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, first quarter 2016

There were 328,000 job vacancies among Canadian employers in the first quarter, and the job vacancy rate was 2.1%.

Compared with the first quarter of 2015, the number of job vacancies declined by 72,000 (-17.9%), and the job vacancy rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
DashAll, an on-demand food delivery company in St. John's, NL, is gearing up for a busy fall. New drivers are being hired and additional technological features are in the works to improve customer experience. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NL
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $150,000, and the provincial government is providing $10,000 to MacAusland's Woolen Mills Ltd. for the purchase of two modern textile weaving looms to increase production Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
Construction has begun on a new $17.6M Kingswood Cambria Suites Hotel in Fredericton. The hotel will create 100 new jobs and will be next to the largest indoor water park in Atlantic Canada, both slated to open in September 2017. The water park will employ 30 staff. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
Edmonton Catholic School board is planning to hire about 75 staff, including nearly 60 teachers, to accommodate growth in student numbers this year Educational Services Job Creation AB
Alberta Utilities Commission is considering construction applications for two large solar energy projects. According to Alberta Electric System Operator, a total of 21 solar projects have been registered for access as of September 1, 2016. Utilities Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing $3.6M for mental health support programs in colleges and universities across the province. The funds will be used in hiring health practitioners, such as counsellors and community outreach social workers. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Construction Job Creation AB
Cineplex Entertainment recently opened Canada¿s first food-and-entertainment centre, the Rec Room, in Edmonton Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Bow Valley College is planning to expand to a larger venue in Strathmore and will offer more courses as well as programs Educational Services Job Creation AB
Businesses in Fort McMurray are struggling to rebuild after the wildfire destruction in May 2016, with some owners abandoning their businesses because of costs and lack of customers N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta is transferring the paramedic profession from the Health Disciplines Act to the Health Professions Act. This will allow paramedics to work directly with nurse practitioners. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
The craft brewery business is booming in Alberta due to two provincial legislation changes. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission currently has eight craft brewery licences pending in the province. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
A recent job fair for seasonal employees at a Kal-Tire location in Edmonton attracted more than 300 applicants for 100 positions Retail Trade Job Creation AB
According to Statistics Canada, Alberta homeowners spent $1.56B on renovation in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $1.53B spent in the first quarter of this year Construction Job Creation AB
Work has started on the $80M QEII/Gaetz Avenue interchange improvement project in Red Deer. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
According to a Tourism Economic Impact Study, tourists spent nearly $1M per day in Canmore in 2015, with more than 50% of the spending on food and accommodation. Employment impacts of visitor spending equalled 4,022 jobs in Canmore. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
A new seniors housing project, This is Home, is being constructed in Canmore. The 63-unit project is slated to open in 2017. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta selected Century Casinos Europe GmbH, an international gaming company, to own, build and operate a new horse racing facility in the Edmonton market area Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
The Town of Fairview adopted a new Medical Recruitment Incentive Policy that will provide recruitment and retention incentives for family physicians, dentists, veterinarians and nurse practitioners Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
A new Tim Hortons restaurant will be opening its doors in Barrhead Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Pomeroy Inn and Suites officially opened in Vermilion on September 14, 2016 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Westlock County awarded a $513,300 construction contract to E&D Kuzyk Konstruction Ltd. to build a new fire hall in Fawcett. The project is slated for completion in September 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
United Construction is set to start work on the new K-12 Ashmont School. The school is scheduled to open in September 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Edmonton approved a zoning change that would allow construction of the $63M Artist Quarters in downtown Edmonton Construction Other Type of Event AB

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Canadian Occupational Projection System

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