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  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    • The developer Complexe Johnson is investing $30M to construct a top-quality seven-story office tower and commercial spaces in Saint-Hyacinthe. The opening is planned for summer 2017.
    • A $4.8M investment will provide high-speed internet service for 3,000 homes in Le Haut-Richelieu. Work will be completed in spring 2017.
    • Brasserie Dunham is investing almost $1M in a new bottling line and a fermenter to double its production within a year and a half
    • Keywords Studios, which specializes in technical services in the video game sector, has announced the creation of 100 jobs in Montreal over the next three years
    • The developer Devimco is investing $300M to $400M in the construction of a 200-room hotel, a sports complex, and a conference centre with a capacity of 1,200 people in Brossard
    • The City of Laval is investing $38M to modernize its parks and add two new parks by 2018
    • Groupe DPI in Drummondville, which specializes in commercial screen printing, has purchased Groupe Bo Concept in Montréal. They plan to add 15 employees to their existing staff in the near future.
    • The Esso de Manseau service station is investing $700,000 to expand, modernize, and add a convenience store
    • Labatt Breweries has announced a $24M investment in its Montréal plant to add a new production line
    • The Heafey Group is investing $70M to construct a seven-story tower and an eight-story tower, with a total of 330 living units for young retirees and independent seniors in the Aylmer area in Gatineau
    • The Estuaire school board office will move to Baie-Comeau in July 2017 following an investment of about $1.8M
    • The Eastern Townships, Hauts-Cantons and Sherbrooke region school boards are investing close to $1.2M to renovate their primary and secondary schools in the Coaticook region, using funds from the Quebec government
    • The City of Brossard is investing $12M to repair the city hall building exterior. Laval contractor Quadrax & Associés will be responsible for the work, which should be completed in fall 2016.
    • The Agglomeration of Longueuil is investing $11.5M to build two new fire stations in Boucherville and Longueuil. The work will start this spring.
    • ECO CUISINE DESIGN, a kitchen renovation company that uses reclaimed materials and green products, is opening a new branch in Brossard
    • Tim Hortons is investing $1.8M to open a restaurant next to the Petro Canada convenience store in Forestville. They plan to hire about 15 employees in mid-July.
    • LCC Canada will build a $540,000 youth centre, which will include a gym, in the Angers area of Gatineau
    • Bergeron Services funéraires in Victoriaville is investing $2.3M to expand in order to better meet the needs of an aging clientele
    • The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of $9.4M for various projects, such as roof repairs, door and window replacements, and the renovation of sanitation facilities in the schools of Abitibi-Témiscamingue
    • SPG International in Drummondville is looking for 30 employees to fill various positions in its toolbox and metal industrial storage manufacturing business
    • Doucet in Daveluyville, a producer of machinery for secondary wood manufacturing, is looking for a project manager, service technician, mechanical designer, marketing coordinator and sales representative
    • Sixpro, which specializes in metal parts coating and finishing in Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, wants to fill various positions, such as day labourers, lift truck operators, industrial painters, and electrical mechanics
    • Soprema, a waterproofing business in Drummondville, would like to fill various positions, such as day labourers, lift truck operators and project managers
    • Posi-Plus Technologies, an aerial device manufacturer in Victoriaville, is looking to fill the following positions: CNC machinists, stationary machine operator, technical support engineer, and production foreman
    • Canlak in Daveluyville, a manufacturer of industrial wood coatings, is looking for manufacturing and administrative personnel
    • Boulanger, a mouldings and wood components manufacturer, is looking for general help staff in Warwick
    • SGT, which specializes in road transportation, is looking for Class 1 drivers for short and long international hauls and also for local and interprovincial work
    • Canadian Tire is investing $4M to $5M to expand its store in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. The store will be 30% larger, which will create about 15 jobs.
    • Montage Saint-Laurent in Boisbriand won two contracts totalling $35M for infrastructure work in Montréal
    • Groupe Automobile Grenier is investing $12M to open a BMW garage in Lachenaie. The opening is planned for the fall and is expected to create 45 jobs.
    • SPI Sécurité in Blainville recently renewed its $30M contract with Rio Tinto for five years
    • The Canac hardware store is investing $6M to build a new store in Beauharnois, which will create 90 jobs
    • Le Grimoire microbrewery in Granby is expanding. The company has purchased fermenters, a boiler and an automatic bottling machine to increase production, which will create 10 jobs within a year.
    • Robovic, which specializes in palletizing systems in Princeville, is looking for robotics programmers, electrical mechanics, mechanical engineering technicians, and mechanical and electrical engineers
    • The Government of Canada has announced a $54M agreement with MDA Systems in Montréal and five other Canadian companies to support research into innovative products in the aerospace industry
    • Miralis is having trouble filling certain positions. The company in St-Anaclet-de-Lessard manufactures kitchen counters and cabinets. Manufacturing labour is needed in Bas-St-Laurent.
    • A year after opening in Shawinigan, CGI Group Inc. employs 80 programmer analysts and quality assurance testers. CGI plans to reach 300 jobs by 2018, despite difficulties finding qualified personnel in the region.
    • The Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l'Électrification des transports has announced investments of $139M in the Mauricie region's roads in 2016¿2018, creating employment for 920 workers on 113 sites
    • Corporation Zedbed International in Shawinigan has grown from 45 to 65 employees since the beginning of February. The mattress manufacturer has had to manage growth since acquiring equipment from the old Litterie Sommex plant in Trois-Rivières.
    • TecFab International is looking for welders and assemblers for its Shawinigan plant that specializes in manufacturing parts of all sizes for buildings, bridges and stadiums throughout Canada and the United States
    • The Corporation de l'Amphithéâtre Cogeco in Trois-Rivières has more than 25 summer jobs to fill in various departments, including logistics and customer service
    • Health Canada's payroll office in Shawinigan closed its doors on March 31 because this department was centralized in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Most of the 34 employees retired or were laid off.
    • Approximately 10 people will be given their jobs back at the Fort-Prével golf club in Percé. Fort-Prével should open in mid-May to prepare the golf course, which will soon be open again. Camping could be a secondary operation.
    • More than $6.6M will be invested in renovating schools in the Gaspésie¿Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, including almost $2.9M for the Chics-Chocs school board in Gaspé and almost $2.4M for the René-Lévesque school board in Bonaventure
    • Cortex, a technology company in Québec City, is looking to fill about 10 programming positions
    • The City of Québec will build a new police headquarters in the Lebourgneuf area. A total of $40M has been allocated for relocating all police and municipal court activities.
    • The Coq Rôti restaurant located in downtown Alma should reopen soon. About 20 positions are currently posted on the Emploi-Québec site, including cook, hostess, and server.
    • "L'Estrie vous engage" is a new website that matches employers in the region with job seekers. One section describes the Estrie region's unique characteristics for prospective employees. Several jobs are listed on the website.
    • The URBANO condominium complex will be built in Sherbrooke and will be accessible in November 2016 following a $35M investment
    • Bell Mobility laid off more than 100 people at its Montréal call centre after consolidating its operations.
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    • This year, the Government of Canada is investing over $165M in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) in addition to the previously announced $339M investment over three years. The new investment will create thousands of new jobs for young Canadians.
    • The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) announced the elimination of 90 executive positions at its Montréal head office as a result of restructuring
    • Le Château, a Montréal-based clothing retailer, announced that it is closing 14 stores in Canada in 2016 and plans to close another 25 by 2019
    • Groupe TVA announces that it is closing its Argent business news channel and reorganizing its QMI news agency in Montréal. About 20 jobs will be lost as a result of these measures.
    • Groupe Bellus is investing between $35M and $40M to build a residential complex featuring 160 family, townhouse, duplex and condominium units in Waterloo
    • AZRA, a Quebec firm operating in partnership with French car manufacturer Renault, announced the installation of 2,000 electric car charging stations in Canada by fall 2018, a $40M investment
    • Hog producer F. Ménard is investing $7M to expand its slaughterhouse and meat cutting plant in Ange-Gardien to increase its market share in Asia
    • The City of Gatineau is investing over $2M to upgrade and expand Théâtre de l'Île
    • Sun Life Financial announced the official opening of its business centre in Laval
    • The Port of Montreal, the Government of Quebec and the City of Montréal announced a $78M investment to modernize the port by 2017. This upgrade will facilitate the arrival of cruise ship operators and improve tourism infrastructure.
    • The Complexe Desjardins announced the construction of 11 covered terrasses at the front of its building in downtown Montréal in 2016, an investment worth about $15M
    • Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. announced repair work on three Montréal-area bridges to be completed in 2016. The Jacques Cartier, Champlain and Honoré Mercier bridges will be reinforced at a cost of $300M.
    • D-BOX Technologies in Longueuil announced a new agreement with Yueke, an Alibaba Group affiliate, to accelerate the installation of point of sale systems to sell D-BOX tickets in movie theatres in China
    • TC Media is cutting five jobs in Abitibi-Témiscamingue as a result of a reorganization to reduce costs. The employees affected all work in sales.
    • TC Media announced the elimination of at least four jobs in the Outaouais as a result of reorganization to reduce costs. The employees affected all work in sales.
    • Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced the signing of a firm agreement with Delta Air Lines for the purchase of 75 C Series aircraft with options for 50 more. The firm order is valued at more than US$5B.
    • The M&M Food Market chain, a frozen food retailer, is opening a new store in Vaudreuil-Dorion
    • The Vallée-Sourire daycare centre is expanding to welcome 25 additional toddlers in Gracefield, which will create two full-time and two part-time jobs
    • Collège Saint-Bernard had to lay off 10 administrative and complementary services employees due to a drop in enrollment combined with budgetary restrictions imposed by the Government of Quebec
    • Bombardier Commercial Aircraft signed a firm purchase agreement with Chorus Aviation for five CRJ900 aircraft with purchase rights for five other aircraft. The total value of the agreement is US$476M.
    • Camp Val-Estrie de Waterville has closed, leaving about 10 permanent employees without a job. Over 120 people worked there during the summer season.
    • The Commission scolaire de la Riveraine is investing nearly $1.68M to renovate its schools through 18 projects funded by the government of Quebec
    • The Uniprix pharmacy in the Promenades Drummondville shopping centre is closing. The Pharmaprix drug store located nearby is hiring some of the employees who were laid off. Services provided by Canada Post will be transferred to the Pharmaprix location.
    • The Resolute Forest Products sawmill in Rivière-aux-Rats will resume its operations, and its 125 employees should be back at work in early June because market conditions have improved. However, logging operations will not resume.
    • Groupe Morneau is looking for drivers and diesel mechanics. The trucking company, headquartered in Saint-Arsène in the Lower St. Lawrence, has terminals in Rimouski, New Richmond, Rouyn-Noranda, Val-d'Or and Montréal.
    • Produits Métalliques Pouliot Machinerie (PMI) will invest over $5M to expand its Rimouski plant and automate its production, which will create 10 direct jobs and some indirect jobs. PMI plans to carry out the work from May to September.
    • Walmart opened its Supercentre in Rivière-du-Loup on April 28. The store expansion created about 30 jobs, some of which have yet to be filled, which will bring the number of employees to 150.
    • XMétal in L'Isle-Verte is looking for 5 to 10 people to complete its team. Its biggest challenge is finding qualified employees. This machine shop produces parts for the mining, industrial, and military sectors.
    • The Desjardins Youth Work Experience program is offering 12 jobs in the regional county municipalities of Rivière-du-Loup and Les Basques. The project is headed by Carrefour jeunesse emploi, and the positions are for 15-to-18-year-olds who will be getting their first jobs.
    • The placement rate is excellent in Bas-Saint-Laurent in the steel product manufacturing and mechanic trades, according to the Centre de formation professionnelle Pavillon-de-l'Avenir. However, few students are enrolled in these two programs.
    • Hôtel Trois-Pistoles and the Estran restaurant have gone out of business in Trois-Pistoles.
    • Rio Tinto's aluminum division is investing $36.6M in its Laterrière plant in the Saguenay. A new building attached to the potrooms will be built. The work will start in spring and end in 2017.
    • Baldor (ABB) will cease production at its Sainte-Claire (Bellechasse) plant on May 27. About 140 people will lose their jobs. Production of components for energy transmission products will be transferred to North Carolina.
    • TELUS will invest nearly $78M in Québec City and the east of the province. The investment will improve its cellular network and its fibre optic Internet and television service.
    • The Quebec ministère des Transports will invest nearly $300M to repair roads in Chaudière-Appalaches from 2016 to 2018
    • The City of Québec will invest $100M in infrastructure repairs for 2016
    • U.S. retailer Marshalls will open a store in the Laurier shopping centre in Québec City in the fall of 2016. A few manager positions, including the store manager position, have been posted on the company website for several weeks.
    • The City of Magog has inaugurated its new expanded ecocentre, which is now located in the industrial park. The project is a $1.9M investment.
    • Mesotec, parts supplier for the aerospace industry, will open its new plant in Sherbrooke in June, following an investment of over $10M. The employer is frequently looking for good workers.
    • The Hybride de Piedmont visual effects studio has entered into a partnership with Industrial Light & Magic, which will enable the company to create 75 new jobs at its Montréal studio
    • The Samares, Affluents and Laurentides school boards will share over $16M to fund 268 school renovation projects in the Lanaudière area
    • In Montréal, Bombardier announces the sale of four CRJ900 aircraft following the exercise of purchase options valued at about US$183.9M
    • Construction of the new entertainment building in Saint-Jérome started in October 2015. The building should be ready in late March 2017.
    • Ubisoft, a French video game company, will open a family-oriented thematic amusement centre in Montréal in August 2016
    • The Université de Sherbrooke will invest a little over $4M to construct a new facility for the research scientists, technicians and students in its engineering faculty. It is scheduled to be completed around late October.
    • Wiptec, an order fulfillment company, will hire between 40 and 50 employees, bringing the total number of employees to over 200. The company is investing $7.5M to expand in Sherbrooke and meet the growing e-commerce demand.
  • Week of Apr 18 - Apr 22, 2016

    • La Commission scolaire des Chênes is investing close to $3.6M to renovate nine schools in Drummondville and surrounding area, thanks to funds from the Government of Quebec
    • The opening of Piscines Lemaire, which specializes in the sale and installation of above-ground pools and accessories, will create seven new jobs in Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur
    • The City of Granby is investing $2.2M to upgrade the Paul-O. Trépanier Library, which will require it to be closed for five months
    • The Taverne urbaine U in Sherbrooke will be changed into a restaurant-bar and will hire around 30 people who will join the ten already employed. The concept is moving ahead thanks to an investment of $500,000.
    • Explosives manufacturer General Dynamics announced the temporary layoff of 40 workers on March 5 and of 45 others on April 23. Given the global context, the plant could move production toward commercial powders.
    • The two JML grocery stores in Varennes and Sainte-Julie have gone bankrupt. All employees will lose their jobs.
    • The developer Cosoltec is investing $3M in the construction of a 12-unit condo building in Châteauguay. The building, named ¿Le Yooville¿ could welcome its first residents by the summer.
    • A new restaurant, Chez l'Artisan, will open its doors in Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu this summer
    • The Metro Collin supermarket has invested $6.5M to renovate its Chambly store. Procam Construction will work nights for a period of six months so that the store can remain open to customers.
    • A new interdisciplinary clinic, offering services to clients living with an autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, dyspraxia, etc., is opening its doors in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
    • Infra Élite, specializing in managing information technology infrastructure for businesses, has invested $1M to set up business in Magog. Within three years, close to 50 employees are expected to be hired to join the 5 currently employed.
    • The Montpellier Golf Club will remain closed this summer, leading to job losses in the region
    • Les Aliments Jardi, a wholesaler-distributer that offers 800 bulk products to major food chains, has invested $2.5M to relocate and expand in Sherbrooke
    • Montreal company David's Tea is opening a new location at the Mega Centre Vaudreuil. The opening is planned for next August and will create new jobs.
    • The Coop de solidarité Houblon Pontiac is investing $437,000 to acquire a granulator and specialized equipment to transform hops into pellets for microbreweries, thanks to $200,000 of financial aid from the Government of Quebec
    • The Government of Quebec announced an investment of $500M to support Quebec's innovative manufacturing sector, composed mainly of SMEs, in its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan
    • The Department of Canadian Heritage will grant $5M to host Mosaïcultures internationales de Gatineau in 2017
    • Pharmacy chain Familiprix has opened a new location in Mont-Tremblant, creating around fifteen new jobs
    • La Petite Bretonne, located in Blainville, has obtained a contract with convenience store chain Oxxo, which should create around 20 jobs at its Joliette plant
    • Aerospace manufacturer Bell Helicopter is cutting around sixty jobs at its Mirabel plant
    • Valcartier Vacation Village has close to 200 jobs to fill for the upcoming summer season, including full- and part-time positions in various sectors (reception, camping, food services, water safety, housekeeping, etc.)
    • Blaxton Pub & Grill recently launched its new restaurant in Carrefour Saint-Romuald in Lévis. The $2.5M investment created 80 jobs, including 15 cook positions.
    • IGA Verreault is investing $3.5M in the renovation of their location on 6th Street in La Baie. Work has just begun and will be completed in fall 2016.
    • The Groupe Goliath will build a multigenerational sports and recreation facility in Saguenay. The investment is $20M. Work will begin in June, and the centre is expected to open in September 2017.
    • Around 40 to 50 workers (welders, crane and heavy equipment operators, electricians, surveyors, plumbers and carpenters) are working at bay 13 at the port in Trois-Rivières. Work at the site began mid-February and will be completed in December.
    • Marmen is constantly looking for welders and labourers at its machine shop in Trois-Rivières to continue expanding
    • La Minoterie des Anciens in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts launched its gluten-free cereals and oil production on April 14 following an investment of $1.5M, which will create around 10 jobs. Regional agricultural production will contribute.
    • McInnis Cement in Port-Daniel-Gascons is continuing its hiring process, and the number of Gaspé employees is increasing. This growth should continue with the recruitment of several industrial mechanics.
    • Gaspé employers need forestry workers, according to the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles. However, the forestry program will not be offered in the fall because of a lack of registrants.
    • The Ministère des Transports du Québec has announced investments of $188.1M for roads in the Lower St. Lawrence region in 2016-2018, which will generate jobs for 1,168 workers on 145 sites
    • Belisle Architectural Windows and Doors has added an evening shift for spring, summer and fall. This Saint-Jean-de-Dieu company now has a staff of 40 people.
    • The Université du Québec à Rimouski has chosen to eliminate or not fill the positions of 26 professors who have left or retired, due to a deficit. Positions for support employees and executives also remain unfilled.
    • Réseau Sélection is building a senior's residence in the Rock Forest sector of Sherbrooke, thanks to an investment of $34M. Around 50 employees are expected to be hired for the opening in early spring 2017.
    • The St. Hubert restaurant chain has opened a St. Hubert Express franchise in Saint-Lin-Laurentides, creating more than 45 new jobs
  • Week of Apr 11 - Apr 15, 2016

    • The municipality of Compton is investing $740,000 in the construction of a Récré-O-Parc thanks to a contribution from the Government of Quebec. Residents will be able to engage in sporting and recreational activities in the park by the end of the year.
    • The RCM of Bécancour and its 12 municipalities are investing about $15M to expand their fibre optics network, which will be operational at the beginning of 2017. Sogetel from Nicolet was awarded the deployment contract.
    • Various businesses, namely BMR, Sonic, Sonichoix and a small engine repair shop, opened in Nicolet following a $4M investment. A total of 25 employees were hired.
    • Groupe Vincent opened its piglet birthing and rearing facilities in Wotton. The project is a $5M investment and provides work for five people.
    • The City of Sherbrooke is investing $1.9M to expand Robert-Boyd Street in the regional industrial park
    • The ministère des Transports du Québec is investing $126M in the Outaouais road network for the 2016-2018 period
    • Camping Club Havana, which offers an all-inclusive package, will open in Maricourt on May 27, following an investment of more than $2M
    • The Barbie's restaurant chain will open a location in Gatineau, leading to the creation of new jobs
    • Bakery Divins péchés is opening its doors at the Brasse-Camarade convenience store in Saint-André-Avellin, which will create one job
    • The Musée régional de la Côte-Nord is investing more than $2M to carry out major renovations. The Government of Quebec and the City of Sept-Îles are contributing financially to the project.
    • Loblaws will invest $1.3B to open 50 businesses and upgrade close to 150 others in Canada. The work will generate 15,000 construction jobs and nearly 5,000 under its various banners.
    • The Joker Pub Ludique, an establishment that specializes in hosting board games, will open in Drummondville. About 10 employees will be hired for the opening in June.
    • The ministère des Transports du Québec will invest more than $129M to repair roads in Centre-du-Québec throughout the 2016-2018 period
    • Eastman-based Vertendre, a designer of energy-efficient housing units located at the foot of Mont Orford, is investing $5M in a 17-loft residential project, where pedaling on a bicycle creates electricity in each building
    • Olin Produits Chloralcalis, a manufacturer of chloralkali chemical components used in thousands of products, is investing $5M to upgrade its plant in Bécancour. The project will consolidate about 150 jobs.
    • ADF Group Inc. located in Terrebonne is announcing that it has won contracts estimated at more than $43M
    • The Planet Poutine restaurant chain has opened a location in Saint-Jérôme, creating about 10 jobs
    • Fabrication Delta inc. in New Richmond will rehire the 60 employees who were laid off in March and will hire more than 100 workers at the end of May. The manufacturer of steel towers for wind farms has obtained contracts in Nova Scotia and Rhode Island.
    • The Groupement forestier de Témiscouata in Auclair must increase its technical and administrative staff after growing and diversifying its operations. The company invested nearly $600,000 in its new facilities.
    • The Rimouski-Neigette youth employment centre is launching the "Diplômés, au boulot!" program, which will allow new graduates between the ages of 16 to 30 to obtain their first work experience in their field of study. This project is offered across all of the Bas-St-Laurent RCMs.
    • The water management techniques program has a placement rate of more than 90% at the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup. Graduates find potable water and wastewater jobs at companies, in municipalities and at water management enterprises.
    • Employees at the Réno l'Abri Home Hardware in Trois-Pistoles were notified that they were being laid off following the acquisition of the hardware store by Coop Agriscar. They will be able to apply at the cooperative but are not guaranteed a job.
    • Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services is aiming to create 20 jobs in the next few months following the opening of its new facilities in Trois-Rivières. This agency employs about 50 people.
    • Gaz Métro will invest $80M to set up a new compressor installation in La Tuque and upgrade the one in Saint-Maurice. The construction of the buildings should be completed by the end of the summer, and mechanical work will continue until the summer of 2017.
    • A new Giant Tiger store just opened at Place centre-ville in Saint-Georges (Beauce). The opening of this new business has led to the creation of 35 jobs.
    • SP Sécurité in Alma, in Lac-Saint-Jean, has shut down. Close to 25 security agents who worked for the agency will lose their jobs.
    • Julien, a company in Québec City that specializes in manufacturing stainless steel equipment, continues to grow. In the last few months, new positions were created, and about 20 others will be added in the coming months.
    • The Union des producteurs agricoles de la Montérégie is launching a project that will allow people without experience faced with difficulties integrating into the labour market to obtain labourer positions in milk production
    • Developer Dupin + Després will go ahead with the development of the Parc des Tilleuls project, which will comprise 69 townhouses in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
    • Bombardier in Montreal is announcing the sale of seven CS300 aircraft to Air Baltic (following the exercising of purchase options). The sale will translate into a firm order of 20 aircraft estimated at $506M.
    • Embouteillage Solar in Terrebonne is moving into a new plant built following a $6M investment. This move will create 15 jobs in addition and maintain 35 existing positions.
  • Week of Apr 04 - Apr 08, 2016

    • Mobilier Philippe Dagenais has sought protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act due to financial difficulties. Nearly 100 employees have been left unemployed.
    • Réseau Sélection, a company that manages residential complexes for retirees, is investing $50M to build 220 rental housing units in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The opening, scheduled for fall 2017, will lead to the creation of 50 jobs.
    • Rachel Julien, a real estate developer, is announcing the construction of two high-rise apartment buildings of 20 and 25 floors each, which will hold 335 units in downtown Montréal
    • Tesla, a California-based electric car manufacturer, will invest $1M to install eight electric vehicle charging stations at Magog's Carrefour Santé Globale at the end of spring
    • Brosses Lacasse, which specializes in the manufacturing of industrial brushes, is investing $400,000 to acquire equipment that will allow it to improve its productivity, increase its competitiveness and help its growth
    • Hydro-Québec is investing $102.5M in two equipment modernization projects at the Nicolet station in Sainte-Eulalie
    • Montréal company IDÉALI, which specializes in marketing strategies, is announcing the acquisition of TC Media 1:1 Marketing Solutions and Data Insights of Toronto. Together, they will form a new firm, RELATION1.
    • Montréal flight simulator manufacturer CAE announced it won international military contracts estimated at more than $175M
    • The Dollar Station store in Drummondville will close its doors for good in May. The number of layoffs has not been disclosed.
    • Alliance Magnesium is investing $10M in the construction of its pilot factory in Asbestos, where the first ingots should be produced by the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. Following various implementation phases, 350 direct jobs should be created.
    • A Shell gas station with a Super Soir convenience store are now open at Place Doyon in Nicolet. About 10 people have been hired.
    • The City of Montréal is announcing the start of infrastructure projects that will take place within the city at the beginning of next year. More than 400 construction sites have been scheduled at a cost of $531M.
    • Companies Bâtimo and Voyer Construction and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ are announcing a $32M investment for the construction of a 149-unit real property complex in Boisbriand, which should create 190 jobs
    • The Librairie Martin located in Joliette has ceased its operations. About 15 employees are now unemployed.
    • Matério will begin building a hardware store in Saint-Hippolyte in April. The opening is scheduled for September and should create about 40 jobs.
    • Planète Poutine, a restaurant that specializes in various poutines, will open a shop in Dégelis in April, creating a dozen jobs
    • Cartier Énergie Éolienne has just posted job offers and will increase its workforce from 37 employees to nearly 50. The company has wind turbines across five sites, with four in Gaspésie.
    • Graduates from the Montage de lignes électriques program offered at the Centre de formation de La Haute-Gaspésie in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts are recruited by companies including Hydro-Québec, Arnaud, TCI, Telus, Bell, Cogeco, Thiro and Construction DJL
    • AddÉnergie Technologies will hire 5 to 10 employees in Shawinigan, namely electronics technicians and labourers. AddÉnergie, a manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations, obtained $12.8M in financial support from the Government of Quebec.
    • The Oriflamme buffet restaurant in Trois-Rivières shut down on April 3 and about 30 people lost their jobs
    • Groupe Huot is beginning a new 800-unit realty project at a cost of $175M in Québec City's Les Méandres neighbourhood. The delivery of the first phase of rental housing units is scheduled for June 2016.
    • McDonald's will modernize its facilities at 26 restaurants across the Québec City region. Each restaurant will require a $250,000 investment and will lead to the creation of 10 to 15 jobs per location.
  • Week of Mar 28 - Apr 01, 2016

    • Saputo, a major dairy processor, will shut down its Princeville facility, which is also known as Fromagerie Madame Chèvre. A total of 25 employees will lose their jobs in August.
    • Vrooden, a new microbrewery, has set up shop in Granby thanks to a $750,000 investment. The first four beers will be ready in mid-May.
    • Carbotech International in Plessisville, a manufacturer of materials-handling equipment for the sawtimber industry, was awarded two major contracts totalling more than $4M in the Mauricie region and Australia
    • Sports Experts and Atmosphere Sports-Outdoor in Victoriaville are partnering up and investing close to $2.5M to relocate to La Grande Place des Bois-Francs. A total of 25 employees will be hired for its opening at the end of April.
    • A Jean Coutu pharmacy will be built on the former grounds of the old Laiterie Lamothe in Drummondville. It is scheduled to open by November. The investment amount has not been disclosed, nor has the number of jobs.
    • TransForce in Amos, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, has obtained a contract estimated at $6M to carry wood chips from Resolute Forest Products in Maniwaki to Resolute Forest Products in Gatineau for the next three years
    • Pompes et traitements d'eau H. Morin is setting up shop in Maniwaki, leading to the creation of two new jobs upon opening in April and possibly two other jobs in the medium term
    • Daycare Mademoiselle coco has invested $750,000 to set up shop in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, a growing municipality. Seven workers, including educators, a cook and an administrative assistant, were hired.
    • Fruit d'Or has inaugurated its factory in Plessisville following a blaze that destroyed its Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes facility. Thanks to a $35M investment, new equipment was also acquired. A total of 20 workers were hired.
    • Olymel is announcing the temporary layoff of 78 employees at its hog factory in Saint-Hyacinthe due to a decline in orders from the Australian market and the extended closure of the Russian market
    • The City of Valcourt is investing $633,200 to carry out major expansion and renovation work at its community centre
    • The Municipality of the Saint-Camille township is investing $917,000 to transform its church into a multi-purpose centre, which will be accessible as of June. The Destination Saint-Camille co-op, which groups seven companies, will also set up shop in the area.
    • The City of Sherbrooke is investing $1.5M to acquire a quadruple chairlift at the Mont Bellevue Ski Resort to address passenger traffic issues
    • Jardins Secrets d'Océane, the first vegetables and small fruits farming enterprise in the Innu community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam in Sept-Îles, will hire between 10 and 15 workers
    • Le Buck - Pub Gastronomique will open its doors at the end of May in Trois-Rivières. Between 35 and 40 jobs will be created during the summer season. Le Buck Traiteur and microbrewery Le Trou du Diable will join together to open this restaurant.
    • Hardy Filtration in Trois-Rivières has gone from 37 employees to more than 50 employees in less than a year. The company, which manufactures industrial air filters, products to filter water and dust collector bags, wants to launch an evening shift.
    • Desjardins-Jeunes au Travail is offering 12 summer jobs in the RCM of Mékinac. The project will be overseen by the Carrefour Jeunesse emploi of the said RCM. Positions are reserved to young people from Mékinac between the ages of 16 to 17 who do not have work experience.
    • The Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi of Shawinigan announced its summer job hunt event. Employment workshops on resumes will take place on April 23 and a job offer pool will be exclusively available to participants for 10 days.
    • OSM Atlantic inc. will invest $2,761,700 in Cap-aux-Meules and create 12 jobs. The company will set up a workshop on repairing diesel engine parts for passenger ships and power plants located in remote locations.
    • Fillion Sports, whose head office is in Rimouski, has declared bankruptcy. The clothing divisions in Rimouski and Sept-Îles, and the stores in Beauport and Charlesbourg, have been shut down.
    • South Shore Furniture plans to hire 150 new employees by the end of 2016. They will be working at facilities across Quebec (Sainte-Croix et Coaticook), in Mexico and in Texas.
    • EXFO in Québec City has several positions to fill: optical designer, senior software architect, systems auditor, software designer, assembler and project manager
    • In Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Rio Tinto has just begun a major restructuring of its regional activities by grouping its factories into a single administrative entity. This could translate into a reduction in the number of executives.
    • Centre de Rénovation FDS Inc. in Arvida will move to Super C's former facilities in Jonquière in mid-June. About 20 employees could be added to the hardware store's approximately 40 workers.
    • The Granby Zoo is investing $3M to build water slides. The opening of the Amazoo water park is scheduled for the beginning of June.
    • Golf Le Boisé in Terrebonne is ceasing its operations. About 40 seasonal workers will be laid off from the club.
    • Pharmacy Jean Coutu has inaugurated its new facilities in Prévost thanks to an investment of more than $1M
    • The first phase of construction of a multiresidential complex, Le Monroe, has begun in Blainville. The $47M project will be built in two phases and will include a total of 136 condominiums.
    • The Government of Canada is announcing an investment of more than $173M to upgrade 12 canals and historic parks in Quebec in the next four years. Nearly $132M will be dedicated to the preservation of the Lachine Canal in Montréal.
    • Groupe St-Hubert, a Laval-based restaurant company, has been acquired by an Ontario-based company, Cara Operations, for $537M
  • Week of Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2016

    • Marmen is looking for staff for its Quebec factories that are located in Trois-Rivières and Matane for nearly all kinds of jobs. The manufacturer of wind towers estimates that 2016 will be its best year yet since its inception due to exports.
    • The Quebec maritime industry is in need of 2,000 additional workers over the course of a three-year cycle, according to the Comité sectoriel de main-d'oeuvre de l'industrie maritime. One third of these jobs involve navigation personnel, including engineering officers.
    • Hydro-Québec's power transmission line project in Chamouchouane-Bout-de-l'Île will represent about $10M in investments in the Mauricie region. A total of 200 construction workers are expected to work in the La Tuque region.
    • The Bistro restaurant in Trois-Rivières shut down on March 20 following a significant decline in customers. The rise in food and beverage costs is part of the reason for this decision.
    • Réseau Sélection, a company that manages residential complexes for retirees, invested $38M to build a 230 rental housing units in Granby. The opening, scheduled for the summer of 2017, will lead to the creation of 70 jobs.
    • ArcelorMittal will receive a $4.5M contribution from the Government of Quebec to convert its manufacturing process to liquefied natural gas at its pellet plant in Port-Cartier
    • Cheese factory L'Ancêtre will invest more than $1.2M in Bécancour to upgrade its facility by acquiring specialized equipment. The Government of Quebec will contribute to this project financially. A total of 50 jobs will be created.
    • The ARPAC Coop will build a processing and recovery plant that will also sell recycled metal in Bécancour thanks to a $20M investment. A total of 20 employees will be hired for 2017. The Government of Quebec will contribute to this project financially.
    • Ski resort Gallix in Sept-Îles will build a chalet and acquire a new carpet lift at its sliding centre. The Government of Quebec is awarding about $1.4M of the $2.5M project.
    • Yellow Pages, a Montréal-based company that specializes in digital media and marketing solutions, has announced an investment of more than $155M and plans to hire 350 employees over 3 years to initiate its digital transformation
  • Week of Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2016

    • Familiprix is opening a new pharmacy in Brossard, leading to the creation of about 10 new jobs
    • The Government of Canada is investing $3M in clean technologies at Alliance Magnesium in Brossard
    • Les Serres Lefort, a producer of organic vegetables in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Châteauguay, is investing $27M to expand its greenhouses, leading to the creation of 60 new jobs
    • An $11.2M investment was necessary to build a new elementary school in Saint-Lazare. The school will be able to welcome its first students as of next September.
    • The Complexe Saint-Laurent, located in La Prairie, will be renovated and expanded at a cost of $8M in the next few months
    • Triple Boris, a new video gaming and mobile applications development studio, is opening in Sainte-Julie, leading to the creation of 8 new jobs
    • Housing project Place de la source will be built in Sherbrooke, following a $20M investment
    • Private high school Jean-Paul II in Baie-Comeau will shut down on June 30 due to declining enrollment and a difficult economic situation in the region. A dozen layoffs are expected to take place.
    • Côté-Jean et Associés, a consulting engineering firm in Magog that specializes in structures and civil engineering, plans to hire 10 new employees by December, who will join an existing staff of 10
    • The Domaine Saint-Rémi, a housing complex for seniors, has invested $6M to build 41 new housing units. This investment will create 30 new jobs in Saint-Rémi.
    • Restaurant and pub Le Charlemagne in Drummondville has shut down. About 20 workers lost their jobs.
    • Ström Spa Nordique will open a branch in Sherbrooke thanks to an investment of nearly $10M. The hiring of 60 employees, including massage therapists and customer service representatives, is expected for its opening at the end of this year.
    • The Havre-Saint-Pierre hospital is investing $3.8M in new equipment that will allow it to save money by improving its energy efficiency
    • Nuclear power plant Gentilly-2 in Bécancour will hire 15 to 20 workers, including joiners, reinforcing steel erectors, and day labourers, to build two dry storage modules for spent fuel. The project represents an investment of nearly $12M.
    • Orbite Aluminae should begin with the commercial production of high-purity alumina in the second quarter of 2016. The Cap-Chat factory is expected to hire about 40 workers following the $127M investment required for its construction.
    • The Enercon factory in Matane will gradually lay off 45 employees from mid-May to mid-July due to a lack of contracts in the coming months. Enercon, a division of WEC Tours, only has 63 employees after having already reduced its operations in 2015.
    • More than $16.3M will be invested to carry out silvicultural work in public forests in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region. This is the amount granted by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs for the 2016-2017 year.
    • Fabrication Delta in New Richmond is laying off about 60 welders and machinists due to a lack of contracts following a slowdown in the wind-power industry in Quebec
    • Rimouski's Aux Trois Mâts agency guides people who wish to reintegrate the labour market or return to school. It is a social reintegration resource for people who have dealt with alcoholism or drug dependence.
    • Expansion and redevelopment work on the Rimouski courthouse will begin in the spring of 2017 and will take place over two years. The investment, estimated at $68.23M, will be the largest public investment in Rimouski.
    • Work will be required at the J.-Antonio-Thompson hall following water ingress, which caused major damage to the building's structure. The City of Trois-Rivières estimates that it will cost $20M to renovate.
    • Optel Vision recently completed the expansion of its head office in Québec Metro High Tech Park. Furthermore, the company plans to hire 230 new employees by the end of the year.
    • Hardware store Groupe Canac inaugurated its branch on Henri-Bourassa Boulevard, in the La Cité-Limoilou borough. The $5.5M investment has led to the creation of about 50 jobs.
    • The Cochon dingue will open a new restaurant in the summer of 2017 at Carrefour Saint-Romuald in Lévis. It will be located on the main floor of the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton hotel currently under construction. About 100 jobs will be created.
    • A branch of liquidator Surplus RD will set up shop in Carrefour Saint-Georges this summer. About 15 jobs will be created.
    • The Government of Quebec has added $15M to its financial contribution to open up the facilities of the Port of Sept-Îles in order to foster the implementation of the Plan Nord
    • Voltigeurs Farm will build a new shop in Drummondville this fall, to open in the spring of 2017. The hiring of about 12 people is expected. The investment amount has not been disclosed.
    • No less than 25 industrial sewing machine operators will be hired in the next six months at the following manufacturers, all of which are located in Estrie: Confection M. Béliveau, Confection Lapierre, Chemise Perfection, Groupe CSR, Royer, and Attraction
    • The Esso gas station and Benny Express rotisserie located in the Point-du-jour rest area in Lavaltrie will shut down on April 30 and August 31, 2016, respectively
    • Patrick Morin, a building and renovation centre chain, plans to hire 300 new employees in its 20 hardware stores across Quebec
    • Réseau Sélection has announced a $250M investment to build five new seniors' homes in five Quebec cities
    • The City of Mascouche has assigned a contract for the construction of its new police station, which will begin in April 2016 and end in 2017
    • The municipality of Saint-Alexis inaugurated its new municipal complex, following an investment of more than $1.2M
  • Week of Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2016

    • Lac-Mégantic-based Tafisa Canada, the largest manufacturer of panels designed from 100% recycled fibres in North America, is investing $15M to purchase new equipment. Four workers will be hired to join the 330 currently employed.
    • The Hôpital vétérinaire de Sherbrooke has expanded and acquired high-tech equipment following a $2.7M investment
    • A Grand Times Hotel has opened above the Centreexpo exhibition centre in Drummondville, leading to the hiring of about 40 people following a $22M investment
    • Cabanon Innova in Sherbrooke declared bankruptcy. About 30 people lost their jobs.
    • The City of Amos has invested $10.8M to expand its sports complex. Renovations should be completed by March 2017.
    • Pelican International, a boat designer and manufacturer, has invested $21M to install its second Quebec factory in Valleyfield, leading to the creation of 200 to 300 new jobs
    • Équipement Sanitaire Drummond of Drummondville has bought two maintenance product manufacturers in Sorel and Granby. The combination of businesses could extend its diversified services over a greater territory and develop new markets as a result.
    • The City of Sherbrooke will invest $3.2M for road repairs this summer
    • Pelican International, a recreational products manufacturer from Laval, has announced the creation of 20 positions at its head office following the opening of its production factory in Montérégie
    • A $2M investment has led to the construction of an A&W restaurant in Masson-Angers and the creation of about 50 new jobs
    • Voltflex Innovations in Trois-Rivières will create around 10 jobs by summertime following an increase in production. This SME specializes in the manufacturing of harnesses and wiring intended for transportation equipment manufacturers.
    • The Accès D call centre of Caisses Desjardins in Trois-Rivières has nearly 400 employees, a number that was announced two years ago. Trois-Rivières also has a service call centre for Desjardins cards, which created around 60 jobs.
    • The Fin Quartier, a food complex in Shawinigan, shut down on March 8, and 36 people lost their jobs. Mado Plaisir Gourmand, Caffè Bistro and Délecta Plaisir cochon are some of the businesses that will cease operations.
    • Transition Plus, located in Rimouski, assists people of 50 years of age and over who are seeking employment. This employment assistance service provides individual coaching, a customized action plans and labour market information.
    • The Centre Jardin Hamel, located on Wilfrid-Hamel Boulevard in Québec City, was destroyed by fire. At this time last year, around 40 employees were working for the company.
    • Première Moisson recently opened an artisan bakery in the Lebourgneuf sector in Québec City. The investment totalled $1M and led to the creation of about 50 jobs.
    • Groupe Huot has developed a new $250M real estate project in the Duberger borough of Québec City. The Aventura project will have 10 phases that will be developed over the next five to six years. Construction of the first building is ongoing.
    • A new hotel bearing the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton banner will open at Carrefour Saint-Romuald in Lévis. The investment totals $28.3M. The building will welcome its first clients in 2017.
    • Harnois Groupe pétrolier, located in Saint-Thomas, has acquired 36 Esso gas stations, which will bring its current count of 39 employees to 130
    • The City of Rosemère has abolished its fire-fighting service and 41 jobs. The service will now be carried out by the City of Blainville.
    • Chantier Davie Canada will lay off nearly 200 employees for an indefinite period. Ongoing work at one of the ferries under construction has been suspended following a conflict between the shipyard and the Société des traversiers du Québec.
  • Week of Feb 29 - Mar 04, 2016

    • The band council of Uashat-Maliotenam has invested $9.5M to expand three of its schools, namely Johnny Pilot and Manikanetish in Sept-Îles, in addition to Tshishteshinu in Moisie, thanks to financial aid from the Government of Canada
    • The Bassins du Nouveau Havre, an affordable residences project in Montréal, has been announced by the provincial government. If all goes according to plan, this project, estimated at $24.5M, will be completed in 2019.
    • The City of Lac-Mégantic is investing $1.2M to build a multipurpose space reserved for youth called Projet Espace Jeunesse, thanks to financial aid from the Government of Québec
    • CBR Laser, a leader in metal processing, has invested $2.5M to build its third facility in Princeville. The company also possesses factories in Plessisville.
    • The owners of Cage-Brasserie sportive in Saint-Jérôme have invested more than $1M for the remodelling of their restaurant, leading to the creation of a dozen new jobs.
    • Piscitrium Trévi Trois-Rivières has invested more than $1M in the renovation and remodelling of its specialty store that sells pools. A total of 10 jobs have been created, bringing the staff total to 50 employees during peak season.
    • Omnifab in Louiseville hires regularly. Currently expanding, the company specializes in machining, design, mechanical engineering, welding and special projects. A section was added, namely the manufacturing of poultry trailers.
    • Many jobs are available each year at meat-packing and food processing plants located in the RCM of Maskinongé, including at Lucyporc. Exporting, which is favorable for these companies, could help their growth.
    • The Desjardins Youth Work Experience program is offering 14 summer jobs in the RCM of Maskinongé. This project is run by the Carrefour jeunesse emploi of the said RCM. Positions are reserved for young people between the ages of 15 to 18 who are seeking their first work experience.
    • Fifteen-some employees will return to work on March 7 at the Groupe Lebel sawmill in Cap-Chat. The plant could remain open until fall 2016. Management had shut down the factory in early fall 2015 due to market conditions.
    • The Salon de l'emploi du Témiscouata will take place on April 28 at the Complexe sportif Rosaire-Bélanger in Rivière-Bleue. Its organization is handled by employment support agency Service Accès-Emploi.
    • Simons and real estate group Oxford will invest $50M into the new Simons store at Galeries de la Capitale. The move into new facilities should lead to the creation of fifty-some jobs. The opening is scheduled for 2018.
    • The co-owner of Château Bellevue in Thetford Mines will invest an additional $3.5M to add a care unit to the senior retirement complex currently being built. Twenty jobs will be added to the thirty-some positions already in the works.
    • The provincial government has announced a $300M investment over 5 years for 16 municipalities in the context of its maritime strategy. The money will help companies to develop their exports.
  • Week of Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2016

    • The Walmart store in Granby will be converted to a Supercentre with a full supply of fresh products within 18 months, creating between 25 and 50 new jobs
    • Financial assistance of $5.4M from the Quebec government will make it possible to build three new multi-sport artificial turf fields at the Grande-Rivière secondary school, D'Arcy-McGee-Symmes park and Cité étudiante de la Haute-Gatineau
    • The Quebec government has announced a $1.9M investment for the construction of a curling centre in Chelsea. The new facility will be built by September 2017 at a cost of $4.3M.
    • The Triolet secondary school in Sherbrooke is investing more than $2.1M to build an outdoor artificial turf field for soccer and football for the school's students and members of the public
    • The Quebec government has announced that it will invest $50M for the renovation of 110 sports and recreation facilities throughout the province
    • Real estate developers Prével and Rachel Julien are launching the second phase of a 79-unit residential project in Griffintown. Les Bassins du Havre, which is seeking LEED certification, will be delivered in the fall of 2017.
    • Rendez-vous: emploi et formation in the regional county municipality of Memphremagog will be conducting a variety of job search activities between March 10 and 24. Schedule information can be found at www.orientationtravail.org.
    • La Frontalière secondary school in Coaticook opened its new gymnasium following a $3.5M investment. The facilities are accessible both to the school's students and to members of the public in the regional county municipality.
    • Industrial and commercial entreprises in the Mégantic region intend to hire 50 immigrants from Sherbrooke and Montréal while giving them free accommodation for a trial period of two to three months under the Défi Carrière Mégantic project
    • The $800M project of the Norwegian consortium Stolt LNGaz in Bécancour and Montréal has been postponed. Some employees have lost their jobs, but there are still about 10 part-time employees.
    • TransCanada Corporation has announced the opening of a new office in Montréal to complete the Energy East oil pipeline. For this project, the company will hire more than 40 workers in various disciplines.
    • Two residential towers will be built in downtown Montréal starting in the fall of 2016, a project worth an estimated $100M. The first tower has 42 floors and the second has 25, for a total of 580 units.
    • A Buffet des Continents restaurant will open in Drummondville as a result of a $5M investment. About a hundred people are expected to be hired for the opening of the restaurant, which will be in December at the latest.
    • The Grand Council of the Waban-Aki Nation should be hiring about 10 new employees to join its existing 50 employees following a new expansion of its offices in Wôlinak. About $700,000 is being invested.
    • CAE, a flight simulator manufacturer in Montréal, has announced that it has obtained contracts worth an estimated $80M with international military clients
    • The Mondo Resto-Bar restaurant in Sherbrooke has closed. It is possible that about 50 employees have lost their jobs.
    • Sherbrooke-based Motrec International has landed a major contract with American giant FedEx Ground U.S., which has ordered 285 industrial electric vehicles
    • Micro Bird by Girardin in Drummondville, the only school and commercial minibus manufacturer in Canada, is looking for 50 employees with various occupations to join its existing 400 employees
    • Buropro Citation has purchased the Librairie des Galeries in Granby and is investing $2.7M to develop new premises. The store is expected to open in the fall. Staff will be relocated and 35 to 40 new jobs will be created.
    • Exploitation Jaffa in Maria has increased its workforce from 10 to 25 employees in the past year. The company, which will be moving to Saint-Alphonse in the spring, hopes to create another 25 jobs in the next few years by expanding within the composting market.
    • The Cégep de Rimouski does not have enough students in mechanical engineering, industrial maintenance and electrical engineering despite demand from employers in these fields
    • Employers in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region are looking for welding-fitting and machining technology workers, according to the Pavillon-de-l'Avenir vocational training centre in Rivière-du-Loup. In many cases, students are placed before they finish their training.
    • Groupe Fillion Sports Chaussures & Vêtements is cutting about 10 jobs, including 8 jobs at its head office in Rimouski, as a result of restructuring. The closure of the Saint-Pascal store is eliminating 2 full-time jobs.
    • Hôtel-Motel Le Beach in Matane closed in December, and 17 employees were laid off. The owners had to invest $500,000 to complete work required by the Régie du bâtiment, but the income did not justify this investment.
    • Stratégie Carrière is offering Arrim'âge emploi, a service that aims to match retirees looking for a job with employers that need workers. This organization in Trois-Rivières works in employability development.
    • Le Faubourg Les Rivières, which has been built as a result of a $22M investment, should be completed soon. This residential complex located near the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières will include 144 condominium units.
    • A new Giant Tiger store will open in Longueuil next July, creating several jobs
    • Mouvement Desjardins is creating 600 jobs in Quebec after purchasing the Canadian activities of the State Farm insurance company last year
    • The provincial government will launch the Carré Saint-Laurent project in Montréal in August 2016. Two phases will be needed to complete this project, which has an estimated value of $110M, for 2019-2020.
    • Serres Toundra will organize a job fair in May. The company needs 100 to 150 people. Most of the jobs are for cucumber picking or maintenance work.
    • Bridgestone Canada will invest $312M in its tire manufacturing plant in Joliette to modernize and expand the plant and thereby increase its production capacity from 17,000 to 20,000 tires a day
    • Habitations Trigone has announced a $50M investment in Sainte-Thérèse for the construction of the Viva-Cité Sainte-Thérèse project. The two-phase construction of the building, which will have a total of 262 units, will create 400 jobs.
    • The Sports Denis Parent stores in Saint-Sauveur and Piedmont will be closing after 43 years because there is no one to take over the business
  • Week of Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2016

    • The Montreal Heart Institute will be expanded following an announcement from the provincial government. The $189M investment includes the addition of a new ambulatory care unit and about 100 individual beds by 2021.
    • Two new Réno-Dépôt stores will open in Montérégie. One will be located in the former Maxi store in Boucherville and will open in July. The other will be converted to a Rona l'Entrepôt in Châteauguay. Work will be complete in March.
    • Armoires Cuisines Action in Sainte-Sabine is investing $1M to purchase new equipment and plans to increase its production capacity from 20% to 30%
    • A $16M investment in the Morses Line border crossing in Saint-Armand will allow travellers who arrive outside of regular hours to be processed remotely
    • The Office municipal d'habitation (OMH) in Granby is investing $5M to build 24 study units for families with parents who are in school. Work is expected to begin in the spring.
    • The 11th Salon Événement Emploi de Brome-Missisquoi will take place on March 24 at the Massey-Vanier secondary school in Cowansville. About 300 positions are expected to be on offer at the job fair.
    • Vialoka Gestion Immobilière is investing $10M to build three new high-end condominium buildings in the golf area of Vieux-Village in Bromont
    • Real-estate developer Brookline Developments is building a shopping centre that will feature an IGA supermarket, a Uniprix pharmacy, a Subway restaurant, and a Shell gas station in Cantley. The project will create around 100 jobs.
    • Gatineau-based Le Tartuffe fine restaurant is closing its doors for good after 25 years in operation, due to fierce competition in the food services industry
    • The City of Longeuil will invest $16M into its bicycle path network in 2016
    • The City of Sherbrooke will invest over $9M into various infrastructure and road renovation projects starting this spring
    • The City of Drummondville will invest over $10M in various road renovation projects in 2016
    • The City of Sept-Îles has inaugurated its new aquatic centre, built at a cost of $16M
    • The Centre régional d'éducation des adultes de Uashat-Maliotenam, which has recently started offering courses to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students alike, will eventually move to a renovated building in Sept-Îles, thanks to a $6.7M investment
    • The Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke must hire supply teachers at the pre-school, elementary, and high-school levels, since demand has increased and its pool of teachers is too small
    • Marmen will create 70 jobs at its Trois-Rivières machine shop by June, after it secured a new contract in the wind industry
    • Trois-Rivières-based Expertise laser 3D - iScan has increased its number of employees from 5 at the beginning of 2015 to 28 currently. The company produces three-dimensional models that can depict any building or urban environment.
    • A Couche-Tard convenience store has just opened its doors in Trois-Rivières, creating 10 jobs in the Cap-de-la-Madeleine sector
    • Graduates from the Rimouski-based Institut maritime du Québec's transport logistics techniques program have a 100% job placement rate. Transport logistics technicians can work in road, maritime, or rail transport.
    • Bombardier has laid off around 100 employees at its La Pocatière plant over the past few months. The plant currently employs 300 workers, down from 430 a year ago. Bombardier will not be downsizing any further at its La Pocatière plant.
    • Gaudreau Environnement's Rimouski-based recycling centre has eliminated around 12 positions held by people with a disability, following the reorganization of its treatment lines. Récupération de la Péninsule was renting these workers' services.
    • Avril healthy food supermarkets will open a new location in Québec City, at 1033, rue des Rocailles. The new store, which was built at a cost of $4.5M, should open in mid-May and will create around 60 jobs.
    • The Comité Emploi de la région de Thetford will again be organizing the Événement Emploi Formation job fair at the Carrefour Frontenac from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on March 18. Around 30 presenters will be offering over 250 jobs.
    • The Coq Rôti restaurant in Alma is shutting down. The establishment employed almost 40 workers. The restaurant's owner cited a lack of business as the reason for the closure.
    • The Government of Quebec is investing $26M in the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien to help it achieve its comprehensive development plan. The plan will be phased in from 2016 through 2021 and will require a total investment of $32.5M.
    • Rio Tinto has launched a major restructuring initiative that will affect at least 200 management positions at its offices in Montréal and its facilities in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region
    • The Chez Tantine day-care centre, located in Saint-Paul, is ceasing operations. The centre employed around 15 people.
    • Bombardier has announced that it is abolishing 2,400 positions across Quebec, chiefly in the greater Montréal area. In all, the company will eliminate 7,000 positions worldwide over the next 2 years.
    • Bombardier and Air Canada have signed a purchase agreement in Montréal for 45 CS300 aircraft, with an option for the purchase of 30 more. The contract has an estimated value of USD 3.8 billion.
    • Montréal Auto Prix, a car dealership, has announced its opening of the first dealership dedicated to the sale of used electric and hybrid vehicles in Canada
    • The City of Montréal has announced that it has awarded a contract to AECOM, an American company. The contract, valued at an estimated $10.7M, is for the development of plans and specifications for the construction of a bus rapid transit service on Boulevard Pie-IX.
  • Week of Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2016

    • The Complexe St-François in Sherbrooke was transformed to welcome 160 housing units open to the population following a $3M investment
    • Home Depot plans to hire 6,000 new employees at its 182 hardware stores across Canada for the spring
    • Cinesite, a European animation film and visual effects studio, has announced the opening of a studio in Montréal and the creation of 500 permanent jobs by 2020
    • Cuisine Idéale, a kitchen and bathroom cupboards manufacturer, has invested $5M to double its production at a new factory in Sherbrooke. As of this coming March, up to 45 employees will be hired over 3 years.
    • An IGA co-op grocery store and a Shell gas station with convenience store will be built in Port-Cartier at a cost of $4M. The tourist information bureau will be included in the project. Twenty-some employees will be hired within the next six to eight months.
    • The Résidence Memphrémagog will hire between 10 and 15 new employees. It is thanks to a $6M investment, which has allowed it to expand by offering more dwellings to independent retired people, that jobs will be created.
    • The Coopérative forestière de Petit Paris will invest $4M at the Produits forestiers Petit Paris sawmill in Saint-Ludger-de-Milot, in Lac-Saint-Jean. The sawmill currently employs a hundred-some workers.
    • Colabor Group has laid off thirty-some workers in Lévis and fifteen-some others in Rimouski. The company has chosen to centralize and consolidate some activities at its head office in Boucherville.
    • Structure Robko has taken over from Industries Fermco in Saint-Adelphe with 25 employees. This number will double by the end of 2016 at its wood-frame structure plant, which is looking for day labourers, assemblers and technicians.
    • A hundred-some jobs will be offered by nearly 10 information technology companies within the next 18 months in the Mauricie region, with half of them in effect now. Developers, programmers and project managers are sought.
    • Réno-Dépôt will open a hardware store in Trois-Rivières in June and should be hiring sixty-some people
    • Marmen is expanding its plant located at the Trois-Rivières industrial park, following a $7M investment. Thirty-some jobs for welders, END inspectors and semiskilled workers will be created, not to mention construction workers.
    • The Barbu sportif has opened its doors in Trois-Rivières. This new barbershop for men, which counts a specialty shop, will allow the creation of nearly 10 jobs.
    • Industries Encore 3 in Saint-Tite will employ 50 people when the procurement of milkweed seeds will be ongoing. Currently, there are five employees working at this petroleum sorbent manufacturing plant.
    • The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Gaspésie will soon post approximately 200 jobs. Positions for nurses, social workers, patient attendants and hyginenists will be offered for the entire territory.
    • The Super C grocery store in Rivière-du-Loup will be expanded, creating additional jobs. Construction work at the former Zellers store will begin shortly and will last approximately five months. Significant sums will be invested into this project.
    • Manufacturing jobs have continued to witness a significant growth in the RCM of Rivière-du-Loup, with an increase of 234 jobs in the last year
    • The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux du Bas-Saint-Laurent has launched a new Internet site, where it is possible to consult available positions and drop off a resume
    • Bell Helicopter, an aeronautics manufacturer, has abolished 200 permanent positions at its Mirabel plant
    • Enzyme, a video game testing laboratory located in Saint-Jérôme, plans to hire 550 employees next summer
    • Reflec, a manufacturer that specializes in fenestration products, has repatriated its activities in Warwick. Between 15 and 20 new employees will be hired to work there and will join the hundred-some existing employees.
    • Airex Energy, a plant that produces biochar from biomass, has invested $6.5M to set up in Bécancour. Such a company is unique in Canada, while three to four of them are found across the world.
    • Classcraft Studios, a company that develops an online game used in the classroom learning process, should be hiring 16 new employees in Sherbrooke in the next couple of years, following a $1.4M financial aid package
    • The City of Montréal will replace the Jacques-Bizard bridge located in the Île-Bizard borough after adopting a $100M loan by-law. Work will take place over several months in 2018-19 and the bridge's opening is scheduled for 2020.
    • Two high-rise apartment buildings housing close to 600 units and a commercially focused basilaire will be built in the Quartier des Gares sector in Montréal. The project is an investment estimated at $100M.
  • Week of Feb 01 - Feb 05, 2016

    • Bell has invested $27M to deploy its fibre optic network, which will allow it to cover 28,000 residences and businesses in Granby
    • The City of Cantley has invested $13.5M for the construction of a multifunctional community centre that includes a municipal library, four multipurpose rooms and one fitness room. Construction will begin in July.
    • Resolute Forest Products (RFP) has ceased operations temporarily at its Comtois plant located in Lebel-sur-Quévillon in the Nord-du-Québec region, leading to the layoff of 80 workers since February 5
    • The Pharmaprix store located in Gatineau's Buckingham sector will shut down this upcoming February 12, leading to the layoff of 26 people
    • Tembec Industries has suspended activities at its Senneterre sawmill for an indefinite period, leading to the layoff of 148 workers due to the continued weakness of timber market prices
    • Dexter Québec in Sept-Îles has won a contract with Hydro-Québec for the approximate sum of $25M to build the main road leading up to Romaine-4. The development should end in June 2017.
    • Promoters Investmod and Immobilier G. Dion have invested between $3.5M and $5M for the construction of a new commercial building in Granby. Approximately 70% of the building has already been rented out to various businesses.
    • The career fair L'autoroute de l'emploi will take place on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Pavillon sur le Lac du Château Vaudreuil in Vaudreuil-Dorion, at the Canadian Railway Museum in Saint-Constant and at the Hôtel Plaza Valleyfield in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
    • Marina Richard will invest $2.3M in the next three to five years to develop the Papineauville marina, creating 10 jobs by the end of the project
    • A cooperative was created in Stoke thanks to a $1.3M investment. The project will include a Sonic gas station and a general store that will require the services of five employees upon opening this summer.
    • The Minister of Health has announced the extension project of the Centre d'hébergement de Cartiervielle in Montréal, at a cost of $16.8M. In total, 180 rooms will be renovated and expanded.
    • Montréal's Saint-Sulpice Library, considered a heritage building, will be restored and renovated to include a manufacturing and innovation laboratory for teenagers. This project is estimated at $17M.
    • The Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital in Montréal has inaugurated its new emergency wing, following renovation work estimated at more than $80M
    • Restaurant Café-Crêperie 4.0 was launched in Magog. It plans to hire new employees for the summer. These workers will join the restaurant's five current employees.
    • A franchise of the Habaneros Grill Mexicain restaurants will open in April in Sherbrooke. Around ten employees will be hired.
    • The Régie de récupération de l'Estrie (Récup Estrie), which manages Sherbrooke's sorting centre, has invested $2.6M to modernize its facilities. Since then, it is among the most performing of its category in Quebec.
    • Machinex in Plessisville received a $2.6M contract with the Régie de récupération de l'Estrie (Récup Estrie) to modernize its sorting centre
    • Retailer Dollarama has announced an investment estimated at $60M to build a new warehouse in Montréal, with the opening scheduled for the end of 2016
    • The City of Laval has announced the renovation and modernization of two municipal arenas, Samson and Saint-François, at a cost of more than $10M
    • The Coopérative de soutien à domicile de Laval, a social economics organization that offers services to people faced with a loss of independence, has announced the inauguration of its new facilities
    • Statistics Canada will create temporary positions for the next Census of Population that will begin in May. Candidates will have to work at least 20 hours per week, by day, in the evenings, on the weekends and during statutory holidays, when needed.
    • Comméléo, a telemarketing services centre in Shawinigan, has just created nearly ten permanent telephone operator jobs following a partnership between this ARM Agence de Recouvrement division and the Fondation de l'UQTR
    • Bermex, a wooden furniture manufacturer that has its head office in Maskinongé, is often looking for staff. Bermex, a division of Meubles BDM, also has a branch in Louiseville.
    • Egzakt, a communications firm in Trois-Rivières, has declared bankruptcy. Twelve employees will find themselves at Acolyte Communication in the coming weeks, while six others will lose their jobs. Egzakt had to downsize its staff by half in three years.
    • The Journée carrières 2016 of the Université du Québec à Rimouski will take place on February 17, and 30 employers will be looking for workers. These employers work, among others, in engineering, computer science, administration and health.
    • The wind industry, recreational tourism and marine biotechnology are the main fields of employment in the Gaspé region. Finances, accounting and clerical work are also to be considered according to the Carrefour jeunesse emploi of the RCM of Côte-de-Gaspé.
    • The IGA Extra supermarket in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts will shut down March 24, and 75 people, of which 17 are full-time employees and 58 are part-time employees, will lose their jobs. Major investments were required, which the market conditions could not justify.
    • The Société des établissements de plein air du Québec will not run the Auberge Fort-Prével and Club de golf Fort-Prével this summer, depriving thirty-some people of their seasonal jobs. No one wishes to acquire this site located in Percé.
    • Starting February 5, Resolute Forest Products will temporarily shut down sawmills located in Saint-Thomas-Didyme, north of Lac-Saint-Jean, and in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, in Nord-du-Québec. In total, these closures will affect 130 people.
    • Walmart has just completed renovation work to transform its Saint-Romuald store into a supercentre. The redevelopment has led to the creation of fifteen-some jobs, with some of then still vacant.
    • Beaubois, a Beauce region company, has obtained a $17M contract in the context of restoration work of Parliament's West Block building in Ottawa. Work should be completed by the summer of 2017.
    • The City of Québec and its partner organizations are currently in recruiting mode for the summer months. Several positions are offered to students at the secondary, collegial and university levels.
    • Bell Helicopter, an aeronautics manufacturer, abolished 50 jobs at its Mirabel plant last December
    • Habitations Bordeleau have announced a $36M investment for the construction of two 126-unit buildings for independent and semi-independent retired seniors in Saint-Charles-Borromée. This should lead to the creation of 40 jobs.
    • Duchesnay, a pharmaceutical company, has invested $5M to double its production at its Blainville plant. It plans to hire 15 new specialized staffers.
    • Rio Tinto has started repair work to its Grande Baie plant. The work will be performed by Manesco Construction and Maçonnerie Thibeault. The companies anticipate that they will need 200 construction workers to carry out the job.
    • Hershey has laid off 66 workers for a temporary period at its Brookside plant located in Saint-Hyacinthe due to the installation of new equipment
  • Week of Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2016

    • Construction C.A.L. will build an equestrian riding school in Bromont that will cost $8.2M. Work is slated to begin in February and should last 40 weeks.
    • Industries Agrigesco has invested approximately $4M to build a second ultra-modern poultry house in Drummondville, where there will be an annual production of 31 million eggs as of 2018
    • The new Maison de naissance, built at a cost of $3.3M, has opened in Gatineau. With more space, the facility will increase its annual delivery capacity to 350.
    • Certex, a sorting centre for the recovery and reuse of textiles that employs people with disabilities, will cut 20 additional positions by early February in Saint-Hubert
    • The Cégep of Victoriaville has invested close to $1.49M to renovate this summer
    • Sears Décor in Sherbrooke will shut down on August 12. Twenty-two employees will be affected by this measure but could be deployed to the Sears store at Carrefour de l'Estrie if there are openings.
    • The Château Bellevue, a residential complex for independent retirees, will build 50 new units in Baie-Comeau this coming spring. The amount invested has not yet been disclosed.
    • Restaurant and brewery Daniel Lapointe will open a second location in Sherbrooke. A total of 25 to 30 employees will be hired for the month of May.
    • The opening of Cèdart-Tech, a cedar flooring manufacturer in Sainte-Thècle, has created 23 jobs
    • A 1.6-km night pathway, which will combine multimedia and lighting and cost $2M, will allow visitors to discover the history of the Rocher-Percé sector. Linking three tourist sites, this project will lead to the creation of 9 full-time seasonal jobs in Chandler.
    • Canadian Tire has invested $12M into a new store in Rimouski and the number of employees will increase from about 100 to more than 150. The store, scheduled to open in the spring, will have a 66,000 sq. ft. space compared to its current 35,000 sq. ft. facility.
    • GoGazon, a franchise that specializes in landscaping, and Qualité Étudiants, a company that specializes in painting, wish to hire between 15 and 20 students each. These jobs will be summertime positions that will take place between Rivière-du-Loup and Matane.
    • The Maison Wilfrid-Grignon, a residence for seniors faced with a loss of independence in Saint-Adèle, recently opened its facilities
    • Mont-Tremblant's movie theatre closed
    • Habitations Trigone, a land developer, has announced the delivery of a new rental housing building with 175 units, the NAMUR, in Montréal in the spring of 2016
    • MEC, a cooperative selling outdoor products, has announced the opening of a store in Laval this fall, which will lead to the creation of 150 jobs
    • Transcontinental has shut down its printing facility located on Rue Jean Perrin in Québec City. The shutdown will lead to the layoff of 140 employees by April 30. The printing and editing company cites the difficult market conditions for its decision.
    • Télé Santé Surveillance Chaudière-Appalaches in Lac-Etchemin is losing the management of technical support for at-home maintenance starting April 1. This will lead to the layoff of 11 to 14 current employees.
    • Rio Tinto Alcan has put an end to a contract that linked it to subcontractor EIS at its brasque processing plant in the Jonquière complex. This decision will translate into the layoff of 26 technicians in analytical and biomedical chemistry.
    • Scierie Petit-Saguenay will resume its operations no later than late March. The sawmill's restart in the village of Petit-Saguenay will lead to the creation of about 15 jobs at the plant and 25 forest jobs.
    • Retailers of the Marché des saveurs in Drummondville, Boucherie du Golf, L'Odika, Créations sucrées, and Marchés JML, have left the premises―some temporarily and others to relocate. The location will reopen by early April.
  • Week of Jan 18 - Jan 22, 2016

    • A new electric and electronic waste treatment centre will open in Sorel-Tracy, leading to the creation of forty-some jobs
    • The Groupe Crête, which specializes in the processing of softwood species, has invested $1.5M into two factories, one in Chertney and the other in Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré. The $1M investment in Chertney will lead to the creation of 6 jobs.
    • Pascal Automobiles has shut down its dealership in Port-Cartier and laid off 7 employees. Due to weak economic conditions, the owners could not renovate to meet manufacturer GM's requirements.
    • The city of Drummondville has invested $4.5M to extend boulevard de l'Université to four lanes as of next summer
    • Montreal's Jewish General Hospital announced the inauguration of the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Pavillion, a project totalling $303M
    • The Saint-Vincent Elementary school in Saint-Césaire will undergo a $6.2M expansion. The expansion will begin this summer and should be completed in the spring of 2017.
    • Varitron, a manufacturer of electronic components, has invested $3.5M into its Granby factory, which will lead to the creation of 25 jobs
    • Productions Clé des Champs, a farm in Plessisville, has invested $500,000 to acquire two buildings and transform them into organic hog production facilities
    • Medtronic, a company that specializes in the manufacturing of medical devices, has announced the expansion of its Montréal factory estimated at $10.7M; 47 jobs will be created within the next three years
    • The new sports complex of the Marie-Rivier high school in Drummondville was inaugurated, following an investment of more than $5M
    • Sports Experts and Atmosphère Sports Plein Air, located on boulevard des Récollets in Trois-Rivières, will be moving following a $4M investment. More than a hundred people will work at the new location in May, with twenty-some of them being new employees.
    • Investments of $1.8M will be made in the next 18 months at Shawinigan-based Synapse Electronic, a company that specializes in the manufacturing and assembly of electronic and electromechanic controls, adding 13 jobs the existing staff of 58
    • Walmart has inaugurated its Supercentre in Rimouski, after 8 months of renovations. Thirty-some jobs were created, bringing the number of employees to 180.
    • Several positions are available at the Fusiliers du Saint-Laurent, a reserve unit of the Canadian Army that belongs to the 35th Canadian Brigade Group. The regiment counts three militia armouries located in Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup and Matane.
    • Canam Group will build the Edmonton Oilers' future arena, which is estimated at $480M; the opening is scheduled for the 2016-2017 season. Part of the work will take place at the Saint-Gédéon factory located in the Beauce region.
    • Walmart has just completed work to transform its Beauport borough store into a supercentre in Québec. The expansion led to the creation of forty-some jobs.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2016

    • The Place Vimy restaurant is closing permanently, causing the loss of 10 jobs in Maniwaki
  • Week of Jan 11 - Jan 15, 2016

    • Ultima Foods, an lögo yogurt manufacturer in Granby, will slash 15 to 30 positions by May as part of its plan to optimize its production process
    • The Walmart in Granby is hiring. About 30 jobs (around 20 temporary day and night shelf stockers, in addition to sales and store clerks) have been posted.
    • Fruiterie Wakim will open a new store in Galeries de Hull next April. The fresh food market will offer ready-to-eat, bakery, and microbrewery products, and new jobs will be created.
    • Can-Bec Immobilier is investing $2.5M to build two rental buildings with a total of 16 housing units in Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford
    • BRP, the manufacturer of Can-Am Spyder roadsters, will temporarily lay off 300 of its employees for 10-12 weeks, starting in the second week of February
    • Victoriaville-based Thirau, a leader in the electrical services sector, won a contract from Hydro-Québec totalling $8.4M to build a high voltage power line in Gaspésie that will connect a wind farm to its electricity network
    • Various manufacturing companies in the Centre-du-Québec region are looking for welders. Difficulties in filling these positions have persisted for several years.
    • Drummondville-based IGA Marché Clément des Forges will invest $4M to renovate, starting this fall. A number of employees are expected to be hired.
    • Caveau des Jeans is closing its 6 stores in Outaouais, including its Maniwaki location, causing the loss of 6 jobs in Maniwaki. Another store, Gravité, is also closing.
    • Coaticook-based Cabico purchased two Ontario companies: Elmwood Group and Maplecraft Doors. With this acquisition, Cabico became the largest custom cabinet manufacturer in Canada and the third-largest in North America.
    • In 2016, 70 expansion projects in the industrial sector should generate 500 new jobs and retain another 300 in Trois-Rivières, according to Innovation et développement économique Trois-Rivières
    • The Trois-Rivières Port Authority will spend $35M to modernize its facilities in 2016, creating more than 300 direct and indirect jobs during the construction of a terminal, whose operation will create about 70 jobs
    • Several positions in forest management will be available in Mauricie in the coming years to fill vacancies left by retirees
    • A job fair will take place in Trois-Rivières on April 21 
    • Chantier Naval Forillon in Gaspé is looking for about 20 welders after winning the largest contract in its history, which will employ about 50 of the shipyard's full-time workers for four years, starting in March
    • Job seekers are able to look for employment in agriculture all year long by using the Centre d'emploi agricole de la Fédération de l'UPA in Bas-Saint-Laurent. In mid-December, about 30 jobs in maple sugaring were posted.
    • The Ministère des Transports du Québec is investing $947M in roadwork on phase 3 of the Claude-Béchard highway, which will open in 2017 and stretch 40 kilometres between Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! and Saint-Antonin
    • The Station Blü spa in Sainte-Tite-des-Caps will reopen in January. It has been closed since March 2015, and 17 jobs will be created as a result of the reopening.
    • The owners of Galeries de la Capitale will invest $40M to renovate the common areas of the shopping centre. Work will begin in February 2016 and continue until November 2017.
    • Metro Poulin et Frères de Saint-Georges in Beauce will close in the coming months. The company currently employs 38 people.
    • Resolute Forest Products will invest $16M over the next year in five sawmills near Lac-Saint-Jean. The investments will be put towards improving the productivity of the sawmills.
    • Étoile du Nord, a resort in Saint-Donat, announced its opening after major renovations that had an estimated value of more than $2.4M
    • Reitmans, a women's clothing retailer, announced it will eliminate 77 positions at its Montréal headquarters 
    • The McGill University Health Center (MUHC) in Montréal announced the construction of an underground line linking it with the Vendôme metro station. Construction, estimated at more than $76M, will begin in 2017 and finish in July 2019.
    • Amazon, an American electronic shopping company, announced plans to establish a data centre in Montréal before the end of 2016
    • The Mélaric addiction centre in Saint-André-d'Argenteuil is closing, causing 16 people to lose their jobs 
  • Week of Jan 04 - Jan 08, 2016

    • Sears in the Grande Place des Bois-Francs in Victoriaville will close in October. Forty-two employees will be laid off.
    • Bombardier Commercial Aircraft of Montreal announced that it has secured a contract with China Express Airlines. The contract is for 10 CRJ 900 aircraft and is valued at an estimated $462.6M.
    • Le Nobo, a rental condominium housing project valued at an estimated $20M has been launched in Blainville. The first of the project's four phases is set to open by spring 2016.
    • Cavallini restaurant in Magog was forced to close its doors when its lease renewal was refused. Between 8 and 15 employees were laid off.
    • A residential condominium building and a small hotel resort will be built on the shores of Lake William in St. Ferdinand at an estimated cost of $2.5¿$3M
    • Tim Hortons has opened a new location in Napierville, creating 45 new jobs
    • The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec will be recruiting specialists in hemodynamics between now and January 2017 for its future hemodynamics centre in Trois-Rivières, which will specialize in cardiac conditions
    • The regional county municipality of Rimouski-Neigette is in need of part-time firefighters and will have to recruit, particularly for its western and southern areas
    • Ralik Packaging, which specializes in the distribution of chemicals and cleaning products, has acquired Montcalm Sanitary Products and will move the company's operations to Ralik's headquarters in Blainville
    • Chez Paulo, a restaurant located in the La Baie borough of Saguenay, will re-open. The restaurant closed its doors last September. Its re-opening in March will create around 20 jobs.
    • Sporting goods manufacturer Adidas, has closed its facility in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montréal. As of February 26, 2016, 59 jobs will be eliminated.
    • Statistics Canada plans to hire 35,000 Canadians to conduct the 2016 census
    • The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi (CJE) de Pierre-De Saurel's job fair will take place once again on March 24, 2016, in the Jani-Ber reception hall in Sorel-Tracy
  • Week of Dec 21 - Dec 25, 2015

    • The Centre de formation professionnelle Relais de la Lièvre-Seigneurie (CFPRLS), which houses the École hôtelière de l'Outaouais, will be expanded at a cost of $3.1M
    • Megantic Manufacturing is investing $6M to transfer part of its operations to Logi-Bel in Lac-Mégantic. Approximately 20 new employees should be hired by early summer 2016.
    • The government of Quebec is investing $8.4M to build 100 affordable and community-based housing units in Gatineau
    • The TIMES Grand Hotel is investing $23M to build a new location above the Centrexpo fair centre in Drummondville
    • The Canard Goûteux orchard has invested around $500,000 to relocate from Saint-Christophe-d'Arthabaska to Warwick
    • Drummondville-based Norampac, a container board manufacturer, is investing $26.4M to acquire a new corrugating machine, which is one of the fastest in the world. Part of the investment will be used to finance the plant's expansion.
    • The Villa Domaine St-Grégoire retirement home in Bécancour is expanding at a cost of $8M to $10M. The work may be completed in October 2016.
    • St-Hubert Rotisserie is adopting a new look and is investing $1.3M to upgrade its boulevard Maloney location in Gatineau
    • The Charles-Audet fire station in Sherbrooke's Mont-Bellevue borough has opened following a nearly $1.3M expansion project
    • Resolute Forest Products' Maniwaki sawmill is cutting a shift for an indeterminate period, resulting in the layoff of about 30 workers
    • The government of Quebec is investing $21M to build 250 affordable and community-based housing units in Québec City
    • Arianne Phosphate has received government approval for its Lac à Paul apatite mining project in the Saguenay region. The project is expected to create 475 jobs during its construction phase and 375 direct jobs during its operational phase.
    • CAE, a Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer, has announced the securement of an estimated $100M in commercial aviation training contracts with five airlines
    • A second entryway will be built at Montréal's Vendôme metro station at a cost of $76.5M
    • CGI, a Montréal-based information technology services company, has secured a $19.6M contract with the United States Marine Corps
  • Week of Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2015

    • The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers is investing $2M to expand its Laurierville factory warehouse for the global maple syrup reserve
    • Nitek Laser, a laser-cutting factory located in Nicolet, will hire 5 new workers or machine operators after investing $1M to acquire a machine that will reduce delivery time
    • Ateliers B.G., a machining company, is planning to hire 6 to 8 employees at its location in the Fleurimont borough of Sherbrooke following work to increase its production capacity, an investment of nearly $900,000
    • ArjoHuntleigh, a multinational corporation based in Magog and specializing in manufacturing medical supplies, is looking to fill 12 to 15 research and development positions, including engineers, technicians and drafters
    • Val-d'Or's Service de sécurité des incendies is looking for people to fill a dozen firefighter positions
    • The Société de transport de Sherbrooke unveiled its expanded and renovated facilities following an investment of over $1.45M
    • Heritage College, an English-language college in Gatineau, is investing $10.1M to expand its facilities, which will allow it to welcome up to 1,000 new students in fall 2016
    • Two hundred new jobs could be created by the end of 2016 thanks to an investment of over $7M to demolish the Maison Tourigny in Magog and build the new Place Tourigny, which will be home to various businesses
    • Rexfab, a Sherbrooke-based manufacturer of automated equipment for the food industry, will hire three to five new employees in the coming year following an investment of $1.65M to relocate and expand
    • The Maison de la culture de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau will be renovated at a cost of $7M thanks to a grant from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications
    • Aritzia, a fashion retailer, is continuing to expand in Quebec, opening a new store at Promenades Saint-Bruno, which will create new jobs
    • The new potable water filtration plant for the North Hatley region was inaugurated thanks to an investment of nearly $12M
    • The Sainte-Famille building at the Ville-Marie hospital will be expanded at a cost of $31.9M. The plans and specifications must be completed by September 2016 for construction to begin in 2017. The opening is planned for May or June 2018.
    • Le Meridiem, a 121-unit rental housing project which will be built in Longueuil at a cost of $19M, should create 160 jobs. Construction began last September, and the first tenants will be able to move in starting at the end of June 2016.
    • The city of Farnham will modernize its filtration plant in 2016, at a cost of $1.7M
    • Boucherie à l'ancienne in Maniwaki is investing $75,000 to expand its facilities to better meet its customers' needs.
    • Graymont will reduce its staff by about 15 at its Saint-Marc-des-Carrières facility and 35 at its Joliette facility following the announcement that its Materials Group in Quebec will be shutting down
    • A chocolate maker has opened in Gracefield. A significant investment was made to renovate the building.
    • The Hôtel Oui GO! will open in one month in Trois-Rivières after several months of renovations. The owner, who is looking for employees, announced a partnership with the Le Brun general store to operate a boutique in the spring.
    • Alinov Québec, a practice firm in Trois-Rivières, has a placement rate of between 80 and 90%. This simulated SME serves 80 to 120 people per year, who are trained on different software and assisted with their job search.
    • The developer of the Adresse sur le fleuve is planning to begin construction of a second 5-storey condo building, a service building, and a 16-storey tower on the Trois-Rivières sur Saint-Laurent site, a total investment of at least $39M
    • Delta Hotel Trois-Rivières will perform $7M in renovations on its conference centre, rooms, reception area, and banquet halls over 18 to 24 months. Expansion of the conference centre is in the works for the short term.
    • A residential long-term care facility will be built in Rivière-du-Loup at a cost of $25.6M. The call for tenders will go out in October 2016, with construction beginning in January 2017. Work should be completed in summer 2018.
    • Gearbox Software, a video game company, is expanding to Québec City and announced the creation of about 100 jobs. Some jobs are already posted on their website (technical director, narrative director, game designer, etc.).
    • The IGA in Saint-Apollinaire created about 20 jobs following an investment of $4M. The expansion is now finished.
    • The Metro Laroche in Laurier-Station added about 20 jobs to its existing 92 following an investment of $6M. The expansion is now finished.
    • The developer Lesva will create about 15 new jobs following an investment of $2.5M to open a new hotel in Saint-Georges (Beauce) in fall 2016
    • The restaurant chain Topla! will hire about 15 new employees when it opens a new location in Sainte-Marie in mid-April. A job fair is planned for late February or early March.
    • The Villa Entr'Amis residence for people with physical disabilities in Nicolet was renovated thanks to an investment of $500,000
    • Comact, which specializes in manufacturing lumber processing equipment, inaugurated its facilities in Mirabel
    • The Mouvement pour mettre fin à l'itinérance à Montréal (MMFIM) began its initiative to end homelessness in Montréal by 2020. An investment of $37M is planned, with $22M going to healthcare organizations and $14M to housing support.
    • The Aquilini Group announced the opening of the rental housing complex Îlot apparts in Montréal in January 2016
    • Authorization was obtained from the borough council to build Carré des Arts, a residential project in Montreal with an estimated value of $10M
    • i2c, an American company and intelligent payment provider, will create 50 jobs when it opens a new development centre in Montréal. This will entail an investment of $20M over four years.
  • Week of Dec 07 - Dec 11, 2015

