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
The Government of BC is relaxing its liquor laws starting January 23, 2017. The province will offer licence to any business interested in selling liquor, with the exception of those which operate from a motor vehicle and those that target minors. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Twelve members of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band will receive 12 weeks of full-time, group-based horticulture training. The training addresses a labour market demand in Thompson-Nichola region's horticulture industry. Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
Tri-Eagle Development Corp. is building a six-story, 60-unit condominium in Royal Oak. Construction of the project is expected to begin early in 2017 and will be completed in approximately two years. Construction Other Type of Event BC
North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society opened a new location in Port Hardy Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society is planning to begin construction on a new affordable housing project in Kelowna, thanks to $8.2M in funding from the provincial government. Construction of the 42-unit project will likely begin next fall. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
South Skaha Housing Society is building 35 units of rental housing in Okanagan Falls, thanks to a $4.7M contribution from the Government of BC. Construction is expected to begin next summer. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
Urban Core Ventures has amended the project design of its proposed mixed-use building in Victoria. The proposed five-storey development includes 53 homes, 17 of which will be rental units. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
The City of Merritt is installing a new $2.28M ultraviolet water filtration system at its wells near Voght Park. Work on the filtration system is expected to be completed by February 2017. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Vail Resorts is laying off 60 employees from its Whistler Blackcomb ski resort on May 1. The layoffs primarily affect workers in IT, marketing and finance departments. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff BC
Island Health has proposed three supervised consumption sites for injection drug users in Victoria. The sites would be staffed by personnel with medical training between 9am and 3am, seven days a week. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
TransLink recently issued a request for proposal to design its third SeaBus. The company expects the new SeaBus to be completed by fall 2018. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event BC
Trail Beer Refinery is opening a new craft brewery next year in Trail Manufacturing Job Creation BC
BC Teachers' Federation estimates that the BC government will be hiring hundreds of new teachers as a result of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada. The decision will result in lower class sizes, restoring them to pre-2002 levels. Educational Services Job Creation BC
Ruth and Naomi's Mission is building a new six-storey Family Centre in Chilliwack, thanks to $6M in funding from the provincial government. The project will feature 35 units for low-income families. Construction Job Creation BC
Mamele'awt Qweesome Housing Society expects to begin construction on Urban Village, an 80-unit affordable housing project in Chilliwack, in the summer of 2017 Construction Job Creation BC
Natural gas producers drilled 267 new wells in northeast BC at the end of October 2016, down 40% from the same period last year Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
Yuk Yuk's comedy club recently closed its doors in Victoria Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event BC
Enbridge closed its Northern Gateway Pipelines office in Prince George, as it looks for a smaller location in the city. The company reports that there have been no job losses and employees will continue to work from home until a smaller space is found. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event BC
Sooke Oceanside Brewery, a new craft brewery, recently opened its doors in Sooke Manufacturing Job Creation BC
GE Digital has acquired Bit Stew Systems, a Burnaby-based software developer. The company, which currently has about 100 employees, is expected to grow as a result of the $207.5M deal. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event BC
Canadian Protein Innovation is planning to build a new $75M agriculture facility in Moose Jaw, pending approval by the city council. Construction of the facility could start as early as spring 2017. Construction Job Creation SK
A new Magic Lantern movie theatre is set to open in Saskatoon's Brighton Marketplace retail centre in fall 2017 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation SK
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $330,000 for three targeted police officer positions in Moose Jaw. The funding is part of a $14.2M initiative to support law enforcement and priority activities across the province. Public Administration Job Creation SK
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $770,000 for seven RCMP positions in North Battleford. The contribution stems from a $14.2M fund to support law enforcement and priority activities across the province. Public Administration Job Creation SK
The Government of Saskatchewan rescinded a $3M grant to SkipTheDishes, a Manitoba-based online food delivery business, citing the company's failure to meet contractual obligations N/A Other Type of Event SK
