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 2017

Canadian businesses reported 468,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, up 62,000 (+15.1%) from the third quarter of 2016. The overall job vacancy rate increased 0.3 percentage points to 2.9% in the quarter.

The job vacancy rate represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand; that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

Vacancies for permanent positions accounted for 80.2% of all job vacancies in the third quarter, up from 78.5% the same quarter a year earlier.

Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies
Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies

This was the fourth consecutive quarter with year-over-year increases in both the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate. As in the second quarter of 2017, year-over-year increases in job vacancies were broadly based across the provinces, industrial sectors and occupations.

Compared with the second quarter of 2017, the number of job vacancies (unadjusted for seasonality) in Canada increased by 1.6%, while the job vacancy rate was unchanged, as payroll employment also rose. By comparison, the number of job vacancies declined between the same quarters in 2015 while it had gone up between the same quarters in 2016.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
AltaGas has begun storing propane at its recently completed Ridley Island Export Terminal, located near Prince Rupert. The company anticipates beginning export operations from the terminal in the second quarter. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
The Government of BC is proceeding with safety enhancements to the Canadian National rail crossing at Mile 28 outside of Terrace. The $5M project will begin in summer 2019. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of Manitoba has created a $2M Military Memorial Conservation Fund for the preservation and maintenance of war memorials throughout the province Construction Other Type of Event MB
Liquor Mart Growler Bars will be closed as of July 1, 2019 Retail Trade Layoff MB
Manitoba Youth Job Centres are now open across the province until mid-August. The centres will help clients, ages 12 to 29, find summer jobs and provide employment-related resources. Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
The University of Manitoba's Wayne Fleming Arena is getting $1.2M in upgrades for the upcoming WHL season. The renovations are expected to be completed by September 2019. Construction Job Creation MB
The Government of Manitoba is providing the RCMP with more than $546,000 to support mental health assessment and crime prevention initiatives Public Administration Other Type of Event MB
The Lower Fort Garry Historical Site is now open for the 2019 season Public Administration Job Creation MB
Federated Co-op's feed production plant in Brandon is closing in October 2019. Ten workers are affected by the closure. Manufacturing Layoff MB
The Government of Manitoba is providing Peguis First Nation exclusive use of a quarry on Crown land, with the goal of establishing the land as Peguis First Nation Reserve Construction Job Creation MB
The Government of Manitoba is upgrading a 20km section of highway near Arborg Construction Job Creation MB
Crab fishing licences from the Acadian Peninsula have been transferred to people from outside the province. According to the Fédération régionale acadienne des pêcheurs professionnels (FRAPP), eight licences have been transferred over the past eight years, representing a loss of 160 jobs. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NB
The Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive program is creating mining opportunities in the Creighton area. The program provides up to a maximum of $750,000 per year, with successful applicants receiving up to $50,000. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation SK
Miramichi is expected to have its first full-scale craft brewery open up this summer. Once renovations are done the New Maritime Beer Company will operate out of 55 Newcastle Boulevard and will have an on-site taproom. Timber Ship opened a nano-brewery in the city earlier this year. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
A new APEC study states that the population of the three Maritime provinces is growing at its fastest pace in decades, mainly from immigration and a reduced outflow to Alberta. P.E.I. has grown by 2% and N.B. by 0.5%, but have more seniors than youth. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
The Copper Branch opened on 200 Champlain St. in Dieppe this month. More locations are expected to open in Halifax, Fredericton, Saint John, and St. John's in the coming months. The restaurant features only plant-based and vegan food. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NB
Lease of a public liquor store in Saskatoon's Lawson Heights Mall is set to expire on March 31, 2020. Sixteen employees are affected by the changes. Retail Trade Layoff SK
Cowessess First Nation is constructing a new youth transition home. The building will be home to 10 females between the ages of 14 and 17 years. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation SK
IPMC Smart Technologies recently opened its North American headquarters in Kelowna. The company, which provides specialized software to businesses, plans to hire more local staff later this year. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation BC
