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Manitoba

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  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    Halifax-based Charm Diamond Centres has acquired Winnipeg-based Ben Moss Jewellers and is planning to reopen 16 stores in five provinces. As a result of the deal, 100 current Ben Moss employees will keep their jobs and 75 new positions will be created.
    The Government of Manitoba recently released its draft employment accessibility standard, which outlines workplace accommodations required for persons with disabilities. Members of the public have until February 15 to provide feedback on the plan.
    According to the Business Development Bank of Canada, small business investment in Manitoba is expected to decline 17.5% in 2017 compared to last year, despite renewed confidence in the economy
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Over 80% of the City of Winnipeg's unionized workers have been without a collective agreement since labour deals expired last year. Contract negotiations with various unions are either underway or are scheduled for the coming weeks.
    The Portage Assisted Living Corporation is planning to build two 50-unit facilities on a parcel of land donated by the City of Portage la Prairie. The company is currently raising funds for the project, which is estimated to cost up to $15M.
    Sherbrook Pool in Winnipeg's West End is set to reopen after a four-year closure
    The 40th edition of Manitoba Ag Days is taking place from January 17 to 19, at the Keystone Centre in Brandon
    Two Winnipeg restaurants, Amici and Bombolini, recently closed their doors after more than 30 years in business
    Manitoba Hydro is freezing wages for over half of its employees and executives in 2017 in an effort to reduce costs and limit the public utility's debt
    Winnipeg's St. Vital Library closed its doors on January 14, 2017 to undergo $2.6M in renovations. The library is expected to reopen in fall 2017.
    Art City, a West End art centre in Winnipeg, is currently recruiting professional artists to teach workshops in the 2017-2018 programming year
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has cancelled its Manitoba Craft Liquor Opportunity Fund - a $5M loan program created in January 2016 to help breweries and distilleries expand
    OmniTrax Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding with Missinippi Rail Consortium, a group of northern Manitoba First Nations, to sell and transfer assets for the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay rail line
    Barley Brothers, a restaurant and craft brewery, closed its Polo Park location on January 1 and plans to relocate to downtown Winnipeg later in 2017
    Winnipeg-based IGM Financial is investing $468M in China Asset Management Co. Ltd., a Chinese digital wealth adviser. The investment, which represents a 10% interest in the firm, is expected to close in the first half of 2017.
    The North West Company is planning to build a new full-service grocery store in Pelican Narrows to replace the previous grocery store that burned down in the spring of 2016
    Winnipeg Harvest is offering five training programs, ranging in length from six to 12 weeks, to help develop participants' job-readiness skills
    Winnipeg-based NewLeaf cancelled flights from Calgary and Edmonton to Phoenix, Arizona, after WestJet announced similar offerings. The impact on NewLeaf employees is unknown.
    The Workplace Essential Skills Training Centre (WEST) in Steinbach is offering a new nine-week program to help women, aged 40 years and older, access or re-enter the workforce starting in late January
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    About 30 Manitoba Government Employees Union employees at Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home in Nelson House ended their two-week strike on December 15, signing a two-year collective agreement with the employer
    Winnipeg-based SkipTheDishes has been acquired by UK-based Just Eat for $110M. The impact of the acquisition on the company's current employees is unknown at this time.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    Carter's Osh Kosh, a children's clothing store, opened its doors in Brandon on December 6
    The City of Steinbach announced plans to build a performing arts centre, at an estimated cost of $24.3M, pending government funding. The municipal government has pledged up to $7.5M towards the project.
    Winnipeg City Council has approved the construction of Ventura Development's four-storey, 12-unit condo project in the Crescentwood neighbourhood. No timeline was given for the start of construction.
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    Winnipeg was chosen as the site for a heavy maintenance hangar for Canada's new fleet of Airbus C-295 search-and-rescue aircrafts. The $2.4B, 11-year contract will likely create 100 jobs.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $1.1M to establish a Centre for Environmental and Economic Resilience at Winnipeg's Canadian Mennonite University. The funds will help support partnering social enterprises.
    North of 53 Consumers Co-op is moving forward with plans to open a new store in Flin Flon by spring 2018. Demolition work has already begun on the Flin Flon armoury site to make room for the new store.
    The federal and provincial governments, along with the City of Winnipeg, are granting $40M to build Shoal Lake 40's Freedom Road. Construction on the 24km road connecting Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the Trans-Canada Highway is expected to start soon.
    Winnipeg-based Peerless Garments LP has been awarded a four-year contract, worth up to $18.2M, to supply combat uniforms to the Canadian Forces. The company has hired nearly 20 workers over the past three months, bringing total staffing levels up to 120.
    Whiteshell Laboratories, an atomic energy research facility located in Pinawa, may be decommissioned by 2024. The research facility currently employs 350 staff in a town of about 1,500 people.
  • 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.
    Jollibee, a Filipino fast-food chain, will open its first Canadian location in Winnipeg on December 15
    Sunwing will offer direct flights from Winnipeg to the Bahamas from December 17, 2016 to April 1, 2017
    Underdogs, a new restaurant and bar, opened in Winnipeg in early December
    Approximately 30 unionized workers at the Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home in Nelson House went on strike effective the last week of November
    Little Brown Jug Brewing, a new brewery and taproom, opened its doors in Winnipeg on November 30
    The RBC Foundation donated $500,000 towards the construction of Winnipeg Art Gallery's new Inuit Art Centre. Construction of the $65M project is expected to begin in 2017.
    Arnason Industries was selected to repair two digesters in the wastewater treatment plant in Thompson, at a cost of about $241,000
    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is cutting positions at its seven regional offices, including Manitoba, and is centralizing some client services at its National Capital Region headquarters
    North Forge Technology Exchange is opening its first satellite centre in Pinawa. The company plans to open additional entrepreneur support facilities in Brandon and northern Manitoba.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    Teachers in Pimicikamak, an indigenous community located in northern Manitoba, went on strike on November 21
    The Government of Manitoba is providing over $19M in funding to renovate social and affordable housing managed by non-profit groups across the province. Eligible organizations have until December 22 to apply.
    The Government of Manitoba, through its Tourism Development Fund, has granted $19,000 to the municipality of Taché to build a park at the Centre of Canada. The municipality has also received $22,000 from other organizations towards the project.
    The federal and provincial governments are investing $4.5M towards Phase 2 of the new MotiveLab at Winnipeg's Red River College. The funds will support local economic development through research, innovation, education and training.
    About 30 members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU) working at the personal care home in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation went on strike on November 28
    Save-On-Foods is considering opening a store in Flin Flon. The Vancouver-based grocery store chain is also exploring the possibility of opening new locations in Steinbach and Brandon.
    Red River College received $6M in joint federal-provincial funding to build an extreme weather lab for vehicle tests, which will be the only one of its kind in Western Canada. The new climatic chamber should be operational in January 2018.