Spartan Energy Corp. of Calgary is acquiring $700M worth of assets from ARC Resources Ltd., which is based in southeast Saskatchewan. The deal is set to be concluded on December 8, pending regulatory approval. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
The Regina Leader-Post is cutting eight newsroom positions through voluntary buyouts. Postmedia, the Leader-Post's parent company, recently announced plans to reduce staffing costs across Canada by 20%. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff SK
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $27M for a 10-km road-twinning project near Estevan. Construction of the project is currently underway and paving is set to be completed in 2017. Construction Job Creation SK
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. is laying off 140 employees from its Cory mine, near Saskatoon, as it reduces its production levels amid weak potash market conditions Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff SK
The Government of Saskatchewan is implementing spending cuts and a public sector hiring freeze following the release of its mid-year budget on November 22. The provincial budget deficit has climbed to $1B, from its initial projection of $434M in June. Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
Halifax Convention Centre Corp., operator of the city's convention centre, will likely add 160 workers to its current staff of about 200 when it moves into the larger Nova Centre. Completion of the Nova Centre has been delayed until late 2017. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NS
PetValu, a pet supply and service franchise, has opened a location in the Port Hawkesbury Shopping Centre Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Atlantic Gold has hired 140 employees as it prepares the open pit Touquoy Project in Moose River Gold Mines for production in 2017. The company hopes to employ a total of 350 workers within 10 years if it develops three other planned mines in the area. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NS
A likely phaseout of coal-fired plants in Cape Breton will not affect the planned start of coal production within the next month at the Donkin mine. The mine owners indicate that they have other markets for the product other than the coal plants. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NS
Halifax welcomed 136 visits from cruise ships in 2016, compared to 141 in 2015. The 238,000 passengers in 2016 represented a 7% increase over 2015 and accounted for an active season along the waterfront, according to the Port Authority. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NS
The owners of the Capital Seafood fish plant in Eastern Passage destroyed by fire in November say they will rebuild the facility, and continue live shipment of lobsters in the meantime. The company normally employed up to 50 workers at the plant. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced they will be hiring for the equivalent of 140 new full-time positions in the St. John's Tax Centre over the next two years. The new positions are the result of a restructuring in the CRA. Public Administration Job Creation NL
The federal and provincial governments have announced $610,000 in funding to develop three heritage sites in the town of Torbay, which will support tourism and economic diversification Construction Job Creation NL
A poll conducted by the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade indicates that businesses in the area are optimistic about the economy, with 33% expecting to expand their business in the next five years Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
Ballistic, a skate and snowboarding gear shop in downtown St. John's, has announced it will be closing its doors permanently in January 2017. The owner states no specific reason for the closure. Retail Trade Layoff NL
The federal and provincial governments have announced $365,000 in funding to rehabilitate the Bannerman Lake dam in Harbour Grace. The work will involve replacing the spillway and upgrading the dam. Construction Job Creation NL
The city of Saint John and various community partners have contributed nearly $10.5M towards the Greater Saint John field house project. Phases one and two will cost an estimated $40M and will cover new construction and improvements to existing facilities. Construction is expected to begin in March 2017, with a projected opening in October 2018. Construction Job Creation NB
Tropical Shipping, which represents almost half of the Port of Saint John's container traffic business, is terminating its relationship with the port after 15 years. The company will shift its operations to Halterm Container Terminal in Halifax, NS, on January 9, 2017. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NB
Tweedside Road Home Decor has opened a second retail location in Fredericton. The first store, located in Saint Andrews, has been in operation since 2014. Retail Trade Job Creation NB
Hammond River Brewing will be moving its operations into a new $900,000 building, attached to Barrel's Head Gastropub and Peddlers Creek, in Rothesay. Capacity will increase from 140 to 1,750 litres per batch. Manufacturing Job Creation NB
The Canadian Consumer Finance Association is projecting that some of the 25 businesses that offer payday loans in NB will have to close if the provincial government implements its proposed changes to payday loan regulations. Under tougher guidelines, operators may not be able to conduct enough business to offset overhead costs such as wages and retail space. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event NB
