Job Market Trends and News


Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.

The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements for the selected Province or Territory which can complement your job search and career exploration.

News Archive

Want to find out more about local or provincial labour market history? The labour market news archive may be a good place to start.

In this section, you can browse archived news titles, whose links are no longer functional, for up to one year from the current date. The archived news can help you understand the labour market trends in geographic areas and industries that are of interest to you.

  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Saskatoon's apartment rental vacancy rate rose to 10.3% in October - the highest rate among any major Canadian city. In areas linked to the oil and gas industry, like Estevan and Lloydminster, the apartment vacancy rate is about 25%.

  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    According to the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, unseasonably warm weather in recent weeks has allowed farmers to harvest 95% of their crops. Yields are above the five-year average, but the quality is down in most crop categories.

  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    Canadian Protein Innovation is planning to build a new $75M agriculture facility in Moose Jaw, pending approval by the city council. Construction of the facility could start as early as spring 2017.

  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters is closing its Regina location on December 31. The number of employees affected by the closure is unknown.

  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Sunwing will offer a new flight service from Regina to the Dominican Republic from December 13, 2016 until March 28, 2017

  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's Consumer Price Index rose 1.1% in September compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, provincial retail sales reached $1.64B in August - up 0.3% compared to August 2015.

  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Saskatoon-based Gensource Potash Corporation has launched a feasibility study for a proposed mine near Craik. The results of the study are expected in early 2017.

  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    Holiday Inn and the University of Saskatchewan broke ground on a new 220-room, nine-story hotel on October 14. The hotel is slated to open in April 2018.

  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic has launched the Women in Trades and Technology program, an eight-day workshop providing an overview of careers in welding, automotive servicing, carpentry, electrical, machining and plumbing

  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    Viterra is starting construction of a new grain terminal in Wadena this fall. The facility should be operational in two years.

  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    AREVA Resources Canada is providing $500,000 to build a family room in the maternal care centre at the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan. The hospital is scheduled to open in Saskatoon in 2019.

  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Demolition work recently started on the former Sears Warehouse in Regina. Vancouver-based Hungerford Properties is redeveloping part of the property into a larger warehouse space.

  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Saskatoon Health Region is planning to lay-off staff due to a budget deficit of up to $30M. Details on the timing and number of layoffs are not currently available.

  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The provincial government is providing $3M towards a grade raise construction project of Highway 3, west of Shellbrook. Construction of the project began in August and should be completed by summer 2017.

  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    The federal government is providing $33.1M to the University of Saskatchewan for infrastructure improvements around campus. The majority of funding will be used to build the Collaborative Science Research Building.

  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    The Government of Saskatchewan is holding discussions with grain producers, as well as shippers, to ensure safe and efficient transportation of this year's expected bumper crop

  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    A portion of Saskatoon's Holiday Park golf course will close on August 15 to undergo redevelopment. A modified course will remain open for the rest of the golfing season.

  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    According to the Association of Regina Realtors, year-over-year home sales in Regina were down by 15% in July, while the total number of listings declined by 13% over the same period

  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    The Government of Saskatchewan issued request for proposals for private liquor stores in 20 communities across the province. The deadline to apply for these opportunities is September 7.

  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    The federal and provincial governments, along with the Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MJNP), are funding a new 12-unit affordable housing project in Moose Jaw

  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    The Mosaic Company issued temporary lay-off notices to about 330 workers at its Colonsay potash mine on July 13. The company has suspended production from the mine for the remainder of 2016 due to low demand and market prices.

  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    Home sales in Regina were up 2% in June, compared to the past year. Year to date, 1,787 homes have been sold in the city, a five percent increase from 2015, which is attributed to low interest rates and a relatively affordable market.

  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    The Moose Jaw Times-Herald ended its Monday print version to reduce costs. No job cuts are expected as a result of this decision.

  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    Lowe's Canada recently opened a new store in Regina at the Northgate Mall. About 140 employees work at the new location, including full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees.

  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    The Farm Progress Show took place in Regina last week. The event included an educational program for middle school students to give them an opportunity to explore different careers in agriculture.

  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    Conexus Credit Union announced plans to move 200 employees into the University of Regina¿s College Avenue Campus. Conexus will contribute $8.25M to help renovate the century-old building.

  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    Seeding of 2016's crops are almost complete and well ahead of the five-year average of 77% for this time of the year. Crops that have emerged are in good to excellent condition.

  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Saskatchewan had the highest percentage of dual-income households (74.1%) in Canada in 2015, according to Statistics Canada. The national average during this period was 69%.

  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    Preeceville and District Health Centre's emergency room services are temporarily being suspended starting June 1, due to a lack of staff

  • Week of May 18 - May 22, 2016

    Steam operations are underway at Husky Energy's second thermal project, Vawn, located near Lloydminster. The project is expected to enter production in the third quarter of this year.

  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    iQmetrix, a Vancouver-based software development company, opened a new office in Regina on May 11, 2016. The new office will employ about 150 staff.

  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    Despite declining workplace injury rates in Saskatchewan, workplace fatality rates are staying flat, according to Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board. During the last year, there were 32 workplace-related fatalities in the province.

  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    Petal Pushers Greenhouse opened its doors in Whitewood on April 29
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    Prairie South School Division is laying off 29 school assistants from seven elementary schools in Moose Jaw

  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    Futurpreneur Canada helps young business owners establish small businesses across Saskatchewan. The non-profit agency provides financing, mentorship, and support tools to entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 39.

  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    Saskatchewan's year-over-year unemployment rate increased by 1.7 percentage points in March 2016 to reach 6.2%

  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's year-over-year average weekly earnings increased in January by 0.5% to reach $988. At the national level, average weekly earnings rose by 0.4% during the same period.

  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    Prairie Spirit School Division, which serves communities surrounding Saskatoon, is projecting a $3M deficit for the 2016-17 school year. Due to the shortfall, 60 education assistants and 14 teachers are being laid off.

  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    Rocky Mountain Equipment is opening an expanded dealership in Yorkton

  • Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016

    Residence Inn, a 147-suite hotel operated as a Marriot franchise, opened its doors in Regina on March 11, 2016

  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    Two new palliative care rooms opened up in Yorkton, thanks to funding from Bailey¿s Funeral Home and the Brayden Ottenbreit¿s Close Cuts for Cancer local initiatives program

  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    Saskatoon Health Region has developed a plan to reduce its deficit by $20.8M without any layoffs. Initiatives include carefully managing staff hours and holding off on filling some vacancies.

  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016

    Western Grains Research Foundation is granting $5.2M over the next five years to the University of Saskatchewan¿s Crop Development Centre. The funding will be used to cultivate new and improved wheat varieties.

  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    Collective bargaining negotiations between the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses have stalled. The union represents about 10,000 nurses who have been without a contract since March 2014.

  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    7Shifts, a Saskatchewan-based app developer, is expanding and expects to hire four additional employees in Saskatoon

  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    Churches in Saskatoon are hiring parish nurses to help people with physical and mental health issues. Saskatoon is one of only two places in Canada that offers a parish nurse training course.

  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    Saskatoon PhysioYoga opened its doors in Saskatoon's Forest Grove neighbourhood in January

  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    PotashCorp of Saskatchewan ended operations at its Picadilly mine in New Brunswick, and laid off more than 400 employees. The company plans on relocating approximately 100 of the laid-off employees to its Saskatchewan operations.

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