Cruising Along International Tourism on the Rise in BC

 June 20, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

By Kristine St-Laurent Last year was a memorable one for international tourism in the province, and the first quarter of 2018 is looking even better.  There were 7.9 million international traveller entries to BC in 2017, an increase of 3.5%[1] over 2016.  Since 2010, the number of international visitors is up 25% (Figure 1). Tourism is a vital economic engine for the province, with the main tourism-related industries accounting for 12% of all jobs.2]   Figure 1: Internat …


Inclusive hiring practices in BC

 June 13, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News, Video /  No Comments

Marco Pasqua, an accessibility and inclusion consultant with the Presidents Group, outlines the benefits of inclusive hiring practices in British Columbia. Learn more: http://www.accessibleemployers.ca/


Economic Reconciliation: Charting the Pathway

 June 12, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News, Video /  No Comments

As Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stated at the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver: “We will never be truly reconciled until we achieve economic reconciliation.” What is “Economic Reconciliation” and how do we chart a pathway towards it without reinforcing broken patterns of economic colonization and control? This webinar will offer: • Reflections on some of the critical underlying principles needed to form the foundation for true economic reconciliation • Examples o …


AccessAbility week in BC

 June 5, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News, Video /  No Comments

To mark B.C.’s first AccessAbility Week, the Government of British Columbia is announcing funding to support projects that will improve accessibility throughout the province. The funding will be distributed through a series of grants administered by Disability Alliance BC (DABC). A call for proposals will be issued later in summer 2018, and the grants will be dispersed by the end of the year. Read more: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018SDPR0043-001069


New West Secondary School Groundbreaking

 June 5, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News, Video /  No Comments

Students and staff at New Westminster Secondary School are one step closer to having a new, seismically safe school with Minister of Education Rob Fleming and MLA for New Westminster and Minister Judy Darcy breaking ground on the largest school capital investment in B.C.’s history.


LongTerm Downward Trend in Unionization Rates

 June 4, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

By Ken Peacock and Jock Finlayson The proportion of unionized employees in BC has trended lower since 1983.  The trend has persisted through multiple business cycles and several changes in government.  In the early 1980s, amid heightened levels of labour strife, the unionization rate increased by five percentage points.  But since then it has fallen more or less steadily.  The unionization rate – sometimes called “union density” – is the …


Economic Development with Business Improvement Associations

 June 1, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News, Video /  No Comments

Originally broadcast on May 31, 2018 Under the Community Charter, a business community within a defined geographic area can request to be designated as a “Business Improvement Area” (BIA) by its municipal council. The BIA accesses funding through a levy on the commercial properties in the area , and can use those funds to improve and beautify the Area, attract customers, and run business retention & attraction programs. BIAs are valued partners in local economic development. Join us to discover …


2018 Capital Project Grant Webinar – BC Community Gaming Grant Branch

 May 31, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News, Video /  No Comments

This video provides information on the Capital Project Grants that are administered by the Community Gaming Grant Branch at the British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. This video is a recording of webinar presentation that was originally delivered on May 23rd, 2018. The video webinar provides a general overview of the Capital Project Grants program, and includes information on the competitive application process, organization eligibility, project eligibility, financial eligib …


BCs Net Inflow of Interprovincial Migrants Slows Sharply

 May 30, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News /  No Comments

By Ken Peacock Halfway through last year, the net inflow of people moving to BC from other provinces dropped sharply, and the slowing persisted over the rest of 2017.  The shift is surprising because it breaks with past migration patterns that usually reflect differing labour market conditions across the country.  Looking ahead, BC may well receive fewer interprovincial migrants over the next few years than pundits and policy makers have been counting on, heralding more serious hiring …


Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education

 May 28, 2018 /  Darryl Schmidt /  BC, Business, News, Video /  No Comments

This is your chance to nominate someone in B.C.’s education system who has made a positive, long-lasting impact on your school community.



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