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.

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News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
J's Pet Feeds and Needs pet store in Moncton is closing at the end of April. The owner cites increased competition from larger stores and a weak Canadian dollar as the reasons for the closure. Retail Trade Layoff NB
The University of Moncton has announced spending cuts that include possible layoffs. The university cites a decline in francophone school enrolment, and a freeze of tuition and provincial funding as the reasons for the cuts. Educational Services Layoff NB
Moosehead Breweries announced it is delaying the layoff of 70-80 employees in Saint John by three months to the end of September. The company reports that a brief contract extension from a major client has led to the delay in the layoff. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
The Government of Canada is providing $3M to the St. Andrews Biological Station for upgrades to the access road and other building repairs at the station. The funding will help reduce operating costs and improve access to the site. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NB
The Government of Canada is providing $36.2M over the next two years to upgrade 14 fishing harbours in Northeast New Brunswick. The enhancements will improve the safety and working conditions for fishers at the harbours. Construction Job Creation NB
The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Fund has announced funding for 61 projects with a value of $356,274 in the Atlantic region to help protect the Atlantic wild salmon population. Twenty of those projects will occur in New Brunswick. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NB
Construction on a new $5M lodge for the Poley Mountain Resort has begun. The new resort will replace the previous one that burned down in December 2014 and is expected to open in November 2015. Construction Job Creation NB
The Government of Canada is providing $1.44M to construct the Restigouche River Experience Centre in Campbellton. The province of NB is contributing $1.37M and the city of Campbellton is adding $1.22M to the project. Construction Job Creation NB
The Government of Canada is providing a $1M loan to IPL, a plastic container manufacturer in Edmundston, to purchase new robots and molds in order to produce new thin-walled containers. The province of NB also contributed $336,000 and IPL invested $704,060. Manufacturing Job Creation NB
The Government of Canada is providing over $500,000 for upgrades to the South Esk Science Facility. The upgrades will enhance the research environment at the facility. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NB
Stelia Aerospace North America Ltd. is looking to add engineers, technicians, and other workers to the 440 staff at its Lunenburg site, where it makes and designs composites for the aerospace and defence industry Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Two bike shops, Long Alley Bicycles on Quinpoo Road and Idealbikes on Chain Lake Drive, have opened in Halifax Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Doctor Solar, a company that installs solar hot water systems, has increased its staff from six to 12 workers during the first two years of a Halifax Regional Municipality program that encourages the use of solar heating systems in homes Construction Job Creation NS
Murphy's-The Cable Wharf and Ambassatours Gray Line held a seasonal hiring blitz in Halifax in April. The companies hire over 200 seasonal workers each year, including food service, retail, and reservations staff, tour guides, and tour boat captains and crew. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Thirty jobs will be created when Giant Tiger opens a retail store in Port Hawkesbury in the fall of 2015 Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Farmer Clem's will permanently close three seasonal garden centres in the Halifax area and one in Sydney, due to damage from a severe winter and increased competition from big box stores. The company will be left with one location, in Halifax, which will employ five to 10 workers. Retail Trade Layoff NS
Enfield-based CanJet Airlines will lay off 47 pilots and 68 permanent and seasonal flight attendants as it reduces the number of aircraft it deploys on the tour operation side of its business. The company's aircraft flies mostly out of bases in Montréal and Toronto. Transportation and Warehousing Layoff NS
The North Atlantic Seafoods crab processing plant in Auld's Cove, which employed 40 people, will not reopen for the 2015 season. The parent company is focusing efforts on rebuilding its main operation in NL which had been destroyed by fire. Manufacturing Layoff NS
Lot Six Restaurant &Bar is currently hiring kitchen staff for an opening in May on Argyle Street in Halifax Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
The Nova Scotia government will pass legislation to create a professional body that will regulate audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the province. The body will be known as the College of Audiologists and Speech-language Pathologists. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
Groups representing nurses and nursing unions indicate that Nova Scotia has not adequately filled nursing vacancies and needs improved human resource planning. According to the Health Department, rural areas pose particular staffing challenges. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
