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, second quarter 2016

Canadian employers reported 392,000 job vacancies in the second quarter, and the job vacancy rate was 2.5%.

Compared with the second quarter of 2015, the number of job vacancies declined by 45,000 (-10.3%), and the job vacancy rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Little Miss Café has opened in Salisbury. The restaurant offers home cooked meals like pastas, paninis, wraps and all-day breakfast. This is the owner's second foray into the restaurant business. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
The provincial government will spend $4.4M during the 2017-2018 fiscal year to prepare for a 10-year, $200M expansion and upgrade of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. Actual construction will begin in 2018. Construction Job Creation NB
The opening of a new Swiss Chalet/Harvey's location, in Dieppe, has been pushed back to February 28, a week later than initially anticipated. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
Motel Camping Haché, a campground located in Nigadoo, has filed for bankruptcy. The site will now close, unless a buyer emerges. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff NB
Pennecon has laid off 145 employees from the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador. The layoffs followed a renegotiation with a main contractor, however the employer states the layoffs are due to extreme winter weather impacting the work. Construction Layoff NL
Two Gander pilots are opening a new brewery in the area called Scud Runner Brewing. Test batches have been done for the past 18 months and they are planning to be up and running by June. Manufacturing Job Creation NL
The Labrador West Home Hardware has closed it's doors due to poor economic conditions. The closure affects about ten workers. Retail Trade Layoff NL
A new 12-episode reality series for the Discovery Channel will feature CRB Rebuild and Recreation in North West River, Labrador. An eight person TV crew will capture the shops everyday happenings. The show is expected to air in late 2017. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation NL
The provincial and federal governments have announced $22M in joint funding for a new wastewater treatment plant for Gander. The new facility and 2.5km of new piping will ensure the town can meet the federal wastewater system effluent regulations. Construction Job Creation NL
The provincial and federal governments have announced over $6.83M in joint funding for the expansion of the wastewater treatment facility in Grand Falls-Windsor. The investment will be for the addition of a secondary level of treatment at the facility. Construction Job Creation NL
The provincial and federal governments have announced $500,000 for projects in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The projects include upgrades to Kinsmen Park, the Salvation Army facilities, enhancements to a shooting range and upgrades to the ski trail system. Construction Job Creation NL
A&W plans to open 200 restaurants in Canada over the next four years, including 10 in Nova Scotia which will create a total of 250 jobs. The unnamed Nova Scotia locations will include five full-size restaurants with drive-thrus. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
According to the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the wait time for mental health services has more than doubled over the past six months in Cape Breton. The health authority is working to fill six psychiatrist vacancies, as well as other clinical positions. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
The Captain's Boil, a Toronto-based Cajun-style restaurant chain, is set to open a franchise in the former Pizza Delight location at 5680 Spring Garden Road in Halifax in April 2017. The restaurant is expected to hire about 10 workers. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The Good Food Emporium, a restaurant on Windsor Street in Halifax, has closed. A yet-unnamed Italian-American restaurant is expected to open in the space at the end of March 2017. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
HGS Canada will host a job fair on February 16, 2017 and plan to hire staff to begin in the next few weeks at its Charlottetown contact centre. The company is looking to hire 170 people. Entry-level positions get paid an annual salary of about $27,500. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation PE
The Tourism Industry Association of PEI will host its annual job fair at the Delta Hotel on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The deadline for employers to book a booth is February 28, 2017. Jobseekers could potentially be interviewed and hired the same day. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event PE
Murphy's Pharmacies is opening a new pharmacy, food market and health centre in the former location of the Queen Street Co-op in Charlottetown. The store is planning to open on February 16, 2017 and medical staff will begin moving in by March 2017. Retail Trade Job Creation PE
The Panda Fun indoor playground, a jungle-themed facility, is planning to open in Charlottetown by the end of February 2017. The location will feature a jungle gym, ballpit, slides, as well as party rooms and an arts and crafts station. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event PE
Nunavut's population, with its higher fertility rate, is growing faster than any other territory of province, according to the 2016 Census. N/A Other Type of Event NU
The Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada are jointly providing approximately $2.36M for water and wastewater infrastructure and a public works building in Kugluktuk Construction Job Creation NU
