Introducing: BC JobConnect. see more
New Tool Brings Together BC Employers with Qualified Individuals New to Canada
Introducing: BC JobConnect. This tool brings together BC employers who are seeking qualified individuals to fill specific roles with newcomers currently residing in BC, who have lived in Canada for less than 5 years, and have their permanent resident status. The tool is free for BC employers and they're encouraged to sign-up to search for the appropriate candidates. Watch the video here.
- BC Job Connect Initiative Information
- Onboarding Refugees Toolkit
Here are profiles of possible candidates looking for career in the IT sector and are open to moving to the Island:
*Register on BC JobConnect to view the candidates profile in full. Watch a 42 seconds video on BC JobConnect Tool by clicking here entitled “We Make It Easy for Employers”.
https://goo.gl/cX6Xgp - SAP BW Consultant
https://goo.gl/yyRP96 - IT Engineer
https://goo.gl/uL7aLb - Design Consultant
https://goo.gl/qXZKxc - Research Engineer/Backend Developer/Senior Algorithm Engineer
https://goo.gl/n4EsTX - Software Base Subscription (SBS) Project Manager
https://goo.gl/sYSVuN - Senior Consultant
https://goo.gl/vuKskD - Engineering Manager
https://goo.gl/1uC9po - Manager IT
https://goo.gl/HgCenr - Project Analyst
https://goo.gl/85Ex4Q - Software Developer
https://goo.gl/2fqRrz - Programmer Analyst
https://goo.gl/id7LJr - Web Design Assistant
This is an opportunity for hiring managers to search for candidates through the platform and screen most suitable. Once you have reviewed the tool, you can set the “monitor search” to send alerts to your email every time a new candidate profile has been entered into the system matching your filter criteria. This feature is very productive - saving time and costly overheads to find talent. If a suitable candidate has been found, please click “Request Candidate Contact” and our project lead will forward you further information and connect you to the candidate.
VIATEC has entered into a partnership with BCJobs.ca and BCtechjobs.ca see more
Victoria technology companies will now be fishing in a much bigger pond for technical talent thanks to a deal the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council signed with Western Canada’s largest job marketplace.
VIATEC has entered into a partnership with BCJobs.ca and BCtechjobs.ca to have its popular job board included among the listings on the 15-year-old Vancouver-based employment board.
“This is a great chance for us to take the 100 or so job postings we have at any time to make sure a broader audience nearby that is able to work in Canada, understands the Pacific Northwest and knows where the Island is and what Victoria has to offer might consider it,” said VIATEC executive director Dan Gunn.
Victoria tech companies have paid to list their jobs on the VIATEC job board, which has 96 postings for positions ranging from engineers to information officers.
But they won’t be paying anything extra to advertise openings to an audience across the Lower Mainland and beyond.
“They don’t pay more, but that posting goes a lot further,” said Gunn. He added there could be fertile ground in places such as Vancouver, where the cost of living is constantly increasing and it’s becoming difficult to retain talent.
“The reality is Victoria is growing fast as a tech community and, like any city, recruiting talent is our No. 1 challenge. But we have a lot of advantages over places like San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver — livability, lifestyle and affordability,” he said.
Gunn said they would be keeping an eye on the process, which starts this month, because the success of the VIATEC job board depends on the quality of applicants.
Gunn may have done some work attracting new talent and companies to the city during a recent speaking tour courtesy of Startup Canada.
The three-year-old organization, a network of entrepreneurs pushing the start-up culture, has been meeting with groups of entrepreneurs across the country. They’re looking for guidance and advice on how to grow their businesses.
During his sessions, Gunn has been talking about the tech-community model Victoria has established. “We think it’s quite effective in showing how you build community and support entrepreneurs,” he said.
“Not only do we get to show them what works here. We get to show how it’s worked in Victoria, they get to see how big and vibrant the tech sector has become in Victoria.”
An economic impact study commissioned by VIATEC and released last year showed the sector has 900 companies, directly employs 15,000, plus another 3,000 consultants and advisers. Another 5,000 people work in technology for companies outside the high-tech sphere.
Gunn said the aftermath of his talks have him fielding questions and talking with people who are either considering relocating to Victoria or wanting to enact the growth template in their own communities.
He suggested the secret to Victoria’s success is having learned to overlap the innovation and entrepreneurial culture with the arts and creative culture.
“The blending is the character of Victoria and it’s allowing us to excel beyond what you see in other cities,” he said. “Victoria works because of its combination of restaurants and beer and coffee and music and culture mixing with innovators, disruptors and creators. It is the magic formula.”
Greater Victoria has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada at 3.8%, a level last seen in 2008 see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Carla Wilson
Greater Victoria leads Canada with lowest unemployment rate
Greater Victoria has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada at 3.8 per cent, a level last seen here in 2008.
