Premiers at the Western Premiers' Conference in Winnipeg — an annual meeting of the four western provinces and three territories — discussed the acute labour and skills shortages affecting their jurisdiction. To ensure these shortages do not restrict economic growth, they agreed on the need to attract workers through an effective approach to immigration, among other strategies.
The organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has released its International Migration Outlook for 2013. The report shows that the level of immigration in OECD countries is rising but remains lower than it was before the economic crisis of 2007.
Almost 2,000 people visited the web portal created for the first Prince George Online Job Fair held on June 4, 2013 and viewed the pages of participating employers about 12,800 times, making the event a success. Of the participants, 40 per cent were from Vancouver, 32 per cent were from other communities in Metro Vancouver and 28 per cent were from Prince George.
Employers in Prince George are taking a unique approach to searching for qualified candidates to fill their existing job openings. On June 4, 2013 from 11:00am to 4:00pm, a variety of employers will chat with potential employees in Metro Vancouver via the Prince George Online Job Fair being hosted by Initiatives Prince George (IPG).