The Canada Revenue Agency has decided to streamline its national processing to four centres in Summerside, Winnipeg, Sudbury, and Jonquière, Quebec. This change is expected to result in an additional 70 staff being hired at the Summerside centre. Public Administration Job Creation PE
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issued 182 letters to its staff in Summerside, stating that their work will no longer be done there. CRA has given staff six months to decide if they want to relocate or stay in Summerside and apply for a different job. Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
Mermaid Marine, a wholesale marine distributor in Charlottetown, is looking to hire additional employees on top of its current staff of 25 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation PE
The provincial government is in the process of consolidating the development corporations of Charlottetown and Summerside. The aim is to involve the private sector with the municipalities, in order to develop a strategic approach to economic development. Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
According to the BMO Blue Book, PEI's trade and tourism are supporting economic growth, while the province's knowledge-based and technology companies are growing in importance. The report shows exports are up 7% over the year, while employment has dropped 2% from 2015 to 2016. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event PE
The $3.5M expansion project at the Gillis Lodge nursing home in Belfast has started with 31 rooms and 17,000 square feet to be added. Slated to open in August 2017, an extra 21 direct care jobs will also be required. Construction Job Creation PE
According to an economist with Farm Credit Canada, PEI's agriculture outlook is positive thanks to a low Canadian dollar and a strong demand for potatoes. PEI's GDP growth is above the national average and the province has a strong manufacturing base. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
Winnipeg's casinos will be open 24 hours a day on Saturdays and Sundays starting December 2, as part of a four-month pilot project initiated by the Government of Manitoba Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation MB
The province of Manitoba has joined the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, a trade deal that will create an open, barrier-free interprovincial market of 11 million people, with a combined GDP of over $750B N/A Other Type of Event MB
The Government of Manitoba will spend $2.5B on highway construction over the next five years, including $502M for the 2017-2018 construction season Construction Job Creation MB
The federal and provincial governments granted $135,000 to the Flax Council of Canada to develop products made with ground flaxseed. The Flax Council of Canada is contributing an additional $54,000 to this project. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The former location of the Palomino Club is being torn down to make way for a new condominium building. The demolition work is expected to take two weeks. Construction Job Creation MB
The University of Manitoba ratified a deal with the University of Manitoba Faculty Association on November 21, following a 20-day strike Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
The Canada Revenue Agency is streamlining operations in several cities across the country, including in Winnipeg. Over 2,300 workers will be affected by this transition across Canada. Public Administration Other Type of Event MB
The City of Whitehorse has earmarked $39.1M from its 2017 capital budget for its new operations building. The project is subject to public hearings and approval by city council, and if approved, construction could begin in 2017. Construction Job Creation YT
First Air has given notice to Canadian North that it will terminate their codeshare agreement, effective May 16, 2017. The codeshare agreement came into effect in 2015, after Canadian North and First Air called off merger talks. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NU
The defunct Shear Minerals diamond mine near Kugluktuk is set to undergo a $10.5M clean-up starting summer 2017 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NU
The City of Yellowknife is planning to construct a new aquatic centre, thanks to $12.9M in funding from the Government of Canada's Small Communities Fund. The municipal government will cover the remainder of the $30M project cost. Construction Job Creation NT
The winter construction season for the final 3.5km of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway has started. In summer 2017, final grading and surfacing work as well as the installation of traffic signs and guardrails will be completed. Construction Job Creation NT
New Leaf, a discount airline, is offering seasonal flights from both Edmonton and Calgary to Phoenix, Arizona. The scheduled service will run from January to April 30, 2017. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The International Ski Federation has cancelled the men's Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup due to warm temperatures, the first time in almost three decades. The event has an annual budget of approximately $4M. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
