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.
Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017
- According to United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Local 401, Buffalo Métis Catering recently laid-off 170 employees from Beaver River Lodge near Fort McMurray. The workers performed duties such as cleaning, cooking and laundry.
- Mount Royal University in Calgary is cutting open enrolment, non-credit language courses through the Continuing Education faculty as of January 1, 2017. The courses have seen a steady decline in students over the past 10 years.
- The University of Alberta is severing its ties with an educational program that caters to vulnerable indigenous teens. The Moving the Mountain initiative had been housed in the university's Faculty of Education on a trial basis for the past 15 months.
- The City of Calgary mayor and councillors are taking a 2.49% pay cut starting January 1, 2017 based on an automated salary adjustment system. A five-member citizen committee oversees the process.
- The Village of Alix has decided to permanently close Moonwalkers Play Center as of mid-December 2016. Moonwalkers employed eight people, three full time and five-part time, including students.
- Edmonton's Concordia University is planning to open a $6.5M Centre for Science, Research and Innovation by March 2018 and is also undertake other laboratory improvements. The federal government is contributing $6.72M towards the projects.
- Ice Castles has returned to Edmonton over the 2016-17 winter. Approximately 60 employees have been employed to build the castle and 40 have been hired to take tickets and provide security.
- The Government of Alberta intends to spend up to $1M on Fort McMurray's first-ever formal plumbing training apprenticeship program at Keyano College. The construction industry in the area needs plumbers to rebuild homes destroyed by the wildfire.
- The inventory of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta has doubled so far in 2016 to 1,400, according to the Orphan Well Association. The total excludes licences in bankruptcy proceedings or those still being processed by the energy regulator.
- The East Central Francophone Education Region is taking over all management and control of the French language daycare, Les Petits Oursons in St. Paul, effective January 5, 2017. The previous operator, ACFA, will shift back to francophone community development, and cultural programming.
- The Alberta Small Brewers Association estimates that 20 new brewpubs or breweries will open across the province in 2017. The number of craft breweries in Alberta has more than doubled in the past two years, expanding from 18 in 2014 to nearly 50 in 2016.
- The Canmore Brewing Company opened its doors during the first week of January 2017. The brewery shares its facility space with Raw Distillery, a separate brand, which produces vodka and gin and plans to start producing whiskey and rum this year.
- MacEwan University in Edmonton is expanding its psychiatric nursing program to an optional four-year degree program, and increasing the intake by 35 students, in anticipation of a strong future demand for graduates
- The Town of Slave Lake is starting $208,000 in renovations on a building for the new firehall on January 16, 2017. There will be work for local contractors in plumbing, wiring and similar projects, according to the fire chief.
Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016
- Calgary-based BluEarth Renewables is relocating to a larger office space in the city to accommodate its growth. The company has 45 staff in Calgary and operates 53 wind turbines, including sites near Wainwright and Provost.
- Hobo Brewing and Malt is moving from a farm site near Irricana to a facility in Beiseker. The company plans to hire 15 full-time staff and numerous part time employees.
- Portage College is suspending the power engineering program at its Cold Lake campus after the 2016-17 academic year. Cenovus Energy, which has sponsored the program since 2009, is withdrawing its funding.
- Krang Spirits, a craft distillery, recently opened its doors in Cochrane. The site offers tours and tastings, and the company is building a teaching room inside the distillery to explain the process.
- The City of Cold Lake has passed a 2017 budget of $41M, with most of the money scheduled for public works and infrastructure
- The Edmonton Opera is receiving $405,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to renovate its existing facility into a rehearsal hall and for other system improvements
- The Stoney Nation and the Banff and Lake Louise Hospitality Association have partnered to develop a long-term employment and economic strategy in which Stoney persons can secure work in the region's hospitality sector
- iSee Optical, a new optical business, has recently opened in Grande Prairie
- The Cloverdale Footbridge in Edmonton is being removed in preparation for construction of the new Tawatinâ Bridge and the associated Valley Line LRT
- Baytex Energy has approved a 2017 capital budget of $300M to $350M. The company plans on drilling 19 wells in the Peace River region and 52 wells in the Lloydminster area in the next year.
