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, 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
According to United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Local 401, Buffalo Métis Catering recently laid-off 170 employees from Beaver River Lodge near Fort McMurray. The workers performed duties such as cleaning, cooking and laundry. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff AB
Mount Royal University in Calgary is cutting open enrolment, non-credit language courses through the Continuing Education faculty as of January 1, 2017. The courses have seen a steady decline in students over the past 10 years. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
The University of Alberta is severing its ties with an educational program that caters to vulnerable indigenous teens. The Moving the Mountain initiative had been housed in the university's Faculty of Education on a trial basis for the past 15 months. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
The City of Calgary mayor and councillors are taking a 2.49% pay cut starting January 1, 2017 based on an automated salary adjustment system. A five-member citizen committee oversees the process. Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Village of Alix has decided to permanently close Moonwalkers Play Center as of mid-December 2016. Moonwalkers employed eight people, three full time and five-part time, including students. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff AB
Edmonton's Concordia University is planning to open a $6.5M Centre for Science, Research and Innovation by March 2018 and is also undertake other laboratory improvements. The federal government is contributing $6.72M towards the projects. Construction Job Creation AB
Ice Castles has returned to Edmonton over the 2016-17 winter. Approximately 60 employees have been employed to build the castle and 40 have been hired to take tickets and provide security. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta intends to spend up to $1M on Fort McMurray's first-ever formal plumbing training apprenticeship program at Keyano College. The construction industry in the area needs plumbers to rebuild homes destroyed by the wildfire. N/A Job Creation AB
The inventory of abandoned oil and gas wells in Alberta has doubled so far in 2016 to 1,400, according to the Orphan Well Association. The total excludes licences in bankruptcy proceedings or those still being processed by the energy regulator. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The East Central Francophone Education Region is taking over all management and control of the French language daycare, Les Petits Oursons in St. Paul, effective January 5, 2017. The previous operator, ACFA, will shift back to francophone community development, and cultural programming. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Alberta Small Brewers Association estimates that 20 new brewpubs or breweries will open across the province in 2017. The number of craft breweries in Alberta has more than doubled in the past two years, expanding from 18 in 2014 to nearly 50 in 2016. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The Canmore Brewing Company opened its doors during the first week of January 2017. The brewery shares its facility space with Raw Distillery, a separate brand, which produces vodka and gin and plans to start producing whiskey and rum this year. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
MacEwan University in Edmonton is expanding its psychiatric nursing program to an optional four-year degree program, and increasing the intake by 35 students, in anticipation of a strong future demand for graduates Educational Services Job Creation AB
The Town of Slave Lake is starting $208,000 in renovations on a building for the new firehall on January 16, 2017. There will be work for local contractors in plumbing, wiring and similar projects, according to the fire chief. Construction Job Creation AB
The Nunavut Impact Review Board has issued conditional approval for remediation and stabilization of the old Jericho diamond mine south of Kugluktuk starting in spring and summer of 2017 Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NU
TerraX Minerals Inc. has applied for exploratory drilling this winter on claims it has near Yellowknife. The company plans to drill up to 50 holes and is proposing to move equipment, supplies and workers to the drill locations on an ice road. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NT
The Lenny Burger, a burger bar in Yellowknife, opened on December 29, 2016. The restaurant is takeout-only for now, but the owner is working to acquire a liquor licence and open a lounge area in spring. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NT
Three companies have been shortlisted for the job of reclaiming the abandoned Mount Nansen gold mine site, west of Carmacks. The mine was last operational in the 1990s before the company filed for bankruptcy. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation YT
Holiday Inn Harbourview in Dartmouth will close in January to undergo an $8M facelift, and reopen in May or June 2017 under the name Double Tree Suites by Hilton. Truro-based Maxim Construction will be the general contractor for the project. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Moe's Place Music Sales in Windsor will transition out of instrument sales by the spring of 2017 to expand the teaching of music and programming side of the operation. The business indicates it will likely need more music teachers as a result. Educational Services Job Creation NS
