IEC-BC to release report based on BC employer consultation

By IEC-BC  |  March 30, 2012

From December 2011 to February of this year, IEC-BC met with employers across the province to listen to their needs and solutions regarding hiring and retaining skilled immigrants in their workforces. Over 150 employers participated in 15 focus groups held in 7 communities, covering 8 key industry sectors.

The consultation yielded important insight into the current labour market needs of BC employers, in the context of a growing skills and labour shortage. The findings will be published in the form of a report, inclusive of recommendations for action, which will be released at an upcoming summit, in the Fall of 2012.

Consultations were held in the following regions:

  • Comox Valley
  • Cranbrook
  • Fort St. John
  • Kelowna
  • Prince George
  • Surrey
  • Vancouver

Employers in key sectors were engaged:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Professional & Technical
  • Retail
  • Tourism
  • Trucking

To connect with employers across BC, IEC-BC worked with numerous chambers of commerce and industry associations including:

  • Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC
  • BC Trucking Association
  • British Columbia Construction Association
  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters BC
  • Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce
  • Energy Services of BC
  • Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce
  • Go2 Tourism HR Society
  • Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
  • BC Mining Labour Market Task Force
  • Prince George Chamber of Commerce
  • Retail Council of Canada
  • •Surrey Board of Trade
  • Vancouver Regional Construction Association

The report's findings will aid in the design and delivery of IEC-BC's programs and will inform the development of provincial and federal policy and programs, where appropriate. Further details regarding the upcoming summit will be made available on IEC-BC's website at a later date.