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  • Start date: 2019-09-30, End date: 2019-10-04
    Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2019

    P.E.I.'s army reserves held an open house in Charlottetown's Victoria Park. The reserves are looking for part-time people in positions such as vehicle technicians, weapons technicians and musicians for the regiment's band.
    P.E.I.'s energy minister announced an expansion at the Eastern Kings Wind Farm, which will add seven larger turbines, doubling the facilities wind energy output. The new wind turbines are projected to generate $2.5M in revenue in its first year.
    Numbers released by Statistics Canada show that P.E.I. led Canada in population growth at 2.2%, with the Island's population at 156,947 as of July 1. The median age on P.E.I. in 2019 was 43.2, the lowest in Atlantic Canada, but above the national average.
    The Charlottetown Airport Authority issued its 2018 Economic Impact Study, which shows that the airport added $62M to the Island's GDP. The airport employed 788 people and generated $41.7M in wages and salaries. In 2018 the airport saw 370,730 passengers.
    Elanco, an international biotech pharmaceutical company, announced that it is cutting 250 jobs among its global operations. Victoria's Elanco research and development operation is expected to be impacted by the cuts.
  • Start date: 2019-09-23, End date: 2019-09-27
    Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2019

    UPEI's paramedicine program now has 24 students enrolled in its two-year program. The courses are tailored to paramedics, as well as disaster medicine and crisis responders. Paramedics can apply their diploma toward a two-year Bachelor of Science degree.
    Statistics Canada's report on building investment shows that construction growth soared on Prince Edward Island, with investment up 37%. The strongest growth was in investment in new multiple-dwelling buildings, with a year-to-date growth of 154%.
    Holland College will begin offering its human services program at its campus in Alberton in January, to help address the shortage of workers in that field. Students in the program learn about and are trained to help people with various disabilities.
    Statistics Canada reports that P.E.I. restaurant sales are up almost 10% this year, compared to 2018. The P.E.I. Restaurant Association states that the younger generation tends to eat out more and there is a big increase in home food delivery as well.
  • Start date: 2019-09-16, End date: 2019-09-20
    Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2019

    A new P.E.I. pilot project started this fall to help address the shortage of workers in the aquaculture industry. The program is called Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries P.E.I., and participants will be provided training and four weeks of paid work.
    A new study from APEC states that Charlottetown¿s employment in the digital technology sector grew by 21% from 2001 to 2016, the second highest in the country. Charlottetown's digital technology sector employs 4.7% of the local workforce, but has trouble finding qualified workers.
  • Start date: 2019-09-09, End date: 2019-09-13
    Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2019

    Following heavy rainfall from Hurricane Dorian, DFO will close a large number of Maritime shellfish fisheries for at least a week, due to contamination concerns. In P.E.I. the area along Prince County will be closed, as well as a portion of Queens County.
    H.I.G. Capital is buying Charlottetown-based BioVectra for $250M US. According to BioVectra's president, the company expects to continue on its current growth path. BioVectra announced plans in March to add 150 more staff across its Charlottetown and Windsor, NS locations, adding to its existing workforce of 350.
  • Start date: 2019-09-02, End date: 2019-09-06
    Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2019

    The Construction Association of P.E.I. states that there is a need for 300 workers on the Island, with construction demands high in the midst of a housing shortage. It is reported that trained carpenters and site supervisors are the most in-demand.
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    StandardAero in Summerside, P.E.I. continues to grow and will hire up to 20 staff by 2020, such as gas turbine machinists, welders and painters. The company, which does work on aircraft engines, currently employs 500 people.
    The P.E.I. Agriculture Sector Council says there is a lack of Class 3 licenced drivers on P.E.I., to drive a heavy truck such as a potato tandem or grain truck. Island farms depend on drivers to get crops to storage or to processing.
    The provincial government is rolling out 42 new school buses, at a cost of $4.4 million, or $100k per bus, as part of an effort to reduce carbon emissions and improve student safety
    A new report from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council shows P.E.I. out in front on economic indicators. For years the province has delivered strong economic growth, driven largely by population growth, which has in turn been driven by immigration.
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    The Government of Canada and P.E.I. announced that it will invest nearly $7M over seven years to support projects designed to improve the sustainability and productivity of the seafood sector in PEI. The seafood sector is PEI¿s third largest industry.
    A Newfoundland non-profit is expanding to P.E.I. when it opens the Office to Advance Women Apprentices in Charlottetown this fall. The office will have two staff members mid-September, who will work with various trade groups and help women find work.
    A new report called Signs of the Times: Expert insights about employment in 2030, looks at how Canada¿s labour market could evolve over the next decade. Experts explored how technological, social and environmental trends could create new needs for services, skills, and jobs.
    ACOA will administer $10M in funding in Atlantic Canada for the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. Money will be invested in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are women-owned or led. The strategy aims to double the number of female businesses across the country by 2025.
    The federal government will invest $10M in a Living Labs initiative for PEI that will bring researchers, scientists and farmers together to address agri-environmental issues. It is expected that scientists and related professionals will be hired.
