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
Eastern Health has implemented a new Remote Patient Monitoring pilot project that will remotely monitor patients with select chronic diseases, and assist them with managing their health and reduce the need for medical interventions Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL has awarded a $382,000 contract to Newfoundland Roofing Ltd. to upgrade eight Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation properties at St. Teresa's Court and Pondview Court in St. John's Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Ville Marie Hotel in Marystown was destroyed by fire on February 15. The loss of the hotel will have a major impact on tourism this year as it is the only hotel in Marystown. N/A Other Type of Event NL
The Eagle River Credit Union, the town's only financial institution, in Cartwright will be closing on March 20. The closure means there will be no banking services in the community, which also serves Paradise and Black Tickle. Finance and Insurance Layoff NL
A pharmacist and four employees have been laid off with the closure of Target Canada in Corner Brook. The company recently announced the closure of 133 stores across Canada. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff NL
The government of NL has launched a new initiative to address licensed practical nursing workforce shortages in NL. Approximately $135,000 will be allocated to do a complete review of the program and implement recommendations by the fall of 2016. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL announced $52,000 in funding, through the NL Green Fund, to help supply and install five residential and 14 commercial electric vehicle charging stations in NL that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions Utilities Other Type of Event NL
A number of workers at Suncor Energy in St. John's have been given layoff notices. Other workers have already left in recent weeks. In January, Suncor announced that it would cut about 1,000 jobs and implement a hiring freeze for non-critical roles. N/A Layoff NL
The government of NL announced $92,850 in funding to support the Marine Institute's Center for Fisheries Ecosystems Research in pursuing new research on mackerel stock as well as cod and halibut tagging Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
The government of P.E.I. announced that two new roundabouts will be built this coming construction season at Route 5 and Route 22 intersection (Baldwins Road and 48 Road), and in Stanley Bridge on Route 6 (Cavendish Road and Rattenbury Road) Construction Other Type of Event PE
The government of P.E.I. has contributed $34,979 in funding, through the Island Community Fund, to support four projects that will benefit local communities in the area Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
Construction of the new Youth Recovery Centre will be completed in April. The new centre will offer longer addiction treatment and programs for youth. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
Metamaterial Technologies Inc. may create up to 90 new jobs in Dartmouth over the next five years, with the assistance of a provincial payroll rebate program. The optics systems engineering firm has developed products such as films that protect flight crews from laser interference. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NS
Longshore Fisheries Ltd. will open in February in Sonora, Guysborough County. The lobster processing plant hopes its large storage capacity will enable it to operate year-round, making it easier to retain employees. The business hopes to employ 20 to 30 workers full-time, and eventually expand to other products. Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Rivers Bend Wood Products Inc., a hardwood floor manufacturer in Pomquet, has closed, resulting in the layoff of 17 employees. As for another similar business which closed in the province within the last year, the company indicated it had no access to a reliable supply of hardwood. Manufacturing Layoff NS
Two new book stores, Lexicon Books and Lunenburg Bound, will open within the next few months in Lunenburg Retail Trade Other Type of Event NS
Natural Forces will begin site preparation work on a wind turbine project near Amherst within the next few weeks. Full construction will begin later in the spring of 2015. Utilities Other Type of Event NS
The Capital District Health Authority will bring in out-of-province workers to temporarily fill critical care nurse positions in the Halifax area, while it continues to upgrade current staff and hires new graduates for the highly specialized field Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
The amount of air cargo handled at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport increased 8.5% in 2014 over 2013, mostly due to an increase in seafood exports to Asia. It was a record year for cargo shipped from the airport. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NS
National Gypsum Canada Ltd. hopes to expand its gypsum quarry in Milford over the next few years, and is seeking an environmental assessment to allow it to do so. The company employs 60 people at the quarry, and an expansion would require more workers. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NS
The Chaleur Health Centre has opened in Pointe-Verte, replacing an older medical clinic nearby. Expanded services, such as those of a diabetes specialist and psychologist, will eventually be added to the regular health offerings of the new clinic. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
Moncton-based Co-op Atlantic, which operates grocery stores and other services while employing about 830 people in the Atlantic Provinces, will eliminate 50 jobs. No information was available on where the affected jobs are located, but the company indicated some of the losses will be managed through attrition. Retail Trade Layoff NB
