Explore Careers - Job Market Report
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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.
Information on the 3-Year Employment Outlooks for certain occupational groupings is not currently available on Job Bank. Until the completion of the analysis based on the 2011 National Occupational Classification is complete in December 2016, please consult the Open Data website or contact the Labour Market Information Division ( NC-LMI-IMT-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca ) to obtain further information for occupations for which outlooks are not currently available.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Nova Scotia.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Annapolis Valley Region||N/A|
|Cape Breton Region||N/A|
|North Shore Region||N/A|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
(To access archived Labour Market Bulletins not appearing on this webpage, please contact us).
- October 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 592 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 635 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 549 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 644 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 531 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 319 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 539 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016
- Halifax Convention Centre Corp., operator of the city's convention centre, will likely add 160 workers to its current staff of about 200 when it moves into the larger Nova Centre. Completion of the Nova Centre has been delayed until late 2017.
- PetValu, a pet supply and service franchise, has opened a location in the Port Hawkesbury Shopping Centre
- Atlantic Gold has hired 140 employees as it prepares the open pit Touquoy Project in Moose River Gold Mines for production in 2017. The company hopes to employ a total of 350 workers within 10 years if it develops three other planned mines in the area.
- A likely phaseout of coal-fired plants in Cape Breton will not affect the planned start of coal production within the next month at the Donkin mine. The mine owners indicate that they have other markets for the product other than the coal plants.
- Halifax welcomed 136 visits from cruise ships in 2016, compared to 141 in 2015. The 238,000 passengers in 2016 represented a 7% increase over 2015 and accounted for an active season along the waterfront, according to the Port Authority.
- The owners of the Capital Seafood fish plant in Eastern Passage destroyed by fire in November say they will rebuild the facility, and continue live shipment of lobsters in the meantime. The company normally employed up to 50 workers at the plant.
Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016
- According to IBM Canada, its client innovation centre in Halifax which began in 2013 with 70 workers, now employs 500 people and services clients from around the world
- Atlantic Bottle Wash will open a facility in Burnside in March 2017 to recycle and sell bottles to microbreweries. The company has three employees, plans to hire 12 to 15 more when it starts production, and perhaps an additional 20 to 30 as it expands.
- A fire has destroyed the Capital Seafood fish plant in Eastern Passage, putting more than 20 current workers out of work
- General contractors in Cape Breton are reporting they are very busy and often overwhelmed with requests for work required to repair homes that suffered damage from the fall floods in the area
- Seafood and automotive parts exports are expected to drive the manufacturing industry in Nova Scotia in 2016 and 2017, according to the Conference Board of Canada. Mining activity will likely slow.
- The Irving Shipbuilding project and construction activity at Dartmouth Crossing, Kings Wharf, downtown Halifax, and on the Macdonald Bridge will fuel economic activity in Halifax in 2016 and 2017, according to the Conference Board of Canada. However, despite some overall growth in the retail sector, employment there is expected to remain stagnant.
- Peace by Chocolate, a small chocolate factory started by a family of Syrian refugees in August 2016 in Antigonish, has recently hired three local workers. The factory may need to hire more people for an expected busy Christmas season.
- Cape Sharp Tidal has installed its first tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy. The company is one of several that plan to test various tidal turbine technologies to harness electricity over the next few years.
- The Nova Scotia government is crediting a $4.7M strategy it implemented in 2016 with helping employers recruit and retain nurses in the province. The strategy provides orientation and support to new graduates.
Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016
- Due to recent flooding in Cape Breton, home heating companies have been busy with repairs and installations of furnaces and water heaters. Vision Heating has had to hire four extra workers.
- The city is trying to assist the 185 staff of the Dartmouth Sportsplex, who will be out of work when the facility closes from May 2017 to August 2018. The sports complex will shut down for 16 months in order to get a $23M makeover.
- Halifax-based Chorus Aviation's aircraft leasing revenue was up 47% to $72 million over the past year, after signing a deal with Air Canada in 2015. Chorus Aviation's charter and contract flying operations decreased compared to last year.
- The Alliance, a huge consortium of shipping lines, is adding a Western Mediterranean Ltd. route to Halifax at Ceres Group's Container Terminal beginning in April 2016
- For the third time in four years, Nova Scotia's offshore petroleum regulator has received no bids from companies interested in offshore exploration. The government says the lack of interest may be a result of the downturn in oil prices.
- Parks Canada will invest over $2M to construct a new campground near Chéticamp in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park as part of the $3B infrastructure investment across Canada over the next five years
- The Cape Breton University Faculty Association voted to accept a tentative three-year agreement with the university. No details were released, but the board of governors are expected to vote on it on December 9. There are 152 members of the association.
- Canaqua Seafoods Ltd., in Advocate Harbour, has received $300K in debtor-in-possession financing, to keep operating while it attempts to restructure. Canaqua, which grows fish in large tanks on land, employs about 11 people.
Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016
- High Liner Foods will add 70 union jobs and invest $13M at its fish plant in Lunenburg. The Nova Scotia-based company, with 340 employees in Lunenburg and Halifax, had recently ceased production at two plants in Massachusetts.
- The owner of the Roof Hound brewing company and restaurant near Digby says he has been busier than expected since opening in August 2016, has 14 workers on the payroll, and wants to keep growing and hire more employees
- Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax expects to add 200 workers, mainly experienced welders, ironworkers, pipefitters, and production supervisors, by the end of 2016. The current workforce of 1,300 is expected to grow to 2,400 during peak periods of the major shipbuilding contract.
- The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council indicates that while retail sales have increased in 2016 in Nova Scotia, the industry remains volatile. IKEA is expected to employ 350 workers in a new store in Halifax in 2017, but the area has experienced closures or planned closures of major retailers such as Target, Future Shop, and Sears in recent years.
- Biotech firm Sona Nanotech Ltd. plans to move its lab facilities from Antigonish to Halifax and hire three additional employees to handle production, research, and business development. The company produces minute gold particles for use in the health industry.
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