Powell River’s Economy – Ahead of the Curve

Coastal Chronciles: Click here to download the pdf

The Summer 2011 issue of the magazine Coastal Chronicles is here fresh from the printers, and provides local perspectives on the unique economies and business trends in Powell River and four coastal regions on Vancouver Island. 

Led by a team from Career Link, each region’s local employment services agency has provided an update on where things stand today and what is on the horizon.  The new issue features local employers, along with great labour market information (LMI).

So what’s the scoop for the ‘Pearl on the Sunshine Coast’? Reinvention and innovation. Featured in the 2011 issue’s Powell River section (pages 14-16) are items on the Catalyst mill, which has recently been hiring “to sustain and renew” their workforce levels as people retire, and to feed the demand for their specialty papers.

Another section on Silke’s Organic Market describes how co-owner Volker Pfeifer has provided greater shopping convenience at their new location that offers more parking,  in addition to fresher produce that he transports from local producers and from the Okanagan.

Vancouver Island University’s Powell River Campus has also increased its Trades Programs, while working with students while they are still in high school, where they may receive post-secondary credits. On the ESL front, Camber College has continued to grow and expand its online presence, despite the economic slow-down, and despite the changes in immigration laws that now require Mexican students to carry a visa.

There’s much more information packed into the 20-page guide that describes the employment picture in BC’s coastal communities of Courtenay-Comox, Campbell River, Parksville area, and Port Alberni. Download the entire guide  (5.56 MB) as an Adobe Acrobat file.

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