The total value of building permits rose in 2014 from 2013 in Fredericton, although it remained below the 10-year average for the city. The worth of commercial, government, and institutional construction all rose in 2014 from 2013, but there was a drop in the total value of residential construction and in the number of housing starts. Construction Other Type of Event NB
The Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick's largest health authority, indicates that attracting bilingual employees will be a priority in future recruitment efforts Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
Local 900 of the Labourers International Union of North America will begin training members to work on large oil pipe, in preparation for the possible construction of the New Brunswick section of the proposed Energy East pipeline across Canada Construction Other Type of Event NB
The amount of air cargo handled at the Greater Moncton International Airport increased by 3% in 2014 over 2013, continuing a positive trend of recent years Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NB
A new multidisciplinary facility offering services to people with Alzheimer's has opened in Montréal. The centre offers accompaniment, information and administrative services, as well as training activities. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
Les Enfants Terribles, a restaurant chain, will open its third location in Laval in April 2015 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Marché Patry supermarket, a subsidiary of Marchés Tradition, was expanded and renovated thanks to a $1.5M investment. Located in Ayer's Cliff, the supermarket has added two new employees to its existing staff of 26. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Although the location is profitable, Rossy will be closing its Magog store due to management difficulties arising from its small size. As a result, approximately 10 employees will lose their jobs. Retail Trade Layoff QC
Ressourcerie des Frontières, a social economy enterprise promoting the reuse of various products, is planning to open a store in Magog in early May. The new store will be in the building that formerly housed a Rossy location; approximately 20 employees are expected to be hired. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
H Grégoire, a used car dealership, is set to open a new location in April. Located in Amos, the new dealership will employ a staff of 4 to 8 people. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
After having made a $4M investment last year to install optical fibre cables in Drummondville, Cogeco will be spending the same amount this year to serve its residential, commercial, and industrial clientele Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event QC
The Léo Paul Ledoux funeral home in Magog has invested $2M to expand its facilities. The home is scheduled to reopen by September. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Drummondville's Remise Grandmont, Quebec's top shed and garage builder, has invested $1.1M to automate its equipment and upgrade it to state-of-the-art Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey's Palac Industries, a company that manufactures galvanized steel pallets, has invested $650,000 for equipment purchases and product marketing Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Sésame will soon be opening a new brewery in the Lebourgneuf area of the city of Québec. The new location will be hiring approximately 40 people over the next few weeks. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Beauce-Nord job fair will be held on March 13 and 14 in Sainte-Marie's Centre Caztel. Approximately 20 employers will be in attendance, and around 150 jobs are expected to be on offer. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event QC
RAD Technologies, located in Thetford Mines, has received $800,000 in funding from the federal government to purchase manufacturing equipment and create 10 new jobs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Bois d'oeuvre Cedrico will be creating a third shift at its Causapscal plant in May, creating 22 jobs in Causapscal and another 7 in Price. The company is having difficulty hiring mechanics, electrical mechanics, and electricians. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The $1.3M early childcare centre, Centre de la Petite Enfance les Calinours, located in the Notre-Dame-du-Lac area of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, will open its doors in mid-March, creating approximately 10 jobs Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Construction of the $500M Nicolas-Riou wind project in the Basques and Rimouski-Neigette regional county municipalities could create up to 400 jobs during the construction period Construction Job Creation QC
Starting in fall 2015, the Université du Québec à Rimouski will offer students in the bachelor of computer science program the chance to study full-time while working twice a week for a computer company Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
Shawinigan's ICO Technologies, a software package developer, is launching a $668,800 project, which should create around 10 jobs over the next 2 years Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
Following internal restructuring, the City of Trois-Rivières has laid off 48 temporary blue-collar workers, whose work will be subcontracted in the future Public Administration Layoff QC
Following budget cuts imposed by the Government of Quebec's new fiscal deal, the Shawinigan local development centre will close down on May 31, causing the centre's 10 employees to lose their jobs Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff QC
