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 Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017
- Restaurant Pub O'Toole is closing permanently due to dwindling patronage. As a result, 27 jobs will be lost in Rouyn-Noranda. (available in French only)
- Construction of a biomethanization treatment centre, evaluated at $57.8M, began in Varennes and should last 12 to 18 months (available in French only)
- Resolute Forest Products needs workers. By 2021, the company will have to fill 800 positions, or 40% of its workforce, in its various facilities in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, mainly because of retirements. (available in French only)
- Greenhouse Serres Toundra in Saint-Félicien is still seeking gatherers and packers. To fill these positions, management is now looking outside the region to ensure the complex's productivity. (available in French only)
- Sears Décor in Lachenaie closed, leading to the loss of about 15 jobs (available in French only)
- Sears Décor in Boisbriand is closing, causing the loss of 16 jobs
- Abbaye de St-Benoît-du-Lac, an abbey in the municipality of St-Benoît-du-Lac, is investing $7.5M to build a new cheese factory (available in French only)
- Gaz Métro announced the commissioning of its natural gas network in Asbestos's industrial park. A $4.4M investment was required for this project. (available in French only)
- Fast food chain McDonald's opened a restaurant in Port-Cartier in late December, creating about 45 jobs (available in French only)
Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016
- The Government of Quebec has announced that it is investing $80M for the allocation of 950 affordable housing units in Montréal, Gatineau, and Quebec City (available in French only)
- The opening of a new branch of Sherbrooke's Siboire microbrewery in Montréal will create around 40 jobs. It is scheduled for the end of April 2017. (available in French only)
- Mascouche's Trois Diamants Chrysler and Fiat dealership is investing over $6M to expand its facilities, which should create over 20 new jobs (available in French only)
- Magog's Ressourcière des frontières store will close, resulting in the company's 10 employees being laid off (available in French only)
- New Richmond's Fabrication Delta will invest $6.45M and create 15 specialized jobs. In its early stages as a wind turbine part manufacturer, the company plans on producing 46 wind turbine hubs for Siemens Wind Power. (available in French only)
- Gaspé's LM Wind Power is planning on hiring 40 more employees, including engineers, mechanics, labourers, supervisors, and administrative assistants. Since August, the wind turbine blade manufacturer has hired 130 new employees. (available in French only)
- Rivière-du-Loup's L'Envol school, which welcomes carpentry and joinery students, has completed renovations and an expansion that required an investment of over $3M (available in French only)
- Chocolats Favoris will open a new branch in Quebec City's Beauport sector next summer. Some 30 to 40 jobs will be created. (available in French only)
- A group of investors from Montréal will invest over $15M in the first phase of Saint-Côme-Linière's Les Trois Ailes assisted living facility. Work will begin in the spring and should be completed by the end of 2017. Some 85 jobs will be created. (available in French only)
- The Government of Quebec has issued a call for tenders for the construction of the Delisle and Isle-Maligne neighbourhood bypass roads in Alma. The construction, which will begin in 2017, should last 4 years and create some hundred jobs. (available in French only)
- The O Shack bistro pub will open in downtown Victoriaville in the spring and will create between 15 and 20 jobs (available in French only)
- Canada Economic Development and the city of Asbestos have invested $4.4M to extend the gas network, which will benefit the city's industrial neighbourhood (available in French only)
- Microtec informatique, a company that specializes in computer sales and services, will move to another location in Drummondville, which will require a $3.5M investment. The new location should allow for the hiring of 12 new employees. (available in French only)
- The Villa Domaine St-Grégoire retirement home is investing $14.3M to expand its facilities (available in French only)
- Soprema, a manufacturer of sealants used in construction and civil engineering, is investing $15M to open a new plant in Sherbrooke. When the facilities will be ready, the plant will hire some 50 employees. (available in French only)
Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016
- PhysioOutaouais invested $575,000 to establish its three physiotherapy clinics in Gatineau. The most recent opening created 13 new full-time jobs, which brings the total number of employees to 84. (available in French only)
- The HGrégoire car dealership announced the opening of two new locations in Laval in February 2017. Some 100 jobs will be created by these openings, which required an investment of $20M.
