Business in Vancouver
B.C. manufacturing had another strong year in 2017, adding 14,000 new jobs since December 2016. Overall, the wide-ranging sector, which is the province’s second-largest employer behind construction, has increased job growth 13% since 2014. Marcus Ewert-Johns, president for the BC Alliance for Manufacturing, said the sector flies under the radar because of its diversity, which can include everything from aerospace technology and clothing apparel to plastics and petroleum.
Victoria Times Colonist
The Canadian dollar’s relative weakness to the U.S. greenback should have B.C. manufacturers in a stronger position than they currently are, according to the chairman of the B.C. Alliance for Manufacturing.
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.
Global News B.C.
A new pilot project has teamed with British Columbia’s manufacturing sector to provide jobs for Syrian refugees, helping them integrate into their new country and boost jobs in the industry at the same time.
“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.