- The Royal Tyrrell Museum is set to begin work on a $9.3M expansion project in 2017. The project is expected to go to tender early in the year, with construction starting during summer 2017.
Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016
- The Government of Alberta is granting $18M in joint federal-provincial funding for repairs and renovations to affordable housing sites in Calgary. The money targets more than 120 buildings in the city.
- PetroLMI is forecasting 3,400 new oil sands related jobs by 2020, bringing the estimated total employment in the industry to 67,200 workers. PetroLMI suggests that actual employment growth will be fuelled by operations, driven largely by open-pit mining.
- The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey forecasts a positive hiring environment for the first quarter of 2017 in the Red Deer area. About 22% of the surveyed employers plan to hire in the upcoming quarter.
- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. plans to spend $1.79B on exploration and production projects in 2017, up $465M from 2016. The company expects to drill 563 wells in 2017, an increase of 193 wells compared to 2016 levels.
- Athabasca Oil Corp. is buying Norwegian Statoil ASA's northern Alberta oil sands operations for an estimated $832M. Approximately 220 staff are affected by the deal and many would move with the projects to Athabasca.
- The Government of Alberta is partnering with four educational institutions to bring temporary plumbing technical training to Fort McMurray's Keyano College. Semi-trailers that fold into a training area will be setup outside the college in spring 2017.
- Aeromexico will offer daily flights from Calgary to Mexico City starting on June 1, 2017. The new service is expected to create the equivalent of more than 300 jobs and will add almost $27.3M to Alberta's GDP.
- Lethbridge School District No. 51 held its first ever job fair on December 19, 2016. Open opportunities included positions for educational assistants, caretakers and teachers.
- The Stanley Milner Library in downtown Edmonton is closing for three years starting December 31, as it undergoes renovation worth $65M
- The Government of Alberta has committed an additional $45M for flood and drought protection projects throughout the province over the next four years, beginning in the 2017-18 budget year
- Strathcona Spirits and Hansen Distillery, two craft distilleries, recently started operations in Edmonton
Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016
- TransCanada Corp. is moving forward with the $655M Saddle West Expansion Project in northwestern Alberta. The company expects to apply to the National Energy Board for approval in late 2017, with construction anticipated to begin in 2018.
- The Peace Wapiti School board has committed $680,000 to the Whispering Ridge School, to ensure that the kindergarten to Grade 8 school opens by fall 2017
- The University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, along with two other universities, are receiving $7.8M from Genome Canada as part of a collaborative research project to address pipeline corrosion
- Genome Canada is providing $11.5M for a University of Alberta-led project to detect and track Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, moose and elk populations
- Cenovus Energy is planning to increase its 2017 capital spending by 24%, compared to 2016, and will begin work on its Christina Lake oil sands expansion project starting in spring 2017
- According to the Conference Board of Canada, the operational phase of Sturgeon County's North West Redwater Partnership Project will create 6,658 jobs per year between 2017 and 2047
- The GoldMind Project, an event to help unemployed and underemployed professionals in getting back to work, was recently held in Calgary. Most of the laid-off oil and gas professionals who attended the session are looking for jobs in other fields.
- The City of Edmonton has budgeted $4.5M for completion of a major road twinning project, with construction scheduled to start in 2018
- Lightstream Resources, a Calgary-based oil and gas producer, is set to sell its assets following a court approval. The assets are focused on light oil production in Alberta, Saskatchewan and several US states.
- Tervita Corp, an environmental and oilfield services company, has been granted court approval for a financial restructuring plan. The private company, which employs about 1,500 people, will gain capital and reduce its debt load.
