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 Gas Station Arts Centre in Winnipeg is planning a $26.5M renovation and expansion project. Pending funding, the project could include a six-storey residential building with 55 housing units. Construction Job Creation MB
Several new residential construction projects are in the works in downtown Winnipeg, resulting in additional rental space. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the number of rental units in the city grew by 2.6% between 2014 and 2015. Construction Job Creation MB
According to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, a crown-owned farm insurance provider, more than 1,400 hail damage claims have been filed to date in 2016. In 2015, about 2,800 hail claims were filed and over $31M was paid out. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event MB
Winnipeg¿s water bus launched its summer service on July 9. No reservations are required for the service, which runs along the Red and Assiniboine rivers. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event MB
Junk for Joy, a collectibles shop, is closing its doors in Portage la Prairie Retail Trade Layoff MB
Via Rail train service between Winnipeg and Churchill has been cancelled temporarily effective July 13, due to high water level warnings N/A Other Type of Event MB
Pending finalization of the sale of MTS to Bell, the new network plans to expand service to Thompson and Flin Flon. Residents of Northern Manitoba will benefit from improved internet and cell reception. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation MB
Crow¿s General Store, a new ice cream shop, recently opened in Brandon Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation MB
Brookside Foods is closing its production facility in Abbotsford in October 2016. The closure will affect approximately 180 employees. Manufacturing Layoff BC
Magnolia House Holdings is replacing two aging rental properties in Vancouver with a single 40-unit apartment building Construction Other Type of Event BC
BC Lottery Corp. plans on building a new casino in Victoria. The next step in development will be choosing an operator and identifying a potential site. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
BC Lottery Corporation announced plans to expand the View Royal Casino in Victoria. The expansion, which is expected to include a 600-seat theatre, restaurants and a larger gaming floor, could begin within the next 18 months. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Similkameen News Leader, an independent weekly newspaper, is shutting down operation in Princeton. The newspaper had two employees, as well as four contributors from the community. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff BC
Caetani Port Studio, a new multi-purpose facility, recently opened its doors in Vernon. The facility will be used to host workshops, presentations and exhibits by artists and writers. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event BC
Indian Residential School Survivors Society opened a new location in Hope. The facility specializes in dealing with the effects of traumatization. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Lowe¿s opened a new location in Abbotsford on July 7. The new store, which employs 140 associates , is Lowe¿s second location in BC. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
A new daycare, Mary¿s Place, is opening as part of Rosalie¿s Village development in Saanich. The development provides subsidized housing for single mothers with children under the age of five years. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Element Lifestyle Retirement will begin construction on OPAL, a new retirement community, in Vancouver in fall 2016 Construction Other Type of Event BC
The provincial government is granting $300,000 to increase the handyDart service in Victoria. The additional funds will result in 4,000 more service hours per year. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event BC
Grizzli Winery recently opened its doors in West Kelowna Manufacturing Job Creation BC
NorthIsle Copper and Gold announced plans to explore for a potential mine at Red Dog, located near Port Hardy. If the feasibility study is positive, the mine could employ between 500 and 600 people. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
Les Chocolats Favoris, a Quebec-based chocolatier, opened its first BC location in Victoria Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The Government of BC announced a $15.5M investment in flood prevention in Surrey. The city will contribute another $10M toward the project, raising and boosting several dikes around the city. Construction Other Type of Event BC
DunnEnzies, a Kelowna pizzeria, recently opened a second location in the city Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The federal government announced a partnership with the NWT Métis-Dene Development Fund Ltd. to deliver the Entrepreneurship and Business Development fund. The program supports Indigenous owned small and medium business in the Northwest Territories. N/A Other Type of Event NT

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