Job Market Trends and News


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.

You can explore news items across Canada on this page or refine your search to a specific news event type, sector or region.

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey - First Quarter 2015

There were almost 400,000 job vacancies in Canada and the job vacancy rate was 2.6% in the first quarter - as indicated by a new survey conducted in early 2015.

This is the first release of the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS). This release draws on data from the job vacancy component of this survey, with information on job vacancies by occupation, province, territory and economic region. (See the note to readers for information about this new survey and how it was conducted).

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Sirinella Ristorante closed its restaurant in Charlottetown after 32 years in business. During peak times in the summer, Sirenella's typically employed about 15 full and part-time workers. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event PE
Mark's Work Warehouse recently opened at its new location in the former Canadian Tire store on Buchannan Drive in Charlottetown Retail Trade Other Type of Event PE
According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, P.E.I.'s housing starts were up over 60% from 479 in October to 296 in September. Of those, 68 were multiple starts in Summerside. Construction Other Type of Event PE
The Government of P.E.I., through the Canada-PEI Job Grant, announced a new training program in brewery equipment fabrication for employees of Diversified Metal Engineering LTD. The program will enhance employee skills and increase company competiveness. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event PE
A new unit will be set up within the Department of Communities, Land and Environment to support environmentally sustainable farming practices in P.E.I. The office will be staffed by a full-time officer and three seasonal officers. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation PE
Oxford Frozen Foods announced they will close their Hillaton plant by the end of 2015 due to an environmental issue. About 100 employees, 53 full-time, will lose their jobs when the plant closes. Manufacturing Layoff NS
Statoil Canada Ltd., a Norwegian oil and gas company, has bid $82M to explore two properties about 180 km south of Yarmouth. The licences are for an initial six-year period with a possible three-year extension, but are still pending approval by the province's Natural Resources and Energy Ministers. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NS
A new restaurant, The Commune, recently opened in downtown New Glasgow. The tapas-style eatery is currently being staffed by its two co-owners. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
Mike Kelly & Sons Ltd. were recently awarded a $38.2M contract to build six transfer stations in western Newfoundland to redistribute garbage and recyclables. The company expects to create 35-40 jobs this fall and up to 75-100 jobs by the spring of 2016. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NL
The Iron Ore Company of Canada is shutting down three of its six machines at the pellet plant in Labrador City due to slumping iron prices. No layoffs are expected for the 44 employees at the plant in the near future, however; some contractors will be let go and replaced with laid off union employees. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
Trauma Healing Center, offering counselling and other health-related services to persons suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, has opened a facility in Fredericton. The business has about eight employees in Fredericton, as well as a centre in Moncton. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NB
Construction of the $229M water treatment project in Saint John could begin by February 2016, with an expected three-year completion timeframe. Port City Water Partners will design, build, finance, and operate the system. Construction Other Type of Event NB
La Cooprative des techniciens ambulanciers de la Montrgie (CTAM) is investing $6M to construct its head office in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. Construction is planned to begin in Spring2016. Construction Other Type of Event QC
A Boston Pizza restaurant will open in Vieux Hull in Spring2016, creating between 50 and 70new jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Cascades Inopak A Division Of Cascades Canada, located in Drummondville, is investing $1M to acquire new thermoforming equipment that will help it keep up with growing market demand for barrier packaging and trays for meat and poultry Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
A Rtisserie Fuse restaurant will be built in Princeville at the beginning of 2016. The project represents a $750,000 investment. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Cascades Plastics in Kingsey Falls, a manufacturer of trays used in the food industry, is investing $3.5M in new equipment that will help it increase its market share Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Condor Chimiques, a manufacturer of chemical, asphalt and cement products, whose head office is located in Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, has invested $7M to acquire a new building in Saint-Eugne. Twenty new hires are expected. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
LTA Aerostructures, a Canadian company that specializes in developing cargo airships to transport heavy materials, announced a $90M investment and plans to create 180jobs by 2019, mainly in the Mirabel area Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Mecachrome Canada announces that it has won a contract with Airbus SAS to build titanium parts at its factory in Mirabel. According to the company, the contract is valued at several million dollars. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
A new restaurant has opened in Baie-Comeau. Le Grand Bleu, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, has hired about 20 employees. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Hotel & Suites Le Dauphin Drummondville has invested $700,000 in renovations Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event QC
Norampac, the division of Cascades that specializes in manufacturing corrugated cardboard packaging, invested $4M to enlarge its factory in Drummondville Construction Other Type of Event QC
The company Renoflex, which specializes in installing highway safety barriers, has invested $1.1M to acquire a new building in Drummondville Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Town of Magog plans to invest $6.5M into its road network in 2016 Construction Other Type of Event QC

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