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
The Salvation Army has decided to close its special-care facility in south-end Saint John due to high operating costs, and 44 staff are being laid off. Some of the staff are applying for jobs at other Salvation Army locations, while some may begin their own special-care services. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff NB
Hogg Robinson Group, an international company specializing in corporate travel arrangements, will open a training facility and employ 50 people within two years in Moncton. The company will develop partnerships with local colleges that could lead to more student seats in travel and tourism programs, and will benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NB
Fredericton-based E&I Engineering has been awarded a $1.2M contract to provide electrical engineering services to the Irving pulp mill modernization project in Saint John. E&I has added an engineer and a technician to its staff. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NB
Introhive, a Fredericton-based data analytics company, will double its workforce and create 60 jobs in Fredericton and Saint John over the next five years, with funding assistance from the provincial government. The positions will include program managers, developers, and customer support and quality control specialists. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NB
The Kings Place parking garage in downtown Fredericton will close in April for six months to undergo a $5M renovation project Construction Other Type of Event NB
The King Street Ale house is expected to open in May on Queen Street in Fredericton, and is advertising for staff. The business will occupy the former site of the Garrison District Ale House, destroyed by fire over a year ago. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
BJ Electric Motor and Control Ltd. has opened a shop in Burnside, its second location in the Halifax Metro area. The company focuses on sales and service of electric motors and parts, and has grown from four to 23 employees in 20 years. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation NS
Construction of the new Burger King on Starrs Road in Yarmouth is nearly finished, and the restaurant, employing 50 people, will open in April Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
I Love Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant, will open in the coming weeks on the Bedford Highway in Halifax. Meanwhile, the Estia Restaurant on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has closed due to business slowdowns, resulting in the layoff of 15 workers. The Red Fox Bar and Grill, on Bayers Road in Halifax, has closed as well. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Nurse Next Door Home Care Services has opened in Halifax, and hopes to expand across Nova Scotia. According to the provincial Department of Health and Wellness, home nursing visits in Nova Scotia have grown by 64% since 2006, while non-nursing home support care visits have grown by 40%. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates has agreed to a $16M four-year extension and expansion of their contract to provide submarine simulator support to the Royal Canadian Navy in Dartmouth Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NS
Nurses at the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax went on strike for 24 hours over their demand for higher nurse-to-patient ratios, but were ordered back to work upon the introduction of legislation which forces health-care unions and employers in Nova Scotia to designate essential services before a strike Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
Polycorp Group is preparing to construct a 380-unit, four-building condominium complex as part of the Long Lake Village development in the Cowie Hill and Northwest Arm Drive area of Halifax Construction Other Type of Event NS
A new Canadian Military Family Resource Centre opened in April in Charlottetown. A staff of four will provide support programs to military families. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
Holland College will cut a total of 22 full-term and casual positions, mostly in their Adult-Education program Educational Services Layoff PE
The Government of Canada and the provincial government will be funding the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside to develop a strategic plan, buy some new theatre equipment, and stage a unique production in 2014 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event PE
The Row House Lobster Company will be opening a new restaurant on Victoria Row, Charlottetown in May. The company plans to employ 20 people once the restaurant is fully operational. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation PE
The provincial government issued a tender call for construction work to start early in the western region as part of the Provincial Road Improvement Program announced in Budget 2014 Construction Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $431,000 in funding to support the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve in achieving United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Status Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced that construction will soon begin on a new by-pass road and several other road improvement projects in the Stephenville area under the Provincial Road Improvement Program Construction Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $1.5M as part of a two-year $4.3M capital investment for the construction of a medical science labs at College of the North Atlantic in Grand Falls-Windsor Construction Other Type of Event NL
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador officially opened a new $8.1M Boreal Ecosystem Research Facility on March 28. The new facility will provide high-level research to provincial and national forestry, agrifoods and environmental industries. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $35.4M in funding over a three-year period for early childhood learning initiatives, including the implementation of a full-day kindergarten program in September 2016 Educational Services Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $1.4M in funding for the construction of a multi-purpose facility for Bay St. George. The project is cost-shared by the provincial government and the town of Bay St. George South. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $5M in funding to invest in fire services, equipment and vehicles to communities throughout NL Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
