Job Market Trends and News

Canada

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, second quarter 2016

Canadian employers reported 392,000 job vacancies in the second quarter, and the job vacancy rate was 2.5%.

Compared with the second quarter of 2015, the number of job vacancies declined by 45,000 (-10.3%), and the job vacancy rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Seven Oaks School Division is building a $6M agriculture-learning centre in the Rural Municipality of West St. Paul, near Winnipeg. Construction is slated to start in summer 2017 and should be completed within a year. Construction Job Creation MB
The federal government is providing $0.75M in funding for two new training projects to reskill former Churchill port workers. Ten workers will be trained to remove asbestos and another ten to fix local roads. Construction Job Creation MB
The City of Winnipeg opened its second 4R recycling depot in January. Plans are already underway to build a third recycling facility in Winnipeg by late 2017. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation MB
Manitoba Hydro is reducing its workforce by 15% or 900 positions, including executive staff. The cuts represent cost savings of $60M to $65M and will help offset the crown corporation¿s growing budget deficit. Utilities Layoff MB
The provincial government has instructed Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, and Manitoba Public Insurance to reduce its executive workforce by 15% Finance and Insurance Layoff MB
Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park received a $1M donation from MacDon Industries, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. The donation will help create two new attractions at Canada's Diversity Gardens and children's petting zoo. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation MB
The Government of Manitoba selected Brandon¿s Horizon Builders Ltd. to redevelop and expand the emergency department at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre. The $23M project is expected to begin this spring. Construction Job Creation MB
GoodLife fitness is planning to open its doors in Brandon's Shoppers Mall by June 15. The fitness centre will employ at least 25 full-time workers. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation MB
Brandon's Sears store is closing in mid-April. Direct Wholesale is planning to move into the Sears retail space by May. Retail Trade Layoff MB
CIBC will be closing its Elkhorn branch on August 18 due to low business volumes Finance and Insurance Layoff MB
The provincial government is recruiting a consultant to develop a new mental health and addictions strategy. Qualified applicants have until February 15 to submit a proposal. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation MB
The Bank of Montreal has donated $250,000 towards Manitoba Museum's redevelopment campaign. The upgrade is expected to be completed by 2020. Construction Job Creation MB
H&M is opening its second Winnipeg location in Kildonan Place Shopping Centre later this spring. The new location will employ 35 workers. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
Brandon's Making Roots Montessori Centre closed on January 23. At the time of closing, the centre provided educational services to 16 children in the area. Educational Services Layoff MB
Toronto-based Kothari Group is building Crocus Gardens, a 232-unit condominium project, in Winnipeg's Transcona area. The first phase of the project will include 52 condominiums and is slated for completion in late 2017. Construction Job Creation MB
HMV Canada, which went into receivership on January 27, is closing all of its stores across the country by April 30. About 50 people will be laid-off from Winnipeg¿s four stores. Retail Trade Layoff MB
The federal government awarded a four-year, $45M contract to Winnipeg-based Standard Aero to repair airplane engines for the Canadian military Manufacturing Job Creation MB
According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation¿s latest assessment, the housing market in Winnipeg shows moderate evidence of problematic conditions Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event MB
Winnipeg-based NewLeaf announced on February 1 that it will offer twice as many flights to Abbotsford, Edmonton and Hamilton between May 1 and October 30 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation MB
Parrish and Heimbecker are buying crop input retail stores at four locations in Alberta from Crop Production Services, a division of Agrium. Staff at all the retail stores are being retained by the new owners. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta has committed an additional $5.2M to renovate Parkland Lodge, a seniors facility in Edson. The lodge renovation is expected to be complete by the fall of 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
Alberta Health Services anticipates that the new High Prairie Health Complex will be operational for patients by the summer of 2017. The facility includes an increase of 37 continuing care beds. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Tolko Industries plans to re-open its oriented strandboard plant in High Prairie that originally closed in 2008. Tolko has hired a mill manager and estimates that the operation will create 150 direct jobs and another 150 indirect or related jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Palliser Regional Schools is planning to spend approximately $2.2M on school infrastructure, maintenance and renewal in 2017 Construction Job Creation AB