    The federal and provincial governments announced they will be investing $2.95M to improve support water, wastewater, and community infrastructure in Cornwall, Kensington, Albany, and Resort Municipality
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    A report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) states that Prince Edward Island had approximately 1,000 unfilled private-sector jobs in the second quarter of 2019. This compares to 7,400 in New Brunswick, 7,100 in Nova Scotia and 3,000 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    MacDougall Steel Erectors of Albany received $1.1M in government loans to establish its own parts manufacturing facility. The expansion will allow the company to build parts and other components which it would have otherwise had to buy, and in turn, reduce overhead.
    Citizens of Stratford and Cornwall will have Saturday bus service beginning on September 7. The owner of T3 Transit expects to see an increase in ridership which could lead to more drivers being hired.
    Pure EV, a specialized used electric car dealership, has opened on P.E.I. to address difficulties associated with trying to find electric cars on the Island. The Charlottetown location will offer cars ranging in price from $16,000 to just over $30,000.
    A major housing development proposed by Concord Properties was approved by Stratford town council this week. The project proposes to have 72 single family homes, 36 semi-detached homes, 9 three-unit townhouses, and some parkland developed.
  • Start date: 2019-08-07, End date: 2019-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2019

    A review of psychiatry services by Health P.E.I. indicates that over 1,000 Island patients have been unable to obtain an appointment with a psychiatrist. Some health professionals say that the backlog is partly due to a shortage of P.E.I. psychiatrists.
    The P.E.I. construction industry is addressing the growing shortage of skilled workers on the island with a new career promotional video and training programs. Industry-run training programs will be offered to First Nations, youths, and newcomers.
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    Arsenault Bros. Construction has begun site preparation on an affordable housing project in Summerside, which is expected to be completed next year. The building is being built at 160 Water Street and will have 72 units when done.
    Cavendish Farms will build a new $6M potato research facility in New Annan, P.E.I. The company wants to develop new potato varieties ideal for P.E.I¿s climate. The facility is expected to open in 2020 and will create 4 full-time and 12 seasonal jobs.
    The official opening of an Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada office in Charlottetown was held on August 8. Newcomers and residents have not had access to immigration services in the province since 2012 and had to travel off-Island up to now.
    Atlantic Beef Products has been recognized as a certified sustainable beef processing operation, the company announced Wednesday morning. The certification comes after a successful audit conducted by Where Food Comes From Inc.
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    A 60 unit, affordable housing building is being developed in Charlottetown with financial assistance from the federal government. There are more than 200 people in Charlottetown who are in urgent need of housing already on the building¿s waiting list.
    The Canadian Mental Health Association is opening an office in Montague next month. The office will offer services to the public, including peer group and one-on-one support and is scheduled to open to the public on August 5.
    A Bluefin tuna processing facility in North Lake, P.E.I., has been federally approved. The tuna plant will be able to sell into new markets such as China, Korea, the Middle East and Europe on top of the existing markets of Canada, US and Japan.
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    The 2018 Statistical Review for P.E.I. found that the Island¿s population grew to 153,244 in 2018, mainly due to immigration. Over the 2017-2018 period, 2,102 immigrants came to P.E.I., while 446 residents left the Island for other provinces.
    A business incubator organization, Propel, received $2.2M in funding from ACOA so it can offer programs to Atlantic Canada technology entrepreneurs over the next 3 years. Propel evaluates product ideas, and helps develop sales and marketing plans.
    The Cork and Barrel Homebrew Shop held its grand opening this month at the Bloomfield Mall. The beer and wine-making shop is the only store of its kind in West Prince, P.E.I.
  • Start date: 2019-07-15, End date: 2019-07-19
    Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

    According to a study by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, P.E.I. doesn't have enough agricultural workers. The report estimates that farms had $15M in lost production costs in 2017 and have been short about 200 workers since 2014.
    Prince Edward Island's tuna fishery opened on July 15 and will remain open until December 31 or until the quota of 155 tonnes is caught. P.E.I. currently has 359 tuna fishermen who either fish commercially or fish by catch-and-release.
    UPEI is hiring an off-campus housing coordinator to help students find housing in Charlottetown. According to CMHC, Charlottetown has an apartment vacancy rate of 0.2%. The new position is expected to be filled in the next few weeks.
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    The Caledonia-based Double Hill Cidery has launched their first cider product in Island liquor stores. Double Hill uses wild apples and has developed a unique P.E.I. approach to fermentation and aging.
    The Scotiabank branch in Morell, P.E.I., is closing on July 18, which will result in the credit union being the only bank in the community. Scotiabank stated that more people are choosing to bank online which was a contributing factor for the closure. The bank will transfer customer accounts to its Sherwood branch.
    ACOA announced $725K in funding for Lone Oak Brewing to the company establish a ten-barrel brewery and cidery in Borden-Carleton. The company will operate out of a 4,500 square foot space located in Gateway Village which it plans to open in the fall of 2019.
