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
Amazon.com Inc. is moving into a new Toronto location and is looking to hire approximately 100 workers, mostly developers, engineers and salespeople Retail Trade Job Creation ON
London video game companies Big Viking Games and Digital Extremes Ltd. are hiring 30 and 40 staff, respectively Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Site preparation has begun on Suncor Energy Inc. and NextEra Energy Canada's 46-turbine Cedar Point Wind Power Project in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Construction Job Creation ON
Two London companies, Artisan Metal Finishing and Attica Manufacturing Inc., will receive provincial government grants totaling $600K towards a $6M investment in new equipment and employee training, creating 33 new jobs and retaining 53 existing ones Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Fashion retailer, Forever 21, Inc., will open a store in Windsor called F21 Red in Devonshire Mall this fall Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Aalbers Tool and Mold Inc. in Essex County will spend close to $10M on new machinery and staff training. The Government of Ontario will contribute $1M to the project, creating 33 jobs and retaining 106 existing ones. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Leamington medical marijuana grower, Aphria Inc., plans to expand starting in June, creating up to 20 new jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
An urgent care clinic will open this August in South Windsor, containing an optometrist's office, a pharmacy, and a medical and X-ray lab Construction Job Creation ON
Benefit Cosmetics LLC, will open its first Canadian location this April in Toronto, with plans to expand over the next five years Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Jaeger-LeCoultre, a Swiss luxury watchmaker, will open a retail location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto this spring Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Community Patient Transfer Group, a non-urgent medical transit company, expanded into Windsor in March. The company hired 15 of the workers that were laid off from the closure of Care Medical Transportation Services. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
Nipissing University in North Bay eliminated 16 support staff positions as part of ongoing restructuring efforts Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Layoff ON
Haynes Printing Company Ltd. in Cobourg closed in March, affecting six workers Other Services (except Public Administration) Layoff ON
Options Skilled Trades Career Fair, which connects high school students with opportunities in skilled trades, will be held on May 14, 2015 at the Pembroke Memorial Centre in Pembroke N/A Other Type of Event ON
After hiring about 20 employees, the Guay rotisserie opened in Bécancour. The restaurant also offers catering services. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
A $45M housing development, which will include 214 units spread throughout 12 buildings, will be built in La Prairie. The developer, Développement Montarville, will begin construction this spring. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Ferro Ford dealership in Sept-Îles is spending $3M to rebuild, expand, and renovate its facilities. The new building will be ready by December at the latest. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Bombardier announced the signing of a purchase order from Mesa Air Group for seven CRJ900 airplanes valued at an estimated US $326M Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
V Media Group, owner of MusiquePlus and MusiMax, announced it will be terminating 23 positions at its Montréal studio Information and Cultural Industries Layoff QC
Bombardier's commercial aircraft division announced the sale of 20 CS100 airplanes to new Malaysian carrier Flymojo. The estimated value of the order is US $1.47B Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Matériaux Bonhomme, located in the Buckingham region of Gatineau, will be expanded to better satisfy its clients' needs. Five new employees will be hired as a result of the expansion. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Coopérative Funéraire Brunet will soon open a new branch in Rivière-Rouge, which will create 20 jobs  Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation QC
Construction will begin on a new five-storey residential building, Les Terrasses Calixa-Lavallée, in Saint-Jérôme this fall. The $28M project will include 80 luxury condominiums and be ready for the summer of 2016. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Helen Ziegler and Associates, a healthcare recruitment specialist, is targeting Alberta nurses for employment opportunities in Saudi Arabia Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
The City of Wetaskiwin is actively recruiting up to 16 additional volunteer and paid-on-call firefighters. The city provides pay for firefighting practices and fire responses services. Public Administration Job Creation AB
Brookfield Residential, a property development company, is planning a townhouse complex and a condominium tower that will accommodate 2,100 residents in the Stadium LRT area of Edmonton Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Bow Valley Job Resource Centre has found that employers face many of the same challenges as reported in 2005. Seasonal staffing shortages, employee retention, a shortage of affordable housing and a high cost of living are the main concerns. N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Bow Valley Job Resource Centre is reporting a steady demand for employees in the Banff and Canmore areas. Food and beverage workers, as well as trades and labourer positions, are in demand. N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is seeking a by-law amendment from the Town of Banff that would allow mobile food trucks to operate on the hotel property. Food trucks are currently banned in Banff with the exception of special events. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
