Inuktun Services of Nanaimo was among companies recognized by the government as B.C. job makers during a program launch event Monday.
The event, held at Inuktun’s head office and factory on Kenworth Road Monday, recognized companies that are helping drive the B.C. economy.
Michelle Stilwell, Parksville-Qualicum MLA, announced the creation of the Vancouver Island Manufacturers Sector Engagement Project to bring together Island employers and associations committed to train workers to fill future jobs in the manufacturing sector.
Greg Kyllo, parliamentary secretary for the B.C. Jobs Plan, also announced the government has committed $30,00 to the project.
“With a truly diversified economy, we’re poised to be among the leaders in Canada for economic growth,” Kyllo said during his presentation.
The B.C. Jobs Plan focuses on eight economic sectors that include agriculture, natural gas, forestry and mining, international education, technology, tourism and transportation. The jobs plan was expanded in 2014 to include aboriginal peoples and First Nations, international trade, small business and manufacturing.
Kyllo said the B.C. Jobs Plan has, to date, expanded the economy by $16.5 billion since 2011 and also noted rising economic activity in the B.C. film industry, apparel manufacturing and craft breweries, which generated $205 million in sales in 2014.
Another company recognized at the event included Cedar Journeys Caskets of Nanaimo.