Parmalat Canada will be closing its Marieville cheese manufacturing plant in late September, causing the loss of 92 jobs. Production will be transferred to the company's Victoriaville plant. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Le Bifthèque, a restaurant in Montréal's Saint-Laurent borough, has placed itself under the protection of the Bankruptcy Act and ceased operations Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
A new Provigo Le Marché grocery store has opened in Blainville, creating 135 new jobs Retail Trade Job Creation QC
As a result of the consolidation of the Centres de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) des Laurentides, the CSSS des Sommets in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts will be cutting 20 senior and middle management positions Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff QC
Resolute Forest Products is recruiting tradespeople and production workers for its sawmill in Sapawe near Atikokan. The sawmill is expected to be fully operational by the end of May 2015 and will employ around 100 workers. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Tory Burch, an upscale women's fashion retailer, will open a new 3,000 square foot location at Sherway Gardens in Toronto Retail Trade Job Creation ON
MappedIn Inc., a Kitchener-based indoor mapping start-up, received $600,000 from the Government of Canada to diversify and expand, creating an anticipated 48 full-time jobs Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
The Makabi Inn and the Nugget Motel (formally the Mid-Town Motel) are undergoing renovations and will reopen under new ownership in Fort Frances in spring 2015 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
HubHead Corp., a software solutions company in Markham, will be receiving up to $625,000 from the federal government to develop and expand operations. The project is expected to sustain 45 jobs and create up to ten additional positions by 2019. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Hurley's Mattress and Appliance opened in Tillsonburg in February at the former Sears franchise site, and has plans to open a parts and service department and hire additional staff Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The Municipality of Powassan received $387,646 from the Government of Ontario towards the establishment of Fairview Lane Industrial Park. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015. Construction Job Creation ON
St. Andrew Goldfields Ltd., a Canadian-based gold mining company, announced plans to bring its Taylor Project located east of Timmins into production by the end of 2015 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario announced $4M in funding for 11 organizations to provide loans or grants to help social enterprise startups across the province N/A Other Type of Event ON
Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. announced it will make its next generation GT ¿supercar' at Multimatic Inc., an auto component manufacturer in Markham Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario suspended operations at all Everest College locations in the province, affecting approximately 450 staff members and 2,450 students Educational Services Layoff ON
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. will outsource cleaning of the plant and machinery at its plant in Hamilton due to high turnover, affecting around 100 employees. Some affected workers may find alternate employment in production at the plant. Manufacturing Layoff ON
Essar Steel Algoma Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie issued 55 layoffs citing decreased demand for plate steel. The company hopes to recall workers in mid-April pending improved market conditions. Manufacturing Layoff ON
Auberge du Petit Prince, a fine dining restaurant in London, will close in February Accommodation and Food Services Layoff ON
The Government of Canada has announced $4.9M in funding for a field research station in conjunction with the University of Calgary to promote Carbon Capture and Storage technologies Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event AB
Precision Drilling has stopped work at 50 well sites because of lower energy prices and the company subsequently has less work for rig crews Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
The Calgary Board of Education has announced that construction contracts have been awarded for five new schools across the city. The schools are projected to open in September 2016, pending any funding changes from the Government of Alberta. Construction Other Type of Event AB
WestJet Encore has announced the start of daily, non-stop service to Kamloops, BC, effective February 15, 2015 Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Princess Auto, an equipment and tool retailer, opened a store in Medicine Hat on February 17, 2015 Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Castle Mountain Resort, a ski hill near Pincher Creek, has closed early for the season due to a lack of snow, a problem that has affected the mountain in previous years Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
Trinidad Drilling has announced staff reductions of 20%, pay reductions and the suspension of some rig upgrades. The company expects the cuts to affect staff in Calgary and Nisku. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
The Town of Banff has budgeted $4.9M for the design, construction and operation of a self-storage facility, with the net revenue from the facility going to the town for other municipal projects Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Canada is providing $255,000 for the construction and rehabilitation of recreational trails across the Eastern Slopes area Construction Other Type of Event AB
