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 Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The Government of P.E.I. has reversed its decision to cut 28 teaching positions from the English Language School Board this year. Twenty-eight additional teaching positions will now be added to the allocation for the district. Educational Services Other Type of Event PE
J.E Matheson Construction and Chapman Brothers Construction was awarded contracts valued at $17,000 per kilometre for snow removal over the next five years in Charlottetown and the provincial government will be responsible for priority street cleaning. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event PE
Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown will be getting 61 new employees. The new positions will support the department's disability application and case management processes for military veterans and former RCMP members. Public Administration Job Creation PE
The Crop and Livestock Research Centre in Charlottetown received $4M in funding to build new greenhouse space and chemistry labs. About 800,000 of this funding will go to the Atlantic Grain Council for improvements to the quality and output of grains. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, is providing $488,750 in funding over a three-year period to East Prince Development Inc. to administer and deliver the Seed Capital Initiative. The program will run until March 2018. N/A Other Type of Event PE
Construction is underway on a new Canadian Coast Guard Integrated Service Centre in Charlottetown. The new centre will be located on John Yeo Drive and will have office spaces and its own training facility. Construction Other Type of Event PE
The Government of Canada, through the New Building Canada Plan, announced $7,476,919 in funding for major highway improvements in P.E.I. Construction Other Type of Event PE
Lady Hammond Animal Hospital has opened on Lady Hammond Road in Halifax. Two veterinarians and four assistants staff the business. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NS
Toronto-based IT firm Slyce has added 25 positions to its New Waterford workforce since January, and now employs about 60 people. Workers range from data specialists to sales personnel. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NS
"Increased traffic volume in recent years at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport has resulted in a need to hire firemen. The airport had previously been served by volunteer fire departments " Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NS
Swimwear and lingerie retail chain La Vie en Rose will open a store in August in the Mayflower Mall in Sydney. Up to 10 employees will be hired. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
A Tim Hortons Express has opened in Masstown. The business employs eight full-time and five part-time workers. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre has closed after 29 years in business Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff NS
Utilities Other Type of Event NS
Construction has started on the new structure that will replace the Sir Robert Bond Bridge on the Exploits River. The project will take two construction seasons to complete. The new bridge is expected to be opened in 2017. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL awarded a $21.3M contract to Marco Services Ltd. for the construction of a new Grade 5-9 school in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, is providing a repayable loan of $464,500 to Eastern Composite Services (ECS) in Argentia to improve its service centre and create new jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation NL
The first round of the recreational cod fishery in NL opens on Saturday, July 18 and will run till August 9. The fall fishery is set to run from September 19 - 27. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
Recruitment efforts at the Marine Institute have increased applications by about 25%. However, the institution is unable to meet the demand. Some traditional programs have been dropped and demand for ocean technology and transport programs has increased. Educational Services Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL announced changes to the free job-posting website, JOBSinNL.ca to ensure employers and job seekers have the best possible access to recruit and post job openings in NL N/A Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL is providing $79,000 in funding to the Town of Appleton to help expand the town's industrial park Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Nunavut to strengthen collaboration between the two jurisdictions N/A Other Type of Event NL
The new Bell Island ferry MV Legionnaire that is being built by Damen Shipyards in Romania was launched on July 15. The $100M vessel is expected to be on the Bell Island run by March 2016. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL has signed an agreement with British Columbia to enhance workforce cooperation and mobility of skilled workers between the two provinces N/A Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL, through the Provincial Roads Program, has awarded a $1.3M contract to Mike Kelly and Sons Ltd. for repairs to Route 440 on the province's west coast Construction Other Type of Event NL
Designer Shoe Warehouse will hire between 50 and 70 workers when it opens in August in the Mapleton Centre in Moncton. A job fair will be held in the near future. Retail Trade Job Creation NB
