Mixed messages from B.C. government on jobs

(Victoria, 10 February 2013) – IntegrityBC is calling the B.C. government on the carpet for its mixed messages over job creation in the province.

On one hand – and against all prevailing evidence – the government touts its job creation record as one of the best in Canada and on the other hand the B.C. Jobs Plan program is hosting workshops this coming week on Vancouver Island to assist businesses in hiring foreign workers under the Provincial Nominee Program.

The government can find $15 million for TV ads to dress-up what is at best a mediocre jobs record, it can short-change skills training in the province until it becomes an acute care crisis, but has absolutely no shame in helping businesses learn about the options to hire foreign workers to fill labour or skill shortages,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis.

Adding insult to injury for 155,000 unemployed British Columbians: the workshops start the day after B.C.’s first Family Day.”

On Friday, Statistics Canada reported that B.C. lost 16,000 jobs in January.

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Dermod Travis, Executive Director





NOTE: The poster for the Vancouver Island workshops on hiring foreign workers can be downloaded from: