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 Alberta has committed an additional $5.5M to Legal Aid Alberta to provide services for low-income residents Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Calgary Regional Partnership is launching a pilot transit project by the spring of 2016 that will see buses link surrounding communities to the Calgary LRT system Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Home Depot Canada has started construction on its first Rapid Deployment Centre in Western Canada, alongside their Stocking Distribution Centre, which is currently under construction. The two facilities are expected to create 350 jobs. Construction Job Creation AB
The Cubs and Kittens Educational Centre, a local daycare provider in Airdrie, closed its doors on October 31, 2014, due to a shortage of children using the service Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff AB
The City of Airdrie will be providing transportation to Calgary through Airdrie Transit for specialist medical appointments on an as-needed basis starting in January 2015 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The Airdrie Business Resource Partnership is accepting applications for a second session of their SMARTstart program, which matches entrepreneurs with business mentors, scheduled to start in February 2015 N/A Other Type of Event AB
KLM, a Dutch airline, is expanding its flight service between Calgary and Amsterdam and also adding a new service between Edmonton and Amsterdam Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
The Chiniki First Nation has announced plans for the $6M Chiniki Travel Centre, which will include a restaurant, grocery store and gas bar, providing employment for up to 30 band members Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Calgary has approved a seven-level condominium building, with retail outlets on the street floor, in the Inglewood neighbourhood Construction Other Type of Event AB
TransCanada is planning a $2.7B expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission system over the 2016 to 2017 period, as a result of new natural gas transmission contracts Construction Other Type of Event AB
Lafarge Western Canada has ceased construction activities at its Exshaw plant pending a health and safety review of materials at the site Construction Other Type of Event AB
Construction of the Bow Rivers Seniors Lodge in Canmore has been split into two phases, with the second phase now providing a higher level of care that is not currently available in the area Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Banff is taking over any future housing developments from the Banff Housing Corporation, a not-for-profit developer, as well as government relations and long-term housing planning Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
Red Arrow Motorcoach is starting a regional coach service from Cold Lake to Edmonton and Fort McMurray, starting on November 13, 2014, with plans for further expansion depending on demand for the service Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
A $5M donation has been made to the University of Calgary to establish the Anderson-Chisholm Chair in Animal Care and Welfare and to promote research and innovation in Alberta's cattle industry Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event AB
The Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute will be creating the Orwenko Centre, a research centre dedicated to the study of neurodevelopmental disorders, following a $10M donation Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event AB
Haro Developments is planning to increase the size of a condominium project in Fort Saskatchewan after the City Council approved two additional floors for the building Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Peace Wapiti School Division in Grande Prairie is turning to job search websites and school newsletters in an attempt to find bus drivers Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The County of Grande Prairie, the Government of Alberta and the Horse Lake First Nation are partnering to offer firefighting safety and fire suppression training to emergency personnel Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Penhold has granted conditional approval to a plan by Laebon Homes for the 47-house Palisades subdivision Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Nanton Health Clinic is expecting two new physicians, one in December 2014 and another in January 2015, to replace two doctors who left earlier in 2014 Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Mastermind Toys has recently opened new stores in Calgary and Sherwood Park, with two additional locations planned for Edmonton, in the first half of 2015 Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Town of Bowden has shelved their plans for a new community hall after the estimated construction cost of $3.2M was deemed excessive for the tax base Construction Other Type of Event AB
In response to lower world iron ore prices, Baffinland Iron Mines is seeking changes to allow shipping more ore over a longer season from its Mary River mine site Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NU
The Government of the Northwest Territories is delaying the implementation of a junior kindergarten program in Yellowknife and regional centres, pending a review of the system Educational Services Other Type of Event NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories has approved the environmental assessment for DeBeer's Snap Lake diamond mine, moving the project closer to final approval Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories, through the Economic Opportunities Strategy, is investing to revitalize the commercial fishing industry on Great Slave Lake Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NT
