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
A new aquaculture research facility will open in Souris in September 2015. Ten new staff will be hired over the next two years. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation PE
A new Mango Fresh Market opened in Summerside. The store hired nine people. Retail Trade Job Creation PE
Haskapa has opened a retail outlet in Mahone Bay. The company will use the location to sell Haskap jams, berries and beverages. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Glooscap Ventures is planning a retail development at Glooscap First Nation. It is anticipated to generate 150 to 175 full- and part-time jobs, with the first phase completed by September 2016. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
The television show Haven has been cancelled. Based primarily in Chester and Lunenburg, the production has employed local workers in a variety of industries and contributed an estimated $140M to the provincial economy since 2010. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff NS
The Government of NL is investing $161,000 in funding, through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, for exterior renovations to four housing units located in Belleoram, Milltown and St. Jacques Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL has awarded a $500,000 contract to Blue Bird Investment Ltd. of Grand Falls-Windsor for window replacement and exterior upgrades to King Academy in Harbour Breton Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL is providing $29,400 in funding to Eastern Fish Markets Ltd. of Carmanville to support marketing initiatives for the sale of live lobsters Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL is providing $250,000 in funding to purchase a new fire fighting vehicle for the Cape St. George Fire Department. The vehicle will be cost-shared by the provincial government and the Town of Cape St. George. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL has awarded a $1.7M contract to Nortech Construction Co Ltd. for roadwork in the District of Grand Bank Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL announced an enhanced bursary program for residents of Labrador who enroll in an approved Bachelor of Nursing Program Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
Construction has started on a new International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers college in Holyrood. Work is expected to be completed by 2017. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL has awarded a $597,000 contract to LSC Construction of Gander to replace the roof at Woodland Primary in Grand Falls-Windsor Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL has awarded a $1M contract to Nortech Construction Co Ltd. for road upgrades to several locations on the Burin Peninsula Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL announced $7M to support the delivery of quality health care services in central Labrador. One million dollars of that money will be used for upgrades and development of a business plan to explore possible uses for Paddon House. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL is investing $30,157, through the Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program, to help Cape Broyle Sea Products Ltd. achieve efficiencies and long-term viability of its sea cucumber operation Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL is providing $100,000 in funding to Young's Industrial Refrigeration Ltd. to help the company take advantage of opportunities in the offshore sector Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of NL has awarded a $2.1M contract to J-1 Contracting Limited of Clarenville for road work in Bonavista Bay Construction Other Type of Event NL
Mama's Restaurant has opened at 806 Main St in Moncton, specializing in Middle Eastern food Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
Hatfield Home Hardware, which closed indefinitely in July for economic reasons, will reopen in the fall. It is located at 80 Beaver Ct in Saint John West. Retail Trade Job Creation NB
Bustin's historic furniture store on Germain St in downtown Saint John will close by the end of September Retail Trade Layoff NB
Minacs call centre in Bathurst will close on November 28, resulting in the layoff of 70 employees Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Layoff NB
The Barbour General Store on King St in downtown Saint John re-opened on August 22 as a retail space, museum and tourism information centre Retail Trade Job Creation NB
A new elementary school will be built in the sector of Aylmer in Gatineau at a cost of $16.9M. Three other schools will be expanded, causing the total budget to reach $35.7M. The expansions should be complete by autumn 2017. Educational Services Other Type of Event QC
The opening of a second Le Chat perché day care centre in Repentigny has created 17 jobs and 80 new spaces Educational Services Job Creation QC
Evaluated at $26.5M, construction of the Sainte-Julie terminus has begun and should last until autumn 2016. The new station will include 1,000 parking spaces, 6 bus platforms, and a bicycle parking area. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Nutraceutical product manufacturer Nutracrea Health invested slightly more than $1M to relocate from Delson to Sainte-Eulalie. An expansion, which would create 20 to 30 jobs, is planned for next spring. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Following a fire in 2013 that destroyed its facilities, Labranche Transport invested about $3 to relocate to Drummondville and was able to expand in the process Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event QC
A new Ben & Florentine restaurant will be built in Sherbrooke following a $500,000 investment. It will be ready in August 2016 and is expected to create about 20 jobs. Construction Job Creation QC
Windsor-based Domtar is investing $36M to install a second turbine generator, which will generate electricity produced by the steam from its boilers. This source of energy will be sold to Hydro-Québec in 2017. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Following a $600,000 investment, ice cream and fast food chain Dairy Queen has set up shop in Magog. About 10 employees are working at the new location. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Following a restructuring of its operations, multinational PolyOne Corporation will close its Granby plant within eight weeks and transfer production to its manufacturing network. Some 70 jobs will be lost as a result. Management of Companies and Enterprises Layoff QC
