Job Market Trends and News

Canada

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, third quarter 2016

Canadian employers had 402,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, and the national job vacancy rate was 2.5%.

Both the overall number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate in the third quarter were little changed compared with the third quarter of 2015. However, there were notable changes among the provinces and territories

Compared with the second quarter of 2016, the number of job vacancies (seasonally unadjusted) increased by 2.4% in Canada, while the job vacancy rate was unchanged.

The job vacancy rate refers to the share of jobs that are unfilled out of all payroll jobs available. It represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand, that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and Your Choice Homes Inc. have partnered for a pilot project to build tiny homes. The initiative aims to address housing shortages on Indigenous reserves in Saskatchewan. Construction Job Creation SK
Sunrise Records is planning to replace HMV retail spaces in malls across Canada, including one in Regina Retail Trade Job Creation SK
SaskTel has added LTE cellular service to 146 towers across Saskatchewan. As a result, about 92% of the province now has LTE coverage, with the rest of the province expected to get coverage by April. Construction Job Creation SK
Two new physicians have joined the Centennial Health Clinic in Brooks Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Yukon Bureau of Statistics credits large public and private sector construction projects for improvement in employment conditions in the territory. On an annual basis, the number of people employed in the territory edged up 900 in February 2017. N/A Other Type of Event YT
The Government of BC is contributing $91.4M over the next three years for emergency health services. The money will be used to hire 60 new paramedics, 20 dispatchers, and for purchasing new ambulances and equipment. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation N/A
The federal and provincial governments are granting $27M to upgrade a stretch of the Pacific Rim Highway east of the Ucluelet-Tofino junction. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018 and should be completed by spring 2020. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of BC is providing $1.97M to the Okanagan Nation Alliance for a new three year pilot project to promote employment for Indigenous youth. The program will blend traditional teachings with employment training for 140 Syilx youth. N/A Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC is spending $500M over the next four years for seniors care. The funds will be used in hiring 1,500 additional health-care assistants, nurses and physiotherapists to assist seniors in residential care. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation N/A
Sunrise Records will open 29 new music stores across the country in former HMV properties, including Metrotown in Burnaby and Orchard Park in Kelowna. The new stores will be operational in April 2017. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
The City of Regina and SaskPower unveiled the Landfill Gas to Energy Project. The plant will treat and convert methane to electricity, which will be transferred to SaskPower's provincial electric grid. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation SK
Prince George will host the 2022 BC Summer Games from July 21 to 24. The economic impact of the BC Summer Games is estimated at $2M. N/A Job Creation BC
Innovation Saskatchewan, Genome Prairie and VIDO-InterVac are granting $700,000 to the University of Saskatchewan for Zika virus research Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation SK
The Government of Saskatchewan has identified 12 Saskatchewan-based cleaning suppliers to clean government buildings. These selected companies will hire the government's current cleaning staff. The move is expected to save the Province $3.5M annually. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation SK
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako approved a new inter-community transit service as part of the BC government's $5M Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan. The new service will link communities such as Smithers, Burns Lake and Prince George. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Saskatchewan had the highest employment growth rate in the country in February 2017. The number of people employed in the province rose by 8,000 (+1.4%) compared to the previous month. N/A Job Creation SK
Fort St. John will host the BC Winter Games from February 20 to 23, 2020. The economic benefit for a winter games host community is estimated at $1.6M. N/A Job Creation BC
Affinity Credit Union will be closing its Pelly branch in June due to the increasing use of online and mobile banking Finance and Insurance Layoff SK
Construction recently began on a Wellness Centre in Melfort. The 20,500sq.ft. project is estimated to cost $6M. Construction Job Creation SK
Saskatchewan has added more than 750 practising physicians since 2007. This represents an increase of 44% in the overall number of doctors in the province. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation SK
Construction of a series of road and highway improvements in Delta and Surrey is expected to begin this year. The project will cost approximately $245M and will create an estimated 745 direct construction-related jobs. Construction Job Creation BC
The federal and provincial governments will contribute a combined total of over $87M to fund 26 community infrastructure projects throughout the province. Local governments will provide the remaining funds to cover their respective project costs. Construction Job Creation N/A
