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, third quarter 2015

There were 401,000 job vacancies in Canada in the third quarter and the job vacancy rate was 2.6%.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The Horizon Village Lift Station in West Kelowna will be replaced. The $1.3M project is expected to be completed before the end of October. Construction Other Type of Event BC
George Derby Centre, a long-term care home in Burnaby, issued layoff notices to 54 nurses effective July 11. The affected nurses will be offered employment elsewhere in Fraser Health. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff BC
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is hiring 135 research scientists, biologists, oceanographers, and technicians Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
The first phase of construction at the Site C dam worker camp near Fort St. John is finished. The $470M camp will be able to house 2,000 workers once complete. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Knappett Industries Ltd. is commencing work on a $3M storm sewer project in Fort St. John. The work will be the final phase of the upgrade, which began in 2013. Construction Other Type of Event ON
Columbia Basin Trust announced 42 recreation projects around the region which will receive a combined $3.5M in infrastructure grants Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event BC
PJ's Pets is closing 27 of its 39 stores across Canada, including five in BC. The closures in BC affect Petculture stores located in Victoria, Coquitlam, Chilliwack, Pitt Meadows, and Richmond. Retail Trade Layoff BC
The Canadian Coast Guard closed its marine traffic and services centre in Comox. Nine of the affected employees relocated to Sidney and nine were laid off. Public Administration Layoff BC
Burnaby is moving ahead with a $250,000 feasibility study for the development of a new ice arena. The city has put aside $22M from its 2017/18 budget to construct the new facility. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Polygon Homes is developing 84 townhomes in Delta's Marina Gardens Construction Other Type of Event BC
Make Children First, Vancouver Community College, and School District 74 have partnered to offer a full-time Early Child Care Education certificate program to high school students and adults in Clinton, Cache Creek, and Ashcroft Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
The Health Employers Association of BC and the BC Nurses' Union ratified a five-year collective agreement. The agreement will provide 40,000 BC nurses with a wage increase of 5.5% over the five-year term. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Canadian officials met with a 200-member delegation from China in Vancouver. The province of BC was identified as an ideal location for China to invest in Canadian engineering, bioscience, and finance sectors. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Woodfibre LNG signed a 25-year agreement with Guangzhou Gas Group to export one million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year from its planned Squamish plant. The agreement starts in 2020 and accounts for half of the plant¿s total production. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
Steam operations are underway at Husky Energy's second thermal project, Vawn, located near Lloydminster. The project is expected to enter production in the third quarter of this year. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation SK
A new shopping centre is being planned for Regina's west end, as a part of Westerra neighbourhood development Construction Other Type of Event SK
According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's economy shrank by 1.4% in 2015 as low oil prices took a toll on the province's construction output. At the national level, real gross domestic product rose by 0.9% last year. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The federal government is granting $121,025 to the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority. Funds will be used to hire in-market consultants to organize trade missions and to attract foreign investors and businesses. Public Administration Job Creation SK
Wakamow Place, a long-term mental-illness housing centre, is being expanded in Moose Jaw. Construction on the project is slated to begin this summer, with a completion date set for fall 2017. Construction Job Creation SK
According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan will see the largest decline in capital spending (about -18%) among provinces this year. This expected decline is mainly being attributed to a slowdown in the province's oil patch. N/A Other Type of Event SK
According to Statistics Canada, new motor vehicle sales in Saskatchewan were down 6.2% in March compared to March 2015. Average sales prices also dropped (-6.8%) during this period. Retail Trade Other Type of Event SK
Packers Plus, a Calgary-based oil and gas service company, recently closed its doors in Estevan. The company had expanded its Estevan operations in 2010, and at that time, had 42 employees working at the location. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff SK
Regina's Sears Outlet store will cease operations in April 2017. The closure will impact 98 employees. Retail Trade Layoff SK
Regina's Pasqua Hospital has implemented a new pilot project to help improve safety, reduce hospital stays, and shorten emergency room wait times Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
A new $700,000 skateboard park was inaugurated in Warman on May 14, 2016 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation SK

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