The 2015 Arctic Oil and Gas North America Conference was held in St. John's on April 14-15. The conference provided an opportunity for industry leaders to come together to share advances in ocean research and technology. N/A Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL has issued a tender for the construction of a new school from Grades five to nine in the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's Construction Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL announced $400,000 in funding, through the 2015 Accessible Vehicle Program, to help 26 people with mobility challenges to acquire or adapt personal vehicles for accessibility Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL has partnered with the province's aerospace and defence industry association to lead a contingent of aerospace and technology sector businesses on a trade mission to the Sea-Air-Space Expo in Washington D.C. from April 13-15 Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
Construction DJL of Boucherville, Quebec, has been awarded the contract to rebuild the runway at Wabush Airport in Labrador. Work is expected to begin in June and finish in September. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The recent layoffs of 150 employees from the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador City is already having an impact on other businesses in the town. One business announced that it will be closing. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
The Town of Port Blandford and The Port Blandford Recreation Board have contributed a total of $125,000 in combined funding towards a new municipal park for the town. The town hopes to start the project in 2015. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NL
According to a new report from Royal LePage, the price of housing in St. John's is still going up, but at a slower rate. Inventory levels are slightly higher than they were at the end of 2014. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event NL
Provincial Airlines announced the return of its scheduled service to Gander International Airport effective May 4. Travellers can now book flights from St. John's to Gander, Gander to Goose Bay, and return. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
A recent report by The Conference Board of Canada, suggests that NL needs to improve its competitive business environment in order to remain prosperous for future generations. Several recommendations were made that could improve the province's economic outlook. N/A Other Type of Event NL
Transocean, one of the largest offshore drilling contractors in the province, issued layoffs to 16 employees and an unknown number of third-party providers that worked on The Henry Goodrich rig. The rig has completed its work and has been released. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NL
The first phase of a 300-unit housing project, valued at $80M, is starting in Bromont. The developer, Ski Bromont immobilier (SBI), plans to deliver the first units by the end of the summer. Construction Other Type of Event QC
A $50M commercial complex will be built by Devimco at the corner of Highway 30 and Chemin de Saint-Jean in La Prairie. A grocery store, a pharmacy, a bank and a number of restaurants will be located there. Construction Job Creation QC
Tremcar, a tanker trailer manufacturer, is expanding. The company is seeking to fill 70 vacant positions, mostly for welders, including 40 in Saint-Césaire. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Thanks to a $12M government grant, Collège Héritage will be expanded to enable it to meet the needs of a growing clientele. The work will be starting in the fall and should be completed by the fall of 2016. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Unable to continue operating without restructuring, Lazer Inox, a tanker manufacturer in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, has laid off about a hundred employees, while retaining about thirty workers. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Soucy International is investing over $93.6M in two of its plants in Drummondville in order to purchase equipment used in the production of rubber tracks for vehicles and tracked drive systems. The plan is to hire 140 new employees. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Soucy Techno in Sherbrooke is investing $14.2M to expand, purchase rubber mixing equipment and create a research and development centre for new compounds. The company plans to hire 22 workers. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
In the spring of 2016, close to $5.7M will be invested to modernize the André-Fortin regional airport, which is owned by the City of Victoriaville. The new infrastructures will help encourage economic growth in the region. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Varitron Technologies, a semi-conductor manufacturer in Longueuil, has signed an agreement with a French company, Sterela, and Québec City's EMM Groupe, which would lead to the creation of 20 short-term jobs and 100 medium-term jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Métallurgie Brasco Entretien of Sept-Îles will be laying off 75 employees by June 5. At that point the company will have completed its repair work on the tanks at Aluminerie Alouette, several months later than anticipated. Manufacturing Layoff QC
As of April 1, 260 pharmacist positions at health care facilities in the province of Quebec had not been filled Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Because of a problem with the drinking water supply, the Pépinière 55 greenhouses in Saint-Étienne-des-Grès remained empty all winter; 25 jobs depend on this business Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff QC
After closing in late February, Buffet Chinois Rimouski has decided to auction off its equipment Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
