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
Fishermen and industry officials agree that a low supply of crab continues to plague the fishery off southern NL, and that some boat owners may be having difficulty retaining crew members due to the poor catches Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government plans to move ahead with plans to build a facility for dementia patients near Salt Pond on the Burin Peninsula. No timelines have been provided for construction to begin. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
Northern Harvest Sea Farms will add 35 jobs at its salmon production facilities in Harbour Breton and St. Alban's, with financial assistance from the provincial government. The new jobs will increase the company's workforce to 180 employees. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NL
The government of NL has announced some details of its planned road construction and maintenance program for 2015. Tenders for work will continue to be awarded over the next few weeks. Construction Other Type of Event NL
Superior Glove Works has added eight positions to its staff of 83 full-time workers at its plant in Point Leamington, and anticipates adding four more. The company will receive financial assistance from the federal government to increase production. Manufacturing Job Creation NL
The Gander International Airport Authority reports that there was some growth in profit and passengers at the airport over the past year, and that two new domestic airlines have joined the two that had already been in place Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
About 100 workers are currently employed on the Maritime Link power development, and employment is expected to reach a peak in 2016 when about 200 people will be working on the project in Cape Breton Construction Job Creation NS
Dartmouth-based IT company SimplyCast has hired 11 workers in 2015, and will hire four to six more from a large number of resumes it has received since offering to provide student loan debt relief to new employees Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NS
Urban Outfitters, a U.S.-based clothing and décor chain store, has opened a location on Barrington Street in Halifax Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Giant Tiger opened a store in Yarmouth in May, employing 27 workers Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Halifax-based clothing line East Coast Lifestyle will employ six people in a retail outlet it will open in June in Halifax. The business will also employ about seven more workers in mobile travelling shops. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
The Conference Board of Canada predicts that Halifax's economy will expand by 3.1% in 2015 and by 2.8% in 2016. Increases in the manufacturing sector due to work on the Irving Shipbuilding project, and strength in the construction sector are noted. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
The government of Nova Scotia will invest more than $15M for capital repairs on 43 schools in 2015 Construction Other Type of Event NS
The provincial government will close the Dayspring Children's Centre in Bridgewater, and move the services for children at risk to Truro. According to the government, retention of staff had been a challenge for the centre, which employed 15 workers. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
Sushi Jet has opened its second Halifax area restaurant, on Spring Garden Road Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
Heritage Gas will further expand its natural gas pipeline from Stellarton to New Glasgow in the summer of 2015. Between 50 and 100 workers, including many local labourers, welders, and equipment operators, will be employed on the project. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Stanhope Campground in the PEI National Park is delaying opening until July 13 this year. The campground is undergoing renovations that were delayed due to poor weather this winter. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event PE
Opportunities NB is providing a $310,000 forgivable loan to Vilco Ltd, a fibreglass products manufacturer in St. Stephen. The company currently employs six people and hopes to grow to 40 employees in the next four years. Manufacturing Job Creation NB
The provincial government announced $32M over four years to upgrade three high schools in New Brunswick to extend their useful life. The schools affected are Fredericton High School, Polyvalente W.-A.-Losier in Tracadie, Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton. Construction Job Creation NB
Crandall Engineering, a New Brunswick engineering firm announced it is expanding its business to open an office in Fredericton in June Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NB
Opportunities NB is providing a payroll rebate of up to $490,000 to Co-operators Insurance in Moncton. The company anticipates creating 70 new jobs over the next two years at its customer contact centre in the city. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NB
The Wee College franchise is opening a new early childhood care and learning centre with capacity for 80 children in the northern part of Moncton in the summer Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NB
Opportunities NB announced a payroll rebate of up to $3.8M for Ocean Group to help create 77 jobs at the Bas-Caraquet Naval Centre Construction Job Creation NB
The provincial government announced the construction of a $12.6M provincial youth treatment centre in Campbellton Construction Job Creation NB
