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 Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Norampac, a corrugated cardboard packaging manufacturer, invested more than $13M in its two plants in Drummondville and Vaudreuil to acquire two new printing presses that will increase productivity Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
A new facility for the La Girouette child care centre was officially opened in Villeroy following an investment of more than $500,000. Six new jobs were created. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
La Sûreté du Québec announced the elimination of 92 positions across the province as of the beginning of December. These cuts will primarily affect casual employees with administrative functions. Public Administration Layoff QC
With the price of iron ore falling, Cliffs Natural Resources, an iron ore company, will permanently close its Wabush mines in Pointe-Noire near Sept-Îles. Some 100 workers will lose their jobs. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff QC
The East train, a new commuter rail service, began on December 1. This $674M project sees the train running from Mascouche across the eastern part of Montréal Island and arriving at the central station, a 53-km trip. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event QC
Following an investment of $4.5M to expand its facilities, the Boulevard de la Caisse Desjardins service centre in Drummondville has officially opened as the head office. Eighty people work at this location. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event QC
Thanks to an investment of $1.4M, the child care centre L'Univers des petits Memphremagog will be built in Magog. Some 20 professionals in early childhood education and special education will be hired by April 2015, at the latest.. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
RIO Tinto-IOC Mining Company has laid off a dozen executives working in Sept-Îles in an effort to reduce costs in light of declining iron ore prices. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff QC
The Montréal group Germain Hôtels announced it is expanding its Alt banner by opening additional establishments across Canada. The expansion is made possible by $80M in funding from its investors. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event QC
Croteau, a store on 90e Rue at Saint-Georges (Beauce) will cease operations in February 2015. The decision affects some 20 employees. Retail Trade Layoff QC
As a result of the fire at the Lorriann, some 20 employees have lost their jobs. The restaurant and bar was located on Boulevard de la Grande Baie Sud in La Baie. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
In Mont-Joli, the former Auberge Cartier will reopen on December 5 under the name of Complexe le Phoenix, creating 21 jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Recruitment of part-time firefighters has been more difficult in Quebec since the tragedy at L'Isle-Verte, especially in the regions, according to the Fédération québécoise des intervenants en sécurité incendie Public Administration Job Creation QC
Twenty-seven jobs were lost with the closing on December 3 of Finition U.V. Crystal in Saint-Tite, a hardwood flooring finishing company Manufacturing Layoff QC
As a result of a requirement for the RCMs to restructure the economic development assistance services provided by local development centres (LDC), approximately 11 positions are expected to be eliminated in the Gaspé area, including 5 at the LDC of the Avignon RCM, which has been closed Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff QC
Outil concept, a manufacturer of embossing tools in Stukely-Sud, has opened a new plant in Granby, intended to the creation and design of matrices. Fifteen-some jobs were transferred to Granby, and between three and five jobs will be created over the next two years. The Stukely-Sud facility will be used to assemble parts that are designed and tested in Granby. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Due in part to the weakness of the worldwide newspaper market, Resolute Forest Products is permanently shutting down two of its paper machines in Baie-Comeau and Clermont. This will put 120 people out of work. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Reitmans Canada, a Montréal retailer of women's clothing, has announced the closing of 52 stores across its Canadian network due to a drop in sales attributed to its branches. Retail Trade Layoff QC
Mexx, the Dutch clothing manufacturer, has declared bankruptcy. The company has 28 stores and employs 750 people in Quebec. Retail Trade Layoff QC
A new Chocolats Favoris store will open soon in Terrebonne, creating between 40 and 45 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation QC
An investment of $11M is making it possible to build a new elementary school this spring in the Lachenaie sector of Terrebonne. The school will include two gymnasiums and will welcome 400 students in 21 classes beginning in September 2016. Educational Services Job Creation QC
The Sélection store of the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) in Mont Tremblant will be demolished and rebuilt beginning on April 1. The new building, scheduled for fall 2015, will include a parking lot and a delivery bay. Construction Other Type of Event QC
A new school has opened in Saint-Jérôme, welcoming 600 students in 28 classes. Students were housed since September in temporary facilities at the Polyvalente de Saint-Jérôme. Educational Services Other Type of Event QC
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton has launched a $100M fundraising campaign for the Centre for Applied Technologies, student bursaries, equipment and applied research Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