    Construction of a Microtel Inn and Suites is expected to begin in the fall of 2019, next to the Credit Union Place in Summerside. The 100-room hotel is expected to create more than 30 full- and part-time jobs and is scheduled to open in 2021.
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    P.E.I.'s education minister announced funding to hire 32 new teacher positions and 42 educational assistants to begin in the fall. Hiring will start when the budget is passed and school boards will decide where the positions will be allocated.
    According to the president of the Dental Association of P.E.I. there is a shortage of dental assistants on the island. Efforts are underway to boost wages and the profile of the job to entice more people to train and work in the profession.
    P.E.I. has expanded the scope of practice for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on the island. Some changes will see pharmacists prescribing and administering more vaccines and blood tests, and pharmacy techs accepting verbal prescription orders.
    MicroSintesis, a Charlottetown-based bioscience company, has secured a $16.4M private investment which will allow it to expand into global markets. The company plans to expand and scale up production, and double its 12 staff in a short period of time.
    Two businesses in Borden-Carleton as well as the town itself are recipients of the latest McCain grants. Island Gelato will receive $25K for its new business and Bernard's Welding will also receive $25K in order to expand its operation.
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    According to a survey conducted by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission in the fall of 2018, 96% of those that graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2012, report that they were employed. Median earnings among the 2012 Maritime graduates were $58,000.
    Tronosjet, a P.E.I. aerospace company, received over $3M in federal funding to develop new aerospace technology. According to Tronosjet's CEO, the investment will establish them as an advanced manufacturing facility and the research will create 18 jobs.
    The Agriculture Human Resource Council reports that Canada's farm labour deficit is expected to double by 2029. Farmers struggle to find domestic workers due to long hours, manual labour, are typically seasonally employed and rely on foreign labour.
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    Charlottetown-based Redrock Power Systems has been given $15,000 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the best drive system to produce a zero-emissions passenger ferry. The ferries would operate on Lake Ontario.
    The Atlantic Immigrant Career Loan Fund was recently established to help newcomers in Atlantic Canada achieve credential recognition. Newcomers can borrow money to pay for training and related expenses, enabling them to work in their chosen field.
    Charlottetown-based Dosecann has been busy preparing for the legalization of cannabis edibles. The company has been expanding quickly and stockpiling product, as well as hiring scientists, packaging and logistics workers, production supervisors, and more.
    A new report from Statistics Canada shows that job vacancies on P.E.I. increased by 38% in the first quarter of 2019. There were 1,635 vacancies and 8,000 Islanders unemployed. P.E.I. has the lowest wages in the country, averaging $15.75 an hour.
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    Tuition at Holland College will increase by 2% in September 2019, except for the police science program, which will remain the same. The policing program already has the highest tuition at $18,910 per year.
    According to the P.E.I. Snow Crab Fishermen's Association, many of the 27 boats in the Island's fleet have filled or are close to filling their crab quota this season. The quota was up nearly 28% from last year and catches are going for $5.50 a pound.
    Stratford's town council voted in favour of a propose 35,000 sq. ft. development at 19 Irving Lane, for a new Price-Mart store. The store would be part of a growing commercial development in the town and would also provide employment.
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    The Bogside Brewing opened in Montague at the end of May. The brewery produces beer and cider on-site, has a restaurant, a 90-seat taproom, and will host a weekly farmers market. The brewery has hired 10 staff and expects to hire more for the summer.
    According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, P.E.I. will see another strong year of economic growth, with major project spending on the island up 24% and valued at $531M. Growth will be driven by housing construction and infrastructure work.
    Construction has begun on a new 60-unit housing complex in Charlottetown's Hillsborough Park area. APM Construction was awarded the $10M contract, which will have 50 affordable units. The first occupants should be able to move in by July 1, 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    The biotechnology firm Somru BioScience has signed a joint venture with a Bangladeshi company, which it expects will enable the Charlottetown facility to expand. Somru employs 20 staff, but expects to add up to 100 jobs over five years, as it expands.
    The Charlottetown bridal shop, The Wedding Place, will close its doors once all of the dresses ordered by customers have been delivered. The business has operated since 1979, but couldn't compete against online sales in the past two years.
    iWave, a Charlottetown software company, has opened its new Kent Street location and is expecting to hire 100 staff over the next few years. The well-paying jobs include software engineers, data scientists, technology architects, as well as support staff.
    Despite employment being up and GDP growth that is expected to grow by 3.2%, insolvencies on P.E.I. have also been on the rise in recent years. The Superintendent for Bankruptcies reports that there were 426 consumer bankruptcies on the Island in 2018.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    A report issued from Statistics Canada shows an increase in temporary jobs nationally, while P.E.I has seen a trend to more permanent jobs. Factors impacting this trend include changes to EI, provincial hiring practices, and economic development policy.
    The St. Peters Area Development Corporation is proposing to build a $6.85M community care facility, with some independent-living apartments in St. Peters Bay, P.E.I. The corporation would like to break ground next year, but will need $6.5M in funding.