    • Rio Tinto Fer et Titane is restructuring its operations, resulting in the elimination of 70 management jobs and a reduction in hourly labour, impacting 50 employees in Sorel-Tracy
    • Tourbières Lambert is establishing itself in Senneterre with the development of a peat harvesting site and a plant for bag packaging, creating 40 new jobs
    • A new pub, Deux par Quatre, Pub brut, is opening in Rouyn-Noranda, creating fifteen jobs in mid-January 2016
    • The Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI), built at a cost of $14M, unveiled its new infrastructure in Rouyn-Noranda. The CTRI aims to recover industrial waste so that it can be used for other purposes.
    • SociéThé et Café, a new coffee shop where visitors can play board games, is opening its doors in Beloeil, creating some jobs
    • In May 2016, the Le Belvédère restaurant of the harbour master's office of the Saurel Marina will open its doors, creating about ten jobs in Sorel-Tracy. Positions will be filled for servers, bar staff, and cooks.
    • Formedica, which designs and develops orthopaedic products, is investing $4M to expand its facilities in Contrec¿ur and plans to hire around 60 workers over the next 18 months
    • Thermoform in Nicolet is investing $700,000 to expand and purchase new equipment. It plans to hire 20 employees.
    • A BLEU BLANC BOUGE refrigerated skating rink will be open to the public of Sherbrooke in the Alfred-Élie-Dufresne park. The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation is funding the $1.5M project.
    • Bethesda Game Studios, an American video game developer, announced the opening of a development studio in Montreal, creating 40 new jobs
    • LUX Gouverneur announced the third phase of the multi-service residential retirement community project. This project, with an estimated value of $30M, consists of 172 high-end units and offers one floor for people who require assisted living.
    • The official opening of a new branch of Caisse Desjardins, the Centre de services Sainte-Paule, took place in Saint-Jérôme. The project was estimated at a value of $3M.
    • Pelican, a plastic boat manufacturer in Laval, announced its partnership with the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, which became a minority shareholder of the 450-person enterprise
    • Construction of Valmont-sur-le-parc, a new primary school, is underway in Repentigny, and it will open its doors in September 2016 following an investment of $15.3M
    • The refrigerated skating rink in Drummondville was opened. The project represents a $2M investment.
    • Le Nobo, a new residential condominium rental project is under construction in Blainville. This $20M project will have four phases over a three-year period.
    • Le Monroe, a multi-residential project launched by Consoltec and Fonds immobilier de Solidarité FTQ in Blainville, will have 136 units that will be built in two phases, at a cost of $47M
    • Premier Tech in Rivière-du-Loup plans to create 25 jobs by spring. The company is having difficulty filling positions for manufacturing and automation technicians, industrial equipment technicians, and web developers.
    • The Le Secret des Dieux micro-brewery will open in April 2016 in Pohénégamook, initially creating seven or eight jobs. As the number of distributors for its beers increases, the company will need around 10 workers.
    • The Coopérative des consommateurs du Haut-Pays completed a project including a grocery store-butcher shop, restaurant, and service station with garage in La Trinité-des-Monts after investing $1M. Essen-ciel is hiring six full-time and five part-time employees.
    • The health, manufacturing and maintenance, financial administration, and store sales sectors are areas that will be looking for workers in the next few years in Bas-Saint-Laurent, according to Bioglobe
    • Seventy-five specialist jobs were filled through the Stratégie d'établissement durable des personnes en Gaspésie et aux Îles de la Madeleine
    • The Resto Bistro italien des Îles is closing its doors for good, as the Hôtel Motel Bellevue did in October. The two Magdalen Island companies went bankrupt.
    • The Auberge Gouverneur in Shawinigan will incorporate the Pacini restaurant into its facilities after work estimated at $1.2M, which will create around 50 jobs starting in April. Work should begin on January 4.
    • Sommex Bedding Corporation, a mattress manufacturer in Trois-Rivières, is closing its doors and 30 employees will lose their jobs. The reasons cited concern the difficulties of this market in North America and heavy competition.
    • Resolute Forest Products will temporarily cease operations at the Rivière-aux-Rats sawmill on December 18, laying off 120 employees. According to the Coopérative forestière du Haut Saint-Maurice, operations may resume in April.
    • Jeans Factory will soon be opening two new stores in Québec City. They will be located in the Lebourgneuf and Duplessis mega-centres. In all, 25 jobs will be created.
    • The Huron-Wendat Museum in Wendake is closing temporarily until June 2016. The closure affects 17 employees.
    • Immostar will invest $100M in Lévis to build 800 rental units. The first building should be ready in fall 2016. The entire project will be rolled out over about seven years.
    • A new restaurant, Topla!, recently opened in the Lauzon area of Lévis following an investment of about $650,000. Around 20 jobs were created.
    • The Quebec government is allocating $1.6M in funding to seven companies in Centre-du-Québec that will invest nearly $9.8M in various projects. These contributions will create around 50 jobs.
    • Drummondville-based Hy-Industrie, a manufacturer of hygiene products used to clean up body fluids, has invested more than $2.7M to purchase the building it was leasing. Nine new employees have been hired.
    • Drummondville-based company Lemire Précision, which specializes in the automated machining of metal, has invested over $2.4M to expand and purchase new equipment. Fourteen employees have been hired, and there will be other positions to fill.
    • The JIT Laser company in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, which specializes in the laser cutting, bending, and rolling of sheet metal, has invested $1.8M thanks to funding from the Quebec government
    • Drummondville-based company Métalus, which specializes in metal processing, has invested nearly $1.7M to expand and purchase new equipment. Five employees have been hired and two more will be added in the short term.
    • The Le BockAle micro-brewery in Drummondville has invested nearly $500,000 to purchase new equipment thanks to funding from the Quebec government. Ten employees were hired.
  • Week of Nov 30 - Dec 04, 2015

    • The Le Boisé high school in Victoriaville unveiled new facilities that include new physical training equipment. The project represents an investment of over $1M.
    • BMR, a construction materials store in Mansfield-et-Pontefract, was destroyed by fire, leaving 15 people out of work
    • JIT Laser, a company specializing in laser cutting as well as metal bending and rolling, is investing $4.2M to move to Saint-Louis-de-Blandford and purchase machinery. A total of 5 to 7 employees will be hired, joining the 45 already on staff.
    • The Drummondville Economic Development Authority will build a third industrial incubator, at a cost of $2.3M. Once all three phases are complete, the help centre for new businesses will be one of the largest in the country.
    • Espace Montmorency, a large mixed-use real estate complex, will be built in Laval by 2021. The project has an estimated value of $420M and will be carried out in four phases. The complex will house ten buildings.
    • District Concorde, a 1,400-unit condominium project, is currently underway in Laval. This joint project between Habitations Trigone and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ represents a $300M investment, will be built in 15 phases, and will create 2,500 jobs.
    • Duchesnay, a pharmaceutical company in Blainville, is investing more than $5M to expand and modernize its production facility, creating 15 new specialized jobs. Construction will take place over a period of one year, beginning at the end of 2015.
    • Mon Espace Atelier brings together the concepts of mini storage and industrial workshop/studio space, and is now accepting renters in Joliette. This project represents a $2.5M investment and includes 34 units in two buildings.
    • Mon Espace Atelier will open 42 multi-purpose units as part of a new project in Saint-Jérôme. This project, with an estimated value of $2.7M, will be completed in fall 2016.
    • La Frissonnante, a producer of greenhouse-grown strawberries, is investing $1M to relocate from Drummondville to Danville. Several new hires are planned to expand the current workforce to about 20 employees.
    • Loblaw has announced that it will close its Boulevard de la Concorde location in Laval by mid-January 2016. A total of 84 employees will lose their jobs.
    • Derichebourg, a European company specializing in the collection and management of household waste, has established its North American headquarters in Montréal and plans to create 500 jobs in Quebec over five years
    • Supremex, a Montreal-based envelope manufacturer, has acquired Premier Envelope, one of its competitors from western Canada
    • Diffusion En Scène Rivière-du-Nord has announced the start of construction work on the new Saint-Jérôme performance hall, a project with an estimated value of $21M
    • Bovet, a Quebec-based men's clothing retailer, has announced that it will close all of its stores in January 2016. Six stores are located in the Greater Montreal Area, and the seventh is in Sainte-Foy. Around 60 workers will be laid off.
    • Résidences des Bâtisseurs plans to build a retirement home in La Tuque¿a project that will require an investment of more than $20M and will create about 50 jobs. The first phase could begin as early as fall 2016.
    • The BMR renovation centre in Louiseville will close on January 25, and 20 employees will lose their jobs. The decision to close the centre was driven by stiff competition in the area combined with poor economic growth in the renovation and hardware sector.
    • Chez Zak, a hotel and bar in La Tuque, is closing its doors due to a decline in business
    • TAG.média announced its closure on December 3, leading to layoffs for six full-time and two part-time employees, as well as about ten freelancers
    • A Maison En Gros store will open on December 16 in Rivière-du-Loup, and 20 job openings for salespeople and cashiers have been posted. Maison En Gros, an affiliate of Hart, specializes in the sale of bedding items.
    • Phase 2 of the conversion of Route 185 (A-85) into a highway between Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! and the New Brunswick border was completed on October 7. This phase of construction required $416M in investment, $167.2M of which came from the federal government.
    • Construction on Route 132 in Sainte-Flavie and Grand-Métis, and reconstruction of the Bergeron bridge can go ahead. The project is valued at over $17M. Work is scheduled to begin in 2016 and span two years.
    • Construction of a sports complex in Paspébiac, which will include a covered skating rink, will cost $8,145,000. The developer hopes to begin construction in December, so that the complex can open in 2016.
    • Fresche Solutions, a Montréal-based company specializing in application management and modernization for IBM Power Systems, is receiving $7.8M in funding from the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and plans to hire 10 people in 2016
    • The Champlain Bridge in Montreal will require $250M in funding from the federal government for maintenance work between now and 2018, before the new bridge is opened
    • The Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles School Board (CSSMI) has announced the start of construction work on an elementary school in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, which it plans to open for the 2016¿2017 school year
    • V-NEO is investing $5M to create its Innovation and Performance Centre, which will be dedicated to insurance. About a hundred jobs will be created over the next three years, mainly in the Québec City area.
    • Weston Bakeries will close its Montmagny facility on April 1, 2016. Despite diversification efforts, production has decreased over the past five years. About twenty people will lose their jobs.
    • Lar Machinerie, in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, has just won a $3.9M contract for construction of a small hydroelectric station on the 11th falls in Girardville. The company will provide the heavy mechanical equipment for the first phase of the project.
    • The Mashteuiatsh band council is abolishing its police service. As of March 31, 2016, 13 people, including 11 police officers, will lose their jobs.
    • The Super C chain of stores is currently going ahead with renovation and expansion work planned for its store at the Galeries Jonquière. A number of jobs will be created, in addition to the 55 existing positions.
    • The hardware store Potvin & Bouchard has eliminated positions at its locations in Jonquière, Chicoutimi and La Baie. A dozen full- and part-time positions have been eliminated.
    • Réno Cuisine has gone bankrupt. The company had businesses and showrooms in Québec City, Lévis and Repentigny. Many employees have lost their jobs.
    • Crakmedia, an international web marketing company located in the Saint-Roch District of Québec City, is hiring. The company is mainly looking for PHP developers.
    • Brunet has just opened a new branch in the Saint-Émile area of Québec City. This represents a $1.2M investment and has created about 15 jobs.
    • Sportium has just opened two new stores¿one in Québec City and the other in Saint-Hubert (South Shore of Montreal). About a hundred people were hired for each store.
    • Scores restaurant in Victoriaville is reopening its doors under new ownership. The employer is looking to hire about 40 staff, including servers and cooks.
    • The restaurant J'aime ta fraise will close its doors and lay off about 10 people
    • Hose manufacturer Niedner is investing $12M to expand in Coaticook
    • Wood pellet manufacturer Energex in Lac-Mégantic has invested $2.5M in new equipment with cutting-edge technology that will allow it to better respond to a growing market
    • The Coopérative d'habitation intergénérationnelle Cité les Trois R will build 65 housing units for seniors with reduced autonomy in Saint-Jérôme after receiving the go-ahead from the Société d'habitation du Québec. This project has an estimated value of $13M.
  • Week of Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2015

    • Construction Desranleau is investing $25M to build Les Jardins Saint-Jacques, a residential project in St-Jacques-Le-Mineur
    • Réseau Sélection is investing $30M to build a retirement residence in the borough of Rock Forest in Sherbrooke. Operations are set to begin in spring 2016, with 40¿50 employees to be hired.
    • The City of Sherbrooke and the two levels of government are investing nearly $3.2M to extend the main water supply system to the Huntingville area of Lennoxville in 2016
    • Hydro-Québec announced that it awarded a $108M contract for the next three years to General Cable, which owns three factories in Quebec in Saint-Jérôme, Shawinigan, and Jonquière
    • Montreal unveild its Centre de prévention de la radicalisation menant à la violence (CPRMV). The centre's opening has led to 15 new hires, including social workers, psychologists and criminologists.
    • The Government of Quebec announced it will invest $15M over three years to foster business innovation through four key initiatives: Passeport Innovation, Premier brevet, Premier emploi en recherche, and Stages d'innovation en entreprise
    • The City of Montréal will go ahead with work planned for 2018 to Saint-Paul Street in Vieux-Montréal. This $35M project includes a 1.3-km section that will shared by pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
    • The trucking company SGT 2000 is investing $2.5M to relocate within Sherbrooke, moving its facility from the borough of Rock Forest to the borough of Deauville. New truckers will be hired and trained, in addition to the twenty or so already on staff.
    • The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de service sociaux de l'Estrie ¿ Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CIUSSS de l'Estrie ¿ CHUS) plans to double its number of supernurses by 2020. There are currently 29 specialized nurse practitioners practicing in the region.
    • Embouteillage Solar, an alcoholic beverage bottling company, is starting construction of its production facility in Terrebonne. The project's estimated value is nearly $6M and will create 15 new jobs and preserve 35 existing jobs.
    • Réseau Sélection unveiled Vice Versa Saint-Jérôme, a retirement residence in Saint-Jérôme. The project is valued at $46M and boasts 302 units over six floors.
    • Anderson Group, a manufacturer of agricultural and forestry equipment, is investing $5M to expand in Chesterville. This will allow for the development of new machinery to meet growing product demand.
    • A Starbucks location has reopened in Sherbrooke. Twenty workers have been hired.
    • CPE La Petite Bottine has invested more than $600,000 to relocate in St-Romain. The childcare centre hired five new employees to address the increased enrollment of children and infants.
    • Plans for Urbania 2, a mixed residential project in Laval, have been announced. Two partners will build a total of six buildings, with a total of 1,150 units. The first tower, which is estimated at nearly $51M , will include 223 units and create some 340 jobs.
    • The City of Montréal and the Government of Quebec announced the start of renovation work on two cultural spaces: the Guy-Gagnon building and the École de cirque de Verdun. The project is valued at an estimated $16.5M.
    • Floréa, a 372-unit retirement residence, will open in March 2017 in Terrebonne. The project is worth an estimated $45M.
    • A new concept restaurant, Hoogan & Beaufort, will open this December in the Technopôle Angus in Montreal
    • Saks OFF 5th will open its first clothing store on Quebec soil in Mirabel. The announcement was made by the Hudson's Bay Company, but no official opening date was given.
    • The Complexe JC Perreault was unveiled in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan. This sports facility represents a $22M investment, funded in part ($4.7M) by the Government of Quebec.
    • The Drummond, a 211-unit residential project in downtown Montréal, was launched with an official ground-breaking ceremony by its developer, Samcon
    • Mucho Burrito, a Mexican restaurant, opened a location in Terrebonne and hired twenty people
    • The ARM Collection Agency in Shawinigan wants to hire around twenty full- and part-time collection agents as soon as possible. Collections and recovery training has been launched by the Commission scolaire de l'Énergie.
    • The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières is organizing an education career day on December 9, 2015 so that students interested in pursuing a career in education can meet potential employers from within Quebec and from elsewhere in Canada
    • On November 27, Resolute Forest Products suspended its forestry activities in Haute-Mauricie for an indeterminate period, affecting 140 workers from the Coopérative forestière du Haut St-Maurice and about forty loggers
    • The placement rate for graduates of the industrial electronics technology program is nearly 100%, according to the Rivière-du-Loup Cégep
    • The Exploramer interpretive centre in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts has been saved from permanent closure, thanks to a donation from the Trottier Family Foundation. Exploramer's closure had been announced at the beginning of October.
    • Between 300 and 400 workers will remain on at the McInnis Cement factory in Port-Daniel-Gascons over the winter, although nearly 800 were employed there over three shifts in September
    • The IGA Extra supermarket in Plessisville had its grand opening after $8M in renovation and expansion work. Five employees were hired. Additional employment opportunities may arise as sales increase.
    • Walmart in Thetford Mines has just completed a project to expand its store space. The project allowed for 26 new jobs to be created.
  • Week of Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2015

    • The Centre de formation professionnelle Vision 20 20 in Victoriaville has expanded to meet the training demand for patient service associates for the coming years. The project required a $2.3M investment.
    • The City of Victoriaville is investing $8M to renovate its downtown core sometime around April 2016
    • The Pétro-T service station and convenience store in Nicolet was renovated thanks to an investment of over $1M
    • Aimia, the company behind the Aeroplan loyalty program in Canada, announced that it will be eliminating 200 jobs in Montreal by the end of 2015, because of lower-than-expected product demand
    • The company Fermes Marines du Québec and its affiliate company, Fermes Marines de Gaspé inc., are planning a nearly $3M modernization project that will fund 12 jobs in Newport¿a number that could double over the coming years
    • Orbite Aluminae is in the process of finalizing construction of its $117M high-purity alumina production facility in Cap-Chat, which will employ approximately 40 workers
    • The used vehicle dealership H Gregoire is opening a branch in Drummondville. About 15 employees will be hired. The project represents a $3.5M investment.
    • The retailer Sports Experts announced that it will open a modern storefront in the Carrefour Laval mall and will adopt a technological shift for its 63 locations in Quebec, as well as its 40 Atmosphère stores
    • Game Hollywood, a Chinese video game developer, announced the arrival of its subsidiary, Proficient City Limited, and the establishment of its North American headquarters in the Greater Montreal area
    • Computer systems developer Factora Solutions in Trois-Rivières wants to fill about 20 positions for engineers (industrial, electrical, chemical and mechanical) and computer scientists (architects, analysts and programmer analysts)
    • The Government of Quebec announced that it will allocate more than $1.3M to fund the creation of 80 subsidized childcare spaces with the Centre de la petite enfance Les Colibris in Mirabel. This funding will provide childcare for 142 children and will create about 10 jobs.
  • Week of Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2015

    • La Coopérative des techniciens ambulanciers de la Montérégie (CÉTAM) is investing $6M to construct its head office in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. Construction is planned to begin in Spring 2016.
    • A Boston Pizza restaurant will open in Vieux Hull in Spring 2016, creating between 50 and 70 new jobs
    • Cascades Inopak A Division Of Cascades Canada, located in Drummondville, is investing $1M to acquire new thermoforming equipment that will help it keep up with growing market demand for barrier packaging and trays for meat and poultry
    • A Rôtisserie Fusée restaurant will be built in Princeville at the beginning of 2016. The project represents a $750,000 investment.
    • Cascades Plastics in Kingsey Falls, a manufacturer of trays used in the food industry, is investing $3.5M in new equipment that will help it increase its market share
    • Condor Chimiques, a manufacturer of chemical, asphalt and cement products, whose head office is located in Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, has invested $7M to acquire a new building in Saint-Eugène. Twenty new hires are expected.
    • LTA Aerostructures, a Canadian company that specializes in developing cargo airships to transport heavy materials, announced a $90M investment and plans to create 180 jobs by 2019, mainly in the Mirabel area
    • Mecachrome Canada announces that it has won a contract with Airbus SAS to build titanium parts at its factory in Mirabel. According to the company, the contract is valued at several million dollars.
    • A new restaurant has opened in Baie-Comeau. Le Grand Bleu, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, has hired about 20 employees.
    • The Hotel & Suites Le Dauphin Drummondville has invested $700,000 in renovations
    • Norampac, the division of Cascades that specializes in manufacturing corrugated cardboard packaging, invested $4M to enlarge its factory in Drummondville
    • The company Renoflex, which specializes in installing highway safety barriers, has invested $1.1M to acquire a new building in Drummondville
    • The Town of Magog plans to invest $6.5M into its road network in 2016
    • Radiologie Trois-Rivières opened its doors in June with a team of 36 staff, including 14 radiologists and 11 technologists, following an investment of nearly $5M
    • At DigiHub Shawinigan, the past year has seen 59 people employed by the 18 companies housed in the digital facility. The building plan required a $3.16M investment from the Société de développement de Shawinigan.
    • The first harvests of milkweed produced by ENCORE 3 Industries in Saint-Tite were made in September, creating 30 jobs on 15 farms in the MRC de Mékinac and surrounding area. More than 200 jobs are planned for Mauricie.
    • Gaspésie Diesel (Rail GD division) of New Richmond won a contract to restore luxury train cars, creating jobs for 25 people until the end of February
    • La Société de protection des forêts contre les insectes et les maladies reached an agreement with the town of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts regarding the Michel-Pouliot Gaspé Airport, which will lead to 15 jobs for pilots, as well as people on the ground, in the forest
    • La Maison des couleurs/Déco Surfaces in Matane, specializing in flooring and interior design, closed its doors on November 5th
    • The Haut-Richelieu Volkswagen dealership invested $3.4M to enlarge its business, located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The renovations should be completed by next summer.
    • Kool Games, a gaming store, opened its doors in Maniwaki, in the Gatineau Valley, creating two or three jobs
    • A housing complex comprising 51 units intended for adults 55 years of age and older will be built, at a cost of $7M, in Cowansville. Construction has already begun and should continue until June 2016.
    • The Oxford Group plans to spend $45M in renovations at the Galeries de la Capitale in Québec City. This new phase of work should begin after the holidays.
    • The Bureau de l'Assemblée nationale has approved a project to enlarge the Legislative Building. The project cost has been estimated at $60.5M. Work will begin in Spring 2016 and end in Spring 2019.
    • The Metco company in Chicoutimi suffered damages due to a fire on November 12. For the moment, the owners do not know when the factory's 20 or so employees will be able to return to work.
  • Week of Nov 02 - Nov 06, 2015

    • Martin Hébert construction is investing $10M in a higher-end condominium project in Drummondville scheduled to begin in March 2016
    • Agritex is investing $600,000 to expand its mechanical repair workshop located in Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, which will create four new positions for technicians
    • A La Cage restaurant will be built in Gatineau's Hull sector. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, it will create new jobs.
    • The Marcel-Benoît water treatment plant was inaugurated. At $7.4M, it's the biggest investment project in the city of Coaticook.
    • Soucy Baron, a company that specializes in the design and manufacture of complex rubber components, invested $750,000 in acquiring automated equipment for its Saint-Jérôme plant
    • The municipality of Rawdon inaugurated its new fire hall, an investment of more than $3.6M
    • A new BRIO intelligent car wash will be built in Bécancour by January 2016, following an investment of close to $1M
    • A residential project estimated at $20M will provide 69 new townhouses in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
    • Forex Amos is investing $70M, of which $60M will be used to construct a new OSB panels plant, with the other $10M being spent to restart the former LVL plant. A total of 260 new jobs will be created as a result.
    • Terrebonne's ADF group, which specializes in the manufacture of steel framing and components, has announced that plans are underway for construction of a new $6M industrial paint workshop
    • The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of more than $8M to expand the Saint-Clément Ouest primary school in Montréal
    • The Government of Quebec has announced the inauguration of a new gymnasium in the Louiseville primary school, a $2.7M investment
    • TVA has reported that the provincial government is planning to invest more than $166M over three years to modernize Montréal's Olympic Park. Among other things, the stadium tower will be redesigned for the arrival of the Mouvement Desjardins' employees in 2018.
    • The City of Montréal has announced the redesign of Vauquelin Square in Vieux-Montréal for the 375th anniversary in 2017, a project estimated at $12M. Work will begin in April 2016.
    • Atelka, a call centre in Saint-Jérôme, is opening its new facilities. The company hired 60 people in the last few weeks, and is expecting to create several jobs by early 2016.
    • The City of Repentigny is inaugurating the $4M Diane-Dufresne exhibition centre in Repentigny
    • The Government of Quebec has announced the inauguration of NEOMED's Biologics and Vaccine Centre of Excellence in Laval, a non-profit organization that promotes networking among industries and universities
    • The opening of the YUZU Japanese restaurant in Terrebonne has led to the creation of approximately ten jobs
    • The Terrebonne medical complex was inaugurated in Terrebonne. This $10M modern new complex offers a variety of health care services as well as commercial spaces, including a pharmacy and a café.
    • Industrial condominiums are being built in Terrebonne by Construction Bernard Anctil. This project is a $3.5M investment that will be completed in the summer of 2016, and that will lead to the creation of about 20 direct and 10 indirect jobs.
    • Some 15 information technology businesses in Mauricie are looking for at least 30 employees, including Shawinigan's Service d'intervention sur mesure (SIM), which is looking to hire at least five experienced computer developers
    • Shawinigan's HDI Technologies, which specializes in cabling and electro-mechanical assembly, has just added a night shift in order to be able to manage its growth. The obtaining of a new contract will lead to the creation of eight more jobs.
    • Samson Chocolaterie Artisanale recently invested $500,000 in a new chocolate shop in Trois-Rivières, creating a dozen jobs
    • Approximately 20 new employees have been hired since Shawinigan's Rio Tinto Alcan casting facility became Shawinigan Aluminium a year ago, and at least three new people will be hired for the increased production expected in January
    • The placement rate for many of the technical training programs at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire de La Pocatière is close to 100%, given that the graduates' skills are what employers in the agricultural and agri-food sector are looking for
    • Printing operations in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec are having difficulty with recruitment, and the Centre de formation professionnelle Bel-Avenir wants to start a training program in January. Graduates will be guaranteed a job in graphic communications.
    • The 80 employees of WEC Tours Québec de Matane, a division of Enercon, have been notified that positions will be eliminated. The maker of cement towers for wind turbines hopes to remain in operation until the second quarter of 2016.
    • The Datran BSL de Rimouski car body repair shop laid off 70 employees in the last few months, including 10 on November 5, to try to keep the business going despite the difficulties it has encountered
    • Supermétal recently won two contracts in Montréal. One is for the construction of the Turcot interchange, and the other is for the construction of Maison Manuvie. The company is looking for assemblers, welders, day labourers, and foremen.
    • A Super C supermarket is coming to Saint-Georges (Beauce). Work will begin in a few days. The opening is scheduled for the spring of 2016, and will lead to the creation of 70 jobs.
    • Canadian Tire invested $1M in its Repentigny store to increase its surface area. The renovations led to the creation of 40 positions.
    • Soudure Plastique Québec, a Victoriaville-based company that specializes in the fusion welding of plastics, will open a branch in Saint-Jérôme in mid-November
    • Linkbynet, A French company that specializes in the management of cloud-based applications, has announced an expansion of its Montréal operations, which represents an investment of close to $12M and the creation of approximately 100 jobs over 5 years
    • Urban Barn, a Vancouver-based furniture and accessories retailer, has announced the opening of two stores in Quebec, one in Boisbriand and the other in Boucherville
    • Bell Media has announced the elimination of 110 jobs in Montréal by the end of November as a result of a restructuring. A total of 70 TV and radio production positions, 35 sales and marketing positions, and 5 administrative positions will be abolished.
  • Week of Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2015

    • With its backlog increasing, NRC Industries is investing $4M to expand its facility in Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford. This could lead to the creation of new jobs.
    • The City of Montréal and the Quebec government have announced the implementation of 106 new charging stations for electric vehicles in Montréal by 2016, with the aim of installing 1,000 by 2020
    • A new fully electric taxi service is starting in Montreal in November with 50 vehicles
    • Two elementary schools in Montreal will be expanded, with the Quebec government investing a total of over $20M
    • The launch of the Cité Les Trois R project in Saint-Jérôme by the Société d'habitations du Québec will lead to the creation of 65 affordable housing units for seniors who require some assistance and for persons with intellectual disabilities. The amount invested will be close to $13 M.
    • Sous le toit de l'Échelon, a 30-unit housing project for persons with mental health issues, is being launched in Saint-Adèle by the Société d'habitations du Québec. The amount invested will be over $6M.
    • Thanks to an investment of nearly $30M, Jazz de Drummondville, an independent and assisted living facility for seniors, will be expanded. It is expected that approximately 20 employees will be hired.
    • Ressources Québec, an Investissement Québec subsidiary, is investing $65M in Agnico Eagle Mines in Abitibi-Témiscamingue to develop three of the mining company's new projects: Goldex (reserves), La Ronde 3, and Akasaba
    • École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montréal is launching Maison des étudiants, a project estimated to be worth $39.9M
    • Following a $5.4M investment, the Léo-Paul-Boutin ampitheatre opened in Plessisville
    • Eacom Timber Corporation is investing $2.9M in its sawmill in Val-d'Or to replace the optimizer and to add a log turner. With these two technologies, the plant will be able to increase its efficiency by recovering a higher volume of wood per metre sawn.
    • QFI Biodiesel, now called Evoleum, is investing $3M to triple its capacity to produce ecological fuels in Sainte-Brigide-d'Iberville. The new facilities will be operational by the summer of 2016, and roughly 10 jobs will be created.
    • Groupe Leclair has invested $25M to redesign the Mercedes-Benz-Sud dealership in the Greenfield Park borough in Longueuil, and expects to create 40 new jobs over the next five years
    • Armoires Fabritec is attempting to increase its market share in the U.S. through an agreement with the hardware retailer Lowe's, leading to the creation of 350 jobs in Bromont within the next 2 to 3 years. A first wave of hiring is expected to start in February 2016.
    • In order to meet increasing demand for e-commerce servies, the Home Hardware in Sainte-Julie is investing $1M to expand its operation and will hire two or three new employees
    • Over the next three years, the Boucherville golf club will be investing $1M to upgrade its facilities and redesign its course
    • A commercial complex requiring a $70M investment will be opening in La Prairie in 2016, with the potential for 850 new jobs
    • By April 2016, the Rona hardware store in Châteauguay will be expanded at a cost of $4M in order to increase the selection of available products and services
    • A $2.5M investment will result in the opening of a Jean Coutu pharmacy in the municipality of Les Coteaux, leading to the creation of 40 new jobs
    • Domaine des Ruisseaux, a $30M housing development, will see the construction of some 100 new homes in Marieville
    • A Jean Coutu pharmacy will be opening in Saint-Jérôme's Bellefeuille district in the spring of 2016
    • The City of Laval and the Quebec government have announced a $12M investment to build a sound barrier along a portion of Highway 440 in the Vimont area by the fall of 2016
    • Thanks to a $2.5M investment, the first phase of Place Doyon will be built in Nicolet. The building will house a service station along with a convenience store, a car wash and a women's clothing store. A dozen jobs will be created.
    • Thanks to a $1.1M investment, Otech Industries, a machining company, will relocate to Magog. The company will erect a building where roughly 10 employees will be employed in addition to the 5 already working.
    • Caron et fils, a Coaticook company that specializes in industrial heat exchangers, is investing over $1.8M to expand and to purchase new equipment. Another 1 or 2 employees will be hired to join the 14 already employed.
    • Ikea will be opening its collection centre in Québec City within a few weeks. The company is in hiring mode. Some 30 full-time and part-time positions will need to be filled.
    • The Quebec government wants to hire 500 new computer specialists as quickly as possible. The hiring process has been launched on the website http://www.carrieres.gouv.qc.ca. It will close on November 20.
    • ABB recently opened its new space at Espace d'innovation Michelet in Québec City. Fifty positions have been created over the past year. The company intends to keep up the same pace in the coming years.
    • A new day care centre, Les petites Girouettes, is under construction in Terrebonne. The project will lead to the creation of 80 subsidized spaces, and it required over $1.5M in funding from the Quebec government.
    • The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal will be undergoing major renovations at an estimated value of $140M from June 2016 until June 2017. The hotel will be closed and 600 people will be laid off while the work is being done.
    • The expansion of the Cégep régional de Lanaudière à L'Assomption is under way. Over $15M will be invested in this project.
    • A new hotel called La Cache de la Cité will be built in Mirabel. This 145-room project will require an investment of more than $40M. The opening is slated for December 2016.
    • The Quebec government is investing US $1B in the Montréal-based business Bombardier to support the development of its CSeries commercial aircraft and becomes a partner for the next 20 years by creating a limited partnership
    • As a result of a $700,000 investment, Traiteur W, a new food service and catering business located in Wôlinak, plans to hire 10 new workers to join the 12 current ones
    • Over the past year, used car dealer Gervais Auto has hired approximately 10 people after putting over $500,000 into its two points of sale in Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan
    • ICO Technologies, a software developer in Shawinigan, wants to add more staff to complement its 45 current employees for business and technological development
    • In the Magdalen Islands, positions are available at the Centre hospitalier de l'Archipel, but the health care facility is unable to find people to fill them
    • With the expected completion of an expansion estimated at least $3M by May 1, 2016, Manoir Lady Maria, a seniors' home in Maria, will be hiring nursing assistants
    • With the $7M investment in the Rimouski hotel and convention centre, the construction of 62 new rooms began in late October and should be completed by the 2016 summer tourist season
    • The Désourdy funeral home in Cowansville is investing $3.8M in the construction of a complex that will house administrative offices, two viewing rooms, a chapel, two reception rooms, and a columbarium under the same roof
    • TD Bank has announced the opening of its new Quebec head office in Montréal. A new branch will also open at the same location, resulting in the creation of a dozen jobs.
  • Week of Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2015

    • Due to the store's low profitability, supermarket Provigo will shut down in March 2016, leading to some 30 job losses in Amos.
    • Alstom Transport has won a major contract to manufacture 34 tram-train type vehicles for the city of Ottawa. Production will take place at the Sorel-Tracy plant between January 2016 and February 2017 and will lead to the creation of 10 positions.
    • A new cookware shop will soon open its doors in Mont-Saint-Hilaire. The store, named Côté Gars, will offer cooking accessories, prepared and semi-prepared meals, as well as cooking classes.
    • The Granby Zoo is pursuing its expansion by investing $3M to add three water slides and revitalize the Cunucunoma river at its water park in 2016.
    • Real estate promoter Prével has announced its 4th phase for its Lowney sur ville residential condominium project which will include 106 units over 20 floors, in Montréal in the Griffingtown neighbourhood
    • A new housing development for seniors faced with a slight loss of independence, le Havre du Petit Village, is currently under construction in Repentigny. This 100-unit project, estimated at $18.3M, will be completed in July 2016.
    • Investissons dans la vie, a 23-unit housing complex for people with mental health problems, was inaugurated in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies; the project was a $3.1M investment.
    • KDC, a manufacturer of personal care products that operates a factory in Lac-Brome, is pursuing its expansion with the acquisition of American companies Kolmar Laboratories and Acupac Packaging. KDC plans to double its production by 2018.
    • Development is ongoing at Farnham Ale & Lager with the acquisition of Amercian brewer Infinity Brewing Company, located in South Burlington
    • Fierce competition and low profitability of businesses are forcing Victoriaville's Loblaws supermarket to close its doors. In total, 83 employees will lose their jobs this coming January 16.
    • Several economic factors are forcing Drummondville's large Loblaws supermarket to shut down operations on January 16, 2016. In total, 75 employees will be laid off.
    • Boire et Frères has invested $6.5M for the opening of a new hatchery in Acton Vale where it will carry out the ranching of commercial laying hens. Operations are set to begin in November and will lead to the creation of some 20 jobs.
    • Thanks to a $4M investment, the fire station of the Lennoxville borough in Sherbrooke will relocate in 2018. Four lieutenant and eight permanent firefighter positions will be created in 2019.
    • Thanks to a $1.3M investment, a building, subdivided in commercial spaces and loft-style urban apartments, will be built in Lac-Mégantic
    • The Institut du véhicule innovant IVI, a new transportation research centre, has been created in Saint-Jérôme following a partnership between two organizations, the Centre national du transport avancé and the Institut du transport avancé du Québec
    • Loblaw Companies Limited has announced the closure of 7 stores in Québec, affecting nearly 1,000 people. The establishments are located in Victoriaville, Drummondville, Cowansville, Boucherville, Laval and Montréal.
    • The Commission scolaire de la Capitale is making a $23.5M investment. Classes will be added to the following schools: Du Domaine, Saint-Bernard and Saint-Claude. A new school will be built in the Val-Bélair sector.
    • Plastiques Moore of Saint-Damien will invest a little more than $5M by July 2016. In the last few months, the company hired five new employees and hopes to hire seven or eight more in the coming weeks.
    • Remac of Jonquière has declared bankruptcy. The company, which employs 80 people, will shut down after 29 years in business.
    • Coalisation, a manufacturer and distributor of sports and leisure clothing, plans on expanding and moving its international head office from Longueuil to Montréal
    • McGill University has announced the expansion of its simulation and medical learning centre following a $7.5M donation that aims to group learning, research and community engagement activities under one roof
    • Espace-Jeunesse, a school located in Saint-Charles-Borromée that caters to children between the ages of 5 to 21 with intellectual disabilities, was inaugurated following a nearly $11M investment
    • Due to retirements and new workloads, the Shawinigan Tax Centre is hiring approximately 200 people per year in administration, customer service and observation. Bilingualism is a requirement.
    • Câble Alcan's Saint-Maurice plant, a Shawinigan-based division of General Cable, has hired 25 people over the past year and a half and currently employs a staff of nearly 150.
    • The Canadian Armed Forces' 62nd Field Artillery Regiment of Shawinigan is constantly looking for new staff; the starting salary is $20 per hour
    • The Résidence des Bâtisseurs, a home for independent seniors in Louiseville, has just opened its doors following a nearly $10M investment. Management aims to fully occupy the space by next spring and plans to hire 20 people.
    • Faced with a decrease in clientele and major increases in the cost of food, Le Bolvert, a coffee and restaurant spot in Trois-Rivières, shut down on October 21; some fifteen employees lost their jobs
    • Valentine will be back in Bas-Saint-Laurent in Dégelis, Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski; each restaurant will require a $250,000 investment and will lead to the creation of nearly ten jobs. The first store's opening is scheduled in Dégelis at the beginning of March.
    • Cimenterie McInnis of Port-Daniel-Gascons will be creating 295 direct, indirect and induced jobs and, once in production in December 2016, will employ nearly 80 people and 70 others in sub-contracting on site
    • Forty-five workers from Groupe Lebel's three sawmills, in Saint-Joseph-de-Kamouraska and Dégelis (in Bas-Saint-Laurent) and in Cap-Chat (in Gaspésie), have been laid off, notably due to high production costs
    • The City of Montréal and the Government of Quebec have announced the development of the Parc Jean-Drapeau site in Montréal and will proceed with the construction of an exterior amphitheater for 2018, totalling a $70.4M investment
    • A St-Hubert Express restaurant will open in March 2016 in St-Lin-Laurentides, in the central station's facilities
    • OVH.com, a company that specializes in digital housing and Internet services, has announced the opening of its new North American head office in Montréal and plans on creating 140 jobs
  • Week of Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2015

    • The Government of Quebec has provided more than $1.9M in financial assistance to nine businesses in Centre-du-Québec. The employers will invest more than $10.4M in a variety of projects and create 45 jobs.
    • Atelier d'usinage Poudrier, a machine shop in Victoriaville, invested over $1M as a result of financial assistance from the Government of Quebec. Six new employees will be hired.
    • Boulangerie Soucy, a bakery in Daveluyville, has invested $505,000 as a result of financial assistance from the Government of Quebec and will be hiring five workers
    • The Government of Quebec provided financial assistance to Embouteillage CETO, a bottling company, which will invest a total of $710,000. Six employees are expected to be hired.
    • Fabrication Tek-Nic in Nicolet, which specializes in machining, manufacturing, welding and industrial mechanics, is investing $900,000 to purchase equipment after receiving financial assistance from the Government of Quebec. Six jobs will be created.
    • Financial assistance from the Government of Quebec is enabling Fromagerie du Presbytère, a cheese factory in Sainte-Élisabeth-de-Warwick, to invest $1.38M. The company plans to hire three new employees.
    • The Hotel Montfort in Nicolet is benefitting from funding from the Government of Quebec to expand its facilities at a total cost of $3.9M. The project will create 10 new jobs.
    • Odanak-based Peinture Magnétic, a company specializing in commercial and industrial powder coating, is investing $875,000 after receiving funding from the Government of Quebec. Four jobs will be created.
    • Promatrice, a machine shop in Saint-Léonard d'Aston, received funding from the Government of Quebec to expand and purchase equipment. A total of more than $1M will be invested, creating five jobs.
    • The new Pavillon Napoléon-Gauthier, under construction in La Plaine, will be welcoming several community organizations and a new daycare service beginning in May 2016. Construction represents an investment of $3.6M and will create 15 new jobs.
    • Habitations Bordeleau, a residential building for retirees, will be built in Saint-Charles-Borromée. This project, at an estimated value of $15M, will be ready in December 2016.
    • The City of Montréal has announced an investment of $5M to renovate the Maisonneuve market in Montréal over the next three years
    • Following an investment of $2.5M, a new health food store, Rachelle Béry, has opened in downtown Granby, creating between 30 and 40 new jobs
    • In response to growing demand, Équiparc, a manufacturer of urban furniture in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, is investing $3M to double the size of its plant, resulting in the creation of 3 jobs and the retention of an existing 45 jobs
    • Hydro Quebec has awarded a $4.5M contract to Decontie Construction to demolish its former station in Corbeau, near Maniwaki. The work will create 20 jobs in the Kitigan Zibi Algonquin community.
    • The Montréal Canadiens Hockey Club has announced that it will be investing almost $100M to renovate the Bell Centre in Montréal over the next three years
    • ABB, an engineering company specializing in energy distribution, has announced construction of a new Canadian head office in Montréal. The $70M project will consolidate the company's activities and bring its 700 employees under one roof.
    • Dormez-vous, a mattress retailer, has announced the opening of its 50th Quebec store in Repentigny
    • The opening of the Saint-Amable, Sainte-Julie and Varennes regional multisport centre, built at a cost of $8.5M, is planned for late October. The 87,000-sq.-ft. artificial surfaces will allow indoor training for enthusiasts of several sports.
    • The Davie shipyard will be handling the conversion of the MS Asterix container carrier into an oil supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy. The project will provide work for 200 employees until summer 2017.
    • Some $27M will be invested in downtown Jonquière to widen roads, increase the number of parking spaces and build new residences, among other projects.
    • By the end of December, the Aeterna Zentaris biopharmaceutical company will close its head office in Québec City, leading to the loss of about 10 jobs
    • Following the closing in March of the Future Shop in Rimouski, its transformation into a Best Buy is now complete. This major investment has resulted in the creation of 55 jobs.
    • The Résidence Reine-Antier in Rivière-du-Loup, a new seniors' home, will open in a few months following an investment of $5.8M, and will provide jobs for more than 35 people
    • Les Fusiliers du Saint-Laurent have about a hundred part-time positions available in Rivière-du-Loup, Rimouski and Matane, with about 50 in Rivière-du-Loup. This military regiment is seeking to recruit seasonal and part-time workers.
    • The RCM of Rimouski-Neigette is looking to recruit part-time firefighters for the municipalities of Saint-Anaclet, Saint-Narcisse, Saint-Marcellin, Saint-Fabien, Saint-Eugène, Saint-Valérien, la Trinité-des-Monts and Esprit-Saint
    • Some 46 employers have confirmed their attendance at the Shawinigan job fair to be held on October 21, at which about 600 positions will be offered
    • The job bank of the Stratégie d'établissement durable des personnes in the Gaspé and Îles-de-la-Madeleine has about 500 positions, several in the management and professional area. Positions are regularly available for skilled workers.
    • CAE, a Montréal-based manufacturer of flight simulators, announced the signing of contracts for the sale of simulators and provision of training with 15 airlines at an estimated value of $300M
    • The WSP Global Group, a Montréal-based company providing specialized professional engineering consulting services, has acquired the MMM Group for $425M
    • Quebec's last cattle slaughterhouse, Viandes Laroche in Asbestos, has closed leading to about 100 workers being laid off.
    • A new Familiprix Extra pharmacy is opening in Joliette
    • A hybrid IGA Express has opened in Laval, creating about a dozen new jobs
    • The family cooperative, an indoor play area for children aged 0 to 8 years, which focuses on healthy life habits, will be built in Sherbrooke at a cost of $2.5M. Up to eight employees will be hired when the complex opens in 2017.
  • Week of Oct 05 - Oct 09, 2015

    • A new $70M commercial development that includes a supermarket, pharmacy, bank, restaurants and various other businesses will open in La Prairie, creating approximately 850 jobs
    • The National Bank is announcing layoffs as part of a restructuring of its operations. As many as 400 positions could be affected, with half the cuts to be spread across Quebec branches
    • Industries Show Canada, a Laval-based manufacturer specializing in stage and architectural components, has announced that it has secured five contracts worth over $11M to build a theme park in China
    • Laval's André-Mathieu Hall will be renovated at a cost of nearly $3M
    • After investing $1M, the Municipality of Inverness opens its multi-sport recreation centre
    • A total of $2.2M is needed to renovate Granby's Paul-O.-Trépanier Municipal Library; a tendering process for professional services will begin shortly
    • Desjardins Group announces it will move more than 1,000 employees into the tower of Montréal's Olympic Stadium by 2018, after signing a 15-year agreement, worth an estimated $37M, with the Régie des installations olympiques
    • Ice River Springs, a Canadian producer of bottled water, announced the opening of a new bottling plant in Lachute and the creation of 21 jobs
    • Phase 2 of the construction work for Monsap Group's MARQUISE condominiums, a 12-storey, 101-unit development worth over $28M, has begun in Laval
    • Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer CAE announced it has secured military contracts worth over $100M
    • The $130M Arbora residential and commercial complex, a project consisting of three 8-storey wood-frame buildings with a total of 434 units in Montréal's Griffintown neighbourhood, has been announced
    • Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer opens a new innovation centre in Blainville
    • Nutra-Fruit recently signed agreements with shopping centre owners to open new pop-up shops during the Christmas season and hopes to hire 200 new employees by October
    • Atmosphere is completing its move to the former location of Ailes de la mode in Place Sainte-Foy and is expected to reopen in early November, creating some 20 new jobs
    • CIBC announced the elimination of hundreds of supervisory positions throughout its Canadian branches by the end of October 2015 as a result of restructuring
    • Telecommunications company Yellow Pages announced the elimination of 300 positions, mostly management positions in its Montréal head office, by late November as part of a reorganization
    • Victoriaville's Hôtel-Dieu d'Arthabaska hospital opened its new $4.9M expanded oncology clinic. A new pediatric clinic should also opened in mid-November 2015
    • Québec City company Optel Vision invests $7M to construct a new building and has close to 40 positions to fill (designers, programmers, technicians and assemblers)
    • The City of Montréal announces two major renovation projects for the Biodome and Insectarium worth an estimated $45M, to be completed between 2018 and 2019
    • Shawinigan's Auberge le Florès is reopening, after having closed its doors in March, and will employ approximately 15 people, a number that the management expects will increase when the restaurant reopens in the next few months
    • Medical needs at Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec are greater in psychiatry, child psychiatry, geriatrics, dermatology, internal medicine and family medicine
    • The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec has authorized the opening of 26 physician positions for the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec for the year 2016. The application period is from October 15 to November 15, 2015.
    • At a cost of $64M, most of the work to complete the City of Shawinigan's water supply project will be done in 2016 and 2017; engineering firms are developing estimates
    • The IGA Extra on Jessop Boulevard in Rimouski marks the end of renovations costing $2.5M; in recent years $12M have been spent on the four locations of Alimentation Coop Rimouski
    • Sainte-Anne-des-Monts' ocean interpretation centre Exploramer will close and lay off 26 employees on October 11, due to a lack of funding
    • A $158M cancer centre will be built within the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis hospital; construction will begin in November, and the centre should be open to new patients in 2019
  • Week of Sep 28 - Oct 02, 2015

    • Compton's Beurrerie du patrimonie has closed. The shutdown of the butter factory will lead to the layoff of 16 workers.
    • Faced with a very competitive and constantly changing market, Drummondville-based casino game designer Bluberi Jeux is laying off 28 employees
    • Certex, a Quebec-based social economy enterprise specializing in recovering and recycling materials, announced it is opening a new plant in Terrebonne. The new facility will create about 20 jobs, most of which will be filled by people with disabilities.
    • Job seekers are invited to the Défi emploi Drummond job fair at Drummondville's Centrexpo Cogeco October 9 and 10. More than 56 employers will be present to fill 1,000 positions.
    • The provincial government is providing up to $695,000 in financial aid to the Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan to renovate its food market
    • The City of Repentigny will invest $1M by 2017 to complete and link its bicycle paths
    • Magog-based NovaDBA, a company specializing in database administration, has had difficulties finding qualified staff and is looking for 14 professionals to add to its current team
    • About 100 positions have been eliminated in Montréal since February 2015 as a result of the purchase of Standard Life by Manulife Financial. The two companies specialize in financial services.
    • The Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies in Montréal will receive a secondary child psychiatry emergency unit as a result of funding provided by the provincial government
    • Cryopak, a company specializing in temperature-controlled packaging, announced it will expand its operations to Montréal with the opening of a new manufacturing plant in Anjou
    • A new elementary school, École du Boisé, opened in La Plaine following an $8M investment
    • A new elementary school will be built in Mirabel in the Saint-Janvier area
    • Le Prévert de Mirabel, a 109-unit seniors' residence in the Saint-Augustin area, will open in July 2016
    • The first phase of a 425-unit residential construction project began in Sainte-Clotilde. The developer, CRC Développement, expects the first houses to be ready in early 2016.
    • The Touchatouille daycare centre in Port-Cartier will offer 80 new spaces in February 2017 as a result of a $1.9M investment
    • The year 2017 will mark the McDonald's chain's 50th year in Canada. In the meantime, $200,000 will be invested per restaurant to provide a new customer experience. Close to 15,000 new jobs should be created.
    • In the first phase of a construction project, a new 34-lot residential property development with a view of the river will be built in Bécancour, following a $1M investment
    • Jardin Mobile's boulevard Lebourgneuf location in Québec City will shut down for six months while it undergoes renovations. Around 30 employees will be affected by the temporary closure.
    • WOW air, an Icelandic airliner, has started operating in Canada following a $60M expansion that will create around 100 jobs. Its first flights will depart from Montréal and Toronto in May 2016.
    • CAE, a Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer, has acquired Bombardier's Military Aviation Training Unit at a cost of $19.8M
    • Approximately 50 of the 240 workers on the $330M Parc des Micmacs wind farm construction project, located in the Escuminac hinterland, are Micmacs. The number of Aboriginal workers on the project, which is being undertaken in partnership with Innergex, is expected to double over the next year.
    • Gaspé-based The Ohmega Group launched its new GONOCC division, Canada's first independent centre for industrial control, creating five digital economy positions
    • Marquis Gagné, a printing company located in Louiseville, is launching a new colour printing service after having invested $2M in acquiring a rotary press. Around 20 new press operator and glue-bonding machine operator positions will be created starting in January.
    • Shawinigan's Vallée du Parc ski school, which employs approximately 250 people annually, is looking to hire around 60 employees for the upcoming ski season
    • Yamachiche-based Soleno Recycling is laying off its night shift workers for an indeterminate period. The company has had to slow down its operations because the waste water it produces harms the environment.
    • Pork processor Les Viandes duBreton is investing over $30M to raise an additional 300,000 free-range pigs by 2018. The company aims to become the world's leading producer of organic pork.
    • Surplus RD, a retailer specializing in furniture and mattress liquidation, has opened a new store in Brossard, creating around 10 jobs
    • Work to upgrade Walmart's Sainte-Foy location into a Supercentre is complete. The store's expansion has created 45 new positions, some of which are still available. 
    • Following a September 21 article on the over $1M investment made by Oriens Technologies, a Bécancour-based cement additives producer, the company announced that it is looking to hire 10 factory workers
    • Windsor's Château du Bel Âge, a residence for semi-autonomous people, is undergoing an over $3M expansion. The residence is planning to hire 25 new employees by April 2016.
  • Week of Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2015

    • Following a $10.3M investment, the École nationale de police du Québec in Nicolet has inaugurated a new pavilion that will help modernize the school's police training infrastructure
    • The Vezza gold mine in Matagami will reopen after having suspended operations for 2 years, creating 120 jobs within the next 5 years. The mine, which required a $20M investment to relaunch, should resume production in January 2016.
    • The City of Longueil has invested $16.9M in the construction of a water tank in an effort to meet the growing demand for drinking water and to help the fire department deal with emergency situations. Work is scheduled to begin in spring 2016.
    • A new Uniprix pharmacy will open in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville at the end of September 2015
    • Lumen, an electrical products distributor, inaugurated its new headquarters and distribution centre in Laval, following an investment of over $100M
    • Terrebonne-based PR Maintenance, which specializes in cleaning services, will perform cleaning for Aéroports de Montréal for the next five years
    • A new elementary school is being built in Brossard, following a $12.8M investment. The new school, which is scheduled to open in fall 2016, will have capacity for up to 600 students.
    • The Government of Quebec has provided $1.8M in financial aid to seven businesses in the Bécancour RCM. The employers will invest close to $5M in various projects, thereby consolidating 33 jobs.
    • Thanks to financial aid provided by the Government of Quebec, the Abattoir Centre du Québec in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham is investing $958,000
    • The Société internationale métallique (Canada) is investing over $1.8M in a study evaluating the feasibility of building an iron production plant in Bécancour with the help of financial aid provided by the Government of Quebec
    • Bécancour-based Oriens Technologies, which manufactures cement additives made from industrial waste, is investing over $1M thanks to financial aid provided by the Government of Quebec
    • ABS Remorques, a conveyor belt semi-trailer manufacturer based in Asbestos, is investing over $1M thanks to financial aid provided by the Government of Quebec. The company will hire 4 new workers to supplement its current staff of 23.
    • Drummondville-based Soprema, the world's biggest producer of a wide range of sealing products, is expanding into the European market after having acquired companies in Germany, Spain, France, and Italy
    • Thanks to its expertise, Plessisville-based Machinex delivered a new, high-tech recycling plant to Georgia-based Pratt Industries, the fifth biggest corrugated cardboard manufacturer in the United States
    • Manoir Le Buckingham, a residence for independent and semi-independent seniors located in Gatineau, will be built at a cost of $15M. Scheduled to open in September 2016, the residence should create 25 permanent jobs.
    • Food producer F. Ménard has acquired the Viandes Paquette plant in Henryville with the intention of resuming meat processing operations in January 2016, which should create around 60 jobs within 3 years
    • A newer, larger ecocentre will be built in the city of Magog's industrial park, following a $1.8M investment. It is scheduled to open in mid-December.
    • Maison ReNasci, a substance abuse and alcoholism treatment centre in East Angus, has closed its doors and laid off 12 employees
    • Three elementary schools in the Lanaudière region will be expanded thanks to $19.6M in financial support provided by the provincial government
    • The TransTerrebonne bicycle and walking path in Terrebonne will be lengthened by 9.2 km. Estimated at $4.8M, the completed project will be inaugurated in spring 2016.
    • RobotShop, a Mirabel-based company specializing in robot technology, has announced plans to expand its facilities in an effort to address its need for increased engineering and production space
    • Thanks to a $70M investment, the City of Baie-Comeau will build a new filtration plant in a bid to bring its drinking water distribution and treatment infrastructure up to standard. The new plant should become operational in 2018.
    • Les Entreprises R & G St-Laurent Inc., which specializes in civil engineering work, was awarded a contract worth over $23M by the City of Baie-Comeau for the construction of its drinking water filtration plant
    • The City of Blainville has inaugurated its new library, the Bibliothèque Paul-Mercier, which was built at a cost of $12M
    • The Centre de la petite enfance Québec-Centre in the Limoilou neighbourhood is expanding, following a $400,000 investment. Around ten new educator and administrative positions will be created.
    • Facing financial difficulties, the City of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures has laid off 25 employees. Those affected by the layoffs will gradually vacate their positions by 20 November and will receive severance pay.
    • The Bibby-Ste-Croix foundry in Sainte-Croix de Lotbinière has invested $3.7M. The business is still looking for workers, chiefly day labourers and industrial mechanics.
    • Technology company Olympus NDT is building a new $35M complex in Québec City. Work is scheduled to begin before winter and should be finished in summer 2017. Around 100 new jobs will be created over the coming years.
    • A new multi-sport centre will be built in Alma, at a cost of $12.6M. Work is scheduled to begin in April 2016 and end in January 2017.
    • The Val-Éo co-operative received the necessary authorization to build a wind farm in the Hébertville plain in the Lac-Saint-Jean region. Work on the project, which will cost $70M, is expected to begin in spring 2016.
    • Production will be shut down on 18 December at the Resolute Forest Products sawmill in Saint-Hilarion, with operations potentially resuming in summer 2016. The shutdown will affect 86 workers ¿ the sawmill's 44 employees and another 42 forestry workers.
    • Following an over $680,000 investment, the Camions Excellence Peterbilt dealership has inaugurated its new Drummondville location. The new dealership, which also functions as a training centre, has hired 51 employees.
    • A $270,000 investment has allowed for the construction of an animal shelter, which could create three or four new jobs in Kazabazua
    • Close to $5M are being invested in new building projects in Waterville, including five apartment buildings, a gas station, two stores, and the relocation and expansion of Marché Morin
    • Two Montréal schools, Terre-des-Jeunes and Laurendeau-Dunton, are being expanded at a cost of $18.3M. The project is part of the provincial infrastructure plan to invest $400M in public schools over the coming year.
    • Montréal daily newspaper La Presse has announced the elimination of 158 positions following the decision it took over 2 years ago to replace its 6-day-a-week paper format with a digital version in 2016
    • Thanks to an almost $500,000 investment, Ébénisterie Hi-Teck in Saint-Chrstophe-d'Arthabaska has acquired new machinery
    • After a long delay, work has started on the Joliette multi-sport centre construction project. Estimated at $16M, the project will be completed in fall 2016.
    • Between 15 and 20 permanent positions have been created to manage the 2 community wind farms in La Mitis RCM
    • Demand for machining technicians and welder-fitters is increasing, and, in many cases, students of the Centre de formation professionnelle Pavillon-de-l'Avenir in Rivière-du-Loup will find a job before having completed their training
    • Students who sign up to the attestation of collegial studies in sanitary and hygiene maintenance program at Collège Shawinigan are guaranteed to land a job at one of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et des services sociaux de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec's Trois-Rivières or Shawinigan locations after graduating
    • Kruger Inc. announced a $250M project that will consolidate 270 jobs at its Trois-Rivières Mill. The machine number 10 will be completely modernized over the next 20 months, to allow it to manufacture cardboard.
    • The Place Belvédère seniors' residence in Trois-Rivières is investing a minimum of $35M in the construction of two condominium towers. Work on the first tower should begin in spring 2016.
    • The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) will invest $40M in its infrastructure over the next five years. This year, the UQTR is planning to renovate its service laboratories in the Pierre-Boucher Pavilion at a total cost of $5M.
    • The Namso overall health centre, which provides massage therapy, osteopathy, nutrition, and kinesiology services, has opened its doors in Maria
    • The use of drones will create several drone pilot positions in the Gaspésie region, since orders are flooding in and Hovercam UAV is unable to keep up with demand
    • Le Mousonneur café closed its Îles-de-la-Madeleine location in early June, consolidating its assets in Rimouski
    • Work on the new $3.7M Promutuel Assurance Drummond building in Drummondville will be completed at the end of February 2016. Up to five employees will be hired.
  • Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2015

    • By 2017, seven new hotels will be built in Montréal, adding more than 1,000 rooms and suites, according to the Association des hôtels du Grand Montréal (AHGM).
  • Week of Sep 14 - Sep 18, 2015

    • The Énergie Cardio fitness centre invested $500,000 to renovate its facility in Repentigny
    • Thanks to an investment of no more than $800,000, the Goulet farm in Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover will expand to accommodate more than 3,400 pigs, which is 2,000 more than the current amount
    • Black Angus, a French business specializing in the purchase of digital advertising space, announces the opening of its office in Montréal
    • In view of their need for specialized workers, 16 manufacturing businesses in Sherbrooke will hold open houses on October 24 in the hopes of filling several positions
    • The Montréal manufacturer of industrial taps Velan announces a workforce reduction in its North-American facilities. In total, 110 people are affected by this measure, including 80 in Montréal and 20 or so in Granby.
    • Following a $2.5M investment, a new wing of the Victoriaville industrial incubator was inaugurated, providing new businesses a low cost option for accessing facilities to help with their startup
    • Les Résidences des Laurentides, a 130-unit residential complex for retirees, will be built in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts by the Norexco company. This project, estimated to cost more than $20M, is scheduled to open in the winter of 2017.
    • The City of Saint-Jérôme acquires Lac Jérôme and the surrounding 10 million square feet of land for $2.7M to preserve its ecology
    • Two new primary schools will be built, and another one expanded, in the Laurentians by the fall of 2017, representing a $24M investment. The schools will be located in Mirabel and Saint-Eustache.
    • Thanks to a $7.5M investment, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) will renovate the campsite in the Lac-Stukely sector in Parc national du Mont-Orford. It is scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2016.
    • The ALBI Le Géant car retailer in Mascouche announces several construction and renovation projects valued at an estimated $20M
    • An $11M investment by the Fonds de solidarité FTQ will enable two retailers, Montréal's Rudsak and Quebec City's Souris Mini, to each create some 60 jobs over the next few years
    • Because of a slowdown affecting the oil and gas sector, the Velan plant, which manufactures industrial taps, is losing some 20 jobs in Granby and about 75 in Montréal
    • Because of an interruption in wood supplies, Resolute Forest Products will be temporarily laid off some 30 employees on September 27, at the Outardes sawmill in Baie-Comeau
    • Vidéotron announces the construction of a data centre in the Technoparc Montréal in the Saint-Laurent borough. This $40M investment will help create 15 to 20 jobs, and will require 300 workers in the construction phase.
    • The Centre Dr-Michel-Leduc in Coteau-du-Lac will undergo a $5M expansion, creating 40 new jobs for beneficiary attendants, practical nurses, nurses, and kitchen and housekeeping workers
    • Montréal's Lightspeed, which specializes in cloud-based point of sale platform transactions for businesses, announces $80M in financing to launch its international expansion
    • Montréal's Frank & Oak online fashion retailer is opening a new shop in downtown Montréal
    • Corporation Proment, a property developer, announces the construction of the Evolo S residential tower on L'Île-des-Soeurs. This project, estimated at $65M, will have 194 units spread over 25 floors, and will be ready in the spring of 2017.
    • Three years after its lock-out, the Maxi food mart will close its doors in November, resulting in the loss of 47 jobs in Rouyn-Noranda
    • Construction Sorel invests $4M in the construction of a storage condo complex for entrepreneurs in the Sorel-Tracy region. The first spaces will be available by the spring.
    • Phase 2 of the Tours des Canadiens complex in downtown Montréal is announced. It will have 438 condominium units spread over 37 floors. Some 1,200 workers are expected to be needed for its construction.
    • Le Mobilier International, a high-end furniture store in Quebec City, will close its doors on December 31. Approximately 10 workers will lose their jobs.
    • The Mail Cap-Rouge Provigo grocery store will close its doors on November 11, 2016. Some 50 people will lose their jobs. Management indicates that the store's low profitability and local competition are to blame for this closure.
    • A new commercial and professional centre on Boulevard de la Pinière in Terrebonne will help create 150 direct jobs and another 75 during its construction. It is expected to open in November 2015.
    • Oil and gas exploration company Petrolympic is investing $1M in the south-eastern part of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, and is looking for engineers
    • The Bas-Saint-Laurent region welcomes 14 new doctors annually, but still needs some 30 more to meet its needs. The La Matapédia RCM needs even more, while the Rimouski-Neigette RCM has approximately 90% of its needs covered.
    • Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup indicates excellent job prospects for graphic designers. This area opens doors to jobs in advertising agencies and graphic design and Web content production firms, as well as self-employment opportunities.
    • A number of projects are slated for Îles-de-la-Madeleine following a $6,656,000 investment that will create 5 jobs and consolidate 660 others
    • In Shawinigan, ARM Agence de recouvrement is looking for 10 full-time and 10 part-time collections officers, an accounting clerk, a programmer-analyst and an investigative officer
    • September 11 marked the last day of work for the remaining 21 employees of the Saputo plant in Trois-Rivières. In September 2014, when the closure was announced due to equipment obsolescence, 61 people were working there.
    • Following a bankruptcy, the 26 L'Ensemblier shops in Quebec and New Brunswick shut their doors on September 15, and 125 people lost their jobs, mainly in eastern Quebec. The head office was in Rimouski.
    • COMAC, a company specializing in the manufacture and distribution of electric hand dryers, moves from Laval to Saint-Jérôme following an expansion, and creates some 60 jobs
    • A.P. Industries in Laurier Station, which relaunched its activities in the spring of 2014, has declared bankruptcy. When it resumed activities, some 40 employees were recalled.
    • The ALDO Group shoe retailer lays off some 50 people at its head office in Montréal and in its Asian satellite office following an organizational restructuring
    • ADICO Construction inaugurates a new 46-unit residential project in Joliette
    • Property developer Cadillac Fairview inaugurates the Deloitte Tower in downtown Montréal
  • Week of Sep 07 - Sep 11, 2015

    • Facing weak demand for titanium dioxide, the Rio Tinto Fer et Titane mine of Havre-Saint-Pierre will lay off some 100 employees and temporarily lay off close to 250 as of October 17
    • Nemaska Lithium will be moving forward with its $200M project to build a lithium mine in James Bay. Construction of the mine will create 250 jobs by year end, and 190 mining jobs are expected to be created in 2018.
    • The Saint-Michel cathedral-basilica in Sherbrooke will be restored thanks to an investment of $8.5M
    • The Government of Quebec has provided $1.2M in financial assistance to Bestar in Lac Mégantic. The furniture manufacturer is investing close to $2.2M in total to purchase specialized machinery. This will create 25 new jobs.
    • The Auberge Port-Menier on Île Anticosti has officially opened following an investment of $2.1M. This multi-purpose centre of the SÉPAQ network will welcome tourists and offers food services, among others.
    • CAE, a Montréal manufacturer of flight simulators, announced it has signed several contracts at an estimated value of $130M with international airline companies
    • NoviFlow, a Montréal-based company specializing in the development of programmable network equipment for data transmission, will be hiring some 30 people by 2017, mostly software engineers
    • Following investments of $1.35M and $1.66M, the Le lievre et la tortue daycare centre in L'Ange-Gardien is expanding with two new facilities able to accommodate 138 additional children and creating 25 jobs
    • As a result of an investment of $35M, the Urbano residential condo complex will be built in Sherbrooke by fall 2016. During the construction stage, about 500 workers will be working on the site.
    • CAE, a Montréal-based manufacturer of flight simulators, announced it has signed defence contracts with several countries at an estimated value of $120M to provide simulation products and training services
    • The Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) announced the official opening of the Pointe-aux-Trembles station in Montréal-Est, a project with an estimated value of $16.4M
    • The new elementary school in the Connought district of Aylmer welcomed its first students in the 2015-2016 academic year. Construction required an investment of $15.3M.
    • The Fleur de Soleil daycare centre welcomed 26 more children in a new facility in Plessisville following funding of $658,468. Six new employees, including educators and administrative staff, have been hired.
    • Due to its non-profitability, Cadillac's Marché Bonichoix store in Rouyn-Noranda will close at the end of October, resulting in the loss of 16 jobs
    • Bishop's University in the Lennoxville district of Sherbrooke is renovating its Abbott Residence at a cost of about $6.5M. The residence will likely be ready for students again in June 2016 at the latest.
    • Following a total investment of $210M in Quebec, the Loblaw Companies Limited will be opening a Maxi grocery store in Saint-Constant, creating 75 jobs
    • The Chalifoux dairy has invested $21M to develop a new line of European-style dairy products, resulting in the creation of some 50 jobs in Sorel-Tracy
    • An investment of $3.6M will see the reconstruction of the first building in the devastated area of Lac Mégantic. The RCM of Granit, the Bureau d'accueil touristique, Développement économique and certain municipal services will be relocated to the site in May 2016.
    • The Dicom Transportation Group, a Montréal-based company specializing in transportation and logistics, has acquired Eastern Connection, a regional parcel service provider in the Northeastern United States
    • Ludia, a Montréal-based video game studio, announced the creation of 100 jobs and an investment of $30M to develop mobile and online games after acquiring four new franchises
    • Positions are available in the information technology sector. Revenu Québec, among others, is seeking 40 system performance analysts.
    • Lamco Forest Products of Saint-Félicien recently signed a major distribution agreement in the United States with Georgia-Pacific. The agreement could allow the company to double its production and the number of employees.
    • A new Hyundai dealership has opened in the Val-Bélair sector of Québec City creating some 50 jobs
    • Groupe Transrapide, a subsidiary of Groupe Huot, will be building a new industrial and commercial building in Lévis. The $5M project will create some 30 new jobs for drivers, mechanics and dispatchers.
    • With the arrival of Nemaska Lithium in Shawinigan, some 20 jobs are expected to be created in summer 2016 for Phase 1, along with some 100 others for the commercial complex for which construction should begin in late 2016. The facility will produce lithium carbonate.
    • Following the announcement of Nemaska Lithium's arrival in Shawinigan, the National Center for Electrochemistry and Environmental Technologies will be hiring
    • In Clova, in Haute-Mauricie, the Coopérative de solidarité du 8e feu hired 23 forestry workers from Wemotaci, Opitciwan and Manawan for the spring to fall period to handle brush cutting and reforestation.
    • Fourteen youth from the region obtained their first summer jobs as a result of the Desjardins-Jeunes au travail project headed by the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi of the RCM of Maskinongé
    • Lepage Millwork, a manufacturer of windows and doors in Rivière-du-Loup, recently hired almost 50 people over the course of a month and a half
    • In Rivière-du-Loup, the food processing sector of Viandes duBreton is growing and will be looking for additional personnel in the coming years
    • In Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata, construction of the Témiscouata wind farms has resulted in an investment of more than $15M and indirect benefits. Close to 40% of the 200 workers come from the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.
    • Petrolia will be launching the first phase of its natural gas exploration project at the Bourque site near Murdochville at an estimated cost of $6.5M and creating 250 related jobs
    • Following an investment of $12M, Carrefour Santé Globale of Magog opened it commercial centre focusing on client health. Some 150 workers will be hired by the business tenants.
  • Week of Aug 31 - Sep 04, 2015

    • The City of Montréal plans to invest $33.7M to build a park in the Complexe environnemental Saint-Michel (CESM) to celebrate the city's 375th birthday in 2017. The project will be complete in 2023
    • The city of Dorval unveiled its new Complexe aquatique et sportif
    • Following a fire in December 2013 that destroyed the building, the Jacques-Denault fire station will be rebuilt at a cost of $2.6M at the same location in the Rock Forest area of Sherbrooke
    • Transcontinental, a Montréal-based company specializing in digital and print media, acquired American flexible packaging manufacturer Ultra Flex Packaging for $80M
    • The Government of Quebec provided financial aid to four companies in Trois-Rivières. The firms will invest more than $1.6M in various projects and hire 21 new workers.
    • The Government of Quebec provided financial aid to Hardy Filtration in Trois-Rivières. The filtration products manufacturer invested a total of $994,000 and expects to hire six employees.
    • Laval-based pharmaceutical company Valeant acquired Synergetics USA, a surgical instruments supplier
    • Comact, a company specializing in designing and manufacturing equipment for wood-processing plants, unveiled its new facilities in Mirabel
    • A Courtyard by Marriott hotel is currently under construction on Rue des Rocailles in Québec City. A total of $30M million was invested. It is expected to open in August 2016 and will create about 75 jobs.
    • In an effort to improve its internal expertise, the Government of Quebec is planning to hire 1,000 more IT staff
    • BESTSELLER, a Danish unisex clothing company, is launching its first Canadian store in Laval, and three others will open in Anjou, St-Bruno, and Sainte-Foy
    • Laura, a women's clothing retailer based in Laval, is closing 15 stores and shutting down some of its offices throughout the country after placing itself under court protection from creditors. This will cause the loss of 330 jobs.
    • The municipality of Gore announced that a Petro-T gas station, a general store, and offices for rent will open at the start of summer 2016
    • Ebi-Tech, a door and window supplier in Thetford Mines, won a $2M contract to work at the Ilot Voyageur construction site in Montréal, where 600 housing units are being built. The company will hire about 15 additional employees.
    • École Jean-Fortin in Saint-Honoré will be expanded. A total of $6.5M is being invested, and construction should begin next April and finish in November 2016.
    • Advertising agency Absolu is opening a new office in Laval
    • The Montréal borough of Verdun will invest $28.7M to repair streets and sewer and water systems by 2018
    • The former Belding-Corticelli plant in Coaticook will be transformed into a hotel complex as a result of an $8M investment. Work will begin in April 2016, and the complex is expected to open by spring 2017
    • A new Petites Soeurs de la Sainte-Famille healthcare complex will be built in Sherbrooke following a $20M investment. It is expected to open by spring 2017.
    • Thirty-five employees will be hired by a Familiprix and a fast food restaurant at the end of the second development phase of the Quartier des lacs shopping complex in Saint-Denis-de-Brompton
    • A new shopping complex, Quartier des patriotes, will be built in Napierville. It will include a Petro Canada, a BeauSoir convenience store with a car wash, and a Tim Hortons restaurant. More than 50 jobs will be created.
    • Concrete company Béton Bolduc in Sainte-Marie won two large contracts in Montréal. On its website, the company is now looking to fill the following positions: electrical mechanic, press operator, day labourer, wheel loader operator, and mechanic-welder.
    • Tandem jeunesse, a house for troubled youth, opened in La Pocatière following a $1.3M investment
    • The Comfort Inn hotel in Trois-Rivières will be renovated at a cost of $1M. Work will be complete in early 2016.
  • Week of Aug 24 - Aug 28, 2015

    • Having transferred its operations to Mexico, Transformateur Bemag, an affiliate of Pioneer Power Solutions, will cease production of dry-type power transformers for good in June 2016. About 70 employees will be laid off in Farnham as a result.
    • Imprimerie Mirabel is laying off 35 workers after closing down its commercial printing division
    • Laura, a women's clothing retailer established in Laval, placed itself under the protection of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and expects to close 20 stores throughout the country by mid-September
    • École Saint-Luc, a school in Coaticook, was decontaminated and renovated over the last year and a half following a $1M investment. The institution has reopened for the upcoming school year.
    • A bypass route will be built at a cost of $85M to prevent heavy vehicles from passing through Rouyn-Noranda's downtown. Construction has begun and is expected to last until autumn 2018.
    • A housing complex, which includes 24 renovated units and 12 new units for low-income families, opened in Malartic as a result of a $5M investment
    • The provincial government unveiled the Centre de recherche transrationnelle sur les troubles de l'humeur et le suicide in Montréal, following an investment estimated at about $10M
    • Construction work began on the Maison de la famille, a family community centre in Saint-Lin-Laurentides
    • Norwegian consortium Stolt LNGaz invested $800M to construct a liquefied natural gas plant in Bécancour. A total of 250 workers will start building the plant in spring 2016. It is expected to begin operations in 2018, at which time about 30 jobs should be created in Bécancour and around 20 at the company's Montréal headquarters
    • Granby's Salon Priorité Emploi will take place September 25 and 26 at the Cégep de Granby. Job seekers are invited to attend the job fair, where about 40 employers seeking to fill hundreds of positions will be present.
    • The Canalta chain will build a hotel in Baie-Comeau at a cost of $10M. A restaurant, such as La Cage aux sports or Pacini, might be added to the project. Construction should begin in autumn and finish in 2016.
    • A total of 36 condominium units will be built in 3 phases alongside Lac William in Saint-Ferdinand at a cost of $7.5M
    • Port-Cartier's hospital will be renovated following a $1M investment. The upgrades should be complete by November.
    • WSP global, a Montréal-based engineering firm, purchased Ontario company MMM Group for $425M
    • Work has begun on the Bleu Blanc Rouge outdoor skating rink in Laval. About 50 workers will complete this project, which is valued at an estimated $2M.
    • The first phase of Écoquartier Champlain in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield includes 56 units spread throughout 8 buildings with 3 houses each and 4 multi-storey buildings with 8 units each. The construction project will require an investment of $12-15M
    • The Government of Quebec is allocating $1,214,607 of financial aid to 21 companies in the county of Gaspé. The firms will invest more than $5M in various projects. The contributions will create and retain about 400 jobs.
    • The Government of Quebec provided financial aid to Gaspé-based Eocycle Technologies. The total investment of the direct-drive wind turbine manufacturer totals more than $1.3M.
    • The Government of Quebec provided financial aid to Cap-Chat-based Groupe Damabois, a vertically integrated forest products company. A total investment of $505,778 will be put toward purchasing new machinery.
    • The Government of Quebec provided financial aid to SiliCycle, whose headquarters is located in Québec City. The total investment of $900,000 will be put toward a feasibility study with a view to build a marine products plant in the region.
    • A new residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD) will be built in Saint-Jérôme at an estimated cost of $54M following a request for tenders from the provincial government. The project is meant to bring the residents of the two existing facilities together under one roof by the end of 2017.
    • On October 21, about 50 employers in the Shawinigan region will invite job seekers to the second edition of the Salon de l'emploi, de la formation et de l'entrepreneuriat at Centre Gervais Auto
    • Harricana Aventures, a dealer that sells motorcycles, boats, and other vehicles in Amos, is expanding. It is investing $3M to develop its new facilities and expects to create five to eight new jobs within the next two years
    • In light of a surplus in its round wood inventory, Tembec will cease its operations in the Témiscamingue forest from August 31 until September 18. The temporary stoppage will affect approximately 90 forestry contractors and workers in total.
    • Les Jardins du Patrimoine, a seniors' residence in Val-d'Or, is investing $7.5M to expand its living facilities. A total of 43 newly constructed units will be ready for new residents in April 2016.
    • A new Yellow outlet recently opened at Carrefour Saint-Romuald in Lévis, creating about 10 jobs
    • Groupe Desgagnés plans on creating about 100 jobs starting in 2018. The company will be responsible for shipping by boat the liquefied natural gas from a liquefied natural gas plant in Bécancour's industrial park and port.
    • Daycare centre Au Jardin des abeilles will open a new facility in Cap-Santé in January. Fourteen full-time jobs will be created.
    • Construction on the Résidence des Bâtisseurs in Baie-Saint-Paul will soon begin and will be completed at the end of 2016. About 50 jobs will be created (cooks, nursing assistants, and management, maintenance, and administration staff).
    • Despite financial constraints, the Commission scolaire du Lac-Abitibi will hire 24 new teachers and 5 special education teachers to ensure student support for the 2015-2016 school year
    • Construction company Quadrax & Associés will renovate Brossard's city hall. The project is evaluated at $12M and includes replacing the exterior siding, building a public square, and refurbishing the building's interior.
    • Following a $3M investment, NexKemia, an expandable polystyrene resin manufacturer in Potton, plans to increase its productivity significantly over the coming months
    • Following a $17.2M investment, two new elementary schools opened in Sherbrooke: École de Boisé-Fabi in the Saint-Élie area, and École des Aventuriers in the Rock Forest area
    • A Héma-Québec blood donor centre will open next spring in Gatineau, following a $1.5M investment. About 20 nursing assistants and management staff will be hired as a result
    • Port logistics company MtlLINK Multimodal Solutions Inc. opened its renovated terminal in Montréal-Est. The refurbishment project cost about $12M.
    • A new Normandin restaurant will open in Place de la Cité in Québec City in November. A total of $1.5M was invested, which will create 80 jobs.
    • Canam-ponts won a $225M contract to provide the steel superstructure of the approaches for the new Champlain Bridge. Production will take place in Canam Group's plants in Québec City, Laval, and Claremont (New Hampshire).
    • By the end of the year, Walmart will open a new store in the Fleur-de-lys shopping centre in Québec City. More than 150 positions will soon be available, and Walmart is currently looking for managers.
    • A new transport service for people with mobility issues, which uses special MV-1 taxis, was unveiled in Saint-Jérôme by GMS Auto-Clinique
  • Week of Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015