Shell Canada is discontinuing any further development of the Prince Rupert Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project on Ridley Island Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
Sunrise Records, one of Canada's top music retailers, will be opening shops in both Fredericton and Saint John in April. The music retailer recently announced that they are taking over 70 previously owned HMV locations across Canada. Retail Trade Job Creation NB
According to the provincial government, NB is 70 doctors short and is actively recruiting across Canada to find family physicians and specialists to fill those vacancies. The 70 positions are a mix of newly created and replacement positions. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
According to the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, nurse practitioners are willing to fill many duties left behind by the lack of family doctors across New Brunswick. There are currently 70 physician vacancies. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
The Match Factory Restaurant and The Match Stick Café will be opening in Hampton, at the Hampton Mall. The restaurant will create 15-20 new jobs and is currently seeking cooks, servers, food prep, bakers and management. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
RPS Composites announced that its Minto fibreglass plant will close in March, after 22 years in operation, resulting in the layoff of 30 people. This is the third major closure for the Minto-Grand Lake area in the last 7 years. Manufacturing Layoff NB
PEI employers report that housekeepers, cooks, and kitchen staff are difficult jobs to fill. The Holman Grand Hotel is looking to hire 12 staff this summer. A culinary job fair will be held in Charlottetown on March 30, 2017 to help with recruitment. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation PE
The federal government is investing $325M to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund, which will help boost the fisheries and aquaculture sector and create jobs. PEI's fisheries and aquaculture industry is valued at around $400M and employs up to 8,500 people. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation PE
PEI's seafood processing sector is getting additional funding for Team Seafood, an incentive program to attract more students into summer jobs. The program provides a $1,000 bursary to students and funds will be available for 250 students. Public Administration Job Creation PE
The Lennox Island First Nation in Prince County will receive $1.8M from the federal government for infrastructure and planning projects. Funding will go toward priorities like bridge and road repairs, housing capacity and renovations, and school repairs. Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
The Tourism Industry Association of PEI is addressing the need for kitchen staff by adding two weeks of hands-on culinary training to its Ready for Work training program. The program, aimed at youth, will now take 22 weeks to complete. Educational Services Other Type of Event PE
The City of St. John's has released it's 2016 economic review. The report shows GDP was up 3.1% for the year, housing starts were down 15.4% from the previous year. The outlook for 2017 remains subdued with major projects near completion. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event NL
Hiring climate for the next quarter of 2017 in St. John's will be sluggish. The recent Manpower Group Employment Outlook survey shows employers have no hiring plans, with three percent anticipating cutbacks in the next quarter. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
Porter Airlines has announced it will be resuming its non-stop service between Stephenville and Halifax for the summer season. The flights will also connect with Ottawa and Toronto. The flights will operate from June 28 through September 2, 2017. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NL
The Town of Holyrood is receiving $122,918 in government funding for an oceans-related project. The project is to promote Holyrood as a place to conduct oceans related business. The funding will help further build the oceans sector. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NL
Canada Fluorspar has received a $5M from the federal government to re-activate the St. Lawrence mine. The repayable contribution will help with the purchase of clean-technology equipment, and is expected to create 400 construction jobs, and 200 jobs while in operation. N/A Job Creation MB
According to government officials, 2017 will be a busy construction season in Cape Breton, with work on a second cruise ship berth and a new wastewater system in Sydney among projects to take place. The recent re-opening of the Donkin Mine is also positive news for the area. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Parks Canada will fill 100 positions for students at its Cape Breton locations during the 2017 season. The jobs will range from office positions to labourers. Public Administration Job Creation NS
Fresh Food Truck and Smokinstein Food Truck will begin operating in the Halifax area in April 2017. The owner, who is relocating the trucks from Barrie, ON., plans to hire four full-time and up to eight part-time workers. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The Halifax Employers Association will hold a job fair in March 2017 to add 32 casual longshoremen to its reserve of workers. This will help deal with increasing cargo volumes, and labour shortages during busy periods or when workers retire. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NS
