C.’s economy and business persona since Confederation.The list does not claim to be a comprehensive inventory of major business events in the history of the province, but it’s a reckoning of some of the key ingredients that have guided economic development and inspired frontier enterprise in Canada’s westernmost province.13 1894: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston, the largest of its kind in B. The salmon canning business was a major employer in B. It attracts roughly 100,000 prospectors, mainly from the U. The gold rush led to the formation of Dawson City (1896) and Yukon territory (1898). The company flourishes a decade later during the First World War as it builds ships bound for Europe. Labour leader Frank Rogers is killed by CPR police while picketing at the docks during that strike. Louie is founded as Hok Yat Louie opens a small general store in Vancouver’s Chinatown to sell feed to farmers in 1903.
18 1903: The University of Victoria is founded, laying the foundations of B. 19 1903: Woodward’s is built, establishing a major downtown retail centre.25 1909: An explosion at a Ladysmith coal mine kills 32 people.Along with gas explosions in Morrissey, it spurs the rewriting of the Coal Mines Regulation Act and establishment of mine rescue stations around B. 26 1910: Workers across the province band together under the BC Federation of Labour to influence political change.Flavelle’s daughter, Karen Flavelle, becomes its owner in 1996.23 1907: Construction begins on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, west from Edmonton through the Upper Fraser, Bulkley and Skeena valleys.