The number of people working full-time in the capital region moved to 143,400 in March, up from 137,900 in the same month in 2016, Statistics Canada said on Friday. Part-time employment climbed to 46,200 from 41,500 over the same period.
Employers are turning out in force at job fairs in the hopes of hiring workers in sectors ranging from hospitality and technology to construction. The Canadian Coast Guard recently announced a hiring blitz and is using social media to attract staff while a tourism job fair attracted a healthy crowd last weekend at Ogden Point ahead of what is expected to be a record season for visitors.
Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate tightened up from 4.4 per cent in February, Statistics Canada said in its monthly labour report.
Quebec City is in second place nationally at 4.1 per cent, with a third-place tie between Vancouver and Brantford, Ont., at 4.7 per cent.
With an election approaching on May 9, B.C. is holding onto its status as the province with the lowest unemployment rate in Canada. That’s despite the fact it moved to 5.4 per cent in March from 5.1 per cent in February.
“B.C.’s labour market maintained a positive trend through March, but showed mild signs of deceleration with slower employment growth and a slight uplift in the unemployment rate,” said Brian Yu, deputy chief economist at Central 1 Credit Union.
Total provincial employment rose by 0.2 per cent from February. The medium trend forecast “still points to a strong pace of hiring in B.C.,” Yu said.
Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate was last at 3.8 per cent at the end of 2008 when the global financial crisis exploded. The region’s rate had been even lower, at 2.8 per cent, in May of that year, but it began climbing as the recession set in.
Another bright spot in Greater Victoria was the increase in youth (15 to 24 years) employment as numbers rose to 31,100 last month, from 26,200 the year before.
Employment in the age 25-to-54 group climbed to 119,000 from 112,900 year-over-year.
There was a slight drop in the 55-year-old plus category with 38,700 working last month, down from 40,300 a year ago.
Phil Venoit, president of the Vancouver Island and District office of B.C. Building Trades, said the construction sector is becoming stronger all the time. “Things are starting to ramp up around the city, so it is positive,” he said, pointing to major office and multi-family projects that are going up. He is looking forward to the jobs created by the upcoming $765-million sewage treatment plant.
Employment in the capital region’s construction sector rose to 15,600 in March, from 12,100 the same month a year ago — an increase of 28 per cent, a Statistics Canada official said.
Building permits in Greater Victoria in February fell by 37.2 per cent to $77.8 million from 124.7 million in Feb. 2016. However, those figures reflect only what happens in one month, not the overall construction activity underway in a particular region.
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing experienced a 33 per cent leap in jobs year-over-year to 10,400 from 7,800. Public administration jobs climbed by 26 per cent to 20,800 from 16,500. Business, building and other support services also saw a 26 per cent boost, to 9,600 last month from 7,400.
There were few job categories with major losses. Education dropped by 17 per cent to 12,800 in March, down from 15,400 the same month in 2016.
Greater Victoria’s technology sector has been performing well, although job numbers slipped somewhat year-over-year to 18,100 from 19,600.
The nation’s labour market stayed hot last month, pumping out another 19,400 net jobs — and the vast majority of the new work was full-time, Statistics Canada said.
A quick look at March employment (previous month in parentheses):
Unemployment rate 6.7% (6.6)
Employment rate 61.5% (61.4)
Labour force participation rate 65.9% (65.8)
Number unemployed 1,313,700 (1,286,100)
Number working 18,308,000 (18,288,600)
Youth (15-24) unemployment 12.8% (12.4)
Men (25 plus) unemployment 6.0% (5.9)
Women (25 plus) unemployment 5.4% (5.2)
Newfoundland 14.9% (14.2)
Prince Edward Island 10.1 (10.0)
Nova Scotia 8.6 (8.1)
New Brunswick 8.4 (8.9)
Quebec 6.4 (6.4)
Ontario 6.4 (6.2)
Manitoba 5.5 (5.8)
Saskatchewan 6.0 (6.0)
Alberta 8.4 (8.3)
British Columbia 5.4 (5.1)
St. John’s, N.L. 8.9% (9.1)
Halifax 6.5 (6.1)
Moncton, N.B. 8.0 (8.2)
Saint John, N.B. 6.7 (7.9)
Quebec 4.1 (4.3)
Trois-Rivieres, Que. 6.6 (6.6)
Montreal 6.6 (6.7)
Ottawa 5.0 (5.1)
Kingston, Ont. 6.1 (6.1)
Oshawa, Ont. 6.0 (5.7)
Toronto 7.1 (7.1)
Hamilton, Ont. 5.9 (5.9)
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. 5.6 (5.5)
Brantford, Ont. 4.7 (4.2)
London, Ont. 6.0 (6.2)
Windsor, Ont. 5.2 (5.1)
Barrie, Ont. 6.8 (7.2)
Sudbury, Ont. 7.4 (7.9)
Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.8 (6.0)
Winnipeg 6.5 (6.7)
Regina 4.8 (5.2)
Saskatoon 7.5 (7.0)
Calgary 9.3 (9.4)
Edmonton 8.4 (8.3)
Kelowna 6.4 (7.4)
Abbotsford 6.3 (6.1)
Vancouver 4.7 (4.7)
Victoria 3.8 (4.4)
The Ministry of Technology and Infrastructure (MOTI) is looking to create an enhanced camera and... see more
Ministry of Technology and Infrastructure seeking IoT Developers
The Ministry of Technology and Infrastructure (MOTI) is looking to create an enhanced camera & sensor information system. Within the ministry, a trial program has been created to evaluate the use of open source technology for Internet of thing (IoT) software stacks to provide a connectivity layer for sensors and communication interfaces for applications. Focus is on building and evaluating an open IOT platform approach for collecting, managing and distribution sensor data. The end goal is to replace a set of existing camera and sensor systems with a flexible IoT platform that is more responsive to changing business needs and technology advancements.
