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.

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News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Club Piscine has invested $5M to build a more spacious building and is creating 15 new jobs in Saint-Hyacinthe Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Having lost a contract with open-pit mine Cliffs Natural Resources, Logistec Arrimage, of Sept-Îles, is forced to lay off 25 workers in October Transportation and Warehousing Layoff QC
Following a $1M investment, Le Poivre Noir, a steakhouse, will open its doors in Rouyn-Noranda Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
S. Huot, a Québec City business that offers design, machining, and installation services of specialized equipment for the mining industry, will be temporarily laying off around 50 people Manufacturing Layoff QC
A grocery store under the IGA banner will be built in Témiscaming this spring. Opening is scheduled for December 2014. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Resolute Forest Products is permanently closing its sawmill in Saint-Fulgence. About fifteen workers are affected. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Groupe Garabedian Lifestyle, a real estate developer, has announced the Aquablu residential project in the Sainte-Dorothée area of Laval, valued at an estimated $250M. Three phases are planned in this project, which is set to start this spring. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Groupe Arbec announced the closure of the seniors home, Heather Lodge, in Rawdon, after failing to sign an agreement with the health network. Most employees will be transferred to other establishments. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff QC
Saint-Jérôme-based appliance and furniture retailer Victor Piché & Fils has announced its closure by late June, leading to the lay-off of a half dozen employees Retail Trade Layoff QC
The Gexel call centre in Trois-Rivières wishes to add another 40-some employees to its current 130 workers Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation QC
By the summer, thirty-some people should be working at the new Desjardins call centre in Trois-Rivières Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation QC
The Canac hardware store will be opening its doors this fall in Rimouski following a $5M investment that will create nearly 80 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Ateliers ferroviaires de Mont-Joli, located in Sainte-Flavie, has hired several new workers Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
Construction of the Dégelis multi-purpose complex will be finished for the summer, creating more than 60 permanent jobs N/A Job Creation QC
By hiring approximately fifteen employees at its Cap-Chat plant, Orbite Aliminae expects to double its workforce in the upcoming months Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Ice conditions are delaying the start of the crab fishing season and nearly 250 workers from the Unipêche M.D.M. plant in Paspébiac are on stand-by Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Broadcaster and Crown corporation CBC/Radio-Canada has announced it is slashing 657 positions across the country over the next two years Information and Cultural Industries Layoff QC
The provincial government announced an increase to the provincial minimum wage. Effective June 1, 2014, the minimum wage will increase in the province from $10.00 an hour to $10.20 an hour. By October 1, 2014, the rate will increase again to $10.35 an hour. Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, and the province of PEI have invested infrastructure funds to assist the five communities of Souris, Wheatly River, Long Creek, O'Leary and Covehead to improve their community facilities Public Administration Job Creation PE
The provincial government released its annual budget on April 8. Spending in most departments was kept stable, with a slight increase in the health department budget. The Island Community fund was extended and a new forestry program was announced. Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will cut six positions in Newfoundland and Labrador as part of a national effort to deal with a budget shortfall. Three of the six local positions are currently vacant, while three other employees in the province will receive redundancy notices by the end of April. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff NL
The provincial government will tender 18 tree planting contracts this spring. The contracts will be awarded in several areas of the province and create approximately 1,076 weeks of work. It will cover 3,075 hectares. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NL
The provincial government is funding $700,000 to 100 community groups and non-profit organizations. It is part of the provincial government's 2013-14 Health and Wellness Grants Program and Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Program. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government has awarded a contract worth $26.2M to Labour Marine Inc. to provide marine ferry services to the Labrador Straits for a two-year term Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
Analyze Re, a Halifax-based company offering software and data analysis, hopes to create up to 50 jobs over the next six years, with the assistance of a provincial government payroll-rebate program. The company currently has 13 employees, and hopes to expand in the areas of technical support and business development. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation NS
