported in April 2015, and higher than the previous month (March 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.0%. Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – April 2015/2016
Pacific Gateway Hotel won the NAOSH award in Tourism/Hospitality in 2015
These (post-secondary, trades and general community) events were held in Abbotsford, Comox, Cranbrook, Delta, Kamloops, Kelowna, North Vancouver, Prince George, Richmond, Squamish, Whistler, Vancouver, Vernon and Victoria. We estimated to have reached close to 3,700 people at these events. Special thanks to our industry partners who attended some of these events with us:
The Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, offers employers a $2,800 wage subsidy to hire and train eligible youth 15 to 29 years of age. The funding helps BC Youth improve existing skills and gain new ones through practical experience and on-the-job-training. Employers simply conduct their own recruiting and at any time during the recruiting process they may apply for the funding. If the employer and proposed new hire meet the program criteria, they are eligible for the funding.
WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors is seeking feedback on a discussion paper regarding the proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHSR). The discussion paper, authored by the Policy, Regulation and Research Division (PRRD), includes recommendations resulting from Bill 35 and the Coroner’s inquest to the 2012 Prince George mill explosion (“Lakeland Inquest”).
The Career Focus program, delivered by Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDECB), is sponsored and funded by Service Canada, which aims to help graduates gain work experience and to help employers meet their staffing needs thanks to a wage subsidy.
Last year, government announced a policy to index the minimum wage to British Columbia’s Consumer Price Index (CPI). Based on British Columbia’s 2015 CPI, the minimum wage this year would increase by 10 cents per hour. With British Columbia expected to lead the country in economic growth this year and next, the government has decided there is room for an adjustment to the minimum wage rate beyond B.C.’s CPI.
“Student aid grants encourage students to study in-demand programs, including the culinary arts, and pursue occupations in under-served or designated communities,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “The expansion of eligibility for these three grant programs helps students to access training, get out of debt faster and support the strong, growing and diverse economy of B.C.”
Premier Christy Clark and Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, made the announcement today while visiting Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. in Prince George, a previous recipient of the grant for over $244,000 that enabled them to train 40 employees in areas such as engine maintenance, aircraft field maintenance, mountain flying, advanced operational flight training, advanced driving techniques, supervisor training and quality assurance.
Baking (Secondary): Gold: Angela Wu, Windermere Community Secondary Silver: Clarissa Roque, Eric Hamber Secondary Bronze: Kayla Wenzek, Burnaby North Secondary Baking (Post Secondary): Gold: Jalyn Franuelas, Vancouver Community College Silver: Karl Ferian, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Bronze: Samantha Wang, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Culinary Arts (Secondary):

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