BC Election Jobs – Adults & Youth


Elections BC, a non-partisan Office of the Legislature, is recruiting election workers for the upcoming provincial general election.

The province needs 25,000 election workers to work at voting places all over B.C. The majority of these positions will work on May 9, 2017, General Voting Day.

Election workers are paid to attend training and receive a daily rate of pay for working. Most roles will earn about $250 for the day.

These job opportunities are a great way to get involved in the electoral process and obtain valuable work experience. Successful election workers are impartial, service- oriented, and able to maintain confidentiality. Positions are suitable for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and experience. Students, retirees, and those just entering or returning to the workforce are encouraged to apply. The minimum age to work is 15 years, and applicants must be legally entitled to work in B.C.

For more information, and to find the contact information for your local hiring office, visit the Elections BC website at www.elections.bc.ca/jobs, or contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683/ TTY 1-888-456-5448.

Youth at the Booth


Join a new generation of election officials.
Learn. Earn. Serve.

Youth at the Booth is Elections BC’s program to hire high school students as election officials in the 2017 Provincial General Election.

Interested? We’re looking for students who are:

  • between 15 and 19
  • interested in community service, student government or service clubs, and
  • able to be work in a neutral and impartial way

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada, have a valid SIN and their parent or guardian’s approval to apply.

Youth at the Booth participants will:

  • work as an election official at a voting place in their local community
  • earn at least $250 for attending training and working a full day
  • obtain service experience for high school graduation, their resume and post-secondary applications
  • learn about elections and voting
  • serve their community and democracy in B.C. by making sure every voter can vote

The District Electoral Officer (DEO) for each provincial electoral district hires election officials for voting opportunities in their district. DEOs will work with school coordinators to hire and train students as election officials.

Students who are hired as election officials must:

  • be able to miss school to work on General Voting Day (May 9) and on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of advance voting (May 3, 4 and 5), if working at an advance voting opportunity,
  • complete online learning (1 hour) and classroom training (3 hours) before working as an election official,
  • work the entire day when they are assigned to work (7 a.m. to 9 p.m. or longer), and
  • provide their own transportation to and from voting locations.

How to apply:

  • review the Youth at the Booth election official job descriptions,
  • print and fill out the application form,
  • ensure you have a parent or guardian’s signature, and
  • contact your school coordinator after spring break for further instructions on how to submit your completed application form.

Your school coordinator will either submit the application on your behalf, or provide you with instructions to submit your application directly to the local district electoral office on or after April 10.

Schools – For more information and to register your school’s participation, please contact Elections BC at jobs@elections.bc.ca or 1-800-661-8683. Once your school is registered, school coordinators will be put in touch with the local district electoral officer and provided with further information on how and where students can submit their application forms.

Please note:
You will be contacted if there is an opportunity for employment in your local electoral district. Submitting an application does not guarantee employment.

Not a high school student? You can still apply to work as an election official. See the Election Workers – May 2017 Provincial General Election job posting.

Applying for most healthcare jobs in Powell River- Tips


  •  Pharmacy and Lab jobs are under provincial jurisdiction, via Fraser Health Authority + maintenance as well: http://fraserhealth.ca
  • Maintenance Employees are hired through Vancouver Coastal Health as well as all medical positions. http://vch.ca/careers


BC Minimum Wage to go up 50 cents on Sept. 15, 2017

In accordance with a commitment made in May of 2016, the B.C. government will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour, effective Sept. 15 of this year, to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s thriving job market.
The new rate includes a 20-cent increase based on the BC 2016 Consumer Price Index (CPI), plus an additional 30 cents. There will also be an identical increase of 50 cents per hour to the liquor server minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
The daily rates for live-in home support workers and live-in camp leaders, as well as the monthly rates for resident caretakers and the farm worker piece rates (for harvesters of certain fruits and vegetables) will also increase proportionate to the general minimum hourly wage increases on the same date. More information on these rates will be made public in advance of Sept. 15.
With this increase, the minimum wage will have increased six times since 2011.
Quick Facts:
The percentage of employees earning minimum wage declined from 7.5% in 2012 to 4.8% in 2016.
The number of B.C. employees earning minimum wage in 2016 was 93,800 out of a total of 1,958,600 paid employees (excluding self-employed).
The national average for people earning minimum wage is 6.9%.
Learn more:
To view the May 4, 2016 minimum wage news release, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016PREM0048-000715
To view the BC Jobs Plan, visit: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/
For more information on finding jobs, exploring career options and improving skills, visit WorkBC’s website at: https://www.workbc.ca/