Suncor Energy plans to reduce spending by $1B in 2017, compared to its 2016 capital budget. The money targeted for Alberta will primarily be for oil sands projects. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has decided to delay construction of the Northside Recreation Centre and twin arena. Approximately 14,000 residents have left the municipality since 2015. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Banff is planning to spend nearly $1M to construct a full-size gymnasium at the Banff Elementary School. Construction of the project is scheduled to start in spring 2017 and should be completed in approximately one year. Construction Job Creation AB
Health-care businesses that offer services covered by workplace insurance plans are suffering in Calgary. Dentists, massage therapists and optometrists have been reducing staff and getting by with lower profits during the current economic downturn. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Wainwright has signed a three year contract with the Waste Management of Canada Corporation to provide waste collection services until December 31, 2019 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation AB
Redevelopment of Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital has been completed, after a major flood damaged parts of the hospital in 2013. The renovated hospital includes a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as an expanded mental health unit. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Canadian Association of Oil Well Drilling Contractors is forecasting a 31% increase in drilling activity in Canada next year, over 2016 levels. In addition, 551 direct and 3,255 indirect jobs will be created due to the increase in drilling activity. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The City of Calgary is cutting services at three landfill sites and eliminating 29 jobs. These include 18 layoffs, transfer of some positions to other areas and the loss of three administrative staff. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Layoff AB
Shell Canada is opting out of the business of large oil sands expansion projects and concentrating on production from existing facilities. The company is concentrating its growth on shale deposits and new energy sources. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Liquids in Motion, a company specializing in chemical transportation, has opened its doors in Millet Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The Government of Quebec announced a $65M investment to hire 1,150 workers in the province's long-term care facilities. Nurses, nursing assistants and orderlies are being sought. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Ferme St-Zotique is investing $8M to double its land by spring 2017 and purchase equipment to grade 3 million eggs per day, generating 20 new jobs Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation QC
The Lumenpulse Group is continuing its expansion by building its future head office in Longueuil, which will lead to the hiring of 300 workers by fall 2017 Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec announced $30M in funding to enhance services in the province's day care centres in 2016/2017 Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
Surplus RD, a furniture and mattress liquidation company, announced the opening of its Montréal location and the hiring of about 10 workers Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The City of Laval announced a $10.7M project to construct a new visitor's centre in Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Park Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) announced the awarding of a $311M contract to Bombardier Transportation to maintain and operate the AMT rail fleet in Montréal until 2019 Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event QC
Cogir Real Estate and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ announced a mixed-use real estate development project worth an estimated $200M that will include a 200-room hotel, 335 dwellings, 140 condos and commercial and office space, creating 1,700 jobs Construction Job Creation QC
Canmec in Saguenay plans to lay off some 50 workers because certain contracts are ending Manufacturing Layoff QC
Charl-Pol, a company in the La Baie borough of Saguenay, will close its plant indefinitely at the end of January. The closure affects some 40 workers. Other Services (except Public Administration) Layoff QC
VAB Solutions is investing $3M to relocate its facilities to Lévis. The investment will enable it to double its production capacity and make room for its new range of sawing and planing products. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Proco plant in La Baie is laying off 45 workers. The company's general manager says that the termination of two large contracts for manufacturing carpentry components for the future Champlain Bridge prompted management to proceed with the layoffs. Construction Layoff QC
Shaker Cuisine & Mixologie will invest $750,000 to open a restaurant in Rivière-du-Loup, creating close to 40 jobs. Construction will begin in mid-December, and the grand opening is scheduled for spring 2017. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
David's Tea and Giant Tiger will create numerous jobs in the Centre commercial Rivière-du-Loup starting in 2017. Construction for David's Tea will start in early 2017. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux du Bas-Saint-Laurent will welcome 17 new general practitioners in the next few months, 10 of whom will work in the Matanie and Matapédia RCMs, as well as 8 specialists Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Gaspésie will welcome 14 new general practioners and 3 specialists in 2017 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