Twenty-three new fishery officers graduated at the RCMP depot in Regina. The next phase for the graduates is to complete 30 months of practical training in field offices across the country. Public Administration Job Creation SK
The Government of BC provided $5M to Geoscience BC. The organization carries out mineral, energy, water and earth science research that generates geoscience data used in the mining industry. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation BC
New Brunswick is forecasting that it will need to recruit 120,000 workers over the next 10 years, due to a large number of retiring baby boomers, as well as a high unemployment rate in the province. There are already labour needs for seafood plant workers, general farm workers, transport truck drivers, food service workers, personal support workers, registered nurses and teachers. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $700,000, through its Community Airport Partnership program, to improve infrastructure at nine community airports Construction Job Creation SK
The Government of BC launched the $1.8M CleanBC Building Innovation Fund. The program provides funding for the development and demonstration of advanced energy-saving building designs and technologies, and innovative low-carbon construction methods. N/A Job Creation BC
Construction on Weyburn's new $33.7M elementary school has started. The school is slated to open in fall 2021 and will include a child-care centre for 51 kids. Construction Job Creation SK
Compass Court recently opened in Penticton. The housing facility for people at risk of homelessness provides support services, shelter spaces, as well as mental health, substance-use and employment skills programming. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
The City of Regina is spending $29.5M to repair roads, $4.4M to upgrade bridges and $50M on sewer and water infrastructure projects this year Construction Job Creation SK
Nutrien is laying off 80 employees at its Vanscoy mine near Saskatoon, effective in the third quarter of 2019. The layoffs are a result of the company's decision to lower mine capacity and shift production to lower cost mines. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation SK
The Government of BC is contributing more than $47M to build a new elementary school in Coquitlam and a further $20M to upgrade three other local schools. The work will create space for an additional 820 students when it is completed in 2021. Construction Job Creation BC
DataCloud, a U.S. based mining technology firm, opened an office in Vancouver. The company uses Internet of Things sensors and cloud computing technology to provide highly accurate visualizations of underground iron ore and metallurgical coal bodies. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation BC
Discovery Co-op, a new grocery store and pharmacy in the Battleford, opened on May 16, 2019 Retail Trade Job Creation SK
The Comox Child Development Association received a $500,000 grant from the Government of BC to continue its "Pathways to Healing Partnership" program. The program provides specialized support and services to families who have experienced stress or trauma. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
Green Earth Daycare opened in Regina on May 13, 2019. The new child-care centre, located at Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, has 60 new spaces. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation SK
The Government of BC allocated an additional $5M to its Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to enable local governments, First Nations and society-run fire departments to upgrade their training and equipment Public Administration Job Creation BC
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen awarded Greyback Construction of Penticton a $450,000 contract to build a waste transfer station at Apex Mountain, east of Hedley Construction Job Creation BC
Nicola Mining plans to resume operations at its Merritt Mill later this year. The company is currently carrying out reclamation efforts at the former Craigmont Mine site. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation BC
The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $491,000 to the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres to help people with disabilities find employment Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
The Province, along with the University of Regina and Statistics Canada, is opening a Regina Research Data Centre. The centre will allow qualified researchers to access confidential data on issues such as population, household services, and health. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event SK
Tolko Industries Ltd will permanently close its Quest Wood sawmill in Quesnel on August 2 and cut one shift at its Kelowna sawmill beginning July 12. The changes impact approximately 150 employees in Quesnel and 90 workers in Kelowna. Manufacturing Layoff BC
The Province of BC is providing Sport BC with $2.5M over three years. The funds will be used to increase participation in sports by children from under-represented groups through the expansion of programs such as KidSport BC. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
The Greenery Cannabis Boutique has received provincial licensing approval to open in Salmon Arm. An opening date has not yet been announced. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. is investing $160M in its Port of Vancouver facilities. The upgrades include new ship-to-shore cranes, gantry cranes and container handlers. The upgrades are anticipated to create 1,200 new direct and indirect jobs. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
