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, first quarter 2017

Job vacancies rose by 58,000 (+17.5%) from the first quarter of 2016 to 388,000 in the first quarter of 2017. Over that same period, the job vacancy rate increased 0.4 percentage points to 2.5%. This was the second consecutive year-over-year increase in the number of vacancies and the job vacancy rate. All comparisons are on a year-over-year basis, unless otherwise specified.

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

Compared with the fourth quarter of 2016, the number of job vacancies (unadjusted for seasonality) in the first quarter of 2017 was little changed in Canada, while the job vacancy rate rose 0.1 percentage points. By comparison, both the number of job vacancies (-7.5%) and the job vacancy rate (-0.2 percentage points) fell from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Nova Scotia doctors have the lowest average wage in Canada, but there are more doctors per capita than elsewhere. Nova Scotia was the only province to see a net loss of doctors in 2016. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
Halifax-based Copernicus Studios indicates it is constantly recruiting employees and feels recent government and industry decisions to back more Canadian video productions will lead to even more business. The company now has 180 workers in the city. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation NS
Robinson's Cannabis Inc. plans to establish a medical marijuana growing operation and create about 30 jobs in Kentville within a year or so. The company has started clearing land for a facility, but still needs final Health Canada approval. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NS
The Labrador Fishermen's Union Shrimp Co. Ltd. hopes to turn the former crab plant in Mary's Harbour into a salt fish processing facility over the next three to four years Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
The hourly minimum wage in NL increased by $0.25, to $11.00 in October 2017 Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NL
Sears Canada will close its store in the Avalon Mall in St. John's over the coming months, as part of the latest national reduction of 10 more stores. About 1,200 employees will be affected across Canada by the latest round of closures. Retail Trade Layoff NL
Long's Hill Convenience, which opened in 1976 in downtown St. John's, closed in October 2017 due to the retirement of the owners Retail Trade Other Type of Event NL
The opening of a granite quarry in Jumpers Brook has been delayed indefinitely, according to the owner. The business had expected to open in the fall of 2017 and would have employed a dozen workers. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
Barite Mud Operations, a company that recovers barite from tailings from old mining operations, will receive assistance from the NL government to develop the skills of 13 new employees. The company would then employ 38 workers in the Buchans area. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NL
In New Brunswick, the aging population is an economic issue. It presents challenges in transportation and housing and will have an impact on health care costs. Utilities Other Type of Event NB
A new pub dedicated to chicken wings is slated to open October 14,2017 and will be located in Chuckles Lounge at the Parkway Mall. The co-founders state that once completed, it will be the largest restaurant in Saint John. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NB
The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a new study that shows that 1,735 physicians worked in New Brunswick in 2016, up 3.6%, compared to 2015. Over that same period, the number of specialists decreased by 1% in the province. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
New Brunswick's Armouries, as well as 100 more across the country were open to the public, in an effort to recruit more reserve members. In 2012, New Brunswick had 1,539 army reserve members. The current number of part-time reservists is at 1,321. Public Administration Job Creation NB
Sears officially closed its Saint John store on October 1, 2017. The Saint John location had 71 staff when the store closure was announced and hired 24 workers to help liquidate stock. The Bathurst store has also closed as part of Sears' restructuring plan. Retail Trade Layoff NB
The latest Report Card from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council states that Atlantic Canada needs to increase the number of exporters and expand into more markets. Both New Brunswick and Newfoundland had a drop in the number of exporters since 2010. Wholesale Trade Other Type of Event NB
New Brunswick employers are facing a 15% hike in workers' compensation rates in 2018, with employers to pay $1.70 for every $100 in payroll. According to WorkSafeNB, the rate increase is due to rising claim costs. Rates went up by 33% in the year before. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event NB
A new Statistics Canada report shows that PEI's average weekly wage has been falling since March 2017 and was $815.84 as of July 2017, the lowest in Canada. Nova Scotia recorded the next lowest average at $862.15, while the national average was $970.47. Public Administration Other Type of Event PE
According to Health PEI, only half of the psychiatrist positions on the island are staffed by actively working psychiatrists. Ideally 15 positions would be filled, but attrition, retirements, sick leave, and recruitment issues has impacted staff levels. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