The Nova Scotia government has opened three preschool early-years centres in the province, one in Sydney Mines, Monastery, and Halifax. A fourth is expected to open in Yarmouth in the Fall, with others expected to open eventually. Educational Services Job Creation NS
The Canadian military will construct a new armory in Bedford and new living quarters at CFB Halifax. The multi-million-dollar project will create 380 jobs, and contracts have been awarded to PCL Constructors Canada, and Aecon and SLI in Halifax. Construction Job Creation NS
Eleven positions at CBC Halifax have been cut, as part of a national reduction. Many of the positions are in the design department, where props are constructed for television shows. A web design position has also been affected, and further cuts could arise in the coming weeks in sales and communications. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff NS
Ressources Appalaches plans to begin producing gold at its underground mine in Port Dufferin by the end of April, and will employ 75 people when in full production over the coming months. Meanwhile, gold production is tentatively planned to begin at the open-pit Moose River Gold Mines in late 2015 or 2016. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NS
BioCycive, a small Silicon Valley-based pharmaceutical research company will establish its research development headquarters in Halifax. Research workers with the company will arrive within weeks, and additional researchers and technicians may be brought in or hired locally as work continues. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NS
While most school boards across Nova Scotia have experienced declining enrolments over the last decade, the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial has seen the number of students rise by 24% over the same period. The Acadian and francophone school board operates 21 schools across the province. Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
Lynda.com, a California-based on-line education company offering training in software technology has bought Halifax-based Complir, a software coding and development company. Complir focuses on core programming languages related to modern applications, and will continue to grow its Halifax operations as a service of lynda.com. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NS
The Nova Scotia government plans to invest about $50M to upgrade heating systems in low-income homes over the next 10 years Construction Other Type of Event NS
Construction will take place in 2015 on a new liquor store next to Sobey's at 625 St. Peter Avenue in Bathurst. The store replaces an older one on the same street. Construction Other Type of Event NB
The provincial government has invested $2.65M in two infrastructure projects to improve the municipal water system in Bouctouche in 2014. Caraquet-based Foulem Construction Ltd. and Sackville-based Beale and Inch Construction Ltd. will do the work. Construction Other Type of Event NB
A new restaurant, Guacamole Mexican Street Food, has opened at the corner of University Avenue and Mountain Road in Moncton Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
J.D. Irving Limited will spend $16.8M creating a total of 45 sawmill, woodland, silviculture, and construction-related jobs. It will also upgrade its sawmills in St. Leonard and Kedgwick, as well as invest in new harvesting machines. Some of the new positions will be created by A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd. in Balmoral, an Irving supplier of heavy equipment. Construction Job Creation NB
The government of New Brunswick will invest $4.5M for renovations and new equipment at the New Brunswick Heart Centre, Saint John Regional Hospital Construction Other Type of Event NB
The Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department will hire two managers by June, to act as platoon chiefs Public Administration Job Creation NB
Members of the Saint John police force have ratified a new contract which will include retroactive raises of 4.5% for 2013, and 3.75% for each of 2014 and 2015. By the end of 2015, a first-class constable will earn about $83,830. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
As a result of rising operating costs and little revenue growth, the BC Lottery Corporation has announced 67 job cuts. Twenty nine of the cuts will be in Kamloops, the head office, and 33 will be in Vancouver; the remaining will be seen across field staff. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff BC
Kootenay Country Craft Distillery has recently opened near Winlaw. The distillery is hoping that their use of local ingredients and water from the Kootenays will set them apart from their competitors. N/A Job Creation BC
The Okanagan Indian Band and Okanagan College have recently expanded their pre-employment program to address community needs. The program now includes skills training, employability certification, and adult education. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Dogtown Coffee Co., an Okanagan Falls coffee shop, has opened its second location in Penticton. The shop is located in the former Smith & Co. building in downtown Penticton. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