The number of dairy farms in the province has declined over the last 35 years ago but the operations are generally bigger, according to the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick. The association feels the number of farms will likely continue to drop over the next decade, as more farmers retire. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NB
Software developer Introhive says it would like to add more engineers and technical staff to the more than 20 employees it currently employs in Fredericton, if it can find workers who fit the company's needs Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NB
The indefinite closure of Miramichi Lumber will put more than 100 people out of work in sawmill and related woods operations. The business has been inactive since a January fire, and prior to that had been operating on a sporadic basis for some time. Manufacturing Layoff NB
Restaurants Canada indicates that while the restaurant industry has generally been struggling in New Brunswick, it has become quite vibrant in Moncton Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NB
The federal government will invest $21M over the next two years in infrastructure improvements at CFB Gagetown Construction Other Type of Event NB
Services de Transformation Kingsey Inc., a packaging plant specializing in tissue paper, has opened in Kingsey Falls, creating around 10 new jobs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The first phase of Drummondville's industrial park development project has been launched following an $8.5M investment, with infrastructure being built to eventually house industrial businesses Construction Other Type of Event QC
The City of Sainte-Thérèse has announced an investment of over $1.5M to renovate an existing building and convert it to a cultural centre Construction Other Type of Event QC
Riobel, a company specializing in bathroom and kitchen faucet design, is expanding its headquarters in Saint-Jérôme Construction Other Type of Event QC
Construction of a new boarding home for medical patients from Nunavik is scheduled to begin in Montréal. The 4-storey, 91-room building will be located in Montréal's Dorval suburb and is scheduled to open in October 2016 Construction Other Type of Event QC
L'Étoile du Nord, a holiday centre in Saint-Donat, has begun its $2M, 26-room expansion project Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Spinelli Lexus Lachine car dealership has announced plans to build a new location in Montréal, at a cost of over $10M Construction Other Type of Event QC
A new restaurant named Lola 45 has opened its doors in Saint-Sauveur Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event QC
Uniboard, a company specializing in the manufacture of engineered wood products, has announced that it is investing $7M in its factory in Mont-Laurier. Newly purchased cutting-edge equipment will improve the factory's capacity and productivity. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The Club Piscine pool dealer is opening a distribution centre in Terrebonne in October 2015. The project, which will cost an estimated $4.6M, will directly create around 20 new jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Billots Sélect Mégantic Inc., a sawmill located in Lac-Mégantic, has shut down after 28 years in business, as it did not fit in the city's urban planning vision. Approximately 30 workers have lost their jobs as a result. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Sagami-Savoura, which specializes in the production of greenhouse tomatoes, is cutting nine positions at its facility in Danville following business restructuring Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff QC
In a bid to gain ground in the residential and commercial construction markets, C.L.T. de l'Outaouais is opening a new cross-laminated timber factory in Ripon, creating around 10 new jobs over the next year Manufacturing Job Creation QC
A new prison in Sept-Îles should open by next year, creating around 50 jobs. Approximately 36 correctional officer positions are yet to be filled. Public Administration Job Creation QC
The Parc de la Péninsule campground in Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan has built a waterpark at a cost of $2M, creating 15 seasonal jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Amphithéâtre Cogeco has opened in Trois-Rivières; it will employ 170 people during events Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
Gaspé-based Forillon Shipyard was recently awarded a contract that will provide work for its 45 employees until 2020. Approximately 20 additional employees are expected to be hired over the course of the coming year Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Premier Tech, a company specializing in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental technology, is investing $45.9M in research and development over the next 3 years, creating around 40 new jobs in the Rivière-du-Loup RCM Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
Approximately 10 new jobs were created at the IGA Coop grocery store in Trois-Pistoles following a 4,000-square foot, $4M expansion project Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Job Creation QC
Following a $1.5M modernization project, the Groupe Lebel sawmill in Cap-Chat will resume operations on 22 July after a 3-year hiatus, creating around 20 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