- Sports Experts has invested $2M to expand its store and create 8 new jobs in Val d'Or. (available in French only)
- Dazmo Groupe, a Montréal company specializing in the film, television and advertising industry, announced the opening of the MTL GRANDÉ film studios
- Moment Factory, a multimedia entertainment studio, announced it will be creating 350 jobs over 3 years and saving 150 existing jobs as a result of a total investment of over $10M (available in French only)
- The Government of Quebec announced it will be building a special school for children with intellectual disabilities in Montréal by 2021 at an investment of almost $35M (available in French only)
- Construction Beauchêne has obtained a contract valued at $1.65M to renovate and expand the head office building of the MRC de la Vallée-de-l'Or (available in French only)
- The City of Montréal and the Government of Quebec have announced a development plan for Jean-Drapeau Park to celebrate Montréal's 375th anniversary. The project is estimated at $73.4M with a scheduled opening in 2019.
- The new Drummondville municipal library will receive more than $2M to facilitate its opening next summer. The project will create seven jobs. (available in French only)
- The Grégoire et Desrochers funeral homes are investing more than $3M to build a funeral complex in Plessisville (available in French only)
- Venmar, a ventilation product manufacturing and distribution company, will be establishing a research and development centre in Drummondville. The centre will create 25 jobs in the engineering and marketing fields. (available in French only)
- SamaN, a manufacturer of finishing products for woodworking, is investing $2M in the construction of a new building in Victoriaville (available in French only)
- A new daycare will be opening in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford in April, creating between 8 and 10 jobs (available in French only)
- The Bâtisseurs seniors residence in Sept-Îles is investing $6M to build a third phase with completion planned for fall 2018 (available in French only)
- IT Link, a French company specializing in the design and installation of digital industrial systems, announced the opening of its North American head office in Montréal, leading to the creation of 40 specialized jobs over 3 years (available in French only)
- The former site of the Montreal Children's Hospital will be converted by Devimco Immobilier into a community centre, 1400 housing units, a 250-room hotel and businesses, among other things. The project is estimated at $400M. (available in French only)
- The multinational Thomas & Betts, is investing $19M to modernize its Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant, which specializes in metal transformation, to ensure better productivity and competitiveness (available in French only)
- Hopper, a Montréal company specializing in the creation of mobile applications, announced funding of $40M from the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to support its growth. Some 40 jobs will be created in Montréal in 2017. (available in French only)
- McInnis Cement needs to hire about 15 workers to complete its team in order to run its plant in Pont-Daniel-Gascons. Construction is 80% complete and the torch is gradually being handed over to the operations team. (available in French only)
- Hydro Quebec is constantly seeking graduates in industrial electronics technology. The work-study alternating format offered by the Rivière-du-Loup CEGEP allows students to perform paid internships during their studies. (available in French only)
- Prelco will be creating 32 jobs in Rivière-du-Loup after investing more than $8M in its Rivière-du-Loup plant, its head office and its Montréal plant. Prelco manufactures tempered and laminated glass for commercial and institutional buildings. (available in French only)
- Nemaska Lithium has hired 20 operations technicians to date in Shawinigan. The plant is expected to go into operation in the first quarter of 2017 following its construction at a cost of $25M. (available in French only)
- KiNipi Spa et Bains nordiques in Trois-Rivières will be offering accommodation in fall 2017 following an investment of $7.92M. Thirty jobs will be added to the current 70 when the 24 accommodation units are built. (available in French only)
- The Kiné Option Santé fitness centre will be opening on January 9 in Shawinigan, creating six therapist jobs (massage therapists, physiotherapists and orthotherapists) and fitness trainer positions (available in French only)