The Quebec government is allocating $215,000 in financial assistance to Giguère & Morin, a manufacturer of wood furniture components in Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey. A total of $860,000 will be invested to modernize the plant. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Alliance Magnésium will have a pilot plant built in Asbestos. The plant is expected to begin operating by early 2016. The mining company hopes to be at full production capacity as of 2018 with the help of 300 to 350 employees. Construction Job Creation QC
Twelve employees specializing in mechanics must be hired for the start-up of Forex, a laminated veneer lumber plant in Amos. By the end of December, a total of about 100 employees will be hired. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Surplus RD, a furniture liquidation centre, is moving into the former Zellers in Granby. The opening, scheduled for May 16, will create 15 new jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The expansion of the Mille Couleurs child care centre has made it possible to create 27 more spots, for a total of 75 spots, and to hire 6 new employees in Saint-André-Avellin Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The Au pays de Cornemuse child care centre is expanding by adding 60 spots, including 10 for infants with the opening of a new Vision-Avenir facility, creating 14 new positions for educators and administrative staff in Gatineau. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
After obtaining an $800,000 loan, Symbiose Centre Contact Client in Longueuil is acquiring new premises and creating 35 new jobs to diversify its activities and expand. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation QC
International mining group and company Rio-Tinto is announcing the elimination of 110 to 170 positions at its Canadian headquarters in Montréal by the end of 2015 following a restructuring and as a result of low raw materials prices Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff QC
Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson will build a new research and development centre in Montréal. There will be about 1,700 employees under one roof as of the end of 2016. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event QC
Because of the downturn in the global steel market, the Sorel Forage steel mill is slowing down its activities, resulting in the temporary layoff of 35 workers Manufacturing Layoff QC
Club de golf Saint-Laurent in Île d'Orléans is closing its doors. The closure affects a dozen employees. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff QC
Rio Tinto Alcan will temporarily close its fluoride plant at Complexe Jonquière from July 12 to August 9. The reason given is the weakness of the global market. However, affected workers can take their holidays during that time. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Tremcar, a tank trailer manufacturer, is continuing its expansion and seeking to fill 12 vacant welder positions in Saint-Césaire and a few positions in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Montréal engineering company WSP Global is reducing its Canadian workforce by 500 as a result of the downturn in the oil and gas sector Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff QC
The Port of Montréal is building a container terminal, a project worth an estimated $122M Construction Other Type of Event QC
The City of Montréal will perform work to renovate some of the sidewalks on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between 2017 and 2019 at a cost of $95M Construction Other Type of Event QC
Bombardier Aerospace is announcing 1,760 layoffs across its business aircraft production network. About 1,000 production jobs and some administrative staff will be eliminated in Montréal. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Work to secure the Mont Royal railway tunnel, which is used by the Agence métropolitaine de transport, will be undertaken in 2016 with an investment of $90M Construction Other Type of Event QC
Over the next few years, hundreds of workers will be needed in trades related to the operation and maintenance of wind farms in Quebec. Utilities Job Creation QC
In 2015-2017, more than 1,000 jobs will result from $181.9M investments in roads in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, as confirmed by Quebec's Ministère des Transports Construction Job Creation QC
Following an expansion that resulted from obtaining a household garbage collection contract in the RCM of La Matapédia, Conciergerie d'Amqui / Aqua Zone has hired about 10 people, bringing the total number of employees to more than 70 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation QC
In Lac-au-Saumon, the abolition of the forest job creation program will result in the loss of at least 30 forest jobs at the Société d'exploitation des ressources de la Vallée and a reduction in the volume of wood delivered to plants in the area Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff QC
The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs is investing $28.5M in private forests in La Mauricie, including nearly $1.3M for silvicultural work. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event QC
The Commission scolaire de Montréal will eliminate 175 positions by the end of the 2015 school year. The cuts will affect school secretaries, janitors, psychologists, psychoeducators and academic counsellors, among others. Educational Services Layoff QC
The TransTerrebonne cycling path, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail, will be extended by 9.2 km thanks to a $4.8M investment. The work has just begun and will be completed in the spring of 2016. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Agero, Inc., a provider of roadside assistance services, plans to hire more than 150 workers at its contact centre in Sault Ste. Marie in 2015 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