PEI's Mussel King will receive $1.65M in loans from the province and ACOA to go toward the cost of a new cold storage facility. The facility will start storing mussels on October 16, 2017 and will lower transportation costs and help the company grow. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
The provincial government is granting $270,000 to support the tech company Bold Commerce in its hiring and training of 81 new employees and 10 existing employees over 2 years Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation MB
Nineteen new family doctors and three specialists have started or will soon start to serve communities in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
According to the Keystone Agricultural Producers, the 2017 growing season is expected to be an above-average crop Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event MB
Marymound North opened in Thompson on September 19, the new family resource facility offers early childhood care programs and services Educational Services Job Creation MB
Construction on Thompson's new wastewater treatment plant is expected to continue throughout the winter until its completion Construction Job Creation MB
Sears Canada intends to close its Polo Park location in Winnipeg, affecting 159 employees Retail Trade Layoff MB
On September 30, the Canadian Armed Forces held open houses in their armouries across the country, including in Brandon and Portage la Prairie, in order to increase the number of reservists. A faster enrolment process and paid summer jobs for students are new initiatives to improve recruitment. Public Administration Job Creation MB
Three historic buildings in Virden were destroyed by fire on September 23. Several businesses have been without services including power since the blaze. Retail Trade Layoff MB
Colette Bourgonje School recently opened in Saskatoon. The school has the capacity to accommodate up to 750 students. Educational Services Job Creation SK
St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School, a new public elementary school, recently opened in Saskatoon. The school is a part of the P3 Joint-Use School Projects that includes 18 publically owned elementary schools on nine joint sites in the city. Educational Services Job Creation SK
Regina City Council has approved a rezoning request to renovate an existing facility to accommodate a new mosque by May 2018 Construction Job Creation SK
The minimum wage in Saskatchewan increased from $10.72 per hour to $10.96 per hour on October 1. The changes will impact nearly 50,000 workers in the province. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Regina's first standalone Starbucks location opened its doors on September 23 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
Sunwing will be offering a new flight service from Regina to Mexico from December 21, 2017 to March 29, 2018 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation SK
The Canadian Armed Forces held open houses across the country on September 30 to boost the number of part-time reservists. The army is offering a faster enrolment process and paid summer jobs for students. Public Administration Job Creation SK
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., a Mumbai-based entertainment company, is setting up a production company in Vancouver. The content developed in Vancouver will span a wide array of genres. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation BC
Construction of the new $49.2M Argyle Secondary in North Vancouver is expected to begin in 2018 Construction Job Creation BC
The Township of Spallumcheen and CN Rail are partnering in a funding application to install an upgraded active signalized warning system at the Otter Lake Cross Road crossing. The $325,000 project is expected to be completed in 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
School District No. 91 Nechako Lakes is still seeking teachers to fill full-time roles. The district is looking to hire eight to 10 teachers on call to fill in for day-to-day absences. Educational Services Job Creation BC
J.E. Anderson and Associates, a land surveying and engineering firm, has opened an office in Campbell River. The company is relocating some employees and adding new staff. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation BC
The old Canada Customs building site in Victoria is set to undergo a $100M redevelopment that will include high-end condominiums and retail space. The Customs House project is expected to be complete in about two years. Construction Job Creation BC
Encana's new Tower natural gas processing plant began operations on September 20. The plant, budgeted at $715M, is the first of three new processing facilities expected to start up in Northeastern BC before the end of the year. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation ON
Pembina Pipeline Corporation expects to complete construction work on its Northeast BC pipeline expansion project by the end of 2017. Pembina and its contractors have spent $30M in Fort St. John and hired more than 400 local people to work on the project. Construction Job Creation ON
Parq Vancouver recently opened in downtown Vancouver. The new $640M development contains two hotels and a casino. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
Sears Canada is closing 11 stores across Canada, including four in BC. Nanaimo North Town Centre, Brentwood Town Centre in Burnaby and two stores in Kelowna will close within approximately three months pending judicial approval. Retail Trade Layoff BC
The Government of BC is spending more than $31M over the next three years to fight the opioid problem in the province. New addiction clinics will be opened and existing clinics will expand their hours in Vancouver, Burnaby and other locations. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