The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan, focused on physician recruitment, is expanding its role to other health professions including nurses and nurse practitioners. The independent non-governmental organization is funded by Alberta Health. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
IKEA Canada has purchased the Wintering Hills wind farm near Drumheller for approximately $120M. The site has the capacity to generate enough electricity for approximately 54 IKEA stores. Utilities Other Type of Event AB
HMV Canada is set to close all of its 102 stores in Canada over the next few months. The company was placed in receivership and most of its head office staff were laid off on January 28, 2017. Retail Trade Layoff AB
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is eliminating 168 jobs to save $24.2M, due to slow oilsands growth and the impact of the 2016 wildfire. The cuts include 46 vacant positions. N/A Layoff AB
Tree Canada is spending $1M to restore forests that were destroyed during the 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray. The work is expected to start in the spring of 2017 and continue into 2018. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
Producers of a Netflix movie are seeking First Nations actors and extras. Hold the Dark will be filming from February 27 to April 14, 2017, in and around Calgary. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
Arnold Churgin is closing its remaining shoe store in Calgary Retail Trade Layoff AB
Transcend Coffee is closing its café in downtown Edmonton on February 26, 2017 Accommodation and Food Services Layoff AB
GrainsConnect Canada is planning to build a $30M grain terminal near Vegreville. The company expects the project to be complete in 2018 and estimates that 15 full-time jobs will be created. Construction Job Creation AB
The Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association is shifting its focus to attracting agricultural, environmental, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing firms to its industrial park south of Edmonton N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is forecasting an increase in drilling in Alberta this year to 2,700 wells. Member companies of the association also reported new hiring and the recall of most staff to handle increased customer demand. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta has increased funding for Phase 3 of the Bonnylodge seniors facility from $10.4M to $13M. Construction is scheduled to start in June 2017 and be complete in 2019. Construction Job Creation AB
Enform, a Calgary-based energy sector safety training organization, is reporting a 10% to 15% increase in students with an uptick in drilling activity Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Royal Dutch Shell is investing in its liquid-rich Fox Creek site in Alberta as part of a broader US$2-to-3B strategy targeting shale production. The company did not specify how much capital would be allocated toward the Fox Creek play. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Delphi Energy Corp. is planning a $65M to $70M capital program for 2017 that includes the operation of a second drilling rig and the completion of 13 horizontal wells Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Indochino, a made-to-measure men's clothing company, is opening a store in Edmonton on March 30, 2017. Another location is set to open in Calgary's Chinook Centre on April 6, 2017. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing $350,000 over two years for the Apex business incubator in Medicine Hat, the first to be approved under the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program N/A Job Creation AB
Keystone Excavating Ltd. Is closing permanently at the end of March 2017. The company has recently had fewer than 50 employees. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Rocky Mountain House is seeking tenders for demolition of its water tower. The project is scheduled for early March 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
Grande Cache Coal has advised the Town of Grande Cache that it is heading into receivership, with a plan to restructure operations and reopen the mine in July 2017 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Airdrie Economic Development is working with Calgary-based Local Intel to develop a microsite for small business and entrepreneurs to assist with market research. The site is currently in a testing mode with the developers seeking feedback from users. N/A Other Type of Event AB
Chinook's Edge School Division has decided to close the Chinook Centre School in Innisfail on June 30, 2017. Students and staff will transfer to École John Wilson Elementary School in September 2017. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
The Department of National Defence is extending its contract with aviation company CAE for the continuation of the NATO Flying Training in Canada program by two years, to at least 2023. The training occurs in Cold lake and Moose Jaw, SK. Public Administration Job Creation AB
The City of Red Deer is eliminating staff, reducing service levels and deleting some vacant positions. The staffing reduction is equivalent to 9.75 full time equivalents comprised of permanent, temporary and casual staff across the city. Public Administration Layoff AB