Fort Mall, scheduled to open May 1, 2015 in Fort Saskatchewan, is nearing completion following an additional $2M injection to the renovation budget. A residential condominium building and a seniors residence are being added to the development. Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
Bluebird Contracting Services has started demolition of the flood affected properties in the Town of High River. Further demolition is planned for the summer of 2015, depending on building assessments. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Bank of Montreal branch in High River opened at its permanent location in February 2015, after the floods in 2013 forced the office to relocate to a temporary trailer Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event AB
Alberta Education has announced four new public schools and two new Catholic schools in Edmonton, to be built as full-sized, rather than starter schools. The schools are expected to be open in September 2016. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Black Dirt Company has received approval from Parkland County to develop a clay pit north of Stony Plain. The company plans to mine the site in 10-acre parcels over a seven-year lifespan. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is investing $2.8M to develop tourism opportunities in the communities of Lutselk'e, Fort Resolution, Fort Simpson, Deline and Tuktoyaktuk Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories has released First Nations tag distribution information for the Bluenose-East caribou herd. The total harvest is limited to 1,800 animals for the 2014-2015 season. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NT
Aurora College will be offering all its business administration courses via e-conference starting in September 2015. The program will be implemented at all three campuses and allow more students to access the courses. Educational Services Other Type of Event NT
The Government of Yukon has awarded a $3.2M contract to Canyon City Construction to design and build a replacement for the St. Elias Residence in Whitehorse Construction Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon has announced increased funding through the Yukon Museum Assistance Program for project development at museums and First Nation cultural centres Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event YT
The Uptown Shopping Centre in Victoria has announced its third and final construction phase, with plans to open in the fall of 2016. Hundreds of workers will be employed during construction and about 150 jobs will be created once the project is complete. Construction Job Creation BC
Interior Health has issued a request for proposals to provide 100 new senior residential care beds in Kelowna and 85 new beds in Vernon. Interior Health expects that the construction will begin in the fall. Construction Job Creation BC
Interior Health is seeking a request for solutions, in a move towards privatizing its laundry services. Interior Health currently employs 175 laundry workers in 11 communities. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Canfor announced that its sawmill in Canal Flats would be laying off 81 employees, as it reduces from two shifts to one. The reduction will occur on May 4 and affects more than 50% of the employees at the mill. Manufacturing Layoff BC
A new A&W restaurant recently opened in Surrey Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
Pomme, a natural and organic grocery chain, has established a presence in Nanaimo by acquiring Island Natural Markets. The store will be rebranded as a Pomme location later in 2015. Retail Trade Other Type of Event BC
Ski instructors and lift operators laid off due to poor snow conditions around Vancouver are being hired by other resorts across BC. Whistler Blackcomb is still searching for additional instructors due to the demand for lessons at the resort. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
The Local Government District of Pinawa and the Rural Municipality of Emerson-Franklin expect to start and finish work on a $2.4M project to improve local water supply and waste-water disposal in 2015 Construction Other Type of Event MB
The Gabriel Dumont Institute Training and Employment centre received a $3.1M investment to help train 150 new Aboriginal apprentices in occupations identified with a shortage of skilled trades people Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
Northern Grocers, a grocery wholesaler in Prince Albert, expects to close by the end of April, with job losses for its 23 employees Wholesale Trade Layoff SK
The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies received funding to develop and deliver a new 10-week pre-employment auto body repair program to help Aboriginal students access employment opportunities as auto body repair technicians Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
The government of NL has invested $1.2M, through the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, for renovations and upgrades to 18 social housing units in Labrador City Construction Other Type of Event NL
Husky Energy announced cuts to its 2015 capital budget for the third time in three months. The company will be looking for ways to make the operation more cost-efficient, but doesn't anticipate any major impact on their ongoing projects. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
