Job Market Trends and News

Nova Scotia

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News Archive

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  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    A new First Nation gas bar, convenience store, and Tim Hortons has opened in Waycobah, employing about 35 workers
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    About 200 to 300 jobs are expected to be created on the construction of the Maristella, a $100M, 36-storey hotel and condominium project planned to be completed by 2019 as part of the massive King's Wharf development project in Dartmouth
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    Halifax Convention Centre Corp., operator of the city's convention centre, will likely add 160 workers to its current staff of about 200 when it moves into the larger Nova Centre. Completion of the Nova Centre has been delayed until late 2017.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    According to IBM Canada, its client innovation centre in Halifax which began in 2013 with 70 workers, now employs 500 people and services clients from around the world

  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Due to recent flooding in Cape Breton, home heating companies have been busy with repairs and installations of furnaces and water heaters. Vision Heating has had to hire four extra workers.

  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    High Liner Foods will add 70 union jobs and invest $13M at its fish plant in Lunenburg. The Nova Scotia-based company, with 340 employees in Lunenburg and Halifax, had recently ceased production at two plants in Massachusetts.

  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Halifax-based skin care product manufacturer Skinfix indicates it will likely hire more workers in 2017. Most of the company's 45 employees work on Lower Water Street in Halifax, although the products are made in Toronto.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    The owner of Canteen, a sandwich shop in downtown Dartmouth, plans to open a second and larger location early in 2017 in the area. The new restaurant would be known as The Canteen on Portland and would employ about 16 people.

  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Victim services in Nova Scotia will get $3.75M over five years from the federal government, to help victims of crime in the province. The money will go toward transportation costs, technology improvements, and to hire more victim service officers.

  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The construction of the IKEA store currently underway in Dartmouth Crossing will support 450 jobs over the course of the project. Bird Construction, Atlantica Mechanical Contractors and Brewster Well Drilling are among several companies involved in the project. The store is expected to employ 350 people when completed in 2017.
  • Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2016

    A study by Gardner Pinfold shows Northern Pulp's mill in Pictou County has a total employment impact of 2,043 jobs, including 339 directly at the mill, and is a significant contributor to the economy of rural Nova Scotia

  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    The Nova Scotia government will add 13 nurse practitioners and nine family practice nurses to collaborative care practices across the province. No timelines for hiring have been given. Physician recruitment remains a priority as well.

  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    First Catch, a China-based seafood company, is planning to build a lobster processing plant on the Shelburne waterfront. The plant is expected to employ 30 to 100 workers when operational in the spring of 2017.
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    L'Arche Cape Breton Society's location in Iron Mines will build a new 3,800 sq ft facility to support adults with intellectual disabilities. The expansion will allow more programs to be offered and create more work opportunities.
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The $220M Ocean Frontier Institute, a joint venture focusing on research into ocean and ecosystem change, will be set up at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Employment for up to 40 scientists will likely occur as research increases, and technicians will also be needed
  • Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2016

    A restaurant, YOKA Japanese & Thai, is expected to open in September 2016 on Prince Street in Truro

  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Provincial Energy Ventures is expected to begin a $75M expansion of its coal pier in Sydney Harbour in 2017, which will lead to employment for 25 workers and more work for local contractors

  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    Renovations are nearly completed on the Whitney Pier Youth Club, with plans to have an open house in October 2016. The expanded facility will allow more kids to join and more staff will be needed as well.

  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    A new agricultural technician apprenticeship program has been developed by the province with the hope of creating jobs and helping Nova Scotian farmers fix their machinery. The program combines technical training, online courses and on the job training.

  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    Protocase, a maker of electronic enclosures, will open a new division called 45 Drives in September at Ashby Corner in Sydney, NS. The new division will produce data storage servers, and the company expects to add 20 people to its workforce over the next year.

  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    Atlantic Sea Cucumber Ltd. has moved its processing plant from Sambro into a larger facility in Hackett's Cove. The company expects the number of workers will increase from about 20 to 40 or 50 over the next few years.
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    Halifax-based company QRA will add 13 new research and development positions to their existing 17 employees with financial assistance from the federal government. The company will develop and market software to analyze engineering designs.

  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    The new 94-room Hampton Inn has opened in the Truro Power Centre in Truro, NS

  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The federal government will hire three scientists at the Kentville Research and Development Centre as part of an ongoing wine grape research program

  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    In New Glasgow, NS, about 40 workers are currently directly employed converting the former Temperance Street School into apartment units

  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    Dalhousie University will close the daycare at its agriculture campus in Bible Hill in September 2016, due to declining enrolments. The jobs of five full-time staff will be affected.