The hook and line halibut fishery will open in area 3Pn on the southwest coast on April 3. However, due to issues around the migration of cod, it will close again on April 7. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
The New Millennium Iron Ore company is looking for a third partner for its Taconite Project with Tata Steel in the Labrador Through. The Taconite project consists of two deposits that border Labrador and Quebec near Schefferville. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $900,000 in funding to enhance the water system in Pouch Cove. The project will be cost-shared by the province and the Town of Pouch Cove. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event NL
The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) announced $3M in funding to renew GeoEXPLORE program. The program is designed to provide research and development in mining and exploration. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
MOSAIC is hosting a job fair on April 8, 2014 to connect new immigrants with employment opportunities. The job fair takes place at the Croatian Cultural Center in Burnaby, admission is free and attendees are advised to bring resumes. N/A Other Type of Event BC
A job fair being held at the Quesnel Seniors' Centre on April 3, 2014 is open to the general public. Over 40 employers, as well as training and education providers, will be in attendance. N/A Other Type of Event BC
The BC Government has signed on for a federal training program that will prepare young people for future job openings while also educating them on local labour market conditions N/A Other Type of Event BC
Declining enrollment at the Western Academy of Photography has led to a funding shortfall, causing the school to close down on March 31, 2014 Educational Services Layoff BC
The Peninsula Club is hoping to open a 160,000 sq.-ft. private sports and recreation club in South Surrey. If approved, the club would require approximately 900 man-years of construction and up to 300 full-time jobs once operational. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Downtown Victoria will get a new flea market this year. Located in Market Square, the flea market will run every Sunday from May 4th until September. Organizers are hoping that the new flea market will also help invigorate surrounding businesses. Retail Trade Other Type of Event BC
Marshalls, a US retail chain, recently opened in Victoria¿s Hillside Centre. The 29,400 sq.-ft. store has created jobs for 60 residents of Victoria. Eleven more Marshalls stores are scheduled to open across Canada this year. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Bill 4, the Park Amendment Act, was recently passed. This bill makes it easier for the film industry to work in parks, and also allows for feasibility studies for further work on roads, highways, pipelines and transmission lines. N/A Other Type of Event BC
The city of Terrace has agreed to sell 2.03 hectares of land to Onstein Bros. Holdings for just over $1M. Onstein currently owns several automobile-related businesses and plans to move its Toyota dealership to the new location. N/A Other Type of Event BC
British Columbia currently has 47 projects on the books, worth a total of $500M. These projects are expected to create a million jobs in construction and operation by 2020, a significant portion of which are within the next three years. Construction Job Creation BC
According to a recent survey by Manpower, 17% of employers in Delta and Richmond are expecting to hire more employees between April and June. No employers reported that they expected to lay off staff. N/A Job Creation BC
The Town of Grande Cache is cutting back on services at its airport over the next two years, with a complete closure of the facility by 2016 due to financial reasons Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
The Village of Duchess is planning to have a new recreation centre in place by the fall of 2014, after a fire destroyed the previous structure in November 2012 Construction Job Creation AB
Grey Eagle Casino, near Calgary has unveiled a new 2,300-seat concert music venue, the Grey Eagle Event Centre Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
A large retail development, with at least two big box stores, is in the works for an area adjacent to the TaigaNova Industrial Business Park in Fort McMurray Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Town of Beaverlodge is seeking contractors for construction of a new regional health facility in the community Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Amacon has outlined its plans for the redevelopment of the Grandin Mall in St. Albert, including three high-rise condominium towers with a total of 1200 units, retail space, and underground parking Construction Job Creation AB
The City of St. Albert and Lakeland College, in Vermilion, are partnering to bring the 12-week long National Fire Protection Association 1001 Firefighter program to the city starting on June 16, 2014 Educational Services Job Creation AB
A recent study on the demand for accommodation in St. Albert has found that the city requires at least one additional 100-room hotel to attract and retain business Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
Alberta Health Services is adding 40 beds for residential seniors care in Medicine Hat Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Wetzel's Pretzels, a California-based soft pretzel vendor, opened its first franchise in Western Canada at West Edmonton Mall on March 28, 2014 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Calgary City Council's decision to limit tax increases in 2014 will result in a $9M reduction in municipal spending, impacting the planned Calgary Transit service expansion and other city programs N/A Other Type of Event AB
The City of Lethbridge has decided to cease providing curbside tree chipping services, in effect since 1995, and instead direct the material to recycling centres Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
Lethbridge City Council is moving ahead with the development of a $55M leisure pool centre and is seeking a general contractor to manage the project Construction Job Creation AB
Rocky View Schools will be spending $1.7M to purchase and relocate modular classrooms to several schools in Airdrie in an effort to cope with overcrowding Construction Job Creation AB
Airdrie City Council has rejected the development of a proposed RV storage facility near the Highland Park Industrial Park because of zoning issues Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
The Village of Boyle will be spending over $240,000 from the Federal Gas Tax Fund for the installation of new water and gas meters Utilities Other Type of Event AB