Imperial Oil is looking for alternative employment for the 60 workers at its site in Norman Wells, pending a decision on the future of the operation Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The Yukon Territory now has the smallest population of all the provinces or territories according to the 2016 Census. The Yukon Bureau of Statistics attributed part of the lower population growth to a slower mining and exploration sector. N/A Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon is providing than $186,000 to 12 community organizations through the Community Development Fund. The money is expected to create 2,140 hours of employment for approximately 31 people. N/A Job Creation YT
White Gold Corp is planning to start its 2017 exploration program in May at its property in the White Gold District of the Yukon. The company plans drilling and survey work which is scheduled to end in October. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
The Government of Alberta is hiring two additional medical examiners. The province is increasing funding for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner by $1M per year, with about $0.8M allocated to the two new positions. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
With oil prices recovering, Precision Drilling anticipates spending $108M on capital projects in 2017, a decline of almost 47% from 2016. The company has 90 rigs drilling or moving in Canada. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Roam Public Transit and Parks Canada are launching a two-year transit pilot project to ease traffic congestion in the Banff-Lake Louise area. The service is scheduled to run from May 19 to September 10. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project. The $1.6B transmission line will run from just west of Edmonton to the Fort McMurray area and is expected to be operational in 2019. Construction Job Creation AB
The Banff International Research Station will be receiving $12.8M in funding over the next five years from agencies in Canada, Mexico and the United States. The centre focuses on applied mathematics in the sciences. Educational Services Job Creation AB
The Alberta Wheat Commission is moving to single wheat check-off system starting in August 2017, subject to government approval. Under the changes the commission will assume a greater role in funding new wheat variety development. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
The Municipal District of Bonnyville has awarded two road work contracts valued at approximately $8.47M for the 2017 season Construction Job Creation AB
Harmony Beef is opening on February 27, 2017 near Balzac. The plant is expected to employ about 125 workers to process an estimated 800 head per day. Wholesale Trade Job Creation AB
Holden Crop Management is opening a local agricultural retail outlet in spring 2017, just east of the Village of Holden Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Job Creation AB
Drilling activity in Alberta, up 50% from a year ago according to industry sources, is concentrating on higher-valued natural gas, associated liquids and oil. Approximately 200 rigs are actively drilling. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The City of Lethbridge plans to borrow $15.3M as part of a $41M expansion of the Sherring Business and Industrial Park. The money will be used for infastructure improvements and a new rail line. Construction Job Creation AB
Lakeland College is launching an administrative professional certificate program in Lloydminster starting in fall 2017. The one -year long program includes a work practicum in a professional office. Educational Services Job Creation AB
Red Deer Public Schools has issued a tender for the construction of West Park Middle School. Construction of Don Campbell Elementary and St. Joseph High School are in progress and are set to open in fall 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
Daishowa-Merubini International Ltd, based in Peace River, has been approved for a $4.8M grant for a bioenergy electricity project. The funding is part of the $60M Alberta Bioenergy Producer Program. Construction Job Creation AB
Big Lakes County has awarded a $4.3M construction contract for a new water reservoir and pumping station in Kinuso to Alberco Construction. The work is scheduled to be complete by October 5, 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
Two new retailers will open in Regina's Cornwall Centre in April 2017. In addition, a large fashion store is set to open in early 2018 - after work on an extensive retail space alteration worth $5.8M is complete. Retail Trade Job Creation SK
According to Statistics Canada's 2016 Census, Regina and Saskatoon were two of Canada's fastest growing cities over the past five years. Regina's population is up 12%, while Saskatoon grew by 13% - outpacing the national growth rate of 5%. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Richardson Pioneer Limited recently acquired Crop First Agro, a retail crop inputs centre in Grenfell. Richardson's other Saskatchewan facilities - in Elrose, Wakaw and Pasqua - are currently under construction and should be complete by the end of 2017. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation SK
The City of Regina is planning to install a third sewage force main in 2017. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, the $15M project will reduce flooding during heavy rains and help protect Wascana Creek from sewage bypasses. Utilities Job Creation SK