- Carrefour emploi du Haut St-Maurice is now offering its services to persons aged 36 and older as a result of an agreement with Emploi-Québec. The organization is providing support services for workforce integration or return to school. (available in French only)
- Cabane chez Roger de Saint-Prosper closed on December 11 due to financial difficulties. This sugar shack was also a base for snowmobiles. (available in French only)
- SiliCycle will be investing $5M in 2017 to expand its Québec City factory. SiliCycle is a private company specializing in the manufacture of silica-based chemical products for the pharmaceutical industry. (available in French only)
- In 2018, BlackRock Metals is planning to build an iron ore processing plant at the Grande-Anse port in Saguenay. It is expected the project will generate 500 jobs during construction and 300 during production. (available in French only)
- Cegerco recently signed a $46.8M contract to build a new garage for electrotechnical, mechanical engineering and transportation services on the Bagotville military base. The work should start soon. (available in French only)
- The Normandin Group is investing almost $14M to renovate Hôtel Bernières and build a new restaurant in the Saint-Nicolas sector of Lévis. The restaurant should open in May 2017 and the work on the hotel should be completed for May 2018. (available in French only)
- PureSphera, a company that recycles refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in Bécancour, will be investing $17M to increase it recovery capacity. Expansion of its facilities will enable it to hire 55 employees in 2017. (available in French only)
- The Super C supermarket of the Carrefour de l'Estrie in Sherbrooke is investing $5.5M in a new facility, creating 30 jobs and bringing the number of employees to about 85. The opening is planned for early 2017. (available in French only)
- Strom Spa Nordique announced the opening of its Sherbrooke location following an investment of almost $7M. Some 70 jobs will be created. (available in French only)
- Émulsions Bourget , a manufacturer of bituminous products in Saint-Paul, is investing more than $1M to expand its facilities (available in French only)
- The Government of Quebec announced a grant of more than $4.3M to the Lanaudière regional transportation board (CRTL) to acquire a traveller information system that will improve accessibility and public transit services (available in French only)
- Groupe Maurice is investing $60M to build a 340 unit residence for retired persons in Boucherville. The residence will welcome its first residents in fall 2018. (available in French only)
- Le Boisé sur mer, an independent and assisted living residence for independent persons and persons with a loss of independence, is investing close to $2M to build a new complex in Pointe-Lebel. Construction will be completed in summer 2017 and will create up to 20 jobs. (available in French only)
Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016
- The Frelighsburg experimental farm is becoming an environmental agriculture-based research centre following a $2M investment (available in French only)
- The emergency department at the Charles-Le Moyne hospital is being upgraded at a cost of $40M. Work will be completed in two phases and will last until March 2017. (available in French only)
- The Haut-Richelieu funeral complex will be built at a cost of $4M in Saint-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu and will open next summer (available in French only)
- Stationery store La Liberté in Granby is closing after more than 50 years of being in business. Its 10 employees will join their new colleagues at Buropro Citation in the Galeries de Granby shopping centre. (available in French only)
- BCBG Max Azria, a women's clothing retailer, is closing its administrative offices and distribution centre in Montréal. In total, 25 people have been laid off. (available in French only)
- The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced the elimination of 64 positions within its organization, including 33 layoffs in Quebec (available in French only)
- Residential neighbourhood Le Nautiqua will be completed in the municipality of Waterloo following a $3.25M investment. This new neighbourhood should eventually add 160 homes to the municipality. (available in French only)
- The Deux-Ruisseaux elementary school in the Hull sector of Gatineau was expanded at a cost of $6.5M. This project added 10 new classes to accommodate another 220 students. (available in French only)
- Montréal-based engineering company SNC-Lavalin announced 405 layoffs in Canada. This total includes 186 positions in Montréal, 195 in Ontario, and 24 in Saskatoon. (available in French only)