The residents of Barrhead County have voted to support a $15M leisure pool centre development, following the recent sudden closure of the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre Construction Job Creation AB
Leduc County fire services staff are recruiting firefighters in an effort to resurrect the Thorsby Fire Department, amidst a reorganization of management of the service Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta is providing $115M over three years to address wildfire issues in the province, including training and longer-term employment for firefighters Public Administration Job Creation AB
The HealthWORX Medical Clinic in Medicine Hat is expanding to provide space for two new physicians, an on-site pharmacy and the Lung Wellness Centre Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Industrial Heartland of Alberta, outside of Edmonton, is experiencing a surge in workers and economic activity as plants and facilities temporarily shut down for annual maintenance and repairs N/A Job Creation AB
The Government of the Northwest Territories has hired the first of two midwives for the Town of Hay River, with the second likely to follow when the program is up and running in September 2014 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NT
The Nunavut Mining Symposium is set to run from April 7th to April 10th, 2014, in Iqaluit Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NU
The Town of Watson Lake has no resident full-time doctors and has relied on the use of 15 locum doctors to provide services, which is a growing problem in the community as it tries to staff its 24-hour medical facility Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event YT
Albert-based Peavey Mart Industries has opened a new 40,000 sq.-ft. store in Winnipeg and hopes to open 3 more over the next three years Wholesale Trade Job Creation MB
The grand opening for the Employment Assisted Services and Training (EAST) resource center was held on April 1, 2014. The center will support the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation with employment services. N/A Other Type of Event MB
Youth looking for summer employment in Winkler will be able to access a new job center, which opens in May. The center will be open to students and provide services and resources for employment opportunities. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The Town of Selkirk is hosting a career Expo on April 9, 2014, which is organized by the Selkirk Community Renewal Corporation and the Options Employment services for Youth. A total of 22 exhibitors will be participating in the career expo. The Expo is open to anyone looking for employment or interested in attending school. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The Provincial Government plans to spend $16.5M this year and another $55M in the next five years on infrastructure projects. Money will be spent on upgrading and repairing roads. Construction Other Type of Event MB
Canada Post plans to move the processing of mail from Moose Jaw to Regina, but it expects no job cuts at the Moose Jaw facility Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
An increase in the Saskatchewan minimum wage from $10 to $10.20 per hour comes into effect on October 1, 2014 N/A Other Type of Event SK
The Regina Food Bank recently opened its small Village Market grocery store to the general public, which the organization operates on a not-for-profit basis Retail Trade Other Type of Event SK
The Saskatchewan Rivers School division plans to phase out the community school co-ordinators from their schools by the end of June and put community school initiatives into all schools by fall 2014 Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
The Parkland College selected Logan Stevens Construction Ltd. as the contractor to build the new Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton, with the completion date scheduled for September 2015 Construction Other Type of Event SK
The Saskatchewan government announced the new Rural and Remote Nurse Practitioner Recruitment Strategy to encourage nurse practitioners to work in communities with a population of 10,000 or less Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
Viterra plans to build a high throughput grain elevator at Kindersley, with storage capacity of 34,000 metrics tonnes and 108 railcar spots Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event SK
The City of Regina started construction on the five-month rehabilitation project on the overpass at Ross Avenue of the Ring Road in early April Construction Other Type of Event SK
The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority expects to convert four of its liquor stores located in Langenburg, Ituna, Ponteix, and Kerrobert, to rural franchises by this summer Retail Trade Other Type of Event SK
The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group will hire 200 to 300 part-time employees over the next few months for positions at TD Place including ushers, concessions staff and guest services supervisors Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
A $20M Fortinos store will open in the Fiesta Mall in Hamilton in July and will employ 300 people Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario is investing $5M to expand Club Coffee's manufacturing facility in Etobicoke, creating over 130 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
CapsCanada Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, will receive $1.5M from the province to upgrade its Tecumseh facility in Windsor-Essex by expanding the production line and installing new equipment, creating 34 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
A new Winners opened at the Huntsville Place Mall, creating up to 60 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Six Greater Sudbury Area businesses received $3.8M from the Province of Ontario to expand, thereby creating 38 jobs N/A Job Creation ON
K.D. Quality Pellets, located north of New Liskeard, will undergo further expansion following the arrival of new equipment. The company produces wood pellets for export and recently expanded its workforce to 17 employees. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Weyerhaeuser Company Limited's TimberStrand lumber mill in Kenora is expected to reach full production by the end of 2014 in response to sustained growth in the U.S. housing market. The company is currently seeking to fill between 10 and 12 positions. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Valet Car Wash opened in St. Catharines, employing 19 full and part-time staff Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation ON
