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 Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017
- The provincial government announced changes to this year's SEED program, which provides funding for student summer employment. Adjustments were made to funding levels and 400 positions were added.
- Tropical Shipping, the main container service at Port Saint John since 2001, moved its operations to Halifax in January. Workers are now counting on DP World, the new operator of the Rodney Container Terminal, to drum up new business.
- According to a study undertaken by Université de Moncton researchers and the Association of Francophone Seniors in NB, about one third of new businesses are being started by seniors
- The provincial government has pledged $25M over the next three years towards the restoration of the Memramcook Institute, an Acadian school of higher learning. The remaining $7.5M in required funding has yet to be secured.
- According to Statistics Canada's 2016 census, New Brunswick's population declined by 0.5% (from 751,171 to 747,101) between 2011 and 2016
- Owners of Liquid Gold Olive Oils and Vinegars have decided to close their uptown Saint John location, after operating for five years without turning a profit. The company sells artisanal olive oil and other high-end foods.
Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017
- A new immigration pilot program, hatched by the Atlantic provinces and the federal government, will look to admit an additional 2,000 skilled immigrant workers and their families to Atlantic Canada in 2017
- The University of New Brunswick has announced the creation of the Emera and NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies, at its Fredericton campus. The number of university researchers in the field will double from the current staff of 26.
- Home sales in Fredericton reached a five-year high in 2016, totalling 2,024 and up 6.6% from 2015. The Fredericton Real Estate Board says they've started 2017 on target and expect another busy year for real estate in the capital city.
- Schnitzel Haus restaurant, which has operated in Aulac for nearly 30 years, announced that it is closing its doors. A family-run business, the closure is a result of the pending retirement of its owners.
- RPS Composite, a fibreglass pipe manufacturing company operating out of Minto, will be closing, putting 40 people out of work. A downturn in the market for its product was cited as the cause.
Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017
- Comer Defence, a Manitoba-based aerospace and defence firm, will be hosting a job fair in Miramichi on January 25 and 26, 2017. They are searching for people to work as defence assemblers and general labourers.
- With a contribution of nearly $5.2M from the provincial government, Sears Canada is opening a call centre in Saint John. The centre will create 350 jobs.
- Holly's Restaurant, a long-time staple of Hampton's main drag, has closed its doors after 20 years in operation. The closure will result in the loss of 10 jobs.
- The provincial and federal governments have announced that they are investing nearly $60M towards 74 clean water and wastewater projects across New Brunswick
- Locavore Foods is set to open in Saint John. The venue will be a ¿café application¿ and will feature New Brunswick-sourced foods.
- The new Sears business centre that is set to open in Saint John will begin the hiring process with a job fair on February 1 and 2, 2017. The fair will be held at the future location of the centre, Loch Lomond Place on McDonald Road.
- East Side Shop, a popular skateboarding shop in Saint John, has closed its doors. The store employed four people and there has been no official word on why the store closed.
Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017
- J.D. Irving, Limited, headquartered in Saint John, anticipates hiring 3,900 people in New Brunswick over the next three years. The company attributes this future demand to business growth, pending retirements and general workforce turnover.
- Major upgrades to Bathurst Regional Airport infrastructure will begin in the spring, despite a downturn in passengers served in 2016. The airport was initially built to accommodate 30,000 passengers but served nearly 45,000 passengers in 2016.
- Mills Seafood, a Bouctouche-based seafood company, has been placed into receivership. The plant employed 100 people, who are now out of work unless the plant is purchased and re-opened by a new buyer.
- An estimated 5,700 immigrants could potentially settle in NB in 2017, according to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. This would be double the number that settled in 2015.
- Agropur Dairy Co-operative and Saputo have announced that they are laying off hundreds of workers across Atlantic Canada, beginning April 1, 2017. Agropur will lay off 57 employees in New Brunswick, while Saputo has yet to release a figure.
- The provincial government is investing $526,000 in Island Fisherman Cooperative Association Ltd., which is undertaking a $5M modernization project at its Lamèque and Point-Sapin plants. The company employs between 450-500 seasonal and full-time workers.
