Employment

Restaurants and other hospitality operations are struggling to find staff, but they aren’t the only industry affected, according to Vancouver Island job market watchers. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Labour shortages felt in communities across Vancouver Island’s west coast

Businesses struggling to find answers in the wake of a shrinking pool of available workers

 

A career fair, similar to the one pictured here, will take place at Country Club Centre in Nanaimo on Thursday, Aug. 25. (Submitted photo)

Job fair taking place this month in Nanaimo amidst worker shortage

Career and post-secondary education event takes place Aug. 25 at Country Club Centre

 

A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Help Wanted: After pandemic pivots, where have Canadian workers gone?

Amid a prolonged pandemic, laid-off workers took stock and reassessed their priorities

 

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 4.1 in June 2022, up 0.1 from May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Unemployment rate in Greater Victoria rises to 4.1 per cent

Unemployment nearly one full per cent below national average of 4.9 per cent, a new historic low

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment was 4.1 in June 2022, up 0.1 from May 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
The report from LifeWorks found that accommodation and food services scored the lowest for overall mental health THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Canadians are experiencing more aggression from the public while on the job: survey

Many Canadians are experiencing conflict and aren’t feeling supported by their employers

The report from LifeWorks found that accommodation and food services scored the lowest for overall mental health THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Workers are shown beneath a section of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) a new automated light rail network in Montreal, Wednesday, February 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Unemployment rate falls to new record low as wages ramp up: StatCan

TD Bank economist: ‘The Canadian economy is operating beyond full employment’

Workers are shown beneath a section of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) a new automated light rail network in Montreal, Wednesday, February 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A woman uses her computer keyboard in North Vancouver, B.C., on December 19, 2012. Remote work flourished during the pandemic as companies closed their offices, but it has created a schism among Canadian workers as the economy starts to reopen.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Remote, hybrid work creating schism as popular option unavailable to many workers

About 60 per cent of Canadian workers are required to be on-site, according to experts

A woman uses her computer keyboard in North Vancouver, B.C., on December 19, 2012. Remote work flourished during the pandemic as companies closed their offices, but it has created a schism among Canadian workers as the economy starts to reopen.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A worker organizes chairs and tables on the patio of a restaurant on College St., Toronto, Thursday, October 28, 2021. Restaurants across Canada are cutting back hours and tightening up menus as persistent labour shortages and spiking costs threaten to derail the industry’s comeback from crushing pandemic restrictions.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima

‘We just don’t have enough workers:’ Restaurants rocked by labour shortage, inflation

Workers pushing back against long hours, unstable schedules and low pay

A worker organizes chairs and tables on the patio of a restaurant on College St., Toronto, Thursday, October 28, 2021. Restaurants across Canada are cutting back hours and tightening up menus as persistent labour shortages and spiking costs threaten to derail the industry’s comeback from crushing pandemic restrictions.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima
Alberta premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Kaycee Madu after being sworn into office in Edmonton on Tuesday April 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta government alters bereavement leave legislation amid abortion debate

Amendment would allow for leave in any pregnancy that doesn’t end in a live birth

Alberta premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Kaycee Madu after being sworn into office in Edmonton on Tuesday April 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate was 4.4 per cent in April, up 0.3 from March. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria’s unemployment remains below provincial, national rates

Unemployment on Vancouver Island was at five per cent in April

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate was 4.4 per cent in April, up 0.3 from March. (Black Press Media file photo)
A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Jobless rate falls to record low as economy adds 72,500 jobs in March, StatCan says

Agency says country saw the lowest jobless rate over comparable data going back to 1976

A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations have seen some of the highest job vacancy increases in Canada between 2019 and 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

5 of 10 jobs with highest vacancy rates in Canada pay less than $20/hour

Nurses, cooks, construction workers among those with highest jump in job openings

Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations have seen some of the highest job vacancy increases in Canada between 2019 and 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Western Forest Products has announced another production curtailment for the Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Another production curtailment at Island sawmill this week

WFP expects employees could be off the job in Chemainus for up to two weeks this time

Western Forest Products has announced another production curtailment for the Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Lou Varela leaves Oak Bay in May after serving four years as chief administrative officer. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)

Oak Bay on the hunt for a new chief administrator

CAO Lou Varela takes the helm in Qualicum Beach May 16

Lou Varela leaves Oak Bay in May after serving four years as chief administrative officer. (Courtesy District of Oak Bay)
Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. Under the management of GSL Holdings, the arena’s staff will soon use third-party facial verification to gain access to several areas. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Downtown Victoria arena moving to facial verification security for staff

City facility partners with Vancouver-based surveillance technology firm on project

Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. Under the management of GSL Holdings, the arena’s staff will soon use third-party facial verification to gain access to several areas. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment rose by 0.3 to 4.2 per cent in February 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Unemployment rose in Greater Victoria last month, but remains one of the lowest in Canada

Local unemployment rose by o.3 per cent to 4.2 per cent in Feburary 2022

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria’s unemployment rose by 0.3 to 4.2 per cent in February 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ethan Ostropolski has been finding great success in his first two years in the workforce, securing jobs at Pizzability and as a newspaper carrier for the Sooke News Mirror. (Contributed - Melissa MacEwan)

Sooke man, 20, with autism gets job boost

Ethan Ostropolski is finding purpose and connection through work

Ethan Ostropolski has been finding great success in his first two years in the workforce, securing jobs at Pizzability and as a newspaper carrier for the Sooke News Mirror. (Contributed - Melissa MacEwan)
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Canadian Taxpayers Federation spells out increased B.C., federal tax in new year

Those making more than $40,000 will see more federal tax, says the federation

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Sunira Chaudhri, a lawyer partner at Levitt LLP poses for a photograph at her office in Toronto on Monday, July 30, 2018. Toronto employment lawyer Sunira Chaudhri has fielded an increasing number of calls from her corporate clients worried about sexual harassment in their workplace — mostly from those wondering whether they need to change policies around co-ed one-on-one meetings, mentorship, office parties, business trips and dinners. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Pandemic puts ‘right to disconnect’ in spotlight as provinces inch toward policies

A report from human resources company found 84% of workers surveyed felt burned out over last 2 years

Sunira Chaudhri, a lawyer partner at Levitt LLP poses for a photograph at her office in Toronto on Monday, July 30, 2018. Toronto employment lawyer Sunira Chaudhri has fielded an increasing number of calls from her corporate clients worried about sexual harassment in their workplace — mostly from those wondering whether they need to change policies around co-ed one-on-one meetings, mentorship, office parties, business trips and dinners. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Registration is now open for the December session of WorkLink’s youth employment program START. (Photo courtesy of WorkLink)

Registration open for youth employment program in Langford

WorkLink’s START program pays youth 15-30 to learn employment skills and earn certifications

Registration is now open for the December session of WorkLink’s youth employment program START. (Photo courtesy of WorkLink)