A recent report on the construction industry in Alberta, part of BuildForce Canada's 2015-2024 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast, shows that declining oil prices are slowing investment in new capital projects Construction Other Type of Event AB
Iron Horse Energy Services, based in Dunmore, has reduced its workforce by 15%. The layoffs were attributed to a shortage of work due to declining oil prices. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
Sanjel Corporation, a global energy services provider, has announced suspension of its Medicine Hat operations effective March 31, 2015. The closure could affect up to 150 employees, but the company stated that several employees have been offered other positions within the organization. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
The Government of Alberta is funding a 200-bed seniors facility for Medicine Hat with a $6M grant. Masterpiece Retirement Residence is expected to start construction in the fall of 2015, with an opening planned for the fall of 2016. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff AB
The Government of Alberta is investing $21.4M for seniors housing in Calgary. The Gilchrist Phase 2 lodge will supply 114 barrier-free units for low and moderate-income seniors who are functionally independent. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Alberta Health Services will be adding six new emergency medical technicians in Medicine Hat effective April 1, 2015, to deal with increased ambulance call volumes in the region. Additional changes will boost the number of local EMS personnel to 36. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Unicorn Pub in downtown Calgary has reduced employee hours due to lower customer demand, partially attributed to the slumping price of oil and job losses in the city core Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Drayton Valley and other local municipalities are joining forces to create a Regional Tourism Authority with a proposed $350,000 budget. The plan is to have the project up and running by September 2015. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
The City of Edmonton is estimating that completion of the $32M Groat Road Bridge Construction Project could be delayed for up to a year following a recent structural failure Construction Other Type of Event AB
Edmonton Tourism has estimated that the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships, recently held in Edmonton, generated between $6M and $10M in economic spin-offs for local hotels, restaurants and shopping Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta will be hiring 70 firefighters for the Edson Wildfire Management Area by May 1, 2015, based at two camps in the region. The 14 fire towers in the area will be staffed and operational in April and May. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
Nexen Energy has announced the layoff of 340 employees in North America, with the majority at its Calgary office Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
ConocoPhillips is cutting seven percent of its staff in Canada, about 200 jobs, which will impact both Calgary employees and field staff Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
The Best Western Plus Sawridge Suites, a new hotel and restaurant, is slated to open in Fort McMurray by May 2015 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Talisman Energy has announced a cut of 10 to 15% of its workforce at the Calgary head office, amounting to 150 to 200 employees Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
The Government of Alberta has re-issued a tender call for the 100-bed Parsons Creek seniors continuing care facility in Fort McMurray. Previous bids for the project submitted in August 2014 were over budget. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Century Downs Racetrack and Casino development at Balzac, a $24-million joint venture project between Colorado-based Century Casinos and the United Horsemen of Alberta, is scheduled to open to the public for live horse racing by April 25, 2015 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
The Hinton Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Hinton are partnering with Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour to assist newcomers with job searches and resume skills through a new initiative, Hinton Works N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Innisfail has started construction on a new $500,000 waste transfer site. The project is expected to be complete by the end of September 2015. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Twenty-five auxiliary nursing care employees at the Raymond Health Centre have joined the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, following a worksite vote on March 13, 2015. The location was the last auxiliary nursing care site in Alberta that did not have union representation. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Spice Hut, a restaurant franchise specializing in Indian cuisine, has opened in downtown Lloydminster. The kitchen space that serves the restaurant also serves food to the bar at the Good Knight Inn. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is partnering with Bow Valley College in Calgary and NorQuest College in Edmonton to host the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre program. They will deliver training and job coaching focusing on construction trades. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
