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West at a Glance - November 2016 Issue

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Provincial Government Developments

British Columbia




News and Opinions Highlights

Key Economic Indicators

Key Economic Indicators - October
  British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Canada Last Update
Gross Domestic Product
Real GDPFootnote 1  (2007 $billions, forecast) $214 $292 $58 $55 $1,673 2016 (f)
% ch. from year earlier 3.0% -2.0% 0.2% 2.1% 1.5%  
Labour Market
Employment (SA, thousands) 2,386 2,264 569 632 18,117 Sep-16
Change from previous month -0.6 13.3 0.3 -2.1 67.2  
% ch. from previous month 0.0% 0.6% 0.1% -0.3% 0.4%  
% ch. from year earlier 2.6% -2.0% -1.1% -1.0% 0.8%  
Unemployment Rate (SA,%) 5.7% 8.5% 6.8% 6.4% 7.0% Sep-16
percentage points from previous month 0.2 0.1 0.5 0.5 0  
percentage points from year earlier -0.7 1.9 1.6 1.2 -0.1  
Regular EI beneficiaries (SA) 53,570 86,570 16,980 15,160 563,000 Aug-16
Change from previous month -1440 -18,160 -3700 -110 -17,210  
% ch. from previous month -2.6% -17.3% -17.9% -0.7% -3.0%  
% ch. from previous year -2.3% 61.9% 20.4% 2.0% 4.3%  
Average weekly earnings $923.92 $1,123.48 $985.21 $891.15 $960.49 Aug-16
Change from previous year $20.64 -$6.11 $10.34 $13.31 $15.17  
CPI (y/y) 1.8% 0.5% 1.1% 1.3% 1.3% Sep-16
CPI (y/y) previous month 2.0% 0.7% 0.7% 1.1% 1.1% Aug-16
Consumers and Business
Retail Sales (SA, $millions) $6,247 $6,060 $1,539 $1,598 $43,984 Aug-16
% ch. from previous month 0.0% -0.1% -0.4% 1.7% -0.1%  
% ch. from previous year 4.9% -5.0% -1.7% 3.5% 0.9%  
Manufacturing Sales (SA, $millions) $3,891 $5,230 $1,212 $1,424 $51,124 Aug-16
% ch. from previous month 2.1% 2.2% 7.4% 6.0% 0.9%  
% ch. from previous year 8.1% -7.6% 2.9% 1.3% -1.0%  
Building Permits (SA, $millions) $1,157 $1,008 $150 $261 $7,331 Aug-16
% ch. from previous month 15.9% 1.3% -7.7% 10.5% 10.4%  
% ch. from previous year 4.5% -22.0% -36.2% 47.4% -2.2%  
Housing Starts (SAAR, thousands) 48 29 5 5 219 Sep-16
% ch. from previous month 33.7% 47.4% -25.2% 6.1% 19.1%  
% ch. from previous year 65.4% -21.6% 28.8% -38.7% -6.0%  
International Trade
Merchandise Exports ($millions) $3,276 $7,035 $2,109 $1,041 $39,595 Aug-16
% ch. from previous month 0.9% 14.7% -3.0% 0.7% 11.0%  
% ch. from previous year 5.3% -14.3% -17.6% -0.7% -2.4%  
Merchandise Imports ($millions) $4,282 $1,972 $685 $1,674 $46,010 Aug-16
% ch. from previous month 0.3% 4.7% -14.1% 13.4% 9.5%  
% ch. from previous year -1.0% -17.7% -17.9% -7.2% 0.3%  
Population (estimate) 4,751,612 4,252,879 1,150,632 1,318,128 36,286,425 Q3 2016
% ch. from previous year 1.5% 1.3% 1.5% 1.9% 1.2%  
Largest Cities (CMAs) Vancouver (2,504,340) Calgary (1,439,756) Saskatoon (304,975) Winnipeg* (793,428)   2015
  Victoria* (365,291) Edmonton* (1,363,277) Regina* (241,422)      

