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, 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
Calgary-based BluEarth Renewables is relocating to a larger office space in the city to accommodate its growth. The company has 45 staff in Calgary and operates 53 wind turbines, including sites near Wainwright and Provost. Utilities Job Creation AB
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is set to begin work on a $9.3M expansion project in 2017. The project is expected to go to tender early in the year, with construction starting during summer 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
TELUS recently expanded its fibre optic network to Hudson's Hope Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event BC
Cutler's Jewellery closed its doors in downtown Penticton on December 24 Retail Trade Layoff BC
Wings, a Burnaby-based restaurant, recently reopened its location in Quesnel Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The Richmond city council has allowed the RCMP to hire 11 new officers. Richmond is authorized to have 214 officers on duty, however the city currently has 189 officers on active duty. Public Administration Job Creation BC
Tantalus Labs proposed its first purpose-built greenhouse for medical marijuana in western Canada. The greenhouse is located on a 15-acre property in east Maple Ridge. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event BC
Upgrades on Kelowna's city hall basement are expected to begin in 2017 and will cost $2.5M Construction Other Type of Event BC
The City of Nanaimo is ending its visitor and tourism service at the end of January. The closure will affect five Tourism Nanaimo employees. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Layoff BC
Imperial Oil has posted a $180.9M security, in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit, for the eventual cleanup of its Norman Wells oil field Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event NT
About 30 Manitoba Government Employees Union employees at Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home in Nelson House ended their two-week strike on December 15, signing a two-year collective agreement with the employer Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
Winnipeg-based SkipTheDishes has been acquired by UK-based Just Eat for $110M. The impact of the acquisition on the company's current employees is unknown at this time. Retail Trade Other Type of Event MB
Regina City Council recently approved the rezoning of 1610 Angus St. for a new Souls Harbour Rescue Mission location. Construction of the $7M facility is expected to start in summer 2017. Construction Job Creation SK
Construction of North Battleford's new Saskatchewan Hospital is 38% complete. The 188-bed hospital and mental health facility is expected to open in 2018. Construction Job Creation SK
Hobo Brewing and Malt is moving from a farm site near Irricana to a facility in Beiseker. The company plans to hire 15 full-time staff and numerous part time employees. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Portage College is suspending the power engineering program at its Cold Lake campus after the 2016-17 academic year. Cenovus Energy, which has sponsored the program since 2009, is withdrawing its funding. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
Krang Spirits, a craft distillery, recently opened its doors in Cochrane. The site offers tours and tastings, and the company is building a teaching room inside the distillery to explain the process. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The City of Cold Lake has passed a 2017 budget of $41M, with most of the money scheduled for public works and infrastructure Construction Job Creation AB
The Edmonton Opera is receiving $405,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to renovate its existing facility into a rehearsal hall and for other system improvements Construction Job Creation AB
The Stoney Nation and the Banff and Lake Louise Hospitality Association have partnered to develop a long-term employment and economic strategy in which Stoney persons can secure work in the region's hospitality sector Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
iSee Optical, a new optical business, has recently opened in Grande Prairie Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Cloverdale Footbridge in Edmonton is being removed in preparation for construction of the new Tawatinâ Bridge and the associated Valley Line LRT Construction Job Creation AB
Baytex Energy has approved a 2017 capital budget of $300M to $350M. The company plans on drilling 19 wells in the Peace River region and 52 wells in the Lloydminster area in the next year. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Atii Fitness Centre in Iqaluit has closed its doors pending the opening of the City of Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, which set to open in 2017 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NU
The Government of Canada's core funding for Yukon is set to increase by 2.7% to $972M for the 2017-18 fiscal year, compared to $946M for the 2016-17 period N/A Other Type of Event YT
Halifax Water will install automatic meters over a three year period, beginning in the spring of 2017. The water utility says this could result in a need for fewer workers to read meters, although the full impact on the workforce is uncertain. Utilities Other Type of Event NS
Aecon Atlantic recently laid off some workers at its facility in Pictou due to work slowdowns, which the company says are normal in the industry. Aecon had been fabricating turbines for the Fundy tidal projects, and work is expected to increase in 2017. Manufacturing Layoff NS
Junk Works, a franchise that removes and recycles or disposes of unwanted household items, has opened in the Halifax Metro area. The business has four employees, and plans to add another truck and at least two more employees over the next year. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NS
Susie's Shortbreads closed its retail outlet in December 2016 in Purdy's Wharf in downtown Halifax. The four part-time employees may still be able to work some hours at the company's main production facility and retail space at Bayers Lake in Halifax. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NS
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. signed a $40M agreement with Bruce Power to supply services for the Bruce Power¿s Life Extension Program Manufacturing Job Creation ON
PetSmart Inc. opened 43 stores across Canada and the U.S. in 2016 including one in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Metro Inc., a grocery retailer, is investing $16M to upgrade and renovate two existing Oakville store locations and expects to complete the renovations in 2017 Construction Job Creation ON
Four new restaurants opened in downtown London: Chuck¿s Roadhouse Bar and Grill, Firehouse Subs, South St. Burger, and Chipotle Mexican Grill Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Wolfe of Wortley restaurant opened in London in July of 2016 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Rally Engineering Inc., an Edmonton-based engineering firm, has opened a permanent office in downtown Sarnia and will hold a job fair on January 12th to recruit engineers and other professionals Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Country of Brant will be staffing 10 various positions in 2017 Public Administration Job Creation ON
Unforgettable, a bridal boutique, opened in January in North Bay with six employees Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The City of Windsor is accepting submissions for its 2017 Summer Student Lottery Program by January 27th Public Administration Job Creation ON
Freedom Mobile Inc. will hold a job fair at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Windsor on January 10th to recruit full-time customer service agents Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
Honest Ed's, a bargain department store in Toronto closed in December Retail Trade Layoff ON
Construction is slated to begin for a new Dixie Lee Chicken restaurant, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017. The 40 seat establishment will be across the street from the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation PE
Key Industries, a Saint John company that teaches employment skills to the intellectually disabled, is expanding its services to reach people outside the city Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NB
Panizza, a pizza chain that has its roots in Montreal, is aiming to open a restaurant in Moncton in March Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB

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Canadian Occupational Projection System

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Users can search for occupational summaries, more detailed data and technical documents on the results or the methodology used to do the projections.

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