We are happy and proud to announce that the Vicinity Jobs network grew again this week. This time, we expanded into a completely new set of communities far away from Southern Ontario.
On Monday, November 23rd, a brand new Vicinity Jobs of Vancouver web site joined the Vicinity Jobs family of community employment portals. It serves all Greater Vancouver Area communities, including the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Surrey, Delta, New Westminster, and Coquitlam. The concept is the same as that of all remaining Vicinity Jobs web sites: It makes it easy for job seekers to search for job openings in their home communities through hundreds of web sites at once. The Vancouver Vicinity Jobs web site can be accessed through the regular VicinityJobs.com portal page, or directly at http://vancouver.vicinityjobs.com.
It has been more than three years since we launched the first Vicinity Jobs web site – FairyLakeJobs.net. It was one of North America’s first vertical job search engines, and the first to focus on serving a very small geographic area (Ontario’s York Region). We focused on meeting the needs of a large and growing group of our neighbours and colleagues who are passionate about their families, our communities, and the impact that their work and lifestyle choices have on the environment. At a time when many were seeing these people’s desire to work close to home as a selfish dream, we made it our goal to make our communities more environmentally and socially sustainable by eliminating the dependency of our economy on long-distance commuting.
Our goal resonated with many. Three years on, the Vicinity Jobs network includes web sites serving all communities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. Combined, the Vicinity Jobs web sites are now among the most popular in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, serving tens of thousands of local job seekers each week.
Vancouver – although far from the Greater Toronto Area – is facing many of the same challenges as Toronto. Rush hour traffic is as bad in Vancouver as it is in Toronto. As Canada’s 3rd largest city, Vancouver also needs to reduce its dependency on long-distance commuting in order to become more environmentally and socially sustainable. Many Vancouver residents spend on the road countless hours that can be spent in more productive and/or enjoyable ways. This is why we made Vancouver our next destination.
We will work hard to make sure that when Canadians in Vancouver and Southern Ontario look for a job, they have access to all the resources they need in order to find one in their home communities. We will also continue to insist that long-distance commuting is not Ok: Contrary to so-called ‘conventional wisdom’, it does not make our economy more competitive or more productive. Quite the opposite: It takes a huge toll on our communities and the environment, and ought to be avoided.