    Career Connections, an employment agency in Brandon that specializes in working with people with disabilities, recently added Westman Employment Services to its umbrella of services. The transition did not result in any layoffs.
  • 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
    The province of Manitoba has joined the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, a trade deal that will create an open, barrier-free interprovincial market of 11 million people, with a combined GDP of over $750B
    The Government of Manitoba will spend $2.5B on highway construction over the next five years, including $502M for the 2017-2018 construction season
    The federal and provincial governments granted $135,000 to the Flax Council of Canada to develop products made with ground flaxseed. The Flax Council of Canada is contributing an additional $54,000 to this project.
    The former location of the Palomino Club is being torn down to make way for a new condominium building. The demolition work is expected to take two weeks.
    The University of Manitoba ratified a deal with the University of Manitoba Faculty Association on November 21, following a 20-day strike
    The Canada Revenue Agency is streamlining operations in several cities across the country, including in Winnipeg. Over 2,300 workers will be affected by this transition across Canada.
  • 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.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing $1.3M to the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) to buy equipment and to evaluate the economic benefits, as well as the health benefits, of people eating healthy foods
    Tolko finalized the sale of its paper mill to Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Ltd., an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corp., on November 10. Over 300 Tolko employees will keep their jobs under the new owner.
    Save-On-Foods, the oldest grocery store chain in western Canada, opened three new locations in Winnipeg on November 19. A total of 1,000 workers were hired for the three stores.
    Shaw Communications is laying off 15 installation and service technicians in Manitoba as a result of corporate restructuring
    The Government of Manitoba granted $10,000 to the Vita Community Recreation Centre to host a winter carnival in mid-January. The grants are intended to help the community improve visitor experiences and to promote tourism in the region.
    The YMCA in downtown Winnipeg will close its doors in fall 2017. The number of affected employees is unknown.
  • 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.
    Callinex Mines is undertaking several measures to fast-track drilling at its new zinc- and gold-rich discovery near Flin Flon. The company is aiming to complete its expansion project before the end of the winter drilling season.
    Brandon's Global Market will be open year-round on Saturdays, starting November 5. The market will offer products by local producers, artisans, crafters and food vendors, and will feature an outdoor skating rink.
    PCU Centre's Shindleman Aquatic Centre in Portage la Prairie closed in October due to structural safety concerns. The centre is expected to reopen its doors in fall 2017.
    BC-based Jetlines is planning to make Winnipeg its regional hub, which is expected to create about 250 new jobs in the city. The airline is also planning to operate 12 routes out of Winnipeg over the next eight years.
    The Pas' Tolko mill workers recently approved a deal allowing US-based American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (AIAC) to defer contributions to their pension fund for three years. AIAC signed an expression of interest to buy the mill in early October.
    The Prospector Inn in Creighton is tentatively set to reopen on December 1, after having been closed for nearly two years. The new owner is currently hiring staff.
    The Government of Manitoba awarded a total of $297,000 for 2016-2017 to 29 rural, northern and Indigenous tourism and community organizations, to expand tourism-related products and experiences
    Members of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association, which represents about 1,200 professors, instructors and librarians, have been on strike since November 1. Nearly 30,000 students have been affected by the strike due to cancelled classes.
  • 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.
    According to Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business optimism in Manitoba rose to 55.6 in October, up 0.9 points compared to the previous month. Nationally, the index stood at 57.7 in October.
    Callinex Mines signed a term sheet with two wealth-management firms to complete a $5M non-brokered private placement. Proceeds will be invested in Callinex's zinc- and gold-rich discovery at its Pine Bay Project near Flin Flon.
    The University of Manitoba Faculty Association went on strike on November 1, after collective agreement talks with university representatives broke off. The university intends to continue classes during the strike.
    Farm Credit Canada plans to offer solutions, such as deferral of principle payments and loan payment schedule amendments, on a case-by-case basis to support Manitoba farmers facing financial hardship due to wet conditions this growing season
    The Northern Delegation, a group of 17 northern Manitoba towns and First Nations and Northern Affairs communities, signed an agreement on October 21 to support economic recovery and development in the region
    The Cargill Curling Training Centre opened in Morris on November 2, with the goal of becoming a year-round facility. The new centre features lasers, cameras and speed traps to enhance training.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $432,000, under the Growing Forward 2 initiative, to support Keystone Agricultural Producers' new farm safety program. Services offered will include resources and safety training for farm workers.
  • 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.
    The federal government is providing $50,000, via the Small Communities Transportation Fund, towards the construction of multi-use pathways in Thompson
    Sobeys is closing its IGA store in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, located near The Pas, citing weak economic conditions. The closure will affect 47 employees.
    A new nursing station officially opened its doors in Grand Rapids on October 21. The $9.4M provincially funded facility includes exam rooms, offices for visiting healthcare professionals, as well as a traditional healing room.
    The Government of Manitoba has signed a $160,000 funding agreement with Frontier College to support a summer learning opportunities program in ten Indigenous communities across the province over the next two years
    A former Target location in Winnipeg's Kildonan Place mall is undergoing renovations and is being converted into several smaller retail spaces. The new stores are expected to open by summer 2017.
    US-based American Industrial Acquisition Corporation made an offer to buy The Pas' Tolko Industries in early October. The deal depends on Tolko workers' approval of a three-year deferment of company contributions to the pension fund.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing nearly $95,000 to five commercial community kitchens across the province to buy new equipment. The funding aims to support local bakers, chefs and other start-up food entrepreneurs.
  • 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
    Vale's Manitoba Operations in Thompson is transitioning to a single-furnace operation in 2017, a change that will impact about 35 workers
    Sobeys is closing one of its grocery stores in Winnipeg on December 3. The closure will affect 84 unionized workers.
    Hylife Ltd. is investing $125M in its pork-production operations across Manitoba over the next few years and plans to expand its Neepawa hog-processing. The company expects to create about 165 new jobs in the province.
    EllisDon was selected to build the $200M SkyCity Centre tower in downtown Winnipeg starting next spring. The 45-storey building will feature retail and office space, as well as 388 condo units.
    Gooch's Bicycle & Hobby Shop in Winnipeg closed its doors after nearly 90 years in business. The number of employees impacted by the closure is unknown.
  • 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
    The Manitoba government plans to streamline 112 senior management positions through attrition, retirements and reductions by the end of 2017. This decision is expected to result in an estimated $10M in savings to the government.
    Mid Canada Millwork in Steinbach recently filed for protection from creditors and is undergoing financial restructuring
    According to the provincial government, Manitoba's population grew by 22,147 people (+1.71%) over the 12 month period ending June 30, 2016. This is the largest annual increase in Manitoba's population on record.
    Food Matters Manitoba is offering a free monthly food handling course to help newcomers to Winnipeg develop job skills and confidence
    Hunt Mechanical, the only mechanic shop in Gladstone, was destroyed by fire on October 9. The number of employees impacted is unknown.