    La Coopérative Le Chez-Nous Ltée, a long-term care facility in Wellington, P.E.I., is undergoing a $2M expansion project. Expected to be done this November, the facility will be 5,600 ft2 bigger, have 12 new manor care rooms and about 10 more staff added.
    A new store called Unpacked will open this fall inside the Kent Street Market at the Confederation Court Mall in Charlottetown. The store will focus on grocery items sold in bulk and sustainable products, that have minimal packaging or are compostable.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    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.
    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.
    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.
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    The Charlottetown waterfront is busy with two major projects. Work on Founders Food Hall and Market should be completed this summer and is already filled with tenants. A second cruise ship berth is being built and expected to be done for the 2020 season.
    The P.E.I. Literacy Alliance has launched a new pilot project called Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries. Atlantic Aqua Farms is the first employer involved and will provide 12 people six weeks of free training and potentially future employment.
    The P.E.I. Liquor Commission has opened up 40 classified jobs, allowing its casual liquor store staff to apply before the general public. The province has 200 casual employees, who previously weren¿t able to apply for a permanent position with benefits.
    Changes have been made to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which will allow more spouses of immigrants to come into Atlantic Canada. Spouses can now apply for an open work permit in areas such as food and beverage, servers or long-haul truck drivers.
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    Farm land values went up by just over 4% on the Island last year, compared to 6% across Canada, according to a report released by Farm Credit Canada. P.E.I. saw strong demand for potatoes in 2018 and an influx of new families seeking land.
    A new Indian restaurant has opened at 339 University Ave. in Charlottetown, called the Bombay Cuisine. The restaurant will be open 7 days a week and will feature dishes such as butter chicken, chicken tandoori, samosas and more.
    Summerside currently has five significant residential developments underway that will provide about 120 new building lots or about 230 new single-family and semi-detached units. The mayor says it looks like it will be a banner year for construction.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has delayed the opening of P.E.I.'s spring lobster season due to high winds. There are about 1,100 fishermen involved in the spring fishery, which runs from North Cape and along the Northumberland Strait into Victoria.
    Members of the plumbers, pipe fitters and welders union walked off the job at various construction sites across the Island, demanding a new contract with higher wages. Local 721, which represents the workers, currently earn $29.82 per hour.
    A publication on post-secondary student employability titled ¿Shared Perspectives: Preparing Students for the Workforce¿ was posted on the UPEISU website. The report features student perspectives about employability at a national and provincial level.
    The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce are hearing that employers are finding it a challenge to recruit and retain workers as the summer season approaches. Positions include cashiers, housekeepers, servers, and tourism and hospitality staff.
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    A new microbrewery being proposed for Cornwall, P.E.I., has made it past its first reading with Cornwall council to allow rezoning and bylaw amendments. If approved, the Village Green microbrewery could open sometime in August.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    Statistics Canada states that the value of building permits issued on Prince Edward Island was 28% higher in 2018, compared to 2017. The total permit value was $385M, with single dwellings, multiple dwellings, industrial, and commercial all going up.
    UPEI's board of governors passed its 2019-2020 budget, which outlines tuition increases of two percent for international students and across its graduate and undergraduate programs. The university will also raise the first year tuition deposit to $500.
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    P.E.I. has two new businesses creating malt for the craft brewing industry, Shoreline Malting in Summerside and Island Malt House in New Glasgow. Growing malting barley can be a challenge as it is typical for only half of the crop to make the grade.
    A survey conducted by the Medical Society of P.E.I. reports that 56% of physicians responded that they plan to retire, leave the province, or downsize their practice. The society is hoping to address the issue with improved recruitment and retention.
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    The minimum wage increased across P.E.I. from $11.55 an hour to $12.25 an hour, as of the first of April
    Environment Canada has approved the commercial production of genetically-modified salmon by P.E.I.¿s AquaBounty. The self-contained facility in Rollo Bay will now be able to bioengineer salmon. AquaBounty anticipates hiring more workers as a result.
    Skills PEI says it has over 125 employers registered for this year¿s job fairs and over 2,000 seasonal, part-time and full-time job opportunities. Types of available jobs are in construction, bioscience, farming, professional and government services.
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    Health PEI and the P.E.I. Nurses' Union have reached a tentative agreement for its 1,200 registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Once ratified, the deal will allow nurses to receive 5.5% annual wage increases, as well as work-life balance improvements.
    Sekisui Diagnostics is expanding its facility in Charlottetown for the fourth time in four years, and expects to hire an additional 15 to 20 people. The location in West Royalty Business Park currently employs over 130 people in the bio-science sector.
    Health P.E.I. has a new program aimed to hire more nurses and nurse practitioners. The province is looking to fill about 80 nursing vacancies and hire five new full-time nurse practitioners. About 40 nursing graduates will be hired in the spring.
    Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL) is upgrading its processing facility in O'Leary with the help of $500K from ACOA and the P.E.I. government. The investment will go toward increasing butter production at ADL's plant, which employs 250 people.
    P.E.I. had the second highest job vacancy rate in Canada in 2018 and a UPEI economist suggests that employers need to offer higher wages in order to attract and retain workers. The province has the lowest wages in Canada and have risen only slightly in recent years.