According to Statistics Canada, the number of building permits issued in the Saskatoon region dropped by nearly 30% between December 2015 and December 2016 Construction Other Type of Event SK
Saskatchewan's public offering of petroleum and natural gas rights for the 2016-2017 fiscal year reached $50M, surpassing the 2015-16 total of $43M Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
The City of Regina plans to upgrade residential streets across the city. In total, 67 street repair projects are scheduled for the 2017 construction season, at a cost of $10.6M. Construction Job Creation SK
The Local Barre, a new fitness studio in Regina, opened its doors on February 4 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation SK
Wanuskewin Heritage Park recently unveiled its renewal plan. The three-year $40M project includes expanding and renovating the facility, and introducing a herd of plains bison. Construction Job Creation SK
Southeast College is now offering its Municipal Management Essentials program through the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association. The program provides training for administrative staff and for foremen. N/A Other Type of Event SK
RW Organic in Mossbank acquired an elevator and loading site near Assiniboia on January 25. The new facility will be used to store and ship non-organic conventional grain from local producers to B.C. flour mills. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
Two major banks announced the closure of several branches in rural Saskatchewan in 2017, citing a changing banking environment. CIBC will close 5 branches, while RBC will shutter 6 locations. Finance and Insurance Layoff SK
Saskatchewan's unemployment rate dropped from 6.5% in December 2016 to 6.4% in January 2017. The province has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate among provinces, lower than the national average of 6.8%. N/A Other Type of Event SK
NorSask Forest Products, an Indigenous-owned sawmill in Meadow Lake, was severely damaged by fire on January 12. As a result, the company has temporarily laid-off 65 workers until the sawmill returns to full capacity in August. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff SK
The City of Vancouver launched a new commercial renovation centre to support small businesses. The center serves as a ¿one-stop shop¿ and is designed to speed up the process of obtaining permits and licences for small businesses. N/A Other Type of Event BC
The Vancouver General Hospital is undergoing a $102M upgrade, which will increase the number of surgeries by 13% once work is complete in 2021. The project is expected to create 450 construction jobs. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of BC is investing $33M to replace Minnekhada Middle School's existing building with a fully accessible and seismically upgraded building in Port Coquitlam. Construction is expected to begin in September. Construction Job Creation BC
The Province granted environmental approval with 33 conditions for the construction of a $3.5B, 10-lane bridge between Delta and Richmond to replace the George Massey Tunnel. Construction is expected to begin this year and should be completed by 2022. Construction Job Creation BC
The College of New Caledonia, in partnership with five Northern Indigenous communities, is delivering community-based training to 90 Indigenous people. The program will help prepare learners for employment in health care, trades and building maintenance. N/A Job Creation BC
The federal and provincial governments are contributing to the upgrade of Kwanten Polytechnic University's Spruce Building in Surrey. The renovation work is expected to begin in April and should be complete by spring 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC launched BC Refugee Job Connect, a new website to connect refugees with employers. The website aims to help refugees overcome the challenge of finding employment. N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Capital Regional District awarded a $784,000 contract to Don Mann Excavating for the engineering and construction of a new section of trail between View Royal and Esquimalt. Work on the pedestrian and cyclist trail will begin later this spring. Construction Job Creation BC
Mamele'awt Qweesome Housing Society held a ground breaking ceremony for a new Urban Village project in Chilliwack. Construction of the mixed-use 80-unit affordable housing project is set to begin this summer and should be completed in spring 2019. Construction Job Creation BC
The Valley Fair Mall in Maple Ridge is undergoing a major renovation, at a significant cost. Construction of the project began in February and is scheduled to be completed by fall. Construction Job Creation BC
Chucky D's restaurant in Flin Flon closed its doors due to declining sales in recent years Accommodation and Food Services Layoff MB
The Manitoba government is spending $30M on 95 urgent health-care system maintenance projects throughout the province. The upgrades include: repairs to existing facilities, replacement equipment and improvements to safety and security. Manitoba. Construction Job Creation MB
The Manitoba government has cut funding to six health-care projects, including a $300M expansion to CancerCare Manitoba. The money saved will be used by the province to help undertake $30M worth of necessary maintenance at hospitals across Manitoba. Construction Other Type of Event MB
The Government of Manitoba is granting $3.4M to the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The funds will be used for purchasing and installing a replacement MRI. Construction Job Creation MB