First Air has renewed an agreement with Summit Air, which will expand its use of the charter passenger service across the Arctic. Under the new, four-year agreement, Summit Air will continue to provide charter passenger service and air freighter service. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NU
The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada are providing $75.8M for the Qikiqtani Correctional Healing Centre in Iqaluit. Construction is scheduled to start in July 2018. Construction Job Creation NU
The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut is trying to fill the position of Languages Commissioner of Nunavut and is set to re-advertise the opening. The position has been vacant since June 2016. Public Administration Other Type of Event NU
The Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation is providing more than $3M for 12 training initiatives designed to enhance the preparedness of Nunavut Inuit for employment Educational Services Job Creation NU
Qikiqtaaluk Corp, an Inuit-owned business, is closing the Baffin Deli, and the Plateau convenience store and Starbucks, both in Iqaluit. The businesses are closing by the end of March 2017, or sooner. Retail Trade Layoff NU
92 Resources Corp. has applied for a land use permit from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board to drill for lithium-containing minerals outside of Yellowknife. The company plans to start drilling in mid-March, pending permit approval. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NT
TerraX Minerals plans to start drilling around the end of February 2017 on its Southbelt gold property at Yellowknife, after it was granted a Land Use Permit for the project Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories has released its 2017-18 budget, which includes $55M in new program spending and $266M for infrastructure projects Public Administration Other Type of Event NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories is planning to operate barging services on the Mackenzie River for the 2017 season. The government has hired a management team to oversee operations and is in talks with a marine crewing service. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada are providing approximately $15.8M for 11 infrastructure projects Construction Job Creation NT
The Government of Canada is seeking bids for remediation work at the abandoned Giant Mine site near Yellowknife. The contract, estimated at approximately $600M, is expected to take 10 years to complete and will start in 2018. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NT
TerraX Minerals has tripled the size of its land position at the Yellowknife City Gold project. The company is planning geophysical, geochemical and mapping and prospecting surveys on the new land for the spring, summer and fall of 2017. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NT
The Government of Yukon and self-governing Yukon First Nations have signed a memorandum of understanding to address and resolve matters related to mineral prospecting, exploration, mine development, production, and reclamation, in Yukon Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon is providing $360,000 to the Klondike Placer Miners¿ Association, and $375,000 to the Yukon Chamber of Mines to support education and outreach activities Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
The Government of Yukon has increased its commitment to the Yukon mineral exploration program to $1.6M for the 2017-18 budget year. The program supports early-stage exploration to locate hard rock and placer mineral occurrences. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
The Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust is providing $87,957 to five community projects in the Yukon Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation YT
The Government of Yukon is providing $300,000 annually, over the next three years, for resource road improvement Construction Job Creation YT
Victoria Gold is banking on an additional $40M in capital to start work on its Eagle Gold Project near Mayo. The company estimates that peak employment during mine construction will reach 400, with the same amount of employment during production. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
The City of Vancouver is granting $2M to address the ongoing drug overdose crisis. The grants will fund initiatives such as addictions and mental health training for city staff and the creation of a new community policing centre. Public Administration Other Type of Event BC
The federal and provincial governments are granting $5.6M each towards the construction of North Island College¿s new training facility in Campbell River. The project will generate 82 jobs and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of BC has committed $217M over the next three years towards the construction and expansion of schools in Surrey. These capital projects are expected to create up to 5,200 new student seats for Surrey¿s rapidly growing population. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of Canada, the Municipality of Richmond and the South Arm Community Association are contributing towards the $2.1M renovation of Richmond South Arm Community Centre. The upgrades are expected to be completed by fall 2017. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The expanded Hope to Health Research Centre recently opened its doors in Vancouver. In addition, an adjacent walk-in clinic and eye clinic are also slated to open this spring. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event BC