The immediate need is to build an IoT demonstration. This will be done by leveraging the open source Kapua/Kura IoT platforms from the Eclipse foundation, the project team will be demoing the flow of the data from a source sensors (simple simulated sensor data, open 511, weather sensor data, camera images) using websockets and MQTT communication protocols into the Kapua platform. The project team will also be demonstrating the consumption of the data from the Kapua platform and into a database for a dashboard to illustrate the data movement.
Developer will assist in the development and configuration of virtualized devices that communicate with an IoT broker to simulate the creation of data into the IoT Platform. Sources of the virtualized devices may range from random data to existing data sources (web services, CSV files, text files, JSON, etc).
Developer may also assist in the development and configuration of APIs that utilize the data in the broker and expose the data through a user interface, such as a dashboard.
- Programming Languages: Java, C# (.NET Core)
- IDE: Eclipse, Visual Studio
- Database: PostgreSQL, NoSQL
- Web Services (RESTful interfaces, SOAP, etc.)
- Swagger for creating APIs
All developed code will be treated as open source.
High-tech sector has more than 101,000 people now working in software development, advanced tech... see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Andrew Duffy
B.C.’s technology sector leads in growth: report
The province’s high-tech sector has broken an employment record with more than 101,000 people now working in software development, advanced technology and research around the province.
According to figures released Wednesday by the provincial government, the tech sector, which employs about 20,000 directly in Greater Victoria, employs more people around B.C. than the mining, oil and gas, and forestry sectors combined.
According to B.C. Stats’ Profile of the British Columbia Technology Sector: 2016 Edition, technology now employs 101,700 people earning a weekly average salary of $1,590 – 75 per cent higher than the average wage in B.C. and higher than the Canadian technology sector average of $1,480 per week.
“For the fifth year in a row, B.C. has seen significant growth in its diverse technology industry. We have more technology companies than ever, with more technology workers, earning higher wages than the Canadian technology sector average,” said Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. “Our #BCTECH strategy is further creating the conditions that are helping the sector continue to grow and thrive.”
B.C.’s tech sector also leads the country in terms of job growth. Employment in the tech sector rose 2.9 per cent, surpassing B.C.’s overall employment growth of 2.5 per cent and national tech sector employment growth of 1.1 per cent.
Technology now employs approximately 4.9 per cent of B.C.’s workforce and is the third-largest tech workforce in Canada.
The gross domestic product of the province’s tech sector grew by 2.4 per cent in 2015, contributing $14.1 billion to B.C.’s overall economic output.
At the same time, tech revenue increased five per cent to a record $26.3 billion.
In the high-tech sector, employers are always on the hunt for experienced senior talent. see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Carla Wilson
Victoria employers looking for new ways to attract and keep workers
Competition to snap up employees in the capital region and elsewhere on Vancouver Island is so stiff that employers are developing new strategies to attract workers.
Greater Victoria has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada; it was just five per cent in October, Statistics Canada said, behind only Guelph, Ont., and Vancouver.
Look around the region and you’ll see help wanted signs posted in many business windows. Opportunities are available in a range of sectors, such as public administration where 3,700 new jobs were created in the past year.
Construction, high-tech, and the restaurant sector are all mapping out plans to attract and retain more workers.
The Vancouver Island Construction Association is offering a free six-week program for young people to deliver basic training and certifications that will get them started on a work site.
Open to 15- to 19-year-olds, it has slots for a new government-funded Youth Constructing a Future program, starting Monday. Two more six-week programs will be offered after this one. It includes meeting with employers and visits to work sites.
