Job Market Trends and News


Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.

The following table offers significant events from past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force across Canada. It can prove to be a useful resource to complement your job search and career exploration.

You can explore news items across Canada on this page or refine your search to a specific news event type, sector or region.

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, third quarter 2015

There were 401,000 job vacancies in Canada in the third quarter and the job vacancy rate was 2.6%.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Futurpreneur Canada helps young business owners establish small businesses across Saskatchewan. The non-profit agency provides financing, mentorship, and support tools to entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 39. N/A Job Creation SK
Creative Saskatchewan, a provincial government agency that supports the arts community, has eased its grant eligibility regulations. The changes will allow additional arts groups to apply for government support. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event SK
The University of Saskatchewan is looking to strengthen its ties with local businesses by seeking out opportunities for its co-op programs and internships. The university also plans to ensure graduating students have employable skillsets. Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
uBreakiFix, a small electronic repair shop offering same-day service, is expanding its business and plans on opening stores across Western Canada over the next three years. One location is expected to open in Saskatoon. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation SK
Full Line AG, a full service AGCO dealership, opened its newest facility in Swift Current on April 5 Retail Trade Job Creation SK
Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have approved the hairless variety of canary seed for human consumption. The approval is expected to boost canary seed sales for farmers in Saskatchewan. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
Loraas Disposal donated $100,000 towards the expansion of Saskatoon's Children's Discovery Museum. Expansion of the museum is set to begin in mid-2017, with an expected reopening date slated for mid-2018. Construction Other Type of Event SK
Saskatchewan's petroleum and natural gas land rights sale generated $3.1M in April, down 42% from the previous year. Estevan area had the most bids at $2.64M, followed by the Kindersely and Lloydminster regions. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
A new Designer Shoe Warehouse store opened its doors in Regina's Grasslands Shopping Centre on April 14 Retail Trade Job Creation SK
Workers in trades are struggling to find work in Saskatchewan due to weak economic conditions. Construction activity has slowed down in the province and local businesses are feeling the effects of the oil price plunge and a weak housing market. Construction Other Type of Event SK
A new 4,200 sq. ft. ice hockey training facility is being built by the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox. The facility is scheduled for completion by this fall. Construction Job Creation SK
The oil price downturn is affecting the incomes of farmers and ranchers in Saskatchewan, as fewer oil and gas producers lease land for operations. The number of non-payment complaints to the provincial government has also risen. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
Estevan's Fire and Rescue Service is looking to hire 4 to 6 new firefighters in this year's spring recruitment intake Public Administration Job Creation SK
A new restaurant, the Karma-Conscious Café and Eatery, has opened in Saskatoon Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have signed a new student transfer agreement for their business programs. The partnership aims to improve student experience and provide additional opportunities for those in the program. Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
According to SaskCentral, business for credit unions in Saskatchewan prospered in 2015, in spite of weak economic conditions. Assets belonging to provincial credit unions grew 5.8% in the last year, while loans increased by 5.5%. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event SK
According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's year-over-year new motor vehicle sales declined by 0.7% in February. At the national level, sales increased by 8.1% during the same period. Retail Trade Other Type of Event SK
The Flower Mill and Home Décor Store recently opened its doors in Kamsack Retail Trade Job Creation SK
A new supermarket, Cindy's Independent Grocer, held its grand opening in Melfort on April 15 Retail Trade Job Creation SK
According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's year-over-year manufacturing sales declined by 5.4% in February. Falling oil prices, as well as slow machinery and fabricated metal sales, have been cited as the main reasons for the decline. Manufacturing Other Type of Event SK
Sixteen concrete grain elevators are expected to be built in Saskatchewan and Alberta over the next few years, as companies such as G3 Canada, Paterson Global Foods, and GrainsConnect Canada expand their grain handling networks Construction Job Creation SK
Paper Excellence Canada plans to reopen Prince Albert's pulp and paper mill by 2020 and expects to hire between 180 and 250 employees once operations restart. The mill shuttered operations ten years ago, resulting in 700 employees being laid off. Manufacturing Job Creation SK
The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission expects to see a decline in the number of apprentices working or being trained in the province, citing weak economic conditions as the cause Construction Other Type of Event SK
Construction of a new 25,500 sq. ft. Borderland Co-op Home Centre is slated to begin this year in Moosomin Construction Job Creation SK
Norwegian and Canadian universities, including the University of Saskatchewan, have launched a new program aimed at developing space mission technology. The program is being funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event SK

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Canadian Occupational Projection System

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Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011

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