- Kredl's Corner Market, of Hampton, has avoided bankruptcy after paying a $750,000 settlement to its creditors. Owner, David Wolpin, has already called back 18 employees who were let go at an earlier date.
- Pannizza has announced that it will be opening its second pizza restaurant in Moncton in May. The company is also looking to open new restaurants in Dieppe and Fredericton.
- The provincial government is providing Sears Canada Inc. with $3.5M to open a business centre in Edmundston. The centre is expected to create 180 new jobs and to generate $8.9M in GDP, annually. Sears currently employs 418 people in New Brunswick.
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The Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown Hotel is undergoing a $6M upgrade. The focus will be on interior renovations and the hotel will remain open throughout the project. Further work is being considered for the building exterior.The federal and provincial governments are investing $1.5M to help establish a specialized training centre for the mining and drilling sectors at the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) Bathurst campusBurrito Jax, a restaurant chain that specializes in healthy offerings, is opening a store in downtown Fredericton in April. Target audiences include the downtown lunch and late evening crowds, though they also offer catering services.Sequoia Natural & Organic, a Moncton-based organic food store, is opening its first Fredericton location in the spring. The company already operates three stores in Moncton and Dieppe.The provincial government has committed $649,000 towards the support of youth employment in the Kennebecasis Valley region. The funding will support 57 jobs with 32 different employers.
A new highway pit stop featuring a Sobeys Express and a Shell gas station is scheduled to open in Salisbury in late spring, 2017. The outlet is expected to employ 12 people.Tim Hortons has opened a new coffee shop at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport. Café Cavu, a sandwich-and-salads specialist, has also opened a restaurant, offering upscale sandwiches, salads, beverages and other healthy options.Hayward and Warwick, one of Saint John`s oldest businesses, announced that it will be shutting down after remaining in operation for over 160 years. The shop specialized in china and other upscale offerings.Moosehead Breweries announced that it will not go ahead with its small-batch brewery that was planned for the Saint John harbour front. The project which included a brewery, tap room and retail outlet, was scrapped due to cost concerns.
Key Industries, a Saint John company that teaches employment skills to the intellectually disabled, is expanding its services to reach people outside the cityPanizza, a pizza chain that has its roots in Montreal, is aiming to open a restaurant in Moncton in March
The federal and provincial governments have committed a combined $61.6M towards the construction of a new bridge across the Petitcodiac River, with work to begin in the spring of 2017The provincial government is investing $2.2M for the purchase of snow-making equipment at Sugarloaf Provincial Park. The equipment is expected to be in place for 2017.The City of Bathurst has eliminated two positions in the tourism sector, and their functions will be replaced by a new regional tourism office, supported by the Chaleur Regional Service CommissionThe federal government has committed $200,000 towards upgrades to the Magnetic Hill Zoo Education Centre, in MonctonNB Power has recommended a rehabilitation project that will maintain the Mactaquac dam until 2068. Most of the work will take place between 2020 and 2036.Locavore Foods has taken over the two Real Food Connections properties in Fredericton and Saint John, and intends to re-hire many of the Real Food Connections staff in 2017.Cirrus Garment, a new Saint John-based sewing business that produces ladies` clothing, currently has 31 employees, 12 of which are newcomers to CanadaFit Rocks Climbing Gym is set to open in Moncton by early 2017. The gym will feature 18-foot climbing walls and a training area.Horse Racing New Brunswick will be moving its harness racing operations from Fredericton to Saint John once the existing lease expires on December 31, 2016
A Syrian refugee who recently immigrated to Fredericton has opened a tailoring business called Ahmed Designs.The federal and provincial governments are contributing a combined $45.2M towards improvements to the TransAqua Wastewater Treatment Facility, which serves the Greater Moncton area
Reneu Boutique, of Fredericton, will be shutting down on February 1, 2017, after 10 years in businessNorthampton Brewery has opened its Roundhouse location to the Fredericton public, nearly a year after moving its Picaroons brewery operations to the siteThe provincial government is hiring four midwives as part of a pilot project based in Fredericton, which will introduce midwifery care in New BrunswickSyrian newcomers to New Brunswick found jobs at a higher rate than the national average, over the last year. This is despite the fact that the province also received the highest percentage of refugees who spoke neither English nor FrenchThe provincial and federal governments are investing over $45M in the Fundy Trail Connector infrastructure project, improving connections to the Fundy Trail Parkway in southern New Brunswick