  • 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.
    Construction of Mennonite Heritage Village's $1.3M three-season pavilion began on September 29. The project is partly funded by the provincial government, and should be completed by May 2017.
    The Rural Municipality of Hanover is planning to build a fourth fire hall in the community. Pending all regulatory approvals, construction of the estimated $2.6M project could begin in 2019.
    The federal government is providing $4.6M in funding to support economic development in northern Manitoba. The funds will finance projects that create jobs in tourism, research, and other industries.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Winnipeg's executive policy committee has approved grants worth $2M to support two downtown residential housing projects
    Community Futures Greenstone is hosting the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference in Flin Flon on October 19. The conference will feature workshops designed to inform and inspire local business owners.
    A new affordable triplex, funded by the provincial government and the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF), recently opened in Brandon. The province is providing $5.5M over five years to support MMF housing initiatives across Manitoba.
    Anytime Fitness is planning to open a new gym franchise in Winnipeg's Osborne Village, pending regulatory approvals
    US-based International House of Pancakes plans to open its first Winnipeg outlet in August 2017. The new restaurant will create about 100 jobs in the city.
    CentreVenture is looking to fill two retail spaces in downtown Winnipeg as a part of the provincial PUSH program. Interested entrepreneurs and retailers have until September 30 to apply.
    The federal and provincial governments are investing $1.2M in 275 biosecurity and animal welfare improvement projects under the Growing Forward 2's Growing Assurance - Food Safety On-Farm program
    The federal and provincial governments are providing over $366,000 to the University of Manitoba, through the Growing Forward 2 initiative, to support organic grain research
    The City of Dauphin boasts over 200 new housing starts since 2012 - a building boom that is attributed to the arrival of 600 new residents to the community over the past few years
  • 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
    Red River Exhibition is launching a $140M development in Winnipeg. The project includes construction of a new 100-room hotel, as well as an expansion of its existing space to hold large-scale trade shows.
    McDonald's Canada held its National Hiring Day on September 13, in an effort to help recruit 250 new staff for its operations in Manitoba
    Manitoba Telecom Services plans to cut 50 jobs through its voluntary workforce reduction program. The program will allow eligible workers to apply for early retirement until October 13.
    A total of 28 employees from a Taco Bell/KFC franchise in Winnipeg received union certification from the Manitoba Labour Board on September 13. This represents the first such franchise to be unionized in Canada.
    The provincial government is holding its annual Great Manitoba Food Fight on September 21. Participating food entrepreneurs can win up to $10,000 to help develop and commercialize their business.
    WestJet is cancelling direct flights from Brandon to Toronto starting this winter due to insufficient demand
    Discount travel company, NewLeaf, will temporarily suspend flights from Winnipeg to Victoria in November while it evaluates consumer demand. The company expects to resume flights in mid-December.
    Klondex Mines Ltd. recently reopened its True North Gold mine in Bissett, hiring 200 workers for its operations. The company plans to invest up to $25M in mine operations annually.
  • 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.
    The Government of Manitoba is increasing its funding for adult learning centres and literacy programs by two percent, to a total of $20.25M for 2016-17
    Bell MTS is planning to expand mobile and wireline broadband networks to Churchill. The expansion will improve social and economic opportunities for northern residents, as well as businesses.
    Hayes Auto Body & Glass is undergoing renovations and expanding its facility in Thompson. The upgrades will be completed by a local company - A & B Builders.
    Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park received a private donation of $2.5M towards the creation of Canada's Diversity Gardens, bringing the total amount raised for redevelopment to $155M
    The Manitoba Legislative Building is undergoing upgrades to improve accessibility. The renovation project should be completed by 2020.
    The Government of Manitoba is dissolving the East Side Road Authority to centralize the delivery of highway infrastructure in the province. Approximately 80 employees will be affected by the changes.
    The ManyFest street festival was held in Winnipeg from September 9 to 11. The event featured live music, as well as artisan and food vendors, attracting 70,000 visitors to the city.
    The Thompson Community Foundation and the Joe Brain Fund granted $4,560.63 towards the redevelopment of Boreal Discovery Centre. The upgrades will allow the centre to offer year-round programming.
  • 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.
    North of 53 Consumers Co-op is planning to open a new $17M store in Flin Flon by early 2018
    A one-day summit took place in Flin Flon on September 6, to explore ways to develop and market tourism in northern Manitoba
    Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries notified 1,600 workers of potential layoffs if funding issues, stemming from New Jersey Transit¿s suspension of a large order, are not resolved by mid-September
    Winnipeg¿s Isaac Brock School is offering Ojibwa and Cree bilingual classes to kindergarten students starting this year. The school plans to expand the program to Grades 1 through 6 in the future.
    The federal government is providing $4.6M to Red River College for two research and development projects related to food services and vehicle technology
    Alamos Gold Inc., a gold mining company, will be conducting a feasibility study of its Lynn Lake gold project. The study should be completed by fall 2017.
    Aseneskak Casino, located near The Pas, plans to close its doors in two years. The closure will affect about 150 employees.
    Steinbach City Council has approved plans to build a new hotel on the former Bumpers property, along Highway 52. The hotel would employ 30 to 35 people.
  • 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.
    The provincial and federal governments are investing a combined $53M to upgrade sections of Highways 1 and 6 in Manitoba
    Canadian Pacific Railway is bringing locomotives, cars and staff back into service to ensure efficient transportation of this year's expected bumper crop
    The federal government is granting $8M to the University of Manitoba for repairs, upgrades and maintenance of its research labs
    According to the Manitoba Child Care Association, licensing for new child care spaces has not caught up with higher demand, resulting in a shortage of available spaces
    The federal and provincial governments are providing over $210,000 in funding for a new vegetable research site near Winkler. The project aims to increase yields and create opportunities for vegetable growers in Manitoba.
    Lab technologists in Manitoba voted for a strike mandate on August 25
    The provincial government is increasing its contribution to the Tourism Development Fund, to a total of $297,000. Rural, northern and indigenous organizations can receive grants of up to $25,000 for tourism planning and project development.
    Making Roots, a Montessori child care centre, will be opening a new location in Brandon on September 7. The centre will hire up to eight full-time employees.
  • 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
    The second annual Interstellar Rodeo music festival took place at The Forks in Winnipeg from August 12 to 14
    Street Links St. Boniface opened a new homeless shelter in Winnipeg on August 17. The shelter will house up to 12 people.
    The provincial government is providing over $1.85M to the criminal property forfeiture program, an initiative that supports law enforcement agencies and victim services across Manitoba
    Winnipeg's Immigrant Centre held its annual job fair on August 24. The event, which featured over 30 employers, aims to connect newcomers with available jobs.
    The provincial government announced that it will allow commercial fishers in the province to market and sell their products outside Manitoba. The new marketing option will help fishers to be more competitive in the global seafood market.