This is the latest step in a years-long campaign to attract people to trades at a time when B.C.’s economy is growing. Jobs are driven by hundreds of millions of dollars worth of projects such as high-rise condominiums, B.C. Hydro projects, new up-Island hospitals and military construction.
The program is hoping to tap into unemployed young people between 15 and 24 years old in B.C. “We are still at a 14 per cent unemployment rate [in B.C. for young people], which is troubling,” said Greg Baynton, president of the Island Construction Association.
B.C. needs 17,000 new entrants to the trades over the next nine years, he said. Of those, 15 to 20 per cent will be required on the Island.
While the B.C. Construction Association said the average yearly wage of construction workers is $57,700, Baynton thinks that is a conservative figure.
Workers who have completed apprenticeships can earn $25 to $35 per hour, plus benefits. Baynton said some trades, such as mechanical and carpentry, earn in the $70,000 to $80,000 per year range as employers respond to the tight labour market.
Some workers have moved to B.C. from Alberta but while that helps the shortfall in employees, not all skills can be directly transferred, Baynton said. “It’s just a completely different environment.”
In the high-tech sector, with its estimated 23,000 workers in Greater Victoria, employers are always on the hunt for experienced senior talent. “It’s not a new story,” said Dan Gunn, executive director of the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council.
Local post-secondary institutions funnel students and graduates to the tech sector. The capital region’s livability is among attractions that will pull experienced people here. And while locals complain about high housing prices, Victoria falls below other major cities, Gunn said. A lower cost of living, less commuting and lower health costs compared with the U.S. are among other advantages.
The council is working on additional human resources training for its members to help them attract workers, including ways to lure people from the Lower Mainland, he said. These programs will be rolled out in the new year.
At Victoria’s Latitude Geographics on Wharf Street, founder and CEO Steven Myhill-Jones said its latest job postings reflect company’s growth. The 17-year-old firm, supplying web-based maps for clients in Canada and internationally, has 130 employees.
It attracts staff and retains staff with competitive compensation. Latitude is dedicated to making a difference in the world, meaning employees can be proud of what they do, he said.
The other factor in retaining workers is a strong company culture. This includes company-supplied healthy snacks, a patio, yoga twice a week, continuing education, opportunities for advancement, and the chance to travel for work. As well, “we have a bottomless budget for books,” Myhill-Jones said.
The B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association is talking with provincial officials about how to attract and keep workers, with pilot programs also expected in the new year, said Ian Tostenson, the organization’s president and CEO.
A shortage of workers is “serious all throughout the province,” he said. The sector has 180,000 employees in B.C.
He anticipates projects will be launched early in 2017. This may mean the sector may have to rethink its business model by offering more stability in hours for workers and better benefits. It is smaller business that are affected the most, he said.
BC's tech sector has broken an employment record with more than 101,000 ppl now working in its ranks see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Andrew Duffy
B.C.’s tech job force bigger than mining, oil and gas, forestry
British Columbia’s technology sector has broken an employment record with more than 101,000 people now working in its ranks.
Data Wednesday from the province show the tech sector — which employs about 20,000 in Greater Victoria — employs more people around B.C. than the mining, oil and gas, and forestry sectors combined.
According to B.C. Stats’ Profile of the British Columbia Technology Sector: 2016 Edition, technology employs 101,700 who earn a weekly average salary of $1,590 — 75 per cent higher than the average wage in B.C. and higher than the Canadian technology sector average of $1,480 per week.
“For the fifth year in a row, B.C. has seen significant growth in its diverse technology industry. We have more technology companies than ever, with more technology workers earning higher wages than the Canadian average,” said Amrik Virk, minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.
“Our strategy is further creating the conditions that are helping the sector continue to grow and thrive.”
B.C.’s tech sector, which has more than 9,900 companies, also leads the country in terms of job growth. Employment in the sector rose 2.9 per cent over the previous year, surpassing B.C.’s overall employment growth of 2.5 per cent and national tech-sector employment growth of 1.1 per cent.
Technology now employs about 4.9 per cent of B.C.’s workforce and is the third-largest tech workforce in Canada.
The gross domestic product of the province’s tech sector grew by 2.4 per cent in 2015, contributing $14.1 billion to B.C.’s overall economic output. At the same time tech revenue increased five per cent to a record $26.3 billion.
“I think it is wonderful news and a long time in the making,” said Victoria tech veteran Eric Jordan, CEO of Codename Entertainment. “This didn’t happen overnight, but is the result of decades of effort from many people and organizations in our community.”
Jordan said Victoria’s tech community has a lot going for it. “Victoria continues to be a great place to build technology companies, including video-game companies. We are large enough to have a variety of critical supports, such as educational institutions like UVic and Camosun, as well as easy access to key hubs such as Vancouver, Seattle, Toronto and San Francisco,” he said.