Drummondville-based Soucy Belgen, one of the biggest smelting operations in Canada, won several large contracts with the wind industry and is looking for at least 30 new employees Management of Companies and Enterprises Job Creation QC
Following a $700,000 investment, Drummondville-based daycare Au coeur de l'imaginaire will expand and be able to welcome 25 more children. Three or four teachers will be hired as a result. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Home improvement centre Laferté is investing $1M to modernize its Drummondville store and add new parking spaces Construction Other Type of Event QC
An IGA Extra Convivio recently opened in the Loretteville area of Québec City at a cost of $13.5M. The new store created about 50 new jobs. Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
A new Yuzu Sushi will open next month in the Centre Vidéotron in Québec City. About 15 people are expected to be hired. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
August 19 marked the third edition of McDonald's restaurants' hiring day in the Québec City region. About 100 full-time and part-time positions needed to be filled. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
On September 1, Resolute Forest Products will shut down paper machine number 9 indefinitely at its Alma plant. Some 85 workers will be laid off as a result. Manufacturing Layoff QC
The City of Magog invested $1.9M in various infrastructure and development projects on Rue Principale Est Public Administration Other Type of Event QC
Following a $6.7M investment, an adult education centre will be built in Uashat to serve the Innu communities in the region Educational Services Other Type of Event QC
NaturO2 Sport will relocate to La Grande Place des Bois-Francs shopping centre in Victoriaville following a $700,000 investment. The store is expected to hire 5 new people in mid-October to form a team of about 15 employees. Construction Job Creation QC
Valeant, a Laval-based pharmaceutical company, acquired its American counterpart Sprout Pharmaceuticals for $1G Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
A third ice rink will be built in the Sainte-Julie arena for a cost of $10M. Construction has begun so that the facilities will be ready for the start of the 2016-2017 season. Construction Other Type of Event QC
American retailer Marshalls officially unveiled its new Saint-Jérôme store, the fourth location to open in Quebec Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Built at an estimated cost of more than $14M, a new aquatic centre opened in Mont-Tremblant Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event QC
The new Shriners Hospital for Children officially opened in Montréal Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event QC
Addison Électronique, an electronic hardware store that serves both commercial and industrial clients, will open a new store in Drummondville. About 20 employees will be hired for September. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Bic National Park in Rimouski will be upgraded: new campsites and accommodations will be added thanks to a $2M investment Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event QC
Following a $5M investment, a number of specialty food shops and restaurants will come together under one roof, named Fin quartier, in Shawinigan. By autumn, at least 100 employees will be working in this unique food court. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Over the next few months, Ébénisterie Louiseville will invest $650,000 to expand and purchase new machinery. The cabinet-making company is expected to hire about 10 workers, who will join the 20 current employees. Construction Job Creation QC
Le Manhattan, a bar in Trois-Rivières, will become a restaurant-bar. At most, $500,000 will be invested in renovations and the construction of a kitchen. About 20 additional employees are expected to be hired for the spring. Construction Job Creation QC
General Motors of Canada Ltd. is investing $12M to continue to produce the Chevrolet Equinox at its Oshawa assembly plant. The plant was originally set to close in 2016 but will now continue to operate until 2017. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. call centre in St. Thomas plans to hire about 300 additional full and part-time employees this year, bringing its total number of employees to 950 at the end of 2015 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
The TJX Companies, Inc. opened a new HomeSense store in Brantford, employing about 40 to 60 full and part-time staff Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Valeo Canada Inc., an automotive parts supplier, has started hiring for its new facility in Alliston. Valeo will supply parts to Honda Canada Inc. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Health E(fx), a company which manages employee healthcare benefits on behalf of American firms, has 27 positions available in Thunder Bay Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
Construction has started on a new Volkswagen dealership set to open spring 2016 in Milton Construction Job Creation ON
Linear Transfer Automation Inc., an industrial machinery manufacturer, will move to a larger facility in Barrie in 2016. The expansion could create 10 additional jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Elections Canada is seeking temporary workers across Canada to work as poll clerks and supervisors, as well as information, registration and deputy returning officers for the upcoming federal election in October Public Administration Job Creation ON
Reconstruction and paving of Rose Point Road in Seguin Township is underway. The $1.2M project was jointly awarded to Hall Construction Inc. and Fowler Construction Inc. in June. Construction Job Creation ON
The Town of Cochrane received $1M from the Government of Ontario to construct a 3,500-sq.-ft. special events pavilion along the waterfront, creating 10 construction jobs Construction Job Creation ON
Fahrhall Mechanical Contractors Ltd. has been awarded a $2M contract to replace the heating and cooling systems at the Sun Parlor Home for Senior Citizens in Leamington in Essex County Construction Job Creation ON
The Windsor Arms Spa and a 10,000-sq.-ft. nightclub called ARIIUS will open in Caesars Windsor this fall Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