    • A new elementary school will be built in the sector of Aylmer in Gatineau at a cost of $16.9M. Three other schools will be expanded, causing the total budget to reach $35.7M. The expansions should be complete by autumn 2017.
    • The opening of a second Le Chat perché day care centre in Repentigny has created 17 jobs and 80 new spaces
    • Evaluated at $26.5M, construction of the Sainte-Julie terminus has begun and should last until autumn 2016. The new station will include 1,000 parking spaces, 6 bus platforms, and a bicycle parking area.
    • Nutraceutical product manufacturer Nutracrea Health invested slightly more than $1M to relocate from Delson to Sainte-Eulalie. An expansion, which would create 20 to 30 jobs, is planned for next spring.
    • Following a fire in 2013 that destroyed its facilities, Labranche Transport invested about $3 to relocate to Drummondville and was able to expand in the process
    • A new Ben & Florentine restaurant will be built in Sherbrooke following a $500,000 investment. It will be ready in August 2016 and is expected to create about 20 jobs.
    • Windsor-based Domtar is investing $36M to install a second turbine generator, which will generate electricity produced by the steam from its boilers. This source of energy will be sold to Hydro-Québec in 2017.
    • Following a $600,000 investment, ice cream and fast food chain Dairy Queen has set up shop in Magog. About 10 employees are working at the new location.
    • Following a restructuring of its operations, multinational PolyOne Corporation will close its Granby plant within eight weeks and transfer production to its manufacturing network. Some 70 jobs will be lost as a result.
    • Drummondville-based Soucy Belgen, one of the biggest smelting operations in Canada, won several large contracts with the wind industry and is looking for at least 30 new employees
    • Following a $700,000 investment, Drummondville-based daycare Au coeur de l'imaginaire will expand and be able to welcome 25 more children. Three or four teachers will be hired as a result.
    • The City of Magog invested $1.9M in various infrastructure and development projects on Rue Principale Est
    • Home improvement centre Laferté is investing $1M to modernize its Drummondville store and add new parking spaces
    • An IGA Extra Convivio recently opened in the Loretteville area of Québec City at a cost of $13.5M. The new store created about 50 new jobs.
    • A new Yuzu Sushi will open next month in the Centre Vidéotron in Québec City. About 15 people are expected to be hired.
    • August 19 marked the third edition of McDonald's restaurants' hiring day in the Québec City region. About 100 full-time and part-time positions needed to be filled.
    • On September 1, Resolute Forest Products will shut down paper machine number 9 indefinitely at its Alma plant. Some 85 workers will be laid off as a result.
    • Following a $6.7M investment, an adult education centre will be built in Uashat to serve the Innu communities in the region
    • NaturO2 Sport will relocate to La Grande Place des Bois-Francs shopping centre in Victoriaville following a $700,000 investment. The store is expected to hire 5 new people in mid-October to form a team of about 15 employees.
    • Valeant, a Laval-based pharmaceutical company, acquired its American counterpart Sprout Pharmaceuticals for $1G
    • A third ice rink will be built in the Sainte-Julie arena for a cost of $10M. Construction has begun so that the facilities will be ready for the start of the 2016-2017 season.
    • American retailer Marshalls officially unveiled its new Saint-Jérôme store, the fourth location to open in Quebec
    • Built at an estimated cost of more than $14M, a new aquatic centre opened in Mont-Tremblant
    • The new Shriners Hospital for Children officially opened in Montréal
    • Addison Électronique, an electronic hardware store that serves both commercial and industrial clients, will open a new store in Drummondville. About 20 employees will be hired for September.
    • Bic National Park in Rimouski will be upgraded: new campsites and accommodations will be added thanks to a $2M investment
    • Following a $5M investment, a number of specialty food shops and restaurants will come together under one roof, named Fin quartier, in Shawinigan. By autumn, at least 100 employees will be working in this unique food court.
    • Over the next few months, Ébénisterie Louiseville will invest $650,000 to expand and purchase new machinery. The cabinet-making company is expected to hire about 10 workers, who will join the 20 current employees.
    • Le Manhattan, a bar in Trois-Rivières, will become a restaurant-bar. At most, $500,000 will be invested in renovations and the construction of a kitchen. About 20 additional employees are expected to be hired for the spring.
  • Week of Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015

    • Planchers Avant-Guard is closing down its two locations in Thurso and Ripon after going into bankruptcy. A total of 100 jobs will be lost as a result.
    • Héroux-Devtek, an aerospace company in Longueuil, is hiring workers to build the largest landing gear in the world for Boeing 777 and 777X aircraft. The project is expected to create 40 new jobs.
    • Tea retailer David's Tea is opening a new store in the Promenades Drummondville shopping centre. It is expected to open in mid-October and create a number of jobs.
    • Nitek Laser, a laser-cutting plant in Nicolet, is continuing to grow. It is investing $1.5 million to expand its workshop, which should create about 10 jobs by December 2015
    • CAE, a Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer, is reorganizing and announced it will cut 280 positions in Montréal over the next year
    • Following the merger of the two food companies, Kraft Heinz is going ahead with a restructuring and announced layoffs at its Montréal plant. Dozens of jobs will be affected.
    • The City of Repentigny announced the development of the Parc des Premières-Nations in the eastern part of the municipality. The project has an estimated value of more than $1.2 million and will be completed in June 2016.
    • Despite the ups and downs of the fashion industry, family business La Maison Simons has expanded. It has opened a new store in Gatineau, creating 150 jobs
    • Groupe Océan has new projects for the autumn. The company will need welder-fitters and labourers for its L'Isle-aux-Coudres building site. Other positions will also need to be filled in Québec City.
    • Beauceville-based Solarcom recently expanded by moving to its new facilities. The company is expecting to hire about 20 additional employees in the next three years.
    • A new A&W restaurant is currently under construction in Sainte-Marie (Beauce). It is expected to open in November and should create about 30 jobs.
    • Dairy-product producer Chalifoux is investing $21M, which will create 30-50 jobs in Sorel-Tracy
    • Aciers Richelieu is continuing to develop with the purchase of Atelier d'usinage Tracy, a business whose operations complement the metal-cutting company. The new entity, Usinage St-Laurent, is looking for quality machinists.
    • WestRock in Sainte-Marie (Beauce) will purchase an offset press and cutter for $8M. This investment will retain current jobs as well as create about twenty additionnal positions.
    • A new performance hall will open in Saint-Jérôme at the end of 2016. The project is evaluated at $14.7 million and will be built by Construction Demathieu Bard
  • Week of Aug 03 - Aug 07, 2015

    • Harnois Groupe pétrolier, an independent petroleum product retailer based in the Lanaudière region, has acquired Pétroles Therrien
    • The Tommy Hilfiger clothing store on Sainte-Catherine Street in downtown Montréal is closing
    • The Port of Montréal has announced an estimated $11M project to provide electric power to ships docked at the port
    • A new restaurant named Le Plateau is opening in Drummondville, creating 45 new jobs
    • Tourbières Berger, based in Saint-Modeste, is investing $3.6M to build a bagging plant and reduce transportation costs
    • Nicolet town hall will undergo a $2.7M modernization and expansion project to incorporate the municipal library into the existing building. The construction contract was awarded to Construction G. Therrien.
    • Saniloc, a uniform rental store located in Drummondville, is shutting its doors after being acquired by G&K, an American company. The closure will cause 65 employees to lose their jobs.
    • Le Montagu, a gaming pub where people can meet to play board games, will open in Sherbrooke next September, creating around 10 new jobs
    • Hydroserre Mirabel and Serres Lefort are investing $3M to build a greenhouse complex in Sainte-Clothide-de-Châteauguay in an effort to produce hydroponic lettuce for the American market
    • PaperWorks Industries, a manufacturer of cardboard packaging for consumer products, has announced the closure of its plant in Baie-D'Urfé on Montreal Island; 150 workers will be impacted by the company's restructuring plans
    • In Terrebonne, Groupe Eugénie has inaugurated its $750,000 showroom for JRC Machinery, the company's distribution division
    • A new network of liquefied natural gas plants is being built in the Lac-Saint-Jean area. This $85M 4-year project will build distribution infrastructure and liquefaction plants and should create 30 specialized jobs.
    • Walmart's Rimouski location will be upgraded to a Supercentre in January; the project will create new jobs
    • Le Fin Quartier, a complex that houses several specialized food boutiques, has opened its doors in Shawinigan. Built at a cost of $3.5M, the complex has created over 20 jobs, and vendors have added almost $1.5M in additional facilities.
    • Acolyte Communication, a graphic design, advertising and communications company, will move over the next year into the former premises of the ZU Zone Urbaine store in Trois-Rivières.
    • Following a $175M investment by EDF Énergies Nouvelles Canada, at least 200 workers will work on the Mont Rothery Wind Project in Murdochville. The project should be completed on December 1.
    • The final phase of decontamination at the former Gaspésia plant in Chandler will run from August 3 to December, at a cost of $4.5M. Once completed, the cost of the entire project will have reached an estimated $17M.
    • Swedish clothing retailer H&M has announced the opening of its Repentigny store, creating approximately 50 new jobs
    • Vaudreuil-Dorion's new Costco location will open on October 15 and will feature a gas station. The superstore's arrival in the region will create a number of new jobs.
    • Expansion work on the Walmart on Lebourgneuf Boulevard in the city of Québec is almost complete. Once finished, the expansion will create approximately 30 jobs.
    • An agreement signed by the Government of Quebec and Université Laval will protect 150 jobs that were threatened by $58M in budget cuts
    • A new Nissan dealership will open its doors in March 2016 on Frontenac Boulevard in Thetford Mines. Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks, and the dealership will create around 20 new jobs.
    • Work has started on the first phase of the $100M Serres Toundra complex in Saint-Félicien. The first phase will be completed in fall 2016, and around 100 employees will be hired to run the facilities
    • Drummondville-based Venmar, a ventilation system manufacturer, is hiring in anticipation of the upcoming expansion of its plant in Saint-Léonard-d'Aston. Once expanded, the plant will accommodate around 100 additional employees.
    • A call for tenders has been issued for the construction of the Girardin family and children's centre at Sainte-Croix Hospital in Drummondville. The project, which will cost an estimated $35.4M, is scheduled to be completed in 2017
  • Week of Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015

    • The Centre local de développement de Montcalm is closing, causing the loss of five jobs. The municipality of Montcalm will now be responsible for economic development.
    • The opening of the Académie Préscolaire de Rosemont daycare centre in Montréal will create 10 new jobs
    • The Société du Plan Nord is currently hiring in preparation for the opening of its satellite offices. Positions are to be filled in Sept-Îles, Baie-Comeau, Roberval, Chibougamau and Kuujjuaq
    • Rheinmetall Canada in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu was recently awarded two contracts by the federal government to equip the Canadian Armed Forces. If trials are successful, the contracts could reach $493M and create 80 jobs
    • A new Costco is expected to open in Vaudreuil-Dorion on October 15. The exact number of employees who will work at the location is currently unknown, but more than 100 people are expected to be hired
    • A Familiprix pharmacy opened on July 15 in Shawinigan-Sud at a cost of about $1M. About 10 jobs were created.
    • Software package designer ICO Technologies in Shawinigan wants to win Ontario, New Brunswick, and US markets and will create up to 10 positions for mobile application and web programmers, analysts, and a project manager
    • Drilling began in Junex's oil well number 5, located about 20 kilometres from Gaspé. About 20 employees will work at the site with drilling teams composed of 70% of Gaspé workers.
    • Coopérative jeunesse de services Les Incroyables in Chandler is returning, and nine youth will be employed for the summer as a result. They will mow lawns, look after children, and complete landscaping and painting projects, among other tasks.
    • Thanks to the Coopérative jeunesse de services du Transcontinental, 15 youth from Rivière-Bleue, Pohénégamook, St-Athanase, and St-Marc-du-Lac-Long will have summer jobs. They will mow lawns, look after children, and perform general maintenance, among other tasks.
    • The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs announced a new $1.5M investment for forestry workers in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie regions. This amount represents the equivalent of 75 jobs lasting about 20 weeks
    • Moment Factory will undertake a $39.5M project to install interactive lights on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge in Montréal in 2017 to celebrate the city's 375th birthday
    • New employees will be hired at Veterans Affairs Canada. In Quebec, 43 people will be hired by spring 2016, 12 of whom will work in Québec City region, including Valcartier.
    • The discovery of a new mineralized area will enable Agnico Eagle to extend the duration of its Goldex mine in Val-d'Or. The company will invest $200M, which will allow close to 400 jobs to be retained.
    • The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing $6 million in Wooky Entertainment, a Montréal-based company specializing in making games and toys for pre-teens
    • Merrell, an American shoe manufacturer, announced its Canadian headquarters in Saint-Sauveur will close in early 2016, following a restructuring of the company. Sixty-five people in province of Quebec will be affected by this closure
  • Week of Jul 20 - Jul 24, 2015

    • CAE, a Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer, announced the signing of several contracts worth an estimated $115M with various international airlines to provide pilot training
    • Fondaction CSN has announced that it is investing $6.5M in Telecon, a Montréal-based telecommunications company
    • Devolutions, a Lavaltrie-based software development company, is expanding. The company has invested $1.5M to purchase and renovate a building that will allow it to unite all its teams under a single roof.
    • Following a $4M investment, the Voix Maltée microbrewery has opened a new beer-making plant in Chicoutimi, creating 15 jobs
    • Globule, a blood and plasma donation clinic, has opened in Chicoutimi following a $1.7M investment by Héma-Québec. The clinic currently employs a staff of 26, a number that is expected to reach 40 once the clinic is fully operational
    • Fruit and vegetable retailer Pomme Salade has opened a new location in Charlesbourg. The new store has hired 40 employees and is expected to add at least 6 more over the coming weeks.
    • Umano Medical, a hospital bed manufacturer located in L'Islet, is investing $3.5M to market its products internationally over the coming years. The company is also seeking to grow its staff from around 100 to at least 220 employees by 2019.
    • Following the resumption of operations, over 125 people will work at the Cap-Chat industrial park by the end of 2015, not including indirect jobs. Orbite Aluminae, Damabois, the Groupe Lebel sawmill, and Transalta are all hiring new workers at the park.
    • The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Gaspésie is continuing its efforts to hire hospital pharmacists. The centre's recruitment drive is also targeting foreign pharmacists.
    • L'Auberge des Caps in Carleton-sur-Mer has been forced to shut down for the remainder of the tourist season as a result of a fire on July 21
    • Uniboard Canada is investing $29M to modernize equipment at its particleboard manufacturing plant in Sayabec. The new equipment will be installed in early 2016, keeping around 380 people in employment.
    • The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux has announced the second phase of its $53.6M expansion and redevelopment project at the Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire régional in Trois-Rivières. Work is expected to begin in October.
    • Valeant, a Laval-based pharmaceutical company, has announced the acquisition of Egyptian drug company Amoun at a cost of $1B
  • Week of Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015

    • Services de Transformation Kingsey Inc., a packaging plant specializing in tissue paper, has opened in Kingsey Falls, creating around 10 new jobs
    • The first phase of Drummondville's industrial park development project has been launched following an $8.5M investment, with infrastructure being built to eventually house industrial businesses
    • The City of Sainte-Thérèse has announced an investment of over $1.5M to renovate an existing building and convert it to a cultural centre
    • Riobel, a company specializing in bathroom and kitchen faucet design, is expanding its headquarters in Saint-Jérôme
    • Construction of a new boarding home for medical patients from Nunavik is scheduled to begin in Montréal. The 4-storey, 91-room building will be located in Montréal's Dorval suburb and is scheduled to open in October 2016
    • L'Étoile du Nord, a holiday centre in Saint-Donat, has begun its $2M, 26-room expansion project
    • The Spinelli Lexus Lachine car dealership has announced plans to build a new location in Montréal, at a cost of over $10M
    • A new restaurant named Lola 45 has opened its doors in Saint-Sauveur
    • Uniboard, a company specializing in the manufacture of engineered wood products, has announced that it is investing $7M in its factory in Mont-Laurier. Newly purchased cutting-edge equipment will improve the factory's capacity and productivity.
    • The Club Piscine pool dealer is opening a distribution centre in Terrebonne in October 2015. The project, which will cost an estimated $4.6M, will directly create around 20 new jobs.
    • Billots Sélect Mégantic Inc., a sawmill located in Lac-Mégantic, has shut down after 28 years in business, as it did not fit in the city's urban planning vision. Approximately 30 workers have lost their jobs as a result.
    • Sagami-Savoura, which specializes in the production of greenhouse tomatoes, is cutting nine positions at its facility in Danville following business restructuring
    • In a bid to gain ground in the residential and commercial construction markets, C.L.T. de l'Outaouais is opening a new cross-laminated timber factory in Ripon, creating around 10 new jobs over the next year
    • A new prison in Sept-Îles should open by next year, creating around 50 jobs. Approximately 36 correctional officer positions are yet to be filled.
    • The Parc de la Péninsule campground in Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan has built a waterpark at a cost of $2M, creating 15 seasonal jobs
    • The Amphithéâtre Cogeco has opened in Trois-Rivières; it will employ 170 people during events
    • Gaspé-based Forillon Shipyard was recently awarded a contract that will provide work for its 45 employees until 2020. Approximately 20 additional employees are expected to be hired over the course of the coming year
    • Following a $1.5M modernization project, the Groupe Lebel sawmill in Cap-Chat will resume operations on 22 July after a 3-year hiatus, creating around 20 jobs
    • Premier Tech, a company specializing in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental technology, is investing $45.9M in research and development over the next 3 years, creating around 40 new jobs in the Rivière-du-Loup RCM
    • Approximately 10 new jobs were created at the IGA Coop grocery store in Trois-Pistoles following a 4,000-square foot, $4M expansion project
    • According to management, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux du Bas-Saint-Laurent is facing a shortage of speech therapists
    • Place Ste-Foy will be welcoming 2 new restaurants following a $3.7M investment, which will create around 100 new jobs. While Bâton Rouge is scheduled to open in early March, La Belle et la Boeuf should be operational in April or May.
    • The Prévost factory located in Sainte-Claire has been subcontracted to build trucks for the Canadian Armed Forces. The contract will create 80 jobs (mainly assembly positions) over an estimated 2 years, from late 2016 to 2018.
    • Having recently been awarded the contract to expand Highway 70, Excavation de Chicoutimi Inc. is expecting to hire 150 workers to complete the estimated 2-year, $26M project
    • In an effort to make up for the 40 lost mail carrier positions resulting from the elimination of door-to-door mail delivery, Canada Post will be hiring approximately 20 new workers in Chicoutimi and La Baie following the opening of a new video-coding centre scheduled for this coming fall.
    • Located in the Laurentides Wildlife Sanctuary, EDF Énergie's Rivière-du-Moulin wind farm will be built at a cost of $200M and will require a total investment of $800M. Construction of the new wind farm has created 565 new jobs
    • Graphic Packaging will be closing its food packaging plant in Jonquière as a result of the plant now being obsolete. The plant's 140 workers will be laid off, but will also have the option to transfer to the company's other plants across Canada
  • Week of Jul 06 - Jul 10, 2015

    • J.G. Trépanier et Fils, a dairy farm located in Princeville, has expanded its facility at a cost of just over $1.2M
    • The Municipality of Nominingue has recently inaugurated its new fire station, built at a cost of over $1.1M
    • The Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec invests $8,2M in Blainville-based Fix Auto, a company specializing in the repair of damaged vehicles, to help it grow
    • The Centre de formation professionnelle de Val d'Or will be expanding at a cost of $10M. Work has already begun, and the project should be finished in fall 2016
    • The Auditorium de Verdun in Montréal will undergo an estimated $26M in renovations from 2016 to 2018
    • The Société de transport de Laval (STL) will be expanding its garage and administrative centre as part of the third phase of its expansion project, estimated at nearly $13M
    • A new Hydro-Québec data centre is being built in Drummondville at a cost of $100M. The centre will hire 20 employees specializing in maintenance and security for its opening in fall 2016.
    • The governments of Quebec and Canada have signed a $365M, 4-year agreement seeking to keep approximately 18,000 people with disabilities on the Quebec labour market
    • The City of Sainte-Thérèse has announced that it is relaunching its downtown performance hall construction project, confirming that it will cost $3.4M. The 300-seat performance hall is scheduled to open in spring 2016
    • Construction of the $2.7M Brompton community centre in Sherbrooke will start in December. A youth centre, a culinary school, as well as several social, cultural, and community groups will move into the new centre in 2016
    • Mont Saint-Sauveur has inaugurated its new waterslide, built at a cost of over $1M
    • CAE, a Montréal-based manufacturer of flight simulators, has signed several military contracts totalling approximately $150M with clients in various countries
    • After 40 years in business, the Utilités J.P. Arsenault boutique in Mont-Saint-Hilaire will be closing its doors in August. Around 20 employees will lose their jobs.
    • The first phase of a $35M real-estate project in Sorel-Tracy will begin in mid-July. The development will comprise 90 residential units, a pharmacy, and 2 storeys housing various commercial offices.
    • Agropur will be closing its obsolete butter and ice cream production plant in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville in May 2016, with 90 workers losing their jobs
    • Huttopia has invested $10M to build a resort featuring various types of ready-to-camp accommodations in Sutton. The site was opened in early July, and development should be completed in December.
    • Thetford Mines-based Dundee Sustainable Technologies is investing $25M to build and run a demonstration plant for a new precious metals extraction process that does not use cyanide. Approximately 30 jobs will be created as a result.
    • Davie, a shipbuilder, was recently awarded a $16M contract by the Coast Guard to upgrade the Henry Larsen icebreaker. This new contract will provide employment to around 100 workers over a 10-month period.
    • Valcartier Vacation Village is investing $65M to build an indoor waterpark and a 153-suite hotel, both of which are scheduled to open in December 2016. The project will create 200 jobs.
    • Cedap greenhouses, a learning centre for people with a disability, are closing their doors. The centre, which also helped disabled people rejoin the labour market, had around 10 employees.
    • Warwick-based RockTenn, which specializes in producing packaging, has been renamed as WestRock. The employer is looking to hire 20 electrical technicians and mechanics as day labourers to fill newly available shifts, as well as a client account manager.
    • A $5M development and expansion project for the construction of a new fire station has started in Val-d'Or
    • Valued at $19.7M, the Écomonde ecotourism complex will be built at the confluence of the Richelieu and Saint Lawrence rivers in Sorel-Tracy. The complex will feature a large glass viewing room, an amphitheatre, a waterpark, docks, and a chapel.
    • La Maison du Violon has announced the opening of its new store and workshop in Laval
    • The recently opened Bout chou day care centre in Montréal will provide care to 80 children and employment to 16 educators and administrative employees
    • The first phase of a development project for a new industrial park has begun in Drummondville. The park will be built at a cost of $8.5M and will be located at the intersection of Route 139 and Highway 55.
    • Sany, a Joliette-based company that specializes in designing, manufacturing, and distributing cleaning and maintenance products, has been sold to Superior Solutions from Ontario
    • Resolute Forest Products' sawmill in Rivière-aux-Rats will slowly resume operations starting on 20 July. The sawmill's 300 former employees will be able to recover their jobs by the end of August.
    • Following a 30,000-square foot expansion project that created 40 jobs, a new Walmart Supercentre was inaugurated on 9 July in Trois-Rivières. The store is now looking to hire 210 employees.
    • B&B High Performance Brake Pads in Gaspé is scheduled to begin producing brake pads for wind turbines starting in the fall. This will immediately create 6 electromagnetic engineer and powder metallurgy jobs, and up to 35 new positions in 3 years.
    • According to the Centre d'études collégiales de la Haute-Gaspésie, employment opportunities for instructors and teachers of people with a disability are excellent in the Gaspésie region
    • WEC Tours Québec (a division of ENERCON) is scheduled to continue operations at its factory in Matane until the first quarter of 2016, after having signed a contract for the construction of 77 wind turbines. This agreement will keep approximately 65 workers in employment.
    • The Centre d'action bénévole des Seigneuries is looking for home care workers in the Rivière-du-Loup regional county municipality. Interested candidates can submit their résumé at the centre's Rivière-du-Loup location.
    • The Cégep de Rimouski has eliminated 8 to 10 positions over the past year as a result of budget cuts
    • Sécurité Sirois Évènements Spéciaux was awarded a contract to perform security at the Centre Vidéotron, creating around 125 jobs by September 11, the Centre's scheduled opening date
    • Provigo Le Marché, which opened a new location in Longueil with 200 staff, is part of the Provigo grocery store chain's expansion plans to consolidate its market share. The chain is investing $210M to build 15 new stores.
  • Week of Jun 29 - Jul 03, 2015

    • Opur Spa was forced to shut down, causing about ten employees to lose their jobs. The business offered massage therapy and spa services in Drummondville's Le Dauphin hotel.
    • Aluminerie Alouette in Sept-Îles invested $25M into implementing some new technology, which will make its metal plant one of the most advanced in the world
    • Close to 150 positions were cut from the Commission scolaire de Laval (CSDL) after the school board adopted its new 2015-2016 budget. These cutbacks mainly affect special education workers.
    • The Proment Corporation announced the start of construction work on the third Evolo S residential tower in Île-des-Soeurs. The building will have 25 floors and 194 condominium units.
    • The Government of Quebec invests nearly $9.7M for the renovation, by 2017, of the Saint-Augustin, La Romaine, and Tête-à-la-Baleine airports, as well as the Port-Menier air terminal in Île-d'Anticosti.
    • The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of over $257M for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of road infrastructure in Côte-Nord, by 2017, focusing in particular on routes 138 and 389.
    • Camping Aventure Mégantic is now open close to downtown Lac-Mégantic following an investment of over $2M
    • The Government of Quebec announced its maritime strategy, which includes a public and private investment of $9B over 15 years. Over the next 5 years, $1.5G will be dedicated to tourism and modernizing port infrastructure
    • The Buffet International Jardin d'Aphrodite restaurant in Saint-Charles-Borromée just closed down, causing a loss of about 30 jobs
    • In light of production costs becoming too high, Xerium closed its plant in Warwick and laid off the 120 employees who worked there
    • The administrative offices of the Conseil des Abénakis d'Odanak opened following a renovation that cost nearly $1.5M
    • The Federal government announced an investment of $1.5M for the renovation of the armoury in Drummondville
    • The municipality of Franquelin is investing $1.8M to bring its drinking water system up to standard
    • Following a $1.8M investment, Chocolats Favoris is officially opening a store in Repentigny, creating 45 jobs
    • Rotisserie St-Hubert announced the reopening of its restaurant on Boulevard Curé-Labelle in Sainte-Thérèse after spending $3.7M on its construction
    • The Gaétan-Lafontaine-et-Joanie-Turmel building, which will provide homes for twelve families affected by the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, opened at a cost of $1.6M
    • Le Manoir de Bigarré in Victoriaville spent $5.8M on the construction of a garage and 75 new housing units that will be added to the already existing 165 units
    • Clinique Médicale Notre-Dame is spending $1M to relocate to the Grande Place des Bois-Francs shopping mall in Victoriaville. The clinic will move by October 1 at the latest.
    • Companies Timber Block and Germat announced that they will spend an estimated $10M to build 17 houses in Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson
    • The Port of Trois-Rivières will spend $33M to increase its capacity. The construction of new facilities should create more than 300 direct and indirect jobs, and the expanded facilities are expected to create around 70 jobs.
    • In the regional county municipality of Mékinac, 15 youth will be provided with summer employment through the Desjardins-Jeunes au travail project. Positions will include assistant cook, day camp leader, sales clerk, and day labourer.
    • Over the past few weeks, 83 people were hired by different healthcare facilities in the Gaspésie region. Mostly nurses filled these positions, which were either permanent or full time in some cases
    • CRT Construction will soon hire at least 50 carpenter-joiners and about 40 local labourers to work at the McInnis Cement plant in Port-Daniel-Gascons. Around 400 employees work at the site.
    • Croisières AML cruise line acquired a new boat for $4M, which includes costs for upgrades. This will create about 10 seasonal jobs in Rivière-du-Loup.
    • Sportium, a company specializing in athletic clothing and equipment of all different types, will open a store in the city of Québec and another in Montreal this autumn. Between 115 and 125 employees will be hired at each location.
    • The temporary closure of the Resolute Forest Products paper mill in Dolbeau-Mistassini will be extended by one week due to a lack of orders
    • Restaurant Topla! will open three locations in the city of Québec region by late 2015 or early 2016. Two will be located in Lévis, and the other, in Val-Bélair. A total of 75 jobs will be created.
    • In light of a lack of supply stemming from the forestry crisis in Côte-Nord, Bersaco, a hardwood processing company in Les Bergeronnes, is laying off its 55 employees
    • Supply problems have caused the Industries Lauzon sawmill in Thurso to cease operations temporarily, leading to about 20 layoffs
    • Cégep de l'Outaouais is eliminating 14 jobs due to budget cuts. Affected positions include executives, support staff, social workers, and academic counsellors.
    • Verbom, a company specializing in processing sheet metal, is moving its Lawrenceville branch to Sherbrooke following a $3M investment. Ten new employees are expected to be hired over the following year.
  • Week of Jun 22 - Jun 26, 2015

    • Affected by the spruce budworm and high cost of wood, global leader Resolute Forest Products halted its foresting operations in Baie-Comeau, leading to a work stoppage for some 240 employees
    • Affected by the spruce budworm and high cost of wood, sawmill Produits Forestiers Arbec, a division of Rémabec, halted its operations in Port-Cartier, which led to a work stoppage for 200 employees
    • A new building containing about 20 social housing units will be built in Havre-Saint-Pierre at a cost of $5M. Future renters will have access to the building at the end of the year
    • The Government of Canada announced the start of construction on the new Champlain Bridge in Montréal. A $4.2B agreement was signed with the Groupe Signature sur le Saint-Laurent, and the project is expected to be complete in fall 2019.
    • About 100 employees responsible for refueling aircraft at Montréal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport received layoff notices following the end of the contract between the Canadian airline consortium and its providers
    • Pharmaceutical company Pharmascience announced investments of more than $55 million to modernize and expand its Montréal facilities. Those investments will create 65 jobs by the end of 2016.
    • The City of Drummondville reopened the newly redesigned Parc Woodyatt following a $3.3-million investment. This popular spot hosts all different types of events and contributes to the downtown's social and economic vitality
    • Simons will open a new store in the Promenades de l'Outaouais shopping centre in Gatineau in mid-August. The hiring of some 150 employees is under way.
    • Furniture manufacturer Canadel in Louiseville is investing $3 million to expand its facilities by 30,000 square feet. The company will hire about 20 new employees, primarily upholsterers, around October.
    • Located in Shawinigan, restaurant-inn Le Florès was sold and should resume business on July 1. The establishment's previous employees will be contacted.
    • A Subway restaurant will open in Rivière-du-Loup, leading to the hiring of 12 employees
    • Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and people of the Mi'kmaq First Nation in Gaspésie began construction of a $330M wind farm project in the unorganized territory of Rivière-Nouvelle. By October, 130 employees will be working on the project.
    • Saint-Elzéar's Association coopérative forestière finalized an agreement with McInnis Cement to supply its Port-Daniel-Gascons cement plant with biomass. About 50 new jobs will be created at the forestry cooperative.
    • Nineteen employees at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles were affected by budget cuts. Seven positions were terminated, seven project managers saw their projects abandoned, and five employees saw their roles reduced.
    • Daycare centre Les Mille-Pattes just began construction of a second facility in Saint-Jérôme that will be ready in January 2016. It will accommodate 80 children and create 20 jobs.
    • Chinese buffet restaurant Fu Lam just opened its 11th establishment in Repentigny. The location will feature seating room for 400 and a delivery service.
    • Restaurant Presse Café just opened in Terrebonne in the medical centre on Boulevard des Seigneurs
    • The Manoir Grand-Moulin in Deux-Montagnes will be demolished at the end of the summer. Réseau Sélection will build a 200 units residential building for seniors in its place at a price of $30M. The construction project will generate more than 50 jobs.
    • The Stelia North America factory in Mirabel just won a $3M contract with Lockheed Martin to build aircraft parts. This will allow about 10 more employees to be hired to join the current staff of 20.
    • Thirty employees at Cégep de Sainte-Foy will lose their jobs in September as a result of budget cuts. These layoffs are due to positions being eliminated, retired workers not being replaced, and contracts not being renewed.
    • The first Pomme Salade store will open in July in the Charlesbourg borough of the city of Québec. The company is in the hiring process and looking to fill 30 positions.
    • Kenworth just opened a branch in Saint-Georges at a cost of $4M. The company's new location will create 17 jobs.
    • A total of $42 million will be invested to expand the natural gas distribution network between Lévis and Sainte-Claire. About 550 full-time jobs will be created during the construction and equipment installation phase.
    • A sports and recreation complex will be built in the borough of Jonquière in Saguenay at a cost of $20M. According to the developer, the project should eventually create about 100 jobs. Construction is expected to start in late June.
    • Resolute Forest Products will lay off 90 employees at its Scierie des Outardes in Baie-Comeau around August 24. Financial projections for the sawmill are forcing the company to take these steps to ensure it prospers in the long term.
    • In Nicolet, the Pétro-T gas station and convenience store will be rebuilt at a cost of $900,000. Their demolition will begin in August and finish in late September.
    • Following a fire that devastated its cranberry processing plant in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Fruit d'Or will relocate to Plessisville by the end of 2015 at a cost of $30M
    • Opsens, a company based in Québec City that manufactures fibre optic sensors, intends to recruit about 50 new employees over the next two years. The company will move into a new building
    • The government of Canada announced a $28M investment to construct and renovate the housing facilities at the Bagotville military base. The runways and airfield will be restored as well. These projects are expected to create 270 jobs over the next 2 years.
  • Week of Jun 15 - Jun 19, 2015

    • Bulk Barn, Canada's largest bulk food retailer, will open a new store in Magog at a cost of $1M. It is expected to open by the end of the year.
    • Environmental services specialist FEC Technologie opened a new location in Magog at a cost of $1M
    • Chicoutimi-based Mecfor just won a $7M contract with Alcoa. The company will manufacture 18 MTC45 vehicles to be used in aluminum plants in Bécancour and Deschambault. The new contract should create about 30 jobs.
    • Saguenay-based Remac Innovateurs Industriels just won several contracts. To meet demand, the company is looking for welders, fitters, and labourers.
    • InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the construction of a new Holiday Inn hotel in downtown Montréal. The project is worth an estimated $75 million and will be completed in spring 2017
    • Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer CAE was awarded training contracts, totalling over $90M, by several airlines
    • The City of Montréal announced a $30M project to redevelop a part of Laurentien Boulevard in 2016
    • International food cooperative Goûts du monde is opening in Drummondville following a $1.6M investment. It will offer bulk food, take out, food samples, catering services, and classes. Seven jobs were created
    • Bas-Saint-Laurent day camps will welcome about 20 new outdoor activity leaders this summer
    • French engineering firm SII announced the opening of its Canadian headquarters in Montréal, which should create about 50 jobs over 3 years
    • Groupe Bourgouin will invest about $20M in the construction of the Tours Cachemire in the new Jardins Angora residential area in Terrebonne. The tower will hold 84 condominiums.Construction, which just began, will be finished in autumn 2016
    • A heliport will open soon in Mirabel. The facility will create 25 jobs and offer helicopter rentals as well as helicopter pilot training.
    • Complexes Sportifs Terrebonne will soon invest $8.7M to expand and renovate their facilities, which include Multiglace in Lachenaie, Forum de La Plaine, Cité du Sport, and the Centre de Soccer multifonctionnel
    • Following a restructuring, a total of 33 employees have been laid off at the Complexe Sportif Alphonse-Desjardins in Trois-Rivières since June 2014. Nineteen of them occupied concession and food services positions that were terminated this past winter
    • The Consortium en foresterie Gaspésie-Les-Îles, an organization devoted to the acquisition and transfer of knowledge on Gaspé's forests, will have to close due to budget cuts. Seven jobs will be lost.
  • Week of Jun 08 - Jun 12, 2015

    • The Coopérative de Solidarité Santé de Sainte-Gertrude opened in Bécancour following its expansion project worth $571,988. The location now offers an even wider range of health services with the arrival of five new physicians and other health professionals.
    • With the help of 700 workers, Tata Steel Minerals Canada Limited is building a direct shipping iron ore processing plant near Schefferville at a cost of $600M. By autumn, 350 people will be hired.
    • Home improvement centre BMR Dionne & Fils in Drummondville opened following its $7M expansion project
    • The Montréal Heart Institute and pharmaceutical company Dalcor signed an agreement worth an estimated $250M to evaluate a ground-breaking treatment for cardiovascular disease
    • After losing its land and building, the Billots Sélect sawmill in Lac-Mégantic was forced to lay off its approximately 40 staff members
    • Mining company ArcelorMittal announced the elimination of 40 management positions at its facilities in Montréal, Fermont, and Port-Cartier
    • Budget cuts will force the Cégep de Sherbrooke to eliminate about 15 positions by September and cancel many research and development projects
    • Thanks to its expertise in producing waste recycling and sorting systems, Plessisville-based Machinex installed the first automatic sorting centre in Nassau, in the Bahamas. The contract was worth $7M.
    • Groupe Arbour, a Volkswagen car dealership, announced the official opening of its new showroom in Laval. The project cost $10M.
    • Clinique Choix Santé, the first entirely private clinic in Magog, opened following a $1M investment
    • DNA Landmarks, a company based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu that provides the agricultural industry with genotyping and sequencing services, will close next December. This will cause the loss of about 40 highly skilled positions.
    • Elementary school Notre-Dame-des-Bois will be expanded at a cost of $1M. Both students and residents of the municipality will be able to use its gymnasium and library.
    • Nordia will hire at least 100 new customer service representatives over the next two months. A recruitment day will be held Thursday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 3880 Boulevard Harvey in Jonquière.
    • About 20 Purolator employees were just laid off in Québec City. The reason cited is a drop in the volume of deliveries.
    • Resolute Forest Products will temporarily close its paper machines in its factories in Alma (3 weeks) and Dolbeau-Mistassini (10 days). These temporary shutdowns will affect 140 workers in total.
    • The City of Montréal will replace all street lamps throughout the city starting spring 2016. The project will cost an estimated $110M.
    • Following the acquisition of Plaisance-based Aliments Charlebois by AlimPlus, warehouse drivers and employees lost their jobs. The exact number of workers laid off is unknown.
    • Marmen will create 98 jobs in the next two years in Trois-Rivières following the implementation of a $1.9M internal training plan. The plan will help train about 30 different trades, including assemblers, machinists, welders, inspectors, and painters.
    • Microbrewery Trou du Diable in Shawinigan will hire about 20 employees following a $1.7M investment to market its beers and purchase equipment designed to increase its production capacity
    • Daycare centre Premier Pas opened a new facility in Trois-Rivières on June 1 at a cost of $1.1M. Fifteen jobs were created for daycare teachers and administrative personnel, and the centre is promoting the hiring of Aboriginal peoples.
    • McInnis Cement will hold an open house in Port-Daniel-Gascons on June 20 from 10am to 4pm at the Salle multifonctionnelle, to hire employees who will work at the cement plant once it is operational. Hiring will be done gradually from late fall to early 2016
    • In the wake of the cancellation of the Programme de création d'emplois en forêt (Forestry Job Creation Program) by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, the number of jobs lost could rise to 325 in Bas-Saint-Laurent
    • A new Pharmaprix Extra pharmacy just opened in Brossard, creating 12 jobs
    • In Terrebonne, a fire completely destroyed Resto Deli Pizza 335. The pizza restaurant employed 11 people.
    • A new daycare centre, Les Jolis Minois, will open in September in Terrebonne. The facility, which will cost $1.3M to build, will offer 80 subsidized spaces and create about 25 jobs.
    • The construction of a new sports complex, which will include two skating rinks, a restaurant, and an equipment store, has begun in Saint-Jérôme. The facility will cost $20M to build, and it will open in January 2016.
    • A new A&W restaurant just opened in the Carrefour Saint-Romuald shopping centre in Lévis. About 40 jobs were created.
    • The Daniel Paré Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram dealership in Sainte-Marie will undergo a $3.5M expansion project. About 10 new workers will join the current staff once the project is finished in October.
    • The Provigo Denis Nolet supermarket in Ville-Marie was renovated to offer its customers a new experience and regional products. This led to the creation of 15 jobs.
  • Week of Jun 02 - Jun 06, 2015

    • French special effects company Technicolor announced it will hire 180 people to work at its Montréal studio by spring 2016
  • Week of Jun 01 - Jun 05, 2015

    • The Government of Quebec announced it will provide $100M of support to social enterprises over the next five years
    • The City of Montreal is continuing to develop its cycling network and will add 50 kilometres of paths in 2015-2016. The project will cost an estimated $12.5M
    • The Crown corporation Loto-Québec will eliminate 112 wholesaler positions from its game ticket distribution network throughout the province following a decline in revenue and net income
    • Video games studio Warner Brothers expects to hire about 60 people in Montreal in the next few months
    • Green Cross Biotherapeutics, a South Korean pharmaceutical company specializing in biotechnology, announced the start of construction on a plasma fractionation plant. The $315M project will create 200 skilled jobs in Montreal
    • LISI Aerospace, a France-based company specializing in the design and manufacture of aircraft parts and structural components, announced a $12M investment to add a production line to its plant in Dorval, creating 120 new jobs over three years in Montreal
    • A new Uniprix store opened in Nicolet at a cost of $1.2M. About 15 employees were hired
    • Magog-based company Boréalis, which specializes in managing social and environmental impacts in the mining, oil, and gas sectors, invested more than $2.5M to market its software to new markets
    • A new Bâton Rouge restaurant opened in Drummondville at a cost of more than $1M
    • The water and sewage facility on Boulevard Louis-Fréchette in Nicolet will undergo another restoration phase for about $2.5M
    • The Université de Sherbrooke is spending $8M to upgrade the physics department in its Faculty of Science. Research on quantum information science and technology will be increased as a result
    • Furniture retailer EconoMax Plus will build a new store in Drummondville. It is expected to open this autumn and create about 30 jobs
    • Facing cuts of $11M in the last budget, Université Laval intends to lay off 150 employees in various job categories
    • A Forever 21 store will open soon in the Galeries de la Capitale shopping centre in the city of Québec. A recruitment campaign was held from June 2 to June 5 to fill about 150 positions
    • The Clinique vétérinaire de Sherbrooke will spend $2.7M to relocate and expand. About 3 or 4 new employees are expected to join the approximately 30 staff already working at the veterinary clinic
    • Serres Sagami, the new owner of tomato producer Savoura, intends to expand their facilities in Saint-Étienne-des-Grès by five hectares for 2016, which will create 70 new jobs
    • Under the name Boucamp, the summer camp company operated by Ressource Parent-Ailes in La Tuque will employ 21 camp counselors
    • According to the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup's École des métiers du cinéma et de la vidéo, the television, film, and digital media production markets are growing in Bas-St-Laurent due to the demand from local businesses and organizations
    • This autumn, a cohort will begin the Techniques en archives médicales program at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles in Gaspé
    • Between January 1 and March 31, the Government of Quebec's public service workforce fell by 486 full-time equivalents compared to the same time period last year
    • A medical clinic will be built in Princeville for $1M. It is expected to open in September
    • Toronto-Dominion Bank Group (TD) just opened a new branch in Blainville, creating 12 jobs
    • Couleurs-du-Savoir elementary school just opened officially in Saint-Jérôme. It has been operational since last autumn and holds 650 students. The project cost $14M to complete
    • The construction of the Clos du Faucon residential development just began in Saint-Sauveur. The project will cost a total of $10M, and about 30 condominiums will be built
  • Week of May 25 - May 29, 2015

    • Performance NC's Sherbrooke location will undergo an $8-million expansion project to usher in new BRP, Harley-Davidson, BMW, and KTM products in 2016
    • The Université de Montréal will begin construction of its new Complexe des sciences et de genie. The project is expected to cost an estimated $350M and will be completed in 2019.
    • Home building company Groupe Quorum has announced the launch of a multigenerational project named Highlands LaSalle in Montréal. It will contain 177 units of various types, including condominiums, townhouses, and duplexes.  
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $1,372,313 of financial assistance to eight companies in the Arthabaska regional county municipality. These companies will invest more than $8.1 million in various projects, which will lead to the hiring of 37 employees
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $300,000 of financial assistance to Eau Everest in Victoriaville. In total, the spring water supplier will invest more than $1.6 million, and six new employees will be hired.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $112,477 of financial assistance to Forexel in Victoriaville. The wood-processing company will invest around $1.9 million in total, and three new workers will be hired to join the 13 already employed.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $714,500 of financial assistance to Machinex in Plessisville. The manufacturer of waste recycling and sorting systems will invest more than $3.8 million in total. Seventeen employees will be hired.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $3,132,285 of financial assistance to 15 companies in the Drummond regional county municipality. These companies will invest about $16M in various projects, and a total of 154 employees will either be hired or retain their jobs as a result of these contributions
    • The Government of Quebec will provide financial assistance to Aéronergie in Drummondville. The industrial ventilation company will invest a total of $763,000, and 17 jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $375,000 of financial assistance to InnovaPlas in Drummondville. In total, the pool step manufacturer will invest $1.5M, and 58 jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide financial assistance to Khrome Product-Transport in Drummondville. The public transit parts manufacturer will invest more than $2.5M in total, and 35 jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $210,000 of financial assistance to Laser Datoph in Drummondville. In total, the laser cutting company will invest $899,900. Two jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide financial assistance to Entreprises Interco in Saint-Eugène. The custom pallet manufacturer will invest a total of more than $4M, and three jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $250,000 of financial assistance to Matritech in Drummondville. The metallic parts manufacturer will invest more than $1.2M in total. Six jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $187,500 of financial assistance to Multico Électrique in Drummondville. The metallic parts manufacturer will invest more than $1.2M in total, and three jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide $100,000 of financial assistance to Multifini in Drummondville. In total, the electrostatic coating company will invest more than $543,600, and five jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide financial assistance to Recyc PHP in Drummondville. The company, which treats industrial waste from personal hygiene products, will invest more than $636,000. Thirteen jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Government of Quebec will provide financial assistance to ZCL Composites in Drummondville. The manufacturer of fiberglass oil tanks will invest more than $1.5M in total. Four jobs will be created and retained.
    • The Palais de justice in Montréal will undergo a $25.6M renovation project to improve the safety of the building
    • Hundreds of thousands of dollars were devoted to the opening of a new Surplus RD furniture store in Drummondville. About 10 employees were hired.
    • Résidence Des Jardins Les Becquets, a building in Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets for independent and semi-independent seniors and those with reduced mobility, unveiled its phase 2 and its 30 new units, which cost $1.8 million to build
    • The Commission scolaire de Montréal will terminate 17 vice-principal positions and cut its budget by $41M over the next two years
    • Industries Cover, a producer of thermal insulation for windows, is closing its four Quebec factories for good. The announcement comes after attempts to revive the business, which employed 300 workers.
    • Residential project ESTuaire was launched in the eastern part of the Island of Montreal. Located in Pointe-aux-Trembles, the project will cost an estimated $80M and will include 4 phases with 54 units each.
    • A new restaurant will open in the Québec City-based Maurice Nightclub complex in mid-June. About 20 employees will be hired in the coming weeks.
    • The Joli-Coeur daycare centre will open a second location with the capacity to accommodate 75 children in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier. The facility is expected to open at the start of autumn, and it will employ about 20 new part-time workers.
    • Health food supermarket Avril will open a new store in the Carrefour Saint-Romuald plaza in the Québec City area. The new location is expected to open May 27, and it will create about 50 jobs.
    • To keep pace with its growing business, Québec City-based Eddyfi is investing in a training program. This will enable the company to train its 80 current employees as well as the 70 others who will be hired in the next three years.
    • Facing budget cuts in September, the Commission scolaire du Pays-des-Bleuets must terminate about 20 positions. These cutbacks will affect support staff, education specialists, teachers, and executives.
    • In light of the upcoming opening of the Vidéotron Centre, two job fairs will take place in June and July. The first is being organized by Levy Restaurants and will feature more than 300 positions, while the second is being held by AEG, featuring another 60.
    • Les petits collégiens, a daycare centre in Trois-Rivières, will open a second facility in September, creating 12 jobs
    • The placement rate for graduates of the Cégep de Trois-Rivières' nursing program is 100%. This could change following the merging of organizations and the creation of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux.
    • Budget cuts at the Commission scolaire de l'Énergie in Shawinigan have led to the termination of 29 jobs, including 9 support staff, 6 executives, 4 special education specialists, 3 team leaders, and 2 psychoeducators
    • The cancellation of the Programme de création d'emplois en forêt (Forestry Job Creation Program) by the Government of Quebec led to the loss of 12 jobs in Esprit-Saint. Several workers in rural municipalities in Bas-Saint-Laurent did not start working this spring.
    • The Sainte-Adèle-based Garderie Éducative Petits-Loups will open a second nursery school in Sainte-Agathe, creating 17 new positions
    • A third elementary school will open in the community of Saint-Augustin in Mirabel. The facility will cost $12M to build and will be able to accommodate 515 students as of September 2016.
    • The Musée d'art de Joliette will reopen in mid-June. The art museum, which has been closed for renovations since September 2013, has undergone a $14M million modernization project.
    • A new Chocolats Favoris store will open in Repentigny in June. The $1.8M project will create 40 new jobs.
    • Comfort Inn Laval officially opened following a $3M renovation project
    • 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 Parc Oméga in Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours is investing $2M in its infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing number of customers, resulting in the creation of 6 permanent jobs and about 10 seasonal jobs
    • Thanks to an investment of about $500,000, Le Bockale, a microbrewery, is starting up in Drummondville. About 10 employees will be hired in the short term.
    • The Centre corporatif Broccolini Saint-Laurent 2 has opened in Technoparc du Campus Saint-Laurent in Montréal. Almost half of the leasable space will be occupied by the Hospira Healthcare Corporation.
    • Due to high supply costs that are making its operations uncompetitive, Tembec is ceasing production at its sawmills in Béarn, La Sarre and Senneterre and laying off 360 workers for a period of two weeks.
    • Planète Poutine, a fast food chain, is opening up on Rue Principale in Rouyn-Noranda, creating 20 jobs
    • Real estate company Carbonleo is planning to build the ROYALMOUNT project, a huge multipurpose shopping centre in Montréal worth an estimated $1.7B. If the project is approved, the work will begin in late 2017 and the centre will open in 2021.
    • Bookseller Renaud-Bray is purchasing one of its competitors, Archambault, a retailer. The transaction will add 14 more stores for Renaud-Bray, which has 30 book stores.
    • Formerly known as Venmar CES, Nortek Air Solutions in Saint-Léonard-d'Aston, a manufacturer of ventilation equipment for the commercial and industrial sectors, will hire over 100 employees in addition to the 280 employees already working for it
    • As a result of an $8M investment, a new Quality Inn has opened in Sept-Îles in the Innu community of Uashat and 23 employees have started working, all of them Innu
    • To meet the growing demand for qualified computer programmers, Groupe CGI and ICO Technologies are being assisted by the continuing education department of Collège Shawinigan
    • In 2014-2015, 109 nurses entered the profession and 96 retired in the Mauricie region. The region stands out because of its high retention rate for new nurses.
    • Overseen by the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Trois-Rivières/MRC des Chenaux, the Desjardins-Jeunes au travail program in the regional county municipality of Les Chenaux will create 15 summer jobs
    • Cégep de Trois-Rivières has had to reduce its payroll expenses, and about 20 employees will be affected: 9 among professional staff, 8 among support staff, and 3 full-time equivalents are being eliminated among teachers
    • In order to meet the needs of medical clinics and hospital centres, Pavillon-de-l'Avenir, an occupational training centre in Rivière-du-Loup, will offer an online occupational specialization certificate in medical secretarial work
    • Action Travail Rimouski-Neigette is looking for about 10 young people aged 16 to 30 to participate in a job entry project called "Les Maraîchers du c¿ur", whose purpose is to create a community garden
    • Excelsior Hôtel Spa Sainte-Adèle, which closed in November 2014 due to bankruptcy, will reopen on May 30 after being bought by a new investor. A dozen of employees who will work at the hotel were previous employees of the hotel.
    • In Lavaltrie, the Aux Portes du Matin child care centre has just opened a new facility that has 80 subsidized spots, resulting in the creation of 17 new jobs
    • The 18th Planète Poutine location will open in Repentigny in early June, creating about 20 new jobs
    • Rio Tinto Alcan is looking for employees (14) for the operation of its future ingot mould at its Dubuc plant in the borough of Chicoutimi. The application deadline is May 31.
    • Produits métalliques Roy in Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud (regional county municipality of Montmagny) has just obtained a contract worth $30M. The company needs about 20 new employees quickly (welders, buffers and day labourers).
    • Biopharmaceutical company Medicago will invest $245M to build a vaccine manufacturing plant in Québec City, resulting in the creation of 200 new jobs by 2019
    • A slowdown in activities at the Davie shipyard is currently resulting in the temporary layoff of 200 workers
    • IKEA will open a delivery centre in Québec City in late 2015, creating 25 jobs
  • Week of May 11 - May 15, 2015

    • The Quebec government is allocating $215,000 in financial assistance to Giguère & Morin, a manufacturer of wood furniture components in Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey. A total of $860,000 will be invested to modernize the plant.
    • Alliance Magnésium will have a pilot plant built in Asbestos. The plant is expected to begin operating by early 2016. The mining company hopes to be at full production capacity as of 2018 with the help of 300 to 350 employees.
    • Twelve employees specializing in mechanics must be hired for the start-up of Forex, a laminated veneer lumber plant in Amos. By the end of December, a total of about 100 employees will be hired.
    • Surplus RD, a furniture liquidation centre, is moving into the former Zellers in Granby. The opening, scheduled for May 16, will create 15 new jobs.
    • The expansion of the Mille Couleurs child care centre has made it possible to create 27 more spots, for a total of 75 spots, and to hire 6 new employees in Saint-André-Avellin
    • The Au pays de Cornemuse child care centre is expanding by adding 60 spots, including 10 for infants with the opening of a new Vision-Avenir facility, creating 14 new positions for educators and administrative staff in Gatineau.
    • After obtaining an $800,000 loan, Symbiose Centre Contact Client in Longueuil is acquiring new premises and creating 35 new jobs to diversify its activities and expand.
    • International mining group and company Rio-Tinto is announcing the elimination of 110 to 170 positions at its Canadian headquarters in Montréal by the end of 2015 following a restructuring and as a result of low raw materials prices
    • Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson will build a new research and development centre in Montréal. There will be about 1,700 employees under one roof as of the end of 2016.
    • Because of the downturn in the global steel market, the Sorel Forage steel mill is slowing down its activities, resulting in the temporary layoff of 35 workers
    • Club de golf Saint-Laurent in Île d'Orléans is closing its doors. The closure affects a dozen employees.
    • Rio Tinto Alcan will temporarily close its fluoride plant at Complexe Jonquière from July 12 to August 9. The reason given is the weakness of the global market. However, affected workers can take their holidays during that time.
    • Tremcar, a tank trailer manufacturer, is continuing its expansion and seeking to fill 12 vacant welder positions in Saint-Césaire and a few positions in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
    • Montréal engineering company WSP Global is reducing its Canadian workforce by 500 as a result of the downturn in the oil and gas sector
    • The Port of Montréal is building a container terminal, a project worth an estimated $122M
    • The City of Montréal will perform work to renovate some of the sidewalks on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest between 2017 and 2019 at a cost of $95M
    • Bombardier Aerospace is announcing 1,760 layoffs across its business aircraft production network. About 1,000 production jobs and some administrative staff will be eliminated in Montréal.
    • Work to secure the Mont Royal railway tunnel, which is used by the Agence métropolitaine de transport, will be undertaken in 2016 with an investment of $90M
    • Over the next few years, hundreds of workers will be needed in trades related to the operation and maintenance of wind farms in Quebec.
    • In 2015-2017, more than 1,000 jobs will result from $181.9M investments in roads in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, as confirmed by Quebec's Ministère des Transports
    • Following an expansion that resulted from obtaining a household garbage collection contract in the RCM of La Matapédia, Conciergerie d'Amqui / Aqua Zone has hired about 10 people, bringing the total number of employees to more than 70
    • In Lac-au-Saumon, the abolition of the forest job creation program will result in the loss of at least 30 forest jobs at the Société d'exploitation des ressources de la Vallée and a reduction in the volume of wood delivered to plants in the area
    • The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs is investing $28.5M in private forests in La Mauricie, including nearly $1.3M for silvicultural work.
    • The Commission scolaire de Montréal will eliminate 175 positions by the end of the 2015 school year. The cuts will affect school secretaries, janitors, psychologists, psychoeducators and academic counsellors, among others.
    • The TransTerrebonne cycling path, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail, will be extended by 9.2 km thanks to a $4.8M investment. The work has just begun and will be completed in the spring of 2016.
  • Week of May 04 - May 08, 2015

    • As part of Plan Nord, the Quebec government is investing $59.3M in airports and $50M in highways in Nord-du-Québec, which should create or maintain 315 jobs
    • Supply issues are forcing the Tembec plant in La Sarre to shut down its third shift, resulting in the lay-off of 20 workers for two weeks
    • Less than two years after opening, the Maman Fournier restaurant in Victoriaville has closed its doors, leaving about 50 employees out of work
    • The Olymel poultry- processing plant in Saint-Hyancinthe is reducing production and is laying off 88 workers for an indeterminate, but temporary period, due to the market downturn
    • Thanks to an investment of $2M, a building containing 14 social housing units will be built in Drummondville to accommodate people from the Réseau d'aide Le Tremplin who have a mental illness
    • The Bout D'Chou child care centres in Macamic and Sainte-Germaine-Boulé will each have 13 additional spaces for children in the region
    • An investment of $736,037 means that a library will be built at the École secondaire Sainte-Anne in Daveluyville. The library will be open to students and citizens from the municipalities of Daveluyville, Sainte-Anne-du-Sault and Maddington.
    • The Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec has to deal with $3M in cuts, which will lead to the lay-off of 21 specialized employees
    • The McDonald's restaurant located at Centre Alma will not move following an agreement. The business is in the process of hiring 30 to 45 people, including 15 full-time and 30 part-time employees.
    • The Industries Cover plant in Saint-Agapit closed on April 17, as did the plant and administrative office in Anjou. According to the notice of collective dismissal sent to the Ministre de l'Emploi, the reason for the closure is the lack of work.
    • The change in management for Hôtel La Ferme in Charlevoix will ultimately lead to job losses due to duplication of positions. Five administrative positions at the hotel and seven positions in the communication and marketing team will be lost.
    • Since 2013, Paber Aluminium in Cap-Saint-Ignace has hired nearly 50 workers. Over the coming months, another 15 could be hired as a result of the company's expansion project.
    • A SigmaDek factory for aluminium patio production has just opened in Saguenay (La Baie), with a $15M investment. The factory currently has 11 employees and hopes to hire 40.
    • The Ministère des Transports du Québec will invest $212.3M in the Laurentides road infrastructure in 2015-2017. The resulting 150 work sites will lead to the creation or maintenance of 1,398 construction jobs.
    • Groupe Bourgouin is investing $4.2M in the construction of a multipurpose building in Terrebonne to house condominiums, businesses and offices. This project, which will be ready in late October, will create about 50 jobs.
    • Participants in the Cégep de Trois-Rivières coaching business, Alinov Québec, have a placement rate of 80%
    • Following the partial dismantling of concrete- production equipment at WEC Tours Québec (a division of Enercon), a manufacturer of precast concrete towers for wind turbines, 30 jobs will disappear in late June in Matane
    • Thirty jobs will be lost at the Groupement forestier de Témiscouata following the Quebec government's abolition of the forestry job creation program; this will also result in a reduction of hours for seasonal workers.
    • In Saint-Charles-Borromée, $23M will be invested for the construction in 2016 of Carrefour d'excellence en santé, a professional training centre, where the students of the Centre multiservice des Samares will be transferred when it opens in 2017
    • The Ministère de la Famille will expand Le Cercle Magique day care and invest $3.2M in construction of La Toupie and Les Petites Girouettes child care centres in Terrebonne, which will create 188 new subsidized spaces
    • The construction of La Toupie child care centre in Terrebonne for $1.7M will create 16 positions and approximately 10 indirect jobs when it opens in the fall
  • Week of Apr 27 - May 01, 2015

    • A fire has completely destroyed Boreal Pellet's manufacturing plant in Amos. The company, which specializes in wood pellets used for heating, lost several pieces of heavy equipment and some trucks, while 10 employees lost their jobs.
    • Yellow Pages, a digital media company, has announced the opening of its second office in Montréal. The new building will house the company's development and mobile digital media teams.
    • Rodrigue-Gilbert arena, located on the eastern part of Montréal Island, will undergo a renovation at a cost of almost $16M. The upgrades will focus on replacing the refrigeration system and obtaining LEED silver certification, among others.
    • A new fast food restaurant will be opening its doors in Drummondville, near Highway 20. The restaurant's name has not yet been made public. Approximately 15 employees are expected to be hired.
    • YOO Montréal, an 84-unit residential tower project that was announced in 2014, has been launched in Montréal's Griffintown neighbourhood
    • The Alcoa aluminum smelter in Baie-Comeau has invested $39M to purchase a new transformer-rectifier unit that will provide a reliable supply of electricity to the primary metal plant
    • The Telus communications company has invested $5.4M to roll out its fibre optic cable network in residences in Baie-Comeau. Telus also plans to provide fibre optic service to businesses in the area, at a lower cost.
    • The Telus communications company has invested $4.6M to perform upgrades in Sept-Îles
    • Drummondville-based Khrome Product-Transport, a partner company of Merkur, has been awarded a $60M contract to build seats for commuter trains in the New York area as of 2016. The company is looking to hire 30 employees, a number that could rise to 150 over the next 5 years.
    • An urban science research laboratory has been built at the Québec Metro High Tech Park following a $19.2M investment over 5 years. The laboratory is expected to create 24 new jobs.
    • Mode Choc will be opening an online store in August. The new service, which will create around 10 new jobs, will be run from the company's headquarters in Alma.
    • Mode Choc will be opening a new location in Saint-Georges by the end of the summer and is expected to hire approximately 30 full- and part-time employees
    • The Rives-du-Saguenay school board is once again facing budget cuts. The budget will be reduced by $2M, and 10 positions will be eliminated.
    • A 400-km electrical transmission line will be built between Montréal and Lac-Saint-Jean. Up to 1,500 workers will take part in the project during peak times. Forest clearing activities at Lac-Saint-Jean will begin shortly.
    • The Belle Époque seniors' residence in Maniwaki is undergoing a $4M expansion, which will create several new jobs
    • Bell Helicopter, an aerospace manufacturer, will be cutting 300 jobs at its Mirabel plant by the end of the summer. The layoffs, which will affect both management and plant worker positions, will leave the plant with a staff of 1,150 employees.
    • The Quebec Ministère des Transports is investing $162.8M between 2015 and 2017 to improve the road infrastructure in the Lanaudière region. The project will maintain or create 1,000 jobs at 104 worksites.
    • Graduates of the Cégep de Matane's regional and urban planning program, which trains students for work as planning technicians or municipal inspectors, have a 100% job placement rate
    • Service Accès-Emploi has updated its Web site, which targets job seekers and businesses in the RCMs of Témiscouata and Basques. The organization offers employment assistance and human resources consulting services.
    • The Quebec government's cancellation of the "Programme de création d'emplois en forêt" will result in 200 direct forestry jobs being lost in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The cancellation will also lead to a reduction in the amount of lumber that is delivered to businesses in the region.
    • Around 10 employees have lost their jobs at Entreprises Vagabond's headquarters in Rimouski as the company restructures in an effort to stave off bankruptcy
    • CGI, an information technology services company, opened its office in Shawinigan on April 30th. The office currently employs around 20 employees, with 15 more joining in mid-May; CGI plans on having a staff of approximately 50 employees by the end of the year.
    • Resolute Forest Products will be closing its Rivière-aux-Rats sawmill on May 8, for an indefinite period of time. Several factors, such as fibre costs, influenced the decision, which will affect 125 plant and 175 forestry workers.
    • The Cégep de Gaspé will be eliminating at least six support positions by the beginning of the next school year
    • Sérigraphie Richford, located in the Pointe-Claire area of Montréal, will be closing its doors in November 2015, leaving 80 employees without a job. The company has blamed high transportation costs for its decision to move production to the United States.
    • BMR Quincaillerie Rousseau has invested $3.5M to relocate and expand its Nicolet location. A Sonichoix convenience store and Sonic service station have been grafted to the project, which should add between 12 and 17 new employees to the current staff of 8.
  • Week of Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2015

    • The clothing industry in the province of Québec will hire 2,500 seamstresses over the next three years to replace retiring workers
    • CAE, a Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer, has been awarded a total of $220M in military contracts with several countries, as well as with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
    • The City of Montréal is planning to launch a network of around 250 self-service vehicles in spring 2016
    • Devimco Immobilier has announced the O'Nessy Condos residential project in downtown Montréal. The project, which is estimated at $175M, will see the construction of three towers comprising over 500 units.
    • In Laval, partners of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Montoni real estate group have launched the Espace Montmorency office complex development project, which is estimated at $420M
    • Normandin, a restaurant located on King Street East in Sherbrooke, has closed its doors, with 25 employees losing their jobs
    • Over 15 employers will be promoting more than 50 positions at the first edition of the Daveluyville job fair, which will be held on Thursday, May 14
    • Imodernia, a real estate developer, is planning to invest $14M to build approximately 100 housing units in Beauharnois by 2016
    • Around 30 employers who are having difficulty finding workers will be promoting available positions at the Coaticook employment blitz on May 7. Interested candidates are invited to submit their résumés.
    • Bécancour-based Entreprises Claudelaine has inaugurated its new $1.8M chicken-rearing facility, which boasts a biomass heating system
    • Le Baboune, a restaurant-bar located in Drummondville, will open in the building that formerly housed Disques et Rubans International, which will be relocating. Le Baboune, which will feature an outdoor patio and a stage for live bands, is planning to hire around 10 employees.
    • Groupe Lobato is starting construction of an $8M building complex in Beloeil. The complex will comprise two- and three-storey commercial buildings and four townhouses.
    • Construction of a $1.78M fire station in Saint-Côme will be completed in May
    • Dienamex, a company that specializes in metal extrusion, has invested $4.6M to build its new facility in Saint-Eustache's Innoparc Albatros. The move to the new facility in the fall is expected to create around 20 jobs.
    • In Joliette, the Nazaire-Laurin industrial park is welcoming Mon Espace Atelier, a $2M project for building 38 workshops that can be used for warehousing, do-it-yourself projects, or to house small businesses. The project is expected to be completed by August.
    • The IGA Extra in the Saint-Canut neighbourhood of Mirabel has moved to a new location at a cost of $15M. The move has allowed the grocery store to add 50 new employees to its previous staff of around 100.
    • By September, Rio Tinto Fer et Titane will be slowing its production and laying off 73 workers at its complex in Sorel-Tracy as a result of poor market conditions. How its warehousing and shipping services will be affected will depend on demand for minerals.
    • As a result of a $500,000 investment, the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook will be enhancing Foresta Lumina, an illuminated, nocturnal tourist attraction located in the park's forest
    • Pascan, a regional air carrier based in Saint-Hubert, is facing financial difficulties and cancelling certain flights from Quebec's outlying regions to its urban centres. The company has laid off 70 employees as a result.
    • The Walmart in Saint-Georges de Beauce will be reopening as a Supercentre and will feature a new grocery section. Approximately 30 new associates are expected to be hired.
    • In Saint-Basile, a new Tradition supermarket will open its doors in September, as a result of a $3M investment. The new location is expected to have a staff of approximately 40 employees.
    • OVH, a company specializing in on-demand digital services, is investing close to $33M across the province of Quebec. This will result in 50 new jobs in Québec City, as well as approximately 100 new jobs in downtown Montréal and in Beauharnois.
    • Investissement Québec has granted a $350,000 loan to FjordTech, an equipment manufacturer located in La Baie, in the Saguenay region. This growing company is expected to hire 22 new workers.
    • The transport logistics techniques program offered at the Institut maritime du Québec in Rimouski has a 100 % employment placement rate in several occupations, such as logistics or transportation technician, border agent, and shipping officer
    • The City of Mont-Joli has hired 10 new part-time firefighters
    • The Côte-de-Gaspé health care and social services centre will be eliminating 7 to 9 orderly positions, according to the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux-CSN
    • With youth forums across the province of Quebec being closed by June 30, 80 positions will be eliminated
    • Bell is investing close to $50M to implement its fibre to the home network in Trois-Rivières, Shawiningan, and neighbouring regions. Service in some areas will be online starting in the second half of the year.
    • A new Ford dealership will be opening in Montmagny as a result of a $3.4M investment, creating 25 to 30 new jobs. Work will begin over the coming days and should be completed at the end of the summer.
    • A new restaurant, named Houston Avenue Bar & Grill, has opened its doors in the Sainte-Foy area of Québec City. The restaurant was built thanks to a $2.5M investment and has created 125 new jobs.
  • Week of Apr 13 - Apr 17, 2015

    • The first phase of a 300-unit housing project, valued at $80M, is starting in Bromont. The developer, Ski Bromont immobilier (SBI), plans to deliver the first units by the end of the summer.
    • A $50M commercial complex will be built by Devimco at the corner of Highway 30 and Chemin de Saint-Jean in La Prairie. A grocery store, a pharmacy, a bank and a number of restaurants will be located there.
    • Tremcar, a tanker trailer manufacturer, is expanding. The company is seeking to fill 70 vacant positions, mostly for welders, including 40 in Saint-Césaire.
    • Thanks to a $12M government grant, Collège Héritage will be expanded to enable it to meet the needs of a growing clientele. The work will be starting in the fall and should be completed by the fall of 2016.
    • Unable to continue operating without restructuring, Lazer Inox, a tanker manufacturer in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, has laid off about a hundred employees, while retaining about thirty workers.
    • Soucy International is investing over $93.6M in two of its plants in Drummondville in order to purchase equipment used in the production of rubber tracks for vehicles and tracked drive systems. The plan is to hire 140 new employees.
    • Soucy Techno in Sherbrooke is investing $14.2M to expand, purchase rubber mixing equipment and create a research and development centre for new compounds. The company plans to hire 22 workers.
    • In the spring of 2016, close to $5.7M will be invested to modernize the André-Fortin regional airport, which is owned by the City of Victoriaville. The new infrastructures will help encourage economic growth in the region.
    • Varitron Technologies, a semi-conductor manufacturer in Longueuil, has signed an agreement with a French company, Sterela, and Québec City's EMM Groupe, which would lead to the creation of 20 short-term jobs and 100 medium-term jobs.
    • Métallurgie Brasco Entretien of Sept-Îles will be laying off 75 employees by June 5. At that point the company will have completed its repair work on the tanks at Aluminerie Alouette, several months later than anticipated.
    • As of April 1, 260 pharmacist positions at health care facilities in the province of Quebec had not been filled
    • Because of a problem with the drinking water supply, the Pépinière 55 greenhouses in Saint-Étienne-des-Grès remained empty all winter; 25 jobs depend on this business
    • After closing in late February, Buffet Chinois Rimouski has decided to auction off its equipment
    • Centre de la Petite Enfance Les Explorateurs, a day care centre, has just opened in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac. The $1.9M investment means the creation of 79 reduced-fee child care spaces as well as 18 jobs.
    • Construction of Le Faubourg de l'Étoile, a housing development in Joliette, will start at the end of the month. The $50M project will ultimately include over 250 condominiums, the first of which will be ready by the fall.
    • In Terrebonne, Groupe Maurice will soon be starting construction on a seniors' residence called Floréa. The $45M project will be composed of 369 units as well as entertainment and health amenities, and will be completed in early 2017.
    • At Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Horizon-du-Lac school will be constructing a new facility next to its existing building, which will be demolished once the work has been completed in September 2016. The project will start in the fall and will require a $11.5M investment.
    • The Joliette Canadian Tire has just moved into its new space, which cost $10M to build. The store currently employs 160 people, 35 more than at its previous location.
    • ADF Group in Terrebonne, which specializes in the manufacturing of complex structural steel and heavy built-up steel components, has just landed over $46M worth of contracts on the east coast of the U.S. This will enable it to hire approximately 50 welders and installers.
    • Following the closure of Meubles Gémo, another furniture retailer, Économax, is taking over the vacant space and creating 30 jobs in Granby.
    • Solacom Technologies, a company based in Gatineau, and FairPoint, a U.S.-based telecommunications company, have won a $3.5M contract to implement a "new generation" 9-1-1 service in Vermont.
    • Cascades is investing $25M to set up a processing line that will be producing paper towels in Candiac and to modify two processing lines at its tissue plants in Candiac and Kingsey Falls, creating 10 jobs.
    • The City of Montréal has announced $523M in investments for 2015 in order to improve its infrastructures throughout its territory. It will be spending $187M on roads, $257M on water and $79M on major projects.
  • Week of Apr 06 - Apr 10, 2015

    • The Canac hardware store is investing $8M to open a new outlet in Beauharnois, which will create 75 new jobs. Construction should begin in the fall of 2015 or the spring of 2016.
    • Thanks to a $639,000 investment, the Centre de la petite enfance Kanitautshinaushiht in Uashat will be expanded. Six new employees will be hired in September to join the 13 who are already on staff.
    • Thanks to an investment of more than $500,000, a new Chocolats Favoris outlet will open in June in Drummondville. Some 30 employees are expected to be hired.
    • Thanks to a $5M investment, the Résidence Memphré in Magog will be expanded by November, providing 57 new units for independent-living clients
    • Thanks to its expertise in manufacturing waste sorting and recycling systems, Machinex in Plessisville has won a $20M contract in Scotland to set up a sorting centre to produce energy from waste
    • Thanks to an investment of more than $700,000, a Lou-Tec centre will open in Sherbrooke, in the Rock Forest borough. Between 8 and 10 new employees will be hired to fill the positions of manager, client service clerk, mechanic and deliverer.
    • Peat producer Les Tourbières Lambert will invest $1M in its outlet in Les Escoumins to acquire a large format bagging machine to better meet the needs of its gardening and greenhouse vegetable grower clients
    • Thanks to a $2M investment, the new Équipements Pro-Victo operation has opened in Victoriaville through the merger of three complementary businesses. Four new employees have joined the 25 who are already on staff.
    • A new restaurant, La Cage aux Sports, will be opening at the Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport. Work should begin in the fall of 2016, and be completed in 2017. Some 50 jobs will be created.
    • Amphithéâtre Cogeco in Trois-Rivières wants to fill 50 positions for its opening, including concession clerks, parking attendants, information and logistics officers, client service clerks, and team leaders
    • Canot Réfrigération, which specializes in the design and manufacture of refrigeration systems, is launching a marketing project aimed at American and European markets that will create 10 jobs
    • Cible recherche, a firm in Trois-Rivières that specializes in surveys and market studies, has expanded and wants to double its staff by creating 50 jobs over the coming year
    • Table Métal Mauricie, an association of businesses and partners in the metal industry, has some 60 jobs available in various trades, for welders, machinists and specialized day labourers
    • Best Buy wants to staff some 30 full-time and part-time clerical positions in its outlet in Trois-Rivières
    • In August, 900 employees will be working at the McInnis Cement plant in Port-Daniel-Gascons. The project will create 200 direct jobs once operations begin in 2016.
    • In Bonaventure, the Bioparc de la Gaspésie will invest $5.6M by 2017 to modernize its facilities, which will lead to the creation of up to 10 new positions
    • The 16 wildlife officers who lost their jobs last year have been rehired by Quebec's Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, and 24 new employees will be hired for Quebec's parks and forests this fall
    • Once the work has been completed at the Les Méchins shipyard, Groupe Maritime Verreault may hire as many as 100 additional employees
    • Coordinated by Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Rivière-du-Loup-Les Basques, the Desjardins-Jeunes au travail program will offer 17 summer jobs to students in the MRC de Rivière-du-Loup and in the MRC des Basques
    • The 145 layoffs announced in January at the Bombardier plant in la Pocatière will not take place after all, thanks to funding obtained from the Government of Quebec
    • The Target store closed on April 2 in Rimouski, where only a few dozen employees were left after the announcement on January 15
    • As of December 2015, 25 employees of Public Works and Government Services Canada in Matane will lose their jobs or get transferred to Miramichi, New Brunswick
    • In L'Assomption, the Cégep régional de Lanaudière will begin expansion work in September. A $13.5M investment will make it possible to build classrooms, as well as a café and an eye clinic.
    • The Centre Médical de Joliette, which will cost $2.5M to build, will open in September. The centre will include a Familiprix pharmacy and a clinic that will create a dozen new jobs.
    • A new $9M building is being constructed in Saint-Charles-Borromée. Espace Jeunesse will be relocated there. This is a school for people with intellectual disabilities between 5 and 21 years of age.
    • The Belle Bulle Centre de la Petite Enfance (CPE) has just opened in Saint-Paul. It required a $1.3M investment, and provided the opportunity to create 70 child care positions, and some 15 educator and support staff positions.
  • Week of Mar 30 - Apr 03, 2015

    • Following its acquisition by La Vie en Rose, Bikini Village will be closing its headquarters and warehouse in Saint-Julie, resulting in layoffs. La Vie en Rose will create 25 new positions to support its expansion.
    • Kia Blain, a car dealership located in Sainte-Julie, is expanding its facilities in a bid to double its annual sales within two or three years. The multi-million dollar project should create 40 new jobs.
    • The Ben et Florentine restaurant chain will be opening a new location in Sorel-Tracy at the end of April, creating around 20 new jobs
    • Having already laid off 15 employees, Future Shop's Granby location will close its doors and reopen under the Best Buy brand. The store will close for a week while it undergoes reorganization before reopening under its new name.
    • The City of Granby has issued a call for tenders to provide architectural and civil engineering services, estimated at $2M, for the city's new aquatic centre construction project
    • Having received confirmation of financing, the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) will proceed with the construction of a new $75M garage. Located in Gatineau's east end, the new garage will help accommodate STO's growing fleet of vehicles.
    • The Société de transport de Laval has announced an estimated $15M project to expand its bus garage
    • Future Shop, a Best Buy-owned chain of retail electronics stores, is closing 66 locations across Canada while converting 65 others into Best Buy stores as part of a restructuring initiative. The province of Quebec will see 11 Future Shop stores close and 14 others converted, resulting in the loss of 750 jobs.
    • Montréal's Place des Arts has announced a new construction project, estimated at $34.2M, to modernize its esplanade by May 2018
    • Groupe Montclair, a real estate developer, has announced plans to build a 56-apartment residential complex in Montréal's Saint-Laurent area. Named WR, the building will house a number of shops on its ground floor. Construction is scheduled to be completed for summer 2016.
    • Built at a cost of $2.6M, an 18-apartment transitional housing complex for young single mothers and their children has been inaugurated in Drummondville's Boisé de la Marconi area
    • The St-Hubert restaurant chain has reopened its Drummondville location following a $4M renovation project. The restaurant has kept its successful dining room concept and currently employs 80 people.
    • Everest, a Victoriaville-based water distribution company, has invested $2M to build a new bottling plant next to the Saint-Ferdinand water resource. The company will move its operations to the new location and will hire three or four new employees to complement its current staff of eight.
    • Following the loss of a major order at its Sorel-Tracy facility and the decline of the titanium dioxide and iron titanium trioxide markets, Rio Tinto Fer et Titane will be laying off 31 employees in Havre-Saint-Pierre
    • Future Shop's Sherbrooke location has been rebranded as a Best Buy store and is looking to add 20 new members to its sales team
    • Having invested over $500,000 to open a sawmill in Stratford, Bois BDS is looking to add 8 to 10 employees to its current staff of a dozen people. The wood processing sector's recent recovery is a contributing factor behind this hiring initiative.
    • The Sept-Îles health care and social services centre has invested $2.3M to modernize its pharmacy. The pharmacy's current aseptic laboratory hood, which is used for handling drugs, will be refurbished, and two new hoods will be purchased.
    • The Cégep du Vieux Montréal is investing nearly $10M to build a new multi-purpose room
    • The Desjardins Group is building an 11-storey building in downtown Montréal in an effort to centralize its bank card services starting in early 2017
    • AirRivac, a newly founded air ambulance transportation company, is planning to create 55 new positions at the Alma, Québec City and Saint-Hubert airports. Fifteen positions will be created in Alma.
    • Future Shop's Chicoutimi store will be rebranded as a Best Buy, and around 20 sales associates will lose their jobs. Some technical and computer support staff will also be affected by the layoffs.
    • Alma's Walmart store will be expanded over the next 18 months, resulting in the creation of 30 to 75 new jobs
    • Canac, a hardware store chain, is reopening its Beauport location and creating 75 new jobs. The company is launching a 5-year, $100M expansion project in a bid to open several new stores near Montréal, creating 600 jobs in the process.
    • Larian Studios, a video game developer, has opened a studio in Québec City. The company is currently recruiting and plans on hiring 40 new employees over the next 3 years to work on new projects.
    • The Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine has set a goal of hiring 12 general practitioners each year; employee departures are currently replaced every year.
    • Built at a cost of nearly $3M, the new facilities housing the Services à la petite enfance la Trâlée and the Centre de la petite enfance l'Univers des copains in Rimouski will help create 33 new educator and administrative staff positions
    • The Service spécialisé de main-d'oeuvre l'Élan in Mont-Joli has helped 82 people with a disability maintain employment over the past year in the Rimouski-Neigette, Mitis, and Matapédia regional county municipalities
    • The Rivière-du-Loup CEGEP offers four academic programs with excellent employment prospects: Industrial Electronic Technology, Nursing, Early Childhood Education, and Information Technology-Web Courses
    • The 'Wildlife Territory Protection and Development' and 'Forest Management' programs offered by the Centre de formation professionnelle en foresterie de l'Est-du-Québec in Dégelis have too few graduates to meet industry demand
    • Graduates with a vocational diploma in sales consulting, a program offered at the Centre de formation professionnelle Pavillon-de-l'Avenir in Rivière-du-Loup, are in high demand among employers
    • Target closed its Trois-Rivières store on April 2
    • Le Groupe Patrick Morin recently opened a new $8M renovation centre in Lachute, creating 35 new jobs
    • Truss Experts, a roof truss and floor joist manufacturer, will be closing its Saint-Lin-Laurentides plant in September, resulting in the loss of around 90 jobs
    • With Future Shop stores closing across Canada, the Saint-Jérôme location will be rebranded as a Best Buy, another electronics chain store, and will hire 20 new employees
    • As a result of several Centres de santé et de services sociaux being merged into a single Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) in the Laurentians region, 506 director-general as well as middle and upper management positions have been abolished
    • Walmart's Thetfort Mines store will be expanded at a cost of $2M, resulting in the creation of 25 to 70 new jobs
    • The Casino de Charlevoix is looking to hire new summer staff. The casino advertised 25 to 30 positions at the Charlevoix au Boulot job fair; however, not all positions were filled. According to the employer, there are openings in all departments.
  • Week of Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2015

