Prince Edward Island
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Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016
- ACFOR Energy will construct and operate one of the largest biomass heating systems in PEI. The company will supply heating to Prince County Hospital and Summerset manor in Summerside, by winter 2017.
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $500,000 and the Government of PEI is providing $514,400 over the next three years to the Startup Zone. Startup Zone is a non-profit entity that supports business startups and entrepreneurship in PEI.
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $434,000 to IO Solutions Call Centre Inc. for investment of new technology and the retrofitting of an existing office space, in Summerside, while creating 200 new jobs
- Greco Pizza will be opening a new franchise in Morell at the former location of the Riverside Diner
- The PEI government is providing $50,000 to Aquaculture Technology Program to assist with the development or adoption of technologies and $93,800 to Aquaculture Future Programs for research and development
Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016
- The Farmer's Wife, a new store featuring soy-based soaps, balms, bath and cleaning products, recently opened on Queen Street in Summerside, PEI
- Leezen, an organic food chain with 120 stores in Taiwan, recently opened a franchise store in Charlottetown, PEI
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, and the Government of PEI are providing a combined $580,000 to Golf PEI's marketing plan for 2016-17. They will establish a stronger online, on-site, and TV presence with the funds.
- Funds of $10M from the federal, provincial and municipal governments will pay to upgrade the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant to accept wasterwater and sludge from East Royalty and Stratford
Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016
- Mary Brown's restaurant on University Avenue has announced it will close immediately due to operational problems since late 2014
- Sobeys in Stratford will be converted into a Sobeys Extra, with work to be completed in early 2017. The store will add 10,000 sq.-ft. and will include well-being counsellor, a chef cooking meals, and more.
- Holland College and Collège Acadie have formed a partnership to provide post-secondary education in English or French for six to eight programs. The renovations to accommodate Collège Acadie will be complete by September 2016.
- The Dr. John M Gillis Memorial Lodge in Belfast, PEI will increase their capacity by 31 beds. The expansion is expected to start in the fall of 2016 and will create 19 jobs.
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing $26,050 to the Royal Canadian Legion in Charlottetown to support a series of improvements with accessibility, security, and renovations
- Charlottetown is upgrading the lighting of Pownal, Fitzroy, and Queen Street parkcades to LED lighting. The project will cost approximately $243,000 and completed by end of summer, 2016.
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Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016
- Life Cycle Nutrition recently opened at the Tignish Health Centre. It provides education on nutrition and health; ways to prevent disease and improve overall health.
- Innovation PEI has contributed more than $224,000 to the Live Lobster Holding Program since March of 2015. This will increase the total capacity of lobster holding facilities in the province by 500,000 pounds.
- The Prince Edward Island government is investing $100,000 to upgrade the tools and equipment in the Intermediate Technology Education, automotive, carpentry, and welding programs
Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016
- 1888 Pub, is a new restaurant that recently opened in Cardigan PEI within the same location as the Cardigan Lobster Suppers and features an economical alternative to the dining room
- Innovation PEI is providing $18,177 to the Upstreet Craft Brewery in Charlottetown for the capital acquisition of two additional 45 HL fermenters and to develop their marketing campaign for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016
- The construction of a new strip mall, Kirkwood Mews II, will begin in the fall of 2016. It is designed for up to 15 tenants and is located on Kirkwood Drive, Charlottetown.
- Sun-N-Shade Campground in Borden-Carleton, is being converted to the first Jellystone Park on PEI. Currently there are 82 Jellystone campgrounds throughout the United States and three in Canada.
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Business Development Program and the Government of PEI are providing a total of $850,000 to Halibut PEI for the expansion of their juvenile hatchery in Victoria PEI
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing $299,270 to UPEI for construction of a new 2,400 sq.-ft. activity centre and to replace the existing bleachers at Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre in Charlottetown
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing $120,000 to improve the lighting, boardwalk and seawall section of Harbourside Complex in Charlottetown
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $495,000 to purchase a new bridge training simulator for Holland College in Summerside
Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016
- Vector Aerospace recently announced the opening of their fourth test cell of turboprop engines and extension of their contract with Jazz as the sole provider of engine maintenance repair and overhaul services until 2025
- Hopyard, a new bar, recently opened in Charlottetown featuring craft beer and cider from across North America, a menu created from local products, while listening to music from its collection of 500 vinyl records
- Thoughtful Squash, a seasonal restaurant located in Mount Stewart will be moving to the former Pat and Willy's location on Kent St, Charlottetown. Thoughtful Squash's new location will open May 2016 and be available all year around.
Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $1,101,304 and Canadian Heritage, through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund is giving $1,101,304 towards upgrades at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $291,691 and the Government of PEI is contributing $116,000 to Engineering Technologies Canada Ltd. for the development of a product which will notify you if your septic system malfunctions
- Maritimes Electric has begun work to install two new underwater electric cables between PEI and New Brunswick. The project is estimated to cost $140M, with the Government of Canada contributing $50M.
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $55,252 to the City of Summerside for the redevelopment of its waterfront-downtown and to strengthen Summerside's reputation as a tourism destination
- Princess Auto will be opening a new store at the end of May, 2016, in Charlottetown. A total of 75 people have been hired.
Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016
- Export Development Canada expects PEI and Ontario to lead all Canadian provinces with 7% export growth in 2016 due to high demand in the U.S. and a low Canadian Dollar. A large contributor to this growth is PEI's aerospace industry.
- PEI Brick Company will open a brick manufacturing plant in Crapaud in the next few weeks with help from Innovation PEI who provided a $10,000 grant. The company currently employs four people with plans to hire another six.
- The Government of PEI has called for bids for site preparation and foundation work on a new $12.5M Riverview long-term care facility to be built in Montague. It will replace an existing 49 bed manor and is expected to open in early 2018.
- The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency, is providing $135,000 to Country View Farms for a new ventilation system in its storage facilities to allow safer storage of potatoes
- Beijing-based China Gold Fortune International is opening a new facility in Summerside to manufacture smart meters for monitoring electricity consumption and LED technology. The company will employ approximately 30 people.
- The Government of Prince Edward Island is providing $45,000 to Abegweit First Nation Biodiversity Enhancement Hatchery to support its restocking efforts of Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon
- The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency, and the Government of PEI and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is providing $95,000 and $30,000 respectively to Brookfield Gardens for new cooling equipment for harvested crops
- East Coast Furnishings, a new business offering products such as mattresses, furniture, appliances, and yard equipment, will be opening at the former Sears location in Summerside, April 2016
Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016
- 3rd Degree Training will open a new location in Montague by May 2016, its fifth location in Atlantic Canada.
- Callbeck's Home Hardware in Summerside is converting 5,000 sq.-ft. of storage space into offices, staff and training rooms, and other facilities. Callbeck's is also updating the interior of its store and adding a new 5,400 sq.-ft. warehouse.
- R & M Welding is hiring an additional full-time employee after purchasing a new plasma cutter, which was funded in part by a $10,000 contribution from Innovation PEI.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovation Communities Fund, is providing $76,295 in funding to support tourism in the community of Naufrage.
Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016
- Construction work on the proposed $25M Charlottetown Airport upgrade could begin by 2018 and would include reconstruction of the main runway, updating the passenger terminal, car rental booth and boarding counters.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund, is providing $522,639 towards upgrades of the Murphy's Community Centre in Charlottetown.
- ACOA is contributing $15,000 to Music PEI for the May Run Music Festival and Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference. In addition, ACOA is providing $9,975 to Music PEI to help develop business skills within the industry.
- The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is providing a total of $107,000 in funding towards seven wild salmon conservation projects on PEI.
- Radio Atlantic, an online radio station based in PEI, is looking to expand by hiring a full-time staff member to generate content for its website and update songs. There is potential for an additional expansion of up to 11 radio hosts across the Maritimes.
Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016
- Statistics Canada reported that PEI's consumer price index decreased 0.6% in 2015, resulting in no increase in most PEI property tax assessments for 2016.
- The former home of CFB Summerside was recently purchased by the Province of PEI from the Slemon Park Corporation for $2.39M.
- The Government of Canada and Government of PEI, through the Small Communities Fund, are each providing $3.1M towards infrastructure projects to upgrade wastewater, drinking water, green energy and public transit.
- The City of Charlottetown has approved an increase in metered parking from $1.10 per hour to $1.50 and parkades will increase to $1.25 per hour.
- PEI's Board of Economics Advisors, senior civil servants and business leaders recently presented the Premier of PEI with a letter commenting on PEI's economic situation.
Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016
- Fashion retailer H&M will be opening a new store in the fall of 2016, at the Charlottetown Mall
- China-based CNPC Powder recently opened a new branch in Charlottetown's West Royalty Industrial Park. The company is involved in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of metal powders.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund, is providing $500,000 towards the upgrades of the Confederation Trail and Victoria Park Boardwalk in Charlottetown.
- Red Chamber Company plans to open a new fish plant in Brudenell by May 2016, which is expected to create several processing jobs. The plant will be located at the site of the former Mariner Seafood facility.
- The English Language School Board in PEI will be integrated into the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture, resulting in the loss of 32 administration positions across the province.
Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovation Communities Fund, and Innovation PEI are providing over $1M in funding to convert an existing retail facility into office space to attract new businesses to Summerside.
- Mel's recently opened a new gas station on Granville Street in Summerside, its sixth location on PEI. The store will also feature the food services of Mr. Sub, Country Style and Thai Express, employing a total of 25 to 30 people.
Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016
- The Innovation and Technology Association of Prince Edward Island (ITAP) will no longer operate due to a funding shortfall. ITAP was established 10 years ago to provide industry outreach and mentorship in the IT sector.
Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016
- Brown's Volkswagen will open a new satellite office in Kensington, by April 2016. The office will not include a full dealership, but will focus on used cars and select new vehicle offers.
- Owners of The Physio Centre in Summerside have applied for the facility site to be rezoned, which would allow them to proceed with expansion plans.
- Catholic Diocese awarded MacLean Construction a $2.9M contract to construct a new religious retreat Centre in Bayview. The centre is expected to be completed by 2017 and will feature 38 rooms, with the capacity to house up to 60 people.
Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016
- A new luxury inn is expected to open in the fall of 2016 at the site of the former Notre Dame Covent in Charlottetown. The boutique inn will feature 18 rooms with a five-star rating and will also include 22 apartments for rent.
- After receiving funding through ACOA's Urban Seed program, Small Print Board Game Café will open in Charlottetown by April 2016. The Café will offer speciality coffees, local beer, wine and appetizers.
Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016
- The Department of Fisheries and Ocean Canada and the Stanley Bridge Harbour Authority are providing $1M in funding for the marina expansion in Stanley Bridge. This project will increase capacity at the marina to include 40 more boats and a new breakwater.
- Irving Shipbuilding and Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response are contributing $252,000 in funding to the University of PEI's Climate Research Lab for the exploration of costal erosion using aerial drone technology.
- Great Canadian Dollar Store recently opened a new store on Main Street in Alberton.
Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovation Fund, is providing a loan of $2,938,201 to Aspin Kemp and Associates in Stratford to develop and market a new electrical system
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, approved a repayable loan of $500,000 to Island Water Technologies Inc. (IWT) in Montague. IWT is in the process of designing an energy independent wastewater treatment system.
- The Government of Canada is contributing $14M over a five year period to Natural Products Canada Inc. in Charlottetown to increase commercialization and marketing of new natural products and technologies
- Happy Potter, a new pottery studio, recently opened at 20 Myrtle Street in the Stratford Business Park
- Acadian Supreme recently purchased the fish plant and assets of Acadian Fishermen's Co-op, in Abram Village. All staff have been retained and the company plans to staff up to 225 total positions during the processing season.
Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016
- The Government of Canada and the Government of PEI are contributing to the funding of the advancing entrepreneurship project. The project aims to foster economic growth in the province by supporting small and medium-sized businesses.
- Joe's Barber Shop recently opened at the corner of Prince Street and Grafton Street in Charlottetown
Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016
- Testori, a manufacture of aerospace parts in Summerside, has avoided closure after receiving a $200,000 contract from Bombardier. However, the company, which once employed 150 people, will still lay off three of its remaining 15 employees.
- Caribbean Tech., an insulated concrete forms manufacturer, will be opening in the spring of 2016 in Summerside. The company plans to hire 20 employees to manufacture concrete forms and foam food packaging.
- Shizhong Liu is proceeding with plans to develop the Prince Alex Resort and Conference Centre in Summerside after receiving a $900,000 loan guarantee from the City of Summerside. The project is expected to create up to 200 jobs in the city.
- The Black Whale Sea Salt Company has received $25,000 in funding from the Government of PEI, which will enable the company to increase production of sea salt from a small scale to a commercial basis
- Aark Infosoft, an India-based software company, will open their first North American office in PEI in the spring of 2016. The company plans to hire up to 10 people and there is potential for further expansion in the future.
Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016
- With funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the provincial government, Community Inclusion Ltd has developed an expansion plan to increase their service of baked goods at Maple House Centre in O'Leary
- Work is underway in Summerside on the construction of the new Inspired Learning Centre, which will replace the current library. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has contributed $800K to the project, with a completion expected by the fall of 2016.
- Amalgamated Dairies Limited distribution centre in Summerside is expanding to provide room for growth, transferring shipments, and a staging area. The project is scheduled to be completed by April 2016.
- According to the PEI potato board, exports of the potato crop to the United States are down by 4% this season, while international exports of spuds from PEI have increased. The lack of growth is being attributed to a poor growing season for farmers.
- Butcher & Butcher: Fine Island Meat, a new gourmet butcher shop, recently opened in Charlottetown. The new shop will source locally grown meat options produced by Island farmers.
