Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Description | Titles | Duties | Related Occupations
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Prince Edward Island||(Undetermined)||2016-12-23|
No employment outlook has been assigned to Railway and motor transport labourers (NOC 7622) in Prince Edward Island due to low levels of employment.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017
- Layoff notices were issued to 49 government employees at Mill River Resort. The province sold the resort to a private buyer, who may hire staff back, but at a lower wage. The laid-off staff are mainly seasonal workers, except for nine that were permanent.
- DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts is opening a six-storey 120-room hotel on Capital Drive in Charlottetown. Contracts to build the hotel have not yet been tendered, however construction is expected to take 12 to 16 months.
- Irving Ltd. expects to hire almost 500 people on PEI over the next three years, mainly due to retirements. The company operates various subsidiaries such as Kent Building Supplies, Canvendish Farms, Kent Homes, Midland Transport and Master Packaging.
- A new Atlantic Immigration Pilot has been approved to help employers fill labour gaps more quickly. PEI has been approved to bring an additional 120 immigrants to the Island, who could be eligible for permanent residency status in as little as six months.
- Census figures for 2016 show that PEI had the largest population growth in Atlantic Canada at 1.9%, but was below the national average of 5.0%. Newfoundland grew by 1.0% since the 2011 census, Nova Scotia by 0.2%, and New Brunswick decreased by 0.5%.
- The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) saw its overall enrolment drop by 2.0% in 2015-16, mainly due to a 8.0% drop in students from PEI. Enrolment by international students grew by 15.6% over the year. UPEI had 4,188 students enrolled last year.
- Montana's BBQ and Bar officially opened its Charlottetown location on Babineau Drive this month. The restaurant received 200 job applications, hired 85 people, and can serve up to 170 customers.
- HMV Canada has informed employees that they will be closing 113 stores across Canada, including three in Atlantic Canada. No further details were provided as to when the closures will happen.
- Charlottetown's Queen Bee Games is developing a new video game thanks to $230K in funding from the Canada Media Fund. The money will be used to hire production people and market the game, which will launch in early 2018. The company has four staff.
- According to the head of the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council, PEI's shortage of agricultural workers is costing the industry millions. In 2014 the industry employed 4,900 workers, but 200 jobs were left unfilled, which cost the industry $4M.
- Atlantic Canadian provinces will now start designating employers that want to hire skilled immigrants as part of a new Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The plan is to help immigrants and their families to integrate into Atlantic communities and to remain here.
- A new micro-brewery plans to open up in the summer of 2017 in the Eastern Graphic building in Montague. Copper Bottom Brewing plans to produce kegs of beer for local restaurants, have cans for sale, and establish a taproom and entertainment venue.
- According to BuildForce Canada, almost 26% of PEI's construction workforce will retire over the next 10 years, requiring 1,500 construction workers to replace them. The industry is forecasting that 600 jobs will be added over the next five years as well.
- The Province of PEI announced that it will assist Trout River Industries in their expansion plans by providing labour rebates for up to 30 positions, as well as rental assistance toward operating a manufacturing facility in Bloomfield, PEI
- The PEI government will invest about $5M over the next three years to improve their Recorded Information Management (RIM) system. A full-time record analyst and additional RIM staff will be hired to address the growth of records being retained.
- Amalgamated Dairies Ltd, a producer-owned PEI co-op with dairy and retail food facilities across the Island, has begun a $12M expansion. Money is being spent to build a new warehouse, to upgrade technology, and to train and hire additional staff.
- Mighty Pebble Games of Charlottetown will release its first video game next month, with the financial help from Skills PEI and Innovation PEI. The game developer contracted out for an artist and sound engineer and hopes to expand the company.
- Retail sales across PEI in November 2016 were $191 million or 9.1% higher than in 2015. PEI led the country in retail growth, with national sales growth at 3.0% annually.
- UPEI will offer a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine for those with a diploma in paramedicine from Holland College or a similarly accredited institution. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and provides paramedics with more academic knowledge.
- The Consolidated Credit Union in Borden-Carleton will be closing on January 27, 2017. The night deposit and ATM will remain at that location and staff will move to the Summerside office on Water Street.
- A study by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission has compared Grade 12 students' expectations to the experience of university graduates. Expectations of length of time to complete a degree and how to pay for it differed from the reality.
- The clothing store Urban Planet will open a store in the Charlottetown Mall as its anchor tenant. The number of jobs to be created and the opening date will be announced later.
- The PEI government is changing its employment assistance services to a more integrated model under the Work PEI banner. There are currently 11 contractors offering services, but a tender for services will look for five new providers to start in July 2017.
- The Charlottetown Airport set a new record for annual passengers with 350,000 people using the airport in 2016. This is an increase of 12% compared to 2015. Traffic at the airport has grown by 57% in the past 10 years as well.
- According to a report from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, PEI has the lowest immigrant retention rate in Atlantic Canada. Of the immigrants that arrived to PEI five years ago, 41% remained on the island compared to 70% in Nova Scotia.
- A survey conducted by Angus Reid has found that only about half of disabled Canadians have a full or part-time job, while nearly 80% of the general population are employed. Two-thirds said that their lack of work was a direct result of their disability.
- The new owners of the Mill River Resort state that the redevelopment of the property will lead to 100 construction jobs over 30 months. The owners will invest at least $1M towards new banquet and meeting rooms, as well as indoor and outdoor attractions.
- ACOA is giving Delivra's Charlottetown laboratory a $655,000 loan to buy needed equipment and to help it break into the U.S. market. The Ontario-based company, which makes pain-relief products, has hired two people this year and has plans to hire two more.
- ACOA and the PEI Government are providing financial support in order to establish Atlantic Canada's first vinyl record pressing plant. Kaneshii Vinyl Press will operate out of Charlottetown and will focus on small-run productions at an affordable price.
- An old courthouse in Abram-Village is being transformed into a malting facility. The PEI company, Productions Piroune, will take local barley and turn it into Maritime Malt. The co-founders hope that their hops will be available to brewers by this summer.
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