According to management, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux du Bas-Saint-Laurent is facing a shortage of speech therapists Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Place Ste-Foy will be welcoming 2 new restaurants following a $3.7M investment, which will create around 100 new jobs. While Bâton Rouge is scheduled to open in early March, La Belle et la Boeuf should be operational in April or May. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Prévost factory located in Sainte-Claire has been subcontracted to build trucks for the Canadian Armed Forces. The contract will create 80 jobs (mainly assembly positions) over an estimated 2 years, from late 2016 to 2018. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Having recently been awarded the contract to expand Highway 70, Excavation de Chicoutimi Inc. is expecting to hire 150 workers to complete the estimated 2-year, $26M project Construction Job Creation QC
In an effort to make up for the 40 lost mail carrier positions resulting from the elimination of door-to-door mail delivery, Canada Post will be hiring approximately 20 new workers in Chicoutimi and La Baie following the opening of a new video-coding centre scheduled for this coming fall. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
Located in the Laurentides Wildlife Sanctuary, EDF Énergie's Rivière-du-Moulin wind farm will be built at a cost of $200M and will require a total investment of $800M. Construction of the new wind farm has created 565 new jobs Construction Job Creation QC
Graphic Packaging will be closing its food packaging plant in Jonquière as a result of the plant now being obsolete. The plant's 140 workers will be laid off, but will also have the option to transfer to the company's other plants across Canada Manufacturing Layoff QC
After a delayed start-up, Green Arc Tire Manufacturing Inc. in St. Marys now expects to start production within four months and will hire about 340 workers, after recently receiving final environmental approvals Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Ground breaking took place this week for the $17M Consolidated Public Works facility in Trenton. Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd. will build the new facility which is set for completion in spring 2017. Construction Job Creation ON
Construction will begin shortly on Phase 1 of the Atikokan General Hospital Redevelopment Project. Manshield Construction has been contracted to renovate approximately 9,000 sq. ft. of existing space and add another 15,000 sq. ft. for a new wing. Construction Job Creation ON
Rolls-Royce Canada Ltd. has expanded its nuclear division facility in Peterborough, and expects to hire about 30 engineers and skilled tradespeople Utilities Job Creation ON
The Hampton Inn by Hilton hotel in Timmins has opened, creating 27 jobs. Hiring is expected to continue over the next few months. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Insect biocontrol business GrowLiv Consultants Ltd. in Leamington expects to expand from 8 full-time workers to 20 over the next three years Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation ON
London's Artisan Metal Finishing will receive up to $974K from the federal government to expand its facility and provide automated services to diversify its markets, creating up to 11 jobs and an additional 10 within two years of the project's completion Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Stratford's Perth Precision Machining & Manufacturing is expanding by purchasing new equipment and planning to hire about 10 general machinists Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Construction is set to begin on a new facility for Goodwill Industries in Woodstock. This will involve the demolition of the St. Rita's Catholic Church and the building of a new training facility, retail store and meeting space. Construction Job Creation ON
Aesop, an Australian skin care brand has opened its first two Canadian locations in Toronto and Vancouver with plans to open a third in Montreal. The 990 sq-ft. Toronto boutique is located at 880 Queen Street West. Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Construction is underway on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant which will replace the existing facility and help to ensure it has the capacity to serve more communities within the area. It is expected to be operational in 2017. Construction Job Creation ON
The $125M BioAmber Inc. succinic acid plant in Sarnia will officially open in August 2015 Manufacturing Other Type of Event ON
Employment Services Elgin in St. Thomas at 400 Talbot St. plans to hold weekly mini job fairs beginning 12 August 2015 from noon to 2 p.m. N/A Other Type of Event ON
Blacks Photo Corporation will continue as an online retailer after being sold to Les Pros de la Photo of Montreal. The deal includes offering jobs to a small number of the 485 employees that will be affected when stores close this August. Retail Trade Other Type of Event ON
Heliene Inc., a manufacturer of solar panels in Sault Ste. Marie, reinstated 13 jobs Management of Companies and Enterprises Other Type of Event ON
McKenzie Forest Products Inc.'s lumber mill in Hudson west of Sioux Lookout is being shuttered indefinitely. The staged shut-down will begin in September and continue until existing inventories are depleted, affecting around 60 workers. Manufacturing Layoff ON