The Government of BC is allocating up to $10M a year under the Canada-BC Workforce Development Agreement to fund service providers who can deliver skills training and employment support programs for those facing barriers to employment N/A Job Creation BC
A new APEC study states that the population of the three Maritime provinces is growing at its fastest pace in decades, mainly from immigration and a reduced outflow to Alberta. P.E.I. has grown by 2% and N.B. by 0.5%, but have more seniors than youth. Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
Ice Level Sports, a family-owned hockey store in Richmond, will permanently close on May 25. The owners cite high operating costs for the closure. Retail Trade Layoff BC
The Fraser Basin Council received $750,000 in funding from the Government of BC to research and evaluate flood management strategies. The Council will also recommend strategies to improve prevention activities and partnerships among stakeholders. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation BC
Red Island Cider had its official opening on May 17, when it opened its doors at 101 Longworth Ave in Charlottetown. The cidery has three ciders on tap and features a retail area and a bar that can serve up to 15 customers. Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
The owners of a marina in Charlottetown have created a floating food court on the waterfront, with a targeted opening of May 24. Food operators will include Zak's Burgers and Shakes, the Chip Shack, the Sugar Shack, Boathouse Brews, and Nimrod's pizza. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event PE
Marine Transportation Services (MTS) will start its shipping season early to ensure delivery of overdue cargo to Paulaktuk, Kugluktuk, and Cambridge Bay Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NT
CN Rail has shipped the first train of thermal coal from Coalspur's Vista Mine in Hinton to Ridley Terminals in BC. CN is also delivering the first unit train of propane from Alberta for export via the new AltaGas Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Hut 8 Mining, a cryptocurrency miner, has confirmed that layoffs took place at the company's Alberta facilities in January and April 2019. The company has operations in Medicine Hat and Drumheller. Finance and Insurance Layoff AB
Wood Buffalo Housing, a unionized non-profit housing group in Fort McMurray, intends to lay off 25 workers and outsource the jobs to a third-party. The housing group has struggled to adapt to a slumping energy sector and is looking at a deficit of $1.5M this year. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Camore is introducing a land-use bylaw requiring new businesses to provide employee housing. The Canmore Hotel and Lodging Association is working with town officials to address the long-standing issue of affordable employee housing. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event AB
The federal government is investing up to $8M for Government of NWT's new Greenhouse Gas Grant Program for Buildings and Industry. The program will support projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. N/A Job Creation NT
The craft brewing industry in Alberta is set for further expansion, especially in rural areas. As of this week, there are 115 licensed breweries, both large and small, in Alberta, with another 13 pending. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The Government of Nunavut is planning to build three long-term care centres in Kivalliq, Kitikmeot, and Iqaluit. Construction on the Kitikmeot facility could begin as early as summer 2020. Construction Job Creation NU
The Job Resource Centre in Banff reports that labour shortages in the Bow Valley are not as dire as in past years. Staff suggest the improvement may be due to Alberta's higher minimum wage, now $15 per hour. N/A Job Creation AB
The federal and Nunavut governments recently signed a bilateral agreement to invest $5.2M towards new initiatives aimed at strengthening healthcare services in the territory Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NU
International Petroleum Corp. (IPC) increased its capital budget this year by $22M with some of the funds directed towards its oil recovery drilling program at CFB Suffield. IPC is also drilling five wells this year at its Black Pearl heavy oil site. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Olds College received a $200,000 donation from Farm Credit Canada to establish an AgExpert Data Lab inside the Smart Ag Innovation Centre at the school. The donation will also help fund the Olds College Smart Farm. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
NPower Canada, a non-profit that offers free tech training for unemployed young people, is opening a location in Calgary. NPower is providing 15 weeks of skills training, industry certification and job placement. Educational Services Job Creation AB
Calgary-based Wild Rose Brewery has approved its sale to Sleeman Breweries, a subsidiary of the Japanese multinational Sapporo Breweries. Wild Rose currently has more than 80 employees and has seen double-digit growth annually for the past seven years. Manufacturing Other Type of Event AB
Victoria Gold Corp. indicates that construction of its Eagle Mine is 90% complete. The company is currently looking to hire approximately 260 people to operate the mine. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
