Job Market Trends and News

Canada

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 2016

Canadian employers had 402,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, and the national job vacancy rate was 2.5%.

Both the overall number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate in the third quarter were little changed compared with the third quarter of 2015. However, there were notable changes among the provinces and territories

Compared with the second quarter of 2016, the number of job vacancies (seasonally unadjusted) increased by 2.4% in Canada, while the job vacancy rate was unchanged.

The job vacancy rate refers to the share of jobs that are unfilled out of all payroll jobs available. It represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand, that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Peregrine Diamonds is expanding its exploration program at the Chidliak Diamond Project near Iqaluit following a positive economic assessment of a potential open-pit plus underground mining development Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NU
The City of Iqaluit has granted a permit to the Government of Nunavut to build an addition to the city's existing liquor warehouse, as a first step to the territory's new beer and wine store Retail Trade Other Type of Event NU
Nunavut's Department of Education has contracted a policy analysis firm to review the Nunavut Teacher Education Program and to help map out a strategy to recruit more Inuit teachers for the territory's schools Educational Services Other Type of Event NU
The Government of the Northwest Territories opened a distance training facility in Yellowknife to train municipal councillors and staff across the region Educational Services Job Creation NT
Nighthawk Gold Corp. has started its 2017 exploration program at the Indin Lake Gold Property, north of Yellowknife Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NT
The Government of Canada awarded Seaspan of Vancouver a $230M contract to build two joint supply ships for the Royal Canadian Navy. Construction is expected to begin next year. Manufacturing Job Creation BC
The Government of BC awarded a $2.33M contract to Brocor Construction Ltd. to upgrade the intersection at Highway 97 and Montney Highway, north of Fort St. John. Work on the project is expected to begin in May, with completion in late September. Construction Job Creation BC
Saanich will host the Capitol Regional District's new $13.5M 9-1-1 dispatch and call centre. Construction of the facility is anticipated to begin this year and should be completed by early 2019. Construction Job Creation BC
Pacific NorthWest recently launched the Individual Training Grant Program to prepare North Coast residents for job opportunities in the liquid natural gas industry. The new program will be administered through the company's Prince Rupert and Port Edward offices. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC launched the Clean-Tech Innovation Strategy for the BC Forest Sector. The strategy, done in partnership with FPInnovations, aims to use innovation to drive commercialization and enhance the forest resource and product value. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event BC
The BC Arts Council is accepting applications for several project-assistance funding programs until April 3, 2017. The programs are part of the BC government's planned $60M funding for art and culture in 2017-18. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event BC
BC's largest wind facility, located north of Tumbler Ridge, is now fully operational. Meikle Wind will be managed by 16 operations and maintenance personnel, and will also utilize a variety of local subcontractors. Utilities Job Creation BC
The City of Kelowna will begin Phase 3 of the Active Transportation Corridor project by the end of April. The $2.5M project includes construction of dedicated and protected bike lanes, new sidewalks, streetlights, landscaping and utility improvements. Construction Job Creation BC
Wired4Success has received a $1.2M federal grant to fund its 17-week program for job seekers in the North Shore. Participants get four weeks of classroom time to learn basic employment skills, followed by placements with local employers. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. finalized a contract with Fraser Health to build the first phase of the Royal Columbian Hospital's three-phase redevelopment. Work on the $200M project will begin this year and should be completed by winter 2019. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of BC is providing $40M to improve internet capacity in rural and remote communities across the province. The funding is meant to improve career opportunities outside major cities and is part of the province's rural development strategy. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of BC is granting $13.7M in royalty deductions to support the construction of 13 clean infrastructure projects through BC's new Clean Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program. The projects will be located in northeastern BC. Construction Job Creation BC
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will be hiring two interns and two summer students, thanks to a two year partnership with Rio Tinto. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC operates the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre in Vanderhoof. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
The provincial government is spending $1.8M to purchase and renovate a transition house in Delta. Overall, the province's new budget will earmark approximately $34.6M for transition houses, safe houses and second-stage housing throughout BC. N/A Job Creation BC
FGL Sports opened Sport Chek Women, a concept store, in Calgary's Chinook Centre on March 2, 2017 Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Bethany Group is receiving nearly $1.2M for upgrades, repairs and maintenance at three of its seniors facilities in Camrose. The combined funding is from the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta has launched a new Energy Efficiency Alberta program that will provide in-home installations of practical, no-charge efficiency products. Installation will be conducted by qualified agents who schedule home visits. Construction Job Creation AB
