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
The government of Quebec is granting financial assistance to Nicolet-based Nitek Laser, a company that specializes in laser cutting. The total investment is over $3.1M. Ten employees joined the existing 43. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
According to industry associations, farmers in New Brunswick are reaping the benefits of higher beef prices across the country. Farmers are getting the highest prices for their animals seen in many years, due to fewer farms producing cattle across North America. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NB
According to industry associations in New Brunswick, many workers have left the province in recent years due to a general slowdown in construction, resulting in staffing difficulties when projects do arise. The associations are hoping for increased investments in infrastructure spending from the new provincial government, which would encourage workers to return. Construction Other Type of Event NB
According to the Saint John Police Force, it can be challenging to fill positions at its 911 communication centre. The centre is currently in the process of hiring three staff, and workers must be bilingual and well-suited to the demanding job. Public Administration Job Creation NB
Fredericton-based HotSpot Parking Inc. will expand and create six new jobs, with financial assistance from the provincial government. The company develops technology which allows people to pay for parking with mobile devices. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NB
Design work and construction will take place over the next four years on a $20M project to connect Chateau Heights to Fredericton's water and sewer system, and build related lines and infrastructure Construction Other Type of Event NB
The New Brunswick government will introduce a Youth Employment Fund over the next few months to help 1,500 unemployed youth. The program will provide six-month periods of work placements and training. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
The provincial government announced $367,912 in funding to assist seven companies in the Corner Brook region with measures such as infrastructure improvements and staff training, in order to increase their capacity and improve their market presence Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
The City Streets boutique store at the Village Shopping Centre in St. John's has closed. Employees are without jobs. Retail Trade Layoff NL
The provincial government announced $27,000 in funding to purchase firefighting equipment for the District of Port de Grave. The equipment will be cost-shared by the provincial government and the communities of the district. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
The City of Mount Pearl and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing municipal workers in the City of Mount Pearl, have reached a tentative agreement. A ratification vote is expected to take place this weekend. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $29,000 in funding for the purchase of fire-fighting equipment for the District of St. George's - Stephenville East. The equipment will be cost-shared by the provincial government and the district. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $259,000 in funding for five research grants that focus on enhancing medical patient care in NL Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $30,000 in funding to purchase fire fighting equipment for communities in the District of Bay of Islands. The equipment will be cost-shared by the provincial government and the communities. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
Tim Hortons will open a new location in Enfield in December 2014, and will employ 30 to 40 people Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Retail businesses Canadian Tire and Dollarama will open in the spring of 2015 in the Elmsdale Shopping Centre in Elmsdale Retail Trade Job Creation NS
A restaurant, LannaThai, is under construction on King Street in Bridgewater, and is expected to open by the end of 2014. It is estimated that between 15 to 20 workers could be hired when the restaurant opens. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
City Streets, a boutique chain with eight stores in various parts of Nova Scotia, has closed suddenly due to bankruptcy Retail Trade Layoff NS
HB Studios, a Lunenburg-based video game developer, has grown from having nine employees when it opened 14 years ago, to about 80 currently. The number of employees fluctuates slightly depending on the number of games in development. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event NS
The federal and Nova Scotia governments have announced they will cost share $50M on 22 projects to provide major highway upgrades in Nova Scotia over the next four years Construction Other Type of Event NS
The Summerside Seafood Supreme plant in Summerside has completed $600,000 in upgrades which will provide the plant with an international food-safety certification standard. The plant is looking to hire 20 additional employees. Manufacturing Job Creation PE
Aspin Kemp & Associates was awarded an $80M contract with GE's Global Offshore and Marine division to provide switchboards, various frequency drives and other electrical components for drilling ships. The contract is expected to generate 50 jobs in PEI. Wholesale Trade Job Creation PE
