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
Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. has signed a $187M contract to expand Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Construction is expected to begin immediately and finish in the spring of 2019. Construction Job Creation ON
Construction is underway on École St-Thomas-d¿Aquin, a Catholic French-language elementary school in the Municipality of East Ferris Construction Job Creation ON
Friends Forever Childcare Centre opened in North Bay, creating up to 15 jobs Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
Giant Tiger Stores Limited will open a second location in the Timmins area by April 2015 Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Muskoka Rock Company Ltd. in Gravenhurst will receive $600K in funding to upgrade its Bethune Drive facility Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Construction of the aquatic centre and walking trails of Lakeshore¿s Atlas Tube Centre, a $36M multi-use recreational facility, is set to begin in November. Rinks A and B opened to the public in September. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
The Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre officially opened at Fleming College's Brealey Drive campus in Peterborough Educational Services Job Creation ON
CenturyLink Inc. has opened a second Toronto area data centre in Markham Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Dimension Data Canada Inc., an ICT solutions and services provider, has opened a new cloud data centre in Toronto Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
The Hire Canada Job Fair and Training Expo will take place on September 24, 2014, at the Mississauga Convention Centre N/A Other Type of Event ON
Windsor restaurant Tunnel-Bar-B-Q closed in September after 73 years, affecting up to 50 staff. The property has been sold and will become the site of a new University of Windsor arts facility. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff ON
The City of Sarnia will close the Coronation Park Day Nursery in November, affecting 40 staff Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff ON
Convergys Corp. will add 250 workers to its call centre in Glace Bay Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NS
South West Health is seeking a replacement nurse practitioner for the Islands Health Care Centre in Freeport. Recruitment, which is often challenging in small communities, will continue until the position is filled. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
Work continues on the modernization of the Irving Shipyard in Halifax, and the official signing of the $25B federal shipbuilding contract is expected within months. Irving indicates it plans to have infrastructure completed in time to begin cutting steel by late 2015. Employment at the yard is expected to rise from 700 current workers to 2,000 by the 2020s. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
A Bridgewater area business, Oakhill Commercial and Recreational Equipment, may double the number of its workers when it moves into a larger building. Construction of the new building is expected to begin over the next few months. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NS
The governments of Nova Scotia and Alberta have signed an agreement that will allow apprentices to seamlessly train and work in either province Construction Other Type of Event NS
Nova Scotia Power will abandon its plan to contract out positions, after reaching an agreement with its unionized workers. The workers have accepted changes to the pension plan in exchange for job protection. Utilities Other Type of Event NS
A new radio station, Phantom FM 103.3, will officially open in Bathurst in September. The station features local community programming. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event NB
Bowring¿s, a Canadian-owned gift and home decor chain, will close its store in the Wheeler Park Centre in Moncton in the near future, as the owners have filed for bankruptcy protection Retail Trade Layoff NB
The city of Moncton hopes to award the construction contract for the downtown, 7,500-seat entertainment and sports complex by the end of 2015. The New Brunswick government is expected to contribute $24M, and additional funding is being sought. Construction Other Type of Event NB
According to the Department of Tourism and Culture, traffic on the Confederation Bridge was up by 1.2% in the month of July, compared to July 2013. The number of rooms sold was up by 3.6%, and the Charlottetown airport had a 12% increase in passengers. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event PE
PEI has implemented a training program for probation officers and youth workers, called the Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision program. The program trains workers to assist their clients in order to reduce their risks of re-offending. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
The City of St. John's has approved site designs for two new Bell Mobility cellphone towers in St. John's Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $1.3M in cost-shared funding to upgrade the water intake system in St. Anthony, and for lift station projects in Roddickton-Bide Arm Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced a new biogas electricity generation pilot program for the province. The program will encourage the use of biogas and generate a consistent supply of electricity in NL. Utilities Other Type of Event NL
Habour Grace Ocean Enterprises, formerly Dawe's Welding and Sons Limited, a marine service and fabrication centre, has increased its workforce from 35 to 50 workers. Hours of operation have also increased to seven days per week and 12 hours per day. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NL
The provincial government announced $40,000 in funding to purchase firefighting equipment for the communities of Trout River, Daniel's Harbour, Pigeon's Cove-St. Barbe, Rocky Harbour and Port au Choix Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
Three researchers at Memorial University have been awarded $596,476 in grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to investigate the integration of refugee students, build an Innu-Aimun dictionary, and 'fairy tale' culture in media. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