    • Manoir de chez nous, a seniors residence in Compton, will undertake a $3M expansion project, allowing it to accommodate people with reduced mobility as of July 1. A second renovation phase is expected to begin in 2016.
    • The Benny&Co rotisserie will open a new restaurant in the Fleurimont borough of Sherbrooke at a cost of $2.5M. It will open by the end of summer 2015, and about 25 employees are expected to be hired.
    • Réseau Sélection will spend $45M to construct a 300-unit seniors residence in Châteauguay. The new building, Vice-Versera, will open in either the summer or fall of 2016.
    • The Ministère des Transports du Québec will spend $134.9M on roads in Estrie between 2015 and 2017
    • The City of Montréal announced it will add an ozone unit to its waste water treatment plant in the eastern part of the city. The construction project, estimated at a cost of $99M, will be completed in 2018.
    • The Ministère des Transports du Québec will spend $102.8M on roads in Centre-du-Québec between 2015 and 2017
    • Bionor, a secondary processing company, is closing down its sawmill in Rouyn-Noranda due to financial difficulties, causing 19 employees to be laid off  
    • Last February, Ultima Foods stopped producing Yop, a type of drinkable yogurt, at its Granby factory, leaving nine employees without work
    • The Government of Quebec will allocate $3.1M of financial aid to eight companies in Bécancour. The companies will spend more than $15.6M on different projects, and the contribution will create and save 25 jobs.
    • The Government of Quebec will allocate $1.75M of financial aid to Bécancour-based Airex Énergie, a manufacturer of biochar pellets. Total contributions will reach nearly $9.96M, and five employees are expected to be hired this summer.
    • The Government of Quebec will allocate $425,000 of financial aid to TH Alfalfa, which plans to build a plant in Bécancour to manufacture cellulosic sugars taken from alfalfa. Total contributions will reach more than $2.12M.
    • The Government of Quebec will allocate $807,500 of financial aid to Gestion 3 LB, which plans to build a landfill for non-hazardous industrial waste separate from its decomposable waste. Total contributions will amount to $3.23M.
    • The La Passerelle daycare will go ahead with its plan to build a new daycare centre in Saint-Amable. The $1.8M project will be able to accommodate 80 children and will be ready by the end of 2015.
    • A new sheet metal manufacturer will open in Ayer's Cliff in May at a cost of $1.9M. Between eight and twelve employees are expected to be hired.
    • A new Chocolats Favoris store will open on April 25 in Sherbrooke at a cost of more than $500,000. An open house to hire more than 30 employees is expected to take place in the coming weeks.
    • Montréal-based retailer La Vie en Rose acquired Bikini Village, which was placed under bankruptcy protection in February 2015. About 50 positions at the Bikini Village head office will be cut following the acquisition.
    • AQUABLU, a residential project costing an estimated $250M, was launched by the Groupe Garabedian Lifestyle in Laval. The three-phase project's first homes, which will include three condominium towers and six waterfront houses, will open as early as 2016.
    • Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer CAE won several contracts valued at a total of $70M for the sale of five simulators
    • A new Cosmos restaurant will be built in Drummondville by the end of autumn at a cost of $3M. It will be located in Centrexpo, a hotel currently under construction.
    • Over the course of the winter of 2016, the Walmart in Rouyn-Noranda will be transformed into a Supercentre, creating between 65 and 75 new jobs. The new store is expected to open in July.
    • Two social housing buildings containing a total of 275 units will be built in the Chomedey district of Laval. The estimated cost of the project exceeds $53M.
    • The Niobec mine in Saint-Honoré abandoned its $1.6B expansion project. This decision has resulted in the loss of 70 jobs.
    • Woodworking company Menuiserie Saint-Henri will rebuild its buildings that were destroyed in a fire at the beginning of March. The new facility will be twice as large, which will increase productivity and create about 15 new jobs.
    • The ¿Le rendez-vous de l'emploi¿ job fair will take place on April 9 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Boîte à Bleuets event centre in Alma. More than 20 companies and organizations will be present.
    • In an effort to meet its labour needs, The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs plans to hire 24 wildlife officers this year.
    • Following a $28.9M investment, a new luxury campground will open in the Saint-Étienne area of Lévis, creating approximately 25 jobs
    • As a result of the ongoing strike at the Olymel slaughterhouse in Vallée-Jonction, the company has been compelled to lay off 55 members of its management team and non-unionized employees as of March 30
    • In an effort to keep up with demand, the Costco store in Lévis will be hiring 80 new employees, who will be working on a contractual basis for the time being
    • Canots Esquif, a company based in Frampton in the Beauce region, has declared bankruptcy. It employed a dozen workers.
    • Station Blü Nordic Baths, a spa based in Saint-Tite-des-Caps, has declared bankruptcy, and its 16 employees stand to lose their jobs
    • Activision and Beenox, two companies based in Québec City, are currently looking to hire video game testers. They plan to hire 320 full-time testers for 3 to 12-month terms.
    • CBC/Radio-Canada has announced that its French-language network will be cutting around 100 jobs as part of a staff reorganization plan that began in June 2014
    • Groupe Maritime Verreault has invested a little over $10M as part of the first phase of the Les Méchins shipyard's dry dock expansion project. Approximately 40 jobs have been created over the past several months.
    • New firefighter positions are expected to be created as part of the City of Rimouski's plan to restructure its fire services
    • Projektion 16-35/Carrefour jeunesse-emploi du Kamouraska is once again coordinating the Desjardins-Jeunes au travail program, which will create 11 youth summer jobs
    • Industries Encore 3 will be opening a new plant located in Saint-Tite and specializing in the manufacture of petroleum absorbents and the purification of milkweed seeds, which can be used in a variety of different oils. The $460 000 project will create 16 specialized jobs.
    • Three Shawinigan-based companies, Services Pierre Lemire, Bédard Automation, and Solution i2B, have merged to form the Konec group, which will provide electricity, automation, and manufacturing services. The group plans to hire an additional 15 employees over the next 2 years.
    • Shawinigan's National Center for Electrochemistry and Environmental Technologies (CNETE) is looking for students to work as paid interns in an effort to increase applications to the Analytical Chemistry or Biotechnology sections of the Laboratory Technician program, which boasts a 100 % job placement rate
    • Agir Ensemble, a multi-stakeholder cooperative, has launched a project that aims to create 22 jobs for youth aged 13 to 17 living in housing run by the Office Municipal d'Habitation de Trois-Rivières
    • Stratégie Carrière, an organization based in Trois-Rivières and offering employment assistance, has unveiled its new Arrim'âge Emploi service, which offers guidance to retirees who wish to rejoin the workforce
    • A delegation from Gaspésie is promoting the region's employment opportunities and programs, which provide financial assistance to help cover costs associated with job interviews and offer exploratory visits to the region, at various job fairs across Quebec
    • As a result of the Canadian Coast Guard's recent efforts to centralize its communications at its centre in Les Escoumins, the Rivière-au-Renard Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre will potentially close its doors on June 29, with 16 positions being eliminated
    • Addison Électronique has recently opened a new store in Repentigny, creating 12 new jobs
    • Yuzu Sushi Bar is scheduled to open its 52nd franchise restaurant within a few weeks. The new Berthierville location will have a staff of around ten employees.
    • In an effort to keep up with population growth in the Laurentians region, the CEGEP de Saint-Jérôme will launch its $15.3M expansion project in early June
    • Construction of the new $12M Paul-Mercier Library in Blainville will be completed at the end of September
    • Maison Martin-Matte, a home for people with a head injury or other physical disability, has recently opened its doors in Blainville. The $3.7M facility employs a permanent support staff to care for its 20 residents.
    • Construction of the Chartwell Le Teasdale retirement Rresidence has begun in Terrebonne. The $60M project will create 150 construction jobs, and the facility will employ a staff of 80 once it opens its doors in spring 2016.
  • Week of Mar 16 - Mar 20, 2015

    • After hiring about 20 employees, the Guay rotisserie opened in Bécancour. The restaurant also offers catering services.
    • A $45M housing development, which will include 214 units spread throughout 12 buildings, will be built in La Prairie. The developer, Développement Montarville, will begin construction this spring.
    • The Ferro Ford dealership in Sept-Îles is spending $3M to rebuild, expand, and renovate its facilities. The new building will be ready by December at the latest.
    • Bombardier announced the signing of a purchase order from Mesa Air Group for seven CRJ900 airplanes valued at an estimated US $326M
    • V Media Group, owner of MusiquePlus and MusiMax, announced it will be terminating 23 positions at its Montréal studio
    • Bombardier's commercial aircraft division announced the sale of 20 CS100 airplanes to new Malaysian carrier Flymojo. The estimated value of the order is US $1.47B
    • Matériaux Bonhomme, located in the Buckingham region of Gatineau, will be expanded to better satisfy its clients' needs. Five new employees will be hired as a result of the expansion.
    • The Coopérative Funéraire Brunet will soon open a new branch in Rivière-Rouge, which will create 20 jobs 
    • Construction will begin on a new five-storey residential building, Les Terrasses Calixa-Lavallée, in Saint-Jérôme this fall. The $28M project will include 80 luxury condominiums and be ready for the summer of 2016.
  • Week of Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2015

    • The Quebec Ministère des Transports will be investing $245M on roads in Côte-Nord during 2015-2017
    • Loblaws will be investing $1.2B to open 50 new stores and modernize 100 others in Canada. There are plans to renovate a number of Pharmaprix stores. This work will generate 20,000 jobs in construction as well as at offices and branches.
    • A new microbrewery has opened in Gatineau. Les Brasseurs de l'Outaouais will begin by brewing five beers that will soon be on retailers' shelves. Five jobs will be created as a result.
    • The Quebec Ministère des Transports will be investing $60.3M in Laval on roadwork at 16 different sites during 2015-2017.
    • In the wake of the announcement about the closure of the plant in La Prairie, ArcelorMittal is focussing its activities on Contrecoeur, creating 10 new jobs. Workers who lost their jobs in La Prairie will be able to apply for them.
    • The Davie site is temporarily laying off 122 workers. The work stoppage affects staff assigned to the finishing work on a ship, namely electricians, painters, mechanical assemblers and carpenters.
    • American Structures in Thetford Mines has just received a $2.7M contract in the U.S. With the large number of orders coming in, the employer will rely on subcontracting but also plans to hire some new workers.
    • The first edition of the Montmagny-L'Islet job fair will take place on March 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the L'Oiselière de Montmagny hotel. About 20 businesses will be there to meet with job seekers.
    • Farnham Ale & Lager, a microbrewery located in Farnham, is investing $500,000 in the purchase of new equipment in order to double its production capacity.
    • The city of Nicolet will be investing $2.6M on the construction of a city hall and a library in the same building. The work is scheduled to start in the fall of 2015.
    • Thanks to a $10M investment, a service area will be created at the Villeroy exit on Highway 20. A fall opening is slated for restaurants, a gas station with a convenience store and a rooftop lookout on top of a silo.
    • De La Fontaine, a company that manufactures steel doors and door frames, will be investing $3M to expand its Sherbrooke plant and purchase new equipment. It is expected that 25 new employees will be hired as summer draws near.
    • Signotech, a Montréal firm that specializes in road signage, has placed itself under the protection of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The company employs 140 workers.
    • After Toronto, IBM will be constructing its second Canadian data centre in Drummondville, thus ensuring that Quebec clients will be better served. About a dozen jobs will be created.
    • The Montréal firm Vidéotron has acquired 4Degrés, a data centre in Québec City, for $31.5M.
    • The Quebec government is offering financial assistance to Duchesne Lac-Mégantic, a company that produces and distributes natural stones. Over $5M will be invested to construct a building and purchase equipment. About a dozen jobs will be created.
    • Groupe Morneau is investing $25M on the launch of a new transport terminal in Montréal's Anjou borough
    • The federal government is investing $17M over three years to restore the infrastructure at the Saint-Hubert airport in Longueuil
    • The 4th Lévis-Bellechasse job fair will take place on April 10 and 11, 2015, at the Centre des congrès in Lévis. Close to 60 businesses will be represented.
    • A France-Québec maritime research institute will be created at Université du Québec à Rimouski, further to an agreement that provides for $2M in funding over three years for the hiring of 6 researchers
    • The Le Florès inn restaurant in Shawinigan, must close its doors until May 1, pending the hiring of accountant and kitchen staff in its corporate and sales management branches
    • No longer able to meet its financial obligations, Groupe Arsenault, which specializes in paving, snow removal and excavation, is suspending operations, resulting in the layoff of 70 employees in Trois-Rivières
    • Unibec, located in Dolbeau-Mistassini, has been awarded a $3.3M contract to complete expansion and renovation work at the Centre d'hébergement Sainte-Marie long-term care facility. When the construction is at its peak, the site should see about 35 workers.
    • The Ontario company Urbacon and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ have announced the construction of a 10-storey data centre in Montréal set to open in late 2015. This $70M project will result in the creation of 600 construction jobs.
    • The provincial government will be investing $4.9 billion in the road system and will allocate $162.8M to develop sites in the Lanaudière region by 2017
    • The provincial government will be investing $4.9 billion in the road system and will allocate $212M to work to be undertaken in the Lanaudière region by 2017
    • The Marché 4 Saisons grocery stores in Joliette, L'Assomption and Rawdon, have closed because of bankruptcy
    • A housing complex is being built in L'Épiphanie. At an estimated cost of $8.3M, it will comprise 13 buildings in the form of duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes (for a total of 44 units) as well as green space.
    • Two office furniture designers, Pli Office in Saint-Pie and Buro Design, have merged in order to expand their operations. This will lead to the creation of jobs at the Buro Design plant in Saint-Lin-Laurentides.
    • The Albatros housing project, on which construction has just started in Saint-Eustache, will require a $100M investment over the next five years. It will generate approximately 300 new jobs and lead to the creation of 500 dwelling units.
  • Week of Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2015

    • Rotisserie Benny & Co opened two new restaurants at a cost of $1.6M in Ange-Gardien and Chambly. In Ange-Gardien, a rival restaurant was bought out; it will be rebranded as a Benny & Co establishment, and its employees will be rehired. In Chambly, a total of 25 jobs will be created.
    • The Ministère des Transports du Québec announced a budget of $4.9B until 2017 to maintain and expand its road network
    • The Résidences René-Léosa building, which will accommodate people with reduced mobility as well as those with cognitive impairments, will be built in Drummondville at a cost of $5M. Between 30 and 40 people are expected to be hired.
    • The City of Sherbrooke plans to spend $18M in 2015 and 2016 on major roadway repairs
    • The City of Sherbrooke and the Québec Issime production company will share the $852,760 cost for the construction of a roof over the seats of the Nikitotek amphitheatre in Sherbrooke. The project should be finished by June 1.
    • About 50 apartments will be built in three phases in Warwick between 2015 and 2017 at a cost of approximately $4M
    • The Refuge des brasseurs microbrewery opened in Sherbrooke following a large investment. A total of 28 people were hired.
    • Job seekers and those looking for a change of employment are invited to job fairs in Stanstead on March 25 and in Sherbrooke on March 27 and 28 to become acquainted with companies and career options in the Estrie region
    • The ArcelorMittal scrap metal processing plant in La Prairie will close for good next July, causing about 30 workers to be laid off
    • Construction Sorel obtained a contract valued at $9.9M to renovate the Eric-Sharp Arena in Saint-Lambert. The project should be finished by the end of October.
    • Ivalua, the France-based company specializing in electronic purchase solutions, announced the opening of its Canadian head office in Montréal
    • Real estate developer Prével has begun the second phase of its 86-unit residential project, 21e Arrondissement, in Montréal
    • A new IGA mini and Shell gas station have sprung up in Châteauguay. The $4M project created 20 new jobs.
    • Familiprix Isabelle Fleurent will relocate to Saint-Léonard-d'Aston. The $1.2M investment will allow the pharmacy to expand its facilities.
    • Restaurants Chez l'Autre¿Brasserie française and Pizzeria Il Teatro in Québec City will close on April 30. About 30 people will lose their jobs. 
    • After being closed for nearly 18 months, Motel Resto Bar l'Escale in Saint-Pacôme reopened on February 13, providing about 30 people with employment. The site will also include an Ultramar gas station with a convenience store.
    • Following an investment of $375,000, the Resto-Bar le Stela restaurant in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac has created at least 10 jobs since it opened, and that number will increase this summer
    • A Chalet Bistro-Pub is expected to open in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac in April, and a second establishment will open in Dégelis this summer
    • The Témiscouata Job Fair will take place at the Dégelis Centre communautaire on April 30, and 500 jobs will be on offer
    • The À Votre Service - Coop de solidarité provides employers with candidates able to work in bookkeeping, computer support, marketing, sales, accounting, housekeeping, landscaping, and secretarial roles
    • Résidence Hélène-Lavoie, a seniors home in Rivière-Ouelle, will close due to a low number of residents, causing about 20 employees to lose their jobs 
    • The Boutique l'Ensemblier's head office in Rimouski underwent a restructuring, causing 15 employees to be laid off
    • Louiseville-based boat dealer Fréchette Marine is shutting down its operations, and more than 20 employees will lose their jobs
    • The Ministère des Transports du Québec announced it will spend $108.2M on the Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine road networks between 2015 and 2017
    • Restaurant Le Nimaluge de Nicolet will close around April 20. The number of jobs lost is unknown. 
    • Resolute Forest Products will permanently close machine number 9 of its paper mill in Alma au Lac-Saint-Jean. The closure is expected to take place at the beginning of April and will cause the layoff of 85 employees.
    • The transfer of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux d'Arthabaska-et-de-l'Érable to the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec will cause 31 management positions to be terminated
    • The City of Montréal will undertake a two-year $60M redevelopment project focusing on public property in the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough
  • Week of Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2015

    • A new Subway restaurant will open in Magog alongside Autoroute 10. About 10 employees should be hired
    • The women's lingerie store La Senza in Granby will close for good at the end of April, leaving several people without jobs
    • Truss Experts, a manufacturer of roof trusses and floor joists in Granby is closing, causing the layoff of 22 employees
    • A $12-million aquatic centre is under construction in Sept-Îles. About 30 workers are currently working on building the facility, and this number will increase by September. It is expected to open in January 2016.
    • Parmalat Canada's cheese production in the province of Quebec will be consolidated in its Victoriaville factory. Fifteen new workers will be hired and will join the 410 current employees.
    • Laval-based pharmaceutical company Valeant announced the purchase of Salix Pharmaceuticals, which specializes in gastrointestinal treatments, for $14.5 billion
    • A residential complex for people 55 and over will be completed in the Rosemont borough of Montréal by the spring of 2016. It will include 477 apartments spread over 10 floors.
    • Innotherm, the Saint-Camille-based company that specializes in designing and assembling high-efficiency heating and air conditioning equipment, will spend $400,000 on constructing a new building and purchasing equipment. Three new employees will be hired.
    • Canadian National Railway and the Unifor union negotiated an agreement that will affect 4,800 workers across the country
    • The City of Montreal will spend $12.9 million in 2015 to plant thousands of trees in its boroughs to protect against the emerald ash borer
    • A Familiprix pharmacy will open in Wickham at a cost of $1.2 million, and it will hire about 10 employees by mid-March
    • Windmill will begin its approximately $1-billion Zibi project with the conversion of three old industrial buildings into office space and the construction of two condo towers in Gatineau. Both projects will be ready in 2016.
    • The mayor of Montreal Sud-Ouest borough has announced a new construction project of 22 cooperative housing units and has approved the building of another 83
    • The City of Montreal has announced the construction of a city walking path estimated at $42 million for its 375th birthday in 2017
    • Thanks to an investment of $1.9M, Victoriaville's Centre de formation professionnelle Vision 2020 will be expanded to meet the anticipated workforce needs in the field of health for the coming years
    • The Les Presses du Fleuve print shop in Montmagny is closing. The company was sold to Montreal's Hebdo-Litho. About 15 employees will be laid off as a result.
    • Hébertville-based company Fenêtres AGM has gone bankrupt. According to the Le Quotidien newspaper, dozens of employees will end up losing their jobs.
    • Sherbrooke's Cuisine Idéale, a manufacturer of wardrobes, kitchen and vanity cabinets, has invested $1 million to upgrade its equipment
    • Framestore, a visual effects company, will hire about 100 people and expand its Montreal studio by the end of 2015
    • MesBobettes, a Sherbrooke-based store, will move from downtown to the Carrefour de l'Estrie shopping centre. Four new stores will open in the province of Quebec by 2016 at a cost of several thousands of dollars, and many jobs would be offered.
    • The Mont-Joli fire service, which has stations in Sainte-Angèle-de-Mérici and Mont-Joli, needs 14 additional part-time firefighters
    • For several years, the placement rate for graduates from Cégep de Rimouski's Radiological Technology program has been 100%
    • The demand for labourers in the carpentry sector is growing in Bas-Saint-Laurent
    • Avant-Garde Technologie CFMA, a robotic and technological solutions company in Trois-Rivières, will consolidate 55 jobs and create another 22 following a $1.5 million investment for international marketing
    • Following the reunification of Automation Mauricie and its subsidiary CPMI Entrepreneurs Spécialisés, Trois-Rivières-based company NEKSYS created thirty skilled jobs
    • The rescuing of the Rio Tinto Alcan casting centre by Shawinigan Aluminium saved about 60 jobs. Another 18 jobs were added with the hiring of production staff and additional engineers, and the opening of a project department and human resources department. The company is also considering hiring about 10 additional workers in the coming months.
    • Passion Sport, a Louisville business specializing in the sale of motorcycles and off-road vehicles, will close on June 30, causing 12 employees to lose their jobs
    • The registration period for summer jobs in the city of Thetford Mines is taking place between February 18 and March 23
    • The eighth Événement Emploi Formation job fair will take place at the Carrefour Frontenac shopping centre in Thetford Mines. It will run from 9:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on March 26. About 30 companies will be present to offer around 100 jobs.
    • The construction of the Joseph Bourgouin park in the Jardins Angora residential area in Terrebonne will include tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, and a year-round skating rink with a chalet. The $3-million project will open at the end of summer 2015.
    • The SuperClub Vidéotron movie rental store in L'Épiphanie will close and merge its business with the company's L'Assomption branch
    • The closure of weekly newspapers L'Écho du Nord in Saint-Jérôme and Le Courirer in Thérèse-de-Blainville has led to the loss of 11 jobs and the relocation of 13 employees
  • Week of Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2015

    • A new multidisciplinary facility offering services to people with Alzheimer's has opened in Montréal. The centre offers accompaniment, information and administrative services, as well as training activities.
    • Les Enfants Terribles, a restaurant chain, will open its third location in Laval in April 2015
    • The Marché Patry supermarket, a subsidiary of Marchés Tradition, was expanded and renovated thanks to a $1.5M investment. Located in Ayer's Cliff, the supermarket has added two new employees to its existing staff of 26.
    • Although the location is profitable, Rossy will be closing its Magog store due to management difficulties arising from its small size. As a result, approximately 10 employees will lose their jobs.
    • Ressourcerie des Frontières, a social economy enterprise promoting the reuse of various products, is planning to open a store in Magog in early May. The new store will be in the building that formerly housed a Rossy location; approximately 20 employees are expected to be hired.
    • H Grégoire, a used car dealership, is set to open a new location in April. Located in Amos, the new dealership will employ a staff of 4 to 8 people.
    • After having made a $4M investment last year to install optical fibre cables in Drummondville, Cogeco will be spending the same amount this year to serve its residential, commercial, and industrial clientele
    • The Léo Paul Ledoux funeral home in Magog has invested $2M to expand its facilities. The home is scheduled to reopen by September.
    • Drummondville's Remise Grandmont, Quebec's top shed and garage builder, has invested $1.1M to automate its equipment and upgrade it to state-of-the-art
    • Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey's Palac Industries, a company that manufactures galvanized steel pallets, has invested $650,000 for equipment purchases and product marketing
    • Sésame will soon be opening a new brewery in the Lebourgneuf area of the city of Québec. The new location will be hiring approximately 40 people over the next few weeks.
    • The Beauce-Nord job fair will be held on March 13 and 14 in Sainte-Marie's Centre Caztel. Approximately 20 employers will be in attendance, and around 150 jobs are expected to be on offer.
    • RAD Technologies, located in Thetford Mines, has received $800,000 in funding from the federal government to purchase manufacturing equipment and create 10 new jobs
    • Bois d'oeuvre Cedrico will be creating a third shift at its Causapscal plant in May, creating 22 jobs in Causapscal and another 7 in Price. The company is having difficulty hiring mechanics, electrical mechanics, and electricians.
    • The $1.3M early childcare centre, Centre de la Petite Enfance les Calinours, located in the Notre-Dame-du-Lac area of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, will open its doors in mid-March, creating approximately 10 jobs
    • Construction of the $500M Nicolas-Riou wind project in the Basques and Rimouski-Neigette regional county municipalities could create up to 400 jobs during the construction period
    • Starting in fall 2015, the Université du Québec à Rimouski will offer students in the bachelor of computer science program the chance to study full-time while working twice a week for a computer company
    • Shawinigan's ICO Technologies, a software package developer, is launching a $668,800 project, which should create around 10 jobs over the next 2 years
    • Following internal restructuring, the City of Trois-Rivières has laid off 48 temporary blue-collar workers, whose work will be subcontracted in the future
    • Following budget cuts imposed by the Government of Quebec's new fiscal deal, the Shawinigan local development centre will close down on May 31, causing the centre's 10 employees to lose their jobs
    • Parmalat Canada will be closing its Marieville cheese manufacturing plant in late September, causing the loss of 92 jobs. Production will be transferred to the company's Victoriaville plant.
    • Le Bifthèque, a restaurant in Montréal's Saint-Laurent borough, has placed itself under the protection of the Bankruptcy Act and ceased operations
    • A new Provigo Le Marché grocery store has opened in Blainville, creating 135 new jobs
    • As a result of the consolidation of the Centres de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) des Laurentides, the CSSS des Sommets in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts will be cutting 20 senior and middle management positions
  • Week of Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2015

    • Sobeys will spend $2.5M to build a Rachelle-Béry grocery store in Granby, which will create about 40 jobs
    • School boards in the Outaouais region are now hiring. They are looking to fill teaching positions and openings in other areas, such as management, accounting and construction.
    • The Saint-Germain-de-Grantham branch of Performance NC has undergone a $3.5M expansion to make room for a new line of BMW products. About 10 new jobs were added to the 30 pre-existing ones.
    • The polyisocyanurate manufacturer Soprema spent $43M to construct a new building in Drummondville. The company will hire about 30 people in the fields of production, marketing/sales, administration and customer service.
    • A $46.5M shopping centre will be built near Highway 30 in Beauharnois. Construction is scheduled to begin in March, and the building should be ready to open at the end of fall 2015. Around 745 jobs will be created.
    • Laboratoires Looma, a new cosmetics manufacturer, has invested $400,000 in a new facility in Delson and started production of body care and other fragrance products. The company has 10 employees.
    • The Salon Évènement emploi career fair will take place on April 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the cafeteria of Massey-Vanier high school in Cowansville. Over 36 companies are expected to attend to promote more than 500 jobs.
    • Camp de base, an outdoor sports store in Gatineau, declared bankruptcy and is closing, causing about 15 people to lose their jobs
    • Roche Bobois, a high-end furniture manufactuer from France, is opening a new store in the Quarter Dix30 commercial centre in Brossard, near Montreal
    • The telecommunications service provider Cogeco Data Services will open a new data centre in Kirkland on the western part of the Island of Montreal during the spring of 2015
    • The Résidence Gustave-Gauvreau in Sept-Îles, which accommodates seniors and people with reduced mobility, will undergo a $28M expansion and renovation. The project will be completed by September 2016.
    • Home Depot's Sherbrooke branch is looking for 20 new employees to fill positions in sales and operations. The hardware chain expects to hire 630 workers.
    • ProMetic, a Laval-based biopharmaceutical company, has announced they received an order worth $11.4M
    • The Conseil du statut de la femme (CSF) is closing all of its regional offices in Quebec following budget cuts. This will affect about 20 positions.
    • The Jean Coutu Group acquired four pharmacies in Greater Montreal after the closing of Target stores
    • The Lac-Mégantic branch of Bestar, a ready-to-assemble furniture manufacturer, is now hiring and is looking for day- labourers and electromechanics to maintain its operations
    • The City of Montreal has announced plans to redevelop the intersection of Pie-IX Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street. Work should be completed by fall 2016 at a cost of $19M.
    • This summer, Gaspé-based Plaquettes de freins B.B. is planning to begin production of brake pads for high-powered wind turbines across North America. The company will initially hire 8 new workers, while up to an additional 35 employees will join in 3 years.
    • Following a $10M investment, a number of health-care stakeholders have joined together at the Groupe Drapeau medical complex in Rimouski
    • Short- and medium-term employment is available at companies in Saint-Cyprien
    • The number of manufacturing positions in Rivière-du-Loup RCM has risen by 68 in 2014 compared to the previous year, and more than $30M in capital and equipment investments have been made in the area
    • Located in La Tuque, the RockTenn manufacturing plant, which manufactures cardboard packaging, is looking to hire industrial technicians and mechanics
    • A number of businesses have closed in downtown Trois-Rivières, with Belley's Billard & Lounge being the most recent to close its doors
    • Yahoo Quebec is closing its editorial office in Montreal. Approximately twelve journalists will be affected by the closure
    • Voodoo Grill, a restaurant located in the City of Québec, closed its doors on February 14. Approximately 40 employees will lose their jobs; however, thanks to the restaurant's owner and other establishments in the area, most members of the staff have been able to find new employment.
    • Thetford Mines' DSD international, a company that specializes in the manufacturing and sale of molds and injection-molded products, is expanding. Recent investments will yield numerous positive results, including the creation of approximately 15 jobs.
    • The City of Québec and its partner organizations have begun recruiting high-school, college, and university students for a number of summer jobs
    • Le Lion, a microbrewery located in Alma, is scheduled to open in spring 2015. Nearly half a million dollars have been invested in the establishment and a dozen new employees are expected to be hired.
    • Globus, a clothing retailer with stores located mainly in the Chaudière-Appalaches and Capitale-Nationale regions, will be closing all of its locations by March 12. Approximately 60 employees will be affected by the closures.
    • Nordex, a company based in Alma, was recently awarded a $19M contract to pave the spillway and water intake at a Hydro-Québec site. 80 people are expected to be hired to work on the project.
    • The City of Saint-Georges has begun recruiting for its summer jobs. Almost 150 positions are available, and the city will give priority to students residing in Saint-Georges. Applications will be accepted until March 6 at 4:00 p.m.
    • The Etchemins career fair will be held on 13 March, between noon and 6:00 p.m., at the Coop de Sainte-Justine. All job seekers are welcome at the fair, which showcases all kinds of jobs, such as seasonal, contract, permanent, and student jobs.
    • Unik Soins, a clinic that offers a variety of on-site and at-home health services geared towards people with reduced mobility, has recently opened in Saine-Adèle. The clinic employs approximately 10 staff members.
    • Le Balthazar, a grocery store specializing in beer and other local products, has recently announced that it will be closing its Joliette location
    • The Government of Quebec has announced that it will be investing $24.5M in the Laurentian forestry industry between 2015 and 2017. The proposed funding is meant to improve the industry's planning and production efforts.
    • The Government of Quebec will be investing $6.5M in forestry operations in the Lanaudière region between 2015 and 2017
    • Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has opened a new branch in the Lachenaie area of Terrebonne. The new location will focus on offering financial consulting services.
    • The Embryon maternal care centre, which also comprises a boutique, has recently opened in Terrebonne. The centre offers numerous health care services, such as nursing, specialized education, massage therapy, kinesitherapy, orthotherapy, acupuncture, osteopathy, and nutritional advice.
    • IGA Express, a grocery store specializing in locally-grown food, has just opened in Prévost. Sobey's, which owns the IGA chain, will be investing $100M over 5 years in an effort to open 60 Express locations across the province, including 15 this year.
    • Following the Government of Quebec's announcement that it will be reforming its health network to merge management of its facilities into a single group, 35 management positions will be phased out in the Côte-Nord region over the next 3 years
  • Week of Feb 02 - Feb 06, 2015

    • Alta Precision, a Montreal-based manufacturer of landing gear parts for airplanes, has announced it will spend $7.4M to purchase equipment and specialized production tools
    • The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) unveiled its new research institute in Montreal. This $310-million project is expected to officially open at the end of February 2015.
    • The Montreal-based dairy processing company Saputo has sold its bakery division (Saputo Bakery) to Canada Bread for $120 million
    • The decreasing price of iron ore and the loss of an important contract with the aluminum manufacturing company Alouette will force Fabnor to lay off 66 employees, more than half of its workforce, on March 23
    • With the price of iron ore on the decline, few companies are using IOC Rio Tinto's railway line in Sept-Îles. This has forced the company to temporarily lay off 44 employees and encouraged 140 others to retire.
    • Following a renovation project costing more than $5 million, Drummondville's Rona became Réno-Dépôt. A total of 30 new employees joined the 60 already working there.
    • A new Fu Lam restaurant has opened in Drummondville. About twenty new employees should be hired.
    • The waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling plant Recyclage LRA has centralized its provincial collections in Wickham. The factory, which also includes a store, will hire about 10 short-term employees as part of a social reintegration project.
    • In light of fierce competition, the Club Piscine de Victoriaville has spent $1.8 million on an expansion project. About 10 employees are expected to be hired at the end of spring. They will join the 25 already working there.
    • The Commission scolaire des Chênes unveiled its new workshop for heavy vehicles, which cost approximately $9M, in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham. Students interested in the professional diploma program are welcome.
    • Construction is now underway on Le Boisé de la Rivière, one of the largest housing developments in Magog. This first stage cost $100 million, and the area will be divided into 80 plots.
    • A new tourist attraction costing $1.5 million will be built in Magog. It will combine a video projection of a local tale with the charming natural surroundings. About 20 employees will be hired for July.
    • After having gone into bankruptcy, the restaurant La Combine in Sherbrooke will reopen under new ownership with a new ambiance. Between 15 and 20 people will be hired.
    • In order to become more familiar with companies, jobs and career possibilities in the region of Érable, secondary school students, graduates and immigrants are invited to the career fair at Polyvalente La Samare in Plessisville on April 22
    • Miel Abitémis, a company in Saint-Bruno-de-Guigues, expects to export its wildflower honey to North Africa. This will allow the firm to retain its current staff and should create new jobs as well.
    • A new marina with 98 docks and a building with a showroom will be built in Beloeil for $2.5 million. Boats will be sold, rented and maintained there.
    • The BF Recycle plant in Saint-Christophe-d'Arthabaska, specialized in recycling industrial, road, railway, shipping and demolition site materials, has been destroyed by a fire. About 15 employees worked at the plant.
    • The foresting committee of Saint-Thomas-Didyme has been given a lumber contract by Resolute Forest Products. Approximately 30 jobs will be created to achieve this contract.
    • The ninth edition of the Beauce-Etchemins Job Fair will take place March 27 in the Carrefour Saint-Georges shopping centre. According to organizers, 450 positions will be available.
    • Le Petit Manoir du Casino in Pointe-au-Pic hotel will be rebuilt. The new building will have 67 rooms and a family restaurant. The project will cost $10 million and employ about 50 workers during high tourist season.
    • The Montreal-based sportswear company Les Vêtements de sport Gildan has announced the acquisition of Comfort Colors, an American supplier of dyed T-shirts, for a price of $100M
    • Around 10 positions at Québec City's ministère de la Faune will soon be terminated. Biologists conducting wildlife management projects will be among those most affected.
    • A Tim Horton's restaurant and Sonic gas station with convenience store will open in Saint-Pascal in the fall of 2015. This $1.5-million project should create about 30 jobs.
    • Pharmacists are needed in Bas-Saint-Laurent. The position of hospital pharmacist also has been difficult to fill. The situation has improved in several fields, including speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychology
    • On February 18, the Université du Québec à Rimouski will hold its Career Day, an event for all job-seekers where about 40 companies looking for new employees will be present
    • The employment rate for graduates of training programs at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire in La Pocatière has almost reached 100%
    • In Rivière-du-Loup, the closing of Kingsway Transport on February 6 led to 12 employees being laid off
    • The Conférence régionale des élus de la Mauricie will be suspended on March 10, and 12 employees will lose their jobs
    • Sears Décor in Trois-Rivières will close in October. The 23 employees affected by this decision will be able to transfer to other Sears stores if positions are available.
    • About 40 employees lost their jobs following the closing of the Aqua-Mer Thalassothérapie spa in Carleton-sur-Mer on January 29. The owners have put the company up for sale.
    • After nearly closing, the Merinov Quebec Fisheries and Aquaculture Innovation Centre in Gaspé received more than $400,000 from the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec to fund five projects
    • The NEOMED Institute announced it will build a new centre of excellence in Laval to research organic products and vaccines. The pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is a partner of the project and will contribute $47 million to begin construction.
    • The Uniboard factory in Val d'Or will launch a $55-million project to modernize and improve productivity in the facility. This will consolidate some 500 direct and indirect jobs in the region.
    • The Centre de formation professionnelle Lachine received $5.1 million in funding from the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport to modernize its facilities and build a new thermal power station
    • Since January 2015, Ticketmaster has hired 11 employees. The Québec City firm is still looking to expand and currently needs 20 more staff members. At present, Ticketmaster currently employs 127 people, the majority of whom are IT specialists.
    • The clothing retailer Parasuco has closed seven stores after being placed under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Six establishments were located in Quebec and one in Ontario. This closure will cause the loss of 80 jobs.
    • The Conférence régionale des élus du Centre-du-Québec will lay off its 24 Drummondville employees by March 31, 2016.
    • A new elementary school is under construction in Saint-Joseph-du-Lac. It will include three kindergarten classes and be able to hold 515 students. The $10.3-million project will be ready by the start of the 2015-2016 academic year
    • A new $1.7M Centre de la petite enfance, L'Arc-en-ciel, opened in Mirabel, near Montreal. It can accommodate 80 children and has created more than 20 new daycare worker jobs.
    • A new Familiprix drug store will open at the end of February in a medical complex currently under construction in Terrebonne. The project will create about 10 new jobs.
  • Week of Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2015

    • An investment of more than $2M has made it possible to rebuild the head office of Promutuel Monts et Rives in Lac Mégantic. Services should be available at the new address toward the end of March.
    • As a result of an investment of up to $600,000, a new Cacao 70 restaurant will be built in Sherbrooke by spring. Some 20 employees are expected to be hired, a number that could grow depending on demand.
    • The Pizzicato restaurant in Sherbrooke is reopening under new ownership. There will be 22 full and part-time employees.
    • The Honda dealership in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is investing $6M to build a new place of business. Work will begin in May 2015.
    • Thanks to an investment of $1.5M, a Mobilier Philippe Dagenais store will be built in Sherbrooke, resulting in the planned hiring of about 20 employees. The business is looking for consultants and designers.
    • Although L'empreinte - cuisine soignée already offers a catering service, it is opening a restaurant in downtown Sherbrooke. It will hire between 5 and 10 employees for May.
    • EnGene, a Montréal biotechnology company, is growing and is looking to triple its staff by hiring some 20 skilled employees within a the next year.
    • Dynamic Concept of Jonquière, a manufacturer of equipment for aluminium plants, has received $335,000 in financial assistance so that it can expand the plant, purchase manufacturing and computer equipment and create about a dozen jobs.
    • A new edition of Charlevoix au boulot, a job fair, will be held on March 28, 2015 in the St-Hilarion recreation hall. For more information, visit the following site: http://emploicharlevoix.ca/.
    • The Atmosphère store in Place Sainte-Foy will be moving and expanding with an investment of about $3M. Some 15 jobs will be created when the business re-opens in November 2015.
    • Starbucks is opening in Saint-Hubert and is investing $66,000 to create a drive-thru service. The arrival of this new coffee shop will create new jobs.
    • Mallette S.E.N.C.R.L., a chartered accountant firm, is expanding by merging with EPR, an accounting firm in Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jérôme and Terrebonne. The number of employees should soon increase from 45 to about 100.
    • As a result of a restructuring of Burger King following its purchase of Tim Hortons, some 50 positions have been eliminated at Tim Hortons regional office in Montréal in the Lachine sector.
    • Staples (Bureau en gros) has announced the closing of two retail stores in Montréal: one in the downtown area and the other in the city's east end.
    • The closing of the tourism site, Les Sept Chutes, in Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges will result in the loss of 20 seasonal jobs and one full-time contract job.
    • Sitec Quartz, a mining company in Saint-Urbain, is receiving $2M in financial assistance, enabling the electrification of its facilities and the expansion of its operations. The number of employees could increase from 84 to 99 once the project is complete.
    • État Loto-Québec has announced the elimination of 60 management jobs following a restructuring. Almost all of the affected positions are at the Casino de Montréal.
    • Jones New York, a women's clothing retailer, has announced the closing of all its stores as of summer 2015. Some 36 stores will be affected in Canada by this action, including 4 in the province of Quebec.
    • The City of Montréal will be investing $23M between now and 2017 to improve access to the high speed telecommunications network within its jurisdiction.
    • In Trois-Rivières, the Bureau de poste restaurant will open in late March in the former Casablanca restaurant location and will hire about 40 employees.
    • Place Belvédère is expanding as a result of an investment that could reach close to $30M and will lead to the creation of some 30 jobs in Trois-Rivières.
    • The Pas à Pas daycare centre recently opened in Trois-Rivières, creating about a dozen jobs.
    • After winning a major contract with Bombardier Recreational Products, Kongsberg is planning to create about a dozen production jobs beginning next year in Shawinigan. The R&D department has practically doubled its staff over the past three years.
    • Companies in the Trois-Rivières region are seeking technicians with mechanical engineering training.
    • The Gaspé wind power industry will require some 40 windmill maintenance technicians by 2019, primarily because of the addition of new facilities. It will also be seeking workers in several other professions.
    • In Matane, Marmen Énergie will be investing $2M to $3M and hiring at least 30 additional workers.
    • For youth looking for a summer job, Rendez-vous d'emploi d'été, a summer job fair, will be held on March 7 in Rivière-du-Loup
    • Placement rates for graduates with a plumbing-heating diploma exceed 92% at the Pavillon-de-l'Avenir professional training centre in Rivière-du-Loup.
    • The placement rate for graduates of the various programs of the Institut Maritime du Québec in Rimouski is close to 100%.
    • The halt in production of STM subway cars will result in 145 layoffs between the end of April and the end of October at the Bombardier plant in La Pocatière. In addition, 65 employees involved with another project will be placed on the call-back list.
    • The American company, Sixty Hotels, and the Quebec company, Point Zero, will open a boutique hotel in downtown Montréal in 2016. The $30M project involves the complete renovation of an old building.
    • Costco will be opening in the Saint-Romuald sector of Lévis on March 12. The company is currently hiring for the some 170 positions to be created.
    • The Laval school board is opening its first cooperative at the Paul-Émile-Dufresne professional training centre in Sainte-Rose.
    • La Villa Notre-Dame, a residence for semi-independent seniors in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, is building an additional 29 units. When work is complete in April, it will be able to accommodate a total of 100 people.
    • Bauer Hockey, a manufacturer of sports equipment, is moving its research and development centre from Saint-Jérôme to Blainville to a new, bigger building that will enable it to accommodate its 125 employees, including 25 recent hires.
    • The Walmart in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts recently officially opened after expanding and becoming a Supercentre. Its expansion created at least 25 positions, bringing the total number of employees to about 160.
  • Week of Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2015

    • As a result of a $750,000 investment, a sixth Caffuccino restaurant-bar was opened in Sherbrooke, creating some 20 jobs.
    • The Renard project of the Stornoway open-pit mine will hire 200 new employees (open-pit mine, underground mine, mechanical) in 2015, and another 200 people (plant, mine, maintenance and services) in 2016
    • A new 92-unit condominium complex will be built in Sherbrooke as a result of a $35M investment. Possession could occur in fall 2016.
    • The Lumca, Rocand and Dectronique companies in the Quebec region are investing $2M to continue and accelerate their growth on international markets. This investment should result in the creation of 30 jobs.
    • Le Groupe Fernand Gilbert in Saguenay recently secured a $160M contract as part of the Muskrat falls hydroelectric project. The contract will secure an existing 100 jobs in Saguenay and create another 150 jobs in Labrador.
    • In February, a third shift will be added at the Saint-Félicien sawmill belonging to Resolute Forest Products (RFP). This will result in the creation of 16 jobs.
    • The Groupe Park Avenue, a used car dealership, is opening a location in Laval. The opening of the Méga Centre Occasion Park Avenue de Laval has created 25 jobs.
    • The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) will be investing $29M over the next five years to modernize its ticketing equipment
    • The Port of Montréal has announced an investment of $123M to renew its infrastructure and increase its container-handling capacity. The Government of Canada is contributing $43.6M to this project.
    • La Boucherie québécoise has purchased the Marché Végétarien in Victoriaville. The re-opening of the green grocery means that some 30 employees will be working in the two businesses that are housed under the same roof.
    • The construction of a new provincial detention centre in Sorel-Tracy, at a cost of $265.7M, is employing some 700 workers and will result in an estimated 155 new permanent positions when the prison is operational in 2017
    • The Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean recently issued a collective layoff notice for about 10 employees. The organization will cease its operations on March 31 and will be replaced by the Conférence régionale des préfets.
    • Mauricie is expecting 25 new family physicians this summer
    • The Restaurant Le Dalton in Trois-Rivières is closing its doors, leaving 20 employees without work
    • The closing of Target in Carrefour Rimouski will result in the loss of about 100 jobs over the next five months
    • Pro-Amino, a manufacturer of food supplements, is investing $5M in the construction of new facilities in the Innoparc Albatros in Saint-Eustache. In anticipation of its relocation in fall 2015, the business will be creating about 10 jobs this year.
    • Saint-Eustache will see an investment of $17.2M to build a bilingual vocational training centre for construction trades. When it opens in September 2016, it will host 200 students annually.
    • A new school with 5 kindergarten classrooms and 26 primary classrooms will be built in Repentigny. It will welcome 700 pupils from September 2016.
    • An investment of more than $2M will see the construction of a new landfill cell in Ragueneau. It should be in service by this summer at the latest.
    • Forex, a family business with 4 sawmills and cutting plants in the Mont-Laurier sector, is investing $70M to re-open the former Temlam plant in Amos, creating 350 jobs
    • After 45 years in business, Meubles Gémo is closing its doors in Granby, leading to the layoff of 30 employees.
    • 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 12 - Jan 16, 2015

    • Because of difficulties procuring wood, the Tembec de Béarn sawmill halted operations, resulting in 130 workers being laid off for a week
    • Both Meubles Denis Riel stores (in Farnham and in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) will be closing in the spring of 2015, leaving 25 people unemployed
    • After less than two years operating in Canada, U.S. retailer Target will be closing its 133 stores, including 25 in Quebec. The closure will result in the loss of approximately 17,600 jobs across the country.
    • A new complex that will house professional offices and a restaurant will be built in Drummondville (in the Saint-Charles area) at a cost of $3.5 M
    • U.S. retailer Target will be closing its store in Sherbrooke, triggering the loss of roughly a hundred jobs
    • The re-opening of Villa Dubé in Saint-Jean-de-Dieu in early April will mean more spaces for seniors in private residence and intermediate resources and the creation of 25 jobs
    • With the expansion of its plant in Rivière-du-Loup (at a cost of over $1 M), furniture manufacturer Créations Verbois intends to increase its staff significantly in the coming years
    • The Club de recherche d'emploi, a job search club organized by Tremplin Travail Vallée de la Matapédia, starts a new session in Amqui on January 19
    • ARM, a collection agency in Shawinigan, is looking for approximately 15 employees, with training on collections to be offered at Carrefour Formation Mauricie
    • On January 12, the municipality of Champlain hired 12 part-time firefighters
    • Le Florès, an inn in Shawinigan is experiencing staff recruitment difficulties
    • With Target's closing, 120 jobs will be lost in Trois-Rivières over the next five months
    • After acquiring Marcotte Alimentation, Groupe Colabor has announced that most of the wholesaler's grocery operations will be transferred to Saint-Nicolas by March 27, resulting in approximately 60 jobs being lost in Trois-Rivières
    • The last day of work for some 130 employees at the Coopérative Fédérée de Trois-Rivières who were still working was January 14
    • Groupe Épicia is closing 14 of its stores, including 11 under the Le Jardin Mobile name in the Québec City area. The closure also affects 2 stores under the Le Marché Végétarien name as well as Jardin du Mont in Magog.
    • Work on the development of a small hydroelectric power station on the Sainte-Anne-du-Nord river will be starting in February in Saint-Joachim (Côte-de-Beaupré). The company in charge of the work will be hiring as many local workers as possible.
    • The Loblaws store on Talbot Blvd. in Chicoutimi will be renovated and will operate under the Provigo name. The project will lead to the creation of close to 75 jobs.
    • In Terrebonne, the construction of a commercial and administrative complex has just started. The first phase, which represents a $4.5 M investment, will see the establishment of a Caisse populaire Desjardins branch and 35 new jobs as of June 2015.
    • In Mirabel, the construction of a new multiservice complex Synerca has just started. The stores and offices it will house will employ a minimum of 120 people. The money invested in the project will ultimately amount to $10 M.
    • The announcement that U.S. retailer Target will be closing all of its stores in Canada will result in 150 lost jobs at the Saint-Jérôme store
    • The closing of Target's Canadian stores will mean 150 lost jobs in Joliette
  • Week of Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2015

    • The restaurant Rouge Boeuf in Granby closed its doors without warning, leaving 15 people without jobs on Christmas Eve
    • The City of Montréal has announced plans to replace Autoroute Bonaventure. It will build an urban boulevard by 2017 at an estimated cost of $142M.
    • The Shell service station and Boni-Soir convenience store in Warden will be shutting down by January 31, 2015
    • Vétoquinol Canada, a leader in animal health, is investing some $3M to renovate its Princeville plant and acquire new equipment in order to increase its production capacity
    • Due to the slowdown in the construction industry, Matériaux de construction Guardian has closed the doors of its Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets store, putting about 10 people out of work
    • As part of a restructuring, the wood finishing product manufacturer, Akzo Nobel Peintures Bois will be laying off about 50 of its 80 employees at its Warwick facility in the spring
    • The Santorick restaurant in Drummondville has closed, putting about 30 employees out of work
    • After having invested $17M to relocate to Magog, the IGA Gazaille Extra supermarket has officially opened. The store is located in a new $27M commercial complex that also includes a Shell service station, Presse Café and a Dollarama.
    • Montréal-based Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced a firm order for 24 CRJ900 aircraft at an estimated value US$1.14 billion
    • As a result of an investment of $2M, Camping Aventure Mégantic will open in late May 2015, close to Lac Mégantic. Seven students will be hired for the summer in addition to the four current employees.
    • Bombardier Business Aircraft of Montréal has received a purchase order for six Learjet 75 planes at an estimated value of $83M
    • Winter is a difficult time and, as a result, the Fortier fish market in Sept-Ïles has temporarily closed until the beginning of the fishing season in mid-March
    • As a result of an investment of some $1.3M, a second Tout-petit, Toute-petite daycare facility will be built on Université de Sherbrooke land.
    • Rio Tinto Alcan is investing $4.5M to install a new small forging ingot production unit in its Dubuc plant in Saguenay. This investment will create 14 new jobs.
    • The Lakeside bar and restaurant in Saint-Ferdinand has closed, resulting in the layoff of about 15 part-time employees
    • CSN's head office in Montréal will be expanded by the EBC company. Project costs are estimated at $40M and the project will see the union's services and agencies united under a single roof.
    • CAE, the Montréal manufacturer of flight simulators, has announced that it has secured 8 contracts with several aviation companies at a value of over $120M
    • The Resolute Forest Products sawmill in St-Hilarion temporary ceased operations on December 23 until early February. This production shutdown affects 45 workers.
    • The Canam Group is seeking some 15 welders for its St-Gédéon (Beauce) plant. In the spring, the company plans to hire an additional 50 workers when it begins manufacturing the structure for the Atlanta Falcons football stadium.
    • An investment of $10M will allow construction of 60 new housing units at the Havre des Cantons independent living residence in Magog
    • PetaIMD is experiencing significant growth. It currently employs about 40 people and could double that number by the end of 2015. The company is seeking Web developers.
    • Beginning in fall 2015, the La Vallée des Loupiots daycare centre in Val-d'Or will be expanding with a new facility to accommodate 80 children. This project is estimated at $1.8M. The Caliméro daycare centre in Ville-Marie will be expanding, adding 36 new spaces.
    • The Vents du Kempt wind power farm began operations in the Vallée de la Matapédia. The project's estimated costs are $300M and over 300 people worked on the project at the peak of construction.
    • In Trois-Rivières, Epsilia has announced a $227,000 commercialization project that will consolidate 27 jobs in the information technology sector, create 5 additional jobs in the short term and some 20 within 3 years.
    • The 34 employees of the Conférence régionale des élus de la Gaspésie et des Îles-de-la-Madeleine will be laid off on February 13 following cutbacks imposed by the Quebec government
    • The Grand Manoir seniors residence in Saint-Jean-de-Matha will be investing $7M to expand its facility. A new 60-unit building will be constructed and ready for August, creating some 20 jobs.
    • In Terrebonne, a $60M investment will make possible the construction of a seniors residence, Le Teasdale. The construction site will be hiring some 100 employees beginning in February and the complex will create 50 jobs when it opens in spring 2016.
  • Week of Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014

    • The French brasserie Le Café du théâtre has opened, diversifying the services provided by Quartier Dix30 in Brossard. Groupe Restos Quartier Dix30 has four establishments with close to 350 employees.
    • A $12 million investment in Le Dufferin de Salaberry-de-Valleyfield seniors residence will result in 72 new units, increasing the accommodation capacity to 190 apartments.
    • The Granby plumbing company Plomberie Brière is expanding with the acquisition of LM2S, which specializes in developing food systems and processes, and the creation of approximately 15 jobs within the next year.
    • The organization Mon chez nous has announced the construction of 30 new affordable housing units in Gatineau, which will accommodate 30 families in spring 2015.
    • CAE, a flight simulator manufacturer in Montréal, has announced the securement of military contracts with a number of countries, with an estimated value of more than $115 million.
    • Serres Sagami, which markets various varieties of tomatoes, is reopening the facilities and restarting the operations of Serrres Lacoste (in Les Éboulements), which have been closed since November 2014. Approximately 40 new jobs will be created.
    • The main papermaking machine at the plant of Resolute Forest Products in Alma will be shut down temporarily. The shutdown, from December 24 to January 5, will affect approximately 40 workers.
    • Olin Produits Chloralcalis in Bécancour cannot afford to rebuild the part of the plant that was damaged by an explosion. Therefore, nearly 50 employees and managers will lose their job in February 2015.
    • The Centre Athlétique T-R fitness centre has opened a new location in Bécancour. A dozen employees are expected to be hired.
    • Two leaders in fabricated wood structures, Magog's UsiHome and Richmond's Structure d'À côté, are merging under the UsiHome entity in Magog. Not only will the approximately 100 jobs be retained, but production will double as a result of the U.S. market.
    • Following the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, the Musi-Café restaurant and bar has been rebuilt through an investment expected to exceed $1.5 million. Approximately 20 employees have been hired.
    • The Government of Quebec has granted financial assistance to Usinage Pro-24 in Asbestos. The $668,881 investment will make it possible to purchase equipment and identify markets in the United States and in Western Canada. All 24 jobs will be retained.
    • Aréna Martin Brodeur in Saint-Léonard has announced that it will reopen after more than one year of renovation work costing $13.7 million.
    • Centre jeunesse de Val-du-Lac in Sherbrooke has been expanded and renovated through an investment of $1.6 million.
    • The City of Sherbrooke has inaugurated the Jean-Byrns multipurpose building after spending $1.1 million to replace the former structure, which had burnt down.
    • Through contributions from the federal, provincial and municipal governments, $6 million have been invested to build a pumping station in Victoriaville and equip the water treatment plant with sludge dewatering technology.
    • Société de développement économique (SDE) de Lévis will close on December 31. A dozen employees will lose their job.
    • Centre local de développement (CLD) de Québec will close on December 31. Approximately 40 workers will lose their job.
    • The Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) de Chaudière-Appalaches will shut down. A wind-up plan has been adopted. A dozen employees have received a mass layoff notice for February 13.
    • The federal government has announced an investment of $35.7 million over five years to restore three historic sites in Québec City. This project, to be managed by Parks Canada, is expected to create more than 500 jobs in the region.
    • Produits métalliques Roy in Montmagny requires skilled workers, specifically welders, buffers and press operators.
    • A residential complex will be built in Thetford Mines. The project is worth $40 million and will create approximately 40 jobs. Phase one is scheduled to start in May 2015 and end on July 1, 2016.
    • Centre de services partagés Desjardins de Jonquière will be expanded. The $6 million investment will create close to 30 jobs. Work has already begun and should be complete in June.
    • Commission scolaire Harricana will receive $2.5 million in financial assistance to renovate five of its facilities. The tendering process is expected to start in the next few weeks.
    • An investment of $15.3 million will be required to build a new elementary school in the Aylmer area of Gatineau. The contract was awarded to the firm Ed Brunet, which has already started the work.
    • A $1.8 million investment will make it possible to purchase and renovate a property to open a new Châteauguay location of Ye Olde Orchard Pub and Grill, a Montréal chain of Irish pubs. It is scheduled to open in March 2015 and will create approximately 20 jobs.
    • Senvion has secured a contract worth an estimated $38 million to build 12 wind turbines to be delivered in December 2015 for Parc éolien Pierre-de-Saurel in Sorel-Tracy.
    • In response to the Government of Quebec's announcement regarding the elimination of the Conférences régionales des élus (CRÉs), the CRÉ de l'Estrie must gradually lay off its 16 employees between mid-February and early May.
    • As a result of an investment of close to $58 million, Le Granit community wind farm, with 12 wind turbines, was inaugurated in Saint-Robert-Bellarmin.
    • The City of Brossard will invest $19.4 million in infrastructure repairs in the Brosseau area. The work is part of its 2015-2017 three-year capital plan.
    • Impression Design Grafik in Témiscamingue is expanding with the setup of printing and production equipment in Val-d'Or. In 2015 a production team will be hired to serve customers in the new area.
    • The new Provigo Le Marché in Évain has received a $4.3 million facelift, resulting in 20 new jobs.
    • Work has begun on a $2 million expansion to the Source Bleue palliative care centre in Boucherville. The number of rooms will increase from 12 to 16, enhancing the end-of-life services available.
    • Supermarché Clément IGA in Louiseville has invested $1.5 million in its facilities, and six jobs have been created.
    • At the Café de l'emploi en acériculture, on January 8, job seekers will be able to read job postings from over 200 sugar bush owners in the regions of Témiscouata and des Basques.
    • The Saint-Damase community wind farm began delivering electricity to Hydro-Québec on December 2, as a result of a $70 million investment. More than 100 workers carried out the construction work, which began in February 2014.
    • Graduates of the ¿Logistique du transport¿ program offered by Institut Maritime du Québec in Rimouski are in great demand.
    • On December 12, the Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) du Bas-Saint-Laurent approved the layoff of its 25 employees in Rimouski, as a result of cutbacks imposed by the Government of Quebec. The body will be officially dissolved in March 2015.
    • The construction of the Complexe multiservices Synerca has begun at Mirabel. The building, which will house offices and businesses, will represent an investment of $10 million once complete.
    • In 2015, the City of Joliette will invest $28 million in infrastructure work, including road repairs, water treatment plant equipment upgrades and the development of Île Vessot.
    • A new location of the ¿bring your own wine¿ restaurant and grill Rouge Boeuf has opened in Terrebonne.
    • Through a $2.8 million grant from the Government of Quebec, the Chaire de recherche industrielle sur l'éthanol cellulosique et les biocommoditiés of Université de Sherbrooke will continue its work until 2017.
    • TransRail FN27 in Val-d'Or will invest $4.6 million to expand its trans-shipment centre, as a result of $1.5 million in financial assistance from the Government of Quebec, creating five or six jobs.
    • Rio Tinto Fer et Titane in Sorel has announced the layoff of approximately 30 mechanics for an indeterminate period.
    • Équipements Comact in St-Georges has secured a number of contracts in the last few months. The business requires welders, machinists, mechanics, draftpersons, technicians in various fields, mechanical engineers and estimators.
    • Mueller Canada, a manufacturer of cast iron covers for sewer and water systems, announced the closure of its plant in Saint-Jérôme on December 18, resulting in the permanent layoff of approximately 80 workers.
  • Week of Dec 08 - Dec 12, 2014

    • Asbestos-based food co-op, Coop Métro Plus, is investing $2.5M to carry out expansion and renovation works
    • Following the government of Quebec's announcement about the elimination of the Conférences régionales des élus (CRÉ), the Côte-Nord CRÉ will be forced to lay off its 23 employees in Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles on March 31, 2015
    • Gorilla Group, an American e-commerce solutions provider, announced the official opening of its Canadian office in Montréal. The company intends to hire 70 employees within the next two years.
    • Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal will eliminate 12 mental health positions next January, following the health sector reforms announced by the provincial government
    • A $27M investment for a new converter at the Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane smelter generates economic spin-offs of $8M in Sorel-Tracy and $17M in the province of Quebec
    • Asbestos-based Transport Grayson, which serves the American market, is investing $600,000 to relocate to Danville. The company will go from a fleet of 60 to at least 70 trucks, and will add new jobs to the existing 80.
    • According to the corporation The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated, repair works for the Champlain Bridge in Montréal will cost $90M in 2015
    • Tesla, an American electric-vehicle manufacturer, announced the inauguration of its first location in Quebec, which will be located in Montréal
    • Due to supply problems, Resolute Forest Products sis reducing its activities at its Maniwaki saw mill. As of January 5, about 50 workers will lose their jobs for an indefinite period of time.
    • Over the next five years, aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada will invest close to $1B to design a high-performance engine. Research and development works will be mainly carried out in Longueuil and Mississauga.
    • About 30 workers at Portneuf's MPI paper mill were temporarily laid off. The employees should be back on January 5.
    • The Paillard bakery will open a new location on Auvergne boulevard in Québec's Neufchâtel neighbourhood. The location is scheduled to open in January and will enable about 40 jobs to be created.
    • Ben Deshaies, a food wholesaler, is investing $12.5M to build a new distribution centre in Amos in order to increase its productivity
    • Thanks to an $18M investment, two elementary schools will be built in Sherbrooke. When school starts in 2015, the Saint-Élie school will welcome over 550 students and about 40 employees and the Rock Forest school will welcome 350 schoolchildren.
    • The Canac hardware store is investing $37M to build a distribution centre in Drummondville. The store is scheduled to open at the end of 2015. Thirty new jobs will be created, including several warehouseperson and administrative positions.
    • Alimentation COOP Rimouski's new IGA market was inaugurated on December 4, following an investment of over $8M, which created close to 30 new jobs
    • In an attempt to balance the budget this year, the Université du Québec in Rimouski is not filling about 30 positions, including 18 teaching positions
    • Over the past weeks, Coopérative forestière du Haut Saint-Maurice in La Tuque laid off 27 workers from the cutting, transportation, road network and office teams, and the hours of 25 other employees were reduced
    • At Resolute Forest Products' Vermillon forest camp in Haute-Mauricie, about twenty forest workers were laid off
    • Certain positions at the Chemin-du-Roy school board will be eliminated, in addition to the 21 that were eliminated at the administrative centre
    • Shawinigan's Trou du diable microbrewery opened a store on December 12, creating about 15 jobs
    • Merinov, the Québec Fisheries and Aquaculture Innovation Centre, will lay off about 50 employees in Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Côte-Nord on February 6, 2015, due to a lack of funds
    • Following expansion works, Drummondville's Walmart has become a Supercentre, offering a complete range of food products. The company is in the process of hiring 65 new employees, who will join the existing 195.
    • Following the government of Québec's announcement to reduce transfers to local development centres (CLD), the Memphrémagog CLD will be laying off 13 persons in Magog on February 6. The positions will be reorganized and revised to 8.5 employees.
    • The 23 Quebecois women's clothing stores, Revue, owned by its parent company Les Entreprises Vagabond of Rimouski, will be closing their doors. Close to 100 workers will lose their jobs.
    • Menuiserie St-Henri will open a new location on Talbot boulevard in Saguenay. The opening is scheduled for February 1, 2015, enabling the creation of about 15 jobs.
    • RIP-V, the only vinyl pressing company in the country, sold its assets to an American firm, forcing its clients to rely on foreign suppliers. In January 2015, the company will stop its activities in St-Lambert, resulting in the loss of casual jobs.
    • Lanaudière's Conférence Régionale des Élus (CRÉ) announced that it would be closing its doors in 2015, resulting in the dismissal of its 22 employees
    • A Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) Dépôt branch will be built in Blainville, along highway 15, and will open its doors in summer 2015
    • In 2015, Saint-Côme's Pourvoirie du Lac Croche will build a disposal field and invest $1M to renovate and build new cabins
    • El-Ma-Mia, a spice and seasoning manufacturing business, is investing $2.6M to expand its plant in Terrebonne. Works will be completed in spring 2015 and will create more than 10 positions over the next year.
    • A $3.4M investment will enable the construction and outfitting of a new building to house the Gatineau birth centre and welcome a growing clientele. The calls for tenders will be issued in February 2015.
    • CAE, Montréal-based manufacturer of flight simulators, announced that it signed several civil aviation training contracts, estimated at more than $100M, with airlines
    • Club Monaco, a high-end clothing retailer, opened its store on Sainte-Catherine Street in Montréal
  • Week of Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014

    • Norampac, a corrugated cardboard packaging manufacturer, invested more than $13M in its two plants in Drummondville and Vaudreuil to acquire two new printing presses that will increase productivity
    • A new facility for the La Girouette child care centre was officially opened in Villeroy following an investment of more than $500,000. Six new jobs were created.
    • La Sûreté du Québec announced the elimination of 92 positions across the province as of the beginning of December. These cuts will primarily affect casual employees with administrative functions.
    • With the price of iron ore falling, Cliffs Natural Resources, an iron ore company, will permanently close its Wabush mines in Pointe-Noire near Sept-Îles. Some 100 workers will lose their jobs.
    • The East train, a new commuter rail service, began on December 1. This $674M project sees the train running from Mascouche across the eastern part of Montréal Island and arriving at the central station, a 53-km trip.
    • Following an investment of $4.5M to expand its facilities, the Boulevard de la Caisse Desjardins service centre in Drummondville has officially opened as the head office. Eighty people work at this location.
    • Thanks to an investment of $1.4M, the child care centre L'Univers des petits Memphremagog will be built in Magog. Some 20 professionals in early childhood education and special education will be hired by April 2015, at the latest..
    • RIO Tinto-IOC Mining Company has laid off a dozen executives working in Sept-Îles in an effort to reduce costs in light of declining iron ore prices.
    • The Montréal group Germain Hôtels announced it is expanding its Alt banner by opening additional establishments across Canada. The expansion is made possible by $80M in funding from its investors.
    • Croteau, a store on 90e Rue at Saint-Georges (Beauce) will cease operations in February 2015. The decision affects some 20 employees.
    • As a result of the fire at the Lorriann, some 20 employees have lost their jobs. The restaurant and bar was located on Boulevard de la Grande Baie Sud in La Baie.
    • In Mont-Joli, the former Auberge Cartier will reopen on December 5 under the name of Complexe le Phoenix, creating 21 jobs
    • Recruitment of part-time firefighters has been more difficult in Quebec since the tragedy at L'Isle-Verte, especially in the regions, according to the Fédération québécoise des intervenants en sécurité incendie
    • Twenty-seven jobs were lost with the closing on December 3 of Finition U.V. Crystal in Saint-Tite, a hardwood flooring finishing company
    • As a result of a requirement for the RCMs to restructure the economic development assistance services provided by local development centres (LDC), approximately 11 positions are expected to be eliminated in the Gaspé area, including 5 at the LDC of the Avignon RCM, which has been closed
    • Outils concept, a manufacturer of embossing tools in Stukely-Sud, has opened a new plant in Granby, intended to the creation and design of matrices. Fifteen-some jobs were transferred to Granby, and between three and five jobs will be created over the next two years. The Stukely-Sud facility will be used to assemble parts that are designed and tested in Granby.
    • Due in part to the weakness of the worldwide newspaper market, Resolute Forest Products is permanently shutting down two of its paper machines in Baie-Comeau and Clermont. This will put 120 people out of work.
    • Reitmans Canada, a Montréal retailer of women's clothing, has announced the closing of 52 stores across its Canadian network due to a drop in sales attributed to its branches.
    • Mexx, the Dutch clothing manufacturer, has declared bankruptcy. The company has 28 stores and employs 750 people in Quebec.
    • A new Chocolats Favoris store will open soon in Terrebonne, creating between 40 and 45 jobs
    • An investment of $11M is making it possible to build a new elementary school this spring in the Lachenaie sector of Terrebonne. The school will include two gymnasiums and will welcome 400 students in 21 classes beginning in September 2016.
    • The Sélection store of the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) in Mont Tremblant will be demolished and rebuilt beginning on April 1. The new building, scheduled for fall 2015, will include a parking lot and a delivery bay.
    • A new school has opened in Saint-Jérôme, welcoming 600 students in 28 classes. Students were housed since September in temporary facilities at the Polyvalente de Saint-Jérôme.
    • Outils concept, a manufacturer of embossing tools in Stukely-Sud has invested $500,000 to repair the roof of its head office, which collapsed at the beginning of the year.
  • Week of Nov 24 - Nov 28, 2014

    • The Government of Quebec is providing $2,244,655 in financial assistance to 10 Centre-du-Québec companies that will be investing more than $13.9M in various projects. The contributions are making it possible to hire 57 employees to augment the current 475 workers.
    • The Government of Quebec is providing financial assistance to Belle-Ripe in Princeville, a manufacturer of wood shavings for animal bedding. Ten employees will be added to the current 13 employees.
    • The Government of Quebec is providing financial assistance totalling $1.84M to Plasma Forme in Victoriaville, which specializes in metal processing. Two employees will be added to the seven persons currently employed.
    • The Government of Quebec will be investing nearly $3.9M in Groupe R.Y. Beaudoin of Victoriaville, a manufacturer of specialized accessories for heavy machinery. This will allow the company to add 5 employees to its current complement of 25.
    • The Government of Quebec is providing financial assistance to a Victoriaville manufacturer of photographic surveillance systems, G.G. Télécom. The investment of more than $1.6M will make it possible to add 30 employees to the current 62-person workforce.
    • The Government of Quebec is providing $2.7M in assistance to the Amex Bois Franc sawmill in Plessisville. Three employees will be added to the 45-member workforce.
    • The Government of Quebec is providing a total of more than $3M in financial assistance to Placages Lignum of Victoriaville, a manufacturer of hardwood plywood. Three employees will be added to the current 32-person workforce.
    • The Government of Quebec is providing financial assistance to Veralex of Princeville, a division of Prelco. This manufacturer of windshields, windows and frames for maritime vehicles is investing $445,225, resulting in the addition of 3 employees to the current 15-person workforce.
    • With the price of iron ore declining and in the absence of financing, Cliffs Natural Resources is moving forward with its closure, laying off at least 400 of some 500 employees working at its Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Fermont
    • A new Tim Hortons will open in the heart of the Bagotville Canadian Forces Base. The investment is $500,000 and will create 20 jobs.
    • As a result of an investment of $3.5M, the La Samare residential sector will be created in Plessisville
    • In summer 2015, Metro will be introducing a supermarket under the Super C banner and will create 75 new jobs in Rouyn-Noranda
    • The Centre de formation professionnelle Relais in Lièvre-Seigneurie will be expanded at a cost of $3.2M, enabling it to welcome a growing clientele
    • In 2015, 280 community housing units will be built in Gatineau as a result of an investment of $23M. These units are intended for low-income households.
    • Minéraux Metso Canada, a manufacturer of mining equipment located in the Lachine area, has announced the closing of its plant as of February 13, 2015, resulting in the layoff of 191 workers
    • Smart Set will be restructuring its 107 stores resulting in closures or conversions to other banners such as Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle, RW & Co., and Thyme Maternity. In total, 31 stores will be closed.
    • The Government of Quebec is providing 50% of the funding for a total investment of $5M to relocate the Magog municipal garage
    • The Roberto Luongo Arena in the Saint-Léonard neighbourhood of Montréal will be renovated at a cost of nearly $7M
    • The Centre sportif St-Charles in Montréal will receive a new refrigeration system for its arena. The work will be completed for summer 2015, at an investment of $7.5M.
    • Thanks to an investment of more than $600,000, the Le Refuge microbrewery will be built in Sherbrooke. Some 20 employees will be hired for the open scheduled in early 2015.
    • Arvida's Atelier d'usinage is closing its doors. Nearly 50 workers will be without work in December and will experience losses averaging $5,000. The plant specialized in the manufacture of parts for Rio Tinto Alcan.
    • The 5e Quai complex, a new residential project in the Old Port of Montréal, was unveiled by its promoter, Samy Bitton. It will include 84 condominiums, 19 townhouses and 6 penthouses, to be ready for summer 2016.
    • Following bankruptcy, Structure BRL relaunched in Drummondville. The company is one of the best steel manufacturers and installers in Quebec. The plant will resume operations gradually starting in January, to reach its full capacity in the summer of 2015 with thirty workers, who, according to one of the founders, are likely to be former employees.
    • Thanks to an investment of more than $1M, the technology transfer centre of the Victoriaville CEGEP EQMBO-Entreprises, officially opened its industrial finishing research laboratory for finished wood products.
    • Supermétal has acquired contracts totalling $105M. The company requires some 100 new workers quickly, mainly in Levis and Sherbrooke. It is seeking assemblers, welders, day labourers and foremen.
    • A new residential complex for retirees will be built in Thetford Mines. The investment is approximately $24M and will create about 30 jobs.
    • The building materials and hardware distributor, Chalifour Canada, will close its Victoriaville distribution centre in March 2015. One hundred and twenty workers will lose their jobs.
    • The rural development consulting organization, Solidarité Rurale du Québec, in Nicolet will close on December 9. Nine layoffs will result from budget cuts and the dismantling of the government's collective development tools.
    • The nurse shortage is negatively impacting the situation at the Haut-Saint-Maurice de La Tuque Health and Social Services Centre and the Centre d'études collégiales La Tuque introduced a nursing program a few years ago to address this problem
    • Gexel plans to hire 70 employees by April at its Trois-Rivières call centre
    • Poisson Salé Gaspésien specializes in the processing of salted, dried cod. It will be investing $1.1M to modernize its Grande Rivière facilities, thereby securing 182 jobs and creating 31 seasonal jobs for about 20 weeks per year.
    • Five permanent positions will be created at Manoir Belle Plage Carleton in Carleton-sur-Mer and five others at Aciers Chaleur, Filets Expert division, at Cascapédia-Saint-Jules
    • Repair work costing $3.2M will be completed by December 19 on the Saint-Siméon breakwater-wharf at the Rivière-du-Loup/Saint-Siméon ferry
    • An investment of $800,000 will be made to expand Hôtel Le Floral in Sherbrooke. Despite this expansion, the employer will not be increasing its 20-person workforce.
    • Two new day care centres will be opening in Portneuf. The first will be located in Pont-Rouge and the second in Neuville. The 2 projects will create 17 jobs with hiring of educational staff taking place in the coming weeks.
    • In Répentigny, construction has begun on a second day care centre, Le Chat Perché. The centre plans to hire 14 employees in February 2015 to welcome 80 children beginning in April 2015.
    • In Rawdon, the cottage rental service, Chalets Lanaudière, official opened four new cottages, four yurts and one welcome centre built with a $1.5M investment.
    • A new corner store opened in Terrebonne. It consists of an Ultramar gas station, a Transit Café, a Pizza Pizza, and an Ultralave car wash and will result in the hiring of about 15 full and part-time staff.
    • In Boisbriand, the Pub City restaurant and bar will be rebuilt as the Fogo Euro-Lounge as a result of a $4M investment. The establishment will include a take-out counter and a delivery service, and will create between 60 and 80 jobs in spring 2015.
  • Week of Nov 17 - Nov 21, 2014

    • Les Jardins de Magog, a residence for autonomous and semi-autonomous seniors, is taking a $1.2M investment to expand and build 12 suites on its third floor
    • Aux mille et une saisons, a distributor of certified organic products, will close its Scotstown centre on January 8, 2015. About 40 workers will be without a job.
    • Following an investment of more than $650,000, Maison Soleil, which provides housing and services to four citizens living with an intellectual disability, is officially open in Potton
    • Thanks to an investment of approximately $8M, a Groupe médical GMA location will be built in Sherbrooke for April 2015 in the new complex of the former Daughters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus convent
    • The Verdun hospital in Montréal will be renovated and expanded over the next five years, according to the Health Minister, as part of a project valued at an estimated $143M
    • Cirque du Soleil has announced it is cutting 52 positions at its Montréal head office, most of which are administrative and support jobs
    • The entire lighting system on highway 440 in Laval will be replaced in 2015 according to the Ministère des Transports in order to enhance user safety
    • As iron prices tumble, iron ore company Cliffs Natural Resources, located at Sept-Îles' Wabush Mines, laid off 17 union members and 13 executives, though a large majority of executives were apparently transferred to Fermont
    • Real estate developer Elad Canada has announced a renovation/conversion project of Westmount Square, valued at an estimated $100M and will include converting a part of the complex into residences
    • Thanks to financial assistance from the federal government that will help support the growth of Bestar, the ready-to-assemble furniture manufacturer of Lac-Mégantic will hire 13 new employees
    • Urbania 2, phase II of a residential project in Laval has begun, and features 212 units over 16 floors geared to public transit. According to one of the partners, this $50M+ project will help to create 340 jobs.
    • Following a $10M investment courtesy of Aluminerie Alouette, the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi pavilion in Sept-Îles opened its doors
    • Drummondville's Maxi supermarket has opened under the Maxi & Cie banner. The expansion has made it possible to hire 35 employees who have joined the 95 already on the payroll.
    • YUL, a $300M real estate project featuring two 38-floor towers, will be delivered in the spring of 2017 in Montréal. This 800-unit residential project will be the product of the Montréal-owned Brivia group and the Tianco group, which consists of private Chinese investors.
    • On November 26 and 27, the Carrefour des professions d'avenir Centre-du-Québec is organizing an activity in Drummondville to raise awareness on occupations, training programs, employment outlooks and the labour market in the region
    • The Maison du citoyen in the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough in Montréal will open in spring 2015 following renovation and expansion work
    • In the Beauce region, an initiative called "La Beauce embauche" was launched to attract new workers to the region. Currently, 500 unskilled to semi-skilled labour jobs are said to be vacant in the Beauce region.
    • Chocolats Favoris has plans to open 15 new chocolate shops within the next 3 years, which will require $11M in investments, while creating more than 600 jobs (in peak season).
    • Clermont's Resolute Forest Products will turn off machine 4 from December 15, 2014 to January 5, 2015. This temporary closure will affect 30-some workers. The paper mill's rationale for the decision is exceedingly low wood chip supplies.
    • The Nordia call centre in Jonquière is having difficulties hiring new employees and is pushing back its objective to reach 400 employees to late 2015 rather than early in the year
    • ADNM International, a specialist in IT management solutions for businesses, has announced the opening of its new office space in Laval, a $2.7M investment
    • Approximately 15 Junex employees are carrying out drilling work at the Galt No. 4 site located west of Gaspé, following a $5M investment
    • The Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Haute-Gaspésie is looking to hire 20-some nurses and a radiologist. In addition, 5 new general practitioners will be moving to the region by summer.
    • With about 30 employees, railway car repair business Rail GD, of New Richmond, should be hiring approximately 40 other employees by the fall of 2016
    • Following a $1.5M investment, the number of employees tripled at the Coopérative de solidarité Contact, in Saint-Elzéar. The business provides year-round employment to 26 people in the prefab cottage construction business.
    • Following a $5.5M investment, the Canac hardware store opened a store in Rimouski on November 19, where 85 people found employment
    • Beginning January, part-time training leading to a vocational diploma in "fire safety intervention" will be offered in Mont-Joli, since La Mitis RCM is in major need of fire safety resources
    • All of those registered in the first graduating class in physical rehabilitation technology of the Centre matapédien d'études collégiales, in Amqui, all found employment related to their field upon completion of their studies
    • Private seniors residences in Quebec are short on staff, particularly kitchen staff, and 10,000 positions will become available over the next 10 years, according to the Regroupement québécois des résidences pour aînés
    • In recent months, the city of Trois-Rivières has abolished 23 full-time positions following internal restructuring
    • Through an investment of approximately $700,000, a new Chocolats Favoris location will open in Sherbrooke next spring. It is anticipated that approximately 40 employees will be hired.
    • Cegerco has won a $60M contract to carry out concrete operations on the future La Romaine 3 plant. This will require the hiring of approximately 100 workers over a 2-year period in addition to a technical support team comprising 15 to 18 people.
    • A Tim Hortons will open on February 1, 2015 in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix. The restaurant will be hiring a total of 40 to 50 employees over the next several weeks.
    • A franchisee of the Van Houtte café-bistro chain closed operations in Saint-Sauveur
    • A new plant for delivery truck manufacturer Fourgons Leclair opened in Terrebonne after an $8M investment, adding 30 new positions to the 60-some relocated employees from the old plant
    • The Laurentian highway will be under construction for 3 years beginning in summer 2015. Roadwork will cost between $35 and $40M and involve, in particular, the demolition and reconstruction of two bridges in Saint-Jérôme.
    • In Saint-Jérôme, a new IGA Extra opened following a $10M investment. Its opening created 60 part-time jobs and 60 full-time jobs.
    • The city of Terrebonne will hire 16 firefighters to service its western sector beginning January 1st. To date, the town of Bois-des-Filion serviced this neighbourhood.
    • In Sainte-Mélanie, construction has begun on the D'Ailleboust residence for seniors with a slight loss of autonomy. The project, with a price tag of $3.7M, will be finished in May 2015.
    • Altex, a manufacturer of solar shades and blinds in Terrebonne, will invest $7.3M to penetrate the U.S. market. This expansion will create 24 immediate jobs and around 30 others by 2016.
    • In Saint-Jérôme, the residential development project currently under way, Boisé Rivière du Nord, should last another 2.5 years. It will ultimately represent an investment of $50M and construction of 160 condominiums over 10 buildings.
  • Week of Nov 10 - Nov 14, 2014