A new GoodLife Fitness Centre has opened in Alliston Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Slate River Dairy began production at its new processing plant outside of Thunder Bay Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The St. Thomas Fire Department is recruiting eligible candidates for its firefighters hiring pool. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2015. Public Administration Job Creation ON
Michael Hill, an Australian jewellery retailer, will open eight more Canadian locations this year, six locations in 2016 and an additional six in 2017 Retail Trade Job Creation ON
ExCuria Gastropub opened in the former Coo House in downtown Fort William in Thunder Bay Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Boonies Drive-In Theatre recently opened near Tilbury in Essex County on Richardson Sideroad Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
Sears Canada Inc. will close its Welland location on September 30, affecting 55 workers Retail Trade Layoff ON
Citing market conditions Crown Metal Packaging Canada LP in Chatham will close this fall, affecting about 36 employees Manufacturing Layoff ON
Reitmans in the Kenora Shoppers Mall will close at the end of August after 41 years Retail Trade Layoff ON
Construction of Red River College's new $60M Skilled Trades and Technology Centre is under way. The building will increase Manitoba's skilled trades training capacity by about 1,000 students. N/A Other Type of Event MB
Manitoba announced additional funding of $37,000 to its Skills Strategy Equipment Enhancement Fund, which helps northern students access quality equipment and trades training N/A Other Type of Event MB
The North Kildonan's Gateway Recreation Centre spray pad is now open. The project was funded through the Building Manitoba Fund and operating costs are covered by the city of Winnipeg. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event MB
Research Manitoba and the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba will each donate $250,000 over the next five years. The funds will serve to find new ways to both treat and diagnose dementia. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
There are 66 more doctors providing care to families throughout Manitoba compared to the same time last year. Thanks to significant investments in training and recruitment, the province now boasts an all-time high of 2,748 doctors. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
Aaron's, a furniture, electronics and home appliance lease and rent-to-own store is opening soon in Thompson. The company has 2,080 stores in the United States and Canada. An opening date has not been set. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
A facility for youths with complex needs will open in September at Marymound School, in collaboration with Manitoba Family Services. The $2.3M program will provide intensive care, as well as training to meet educational and work experience needs. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
A new Habitat for Humanity project will soon be under way in Portage. High school students in the construction trades who volunteer will be able to apply the hours towards their practical requirements. Construction Other Type of Event MB
On August 23rd, a local expert will offer free online training for business owners and self-employed people. Participants will learn tips on how to be successful in business, blogging and content marketing. N/A Other Type of Event MB
Shoal Lake is looking to staff its health centre after losing both its doctors. The emergency room may close indefinitely if replacements are not hired by November. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
Construction at River Landing has been delayed until the replacement of Traffic Bridge is completed, avoiding excessive construction in downtown Saskatoon. Traffic Bridge closed in 2010 and the construction is scheduled to finish in October 2018. Construction Other Type of Event SK
Little Caesars, a US-based pizza chain, is opening a new store in Yorkton. The company is currently searching for a suitable location for the store with plans to start operations within 5 to 8 months of finding a location. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
The Civic Museum of Regina, established in 1959, will be closing its doors to the public by August 31, 2015 due to a lack of sustainable funding. The number of staff that will be affected by the shutdown is unknown. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff SK
The Black Fox Spirit distillery will be opening for business this summer in Saskatoon. The distillery offers approximately 150 flavoured spirits which are produced by using in-house farm- grown ingredients. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
CLAAS, a US-based agricultural equipment business, is opening up dealerships in Regina and Saskatoon. The company has hired 17 employees in the last year and plans to hire another three in the next few weeks. Retail Trade Job Creation SK
The Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board has provided a one-time payment of $148,617.45 to the City of Moose Jaw to improve workplace safety. The funding will be used to provide technical safety training to the city's staff and management. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event SK
The YWCA's Trade Journey pilot program in Saskatoon is accepting applications for its second round of training. The program helps women enter carpentry, plumbing and sheet metal fabrication trades by providing them training and mentoring opportunities. Manufacturing Other Type of Event SK
Saskatoon's first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors on August 17, 2015. The dispensary offers therapeutic marijuana products such as oils, balms, candies and tinctures, which will be provided to patients on prescription. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation SK
The Borderland Co-op is opening a convenience store and gas bar in Whitewood by the end of this year, for which it will hire 10 workers. The Co-op also plans to open another two new stores in Rocanville and Moosomin. Retail Trade Job Creation SK
InstaMek, an Edmonton-based on-demand auto mechanic service, is planning on expanding its service to Regina and Saskatoon. The company is currently in the process of developing a mobile app that will match customers with certified mechanics near them. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation SK
Housing starts declined in Prince Albert in the last year according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. There were only 22 new single family housing starts between January and June 2015 compared to 31 starts during the same period the year before. Construction Other Type of Event SK