The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund, and the provincial government of PEI, announced $182,708 in combined funding to the PEI Shellfish Association Limited to support the island's shellfish industry. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
The provincial government announced approximately $5M in funding, over a five-year period, to P.E.I. BioAlliance to help accelerate business development in the bioscience industry. BioAlliance will match that contribution with funds from other private and public sources. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event PE
TransCanada Corporation is expecting to begin construction on the $3B Grand Rapids Pipeline Project between the Ft. McMurray area and the Edmonton Industrial Heartland terminals in the fall of 2014 Construction Job Creation AB
Golden Buffalo Development is planning to start construction in the spring of 2015 on a hotel and office complex in downtown Fort McMurray Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Airdrie has rezoned a parcel of land that will allow the development of 120 single-family lots in the South Windsong neighbourhood Construction Job Creation AB
Rocky View Schools is requesting $25M in capital from the Government of Alberta to increase classroom capacity throughout the district, in an effort to deal with overcrowding in schools Construction Job Creation AB
Sofas Beds and GE Appliances and Malories Cakes and Catering, two retail stores in Camrose, were significantly damaged by fire on October 11, 2014 Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
The Bow Valley Regional Transit Commission is currently conducting a feasibility study for a regional transit service for the Town of Canmore, with implementation likely starting in 2016 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
Bow Valley High School and Rocky View Schools have partnered with Kingsmith Homes through the Building Futures program to offer students practical trades experience in home construction Construction Other Type of Event AB
Total E&P Canada has filed an application with the Alberta Energy Regulator to expand the $11B Joslyn oil sands project near Fort MacKay by 60%. The project was previously put on hold in May 2014. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The City of Grande Prairie has approved a commercial development called Trader Ridge, which includes proposals for a car dealership, grocery store and small shops Construction Job Creation AB
SemCAMS has announced plans to build a sour gas compressor station on the Northwest Wapiti Pipeline, southwest of Grande Prairie Construction Job Creation AB
Alberta Health Services is opening 464 continuing care spaces throughout the province to ease the pressure on hospital bed demand Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Associated Cab Innisfail has hired four drivers for the new taxi service in Innisfail following the new Taxi Bylaw Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
Edmonton Catholic Schools will be spending $3.6M to provide childcare at four Edmonton schools, starting in 2016 Educational Services Job Creation AB
The City of Lacombe has released the results of a retail customer survey conducted during the summer of 2014. The survey provides information on Lacombe's retail trade area and customer demographics. Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
The Alberta Wheat Commission is searching for a director and three regional representatives from the County of Vermilion and the surrounding area Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
In a recent report, BMO Economics found that the Alberta economy leads the country, primarily due to the energy sector, a surging population and a strong labour market N/A Other Type of Event AB
The City of Calgary has started construction on the $191M Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre, with opening planned for 2017 Construction Job Creation AB
Strathcona County has started construction on the $29M Emerald Hills Aquatic Centre, with completion planned for the fall of 2016 Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Iqaluit has approved the construction of a $2.9M road to service the city's new landfill and a quarry site Construction Job Creation NU
Nunavut Solutions Grants is providing funding for programs, equipment and services, which will help improve the quality of life for persons with mobility-related disabilities Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NU
A recent consultant report has found a lack of skilled Nunavummiut to fill jobs at the Baffinland Iron Mines Mary River mine, with almost 80% of the positions going to out of territory workers Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NU
The First Nations Bank of Canada plans to open a branch in Pond Inlet on October 21 2014, and a branch in Kugluktuk in 2015 Finance and Insurance Job Creation NU
The First Nations Bank of Canada opened its branch in Yellowknife on October 15, 2014, following construction delays which postponed the opening for more than a year Finance and Insurance Job Creation NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories and the K'ahsho Got'ine District have signed an agreement to allow for the construction and operation of the Mackenzie Valley Fiberoptic Link. Construction is expected to start in early January 2015. Construction Job Creation NT
Yukon College and the Government of Yukon are developing the first made-in-Yukon degree and post-degree certificate, with implementation expected by 2017 Educational Services Job Creation YT