According to the Halifax International Airport Authority, some new restaurants and vendors are expected to be added at the airport over the next year Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
A brewery, Lunn's Mill Beer Company, is expected to open early in 2017 in the old Carleton Road Industries property in Lawrencetown. The brewery also plans to serve beer and food. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
A $20M construction renovation project will begin in February 2017 on the former coast guard property in Dartmouth to transform it into a collaborative ocean research and development facility. The building will be ready for use by the spring of 2018. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Port Rexton Brewing Company, a microbrewery that opened six months ago, is surviving the tough economic times. The company supply bars and restaurants in the St. John's area, and have recently opened a tap room to draw in tourists and locals. Manufacturing Job Creation MB
Mining company De Beers Canada has cancelled its diamond drilling exploration program in Saskatchewan's Athabasca region, returning full control of the project to CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff SK
The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is deferring a six-week shutdown of its Lanigan mine until summer 2017. The temporary production halt would have affected about 25% of the mine's workforce. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
Comtrax Logistics Solutions met with potential investors in Estevan on December 12 to present its plans for a $75M commodity handling hub in southeast Saskatchewan Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event SK
Saskatchewan is poised to become a global supplier of helium as US government reserves of the commodity dwindle. In 2016 alone, the Government of Saskatchewan issued 59 helium leases, compared to none in the previous year. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
Sustaina-Pulp Canada plans to build a straw-to-pulp mill in Belle Plaine in 2017. The mill is expected to begin production by the end of 2018 and will process about 500,000 tonnes of straw a year. Construction Job Creation SK
The Crazy Cactus bar reopened in downtown Saskatoon on December 31. The previous location, which was located in a residential neighbourhood, was closed in June 2016. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
The Government of Saskatchewan is planning to consolidate its 12 existing regional health authorities (RHAs) into a single Provincial Health Authority by fall 2017. Details about the number of jobs affected have not been provided. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
A new highway pit stop featuring a Sobeys Express and a Shell gas station is scheduled to open in Salisbury in late spring, 2017. The outlet is expected to employ 12 people. Retail Trade Job Creation NB
Tim Hortons has opened a new coffee shop at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport. Café Cavu, a sandwich-and-salads specialist, has also opened a restaurant, offering upscale sandwiches, salads, beverages and other healthy options. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
Hayward and Warwick, one of Saint John`s oldest businesses, announced that it will be shutting down after remaining in operation for over 160 years. The shop specialized in china and other upscale offerings. Retail Trade Layoff NB
Moosehead Breweries announced that it will not go ahead with its small-batch brewery that was planned for the Saint John harbour front. The project which included a brewery, tap room and retail outlet, was scrapped due to cost concerns. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
PEI-based manufacturer, Trout River Industries, is looking to increase its workforce beyond its current staff of 105. The Prince County company is expanding globally and recently shipped a large order of trailer components to Jordan-based Manaseer Group. Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
New PEI legislation governing child care and early-learning centres came into effect on January 1, 2017. The Early Learning and Child Care Act has new requirements regarding curriculum, equipment, health and safety, as well as enforcement measures. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
According to Statistics Canada, PEI manufacturers are leading Atlantic Canada in growth. Manufacturing in PEI grew by 12.8% from 2014 to 2015 and had $1.9B in revenues in 2015. Big gains came from chemical and transportation equipment manufacturing. Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
PEI's five French daycare centres have been unable to operate at full capacity due to a shortage of French speaking staff on the island. The daycare centres have started recruiting abroad for French childhood educators as a result. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has cancelled its Manitoba Craft Liquor Opportunity Fund - a $5M loan program created in January 2016 to help breweries and distilleries expand Retail Trade Other Type of Event MB
OmniTrax Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding with Missinippi Rail Consortium, a group of northern Manitoba First Nations, to sell and transfer assets for the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay rail line N/A Other Type of Event MB
