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 presents local and regional labour market events and announcements for the selected Province or Territory which can complement your job search and career exploration.
Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016
- Work has begun on a new development on the former CN lands in Moncton, which will include a hotel, high-end apartments, retail space and a restaurant. Westmount Developments will construct five or six buildings over the next four years.
- TrailWay Brewing Company, a Fredericton microbrewery, is expanding again with the help of ACOA. The brewing company is upgrading its location and purchasing equipment to help the microbrewery increase production.
- CBC News compared the Market Basket Measure, which looks at the cost to pay for necessities, to what a New Brunswicker would earn if working full-time on minimum wage. A single adult would need roughly $1,500 more to live and much more if caring for kids.
- According to Site Selection magazine, Moncton is one of the 10 locations in Canada to do business. The magazine evaluated 280 locations based on criteria like regional partnerships, business friendly legislation, worker availability and economic growth.
- Accreon Inc., a Fredericton information technology company, is going to create up to 120 full-time jobs with the help of a $1.5M payroll rebate from Opportunities NB. Jobs would include technical and software development and support positions.
- Cormer Defense, a Winnipeg-based aerospace and defence firm, announced that a new contract for 83 light-armoured vehicle drivetrains, will result in jobs at its Miramichi operation. The company is yet to specific the number of jobs that would be created, but the hiring process is expected to start soon.
- LiveOps Cloud, a contact centre service provider, will create 50 new information technology jobs in Fredericton thanks to $825K in payroll rebates from Opportunities New Brunswick. The positions will require a combination of information technology and software skills.
Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016
- Jiffy Products will move its peat moss processing facility and its 200 staff, from Shippagan to the nearby community of Pokemouche, NB. With the help of government subsidies, the company will expand and plans to add up to 50 jobs.
- The owners of Spree, a new lifestyle boutique and studio that opened in St. Stephen this summer, are looking to hire staff to keep up with demand. The store sells locally made clothes, quilts, and bath products in its street level retail space and will operate a craft studio downstairs. A number of new businesses have opened or have plans to open in St. Stephen.
- Medical marijuana company OrganiGram is preparing to expand its facility and create more than 100 jobs for growers, chemists, microbiologists, accountants, and call centre employees at its base in Moncton. The company currently has 65 employees. The company is preparing for the recreational legalization of marijuana and has plans to quadruple its production space.
- HBB Medical Inc. has opened a second marijuana dispensary along Chesley Drive in Saint John. Employees of HBB Medical are prescribed users of marijuana, in order to better understand their customer's needs.
- The University of New Brunswick in Fredericton announced that it will build a $36M Centre for Healthy Living on its campus. The building must be completed within two years and will create well-paying research jobs.
- New Brunswick will soon have advanced-care paramedics working in the province as part of a new pilot project. The province is the only one that doesn't use advanced paramedics, who are highly skilled emergency medical professionals.
- The Central New Brunswick Nursing Home in Upper Miramichi had its grand opening for the 30-bed nursing home. According to the Mayor, the facility is the largest employer in the community, which typically relies on forestry for employment.
- The Old Cosmo Complex in Moncton has shut down after struggling to attract customers to its bars after closing for renovations and faced greater competition once it re-opened. The complex was the largest nightclub in the city.
- The provincial and federal governments have committed almost $57 to allow better and expanded access to affordable housing in New Brunswick over the next two years. It's estimated that several hundred families will benefit from the funding.
- Hammond River Brewing announced that it is expanding its operation with a 3,000 square-foot addition to Barrel's Head Pub in Rothesay. The owner plans to break ground October 1, 2016 and open in early 2017. The brewery will need to hire an assistant brewer, a delivery worker as well as some part-time staff at the location, which will feature a bottling line and an on-site tap room.
- New Brunswick's university tuition fees are the fourth highest in the country according to a recent Statistics Canada report. Undergraduate students paid an average of $6,682 for the 2016/17 academic year. Ontario has the highest average undergraduate tuition in the country at $8,114, while Newfoundland and Labrador's average is $2,759. Tuition for a graduate degree in New Brunswick is $5,737.
- The New Brunswick government has signed a five-year contract with CUPE 2745, who represents school intervention workers, as well as educational, library and administrative assistants. The agreement includes annual wage increases of 1%.
Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016
- According to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, New Brunswick had 53 fewer doctors in 2015 compared to 2014. The only other province to see a decline was Newfoundland and Labrador.
- In June 2016, NB's average weekly earnings rose by 3% to $879 for non-farm payroll employees compared to June 2015 and this was primarily driven by the health care and social assistance, and administrative and support services industries
- The Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization (PLATO) has opened a new office in Miramichi and wants to train Aboriginals to become software testers. There are 36 First Nations people already working for PLATO in NB.
- The Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation will invest $3M in a new plant being built by Zenabis in Campbellton. Construction of the medical marijuana facility is expected create up to 300 jobs and to initially employ 60 people when it opens in the spring of 2017.
- The four Anglophone school districts in NB are hiring additional teachers and educational assistants to support Syrian students starting in September. The province is providing an additional $4.5M in funding in order to provide assistance.
- Four job fairs held in Moncton in the past year, resulted in the employment of at least 84 immigrants, including 50 international students. The Empress Theatre on Main Street will host the next fairs on September 23, 2016 and October 7, 2016.
- Stewart Farms wants to establish Canada's largest aquaponics and indoor vertical farming system in St. Stephen, NB as early as 2017. Pending approval, a 200-ton aquaculture system will be installed in a 100,000 sq ft building in town.
- A new thrift store called For A Pound is opening on September 1, 2016 at Lancaster Mall in Saint John. The store will charge customers $1.99 per pound of clothing, and will be operated by the organization East Coast Rag and Bone.
- Crown prosecutors in NB have rejected the government's offer of a 1% annual wage increase over four years. The province employs 61 crown prosecutors, who are the lowest paid in the country, and have been without a contract since 2013.
Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016
- The Five Fingers watershed group in Saint Quentin, NB have received $16,500 from the NB Government to hire a project co-ordinator for environmental activities
- The NB Government and the Government of Canada announced $176M in combined funding for an initial 51 projects, including upgrades to the Fredericton, NB wastewater treatment facility and new buses for Moncton transit
- The Saint John, NB city market is receiving $6.1M to support infrastructure upgrades and improvements from the provincial and federal governments
- The Miramichi Folklore Park will receive infrastructure upgrades from a joint investment of $84,098 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
- Following the recent review of its programs, the Government of NB has announced the centralization of 74 call centers into four new regional locations. The number of positions that will be affected remains undetermined.
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Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016
- HotSpot Merchant Solutions is a small Fredericton, NB start-up company, with offices in Fredericton, NB, Saint John, NB, Moncton, NB, and Charlottetown, PEI. They are currently looking to hire account managers and developers as they grow with a major U.S. partner. Hiring could be up to five new hires and grow to as many as 15 by the fall of 2016.
- The Government of NB has signed an agreement with the Federal Government for $98.6M dollars from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Infrastructure Fund that will be invested in university and college infrastructure
- The NB Government has announced funding of $225,500 for an improvement project for Highland Park in Salisbury, NB. The project will upgrade and expand the park.
- The Miramichi, NB airport is receiving an investment of up to $1M dollars from the provincial government of NB and the Federal government for the building of a new multifunctional air services building.
- Provincial and Federal are investing $4.19 million dollars into the Bathurst, NB airport for upgrades to the airport, which will double the size of the terminal and extend the runway.
Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016
- Campus Pharmacy at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB opened to students and the general public in August. The business, which currently employs one pharmacist, expects to hire more staff depending on demand.
- Moosehead will open a small-batch brewery by the end of 2017 in Saint John, NB. The brewery will operate in addition to Moosehead’s west side brewery in the city.
- General store Elgin Country Market in Elgin, NB will close in August. Four workers will be affected.
Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016
- Don Cherry's Sports Grill, a restaurant on Champlain Street in Dieppe, NB, has closed until further notice, putting 15 employees out of work. Construction projects in the area were limiting customers and they do not anticipate reopening this year.
- The New Brunswick government will invest $4.9M on infrastructure and site upgrades at the Fundy Marine Service Centre on Grand Manan
- Par-T-Perfect, a children's entertainment company, will open an indoor play centre in August in the Pinewood Plaza in Riverview, NB
Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016
- Baisley Construction will complete the $1.5M terminal building at the Miramichi Airport over the next several months
- The Anglophone South School District will add an additional 12 teaching positions due to an expected influx of Syrian refugee students, mostly in Saint John, for the new school year. Six additional educational assistants may also be hired.
- The University of New Brunswick and the Association of New Brunswick Teachers have negotiated a four-year collective agreement which will provide raises of 0.9% every six months starting in July 2016
- Alien Boats, a company that manufactures aluminum boats, has opened on Halifax Street in Moncton
- Café Diem has opened in Moncton, NB; women's clothing boutique Maddie & Sofia and the Supplement King nutritional supplement store will both open in the next couple of months in Dieppe, NB
- Club Rewind, a nightclub, has opened in Saint John, NB
Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016
- Canadel Furniture Factory Outlet will open a location in August 2016, and two clothing retailers, Cleo and Ricki¿s, will open a joint store in the following month. All stores will be located in Moncton, NB.
- Several large New Brunswick manufacturing employers, including food producers, are reporting difficulties recruiting production workers for jobs requiring stamina and dexterity. An aging population and commuting distance are cited as factors that may limit the potential labour force.
- Jean¿s Restaurant will close its St. George Street location, but the restaurant chain Thaizone will open a Moncton location in October 2016.
- Oxford Frozen Foods opened a blueberry processing plant in Saint-Isidore in July. The plant will employ 70 full-time and more than 200 seasonal workers. More jobs are expected to be created over the next several years as production expands.
Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016
- The Saint John Police Force will hire five new full-time officers during the coming weeks. Over the past five years, 20 officers have left their position out of the 147-person force, but the attrition rate is expected to be low for the next five years.
- Fredericton-based Loft1 Inc. will receive more than $1M from the federal and provincial governments to further develop its Smart Board software. The company is seeking additional software engineers, which it finds difficult to recruit at times.
- Work is expected to begin in 2017 on the $205M expansion and modernization of the Port of Saint John
- Sky Zone, a trampoline park franchise, will open on Champlain Street in Moncton within the coming weeks
- Between 20 and 25 employees are expected to be hired over the next few months at the TriStar Mercedes-Benz car dealership currently under construction in Dieppe, NB. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017
Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016
- Global Solutions, an international gaming technology company, has grown from two to 35 employees since opening its Moncton operation in 2011. The company will continue to expand in the future.
- Construction is underway on the $104M events centre in Moncton with an average of 40 workers are on site each day. It is expected about 150 people will be employed during peak periods and will continue into 2017.
- Surgical services at the Charlotte County Hospital in St. Stephen, NB will cease due to the low volume. As a result of the closure, four nurses and one environmental service employee will be laid off.
- A new restaurant, Pitaza, will open in July 2016 in the former Quiznos location on Mountain Road in Moncton, NB.
Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016
- Cask & Kettle Irish Gastropub has opened on Prince William Street in Saint John
- The federal government will invest $38M on improvements to infrastructure and training facilities at the Canadian Armed Forces base in Gagetown. Work is expected to begin in the summer of 2016.
- Murphy Hospitality Group will build and open The Wesley Hotel in downtown Moncton by the late fall of 2017, or shortly after. The 75-unit hotel will also contain the third Gahan House Restaurant and Brewery location in Atlantic Canada.
Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016
- McCains Foods Ltd. and Monsanto are investing about $14M in Fredericton-based Resson Aerospace, an agri-tech company that uses big data and predictive analysis to improve crop yields. The company is expected to hire about 20 positions in engineering, computer science and data science in Fredericton.
- The NB Government has approved pay equity adjustments for about 3,300 mainly female workers in the education sector including educational assistants, administrative assistants, school library workers and intervention workers
- McCain Foods in Florenceville-Bristol has announced a $65M expansion that is expected to create an additional 40 to 50 jobs and boost demand from local potato growers
- Holy Whale Brewery, a café and brewery in Alma, NB, is expected to be open for business by the end of the summer with construction on the brewery beginning in the fall
- Registered nurses have ratified a new collective agreement that will affect roughly 450 nurses working in unionized NB nursing homes. It includes wage increases of 4.45% over the four-year term plus new language around layoff protection.
- The Fredericton-based lingerie store, Elle Mio, is opening a new location on Main Street in Moncton in early July.
- The NB government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada have signed a six-year collective agreement with 252 employees at school district administrative offices that includes wage increases of 1% per year
- Yoga on York will be opening at 73 York Street in Fredericton, NB in September, 2016
Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016
- Candy Craze opened on June 5 in Shediac, NB with plans to hire additional part-time employees by the start of the summer
- The only grocery store in Tabusintac, NB will close on July 30 as the Co-op grocery store and gas bar ends its run of almost 75 years. There are grocery stores in nearby Neguac and Brantville.
- Four of Charlotte County's largest employers, Ganong Brothers, Cooke Aquaculture, Connors Brothers and Paturel International, have joined to form the Charlotte County Employers Working Committee. The group will work to fill 200-300 job vacancies.
- Major projects for Moncton in 2016 include the events centre ($100M), the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital expansion ($100M), two new schools in Metro Moncton, the 185-lot Irishview Estates subdivision in Irishtown ($56M), and the Seniors Campus by Shannex ($60M)
- Construction crews will begin a $7.4M renovation project at Moncton's Harrison Trimble High School this summer. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.
- A 240-bed nursing home will be built through a public-private partnership in Miramichi, NB and will replace two existing facilities
- New Brunswick's 1.9% economic growth in 2015 was stronger than expected and will not likely be repeated in 2016 and 2017 according to a report by RBC released in June, 2016
- The Conference Board of Canada projects job losses of 3,000 in 2016 and a stalled economy for New Brunswick
- New Brunswick has expanded the Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) program to fund 300-400 additional student summer jobs at non-profit organizations
- The opening of the Gateway Wetland and Nature Trail in Oromocto, NB marked the end of phase one of a $1.2M conservation and urban development initiative. The next phase begins in September 2016.
- The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station re-opened after being taken offline April 1 for regularly scheduled maintenance. Over 600 contractors and tradespeople worked with NB Power staff over the 72-day outage.
Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016
- The NB trucking industry recently held a job fair in Moncton to fill vacant positions for truck drivers and to promote diversity among drivers and mechanics
- Damda, a Vietnamese / Thai restaurant, recently opened on Queen Street in Fredericton and hired four kitchen and four front-of-house staff
- The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) expects major project spending in New Brunswick to grow by 5% in 2016 and 2017 to levels in excess of $2B. APEC has identified 87 major projects in the province which would cost a total of $19.4B to build.
- NB Liquor and the New Brunswick Craft Alcohol Producers Association have signed an agreement to help the province's craft beer industry gain a larger market share. Craft beer currently accounts for about 4% of the market.
- The McAllister Place Sobeys, Saint John will be closing and another location will open in mid-summer. The current location has 132 employees and the new store will be hiring an additional 75 employees.
- Work has begun at Irving Oil Ltd.'s new head office which is expected to open in 18-24 months. More than 200 tradespeople will be employed during the construction.
- Xenia Housing and Martell Custom Homes have begun construction on Anchors Landing, a 36-unit apartment building for senior citizens in Saint Andrews. The building will be open for tenants in January 2017.
- Opportunities NB will contribute up to $173,500 in the form of a payroll rebate over five years to create and maintain 40 full-time positions at Blue Ocean Contact Centers in Bathurst. Blue Ocean has been in Bathurst since 2000 and employs 125 people.
- Revolution Night Club will open on Elmwood Drive in Moncton in July
- Acadian Construction (Dieppe) will begin construction of a 120-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Moncton this summer
Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016
- Fredericton's latest craft brewery, Gray Stone Brewing, is planning to open by the end of June on King Street. When complete it will employ 8-12 people including brewers, front of house staff, and support staff.
- The St. Thomas University campus (Fredericton) is getting a $6M renovation for its Harrington Residence by September 2017
- Modern General, a boutique general store, is opening on York Street in Fredericton on June 1 and will be run solely by the owner
- Greco Pizza is opening a Greco Pizza/Captain Submarine Xpress location in Hanwell off Route 640
- A crew of 35 workers will remain for ongoing care and maintenance after PotashCorp closed its Picadilly mine in Sussex. Other projects will give about 40 people term or contract work.
- Over the past six months, the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA) increased its staff by 13 workers to 42 to accommodate new programming for the city's newcomers including 352 Syrian refugees. There will be a second workplace integration program for those with entry level work skills and rudimentary language skills.
- The value of building permits in the City of Moncton increased to $42M in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to $9.1M from the same period last year. Major commercial permits issued include the foundation permit for phase I of the events centre ($16.5M); Delta Beauséjour renovations ($2M); RBC call centre renovations ($2.7M); new NB Liquor store ($1.7M).
- An estimated $1.9M in road upgrades will soon begin in Grand Falls, Saint-Léonard, Drummond and Saint-André under the Municipal Designated Highway Program
- The provincial government is contributing $325,000 from the Environmental Trust Fund for 10 projects in the Miramichi region. A total of 207 projects valued at $6.5M have been approved under the fund.
Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016
- A shift to telecommuting has accelerated since the 1990's growth of technology, with about 30% of NB's more than 100 call centres currently allowing some form of telecommuting. Monster Canada says nearly 5,000 home-based employment positions are currently listed on its website, up 18% from 2015. Available positions vary from customer service and sales representatives to tech support, finance and real estate services.
- Topmar Building Supplies Ltd. opened its first satellite location in Nackawic in March 2016, creating three full-time and three part-time positions
- Princess Auto will open in Fredericton in the spring of 2017. There are currently 42 Princess Auto stores across Canada employing more than 2,400 people.
- Work is currently underway on a new Lawtons Drugs in the Regent Mall, Fredericton, which will offer a full-service pharmacy
- TrailWay Brewing Company is launching a brewery and tasting room on Main St. in Fredericton
- Fredericton's planning advisory committee approved a new restaurant and gas bar on the Two Nations Crossing. Construction will start in late June on this second phase of a development planned by Colpitts Developments Ltd.
- Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization is creating 87 new software testing positions while Professional Quality Assurance (PQA) is creating up to 58 high-skilled jobs in IT, project management, sales and marketing, for a total of 145 new jobs
- Nut butter producer, G.E. Barbour (Sussex), is developing new products and looking at doubling its capacity to keep pace with new major US contracts. They have grown their workforce to 110, up from 75 a few years ago, and invested $1M into new equipment in 2015.
- Technology company RevJet has moved its office and 20 employees to Saint John from Ukraine and is going to receive upwards of $400k from Opportunities NB to maintain the positions for three years
- More than $1M in government funding will help transform the Village of Alma, the doorway to Fundy National Park, into a regional tourism hub. As part of the project, the former Alma Consolidated School will be transformed into a multipurpose centre and green space to be completed by July 2017.
- The $73M Fundy Trail Parkway project from St. Martins in the west to just north of Fundy National Park in the east will be complete in 2018, and is expected to contribute $32.5M annually to the tourism sector and create 750 jobs on an ongoing basis.
- The City of Moncton's planning committee has approved a new development project along the border of Dieppe which will include the Canadian breakfast restaurant chain Cora's
- The provincial and federal governments will loan a combined $4.7M to Westmorland Fisheries to allow the company to modernize its Cap-Pelé lobster processing plant. The company, which employs 400 people, will invest an additional $5.8M as it expands its presence in international markets.
- The Corey Craig group, owner of the Tim Hortons franchises in Moncton, have recently opened their 37th restaurant located in the city's north end
- Construction is underway on a new $7.5M Wingate Hotel and Convention Centre in downtown Dieppe, which is expected to open in the spring of 2017
- Pet Valu opened up a new store on Main Street in Moncton on May 17
- The province of NB is working hard to fill four vacant positions for family doctors in Kings County. Saint John and Charlotte County also have vacancies to be filled.
- The strike at Covered Bridge Potato Chips in Hartland has come to an end after the United Food and Commercial Workers union voted in favour of a three-year contract. The contract will, among other things, deliver a wage increase of approximately 15% on average. The company employs approximately 90 people.
Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016
- According to Statistics Canada, New Brunswick recorded its highest economic growth in five years. The gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 1.9% in 2015, the highest provincial growth rate in Atlantic Canada and the fourth highest in the country.
- The federal government will provide the Human Development Council with $1.2M over five years to administer projects aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness in Saint John. One of the projects, to be managed by Housing Alternatives Inc., will require a new staff person to connect people and service providers.
- Medical marijuana producer OrganiGram Inc. (Moncton) will raise $10.5M from the sale of nine million shares to expand its facility and provide additional jobs
- Steamers' Bed & Breakfast, Gagetown NB., opened year-round in April 2016
- Cooke Aquaculture and Cooke Seafood Inc. purchased Icicle Seafoods Incorporated of Alaska. Cooke employs about 1,800 people in Atlantic Canada and Maine plus another 1,200 workers globally. Icicle has about 350 full-time employees and another 2,000 seasonal workers.
Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016
- Allaire Living has a proposal before the planning commission for a 96-bed care facility to be built in Newcastle. The project is expected to take ten months to build once it is approved.
- Goji's Frozen Yogurt opened on Regent St. in Fredericton. The store will employ six people and it is the seventh location in New Brunswick.
Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016
- Cox Electronics will be closing its three locations in Saint John, Fredericton and St. Stephen by the end of 2016 due to the retirement of the owner. The closure will leave about 45 employees out of work.
- The Government of NB has announced a $1.3M investment through the Innovation Foundation's Innovation Voucher Fund to help fund research and development activities for small and medium-sized businesses to develop a new or better product or technology
- Skillsoft, a multi-national e-learning technology company, has laid off about 50 workers in its Fredericton location
- Apple Tree Market, a new grocery story featuring local and natural food, opened on April 30 in Gagetown. The owners have also been operating the Lazy Farmer, a small farm and hostel in the village, for a number of years.
- Aux Delices, a gourmet meat and cheese business closed in Saint John City Market after opening last October
- Owners of the Bangkok Food Truck will be adding a second mobile unit, The Big Show Food Truck, in June along with the new Bangkok Thai Bistro on Main Street in Shediac. All together the three businesses will employ 12 people, up from two last year.
- Tokai, a ramen restaurant, is expected to open on May 9 on Main Street in Moncton
- An investment of $425,000 in new equipment will be installed at the Doaktown Value Added Centre resulting in up to five new permanent jobs. The sawmill, owned by J.D. Irving Limited, plans to be in full production this July.
- Satellite Theatre, an avant-garde theatre company, is moving its head office and staff from Montreal to Moncton in July
Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016
- New Brunswick will receive close to $90M for upgrades to water, sewer and transit systems under the first phase of the federal government's infrastructure program. A total of $79.4M will be earmarked for spending through the community water and wastewater fund with $8.7M going towards upgrading transit systems.
- Demolition has begun to make way for the new $20M Hilton Garden Inn that is being built adjacent to the Convention Centre in Fredericton's downtown core
- Atelka Enterprise Inc. is expanding its call centre operations in Fredericton and will be adding 100 jobs over the next year to deal with customer care calls for the national wireless company Fido that will bring the total number of employees close to 300. Seventy-five of those positions will be starting within the next several months.
- Unilever announced it will close its customer contact centre in Saint John in September affecting approximately 50 employees as part of a North American reorganization. Unilever opened its Saint John centre in 2001.
- Portage Atlantic, a residential youth addiction treatment centre near Norton, NB is adding a $2.1M fitness facility. Construction is expected to begin immediately.
- The NB Government announced that site preparation on a new $34.7M school in Dieppe has begun. The school is expected to open by the start of the 2018-19 school year and will relieve overcrowding at several Francophone Sud schools.
- Moncton's new $100M downtown sports and entertainment centre is expected to generate 713 construction jobs and 50 people are expected to be employed full-time when it opens in 2018. The provincial and federal governments are contributing a combined $48M.
- The Town of Shediac announced that construction began on a $3M multi-year road infrastructure project in Shediac on April 25
- PJ's, the pet store chain that operates Pets Unlimited, Petculture and Oliver & Pets Co. is closing 27 of its 39 stores across Canada. Closures in NB will include Petculture stores in Moncton, Dieppe and Fredericton.
- In the first quarter of 2016, passenger traffic at the Fredericton International Airport has grown 22% compared to the same period last year. Air Canada flights along with additional WestJet service and three sun charter destinations combined, have created double-digit growth.
- Canadian Forces Base Gagetown has a new $6.7M maintenance facility. The upgrade will allow professional maintainers to keep equipment functioning at optimum capacity.
- The Saint John Regional Hospital's pediatric department has reduced the number of full-time activity worker positions from three to none, with the last remaining position being eliminated by the end of May, citing reduction in patients as the primary reason. A child life specialist, who oversaw the activity workers, will remain in place.
- The Federal government's centralized pay centre in Miramichi added 40 employees in January, with 50 more in the process of being hired. This brings current staffing levels to 590. All staff will be relocated to a new $85M office building currently under construction in Chatham later this year.
- Groupe Savoie, a major employer in northern NB and leading producer/exporter of hardwood products, is hiring 40 new employees as it expands its Saint-Quentin operations and branches out into block pallet production
Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016
- The Government of NB has announced senior management changes in the public service, including a decrease in the number of departments and the creation of five priority units.
- The Government of NB has announced the Tuition Access Bursary, a free tuition program for students from families with annual incomes of $60,000 or less to attend the province's public post-secondary educational institutions. The program will be in effect for the 2016-17 academic year.
- The Government of NB is investing $1.7M to upgrade systems and add processing equipment at the Saint John laundry facility which provides laundry service to the health-care system in the southern region, and to establish a linen depot in the Moncton area.
- The province has allocated nearly 4,000 acres of Crown land to expand wild blueberry production in northern NB to help make it the largest producer in the world. Wild blueberry production currently generates about 360 full-time jobs in NB.
- Starting May 1, five public libraries will be open daily under a pilot project to further promote literacy in New Brunswick. The province will be investing about $900,000 annually to cover the increased staffing costs arising from the expanded service.
- The Oromocto Community Health Clinic will be in a new location on Mitchell St. as of May 1 with a staff consisting of a physician, nurse practitioners, nurse, licensed practical nurse, social worker, registered dietician and administrative support.
Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016
- The Government of New Brunswick has allocated $11.7M of the Education and New Economy Fund to the Youth Employment Fund, which will help 1,500 young people aged 18-29 acquire work placements for 2016-17.
- The NB government recently announced that proposed changes to binding arbitration will be removed from Bill 24 and a committee will be appointed to explore issues such as rising labour costs of binding arbitration at universities and municipalities.
- PotashCorp has confirmed that 30 recently laid-off potash workers from the Picadilly mine in Sussex have accepted transfers to the company's other operations in Saskatchewan. K&S Potash is also hiring 10 workers at its mine near Regina.
- LuminUltra Technologies, a Fredericton-based clean technology company, has added eight new high-skilled positions this year as it increases its presence in international markets.
- The new site of the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre will allow the clinic to double its medical team when it opens in December 2016. The centre is expected to staff another physician, several nurses, more administrative support, as well as a number of therapeutic staff positions.
Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016
- The Government of New Brunswick lowered the small business tax rate to 3.5%on April 1 and has committed to lowering it to 2.5%by 2018.
- New rules come into effect April 1 requiring all mortgage brokerages, associates, brokers and administrators in NB to obtain a licence. Applications are available as of April 1 through the Financial and Consumer Services Commission's licensing portal.
- The former Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute in Fredericton Junction has been sold to private owners who plan to reopen as Riverhaven Acres. Some of the former farmhands have already been rehired to help renovate the facility.
- Fredericton's new $1.5M high-tech 911 emergency communication centre, officially named Dispatch Services - Public Service Communications Centre, began operations in March 2016 and currently employs 20 staff and four supervisors.
- A terminal expansion at the Fredericton International Airport is expected to generate 319 temporary jobs during construction. Currently, there are 269 people permanently employed at the airport, with 67 of those positions having been created over the last three years as a result of increased passenger traffic and new air services.
- Saint John city council has given approval-in-principle to The Crossing, a huge retail project mixing retail, office and residential space, to be constructed over the next 15 years along a 72-hectare plot by developer Horizon Management Limited.
- The president of Sackville-based Moloney Electric recently confirmed that the plant closure that put 60 people out of work in late-February is temporary and operations are expected to continue within a few weeks.
- WestJet has announced plans for a new contact centre in Moncton that will see over 400 home-based jobs created over the next four years. The positions are all bilingual, and two-thirds of the jobs will be full-time at roughly $40,000 per year. Hiring is set to begin in May, with training beginning in July 2016.
- The City of Moncton is spending an additional $7.2M for new features to the downtown centre project. Overall the centre is expected to cost $91.4M with completion planned for 2018.
Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016
- Loyalist House, a national historic site in Saint John, is undergoing a $600,000 renovation, which is expected to be completed by the end of May and in time for tourism season.
- Moncton-based OrganiGram is creating 113 new jobs as it expands its medical marijuana operation. Opportunities NB is providing the company with a payroll rebate of up to $8,761 for each position it creates and maintains.
- New Brunswick will increase the minimum wage to $10.65 per hour on April 1, 2016, aligning with increases in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. A further increase to $11 per hour by 2017, and thereafter by the rate of inflation, is also planned.
- The provincial government and the New Brunswick Union have signed a new 5-year collective agreement for 260 laboratory technologists, public health inspectors, appraisers and assessors that includes annual wage increases of one percent.
- The provincial government is increasing the number of summer jobs under the Student Employment Experience Development program by 200 compared to 2015 for a total of 1,600 placements. Online applications are available on April 1.
- The Government of New Brunswick recently announced nearly $1B in funding for the Education and New Economy Fund, which will make strategic investments in priorities such as jobs, education, training, innovation and research and development.
- The provincial government will invest more than $355M in 2016-17 in bridge and road construction and rehabilitation. The annual average investment on these assets during the last five years, excluding Route 1 project funding, has been about $206M.
- Quispamsis-based Massey Walton Energy Systems Inc. is planning the development of an industrial-size wind farm just outside Saint John. There are currently three other wind farms in New Brunswick; Kent Hills, Caribou Wind Park and Laméque Wind Farm.
- Following IBM's recent announcement of 100 new full-time jobs in its security division in Fredericton, the company plans to add an additional 110 jobs in Saint John and 40 jobs in Florenceville-Bristol over the next three years.
- Several recent or planned business openings in St. Stephen include Favourite Trends, Pita Pit, and Irving Oil Ltd.'s new development which includes a refuelling stop, provincial visitor information centre and Burger King restaurant. Giant Tiger also plans to open a store at the Charlotte Mall on June 18.
Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016
- The New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour will invest $609.9M in 2016-17 to help build and strengthen the province's workforce.
- New Brunswick has been ranked as the world's most attractive jurisdiction for mineral exploration and development according to the 2011-12 Survey of Mining Companies released this month by the Fraser Institute.