P&M Recycling in Whitehorse is gearing up for larger volumes of recyclable materials following the closure of a free public drop-off service at Raven Recycling Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation YT
Many Rivers Counselling Services has eliminated its programs for babies, toddlers and parents, and a family educator position, due to a lack of sustainable funding Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff YT
Air North has reached a tentative contract agreement with its flight attendants following a week of renewed negotiations. The two sides have been negotiating since October 2013. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event YT
Teck Resources and Linde LLC are undergoing maintenance to their plants in Trail. The process is expected to take about six weeks and will employ approximately 900 contractors, the majority of which will be hired locally. Construction Job Creation BC
Revelution, an indoor fitness facility, has opened in Revelstoke. The facility offers indoor cycling, suspension training, Pilates, and yoga. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
Nelson Commons, a 54-unit condominium development, has met its pre-sale requirement of 34 units. Construction on the residential and retail project is expected to begin early in 2015, with occupancy in late spring of 2016. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Endurance Wind Power Inc. has opened a new manufacturing facility in Surrey. Endurance has created 80 new jobs in 2014, 40 of which are in the Lower Mainland. Manufacturing Job Creation BC
T&T Supermarket, an Asian grocery store chain, has opened a new location in Richmond. The 38,000 sq.-ft. store caters to an emerging high-density neighbourhood around the Richmond Olympic Oval. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
Victoria's Westshore has seen two new stores open in October. Gap Outlet store opened in Westshore Town Centre and Moksha Yoga has a new studio in the city. N/A Job Creation BC
The Government of BC has granted an environmental assessment certificate to BC Hydro's Site C hydroelectric dam project. Site C is located near Fort St John and will cost an estimated $7.9B, with completion expected by 2024. Construction Other Type of Event ON
TOPSHOP has opened its second location in the Lower Mainland, located in Richmond Centre. The new 14,000 sq.-ft. location is the 10th store in Canada for the UK fashion retailer. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Boston Pizza is opening two locations in downtown Vancouver. The move is part of a larger expansion plan, which involves the company opening 15 locations this year, including four in BC. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The University of BC's Okanagan campus has received $3.8M in funding to establish a Survive and Thrive Applied Research facility. The facility will help develop technology for human protection and survivability in extreme conditions. Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
A number of Asian tech firms are expanding their operations in Vancouver. FunPlus Games is seeking a new facility in the city, which will allow them to expand from 12 to 30 employees. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation BC
As a result of the recent drought in California, British Columbians may see an increase of $30 to $60 in their monthly grocery bill. More than 66% of BC's imported vegetables and 44% of imported fruits come from the United States. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event BC
The Government of Manitoba has partnered with the Kelsey school division and the University College of the North to expand training programs in the trades for students in northern Manitoba Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
Moose Jaw Ford expects to complete construction of their new larger dealership by the summer of 2015 Construction Other Type of Event SK
The City of Regina continues to explore a variety of recruitment strategies to deal with a shortage of heavy-duty mechanics in the Regina Transit department Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
The University of Saskatchewan's board of governors approved the construction of a new 90-space daycare facility, as part of the College Quarter residences Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
Bruce Power is investing $86.7M to conduct planned maintenance of its Unit 5 nuclear reactor in Tiverton, creating 400 temporary positions during the 50-day outage Construction Job Creation ON
Strathcona Solar Initiatives announced that it will open a solar module manufacturing facility in the former Nortel building in Belleville this month, creating 130 positions. The company recently hired 50 employees at its new plant in Napanee. Construction Job Creation ON
North Bay-based mine builder Cementation Canada Inc. secured a three-year contract to rehabilitate the shafts at a salt mine in Goderich. As many as 100 employees and sub-contractors are expected onsite during peak periods. Construction Job Creation BC
Construction has started on the new $10M Avalon Catholic Elementary School in Ottawa, which is expected to open in September 2015 Construction Job Creation ON
Construction is underway at a new $4.5M commercial plaza in Walkerville in Essex County Construction Job Creation ON
Ground breaking took place on a $2.3M project to construct a new Canadian Wildlife Services headquarters in Norfolk. STM Construction Ltd. of Brantford will construct the research facility with an expected completion date in October 2015. Construction Job Creation ON
