Job Market Trends and News


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

The following table offers significant events from past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force across Canada. It can prove to be a useful resource to complement your job search and career exploration.

You can explore news items across Canada on this page or refine your search to a specific news event type, sector or region.

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, third quarter 2015

There were 401,000 job vacancies in Canada in the third quarter and the job vacancy rate was 2.6%.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Summer jobs could be offered to 149 youth in the federal riding of Joliette thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program N/A Job Creation QC
Despite declining workplace injury rates in Saskatchewan, workplace fatality rates are staying flat, according to Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board. During the last year, there were 32 workplace-related fatalities in the province. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Saskatoon Public School Division is adding a Montessori option to the City Park School starting this fall. The school division is partnering with private school, Maria Montessori, to offer these preschool classes. Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
Phoenix Residential Society plans on running a Housing First pilot project in Regina. The project is being funded by the Homelessness Partnership Strategy and aims to reduce homelessness in the city. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
Aeropostale is closing all of its stores in Canada, including the location at Saskatoon's Midtown Plaza. The company has not provided details about the number of jobs affected. Retail Trade Layoff SK
According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan's year-over-year average weekly earnings remained flat in February. Average weekly earnings in the province were $993 in February, higher than the national average of $954. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Regina's municipal government is spending $86M on road and drainage construction projects in the city this year Construction Job Creation SK
Choose Life, a new healing centre, plans on opening its doors in Estevan in fall 2016. The centre is currently hiring contact staff and kitchen workers for its operations. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation SK
Saskatchewan's unemployment rate reached 6.3% in April, the highest it has been since April 1999 N/A Other Type of Event SK
Ink House and Supplement King, two small businesses, recently opened their doors in Saskatoon N/A Job Creation SK
According to Colliers International, Regina's industrial real estate market is feeling the impact of the economic slowdown. Demand for leasing and construction activity is declining in the city, while vacancy rates are rising. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event SK
According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, residential construction activity is slowing down in Saskatoon. In April, year-to-date housing starts totalled 604, down 13% from the same period in 2015. Construction Other Type of Event SK
According to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, about 44% of people living on reserve in Saskatchewan receive income assistance, which is significantly higher than the provincial average of about two percent Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
According to the latest provincial crop report, approximately 15% of this year's crops have been seeded in Saskatchewan. The warm and dry weather is helping farmers plant early this year. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
Regina's year-over-year housing starts were down 25% in April, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Single-detached starts declined by 24%, while multiple-unit starts dropped by 26% over the same period. Construction Other Type of Event SK
Sherwood Co-op is building a new facility in Regina, which includes a gas station, car wash, and convenience store. The $14.7M project is expected to be completed by 2017. Construction Job Creation SK
Export Development Canada expects Saskatchewan's export situation to improve by 2017. Weak economic conditions will cause overall exports to shrink by three percent this year before rising 8 percent in 2017 as the economy recovers. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Work is set to begin on Calico Gymnastics' new building in Humboldt. Construction is being funded by Conexus Credit Union and Discovery Group of Companies. Construction Job Creation SK
Revera Inc. is building a 216-suite retirement community in Regina. Approximately 300 positions will be created during the construction phase of the project, while another 150 jobs will be created once the community opens in 2018. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
Regina Open Door Society has been granted $40,000 by the Co-operators. Funds will be used to develop employability workshops that prepare clients for transition into the workforce. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event SK
Construction of a new C-Store is slated to begin in Canora in July. The store will employ around a dozen full and part-time staff once it opens. Construction Job Creation SK
Crown Royal employees are back at work at the companies Gimli facility, after being on strike since March 5 Manufacturing Other Type of Event MB
Plans to build a new housing development in Thompson have been approved. The construction project will include 12 units and could cost up to $5M. Construction Job Creation MB
The Thompson Multiculture Centre is offering French and English classes. The free weekly lessons are offered to newcomers and to long-time residents of Thompson. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The Global Market's Good Food Box initiative has been expanded after a successful trial run in Brandon. The program was created to provide access to quality food at lower prices. N/A Other Type of Event MB

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