Newfoundland and Labrador
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The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements for the selected Province or Territory which can complement your job search and career exploration.
Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016
- The provincial and federal governments announced $14M for 11 water and wastewater projects in the province. Upgrades to the dam drainage systems, new water main lines and chlorination upgrades are some of the projects receiving funding.
- Marine Harvest, a Norwegian-based aquaculture producer, is looking to set-up operations in the province. They have acquired the assets of the defunct Gray Aqua Group, which includes the Hermitage processing plant and seven farming licences.
Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016
- PAL Aerospace has been awarded a federal government contract with the Fixed Wing Aircraft Replacement Program. The contract is for 25 years and will create 150 jobs within the province and across the country.
- The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Headquarters in St. John's has been alloted $4M for upgrades. The funds are to dredge the harbour to allow for larger vessels to use the dock in front of the headquarters.
- Re/Max has released it's 2017 Housing Market Outlook Report. The report shows sales have softened in the province, but prices are expected to remain stable.
Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016
- Northern Harvest Sea Farm has pledged $6M to expand it's salmon hatchery in Stephenville. The expansion will bring about 10 more jobs to the hatchery and more jobs to the sea cage facility in the Coast of Bays.
- The City of St. John's has announced 17 more layoffs through its ongoing program review. The layoffs include managers/supervisors, administrative positions, custodial and technical support positions.
- Caredrop, a private in home health service, started business this week in St. John's. The fee based service allows a nurse practitioner to come to your house for non-urgent requests for care.
- The federal and provincial governments have announced $2.7M in combined funding for infrastructure upgrades in Deer Lake. The upgrades include replacing asbestos pipes, sanitary and storm collection, and water distribution lines.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Udderly Delicious, a new smoothie and milkshake shop in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, opened its doors in early September of this year
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
St. John's city council has approved the demolition of an old restaurant and the construction of a new one in Quidi Vidi, NL
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund, is providing $4.5M to support Memorial University's $25M Battery Facility initiative.
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.
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.
The provincial government recently announced $10M in funding for roadwork in NL through the early tendering process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
(To access archived Labour Market Bulletins not appearing on this webpage, please contact us).
- November 2016 | (PDF, 551 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 551 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 706 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 477 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 636 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 468 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 500 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 571 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 538 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 542 KB)
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
- Agriculture | (PDF)
- Forestry and Forestry Products | (PDF)
- Fishing | (PDF)
- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction | (PDF)
- Utilities | (PDF)
- Construction | (PDF)
- Seafood product preparation and packaging | (PDF)
- Wholesale trade | (PDF)
- Retail trade | (PDF)
- Trucking | (PDF)
- Finance and insurance | (PDF)
- Real estate and rental and leasing | (PDF)
- Professional, scientific and technical services | (PDF)
- Educational services | (PDF)
- Health care and social assistance | (PDF)
- Accommodation and food services | (PDF)
Client Segment Profile
A report that provides provincial and local demographic and labour market information, trends and prospects for a selected socio-demographic group