Construction is underway for the Brampton and Mississauga ErinoakKids' treatment and development centres and construction will soon begin on the Oakville centre. At peak construction, each site will employ 200 workers. All three facilities are scheduled to open by spring 2017. Construction Job Creation ON
Marketing agency Arcane Digital Ltd. expects to almost double its workforce to about 100 staff as it moves into a new larger location on Talbot St. in London at the end of September Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
IKEA Canada will open a new store in London by late 2015 on Wonderland Rd., creating about 20 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The Seven Bridges Residential Treatment Centre for Ontario youth will open May 2015 in the Village of Paisley in Bruce County and create 17 jobs Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
Valley Growers Inc. is looking to hire 16 full-time employees over the next few months at its food manufacturing plant in Greater Sudbury Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is hiring in Sault Ste. Marie. Jobs are also posted for other gaming locations in Ontario. N/A Job Creation ON
A new Home Hardware store opened in London May 2015 on Wharncliffe Rd. S. creating 15 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation ON
British clothing brand Bench (Freemark Apparel Brands Inc.) will open a location in May 2015 at the Windsor Crossing Outlet Mall Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Kiton, an Italian luxury menswear brand, has opened its first Canadian store in on Yorkville Avenue in downtown Toronto Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The Refined Fool Brewing Company on Davis St. in Sarnia opened a restaurant in May 2015, creating eight new jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Prendiville Industries Ltd. is accepting applications for labourers, millwrights and supervisors to restart their Kenora Forest Products sawmill by September 2015 Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The City of Cambridge has approved the initial phase of the Creekside Corporate Campus multi-use industrial park. The developer, Intermarket Real Estate Group, expects construction to begin this year. Construction Job Creation ON
CFB Borden has received $22.5M from the Government of Canada to improve military housing and construct a larger ammunition transit facility by 2017 Construction Job Creation ON
Indigo will renovate and rebrand its Toronto stores this summer. The Yorkdale Shopping Centre location will undergo renovations and the Eaton Centre location will see the addition of a new American Girl speciality boutique. Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Construction of a series of roundabouts along Franklin Blvd in Cambridge is set to begin at the end of May 2015 Construction Job Creation ON
Road construction along Melbourne Drive in Bradford is expected to begin this summer by Mar-King Construction Company Ltd. Construction Job Creation ON
SCI Logistics Ltd. has opened a 78,000 sq.-ft. facility in the Greater Toronto Area providing national supply chain services to the health care industry Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
Turners Elliot Lake Ltd., a general retailer based out of Manitoulin Island (Turners of Little Current Ltd.), has been confirmed as a tenant at the proposed Pearson Plaza in Elliot Lake Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Clarence H. Graham Design and Construction Ltd. has begun renovations to turn a commercial building in Owen Sound into a 12-unit retirement condominium, that is expected to be completed by mid-September 2015 Construction Job Creation ON
Tenaris Algoma Tubes Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie will recall 240 temporarily laid off workers by the end of May 2015. Almost 300 additional workers remain on layoff. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Bombardier Inc., will reduce production of its Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft and lay off about 480 employees in Toronto by 2016 Manufacturing Layoff ON
Rogers Media Inc. will cut about 100 television operation jobs and cease to air multi-language newscasts, mainly at its Omni multicultural station in Toronto. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff ON
EastSide Confectionery in Sault Ste. Marie will close after more than 40 years in business. This follows the recent closure of Stop 454, Peter's Place and an east-end Mac's Convenience Stores Inc. retail locations. Retail Trade Layoff ON
Trinity Taxi and Livery Services Ltd. in Lindsay ceased operating after 17 years of serving the City of Kawartha Lakes Transportation and Warehousing Layoff ON
Fleming College is holding a career fair in Peterborough on June 2, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m., recruiting part-time teachers for the School of Trades and Technology. This event requires online pre-registration. Educational Services Other Type of Event ON
Rogers Media has cut 110 positions from its conventional television operations across Canada. Shows in Edmonton are affected, as are operations in Calgary. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff AB
