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
La Taverne Magnan, located in the borough of Le Sud-Ouest in Montréal, will be closing its doors on December 21 and laying off 65 people, following a drop in customer traffic over the past years Retail Trade Layoff QC
The mayor of Fredericton says recent arbitration-awarded raises to firefighters in New Brunswick may be more than the province's major cities can afford. He feels that arbitrators are not giving equal consideration to the municipalities' ability to pay, and that staffing levels could eventually be affected unless changes are made to the process. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
A pharmacist-led, minor-ailment clinic will open at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at 500 Brookside Dr. in Fredericton. Recent changes to the Pharmacy Act in New Brunswick now allow pharmacists to prescribe for minor ailments. According to local pharmacists, the new clinic is one indicator of changes likely to occur in the future for the profession and the medical system. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
According to the New Brunswick Community College's annual report, the college has met and exceeded key performance indicators this year in terms of overall employment, employment related to one's studies, graduate satisfaction, and retention and graduation rates Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
Express Buffet, a Chinese restaurant, has opened at 86 Main Street in Fredericton Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NB
The YMCA of Greater Saint John will add 80 new paid workers to its current staff of 140 over the coming months, as it prepares to move into its new $22M building on Churchill Avenue Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NB
Site Flight Corp will establish a charter flight service at the small Miramichi Airport, dedicated to flying the mobile New Brunswick workforce back and forth from work locations in Western Canada. The company is in the process of hiring its first employees, although there has been no start date set for the service. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NB
Winners, a department store chain, will open in the old Zellers store in Yarmouth in the fall of 2015. Renovations in preparation for the opening will take place in the spring. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Ressources Appalaches Inc. has temporarily laid off 57 workers at the Dufferin gold mine on the Eastern Shore, blaming problems with equipment and a shortage of money. There has been no indication when the mine, opened in April 2014, might resume full production. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff NS
Post-doctoral fellows who work in research and teaching at Dalhousie University have voted to unionize and join the Public Service Alliance of Canada. It was reported that concerns around pay, hours, and benefits led to the unionization process. Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
According to the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council, roughly 2,000 of the 3,200 to 3,500 tradespeople from Cape Breton work in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. The council is having trouble reaching workers for a survey because so many are travelling back and forth. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Lake Loon Developments will proceed with a 162-unit development in the Lake Loon area of Dartmouth. A six-storey building, a seven-storey building, and townhouses are part of the project. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Components are arriving for the construction of the South Canoe Wind Farm near New Ross. The $200M project, Nova Scotia's largest wind farm, should be operational in early 2015. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Duffy's Esso, a full-service gas station in Amherst, closed in October after 51 years in business. The owner says it is hard for old-style gas stations to compete with larger, modern operations. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NS
The government of Canada and the government of PEI have contributed a total of $96,956 in funding to Tourism Summerside for marketing initiatives that will promote the City of Summerside as a four-season tourist destination Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event PE
The City of Charlottetown has approved plans for a new strip mall to be built on Peter's Road in Charlottetown. Construction has already begun. The facility can accommodate three retail establishments on the ground floor and office space on the second. Construction Other Type of Event PE
The provincial government has purchased 96 acres of agricultural land in the Barclay Brook area through a partnership agreement and a $100,000 contribution from Cavendish Farms, that will help protect the rivers and fish habitat in the area Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
Mary Brown's Famous Chicken & Taters plans to open a new take-out restaurant in Charlottetown in the next six weeks. The new restaurant will employ six to eight people. Retail Trade Job Creation PE
Bell Alliant and Unifor union, representing 1,050 workers in Nova Scotia, 675 in Newfoundland and Labrador, 875 in New Brunswick and 185 on P.E.I., have reached a tentative agreement. If ratified, the new agreement will take effect on January 1, 2015. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event PE
