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.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Active Communities Inc. contributed $33,179 in funding to MyFathersFarm in P.E.I. to purchase new equipment which will improve efficiencies and meet a growing demand for dried hops Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
The Government of P.E.I. plans to cut 28 classroom teachers through attrition, seven positons at the board level and six in the Education Department. The French Language School Board will not lose any positions. Educational Services Other Type of Event PE
The Government of P.E.I. announced $500,000 in funding to the P.E.I. potato industry to address foreign material detection technology and training Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
P.E.I. lobster fishermen have been granted a four day extension to the lobster season this year. Lobster landings have been decreasing across the province and the price of lobster has increased due to demand. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
Co-op Atlantic is closing its grocery store on Queen Street in Charlottetown. Twenty-four employees were given layoff notices. Three other stores in Atlantic Canada will be affected as well. Retail Trade Layoff PE
Maritime Electric is moving forward with plans to build a $68M power generator in Charlottetown. The generator will be built near its current facility and is expected to be installed by 2018. Utilities Other Type of Event PE
The Government of P.E.I., through the Finance PEI's Century Fund, announced a $4,020,986 repayable loan and a non-repayable contribution of $1,352,807, to support the expansion of Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation PE
Sip Café Meteghan has opened in Meteghan. The coffee shop plans to eventually expand into a full-service restaurant. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
National barber shop chain Tommy Gun's Original Barbershop has opened a location in the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation NS
Jigg's Take-Out has opened in St. Peters, employing 12 workers Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Technology firm Global Relay has opened an office in Halifax and intends to create up to 150 jobs with the assistance of a provincial payroll rebate program. The company will hire software developers, and include recent graduates. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NS
Johnny K's Authentic Donairs will open on Pizza Corner in downtown Halifax in July. The restaurant will employ 12 to 15 workers. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The 34-turbine South Canoe Wind Farm in the New Ross area is now operating, and will employ a maintenance team of five or six workers Utilities Job Creation NS
Co-op Atlantic will lay off 400 employees across Atlantic Canada as it exits from the food and retail gas business. While most of the layoffs are in New Brunswick, they will include 36 workers at a distribution warehouse in Sydney. Retail Trade Layoff NS
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board will eliminate 36.1 full-time equivalent teaching positions, and those of four custodians and one and a half bus drivers. Declining enrolments continue to provide challenges for the board. Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
The Construction Association of Nova Scotia indicates that despite an ongoing construction boom in Halifax and occasional shortages of workers, the supply of labour appears to be adequate and will likely remain that way. Predictions by some groups of impending labour crunch issues over the years have generally failed to emerge. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Construction has begun on the $1B Forest Lakes residential-commercial development in Ardoise.The developer, Terra Firma Development Corporation, says the building of a golf course on site could employ up to 60 workers. Construction Other Type of Event NS
The Government of NL has invested $110,000 in funding for the completion of the town hall and community centre in Bauline. The project will be cost-shared by the Government of NL and the Town of Bauline. Construction Other Type of Event NL
Australia-based Paladin Energy has been granted special clearance to go ahead with work at the Michelin Uranium project in Labrador without a Canadian partner. The company plans to begin exploration in July, followed by a winter drilling program. Construction Other Type of Event NL
Temperance Street in St. John's is about to see some major changes. The buildings known as the Four Sisters will be restored to their former heritage status. The City of St. John's also approved the development of a six-storey condominium on the street. Construction Layoff NL
The Government of NL announced $250,000 in funding for the Rainbow Riders Campaign in St. John's to help support therapeutic riding programs for children and youth with disabilities Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL announced $880,000 in funding to the Soccer Hut (Topsail Soccer Pitch) in Conception Bay South for upgrades to sport and recreation facilities in preparation for the 2016 NL Summer Games Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL, through the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, has awarded two contracts valued at $182,000 for renovations and upgrades to nine social housing homes on the Burin Peninsula - two in Burin, and seven in Marystown Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL announced 400,000 in funding through The Youth Innovation initiative to support 37 innovation projects throughout NL N/A Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL, through the Visitor Information Centre Program, has provided $143,500 in funding to support 22 regional visitor information centres with operational support N/A Other Type of Event NL