- Icejam, a Charlottetown-based mobile games company, has received $3M in funding from Build Ventures. The company plans to double their staff over the next six months and launch their first game in 2016.
Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016
- The PEI government has introduced a one-year pilot program that allows registered apprentices in any province to enrol in one block of in-school training through the PEI Apprenticeship Section, without having an employer as was previously required
Week of Jan 11 - Jan 15, 2016
- W.P. Griffin Inc. officially opened its expanded potato packing plant in Elmsdale, PEI, which was completed in early December 2015, but is now fully operational. The operation averages 35 staff year-round, growing to around 50 during peak periods.
- PEI currently has 75 vacant nursing positions including a mix of full-time, part-time and temporary work for registered nurses, nurse practitioners and licensed practical nurses. Acute care and emergency room positions are particularly difficult to staff.
- The Hinduja Global Solutions call centre in Montague is closing on March 4, resulting in 65 layoffs
- About 40 of the 61 new positions allotted to the headquarters of Veterans Affairs Canada in Charlottetown have been filled, many of whom are responsible for disability benefit claims
- Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL) and Gay Lea Foods recently announced the launch of the Co-operative Dairy Alliance to strengthen co-operation between the two dairy co-operatives with a goal of expanding the market for Canadian dairy products
- Innovation PEI is seeking funding applications with an aim of helping local businesses and researchers pursue the pilot stage of their projects through to full commercial development. Visit www.innovationpei.com for more information.
- In 2015, there were 60 new business registrations in Summerside. These include the ongoing construction of a Petro Canada on Granville Street that will include four restaurants, bringing with it 40 new jobs. Additionally, the Prince Alex Resort is under development and could employ over 200 people once completed. Closure of several businesses in 2015 includes Wiebel Aerospace, Sears and the Holman Homestead.
Week of Jan 04 - Jan 08, 2016
- Charlottetown call centre Conversational plans to hire 100 new full-time staff in the next six months. The Virginia-based company, which currently employs 17 people at the Charlottetown facility, is seeking new employees to work weekday shifts.
- In P.E.I., despite a late spring, most crops showed good yield and quality. Farm cash receipts for the first three quarters of 2015 were estimated at $357.3M, up by 1.5 percent over the previous year. Livestock receipts were up by 4.8 percent, soybean receipts were down by 7.7 percent while receipts from wheat were up by 19.8 percent. Potato receipts showed a slight decline.
- A vacant seafood plant, Mariner Seafoods in Brudenell, P.E.I, has been purchased by Chinese and American affiliates. The new owners are preparing for a spring 2016 opening for the fishery, with plans to hire as many as 200 workers.
- Since opening in Charlottetown in 2014, the payments processing company, Carta Worldwide, has hired over 12 staff members. The company expects to hire an additional 30 or more employees by the end of 2016 in response to a growing clientele.
- The P.E.I government has approved a loan of $540,000 to Trout River Industries in Coleman, P.E.I, from Island Investment Development Incorporated. The company manufactures specialized trailers for hauling large loads and employs about 75 people year-round.
Week of Dec 21 - Dec 25, 2015
- Prince Edward Island, on a year to date basis through October, had 15.5% growth in exports from the same period in 2014. Food and equipment manufacturing were among the growth leaders.
- The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey projects that job seekers in Charlottetown are facing limited job opportunities for the first quarter of 2016.
- The Prince Edward Island Teachers' Federation has voted to go to binding arbitration after the two parties failed to reach an agreement in conciliation. Salary and working conditions were the two main areas of disagreement.
Week of Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2015
- The Starlite Diner recently re-opened in Sumerside, following several years of uncertain status
- SandJam, a major beach volleyball tournament, will be held in Summerside between July 22 to 24, 2016. The event was previously hosted in Halifax from 2011 to 2014 and is expected to have an economic impact of approximately $400,000.
Week of Dec 07 - Dec 11, 2015
- The Sears Store in Summerside will be closing in January 2016, putting 10 people out of work
- Princess Auto, an auto supply retailer, will be opening a store in Charlottetown in the spring of 2016. They expect to create between 45 and 50 jobs in the new location.
- Murphy's Pharmaceuticals has opened a new medical centre in Cornwall. In addition to the Pharmacy there is room for physicians, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists and a Canada Post parcel pickup depot.
- Weibel Aerospace in the Summerside Industrial Park closed on November 13th, putting the remaining 15 people out of work. The company set up the Sumerside location in the late 1990s, but work had been dropping off over the past year.
Week of Nov 30 - Dec 04, 2015
- The Employment Standards Board will raise the minimum wage on Prince Edward Island by 25¢ on June 1st and October 1st, 2016 to reach the $11 per hour mark
- The Prince Edward Island government has opened a new storage facility at the Queens County Garage project. Phase 2 of the project will see the Queen's County garages, vehicle maintenance facilities, and material storage centralized in a single location.
Week of Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2015
- The Home Hardware store in Stratford has confirmed that 60 employees have been laid off. The store will close on December 16.
- The Confederation Bridge is closing its Charlottetown office, resulting in layoffs for two employees
- The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is closing its doors in P.E.I., as well as five other provinces, due to a national restructuring. All programs in Summerside have been cancelled, affecting eight part-time and casual workers.
Week of Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2015
- Stratford Home Hardware has closed its doors permanently in Stratford P.E.I. after an unsuccessful search to find a new local owner for the store
- Ecolait Ltd., a Canadian milk veal company, has extended an eight-year contract proposal to P.E.I. hog producers for a specialty market based on animal welfare protocols
Week of Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2015
- Sirinella Ristorante closed its restaurant in Charlottetown after 32 years in business. During peak times in the summer, Sirenella's typically employed about 15 full and part-time workers.
- Mark's Work Warehouse recently opened at its new location in the former Canadian Tire store on Buchannan Drive in Charlottetown
- According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, P.E.I.'s housing starts were up over 60% from 479 in October to 296 in September. Of those, 68 were multiple starts in Summerside.
- The Government of P.E.I., through the Canada-PEI Job Grant, announced a new training program in brewery equipment fabrication for employees of Diversified Metal Engineering LTD. The program will enhance employee skills and increase company competiveness.
- A new unit will be set up within the Department of Communities, Land and Environment to support environmentally sustainable farming practices in P.E.I. The office will be staffed by a full-time officer and three seasonal officers.
Week of Nov 02 - Nov 06, 2015
- Charlottetown Airport's winter seat capacity has grown by 33% this season due to increased demand for travel. WestJet has launched an early morning flight from Charlottetown to Toronto and Air Canada plans to move its Montreal departure to 5:45 a.m.
- The University of P.E.I. (UPEI) is getting a new institute for Christianity and culture. The new institute will receive $50,000 a year for 10 years from the St. Dunstan's University foundation and a $500,000 donation to the UPEI capital funds project.
Week of Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2015
- The Government of P.E.I. has redesigned the P.E.I. Home Renovation Program to help more islanders qualify for assistance
- According to the Construction Association of P.E.I., there continues to be a shortage of skilled trades workers on P.E.I. Demand is high for electricians, plumbers and carpenters.
Week of Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2015
- The provincial government is investing $1.6M in the Eastern Kings Region for a new French School. The former Rollo Bay School will be renovated and expanded to accommodate students from K-12.
- Entrepreneurs and business owners in P.E.I. now have access to a new Export Readiness Program. The program will help grow the number of export ready companies across the province to increase value and volume of exports originating from the Island.
- Andrews of Stratford will be adding 24 nursing care beds to the facility. The nursing beds will be located in a separate wing and will be ready for occupancy by mid-December.
- The Government of P.E.I. plans to hire eight more educational assistants across the province to help students with special needs
Week of Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2015
- A new Active Nutrition and Supplements store opened in P.E.I. on October 16, 2015
- Pridham's V & S department store in Alberton, West Prince closed its business on October 13th due to declining sales
- Work on the Northam Bridge, Route 132, is expected to begin in late-October. The project will cost $600,000 and is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.
Week of Oct 05 - Oct 09, 2015
- In 2014, P.E.I. surpassed $1B in international merchandise exports for the first time. According to Statistics Canada, exports have grown by 18% through August 2015, compared to August 2014.
- The Government of P.E.I. is investing $3.3M in funding to provide first responders with a radio communications upgrade that will help them better protect and serve Islanders
- Construction has started on a new 64-unit apartment complex in Summerside. The new building will be designed as rental units for seniors.
- The demand for hair stylists and aestheticians are on the rise in P.E.I. Clients are now waiting up to one month for an appointment. Many students in Hair Styling and Aesthetics expect to have jobs before they graduate.
- P.E.I.'s locally sourced and produced food market is in a boom, with much of it coming from independent businesses. Local businesses like Jercules and Lucky Fox are hoping to expand and hire more people soon.
Week of Sep 28 - Oct 02, 2015
- The Government of P.E.I., in partnership with the Department of Communities, Land and Environment and the National Wetland Conservation Fund, is restoring the washed out dam at Marchbank's Pond in Prince County
- The Government of P.E.I. is providing $10,000 in funding to the Prince Edward Island Fishermen's Association to assist in conducting science and research on Bluefin tuna
- According to the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, P.E.I. is experiencing a record year for tourism. Traffic on the Confederation Bridge was up by 9% and campgrounds stays were up by 2.1% in August, compared to August 2014.
- Paderno Cookware in P.E.I. will stop production at its Charlottetown factory at the end of October for four to six months due to an economic downturn combined with retailer consolidation. Twenty-five employees will be affected.
- P.E.I. launched a new generic plan for residents under age 65 who don't have private health insurance. The plan will be effective on October 1, 2015 and will cover 1,000 generic drugs that will benefit 35,000 people.
Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2015
- Construction is underway on the new Prince Alex Resort and Conference Centre in Summerside. The new hotel expects to employ 200 people. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/5-star-prince-alex-hotel-will-put-summerside-on-the-map-1.3238092
Week of Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2015
- A new Rawsome Juice Bar has opened at 49 Pownal St. in Charlottetown. The bar has one full-time and one part-time employee.
Week of Sep 14 - Sep 18, 2015
- HomeSense opened on September 22, in Charlottetown. The store is located in the former Canadian Tire store on Buchanan Drive.
- Two apple orchards in P.E.I. are experimenting with a new way of growing apples that growers expect will double their production. Farmers are using the apple wall method which plants trees close together and trains branches in a solid line.
- The Town of Cornwall, P.E.I. has renewed a transit agreement that will extend the bus service in the town for the next 10 years
Week of Sep 07 - Sep 11, 2015
- Eleven part-time Canadian Blood Services collection workers with the Nova Scotia Union of Public and Private Employees (NSUPE) are on strike. The main issue is the minimum number of hours employees are guaranteed to work.
- International exports for P.E.I. in July 2015 were $101.6M, an increase of $34.9M over July 2014
- The Government of P.E.I. will invest more than $235M in K-12 programs this year to prepare almost 20,000 students for success in higher learning and the workforce
Week of Aug 31 - Sep 04, 2015
- Construction is currently underway on new HomeSense, Starbucks and Princess Auto retail stores in Charlottetown. GoodLife Fitness, Canada's largest fitness centre chain, also plans to open a club in the Belvedere Plaza by Indigo.
- Paladin Security, a Vancouver-based company, was awarded the contract to provide security to P.E.I.'s largest hospitals. Forty commissionaires at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Prince County Hospital received layoff notices on August 31.
- The Government of P.E.I. is expanding its Graduate Mentorship Program with 50 additional work experience opportunities for new post-secondary graduates
Week of Aug 24 - Aug 28, 2015
- Lobster fishermen in P.E.I. are seeing a strong demand and increased prices for their catch. Prices are up by $1 per pound compared to last year.
- An $840,000 investment in new radiography and X-ray equipment will provide improved services at Western Hospital in Alberton and Community Hospital in O'Leary
- The Government of PEI's $1.5M Jobs for Youth program has supported the employment of 407 youth this summer, providing them with valuable working experience and earnings
Week of Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015
- A new aquaculture research facility will open in Souris in September 2015. Ten new staff will be hired over the next two years.
- A new Mango Fresh Market opened in Summerside. The store hired nine people.
Week of Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015
- Clinton Hills, a multi-tiered banquet hall, has opened in Clinton. A former dairy barn has been renovated providing full kitchen, bar and dining room facilities.
- PEI's fall lobster fishery opened on Tuesday after a one-day delay due to weather conditions
Week of Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015
- The Government of Canada is investing $500,000 in funding to refurbish 5 lighthouses in P.E.I. Part of the funding will be used to install new storage fuel tanks at the Charlottetown Airport to service the Canadian Coast Guard helicopters.
- The Government of Canada is investing $24M in funding to improve facilities and infrastructure at the P.E.I. National Park. Some projects will take more than a year to complete.
- The Government of Canada is investing $650,000 in funding to Bio-Food-Tech to purchase new equipment that can be used to make, test and market food products in P.E.I.
- Ten new physicians have started practice in P.E.I. this summer. There are 246 physicians practicing in the province, 50 more than nine years ago.
- The Bill and Stanley Oyster Company will receive almost $702,000 in loans from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to purchase new oyster grading and growing equipment, and help improve productivity
- According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, P.E.I. led the country in terms of business confidence in the month of July. The falling Canadian dollar is a key factor boosting the confidence of P.E.I. businesses.
Week of Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2015
- The IO Solutions Bloomfield call centre in western P.E.I. plans to hire 30 new employees by September. A combination of students going to university and purchasing phone plans and the expected launch of new products is driving the need for new hires.