The City of Windsor has awarded a $1M+ contract to Giorgi Bros. Construction Ltd. to reconstruct sidewalks throughout the city Construction Job Creation ON
Thomas Canning (Maidstone) Ltd. has signed a second contract with Nigeria, to provide food safety training workshops via their National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario will provide $6M to expand and develop 30 community paramedicine programs to improve access to care in the community for patients with chronic conditions, especially seniors Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event ON
Menswear retailer Stollerys, which has been a Toronto landmark for 114 years, will close its Bloor Street West store in a few months Retail Trade Layoff ON
The Children's Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin is closing its office in Little Current, affecting 21 employees Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff BC
Thanks to a $425,000 investment, a new location of the La Forêt Enchantée day-care centre will be built in Tingwick. Nine jobs will be created. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Servier Canada, a pharmaceutical company, inaugurated its clinical research centre in Laval. This investment, estimated at $17M, will enable about 50 highly skilled jobs to be consolidated. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event QC
Hôpital Marie-Clarac inaugurated its new palliative care unit and Mère Anselme Marie pavilion in Montréal North, a project estimated at $35M Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
A drinking water reservoir will be built for $16.4M in the airport area of Longueuil towards the end of 2015 Construction Other Type of Event QC
The government of Quebec is granting financial assistance to Soudure Camille Castonguay in Sainte-Françoise. The company's total investment is $941,200. Seven employees joined the existing 10. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The government of Quebec is granting financial assistance to Acier Marquis, a steel structure and parts manufacturer based in Saint-Léonard-d'Aston. In addition to consolidating 46 jobs, the grant will enable 20 additional jobs to be created. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
After transferring its Farnham distribution centre to Action Vale, resulting in the loss of 30 jobs, Beaulieu Canada is definitely ceasing operations at its Farnham spinning mill, resulting in the laying off of 80 additional workers on January 2 Manufacturing Layoff QC
RockTenn du Canada, a multinational specializing in manufacturing cardboard boxes, is looking for 45 employees to quickly fill administrative and production-related positions at its Warwick plant Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The new emergency room at Hôpital de LaSalle was inaugurated in Montréal. This expansion project worth over $36M will have enabled the capacity of its external clinic to be increased. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
A new franchise of the Ben & Florentine restaurant will be built in Victoriaville for January 2015. About 20 employees will be hired. The City granted a permit worth $850,000. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Groupe Mori is building a commercial rental complex worth $4.5M in Terrebonne. The complex is scheduled to open in Spring 2015. A first tenant, Caisse Desjardins de Terrebonne, will be moving in. The rest of the building is being leased. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Résidence des Prairies opened its doors in July in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies. This new 55-unit institution, for independent and semi-independent seniors, required an $8M investment. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The cities of Terrebonne and Mascouche are building a conference centre ¿ Centre Expo Terrebonne. Over half a million dollars will be invested to equip the complex, where at least two shows per year will be held. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation QC
Following an investment of over $12M, the Metro Valiquette supermarket has reopened to the population in Lac-Mégantic's new downtown area. Twenty-five employees joined the existing 100 who worked at the former destroyed store. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The first Famous Footwear store to be located in Quebec is opening at Montréal's Place Vertu. A second store will open in Mirabel next November. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Groupe Arrimage Québec just obtained a significant, 10-year contract as the exclusive operator with Ogdensburg Port Authority in New York State. Several jobs will be created through this contract. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
The lower-level of Lévis' public market just opened its doors. With the opening of the permanent market, 26 permanent jobs and 59 spin-off jobs were created. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Remodelling works, representing a $1.5M investment, on Hôtel Le Concorde's former revolving restaurant were just completed. About 80 employees were hired to work in this restaurant, which is now called Ciel !. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Two industrial buildings will be refurbished, starting in November, in Montréal's Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough. This project, estimated at $35M, provides for the conversion of apartments into office spaces by December 2015. Construction Other Type of Event QC