The Greater Victoria School District is spending $1.47M of surplus funds this school year. Part of the money will be used for technology support and district-wide library support. Educational Services Job Creation BC
School boards across the province are still struggling to fill teaching positions following a court ruling that reduced class sizes and required the Province to hire 3,500 new teachers. There are currently 400 postings for new teachers in BC. Educational Services Job Creation BC
Interior Health has shortlisted three firms to design and build the proposed $417M patient-care tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2018, with the building opening to patients in 2022. Construction Job Creation BC
Sleep Country Canada Inc. opened a 140,000 sq.-ft. facility in Brampton to act as a distribution centre and new head office Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation ON
Streit Manufacturing Inc., an armoured vehicle manufacturing firm, will open a facility in Midland by the end of the year, creating between 75 and 120 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Cineplex plans to open 10 to 15 new Playdium amusement centres across Canada, including one in Whitby, with construction beginning early 2018 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario is investing $4.9M, as part of a $36.2M investment, in MHI Canada Aerospace Inc.'s Mississauga facility to support the purchase of new equipment, facility upgrades, and train staff. The investment will create 90 new jobs and maintain 636 positions. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Toys ¿R¿ Us, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, and X-Play will open in Barrie's Park Place this fall Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario is investing $755,000, as part of a $6.8M investment, in J.P. Bowman Ltd., a tool and die manufacturer in Brantford, creating 16 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Giant Tiger opened a distribution centre in the Johnstown Industrial Park in the Leeds and Grenville counties, replacing its distribution centres in Ottawa. The centre will employ 300 workers, 240 of which are relocated staff. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
The Giggling Goats, a confectionary store, and Scott's Shoe Store opened in Pembroke Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The $7.5M reconstruction of the Sunset Strip west of Owen Sound is underway Construction Job Creation ON
Union Gas Ltd. began construction on a $1M pipeline replacement project in New Liskeard to be completed in early November Construction Job Creation ON
Firestone Fibers & Textiles Company will close its plant in Woodstock over an 18-month period, beginning Dec 31, 2017. The closure will affect approximately 170 employees. Manufacturing Layoff ON
St. Louis Bar & Grill closed in North Bay, affecting approximately 20 employees Accommodation and Food Services Layoff ON
A Tim Hortons in St. Catharines will close at the end of October Accommodation and Food Services Layoff ON
Cunningham & Poupore, a men's clothing store in Kingston, will close in mid-December Retail Trade Layoff ON
The Municipality of Saint-Charles-Borromée has announced a $3.5M investment to build a new residential sector on L'Assomption Boulevard. Sintra Inc. will start infrastructure work in early 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Sears Canada has announced the closure of its store in CF Fairview Pointe Claire. The company didn't give the exact closing date of this location or the number of jobs affected. Retail Trade Layoff QC
Stradigi, a Montréal-based company specializing in software development in the health care, sports, and social platform fields, expects to hire 30 people for its new applied research laboratory by 2019 Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation QC
Surplus RD, a retailer specializing in furniture liquidation, has announced the opening of a Laval location and the creation of about 10 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation held the official ground breaking ceremony for its new Montréal complex, which will be inaugurated in 2020 Construction Other Type of Event QC
Humaniti, a mixed realty project in Montréal comprised of three buildings for residential, commercial, and hospitality use, is under construction. The project is estimated at over $200M and will be finished in 2020. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Ste-Thérèse's city council has endorsed land sales, which enables buyers to go forward with their projects: constructing a bistro and 26 townhouses. Work will begin in early 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Broccolini, a general contractor, has announced a luxury residential project¿ 628 Saint-Jacques¿in downtown Montréal. This project, estimated at $150M with 251 apartments on 35 floors, should be finished in 2021. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Wilfrid Resto-Pub will open in Sherbrooke. The 190-seat establishment should create 20 jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Walmart has opened its new Supercentre store in Longueuil, creating 100 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Mondou, a pet store chain, has just opened a Chicoutimi location, which created several jobs Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Canadian Tire in Amos announced a $5M investment to construct a new store to replace its previous one, which became too small. Its opening scheduled for May 2018 will create about 30 jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Sears store in Drummondville has closed, leading to the loss of 60 jobs Retail Trade Layoff QC