The Town of Conception Bay South and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has reached a tentative agreement for municipal workers. The agreement has been ratified. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $9.8M in funding for the construction of a 20-bed expansion to the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Long-Term Care Home, as well as to purchase new equipment and do upgrades to the Labrador Health Centre Construction Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $41,000 in funding for the purchase of firefighting equipment for the District of Fortune Bay-Cape La Hune Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $48,750 in funding which will be used to stage exhibits at events such as the Seafood Expo North America in Boston, the Royal St. John's Regatta, and the Down Home Expo Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
Macpherson College,a new 500-bed residence building at Memorial University, has officially opened Construction Other Type of Event NL
The new marine simulation project at the Marine Institute has moved from the design and engineering phase into the construction phase. Work is expected to be completed and ready for start-up in March 2014. Construction Other Type of Event NL
O'Brien's Music Store on Water Street in St. John's has closed. The music store had been in business for over 75 years. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NL
Canada Post announced that it will be discontinuing its door-to-door delivery to 29,000 homes in the St. John's and Mount Pearl areas next fall and converting to community mailboxes. There will be no loss of jobs as a result of the conversion. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $25,500 in funding to the Atlantic Coastal Action Program in Humber Arm, to support the Trading Books for Boats program, which will provide students with hands-on learning experiences about marine environments Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
The Atelka Inc. call centre in Sarnia, which works for client Rogers Communications Inc., will hire an additional 200 staff by March 2015, increasing its total staff to 400 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
APAC Customer Services, Inc. is hiring about 150 new employees at its Hamilton office between October and December to fill positions in customer service, telesales, and phone and back-office support Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
Astek Group, an IT and engineering consulting firm, has opened a Toronto office, Astek Toronto Inc., and plans to hire about 100 local employees over the next five years Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
HGS Canada Inc. is currently recruiting 80 full-time customer service associates in North Bay, increasing its total workforce to over 400 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
V-NEO Inc., an insurance consulting firm, has opened a Toronto office and plans to hire 30 employees within two years Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Evotech Industrial Coatings Inc. has opened a new manufacturing facility in Cornwall and expects to employ about 30 staff Manufacturing Job Creation ON
GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. will invest $40M into capital projects at its Chatham plant, creating up to eight new jobs for engineers, chemists, process operators and instrument technologists Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Pilot Diamond Tools Ltd., a mining manufacturing firm, has rehired five former employees and added several new employees to its growing workforce in North Bay Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Brightenview Development International Inc. plans to build a $45M Global Development Centre in Bleinheim. The 680,000 sq. ft. complex will provide manufacturing space and support services for up to 100 offshore businesses and create up to 500 jobs. Construction Job Creation ON
Nautical Lands Group has started construction on a new 144-unit residential development for seniors in Picton. The project will also include medical offices for the Prince Edward Family Health Team. Construction Job Creation ON
A new 5-unit strip mall at Highway 35 and County Rd. 21 near Minden is being built by Wayne MacDowall Construction and is expected to be completed by next year Construction Job Creation ON
Site preparation work has begun in Norwood for a combination Mac's Convenience store and gas station at the former J. J. Stewart Motors site on Highway 7 Construction Job Creation ON
A new restaurant, Le Repère, is opening in Sainte-Monique, and approximately 10 employees will be hired Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
On November 30, at least 80 employees of the pulp and paper division at the Resolute Forest Products plant in Baie-Comeau will be out of work for an indefinite period Manufacturing Layoff QC
A housing construction project with 32 rental condos, estimated at $6M, will be built in downtown Amos. The first tenants will be able to move into their new apartment in June 2015. Construction Other Type of Event QC
To better respond to the demand of the transportation and automotive industries, multinational Rio Tinto Alcan is investing $4.5M to manufacture small foundry ingots at its Dubuc plant in Chicoutimi. Fourteen jobs will be created. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Management at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose plant in Thurso announced the abolition of 22 unionized positions by the end of October. Many of these positions were vacant; therefore, four or five people in total will lose their jobs. Manufacturing Layoff QC
The new head office of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec was inaugurated in Montréal at Technopôle Angus in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event QC
