Job Market Trends and News

New Brunswick

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News Archive

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  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Reneu Boutique, of Fredericton, will be shutting down on February 1, 2017, after 10 years in business
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    The provincial government plans to cut approximately 1,300 civil service positions, over the next five years from departmental staff. An estimated 45,500 people currently work for the provincial government in a full-time or part-time capacity, including departmental, school system and health care staff.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    The city of Saint John and various community partners have contributed nearly $10.5M towards the Greater Saint John field house project. Phases one and two will cost an estimated $40M and will cover new construction and improvements to existing facilities. Construction is expected to begin in March 2017, with a projected opening in October 2018.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    According to the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce, small businesses in Saint John, as much as multibillion dollar industries have shaped the fabric of the city and have thrived for hundreds of years. Small businesses employ 25,000 to 29,000 Saint John residents among Chamber members alone.

  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    The Saint John Airport reports their operations contributed more than $63M and 446 full-time jobs to the city's economy in 2015. Corporate and business activity accounted for one quarter of the impact and tenants like Irving Oil Ltd. and Cooke Aquaculture created activity beyond traditional passenger movement.
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    A new $5M education centre for pre-school children and a daycare have opened in the Chief Harold Sappier School in St. Mary¿s First Nation

  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Thirteen new jobs will be created at wood product manufacturer JMN Enterprises, three at firewood producer Fiready and four at Water Blasting & Vacuum Services. Financial assistance will be provided by the federal and provincial governments to the Edmundston-area companies.

  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    According to a survey conducted by Ignite Fredericton, about one third of 118 businesses consulted across industries in the Fredericton area report difficulty in attracting new employees. A lack of required skills and/or lack of experience were the main reasons for the difficulties.
  • Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2016

    Imperial Manufacturing in Richibucto is bringing in 20 new immigrants from Romania under a new federal program, to fill manufacturing jobs and help counteract stagnant population growth in the area. The jobs are general labourer positions that the company has not been able to staff locally.
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    The Bank of Montreal predicts that New Brunswick's economic growth rate will be one of the lowest in the country at 0.5% in 2016 and 0.8% in 2017. Impacting the province is soft economic growth, demographic and fiscal challenges. The bank estimates that the average growth for Canada as a whole will be 1.2 % in 2016 and 2.0% in 2017.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    A new craft beer brewery, Foghorn Brewing Co., is slated to open in Rothesay this October at 47 Clark Road. The 2,000 square-foot brewery will have a tap room, as well as a growler and keg service, and expects to hire some part-time help soon.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Princess Auto has begun construction of its third location in New Brunswick, which will open in Fredericton in the spring of 2017. The 20,000 square foot space will be located in the Corbett Centre and will employ 35 staff.
  • Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2016

    Construction has begun on a new $17.6M Kingswood Cambria Suites Hotel in Fredericton. The hotel will create 100 new jobs and will be next to the largest indoor water park in Atlantic Canada, both slated to open in September 2017. The water park will employ 30 staff.
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Qimple Inc., a Moncton start-up, will receive a $500,000 loan from ACOA to promote and innovate their product. Their product enables companies to create a job ad and post it to numerous job boards, then screen applicants using their technology.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    Cask & Kettle Irish Gastropub has opened on Prince William Street in Saint John
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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%.

  • 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.

  • 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

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