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.PMV Canada has begun construction of a new commercial space at 840 Main Street, in Moncton and hopes to find a suitable tenant by spring, 2017, when the building is expected to be at or near completion. The downtown area is seeing solid development, which the city attributes to construction of a new events centre.Organigram, a medical marijuana producer based in Moncton, announced plans to expand its Moncton Industrial Park facility in order attain sufficient scale to accommodate a recent promotional deal. The expansion will add 9,000 kg of capacity, bringing the total to approximately 26,000 kg. The new addition is anticipated to be operational by spring, 2018.A new NB Liquor store is set to open in uptown Saint John and will replace the Prince Edward Square location. The new store will feature an enhanced products portfolio, a chilled products area, a growler bar and a wine-tasting station.Real Food Connections is shutting down after six and a half years in operation. The company distributed and sold locally produced products and food, via a grocery box program and two retail outlets located in Fredericton and Saint John.The People, Skills, Jobs, a career fair sponsored by Ignite Fredericton and the Provincial government, was held on November 29. There were 36 booths, with companies advertising 460 job openings. Many companies identified a skills gap as being the main issue that they face when hiring.
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.Tropical Shipping, which represents almost half of the Port of Saint John's container traffic business, is terminating its relationship with the port after 15 years. The company will shift its operations to Halterm Container Terminal in Halifax, NS, on January 9, 2017.Tweedside Road Home Decor has opened a second retail location in Fredericton. The first store, located in Saint Andrews, has been in operation since 2014.Hammond River Brewing will be moving its operations into a new $900,000 building, attached to Barrel's Head Gastropub and Peddlers Creek, in Rothesay. Capacity will increase from 140 to 1,750 litres per batch.The Canadian Consumer Finance Association is projecting that some of the 25 businesses that offer payday loans in NB will have to close if the provincial government implements its proposed changes to payday loan regulations. Under tougher guidelines, operators may not be able to conduct enough business to offset overhead costs such as wages and retail space.
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.The provincial government will contribute $500,000 to a $1.9M project for the expansion of the community services centre in Clair, NB. The new centre is expected to house the municipal office and other professional services when completed.About 90 new staff will be added to the Federal government pay centre in Miramichi in the near future, after the completion of their training. The centre currently employs 600 people.The city of Fredericton has increased its allocation on water and sewage projects in 2017 by $15M, with the federal and provincial governments committing 50% and 25% of the total costs, respectively. These projects are expected to generate additional economic activity and employment opportunities.
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.The Saint John Airport will invest $33.7M over 10 years towards capital projects, which will add more carriers, connections and businesses to the current 20 tenants. The airport contribute $30M of the expenditure while tenants will be add the rest.The provincial and federal governments are investing $10M to support the establishment of four new maple syrup operations and the expansion of another 19 businesses in the Madawaska and Restigouche regionsAn agreement has been struck between the New Brunswick government and Groupe Ocean for the use of the Bas-Caraquet shipyard. Once built, the company will then lease the dock from the shipyard.The provincial government will increase the number of business service centres in sectors such as banking, finance, information technology and research. The initiative will add new high-skill and high-paying jobs.Work on Moncton's $104M downtown centre is on schedule and will be completed in 2018 according to a city spokesperson. The project has 110 workers on site, most of them New Brunswickers.The federal government introduced new funding to allow an outreach plan to extend its program to northern New Brunswick. The program shows middle school students the opportunities that exist in the fields of sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).NB Liquor replaced an old store wih a new 13,000 ft2 store on Mountain Road. The Vaughan Harvey Sobeys location will be revamped in April 2017, as will other locations across the province.According to data on hotel industry performance, Saint John's hotels occupancy rates were up 5.8% in September 2016, compared to last year at this point. Discover Saint John's tourism numbers also show that 1.5M visitors came to the port city in 2015.According to Statistics Canada, New Brunswick's unemployment rate rose by 0.7 percentage points to 10% in October. Saint John's rate increased slightly to 7.6% in October and Moncton's rate remained steady at 6.9%.IBM's Qradar security intelligence program now employs 400 people. The office started with 40 employees, with the acquisition of Fredericton-based Q1 Labs.
