New website for jobs demand in northern B.C.

posted on April 13, 2015

By Canadian Immigrant | Link to Article

By Canadian Immigrant | Link to Article

In recognition of the current demand for skilled professionals in northern BC communities, the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) has launched a new website that connects skilled new Canadians living in Metro Vancouver with jobs in three northern communities — Prince George, Prince Rupert and Fort St. John.

According to the BC Labour Market Outlook 2022, more than one million jobs are expected to open up in B.C. by the end of this decade with many of the jobs being in central and northern B.C.

“The reality is that even with full participation of the existing population, B.C. will still need about 265,000 international workers to meet the projected labour demand,” says Kelly Pollack, CEO of IEC-BC. “No one solution will meet the workforce supply needs in these regions.”

Pollack explains that tapping into the skills of new Canadians that are already here in B.C. is an effective human resource strategy that can complement other initiatives to increase workforce participation from other underrepresented groups.

The NorthernBC Jobs ( website features useful resources for employers to build employer capacity to attract, hire and retain skilled immigrants including links to online tutorials and resources in the three communities.

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