- The federal government has removed restrictions on the number of temporary foreign workers that seasonal employers can hire in 2016. Despite high unemployment rates, seasonal industries, such as seafood, have found it difficult to find workers.
- A new Canadian Standards Association certified rigging program in Miramichi, involving precision relocation of heavy materials on a jobsite by crane operators, is the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada and only the second in all of Canada.
- The provincial and federal governments and the Town of Saint-Léonard are making a combined investment of $480,000 to upgrade the wastewater system in the community.
- Sobeys Atlantic has closed one of its Needs convenience stores in Moncton and will be closing a second location on March 29th as part of a restructuring plan.
- Port City Water Partners plan to hire several new employees from across New Brunswick once construction begins on the new water treatment plant in Saint John. Port City Water Partners, a partnership of several companies, will be funding the development of the $216.8M water treatment plant and will be responsible for operating the facility for 30 years. Construction is set to begin this spring.
- IBM will expand its existing New Brunswick operations over the next three years, creating at least 100 new full-time jobs at its Fredericton security division. The new positions are expected to have an annual salary of about $75,000.
- Heavy equipment manufacturer, Craig Manufacturing, is expanding its plant in Hartland, which will increase production capacity and create 30 new jobs. The company has immediate openings for welders and Certified Engineering Technologists.
- A new microbrewery, York County Cider Corporation, recently opened in Fredericton on York Street.
- Damda, a new Asian-themed restaurant, is nearly ready to open in Fredericton, but still has a few key culinary positions left to fill.
- A new police officer was recently hired by Fredericton council, with two additional officers expected to be staffed over the coming months. Additional vacancies are expected to be created with between eight and 12 police officers qualifying for retirement over the next couple of years.
- The Abbey Café & Gallery and the new storefront for the Red Rover Brewing Company are now sharing space at a new location in Fredericton. The café now has two retail outlets in the city, while Red Rover plans to make the newest location the company's headquarters.
Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016
- A new Lawton's Drugs store and medical centre are scheduled to open in October, 2016 at Fredericton's Regent Mall, with construction already underway.
- More than 80% of New Brunswick's commercial landings have been declared certified sustainable seafood MSC in the European Union. This has led to growing markets for products like frozen New Brunswick lobster.
- The Hive and Innovation Centre, a non-profit organization that provides workspace, financial support and mentorship to entrepreneurs, recently opened in Bathurst.
- The Mojo Audio Lounge recently opened on Main St. in Moncton and will employ a bilingual staff of six people.
- Alantra Leasing, Mrs. Dunsters and Timberparts will share about $720,000 in funding from ACOA, which will result in the creation of 39 jobs in Sussex.
- The moratorium on shale gas drilling in New Brunswick has lead SWN Resources to close its office in Moncton. The company will continue to oversee the project from its headquarters in Houston.
Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016
- The first development phase of the new events centre in Moncton has generated $16.5M in building permits with construction already under way. These permits account for 15 to 20% of total construction permits in the city.
- The Fit4Less by GoodLife gym will open on Moncton's Main Street by May 2016. This will be the third location in New Brunswick and the gym plans to expand to 500 locations across the country.
- The MoCo Downtown Italian restaurant will open on the corner of King and Regent Streets in Fredericton by the end of March 2016. The restaurant will replace the recently closed Blue Door and will employ 20 people.
- The new $3.2M fire station in Moncton recently opened on Caledonia Road. The station houses three fire trucks and an ATV for off-road rescues. A crew of four to six fire fighters will staff the station.
- The Conference Board of Canada is projecting low growth for the New Brunswick economy over the near to medium term. There are no major investments planned for 2016 and construction activity is expected to be down. If the $15.7B Energy East Pipeline is approved, prospects for the province would likely improve.
Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016
- The forest sector is expected to add $750M in capital investments over the next five years, including $135M from the AV Group at its Atholville and Nackawic mills; $65M at the Twin Rivers sawmill in Plaster Rock and pulp facility in Edmundston; $7.5M at Chaleur Sawmill in Belledune; and $500M by J.D. Irving Ltd. at various locations.
- The provincial government and the New Brunswick Union have signed a new collective agreement for industrial training and certification officers that includes annual wage increases of one percent over the next five years.
- The new Happy Baker location and business expansion in Fredericton has resulted in the hiring of three new employees, who join the current staff of over 32 people. Additionally, the company expects to fill as many as 10 customer service related positons in the near future.
- The Bank of Nova Scotia is closing its branch in Chipman and one of two branches in Fredericton by fall 2016. The bank is consolidating its operations, following a trend that has seen financial institutions reduce their footprint in a number of New Brunswick communities. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce also plans to close its branch in Nackawic on April 8th.
- The Province and ACOA are funding a business development coordinator position for 1-year to support the Sussex region after recent mine layoffs. The new business development coordinator will seek to utilize PotashCorp's $1M in transition funding, while exploring business opportunities for the people and businesses in the region that are impacted by the mine closure.
- The City of Moncton has reached a four-year agreement with its unionized firefighters. The agreement, retroactive to January 1st, will see each of the 111 firefighters receive about a $10,000 raise in annual salary by the end of the contract in December 2019. Moncton firefighters' annual wages are currently the lowest among all firefighters in Atlantic Canada's five largest cities.
Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016
- The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is investing $413M this year in road and bridge construction and rehabilitation and building upgrades across the province. This amount includes $227.5M for highways.
- The NB government and the Canadian Union of Public Employees have a new four-year collective agreement with annual wage increases of one percent for about 1,200 employees in a variety of positions including social workers and human resource officers.
- The Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries is investing $37.2M in 2016-17 to support its growers, processors and producers. New Brunswick had more than $1B in fish and seafood exports in 2013.
- The New Brunswick government is cutting 50 teacher positions in step with enrolment declines with 200 teachers retiring this year and only 150 new ones set to replace them this fall. Nearly 260 teacher jobs were eliminated last year with further cuts expected beyond the 2016-17 school year.
- The New Brunswick government is starting a midwifery program and has announced it will hire four midwives in a pilot project this year as part of its goal to improve access to primary health care. The budget for the project is $620,000.
- The former Dundonald Dairy Bar and Quiznos in Fredericton has been sold and will be transformed into the expanded site of The Happy Baker's bakery and pastry shop, supplying all of the baked goods for its six other locations in Fredericton.
- Optimism remains around future development potential of Northcliff Resource's $580M Sisson Mine project near Fredericton. If the project proceeds, it could generate about 500 jobs during construction and 300 jobs during operation.
- Furniture retailer The Brick will move into the Trinity Drive location currently occupied by Sears Home, which is closing in July. Expected opening is September 1, 2016.
- The NB Government has announced $2.7M in funding for renovations to Centre Scolaire Communautaire La Fontaine in Neguac, including the construction of a shop class for carpentry, automotive, electrical and plumbing. Construction is expected to be completed sometime in 2018.
- Trevali's Caribou mine near Bathurst is ramping up production levels with an expectation that zinc prices are set to bounce back.
Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016
- The NB Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is cutting $10.5M in spending through its restructuring plan, which includes staff reductions. The department will cut 187 casual jobs, 71.5 regular and seasonal positions and 19 permanent positions, which will occur through attrition and by eliminating existing vacancies.
- New school infrastructure projects for 2016 include a new grade 6 to 8 school in Moncton North; a new kindergarten to grade 8 school in Campbellton to replace three others that will be closed; and the replacement of École Arc-en-ciel in Oromocto. The current fiscal capital budget for school infrastructure projects is $108.6M.
- Funding for the planning and design of a new overpass in Fredericton connecting Two Nations Crossing to the Ring Road and Highway 105 was recently announced. The initial $1M investment will pay for a study of the ground, traffic patterns and the overpass design. The estimated cost of the overpass construction is between $7M and $8M.
- The provincial government will invest $2.5M in design and engineering work in 2016 for the future multi-million dollar expansion to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton
- A tentative agreement has been reached between the City of Fredericton and Canadian Union of Public Employees local 1783, who represent the city's 43 transit drivers. The same offer has been accepted by the city's inside and outside workers. Their contract had previously expired in December 2014.
- Jiffy Products in Shippagan has been awarded a $906,750 repayable loan through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for research and development aimed at improving the biophysical and chemical properties of peat. The project is expected to create three new research positions, with further potential to generate up to 180 new jobs.
- Irving Oil recently unveiled the design for its proposed new corporate headquarters, to be located in downtown Saint John. Preliminary work is expected to begin on the site this spring.
- Home Hardware in Saint John will be reopening on February 25th under new ownership after previously closing in July 2015. The business is planning to hire up to 24 workers.
- The redesign of the marine terminal in Saint John for the proposed Energy East pipeline recently created three weeks of employment for 65 specialized engineers. TransCanada expects that if the pipeline is approved, it could be completed by late 2020.
- Scotsburn Ice Cream Company will close its Saint John manufacturing facility by September 2016 to reduce costs, impacting 27 full-time and 16 part-time staff
Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016
- The provincial government has reached a tentative collective agreement with the New Brunswick Nurses Union, which represents more than 200 nurse managers and nurse supervisors working in the regional health authorities across the province
- The province is anticipating a drop in forestry royalty revenues in 2016 due to an unforeseen glut of wood on the market. JD Irving Ltd had postponed construction of its new $15M sawmill in Doaktown, with work now expected to begin later this year.
- Acadian Timber Corp., the second largest timberland operator in New Brunswick, is considering selling its holdings in the province as it conducts a review of various strategic alternatives which include selling all or parts of its business, a merger and/or other business combinations or strategic transactions
- The Vitalité Health Network is planning to eliminate 31 management and administrative jobs from around the province. The changes will create six sectors of health care responsibilities; clinical services, community services and mental health, outpatient and professional services; medical services, training and research; performance quality and corporate services; and human resources.
- Third Glass Wine & Martini Bar is expected to open on Main Street in Moncton by the end of February and will employ 10 people
- Maybee Brewing Co., a new craft microbrewery, recently opened up a storefront operation in Fredericton with future plans to include a tasting room, live-music, event hosting and agreements with food-truck operators. By the end of 2016, Fredericton is expected to have six craft breweries, two cideries and one meadery in operation.
- Port City Water Partners has received a $216M contract for the design, construction and operation of the new Saint John water treatment system
- The need to recruit more police officers to Saint John was highlighted again as year-end figures for 2015 reported a $227,269 overage in overtime expenses. The police department currently has 147 officers and is currently recruiting for four new members. A 1.75% annual pay scale adjustment has also been approved for senior management, retroactively effective Jan. 1, 2016.
- The new RV park and Restigouche River Experience Centre in Campbellton are on schedule to open by June 1. The Interpretive Centre will also include a restaurant, while the RV park will have about 85 serviced lots.
Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016
- As part of the recently announced provincial budget, the NB government has announced a two percentage points increase to the HST effective July 1, 2016. The provincial government is also planning to reduce its number of senior managers and middle managers by 30%.
- Additional New Brunswick budget cutbacks include a total reduction of 50 school teachers and a reorganization of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, which will move non-core functions to the private sector, impacting nearly 200 casual workers. The Gagetown ferry service is also being cut and over 40 contact centres will be consolidated into four regional business centres.
- The Garden Breeze Restaurant in Dieppe is closing on February 15, after 22 years in business, to make way for a bigger new restaurant in its place. The name of the new restaurant and the number of staff required has yet to be announced.
- After almost a year of fundraising, Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Cathedral has reached almost $6.5M of the $7M needed to complete critical repairs to preserve the Moncton landmark. Meetings with architects to discuss construction plans have begun.
- Aboriginal entrepreneurs in New Brunswick are elgible to take part in the first Aboriginal Business Accelerator program in Atlantic Canada. The program will provide 10 weeks of weekly classes and mentorship to five entrepreneurs from across the province.
- The NB government has announced plans to close the visitor information centres in Cape Jourimain and Campobello. Despite the closures, shuttle services for the Confederation Bridge will continue at the Cape Jourimain centre site.
Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016
- About 30 school boards were present at a job fair held at the University of New Brunswick in January in an effort to recruit prospective teachers. Many of the school boards were based outside of Canada.
- K&S Potash Canada is interested in hiring about 120 workers for its potash mine in Saskatchewan. The company held a job fair in Sussex in January, an area which has been affected by the recent closure of the Potash Corporation mine.
- J.D. Irving indicates it will need 3,700 workers over the next three years with various trades and professional qualifications for its operations across New Brunswick. The company recently held a job fair in Sussex.
- The New Brunswick government is considering reducing over 1,000 jobs, excluding health authorities or school boards, by eliminating vacant positions following retirements, layoffs, consolidations and private sector outsourcing
- The Sears Home store at the Trinity Power Centre in Moncton will close on July 3, 2016 due to low profitability and an increase in their online business. Sears Canada has been closing less profitable stores in recent years, including Home and Hometown outlets, as it strives to boost its full-line stores such as the one at Champlain Place in nearby Dieppe.
- Following the recent closure of PotashCorp's Picadilly mine, the company is set to host a job fair in Sussex on February 3rd as it seeks 100 workers to move to its Saskatchewan-based mine operation
Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016
- Le Maquis, an African restaurant, will open in January on Killam Drive in Moncton in the space formerly occupied by the recently-closed Asian Garden restaurant
- A Home Hardware Design Centre will open in the former Lounsbury building in downtown Sussex within the next several months. The business is an expansion of a smaller-scale Home Hardware, which will remain open in the town.
- The federal government will spend $21M in upgrades to the Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site in Saint John and Fundy National Park over the next couple of years
- AV Nackawic indicates the company will need to fill about 180 positions at its pulp mill in Nackawic over the next five years due to an aging workforce. The mill currently employs about 400 people directly.
- Potash Corporation will shut down the Picadilly potash mine in Sussex, resulting in the loss of 420 to 430 jobs. A crew of 35 workers will remain to provide maintenance for the operation, and about 100 people will be offered mining jobs in Saskatchewan.
- The New Brunswick government and a group of 425 unionized employees, most of whom are engineering technicians, have a new five year and three-month collective agreement which will provide wage increases of 1% and other adjustments
- The federal government will award contracts in June 2016 for a $99M construction project to upgrade 13 border posts on the New Brunswick-Maine border
Week of Jan 11 - Jan 15, 2016
- La Louche, a coffee shop on St. George Street in Moncton, will close after three years of operation. The business employed six workers.
- Statistics Canada will hire close to 900 workers over the next few months in New Brunswick to compile information for the federal census. Most of the positions are for enumerators, which will pay $16.31 per hour and last for several months through the spring and summer.
- Red Rover Brewing Company will hire at least two more workers in the coming months as it expands its Fredericton cider operation, while York County Cider Corp plans to open a cider microbrewery on York Street in Fredericton within the next few weeks
- Susy Shier and Hallmark will close their stores in Saint John's Brunswick Square in January, joining several other tenants that have recently left the mall. The new owners plan to upgrade the complex in the near future, in hopes of attracting new tenants.
Week of Jan 04 - Jan 08, 2016
- Asian Garden, an Indian restaurant on Killam Drive in Moncton, has closed. The owners may eventually open another business in the building.
- Burger King is seeking managers for a new restaurant that will open soon in St. Stephen, although the exact location in the town has yet to be announced
Week of Dec 21 - Dec 25, 2015
- About 220 employees are now employed at the Caribou mine and mill near Bathurst, which began production in June. The lead and zinc mine will reach full capacity in early 2016, with the number of employees expected to remain the same.
- The Government of New Brunswick will dedicate $656.1M to its 2016-17 capital budget. Spending highlights include the construction, maintenance and upgrading of roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and other buildings.
- According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, slow job growth over the past few years in the city is likely a factor in the high rental unit vacancy rate in Saint John
- Quebec-based Groupe Océan has laid off all 28 workers employed on a $29M construction project at the New Brunswick Naval Centre in Bas-Caraquet until the facility's financial problems are resolved.
- The minimum wage in New Brunswick will increase from $10.30 per hour to $10.65 per hour on April 1, 2016
- After years of wage freezes, managers and non-unionized employees in the provincial civil service will receive pay increases of 1% in each of the next three years, followed by an increase of 2% in 2019
Week of Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2015
- The New Brunswick government and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, a union representing 269 engineers, veterinarians, agriculturists and other workers, have a new collective agreement which provides annual wage increases of 1%
- The La Senza Outlet store on Trinity Drive in Moncton will close at the end of December
- Atlantic Industries Limited has ceased fabricating structural plate products at its Dorchester Cape plant, and moved that part of its operation to Ontario. Eight positions have been cut and transfers have been offered to five other workers.
Week of Dec 07 - Dec 11, 2015
- An Ultramar fuel station and Corner Store convenience store will open in December at Mapleton Crossing in Moncton. The north side of Mapleton Crossing is now full, and discussions are underway with potential tenants for the south side.
- Grocery and merchandise retailer Giant Tiger will open a store in the Charlotte Mall in St. Stephen by June 2016
- Gaming company IGT has cut eight positions in Moncton and will move its accounting division to Reno, Nevada. The company had cut 67 manufacturing positons earlier in 2015 in Moncton and now has about 450 mostly IT-related workers left in the city.
- The Gap clothing store in the Champlain Mall in Dieppe will close in January. The parent company announced earlier this year that it would close 175 stores across North America.
Week of Nov 30 - Dec 04, 2015
- Minacs will close its call centre in Fredericton by the end of January 2016, affecting the jobs of 82 workers. The closure of the Minacs operation in Bathurst, announced earlier in the year, will be completed by the end of November.
- Language service providers are anticipating an increased demand for language teachers in the Greater Moncton area as a result of the incoming Syrian refugees. Some organizations are attempting to recruit staff to fill the expected need.
- Moncton-based radio station CJMO-FM has eliminated four positions as a result of a business restructuring
- Freddie's Pizza & Donair has opened on Elmwood Drive in Moncton. It is the sixth location for the Moncton-based chain.
- After closing several months ago, East Side Mario's in Saint John will reopen under new ownership in the next few weeks and will have about 45 employees on staff. Most positions have been filled through a job fair, but the restaurant is still accepting applications.
- WorkSafe NB has hired 7 additional health and safety officers, bringing the provincial total to 38. The officers inspect workplaces in high-risk industries.
- The New Brunswick government and the union representing about 190 speech therapists, psychologists, social workers and behaviour intervention mentors working in school districts, have signed a deal which will include annual wage increases of 1%
Week of Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2015
- Horizon Health Network will close some hospital cafeteria services in New Brunswick and cut back operational hours in others. The equivalent of 13 full-time positions will be eliminated, while some workers will see their hours cut. The Health Network indicates that private operators may fill any service gaps over time.
- Independently-owned Hillsborough Freshmart has opened in Hillsborough. The store is the only grocery outlet in the area, replacing Valuefoods, which had about 20 workers before it closed in the spring of 2015.
- According to the airport authority, job growth is expected to continue at the Fredericton International Airport (YFC) as it expands in the coming years. WestJet and Strategic Aviation have both recently added staff at YFC.
- The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), a national provider of health care assistance, will shut down operations in New Brunswick and five other provinces. In New Brunswick, 25 full-time and 93 part-time and casual employees will lose their jobs.
Week of Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2015
- According to Contact NB, the Moncton area has 44 call centres which employ more than 18,000 employees. Some employers indicate they would hire more workers if they could find qualified people. Contact NB states that the average pay for workers for the entire industry is $20.85 an hour.
- Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016 on the $100M Downtown Centre in Moncton. Bird Construction is the general contractor, and many subcontractors will be involved in the project. The building is expected to be completed in 2018.
- Fredericton-based Northampton Brewing Company has a tentative plan to open a micro-brewery, restaurant, and retail outlet in May 2016 in the old St. Stephen train station. The company, makers of Picaroons Traditional Ales, currently has three other retail outlets in New Brunswick.
Week of Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2015
- Trauma Healing Center, offering counselling and other health-related services to persons suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, has opened a facility in Fredericton. The business has about eight employees in Fredericton, as well as a centre in Moncton.
- Construction of the $229M water treatment project in Saint John could begin by February 2016, with an expected three-year completion timeframe. Port City Water Partners will design, build, finance, and operate the system.
Week of Nov 02 - Nov 06, 2015
- Women's sports clothing retailer Lolë will open a new location in December at 45 Plaza Blvd. in Moncton
- A Co-op Atlantic Gas Bar on Mapleton Road in Moncton has closed. The company continues to deal with potential purchasers.
- A multi-million dollar project announced in the spring of 2015 to create infrastructure and jobs at the New Brunswick Naval Centre in Bas-Caraquet appears to be in jeopardy due to financial issues
- Vietnamese restaurant Red Satay Grill will open its second Moncton-area location within the next few months, on Dieppe Boulevard in Dieppe
- The City of Fredericton has committed over $7.6M in its capital budget for water and sewer projects in 2016
Week of Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2015
- A seven-year collective agreement recently reached between the Port of Saint John and the International Longshoremen's Association includes a mechanism to grow the number of unionized employees working at the port
- About 30 to 40 full-time positions will be created to staff the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel that M.C. Hotels and Resorts will begin building in the spring of 2016 on rue du Marché in Dieppe
Week of Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2015
- Nav Canada plans to add workers over each of the next five years to its air traffic control operations in the Moncton area. A competitive process is required to enter the demanding training program, which can be up to 26 months in duration.
- Shannex Inc. will build a $50M nursing home and retirement complex on the campus of the Université de Moncton which will create about 150 jobs in health care and hospitality services. The project will take two years to complete.
Week of Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2015
- A $20M Hilton Garden Inn is tentatively planned to open on Queen Street in Fredericton by the end of 2017. However, the developer, Aquilini Properties LP, has to meet certain conditions set down by the city before construction can start.
- The number of craft beer producers in New Brunswick has increased dramatically over the last few years, and there are now more than 20 in the province. According to NB Liquor, craft beer sales have increased 400% since 2007-08.
- Construction will begin in the spring of 2016 on a $21.6M school in west Saint John. The project is part of the $96M commitment made by the Department of Education for school construction and renovation projects in its 2015-16 capital budget.
- Parkland Saint John, a retirement complex operated by Shannex, recently opened on Millidge Avenue in Saint John. The complex will provide 150 full-time and part-time jobs.
Week of Oct 05 - Oct 09, 2015
- Due to recent increases in the minimum wage in five provinces, New Brunswick now has the lowest minimum wage in Canada, at $10.30 an hour
- The $6M renovation of the Saint John City Market will go ahead although all levels of funding are not yet in place, according to the city's mayor
Week of Sep 28 - Oct 02, 2015
- The New Brunswick government has signed new collective agreements with three health care unions, including those representing nurses, physiotherapists, and other workers. The agreements all include annual 1% wage increases, over a number of years.
- McKenzie College plans to hire more staff for its software systems testing course. The school is a partner in training workers for BMM Testlabs Canada, which recently announced an expansion of 1,000 workers in the Moncton area.
- Fashion retail chain Hyba will open a store in Champlain Place in Dieppe in October
- Engineering will begin this fall and construction in the spring of 2016 on a $5M upgrade to the waste water treatment plant in Fredericton
- Prelco Inc. plans to add 20 new full-time positions over the next three years at its glass manufacturing plant in Saint-Jacques. Many of the positions will require administrative or technical skills.
- Atlantic Hydrogen, a Fredericton-based company that had been developing technology to remove carbon from natural gas, has filed for bankruptcy. The jobs of 16 workers have been terminated.
- A Hampton Inn and Suites hotel will open on Bishop Drive in Fredericton in the next few weeks. About 35 to 40 employees will be hired.
- Restaurant franchise Woody's Bar-B-Q will open in October on Main Street in Moncton in the former location of Pisces Restaurant, which closed during the summer
Week of Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2015
- According to Contact NB, the vibrant call centre industry in New Brunswick faces challenges in finding workers with the right skills and experience, such as those required to provide computer systems support and advice on a variety of topics. Industry partners are working to develop training programs for potential workers.
- According to the provincial government, over 200 jobs will be created through the $10M, five-storey expansion of the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst, scheduled to begin in October
- The provincial government will open up 3,800 acres of Crown land for new wild blueberry production. The 300 farms currently operating in New Brunswick account for 25% of Canada's wild blueberry output.
- Thaizone, a Quebec-based Thai restaurant chain, will open a franchise on Dieppe Blvd. in Dieppe in November. The franchise is seeking 20 to 25 full-time and part-time workers.
- BMM Testlabs, an international gaming testing laboratory, plans to create 1,000 jobs in Moncton over the next five years. The company will hire quality assurance testers, engineers, computer specialists, and business development and project managers.
Week of Sep 14 - Sep 18, 2015
- Nordia Inc. will add 130 new jobs at its contact centre in Saint John, in addition to the 275 jobs recently announced for its centre in Moncton. The company provides a range of customer service support services.
- Air Canada has hired approximately 80 new full-time employees at its contact centre in Saint John. The centre had previously expanded by about 50 employees in April 2014, and now employs almost 270 people.
- The majority of the 125 Delta Hotel reservation centre workers in Fredericton and Grand Falls are expected to continue working as home-based employees following the closure of the centres in the coming months
- Film post-production studio PostMan will close its Moncton office in December. Five employees will lose their jobs, and five will be relocated to the company's Halifax office.
- Construction will begin in the spring of 2016 on a M.C. Hotels & Resorts Inc. hotel on rue de Marche in Dieppe
Week of Sep 07 - Sep 11, 2015
- École les Éclaireurs, a newly constructed school on Fredericton's north side, has recently opened. The school currently has 300 students, but will expand the number of students within three years.
- Nordia Inc. is adding 275 new jobs at its Moncton contact centre over the next three years. The company is expected to make a similar announcement for its Saint John office in the near future.
- OrganiGram, a Moncton-based medical marijuana producer, is expanding its operation in accordance with Health Canada
- A recent report estimates that the proposed $40M performing arts centre in Fredericton could create 101 new permanent jobs while injecting $15.5M into the provincial economy annually. The project is also expected to generate 714 full-time equivalent positions during construction, contributing $141M in economic benefits. The centre would replace the city's existing Playhouse.
- Repsol, a Spanish energy company, has been granted a 25-year licence to export up to 8B cubic metres of liquefied natural gas per year from a proposed terminal in Saint John
Week of Aug 31 - Sep 04, 2015
- Grocery and merchandise retailer Giant Tiger will open a store on Main Street in Moncton in April of 2016
- A new restaurant is tentatively planned to open at Reversing Falls in Saint John in May 2016. Some leasing negotiations still remain to be worked out between city council and the owner before construction can begin.
Week of Aug 24 - Aug 28, 2015
- After several delays, Bird Construction is expected to begin building a Best Western hotel complex in St. Stephen in August. The hotel should open in 2016.
- According to industry spokespersons, seafood and lumber producers in New Brunswick have been benefitting from a lower Canadian dollar and a rebounding United States economy
- Sykes Enterprises will close its call centre in Riverview by December 31. However, many of the 250 employees will be offered employment with Nordia, a call centre in Moncton. Both call centres have contracts with Bell Aliant.
Week of Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015
- Mama's Restaurant has opened at 806 Main St in Moncton, specializing in Middle Eastern food
- Hatfield Home Hardware, which closed indefinitely in July for economic reasons, will reopen in the fall. It is located at 80 Beaver Ct in Saint John West.
- Bustin's historic furniture store on Germain St in downtown Saint John will close by the end of September
- Minacs call centre in Bathurst will close on November 28, resulting in the layoff of 70 employees
- The Barbour General Store on King St in downtown Saint John re-opened on August 22 as a retail space, museum and tourism information centre
Week of Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015
- The 2015 Irving Oil refinery maintenance shutdown in Saint John will create more than 1,000 temporary jobs. Employment is expected to peak in October.
- The first Designer Shoe Warehouse east of Toronto opened in Moncton, and 70 sales associates have been hired
Week of Aug 03 - Aug 07, 2015
- The seven-year $205M modernization project at Port Saint John, due to start in 2016, is projected to create 1,110 long-term jobs in addition to 1,400 construction-related positions. Many of the long-term jobs will be for longshoremen.
- The New Brunswick Medical Society indicates that the province has about 80 vacancies for physicians, and is working with the provincial government to come up with an incentive and recruitment package. Most of the vacancies are for specialists.
- Pisces by Gaston, a restaurant on Main Street in downtown Moncton, will close in August. The owner has decided to focus on other business interests.
- Birks jewelry store on King Street in Saint John will close in August. Other retail outlets to close in Saint John in recent months include Home Hardware, Co-op Atlantic, and the Source.
Week of Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015
- Hatfield Home Hardware in Saint John has closed, after 45 years in business. The company indicated that a competitive marketplace had made it difficult for the business to survive.
- FedEx has begun constructing a distribution centre in the Caledonia Industrial Park in Moncton which should be open by the late spring of 2016. Transportation and Warehousing continues to be a very active industry in the Moncton area, according to city officials.
- It is hoped that construction will begin by the end of 2016 on the $205M modernization project at Port Saint John now that all levels of funding are in place. Officials at the port estimate the project will create about 2,000 jobs over seven years.
Week of Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2015
- The Anglophone North School District will cut 27.4 teaching positions for the 2015-16 school year due to declining enrolments. All permanent teachers will retain jobs somewhere with the board, while contract teachers will have a harder time finding work.
- Da Bomb Dairy Bar on Main Street in Saint John, as well as the Pita Pit and Papa John's Pizza in Rothesay, will open restaurants in the area in the near future
- The $15M modernization of J.D. Irving's sawmill in Doaktown will be delayed until 2016. It is estimated the project will create 40 new direct positions in woodland operations and 118 jobs in construction.
- The Conference Board of Canada predicts some economic growth for Moncton and Saint John in 2015, as a weaker Canadian dollar, an improving United States economy, and non-residential investments impact manufacturing, construction, and related industries
- According to McKenzie College, graduates trained as software testers in a new program could potentially work for Moncton-based companies such as GLI and BMM testlabs. Both companies worked with the college in the development of the course.
Week of Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015
- Designer Shoe Warehouse will hire between 50 and 70 workers when it opens in August in the Mapleton Centre in Moncton. A job fair will be held in the near future.
- The number of dairy farms in the province has declined over the last 35 years ago but the operations are generally bigger, according to the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick. The association feels the number of farms will likely continue to drop over the next decade, as more farmers retire.
- Software developer Introhive says it would like to add more engineers and technical staff to the more than 20 employees it currently employs in Fredericton, if it can find workers who fit the company's needs
- The indefinite closure of Miramichi Lumber will put more than 100 people out of work in sawmill and related woods operations. The business has been inactive since a January fire, and prior to that had been operating on a sporadic basis for some time.
- Restaurants Canada indicates that while the restaurant industry has generally been struggling in New Brunswick, it has become quite vibrant in Moncton
- The federal government will invest $21M over the next two years in infrastructure improvements at CFB Gagetown
Week of Jul 06 - Jul 10, 2015
- Kanpai Izakaya, a Japanese pub, is expected to open in July on Robinson Street in Moncton
- The federal and provincial governments will jointly invest $78.8M in New Brunswick to support infrastructure projects, such as water and sewer expansions, over the next ten years under the Small Communities Fund program
- Moncton-based Qimple, a company that develops software used for designing job postings, plans on adding to its current staff of six employees
- The Co-op Food Market in Sussex will close in July, affecting the jobs of 23 full- and part-time employees. The Sobeys grocery store in town has committed to hiring Co-op staff over time as employees are needed.