Able Custom Sheet Metal opened in Camrose on March 2, 2017 Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The Government of Canada is providing over $430,000 to four community projects in Edmonton, to improve local amenities Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $3.77M contract for electrical system upgrades to Will Bros. Canada. The upgrades are expected take place starting in fall 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
Fort Edmonton Park is set to undergo a $160M expansion and upgrade thanks to funding from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The improvement work is expected to begin this fall and should be complete by spring 2020. Construction Job Creation AB
The YMM Home Show and Job Fair was held in Fort McMurray on March 3 and 4. About 150 vendors participated in the fair and close to 5,000 job seekers attended it. Construction Job Creation AB
Ensign Energy Services Inc. shuttered 26 rigs in 2016 as it adjusted operations to cope with low oil and gas prices. The company also shuffled its fleet and invested in new high-performing rigs last year. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are investing $816,300 to upgrade affordable housing units in the Red Deer area Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $1M to fund the Apprentice Training Award. The program helps apprentices by giving them $1,000 in grants towards their technical training. Educational Services Job Creation AB
The federal and provincial governments are providing up to $20M for the development of the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre. The facility will be constructed at the Shepard Energy Centre in Calgary. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
John Fluevog Shoes is opening in Edmonton, tentatively on March 25, 2017 Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Home Depot store in Lloydminster is looking to hire up to 46 associates as part of a corporate annual spring hiring event Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Baytex Energy has started its 2017 drilling program with 11 wells planned for the Peace River region and 52 wells for the Lloydminster area Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The Old Colony Seniors Lodge in Carmangay has attracted 11 residents. Six full-time and three part-time staff are employed at the facility. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees has ratified a two-year contract with Alberta Health Services that applies to about 13,000 licensed practical nurses and health-care aids. The new contract includes a retroactive wage increase. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
The Salvation Army is permanently closing its Thrift Store in Whitehorse effective April 12, 2017. The store has four full-time employees and eight part-time employees. Retail Trade Layoff YT
Hire a Refugee, a website to help connect refugees with meaningful employment, was recently launched in Winnipeg N/A Job Creation MB
Dynasty Bathrooms recently opened a second location in Winnipeg's south end. The company employs 18 people between the two locations. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
The Government of Canada is granting $30,000 to Emerson, a small town in southern Manitoba, to help manage the influx of asylum seekers Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
The Province of Manitoba is hiring more sheriff's officers to help decrease a growing reliance on overtime Public Administration Job Creation MB
The federal government is providing $15,000 for upgrades to the Gwen Sector Creative Living Centre in Winnipeg Construction Job Creation MB
The Province of Manitoba and Red River College recently launched the Pathway Program to Construction Skills. The program will help refugees learn basic English language and construction skills. Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
Diamonds have been discovered in the northeast region of Manitoba. Lynx Consortium, the group responsible for discovering the micro-diamonds, are planning a deeper exploration as part of the next phase of their work. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation MB
Home Depot Canada is holding job fairs as part of its spring hiring blitz. The retailer plans to hire 347 associates across Manitoba. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
Saskatoon's St. Frances Cree bilingual school is offering a new immersive training program beginning this fall. The program will help educators develop the skills required to teach indigenous students. Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
According to the Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors, the city's real estate market is showing positive signs with year-to-date sales up four percent in 2017 compared to the same period a year ago. Inventory levels have dropped 5.4% over the same period. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event SK
Back Forty Brewery, a new microbrewery, recently opened its doors in Yorkton Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
Canwest Commercial & Land Corporation will begin constructing World Trade Center Saskatoon, a $50M office tower, this summer. The company plans to have the building ready for tenants by 2019. Construction Job Creation SK
Redvers, a small community in southeast Saskatchewan, will welcome its third permanent doctor in August. The community had closed its hospital three years ago due to the absence of a permanent doctor on staff. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation SK
According to Fraser Institute's 2016 Annual Survey of Mining Companies, Saskatchewan is the most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment out of over 100 jurisdictions across the world Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
Planet Fitness intends to open its first Western Canadian location in Regina by mid-April Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation SK
Two emergency rooms in Regina have been short of physicians. To deal with the shortage, doctors have been requested to work extra hours and additional physicians have been brought in from British Columbia. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation SK
The Clinique vétérinaire du Témiscamingue is investing $1M to construct a new, more spacious building to welcome a larger team and is seeking to recruit new veterinarians in Saint-Bruno-de-Guigues Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
Ateliers Mécanique LM Inc., a company that specializes in selling, renting, and repairing forklifts and other related equipment, has relocated to Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka and plans on hiring three new employees Wholesale Trade Job Creation QC
