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, second quarter 2015

There were 437,000 job vacancies in Canada in the second quarter and the job vacancy rate was 2.8%.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
With funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the provincial government, Community Inclusion Ltd has developed an expansion plan to increase their service of baked goods at Maple House Centre in O'Leary Retail Trade Other Type of Event PE
Work is underway in Summerside on the construction of the new Inspired Learning Centre, which will replace the current library. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has contributed $800K to the project, with a completion expected by the fall of 2016. Construction Other Type of Event PE
Amalgamated Dairies Limited distribution centre in Summerside is expanding to provide room for growth, transferring shipments, and a staging area. The project is scheduled to be completed by April 2016. Construction Other Type of Event PE
According to the PEI potato board, exports of the potato crop to the United States are down by 4% this season, while international exports of spuds from PEI have increased. The lack of growth is being attributed to a poor growing season for farmers. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
Butcher & Butcher: Fine Island Meat, a new gourmet butcher shop, recently opened in Charlottetown. The new shop will source locally grown meat options produced by Island farmers. Retail Trade Other Type of Event PE
Icejam, a Charlottetown-based mobile games company, has received $3M in funding from Build Ventures. The company plans to double their staff over the next six months and launch their first game in 2016. Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
Halifax Regional Council has approved the hiring of 32 additional firefighters over the next two to three years. The workers will be added to several stations around the city. Public Administration Job Creation NS
A Value Village store is tentatively scheduled to open in the fall of 2016 in New Minas, taking over space once occupied by Zellers. The company indicates it typically hires about 50 workers in a new store. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Ikea will directly employ 350 people in a new store to be built in Dartmouth Crossing beginning in the summer of 2016. Construction will take about 12 to 14 months and will employ another 100 to 150 temporary workers. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
J.D. Irving is forecasting it will hire 1,393 workers in Nova Scotia over the next three years, most of them at the Halifax Shipyard. The workforce at the shipyard is currently at about 1,000 workers, including 250 new hires over the past year. Manufacturing Job Creation NS
A.F. Theriault & Sons currently employs 169 workers at its shipyard in Meteghan River, including 12 that have recently returned from Alberta. The company indicates it is quite busy with a number of contracts. Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Carlton Cards and Susy Shier will close their stores in New Minas by the end of January 2016, putting 11 people out of work Retail Trade Layoff NS
The hourly minimum wage in Nova Scotia will increase by $0.10, to $10.70 on April 1, 2016. The hourly minimum wage for a worker with less than three months experience will increase by the same amount, to $10.20. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
Three NL companies will receive a total of $750,000 in funding from Venture NL to assist entrepreneurs with capital costs and potential start-up costs Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NB
A new Alt Hotel is under construction in downtown St. John's that will overlook the harbour and Signal Hill. The four storey hotel, which is being built by Montreal-based Groupe Germaine, will have 148 rooms. The opening is expected by spring, 2017. Construction Other Type of Event NL
About 30 school boards were present at a job fair held at the University of New Brunswick in January in an effort to recruit prospective teachers. Many of the school boards were based outside of Canada. Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
K&S Potash Canada is interested in hiring about 120 workers for its potash mine in Saskatchewan. The company held a job fair in Sussex in January, an area which has been affected by the recent closure of the Potash Corporation mine. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NB
J.D. Irving indicates it will need 3,700 workers over the next three years with various trades and professional qualifications for its operations across New Brunswick. The company recently held a job fair in Sussex. Management of Companies and Enterprises Job Creation NB
The New Brunswick government is considering reducing over 1,000 jobs, excluding health authorities or school boards, by eliminating vacant positions following retirements, layoffs, consolidations and private sector outsourcing Public Administration Layoff NB
The Sears Home store at the Trinity Power Centre in Moncton will close on July 3, 2016 due to low profitability and an increase in their online business. Sears Canada has been closing less profitable stores in recent years, including Home and Hometown outlets, as it strives to boost its full-line stores such as the one at Champlain Place in nearby Dieppe. Retail Trade Layoff NB
Following the recent closure of PotashCorp's Picadilly mine, the company is set to host a job fair in Sussex on February 3rd as it seeks 100 workers to move to its Saskatchewan-based mine operation Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NB
General Motors of Canada Ltd. is hiring over 100 assembly line and skilled trade workers for its CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Vidyard, a video marketing start-up in Kitchener, is receiving a $50M investment to increase sales and hire another 100 employees by the end of 2016 Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
The Government of Canada will invest $12M into clean water technology projects in Ontario that are expected to create or maintain 520 jobs and support about 14 new partnerships Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario will invest $6M in local mental health services, resulting in the hire of about 80 new child and youth mental health workers across the province Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON

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