Barley Brothers, a restaurant and craft brewery, closed its Polo Park location on January 1 and plans to relocate to downtown Winnipeg later in 2017 Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event MB
Winnipeg-based IGM Financial is investing $468M in China Asset Management Co. Ltd., a Chinese digital wealth adviser. The investment, which represents a 10% interest in the firm, is expected to close in the first half of 2017. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event MB
The North West Company is planning to build a new full-service grocery store in Pelican Narrows to replace the previous grocery store that burned down in the spring of 2016 Construction Job Creation MB
Winnipeg Harvest is offering five training programs, ranging in length from six to 12 weeks, to help develop participants' job-readiness skills N/A Other Type of Event MB
Winnipeg-based NewLeaf cancelled flights from Calgary and Edmonton to Phoenix, Arizona, after WestJet announced similar offerings. The impact on NewLeaf employees is unknown. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event MB
The Workplace Essential Skills Training Centre (WEST) in Steinbach is offering a new nine-week program to help women, aged 40 years and older, access or re-enter the workforce starting in late January N/A Other Type of Event MB
Trinity Post & Panel Inc. officially opened its new factory in Lone Butte. The company is working with First Nations communities to provide job training, as well as affordable housing to members of the community. Manufacturing Other Type of Event BC
Victoria-based Camosun College recently launched its Coastal Skills Initiative, a $1M program providing students with specific skills to work in the marine industry Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
The Royal BC Museum, located in Victoria, is renovating its existing building. The first of a five-phase 25-year redevelopment of the site will cost $10M. Construction Other Type of Event BC
According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, private apartment vacancy rate in Langley was 1.1% in October 2016, compared to 1.5% in the year before. The city's first purpose-built rental building was pre-leased before it opened in September. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
Osoyoos Fire Department opened the doors to its new $6M fire hall. The fire department hopes to add a new rescue truck by 2019 and an aerial truck by 2021 or 2022. Public Administration Other Type of Event BC
BC Interior Health has selected Kelowna's Ledcor Construction Ltd. as the construction contractor for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital pediatric unit. The $750,000 construction will begin in early 2017 and should be completed by summer. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Hummingbird Cove Lifestyles is nearing completion of the first phase of its $40M shellfish hatchery near Powell River. The hatchery is expected to create 30 to 50 jobs when completed. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
Telco Management, a Vancouver telemarketing company, closed its doors on December 22. The closure left up to 200 workers unemployed. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Layoff BC
Municipal council of Ladysmith is building a new $13M water filtration plant. The town council has voted to borrow up to $6M over 25 years to fund the construction of the plant. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Nanaimo city council is closing its arms-length Economic Development Corporation at the end of January, replacing it with a city economic development office. Two administration positions will be transferred to the city and a manager job will be created. Public Administration Job Creation BC
Kamloops-Thompson school district received 162 more students than expected this year, as a result the school district will receive $1.17M in additional funding. The district plans on using the additional funds to hire more teachers and support staff. Educational Services Job Creation BC
Mountain Equipment Co-op, a Vancouver-based outdoors-lifestyle retailer, announced plans to move and expand its flagship store in Vancouver. The company also plans to open additional locations across Canada over the next three years. Retail Trade Other Type of Event BC
A new plan for Bridge Creek, a five-hectare city-owned property, was recently proposed to the Revelstoke city council. The plan includes a mix of single-family and multi-family homes developed over the next 15 to 20 years. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The City of Nanaimo consultants have recommended building an $86.6M sports and entertainment centre in the city. Construction of the facility could create more than 400 full-time construction-related jobs. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Cando Rail Services plans to have its Mission Flats location operational by summer 2017. The new rail-terminal is expected to employ approximately 50 workers, including locomotive engineers, conductors, truck drivers and office staff. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
TransLink recently sold its 13.8-acre Oakridge Transit Centre lot to Intergulf-Modern Green Development Corp. for $440M. The city approved a policy allowing the lot to be redeveloped into a residential community. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event BC
Restaurant Pub O'Toole is closing permanently due to dwindling patronage. As a result, 27 jobs will be lost in Rouyn-Noranda. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
