PRINCE GEORGE – Initiatives Prince George has received $45,000 through the Partnership and Innovation Fund provided by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. With the funding, Initiatives Prince George will commission a research study to identify talent pools for jobs in high-demand in Prince George. Initiatives Prince George will work in partnership with Northern Development Trust and the Prince George Chamber of Commerce on this project, and R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. will conduct the research.

The goal of the project is to identify strategic regional, provincial, and cross-provincial talent pools to help meet the demands of the labour market in Prince George.

“The tremendous investments happening now in B.C.’s economy are going to place a huge demand on our human resources, particularly in the north,” said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Minister Responsible for Labour and MLA for Prince George-Valemount Shirley Bond. “Confronting this challenge requires the best labour information we can possibly get in order to understand where the demand for skilled workers is highest and how we can attract the best and brightest to Prince George.”

“We have a wealth of economic opportunity in the northern region, said MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie Mike Morris. “IPG’s research study will help ensure that we have all the necessary information to cultivate job creation for Prince George.”

The project is being funded by a Labour Market Partnership offered through the Community and Employer Partnership component of the Employment Program of B.C.

Labour Market Partnerships encourage and support employers, employee and/or employer associations and communities in developing and implementing strategies for dealing with labour force adjustments and meeting human resource requirements.  Projects may include researching labour market/human resource adjustment issues and developing and implementing labour market adjustment activities.