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    P.E.I's early childhood educators will see a wage increase on April 1, 2019. Uncertified staff will get a $1 per hour more, while certified staff will get $2 to $3 per hour increase, and autism/special needs assistants will receive a $1 per hour more.
    A former DME employee and head brewer at P.E.I. Brewing Company, is pursuing plans to open a microbrewery in Cornwall. The project would require re-zoning to transform the Cornwall Dental Clinic into a small-scale brewery called the Village Green.
    Film P.E.I. says the Island's film industry is experiencing substantial growth in recent years and has seen its operating revenues increase from $1M in 2013 to $2.7M in 2017. A new studio is slated to open this April at the headquarters of Film P.E.I.
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    DME's new owners have finalized the acquisition of the Charlottetown company, renamed it as DME Process Systems Ltd. and have re-hired 61 former employees. The company is trying to rebuild client relationships and plan to hire more staff as needed.
    Leon's Furniture Store will move from its current Charlottetown location into a 38,000 sq. ft. space in the former Sears store by early summer. The larger space will double the selection of stock and five new people will be added to the current staff of 25.
    Charlottetown held a tourism job fair this week, with 37 P.E.I. tourism operators looking to fill over 900 summer positions. The job fair co-ordinator stated that it is challenging to find enough workers. About 500 people attended the job fair.
    The Bryson Family Farm in Iona opened a bakery on their property after having their basement renovated into an inspected commercial kitchen. The bakery is currently making products to order, but the plan is to eventually hire employees and add a café.
    The U.S. FDA lifted its ban on genetically-engineered salmon imports, which will allow AquaBounty to export eggs from its hatchery in Bay Fortune, P.E.I. The eggs can now be exported, but have to disclose that the food was genetically-modified.
    Three Rivers council has approved a zoning change, which will potentially allow an apartment building to be built in Montague near the Superstore. A proposed four-story, 56 unit building with 30 affordable units would be built if the project is approved.
    Statistics Canada estimates that private vacation rentals on P.E.I. such as Airbnb, accounted for almost $30M in revenue in 2018, compared to $451K in 2015. P.E.I.'s growth in this sector was second-highest in the country.
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    The Atlantic Beef Products plant in Albany, P.E.I. is looking to expand this summer. The company plans to expand its beef plant by adding more room for finished goods. Five to 10 new jobs could be created on top of the 120 staff currently employed.
    Holland College is starting a new project, to allow students enrolled in the welding or machinist programs, to continue working and finish their required testing online. It is hoped that online certification will boost apprenticeship completion rates.
    The Construction Association of P.E.I. is in Phase 2 of its campaign to try to address the worker shortage on P.E.I. With construction activity on the rise, the association wants to promote available opportunities, as well as the pay and benefits.
    Charlottetown biotechnology company BioVectra, will receive $37.5M in financing through the federal Strategic Innovation Fund. The money is part of a $144.6M, five-year project to expand the company's facilities and to add 150 new jobs in the Maritimes.
    P.E.I. Brewing Company is expanding for the second time in two years, with the help of $746.4K in repayable financing from the province. The money will go toward buying new brewing and packaging equipment.
    P.E.I. is offering a free school bus driver training program to help address the shortage of school bus drivers, through funding by the federal government. The Public Schools Branch has lost about a third of their substitute drivers this year.
    Red Earth Cannabis is proposing to open a $5M hemp processing and extraction facility in Brackley this summer. The P.E.I. company's first step is to break ground on a 14,000 sq. ft. facility on Union Road. It expects to employ 20 people at the start.
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    Burger King is scheduled to open a full-service restaurant in the Summmerside Walmart in late spring. It will move into the former McDonald's location, which closed a few years ago.
    Dosecann, a cannabis oil extraction company in Charlottetown, is going to staff 32 new jobs over two years. The P.E.I. government will help with up to $716K in labour rebates. The 42,000 sq. ft. facility produces medical and recreational cannabis oil products.
    Summerside's Payless is among the many Payless Shoe Source stores that will close across Canada by the end of March. The store in Summerside currently employs five workers, who will remain on staff until the merchandise is sold.
    Slemon Park Corporation will spend nearly $1M to modernize one of its buildings, to be used by Holland College's Atlantic Police Academy to train correctional officers. Over 300 recruits will undergo training from June 2019 to August 2020.
    The Conference Board of Canada is predicting rising growth for all four Atlantic provinces. P.E.I is expected to lead the country with 3.2% growth in 2019, thanks to a boom in residential construction and higher demand for Island products.
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions and New Leaf Essentials Ltd. are expanding their operations and have invested $10M into a new plant to process barley and peas in Slemon Park. The Summerside facility currently employs 12 staff, but plans to expand to 50 workers.
    The Charlottetown Airport announced that Air Canada and WestJet have increased their overall seating capacity for the upcoming summer months from May to October. Air Canada will increase capacity by 13% and WesJet's capacity will be about 18% higher.