- Montréal-based company Produits Plaisirs Glacés, formerly known as Crème glacée Lambert, declared bankruptcy. About 60 people are affected by the closing. (available in French only)
- Odacité confirmed the opening of an IGA supermarket, a Familiprix pharmacy, a Dollarama, and the Clinique médicale M in Trois-Rivières in June 2017. The investment of over $18M will create more than 200 jobs, including about 100 at the IGA Paquette supermarket. (available in French only)
- The official ground-breaking ceremony for the first phase of the Baie-Jolie - Quartier naturel housing project took place November 24. The $10M project will be completed over several years in the Pointe-du-Lac sector in the city of Trois-Rivières. (available in French only)
- The Mi'kmaq of Gaspésie's wind farm, located in Escuminac's backcountry, opened December 1 after one year of work. About 15 workers, including 4 Mi'kmaq technicians, will ensure the Mesgi'g Ugju's'n park runs smoothly. (available in French only)
- The Sûreté du Québec's call centre in Chandler will add 7 new employees, bringing its total workforce to 15 (available in French only)
- Mining exploration company Gespeg Copper suspended its operations in Cap-Chat. The current price of copper did not justify further exploration. Operations could resume in 2017, given that the resource's value has recovered. (available in French only)
- Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean's Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux will welcome 22 general practitioners in 2017. They will then be placed according to the region's needs. (available in French only)
- Québec City's Ubisoft studio is still looking for more employees. According to the executive director of human resources and communications, between 80 and 100 positions are currently available in the company. (available in French only)
- Restaurant Plaza, located on Frontenac Ouest Boulevard in Thetford Mines, closed on December 6. About 30 people are affected by the closing. (available in French only)
- Le Fumet, a restaurant in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, will move to a new location following an investment of over $1.3M. Four new workers will be hired to join the 21 current employees. (available in French only)
- The City of Terrebonne inaugurated the Napoléon-Gauthier building, which will house several community organizations. The project represents a $3.6M investment. (available in French only)
- The Place Le Figaro project will be built in Terrebonne thanks to an investment of over $5M. The building is expected to open in spring 2018. (available in French only)
- Résidences de l'Achigan is investing over $5M to construct a building containing 28 units for seniors in Saint-Roch-de-l¿Achigan. It is expected to open in summer 2017. (available in French only)
- Ateliers Sainte-Émilie Inc., a company in Sainte-Émélie-de-l'Énergie that makes Asetrail trailers, was destroyed by a fire. Its 16 employees have been left jobless. (available in French only)
- A new Brunet pharmacy opened in Sainte-Julienne following a $1M investment (available in French only)
- Han-Logement in Magog will invest $15M to build homes for people with disabilities in the cities of Cowansville, Bromont, Waterloo, Magog, Sherbrooke, Windsor, and Richmond (available in French only)
- L'Association pour l'hébergement des personnes handicapées de la MRC du Granit announced an investment of $675,000 to build a home in the city of Lac Mégantic. It is expected to be ready in spring 2017. (available in French only)
- La Station, a cheese factory in Compton, recently unveiled its expanded facilities following an investment of over $500,000 (available in French only)
- The Montignac auditorium in Lac-Mégantic will be modernized following a $3.4M investment (available in French only)
- Mag One Operations in Asbestos is investing over $1.1M to build a plant. About 10 jobs will be created. (available in French only)
Want to find out more about local or provincial labour market history? The labour market news archive may be a good place to start.
In this section, you can browse archived news titles, whose links are no longer functional, for up to one year from the current date. The archived news can help you understand the labour market trends in geographic areas and industries that are of interest to you.
The Marché Famille Julien IGA store moved from the Promenades du cuivre shopping centre to Senator Street, in Rouyn-Noranda, creating 30 new jobs on December 1, 2016
The Government of Quebec announced a $65M investment to hire 1,150 workers in the province's long-term care facilities. Nurses, nursing assistants and orderlies are being sought.