Construction of a biomethanization treatment centre, evaluated at $57.8M, began in Varennes and should last 12 to 18 months Construction Other Type of Event QC
Resolute Forest Products needs workers. By 2021, the company will have to fill 800 positions, or 40% of its workforce, in its various facilities in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, mainly because of retirements. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Greenhouse Serres Toundra in Saint-Félicien is still seeking gatherers and packers. To fill these positions, management is now looking outside the region to ensure the complex's productivity. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation QC
Sears Décor in Lachenaie closed, leading to the loss of about 15 jobs Retail Trade Layoff QC
Sears Décor in Boisbriand is closing, causing the loss of 16 jobs Retail Trade Layoff QC
Abbaye de St-Benoît-du-Lac, an abbey in the municipality of St-Benoît-du-Lac, is investing $7.5M to build a new cheese factory Construction Other Type of Event QC
Gaz Métro announced the commissioning of its natural gas network in Asbestos's industrial park. A $4.4M investment was required for this project. Utilities Other Type of Event QC
Fast food chain McDonald's opened a restaurant in Port-Cartier in late December, creating about 45 jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Rankin Construction Inc. was awarded a maintenance contract for work on the Welland Canal's Carlton Street bridge that should last four months. The contract is part of a $50M investment from the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. Construction Job Creation ON
Richemont, a Swiss-based luxury goods holding company, will be opening four boutiques at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre in 2017: Piaget, IWC Schaffhausen, Vacheron Constantin, and Officine Panerai Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The Hanover Mall will undergo renovations starting this spring and will add a new standalone Tim Hortons restaurant Construction Job Creation ON
Managed Network Systems Inc., an internet and telephone service provider, will spend approximately $5M in 2017 to expand the company's fibre optic infrastructure in Windsor and surrounding areas Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event ON
Horizon Utilities Corporation completed a $4.8M second phase of the hydro systems modernization project in St. Catharines Construction Other Type of Event ON
Construction on Penetanguishene's Main Street is scheduled to begin early this year. The $4.6M redevelopment project is expected to be largely completed by the end of 2017. Construction Job Creation ON
East Elgin Concrete Forming Limited was awarded a $1.4M contract by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to complete pier repairs in Port Dover Construction Job Creation ON
The Ancaster Aquatic Centre closed to undergo a $1.2M renovation and expects to re-open in the fall Construction Job Creation ON
The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service has hired eight officers to be stationed in several northern First Nations Public Administration Job Creation ON
Van Cleef & Arpels, a Paris-based luxury jeweller will be opening its first Toronto location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in spring 2017 Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The City of St. Thomas is accepting applications for Summer Student Positions until February 28, 2017 Public Administration Other Type of Event ON
Brick Brewing Co. Limited is shutting down its Formosa Springs Brewery in Bruce County and investing $4M to expand and improve its operations in Kitchener by July 2017 Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Fresco Bistro Italiano restaurant on Ottawa's Elgin Street has closed Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Calgary-based BluEarth Renewables is relocating to a larger office space in the city to accommodate its growth. The company has 45 staff in Calgary and operates 53 wind turbines, including sites near Wainwright and Provost. Utilities Job Creation AB
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is set to begin work on a $9.3M expansion project in 2017. The project is expected to go to tender early in the year, with construction starting during summer 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
TELUS recently expanded its fibre optic network to Hudson's Hope Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event BC
Cutler's Jewellery closed its doors in downtown Penticton on December 24 Retail Trade Layoff BC
Wings, a Burnaby-based restaurant, recently reopened its location in Quesnel Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The Richmond city council has allowed the RCMP to hire 11 new officers. Richmond is authorized to have 214 officers on duty, however the city currently has 189 officers on active duty. Public Administration Job Creation BC
Tantalus Labs proposed its first purpose-built greenhouse for medical marijuana in western Canada. The greenhouse is located on a 15-acre property in east Maple Ridge. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event BC
Upgrades on Kelowna's city hall basement are expected to begin in 2017 and will cost $2.5M Construction Other Type of Event BC
The City of Nanaimo is ending its visitor and tourism service at the end of January. The closure will affect five Tourism Nanaimo employees. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Layoff BC