The Blood First Nation recently announced the construction of the $5.7M Kainai Food Market, a grocery store in Stand Off. The supermarket is scheduled to open in November 2016 and employ at least 12 band members. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Sanjel Corporation, a global energy services provider, has announced the closure of its Brooks operations effective March 31, 2015. The company did not disclose the number of affected employees. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
Pacer Promec Energy Corporation, a Calgary-based general contractor specializing in heavy industrial projects, has entered receivership as of March 10, 2015. The number of affected employees is unknown at this time. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
The Region VI Métis Nation of Alberta and NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services Ltd. have signed an agreement that will include training and employment opportunities for local Métis Construction Other Type of Event AB
Telus is spending $9.2M to connect 90% of the homes and businesses in the Taber area to fiber optic networks during 2015 Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Woodlands Whitecourt Airport has announced direct, scheduled flights between Whitecourt and Calgary International Airport. The air carrier and route schedules have not been announced. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
First Air, an Ottawa-based airline, is adding three more weekly flights between Edmonton and Yellowknife starting June 1, 2015. The expansion brings the total to nine flights per week between the two cities. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Alberta Health Services has announced that, effective July 1, 2015, it plans to establish 8 to 10 operational health districts around the province to improve rural service delivery. Each district will have a leadership team and an advisory committee. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
The Alberta Wheat Commission and funding partners are spending $2.2M over four years for research and development projects targeting winter wheat production in southern Alberta Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Nunavut has increased funding for health programs in the 2015-2016 budget that will add 100 new positions across the territory. The $317M budget will also increase service levels by funding staff on a 24 hour, 7 days per week basis. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NU
TMAC Resources has plans to ramp up activities in 2015 at its Hope Bay gold mine project south of Cambridge Bay. The company will have 15 employees on site during the summer and then start up underground mine development in September 2015. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NU
The Government of the Northwest Territories has 121 vacant positions around the territory following a plan to decentralize jobs from Yellowknife into smaller communities. The jobs range from positions like laundry worker to senior lands officer. N/A Job Creation NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories has introduced Take One: Northwest Territories Film Strategy and Action Plan. The plan will market the territory as a destination of choice for future out-of-territory productions and invest in the industry. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NT
The second year of construction on the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway has ended with crews making less progress than expected. Adverse weather conditions and difficult terrain on the Inuvik side of the road have slowed construction. Construction Other Type of Event NT
ConocoPhillips is seeking declaration of a significant hydrocarbon discovery from the Government of the Northwest Territories in the Sahtu shale oil play south of Norman Wells, but the company does not plan any further exploration work in the region Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The Yukon Council on Disability is set to close its doors in March 2015 due to a funding shortfall. The council, with an office in Whitehorse, helps people with disabilities find work and offers support programs. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon has released plans for a $200M upgrade to a section of the Alaska Highway running through Whitehorse. Construction is slated to begin in 2016 following public consultations. Construction Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon is investing $1.2M to implement the Yukon Water Strategy and Action Plan. The plan will include a second year of funding for the Yukon Water and Wastewater Operator Training Program at Yukon College. Educational Services Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon has awarded $130,000 to 12 arts groups across the territory for a range of activities, including First Nations heritage events Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon is committing $5.1M from 2015 to 2016 for remediation work at government-owned contaminated sites. The eight sites include highway maintenance camps and other properties that are owned and operated by the Yukon government. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event YT
The Government of BC has announced a new $24.5M program to help single parents improve their education. The program begins on September 1, 2015 and will pay for 12 months of tuition for in-demand occupations to eligible candidates. Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