Bishop's College High School in St. John's will close its doors after 56 years in operation. A new Waterford Valley High School was built to replace Bishop's and will open in September 2015. Educational Services Other Type of Event NL
Co-op Atlantic announced that it will close its four grocery stores in Atlantic Canada. The stores affected are Mapleton Road Co-op in Moncton, River Road Co-op in New Brunswick, Queen Street Co-op in P.E.I. and Carol Wabush Co-op in Labrador City, NL Retail Trade Layoff NL
Construction is underway for a new Winners store in Corner Brook. The development is expected to create several hundred jobs at various stages of development. The completion date is scheduled for January 2016. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NL
Emera has launched a new website for the Maritime Link Project with upcoming job opportunities. Activity is expected to ramp up over the next few months. The website is also a tool for contract employers to use. Construction Other Type of Event NL
Outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops held a job fair in June to help fill more than 200 positions at its new store due to open in Dieppe in the fall of 2015 Retail Trade Job Creation NB
Outside unionized workers have a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the City of Saint John which will include annual pay raises of 2.5%. Fifteen positions will be eliminated through attrition over the next three years. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
Party City, a retail chain that provides supplies for parties and special occasions, has opened a store on Mapleton Road in Moncton. The store has about 30 employees. Retail Trade Job Creation NB
United States-based information technology company BackOffice Associate has opened a data centre in Moncton and intends to create 50 jobs over the next three years with financial assistance from the provincial government Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NB
Three remaining instructor positions will be eliminated when the last nurses will graduate from the University of New Brunswick's (UNB) nursing program in Bathurst in 2017. In future, UNB will only offer the program in Saint John and Fredericton. Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
Enterprise Holdings will establish 50 to 100 contact centre jobs in New Brunswick. Employees will work from home and provide service to customers looking to rent cars at Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations. Eighteen people have already been hired. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NB
Construction is underway on a Domino's Pizza restaurant at the location of the former Harvey's restaurant on Mountain Road in Moncton. No date has been given for the opening. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
Co-op Atlantic will lay off 290 workers in New Brunswick as it exits from the food and retail gas business. The layoffs will affect workers at stores in Moncton and Grand Bay-Westfield, and at head office and a warehouse in Moncton. Retail Trade Layoff NB
Affected by the spruce budworm and high cost of wood, global leader Resolute Forest Products halted its foresting operations in Baie-Comeau, leading to a work stoppage for some 240 employees Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff QC
Affected by the spruce budworm and high cost of wood, sawmill Produits Forestiers Arbec, a division of Rémabec, halted its operations in Port-Cartier, which led to a work stoppage for 200 employees Manufacturing Layoff QC
A new building containing about 20 social housing units will be built in Havre-Saint-Pierre at a cost of $5M. Future renters will have access to the building at the end of the year Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Canada announced the start of construction on the new Champlain Bridge in Montréal. A $4.2B agreement was signed with the Groupe Signature sur le Saint-Laurent, and the project is expected to be complete in fall 2019. Construction Other Type of Event QC
About 100 employees responsible for refueling aircraft at Montréal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport received layoff notices following the end of the contract between the Canadian airline consortium and its providers Wholesale Trade Layoff QC
Pharmaceutical company Pharmascience announced investments of more than $55 million to modernize and expand its Montréal facilities. Those investments will create 65 jobs by the end of 2016. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The City of Drummondville reopened the newly redesigned Parc Woodyatt following a $3.3-million investment. This popular spot hosts all different types of events and contributes to the downtown's social and economic vitality Public Administration Other Type of Event QC
Simons will open a new store in the Promenades de l'Outaouais shopping centre in Gatineau in mid-August. The hiring of some 150 employees is under way. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Furniture manufacturer Canadel in Louiseville is investing $3 million to expand its facilities by 30,000 square feet. The company will hire about 20 new employees, primarily upholsterers, around October. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Located in Shawinigan, restaurant-inn Le Florès was sold and should resume business on July 1. The establishment's previous employees will be contacted. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
A Subway restaurant will open in Rivière-du-Loup, leading to the hiring of 12 employees Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and people of the Mi'kmaq First Nation in Gaspésie began construction of a $330M wind farm project in the unorganized territory of Rivière-Nouvelle. By October, 130 employees will be working on the project. Construction Job Creation QC