    • The Montpellier golf club has permanently ceased operations, leading to the lay-off of 30-some workers
    • The new Waterville filtration plant has opened its doors following an $8.6M investment
    • Thanks to an investment of more than $11.5M, two 102-unit buildings will be built in the east end of Sherbrooke. Habitations Place de l'Est will welcome their first tenants in the summer of 2015.
    • Because of its geographic location, Drummondville has been chosen to be home to Planète Poutine's training restaurant for franchisees. The company plans to hire 25 to 30 full-time employees.
    • Real estate developer DevMcGill has announced the construction of a residential housing project, beginning in winter 2015-2016 in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough in Montréal. The Beaumont NDG features two mixed towers with 140 units.
    • Hibernium Créations, a Montréal-based gaming studio, has received a $5M capital investment from Investissement Québec. The business endeavours to create 150 jobs over the next two years.
    • Sherbrooke's Pizzicato restaurant will be re-opening under new ownership in the upcoming weeks. It is looking for 15 to 20 employees to staff full-time and part-time positions.
    • AIM has just invested $20M into the construction of a sorting centre for dry materials in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures. The centre employs 60-some workers and plans to hire 15 additional workers.
    • In Donnacona, a ThaïZone restaurant will open in the spring of 2015 in a commercial building that is currently under construction at a cost of $1.4M near Les Écureuils boulevard. Approximately 20 jobs will be created.
    • Hardware store Potvin&Bouchard, in Alma, has just opened its new location after a $7M investment. The number of employees has doubled since the expansion, going from 35 to 70 people.
    • Thermoform, a manufacturer of thermoplastic cabinet doors in Nicolet, is investing $1.2M to expand its plant with a completely automated warehouse. As of February 2015, an on-site robot will increase productivity.
    • The construction of the hotel adjacent to the Centre de foires de Drummondville was reviewed. The addition of a pool and floor drive up the total investment to $20M. Going from 11 to 12 floors, the building will become the highest in the city.
    • CEIT Intérioriste, a company in Saint-Hyacinthe specializing in the interior design and fit-out of rail vehicles (trains, subways, streetcars), is closing its doors, leading to the lay-off of 40-some employees.
    • Fabrication industrielle RD, a machining subcontractor in Asbestos, is planning the short-term hire of 4 or 5 employees to join the existing dozen, and the same number may be hired within 2 years
    • Le Senneterre-based daycare, Bout'chou et Casse-cou, is expanding and is building a second 21-spot facility estimated at $800,000. Opening is scheduled for March 2015.
    • Soleno Recyclage, in Yamachiche, has created 30 jobs over the past year, bringing the number of permanent employees in this plant to more than 100
    • On November 13, the Planète Poutine et cie restaurant chain opened a new location at the Les Rivières shopping centre in Trois-Rivières, creating 12 jobs
    • Résidence Grand-Mère, in Shawinigan, celebrated its opening. This is a $16M residential project that will create nearly 30 jobs, and a second phase is on the drafting table for this 7-floor complex.
    • Gaspé-based Chantier Naval Forillon is endeavouring to staff all its vacant positions, including those of labourers, which requires it to shift projects over time
    • Following a $5M investment, Marché IGA Cronier in Gaspé has expanded, hired 10 new employees since early November and plans to hire an additional 5 to 10 people
    • In Gaspé, 20-some employees should work directly or indirectly on Pétrolia's Haldimand 4 project
    • Train repair business Rail GD, of New Richmond, has hired approximately 30 people in the past two years
    • Approximately 600 employees are working at Ciment McInnis' cement factory site, in Port-Daniel-Gascons, including high-volume silo casting work shifts
    • An investment of more than $575,000 over 3 years to train new employees of Datran BSL, a painting specialist, will foster the creation of 62 jobs and retain 13 positions in Rimouski
    • The majority of digitization and archiving graduates who were awarded an attestation of college studies in February at Groupe Collégia's Matane centre entered the labour force after graduation in jobs related to their training
    • The arrival of 16 general practitioners in Bas-Saint-Laurent is planned for 2015 and the region is in hiring mode in order to staff these positions, which will be held by medical graduates
    • Succession needs are a pressing issue in the marine sector, where officers are needed in mainly mechanics and navigation
    • Canam Group has just been awarded a $200M contract for the construction of the new Atlanta Falcons (NFL) stadium. In the Beauce region, approximately 165 people will work on the project at the Saint-Gédéon plant.
    • In the aftermath of the collapse of the written press and print newspaper market, Kruger, of Sherbrooke's borough of Bromptonville, is shutting down one of its three paper machines. Of the 340 employees, 89 will be jobless.
    • Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer CAE has been awarded contracts valued at approximately $120M with Chinese and North American companies
    • Senior management at Rio Tinto Alcan have just made a major change to management teams at their Saguenay plants. A dozen senior executives left the company on November 1st.
    • Magog-based MasterGatePlus, manufacturer and installer of automated entrance gates, invested $500,000 to relocate to Stanstead. A few employees are expected to be hired to join the three existing employees.
    • The Mascouche airport's move to neighbouring farmland for $10M has been aborted and the airport will be closing its doors in November 2016. Another property will be sought and the current site will be used for commercial and real estate purposes.
    • The Benny&Co. restaurant chain and chicken rotisserie specialist opened its 35th location in Lavaltrie following a $1M investment. The opening of this facility permitted the creation of 20 jobs.
  • Week of Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014

    • Thanks to an $800M investment, the largest wind production centre in Canada will open at the Rivière-du-Moulin wind farm in Saguenay's Chicoutimi borough. In total, 159 wind turbines will be running sometime in 2015.
    • Canmec Industriel, a heavy equipment manufacturer based in Chicoutimi, obtained two contracts worth over $110M in hydro-electric projects in Manitoba and Labrador, which will be carried out over the next four years
    • A Bâton Rouge restaurant will be built for $1.2M in Drummondville. About 60 workers will be hired for May 2015.
    • Piscines Royale, a store that sells swimming pools, hot tubs, gazebos and other garden furniture, is investing about $1M to move and expand, doubling its current surface area
    • A little over $2M will be invested by Les Constructions Pépin et Fortin, a contractor based in Saint-Christophe-d'Arthabaska, to move and build new offices
    • Soprema, a manufacturer of waterproofing membrane products, will invest $60M to build a new plant in China. The project will enable 10 to 20 employees to be hired in the areas of engineering, research and technical support in Drummondville.
    • Due to the economic downturn and the drop in the price of iron, Soudure Ferco of Sept-Îles will be closing its doors in the coming weeks. About 20 layoffs are expected.
    • Plateau Sabourin, a housing project, which will include 30 rental units, will be built for $5.2M in Val-d'Or
    • A $4M investment enabled the opening of a new Buropro Citation location at Galeries Saint-Hyacinthe, creating about 40 jobs, in addition to integrating the former employees of the defunct Librairie Solis and Papeterie Expert stores.
    • A partnership with three university hospital centres in the field of early clinical research will enable the creation of 500 jobs within 5 years in Montréal; the majority of the positions will be clinical researchers and research technicians
    • Le Domaine, a group of six buildings located in Montréal's east end, will be converted into affordable housing, representing an $11M investment from the Fonds d'investissement de Montréal and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, with Corporation Mainbourg
    • With the opening of Drummondville's Centre de foires, scheduled for January 2015, management will soon begin hiring to fill positions in the following departments: reception, box office, cloak room and building maintenance
    • Collège Laurier, a private high school, will have new facilities in Laval in the fall of 2015. Located in the Sainte-Rose neighbourhood, this construction project, estimated at $14M, will be able to accommodate about 400 students.
    • Hôpital Pierre-Boucher will invest $3M to refurbish its emergency room and expand its waiting room. The invitation to tender for plans and estimates is currently underway and should be completed in April 2015.
    • Transports Québec is investing $50M in the construction of a new bridge on the Mistassini river in Dolbeau-Mistassini. Works should start in fall 2016 and be completed at the end of 2018.
    • ConcoursMania, a French company that specializes in developing corporate marketing through online games, announced the opening of its North American head office in Montréal. The firm is currently recruiting to complete its team.
    • The Château-Richer Familiprix pharmacy is moving into a new building. Opening is scheduled for May 2015. The building will be located at 7 Laplante St. Twelve new full-time and part-time jobs will be created.
    • A new Subway restaurant will open in Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval. It will be located at 224 Sainte-Brigitte Avenue and is scheduled to open around December 15. About 20 jobs will be created.
    • The Impérial performance hall was sold to Festival d'été de Québec. According to the Impérial manager, a total of 50 employees will be affected, including 15 full-time workers who will lose their jobs on December 31.
    • Corporation de Literie Sommex, which specializes in manufacturing mattresses, announced a marketing project evaluated at $191,697, which should add 15 jobs at its Trois-Rivières plant
    • Since the machining and welding trades are experiencing the most significant shortage of skilled workers in the industrial sector in Mauricie, some 30 new workers will benefit from a work-study training program in machining.
    • Groupe des Bâtisseurs confirms a $10M investment in the construction of a new retirement home in Louiseville, creating 40 jobs for nurses, orderlies, cooks, and housekeeping attendants within one year
    • During the week of October 27, the restaurant Olive et Papaye opened its second location in Trois-Rivières, following a $750,000 investment, which enabled 30 jobs to be created
    • Ma cabane en Gaspésie, a maple products sales desk, will open on December 1, creating about 10 jobs in Mont-Joli
    • Orbite Aluminae believes that it will be able to employ over 40 workers in 2015 and over 60 in 2016 at its high-purity alumina plant in Cap-Chat
    • Le Soleil newspaper will begin abolishing 16.5 regular positions by January 10. This situation affects 8 journalists, 8 other full-time employees and 1 part-time employee (support personnel, office staff and the advertising department).
    • Société de transport de Montréal expects to spend close to $2.5B for 2015-2017, according to its Programme triennal d'immobilisations. These investments aim to replace and modernize its equipment and structures.
    • The first phase of construction on a new shopping centre, Plaza des Laurentides, is underway in Saint-Jérôme. The centre will include a CIBC bank branch, a bulk market, a HomeSense location and a Marshall's.
    • L.C. Entrepreneurs Généraux, a construction company based in Laval, started construction on its new head office in Boisbriand and will be moving into the building in January 2015. The company employs about 40 employees and will create close to 5 new jobs.
    • In Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Joliette's Caisse Desjardins opened a new service centre in a new three-story, 30,000-sq.-ft. building. The building houses advisers, cashiers and ATMs.
    • Centre Dentaire Allard Dion opened its doors in Boisbriand following a $1.2M investment. The establishment, which currently employs four employees, expects to increase its workforce to about 10 workers over the coming years.
    • A new residential construction project, Sommet La Marquise, recently started in Saint-Sauveur
    • Sainte-Adèle's Hôtel Spa Excelsior ceased its operations due to bankruptcy
  • Week of Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2014

    • With an investment of more than $500,000, a former barn in Warwick was converted into the Érablière aux Petits Plaisirs, with a boutique featuring products for clientele
    • The Quebec government is providing financial assistance to Fabriclo of Chesterville, whose specializations include ornamental aluminium fencing. The total investment amounts to $398,120. Four employees have joined the three already employed.
    • The Quebec government is providing financial assistance to Sixpro of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, specializing in metal part surface coating. The investment is nearly $1.8M. Twenty employees have joined the 175 already employed.
    • An IGA will replace the L'Intermarché that closed this summer on rue du Campanile in Québec City. The store should open in the winter of 2015 and will generate 50-some jobs.
    • A new shopping centre will open in Saint-Basile (Portneuf). Three existing businesses, as well as a new food market, will set up shop there. For the market, 30-some jobs will be created.
    • Recruitment web platform Jobillico wishes to conquer the Canadian market and open an English-language office. Approximately 40 employees will join the Québec City workforce. The English-language branch should employ 20-some people.
    • In recent days, nearly 100 workers from the Davie Canada shipyard have been temporarily laid off. For the time being, management of Lévis naval shipyard is not in a position to specify when employees will be called back.
    • Thanks to a $34M investment, Bell, one of the major telecommunications service providers, is deploying optic fibre service in the Estrie region where the network underwent a complete overhaul.
    • Québec City-based InnovMetric Logiciels is still growing and looking to hire new employees, especially programmers
    • The city of Laval will have a new industrial park beginning in the summer of 2015. This 1.5M-square-foot park will be located near the highways 13 and 440 intersection. A dozen buildings will be built in four phases.
    • Néon Montréal, a manufacturer of signs, is announcing the start of construction and the redevelopment of its new facility in Laval. This project, estimated at $10M, is expected to create 30-some jobs within the next five years.
    • The Excel placement agency is announcing the opening of its first office in Laval
    • Aéroport de Montréal et Aéro Mag, a business that specializes in the de-icing of aircraft, announced the opening of its de-icing facilities equipped with liquid recycling technology at the Montréal-Trudeau airport. This project is valued at $10M.
    • Developer Robin Thibeault is investing $5.5M into the construction of a new six-floor, commercial building in downtown Chicoutimi. The project should be completed in just over a year.
    • The Quebec government is awarding $929,095 in financial assistance to 7 businesses in Centre-du-Québec, who will be investing more than $3.1M into various projects. Contributions will enable the hiring of 47 employees, who will join the ranks of the 356 already employed.
    • Tremcar, a business that manufactures aluminum and stainless steel tank semi-trailers, will be investing $30M into the modernization of its equipment in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. This investment will create 70 new jobs.
    • Real estate developer Daca has announced the conversion of a downtown building in Montréal into Hôtel Marriott Renaissance. This $20M project will enable the fit-up of 142 rooms and its opening is scheduled for February 2016.
    • CBC/Radio-Canada has announced the elimination of 392 positions across its English- and French-language networks of the country. These cuts are part of a strategy announced last June to slash 1,500 positions by 2020 in order to balance the budget.
    • After celebrating its fourth year anniversary and planning to open itself up to markets outside of Quebec, the Alma-based Web Shop development agency, is planning to hire between 15 and 20 workers
    • Since August, a dozen people work at the Technifab GC machine shop in Trois-Rivières, and plans are to create about 15 jobs over the next 3 years, following an investment of nearly $1.5M.
    • Several companies in the electronic and electromechanical sectors of Mauricie are currently recruiting personnel
    • In Shawinigan, the Vallée du Parc sliding centre has about one hundred vacancies in preparation for the next winter season
    • CGI is looking to hire a systems analyst, a systems architect, a mobile applications programmer, a programmer/analyst, a database administrator, and a project lead for its IT centre in Shawinigan
    • The closure of the Laurentide plant in Shawinigan has led to the lay-off of 12 truck drivers and employees assigned to the Resolute Forest Products yard and sawmill in Rivière-aux-Rats
    • Recent investments valued at nearly $2M were made to add 12 units to Amqui's Auberge l'Ambassadeur, upgrade existing units and add the Aurore Boréale Spa health centre
    • Investments of $3.2M are required to bury electric wires of three streets in the town of Gaspé
    • Start of the Ogilvy warehouse project, a new New York-style loft residential project in downtown Montréal. Fifty-four housing units will be built, and will become available in 2016.
    • On October 31, DiagnoCure, a Québec City-based business specializing in molecular and genomic testing for cancer, laid off some of its 10 or so employees.
    • A new Metro Plus Marquis supermarket has opened its doors as scheduled in L'Assomption, following a $25M investment. It features a Première Moisson store, a bistro, a gift boutique, and will create more than 135 jobs.
    • A new Jean Coutu pharmacy has opened its doors in L'Assomption following a $1.4M investment. It already created 25 jobs, and may lead to the creation of others.
    • The 12th Planète Poutine restaurant, and the first of its kind in Joliette, opened its doors following a $175,000 investment. Fifteen jobs were created.
  • Week of Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014

    • Thanks to a $700,000 investment, the Fleur de Soleil day-care centre in Plessisville will be expanded for March 2015 at the latest. Six new workers will be hired to join the thirty employees already in place.
    • The Commission scolaire des Samares announced the construction of a multi-sport centre in Joliette. This $16M project will include three soccer fields and new equipment for various sports. It is scheduled to open in fall 2016.
    • The $15M commercial complex will be built in the Novoparc in Varennes. Phase 1 of the Carrefour de l'Énergie should start shortly and the first stores will open their doors in June 2015. Phase 2 is planned for 2015-2016.
    • Thanks to a $2M investment, an industrial incubator will open in Victoriaville. Six to eight businesses will be able to move in starting this spring.
    • Windsor-based Baultar, a floor, chair and accessory manufacturer for the architecture, public transit and rail transport industries, is investing $1.8M to build a new plant. Ten employees will join the 95 already in place.
    • Thanks to a $500,000 investment, Novadba is opening a new location in Magog. Within three years, the company, which specializes in database management, plans to hire about 30 employees.
    • Resolute Forest Products is slowing down its operations at the Maniwaki sawmill, due to supply difficulties, resulting in the laying off of 32 workers for a three-week period.
    • Construction Voyer, a real estate promoter, is investing $40M in a 100-home residential project, which will be built on large lots of land outside the urban area of Sept-Îles
    • CanEst Transit, a company that specializes in cleaning and containerizing agricultural products, is inaugurating its facilities at the Port of Montréal, a project estimated at $24M
    • Real estate promoters Prével et Rachel Julien announced a condominium project in Montréal's Griffintown neighbourhood. The second phase of Bassins du Havre, which includes 73 units, should be delivered in 2016.
    • Following an investment of more than $1M, a solar park was inaugurated in Kingsey Falls. The solar concentration system will contribute to producing the hot water needed for the activities of the pulp and paper company Cascades.
    • Over the next ten years, a sum of close to $4.7M was invested in the renovation of low-income rental units in the Plateau Laval area of Bécancour
    • Over the past seven years, $2.7M has been invested to renovate 95 affordable housing units for elderly persons in the RCM of Nicolet-Yamaska
    • Société Générale, a European bank that runs an IT support centre in Montréal, is expanding. About 10 banking IT positions have been created, and, by next year, 150 employees will be transferred from Chicago to Montréal.
    • The expansion of Drummondville's Maxi supermarket will be finalized to become a Maxi & Cie. The supermarket is looking for 25 employees who will join the existing team of about 50.
    • Olymel is investing $10M to expand and modernize its poultry processing plant, with an eye to increase productivity in Saint-Hyacinthe
    • Thanks to an investment of about $600,000, Alma's Plaza 1 will be renovated. The changes that will be made will help create more than 20 jobs at various tenants located in the plaza.
    • Thanks to grants and contributions from various partners, totalling $12.5M, the new aluminum extrusion plant, operating under the name Centre de transfert en extrusion, will soon be operating in Alma.
    • Representing an initial investment of $2M, the opening of a second Desjardins call centre in Trois-Rivières will enable 60 jobs to be created.
    • With the arrival of CGI in Shawinigan, which will require an investment of several tens of millions of dollars, 300 IT services jobs will be created within three years
    • Premier Aviation Overhaul Centre in Trois-Rivières and Delastek in Shawinigan have labour needs, especially in aerospace structure assembly, composite materials manufacturing and mechanical assembly
    • About 60 jobs were created in the past year at Kongsberg Automotive in Shawinigan, and around 10 research and development jobs are still available, as well as a few production day labourer jobs
    • Shalwin would like to recruit 15 employees as window installers or project managers at its Shawinigan plant
    • In Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, close to 15 students work on a full-time basis during the summer, whether in reception or in various tourist attractions
    • Ninety-seven municipalities in Bas-Saint-Laurent will benefit from $86.4M to carry out their priority infrastructure projects; this sum will cover the period from 2014 to 2018
    • Coop IGA in Montmagny will invest $7M to expand its store. Works will start shortly and should be finalized by May 2015.
    • The Belgh Brasse brewery will invest $7M to expand its facilities in Amos, with an eye to strengthen its position in Quebec and Ontario and to develop new markets in the United States and Europe. This investment will create 5 jobs.
    • Marquis Book Printing in Montmagny just acquired some assets of Louisville's Imprimerie Lebonfon. The company is still in need of manpower at its two locations: press operators, foldermen, cutters, binders and assemblers.
    • The Curé-Labelle Community Residential Centre, a community organization based in Saint-Jérôme that welcomes detainees who are reinserting, will invest $2.8M in the construction of its premises, which will include 40 rooms. Opening is scheduled for 2015.
  • Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2014

    • The government of Quebec is granting financial assistance to Nicolet-based Nitek Laser, a company that specializes in laser cutting. The total investment is over $3.1M. Ten employees joined the existing 43.
  • Week of Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2014

    • Thanks to a $425,000 investment, a new location of the La Forêt Enchantée day-care centre will be built in Tingwick. Nine jobs will be created.
    • Servier Canada, a pharmaceutical company, inaugurated its clinical research centre in Laval. This investment, estimated at $17M, will enable about 50 highly skilled jobs to be consolidated.
    • Hôpital Marie-Clarac inaugurated its new palliative care unit and Mère Anselme Marie pavilion in Montréal North, a project estimated at $35M
    • A drinking water reservoir will be built for $16.4M in the airport area of Longueuil towards the end of 2015
    • The government of Quebec is granting financial assistance to Soudure Camille Castonguay in Sainte-Françoise. The company's total investment is $941,200. Seven employees joined the existing 10.
    • The government of Quebec is granting financial assistance to Acier Marquis, a steel structure and parts manufacturer based in Saint-Léonard-d'Aston. In addition to consolidating 46 jobs, the grant will enable 20 additional jobs to be created.
    • After transferring its Farnham distribution centre to Action Vale, resulting in the loss of 30 jobs, Beaulieu Canada is definitely ceasing operations at its Farnham spinning mill, resulting in the laying off of 80 additional workers on January 2
    • RockTenn du Canada, a multinational specializing in manufacturing cardboard boxes, is looking for 45 employees to quickly fill administrative and production-related positions at its Warwick plant
    • The new emergency room at Hôpital de LaSalle was inaugurated in Montréal. This expansion project worth over $36M will have enabled the capacity of its external clinic to be increased.
    • A new franchise of the Ben & Florentine restaurant will be built in Victoriaville for January 2015. About 20 employees will be hired. The City granted a permit worth $850,000.
    • Groupe Mori is building a commercial rental complex worth $4.5M in Terrebonne. The complex is scheduled to open in Spring 2015. A first tenant, Caisse Desjardins de Terrebonne, will be moving in. The rest of the building is being leased.
    • Résidence des Prairies opened its doors in July in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies. This new 55-unit institution, for independent and semi-independent seniors, required an $8M investment.
    • The cities of Terrebonne and Mascouche are building a conference centre ¿ Centre Expo Terrebonne. Over half a million dollars will be invested to equip the complex, where at least two shows per year will be held.
    • Following an investment of over $12M, the Metro Valiquette supermarket has reopened to the population in Lac-Mégantic's new downtown area. Twenty-five employees joined the existing 100 who worked at the former destroyed store.
    • The first Famous Footwear store to be located in Quebec is opening at Montréal's Place Vertu. A second store will open in Mirabel next November.
    • Groupe Arrimage Québec just obtained a significant, 10-year contract as the exclusive operator with Ogdensburg Port Authority in New York State. Several jobs will be created through this contract.
    • The lower-level of Lévis' public market just opened its doors. With the opening of the permanent market, 26 permanent jobs and 59 spin-off jobs were created.
    • Remodelling works, representing a $1.5M investment, on Hôtel Le Concorde's former revolving restaurant were just completed. About 80 employees were hired to work in this restaurant, which is now called Ciel !.
    • Two industrial buildings will be refurbished, starting in November, in Montréal's Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough. This project, estimated at $35M, provides for the conversion of apartments into office spaces by December 2015.
    • ROOT Data Center, a data colocation service provider, announced the end of the first phase of works on its data centre in the LaSalle borough of Montréal, a project worth $20M.
    • La Mitis wind farm was inaugurated on October 14 and, during the construction phase from May to September, 150 jobs were created to complete the $70M project.
    • Over $8M will be invested into Hôtel Rimouski et Centre de Congrès, which will create about 50 full-time and part-time jobs, following expansion works which will start in 2015
    • Despite the arrival of 4 new physicians, the Bas-Saint-Laurent still needs 20 full-time physicians
    • Saint-Jean-de-Dieu and Causapscal were chosen by the Canadian company Biopellets as the locations for two pellet plants; each plant will create about 50 jobs, once they will have reached their cruising speed
    • The ¿Desjardins-Jeunes au travail¿ program, set up by Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Rimouski-Neigette, enabled about 50 youth to obtain their first work experience this summer
    • The placement rate for the attestation of collegial studies in water management techniques, offered by Groupe Collégia-Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup, is over 90%
    • Despite the arrival of 27 new family doctors in Mauricie, about 100 physicians are still required to meet to needs of the region
    • The company MVF Larochelle started construction works, estimated at $1.2M, on the 2nd Arlequin et Colombine day-care centre in Amos. The day-care centre will be able to welcome 60 children and enable about 12 jobs to be created by summer 2015.
    • A company from Dolbeau-Mistassini, Construction A. Ouellet, obtained the construction contract for the future Awash Utamet day-care centre, which will be located in Chibougamau. The day-care centre will welcome 60 children, including 10 infants, and create jobs.
    • In Québec City, Société des alcools du Québec will be closing its accounting department. About 10 positions are affected by this restructuring. Accounting clerk positions will be eliminated and 3 management positions will be transferred to Montréal.
    • A new company that specializes in visual production, Drive VFX, is setting up shop in Magog. About 15 employees will be hired, bringing the total number to over 20.
    • A new Subway restaurant, a fast-food chain, opened its doors in Repentigny's east end.
  • Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2014

    • La Taverne Magnan, located in the borough of Le Sud-Ouest in Montréal, will be closing its doors on December 21 and laying off 65 people, following a drop in customer traffic over the past years
  • Week of Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2014

    • A new restaurant, Le Repère, is opening in Sainte-Monique, and approximately 10 employees will be hired
    • On November 30, at least 80 employees of the pulp and paper division at the Resolute Forest Products plant in Baie-Comeau will be out of work for an indefinite period
    • A housing construction project with 32 rental condos, estimated at $6M, will be built in downtown Amos. The first tenants will be able to move into their new apartment in June 2015.
    • To better respond to the demand of the transportation and automotive industries, multinational Rio Tinto Alcan is investing $4.5M to manufacture small foundry ingots at its Dubuc plant in Chicoutimi. Fourteen jobs will be created.
    • Management at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose plant in Thurso announced the abolition of 22 unionized positions by the end of October. Many of these positions were vacant; therefore, four or five people in total will lose their jobs.
    • The new head office of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec was inaugurated in Montréal at Technopôle Angus in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough
    • About 15 truck drivers, assigned to collecting and unloading less-than-truckloads at Chicoutimi's Kingsway Transport, lost their jobs. The service centre has been closed.
    • The government of Québec is granting $622,500 in financial assistance to Viandes Seficlo, a pork meat processor located in Bécancour. The grant will help the company acquire equipment to increase its processing capacity.
    • The government of Québec is granting $545,030 in financial assistance to Les Aliments Bari, a prepared vegetable processor in Saint-Léonard-d'Aston. The grant will enable the company to acquire equipment and develop new products.
    • The government of Québec is granting $500,000 in financial assistance to Nicolet-based Rovibec Agrisolutions, a manufacturer of equipment related to herd feeding. The grant will enable the company to establish a product development centre.
    • On October 31, Resolute Forest Products will suspend its activities at its newspaper plant in Amos for four weeks, due to difficult market conditions. The closure will result in the laying off of 145 workers.
    • Complexe Villeneuve is investing more than $1.4M in the construction of a second rental building for companies working in the construction, distribution or manufacturing fields in Boisbriand. The building will be ready in December 2014.
    • The municipality of Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs is investing over $1.7M to build a new fire station
    • LUXXCITÉ, a 304-condo construction project in Mirabel, is underway on the La Cité de Mirabel site. Once complete, the project will include 19 buildings with 16 condos each.
    • Honda de Ste-Agathe, a new vehicle dealership located in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, is investing $4M in a new establishment, which should be open on December 1, 2014. The company currently employs approximately 30 people.
    • Le Manoir du Boisé Crabtree recently opened, following a $4.7M investment. This Crabtree residence comprises 30 apartments for elderly persons with a slight loss of independence.
    • Construction work has started on Laval's Place Bell, a multifunctional sports complex estimated at $200M, which is scheduled to open in fall 2017
    • Serres Lacoste, specializing in tomato production, will be stopping its activities on November 7. The company, located in Les Éboulements in the Charlevoix region, employed about 40 workers.
    • Les Couches¿Tôt day-care centre will soon have an addess in Vallée-Jonction. The centre is scheduled to open in March 2015 and will enable 25 new jobs to be created.
    • Recyc RPM, a plastic products company that has plants in Beauceville and St-Damien, just declared bankruptcy, leading to the dismissal of about 100 employees, including 70 who had already been temporarily laid off
    • Built for $2M, Quebec's first, new generation location of the Brunet Plus pharmacy was inaugurated at Plaza de l'Ouest in Sherbrooke. Six employees joined the existing 18.
    • Groupe BCH Développement will invest $16M to carry out a 72-home housing project in Saint-Alexandre. The construction of the first phase of 52 homes should start shortly.
    • Thanks to a $24M investment, a Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) campus will open in Drummondville in winter 2016
    • Drummondville-based Aéronergie, working in the field of energy consumption and GHG reduction, acquired Magog-based Enerconcept Technologies, which specializes in solar heating. About 20 jobs should be created.
    • Logistec, a company that specializes in handling ocean freight, invested $12M to modernize its equipment in Contrecoeur. The terminal boasts one of the most efficient handling facilities on the St. Lawrence River.
    • Le Lièvre et la Tortue day-care centre will have two new establishments in L'Ange-Gardien, totalling 140 additional day-care spaces. These centres represent investments of $1.6M and $1.3M, respectively.
    • Énergie RB mining company is temporarily stopping its production at the Québec Lithium mine located in La Corne, as they are having trouble finding financing. Most of the 200 employees, except those assigned to maintenance, will be laid off.
    • Groupe Patrick Morin is investing $12M to build its 19th renovation centre, which will be located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. The new store will create 60 jobs.
    • Québec City police will temporarily lay off 55 police officers; they will not be back to work until the beginning of April 2015
    • Les Ateliers Manutex, a labour market integration centre for persons with a disability, obtained a contract to manufacture work clothing for Ressources Falco, resulting in the consolidation of 80 jobs in Rouyn-Noranda
    • The retail chain Chaussures Pop is opening a new store in Saint-Lin-Laurentides, enabling six new jobs to be created
    • Commission scolaire des Affluents has started expansion works worth $8M on École du Boisé in Terrebonne. This project will enable the school to welcome 400 additional students in September 2015.
    • ORAM- Plomberie du Bâtiment, a Saint-Jérôme-based company that specializes in residential, commercial and industrial installation, is investing $2.5M to build premises in Mirabel. Close to 100 persons work for ORAM, which will be moving in mid-October.
    • Centre de la Petite Enfance des Rires is expanding its Mont-Tremblant establishment. This project, which will end in December 2014, will enable 6 day-care teachers to be hired and 21 children to be welcomed, bringing the total accommodation capacity to 66 children.
    • CAE, a flight simulator manufacturer based in Montréal, announced that it has signed several training contracts worth over $200M with civil aviation companies in America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East
    • New residential projects estimated at $175M were unveiled in Montréal by Devimco Immobilier, which includes the construction of more than 500 housing units and the revitalization of a heritage building
    • Choco-Mango invested $400,000 to expand and purchase new equipment, enabling the company to move from artisan production to industrial production and, at the same time, create four new jobs in Val-d'Or
    • Groupe Maritime Verreault will soon start expanding its dry dock, estimated at $12M, which will create 75 to 100 jobs in the region of Les Méchins
    • A Familiprix pharmacy will open its doors in Trois-Rivières in February, following an investment of close to $2M. Ten jobs will be created.
    • Thirty-four positions will be progressively abolished over the next year, following the closure of the Health Canada compensation office in Shawinigan
    • GaspésieQualifié.com is a new job search and trained personnel placement website for the Gaspésie region
    • Joliette's Canadian Tire store is investing $10M to build a new establishment that will replace the existing store. This project should create close to 40 jobs. Once open in spring 2015, the store will employ 160 persons.
    • Motos Illimitées dealership is investing more than $3M to expand its establishment in Terrebonne, which employs over 60 persons. This project, which will double the surface area of the store, will create about 20 jobs.
    • Thanks to a $8B investment from Hydro-Québec, the Hydroelectric Complex on the Romaine River, north of Havre-Saint-Pierre, should produce electricity at the end of 2015
    • Station du Mont Gleason in Tingwick, a non-profit organization, is investing $500,000 to acquire a loading carpet and renovate its slide park
    • TD Canada Trust bank group just opened a second branch in Terrebonne, creating about 12 new jobs
  • Week of Sep 29 - Oct 03, 2014

    • Following a $2.7M investment, metal part manufacturing plant Métosak opened its doors in Sherbrooke. Fifteen workers have been hired and approximately 20 more may be recruited over the next 12 to 18 months.
    • Damotech, a pallet rack repair solutions manufacturer, is investing $7M into a plant in Boisbriand, adding five new jobs to the 20-some existing ones. The move is scheduled for late 2014.
    • A $3.4M investment permitted the renovation of 40 low-cost housing units in Granby. The work, which is now completed, extended over a 12-month period.
    • Chartwell L'Unique of Saint-Eustache, a seniors' residence, has begun the construction of 90 new units over six floors, at a cost of $15M. The new phase is scheduled to open in spring 2015.
    • The Rivière-du-Nord school board has announced the construction of a new 21-classroom school in Saint-Colomban by 2016. This new facility, which will be able to accommodate nearly 500 students, will require an investment of more than $11.6M.
    • Drummondville's Centre Hi-Fi Groupe Sélect will be closing its doors because of fierce competition in the sale of computer and electrical appliances. A number of the 18 employees will be losing their jobs.
    • Pharmaceutical product manufacturer KABS is investing $4.39M to set up an office in Asbestos. Approximately 15 employees will be hired and, by the time it reaches full capacity, the plant may hire 40 to 50 others.
    • The Toyota dealership in Magog is investing $4M to expand. By March 2015, five or six positions should be added to the 50-some already in place. Other employees may be recruited in future years.
    • Thanks to an investment of approximately $2M, a new Charron/Lamoureux funeral services complex will be built in Magog. Opening is scheduled for February or March 2015. Between 20 and 25 employees will be hired.
    • The provincial government has announced the re-opening of the Leclerc detention facility in Laval. Over the next two years, the building will be upgraded following a $21M investment.
    • Real estate developer Prevel is beginning phase III of the Lowney sur Ville residential tower project in Montréal's Griffintown neighbourhood. This phase will boast 70 units over 8 floors.
    • Federal Express Canada, a business specializing in shipping services, and food retailer Super C, have announced an agreement to offer shipping services in the majority of Quebec's 86 grocery stores
    • Budget cuts have hurt the National Optics Institute. About a dozen scientists were laid off and the work week was lengthened from 37.5 to 40 hours for all employees.
    • In early September, Équation Humaine bought out Québec City's Piranha agency, a specialist in mobile marketing. The business plans to increase the number of employees from 30 to 50 in the Capital within one year.
    • As part of the reforms announced at Quebec's Ministère de la Santé, 30-some executive positions will be cut in the Chaudière-Appalaches region this year
    • Portes et fenêtres Abritek will build a second factory in St-Georges. Work should begin in October; and, in 2015, the company will create approximately 15 executive and labourer positions, depending on demand.
    • Résidences Cowansville CRP, a home for functionally dependent seniors, will close its doors on November 30 because of financial troubles. In addition to residents losing a home, 20-some employees will be jobless.
    • The Quebec government is investing $50M in share capital in Gaz Metro GNL in order to facilitate access to liquefied natural gas. A total of $118M will be invested in Montréal's Gaz Metro plant in 2015, creating 11 jobs as a result.
    • Aéropostale, a U.S. clothing brand for teens aged between 14 and 17, is closing its 6 Quebec stores. The company had 2 stores in Québec City, one in Saguenay and 4 in the Montréal region.
    • Demande for Jonquière-based Jardins du Saguenay products skyrocketed after Norfruit went bankrupt. The produce wholesaler invested nearly $8M to expand. Thirty employees will be hired and increase their number to 100.
    • Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities has announced a $5M investment project at the Tropicana campground in Granby, which will be named Estrival, including the construction of a central pavilion, food service and new game areas
    • Sixty-some positions were slashed at the Ivanhoé Cambridge real estate company in Montréal following a transfer of ownership as part of a transaction with the Comimar Real Estate Investment Trust
    • The Amos-based family-run business, Centre du Camion, specialist in the sale and repair of heavy trucks and machinery, is expanding by investing in the construction of a new building. Five jobs will be added to the 32 already in place.
    • The forest industry faces a succession shortage in the Bas-Saint-Laurent area, particularly in the silviculture sector, where one in five workers will be retiring in the near future
    • Tim Hortons will open its doors on October 1st in Amqui and create jobs for 35 employees
    • Chefs are scarce in Rivière-du-Loup and restaurateurs in this town are having recruiting difficulties
    • On October 2, Loblaws made way for Provigo Le Marché in Trois-Rivières and the revitalization of the business created 75 new jobs
    • Between February and September, AddÉnergie Technologies doubled its workforce, reaching 30-some employees in Shawinigan, and the electric car recharging station manufacturer continues to hire staff
    • Following restructuring operations, Saputo will close its Nutrilait milk manufacturing plant in Trois-Rivières and 60-some employees will be losing their jobs by August 28, 2015
    • Industries Cover is closing its Baie-Saint-Paul plant for an indeterminate period. About 40 employees are affected by the lay-offs.
    • A new residential project involving the construction of 56 condominiums at a cost of $9M, Square 335, has begun in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines
    • The Saint-Joseph primary school in Sainte-Adèle will be expanded to include six additional classrooms and one multi-purpose hall. Work will begin June 2015 and last six months.
    • The Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson restaurant, Le Bistro à Champlain, will close its doors in early November 2014, as the current owner retires
    • A new mountain park with outdoor attractions, Tyroparc, has just opened in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, following a $1.7M investment. This park, which includes 4 zip lines, will be open year-round.
    • Premium Outlets Montréal, a mega mall in Mirabel, will begin operations on October 30, 2014. It will feature nearly 80 stores and a dozen restaurants. A $150M investment was required to complete phase one.
    • A new park in the Terrebonne region is under construction. This project, which represents a $4.4M investment, will encompass an outdoor stage and playground sets. Opening is planned for June 2015.
  • Week of Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2014

    • Trial Design, an institutional furniture manufacturer, is investing $2.1M to expand its Salaberry-de-Valleyfield plant, which will result in labour needs in production, for draftspersons and project managers
    • La Fourmille daycare centre will be opening in March 2015. The facility will be located close to the Beauce-Etchemin hospital centre in Saint-Georges. About 20 jobs will be created.
    • Sogetel, a company that offers telecommunication services, mainly in rural areas, is investing $614,055 with the municipality of Saint-Léonard-d¿Aston to roll out fibre optics in over 700 homes in the locality
    • Thanks to a $2M investment, Coaticook¿s Boiscastel residence will be expanded. During a round of hiring, 10 employees joined the existing 25, and more may be added.
    • CAE, Montréal-based flight simulator manufacturer, was awarded several contracts worth $115M in order to provide systems and training services in the defence and global security field.
    • Thanks to a $2.6M investment, the Jolis-Prés elementary school located in the Laterrière sector of the city of Saguenay will be expanded
    • Saint-Nazaire-based Proco obtained a contract worth close to $13.3M at the La Romaine III generating station to provide the metal superstructure that comprises the main building that covers the turbines
    • A $3.5M investment will enable the construction of a Tim Hortons and a small convenience store with a Shell gas station and car wash in Amos. The gas station plans to hire about 10 persons.
    • A dozen layoffs took place at SNC-Lavalin, an engineering firm in Montréal. The positions affected were in the IT department.
    • The existing St-Hubert Express, located closed to Highway 20 in Drummondville, will be replaced by a new, full-service St-Hubert restaurant in March 2015. Its construction will require an investment of close to $4M, and more than 80 employees will be hired.
    • In order to increase its storage capacity, Villeroy-based Frigo d¿Or is investing $7.5M to expand its berry freezing and packing plant. The administrative services of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes¿ Fruit d¿Or will be regrouped there.
    • A new Topla! fast-food restaurant location will soon open on Henri-Bourassa boulevard in Québec. Twenty-five to 30 persons will be hired.
    • Atomic Fiction, an American visual effects studio, announced that it was opening a branch in Montréal and that it plans to create 100 jobs within three years
    • Institut Maritime du Québec estimates that more than 2,500 positions will need to be filled in the marine industry by 2018
    • Following expansion works worth $5M at the Amqui Métro, which will be completed in April 2015, at least 10 jobs will be created
    • Following a $3.2M investment, Peterbilt Québec-Est heavy vehicle dealership will be setting up shop in Saint-Pascal by the beginning of February 2015, creating about 30 jobs within two years
    • Works at the Micmac wind farm are officially underway in the Escuminac region and, at the height of the site evaluated at $330M, 300 workers will be on the job
    • The Haute-Gaspésie Centre de santé et des services sociaux still has nursing positions to be filled
    • Owing to financial difficulties, Centre Accalmie, an emergency lodging resource in Pointe-à-la-Croix, will be halting operations from October 3 to January 31, putting 14 persons out of work
    • Fifteen jobs will be created and 57 others will be consolidated at Shawinigan-based Service d'intervention sur mesure (SIM), following a project, worth close to $1.3M, which aimed to improve one of its software package suites
    • Consultants Mesar, a consulting engineering firm based out of Trois-Rivières, is growing and looking for new talent
    • La Coop fédérée, based in Trois-Rivières, will be closing on January 16, and 110 of the 130 employees who are still working, despite the closure announcement made on February 7, will lose their jobs
    • MusiquePlus, the music channel, announced that it was cutting about 20 positions in Montréal, following its acquisition by Groupe V Média. The positions affected are in the communications and administration departments.
    • Office national du film (ONF) announced that its head office would be moving to a new building, which will be built by fall 2017, on the Quartier des spectacles site in Montréal
    • The closure of the Cowansville, Farnham, Lac-Brome, Bedford and Sutton day centres of La Pommeraie Centre de santé et des services sociaux (CSSS) will result in the laying off of 8 persons. The remaining employees will be reassigned to other duties.
    • Lavaltrie-based daycare centre, Aux Portes du Matin, is investing more than $1.9M to build a new facility that will be able to accommodate 80 children. The opening is slated for March 2015.
    • A new residential construction project worth $50M has started in Saint-Félix-de-Valois. The Faubourg Saint-Félix project includes the entire construction of 400 apartments.
    • The Government of Quebec is granting more than $25M to the Laurentides region to enable the construction of a school in Saint-Jérôme and Saint-Eustache and the expansion of another in Sainte-Adèle
    • The Government of Quebec is granting more than $9M to the Lanaudière region for the construction of a school in L¿Assomption, the expansion of another in Terrebonne and the addition of classes at Espace Jeunesse in Saint-Charles-Borromé
    • In October 2014, L'Antre-Temps daycare centre will begin construction works on a new 80-spot facility in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. The centre will open in spring 2015.
    • A new McDonald¿s restaurant recently opened its doors in Terrebonne¿s west end
    • Bombardier Aerospace signed a definitive agreement, estimated at US$3.2B, with Macquarie AirFinance to purchase 40 CS300 aircraft that will be delivered between 2017 and 2019
  • Week of Sep 15 - Sep 19, 2014

    • Sherbrooke-based Manunor, a leader in plastic moulding, is investing more than $2.15M to expand. Over the next year, 60 workers may be hired and join the ranks of the 32 already employed.
    • For health and social service graduates wishing to work in the Estrie region, a job fair will be held Tuesday, October 21 at the Times Hotel in Sherbrooke
    • The provincial government has announced a $247M investment to build 12 new primary schools as well as expand 20-some others across the province
    • A new Audi dealership will be opening its doors next October 14 in Lévis. The $14M investment will create around 20 jobs.
    • As of November 14, there will be a Tim Hortons in Havre-Saint-Pierre. The fast-food chain is looking to hire around 40 employees.
    • Hatley's community centre underwent renovations following a $675,000 investment
    • French business Berger-Levreault, specializing in software publishing for the health, education and public service sectors, is setting up its North American headquarters in Laval and is planning to hire
    • Following a $2.3M investment, Le Giron, a home for persons with intellectual disabilities will open its doors in La Sarre
    • The Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin has received approval for the construction of two new primary schools in Brossard and in Saint-Hubert. Built at a cost of $12.8M each, they should be able to accommodate some 600 students in fall 2016.
    • Sports aux Puces, a retailer of new and used sporting goods in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, is opening a new store in Sainte-Catherine
    • Groupe Arbour, a Volkswagen dealership, has announced the construction of a second location in Laval, which will open in April 2015. This investment of nearly $10M will make it possible to hire about 15 employees within 5 years.
    • Québec City-based Vitrerie Laberge invested $2.2M to expand its plant and purchase new equipment. The expansion will permit the "potential" creation of 20 new jobs.
    • Eatella, a restaurant that will serve meals prepared with Nutella, has announced the opening of two locations in the Montréal region: the first in Laval in December and the second in Montréal in 2015, creating 40-some jobs as a result
    • An investment of $28.6M will permit the construction of two new primary schools in Outaouais to meet the needs of a growing population
    • The new real estate agency, Lafleur-Davey, is investing more than $1.5M to build an office in Sherbrooke. The team, comprising a dozen employees, will hire two workers and solicit brokers to join the organization.
    • Developer Devimco Immobilier is announcing the start of the District Griffin sur le Parc project, in Montréal, estimated at $28M. A 14-storey residential tower featuring 100 units will be built and delivered in winter 2016¿17.
    • The Commission scolaire des Samares has invested more than $8.8M into the construction of Vert-Demain hall at La Passerelle school in Saint-Paul. This 14-classroom institution will be able to accommodate more than 300 students.
    • A new McDonald's restaurant has opened its doors in eastern Repentigny following an investment of more than $2M. This new establishment created 80 part-time jobs.
    • Externat Sacré-C¿ur, a private school in Rosemère, recently opened a pavilion built at a cost of $10M. This new building houses classrooms, laboratories, a palestra as well as a library.
    • Group Quorum has announced a residential project in the LaSalle borough in Montréal. The Highlands project comprises 54 townhomes, 38 duplexes and 82 condos. Delivery date is set for 2015.
    • Following a $3M investment, a new health-conscious grocery and restaurant called Ohlavie has been built in Orford and employed about 15 people
    • A $3.5M investment will be used to revitalize one of the oldest buildings in Magog, the Merry house, which will become a tourist and cultural site on the town's history
    • Soucy Baron, a Saint-Jérôme-based company that moulds rubber parts, has just acquired new equipment that will make it possible to increase its production capacity. This project will create a dozen jobs from here until February 2015.
    • Around $3.5M were invested into the construction of the Archibald microbrewery, which will open its doors on September 22 in Trois-Rivières and employ 130 people
    • A new Internet site was launched in Shawinigan to attract software developers and programmers
    • The first job fair of its kind will be held on October 29 in Shawinigan to meet the labour force needs of a number of businesses, including Kongsberg Automotive, Shalwin and the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de l'Énergie
    • The hiring of about a dozen nurses will complete the team at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Matapédia
    • Two hundred workers are involved at the Témiscouata I windfarm site in the Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata area. The wind farm is slated to be commissioned by late 2014.
    • The industrial cabinet-making and metallurgy sectors are looking to hire production equipment operators in the Bas-Saint-Laurent. New training will be offered as cooperative education placements.
    • As management is one of the sectors with a growing workforce need over the next several years, the Centre matapédien d'études collégiales launched its new business management program in Amqui
    • The Station de plein-air Saint-Pacôme is suspending activities and about 20 people will be left jobless this winter
    • Following budget cuts, the Commission scolaire des Phares de Rimouski reduced its special education technician workforce by 28%
    • At the peak of next year's site, Ciment McInnis estimates an additional 250 workers will be required in Port-Daniel-Gascons
    • The Commission scolaire des Chic-Chocs cut five positions in the Gaspé this year following streamlining operations
    • The 26 municipalities of the Bonaventure constituency will receive nearly $20.5M to complete priority infrastructure projects. This amount will cover the 2014¿2018 period.
    • Veau Charlevoix is ceasing all slaughter and veal product distribution operations for an indeterminate period. Its slaughterhouse in the Clermont industrial park, in the Charlevoix region, is closed and 18 workers will be losing their jobs.
  • Week of Sep 08 - Sep 12, 2014

    • The Coopérative forestière du Nord-Ouest, headquartered in Authier, is ceasing operations because of financial difficulties, and laying off 130 employees
    • Lebonfon, a Val-d'Or-based printing company, will permanently cease activities in late October because of current difficulties in the printing world, and leave 55 workers without a job
    • Beginning next spring, the city of Saguenay will invest $3.5M to renovate the Georges Vézina centre in the borough of Chicoutimi
    • Thanks to an investment of $596,200, a new artisanal beer-making company, Microbrasserie Moulin 7, opened in Asbestos. Three jobs were created.
    • The town of Saint-Colomban opened its new community and recreational centre that was built at a cost of $3M. It boasts a hall that can accommodate 300 people and an outdoor stage. The sports and leisure department will also be moving in.
    • An announcement was made to open a new quarry in the Saint-Donat region, which will create up to 6 new jobs
    • A new Familiprix pharmacy is under construction in Saint-Jérôme at a cost of $1.3M. This new store, which is scheduled to open in November 2014, will create approximately 15 new jobs.
    • Montréal's professional soccer team, Impact, and the city of Montréal have announced the construction of a training centre, a project valued at approximately $10M. Its opening is slated for 2015.
    • The city of Montréal has announced the establishment of the Centre de gestion de mobilité urbaine (CGMU), a new real-time traffic management system supported by hundreds of cameras, a project valued at $25M over 10 years
    • The Sleeping Giant mine, located in Nord-du-Québec region, should be ceasing operations for an indeterminate period. Of a total 29 workers, 11 were already laid off on September 8. The others will remain employed until closure.
    • The Société des casinos du Québec will be laying off 50 workers. The lay-offs will affect the Charlevoix, Montréal, Lac-Leamy casinos as well as the head office of the Société des casinos du Québec, in Montréal.
    • Quebec's Ministère de la Santé is slashing 1,300 executive positions in its overall network. Half of the cuts are in Montréal. This measure is aimed at saving $60M.
    • CT Copieur, a company specializing in the sale and rental of Canon products, is investing $2M to open its new head office in Laval
    • Rio Tinto Alcan is investing $14.8M to upgrade its equipment at its Alma plant. The aluminum-producing multinational company may be able to better meet the needs of the North American sector of the automobile industry.
    • Canadian Tire is investing $8.26M into the construction of a new store in the Plateau area of Gatineau. The store opening is slated for the spring of 2015.
    • The paper mill, Papier Masson, in Masson-Angers, is looking to hire electrical instrumentation technicians, industrial maintenance technicians, a stationary energy sources operator and workers for the paper machine, in anticipation of future retirements
    • A year from now, Monastère des Augustines will become a comprehensive health hotel complex. Renovation and construction work are evaluated at more than $36M. The facility should create 60-some jobs.
    • Industries Canatal, of Thetford Mines, is investing $1.3M to continue conquering the U.S. market. A dozen new jobs will be created over the next several months.
    • Thanks to a $6M investment, a new development comprising 10 multi-family dwellings will be built on rue Thibault in Victoriaville
    • The construction of a 32-condo unit residential building has begun in Amos. The project, evaluated at $6.2M, should be completed in June 2015.
    • Rogers Sugar, owner of the Lantic Sugar plant in Montréal, has announced it is cutting 59 positions. According to the company, foreign competition and a difficult environment in the sugar industry are the reasons for these cuts.
    • Académie du Chocolat Barry-Callebaut is opening its facilities in Montréal at Technopôle Angus. The building will be used as an industrial kitchen and technical training centre.
    • Following an investment of nearly $1M, the Centre communautaire récréatif Saint-Jean-Baptiste of Drummondville renovated its two pavilions
    • Harry Rosen, a high-end retailer of men's clothing, has announced it is investing $15M to expand its downtown Montréal store
    • In Trois-Rivières, the opening of the Desjardins call centre will create between 350 and 375 jobs
    • DavidsTea will be opening a store in Rimouski around October 25 and hire at least 10 people
    • The number of programs offered in Gaspé CÉGEPS is on the rise, and not all teaching positions are being staffed
    • Fifteen municipalities in the Gaspé constituency will be receiving more than $14.7M to complete their priority infrastructure projects. This amount will cover the 2014¿2018 period.
    • Hotel chain Holiday Inn Express is investing $3.2M in Mont-Tremblant into the Hôtel Kandahar to convert it into a 141-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suite. The planned opening is set for the 2014¿2015 ski season.
    • Work to replace two overpasses on highway 40 in the Berthierville region has begun. Between 40 and 90 workers will be employed in this project, which is valued at more than $40M and will end in the fall of 2016.
    • Desjardins opened its new service centre in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, formerly located in downtown Joliette. This new facility required a $3M investment and brought together more than 80 employees.
    • Outils concept, located in Stukley-Sud in the Estrie region, is investing $1.5M and is continuing its expansion by setting up its tooling, machine shop and engineering plant in Granby. The business specializes in the manufacture of die-cutting tools.
    • Following an investment of nearly $4.8M, the new Nazaire Girard multi-sport centre in the Laterrière sector of Saguenay has opened
    • The Cartier multi-purpose centre in Port-Cartier will undergo renovations thanks to an investment of more than $2.2M
    • Owing to financial difficulties, Perfecta Plywood, a specialist in wood processing, is permanently ceasing its activities in Saint-Hyacinthe
    • Following a $1.6M investment, the National Bank has opened its new facilities, which consolidates banking and financial services on boulevard Laure in Sept-Îles
    • Fourgons Leclair, of Bois-des-Filion, is building a new 78,000-square foot plant with a showroom in Terrebonne. The company has plans to move in in the fall of 2014.
    • A new 88-unit residential complex named Élysée de Fontainebleau and offering condos and housing units to retirees, will be built in Blainville at a cost of $25M
    • The Provigo supermarket of Saint-Lin-Laurentides is investing to increase its supply of products and services and renovate its interior. This project will create 25 new jobs and work is scheduled to be completed in October 2014.
  • Week of Sep 01 - Sep 05, 2014

    • A $3M residential construction project has begun in Vieux-Terrebonne. The Espace Saint-Paul project encompasses the construction of 10 condominiums and 4 townhomes. Work completion is scheduled for January 2015.
    • Construction of the Complexe Scientifique Sportif et Éducatif de Montcalm (CSSEM), valued at $15M, has begun in Saint-Roch-de-L'Achigan. On its opening in September 2015, the facility will feature two skating rinks and one sport science research institute.
    • The 16th Salon Priorité Emploi will take place next September 26 and 27 at the Cégep de Granby. About 40 employers will be at this job fair seeking skilled and talented candidates.
    • With $11M of a planned $15M investment, the Hébertville-Station landfill is now in operation. Remaining is the construction of the buildings by the spring of 2015.
    • Drummondville's Marie-Rivier secondary school is investing $4M to convert its double gymnasium into a triple one. The facility will meet the needs of athletes in sport/study programs and of Jeux du Québec participants in winter 2015.
    • The Metro grocery store in Windsor will be closing its doors in October. About 30 workers will be out of a job.
    • Services Techniques Industriels Marchand (STIM) of Sherbrooke will be re-locating to Brompton. The employer has plans to hire 20 workers over the next year, who will join the other 100 or so existing employees.
    • Optel Vision, located in the Quebec Metro High Tech Park, has expansion plans. The business will be investing $10M over the next several months to increase its presence on the international scene. Nearly 110 jobs will be created.
    • A fire has destroyed the McDonald's on Henri-Bourassa boulevard in Québec City. About 60 employees worked at the restaurant. The business will try to relocate people in other restaurants to ensure no disruption of work.
    • The Trois Tilleuls Hôtel & SPA, located in Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu, will be renovated at a cost of $7M, which will consolidate the 60 current jobs
    • With a $1M investment, a new restaurant, Texan Grill and bar, will be built on Promenades King in Sherbrooke. About 50 jobs will be created for its winter 2015 opening.
    • According to the Quebec Ministère des Transports, more than 1,000 park-and-ride spots will be created in the greater area of Montréal in 2015. This $33.4M project is part of a series of measures to promote use of public transit.
    • The Brut Cantina Social restaurant, located on Promenade du Portage in Gatineau, is closing its doors because of insufficient business activity
    • Montréal-printer Transcontinental is announcing an end to the publication of 20 weekly newspapers following a transaction with Sun Media. Some 80 people across the province will be without a job.
    • After investing $1.7M in Estrie last year, Cogeco Câble is paying out $2.3M this year to meet ever growing needs from clientele
    • Thanks to an investment of nearly $1M, the building housing the Nicolet RCM and the Nicolet-Yamaska CLD (local development centre) is undergoing renovations to expand
    • Integra is investing $7.55M to acquire the Sigma-Lamaque mines and treatment plan. The mining company is also restoring the site at a cost of $12.1M.
    • Nine months following the fire that destroyed the Scepter aluminum recycling plant in Baie-Comeau, it is definitively closing its doors, leading to 25 job losses
    • Montréal-based engineering firm WSP Global is announcing the acquisition of U.S. firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. This transaction, valued at nearly $1.3B, will double the size of WSP Global and broaden its field of expertise.
    • Following a $4.5M investment, a new ecocentre is now open to the public in Sept-Îles
    • Correctional Service Canada is investing nearly $5.7M in the women's prison in Joliette to add 14 new cells, office space and an inside courtyard. The project, which began in June 2013, will end in December 2014.
    • Paper mill Resolute Forest Products will be closing the Laurentide plant in Shawinigan around October 15, leading to the loss of 275 jobs
    • Following the closure of five weekly newspapers by Transcontinental in Bas-Saint-Laurent on September 3, at least 25 people have been left without a job
    • In Rimouski, the Canac hardware store will be opening its doors in mid-November, providing job opportunities for 80 people
    • The burying of cables at the Grave historical site in Havre-Aubert, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, will require a $2.5M investment
    • Novadba, which specializes in database development and administration, will be setting up shop in Magog and create about 15 jobs
    • The Jolco Group, a family business specializing in the manufacture and distribution of farming equipment, is investing $3.5M into the construction of a new building located in Saint-Hyacinthe in order to move its head office there
    • DSD International, located in Thetford Mines, is expanding its plant on Chemin de l'aéroport. This project will create more than 15 additional jobs
    • By 2016, major upgrades will be made to Québec City's Les Galeries de la Capitale shopping centre. The project, estimated at more than $200M, is divided into 3 phases and phase 1 has just begun.
    • Écorec, a Sorel-Tracey-based business that recovers electronics, is closing its doors after a few months of operations without a contract
    • Winter sports resort Ski Montcalm in Rawdon is investing $2M to add tubing lanes and snowshoeing trails as well as expand and renovate the main chalet. The facility employs more than 100 people.
  • Week of Aug 25 - Aug 29, 2014

    • Cooperative daycare centre Le Vol du Colibri, which currently offers 80 spots, will be opening a new daycare with 75 additional non-subsidized spots in January 2015
    • Following a $35M investment, the Soucy Belgen smelting plant opened its doors in Drummondville. Despite a rather scarce semi-skilled labour force, 20-some employees were hired and are joining the ranks of the 80 already employed.
    • Drummondville manufacturer Tapis Venture will close its doors on November 7 and lay off 40 employees
    • A&W is set to open a new restaurant in Sherbrooke near CHUS, which will create 40-some jobs
    • NÉOMED, a Montréal R&D centre and non-profit organization specializing in bridging academic research with the pharmaceutical industry, is receiving $12M in funding from the Canadian government
    • Les Machineries St-Jovite, a distributor/manufacturer of snow removal equipment, platforms and dump bodies, will be expanding its facilities and purchasing new equipment. This project will create five new jobs on top of the 27 existing positions.
    • A pharmacy under the Proxim banner is opening in Rigaud
    • Nobel Biocare, one of the largest dental implant manufacturers in the world, will be closing its Québec City plan by December 31, 2014. Some 76 semi-skilled workers will be jobless.
    • At the 20-55 rest area in Sainte-Eulalie, an Ultramar service station, convenience store and Subway restaurant will be built for the fall at a cost of $1.4M
    • Following an investment of approximately $3M, the Jardin-des-Lacs primary school in Saint-Denis-de-Brompton was expanded
    • The town of Magog will be investing $1.7M to solidify a retaining wall on rue Principale Est. A lookout with a panoramic view of the Magog river will also be built.
    • O2 Web, a Québec City-based company specializing in integrated web solutions, is announcing the opening of a branch in downtown Montréal. This expansion will create a dozen jobs.
    • Following an $8M investment from the Sainte-Sophie-d'Halifax and Saint-Ferdinand municipalities, the Érable wind farm is now accessible
    • Restauranteurs of the Galeries de la Capitale are being forced to close temporarily and lay off about a hundred people while awaiting completion of the new location, set to take between 8 and 12 months.
    • Alinéa, a 108-unit residential complex has opened in Montréal-Nord
    • A $5.3M investment is being used to build the Papineau bridge above the Chaudière river, which will bridge together the northern and southern shores of Lac-Mégantic. The town's inhabitants will be able to start using it as of mid-October.
    • The Mooney bridge in Inverness was rebuilt and opened following a $3.3M investment
    • Bell Helicopter, a Mirabel-based helicopter manufacturer, has announced it will lay off nearly 250 workers between now and December 2014 following a restructuring resulting from a drop in military orders. The plant employs 1,800 people.
    • The Polyclinique médicale de Terrebonne is investing nearly $10M to build new offices that will offer new services, including radiology and physiotherapy. On its opening in March 2015, this project will have created 50 new jobs.
    • Fibre-Zone, a business specializing in the design of optic fibre networks, is hiring nearly a dozen qualified technicians to meet the demand for services from Africa
    • High-end retailer Holt Renfrew will be closing its stores in Québec City and Ottawa in January. These two stores have 85 and 72 employees, respectively.
    • In order to balance the budget within the Quebec Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, 50-some protection officers, biologists and wildlife technicians will be losing their jobs in various regions of the province.
  • Week of Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2014

    • A $1.5M investment will enable the construction of a new Dollarama in Malartic. The new store is scheduled to open next November.
    • Resolute Forest Products is hiring at its Senneterre plant. The company is looking for 15 new operators to add a fourth faction to its planning operations.
    • By the time classrooms reopen, Commission scolaire des Patriotes will have invested more than $11.5M to carry out renovations in its 60 educational institutions
    • Thanks to an investment of about $38.6M, expansion works on Hôpital d¿Alma¿s emergency department and Lac-St-Jean-Est¿s CSSS outpatient clinic have started. The expansion will be carried out over 30 months.
    • Citrouilles et tournesols, a vegetable farm located at the foot of Mont Orford, has invested more than $750,000. The company will soon change its name to Les jardins gourmands d¿Orford.
    • L'Auberge Forget, located in Nominingue in the Laurentian Mountains, will be transformed into 8 condo units overlooking the lake for $2M. The new owners will be able to move into their condos in fall 2014.
    • Habitations Trigone will start building a housing project - 480 units spread out in 9 buildings - in Laval. The project's first building, named Concorde District, should be completed by spring 2015.
    • Sherbrooke-based rubber manufacturer, American Biltrite, is investing $1.8M to acquire equipment that will enable the company to increase the efficiency of its industrial products and reduce its delivery times
    • Canac hardware store, located on Henri-Bourassa boulevard in Québec, will be demolished and rebuilt from summer 2015 to spring 2016. Approximately 40 additional jobs should be added to the 44 existing positions.
    • Expansion works are underway at the Canac hardware store on Armand-Paris boulevard in Beauport. About ten jobs will be created and added to the 144 existing positions.
    • About 100 jobs were lost following the announcement made by Postmedia, owner of Montréal-based newspaper The Gazette, by streamlining its printing operations. The company has chosen to print its newspaper externally by Transcontinental.
    • Maple Armor Canada fire alarm solutions, a Chinese manufacturing company, is investing $30M to build a plant in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, creating 70 new jobs in 2015
    • The construction of industrial and commercial condos, a project estimated at $12M, has started in Varennes, which will enable business spaces to be rented and sold
    • Thurso-based Fortress Specialty Cellulose is investing $4M to install a gas recovery system to reduce the unpleasant odours coming from the plant. Works are underway and should be completed in October.
    • The regional Rona in Drummondville will be rebannered as Réno-Dépôt in the spring. About 10 new jobs will be created.
    • The 44 McDonald's restaurants in the greater Québec City region started an intensive hiring period on August 20. Two hundred and fifty part-time and full-time positions (cooks, cashiers, shift leaders, managers, etc.) need to be filled.
    • St-Georges-based Équipements Comact just obtained a major contract. Comact is constantly growing and looking for good candidates such as welders, machinists and mechanical engineering technicians.
    • Thetford Mines¿ Musée minéralogique et minier received $1.9M worth of aid to showcase the former King mine. Fourteen jobs will be created, and we estimate that it will create economic spinoffs in the order of $2M.
    • Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts¿ former Provigo store, converted under the Maxi banner, will open its doors at the end of August. This opening will enable 25 new jobs to be created. The store will employ more than 65 people.
    • La Résidence Ramsay retirement home, located in Saint-Félix-de-Valois, will invest close to $2M to expand its institution. This project will enable 27 housing units to be added. The residence employs about 30 people.
    • Les Habitations Bordeleau retirement homes will invest several millions of dollars to build a new institution with 93 housing units in Saint-Charles-Borromée. It is scheduled to open in September 2015.
    • Beauceville's BMR Matco Ravary Inc. will be closing its doors on September 30, affecting some 15 employees
    • Following a $20M investment, Aluminerie Alouette inaugurated its new aluminum logistics centre in Sept-Îles. The building, which will also serve as a storage area, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
    • Due to an increase in admissions, Collège de Valleyfield will invest $11M to build new residences. They should be open in the fall of 2016.
    • Le Trèfle, an Irish-inspired pub, opened its doors in Montréal in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood. Other openings are planned by its owners in Montréal or in Québec.
    • Hydro-Joliette is investing $2M to install a transformer at its Alpha station in Joliette. This investment will increase its electrical distribution capacity in order to better respond to increased consumption in the region.
    • The government of Québec announced an investment of $19M to help the province's 172 autonomous public libraries. They aim to improve collections and increase the population's free access to basic services.
    • Domaine Vacances Doncaster, a campsite with services, will open its doors in Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides in September 2014. Once complete, this 240-acre site will offer more than 300 campsites, a reception chalet, a common room and a swimming pool.
  • Week of Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014

    • Phase III of construction of an international-calibre snowmobile trail has begun in the Xavier lake sector in Saint-Fulgence. The Fjord RCM awarded the $1.1M contract to Foresco GTH.
    • The Ashley Furniture HomeStore of Sherbrooke will be closing its doors definitively this September 1st, most likely because of poor sales. The seven current employees will lose their job.
    • A new hotel of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites chain is under construction in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The lodging establishment, which will welcome its first guests in summer 2015, represents a $13M investment.
    • Les Terrasses Montclam, located in Sainte-Julienne, is investing $50M towards a resort exclusively dedicated to recreational vehicles (RVs)
    • Calgary-based Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. is planning to invest $30M over 10 years to develop the Royal Papineau campground and another $35M to build 200 cottages in Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette
    • A $125M investment will be required to build and develop a data centre for Hydro-Québec in Drummondville
    • A microbrewery should be opening its doors at the Duchesnay tourist station (Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier). Its construction should begin this fall and end in the spring. A dozen jobs will be created.
    • A $2.6M investment will make it possible to build a new Sainte-Paule service centre belonging to the Caisse Desjardins de Saint-Jérôme
    • Sainte-Agathe's Franke Mercedes-Benz will undergo an expansion in order to meet the luxury vehicle manufacturer's new standards
    • Formerly located in Évain, the fine dining establishment, La Rose des Vents, has invested $750,000 to move to Rouyn-Noranda and diversify its services by offering a wine bar
    • Le Groupe RER, a supplier of renewable energy using turbine technology, has temporarily laid off 26 of its 38 employees before filing for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act
    • In the province of Québec, the regional branches of the Ministère de l'Éducation will cease operations on August 15. The closures will affect 116 people, their number varying from one region to another.
    • St-Bernard-based Aliments Breton will build a new mill in Scott. The investment is estimated at $32M and about 30 people will work at the mill. Work will commence this fall.
    • Les Équipements R.M. Nadeau will open a new farm equipment dealership in Coaticook. The opening, which is slated for spring 2015, will lead to the hiring of 5 people.
    • Construction work on Repentigny's $4M Centre d'art et de création artistique has begun
    • A job fair will take place at the Mirage hotel in Blainville, on August 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., to staff 800 available positions at the Mirabel Premium Outlets shopping complex
    • Construction of the 66-condo unit residential project named La Pointe des Érables is underway in Beauharnois. Work on the $8M project should be completed by July 2015.
    • A new Quality Inn will be built in Sept-Îles. This is an $8M investment and will create approximately 20 jobs. Construction should begin next week.
  • Week of Aug 04 - Aug 08, 2014

    • The Westwood mine, located in Preissac, began commercial production with 625 employees in operations and this number could increase
    • Abitibi-Témiscamingue region will receive nearly $1.7M to enhance, develop and protect its forest
    • Brossard-based civil engineering firm L.A. Hébert was awarded a $14.7M contract to expand the Mgr-Langlois bridge to 4 lanes
    • Industries Valtech, which is located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and a specialist in the manufacture of components used by oil companies, has invested $6M into the expansion of its plant, which will create 73 new jobs
    • Paul Maranda Corp., which manufactures truck boxes in Beloeil, is closing its assembly division, leading to about 15 lay-offs
    • Béton préfabriqué du Lac, in Alma, has been awarded a major $20M contract for the manufacture of 2,000 concrete panels, which will be used to build the second highest tower in Manhattan
    • Frütella, a business that serves freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, soups and crepes, has just opened its doors in Rawdon
    • Habitations Stephen Jake Beaven, a seniors centre, will be built in Montcalm at a $5M cost
    • IGA Extra is investing $10M to expand and renovate its Blainville store
    • An aquatic complex valued at $14.6M is under construction in Mont-Tremblant. Work should be completed in August 2015.
    • Starting August 26, a new pharmacy under the Proxim banner will be opening its doors in Compton. As a result, two jobs will be created: one for a laboratory technician and the other for a delivery person on contract.
    • The Prince Oeuf poultry farm is investing $700,000 into the construction of a new poultry house in Princeville
    • A $250,000 investment will permit the opening of a new children's amusement centre in the Saguenay region
    • The Québec Port Authority is in the process of submitting its project to expand piers in the Beauport and St-Charles river sector. This $555M project would create 2,000 direct or indirect jobs.
    • Québec-owned Océan is setting up shop in New Brunswick. The company will be investing $29M to build a floating dry dock with a lifting capacity of nearly 7,000 tonnes. This project should create between 57 and 77 jobs in Bas-Caraquet.
    • A $1.5M investment will create 13 jobs and consolidate 65 others in Trois-Rivières
    • A Huttopia village, a resort site centred around comfort camping and ecotourism, will be built in Sutton for $6M
    • A new business offering coffee, sweets and a game room will be opening its doors this coming September in Victoriaville
    • Héroux-Devtek has won a contract to manufacture torque tubes for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at its Laval plant
    • Habitations Trigone will soon begin a residential project named District Concorde in Laval. Phase I of the project should be completed by the spring of 2015.
    • A used car dealership, Occasion Beaucage, will be built at a cost of $4M in Sherbrooke, creating 15-some jobs
    • Brico Max, a hardware store in Sherbrooke, closed its doors as planned this past August 2, leaving 31 of its 75 employees without a job. The others found a job within Groupe Anctil itself.
  • Week of Jul 28 - Aug 01, 2014

    • Technicolor, a visual effects company, announced the expansion of its studio in Montréal. This expansion will require the hiring of 220 workers within six months.
    • The retailer Giant Tiger will be opening a new store in Laval in May 2015
    • The bookstore Chapters, located in downtown Montréal, will be closing its doors in October in an effort to rationalise the company. This closing follows two other closings in Toronto in the last month.
    • Works have started at the Ciment McInnis cement factory in Port-Daniel-Gascons, where 400 construction workers will be working at the beginning of August
    • Lac-au-Saumon's Youth Service Cooperative is offering more than a dozen young people the opportunity to create their summer job
    • A second Siboire microbrewery will be opening its doors on August 8 in Sherbrooke, which should create around 30 jobs
    • On August 1, Target will be opening a new store at Carrefour Candiac. This chain employs 150 persons on average in each of their Canadian stores
    • Having already hired approximately 100 employees, Victoriaville-based Poudrier Frères, manufacturer of truck beds, will be liquidating its assets
    • Comité sectoriel de main-d'oeuvre de la métallurgie is entrusting phase 2 of its essential skills project to Drummondville's Commission scolaire des Chênes. The project is aimed at 200 persons working in the metallurgical sector in nine different companies.
    • The construction of the aquatic centre at the Parc de la Péninsule camp site, a $2M investment, will begin in September in Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan
    • Approximately 10 positions will be removed from CTV Montréal's television station in the coming months
    • Bombardier is pursuing its restructuring and announcing the elimination of 1,000 positions by next year, mainly in the transport division
  • Week of Jul 21 - Jul 25, 2014

    • Downtown Sherbrooke restaurant La Toquade 2.0 will be shutting down and 15-some workers will be laid off
    • A new fire station is under construction in the borough of Chomedey in Laval
    • Montréal aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has announced major restructuring across its global network, to begin in 2015. According to the company, some 1,800 non-production positions will be abolished.
    • Ubisoft will set up new work spaces in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood and head up a component of Assassin's Creed. This contract may lead to the hiring of around 50 recruits for the Québec studio in the next three years.
    • Montréal company Rodeo FX, which specializes in the creation of digital visual effects, is opening an office in Québec. The $1M investment should create 30-some jobs in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood.
    • A new L'Académie restaurant has just opened in Québec City's Galeries de la Capitale. The opening has created approximately 50 jobs.
    • The Centre québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB), located in Québec, will shut down by the end of July. Approximately 15 people will be affected by this closure.
    • Coveo recorded a 46% growth in sales in 2013. The company boasts 700 clients and plans to hire 50 professionals in 2014, mainly at its Québec City head office.
    • At the Resolute Forest Products plant in Clermont, machine number 4 will shut down for three weeks beginning mid-August. Between 20 and 25 workers will be affected by the temporary shut-down.
    • In the past year, 258 employees have been hired at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux Rimouski-Neigette
    • Although over one hundred nurses and licensed practical nurses were hired in the spring, 50-some nursing positions are still available at the Centres de santé et de services sociaux of the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie regions
    • Le Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Haute-Gaspésie (CSSSHG) is looking to hire 20 nurses and 11 physicians. The CSSS, however, will reduce its number of executives by 25% over the next year.
    • At least 5 student jobs will be funded by the Caisse Desjardins of Haute-Gaspésie
    • The Coopérative Jeunesse de services de Gaspé has offered 10 young people the opportunity to create their summer jobs
    • Shawinigan has welcomed its first IGA mini located in the heart of Québec. This new concept, part small grocery store and part convenience store, offers a restaurant service. Approximately 15 jobs have been created because of its opening inside the commercial complex, which includes a service station and car wash.
    • Familiprix will set up shop in Wickham in late October, following a $1.2M investment that will create 6 jobs
    • A $30M emergency and outpatient clinic redevelopment project, which will last 2.5 years, will start in August at the Hôpital d'Alma
    • The Repentigny municipality has announced the construction of its art and artistic creation centre, an investment estimated at $4M. Opening is scheduled for late spring 2015.
  • Week of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014

    • A country-style dining site, located on a farm in Saint-Bruno-de-Guigues, is welcoming its first customers this summer in Témiscamingue
    • A $15M investment is planned for the expansion of the Monseigneur-Langlois bridge to four lanes in Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield. Works will start at the end of August.
    • Work estimated at $7M have begun for the replacement of the Melocheville tunnel lighting system in Beauharnois. Traffic will be directed one lane at a time until work is completed on September 29.
    • Commission scolaire des Patriotes will invest $11.5M to renovate a number of schools on its territory located in Vallée-du-Richelieu in Montérégie
    • The City of Gatineau will invest $93M in its infrastructure in 2014. Work in drinking water plants and buildings represents a large portion of these investments, amounting to $42.6M.
    • Camping du Lac Georges in Val-Alain invested $2.5M to build a water park
    • Soprema, a Drummondville-based manufacturer of asphalt shingle and coating materials, is expanding by investing $1M to open an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Les 7 doigts de la main, a company dedicated to circus arts, will be moving into the former Just for Laughs museum in Montréal. This project, estimated at close to $17M, will group together the company's creation and production activities.
    • The City of Drummondville will invest $3.3M to redevelop Woodyatt park for the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city. Work, which started in July, will be completed in spring 2015.
    • The City of Baie-Comeau is abolishing two permanent supervisor positions in the leisure department
    • The City of Baie-Comeau will invest $70M to build a drinking water plant and carry out work to connect existing water and sewer networks
    • A $55M investment to carry out silviculture work will enable the extension of the employees' work period and should enable the creation of new forestry jobs in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
    • Scierie Lapointe & Roy, one of Courcelles' main employers, was destroyed by a fire on July 4, resulting in the loss of 23 jobs
    • A $22M investment will enable the installation of an industrial wind turbine, which will produce three megawatts of electricity, at the Raglan mine in Nord-du-Québec
    • Enerkem, an Estrie-based company, will invest $8.5M to produce electricity from waste matter and create between 3 and 5 new jobs
    • Annexair, a manufacturer of energy efficient ventilation systems, will invest $20M to build a state-of-the-art plant in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham. The new facility will enable it to increase its productivity.
    • Cegerco, a Saguenay-based company, obtained a contract estimated at $20M to build 5 concrete storage silos for the McInnis cement factory in Port-Daniel-Gascons in Gaspésie
    • Following a bidding process, the second phase of site cleaning work will begin soon and will be carried out by Sherbrooke-based Conteneur Forest. The work is estimated at $6M.
    • Tech Mahindra, an Indian company that specializes in manufacturing engineering related to the aerospace industry, announced that it was establishing its Canadian head office in Montréal and planning to create 300 jobs within three years
    • LTA Aerostructures, a manufacturer of heavy and wide-load airships based in the United States, is moving to Montréal. A $90M investment will enable the company to create 180 jobs within three years.
    • Over the past two years, the Saint-Calixte campground has invested $10M to build a family amusement park. The imminent opening of a haunted house will create 30 jobs, in addition to the existing 104.
    • Sanexen obtained a $1.1M contract with the City of Granby to restore various water pipes using a duct that will be installed in the pipes, providing them with a second life, without having to open the roadway
    • RTI Claro, a Laval company that specializes in manufacturing titanium components for the aerospace industry, announced an investment estimated at $10M, aimed at increasing its processing capacity. Approximately 10 jobs will be created.
    • FusiA, a French company that manufactures metal parts through laser fusion for the aeronautics industry, will open a plant in Montréal and expects to create approximately 15 jobs within three years.
    • On July 31, Archambault will close its Old Québec store due to the restructuring of its operations, resulting in the layoff of 18 employees
    • A $6M housing project, comprising 48 units, will be built in the Saint-Grégoire sector of the city Bécancour starting in the fall
    • Bell Aliant is investing $70M to launch its FibreOP service in seven of Quebec's communities: Alma, Chicoutimi, Jonquière, La Baie, Saint-Félicien, Thetford Mines and Victoriaville
    • A $60M housing development, comprising 380 mobile homes, may be built in Sept-Îles. The first phase of 78 units should start in spring 2015.
    • An aquaculture project, which recovers cooling water from four hydropower plants on the site of La Romaine, is under study in Mingaine. Approximately 10 jobs could be created.
    • Alta Précision, a Montréal manufacturer of landing gear for the aeronautics industry, obtained a significant contract with the aircraft manufacturer Embraer. This project will enable the creation of approximately 15 jobs.
    • The CSSS de la Vallée-de-l'Or revealed its restructuring plan for the long-term care, pediatry and maternity sectors, which may result in the elimination of some 20 positions
    • Avior, a manufacturer of carbon fibre, kevlar and fiber glass parts for the aeronautics industry, will invest $5.5M to expand its facilities in Granby, which may result in the hiring of approximately 50 employees
    • Héroux-Devtek renewed its contract with Bell Helicopter to manufacture hubs and other drive system components. The contract is estimated at $46M over a five-year period.
    • A $1.1M investment for silviculture and reforestation works in private forests in Outaouais will be made over 2014-2015
    • The government of Québec is granting $232,794 to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield-based Industrie Valtech to launch a training plan that will enable the creation of 73 highly specialized jobs
    • Close to 850 jobs will be created or maintained following $119.5M worth of highway investments from the Ministère des Transports du Québec in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region for the 2014-2016 period
    • Lac-Édouard's historic sanatorium will be given a second lease on life, with a large-scale strawberry production, and some 10 people that may work there next year
    • Rimouski's Boutique Nomade will set up a new clothing store for women in Rivière-du-Loup, creating approximately 10 jobs
    • Alimentation Coop Rimouski is investing $8M to renovate its store on Sirois avenue. Renovations will be completed in November, and the number of construction workers required could reach approximately 40.
    • Rimouski-based restaurant Vents et Marées closed its doors on July 7, and 21 jobs were affected
    • Clothing retailer Mexx laid off approximately 15 persons at its Canadian head office in Montréal following restructuring; the majority of the positions were cut in the purchasing department.
  • Week of Jul 07 - Jul 11, 2014