In an effort to attract 2,000 new residents by 2019, the Government of the Northwest Territories is planning to increase the number of nominees by 25 percent under the Nominee Program N/A Job Creation NT
The Mount Sima ski hill in Whitehorse is hiring for the season as a new snow making machine has permitted the facility to schedule its opening by December 5, 2014 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation YT
The City of Whitehorse is finalizing plans for a curbside recycling program, with a goal of diverting 50% of all solid landfill waste by 2015 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation YT
British Gas has reported that it will delay completion of its Prince Rupert liquefied natural project until after 2020. The Company reports that the delay is due to increased supply of natural gas from the US and elsewhere. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
Royal York Estates, Armstrong's first gated community, recently had its ribbon cutting ceremony. The community consists of 45 lots, with 15 custom-built homes. Construction has begun on one townhouse and two more will break ground shortly. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Okanagan College has partnered with Taylor Pro Training to offer class one driver training. The full-time program is in response to the Provincial Government's Labour Market Outlook 2022, which found that BC will require 18,000 drivers by 2022. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event BC
BC Ferries may shut down its route between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo as an alternative to $200M in upgrades to the Horseshoe Bay terminal. If the upgrades proceed, construction will begin by 2018 and end in 2024. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event BC
The Vancouver Economic Commission presented a case for the City of Vancouver to become the first Chinese renminbi currency hub in the Americas. The currency hub could save companies money and reduce supply chain costs by purchasing renminbi directly. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event BC
Direct service between Vancouver and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport will begin in March 2015. The new service will add 248 jobs and $8.8M in wages to BC. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Construction has begun on the Okanagan Centre for Innovation. The six-storey building will create about 500 construction jobs and is expected to be complete by early 2016. Construction Job Creation BC
Sephora, a French cosmetics retailer, has opened its largest Canadian location on Vancouver's Robson Street Retail Trade Job Creation BC
The Government of Manitoba recently announced over $200M in funding to repair, upgrade and add new infrastructure projects in central Manitoba Construction Other Type of Event MB
At the end of October, the town of Maidstone saw a ground-breaking ceremony for the new RCMP detachment facility for its 27 members and the support staff Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
During the week of November 3rd, the Saskatchewan Government celebrated the Skilled Trades and Technologies Week, which highlighted the career opportunities for young people and recognized the importance of skilled tradespeople Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
Construction on a new recreation park for Kenmount Terrace in St. John's is expected to begin in late 2015. The City of St. John's has approved $10M in funding over a two-year period for the project. Construction Other Type of Event NL
KM Homes, which has been a personal care home in St. Alban's for over 20 years, is closing its doors on December 31st Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $20M in funding for two venture capital funds, Venture Newfoundland and Labrador and Build Ventures, to help entrepreneurs access funding to grow their business N/A Other Type of Event NL
Work is expected to begin the week of November 9th to repair the 200-year-old Harbour Grace courthouse. Court proceedings will be temporarily moved to Fong's Motel in Carbonear. Further restoration work will be completed in 2015. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The 61st annual Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Conference and Trade Show is underway in St. John's. The conference runs from November 5 to 8. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
A new Canadian Tire store opened in St. John's on November 5, on Hebron Drive. The new store is the largest in NL, with 140 employees. The store replaces the former Canadian Tire store on the eastern side of Elizabeth Avenue. Retail Trade Job Creation NL
The provincial government announced $2.9M in funding to build a two-lane, 23-metre bridge in O'Donnell's, St. Mary's Bay . The new bridge is expected to open by the fall of 2015. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government, through the Island Community Fund, announced $149,000 in funding for three projects in the St. Louis and Tignish areas to expand services that will enhance the quality of life for local residents Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event PE
Lot 30, one of Charlottetown's most celebrated restaurants, has closed. The owners will move to western Canada to open Lot 30 West in Edmonton. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event PE
A new methadone clinic has opened in Charlottetown. Five doctors have volunteered to work one-half day each week at the clinic. The doctors have all been trained to administer methadone and suboxone. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