Vic et Lambert, a $35M condominium project with 51 units on eight floors, is being built in Saint-Lambert. Construction has started and is expected to take 12 to 18 months.
Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, a part of the Sépaq network, will be revamped thanks to a $2.3M provincial government investment. The improvements are expected to generate 22 direct and indirect jobs.
Sorel-Tracy's Hooligan's restaurant and bar has ceased its operations for economic reasons, resulting in 15 employees getting laid off
The Groupe Soucy is buying ACM Composites of Drummondville after it declared bankruptcy. About forty employees are quickly getting their livelihoods back.
Groupe P.N.F, an air filter manufacturer in Saint-Léonard-d'Aston, is investing nearly $1.5M to acquire equipment, thanks to federal and provincial government assistance. Some ten employees, technicians and labourers, will be hired.
The Jean Coutu pharmacy in downtown Drummondville will move to its new building on Saint-Pierre street on November 1. About 15 workers are being hired to join the current staff.
The Aéroport régional André-Fortin, property of the City of Victoriaville, is investing about $6M in phase one of its modernization
Milan Conception, an industrial equipment manufacturer for the car weather-stripping industry, invested $1.6 million for expansion and to purchase cutting-edge technology. At least 10 new employees will be hired, with five more in 2017.
Tim Hortons has created a place for itself in Stanstead. Around 30 employees were hired. The investment total was not disclosed.
Collège Ellis, a private college, is investing $1M in a new student residence at its Drummondville campus
A new fire station will be built in Mont-Saint-Hilaire at a cost of $5M, thanks to $2.75M in government funding
Drummondville's Au Grenier des Petits, a boutique for babies, young children, and parents, is investing over $1M to relocate in the same city while doubling its surface area. Eight employees are expected to be hired to join the eight current workers.
The Municipality of Saint-Anselme will invest over $5M to develop its land and install a roundabout at the intersection of Ste-Anne Street and St-Jacques Street with the aim of building 230 additional housing units
Allô Prof is opening a new homework assistance service in Saguenay. The company will hire 11 part-time teachers and one coordinator to answer questions from elementary and high school students from throughout the province.
A Courtyard Marriott hotel has opened in the Lebourgneuf area in Québec City following a $30M investment
Hydro-Québec presented its new data centre located in Drummondville, which represents a $100M investment. The centre will be administered by the Véolia company beginning in 2018 and will create 14 jobs.
Martin Roy Transport will invest $12.5M over five years to renew its fleet of trucks, reduce its ecological footprint, and improve its supply chain. This investment will also allow the employer to create 10 jobs.
The Montréal Canadiens hockey club announced that its American Hockey League farm team will move to Laval from Newfoundland in fall 2017
Victoriaville's cultural space, Le Carré 150, was built thanks to a $26.6M investment
Atmosphère, a chain of stores specialized in sport and outdoor recreation, will open a branch in Val-d'Or, leading to the creation of 6 new jobs
Quebec's transport industry would like to fill 21,000 truck driver, school bus driver and material handler positions by next year. A large number of employers are having difficulty hiring.
The automaker Subaru is opening a car dealership in Rouyn-Noranda after 20 years without a presence in the region
The Office municipal d'habitation (OMH) in Drummondville is investing $2.3 M to renovate buildings that contain 34 residential units in the Saint-Joseph neighbourhood.
The St-Hubert rotisserie in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville is investing $1.7M to expand its restaurant-bar area and refurbish its dining area. The reopening in July will create 10 new jobs.
In all, 28 members of the Association nationale des camionneurs artisans are preparing the site ahead of the construction of a new residential area located in the Sacré-Coeur neighbourhood of the city of Rimouski. The work will cost approximately $3M.
Éconofitness, a self-service fitness centre, is investing $1M to open a branch in Drummondville this fall
The Government of Quebec is providing over $3.1M to 13 companies in Centre-du-Quebec. Employers will invest a total of more than $23M in various projects and consolidate or create 82 jobs.
