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
A major shake up with the NL provincial government has led to the job losses of five deputy ministers, which represents a 19% reduction in staffing at this level. Public Administration Layoff NL
Healthcare workers in the Interlake-Eastern area voted to strike in late July Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
Midwifery students already enrolled at the University of Manitoba will be able to continue their studies thanks to a new agreement with McMaster University Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
Verde Juice Bar, a café offering healthy fare, opened its doors in Winnipeg in late June Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation MB
GPP Architecture has been selected to build a new tower at the International Peace Garden, near the Canada-US border. A construction start date has not been set. Construction Job Creation MB
The Manitoba Filipino Street Festival took place in Winnipeg on August 20. The one-day street festival was expected to draw up to 8,000 visitors. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation MB
Brandon's historic Dome Building is undergoing renovations. The $7M project is expected to be completed by 2017, pending funding approval. Construction Job Creation MB
The governments of Canada and Manitoba announced funding of $270,000 to find new uses for pulse flours and to expand markets for related bakery products N/A Other Type of Event MB
The provincial government is providing $9M to the University of Manitoba toward the construction of a new marine observatory in Churchill. Once completed, the observatory will create up to 21 permanent jobs. Construction Job Creation MB
The provincial government recently announced that plans for construction of the $155M Waverley underpass will go ahead. Construction work will begin in January 2017 and should be completed by October 2019. Construction Job Creation MB
The design phase is underway for the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant, a new project in Vancouver's north shore. The $700M sewage plant is expected to be online by 2020. Utilities Other Type of Event BC
Boeing is opening a new laboratory in downtown Vancouver, creating more than 200 highly-skilled jobs in the city. The lab will focus on data analytics-driven software solutions. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation BC
Tsawwassen Mills, a mega-mall under construction in Delta, recently held its second job fair. The mall tenants are hiring up to 3,000 full- and part-time employees at the event. The facility is scheduled to open on October 5. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Bel Air Motel will renovate and convert into an affordable housing complex. Once complete, the motel will create 42 affordable housing units in Penticton. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Highway 13 is receiving a $25.5M upgrade at the Aldergrove Port of Entry thanks to a $25.5M investment from the federal and provincial governments. The project's aim is to reduce traffic congestion and improve border access. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Odd Job Squad, a program that provides experience for Okanagan youth with autism, has entered its second year N/A Job Creation BC
A new $5M development is being planned for Nanaimo's Departure Bay. "Legasea" will include six penthouse-style units as well as a coffee shop and café. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC awarded 47 grants to 30 local governments, 15 First Nations, and two not-for-profit organizations across the province. The grants total $464,000 and will be used to promote economic sustainability in the communities. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Pemberton Holmes opened a new office in Sidney. Approximately 10 realtors are based out of the new office. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
Westhills Land Corp is developing Lakepoint One, a multi-generational project in Langford. The project, which includes 46 condominiums, is scheduled for occupancy in late 2017. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Construction began on the Westsyde Pool renovation in Kamloops. The $2.5M project is expected to be complete by the end of January 2017. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Bosa Properties is developing Cardero, a 26-storey highrise in downtown Vancouver. The project, which includes 119 condominium units, is expected to be complete in late 2019. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The city of Fort St. John approved over $500,000 for sidewalk and street light upgrades throughout the city. The projects were awarded to Interoute Construction. Construction Other Type of Event ON
Focus Ability, a Salmon Arm startup connecting disabled adults and employers, is launching its first class on September 6. The program includes a six-week assessment and training program with the end goal of obtaining meaningful employment. Educational Services Job Creation BC

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