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
According to the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCSA), the construction industry in NL generates a big demand for occupational health and safety initiatives. The NLCSA has issued more than 80,000 training certificates since 1996. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $9,332 in funding to help the Torngat Fish Co-op explore production enhancements at its plant in Makkovik Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government's Research and Development Corporation (RDC), Rolls-Royce Canada Limited and industry partners have contributed $1M to develop a new intelligent winch system to address challenges in operating in harsh offshore environments Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $57,000 in funding to purchase firefighting equipment for six communities throughout the District of Trinity - Bay De Verde Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project employs more than 2,500 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in various capacities. Also, 400 of the workers are from aboriginal groups in Labrador. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $4.5M in cost-shared funding to upgrade water and sewer systems and improve roads in the District of Placentia - St. Mary's Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $287,000 in cost-shared funding to purchase a new fire truck for St. Bride's and firefighting equipment for communities in the District of Placentia - St. Mary's Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
According to Statistics Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador's population is expected to decline over the next 25 years. Moreover, the province is expected to have the largest population aged 65 and over by 2038. N/A Other Type of Event NL
The City of St. John's and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing over 800 inside and outside workers, have reached a tentative agreement. A ratification vote will take place at a later date. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $4.9M in cost-shared capital works funding to improve traffic flow in the district of Cape St. Francis, and to provide residents with access to modern community and wellness areas Construction Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government is hosting an international conference in St. John's from September 14-19, called Oceans '14. The conference will promote the province's ocean technology sector and Arctic exploration potential. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
According to Statistics Canada, the population of PEI is expected to continue to grow from 145,200 in 2013 to between 162,100 and 194,100 in 2038. P.E.I.'s proportion of the Canadian population will remain stable at 0.4%. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
According to a BMO Economics report, employment in Halifax will rise by 6,000 jobs over the next two years, as the city and the province are expected to experience modest economic growth. The $25B Irving Shipbuilding contract, some offshore exploration, and stronger United States demand for exports, in addition to a weaker Canadian dollar, will contribute to the growth. Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Cilantro, The Cooks Shop, a kitchenware and accessories store, has opened at the Pinegrove Centre in Lunenburg County. It is the second location for the business in the area. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
The Membertou Sports and Wellness Centre, which will include two ice surfaces, a sports retail shop, and concessions, will be constructed in Membertou. The opening is expected to take place in early 2016. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NS
South Shore Physiotherapy, including physiotherapy, massage therapy, and podiatrist services, has opened in Bridgewater Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NS
Small clothing shops Hazelnut & Rose Nursing and Maternity, Brilliant Clothing Boutique, and Room 152 have recently opened within the Halifax and Dartmouth area. New York-based shoe store Nine West Shoe Studio has opened in the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, while Beads R Us on Quinpool Road in Halifax will close by the end of October. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Embers Southern BBQ, which had operated as a takeout on Prince Street in Sydney until July 2013, has reopened on Charlotte Street. The new operation includes sit-down service and wait staff. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The Robie St. Station Diner will open near the end of September in the space formerly occupied by Jane's on the Common in Halifax, which closed in 2013. The restaurant will employ 20 people. As well, Krave Burger has opened on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, while Eats! Urban Lunch Counter & Takeout has opened on Baker Drive in Dartmouth. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The reduction of the nine regional health authorities in Nova Scotia to one provincial body over the next few months will result in the loss of some CEO and vice-president positions. There will be no other reductions in staff, according to the Health Department. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff NS
Graves ValuFood, the only grocery store in Cornwallis, will close on September 27, 2014. According to a city counsellor, this could have an impact on other tenants in the Basin View Centre, including the Fundy YMCA, a hair salon, and a physiotherapist. Retail Trade Layoff NS
Trucking company Armour Transportation Systems now employs 300 workers in the Halifax area, and has begun operating a 200,000-square-foot warehouse in the Atlantic Gateway-Halifax Logistics Park in Burnside Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NS
Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2014 on the $2.7M East River Business Park in New Glasgow. Weeks Construction will be the main contractor for the project. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Construction of the Sable Wind project near Canso has increased employment in the area more than expected, even though few permanent jobs will result upon its completion in December. Site maintenance will be done by current municipal workers. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Joey's Pub & Eatery, located on Ste. Anne Street in Bathurst, will close near the end of September 2014, due to failed lease negotiations. However, the business, which employs 25 staff, hopes to reopen if a new location can be found over the next several months. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff NB