ROOT Data Center, a data colocation service provider, announced the end of the first phase of works on its data centre in the LaSalle borough of Montréal, a project worth $20M. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event QC
La Mitis wind farm was inaugurated on October 14 and, during the construction phase from May to September, 150 jobs were created to complete the $70M project. Construction Job Creation QC
Over $8M will be invested into Hôtel Rimouski et Centre de Congrès, which will create about 50 full-time and part-time jobs, following expansion works which will start in 2015 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Despite the arrival of 4 new physicians, the Bas-Saint-Laurent still needs 20 full-time physicians Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Saint-Jean-de-Dieu and Causapscal were chosen by the Canadian company Biopellets as the locations for two pellet plants; each plant will create about 50 jobs, once they will have reached their cruising speed Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The ¿Desjardins-Jeunes au travail¿ program, set up by Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Rimouski-Neigette, enabled about 50 youth to obtain their first work experience this summer N/A Job Creation QC
The placement rate for the attestation of collegial studies in water management techniques, offered by Groupe Collégia-Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup, is over 90% Utilities Job Creation QC
Despite the arrival of 27 new family doctors in Mauricie, about 100 physicians are still required to meet to needs of the region Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The company MVF Larochelle started construction works, estimated at $1.2M, on the 2nd Arlequin et Colombine day-care centre in Amos. The day-care centre will be able to welcome 60 children and enable about 12 jobs to be created by summer 2015. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
A company from Dolbeau-Mistassini, Construction A. Ouellet, obtained the construction contract for the future Awash Utamet day-care centre, which will be located in Chibougamau. The day-care centre will welcome 60 children, including 10 infants, and create jobs. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
In Québec City, Société des alcools du Québec will be closing its accounting department. About 10 positions are affected by this restructuring. Accounting clerk positions will be eliminated and 3 management positions will be transferred to Montréal. Retail Trade Layoff QC
A new company that specializes in visual production, Drive VFX, is setting up shop in Magog. About 15 employees will be hired, bringing the total number to over 20. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation QC
A new Subway restaurant, a fast-food chain, opened its doors in Repentigny's east end. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
La Taverne Magnan, located in the borough of Le Sud-Ouest in Montréal, will be closing its doors on December 21 and laying off 65 people, following a drop in customer traffic over the past years Retail Trade Layoff QC
The mayor of Fredericton says recent arbitration-awarded raises to firefighters in New Brunswick may be more than the province's major cities can afford. He feels that arbitrators are not giving equal consideration to the municipalities' ability to pay, and that staffing levels could eventually be affected unless changes are made to the process. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
A pharmacist-led, minor-ailment clinic will open at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 500 Brookside Dr. in Fredericton. Recent changes to the Pharmacy Act in New Brunswick now allow pharmacists to prescribe for minor ailments. According to local pharmacists, the new clinic is one indicator of changes likely to occur in the future for the profession and the medical system. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
According to the New Brunswick Community College's annual report, the college has met and exceeded key performance indicators this year in terms of overall employment, employment related to one's studies, graduate satisfaction, and retention and graduation rates Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
Express Buffet, a Chinese restaurant, has opened at 86 Main Street in Fredericton Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NB
The YMCA of Greater Saint John will add 80 new paid workers to its current staff of 140 over the coming months, as it prepares to move into its new $22M building on Churchill Avenue Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NB
Site Flight Corp will establish a charter flight service at the small Miramichi Airport, dedicated to flying the mobile New Brunswick workforce back and forth from work locations in Western Canada. The company is in the process of hiring its first employees, although there has been no start date set for the service. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NB
Winners, a department store chain, will open in the old Zellers store in Yarmouth in the fall of 2015. Renovations in preparation for the opening will take place in the spring. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Ressources Appalaches Inc. has temporarily laid off 57 workers at the Dufferin gold mine on the Eastern Shore, blaming problems with equipment and a shortage of money. There has been no indication when the mine, opened in April 2014, might resume full production. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NS

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