As a result of dangerously high dust levels in nearly half of the sawmills across the province, WorkSafeBC has doubled the size of its inspection team N/A Job Creation BC
Victoria's planned sewage treatment plant was shut down by Esquimalt council. The council also suggested an amendment to ban any sewage treatment plant from being built on the waterfront site. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Vancouver School Board will close the Roberts Education Centre, an adult education program. The space, located inside Lord Roberts Elementary School, will be used for kindergarten classes, as there are currently 70 parents on waiting lists in the area. Educational Services Job Creation BC
Never E'nuff Clothes, a clothing store in Peninsula Village, will be closing at the end of April Retail Trade Layoff BC
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is starting a 40-passenger water-shuttle service. The Shuttle will transport cruise-ship passengers from Ogden Point to the Inner Harbour, allowing them to avoid taking a bus ride through the city. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria opened a new location in South Surrey on March 25 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
McDonald's Canada hosted a one-day hiring event across the country on April 10. The restaurant is aiming to hire more than 6,000 crew, and 150 managers. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The province of BC has provided $1M in funding to the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's Pacific Division. The funding is part of a five-year $5M commitment, intended to help improve collaboration among BC aerospace firms. Manufacturing Other Type of Event BC
Scrubbi, residential cleaning company, is expanding to the Semiahmoo Peninsula. The Surrey-based company started up eight months ago and is planning to be in 20 markets across Canada by the end of 2015. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation BC
Bella Clothing Boutique has opened a second location in Kelowna. The new store, Bella Plus Clothing Boutique, is located in Tutt Street Square. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
The Nanaimo Regional General Hospital will be adding two new operating rooms, at a cost of $3M. Island Health is hoping that the additional rooms will help alleviate the current backlog for surgery. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
CBC/Radio-Canada has announced $130M in budget cuts this year. As a result, 657 jobs will be eliminated over the next two years. N/A Layoff BC
The Western Canadian demand for condensate, used to dilute bitumen, is expected to more than double by 2020, stimulating pipeline and processing facility expansion in Alberta Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Canada is investing $1.6M to support the establishment of the Animal Nutrition and Ingredient Development Program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
Medicine Hat School District No. 76 is seeking a private operator to run its Herald School Daycare Program, the fourth and final school-based program to be privatized Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Alberta Transportation is completing $2.1M worth of work on a flood damaged bridge and associated approaches near the Siksika Nation, east of Calgary, by the end of June 2014 Construction Job Creation AB
Old School Holdings, an oilfield and pipeline manufacturing facility, will be hiring up to 12 welders in the near future, pending a zoning approval for the business from Mountain View County Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Pengrowth Energy Corp. is planning to build a 6.4 km pipeline south of Olds, with construction scheduled to start in the summer of 2014 Construction Job Creation AB
The Carstairs and District Historical Society is planning renovations to the Roulston Museum and construction of a new wing to house additional exhibits, a visitors centre and a gift shop Construction Job Creation AB
The East Hills Walmart Supercentre near Chestermere has officially opened, along with a Tim Hortons franchise inside the store Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Town of Cochrane has given approval to move forward on the final design and tendering for the $45M addition of an aquatic centre and curling rink for the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is investing in the Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program to repair areas damaged in the June 2013 floods in the Crowsnest Pass, including salaries, signage, and bridge building Construction Job Creation AB
Imperial Oil's Leduc #1 has hired an educational coordinator to interact with visiting students, and supervise the laboratory experiments Educational Services Job Creation AB
The Bethany Care Society has opened Bethany Didsbury, a care facility offering space for 100 seniors in long-term care, and 25 beds for dementia patients Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The historic Buck Lake Hotel, operating as the Lakeshore Inn, was recently destroyed by fire, eliminating a source for local accommodations Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County are partnering to develop the Community Investment Plan which brings five separate infrastructure projects together in a bid to attract investors N/A Job Creation AB