Health P.E.I. will be expanding its pap screening services to island communities across the province, in order to provide more timely access for patients. The current mobile pap screening clinics in P.E.I. will close at the end of November. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
The Big Orange Lunchbox restaurant on University Avenue has closed permanently Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event PE
The $20M Marine Atlantic ferry terminal project in North Sydney is on track to be completed by the spring of 2015. About 80 local tradespeople have been involved in its construction at peak periods. Construction Job Creation NS
Tim Hortons in Cheticamp will close before the end of 2014, as the company doesn't consider it financially viable to continue to operate the restaurant. Twenty workers will be affected. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff NS
The Sydney Co-op Food Market will close in November, and 31 employees will lose their jobs. Competition from other retailers has hurt the business in recent times. Retail Trade Layoff NS
The Halifax Chronicle-Herald has issued layoff notices to 20 newsroom staff, as it seeks ways to deal with declining revenues. As a result of the notices, the newspaper hopes to reach concessions from the union over the coming weeks, which will allow it to reduce the number of actual layoffs. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff NS
Real estate company Results Realty has opened within the past few months in New Glasgow, and employs five agents Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event NS
Mosaik Property Management Ltd. will begin construction in a couple of months on a multimillion-dollar, eight-storey mixed residential and commercial complex at the corner of Sackville and Market Streets in Halifax. The building will be called The Dillon. Construction Other Type of Event NS
The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council predicts that the large federal shipbuilding contract and stronger markets for exports to the United States will contribute to real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 1.9% for Nova Scotia in 2015. Natural gas production is a positive factor in the predicted GDP growth of 1.6% for 2014. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
A golf course and residential development project worth more than $50M is under construction near Hubbards. According to Aspotogan Developments, completion of the course is expected by the fall of 2015. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NS
Petit Rocher-based company R.H. Frenette has been awarded a contract by the city of Bathurst to demolish and remove homes affected by land instability along the shoreline Construction Other Type of Event NB
About 75 staff were affected by the recent closure of the Ramada Plaza Crystal Palace Hotel and Convention Centre in Dieppe. An amusement park and restaurant in the same complex also closed. Retailer Bass Pro Shops will move into the space within a few weeks. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff NB
More than seven full-time positions, many of them for orderlies, will be eliminated at the Edmundston Regional Hospital. The cuts are part of a three-year reorganization which will eventually see the creation of some other health care positions. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff NB
The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council predicts that increases in capital spending on roads and a greater demand for exports to the United States may contribute to real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of a modest 1.6% for New Brunswick in 2015. GDP growth for 2014 is expected to be about 1%, due to a slow local economy and weak export markets. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
The city of Campbellton has locked out 36 outside workers as a result of stalled contract negotiations, and has contracted out snow removal services Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
About 1,400 people have applied to work at a planned medical marijuana plant in the Campbellton area. The operator, Zenabis, had hoped to hire 400 people by the fall of 2014, but has not yet received a license to run the facility. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
Two new restaurants, Mary Brown's and Maple Leaf Queen's Buffet, will open in the Moncton area within a few weeks. The restaurant sector remains quite dynamic in the area, with several openings and a couple of closures over the past few months. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
The town of Dalhousie and the union CUPE Local 188 have signed a deal which will include some wage increases for workers. The town will also transition its firefighters from being full-time to on-call employees. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
Thanks to an $800M investment, the largest wind production centre in Canada will open at the Rivière-du-Moulin wind farm in Saguenay's Chicoutimi borough. In total, 159 wind turbines will be running sometime in 2015. Utilities Other Type of Event QC
Canmec Industriel, a heavy equipment manufacturer based in Chicoutimi, obtained two contracts worth over $110M in hydro-electric projects in Manitoba and Labrador, which will be carried out over the next four years Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
A Bâton Rouge restaurant will be built for $1.2M in Drummondville. About 60 workers will be hired for May 2015. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Piscines Royale, a store that sells swimming pools, hot tubs, gazebos and other garden furniture, is investing about $1M to move and expand, doubling its current surface area Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
