New Aquaculture Jobs on the Horizon

Four Vancouver Island communities will benefit from the creation of new federal public service jobs as Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) assumes new responsibilities for the regulation and management of aquaculture in B.C.

Service Canada’s job bank indicates openings for their Fisheries Officer Trainee program.  DFO wants a pool of applicants in each region to draw from for their anticipated future staffing needs – here’s the link to that posting.

  “When the new B.C. Aquaculture Regulatory Program is fully implemented, forty-three new jobs will have been created on Vancouver Island, and nine in Vancouver,” said Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. “These positions will provide much-needed economic stimulus to coastal communities, and provide DFO with the skilled workforce it needs to ensure that aquaculture in B.C. is managed and regulated in a manner that is efficient, effective and sustainable.”

DFO expects to place:

  • Fourteen new employees in Nanaimo, including fishery officers and aquaculture resource management staff;
  • Eight employees in Courtenay, with responsibility for fish health monitoring, as well as shellfish and freshwater field monitoring and assessments;
  • Fifteen employees in Campbell River, including fishery officers, licensing staff, and staff responsible for finfish field assessments;
  • Six employees in Port Hardy, including fishery officers, aquaculture resource management staff and employees responsible for finfish field monitoring and assessments.
  • In Vancouver, two new communications advisors responsible for public reporting, six aquaculture management staff, and one new employee for Conservation and Protection.

DFO has acquired office space in Campbell River and Nanaimo, as well as a fish-health laboratory and a vessel in Courtenay, which the Department will operate as part of the new B.C. Aquaculture Regulatory Program. Staff in Port Hardy will use existing DFO office space.

Both the Department’s wild-stock fisheries and aquaculture programs are managed under the federal Fisheries Act and Fishery General Regulations. The new Pacific Aquaculture Regulations  are expected to simplify the management regime and make it more efficient for B.C.’s aquaculture industry, while also resulting in increased environmental monitoring and enforcement.

For more information:

Michelle Imbeau
Communications Advisor, Pacific Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Helpful Links:

Register to work in the Federal Public Service  or define your search to the Department of Fisheries

View: Aquaculture Canada General Facts and Figures (Feb. 2011)

RSS Feeds:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Web site offers you many news items through RSS feeds. Each news item includes the headline, a summary of the news and a link to the full text document found on the site. DFO is now offering three different RSS feeds. We encourage you to subscribe!

Save the date Powell River Employers

Are you a Student looking ahead to summer work?  Are you an Employer thinking of hiring students this summer? Make a note of this date then – the application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2011 is from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, 2011.   Employers must submit their applications by Feb. 28th and students can expect to see summer jobs posted starting in March and April.  Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. The initiative focuses on local priorities and the achievement of  tangible results for both students and their communities.  The good news is that as an extra boost to the program, the government is permanently increasing the program’s  budget by $10 million. This added funding will create as many as 3,500 new jobs for students in communities across Canada.  For this program’s purposes Powell River is part of the West Vancouver Sunshine Coast Sea to Sky Country constituency and states our local priorities as: 

Special Events

  • Special Projects and community events where employers would like to hire students over the summer months
  • Initiatives that leverage the benefits of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics especially in West Vancouver, Lions Bay, Squamish and Whistler. In particular, the key benefits include:
    1. Business
    2. Investment
    3. Tourism
    4. Organizations that promote foreign students
  • Specific emphasis on expanding and promoting volunteerism
  • Green and environmentally friendly improvements to our communities

Note: If there are other special events identified in the course of assessment they will be recognized in the assessment.


  • Special emphasis on Squamish, Powell River, Britannia Beach and Sunshine Coast, where there has been substantial job loss and the community of Squamish


  • Small business
  • Pacific Rim investment and trade
  • Work experience for youth at risk, youth with disabilities, youth working with seniors and youth experience with child care

 For more information on this program visit:

Labour Market Information Workshop coming to Powell River

Christian St. Cyr will be delivering an in-depth review on the Labour Market of 2010 at Career Link in Powell River in February 2011.
This workshop will review the significant labour market information of
the past year. Discussion will examine the significant research and data
released in the past year; new print resources and books; valuable
websites and avenues for further research; major company news with a
focus on which companies are expanding and how the business
community is changing; and major labour market stories published in

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