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 NationElsipogtog First Nation opened a new 17,000 ft2 retail plaza with a Pharmasave and River of Fire Market, which will allow the 3,000 residents to shop for groceries in their own community. The plaza will employ more than 50 people and has a third retail space available for rent. Elsipogtog is located about 90 km away from Moncton.Years of low cranberry prices have forced many New Brunswick cranberry farmers to not harvest their crops this year or have had to lay off employees. New Brunswick has more than 20 cranberry producers and produces the most berries in Atlantic Canada, but many farms have been operating at a loss.SimpTek Technologies, a Fredericton software company, is in the process of marketing its energy metering technology to new markets in Québec, Ontario and New England. The company¿s expansion plan includes hiring a few more staff, forming new partnerships with other utilities and recruiting sales people in different regions.Brunswick Square in Saint John, will lose another retailer when Starbucks shuts down on November 5, 2016. Hallmark and Suzy Shier also closed their operations in the downtown shopping centre this past winter. No reason was provided for Starbucks closure.The New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) announced that it will partner with the Salesforce Academic Alliance program to develop training geared toward future IT employment. Although the program is just launching, NBCC says it will work closely with Salesforce to ensure that a variety of skills are incorporated in the program.Subway will be the first tenant in McLaughlin Place, a new commercial plaza being built in Moncton's north end. Hiring is expected to take place before it opens in late December 2016. The complex will have five buildings and will also house a Pharmasave and a Guacamole Mexican Street Food restaurant.
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.In an effort to increase the supply of bilingual paramedics in the province, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick will begin offering a two-year program in September 2017. The course will be managed from the Campbellton campus, but could be offered at various locations depending on need.
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.According to the New Brunswick government, of the 583 working-age Syrian refugees who settled in the province over the past 11 months, only 103 of them have a job. In total, about 1,420 Syrian refugees have moved to the province. The federal government provides Syrian refugees with income support for up to one year.The City of Fredericton plans to eliminate most of its accumulated debt in the 2017 budget by not renewing 4.75 unnamed full-time equivalent positions which will be generated from retirementsThe Play Café, an indoor play space and café for parents and children, will open in November 2016 at 150 Edmonton Avenue in MonctonThe Midwives' Association of New Brunswick has expressed concern that there are currently no positons in the province for midwives despite a government announcement earlier in 2016 that four positions would be created. The government indicates the program is still in the planning stages.
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.
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.Based on numbers released by New Brunswick's Department of Health, the province has 75 doctor vacancies, 33 for general practitioners and 42 for specialists. New Brunswick competes against other provinces to recruit doctors and despite incentives, still face a shortage, especially for specialists.Celebrate!, a specialty store featuring name-brand merchandise at marked-down prices, is the 26th retailer to open at the East Point Shopping Centre in Saint John. PetSmart is also scheduled to open a store at East Point later this autumn.A new manufacturing company, Omera Shells Inc., is slated to begin operations in Richibucto this fall. The facility will take seafood waste and convert it into bio-organic fertilizer, which will be exported to Asia. It is expected that 30 jobs will be initially created, with another 20 to be hired in 2017. According to Opportunities NB, there could be up to 74 jobs created in the next two years.Cox Electronics & Communications' stores in Saint John and Fredericton are shutting down for good at the end of October. The company's owner is retiring and has sold the St. Stephen location, which will remain in operation. The retail and commercial business had employed over 50 people at its three locations.The Rallye Motors Auto Group will build an auto mall on 12 acres of land on Carson Drive in Moncton. The facility will offer multiple new and used automotive brands, a full service collision center, a service drive-through, and other services in one location. The first phase of the development will open in 2018 and staffing levels are expected to go from 150 to 200 once fully completed.