- The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission reports that limited growth in revenue has resulted in fewer staff in radio stations in New Brunswick. A total of 264.8 people worked in radio in 2014, a decrease from 309 workers in 2010.
Week of Jun 29 - Jul 03, 2015
- The federal government will spend more than $28M on infrastructure improvements to Fundy National Park over a two-year period
- The four Atlantic Provinces have signed an agreement that will allow apprentices greater mobility within the region during their trades training
- Vimy Estates Inc. is currently building a 62-unit affordable housing development on Churchill Boulevard in Saint John. Both federal and provincial governments are contributing to the project.
- The provincial government will issue a Request for Proposals for the construction of a 60-bed nursing home in the Fredericton area
- The ongoing $101M construction renovation project at the Dr. George-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton, which began in 2014, will continue until 2019. Foundation and structural work is currently taking place.
Week of Jun 22 - Jun 26, 2015
- Outdoor retailer Bass Pro Shops held a job fair in June to help fill more than 200 positions at its new store due to open in Dieppe in the fall of 2015
- Outside unionized workers have a new five-and-a-half-year contract with the City of Saint John which will include annual pay raises of 2.5%. Fifteen positions will be eliminated through attrition over the next three years.
- Party City, a retail chain that provides supplies for parties and special occasions, has opened a store on Mapleton Road in Moncton. The store has about 30 employees.
- United States-based information technology company BackOffice Associate has opened a data centre in Moncton and intends to create 50 jobs over the next three years with financial assistance from the provincial government
- Three remaining instructor positions will be eliminated when the last nurses will graduate from the University of New Brunswick's (UNB) nursing program in Bathurst in 2017. In future, UNB will only offer the program in Saint John and Fredericton.
- Enterprise Holdings will establish 50 to 100 contact centre jobs in New Brunswick. Employees will work from home and provide service to customers looking to rent cars at Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations. Eighteen people have already been hired.
- Construction is underway on a Domino's Pizza restaurant at the location of the former Harvey's restaurant on Mountain Road in Moncton. No date has been given for the opening.
- Co-op Atlantic will lay off 290 workers in New Brunswick as it exits from the food and retail gas business. The layoffs will affect workers at stores in Moncton and Grand Bay-Westfield, and at head office and a warehouse in Moncton.
Week of Jun 15 - Jun 19, 2015
- Fredericton Junction-based Atlantic Dairy and Forage Institute is closing, and will lay off approximately 10 workers
- The president of Nurse Practitioners of New Brunswick is optimistic that a pilot project designed by the Department of Health encouraging physicians to form partnerships with nurse practitioners will lead to more job opportunities in the province
- The East Side Mario's restaurant in Saint John has closed and it is unknown if or when it will reopen. The restaurant had hired around 70 employees when it opened in 2004.
- The Children's Academy plans to open a child care centre on the north side of Fredericton by September 2015 which will employ 12 full-time and two to three part time workers. Also, Sunny Day Children Centre on Brookside Drive in Fredericton will add two more workers.
- According to an annual survey, high numbers of recent graduates from the New Brunswick Community College system are employed in the province, as well as in fields related to their training
Week of Jun 08 - Jun 12, 2015
- According to the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, 40% of registered nurses in the province are now 50 years of age or older. The Association and the Health Department have both stated that nursing workforce planning must be a priority.
- According to research from the University of New Brunswick, students from provincial university programs in engineering and science are more likely to leave the province after graduation than those from education and health. Students originally from New Brunswick are also more likely to remain in the province than those from elsewhere.
- Bell Aliant's $25M data centre in Saint John is now operational. The centre will manage services related to the needs of the information and communications technology sector in New Brunswick.
- NB Power will spend $8M on its tree maintenance program in 2015. Contracted tree-trimming crews will be clearing along power lines across New Brunswick.
- Saint John-based Fairville Construction has been awarded $2.4M in sewer upgrade contracts for work in the area
Week of Jun 01 - Jun 05, 2015
- Brunswick News announced that, as part of a company restructuring, they are laying off 13 employees who work in publicity and advertising within the company
- The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council reported that, due to declining catches, plant consolidations and changing food appetites, the food processing industry in Atlantic Canada lost 10,300 employees since 2005
- IAM Building Systems will be renovating a site at the Port of Saint John to construct and transport by sea pre-fabricated buildings to Jamaica. The business will be in operaton by January 2016 and employ 50 people by June of next year.
- Corridor Resources has laid off three staff. The company noted that low gas prices, decreased production at this time of year, and a moratorium on hydraulic fracking all contributed to the need to reduce staff.
- The provincial government will be merging Service New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Internal Services Agency, the Department of Government Services and FacilicorpNB which will result in 270 jobs lost, the majority of which will be through attrition
Week of May 25 - May 29, 2015
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is providing a repayable loan of $500,000 toward the addition of a waterpark at Kingswood Entertainment Centre in Fredericton. The park will open alongside a new resort hotel in June 2016.
- The Miramichi Regional Service Commission reported that the value of building permits in the region grew by almost 20% in 2014, reaching $45.13M. Projects included rennovations to local schools and construciton of a nursing home.
- The Conference Board of Canada predicted GDP growth for New Brunswick will be 2.3% this year and 2.6% in 2016. Growth in the economy is expected to come from the mining, forestry, construction, and manufacturing industries in the province.
- The Co-op stores in Grand-Bay Westfiled and Mapleton in Moncton are not part of a deal to sell corporate Co-op stores to Sobeys. The future of the two stores is uncertain until the deal has passed regulatory approval.
- The New Brunswick Building and Construction Trades Council reported that succession planning is their biggest challenge due to a lack of skilled tradespeople in the province to train new apprentices
- Académie La Coupe Plus, a small hairstyling school in Bathurst will close in June. The owner will move his salon to a smaller location that is not large enough to accommodate 18 students which is required by the regulating body.
- The federal government has announced $150M funding through the community infrastructure program. The program anticipates to support up to 1,800 projects across the country for the renovation, expansion and rehabilitation of existing community infrastructures.
Week of May 18 - May 22, 2015
- A new splash pad and wading pool will be built in Fredericton this summer and be open by 2016. The new facility will cost $826,000 and replace the existing splash pad in the city.
- The Coles Island School will be closing on June 30. The school was one of five studied in the area by the district education council in order to determine its sustainability.
- TrailWay Brewing and Pet Valu are opening locations on the north side of Fredericton in a vacant Canadian Tire building. The owners of the building hope to add other businesses in the coming months.
- The provincial government announced the construction of a new 240-bed nursing home in Miramichi that will replace both the Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home and the Miramichi Senior Citizens Home, which have a combined total of 214 beds.
- Historica Developments announced construction has begun on an apartment/retail development in uptown Saint John. The project includes 14 high-end apartments, with Picaroons, Real Food Connections and Buckland Merrifield Gallery on the main floor.
- The Government of Canada will provide over $500,000 to the Mactaquac Biodiversity Facility for repairs and upgrades to the facility
Week of May 11 - May 15, 2015
- Opportunities NB is providing a $310,000 forgivable loan to Vilco Ltd, a fibreglass products manufacturer in St. Stephen. The company currently employs six people and hopes to grow to 40 employees in the next four years.
- The provincial government announced $32M over four years to upgrade three high schools in New Brunswick to extend their useful life. The schools affected are Fredericton High School, Polyvalente W.-A.-Losier in Tracadie, Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton.
- Crandall Engineering, a New Brunswick engineering firm announced it is expanding its business to open an office in Fredericton in June
- Opportunities NB is providing a payroll rebate of up to $490,000 to Co-operators Insurance in Moncton. The company anticipates creating 70 new jobs over the next two years at its customer contact centre in the city.
- The Wee College franchise is opening a new early childhood care and learning centre with capacity for 80 children in the northern part of Moncton in the summer
- Opportunities NB announced a payroll rebate of up to $3.8M for Ocean Group to help create 77 jobs at the Bas-Caraquet Naval Centre
- The provincial government announced the construction of a $12.6M provincial youth treatment centre in Campbellton
Week of May 04 - May 08, 2015
- Corridor Resources announced it will be shutting-in 20 of its 32 natural gas wells in New Brunswick for six months in order to save costs. The wells will reopen in November in order to capitalize on increased prices for natural gas in the winter.
- The provincial government announced $150,000 for mining infrastructure and a $150,000 forgivable loan for job creation for Trevali Mining Corporation at its Caribou mine operation near Bathurst. The company expects to employ 300 people by the end of 2015.
- J.D. Irving announced $600,000 in contracts as part of the 24-month phase two modernization of the west side pulp mill at Reversing Falls
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, announced $199,538 in funding for Timbre Cases, an instrument case manufacturer in Fredericton. The company contributed $66,512 and will use the money for product development and commercialization.
- The Government of Canada announced a repayable contribution of $201,050 for L'Étang Ruisseau Bar, an oyster producer in Shippigan. The province of NB has contributed $46,000. The company plans to upgrade infrastructure and tools to increase production.
- The Government of New Brunswick announced the opening of the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training at the University of New Brunswick. The institute will allow researchers in the province greater access to data to analyze trends and policies.
- The Canadian Tire in Moncton has acquired the lease of the now closed Target location on Mountain Road. The move will more than double the floor space for the store.
- A new weapons training facility will open in Hanwell in 2016. The facility will allow users to train with firearms and will employ 20 to 30 people.
- The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation is providing $500,000 in venture capital to MycoDev Group Inc., a Fredericton bioscience business. The company plans to complete its pilot production plant and eventually add two or three new technical positions.
Week of Apr 27 - May 01, 2015
- Opportunities New Brunswick announced a payroll subsidy of $150,000 for Clean Harbours, an environmental cleaning company that was established in Saint John in June 2014. The company expects to grow to 15 employees by the end of the year.
- The provincial government announced $4M in infrastructure funding for the New Brunswick Naval Centre in Bas-Caraquet. The funding will be used to both improve the current facilities and construct new buildings.
- The provincial government is studying the viability of the seven ferry services that run along the Saint John and Kennebecasis rivers. A strategic review is being conducted to assess if there will be closures, reductions or alternate routes proposed.
- The provincial Department of Health has allocated $600,000 in the 2015-16 budget for a pilot project to include advanced-care paramedics to the emergency care team. This will allow properly trained paramedics to function at their full scope of practice.
- The provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure announced its operational budget for 2015-16, which includes highway improvements and increased funding for winter maintenance
- Opportunities New Brunswick has given Advanced Helicore Inc. of Calgary a forgivable loan of $250,000 as the Dieppe company develops and manufactures a new helicopter-portable drilling rig. The company employs 30 people and hopes to grow to 130.
- The Anglophone South district education council voted to close Browns Flat Elementary and send the students to Westfield Elementary in Grand Bay-Westfield. The decision will be sent to the Minister of Education for a final decision within 60 days.
- An 80-week automated system mechanic course at the Edmundston campus of the Community College of New Brunswick has grown from a pilot project to a permanent course due to demand for the occupation in the manufacturing industry in the north-west part of NB
- Cabela's Canada, a retail outdoor equipment business, will open its first store in Atlantic Canada in Moncton on May 28. The store will employ up to 140 seasonal, full-time and part-time employees.
- The Scotiabank branch on St. George Street in Moncton will close in September after 60 years of business. The company will consolidate its operations with another branch in the city and says it hopes to find employment for workers affected by the move.
- Sunwing Vacations announced it will be operating flights from the Fredericton airport to Varadero and Holguin, Cuba from February 2016 to May 2016
Week of Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2015
- DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse has announced they will be opening a new 20,000 sq-ft store in the Mapleton Power Centre in Moncton in August
- A member of the New Brunswick Maple Syrup Association has reported that maple syrup production in the province is at about 25 percent of the normal production level. This is due in part to a late start to the season because of poor weather.
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government are each contributing $250,000 towards the extension of a road in the Dieppe Industrial Park, which will open up around 100 acres of land for development
- An expansion to Riverview High School will include three new classrooms, new trades shops, a technology lab and a culinary arts area. The tenders closed in mid-April and construction will begin in the spring and be completed by September 2016.
- The New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has confirmed it will be cutting 302 positions in 2015-16, including 249 teaching positions
- IGT, a Moncton gaming equipment company, has announced it will be laying off 67 employees involved with the assembling of gaming equipment. This represents 14% of its Moncton staff.
- The Department of Health released its 2015-16 budget, which includes an increase to the number of nurse practitioners in the province in order to respond to patients waiting for a family doctor
- The NB Department of Health has announced plans to privatize cleaning and food services at the provincial hospitals. The union representing health workers has received a 30-day layoff notice.
- The Anglophone West School District education council voted to close Bath Elementary school and change Bath Middle School into a K-8 school. The proposal was sent to the Minister of Education as the middle school will require renovations.
- The Department of Fisheries and Oceans advised lobster fishers that, due to ice conditions, the spring lobster season in PEI, NB and NS will not start on April 30 as planned. A further decision will be announced on April 29.
Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2015
- J's Pet Feeds and Needs pet store in Moncton is closing at the end of April. The owner cites increased competition from larger stores and a weak Canadian dollar as the reasons for the closure.
Week of Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2015
- The University of Moncton has announced spending cuts that include possible layoffs. The university cites a decline in francophone school enrolment, and a freeze of tuition and provincial funding as the reasons for the cuts.
- Moosehead Breweries announced it is delaying the layoff of 70-80 employees in Saint John by three months to the end of September. The company reports that a brief contract extension from a major client has led to the delay in the layoff.
- The Government of Canada is providing $3M to the St. Andrews Biological Station for upgrades to the access road and other building repairs at the station. The funding will help reduce operating costs and improve access to the site.
- The Government of Canada is providing $36.2M over the next two years to upgrade 14 fishing harbours in Northeast New Brunswick. The enhancements will improve the safety and working conditions for fishers at the harbours.
- The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Fund has announced funding for 61 projects with a value of $356,274 in the Atlantic region to help protect the Atlantic wild salmon population. Twenty of those projects will occur in New Brunswick.
- Construction on a new $5M lodge for the Poley Mountain Resort has begun. The new resort will replace the previous one that burned down in December 2014 and is expected to open in November 2015.
- The Government of Canada is providing $1.44M to construct the Restigouche River Experience Centre in Campbellton. The province of NB is contributing $1.37M and the city of Campbellton is adding $1.22M to the project.
- The Government of Canada is providing a $1M loan to IPL, a plastic container manufacturer in Edmundston, to purchase new robots and molds in order to produce new thin-walled containers. The province of NB also contributed $336,000 and IPL invested $704,060.
- The Government of Canada is providing over $500,000 for upgrades to the South Esk Science Facility. The upgrades will enhance the research environment at the facility.
Week of Apr 06 - Apr 10, 2015
- Quebec-based Broccolini Construction Ltd. has been awarded a contract to build the $85.2M structure in Miramichi which will house the city's 550 federal pay centre workers by 2018. Construction is expected to create hundreds of jobs.
- The completion date of the proposed Energy East pipeline to carry crude oil from western Canada to Saint John has been pushed back two years to 2020
- Despite an aging workforce, the New Brunswick Nurses Union indicates fiscal challenges have limited opportunities for new nurses and that many nursing graduates have been leaving the province to find work
- A $7.5M barge terminal to be constructed over the next few months in Saint John could result in the hiring of many workers at nearby fabrication shops. The terminal will enable fabricators to build large units and move them to their destination by water.
- A three-year program designed to encourage more women to apprentice in construction trades is being created in New Brunswick
- Construction of the proposed $107M downtown Moncton entertainment and sports complex, which had been expected to begin in the spring of 2015, has been put on hold due to financial issues
Week of Mar 30 - Apr 03, 2015
- Future Shop stores in Moncton, Fredericton, and Saint John are among those that were closed in March but which will reopen as Best Buy stores. Many Future Shops locations in Canada were permanently closed but will not reopen under the Best Buy name.
- Xtreme Cold Ltd. will open a large multi-temperature warehouse in Dieppe within the next few weeks. The warehouse will accommodate a need in the region's seafood export business.
- Canadian Tire in Oromocto has hired four new employees to work in its expanded store, which has added a hunting and fishing section
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $74M over the next two years in harbour improvement projects in New Brunswick
- Harry's Pizza, a restaurant on St. George Street in Moncton, has closed
- The New Brunswick government will cut 249 teaching positions as part of its 2015 budget. As many of the cuts as possible will be made through attrition. The number of courthouses and Service New Brunswick outlets in the province will also be reduced.
- Corridor Resources has put its plans to drill new natural gas wells in New Brunswick on hold, due to the provincial government's moratorium on hydraulic fracking. The company continues to operate seven wells near Sussex.
Week of Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2015
- Northcliff Resources is having difficulty securing funding for the proposed Sisson tungsten mine near Fredericton, creating uncertainty about the mine's future. The company had indicated development of the mine could lead to hundreds of local jobs.
- Fredericton-based St. Thomas University will close its Miramichi campus due to low student enrolments, which have fallen from 115 to 26 students since 2001
- Mattress retailer Sleep Country Canada will open stores in Moncton and Saint John at the beginning of April, and open another in Fredericton in May. The Moncton store will employ three associates and a manager.
- Valuefoods, the only grocery store in Hillsborough, has closed indefinitely due to structural problems with the building. The business employed 20 workers. There is no indication yet as to whether the store will reopen at some point in the future.
- Sobeys will open a grocery store in a new commercial development along Dieppe Boulevard in Dieppe. The new development will also include two other retail buildings and a gas bar. There is no indication when construction will begin.
- Canada Bread Company will consolidate some work from its Halifax, Nova Scotia bakery to operations in Moncton and Woodstock. The move will result in the creation of 35 jobs in New Brunswick.
- A report from New Brunswick's commissioner of official languages suggests the province focus on marketing its bilingual workforce. The report states that companies creating bilingual jobs tend to increase the number of unilingual positions as well.
- CBC/Radio-Canada will cut four positions in New Brunswick as part of a national reduction of 240 jobs across all areas of operation. According to the company, while some affected employees may be reassigned to other positions, there will be job losses.
- Miramichi Lumber will open a new wood processing facility in Blackville in July 2015, and rebuild its lumber mill in Miramichi. The company hopes to employ 135 workers in total in 2015, including 20 to 25 in new positions in Blackville.
Week of Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2015
- Nordia plans to add 250 workers to its Saint John call centre over the next two years, which will increase its workforce to 550 people. The company offers a variety of customer support services, and is a subsidiary of Bell Canada.
- Rivac Construction has been awarded a contract valued at just under $2M to build an interpretation centre at a new recreational vehicle park under development by the city of Campbellton. The city hopes to have the park ready to open by 2016.
- The 2015 capital budget of $20.5M for the city of Saint John will include money for upgrades at the City Market and the Aquatic Centre, as well as road construction work
- Fredericton city council has awarded a contract valued at just over $2M to Springhill Construction Ltd. for renovations to the York Arena. Work will take place over the summer of 2015.
Week of Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2015
- New owners of the former Atcon plywood mill in Miramichi, closed since 2008, hope to have the facility running by June 2015. The company indicates it will likely start production with about 45 direct staff, but plans to eventually employ about 100 workers.
- Photographers at major New Brunswick newspapers owned by Brunswick News have been laid off. The company indicates the layoffs are related to advances in technology which now allow news journalists to take their own pictures.
- The Rothesay Council has awarded a $1.1M contract to Fairville Construction to build a flood detention pond in 2015 for the Oakville Acres subdivision
- Danier Factory Outlet store on Trinity Drive in Moncton has begun clearing stock and will close. No firm date has been announced for the closure.
- RBC Economics is forecasting growth in the New Brunswick economy to accelerate to 1.9% in 2015 before slowing to 1.5% in 2016. RBC predicts growth in the United States and a weaker Canadian dollar will stimulate export demand. Optimism is noted for the mining industry and for wood product exports.
Week of Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2015
- Lounsbury will close its furniture stores in Sussex and Caraquet, likely within the next few weeks. Lounsbury has five locations in the province, and the Sussex store has five affected employees.
- Off the Rail Café will open in March on Main Street in Sussex
- The Co-op Express gas bar and grocery store in the Chartersville neighbourhood of Dieppe has closed as the operator feels it is no longer financially viable to operate. Almost all employees have found work at other Co-op stores in the area.
- Extensive renovations will take place in 2015 on the Rockwood Park Golf Course in Saint John
- Connors Bros. Limited will not recall a second shift to its Blacks Harbour sardine plant this season, due to a predicted decline in fish stocks. The company will find positions for 40 of the 60 workers affected.
- Princess Auto will open its new store in Mapleton Crossing in Moncton on March 16. The store is larger than the current location on Mountain Road, which will close.
- Léon Chouinard et Fils Ltée will receive financial assistance to manufacture joist flooring and beams in Eel River Crossing. The company, which currently has 69 workers making similar products, indicates the project will enable it to create jobs
Week of Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2015
- The Fredericton International Airport Authority and the union representing airport employees have reached agreement on a contract which will provide wage increases of 8.5% over the life of the four-year deal
- Cabela¿s Canada will hire about 140 full- and part-time employees for its new store to open in Moncton in the spring of 2015. The company, which sells outdoor products, is now accepting online applications.
- Called Unplugged, a café featuring board games, will open within a few weeks in Fredericton. The owner indicates more than 200 job applications have been submitted, and that he has been looking for staff skilled in teaching the games.
- Construction is continuing on the Bass Pro Shops store in the former Chrystal Palace location in Moncton. The store has advertised for some management positions, and will likely hold a job fair for more employees in the spring.
- Poor weather has adversely affected and possibly ended the winter lobster fishing season in Grand Manan
- Coach, a handbag retailer, and OMG Produce Market have closed in Moncton
- Construction on a $10M expansion of the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst is expected to begin in the late summer of 2015. The project was planned as part of the New Brunswick government¿s 2015-16 capital budget.
- The City of Moncton has awarded a contract worth more than $3M to J.W. Lindsay Enterprises Ltd. for the construction of a new fire station on Caledonia Road in Moncton. An opening date of spring 2016 has been targeted, although some details have yet to be finalized.
- The Conference Board of Canada predicts that real GDP growth in New Brunswick is expected to accelerate to 2.4% in 2015 and to 2.7% in 2016 after years of being in the 1% range, and that the unemployment rate will drop. An improving United States economy and a lower Canadian dollar will support growth in goods-producing industries in particular, such as forestry, mining, and manufacturing.
- The City of Fredericton and the union representing snowplow operators and other city workers have reached agreement on a contract which will see wage increases of 1.75% in the first three years and 2.5% in the last two years of the five-year deal
Week of Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2015
- The Chaleur Health Centre has opened in Pointe-Verte, replacing an older medical clinic nearby. Expanded services, such as those of a diabetes specialist and psychologist, will eventually be added to the regular health offerings of the new clinic.
- Moncton-based Co-op Atlantic, which operates grocery stores and other services while employing about 830 people in the Atlantic Provinces, will eliminate 50 jobs. No information was available on where the affected jobs are located, but the company indicated some of the losses will be managed through attrition.
- The total value of building permits rose in 2014 from 2013 in Fredericton, although it remained below the 10-year average for the city. The worth of commercial, government, and institutional construction all rose in 2014 from 2013, but there was a drop in the total value of residential construction and in the number of housing starts.
- The Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick's largest health authority, indicates that attracting bilingual employees will be a priority in future recruitment efforts
- Local 900 of the Labourers International Union of North America will begin training members to work on large oil pipe, in preparation for the possible construction of the New Brunswick section of the proposed Energy East pipeline across Canada
- The amount of air cargo handled at the Greater Moncton International Airport increased by 3% in 2014 over 2013, continuing a positive trend of recent years
Week of Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2015
- Avison Young, an international commercial real estate services company, has recently opened an office on St.George Boulevard in Moncton
- According to Ambulance New Brunswick, retirements have contributed to a drop in the number of bilingual paramedics in the province over the last year. The organization continues to study ways to deal with staffing challenges.
- The City of Saint John has awarded a $2.2M tender to Bird Construction to do upgrades to the town common and build an outdoor artificial ice rink
- The Nurse Practitioners of New Brunswick states the number of licensed nurse practitioners in the province has dropped over the past year, and that some have left due to a lack of work opportunities. The association would like to see the provincial government create a larger role for nurse practitioners, given the difficulty in recruiting physicians to the health care system.
- Connections Productions, a Moncton-based film production company, says it will move two upcoming projects and associated jobs to Halifax due to the unavailability of funds from a provincial government multimedia program
- Fredericton-based Smart Skin Technologies Inc., a developer of pressure sensor technology used in packaging lines, will undertake a marketing initiative of the product in Europe, with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Week of Feb 02 - Feb 06, 2015
- Dynamic Dental Hygiene Clinic has opened on Prospect Street in Fredericton. The clinic is the first in the city to be staffed by dental hygienists practicing outside traditional dentists' offices.
- Bubba Ray's Sports Bar has opened in downtown Moncton
- The Horizon Health Network continues recruitment efforts to attract physicians to New Brunswick. The wait list for a family physician is particularly long in Fredericton, where a high number of physicians have retired.
- Precision Acura will soon move to a new, larger location on Aviation Boulevard in Dieppe, and anticipates hiring more staff for the sales floor and service area
Week of Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2015
- Starbucks has closed its coffee shop in the Target store in Moncton, following Target's announcement to close all its stores in Canada. The store had been licenced to Target and staffed by Target employees. Starbucks is inviting Target employees to consider applying for work at other Starbucks locations.
- New Brunswick will be one of 12 locations in Canada to receive part of a $25M grant from the Canadian Institute for Health Research to help young people get help to cope with mental health issues. Much of the money will be used to train workers to quickly assess clients. The program, known as ACCESS NB, may take two to three years to get up and running.
Week of Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2015
- Bell Aliant has confirmed that it will cut about 50 management positions in Saint John. Front-line customer service operations and unionized positions are not impacted.
- Two Fredericton-based information technology companies, iTacit and Scene Sharp Technologies, will receive funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to develop and expand innovative products
- Clinic 554, a reproductive health services centre, has opened in Fredericton
- The Greater Moncton International Airport saw a 6% increase in passenger traffic in 2014 over 2013, making it the busiest year on record. Traffic figures exceeded the combined volume at all other New Brunswick airports.
- Fuji Happy Sushi, a Japanese buffet restaurant, has opened on Mountain Road in Moncton. Also, a new Starbucks location is under construction in Dieppe, and will open in late spring.
- Imvescor Restaurant Group, the company that operates Pizza Delight and other restaurant brands in Atlantic Canada, will reduce its Moncton corporate office by 10% and relocate the finance function to its Montreal headquarters. The company did not indicate how many jobs would be affected.
- Sears Canada is offering job opportunities for displaced Target employees at both the retail and head-office level. Sears is holding special events and career fairs for the former Target employees.
Week of Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2015
- Toronto-based GuestLogix, a developer of technology that allows travel attendants to process payments while in transit, plans to at least double its current workforce of 15 employees in Moncton over the next two years. The company will move all product innovation and development operations to the Moncton area.
- Fashion retailer Mexx Canada will close its Dieppe store in February, as part of a shutdown of all its Canadian outlets
- The closure of the 133 Target stores across Canada will include its locations in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John, and affect about 400 workers in New Brunswick. Stores will likely close within four to five months.
- Les Brumes du Coude, a French restaurant, has opened on Botsford Street in Moncton. Meanwhile, Relish Gourmet Burger on Main Street has closed.
- According to municipal figures, the value of building permits in the City of Moncton dropped in 2014, although Dieppe saw a substantial increase. The city indicates a reduction in government spending on projects such as schools and hospitals factored into the drop. Retail construction remained quite active, however.
- Atlantic Potash Corp.'s plan to build a $350M fertilizer plant in Saint John is currently in the engineering phase. The company will then proceed to an environmental assessment, which could take up to 24 months. If the plant goes ahead, it could generate more than 1,300 jobs when completed.
- Xerox has laid off 30 sales and support centre workers in Saint John. The decision will reduce the company's workforce in the city from 220 to 190 employees.
- Moncton firefighters will receive a 16% wage increase over a retroactive four-year contract that expires at the end of 2015. In the final year of the contract, the annual pay of a first-class firefighter will be $78,400.
- Five new police officers have been recently hired in Fredericton to fill existing vacancies, and the city will soon start a process to hire three more
Week of Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2015
- Bell Aliant has notified its employees that it may be cutting at least 50 management jobs in both Saint John and Halifax. There may also be smaller cuts in other communities in Atlantic Canada.
- A second fire station has opened in Dieppe, which doubles the number of firefighters in the city. Sixteen firefighters will be employed in each station.
- The New Brunswick government will commit $6M from its 2015 capital budget to continue with the massive rehabilitation of the Centennial Bridge in Miramichi
- A second Blue Olive restaurant will open in the Moncton area, on Main Street. The new location is expected to employ eight workers to start.
- Sun Gro Horticulture will close its peat moss processing plant in Lamèque, putting 50 of its 84 workers out of a job. The company says it will maintain the peat bog, and perhaps place some workers at other New Brunswick operations.
- Some Sussex-based trucking companies working closely with the forestry industry are struggling to find and keep truck drivers. The employers find they lose many potential drivers to the Alberta labour force.
- Sport Chek, a national retailer of sporting goods, expects to open a store in the Northwest Centre in Moncton in the spring of 2015
- A new restaurant, Port City Royal, opened on Grannan Street in Saint John in December. Also, Rothesay-based Peddler's Creek restaurant has opened an outpost in the food court at Brunswick Square.
- A $4.8M community health centre will be constructed in downtown Fredericton in 2015, as part of the New Brunswick government's capital spending plan
- Corridor Resources indicates that a fracking moratorium imposed by the New Brunswick government could result in the company leaving the province, potentially affecting hundreds of jobs. The company has been fracking gas in New Brunswick for a decade.
Week of Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014
- The $16M capital budget for 2015 for the city of Fredericton will include money for repairs to the York Arena and a new traffic roundabout on Smythe Street. Other street repairs, upgrades to the sewage system, and trail construction are also among the planned expenditures.
- Sussex-based Timberparts Ltd. and Kings County Mechanical will benefit from federal government investments to help them increase productivity. The companies specialize in fabrication for various industries such as mining, forestry, and construction.
- The city of Miramichi is expected to use part of its 2015 operating budget to hire an additional four part-time firefighters
- The New Brunswick government will invest almost $600M in infrastructure repair and maintenance over the next four years, creating up to 1,750 jobs per year. The money will be invested in roads, bridges, and public buildings.
- The Pizza Delight in Shediac, which was destroyed by fire in January 2014, has reopened in combination with a Scores Rotisserie Chicken and Ribs restaurant
Week of Dec 08 - Dec 12, 2014
- According to the Director of Economic and Business Development for the city of Miramichi, the new federal pay centre has had a positive impact on economic activity in the city. Within the past year, major retailers such as Winners and Giant Tiger have arrived in the area.