Pizza Girls will open on the corner of Blowers and Grafton Streets in Halifax in May 2017. It will be the fourth location for the business in the Halifax area. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
Rosborough Boats in Beechville has been awarded a $7.3M contract to build rescue boats for the Arctic patrol vessels being constructed at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax. The company will add two positions in 2017 to its current staff of 12 employees. Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Ontario-based metal distributor, Metal Supermarkets, has opened a franchise location in Burnside, and has four employees Retail Trade Job Creation NS
A tender has been issued for the major expansion of the Dartmouth General Hospital, with work to begin in May 2017. The project is estimated to cost between $132 and $138M. More tenders will be issued throughout the year. Construction Other Type of Event NS
A job fair for the new Outlet Collection Winnipeg mall was recently held in the city. The mall is set to open in May, and will create more than 1,300 full- and part-time jobs. N/A Job Creation MB
Manitoba Hydro has revised its cost estimate for the Keeyask dam project. The project is expected to cost $2.2B more than the initial estimate of $6.5B. Construction Job Creation MB
The City of Steinbach has awarded Maple Leaf Construction a $2.33M contract for various city infrastructure projects in 2017 Construction Job Creation MB
The Province of Manitoba is providing more than $6.1M for 15 community-based capital projects that will create up to 739 new licensed child-care spaces Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
The City of Winnipeg has implemented a hiring and wage freeze on many positions to help deal with a $9.5M shortfall in the 2017 budget. The city is also cancelling or delaying some major projects to help with the budget deficit. N/A Layoff MB
Sunrise Records is planning to replace HMV retail spaces in malls across Canada, including two in Winnipeg Retail Trade Job Creation MB
The Manitoba government introduced legislation to create Efficiency Manitoba, a stand-alone Crown corporation that will deliver energy-efficiency services Public Administration Job Creation MB
The Canadian Blood Services Donor Clinic in Brandon will close on June 8. Seventeen staff members were recently given a 90-day layoff notice. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff MB
The Main Street Project has secured two years of funding from the City of Winnipeg. The $126,000 annual grant will be used to patrol the city's streets for persons at risk when the weather is extremely cold. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
Manitoba's unemployment rate dropped from 6.1% in January 2017 to 5.8% in February 2017. The number of people employed in the province edged up 3,400 during this period. N/A Job Creation MB
Fools & Horses is set to open at the Forks in early summer. This will be the Winnipeg-based coffee shop's second location in the city. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation MB
Postmedia is planning to lay off 54 workers in Vancouver by April 8. Layoff notices are expected to be delivered to impacted workers at the Vancouver Sun and the Province by the end of March. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff BC
The Manitoba government is spending $44M on 72 public school infrastructure renewal projects across the province Construction Job Creation MB
The Tache Promenade Renewal Project and The Forks North Portage Partnership have received $1M in federal funding for projects that will link St. Boniface and The Forks Construction Job Creation MB
The new $700M Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant will be constructed in North Vancouver by 2020. The project received close to 58% of its funding from the federal and provincial governments. Construction Job Creation BC
The City of Winnipeg selected Marrbeck Construction for the renovation and expansion of Seven Oaks Pool. The $7M project is expected to begin this spring. Construction Job Creation MB
The Kuugaq Café recently opened in Cambridge Bay, employing eight people. The Ublu Inn has also opened in the same building. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NU
The Surrey Central SkyTrain station will undergo a $25M upgrade to improve capacity, accessibility and safety of the station. Construction is expected to start in early April and should be completed by the end of 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
The Illagiitugut Iqaluit Girl's Group Home is expected re-open by June 2017, following a nine month closure. Atlantic Youth, a Halifax-based company, will operate the Iqaluit facility. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NU
The City of Prince Rupert awarded a $6.9M contract to Kledo Construction to work on the Shawatlan Raw Water Pipeline Project. Construction to replace the pipeline and build an access road to the dam will begin this spring. Construction Job Creation BC
According to the Government of the Northwest Territories, the European Union recently exempted the Inuvialuit from a ban it imposed in 2010 on the import of any seal products. As a result, the Inuvialuit can, once again, sell seal skins and fur fashions. N/A Other Type of Event NT
Construction of a new 15-bed stand-alone hospice residence in Langley will begin this summer. The new residence will replace the current facility, located on the Langley Memorial Hospital grounds, once it opens in 2019. Construction Job Creation BC
Darnley Bay Resources plans to start drilling at its Pine Point lead-zinc project near Hay River, and has signed a drilling contract with a local Indigenous company Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NT