The Canadian National Railway Company (CN) ceased passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst as of July 15th. The Agawa Canyon Tour Train will continue to operate until the end of the season on October 12th. Transportation and Warehousing Layoff ON
Save-On-Foods plans to open 40 grocery stores in Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the next five years, creating more than 4,000 jobs in both provinces. This includes 12 Winnipeg stores and an undetermined number in Brandon, Steinbach and Portage la Prairie. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
Winnipeg meat processing plant To-Le-Do Foodservices is struggling to find meat cutters, a trade that pays $25 per hour for experienced finishing cutters and $14 per hour for junior trimmers. Currently, Manitoba schools do not have a formal meat-cutting program but that could change as RRC and Assiniboine Community College both hope to offer a basic meat-cutting course in 2016. Manufacturing Other Type of Event MB
Manitoba's Targeted Initiative for Older Workers will provide skills training for close to 100 unemployed older workers in Brandon. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The Manitoba government is offering nine Building for Tomorrow summer camps to help youth explore skilled trades and technology careers. Buildforce Canada estimates Manitoba needs 11,800 new skilled trades workers by 2025 to sustain economic growth. Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
Wildfires continue to affect northern Saskatchewan, and as of mid-July, 126 fires are active and 51 communities remain under full or partial evacuation. Year-to-date, the province has recorded 627 wildfires, compared to 215 in the same period in 2014. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The tourism-dependent economy of the La Ronge area has been devastated by wildfires. Many businesses are closed due to evacuation orders and the few remaining open are losing money. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Saskatchewan's emergency management and fire safety commissioner expects northern Saskatchewan wildfires could persist until the fall of 2015. As of mid-July, 475,000 hectares are scorched and at least 10,000 residents have been displaced. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Although Regina new home construction increased 70% year over year in the month of June, housing starts in the first six months of 2015 declined 15% over the same period in 2014 Construction Other Type of Event SK
Save-On-Foods will be opening four grocery stores in Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton and Moose Jaw in 2016. The Regina store will employ 150 workers when it opens in April next year. This is part of the company's massive expansion plan that will create more than 4,000 jobs in Saskatchewan and Manitoba over the next five years. Retail Trade Job Creation SK
Saskatoon housing starts declined by a third in the first half of 2015, and the city experienced fewer starts in June compared to the same month last year Construction Other Type of Event SK
Saskatchewan crop farmers are bracing for poor production this year as drought threatens all but a few eastern areas of the province Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
The Saskatchewan government has temporarily opened 90,000 acres of conservation land to cattle farmers whose livestock are imperiled by severe drought conditions Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
Alberta's Orphan Well Association reports a 329% increase in the number of abandoned oil and gas wells due to the energy downturn. As of July 2015, the association is responsible for 704 wells, up from 164 at the same time last year. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Forest fires continue to burn large areas of Alberta. As of July 14, Alberta has 92 active wildfires, 12 of which are listed as out of control. Year-to-date, the province has recorded 1,409 wildfires burning 482,355 hectares. N/A Other Type of Event AB
Extreme drought and a grasshopper infestation are devastating crops in Parkland County, west of Edmonton. Parkland County council has declared a state of agricultural disaster and is seeking federal and provincial support for local farmers. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Calgary Emergency Management Agency have launched a new program to help businesses in times of emergency N/A Other Type of Event AB
The City of Wetaskiwin recently presented its Economic Development Action Plan 2015 ¿ 2018. The plan has a focus on retail development, and identifies 55 new retail projects by 2017. Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
Royal Dutch Shell recently reported that it is unlikely to restart its suspended oilsands projects until oil prices return to $80 per barrel Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
According to recent figures by Statistics Canada, Calgary's unemployment rate of 5.9% is at its highest level since September 2011 N/A Other Type of Event AB
Sylvan Learning recently closed two tutoring centres in Calgary and Airdrie. The closure affects approximately 20 staff. Educational Services Layoff AB
Baffinland Iron Mines has received approval from the federal government to put in an application to the Nunavut Impact Review Board asking for near year-round shipping of iron ore Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NU
Mechanical, electrical and line maintenance employees of Qulliq Energy Corporation are on strike over wages. The strike began July 16 in Iqaluit. Utilities Other Type of Event NU