- Oil and gas producers paid $137 million during 2016 for right to drill oil and gas wells on land where Alberta owns the mineral rights. The sales results were at the lowest levels since 1977.
- Shell Canada is ramping up production at its Scotford Refinery following a construction project that installed equipment to process heavy crude
- The City of Grande Prairie has more than 65 construction projects scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, or in progress for completion in 2017. The city also has numerous new infrastructure projects scheduled for 2017.
- Canadian Natural Resources is selling its stake in the Cold Lake pipeline system to Inter Pipeline Ltd. for about $527.5M. The Cold Lake system serves a variety of large oilsands producers including Canadian Natural and Imperial Oil.
- The Fort McMurray Connect, a weekly print and online newspaper, is ceasing operations on December 22, 2016. The closure will affect three employees.
- Alberta Health Services (AHS) is establishing a satellite dialysis units in Hinton and Whitecourt to provide continuing renal dialysis. AHS will also partially open the six-station dialysis unit at the new Edson Healthcare Centre.
- Whitetail Mechanical Ltd, an automotive repair shop and retail centre, recently opened in Mundare
- Northwest Redwater Partnership estimates that over 250 contracts will be needed for start up and operations of Phase One of the project. Phases II and III of the project are shovel ready and will employ thousands of people when construction starts.
- Cavendish Farms will begin construction of a new $350M frozen potato processing plant in Lethbridge in spring 2017. The new facility will more than double the processing capacity at the Lethbridge facility.
- Husky Energy plans to increase oil production in 2017 and spend $2.6B to $2.7B on capital projects. The company has turnarounds scheduled for the Lloydminster asphalt refinery and the Lloydminster Upgrader in the second quarter of 2017.
- The Three Sisters Scottish Festival Society announced that the Canmore Highland Game is ending after 26 years. The annual event attracted over 5,000 attendees to the community over the September long weekend.
- Gear Energy is dedicating $33M of its operating budget to drilling 38 horizontal oil wells in 2017. An additional $9M will be spent on infrastructure projects.
- The City of St. Albert has awarded a $20M contract for Project 9, a sanitary sewer line, to Shanghai Construction Group (Canada) Corporation. Construction work is expected to begin in March 2017 and should be completed by October 2018.
- Canalta Hotels recently opened a new Hampton by Hilton hotel in Grande Prairie.
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In this section, you can browse archived news titles, whose links are no longer functional, for up to one year from the current date. The archived news can help you understand the labour market trends in geographic areas and industries that are of interest to you.
Canmore Business and Tourism intends to reorganize as a destination marketing group focused on the hotel industry and resume activities in summer 2017. The organization announced in July 2016 that it would cease operations due to funding issues.
TDRF Protection K9 Services opened in Lamont on November 18, 2016. The company offers security patrols and bylaw enforcement services.
New Leaf, a discount airline, is offering seasonal flights from both Edmonton and Calgary to Phoenix, Arizona. The scheduled service will run from January to April 30, 2017.
A $107M flood-mitigation project in Edmonton is moving ahead following financial commitments from the Government of Canada, the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. Construction of the project could start as early as fall 2017.
The Salvation Army recently opened a new employment centre in its Addictions and Residential Services building in downtown Edmonton. The centre will help people facing chronic unemployment to find work.
The Edmonton Construction Association sees a slowing construction market over the next six months due to increased competition and continued weakness in the oil sector. Several large projects in Edmonton are nearing completion.
Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. is eliminating about 370 positions in Canada and 160 positions in the United States. The company did not disclose a detailed geographic breakdown of the layoffs.
The federal government is granting $35M towards the construction of a productivity and innovation building at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. The building is expected to open by June 2018.
The Government of Alberta is providing $2.5M to First Nations and Metis communities to undertake renewable energy projects and energy efficiency audits in their communities
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton found a drop in registrations for welding and rig technician courses compared to previous years, and a broader decline in trade apprentices
Western Feedlots Ltd. will be closing its doors in early 2017. Majority of the company's 85 employees will be laid off and the company has established teams to assist them with the transition.