Trinidad Drilling, an international drilling services company based in Alberta, recently reported a 53% decline in first-quarter 2015 earnings compared to the same period in 2014. The company anticipates a continued slowdown through 2015. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Lowe's Canada is picking up 13 former Target store leases across Canada, including two locations in Calgary. The company stated that approximately 2,000 jobs in total would be created through the acquisition. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Brewster Travel Canada is introducing a new sightseeing bus tour between Edmonton and Jasper starting May 31, 2015. The service is aimed mainly at European and U.S. visitors, but could also appeal to locals who don't want to drive. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
Telus is hiring staff and committing $11M for infrastructure and service improvements in Lloydminster. The projects will update the wireless network to 4G LTE and increase Internet speeds. Utilities Job Creation AB
The Town of High Prairie has awarded two contracts for road construction and waterline upgrades with a total value of approximately $1.8M. Timelines for the projects were not provided. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Trican Well Service cut 2,000 employees from its North American operations in the first quarter of 2015, due to depressed oil prices. The company is also in negotiations to sell some of its international operations in a move to reduce costs. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
The Town of Ponoka and Ponoka County are set to negotiate a new fire services agreement following plans to terminate the current contract which has existed since 1979. The actions follow concerns from senior fire department officials with the town. Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Rimbey has transferred administrative duties for its fire department to Ponoka County. The county will take on ownership and administration but the firefighter duties remain unchanged. Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
Total Energy has reported a 70% reduction in drilling activity for the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The company also reported significant reductions in other divisions, due to declining crude oil prices. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The City of Spruce Grove is working towards a bylaw amendment that would allow food trucks to operate within five districts of the city. A recent municipal survey of residents and businesses found majority support for food trucks. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
RBC Dominion Securities has announced that it will be a major tenant of Edmonton Tower in the downtown Arena district. The building is scheduled to open in 2016, with RBC occupying space by 2018. Finance and Insurance Job Creation AB
Athabasca Minerals has announced its intention to purchase a private rail transloading facility near Obed. The company plans to use the site for aggregate processing and loading, as well as for the storage and distribution of fracturing sand. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Lantic Inc., a sugar beet processor in Taber, has announced a four-year agreement with the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association. The new agreement provides stability for the plant, its employees and the local community. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association sponsored an emergency medical responder training program in Cambridge Bay from April 13 to May 1, 2015. Course participants were certified on completion. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NU
The Nunavut Impact Review Board has recently turned down a proposal by Areva Canada to convert an exploration project into the Kiggavik uranium mine. The project had been under an environmental review since January 2009. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NU
Kivalliq Energy Corp., a Vancouver-based uranium exploration company, is set to begin a $1.5M drilling program in June 2015 at its Angilak property. The company also plans soil sampling and geophysical surveying for the 2015 field season. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NU
First Air, Canadian North and Calm Air announced a codeshare agreement on selected flights operated by all three airlines starting in June 2015. Codeshare allows a flight operated by one airline to be jointly marketed. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NU
Baffinland Iron Mine plans to ship its first batch of iron ore from the Milne Inlet marine terminal starting in mid-July 2015 through to October 2015 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NU
The Donald Suluk library in Arviat has closed its doors as it waits for funding renewal from the Government of Nunavut. The library employs one librarian and a casual worker, while also offering programs to the community. Public Administration Other Type of Event NU
Air Tindi, a regional airline based in Yellowknife, has recently laid off five employees due to a fleet reduction. Four rotational pilots from out of town and one maintenance staffer were let go. Transportation and Warehousing Layoff NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Gwich'in Tribal Council have signed an agreement that provides for internship and work placements opportunities for Gwich'in with the territorial government N/A Other Type of Event NT
A recent study of the mining sector in the north, Levelling the Playing Field, has found higher costs to explore and develop new mines in the Northwest Territories. The increased cost is partially attributed to infrastructure deficits. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The Town of Hay River plans to hire contract workers to inspect playgrounds and provide grounds-keeping services over the summer of 2015. The town is currently involved in an ongoing labour dispute with its municipal workers. Public Administration Other Type of Event NT