Four researchers at Memorial University are co-recipients of a grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, which will address the challenges and opportunities of people living in rural communities Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government announced $6M in funding over a three-year period for the second phase of remediation at the former military site in Hopedale, to ensure it meets environmental standards Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event NL
The provincial government awarded a $440,000 contract to BDW Roofing Inc. of Stephenville for a partial roof and window replacement at E.A. Butler All Grade school in McKay's Construction Other Type of Event NL
A $3M residential construction project has begun in Vieux-Terrebonne. The Espace Saint-Paul project encompasses the construction of 10 condominiums and 4 townhomes. Work completion is scheduled for January 2015. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Construction of the Complexe Scientifique Sportif et Éducatif de Montcalm (CSSEM), valued at $15M, has begun in Saint-Roch-de-L'Achigan. On its opening in September 2015, the facility will feature two skating rinks and one sport science research institute. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
The 16th Salon Priorité Emploi will take place next September 26 and 27 at the Cégep de Granby. About 40 employers will be at this job fair seeking skilled and talented candidates. N/A Other Type of Event QC
With $11M of a planned $15M investment, the Hébertville-Station landfill is now in operation. Remaining is the construction of the buildings by the spring of 2015. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event QC
Drummondville's Marie-Rivier secondary school is investing $4M to convert its double gymnasium into a triple one. The facility will meet the needs of athletes in sport/study programs and of Jeux du Québec participants in winter 2015. Educational Services Other Type of Event QC
The Metro grocery store in Windsor will be closing its doors in October. About 30 workers will be out of a job. Retail Trade Layoff QC
Services Techniques Industriels Marchand (STIM) of Sherbrooke will be re-locating to Brompton. The employer has plans to hire 20 workers over the next year, who will join the other 100 or so existing employees. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation QC
Optel Vision, located in the Quebec Metro High Tech Park, has expansion plans. The business will be investing $10M over the next several months to increase its presence on the international scene. Nearly 110 jobs will be created. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
A fire has destroyed the McDonald's on Henri-Bourassa boulevard in Québec City. About 60 employees worked at the restaurant. The business will try to relocate people in other restaurants to ensure no disruption of work. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
The Trois Tilleuls Hôtel & SPA, located in Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu, will be renovated at a cost of $7M, which will consolidate the 60 current jobs Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
With a $1M investment, a new restaurant, Texan Grill and bar, will be built on Promenades King in Sherbrooke. About 50 jobs will be created for its winter 2015 opening. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
According to the Quebec Ministère des Transports, more than 1,000 park-and-ride spots will be created in the greater area of Montréal in 2015. This $33.4M project is part of a series of measures to promote use of public transit. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Brut Cantina Social restaurant, located on Promenade du Portage in Gatineau, is closing its doors because of insufficient business activity Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
Montréal-printer Transcontinental is announcing an end to the publication of 20 weekly newspapers following a transaction with Sun Media. Some 80 people across the province will be without a job. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff QC
After investing $1.7M in Estrie last year, Cogeco Câble is paying out $2.3M this year to meet ever growing needs from clientele Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event QC
Thanks to an investment of nearly $1M, the building housing the Nicolet RCM and the Nicolet-Yamaska CLD (local development centre) is undergoing renovations to expand N/A Other Type of Event QC
Integra is investing $7.55M to acquire the Sigma-Lamaque mines and treatment plan. The mining company is also restoring the site at a cost of $12.1M. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event QC
Nine months following the fire that destroyed the Scepter aluminum recycling plant in Baie-Comeau, it is definitively closing its doors, leading to 25 job losses Manufacturing Layoff QC
Montréal-based engineering firm WSP Global is announcing the acquisition of U.S. firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. This transaction, valued at nearly $1.3B, will double the size of WSP Global and broaden its field of expertise. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event QC
Following a $4.5M investment, a new ecocentre is now open to the public in Sept-Îles Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event QC
Correctional Service Canada is investing nearly $5.7M in the women's prison in Joliette to add 14 new cells, office space and an inside courtyard. The project, which began in June 2013, will end in December 2014. Public Administration Other Type of Event QC
Paper mill Resolute Forest Products will be closing the Laurentide plant in Shawinigan around October 15, leading to the loss of 275 jobs Manufacturing Layoff QC
Following the closure of five weekly newspapers by Transcontinental in Bas-Saint-Laurent on September 3, at least 25 people have been left without a job Information and Cultural Industries Layoff QC
In Rimouski, the Canac hardware store will be opening its doors in mid-November, providing job opportunities for 80 people Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The burying of cables at the Grave historical site in Havre-Aubert, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, will require a $2.5M investment Construction Other Type of Event QC
Novadba, which specializes in database development and administration, will be setting up shop in Magog and create about 15 jobs Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
The Jolco Group, a family business specializing in the manufacture and distribution of farming equipment, is investing $3.5M into the construction of a new building located in Saint-Hyacinthe in order to move its head office there Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