Saint-Elzéar's Association coopérative forestière finalized an agreement with McInnis Cement to supply its Port-Daniel-Gascons cement plant with biomass. About 50 new jobs will be created at the forestry cooperative. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Nineteen employees at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles were affected by budget cuts. Seven positions were terminated, seven project managers saw their projects abandoned, and five employees saw their roles reduced. Educational Services Layoff QC
Daycare centre Les Mille-Pattes just began construction of a second facility in Saint-Jérôme that will be ready in January 2016. It will accommodate 80 children and create 20 jobs. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Chinese buffet restaurant Fu Lam just opened its 11th establishment in Repentigny. The location will feature seating room for 400 and a delivery service. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Restaurant Presse Café just opened in Terrebonne in the medical centre on Boulevard des Seigneurs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Manoir Grand-Moulin in Deux-Montagnes will be demolished at the end of the summer. Réseau Sélection will build a 200 units residential building for seniors in its place at a price of $30M. The construction project will generate more than 50 jobs. Construction Job Creation QC
The Stelia North America factory in Mirabel just won a $3M contract with Lockheed Martin to build aircraft parts. This will allow about 10 more employees to be hired to join the current staff of 20. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Thirty employees at Cégep de Sainte-Foy will lose their jobs in September as a result of budget cuts. These layoffs are due to positions being eliminated, retired workers not being replaced, and contracts not being renewed. Educational Services Layoff QC
The first Pomme Salade store will open in July in the Charlesbourg borough of the city of Québec. The company is in the hiring process and looking to fill 30 positions. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Kenworth just opened a branch in Saint-Georges at a cost of $4M. The company's new location will create 17 jobs. Wholesale Trade Job Creation QC
A total of $42 million will be invested to expand the natural gas distribution network between Lévis and Sainte-Claire. About 550 full-time jobs will be created during the construction and equipment installation phase. Construction Job Creation QC
A sports and recreation complex will be built in the borough of Jonquière in Saguenay at a cost of $20M. According to the developer, the project should eventually create about 100 jobs. Construction is expected to start in late June. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
Resolute Forest Products will lay off 90 employees at its Scierie des Outardes in Baie-Comeau around August 24. Financial projections for the sawmill are forcing the company to take these steps to ensure it prospers in the long term. Manufacturing Layoff QC
In Nicolet, the Pétro-T gas station and convenience store will be rebuilt at a cost of $900,000. Their demolition will begin in August and finish in late September. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Following a fire that devastated its cranberry processing plant in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Fruit d'Or will relocate to Plessisville by the end of 2015 at a cost of $30M Construction Other Type of Event QC
Opsens, a company based in Québec City that manufactures fibre optic sensors, intends to recruit about 50 new employees over the next two years. The company will move into a new building Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The government of Canada announced a $28M investment to construct and renovate the housing facilities at the Bagotville military base. The runways and airfield will be restored as well. These projects are expected to create 270 jobs over the next 2 years. Public Administration Job Creation QC
Bell Canada plans to invest an estimated $1.14B to launch its new internet service, Gigabit Fibe, in Toronto. The infrastructure project is expected to create around 2,400 jobs. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
Five years after construction began, the 11-km $1.4B Herb Gray Parkway extending Highway 401 through Windsor to Brighton Beach is due to open to traffic while final construction work is completed Construction Other Type of Event ON
The Government of Canada announced $285.6M in investments along the Trent-Severn Waterway in central Ontario for infrastructure replacement, repairs and rehabilitation Construction Job Creation ON
Walsh Construction Company Canada secured a $118M contract to redevelop Trillium Health Partners' Credit Valley Hospital site in Mississauga. The project should be completed in spring 2018. Construction Job Creation ON
Dufferin Construction Company received a $112.8M contract from the Government of Ontario to widen a 4.2-km stretch of Highway 401 in Waterloo Region. More than 1,200 jobs will be created or sustained. The project should be completed by summer 2019. Construction Job Creation ON
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. is planning a two-year $105M expansion of its urea plant at the Courtright Nitrogen Complex in St. Clair Township near Sarnia beginning in 2015 Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Cimcorp Automation Ltd. in Grimsby secured a $33.5M contract with Qingdao Sentury Tire Co. Ltd. to manufacture material handling equipment for the Chinese company's factory in Thailand Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Ontario government awarded Aecon Construction and Materials Ltd. a $19.4M contract to complete the twinning of Highway 69 between Sudbury and Parry Sound. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Construction Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario will invest $8.4M towards upgrades along a 26-km stretch of Highway 71 between Nester Falls and Sioux Narrows Construction Job Creation ON