Networking–It’s about connection


by Melany Hallam

Have you ever got a job through your favourite uncle or through the friend of a friend? Finding work this way sure is a lot easier than applying to an online ad or cold calling a potential employer, isn’t it? Everyone has friends and relatives who want to help them out when it comes to job search–that’s how people work. Put simply, if another person likes you, they are more apt to help you than not help you. There’s another name for this process, it’s called “networking”.

Networking is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many, including me. I’ve always found it easier to help friends connect with possible employers or work on a project than to help myself do the same thing. This isn’t an uncommon problem–it can be tough to put yourself out there. To me, it can feel very forced and inauthentic.

But I’ve discovered quite recently that my idea of the networking process as an awkward work/social event where you shamelessly promote yourself is dead wrong. I’m already networking and I didn’t even realize it. How so? Well, right now, my two largest clients are organizations I was introduced to through friends. I wouldn’t even have been aware of the opportunities on my own. Neither of these clients advertised for a contractor, it was all done through personal connections.

When you think about it, it only makes sense. Why would a company want to go through the process of advertising, selecting candidates, interviewing and decision-making if there’s an easier alternative? In fact, by networking, you’re doing a potential employer a favour by saving them the time and money involved in advertising a position!

Networking as a process can be made much less scary if you change the way you think about it. Don’t view it as asking for a job. Think of it as a research project or just a way of finding people who are interested in the same things you are. Networking is a two-way street.

There are lots of ways of getting over your fear and loathing of the whole networking concept. Here are some good tips from a Harvard Business Review article on changing your thinking:

  1. Focus on learning. Instead of attending a job fair or work event with the attitude that it’s a necessary evil, keep an open mind. Who knows? You may learn something new and helpful to your job search, learn of a better way to do your existing work or narrow your job search focus on something which really interests you. It’s not necessary to be constantly promoting yourself. In fact, it’s often best to keep the promotion part of the conversation to just a very brief summary of your background and general career goals.
  2. Identify common interests. You may find that the person working the information booth at a job fair has the same non-work interests as you. Maybe you’re both crazy into mountain biking or skiing. Or you’re both rabid fans of the same music. Interests don’t have to be work-related to help you build a good working relationship. Think about it for a minute. Who would you want to help find a job or work with? Someone you really connected with over your shared interests or someone who couldn’t meet your eyes during a short and awkward conversation?
  3. Think about what you can give. Networking isn’t all about getting what you want. It’s also about helping others, even if it’s just by listening to the other person’s story. Too often in a conversation, people spend their time thinking about what to say next instead of really listening. Who knows what you might learn, or how you might connect to that person in a more authentic way? There may be no immediate benefit to you in terms of work, but it could lead to an opportunity for you (or for the other person) in the future.
  4. Find a higher purpose. Instead of focusing on what a networking event can do for you personally, consider it an opportunity to help your clients or to raise the profile of your company. It could even be a way of promoting a cause that you believe in. In effect, you’d be working on behalf of someone else rather than yourself, and that can often be much easier to do.

On Tuesday, April 4 (11:30 am–1:30 pm), Career Link is hosting a free job fair at the Powell River Recreation Complex (upper level). Practice changing your thinking about networking, and meet potential employers at this informal event! For more info, contact Peter Harvey at 604.485.7958 or email peter@careerlinkbc.com.

Interested? Here are some more handy tips to prepare yourself for Job Fair 2017: