WorkBC survey hopes to help with downturn of forestry sector

By Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter 

Business owners, employed and unemployed Merrittonians were invited to take part in a Thriving Communities Labour Market survey earlier this year.

While the minimum threshold was 100 survey responses, Merritt submitted far and above this number, completing 561 in total.

A joint effort of many parts, the survey project was guided by Community Futures Thompson Country and funded through the Labour Market Partnership stream of the province’s Community and Employer Partnerships program. Community engagement was a collaboration between strategic partners such as Amplify Consulting Inc., WorkBC, the City of Merritt and Community Futures Nicola Valley, with the results being amalgamated into a report by O’Leary and Associates.

In an economy that has been drastically affected by the downturn in the forestry sector, citizens are hoping to identify current gaps and lobby for new opportunities by completing the Labour Market Survey.

Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, hopes the study will do just that for Merrittonians.