- The Lemon Tree, a Turkish restaurant on Queen Street in Halifax, and Freeman's Pizza, on Sackville Drive in Lower Sackville, have recently opened
Week of Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015
- The Government of P.E.I. has reversed its decision to cut 28 teaching positions from the English Language School Board this year. Twenty-eight additional teaching positions will now be added to the allocation for the district.
- J.E Matheson Construction and Chapman Brothers Construction was awarded contracts valued at $17,000 per kilometre for snow removal over the next five years in Charlottetown and the provincial government will be responsible for priority street cleaning.
- Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown will be getting 61 new employees. The new positions will support the department's disability application and case management processes for military veterans and former RCMP members.
- The Crop and Livestock Research Centre in Charlottetown received $4M in funding to build new greenhouse space and chemistry labs. About 800,000 of this funding will go to the Atlantic Grain Council for improvements to the quality and output of grains.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, is providing $488,750 in funding over a three-year period to East Prince Development Inc. to administer and deliver the Seed Capital Initiative. The program will run until March 2018.
- Construction is underway on a new Canadian Coast Guard Integrated Service Centre in Charlottetown. The new centre will be located on John Yeo Drive and will have office spaces and its own training facility.
- The Government of Canada, through the New Building Canada Plan, announced $7,476,919 in funding for major highway improvements in P.E.I.
Week of Jul 06 - Jul 10, 2015
- The Government of P.E.I. announced a new program that will expand the advanced marine technology sector through rebates on provincial corporate taxes
- Construction will soon begin on the Princess Auto store for Charlottetown. A new building will be constructed at the corner of St. Dunstan Street and Malpeque Road. The store will be completed by January 15, 2016.
Week of Jun 29 - Jul 03, 2015
- The Avocado Fruits store in Stratford is expanding to include a second store in Montague and possibly a third store. The company currently employs 15 people and expects to increase that number as they expand.
- The minimum wage on P.E.I. will increase from $10.35 per hour to $10.50 per hour on July 1
- The Government of P.E.I. announced a five-year commitment to invest $750,000 per year to fund renovations to social housing units across the island
- The four Atlantic provinces signed an agreement that will harmonize trades certification. The agreement provides seamless mobility that will enable apprentices to complete their certification and help provinces to meet labour demands.
- The Government of P.E.I. is investing $300,000 in repayable loans to support the purchase and construction of two new rides and a maintenance shop at Shining Waters Family Fun Park. The expansion will create new positions and extend others.
Week of Jun 22 - Jun 26, 2015
- The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Active Communities Inc. contributed $33,179 in funding to MyFathersFarm in P.E.I. to purchase new equipment which will improve efficiencies and meet a growing demand for dried hops
- The Government of P.E.I. plans to cut 28 classroom teachers through attrition, seven positons at the board level and six in the Education Department. The French Language School Board will not lose any positions.
- The Government of P.E.I. announced $500,000 in funding to the P.E.I. potato industry to address foreign material detection technology and training
- P.E.I. lobster fishermen have been granted a four day extension to the lobster season this year. Lobster landings have been decreasing across the province and the price of lobster has increased due to demand.
- Co-op Atlantic is closing its grocery store on Queen Street in Charlottetown. Twenty-four employees were given layoff notices. Three other stores in Atlantic Canada will be affected as well.
- Maritime Electric is moving forward with plans to build a $68M power generator in Charlottetown. The generator will be built near its current facility and is expected to be installed by 2018.
- The Government of P.E.I., through the Finance PEI's Century Fund, announced a $4,020,986 repayable loan and a non-repayable contribution of $1,352,807, to support the expansion of Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic
Week of Jun 15 - Jun 19, 2015
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, contributed $25,260 to the Summerside Regional Development Corporation Ltd to pilot a new program in information and communications technology at Three Oaks Senior High School
- The Government of Canada announced $130,000 in funding to the Rural Community Learning Inc. to support the Stepping Stones to Success program that will help 12 youth acquire the skills and experience required to enter the job market
Week of Jun 08 - Jun 12, 2015
- Construction re-surfacing on the Confederation Bridge is underway. Work is expected to run from June 9 to June 26.
- Captain Jack's Bar & Grill will open at the Charlottetown yacht club on June 7. The new restaurant will replace the former Jake's Kitchen & Bar.
- The Government of P.E.I., through the Interministerial Women's Secretariat, has awarded $68,000 to four community organizations to provide programs and projects that will benefit Island women, girls and their families
Week of Jun 01 - Jun 05, 2015
- The Conference Board of Canada predicted GDP growth for PEI to be the highest in Atlantic Canada at 2.7% in 2015 due to improvements in primary exports, manufacturing and construction
- Princess Auto has confirmed it is seeking construction permits for its first store in PEI. Construction of the new store is subject to approval and would be located in Charlottetown by the Canadian Tire store.
- An increase in lobster landings and a shortage of workers has led some PEI lobster processors to ask fishers to restrict their daily catch limit to 1000 lbs as a short-term measure
- A shortage of ultrasound technicians in PEI has led to the delay of almost 2000 ultrasounds. A national shortage of technicians has made it difficult to recruit new workers. The province will have eight of ten positions staffed by the fall.
Week of May 25 - May 29, 2015
- The Government of Canada announced a 20% increase in the total allowable catch for halibut in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. PEI will receive 46.38 metric tonnes for each of the next two years, up from 24.8 metric tonnes in 2014.
- The federal government has announced $150M funding through the community infrastructure program. The program anticipates to support up to 1,800 projects across the country for the renovation, expansion and rehabilitation of existing community infrastructures.
Week of May 18 - May 22, 2015
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, announced funding for Holland College to purchase equipment to train inshore occupational divers at its Marine Training Centre in Summerside
Week of May 11 - May 15, 2015
- Stanhope Campground in the PEI National Park is delaying opening until July 13 this year. The campground is undergoing renovations that were delayed due to poor weather this winter.
Week of May 04 - May 08, 2015
- Cora's restaurant in Charlottetown has closed. The company noted that large snowfalls this winter led to difficulty for workers and customers to access their downtown location.
- Sandspit Entertainment, part of the Maritime Fun Group of Companies and owner of several amusement parks in Cavendish has purchased the Cavendish Entertainment Plaza. The company plans to add more attractions to the property in the future.
Week of Apr 27 - May 01, 2015
- The Department of Fisheries & Oceans has announced that both the lobster and scallop fishing seasons in PEI will be delayed by a week due to ice conditions
- The Rol-Land Farms Group announced the closure of its mushroom plant in Freetown. The plant will close on June 19 resulting in 30 workers losing their jobs. The company sites increased costs and competition as reasons for the closure.
Week of Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2015
- The Canadian Coast Guard is building a $4.5M building in Charlottetown in order to centralize its operations in the province
- The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Fund has announced funding for 61 projects with a total value of $356,274 in the Atlantic region to help protect the Atlantic wild salmon population. Six of those projects will occur in Prince Edward Island.
- Credit Union Place in Summerside has announced it will be laying off six part-time and casual employees who work in the Fit Stop. The reduction in staff is a result of a budget cut to the facility.
- The Department of Fisheries and Oceans advised lobster fishers that due to ice conditions, the spring lobster season in PEI, NB and NS will not start on April 30 as planned. A further decision will be announced on April 29.
Week of Apr 06 - Apr 10, 2015
- A harsh winter is making it difficult for P.E.I. maple syrup producers to collect sap from trees. As a result, maple syrup production is down. The sap usually runs four to six weeks from March to April.
- Land has been secured and planning is underway for the construction of new public manors in Montague and Tyne Valley. The total cost for the two manors is $19.3M.
- The Government of Canada is providing $25,190 in funding to the Aboriginal Women's Association of P.E.I. to help increase job opportunities for urban Aboriginal women
- The first phase of expansion to the Invesco Enterprise Services Building in Charlottetown is expected to be completed by mid-April. The $8M project will allow Invesco to expand its global investment firm to 400 people.
- Lobster fishermen in P.E.I. are concerned that heavy ice will delay the start of the lobster fishing season. The season usually starts on May 1.
Week of Mar 30 - Apr 03, 2015
- The Future Shop in Charlottetown has temporarily closed while the store is being converted into a Best Buy location. Affected employees will receive severance, employee assistance, outplacement support and the opportunity to reapply for positions at Best Buy.
- P.E.I. had an increase in both the number of tradespeople completing apprenticeship programs and the number of new entrants into apprenticeship programs in 2014-15
- A new $5.6M palliative care facility officially opened in Charlottetown on March 27. With an operating budget of $1.9M, the facility will offer more services to palliative care patients.
- Innovation P.E.I. started the second round of its Ignition program, inviting new businesses and start-ups to send proposals. The program provides an investment of $25,000 to assist start-ups to develop their business.
- Calgary-based Midwest Surveys opened a technical services centre with assistance from Innovation P.E.I. The centre will create up to 12 jobs within two years.
- Innovation P.E.I. approved $100,000 each for five projects under the Development and Commercialization Fund to assist with taking proven projects to market
- Charlottetown mobile food vendors are now permitted to conduct business on private commercial land after city council amended its bylaws
Week of Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2015
- The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)/Radio-Canada is cutting 2 positions in P.E.I. as part of its $15M in budget cuts across the country
- Mussel growers in P.E.I. are struggling to harvest their product amid one of the snowiest winters on record
- The Government of Canada is contributing $50M towards a project to install two undersea power cables beneath the Northumberland Straight. The government of P.E.I. is covering the remainder of the $140M project, which is expected to begin by fall 2016.
- The Government of Canada will provide $1M for a new program at the Confederation Centre for the Arts to learn about Province House while it is closed for renovations. Parks Canada will provide $839,000 in funding and $89,000 of in-kind support.
- Snowstorms in P.E.I. are making it difficult for some businesses to find extra hours for staff. Some businesses have been closed eight days this winter due to storms.
- Construction employment is expected to increase in P.E.I. in 2015 due to growth in new home and commercial building construction. Retirements in P.E.I. within the construction industry are also fueling a demand for additional workers.
- The government of P.E.I. announced new funding of up to $50,000 per project in non-repayable support for holding facilities for live lobsters. The new program will assist the lobster industry in becoming more competitive and profitable.
Week of Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2015
- Seafood exporting capabilities are expanding in P.E.I. with the Charlottetown Airport Authority recently forming a partnership with the P.E.I. Seafood Processors' Association to support export growth and to ensure quality seafood is being shipped
Week of Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2015
- Physical Education has become mandatory for high school students in P.E.I. The Education Department recently announced that students will need a grade 10 physical education credit to graduate.
- The province of P.E.I. and in particular its business community experienced a historic milestone in 2014 by exporting more than $1B worth of goods internationally. The value of exports increased by 22% from 2013 to 2014.
- The government of P.E.I., through the Island Community Fund, contributed $36,150 in funding towards the total cost of $48,205 to upgrade the Grand Tracadie community centre
- The government of Canada and the government of P.E.I. announced combined funding of $940,000 to PEI Mussel King to install new processing equipment which will increase efficiencies and meet the growing market demand for their product
- A new craft brewery is set to open on Allen Street in Charlottetown in May or June 2015. Upstreet Craft Brewing plans to sell its products at its new location and make them available for purchase at Liquor stores and bars.
- Repeats, a used clothing store in Charlottetown, plans to reopen in a few weeks. The store was destroyed by fire last year.
- Approximately 100 P.E.I. companies will attend the Seafood Expo North America show in Boston on March 14-15. The show will provide an opportunity for companies to promote their products, build relationships, and develop new and expanded markets.
Week of Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2015
- Eastern College has announced it is closing its Charlottetown location on August 28 of this year. The closure will affect 10 staff. Students have been assured they can receive graduate services from the Moncton campus.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, is providing $346,810 and the Province of PEI will contribute $99,500 over three years to establish the Canadian Centre of Public Safety Excellence at Holland College's Atlantic Police Academy
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, and the Province of PEI announced combined funding of $445,500 for the Town of North Rustico to promote the area as an Acadian tourist destination.
- Skills PEI hosted a job fair on March 4 in Charlottetown and Summerside with local employers who were looking to fill 300 available jobs
- Skills PEI is hosting a Kings County Seafood Processors Job Fair on March 13 at the Riverhouse Inn in Montague, where three local seafood processors will be recruiting for 225 positions for the upcoming processing season
Week of Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2015
- The government of Canada announced $158,257 in funding, through ACOA¿s Business Development Program, to the P.E.I. Business Women's Association to support business women and their entrepreneurial goals while creating jobs in the area
- The government of P.E.I. announced $25,000 in funding to the Bedford MacDonald House to provide shelter for men who are experiencing short-term homelessness
- Island Abbey Foods has launched a new line of all natural honey-based multivitamins and supplements for adults and children
- The Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. (TIAPEI) held its 11th. Annual Tourism Job Fair in Charlottetown on the 22 February. The job fair provided an opportunity for job seekers to meet with potential employers and apply for tourism-related jobs.
- Enrolment at the University of Prince Edward Island declined by 3.9% in the 2013-14 academic year, after years of resisting the trend of declining enrolments across the Maritime region
- According to the Conference Board of Canada, P.E.I. ranked first in Atlantic Canada's GDP growth at 2.6% in 2015. This growth is attributed to lower gas prices and a drop in the Canadian dollar.
Week of Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2015
- The government of P.E.I. announced that two new roundabouts will be built this coming construction season at Route 5 and Route 22 intersection (Baldwins Road and 48 Road), and in Stanley Bridge on Route 6 (Cavendish Road and Rattenbury Road)
- The government of P.E.I. has contributed $34,979 in funding, through the Island Community Fund, to support four projects that will benefit local communities in the area
- Construction of the new Youth Recovery Centre will be completed in April. The new centre will offer longer addiction treatment and programs for youth.