The annual fall maintenance program at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John has begun. The $20M, eight-week project is creating work for 650 additional tradespersons at the refinery, including those deployed from out of the immediate area. Construction Job Creation NB
Fibre Centre will set up a carrier facility over the international fibre-optic cable that runs through Moncton within a couple of months. The facility will tap into the main line serving thousands of internet service providers, which will allow businesses to connect to the provider of their choice. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event NB
APAC Customer Services, Ltd., expects to staff 125 customer service and telesales positions at its call centre in Brantford between September 2014 and March 2015 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
RioCan Oakville Place's $30M redevelopment will begin in 2015. The addition of Pusateri's Fine Foods is expected to create about 150 retail jobs. Construction Job Creation ON
Thamesville's Greenhill Produce Ltd. will expand their hydroponic greenhouse facility in Harwich and create up to 60 jobs Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation ON
B-Doggs, a restaurant and drive-thru has opened in Brantford and expects to have a staff of about 50 employees Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Atikokan Generating Station's $170M conversion to biomass fuel production is complete. Refurbishment of the former coal-burning plant created 200 jobs over a two-year period and now employs 70 workers. Utilities Job Creation ON
The Suncor Energy Inc. refinery in Sarnia is undergoing two months of scheduled maintenance involving about 1,000 employees and contractors Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Retail store City Surplus in Sudbury is planning to hire about 10 employees at its newly expanded location on Notre Dame Avenue Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Construction of the City of Greater Sudbury's new transit garage has been completed. The $22M facility will store and perform maintenance on 70 transit buses and 900 other municipal vehicles. Construction Job Creation ON
The construction of four new hangars and taxiway improvements at the Haliburton/Stanhope Municipal Airport is expected to be complete in October. A new 17,000 sq. ft. Ministry of Natural Resources base at the airport has begun. Construction Job Creation ON
Rainbow Centre Cinemas Inc. will re-open Cobourg's Northumberland Mall Theatre in October after it closed in July Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
Renovations to Bothwell's former Town Hall in Chatham-Kent are about to start. Westhoek Construction Ltd. and Dig'R Wright Excavating Inc. have been contracted for the $535,000 project. Construction Job Creation ON
The Township of McGarry is planning to spend $300,000 to upgrade the Virginiatown Water Treatment Plant in late 2014 Construction Job Creation ON
The $300M Aga Khan Museum complex opened in Toronto Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Hamilton's new $5.2M CIBC Breast Assessment Centre opened in September Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
Leamington's Competitive Green Technologies in collaboration with the University of Guelph, will receive a $3M grant from the Government of Canada to conduct a four-year project to turn non-food crops into industrial plastics Manufacturing Other Type of Event ON
About 20 medical staff at the Leamington District Memorial Hospital will be laid off by December 2014 Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff ON
Sunrise Records Marketing Inc. will close its two downtown Toronto locations in November 2014 Retail Trade Layoff ON
Hotel construction in downtown Edmonton is ramping up with a Hyatt Place hotel scheduled for completion in September 2015, and another unnamed hotel planned by the Katz Group and WAM Developments adjacent to the Rogers Place arena Construction Job Creation AB
The Regional Recreation Corporation held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the Northside Recreation Centre in Fort McMurray Construction Job Creation AB
The North West Redwater Partnership is providing a bus service to the construction site of the Sturgeon refinery, located northeast of Edmonton, for its 800 employees. The company expects an additional 5,000 workers during peak construction next year. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
Phil Mickelson Design has partnered with the Windmill Golf Group to design and build the Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada in the community of Harmony, on the outskirts of Calgary Construction Job Creation AB
The Town of Banff has approved an application by Caribou Properties to build a 38-unit staff accommodation complex in apartment-style buildings Construction Job Creation AB
Peters' Drive-In, an established Calgary fast food restaurant, will be hiring up to 70 employees for a second location in Red Deer, expected to open in the summer of 2015 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is selling its fleet of four aircrafts and turning to commercial airlines and charter services to fill the void. The government will be providing assistance to the 27 employees affected by the sale. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Five organizations in the Cochrane area received over $200,000 for projects under the Community Initiatives Program and the Community Facility Enhancement Program, which invest provincial lottery revenues Construction Job Creation AB
International House of Pancakes, the breakfast restaurant chain, is expanding with two more restaurants in Edmonton and two more in Calgary, while also adding locations in Red Deer and Medicine Hat Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
The Alberta Energy Regulator has given approval to Canadian Natural Resources Limited to resume work at its Primrose East oil sands project northwest of Cold Lake Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
McBride Career Group is hosting a job fair in High Level on September 25, 2014 N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Watermark at Bearspaw, a high-end property development just outside Calgary, is launching the third and fourth phases of its project in response to market demand Construction Job Creation AB