Maxim Power Corp. has raised the cost of its Milner 2 natural-gas fired power generation project to $138M due to design modifications and contractual agreements. Construction has started on the foundation for the plant. Utilities Job Creation AB
The Yukon Supreme Court recently approved the sale of Mount Nansen Mine to Alexco and JDS Group. The company will be responsible to remediate the site and for providing employment and training to the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation residents. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
Parks Canada has contracted with Graham Construction to build a $17.3M visitor centre in Waterton Lakes National Park. Scheduled to open in 2021, the centre replaces the one destroyed by the Kenow wildfire in September 2017. Construction Job Creation AB
The Tr'ochëk Limited Partnership and Northern Vision Development have purchased the Midnight Sun Hotel in Dawson City, with plans to refurbish the building. Upgrade work is expected to begin immediately and should be complete by next summer. Construction Other Type of Event YT
Parks Canada plans to spend $424,500 to restore the 1943 Atlin barge located near the S.S. Klondike Historic Site in Whitehorse. Repair work will begin this summer and is expected to last through fall. Construction Job Creation YT
The City of Whitehorse awarded a $3.2M contract to Ketza Construction to build a new fire hall. The city's old fire hall will be demolished to make way for a new services building. Construction on the fire hall is expected to be complete in 2020. Construction Job Creation YT
Lethbridge College is launching its architectural animation technology diploma program. Graduates are expected to find work assisting architects and clients with building code-compliant spaces for residential, hospitality, institutional or retail uses. Educational Services Job Creation AB
The Government of Canada is providing up to $2.6M to four women's organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women in Yukon N/A Job Creation YT
The City of Medicine Hat has awarded almost $2M in coil-tubing projects to two companies. Wahl Construction was also awarded a $1.6M contract for renovations at the Kinplex recreation centre. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Black Gold Fishing Services, a downhole fishing and rental tool company based out of Cold Lake, has opened a service centre in Grande Prairie to support its operations in the Fox Creek and Whitecourt areas Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Hotel Equities, an international hotel owner, operator and developer, has opened its first Canadian office ¿ in Edmonton. The firm has 23 properties in Canada, representing 20 percent of its worldwide holdings. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Cambridge Bay Hamlet Council approved 10 building permits valued at $53M. Among the approved projects were new offices for the Kitikmeot Corporation and the Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization, and a new campus for Nunavut Arctic College. Construction Job Creation NU
Production at Tornado Global Hydrovacs's Stettler facility is shifting towards the North America market. Last year, the facility was used to design and produce equipment for China's rental and demonstration fleet. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Keyera Corp. and SemCAMS Midstream ULC are building a $1.3B natural gas liquids and condensate pipeline system that will connect producing areas to Keyera's processing operations in Fort Saskatchewan. The system is expected to be operational in 2022. Construction Job Creation AB
TransAlta plans to build a $175M wind farm in Fort Macleod with 43 turbines and enough capacity to power 88,000 homes. The Windrise project is expected to create 300 jobs during construction. Construction Job Creation AB
Toy Sense opened a second loation in Thunder Bay Retail Trade Job Creation ON
A new restaurant, Grace, is opening in London at the end of May, creating 16 positions Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
A kitchen supply retailer, Cooke's Essentials, opened in Kingston Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The Beerded Dog Brewing Company opened a microbrewery pub in Harrow Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Quality Inn and Conference Centre in Stratford, formerly the Festival Inn, will reopen in June, and plans to hire an additional 36 staff Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Domm Construction Ltd. began construction on a new fire hall and public works facility in Blyth Construction Job Creation ON
Chuck's Roadhouse Bar and Grill opened in Sarnia, employing 40 people Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Pupatello and Sons Ltd. will start a $1.4M restoration of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Windsor-Essex in May, with work expected to be completed in the fall Construction Job Creation ON
Pressure Drop, a clothing boutique, with a café and bar, opened in Ford City Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation ON
Hey Noodles restaurant opened in Mississauga Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
9 Queen Chinese restaurant opened in Brampton Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario is investing $20M in the construction of an Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division detachment in Mississauga, with expected completion in 2020 Construction Job Creation ON
Toys Toys Toys, a specialty toy store, opened in Brampton's Bramalea City Centre Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Whaley¿s Corners Public School opened in Brampton Educational Services Job Creation ON