Centre de la Petite Enfance Les Explorateurs, a day care centre, has just opened in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac. The $1.9M investment means the creation of 79 reduced-fee child care spaces as well as 18 jobs. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Construction of Le Faubourg de l'Étoile, a housing development in Joliette, will start at the end of the month. The $50M project will ultimately include over 250 condominiums, the first of which will be ready by the fall. Construction Other Type of Event QC
In Terrebonne, Groupe Maurice will soon be starting construction on a seniors' residence called Floréa. The $45M project will be composed of 369 units as well as entertainment and health amenities, and will be completed in early 2017. Construction Other Type of Event QC
At Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Horizon-du-Lac school will be constructing a new facility next to its existing building, which will be demolished once the work has been completed in September 2016. The project will start in the fall and will require a $11.5M investment. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Joliette Canadian Tire has just moved into its new space, which cost $10M to build. The store currently employs 160 people, 35 more than at its previous location. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
ADF Group in Terrebonne, which specializes in the manufacturing of complex structural steel and heavy built-up steel components, has just landed over $46M worth of contracts on the east coast of the U.S. This will enable it to hire approximately 50 welders and installers. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Following the closure of Meubles Gémo, another furniture retailer, Économax, is taking over the vacant space and creating 30 jobs in Granby. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Solacom Technologies, a company based in Gatineau, and FairPoint, a U.S.-based telecommunications company, have won a $3.5M contract to implement a "new generation" 9-1-1 service in Vermont. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Cascades is investing $25M to set up a processing line that will be producing paper towels in Candiac and to modify two processing lines at its tissue plants in Candiac and Kingsey Falls, creating 10 jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The City of Montréal has announced $523M in investments for 2015 in order to improve its infrastructures throughout its territory. It will be spending $187M on roads, $257M on water and $79M on major projects. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Bruce Power will spend approximately $100M to conduct planned maintenance and inspection of its Unit 6 nuclear reactor in Tiverton, creating about 700 temporary positions Utilities Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario is investing an additional $55M in apprenticeship training programs to support a greater number of people for the skilled trades N/A Other Type of Event ON
FedDev Ontario and First Stone Venture Partners are investing $5M each in early-stage technology companies and small- and medium-sized enterprises in Southern Ontario. The project is expected to create 155 full-time equivalent jobs. N/A Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario will provide approximately $2M in funding to Ritz Plastics Inc. in Peterborough, creating 14 new jobs and retaining 95 positions Manufacturing Job Creation ON
A Multi Foods Supermarket featuring Asian and South American foods will open in Windsor on Crawford Avenue by May 2015, creating approximately 50 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The new Kit and Ace flagship store will open in August on Bloor Street West in Toronto. The Vancouver-based luxury fashion retailer plans to open approximately 15 stores in Canada by early 2016. Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW Inc.), a footwear retailer operated under Town Shoes Limited will open three additional locations in Barrie, Toronto and London in fall 2015 Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The TJX Companies, Inc. opened its second HomeSense store in Barrie on April 16 Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Bruce Power has officially opened a new $25M regional fire training facility in Tiverton Public Administration Other Type of Event ON
North Bay City Council has awarded Labelle Bros. Excavating a $3.6M contract to complete the Pinewood Park Drive sanitary sewer extension project, and R. M. Bélanger Limited a $2.16M contract to replace the John Street Bridge Construction Job Creation ON
Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre Inc. opened a $3.5M facility in Amherstburg on April 11 Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation ON
The Waterfront Hotel in Windsor is undergoing $2M in renovations and will be re-branded to become a Best Western Plus Hotel Construction Job Creation ON
Construction is set to begin this summer on a new multi-service medical building in Waterdown, with an expected opening date of July 2016 Construction Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario is investing $175,000 towards the establishment of a new farm, the Northern Ontario Garlic Farm and in the expansion of two existing businesses, Burt Farm Country Meats and Big Point Farm, in the Algoma-Manitoulin region Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation ON
Nipissing Employment Services Table is holding a career fair on April 28, 2015 at Memorial Gardens Sports Arena in North Bay  N/A Other Type of Event ON
Tenaris Algoma Tubes Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie announced an additional 25 layoffs across multiple departments, effective April 8 Manufacturing Layoff ON
The Fort McMurray Airport Authority issued layoff notices to 24 unionized cleaning staff on April 9, 2015 as part of its plan to privatize custodial work. The new contractor, Bill's Cleaners, will begin cleaning the airport on June 1, 2015. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Layoff AB