  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    Authentic Seacoast Company has opened its new distillery and brewing facility in Guysborough. About 20 workers are currently employed with the company, and it needs to hire 20 to 25 more.

  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    Immediate plans to install tidal turbines in the Bay of Fundy have been delayed due to concerns raised around possible impacts on the marine environment. Cape Sharp Tidal hopes to have several turbines on the site by 2019.

  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    The federal government will invest $32M in a major infrastructure upgrade to the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney. The work wil create 50 to 60 jobs over four years for sheet-metal workers, plumbers, carpenters, and other tradespeople.

  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Montreal-based Saputo Inc. will close the Scotsburn dairy production plant in Sydney at the end of June 2016 resulting in job losses for 65 unionized employees and 15-20 management and lab workers

  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    Canadian Maritime Engineering will increase its workforce in North Sydney from 15 to 29 workers by 2017, and to 64 by 2020. The company has close to 400 resumes, including those from tradespeople returning to Cape Breton from Western Canada.

  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    A Boston Pizza restaurant will open in June 2016 on Robie Street in Truro. The business recently held a job fair to fill 110 positions.

  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    The Chignecto-Central Regional School board will have 43 more teaching positions in the fall of 2016. Despite declining enrolments, a cap on class sizes has led to a budget increase for teaching positions across Nova Scotia.

  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    Bluedrop Training and Simulation has added eight positions to its Halifax workforce, and now employs 25 people, including software experts and 3-D designers. The company was recently awarded a $15M contract to develop training and simulation software for the Arctic patrol vessels being constructed at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax.
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    A multi-million dollar renovation project on the medical clinic in Shelburne planned for the spring of 2016 will not go ahead. The building is not repairable and a new clinic will be needed instead. Any further plans have yet to be decided.

  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    Stitches Warehouse Outlet, Suzy Shier, Party City and Jiffy Lube have recently opened in Dartmouth Crossing, and a Bombay store will open in May 2016. Large retail stores Ikea and Cabela's will follow in 2017, as announced previously.

  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    GEM Health Care Group Ltd. is converting the vacant Tidal View Manor in Yarmouth into a seniors' care facility to be known as Yarmouth Heights. The new facility will open in 2017 and will create 30 full-time jobs.

  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    Atlantic Playland, an amusement park on Lucasville Road in Halifax, plans to hire between 30 to 40 students for its 2016 summer season.
  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    Wedgeport-based fish products exporter Ocean Pride Fisheries Ltd. hopes to add 25 workers to its seasonal workforce as a result of an investment from the federal government into the company's sea cucumber technology.

  • Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2016

    The Wandlyn Inn in Amherst, as well as the hotel's restaurant, will reopen in April 2016 under new ownership. The hotel had closed in February, and the new owner is trying to get back as many former employees as possible.

  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    Montreal-based Saputo will close three milk processing plants in Canada, including one in June 2016 in Sydney. The union claims more than 100 workers will be affected in Sydney.

  • Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016

    Dartmouth-based Asbestos Abatement has been awarded a $1.162M tender for the demolition of two former school buildings in Yarmouth. Work will take place between March and August of 2016.

  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    Michelin will create 70 to 90 temporary and contract jobs at its tire plant in Granton over the next two years due to increased product demand. Some of the positions will likely be filled by workers who lost their jobs after a recent major downsizing.

  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    Scotian Gold plans to open a store in March on Westville Road in New Glasgow that will sell agricultural goods and materials. The store will employ nine workers.

  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016

    Tatamagouche Centre, a retreat facility in Tatamagouche, will re-open in April 2016. The centre had previously closed and laid off 15 workers in 2015 due to financial difficulties.

  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    Dartmouth-based biofuel research firm Mara Renewables will add four positions to its staff and hopes to eventually expand further. The company is one of several to benefit from recent funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    Gidney Fisheries Ltd., a Digby Neck-based lobster exporter, will purchase a high pressure processing machine with financial assistance from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, which will enable it to expand its business and create between 15 and 20 additional jobs
  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    Oxford Frozen Foods will expand all levels of its workforce in Oxford and hopes to add about 110 new employees over the next five years. The company will potentially benefit from a provincial government payroll rebate program.

  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    Halifax Regional Council has approved the hiring of 32 additional firefighters over the next two to three years. The workers will be added to several stations around the city.
  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    Construction is nearing completion on the $19M sports complex in the Cape Breton First Nations community of Membertou, and a summer 2016 opening is anticipated

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