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
Alberta's minimum wage will rise to $12.20 per hour, effective October 1. In addition, the lower minimum wage rate of $10.70 per hour for Alberta's liquor servers has also been abolished by the provincial government. N/A Other Type of Event AB
Moose Hotel & Suites held its grand opening in Banff on July 15, 2016 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Delia General Store, the village's only store, recently closed its doors Retail Trade Layoff AB
Construction of Peace River's Peace Regional Recreation Centre is slated to begin in spring 2017. The multiplex is expected to open in late 2018, and will include a field house, hockey rink and running track. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Ten new craft breweries opened their doors in Alberta during the first five months of 2016. The province has seen a boom in breweries over the past four year, bringing the total number up to 31. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Wild Rapids Waterslide Park, located in Sylvan Lake, is closing at the end of summer 2016. The closure will affect approximately 85 seasonal workers at the park. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff AB
Dominion Diamond Corporation laid-off 75 temporary contractors at its Ekati diamond mine, northeast of Yellowknife. The company announced that more than 300 staff may temporarily be laid off while repairs are completed. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NT
First Air announced that it will no longer offer service to Coral Harbour Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NU
The Bachelor of Midwifery program at the University of Manitoba will likely not be offered this fall due to a lack of accreditation and insufficient funding Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
The St. Vital outdoor swimming pool recently re-opened after undergoing $3M upgrades. The city-run facility was expected to open in fall 2014, but faced delays. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation MB
BCE Inc.'s $3.9B offer to takeover Manitoba Telecom Services has been approved by the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench. However, the transaction remains subject to other mandatory approvals. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event MB
The federal and provincial governments are granting $400,000 to the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers. The funds will be used in finding new ways for growers to achieve higher yields with fewer inputs. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event MB
The Community Places program will provide nearly $3.6M in grants to 214 community groups to build, upgrade or acquire facilities focused on culture, recreation and wellness Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event MB
The federal and provincial governments are investing $1M in a water management pilot-project in Bifrost-Riverton. The project aims to improve drainage and other water-related concerns to ensure the long-term sustainability of the farming land. Construction Job Creation MB
The Moose Jaw Times-Herald ended its Monday print version to reduce costs. No job cuts are expected as a result of this decision. Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
The Greater Saskatoon Catholic School board plans to reduce spending over the next academic year. With a provincial budget of $3.5M, instead of the required $6.5M, the school board is considering cost-saving measures. Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
A recent report by Farm Credit Canada points to renewed optimism in agriculture. The demand for new farm equipment is expected to increase gradually over the next two years. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
The minimum wage in Saskatchewan is set to increase to $10.72 per hour on October 1 N/A Other Type of Event SK
Light oil reserves in Saskatchewan are attracting investor interest. Husky Energy recently opened a new thermal plant near Lloydminster, while Raging River Exploration plans on investing $175M in the province this year. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation SK
According to Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business optimism in Saskatchewan improved in June. Fourteen per cent of business owners plan to hire full-time staff over the next quarter, while 10 per cent plan to reduce staff. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The City of Winnipeg's infrastructure committee recently approved $8M worth of road repairs starting this year. However, the City Council still has to approve the funding. Construction Job Creation MB
The federal and provincial governments have been negotiating a deal with Air Canada and Cargojet Airways. The agreement could translate into as many as 400 new jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation MB
The City of Regina finalized a new contract with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 588. Over 200 transit workers in the city will benefit from a 2% wage increase starting this year, up until 2018. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event SK
The federal government is planning to build a $40M hospital in Cross Lake. The Pimicikamak Cree Nation, which has a population of over 8,000, had been requesting it for 12 years. Construction Job Creation MB
Gaslight Tattoo, a tattoo parlour in downtown Regina, was destroyed in a fire. The number of affected employees is unknown. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event SK

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