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.A new bar called the Five and Dime, which will focus on vinyl records and craft beer, will be opening in early November on Grannan Lane in Saint John. The bar will host vinyl exchange events and allow patrons to bring their own records.New Brunswick's population was 756,780, as of July 1, 2016 and this was an increase of 0.3% compared to the previous year. Prince Edward Island had the largest growth in Atlantic Canada at 1.3%, which was higher than the national average of 1.2%.The Moncton events centre is on schedule according to the project director. The $104M facility will have about 9,000 seats and will feature an arena as well as retail space, concession stands, two outdoor patios and an outdoor events space. The venue is expected to open in September 2018.Fredericton-based PMV Canada Inc. is buying apartment houses in Saint John's north end, with the plan to fix them up or do something new with the land. The company wants to develop new affordable housing and help spark further development in the area.Resilia Medical Solutions, a Shediac company that makes a bladder leakage device, has a new distribution deal with Aspen Pharmacare. The company expects the new deal will allow it grow and staff up to 15 people in sales and marketing by 2017.The Anglophone East School District has hired 58 full-time teachers this year as a result of retirements and increased enrolment. There has been an increase in newcomer families to the area, including over 120 Syrian refugee students. The district employs about 1,700 full-time staff and 700 part-time staff.Miami-based ARS Canada Rolling Stock plans to start manufacturing rail cars at the old Moncton Hump Yard, creating 200 jobs by 2017 in the first phase. The company plans to employ more than 700 people by 2021, which will include welders and mechanics.
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.The New Brunswick government has committed $200K in funding to help the trucking industry address their labour shortage. Many trucking jobs do not get filled, and with the average age of drivers being 50 years old, being able to recruit and retain truckers is key. According to the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, the average truck driver makes about $65K a year.The New Brunswick government has committed $200K in funding to help the trucking industry address their labour shortage. Many trucking jobs do not get filled, and with the average age of drivers being 50 years old, being able to recruit and retain truckers is key. According to the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, the average truck driver makes about $65K a year.The New Brunswick government will spend up to $1M to allow unemployed adults to take free second−language training, in order to improve their job prospects. The program will begin in January 2017 and be available at community colleges across the province.A survey completed by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission shows that 70% of New Brunswick's 2012 university graduates who stayed home were working two years later, while 61% of the graduates who had moved away were workingIBM will host a career fair on October 5, 2016 at 400 Main Street in Saint John. The company is looking to hire entry level people, as well as experienced technical support experts and leaders. In May, IBM stated that they would create 110 new jobs.A new bar in uptown Saint John called Eighty3 Bar Arcade will officially open for business on October 1, 2016. The bar features craft beer and vintage arcade games for patrons to play. The owner hopes it will have its kitchen in operation by Christmas.New Brunswick must improve its retention rates of immigrants, if a pilot project to attract skilled workers to the region is to continue. Atlantic Canada has retained 40% of its immigrant population, while Ontario has kept 93% while Western has retained 90%.
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.
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.The Old Cosmo Complex, which closed in September, will re-open under new management on October 14, 2016 as Venue Moncton. The 24,000 square foot venue will have a nightclub that features touring DJs and bands one side and a country bar on the other side.Mount Allison University will build a new $13M Centre for Environmental Innovation at its Sackville campus, which will consolidate the research work of 15 scientists and create new jobs in the process. The centre is expected to be completed by the spring or summer of 2018.A new fertilizer plant, which will turn seafood-processing waste into fertilizer, is under construction in Richibucto, NB. The Omera Shells facility will initially create 30 jobs when it opens in the fall of 2016, and as many as 74 jobs over the next two years.The New Brunswick Community College in Saint John will build a new trades education building with the help of $15.89M in government funding, which is seen as preparing youth for high value jobs of the future. Work is expected to begin in the spring of 2017 and be completed by May of 2018.Moosehead Breweries has announced that it will build a 10,000 sq ft small-batch brewery on the Saint John waterfront. The company expects to start construction in Spring 2017.The Moncton Flight College will add 29 new jobs to its staff of 142 currently employed at its Moncton and Fredericton campuses. The jobs will include flight-training instructors, aviation maintenance engineers and administrative staff.Irving Oil will begin a $135M turnaround project this fall to increase the efficiency of its Saint John refinery. The project will require 2,400 tradespeople including boilermakers, electricians, labourers, scaffolders, and pipefitters over six weeks.Maritime Law Book, a Fredericton law book publisher, will be shutting down after 51 years in business. At its peak the company employed 75 people, but are now down to 23 staff.The University of New Brunswick will be hosting its 2016 Career and Education Options Fair on September 29 at the Richard J. Currie Center's performance gym in Fredericton. Post-secondary education students will be able to connect with over 60 employers and 20 educational institutions.