    Invesco's Charlottetown office will receive $3.1M in provincial labour rebates over four years to grow its staff by 200 people. The investment management firm currently employs about 360 people in the city and plans to grow its workforce to 600 staff by 2023.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    A new study reports that child-care costs are now the second biggest parental expense across the country and have risen faster than the rate of inflation in 61% of Canadian cities. Typical fees across the country are about $1000 a month, although in Charlottetown the median cost is about $738.
    The Wicker Emporium in Charlottetown will re-open in its old location on March 2. The chain closed six stores in Atlantic Canada last October, but this was one of the better performing stores. Some former staff have returned and more may be hired.
    Ontario-based Eastern Fabricators have bought Atlantic Systems Manufacturing, which shut down last fall when Diversified Metal Engineering went into receivership. The new owners have re-hired six of the 13 former staff so far and are securing new work.
    Gass' Country Store in New Dominion will close its doors on February 23. The owners decided that it was too expensive to replace the 25 year-old underground gas tanks and could not get insurance. Staff have been offered work at Gass' New Haven location.
    According to the Early Childhood Development Association of P.E.I. it is becoming harder for government-regulated and subsidized child care centres to register a profit as operating costs rise. The province sets the fees, which haven't increased since 2015.
    Charlottetown Metal Products (CMP) is being bought out by B.C.'s Food Process Solutions. CMP manufactures food processing equipment and has 80 staff. There are plans to grow by doubling CMP's staff and adding up to 40,000 sq. ft. to its Milton facility.
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    W.P. Griffin Inc. in Elmsdale, P.E.I. has launched a new product line of Potato Cuisine mini potatoes, which they calculate will create six new jobs. The product will be sold in Sobeys, Foodland and select Co-op stores from Newfoundland to Ontario.
    P.E.I.'s tourism industry reported a 27% increase in overnight stays from 2013 to 2018, despite a 1.3% drop in 2018 over 2017 numbers. The cottage sector posted the largest growth at 41%. The Island has been developing new experiences aimed at tourists.
    A new Mel's Petro-Canada is being built at the intersection of route 13 and Cavendish Road. Although a seasonal location, it was felt that an upgrade was necessary with all the new Cavendish businesses. The Petro-Canada is expected to open June 1.
    According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, there were 77 new housing listings in P.E.I. for December 2018, a decrease of 38.9% from December 2017. A Charlottetown real estate broker states that demand is outpacing the supply of new homes.
    A new restaurant will open in the Bloomfield Mall, taking over the space recently vacated by Route 145 Bar and Grill. Uncle Mike's Up West plans to offer a family-oriented atmosphere and expects to hire 10 staff by time it opens in March 2019.
    BuildForce Canada's latest labour market report is forecasting that 2019 will be P.E.I.'s busiest construction season ever, and could even struggle to meet the supply of labour necessary to meet demand. Construction is projected to add 600 jobs on the Island by 2022.
    Health PEI says that due to a shortage of physiotherapists at QE Hospital (QEH), outpatient services will be limited. Recruiting has been unsuccessful at the QEH and there are eight vacant physio positions due to retirements, maternity and sick leave.
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    An Albany family-owned farm operation, Eric C. Robinson Inc., is getting out of potato farming and will focus on growing soybeans, forage and barley. Its other operations, Island Lime, P.E.I. Agromart and Garden Isle Farms, will not be affected.
    J.D. Irving Ltd. expects that it will need to hire 727 full-time staff on P.E.I. over the next three years, as well as non full-time staff, including 60 students. Cavendish Farms will need about 490 people and Kent Building Supplies another 300 staff.
    A Statistics Canada report analyzing 2017 annual incomes, found that Islanders have the lowest median income at $28,870, while the Canadian median was $36,980. P.E.I., however, registered the smallest income differential between top and bottom earners at $39,290.
    Irving-owned Cavendish Farms has imported 20 million pounds of potatoes from New Brunswick, Alberta, Maine and Idaho this year, a record amount. The New Annan french fry plant is mainly supplied by P.E.I. potatoes, but crops were impacted by poor weather.
    The Unique Work on Grafton Street in Charlottetown was shut down by provincial health inspectors after it found 30 violations at the restaurant. The department won't allow the restaurant to re-open until the owner has a plan to address the violations.
    P.E.I.'s minister of Education and Early Learning reports that a study on the early childhood educational (ECE) sector is expected mid-March. Island ECEs earn $12.48 to $17.56 an hour, while educational assistants in the schools earn up to $22 an hour.
    The Royal LePage House Price Survey reports that the aggregate price of a home in Charlottetown was $295,085 in the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of 7.1%, over the previous year. Nationally the price of a home in Canada increased by 4% to $631,223.
    Inclusions East, a non-profit group that provides employment and residential services to those with intellectual disabilities, is looking to build a $3M centre in Three Rivers to replace its current home. It is also looking to build a $2.56M residence.
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    Charlottetown firefighters have formally parted ways from CUPE local 501 and have formed their own union, the Charlottetown Professional Firefighters Association (CPFA). The CPFA had issues with CUPE such as outstanding grievances and shift scheduling.