    A section of Winnipeg's Selkirk Avenue has been closed for construction until mid-November. Businesses located on the closed section of the street are expecting lower sales until the project is completed.
    The new Women's Hospital at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg is tentatively set to open this fall. The $265M facility will have 170 private rooms, a lobby and an outdoor patio.
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    Healthcare workers in the Interlake-Eastern area voted to strike in late July
    Midwifery students already enrolled at the University of Manitoba will be able to continue their studies thanks to a new agreement with McMaster University
    Verde Juice Bar, a café offering healthy fare, opened its doors in Winnipeg in late June
    GPP Architecture has been selected to build a new tower at the International Peace Garden, near the Canada-US border. A construction start date has not been set.
    The Manitoba Filipino Street Festival took place in Winnipeg on August 20. The one-day street festival was expected to draw up to 8,000 visitors.
    Brandon's historic Dome Building is undergoing renovations. The $7M project is expected to be completed by 2017, pending funding approval.
    The governments of Canada and Manitoba announced funding of $270,000 to find new uses for pulse flours and to expand markets for related bakery products
    The provincial government is providing $9M to the University of Manitoba toward the construction of a new marine observatory in Churchill. Once completed, the observatory will create up to 21 permanent jobs.
    The provincial government recently announced that plans for construction of the $155M Waverley underpass will go ahead. Construction work will begin in January 2017 and should be completed by October 2019.
  • 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.
    The Government of Manitoba has pledged to maintain programs for families receiving income assistance. Anti-poverty groups had expressed concerns about provincial rollbacks following the launch of the Canada Child Benefit.
    Thompson will receive $2.25M in joint federal-provincial funding for its water main renewal program. The construction project, which is one of 27 supported through federal infrastructure funds, is set to begin next April.
    The provincial government launched the 10th annual Great Manitoba Food Fight contest on August 4. The program is designed to help Manitoban entrepreneurs commercialize their food products.
    Long Plain First Nation has received approval from an insurance company to begin construction of homes damaged by a tornado in July. According to Red Cross, 30 properties are uninhabitable.
    The federal and provincial governments announced a joint funding project worth over $53M to upgrade and expand waste treatment plants in Selkirk and Gimli
    Provincial government ministers met with municipal and First Nation leaders, as well as business owners in Winnipeg, to discuss economic opportunities for Churchill and northern communities on August 5
    The provincial government is granting an additional $7M to the Rent Assist Program in 2016. More than 1,000 northern Manitobans will benefit from the added funding this year.
    The 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games took place in Steinbach from August 7 to 10. The biennial event attracts over 7,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers to the community.
  • 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.
    The Government of Manitoba revealed plans for the province to join the New West Partnership Trade Agreement on July 28. Membership in the agreement will give Manitoba greater access to internal trade and business opportunities.
    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Winnipeg has too many unsold condominiums. In the first quarter of 2016, there were 1,573 new condos under construction¿an 11% increase over the five-year average of 1,417 condos.
    The federal government announced the creation of temporary offices in four Canadian cities, including Winnipeg, to address payroll issues affecting thousands of federal public servants. Up to 50 compensation advisers will be hired in Winnipeg.
    The federal and provincial governments¿ Biomass Energy Support Program will distribute $1M in grants to help make the agriculture sector more competitive, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The deadline to apply for a grant is September 30.
    Winnipeg-based Ben Moss Jewellers is closing all 54 of its locations across Western Canada, including five in Manitoba. No details were provided on the number of affected employees.
    Nearly thirty Macdonald Youth Crisis workers went on strike on August 2. The employees have been working without a contract since 2014.
    The federal ($15M), provincial ($15M) and municipal ($5M) governments¿ are contributing towards the construction of Winnipeg Art Gallery's Inuit Art Centre. The centre will house world¿s largest collection of Inuit art.
  • 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
    Brandon's Riverbank Discovery Centre received a donation of $75,000 from Co-op Community Spaces to help it build Festival Park. In 2016, Co-op Community Spaces awarded funding to 21 community organizations.
    A new five-plex housing unit recently opened in Brandon. The project intends to offer a stable home environment to individuals at risk of becoming homeless and will be managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association ¿ Westman Region.
    Several Winnipeg Transit mechanics and other unionized employees doubled their salaries in 2014 and 2015 due to overtime. Staffing shortage was cited as the main reason for overtime, which totalled $4.3M in 2015.
    Brandon city council approved a new contract that will give 911 dispatchers a 16.5% pay raise over the next six years. The wage increase will be retroactive to January 1, 2016.
    The federal and provincial governments reached an agreement under the new Investing in Canada plan. More than $205M in combined federal, provincial and municipal funding will be available to Manitoba to support various infrastructure projects.
    A new coffee shop is slated to open in Winnipeg. An opening date will be announced as soon as all regulatory approvals are obtained.
    OmniTrax Canada issued layoff notices to 50 employees in Churchill on July 25. In addition, about 40 to 50 employees who were expecting to be called back were also informed that there is no work for them.
    Winnipeg Transit will receive $79M through the new Investing in Canada infrastructure agreement. The federal-provincial funding will allow the transit company to purchase 60 new buses and expand its Osborne Street garage.
    Federated Co-operatives Limited announced plans to build two fertilizer terminals in Hanley, Saskatchewan, and Brandon, Manitoba. The two terminals, worth $75M, are expected to be in service by 2017.
    Omnitrax announced it will scale back freight-train service to Churchill to once a week. This follows the recent closure of the Port of Churchill and ensuing layoffs.
  • 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.
    The federal and provincial governments are investing approximately $400,000 in ten farm-level research projects in Manitoba. The projects are a part of the Growing Forward 2 initiative, which aims to advance agricultural practices.
    Businesses in Winnipeg's Exchange District are concerned about the effect on their bottom line of reduced parking due to ongoing construction. The area's city councillor is considering alternative solutions.
    Winnipeg's Louise Bridge has been closed for traffic as it undergoes repairs. The maintenance work began on July 16, and will be completed by July 24.
    Construction of a new library began in Winnipeg on July 14. The $4.7M Windsor Park Library is expected to be completed in 2017.
    The Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg will be closed until late September. The facility will undergo repairs to make it ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
    S&P Global Ratings downgraded Manitoba's credit ratings from double-A to double-A-minus. The decrease in rating has been attributed to the province's rising debt burden.
    More than two dozen Macdonald Youth Crisis workers announced plans to go on strike starting August 1. The employees have been working without a contract for two years.
    The federal and provincial governments announced funding of $500,000 to expand production at Maple Leaf Food's Winnipeg facility. The funds will be used to purchase new equipment for the company's bacon production line.
    NewLeaf Travel is adding new non-stop flights from Winnipeg to Edmonton. The airline's first flights are scheduled to begin on July 25.
  • 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.
    Several new residential construction projects are in the works in downtown Winnipeg, resulting in additional rental space. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the number of rental units in the city grew by 2.6% between 2014 and 2015.
