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
Construction of The Willow, an $8M, 60-unit apartment complex in New Glasgow, should be completed by April 2015. The owner indicates that most of the workers have come from the local area. Construction Job Creation NS
Wrought Iron Brewery Co. plans to open a microbrewery and pub within the next few months on Robie Street in Halifax. It is one of a number of craft breweries that have opened in Nova Scotia in recent years. Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Belmac Supply Ltd., a supplier of industrial equipment and clothing in Sydney, has recently added two mechanics and two clothing division staff Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Closure of 133 Target stores across Canada will include three locations in the Halifax area and one in Sydney, affecting approximately 430 workers in Nova Scotia. All stores are expected to close within four to five months. Target plans on paying workers at least 16 weeks of severance pay. Retail Trade Layoff NS
Sydney-based Artisync Technologies has recently hired staff and now has six employees working on two projects. The company develops internet-based software and graphic design applications for clients in artistic sectors. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NS
The town of Stellarton will ratify a new contract with its police force. The contract would pay workers 2.75% more in each year of the five-year deal. Public Administration Other Type of Event NS
The lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia is enjoying a productive season. Fishermen are benefitting both from foreign demand for lobster generated by a low Canadian dollar, and from lower fuel prices. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NS
The Nova Scotia government plans to implement a tuition-relief program for medical school students over the next four years, in exchange for a commitment from them to practice in underserved communities Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
Toronto-based GuestLogix, a developer of technology that allows travel attendants to process payments while in transit, plans to at least double its current workforce of 15 employees in Moncton over the next two years. The company will move all product innovation and development operations to the Moncton area. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NB
Fashion retailer Mexx Canada will close its Dieppe store in February, as part of a shutdown of all its Canadian outlets Retail Trade Layoff NB
The closure of the 133 Target stores across Canada will include its locations in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John, and affect about 400 workers in New Brunswick. Stores will likely close within four to five months. Retail Trade Layoff NB
Les Brumes du Coude, a French restaurant, has opened on Botsford Street in Moncton. Meanwhile, Relish Gourmet Burger on Main Street has closed. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
According to municipal figures, the value of building permits in the City of Moncton dropped in 2014, although Dieppe saw a substantial increase. The city indicates a reduction in government spending on projects such as schools and hospitals factored into the drop. Retail construction remained quite active, however. Construction Other Type of Event NB
Atlantic Potash Corp.'s plan to build a $350M fertilizer plant in Saint John is currently in the engineering phase. The company will then proceed to an environmental assessment, which could take up to 24 months. If the plant goes ahead, it could generate more than 1,300 jobs when completed. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
Xerox has laid off 30 sales and support centre workers in Saint John. The decision will reduce the company's workforce in the city from 220 to 190 employees. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff NB
Moncton firefighters will receive a 16% wage increase over a retroactive four-year contract that expires at the end of 2015. In the final year of the contract, the annual pay of a first-class firefighter will be $78,400. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
Five new police officers have been recently hired in Fredericton to fill existing vacancies, and the city will soon start a process to hire three more Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
The government of NL announced $143,000 in funding to support the transformation of a former church and heritage structure in Heart's Content into a community arts centre Construction Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL contributed $25,000 in funding to the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador to support the International Heritage Boat Conference that will be held in Trinity Bight in October 2016 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NL
Marine Atlantic has decreased its fuel surcharge by 6% due to a decrease in oil prices. However, the base rate will increase due to the rising costs of materials, supplies and labour. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
Central Health is looking to fill 50 licensed practical nurses (LPN) positions. They have already hired some LPN's from Jamaica to fill the nursing shortage in central Newfoundland. They are expected to start work in the spring. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NL
According to the NL Crown Attorney's Association, prosecutors in NL have the lowest starting salary in Canada. The association has major challenges attracting prosecutors due to the non-competitive wages, heavy workloads and travel requirements. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