Members of the Steelworkers' Union at the Iron Ore Company of Canada's (IOC) in Labrador West have rejected a request for a wage freeze. Members are due a 4% wage increase on March 1, that was negotiated in their 2012 contract. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL has invested $287,000 in funding in the aquaculture industry on the south coast of Newfoundland, including grants to the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association, the Miawpukek First Nation, and Newfoundland Aqua Service Ltd. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL announced $20,000 in funding to support the Artistic and Economic Potential of Newfoundland and Labrador's Craft Sector Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL has invested $85,000 in funding to extend the boardwalk in Rigolet Construction Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL has invested $269,000 in funding, through the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, for upgrades to 10 social housing units in St. John's Construction Other Type of Event NL
Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Happy Valley-Goose Bay voted to accept a tentative agreement with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Workers have been locked out since January 13. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
Four jobs will be lost when Sears Canada closes its store in Amherst in March. The company was unable to find a new owner/operator for the store, and is now seeking an agent to operate a delivery counter in the town. Retail Trade Layoff NS
The union representing support staff at Acadia University has ratified a contract retroactive to July 2014. The university has also reached a tentative deal with its unionized faculty. Details on the contracts were not released. Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
Ontario-based SCI Logistics will open a 6,000 square foot distribution and service centre in Dartmouth to serve the Maritime Provinces. The company specializes in a variety of equipment requiring special handling and service, such as office machines, medical diagnostic equipment, and self-service kiosks. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NS
The Breton Brewing Co., a craft brewery, will open in the spring of 2015 in Sydney River Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts are expected to climb almost 14% in 2015 in the Halifax area and drop by 7.5% in 2016. In 2014, housing starts dropped by 28%, as some multiple-unit projects scheduled to begin were delayed. The predicted increase in new starts in 2015 is mostly due to an increase in multiple-unit projects. Construction Other Type of Event NS
The Nova Scotia government will introduce a program to help post-secondary graduates get their first full-time job. The program will provide wage assistance to small and medium-sized employers in the province to hire recent graduates. Public Administration Other Type of Event NS
Avison Young, an international commercial real estate services company, has recently opened an office on St.George Boulevard in Moncton Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event NB
According to Ambulance New Brunswick, retirements have contributed to a drop in the number of bilingual paramedics in the province over the last year. The organization continues to study ways to deal with staffing challenges. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
The City of Saint John has awarded a $2.2M tender to Bird Construction to do upgrades to the town common and build an outdoor artificial ice rink Construction Other Type of Event NB
The Nurse Practitioners of New Brunswick states the number of licensed nurse practitioners in the province has dropped over the past year, and that some have left due to a lack of work opportunities. The association would like to see the provincial government create a larger role for nurse practitioners, given the difficulty in recruiting physicians to the health care system. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
Connections Productions, a Moncton-based film production company, says it will move two upcoming projects and associated jobs to Halifax due to the unavailability of funds from a provincial government multimedia program Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event NB
Fredericton-based Smart Skin Technologies Inc., a developer of pressure sensor technology used in packaging lines, will undertake a marketing initiative of the product in Europe, with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NB
The government of P.E.I., through the Island Community Fund, announced $102,792 in funding to support three local projects in P.E.I. Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
The government of P.E.I. officially opened a new $20M, state-of-the-art, K-12 Souris Regional School. Students started classes at the new school in the fall of 2014. The final site work will be completed in March. Educational Services Other Type of Event PE
The government of P.E.I. will invest $1.6M in a new hepatitis C management program that has the potential to save hundreds of lives and cure up to 70 percent of P.E.I. residents living with hepatitis C Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
The government of P.E.I., through the Island Community Fund, announced $13,000 in funding to purchase new "Jaws of Life" equipment for the Murray Harbour Fire Department Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
A new family practice physician has been recruited for West Prince. The physician will begin work this summer and at the Primary Care Clinic in Alberton and provide support at the Emergency Department at Western Hospital. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation PE
Sobeys will spend $2.5M to build a Rachelle-Béry grocery store in Granby, which will create about 40 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation QC

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