A Stratos Pizzeria restaurant will open in Drummondville, which will create about 15 jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Métallomax, a Warwick-based company specializing in people-lifting products, has announced a $2.5M investment to expand its plant Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Héroux-Devtek in Longueuil acquired the Compania Espanola de Sistemas Aeronauticos (CESA)for about $205M Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The City of Coaticook has announced a $10M investment to build a new electrical substation. The substation run by Hydro-Coaticook should be operational by fall 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
A store from the Korvette chain will open in Richelieu. The $400,000 investment will create 10 new jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The City of Longueuil will invest $11M in building a Maison des ainés Construction Other Type of Event QC
A Tim Hortons restaurant, a Subway restaurant, a Marché Express convenience store, and a Ultramar gas station will open in Saint-Mathieu thanks to a $6M investment. The opening is scheduled for spring 2018 and should create 60 jobs. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation QC
Premier Tech in Rivière-du-Loup is advertising 150 positions, including 83 new jobs for production specialists, experts and generalists. The company operates in horticulture and agriculture, industrial equipment, and environment. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Taxi Beaulieu in Rivière-du-Loup is looking for 15 drivers. Retirees wanting part-time work are welcome to apply. Training, which lasts five to six weeks, is paid for by the employer, and candidates must pass the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec exam. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
Financial support given to four companies in Rimouski and Saint-Gabriel by the governments of Canada and Quebec will help create 18 jobs. Structures G.B. Ltée's project requires a $5M investment to establish a new work area. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation QC
During the week of September 18, a dozen employees working in operations and maintenance returned to work at Orbite Technologies Inc. in Cap-Chat. Moreover, operators work full-time and no longer part-time. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Clinique Médicale Synergie opened in Gaspé on October 2 and will eventually have a team of seven doctors and two nurses. The clinic hopes to join the Groupe de médecine familiale (GMF) de Grand Gaspé over the next few months. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Companies from Mauricie, Bécancour, and Nicolet/Yamaska that build machines or repair parts are having difficulty recruiting qualified staff. The Table métal machines, a committee comprised of almost 235 companies, has over 85 jobs to fill, including welders, machinists, estimators, programmers, electrical mechanics, and pipefitters. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
A charcoal production plant is under construction in Saint-Tite following a $6.6M investment. Xylo-Carbone will create 20 forestry jobs and retain 65 others when it comes into operation on November 28. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Duchesne et fils ltée in Yamachiche has hired about 40 workers since the spring following a new partnership. Between 10 and 15 employees should be added in 2018 because this material manufacturer expects to double its nail production. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Sports Experts invested $3M in expanding its store in the Les Rivières shopping centre in Trois-Rivières. Its number of employees has gone from about 60 to approximately 100. The store's surface area has increased from 19,000 to 30,000 square feet. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
ATRAHAN Transformation inc., a pork plant in Yamachiche, is looking for about 65 employees. The new owner Olymel aims for strong growth over the next few years and expects to hire 350 workers by 2020. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Premier Aviation Overhaul Center Inc. in Trois-Rivières is ready to hire some 60 people, in both skilled and day labourer jobs equally. However, recruitment is more difficult for more skilled jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Custom intervention service Cognibox (specializing in consulting services in occupational health and safety), Kongsberg (a manufacturer of automobile electronic circuits), and CGI Group are constantly looking for workers in Shawinigan Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation QC
La Villa du Jardin Fleuri, a retirement home in Trois-Rivières, closed on September 29 after being revoked of its certificate of compliance by the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie. Approximately 30 employees lost their jobs. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff QC
In Mauricie, some industrial electronics and information technology firms are facing recruitment challenges. The Table régionale de l'éducation is looking to hire workers in France in order to meet the demand. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event QC
La Voie Maltée, a microbrewery, will open a new branch in spring 2018 on Laurier Boulevard in Québec City. The result of a $3M investment, this new location will lead to the creation of some 100 jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Metro is planning on closing the McMahon warehouses in Montréal and Québec City and using the Jean Coutu Group's distribution centre in Varennes instead. Some 20 workers in Québec City will be affected by this closure. Wholesale Trade Layoff QC