The Legros and Motti restaurant in downtown St. John's will close on January 31. The company is looking to relocate the restaurant to a smaller venue. The other two restaurants in the same location will not be affected. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NL
Suncor Energy has made significant budget cuts for 2015 and has cut 1,000 contract jobs due to lower crude oil prices. Some projects will be deferred, including the White Rose Extension. However, the company will move forward with the Hebron project. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NL
For the fifth consecutive year, passenger traffic has increased at the Deer Lake Airport. An 8.4% increase was recorded in 2014 over the previous year. The increase is attributed to increased capacity by commercial carriers with new equipment, new routes and schedules. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
The Target Department store chain will be closing 133 stores across Canada, including its St. John's and Corner Brook location. Approximately 17,600 employees will be affected across Canada. Retail Trade Layoff NL
Thirteen new Licensed Practical Nurses have arrived in NL from Jamaica. They will be working at Eastern Health facilities, including the new long-term care home in St. John's. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NL
The government of P.E.I. announced $66,855 in funding, under the Island Community Fund, to support hall renovations and purchase new fire equipment for Prince County Construction Other Type of Event PE
The government of P.E.I. announced $200,000 in funding, through the Ignition program, to support eight local businesses that are in the start-up phase of their operation N/A Other Type of Event PE
A seafood festival is planned for the weekend of January 17, in Winnipeg to promote P.E.I.'s seafood products Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
Charlottetown airport experienced a record breaking year in 2014, with passenger traffic up by 7.3% over 2013. The P.E.I. celebrations in 2014 are attributed to the increased passenger traffic, along with increased tourism promotion. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event PE
The Target Department store chain will be closing 133 stores across Canada, including its Charlottetown store. More than 100 employees in P.E.I. and a total of 17,600 employees across Canada will be affected. Retail Trade Layoff PE
Because of difficulties procuring wood, the Tembec de Béarn sawmill halted operations, resulting in 130 workers being laid off for a week Manufacturing Layoff QC
Both Meubles Denis Riel stores (in Farnham and in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) will be closing in the spring of 2015, leaving 25 people unemployed Retail Trade Layoff QC
After less than two years operating in Canada, U.S. retailer Target will be closing its 133 stores, including 25 in Quebec. The closure will result in the loss of approximately 17,600 jobs across the country. Retail Trade Layoff QC
A new complex that will house professional offices and a restaurant will be built in Drummondville (in the Saint-Charles area) at a cost of $3.5 M Management of Companies and Enterprises Other Type of Event QC
U.S. retailer Target will be closing its store in Sherbrooke, triggering the loss of roughly a hundred jobs Retail Trade Layoff QC
The re-opening of Villa Dubé in Saint-Jean-de-Dieu in early April will mean more spaces for seniors in private residence and intermediate resources and the creation of 25 jobs Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
With the expansion of its plant in Rivière-du-Loup (at a cost of over $1 M), furniture manufacturer Créations Verbois intends to increase its staff significantly in the coming years Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Club de recherche d'emploi, a job search club organized by Tremplin Travail Vallée de la Matapédia, starts a new session in Amqui on January 19 N/A Other Type of Event QC
ARM, a collection agency in Shawinigan, is looking for approximately 15 employees, with training on collections to be offered at Carrefour Formation Mauricie Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation QC
On January 12, the municipality of Champlain hired 12 part-time firefighters Public Administration Job Creation QC
Le Florès, an inn in Shawinigan, has come to an agreement with its creditors and avoids bankruptcy Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
With Target's closing, 120 jobs will be lost in Trois-Rivières over the next five months Retail Trade Layoff QC
After acquiring Marcotte Alimentation, Groupe Colabor has announced that most of the wholesaler's grocery operations will be transferred to Saint-Nicolas by March 27, resulting in approximately 60 jobs being lost in Trois-Rivières Wholesale Trade Layoff QC
The last day of work for some 130 employees at the Coopérative Fédérée de Trois-Rivières who were still working was January 14 Wholesale Trade Layoff QC
Groupe Épicia is closing 14 of its stores, including 11 under the Le Jardin Mobile name in the Québec City area. The closure also affects 2 stores under the Le Marché Végétarien name as well as Jardin du Mont in Magog. Retail Trade Layoff QC
Work on the development of a small hydroelectric power station on the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord river will be starting in February in Saint-Joachim (Côte-de-Beaupré). The company in charge of the work will be hiring as many local workers as possible. Utilities Job Creation QC