Lowe's Canada is opening a new $24M store in Lethbridge in the spring of 2015. The company expects to hire 120 to 140 employees, with an additional 40 to 50 seasonal jobs at the site. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Lethbridge School Division No. 51 has been able to hire 12.5 full-time equivalent teachers and 18 full-time equivalent support staff due to funding increases as a result of higher student enrolment. The district has also received an increase of $1.75M in maintenance and renewal funding from the Government of Alberta. Educational Services Job Creation AB
The Edmonton Police Service is actively recruiting from Edmonton's African communities in an attempt to increase diversity among its members Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has allocated $3M towards the demolition of the seven Penhorwood condominium complex buildings in Fort McMurray. The vacant buildings are scheduled for demolition by February 2015. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Calgary HandiBus is ceasing operations in 2015 due to increasing costs and the emergence of cheaper forms of service in the city. HandiBus currently provides transportation for approximately 17,000 people with disabilities in Calgary. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Penny Lane Entertainment Group, based out of Calgary, introduced a no-limit vacation policy for its staff effective November 25, 2014. The policy was introduced as an incentive to attract and retain younger staff. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
The second payment for 2014 from the Gas Tax Fund will provide $7.9M for infrastructure projects in the Peace River area N/A Other Type of Event AB
Di-Corp is set to begin distributing frac sand in March 2015 from a new terminal, currently under construction, near Rocky Mountain House Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Canmore has reached a contract agreement with its local fire and rescue personnel that provides a retroactive wage increase for three years, back to 2011 Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Canada is providing $600,000 over four years to Avalanche Canada for youth-focussed avalanche safety training and the development of tools to minimize backcountry travel risk Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
The Newell Regional Tourism Association has recently released the Tourism Industry Study, which identifies gaps in tourist services and business opportunities within the County of Newell Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
Parkland Seniors Lodge in Edson is expanding from 40 rooms to 102 rooms by adding a third storey, increasing the space allocation and improving the accessibility within the building. Construction is expected to start in February or March 2015. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Wood Buffalo Brewing Company in Fort McMuuray and a sister company, Last Best Brewing and Distilling in Calgary, are expanding in the craft distilling market. A pub is planned for the Calgary market in the spring of 2015. Manufacturing Other Type of Event AB
Elk Island Catholic Schools is planning to build a new school near the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan. The school district is expecting to start construction in November 2015. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The City of Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department is seeking increased funding for firefighter hours in response to service demands. The department, composed of 51 part-time firefighters, has experienced a 22% yearly increase in call volumes. Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Canadian Home Builders' Association's Grande Prairie branch is expecting a strong winter construction season and continuing demand for new housing into 2015 Construction Other Type of Event AB
The fate of Alberta Downs, a harness-racing facility in Lacombe, is in limbo after Horse Racing Alberta denied any racing dates to the track for 2015 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event AB
The Lloydminster and District Co-op has opened the Marketplace, a retail grocery store, as part of its new complex in Lloydminster. The company has plans for another gas bar, cardlock and bulk petroleum site on the west side of the city. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Livingstone Range School Division plans to spend just over $2M on school infrastructure maintenance and renewal over the 2014-2015 school year. The money is spread across a range of communities and schools throughout the district. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Telus World of Science is planning to spend $40M on a major expansion to the facility, with a recent $12M commitment from the City of Edmonton Construction Other Type of Event AB
The City of Edmonton has approved $3.75M for the expansion of the Winspear Centre, to include a performance theatre with a childcare centre and other cultural space Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Peace River & District Chamber of Commerce has urged the Town of Peace River to hire an Economic Development Officer in a recent presentation to council. The town is also considering a shared position with other regional economic partners. Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The City of St. Albert has exhausted its snow clearing budget after a recent heavy snowfall. The city has hired 21 contractors, with an additional 12 contractors planned for residential road work. Public Administration Job Creation AB
The employees of Wood Art Industries, a family business with six employees in Wetaskiwin, face an uncertain future after fire destroyed the facility on November 26, 2014 Manufacturing Layoff AB