Week of Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2015
- The government of P.E.I., through the Island Community Fund, announced $102,792 in funding to support three local projects in P.E.I.
- The government of P.E.I. officially opened a new $20M, state-of-the-art, K-12 Souris Regional School. Students started classes at the new school in the fall of 2014. The final site work will be completed in March.
- The government of P.E.I. will invest $1.6M in a new hepatitis C management program that has the potential to save hundreds of lives and cure up to 70 percent of P.E.I. residents living with hepatitis C
- The government of P.E.I., through the Island Community Fund, announced $13,000 in funding to purchase new "Jaws of Life" equipment for the Murray Harbour Fire Department
- A new family practice physician has been recruited for West Prince. The physician will begin work this summer and at the Primary Care Clinic in Alberton and provide support at the Emergency Department at Western Hospital.
Week of Feb 02 - Feb 06, 2015
- The government of P.E.I. launched a new Farmland Financing Program which is aimed at providing financing to new and expanding Island farmers that want to purchase farmland in P.E.I., as well as those farmers involved in farmland succession
- Island Telecom Inc. will be taking over Summerside's Route 2 internet service. The company has combined Route 2 with the Kensington business and ISN Wireless to become the largest service provider in P.E.I. They will hire more staff to meet demand.
- Trout River Industries has signed contracts valued at more than $5M to build live-bottom trailers with moveable floors, which are used for off-loading products. The company plans to hire 5-10 more workers for engineering, finishing and metalfab positions.
Week of Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2015
- The Mount Continuing Care facility in Charlottetown has opened a new wing for people with dementia
- The former Canadian Tire Store in Charlottetown will be renovating its premises on Buchannan Drive. The company plans to house several retail outlets on the premises. Construction will begin in February 2015.
- The government of P.E.I., through the Island Community Fund, announced $120,000 in funding to purchase new seating for the arena, a community room and a new heating system in the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre
- The government of P.E.I., through the Island Community Fund, announced $23,000 in funding for the expansion of the Brudenell marina in Montague. The marina will be ready for use this summer.
- WestJet will be expanding its service at the Charlottetown airport beginning in May. The company plans to add 12,000 seats annually and offer flights five days a week to and from Toronto.
- Thirteen businesses from P.E.I. are currently on a two-week trade mission in the Caribbean. The purpose of the mission is to help build business relationships between the regions
Week of Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2015
- The government of P.E.I., through The Island Community Fund, contributed $17,500 in funding for two community projects in Malpeque that will increase accessibility to the community centre and help with renovations to the Keir Memorial Museum
- A new 10-year agreement was signed between the Atlantic provinces and the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). The AVC is the only facility in Atlantic Canada to teach Veterinary medicine. This new agreement will create consistent funding.
- WestJet will be expanding its service at the Charlottetown airport beginning in May. The company plans to add 12,000 seats annually and offer flights five days a week to and from Toronto.
- ScreenScape, a Charlottetown business providing digital advertising space in its clients' locations, has signed a deal with the Canadian Broadcasting Company to add journalistic content to its displays
- The Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. will be holding its annual Tourism Job Fair on February 18. The fair will provide an opportunity for employers and job seekers to network.
- Sears Canada is offering job opportunities for displaced Target employees at both the retail and head-office level. Sears is holding special events and career fairs for the former Target employees.
Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2015
- Starbucks closed its Summerside location on January 17, 2016 after opening in August of 2014. Employees have been offered transfers. There are currently two Starbucks open in downtown Charlottetown, with a third opening soon near the Charlottetown Mall.
Week of Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2015
- The government of P.E.I. announced $66,855 in funding, under the Island Community Fund, to support hall renovations and purchase new fire equipment for Prince County
- The government of P.E.I. announced $200,000 in funding, through the Ignition program, to support eight local businesses that are in the start-up phase of their operation
- A seafood festival is planned for the weekend of January 17, in Winnipeg to promote P.E.I.'s seafood products
- Charlottetown airport experienced a record breaking year in 2014, with passenger traffic up by 7.3% over 2013. The P.E.I. celebrations in 2014 are attributed to the increased passenger traffic, along with increased tourism promotion.
- The Target Department store chain will be closing 133 stores across Canada, including its Charlottetown store. More than 100 employees in P.E.I. and a total of 17,600 employees across Canada will be affected.
Week of Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2015
- The last Roots franchise in Canada, which was in downtown Charlottetown, closed on January 3. The space will be taken over by a new Cool as a Moose franchise. Eight of the employees from the Roots store have been offered work at the new franchise.
- According to the Summerside Port Corporation, the numbers of vessels using the Summerside port have doubled since last year. The movement of construction materials and potatoes have accounted for the bulk of the import/export activity at the port.
- The Wicker Emporium has decided to close its Summerside location. The store employed two full-time and three part-time employees.
- According to the latest report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business confidence in P.E.I. is above the national average. The P.E.I. business confidence index has risen up to 65.8%, while the national average was 61.9%.
- Fishermen in P.E.I. are reporting a poor scallop fishery this season. The number of scallop fishermen has also declined this year, from 100 down to 40.
Week of Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014
- BioVectra, a drug-manufacturing company based in P.E.I., is opening a new facility in Windsor, N.S. The company owns three plants and employs 250 people in P.E.I., and is expecting to add up to 20 more jobs over the next year on the island.
- The Government of P.E.I. announced that 15 new, long-term-care beds opened this week at the Atlantic Baptist Home, while another 15 are expected to open early in 2015 at The Mount.
- The Government of Canada, in conjunction with the Government of P.E.I., announced $312,200 in joint funding for growth and development in the aerospace industry
Week of Dec 08 - Dec 12, 2014
- A PEI aviation corporation, 3-Points Aviation, has received $25,000 from the provincial government under the Pilot and Discovery Fund to fund its research and design work with DHC-8 model aircraft parts
- Minimum wage in PEI is set to increase from $10.35 to $10.50 on July 1, 2015
Week of Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014
- The former Ocean Choice plant in P.E.I. has been taken over by the Souris Harbour Authority. Three new tenants will move into the plant and use it for cold storage, bioscience and seafood processing. Seventy-five new jobs will be created.
- P.E.I. is experiencing a severe shortage of school bus drivers. One of the major issues contributing to this shortage is the high cost of training.
- The government of P.E.I. announced $16M in funding for the new School of Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island. Demand has increased for both engineering graduates and in terms of student interest.
- The government of P.E.I., through the Island Community Fund, announced $71,000 in funding to support three communities in their work to upgrade existing infrastructure
- As a result of a recent Asian trade mission, Charlottetown's Portsmouth Atlantic has secured a $1.75M contract with a South Korean shipbuilder, HI AIR KOREA Co., Ltd., to supply air filtration units for a ship that will be built in Korea for the Royal Norwegian Navy
- The government of P.E.I.has signed a new $2.4M contract with McKesson Canada to extend the 811 Telehealth service in P.E.I. The government has partnered with Nova Scotia to extend the service to March 2019.
Week of Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2014
- Potato production in P.E.I. is up by 5% in 2014, following a 5.1% increase in 2013. More than 100 million pounds of potatoes were harvested in 2014.
- Reitmans Canada Ltd. (TSX:RET.A) announced it is closing 107 Smart Set clothing stores. As a result, three Smart Set stores in P.E.I., two in Charlottetown, and one in Summerside will close.
- Holland College is participating in a one-year pilot project with Health P.E.I. to provide a nurse practitioner who will deliver health care services to students on campus. A walk-in clinic will be available at the Charlottetown campus once every two weeks.
- The P.E.I. government, through the Island Community Fund, announced $74,000 in funding to three communities in Central Kings County that will provide infrastructure upgrades, enhance economic development, increase public safety and recreational activity for residents
- According to Statistics Canada, farmers in P.E.I. saw a 24% increase in their realized net income over 2012. The increase is attributed to good weather, successful harvests and fair prices for livestock and produce.
- Province House in P.E.I. is closing for renovations. Renovations are expected to cost between $30M and $50M and will take three to five years to complete.
Week of Nov 17 - Nov 21, 2014
- The Centre for Aquaculture Technologies Canada, a subsidiary of an American aquaculture research company, is looking to take over part of an abandoned fish plant in Souris for its research. If approved, 15 jobs would be created in the region.
- The provincial capital budget is up by $0.8M over last year and includes work on schools, provincial manors, highways, and information technology for the provincial government
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund, and the provincial government, through its Island Community Fund, have announced funding for upgrades to the Indian River festival facility and the construction of a new pavilion
Week of Nov 10 - Nov 14, 2014
- The P.E.I. Fishermen's Association has signed a $17M, three-year agreement to export 2.5 million pounds of raw, blanched lobster to Lanesync Supply Chain, a restaurant supply company in China
- According to the Dept. of Tourism and Culture, P.E.I. is experiencing a record year for tourism. Traffic on the Confederation Bridge was up by 2%, rooms sold were up by 4.1% and airport traffic was up by 7.1% in September, compared to September 2013.
Week of Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014
- The provincial government, through the Island Community Fund, announced $149,000 in funding for three projects in the St. Louis and Tignish areas to expand services that will enhance the quality of life for local residents
- Lot 30, one of Charlottetown's most celebrated restaurants, has closed. The owners will move to western Canada to open Lot 30 West in Edmonton.
- A new methadone clinic has opened in Charlottetown. Five doctors have volunteered to work one-half day each week at the clinic. The doctors have all been trained to administer methadone and suboxone.
- Health P.E.I. will be expanding its pap screening services to island communities across the province, in order to provide more timely access for patients. The current mobile pap screening clinics in P.E.I. will close at the end of November.
- The Big Orange Lunchbox restaurant on University Avenue has closed permanently
Week of Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2014
- Health P.E.I. plans to close its Kensington laundry service in 2015, in order to streamline services and save money on aging equipment and costly repairs. The twelve employees affected will have until next June to find other jobs.
- Work on the bridge in Montague will start in early November. The project is expected to be completed by December 22.
- With the closing of the old Canadian Tire store in Charlottetown, the new store officially opened on October 29. Thirty-five new employees have been hired, bringing the total number of staff, both full-time and part-time, to 186.
- McCain's Foods in Albany will close down its processing plant on October 31. Approximately 121 people will be out of work.
Week of Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, the provincial government of P.E.I., and Finance PEI (through a term loan) have contributed $269,500 in funding to help Glasgow Glen Farm open its new cheese-making facility.
- The Georgetown Port Inc. has received a combined investment of $316,845 in funding from the federal and provincial governments for three projects that will improve the Port to help them attract local businesses and expand capabilities.
- Province House will close in January 2015 to allow Parks Canada to start working on structural repairs needed to conserve the building. Conservation work is expected to take three to five years to complete. Regular legislature sittings will be held in the Coles Building.
Week of Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2014
- The Summerside Seafood Supreme plant in Summerside has completed $600,000 in upgrades which will provide the plant with an international food-safety certification standard. The plant is looking to hire 20 additional employees.
- Aspin Kemp & Associates was awarded an $80M contract with GE's Global Offshore and Marine division to provide switchboards, various frequency drives and other electrical components for drilling ships. The contract is expected to generate 50 jobs in PEI.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund, and the provincial government of PEI, announced $182,708 in combined funding to the PEI Shellfish Association Limited to support the island's shellfish industry.
- The provincial government announced approximately $5M in funding, over a five-year period, to P.E.I. BioAlliance to help accelerate business development in the bioscience industry. BioAlliance will match that contribution with funds from other private and public sources.
Week of Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2014
- The government of Canada and the government of PEI have contributed a total of $96,956 in funding to Tourism Summerside for marketing initiatives that will promote the City of Summerside as a four-season tourist destination
- The City of Charlottetown has approved plans for a new strip mall to be built on Peter's Road in Charlottetown. Construction has already begun. The facility can accommodate three retail establishments on the ground floor and office space on the second.
- The provincial government has purchased 96 acres of agricultural land in the Barclay Brook area through a partnership agreement and a $100,000 contribution from Cavendish Farms, that will help protect the rivers and fish habitat in the area
- Mary Brown's Famous Chicken & Taters plans to open a new take-out restaurant in Charlottetown in the next six weeks. The new restaurant will employ six to eight people.
- Bell Alliant and Unifor union, representing 1,050 workers in Nova Scotia, 675 in Newfoundland and Labrador, 875 in New Brunswick and 185 on P.E.I., have reached a tentative agreement. If ratified, the new agreement will take effect on January 1, 2015.
Week of Sep 29 - Oct 03, 2014
- The minimum wage in PEI will go up by 15 cents an hour to $10.35 an hour on October 1. This will be the second wage increase this year for PEI. On June 1, the minimum wage increased from $10 an hour to $10.20.
- Construction is expected to begin next fall to build a new, $2M spirituality centre that will replace the current Belcourt Centre in Rustico
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, and the provincial government have contributed $75,000 in combined funding to Music PEI to assist in promoting artists' music to international markets
- The new Montague Business Development Centre has opened in PEI. The new centre will offer space for five start-up businesses. Funding contributions of $698,000 in grants and loans are being provided by the provincial government, ACOA, and Innovation PEI.
Week of Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2014
- Health PEI has hired a new dermatologist for PEI. The new doctor will start work in January 2015.
- Garages in PEI are struggling to fill mechanic positions due to an ongoing trend whereby qualified mechanics have been heading to western Canada to work
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA¿s Business Development Program, contributed $13,210 in funding for the PEI Potato Quality Institute to purchase new testing equipment. The provincial government also contributed $5,000 through Growing Forward 2.