- Gardner Electric has been awarded a $1.3M contract to supply lighting and electrical services as part of the Irving pulp mill modernization project in Saint John. The contract will generate work for local electricians and apprentices.
- A fire has destroyed the Poley Mountain Ski Resort Lodge near Sussex, just after the resort had finished hiring its 180 full- and part-time staff for the season. Ownership hopes to operate the hill on some basis and keep most of the workers employed this season, while rebuilding the lodge in time for 2015-16.
- According to the 2011 Census of Agriculture, the number of farms in New Brunswick decreased by 5.9% since 2006, and the average age of farmers rose from 52.8 to 55.5 years. The figures follow similar national trends.
- There will be 73 fewer plow operators on New Brunswick highways this winter than there were two years ago, and three fewer than last winter, according to highway workers' union CUPE Local 1190
- According to the provincial government, its new job creation agency Opportunities New Brunswick will be run differently than its predecessors, and will tailor its work to the needs of employers. The agency should be operational by April 2015.
Week of Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014
- The Conference Board of Canada predicts that real GDP growth in New Brunswick will accelerate to 1.6% in 2015, up from the 0.6% expected for 2014. A promising outlook for the forestry industry, increased potash production, and improving labour markets are factors cited for the improvement.
- The City of Moncton will cut 19 jobs over the next two years from its workforce of roughly 620 positions. The cuts will be made through attrition, and will be spread throughout the corporation.
- The City of Campbellton has reached a deal with the union representing 36 workers who had been locked out in early November. It is believed the deal will be for seven years, and will include some job security clauses. The contracting out of snow removal services, which began with the lockout, will continue.
- According to the New Brunswick Roofing Contractors Association and some business owners, it is very difficult to find roofers in the province, and many positions go unfilled. The Construction Association of New Brunswick adds that the outmigration of workers has affected many trades, including roofers.
- Atlantic Windows will add 15 positions to its workforce of 200 in Port Elgin. The company manufactures doors and windows.
- Sequoia Natural and Organic Foods opened on Mountain Road in Moncton in December. It is the third location in the Moncton area for the health food business, which also provides the services of nutritionists, a naturopathic doctor, and an esthetician.
- Public Works and Government Services Canada has hired a final wave of 207 employees at its Miramichi Pay Centre, bringing the total number of workers there to 550. The government will also help provincial colleges develop training for students in the fields of pay and pension administration.
Week of Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2014
- According to the New Brunswick Christmas Tree Association, a low Canadian dollar, increased demand, and a decrease in the supply of trees are expected to contribute to a good season for growers. There are about 350 active Christmas tree growers in New Brunswick, and most trees are exported to the United States.
- Ambulance New Brunswick has identified a need for more bilingual paramedics in northern New Brunswick. Fourteen students are currently enrolled in a French-language paramedic course in Bathurst being offered to help meet the need.
- Northcliff Resources has received more than 600 resumes from applicants seeking work at the Sisson project, an open-pit tungsten mine the company hopes to operate northwest of Fredericton. The company would like to begin construction by the end of 2015, but is still seeking environmental approvals and further capital investments.
Week of Nov 17 - Nov 21, 2014
- The minimum wage in New Brunswick will rise from $10 to $10.30 at the beginning of 2015
- Mai Asian Restaurant, which currently employs 15 workers in Moncton, will open a second location in Dieppe in the spring of 2015
- The Career Development and Employment Centre at the University of New Brunswick is seeking both arts and science students and alumni to take part in a program which is designed to keep graduates employed within the Fredericton area. The program will enhance the employability skills of students and match them with employers.
- A 30-bed nursing home has opened on Grand Manan
Week of Nov 10 - Nov 14, 2014
- McDonald's will open a new restaurant in November at 413 Coverdale Road in Riverview, and close its old location on the same street. The new restaurant will be larger and have more staff.
- Construction is continuing on two large stores, Princess Auto and Cabela Canada. These stores will open in the spring of 2015 in the Mapleton Crossing retail development in Moncton. It is estimated that hundreds of jobs may be created with the openings. The Princess Auto store will replace a current, smaller location in the city.
- Saint John-based Xiplinx Technologies Ltd. plans to create 20 new jobs in sales, marketing, and customer support, with financial assistance from two levels of government. The company delivers software solutions to the packaged-goods sector.
- Co-op Atlantic will close its gas bar in Sussex at the beginning of December, affecting four jobs. According to Co-op officials, a number of factors including competition from other gas stations led to the decision to close.
Week of Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014
- Petit Rocher-based company R.H. Frenette has been awarded a contract by the city of Bathurst to demolish and remove homes affected by land instability along the shoreline
- About 75 staff were affected by the recent closure of the Ramada Plaza Crystal Palace Hotel and Convention Centre in Dieppe. An amusement park and restaurant in the same complex also closed. Retailer Bass Pro Shops will move into the space within a few weeks.
- More than seven full-time positions, many of them for orderlies, will be eliminated at the Edmundston Regional Hospital. The cuts are part of a three-year reorganization which will eventually see the creation of some other health care positions.
- The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council predicts that increases in capital spending on roads and a greater demand for exports to the United States may contribute to real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of a modest 1.6% for New Brunswick in 2015. GDP growth for 2014 is expected to be about 1%, due to a slow local economy and weak export markets.
- The city of Campbellton has locked out 36 outside workers as a result of stalled contract negotiations, and has contracted out snow removal services
- About 1,400 people have applied to work at a planned medical marijuana plant in the Campbellton area. The operator, Zenabis, had hoped to hire 400 people by the fall of 2014, but has not yet received a license to run the facility.
- Two new restaurants, Mary Brown's and Maple Leaf Queen's Buffet, will open in the Moncton area within a few weeks. The restaurant sector remains quite dynamic in the area, with several openings and a couple of closures over the past few months.
- The town of Dalhousie and the union CUPE Local 188 have signed a deal which will include some wage increases for workers. The town will also transition its firefighters from being full-time to on-call employees.
Week of Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2014
- According to the New Brunswick Nurses Union, the province is not hiring many new nurses, and some students believe finding a job in Nova Scotia may be a better option. Health authority Horizon Health Network indicates it employs about 200 less health care workers than it did two years ago, as it strives for efficiency.
- Several restaurants and businesses have closed along Main Street in Moncton in recent weeks, despite announced openings in other parts of the city. Downtown Moncton Inc. will study ways to revitalize Main Street.
Week of Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014
- Supplement King will open the largest health nutrition and supplement store in Atlantic Canada in November at the Mapleton Centre in Moncton. A number of other stores have also recently been announced for the Centre, including mattress retailer Sleep Country Canada and women's boutique Mode Le Grenier.
- After some delays, construction is expected to begin in November on a Best Western Hotel in St. Stephen. It is hoped work on the 86-room hotel, which will include a restaurant, bar, health spa, pool, and fitness centre, will be completed by the spring of 2015.
- Potash Corp. will begin production at the new Piccadilly mine near Sussex by the end of October. The company had decreased production at a nearby mine over the last year, and plans to eventually close it.
Week of Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2014
- According to industry associations, farmers in New Brunswick are reaping the benefits of higher beef prices across the country. Farmers are getting the highest prices for their animals seen in many years, due to fewer farms producing cattle across North America.
- According to industry associations in New Brunswick, many workers have left the province in recent years due to a general slowdown in construction, resulting in staffing difficulties when projects do arise. The associations are hoping for increased investments in infrastructure spending from the new provincial government, which would encourage workers to return.
- According to the Saint John Police Force, it can be challenging to fill positions at its 911 communication centre. The centre is currently in the process of hiring three staff, and workers must be bilingual and well-suited to the demanding job.
- Fredericton-based HotSpot Parking Inc. will expand and create six new jobs, with financial assistance from the provincial government. The company develops technology which allows people to pay for parking with mobile devices.
- Design work and construction will take place over the next four years on a $20M project to connect Chateau Heights to Fredericton's water and sewer system, and build related lines and infrastructure
- The New Brunswick government will introduce a Youth Employment Fund over the next few months to help 1,500 unemployed youth. The program will provide six-month periods of work placements and training.
Week of Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2014
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Express Buffet, a Chinese restaurant, has opened at 86 Main Street in Fredericton
- 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
- 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.
Week of Sep 29 - Oct 03, 2014
- Discount retailer XS Cargo will close its Moncton store in October, as part of the company's national shutdown of 50 stores across the country
- Regulations to reduce ship emissions have resulted in fewer cruise ship visitors to Saint John in recent years, according to port officials. It is hoped that there will be a rebound in the numbers once the industry, which remains important to the city's economy, adapts to the new regulations.
- Full-time academic staff at the University of New Brunswick will receive wage increases totalling 12.5% over three years, as a result of an arbitrator's decision
- Saint John-based Moosehead Breweries Limited will lay off around 70 of its 144 workers in June 2015 as a result of the loss of a major contract. The company and union are working to support affected workers, some of whom may opt for retirement.
Week of Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2014
- Miramichi Lumber Products continues to operate its mill in Miramichi on a cyclical series of shutdowns and reopenings. The mill has operated for only a total of 17 weeks in 2013 and 2014, due to the company¿s inability to gain access to a larger wood supply.
- The YMCA Youth Zone, which features games as well as space where teenagers can socialize, has opened in the Regional Memorial Civic Centre in Campbellton
- Maple Leaf Foods has closed its meat processing plant in Moncton, resulting in the loss of about 450 jobs. The closure had been planned since 2011, and the company and union have been working with employees as part of the transition process. About 100 of the remaining employees will return for a month to decommission the plant in October.
Week of Sep 15 - Sep 19, 2014
- Joey's Pub & Eatery, located on Ste. Anne Street in Bathurst, will close near the end of September 2014, due to failed lease negotiations. However, the business, which employs 25 staff, hopes to reopen if a new location can be found over the next several months.
- The annual fall maintenance program at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John has begun. The $20M, eight-week project is creating work for 650 additional tradespersons at the refinery, including those deployed from out of the immediate area.
- Fibre Centre will set up a carrier facility over the international fibre-optic cable that runs through Moncton within a couple of months. The facility will tap into the main line serving thousands of internet service providers, which will allow businesses to connect to the provider of their choice.
Week of Sep 08 - Sep 12, 2014
- New Brunswick's unemployment rate is now the lowest in Atlantic Canada. The unemployment rate in the province dropped from 1.3% to 8.7% in August.
- New Brunswick Liquor has launched a pilot program at three local craft breweries, which will allow the stores to sell "growlers", or 64-ounce jugs. The program will be offered for a limited number of hours per day, and will run until March 2015 to determine whether it is successful.
- Good Fibrations, a new fibre art shop and studio, has opened on Germain Street in Saint John
- A new flower shop called Flower House has opened at 3 Cross Street
- Fredericton's unemployment rate jumped nearly 60% in August in comparison to the same month last year. The capital's unemployment rate in August was 8.6%, while it had been 5.4% in August 2013.
- According to the latest RBC Provincial Outlook Report, economic growth in New Brunswick is expected to increase to 1% in 2014, up from 0.2% in 2013
- Chaussures Pop Shoes is opening a new shoe store at the Mapleton Centre in Moncton. The store will employ 12 people.
Week of Sep 01 - Sep 05, 2014
- A new radio station, Phantom FM 103.3, will officially open in Bathurst in September. The station features local community programming.
- 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
- 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.
Week of Aug 25 - Aug 29, 2014
- 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
- A new Irving Store is opening on Hanwell Rd. in Hanwell, creating 30 full-time positions
- The governments of New Brunswick and British Columbia have signed an agreement that will allow apprentices to seamlessly train and work in either province
Week of Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2014
- Sykes Enterprises will be adding 60 full- and part-time jobs to its call centre in Miramichi. The company provides outsourcing, IT consulting, and tech support to a number of global companies.
- The Heritage Kountry Diner has opened in Bathurst, offering home-style and homemade foods. The diner has created two full-time positions and one part-time position.
- The provincial government has announced compulsory designations for four skilled trades: Steamfitter-Pipefitter, Construction Boilermaker, Mobile Crane Operator, and Sheet Metal Worker
- The federal and provincial governments are investing $5M in the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute for new research, development, and commercialization activities. They are also providing $2M for big data applications at the University of New Brunswick.
- The New Brunswick Museum is receiving $1.1M from the provincial government for design work costing, as well as a fundraising feasibility study, in order to plan for the expansion of its collections centre in Saint John
- Rogersville Music Inc. will receive $172,000 from the federal and provincial governments for improvements to their event venue, such as adding a roofed shelter and washroom facilities
- McCain Foods is selling its North American frozen pizza business to Dr. Oetker GmbH. The sale includes production operations in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, but employees will be offered employment with Dr. Oetker.
- Foulem Construction of Caraquet has been awarded the tender to build Complex Rendez-vous, a nursing home in Neguac. Construction is expected to start in September 2014 and finish by fall 2015.
- The provincial government will contribute almost $24M toward the construction of an entertainment centre in Moncton. Construction will create 700 jobs, and 50 jobs will be created when the facility is operational.
Week of Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014
- Chaleur Sawmills will invest $5.5M in upgrades at its facility in Belledune to help strengthen operations and retain its 200 employees. The decision is linked to the provincial government¿s decision to increase wood allotments to the forestry industry.
- The Sweet Café, serving breakfast and lunch, has opened on Union Street in Saint John
- Knocean Foods Ltd. will receive funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the New Brunswick government to purchase equipment and create up to 25 new jobs at its fish processing facility in Scoudouc
- Vancouver-based Appnovation Technologies Inc. will open a strategic sales and development centre in Saint John and create up to 63 technical and sales jobs over the next three years
- Atlantic Potash Corp. expects to spend $8M in New Brunswick over the next 18 months on the exploration of the Millstream potash deposit near Sussex. If it is determined a new potash mine is viable, it would be the third for the company in the area.
- According to the New Brunswick Registered Barbers¿ Association, there has been a resurging interest in barbering within the province, with many new shops opening in New Brunswick over the last few years. A new course at Eastern College in Saint John and the association¿s work to re-separate barbers from hairstylists have been factors in this resurgence.
Week of Aug 04 - Aug 08, 2014
- Castle Rock Construction Services Inc. has been awarded a $2.9M contract to build an RCMP forensic identification services building in Moncton. Work is expected to be completed by June 2015.
- Cedar Tree Café, a Mediterranean-style restaurant in downtown Fredericton, has closed
- According to the Conference Board of Canada, Saint John¿s GDP will grow by 1.4% in 2014, after increasing by only 0.2% last year. Construction activity in the city is predicted to increase in 2014, and will include upgrades to the Irving Pulp & Paper mill, repairs to the Harbour Bridge, water and sewer upgrades, and a new YMCA.
- Trevali Mining Corporation indicates construction is underway on the zinc-lead-silver Caribou Mine and mill near Bathurst. The construction phase will employ about 320 workers, and between 250 and 300 jobs will be created at the mine when it goes into full operation in the spring of 2015. Most of the hires are expected to be former workers from Brunswick Mine, which closed in 2013.
- Marine service company Océan will partner with the New Brunswick government and the Naval Center in Bas-Caraquet to revive shipbuilding and repair and eventually create up to 77 jobs. Some preparatory construction will occur in the coming months.
- Gusto Italian Grill and Bar has opened on Westmorland Street in Moncton
- Resurgo Place, which contains an expanded version of the old Moncton Museum, a new Transportation Discovery Centre, children¿s activities, and other attractions, has opened in Moncton. Construction of the $10M facility had begun in March 2012.
- Jump Off, a hip-hop clothing store, has opened on Weldon Street in Moncton
Week of Jul 28 - Aug 01, 2014
- Seven communities across New Brunswick will benefit from $10M in funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund for upgrades to wastewater infrastructure. The work will span a period of several years.
- The Brasserie O'St-Pierre in Bathurst, which closed six months ago, will reopen in August under the name La BrAAss Resto-Bar. Four previous staff and six new employees have been hired.
- Petit-Sault Brewers/Brasseurs du Petit-Sault has opened in an old police station in downtown Edmundston, providing jobs for four workers
- Whimsy, a specialty boutique that sells a variety of items made by almost 70 local artisans, has opened on Main Street in Fredericton
- Construction has begun on the $9.12M, 30-bed addition to the Carleton Manor nursing home in Woodstock
- Graffiti Restaurant on Main Street in Moncton has closed after 20 years in business
- The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded $2.4M in funding to 28 researchers and trainees in the science and engineering fields at the University of New Brunswick
- The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded $709,000 in funding to eight researchers and trainees in the fields of science and engineering at the Université de Moncton
- According to the Conference Board of Canada, Moncton's GDP will grow by 2.1% in 2014, up from 1.2% in 2013, and the unemployment rate will drop to 6.6% from 7.4%. While the finance, insurance, and real estate sector will drive the growth, the manufacturing industry will be affected by the closure of the Maple Leaf plant in Moncton.
- Construction has begun on a $22.5M, 90-bed replacement nursing home in Dalhousie. The tender has been awarded to Maxim Construction Inc. of Saint John and work is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016.
- The Staples store on Saint John's west side will close in September. No jobs will be lost as employees will be transferred to other Staples stores in the area.
- Chrystal Palace Amusement Park and Hotel, and the McGinnis Landing Restaurant in Champlain Place in Dieppe will close in the fall of 2014. Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor equipment retailer with entertainment features, will open its first Atlantic Canada store in the space in 2015.
Week of Jul 21 - Jul 25, 2014
- An Ashley Furniture Store has opened at Mapleton Plaza in Moncton
- Kings Landing Historical Settlement has received $300,000 in provincial funding to develop new programming and to maintain current staff levels. The outdoor living museum in Prince William currently employs 150 people.
- Ten New Brunswick companies have received research vouchers valued at up to $80,000 each from the provincial government. Companies will collaborate with a New Brunswick applied researcher or research organization to develop new technologies.
- The federal government has announced $2.3M in funding for improvements, including completion of projects that began last year and redredging, at small craft harbours in eastern New Brunswick
- Victoria's Secret, a lingerie, swim wear, beauty wear and accessories retailer, will open in August in Dieppe's Champlain Place
- Construction on a 30 bed expansion to the Kiwanis Nursing Home in Sussex will begin at the end of August. When the project is completed in 2016, about 50 unionized positions will be added to the current 100 at the home.
- Several new businesses have opened in downtown Fredericton in the past few months. New restaurants on Queen Street include Vault 29, a Prohibition-themed pub, as well as 540 Kitchen & Bar, a gastropub, and Chess Piece Patisserie & Café. Second Spin Records, a store selling used and new vinyl records, is expected to open in August on York Street.
- Courtside Sneakers, a P.E.I.-based specialty basketball shoe retailer, is opening in October in Moncton`s Lounsbury Centre
Week of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014
- Maple sugar producers in New Brunswick will be able to lease 4,000 more hectares of Crown forest over the next four years. Eleven maple producers will also receive $800,000 in funding for infrastructure projects.
- Corruven Canada Inc. has received federal funding to develop a marketing strategy for their composite wood panels and ceiling tiles, which they produce at their plant in Edmundston
- The Grey Rock Entertainment Centre will open in December in Edmundston. It will have two bingo halls, a restaurant and a café and will create 200 jobs when completed.
- The Blue Door restaurant and bar will reopen in Fredericton under new ownership this month, with a staff of 16 people
- Toronto-based GuestLogix, makers of hand-held devices to process payments on airline flights, has opened a lab in Moncton which will focus on the research and development of new projects. The company currently has 12 staff in Moncton and hopes to expand to 35 in two years.
- Jiffy Products Ltd. has received provincial funding to construct a new peat moss facility near Losier Settlement
- The Oromocto Health Clinic will open in November, employing a physician, two nurse practitioners, several nurses, a dietitian, a social worker and administrative staff
- The Pizza Delight in Shediac, which was destroyed by fire in January, will reopen in December 2014 under a co-brand: Pizza Delight and Scores
- Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Ltd. is expanding its operations in Moncton with the construction of an $18.5M transportation hub. The expansion is expected to create jobs for office administrators and truck drivers.
- Boutique Take Two, a consignment fashion boutique, has opened in Moncton. They will be hiring an employee to work daytime hours in the fall.
- Dieppe-based CE3 Electronics Inc., manufacturers of electronic devices such as recorders, GPS and lighting, will add 25 full-time jobs to its workforce over the next three years
- École Envolée Shippagan has received $1.1M in provincial funding for the expansion of their gymnasium and to add new playground equipment. Architectural planning for the project is expected to be finished by November 2014.
Week of Jul 07 - Jul 11, 2014
- Miramichi-based Eggroll Digital Studios, a company that makes mobile games for a variety of platforms, is creating six new jobs with the help of funding from the provincial government
- Famous Barbershop opened in Saint John at the beginning of the week. The business currently employs one barber but is looking to hire another.
- Two New Brunswick companies, Enovex Technology Ltd. and Forest Protection Ltd., are receiving funding from the Atlantic Innovation Fund to develop industrial gas and forestry-based products
- Sitel is hiring 215 employees at their Saint John call centre in response to new and expanding contracts with large companies. The new positions are in the areas of technical support and customer care.
- According to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number of nurses in New Brunswick has grown by 8% over the last five years. The report also states that retention rates for nurses in the province are high, and that RNs on average are finding full-time employment within three years, which is two years less than the national average.
- Seventeen local companies and organizations, all of whom are hiring, attended a job fair in St. Stephen this week for former Sobeys employees and others in the community looking for work. The closing of the Sobeys store put 90 people out of work.
- Babcock & Wilcox Canada Ltd. has been awarded a contract to design and build a discharge tank as part of the $450M modernization of the Irving pulp mill in Saint John. The project, to take place over the next few months, will generate about 35 jobs.
Week of Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2014
- Captain Submarine has opened a new franchise at the Shell Convenience Store at 325 Sunset Dr. in Fredericton
- A third Thai Pho restaurant, which offers Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, has opened in the Saint John area
- FFG Canada Ltd. has received provincial funding which will create 26 jobs at their Bathurst facility. The company has been awarded a contract to convert main battle tanks into armoured engineer vehicles.
- Construction of a $2.1M health centre in Stanley will begin this summer and be completed by January 2015. The contractor is Simpson Building Contractors Ltd. of Fredericton.
- Jamac Painting and Sandblasting Ltd. has been awarded the tender for a project which will include over-coating the exterior and recoating the interior of the Marysville reservoir
Week of Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2014
- E.S. Fox has been awarded a $2M contract for work continuing until December 2014 as part of the modernization project at the Saint John pulp mill. The company will add 25 additional trades persons, such as ironworkers and pipefitters, to its staff of seven.
- McCain Foods and the provincial government will contribute $5M in funding to Resson Aerospace to research the use of drones in providing data to the Agriculture industry
- Five proposed energy and mining projects in New Brunswick have the potential to create thousands of new jobs if they proceed, according to a new report released by the NB provincial government
- The Co-operators Group Ltd., which offers insurance and investment products, will add 30 full-time positions to its Moncton customer service centre with the help of a provincial payroll rebate
- Plans for the final piece of the Fundy Trail Parkway have been announced, and it is expected to be completed by May 2018. The construction site currently employs 200 people and is expected to create 700 direct and indirect jobs, including 35 operational positions on the site.
- Moncton-based Venn Innovation Inc. has received federal and provincial government funding for two projects which will benefit new NB knowledge-based companies and entrepreneurs by increasing their access to market intelligence and mentoring
- Sobeys Inc. will close five Sobeys and Foodland grocery stores in St. Stephen, Edmundston, Nashwaaksis, Perth-Andover, and Tracadie-Sheila on July 5, 2014 as part of a national reduction
- The Province of New Brunswick has awarded a $5M research grant to a consortium led by Moncton-based Gtech Canada ULC. The group will develop a technology platform to deliver game content across mobile, web-based, and land-based devices. The investment is expected to create more than 100 new jobs.
Week of Jun 16 - Jun 20, 2014
- The Potash Corporation will be temporarily extending operations at the Penobquis mining facility near Sussex, and has rescinded layoff notices for 50 employees. The company also will begin producing ore in the fall of 2014 at the nearby Picadilly plant.
- The Conference Board of Canada has reported that real GDP in New Brunswick has risen by 1.1% this year. This is primarily due to new investments in the forestry and potash sectors.
- The Foyer Saint-Antoine nursing home in Kent County will add 30 beds as part of a $9.2M expansion. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2015.
- In September, approximately 20 bilingual technology support jobs will be created with FacilicorpNB in Edmundston. The company supports the services of New Brunswick's hospitals.
- According to the government of New Brunswick, its recently announced forestry strategy, which will increase the amount of wood that can be taken from public forests by 20% per year, is expected to create at least 500 forestry and 1,200 construction jobs in New Brunswick
- Contracts for water and sewage upgrades in Fredericton have been awarded to Monteith Underground Services Ltd. and Charmac Construction Co. Ltd.
- Piatto Pizzeria & Enoteca, an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria, has opened on Maine Street in Moncton
- The Jean Coutu pharmacy in Bathurst is currently undergoing renovations in order to double its size. Its owner has also purchased property in Beresford to build a second pharmacy, where construction will begin this fall.
Week of Jun 09 - Jun 13, 2014
- A three-year, $14M bridge construction project has been announced in Saint-Louis-de-Kent. The tender for a single contract will be opened later this month. Preconstruction work, with a budget of $1M, is set to begin this summer.
- The New Brunswick branch of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters has announced that despite a 3.3% rise in manufacturing shipments over the past year, provincial manufacturers have lost about 900 jobs in the same time period
- TransCanada¿s proposed East Energy pipeline will need 1,400 carpenters, welders, electricians and pipefitters for its construction. The pipeline is expected to be in service to Saint John by 2018 and will create 1,087 jobs after completion.
- Work on the first phase of the $39M Kingswood Resort Village in Fredericton will begin shortly. The project will include a hotel, indoor water park, residential buildings, and a meeting and banquet facility. It is expected to create 100 jobs when completed.
- The City of Fredericton will be hiring 35 to 45 students, including lifeguards and pool attendants, as part of their aquatics programs this summer
Week of Jun 02 - Jun 06, 2014
- The federal government has announced a $112.9M investment to support post-secondary training programs to increase the number of bilingual health care providers in New Brunswick
- Three fishing harbours on the Acadian Peninsula, in Lamèque, Shippigan and Le Goulet, are to share $7.2M in federal funding for reconstruction and upgrading projects. Three more harbours on the Bay of Fundy, in Dipper Harbour, Seeley¿s Cove and at Seal Cove¿s fishermen¿s wharves in Grand Manan, will share another $1.9M for improvements.
- Ambulance New Brunswick has announced a francophone paramedic course in Bathurst starting in September 2014. There are currently 25 to 30 paramedic jobs available in the northern part of New Brunswick, an area struggling with the recruitment and retention of workers. The ten-month course offered by Medavie HealthEd has a maximum of 24 students.
- The wharf at Blacks Harbour will receive $4.5M in federal funding for upgrades that will begin in 2015
- Quebec City-based B-Temia will open the world¿s first Centre for Research in Dermoskeletics at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. The research centre will hire 13 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
- Work to develop the site of the $104M surgical suite at Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton has officially begun. The hospital is also in the midst of constructing a $10.5M breast health centre which is expected to open in October 2014.
- The number of real estate agents in Saint John has dropped from approximately 340 to 220. This is due to increased office space vacancy in the city and a lack of tenants to fill the empty space.
- The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation has established three new research chairs. Each chair will receive $1.175M over five years to fund research as well as to hire two graduate research assistants and one research technician.
- The first job fair for persons with a disability from northern New Brunswick was held in Campbellton this week. More than 200 persons with a physical or intellectual disability had the opportunity to speak with approximately 30 company representatives.
Week of May 26 - May 30, 2014
- The iRock, a nightclub located at 415 Elmwood Drive in Moncton, has closed. It is the third nightclub in the area to close in May.
- According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), there will be 92 major projects in New Brunswick in 2014. The major projects, worth $16.4B over the course of their implementation, include investments at J.D. Irving, Limited's Saint John pulp mill, a major retrofit at Irving Oil Ltd.'s Saint John refinery and Oxford Frozen Food's plan for a blueberry plant in the province's north.
- Loblaws will be closing its Save Easy store in Minto in June, and more than 20 staff will lose their job
- Seven of Maritime Broadcast Systems Radio's unionized employees in Saint John will be returning to work after a 23-month strike. The tentative four-year deal includes a $1,500 signing bonus and yearly wage increases. At the time the strike began, employees made between $10.58 and $13 an hour.
- Halifax-based Karma, a firm that specializes in Web and mobile gaming products for the regulated lottery industry, has established a branch in Moncton. They expect to hire a staff of 26 with help from a payroll rebate from the provincial government.
- Construction of a new GoodLife gym, expected to open in early 2015, has begun at Mapleton Centre in Moncton. Other stores opening soon at Mapleton Centre include Sleep Country Canada and Le Grenier.
- Fairville Construction Ltd. has been awarded the contract for a $1.8M major road reconstruction project on Hillcrest Drive in Saint John
- Pita Pit has confirmed that it will open a new restaurant at 40 Champlain St. in Dieppe in October. A second location will open in early 2015 in Riverview, and is the first business announced for a new 10-unit strip mall in Findlay Park.
Week of May 19 - May 23, 2014
- Construction will begin in May on a $3.2M laboratory at the J.D. Irving-owned tree nursery in Sussex. Thirty-six direct and indirect jobs will be created during the building phase, while about seven permanent positions will be added over the next four or five years to the total of three now at the nursery.
- The owners of a Pizza Delight that burned down earlier this year in Shediac hope to re-open by October 2014, co-branding with a Scores restaurant. A contractor is being sought for the new building.
- According to the New Brunswick division of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, there are fewer than 200 metal-working firms now in New Brunswick, down from 308 in 2008. The association notes that companies not actively pursuing broader global markets are not surviving.
Week of May 12 - May 16, 2014
- City council in Fredericton has approved five contracts worth about $2.5M to upgrade streets, trails, and water and sewer systems. Philson Ltd., Monteith Underground Services Ltd., E. Cummings Contracting Inc., Perfection Paving Ltd. and Charters Construction Ltd. were the recipients of the contracts.
- The Caveau and Aura Ultra Lounge, a bar and night club combination at 700 Main Street in Moncton, has closed. The owner says the economy has contributed to declining business.
- CN has begun an extensive maintenance project on the rail line between Moncton and Saint John. As well, Via Rail, with federal government financial assistance, will spend $10.2M on a rail section that CN had planned to abandon between Moncton and Bathurst. That deal ensures passenger service between Atlantic Canada and the rest of the country will be maintained.
- Bell Aliant will spend a further $4.5M to expand its fibre-optic communications network in New Brunswick
- DealerMine, an Ontario-based company that provides outsourced customer relations services for car dealerships, will create 135 jobs in Saint John over three years with financial assistance from the provincial government. The company currently employs more than 120 workers in the city.