    Island Stoneware has moved from Borden-Carleton to a larger space in Summerside, allowing better access to skilled talent and shipping services. The company is primarily a manufacturing wholesaler and is looking to hire new staff, such as a hand builder.
    A new study from APEC shows that P.E.I. has the lowest immigration retention rate in Canada, with only 16% of immigrants remaining on the Island after five years. The next lowest immigration retention rate in Atlantic Canada was in New Brunswick at 48%.
    A new Atlantic Provinces Economic Council report states that Atlantic Canada's labour force dropped by 30,700 between 2012 and 2018, mainly due to retiring baby boomers. The shortage of labour is particularly bad in low-skill sectors like food and retail.
    The receiver for Diversified Metal Engineering (DME) is negotiating with one of the companies bidding to buy the Charlottetown DME division. Its bid was deemed to be superior based on purchase price, financing and employment opportunities for DME's staff.
    The RCMP has hired its first reserve officers on P.E.I., who will backfill when the RCMP need more staff, and is looking to fill more vacancies. Reservists are former RCMP officers, but the program is looking to also include other retired law enforcement.
    The P.E.I. Department of Education has hired four educational assistants to work with the 150 new immigrant students who have arrived in the province since the fall of 2018. Five new contract teachers will also be hired. Many of the students need help learning English or French.
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    The Charlottetown Airport Authority reports that air traffic has increased 25% over the last five years and narrowly broke its record for passengers, with 370,730 passengers reported in 2018. The airport also completed its $18M runway project in 2018.
    The Summerside restaurant, Local 311, suddenly shut down on January 14. Staff had complained of pay issues and were down to five servers and two cooks. One of the owners reported that the business was bankrupt due to theft in excess of $100,000.
    The P.E.I. Cannabis Corporation says that the O'Leary store will be ready by the end of January, after facing unexpected complications and some procurement delays. Employees who were hired to staff the store have been working at the Summerside store.
    The P.E.I. Midwives Association has applied to be regulated under the new P.E.I. Health Professionals Act, allowing midwives to practise on the Island. Midwives want to be publicly funded like other provinces, and work beside health-care professionals.
    Parks Canada has begun its annual recruitment campaign, which will end on February 8. The goal is to fill more than 100 positions at various parks and historic sites. To apply you must be a high school or post-secondary student.
    P.E.I. has signed a 10-year bilateral housing agreement with the government of Canada, which will see at least $15M invested towards housing repair, construction and affordability on the Island. The agreement is part of the National Housing Strategy.
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    A Freetown entrepreneur who was awarded $25K from Innovation PEI, has used the money to buy equipment to make foeders. New World Foeders makes large wooden barrels used to age beer, wine and spirits. The owner hopes to become a full-time enterprise.
    The Freshest Fruits and Vegetables store opened in the former location of the Needs convenience store at 421 University Ave. The store sells typical produce such as potatoes and apples, but also international produce such as taro root and tamarillos.
    The owner of Route 145 Bar and Grill announced on January 3, that he was shutting down the bar after three years in business at the Bloomfield Mall. No reason was given for the closure and its unknown how many employees were affected.
    The Handpie Company recently relocated from Borden-Carleton to the former Scotiabank location in Albany, where it manufactures handheld savoury pies. The business is expanding and can offer year-round employment for pastry and culinary schools grads.
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    According to Statistics Canada, the percentage of people aged 60 and over who are working out of necessity, is the highest in P.E.I. at 53%. New Brunswick had the next highest percentage at 52.1%, while the national average was 49%.
    The P.E.I. government is surveying women who work in agriculture and fisheries to identify barriers in those industries. The survey is open until January 11 and will explore issues like mentorship opportunities. A report will follow in the spring.
    A 56-unit residential building is being proposed for Dale Drive in the town of Stratford, which would also include 30 affordable units. The developer, Pan American Properties Inc., is going through the rezoning process to get the project approved.
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    CareWorx, an Ottawa-based IT company, has merged with a Vancouver-based company and will be known as CareWorx Fully Managed. The merger will mean more opportunities, especially for its Summerside office, which does remote IT work and employs 85 staff.
    The Bank of Montreal has launched a financial relief program for P.E.I. potato farmers, whose crops were impacted by unfavorable weather conditions in 2018. The program will help alleviate challenges faced by farmers as a result of the poor harvest.
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts for November 2018 are up 93% compared to November 2017. The Construction Association of P.E.I. says that the industry is working at close to capacity to meet the high demand for housing.
    As the Halifax Regional Police launches its own police training program, Holland College's Atlantic Police Academy in Summerside, has seen its enrolment numbers drop. The Summerside academy had 62 cadets enrolled last year and 46 to start this January.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing over $200K in funding to P.E.I.'s Central Development Corporation (CDC). The CDC delivers projects to attract and retain newcomers, and also provides support services to not-for-profit organizations.
