Business Counts - November 2018
Regional Statistics & Research Update

Construction & Real Estate
Source: BC Stats Building Permit Report (May), VIREB Monthly Sales Report (July), CMHC Housing Report (June)
SF = Single Family
Labour Force
Source: BC Stats Labour Market Statistics
Source:BC Ferries Monthly Traffic Report (Litte River Ferry), Vancouver Island Visitor Monthly Report, YQQ Monthly Passengers Totals
Consumer Price Index
Source: BC Stats CPI Monthly Data Tables
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News & Events
Trends & Issues for the Food & Beverage and Hospitality Industry

Location: Best Western, Ballroom, 1590 Cliffe Ave
Date: Wednesday, November 21
Meet the Speakers & Registration: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Workshop Session: 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Speakers: President/CEO, Ian Tostenson, BC Restaurant and Food Services Assn
President, Bert Hicks, Rising Tide , Licencing Consultants
Executive Director, Ken Beattie, BC Craft Brewer's Guild

Explore key challenges, trends and hot topics that the food, beverage and hospitality industries are facing including labour shortages, retention, temporary foreign worker recruitment, the impacts around the legalization of Cannabis, trends & opportunities in Eat and Drink Local, and discuss an array of tools and best practice examples to help busy business owners, staff & management improve and grow their businesses.
Dine Around 2.0 Reboot and Industry Mixer

Location: Forbidden Brewing
1590 Cliffe Ave
Date: Wednesday, November 21
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Following the Workshop above, the Comox Valley Dine Around Committee and Comox Valley Economic Development &Tourism will host a Dine Around 2.0 Reboot and Industry Mixer to explore the 2019 Dine Around, which is undergoing a friendly overhaul – learn what's new and how your business can host or be involved in new events & expanded marketing
Inspire to Hire - The Future of the Workforce

Location: Crown Isle Resort
Date: Tuesday November 20
Time: 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Employers are invited to the North Island College Tourism and Hospitality department’s Inspire to Hire networking event. Come connect with NIC tourism students, faculty and industry experts. Your knowledge and experience can influence students preparing to enter the workforce.

4:30-6pm: Networking with students and industry partners – Meet students seeking permanent positions and co-op and internship work experience in 2019.

6-7pm: Solutions to current labour market shortages with Arlene Keis, CEO of go2HR – Learn how to curb the pain of labour shortages and discover best practices to make your business stronger.

RSVP by email to   by Friday, Nov. 9 to reserve your table.
Transitioning Your Family Farm

Location: Crown Isle Resort
Date: Wednesday December 5
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm

Transition planning is critical to secure the future of your farm and family, but it can difficult to figure out the best way to transfer ownership and management to the next generation. Whether you are just getting started or need to get your transition plan unstuck, join the Comox Valley Farmers Institute and MNP for a day filled with information and insights that will help you navigate the transition planning process and kick-start your conversations.

This event will feature two presentations from our keynote speaker, Elaine Froese, a lifelong farmer and professional farm family coach, who has been a catalyst for courageous conversations with farm teams for more than 30 years.

RSVP to RK Troseth at or 250.734.4351 by November 28, 2018 .
Other events

Downtown Courtenay BIA Holiday Mixer - Wednesday, November 21, 5:30 PM @ The Union Street Grotto

Community Partners Holiday Mixer - Wednesday, December 12, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Blackfin Pub
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