Athabasca Oil Corporation has recently announced that they are reducing their 2015 capital budget to $208M, a 70% decrease from their 2014 budget, in response to lower oil prices Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Loblaw Companies Ltd. is opening a Loblaws City Market in the Edmonton Brewery District, but the company did not disclose further details. The new outlet is an urban-format store concept with organic produce aimed at food enthusiasts. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada have announced investments to support the Sivummut IV Conference and a renewed Nunavut Economic Development Strategy 2014-24 N/A Other Type of Event NU
The Government of Nunavut has committed to developing policies on oil and gas development and exploration starting in January 2015, with the potential for territorial revenues through a royalty system Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NU
Following devolution, the Government of the Northwest Territories is partnering with Aboriginal organizations, business and regional governments to develop an Oil and Gas Strategy for the territory Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories is committing $700M to extend the Mackenzie Valley Highway from Wrigley to Norman Wells, as well as an additional $70M to construct a bridge across the Bear River Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The volunteer fire department in the Hamlet of Fort Resolution has received a stop-work order from the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission. The safety deficiencies are related to training, equipment maintenance and firefighting plans. Public Administration Other Type of Event NT
According to a recently released report, the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk and surrounding communities would need to construct a deep-water port at a cost of $100M to benefit from proposed energy projects in the Beaufort Sea Construction Other Type of Event NT
Yukon College has signed an Indigenous Education Protocol that will help it better serve First Nations Students. The agreement calls for an increase in the number of indigenous staff and the addition of First Nations traditions to the curriculum. Educational Services Other Type of Event YT
Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital has recently opened the first fully automated microbiology laboratory in a North American hospital. The automated lab will help address a looming shortage of laboratory technologists. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Mastermind Toys has recently opened new stores in Abbotsford and Coquitlam. The Toronto-based toy retailer is looking for a number of employees at both locations. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Under BC's A GP For Me program, John Barsby Secondary School in Nanaimo will be establishing a new medical centre in 2015 Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Federal Government has announced that the Point Roberts border crossing, in Tsawwassen, will receive $12M in upgrades. The upgrades are part of a $5.8B series of investments by Infrastructure Canada. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Lakeland Mills has started operations at its rebuilt lumber mill in Prince George. The replacement facility has created employment for 110 workers, or 50 fewer than the previous mill. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
The Iron Horse Youth Safe House, in Maple Ridge, will be closing its doors by the end of the year. The closure affects approximately 20 part-time and casual staff. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff BC
The Insurance Corp. of BC has announced that it is laying off 10 senior managers and two vice-presidents. The layoffs will save the company approximately $2.2M in operating expenses annually. Finance and Insurance Layoff BC
A zoning amendment has been approved for a gold recovery facility in 100 Mile House. The new facility will create up to six jobs, recovering fine gold, silver and platinum from former placer mines. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation BC
The BC Fruit Growers Association has reported that a new seven-year $8.4M replant program will revitalize the tree fruit industry. It is estimated that the program will help replant 1,500 acres, creating 2,600 jobs each year between 2015 and 2021. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event BC
Tilray, a medical marijuana producer in Nanaimo, is planning a major expansion by adding a second building, which will more than double the size of its current facility. Once complete, the company will substantially increase its number of employees. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event BC
In addition to its $1B John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project, BC Hydro has announced the John Hart Dam Safety Upgrade Project, to begin in 2018. The two projects are expected to create hundreds of jobs over several decades in Campbell River. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The New Westminster school district will be adding nine educational assistants and 15 teachers to its staff. The increase follows a round of layoffs in April, when the district cut 28 positions to meet its budget for 2014-15. Educational Services Job Creation BC
The Ishtar Transition Housing Society is closing its 10-bed Libra House in Langley on January 31. The closure will affect 10 full-time, 11 part-time, and 14 casual staff. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff BC
The Government of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg implemented a new Live Downtown Rental Development Grant Program to encourage the construction of more rental units in downtown Winnipeg Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event MB