    A C.D. Howe Institute report states that many Maritime cities had high overall tax burdens on new business investment in 2018. Moncton was found to be at 45.1%, Halifax at 45.9%, and Charlottetown - 43.1%. St. John's was much lower at 34.6%.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    Health PEI's website will show the number of people on the patient registry according to counties, to see where demand is concentrated. P.E.I. has about 12,000 people on the waiting list for a family doctor and is currently trying to hire three doctors.
    A new round of funding through the Quality Oyster Aquaculture Program was announced this week in Alberton, P.E.I. Projects being considered are those that that promote quality control and innovative technology. The deadline to apply is December 21.
    A training survey conducted for Education 20/20 found that Souris residents want hands-on practical training, more information about training opportunities, and improved access to on-line training. Participants ranged from individuals to organizations.
    The receiver for Diversified Metal Engineering (DME), has revealed that DME owes over $27M to various creditors. DME's assets have an estimated value of $71M and the receiver has stated that employees will receive owed wages and accrued vacation.
    The Conference Board of Canada says that P.E.I. is expected to see strong growth of 2.7% next year, thanks to steady immigration and a booming tourism industry. New Brunswick's growth is projected to be just 1.3%, due to its aging and retiring population.
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    A CFIB report has found that a shortage of labour in Atlantic Canada has 22% of businesses considering cancelling expansion plans. Over two-thirds of employers stated they have trouble finding staff with the right skills and 20% can't find enough workers.
    P.E.I. is looking at all options to address the shortage of affordable housing on the Island. The province is looking to add 1,000 units over four years and is also offering rent supplements. Other solutions include micro-housing and taller buildings.
    P.E.I.'s first axe-throwing lounge, Chuck Hatchets, opened in Charlottetown this month. Located on Kent Street, next to the Sports Page, patrons can enjoy local beer from P.E.I. Brewing and Upstreet Craft Brewing. Famous Peppers will supply the food.
    Island Memories Gifts shut down after 10 years in business in downtown Summerside. The owner of the retail shop sold her own handmade crafts as well as those of 20 other local artisans. The shop owner decided to close shop following a recent back injury.
    Western Hospital in rural Alberton, is doing a six-month pilot ¿tele-rounding¿ project, in an effort to address doctor shortages. Doctors can treat P.E.I. patients via a secure video conference link and are assisted locally by a nurse or lab technician.
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    P.E.I. has a new program to attract physiotherapists to the province, with over 10 full-time vacancies on the Island. Recent physiotherapy graduates are being offered a salary plus $20,000 if they accept work in a rural hospital for at least three years.
    The P.E.I. government is offering as much as $23,000 to enable Islanders to open up home daycares across the island. Money would go toward renovations, furniture, equipment, and related costs. It is hoped that 14 daycares can be added by the end of 2019.
    Halifax-based Corridor Resources Inc. is decommissioning two exploration gas wells near Cavendish. The wells had never produced any commercial quantities of natural gas and will be capped off. The company will do remediation work at the site if necessary.
    CMHC reports that P.E.I.'s vacancy rate is at 0.3% in 2018 compared to 1.2% in 2017. According to a CMHC senior analyst, strong immigration levels are contributing to increased demand. The average rental cost of smaller units increased by over 5%.
    Charlottetown-based Diversified Metal Engineering has gone into receivership after 27 years of operation. The company employs around 165 people on the Island and creates products used in various industries such as craft brewing, marine, and biotechnology.
    3 Points Aviation, an aerospace company with operations in Charlottetown, has laid off 21 people as of November 30th. The company had previously stated it was moving its repair and overhaul operations to Calgary and keep some operations in Charlottetown.
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    ACOA will contribute $750,000 to go toward the construction of an 18,000 sq. ft. Urban Indigenous Centre on the Charlottetown waterfront. The facility will house a cultural centre, programming and services for Indigenous communities, and retail space.
    P.E.I. is on track to post a third straight year of manufacturing growth, with overall growth in the first three quarters of 2018 up 5.7% compared to 2017. Roughly 70% of manufacturing on the Island is in non-durable goods, such as food processing.
    The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has rejected Canada Post's latest offer, stating that it didn't address workload issues, injured workers, gender equality and more full-time jobs. The union is in its fourth week of rotating strikes.
    Port Charlottetown recorded its best cruise season in 2018, with 98,000 passengers visiting the port and a direct economic impact of just over $16.5M, an 8.2% increase over 2017. The Island also welcomed some new cruise lines and ships to the region.
    The P.E.I. Cannabis Corporation reports that due to high demand at its retail stores it will hire more casual staff members. FIGR, the company that supplies recreational cannabis to P.E.I., has also hired eight new employees to address order backlogs.
    The P.E.I. government says it's difficult to recruit planning officers, who process and approve building permits, which has caused building delays. Demand is high nationally and P.E.I. has increased the salary twice in an effort to fill its two vacancies.
  • Start date: 2016-08-29, End date: 2016-09-02
    Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    According to a recent report from Statistics Canada, PEI's average weekly wages are the lowest in the country at $827, which is a 1.9% increase over June 2015. Nova Scotia had the next lowest wage at $845 a week.

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