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Event Description Location Date
British Columbia
BC Business Summit 2016 The Business Council of BC will host its annual BC Business Summit. This year's event is entitled, BC 2035: A Vision for Economic Growth and Prosperity. Vancouver, BC BC Business Summit 2016:November 1, 2016
Pipeline Success: Getting to Yes Takes a Willingness to Listen and Learn The Vancouver Board of Trade will host Ian Anderson, President, Kinder Morgan Canada, for a keynote address on his experience with the Trans Mountain expansion project. Vancouver, BC Pipeline Success:November 3, 2016
Western Innovation Forum 2016 The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) will host a conference aimed at connecting Western Canada's aerospace, marine, defence and security industries to investment, partnership and business opportunities. Vancouver, BC Western Innovation Forum 2016:November 8-9, 2016
Growing the Future Together: BC Agrifood and Seafood Conference The Province of BC will host an agrifood, seafood, and food processing sector conference, including producers, processors, retailers, institutional purchasers, transporters and agritech suppliers. Kelowna, BC Growing the Future Together:November 14-15, 2016
The New U.S. President: What it means for Canada The Vancouver Board of Trade will host this event featuring Gary Doer, Former Ambassador of Canada to the United States, and Gordon Giffin, Former United States Ambassador to Canada. Vancouver, BC The New U.S. President:November 18, 2016
Housing in Canada and the Imaginary City: Addressing Vulnerabilities, Data Gaps and Affordability The Vancouver Board of Trade will host Evan Siddall, President and CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, for a keynote address. Vancouver, BC Housing in Canada and the Imaginary City:November 30, 2016
Port of Vancouver The Vancouver Board of Trade will host Port of Vancouver President and CEO Robin Silvester for his annual address. Vancouver, BC Port of Vancouver:December 8, 2016
The Future of Vancouver International Airport The Vancouver Board of Trade will host Craig Richmond, President and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority for a keynote address. Vancouver, BC The Future of Vancouver International Airport:January 18, 2017
University of British Columbia The Vancouver Board of Trade will host this event featuring Gary Doer, Former Ambassador of Canada to the United States, and Gordon Giffin, Former United States Ambassador to Canada. Vancouver, BC University of British Columbia:January 24, 2017
Western Business Outlook: Vancouver The Conference Board of Canada will partner with the Vancouver Board of Trade to deliver its annual business outlook. Vancouver, BC Western Business Outlook:January 27, 2017
Petrochem Canada 2016 Conference A conference providing insights into Canada's competitive advantage on the global petrochemical stage. Edmonton, AB Petrochem Canada 2016 Conference:November 1-2, 2016
Unmanned Systems Canada 2016 Annual Conference A conference bringing together industry, government, military and academia to promote the education and innovation of unmanned systems for use in air, land, and sea. Edmonton, AB Unmanned Systems Canada 2016 Annual Conference:November 1-3, 2016
EUREKA/EUROSTARS Information Session An information session hosted by the National Research Council of Canada, El Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnologico Industrial and the Government of Alberta on generating financing for international innovation projects. Edmonton, AB EUREKA:November 2, 2016
Roundtable Luncheon A roundtable luncheon hosted by the C.D. Howe Institute, featuring AIMCo's CEO, Kevin Uebelein. Calgary, AB Roundtable Luncheon:November 3, 2016
AHIA Breakfast Meeting: "Edmonton: Canada's Health City" The Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA) will host a meeting with guest speaker, Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton. Edmonton, AB AHIA:November 4, 2016
Empower: Women in Business Conference A conference for entrepreneurs, business owners, and other business professionals to network, learn about business planning and hear from successful Canadian women in business. Camrose, AB Empower:November 5, 2016
Indigenous Innovation Summit A summit bringing together Canada's social innovators, entrepreneurs and Indigenous leaders to share ideas and build new fields of innovation. Edmonton, AB Indigenous Innovation Summit:November 7-9, 2016
Calgary Economic Development's 2017 Economic Outlook A presentation by the Chief Economist of ATB Financial, Todd Hirsch, and the Chief Economist of the Conference Board of Canada, Glen Hodgson, on the global, national, regional, and local economic forecasts for 2017. Calgary, AB Calgary Economic Development:November 8, 2016
A Discussion with Minister Deron Bilous: Exploring Alberta's Growth Opportunities Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, will discuss export expansion and market diversification and government attraction of global investors with Edmonton Chamber members. Edmonton, AB A Discussion with Minister Deron Bilous:November 8, 2016
Kinder Morgan Luncheon – Pipeline Success: Getting 'Yes' Takes a Willingness to Listen and Learn A luncheon hosted by the Edmonton Chamber focused on the industry's role in providing decision-makers with the ability to "get to yes" on pipeline approvals. Edmonton, AB Kinder Morgan Luncheon:November 9, 2016
District Ventures Demo Day An exclusive event featuring Canada's consumer packaged goods; entrepreneurs are able to pitch innovative businesses to investors, retailers and distributors. Calgary, AB District Ventures Demo Day:November 10, 2016
Luncheon: Building Canada's Future through Infrastructure Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, will discuss the federal government's priorities for infrastructure development and growth. Edmonton, AB Luncheon:November 10, 2016
Startup Calgary Launch Party Startup Calgary's annual Launch Party will introduce technology startups that have demonstrated product market fit and an ability to attract users or generate revenue. Calgary, AB Startup Calgary Launch Party:November 17, 2016