Construction of the provincially funded $975,000 rest area on Highway 97, south of Fort St. John, is underway and expected to be complete by spring. The project includes room for transport trucks and non-commercial vehicles, washrooms and picnic tables. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Vancouver online shoe retailer, Shoes.com, is ceasing operations. The company is closing its three e-commerce channels and two brick-and-mortar locations in Vancouver and Toronto, which will leave approximately 230 people out of work. Retail Trade Layoff BC
Glanford middle school in Victoria hosted the WorkBC Find Your Fit Tour for middle school students. The program provided information and interactive displays on skills needed for various in-demand jobs, as well as insights on work conditions. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Metro Vancouver is moving ahead with its plans to replace the Twin Bridge. The bridge will be replaced by a new $2.3M suspension bridge, which is slated for completion by the end of this year. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC is granting $2.1M to support clean energy projects. The funding will help get more Indigenous communities plugged into their own electricity supply. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC is providing $35M in funding over the next three years to BC Parks. Part of the funding will be used to hire 25 new full-time park rangers across the province. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
The Okanagan School of Business hosted the Business Expo and Employment Fair at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Over 50 booths helped connect students looking for employment and career opportunities with the business community. N/A Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC has granted environmental assessment approval for the $1.7B North Montney Mainline Pipeline Project. Construction is expected to create up to 2,500 direct jobs in the Peace Region. Construction Job Creation BC
Nations Creations is offering specialized manufacturing equipment training in Chilliwack for 24 unemployed people from the Fraser Valley. The provincially funded course will give participants skills and resources needed for employment. Manufacturing Other Type of Event BC
The Tally-Ho hotel of Victoria will close at the end of February. Thirty staff members will be affected by the closure. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff BC
The Government of BC has signed off on the construction of a new $150M courthouse in Abbotsford. The project is slated to begin in 2018 and, when complete, will employ around 200 people ¿ more than double its current staffing levels. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Construction of the new $417M Royal Inland Hospital patient care tower in Kamloops is expected to begin in 2018. The project is estimated to create 2,400 construction jobs and should be completed by 2022. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is granting $10M to construct the new Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre. Construction of the centre began on February 6 and the facility is expected to open in June 2018. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Eagle Creek and Okanagan Studios are building new soundstage facilities in Kelowna and Vernon. The facilities will support the Okanagan¿s growing film and TV production industry. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC and St. Paul¿s Foundation have announced a combined $8M in funding for the BC Centre on Substance Use located in Vancouver¿s Downtown Eastside. The centre is dedicated to research, education and care related to substance abuse. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event BC
Construction of a new adventure park near Revelstoke is set to begin this spring. The first phase of the park will open this spring and, once complete, the park will employ about 250 people. Construction Job Creation BC
The federal and provincial governments are providing combined funding of $3.5M, via the Growing Forward 2 agreement and Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund, for 24 livestock and forage-related research projects Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
Toronto-based Strathallen Capital Corp acquired Saskatoon¿s Market Mall in January. Strathallen Capital is planning to upgrade and expand the mall to attract new tenants. N/A Other Type of Event SK
According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation¿s latest assessment, the housing markets in Saskatoon and Regina show strong evidence of problematic conditions Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event SK
The Saskatoon Fire Department held a graduation ceremony for ten new recruits on February 2 Public Administration Job Creation SK
Saskatchewan Polytechnic hosted its annual job fair for students on February 2 N/A Other Type of Event SK
Saskatchewan-based Genesis Grain and Fertilizer is planning to build a new farmer-owned fertilizer supercentre in Belle Plaine. Construction of the $24M facility is slated to begin this spring and should be completed by the end of 2017. Construction Job Creation SK
HMV Canada, which went into receivership on January 27, is closing all its stores across Canada in the coming months. The total number of employees impacted in Saskatchewan is unknown. Retail Trade Layoff SK