Week of May 05 - May 09, 2014
- Home Kitchen and Bath Centre, featuring plumbing and fixtures, has opened at 190 King Street in Fredericton
- GLI, an international company which tests electronic and lottery gaming equipment, will create 26 positions at its Moncton office by the end of 2015, with the assistance of a provincial payroll rebate program. Technical writers, sales development workers, project managers and information systems auditors will be among the positions created.
- Fancy Pocket Corp. expects to add 30 new employees within three years to its current staff of 35 at its food production plant in Moncton. The company, which produces wraps, bagels, and pita breads, expects production to increase due to its expansion into the United States.
- Danmar Properties is planning to develop several more commercial properties in the bustling Mapleton Road area of Moncton, and is negotiating with prospective tenants
Week of Apr 28 - May 02, 2014
- Lifestyles Fitness gym in Sussex will close early in May. According to the owner, competition from other recently-opened gyms in the area has hurt business. The fitness class portion of the business will continue under new ownership.
- New Brunswick will spend $78M between now and 2019 in federal-provincial funding from the Investment in Affordable Housing agreement. The money will be used to construct new housing units and to preserve existing ones, as well as to provide subsidies for low income earners.
- The Port of Saint John saw 64 cruise ship visits in 2013, a decrease of 12 from the year before. However, officials hope for a 10% increase in visits in 2014.
- Lorneville Mechanical has been awarded a five-year, $80M contract to provide ongoing maintenance at the Irving Oil Ltd. refinery in Saint John. The deal should provide work for 40 tradespersons, primarily in pipefitting and boilermaking. Other work will be created for engineers and senior managers.
Week of Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2014
- The City of Miramichi has reached an eight-year deal, retroactive to 2013, with city workers, including 911 operators, and some office and public works staff. The workers will receive pay increases of 2.5% from 2014 to 2018, and 3% increases in 2019 and 2020.
- Corridor Resources will spend $25M this summer to increase production in four existing shale gas wells in the Sussex area. The company would like to eventually expand its shale gas developments in the province, and develop a $150M pilot plant in Elgin.
- The redevelopment of a Kent Building Supplies store on Champlain Street, and construction of four or five buildings in the industrial park, will take place in Dieppe this summer
- The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) in Saint John is looking to add to its 10 to 12 workers, as the demand for services has increased due to the aging population
- MycoDev Group Inc., a Fredericton-based biotech firm, has received funding from the provincial and federal governments to research and develop chitosan, a substance used in treating wounds. The funding will help establish a plant, purchase more equipment, and hopefully create jobs over the next two years.
- The 50 workers targeted for layoff by the closure of PotashCorp¿s Penobsquis mine near Sussex will be kept on until the end of June 2014. The mine had been scheduled to close at the end of March, but a market rebound for potash sales led to an extension. The company also plans to begin potash production at its new Picadilly mine in October 2014.
Week of Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2014
- J.D. Irving Limited and AV Group, two major players in the New Brunswick forestry industry, have indicated they will purchase more wood from private woodlot owners this year in addition to taking advantage of the increased crown land allotments
- The New Brunswick public service has decreased by 584 positions this year, with cuts in Health and other departments. There was a rise in the number of Education employees, despite declining enrolments, with more educational assistants, speech language pathologists, social workers and bus drivers on staff due to an increased focus on individual pupil interventions.
- Air Canada will add 50 jobs to its call centre in Saint John by the end of 2014, with the assistance of a provincial payroll rebate program. The company now employs about 280 people across the province, in addition to the new positions.
- The retail market in Moncton has seen several major developments over the past year. Target, Cabela's Incorporated, Marshalls, Banana Republic, Mode Choc, and MAC are among businesses that have opened or are in the process of opening. There have also been expansions to Walmart stores.
- Construction wages grew by 3% in New Brunswick between 2008 and 2013 according to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. The growth is less than the Canadian average of 3.5% for the industry as a result of lack of major projects in the province over recent years.
Week of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014
- Construction will take place in 2015 on a new liquor store next to Sobey's at 625 St. Peter Avenue in Bathurst. The store replaces an older one on the same street.
- The provincial government has invested $2.65M in two infrastructure projects to improve the municipal water system in Bouctouche in 2014. Caraquet-based Foulem Construction Ltd. and Sackville-based Beale and Inch Construction Ltd. will do the work.
- A new restaurant, Guacamole Mexican Street Food, has opened at the corner of University Avenue and Mountain Road in Moncton
- J.D. Irving Limited will spend $16.8M creating a total of 45 sawmill, woodland, silviculture, and construction-related jobs. It will also upgrade its sawmills in St. Leonard and Kedgwick, as well as invest in new harvesting machines. Some of the new positions will be created by A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd. in Balmoral, an Irving supplier of heavy equipment.
- The government of New Brunswick will invest $4.5M for renovations and new equipment at the New Brunswick Heart Centre, Saint John Regional Hospital
- The Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department will hire two managers by June, to act as platoon chiefs
- Members of the Saint John police force have ratified a new contract which will include retroactive raises of 4.5% for 2013, and 3.75% for each of 2014 and 2015. By the end of 2015, a first-class constable will earn about $83,830.
Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014
- The Salvation Army has decided to close its special-care facility in south-end Saint John due to high operating costs, and 44 staff are being laid off. Some of the staff are applying for jobs at other Salvation Army locations, while some may begin their own special-care services.
- Hogg Robinson Group, an international company specializing in corporate travel arrangements, will open a training facility and employ 50 people within two years in Moncton. The company will develop partnerships with local colleges that could lead to more student seats in travel and tourism programs, and will benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program.
- Fredericton-based E&I Engineering has been awarded a $1.2M contract to provide electrical engineering services to the Irving pulp mill modernization project in Saint John. E&I has added an engineer and a technician to its staff.
- Introhive, a Fredericton-based data analytics company, will double its workforce and create 60 jobs in Fredericton and Saint John over the next five years, with funding assistance from the provincial government. The positions will include program managers, developers, and customer support and quality control specialists.
- The Kings Place parking garage in downtown Fredericton will close in April for six months to undergo a $5M renovation project
- The King Street Ale house is expected to open in May on Queen Street in Fredericton, and is advertising for staff. The business will occupy the former site of the Garrison District Ale House, destroyed by fire over a year ago.
Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014
- The New Brunswick Home Support Association, in collaboration with the provincial government, has developed a standardized training and certification process for home support workers employed by agencies in the province. It is hoped the move will raise the profile of workers in the sector, and assist in recruitment and retention of personnel.
- As part of a Loblaw Companies Ltd. Atlantic Canada initiative, six dietitians will be hired by May in Atlantic Superstore locations in New Brunswick to provide advice and assistance to customers. The dietitians will be based in various regions of the province, travel to multiple stores, and may rise in number if demand grows.
- About 10 of the 100 commissionaire positions at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown will be cut as a result of budgetary and work cycle adjustments. Workers can choose to be placed on a standby list, and will be re-hired when opportunities arise.
- Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc. will invest $2.5M at the Plaster Rock sawmill, and add 50 jobs to the workforce of 180 by May. About 70 to 80 indirect jobs will be created in transport and in the woods. The decision is linked to anticipated improvements in the United States housing market, and the government's decision to increase crown land access to forestry companies.
Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014
- As a result of legislative changes, pharmacists in New Brunswick can prescribe treatments for minor ailments. The New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society indicates the changes will allow for more convenient patient care.
- The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) predicts the economy of New Brunswick to improve slightly in 2014 with growth of 1% while adding 1,800 jobs. Some activity in non-residential construction and possible new mining developments are noted, but the province lacks a major project which could act as an economic catalyst at this time.
- According to the Conference Board of Canada, New Brunswick's economy will grow by 0.8% in 2014, the second lowest rate in the country. However, the board indicates there could be some turnaround in 2015, due to increased industrial production and a stronger market for exports to the United States.
- Renovations are underway on a new private school, the Fredericton Christian Academy, which will open in September in the building occupied by the former South Devon Elementary School on MacLaren Avenue in Fredericton
- J.D. Irving Ltd. will add a production line to a sawmill in Chipman, which will add 16 jobs. As a result, 39 direct and 27 indirect jobs will also be created in woodlands operations, and 96 direct and 49 indirect jobs in construction. The new line should be in production by the end of 2014.
- J.D. Irving Ltd. will construct a new, more productive sawmill in Doaktown, which will create 40 new direct and 28 indirect jobs in woodlands operations, and 118 direct and indirect jobs in construction. The current mill employs about 115 people.
Week of Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2014
- A $1M renovation project on the Hotel-Dieu Hospital in Perth-Andover will take place from mid-March to the end of June
- PepsiCo Beverages Canada will shut down its warehouse in Moncton, and the work will be taken over by a third-party operator, Armour Logistics. A total of 43 employees in Moncton and Dartmouth, N.S. will be laid off.
- International Herbs Medical Marijuana Ltd. will start a medical marijuana facility in the former Atlantic Yarns building in Atholville. The plan is to create about 1,000 jobs by the end of a four-phase development.
- According to TransCanada Pipelines, electricians, pipefitters, millwrights, boilermakers, and labourers would be important trades in the construction and operation of the proposed oil pipeline from Quebec City to Saint John. It is hoped the project could start by 2016, with 900 jobs in development and 2,900 in construction.
- The New Brunswick government will increase by 20% the amount of wood available from crown land to the forestry industry. According to the government, the plan will help create jobs in forestry and sawmills, where production has dropped significantly over the last decade.
- J.D. Irving Ltd. will soon begin a two-phase, four-year modernization of its Saint John pulp mill. The project will create 600 construction jobs on site, and 326 new full-time forestry jobs across the province. Project announcements at other Irving operations, linked to the government¿s plan to increase crown land wood allotments, are expected in the coming days.
Week of Mar 03 - Mar 07, 2014
- Custom Fabricators and Machinists, a Saint John-based company, has been awarded a contract from the provincial government to construct a 24-car ferry for Deer Island. The deal will provide work for an equivalent of 35 full-time skilled tradespeople, and benefits to suppliers. The ferry replaces an older version now in use.
- The president of the New Brunswick Nurses Union says no younger nurses are being hired to join the aging workforce, due to budget cuts. Several positions have been eliminated in recent weeks, with more cuts expected as the health department adjusts its staffing levels.
- The provincial government will build a $9.1M, 30-bed nursing home in Upper Miramichi. The home is expected to open in the summer of 2015.
- A six-week maintenance project has begun at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, adding an additional 1,700 tradespeople, ranging from pipefitters to boilermakers, to the regular workforce of 300. The company does not anticipate a problem finding workers, some of whom return regularly from Alberta for similar projects at the refinery.
- Sunny Days Children's Learning Centre will open an additional Fredericton daycare, in September 2014. It will be located off the Vanier highway, and will require 15 to 18 full-time staff when at full capacity.
- The Bon Accord Elite Seed Potato Centre in Perth-Andover has laid off its workforce, and the provincial government-owned seed production unit has been sold to Potatoes New Brunswick. The centre employs 10 regular workers, and an additional 30 workers in season.
- Hospice Fredericton will open an end-of-life care facility in downtown Fredericton in about 12 to 18 months, which will include a staff of nurses, nursing assistants, and personal support and administrative workers.
Week of Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2014
- Gojis Frozen Yogourt, a New Brunswick-based franchise, will open an outlet at the Bridgeview Plaza in Miramichi in the spring of 2014, and hire about a dozen workers
- Bonte Foods will expand the raw meats and fresh meals division at its plant in Dieppe, while discontinuing its sauce and bakery operations. Twenty new positions will be added initially, and the number could rise to 50 or 60 within two years.
- The last phase of a $1.2M renovation project at the Fredericton Public Library will take place over a two-month period beginning in March
- The provincial Department of Environment will eliminate five vacant positions, including those for two lab technicians, two engineering technicians, and one biologist. The number of environmental inspectors will remain the same.
- The former Deware¿s Supermarket on Elmwood Drive in Moncton will be demolished in the spring, and the property converted into a service centre with space for a number of potential businesses
- The Conference Board of Canada predicts the Moncton economy will grow by 2% in 2014, due to increases in the construction, finance and insurance, real estate, business services, and transportation and warehousing industries. The city¿s economy grew by 1.7% in 2013.
- New Brunswick is the only Maritime province to have seen a drop in university enrolment over the last 10 years, according to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. A general demographic decline and expanded programs at the province¿s community colleges may help explain the 12% decline.
Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014
- Upgrades and renovations on the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, worth $500,000, will take place this year, and are expected to be completed by the spring of 2015
- Major road construction and bridge repair work will take place in New Brunswick in 2014. Projects will include the beginning of a 10-year upgrading project for Route 11, completion of the Route 8 Nashwaak-Marysville Bypass, and major work on the Centennial Bridge in Miramichi and the Westmorland Street Bridge in Fredericton, among others.
- Ambir Technology Group Inc., a Saint John-based company, will benefit from a grant from the National Research Council to design computer systems to consolidate large amounts of data. The company currently has 19 employees in Saint John, and more job growth is expected.
- BMM Testlabs Canada, a Las Vegas-based gaming network consulting company, will create up to 173 jobs over four years for people with an IT background to do software programming, quality assurance testing, and related work, in Dieppe. The company, with over 15 workers currently in the area, will be eligible for a provincial payroll rebate program.
- BellaDerma Perfect Skin Centre, featuring skin treatment and massage services, has opened on Main Street in Moncton
- The provincial government will provide $500,000 towards a $1.175M expansion of the public library in Tracadie-Sheila
- A BuildForce Canada report indicates that New Brunswick will face challenges in the coming years finding enough skilled labour, due to projected retirements and outmigration. Millwrights, welders, truck drivers, crane and heavy equipment operators, pipefitters, electricians, and ironworkers are among the trades noted.
- The first phase of a $8.2M renovation project on the Mount St. Joseph Nursing Home in Miramichi is about to begin. The project is designed to extend the life of the city¿s largest nursing home by 10 years.
- Professors and librarians have ended their nearly four-week strike at Mount Allison University in Sackville. Both parties have agreed to submit all outstanding differences around issues of equitable pay, pensions, and control over teaching and research to binding arbitration for resolution.
- Kingswood Academy, a private education centre, expects to add six more teachers to the 20 now on staff when it moves into a new building in Moncton north in the fall of 2014. Newco Construction will build the centre, which will also provide space for daycare and after-school programs.
Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2014
- Resto Grec will soon hire an additional 10 employees to work in its restaurant inside Residence Royal, a seniors apartment complex located in downtown Bathurst. The restaurant no longer serves the public, but caters to seniors living in the complex.
- Hiring for the final 200 compensation advisor positions at the federal Miramichi Pay Centre is now underway, which will bring the job total to 550. The centre offers pay services to public servants across Canada. Bilingualism is essential in this round of hiring, and basic client service experience as well as some computer knowledge is generally required.
- Home Depot Canada will hire over 50 seasonal workers in stores throughout New Brunswick in the spring of 2014, including sales associates, cashiers, design professionals, department supervisors, and night operators
- Bell Aliant will establish a 24,000-square-foot data centre in Saint John, enabling companies to store data on secure storage devices. Two dozen jobs will be created during the construction phase, expected to start soon, and 22 full-time jobs will result once the centre is completed.
- The Greater Moncton International Airport saw a 5.3% increase in passenger traffic in 2013 over 2012. Cargo traffic has also increased by 8.5% over two years since 2011.
- Staffing changes within New Brunswick's regional health authorities have resulted in the reduction of about 45 nursing and personal care worker positions, and increases in the number of licensed-practical nurses. The authorities are attempting to standardize employee ratios across the province.
- Blue Spurs, a Fredericton-based software development company, will create 95 new jobs, with the help of a payroll rebate from the province. The job will include software engineers, specialists and analysts, and business development and sales professionals. The company often hires graduates of local universities and colleges.
Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2014
- Canadian Blood Services has opened a national contact centre in Saint John. The centre will employ 20 agents at the outset, who will focus on booking appointments for blood donors across the country.
Week of Feb 03 - Feb 07, 2014
- Sitel, a call centre in Saint John which employs about 400 workers, is expected to eliminate about 50 jobs in March, as it concludes work on a particular project. The company hopes to get new business opportunities and add positions in the months to come. According to various groups, the contact industry will remain strong in New Brunswick, despite occasional shifts common to its nature.
- Freshii, a chain of restaurant franchises, will open its first Atlantic Canada location in February, at 679 Main Street in Moncton, employing 10 people
- The government of New Brunswick will dedicate $555.2M in its capital budget for 2014-2015. The money will primarily be spent on fixing roads, on upgrades and additions to hospitals in Fredericton, Moncton, and Bathurst, and on the construction of new elementary schools in Miramichi and the Restigouche region.
- Dieppe-based Adelin Properties plans to begin constructing a 1,800-square-metre strip mall in the spring, near Davidson Physiotherapy in Riverview. It should be ready for occupancy by the fall of 2014. No tenants have yet been signed.
- Professors and librarians have ended their three-week strike at the University of New Brunswick, and have voted to accept a tentative agreement. The agreement includes salary increases of 2.5% in each of the first two years, with wage adjustments in the third year to be decided through arbitration.
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) indicates single housing starts in New Brunswick will decline 6.6% in 2014 over 2013, and a further 4.6% in 2015. The agency says a downward trend in migration, and an exodus of workers to other areas, may account for the slide.
- The number of layoffs at PotashCorp¿s mine near Sussex will be less than expected, after 81 workers opted to take voluntary severance. Originally, 130 workers had been slated for layoffs when the mine closure was announced in December. Since more supervisors took the packages than expected, there may be some internal promotions of employees.
Week of Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2014
- The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will eliminate 65.5 positions, including some mechanics, stockroom and operations workers, and supervisors. About 20 of the positions had been vacant. Workers are being offered new assignments elsewhere in the Department.
- The RCMP will expand a unit in Campbellton, which will create three new administrative positions
- The provincial government and CN will commit $55M for rail infrastructure improvements and operational and maintenance costs on the line between Moncton and the north shore
- Professors and librarians at Mount Allison University went on strike on January 27, with classes coming to a halt. While the faculty association has not been speaking publicly about demands, the dispute seems centred on wages, contract length, and other issues.
- Based on year-end construction permit figures, Moncton saw an increase in activity in all major construction sectors except residential in 2013 compared to 2012. Figures fell in the neighbouring towns of Dieppe and Riverview.
- Marshalls, a fashion retailer with locations across Canada, will open a store in Moncton¿s Northwest Centre in March
- The military base in Gagetown will hire about 50 additional civilian workers. Despite budget restriction in the Canadian Forces, the base in Gagetown remains a very busy training centre.
- Two Walmart stores, in Moncton and Dieppe, have expanded to supercentres with full produce and other added sections. The Moncton store has gone from 250 to 350 workers with the conversion, while the Dieppe store has added 73 new jobs and now has 230 workers.
- A Pizza Delight in Shediac has been destroyed by fire, affecting about 30 workers. The owner plans to rebuild.
Week of Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2014
- Passenger traffic at the Fredericton International Airport was up by nearly 5.5% in 2013 over 2012, a new record. The Airport Authority says the 297,867 passengers are well beyond the 200,000 passengers the facility was designed for, and sees a need for future expansion.
- Marwood Ltd., a wood-processing company in Tracy, near Fredericton, is building a wood-scanning and optimizing plant, which will create 20 full-time jobs at the plant and 20 jobs during the construction phase
- The Horizon Health Network will eliminate 12 positions in x-ray departments in Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton in an effort to streamline services and cut costs. Eight radiology technicians will be laid off, and four vacant positions will not be filled.
- The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews is now scheduled to reopen in May 2014. The resort was originally scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2013 after closing in 2012 for renovations, but the large project has experienced construction delays.
Week of Jan 13 - Jan 17, 2014
- Wood processing firm Miramichi Lumber Products Inc. will enter into another temporary shutdown of its operation, due to an uncertain wood supply and financial issues. The closure affects about 75 mill workers and other staff. The company had been operating on a part-time basis over the summer and fall.
- The Atlantic provinces and the federal government have agreed to cost share a deal which will streamline and coordinate apprenticeship training programs in the region
- About 50 of the 130 workers affected by the planned closure of one of PotashCorp¿s mines near Sussex will opt to take a severance package and leave voluntarily. More than 40% of the workforce has been with the company for more than 25 years.
- The Aberdeen Cultural Centre, a professional theatre in Moncton, will undergo major renovations over the next few months, worth about $400,000
- Professors and librarians at the University of New Brunswick went on strike on January 13, and classes have come to a halt. The union and the university have been unable to come to an agreement on wages and other issues.
- Maritime Fibre & Energy has been operating a lumber mill on the site of the former M.L. Wilkins and Sons sawmill outside Fredericton over the past few months, and has gradually hired 25 people. The mill had closed in 2007, but the new owners expect growth in the U.S. housing market will lead to more demand.
Week of Jan 06 - Jan 10, 2014
- Construction of a new YMCA building for Saint John will likely start in the spring of 2014, with an opening in late 2015. The new facility, on Churchill Boulevard, will include a pool, which the Y doesn't have access to now in the city.
- According to the Nurse Practitioners of New Brunswick, many nurse practitioners in the province have difficulty finding employment which takes advantage of their full scope of practice, despite the demand for primary health care. The Department of Health continues efforts to work nurse practitioners into the system.
- Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2014 on a 30-bed expansion to the Kiwanis Nursing Home in Sussex. Upon completion, about 50 unionized positions will be added to the current 100 at the home. The project has yet to reach tender.
- Fredericton¿s construction industry remains quite active according to the city¿s community planning department, despite a drop in 2013 of building permit values. Some sectors within the industry, such as commercial renovations and new apartment construction, saw a rise in values.
Week of Dec 16 - Dec 20, 2013
- A drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre for women, operated by Bridges of Canada, is expected to open in Tracy, near Fredericton, in the spring of 2014. Clients will be recommended to the centre from service and non-profit agencies.
- Fredericton-based C-Therm Technologies has created eight full-time positions in the last year, doubling its previous workforce. The company has developed a tool called a dilatometer, which measures how materials expand and contract.
- Mount Allison University in Sackville and CUPE Local 3433 have ratified a four-year collective agreement for 125 secretarial, clerical, and technical workers. The agreement will run from June 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.
- Tire distributor RTD-TRICan will combine its two Moncton locations into a larger facility in the city in 2014. The move will entail adding a few more workers to the staff of about a dozen people. Rice Construction is currently erecting the new building, in the Caledonia Industrial Estates.
Week of Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2013
- Despite the collapse of the shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Maine, stocks are healthy in the New Brunswick fishing territory of the Gulf of St. Lawrence at the present time, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. New Brunswick fishermen harvest more than $80M a year in the shrimp fishery.
- According to the Conference Board of Canada, New Brunswick¿s economy is expected to grow by 1.6% in 2014. The modest growth is predicted to be better than in 2011 and 2012, when the province¿s economy shrank by an average of 0.4% a year. An improved American housing market, investments by berry producers, and increased mining activity may contribute to growth.
- In partnership with Dalhousie University and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Blacks Harbour-based Cooke Aquaculture will spend $800,000 over the next five years in research on fish farming. Cooke will provide short-term employment opportunities to co-op and summer students to complete research programs.
- Medavie Blue Cross will create 75 term and permanent jobs over five years as the administrator of New Brunswick¿s new Drug Plan. About half of the jobs will be in Moncton, with the rest distributed throughout the province. The jobs will range from operational to professional and information technology positions.
- The new Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen¿s, containing an ice surface and swimming pool, should be ready to open by late winter or early spring. Lifeguards, operators of mechanical and electrical equipment, and other staff will be needed. Some staff will transfer from an old community arena.
Week of Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2013
- Bonte Foods has been awarded the production rights for CFB Gagetown military boxed lunch meals. The company expects to add 20 to 30 jobs at its Dieppe facility.
- Massage Addict, with a full team of registered massage therapists, has opened in Dieppe, its second location in the area
- The Atlantic Welding Technology Centre will be established on the community college campus in Bathurst. The centre will provide training opportunities for welders on the newest technologies to combat possible future skills shortages in that occupation, and showcase innovative systems to local employers, according to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
- The three-year $40M Harbour Bridge refurbishment project in Saint John has been completed. The work included repair of the bridge deck, installation of medians, walls, signage, lighting, and drainage, and removal of toll infrastructure.
- MFA Construction Inc. of Tracadie-Sheila has been awarded a $4.6M contract to build an addictions centre in Edmundston. The 12-bed facility will replace an older structure that is not up to current standards.
- Martell Home Builders, a Moncton-based company, will construct a 24- to 32-unit apartment building for retirees in Miramichi, beginning in the spring of 2014. The company is currently constructing a similar building at the same site on Ironmen Road.
- According to the snowplow operators¿ union in New Brunswick, there are 70 fewer operators on New Brunswick roads this year than there were a couple of years ago. Meanwhile, the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure indicates there will still be a sufficient number of staff and plows to manage the work.
- Potash Corporation will permanently cut 130 jobs and shut down its Penobsquis potash mine near Sussex by March of 2014 due to uncertainty in the marketplace. Work will continue at the company¿s nearby Piccadilly mine, where potash is expected to be extracted by early 2015. The workforce, which had grown from 377 people in 2010, will number about 400 after the cuts.
Week of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- The provincial government will put $3.6M towards apprenticeship training to help young workers develop skills and find jobs. According to the education minister, the programs may help combat an aging workforce and the drain of skilled workers to Alberta.
- A Best Western Plus hotel, located on the former Kent property in downtown Bathurst, will open in December
- GuestLogix, a Toronto-based firm that develops technology for on-board retailing services on airline and rail operations, will set up in Moncton in December. The company will employ 35 full-time workers, including software developers, quality assurance testers, and other IT personnel.
- Saint John will undertake a massive $230M project to overhaul its water system, which includes construction of a treatment plant and pipes. Work should start in 2015, with the system operational by 2018.
- RtTech Software, a Moncton company that designs computer software to help manufacturers reduce waste and run more efficiently, will expand and create six new jobs.
- Yellow Media, publisher of the yellow pages, will eliminate 25 jobs in Saint John in the next couple of months, as part of a national reduction. The company currently employs 79 workers in city, and the positions affected, in business processing support, have become mainly automated as the company moves more into the digital age.
- Galbraith Construction of Saint John has been awarded a $1.1M contract to build a sewage lift station and complete the final phase of the city¿s harbour cleanup project. The cleanup has been underway for close to five years, and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.
- TD Insurance will add 275 jobs to the customer service centre and claims department at its Saint John office, bringing the total workforce in the city to 730 employees. Of the 275 jobs, 121 are now posted on the TD website, and the rest will be filled gradually.
Week of Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013
- Freshii, a new restaurant franchise specializing in quick healthy meals will open at the northwest corner of Botsford and Main streets in the former Terre Verde store location. Started in New York city in 2005, the restaurant chain is a fast growing company with a 100 locations in eight countries and plans for rapid expansion. It is not immediately known when the new restaurant will open or how many people will be employed there.
- Caisse populaire Sud-Est branches in Notre-Dame, St-Paul, Richibucto-Village and Pointe-Sapin in southeast New Brunswick closed on November 29, 2013. The closures are attributable to declines in automated teller and in-person teller use due to the adoption of new technologies such as home computers and mobile devices. Five jobs will be affected by the closures. Caisse populaire Sud-Est has 12 other branches within southeast New Brunswick which remain open.
- H¿tel Shediac, a 60-room hotel located at 222 Belliveau Street in Shediac is expected to open in December. The construction of the hotel was started in May 2012 and the owners had originally planned the opening for June 2013. The hotel's website is now accepting reservations starting on December 15. The hotel also includes a St. James Gate restaurant.
- Theriault & Hachey Peat Moss Limited of Baie-Sainte-Anne received a combined funding of $700,000 from the federal government's Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the provincial government's Miramichi Economic Development and Innovation Fund. The monies will be used to purchase new equipment enabling the company to modernize and expand production capabilities. Theriault & Hachey Peat Moss has operated in the region for 50 years and employs about 70 people.
- The ¿Commission du tourisme acadien du Canada atlantique¿, an acadian tourism industry commission, recently received $1M to develop a more focused approach to Acadian tourism promotion. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) contributed $800,000 while the three Maritime provincial governments contributed most of the remaining $200,000. The commission works with tourism industry organizations and institutions operating in the Maritime provinces.
- CGI Group Inc., an information technology and business process services firm will over the next three years create up to 125 high-end jobs, shared between its two offices in Moncton and Fredericton. The jobs are being created with funding of $2M provided by provincial crown corporation Invest New Brunswick. The company will be hiring project managers, business analysts, developers and testers. Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. has 68,000 employees worldwide.
- The provincial government plans to invest $200M in renovations to Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton. A consultant is updating a 2007 report that outlines the upgrades needed at the hospital. The consulting work should be completed by February 2014. The 2007 report identifies upgrades needed to the intensive care unit, ambulatory procedure unit, sterile processing department, the surgical daycare, and the maternal newborn and gynaecology services unit.
- Employees of the Twin Rivers paper mills in Edmundston and Plaster Rock have rejected the latest contract offer from the company. The company was offering a 10 percent salary increase over five years. The company was also proposing to reduce social benefits and cut 45 jobs. The unionized employees have been without a contract since July 2012. No date has been set to return to the negotiating table.
Week of Nov 11 - Nov 15, 2013
- The New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture has released a report prepared by the private firm Aquila on the opportunities for development of the cruise ship market in Northern New Brunswick. The report suggests that the Port of Caraquet, because of the many cultural attractions of the Acadian Peninsula, has the most opportunity to see growth in the cruise ship market, while Miramichi and Dalhousie may have more challenges in the short term.
- The ExxonMobil call centre located in the old Loch Lomond Mall in Saint John will close by June 2014, thus eliminating 210 jobs from the city. The company operates two call centres in New Brunswick employing 1100 people, the other being in Moncton with 900 employees. With the closure of the Saint John call centre ExxonMobil plans to consolidate its operation to the Moncton location. Some of the displaced workers from Saint John may have opportunity to transfer to Moncton.
- The Algonquin Resort Hotel in St. Stephen should fully reopen around February 1, 2014, according to the general manager of the hotel. The new owners of the hotel, New Castle Hotels and Resorts, and Southwest Properties had closed the hotel in the fall of 2012 for a $25M renovation. It is estimated that employment at the hotel will reach 140 to 150, with more year-round jobs, and more summer students hired locally than in the past.
- Cabela's Incorporated, a retail store specializing in hunting and fishing merchandise as well as other outdoors products, has announced it plans to open a 50,000 square-foot retail outlet in Moncton in 2015. The store will be located near the Mapleton Parkway and Trans-Canada Highway and will employ 150 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees. Cabela's operates 50 stores across North America, of which four are located in Canada.
- The Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, located at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton, and Boston-based biotech company New England Peptide, have announced the launch of Excipio Technologies Inc. This new startup biotech company has been created to commercialize a synthetic peptide called Vn96, used in the diagnoses of diseases. The new company is expected to create 12 to 15 highly-skilled biotech jobs in the next three years.
