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Outlook & Prospects for Chemists in Halifax Region
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Employment outlooks have been determined at the provincial level for Nova Scotia.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2015
- Metamaterial Technologies Inc. may create up to 90 new jobs in Dartmouth over the next five years, with the assistance of a provincial payroll rebate program. The optics systems engineering firm has developed products such as films that protect flight crews from laser interference.
- The Capital District Health Authority will bring in out-of-province workers to temporarily fill critical care nurse positions in the Halifax area, while it continues to upgrade current staff and hires new graduates for the highly specialized field
- The amount of air cargo handled at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport increased 8.5% in 2014 over 2013, mostly due to an increase in seafood exports to Asia. It was a record year for cargo shipped from the airport.
- National Gypsum Canada Ltd. hopes to expand its gypsum quarry in Milford over the next few years, and is seeking an environmental assessment to allow it to do so. The company employs 60 people at the quarry, and an expansion would require more workers.
- Ontario-based SCI Logistics will open a 6,000 square foot distribution and service centre in Dartmouth to serve the Maritime Provinces. The company specializes in a variety of equipment requiring special handling and service, such as office machines, medical diagnostic equipment, and self-service kiosks.
- According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts are expected to climb almost 14% in 2015 in the Halifax area and drop by 7.5% in 2016. In 2014, housing starts dropped by 28%, as some multiple-unit projects scheduled to begin were delayed. The predicted increase in new starts in 2015 is mostly due to an increase in multiple-unit projects.
- A new restaurant, Seventy3, has opened in the site of the former La Perla restaurant on Alderney Drive in Dartmouth. La Perla had closed in 2013.
- Saege Bistro, a restaurant on Spring Garden Road in Halifax, will close in February. While about 20 employees will be affected by the shutdown, some may find work with other company-owned businesses.
- Retail stores Smart Set, RW & Co., Aeropostale, and Birks have all permanently closed in the Halifax Shopping Centre in recent weeks. The mall is undergoing a $70M construction transformation. Also, Kitchen Door Catering has closed its retail shop in downtown Halifax.
- Unfiltered Brewing Inc. will open a microbrewery and pub within the next few months on North Street in Halifax. It is the second such operation that will soon open in the neighborhood, as the microbrewery industry continues to expand across Nova Scotia.
- Halifax-based company Fundmetric plans to recruit some of the 18 employees affected by the decision of software developer Frontier Developments to close its Halifax office. Fundmetric indicates that there is a demand in Halifax for software developers, and that it has openings for three or four employees.
- Halifax Police plans to hire a junior communications officer, a research and development specialist, and a crime analyst as part of its 2015-16 operating plan
- Video game developer Frontier Developments will close its Halifax office and concentrate all work at its main location in Cambridge, England. The decision will put 18 people out of work. The company, which came to Halifax in 2012, indicates it will work with staff who wish to move to England, and help those who wish to find other jobs in an active Nova Scotia game development industry.
- The federal government and Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax have confirmed that Irving will begin building the new fleet of navy warships after completing the six Artic patrol vessels in late 2020. Together, work on both contracts should last for at least 25 years.
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