Georgian College will receive almost $4M in funding from the federal and provincial governments towards building a new $7.9M Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research Centre in Owen Sound Construction Other Type of Event ON
Woodstock City Council awarded Viewcon Construction Ltd. two reconstruction projects for Springbank Ave. and Oxford St. at $1.2M and $1.3M respectively, beginning in July Construction Job Creation ON
H. Bye Construction Ltd. is about to begin work on a $2.1M technology wing at Walkerton's Sacred Heart High School. Completion of the work is expected for January 2016. Construction Job Creation ON
Site preparation is underway on Rona Inc.'s Little Current Building Centre at its new location on Highway 6 in Manitoulin District Construction Job Creation ON
Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. opened a flagship dealership in Thornhill Retail Trade Job Creation ON
A Tony Roma's restaurant franchise is scheduled to open in Thunder Bay later this year Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Muskoka Airport expansion project has been cancelled Construction Other Type of Event ON
An Education and Training Expo will be held in Sarnia at the St. Aquinas Church Hall on July 18 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. N/A Other Type of Event ON
Green Terra Homes, a manufacturer of prefabricated steel, modular, and mobile homes, opened in Trenton and is expected to create 140 jobs over the next three years Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Acklands-Grainger Inc., a supplier of maintenance and safety products, opened its Toronto distribution centre in Caledon, Peel Region, creating more than 130 jobs Wholesale Trade Job Creation ON
Music and Film in Motion, a film and music development agency in Sudbury, is looking to fill 75 vacant positions in Northern Ontario's film industry. Job seekers with transferable skills from outside the industry are encouraged to apply. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
A newly-expanded Foodland grocery store reopened in Smithville, Niagara Region, with 60 new employees Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Hammond Manufacturing Company Ltd. in Guelph received a $1.5M grant from the Government of Ontario to expand and upgrade production, creating 55 jobs over the next five years. The company will begin construction on a new facility at the end of June. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Andrew Peller Ltd. plans to open Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and Craft Distillery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Construction will begin in fall and could be completed in time for a spring 2017 opening. The winery will employ around 40 people. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Colt Canada Corp. in Kitchener received an initial contract valued at $1.5M from the Government of Canada to produce new rifles for the Canadian Rangers. Another 6,500 rifles will be manufactured between 2016 and 2019, creating around 30 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
A Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. store will open in mid-August in Quinte West, creating between 15 and 17 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Winnipeg's overall retail vacancy rate reached 5.7%, its highest level in over a decade due to big box and large chain store closings and downsizings Retail Trade Other Type of Event MB
Manitoba's engineering profession is attracting more women. According to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, the number of practising female engineers has risen 120% to 458 in the last decade. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event MB
Manitoba's wholesale trade reached $1.5B in April, a 5.8% increase over April 2014 and the fourth highest growth rate among provinces. Like Saskatchewan, Manitoba's increase was driven by the ¿miscellaneous subsector.' Wholesale Trade Other Type of Event MB
Manitoba is extending its Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit to December 2019. The credit provides a 40% rebate on eligible labour, among other benefits. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event MB
Manitoba's new Post-Secondary Education Strategy promises to modernize the education system to better respond to student needs and labour market demands. Additionally, student loans will be interest-free in Manitoba starting August 2015. Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
Saskatoon has been selected to host the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards, an event that is expected to inject at least $6M into the local economy Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event SK
Despite rising student enrolment, Regina school divisions are looking to eliminate positions to cope with an $8M budget shortfall in the 2015-16 school year. The divisions are hoping to manage this through attrition, not layoffs. Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
Serve it Right Saskatchewan (SIRS) training will be mandatory for alcohol servers in the province by June 30, 2018. The provincial government has a three-year implementation plan with specific targets to help employers meet the deadline. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event SK