Loblaw Companies Ltd. plans to reopen two former Extra Foods stores as No Frills discount grocery outlets in Winnipeg, sometime during the first half of 2015 Retail Trade Other Type of Event MB
Some universities and colleges in Manitoba recently partnered with high schools on the First-Year Now initiative, which allows high school students to plan for their future by taking university and college courses, while earning dual credits Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
The Government of Manitoba recently introduced legislation to create a new First Nations Safety Officer Program to help prevent crime in remote communities and replace the federal Band Constable Program, which ends in 2015 Public Administration Other Type of Event MB
In 2014, the Government of Manitoba created new positions for the 11 new graduates from the first-in-Canada Physician Assistant Education Program, which accepts up to 12 candidates every year Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
The Government of Manitoba recently introduced legislation to establish the new chartered professional accounting (CPA) designation in Manitoba, which unifies the chartered accountants, certified management accountants and certified general accountants designations Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event MB
On November 26th and 27th, the Canadian Western Agribition and partners hosted the new thinkAG Career and Education Expo, where more than 200 high school students from across southern Saskatchewan learned about the agriculture and agri-food industries Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
Currently under construction in Saskatoon, the new Lowe's Canada store expects to open in the summer 2015 Retail Trade Other Type of Event SK
Construction started on the $10M upgrade of the M1 Canal near Outlook and replacement of a major waste way structure, as part of a multi-year project to rehabilitate the entire canal Construction Other Type of Event SK
At the beginning of December, fire destroyed the North East Outreach and Support Services shelter for victims of violent and sexualized assaults and their children, which was under construction in Melfort Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event SK
Babcock & Wilcox Canada, Ltd. signed a 6-year $300M agreement with Bruce Power to provide service work at the nuclear plant in Tiverton. Work associated with the contract will begin in January 2015. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
A new Delta flagship hotel has opened in downtown Toronto Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. (RWDI), an environmental engineering firm, is moving its head office to the Hanlon Business Park in Guelph. The company plans to expand its operations and add 200 new employees over the next five years. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Lowe's Companies Canada, ULC is scheduled to open a new Sault Ste. Marie store in the summer of 2015, creating between 120 and 140 permanent jobs and an additional 40 to 50 seasonal positions Retail Trade Job Creation BC
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has been awarded a $135M contract to build the Cardiac Life Support Services Redevelopment Project at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. The project will generate around 150 jobs during construction. Construction Job Creation ON
Morningstar Hospitality Services Inc. secured a food services contract for the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. The company is looking to hire temporary workers for locations in Mississauga, Whitby and Ajax. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
TIM-BR MART Group will close its Victoriaville, Quebec distribution centre and consolidate operations at its London site in April 2015, retaining 135 current staff and adding 120 jobs at that location Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
Minacs Limited will hire around 60 call centre staff over the next couple of months in Peterborough Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
Construction is underway on two of four student accommodation buildings at Confederation College in Thunder Bay. The initial phase of the $35M Student Village/Accommodation project is expected to be completed by fall 2015. Construction Job Creation ON
Two new hotels are being built along The Kingsway in Sudbury: a new Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndam and a Hilton Garden Inn hotel. Construction Job Creation BC
Retailer Muji Europe Holdings Ltd has opened its first Canadian store in downtown Toronto Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Construction is underway for a new Gormley GO train station in York Region, which is expected to create over 20 jobs and be completed by the end of 2016 Construction Job Creation ON
Medical marijuana grower Aphria Inc. in Leamington is now fully licensed. The company currently employs 15 workers and expects to double its workforce within the year. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Metro Inc. will close its Cambridge grocery store in January 2015, affecting approximately 119 employees N/A Layoff ON
Bell Media has cut 80 full-time positions in various divisions across Ontario Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff ON
ASG (AGI-Shorewood Group) closed its packaging plant in Smiths Falls at the end of November, affecting approximately 80 employees Manufacturing Layoff ON
Huron Concrete Supply Ltd. has closed its plants in Goderich and Seaforth affecting approximately 20 employees Construction Layoff ON
