Employment

More people have been hired in the Greater Vancouver service sector. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria restaurants struggling for workers even as employment jumps 7%

New report says the region has seen growth in the number of people employed

 

Paper operations at the Crofton mill are now curtailed until at least the end of February 2024. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Curtailment of paper operations at Catalyst Crofton mill extended 90 days

Company continues to cite challenging market conditions as the reason

 

B.C. employers are mandated to list salary ranges on job postings beginning Nov. 1, 2023. (Pixabay)

B.C. employers must include salary range on job postings starting Nov. 1

Employers also no longer allowed to punish employees for discussing pay with each other

 

The Statistics Canada offices are shown in Ottawa on July 21, 2010. Statistics Canada says self-reported paid sick leave coverage has increased moderately since 1995, but coverage for front-line workers is still far from universal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Self-reported paid sick leave sees moderate increase in Canada

Lower-wage earners still less likely to report they have sick leave coverage

The Statistics Canada offices are shown in Ottawa on July 21, 2010. Statistics Canada says self-reported paid sick leave coverage has increased moderately since 1995, but coverage for front-line workers is still far from universal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Paper operations are still in curtailment at the Crofton mill. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Another month for curtailment of Crofton mill paper operations

Paper Excellence’s 70 employees remaining off the job

Paper operations are still in curtailment at the Crofton mill. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Aerial view of part of the Crofton mill site. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Crofton mill extends shutdown another month

Union questions the lack of notice and meaningful conversations

Aerial view of part of the Crofton mill site. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Catalyst Crofton Paper Excellence mill is going to remain idle for another month. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Workers remain idle as curtailment at Crofton mill extended another month

Poor market conditions and increasing cost pressures cited as the reasons

The Catalyst Crofton Paper Excellence mill is going to remain idle for another month. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Catalyst Crofton Paper Excellence mill has been idled the last two weeks. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Uncertainties remain for Crofton mill employees amid curtailment

Paper Excellence continuing to monitor market conditions ahead of scheduled restart in two weeks

The Catalyst Crofton Paper Excellence mill has been idled the last two weeks. (Photo by Don Bodger)
An open letter from labour exports led by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office calls on the provincial government to better regulate platform-based companies like Uber, which recently gained permission to operate in Kelowna and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Labour advocates not digging the state of gig work in B.C.

Open letter led by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative calls on government to reform system

An open letter from labour exports led by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office calls on the provincial government to better regulate platform-based companies like Uber, which recently gained permission to operate in Kelowna and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Twenty-one per cent of Canadians are concerned about their workplace’s ability to endure the effects of climate change (Matthew N. Wells/The Daily World; AP Photo/Noah Berger)

1-in-5 Canadians worried about job stability amid extreme weather events: poll

Additionally, 32 per cent of Canadians are concerned about cyberattacks during a natural disaster

Twenty-one per cent of Canadians are concerned about their workplace’s ability to endure the effects of climate change (Matthew N. Wells/The Daily World; AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Jennifer Montgomery, left, and Chantelle Ruley are two of the most recent graduates of the Island Crisis Care Society’s Project Rise program. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo program helping workers overcome barriers to better their lives

Island Crisis Care Society’s Project Rise graduates share their experiences

Jennifer Montgomery, left, and Chantelle Ruley are two of the most recent graduates of the Island Crisis Care Society’s Project Rise program. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A few hundred union members with the Public Service Alliance of Canada spent Friday morning (April 28) sharing their messages with drivers trying to access the Aldergrove border crossing. (Patrick Bragg, PSAC BC region/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Federal picketers spend Friday morning at Aldergrove border crossing

An estimated 350 Public Service Alliance of Canada members set up a picket line in the Valley

A few hundred union members with the Public Service Alliance of Canada spent Friday morning (April 28) sharing their messages with drivers trying to access the Aldergrove border crossing. (Patrick Bragg, PSAC BC region/Special to Langley Advance Times)
A Starbucks worker holds a sign that reads “on strike” during the “Unfair Labor Practice Strike” in St. Paul, Minn. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. The tight labour market could boost the pandemic-born trend of union organizing in under-unionized sectors like retail and service, which has seen successful drives at the likes of Starbucks, Indigo and PetSmart, experts said. THE CANADIAN PRESS-AP-Kerem Yucel /Minnesota Public Radio via AP

Low unemployment could boost trend of union organizing in retail, service: experts

Since 2020, there have been union drives at major retailers including Starbucks, Cineplex, Indigo, Sephora and PetSmart

A Starbucks worker holds a sign that reads “on strike” during the “Unfair Labor Practice Strike” in St. Paul, Minn. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. The tight labour market could boost the pandemic-born trend of union organizing in under-unionized sectors like retail and service, which has seen successful drives at the likes of Starbucks, Indigo and PetSmart, experts said. THE CANADIAN PRESS-AP-Kerem Yucel /Minnesota Public Radio via AP
Google Canada employees return to the Google office in Toronto following a walkout in Toronto on November 1, 2018. Members of Canada’s tech industry say another wave of layoffs the sector saw this week is tipping the power dynamic back in favour of employers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Wave of tech layoffs tips power back in favour of employers in sector

‘An employee can’t walk into the interview and ask for everything under the sun anymore’

Google Canada employees return to the Google office in Toronto following a walkout in Toronto on November 1, 2018. Members of Canada’s tech industry say another wave of layoffs the sector saw this week is tipping the power dynamic back in favour of employers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
This June 19, 2017 file photo shows a person working on a laptop in Massachusetts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elise Amendola

Trust essential in work-from-home era, experts say, after B.C. ‘time theft’ ruling

More and more companies using technology to monitor their employees’ every move

This June 19, 2017 file photo shows a person working on a laptop in Massachusetts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elise Amendola
Alistair MacGregor encourages employers to submit applications. (Courtesy of Robert Martin)

Local MP urging small businesses to apply for summer jobs funding

Federal program provides funding for full-time summer work for youth

Alistair MacGregor encourages employers to submit applications. (Courtesy of Robert Martin)
People walk past the University of Toronto campus in Toronto on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Educated immigrants face underemployment as Canada leads G7 in educated workforce

Number people in Canada with a bachelor’s degree or higher rose to 6.4 million in 2021

People walk past the University of Toronto campus in Toronto on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A sign for help wanted is pictured in a business window in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. A new census release from Statistics Canada Wednesday is expected to shed light on the changing dynamics of the Canadian labour force as well as how people got to work last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

New census data shows how commuting dropped during pandemic, labour force aging

2.8 million fewer commuters in 2021 than in 2016 during shift toward remote work

A sign for help wanted is pictured in a business window in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. A new census release from Statistics Canada Wednesday is expected to shed light on the changing dynamics of the Canadian labour force as well as how people got to work last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
According to a new report, there are about four vacant jobs for every three unemployed persons in the labour force in British Columbia. (Black Press Media file photo)

Finding employees a tough job in Greater Victoria

Report finds there are more job vacancies than unemployed workers

According to a new report, there are about four vacant jobs for every three unemployed persons in the labour force in British Columbia. (Black Press Media file photo)
The paper operations at the Crofton mill will be under an indefinite curtailment starting in December. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The paper operations at the Crofton mill will be under an indefinite curtailment starting in December. (Photo by Don Bodger)