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment recently announced a $32M casino in the Edmonton Arena District. The project is expected to create 450 person-years of construction employment and 200 new permanent jobs upon completion in the summer of 2016. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
The City of Medicine Hat has recently approved contracts for six companies worth up to $1.5M each, for a total of $9M in spending on pipeline and facility work during 2015 Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Municipal District of Bighorn has received $2M in the first round of flood mitigation funds from the Government of Alberta for 2015-2016. The district has made a total request for $23.7M. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Points West Living is expecting to hire 100 employees for a $40M seniors housing facility in Cochrane. Construction is planned to start in the fall of 2015, with occupancy by mid-2017. Construction Job Creation AB
The Marina View Hotel in the downtown area of Cold Lake is slated for demolition, with the land viewed by the city as a potential development site Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta has announced financial support for 21 projects in 16 municipalities for long-term flood protection and drought mitigation Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Clean Energy Technology Centre in Drayton Valley has received a $350,000 grant from the Government of Alberta. The money will be used as operational funds to support program development and staffing when the centre opens in the fall of 2015. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation AB
The Peace River Bible Institute in Sexsmith is building a new $4M gymnasium and community fitness centre. Construction is expected to be complete by the summer or fall of 2016. Construction Job Creation AB
The Town of High Prairie is holding the inaugural High Prairie Traditional Powwow on May 23, 2015. The event is expected to draw up to 1,000 participants and provide a venue for local artisans. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
Three schools in the Town of High River have had funding approved by the Government of Alberta for flood protection and prevention. The repairs are expected to start in the summer of 2015, with total costs estimated at $3.5M. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is hiring one less air tanker group from Conair, an aerial water-bomber company, for firefighting services in 2015 Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Edson is offering local training for the Standard for Professional Firefighter Qualifications to its volunteer firefighting members. Previously, the training was held as a full-time program in Vermilion. Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
Victory Nickel has temporarily suspended frac sand production at its plant in Seven Persons due to poor market conditions. The company stated that they have laid off all but a core of the plant operations staff. Manufacturing Layoff AB
The City of Edmonton has approved funding of $6.4M to hire 40 new police officers that will be dedicated to the downtown core. City council also approved funding for nine officers to patrol the transit system. Public Administration Job Creation AB
Kinder Morgan has announced a new $400M hydrocarbon storage terminal for Strathcona County. The project is expected to generate 70 to 100 construction jobs from 2015 to 2019 and up to 20 full-time operational staff on completion. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada have launched the Canada Job Grant and are now accepting applications from employers. The program will help Nunavummiut gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. N/A Other Type of Event NU
Mountain Province Diamond recently announced complete funding to start commercial production at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine. The company plans to hire an additional 300 employees through the remainder of 2015. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
Dominion Diamond Corporation has cancelled its charter flights between Edmonton and Yellowknife, effective May 31, 2015. The company will only fly employees to the mine site from approved locations within the territory. Approximately 46% of the 1,200 employees at the Ekati mine site live outside of the territory. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The Government of Yukon has added a new Express Entry system to the Yukon Nominee Program to help local employers find skilled workers faster and at a lower cost. The system will also add 60 new allocations to the nominee program. N/A Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon has announced $2.7M in funding towards the construction of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation learning centre. The facility will provide a space to support training, community meetings and heritage initiatives. Construction Other Type of Event YT
DeNA, a Japanese mobile game publisher, has laid off a number of employees at its Vancouver and San Francisco offices. The company has not reported the number of employees in Vancouver that lost their jobs. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff BC
The HomeFree Collective, a group of eight non-profit organizations in Kamloops, will receive $684,540 in funding to help local homelessness projects. The funding will run the programs until March 31, 2017. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Victoria Hippo Tours, an amphibious tour company, is leaving Victoria after three years due to its short tourism season. The company, which currently employs 16 workers, will be moving operations to the Caribbean. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff BC