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.
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%.
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 industriesThe 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.
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 activitiesThe 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 transitThe Saint John, NB city market is receiving $6.1M to support infrastructure upgrades and improvements from the provincial and federal governmentsThe Miramichi Folklore Park will receive infrastructure upgrades from a joint investment of $84,098 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure ProgramFollowing 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.
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 infrastructureThe 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.
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.
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 MananPar-T-Perfect, a children's entertainment company, will open an indoor play centre in August in the Pinewood Plaza in Riverview, NB
Baisley Construction will complete the $1.5M terminal building at the Miramichi Airport over the next several monthsThe 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 2016Alien Boats, a company that manufactures aluminum boats, has opened on Halifax Street in MonctonCafé 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, NBClub Rewind, a nightclub, has opened in Saint John, NB
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.
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 JohnSky Zone, a trampoline park franchise, will open on Champlain Street in Moncton within the coming weeksBetween 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
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.
Cask & Kettle Irish Gastropub has opened on Prince William Street in Saint JohnThe 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.
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 workersMcCain 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 growersHoly 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 fallRegistered 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 yearYoga on York will be opening at 73 York Street in Fredericton, NB in September, 2016
Candy Craze opened on June 5 in Shediac, NB with plans to hire additional part-time employees by the start of the summerThe 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 facilitiesNew 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, 2016The Conference Board of Canada projects job losses of 3,000 in 2016 and a stalled economy for New BrunswickNew Brunswick has expanded the Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) program to fund 300-400 additional student summer jobs at non-profit organizationsThe 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.
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 mechanicsDamda, a Vietnamese / Thai restaurant, recently opened on Queen Street in Fredericton and hired four kitchen and four front-of-house staffThe 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 JulyAcadian Construction (Dieppe) will begin construction of a 120-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Moncton this summer
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 2017Modern General, a boutique general store, is opening on York Street in Fredericton on June 1 and will be run solely by the ownerGreco Pizza is opening a Greco Pizza/Captain Submarine Xpress location in Hanwell off Route 640A 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 ProgramThe 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.
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 positionsPrincess 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 pharmacyTrailWay Brewing Company is launching a brewery and tasting room on Main St. in FrederictonFredericton'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 jobsNut 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 yearsMore 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'sThe 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 endConstruction is underway on a new $7.5M Wingate Hotel and Convention Centre in downtown Dieppe, which is expected to open in the spring of 2017Pet Valu opened up a new store on Main Street in Moncton on May 17The 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.
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 jobsSteamers' Bed & Breakfast, Gagetown NB., opened year-round in April 2016Cooke 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.
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.
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 technologySkillsoft, a multi-national e-learning technology company, has laid off about 50 workers in its Fredericton locationApple 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 OctoberOwners 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 MonctonAn 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
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 coreAtelka 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 25PJ'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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
(To access archived Labour Market Bulletins not appearing on this webpage, please contact us).
- December 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 621 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 464 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 470 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 478 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 315 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 559 KB)
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
- Agriculture | (PDF)
- Forestry and Forestry Products | (PDF)
- Fishing | (PDF)
- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction | (PDF)
- Utilities | (PDF)
- Construction | (PDF)
- Seafood product preparation and packaging | (PDF)
- Wholesale trade | (PDF)
- Retail trade | (PDF)
- Trucking | (PDF)
- Finance and insurance | (PDF)
- Real estate and rental and leasing | (PDF)
- Professional, scientific and technical services | (PDF)
- Educational services | (PDF)
- Health care and social assistance | (PDF)
- Accommodation and food services | (PDF)
Client Segment Profiles
A report that provides provincial and local demographic and labour market information, trends and prospects for a selected socio-demographic group