About 15 truck drivers, assigned to collecting and unloading less-than-truckloads at Chicoutimi's Kingsway Transport, lost their jobs. The service centre has been closed. Transportation and Warehousing Layoff QC
The government of Québec is granting $622,500 in financial assistance to Viandes Seficlo, a pork meat processor located in Bécancour. The grant will help the company acquire equipment to increase its processing capacity. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The government of Québec is granting $545,030 in financial assistance to Les Aliments Bari, a prepared vegetable processor in Saint-Léonard-d'Aston. The grant will enable the company to acquire equipment and develop new products. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The government of Québec is granting $500,000 in financial assistance to Nicolet-based Rovibec Agrisolutions, a manufacturer of equipment related to herd feeding. The grant will enable the company to establish a product development centre. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
On October 31, Resolute Forest Products will suspend its activities at its newspaper plant in Amos for four weeks, due to difficult market conditions. The closure will result in the laying off of 145 workers. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Complexe Villeneuve is investing more than $1.4M in the construction of a second rental building for companies working in the construction, distribution or manufacturing fields in Boisbriand. The building will be ready in December 2014. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The municipality of Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs is investing over $1.7M to build a new fire station Construction Other Type of Event QC
LUXXCITÉ, a 304-condo construction project in Mirabel, is underway on the La Cité de Mirabel site. Once complete, the project will include 19 buildings with 16 condos each. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Honda de Ste-Agathe, a new vehicle dealership located in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, is investing $4M in a new establishment, which should be open on December 1, 2014. The company currently employs approximately 30 people. Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
Le Manoir du Boisé Crabtree recently opened, following a $4.7M investment. This Crabtree residence comprises 30 apartments for elderly persons with a slight loss of independence. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Construction work has started on Laval's Place Bell, a multifunctional sports complex estimated at $200M, which is scheduled to open in fall 2017 Construction Other Type of Event QC
Serres Lacoste, specializing in tomato production, will be stopping its activities on November 7. The company, located in Les Éboulements in the Charlevoix region, employed about 40 workers. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff QC
Les Couches¿Tôt day-care centre will soon have an addess in Vallée-Jonction. The centre is scheduled to open in March 2015 and will enable 25 new jobs to be created. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Recyc RPM, a plastic products company that has plants in Beauceville and St-Damien, just declared bankruptcy, leading to the dismissal of about 100 employees, including 70 who had already been temporarily laid off Manufacturing Layoff QC
Built for $2M, Quebec's first, new generation location of the Brunet Plus pharmacy was inaugurated at Plaza de l'Ouest in Sherbrooke. Six employees joined the existing 18. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Groupe BCH Développement will invest $16M to carry out a 72-home housing project in Saint-Alexandre. The construction of the first phase of 52 homes should start shortly. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Thanks to a $24M investment, a Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) campus will open in Drummondville in winter 2016 Construction Other Type of Event QC
Drummondville-based Aéronergie, working in the field of energy consumption and GHG reduction, acquired Magog-based Enerconcept Technologies, which specializes in solar heating. About 20 jobs should be created. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Logistec, a company that specializes in handling ocean freight, invested $12M to modernize its equipment in Contrecoeur. The terminal boasts one of the most efficient handling facilities on the St. Lawrence River. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event QC
Le Lièvre et la Tortue day-care centre will have two new establishments in L'Ange-Gardien, totalling 140 additional day-care spaces. These centres represent investments of $1.6M and $1.3M, respectively. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Énergie RB mining company is temporarily stopping its production at the Québec Lithium mine located in La Corne, as they are having trouble finding financing. Most of the 200 employees, except those assigned to maintenance, will be laid off. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff QC
Groupe Patrick Morin is investing $12M to build its 19th renovation centre, which will be located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. The new store will create 60 jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Québec City police will temporarily lay off 55 police officers; they will not be back to work until the beginning of April 2015 Public Administration Layoff QC