Prairie Mountain Health regional authority is facing challenges in staffing positions throughout the southwest corner of Manitoba. Service providers' unwillingness to go to certain locations has been cited as the reason behind the staffing shortage. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
The Manitoba government is spending $1.9M to build and repair ten bridges across the province. Work on several of the bridges is already underway. Construction Job Creation MB
Federated Co-operatives Limited is currently building a state-of-the-art fertilizer terminal near Brandon. The terminal will blend, distribute and warehouse fertilizer for local Co-ops in Western Canada and is expected to open in late spring. Construction Job Creation MB
Virden Chrysler Dodge opened for business in Virden on February 1. The dealership currently employs 25 staff members and is still in the process of hiring. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
Manitoba's unemployment rate dropped from 6.3% in December 2016 to 6.1% in January 2017. The provincial economy added 1,300 jobs during this period. N/A Job Creation MB
United Way Winnipeg and Volunteer Manitoba launched 211 Manitoba, an online directory to connect Manitobans with health and social service providers, on February 9 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
Minnova Corp has started exploration work at its Puffy Lake mine, near Flin Flon, with plans to revive operations at the idled gold mine. Camp mobilization is currently underway at the location and drilling activity is expected to commence in the near future. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation MB
The Government of Manitoba is investing more than $170,000 on new training opportunities for northern Indigenous communities. The training program will help connect northerners with well-paying jobs. Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
Sears Home Store in Winnipeg is closing its doors on March 12. The store's 33 employees have been given the option to apply for jobs in other Sears locations or take a separation package. Retail Trade Layoff MB
Giant Tiger is planning to open a new location in Winnipeg on November 18. This will be the chain's 15th store in Manitoba. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
KDM Realty is investing $2M to build a new healthcare centre in Waterloo. IICO, a firm based in Saint-Hubert, was awarded the contract and should start construction at the end of the month. Construction Other Type of Event QC
GE Aviation is investing $238M to automate its Bromont plant, buy equipment, and set up a vibration laboratory. Ultimately, some 115 jobs will be created. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Meunerie Côté-Paquette will be rebuilt in Saint-Hyacinthe, at a cost of $30M. Responsibility for engineering and building the new mill will fall to the Laval-based firms SNC Lavalin inc. and Frare & Gallant, respectively. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Devimco Immobilier has announced its project to build a tower containing 294 rental units in downtown Montréal. It is scheduled to be delivered in May 2017. Construction Other Type of Event QC
CS Communication and Systems Canada, a company that specializes in designing critical systems in the aeronautics sector, has announced that it will create 115 jobs over two years in Montréal Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
CAE, a flight simulator manufacturer, has been awarded a training contract with Airbus, valued at approximately $200M. This contract will help retain 300 employees in the Montréal region over the next three years. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The City of Montréal is establishing a three-year, $10M partnership with three universities to study cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, among other things Public Administration Other Type of Event QC
Bois d'oeuvre Cedrico in Causapscal is seeking electronics technicians and stationary engineering mechanics, but the sawmill is having difficulties hiring the specialized workers it needs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Verrault Navigation's shipyard, located in Les Méchins, will soon employ 400 people Manufacturing Job Creation QC
XMetal, a company located in L'Isle-Verte, is currently expanding and has several positions to fill. XMetal is an industrial subcontractor specializing in metal component manufacturing and welding. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The salon de l'emploi du Témiscouata, organized by Service Accès-Emploi, will take place on March 30 in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac. Employers at the career fair will meet on average 575 job seekers and students. N/A Other Type of Event QC
The three main seafood product processing plants in the greater Gaspé area are currently experiencing recruitment difficulties Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Forillon Shipyard in Gaspé is currently recruiting workers after obtaining several contracts. The company wants to hire employees to work in engineering, planning, naval architecture, production, and welding. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Over 20 part-time firefighter positions need to be filled in the Haute-Gaspésie RCM, where firefighter recruitment and retention is very difficult. The firefighter shortage is a systemic problem in Gaspésie. Public Administration Job Creation QC
Saint-Elzéar-based Contact Habitat, its three divisions (Signature, Innovation, and Nature) and the solidarity cooperative that was its shareholder declared bankruptcy in early February. Contact employed between 11 and 26 people, as required. Manufacturing Layoff QC