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $137,000 to fund consultations with James Smith Cree Nation to determine whether Shore Gold Inc. can proceed with its proposed diamond mine near Prince Albert Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
According to reports compiled following a tour of long-term care homes by Saskatchewan health region CEOs, recruitment and retention of health care professionals remains a challenge, especially in rural communities Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
SaskPower is considering four potential sites near Regina for a new natural gas plant. According to the crown corporation, a new natural gas plant could be needed as early as 2022 due to rising demand. Utilities Other Type of Event SK
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are each contributing over $4.2M for a new wastewater treatment facility in the Rural Municipality of Frenchman Butte Utilities Job Creation SK
Montréal's Plaza Saint-Hubert will undergo a $50M makeover. Work is scheduled to begin in summer 2017 and should be completed in 2020. Construction Other Type of Event QC
A $126M investment will fund the construction of the new Gouin bridge, which serves Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and neighbouring areas. Work is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks. Construction Other Type of Event QC
F. Ménard, a pork producer based in Ange-Gardien, is currently looking to hire labourers, wrapping-machine operators, and delicatessen specialists Manufacturing Job Creation QC
A&W Canada has announced its Canadian expansion strategy, which includes opening 70 new restaurants in Quebec by the end of 2020 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Surplus RD, a retailer that specializes in liquidating furniture and mattresses, has announced the opening of its Laval store, which will create some ten jobs Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Government of Canada has announced that it will give Bombardier $372M in repayable contributions to improve research and development of its Global 7000 and C series aircraft Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The City of Laval has announced the start of construction on its new downtown area, valued at over $18M. Charex, a civil engineering firm, will carry out the work that is scheduled to begin in March and be completed in September 2017. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Last fall, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux du Bas-St-Laurent created some 10 special-education teacher positions, after reviewing the services offered to its youth clientele identified as having an autism spectrum disorder Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Brynd Smoked Meat has gone out of business. The company employed some 40 people in Québec City spread across three restaurants and a catering service. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) is seeking 15 regular professors to work in various departments. Positions will be staffed as of August 1st, for the 2017/18 school year. Educational Services Job Creation QC
Novik, a company that specializes in exterior siding, has just invested $3M to expand its production capacity at its Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures plant. The company is still recruiting and has 32 positions to fill. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Development Corporation of Baie-Comeau, a municipal organization that mainly focuses on land sales, is investing $750,000 to build a rental property Construction Other Type of Event QC
Véolia, a company that offers environmental services for the industrial sector, has closed its Sept-Îles location, causing 21 layoffs Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Layoff QC
Plomberie Octave Roy & Fils, a Baie-Comeau plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractor, has ceased operations. Some ten people are out of work. Construction Layoff QC
The Odacité shopping complex in Victoriaville should officially begin construction in March, given that the construction permits valued at over $3M have been granted Construction Other Type of Event QC
Soprema, a waterproofing product manufacturer for construction and civil engineering, is hiring some 30 employees to fill various jobs. Interviews will be held on February 17 and 18 at Drummondville's Centrexpo Cogeco. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Gym Spa Bien dans sa peau in Saint-Adèle will close on February 24, after approximately 9 years in business. The number of layoffs has not been disclosed. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff QC
Momo Sports, a sporting goods store in Sherbrooke, will invest $4.5M to build a new building to double its surface area, which will create some 15 additional jobs Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Best Buy has closed its Terrebonne store, resulting in some 50 layoffs Retail Trade Layoff QC
Brault & Martineau, a furniture retailer, has announced that it is closing its Repentigny store. The closure date and number of layoffs have not been disclosed. Retail Trade Layoff QC
Activision, Beenox's parent company, is closing the Québec City studio's game testing unit. Some 30 people will be laid off. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff QC
Resolute Forest Products' Saint-Thomas-Didyme saw mill will cease production on February 13 for a four-week period. Some 50 workers are affected by this temporary closure. Manufacturing Layoff QC

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