Providence Health Care has announced that it will be closing St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver. The company will be opening a new $1.2B facility south of the Downtown Eastside, with an estimated completion date of 2022. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
The Town of Golden has approved a number of variances for the proposed Whitetooth Brewing Company. The brewery will be the first new building in the downtown core in nearly 25 years. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC has placed an order on the City of Nanaimo to fix the Colliery dams. The City has until May 1st to select a remediation option and until October 15th to have substantially completed the work. Construction Other Type of Event BC
A new $90M performing-arts centre has been proposed in Kamloops. The City will be holding a referendum later this year to decide how to raise the money for the project. If approved, construction would begin in 2018. Construction Other Type of Event BC
HME Mobility & Accessibility, a Vancouver-based medical equipment rental company, has opened a new location in Victoria Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
SCI Logistics, a supply chain services provider, has opened a new transportation centre in Langley. The company has consolidated with Burnaby Moving & Storage in a 35,000 sq.-ft. facility. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
The Richmond Auto Mall has announced a 300,000 sq.-ft. expansion that could create $180M in investment over the next five years. The project will add a number of new brands to the mall, bringing the dealership count to 16. Construction Job Creation BC
Empire Industries Ltd. has been awarded a $243M contract to build the Thirty Metre Telescope destined for Hawaii. The project will create jobs for 130 employees over the next two years in Port Coquitlam. Construction Job Creation BC
The Village of Slocan has authorized work on the development of the Springer Creek micro hydro power project. The $3.4M project is expected to be operational by 2016, generating an annual net revenue of $50,000. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Shop recently opened in Fort St. John. The thrift shop will give a portion of its profits to local programming in the city. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Shape Properties has submitted a rezoning application for the third phase of its Brentwood Town Centre development in Burnaby. The 11-hectare project is made up of four phases, with first phase currently under construction. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Island Health has posted a request for proposals for private clinics to provide up to 4,000 day surgeries and up to 7,000 endoscopic procedures over three to five years. The surgeries are publicly funded and will come from the standard wait-lists. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
GT Hiring Solutions and WorkBC are hosting a job fair for Gateway Casinos on April 24. Gateway is currently hiring for a number of positions at three of its properties in Burnaby, New Westminster, and Langley. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Following the closure of Target in Saanich's Tillicum Centre, the former pharmacists of the store have opened a new location, called JC Pharmacy Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
The City of Prince George is currently hiring for a number of positions, including 15 full-time workers. The positions range from gardeners to police support. Public Administration Job Creation BC
The Castle at Swan Lake, a resort hotel near Vernon, recently opened its doors. Construction started on the building nearly 10 years ago; however, challenges forced it to sit vacant for a number of years. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
North West Company recently opened new stores in Norway House and Red Sucker Lake First Nations, creating over 20 jobs at each store Retail Trade Job Creation MB
In mid-April 2015, Advance Engineered Products in Regina applied for creditor protection and laid off at least 135 employees. The job cuts were initially scheduled for later in April and May. Manufacturing Layoff SK
The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region expects to open the Spiritwood Collaborative Emergency Centre near the beginning of June 2015 Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
Cottles Island Lumber, a large lumber company in Notre Dame Bay, has shut down operations after a warehouse fire. Approximately 30 people worked at the site. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
The Iron Ore Company of Canada has issued layoff notices to 150 members of the United Steelworkers union due to challenging market conditions. The layoffs affect 118 operator/maintainer and 29 labourer positions and will go into effect on June 14. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NL
The government of NL announced $66,000 toward the expansion of berthing facilities in Arnold's Cove. The expansion is expected to start this spring and will include the installation of eight floating docks. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL announced $100,000 in project-based funding to Literacy NL to enable the organization to move forward with its Digital Skills for the Older Workers and Potential Older Workers project N/A Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL announced $2M in funding to support the sealing industry in NL. Carina Processing Ltd. in South Dildo and PhocaLux International Inc. in Fleur de Lys will receive loans of up to $1M each. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL announced a $170,000 contract to Industrial Commercial Maintenance Ltd. of Corner Brook to provide electrical upgrades at Lumsden Academy in Bonavista Bay Construction Other Type of Event NL

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