Job Market Trends and News


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.

News Archive

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.

  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    American Apparel, a US-based clothing manufacturer, is set to close its Winnipeg location. The company filed for bankruptcy in November.

  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    Teachers in Pimicikamak, an indigenous community located in northern Manitoba, went on strike on November 21

  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    Winnipeg's casinos will be open 24 hours a day on Saturdays and Sundays starting December 2, as part of a four-month pilot project initiated by the Government of Manitoba

  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    The federal government provided $2.5M in funding to the Manitoba Museum for exhibit upgrades. The renovations are expected to be completed by spring 2017.

  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Mid Canada Millwork in Steinbach was placed in receivership on October 27. The number of employees affected by the closure is unknown.

  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    Four new retailers participating in CentreVenture Development Corporation's Pop Up Shop Hop (PUSH) program recently opened their doors in downtown Winnipeg. The PUSH program is partly funded by the Government of Manitoba.

  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    The Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre is planning to open a homeless shelter in the area. Details, such as timelines and location, have not been finalized.

  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    The Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is holding workshops on developing business plans in Winnipeg on six consecutive Wednesdays, from November 9 to December 14

  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Construction of the Lions Senior Manor in Thompson is set to start in spring 2017, pending financial approval

  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The City of Winnipeg recently awarded two garbage and recycling contracts to Miller Waste Systems and GFL Environmental. The contracts, worth an estimated $24M, are in effect until 2025.

  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Winnipeg's executive policy committee has approved grants worth $2M to support two downtown residential housing projects

  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Bayer AG has signed a deal valued at $66B to acquire US seed and herbicide company Monsanto, which has its Canadian head office in Winnipeg

  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Several small vendors in Manitoba are out of money due to the cancellation or lack of promotion of scheduled craft fairs. Some of the unregulated fair organizers have promised refunds.

  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    A section of Winnipeg¿s St. Mary's Road is closed for construction until the end of October. Businesses in the area are expecting lower sales until the project is completed.

  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Tolko Industries, The Pas' largest employer, announced that it will cease local operations in December 2016. The closure will affect 332 employees in the region.

  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    Miss J.La's Fur Babies Cat Café and adoption centre opened in Winnipeg on August 13, 2016

  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    Healthcare workers in the Interlake-Eastern area voted to strike in late July

  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    Contract talks between the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers union, representing 739 professionals, broke off in July. The union has been without a contract since October 2015 and has requested arbitration.

  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    Loblaw¿s Extra Foods will close its Transcona location in September 2016. All unionized employees affected by the closure have been offered jobs in other Loblaw-owned stores.

  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    A tornado caused extensive damages at Long Plain First Nation recently, forcing up to 200 people to evacuate and seek temporary emergency accommodations

  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    According to a survey by Royal LePage Prime Real Estate, year-over-year housing prices in Winnipeg were up 2% in the second quarter of 2016. The report also forecasts that the aggregate home price will increase by 2.6% in this year, compared to 2015.

  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The Gas Station Arts Centre in Winnipeg is planning a $26.5M renovation and expansion project. Pending funding, the project could include a six-storey residential building with 55 housing units.

  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    The Bachelor of Midwifery program at the University of Manitoba will likely not be offered this fall due to a lack of accreditation and insufficient funding

  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    Manitoba will receive funding of $20M for aerospace training, part of which will go to the Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training at Red River College

  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    The Winnipeg Parking Authority is enforcing a limit of two food trucks per block. The Winnipeg Food Truck Alliance has already submitted a proposal for 2017 which would increase the limit to three food trucks.

  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    Manitoba Hydro approved the sale of 16 acres to the City of Winnipeg. The transaction, which is priced at $19M, may be reduced to $11.7M if certain conditions are met within 18 months.

  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    Canadian Tire and Goodlife Fitness are both setting up shop in a vacant Target store at the Grant Park Shopping Centre in Winnipeg. Canadian Tire will open on July 1 while Goodlife anticipates an early-2017 opening.

  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Superstore launched a click-and-collect e-grocery pickup service at two select locations in Winnipeg

  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    M3 Aerial Productions is launching Green Gold, a project that utilizes drone technology to capture farm field data. The company believes that the technology could save farmers time and money.

  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    University of Manitoba has received a gift of $30M from the Rady Family Foundation to support the faculty of health sciences

  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    Crown Royal employees are back at work at the companies Gimli facility, after being on strike since March 5

  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    Sturgeon Creek bridges in Winnipeg will undergo repairs starting in May. Work should be completed by the end of July.

  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    The City of Winnipeg plans to rehabilitate a portion of Pembina Highway. The $11.7M project will start in a few weeks and should be completed in the fall of 2017.

  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    The University of Manitoba received a $10M donation from the Richardson Foundation.The funds will be used to complete upgrades on the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.

  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    Artis REIT, a commercial real estate investment trust, is finalizing plans for a new 40-storey building in Winnipeg. The $165M development, which will include retail and residential space, is expected to be completed by 2019.

  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    Winnipeg's Habitat for Humanity is launching Habitat Handyman, a new initiative designed for low and middle income earners in need of small home repairs and renovations

  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    Midwives employed by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority have voted in favour of a new collective agreement

  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    Winnipeg-based Kane Biotech recently attended a major pet expo in the US to launch its new oral pet-care product

  • Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016

    Starting next summer, the University of Winnipeg will offer a work-study program that connects students to 15-week opportunities with an organization in Winnipeg's North End and inner city.

  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    Four new restaurants and a lounge recently opened at Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. The eateries are located in the airport's domestic and international post-security areas.

  • Week of Mar 01 - Mar 05, 2016

    Residents of Winnipeg's Elmwood and Chalmers neighbourhoods can buy affordable fresh produce thanks to the Better Access to Groceries (BAG) initiative. For $10 a bag, participants will receive fresh fruits and vegetables twice a month.

  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    According to a report issued by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg's economy is going strong thanks to its low unemployment rate, rising retail sales and an increase in the number of startup businesses

  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016

    A study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development reveals that nearly 60,000 Winnipeggers used food banks in 2015, up almost 20,000 compared to ten years ago. Family-income issues are cited for the increased usage.

  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    According to Statistics Canada, nearly 58,000 new vehicles were sold in Manitoba in 2015. This constitutes a fourth consecutive year of record-breaking sales for the province's motor dealerships.

  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    Unionized workers at Diageo Canada's distillery plant in Gimli could go on strike if a new contract is not reached by March 4, 2016.

  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    Luxalune Gastropub is closing on February 13, after almost a decade in business. The owners of the Winnipeg pub and eatery made the decision in order to focus on their Farmery Estate Brewery in Neepawa.

  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    The Manitoba government is supporting the redevelopment of Assiniboine Community College's Parkland Building in Brandon. The renovated facility will house the Centre for Health, Energy and Environment.

  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    The Manitoba government is investing $250,000 in a two-year pilot project in partnership with the IKEA store in Winnipeg. The funds will serve to train and hire employees for IKEA's mattress recycling program.

Economic/Environmental Scan

A report that provides an overview of major socio-economic trends that can have an impact on the local and provincial economy and labour market.

Sectoral Profiles

Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.

Occupational Outlook

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