- The provincial government announced $25,000 in funding to five Charlottetown information and communication technology (ICT) companies to further their research and development work
Week of Sep 15 - Sep 19, 2014
- According to Statistics Canada, the population of PEI is expected to continue to grow from 145,200 in 2013 to between 162,100 and 194,100 in 2038. P.E.I.'s proportion of the Canadian population will remain stable at 0.4%.
Week of Sep 08 - Sep 12, 2014
- Carta Worldwide is opening a data site at the Atlantic Technology Centre in Charlottetown to help businesses process payments and financial transactions electronically. The company is expected to employ up to 17 people by summer 2016.
- The City of Charlottetown has reached an agreement with Hot Spot to introduce smart card technology to P.E.I. The new card will allow customers to feed parking meters using their smartphone.
- Site Selection Magazine has ranked the city of Charlottetown as one of the top 10 places in Canada for investment and job creation
- The Royal Star Fish Plant in Tignish has raised nearly $3M by selling shares to the public to help upgrade the plant facilities. The plant has also hired more workers.
- Holland College and Restaurants Canada have signed a new partnership agreement that will give graduates a grad-pass, allowing them to access jobs and post resumes on Restaurants Canada's members-only website
- The Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development announced $5,000 in funding to help the PEI Fishermen's Association (PEIFA) conduct an acoustic sounding and variable mesh gillnet herring project this fall
- Atelka is looking to hire for 200 new positions for its Charlottetown division. Atelka offers customer services, including customer support, telemarketing, technical support and back office services.
- Due to Maritime policing budget cuts, the Atlantic Police Academy class numbers for the next police recruits are down by about 10%. Recruits are scheduled to begin training in the new year.
- The West Prince region in PEI has recruited a new, full-time physician for the Tignish Health Center. Since 2007, the province of PEI has recruited and retained 30 new family physicians in the province.
- An annual Trade Team PEI Export Day was held in PEI, and focused on highlighting the opportunities for PEI businesses in trade and export, and featured speeches from international experts on how to be successful in the global marketplace
Week of Sep 01 - Sep 05, 2014
- According to the Department of Tourism and Culture, traffic on the Confederation Bridge was up by 1.2% in the month of July, compared to July 2013. The number of rooms sold was up by 3.6%, and the Charlottetown airport had a 12% increase in passengers.
- PEI has implemented a training program for probation officers and youth workers, called the Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision program. The program trains workers to assist their clients in order to reduce their risks of re-offending.
Week of Aug 25 - Aug 29, 2014
- Prince County Hospital in Summerside is experiencing a shortage of anesthetists, after one of their three anesthetists resigned earlier this summer. This has caused them to reschedule 40 elective surgeries.
Week of Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014
- The federal government is giving $945,000 to expand Summerside¿s MyPowerNet project, which helps increase wind energy consumption and results in cost savings for businesses
- The federal government will contribute $5.68M to the replacement of the Souris Bridge and to three projects to improve the National Highway System through the New Building Canada Fund
- Alberton is looking for a recreation and events coordinator. Interviews for the position are ongoing.
Week of Aug 04 - Aug 08, 2014
- A hot summer has been beneficial for blueberry crops in PEI and the approximately 200 blueberry farmers on the Island are predicting a large yield of larger-than-usual berries this season
- McCain Foods Canada is closing its Borden-Carleton french fry plant in October, putting 121 employees out of work
Week of Jul 28 - Aug 01, 2014
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, and the PEI government announced $205,000 in funding to Raspberry Point Oyster Co.to purchase new equipment to expand their operation, increase productivity and expand market presence
- The City of Charlottetown has awarded a $2.3M contract to Island Coastal Services for the next stage of construction for the Miltonvale Wellfield Development. Work is expected to start in July and to be completed by December 2014.
- Deep Roots Distillery, producers of distilled spirits and fruit liqueurs, opened as an expansion to the Beamish Orchard in Warren Grove. The distillery has received funding from the provincial and federal governments for online marketing.
Week of Jul 21 - Jul 25, 2014
- A new chinese restaurant called Board Wok has opened in Cavendish and will operate seasonally
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, announced a repayable loan of $500,000 to MacDougall Steel Erectors Inc. to expand the production of structural steel at the Borden-Carleton plant. Fourty new positions will be created.
- The provincial government and the Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, announced $2.93M in funding to 3 Points Aviation to expand its hydraulics repair program
- Buchanan Technologies Inc. of Grapevine, Texas, opened a new call centre in Charlottetown. The company has hired nine employees and plans to hire 46 over the next three years.
- Herbal Magic will be closing two of its stores in PEI due to the sale of the company. Charlottetown and Summerside centres will shut down within the next week. Each store employed two people.
Week of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014
- The provincial government announced $100,000 in funding to enhance and develop the shellfish industry in PEI
- The federal government announced that Northumberland Ferries will have its funding extended until 31 March 2016 and remain fully operational
- Maritime Division of Charlottetown (formerly Johnston's Homestyle Products Ltd.) is expanding its potato salad and coleslaw business and is moving to the West Royalty Business Park in Charlottetown. The company plans to double in size.
- A second Pita Pit will open on July 23rd on Granville Street in Summerside
Week of Jul 07 - Jul 11, 2014
- Pizza Hut in Charlottetown is going green. Upgrades are being made to the lighting, heating, cooking and cooling systems. This is part of the New Brunswick-based Franchise Management Inc.'s ongoing energy-saving renovation and refurbishing program.
- Work will resume on the development of the site of the former Dynasty Spa in Summerside. Plans are to build a round two-storey building with a five-star hotel, spa, restaurant, gift shop and tour area. Work is expected to be completed by June 2016.
- The provincial government and the Government of Canada announced $187,125 in joint funding for upgrades at Spinnakers' Landing
- A new Prince Edward Island Diabetes Strategy and Insulin Pump Program for Children and Youth will help improve the lives of children with type 1 diabetes
- The new Augustine Cove Bridge in PEI is now open to traffic after a $350,000 replacement project. The provincial government has replaced or repaired 53 bridges in PEI since 2007, for a total investment of $60M.
- According to the Department of Tourism and Culture, traffic on the Confederation Bridge was up by 9.2% in the month of May, compared to May 2013. The number of rooms sold was up by 8.1%, and the Charlottetown airport had a 3.5% increase in passengers.
Week of Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2014
- On June 30, the University of PEI shut down its Tourism Research Centre, which had provided analysis of tourism industry data to the province. Data will be collected for 2014 by the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I and by P.E.I. 2014.
- Beginning August 23, PEI will introduce the new 10-digit dialing telephone number system. There will be a three-month transition period where 7-digit numbers will be accepted, but only after users receive a prompting to use the 10-digit number next time.
- The partial closure of a Cape Breton Road due to erosion has proved to be an environmentally sound decision, as salmon are spawning in Clarks Creek, east of Charlottetown, for the first time since 2008
Week of Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2014
- The Souris bridge in PEI will be replaced at a cost of $5.5M over two years.The first phase of the project will start in August with the building of a temporary bridge. A permanent replacement for the bridge is expected to be completed by July 2015.
- Due to a shortage of lifeguards on PEI, Red Point Provincial Park will not have any supervised lifeguard services this summer and lifeguards will only be on duty at Cabot Park from Thursdays to Sundays through the summer
- The provincial government approved $2.8M in funding over a five-year period to increase food rates for Social Assistance recipients in PEI
- The province of PEI and the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI (MCPEI) have signed a four-year economic development agreement that is intended to advance participation of First Nations people in the PEI economy
- According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, business optimism is up in PEI this June. Twenty-seven percent of firms in PEI expect to hire full-time staff, while only 7% expect to make cuts.
- The government's new beef certification program on PEI is helping farmers to market Island beef as a high quality product to restaurants and buyers in Ontario. To date, 18 farmers sell beef through the program.
Week of Jun 16 - Jun 20, 2014
- Federal funding of $71,201 and provincial funding of $12,400 was announced for ARS LONGA Inc, the operating body of the Guild arts and culture centre in Charlottetown, for recent upgrades to its theatre
- The provincial government will be introducing a water act that will provide sustainable management of water resources in PEI
- The Town Council in Cornwall has reversed a decision made in December to cancel the bus service between Cornwall and Charlottetown
- The only fertility doctor on PEI will be leaving the province. PEI will be recruiting a new fertility doctor, in addition to two general practice gynecologists.
- The provincial government announced a new funding program called the Ignition Program, which will allow eligible Island entrepreneurs to apply for up to $25,000 in start-up funding
Week of Jun 09 - Jun 13, 2014
- Martinique Wigs, a local wig retailer in Moncton, opened a second location in the Flair for Hair hair studio in Cornwall
- The provincial government announced $1.3M in funding for the Home Renovation Program in PEI to assist low income earners and people with disabilities with the cost of home repairs
- The provincial government announced a new Out-of-Province Travel Support Program to provide support for eligible residents with travel assistance on Maritime Bus to and from Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John, for approved health care services
- Yummy Naan Bakery has opened in Charlottetown.The bakery opened in April 2014 and serves traditional food from Iran.Two people are employed at the bakery.
- Fewer hospital beds will be closed down in PEI this summer. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown will close 10 hospital beds this year, compared to 31 in Charlottetown and Summerside last year.
Week of Jun 02 - Jun 06, 2014
- Hog prices in PEI have risen to $2.25 a kilogram, compared to $1.80 last year and $1.60 in 2012. This is due to an increase in demand following the loss of millions of hogs in the United States after the outbreak of the PED virus.
- The former Starlite Diner at Read¿s Corner in Summerside has reopened as the Starlite¿N Poutinerie on May 28. The company plans to use all local products in their restaurant.
- PEI has partnered with Sysco Canada, one of the largest seafood distributors in Canada, to increase the sales of PEI's seafood products in western Canada
- Parks Canada has invested $10.5M in funding for structural repairs to Charlottetown's Province House. Work will begin after the 2014 anniversary celebrations.
- Construction on a new development at Souris beach is expected to be completed by July. The project at the entrance of the town will see a new boardwalk, retail shops, a playground, washrooms, and a picnic area.
- The former Sandbox Pub and Eatery in Cavendish will reopen as Razzy¿s Beach House on June 18. Razzy¿s Beach House will be a family-oriented, pub-type restaurant focusing on seafood. The restaurant will employ 30 people.
- A new waterfront park is planned for the Town of Stratford. Construction will begin this summer, and the park is expected to open this fall.
- Lobster processors in PEI held a job fair at the Souris Regional High School Thursday. The lobster processing industry is looking to hire 400 workers. The shortage of processors has left some fishers with limits on how much lobster they can sell.
- Parks Canada will be converting an old campground on Robinson's Island into hiking and biking trails. Work on the new trails has already started, and they are expected to open in July.
Week of May 26 - May 30, 2014
- Air Canada has announced it will offer more capacity to and from Charlottetown this summer by adding up to 80 scheduled flights from Charlottetown to four destinations across Canada. This increase is due to demand created for the 150th anniversary celebrations.
- A new animal hospital called the New Perth is opening in the former general store at the end of Union Road on Route 3 in Montague. The new hospital will cater to small animals.
- A new liquor store has opened in Founders' Hall on the Charlottetown waterfront. The store will open seasonally from May to October and will showcase locally produced beverages.
- According to the Department of Tourism and Culture, traffic on the Confederation Bridge was up by 11.4% and rooms sold were up by 14.9% for the month of April, compared to April 2013. Year-to-date, traffic is up 3.8% and rooms sold are up by 5.2%.
- A new $950,00 bridge has opened on Route 2 in Greenvale (east of Hunter River) in PEI. Six other bridges will be replaced in 2014-15.
Week of May 25 - May 29, 2014
- Holland College's Bioscience Technology Program will be receiving more than $210,000 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Business Development Program, to upgrade lab facilities and purchase equipment to meet new biosafety standards
Week of May 19 - May 23, 2014
- A new agreement between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture to manage the potato cyst nematode will allow potato farmers in PEI more trade opportunities with less paperwork and fewer costs
- The Stanley Bridge Harbour in PEI will be expanding its basin area and increasing the berthing capacity for local fishermen. This project will be funded by the federal program for small craft harbours for 2014-2015.
Week of May 12 - May 16, 2014
- The provincial government announced $97,000 in funding to upgrade equipment in six fire departments in PEI
- Nine schools in PEI will have their Reading Recovery program cut. Last year, the provincial government announced that 70 positions would be cut over a two year period. Thirty-two of those positions were to be cut in 2014-2015.
Week of May 05 - May 09, 2014
- The provincial government cut 32 teaching positions for the 2014-15 year in PEI. More than 100 teaching positions have been eliminated over the past three years.
- Maritime Electric will begin exploration work on May 12 to determine the preferred route for a new electrical cable to the mainland. The company hopes to have a plan ready for environmental assessment in the fall and construction started by 2016.
- A new lobster roll restaurant will open on May 7 in Founder's Hall, PEI. The restaurant will be licensed, with on tap beer from the P.E.I. Brewing Company.
- A delegation of companies from PEI will attend the Seafood Expo and Seafood Processing Expo in Brussels, Belgium which will help them expand their trade and export capabilities and explore new business opportunities.
- Periscope Pictures received $120,000 in federal funding to make its first feature film, Kuperman. The production will employ more than 50 people and take 17 days to shoot.
Week of Apr 28 - May 02, 2014
- The Montague Health Center in Montague, PEI hired a new family physician that will serve residents of the Southern Kings region. This brings the complement of family doctors in Montague to eight.
- A new provincial Cancer Coordinator has been hired to support the development, implementation and evaluation of a three-year cancer strategy for PEI. The coordinator will ensure that patients have effective and efficient access to cancer care.
