Trail British Columbia

Trail, British Columbia, Canada

About My City: Trail

Trail was incorporated in 1895 when a small smelter operation opened to service the Rossland mines. Largely a single-industry, resource- based economy, home to the largest lead-zinc smelter complex of its kind in the world. The smelter workforce however has shrunk from 4,500 to 1,600 high-paying jobs over 25 years. There has been a rapid demographic shift as birthrates decline and many youth leave the community. Low cost housing in Trail has resulted in an in-migration of individuals and families dependent on the social safety net. In two years, the number of public schools decreased from 25 to 11. In nearby Rossland, major recreation developments are underway, resulting in a building boom and increased numbers of wealthy absentee condominium owners. A major workforce renewal is anticipated in the coming 3-5 years as smelter workers and others in the community retire The region has a rich sporting history and is very proud of the legendary Trail Smoke Eaters, the amateur hockey team as well as a number of Olympic medal winners in skiing.

About My Organization:

The Skills Centre opened their doors in 1997, back then we were a different organization than we are today. Seventeen years ago our staff consisted of three people and we held one small contract, today our staff consists of 15 people and we hold several diverse contracts, from the WorkBC contract where we deliver employment services, to managing the Teck Learning Centre for Teck Ltd.