Refugees introduced to employers thanks to an eight-week training program run by B.C. Alliance for Manufacturing, which pairs trainees with Canadian companies. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, the course has helped almost 100 refugees prepare for Canadian workplaces and find jobs across B.C.
“Manufacturing is dead.” “Manufacturing is ‘dirty’ and doesn’t align with our shift toward increased environmental sustainability.” “Manufacturing positions are low-paying, and haven’t we shipped these jobs abroad already?” These are comments we hear all too often. However, in truth, it is difficult to overstate the importance of the manufacturing industry for the B.C. economy. October marks the start of Manufacturing Month, and an occasion to recognize the critical role played by this industry. It is a pillar of our economy, thrives within our port city, and bolsters communities and families across the province.