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

    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.

  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    TDRF Protection K9 Services opened in Lamont on November 18, 2016. The company offers security patrols and bylaw enforcement services.

  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    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

  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    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

  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Edmonton Catholic School board is planning to hire about 75 staff, including nearly 60 teachers, to accommodate growth in student numbers this year

  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    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

  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    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

  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    Calgary International Airport and its partners are hiring hundreds of workers for the new $1.6B international terminal, scheduled to open on October 31

  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    The Government of Alberta is contributing $30.3M to the Canadian Red Cross Relief Campaign for residents of Fort McMurray

  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    ConocoPhillips Canada is laying off up to 300 employees, mainly from its Calgary head office, in September 2016

  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 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.

  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    Gateway Casinos and Entertainment recently held a job fair to fill 200 positions at the Grand Villa Edmonton. The $32M casino is scheduled to open September 2016.
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    The Edmonton Arena Corp is planning to demolish the former Greyhound bus depot in downtown Edmonton and build a podium and tower on the site. The podium is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2019, with a residential tower to follow.
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Horse Racing Alberta received proposals from seven different organizations for a new top-tier horse racing track in the Edmonton area
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    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.

  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    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

  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    Approximately 123,000 people have been evacuated from Fort McMurray and surrounding areas in response to wildfires and a state of emergency

  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 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.

  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    The City of Medicine Hat issued 183 new business licences in the first quarter of 2016, more than double the number in recent years during the same period. The bulk of new home-based businesses are in construction and contracting.
  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    Designer Shoe Warehouse is opening a second location in Edmonton in the fall of 2016 as part of a wider expansion in Canada

  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    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

  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    Home Depot Canada is planning to hire 975 seasonal staff across Alberta for full-time and part-time positions
  • Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016

    Beaverlodge's Family and Community Support Services has hired a program assistant for the Beaverlodge Neighbourhood Resource Centre
  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    Ossa Terra Ltd has started $1.6M in utility work at Legacy regional park in Lethbridge. The city also plans to tender a contract for detailed landscaping in the park, with construction expected to finish in 2018.
  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    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.

  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 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

  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    Statoil ASA has cut 220 positions in the last two years from its Canadian workforce. Most of the cuts were at its regional headquarters in Calgary.
  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    ATCO is providing residential electricity and natural gas to Albertans under the new banner of ATCOenergy

  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    Hainan Airlines, a privately-owned Chinese carrier, is starting a non-stop route between Calgary and Beijing at the end of June 2016

  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    Oilers Entertainment Group hired two assistant general managers to oversee facility operations and live entertainment for Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton

  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    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.

Economic/Environmental Scan

A report that provides an overview of major socio-economic trends that can have an impact on the local and provincial economy and labour market.

Sectoral Profiles

Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.

Occupational Outlook

To review the most recent medium-term outlooks for occupations at the provincial, territorial and economic region level, please refer to the Outlook Report on Job Bank.

Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011

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