Parkland Institute's 20th Annual Conference - Shifting Gears: Transitioning to the Future Economy A conference exploring the many transitions that are taking place in Alberta and the world in public services, the economy, the environment, and many other areas. Edmonton, AB Parkland Institute:November 18-20, 2016
Inclusion Works – Indigenous Workplace Inclusion Event and Recruitment Fair A recruitment fair hosted by the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, featuring discussions on indigenous innovation, leaders, and partnerships. Banff, AB Inclusion Works:November 22-24, 2016
Aboriginal Connections Hosted by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and the Alberta Enterprise Group, this keynote address will provide an opportunity for business leaders across western Canada to learn from the experiences of Fort McKay First Nations Chief, Jim Boucher. Calgary, AB Aboriginal Connections:November 23, 2016
Creating the New Alberta Vision & Leadership Convention A convention featuring panelists from 18 Alberta industries and professions, including agriculture and food processing, transportation and logistics, health and biotech, tourism, manufacturing and export, and environment and cleantech, sharing innovative business ideas. Red Deer, AB Creating the New Alberta Vision:November 26, 2016
AI-EES Tech Talks Alberta Innovates-Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) will host an interactive technology event examining economic diversification, adaptation, and climate change. Calgary, AB AI-EES Tech Talks:November 30, 2016
Alberta Venture -Business Person of the Year The 20th anniversary of Alberta Venture's Business Person of the Year awards, featuring past winners and culminating in a gala event to honour this year's recipient. Calgary, AB Alberta Venture:November 30, 2016
Annual Aboriginal Oil and Gas Forum The 15th annual forum focused on how legislative and regulatory changes impact Aboriginal communities in Western and Northern Canada. Banff, AB Annual Aboriginal Oil and Gas Forum:December 1-2, 2016
International Oil Sands Tailings Conference A conference bringing together experts and individuals interested in tailings technology and management in Alberta's oil sands industry. Lake Louise, AB International Oil Sands Tailings Conference:December 4-7, 2016
2017 ESNA Economic Outlook Conference An annual conference held by the Economics Society of Northern Alberta (ESNA), presenting various economic and industry outlooks for the year ahead. Edmonton, AB 2017 ESNA Economic Outlook Conference:December 8, 2016
2017 Impact Luncheon A lunch hosted by Edmonton Economic Development to celebrate the city's successes over the last year and to discuss how a global mindset translates into a more resilient economy. Edmonton, AB 2017 Impact Luncheon:January 10, 2017
Science, Technology, Innovation and Collaboration Awards (STIC) The STIC Awards celebrate the brightest minds in the Saskatoon Region and honours the people, projects, and products that contribute to Saskatoon's world-class science and technology cluster. Saskatoon, SK STIC:November 16, 2016
First Nations Power Authority Forum This one-day forum will focus on renewable energy and answer questions about how First Nations can participate in future power and procurement opportunities to provide meaningful, long-term economic benefits and growth. Saskatoon, SK First Nations Power Authority Forum:November 16, 2016
FUEL Small Business Information Expo FUEL is a business-to-business (B2B) tradeshow and networking event that connects entrepreneurs and SMEs to various government departments, non-profit organizations, and businesses that support small business. Saskatoon, SK FUEL:November 16, 2016
Canola Industry Meeting and Canola Innovation Day The event is for delegates to hear researchers and industry experts discuss the latest developments in the growing canola industry and recent developments in canola genomics. Saskatoon, SK Canola Industry:November 30-December 1, 2016
Manitoba Association of Business Economics (MABE) Economic Outlook Conference The conference includes an overview of national, provincial and local economic conditions combined with focused sessions on Indigenous Economic Growth, downtown development and consolidation in the agricultural sector. Winnipeg, MB MABE:November 3, 2016
Canadian Space Society Annual Summit Summit 2016 brings together academia, industry, and the public. The theme "At the Centre of It All" will focus on the unifying factors that bring Canada, and the rest of the world, together within the space industry. Winnipeg, MB Canadian Space Society Annual Summit:November 14-15, 2016
Manitoba Farm Women's Conference A forum for women to meet, acquire skills, and share ideas that benefit their families, farms, and communities. Portage la Prairie, MB Manitoba Farm Women's Conference:November 20-22, 2016
Western Business Outlook The Conference Board of Canada hosts the Western Business Outlook – Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB Western Business Outlook:November 24, 2016
Manitoba Precision Agriculture Workshop The workshop features speakers, explaining how UAV technologies can simplify farm operations and management, reduce risk, and help increase efficiencies, yields and profits. Southport, MB Manitoba Precision Agriculture Workshop:December 13, 2016
Driving Innovation A Manitoba conference focused on small-to medium-sized businesses. Keep abreast of new technologies, reach new markets and enhance business productivity. Winnipeg, MB Driving Innovation:January 25-26, 2017

Western Economic Diversification Canada

The role of Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is to improve the long-term economic competitiveness of Western Canada by supporting programs and services that enhance innovation, business development, and community economic development. In addition, the department undertakes policy, advocacy and coordination activities in order to advance the interests of Western Canada in national economic decision-making.

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