Construction is expected to start this summer on a new Waterloo Region rapid transit line that will connect Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge Construction Job Creation ON
The George Leach Centre at Algoma University will undergo a 10,000-sq.-ft. expansion with an additional $2M in funding from the Province of Ontario, creating five local jobs upon completion Construction Job Creation ON
Real estate developer McCowan and Associates Ltd. started site work on the future Pearson Plaza in Elliot Lake Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation ON
Kerr Mines Inc. has contracted Cabo Drilling Corp. to begin advanced underground exploration consisting of drilling and test mining at the McGarry Deposit in Larder Lake Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation ON
Xmet Inc. has contracted Asinii Drilling Inc. to begin a drill program at the Blackflake graphite project near Hearst Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation ON
Bonnechere Excavating Inc. has been awarded an $853,000 tender to replace the County Road 14 bridge located in Demorestville, Prince Edward County Construction Job Creation ON
The Hudson's Bay Co. re-opened a Zellers store in Bells Corners, in the west-end of Ottawa Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Construction is underway at the Hanover Raceway, including renovations to the restaurant and an expansion to the slots area. New jobs will be added to the facility when it re-opens and racing begins in June. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Danford Construction Ltd. has been awarded a $1.6M tender to complete road improvements along Highway 62 in Madoc near Belleville Construction Job Creation ON
Piroli Construction is in the final stages of building the Town of LaSalle's new $12.2M municipal complex on Malden Rd., which is expected to be completed by June Construction Job Creation ON
Palmer Construction Group Inc. has been awarded a contract for $337,623 to complete the Industrial Park Drainage Outfall project in Wawa Construction Job Creation ON
Medical marijuana grower Aphria has started production in Leamington in Essex County Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Construction on the $5M West Niagara Agricultural Centre fairgrounds in Lincoln is expected to be completed in September Construction Job Creation ON
Bombardier Inc. has secured a contract extension valued at $160M to build another 60 Rocket subway cars for the Toronto Transit Commission. The contract will secure 180 jobs in Thunder Bay and provide work for employees through to 2015. Manufacturing Other Type of Event ON
The Government of Ontario is providing up to $500M as part of its five-year plan to support the horse-racing industry Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event ON
The London Health Science Centre will eliminate the equivalent of 107 full-time positions, including 27 nurses and 41 cleaners. Layoffs are not expected as positions will be eliminated through attrition. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event ON
The Chapters Festival Hall bookstore at the corner of John and Richmond Streets in Toronto will close in May 2014 Retail Trade Layoff ON
American Standard Brands will close its bathroom fixture manufacturing facility in Cornwall in December 2014, and relocate production to the United States, affecting 43 employees Manufacturing Layoff ON
Sarnia's Temple Christian Academy, an elementary school on Quinn Drive, will close this summer affecting 7 employees Educational Services Layoff ON
Macondo Books in Guelph will be closing this year and three employees will lose their job Retail Trade Layoff ON
Blue Goose Pure Foods is winding down beef operations on Manitoulin Island. Efforts are being made to reassign five affected employees to the company's other operations comprising of a growing aquaculture business. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff ON
The Matterhorn Restaurant on King Street West in Cobourg closed at the end of March as its owners retired Accommodation and Food Services Layoff ON
Mercedes-Benz Canada will be opening a new dealership in the Pointe-aux-Trembles borough of Montréal by the end of 2014 Construction Other Type of Event QC
In order to meet the growing demand for its products, Sherbrooke-based Soucy Techno, which specializes in preparing rubber mixes, should be creating approximately 20 jobs by fall 2014 and approximately 30 additional jobs in 2015 Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Intact tower, owned by Industrial Alliance in Montréal, is being renovated. The company is investing $35M to move its parking lot and renovate four floors of the building for 2015. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Following a $2.7M investment, Maison Jean-Eudes Bergeron of Coopérative de services à domicile Lac-St-Jean-Est was inaugurated in Alma. Twenty persons with physical disabilities will be cared for there by 15 new employees. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Following a $1.39M investment, the PJC Jean Coutu pharmacy on Bois-Francs Sud boulevard in Victoriaville was renovated Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
Lac-Drolet-based Royer, a work boot and shoe manufacturer, secured two contracts with the Canadian Armed Forces. Approximately 15 jobs will be created and added to the existing 80. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
A $2.2M investment was required to renovate the pharmacy at Hôpital du Suroît in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, which could make recruiting new pharmacists easier Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
In May, Resolute Forest Products will be ceasing operations at its sawmill in Maniwaki, due to wood supply issues, leading to the laying off of 80 workers Manufacturing Layoff QC
Magog-based Novom Networks, a company that specializes in the geodetection of persons and objects, plans to hire approximately 20 employees by the end of the year, which would increase the total number of workers to 30 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
Thanks to a $1B investment, the Renard diamond mine in the Otish Mountains, north of Chibougamau, will be built and operational by 2016. The project will create 850 jobs, including 425 direct jobs. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation QC
Cablevision is investing $6M in repair works on its television and Internet network in Abitibi-Témiscamingue Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event QC

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