The Saskatoon library system plans to open a new branch in Stonebridge by 2016. The city's libraries are currently facing staffing shortages and will request an increase to the staffing budget for 2016. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event SK
Eau Claire Distillery, a craft distillery in Turner Valley, is expanding production to include a single malt whiskey. The company is planning to have the first whiskey for sale in three years, but could hold back some product for up to 15 years. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta has issued a directive to Alberta Health Services to halt further privatization of medical laboratory services in the province. The previous government had requested solicitations for increased private laboratory services. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Winston Collective, a firm that works with high-end retailers to expand operations in Canada and the US, is reporting an increased interest in the Calgary and Edmonton luxury retail markets. The West Edmonton Mall, Calgary's The CORE downtown shopping area and Chinook Centre are among the top 10 retail locations in Canada. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Town of Devon is counting on $11M in funding from the Province of Alberta to move forward with construction of a new waste-water treatment plant. The project is expected to start in November 2015 and be complete by 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
Yellowhead County has received funding from Alberta Health Services and several partners to initiate an elder abuse prevention program. A coordinator has been hired for the one- year project. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Advantage Tae Kwon Do School, a martial arts studio in Innisfail, is closing at the end of August 2015 after almost 25 years in business. The facility also served students from Olds and Penhold. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff AB
The former site of the Norwood Foundry in Edmonton is set to become the home for a medical clinic, an animal hospital and a pharmacy. The development will also have ground floor retail space and 15 condominium units. Construction Job Creation AB
InstaMek, an Edmonton-based mobile automotive mechanic service, has recently expanded to Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Calgary. The service uses a website to match customers with certified mechanics. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
HomeSense, an international home furnishings chain, has opened a store in Lloydminster Retail Trade Job Creation AB
A new Thai food restaurant is slated to open in the former Willowbrook Café in the Uptowne district of Olds, with the opening planned for September 2015 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Strathcona County is hiring operational staff for the Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion as the site construction is scheduled for completion by the end of August 2015. The county also has other construction and renovation projects in progress. Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Spruce Grove has approved plans for the fourth and final phase of the Tri Leisure Village development. Construction is scheduled for completion by early 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, a polytechnic institute based in Edmonton, is planning to establish a satellite site in Spruce Grove. A facility scheduled to open in 2016 would include simulation equipment for crane and hoisting education. Construction Job Creation AB
The Town of Stettler has reported a 117% increase in building permit values in the first half of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014. The increase was largely attributed to industrial building permit sales. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The group that owns the Calgary Flames hockey team and the Calgary Stampeders football team have announced plans for a $900M sporting complex that would house both teams. The facility would be built on the western edge of Calgary's downtown. Construction Job Creation AB
London Drugs, a Save-on-Foods grocery store and other new retail outlets are expected to open in the fall of 2016 at Centre Village Mall in Lethbridge. The site is slated for $26M in upgrades, and new construction for a stand-alone Dollar Tree store. Construction Job Creation AB
Red Crow Community College plans to move its classes to the old Saipoyi School in Standoff following a recent fire that destroyed the college building on the Blood Reserve. The college employs 50 staff and has nearly 300 students. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
K-Rite Construction has started work on a new and improved heliport adjacent to the Rocky Mountain House Health Centre. The new pad will enable additional, larger emergency helicopters to land at the site. Construction Job Creation AB
Cocco Pazzo, an Italian restaurant in Lethbridge, closed without notice on August 17, 2015. An unknown number of employees were left without jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff AB
The Alberta Energy Regulator has suspended 73 temporary licenses to withdraw water from the Athabasca and Peace rivers due to low water flows. The action could impact energy companies operating in the North Athabasca river basin. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH has announced the opening of a store at CrossIron Mills near Calgary in September of 2016 Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Piksuk Media, a Nunavut film production company is seeking Iqalungmiut to serve as paid extras for the film Iqaluit, to be shot between August 20 and September 25, 2015. The filming will occur in various locations around Iqaluit. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NU
A First Nations Bank of Canada Community Banking Centre opened August 18, 2015 in the Kugluktuk Co-op store. The centre's opening brings full-service banking to the community. Finance and Insurance Job Creation NU
C.A.B. Construction Ltd of Fort Smith has been awarded a $23.5M contract by the Government of the Northwest Territories to build a new women's adult correctional facility in Fort Smith. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2016. Construction Job Creation NT
A First Nations Bank of Canada Community Banking Centre opened August 18, 2015 in the Kugluktuk Co-op store. The centre's opening brings full-service banking to the community. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NT

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