Job Market Trends and News


Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.

The following table offers significant events from past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force across Canada. It can prove to be a useful resource to complement your job search and career exploration.

You can explore news items across Canada on this page or refine your search to a specific news event type, sector or region.

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, fourth quarter 2015

Canadian employers reported 353,000 job vacancies in the fourth quarter, and the job vacancy rate was 2.3%.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $150,000, and the provincial government is providing $10,000 to MacAusland's Woolen Mills Ltd. for the purchase of two modern textile weaving looms to increase production Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
Contract talks between the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers union, representing 739 professionals, broke off in July. The union has been without a contract since October 2015 and has requested arbitration. Public Administration Other Type of Event MB
The Government of Manitoba has pledged to maintain programs for families receiving income assistance. Anti-poverty groups had expressed concerns about provincial rollbacks following the launch of the Canada Child Benefit. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
Thompson will receive $2.25M in joint federal-provincial funding for its water main renewal program. The construction project, which is one of 27 supported through federal infrastructure funds, is set to begin next April. Construction Job Creation MB
The provincial government launched the 10th annual Great Manitoba Food Fight contest on August 4. The program is designed to help Manitoban entrepreneurs commercialize their food products. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation MB
Long Plain First Nation has received approval from an insurance company to begin construction of homes damaged by a tornado in July. According to Red Cross, 30 properties are uninhabitable. Construction Job Creation MB
The federal and provincial governments announced a joint funding project worth over $53M to upgrade and expand waste treatment plants in Selkirk and Gimli Construction Job Creation MB
Provincial government ministers met with municipal and First Nation leaders, as well as business owners in Winnipeg, to discuss economic opportunities for Churchill and northern communities on August 5 N/A Job Creation MB
The provincial government is granting an additional $7M to the Rent Assist Program in 2016. More than 1,000 northern Manitobans will benefit from the added funding this year. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games took place in Steinbach from August 7 to 10. The biennial event attracts over 7,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers to the community. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event MB
According to the Association of Regina Realtors, year-over-year home sales in Regina were down by 15% in July, while the total number of listings declined by 13% over the same period Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event SK
According to the Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors, Saskatoon¿s year-over-year home sales declined by 16% in July. Meanwhile, house prices remained relatively stable in the city, down 1% during the same period. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event SK
The 2016 Innovative Learning Institute for Circumpolar Health conference was held in Saskatoon from August 2 to August 12. The event attracted nursing personnel from around the world and focused on healthcare issues concerning northern communities. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
CUPE Local 7, a union that represents 200 municipal employees, broke off bargaining talks with the City of Regina at the end of July. Workers have been without a collective agreement since December 31, 2015. Public Administration Layoff SK
According to Statistics Canada, employment in Saskatchewan was up 800 in July 2016 compared to the same month last year. The province has the third lowest unemployment rate in Canada at 6.3%. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The Regina Folk Festival took place in Regina from August 5 to 7. The event, which is now in its 47th year, attracts up to 30,000 people. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation SK
The Big Idea Camp took place in Regina from August 2 through August 5. The event featured educational sessions with business experts to help teens develop entrepreneurial skills. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event SK
The 2016 Queen City Exhibition took place in Regina from August 2 to 6. Despite a slight drop in attendance from 2015, the event attracted over 200,000 carnival-goers. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation SK
Moosehead will open a small-batch brewery by the end of 2017 in Saint John, NB. The brewery will operate in addition to Moosehead¿s west side brewery in the city. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
The Government of Yukon and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun have signed a three-year agreement that outlines joint communication and participation on curriculum development, school programming and staffing on the Traditional Territory Educational Services Job Creation YT
The Government of Nunavut is offering the Getting Ready for Employment and Training program in five communities starting on September 12, 2016. Educational Services Other Type of Event NU
De Beers and Mountain Province Diamonds began production from the Gahcho Kue mine in the Northwest Territories Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The Tlicho Investment Corporation closed 17 of its 37 subsidiary companies. According to the company, another seven subsidiaries may also be folded. N/A Other Type of Event NT
The Government of Alberta is contributing $30.3M to the Canadian Red Cross Relief Campaign for residents of Fort McMurray Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Gateway Casinos and Entertainment¿s Grand Villa Edmonton, a $32M casino, will be opening in downtown Edmonton on September 7 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB

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