The government of Canada and the NL government announced a total of $68M in combined funding over a five-year period to help individuals and families access affordable housing and renovate their existing homes Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
Steele Hotels has expanded in the St. John's area with the latest development of a new, 4.5-star hotel located on the west end of George St. The new hotel, called JAG, has 88 rooms and opened for business on December 3. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NL
According to the Airport Authority, St. John's International Airport has recorded a 10% increase from 2013, with 700,000 passengers travelling from June to September. Demand for travel has increased over the past five years due to expanded service options. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
The Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador City has laid off 20 employees as part of a restructuring plan for its mining operations Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NL
The government of NL announced $100,000 in funding to Quinlan Brothers Ltd. to install new refrigeration control systems at their plant in Bay de Verde Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
Work on the gravity-based structure for the Hebron oil project that is underway in Bull Arm has been delayed until the summer of 2016, due to a delay in building the components in South Korea. Hebron's first oil is still expected to be produced by 2017. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL will provide $39,000 to Papa John's Sportswear Centre Ltd. of Gander, in order to purchase and install a new screen-printing machine, which will help to enhance productivity and grow the business Retail Trade Other Type of Event NL
The government of NL has agreed to a $1.2M loan guarantee for Marble Mountain to help with the cost of replacing the ski lift which was destroyed by lightning last summer. The lift is expected to be back in service by mid-January 2015. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NL
Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors has laid off 30 workers with the local Plumbers and Pipefitters Union at the Bull Arm site for construction of the Hebron gravity-based structure (GBS), due to completion of the GBS slip operation which took place in the fall. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
The former Ocean Choice plant in P.E.I. has been taken over by the Souris Harbour Authority. Three new tenants will move into the plant and use it for cold storage, bioscience and seafood processing. Seventy-five new jobs will be created. N/A Job Creation PE
P.E.I. is experiencing a severe shortage of school bus drivers. One of the major issues contributing to this shortage is the high cost of training. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event PE
The government of P.E.I. announced $16M in funding for the new School of Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island. Demand has increased for both engineering graduates and in terms of student interest. Educational Services Other Type of Event PE
The government of P.E.I., through the Island Community Fund, announced $71,000 in funding to support three communities in their work to upgrade existing infrastructure Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
As a result of a recent Asian trade mission, Charlottetown's Portsmouth Atlantic has secured a $1.75M contract with a South Korean shipbuilder, HI AIR KOREA Co., Ltd., to supply air filtration units for a ship that will be built in Korea for the Royal Norwegian Navy Manufacturing Job Creation PE
The government of P.E.I.has signed a new $2.4M contract with McKesson Canada to extend the 811 Telehealth service in P.E.I. The government has partnered with Nova Scotia to extend the service to March 2019. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
A $70M renovation project at the Halifax Shopping Centre will begin in December and be completed by the fall of 2016. EllisDon Construction Ltd., MMC International Architects, and GH+A Design will be involved in the project. Construction Job Creation NS
G2 Research, a Dartmouth-based company which develops software for law enforcement agencies, has been bought by Utah-based Track Group. More workers will be added to the 10 people employed locally. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NS
Truro Nissan will open in Truro in February 2015 and employ 15 workers Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Simmons Mattress Gallery will close its two locations in Halifax and Dartmouth within the next few weeks, affecting the jobs of nine employees. Competition from other businesses and on-line shopping were factors in the decision to close, according to the company Retail Trade Layoff NS
Kellys Luggage will close its retail store in Halifax at the end of December, and its repair shop a month later. Kellys, a 138-year-old business, has nine, mostly part-time employees. Retail Trade Layoff NS
The Halifax Chronicle Herald has reduced its planned number of layoffs from 20 to two since issuing notices to newsroom staff in November. Thirteen workers have since accepted buyout packages, and the union has made other concessions to save some jobs. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff NS
Young Street Equities Ltd. will begin work in the next few months on its $110M Monaghan Square project in north-end Halifax. The development will include two 17-storey residential/commercial towers. Construction Other Type of Event NS
The Cline Group has purchased 75% of the Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton, prompting hope it could eventually reopen and create 300 jobs Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NS

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