    According to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, a crown-owned farm insurance provider, more than 1,400 hail damage claims have been filed to date in 2016. In 2015, about 2,800 hail claims were filed and over $31M was paid out.
    Winnipeg¿s water bus launched its summer service on July 9. No reservations are required for the service, which runs along the Red and Assiniboine rivers.
    Junk for Joy, a collectibles shop, is closing its doors in Portage la Prairie
    Via Rail train service between Winnipeg and Churchill has been cancelled temporarily effective July 13, due to high water level warnings
    Pending finalization of the sale of MTS to Bell, the new network plans to expand service to Thompson and Flin Flon. Residents of Northern Manitoba will benefit from improved internet and cell reception.
    Crow¿s General Store, a new ice cream shop, recently opened in Brandon
  • 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
    The St. Vital outdoor swimming pool recently re-opened after undergoing $3M upgrades. The city-run facility was expected to open in fall 2014, but faced delays.
    BCE Inc.'s $3.9B offer to takeover Manitoba Telecom Services has been approved by the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench. However, the transaction remains subject to other mandatory approvals.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $400,000 to the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers. The funds will be used in finding new ways for growers to achieve higher yields with fewer inputs.
    The Community Places program will provide nearly $3.6M in grants to 214 community groups to build, upgrade or acquire facilities focused on culture, recreation and wellness
    The federal and provincial governments are investing $1M in a water management pilot-project in Bifrost-Riverton. The project aims to improve drainage and other water-related concerns to ensure the long-term sustainability of the farming land.
    The City of Winnipeg's infrastructure committee recently approved $8M worth of road repairs starting this year. However, the City Council still has to approve the funding.
    The federal and provincial governments have been negotiating a deal with Air Canada and Cargojet Airways. The agreement could translate into as many as 400 new jobs.
    The federal government is planning to build a $40M hospital in Cross Lake. The Pimicikamak Cree Nation, which has a population of over 8,000, had been requesting it for 12 years.
  • 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
    NewLeaf Travel will fly to 12 Canadian destinations starting July 25. The Winnipeg-based company has begun taking online reservations.
    WAG @ The Forks, a satellite of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, recently opened. The new store will promote and sell Inuit and Indigenous art.
    The North End Water Pollution Control Centre is set to undergo upgrades worth an estimated $795 million dollars. The funds will serve to build a new facility that will reduce run-off in Lake Winnipeg.
    Ambush Paintball, a business near Brandon, was destroyed by a fire on June 24. The number of affected employees in unknown.
    The Manitoba government provided $1M for the construction of a walkway along the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve. The one kilometre trail includes resting points and signage that highlight specific plants.
    Canadian Pacific Railway laid off 500 track maintenance workers across Canada on June 30. No details were provided regarding the number of employees affected in Manitoba.
    Representatives from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and the Heart and Stroke Foundation offered free CPR training to members of the public at The Forks on June 26. Participants were taken through four hours of instruction.
    Despite a thriving restaurant scene in Winnipeg, mid-sized restaurants claim they have difficulty finding, training, and retaining staff
    Heavy rain washed out roads and caused substantial damages in the Whiteshell Provincial Park area last week. Repair work will begin once water levels recede.
    The City of Winnipeg is going ahead with plans to replace the Arlington Bridge. Pending final approval of the proposed $300M design, work should be completed by 2025.
    WestJet launched a new flight from Brandon to Toronto¿s Pearson International Airport on June 28. The company will offer the service four times a week, until a tentative end date of September 5.
  • 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.
    Fur Babies, Winnipeg's first cat cafe, is set to open in July. The coffeehouse will also double as a cat adoption centre.
    Gonzaga Jesuit school, a private Jesuit middle school in Winnipeg, will open in the fall. Initially, the school will have 20 Grade 6 students only and plans to increase to 60 Grade 6 to 8 students in subsequent years.
    Manitoba's population increased by over 19,000 people in the past year, according to Statistics Canada. Manitoba now ranks second nation-wide in terms of growth rate.
    Manitoba may face a potential Canada Post work stoppage. The union representing Canada Post employees is expecting a lockout in early July.
    Bold Commerce, a Winnipeg-based tech company, plans to double its workforce within two to three years. Since its start in 2013, the e-commerce developer has designed and sold over 20 apps.
    Peerless Garments won a $11.2M contract to produce uniforms for the army and air force. The Winnipeg-based manufacturer, which has about 100 employees, is looking to hire experienced sewing machine operators.
    Patmore Garden Centre and Nursery is closing its doors after more than 130 years in business in Brandon. The July 9 closure will impact two full-time employees and about a dozen seasonal workers.
    CentreVenture, a Winnipeg developer, plans to convert the James Avenue Pumping Station into new office, residential, and retail space. Work on the mixed-use development could start this year.
    A new $24M Southeast Collegiate facility will be built in Winnipeg starting this summer. The collegiate, a school for eligible indigenous students, will offer more vocational programs.
  • 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.
    Construction of new homes is rebounding in Winnipeg, with 398 housing starts in May, compared to 204 the previous year
    The former Christie's Biscuits factory in Winnipeg underwent a $5.2M renovation, transforming the building into the Specialized Services for Children and Youth centre. The centre will house nine agencies that support children with disabilities and their families.
    Winnipeg Transit is considering converting downtown's Union Station into a rapid-transit node. The study should be completed by 2018.
    The Manitoba government announced it will provide $94,000 for improvements to fairgrounds and other infrastructures. Agricultural societies in Manitoba can apply for funds to upgrade building and exhibition grounds.
    A recent report by the Conference Board of Canada predicts that Manitoba will be one of the leading provincial economies in 2016. Manitoba's GDP is expected to increase by 2.1 per cent this year and by 2.6 per cent in 2017.
    The City of Winnipeg's public works committee approved additional funding of $1.5M to upgrade public words in the Exchange District. In total, $5.4M will be invested in streetscaping improvements.
    Construction work has started on a new 127-room Seasons hotel in Winnipeg. The $35M luxury hotel is expected to open by the end of summer 2017.
    A recent survey by Manpower Canada reveals that only 10% of Winnipeg employers plan to hire more workers this summer. The rest of the employers surveyed either plan to maintain (88%) or reduce (2%) current staff levels.
  • 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.
    Westeel is laying off 24 workers at its St. Boniface production plant. The grain storage company cited soft market conditions in Western Canada as a reason for the layoffs.
    The Manitoba government announced plans to invest $3.4M to develop and market tourism in the province
    The Women's Enterprise Centre held a business breakfast in Winnipeg on June 8. The featured speaker shared advice to help women entrepreneurs transform their personal and professional lives.
    The federal government is investing $574,000 in the University College of the North (UNC). The funding will serve to create an industrial skills and trades training centre in Thompson.