Edmonton Catholic School board is planning to hire about 75 staff, including nearly 60 teachers, to accommodate growth in student numbers this year
The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors lowered its drilling forecast for the fourth quarter of 2016 and expects 3,562 wells to be drilled across Canada - 25% lower than the original forecast
The first phase of the modernization of Glenmary School in Peace River has started. The four-phase, $7.5M project is expected to be completed in August 2017.
Rocky View County's development appeal board has approved a new Carl's Jr. drive-thru location in Bragg Creek, following an initial rejection of proposal by the municipality
Calgary International Airport and its partners are hiring hundreds of workers for the new $1.6B international terminal, scheduled to open on October 31
Red Tree Catering in Calgary closed its doors due to a shortage of business. The closure affects 12 full-time staff and 85 casual employees.
The Government of Alberta is contributing $30.3M to the Canadian Red Cross Relief Campaign for residents of Fort McMurray
The Government of Alberta is granting $87.5M to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, as an initial advance under the Disaster Recovery Program. The funding will assist with uninsurable costs related to the wildfire destruction in spring.
ConocoPhillips Canada is laying off up to 300 employees, mainly from its Calgary head office, in September 2016
Calgary's population reached 1,235,171 in April 2016, a 0.3% increase compared to the same period last year. The number of births compensated for the number of people leaving the city for economic reasons.
The Fort McMurray wildfires will cost insurance companies $3.58B. The fires destroyed 1,800 homes and 600 condos, apartments and duplex units around Fort McMurray, and caused major oil sands companies to shut down production for more than two weeks.
Alberta's minimum wage will rise to $12.20 per hour, effective October 1. In addition, the lower minimum wage rate of $10.70 per hour for Alberta's liquor servers has also been abolished by the provincial government.
The Government of Alberta is investing $14M in an affordable housing project in Edmonton. Construction is expected to be complete by the fall of 2017.
Londonderry Mall in Edmonton is opening a new food court as the start of a $130M redevelopment project. The work is expected to be complete by the fall of 2017.
Step Energy Services is planning to close the offices of Sanjel Corp after buying the assets of the company. The new owners did not disclose any job numbers.
Hourly wages for new jobs in Calgary dropped below the national average to $18.65 at the end of 2015, according to a recent report from Statistics Canada
Approximately 123,000 people have been evacuated from Fort McMurray and surrounding areas in response to wildfires and a state of emergency
Shaw is cutting 200 positions as part of a senior management realignment, with most of the cuts in Calgary. Some layoffs are immediate and others are scheduled at the end of May 2016.
The City of Edmonton approved zoning changes that will allow construction of the Mezzo residential tower. The project is subject to obtaining a development permit from the city.
Designer Shoe Warehouse is opening a second location in Edmonton in the fall of 2016 as part of a wider expansion in Canada
Halifax Transit launched a targeted recruitment drive in Edmonton in a bid to hire licensed truck and transport mechanics for the city's bus fleet
Stedmans, a clothing and home store in St. Paul, is selling off its inventory. The owner plans to close the business unless a buyer is found.
The University of Alberta is building a $2.3M ice-core storage and research facility in Edmonton. The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
PetroLMI recently released a labour demand outlook report for the oil sands sector that forecasts a shift in work from growth and expansion, to maintaining operations
ATCO is providing residential electricity and natural gas to Albertans under the new banner of ATCOenergy
Hainan Airlines, a privately-owned Chinese carrier, is starting a non-stop route between Calgary and Beijing at the end of June 2016
Oilers Entertainment Group hired two assistant general managers to oversee facility operations and live entertainment for Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton
The Government of Alberta announced a salary wage freeze for public-sector managers and other non-union employees for two years. The move affects approximately 7,000 provincial employees and is expected to save the government $28.5M annually.
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