Job Market Trends and News

Newfoundland and Labrador

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News Archive

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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 Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    Healy's Deli on Water Street west in downtown St. John's has indicated it will be closing its doors. The challenges of operating in these tough economic times was the reason given for the closure.

  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced they will be hiring for the equivalent of 140 new full-time positions in the St. John's Tax Centre over the next two years. The new positions are the result of a restructuring in the CRA.

  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Nalcor, a provincial energy corporation , has reported a record breaking land sale for oil exploration off the Newfoundland coast. According to the announcement eight of the available 16 land parcels were sold for a total work commitment of $758M. The land sale included new players such as BP and NESS.

  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Ltd., Baie Verte, has received a $2M expansion loan from ACOA. The loan will create 300 jobs during construction and 25 new jobs afterwards for a total of 200 company employees.

  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    National Airlines, an american carrier that provided direct flights from St. John's to Florida, has announced it will cease flights to St. John's effective Jan 16, 2017. The announcement came after a flight was held in lieu of unpaid bills.

  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Superior Glove Works, an ON based industrial glove manufacturer, is opening up a new plant in Springdale. The company plans to start with 12 employees and grow to 20 by 2017.

  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    Golf Town has closed its White Rose Drive store in St. John's, NL. A sign in the store window states the closure is permanent and for customers to contact the store about orders and repairs via email.

  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Marshalls, an off-price retailer, affiliated with Winners has announced that it is opening a store in St. John's, NL in the spring of 2017. More details are expected later in 2016.

  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    No'kmaq Village has announced a wage subsidy to employers who are willing to hire older displaced workers. No'kmaq Village will pay for four weeks of employment and ten workers will be accepted into the program.

  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Pipers has opened a new warehouse concept store in St. John's NL. The company currently operate six stores in the St. John's area and buys 55% of its goods from local suppliers.

  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Udderly Delicious, a new smoothie and milkshake shop in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, opened its doors in early September of this year

  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Scotsburn Ice Cream Company has announced the closure of its St. John's, NL plant. The plant will close December 9 and 167 people will be affected.

  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    Beothuck Energy of Newfoundland expects a funding announcement for wind farms on the west coast of the province. US has indicated it wants offshore wind electricity instead of hyrdo power.

  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    DashAll, an on-demand food delivery company in St. John's, NL, is gearing up for a busy fall. New drivers are being hired and additional technological features are in the works to improve customer experience.

  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    The federal and provincial governments have announced over $1.7M in combined funding for eight community and business investments for Wabush and Labrador City, NL benefiting the tourism, mining, business and community sectors.

  • Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2016

    A major shake up with the NL provincial government has led to the job losses of five deputy ministers, which represents a 19% reduction in staffing at this level.

  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    Scotsburn Ice Cream Co. is making deeper-than-normal cuts to it managers at its St. John¿s, NL operations, as the 2016 ice cream season peak passes.

  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    The Fortune Port Corporation will receive $29,363 from ACOA and $33,750 from the provincial government to address the challenges of traffic congestion near the port and downtown area of Fortune.

  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    N.L. Hydro is seeking approval to spend $271.4 M on repairs, upgrades, new equipment and systems in 2017, all separate from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

  • Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2016

    St. John's city council has approved the demolition of an old restaurant and the construction of a new one in Quidi Vidi, NL

  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    The Barry Group shrimp plant in Clarenville, NL will not open this year due to cuts in the quota for Northern Shrimp. The plant normally employs 100 people.

  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The Port Rexton Brewing Company is set to open in late July 2016 on the Bonavista Peninsula and the ScudRunner Brewery will be open by the end of 2016 in Gander. Both establishments will brew their own unique craft beer.

  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing Memorial University's Marine Institute ocean technology base with $3M to develop wharf infrastructure, support growth in research and train students in ocean techonology

  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency provided $100K to Stephenville, NL, for the expansion of the community's soccer pitch, energy efficient lighting, new nets and bleachers

  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    The Government of NL announced $9.3M in funding for Job Creation Partnerships for 2016-17 in the province. Two hundred and nineteen projects have been approved that will employ over 1,000 people in total.

  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    A new Mill St. Brewpub and Bier Markt has opened on Harbour Drive in St. John's, NL. The pub plans to offer 46 draught taps and a range of locally-brewed options.

  • Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2016

    A new Correctional Officer Recruit Training (CORT) program will have 30 recruits train at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Memorial Campus in St. John's, NL. Upon completion the recruits will be eligible for employment in January 2017.

  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    The Government of NL announced $100,000 in funding to the East Coast Trail Association to support trail operations and maintenance on the Avalon Peninsula

  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    The Government of NL announced $830,000 in funding to support over 90 museums, archives and historical societies throughout NL to preserve the province's heritage

  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    As a result of new legislation, the College of the North Atlantic can now offer applied degree programs in business, science and technology
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    Construction is underway on new passing lanes through Terra Nova National Park. There will be 13 new passing lanes created in the park. Work is expected to wrap up by the end of 2017.
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    The St. John's Convention Centre officially opened on May 3, after years of construction on a $65M expansion
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    Monaghan Hall, at Western Regional Memorial Hospital in Corner Brook plans to close down 69 rooms in its nursing residence in September due to budget constraints. Grenfell Campus will be able to provide a residence to about half of the nursing students.

  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    Eastern Health recently announced $19M in budget cuts that include the elimination of 107 jobs and the closure of the Masonic Park long-term care facility in Mount Pearl.

  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund, is providing $4.5M to support Memorial University's $25M Battery Facility initiative.

  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has cut the total allowable catch for snow crab in NL by 13% this season. The total limit for 2016 is now 43,802 tons and the first divisions will open for fishing on April 1.

  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    The City of St. John's is laying off 48 people and cutting $1.3M in spending on snowclearing and road maintenance. The cuts include 33 unionized winter workers, five managers, and 10 unionized summer workers in the roads division.

  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    The provincial government recently announced $10M in funding for roadwork in NL through the early tendering process.

  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    Bistro Sofia, a European-styled bistro located in downtown St. John's, has closed. The name has been purchased by the owners of the nearby Franklin Hotel, who plan to use the Bistro Sofia menu as part of the Black Sea Restaurant at the Franklin.

  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    Kraken Sonar Systems, located in Conception Bay South, plans to hire 10 to 12 new employees. The company was recently awarded a $15M contract to supply underwater sonar systems to Elbit Systems Ltd, a company based in Israel.

  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016

    The Town of Paradise recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Metrobus to provide public transit in Paradise from June 2016 to June 2017. The Town is investing $240,000 in the project next year, while it evaluates the demand for service.

  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    The MV Veteran, the new ferry for the Fogo Island-Change Islands run, will be in dry dock in St. John's for repairs to its propulsion unit. The repairs are expected to take a couple of weeks to complete.

  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    The provincial government is experiencing recruitment and retention challenges for fish and wildlife officers in the Happy Valley-Gosse Bay Labrador area. Currently, there are seven positions vacant due to attrition.

  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    St. John's International Airport Authority has officially opened a new runway extension and a new instrument landing system as part of an Airfield Accessibility and Safety Initiative. The new system will benefit travellers and support tourism in NL.

  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    Three NL companies will receive a total of $750,000 in funding from Venture NL to assist entrepreneurs with capital costs and potential start-up costs

  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    A new survey from real estate consultants Turner Drake & Partners Ltd. on office space in the greater St. John's area indicates total vacancy rates for office space increased from 4.8% in 2014 to 7.7% in 2015, while rental rates remained the same.

Economic/Environmental Scan

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