    Winnipeg's property development committee approved the expropriation of numerous parcels of land in preparation of the future Waverley underpass. The $155M project, which should be completed in 2019, still requires the approval of the full city council.
    Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg will remain closed for construction work until the end of July. The closure started in May and has significantly reduced foot traffic in the area, creating a difficult situation for local businesses.
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Superstore launched a click-and-collect e-grocery pickup service at two select locations in Winnipeg
    HD-Petroleum is launching a micro-refinery to recycle waste oil. The facility, which should open at the end of June, will transform 12 million litres of waste oil into 10 million litres of diesel fuel.
    Parks Canada is investing over $6M for infrastructure upgrades in Manitoba national parks. Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site will receive $4.4M to complete restoration work.
    Manitoba issued 54.6% more permits to food trucks and hot dog stands over the past five years. The provincial department issued around 500 such permits in 2015 and expects to have as many this year.
    The Asper School of Business at University of Manitoba received a $1M donation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba. The gift will serve in part to fund scholarships for Indigenous students.
    The Edge Skills Centre in Winnipeg received 30 refurbished computers. The donation will help 70 low-income residents to improve their job-readiness skills.
    Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF) recently hosted a business development workshop in Thompson. The event served to promote CEDF's programs and to give northern entrepreneurs an opportunity to network.
    Southland Church in Steinbach is building a new retreat and training centre. The new facility is expected to be functional by the end of 2016.
  • 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.
    Thanks to the Plant Factory pilot project, a closed growing system developed by a Korean company, the community of Opaskwayak Cree Nation can enjoy fresh produce all year
    The St. Norbert Farmers' Market officially opened on May 21. More than 100 vendors were on hand to sell locally grown fresh produce and other goods.
    Winnipeg-based jewellery chain Ben Moss has filed for creditor protection and is closing 11 stores across Canada. The five stores in Manitoba will not be affected by the restructuring.
    According to Export Development Canada, Manitoba's export economy is expected to grow by 4% in 2016 and 5% in 2017. The agri-food and manufacturing sectors will continue to lead provincial export growth.
    The Behavioural Health Foundation, Manitoba's only long-term treatment centre for teens with addiction and mental health issues, may have to close in June due to lack of funding. The number of affected employees is unknown at this time.
    Bell MTS plans to build three cell towers between Winnipeg and the US border. Pending finalization of the Bell MTS merger, the new towers should be complete by the middle of 2017.
    The Pembina Autopac service centre will close this summer and be converted into office space. Affected employees will be transferred to other service centres in Winnipeg.
    IGM Financial, a Winnipeg-based wealth-management company, is investing $75M in Personal Capital Corp. This investment represents a 10% stake in the U.S. digital wealth advising firm.
    Winnipeg startup Prairie Box recently began a meal subscription service. Designed for families and professionals, the service can provide up to 12 ready-made healthy meals per week.
    Riding Mountain National Park will partner with local Indigenous groups to promote the area's heritage. Plans include additional cultural programming featuring Aboriginal interpreters and festivities to mark National Aboriginal Day.
    Hudbay has suspended its development-miner training program in Flin Flon. Trainees were transferred to other positions within the company.
  • 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
    University College of the North (UCN) recently hosted workplace safety programs to mark North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The annual event, which always takes place in the first week of May, spans Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
    The second phase of Winnipeg's Rapid Transit project will begin this summer. Construction on the southwest transit way is expected to be complete in late 2019.
    The Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg offers a program that provides selected high school students with the opportunity to explore various career options in healthcare
    According to the Manitoba Trucking Association, the province may face a shortage of truck drivers in the next ten years. Currently, the number of drivers getting close to retirement exceeds the number of young drivers entering the profession.
    The Co-op grocery on Winnipeg's main street will close on June 18, 2016. The majority of employees impacted by the closure will be transferred to other Co-op locations in the city.
    Bikram Yoga studio in Winnipeg closed its doors on May 17, 2016. At least five regular teachers and several part-time instructors will be laid-off as a result of the closure.
    The City of Winnipeg has issued a request for proposals to design a bridge in Shoal Lake 40. All three levels of government have committed to the project, which will connect the community to the Trans-Canada Highway.
    Downtown Winnipeg Biz has launched a new initiative to make the city centre area more inclusive of Indigenous culture. Participating downtown stores will display Indigenous art in their storefronts until August.
    The Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples¿ Council will host a business planning workshop in Brandon on May 24, 2016. The workshop is intended to encourage Aboriginals to start their own businesses.
  • 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
    Plans to build a new housing development in Thompson have been approved. The construction project will include 12 units and could cost up to $5M.
    The Thompson Multiculture Centre is offering French and English classes. The free weekly lessons are offered to newcomers and to long-time residents of Thompson.
    The Global Market's Good Food Box initiative has been expanded after a successful trial run in Brandon. The program was created to provide access to quality food at lower prices.
    American clothing retailer Aeropostale has declared bankruptcy and is closing all of its locations in the U.S. and in Canada. No details were available on the number of employees affected by the closure of three Aeropostale stores in Winnipeg.
    Manitoba had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country in April at 6.1%, while full-time employment in the province increased by 1,200 on a monthly basis
    Work is underway to redevelop Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park. Canada's Diversity Gardens, which will feature horticultural attractions and a new building for indoor gardens, should be completed by the fall of 2019.
    Creighton's city council recently approved its 2016 budget in the amount of $3.6M. The city is focussed on economic development, as well as on maintaining and investing in community infrastructure.
    Residential construction activity declined sharply in Winnipeg over the first four months of 2016. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, builders will be scaling back production until early 2017.
    Career Trek, a non-profit organization, is offering a program for young mothers aged 14 to 21 through the University of Winnipeg. The ¿M' program allows participants to explore a wide range of occupations.
  • 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.
    A year-long study has been launched to determine the future development needs of the Manitoba Centennial Centre. The Centre¿s corporation hopes to have plans ready to action by 2017.
    Nisichawayasihk Neyo Ohtinwak Collegiate in Nelson House will offer a small engines repair class starting in September. The program, which is supported by Vale, will offer students hands-on experience.
    Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), a Montreal-based telecommunications business, is purchasing Manitoba Telecom for $3.9B. Pending regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to close by early 2017.
    The biannual Centrallia business summit will take place in Winnipeg at the end of May. Hundreds of businesses will participate in the event, which will focus on focus on opportunities in the Arctic and the Americas.
    SK Developments Inc. is building a $35M Hilton Garden Inn as part of the Seasons development in Winnipeg. Construction work on the 127-room hotel is already underway.
    The University of Manitoba has developed technology to help local beekeepers remain competitive against low-priced imports. Sensors placed in beehives allow producers to detect and rectify problems in hives and tells them when to harvest.
    The cardiac care unit at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg is being restructured into two units. Up to 12 nurses could be laid-off as a result of this change.
  • 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.
