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, first quarter 2016

There were 328,000 job vacancies among Canadian employers in the first quarter, and the job vacancy rate was 2.1%.

Compared with the first quarter of 2015, the number of job vacancies declined by 72,000 (-17.9%), and the job vacancy rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
DashAll, an on-demand food delivery company in St. John's, NL, is gearing up for a busy fall. New drivers are being hired and additional technological features are in the works to improve customer experience. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NL
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
The Kitikmeot Health Centre is opening a seven-bed continuing care facility in Cambridge Bay in spring 2017 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NU
Imperial Oil is considering the sale of its oil assets in Norman Wells, although a definitive decision on the fate of the site has not yet been made Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The Government of Yukon is providing a $60,000 annual contribution for three years to the SingleTrack to Success Project. The funding will create employment opportunities for Indigenous youth. Construction Job Creation YT
The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is providing $560,000 to RAB Energy to help consolidate its manufacturing facilities in Whitehorse. The company expects to create 12 to 15 new full-time jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation YT
The Klondike Development Organization is receiving $0.9M from the Government of Canada and Yukon Housing Corporation to build an eight-unit affordable housing project in downtown Dawson City Construction Job Creation YT
Several small vendors in Manitoba are out of money due to the cancellation or lack of promotion of scheduled craft fairs. Some of the unregulated fair organizers have promised refunds. Retail Trade Layoff MB
The Government of Manitoba is increasing its funding for adult learning centres and literacy programs by two percent, to a total of $20.25M for 2016-17 N/A Other Type of Event MB
Bell MTS is planning to expand mobile and wireline broadband networks to Churchill. The expansion will improve social and economic opportunities for northern residents, as well as businesses. N/A Job Creation MB
Hayes Auto Body & Glass is undergoing renovations and expanding its facility in Thompson. The upgrades will be completed by a local company - A & B Builders. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation MB
Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park received a private donation of $2.5M towards the creation of Canada's Diversity Gardens, bringing the total amount raised for redevelopment to $155M Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event MB
The Manitoba Legislative Building is undergoing upgrades to improve accessibility. The renovation project should be completed by 2020. Construction Job Creation MB
The Government of Manitoba is dissolving the East Side Road Authority to centralize the delivery of highway infrastructure in the province. Approximately 80 employees will be affected by the changes. Public Administration Layoff MB
The Thompson Community Foundation and the Joe Brain Fund granted $4,560.63 towards the redevelopment of Boreal Discovery Centre. The upgrades will allow the centre to offer year-round programming. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event MB
The ManyFest street festival was held in Winnipeg from September 9 to 11. The event featured live music, as well as artisan and food vendors, attracting 70,000 visitors to the city. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event MB
Interior Health is adding 243 residential care beds at several communities across the region including 70 beds in Williams Lake, 60 in Salmon Arm, 48 in Kamloops, 35 in Penticton and 30 in Cranbrook Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event BC
Mission municipal council approved a $3.5M renovation to the First Avenue streetscape to attract more investors and merchants to its downtown. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and will be completed in 2018. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Splashdown Park recently closed its doors in Tsawwassen Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff BC
Cascade Aerospace, an Abbotsford aircraft maintenance company, issued layoff notices to 69 unionized workers and 30 non-union employees. The union reported that up to 50 additional layoffs may be seen in November. Manufacturing Layoff BC
The Original Christmas Village recently closed its doors in Victoria. Bois & Cuir, a Quebec-based furniture store, will be replacing the closed store. Retail Trade Layoff BC
Kerkhoff Construction Ltd. is developing 1151 Sunset Drive, a 21-storey condominium project, in Kelowna. Construction of the project began in 2008, however work stalled due to financial troubles. Construction Other Type of Event BC
Lustre Products, an elevator and escalator manufacturer, is building a new 60,000 sq.-ft. location in Chilliwack. The company will increase its staff from 40 to 60 by the time the new facility is ready. Manufacturing Job Creation BC
Island Health added wellness centres to three secondary schools in the Sooke school district this year. Each wellness centres will be staffed by a part-time physician, while Belmont Secondary School will also staff four nurses. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
Kindermusik, a childrens music studio, recently opened a new location in Comox Educational Services Job Creation BC

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Canadian Occupational Projection System

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