The Loblaws store on Talbot Blvd. in Chicoutimi will be renovated and will operate under the Provigo name. The project will lead to the creation of close to 75 jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
In Terrebonne, the construction of a commercial and administrative complex has just started. The first phase, which represents a $4.5 M investment, will see the establishment of a Caisse populaire Desjardins branch and 35 new jobs as of June 2015. Finance and Insurance Job Creation QC
In Mirabel, the construction of a new multiservice complex Synerca has just started. The stores and offices it will house will employ a minimum of 120 people. The money invested in the project will ultimately amount to $10 M. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The announcement that U.S. retailer Target will be closing all of its stores in Canada will result in 150 lost jobs at the Saint-Jérôme store Retail Trade Layoff QC
The closing of Target's Canadian stores will mean 150 lost jobs in Joliette Retail Trade Layoff QC
Linamar Corporation will receive around $100M from the federal and provincial governments over the next 10 years to produce automotive transmissions. The investment is expected to create 1,200 new jobs in Guelph and the surrounding area. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will spend close to $2B on the Windsor plant and will hire up to 600 electricians to work on the three-month re-tooling project beginning in February Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Wolf Steel Ltd. in Barrie will receive a $4.2M repayable contribution from the federal government, which will allow the company to expand its manufacturing capacity and create up to 176 full-time jobs by 2017 Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Hinduja Global Solutions Canada Ltd. is investing $4M in a Windsor call centre in Tecumseh Mall. The call centre will employ 120 workers in February and expects to have 600 workers by the fall 2015. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
Sinosteel Corporation is looking to hire more than 100 tradespeople to replace four hot blast stoves at Essar Steel Algoma Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie over a four-year period Construction Job Creation BC
Sobeys Inc. will open a new larger Stratford store in the spring creating an additional 79 new jobs Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Nature Fresh Farms in Leamington is undergoing a 30-acre expansion that will employ up to 60 workers and is expected to be completed by early 2016. The company is seeking workers in various trades including electricians, fabricators and welders. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation ON
Construction has begun on a new Joseph's Farm Market location in Windsor on Walker Road where a job fair will be held in March to fill up to 50 positions Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Eclipse Automation, a custom equipment manufacturer in Cambridge, expanded one of their three plants by 15,000 sq. ft. and is expected to add 25 new jobs to its workforce Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Koss Aerospace received almost $5M in funding from the Government of Canada to purchase and install new equipment and create up to 25 high-skilled jobs in Mississauga Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Hanover KFC restaurant will reopen in mid-January after undergoing a renovation and adding 10 new employees with plans to add around five more Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Municipality of Temagami will receive $392,000 from the Government of Canada to complete waterfront renovations and to convert the Temagami Train Station into a year-round, multi-use facility featuring new businesses  Construction Job Creation BC
The Prince Edward County job fair will be held on February 18, 2015 at Prince Edward Community Centre in Picton N/A Other Type of Event ON
Target Canada Corporation will close 133 stores across Canada, affecting 17,600 employees. The total job impact in Ontario is currently unknown. Retail Trade Layoff ON
Cambrian College is holding a career and job fair on February 3, 2015 in Sudbury N/A Other Type of Event BC
Sony Corp. will close all of its retail stores in Canada, including six locations in Ontario within the next two months. The total job impact in Ontario is currently unknown. Retail Trade Layoff ON
General Mills Canada Corp. will be closing their Midland manufacturing facility by mid-2016, affecting approximately 100 employees. Production will move to other General Mills facilities. Manufacturing Layoff ON
First Nickel Inc. issued layoffs to 48 employees and 60 contractors at its Lockerby Mine in Sudbury as part of a wider restructuring effort Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff BC
The North Bay Regional Health Centre is eliminating 55 full and 20 part-time positions, 23 of which are currently vacant Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff BC