A little over $2M will be invested by Les Constructions Pépin et Fortin, a contractor based in Saint-Christophe-d'Arthabaska, to move and build new offices Construction Other Type of Event QC
Soprema, a manufacturer of waterproofing membrane products, will invest $60M to build a new plant in China. The project will enable 10 to 20 employees to be hired in the areas of engineering, research and technical support in Drummondville. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Due to the economic downturn and the drop in the price of iron, Soudure Ferco of Sept-Îles will be closing its doors in the coming weeks. About 20 layoffs are expected. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Plateau Sabourin, a housing project, which will include 30 rental units, will be built for $5.2M in Val-d'Or Construction Other Type of Event QC
A $4M investment enabled the opening of a new Buropro Citation location at Galeries Saint-Hyacinthe, creating about 40 jobs, in addition to integrating the former employees of the defunct Librairie Solis and Papeterie Expert stores. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
A partnership with three university hospital centres in the field of early clinical research will enable the creation of 500 jobs within 5 years in Montréal; the majority of the positions will be clinical researchers and research technicians Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
Le Domaine, a group of six buildings located in Montréal's east end, will be converted into affordable housing, representing an $11M investment from the Fonds d'investissement de Montréal and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, with Corporation Mainbourg Construction Other Type of Event QC
With the opening of Drummondville's Centre de foires, scheduled for January 2015, management will soon begin hiring to fill positions in the following departments: reception, box office, cloak room and building maintenance Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation QC
Collège Laurier, a private high school, will have new facilities in Laval in the fall of 2015. Located in the Sainte-Rose neighbourhood, this construction project, estimated at $14M, will be able to accommodate about 400 students. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Hôpital Pierre-Boucher will invest $3M to refurbish its emergency room and expand its waiting room. The invitation to tender for plans and estimates is currently underway and should be completed in April 2015. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Transports Québec is investing $50M in the construction of a new bridge on the Mistassini river in Dolbeau-Mistassini. Works should start in fall 2016 and be completed at the end of 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
ConcoursMania, a French company that specializes in developing corporate marketing through online games, announced the opening of its North American head office in Montréal. The firm is currently recruiting to complete its team. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
The Château-Richer Familiprix pharmacy is moving into a new building. Opening is scheduled for May 2015. The building will be located at 7 Laplante St. Twelve new full-time and part-time jobs will be created. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
A new Subway restaurant will open in Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval. It will be located at 224 Sainte-Brigitte Avenue and is scheduled to open around December 15. About 20 jobs will be created. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Impérial performance hall was sold to Festival d'été de Québec. According to the Impérial manager, a total of 50 employees will be affected, including 15 full-time workers who will lose their jobs on December 31. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff QC
Corporation de Literie Sommex, which specializes in manufacturing mattresses, announced a marketing project evaluated at $191,697, which should add 15 jobs at its Trois-Rivières plant Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Since the machining and welding trades are experiencing the most significant shortage of skilled workers in the industrial sector in Mauricie, some 30 new workers will benefit from a work-study training program in machining. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Groupe des Bâtisseurs confirms a $10M investment in the construction of a new retirement home in Louiseville, creating 40 jobs for nurses, orderlies, cooks, and housekeeping attendants within one year Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
During the week of October 27, the restaurant Olive et Papaye opened its second location in Trois-Rivières, following a $750,000 investment, which enabled 30 jobs to be created Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Ma cabane en Gaspésie, a maple products sales desk, will open on December 1, creating about 10 jobs in Mont-Joli Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Orbite Aluminae believes that it will be able to employ over 40 workers in 2015 and over 60 in 2016 at its high-purity alumina plant in Cap-Chat Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Le Soleil newspaper will begin abolishing 16.5 regular positions by January 10. This situation affects 8 journalists, 8 other full-time employees and 1 part-time employee (support personnel, office staff and the advertising department). Information and Cultural Industries Layoff QC