Saskatchewan's wholesale trade increased 17.9% to $2.4B in April, the highest year-over-year growth rate of all provinces and nearly three times the Canadian average of 6.7%. April's record level increase was driven by the ¿miscellaneous subsector.' Wholesale Trade Other Type of Event SK
Saskatchewan's new online application for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program will speed the process for highly skilled foreign workers finding work and becoming permanent residents N/A Other Type of Event SK
The demolition of the century old Parrish and Heimbecker grain mill on June 20, 2015 marked the end of an era in Saskatoon. Built in 1910, the milling and storage facility was the largest of its kind in Western Canada. Manufacturing Other Type of Event SK
Saskatchewan has the highest percentage of families with two working parents at 74%, while Manitoba has the third-highest at 71%. The Canadian average is 69% compared to 36% in 1976. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The Government of Alberta has introduced Bill 3, the Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, which restores funding to health-care and human services, and freezes post-secondary tuition. The previous government had proposed cuts to funding in these areas. N/A Job Creation AB
A recent report from Statistics Canada has found that Alberta is continuing to attract people from other provinces, in spite of slumping oil prices. Alberta had the strongest population growth rate of all the provinces. N/A Other Type of Event AB
The oil sands industry in Alberta is projected to have strong growth, but at a reduced rate according to a new report from RBC Dominion Securities. Production from the oil sands and capital investments are expected to occur at a slower rate than previously forecast in 2014. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Retail trade in Alberta declined 2.5% in the first three months of 2015 over 2014, according to a recently released report from Colliers International. Alberta led the country in retail growth in 2014, with sales rising 7.7% to $78.7B. Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
TELUS is investing $1B in Edmonton to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses directly to the company's fibre optic network over the next six years. TELUS also announced a $120,000 investment in the Edmonton Public Library system. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Wood Mackenzie is predicting that $100B is at risk for Canadian oil producers in the absence of significant pipeline construction by 2030. Transportation bottlenecks and increased production are expected to push more oil to the railways. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Simons, a major Canadian fashion retailer, is planning a $200M expansion, including new stores in Calgary and Edmonton by 2017. The family-owned company currently operates nine stores, all in Quebec, except for one at West Edmonton Mall, which opened in 2012. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The City of Airdrie is seeking a new tenant for the Airdrie Town and Country Centre after the current lessee decided against further renewal. The city is open to both non- and for-profit organizations as tenants. Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
A program called BaseToBusiness was launched by the Government of Alberta tasked with encouraging employers to tap into the skillsets of veterans who are transitioning from the Canadian Armed Forces N/A Job Creation AB
The Town of Crossfield has approved rezoning for a parcel of land that will allow Dream Developments to build housing for 2,900 residents. The first phase of Vista Crossing, planned for early 2016, will include about 140 homes. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Deerland Equipment is planning for September 2015 to finish the first stage of the Landing Park Development in Athabasca. The area, zoned for highway commercial development, is expecting to attract restaurants and retail businesses. Construction Job Creation AB
The Alberta Chambers of Commerce has recently released a report suggesting that a proposed increase in the Alberta minimum wage would result in fewer jobs and cuts to workers' benefits. The results come from over 1,500 responses to a business survey. N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Banff Lake Louise Hotel Motel Association is concerned about proposed increases to the Alberta minimum wage. The association is also asking that the current liquor-server wage differential be retained. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
TransCanada Corp. has laid off 185 people, mostly stationed in Calgary, from its major projects department in a bid to cut costs and improve efficiency. Approximately 100 full-time employees and 85 contractors, were affected. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
The City of Edmonton has approved construction of a funicular, pedestrian bridge and outdoor elevator in the river valley. Construction on the $24M project could begin in the summer of 2015, pending financing agreements. Construction Job Creation AB
Edmonton Public Schools has approved a budget of approximately $1.1B for the 2015-2016 school year. The budget includes funding for 67 additional full-time teaching jobs and 51 extra full-time support staff positions, such as educational assistants and library technicians. Educational Services Job Creation AB
Dynastream Innovations, a Cochrane high tech company, has been rebranded under Garmin Ltd. The Cochrane office, which is set to expand, has been an important design and engineering centre for Garmin internationally. Management of Companies and Enterprises Other Type of Event AB

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