Chevron and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are training 44 African students in Calgary for work in the oil and gas industry. The students are slated to return to Angola to work in the offshore energy sector upon completion of the course. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Funding from the Government of Alberta will create 184 new spaces at the University of Lethbridge over the next four years, including a new program in Aboriginal Health Educational Services Job Creation AB
The Medicine Hat Women's Shelter will be hiring additional workers and providing six new emergency beds at the Phoenix Safe House Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Weyerhauser in Grande Prairie is shifting their shutdown and maintenance program from a 12-month to an 18-month cycle, in an effort to reduce costs. The shutdown, which employs up to a thousand workers, will run from September 18 to October 2, 2014. Manufacturing Other Type of Event AB
Strathcona County has approved the Aspen Trails subdivision, which is scheduled for more than 1,400 dwelling units over the next three years Construction Job Creation AB
Daisy Dollhouse is opening on May 17, 2014 at the Westlock Capri Centre Mall, after vacating their existing location at the soon to be redeveloped Grandin Mall in St. Albert Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary, and the Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton, are each receiving one full-time RCMP member as part of the province-wide increase in policing Public Administration Job Creation AB
The City of Edmonton is hiring enumerators for the 2014 Census, and offering residents the option of completing the census online Public Administration Job Creation AB
The Edmonton Construction Association warns of a possible worker shortage due to a rise in construction and development in the Greater Edmonton region in 2014 Construction Job Creation AB
A new high school in northeast Calgary, scheduled to open in 2016, is being built without a gymnasium or library, but instead is sharing the facilities of the adjacent Genesis Centre as a cost-saving measure Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Calgary hosted the annual Youth Hiring Fair for young people on April 8, 2014, with over 5,000 jobs on offer from over 90 employers N/A Other Type of Event AB
Calgary-based Newalta Corp. is studying options to improve the profitability of its Industrial Division, including a possible sale or spin-off of the division, which has 900 employees in 35 locations across Canada Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Calgary is experiencing a surge in housing starts, particularly for apartment buildings, driven by a high demand for housing as a result of strong migration into Alberta, low multi-family inventories and low vacancy rates Construction Job Creation AB
The Southern Alberta Eye Centre in Calgary has become the first ophthalmic facility in Canada offering training and supervision on the use of femtosecond lasers in cataract removal Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Cineplex Cinemas Manning Town Centre opened in Edmonton on April 11, 2014, offering 10 separate auditoriums in a cutting-edge movie complex Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
Employees of Copper Sky Lodge, a Supportive Living Level 4 residence in Spruce Grove, have joined the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. The facility only recently became fully-staffed but has an ongoing need for casual employees. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Mountain View Seniors Housing is proceeding with the construction of an $8M seniors facility in Sundre, with opening expected in 2016 Construction Job Creation AB
Sylvan Lake has been awarded Kraft Hockeyville 2014 from the National Hockey League, along with $100,000 for repairs to the community arena roof, following its collapse in January 2014 Construction Other Type of Event AB
Construction will start this spring on a water park in Taber, after Town Council agreed to assume responsibility for ownership and operation of the splash park Construction Job Creation AB
The Municipal District of Taber, the Town of Taber, and Community Futures Chinook, are proposing to jointly fund a full-time Economic Development Officer position for the region Public Administration Job Creation AB
The law firm of Knaut Johnson Francoeur LLP is opening a law office in Viking on April 16, 2014 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation AB
The East Central Emergency 911 Call Answer Society will be using a $250,000 grant from the Government of Alberta to upgrade its technology and hire a contractor to oversee the improvements to its dispatch services Public Administration Job Creation AB
The Town of Westlock is hoping that the pending completion of two residential developments will ease the local housing shortage during 2014 Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Calgary Fire Department has reduced the number of new hires in 2014, and is suspending the winter operation of its dive team because of funding cutbacks Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event AB
Enterprise Saint John, a New Brunswick-based organization, has spearheaded a labour trade mission to Edmonton and Calgary promoting New Brunswick professionals and businesses N/A Other Type of Event AB