Société de transport de Montréal expects to spend close to $2.5B for 2015-2017, according to its Programme triennal d'immobilisations. These investments aim to replace and modernize its equipment and structures. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The first phase of construction on a new shopping centre, Plaza des Laurentides, is underway in Saint-Jérôme. The centre will include a CIBC bank branch, a bulk market, a HomeSense location and a Marshall's. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
L.C. Entrepreneurs Généraux, a construction company based in Laval, started construction on its new head office in Boisbriand and will be moving into the building in January 2015. The company employs about 40 employees and will create close to 5 new jobs. Construction Job Creation QC
In Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Joliette's Caisse Desjardins opened a new service centre in a new three-story, 30,000-sq.-ft. building. The building houses advisers, cashiers and ATMs. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event QC
Centre Dentaire Allard Dion opened its doors in Boisbriand following a $1.2M investment. The establishment, which currently employs four employees, expects to increase its workforce to about 10 workers over the coming years. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
A new residential construction project, Sommet La Marquise, recently started in Saint-Sauveur Construction Other Type of Event QC
Sainte-Adèle's Hôtel Spa Excelsior ceased its operations due to bankruptcy Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
Honda of Canada Mfg. in Alliston is investing about $857M over three years in new technologies, worker training and research partnerships with Ontario colleges and universities. The project is receiving a conditional grant from the provincial government. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. plans to invest $210M in its Ontario operations and create 325 new jobs over the next five years. Prospective recruits will include engineers, researchers and personnel in sales, marketing and support functions. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
The Napoleon Group of Companies in Barrie is expanding its product line and hiring more than 100 new employees, including welders, forklift drivers, machine operators and staff for administrative and research and development positions. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Construction is underway on the Bow Lake Wind Farm, a $300M project between BluEarth Renewables Inc. and Batchewana First Nation. The project will create 180 jobs during the peak of construction and benefit 35 businesses in the area. Construction Job Creation BC
Healthcare company Baxter Corporation is investing $10M to build a new manufacturing facility in Mississauga, which is expected to open in October 2015 Construction Job Creation ON
L-D Tool & Die, an injection moulding company in Stittsville, plans to hire 20 new employees by the end of 2015. The company is currently undergoing a $1.2M expansion of its manufacturing facility. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Site clearing is underway in Windsor and Detroit to prepare for construction of the Detroit River International Crossing project. Columbia Utility Services Inc. of St. Joachim will prepare the site of the Canadian toll and inspection plazas. Construction Job Creation ON
Construction is about to begin on a $1.3M expansion at the Best Western Plus Walkerton East Ridge Hotel. The addition, including a convention centre and bistro bar and grill is expected to open in the spring of 2015 and create up to 14 jobs. Construction Job Creation ON
The Government of Canada is contributing $727,875 towards the construction of an 8,500-sq.-ft. community building in the Village of South River to accommodate the expansion of Highlander Brew Co. and establish storefronts for area businesses Construction Job Creation BC
The Quebec-based company, EBC Inc., secured a $12.7M contract from the Government of Canada to replace the Big Chaudière Dam at the French River Dam Complex near Dokis in Ontario Construction Job Creation BC
Twenty correctional officers have been hired at facilities in Thunder Bay, Fort Frances and Kenora Public Administration Job Creation ON
Future Shop will open a new concept store in Cornwall in November Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre is collaborating with local bodies to develop a software for utility-based smart grid projects, creating 5 to 10 jobs. The project is receiving funding support from the provincial government. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation BC
North America Construction (1993) Ltd. has begun work on the first phase of the four-staged Whitney-Tisdale Sanitary System Upgrades project in Timmins with completion expected in the fall of 2015 Construction Job Creation BC
The City of Peterborough is recruiting fire fighters and is accepting online applications until December 23 Public Administration Job Creation ON
Scotiabank will eliminate approximately 1,000 jobs in Canada as part of its global restructuring plan. The total job impact in Ontario is currently unknown. Finance and Insurance Layoff ON
Metro Inc. will be closing the Metro grocery store at Southridge Mall in Sudbury on January 10, 2015, affecting approximately 100 employees Retail Trade Layoff BC
The newly-unveiled Fortin Discovery Lab at the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) in Sudbury will provide companies with access to equipment to build and test prototypes, produce parts and conduct compliance-testing Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event BC

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