- A large area of Charlottetown Harbour has been closed for shell fishing due to a sewage leak into the harbour. Approximately 50 fishers have been affected by the closure. Work is being done on the Harbour but it is not expected to be completed until 2015.
- A new 10-bed addictions transition unit has opened in Mount Herbert. Recovering addicts are admitted directly to the unit after detox for a four-week program focused on rehabilitation and relapse prevention.
- PEI signed a $15M, five-year agreement with the federal government to assist low-income residents with housing costs. The funding will allow the province to assist with rent subsidies, the seniors' home repair program and the home renovation program.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, has announced $78,600 in funding to the Prince Edward Island Fishermen's Association (PEIFA) to conduct research on expanding the growing halibut industry in PEI
Week of Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2014
- The new $60M wind farm in Hermanville has met company projections of producing 30% of PEI's domestic energy generated by wind. Ten wind power turbines have been in operation since January 2013.
- The provincial government announced three new front-line positions in mental health and addictions to improve access to these services for residents of PEI. The new positions include a patient navigator, a social worker and a case coordinator.
- The PEI Liquor Control Commission and the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation announced $85,107 in funding for six projects to preserve the rivers and the wild Atlantic salmon in PEI
- A new restaurant/bar called Hazzard Saloon opened in the Bloomfield Mall. The bar employs eight people, offers a full menu and can seat 65 patrons.
- Charlottetown will be holding its Tulip Festival on May 24 and 25 as part of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. The city has invested $50,000 in this event.
- PEI is converting its older highway lights to energy-efficient LED lights to reduce the province's electricity bill. Work began in 2012 and is expected to be completed by 2017.
Week of Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2014
- HGS Canada's call centre in West Royalty closed April 14, laying off 100 people. The company has stated that employees are eligible for transfers to their Montague office. Another call centre in the area, Atelka, is also accepting applications.
- IO Solutions in Bloomfield is looking to increase its number of employees from 150 to 250 by the end of 2014. The company operates a call centre with a year left on a contract with Fido Solutions.
- Jasper Wyman and Son's blueberry plant in Morell is expanding and adding 25 full-time and 75 seasonal jobs
- Jumbo Video in Summerside is closing on April 30. The company's Charlottetown location will remain open.
Week of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014
- The provincial government announced an increase to the provincial minimum wage. Effective June 1, 2014, the minimum wage will increase in the province from $10.00 an hour to $10.20 an hour. By October 1, 2014, the rate will increase again to $10.35 an hour.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, and the province of PEI have invested infrastructure funds to assist the five communities of Souris, Wheatly River, Long Creek, O'Leary and Covehead to improve their community facilities
- The provincial government released its annual budget on April 8. Spending in most departments was kept stable, with a slight increase in the health department budget. The Island Community fund was extended and a new forestry program was announced.
Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014
- A new Canadian Military Family Resource Centre opened in April in Charlottetown. A staff of four will provide support programs to military families.
- Holland College will cut a total of 22 full-term and casual positions, mostly in their Adult-Education program
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government will be funding the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside to develop a strategic plan, buy some new theatre equipment, and stage a unique production in 2014
- The Row House Lobster Company will be opening a new restaurant on Victoria Row, Charlottetown in May. The company plans to employ 20 people once the restaurant is fully operational.
Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014
- The provincial government announced $4M in loans to Silver Hill Fur Farm to build a new mink farm in Halliburton, near O'Leary. The facility is expected to house about 10,000 mink.
- Handle With Care, a new program promoting mental health, will be coming to PEI in the fall of 2014. The program is designed to help parents and caregivers understand what children need and create an environment for healthy development.
- The fishing industry in PEI has endorsed a levy to support the marketing of Canadian lobster as a premium product around the world, develop new markets, and provide up to date information to stakeholders
- According to Statistics Canada, PEI has the highest job vacancy in the country
- The federal and provincial governments contributed $320,000 in funding to the Town of Montague to revitalize the waterfront
- New fish ladder research will be taking place on PEI this spring to determine whether gaspereau and smelts are finding their way upstream using fish ladders
- The price for Atlantic silverside in PEI has gone up substantially as the demand increases for the lobster industry. Fishermen use the silverside for bait.
- The Lobster Council of Canada held a summit in Halifax on March 26 - 27. The Summit will bring together fishermen, processors and industry experts to discuss recommendations in the Maritime Lobster Panel Report.
- Credit Union Place in Summerside will receive $700,000 in upgrades. Work is expected to be completed by mid-April.
Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014
- That's Entertainment, a movie rental store, in Charlottetown will be closing its doors after 25 years in business. The date for the closure is not yet known.
- Lane's Riverhouse Inn, of Montague, has turned its media room into a cinema. The new cinema seats 85.
- City Council approved a proposal by Privateers Enterprises to build two 24-unit apartment buildings for Pope Road in Summerside. Work is expected to start soon. Each complex will cost about $2.8M.
- The provincial government has contributed $540,000 to Acadian Seaplants, a biotechnology company that harvests and processes seaweed, to export to 80 countries. The funding will be used to buy equipment to improve productivity and eliminate emissions.
- A new five-year lease agreement has been signed between the province of PEI and the Belfast Community Development Corporation (BCDC) to develop the Lord Selkirk Provincial Park campground. The project will increase tourism activity for the area.
- The Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) plans to create a commercial green crab fishery on Prince Edward Island. DFO hopes that fishermen with eel licences will trade for a green crab licence.
Week of Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2014
- The provincial government has committed $212,000 to bring Adrok, a Scottish geophysical survey company, to Charlottetown. The company has developed a new technology that searches for underground minerals, gas and oil without drilling. Six jobs will be created.
- Canada¿s Island Garden Inc. plans to build a medical marijuana production plant in Charlottetown. Construction on the 14,000-square foot facility in the BioCommons Research Park is expected to begin soon. The company will employ 15 people.
- Vital Statistics launched a new website that serves as a focal point for people who are looking to apply for services such as birth, marriage and death certificates
- Island Abbey Foods, a specialty food and natural health product producer in PEI, has launched its newest product, PurAgave¿, which is a 100% pure dried Agave, at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California
- The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement has been signed, eliminating tariffs on PEI's key exports, and provide access for new opportunities in the Korean market
- Air Canada plans to provide additional flights in and out of Charlottetown this summer due to the increased demand for the 2014 celebrations. WestJet also plans to use bigger planes to accommodate more passengers.
- A new Reach Centre is being built in Stratford to provide a post-treatment environment for youths overcoming addictions
- Organic farmers on P.E.I. are hoping to use rock dust from New Brunswick quarries to enrich their soil with minerals and nutrients. Basalt rock is rich in selenium and boron.
- Charlottetown Police Services will be getting a new computer system installed in their vehicles that will allow officers to do their investigations more efficiently and effectively, reducing the amount of administrative work
Week of Mar 03 - Mar 07, 2014
- Construction has begun on a 40-unit, wheelchair accessible, seniors' living centre in Charlottetown. The building is expected to be completed by the fall of 2015.
- A new Big Mug sports bar is set to open in Summerside at the end of March. The bar will employ 4-5 full-time and a few part-time employees.
- The City of Summerside has entered a five-year partnership agreement with Vector Aerospace to provide two new ice-surfacing machines to the Eastlink Arena at Credit Union Place
- The PEI government will receive $330,000 in funding from Ottawa to develop a hazardous materials response plan for Atlantic Canada and the New England states. The project is expected to be completed by March 2015.
- As part of a series of initiatives to support student achievement in PEI, the 2014-2015 school calendar has been restructured. The new calendar has two more school days, no change in instructional days and fewer short weeks.
- The provincial government has issued a tender valid at $1.3M to build a roundabout at the intersection of Route 1 and Upton Road in Charlottetown. The roundabout will help to alleviate traffic backups.
Week of Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2014
- The port of Georgetown, PEI is looking at the potential for expansion. The community is ready to commit financially to a study, but it also needs assistance from ACOA and the provincial government.
- The East Coast Music Association will receive $200,000 from the federal government and $316,000 from the provincial government in support of East Coast Music Week, to be held in Charlottetown, PEI from April 2 to April 6, 2014
- According to BuildForce Canada's 2014-2023 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast, PEI will have to place increased emphasis on attracting, training and retaining skilled workers in the province to fill its needs
- The federal and provincial governments are investing a combined $569,000 in RWL Holdings Ltd. for new equipment to increase productivity
- Cold Stone Creamery will close its two PEI locations on March 31. Tim Hortons Inc. is pulling the ice cream brand from its Canadian restaurants to focus on its core business. Tim Hortons will be making efforts to minimize layoffs.
Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014
- Crossfire Adventure Paintball opened a second location for an indoor paintball and airsoft facility in Slemon Park, Summerside. Crossfire is located at 10 Oakwood Avenue in the Slemon Park complex off Highway 2 in St. Eleanors.
- Kings Castle Provincial Park in Gladstone, PEI will receive a safety upgrade. Tenders have been called to replace some of the playground equipment for safety reasons. The cost of the project is expected to be around $15,000.
- The provincial government announced $115,000 in funding to aid hog farmers in PEI to increase sanitation and screening measures to enhance swine farm bio-security
Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2014
- Housing starts in PEI were down by 13% in 2013, the lowest in the past five years. From 2008-2012, there was a construction boom aided by a provincial nominee program that brought 10,000 new residents to PEI.
- The provincial government announced $140,000 on advertising and special promotions designed to attract new players to the game of bingo. Bingo is one of the largest charitable fundraisers on the island.
- The Department of Health announced that a new organ and tissue donation and transplantation manager and a new renal clinic transplant registered nurse have been hired to help improve services for transplant patients
- PEI will receive $440M in infrastructure funding over the next ten years through the Federal Government's Building Canada Plan as well as the Federal Gas Tax Fund
Week of Feb 03 - Feb 07, 2014
- The University of PEI has rolled out a new scholarship structure in an effort to increase enrollment numbers and increase the number of students receiving scholarships
- The Fishers' Low-Interest Loan Program has been extended to include lobster fishermen in the western part of PEI. The program is designed to offset financial difficulties due to rising costs, low landings and low shore prices.
- Parks Canada has shut down Province House in Charlottetown for the next two months for repairs
- Work has started on the final section of the Trans Canada Trail in PEI. The new sections will cover about 30 kilometres from Iona to Stratford. The trail is expected to be completed by 2017.
- MacDougall Steel Erectors in Borden-Carleton has received a $5M government loan to help the company expand its steel fabrication facility. The company hopes to create 30 to 40 new jobs over the next year or two.
- Newfoundland and Labrador¿s Jumping Bean Coffee has plans to open two new franchises in PEI
- CGI Group Inc., an IT company in PEI, plans to create up to 300 positions within three years in Stratford. The company currently employs 80 employees and are recruiting for several other postions.
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have contributed a total of $107,500 to support the Junior Achievement Program in PEI
- Piatto, a St. John's pizzeria, will be opening new locations in Moncton, N.B, and Charlottetown, PEI, in June
- Immanuel Christian School will be moving to a new location in the former Kent Building Supplies store in Charlottetown. The new building is expected to be completely renovated and ready for occupancy in September 2014.
- Walmart plans to open a superstore in Charlottetown as part of a $500M investment to open 35 Canadian superstores and to build, remodel, expand, or relocate existing stores. The expansion is expected to generate 7,500 jobs in Canada, including construction work.
Week of Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2014
- A new postal outlet opened in Murphy¿s Pharmacy in downtown Summerside. The outlet offers all standard Canada Post products in addition to extended business hours.
- Sport Chek, a national sporting goods and apparel retailer, is building its first outlet in Summerside at the County Fair Mall. The outlet expects to open on April 24. The company plans to hire 25 to 30 people.
- Sears Canada Inc. has announced a round of layoffs, and will be eliminating 624 workers across Canada. Five employees in PEI have been affected by the cuts.
Week of Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2014
- ACOA and the provincial government invested $372,490 in funding to W.P. Griffin for the purchase of new equipment, to market its specialty potato products in Canada, and to expand its export opportunities
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, and the province of PEI have invested $72,141 in funding for upgrades to the Crapaud Exhibition Grounds
- O¿Leary Liquor Store has relocated to new premises in the O¿Leary Farmers¿ Co-op building. The newly renovated store opened on January 13.
- PEI's vehicle sales grew by 12.5% over 2012. This was the largest growth in sales of any province in 2013.
- The province announced a Lobster Value Recovery Summit to be held in Halifax on March 26-27. The summit will focus, among other things, on the recommendations from the Maritime Lobster Panel report.
- The Delta Prince Edward hotel in Charlottetown is getting a new $6M makeover. Extensive renovations began in January and are expected to be completed by April. Floors three to ten will be renovated this year and the remainder will be completed by 2015.
- West Jet plans to increase the number of seats from 272 to 310 into and out of Charlottetown this summer in anticipation of increased tourist visits for the P.E.I. 2014 celebrations. This increase in seats will start on June 27 and run to September 2.
Week of Jan 13 - Jan 17, 2014
- A Giant Tiger outlet will be opening in Summerside in the former Zellers Store in the County Fair Mall. The store is expected to open in April and plans to hire 29 employees for full and part-time positions.
- The Homburg Theatre in Charlottetown will be closed for the next four months for renovations. The $7M renovation will include new access aisles, railings, new acoustic panels to improve sound quality, and reconfigured steps.
- Charlottetown will be hosting the Eastlink East Coast Music Week during the week of April 2-6. Approximately 75 musicians from across Atlantic Canada will showcase their talent.