UFA Co-operative Ltd. is opening a new farm and ranch supply store in Airdrie in 2015, along with a bulk fuel cardlock. The current, smaller UFA store in Airdrie has 20 employees and will remain in operation until the new site opens. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Airdrie City Council has approved the development of 142 residential units in two buildings at Kingsview Market in the southeast part of the city Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Medicine Hat has revealed plans for a $30M mixed commercial and residential development consisting of two towers in the downtown core Construction Job Creation AB
The Kainai Corrections Society, in Standoff, is closing its minimum-security facility because of a lack of funding. Probation, court worker, crime prevention services and an elders program will continue, but 12 employees lost their jobs. Public Administration Layoff AB
Evergreen Transloading and Superior Silica Sands LLC have opened a Mega Centre sand transloading facility in Sexsmith. The site initially will have two silos and capacity for 45-railcars, with four additional silos by June 2014. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
AltaGas will be replacing gas mains and service in downtown Athabasca beginning in May 2014, with a project duration of approximately six months Utilities Job Creation AB
The Aspen View Public School Division has agreed to funding for a playground at the Landing Trail Intermediate School in Athabasca, with construction anticipated during the summer of 2014 Construction Job Creation AB
After 25 years in business, Sparetime Bowling in Bonnyville will close its doors on April 19, 2014. The owners are retiring and had attempted to sell the business, which is being converted to office space. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
Lululemon, the yoga-themed clothing retailer, is opening a temporary location at Peter Pond Mall in Fort McMurray, before the end of April 2014 Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The County of Grande Prairie has approved a series of tenders for road repairs and improvements, and bridge repairs in the county in 2014 Construction Job Creation AB
West Edmonton Mall has announced five new tenants that will be opening retail outlets in 2014, continuing the strong market activity in Edmonton Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Saint-Thomas Health Centre, in Edmonton, is attempting to deal with some of its financial difficulties by reducing staff levels and contracting with a third-party service provider Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Hays Oil & Gas reported that Canadian energy employee salaries increased almost 6% in 2013, to an average of US $130,000 per year Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The Canada Land Company, which is in charge of developing the Currie Barracks, a former military base in Calgary, has redesigned the project and increased the planned density by 4,000 residents Construction Job Creation AB
Pembina Pipeline Corporation is constructing a $35M office and warehouse complex in Sherwood Park, to consolidate all of its regional operations, with opening planned for 2015 Construction Job Creation AB
Nunavut Tunngavik is discontinuing the harvesters support program, which provided financial assistance to hunters, while a review is conducted with a long-term plan to extend the pool of money Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NU
The City of Iqaluit and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency are partnering to evaluate a new waste management project in Nunavut, a solid waste gasification system that will reduce the biomass, and produce thermal energy and gas for heating buildings Public Administration Job Creation NU
The Government of Nunavut has renewed an agreement until 2024 that will provide federal Gas Tax Fund money for infrastructure projects across the territory N/A Job Creation NU
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. has signed a mineral production lease agreement with Agnico-Eagle Mines, allowing the extraction of gold from Inuit-owned lands near the Meadowbank Mine, in exchange for royalties and fees Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NU
The Government of the Northwest Territories is planning a new health centre for the Village of Fort Simpson, as the current structure requires extensive upgrades and renovations Construction Job Creation NT
The Northwest Territories Motorsports Club has recently sponsored a training course in Yellowknife for prospective ice racers and other drivers, attracting an experienced ice racing instructor from Edmonton for the two-day event Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NT
Renovations and redesigns are delaying the opening of a First Nations Bank branch in Yellowknife. The location, originally expected to open in the fall of 2013, will be hiring six employees for the anticipated summer 2014 opening. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories is hoping that previous baseline data from the Mackenzie Gas Project will streamline the permit process for a new fibre optic project, and allow construction to start in January 2015 Construction Job Creation NT
The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the Government of Yukon are partnering to fund construction of a new community and recreation centre in the Village of Old Crow Construction Job Creation YT
Through the Community Development Fund, the Government of Yukon is providing more than $270,000 in funding for twenty cultural, artistic, and educational projects N/A Job Creation YT

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