    • Commission scolaire des Laurentides announced the expansion of Le Carrefour school in Amherst, at a cost of $2.4M, which will enable new classes to be added next spring to meet the needs of the growing clientele
    • Rebuilding works on the Saint-Paul church have started and should be completed on time to welcome parishioners of the Aylmer sector of the City of Gatineau for Christmas Mass. The new church will be built for $3M.
    • Unable to keep up with supermarkets, even after operating for 18 years, the Bonichoix grocery store in the borough of La Baie in Saguenay is closing its doors. Despite this, all employees were relocated to other employers.
    • Following a $3.9M investment, the municipality of Eastman inaugurated its new drinking water treatment plant
    • Thanks to an investment of more than $5.9M, Coaticook's drinking water tank, Cutting, will be renovated
    • During 2014-2016, the Governement du Québec will invest nearly $228M in road infrastructures in Côte-Nord
    • Montréal flight simulator manufacturer CAE was awarded contracts totalling $110M across the world in the defence sector
    • Institut Gingras-Lindsay, a rehabilitation centre for accident victims in Montréal, announced the abolishment of 20 positions
    • The inauguration of a 74-unit public housing building, Les Habitations Ararat, took place in Laval
    • La Baie-based commercial distributor of filtration products, Filtre Saglac, was destroyed by a blaze. Nearly a dozen employees are now on forced unemployment.
    • More than three months after a fire destroyed part of its warehouse, Jonquière's Corneau et Cantin grocery store is closing, definitely laying off its 45 employees
    • Due to unfavorable economic factors, East Angus-based kraft paper manufacturing plant, Cascades, will shut down in October, which will lead to 175 layoffs
    • Manufacturer of pharmaceutical hygiene and health products, Johnson & Johnson, a property of Energizer Holdings, announced the closure of its Montréal plant in 2017. Progressively and as of 2015, nearly 430 people will be affected by this measure.
    • The City of Montréal announced the location of its organic matter processing centre. Initially scheduled to open in the Saint-Michel neighborhood, its new location will be built in the Rivière-des-Prairies neighborhood in 2019.
    • Burger King will close its doors on July 18 in Rouyn-Noranda, leading to the laying off of twenty-some employees
    • Stornoway is carrying out works at the diamond deposit in the Otish Mountains sector in the Nord-du-Québec region. The mine could produce 1.6 million carats per year for the 11 years of its life span.
    • A waterfront residential tower project will be built in Laval in the Ste. Dorothée neighborhood. The first of two phases named Aquablu will be delivered in spring 2016.
    • The city of Montréal announced the construction of a municipal animal services centre. This project, estimated at $23M, will open in 2018 in the borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension.
    • JetLine Aviation Services, an American company that provides new and spare parts to the aeronautics industry, will set up a shop in Montréal. Within three years, 13 jobs will be created.
    • The city of Lavaltrie opened the Desjardins aquatic complex, which includes, among others, a semi-Olympic sized swimming pool and water games, following an investment of more than $1.5M
    • A new residence for seniors will be built for $4M in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. This establishment will include 21 apartments.
    • The opening of Saint-Hippolyte's new library, following a $2.9M investment
    • Urban Barn Foods, a cubic farm, invested $1M to set up shop in Mirabel. The plant produces lettuce, fine herbs and micro-greens. Another $2M will be invested to expand the farm, enabling it to grow small fruits.
    • The new residence for seniors who are faced with a slight loss of independence, Maison des Lucioles, opened its doors in July in Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides
    • Built for $600,000 in Trois-Rivières, a Harvey's restaurant was inaugurated on July 6: it will employ 35 workers
    • Three Coopératives Jeunesse de services in the Centre-de-la-Mauricie will provide work to 39 young people this summer
    • Following a $1.5M investment for the development of Saint-Elzéar's CONTACT cooperative, which aims to improve its manufacturing division of pre-manufactured wood exterior siding, 15 people will be hired within a month
    • Ciment McInnis needs a qualified workforce on the construction site of its cement manufacturing plant in Port-Daniel-Gascons, where a hundred-some people currently work
    • La Conviviale, a project of Rimouski's municipal housing bureau, requires a $7.4M investment to build three buildings that will house 40 apartments and a fourth one that will house a community hall
    • Bâtimo, a housing development company, announced the construction of a multi-residential building in Montréal, estimated at $26M
  • Week of Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2014

    • Over the course of 2014-2016, the Government of Québec will invest $181M in road infrastructure, spread out over 155 sites in the Estrie region
    • Québec is investing $5.1M to build a new building at the Cégep de Sept-Îles, which will be dedicated to the industrial maintenance technology program
    • Following the application for a union accreditation request, Boucherville's Future Shop is closing its doors, resulting in the laying off of all its employees
    • Over the course of 2014-2016, the Government of Québec will invest $154M in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean road infrastructure
    • A new $30M residential construction project is now underway in Terrebonne. Located in the Urbanova area, the Atmosphéra includes the construction of 8 buildings of 16 condominiums.
    • Le Bourbon Street, a former bar in Sainte-Adèle that has been closed for some time now, will be demolished and replaced by a 70-room residence for elderly persons with decreasing independence. Its opening, scheduled for April 2015, will enable 70 new jobs to be created.
    • Résidence Vallée de la Rouge in Huberdeau, an institution for elderly persons with decreasing independence, reopened its more spacious residence of 26 apartments built for $5M
    • Hydro-Québec Production is investing $6.2M to have the service centre linked to the Romaine Hydroelectric Complex built in Havre-Saint-Pierre. Starting in summer 2015, approximately 70 Hydro-Québec employees will work there.
    • Due to supply difficulties, Low's Entreprise Atlas laid off 11 of its workers on June 13 for an indefinite period of time
    • GG Télécom, a company that specializes in manufacturing photographic motion detecting surveillance systems, is investing $1.4M to market a camera that films high-definition videos
    • Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay is investing more than $10.6M this summer in building and renovation works in some of its institutions
    • Acier Majeau, a steel and aluminum distributor located in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, announced an investment of $3.2M to expand its premises. This project will double the surface area of the warehouse and create approximately 10 jobs, in addition to the existing 35.
    • Close to 620 jobs will be created or maintained, thanks to the Ministère des Transports du Québec's investment of $81.6M in Mauricie roads for the 2014-2016 period
    • Trois-Rivières' Kruger should fill at least 80 positions left vacant by retirees within five years, and the next wave of retirements is scheduled for 2015. The plant is partnering with Cégep de Trois-Rivières to offer a one-year study program starting in 2014.
    • A total of $206.8M will be invested in the RCM of Témiscouata, and close to 200 workers are expected this year on the Parcs éoliens Témiscouata I and II sites
    • Following the relaunch of Coopérative Jeunesse de services, a dozen Matanais youths will have summer jobs
    • Following the decrease in private forest works, there will be job losses among silviculture workers, equipment operators and timber carriers and in Gaspésie mills, according to a forestry group of the region
    • Services animaliers Vallée-du-Richelieu will be opening its doors shortly and serving 10 municipalities, creating 8 jobs
    • A new service area with a gas station and a Tim Hortons will be built on the north side of Exit 17 on Highway 20 in Coteau-du-Lac
    • The construction of Maison Martin-Matte in Blainville, a residence for persons with physical disabilities, is underway. This institution, which will include 20 adapted units, will open its doors in November 2014.
  • Week of Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2014

    • The company Maisons Drummond Mobile is investing $1.2M to move to Saint-Germain-de-Grantham and expand. New sales representatives will be hired.
    • The Mascouche-based group of automotive dealerships Albi le Géant recently opened its new Albi Infinity dealership. This new establishment required a $16M investment and enabled 50 new jobs to be created.
    • The Government of Québec will invest close to $171M in highway infrastructure over the course of 2014-2016, split between 115 sites in the Lanaudière region
    • The Government of Québec will invest over $200M in highway infrastructure over the course of 2014-2016, split between 140 highways in the Laurentides region
    • Polyclinique médicale Saint-Jérôme will invest $4.5M to expand its institution. Currently, 50 physicians work at the clinic; however, this project will double the size of the institution and enable new physicians to be hired.
    • Ayer's Cliff-based Wulftec International, a manufacturer of various types of packaging equipment, is investing more than $1M to expand. Within a year and a half, 15 new positions should be created, adding to the existing 200.
    • Alma-based manufacturer Béton préfabriqué du Lac just obtained a significant, $20M contract in New York for the construction of the second highest high-rise apartment building in Manhattan
    • Inception Sciences Montréal, a new biopharmaceutical incubator, was launched by venture capital firm Versant Ventures. Its goal is to help new companies in the life sciences field to accelerate their commercialization.
    • A new 86-unit project for elderly persons was announced in Laval. Habitation Louise Beauchamp will welcome its first tenants in November.
    • The company NovX21 will build a first platinum group elements recovering plant in Thetford Mines. The project is estimated at $10M and will create approximately 30 jobs. The new plant should open its doors at the beginning of 2015.
    • Temporary layoffs are currently affecting employees who are assigned to operations at St-Patrice-de-Beaurivage's Innoventé plant. The plant will also be temporarily laying off some of the head office employees in Québec City.
    • Due to financial difficulties, Société Minéraux Maudore will be temporarily laying off 54% of its staff at the Géant Dormant mine in Abitibi-Témiscamingue
    • In Trois-Rivières, Librairie Morin and Café Morgane will be closing their doors by the end of July, and 37 employees will be out of work
    • Fifteen young persons will have summer jobs in eight of the ten Mékinac RCMs, as part of the Desjardins Jeunes au travail project, led by Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Mékinac
    • Close to 1,800 jobs will be created or maintained, following highway investments of $254.6M in Bas-Saint-Laurent by the Ministère des Transports du Québec for the 2014-2016 period
    • Eleven coordinators and 100 monitors will be working in Rimouski's day camps this summer
    • Auberge Jacques-Cartier will be reopening its doors at the beginning of September in Mont-Joli, providing work to approximately 10 persons
    • Saint-Arsène's Les Tourbières Omer Bélanger closed their doors in May, and 36 employees lost their jobs
    • Thanks to a $2.5M investment, the Dolbeau-Mistasssini-Normandin-Saint-Félicien airport will be renovated
    • Over the course of 2014-2016, the Government of Québec will invest $104.6M in highway infrastructures, split between 115 sites in the Centre-du-Québec region
    • Drummondville-based Structure d'acier BRL, steel frame manufacturer and installer, was provisionally placed under receivership. Some 60 workers were temporarily laid off.
    • The agricultural cooperative, Agrivert, announced the construction of a new warehouse of more than 13,000 square feet in Saint-Barthélemy
    • Certilab, an analysis lab, will expand its facilities in Saint-Charles-Borromée, which should enable it to hire additional staff
    • The City of Mont-Tremblant announced the start of construction of the $14.6M aquatic centre, which will enable 70 lifeguards to be hired. Opening is slated for fall 2015.
  • Week of Jun 16 - Jun 20, 2014

    • École nationale de police du Québec in Nicolet is investing $10.7M in the construction of a new building that will enable the police training to be complete and modernized in summer 2015
    • Nova Bus, a manufacturer with factories in Saint-François-du-Lac and Saint-Eustache, just obtained a $32.6M contract with the City of Toronto to build 55 buses
    • Neotec, Longueuil-based manufacturer of wheel-rail and motorized engines for the railway and land sectors, will create 12 new jobs within the next three years
    • A new Pizza Passion restaurant will open this summer in the Duberger-Les Saules sector in Québec. It is expected that fifteen-some people will be hired on a full-time basis.
    • Groupe Bermex is preparing the relaunch of the Shermag (Disraeli) furniture plant for the second week of August. For the plant to resume its operations, the company is looking for a first group of 20 workers.
    • FerroAtlántica will invest $382M to build a silicon plant in Port-Cartier. Accessibility to a deep-water wharf, a railroad and woody material influenced their choice of location. The company will create 345 jobs.
    • Thanks to a $750,000 investment, a fifth Caffuccino coffee shop will be built in Sherbrooke. Twenty-some jobs will be created.
    • Thanks to an investment of close to $2.3M, Maison des naissances will be built in Chicoutimi before the end of fall
    • By 2024, the Gouvernement du Québec will invest more than $2B in infrastructure projects related to the efficiency of its modes of road and marine transportation in the Côte-Nord region
    • Thanks to an investment of several millions of dollars, the Complexe Sacré-Coeur of Victoriaville will be transformed into a conference centre in three phases. Once completed, the project should create twenty-some jobs.
    • Following a fire that destroyed it, the city hall of the Hébertville-Station municipality will be rebuilt in the fall with $1.17M
    • AmeriCan Structures has obtained a $10M contract with China. Twenty-some positions will be created in Thetford Mines to support the increase in production related to this Asian breakthrough.
    • Between 2014 and 2016, nearly $4.9B will be invested into the province's road network, according to the ministère des Transports. Of this amount, the Montréal region will invest $1.4B for road and infrastructure maintenance.
    • Les Serres Stéphane Bertrand, a fruit and vegetable greenhouse company in Mirabel, is expanding. Two new greenhouses will be built by summer 2015. The complex will use a heating system powered by biomass.
    • The Lamêlée open-pit mine will invest $100M to set up shop on industrial grounds close to the Port of Port-Cartier. Starting in 2016, the company will be able to ship production from its future mine, which will be located south of Fermont.
    • More than $3M will be invested to build a new Jean-Coutu pharmacy in Lac-Mégantic
    • Following a $6.8M investment, 48 affordable housing apartments are now available at Habitations La Facterie in Sherbrooke
    • Thanks to an investment of more than $1M, Zoo Académie will be setting up shop in Nicolet. Starting in September, it will offer animal behaviour internships and training.
    • Les Vêtements de Sport Gildan announced that it acquired Doris, Montreal-based manufacturer and specialist of women's shoe products, by purchasing almost all of the company's stocks for $110M
    • StarDust, a French company that specializes in the testing of application and website functionality, announced the expansion of its Montréal office. Fifteen-some new positions will be created.
    • In Trois-Rivières, Kruger's cellulose filament pilot plant was inaugurated on June 17, following a $43.1M construction site, where hundred-some workers worked
    • Following a $3.5M investment in the construction of a Tim Hortons, a Petro-Canada gas station and a Beau-Soir convenience store in Shawinigan, forty-some jobs will be created at the beginning of the fall
    • Twenty employees were laid off by Recyclage Arctic Beluga, following the shutdown at the construction site of the former Belgo plant in Shawinigan
    • Following a lack of funds, 17 layoffs will take place at the Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie at the end of June
    • Following an investment of more than $3M, Sélectôtel Amqui inaugurated its new facilities on June 7
    • Estimated at $53.3M, the mini-hydro plant on the Ouiatchouan river in Val-Jalbert should be operational around the end of November
    • Over the next 10 years, Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien, the most visited tourist attraction in the region, will invest $26M into its infrastructures and animal habitats
    • The Calou day-care will have a fourth location in St-Joseph-de-Beauce. The $1.2M project will enable the creation of 14 new jobs. The day-care centre will open its doors next fall
    • Lévis Chrysler inaugurated its new garage. The company invested $8M to build this new building. The investment will also enable 20 new employees to be hired by next year.
    • The ministère de la Forêt, de la Faune et des Parcs announced a $3.5M investment in silviculture work in the Lanaudière region
    • A 12-condominium residential construction project was announced in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. Delivery and work completion are scheduled for fall 2015.
  • Week of Jun 09 - Jun 13, 2014

    • Lumen, a company that specializes in the distribution of electric products, has announced the construction of a new distribution centre in Laval. This project, estimated at $100M, will also transfer its head office from Montréal to Laval.
    • The Grand Prix du Canada will be presented in Montréal for the next 10 years after announcing a $49.9M agreement with organizers of Formula 1 and three pillars of government
    • A new elementary school will be built in Île-des-S¿urs in 2015 according to the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
    • Non-compliance of premises has obligated Complexe Saint-François in Sherbrooke to shut its doors on July 31st. Twenty employees will lose their jobs. This is the third senior residence closure in the Estrie region in a few months.
    • Based on a difficult economic context, renovation centre Brico Max in Sherbrooke will close down August 2nd, which will lead to the layoff of 75 employees
    • Fifteen-some jobs were created following the opening of a Presse Café location in Drummondville. The investment amount has not been disclosed.
    • Thanks to a $400,000 investment, former restaurant Le Marcus in Drummondville will be renovated and will become Le Santorick. Forty-some workers will be hired.
    • Multinational Cascades of Kingsey Falls has invested $1,073,830 to build the most powerful parabolic concentrating solar power system in Quebec, which will allow it to heat water and generate steam to dry paper
    • Rackam of Sherbrooke has just landed its most important contract in construction for nearly $1.1M, a thermosolar plant on the grounds of Cascades in Kingsey Falls, close to Boralex which will operate it
    • A research and development project of $355,000 that aims to improve the water drainage system will be achieved at the Taschereau sawmill
    • Groupe Immobilier Bel-Rive has invested $2M in the construction of a second phase behind l'Auberge Godefroy in Bécancour. A branch of the Centre athlétique T-R and restaurant Stratos pizzeria will set up shop
    • In the next 10 years, investments of $1.53 B for the bypass in Rouyn-Noranda and for the Centre de détention d'Amos will be achieved
    • In the next 10 years, investments of $2.73B to finish construction of highway 167 towards the Otish Mountains will be achieved in the Nord-du-Québec region
    • Loto Québec has reduced its staff at its Montréal head office. Since May 6th, sixty-some positions were affected by this measure.
    • Premier Aviation Centre de révision and Air Canada have finalized their agreement, leading the way for the creation of at least 25 jobs in Trois-Rivières
    • The Desjardins call centre in Trois-Rivières will add at least 120 employees by the end of 2014
    • Windmill maintenance companies Vents de l'Est de Maria and Suspendem in Gaspé have seen the number of their employees double in the last year
    • Orbite Aluminae should be hiring the majority of the 12 graduates who have completed the "Opération et contrôle de procédés industriels" training of Groupe Collégia in Haute-Gaspésie
    • The ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs has announced the acquisition of more than $16M for woodlot work in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region
    • Following a $6M investment, Sherbrooke Audi inaugurated its newly expanded automobile complex in the Rock Forrest borough
    • Costco and Latulippe will set up shop at Carrefour St-Romuald in Lévis in the next few months. Costco plans to create approximately 250 jobs. For the Latulippe store, nearly 70 jobs will be created.
    • Thanks to a $17M investment, an aquatic complex will be built in Sept-Îles for June 2015. At the height of the construction this fall, forty-some construction workers will be active on the construction site.
    • Transport Moreau has invested $1.5M to build, on the North Coast, a second branch in Sept-Îles that reaches the one from Baie-Comeau
    • Leroy Automation, Garos Avionique and Neotec, three French companies operating in aerospace and ground transportation, will set up shop in Montréal and create thirty-some jobs
    • The $9M construction of an IGA Extra supermarket has begun in Saint-Jérôme. This establishment, which will create 120 new jobs, will open in October 2014. Other businesses will be added to the complex such as a convenience store, a pharmacy and a restaurant.
    • Following the opening of a Maxi & Cie supermarket in Repentigny after a $3M investment to convert a former Loblaws, the company will hire 115 people. There will also be a pharmacy, a pediatrics clinic and a fitness centre.
  • Week of Jun 02 - Jun 06, 2014

    • Following an investment of close to $1M, the city of Alma is offering boaters access to the Saguenay River via its marina
    • Following investments of $1M, L'Astral, the Loews Le Concorde restaurant, will be reopening its doors in October 2014. Close to 150 jobs should be created.
    • Laval-based Produits Alimentaires Viau, a deli-meats processor, announced an investment project worth $35M. This expansion project should promote the creation of close to 100 jobs within three years.
    • A 20-floor residential complex will be built in Montréal's Griffintown neighbourhood. The Yoo Montréal project will deliver its first units in 2016.
    • Based in St-Georges, Comact just obtained a $19M contract with the company West Fraser Mills. The company is still looking for candidates: welders, machinists, mechanics, draftspersons, mechanical and electrical engineers, etc.
    • Four new Planète Poutine locations will be opening in the Greater Québec City area. With more openings planned, all the locations operating in Quebec should employ close to 200 employees by the end of 2014.
    • Thurso-based Fortress Cellulose Spécialisée is slowing down its operations due to challenging market conditions and laying off 16% of its personnel
    • Beginning the third week of June, Gatineau-based Resolute Forest Products will be closing its doors for at least two weeks due to supply difficulties
    • Château Bellevue, a hotel complex for retirees located in Donnacona, is continuing its expansion, creating approximately 20 jobs. The expansion represents a $7M investment.
    • Starting June 8, 40 nursing candidates and 20 students will be joining the nursing teams at the Trois-Rivières health and social services centre
    • A food-court style restaurant, where approximately 10 persons will work, will open this fall in the Nouvelliste building in Trois-Rivières
    • Following the completion of a project estimated at $1.4M, Kongsberg Automotive will create 23 jobs for engineers and technicians in Shawinigan by 2015
    • To meet the demand, approximately 100 additional employees will be hired at both Renaissance des îles lobster processing plants in Îles-de-la-Madeleine
    • Since October, approximately 50 employees of the Gaspé-based Naval Forillon shipyard are working on a ferry worth $3M
    • On May 20, works at the Ciment McInnis cement plant in Port-Daniel-Gascons began ¿ a $1B project ¿ and more than 250 persons could work on its construction this summer
    • In Rimouski, $2.5M will be invested in road and paving works between June and October
    • Planète Poutine is setting up in Gatineau and creating 12 new jobs. A $210,000 investment is enabling the opening of the chain's eighth restaurant. The first Planète Poutine restaurant opened in Trois-Rivières in 2012. Management plans to open 17 locations in Québec and New Brunswick by the end of 2014.
    • A $1.9M investment is enabling the renovation of Centre Élisabeth-Bruyère, an adult education centre, in Rouyn-Noranda
    • The IGA Marché supermarket at the Saint-Adèle Chalet recently inaugurated the expansion of its establishment. This $6M expansion enabled the addition of 11,000 square feet to the store and the creation of 25 new jobs.
    • Thibault Marine, a Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts-based boat dealership, is expanding and recently inaugurated the expansion of its establishment. Construction works had started in August 2013.
    • A new $7M commercial project will see the light of day in the Terrebonne-Ouest sector. This commercial project, which should create approximately 50 jobs, will include the arrival of a gas station with a convenience store and two restaurants.
    • Château des Petits Trésors, a private day-care centre, announced that a second facility would be built in downtown Repentigny. The centre will welcome 80 children, and plans to hire an educational consultant to support the staff.
  • Week of May 26 - May 30, 2014

    • The Cégep de Chicoutimi has invested $2M in various major infrastructure projects
    • Valoris is building a recycling plant in Bury. By the fall, approximately 30 new employees will be hired, including electrical mechanics, heavy equipment operators, sorters, and a development commissioner for the eco-industrial park.
    • Groupe Loiselle obtained a $26.3M contract to revitalize Jacques-Cartier Street in Gatineau
    • The Beaulieu Canada distribution centre in Farnham is closing its doors, putting some 30 persons out of work
    • Le Havre du Faubourg, a retirement home in Nicolet, is investing $6.5M to expand, by adding approximately 60 rooms. This should create 20 new jobs by January 2015, doubling the current staff size.
    • An investment of $6M will allow for the construction of a 98-unit housing project in Farnham
    • Sportica, a company based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu that specializes in synthetic surfaces for sports competitions, has secured a large contract worth $3M
    • Without any explanation, the Bagotville airport has laid off a dozen employees
    • The Joliette Volkswagen dealership has begun the construction of its future facility in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies. The location, which employs approximately 20 persons, will move into the new space in October. The project will create around ten new jobs.
    • The RCM of Montcalm has invested $6.5M to set up a fibre-optic network for areas that are not served by Internet service providers. Service will be available in June 2015.
    • Hôtel Charlemagne has reopened in Charlemagne, following an investment of several million dollars to renovate its rooms and common areas
    • A new Papy Resto-Pub restaurant has opened in Terrebonne. Originally from Chicoutimi, the new establishment is the first to open outside the Chicoutimi region, where the original restaurant has been very successful.
    • Repentigny-based Transport J.C.C., whose main clients were the IGA Crevier supermarkets in Lanaudière, has announced that it is ceasing its activities, as it is not profitable, resulting in the layoff of nine persons
    • Ham-Nord's Collège coopératif l'Horizon, a private high school, will be ceasing its activities at the end of the school year, resulting in the loss of 12 jobs
    • The only mead producer in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Miel des Ruisseaux d'Alma, is investing close to $600,000 to build a new warehouse and three times more beehives
    • Les Promenades Saint-Bruno will be undergoing a rejuvenation estimated at $49M. Works have started and are expected to end at the end of fall 2015.
    • The Marmen machining shop in Trois-Rivières is looking for 20 candidates for its machinist training, which will start on September 29
    • 100 employees will be called back to work by the end of June 2014 after being laid off last March by wind tower manufacturer Fabrication Delta of New Richmond
    • $4.7M will be invested to rebuild water and wastewater systems and to carry out paving work in the city of Rivière-du-Loup in 2014
    • Following a $3.5M investment, Saint-Ferdinand-based Tôle Vigneault, a manufacturer and distributor of metal coating, inaugurated its new, expanded plant. Four to ten employees could be hired to join the existing 17.
    • Various businesses will be moving into the Carrefour St-Romuald. Close to 1,000 jobs should be created through the project, the first step of which will be completed in fall 2015
    • CFER du Sommet, a corporate training centre, will be opening its doors in Mont-Laurier in September 2014. This centre, which will be specialized in the lumber industry, will serve clients between the ages of 15 and 18 who have academic difficulties.
    • Fast-food chain Planète poutine just opened a new restaurant in Saint-Jérôme. Following a $150,000 investment, this location will employ 15 persons.
    • The Notman campus is inaugurating its building in Montréal, following renovations worth $6.5M. This area will be dedicated to technological innovation and entrepreneurship.
    • Place Viger in Montréal will be renovated to include office space and businesses for $250M. The project is separated into three phases and includes the construction of high-rise housing.
    • The City of Montréal announced a $10M investment to improve its cycling network in 2014¿2015. A total of 74 projects are planned for development and standardization works.
    • The Laurier restaurant announced that it will reopen in Montréal in June 2014, under the name Laurea
    • A new restaurant, le Blanc bistro, will open in Sept-Îles in July. Approximately 20 workers will be hired.
  • Week of May 19 - May 23, 2014

    • Following an investment of nearly $500,000, Dessercom has opened its new ambulance station in Lambton. It will serve several neighbouring municipalities.
    • Bio-Ax, a new company that manufactures deforestation equipment and equipment to harvest forest biomass, is opening in Roberval. The company will employ 10 people initially, but this number could grow to 200 in around five years.
    • Thanks to an investment of over $1M, the Jean Coutu pharmacy on rue King Est in Sherbooke is moving to a new, bigger location just steps from its current one
    • Thanks to an investment of $13M, the second phase of the engineered landfill site in Hébertville-Station is going forward
    • H2O Innovation of Ham-Nord, which provides integrated water-treatment solutions, has signed new contracts worth a total of $8.8M with clients in California, the Maghreb, Manitoba, and Quebec
    • In the coming weeks, five Jardin Mobile grocery stores will close in Quebec City (on chemin de la Canardière, boulevard Louis-XIV, and chemin Sainte-Foy, and in Val-Bélair and St-Romuald). Approximately 94 people will lose their jobs.
    • Creaform, a company that specializes in metrology and engineering services, is opening an office in Laval
    • Thanks to an investment of $2.8M, the La ribambelle primary school in Victoriaville has undergone an expansion and renovations
    • Le Magasin Coop has invested $8M in its IGA Extra superstore in Plessisville for expansion and renovations
    • Sava, a video-game company in Montréal, has closed
    • Job offers for summer positions are available on the website of the Shawinigan Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi
    • Approximately 60 workers are employed in the construction of the $49M amphitheatre in Trois-Rivières, which is scheduled to be completed December 31
    • The health and social services centres in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie regions guarantee employment for nursing students at the Cégep de Matane during and after their studies
    • L'Auberge du Mange Grenouille in Le Bic is looking for new employees, including an assistant cook
    • The health and social services centre in La Mitis expects to cut the equivalent of 11.2 full-time positions by September
    • Le Prospecteur, a microbrewery, is opening in Val-d'Or, creating 18 new jobs
    • The Government of Quebec has invested $14M in the construction of the Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI) in Rouyn-Noranda, in order to reclaim the industrial waste from mineral processing, forestry, and agriculture
    • A partnership between IBM Canada and the Université de Sherbrooke has resulted in the creation of a $9.1M research chair in microelectronics in Bromont
    • Provance Technologies in Gatineau has received $350,000 in financial support towards an investment of $1.5M to market two of its IT products. This will create five new positions in marketing and sales by the end of 2014.
    • TekTrap System in Gatineau has received $100,000 in financial assistance towards a $420,000 project to market its CargoKeeper solutions. It expects to create up to four jobs, including a Director of Sales position.
    • Bold Radius has obtained $300,000 in financial aid towards a total investment of $607,000 and plans to create new positions
    • Fenêtres Lajeunesse, a manufacturer in Berthierville, is moving to a new factory in Lanoraie to manufacture thermopane windows. Around 50 people work for the company, and this expansion will create more than 20 new positions by 2017.
    • The addiction treatment centre, Centre Nouvelle-Vie, has opened a new branch in Saint-Jean-de-Matha thanks to a $2M investment. The new branch will be able to accommodate more than 90 people.
    • Elopak, a company in Montreal that manufactures liquid food packaging, has announced an investment of $60M to build a new plant in Boisbriand. The company will move its 220 employees and its equipment there in December 2014.
  • Week of May 12 - May 16, 2014

    • Thanks to a $3M investment, the Camions Excellence Peterbilt dealership will be opening a location in Drummondville. The company will start recruiting mechanics and parts salespersons this fall to fill 70 positions.
    • The restaurant industry is growing and creating jobs in Sorel-Tracy
    • Thanks to a $2.7M investment, Chicoutimi's Sainte-Bernadette elementary school will be building a multi-purpose room that will be accessible as early as this fall
    • Starting this summer, Telus will be investing $8.5M to install a fiber optic network in downtown Sept-Îles. Deployment works will enable the consolidation of jobs.
    • Thanks to a $2M investment, the Brunet Plus pharmacy will be rebuilt in Sherbrooke's Plaza de l'Ouest. Six jobs will be created and added to the existing 18.
    • Groupe Sani Marc, a manufacturer of soaps and other stain removers, is investing $3.8M to expand its head office in Victoriaville
    • Transformation Boréale will be setting up its pilot magnesium panel processing plant in Alma. At least five employees will be hired, and this number could increase to approximately 20 in the second or third year of operation.
    • L'Assomption-based IGA Crevier supermarket has made an investment to increase the size of its establishment by 4,500 square feet. This project enabled the creation of new jobs in the store, which now numbers close to 200 employees.
    • Mirabel-based helicopter manufacturer, Bell Helicopter, will be building 15 helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard. This contract will consolidate 200 direct and indirect jobs. The first delivery will be made in May 2015. Bell employs close to 2,000 persons.
    • Throughout Quebec, the abolition of the regional directorates of the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) is becoming a reality. A plan to redeploy roles and responsibilities will be developed by June.
    • Walmart is restructuring its management teams and dismissing 750 persons in its stores across Canada. The number of employees affected in Quebec has not been specified by the retailer.
    • Robert Thibert Inc., a company that specializes in the distribution of automotive parts, will be investing $8M within two years to expand its distribution centre in Châteauguay's industrial park
    • Saint Paul's church, which was destroyed in a fire in 2009, will be rebuilt for $3M in Gatineau's Aylmer sector. Works are scheduled to start next June.
    • Astek, a French company that specializes in scientific and technical computer and engineering systems, announced that it would be setting up its North American head office in Montréal. Approximately 100 jobs will be created within three years.
    • The city of Macamic will be investing $1M to build a library. It is scheduled to open in fall 2014.
    • Drummondville-based GEA Farm Technologies Canada, agricultural machinery manufacturer, is investing to expand and modernize. A number of new jobs in welding, machinery and shipping will be created.
    • The Performance NC store in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham is investing $3M to expand in order to receive a new range of BMW Motorrad products (motorcycle division). Approximately 10 jobs will be created.
    • Bécancour-based TRT ETGO, an oilseed-crushing and canola and soy oil refinery plant, is investing $13M to add two silos at its facilities and build an automated loading system
    • Following the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, Musi-Café is investing $1.6M to rebuild
    • Following a $1.7M investment, a new Uniprix location was built on the lot of the former company Cercueils Victoriaville. Approximately 20 new jobs were created.
    • Since May 7, over 20 employees have been working at Saint-Tite's Service d'intégration au travail, a workshop for persons who have mental health problems, and more hiring is planned over the next few months
    • On May 12, works at Saint-Damase's Community Wind Project, evaluated at close to $70M, were launched, creating over 50 jobs during construction and up to 6 full-time jobs for 20 years once opened
    • Tim Hortons will be arriving in Amqui at the end of July and approximately 40 jobs will be created, both in the kitchen and in customer service
    • Following a $5.5M investment, Rivière-du-Loup's IGA Extra supermarket added approximately 20 employees to the existing 200
    • Les Jardins de Lotus restaurant is looking for candidates for the opening of a location in La Pocatière in June
    • Rail GD, a rail equipment repair workshop in New Richmond, has laid off close to 15 persons over the past two months
    • Closed since February 12, Le Concorde de Québec hotel will be reopening its doors during the week of May 25. Approximately 140 of the 230 workers will be rehired. They will be called back in order of seniority.
    • The new Émile McDuff residential and long-term care centre will be opening its doors in mid-June 2014 in Repentigny. The residential and long-term care centre will employ 150 persons and be home to close to 100 residents.
    • Ferme-Neuve's slaughterhouse, Robinette, will restart its operations at the end of summer 2014. Now property of a co-operative of farmers, it will invest in the facility in order to conform to current standards.
    • Construction of the Vélocité 11 km cycling path in the Les-Pays-d'en-Haut RCM has begun. This project, worth more than $2M, will safely connect the towns of Piedmont and Morin Heights.
    • Saint-Jérôme-based Maison de soins palliatifs de la Rivière-du-Nord started expansion works on its establishment. This $2M project will enable three rooms to be added to the existing nine.
  • Week of May 05 - May 09, 2014

    • The municipality of Rawdon is investing $3.8M into the construction of a new fire station to replace the one that was destroyed in 2010. Opening is scheduled in June 2014.
    • Évotech, a Granby-based paint manufacturer, is definitively closing its doors and laying off its employees
    • Postmedia Network has announced an agreement with Transcontinental in order to print The Gazette, which is currently printed on in-house presses. This agreement will result in the loss of 115 jobs, including 54 full-time jobs.
    • Brasseurs de Montebello, which will offer two locally brewed beers and 18 Quebec microbrewery beers, is scheduled to open its doors in late May
    • Telus has announced a $1.3B investment in Quebec over the next three years, which will enable the telecommunications company to build infrastructures and improve network speed and capability
    • A new tool rental store has opened its doors in Sainte-Julienne. A $1.5M investment was required to open this new establishment.
    • The Saint-Michel-des-Saints sawmill, TAG, temporarily suspended its operations because it reached its lumber volume limit. Activities will resume when the new quota for 2014¿2015 comes into effect.
    • An Open House will take place on May 22 for job seekers as well as future and new grads at four Salaberry-de-Valleyfield companies
    • Clothing retailer Jacob will be closing its doors. The business operates 92 stores across Canada and employs 1,500 people. Quebec alone has 40 stores and nearly half of them are located in greater Montréal.
    • Following a restructuring, Hôpital de Chicoutimi has announced the closure of 25 of the 428 short-term beds, which may lead to the loss of 50 to 60 positions
    • In order to be able to accommodate an additional number of students in the fall of 2015, the Centre de formation professionnelle de Jonquière will be expanded thanks to a $13M investment
    • Two projects at Montréal's Olympic Park will be completed in early 2015: a building that will house the Institut national du sport du Québec (an $18.5M project) and renovations to the pool and its facilities ($13.7M cost).
    • Thanks to a $750,000 investment, the future Top Gym Nicolet will be built by August
    • The former Domtar plant in Ste-Marie has been sold to the Alexandre-Lemay sawmill of St-Bernard. The Ste-Marie sawmill will be operational until the end of summer. The number of jobs should hover at about 26 or 27.
    • A second Caisse Desjardins call centre will open this fall in Trois-Rivières and create 30 jobs
    • With an investment of more than $500,000, Chocolats Favoris opened its doors on May 3 in Trois-Rivières, and will employ 40-some employees during peak season
    • Following a $5M project from Canac, in Rimouski, a dozen or so subcontractors in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region have been hired and up to 40 people will work on the site
    • The Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac plant, Batitech, currently has 40-some employees on its payroll and will increase this number to 50 when delivery begins
    • Innergex is ready to begin construction of the Micmacs wind farm in the fall in the Escuminac hinterland. Up to 300 people will be put to work at the $330M job site.
    • Le Prospecteur, a Val-d'Or-based microbrewery, will open its doors on May 20
    • Produits Alba, a manufacturer of calcite brick, is closing its plant in Dolbeau-Mistassini, causing about 30 lay-offs in one fell swoop
    • The municipality of Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines has begun construction of a new fire station that will cost more than $2M. Its opening, scheduled for September 2014, will house a team of approximately 30 firefighters.
    • A new footwear store, Rubino, is set to open in Joliette
  • Week of Apr 28 - May 02, 2014

    • Marconi Pizzeria will be opening a restaurant in Sainte-Julie, creating approximately 20 new jobs
    • Parc national d'Oka will be modernized over the next few years. A $2.3M investment will be made to renovate the buildings on the beach, among others. The campsite will be reorganized and upgraded to receive motorhomes.
    • Through the Canada Summer Jobs program, approximately 100 companies in the Lévis-Bellechasse riding will have access to a total of $301,011, enabling some 104 young workers to be hired for the summer.
    • Approximately 20 positions are available for the opening of the new fast-food restaurant Topla!. The restaurant will be located on St-David avenue in the Beauport borough.
    • CBC announced that 35 positions will be cut this year in its French news service in Montréal and 12 additional positions next year. The layoffs include 14 journalists, 3 production assistants, 3 auxiliary employees and 1 assistant.
    • The City of Montréal announced construction works, valued at $9.2M, on the Place du Canada building in May
    • L'Assomption-based furniture store, Ameublement St-Cyr, will be closing its doors in July 2014 after 43 years of business. The owners decided to retire.
    • Mandeville-based Camping La Baie inaugurated its new building, built for $1.2M, which includes a banquet hall, a restaurant, a boutique and a public market.
    • A new furniture and appliance clearance store will be opening in June 2014 in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon. This project will require a $1M investment and will create approximately 20 new jobs.
    • Coopérative de Solidarité de la Matawinie acquired Drummondville-based Concept Inferno. This manufacturer of logs made from forest residues has now moved to Saint-Michel-des-Saints and will create 8 new jobs.
    • The lower Lanaudière region health services team will be welcoming 31 new physicians in 2014, that is, 19 family doctors and a dozen specialists
    • Orica Canada, the explosives manufacturer for the Browsburg-Chatham mining sector, announced the gradual layoff, by June 2015, of 90 persons working in the support department, which will be transferred to Mexico. The plant employs 530 persons.
    • A job fair will be held at the Brossard Quality Inn & Suites from May 6 to 16 to fill positions at a Target store, which will be opening its doors this summer in Candiac. About 150 to 200 positions are available.
    • The expansion of Polyclinique du Cap, a $2.5M investment, will enable 3 new family doctors to be hired and approximately 20 employees to be added
    • Starting in June, most of the 150 La Pocatière employees who were laid off by Bombardier last fall will be called back
    • Matane's "Desjardins Jeunes au Travail" program will offer summer jobs to 14 youths between the ages of 15 and 18
    • The demand for forest engineers is growing rapidly, while the number of active members of the professional corporation has been declining for approximately 10 years
    • Victoriaville's Marché Bellevue IGA is investing $1.1M to expand
    • Bécancour's Club de Golf Godefroy invested close to $550,000 to expand and renovate
    • The Patrick Morin hardware chain store inaugurated a new location in Saint-Charles-Borromée. The company converted a former Rona store and created 27 new jobs.
    • Following a $1.35M investment, the municipality of Sainte-Françoise inaugurated its new multi-purpose hall
    • Salaberry-de-Valleyfield-based Voyages Gendron invested $500,000 to purchase a bus in order to diversify its short- and medium-duration package tour offering
    • An investment of close to $2M will enable the construction of a new building that will house the Trépanier-Laliberté pharmacy in Amos
    • State Street, an American company specializing in portfolio and asset management, announced the creation of approximately 100 senior-level financial jobs in Montréal, following an agreement with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
  • Week of Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2014

    • Domaine du rénovateur de Coaticook, operating under the Home Hardware banner, is investing close to $800,000 to expand. Four to five new jobs will be created.
    • Les Cochons tout ronds craft butcher will be leaving Îles-de-la-Madeleine and heading to Racine. Between 10 and 15 jobs should be created by September.
    • Rouge Coccinelle, a new 80-space nursery school, will be opening its doors in Terrebonne at the beginning of May. This new institution will have required a $1.7M investment and will have enabled 15 new jobs to be created.
    • Hyundai Châteauguay is investing $2M to expand its facilities and has created 12 new jobs since 2010
    • Bombardier Aerospace announced the launch of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC). Based in Montréal, its mandate consists of improving the global competitiveness of Canada's aerospace industry.
    • French company Alstom announced that it is abolishing 150 jobs at its plant in the borough of Saint-Laurent in Montréal. By November 2014, the majority of the plant's activities will be transferred to Europe.
    • Groupe Restos Plaisirs will be opening a new Cochon Dingue restaurant next year, in the new Carrefour St-Romuald shopping centre in Lévis. The investment is valued at approximately $4M and will enable approximately 100 workers to be hired.
    • A major fire destroyed Menuiserie Delisle, located in Québec's Limoilou neighbourhood. The 25 or so employees of the woodworking plant are temporarily out of work.
    • Starting May 16, Groupe Bellemare will be ceasing some of its operations in Trois-Rivières, and approximately 25 contractual operators and 3 permanent employees will be losing their jobs.
    • The provincial public and semi-public service lost 255 jobs in Mauricie over the past few years
    • Work at the construction site for the Cégep de Rimouski residences began at the end of March with 20 workers. Approximately 10 additional workers will be hired shortly.
    • Moulage sous pression AMT announced a $6.4M expansion project, which should create 50 full-time jobs in Saint-Cyprien and in Saint-Jean-de-Dieu
    • Work has resumed at the two Témiscouata wind farms, and close to 200 workers are expected on the construction sites this year
    • The demand for dental hygienists will increase in Gaspésie due to an aging population, and approximately 15 dentists would be needed to meet the population's current needs
    • Saint-Jérôme-based snowmobile and motorcycle dealership, Centre du Sport Alary, is expanding. The company built a $2.2M building in order to sell boats and created 6 new jobs, which increased the number of employees to 35.
    • By December, Drummondville's Maxi supermarket will be expanded to become a Maxi & Cie. Approximately 30 jobs will be created.
    • A fire destroyed Le Petit Manoir du Casino de Charlevoix hotel, located in La Malbaie. During the peak tourist season, approximately 50 employees work at the hotel.
    • The loss of a large service contract with supermarket giant IGA is leading to the closure of Norfruit, a fruit and vegetable distributor based in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, causing 42 employees to be laid off
    • The City of Sherbrooke is investing $1.1M to rebuild the Jean-Byrns multifunctional building in or around mid-November
  • Week of Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2014

    • Thanks to an investment of $16M, the 60-condo construction project on the Cépal tourist site in Jonquière will be carried out
    • The private secondary studies institution Collège Rivier of Coaticook will shut down on June 30th
    • On April 30th, more than 300 positions will be filled among forty-some exhibitors during the open house career day at the Hôtel Le Montagnais in Chicoutimi
    • Aluminum plant Alcoa in Baie-Comeau has invested $15.7M into the installation of a casting wheel at its foundry, which will put the company in a beneficial position on the market and will make the plant more efficient for years to come
    • As a result of a foundry optimization project, aluminum plant Alcoa of Baie-Comeau has invested $9.3M to repair ovens
    • Thanks to a $2.9M investment, the Centre Québecor, a cultural hub for young people in Estrie, will open in Sherbrooke in January 2015
    • P.M. Caravanes has set up shop in Beauharnois, leading to a $1.3M investment and creating nearly a dozen jobs
    • American software and information technology company Orion Systems Integrators has announced the opening of a research and development centre in Montréal, leading to the creation of 15 new jobs
    • Vicone, a company that specializes in the production of high-performing rubber parts, has announced the launch of a new manufacturing plant in Montréal in the Saint-Laurent borough
    • Sorel company Corium Technologie Uréthane has obtained a contract estimated at $1M per year for a minimum of three years to manufacture motorcycle seats. The company's staff will go from 22 to 50 employees shortly.
    • Real estate promotors Rachel Julien et Prével have announced a condominium housing project in Montréal's Griffintown neighborhood. This phase of the Quai 3 of Bassins du Havre will count 63 units.
    • The new residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD) des Moulins will open its doors in mid-May 2014 in Terrebonne. The CHSLD will welcome more than a hundred residents.
    • L'Orange Bleue, a gaming establishment for chidren's birthdays, is forced to close its doors in Repentigny due to a change of building owner and a lack of facilities to facilitate a move to a new location
    • Les Aliments O'Sole Mio will open their second plant in Boisbriand in May 2014. This new establishment will require a $55M investment.
    • Multinational Wal-Mart has invested $6M for the expansion of its business in Saint-Bruno, which will lead to the creation of thirty-some jobs
    • IFFCO Canada, a fertilizer production plant, will open in Bécancour by 2017. The project should generate between 1,000 and 1,500 jobs during construction and provide work to 250 people as work begins.
    • Panthera Dentaire, from Québec, will receive financial assistance from Canada Economic Development to support its marketing efforts. This will allow the creation of 25 jobs by May 31, 2016.
    • Agil-IT Logiciels libre en affaires inc., from Québec, will receive financial assistance from Canada Economic Development to support its marketing efforts. This will allow the creation of 20 jobs by September 2015.
    • The inauguration of the Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère de Québec will take place in April 2014. There are still jobs to be filled (hosts, receptionists, refuelling operators, cashiers, marketing coordinator, pilot)
    • Croisières AML has announced its arrival in Trois-Rivières this coming June 21st, which will lead to work for nearly a dozen people on the boat and at the box office
    • Following expansion work of 7,000 sq. ft. achieved at a cost of $3M, the Métro grocery store of Saint-Tite has hired 25 new employees
    • In Saint-Tite, the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi of Mékinac will proceed with the posting of summer jobs starting April 16th
    • Seventeen summer jobs will be available in the RCM of Rivière-du-Loup and des Basques, thanks to the Desjardins-Jeunes au travail program
    • Work will be launched in May at Ciment McInnis of Port-Daniel-Gascons, while a hundred-some workers will be on the construction site
    • Following recruitment difficulties, the CSSS of Haute-Gaspésie offers to help students financially in exchange for service commitment
    • The objective of collecting $5M will allow the expansion and opening in January 2015 of Maison René-Verrier in Drummondville with 10 intensive care beds. A dozen jobs will be created and a hundred-some volunteers will be required.
    • Adhésifs Adhpro of Magog, a manufacturer of industrial glue intended notably for furniture and packaging companies, will shut down on May 1st. Thirty-some layoffs will take place.
    • A modernized Ultramar service store will open its doors in Mont-Tremblant. The establishment's renovation, which includes a convenience store, required a $2M investment and will lead to the creation of nearly a dozen new jobs.
    • Due to a reorganization of services at the senior residence Manoir de la Seigneurie of Saint-Jérôme, some 18 nurses have lost their jobs
  • Week of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014

    • Club Piscine has invested $5M to build a more spacious building and is creating 15 new jobs in Saint-Hyacinthe
    • Having lost a contract with open-pit mine Cliffs Natural Resources, Logistec Arrimage, of Sept-Îles, is forced to lay off 25 workers in October
    • Following a $1M investment, Le Poivre Noir, a steakhouse, will open its doors in Rouyn-Noranda
    • S. Huot, a Québec City business that offers design, machining, and installation services of specialized equipment for the mining industry, will be temporarily laying off around 50 people
    • A grocery store under the IGA banner will be built in Témiscaming this spring. Opening is scheduled for December 2014.
    • Resolute Forest Products is permanently closing its sawmill in Saint-Fulgence. About fifteen workers are affected.
    • Groupe Garabedian Lifestyle, a real estate developer, has announced the Aquablu residential project in the Sainte-Dorothée area of Laval, valued at an estimated $250M. Three phases are planned in this project, which is set to start this spring.
    • Groupe Arbec announced the closure of the seniors home, Heather Lodge, in Rawdon, after failing to sign an agreement with the health network. Most employees will be transferred to other establishments.
    • Saint-Jérôme-based appliance and furniture retailer Victor Piché & Fils has announced its closure by late June, leading to the lay-off of a half dozen employees
    • The Gexel call centre in Trois-Rivières wishes to add another 40-some employees to its current 130 workers
    • By the summer, thirty-some people should be working at the new Desjardins call centre in Trois-Rivières
    • The Canac hardware store will be opening its doors this fall in Rimouski following a $5M investment that will create nearly 80 jobs
    • Ateliers ferroviaires de Mont-Joli, located in Sainte-Flavie, has hired several new workers
    • Construction of the Dégelis multi-purpose complex will be finished for the summer, creating more than 60 permanent jobs
    • By hiring approximately fifteen employees at its Cap-Chat plant, Orbite Aliminae expects to double its workforce in the upcoming months
    • Ice conditions are delaying the start of the crab fishing season and nearly 250 workers from the Unipêche M.D.M. plant in Paspébiac are on stand-by
    • Broadcaster and Crown corporation CBC/Radio-Canada has announced it is slashing 657 positions across the country over the next two years
  • Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014

    • Mercedes-Benz Canada will be opening a new dealership in the Pointe-aux-Trembles borough of Montréal by the end of 2014
    • In order to meet the growing demand for its products, Sherbrooke-based Soucy Techno, which specializes in preparing rubber mixes, should be creating approximately 20 jobs by fall 2014 and approximately 30 additional jobs in 2015
    • The Intact tower, owned by Industrial Alliance in Montréal, is being renovated. The company is investing $35M to move its parking lot and renovate four floors of the building for 2015.
    • Following a $2.7M investment, Maison Jean-Eudes Bergeron of Coopérative de services à domicile Lac-St-Jean-Est was inaugurated in Alma. Twenty persons with physical disabilities will be cared for there by 15 new employees.
    • Following a $1.39M investment, the PJC Jean Coutu pharmacy on Bois-Francs Sud boulevard in Victoriaville was renovated
    • Lac-Drolet-based Royer, a work boot and shoe manufacturer, secured two contracts with the Canadian Armed Forces. Approximately 15 jobs will be created and added to the existing 80.
    • A $2.2M investment was required to renovate the pharmacy at Hôpital du Suroît in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, which could make recruiting new pharmacists easier
    • In May, Resolute Forest Products will be ceasing operations at its sawmill in Maniwaki, due to wood supply issues, leading to the laying off of 80 workers
    • Magog-based Novom Networks, a company that specializes in the geodetection of persons and objects, plans to hire approximately 20 employees by the end of the year, which would increase the total number of workers to 30
    • Thanks to a $1B investment, the Renard diamond mine in the Otish Mountains, north of Chibougamau, will be built and operational by 2016. The project will create 850 jobs, including 425 direct jobs.
    • Cablevision is investing $6M in repair works on its television and Internet network in Abitibi-Témiscamingue
    • Thanks to an investment of less than $1.5M, the extrusion transfer centre will be built in Alma. The aluminum processing plant will hire approximately 10 employees in the fall, then approximately 40 when production is at peak level.
    • The fourth phase of the expansion plan of the ICUPQ research centre (Laval hospital) will begin in May. The works should continue until fall 2015. Upon completion, approximately 100 jobs will be created.
    • Some 70 positions are available at Château Frontenac for the summer season. Interviews will be held between April 11 and 17, as well as May 9 and 16
    • Approximately 50 positions, in both the plants and offices, are available throughout the Centre-du-Québec region in the establishments of the multinational Cascades
    • The third IGA Express in Québec opened its doors in Jonquière. This is a new hybrid proximity concept between a supermarket, convenience store and fast-food restaurant. Approximately 15 jobs were created.
    • Rouyn-Noranda's CSSS will be investing $2M to renovate the pathology department to bring it up to current standards
    • Desjardins is investing $5.4M to build a financial hub within its offices located on Québec Avenue in Rouyn-Noranda
    • Ressources Québec, a subsidiary of the government of Québec, is investing $4M to become a shareholder of Société Matamec, which is developing a rare earth mine construction project. The mine operation will create 229 jobs.
    • Thanks to a $1.6M investment, Mont-Édouard, located in L'Anse-Saint-Jean, will be renovated
    • Following a $13M investment that enabled it to move and expand, the IGA Raymond Martin supermarket was inaugurated in Victoriaville. Approximately 50 new jobs were created.
    • A new Proxim pharmacy just opened its doors in Repentigny. This new establishment will have enabled approximately 20 new jobs to be created.
    • A new residential construction project of two 24-apartment buildings, totaling a $6M investment, has begun in Saint-Charles-Borromée
    • Saint-Jérôme-based motorcycle and snowmobile dealership, Nor-Sport, will be closing its doors in mid-May, after 45 years of existence. Its closure will lead to the laying off of approximately 10 employees.
    • The Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts Walmart store will be renovated and transformed into a Supercentre, which will translate into the creation of additional positions, that is, between 30 and 75 new jobs
    • The wind industry in Québec will need more than 320 workers by 2018, including approximately 100 in the operation and maintenance field
    • Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska's slaughterhouse, Aliments Asta, is having recruitment difficulties
    • Eight nurse positions and 10 nursing assistant positions will be cut following restructuring at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Mitis in Mont-Joli
    • Built for $5M, the RécréOFUN amusement park and the Pas-à-pas day-care centre will be open by November in Trois-Rivières, creating approximately 40 jobs
    • On August 7, a new wave of approximately 40 layoffs will be taking place at the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter in Shawinigan, reducing the number of employees to around 80
    • TRU Simulation + Training, a new Montréal-based company that specializes in flight simulator training, is looking for more than 20 engineers. The company was previously known as Mechtronix.
    • Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport announced the opening of 11 new commercial areas located in the public and international zones. These five stores and six restaurants have hired 200 employees.
    • Air Canada rouge announced that it would be hiring over 100 flight attendants ahead of the opening of an operational base in Montréal
  • Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014

    • Montréal's Pointe-à-Callière museum has announced an expansion project valued at an estimated $110M by 2017-2018
    • The Roxton Pond municipality is investing $7M to build 60 housing units for independent seniors
    • Garderie Maternelle Hibouge et Bilingo, a private and non-subsidized daycare that cultivates the learning of English, is investing nearly $1M to build a new facility in Stoke. Eight jobs should be created.
    • Ivanhoe Cambridge is announcing an investment of nearly $800M in its Plan Montréal by 2016. The business will be investing in Place Ville Marie, renovate the Queen Elizabeth hotel and merge Eaton Centre with Complexe Les Ailes.
    • A new $6M rest area in the Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap area of Trois-Rivières will create over a hundred jobs during and after construction
    • The Giroux Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership is investing to build a new location in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. Work will begin in the fall of 2014 and opening is scheduled for early 2015
    • Construction building materials retailer Matério opened a specialized store, Matério Brique & Pierre, in Saint-Jérôme. This new establishment will create a dozen new jobs.
    • A new 80-space daycare will be built in Terrebonne at a cost of $1.5M, leading to the creation of 15 new jobs. It is scheduled to open in August 2014.
    • A new restaurant under the Benny & Co rotisserie chain will soon open its doors in Lavaltrie. Its opening is scheduled for August 2014 and will create 25 new jobs.
    • Work on a corporate centre at the Saint-Laurent Campus of Technoparc Montréal has begun. This $30M project will be completed in 2015 and will be the corporate headquarters of Hospira.
    • Rôtisserie Orford, in Magog, is investing $500,000 to renovate and expand
    • The Développements des Grands Ducs MFP group will be building 30 chalet units in Mont Vidéo. This residential project represents a total investment and benefits of nearly $4M.
    • Beginning April 2015, Société des alcools du Québec will relocate its Farnham facility into a new, more spacious location. The project represents a $1.5M investment.
    • A new residential project, Le Monroe, will soon be built in Blainville. This $47M project will result in 136 condominiums and 10 row houses.
    • BuroPlus Martin, of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, will cut back operations on April 18, 2014, leading to the lay-off of about 20 people. The business will keep only one business sales office.
    • The construction of a $20M shopping centre that will house several businesses, including an IGA supermarket, a Familiprix pharmacy and a Tim Hortons, will begin in the spring in Saint-Jérôme on highway 158
    • After being destroyed by a fire in 2013, Terrebonne's Boulangerie Lazio recently re-opened its doors. The reconstruction allowed it to double its surface area.
    • The Cargair flying school will be moving to Trois-Rivières on April 1st
  • Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014

    • Another wave of layoffs will take place by April 20 at Rio Tinto Fer et Titane in Sorel-Tracy, leading to the loss of 60 maintenance-related jobs
    • Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville-based N.G. Stelpro, a plant that manufactures heating solutions, is creating 30 new jobs, including assemblers, electrical mechanics and machine operators to fulfill its order book
    • Saint-Bruno-based Groupe Secto laid off approximately 50 people at its manufacturing plant. Approximately 30 employees continue to work in the module rental and transportation divisions.
    • Sigma Industries is transferring a production unit from the United States to its René Matériaux Composites division plants located in Saint-Éphrem-de-Beauce and Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce. Fifty new jobs will be created.
    • A Ford dealership will be moving to Les Écureuils boulevard in Donnacona. The $5.1M project will be carried out at the end of May. Approximately 20 jobs will be created.
    • The City of Laval announced the construction of four elementary schools and the expansion of two more by 2015, which represents a $35M investment
    • Resolute Forest Products is investing $3.6M in its Dolbeau-Mistassini sawmill to purchase more efficient production equipment
    • Within the next year, 24 social housing units for impoverished Aboriginal families will be built in Val-d'Or for $6M
    • Saint-Amable's IGA supermarket was renovated for $6M
    • The construction of a building in Saint-Hyacinthe requires a $4.7M investment. Zénith Lab, a natural health product manufacturer, is investing $3.2M to move its head office there. Approximately 15 jobs will be created.
    • Thanks to an investment of a few million dollars, Quebec's first mini IGA was inaugurated in Magog. A dozen jobs have been created. This new concept of proximity will multiply in the four corners of the province in the coming months.
    • Underwear manufacturer Hanes-Canadelle will be closing its Canadian head office and distribution centre in Montréal by the end of 2014. This measure will lead to the loss of 170 jobs.
    • The Roméo Laflamme & fils' factory, based in Saint-Benoît-Labre (Beauce), will be closing its doors on May 9. Approximately 70 persons will lose their jobs.
    • Chantier Davie Canada recently hired 20 to 40 employees per week. The company is constantly hiring assembler-mechanics, electricians, carpenters and painters, among others.
    • Some 60 employees of the cafeteria in the Desjardins-Pollack hall at Université Laval received a mass lay-off notice. The employer, Laliberté gestion de services alimentaires, lost its contract with the University.
    • Enseignes Montréal Néon will be constructing a new building in Laval for fall 2014. With this project, worth $10M, the company aims to hire approximately 30 persons within five years.
    • Montréal-based CAE, a flight simulator manufacturer, obtained a series of military contracts worth more than $140M. The company will provide simulators as well as training support services.
    • The Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield-based AstenJohnson plant, a manufacturer of high-quality textile canvases, invested $5.7M to refurbish some departments and to optimize its operations
    • In the first phase, Nicolet-based Hôtel Monfort is investing $3.9M to build a new 800-seat conference centre and add a 32-room building, which will increase the total number to 83
    • A new ÉconoMax appliance store location opened its doors in March 2014 in Joliette. This new establishment enabled the creation of 30 new jobs.
    • Following a $3M investment, the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke's new pediatric oncology unit was just inaugurated at the Fleurimont hospital
    • Following works worth more than $6M, Sainte-Luce-based Grande Maison employs 21 persons; however, this number will reach 40 when the specialized home will have reached its full accommodation capacity.
    • Close to 20 student jobs are available with the town of Mont-Joli
    • At New Richmond-based Fabrication Delta, a turbine tower manufacturing plant, the number of employees shrank from 130 to 90 in January
    • The Centre de santé et des Services sociaux de l'Énergie, in Shawinigan, is eliminating 15 of the 40 positions at the Centre Parents-Enfants
    • The refiner Valero chose Groupe Desgagnés to transport crude oil on the St. Lawrence River, between Montréal and Lévis. According to Groupe Desgagnés, approximately 100 jobs will be created to transport Valero's crude oil.
    • Cadillac Fairview, a property development company, announced its four-phase plan to build seven new buildings in downtown Montréal: five residential towers and two office towers, representing a $2-billion investment
    • Mouvement Action sports centre is expanding in Mirabel. The current building, which will be expanded, will require an investment of close to $4M. It should open its doors at the end of summer 2014.
  • Week of Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2014

    • A new enterprise, Serres Toundra, will be built in Saint-Félicien, adjacent to the Resolute Forest Products plant and will benefit from its thermal discharges. The $100M project will lead to the creation of 400 jobs by 2018.
    • Starting next June, Suncor will carry out the transit of crude oil via the Kildair facilities in Sorel-Tracy. The expansion of Kildair has led to the creation of twenty-some jobs and the consolidation of 65 others.
    • BUF, a French enterprise that specializes in special effects, has announced the opening of a Montréal office. This project will lead to the creation of 125 jobs in the next three years.
    • F. Ménard, a slaughterhouse and pork-cutting plant in Ange-Gardien, has invested $14M in the expansion of its facilities and the purchase of new equipment, which led to the creation of 75 new jobs
    • The restaurant Légende par la Tanière will open its doors in May. It will be located on rue St-Paul in Old Québec. Twenty-some jobs will be created.
    • The third edition of Rendez-vous de l'emploi de la Jacques-Cartier will take place on April 10th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Centre de la famille Valcartier. The event is for all job seekers and presents job offers of all kinds.
    • More than 80 exhibitors will take part in the Salon Priorité-Emploi of the Centre de foires de Sherbrooke March 28 and 29. The full list of available jobs is displayed in the March 21st edition of La Tribune.
    • With the 10-year franchise contract having come to an end, Cora restaurant in Sept-Îles will shut down on March 21st, laying off twenty-some workers
    • Optimum Canada, which specializes in the manufacturing of tools intended for aeronautics, has invested $1.6M for the expansion of its Mercier plant to welcome its new business partner, Dinex
    • A new school, Maison Familiale Rurale (MFR), will launch in September 2014 in Saint-Zénon. This school targets a clientele of dropouts to allow them to obtain a vocational or secondary studies diploma in two and half years.
    • The gouvernement du Québec has announced investments of $5.8M to carry out capital works and proceed with the purchase of equipment for various projects at the centre hospitalier Pierre-Le Gardeur in Terrebone
    • Le Vignoble Carone in Lanoraie has invested nearly $3M to quadruple its production in the next couple of years and create nearly a dozen new jobs that specialize in wine making, marketing and international sales
    • Ville de Repentigny has announced that construction of a future Centre d'art et de création artistique will begin in August 2014. This establishment, estimated at $4.7M, will open its doors in the summer of 2015.
    • Seniors home Le Grand Manoir in Saint-Jean-de-Matha will invest $6M to expand its establishment. This project will allow the addition of 60 housing units and will lead to the creation of new jobs that will complement those of the current 32 employees.
    • Ville de Mont-Tremblant has announced that the $14.6M construction of the future aquatic park will begin in June 2014. Its opening is scheduled for 2015 at the end of summer.
    • Pure Tremblant, a new $22M residential project that includes 40 townhomes located on the golf Le Diable, will begin construction of its first homes in the spring of 2014
    • Ville de Sainte-Thérèse must invest $4.7M for repair work to its city hall to rebuild two exterior walls by next winter
    • Ville de Mirabel has invested more than $1.8M in the expansion of centre culturel Patrick-Lepage in the Saint-Canut sector
    • Construction of the Théâtre du Marais has begun in Val-Morin. This new building, which will replace the former establishment, will be built for $4.2M and be finalized in October 2014. The theater's capacity will welcome more than 170 people.
    • Modus FX, a special effects studio in Sainte-Thérèse, must close its doors. The enterprise, which employed 100 people, has faced financial hardships, which led to its owners closing the studio.
    • Sobeys axes 22 positions, with 5 of them being executive positions and the 17 others being related to accounting at its administrative centre in Rouyn-Noranda. The first layoffs will take place in early May.
    • The Ville de Montréal will invest $11M in the next three years to modernize its aquatic facilities
    • The Ville de Montréal has announced a $383M investment to repair roads and water pipes on its territory in 2014
    • The Centre récréatif Marcel-Bonin has invested $5.5M in the modernization of its establishment in Joliette. Renovation work is ongoing, notably in locker rooms, stands and ventilation. Work is expected to conclude in July 2014.
    • A new, subsidized 80-place daycare will open in Terrebonne. Le Royaume des Anges has invested $1.7M in the construction of its establishment, which will lead to the creation of fifteen-some new jobs. Its opening is scheduled for the summer of 2014.
    • Right on time, complex Les Haltes du Roi, achieved by Construction Courschesnes of Trois-Rivières, should include 9 buildings of 6 units each, which will contribute to the creation of a hundred-some jobs in construction
    • The Salon de l'emploi de Trois-Rivières, which offered 1,000 jobs last year, will take place on April 10th
    • Launch of construction of a medical complex, which will open its doors in October in downtown Rimouski, following an investment of nearly $10M
    • A new IGA supermarket will open its doors at the end of the month of August in Boischatel. The investment is close to $14.5M and will provide work to more than 200 people.
    • More than 200 jobs will be offered at employment fairs in Stanstead April 9th and in Magog April 16th
  • Week of Mar 03 - Mar 07, 2014

    • Berthierville's Tim Hortons is investing 1 M$ to expand and renovate its restaurant and increase its capacity. The restaurant currently employs 65 persons.
    • Saint-Jérôme's Taverne Jean Lalande, which opened in 1956 and closed in December 2013, will be restarting its operations shortly after being purchased by new owners
    • The event "Journée de l'emploi" will take place on March 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on the fifth floor of Galeries Saint-Hyacinthe
    • After shutting down for 10 weeks, the Fortress paper plant in Thurso has resumed its activities; 320 workers have been recalled.
    • Following a $31.7M investment that enabled its expansion, the Centre de recherche clinique Étienne Le-Bel, whose name was changed to Centre de recherche du CHUS, was inaugurated in Sherbrooke
    • Groupe médical GMA is investing between $8M and $10M to build a new medical clinic, to which a pharmacy and restaurant will be added, in Sherbrooke
    • Three regional partners (East Angus-based Cascades, Sherbrooke-based Rackam and Université de Sherbrooke) are joining forces to invest close to $3M to create a thermalelectric station project
    • Centre Famille-Enfant Girardin will be built in Drummondville for $35M. Pediatry, perinatality and neonatology services and an external pregnancy monitoring clinic will be offered at the centre in spring 2017
    • Shoreline rehabilitation on Jacques-Cartier street in Gatineau, a project evaluated at $42M, is expected to start this summer and be complete at the end of 2015. Contractors have until April 17 to submit their revitalization proposal.
    • Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal dance company is moving to the Wilder building, located in the Quartier des spectacles. A production studio and two dance studios are part of this $28.8M project.
    • The provincial government announced that it was granting 2,281 daycare spaces to Montréal Island by 2016. With this project, more than 400 day care teacher jobs will be created.
    • Chocolats Favoris, a shop that includes a chocolate factory, a dairy store and a candy section, will be opening a location in Boucherville in May, creating approximately 40 jobs
    • Baie-St-Paul's Café des artistes has closed indefinitely. The company employed approximately 30 employees in the high season and approximately 10 in the winter.
    • To ensure the durability of the Dubuc bridge in Saguenay, approximately $45M will be invested over the next five years
    • Restaurant Pauline, which closed in Saint-Mathieu in 2011, will be opening its doors under new management and will create a dozen jobs
    • Ciné-parc Orford in Magog will live again in HD and will reopen at the end of April. Close to 20 youths will be hired during the summer season.
    • Eidos Montréal, a video game studio, announced that, following restructuring, it was laying off approximately 20 workers
    • Alliance Magnésium is investing $10M in Asbestos to build a pilot plant that should be operational by the beginning of 2018, with close to 350 employees. The open-pit mine, a clean technology company, offers a product that is in demand on the global market.
    • After shutting down for six months, Laurier-Station's furniture manufacturing company Les Industries AP is resuming its activities. At the moment, 25 unionized employees who had been laid off were recalled.
    • Thanks to a $30M investment over three years, 54 apartment buildings will be built in Drummondville in the Le Vigneron sector
    • Thanks to a $2.3M investment, the Centre dentaire Yves Rémillard & associés will be moving to Sherbrooke within 14 months. After the move, the number of dentists may increase from three to five.
    • Thanks to a $1.6M investment, the Centre dentaire Ouimette & Lacroix will be moving to Sherbrooke. The move is scheduled for May.
    • Datamark Systems is closing its facilities in Canada, putting 400 persons out of work, 300 of whom are in the greater Montreal area.
    • Thanks to a $965,000 investment, the main attractions at Coaticook¿s Parc de la Gorge will be improved by a multimedia system. The project will enable four jobs to be created and added to the existing 36.
    • The Maskinongé health and social services centre is always looking for new nurses
    • The Haute-Gaspésie health and social services centre has a significant need for nursing staff
    • In Cap-Chat, Orbite Aluminae plans to hire 25 new employees (mechanics, instrumentation technicians and process technicians) at the beginning of the summer
    • Launch of Cyberfoire de l¿emploi du Bas-Saint-Laurent, a website where hundreds of job offers will be posted between March 26 and 30
    • Thanks to a $3.4M investment, the Arvida library located in Jonquière will be completely revamped and doubled in size
    • In order to compensate for retirements, Resolute Forest Products, with paper mills and saw mills in North America, will need to hire 1,200 workers in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region by 2017
    • Événement Emploi Côte-de-Beaupré will be taking place again this year. A number of free services will be offered to job seekers on site. The event will take place on March 22, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Centre Ste-Anne in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré.
  • Week of Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2014

    • Plombco has spent close to $10 M over the past two years on developing a steel core wheel weight encased in a plastic overmold. Ultimately Plasteel could create some new jobs at the Valleyfield and Huntingdon plants.
    • MUV Condos, a housing project in Montreal's Rosemont ¿ La Petite-Patrie district, has been granted its building permit. The plan is to create 350 units in two phases, the first of which is to be completed by the summer of 2015.
    • With the large increase in its population, the municipality of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac plans to establish a new library, at an estimated cost of $4.5 M. More services will be offered to the public and the facility will be open for longer hours.
    • A new ophthalmology clinic will be built in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts close to the Laurentien hospital. This project valued at over $6.5 M is slated to open in January 2016.
    • Quebec's Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux will be spending more than $3.2 M to restructure a number of services and to purchase equipment for the Laurentien hospital in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.
    • An outpatient hemodialysis centre will be opening in Saint-Eustache. This new facility will require an investment of more than $2.6 M.
    • The Quebec government will be investing more than $9.2 M in the services offered at the Saint-Jérôme hospital. The seven projects that are planned include an outpatient dialysis centre, a variety of building projects and equipment purchases.
    • A family medicine unit (UMF) affiliated with Université de Montréal will begin operating in Saint-Eustache by the summer of 2014. This UMF will have a team of residents and clerkship students as well as a student nurse.
    • The Quebec government has announced 1,469 new day care spaces for the Lanaudière region. Twenty-nine day care centres will progressively offer these spaces between 2014 and 2016, resulting in the creation of 259 new jobs.
    • Enzyme Testing Labs, a video game testing company located in Sainte-Adèle, has confirmed that it will be moving to Saint-Jérôme. The company, which currently employs over 200 people, may be hiring staff to meet its needs during busy periods.
    • Thanks to a $2.2 M investment, a third industrial incubator will start up in Drummondville. It will be one of the largest in the country and will be able to accommodate seven new businesses.
    • Unable to expand, the IGA supermarket in Saint-Constant will be closing permanently on April 9. Employees who so wish can be relocated to other stores.
    • Estridev (a developer), PlazaCorp and a number of new commercial operations will join with the new IGA Extra Marché Gazaille in Magog to put up a $10 M complex.
    • Almost completely destroyed in the July 6 disaster in Lac-Mégantic, the Jacques et Fils funeral home is spending approximately $2 M to rebuild.
    • The Montessori private school in Magog is investing $1 M to build a new facility that will enable it to offer high school courses starting in the fall.
    • An $800,000 investment has led to the establishment of Écorec, a business that recycles manufactured products (electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic) at the end of their life cycle. Ten new jobs have been created in Sorel-Tracy.
    • TD Canada Trust bank group has just opened a new branch in Terrebonne, and a dozen new jobs have been created. A second branch will be opening in Terrebonne in May 2014.
    • The Laval company Pâtisserie St-Martin has just opened a new establishment in Mascouche. The opening of this third establishment will result in the creation of some 20 new jobs.
    • The Mangiamo restaurant in Terrebonne will be doing interior renovations and adding 40 new seats. The establishment will close temporarily in March 2014. The business also intends to hire additional staff.
    • Niedner, which manufactures hoses from lightweight materials in Coaticook, is carrying out a $12M expansion. Within the next three years, the company plans to hire roughly 30 new employees who will be joining the 127 existing ones.
    • By 2016, some 3,100 new day care spaces will be created in Montrérégie, leading to the creation of 547 new jobs.
    • A new fire station will be built in Gatineau at a cost of $6M. The work will start in the spring of 2014 and will end in 2016.
    • CAE, a Montreal company that makes flight simulators, has announced a $700M research and development program to take place over the next five years with the federal government's participation.
    • Hardware retailer Réno-Dépôt has announced that it will be carrying out over $20M worth of renovations at its 16 stores in Quebec. This project will result in the creation of over 300 jobs, with roughly a hundred on the island of Montreal.
    • The provincial government has announced a project involving the installation of 3,500 electric terminals at workplaces by the end of 2016. This project is part of Quebec's transportation electrification strategy.
    • Groupe Cabico, a Coaticook company that manufactures and sells cabinetry, is putting $3M into an expansion so that it can meet the demand for its products. The employer anticipates hiring about 30 workers, bringing the total number of jobs to close to 300.
    • In the Mauricie region, $2.4M will be spent on infrastructure upgrades at the Mastigouche and Saint-Maurice wildlife preserves, creating 12 direct and 10 indirect jobs.
    • Béton Provincial, which landed the contract for the new Ciment McInnis cement plant, will start construction at Port-Daniel-Gascons in April, creating 10 new jobs in the Gaspé region.
    • With an investment of close to $8M, the Super C grocery store in the Gaspé opened on February 27, creating 70 jobs.
    • The Lower St. Lawrence region does not have enough mechanical engineering technicians to meet the needs of industry.
    • Groupe AMT has announced a $47.5M investment expected to create 60 jobs at Moulage Sous Pression AMT in Saint-Cyprien, 30 at Bélisle Industries in Saint-Jean-de-Dieu and 40 at Darona in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
    • 45°Nord, an obstacle course and events site, will be opening in Saint-Calixte in May 2014. This $1.2M project includes 3 million square feet of land, a clubhouse and a huge parking lot.
    • Teledyne Dalsa will be investing $67.3M in its Bromont and Montreal plants. As a result, 300 specialized jobs will be created for engineers, researchers and highly skilled technicians, for example, alongside the consolidation of 425 jobs.
    • The federal government will be investing over $600M on upgrading of the Champlain and Jacques-Cartier bridges in Montreal.
    • A multi-use facility that will accommodate ice sports as well as shows will be built in Gatineau at a cost of $63.5M. The work will start in the spring and will be completed by the end of 2015.
  • Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014

    • The French company Groupe Altiplano will be opening an acrobatic park at the Olympic Park Esplanade in Montreal. The first of its kind in North America, this project will create approximately ten jobs once it opens in May 2014.
    • The Montreal Heart Institute announced a $49.2M investment in the search for innovative treatments against cardiovascular diseases. The Arteria research program will create 150 skilled jobs.
    • Now is the time to apply for summer jobs with the City of Québec. A number of positions are being offered to secondary, college and university students. The deadline for applications is March 31.
    • Between February 17 and March 24, the Municipality of Thetford Mines will begin recruiting students for jobs with the City. Various positions will be available.
    • The Clermond Hamel company and Bois Indifor recently acquired the Scierie Busque & Laflamme sawmill and Bois Busques. The Saint-Benoît plant (Beauce-Sartigan RCM) is expected to create about twenty jobs.
    • Following the announced bankruptcy of the Scores Restaurant in Joliette last January, the business has come under new management and has announced its plans to reopen soon
    • The City of Repentigny will invest over $2.3M in building a public transit lane and renovating its roadway infrastructure. The lane will be developed on Notre-Dame Street in the City's west end.
    • H2O Innovation in Ham-Nord which designs, manufactures and installs customized water treatment systems landed a major $10M contract for ocean water desalination in California
    • The Ferme Rouge restaurant in Gatineau was devastated by fire, leading to the loss of 22 jobs
    • With a $9M investment, renovations will begin at the Université de Sherbrooke's cultural centre and the Maurice-O'Bready hall
    • The Petit Lutin Bistro is opening a new location in Rouyn-Noranda and creating 10 new jobs
    • Close to 300 applicants are being sought by the City of Lévis for summer jobs in the water activities, sports, tourism, heritage, library and day camp fields. The recruitment campaign kicked off on February 17.
    • The BuroPlus Martin La Promenade book store in Mont-Tremblant announced its closure, leading to 9 layoffs. The closure follows a significant drop in sales.
    • The Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ) is investing $3.4M in infrastructure at the Mont-Tremblant National Park and two wildlife reserves in the Laurentian region, leading to the creation of 20 jobs
    • A new IGA Extra supermarket outlet recently opened in the west end of Terrebonne. This new store represents an investment of $9 M and has created 115 new jobs.
    • The Devolutions computer company in Lavaltrie plans to expand in the next few years and triple its staff size within 5 years. It currently employs 15 people.
    • Fericar in Chambord, a trailer and semi-trailer manufacturer, is investing over $500,000 in an expansion. From 10 to 15 new jobs will be created, bringing the number of staff to approximately 65 employees.
    • The 5th Etchemins job fair will take place on March 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ste-Justine Coop. The event is intended for all job-seekers and a wide range of positions will be offered up: seasonal, contract, permanent and student jobs.
    • RY Beaudoin in Victoriaville, a heavy equipment manufacturer, is investing $4M in building a new plant. Plans are underway to hire at least five people over the coming year, along with ten or so more over the next two years.
    • Renovations at the Théâtre des Eskers in Amos will amount to $5M. Starting in August, the work is scheduled to end in late May 2015. Programming will resume at the theater by the fall of 2015.
    • Escalade Clip¿n Climb, a new recreation/tourism company, will open an indoor rock climbing gym in Laval in March
    • New $7 day care spaces will be created in Quebec's Capitale-Nationale region, bringing the total number to 1,364, including 567 in the Quebec City area and 797 in outlying areas. This initiative will create 240 jobs.
    • Now is the time to apply for summer jobs with the City of St-Georges. Close to 150 positions are vacant, with priority given to student residents of St-Georges. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on March 7.
    • Career opportunities exist at the Cimenterie McInnis in Port-Daniel-Gascons: electronics technician, furnace operator, mechanic, electrician, machinery operator, maintenance technician, labourer, secretary and office employee
    • Following a $3.5M expansion, the ADF Diesel engine machining and assembly centre in Saint-Stanislas plans to create from 10 to 15 new jobs, after hiring 8 new employees in the past six months
    • In Shawinigan, the Epsilia software design firm expects a major increase in sales that could lead to 20 new hires within three years
    • In Shawinigan, online game developer Alchemic Dream expects to hire another twenty or so employees by the end of the year
    • The Desjardins Youth Work Experience program will provide 12 young people from the Maskinongé RCM with a job this summer
    • Six employment sectors have labour needs in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region: nursing, computer services, physical rehabilitation, industrial electronics, urban planning and development, accounting and management
    • One-third of staff at the Vallée de La Matapédia Caisse Desjardins will retire within the next five years, opening the door to future graduates
    • Over 400 job offers will be posted at the 15th Témiscouata job fair scheduled on March 27 in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac
    • Following a $1.7M investment, the Notre-Dame-des-Bois-Francs elementary school in Victoriaville has been enlarged
    • Buropro Citation has acquired the Librairie Solis bookstore and is investing $3M to renovate its new premises in the Galeries de Saint-Hyacinthe shopping centre. All current employees will be relocated and 35 to 40 new jobs will be created.
    • Following the settlement of a $1M loan, the City of Châteauguay will move forward with renovations of its buildings on Île Saint-Bernard
    • Following an investment of close to $1M, the Drummondville Comfort Inn has been renovated
    • The Centre Dentaire Carpentier a new dental clinic outlet of the Groupe Dentaire API in Laval has opened for business in Mascouche
    • The Ministère de la Santé has approved 45 family physician positions to meet needs in the Laurentides region. Of this number, 23 positions remain vacant. Roughly forty specialist positions are also vacant.
    • The Casino de Montréal announced 123 job cuts over the next few weeks. The cuts will affect machine attendants and cashiers, restaurant teams and security services.
    • Two Revenu Québec offices will be relocated to a new building in Saguenay for an investment of $16M
  • Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2014