LM Wind Power is in the process of hiring and is seeking employees to support the development of its Gaspé plant. The wind turbine blade manufacturer has hired some 100 workers since August and currently has 300 employees. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
In fall 2017, the Cégep de Trois-Rivières will resume its diploma of college studies program in pulp and paper technology to meet the industry's significant need for skilled labour. The new program will be named "Écodéveloppement et bioproduits." Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Gestion club de golf S.L. declared bankruptcy after only one season; the first meeting of creditors will be on November 30. The new operator of Club de golf de Gentilly was renting the club's facilities, located in Bécancour. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff QC
Hydro-Québec has opened a new substation in Saint-Jérôme, a $40M investment Utilities Other Type of Event QC
ISE Metal has bought Atelier Ferland, located in Barnston West and in Magog. More than 30 jobs will be created. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Soprema will invest $15.5M to open a new plant in Sherbrooke. Some 50 jobs are expected to be created. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Restaurant La Boîte à Pizza will open its doors in Sherbrooke on December 1, 2016, creating 15 jobs. The new location will have a seating capacity of 45. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Radial, an e-commerce company, plans to hire 20,000 seasonal workers across Canada, including 95 seasonal jobs at its Mississauga fulfillment centre Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
Canada Revenue Agency will hire 650 employees for its Sudbury processing centre. At the same time, 107 relocation letters have been issued to employees who are likely working in other functions such as collection and verification. Public Administration Job Creation ON
The Government of Canada will hire more than 80 employees for its Employment Insurance call centre and delivery operations centre in Sudbury Public Administration Job Creation ON
Construction on The Elden of Bradford retirement residence is scheduled to begin before the end of 2016. The project is expected to be completed by early 2018 and will create up to 90 full- and part-time positions when operational. N/A Job Creation ON
A Food Basics grocery store opened in the Ambassador Plaza in Windsor Retail Trade Job Creation ON
One Fine Food, an Italian fine food store and restaurant, will open a new location in Peterborough this December creating, 40 full- and part-time jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Construction began on the new Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library in Kingston. The project is expected to be completed by winter 2018. Construction Job Creation ON
ALIA N TanJay, a womenswear retailer owned by NYGÅRD International has opened in Cornwall Square Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Job Creation ON
A new development in South River officially opened. It houses a Highlander Brew Company retail outlet, an events room and will soon be joined by a combined CTS Career College and Highlander brewing technician school. N/A Job Creation ON
Touchstone Resort announced the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and condominium units in Muskoka. The treatment plant is expected to be completed by end of March 2017 and construction of the condo development will follow. Construction Job Creation ON
The Town of Cochrane is constructing a $1.4M multimodal transportation terminal to make it a hub for industry transportation services in the north. The project is to be completed by March 2017, creating six or more new jobs. Construction Job Creation ON
L'Oréal-owned cosmetics brand Urban Decay will open a store in Mississauga's Square One Shopping Centre in December with plans to open additional stores across Canada Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Symposium Cafe Restaurant and Lounge opened in Barrie Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Best Little Sandwich Shop opened in downtown Barrie Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Grocer D.H. Foods closed in November in Marathon due to decreasing sales, affecting 25 workers. The Midtown Restaurant in the same building and under the same ownership is also closing, affecting an additional 17 staff. N/A Layoff ON
Sears Canada Inc. will close its Cobourg location on March 25th, 2017, affecting 32 employees Retail Trade Layoff ON
Goldcorp Inc. will lay off 27 full-time supervisory, technical and office staff at its Red Lake Gold Mine Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff ON
Bouwa Whee Catering has won a long-term catering contract at the Gahcho Kue Diamond Mine, replacing ESS Compass Group. Approximately 40 out of 60 employees of ESS Compass Group have applied for employment with the new contractor. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories has terminated its Monitoring, Certification and Trademark Licensing Agreements with Deepak International Ltd. The company is no longer an Approved Northwest Territories Diamond Manufacturer. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NT
Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters is closing its Regina location on December 31. The number of employees affected by the closure is unknown. Retail Trade Layoff SK

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