Enbridge is planning to replace a section of its shuttered Line 21 pipeline from Norman Wells to Zama City, Alberta. The $53M project is subject to approval from the National Energy Board. Construction Other Type of Event NT
According to a survey conducted by KPMG, BC's clean-technology industry employed 8,560 people and generated an estimated $1.8B in revenue in 2016 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event N/A
The Government of Canada granted $17.6M to UtherCast of Vancouver. The company will use the funding to develop patented cutting-edge earth observation technology, which can be used for disaster management, forestry and agriculture. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation BC
The Government of BC is granting $2M to the BC Public School Employers' Association's recruitment and retention program. The funding will be used to support solutions for school districts with hard-to-fill positions in rural and remote communities. Educational Services Other Type of Event N/A
Fashion retailer Zara, and Canadian sportswear chain Sporting Life, are opening in Calgary's Market Mall in fall 2017. Saks Off 5th will be moving into a nearby location in 2018. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Lakeland College is offering a full-time hairstyling program at the Lloydminster campus starting this fall. The college will be hiring six Red Seal hair stylists as instructors. Educational Services Job Creation AB
IBM Canada and District Ventures have opened a business accelerator in Calgary that will offer entrepreneurs mentorship, collaboration, and access to IBM technologies N/A Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is hiring 50 Crown prosecutors and an additional 30 support staff to address the backlog of cases within the criminal justice system Public Administration Job Creation N/A
Gleeds, a global property and construction consultancy, has opened its first Canadian office in Calgary. The company is concentrating on the local energy and infrastructure sectors. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is extending operating and treatment hours at cancer centres in Edmonton and Calgary Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation N/A
The federal and provincial governments have signed a new Health Accord that will provide $1.3B for home care and mental health services over a 10 year period. These investments are in addition to the existing commitments of the Canada Health Transfer. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation N/A
The Government of Canada is providing $6M to help Alberta deal with ongoing opioid problems. The funding will be used for opioid replacement therapy, conventional treatment and supervised ingestion sites. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation N/A
Sunrise Records is opening seven new music stores in former HMV locations across Alberta, as part of a Canada-wide rollout. The stores are expected to be operational in April 2017. Retail Trade Job Creation N/A
The University of Alberta is receiving $14M for energy sustainability research from Mexico's Ministry of Energy Hydrocarbon Fund. The collaborative five-year projects will enable researchers in Canada to partner with Mexican research institutions. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The federal and provincial governments are providing $1.3M to upgrade and repair seniors and affordable housing units in Lethbridge. The funds will be used in projects such as mechanical systems, sidewalk improvements and to address accessibility issues. Construction Job Creation AB
Paterson Grain is moving ahead with the construction of a $50M Inland Export Grain Terminal near Bowden. The company expects that the project will create up to 100 jobs during construction, and at least 12 full-time jobs during operation. Construction Job Creation AB
The Footprints Family Centre, a childcare facility operated by Catholic Social Services in Lloydminster, is closing on April 15 due to financial issues Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff AB
The University of Calgary, in collaboration with Mexican universities and research institutes, has received $44M for four knowledge networks to support joint research projects that will aid energy reforms in Mexico Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The University of Alberta has received a $500,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study the physical and mental health of the 3,500 firefighters involved with the Fort McMurray wildfire Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation N/A
The City of Medicine Hat is evaluating construction bids for the $9.9M Veiner Centre, which was severely damaged in a 2013 flood. Construction is expected to start in spring 2017 with completion projected by summer 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
According to the latest Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey, about 20% of employers in the Red Deer area are planning to hire employees in the upcoming quarter. Meanwhile, about eight percent anticipate job cuts. N/A Other Type of Event AB
A housing construction project of 112 rental units is being built in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, thanks to an investment of $25M Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Bedford arena will be renovated at a cost of $2.9M, thanks to a provincial government assistance of $800,000, in addition to a federal government assistance of $500,000 Construction Other Type of Event QC
Dep, a record distributor located in Montréal, is closing its doors, resulting in the loss of some 15 jobs Wholesale Trade Layoff QC