    • An $8.7M investment has made it possible to build 47 affordable housing units in the Plateau sector of Gatineau
    • Les Planchers Mercier of Drummondville is investing $4M to purchase equipment to improve its productivity. This will create about 10 jobs in addition to the existing 135 jobs.
    • Technologies HumanWare of Drummondville is investing $4.7M to support research and development projects. This project will create 5 jobs in addition to the existing 115 jobs.
    • Cascades Papier Kingsey Falls is investing more than $1M to modify its equipment to produce stiffer cardboard, which will still be made from 100% recycled fibres. The project will consolidate about 70 jobs.
    • Atelier Bélanger, which specializes in precision machining, technical services for printing and rubber coverings, is investing $1M to expand and relocate to the industrial park in Magog
    • The city of Drummondville is investing $20.7M to enlarge and relocate its Côme-Saint-Germain municipal library. The project will create 15 new jobs in addition to the existing 40 or so jobs.
    • After obtaining two major contracts, TLD Canada of Sherbrooke, which specializes in the design and manufacturing of ground support equipment, is looking for dozens of employees, mainly electrical mechanics
    • A $3.3M investment has made it possible to build a service station with a convenience store in Ange-Gardien, creating about 10 jobs
    • Espace pour la vie is announcing three major projects that will involve an architecture competition to renovate the Insectarium, Botanical Gardens and Biodome of Montréal. This $45M project is part of Montréal's 375th Anniversary.
    • Within a few weeks, Cliffs Natural Resources, an iron ore company located at Wabush Mines, Sept-Îles, will gradually make about 100 layoffs, including 20 or so managerial positions
    • A new ALT Hotel Montréal will open in March 2014 in the Griffintown neighbourhood. This investment, worth an estimated $27M, will create about 60 jobs
    • A $1M investment will be used to expand the residence for independent and semi-independent seniors in Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, Résidence Des-Jardins-les-Becquets
    • The Samares school board will invest more than $4.8M to improve ventilation and renovate the roofing and windows of 31 schools in the northern Lanaudière region
    • Construction of phase 3 of the La Pinière industrial condominiums in Terrebonne, which includes two buildings and the first will be ready in April 2014. New businesses will be moving in, including a butcher shop, a beauty salon and a photography studio.
    • Coopérative Agropur is investing $45M to modernize its Oka cheese factory to get ready to compete with the imported cheeses that will come into the market as a result of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement
    • Elkem Canada of Chicoutimi, a manufacturer of ferrosilicon, will invest $25M to complete a major upgrade of its furnace and optimize its steam generation system. No regular employees will be laid off during the work.
    • General Cable will close its La Malbaie plant on April 7, 2014. The closure affects about 60 workers. The reasons given are transportation costs and an expected decrease in orders for the next three years.
    • Groupe Boucher Sports will open a Sports Experts store in Carrefour Saint-Georges in April 2014. It will replace the Intersport store. The new store will add 10 jobs to the existing 20 jobs.
    • La Coop fédérée has announced that it will close its distribution centre in Trois-Rivières within 15 months and that 236 people will lose their jobs
    • As a result of a $1,575,000 project announced on February 7 at Boiseries Leblanc of Louiseville, 11 skilled jobs will be added to the company
    • More than 250 summer jobs are to be filled in Trois-Rivières for day camp counsellors, guides, park supervisors, grounds attendants and lifeguards
    • Many summer jobs will be offered in the regional county municipalities of Rivière-du-Loup and Les Basques
    • The Ministère de la Famille has announced 174 additional $7 daycare spots in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region. There will be 31 jobs created during the capital construction work, which will be completed within two years.
    • The Ministère de la Famille has announced the creation of 787 $7 daycare spots in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. In all, the government expects 138 new jobs to be created.
    • Transport Michel Lussier is investing $6.3M to build a warehouse in the industrial park in Candiac
  • Week of Feb 03 - Feb 07, 2014

    • The Quebec government has authorized completion of Le Granit wind project in the Lac-Mégantic region with a $60M grant. The construction phase should generate 70 jobs. Commissioning is planned for December 2014.
    • Built in 1963, the Chez Tony motel in Amos will undergo renovations at a cost of $250,000. The work, which is currently underway, should be completed in March.
    • A $38M biogas plant project will open its doors in Varennes in 2016
    • The Musée d¿art contemporain de Montréal is announcing an expansion project at an estimated value of $44M. If everything goes according to schedule, the project will be completed for 2017.
    • The daily newspaper, Le Soleil, will be slashing 24 positions. The cuts will affect 10 employees from the news desk, 10 support staff members and 4 executives, leading to a $1.6M in savings.
    • Thanks to a grant from the Quebec government, Demtec, of Princeville, will design and market a factory-built modular house that will promote light and space optimization. The project will add 12 jobs to the 35 existing ones.
    • Thanks to a grant from the Quebec government, Station du mont Gleason in Tingwick is investing more than $600,000 into snow-making equipment for the ski runs
    • Formica, a manufacturer of laminate flooring, is investing $7M into its Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant, creating 2 new jobs
    • Drummondville's Camping des Voltigeurs is investing $600,000 to continue upgrading its infrastructures. The project will result in the hire of 17 workers.
    • Video game studio GameLoft has announced the creation of 100 jobs in Montréal following a $38.5M investment to expand its facilities
    • The Municipality of Inverness is investing more than $900,000 into the construction of a recreational centre, whose opening is planned for December
    • Real estate company Groupe Immex is investing $30M to build a two-building complex: Le Baron de Sherbrooke. BRP, Chez Cora and Énergie Cardio will be among the tenants.
    • Allstream, a Canadian telecommunications company, is opening a technical support centre in Montréal, thereby creating 50 jobs. The company is looking to increase its presence in Quebec and centralize services for its business clients.
    • The City of Sherbrooke and a developer will be investing more than $4M into the extension of four streets, which will enable the development of residential projects
    • Home Depot plans to hire 6,300 people for its businesses in Canada. In Quebec, the business plans to hire 573 people in 22 stores, including cashiers, sales associates, design specialists and department heads.
    • Blickle Rader & Rollen, the world's largest tire and wheel manufacturer, is investing $3M in Candiac to build a distribution centre, leading to the creation of 17 new jobs
    • Heenan Blaikie, in Montréal, has announced it will be ceasing operations. The law firm, which has approximately 1,000 employees on its payroll (including nearly half in the city). will be gradually dissolved over the next several months.
    • Québec City's Qualtech is receiving financial support to ensure the development and marketing of innovative cheese-making equipment. This project should create 10 full-time jobs.
    • Automation Mauricie, in Trois-Rivières, announced a $4.3M investment to acquire equipment and 30-some jobs will be added to the 70 existing ones
    • Kongsberg Automotive, in Shawinigan, announced a $1.4M investment to create a centre of excellence in electronics, which will create jobs for engineers and technicians
    • The Chocolats Favoris chocolate factory will be investing more than $500,000 in Trois-Rivières by the time it opens in the spring, creating at least 30 jobs, some of which will be summer jobs
    • A hundred jobs will be created over the next five years in Shawinigan with the arrival of electric terminal manufacturer AddÉnergie Technologie, set to open its plant with a $21M price tag
    • McInnis Cement has announced the construction of a new cement factory in Port-Daniel-Gascons, an $800M investment that will create 2,135 jobs a year during construction and 400 direct and indirect jobs during the operational phase in 2016
    • After receiving additional volumes of wood, the Damabois plant in Cap-Chat will be able to hire 27 employees from April to June
    • The Gaspé Peninsula is the region with the lowest number of dentists in Quebec, the most problematic area being Haute-Gaspésie, with only one dentist
    • After receiving a $4.5M investment, specialized residence Grande Maison de Sainte-Luce will employ approximately 40 people
    • Following a $700,000 investment, a Tim Hortons opened up February 6 on boulevard Cartier in Rivière-du-Loup, providing jobs to 25 people
    • Boralex received the green light for the Témiscouata wind farm, to be located in Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata and Saint-Elzéar-de-Témiscouata, and which should create approximately 200 jobs during its construction. Commissioning is planned for 2015.
    • A shopping centre will be built at a cost of $47M in Beauharnois, creating some 750 new jobs. Construction work will begin next October and opening is planned for 2015.
    • The heavy trucks division of Volvo Group Canada has announced the opening of a new location in Laval. Approximately 20 mechanics and technical advisors will be hired by the end of the year.
    • A new business sector is under construction in Terrebonne. This $35M project will bring in several businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, banks and a daycare centre. An estimated 300 jobs will ultimately be created.
    • A new 18-condominium industrial building is under construction in Terrebonne. This project will be home to a dozen businesses from February 2014 onward.
    • As part of a nationwide restructuring, the Future Shop in Saint-Jérôme laid off over twenty people, that is about 40% of the workforce that numbered 60-some employees
    • Quebec government investment of $7.5M in non-commercial forestry for the Laurentides, Lanaudière and Estrie regions. This investment will maintain 3,000 jobs.
    • Chocolate factory Chocolats Favoris is investing $1.5M to open 3 new locations in Saint-Nicolas, Boucherville and Trois-Rivières
  • Week of Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2014

    • L'Estrie Language School, with offices in Ottawa, Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Montréal and Québec, closed its doors. Overall, some 300 jobs were lost.
    • The expansion works on École du Village, located in Gatineau¿s Aylmer sector, are underway and will enable the establishment¿s capacity to increase from 450 to 700 students
    • Salon de l'emploi des commissions scolaires francophones de l'Outaouais will take place on Saturday, February 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at École secondaire du Versant in Gatineau
    • Pexal Tecalum Canada is investing $11M in the construction of an aluminum extrusion plant in Alma. Within a few months, approximately 15 workers will be hired.
    • In 2015, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners will be moving into a six-storey building, which will be built for $30M by the firm Multivesco, in downtown Gatineau
    • Following the announcement of the creation of 240 new daycare spaces in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, 40 new jobs will need to be filled
    • More than $1.8M will be invested to renovate the La Baie Curling Club
    • Plessisville-based EPP Metal will invest $1.5M to expand its facilities and acquire a new state-of-the-art laser-cutting machine
    • More than $500,000 will be invested by Princeville-based Predimach to diversify its range of machinery products in the metal sector and to expand
    • La Bambinerie day-care centre is investing over $1M to build a new facility in downtown Alma. In total, 15 new jobs will be created in Lac-Saint-Jean.
    • Les Picassos de l'Île day-care centre is investing $950,000 to build a new facility in Saint-Nazaire. In total, 15 new jobs will be created in Lac-Saint-Jean.
    • Habaneros, a Mexican restaurant, will be opening its doors in Val-d¿Or in February
    • An $8.4M investment will enable the construction of 52 condo units in Val-d¿Or
    • Sorel-Tracy's Marché de l'emploi will take place on March 4, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the Jani-Ber room
    • Thanks to a $2M investment, a new concept health food restaurant and store, Ohlavie, will be built in Orford. Approximately 10 jobs should be created.
    • In 2014, Loblaws will invest $110M and create hundreds of new jobs in Quebec
    • Réno-Dépôt is investing $20M to introduce a new concept that promotes self-service in its 16 stores located in Quebec; this will lead to the creation of over 300 new jobs
    • Renaud-Bray is abolishing the 8 remaining record dealer positions in its 31 stores in Quebec
    • The oil company Ultramar inaugurated its newest gas station with convenience store, Dépanneur du Coin, in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. This new establishment, which required an investment of close to $2M, will create approximately 10 new jobs.
    • It was announced that an investment of more than $2.8M was being made to expand the CEGEP de L¿Assomption and purchase equipment in order to enable it to offer a new eyewear training program that will start in fall 2014
    • A new Rubino Shoes location will open its doors in spring 2014 in Joliette. This new establishment will require a $2M investment and will enable at least 15 new jobs to be created.
    • Vers à choux day-care centre will be setting up an establishment, with 41 spaces, in Mont-Laurier in fall 2014. This new facility, which will open in summer 2015, will enable a dozen new jobs to be created.
    • Cité GénérAction 55+, a new community centre, is opening in Terrebonne, thanks to an investment of more than $10M. This centre is for persons 55 years and older and will offer several types of physical and recreational activities.
    • The first Hôtel Unique in Quebec, which will enjoy direct access to the new Exhibition Centre, will be built for $15M. Approximately 60 full-time jobs will be created.
    • Following a $1.4M investment, the new CLSC de la Samare in Plessisville was inaugurated. Thirty-five employees work at the centre.
    • In the interest of efficiency, the retailer Sears Canada is cutting its workforce again. In Quebec, this could translate into 135 positions being cut in 27 stores.
    • Formica, a laminate flooring manufacturer, invested $22M over two years in its Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant, enabling the consolidation of 255 jobs
    • Future Shop and Best Buy electronics stores are cutting 950 jobs in Canada. The number of losses in Quebec is unknown.
    • Over the next five years, Drummondville¿s Centre Marcel-Dionne will be expanded and upgraded, thanks to a $26M investment
    • BNK Laboratories is announcing the opening of a medical diagnostic laboratory in Laval. This will enable the creation of 20 specialized jobs.
    • Sol, a new residential project of 113 condos, was announced by the residential developer Samcon in Montréal. The building should be completed in December 2015.
    • Following a three-year research project on biorefinery processes, which came with a $506,000 grant, three jobs will be maintained at Shawinigan¿s National Center for Electrochemistry and Environmental Technologies and two new jobs will be created
    • Following new contracts for Îles-de-la-Madeleine-based Boulangerie Régionale, four or five jobs will be created
    • On January 30, Orbite Aluminae, announced the marketing of its alumina plant in Cap-Chat, which will generate a $28.5M investment, create 35 jobs and consolidate 50
    • In 2013, Groupe Coopératif Dynaco invested $12.4M in three renovation centre projects in Bas-Saint-Laurent
    • Réseau Sélection, a retirement home company, will be building a new 400-unit home for retired and semi-retired persons in Saint-Jérôme in spring 2014, for a total investment of $25M
    • Two day-care centres will see the light of day in 2014 and 2016. Main dans la main day-care centre will welcome 75 children in Saint-Sauveur in fall 2014 and La Barbouille day-care centre will open in 2016 in Sainte-Adèle and will accommodate 70 children.
    • A new A&W fast-food restaurant just opened its doors in Mont-Laurier. This new restaurant required a $2.7M investment and will have enabled 45 new jobs to be created.
    • A biomethanation plant will be built in Québec. Works should start in January 2015. Close to 400 jobs could be created while works are underway.
  • Week of Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2014

    • La Voie maltée will invest $6.5M in its Chicoutimi branch to offer an industrial brewery and boutique grocery store beginning in February 2015. Fifteen new jobs will be created, consisting of mainly manager positions.
    • Following an investment of $2.5M, the CEGEP de Sherbrooke officially opened its research and training centre, complete with simulation mannequins to train health professional and technical students
    • Structure BRL, which manufactures and installs steel frames, recently officially opened its plant in Drummondville. The building cost $5M and has created some 15 jobs with an additional 12 to come in 2014.
    • Construction will begin soon in downtown Gatineau on a new 12-storey condominium tower with 137 rental units
    • Aldo Group, a shoe manufacturer and retailer, has announced an investment of $360M at its head office in Montréal. The company plans to create 400 jobs over the next five years to implement a strategy based on new technology.
    • Sears Canada has announced the elimination of over 1600 positions in Canada, 771 in Montréal. The customer service and logistics centre in Saint-Laurent will be impacted by the downsizing.
    • Some $55M will be spent on renewal of Place des Nations in Montréal's Jean Drapeau Park between now and 2017
    • Cinesite, a British company specializing in special effects, is opening a studio in Montréal. Over the next four years, it will create 200 jobs, mostly in the area of special effects and post-production.
    • Fiso Technologies in Quebec City currently has about 12 vacant positions open in production and other more specialized areas, notably research, quality, sales and marketing
    • The Centre hospitalier régional de Lanaudière in Joliette officially opened its new intensive care unit following an investment of $11.8M. This expansion has enabled the hospital to triple its space in this unit and to create more than 15 new jobs.
    • The Scores restaurant in Joliette has closed its doors resulting in the layoff of several dozen employees due to the company's bankruptcy
    • In July 2016, the City of Montréal will be reopening a previously decommissioned water storage tank. The $73M investment will increase the city's water reserves by 40%.
    • The Holiday Inn Midtown in Montréal will be converted into a student residence in May 2014. The purchase of the hotel and its conversion by Beaumont Partners and Campus Crest Communities will result in the loss of some 60 jobs.
    • Allo-Stop Montréal, a carpooling company, has declared bankruptcy. This branch employed close to 20 workers.
    • Quinco et Cie of Magog, which designs, manufactures and distributes Smart Tiles adhesive wall tiles, will be looking for close to 20 employees to increase its existing 62-person workforce between now and the end of 2014.
    • Théâtre Palace Arvida in Jonquière will be undergoing an almost $9M renovation this fall
    • La Fromagerie Perron cheese factory has invested some $750,000 to open a boutique restaurant in Saint-Prime. The new concept has created 20 jobs. Additional workers will be hired for the next tourism season.
    • In Shawinigan, ICO Technologies, a computer program supplier, is continuing to hire and expects to double its workforce in the next few years
    • Following the announcement of new daycare spaces, Services de garde Gribouillis in Saint-Paulin and Yamachiche will be hiring for 15 new permanent positions by September 2015
    • Chez Gerry of Saint-Paulin, a club house for snowmobilers, reopened on January 18 and is still looking for at least 2 additional cooks, 2 assistant cooks and 3 servers
    • In Shawinigan, Delastek laid off 12 employees in December following delays in the delivery of the C Series from Bombardier
    • There is a lack of bilingual attorneys in Baie-des-Chaleurs and there could be problems finding replacements when several attorneys in private practice retire
    • The closing of the marine communications and traffic centre in Rivière-au-Renard, scheduled for May 2015, will result in the loss of 16 jobs
    • A commercial complex was officially opened on January 20 in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac following an investment of more than $3.5M. Sixty jobs were created.
    • On January 22, Agence de santé et de services sociaux du Bas-Saint-Laurent announced that it would be welcoming 15 new family physicians
    • Résidence du Havre, a pharmacy, a CLSC and a hair salon were destroyed by fire on January 23 in L'Isle-Verte
    • Hydro-Québec has eliminated or transferred 200 jobs from the Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé regions to major centres over the past few years
    • Ubisoft is expanding its Quebec City office at a cost of $28M over three years. The expansion will create 100 additional jobs at the Quebec City studio, which currently employs 320 people.
    • Announcement of a new elementary school for the Saint-Augustin area in Mirabel. The school will have 21 classrooms and is expected to open in September 2015 at a cost of $9.68M.
    • Photo Joliette Centre Hi-Fi in Joliette announced that it is suspending operations for an indefinite period. This shutdown has led to the layoff of some 20 people.
    • The Albi le Géant car dealership group in Mascouche is expanding and will add a new make to its portfolio. In late March 2014, it will open a new Infinity dealership, creating some 20 new jobs.
    • The Albi car dealership group in Mascouche will be opening a new used car centre in spring 2014, which will include a warehouse and car wash. The centre will create 25 new jobs.
    • The Albi Hyundai and Kia car dealerships in Mascouche will be renovated and several new service bays added, resulting in the creation of 24 new jobs
    • Albi Sport Racing of Mascouche is expanding and acquiring a new warehouse, making it possible to offer over 250 vehicles. The facility will also serve as a parts warehouse.
    • The Government of Quebec has announced approval of 1263 daycare spaces in the Laurentides region. Between 2014 and 2016, these spaces will gradually be made available at over 20 daycare centres.
  • Week of Jan 13 - Jan 17, 2014

    • Acier DM de l'Ange-Gardien in the Outaouais region is pursuing its development and plans to hire about fifteen people in the next couple of years
    • By 2015, Alderon, an iron ore enterprise in Canada located in Labrador City, NL will invest $200M to move its facilities to the Pointe-Claire terminal in the Sept-Îles Bay
    • A devastating blaze at the Les Oeufs d'Or farm in Val-d'Or leads to the loss of the plant that manufactures the organic fertilizer Écolo-Nature
    • Following a $4M investment, funeral home AGM of Sept-Îles has relocated to a new building to better offer all of its services. Depending on demand, the number of employees, currently at about a dozen, could increase.
    • Aluminum plant Alcoa in Baie-Comeau has invested $2.4M in the construction of a Superdome where it stocks its anodes
    • Ébénisterie Beaubois in St-Georges (Beauce) will proceed with temporary layoffs, which will come into effect April 4th. The measure will affect 150 employees.
    • Wood and pellet stove manufacturer SBI will shut down its plant located in Lac-Etchemin. SBI's management has offered its 13 employees the possibility of relocating to the group's two other plants, in St-Augustin or La Guadeloupe, in Beauce.
    • Québec's Optel vision is expanding on international markets. Last year, it hired forty-some employees and plans to hire an additional sixty-some workers this year.
    • The closure of the Solarcan architectural division of Atis, a doors and windows manufacturing enterprise, leads to the layoff of sixty-some workers in Longueuil
    • After ceasing operations for 6 months, the Commonwealth Plywood plant of Belleterre has resumed its activities and some thirty employees are returning to work
    • The gouvernement du Québec announced a $14.3M investment in vocational training in the Montérégie region, with the bulk of the investment funding the Commission scolaire des Patriotes with $11.9M
    • Panorama Aviation, a new charter flight enterprise, will open at the Alma airport in the spring. Twenty-some jobs will be created.
    • The creation of national park Opémican will lead to investments of $40M in Témiscamingue and will create 30 new jobs
    • Following a $43M investment, Neptune Technologies & Bioressources of Sherbrooke, which specializes in krill oil, will resume its activities in early March. A hundred-some employees, with the majority being former workers, will be able to return to work.
    • The cleaver came down on Royal Nickel Corporation. As a result of market conditions, the mining enterprise has laid off 40% of its employees, 2 of whom were at its Amos office.
    • Barry Callebaut, a Swiss manufacturer of chocolate, has invested $14M into its Saint-Hyacinthe plant to increase its productivity. The investment will require that 10 to 15 people be hired.
    • Following a $1.6M investment, the centre de formation professionnelle André-Morissette in Plessisville has inaugurated specific facilities for the heating course of the commission scolaire des Bois-Francs' plumbing-heating program
    • Multinational Rio Tinto Alcan has invested US$1.1B for the construction of its Arvida aluminum plant - centre technologique AP60 in Jonquière. It employs some 135 people.
    • TSO3 of Québec will lay off close to half of its 65-employee staff by March 12th. The first layoffs were announced January 15th; the others will take place gradually over the next two months.
    • Mouvement Desjardins has acquired the Canadian activities of State Farm. This transaction should translate into the creation of a hundred-some jobs at the Lévis head office, in Montréal, as well as other areas.
    • A hundred sixty jobs need to be filled in fishing plants located in the Grande-Rivière, Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé and Rivière-au-Renard sectors
    • On January 13th, the development of the community wind energy project of Saint-Damase was announced; investments estimated at $70M should generate 50 jobs during the construction phase, until the project is operational in December
    • Approximately 60 jobs will be created during the construction of the multifonctional complex of Dégelis, which will begin in the week of January 20th, and more than 60 permanent jobs will be created following its opening
    • On January 14th, the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs announced investments of $5.13M in the SÉPAQ parks and wildlife preserves in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, creating 35 jobs, including 23 direct ones
    • The Ville de Rimouski will have to recruit for its workforce since nearly half of its employees could be retiring in the next couple of years
    • At the Commission scolaire des Phares de Rimouski, cuts targeting educational consultants working with teachers and the non-replacement of a director out of two in administration have been implemented
    • On January 14th, there was a blaze at the Sciage et Planage Rioux plant in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, which employs nearly a dozen people
    • Restaurant Madame Ravioli, in Shawinigan, closed down December 22nd
    • The Service de sécurité incendie de la Ville de Bécancour is looking for twenty-some part-time firemen to round off its candidate pool in an effort to prevent a lack of a skilled labour force
    • The Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord has announced an investment of more than $3.3M to accommodate the facilities of Saint-Jérôme's vocational training centre and to purchase equipment for new metal sheet worker training to be offered in 2015
    • Starting in April 2014, Héroux-Devtek will proceed with the permanent layoff of 55 workers at its Longueuil plant. Layoffs will spread out over a 12-month period. At the end of the exercice, 15 workers will remain with the plant.
    • The opening of a new A&W restaurant in May 2014 will lead to the creation of some fifty jobs in Sorel-Tracy
    • The Salon de l'emploi de Longueuil, Jour J de l'emploi, will take place March 6, 2014 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Hundreds of jobs will be offered to participants.
    • A palliative care home will be built at a cost of $3M in Wakefield. The opening is scheduled for fall 2014.
  • Week of Jan 06 - Jan 10, 2014

    • Following a $5.8M investment, the Promutuel Bois-Francs multisport complex was inaugurated in Victoriaville
    • Following an investment of close to $400M, the wind farm of 50 wind turbines has just been set up in the Saint-Ferdinand, Sainte-Sophie-d'Halifax and Saint-Pierre-Baptiste municipalities
    • Sherbrooke¿s Mi-Vallon restaurant-brewery closed its doors on December 30. Approximately 30 workers lost their jobs.
    • Thanks to a $4.4M investment, the second expansion of the hospital in Magog is complete
    • Rovibec Agrisolutions, founded in Sainte-Monique, is investing $3.9M to relocate to Nicolet. This manufacturer of high-technology automated herd feeding systems will consolidate approximately 50 specialized jobs.
    • The third phase of the Evolo housing project located on Île des Soeurs will take place in 2014, according to the developers of the Corporation Proment project
    • A Tim Hortons franchisee is opening its doors in Papineauville and creating 30 jobs
    • Sorel-Tracy¿s St-Hubert restaurant is investing $1.6M to renovate. A six-week closure will be required to carry out the works next March.
    • A multidisciplinary health clinic is opening its doors in Brossard and creating several jobs, thanks to a $2M investment
    • Union members of Poudres métalliques, a Rio Tinto subsidiary located in Sorel-Tracy, ratified the tentative agreement and renewed their collective agreement for a six-year period
    • Lac-Mégantic-based market, Metro Valiquette, is investing $11M to be built on the site currently occupied by the former Notre-Dame-de-Fatima church. Construction will start in March, and it should open its doors in the fall.
    • A new edition of Charlevoix au boulot! will be held on March 29, 2014. The activity will take place at the St-Hilarion community hall. Between 35 and 40 employees will be on site to offer various jobs.
    • Fondaction is investing $500,000 to support the growth of Princeville-based Lemoltech Foundry. The company employs approximately 50 workers.
    • A McDonald¿s restaurant opened its doors on December 21 in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac. The construction of this restaurant generated close to 60 direct and indirect jobs.
    • In Chandler, Le Radeau hospice closed its doors, resulting in the loss of 10 jobs
    • Grains Lac Supérieur (GLS), a wholesaler that owns facilities in Mauricie, Montérégie and the Québec region, closed its doors on December 16 after going bankrupt
    • After being destroyed by a fire last year, Boulangerie Saint-Côme is being rebuilt and will open its doors at the end of February 2014 in Saint-Côme
    • By next spring, six schools of the Harricana School Board will be renovated for $2.2M
    • Saint-Sauveur-based engineering firm Consultants DWB is expanding and recruiting. Its team of employees has gone from 6 to 25 persons in 2013, requiring it to purchase a building worth close to $1M to accommodate its staff.
  • Week of Dec 30 - Jan 03, 2013

    • Le Viceroy Auberge & Spa, located in Lac-Simon, is closing its doors, putting 15 employees out of work
    • Magog-based Lefko, a plastic products manufacturer, is investing $3.4M to expand its facilities and acquire equipment. Nine jobs will be created and added to the existing 28.
    • Magog-based Gestion RV, a Qualinet franchise, is investing $1.5M to expand. Five or six jobs will be created and added to the existing eight.
    • Following an $11.6M investment, the municipality of Saint-Germain-de-Grantham offers a sufficient quantity of drinking water to meet the needs of its citizens. It will also enable the development of the community.
    • Thanks to a $60M investment, the City of Drummondville will modernize its water treatment plant
    • On June 30, Victoriaville¿s Résidence Arthabaska will be closing and laying off 19 employees
    • Laval-based La Maison des Arts was renovated for $3.1M. A new reception area and the modernizing of equipment are part of the improvements made.
  • Week of Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2013

    • Solaris Québec, based in Ange-Gardien in the RCM of Côte-de-Beaupré, is investing $3M to install a new production line. This investment should enable the creation of approximately 15 jobs. 
    • As a result of a slowdown in business, Industry Oceans has had to make temporary layoffs, affecting 47 workers
  • Week of Dec 16 - Dec 20, 2013

    • Cégep de St-Hyacinthe is receiving a $10.4M grant to expand and fit out its premises to adequately accommodate the increase in student population
    • Garderie Éducative Pomme d¿Amour, a private, subsidized day-care centre, opened its doors in Bois-des-Filion. The construction of this new institution required a $1.4M investment and enabled the creation of a dozen new jobs.
    • Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts-based S. Bourassa ltée, a food wholesaler, recently inaugurated a new branch in Mirabel. Thanks to a $3M investment, this new establishment will create approximately 40 new jobs.
    • Laval¿s Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital must close 20 beds due to a decline in the number of clients referred by the SAAQ and the CSST, which will result in 60 employees being laid off by March 2014
    • Due to the closure of Sani-Tri, based in Rouyn-Noranda, recycled materials must be sent to Gatineau-based company Tricentris. Approximately 20 jobs have thus been created.
    • Biomod Concepts, a company that specializes in cosmetology, is continuing to develop with an investment of $992,500 to market a new technology. This project will enable 14 jobs to be consolidated in Sainte-Julie.
    • Quarante Onze bistro-bar changes location in Drummondville and will re-open its doors before the Holidays. Approximately ten new employees will be hired to join the existing ten.
    • Alstom laid off 28 workers due to the halting of production related to the financial difficulties of its American clients
    • Mirabel Poultry, a poultry slaughterhouse, will be closing in March 2014 due to a loss in chicken supply quotas, coupled with the increase in the cost of chickens. This closure will affect 130 employees.
    • Following an investment of close to $6.2M, Résidence Laurien in Saint-Lin-Laurentides officially opened Phase III of its complex. This new building comprises 53 apartments for semi-independent elderly persons.
    • The first IGA Express opened on Highway 138 in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, enabling the creation of approximately 20 jobs. The IGA Express also comes with a drive-through, a Shell gas station and a car wash.
    • The Loblaws located on 4545 Henri-Bourassa boulevard in Québec (Charlesbourg sector) is now operating under the Provigo Le Marché banner. The renovations made to the business translate into the creation of 55 jobs, bringing the number of employees to 180.
    • A new Mercedes-Benz dealership opened in the St-Nicolas sector in Lévis, representing a $10M investment and enabling the creation of 25 new jobs
    • Manac, based in St-Georges in Beauce, just obtained a contract of nearly $20M from the American company Train Trailer to manufacture 700 vans. Approximately 50 workers will be assigned to this work for several months.
    • The Quality Inn hotel in Montréal announced that it was closing its Parc Avenue establishment. This closure will result in the loss of 38 jobs.
    • Thurso-based Fortress Paper is ceasing its activities; some 200 workers will be laid off for a 10-week period.
    • A public housing project was announced by Ville de Laval and the Government of Québec. The project comprises 208 community-based apartments, which will be built in the Chomedey neighbourhood by 2016.
    • Following a $3M investment, the new playhouse in Havre-Saint-Pierre was just inaugurated
    • Following a $3.5M investment, Sept-Îles¿ CSSS' food services have been remodeled and its equipment updated
    • In March 2014, Gym Alternatif, a family fitness centre, and a specialized clinic, La Clinique Multiservice Familial, which will offer, in particular, speech and occupational therapy services, will be opening in L¿Assomption
    • The Government of Canada and the Pointe-de-l¿Île school board announced a $28M investment to renovate 35 schools in the east end of the island of Montréal
    • An investment of more than $1.1M has been made to renovate and transform the former Saint-Jean-de-Matha home of Louis Cyr into a museum
    • Logiflex, an office furniture manufacturer located in Sherbrooke, invested close to $1M to modernize itself by purchasing new equipment and systems
    • Thanks to a $4.1M investment, the CHUS will be able to offer all assisted reproduction services by fitting out laboratories and consultation rooms for couples
    • Aéroports de Montréal announced that it was opening five shops at the Montréal-Trudeau airport: Tristan, Cirque du Soleil, Découvrir Montréal, The Source and Relay.
    • Abitibi-Témiscamingue needs crane operators, following numerous retirements over the past years
    • Emploi-Québec and Goldcorp will be investing more than $2.5M over two years in a training plan for the workforce of the Éléonore gold project in Nord-du-Québec, which will enable 165 employees to be hired
    • Following a $12M investment for several establishments of the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec in Gaspésie, 43 jobs will be created
    • Cedrico is finding it difficult to recruit heavy equipment and stationary mechanics for its two sawmills in Causapscal and Price
    • The ministère de la Famille announced the creation of 395 new child care spaces in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region by 2016, creating 70 day-care teacher jobs
    • Centre de la Petite Enfance de Matane will be building a third service point in the coming months, creating 17 full-time jobs and 8 to 10 part-time and casual jobs
    • Les Petits Flots day-care centre in Amqui will be constructing a new building, creating eight full-time jobs and four part-time jobs
    • In September 2015, La Tuque-based day-care centre La Clé des Champs will inaugurate a second facility, and approximately ten special education teachers and day-care teacher jobs may be added
    • A $15M investment will be made over the next five years by the Réseau de transport collectif régional (RTCR) and Keolis Canada to purchase new city buses for the RCM of L¿Assomption
  • Week of Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2013

    • Sotrem in Saguenay is investing $6M in the production of new aluminum alloys. The firm anticipates creating 25 new jobs along with the 90 or so existing ones.
    • Citadelle, a maple syrup producers cooperative in the municipality of Aston-Jonction, is investing $1.2M to build a new warehouse
    • Under the Municipal Powers Act, six businesses in Magog (Havre des Cantons, Goliath Tech, Groupe Concept PV, Groupe TI, Isis-Secur and Usinage JV Tech) have received subsidies. Over 30 jobs have been created and 56 consolidated.
    • The Tim Hortons located at 665 Laflèche Boulevard in Baie-Comeau has spent $1M on renovations. Ten new jobs have been added to the 40 or so existing ones.
    • After 17 years of being in business, Spas et Piscines SLM has closed in the Buckingham area of Gatineau, resulting in layoffs for 4 people
    • A Winners store will open up in Montréal's Griffintown neighbourhood in 2015. The project is part of a residential and commercial development initiative that will include a number of other businesses.
    • The Marc-Favreau library has opened in Montréal's Rosemont neighborhood. The cost of the project was $18M.
    • Devimco Immobilière has announced a housing project with an estimated value of $140M in Griffintown in Montréal. Two buildings with a total of 312 dwelling units will be ready as of fall 2015.
    • Following a fire, Durafibre, a company that produces fibreglass balconies in La Baie, will resume operations in 2014. Five new employees will be added to the four who are currently working there.
    • After receiving approval to offer 80 new day care spaces, the Centre de la petite enfance Picassou d'Havre-Saint-Pierre will need to hire approximately 14 new staff to complement the 28 currently employed there
    • After receiving approval to offer 80 new day care spaces, the Centre de la petite enfance Touchatouille in Port-Cartier will need to hire close to 30 employees. A new building will be built by spring 2015, at an estimated cost of $2M.
    • Agropur is investing $85M in a new head office in Longueuil. The construction work should be starting in March 2014 and is scheduled to end in early 2016. Some 600 employees will be relocated there.
    • The Maison du Citoyen in Gatineau will be getting a $10M facelift. The work, to be completed in 5 phases, is expected to end in 2015.
    • Thanks to a $4.5M investment, the Caisse Desjardins' Boulevard Service Centre in Drummondville will undergo an expansion and will thus become the regional head office
    • A new Ford dealer will open up in L¿Ange-Gardien in La Côte-de-Beaupré RCM. The nearly $9M investment will lead to the creation of about 30 jobs. By the end of 2014, some 30 other jobs will be added.
    • Solugaz de Clermont in Charlevoix has just been granted a loan of close to $1.2M from Investissement Québec. The loan to Solugaz will allow for the creation of some 15 new jobs to complement the 70 existing ones.
    • NRJ Spa Nordique, a new tourist attraction, will offer a complete heat therapy service in a natural setting. It will be located on the shores of Sartigan Lake in St-Alfred (Robert-Cliche RCM). The project will result in the creation of approximately 15 new jobs.
    • A new primary school will be built in 2014 on Nuns' Island in Montréal
    • A new CSSS (health and social services centre) has opened in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in Montréal
    • In Abitibi-Témiscamingue, there are substantial challenges in recruiting various health professionals, including audiologists, cytologists and occupational therapists
    • In Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the Commission de la construction du Québec has determined that it will need 240 apprentices from 2013-2016
    • Bégin & Bégin is opening a new wood processing plant in Saint-Juste-du-Lac, creating 5 jobs, with a possibility of expansion in future
    • In Haut-Saint-Maurice, $17.3M has been invested in maintenance work on Hydro-Québec's Trenche power plant, creating about 20 jobs during the busiest period
    • In Trois-Rivières, the Jean-Noël Lapin day care centre will hire about 30 employees after receiving 80 new day care spaces
    • In Trois-Rivières, the Presse Café closed temporarily during the week of December 9
    • In the Magdalen Islands, the Cap sur Mer seafood processing plant will close from December 19 to April 2014, and 480 employees will be laid off
    • A new Cosmos restaurant will open at 5700 Des Galeries Boulevard in Québec City. The $3.8M investment will lead to the creation of 140 new jobs.
    • In Joliette, Desjardins will set up one of its 18 shared services centres, which will offer mortgage processing and other services in 2016. The centre will employ approximately a hundred people, half of them new hires.
    • Taverne Jean Lalande, which opened in Saint-Jérôme in 1956, will be closing
    • After cancelling a $3.6M outsourcing contract, Ville de Laval will invest $2.9M in engineering, human resources and communications services, creating 26 new positions
    • Greene Lyon, a company that conducts research on ways to recover precious metals from materials such as integrated circuits, has invested $3.3M to create a research lab in Cité de la Biotech in Laval
    • Convivio will build a new supermarket in Loretteville in Québec City. The $10M investment will result in the creation of 50 jobs. Construction is expected to start in spring 2014 and the store will open in the fall of that year.
    • EDS Canada, a British company that specialized in dismantling industrial structures, has declared bankruptcy. Approximately 150 workers based in Montréal but working across Canada have been affected by this situation
    • CAD Railway Industries, which specializes in the repair and refurbishing of railway vehicles, has announced 300 new jobs in Montréal. The company will invest $13M to modernize and expand its facilities.
  • Week of Dec 02 - Dec 06, 2013

    • Thanks to a $7M investment, Nordia, a subsidiary of Bell, will be setting up a customer service centre in the Jonquière sector of the Saguenay region. Opening is slated for spring 2014. The project will create 450 jobs.
    • The Québec government is giving Cégep de l'Outaouais a $201,000 investment over two fiscal years to upgrade its equipment
    • Thanks to a $2M investment, the Jean Coutu pharmacy in the Jonquière sector of the Saguenay region will undergo an expansion
    • The Resolute Forest Products paper mill in Baie-Comeau has just invested $10M into one of its machines in order to meet newsprint print quality requirements
    • Les Galeries des îles shopping centre in Port-Cartier has invested over $1M in renovations
    • A Houston Steakhouse has just opened its doors on boulevard Lebourgneuf in Québec City. The $2M investment will create 90 jobs.
    • After several weeks of renovations, the Maxi store in St-Romuald has just opened its doors under the Maxi et cie banner and has created 45 new jobs
    • A new location for the Siboire microbrewery will open in Sherbrooke in summer 2014. This second location will create 30 jobs. The investment cost is unspecified.
    • The Victoriaville-based vocational training centre, Vision 20 20, received a $1M subsidy from the Québec government to expand
    • Carré Saint-Laurent, a mixed-use project valued at an estimated $160M, will be built in downtown Montréal beginning in 2014. The project comprises 150 housing units, a food market, and cultural spaces.
    • Les Promenades Gatineau shopping centre will be getting a $110M face lift, i.e. $30M more than initial estimates. Work has begun and is slated to end with the arrival of a Simons store in spring 2015.
    • Thanks to an investment of approximately $1M, the former Cabaret Box Office facility will be converted into 18 new rental apartment units in Drummondville
    • Following a $1M investment, the newly upgraded Véronique Caron dental centre opened its doors in Saint-Léonard-d'Aston
    • Following a $7M investment, Saint-Louis-de-Blandford-based Canneberges Bieler, the largest cranberry processing business in the country, opened its new freezer space
    • Following an investment of more than $1M, the expansion of the Jean Coutu store on boulevard des Seigneurs in Terrebonne is now complete. The expansion created new jobs at the store, which now has 95 employees.
    • Biexo, specializing in the manufacture of tanks, will invest $750,000 towards a new building and new equipment. This expansion will create 6 new jobs over the next several years.
    • Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) will invest over $9M into its Laurentian area facilities, which will create more than 20 new jobs
    • Canada Economic Development will invest nearly $600,000 into the Montagne du Diable regional park in Ferme-Neuve to build a pavilion and develop the site. This funding will help to create a dozen new jobs.
    • Simons will invest between $15M and $20M into its future store at Les Promenades Gatineau shopping centre, scheduled to open in the spring of 2015
    • Thurso business Fortress Paper, which produces rayon pulp to make clothing, is temporarily ceasing production because of equipment breakdown, leading to a one-week lay-off for most of its employees
    • The Fogo Euro-Lounge restaurant will be built at the Pub City site in Boisbriand. This project, valued at nearly $5M, will comprise a restaurant and commercial building and create about 60 jobs, including 25 full-time positions, on its opening in spring 2014.
    • The Burger King in Trois-Rivières ceased operations on November 30
    • Distribution MGF, in Rouyn-Noranda, closed its food distribution business on November 1st and 30 employees were laid off
    • The Flash Café restaurant in Place de la Cité (Ste-Foy), in Québec City, will re-open in 2014. The new owners are looking for managers, cooks, servers, etc. About 30 jobs will be created.
  • Week of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013

    • Thanks to a $2M investment, Villa Domaine Saint-Grégoire retirement home will be expanded in Bécancour. Work should be completed in April 2014.
    • Without specifying the amount, the new Nicolet Chrysler Fiat automobile dealership invested several thousands of dollars to expand
    • Thanks to a $3.4M investment, a new fire station will see the light of day in Bécancour after the Christmas season
    • Following an investment of more than $6M, La Diligence, the first inter-generational housing co-op in Québec, was just inaugurated in the borough of Brompton in Sherbrooke
    • Forty-five new apartments will be built in the chemin du Canal sector in Beauharnois
    • Pont du Centenaire bridge in Ormstown will be rebuilt for $4.3M. The works, which have already begun, should end in January 2015.
    • Thanks to an investment of $11M, Mont-Orford National Park will be updated
    • Thanks to an investment of $1.6M, Oasis des Bâtisseurs retirement home will be expanded in Saint-Nazaire, with the addition of 23 dwelling units to the existing 12
    • Thanks to an investment of $1.5M, Mont-Mégantic National Park, located in Notre-Dame-des-Bois, will be revamped
    • Following an investment of more than $2M, Habitation Mont-Bellevue, which offers affordable housing, was inaugurated in Sherbrooke
    • The Produits de Bâtiment Résidentiel plant in St-Lambert-de-Lauzon just closed its doors. Approximately 40 employees worked there. The company has decided to move production to its plants that have a greater production capacity.
    • AG-Bio Centre, the Lévis-based business incubator, just received funding from the Government of Canada. The organization¿s project should enable the creation of approximately 15 business start-ups and the possible creation of 30 jobs.
    • Built for $1.8M, the fourth installation of the Fardoche day-care centre was just inaugurated in Drummondville. Fifteen employees were hired.
    • Sercovie, an NPO that offers services to elderly persons, was inaugurated in Sherbrooke, following an investment of $3.5M. This enabled the non-profit organization¿s building to be expanded and renovated.
    • Laval-based Motel Idéal is investing $3M to expand and renovate its facilities and change its name to Ô Motel et suites. They plan to add 20 new rooms and create close to a dozen new jobs.
    • La Sapinière hotel, based in Val-David, closed its doors after going bankrupt, leading to approximately 40 employees being laid off
    • After having invested close to $3M, Saint-Jérôme-based residence, Au Coeur de la Vie Inc., doubled its accommodation capacity which is now 30 rooms. The institution employs approximately 15 persons.
    • The labour dispute, which has been going on since May 2012, at the Mapei plant in Laval has ended. Of the 115 original workers, only 25 accepted the company¿s last offer; the others were laid off during the strike.
    • A new retirement complex, Le Manoir du Fjord, will be built in La Baie. Eighteen million dollars will be invested in the first phase and $7M will be invested in the second phase.
    • Thanks to an investment of about $750,000, a new La petite école day-care centre branch is seeing the light of day in Saint-Rosaire. The project enables 10 jobs to be created.
    • A new SAQ Dépôt store opened in Carrefour des Promenades in Saint-Hubert, creating 25 jobs
    • Bogie manufacturing is starting at Alstom in Sorel-Tracy, resulting in the creation of 20 jobs within a few months
    • In Matane, Innoventé will be building a plant that will be used to produce green energy for $20M, which should create approximately 100 jobs during construction and approximately 40 thereafter
    • Saint-Pacôme¿s Station Plein Air plans to hire close to 15 additional employees
    • The window and door company Lepage Millwork, based in Rivière-du-Loup, will have to hire approximately 40 persons
    • At the peak of the site, which will start in fall 2014, about 300 persons will be working on the construction of a wind farm in Pointe-à-la-Croix
    • In New Richmond, Serres Jardins-Nature is rising from its ashes after the fire that occurred on September 17, and approximately 15 employees have returned to work
    • Place Belvédère residence, in Trois-Rivières, has turned the sod on its second phase, which will require an investment of $20M to $22M and will provide work to 100 persons during construction
    • Approximately 60 employees of the subcontractor Adecco will be leaving the Rio Tinto Alcan plant in Shawinigan, following the closure of the last potline on November 29
    • In La Sarre, approximately 30 persons are working on Clifton Star¿s open-pit mine Duparquet project
    • The RCM of Témiscamingue¿s recycling plant closed its doors on November 22, affecting a dozen contract employees
    • QMX Gold will be progressively laying off its 105 employees until fall 2014 at the Lac Herbin mine in Val-d¿Or
    • On November 27, Iamgold announced that it was cutting close to 40 jobs and temporarily laying off approximately 20 more employees at the Westwood mine located close to Rouyn-Noranda
    • Metro is closing its distribution centre in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, close to Québec City. A total of 114 employees will lose their jobs. The closure is scheduled for March 9, 2014.
    • La Cache à Maxime, in Scott, will become a mini conference centre, with the capacity to accommodate up to 500 persons. Approximately 40 new jobs will be created over the next five years and the 80 existing positions will be consolidated.
    • A new elementary school will be built in Granby, requiring an investment of $8.8M
    • The new supermarket, Provigo Le Marché, opened its doors in Saint-Sauveur. The former Loblaws supermarket was converted under the new banner. This project enabled close to 60 new jobs to be created. The supermarket now has 165 employees.
    • Thanks to an investment of close to $1M, Institut de Formation en Aérospatiale (IFA) inaugurated its new customized training centre in Laval, Centre AéroCompétence, designed to train specialized workers
    • Metro is closing its distribution centre in Québec City and will be grouping together its fruit, vegetable and dairy product distribution activities in its Laval-based distribution centre, which opened in 2013. This operation will create 80 jobs.
    • Club d¿aviron de Laval announced the expansion of its training facilities, which will include the construction of a rowing tank, a practice area, a weight room and change rooms. This project is estimated at $3M.
    • Uniprix is expanding, with the construction of a new pharmacy in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. The $3M investment will enable 20 new jobs to be created.
  • Week of Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013

    • H¿pital Sainte-Justine in Montr¿al has announced its recruiting campaign in several departments (medical, administrative, as well as psychological and social assistance). Dozens of positions must also be staffed in pediatric critical care.
    • Real estate developer Groupe Dargis will convert a former building into condominiums in Montr¿al. A 2-phase project, Project B-Loft involves the construction of 72 housing units by 2015.
    • More than $45M will be invested to set up a new aluminum alloy rod manufacturing plant in Victoriaville. Approximately fifty workers will be hired for its scheduled 2015 opening.
    • ¿lectronique Raybel is relocating its Sherbrooke location with a $650,000 investment. On its scheduled September 2014 opening, four new jobs will be added to the dozen already in place.
    • The Qu¿bec government has announced the construction of a building on part of Montr¿al's ¿lot Voyageur. This $246M project will create 200 jobs during its construction and bring approximately 2,500 Revenu Qu¿bec employees together under one roof.
    • A multi-purpose centre will be built in Sept-¿les thanks to an $11M investment
    • The A.-W. Gagn¿ vocational training centre in Sept-¿les will be investing $5M in retrofits
    • The Sept-¿les socio-recreational centre will be investing $3M to build a new recreational water pond
    • Ten million dollars will be invested in the construction of 77 new community housing units across Sherbrooke by early 2015
    • Universit¿ de Sherbrooke will be investing $1.5M to renovate and convert the former concert hall, Le Vieux Clocher, into a learning space
    • Luxury retailer Holt Renfrew will be moving into its new location at the Ogilvy store in Montr¿al. This $60M expansion project will begin in fall 2014 and end in late 2017.
    • A $2.5M investment has led to the opening of a fitness centre in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and created 40 jobs
    • Thales (Qu¿bec City) has been awarded a $20M contract by the Department of National Defence. Approximately 50 highly specialized jobs (including programmers and engineers) will be created during the contract term.
    • Granby's Plan¿te Sport has purchased new ski maintenance equipment for $250,000 and estimates a 40% increase in sharpening services
    • Oil company Suncor Energy has announced a $220M investment in Montr¿al to refine oil from Alberta. This project is part of a major expenditures program, set to begin in 2014.
    • The Loews Le Concorde hotel, in Qu¿bec City, may be closing its doors on February 11, 2014. The 250-some hotel and restaurant employees received a mass layoff notice. About a hundred employees were also laid off this past October.
    • Following a work conflict that lasted nearly 6 months, Kronos Canada employees in Varennes will be returning to work after reaching an agreement with management
    • In Trois-Rivi¿res, the number of jobs will double at the Gexel call centre, which plans to add around 120 employees between next January and June
    • Following a process optimization project of nearly $1.2M, Trois-Rivi¿res-based Automation Mauricie should create approximately 30 jobs within the next two years
    • On November 18, the Minist¿re de l'¿ducation, du Loisir et du Sport announced investments of nearly $12M into school facilities in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region
    • Coop Bonichoix in Saint-Sim¿on closed its doors on November 16 and 15-some employees have lost their jobs
    • Waste management company Sani-Tri, of Rouyn-Noranda, is closing its doors; about a hundred workers are losing their jobs.
    • Brandon Truck Equipment in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon is investing more than $500,000 into the design and completion of a new dump body. This project will maintain current employment levels, accounting for 21 employees.
    • The new daycare, La Chenille, will soon be opening its doors in Saint-C¿me. This new facility will create around 10 new jobs
    • L'Assomption's appliance manufacturer, ¿lectrolux, announced that its plant closure layoffs will begin in April 2014. This will affect 150 employees. Between 100 and 300 layoffs will then follow in May.
    • Sports facility manufacturer Agora, of Terrebonne, will be building the seats for Qu¿bec City's new amphitheatre. This $6.3M project will generate new temporary jobs for the term of the contract. Agora currently has more than 20 people on its payroll.
    • Construction of the new residential project, Habitat Veridis, recently began in Laval in the Auteuil sector. On completion, this project will number 2 000 units. Phase I will comprise 700 units, to be delivered beginning in May 2014.
    • A $2M investment expanded the Viau Ford dealership in Saint-R¿mi, while consolidating 50-some jobs
    • Colo-D, a high-tech business specializing in neutral colocation, is investing $35M in the former Disque Am¿ric building in Drummondville. Twenty-five workers, predominantly computer technicians, are expected to be hired.
    • A new indoor trampoline centre, Isaute, opened its doors in early November in Laval. This new $1.5M facility has led to the creation of nearly 45 new jobs.
    • Cryos Technologies, an orthotics manufacturer in Joliette, has just moved into its new, more spacious location following a $2.5M investment. This expansion has allowed it to double its workforce to 44 people.
    • Construction of a new residential project is underway in Montr¿al's Pointe-aux-Trembles borough. The Pointe-Est project comprises 438 condo-style housing units and 27 townhomes.
    • Coop¿rative Foresti¿re Petit-Paris in Saint-Ludger-de-Milot is investing $2.1M to upgrade its equipment and acquire a mobile forest camp
    • The provincial government and the Nova Bus company are introducing the Cit¿ Mobile project in Montr¿al. This 3-year pilot project, valued at $12M, will procure three electric buses that use a one-of-a-kind recharging method.
  • Week of Nov 11 - Nov 15, 2013

    • As of January 2014, Informatique Hamel will move to Buropro Citation's premises in Victoriaville. The partnership will consolidate all current jobs as well as create other positions.
    • Yellow Pages Group, a subsidiary of Yellow Media is announcing the elimination of 300 positions in Montr¿al between late 2013 and early 2014. This restructuring will affect the print media division as well as support positions.
    • The city of Repentigny will be investing $2.4M in 2014 for the construction of 6 clay tennis courts and a clubhouse at Maurice Richard park in the city's east end
    • Saint-J¿r¿me-based Lion Buses will be working with various partners to develop an electric school bus. This project will require an investment of over $1M. The first prototype will be ready in spring 2014.
    • After investing nearly $2M, M¿t¿ore Bar & Grill will open its doors in Dolbeau-Mistassini. The new cabaret restaurant-bar concept generated 35 jobs.
    • The Monseigneur Grenier primary school in Victoriaville was renovated and expanded with a $1.3M investment
    • Fromagerie Victoria, in Victoriaville, has just opened a new store on Lagueux road in Saint-Nicolas near Qu¿bec City. The investment is valued at more than $4M and has created 45 jobs.
    • O'Sole Mio is investing $55M into the construction of a plant in Boisbriand to replace the current one. This new facility will create nearly 100 new jobs, adding to the 100 jobs currently in place.
    • RER Hydro will be installing a new river-generated turbine plant in B¿cancour, creating 15 jobs in the short term
    • According to the revised profile of labour force needs, Rouyn-Noranda's Centre de sant¿ et des services sociaux needs 17 additional nurses
    • Garda, the security company, will be opening a branch in Chibougamau, creating job opportunities for security officers
    • Target opened its doors in Rimouski on November 13, providing 150 people with a job there
    • It is estimated that Qu¿bec will need 450 wind power maintenance technicians in order to meet the needs of the 4,500 megawatts confirmed for the wind energy industry
    • By 2018, 30% of personnel in the mining industry will be retiring, thereby leading to labour force needs
    • Twenty-some jobs will be lost in Caplan following the closure of the Atelka call centre in mid-December
    • The Minist¿re de la Sant¿ et des Services sociaux announced that health facilities in the Mauricie region will receive $38.5M in investments to renovate and maintain their property holdings or upgrade their equipment and furniture
    • Pr¿vost Car, of Ste-Claire, is receiving an order for 55 vehicles from Greyhound. This news mean a callback of 55 employees on the spare list in addition to approximately 15 welders who may need to be hired
    • The Franck Majeau pharmacy in Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare is investing $700,000 to expand its establishment and purchase an automatic bagger for pharmaceuticals. This expansion will create two new jobs, adding to the 37 already in place.
    • Petro-Canada began construction of a new service station with two car wash bays in the east end of Repentigny. This 4,000-square-foot facility should open its doors in February 2014.
    • The Mont Alta ski resort in Val-David is set to re-open soon after having closed for the 2012¿2013 season
    • Canadian Tire opened its new store in Matane on November 14, which should provide work for nearly 70 people as needed
  • Week of Nov 04 - Nov 08, 2013

    • Two hundred layoffs are expected by the end of November at Rio Tinto Fer et Titan in Sorel-Tracy, with 50 people having already lost their jobs
    • Manufacturer Matelas Ren¿ in Nicolet has invested more than $900,000 into a project that targets mattress springs
    • Milkomax, solutions laiti¿res in Sainte-Monique has invested a little more than $1M to acquire a new mobile robot for cow milking
    • Rovibec Agrisolutions in Sainte-Monique, an equipment manufacturer intended for the feeding of cow herds, has invested $1.3M into the development of a greater prototype, an advanced technology worldwide
    • Closed ski station Montjoye will be resurrected in Mont Hatley near North-Hatley thanks to a major $1M project targeting the implementation of tubing. Thirty new jobs will be created this winter.
    • Innotex in Richmond, one of the main North American manufacturers of firefighter wear, is looking for seamstresses to fill immediate and long-term positions
    • H¿roux-Devtek, a supplier of landing gears, has announced forty-some temporary layoffs at its Longueuil plant due to a slowdown in activities
    • Construction of a 900-seat performance hall will soon begin in Saint-J¿r¿me, which represents a $21M investment. Work should begin in early 2014 and the opening is scheduled for 2016.
    • Maerix, a company that specializes in the design of health management, security and environment software, will move into new and much more spacious facilities in Piedmont. This relocation will allow the company to create 5 new jobs.
    • Transport Qu¿bec has announced the rebuilding of the Salette viaduct in Saint-J¿r¿me. This project of nearly $15M will begin in July 2013 and will come to a close at the end of 2014.
    • A new residential condominium development is being built in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies. The completed project will include 11 buildings of 4 condominiums each, which represents a $13M investment.
    • Agrigatte, a designer and manufacturer of snow-pushers for snow removal, is investing in the acquisition of better production equipment, which will allow the company to create six new jobs by 2016
    • Secondary school La Frontali¿re of Coaticook invests $3.5M into a new gymnasium
    • Sawmill Amex Bois Franc of Plessisville invests nearly $2.8M to acquire new equipment and kilns, in addition to building two new warehouses
    • BMG Environnement in Plessisville, a manufacturer of recyclable materials processing equipment, invests $900,000 to implement a new concept separator in many sorting centres in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil
    • Min¿raux rares Quest will implement a hydrometallurgy plant in B¿cancour. An investment of $1.3B will allow the company to hire 500 people during the plant's construction in 2016, in addition to creating 300 jobs during its opening in 2017.
    • La Chocolaterie des p¿res trappistes of Dolbeau-Mistassini is expanding and will be modernized thanks to a $1.45M investment. Thirty-some jobs will be consolidated.
    • A $14M investment of the Molson Coors brewery in Montr¿al will be invested into its distribution centre. This measure aims to automatize its order picking preparation process.
    • Thanks to a $2.7M investment, primary school Sainte-Bernadette of Chicoutimi will expand
    • The replanning of the sterilizing service of H¿pital de Granby will require a $2.5M investment
    • Exel, a company that specializes in logistics, is currently hiring. Its opening, scheduled for February 2014, will lead to the creation of 160 jobs in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
    • Construction will begin at La Place de la Gare in the Centre de Laval industrial park. Work completion on this $5M commercial and residential building project of 73,000-sq.-ft. capacity is scheduled for the spring of 2014.
    • Groupe Gagnon in Sainte-Ad¿le invested $2M to acquire a recycling centre and a warehouse for the recycling of confidential documents in Pr¿vost. The company employs 6 people and the expansion should generate new jobs.
    • Construction work of a new $40M commercial and industrial building project under Groupe CIBS will begin in May 2014 near the La Cit¿ de Mirabel project. The first companies should be setting up their shop on site in September 2014.
    • Following a $10M investment, IGA Extra Yvon Hach¿ has relocated by setting up shop at Place du Saguenay in the facility previously occupied by Zellers. Forty new jobs were added.
    • Door plant Masonite of Berthierville has announced the gradual closure of its establishment as of January 2014. The full closure is scheduled for March 2014. Production is being transferred to Chile.
    • Private medical clinic, Clinique Le Gardeur, has invested in recent months into the expansion of its facilities in Repentigny, which has allowed the company to create new jobs
    • On November 1st, Premier Aviation in Trois-Rivi¿res has announced $1M in training. This will allow the company to train 130 employees, with 80 new recruits that it plans to hire in the next two years.
    • Microbrewery Archibald will open in Trois-Rivi¿res in the summer and will employ sixty-some people
    • A $800M investment is scheduled for the construction of the Stornoway mine in James Bay, with operations scheduled for 2016. The first 11 years of operations will generate 432 direct jobs and 740 indirect jobs.
    • On November 4th, Groupe Lebel has announced a project estimated at nearly $865,000, which will serve to implement a production unit of exterior wood siding in the municipality of Lac-des-Aigles, which will lead to the creation of nearly a dozen jobs
    • Fonderie Bradken of Mont-Joli is experiencing problems recruiting a skilled labour force
    • A Tim Hortons location and two other restaurants will open in Rivi¿re-du-Loup in December, which will create fifty-some jobs
    • One hundred and fifty employees will get their walking papers for at least 6 months following layoffs at the Bombardier plant in La Pocati¿re; the first layoffs, which will be staggered through to March, will take place on January 16.
    • The Agence de la sant¿ et des services sociaux de l'Abitibi-T¿miscamingue has an annual budget of $1.4M dedicated to granting incentives and scholarships in the recruitment of doctors
    • A new dealership Jaguar Land Rover has just opened its doors on rue ¿tienne-Dubreuil in Qu¿bec. Construction of the new building required a $5M investment and twenty-some workers are currently working.
  • Week of Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2013

    • The City of Victoriaville is investing $1.49M to build a wastewater pre-treatment plant that will serve businesses located in the industrial park
    • Michaels, an American retailer that specializes in selling art supplies, opened a store in Saint-Constant, creating approximately 60 jobs
    • A $1.3M, investment is enabling an indoor recycling plant to be opened in L¿Ange-Gardien in the Outaouais region
    • Aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney will be investing $275M in its Longueuil plant over the next 5 years. This will create 90 jobs (manufacturing technology specialists and operators) and maintain 160 other jobs.
    • A residential project of 45 housing units, Le Bisonnière phase 4, will be built in Beauharnois. This project, evaluated at $2.9M, will be built by JP Roy Constructions.
    • Construction on a community housing co-op will start in spring 2014 in Laval. This project of 166 public housing units, Coopérative de solidarité du Bois Ellen, will require an investment of $33M and will be completed in summer 2015.
    • Peluche et Aventure childcare centre started works on its Boisbriand institution to add a new wing that will receive 26 more children in January 2014. Four new educator positions will be created.
    • Construction works on the Larkétype urban space, a $7M project, are almost complete. This commercial building will consist of businesses, professional offices and condominiums.
    • Commission scolaire des Samares announced the construction of a new multi-sport complex in Joliette in 2014. This $16M project, which will include three soccer fields, should open its doors in 2015.
    • Thanks to an investment of close to $3.4M, expansion and renovation works will be carried out at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux du Granit in Lac-Mégantic
    • The Cégep de Drummondville will be investing $2.4M to build a second gymnasium. This new installation will meet the needs of the institution¿s growing clientele and the future participants of the Jeux du Québec in winter 2015.
    • École Marie-Rivier high school in Drummondville will be investing $5.2M to expand its double gymnasium. Thanks to this addition, the institution will become the first in Québec to have a triple gymnasium.
    • A real estate project, evaluated at $150M, is planning on building 3 malls in as many years in Vaudreuil-Dorion
    • A $2.8M investment will be made to build a gymnasium that will be used by students of Saint-Denis and Saint-Isidore elementary schools in the borough of Chicoutimi. It will be accessible by the start of the next school year in 2014.
    • Optosecurity, a Québec-based company specializing in detecting physical threats, just signed an agreement with British security system manufacturer Smiths Detection. Currently, it has a dozen positions to fill.
    • Thursdays bistro, located in downtown Montréal, will be reopening in February 2014, following its closure in September 2012. Approximately 100 persons will be hired.
    • Saint-Eugène-based Béton préfabriqué du Lac won a contract of approximately $10M and will provide the concrete shell required for the Tour des Canadiens. Approximately 30 employees (engineers, drafting technicians, welders and joiners) will work on it.
    • Construction on the Montcalm scientific, sports and educational complex, Centre J.C. Perreault, will start in March 2014 in Saint-Roch-de-l¿Achigan. The $15M project will include two ice rinks and a research centre for athletic performance.
    • A $10.7M investment will enable renovations to be made and a new rink to be installed at the Sainte-Julie arena
    • Carrefour Laplante mall, located in Iberville, is investing $2.5M for renovation works
    • Following the renewal of the police officers¿ collective agreement and the projected population growth, the city of Mascouche is planning on hiring eight new police officers in 2014
    • The ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux of the Lanaudière region will be able to hire 27 new family doctors in 2014: 13 positions will be created in the south of the region, 10 in the north, and 4 are already filled.
    • Starting in summer 2014, $1.2M will be invested to reconstruct the exterior walls and fenestration at Sacré-Coeur de Dolbeau-Mistassini elementary school
    • As of summer 2014, $900,000 will be invested for renovation and reconstruction works at the Centre de formation générale des adultes De La Jonquière
    • Saint-Gédéon¿s sports, recreational and cultural centre will be renovated with $4.7M. Both the population of the municipality and Saint-Antoine elementary school students will have access to the centre in 2014.
    • Following the relocation of the WEC Service division that handles wind farm maintenance and installation, 16 Énercon managers will be transferred from Matane to Montréal
    • Due to financial difficulties, production at Rivière-du-Loup¿s Groupe CNP plant has been stopped since the end of June, and 170 employees are still out of work
    • Following a five-year agreement between the Rimouski-Neigette health and social services centre and Québec¿s Université Laval, there will be up to 20 additional external doctors each year for five years at the Hôpital régional de Rimouski
    • The multistakeholder co-op Marché Les Méchins will reopen the town¿s grocery store before Christmas, and the former Marché des Méchins' 17 employees will be rehired
    • Close to 400 employees of Agence de la santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec will be retiring this year, creating needs for labour
    • Machinists, heavy equipment mechanics, and industrial engineering and mechanical engineering technicians are sought after in Mauricie
    • Le Domaine Le Roussillon, a retirement home comprising 127 units on 7 floors, will be built for $20M in Sainte-Catherine. Works should be completed in fall 2014.
    • Halte Chemin du Roy, a new gas station and convenience store, recently opened its doors in Lavaltrie. This new place of business enabled the creation of 30 new jobs.
    • The city of Mont-Tremblant announced the construction of an aquatic complex worth more than $12M, starting in summer 2014. This establishment will include, among others, a 50-meter pool with diving boards, a fitness room and water games.
    • Arrimage Québec is investing $20M to build a new wood pellet terminal. 260 jobs will be created during construction and approximately 100 direct and indirect jobs thereafter. Works have already started.
    • Terrebonne-based Groupe Consertek LM, specializing in telecommunications networks, will be setting up a network of 8 towers that collect meteorological data in Saguenay. This project, worth more than $700,000, will enable 8 new jobs to be created.
    • Les travaux de construction du nouveau Marché IGA de Rivière-au-Renard ont débuté le 30 octobre. Quinze nouveaux postes s'ajouteront aux 38 emplois actuels lors de son ouverture.
    • Food retailer Provigo will be opening a store in downtown Montréal, in the new high-rise apartment L¿Avenue, in front of the Bell Centre
  • Week of Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2013

    • On October 28, the Government of Québec announced that it would be investing $48M to upgrade the Des Quinze Dam in Témiscamingue
  • Week of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2013

    • Saint-Malo-based sawmill JM Champeau is investing $7.5 million to increase its production in order to meet the demand for its products. The project will maintain its number of employees at 120 and contribute to creating jobs at its suppliers.
    • Boutique Tendance, a furniture store, opened its third store in Vaudreuil-Dorion
    • Following a $4-million investment, the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers inaugurated its new factory warehouse of the world maple syrup reserve in Laurierville. Approximately 20 jobs were created.
    • Following a $3.5-million investment, Centre jeunesse de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec inaugurated its new offices in Drummondville, where all its services will be centralized, including the Centre de réadaptation Laforest rehabilitation centre
    • Bridgestone Firestone is investing close to $40 million over the next three years to modernize its Joliette plant and increase production, enabling the company to maintain existing jobs
    • A new residential project worth $6 million, Faubourg Le Chic, was recently started in Terrebonne. Once complete, this project will comprise 21 condos in 5 buildings.
    • A new retirement home is being built in Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides. This affordable housing project, the cost of which is evaluated at $2.5 million, will open its doors in July 2014.
    • Laboratoire M2, specializing in designing natural and biodegradable disinfectant cleaning products, is investing over $2.7 million to increase its research and development activities and to market its products
    • Musée régional de la Côte-Nord, located in Sept-Îles, is investing $1.5 million to ensure that its works of art and artifacts are better conserved and to carry out roofing and air conditioning works
    • Weedon-based Bois Weedon, specializing in wood for bedframes, recently opened with a dozen employees. The company plans to diversify its activities, increasing the number of employees to over 25 within a year.
    • Centre dentaire de Nicolet is investing $2.2 million to move and expand. The new building will be ready in May 2014.
    • Laiterie Chalifoux is investing $13.7 million to modernize its facilities in Sorel-Tracy, enabling 18 new jobs to be created
    • APAC Customer Services, Inc., a company that specializes in managing business process outsourcing services, is recruiting. The company will be hiring 76 employees at its Montréal service centre by the end of 2013.
    • $2.9 million will be invested to carry out improvement, renovation and rebuilding works in 10 schools of the Commission scolaire des Chênes in the Centre-du-Québec region
    • Commission scolaire des Hautes-Rivières in Montérégie obtained $4.2 million in financial support to carry out various infrastructure renovation works on its schools in Rougemont
    • Thanks to a $2.5-million investment, Jean-Gauthier secondary school in Alma will be building a cafeteria and a new gymnasium
    • SGL Canada Inc., manufacturer of graphite electrodes for steel manufacturers, will be closing its Lachute facility at the beginning of 2014 after realigning its activities. This announcement results in 110 workers being laid off
    • A new artisanal cheese factory, Fromagerie Mont-Tremblant Inc., will be opening its doors in Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré in spring 2014. This new $1.3-million facility will include a manufacturing plant, a store and an interpretation centre.
    • A new Centre multisports Nazaire-Girard will be built in Laterrière for $5 million. Community organizations will be moving into the centre. It is set to open by the end of January 2014.
    • In order to compensate for retirements, Jonquière's Resolute Forest Products ¿ Kénogami paper mill will need to hire 108 workers by 2017, the equivalent of 50% of its current workforce
    • In order to compensate for retirements, Resolute Forest Products, which has paper mills and sawmills in various regions of Quebec, will need to hire, in all its work groups, 3,000 workers by 2015
    • In spring 2014, a The Keg restaurant will be opening in Québec. It will be located on Laurier boulevard on the first floor of Hôtel Quartier. Approximately 100 jobs will be created.
    • Groupe coopératif Dynaco is investing $10 million in Augustin-de-Desmaures to open a Kioti machining centre and a BMR renovation centre. Both are slated to open in May 2014. Close to 75 jobs will be created.
    • Following a $2.2 million investment, the Familiprix pharmacy at Place Godefroy in Bécancour is now open. 25 new jobs will be created.
    • CVTech Group and its subsidiaries obtained contracts worth $45.8 million. They specialize in, among others, the construction and maintenance of electrical distribution and transmission lines.
    • Following a $1.5-million investment, the performance hall of Port-Cartier-based Café-théâtre Graffiti will be expanded.
    • A total investment of $230 million in the Beauharnois industrial park will enable 500 jobs to be created over three years
    • Priape, a store that specializes in selling erotic goods and clothing, is closing its doors in Montréal, laying off approximately 60 employees
    • Turcotte (1989), a company located in the industrial park north of Beauport, is investing $4 million to modernize its facilities. The new building should be ready in May. 5 to 10 new jobs will be created.
    • The employees of Baie-Comeau¿s Resolute Forest Products accepted the employer¿s request to cut 93 positions. Of the affected workers, approximately 60 are eligible for retirement. Thus, they avoid abolishing 150 positions.
    • A new gas station with a convenience store is being built in Mont-Tremblant. This new establishment required a $1-million investment and will start its activities in mid-December 2013.
    • FDC Composites, a company from Saint-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu that specializes in designing and manufacturing composite material parts, plans on doubling its sales figures this year and hiring approximately 15 persons.
    • Ville de Montréal invested $12.9 million to build an indoor pool in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough. It is slated to open in February 2014.
    • Parc éolien de La Mitis, which will be put into service in December 2014, should generate 70 jobs during the construction phase in Saint-Charles-Garnier
    • In the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges municipality, the Récupération des Basques recycling centre will reopen its doors at the end of November, which will enable 12 employees to go back to work
    • Sécurité publique de Trois-Rivières¿ new 21-person fire brigade must be operational by 2015
    • 17 new Planète Poutine franchises will open their doors in Quebec over the next months, and close to 200 persons will be hired
    • Super C will be opening in Gaspé at the end of February, following an investment of close to $8 million. 60 jobs, half of which part-time, should be created
    • A new portal dedicated to searching for information, especially job-related, about the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region was launched.
    • On October 18, in Témiscaming, the Tembec plant announced a $4-million investment, staggered over three years, to train its workers, which would enable 88 jobs to be created and 65 others to be maintained
    • Upon termination of two contracts that are about to end, the company Les Équipements J.V.C. of Chibougamau will temporarily lay off over 150 workers
    • The Loblaws food market in Magog has changed to become a Provigo Le Marché. 70 new jobs were created for a total of 215.
    • The Blue Water Seafoods fish and seafood production plant, located in the Lachine borough, will be closing in June 2014, due to restructuring. This measure will cause the loss of 124 jobs.
    • $11 million will be invested in the second phase of renovation of Alma¿s Mario-Tremblay Centre, an infrastructure that is available for citizens and students of Pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour
    • Thanks to an $11-million investment, two Air Médic ambulance airplanes will be operational in Chibougamau and Sept-îles. Four jobs are available in each city: one pilot, one co-pilot and two nurses.
    • Saint-Jérôme¿s Maxi supermarket opened its doors after moving into the premises previously occupied by Zellers at Galeries des Laurentides. This expansion enabled 25 new jobs to be created, bringing the store¿s staff to 70 employees.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2013

    • An investment of close to $2M is being made in Saint-Côme to renovate the six buildings of the Camp musical Père Lindsay
  • Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2013

    • Lassonde, a company that specializes in manufacturing and marketing food products, is investing $19M to modernize its Rougemont plant and will be creating 24 new jobs
    • The Laurentian Bank is restructuring: 90 employees within the mortgage loan development division will be affected.
    • Auberge des Gallant, located in Sainte-Marthe, is expanding by investing $7.5M to add 42 new rooms and 3 conference rooms. The project will enable 40 persons to be hired, bringing the number of employees from 40 to 80.
    • Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) announces that it will be abolishing approximately 30 positions in the Montréal region by the end of 2013
    • The axe has fallen at Teledyne DALSA in Bromont. The company, specializing in microelectronics, announced that, in mid-November, it would be laying off 35 permanent employees and a dozen contractual employees for an indeterminate period.
    • A new Benny&Co. franchise will be opening its doors in March 2014 in Gatineau, leading to the creation of approximately 40 jobs. The project represents a $2M investment.
    • Thetford Mines-based Continental Conveyor just declared a lockout, affecting 85 employees. Approximately 30 layoffs also took place over the past weeks.
    • Québec-based ABB partners with BAE Systems and Saab on a competitive bid worth $2 billion for the Department of National Defence. Obtaining this contract would enable 50 jobs to be created for ABB and its subcontractors.
    • Drummondville-based poultry farm Villandré, located in the Saint-Joachim-de-Courval sector, invested $7M to build a state-of-the-art poultry house
    • Due to financial problems, Hôtel du Fort, located in downtown Montréal, is closing its doors, dismissing approximately 50 employees. The building will be converted into condominiums.
    • Biomedical analysis technician jobs are in demand in Abitibi-Témiscamingue
    • By 2015, Hydro-Québec will create 15 positions in financial and human resource management in Trois-Rivières
    • At the Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire régional de Trois-Rivières, it is harder to recruit specialists in psychiatry, gastroenterology and dermatology
    • Over the next two years, Shawinigan-based Alchemic Dream plans on recruiting approximately 40 persons, including community managers and programmers
    • After establishing a call centre in Trois-Rivières, Caisse Desjardins should have over 350 employees at the beginning of 2015
    • Following an expansion project worth over $3 million, ADF Diesel Saint-Stanislas will create 20 jobs
    • In Trois-Rivières, Les Entreprises Duckbill Inc. and Pluritag Inc. will create approximately 20 jobs following investments
    • Following an expansion, Gaspé-based company Boiseries Wakeham may create 8 jobs over the next few months
    • In Maria, after the reconstruction of the Baie day-care centre, which should be completed in September 2014, 5 day-care teachers should be added
    • The Saint-Pacôme ¿Restaurant-Motel l¿Escale¿ and Ultramar gas station closed their doors on October 8, leaving 25 persons unemployed
    • On October 12, the Government of Québec announced investments of $159.7M for various projects in Northern Québec, including $100M for major repairs on the James Bay Highway
    • Automacad, a company that specializes in designing and manufacturing automated equipment for the manufacturing sector, has been granted a $600,000-loan to develop new products in Candiac
    • Robert Hydraulique, Repentigny-based aerial lift manufacturer, is investing close to $2M in a new plant in Lanoraie, where it will transfer its production
    • The Westin Resort & Spa hotel in Mont-Tremblant is investing $5M to renovate its premises. The company plans on renovating 122 rooms, the restaurant and lounge, the conference rooms, the fitness centre, and the health and beauty centre.
    • A new recycling plant for construction, renovation and demolition waste will be built in Brownsburg-Chatham for $3M. The plant will be able to sort more than 50,000 tonnes per year.
  • Week of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2013

    • $500,000 will be invested to move the public library into the Sainte-Anne de Daveluyville high school library, which, as a result, will be expanded
    • The Bécancour-based La Fromagerie L'Ancêtre is investing $2.6M to expand its factory and purchase equipment. Five new jobs will be added to the existing 48.
    • The company Oriens Technologies, a plant that processes industrial waste from concrete structures and masonry products, is investing $6M in Bécancour. 35 jobs will be created
    • Thermoform d¿Amérique is investing close to $5.6M to expand its rolling mill in Nicolet. Twenty-one new jobs will be added to the existing 89.
    • Thanks to an investment of close to $12M, a new elementary school, l¿école du Boisé, opened in Sept-Îles
    • The Coopérative de consommation de Petit-Saguenay is investing $1.7M to build a new building that will accommodate a grocery store, a restaurant, a video store, a small hardware store, and a gas station
    • Transports ATD, a company that is located in Danville and specializes in short- and long-haul carriage for manufacturing companies, is investing $750,000 in Asbestos to offer rental and maintenance services to large transport companies
    • The electric vehicle manufacturer Kargo will be investing $1.2M in Alma to produce its industrial modular truck. This first phase will enable seven jobs to be added to the existing eight. A second phase is planned, with a $7M investment.
    • In La Baie, $8M will be invested to renovate a residence with apartments for elderly persons and to build a new one beside it
    • The Berthierville retirement home for persons with decreasing independence, Villa et Pavillion Berthier, is investing $5 million to expand and add 50 new housing units. This expansion will enable 25 new jobs to be created in summer 2014.
    • The Raymond Martin IGA supermarket is investing $13 million to relocate to Aqueduc Street in Victoriaville. Sixty new jobs will be added to the existing 80.
    • The company Remises Réal Lamontagne, which declared bankruptcy at the beginning of September, was bought for $2.3M by Millette et Fils from Lawrenceville. Its relaunch is planned for as soon as possible, and the former employees will be contacted.
    • Agro-100, the Joliette-based fertilizer manufacturer, is investing $1M to build a new warehouse and purchase packaging equipment. It should be opened by the end of November 2013.
    • A Bank of China branch is opening its doors in Montréal. The bank will start by offering financial services to businesses in the area and will eventually add personal services.
    • Victoriaville-based PixM photo vidéo will be opening a branch store in the Grande place des Bois-Francs at the end of October. Three new jobs will be added to the existing six.
    • Le Rockhill, a residential complex with over 1,000 apartments located in Montréal, will be renovated for $20M
    • On November 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first edition of the Rendez-vous de l'emploi de La Jacques-Cartier will take place at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel. Around 20 employers will be present. Many positions are to be filled for the winter season.
    • Following an increase in in-home support services, the Trois-Rivières CSSS hired approximately 30 workers, including nursing assistants
    • There are not enough workers in forest management in La Tuque to address the recovery of the logging industry
    • By January, there will be 57 layoffs at the Trois-Rivières Kruger plant
    • There are still not enough nurses in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Many retirements are expected. On the other hand, the number of nursing students is increasing in the region.
    • Following the resumption of operations at the Goldex Agnico Eagle mine in Val-d¿Or, approximately 100 employees were called back
    • In Rimouski, following the creation of a division dedicated to automotive detailing, which will be called ¿Formule esthétique,¿ a dozen jobs will be created in mid-December
    • Following the closure of the Burger King restaurant in Rivière-du-Loup, 22 employees were laid off
    • Loiretech, a French manufacturer of moulds and tools for moulding composite materials, is investing $1.1M in Mirabel. This investment will generate a dozen new jobs in 2014. The company plans on doubling its staff by 2016.
    • Québec-based Savoir-Faire Linux just obtained a $1.4M contract with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). The company currently has approximately 15 employees; however, by the end of 2014, they should have 35.
    • Québec-based TeraXion just opened its new head office. The company currently employs 160 employees and plans to hire five new workers by the end of the year and approximately twenty more in 2014.
  • Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2013