TC Transcontinental, an editor and printer, has announced the elimination of 20 jobs at its centre of excellence on the east side of Montréal Island following a reduction of revenues and volume of advertising Manufacturing Layoff QC
The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of over $58M in Laval's road network over the 2017-2019 period Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of $543.9M in Montérégie's road network over the 2017-2019 period Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of $196M in Abitibi-Témiscamingue's road network over the 2017-2019 period Construction Other Type of Event QC
Construction Audet et Knight, in partnership with Chantiers Chibougamau, was awarded a contract valued at $1.2M to build the new Ulrick-Chérubin bridge in Amos Construction Other Type of Event QC
The owners of the Metro Plus Riendeau supermarket are investing $1.6M to renovate their store in Mont-Saint-Hilaire Construction Other Type of Event QC
HS Telecom has announced it will close its regional office in Waterloo effective July 31, causing some 50 workers to be laid off Construction Layoff QC
The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of $7.1M to modernize arenas and curling rinks in Montérégie Construction Other Type of Event QC
Endoceutics, a pharmaceutical company in Québec City, has acquired the Adare Pharmaceuticals plant in Mont-Saint-Hilaire and will invest between $12M and $15M to produce Intrarosa, a drug for women. Some 20 new jobs will be created. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of $151.1M in the Outaouais road network over the 2017-2019 period Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of $160.7M in the Lanaudière region's road network over the 2017-2019 period Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Université de Sherbrooke will create 30 new jobs over the next three years following the signature of the new collective agreement with the Syndicat des professeures et professeurs de l'Université de Sherbrooke (SPPUS) Educational Services Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of $189M in the Laurentides road network over the 2017-2019 period Construction Other Type of Event QC
Remorquage Rouillard, located in Sherbrooke, recently acquired Remorquage Ouellet in Granby. This acquisition, valued at about $1M, will lead to the creation of five new jobs. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec has announced an investment of $157M in the Estrie region's road network over the 2017-2019 period Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Hull marina expansion project is expected to require an investment of $1.5M. The first phase of the project will be completed in 2017 and the second in 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Maison de la culture de Gatineau has received federal government assistance of $400,000, which is added to the $233,000 provided by the Government of Quebec and the $170,000 invested by the City of Gatineau to renovate the Salle Odyssée Construction Other Type of Event QC
Meubles Mobican Furniture Inc., a family company, is currently hiring. The furniture manufacturer located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is actively seeking upholsterers. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The City of Montréal plans on opening a recycling sorting centre in the Lachine district in 2019, a project valued at over $50M Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event QC
The City of Montréal has announced road development and safety work in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville district, which is valued at $37.5M and will span over four years Construction Other Type of Event QC
Creaform, a company that specializes in portable 3D measurement technologies, must rapidly staff 45 jobs in Lévis and elsewhere around the world Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
Restaurant chain Le Subtil will open its fourth location in April at the Carrefour Saint-Romuald shopping centre in Lévis. The investment totals $500,000 and will help create some 20 jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec will invest over $4.2M in healthcare services in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. Of this amount, $1.8M will be used to hire staff in residential and long-term care centres. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Giant Tiger will open a new location in Alma. Several positions need to be filled, and the company has started its hiring process. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The ministère des Transports du Québec has announced investments of $211.1M in Bas-Saint-Laurent's road network over the 2017-2019 period, which will create employment for 1,325 workers on 144 construction sites Construction Job Creation QC
Premier Tech, a company in Rivière-du-Loup, will invest $7M in expanding one of the two Groupe Équipements Industriels plants following a growth in its operations. Close to 30 new employees will be hired over the next three years. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Rendez-vous de l'emploi job fair will take place in Mont-Joli on March 29. This event, organized by the Relève-Mitis committee in collaboration with Emploi-Québec, is an opportunity for businesses and job seekers to meet. N/A Other Type of Event QC
The Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie will create some 10 jobs to address an increase in its business volume resulting from obtaining new contracts. LM Wind Power, a Gaspé-based company, will double its deliveries to the United States. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec will hire eight orderlies and auxiliary nurses to improve the care and services offered in residential and long-term care centres in Gaspésie Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Le ministère des Transports du Québec has announced investments of $112.4M in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region's road network over the 2017-2019 period, creating work for over 700 workers on 111 construction sites Construction Job Creation QC
The fishing sector in Gaspésie is having difficulties recruiting new workers in catching, aquaculture, and processing. The need for new workers is very apparent, given the ageing of the current workforce. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event QC
The ministère des Transports du Québec has announced investments of $147.2M in Mauricie's road network over the 2017-2019 period, creating work for over 985 workers on 106 construction sites Construction Job Creation QC