Stretch Construction is building the Best Western Plus Lacombe Inn & Suites, an $8.5M hotel and banquet facility in Lacombe Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Leduc has approved a $4.5M development of the North Telford Recreational Lands, with work scheduled to begin in late 2014 Construction Job Creation AB
The University of Lethbridge has announced that PCL Construction Management of Calgary will lead the construction of a new science and academic building on campus Construction Job Creation AB
Nalco Champion, a chemical and service supplier to the oil and gas sector, has hired 35 employees for a new warehouse, storage and laboratory facility in Lloydminster Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Residents of Okotoks are organizing monthly Cash Mobs beginning September 18, 2014 to show support for local businesses Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
The Rimoka Housing Foundation is building a $15.5M affordable seniors complex in Rimbey, with construction slated to begin in the spring of 2015 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Expedition Rentals, a commercial all-terrain vehicle rental business, has purchased its own property and expanded to a new site in Sherwood Park to meet the growing demand from oilfield companies Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Southland Transportation, a Calgary school bus provider, is seeking 35 to 50 more drivers Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
Deep Well Oil and Gas has started production of heavy oil from the Sawn Lake project in the Peace River oil sands region Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
20 VIC Management is starting a $130M renovation of Londonderry Mall in Edmonton that will bring new retailers and dining options to the site. The project is expected to be complete in 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
Approximately 80 nursing staff at the Bethany Care Society seniors home in Sylvan Lake have joined the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees following a vote on September 8, 2014 Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Sylvan Lake has approved the development of a six-bay commercial strip mall by Polar Creek Industries Construction Job Creation AB
Alberta Health Services has announced that a new helipad will be built at the Westlock Health Centre to accommodate the new helicopters in use by the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society Construction Job Creation AB
The Career and Education Expo 2014, aimed at both high school students and the general public, will showcase approximately 50 employers in Whitecourt on September 29, 2014 N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation is planning to have a dedicated educational channel for Nunavut, provided through the Nunavut Education Broadcast Society Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NU
The Government of Nunavut has identified staffing, training, and recruitment as priorities in the Department of Family Services action plan to improve child protection services in the territory Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NU
The North West Company, a retailer with 500 local employees in Nunavut, is spending $11M to add retail and warehouse space to Northern outlets in Clyde River, Hall Beach and Pond Inlet Retail Trade Job Creation NU
The Government of Nunavut is holding public consultations on proposals for a beer and wine outlet in Iqaluit. The city has not had a retail liquor store for almost 40 years. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NU
The Kugluktuk Visitor Heritage Centre, containing an art gallery and museum, has opened in the Hamlet of Kugluktuk. The majority of the $2.1M cost of the facility was provided by BHP Billiton, a multinational mining company. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NU
The Government of the Northwest Territories plans to allow residents to harvest timber in some areas which were devastated by forest fire in the summer of 2014 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing over $100,000 in funding to eligible trappers through the Trapper's Grubstake Program, to help offset the seasonal start-up costs in trapping Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NT
The City of Whitehorse has decided to offer a private developer a tax grant of up to $500,000 over 10 years, in exchange for a commitment to build 11 townhouse units in the Whistle Bend subdivision Construction Other Type of Event YT
Capstone Mining has laid off 50 employees at the Minto Mine as the company waits for the required licences to begin work on a new mine pit Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff YT
The Neil Squire Society is hosting a job fair for persons living with a disability in Burnaby on October 23 N/A Other Type of Event BC
Kin's Farm Market, a Richmond-based produce store, is opening new locations in Kerrisdale, Coquitlam, and Vancouver's West End Retail Trade Job Creation BC
As part of the tentative agreement with the BC Teachers' Federation, a proposed $400M over six years will be used to hire additional teachers in BC. This will result in approximately 850 additional teaching positions across the province. Educational Services Job Creation BC
The Prince Rupert Airport has completed its airfield improvements, with remaining work on the terminal expected to be complete by summer 2015. The airport has hired only local contractors for the $10M project. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Boys' Co, an upscale menswear retailer, has opened a new 1,300 sq.-ft. store in Surrey. This is the fifth Boys'Co location, four of which are located in Vancouver. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Following a chairlift accident in March, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort has announced that it will not be opening for the 2014-2015 season, but will reopen in 2015-2016 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event BC
Molson Coors Canada has laid off 15 employees at its Vancouver brewery. The layoffs included employees on the bottle line, label operators and mechanics. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff BC
Hudbay Minerals in northern Manitoba recently opened their Lalor and Reed mines, creating over 370 permanent jobs Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation MB
Manitoba has added new 83 doctors across the province over the last year N/A Other Type of Event MB
SportChek plans to open a new store in the summer of 2015, as part of a new commercial development at the Canadian Tire site in Swift Current Retail Trade Other Type of Event SK