DSD International, located in Thetford Mines, is expanding its plant on Chemin de l'aéroport. This project will create more than 15 additional jobs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
By 2016, major upgrades will be made to Québec City's Les Galeries de la Capitale shopping centre. The project, estimated at more than $200M, is divided into 3 phases and phase 1 has just begun. Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
Écorec, a Sorel-Tracey-based business that recovers electronics, is closing its doors after a few months of operations without a contract Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event QC
Winter sports resort Ski Montcalm in Rawdon is investing $2M to add tubing lanes and snowshoeing trails as well as expand and renovate the main chalet. The facility employs more than 100 people. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Alberta raised the minimum wage on September 1, 2014 to $10.20 per hour for the general wage and to $9.20 per hour for the liquor server wage N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta and the Government of Nova Scotia have signed an agreement that provides parity for apprentices in both provinces, while enhancing labour mobility N/A Other Type of Event AB
Nova Hotels recently purchased the Edmonton Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre, with future plans to revitalize the facility Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
The University of Lethbridge is at capacity in enrolment for the 2014-2015 academic year in the nursing and education programs, with a record number of applicants for graduate studies Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
The recent ITU World Triathlon in Edmonton is estimated to have attracted over 10,000 visitors while injecting more than $20M into the local economy Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Lethbridge Transit is changing bus routes and adding new routes to improve connections and the frequency of bus service in the city Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
A recent study has concluded that almost 30% of employees in Lethbridge earn less than $15 per hour, the second highest percentage of low-wage workers among seven municipalities in Alberta N/A Other Type of Event AB
Developers in Calgary are proposing six new supermarkets in the downtown core, in response to an anticipated population increase Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta has announced over $800,000 in funding to preserve heritage properties that were affected by floods in June 2013 Construction Job Creation AB
Rockyview Motorsports Park has entered into an agreement with Olds College to establish an applied research facility, as well as restoring and expanding wetlands on the proposed motorsports site in Rocky View County Construction Job Creation AB
The recent minimum wage increase across Alberta is expected to have little impact in the Bow Valley, as an estimated 80% of all jobs pay at least $12 per hour in the area N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Bonnyville, in collaboration with the Municipal District of Bonnyville and the Bonnyville Health Centre, has agreed to contribute funds to assist with physician recruitment and office start-up costs Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Staples Canada is hiring approximately 20 staff for a new location in Cochrane, which is expected to open by September 25, 2014 Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Town of Drayton Valley has contracted with Independent Traffic Services to provide automated traffic enforcement, initially focusing on speed enforcement Public Administration Job Creation AB
Williams Energy Canada is building a propane dehydrogenation plant in Strathcona County, with the construction phase expected to generate 1,000 jobs between 2015 and 2018. The facility will have approximately 100 full-time employees once operational. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The Sawmill Prime Rib and Steakhouse is opening in Grande Prairie on September 9, 2014 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Laebon Homes, a major Central Alberta developer, is planning to begin construction in 2015 on a 500-home subdivision in Innisfail Construction Job Creation AB
Leduc Transit is expanding service between Leduc and Edmonton, extending the service to additional areas of Nisku while also adding three intra-municipal routes, including service to Edmonton International Airport Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
Grace United Church in Lloydminster is undergoing $4M in renovations, as well as the demolition of the old church, with completion expected by the end of 2015 Construction Job Creation AB
First Air is dropping regularly scheduled flights to Naujaat starting October 1, 2014, but will continue to offer privately chartered flights to the community Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NU
Taxi companies in Iqaluit are seeking a $1 increase in the flat rate cab fare, as the rates have remained unchanged at $6 since 2007 Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NU
The City of Iqaluit has contracted two Alberta companies, Global Forensics and Hellfire Suppression Services, to deal with the ongoing fire at the city landfill Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NU
Agnico Eagle Mines is establishing a new 25-man camp and extending the drilling season after promising exploratory results at their IVR Project site northwest of the Meadowbank mine Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NU
The Government of the Northwest Territories has signed an agreement with the Canadian Executive Service Organization to provide training for tourism operators through the Tourism Business Mentorship Program Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NT
The Government of Yukon and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency are each investing $1.8M over two-years to promote local tourism and develop a marketing program that will draw more tourists to the Yukon Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation YT
Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition has completed its 104th year. The 15-day event saw an increase in attendance from last year, with 769,242 visitors. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event BC
Holt Renfrew is expanding its Vancouver store by 40,000 sq.-ft. The expansion, which should be complete by the end of 2017, will come on the heels of Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue entering the Vancouver market next year. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