Forage Orbit Garant, a company located in Val-d'Or, is seeking to fill some 60 drill jobs. For more information, visit http://www.orbitgarant.com/en/sites/fog/Careers.aspx Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation QC
The Home Depot renovation centre is looking for 16 people to fill various positions at its Granby store. For more information, visit http://careershomedepot.ca/index.php Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Reflex Photonics, an optics and optical solutions manufacturer located in Montréal, announced the creation of 14 jobs following an investment of nearly $5.5M by 3 partners Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The City of Montréal announced an investment of $46.1M to modernize the sports fields on its territory. The implementation of the projects is planned for 2017-2019. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Home Depot renovation centre is planning to hire 12 new employees at its Sherbrooke store Retail Trade Job Creation QC
A new Pizzeria NO. 900 restaurant opened its doors in Sherbrooke. The opening of this establishment led to the creation of 20 new jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Haute-Mauricie is lacking specialized workers, including forest engineers, forestry technicians, heavy or stationary machine operators, electricians and architechts. Retirements will vacate many jobs. N/A Job Creation QC
Renaissance des Îles, a seafood preparation and packaging company, is experiencing recruiting difficulties following the departure of about 15 permanent employees from its 2 plants located at Îles-de-la-Madeleine Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Premier Tech created over 100 jobs in Rivière-du-Loup in 2016. The company involved in the development of innovative agricultural products and technologies, will build in 2017 an office building to welcome new employees. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Babillard de l'emploi, intended as a survey of vacant positions in the Les Basques MRC, will be held on Tuesday March 28 in Trois-Pistoles. Job seekers will be able to apply for job offers matching their profile. N/A Other Type of Event QC
The Canac Group is planning to open branches in Pont-Rouge and Thetford-Mines. Each store will cost between $5M and $6M and should create about 90 jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Stonetree Development Corp. will build 55 townhouses in the Village of Markdale. The $13M development will start in May and is expected to be completed by next spring. The addition will bring up to 500 jobs to the community. Construction Job Creation ON
Forge Hydrocarbons Inc. is expected to begin construction on a $25M renewable diesel fuel plant in St. Clair Township by fall 2017. The facility will employ up to 25 workers, with construction creating around 200 jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Polycorp Ltd., a manufacturer of engineered rubber parts in Elora, will receive $2.5M from the Government of Ontario towards a total investment of $17M over five years, creating 26 jobs and retaining another 146 positions Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Resolute Forest Products will close its Saint-Hilarion plant for an indeterminate period, effective May 8. About 50 people would be affected by this layoff. Manufacturing Layoff QC
The City of Plessisville received a grant of $1.2M from the government of Quebec to build a new fire station. Total investments will amount to $1.8M. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Provigo Le Marché, a food supermarket, will open a branch at the Grande-Place des Bois-Francs in Victoriaville. Montez, the company owning the establishment, will have to invest $5M to renovate the premises. Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
North Star Windows and Doors, a St. Thomas-based manufacturer, acquired Vaughan manufacturer TruBilt. North Star is expected to add at least 120 jobs by the end of 2019. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Blu Duby North restaurant opened a second location in London in December, creating about 25 jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Salon de Quilles Drummond will close its doors after 60 years of operations Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Canada will invest approximately $488K to create 23 new full-time positions for 23 skilled graduates to work at small-and-medium-sized businesses in eastern Ontario. Intake deadline is end of June. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Sunrise Records, a records merchant, will open a store in the premises previously occupied by HMV in Victoriaville Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
FDM4 International Inc. in North Bay, a computer software company, is hiring 20 staff including junior and senior computer programmer analysts Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
Major road construction is about to begin on Upper Sherman Ave. in Hamilton and will continue until December 2018 Construction Job Creation ON
The Government of Canada will invest $1.85M into the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute to purchase new research equipment and utilize new technologies. The project is expected to create 15 jobs along with 10 indirect positions. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
Les Spécialistes, a home appliance store, will relocate to 455 Saint-Joseph Boulevard in Drummondville. This move to larger premises could create a few jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Marathon de l'Emploi of Nicolet-Bécancour, an event which will allow job seekers to meet about 100 companies of the region, will take place on March 30 N/A Other Type of Event QC

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