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Labour & Employment Policy

BC’s changing demographics and shifting employment opportunities present key challenges for employers, such as how to find enough skilled workers, how to adjust to a more diverse and aging workforce and how to comply with workplace regulations. The Council encourages rigorous analysis and proactive policies to address labour issues in advance of marketplace challenges.  The Council also promotes effective relationships between employers and employees by providing information to its members on important labour issues and advising government on policies that affect the workplace.

Jobs and Skills in Demand: BC's Updated Labour Market Outlook to 2027

On the lookout for the hottest in job trends? We've got the latest on the updated Labour Market Outlook, 2017 - 2027 Edition by WorkBC.

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Women and Work in BC Series: The Rise of the Older Working Woman

This is the sixth in a series of blogs highlighting the economic imperative of addressing gender equity issues across the full spectrum of market domains and organizational settings. The data are derived from a multi-year research project, which we will publish in April 2018.

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Women and Work in BC Series: Women's Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

This is the fifth in a series of blogs highlighting the economic imperative of addressing gender equity issues across the full spectrum of market domains and organizational settings. The data are derived from a multi-year research project, which we will publish in April 2018.

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Women and Work in BC Series: The Link Between Education, Child Care, and Missed Opportunity

This is the fourth in a series of blogs highlighting the economic imperative of addressing gender equity issues across the full spectrum of market domains and organizational settings. The data are derived from a multi-year research project, which we will publish in April 2018.

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Release: #IWD2018 Women and Work in BC Blog Series

In honour of International Women’s Day, the Business Council of B.C. (BCBC) is releasing a series of blogs examining the place of British Columbian women in the workplace. The series offers a preview of a BCBC report on women and work in BC over the last four decades, to be released later this spring. 

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Women and Work in BC Series: The Part-Time Difference

This is the third in a series of blogs highlighting the economic imperative of addressing gender equity issues across the full spectrum of market domains and organizational settings. The data are derived from a multi-year research project, which we will publish in April 2018.

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Women and Work in BC Series: Who's In, Who's Out? The Participation Rate

This is the second in a series of blogs highlighting the economic imperative of addressing gender equity issues across the full spectrum of market domains and organizational settings. The data are derived from a multi-year research project, which we will publish in April 2018.

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Women and Work in BC: The Series

A series of blogs highlighting the economic imperative of addressing gender equity issues across the full spectrum of market domains and organizational settings. The data are derived from a multi-year research project, which we will publish in April 2018.

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Three Observations on BC's Rising Minimum Wage

How is a higher minimum wage policy likely to play out in the context of BC’s economy and labour market?

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Buoyant Job Market in Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver's job market has been firing on all cylinders. In the last two years, the number of people employed in the area has jumped by more than 100,000.

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WorkSafeBC: 2018 Update

WorkSafeBC has set its assessment rates for 2018, and the news is generally positive for employers in BC.

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2018 WorkSafeBC Update

WorkSafeBC has set its assessment rates for 2018, and the news is generally positive for employers in the province.

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BCBC in 2017: Advancing Ideas and Actions....

In the final days of 2017, we’ve taken a moment to review the 119 publications, submissions to government, opinion editorials and blogs produced by the team at the Business Council of British Columbia. In addition to highlighting our major works, we’ve put together a compilation which revisits the most popular pieces and provides an overview of the range of issues that have garnered attention this year. 

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SUBMISSION: Fair Wages Commission

The Business Council's submission to the BC Government's Fair Wages Commission

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Finlayson & St-Laurent Op-Ed: Education as the Great Divide (People Talk)

Where do workers envision themselves five years from now? Who has the skills to succeed in the fast-changing job market? The answer—and the level of optimism—may very well depend on the amount and type of education attained.

How workers view their careers and whether they believe they can “make it” in a digital world whittles down to one main factor: education. A recent US survey reveals that education, not household income or geography, represents the “great divide” between w

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Finlayson & Peacock Op-Ed: B.C.-Alberta economic links tightest among Canadian provinces (Business in Vancouver)

Canada is a federation made up of provinces and territories with a significant amount of subnational autonomy. The provinces are responsible for delivering health care and education and have jurisdiction over employment standards and occupational regulations governing the labour market. Control of Crown land and regulating the operations of resource industries are also under provincial jurisdiction. Although independent, the provinces co-operate and are integrated and interdependent with each other in an economic sense. The two westernmost provinces, B.C. and Alberta, have especially strong economic connections and exhibit a high degree of economic interdependence.

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Human Capital Policy and Practice in British Columbia:
Growing the Province's Economy & Potential Through Talent

This report, prepared for the Business Council by Kerry Jothen, CEO of Human Capital Strategies, considers BC’s future – what its economic vision should be and what kind of human capital will be needed in the next two decades. It considers how public policy and other factors can support success and prosperity in this arena. This includes a high-level review of current relevant policies and programs – what needs to be changed, enhanced and expanded, and what new actions need to be considered.

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Finlayson & Peacock Op-Ed: High-wage aspirations demand better productivity fundamentals (Business in Vancouver)

A rising statutory minimum wage can be viewed as a policy intervention that seeks to nudge higher the share of total income that accrues to labour rather than to owners of capital, with a particular focus on lower-paid workers. But it comes at a cost.

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Governments Focus on Employment and Labour Law Changes

There has been a renewed interest, on the part of the federal and some provincial governments, in employment standards and labour law reform. In part, this reflects greater public concern over inequality, the growth of "precarious" employment, and the impact of technological innovation on the job market.

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A Snapshot of BC’s Fastest Growing Industries

We look at the 30 BC industries that have grown most rapidly over the past five years, based on average annual growth in economic output (real GDP) between 2011 and 2016.

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