- Atlantic Education International is recruiting 70 educators for one-year teaching contracts to work in partner schools in Asia and Brazil for the 2014-2015 school year. According to the company, teachers are given a chance to travel and teach New Brunswick curriculum. Applications can be made at aei-inc.ca. The company also actively recruits at university job fairs.
Week of Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2013
- KFC has closed the KFC restaurant on Coverdale Road in Riverview. Facing increasing competition from another restaurant franchise specializing in fried chicken, KFC is renovating most of its restaurants in Atlantic Canada but has decided not to continue operation of the Riverview location. Another KFC restaurant located in Quispamsis will also be closed.
- Oulton's Business College of Moncton and Crandall Unviersity of Moncton have signed an agreement that will benefit Oulton's business program students by providing them with credits toward Crandall University's bachelor's art degree in organizational management
- Starting in February 2014, Iron Mountain, a Boston-based data protection and storage company, will phase out its call centre operations in Saint John. The call centre, located at the Loch Lomond Mall, employs about 200 people and is expected to be fully shut down by December 2014. Saint John has many call centres including companies IBM, Sitel, Air Canada, TD, Unilever, Irving and Sykes Enterprises. About 4000 jobs are associated to the call centre industry in Saint John.
- The Economical Insurance office located at 1600 Main Street in Moncton has closed, eliminating 22 jobs. Some employees who reported to the Moncton office will be transitioning to home offices. The company is streamlining its operations across the company.
- AnyWare Group Inc. of Saint John has received funding in the amount of $226,440 from the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program. The company specializes in secure access mobile services. AnyWare will use the money to develop new scripting languages and features for its mobile and web applications. The federal government has refocused the National Research Council to emphasize technological innovation that will benefit business.
- The New Brunswick Department of Energy has discovered significant potash reserves in southern NB. The government is engaging industry to see if it is interested in exploring the deposits further. While the world potash market has been experiencing rapid growth, a decision to pull out of a marketing consortium by Rusian producer Uralkali, sent stock prices plumeting in July 2013. However, the NB government is still optimistic that new mining projects can be considered.
Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2013
- The East Side Mario's restaurant located at 99 Trinity Drive in Moncton has reopened after extensive renovations. The restaurant had closed on October 9 to proceed with the expansion.
- Collège Trans-Canada College, a Moncton truck driver training school, formerly know as GW Driver Training, is upgrading its facilities and services to address the truck driver shortage in New Brunswick. The company aims to improve their recruitment of students and the matching of graduates to employers. The college also plans to offer driver training in French in the coming months.
- The Target Stores located at the Northwest Centre in Moncton, the Uptown Centre in Fredericton, and at McAllister Place in Saint John will all open on November 13. The Moncton store will include a Starbucks coffee shop. Most of the Target stores nation-wide will each feature a Starbucks coffee shop and an in-store pharmacy.
- Leading Edge Geomatics Ltd., a remote-sensing and geomatics firm located in Lincoln, received a $310,000 repayable loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The money will be used to assist with the purchase of a new large-format camera mapping system. The new equipment will help the firm to maintain a competitive advantage, thus securing new contracts and sustaining employment for highly-skilled workers.
- The Nashwaak Villa nursing home opened on Limekiln Road in Stanley recently. The 30-bed home, costing $9.25M, is part of the provincial government's 2011-2016 Nursing Home Renovation and Replacement Plan.
- The Manoir Sunrise, a new 30-unit nursing home, has opened in Dalhousie. Built on the former site of the Mgr-Godbout gymnasium, the $1.5M nursing home will create 15 new full-time jobs.
- Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd. will begin construction of a $50M wild blueberry processing plant at Tilley Road, in the Acadian Peninsula. The operation is expected to create 300 jobs over a 10-year period. The company will invest a total of $184M on the plant, equipment and development of wild blueberry fields. Construction of the plant will begin in the Spring of 2014. Land development will start immediately creating 100 new jobs relatively quickly.
- Through the New Brunswick Government's One-Job Pledge initiative five Moncton-area businesses will receive funding to create a total of 34 jobs for post-secondary graduates. The program allows recent graduates the opportunity to gain on-the-job work experience. The government is providing $750,000 distributed among Oulton's College, Imperial Manufacturing, CBI Health Centre PC, Missing Link Technologies, and CGI Information Systems Management Consultant.
Week of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2013
- McKesson Canada, located in the Caledonia Industrial Park in Moncton, has been awarded a contract to act as the purchaser of drugs from suppliers, for the purpose of distributing these drugs to New Brunswick hospitals. The company has received a $ 850,000 non-repayable conditional grant from Invest NB to be used to offset capital costs for a new system of automated drug cabinets. According to a spokesperson for the company, the contract is expected to create 53 new jobs.
- A new Princess Auto tool and equipment store has opened next to the Home Depot at the East Point Shopping in Saint John. The new store location measures 2,600-square meters and has hired 40 new employees.
- According to a survey from the Association of Atlantic Universities, all four universities in New Brunswick have seen enrolment drop slightly from last year, with the hardest hit area being full-time undergraduate studies which diminished from 21,790 last year, to 21,054 this year, a drop of 4 percent. The association believes the decrease is caused by factors such as an aging population with fewer young people, leading to less youth graduating from high school.
- Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, a U.S. outdoor-equipment retail store will open a 110,000-square-foot outlet in Moncton in early 2015. Although no details of the location or the number of jobs that may be created have been released, the store will be of comparable size to the Moncton Costco store. The store specializes in outdoor equipment, camping, hiking, outdoor cooking as well as other products related to outdoor sports and activities.
- A second restaurant of the St-Hubert chain has closed in the Saint John area. After closing its Rothesay location in September, the company has closed its Saint John restaurant as well. The restaurant, which was a St-Hubert Express type restaurant, meaning that it was counter-service dining, closed on October 20. Between 30 and 40 jobs were lost. Poor sales is given as the reason for the closure.
- The closure of the TD Insurance location in Peterborough Ontario could mean that some displaced workers may opt to transfer to the Toronto or Saint John TD Insurance locations. The Peterborough closure affects 67 positions, but it is not known how many displaced workers may decide to transfer to the Saint John location. TD Insurance opened its call centre in Rothesay four years ago. The call centre currently employs 450 full-time and part-time employees in Saint John.
- A new $ 6 M dollar laboratory, specializing in cardiovascular and occupational medicine research, recently opened at the Saint John campus of the University of New Brunswick. The facility is a foundational element of the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick research program. Four cardiovascular researchers and one occupational medicine researcher have been recruited to work at the laboratory.
Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2013
- Recycling Atlantic Canada Corporation will create 25 additional full-time jobs over the next year at its tire recycling plant in Minto. Invest NB is providing $750,000 in loans to support the creation of the 25 new jobs and help with the capital investment. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing an interest-free loan of $ 750,000 to help with capital costs. The investments will be used for the expansion of the shingle manufacturing operation.
- G.E. Barbour Inc. located in Sussex will undergo a $1.1M expansion to double productivity of its peanut butter and almond butter lines. The investment will be used to acquire a second nut roaster and high-speed packaging equipment. No additional jobs will be created but the expansion will ensure that current levels of employment are kept. The company also produces tea and spices and has been in Sussex since 1867.
- Pêcheries Belle Ile, a fish plant processing crab, herring and lobster is building a 86,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse at its facility in Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël. The company plans to eventually produce more value-added products. The fish processing industry in the Acadian peninsula suffered setbacks in 2013 with the closure of a fish plant in Maisonette and a fire at the plant in Baie-du-Petit-Pokemouche.
- Village Bay Sea Products, a the lobster processing plant in Richibucto-Village that went bankrupt after 44 years of operation, has still not found a buyer for its fish processing plant. The future is uncertain for the 170 workers at the plant. They are currently working for the American giant Orion Seafood Group, which is leasing the facility until January 2014.
- Adtiya Birla Minacs, a call centre located in Bathurst, is actively recruiting to fill 50 customer service representative positions. The company, locally known as Minacs, recently held an open house to attract bilingual candidates for these positions starting at $12 an hour. Recruitment and retention of employees is an ongoing challenge in the call centre industry even in the Bathurst-Campbellton region where the unemployment rate is approximately 16.5 percent.
- The union representing the municipal police force of Edmundston has reached agreement with their employer, the City of Edmundston, on a new five-year contract. The recently formed Association des policières et policiers, répartitrices et répartiteurs d'Edmundston (APPRRE), representing 45 members, signed a five-year contract guarantying a 3 percent pay increase each year. The new contract is valid until December 2017.
- The Canadian Institute for Health Information has found that 2,039 registered nurses in New Brunswick are over 55 years of age, and it is estimated that almost one third of the province's registered nurses will be retiring in the next 5 years. According to Barb Mildon, president of the Canadian Nurses Association, the latest workforce data illustrates a trend of an aging workforce in the nursing professions likely will put delivery of health services under greater strain.
Week of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2013
- An investment of over $240,000 has been made by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to renovate the LP Fisher Library in Woodstock. The renovation work will include the heating system as well as improvements to electrical, plumbing and heating systems. The LP Fisher Library is a century-old building located in downtown Woodstock.
- A new 30-bed level 1 and 2 seniors' residence is being constructed on King Avenue in Bathurst. The name for the new seniors' residence has not yet been established. According to the owner and operator, Lillian Drapeau, the residence is expected to open after Christmas.
- As a result of a prospecting find of volcanic massive sulfide near Bathurst, Gideon Capital Corporation of Toronto has started a new mining company in Bathurst. The company, Bathurst Resources Corporation, currently employs a geologist and two prospectors, but general manager Peter Gummer expects that the number of employees will increase as the project grows. The goal of the company is to find the source of the volcanic massive sulfide and create a mine in the area.
- Lou-Tec, a tool, equipment and heavy equipment rental business located in the Méga Parc industrial park in Tracadie-Sheila closed recently after being open for only a few months. The business had opened in February 2013. According to a spokesman for the company, the closure was related to a wrong business strategy.
- A Acadien Atlantic, a company specializing in smoked salmon products, is planning an expansion of its facility in Caraquet. The company has made a request to the Town of Caraquet to acquire a lot adjacent to their existing plant in the industrial park, for the construction of a 9000 square-foot building. The planned expansion should create approximately 30 jobs. The company currently employs 5 people, and its smoked salmon products are sold in Sobeys and Costco stores.
- Jiffy Products (N.B.) Limited of Shippagan has received a repayable loan of $ 500,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and $ 250,000 from the government of New Brunswick for the acquisition of new technology to increase productivity. The company, which manufactures pots and pellets made from peat, as well as other horticultural products employs 292 people. An additional 12 jobs will be created at the plant. Jiffy Products has been in Shippagan since 1976.
- Construction work has started on the waterfront park being built at the Shediac Marina. The Shediac municipal council has contributed $ 440,000 to the project. The park will include a children's playground, rest areas, picnic tables, washrooms, and parking and is scheduled to be completed by June 2014.
- A committee formed to create a recycling program in the Acadian Peninsula has received $ 792,500 from the federal and provincial governments to operate a recycling centre. The recycling program of the Coopérative de solidarité en recyclage et intégration à l'emploi will create 14 jobs for special-needs persons. The committee is now choosing an engineering firm to install equipment in the sorting centre which will begin operation in the Spring of 2014.
- A study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that while Canada placed above the average of 22 countries in literacy and numeracy, New Brunswick placed well below the Canadian average for both these skills. These results for New Brunswick showed little change from the last major survey done in 2003. Over 50 percent of the New Brunswick adult population had a literacy level below high school equivalency.
Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2013
- Hiring for the new Co-op grocery store in Sussex has begun. The store, scheduled to open on November18, is taking up the location of the former Sobeys store at Sussex Place. According to its general manager, the Co-op has received over 200 applications and plans to hire 25 additional people in addition to the existing Park Street grocery store's 13 employees.
- The federal government will provide $40,000 to support Health + Life Science New Brunswick of Saint John. The funding comes from the 2013 Invest Canada - Community Initiative program. The focus of the program is to help communities attract direct foreign investment. The goal of Health + Life Science New Brunswick is to establish connections with decision makers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in order to promote New Brunswick as a research centre.
- Choose Fredericton, an expo aiming to encourage post-secondary students to stay in the Fredericton region was held on Wednesday October 3 at the Richard J. Currie Center in Fredericton. The event, hosted by the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, was meant to bring post-secondary students, as well as representatives from learning institutions and local businesses together to create networks and build awareness among students of opportunities in the capital region.
- The new family restaurant Station 127 will open in mid-October in the former La Praga restaurant building in downtown Edmundston. The restaurant is expected to employ 20 people.
- Fredericton-based Springhill Construction Limited has won the contract to build the new Southern Carleton Elementary School on Bull Road in Bedell, Carleton County. The sod turning event was held recently. The new school will replace two older schools in the area.
- Dora Construction of Dieppe has been awarded the $18.7M contract to build the new Centennial Elementary School. The new school will be built on Elizabeth Street in Woodstock.
- Recently Tim Fox, executive director of the New Brunswick Forest Products Commission, told the provincial standing committee on Crown corporations that he is cautiously optimistic about the province's forestry industry. The 2011-2012 annual report from the commission indicates that the lumber markets have improved although challenges remain around pulpwood markets. Production of softwood was up 45.2% and production of hardwood increased 19.1% from 2010-2011.
- Plans for construction in Saint John of the deepwater marine terminal with a single-berth jetty to accommodate a single supertanker is being revised to a two-berth jetty terminal to accommodate two supertankers. The revised capital cost from the original $300M has not yet been calculated.
- The New Brunswick government is providing $950,000 in the form of a non-repayable loan to Atlantic Hydrogen, thus helping the company to build an industrial-scale clean-energy facility at the Bayside Power facility near Saint John. Atlantic Hydrogen is spending $5M on the building. The facility will demonstrate the commercial feasibility of transforming natural gas into hydrogen-enriched gas. The new facility will employ eight workers in science and engineering.
- The New Brunswick government is providing $950,000 in the form of a non-repayable loan to Atlantic Hydrogen, thus helping the company to build an industrial-scale clean-energy facility at the Bayside Power facility near Saint John. Atlantic Hydrogen is spending $5M on the building. The facility will demonstrate the commercial feasibility of transforming natural gas into hydrogen-enriched gas. The new facility will employ eight workers in science and engineering.
Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2013
- The St-Hubert restaurant that opened a year ago in Rothesay closed permanently on September 8 due to poor business. The location was a corporate store with no franchise owner. Of the 23 employees affected, 11 were terminated, while seven moved to the Saint John restaurant location. The remaining 5 were students planning to return to school. The St-Hubert franchise of restaurants is based in Québec with about 100 locations in that province.
- The Canadian discount retailer Giant Tiger will hire 30 people for its Miramichi store scheduled to open on May 10 at the Douglastown Mall. The company has openings for full-time and part-time positions. Candidates will be able to apply online for supervisor and operational positions in mid-December while candidates for associate positions can apply online at the end of January.
- The Metepenagiag Riverside Entertainment Centre, a $2.8M gaming centre development being constructed in Douglastown is expected to create 65 jobs for the Metepenagiag First Nation community, when it is completed in January 2014. The facility will include a restaurant, sports bar, and a live music venue capable of seating 350 people.
- A St. James Gate restaurant will open in the Hôtel Shediac being constructed in Shediac. The six-storey, 60-room hotel is being built on the corner of Weldon Street and Belliveau Avenue. No date has been set for the opening of the hotel or the restaurant. There are two Irish-themed St. James Gate restaurants in the Moncton area. One is located in downtown Moncton and the other at the Fox Creek Golf Course.
- Vitalité Health Network will be eliminating 74 more jobs in order to realize savings of $4M. The jobs being eliminated are comprised of 63 positions in administrative support, licensed practical nurses, patient care attendants; 9 registered nurses; one position in the paramedic group; and one in the specialized health care professional group. The total jobs eliminated by the New Brunswick French-language health authority since April 2013 is 238.
- A new Pita Pit restaurant, MacDonald's restaurant and Circle K convenience store and gas bar will open at the former location of Fisherman's Paradise at the corner of Champlain Street and Dieppe Boulevard in Dieppe. The Pita Pit restaurant, which will occupy the existing building along with the Circle K convenience store will open in November, while the MacDonald's restaurant, which is being constructed as a stand-alone structure, will open in mid-December.
- The microbrewery Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault will be established in the former police station in downtown Edmundston. The microbrewery is expected to open by early Summer of 2014. The business will include a store front where their brand of beer will be sold.
- The 70 unionized workers of beam and joist manufacturer Boise Alljoist Limited, located in the Saint-Jacques industrial park, have voted to go on strike following the rejection of the company's most recent contract proposal. The vote took place on September 13. The employees have been without a contract since December 2011. The union includes 44 full-time and more than 20 part-time employees.
- Miramichi Hearing & Audiology Inc. has moved to their new location at 181 Wellington Street in Miramichi. The business has been operating in Miramichi for 10 years and employs one audiologist, two hearing instrument specialists and one receptionist.
Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2013
- Mariner Partners Incorporated is expected to create 60 new information and technology jobs in Saint John. The jobs being created include project managers, architects, business analysts, senior programmer analysts, intermediate programmer analysts, programmers and testers. Mariner is one of the largest independently-owned information technology companies in Atlantic Canada with 170 employees based in New Brunswick.
- Premier Tech Horticulture will create 33 full-time jobs in Rexton. The company is expanding its operations in Rexton with a new plant integrating new technologies in peat moss extraction. The federal government is providing a repayable contribution of $1.5M and the New Brunswick government is providing $500,000. Invest NB will also provide $500,000 in the form of payroll rebates. Premier Tech Horticulture operates in 20 countries and employs 2,500 people.
- A new NB Liquor store has opened on Pleasant Street in Miramichi. Thirteen people are employed at the retail outlet.
- The tungsten and molybdenum mine proposed for development at Sisson Brook, located northwest of Fredericton, would create 200 to 300 full-time jobs over the 27-year life span of the mine. The project proposed by Northcliff Resources Limited needs to clear environmental regulations before the company attempts to raise $580M to start production. Should environmental and financial hurdles be cleared, production would begin most likely by the end of 2014.
- The New Brunswick government is moving forward with plans to privatize the management of food and cleaning operations in the province's hospitals. The government will choose a private sector company to manage these non-clinical services in hospitals. The public sector agency FacilicorpNB is administering the privatization initiative. Three undisclosed companies are bidding for the contract. The successful bidder will be offered a 10-year contract.
- An estimated 15 new jobs will be created by the family-owned pet food manufacturer Corey Nutrition Company in Fredericton. This expansion in production is the result of the company entering into association with Jordan Outdoor Enterprises Limited of Columbus, Georgia to manufacture Realtree brand high-performance dog food for the United States and Canadian markets. Corey Nutrition manufactures high-grade pet foods and has been in operation for the past 30 years.
Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2013
- The second of three waves of hiring for the Public Works and Government Services Canada Pay Centre of Expertise in Miramichi has added 170 new employees to this federal government payroll centre. The first and second wave totalling about 310 employees are working in temporary locations while construction of a permanent building will be started in 2014. It is expected that as many as 550 full-time workers will be employed at the payroll centre by as early as Spring 2014.
- The Medavie Blue Cross branch office located on St. Anne Street in Bathurst will permanently close on October 1, putting 2 full-time and 2 part-time employees out of work. Declining in-person claim volumes is cited as the reason for the closure.
- A presentation will be delivered by the casting team of Cirque du Soleil at the Café Aberdeen in Moncton at 5:00 pm on September 24, inviting professional musicians to audition for roles in Cirque du Soleil's many productions. The casting team will also be holding auditions for singers in November. Currently, Cirque du Soleil has openings for 30 singers in its various productions.
- The Miramichi Lumber Mill has reopened after a month-long shutdown, putting 110 employees back to work. The mill shut down its operations in August because of limited access to saw logs. The mill is in discussion with the provincial government to increase their allocation of saw logs in order to remain open.
- In an effort to reduce spending, the Horizon Health Network is cutting 18 full-time and 14 part-time registered nursing positions. The positions will be cut from seven hospitals of the health network, including hospitals in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. In April, the Horizon Health Network cut 131 jobs.
- The Horizon Health Network will cut 68 positions in an additional effort to reduce its operating costs by $2M this year. Three quarters of the positions being cut are part-time positions and will be assumed by hospitals in the southern half of the province. The layoffs will affect licensed practical nurses and workers providing basic care. Horizon Health Network also recently announced the cutback of 32 registered nursing positions.
- Mode Choc, a retail store carrying inexpensive fashion clothes and housewares has opened a 42,000-square-foot retail outlet at 110 Wyse Street at the Mapleton Power Centre in Moncton. The business has hired 14 employees and is looking to fill a few part-time positions as well. There are eight locations of Mode Choc in Québec and New Brunswick.
- The New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has hired 18 inclusive learning facilitators for a two-year period to improve inclusion and intervention services in schools. Ten of the facilitators will work with the four anglophone school districts while the other eight will work with francophone schools in the three francophone districts.
- The federal and the provincial governments are investing a total of $800,000 in TC Hydraulics of Dieppe for the construction of a new manufacturing plant and the acquisition of new equipment. These modernization efforts will allow the company to explore newer markets in the mining and petroleum industries. The provincial government is investing $300,000 while the federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, will invest $500,000.
- Mobile and software development company, Eggroll Digital Studios Inc., has opened in Miramichi focusing on development of iOS games for the iPhone and iPad. Company spokesman Mike White has indicated that three to five jobs will be created.
- The French television broadcaster TV5 Québec Canada will open an office in Moncton for its new French television channel called UNIS. The office opening will create new jobs and the company is currently seeking candidates for the position of head of original production. Further information can be obtained on the company's website at www.tv5.ca/tv5/emplois.html.
- Rothesay Regional Police Force is recruiting new officers to fill term positions left vacant because of secondment, maternity leave and other kinds of leave. According to Deputy Chief Steve Palmer, the force plans to hire one or two full-time members and two or three term positions. Interested candidates are to submit a detailed portfolio to Rothesay Regional Police Force, 126 Millennium Drive, Qusipamsis, N.B. E2E 636 before noon on September 27.
- Construction on the Best Western Premier Hotel and Suites Complex on the waterfront of St. Stephen is expected to begin this fall with completion anticipated for May 2014. The $15,000,000 development is being built on Budd Avenue across from the Garcelon Civic Center already under construction. The contractor for the design and construction of the hotel is Bird Construction.
Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2013
- A representative of Excellium Inc. announced that they will be taking measures to maximize shareholder value, in light of continuing operational and financial challenges. Measures being considered by the Moncton-based security firm include the sale of all or part of the firm, a privatization transaction, or the entering into partnerships or other business combinations.
- The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has opened a six-week public comment period in order to gather input on the Sisson mine project's impact assessment. The assessment, which was released recently, proposes the development of an open-pit tungsten and molybdenum mine near Stanley, New Brunswick.
- Apex Industries Inc., a Moncton-based company, will be partnering with Lockheed Martin on the F-35 Lightning II program. Under the agreement, Apex will be producing structural parts that span the forward fuselage and wing of the F-35. This company has machining expertise for aluminum metallic components.
- A new entrepreneurial mall will be opening in Fredericton this month. The ACcelR8 centre's goal is to build the city's entrepreneurship community.
- Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust, a Québec-based company, is building a new 2,700-square-metre industrial building at 190 Alison Blvd. in Fredericton. The building will be worth more than $2M.
- Music New Brunswick, a non-profit industry association located in Moncton, recently received a $40,000 grant from the Province of New Brunswick's arts development branch, in partnership with the regional development corporation. The funding will be used to prepare an impact study to determine the economic impact the music scene has in New Brunswick and to better understand the demographics of the music industry.
- Big League Burgers & Wings opened in Moncton recently. It is located at 1909 Mountain Road.
- A Burger King restaurant will open in the spring of 2014 at the Grey Rock Power Centre next to the Trans Canada highway near Edmundston. The Grey Rock Power Centre is currently in development. A gaming centre is under construction and a service station and restaurant are already in operation at the commercial centre.
- Garage door manufacturer Porte Laforge of Saint-André is investing $220,000 for the acquisition of order processing software. Porte Laforge manufactures garage doors for the residential, commercial and industrial markets in the Atlantic provinces. The company manufactures 35,000 garage doors annually and employs up to 70 workers at peek season.
- Incoming call centre Adyta Birla Minacs of Bathurst plans to hold recruitment drives to hire 25 new employees for October, November and January. Recruiting and retention are constant challenges for the call centre industry; therefore Minacs often publishes help wanted advertisements.
- A new Starbucks has opened in Moncton at the corner of Main and Church Streets. It is one of the largest of the chain's outlets.
- The Village of New Maryland has awarded the tender for a storm sewer upgrade to Monteith Underground Services Limited, a Fredericton-based construction company
- Mode Choc, a family clothing and housewares store, will opening this fall in Moncton. Including the Moncton store, which will be located at the Mapleton Power Centre, the company has eight locations in Québec and New Brunswick and currently has over 400 employees.
- Pink Icing Sweets and Café has opened on Lansdowne Avenue in Saint John
Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2013
- The government of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Teachers' Association have agreed on a new four-year contract. Workers will have no salary increase for the first two years but the subsequent two years will see salary increases of one percent every six months. Over 9000 members of the association comprising of teachers, substitute teachers, assistant principals and principals are covered by the agreement.
- Radian6, a company located in Fredericton and Saint John is cutting approximately 67 jobs in New Brunswick. The company, which monitors social media for corporate clients, is downsizing after the parent company located in San Francisco, Salesforce.com, acquired ExactTarget, an email marketing services company. Last October, Radian6 cut 100 positions in the Maritimes and Salesforce.com announced that 200 jobs will be cut at various locations.
- Maritime Bus announced it will be moving its station in Saint John to a more central location at 105 Dundonald Street
- Atlantic Hydrogen, a Fredericton-based company, will receive $499,800 in funding from the National Research Council of Canada, Industrial Research Program. The company will use the funding to develop gas-to-liquid technology.
- Valley Youth Job Access, a youth employment centre, has opened in the Grand Falls area. The centre works with local employers to find jobs for youth.
- The New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has provided renewable yearly funding of $112,000 for the operation of Accès Emploi Jeunesse de la Vallée, a centre used to help job seekers in the Grand Falls area aged 15 to 24 find employment. The centre, located at the Centre d'excellence en sciences agricoles et biotechnologiques in Grand Falls, employs two persons who will work with local partners to aid young workers find jobs.
- Saint John Ambulance announced that it will no longer be providing services in Moncton and Fredericton due to a lack of volunteers. The organization had provided first-responder services at certain sporting events.
- The Walmart Supercentre has opened in Saint John on Westmorland Road. The store will feature a Maritimes-grown products section.
- Village Bay Sea Products, a lobster processing plant in Richibouctou-Village has declared bankruptcy after 44 years of operation. Creditors have hired a company to run the business; therefore, the 170 jobs at the plant have not yet been affected. Armand King, a former co-owner of the business is hopeful that the plant will be bought and the jobs at the plant may be saved.
- According to the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, an amount of $800,000 will be invested into Hopewell Rocks Provinicial Park. The money will be used to improve the gift shop and interpretation centre. Construction work will start this fall.
Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2013
- GreenNexxus, based in Fredericton, has created 5 new jobs thanks in part to the provincial initiative One-Job Pledge. The One-Job Pledge initiative is designed to help businesses create job opportunities for recent graduates. The provincial government reimburses 70% of the salary for one year with the goal of retaining recent graduates within the province. Established in 2008, GreenNexxus helps companies develop strategies on sustainable development.
- A tender call has been issued for renovating the Beaubassin-Est Rural Community's municipal offices. Bids will be accepted until September 17, 2013.
- The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure for the province of New Brunswick has announced that a $248,900 tender has been awarded to NRB Construction Ltd. The company, located in Saint John, will be chip sealing a stretch of road in the Shepody area.
- The minister of state for social development has announced that the federal government will be providing the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation & Work with $160,000 to help disabled youth get into the New Brunswick job market
- BMM Testlabs, a testing and certification firm serving the gaming industry, will be opening in Moncton. Under a five-year agreement, Invest NB will provide up to $350,000 in payroll rebates to the company in support of 27 jobs expected to be created during the next four years. The inducements will be paid after the jobs are in place.
- The Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages has announced support for New Brunswick's official languages sector. Cultural organizations within the province will receive $2.7M for various projects that will take place over the next two years.
- A representative of the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture announced the province will contribute $800,000 for the expansion of facilities at the Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park
- Bet-Ter Buy Sports will be opening a new store in Saint John. The current 2,000 square-foot store will be replaced with one with a 10,000 square-foot floor space. The store is scheduled to open on August 31, 2013.
Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2013
- The Prime Minister of Canada has announced that the federal government will spend $8.7M in New Brunswick for construction and repair work at harbours and ports in the province. A list of projects slated for New Brunswick includes the installation of a floating wharf in Seal Cove, the reconstruction of a wharf at Les Aboiteaux, and dredging at several spots across the province.
- A representative of Ambulance NB announced that the organization is taking steps to better serve patients in both of the province's official languages. This includes giving preference to new hiring candidates that can speak and write in both English and French, and offering the ability for all paramedics to access translation services by phone. In addition the company is hoping to establish a language-training program for existing paramedics.
- The Caisse populaire in Pointe-Verte will be closing in late October or early November. There are currently two employees working at the location. Hours of service have already been reduced.
- The Shallop, a disco located in Caraquet will close at the end of August 2013
- The superintendent for the North School District announced that there will be approximately 16 fewer teachers for the upcoming school year. Declining student enrolment was cited as the reason for the layoffs.
- A contract has been awarded in the amount of $88,200 to address some of the problems that the city of Saint-Leonard has been experiencing with surface water flow. Work will include replacement of some of the drainage material.
- A contracter has been selected for construction of the Best Western Premier St. Stephen Hotel and Suites. Although the contract has not yet been finalized, it is hoped that construction will begin by the end of August.
- The Apple Blossom Café opened in August 2013 in Hillsborough
- The city council in Fredericton has amended the Sunday shopping hours so that stores can now stay open between 12:00:01 a.m. and 11:59:59 p.m., except on Easter Sunday, when all stores must close. Previously, stores could only open on Sundays between noon and 5:00 p.m.
- The town council has voted to adopt a general concept of a new arena with a walking track as well as renovations to repurpose the Rothesay Arena building. The project is estimated to cost $13M, and is scheduled to open during the 2014-2015 season.
- A report submitted to the Saint John city council contains a request from city staff to pay an additional $125,000 to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, in addition to the $80,000 originally charged for the First Phase of the City's Drinking Water Project. According to the report, the application and evaluation processes proved to be much longer and more rigorous than originally estimated.
- The provincial government of New Brunswick has provided $47,000 for the development of an historical minivillage at Saint-François
- The president of Maritime Bus announced that a new route is currently under a three-month trial period to determine if there is a need for bus travel and same-day parcel delivery into northern New Brunswick. He noted that in order for the service to be viable he will need an average of 20 daily passenger fares in each direction as well as 15 parcels on average.
- The Saddleback Night Club has opened in Saint John, New Brunswick. The bar will be open Thursday to Saturday.