PCL Builders, a large construction company, has signed a new collective agreement with 450 unionized employees in Alberta that increases wages and improves benefits. The two-year contract is effective from January 1, 2015. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Homewood Health, a private health organization specializing in mental health and addiction services, has opened a new outpatient clinic in Calgary. The facility has a team of counsellors that focus on return to work and life programs. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Surge Energy has announced a six-month capital spending plan for the first half of 2015, due to uncertainty regarding world oil markets. The company plans to spend $22M and drill 3.8 net wells. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Shell Canada is cutting up to 300 salaried employees at the Albian Sands oil sands operations near Fort McMurray. According to the company, the exact number of layoffs has not been determined. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
Canadian Natural Resources has announced a $2.4B reduction in its 2015 capital spending plan due to low oil prices. The company stated that it is deferring spending for the Kirby oil sands project near Fort McMurray and reducing drilling operations. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The City of Medicine Hat has approved a 2015 to 2016 capital budget of $80M that concentrates on new road construction, and road and intersection improvements Construction Other Type of Event AB
The City of Calgary is expecting to balance operating and capital budgets by leaving vacant staff positions unfilled and utilizing contractors. A hiring freeze is not currently being considered. Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
Athabasca University is accepting applications between February 1 and March 15, 2015 for a new hockey executive MBA program. The three-year program is scheduled to start classes on May 1, 2015. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
On January 12, 2015, the Town of Canmore started construction on a $2.5M arts centre called ArtsPlace. A program manager has been hired for the facility and instructors are being sourced for fall 2015 course offerings. Construction Job Creation AB
The Town of Canmore has extended their contract with Canmore Business and Tourism to provide economic development services for an additional four months, pending a new long-term contract between the parties Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
Target Canada is closing all of its stores in Canada, including 15 in Alberta. The closure affects 17,600 employees Canada-wide, including 2,000 employees in Alberta. Retail Trade Layoff AB
Townhall Public House, a new restaurant, is scheduled to open in late summer 2015 in Cochrane. A dentist office, hair salon, and day care centre are also opening in the same development. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Red Arrow Motorcoach has expanded its Cold Lake Connector service to Edmonton and Edmonton International Airport to five days a week due to increased passenger demand Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The Northern Lights School Division is expecting construction to begin April 6, 2015 on the Cold Lake Elementary School Project, with completion scheduled for September 2016 Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Municipalities of Didsbury, Carstairs and Cremona are joining forces to recruit information technology professionals and attract service providers to the area Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event AB
Fedora Pharmaceuticals, an Edmonton-based biotechnology company, has recently signed a licensing and development agreement with two large international pharmaceutical companies that could generate up to $750M in payments Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Suncor Energy has announced a $1B decrease in capital spending for 2015, and layoffs for 1,000 contract workers and employees due to declining oil prices. Reductions will be felt in Calgary and Fort McMurray. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
ATB Financial is planning to open a banking location in Penhold by the spring of 2015, joining a hairdresser, pizza restaurant and liquor store scheduled for the same strip mall location Finance and Insurance Job Creation AB
The Town of Nanton has attracted two new physicians to the Nanton Community Health Centre without the use of a financial incentive program Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Town of Peace River has signed an agreement with the Lac Cardinal Regional Economic Development Board to share an Economic Development Officer position for the region Public Administration Job Creation AB
Mexx Canada, a Montreal-based fashion retailer, is closing its 95 stores in Canada by the end of February 2015. The company has 1,700 retail employees, and 85 other positions that will cease by the end of March 2015. Retail Trade Layoff AB
The Government of Nunavut, the Government of Canada and other agencies are combining programs to provide $7.3M for Nunavut fisheries research. The industry employs approximately 370 Nunavummiut on a seasonal basis. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NU
Canadian North Airlines is anticipating staff reductions, and an ongoing hiring freeze due to reduced demand for charter services, primarily from Alberta oil companies Transportation and Warehousing Layoff NU
The Government of the Northwest Territories is raising the minimum wage from $10.00 per hour to $12.50 per hour, effective June 1, 2015 N/A Other Type of Event NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories has awarded an eight-year air ambulance contract to Air Tindi, and a personnel services contract to Advanced Medical Solutions Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NT