    Canadian Forces announced that seven military bases, including CFB Shilo, will undergo energy efficiency upgrades totaling $100M
    The federal government is investing $165M to hire young people across the country this summer as part of its Youth Employment Strategy
    The Winnipeg Richardson International Airport announced plans to add new direct flights to Halifax this summer. The airport serves nearly 3.8 million passengers annually.
    A recent report shows that the vacancy rate among Winnipeg's retail and commercial properties is the highest it has been in over 15 years. However, despite the increase in online shopping, outlet stores and certain service and bargain oriented retailers are expanding.
    The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce recently launched the Chamber Office for Business Support. The new service is designed to support small businesses and will include a 311 business help line.
    The Osborne Village Motor Inn in Winnipeg is being remodeled into a boutique hotel that will feature up to 30 rooms as well as retail and commercial spaces
    According to the South Indian Lake Fisherman's Association, commercial whitefish fishing on South Indian Lake has declined by 90 per cent over the past 15 years
    Komfort Kitchen, a store specializing in restaurant-grade supplies and equipment, opened in Brandon in March
    Abby Rose, a store that offers new and repurposed clothing and home décor items, opened in Brandon
    Slide the City, a one-day waterslide event, will take place near Winnipeg in July. Organizers of the event expect up to 6,000 visitors.
  • 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.
    The Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba held a professional development lunch event on April 19.The presentation focused on risk-reduction during times of market uncertainty.
    According to a recent report by Moneris Solutions, consumer spending in Manitoba increased by 6.1% during the first three months of 2016
    Bad Axe Throwing recently opened a location in Winnipeg.This new venue is the latest addition to the company's eight locations across Canada.
    Members of the North of 53 Consumers Co-op recently met to discuss the possibility of opening a new grocery store in Flin Flon. The outcome will be determined by the results of a feasibility study that will be completed in June.
    Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is teaming up with about 80 businesses to launch a greeting campaign in several indigenous languages. The goal of the campaign is to make the downtown area more welcoming to Aboriginal people.
    Greyhound Canada's agreement with the City of Thompson expired at the end of 2015. The company is providing month-to-month local transit services to the city in the interim, until a new long-term agreement is reached.
    GoodLife Fitness is opening a facility in Brandon in early 2017. The new centre will employ about 40 employees and will be located in the Shoppers Mall.
    The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce held a breakfast presentation on April 21. The event focussed on how to develop strategic advertising.
    The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce will hold a small business forum on April 27. The event will allow entrepreneurs to network and to discuss business issues with experts.
    Winnipeg Harvest, Manitoba's largest food bank, offers training and certification programs in several fields, as well as courses to improve job readiness and English language skills. These learning opportunities are open to clients and volunteers.
  • 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.
    The University of Manitoba is investing $2.5M to create a new research chair in palliative care medicine. The provincial government is providing matching funds to help improve care for terminally ill patients.
    The Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies is inviting applications for the seventh edition of Open Farm Day. Interested farm or agricultural operators have until April 30 to sign up to be a host.
    The rural municipality of Portage is looking into the possibility of extending waterline to service Delta Beach properties. The municipality is currently gauging public interest before going to tender.
    A new initiative entitled the Winnipeg Promise was created in April to ensure that eligible low-income families can access the Canada Learning Bond, a federal program which grants up to $2,000 for post-secondary schooling
    Home sales in Winnipeg in the first quarter of 2016 increased by eight percent from a year earlier. While the number of new listings declined, the number of condos and detached homes for sale rebounded.
    According to a new Statistics Canada report, employment in Manitoba increased by 5,500 in March. The province's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.0%.
    Porter Airlines will offer flights on a trial-run basis from Toronto and Ottawa to Winnipeg in May. The airline does not expect new routes to be established following this temporary service.
    According to a report issued by Farm Credit Canada, farmland values increased by an average of 12.4% in Manitoba last year. Farmland values are expected to continue to grow in 2016, although more modestly.
    The Forks Market in Winnipeg is undergoing renovations as it prepares to welcome new vendors in a few weeks. Improvements made to date include dramatic lighting and additional seating.
    Recent statistics reveal a 30% increase in the number of welfare recipients in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake area over the past four years. This translates into a monthly average of over 650 clients on Manitoba social assistance in the region.
    A Winnipeg construction company was awarded the tender to build the new Flin Flon General Hospital emergency department. The Northern Health Region expects the new ER to be ready by early 2018.
    Good Earth Coffeehouse, an Alberta-based chain, is planning on opening up to four coffeehouses in Winnipeg over the next few years.
    Chizma Tea Collections, a tea store offering an exclusive range of Ceylon teas and locally-produced honey and cookies, opened recently in Winnipeg's City Place
    The Round Table Steakhouse and Pub, a long-time Winnipeg staple, will close its doors in May. Construction on a new restaurant concept will begin soon after.
    Loblaw announced a $1B plan to build 50 new stores and to renovate 150 existing locations. This plan would create 20,000 retail and construction jobs across the country, including in Manitoba, although no details are available at this time.
  • 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
    Some outstanding Manitoba high school students received leadership scholarships from the University of Manitoba. The $16,000 awards are distributed over four years with the aim of supporting success through graduation and beyond.
    Hudson's Bay is opening three Bay Home decor and appliance stores in Winnipeg. No opening dates have been given for the new stores, which will feature designer and exclusive brands.
    Crown Royal employees at the Gimli distillery rejected the employer's final offer at the end of March
    Flin Flon General Hospital now boasts a full-time general surgeon, a first since the creation of the Northern Health Region in 2012
    The Brandon Home and Leisure Show took place at the Keystone Centre from April 8 to 10. The event included 175 vendors offering their products and services to an estimated 10,000 customers.
    PEG Beer Co. has opened its doors in Winnipeg's Exchange District. The 130-seat brewpub features a full kitchen and will eventually offer 12 beers on tap, including up to 8 of its own brews.
    The entranceway of the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital is being upgraded for the third time since 2014. Construction work should be completed by October.
    McDonald's conducted a one-day hiring campaign on April 6. The National Hiring Day aimed to recruit up to 7,000 workers across the country, including some 250 employees in Manitoba.
    Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is planning to build a bigger Liquor Mart store in Thompson. The estimated $5M project would create ten construction jobs over a one year period.
    Airplane maintenance workers who lost their jobs when Aveos Fleet Performance went out of business in 2012 have filed a $1B class action lawsuit. Out of the 2,600 employees who were let go, 400 worked in Winnipeg.
    Grant Park Shopping Centre will soon feature a Cambrian Credit Union branch. Construction on the new branch is underway and is expected to be completed by November.
  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    Midwives employed by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority have voted in favour of a new collective agreement
    Skills Manitoba recently held a Young Women's Conference in Thompson. The event provided female students in Grade 8 with opportunities to learn about careers in trades and technology fields.
    The Palomino Club is set to reopen in Winnipeg. The new location in the Exchange District is expected to open in May.
