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, fourth quarter 2015

Canadian employers reported 353,000 job vacancies in the fourth quarter, and the job vacancy rate was 2.3%.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $150,000, and the provincial government is providing $10,000 to MacAusland¿s Woolen Mills Ltd. for the purchase of two modern textile weaving looms to increase production Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
Kerkhoff Construction plans on building a 117-unit condominium in downtown Kelowna. Construction of the building is slated to begin in September 2016. Construction Job Creation BC
Construction of a new patient care tower and parkade recently began at the Penticton Regional Hospital. The new tower will include expanded space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine program, and is slated to open in 2019. Construction Job Creation BC
The City of Vancouver completed the removal of train tracks on the West Side last week. Parts of the transportation corridor have already been transformed into a paved path for cycling and pedestrian use. Construction Job Creation BC
Stormy weather and summer hail has affected fruit growers in the Kamloops region. For example, some of the grapes at Harper's Trail winery were damaged by the recent storm. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event BC
The City of Vancouver's bike sharing service was launched on July 20, 2016. The program will allow members of the rental network to benefit from greater mobility within the city. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
A new virtual reality gaming studio recently opened in Kamloops Retail Trade Job Creation BC
According to a survey by Royal LePage Prime Real Estate, year-over-year housing prices in Winnipeg were up 2% in the second quarter of 2016. The report also forecasts that the aggregate home price will increase by 2.6% in this year, compared to 2015. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The federal and provincial governments are investing approximately $400,000 in ten farm-level research projects in Manitoba. The projects are a part of the Growing Forward 2 initiative, which aims to advance agricultural practices. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event MB
Businesses in Winnipeg's Exchange District are concerned about the effect on their bottom line of reduced parking due to ongoing construction. The area's city councillor is considering alternative solutions. N/A Other Type of Event MB
Winnipeg's Louise Bridge has been closed for traffic as it undergoes repairs. The maintenance work began on July 16, and will be completed by July 24. N/A Other Type of Event MB
Construction of a new library began in Winnipeg on July 14. The $4.7M Windsor Park Library is expected to be completed in 2017. Construction Job Creation MB
The Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg will be closed until late September. The facility will undergo repairs to make it ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Construction Job Creation MB
S&P Global Ratings downgraded Manitoba's credit ratings from double-A to double-A-minus. The decrease in rating has been attributed to the province's rising debt burden. N/A Other Type of Event MB
More than two dozen Macdonald Youth Crisis workers announced plans to go on strike starting August 1. The employees have been working without a contract for two years. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
The federal and provincial governments announced funding of $500,000 to expand production at Maple Leaf Food's Winnipeg facility. The funds will be used to purchase new equipment for the company's bacon production line. Manufacturing Job Creation MB
NewLeaf Travel is adding new non-stop flights from Winnipeg to Edmonton. The airline's first flights are scheduled to begin on July 25. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation MB
The Mosaic Company issued temporary lay-off notices to about 330 workers at its Colonsay potash mine on July 13. The company has suspended production from the mine for the remainder of 2016 due to low demand and market prices. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff SK
The Government of Saskatchewan announced plans to seal coat highways this construction season. Seal coating will be applied to nearly 800 km across the province, at a cost of $25M. Construction Job Creation SK
SaskPower plans on building and operating a new natural gas-fired power station in Swift Current. The 350 megawatt facility is slated for completion in October 2019. Utilities Job Creation SK
S&P Global Ratings downgraded Saskatchewan's credit rating from AAA to AA+. The decrease in rating has been attributed to low natural resource prices. N/A Other Type of Event SK
About 200 people from Red Earth Cree Nation were evacuated on July 15 due to rising water levels along the Carrot River N/A Other Type of Event SK
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that three more corporate partners are contributing funding for the new $278M Mosaic stadium. In total, seven companies are providing financial support for the project. N/A Other Type of Event SK
According to the Canadian Business Magazine, Saskatoon is the third best place in Canada to do business. The improved rankings are a result of the commodities price slump, which has resulted in lower operating costs in the city. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The City of Saskatoon approved the construction of a $2.8M retaining wall along Saskatchewan Crescent East. Construction on the 44-metre wooden wall is expected to start in August. Construction Job Creation SK

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