Empire Company Limited is constructing a customer fulfillment centre in Vaughan for Sobey's upcoming online grocery home delivery service; approximately 1,500 jobs will be created from the expansion Construction Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario is investing $1.3M in three mental health services organizations in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, supporting eight new positions Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
Construction will begin in June on a $2.4M renovation of the Ottawa Public Library in Hintonburg, with expected completion in early 2020 Construction Job Creation ON
Xplornet Communications Inc., a broadband service provider, is expanding this summer and looking to fill approximately 30 new positions in Cornwall Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
A new Canadian Tire location opened in Wellington County, creating 40 positions Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Moose Mountain, an indoor children's play space, opened in Wellington County Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Outdoor Travel, an RV and camper dealership in Hamilton, began construction on its new facility in Beamsville, with completion expected by spring 2020 Construction Job Creation ON
The Government of Canada invested $1M in a new natural gas filling station for Truk-King Logistics and Envoy Energy in Fort Erie Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
iPotato, a Mediterranean eatery, opened in Waterloo Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Tesla, Inc., an electric vehicle manufacturer, opened a service centre in Kitchener Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Bowling on Broadway, a bowling alley and arcade facility, will open in Orangeville in May Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Whyte's Foods Inc., a food manufacturer, held a job fair on May 20-21 to fill 100 positions at the new factory in Wallaceburg Manufacturing Other Type of Event ON
Transcontinental Inc., a Canadian newspaper publishing and marketing company, is closing its Brampton facility by the end of 2019, affecting 125 employees Manufacturing Layoff ON
Beau's Brewing Co. in Ottawa will layoff four to five employees in an effort to restructure against growing craft beer competition Manufacturing Layoff ON
Tarkett Group will close the Johnsonite flooring plant in Waterloo by the end of 2019, laying off 70 workers Manufacturing Layoff ON
The Government of Canada has awarded a $39M contract to Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates of Montréal to build 10 search and rescue transponders for National Defence. This contract will create or maintain 44 jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Government of Canada is investing more than $345M to modernize three key roadways in Greater Montréal. The project involves the extension of Autoroute 19, the renovation of the Pont Pie-IX bridge between Montréal and Laval, and the construction of a reserved lane. Construction Investment QC
The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) will soon be opening three additional outlets in the province in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Granby and Montréal Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Commission scolaire de Montréal (SCDM) announced the creation of 275 new positions for the 2019-2020 school year. It is seeking candidates for professional, support and management positions. Educational Services Job Creation QC
The Centre-du-Québec tourism industry is seeking to fill almost 500 positions for the 2019 summer season. N/A Job Creation QC
Bureau en gros-Staples Canada, an office supply retailer, will be holding a one-day job fair on June 1 in all 305 of its stores across Canada. The company is looking to fill 1,000 positions in its stores and distribution centres. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
IBIOM Instruments, a manufacturer of ergonomic medical equipment, is investing $1.9M to build a new plant in Sherbrooke and to acquire new equipment. The plant will be operational in late fall 2019. Manufacturing Investment QC
The Quiznos fast food chain closed its store in Drummondville Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
The Extreme Pita fast food chain closed its franchise in Drummondville Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
Kruger is investing $575M to build a tissue paper manufacturing plant in Sherbrooke. The provincial government will contribute $105M to the project. More than 180 people could be employed in the plant in spring 2021. Construction Construction QC
The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) is looking to hire between 15 and 20 people to work in its Sherbrooke store, which will open in late November. The amount of the investment was not disclosed. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
SherWeb, a company that specializes in the storage of cloud computing data and has its Canadian head office in Sherbrooke, is expanding its presence in the Voice over IP (VoIP) market by acquiring Pulsar360 Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event QC
Schäfer, a German subcontractor managing installation of the warehouse system as part of the construction of the IKEA distribution centre in Beauharnois, is forcing Mécanique CNC to layoff 90 construction workers Construction Layoff QC

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