Project Purpose

During the period of March 2017 to March 2018, Kitimat Valley Institute will assess labour market in the lower Skeena region. From this data, labour market strategies will be developed with action plans to build community capacity and address the market challenges in this region. 

The report will be developed and informed through extensive conversations with local businesses, residents, educational institutions, employment service providers, industries, First Nations and local government representatives, and will result in the development of a targeted strategy that will strengthen talent development, recruitment and retention practices and labour force planning across the participating municipalities. 

Project outcomes

The results from the Labour Market Study will offer information about local labour market situation in the lower Skeena region and present tangible and realistic strategies and actions to strengthen talent development, recruitment and retention practices and labour force planning across the participating municipalities.

A final written report from this study will help individuals and local businesses maximize the benefits from regional growth while enabling employers to be more productive and effective. It will inform decision-making processes to sustain a competitive and progressive region. It will also lead to inform the alignment of existing training programs with demand for jobs, and increase employment and business opportunities and wealth for the people of the region.

Key project research and engagement activities

The Analysis will include:

  • An evaluation of the local supply of the Northwest Region’s workforce, in order to determine if there are sufficient workers to meet the needs of the employers and assess the workers’ qualifications;

  • Identify the current gaps and factors influencing recruitment, attraction efforts and labour market participation;

  • Recommendations on how to better align worker skills and knowledge with the employer requirements;

  • Recommendations on how to strengthen participation of Aboriginal people, new Canadians, older workers and students in the local labour market;

  • Inform secondary and post-secondary training institutions on how they can better align with the local labour market needs; and

  • Disseminate the report findings to the broader community and facilitate ongoing dialogue within the broader community to ensure dissemination of the findings to decision makers responsible for the delivery of training services.


Project Steering Committee

The Project Steering Committee (SC) will be essential to the completion of the strategy.  The SC will meet on a regular basis, review drafts of the report, and provide input and guidance to the consulting firm, Ingenia Consulting. The SC consists of representatives from local government, industry, First Nation, education providers and community service providers.


Economic Development, District of Kitimat

Rio Tinto

City of Terrace

LNG Canada

Haisla Nation Council

WorkBC Smithers

WorkBC Kitimat

Kitamaat Valley Education Society


Ramona Materi, President, Ingenia Consulting

Funding for this initiative generously provided by: 

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