South Surrey brokerage firm, 8th Avenue Elite Realty Ltd, has had its licence suspended. The suspension affects approximately 70 real estate agents and does not have a specified end date at this point. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Layoff BC
Delivery company, UPS, has opened a package centre in Kamloops. The centre will create 23 new jobs and will service from Tobiano to Salmon Arm and to Sun Peaks. UPS will be opening two more package centres in BC later this year. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Surrey school district has announced that they will be building a new secondary school and making additions to three elementary schools. The new $55M secondary school will be complete by early 2017. Educational Services Job Creation BC
Suzhou Youth Travel Services, a China-based tourism company, broke ground on its $50M hotel in Nanaimo in August. The company expects to bring 70,000 tourists a year to Nanaimo, to fill its 240-room hotel. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The benchmark home price in Metro Vancouver has risen 5% to $631,600 in August, compared to the same time last year. In addition, sales rose by 10.2% across the region during the same timeframe. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
Canada Post has opened a new 700,000 sq.-ft. processing plant in Richmond. The facility replaces two old plants and employs over 1,000 workers. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Morris Industries started construction on a new 8000 sq.-ft. plant expansion in Minnedosa, with completion scheduled for November Construction Other Type of Event MB
Finely Crafted, a new restaurant in Winnipeg, is set to open on September 13 2014 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation MB
M&L General Contracting Ltd has gone into receivership and laid off about 100 employees Construction Layoff MB
ESCO Corporation has announced it will lay off 33 people at its Steinbach plant by the end of November Manufacturing Layoff MB
This summer 40 University of Saskatchewan medical students shadowed doctors in 24 rural and remote communities to gain experience and help them make choices on where to work and what type of medicine to practice Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
Work started on the pre-design phase on the first section of the new four-lane Highway 39 section between Estevan and Bienfait Construction Other Type of Event SK
The Cypress Health Region expects construction of the new 225-bed long-term care facility in Swift Current to start in September Construction Other Type of Event SK
Tech Knowledge Solutions Inc., a data collection company, has merged with TSi Auto Solutions Inc., but will continue to serve customers at their current location in Moncton Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NB
A new Irving Store is opening on Hanwell Rd. in Hanwell, creating 30 full-time positions Retail Trade Job Creation NB
The governments of New Brunswick and British Columbia have signed an agreement that will allow apprentices to seamlessly train and work in either province Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
A new $51M ferry is under construction at Damen Shipyards in Romania. The ferry will service Fogo Island and Change Islands. The ferry is expected to be delivered to NL by September 2015. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
The Canadian Association of Women in Construction will launch a three-year research project designed to increase the entry, retention and advancement of women in the construction industry. The launch will be held at the D.F. Barnes facility in St. John's. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The UPS Store on Pearson Street in St. John's closed suddenly last week when the operator moved on to another job in Alberta Retail Trade Layoff NL
Flying Apron Inn and Cookery, a food shop and restaurant which will be offering cooking classes starting this fall, has opened in Summerville with five employees Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The CPA Atlantic School of Business has opened in Halifax with 13 full-time staff. They will begin offering classes for the newly-formed chartered professional accountant designation which will replace the charted accountant, certified general accountant and certified management accountant designations. Educational Services Job Creation NS
Sydney's Billdidit Inc. has temporarily laid off 16 of its 18 employees, citing issues with funding. The company received a $500,000 loan from the federal government in June. Manufacturing Layoff NS
The Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre has received $350,000 from the federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Business Development Program, to continue their work of promoting entrepreneurship Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
Cape Breton Bivalve Inc. has received a $500,000 loan from the federal government to upgrade and expand its mussel farming operation in St. Ann's Harbour and North Sydney Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NS
New Glasgow-based Summer Street Industries has received $198,000 from the federal government for a project to help ten youth facing barriers to find jobs Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design has received $430,900 in funding from the federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Business Development Program, for marketing and facility upgrades Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NS
Prince County Hospital in Summerside is experiencing a shortage of anesthetists, after one of their three anesthetists resigned earlier this summer. This has caused them to reschedule 40 elective surgeries. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
Construction of Canadian Solar Solutions Inc.'s GoldLight Solar facility in Georgina will begin in summer 2014 and will employ about 200 construction workers Construction Job Creation ON
Trade-Mark Industrial Inc., a multi-trade contractor, will be relocating to the Cambridge Business Park starting this fall. The business will be expanding and expects to grow its workforce from 450 to about 500-550 workers. Construction Job Creation ON
Construction work is underway to reverse the pipeline flow at Enbridge Inc.'s Plank Rd. site in Sarnia, employing about 38 workers Construction Job Creation ON

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