- Tim Hortons on University Avenue in Charlottetown held an official opening of their newly renovated restaurant. The restaurant will now be open 24 hours and will feature a full menu.
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, and the province of PEI announced funding of $230,575 to Somru BioScience Inc., a biotechnology company, to expand its drug development products to support biosimilar research
- PEI is preparing for a Royal visit from the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to mark the 150th anniversary of the meeting of the Fathers of Confederation in May 014
- The Confederation Centre of the Arts has invested $100,000 to produce a soundtrack for the musical production "Evangeline". The centre expects to recoup their investment in album sales and also generate interest from other producers.
- The Atlantic provinces and the federal government have agreed to cost share a deal which will streamline and coordinate apprenticeship training programs in the region
Week of Jan 06 - Jan 10, 2014
- The Town of Stratford has approved a proposal to build the Forest Trails subdivision. Plans are to build 11 single-family homes, 24 duplexes and 77 towhhouses on a portion of the subdivision.
- The province will host a national tourism and culture ministers conference in Charlottetown in 2014
- Testori Americas and its affiliated company Weibel Aerospace have filed for creditor protection. The companies, which manufacture rail and airplane interiors, are located in Summerside and Bloomfield and employ 110 people.
Week of Dec 16 - Dec 20, 2013
- A tentative agreement has been reached between the Town of Kensington and the Canadian Union of Public Employees. A ratification vote will take place soon. Members have been without a contract since April 2013.
- According to the Royal Bank of Canada, Prince Edward Island is expected to see an increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 1.2% in 2013 to 1.4% in 2014
- Charlottetown Metal Products, a company that designs, manufactures, and installs custom stainless steel equipment, is expanding its facilities and plans to create 40 new jobs over the next five years
- The transit system between Cornwall and Charlottetown will stop running in June 2014 due to a decline in ridership
Week of Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2013
- The provincial government returned the responsibility for P.E.I.'s electricity conservation program to Maritime Electric
- Tourism Summerside has increased its levy on hotel and motel room bookings from 2% to 3%. The city plans to use the extra 1% to help promote tourism in the city.
- Work has been completed on the $1.8M renovation on Province House in Charlottetown
- Two local credit unions in Charlottetown have merged and changed their name to Provincial Credit Union. The company has 51 employees at three branch offices.
- The University of Prince Edward Island has changed its Bachelor of Education Program to one year instead of two to meet the demands of students requiring compressed programs. As a result, the university will graduate two classes of teachers in 2015.
Week of Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2013
- Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are on strike after a labour dispute with the Town of Kensington, Prince Edward Island. The previous contract expired in April 2013.
- City Collision Services will be relocating and expanding to a new building in Sherwood Industrial Park. The new facility will open in the spring of 2014.
- The provincial government returned the responsibility for P.E.I.'s electricity conservation programming to Maritime Electric
Week of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- According to Statistics Canada, Prince Edward Island had a net loss of 1,074 people to interprovincial migration in 2012 to 2013
- Environment Canada has given approval to AquaBounty Technologies to produce genetically-modified salmon eggs on a commercial scale in Prince Edward Island
- The Community Welfare League of Montague received government funding to convert a downtown building into an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) business centre. The ICT is expected to be completed by next summer.
- The provincial government announced $73M in funding for several infrastructure projects throughout the province
Week of Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013
- Vessey's Seeds, a seed and gardening retail/wholesaler in York, has purchased a flower bulb fundraising company from the United States. The purchase will result in some new positions at the company's office in York.
- Vogue optical, a retail optical chain that started in Charlottetown, has been sold to New Look Eyewear from Quebec for $74M. The chain will continue to operate on a stand-alone basis and all employees are expected to remain working for the company.
- A mini-mall is planned for Summerside on Granville Street. The mall is located on a property formerly owned by Holland College and will open in July of next year.
- The provincial government has released a financial update that reports an increase in population, employment, cruise ship passengers, and lobster landings for 2013. Provincial GDP increased 1.5% in 2012 and the province has kept its current bond rating.
- The Governement of Canada, through ACOA, has announced funding for upgrades to the Summerside fire department, Summerside Credit Union Place, and Laurinda Park in Wellington.
Week of Nov 11 - Nov 15, 2013
- The City of Charlottetown has awarded two contracts worth $100,000 for upgrades to Confederation Landing Park. Red Oak Landscaping will do brick-paving work and OMD Construction will replace two gazebo roofs.
- The government of PEI announced a new food innovation strategy leading to the development of new markets and products, a new engineering design school at UPEI, and an increase to the Entrepreneur Loan program in the Throne Speech
- Convention bookings for the new convention centre in Charlottetown are up by 75% for next year compared to the bookings for this year. In total, so far, 42 conventions are booked for 2014.
Week of Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2013
- The provincial government has announced $1.2M in funds for a new addictions and mental health strategy that includes new intake positions, a new Chief Mental Health and Addictions Officer, and a new methadone clinic in Charlottetown
- West Prince Hospital has opened its new collaborative care emergency room for overnight hours. The emergency room will be staffed overnight by paramedics and nurses as well as on-call oversight provided by an emergency department physician.
- Innovation PEI will be funding eight projects to help companies reach the commercial production stage. The companies include Pure SCM, Stewart Mussel Farms, GetGifted, Portsmouth Atlantic, Acadian Machine Works, Spry Point, Worklinks and Trout River.
- Cavendish Farms, a potato processing plant in New Annan, has laid off 60 of its employees. The company cites increased production from competing plants and a need to create efficiencies in their own plant as reasons for the lay off.
- Target will open its Charlottetown store on November 13. The company has hired 120 people and plans on recruiting 20 to 30 more for the Christmas shopping season.
Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2013
- A salmon and trout hatchery has opened on the Scotchford reserve just outside of Charlottetown
- Crockett's Jewellers in Summerside will close in December after 124 years in business
- Starlite Diner re-opened in Summerside in October
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, and the province of PEI have invested in a Tignish-based sefood processor (Royal Star Foods Ltd.) to support the expansion of their cold storage facility
- The province, through Innovation PEI, has announced funding for six projects to help develop innovative products. Each project will receive $25,000.
Week of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2013
- The YMCA daycare in Summerside is closing in December. The centre has twelve full-time staff and 25 children.
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for internal and external infrastructure to the Farm Centre in Charlottetown. The Farm Centre acts as a central location for primary industry support on PEI.
- Housing starts are down almost 50% from 2012 numbers. The residential construction industry and the provincial government have mentioned the introduction of the HST, the high rental vacancies and tight borrowing rules as some factors explaining the drop.
- The city of Charlottetown has approved initial engineering work on a multi-million dollar water supply project in Miltonvale. The project is funded at both the federal and provincial levels and will be carried out in phases.
- Atelka has announced it is recruiting for 200 new positions for its Charlottetown contact centre. The growth is the result of the company acquiring a new client. They are seeking individuals with computer, listening, and organizational skills.
Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2013
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements in Alberton, Tignish, and Ellerslie
- The provincial government has announced changes to public sector pension plans including using a career average to calculate pensions, the removal of guaranteed cost-of-living increases and increasing the age needed to qualify for a full pension
Week of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2013
- A sandwich plant in Bloomfield is closing at the end of October. Twenty-two employees will be affected by the closure.
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for an expansion to the Halibut PEI plant in Victoria. The company produces land-based halibut and will use the money to expand its production capacity.
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements Cornwall, Bonshaw, Afton, North Rustico and Cymbria
- A new manfacturing and engineering company, Portsmouth Atlantic, will establish in PEI with the hopes to create up to 35 jobs in the next three years. The company designs and manufactures defence technology for militaries across the world.
- The government of PEI has announced funding to help the expansion of the Jasper Wyman and Son blueberry plant in Morell. The expansion will double the company's production capacity and potentially add 25 year-round and 70 seasonal jobs.
- The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Trans Canada Trail have made donations that will cover the cost to complete the Trans Canada Trail on PEI. This initiative will make PEI only the second province to have a completed trail throughout the province.
Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2013
- Overall tourism indicators on PEI remained stable for the month of August 2013 compared to the same month last year. The province saw an increase in the number of motorcoaches and cruise ships, while campground stays and golf rounds declined.
- CGI, an IT business and processing services company in Stratford, is looking to hire 40-50 IT developers and testers in the next six months
Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2013
- Sears Canada is closing six of its outlet locations on PEI. The company will run a pilot on PEI that will use Canada Post to deliver its parcels rather than having customers pick them up at the outlets.
- The Tourism Industry Association of PEI has invested $25,000 to update a training program for service-related workers on PEI. The training is called WorldHost and will be offered at reduced rate leading up to the 2014 celebrations in the province.
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements to facilities in Sea View, Stanley Bridge, Crapaud and Kinkora
- The Government of Canada, through ACOA, has invested $458,333 in a Charlottetown-based bioscience firm (Neurodyn Inc.) to support the development of two new products for Parkinson¿s disease mitigation
- The Habitat for Humanity ReStore closed in September in Summerside. The store had been in the city for three years and had two permanent staff.
- A new Red Cross building will be built in Charlottetown close to the airport. A call has been put out for expressions of interest for a general contractor on the site. Construction is anticipated to begin soon and be completed by the spring of 2014.
- The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Charlottetown is closing in October because of poor sales at that location. The national office plans to reopen at a new location in the spring of 2014. There are six people employed full-time at the store.
Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2013
- Six nurse practitioners will be added to the primary care system in PEI. This brings the number of nurse practioners on PEI up to eleven.
- Tourism data for July 2013 for PEI showed an increase over July 2012 in overnight stays, cruise ship and motor coach visits, as well as traffic on the Confederation Bridge
Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2013
- The English Language School Board will be short five educational psychologists for the 2013-2014 school year. This represents almost half of the psychologists employed by the Board.
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for Trade Team PEI in order to expand PEI companies' export capabilities
- The province has announced funding to expand the Expo-Festival Centre in Abram-Village. The new space will include a music and interpretation centre as well as expanded meeting and conference space.
Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2013
- According to PEI's Trucking Sector Council, local trucking companies cannot expand due to a shortage of qualified truck drivers in the province
- Provincial government employees have agreed to a new contract that freezes layoffs until March 2016 and gives the 2,600 employees a 9.5% pay increase over five years
Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2013
- Ten new wind turbines being constructed in eastern P.E.I. The community will receive $125,000/year in fees and the landowners will get $225,000/year in payments for the turbines. Construction should be done by November.
- Government investing $94,000 to create a marketing brand/recruitment strategy aimed at attracting more students (with an international focus) to its post-secondary institutions
Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2013
- Farmers having difficulty finding workers for harvest, and the demand is expected to grow in September and October
- P. E. I. Brewing Company expands and sells to other Provinces. Staff has increased to about 30 full and part-time employees.
- New hotel in Montague, a $2.3M project, is expected to open in late-september or early-october
- Target is expected to open later this year in Charlottetown and expects to create about 150 jobs (full and part-time). Hundreds of applicants have attended Target's job fair in the first few days.
Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2013
- A new 24-bed public manor will be built in Tyne Valley to replace the Stewart Memorial Hospital as it transitions to a long-term care facility
Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2013
- The former Dynasty Spa in Summerside is being re-developed into a resort and convention centre. The project is expected to be completed by June 2014.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs Canada has announced it will reduce its workforce in Charlottetown by 143 jobs. The Department says these cuts will be managed through attrition and planned retirements.
- The Government of Canada has announced almost $13M in funding to maintain and improve the vessels and the on-shore infrastructure for the ferry service between Caribou, NS and Wood Islands, PEI.
Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2013
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls. The event takes place in June of this year at 35 rural community halls across PEI.
- The Government of Canada has announced that 20 full-time and 80 part-time positions with the Canada Revenue Agency will be moving from Ottawa to the Summerside Tax Centre in the fall
Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2013
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government along with Souris Harbour Authority Inc. and the Town of Souris have announced over $700,000 in funding for infrastructure improvements to the Souris waterfront and marina
- Construction has begun on the new K-12 school in Souris. The total cost for the constuction is $20M and the construction manager is APM Construction Services.
Week of May 27 - May 31, 2013
- The PEI Teachers Federation has negotiated a two-year contract with the province of PEI. The contract covers substitute teachers for the first time and includes a 1% pay increase each year. Under the contract, upcoming cuts will be by attrition only.
- The PEI 2014 Fund, created with both federal and provincial support, has announced several new projects in Kings County, including initiatives in theatre, art, tourism, and culture
- The English Language School Board has announced funding cuts to schools that amount to 43 teaching positions across the 57 English language schools in the province
- The province of PEI is loaning Master Packaging $7.1M to purchase new equipment for their carton packaging plant in Borden-Carlton. The expansion will create approximately 24 new jobs.
- The PEI 2014 Fund, created with both federal and provincial support, has announced several new projects in Charlottetown, including initiatives in theatre, art, tourism, and culture
Week of May 20 - May 24, 2013
- The PEI 2014 Fund, created with both federal and provincial support, has announced several new projects in Prince County, including initiatives in science, art, tourism, and culture
- The Homburg Hotel in downtown Charlottetown will re-open soon. The hotel has been bought by a new company that plans to pay the outstanding bills to contractors who worked on the building's construction.
- A program that provides funding and a guaranteed job for graduating nursing students on PEI will be scaled back in the fall due to a lower number of nurses retiring in the province
- The University of PEI has laid off 35 staff as a result of a $9M deficit at the university this year
Week of May 13 - May 17, 2013
- Husky Energy has awarded two major contracts to Technip Canada for the South White Rose extension project. Another $155M engineering contract was awarded to Aker Solutions for work at the White Rose field over the next five years. Aker Solutions expects to hire about 90 people for its contract.