Jawl Properties has two large construction projects planned for downtown Victoria. If approved, construction would likely begin in July or August. The total construction cost for the projects has not been determined. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The District of Chetwynd will be losing all but one of its doctors this summer, if more are not recruited. Northern Health has a goal of four or five full-time doctors in Chetwynd, to support the nearly 10,000 local residents. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Alternative Forest Operations Ltd. recently sold off $2M of its logging equipment and will be laying off half of its 50-person workforce. The company reports that logging rates aren't keeping up with contractors' costs. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff BC
The Canvas Cup Coffee Bar in Port Alberni will be reopening under new ownership on May 1, 2015 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lifted the avian flu quarantine from 10 of 13 farms in BC. The quarantine was placed on a number of farms in early December and is the first time the H5N2 virus has been seen in North America. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event BC
The Crossing at Keremeos, a non-profit drug treatment centre, has closed its doors in Langley on March 5, 2015. The Crossing employed 30 staff, with some being offered work at other locations in Prince George and Vancouver. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff BC
The Malahat Nation will be performing $1.85M worth of construction to revitalize the Mill Bay waterfront. The work is expected to create 56 new jobs from increased tourism and aquaculture business development. N/A Job Creation BC
Target Canada recently announced details on its first wave of store closures. In BC, the stores in Chilliwack and Cranbrook closed on March 22. The remainder of the first 16 stores to close are located in Alberta and Ontario. Retail Trade Layoff BC
The City of Nanaimo will review its current by-laws covering street vendors in an attempt to make the city more friendly to food trucks Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event BC
The government of BC will be phasing in a new licensing system for residential builders over the next 16 months. The new system will require home builders to prove that they have completed recognized courses prior to annual license renewal. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Contech Enterprises, an animal repellent manufacturer, has begun bankruptcy proceedings. The Victoria-based company has 27 staff in BC and three in New Brunswick. Manufacturing Layoff BC
The Pat Bay Highway visitor information centre will re-open by May 15, 2015. The centre, which closed in 2013, welcomes visitors to Vancouver Island who arrive on a BC Ferries vessel. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation BC
Construction has completed on Sole, a six-storey mixed-use building in Kelowna. Sixty percent of the building's 40 condos are sold and two commercial spaces are still available. Retail Trade Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC is re-launching its Clean Energy Vehicle Incentives program with $10.5M over the next three years. The bulk of the funding will go toward point-of-sale incentives, the remainder toward infrastructure and fleet vehicles. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Prince Rupert's Fairview Container Terminal will undergo a $200M upgrade, to increase its capacity from 850,000 containers to 1.3M. Construction will begin immediately and should be complete by the middle of 2017. Construction Job Creation BC
Simon Fraser University will be closing its 60-unit Louis Riel House student-family residence at the end of August. There are currently 20 low-income students with families and 40 mature students living in the residence. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
Coldstream Meadows, a retirement community in Coldstream, has proposed a new residential care facility. The new facility, Aberdeen Manor, would provide 85 beds to residents who are not able to afford a private care facility. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Lake Country is hiring election officials for its rail corridor referendum on April 25. Officials will be provided training and are needed for April 15th-17th, 20th, 21st and 25th. Public Administration Job Creation BC
McPhillips Toyota started construction in February on its new 30,000 sq.-ft. facility in Winnipeg and expects a need for additional staff when construction finishes by summer 2016 Retail Trade Job Creation MB
Loewen Windows, a window-and-door manufacturer in Steinbach, plans to hire 24 new employees by June 2015, as the company prepares to add an evening production shift to keep up with the increased demand from the United States market Manufacturing Job Creation MB
K Family Kitchen reopened in mid-March 2015, after a fire closed the restaurant in May 2014 Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event SK
In March 2015, First Nations Power Authority awarded the $580,080 contract to design, supply, and install two roof-mounted 64 kilowatt solar photovoltaic power systems on two elementary schools in Denesuline First Nation in northern Saskatchewan Utilities Other Type of Event MB
When the expanded Prince Albert Provincial Correctional Centre opens in the spring of 2015, the facility expects to add nearly 50 new full-time positions Public Administration Job Creation SK
Seafood exporting capabilities are expanding in P.E.I. with the Charlottetown Airport Authority recently forming a partnership with the P.E.I. Seafood Processors' Association to support export growth and to ensure quality seafood is being shipped Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