Soundbite Medical Solutions, a medical devices company, has invested close to $2.4M to launch operations in Sherbrooke. Three new employees are expected to be hired by the end of the year to join the seven already employed.
The developer Complexe Johnson is investing $30M to construct a top-quality seven-story office tower and commercial spaces in Saint-Hyacinthe. The opening is planned for summer 2017.
This year, the Government of Canada is investing over $165M in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) in addition to the previously announced $339M investment over three years. The new investment will create thousands of new jobs for young Canadians.
La Commission scolaire des Chênes is investing close to $3.6M to renovate nine schools in Drummondville and surrounding area, thanks to funds from the Government of Quebec
The municipality of Compton is investing $740,000 in the construction of a Récré-O-Parc thanks to a contribution from the Government of Quebec. Residents will be able to engage in sporting and recreational activities in the park by the end of the year.
Mobilier Philippe Dagenais has sought protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act due to financial difficulties. Nearly 100 employees have been left unemployed.
Saputo, a major dairy processor, will shut down its Princeville facility, which is also known as Fromagerie Madame Chèvre. A total of 25 employees will lose their jobs in August.
Marmen is looking for staff for its Quebec factories that are located in Trois-Rivières and Matane for nearly all kinds of jobs. The manufacturer of wind towers estimates that 2016 will be its best year yet since its inception due to exports.
Familiprix is opening a new pharmacy in Brossard, leading to the creation of about 10 new jobs
Lac-Mégantic-based Tafisa Canada, the largest manufacturer of panels designed from 100% recycled fibres in North America, is investing $15M to purchase new equipment. Four workers will be hired to join the 330 currently employed.
The band council of Uashat-Maliotenam has invested $9.5M to expand three of its schools, namely Johnny Pilot and Manikanetish in Sept-Îles, in addition to Tshishteshinu in Moisie, thanks to financial aid from the Government of Canada
The Walmart store in Granby will be converted to a Supercentre with a full supply of fresh products within 18 months, creating between 25 and 50 new jobs
The Montreal Heart Institute will be expanded following an announcement from the provincial government. The $189M investment includes the addition of a new ambulatory care unit and about 100 individual beds by 2021.
The Complexe St-François in Sherbrooke was transformed to welcome 160 housing units open to the population following a $3M investment
Bell has invested $27M to deploy its fibre optic network, which will allow it to cover 28,000 residences and businesses in Granby
Construction C.A.L. will build an equestrian riding school in Bromont that will cost $8.2M. Work is slated to begin in February and should last 40 weeks.
A new electric and electronic waste treatment centre will open in Sorel-Tracy, leading to the creation of forty-some jobs
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, 248 KB)
- November 2016 | (PDF, 210 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 208 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 245 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 211 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 209 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 248 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 209 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 212 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 247 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 214 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 211 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 586 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 236 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 197 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 199 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 212 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 517 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 553 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 529 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 595 KB)
Sectoral Outlook 2013-2015
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
Regions (Fall 2013)
- Abitibi-Témiscamingue | (PDF, 440 KB)
- Bas Saint-Laurent | (PDF, 321 KB)
- Capitale Nationale | (PDF, 463 KB)
- Centre-du-Québec | (PDF, 327 KB)
- Chaudière-Appalaches |(PDF, 378 KB)
- Côte-Nord | (PDF, 260 KB)
- Estrie | (PDF, 319 KB)
- Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine | (PDF, 260 KB)
- Lanaudière | (PDF, 265 KB)
- Laurentides | (PDF, 454 KB)
- Mauricie | (PDF, 514 KB)
- Montérégie | (PDF, 232 KB)
- Montréal | (PDF, 520 KB)
- Outaouais | (PDF, 427 KB)
- Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean | (PDF, 473 KB)