Duchesne et Fils, a construction material manufacturer based in Yamachiche, is currently seeking qualified workers to fill 40 plant and office positions following significant business growth Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Crakmedia has experienced strong growth over the past five years. Last year, the company attracted some 40 new employees and plans on creating some 50 new jobs in Québec City for the next two years. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation QC
L'Académie restaurant in the Galeries de la Capitale in Québec City has closed. Some thirty people have lost their jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
WestJet will significantly increase the number of flights to and from Québec City in the coming months. Some 15 jobs should be created at the Québec City airport by the end of the year. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
Dooly's will upgrade several of its establishments and increase the emphasis on food services. For each Dooly's location, the investment will vary between $500,000 and $750,000. Overall, some 30 jobs will be created. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
GRYB, a complete solution manufacturer for heavy machinery located in Victoriaville, is investing $4.6M to expand its plant, which will lead to the creation of some 50 jobs over the next two years Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Go Sport and Pop Shoes, two Drummondville-based retailers, will undergo renovations valued at $150,000 and will add three new employees to their teams Construction Job Creation QC
Rossy, located in Victoriaville, will close at the end of April, causing some ten people to be out of work Retail Trade Layoff QC
The Défi Emploi Drummond, an event that encourages meetings between job seekers and businesses, will take place on March 31 at the Centrexpo in Drummondville. This event will be held to fill some thousand jobs in the region. N/A Other Type of Event QC
Drummondville's airport will begin the second phase of its expansion in late February. The work will require an investment of over $344,000. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Paniers P&P, a company that manufactures and distributes wood, cardboard, and plastic containers, is investing $1.4M to acquire new equipment and facilities in Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Siemens Drummondville, a manufacturer of industrial-use switchgears, communication tools, relays, and controls, will undergo a restructuration that will result in the loss of 45 jobs in 2018 Manufacturing Layoff QC
Following a $2M investment, a condominium project will begin construction in summer 2017 in St-Ferdinand Construction Other Type of Event QC
Groupe Doyon, Acier Marquis, Laurentide Lumber, and Transport S.A.F. are launching a promotional campaign to attract workers to fill some 40 positions in the four Saint-Célestin-based companies N/A Job Creation QC
The Coopérative Forestière la Nord-Côtière has received a $400,000 loan from Investissement Québec to build new facilities near the company's Aux Bergeronnes headquarters Construction Other Type of Event QC
Le Cégep de Sept-Îles will invest $30M to upgrade its campus, including building a research pavilion and a gymnasium and expanding its existing pavilions Construction Other Type of Event QC
Rio Tinto will hire some 20 operations and electrical and mechanical maintenance staff at the company's Jonquière Complex. These appointments will address operational requirements and possible retirements. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Following a $2M investment, North American Cabinets has announced the opening of its Cookshire-Eaton plant Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Bès musique, a company specializing in musical instrument sales in Sherbrooke, closed on February 3. Bès musique employed over 20 teachers who offered private classes, among other services. Retail Trade Layoff QC
Belvédère Nissan is investing $3.5M to build a garage in Mont-Laurier that is scheduled to open at the end of June 2017. Some ten jobs should be created. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Verbom, a company that specializes in sheet metal processing, is investing over $15.1M in its Sherbrooke plant, which will allow for the creation of 25 new jobs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The 6th Salon de l'emploi Lévis-Bellechasse will take place on March 17 and 18 at the Centre de congrès et d'expositions in Lévis. Some 70 companies will be attending. N/A Other Type of Event QC
The Benny & Co restaurant chain will open a new location in Sainte‑Sophie on February 12. The $1M investment has led to the creation of 20 new jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Government of Canada will invest up to $17M in Windsor-based auto parts manufacturer Astrex Inc., creating 62 new jobs and up to 24 additional jobs over the next two years Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Dishon Limited, a machinery supplier to the aerospace industry is receiving an investment of $3M from the Government of Canada to expand production at its Vaughan facility and create up to 60 full-time jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Fort Family Fun Centre in Amherstburg, featuring a variety of recreational activities, a campground and restaurant, is expected to employ about 70 workers when fully operational this spring Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Kawartha Metals Corp. will consolidate its operation with the construction of a new 112,000 sq. ft. industrial facility in Peterborough, and creating about 10 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON

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