Shawinigan-based electronic and electrical companies, including Synapse Electronic, HDI Technologies, Elmec, Kongsberg Automotive, CGI Group, Cognibox by SIM, and Digihub, have job vacancies Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Cégep de Trois-Rivières will offer an attestation of college studies in event coordination starting on March 14. There are good job opportunities for event coordinators working in tourism and for conference centres and festivals. Educational Services Other Type of Event QC
The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec will hire 76 orderlies, auxiliary nurses, and nurses to improve the care and services offered in residential and long-term care centres in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The Groupe Trinor, a Sept-Îles-based subcontractor for large businesses, is closing three of its divisions, Fabnor, Mecnor, and Tecnor, due to bankruptcy. Up to 70 people will lose their jobs. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Mini Melon & Espresso, a company that specializes in smoothies, among other things, is opening in the Galeries Baie-Comeau shopping centre Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event QC
The St-Pancrace microbrewery has received a $400,000 loan from Investissement Québec to improve its facilities and increase production. The total cost of the investment is valued at up to $2M. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec is investing $44.5M in the Hôpital de Sept-Îles to expand and modernize its emergency room spaces Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec has provided over $2.7M to 12 Centre-du-Québec companies to support their respective projects. The total amount of these investments amounts to over $33M. N/A Other Type of Event QC
The Anderson Group, an agricultural machinery manufacturer, is investing over $9.5M to expand its Chesterville plant and acquire new equipment Construction Other Type of Event QC
A rest stop will be built along the Jean-Lesage highway in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, following a $5M investment. The stop will offer a convenience store, a gas station and fast food restaurants. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The City of Warwick will invest $4M to replace pipes on Saint-Louis Street. The City will take advantage of this opportunity to redesign the street's urban space. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Olin, a chemical product manufacturer, will invest $12M in its Bécancour plant, rather than the previously announced $5M Construction Other Type of Event QC
The network of residential and long-term care centres in the RCM of Drummondville will receive financial assistance of more than $450,000, which will be used, among other things, to hire nurses and orderlies Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The City of Montréal is investing $38M to finance the repair work of its corporate buildings Construction Other Type of Event QC
Sunrise Records, a record store chain, has announced the opening of six new stores in Quebec. The company plans on taking over locations left vacant by HMV Canada in Québec City, Hull, Saint-Bruno, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, and Victoriaville. Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
Home Depot of Canada Inc. will hold job fair in March at its Peterborough Store and expect to hire 42 on staff Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Bruce Power has awarded contracts worth almost $28-million to SNC Lavalin to support its Major Component Replacement project Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
FedDev Ontario is investing $1.32M in the TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario's BURST program. This investment is expected to generate up to 45 new full-time positions. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Uber Canada announced it will open a Greenlight Hub in Mississauga creating 20 new job Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
The City of Kingston hired R.W. Tomlinson Ltd. to complete $1.8M of repairs to the Front Road bridge, starting spring 2017 and to be completed by the end of August Construction Job Creation ON
TransCanada is currently constructing a 900 megawatt hydro generating station in Napanee with about 600 workers from many local contractors. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2018. Construction Job Creation ON
Union Gas Ltd. will begin construction on an expanded pipeline from Lambton County to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in May. The $250M project is expected to be completed in November. Construction Job Creation ON
The St. Clair Catholic District School Board will spend more than $3.6 to upgrade several schools in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and Lambton County beginning this spring Construction Job Creation ON
Construction is underway on the Windsor Public Library's new branch at the Optimist Community Centre. The $2.5M library is expected to open this fall. Construction Job Creation ON
The Kincardine Council approved a $1.7M upgrade of the Kincardine Airport. The project is expected to begin in May and be completed in August. Construction Job Creation ON
The BMO Centre/London Optimist Sports Centre in London will start a $8M expansion in March, adding two indoor soccer fields Construction Job Creation ON
Construction of the first phase of the On Track elevated park project in St. Thomas will begin in April Construction Job Creation ON
Timmins City Council awarded Pronor Construction Ltd. of North Bay more than $846K as part of the Phase 1 expansion of an east end public works operations building in Porcupine Construction Job Creation ON
Four new OPP officers started work in Parry Sound in February with seven more expected to start by the end of the year Public Administration Job Creation ON
Huntington Park recreation centre in Hamilton is closing for renovations on July 3 and will reopen in spring 2018 Construction Job Creation ON
Windsor Beauty Supply will open its sixth location in London on May 1 Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The Ontario Provincial Police will host a career information session on March 27 in Kincardine Public Administration Other Type of Event ON
The Ontario Provincial Police will host a career information session on March 28 in Owen Sound Public Administration Other Type of Event ON

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