    Winnipeg's Salvation Army holds an English Café each week to help newcomers practice their English and prepare for citizenship tests
    Winnipeg City Council has approved a $1.05B operating budget and $1.18B capital budget for 2016. $280M has been earmarked for police services, which is expected to prevent layoffs.
    The weak Canadian dollar is causing more Manitobans to spend spring break closer to home. This is resulting in more business for some accommodations and entertainment businesses in the province.
    Beaver Bus Lines is discontinuing its service between Winnipeg and Selkirk starting July 1, 2016. High fuel and salary costs were cited as deciding factors.
    True North Sports and Entertainment is buying the Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts in Winnipeg. The company intends to renovate and upgrade the historic venue.
    Winnipeg-based NewLeaf Travel has been cleared to start re-selling tickets for low-cost flights. Bookings are expected to commence soon.
  • 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
    Home Depot Canada is looking to hire nearly 300 workers for its stores in Manitoba. The retailer held job fairs in Winnipeg and Brandon to recruit staff for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.
    According to a Conference Board of Canada study, Canada's farming industry lost around $1.5B in revenues in 2014 due to a shortage of workers. An industry group estimates that there are currently 59,000 unfilled farm jobs across the country.
    Manitoba Start's English at Work program is helping newcomers acquire the language skills they need to succeed in the workplace
    Winnipeg's Decadence Chocolates is one example of a successful startup business that has benefited from the support and expertise of Manitoba's Women's Enterprise Centre
    According to the Winnipeg Football Club, 2015 Grey Cup festivities injected $80M into the local economy. Around 23,000 visitors attended the event, benefitting the local accommodation, restaurant, entertainment and shopping industries.
  • 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.
    Winnipeg-based SkipTheDishes is expanding in other provinces and its local office is expected to grow to more than 600 staff
    Construction is underway on a new location for Audi Winnipeg. The new site is in the Seasons of Tuxedo retail development and will be twice as large as the current location.
    Tourism North, in partnership with the Manitoba Tourism and Education Council, held workshops in mid-March for prospective and established tourism professionals. The sessions focused on business and marketing strategies.
    Callinex Mines has discovered a high-grade copper and zinc mineralization near Flin Flon. The company is conducting further drilling and believes that the site is a strong prospect for development.
    According to Manitoba's Keystone Agricultural Producers, farmers in southwestern Manitoba will likely start preparing fields earlier than usual this year. However, actual seeding is not expected to occur before early May.
    The University of Manitoba received $2M in donations to create a position dedicated to blood research
    WestJet is offering direct flights from Winnipeg to Halifax starting on July 2, 2016. The service will be available during the peak summer season and no end date has been provided.
    Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta are taking part in a marketing project to promote the Prairies as a provider of protein to the world. The "Protein Highway" project is intended to increase demand for high-protein crops such as lentils.
    Air Canada is establishing an aircraft maintenance centre in Winnipeg. The new facility, which will be located at the Richardson International Airport, will create around 150 jobs.
    Selkirk residents will be able to buy fresh produce at a new farmer¿s market this summer
  • 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.
    Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation started construction on a new development located near Brandon. The multimillion-dollar project includes a gas station and a commercial development.
    Construction is underway for a new transportation centre in Winnipeg. A first in the city, the traffic control centre will improve circulation flow and provide drivers with updates via social media.
    The Ebb and Flow First Nation School was closed on March 1 after asbestos was found in the building. Students and staff are to remain home until testing and cleanup is completed.
    Manitoba Petroleum Branch expects to issue around 100 licenses for oil well drilling in 2016, which is half the number from the previous year. However, there has been an increase in cleanup activities for old wells.
    About 50 workers who produce Crown Royal whiskies at a distillery in Gimli went on strike on March 5, after rejecting their employer¿s latest contract offer
    According to Statistics Canada, 40% of Manitobans aged 55 and older were either working or looking for work in 2015, up from 27% in 2000. In addition, the numbers of Manitobans aged 65 and up who are working has more than doubled over this period.
    The Winnipeg Humane Society is holding a free conference on March 17 as part of a series presented by the Farm Animal Compassion Committee. The event will feature tips on raising farm animals using humane methods.
    Winnipeg's Fire Paramedic Service is looking to add $11.8M to its 2016 budget, bringing it to a total of $190M. This increase would allow the service to hire an additional 24 paramedics to meet high demand in the city.
    The Conference Board of Canada predicts that Manitoba¿s economy will expand by 2.3% in 2016, one of the strongest rates of growth in Canada. The province's construction, manufacturing and agriculture industries are expected to see strong growth this year.
    Since 2013, Winnipeg Harvest has offered job skills programs to clients and volunteers to help them break the cycle of poverty. To date, the training has been given to 4,000 people, of whom 64% are women.
    Manitoba ranked 19th out of 109 jurisdictions in the investment attractiveness index of the Fraser Institute's 2015 mining survey. Another Fraser study on permit times for mining exploration found that Manitoba ranks first in Canada for meeting deadlines.
    Brandon¿s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, one of Canada¿s largest agricultural events, will soon be underway
  • 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
    The City of Winnipeg approved its share of funding for the $155M Waverley underpass project. Construction is expected to be completed by 2019.
    In February, Winnipeg-based software developer Protegra launched the Local Frequency, a mobile rewards app to encourage shoppers to buy locally. So far, eight businesses in Winnipeg have signed up to raise their visibility and attract customers.
    A new housing project is being developed for deaf-blind individuals in Winnipeg. Ten rental suites will be designed at the Gas Station Arts Centre to provide safer and easier housing for these residents.
    Winnipeg's construction industry is thriving despite the economic climate. Several major construction projects are already underway, including the True North Square development, which is expected to create 375 full-time jobs.
    First Class Training Center recently held a session for Thompson-area students about the trucking industry. A large load truck simulator was on hand to allow students to test their aptitude for this high-demand job.
    Flin Flon's Aqua Centre is planning a multimillion-dollar renovation. However, funding for the project still needs to be secured.
    Northern Manitoba Mining Academy in Flin Flon is experiencing higher enrolment. While students are eager to sign-up, finding housing for the duration of the programs, which can last up to 12 weeks, remains difficult.
    A McDonald¿s restaurant in Winnipeg reopened its doors on March 4, after being closed for ten months due to a fire. While 80% of the original staff will be returning, the location is also hiring new employees.
    Peerless Garments, a Winnipeg-based specialty clothing manufacturer, is looking to hire at least 20 experienced sewing machine operators. The company currently employs approximately 97 workers.
    According to the annual Kijiji Second-Hand Index, Manitoba tied with Saskatchewan in second-hand sales. Winnipeggers ranked below the national average in second-hand purchases, but ranked first nationwide in resale practices.
    Brandon's mayor expects that WestJet service between Brandon and Toronto will be extended beyond September, given high demand for the direct flight

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