    • Ubisoft, a French video game designer, announced the creation of a new online gaming studio in Montréal. This expansion will require a $373M investment and will allow the company to create 500 jobs in the next seven years.
    • A new library will be built in Montréal in the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension at a cost of $18.7M
    • With an investment of nearly $1.4M, the bus terminals of the Société de Transport du Saguenay (STS) located in Jonquière and La Baie will be renovated
    • Retailer Service de l'Estrie proceeds with a major reorganization, leading to the layoff of 18 employees across the cities of Sherbrooke, Victoriaville, Drummondville, Granby, Saint-Hyacynthe and Trois-Rivières
    • With the implementation of a software development centre in Chicoutimi, about 30 new jobs will be created to help with the design and development of programs and application software
    • M V Vanerco receives a $735,000 contribution for the first construction phase of a cellulosic ethanol plant in Varennes. The government's financial contribution could reach $39.8M in the next few years.
    • At the Centre jeunesse du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, budget cuts of $2.5M over two years translate into the elimination of 17 positions. Ten of them are linked to administration and the remaining seven pertained to youth services.
    • After 58 years in business, Nicolet Plastique will close its doors on December 1st, laying off its ten employees
    • The planning of a research and development centre constitutes the first implementation phase of Argex in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. A titanium dioxyde production plant could emerge in 2015.
    • A $1.3M investment finances the opening of a microbrewery, Farnham Ale & Lager, in Farnham
    • A $1.3M investment finances the opening of a microbrewery, Farnham Ale & Lager, in Farnham
    • Marie-Clarac Hospital in Montréal announced the opening of a palliative care pavillion in March 2014. This project, estimated at $28M, will add 45 hospital beds.
    • Company Les Chocolats favoris will expand in the next few years. At its 4 current branches, it plans to add 3 more in 2014, with one in St-Nicolas (Lévis). Each time, between 30 and 40 jobs will be created.
    • Pro-Stel has just moved into its new premises located inside the parc industriel de St-Augustin-de-Desmaures. Between 5 and 10 specialized jobs will be created in the next year, adding to the existing 13.
    • Wood covering manufacturer Juste du Pin has announced the construction of its head office in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan. This project of more than $3.5M will lead to the creation of 50 new jobs. The move is scheduled for January 2014.
    • The new Saint-Hubert Xpress branch, which cost $5M to build, has opened its doors in Repentigny. The new establishment has created 80 new jobs.
    • The Patrick Morin de Lavaltrie branch has been inaugurated after an investment of several million dollars for its expansion, following a blaze in 2012. This investment has led to the creation of nearly a dozen new jobs.
    • Construction of an 80-store commercial complex in Mirabel, Premium Outlets Montréal, has recently begun. This project will require a $150M investment for phase 1 and will lead to the creation of 800 new jobs upon its opening in October 2014.
    • Fourchette et Coco, a restaurant in Saint-Sauveur, closed its doors in September as a result of a decreased clientele and strong competition from restaurants who offer breakfasts. The establishment employed about 20 people.
    • The municipalité de Saint-Hippolyte, along with the gouvernement du Québec, has announced the beginning of construction of a new fire station for $1.5M and a new $2.9M library, which will open in January 2014
    • Chantier Naval Forillon de Gaspé, which is currently in a hiring period to fill office jobs, confirms the retention of 50 jobs until June 2014 following the obtention of a new contract
    • The Centres de santé et de services sociaux de la Matapédia et de Matane require housekeeping staff
    • Work on a new $7.5M commercial complex has begun in the Saint-Ludger sector of Rivière-du-Loup and approximately 50 jobs will be created during the construction
    • The Baie-James and Abitibi-Témiscamingue school boards are having difficulty recruiting teachers
    • Mining company Agnico Eagle has abolished 35 executive positions since December in Abitibi-Témiscamingue
    • Last September 27, Fortress Paper temporarily laid off 25 employees at its Lebel-sur-Quévillon plant
    • The resuming of activities at the Rivière-aux-Rats sawmill of Produits forestiers Mauricie took place on October 1st and involved the return to work of 135 employees
    • Metro Plus has expanded to set up shop at Plaza de l'Ouest in Sherbooke. The sum of $12M was invested and 70 new employees were hired.
    • At the Plateau Saint-Joseph in Sherbrooke, Walmart inaugurated its supercentre equipped with a full grocery section. The expansion has led to the hiring of approximately 80 new employees, who have joined the 210 others already in place.
    • Warner Brothers Games, a video game studio, announced the expansion of its operations in Montréal, which will help create about 100 jobs. For this project, the company will invest $63M over five years.
    • Eugène Allard Cuisine et Tendances in Chicoutimi has invested $1.5M to expand and renovate its store. Approximately eight new jobs have been added to the existing 22.
  • Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2013

    • Quartier A, a new housing project, is under construction in the LaSalle sector. Constructions G. Melatti will be building in three phases the three 12-storey towers consisting of 400 condominiums. The project's final phase will begin in 18 months.
    • The Everest Equipment Company of Ayer's Cliff, which specializes among other things in building formwork, is looking to fill slightly more than ten designer, technician and welding positions
    • The Moving Picture Company (MPC), a subsidiary of the French company, Technicolor, will be opening a special effects studio in Montréal in late October. It expects to hire 200 people over the next three years.
    • Cégep de Drummondville has invested $1.7M in the second phase of renovations to its Georges-Dor theatre
    • Beginning in January 2014, a rest stop will be built on Highway 30 at Contrecoeur. It will include a Shell convenience store, Tim Hortons, and a Lebanese restaurant and, will create about 30 jobs.
    • Beginning in March 2014, $8.3M will be invested to offer a heavy equipment mechanic diploma at the Centre de formation professionnelle Paul-Rousseau in Drummondville
    • Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM) is cutting some 30 positions, mainly among nursing staff
    • The Parminou theatre in Victoriaville will be renovated and expanded at a cost of $3.5M
    • Cassidian Communications is centralizing its business in Gatineau's Technoparc des Hautes-Plaines. The equipment supplier expects to expand its workforce from 145 to 200 employees over the next three years.
    • Les petits popotins, a private daycare developed in Granby at a cost of $500,000, will welcome 76 children aged zero to five years beginning in October
    • Industek of Victoriaville, a manufacturer of equipment for reclaiming and managing residual materials, has invested $650,000 to expand its plant and acquire new equipment, resulting in the addition of 19 jobs to the existing 21.
    • Since June 2010, Jobillico of Québec City has grown from three to 50 employees. The designer of the Jobillico recruitment platform plans to hire between 20 and 30 new employees over the coming year.
    • La Garderie Éducative La Sapinière in Terrebonne, a non-subsidized private daycare, closed its doors due to the company's non-profitability, resulting in the layoff of 16 people. The company cited low enrolment as the reason for the closing.
    • A new Tim Hortons store is being built in the south end of Joliette and should create close to 25 new jobs. It is expected to open by the end of 2013.
    • A new $20M residential construction project will be launched soon in the Joliette region, creating 68 new units in the coming years
    • The City of Terrebonne will be investing $4.8M to extend the TransTerrebonne cycling path by over nine km toward the city's east end. Work is expected to be completed in 2016.
    • Work recently began on construction of the $1.5M Garderie au Pied de l'Arc-en-ciel in Sainte-Julienne. This 80-space subsidized facility has some 20 positions to fill, with its opening scheduled for next winter.
    • Liebherr Aerospace Canada of Laval will assemble the landing gear for the Bombardier CSeries aircraft. The company, whose workforce will grow from 15 to 35 employees, will hire assemblers, logisticians, warehouse operators and quality control officers.
    • Following an investment of more than $4M, Hôtel de la Boréalie recently opened in Saint-Félicien
    • The City of Montréal has announced plans to build a ten-storey tower above the Rosemount metro at a cost of $70M. The building will house 200 social and community housing units for seniors and will be completed by 2017.
    • Economax, a retail furniture and appliance chain, will be opening the doors of a new store in spring 2014 in Joliette following an investment of $2.5M
    • The $20M expansion of the Beaufor mine will begin soon in Val-d'Or, creating 35 jobs
    • Following the purchase of the Centre d'Interaction Proximédia in Rouyn-Noranda by Nordia, a Bell Canada subsidiary, the company will replace the 70 positions lost at the call centre since July
    • The accommodation and food services sector is having difficulty recruiting in Abitibi-Témiscamingue
    • In the municipality of Saint-Honoré-du-Témiscouata, $65M will be spent on construction of the Témiscouata 1 community wind farm, which will create close to 50 jobs during construction
    • A new agreement with Air Canada will result in the creation of up to 50 jobs at the Premier Aviation Overhaul Center in Trois-Rivières
    • After doubling its plant space in Trois-Rivières, Automation Mauricie is now planning to increase its workforce by 30 employees over the next two years
    • On September 26, operations were suspended indefinitely at the Rivière-aux-Rats sawmill belonging to Produits forestiers Mauricie, resulting in the layoff of 135 employees
    • In Chandler, the new Information and Communications Technology Technocentre houses eight companies employing some 20 workers
    • The fire that destroyed part of the facilities of Serres Jardins-Nature in New Richmond has put about a dozen people out of work for a few weeks
    • Location Jean Légaré vehicle rentals opened a new office in Laval in September. The new location will also offer container rental services for storage and moving.
    • Le Groupe Harnois is investing $500,000 to open a new Esso service station with convenience store and car wash in Joliette, creating about ten new jobs
    • Groupe Lacasse, a furniture manufacturer in Saint-Pie, won an estimated $4M contract to supply the McGill University Health Centre, which has led to the creation of new jobs
    • The final phase of the project to build more than 1,600 housing units has begun in the Saint-Laurent sector of Montréal
  • Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2013

    • Granicor, which specializes in granite, invested $1.25M to expand its Saint-Gédéon plant and upgrade its cutting equipment
    • Complexe funéraire Carl Savard has purchased the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce church in Chicoutimi and will invest $2.3M to convert it
    • Cinémathèque québecoise de Montréal is a not-for-profit organization that has received a grant of over $3.7M from the provincial government to modernize its facilities and equipment
    • A multi-purpose sports complex estimated at $35M is being built in the Saint-Laurent sector of Montréal
    • Bibliothèque Belleville in Montréal-Nord will be relocated and included as part of a project valued at over $10M to build approximately 70 social housing units
    • Ankama, a French video game studio, is opening an office in Montréal and will be hiring some 30 people in the coming months to develop a new game
    • Groupe Riel is investing $250,000 to expand one of its banner stores in Farnham, Club Meubles Avantage, creating three new jobs
    • Target is opening seven stores in Québec: in Montréal, Laval, Brossard, Saint-Jérôme, Trois-Rivières, Lévis and Saint-Georges (Beauce region).
    • As a result of an investment of $4.4M, Résidence Saint-Jean-Eudes for seniors will be built in Jonquière for next spring
    • An investment of over $1.4M will see an eight-unit residence built in Sherbrooke for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities
    • The City of Gatineau will be moving forward with its project to rebuild the waste water plant and sanitary pumping station. The project is estimated at $115M and will create 67 jobs over the next six years.
    • A grant of $2.3M will see the construction of two housing projects involving 115 affordable units for families and single persons in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau
    • The Commission scolaire régionale de Sherbrooke (CSRS) is investing $9M in 23 of its schools to reduce energy consumption
    • The port of Valleyfield is expanding and investing $1.16M to redevelop its control station
    • Hibernum, a Montréal video game developer, will be hiring some 40 people by year's end. The company specializes in games for iOS, Android and online platforms and has apparently secured major contracts.
    • The City of Victoriaville invested almost $2M to create its industrial ecopark. Companies interested in operating from the park will be required to commit to a sustainable development approach.
    • Manufacture Thomas Gosselin - Polaire Plus of Saint-Félicien has invested $700,000 to expand its facilities and purchase equipment. Three employees will be added to the existing 15, with the possibility of another two or three in 2014.
    • The Abitibiwinni First Nation Council has announced an investment of $19M in the community of Pikogan, which should generate 100 jobs during building construction, which will last from September 12 until next spring
    • In Northern Québec, at least 800 people will be working in Goldcorp's Éléonore mine when it opens in 2014
    • In Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, a tourist complex consisting of a MacDonald's restaurant, a service station with corner store and a tourist information office will open on December 20, creating almost 65 jobs
    • Between now and 2018, retirements will result in over 100 openings at the RockTenn plant in La Tuque
    • Doral is scheduled to reopen in the week of September 23 in Shawinigan, resulting in the recall of about 10 employees
    • The Complexe 3R group will begin construction of the District 55 housing project in February, requiring an investment of $800M and potentially creating 1500 jobs
    • On September 16, Marmen announced a $25M expansion project, which should create about 100 jobs
    • In Mauricie, Groupe RCM announced that the 183 jobs of this recycling company had been saved as a result of a partnership with Soleno and financial assistance from the Government of Québec
    • The Centre de santé et des Services sociaux (CSSS) de la Haute-Gaspésie is having to deal with a shortage of nurses
    • Fifteen percent of the workers at Coopérative forestière de la Gaspésie have been without forestry work this year
    • Some 125 employers attended the job fair at Université Laval. Cascade Tissue Group was seeking plant engineers, accountants and industrial resources and personnel management professionals.
    • Isis-Secur, a specialist in information technology security, is moving to Magog and will be hiring five professionals
    • Groupe TI, which specializes in web solutions and network management, is moving to Magog and will create nine new jobs
    • Goliath Tech, specializing in the manufacture and marketing of foundation pilings, is moving to Magog and will hire 15 short-term employees
    • Usinage JV Tech of Magog will be hiring three people to address the growing demand for its products
    • The City of Montréal is announcing a new $4M program to help not-for-profit organizations in the city's eastern sector
    • The construction of the Habitations Ararat community housing cooperative has begun in Laval. The project consists of 74 units for low income persons over 60, at an investment of $12.4M, with completion scheduled for summer 2014.
    • Opening of La Seigneurie school in Mascouche. This new facility cost $13M and will be able to accommodate 750 students in 32 classrooms.
    • A new Jean Coutu store officially opened recently in Terrebonne. The new facility was built at a cost of over $1.3M and created about 30 jobs.
    • Atelier d'Usinage Mont-Laurier is investing almost $3M to build a new facility in Mont-Laurier that will create four new jobs in addition to the existing ten. The move is scheduled for December.
    • Riobel, a faucet manufacturer, has begun expansion work in Saint-Jérôme to accommodate the Académie Riobel training school. The centre will open in April 2014 and will consist of a laboratory, showroom and 30-seat classroom.
    • At the height of construction, more than 100 people were working on the Viger-Denonville wind farm in MRC de Rivière-du-Loup
    • Within six months, the Government of Québec will open a development centre for information resources solutions in Rimouski, creating 30 permanent jobs in Québec's public service in the information technology field
  • Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2013

    • Real estate broker Via Capitale Estrie has invested nearly $2M to build a new building in Magog. There are plans to hire several new brokers over the next several years.
    • Daycare centre L'Île aux trésors will open its doors in Drummondville thanks to a $1M investment. About a dozen jobs will be created in time for its spring 2014 opening, including the hiring of educators, a cook and a housekeeping attendant.
    • Thanks to $5M in funding from the Québec government, another bridge will be built in Lac-Mégantic next summer to link the Fatima sector with the commercial hub
    • A new provincial prison will be built in Sept-Îles for 2016, at a cost of $90.9M. Work will begin in the fall.
    • After receiving a $1M investment, a new Coop Covilac fertilizer mixture centre opened its doors in Baie-du-Febvre
    • The Davie shipyard (Lévis) needs new workers. The business is hiring in all trades, including in the administrative offices.
    • Danone is investing $40M to increase yogurt production in its Boucherville plant, creating 10 direct jobs and 250 indirect jobs as a result
    • Centre de rénovation Patrick Morin is building a new location that is set to open in early 2014 in Pincourt. This $12M investment will create 80 jobs.
    • Phase one of the "21e arrondissement" residential complex will encompass 4 buildings with nearly 500 units and commercial space near Old Montréal. Work on the first building will begin in the fall of 2013.
    • Thanks to a $1.5M investment, Scotstown-based business Léo Désilets Maître herboriste is expanding. By the time it opens next November, the expansion will add another 12 jobs to the existing 26.
    • A new $50M shopping centre in the Val-Bélair sector of Québec City will feature forty-some businesses (restaurants, boutiques, etc.), offices, and a hotel. Approximately 500 jobs will be created as a result of this project, beginning in the spring.
    • Following an $11M investment, Joliette's Target store will open its doors on October 18 and create 200 new jobs, double the number of employees who used to work at Zellers
    • The construction of a new residential project, Les Berges de l'île Vessot, begun recently in Saint-Paul, and will allow for the construction of 165 housing units and represent a $50M investment
    • Pharmaceutical business Servier Canada announced a $16.3M investment in a new clinical research centre in Laval. This investment, in addition to consolidating 56 jobs, will create 38 researcher and specialist positions.
    • The construction of a multi-purpose centre should begin over the next several weeks in Lac-Simon. Estimated at $5M, this project will create approximately 20 jobs, including about 15 full-time positions.
    • After investing between $11M and $12M, Target will open its doors on September 17 in Trois-Rivières, creating at least 150 jobs
    • In Trois-Rivières, the drop-in daycare centre of UQTR's new student pavilion "À la vie étudiante" is creating 5 educator jobs and could end up creating 10 additional jobs when operating at maximum capacity
    • Service d'intégration au travail, a Saint-Tite computer equipment recycling business, will be opening its 5th service point in the Mauricie in September, creating approximately 20 jobs
    • On September 11, Biothec Foresterie opened a biopharmaceutical processing centre in Saint-Tite, creating 150 jobs in the forest and about a dozen on site at the company¿s location
    • GL&V Fabrication has laid off thirty-some employees over the past several months in Trois-Rivières due to a slowdown in activities
    • After leaving the wood flooring and moulding sector, Métis-sur-Mer-based business Boiseries Rousseau will keep only 20 of the 40 employees who worked there the previous year
    • Following a $700M investment, the wind farm of Lac-Alfred has begun operations, creating approximately 15 jobs for its operation in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region
    • Saint-Jérôme's new Target store will open its doors on September 17. With an investment of more than $12M, 150 jobs will be created, nearly double the number at the former Zellers.
    • La Halte de la Cité, a $10M project, will be built in Mirabel at the entry of the Cité de Mirabel project. This complex will encompass four buildings, including a service station with convenience store and 7 restaurants. Around 125 jobs will be created.
    • DeSerres, a retailer of arts and crafts supplies, has just opened a store in Drummondville following a $1.5M investment. Approximately 20 jobs were created.
    • Héma-Québec will be investing $21M in Québec City towards a new complex that will house laboratories used to manufacture cell and tissue products for research purposes. Approximately 50 jobs will be created.
    • Saguenay-based microbrewery La Voie Maltée opened a third location on Pierre-Bertrand boulevard in Québec City. The $3M investment helped create 75 jobs.
  • Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2013

    • Spa Boréalis, located in Bromont, closes its doors. The number of layoffs is estimated to be between 11 and 25 persons.
    • A $1.3M investment was required to open the first shooting range in Ange-Gardien in the Outaouais region
    • A residential and long-term care centre with 45 rooms will be built in Granby for $4.5M
    • The Québec government announced the construction of the Université de Montréal Science Complex. The project costs are estimated at $350M. Work will start at the end of 2015 and will be carried out over a three-year period.
    • Over the next few months, the Rivière-du-Loup IGA Extra supermarket will undergo major expansion and equipment upgrading works, valued at approximately $4M
    • The Québec government granted $4.5M for an ambulatory, out-patient geriatrics service project at the Rocher-Percé health and social services centre in Chandler
    • A grocery store, operating under the IGA Extra banner, opens its doors in Granby
    • As it is generally the case in the fall, the Québec City Police will be reducing its staff. According to local media, as of October 12, approximately 50 police officers will be affected by this temporary layoff.
    • The company Remises Réal Lamontage, whose head office is located in Sherbrooke and which has stores in Saint-Christophe-d¿Arthabaska and Granby, was forced to declare bankruptcy. Approximately 40 employees lost their jobs.
    • Sentry Investissement, an independent asset management firm, announced that it is opening a new office in Montréal
    • Synerco Isolation, specializing in thermal insulation and tubular scaffolding, was recently created in Saint-François-Xavier-de-Brompton. Four workers found jobs there. More hiring is planned for the coming months.
    • Sanderling Ventures, an American investment firm, announced that it is opening the company Therillia in Montréal, thanks to a US$30M commitment. This firm¿s mission will consist of financing early-stage life sciences projects.
    • The Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke¿s radiation oncology centre, located at the Fleurimont Hospital, has acquired a new piece of state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment for $2.5M
    • The Galeries d¿Anjou, located in Montréal¿s east end, was expanded and renovated for $86M. The works, which lasted two years, enabled the centre to accommodate several new retailers, and others are coming soon.
    • Following a $3M investment, the new Carrefour Mauricie rest area will see the light of day in November in Louiseville, creating approximately sixty jobs
    • Following the closure of some stations in eastern Québec on October 25, a dozen contract and part-time employees will lose their jobs at Via Rail
    • Scotiabank is investing $3.4M to open a new regional centre, scheduled to open in summer 2014, in Drummondville. Twenty jobs will be created.
    • The Ancêtre de Bécancour cheese factory is investing $1.5M in various works. It will be expanding its factory, installing silos, and building a water treatment plant.
    • The company Mécano Industrie announced its arrival in Terrebonne, by starting the construction of its new facilities, requiring a $2.9M investment. The company is planning on moving in November 2013.
    • Two low-cost, high-rise residential buildings, located in the Chicoutimi borough in Saguenay, will be renovated for $3.4M
    • A new private, subsidized day care, Une planète aux trésors, is being built in Repentigny. Its construction will require a $1.5M investment and will enable 20 new jobs to be created in January 2014.
    • BFI Canada is currently investing $40M in Terrebonne to build a conversion plant to convert biomethane from its landfill to natural gas. Operations at the plant are slated to start in July 2014.
    • The Havre de Val-David, a residence with 26 housing units for semi-independent elderly persons, opened its doors in Val-David, thanks to a $4.6M investment
    • Construction on the Inter-Loge-Sainte-Adèle community housing project has started. The project, which will include 40 affordable units for families in 5 high-rise residential buildings, will require a $7.4M investment.
    • The Centre d¿intégration en emploi des Laurentides opened a new service point in Mont-Tremblant to promote staff retention for businesses in the region
    • A Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) campus will be built on land acquired from the Montfort Fathers in Drummondville. It should be opened in fall 2015. The UQTR plans on hiring approximately 20 professors and 18 other employees.
    • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, owner of Van Houtte, is consolidating its Canadian coffee production in Montréal. In June 2013, the company announced a $55M remodelling project at its Montréal plant, which should create 180 jobs.
    • The manufacturer Nova Bus, which has plants in Saint-François-du-Lac and Saint-Eustache, obtained a $34M contract with the City of Brampton, Ontario, for the construction of 70 buses
  • Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2013

    • L¿Astral, the penthouse-level restaurant in Loews Le Concorde hotel on Québec City's Grande Allée, will be closing its doors on October 25. Close to 60 people will be out of a job as a result.
    • About 30 people will suffer a job loss on November 4 at the Tembec sawmill in Senneterre because of a drop in business procurement
    • A $1.9M residential development project will become a reality thanks to involvement from the City of Princeville and Club de golf La-Fontaine
    • Victoriaville-based Hamel informatique et réseautique is investing $750,000 to move by next summer. A few new jobs may be created.
    • Target is investing $8.4M towards the purchase of land to open a store in Carrefour Candiac. The Candiac location may open next year.
    • NSE-Automatech, a shop for high-precision machining and wire bonding in aeronautics, is expanding by consolidating operations from its two plants under one roof in Granby
    • A new Dollarama store will soon open in Sherbrooke's Plaza de l'Ouest, approximately 500 metres from another location on 4640 Bourque Boulevard. Approximately 20 jobs will be created.
    • Construction of the new multi-purpose Dégelis complex has officially begun. This $5M investment will generate 60 permanent jobs and 60 additional jobs to build the complex.
    • Having won a contract with Kraft Canada, Fromagerie Boivin, in La Baie, hired 28 new workers while 10 other positions have yet to be staffed
    • The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi is investing $6.5M to purchase and fit up the Grand Séminaire building, which will be used for student clientele of the new physiotherapy program. Four new professors have been hired.
    • The Saint-Benoît-du-Lac municipality is investing $4.2M into a new water treatment plant, which will benefit Abbaye Saint-Benoît and its cheese factory
    • Archibald, a microbrewery/restaurant from Québec City, will open its doors at the Montréal airport in December. This investment is estimated at $1.2M, and will generate 60 jobs.
    • The Citadelle cooperative is investing $12M to set up a cranberry processing plant in Aston Jonction. Thirty jobs will be created from the outset and up to 40 jobs may be added in the long term.
    • The City of Montréal will build a municipal animal centre in the Angrignon park, which will open in September 2016. This project, estimated at $23M, will create 90 jobs.
    • Real estate developer Samcon has announced the construction of 110 condo units on William street, in the western part of Griffintown, in Montréal. The project, named Le URB, will be started in late 2014.
    • The Town of Coaticook is investing $1.75M towards repairing infrastructures in its downtown core
    • Work has begun to build the $4.1M Manoir Pierre-Guénette in Chapais, which will provide 16 affordable housing units to semi-independent seniors
    • The hotel complex Amosphère, in Amos, will be investing $5.5M towards the addition of 40 rooms, including 25 with a unique concept
    • The Québec government has announced a $6.2M investment at CHSLD Mgr-Ross in Gaspé in order to retrofit extensively two of the living units by 2015
    • The City of Montréal has announced repairs to Sherbrooke Est Street in the city's east end, a project valued at an estimated $35.6M. Among other things, this investment will ensure safety planning for the east train.
    • Construction work has begun on Saint-Jérôme's new arena, whose budget is estimated at $20M. Its opening is slated for late 2014.
    • Marshalls, a U.S. chain that sells apparel and home fashions, has opened its new location at the Faubourg Boisbriand shopping complex
  • Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2013

    • Transbordement St-Hyacinthe, a business located in the Théo-Phénix industrial park, is investing $3M into its development
    • Meat-packing plant L. G. Hébert will be investing more than $1.3M into its Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot facilities as well as hiring in order to keep its workforce at around 50 employees
    • A two-floor commercial building is planned on King Street East in Sherbrooke, right beside the IGA Couture
    • A new location of the Buffet des Continents restaurant chain will open its doors in 2014 in Saint-Jérôme and create nearly 80 new jobs
    • A new 21-classroom primary school will be built at the cost of more than $9M in Saint-Joseph-du-Lac. Opening is scheduled for September 2015.
    • The Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal has announced it will be slashing 20 nursing positions in its residential and long-term care centre next fall, to be replaced by nine client care attendants and four nursing assistants
    • Industries AP, a furniture manufacturer in Laurier-Station in Lotbinière, closed its doors on August 16. The business employed approximately 150 workers.
    • Saint-Adèle's IGA supermarket will be expanding over the next several months thanks to an investment of nearly $5M. The official re-opening is slated for spring 2014.
    • The Jean Coutu pharmacy of Mont-Laurier is investing nearly $5M into the construction of a new, larger location. The expansion will generate 12 new jobs on top of the 40-some existing ones.
    • Sears has announced it is cutting 38 jobs in Montréal in the next three to six months. Most of the cuts are in the IT and finance departments.
    • An indoor soccer centre will be built in Montréal for $40M. If all goes as planned, the complex will open its doors in winter 2014-2015.
    • The Villa Bonheur residential and long-term care centre in Granby is to undergo expansion and renovation work at the cost of $6.68M
    • The site of the former Dupont convenience store in Amos will be home to a rest area for trucks. Five or six jobs may be created.
    • Aluminerie Alouette is investing $10M into the construction of a university pavilion that will become part of the CÉGEP facilities of Sept-Îles. Construction will begin soon and should be completed by fall 2014.
    • Jack Saloon, a country bar, has opened its doors in Quartier DIX30 in Brossard
    • Ville de Montréal plans to invest $3.8B over the next 3 years into its 2014¿2016 capital program (TCEP). The majority of expenditures will be in road infrastructure and waterworks.
    • Walter Technologies, a metal finishing specialist, has announced the opening of a new plant in Pointe-Claire. This $30M investment will also allow for the integration of the company's new head office.
    • Construction of Drummondville's trade centre should begin in September on Saint-Amant street, at the former agricultural fair site. This project, valued at approximately $23M, will create 20-some jobs and the centre should be ready in August 2014.
    • The Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord announced the construction of a new primary school in Sainte-Sophie at the cost of $10M. The facility, which will house 21 classrooms and accommodate 460 students, will open its doors in January 2015.
    • Seniors residence chain Résidences les Marronniers will soon begin construction of its fifth residential tower in Laval. Valued at $35M, the 15-floor tower, which will accommodate 236 units, is set to open in July 2014.
    • The Longueuil municipal administration is investing $7.24M into the construction of a new fire station in the Saint-Hubert sector
    • Construction in Coaticook is underway in order to convert the former Belding Corticelli plant into a hotel at a cost of $7M. The new establishment could open its doors in spring 2015.
    • Opening in Chertsey of a public market, Les Petits Bonheurs Gourmands, which currently brings together four businesses: two butcher shops, a caterer and a bakery.
    • The Centre Multiservice des Samares is opening a new general training centre for adults in Lavaltrie
    • Vidéotron is closing its Superclub Vidéotron on Beaudry street in Joliette and consolidating all services at its recently renovated location on Papineau street
    • Camping La Baie de Mandeville has announced the $2M construction of a new pavilion, which will house a reception hall, restaurant, boutique as well as a public market. Opening is slated for spring 2014.
    • Coaticook-based company Couillard Construction Limitée has been awarded a $16M contract to extend highway 410. Work will soon begin and continue into fall 2014.
    • A birthing centre is set to open in Montréal in 12 to 18 months according to an announcement made by the Minister of Health and Social Services
    • The Saul-Bellow library in the borough of Lachine will be expanding. This project, valued at an estimated $9.5M, is being funded by Ville de Montréal and by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.
  • Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2013

    • A fusion restaurant called Le Dorchester will open in stages in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
    • Énergie cardio launches its new facility in Drummondville
    • Champion Iron Mines has obtained $3M in funding to conduct its feasibility study and technical work at Fire Lake North, near Fermont
    • New real estate project on Duvernay Street in Sherbrooke requiring a $4M investment
    • A new 349-unit housing project is planned for the corner of King West and Jacques-Cartier in Sherbrooke
    • Canadian Colo, a company that specializes in server colocation, has announced the opening of a data centre in downtown Montréal
    • Centre Ernest-Lattion, a community center that serves the needs of seniors located in the Aylmer area in Gatineau, will be expanded at a cost of $450,000
    • The Olymel plant in Vallée-Jonction shuts down temporarily because of an ammonia leak, and 1000 workers are now unemployed
    • Canac Matériaux, a hardware and building materials chain, is officially opening its new location in Rock Forest and is creating 78 new positions
    • Mouvement des caisses Desjardins will open a call centre in Trois-Rivières by June 2014, leading to the creation of at least 200 new jobs
    • Clothing retailer Simons announces the opening of its new store in Anjou in Montréal. This $25M investment will result in the creation of over 200 jobs.
    • $700M will be invested to build 12 condo towers, totalling 1,400 units, in Gatineau's Vieux-Port area
    • Sogetel is investing some $250,000 to set up a fiber optic network in the Plessisville industrial park
    • Forex will soon be starting up a 2nd softwood processing operation in Mont-Laurier. The project, scheduled to begin in mid-September, will create 10 permanent full-time jobs.
    • Expansion of the Rachelle-Béry grocery store in Saint-Sauveur, with the creation of 15 new jobs
    • The residential and long-term care centre in Granby is looking to hire 80 people
    • Two years after opening, the H. Grégoire used vehicle sales megacentre in Québec City is closing down
    • Opening of Florida Golf in Saint-Ambroise, with a second phase of construction to start soon
    • Centre d'interaction Proximédia in Rouyn-Noranda is for sale and is expected to close in November. A hundred workers will be affected by the closure.
    • Built at a cost of $33M, Complexe Branchaud-Brière, a multisports centre adjacent to Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau in Gatineau, begins operating
    • Expansion of Ressource intermédiaire de l'Amitié in Plessisville at a total cost of $1.5 M. The value of the construction permits has doubled in Plessisville since the same date in 2012, to $10.8M.
    • Amex Bois-Francs is investing $900,000 in the construction of a dry kiln at its facilities in the Plessisville industrial park
    • Start-up of a cranberry processing plant in Aston-Jonction and creation of 72 jobs
    • A new Lufa Farm will be opening soon in Laval. This new facility will enable the business to double its production while reducing its energy costs.
    • Gourmet food store Les 5 Saisons announces the reopening of its store in Westmount following a $6.7M renovation
    • Montréal's Place Ville Marie will undergo $100M worth of major renovations after being purchased by Ivanhoe Cambridge, the real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
    • L-3 MAS and Avianor in Mirabel have been awarded a $683M contract by the federal government. The contract involves complete maintenance services for National Defence's CC-150 Polaris Airbus fleet.
    • Fibrobec in Beloeil has won a contract with an estimated value of over $1M that will enable it to create 7 new jobs
    • The first phase of Domaine du vignoble, a high-end housing project that incorporates grape production and goat raising, will be starting in Chelsea next fall
  • Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2013

    • The Saint-Félicien pier and marina will be renovated at a cost of $5.2M
    • Construction JR Savard is launching a new housing project in Chicoutimi-Nord. The construction is expected to begin by 2014 and will have a total of 300 to 400 houses on a land of 4 million square feet.
    • Target is hiring sale associates, cashiers, and night-time logistics for its Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu store. A job fair will be held on August 6 to 15.
    • La Coopérative de solidarité Métal Outaouais is launching a new mobile welding service that will create jobs in Gatineau
    • Fromagerie E. L¿Étoile opens in Magog. The owners had unsuccessfully tried to operate a cheese shop in Windsor in the past.
    • The arts and crafts retail chain Michaels will open a new store in Lévis in fall 2013, creating some 25 new jobs
    • Coopérative forestière du Nord-Ouest is planning to create an industrial fibre recovery centre in Taschereau. Work should start next year and create seven to ten jobs.
    • Rouyn-Noranda¿s Abcourt mine may resume operations soon, creating some 40 jobs
    • A new pizzeria opens in Aumond, creating a dozen jobs
    • Adonis, a grocery retailer specializing in Mediterranean products, has opened a location in downtown Montréal. This $6.5M investment has led to the creation of 150 jobs.
    • A consortium consisting of Chicoutimi companies J. Euclide Perron and Inter-Cité has won a $26M contract at the Romaine 1 power plant. Some 60 employees are expected to work on completing the contract by February 2015.
    • Five-star campground to be developed in Falardeau. The phase I of the project will include 225 camping sites, but the opening date is unknown.
    • Target is opening a new store in Joliette in fall 2013. Over 200 people have already been hired.
    • 4- St-Pancrace microbrewery to open in Baie-Comeau in the third or fourth week of August
    • A new eight-building industrial park is under construction in Lachute
    • French publisher Gallimard will open a branch in Montréal in 2014
    • A 98-unit housing project will be built in Farnham in 2014
    • Camp Explora, a new tourist attraction, operates electric all-terrain vehicles in Montebello
    • The awarding of a number of contracts to Supermétal, a business in Lévis, has enabled it to fill its order book and avoid the 130 layoffs announced in June 2013
    • Target¿s Carrefour Rimouski location has 125 positions to fill by August 15
    • The Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter in Shawinigan will gradually shut down its operations from now until November 2013, one year earlier than planned. Of the 425 employees, only approximately 60 will be retained in the cast house.
    • After a four-week shutdown, Lafarge is resuming its operations. Some 60 employees will be gradually called back to work.
    • A new residential development will be built at the entrance to Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, on the lands of Mont-Sainte-Anne. It will consist of 200 new units, not 300 as initially planned.
  • Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2013

    • Bibby Financial Services is announcing the opening of a branch in Montréal. The business specializes in financing for small and medium-sized enterprises.
    • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is investing more than $13M in Wemotaci towards the construction of a primary school and a drinking water treatment plant
    • On Friday, July 19, seven or eight ramp staff positions at Jazz Air LP in Val-d¿Or were cut
    • Richmont Mines is moving forward with its Monique gold mine project in Val-d'Or, which will officially enter into production in October for a 19-month period. As such, the Monique project will consolidate 29 jobs at the Camflo plant.
    • Walmart will be opening a fourth store in Gatineau in January 2014 and has already completed the hiring of 150 employees
    • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International announced it would be scaling back its workforce by 10 to 15% worldwide. The business has a workforce of 1,000 employees in the country, including about 300 at the Laval head office.
    • Cinémas Guzzo will be investing $18M into the construction of a new complex in Sainte-Thérèse and addition of a new IMAX theatre in Deux-Montagnes
    • Lachute will be home to the Vert l¿avenir industrial park, where it plans to build eight industrial buildings
    • Sherbrooke's Village de Chine restaurant is closing its doors
    • Baie-Comeau's Superclub Vidéotron will be closing its doors on August 31, 2013
    • The Uniprix pharmacy in Fleurimont will be moving into a new building on King Est street. Construction is expected to begin on August 5, 2013. This project will create 10 new jobs.
    • La Baie's Les Bergeries du Fjord is closing operations because of financial difficulties
  • Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2013

    • Pratt & Whitney is investing $80M towards the modernization of its Longueuil plant in order to robotize its assembly lines, forcing 150 employees into retirement
    • Québec City-based Gentec has just entered into a strategic partnership with Sara-Tec. Gentec is a fast-growing business and currently looking for engineers and technicians specializing in electronics.
    • The Sainte-Catherine-based company, Le Groupe DPS (sandblasting and cold galvanizing), is investing $4.5M to expand its facilities. A dozen new jobs will be added to the fifteen or so that currently exist.
    • A new self-serve Pétro-T station with convenience store is set to open at the corner of St-Pierre and Rocheleau streets in Drummondville. Its opening will create a dozen or so jobs.
    • A Tim Hortons at the corner of St-Pierre and Rocheleau streets in Drummondville is set to open the week of August 26. Between 30 and 40 people will be hired to ensure 24-hour service.
    • Air Canada Jazz is cutting eight positions from its ramp personnel in Rouyn-Noranda
    • Rivière-du-Loup's Lepage Millwork is expanding and increasing its door and window production surface area by 50%. The business plans to create between 25 and 40 jobs as of 2014.
    • The construction of the 3 buildings comprising the Tours de la Cité in Mirabel has begun. It is a $25M investment, featuring office space for professionals in the law, health, technology and service sectors.
    • Expansion of the family medicine clinic in L'Assomption is underway. The clinic's surface area will double and six health professionals will join the team.
    • Coaticook business Couillard Construction has been awarded a number of contracts in recent months and needs personnel to ensure smooth operation of the 10 planned job sites
    • The Sorel-Tracy-based company, Alston, will be manufacturing turbines and alternators for the new La Romaine 3 power station. This contract is valued at $90M.
    • Sherbrooke OEM was awarded a $15M contract to manufacture and install equipment required at the Bury waste sorting plant. It is currently looking to hire 10 people for its temporary sorting plant.
    • Grocer Metro will be building a Super C store in the Gaspé in early 2014
  • Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2013

    • Casino de Montréal has announced the construction of a new multi-purpose performance hall valued at an estimated $25M. Opening is slated for summer 2015 if all goes well.
    • Sun Media, a subsidiary of Québecor, is slashing 360 jobs and closing down 11 newspapers across the country. L'Action régionale from Saint-Basile-le-Grand and Le magazine de Saint-Lambert in the Montérégie area are among the closures.
    • Le Massif de Charlevoix is restructuring its operations. A dozen positions (predominantly in management) will be cut
    • At the White Birch Paper facility in Québec City, the paper board machine, which provides work for sixty-some workers, has undergone several temporary shutdowns over the past several months. The next one will occur between July 26 and August 5, 2013.
    • The opening of a new pastry shop in Maniwaki has created one job
    • A restructuring of operations at Loews Le Concorde hotel in Québec City may lead to more than a hundred layoffs this fall
    • Investments have been made at semi-trailer manufacturer Deloupe of Saint-Évariste-de-Forsyth in the Beauce region. These investments should create a dozen new jobs.
    • A Brûlerie St-Denis location will open in Repentigny in September. Approximately 20 jobs will be created as a result.
    • The ever-growing business, I-Nov Concept, is building a larger plant in Terrebonne. A dozen or so employees of the food product distributor will soon be moving into the new 26,000+- sq.-ft. building.
    • Bombardier will be investing nearly $100M to expand its Mirabel facilities. As the expansion is needed to accommodate the production of C-Series aircraft, this investment will create 1,000 jobs in the Laurentians.
    • U.S. railroad business Maine, Montreal and Atlantic Railway (MMA) has laid off 19 employees in Farnham
    • Nearly $4M will be invested to re-locate the Florence-Fourcaudot dance school in the Saguenay (still within Chicoutimi)
    • New Look Eyewear will expand its lens laboratory as well as its distribution centre in Montréal
    • Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane is cutting 250 jobs at its Sorel-Tracy plant
    • Rôtisserie Duhamel will be opening its third restaurant in Granby this upcoming October
    • Construction of a new furniture store, Setlakwe, is set to begin this upcoming September on Granby's main street
    • Popeye's, a specialist in the sale of food supplements, is opening a store in Sherbrooke. Four jobs will be created.
    • The Grand-Mère karting circuit closed its doors on July 14. A dozen people are losing their job.
    • QMX Gold Corporation is indeterminately suspending its development operations at Lac Herbin Mine, near Val-d'Or. The number of employees, about a hundred, will decline until late 2014.
    • A drop in gold prices is forcing Maudore Minerals to suspend development of Matagami's Vezza Mine, which will lead to a reduction of about 40% of the business' workforce
    • Mont-Joli's Hôtel de la Gare and Auberge Jacques-Cartier are temporarily closing their doors in July, leaving about 30 people jobless
    • The Quincaillerie du bricoleur in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce will be closing its doors for an undisclosed reason on September 30, 2013. Twenty-some people will be left jobless.
    • Quebec's largest greenhouse business, Les Serres du St-Laurent, producer of the Savoura tomato, is investing $909,000 into its two Danville locations in order to remain competitive in a fast-growing sector
    • About $3M will be invested in Girardville to install two cell phone towers
    • Desjardins is investing $3M to build a new service centre in Joliette. Once the work is completed, more than 80 people will work there.
    • Couvre-Planchers Bédard has closed its doors after more than 50 years in the business. The Saint-Jérôme-based business had about 50 employees when it closed.
    • A karting site will be built in Saint-Célestin for $1.2M
    • The Tim Horton's shop on 665 boulevard Laflèche in Baie-Comeau is investing just over $1M in expansion and renovation costs
    • The Ontario pizzeria chain, Pizza Pizza, has announced the opening of six restaurants in the greater Montréal area. The first has been open since June in Verdun, while four others are slated to open on the island with another in Laval.
  • Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2013

    • The new Provigo, Le Marché, located in Sherbrooke's Cité du Parc, is seeking to hire some 25 new part-time employees
    • Groupe Aquilini, a real estate developer, is purchasing the Îlot voyageur in Montréal and will spend $150 M to create over 700 dwelling units
    • The Bibliothèque du Boisé library was launched in Montréal. Located in the Saint-Laurent area, the facility was constructed at a cost of $24M and is a green building.
    • U.S. retailer Target is gradually establishing a presence in Québec. By the end of 2013, 25 stores will be open in Québec and some 4000 people will have been hired.
    • GE Aviation is investing $61.4M in a research and development centre for robotics, automation and instrumentation, leading to the creation of 60 jobs in Bromont
    • The retail business Target is looking for over 100 employees for this fall's opening of a store in the former Zellers space at Carrefour de l'Estrie in Sherbrooke
    • The Delta Hotel in downtown Montréal will be transformed into a student residence by the fall of 2014. Two international companies, Beaumont Partners and Campus Crest, purchased the 711-room building for $60M.
    • Sporting goods retailer Homie¿s is looking for seven new employees for its stores in Chicoutimi and Jonquière
    • The online social networking business Facebook is opening an office in Montréal. This is the firm's third office in Canada after Toronto and Vancouver.
    • Waste Management laid off some 30 employees from its Sainte-Sophie facility because of a restructuring of its operations resulting from the purchase of RCI Environnement
    • Construction of the new Des Moulins CHSLD (nursing home) started recently and will require a $20M investment in Terrebonne. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014, and 150 new jobs will be created.
    • Construction of the new 100-bed CHSLD (nursing home) in the east end of Repentigny has just started. This new $20M facility will open in the summer of 2014.
    • La Garderie chez Tantine, a new private day care facility with 80 spaces, will open in Saint-Paul in September 2013. This $1.3M project will create 14 new jobs.
    • The Centre de réalisation d'outils innovateurs (C.R.O.I.) in Chicoutimi and Drummondville, an operation specializing in the design of seating and workstations for the transport sector, laid off 75 employees after it went bankrupt in June
    • Electricity producer Innoventé will open a new plant in Matane in the summer of 2015 at a cost of $20M. Roughly a hundred people will need to be hired to work on the construction and some forty jobs will be created once the facility opens.
    • The federal and Québec governments will invest over $1.5M this year to renovate 80 social housing units in Rimouski
    • A sixth ecocentre will open in Trois-Rivières in the fall of 2013 at a cost of $1.2M
    • Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda receives a grant of close to $3M from the provincial government to renovate its premises and modernize its facilities
    • $6M investment; Parc Safari opens new facilities
    • Sani-Éco, a Granby company, lands a $34.3M contract
    • The City of Gatineau is investing $16M in its parks and green spaces
  • Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2013

    • Graymont of Joliette has laid off nearly 25 employees for an indefinite period due to the difficult economic climate
    • The Government of Québec announced the construction of a 122-bed youth centre at a cost of $60M in Saint-Jérôme. The new centre is expected to open by 2016 and will replace the existing Saint-Jérôme, Sainte-Sophie and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts centres.
    • The Outardes sawmill in Baie-Comeau is temporarily laying off about 20 workers in an effort to reduce its wood inventory
    • A new resource for seniors with cognitive deficiencies will be built in Victoriaville at a cost of $2M. It will be called the Résidence du Verger.
    • Following an investment of $11M, the Bagotville shelter was inaugurated
    • The Delta Centre Ville Hotel in Montréal will be closing permanently on October 31, 2013 affecting the establishment's close to 350 workers
    • About ten jobs will be lost when the Centre Hi-Fi on Northrop-Frye Street in Sherbrooke closes its doors on August 4
    • The Sauvé Park pool in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield will be renovated at a cost of $5.9M
    • Renovations to the imaging department of Hôpital Pierre-Boucher in Longueuil began in June 2013. The $8M project should be completed in 18 months.
    • A Giant Tiger store will be opening in Coaticook in the fall, creating 28 jobs.
    • A new Chinese restaurant in the American P.F. Chang's chain opened in Laval in June, creating 130 new jobs
    • Rivière-du-Loup will see an investment of close to $4M in the Domaine de Louvois seniors residence, creating some 20 jobs
    • On June 29, the Gor Gin Restaurant opened in Matane, creating about 15 jobs
    • Last spring, Hydro-Québec transferred its network operations training centre to Trois-Rivières, ultimately creating about 10 jobs
    • On June 28, Tembec announced that it will continue modernizing its Temiscaming plant. This $355M project will consolidate close to 1,000 jobs.
    • Twelve new units for seniors with slight loss of independence will be added to the Au c¿ur des Vergers residence in Saint-Joseph-du-Lac at a cost of $2.5M, bringing the number of units available at the facility to 24
    • KPM, a cement products manufacturer, recently opened its new plant in Boisbriand, replacing the outdated plant in Sainte-Thérèse. The new plant costs $16M to build and creates six jobs.
    • The addition of an ambulance and 168 service hours per week will result in the hiring of additional personnel
    • Construction of the new $20M commercial lease complex in Laval, Cité Urbaine, is continuing. The project consists of three buildings, one of which will accommodate health services such as medical and dental clinics and a pharmacy.
    • Roland Berger, a German strategic consulting firm, announced the opening of its first Canadian office. The firm specializes in the aeronautics, metals and energy fields and expects to hire about 20 people in Montréal.
    • Alstom has started building bogies for the new Montréal metro cars, a contract valued at $1.2B, at its new plant in Sorel-Tracy
    • The City of Gatineau will spent $97M on infrastructure work by the end of the year
    • Construction on a new $8M school in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau should begin shortly, with completion in time for school start-up in 2014
  • Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2013

    • Following an investment of $1.5M, the interpetation centre on the history of the fur trade, le Vieux-Poste de Sept-Îles, has been revitalized and 10 jobs were created
    • A dry construction material sorting centre has been opened at a cost of $4.5M and has created 10 jobs in Pontiac
    • Habitations Trigone is investing $30M in the construction of Les condos Notre-Dame, a real estate project in Beloeil
    • Durocher College in Saint-Lambert has unveiled its plans to build a private sports complex at an estimated cost of $7M. Construiction will begin in spring 2014 with completion in time for school opening in September 2015.
    • La Maison des étudiants, a new multi-purpose building, will be built in Montréal for the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) at a cost of $36.4M. It is expected to open in 2015.
    • An investment of close to $4M will be needed for renovations to Les Galeries d'Aylmer in Gatineau
    • Repairs to Jacques Cartier street in Gatineau will begin soon at a cost of $42M
    • The Dessau engineering and construction firm announced approximately 80 layoffs in the Greater Montréal Area
    • Intersand, a manufacturer of cat litter, is acquiring a manufacturing complex in Boucherville and creating more than 50 jobs
    • Métal Pierreville of Saint-François-du-Lac is investing $1.2M to set up operations in the Pierreville industrial park. This move should see 2 to 4 jobs created.
    • Construction of a new prison will begin in Amos in spring 2014 at a cost of $126M, creating more than 250 jobs during construction
    • Transfobec Mauricie announced the opening of a mulch plant in Haut Saint-Mauricie by spring 2014. The investment will be $2M and up to 20 jobs may be created over the next 3 years.
    • Budget cuts have forced the Opitciwan municipal police force to reduce its strength from 28 to 14 officers
    • As a result of the construction strike, some 40 employees of Bois BSL have been laid off at the plants in Mont-Joli and Amqui
    • On June 26, TransAlta opened its new wind farm in New Richmond at a cost of $210M. This investment saw 300 jobs created at the peak of construction.
    • The reopening of Chantier Davie (Lévis) is going well. In the coming days, the company will be posting job openings in newpapers and on specialized websites.
    • Next spring will see an investment of $40M for the second phase of the Alma hospital expansion
    • A new sterilization unit will be built at the Chicoutimi hospital at a cost of $10M
    • Chalets Lanaudière of Rawdon, a housing company, will be investing up to $3.8M to build new rental units at Camp Mariste. The project will result in 23 chalets being available for rent.
    • Les Résidences Funéraires Goyer is investing $9M in construction of a new larger funeral home in Sainte-Thérèse, creating new jobs. The new facility is expected to open in December 2013.
  • Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2013

    • New leisure equipment valued at $4 million in Gatineau
    • Kronos Canada is closing its Varennes factory after employees rejected a final offer
    • Socomec industriel of Sorel-Tracy won two contracts valued at $9M in British Columbia, created four new jobs, and consolidated three positions
    • The Caisse Desjardins of Drummondville is investing $4.5M to expand its Boulevard services centre, which will become its head offices
    • Deshaies & Raymond of Drummondville, general contractors, are investing $800,000 to build a new building which will be their headquarters
    • Aero Hardware Equipment (AHE), a French company that specializes in distributing small parts and hardware for the aerospace industry, opened an office in Montréal. About twenty positions will be created over the next three years
    • Sogeclair, a French firm specializing in simulations and virtual reality for the engineering sector, will open a branch in Montréal. The company expects to hire around fifty people in the next three years.
    • Québec City could eliminate 250 positions over the next five years
    • The municipality of Aguanish is opening its first home for older adults with some loss of independence. The Oasis du Bel Âge is an investment of $3.3M.
    • A cooperative seniors home, Au jardin des sages, will be built in Saint-François-Xavier-de-Brompton with an investment of $3M
    • Usinove of Saint-François-Xavier-de-Brompton , a company that produces prefabricated foundations in insultated sheeting that is unique in the world, plans to hire approximately twenty workers in the near future
    • The three big papermakers in Estrie, Cascades of East Angus, Domtar of Windsor, and Kruger of Sherbrooke, will work together to attract labour. There are at least 350 positions to be filled over the next five years.
    • In spite of market uncertainty, the mining company Cliffs Natural Resources invested $50M in its Sept-Îles facilities
    • Dolbeau Oxygène, a company that manufactures customized equipment for various industries, invested $1.6M in the expansion of its Dolbeau-Mistassini facilities. The company intends to hire soon.
    • To highlight its 200th birthday in 2015, the City of Drummondville will invest $3.3M to restore Woodyatt park
    • Developers Le Groupe Cholette and Armco Immobilier have announced a new residential project worth an estimated $275M in the LaSalle borough. This project, named EQ8, will begin this fall and finish near the end of 2015.
    • The axe has fallen on Brookfield in Gatineau as thirty people were laid off
    • Rona Hardware will streamline its workforce by cutting 200 positions between now and 2014
    • Canada Post will close its corporate post office in Gatineau
    • Cologix, an American company specializing in shared hosting and network interconnectedness services, is opening a new data centre in downtown Montréal at a cost of $20M. The centre is expected to open near the end of 2013.
    • The Témiscamingue health care and social services centre urgently needs 10 doctors
    • The Centre d'Occasion le Prix du Gros opened in Trois-Rivières and approximately 15 people found employment at this used car dealership
    • Following $30M in investments, the Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata will open on June 21 in Saint-Michel-du-Squatec and will create 45 direct jobs
    • In Rimouski, Bétonnière du golfe had to lay off 10 of its 15 employees due to the construction strike
    • Groupe Lacroix, the packaging manufacturing company, opened its new Saint-Placide factory. The $24M investment led to the creation of 65 new jobs.
    • Collège Boisbriand, a private secondary school, invested $2M to expand its building to a capacity of 400 students
    • The French fuselage manufacturer Aerolia has announced that its factory at the Mirabel airport will open in January 2014 and will create 150 jobs. The Montréal airport will invest $9.5M to construct the building that will house Aerolia.
    • Kiamika regional park was recently opened in the Rivière-Rouge area. This new park led to the creation of six new jobs and an investment of $3.5M is expected over the five coming years.
    • Fruits & Passion's factory, which produces home and body care products, has closed, resulting in the layoff of 200 people in Candiac
    • Approximately 60 workers at Les Ailments Relais Fraise in Québec City will lose their job between now and August 9. The parent company, Groupe Martel, decided to transfer food production operations from Québec City to Montréal.
    • Circuit Ford Lincoln car dealership of Montréal-Nord will reopen after expanding its facilities. Ten jobs have been created.
    • Papiers couchés Atlantic of Windsor, which specializes in manufacturing various types of wrapping paper, invested more than $1.5M to buy equipment. Six new jobs were added to the fifty positions that already exist.
    • In order to maintain its competitive edge on international markets in the automotive industry, Verbom de Valcourt invested nearly $925,000 in leading-edge equipment.
    • Due to an investment of $50M, Enerkem, a company that specializes in green technology and mainly in biofuels, should create approximately 390 direct and indirect jobs in Québec between now and 2015
  • Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2013

    • The Audi car dealership in Sherbrooke is investing $5M to build a new building. This investment will create six new jobs.
    • The City of Bécancour is investing more than $1.5M to replace the ozonization system in its drinking water treatment plant
    • ArcelorMittal, which owns an iron ore extraction complex in Fermont, is continuing to expand. Some 725 jobs will be added to the existing 1,000 over the next 30 years.
    • Groupe Quorum, a real estate developer, announced construction of some 50 condominiums in two buildings in Verdun. The project will be completed in fall 2014.
    • Construction is under way on Loft Angus, a 60-unit residential project in Rosemont Petite-Patrie. The housing complex is expected to open in spring 2014.
    • Transports Québec will be spending $26.5M in the Montréal metropolitan area in summer 2013 to add reserved lanes and new park-and-ride spaces
    • The health and social services institutions in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean will be looking to hire over 3,550 people over the next three years
    • Lafarge Cement in Saint-Constant will be laying off about 60 workers on July 8, 2013 as a result of the downturn in the construction industry
    • A park-and-ride lot estimated at between $20 and $30M will be built in Sainte-Julie. Work will begin in 2014 with completion in 2016.
    • A data storage centre, estimated at close to $60M, will be built in Québec City in the coming months, creating some 30 jobs in the coming years
    • Target stores are currently recruiting in anticipation of their store openings in the Québec City area. The Target recruiting team will be meeting with applicants until June 20.
    • Gatineau's Théâtre de l'Île will be renovated at a cost of $1.5M, with the work being spread over one and a half years
    • The Grégoire and Desjardins funeral home recently opened its new $1.5M crematorium
    • Ivanhoe Cambridge, a real estate developer, plans to invest $20M to renovate the Rockhill housing complex in Montréal
    • A new Mercedez-Benz dealership recently opened in Gatineau, creating some 40 jobs
    • Over $10M will be invested to build deluxe condominiums and condo hotels in Saint-Gédéon
    • Gatineau-based Kaboom Communications has been awarded a $95,000 contract by the City of Gatineau to develop the communications plan for its future multiplex centre
    • BMR Dionne & Fils renovation centre is investing in a $7M expansion in Drummondville. About 10 new jobs will be added to the 45 existing positions.
    • A&W is opening a new restaurant in Saint-Hyacinthe and creating 35 jobs
    • The Amaris Group, a European technology and management consulting firm, is opening a subsidiary in Montréal, creating some 50 jobs over the next 3 years
    • Following an investment of $1M, the Murdochville copper interpretation centre will be reopening on June 17, possibly creating about a dozen seasonal jobs
    • During the past year, 9 cooperatives have been created as a result of $11.7M in investments, which has created 240 jobs in the Lower St. Lawrence and North Shore regions
    • Antirouille Métropolitain officially opened its new head office in Trois-Rivières, built at a cost of $4.3M
    • To balance its 2013-2014 budget, the Commission scolaire du Chemin-du-Roy in Trois-Rivières will be eliminating at least 18 positions
    • Construction Norascon of Amos has won a $1.7M contract to rebuild the Chemin Senator intersection in Rouyn-Noranda
    • Mapei, whose employees have been on strike since May 2012, has closed two divisions, laying off almost 50 people. At the beginning of the strike, the Laval-based company employed 112 workers. Only 25 employees remain on strike.
    • The Government of Québec announced an investment of $35M in the Laval region school system. This project will see the construction of two schools, the acquisition of one and the expansion of another. In total, 85 new classrooms will be added.
    • The Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles will invest over $19M in the construction of two elementary schools with 21 classrooms in the Saint-Joseph-du-Lac and Mirabel areas. The schools are scheduled to open in September 2015.
    • The Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord will be investing almost $29M to build two elementary schools in the Saint-Jérôme and Sainte-Sophie areas and to expand two schools in Saint-Jérôme and Mirabel. The schools are scheduled to open in September 2015.
    • The Commission scolaire des Laurentides announced an investment of almost $3M to expand the Amherst school in order to add four classrooms
    • The axe has fallen at the IBM plant in Bromont, which had to lay off a number of temporary employees
    • The Government of Québec is investing $6.7M in the Altasciences pharmaceutical company in Laval to fund the acquisition of Vince & Associates Clinical Research The investment will result in the creation of 75 new jobs in the years ahead.
    • Les Enceintes acoustiques Unisson of Saint-Roch-de-L'Achigan will be investing over $1.6M to build a large mobile outdoor stage able to withstand winds up to 120 km/hr. This project will create 15 new jobs.
    • Aerolia, a French company specializing in the manufacture of aeronautical structures, will open a plant in Montréal. The company expects to invest over $75M and create 150 jobs by 2018.
  • Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2013

    • Elementary school École Sainte-Cécile, located in the Jonquière borough of Saguenay, will expand its gymnasium at a cost of $1.65M
    • Shopping centre, Place Longueuil, will be renovated for approximately $33.3M
    • Target will invest $10M to set up shop in Sherbrooke's Carrefour de l'Estrie in a space previously occupied by Zellers
    • A residential tower estimated at $60M will be erected in Griffintown. Devimco Immobilier will build 257 dwelling units by the beginning of 2015.
    • Fifteen-some workers have been laid off for a month-long period at Resolute Forest Products of Saint-Fulgence
    • The Seigneurie Le Victorin of Victoriaville, a retirement home, is proceeding with a new expansion estimated at $3.6M
    • The nursing staff of CHUS will have access to a new tool to perfect their training in traumatology in an emergency room. The software is estimated to close to $1M.
    • Solmax has invested $15M in an expansion project that will allow it to create 13 jobs in Varennes
    • French animation studio Digital District has announced the opening of its head office as well as that of a 3D production studio in Montreal, leading to the creation of 150 jobs
    • Ericsson will build new facilities estimated at $1.2B in Vaudreuil-Dorion
    • Construction of Résident Vallée de la Rouge in Huberdeau, an establishment for seniors faced with a loss of independence, has begun recently. This residence of more than $5M will replace the current building and will open by spring 2014.
    • A $110.5M investment to build and expand elementary and secondary schools in Montréal in the next couple of years has been announced by the provincial government
    • Groupe TVA, a broadcasting and television company, has announced the termination of 90 positions in Montréal following a rationalization scheme that aims to reduce its expenses
    • Real estate promoters Groupe HYDE and Développement SCD have announced the TOM condominium tower project in downtown Montréal. This 40-floor project plans construction of 287 apartments, as well as a business centre.
    • Company Supermétal in Lévis will cease its activities starting August 23rd for a indeterminate period
    • Work on the biggest traffic circle of Gatineau estimated at $4.7M will begin soon
    • On May 31st, chair plant Rosaire St-Yves of Yamachiche was destroyed in a violent blaze and a dozen people lost their jobs
    • Recruiting record of 194 nurses and licensed practical nurses at CSSS of Trois-Rivières in the last year
    • Ciment McInnis will publish on its website the list of entrepreneurs that are hiring 600 workers during the construction of a cement factory in Port-Daniel-Gascons, which is scheduled to begin in the fall
    • Creation of 30 new jobs in the next few months following the expansion of the customer service support centre of Revenu Québec in Chandler
    • Coopérative jeunesse de services of Haute-Gaspésie is looking for students for summer jobs
    • Following $5M construction work, Lepage Millwork is expected to create 50 medium-term jobs in Rivière-du-Loup
    • Following a $700M investment, the Westwood mine was inaugurated on June 4th, which will manage 700 jobs for 19 years in Abitibi
    • Hydro-Québec has invested in power plant Robert-Bourassa, located in James Bay, and 150 workers will be added to its staff during summer
    • CVTech-ABB in Thetford Mines has just acquired Marine Medics. New positions will need to be filled: mechanics, machinists, plant workers, part clerks and order pickers and customer service representatives.
    • Atocas de l'Érable in Plessisville has built a $3M refrigeration warehouse for cranberries
    • Groupe Plein Air Terrebonne (GPAT) has opened its new establishment of Parc de la Rivière in Terrebonne after investing $1.8M in its construction. This project has led to the creation of nearly a dozen new jobs.
    • A new show complex, La Grosse Bertha, has just opened in Berthierville. This establishment houses a 140-seat room, a dairy bar and a recording studio.
    • A new Jean Coutu pharmacy has opened in Terrebonne. This establishment's construction has required a $1.35M investment and led to the creation of 30 new jobs.
    • Coffee roaster Van Houtte has announced a $50M investment to modernize its plant located in Montréal. This project will lead to the creation of more than 100 jobs.
  • Week of May 27 - May 31, 2013

    • The Bank of Montreal has officially opened a new branch in Terrebonne in the Lachenaie sector, following an investment of more than $1M to build it. This investment will create about a dozen jobs.
    • The construction of a 65-room hotel, the M-Hôtel Mirabel, will soon begin in Mirabel. An investment of $10M will be required to complete it and will allow for the creation of 65 new jobs. The hotel is expected to open by the end of 2013.
    • After an investment of $400,000, Dessercom, a company specializing in ambulance transportation, opened its station in Lyster
    • FEC Technologies, which specializes in the management of hazardous goods, has invested $1M to relocate to Magog. Nearly a dozen jobs were created, bringing the total number of jobs to approximately twenty.
    • Acrobate, a company specializing in the printing of textiles and promotional objects in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, has moved and created a few jobs
    • EQMBO-Entreprises, the collegial centre of technology transfer of Cégep de Victoriaville, which specializes in wood processing of finished products, has invested $1M in an industrial finishing research laboratory
    • Club Piscine Super Fitness Saguenay has expanded its business in the Chicoutimi borough with a $4.5M investment
    • Canada Post modernizes its facilities at its mail processing establishment located in the Saint-Laurent borough to increase its productivity. At a cost of $200M, work will be completed in December 2013.
    • Rio Tinto Fer et Titane of Havre-Saint-Pierre will temporarily lay off 330 people for a 7-week period by the end of the year
    • A new shelter for the CSSS of Haut-Saint-François will be built at a cost of $28M in East Angus
    • A brand new McDonald's will be built for more than $1M in Sherbrooke's Rock Forest borough. A hundred-some jobs will be created.
    • Produits alimentaires Viau, a firm specializing in food processing, announced an expansion project in Montréal estimated at $61M. This project will allow the creation of 105 jobs in the next 5 years and the retainment of 285 others.
    • After a $1.2M investment, the company Brio opens its first intelligent car wash in Magog
    • Following the explosion of the Neptune Technologies & Bioressources plant in Sherbrooke, which specializes in krill oil processing, the company has invested $30M to rebuild itself and expand
    • The provincial government has announced a $90M investment to create 1,150 affordable community housing apartments in Montréal in the next year
    • Ultramar of Saint-Lambert will shut down on June 1st, leading to the layoff of 5 workers
    • A new daycare, with a capacity to welcome 160 kids, will be built in Aylmer sector of Gatineau
    • Thirty-two affordable apartments, divided among 5 buildings, will be built in Gatineau
    • Jean Coutu has invested $190M in Varennes for the construction of a new distribution centre
    • Struggling with financial difficulties, restaurant chain Le Commensal has decided to shut down 3 of its 8 restaurants, namely the ones located in Québec, Boisbriand and Toronto. In Québec, 18 people have been laid off.
    • The construction of the new Carrefour St-Romuald should begin this fall. This project is estimated at $500M. Many store banners will set up shop, such as Costco, Toys 'R' Us, Bouclair and Latulippe.
    • Collège Ellis will invest $1.1M in the construction of a student residence in Drummondville
    • Ressource Intermédiaire de l'Amitié in Plessisville has invested $1.5M in the expansion of its residence dedicated to people faced with a loss of independence. Nearly a dozen new jobs will be created.
    • Educational daycare les Savants Lionceaux, which can welcome 80 children, will open its doors in Rawdon in the summer of 2013. The non-unionized, private establishment is currently seeking staff.
    • In the context of restructuring, restaurant chain Le Commensal has announced the shutdown of 3 of its 8 branches, which includes that of Boisbriand
    • RBC Bank has invested $10M for a new branch in Brossard's Dix30 neighbourhood
    • Target is looking for at least 150 employees for its new store in Rimouski. Renovation work at the future store, at a cost estimated between $10M and $12M, is ongoing at Carrefour Rimouski.
    • The Yuzu Sushi franchise will open its doors in July in Rivière-du-Loup and up to 10 jobs will be created
    • Seventy jobs will be progressively terminated by September 13th at the Centre d'Interaction Proximédia, a call centre located in Rouyn-Noranda
    • The Ville de Shawinigan will restore some of its infrastructure at a cost of more than $16.3M
    • Elementary school École C will be built at a cost of $7.2M in Drummondville's Saint-Charles-de-Drummond sector
    • IGA Extra Yvon Haché has invested $10M to relocate and set up shop in Place du Saguenay, in the facility formerly occupied by Zellers. Fifty-some employees will be hired to reach the grand total of 175 workers.
    • Construction of a new Saint-Hubert Xpress branch at a cost of $4.5M has begun in Repentigny and should lead to the creation of 65 new jobs. Its opening is scheduled for September 2013.
  • Week of May 20 - May 24, 2013

    • The difficult global aluminum market has forced Alcoa in Baie-Comeau to eliminate 500 jobs over the next 24 months
    • The caterer Un Vent de Lyon in Granby will hire approximately 50 people between now and September 2013
    • The Centre d'excellence des drones is concentrating its activities in the Alma Airport with an investment of $4.3M
    • After an investment of $850,000, a Sonic service station with a convenience store opened in Bécancour and resulted in the creation of four jobs
    • Nearly $150M will be invested over the next two years in the development and maintenance of the road network in Centre-du-Québec
    • A new place of worship will be built in Bécancour at a cost of $1.5M
    • The Fromagerie Perron in Saint-Prime will invest $500,000 to open a new restaurant and move its sales counter
    • Due to the demographic explosion in the Laurentides, the ministère de l'Éducation du Québec has announced an investment of nearly $15M to enlarge and renovate the facilities of the CEGEP de St-Jérôme and increase its capacity
    • The CEGEP de St-Jérôme recently opened the Neurones et papilles restaurant, part of the new Gestion d'un établissement de restauration program that will welcome about thirty students after an investment of more than $2.4M
    • The Lac Carling resort in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge has announced its closure, causing more than 80 people to lose their jobs
    • The Government of Québec has announced investments of over $59M in education in Lanaudière to build three new schools in Terrebonne, Repentigny and Saint-Thomas, and to enlarge eight others
    • A new daycare centre with 47 places will open in St-Côme in Fall 2013, after construction worth nearly $1M starts in June 2013. This new facility will create 11 new jobs.
    • Two churches in Montréal will be converted into 156 units of public housing and a new location for the Maison de l'économie sociale. Projects are estimated at over $48M.
    • The Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montréal has announced the redevelopment of its dialysis clinic, a project worth an estimated $40M
    • The IGA Extra supermarket is relocating and expanding in Magog with an investment of $16M. Some 40 additional jobs will be added to the 140 that already exist.
    • Le Cube, a community organization located in Montréal that creates children's theatre, will move into a redeveloped church at a cost of $12.3M
    • The Métro Marquis supermarket in Repentigny has announced that construction will begin in June on a new branch in L'Assomption, requiring an investment of $25M. Approximately 100 positions will be created when it opens in 2014.
    • The municipality of Saint-Colomban has announced the construction of a community centre worth nearly $2M, which will be home to a dozen organizations. The building, which will have a meeting room and an outdoor space for shows, will open in October 2013.
    • Le Finlandais spa has announced the start of reconstruction work following a fire in April. The facility in Rosemère, which employs 150 people, will invest $2.5 million to enlarge its installations and will open in August 2013.
    • Valeant Canada, the pharmaceutical company, has opened its new head offices in Laval after an investment of $70M to modernize it and move its production activities from Montréal. Valeant employs 140 people.
    • In Trois-Rivières, the Résidences du manoir are investing $7M in a project intended to add 70 living units for independent retirees. The project will also create five jobs.
    • It will take four years and $12M to renovate the residences at the Cégep de Rimouski
    • Two training sessions for working in the mines will be offered by Formation Mirabel in Amos
    • Aliments Original will cease its operations in Québec and transfer entirely to Ontario. The company had three factories in Québec, two in Québec City and one in Châteauguay. In Québec City, 120 jobs will be lost and a further 30 lost in Châteauguay.
    • The provincial government has announced an investment of $63.1M to rebuild and expand the Wilder building in Montréal's theatre district. Several cultural organizations related to dance creation will be located there.
  • Week of May 13 - May 17, 2013

    • A residential construction project evaluated at $100 M in Vieux-Longueuil
    • After investing $8.5M in the reconstruction of its building, which burned, groupe Anderson of Chesterville, a manufacturer of agricultural and forestry equipment, has moved into its new facilities. 110 jobs have been consolidated.
    • More than $8.5M has been invested in a new drinking water filtration factory in Waterville
    • The municipal garage in the Jonquière borough of Saguenay will be expanded with an investment of $4.75M
    • Nearly $1M will be invested in building a minigolf and dairy bar on the grounds of the Marché public des Bois-Francs in Victoriaville. A dozen jobs will be created in time for the opening in April 2014.
    • École de Technologie Supérieure and McGill University announced the official launch of Quartier de l'innovation in Montréal. Investments of $6B over ten years are expected
    • With an investment of $5M, the first phase of the VV condos (vue et vertige) is underway on Boulevard Lionel-Groulx in Sherbrooke and will be completed in the fall
    • IKEA Montréal has invested over $80M to increase the floor area of its store between now and the end of June. The store will be the largest IKEA in North America.
    • $4.5M will be invested in the Hôtel-Dieu d'Arthabaska in Victoriaville to expand the oncology clinic and create a pediatrics wing. Work will begin in Spring 2014 to end in the fall of the same year.
    • The fast food chain A&W has started work on its new location in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies. This new establishment will require an investment of over $2M and will create 40 new jobs when it opens in September 2013.
    • Construction of a new primary school with 14 classes in Saint-Paul will start in the fall. Over $7M will be invested and it is expected to open in September 2014.
    • The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is going through a second wave of cuts since the spring. More than sixty positions will be eliminated following an optimization project intended to reduce expenses.
    • The Coopérative funéraire de la Rive-Sud de Montréal has announced that construction work on its new Laval funeral home, a project estimated at $3.1M, will start in June 2013. It is scheduled to open at the end of October 2013.
    • Work on the new Shriners Hospital for Children in Montréal is progressing well. Nearly $130M in private funds have been invested in order for the establishment to open in Fall 2015.
    • Québec City will invest at least $2.4M in a virtual safe box pilot project developed by the Almerys society. This group has promised an investment of $15M in the project and will hire approximately forty people in Quebec.
    • The women's undergarment retailer La Senza will close its Dorval distribution centre in September 2013. Approximately 70 positions will be eliminated when the company delocalizes its operations to the central United States.
    • FACC Solutions Canada, Inc., a company specializing in the development and production of aircraft interiors, plans to hire a dozen engineers and project leaders in Saint-Eustace. The company currently has 34 employees.
    • The Tricentris sorting centre started construction on a factory in Lachute that will micronize recycled glass. The factory, a $10 million project, will open in October 2013 and will create a dozen jobs.
    • Galderna, a company that manufactures dermatological products and is located in Baie-d'Urfé, has invested $53M to modernize its factory to increase its production capacity. The company plans to hire staff following this investment.
    • Abitibi-Témiscamingue is seeking 25 nurse practitioners specializing in front-line care
    • Forage Major international in Rouyn-Noranda has cut 12 jobs
    • Following an investment of $159M, Xstrata Nickel has announced the opening of the Bracemac-Macleod mine in Matagami, creating 260 jobs
    • Ressources Strateco eliminated approximately 100 jobs in Nord-du-Québec
    • Modernization work at the Côte-de-Gaspé (Pavillon de l'Hôtel-Dieu) health and social services centre, evaluated at $14M, will allow for the creation of dozens of jobs in Gaspé
    • Along with Innergex, the Mi'kmaq population of Gaspésie will invest $300M to create a wind park at Escuminac, which should create 300 jobs at the peak of construction
    • The government of Québec is sponsoring 800 megawatts for new wind projects, which should create approximately 100 new jobs in Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie
    • WEC Tours Québec is seeking 80 coordinators and technicians to set up service and maintain wind turbines
    • As part of the 2013 federal Summer Work/Student Exchange program, 164 jobs will be offered in the Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques riding
    • Following cutbacks at the Rimouski-Neigette health and social services centre, 30 positions will be cut and 12 vacant positions will not be filled
    • The Trifluvien veterinary hospital will open on May 21 in Trois-Rivières, creating at least eight jobs
    • The Sûreté du Québec recently inaugurated its new police station in the Antoine-Labelle regional county municipality in Mont-Laurier after having invested $5.3M. This establishment relies on a staff of 60 people, including 53 police officers.
    • Construction of two new businesses in Saint-Constant
    • The Texel company has invested $16M in its Ste-Marie factory. The investment will serve to expand the factory and buy equipment. The company also plans to create 25-30 jobs over the coming years.
    • Sanofi Canada, the pharmaceutical company, has recently opened its new Canadian head office in Laval
  • Week of May 06 - May 10, 2013

    • Énergie Cardio relocates in Drummondville by investing $500,000 and creates 4 new jobs
    • Hardware store Canac has invested $5M to open a second branch in Sherbrooke in mid-August. In addition to thirty-some full-time ongoing positions, 45 part-time positions are offered.
    • The Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM) will build a new pavilion that will be inaugurated in 2017. This project will require an investment estimated at more than $100M.
    • Thanks to a $2.73M investment, elementary school Jardin-des-Lacs in Saint-Denis-de-Brompton will expand on time for the 2014 back-to-school semester
    • Thanks to a $17.3M investment, two new elementary schools will be built for the 2015 back-to-school semester in Sherbrooke, in the boroughs of Rock Forest and Saint-Élie-d'Orford
    • Inauguration of the new aquatic complex of l'Université de Sherbrooke built at a cost of $16.5M
    • With a $220M investment, the new deep-water quay of the Port de Sept-Îles in Pointe-Nord is the biggest maritime dockyard in Canada
    • Hydro Culture invests $2M in Beloeil and creates 15 new jobs
    • Buropro buys Papeterie Expert in Saint-Hyacinthe and creates 25 jobs
    • Boréalis in Magog, which specializes in information technology, has relocated after a $2.5M investment. Construction of a new building on the same grounds is envisioned given that, in the next 5 years, 100 new employees will be hired.
    • Les Aciers Orford in Sherbrooke, which specializes in the manufacturing and installation of steel, reinforcement and welded wire, will invest $4M to expand. Thirty-some jobs will need to be filled by this summer.
    • The provincial government will invest $1.3B into road infrastructures for the Montréal region in the next couple of years; more than 80 construction sites will be located on the island.
    • Camital in Warwick, which has been until now a distributor, will invest more than $750,000 to become a sheet metal manufacturer
    • Tourtist attraction Le Jardin des Glaciers of Baie-Comeau will shut down. Four permanent positions will be lost and forty-some seasonal workers will not be called back this summer.
    • A $78.5M investment for the construction of five new schools in the Montérégie region
    • The Ville de Lac-Mégantic has invested more than $1.3M to relocate its municipal library
    • The Ville de Québec has entrusted the management of its library network to the Institut canadien de Québec (ICQ). This change of organization will lead to the layoff of 50 temporary employees by July 1, 2013.
    • American Iron and Metal (AIM), a company that specializes in the recovery of construction materials, will invest more than $50M to build a plant in Montreal-Est. This project will lead to the creation of a hundred-some jobs.
    • Chip manufacturer Old Dutch announced the shutdown of its production plant in the Lachine borough. This shutdown will take place on September 27, 2013 and lead to the loss of 216 jobs.
    • Ville de Montréal announces a street kitchen pilot project, starting June 20, 2013. Thirty-some food trucks will sell their meals in 17 downtown areas.
    • The arrival of Target on the Plateau in Gatineau will lead to the creation of 150 to 200 jobs
    • Daycare service La Casa Tropical/Maison des Enfants was built in Saint-Denis-de-Brompton thanks to an $800,000 investment. Eight employees have been hired.
    • Daycare Ma petite école Einstein, located on boulevard Lebourgneuf in Québec, has doubled its reception capacity. Currently, the daycare counts 23 employees. The addition of more space will lead to the creation of more than 20 jobs.
    • Thirty-some workers will be affected by the temporary shutdown of the aluminum fluoride plant in July, located in Jonquière. Furthermore, nearly a dozen sub-contracting employees will be laid off during this period.
    • After an investment of close to $5M, the Ressource Intermédiaire Domaine-du-roy opens its doors in Saint-Félicien with more than 22 employees
    • Canadian Tire in Coaticook will shut down May 22nd. Twenty-some workers will lose their jobs.
    • 14 people laid off at Canadian Museum of Civilization
    • Espace Vie King Est, a new $2M building project, will launch in October in Sherbrooke at the corner of King Est and Curtis. The building will include retail space, offices and residential units.
    • Saguenay company Cegerco has obtained an $111M in contracts for the construction of a Romaine-1 hydroelectric power plant on the Côte-Nord and for rebuilding the cafeteria of the LG-2 complex in James Bay. The company plans to hire 250 people.
    • Gazon Savard in Saguenay has landed a contract of more than $14M to carry out the deforestation in Romaine-4
    • The Centre de santé et de services sociaux Les Eskers of Abitibi is lacking staff in many sectors
    • Usinage Filliatrault in Palmarolle plans to invest $600,000 in capital properties and adds 10 jobs
    • Pâtisserie Chevalier in Shawinigan-Sud ceased production May 3rd, and 74 employees have been laid off
    • Intersport opens a sports store in Trois-Rivières and creates 35 jobs
    • The sum of $90.5M will be invested into the Mauricie region's roads between 2013 and 2015, leading to the creation or retention of 692 jobs
    • Aesthetic, massage therapy and spa centre Talo Spa opened on April 23rd in Rimouski, leading to the creation of 10 jobs
    • In Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, the new Centre de formation professionnelle de la Haute-Gaspésie will hire 9 new teachers for its opening in September
    • The gouvernement du Québec will invest $868M in the next five years for the development of infrastructures in Northern Québec
    • Job Nord Québec helps job seekers and employers to meet their needs for the Nord-du-Québec region
    • Available for a month now, the new Job Nord Québec portal allows companies of the Côte-Nord, Saguenay Lac St-Jean, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions to recruit
    • Construction work on a new $20M industrial and commercial condo project, Icondo, has recently begun on the Lac Mirabel site in Mirabel. The first tenant companies will arrive in the summer of 2013.
    • The Target store chain will be undergoing a hiring period in the south of the Laurentians during the next few weeks in Blainville for its Boisbriand, Saint-Eustache and Saint-Jérôme locations, with the opening scheduled for fall 2013
    • In Trois-Rivières, the Gexel call centre is looking for 60 candidates
    • Since spring, the Groupe RCM of Yamachiche has laid off twenty-some people
    • Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank has announced the opening of a commercial banking centre located in Saint-Léonard
    • EDF Énergies Nouvelles will build a wind farm close to Murdochville, leading to the creation of 150 jobs during its construction
  • Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2013

    • The opening of an Apple store in the Quartier DIX30 in Brossard leads to the creation of 70 jobs
    • Klareco, a recycling plant in Longueuil, has ceased its activities, leading to the layoff of 75 employees
    • Les Planchers bois franc Wickman is investing $5.5M to ensure its competitiveness in a very competitive market while securing 120 jobs. Four new positions will be created.
    • With a $121.7M investment, the Centre femme-jeunesse-famille, a new wing of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Sherbrooke, will be built in Sherbrooke in 2015 and open in 2017
    • Nova Bus of Saint-François-du-Lac signs a $148M contract with Chicago's city transit company for the delivery of 300 buses at the beginning of 2014
    • The Boulangerie Saint-Méthode in Adstock is looking for twenty-some bakery operators and daytime labourers
    • Vaillancourt Portes & Fenêtres of Saint-Germain-de-Grantham has invested $1.5M to expand, which will lead to the hiring of new employees
    • Rotisserie restaurant St-Hubert in Victoriaville has invested $2.3M to expand and could thus create nearly a dozen jobs
    • Built at a cost of $1.9M, rehabilitation centre Kapatakan Gilles-Jourdain of Maliotenam, adapted for Innuses subject to judicial control, will proceed with the hiring of 11 employees. The opening is scheduled for July.
    • The Resolute Forest Products papermill in Gatineau resumes production; 125 workers return to work.
    • The Musée du fromage cheddar of Saint-Prime has invested close to $1M to offer its clientele an interactive and gustatory experience as of June 2014
    • The Manoir St-Castin, located in Lac-Beauport close to Québec, will shut down for an indeterminate period starting October 14. Thirty-some people are current employees.
    • Target is hiring in May in Longueuil and Brossard to fill close to 100 positions for its three new stores
    • The Target store chain is currently in a hiring period for its future establishment in the Joliette region with an opening scheduled for fall 2013
    • Construction of a new child psychiatry pavilion at the Centre hospitalier régional du Nord de Lanaudière in Saint-Charles-Borromée will begin in May. This constitutes a $4.5M investment. Its opening is scheduled for January 2014.
    • Ecotierra, a company that specializes in projects that offer carbone credits, has invested $800,000 to set up shop in Sherbroo