Imperial Oil has posted a $180.9M security, in the form of an irrevocable letter of credit, for the eventual cleanup of its Norman Wells oil field Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event NT
About 30 Manitoba Government Employees Union employees at Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home in Nelson House ended their two-week strike on December 15, signing a two-year collective agreement with the employer Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
Winnipeg-based SkipTheDishes has been acquired by UK-based Just Eat for $110M. The impact of the acquisition on the company's current employees is unknown at this time. Retail Trade Other Type of Event MB
Regina City Council recently approved the rezoning of 1610 Angus St. for a new Souls Harbour Rescue Mission location. Construction of the $7M facility is expected to start in summer 2017. Construction Job Creation SK
Construction of North Battleford's new Saskatchewan Hospital is 38% complete. The 188-bed hospital and mental health facility is expected to open in 2018. Construction Job Creation SK
Hobo Brewing and Malt is moving from a farm site near Irricana to a facility in Beiseker. The company plans to hire 15 full-time staff and numerous part time employees. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Portage College is suspending the power engineering program at its Cold Lake campus after the 2016-17 academic year. Cenovus Energy, which has sponsored the program since 2009, is withdrawing its funding. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
Krang Spirits, a craft distillery, recently opened its doors in Cochrane. The site offers tours and tastings, and the company is building a teaching room inside the distillery to explain the process. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The City of Cold Lake has passed a 2017 budget of $41M, with most of the money scheduled for public works and infrastructure Construction Job Creation AB
The Edmonton Opera is receiving $405,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to renovate its existing facility into a rehearsal hall and for other system improvements Construction Job Creation AB
The Stoney Nation and the Banff and Lake Louise Hospitality Association have partnered to develop a long-term employment and economic strategy in which Stoney persons can secure work in the region's hospitality sector Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event AB
iSee Optical, a new optical business, has recently opened in Grande Prairie Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Cloverdale Footbridge in Edmonton is being removed in preparation for construction of the new Tawatinâ Bridge and the associated Valley Line LRT Construction Job Creation AB
Baytex Energy has approved a 2017 capital budget of $300M to $350M. The company plans on drilling 19 wells in the Peace River region and 52 wells in the Lloydminster area in the next year. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Atii Fitness Centre in Iqaluit has closed its doors pending the opening of the City of Iqaluit Aquatic Centre, which set to open in 2017 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NU
The Government of Canada's core funding for Yukon is set to increase by 2.7% to $972M for the 2017-18 fiscal year, compared to $946M for the 2016-17 period N/A Other Type of Event YT
Halifax Water will install automatic meters over a three year period, beginning in the spring of 2017. The water utility says this could result in a need for fewer workers to read meters, although the full impact on the workforce is uncertain. Utilities Other Type of Event NS
Aecon Atlantic recently laid off some workers at its facility in Pictou due to work slowdowns, which the company says are normal in the industry. Aecon had been fabricating turbines for the Fundy tidal projects, and work is expected to increase in 2017. Manufacturing Layoff NS
Junk Works, a franchise that removes and recycles or disposes of unwanted household items, has opened in the Halifax Metro area. The business has four employees, and plans to add another truck and at least two more employees over the next year. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NS
Susie's Shortbreads closed its retail outlet in December 2016 in Purdy's Wharf in downtown Halifax. The four part-time employees may still be able to work some hours at the company's main production facility and retail space at Bayers Lake in Halifax. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NS
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. signed a $40M agreement with Bruce Power to supply services for the Bruce Power¿s Life Extension Program Manufacturing Job Creation ON
PetSmart Inc. opened 43 stores across Canada and the U.S. in 2016 including one in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Metro Inc., a grocery retailer, is investing $16M to upgrade and renovate two existing Oakville store locations and expects to complete the renovations in 2017 Construction Job Creation ON
Four new restaurants opened in downtown London: Chuck¿s Roadhouse Bar and Grill, Firehouse Subs, South St. Burger, and Chipotle Mexican Grill Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Wolfe of Wortley restaurant opened in London in July of 2016 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Rally Engineering Inc., an Edmonton-based engineering firm, has opened a permanent office in downtown Sarnia and will hold a job fair on January 12th to recruit engineers and other professionals Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON

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