The Government of Canada announced $246,296 in funding to help female entrepreneurs take advantage of opportunities in the natural resources industry N/A Other Type of Event NL
A Spanish company, Abeengoa, has been awarded a $155M contract to construct approximately 400 kms of overhead transmission lines in NL and NS Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation has awarded a $530,000 contract to Pan Am Platforms and Construction Ltd. to retrofit 4 social housing homes in St. John's Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL released the Oversight Committee's report on Muskrat Falls. While there have been some scheduling challenges, the project remains on budget and on track to produce power in December 2017. Construction Other Type of Event NL
Nordia plans to add 250 workers to its Saint John call centre over the next two years, which will increase its workforce to 550 people. The company offers a variety of customer support services, and is a subsidiary of Bell Canada. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NB
Rivac Construction has been awarded a contract valued at just under $2M to build an interpretation centre at a new recreational vehicle park under development by the city of Campbellton. The city hopes to have the park ready to open by 2016. Construction Other Type of Event NB
The 2015 capital budget of $20.5M for the city of Saint John will include money for upgrades at the City Market and the Aquatic Centre, as well as road construction work Construction Other Type of Event NB
Fredericton city council has awarded a contract valued at just over $2M to Springhill Construction Ltd. for renovations to the York Arena. Work will take place over the summer of 2015. Construction Other Type of Event NB
True North Windows and Doors has opened in Stellarton. In addition to windows and doors, the business sells a variety of home accessories and will provide renovation services, build decks, and install siding and roofing. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Truck-Side, an indoor food truck court, will open in late spring on Windmill Road in Burnside. The space will feature three food truck-type restaurants, and will employ 84 workers. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Electronic retailer Future Shop has closed its stores in New Minas and New Glasgow. The company indicates the decision was made after a review of business factors. Retail Trade Layoff NS
Smoke's Weinerie, a food service franchise specializing in hot dogs, will open an outlet at the end of March on Pleasant Street in Dartmouth Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
Road Rage RC, a business featuring race tracks for racing car hobbyists, will open at the beginning of April on Main Street in Dartmouth Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NS
Unionized daycare workers at Town Daycare Centre in Glace Bay have gone on strike. The workers are looking for higher wages, and have been without a contract since December 2013. The employer says it cannot afford to offer workers a raise. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
The Nova Scotia government and its four health care unions have reached an agreement which will reduce the number of bargaining processes but not change the actual union to which members will belong Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
The Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades Council has noticed a recent drop in inter-provincial requests for tradespersons for projects out west Construction Other Type of Event NS
The government of NL announced $100,000 in funding to Tthe Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation to restore the Union Electric building in Port Union Construction Other Type of Event NL
The new Placentia West Medical Clinic located near Boat Harbour on the Burin Peninsula was officially opened on March 5. The new $2.5M clinic will provide medical services to communities from Monkstown to Parker¿s Cove. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
A $17.2M contract was awarded to Pomerleau Inc. for the construction of a new school in Paradise for students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The school is expected to open in the fall of 2016. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL, through the 2014-15 Community Recreation Support Program, announced $138,000 in funding to support the purchase or repair of physical activity equipment for 62 communities and organizations in NL Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL has released tenders for the required upgrades to the Portugal Cove and Bell Island wharfs in preparation for the new ferry, MV Legionnaire. The new ferry is currently under construction and is expected to arrive in February 2016. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
According to a recent report from the Royal Bank of Canada, the NL economy is expected to grow by 0.8% in 2015 and slow to 0.2% in 2016 N/A Other Type of Event NL
Physical Education has become mandatory for high school students in P.E.I. The Education Department recently announced that students will need a grade 10 physical education credit to graduate. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event PE
The province of P.E.I. and in particular its business community experienced a historic milestone in 2014 by exporting more than $1B worth of goods internationally. The value of exports increased by 22% from 2013 to 2014. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event PE

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