Les Ateliers Manutex, a labour market integration centre for persons with a disability, obtained a contract to manufacture work clothing for Ressources Falco, resulting in the consolidation of 80 jobs in Rouyn-Noranda Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The retail chain Chaussures Pop is opening a new store in Saint-Lin-Laurentides, enabling six new jobs to be created Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Commission scolaire des Affluents has started expansion works worth $8M on École du Boisé in Terrebonne. This project will enable the school to welcome 400 additional students in September 2015. Educational Services Job Creation QC
ORAM- Plomberie du Bâtiment, a Saint-Jérôme-based company that specializes in residential, commercial and industrial installation, is investing $2.5M to build premises in Mirabel. Close to 100 persons work for ORAM, which will be moving in mid-October. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Centre de la Petite Enfance des Rires is expanding its Mont-Tremblant establishment. This project, which will end in December 2014, will enable 6 day-care teachers to be hired and 21 children to be welcomed, bringing the total accommodation capacity to 66 children. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
CAE, a flight simulator manufacturer based in Montréal, announced that it has signed several training contracts worth over $200M with civil aviation companies in America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
New residential projects estimated at $175M were unveiled in Montréal by Devimco Immobilier, which includes the construction of more than 500 housing units and the revitalization of a heritage building Construction Other Type of Event QC
Choco-Mango invested $400,000 to expand and purchase new equipment, enabling the company to move from artisan production to industrial production and, at the same time, create four new jobs in Val-d'Or Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Groupe Maritime Verreault will soon start expanding its dry dock, estimated at $12M, which will create 75 to 100 jobs in the region of Les Méchins Manufacturing Job Creation QC
A Familiprix pharmacy will open its doors in Trois-Rivières in February, following an investment of close to $2M. Ten jobs will be created. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Thirty-four positions will be progressively abolished over the next year, following the closure of the Health Canada compensation office in Shawinigan Public Administration Layoff QC
GaspésieQualifié.com is a new job search and trained personnel placement website for the Gaspésie region Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event QC
Joliette's Canadian Tire store is investing $10M to build a new establishment that will replace the existing store. This project should create close to 40 jobs. Once open in spring 2015, the store will employ 160 persons. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Motos Illimitées dealership is investing more than $3M to expand its establishment in Terrebonne, which employs over 60 persons. This project, which will double the surface area of the store, will create about 20 jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Thanks to a $8B investment from Hydro-Québec, the Hydroelectric Complex on the Romaine River, north of Havre-Saint-Pierre, should produce electricity at the end of 2015 Utilities Other Type of Event QC
Station du Mont Gleason in Tingwick, a non-profit organization, is investing $500,000 to acquire a loading carpet and renovate its slide park Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event QC
TD Canada Trust bank group just opened a second branch in Terrebonne, creating about 12 new jobs Finance and Insurance Job Creation QC
The Government of Alberta has awarded a $71M contract to Carmacks Enterprise to complete the twinning of Highway 63 by 2016 Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is spending $5.5M to build a helipad on top of the main tower of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray, with construction slated for 2015 Construction Job Creation AB
MacEwan University in Edmonton has announced that it will offer full-credit for college courses, easing the transition for students who want to transfer into a university degree program Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
Cushman & Wakefield recently reported increased demand for leased industrial space in Calgary, with levels approaching the boom year of 2006 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event AB
Triple Five Group, owners of West Edmonton Mall, are planning a major expansion to the facility that will add new retail space and additional parking stalls and will connect to the proposed light rail transit line Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta has cancelled all commercial fishing activities in the province due to declining stocks and an increased demand on the resource from numerous sectors Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
Chevron Canada has announced the sale of 30% of its interest in the Duvernay Shale formation, located northwest of Edmonton, to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration for $1.5 billion US Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Quebecor has agreed to sell all of its 175 English-language newspapers, including the Edmonton Sun and the Calgary Sun, to Postmedia. The deal also includes the transfer of some real estate assets in Alberta. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event AB
The Edmonton Arena District Joint Venture is building a new Delta hotel in the downtown core, with 362 rooms and 200 luxury condos; scheduled for completion by early 2018 Construction Job Creation AB
