The following is a list of the 20 largest employers in Vancouver in 2018, based on revenue (rather than based on the number of employees, profit, assets or other criteria). For a couple of other lists, using profits or number of employees as criterion, see A Short List of the Largest Private Employers in Canada, According to Profit and A Short List of the Largest Employers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
For a short list based on the number of employees and profit in Sweden, see A Short List of the Largest Swedish Employers by the Number of Employees, Profits and the Profits per Worker.
How many among the left in Vancouver (or in Canada) consider such companies to provide “decent work?” “Fair contracts?” How many in Canada?
The information was obtained from the following site: Largest Employers in Vancouver Based on Revenue. rounded off to the nearest million in some cases.
- Telus Corp.: $14 billion 368 million ($14, 368,000,000)
- Teck Resources ($12 billion 564 million) ($12, 564,000,000)
- Jim Pattison Group ($10 billion 600 million) ($10,600,000,000)
- Finning International ($6 billion, 996 million) ($6,996,000,000)
- B.C. Hydro and Power Authority ($6 billion 237 million) ($6,237,000,000)
- West Fraser Timber Co. ($6 billion 118 million) ($6,118,000,000)
- H.Y Louie Co. ($5 billion 560 million) ($5,560,000,000)
- Insurance Corp. of British Columbia ($5 billion 442 million) ($5,442,000,000)
- Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. ($5 billion 350 million) ($5,350,000,000)
- First Quatum Minerals ($5 billion 139 million) ($5,139,000,000)
- Methanex Corp. ($5 billion 94 million) ($5,094,000,000)
- Canfor Corp. ($5 billion 44 million) ($5,044,000,000)’
- Best Buy Canada ($4 billion 129 million) ($4,129,000,000)
- GoldCorp ($3 billion 929 million) ($3,929, 000,000)
- BC Liquor Distribution Branch ($3 billion 498 million) $3,498,000,000)
- Westcoast Energy ($3 billion 473 million) ($3,473,000,000)
- Lululemon Athletica ($3 billion 433 million) ($3,433,000,000)
- British Columbia Lottery Corp. ($3 billion 267 million) ($3,267,000,000)
- Premium Brands Holding Corp. ($3 billion 26 million) ($3,026,000,000)
- London Drugs ($2 billion 575 million) ($2,575,000,000)
Total Revenue: $115 billion 842 million ($115,842,000,000)
Average Revenue per Employer: $5 billion 792 million ($5,792,000,000)
To gain an understanding of how much money that is, we can divide that amount by the 2018 Canadian population of about 37 million: $3130 per person. If we confine ourselves to the population in British Columbia (5 million 16 thousand–5,016,000), the per person revenue would be $23,094 per person.
Of course, revenue must cover operating costs and initial purchase of means of production (buildings, machines, raw materials such as electricity) and workers. These numbers would have to be further analyzed in order to determine profit in relation to total revenue.
Furthermore, it would be useful to determine the number of employees per employer to determine the approximate amount of profit produced per employer in order to see how workers are used to produce that profit. (The problem is that the statistics may not distinguish between the revenue obtained and whether it is confined to the province. For example, is the total revenue from Best Buy limited to total sales in Best Buy in Vancouver or does it apply to the total sales throughout British Columbia or indeed throughout Canada. It would be necessary to inquire further, of course.)
Finally, we can certainly ask how such employers can be justified as social organizations that use workers as means for ends not defined by the workers. Do you find it legitimate to use people for ends not defined by them? (See The Money Circuit of Capital). In particular, do you find it legitimate to treat workers as mere costs, on the same level with the machines, buildings, office supplies, electricity and so forth that workers use? If so, why do you think that? If not, what can be done about it?
What are the implications of the control of such revenue by such employers for the control of the lives of those who live in Vancouver? At work? Outside work? Does such a situation express the freedom of workers? Of consumers? What does it say about the power of employers? Of the power of their representatives–management? The best possible way of organizing work? Of organizing our lives? Or is there an alternative way of organizing our lives?