Yukon Emergency Medical Services is recruiting emergency responders as a pilot project to provide services in Haines Junction from May to September 2015. The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations are also participating in the project. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation YT
Arctic Co-operatives Ltd has opened a new grocery store in Old Crow, replacing the Northern Store which closed in November 2014. The new complex also features a TD bank, Canada Post outlet and two rental apartments. Retail Trade Job Creation YT
Imperial Metals has laid off 120 workers at its Mount Polley mine near Williams Lake. The layoffs account for more than half of the unionized employees at the mine. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff BC
Canadian Tire has made a deal to purchase 12 former Target Canada leases for $17.7M. Four of the 12 locations will be in BC;, including locations in Courtenay, Cranbrook, Vernon, and Victoria. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Tourism Victoria recently reported that the city is surpassing its tourism goals for the start of the year. The city has seen an increase in hotel occupancy, revenue per room, ferry traffic and airport passengers compared to the same period last year. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event BC
Aspen Planners has shut down production at its two sites in Merritt, temporarily laying off about 150 employees. The company has reported that its sawmill and planer will be shut down for about two weeks; however, it could extend beyond that. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff BC
The contract for the design and construction of the new $39M Kelowna Police Services building has been awarded to Bird Design-Build Construction. Construction is expected to begin this summer and completed by the spring of 2017. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Bloom, a 300-person capacity nightclub, will soon open in Nelson's historic Savoy Hotel. The developer also has plans to reopen a hotel and café on the property. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
Prince Rupert has passed a $1.3M budget, with funds focussed on supporting liquefied natural gas developments in the region. The budget includes a sunset clause, which would return staffing levels to normal if the projects do not proceed. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation BC
Telus is investing $7M in Abbotsford to expand its communications infrastructure. The upgrades will increase internet speed in the area, while providing additional services to residents. Utilities Other Type of Event BC
The Northern Supportive Recovery Centre for Women has discontinued efforts to establish a women's recovery centre at a former elementary school in Prince George. The society reported that they may pursue another location in the future. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Canfor recently announced that it has not laid off as many workers from its Canal Flats mill as previously reported. The company agreed to retirement packages for 15 workers and 10 employees have been transferred to the mill in Radium. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
Walmart has agreed to purchase 13 former Target Canada locations and a distribution centre for $165M. The locations in BC that will be renovated into Walmart stores include Delta, Coquitlam, Surrey, and Maple Ridge. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Lowe's Canada has agreed to purchase 13 former Target Canada locations as well as a distribution centre. The company has not reported which locations will be included in the purchase. Currently, Lowe's only BC-based store is in New Westminster. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Vancouver city council is reviewing a proposal to redevelop the historic downtown Sinclair Centre. The redevelopment would increase the seven-storey building to 29 floors, providing office space for federal government employees. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Prophet River First Nation will receive a permanent school next year. The $4.7M project has been tendered to Fort St. John's Kalmar Construction. The two-classroom school is expected to be completed by next spring. Construction Job Creation BC
Walter Energy, a coal producer in northeast BC, may be facing bankruptcy as a result of weak coal market conditions. The company, which once employed more than 1,000 people, currently has only 18 workers processing coal stockpiles. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
Telus is investing $1.6M to upgrade its cellular coverage in Osoyoos in 2015. The upgrades will increase speed and coverage in the town and along the highway 3 corridor. Utilities Other Type of Event BC
Urban Academy's $14M expansion plan has been rejected by New Westminster city council. The expansion would have allowed the private school to amalgamate its two locations into one and expand to 450 students by 2022. Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
A Nanaimo developer has secured a permit for a 45-room boutique hotel near the Old City Quarter. The hotel, which is expected to cost between $4M and $5M, will include a restaurant, meeting rooms and salon/spa. Construction Job Creation BC
The 3,080-passenger Crown Princess cruise ship recently underwent an 11-day retrofit by Victoria Shipyards. The $5M refit required about 350 workers at the Esquimalt Graving Dock. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC

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