Cantung Mine, a financially troubled tungsten producer in the NWT Nahanni area, has permanently laid off 50 workers. This is on top of the 80 workers the company laid off for six weeks in June. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NT
The Conference Board of Canada has dropped two NWT mining projects from its Northern economic outlook and says two more mines probably won't be included in its next forecast unless conditions for raising capital improve Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NT
Whitehorse-based Nature Tours of Yukon is seeking porters to carry supplies weighing at least 45 kilograms on the Chilkoot Trail Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation YT
A Victoria-based filmmaker recently hosted an informal casting call for 35 indigenous actors. The eight-part docudrama will depict indigenous life back thousands of years. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
The federal government is investing $748,601 for the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology in Trail. The funding will help establish and operate a centre for Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The federal government is providing $2.8M in funding for several projects at the military base in Colwood. The funding will be used to repair one of two dry dock caissons, as well as for construction and repairs on military residential units. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Ten Spot, a Toronto-based wax and nail bar, recently opened its first Vancouver location Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation BC
Habitat for Humanity will open a new ReStore in Victoria in early August. The Uptown store will be about two-thirds the size of its Langford store. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
According to the Burnaby planning and development committee, the city will need an additional 7,400 low- to mid-range housing units by 2021. On average, 1,500 housing units have been added annually in Burnaby over the past decade. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
McArthurGlen recently opened the first phase of its new outlet mall at the Vancouver International Airport. Nearly 600 workers have been hired, with another 400 needed for the second phase that is scheduled for completion at the end of 2016. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
East Van Roasters, a café in downtown Vancouver, will be expanding its current production space, as well as adding a second location. The current location employs about 20 vulnerable women, with the expansion adding another six to eight workers. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The federal government is providing $6.5M in funding for upgrades and repairs to Vancouver-area military facilities Construction Other Type of Event BC
The BC SPCA recently took over ownership of the animal care centre in Penticton. The new SPCA Penticton Veterinary Hospital is the SPCA's second full-service facility in the province. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Civeo Corporation has been awarded a contract with LNG Canada to construct a new accommodations facility in Kitimat. The new 436-room facility, Sitka Lodge, will include private washrooms, recreational facilities, and other amenities. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The doctors at the Lake Country Health Centre have submitted a proposal for a multi-disciplinary facility to help deal with physician recruitment issues Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Rio Tinto Alcan recently completed work on a $4.8B modernization of its aluminum plant in Kitimat. The upgraded plant will reach full production next year, and will employ approximately 1,000 workers. Manufacturing Job Creation BC
Esquimalt council has approved the development of a new liquor store at the former location of Tudor House Pub, which was destroyed by fire in 2013 Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC is providing $33.8M in funding to perform seismic upgrades to Georges P. Vanier Secondary School in Comox Valley. Construction will begin in the spring of 2016, and is expected to be complete by August 2019. Construction Layoff BC
Chevron Canada is retrofitting its facility at Cobble Hill to supply ethanol-blended fuel to Vancouver Island. Chevron is also constructing a Vapour Recovery Unit to recover operating emissions from the facility. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC has approved the first phase of construction for the Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River. Construction of the $9B project is expected to generate about 10,000 jobs. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of P.E.I. announced a new program that will expand the advanced marine technology sector through rebates on provincial corporate taxes Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event PE
Construction will soon begin on the Princess Auto store for Charlottetown. A new building will be constructed at the corner of St. Dunstan Street and Malpeque Road. The store will be completed by January 15, 2016. Retail Trade Other Type of Event PE
Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. has won a contract to develop a new simulation training program for a Boeing helicopter program. The contract might result in the addition of as many as 10 jobs in the Halifax area. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NS

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