- The lobster season in southeastern New Brunswick opened on August 9, 2013 and will run for 60 days. The fishermen in area 25 learned on August 13, that the price of lobster would be lower compared to the spring fishery. Instead of $2.75 a pound for small lobster, they will receive $2.50, and instead of $3.24 a pound for bulk, they will receive $3.00.
- MAC Cosmetics will be opening in Champlain Place in Moncton in October 2013
- Village Bay Seafood Products, a Richibucto Village plant that produces value-added products from lobster, crab and oysters, is to be sold during a mortgage sale on September 12, 2013. The Plant currently employs 150 people.
Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2013
- The site preparation work is proceeding for the new Eel Ground First Nation School. The new K to Grade 8 school is expected to be 2,200 square meters in size and to be completed in 2015.
- The province announced the construction of a 60-bed nursing home in Perth-Andover to replace the existing Victoria Glenn Manor. The $15.6M project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.
- T.S. Simms and Co. of Saint John has announced that it will cease manufacturing, warehousing and shipping operations in the city this fall. The company has manufactured paint applicators since 1872. The company's head office will remain in Saint John. The announcement does not indicate the number of employees affected.
- The City of Fredericton announced that it will cut commercial Internet rates offered through its telecommunications company e-Novations in an effort to attract knowledge sector entrepreneurs. The City buys bulk Internet services from wholesalers and passes the savings on to the local business community. The city also plans to waive connections fees for incubators and accelerators of startup companies.
- Floating Pipeline, a company operating out of the Saint John Port, is part of a recently signed deal between Jamaica Public Service Company and Fueling Tech Incorporated International Group Inc. Floating Pipeline will be providing containment units for the shipping of natural gas to Jamaica's Bogue Power Station in Montego Bay. The company will be increasing the work capacity of their facility and possibly hiring new workers for this project.
- The Head Harbour Lighthouse on Campobello Island will receive funding for infrastructure improvements. The Government of Canada is contributing $45,500 through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, while the New Brunswick provincial government is providing $45,000. Friends of the Head Harbour Lighthouse is contributing $10,000.
- A community college in Sudbury, Ontario, is collaborating with the New Brunswick Community College to train 12 medical sonographers each year to reduce a shortage of francophone workers in the occupation in New Brunswick
- More than 1,000 people have applied for jobs at Travali mining sites near Bathurst in anticipation of work starting in 2013. Trevali Mining Corporation has three mining operations in the area, Caribou Mine, Halfmile Mine and Stratmat. A representative of the company estimates that once the mill and two of the mines are in full production by 2014, they will require approximately 250 employees. When Stratmat begins production in a few years the number may increase to 400.
- Approximately six people have been laid off at three Fredericton ratio stations that were recently purchased by Bell Media. The employees produced editorial and creative content for the stations.
- A representative of Horizon Health Network announced that the health authority will be changing to disposable linens and customized surgical kits by the winter of 2014. It is estimated that this change will save $70,000 annually but will reduce the hours of the 9 workers in Fredericton. The 21 jobs in Saint John may increase by 12, in order to accommodate services that are being relocated from Moncton.
- A new after-hours clinic will be opening on the north side of Fredericton on August 20, 2013. It will operate two days per week and will be located in the same building in the parking lot of the Brookside Mall as the clinic that closed July 7.
- A representative of Ambulance New Brunswick announced that they were working to increase their bilingual capacity in response to recent criticism about the lack of French-speaking paramedics. They hope to increase the number of French-speaking staff to 50%. They plan to achieve this by increased emphasis on the ability to communicate in both French and English when hiring new staff. In addition, they are planning to provide language training for existing paramedics.
- Pivotal Sales, a Montréal-based provider of merchant services such as point-of-sale terminals, announced closure of the call centre located in Saint John. The company had operated for less than three years and had plans when it opened to hire up to 150 staff in addition to the 30 employees working at the time.
- Although the union representing the Saint John police officers has stated that they hope to reach a settlement in contract talks, they have applied for arbitration, since this can be a lengthy process. The police officers have been without a contract since December 2012. Under the previous contract there was a two-year wage freeze.
- The Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour for the New Brunswick provincial government announced that a three-year review will take place of its workers' compensation legislation to ensure compensation afforded injured workers in New Brunswick is appropriate
Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2013
- Foyer Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Inc. in Bathurst celebrated the official opening of an additional wing containing 30 new beds. The project cost $7.9M and was funded by the Provincial Government.
- Canaport LNG recently applied for a permit to reverse the flow of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the company's Saint John terminal. If approved by the Provincial Government, the permit would allow the facility to re-ship some of the LNG it now receives via tanker. Currently, the facility can only unload LNG from visiting tankers.
- Kings County Council has given approval to A.M.H. Properties for the completion of Phase 2 of its Orchard Hills subdivision development
- Menchie's Frozen Yogurt is currently under construction and will be opening in the near future on Champlain Street in Moncton
- The official opening of a care home in Burnt Church will take place on August 14, 2013. The home will be open to eight level one and level two patients, and will potentially employ two full-time and two part-time employees as well as one casual employee.
- Construction of a new 65-bed nursing home has started in Mill Cove. The construction contract of $18.3M was awarded to Castle Rock Construction Services of Saint John. The construction should be finished by the summer of 2014.
- The New Brunswick Department of Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living has awarded $225,000 to Camping Val-Comeau near Tracadie-Sheila. The money will be used for the construction of a rock barrier to protect the camping site's coastline from erosion caused by ocean swells.
- TransCanada, a Calgary-based pipeline company, has announced that there is enough commercial demand to apply for regulatory approval to convert an existing natural gas pipeline to carry crude into Québec and to add an extension to Saint John. The pipeline to the Saint John Irving's Oil refinery is scheduled to be in place by 2018.
- TransCanada and Irving Oil Limited have announced a partnership to build and operate a $300M deep-water marine terminal in Saint John. The Canaport Energy East Marine Terminal will be used to export crude oil by oil tanker ships. The project will begin in 2015. Contingent on the realization of the TransCanada oil pipeline project, it is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs and will employ approximately 50 people to operate.
- Charmac Construction Co. Ltd. has been awarded a tender worth approximately $500,000 for the renewal project of water, sanitary sewers and storm sewers for the areas of Dundonald and Argyle streets in Fredericton
Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2013
- A representative of Miramichi Lumber Inc. announced that the mill located in Miramichi, New Brunswick will temporarily be closing as of July 27, 2013. The company had expected to have access to up to 160,000 cubic metres of Crown land logs, but currently only has access to 60,000 cubic metres. This is cited as the reason for the closure. Total employment at the mill is 110 full-time jobs.
- A representative of the Atlantic Potash Corp. announced that the company would be delaying its seismic work at the Millstream Potash Deposit until the fall of 2013. Although the company had hoped to begin the work this month, it was indicated that more time was required to provide information to landowners in the area.
- The New Brunswick department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries is investing $400,000 in the Oyster Aquaculture Enterprise Support Program to develop the oyster culture industry in the province. According to a 2007 estimate, there are approximately 60 oyster producers in the province. With this program, eligible producers can apply for a subsidy of up to $25,000 to help cover the high production costs associated with labour and protection of stocks.
- The film production companies Connections Productions and Les Productions La Fête will begin production of the French language family-oriented film titled "La gang des hors-la-loi". Filming will start on July 30 in Richibouctou-Village and will continue at other locations along the Southeast coast of New Brunswick. Approximately half of the sixty-person production team is comprised of New Brunswick film professionals.
- As a result of a recent tender process, the food services concession at the Université de Moncton, Moncton campus, has been awarded to Le Groupe Compass, a division of Chartwells. The company will be responsible for food services and catering on campus, as well as the new restaurant/lounge, Le Soixante-trois, located in the student centre. Chartwells operates food service concessions in over 1000 schools, colleges and universities across Canada.
- Starting October 25 the train station buildings at Charlo and Jacquet River will be closed although the train will still make stops there. The two train stations were already operating without personnel at these locations. Customers at these locations can make reservations by phone or through the Internet.
Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2013
- A City of Moncton official announced that the year-to-date building permit values as of May 2013 exceeded $115M. This represents the highest value in ten years and was more than double the 2012 total new construction value of $55M. The increases occurred in commercial and industrial permits and in institutional and government permits. Residential construction permit values in Moncton decreased during the same period.
- An official with the City of Fredericton announced that a "Lean Six Sigma" program is currently being carried out within the municipal government. This program identifies those jobs that will be retained and those that will be eliminated through attrition. The city hopes to save $1.5M per year over the next three to four years. The number of city employees will be reduced from 700 to approximately 663.
- The Saint John Common Council has awarded tenders to Shu-Pak Equipment Inc., East Coast International Inc. and Lineteck Manufacturing Ltd. to provide the City of Saint John with six large trucks. Included are sanitation packers, plow/dump trucks and a line-painting truck. The total tender will cost approximately $1.14M.
- Terra Verde, a store specializing in modern furniture, décor and home accessories, is relocating in October of 2013. The store is currently located in the downtown area, but will be moving to a larger facility just outside downtown Moncton. Renovations are currently underway at the new location.
- D's Diner, located in Chipman, has reopened after a three-week closure. The diner was closed after a health inspection that revealed that the cook did not have up-to-date food safety training and certification.
- Construction has begun on a building that will house the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Fredericton. In June 2012, the department announced that between 60 and 80 fisheries jobs would move to Fredericton from six regional financial support offices across Canada.
- An official of the City of Fredericton has stated that the total value of construction in Fredericton for the first half of 2013 was $39.7M, down from $55.2M for the same period in 2012. Although the value of construction decreased in all categories, the largest decline was in government and institutional construction. The value of construction of this type fell for the first six months of 2013 to $4.25M from almost $6M for the same time period in 2012.
- An official of the New Brunswick Provincial Government announced that they will be providing $160,000 to a community radio station in Edmunston. It was indicated that the funding would enable the station to make needed improvements.
- The Minister of Social Development for the Province of New Brunswick announced that a new nursing home will be built in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. The home will take 30 months to construct and will cost $23M. In the interim, approximately $2M will be spent on renovating the current nursing home to remedy some of the existing problems.
- The Economic Development Corporation announced that construction has declined in May in Dieppe, New Brunswick. The Urban Planning Department in Dieppe approved $3.325M in building permits in May 2013 compared with $7.9M during the same month last year. The majority of permits requested in May of 2012 were for residential construction and amounted to $2.35M.
- The Shediac Bay Watershed Association announced that the number of green crabs in the Shediac River has declined in July 2013 compared to the same month last year. Some reasons cited for this decrease were higher temperatures and lower tides than normal. This invasive species from Europe could damage the eel beds in the river, which would negatively impact eel fishing.
Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2013
- Dolma Food Market has opened a second store in Dieppe on Dieppe Boulevard. Based on the small neighbourhood store concept, the stores specialize in local farm produce and imported food products.
- A McDonald's restaurant will be built on the old Fishermans Paradise site in Dieppe. Construction will begin in September 2013, with an opening planned for late December.
- Due to financial difficulities, the board of directors of the Memramcook Institute in Memramcook have declared the corporation bankrupt putting 80 employees of the institute immediately out of work
- The President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Moncton Realtors announced that the number of home sales in the city increased 1.3 percent in June 2013 compared to June of the previous year. The total value of residential sales, however, decreased by eight percent during that same time period.
- A Second Cup coffee shop has opened on King Street in Saint John
- Brandt Tractor Ltd, a Regina firm has purchased Fredericton-based Wallace Equipment Ltd. The President of Brandt Tractor Ltd. announced that they hope to expand their current staff of 75 by 13 over the next year. They are also investing $50M to improve the infrastructure of the company and are considering new dealerships in Moncton and Fredericton. Both companies are dealerships for John Deere & Co.
- A contract of approximately $1.7M has been awarded to Dexter Construction Ltd. for roadwork in Dieppe. Work is expected to begin this summer.
- A representative of the provincial Department of Health announced that they would be postponing the introduction of midwives to New Brunswick due to current budget constraints
- The first RBC "retail store" has opened in Dieppe, New Brunswick. The retail store concept will offer a more casual atmosphere where clients can ask questions or gather information on their own and get personal, tailor-made financial advice.
Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2013
- A $6M renovation is being done at the old Downey Ford site on Crown Street in Saint John. Contractors are renovating the site to accommodate a used car dealership and other offices.
- The wireless communication company, Fido, recently launched new locations in Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John
- Moncton Flight College, with locations in Moncton and Fredericton has recently purchased Atlantic Avionics Inc. located at the Halifax International Airport in Nova Scotia. Atlantic Avionics provides services in support of commercial and corporate aircraft, flight schools, cargo operators as well as regional airlines in Atlantic Canada.
- The modernization of the Twin Rivers planing mill which employs 46 people in Plaster Rock will cause in the short term a loss of 15 jobs. The company is investing $350,000 in new equipment to make the mill more efficient. The modernization of the mill once completed will enable the company to establish an additional work shift thus creating an estimated 50 new jobs within the coming year.
- The Financial and Consumer Services Commission has begun operating. The commission, established by the provincial government as of July 1, 2013, brings together the regulatory authorities for securities, insurance, pensions, consumer affairs, co-operatives, credit unions, caisses populaires as well as loan and trust companies.
- Canada Bread bakery in Saint-André has closed causing a loss of about 60 jobs. Talks had been held in April with a Shediac-based company to take over the operation of the bakery, but these negotiations did not succeed.
- The Rothesay Community Park Revitalization Committee announced that a reconstruction of the playground at the Rothesay Commuity Park will take place. The project received joint funding of $550,000 from provincial, federal and municipal governments. Some additional funding was also received from the Elementary Home and School Association and from private sponsors.
- A site has been selected for a new francophone school in Fredericton. It will be situated on nine hectares of property at the intersection of Noble Street and Eco Terra Drive. The new school will have capacity for 570 kindergarten to Grade 8 students. Design work will begin in September 2013, and the school is scheduled to open in September 2015.
- Target Canada is currently hiring staff in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John. The retail department stores are scheduled to open in late fall 2013.
- A company associated with the Debly group will be expanding a trailer park in Glen Falls
- The University of Moncton in collaboration with the Shippagan campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) has announced a new two-year program to enable graduates of the NBCC program in technology and leadership to obtain their bachelor's degree with the University of Moncton. The university plans to offer in the future other programs enabling NBCC graduates in technology or engineering programs to continue on to bachelor's degrees with the university.
- A company associated with the Debly Group will be expanding a trailer park in Glen Falls. The $3M project will involve the installation of 80 homes over the next few years. The company estimates that the project will employ 28 people for 18 months.
- The Fredericton After-Hours Clinic at the Brookside Mall, closed on July 7, 2013. A physician representing the clinic stated that it has become progressively more difficult to recruit doctors to work at the clinic.
- A $1-million road construction project is currently taking place on Regent Street. The city is replacing the water line, the sanitary main and storm sewer line, and paving. The project will continue over the next two months.
- A representative of Twin Rivers Paper Co., a paper firm operating in Edmundston and Plaster Rock, announced that it will be spending $350,000 to upgrade equipment. The upgrading of the equipment is designed to aid in maintaining long-term viability for the company.
- Family Service Moncton, a not-for-profit organization providing counselling and other related services, has declared bankruptcy. Twenty-five employees, including receptionists, therapists and psychologists will be affected by the closure.
- A representative of Target Corp. stated that they will hire an estimated 450 people to staff the three stores in New Brunswick. The stores located in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton, will employ approximately 150 people each. The New Brunswick stores, however, will be opening later than the fall of 2013 as originally estimated. They are now scheduled to open in the winter of 2014.
- The finance and administration committee for Fredericton has stated that public transit revenue to date in 2013 is higher than expected. The city has received $879,512 from the transit service, which is $46,780 higher than anticipated due to increased pass sales, and an increase in charters and rider card sales.
- NB Power announced that the company had a profit of $69M for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. This is the third consecutive year that NB Power has realized a profit.
- Foyer Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes nursing home in Bathurst has recently completed an $8M expansion. The new wing will accommodate 30 new residents and add approximately 20 new employees to the existing complement of 145 workers at the home.
Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2013
- Newcap Radio is launching a new radio format in Fredericton. The station will be located at 495 Prospect Street and will feature "feel-good" music from the 1970s up to the present.
- The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union members have rejected a proposal received from Bell Aliant to permanently hire 38 contact centre workers under different arrangements from current staff. The workers, including nine located in St. John, were hired under a six-month trial agreement that would have become permanent after June, if the union had approved.
- Nelson Monuments, located in Sussex, will be hiring new staff. The company currently employs 35 people in total. They will be adding a second shift to the granite monument manufacturing operation and hiring six new plant workers to add to the twelve people who now work in the plant. They will also add a second person to the administration department and a new salesperson. The company experienced a 14 percent increase in sales between 2011 and 2012.
- The Federal Government announced that it will replace the ferry that runs from Digby to St. John. The Port of St. John vice-president stated that this $60M project will benefit tourism and businesses involved in the production and transportation of seafood, wood products and scrap metal.
- Isacc's Way restaurant has reopened in York County Courthouse in Fredericton. The restaurant was previously located on Carleton Street, but had burned down in October, 2012.
- Empire Company Ltd., based in Stellerton, Nova Scotia, has sold its 24 theatres in Atlantic Canada to Cineplex Inc. for $255M. Six of the theatres are located in New Brunswick.
- The New Brunswick Provincial Government is providing $500,000 in funding to the City of Fredericton to develop downtown strategic plans, and for marketing and urban design projects
- Cache Exploration Inc. announced that it will begin drilling operations in a wooded area north of Saint John near Welsford, New Brunswick. The company will be drilling in order to find molybdenite, a substance used for nanotechnology. If it is discovered, the property would be sold to a mining company. Drilling will be carried out by Vic Progressive Drilling and will conclude in mid-July.
- The Crowne Plaza Hotel has opened Fredericton's downtown lighthouse as a family oriented food and licensed beverage establishment. The hotel estimates that it will employ 12 full and part-time staff at the restaurant.
Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2013
- The Relish Gourmet Burger restaurant in Oromocto is moving to a new location in uptown Fredericton. On July 1, the restaurant in Oromocto will close. The owner hopes to re-open on September 15 in the new location in the Corbett Centre in Fredericton.
- The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott near the Moncton Airport will open June 25th. The 82 room hotel will offer meeting space for functions of up to 30 people.
- The Dieppe Fish Market has opened a new location at the Greater Moncton International Airport employing 5 people.
- CenterBeam Inc. a U.S. based IT service provider with a location in Saint John has been aquired by EarthLink Inc. CentreBeam is a cloud service provider and its Saint John support centre employs 140 people. The acquisition is expected to create additional jobs in Saint John though it is not known how many.
Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2013
- Primus Telecommunication Group which operates call centres in Canada has been acquired by the New York based York Capital Management. The sale should be completed in the fall and according to a company spokesman, should not affect the operations of its Canadian call centres including the Primus Canada call centre in Edmundston, which employs about 200 workers.
- Édupôle Edmundston, a partnership of education stakeholders in northwest New Brunswick has opened an employment assistance service for local high school, college and universtity students. Le Centre Accès emploi Édupôle Edmundston is located in the Student Services centre - a space shared by the community college and the university. Its role will be to help students' transition to the labour market. Businesses are also encouraged to post job vacancies at the centre.
- The first phase of Le Manoir Sugarloaf, a nursing home for elderly residents in Campbellton is creating 30 new jobs. The second phase will add 18 units designed for residents with Dementia or Alzheimer and should be completed by year end followed by a third phase of 15 units. It is expected a total of 20 additional jobs will be created once all three phases are completed. The owners are also developing Le Manoir Sunrise a nursing home project in Dalhousie, creating 20 more jobs.
- Green Diamond Equipment, a Moncton based company has opened a new John Deere dealership in Napan near Miramichi. The new dealership employees 7 workers and has indicated that it will be looking to hire additional workers as the business grows.
- Moncton is looking forward to a strong construction season this year. The year-to-date value of building permits for the city has increased to $99.9M from $36.8M at the same point last year. The value of Commerical and Institutional permits have increased significantly this year with April being a particularly strong month.
- Shannex, a Halifax company has received approval to proceed with the first phase of a development that will see the construction of a $30M seniors complex in Saint John. The complex will provide living accomodations for 160 residents.
- The Algonquin Hotel in St Andrews is expected to reopen in July. The hotel has been closed since last fall while a $25M refurbishment was undertaken. The resort will reopen as a member of the Marriott Autograph Collection.
- Atlantic Towing Limited of Saint John is expanding its fleet with the purchase of a new 85.2 metre super tow vessel. The new ship which is under construction will be used to service offshore oil rigs and will create 24 new jobs to crew the vessel.
Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2013
- After having acquired the former Le Bel-Air restaurant, Edmundston entrepreneurs Normand Levesque and Keta Ringuette have now acquired the former La Praga Hotel and Restaurant. The couple plans to open by the end of the year a restaurant and bar at the Le Bel-Air building and a hotel at the La Praga location.
- Wireless carrier Fido will open retail locations in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John and offer service in more than 30 third-party stores in the province such as Future Shop, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Superstore. According to its director of marketing Cameron McFayden, Fido has more than two million customers across Canada.
- Kindred Home Care, New Brunswick's largest independent home care company, announced that it will be purchasing the New Brunswick operations of Revera Home Health. Kindred, which employs 380 workers across the province, will absorb the 120 workers from Revera with no lay-offs expected. Kindred has stated that it expects the deal will create employment opportunities across the province.
- The New Brunswick government has announced that it will be eliminating 40 teaching positions in the school system this year. It was reported that New Brunswick has about 7,000 teachers.
- Horizon Health Network, as part of the first round of job cuts, has issued 63 lay-off notices. Though a total of 131 positions were eliminated, many were already vacant and will not be filled. The layed off workers include registered nurses, laboratory technicians, occupational therapists, speech language therapists, social workers, and maintenance workers.
- The MCW Group of Companies has announced that R.E. LeBlanc Consultants of Moncton will be joining their organization. The MCW Maricor team has over 70 employees in Atlantic Canada and is involved in mechanical, electrical and energy consulting.
Week of May 27 - May 31, 2013
- The town of Sussex will spend $650,000 this year on municipal infrastructure. The money will be spent on sewer upgrades and road paving.
- An efficiency review is currently underway throughout the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. Union officials have indicated that so far the review has resulted in staffing changes that have impacted approximately 20 employees. Early retirement, travel to alternate locations for work, and exchanging full-time work for seasonal employment were some of the impacts cited.
- SWN Resources Canada will undertake a seismic exploration program in Kent County this summer as part of their shale gas exploration program. The work is expected to take approximately 3 months to complete.
- Seven New Brunswick researchers have received $500,000 from the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. The funding will be used to hire research technicians in their respective fields.
Week of May 20 - May 24, 2013
- Kent Homes, a Bouctouche-based company that builds modular homes and commercial modular space, has a contract to build 100 dorm rooms and employee entertainment complexes for the Manitoba Hydro Bipole lll Converter Station near Gillam, Man. The company will hire an additional 30 new employees. Further information on these opportunities can be found at jdirving.com/careers.
- A $30M seniors complex, Silverwood Estates, in Sussex has received town council approval. Developers are in the process of finalizing municipal service agreements and awarding tenders. Construction is expected to begin next month. The development also includes an early childhood education centre, hotel and retail space. The overall project is expected to take a couple of years to complete, and once up and running will provide employment for 100 workers.
- The decision to move the Co-op grocery store to the empty Sussex Place Mall location has raised interest from other retailers. Atlantic Commercial Properties Inc. confirmed that the Brick has expressed interest in opening a location at the mall. Preparation work is taking place on the future Co-op store which is expected to open in the fall.
- Twin Rivers Paper Company, a pulp and paper mill employing 310 unionized workers in Edmundston has been acquired by investment firms Blue Wolf Capital and Atlas Holdings. Workers and the community expect that the investment firms will invest to modernize the Edmundston facility. The company operates three facilities in Edmundston, Plaster Rock and Madawaska, Maine.
- The new Sunnymel poultry abattoir in Clair will reach full production within weeks. The plant, which currently employs 192 workers, began operations in November 2012. It has been operating at reduced capacity with two eight-hour shifts while the processing equipment are being calibrated. The company expects to reach full production of 12,000 chickens processed in an hour, thus employing a complement of 210 workers within a few weeks.
- The municipal council of Cap-Pelé has announced a project of $350,000 to repair sidewalks within the village. Monarch Construction has been chosen to do the repairs which are to begin soon and be completed before the summer season.
Week of May 13 - May 17, 2013
- The federal government has contributed $80,000 to the Atelier Tournesol of Edmundston in support of a pilot project helping special needs persons through a 6-month employment training and skills development program. Eight participants will complete the program in June.
- The Syndicat des travailleuses et travailleurs de L'Acadie Nouvelle has endorsed a 4-year contract worked out with the management of the daily French language paper L'Acadie Nouvelle. The union representing approximately 50 workers reached an agreement with Acadie Media to recover higher wages and better benefits forfeited in recent years when the paper faced important financial challenges. The contract covers the period from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2015.
- Soleno, a Québec-based corrugated polyethylene pipe manufacturing company in McAdam received a $125,000 provincial subsidy to expand it's production line. The company also intends to invest a further $250,000 to upgrade production equipment. The company hopes to hire between four and eight additional employees and create spinoff opportunities for local companies that support the plant.
- Fredericton MP Keith Ashfield announced, on behalf of Defence Minister Peter MacKay, that the Military Family Resource Centre at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown will undergo a $1.89M renovation and expansion. Simpson Building Contractors Ltd. of Fredericton was awarded the contract.
- Developers plan to build a 130-unit residential care facility along John Street in Moncton in a long-abandoned section of the former CFB Moncton following approval. The complex is part of a three-phase development that would eventually offer various housing options for seniors.
- The re-construction of the Garrison District Ale House in downtown Fredericton is expected to begin in a few weeks with a reopening planned for August. Fire destroyed part of the structure in January resulting in 35 employees loosing their jobs. The owner expects to employ a similar number of workers once it reopens.
- Corridor Resources has announced plans to drill new gas wells in the Sussex area next year. The company has invested around $500M in New Brunswick to date resulting in 30 gas producing wells.
- A Québec promoter is attempting to buy the former Smurfit-Stone property in Bathurst in order to start a ship building enterprise. Ronald Carré of Econometric National Plus says that the enterprise would build ships designed to carry tractor trailer transports. According to the promoter possibly 1000 to 1300 workers could be employed. The mayor of Bathurst is hopeful that this project will become a reality although some environmental issues have yet to be explored.
- Apex Industries Inc. of Moncton has received over $2M in provincial and federal funding for the purchase of new equipment. The equipment will help improve the company's competitiveness in the aerospace and defense sector. The provincial government is investing $750,000 in the project, while the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is offering a repayable contribution of $1,512,500.
Week of May 06 - May 10, 2013
- The $39 million expansion of the Kingswood Golf Resort outside Frederiction has received planning approval. Work is expected to begin on a hotel component in June. The expansion also includes an indoor water park and a residential development.
- A first contract to build a 45-foot boat at the new Bas-Caraquet shipyard was announced recently at a meeting of the two communities of Bas-Caraquet and Caraquet. The two communities are shareholders of the shipyard. The boat will be built by Construction navale Atlantique this summer, and is expected to create 5 to 6 jobs. Paul Lanteigne, president of Construction navale Atlantique expects that another contract for the construction of a similar vessel will follow.
- The Belledune lead smelter has been acquired by Glencore Xstrata. The smelter has diversified its customer base in the past few years thus mitigating the impact of the recent closure of Brunswick Mine, its main customer. The restructuring is not expected to affect the 350 jobs currently existing at the smelter although some efforts to reduce bureaucratic duplication may eventually affect some administratives positions.
- A Starbucks coffee shop will be established in the former CIBC bank building on the corner of Main and Church streets in Moncton. The real estate company Le Groupe immobilier DuParc associated with Foulem construction has acquired the building where the Starbucks franchise will open this summer and has already started renovation work on the location.
- The government of New Brunswick has awarded $ 203,000.00 for renovations to the Musée historique du Madawaska. Minister Madeleine Dubé announced the government contribution which will be used to repair the roof of the museum.
- The Minister of Energy and Mines announced that Trevali Mining Corporation was given approval to operate its Caribou Mine located near Bathurst. It is expected to result in several hundred new jobs for the region. Trevali has begun hiring technical personnel and placing orders for components of the mill.
- The Miramichi Lumber Products Inc. mill reopened this week. Twenty-five workers were hired initially. The workforce is anticipated to double to 55 by next week. An additional 40 workers are expected to be hired in the woodlands operations within two weeks. The mill temporarily closed down last year because of poor market conditions. The company stated that it is committed to hiring more than 100 local workers within the next few weeks.
- A new radio station 95.9 Sun FM began operation in Miramichi on Monday May 6, employing 12 people
- The Miramichi Regional Hospital will cut 6 positions as part of the cost saving measures announced by the Horizon Health Network. Staff were notified on Friday May 3rd.
Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2013
- A recovery plan proposal submitted by Les Pêcheries G.E.M. Ltée was accepted by its creditors at a meeting held in Bathurst on April 29. The fish processing company had been placed under bankruptcy protection in Nov. 2012. The company has also recently negotiated a contract with L.A. Trading of Caraquet to supply lobster and is currently processing sea cucumbers, lobster and herring under a contract with Marubeni Corporation, providing work to 160 workers at the plant.
- According to the Archbishop of Moncton, Monsignor Valéry Vienneau, the archdiocese will sell its diocesan centre in Dieppe because of budgetary constraints. This will result in the sale of the building and land and in the reduction of its personnel. Of the 19 existing positions 5 will be eliminated. The archdiocese will retain 5 full-time and 9 part-time positions, which will be transferred to other locations within the archdiocese.
- The Marché de poisson Lanteigne in Baie-du-Petit-Pokemouche was destroyed by fire on Wednesday May 1. The plant had recently reduced its operation. In April, the company announced it would not be processing lobster this Spring. Subsequently, many of the workers have found employment with other fish processing plants within the Acadian Peninsula. At its peak of operation, the plant employed 80 workers. It has not been determined if the owner will rebuild.
- The provincial government has announced that it will close the Agriculture Laboratory Service in Fredericton. The agricultural laboratory which provides soil testing for New Brunswick farmers will close on June 28. The laboratory has been in operations for 80 years and is located on the grounds of the experimental farm in Lincoln.
- The Milltown Elementary School near St. Stephen is holding a Job and Community Fair with the focus on helping families of their students. Major employers of Charlotte county such as Ganong Bros. Ltd., Cooke Aquaculture Inc., and Connors Bros. Ltd. will attend. Local service agencies focused on helping unemployed people overcome barriers to employment will also be present. The event will be held in the school gymnasium on May 16 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm.
Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2013
- The provincial and federal governments announced funding in the amount of $775,000 for Heveco, a company that harvests peat moss in Tabusintac NB. The funding will primarily be used to purchase new equipment to improve productivity at the operation.
- Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc., a company offering workplace-based training, plans on creating 22 new jobs at its centre of excellence in Miramichi. Bluedrop currently employs approximately 55 persons.
- MQM Quality Manufacturing of Tracadie-Sheila specializing in steel construction has received $400,000 from the provinces' Northern NB Economic Dev. And Innovation Fund, and a $500,000 interest-free loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The money will be used to purchase a new machine for cutting steel. The expanded production is expected to create 10 additional jobs. According to its president, the company has created 20 new jobs in the last year.
- A new eight-story building comprising of 78 units, including condos, apartments and commercial space, is to be constructed on the corner of Wesley, Queen and Lester streets in downtown Moncton. Construction is expected to start this Fall, with completion estimated within 18 months.
- A dyslexia support group plans to open a Help Centre in Dieppe this Fall employing five specialists in learning disorders. The Association sud-est Dyslexie-Action is planning to finance their project by launching a fundraising campaign to raise $200,000 to open the Centre.
- The mayor of Dieppe and the minister of Transportation and Infrastructure announced the creation of a partnership to invest $1.5M to improve Dieppe Boulevard and Acadie Avenue. The provincial government will invest $550,000 for Dieppe Boulevard and $200,000 for repaving Acadie Avenue in the Chartersville marsh area. This is the first phase of a two-year $2.25M project to improve these two main roads. The work will begin this summer.
- Saint-Léonard will renovate their municipal garage at a cost of $400,000. The condemned portion of the existing garage will be demolished and a new section constructed to replace it. The municipality expects to have the construction completed by this Fall.
- The town of Tracadie-Sheila is expected to lose laundry services at their local hospital, leading to a loss of 10 jobs. The provincial government announced that it was consolidating these services and is transferring the hospital's laundry services to the Campbellton hospital. The municipal council of Tracadie-Sheila is sending a letter to the minister Claude Landry to voice their concerns about this decision.
- A new apprentice program has begun in southern New Brunswick. The program enables high school students interested in the trades to begin their career training by taking part in paid summer work terms. As part of the program the students will also be able to take trade courses as electives during the school term.
- The New Brunswick government announced that it will increase welfare rates by four percent in October 2013 and a further three percent in April 2014. In addition the government has revised their wage exemption policy, allowing welfare recipients to retain more of their earnings should they become employed.
- A job fair will be held in Fredericton on April 30th at the Delta Hotel for job seekers interested in working in Western Canada. Seven companies will be represented at the fair.
- The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will allow lobster fishermen in Northern New Brunswick to begin the season a day early on Monday April 29th. This applies to Lobster Fishing Area 23, which covers the area from Campbellton to Escuminac.
Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2013
- The snow crab fishing quota for the Acadian Pensinsula (Zone 12) has increased by 22% for 2013 and now stands tentatively at 22,220 tons. Last year the Ichiboshi plant provided approximately 450 workers with 7 to 8 weeks employment to process the snow crab.
- The Shediac Lobster Shop, a lobster processing and retail outlet, is undertaking renovations to their Shediac Main Street location. The business employs about 200 workers and will open their newly renovated location on May 29.
- The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council has released its annual outlook. It reported that the Maritime economy has remained weak since the recession. However, one exception was the City of Moncton which has resisted this trend with continued growth.
- According to Statistics Canada, New Brunswick has experienced the largest decline in building permits among the 10 provinces. Most of the losses were in the residential sector.
- According to a building activity report released by the City of Fredericton development committee, overall construction activity in the first quarter of this year increased to $17.6M compared to $16.9M during the same period last year. It was also reported to be the highest first quarter construction value since 2008.
- Statistics Canada reported that New Brunswick manufacturing sales increased by 18% to $1.9M in February. The increase was driven by sales of non-durable goods. It is believed that improving economic conditions in the United States is partly responsible for the increase in sales.
- The Port of Saint John experienced a year-over-year increase in tonnage in the first quarter of 2013. Potash, forest products and container tonnage account for the bulk of the increase.
- The St. Louis Bar and Grill located at 1405 Mountain Road in Moncton opened April 10th
- A Second Cup coffee shop will open in the uptown area of Saint John at 14 King Street later in May. Twelve to 15 employees are expected to be hired.
- Millennium Marine, a boat building firm in Miramichi has decided to expand operations to Eastport, Maine due partly to a shortage of skilled workers in the Miramichi area. The expansion is expected to create 50 year-round, full-time positions in the Eastport area. Boat hulls and fibreglass components will be manufactured in Maine and shipped back to New Brunswick to be finished.
- The Minister of Health for the province of New Brunswick announced that roughly 400 jobs in the health-care system would be eliminated in the next year in an attempt to control spending. Horizon Health Network will cut 131 positions this fiscal year. 57 jobs will be cut at Facilicorp and 40 positions will be eliminated at the Department of Health itself. More job cuts are expected to be announced later this year.
- The New Brunswick government has signed a collective agreement with the New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees. Workers wages will be frozen for two years, followed by a one percent increase every six months for the following two years. The agreement impacts about 270 employees.
- Shannex Inc. has received final approval to proceed with the construction of an 80-unit luxury retirement complex at 35 Patience Lane in Fredericton
- The New Brunswick government has announced that the Grand Manan provincial park will be closed. Two full-time staff have been layed off and, including seasonal workers, up to 10 workers will be affected.
Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2013
- Saint John experienced a major slowdown in both residential and non-residential construction over the past year reaching an 8-year low. The total value of new construction last year was $32 million, less than half what it was in 2011. Major projects in the area, such as the $2.4-billion Point Lepreau refurbishment and the $100-million harbour cleanup program, have wound down over the past year with no new investments taking their place.
- The Greater Moncton area, which encompasses the cities of Memramcook and Dieppe, has seen the combined value of residential and non-residential construction increase for the past two years reaching $256.6 million last year. The area has experienced increases in both residential construction and the development of some large retail outlets.
- A new mill built by PotashCorp in Penobsquis N.B. will be completed in June. When finished, the mill is expected to process up to 1.8 million tonnes of potash per year from the new Picadilly mine. The mine is expected to open next year creating 250 full-time jobs.
- The Town of Grand Falls will receive a subsidy from the provincial government for their downtown revitalization project. The amount of the subsidy is not yet known. The project, estimated to cost $2M, will provide new sidewalks for Broadway street. Financial support is also being sought from the federal government under the Building Canada Fund.
- Two new retail businesses opened on Water Street in Saint John: Simply Local Eh, a craft and artisanal goods business; and Suite Serendipity, a vintage, handmade or antique furniture dealer.
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has contributed $48,000 in support of renovations to the St Martins arena in the 4 Season Complex. The funding was matched by provincial government's Regional Development Corporation, with the Village of St Martins providing $6,556.
- Efficiency NB will eliminate six jobs because of funding constraints. Two permanent and four casual jobs will be eliminated.
- A new $30M seniors complex was announced for the Sussex area and could see construction begin this summer pending town council approval. The complex would provide housing for about 150 seniors in various housing accommodations from independent to assisted-living arrangements. When open, it is expected to provide employment for up to 100 people in the region.
- McDonald's restaurants in New Brunswick announced that they are hiring 150 full and part-time workers in recognition of National Hiring Day. Across Canada, the restaurant is planning to hire more than 6,000 workers.
- Oak Ridge Manufacturing Inc. of Keswick has re-opened after a fire caused the business to close three years ago. The cabinet and counter top company, which employs 22 to 24 employees, reports nearly tripling business since opening. An additional three workers have been hired since they re-opened.
- The City of Moncton will be hiring 56 workers during the spring cleanup in May. The City expects to pick up an additional 3 million pounds of extra trash during the cleanup month.
Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2013
- The development of the Halfmile Mine and Caribou Mine and mill in the Chaleur Region near Bathurst owned by Trevali Mining Corporation will begin shortly. The mine is expected to open in early 2014. The company hopes to benefit from the pool of workers created by the closure of the Xtrata Zinc Brunswick this month. About 500 applications from local miners, mill workers and others are currently being reviewed by the company. About 200 to 250 jobs will open up.
- Xtrata Zinc Brunswick Mine near Bathurst is in the process of shutting down after 50 years of operation and will close by May 10, putting about 1,000 workers out of a job
- The Crabbe Mountain Ski Hill has closed for the season. The ski hill reported having a good season this year having made it to their planned closure date of April 1.
- An investment of $200,000 will be made by the federal government to do work on the port of Seal Cove on Grand Manan Island. The work is intended to improve security at the port.
- The New Brunswick Teachers Federation representing 9,000 teachers in New Brunswick voted to accept a tentative agreement with the province. They have been without a contract for more than a year. The ratification vote is expected to occur in May.
- The provincial government announced financial assistance for the creation of 25 new jobs. Under the terms of an agreement, Invest NB will provide up to $175,000 in the form of payroll rebates to Co-operators General Insurance Co., of Guelph, Ont. for the creation of new positions.
- The Magnolia Café in Saint John will re-open in mid-April in the same Prince William Street space. All of the kitchen staff, including the head chief and pastry chef are returning along with half of the servers.
Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2013
- Vic Progressive Diamond Drilling Inc. will create 12 new jobs with a new manufacturing facility that will produce equipment for mining and oil and gas industries. The company already employs 80 workers in the Sussex area.
Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2013
- Clayton Developments is expected to start a housing development in Riverview. This will include a combination of single-unit dwellings, condominium clusters, townhouse bungalows and multi-unit buildings. It could take up to five years to be completed.
- The provincial government has signed a new four-year collective agreement with 22 industrial training and certification officers at the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
- The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced that the one-way bridge over Shediac river, at Shediac Bridge, will undergo renovations estimated at $250,000. The project should be completed towards the end of May.
- A new restaurant and bar, located at 358 rue Main in Shediac, is now open. This company employs approximately 15 people.
Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2013
- Meubles Richibucto Furniture 2012 Ltd. is now open in Richibucto, employing 11 people. The store is located at 9439 Main Street.
- The Saint John SPCA has laid off four workers and reduced its hours of operation
- The provincial government plans to reduce the number of early intervention education offices from seventeen to seven
Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2013
- New standardized training is now in place for home support workers in NB. Those workers are hopeful it will lead to higher pay.
- Pump Nightclub in Saint John will close March 30, 2013
- The Aquarius Tavern, a bar and restaurant in Saint John, closed its doors and put about 10 people out of work
- Fundy Bay Sand and Gravel gets Saint John city council approval to expand quarry
- Saint John is considering a new 4-plex arena complex that could be built on the city's waterfront
- Saint John-based Irving Oil Ltd. has added two large customers to its compressed natural gas delivery service
- RCMP announce possible closure of 12 to 15 satellite offices in New Brunswick
- The provincial government is investing in a company in Petit-Rocher
- The provincial government is investing in a company in Beresford
Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2013
- The city of Moncton has announced a $750,000 project to build a new snow dump facility
- Atlantic Potash Corp. options 40 hectares of land from the City of Saint John to build a $350M fertilizer plant near Norton
- Government of Canada announces $700,930 in funding for 26 arts and culture projects in New Brunswick
- The provincial government has signed a new four-year collective agreement with the New Brunswick Nurses Union
- The Francophone Vitalité Health Network plans to cut 400 jobs over the next three years, half of them administrative positions
- Suncor holds job fair in Saint John in search of 150 skilled tradespeople for its operations in Fort McMurray, Alberta
- NB Power has awarded a $30M contract to ABB Inc. of Sweden to upgrade a high-voltage direct current converter station near Dalhousie
- The Atlantic Fine Yarns plant will not be reopening
- FedNor announces close to $600,000 in funding to support two initiatives in the Municipality of Callander through its Northern Ontario Development Program
Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2013
- Provincial and federal government investment in the information technology and communications sector is helping create seven jobs in Bathurst
- A Court of Queen¿s Bench judge has approved the sale of a plywood mill formally owned by Atcon. The mill, closed since 2008, was part of the assets seized at the time Atcon went into receivership in 2010.
- A $27.4M contract for the construction of the new Moncton high school is awarded to Foulem Construction Ltée of Caraquet
- The government of Canada is investing $385,000 in tourism infrastructure in the town of Florenceville-Bristol
Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2013
- St. Louis Bar and Grill plans to open in Moncton in April. The restaurant will be located at 1405 Mountain Road.
Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2013
- Staples announced the closing of its Grand-Sault store on November 30 as part of a restructuring. Fifteen employees will lose their jobs.
- Official opening of the Edmunston sports pavilion
- The New Brunswick energy institute is established
- The Petro-Canada gas station in Minto has closed
- Isaac's Way restaurant in Fredericton is relocating to the York County Courthouse building
- J.D. Irving is forecasting growth and could hire 6,500 people from 2013 and 2015. Of those, more than 2,700 jobs would be in New Brunswick.
- New Brunswick's largest health network, Horizon Health Network, considers reducing the number of emergency rooms across the province
- Université de Moncton and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick come together to offer training in financial services management
- NB Power relocates staff within the southeast NB area
Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2013
- Canada-Europe free trade deal could open new markets for New Brunswick fishermen
- Employers can now apply for Canada Summer Jobs 2013
- The provincial government announces new initiative to help businesses create quality jobs for recent graduates
- Provincial government to provide up to $5.2M in financial support over 10 years to Cormer Defense in Miramichi, creating 80 jobs
- Provincial government provides $114,000 in funding to Wilson's Sporting Camps in McNamee for infrastructure improvements
- Tradespeople are in demand in N.B.
- Canada Bread to close its Grand-Sault facility
- Following this transaction, Footech, which makes and sells tailored orthotic devices, will become a subsidiary of Capital DGMC. The company has several clinics throughout the Maritimes.
- The provincial government reached a collective agreement with Crown counsel and Crown prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General
- Provincial government provides Siemens Canada in Fredericton with up to $537,000 in payroll rebates, creating up to 25 scientific and technical jobs
- Rona stores in Shediac and Tracadie-Sheila were just recently purchased by Kent. Employees will remain employed with Kent.
- Summary of the N.B. state of the province address
Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2013
- The provincial government reached tentative agreement with about 300 public employees
- A new daycare, Couvée de la vallée, is now open in Memramcook. This centre can welcome 28 children from newborn to 12 years old and employs four individuals.
- New Brunswick Medical Society creates for-profit e-health business, Velante, for doctors' offices
- Provincial government announces $500,000 in funding for Health and Life Sciences New Brunswick
Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2013
- The New Brunswick Nurses Union and the province have reached a tentative collective agreement
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency plans to create 16 centres of expertise in Canada, including two in Moncton
- The New Brunswick Community College is offering two new programs in Richibucto
Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2013
- After a decade of growth, Saint John expects a slow down in construction for 2013
- The Government of Canada will invest in the Moncton YMCA
- Students seeking summer jobs may now apply for the New Brunswick Student Employment and Experience Development (SEED) program
Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2012
- Maritime Bus company making route changes in 2013
- Le Louche, a combination snack bar, grocery store and book store, is now open at 376 St. George St. in Moncton. Three people are employed there.
- DS&Co. Group of Companies is expanding in the Chocolate River Station in Riverview. The company currently operate DS&Co. Weddings & Special Events, DS&Co. Interiors and The Tulip Factory flower shop. With this expansion, they will add the Cocoa Room, an upscale events space for weddings, meetings, concerts and other functions.
Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2012
- Edmundston signage company receives government funding
- Provincial Bandag Tires Ltd. of Edmundston receives government funding
- The greater Moncton area is facing a shortage of school bus drivers
- The Government of Canada and the network of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) outline the results of their partnership
- New training initiative to help entrepreneurs in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2012
- Government of New Brunswick invests in Grey Rock Power Centre at Madawaska Maliseet First Nation
- A new Familiprix pharmacy has opened in downtown Edmundston.
- According to its owner, the seafood plant Pêcheries GEM, which was placed last month under the protection of the law on bankruptcy and insolvency, will overcome its difficulties
- Government of Canada launches Federal Skilled Trades Program
- New Brunswick's provincial government to spend $466M on capital budget for 2013-14
- The Université de Moncton would like to inform business owners that the co-op recruiting period for the Spring-Summer 2013 period is now underway
- Lazer Inox, a Quebec company, is seeking welders in New Brunswick
- The District scolaire francophone Sud is in need of additional school bus drivers
- Government of NB announces investment in building, bridges and highways across the province
- Government of NB announces capital investment in health sector
- Government of NB announces capital investment in education and early childhood development
Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2012
- The Government of New Brunswick announces action plan for equitable health services
- Acadian Coach Lines closes, affecting 120 workers in the Maritimes
- Kent Building Supplies plans on opening a new store to the east side of Harrisville Boulevard. A rezoning request has recently been approved for the project. Additional details are not known at this time.
- Sunnymel plant now open for business in Clair
- A health café will open in Saint-Quentin
- Moncton IT business gets $1.6M funding from tech investors
- Architecture 2000 has merged with Stantec, a professional consulting services firm
- An art boutique will open in Edmunston
Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2012
- NB Christmas tree sales expected to decrease this year
- The Mont Farlagne ski centre is preparing for a new season
- Moncton and Codiac Transpo reached a tentative agreement
- Work on an office building, the Place du Marché, recently started in Dieppe. This building will be located near Place 1604 and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013.
- The Boulangerie Française is now open at 402 Main St. in Shediac
- The provincial government is planning to replace the aging Saint Louis-de-Kent Bridge in Kent County
- Synergie-Contact has decided to push back the opening of its Edmundston call centre. A decision will be made in the spring of 2013. This project could create approximately 100 jobs.
- NB government will release its shale gas industry regulations by the Spring 2013
Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2012
- Government of Canada invests in the Magnetic Hill Zoo in Moncton
- ADDIS Group Inc. in Grand Falls receives funding from the provincial government to expand its operations
- The provincial government invests in specialized care beds in NB
- Saint John sees a lower number of students enrolled for the 2012 school year
- New Brunswick's Education Department hires two anti-bullying co-ordinators
- The number of doctors in New Brunswick has increased over the last 5 years
- New apprenticeship program for the farming industry in the Maritimes
- The Government of Canada announces funding to G&B Fabrications Inc. of Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska
Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2012
- Richibouctou will have a multipurpose centre
- Federal and provincial governments provide a total of $800,000 to Boise Alljoist Ltd. of Edmundston to purchase new equipment
- PotashCorp is temporarily laying off workers at its Sussex mine
- Alberta-based Suncor Energy is recruiting New Brunswick workers to head out west
- Federal government invests over $92,000 in Moncton Youth Residences to help local youth succeed in the job market
Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2012
- Synergie-Contact may open a new call centre in Edmundston
- Atlantic Lottery Corporation has cut 16 positions in its sales and marketing division
- Dieppe will welcome over 200 francophone businesses during the 5th Rendez-Vous Acadie-Québec in September 2013. This event was created in order to promote business ties between Quebec and New Brunswick entrepreneurs for cultural and economic reasons.
- Demand for New Brunswick lumber predicted to rise
- New poultry processing plant expected to open in Clair
- Some construction work at the PotashCorp mine in Sussex is being delayed by a lockout of workers in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union by the Electrical Contractors Association of New Brunswick. Work at the mine involves about 200 electrical workers on projects such as a salt storage building, salt conveyors and standby generators. According to the union a provincial conciliator is involved in the dispute.
- Home Hardware, an independent dealer-owned co-operative, will open a store in Quispamsis. Construction of the store and drive-through warehouse began last month with the opening set for the spring. The store owners expect to employ 30 people.
- NB Liquor plans to open 15 agency stores across the province
- Moncton invests $1.5M to renovate two high school soccer fields
- New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) unveils their first five-year strategic plan in Fredericton
Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2012
- Fredericton city council ends funding for Enterprise Fredericton
- Bremner Farms Ltd. has temporarily closed down and could soon reopen with a new owner. The New Brunswick tractor dealership has locations in Moncton, Miramichi and Napan.
- Virtual-Agent Services has shut down its call centre in Bathurst
- Public hearing held to discuss the application for a new bus service in New Brunswick
- New Brunswick proposes new sea lice rules
- J.D. Irving opened its new $16M head office building in Dieppe, which houses 560 employees with space for 100 more. The Midland Drive building is the head office for Midland Transport, Cavendish Farms, Cavendish Agri Services, Cavendish Produce, Irving Tissue and Irving Personal Care.
- Produits Forestiers Arbec has resumed its activities at its Miramichi plant
Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2012
- Jump+ is now open in Dieppe. The new store sells Apple computer products and is the second location in the Maritimes.
- Irving Pulp and Paper in Saint John is spending $10M on its scheduled shutdown. The maintenance work includes 1,200 tradespeople from 45 companies. There are also 110 tradespeople working at the Irving Tissue mill doing maintenance. Both companies are part of J.D. Irving.
- Province adds 200 educational assistants
- Radian6 layoff may affect workforces in Saint John and Fredericton
- Saint John-based Point Lepreau nuclear plant has started producing electricity again
- Sussex's county council turned down a development offer for two 32-unit apartment buildings next to Sussex Place mall. Council cited citizen concerns as the reason for denying an amendment to allow the residential development in a commercial zone.
- Saint John council reduced its street plows by 3 and sidewalk-clearing units by 5 for the upcoming snow removal season due to budget pressures. Residents have been advised they may have to wait additional time for streets to be cleared depending on where they live.
- A Second Cup franchise is now open at 800 Dieppe Boulevard, in the same building as an Ultramar service station. The business employs 15 people.
- Charlottetown-based Trius Tours will operate a bus service within all three Maritime provinces
- Via Rail cut the Montreal-to-Halifax service by half
Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2012
- Lobster season begins for fishermen on the Bay of Fundy
- The contract for the Town of Grand Falls' second phase of its tourism infrastructure revitalization project has been awarded to Transit Construction. The contract is worth $1.6M.
- The Edmundston Convention Centre is reopening its doors after being closed for nearly two years. The establishment, owned by the City of Edmundston, is now being managed by the new owners of the Château Edmundston Hotel.
- The Southeast New Brunswick Industry Education Council will be holding an employment and education exhibition on Oct. 24 and 25 in Moncton
- According to a recent report from The Conference Board of Canada, Moncton is one of the few Census Metropolitan Areas that will see an increase in house construction in the coming months
Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2012
- Canada Post reaches tentative deal with workers
- Airport screeners set to go on strike
- Supreme Kitchens, a company specializing in kitchen cabinets and equipment, opened recently in Edmundston.
- Five new businesses are set to open by Christmas at the Mapleton Power Centre: Carter's/Oshkosh, Bombay, Wicker Emporium, PetSmart, and Bed Bath and Beyond. Moxie's Grill & Bar will also be coming soon.
- Enterprise Madawaska closing in May 2013
- Saint-Basile's Zellers store will be closing its doors in March 2013
Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2012
- Construction underway on new school in Moncton
- Provincial and federal governments invest in Science East's ILLUMINATE program across the province
- CAD Railway Industries Inc. accepts deal to refurbish 14 rail cars in Moncton over the next 19 months
- Construction has started on a new Harvey's Restaurant at 1521 Mountain Rd. in Moncton.
- Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh is now open at 78 Wyse Street at the Mapleton Centre in Moncton.
Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2012
- Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station start delayed again
- NB Liquor to change their retail operations to improve customer service
- Le BelAir and Seafood Paradise restaurants in Edmunston will close
- Demand for N.B. wood products could increase due to an improving housing market in the U.S.
- Provincial government invests $86,000 in two infrastructure projects in Saint-Louis-de-Kent and Richibucto to build adequate facilities for the Jeux de L'Acadie in 2013
- NB Power announced it will close the Dalhousie Generating Station
- Provincial government awards tourism advertising contract to T4G
Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2012
- Atlantic Cirque School has opened in Moncton
- Two gas companies have closed down in New Brunswick
- Fire departments in the Saint-Jacques, Edmundston and Saint-Basile will merge within the next two years
- The provincial government will be opening 5 new economic development offices throughout NB by April
- New statistical profile of NB universities has been released
Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2012
- NB Power release details surrounding the refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station
- Codiac Transpo and the City of Moncton resume negotiations
- Provincial government officially opened 24 new affordable housing units in Grand Falls for low-income seniors and people with disabilities
- Point Lepreau to resume operation by the end of September
- Federal government provides $610,000 in funding to Moncton-based Dizolve Group Corporation
- Provincial and federal governments invest in the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) - Campus d¿Edmundston for its Biorefinery Technology Scale-up Centre in Grand Falls
Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2012
- Two companies apply to provide intercity bus service in New Brunswick
- A Gap Factory Store will open its doors in November at East Point in Saint John. Work at the former Urban Planet location has begun. The store will be 7,500 square feet and offer clothing and accessories at reasonable price points. The Gap store will join Costco, Indigo Books & Music, Montana's restaurant and Starbucks in the east Saint John shopping area.
Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2012
- Federal and provincial governments invest $353,000 to support the Village of Bertrand to develop the municipality¿s tourism infrastructure
- Federal and provincial governments invest $95,000 in Campbellton-based Transmed Centre Inc. to help the company expand into new markets
Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2012
- Provincial government provides $1M in funding for the construction of the Moncton Transportation Discovery Centre
- New Brunswick blueberry growers appeal for province's assistance
- Late lobster season hurting fishermen in New Brunswick
Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2012
- Federal and provincial governments invest in Maple Leaf Motel, Campground & Restaurant Ltd. in Saint-Léonard
- Federal and provincial governments provide funding for wharf upgrades in Saint Andrews
Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2012
- Access to lobster processing plants in NB is restored after judge grants injunction
- Provincial and federal governments invest in Ébénisterie Tech Design Woodworking Inc. in Edmundston to improve its manufacturing facility and plant operations
Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2012
- Ambulance New Brunswick and Atlantic Charters have signed a three-year deal to provide Grand Manan-based air ambulance service to the island
Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2012
- Federal government invests in Envirem Organics Inc. for its manufacturing plant in Miramichi
- The Centre des congrès de la Péninsule acadienne in Shippagan has officially opened
- Federal government invests $150,000 in L'Association Coopérative des Pêcheurs de l'Île Ltée to modernize its seafood processing facility in Lamèque
Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2012
- Home sales up in Saint John
- Support for adult learning services for Aboriginals in New Brunswick
- Private radiology clinic opens in Moncton
- Provincial, federal governments invest in Beaulieu Plumbing and Mechanical Inc. in Edmundston
- Federal government provides funding to CE3 Electronics of Dieppe
- Federal government invests in Masitek Instruments Inc. in Moncton
- Enbridge Gas reduces workforce across NB
- Federal government announces investment of $9.7M for projects at small craft harbours in NB
- VIA Rail cuts staff in Sackville
- Bridge construction in Saint John is delayed
- Provincial government announces payroll rebate for Genesys Laboratories Canada, creating 30 jobs in Saint John
- Saint John SPCA cuts executive director position
Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2012
- Investment of $3.67M to revitalize tourist attraction in Grand Falls
- Boom in residential construction in Moncton
Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2012
- Investment of $9M in Moncton Hospital to expand the oncology centre
- Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton will house an integrated breast care centre
- Slow growth of the tourism industry in NB
- Provincial government annouces $2M investment for the organization of the 2014 World Acadian Congress in Edmundston
Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2012
- Express Scripts Canada opens in Dieppe, N.B.
- Crown wood continues to be harvested in NB despite ban
- Saint John radio workers on strike
- MQM Quality Manufacturing Ltd lands $13M Miramichi bridge contract
- Horseshoe Hill Construction to take over Saint John bridge project
- New Southeast Regional Correctional Centre in Shediac has been officially commissioned
- Lock out at Moncton Codiac Transpo
- Job cuts at Via Rail in Moncton and Halifax
Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2012
- Saint John Sea Dogs cut jobs
- Moncton-based South East Enviro Plus provides employment for marginalized people
- International course on the rights of the child to be offered at the Université de Moncton
- Possible job losses for support workers in New Brunswick school system
- The first group of doctors trained entirely in New Brunswick are graduating
- Federal government caps CMHC mortgages
Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2012
- Saint John youth centre receives funding from the federal government
- Wood harvesting from Crown lands halted in NB
- Radian6 to hire 300 in Saint John, Fredericton
- Moncton's Codiac Transpo cuts routes in contract dispute
- Hampton's Vintage Bistro closes
Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2012
- Government of Canada promotes opportunities for women
- The Centre naval du Nouveau-Brunswick in Bas-Caraquet has a new tenant
- Irving Oil plans on building a new rail terminal in Saint John
- Elite is looking to fill 25 new ICT jobs in Moncton
- Provincial government invests $62M in inclusive education
- Job cuts at NB Power
- McCain temporarily closes Grand Falls plant
- The provincial government is spending $38M to improve early childhood services
Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2012
- New Brunswick ranks 2nd highest for seniors in the country
- Federal government invests in Alma's tourism industry
- The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation provides funding for eight research projects in the province
- New Brunswick's public pension overhauled
- Saint John refinery receives crude oil by train
- SWN postpones shale gas testing in New Brunswick
- Saint John city council requests Saint John Pension Act changes
Week of May 21 - May 25, 2012
- ACOA cuts funding to regional economic development organizations
- New Brunswick Community College cuts three programs
- $6M investment to modernize the IPL Plastique factory in Edmundston
- Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Shipbuilding and Supply Chain Summit on June 21
- Atlantic Lottery replacing nearly 6,000 old video lottery terminals in the region
Week of May 14 - May 18, 2012
- New model for apprenticeship and occupational certification in NB
- Working group presents report on the culture of innovation in NB
- Potential strike threatens Point Lepreau nuclear plant re-start
Week of May 07 - May 11, 2012
- Saint John municipal council approves pension reforms
- Government of New Brunswick releases economic development plan
- Kent to expand in Saint John
- Startup Canada, a national entrepreneurship tour and campaign, coming to Moncton on May 27
- New Brunswick Innovation Foundation invests in Moncton-based RtTech Software Inc
- Funding for Targeted Initiative for Older Workers in New Brunswick extended to March 31, 2014
Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2012
- New charter service coming to New Brunswick
- 65 job losses in New Brunswick school structure
- Tentative deal reached in Acadian Lines dispute
- Perth-Andover loses largest private employer
Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2012
- Moncton business destroyed by fire
- Another mega concert in Moncton this summer
- The federal government introduces a new initiative to help employers looking to hire temporary foreign workers
- The Tantramar Heritage Trust in Sackville receives federal government funding
- Clair loses its only grocery store
Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2012
- Provincial, federal governments support expansion at Covered Bridge Potato Chip Co. in Waterville
- Provincial, federal governments help Edmundston youth enter workforce
- Metaltech Limited of Dieppe receives funding from the Government of Canada
- New program to encourage growth in gaming sector in New Brunswick
- Funding increase for New Brunswick post-secondary education
- Proposals requested for Moncton High School project
- Codiac Transpo union rejects Moncton contract offer
- Enterprise Greater Moncton launches an online business plan tool
- Federal and provincial support for maple sugar industry in Madawaska-Restigouche
Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2012
- Affordable housing units officially open in Saint John
- Miramichi Regional Hospital implementing community-based medical education program
- Grand Falls General Hospital opens new premises
- CANLink Aviation Inc. in Lincoln receives a $50,000 grant from ACOA
Labour Market Bulletins
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