Burrow, an Edmonton-based coffee shop, has opened underground in the pedway at the Central Light Rail Transit Station. Unused commercial bays remain available throughout the transit system for similar future developments. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
The Data Group is spending $3M in refurbishments and moving 200 employees to consolidate its three Calgary offices into one central location at Icon Business Park Construction Job Creation AB
Alberta Health Services plans to close the Medicine Hat Diagnostic Laboratory in March 2017, with the transitioning of services to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital in October 2016. The closure and move could affect up to 70 employees. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff AB
Groupe Germain Hospitalité is building a $34M ALT Hotel in the East Village area of Calgary, with the opening planned for 2017 Construction Job Creation AB
Dow Canada has given $1.05M to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton to support campus expansion and the power engineering technology program Educational Services Job Creation AB
Hillwood Investment Properties, a Dallas-based company, is partnering with Calgary-based Highfield Investment Group to build a distribution facility in the High Plains Industrial Park near Balzac Construction Job Creation AB
Arcan Resources has started its winter drilling program, with plans to complete nine wells by spring break-up in 2015 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta has announced $43.2M for 55 new schools and 22 school modernizations as the final phase of a 10-year education capital renewal plan Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Edmonton has announced that the opening of the Metro LRT line will be delayed until at least February 2015, due to technical issues with signals. The line was originally scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014. Construction Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Canmore is proposing a $40M high debris flood-retention structure for the Cougar Creek area following the destructive floods of 2013 Construction Job Creation AB
The Merit Medical Clinic and the Cold Lake Health Care Centre have recently hired a new physician, but the area still requires additional doctors Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Fort McMurray International Airport has opened its North Terminal to workforce charter flights and cargo traffic following renovations to the facility and the addition of streamlined security Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The RCMP in Red Deer are actively recruiting for auxiliary constables to work with regular members and assist with community events Public Administration Job Creation AB
The City of St. Albert is moving ahead with plans for a high technology neighbourhood that will incorporate cutting-edge data technology in a mix of residential, commercial and industrial buildings Construction Job Creation AB
The Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch, a treatment centre for abused children and their families, has opened in Strathcona County Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Pembina Pipeline is spending $350M to build the first phase of the Canadian Diluent Hub, a condensate and diluent terminal near Fort Saskatchewan Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Areva Resources Canada has submitted a final environmental impact statement to the Nunavut Impact Review Board for the proposed Kiggavik uranium mine and milling operation west of Baker Lake Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NU
The Government of the Northwest Territories is distributing nearly $400,000 under the Mining Incentive Program to six junior mining companies to assist with exploration Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NT
Following an increase in funding from the Government of the Northwest Territories, the wet shelter in Inuvik, which offers support for homeless persons, is opening on October 15, 2014 with four full-time staff Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories is increasing the payment for seal skins from $55 to $70 per pelt, in an effort to increase the supply available to northern artists and craftspersons Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NT
The Government of the Northwest Territories has identified three potential contractors to design, build, finance and maintain the Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife Construction Job Creation NT
Flight attendants with Air North have ended their job action, resumed full-service on flights and have agreed to return to bargaining with their employer Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event YT
Western Forest Products will be closing its Nanaimo sawmill, but will be offering affected workers employment at the company's other mills. The company recently completed a $10M modernization at its Duke Point Sawmill, which is also located in Nanaimo. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event BC
Pomellato, an Italian jewelry store, has opened its first Canadian location in Vancouver's Pacific Centre Retail Trade Job Creation BC
The City of Vancouver has designated a location to build the city's first Technology and Social Innovation Centre. The Centre will be run in partnership with the Vancouver Economic Commission and the Vancity Community Foundation. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event BC

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