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B.C. water and wastewater sector facing labour shortage

B.C. water and wastewater sector facing labour shortage

The workforce in British Columbia's water and wastewater sector needs new blood. According to the BC Water and Waste Water Sector Workforce Profile, because of retirements, attrition and sector growth, 3,320 new employees are required between 2015 and 2025. They represent slightly more than half of the total sector w…

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Immigrants to Canada helped build the nation

New arrivals are processed at Pier 21 in Halifax, N.S. circa 1952. Pier 21 was an ocean liner and immigration shed from 1928 to 1972, welcoming over one million immigrants to Canada.

Just after the turn of the 20th century, the T. Eaton Company decided to build its first department store outside Toronto, in Winnipeg. Local boosters bragged the small but rapidly growing prairie city was on its way to becoming the Chicago of the North, and the imminent arrival of the Eaton store seemed to confirm t…

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Chinese workers integral in building Canada’s first megaproject

Chinese workers integral in building Canada’s first megaproject

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) is touted as one, if not, the preeminent engineering project for the then young and developing nation of Canada. The political and economic benefit of linking the nation together by rail came at a heavy and sometimes fatal price for the Chinese labourers who brought the railway into bein…

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Construction labour industry wants 25 per cent apprentice quota

Construction labour industry wants 25 per cent apprentice quota

Construction labour representatives in B.C. are looking for the provincial government to set a firm quota, stating 25 per cent of those employed on new government projects should be apprentices. "Really, we should go after the private sector as well," said Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour, ad…

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BCFED calls for criminal charges after worker death

BCFED calls for criminal charges after worker death

The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is demanding answers about the fine assessed against a Vancouver property development firm whose violations of health and safety rules were cited as factors in the death of a Kamloops construction worker in 2015. BCFED called the fine "paltry" and criticized officials for not pursu…

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Spreading the word about health and safety in construction

Spreading the word about health and safety in construction

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Six ways to build a culture of engagement

Six ways to build a culture of engagement

Offering better services, technologies, strategies, products and cost structures can make one organization better than the next one, but all of these factors are replicable. What does withstand the test of time and make companies better than their competitors is a workforce comprising engaged and motivated employees. That…

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Building Trades and BC Hydro clash over Site C job fairs

Building Trades and BC Hydro clash over Site C job fairs

The BC Building Trades and BC Hydro are clashing over the cost and effectiveness of recent Site C job fairs. In an Aug. 3 news release, the BC Building Trades stated BC Hydro spent $42,000 in 2015 and $63,300 in 2016 on Site C job fairs, held in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Mackenzie, Prince George,…

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BCIT program aims to keep apprentices closer to home through distance learning

A new educational initiative is using distance learning to keep apprentices closer to home. The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is working with the Government of Canada as part of the Flexible Innovative Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT) program as a way to allow students looking to complete apprent…

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