In Québec City, CDI College will close its campus on Honoré-Mercier Avenue in February 2019, with the declining number of students cited as the reason for the closure. Some 20 administrative and teaching positions will be abolished. Educational Services Layoff QC
WestRock recently signed new contracts totalling $7M. Fifteen new positions have been made available, and two hiring fairs will be held on November 3 and 4 at 433 First Avenue in Sainte-Marie (Beauce). Manufacturing Job Creation QC
La Bourgade, a cheese factory in Thetford Mines, will move to Frontenac Boulevard. A fast-food restaurant is also scheduled to be built as part of the project. In all, 12 full-time and 6 to 10 part-time jobs will be created. Construction Job Creation QC
Progi.com, a Trois-Rivières-based software development company, requires an additional 40 employees. The firm, which has hired over 40 people over the past 5 years, has seen its growth slowed by this shortage of workers. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
An elementary school is currently under construction in Saint-Lin-Laurentides. This $17M project, which follows sustainable development principles, will be completed for July 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
GROUPÉ Mauricie-Rive-Sud is organizing an event that will put some fifteen information technology firms in contact with potential employees. The activity will take place on October 19 in the Cogeco Amphitheatre in Trois-Rivières. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event QC
The Centre de formation professionnelle Bel-Avenir in Trois-Rivières would be able to offer cooking training to additional groups if the student base were larger. According to the Centre, every student would have a job upon graduating. Educational Services Other Type of Event QC
Bentall Kennedy and investment partners are building a large industrial facility in the High Plains Industrial Park at Balzac. It's the first major speculative development since the early 2015 downturn. Construction Job Creation AB
Carter Cadillac has broken ground on what will be Western Canada's first-ever exclusive Cadillac dealership. The Calgary location is expected to open in late 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
The Canadian Institute for Health Information, which issues a report each year on doctor workforce trends, found that Alberta doctors were the highest paid in Canada again last year Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
St. Mary's Hospital in Camrose is undergoing a $1M redesign of its emergency room. Shunda Consulting and Construction are expected to complete the work by spring 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
Northern Lakes College is moving ahead with plans for a campus in High Prairie following a land acquisition from the High Prairie School Division. Construction is slated to start in 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
The Calgary Police Service is seeking funding for 55 more officers and civilian members to deal with rising crime levels. The Calgary Police Commission is asking for an additional $14.3M to fund these positions. Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta is investing nearly $200M in improvement projects along Highway 40 between the Yellowhead Highway and Grande Prairie. The funding covers 18 highway infrastructure projects over the next three years. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing $250,000 over two years to support small business and entrepreneurs in Lloydminster, through the East Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network N/A Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta increased the provincial minimum wage to $13.60 per hour on October 1st. The increase is a step in a gradual phase-in of a $15-per-hour minimum wage by October 1, 2018. N/A Other Type of Event AB
According to a local merchant, most of the businesses in Waterton Lakes National Park have closed early for the season following the massive Kenow wildfire. The park reopened on September 20th, but many staff have moved on to other jobs. N/A Other Type of Event AB
BMR Pierre Naud is building a temporary location following a fire that destroyed its Trois-Rivières hardware store. Some of the 30 employees are going to work at this location, and others were transferred to other company stores. Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden, southwest of Edmonton, is spending $4.9M on infrastructure projects this winter, as part of a total of $13M approved by the province in 2014 Construction Job Creation AB
Clark Builders and the Brenda Strafford Foundation are building Cambridge Manor, a state-of-the-art seniors' living facility in Calgary. The foundation is also spending $6M to renovate its Bow Valley Centre. Construction Job Creation AB
The Daishowa-Marubeni International pulp mill in Peace River has ceased operations for approximately six weeks following an explosion. According to the company, the mill's full-time permanent employees and contractors are still working and being paid. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
Cold Lake will be losing its present Canada Post-leased central postal outlet in the next three months, with retail postal services being offered out of a local retail store. The outlet currently has a postmistress and five casual employees. Public Administration Layoff AB

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