The Cypress Health Region added two nurse practitioners to the region as permanent staff members at the Shaunavon Primary Health Care facility Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
The contractor of the new football stadium in Regina states that construction is on schedule, with an expected completion date in August 2016 Construction Other Type of Event SK
PotashCorp plans on hiring additional staff at its Cory potash mine as the company prepares to increase production in 2015 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
Sherbrooke-based Manunor, a leader in plastic moulding, is investing more than $2.15M to expand. Over the next year, 60 workers may be hired and join the ranks of the 32 already employed. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
For health and social service graduates wishing to work in the Estrie region, a job fair will be held Tuesday, October 21 at the Times Hotel in Sherbrooke Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The provincial government has announced a $247M investment to build 12 new primary schools as well as expand 20-some others across the province Construction Other Type of Event QC
A new Audi dealership will be opening its doors next October 14 in Lévis. The $14M investment will create around 20 jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
As of November 14, there will be a Tim Hortons in Havre-Saint-Pierre. The fast-food chain is looking to hire around 40 employees. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Hatley's community centre underwent renovations following a $675,000 investment Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event QC
French business Berger-Levreault, specializing in software publishing for the health, education and public service sectors, is setting up its North American headquarters in Laval and is planning to hire Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation QC
Following a $2.3M investment, Le Giron, a home for persons with intellectual disabilities will open its doors in La Sarre Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin has received approval for the construction of two new primary schools in Brossard and in Saint-Hubert. Built at a cost of $12.8M each, they should be able to accommodate some 600 students in fall 2016. Educational Services Job Creation QC
Sports aux Puces, a retailer of new and used sporting goods in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, is opening a new store in Sainte-Catherine Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Groupe Arbour, a Volkswagen dealership, has announced the construction of a second location in Laval, which will open in April 2015. This investment of nearly $10M will make it possible to hire about 15 employees within 5 years. Construction Job Creation QC
Québec City-based Vitrerie Laberge invested $2.2M to expand its plant and purchase new equipment. The expansion will permit the "potential" creation of 20 new jobs. Construction Job Creation QC
Eatella, a restaurant that will serve meals prepared with Nutella, has announced the opening of two locations in the Montréal region: the first in Laval in December and the second in Montréal in 2015, creating 40-some jobs as a result Retail Trade Job Creation QC
An investment of $28.6M will permit the construction of two new primary schools in Outaouais to meet the needs of a growing population Educational Services Job Creation QC
The new real estate agency, Lafleur-Davey, is investing more than $1.5M to build an office in Sherbrooke. The team, comprising a dozen employees, will hire two workers and solicit brokers to join the organization. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event QC
Developer Devimco Immobilier is announcing the start of the District Griffin sur le Parc project, in Montréal, estimated at $28M. A 14-storey residential tower featuring 100 units will be built and delivered in winter 2016¿17. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Commission scolaire des Samares has invested more than $8.8M into the construction of Vert-Demain hall at La Passerelle school in Saint-Paul. This 14-classroom institution will be able to accommodate more than 300 students. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
A new McDonald's restaurant has opened its doors in eastern Repentigny following an investment of more than $2M. This new establishment created 80 part-time jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Externat Sacré-C¿ur, a private school in Rosemère, recently opened a pavilion built at a cost of $10M. This new building houses classrooms, laboratories, a palestra as well as a library. Educational Services Job Creation QC
Group Quorum has announced a residential project in the LaSalle borough in Montréal. The Highlands project comprises 54 townhomes, 38 duplexes and 82 condos. Delivery date is set for 2015. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Following a $3M investment, a new health-conscious grocery and restaurant called Ohlavie has been built in Orford and employed about 15 people Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
A $3.5M investment will be used to revitalize one of the oldest buildings in Magog, the Merry house, which will become a tourist and cultural site on the town's history Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event QC
Soucy Baron, a Saint-Jérôme-based company that moulds rubber parts, has just acquired new equipment that will make it possible to increase its production capacity. This project will create a dozen jobs from here until February 2015. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Around $3.5M were invested into the construction of the Archibald microbrewery, which will open its doors on September 22 in Trois-Rivières and employ 130 people Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
A new Internet site was launched in Shawinigan to attract software developers and programmers Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
The first job fair of its kind will be held on October 29 in Shawinigan to meet the labour force needs of a number of businesses, including Kongsberg Automotive, Shalwin and the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de l'Énergie N/A Job Creation QC
The hiring of about a dozen nurses will complete the team at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Matapédia Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Two hundred workers are involved at the Témiscouata I windfarm site in the Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata area. The wind farm is slated to be commissioned by late 2014. Construction Job Creation QC

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