- The City of St. John's will spend $270M on new buildings, infrastructure upgrades, buses and better roads over the next three years
- Marwood Limited from New Brunswick will be taking over the former Jamestown Lumber Company and converting it to a wood treatment plant. The company is waiting on an environmental approval and hopes to start-up in August. Eight workers will be employed.
- The provincial government has given environmental approval for the construction of the Iron Ore Plant project in Labrador West. Construction is expected to begin in June 2014, with production expected in the summer of 2015.
Week of May 06 - May 10, 2013
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for IO Solutions Call Centre in Bloomfield to assit the company to hire an additional 70 employees and to purchase specialized equipment
- Charlottetown City Council announced that Birt & MacKay Backhoe Services Ltd has been awarded the $1.6M contract to build the airport roundabout by July 1 2013
- The Government of Canada and Holland College have invested in Canada's Smartest Kitchen at the Culinary Institute in Charlottetown to purchase new equipment to allow for continued food product development, analysis and promotion
- A pilot project in Charlottetown that allows a nurse practitioner to care for patients on the waiting list for family doctors will be expanded to Eastern PEI by the end of the year
- The University of PEI will increase tuition by 4% this fall to help offset a portion of the $9M deficit for the university
- PEI lobster fishers have tied up their boats in protest against low lobster prices from local seafood processors
Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2013
- The Atlantic Workforce Partnership created by the Council of Atlantic Premiers will align training and hours require to attain certification in apprenticeable trades throughout Atlantic Canada
Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2013
- Stanhope beach resort was destroyed by fire. The resort owners are assisting the approximately 100 employees to find other employment with their other properties or within the tourism sector on PEI.
- A new Tim Horton's in Souris will employ 30 full-time and part-time staff
- CONTAX, a business software IT company, has expanded into Charlottetown and plans to employ up to 37 people over the next five years
Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2013
- Funding cuts and cost increases at the English Language School Board may mean as many as 50 teaching jobs being cut for the 2013-2014 school year. Some of the job cuts may be through attrition as at least 25 teachers will be retiring by June.
- Fish plant workers are reporting finding other work in the area after the Mariner Seafood plant announced last week it would not be re-opening next month
- The Mount Saint Mary's building in Charlottetown was sold to the JTM Group who will begin rennovations to turn it into a home for seniors living independently or requiring community or nursing care. The facility will be open later this year.
- The Provincial Governement will contribute $6.6M for 2014 celebrations on PEI as well as $2.8M for rennovations to the Homburg Theatre in the Confederation Centre
- 75 cruise ships are scheduled to visit Charlottetown Harbour this summer, this compares to 51 ships in 2012. The cruises visit Charlottetown from May to October and contribute approximately $13.4M to the PEI economy annually.
- The Grand Slam of Curling will be hosted in Summerside in 2014. The event was last held on Summerside in 2012 and generated $1.8M in revenue for the city.
Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2013
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements to the Jacques Cartier Memorial Arena in Alberton
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements to the ball fields in O'Leary in order for the community to host Softball Canada¿s under-16 national girls fast pitch tournament in August 2013
- Funding has been cut for the Atlantic Veterinary College's diagnostic lab. The $340,000 cut amounts to around 13% of the lab's budget.
- Mariner Seafoods, a fish plant in Montague, will not re-open this Spring. In the past, the plant had employed up to 200 people. Provincial officials and representatives from other organizations have offered to meet with those affected by the closure.
- A new general surgeon will be hired to work out of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlotteown. This increases the current complement of surgeons on PEI, resulting in an increased number of surgeries to be performed.
- The family medicine sponsorship program is accepting applications for their program which offers up to $110,000 over four years to medical students who commit to practice medicine on PEI for five years after their training
Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2013
- A new community care home that will open in May in Clyde River is looking for licensed practical nurses, cooks, resident care workers, and light duty cleaners
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements to the community centre in St. Peter's
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements to the community centres in Tracadie, Stanhope, Brackley and North Shore
- There are almost three times as many convention bookings in Charlottetown in 2014 as there are in 2013. The increase in bookings is due in large part to the new convention centre and the 2014 sesquicentennial celebrations.
Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2013
- The the 2013 RBC Cup, a national junior A hockey championship, will take place May 11 to 19 in Summerside. The event is expected to generate almost $4M in economic spinoffs for the city.
- Canada Post will cease local sorting of mail on PEI as of May 13 when all mail from PEI will go to Halifax to be sorted. No local jobs are predicted to be lost as a result.
- North Lake fish processing plant will re-open in May. The new owners plan to employ approximately 100 people at the plant.
- The Governement of PEI tabled its 2013-14 budget, which includes the introduction of the HST; an increase in the small business tax rate; spending increases in Health, Community Services, Tourism for several departments; and a new self-employment funding program.
- University of PEI and Atlantic Vet College have to find $9M in cuts or new revenue to cover projected shortfall for 2013/14 budget
Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2013
- The Government of Canada, the provincial government, and the City of Charlottetown have announced funding for a cycling event called Gran Fondo on PEI, to be held from August 23 to 25, 2013
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for the expansion of two businesses (Atlantic Advanced Power Technologies and Eastern Fabricators) in Pooles Corner
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for a permanent visitor information centre and infrastructure improvements for the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre in Summerside
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements to the community centre in Linkletter
- Construction of a new $16M condominium project set to begin in Parkdale this year with occupancy available in 2014
- IT sector looks to fill 100 job openings at the annual IT Job Fair held in March in Charlottetown
- The Department of Health and Wellness announced they will be keeping the dialysis services at the current locations on PEI, introducing an 8-1-1- Telehealth system, increasing the emergency fleet and changing the roles of community hospitals
Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2013
- The Tourism Advisory Council of PEI has lowered its five-year projection for tourism revenue on PEI after two years of lower than expected growth
- The Island Brewing Company has expanded its market with the launch of its Beach Chair Lager in New Brunswick
- All four provinically-owned golf courses will continue to be operated by the province in 2013 while the government negotiates with interested parties for their sale
Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2013
- The government of PEI has been re-deploying Registered Nurses (RN) positions as part of the third and final stages in the implementation of a collaborative health care model across the province
- The provincial government announced road and bridge projects estimated at $2.3M for 2013. An additional $5M in road work was announced earlier in the year.
- The provincial government and the residential construction sector council have created a video for high school students to promote working in trades on PEI
- The provincial government has cancelled a multi-million dollar contract with Ceridian due to the company being short on its employment target for 2012. No local layoffs will occur.
- Western Gulf Fisherman's Association voted in favor of a proposal to eliminate new entrant requirements and to allow fishers to sell their licenses. The proposals are awaiting Department of Fisheries and Oceans approval.
Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2013
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for an infrastructure project for the Abegweit First Nation that includes the addition of a community family resource centre to their existing community centre
Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2013
- Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES) provided funding to the Construction Association of PEI to help youth gain skills in the trades and overcome employment barriers
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements for Central PEI
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements for Eastern PEI
- The city of Summerside is using an on-line tool called Skills Matcher to connect recruiting businesses with job seekers
Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2013
- Two new anesthetists have been hired by the province of PEI to work in Charlottetown and Summerside
- New Subaru car dealership is set to open in Charlottetown on March 1 and expects to hire approximately 10 full-time staff over the next year
- Town of Stratford passes a budget that includes construction of a new Bunbury rink building and a skateboard park
Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2013
- Vector Aerospace in Summerside has renewed its exclusive engine services agreement with Air Greenland
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements for Western PEI
Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2013
- The Collège Acadie of P.E.I., Université Ste Anne of Nova Scotia, and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick are working together to offer a French-language welding program in September 2013
- Federal government and the government of PEI invest in community infrastructure improvements for Western and Central PEI
- Brighton construction awarded tender for $1.3M addition to Montague Intermediate school
Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2013
- The Government of Canada and the provincial government have announced funding for infrastructure improvements for Eastern PEI
- Vector Aerospace has signed a 10-year agreement to perform engine maintenance on Twin Jet aircrafts in Summerside
Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2013
- The provincial government has launched a new Workforce Development Fund to provide funding for training in private sector businesses
- Start-up software development company Adeptio has received funding from ACOA and the province of PEI to promote its product
- East Point Potato in South Lake received funding from ACOA, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the province of PEI to expand and modernize their facility
Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2012
- The PEI Brewing Company is looking to expand its Atlantic Canadian market with the help of a $2.14M loan from the provincial government
- Charlottetown pharmaceutical manufacturer, BioVectra, has been purchased by California-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals
- The province has decided to merge snow removal and sanding into one service for Island roads this winter. It is estimated this will save $300,000, leaving about 40 operators who don't offer both sanding and plowing without an agreement with the province.
Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2012
- New motel in Montague under construction
- Commercial marine manufacturer opening in Pooles Corner
- Seafood processor in Eastern PEI, North Lake Seafoods, declares bankruptcy
Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2012
- The PEI government has announced a 10-year extension to the Aerospace Tax Rebate Program, providing full corporate income and real property tax rebates to qualified aerospace companies on the island
Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2012
- Two Alberton-based businesses, The Sidewalk Grill Café and Alberton Florist, are re-opening this month
- A new computer gaming company, Virgin Gaming, has opened an office in PEI
- The provincial government is moving forward on major initiatives to expand the roles and responsibilities of three types of health providers ¿ nurse practitioners, audiologists and optometrists
Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2012
- New roundabout announced for Charlottetown
Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2012
- The federal and provincial governments have announced funding for Meetings & Conventions Prince Edward Island to help the region become a top destination for meetings and conventions
- Plans have been approved by the City of Charlottetown for the construction of several apartment buildings, townhouses, and a community care facility on a 15-acre piece of land on Mount Edward Road in Charlottetown. Construction will be in phases and is set to begin soon
Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2012
- McDonald's restaurant expanding in Stratford
- A new restaurant, Terre Rouge, has opened on the lower end of Queen street in Charlottetown
Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2012
- Holman Grand Hotel has closed in Charlottetown
- Kate's Artisan Café in Montague has expanded
- New trades facility has opened in Summerside
Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2012
- Kiosks in Charlottetown Mall to close in 2013
- Provincial government provides $1.3M in funding to Montague Intermediate School for expansion
- Charlottetown-based Trius Tours will operate a bus service within all three Maritime provinces
- Charlottetown will host the Acadian Games in 2015
Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2012
- Construction has begun in Charlottetown on a three-story building for the law firm Carr, Stevenson, & MacKay. The building is expected to be completed in early 2013 and will combine two offices on the top two floors with the bottom floor available for lease.
- Ecole Francois Buote in Charlottetown is expanding to include more classroom and community space. The first phase of the project started in the spring and will continue until early 2013. This phase includes a 15,000-square-foot addition and renovations to 6000 square feet of the current building.
- New Remedy¿s RX pharmacy and Tim Horton's coming to Souris this winter
Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2012
- Linkletter Welding gets new equipment to grow company in Central Bedeque
- Northern Peat Ltd. in Ellerslie, PEI, buys new equipment with federal and provincial funding
Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2012
- IO Solutions has opened a new call centre in Bloomfield
Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2012
- Amalgamated Dairies Ltd. to close abattoir in Summerside in October
- Government of PEI invests in Morell infrastructure
- Potato wart found in two Island fields
Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2012
- New larger Kent store to open in Charlottetown in 2013
- New burger restaurant to open in Charlottetown
- Mussel prices increase in PEI for growers
- Island Abby Foods opens new plant in BioCommons Research Park in Charlottetown
Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2012
- Increased enrollment at Holland College in PEI
Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2012
- Academy of Learning has closed in Montague
- The Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation signed a turbine supply agreement with ACCIONA Windpower for the proposed wind development project in the Hermanville/Clear Springs area
Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2012
- Province begins expropriation of land for Plan B highway re-alignment in Churchill
- Federal and provincial governments provide funding for Tronosjet Maintenance Inc. to expand into overseas markets
Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2012
- Federal and provincial governments provide funding for youth leadership organization 21inc to expand into PEI in 2013
Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2012
- UPEI in Charlottetown is closing their diversity office
- Kinkora gets approval for private liquor store
- Zellers store in Summerside will close in March 2013
- Tenders go out for Trans Canada Highway re-alignment in PEI
Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2012
- APM set to begin restoration of Kays Building in Charlottetown
Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2012
- New farmers' market opens in Cardigan
Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2012
- New farmers' market opens in Cardigan
Week of May 21 - May 25, 2012
- Valu Foods in Summerside closes
- Lobster Science Centre in Charlottetown cuts staff
- Wood Islands liquor store will not reopen in 2013
Week of May 14 - May 18, 2012
- Jobs cut at P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission
- Confederation Players, Founders Hall find new operators
- Great Hobbies opens a new location in Charlottetown
- Education assistants and youth services workers laid off
Week of May 07 - May 11, 2012
- Sekisui is expanding and looking to hire in PEI
- Unionized workers at Acadian Bus Lines voted to accept a tentative deal
- New program at Holland College in Summerside
- New doctor in the Souris area means walk-in clinic can re-open
Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2012
- Summerside Dairy Queen closes
Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2012
- Province cuts social worker positions
- Six musicians cut at Confederation Centre
Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2012
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada office in Charlottetown is facing cuts
- New lobster restaurant to open in Cavendish next month
Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2012
- Summerside Butcher Shop gets approval to relocate to new development
- Ocean Pride Fisheries re-opening in North Lake in May
Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 0016
- The provincial and federal government contributed $10M to the recent 54,000 sq.-ft. expansion at École François-Buote and the 12,000 sq.-ft. expansion at Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean, both located in Charlottetown
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- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 491 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 514 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 564 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 264 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 579 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