The Government of Yukon has announced $850,000 for the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers program through Yukon College. The program helps participants secure employment through skill development and a four-week work placement. Educational Services Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon is committing $150,000 over two years to continue the Water and Wastewater operator program at Yukon College Educational Services Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon is providing $116,762 to the Oil Burner Mechanic Program at Yukon College in Whitehorse. The training program prepares students to become certified to service, install and modify oil-fired furnaces throughout the territory. Educational Services Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon is improving services for adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder through the creation of local diagnostic teams, specialized clinics, and education and training programs Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event YT
The Government of BC has introduced a new, faster, immigration stream. Applicants may be eligible under the categories of Skilled Workers, Health Care Professionals, International Graduates, and International Post Graduates. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Kelowna city council has approved the construction of a $7.6M, 2km road, linking Mission and Southeast Kelowna. The road will allow for future development, including a shopping centre and middle school in the area. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Victoria Shipyard is attracting international clients to modernize aging navy vessels. A contract is currently being finalized for work on two New Zealand frigates between 2016 and 2018, which will each create 100 jobs for six months. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
The Government of BC recently held its 12th annual Premier's Natural Resources Forum in Prince George. The forum, which covers energy, mining, liquefied natural gas, First Nations, and forestry issues, attracted approximately 600 delegates. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
Pacific Coastal Airlines has begun offering non-stop service, six days a week, between Prince George and Victoria Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event BC
Blue Fuel Energy is in the process of obtaining permits for its $2B refining facility in Chetwynd. The Company has expressed concerns regarding availability of labourers, on the prediction that they will require 1,000-2,000 workers over three years. Construction Other Type of Event ON
Initiatives Prince George hosted its third annual market expansion forum in Prince George on January 20, 2015. The forum allowed local businesses to connect with contacts for major projects in northern BC. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Construction has begun on a new bridge over the Okanagan River Channel in Penticton. The new five-lane bridge will provide access to 150 acres of Penticton Indian Band land for future development. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Pomme Natural Market, a Victoria-based grocer, has recently opened a new location in Vancouver's west end. The Company has stated that they would like to expand to have 10 stores in 10 years throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
Exxon and Imperial Oil revealed details of their Prince Rupert LNG project recently, when they filed for environmental assessment. The project will need between 1,000 and 6,000 construction workers and between 250 to 300 operations employees. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Nanaimo's Terminal Park Save-on-Foods location will close its doors on February 5, affecting 68 unionized employees. The company is reviewing options with the affected employees, including moving them to another location. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff BC
Cube Climbing gym recently opened in Nelson. Cube Climbing is the only indoor climbing gym in the West Kootenays. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event BC
Simon Fraser University will begin offering a part-time Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials Certificate in October 2015. The program is in response to Vancouver's growing demand for quality craft beer. Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
Merchandise Retailer Cabela notified the Government of Manitoba that it plans to close its Winnipeg retail distribution centre in March, affecting more than 50 employees. The company expects to keep its head office in Winnipeg. Retail Trade Layoff MB
After more than $2M in renovations, a Vancouver company opened a 346-seat sports pub called the Pint Public House in mid-January, in downtown Winnipeg Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation MB
In mid-January, Target Corporation announced that it plans to close all its retail stores in Canada. In Manitoba, the closure affects a store in Brandon and four stores in Winnipeg. Retail Trade Layoff MB
Mexx Canada plans to close 95 retail stores across Canada by the end of February, which affects two stores in Winnipeg Retail Trade Layoff MB
Sterling Packaging announced a $3M expansion of its box manufacturing facility in Selkirk. The company expects to add 10 to 12 new employees to its current staff of about 45. Manufacturing Job Creation MB
On the last day of December 2014, Coquet and Bourgault Implements Ltd. closed the agriculture equipment dealership that operated in St. Brieux since 1962 Wholesale Trade Layoff SK

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