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Nova Scotia

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  • Start date: 2019-10-21, End date: 2019-10-25
    Week of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2019

    Doctors who have been servicing the travelling cancer clinics in Yarmouth and New Glasgow are suspending services until they receive workload help. About 50 patients in Yarmouth and 65 in New Glasgow will be impacted by the suspension.
    A provincial ¿sandbox¿ named ShiftKey has seen its program attendance increase, due in part to increased enrollment in Dalhousie University's computer science faculty. ShiftKey's programs are designed to promote tech entrepreneurship among students.
    Lindsay Construction began work in the fall of 2019 on a new, larger $12M health care centre in Middleton. The project will take about a year to complete.
    The Tilted Tap Pub has opened on Wyse Road in Dartmouth, and a KFC restaurant is under construction on Cole Harbour Road. Restaurant chain Mezza Lebanese Kitchen is also expected to open a location soon on Larry Uteck Boulevard in Halifax.
    The Sydney Call Centre, employer of over 600 people, held a fair job in October 2019 and plans to add another 100 workers before the end of the year
    Construction is underway on a $7M residence at the Strait Area Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Port Hawkesbury. Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, and tenders for some aspects of construction remain open.
    Propeller Brewing Co. will open its third Halifax-area brewing location and retail store, on Quinpool Road, in early 2020
    Crown attorneys employed by the province of Nova Scotia went on strike in October 2019 after negotiations around wage increases proved unsuccessful. The provincial government then sought an injunction that will likely end the strike quickly.
  • Start date: 2019-10-14, End date: 2019-10-18
    Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2019

    Truro Cannabis Co. has received federal approval to begin marketing its products. Located in the Truro Business Park, the company anticipates expanding its workforce in the coming months.
    SchoolsPlus, a program started in 2008 by provincial health authorities to provide mental health supports within Nova Scotia schools, has grown steadily and now employs about 180 social workers, clinicians, and support workers
    Massage therapy will become a regulated occupation in Nova Scotia, and workers will have to be registered and meet set standards in order to practice. Associations involved with the profession advocated strongly for, and support, the legislation.
    The province announced a $7.5 million expansion of Dartmouth General Hospital's dialysis unit. The expansion will see six new dialysis chairs, allowing for an additional 36 patients per week. The unit will close until construction is completed.
    Retailer Urban Planet will be opening a new store this December in Mic Mac Mall. In Dartmouth Crossing, Under Armour Factory House will be opening on November 7th, and Columbia Sportswear will be opening this Friday.
  • Start date: 2019-10-07, End date: 2019-10-11
    Week of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2019

    Glooscap Restaurant in Parrsboro reopened in October 2019, 10 months after a fire destroyed it. The restaurant employs 13 workers, with a plan to hire more in the coming months.
    Oxford Frozen Foods will expand and upgrade its production facilities in Oxford over the next year, which will likely lead to more jobs at the plant. The company is the largest supplier of frozen wild blueberries in the world.
    Within the Halifax area, Globo Shoes has opened in the Mic Mac Mall and food service chain Chopped Leaf will soon open in Upper Tantallon. A PharmaChoice drugstore, in downtown Dartmouth, and restaurant Jamaica Vibes, in downtown Halifax, have closed.
  • Start date: 2019-09-30, End date: 2019-10-04
    Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2019

    Due to a strong demand for more French education services, the Nova Scotia government will purchase Newbridge Academy, a former private school that closed in Dartmouth in 2019, and convert it into a francophone school by the fall of 2020
    U.S.-based clothing chain Forever 21 will close its store in the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth before the end of 2020, as part of the shutdown of all its stores in Canada
    Within the food service industry, Budapest Bisztro has opened at Washmill Lake Drive in Halifax, while The Five Guys restaurant is expected to open in December 2019 in Bayers Lake. Japan Deli in Burnside has closed.
    7 by 7 Restaurant, employing 14 workers, opened recently on Charlotte Street in Sydney
  • Start date: 2019-09-23, End date: 2019-09-27
    Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2019

    Edwardsville-based custom metal fabrication company East Coast Metal Fabrication hopes to create up to 80 jobs over the next five years, with the assistance of a provincial payroll rebate program
    A Leon's furniture store in Coldbrook that closed suddenly in January 2019 will reopen in September 2019, with several former workers among the 15 to 20 employees
    Used goods chain Value Village has opened in Bedford Commons, and will open in Bridgewater later in the fall of 2019. National home décor chain Bouclair closed recently in Bedford Commons, but will continue to operate two other area stores.
    Digby-based craft beer business Roof Hound Brewing Co. will open its second location, in Kingston in September 2019. The operation will include a taproom and retail outlet, and hiring is taking place.
    To address staffing challenges, nursing homes in Nova Scotia will now be able to hire some retired and internationally educated nurses to work as continuing care assistants, as well as hire temporary assistants for more basic tasks
  • Start date: 2019-09-16, End date: 2019-09-20
    Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2019

    A tender is out for the replacement of the Little Narrows ferry, and a Guysborough County ferry. The tender will close on October 18, and there is a preference for contractors who can start construction of the second ferry while the first is being built.
    NSHA will be hiring three physician assistants for a three-year pilot project. They will be assigned to the hip and knee orthopedic program to help surgeons during the operation, and to meet with patients before and after their procedure.
    The province announced it will be spending $11M to help upgrade the energy efficiency of public housing in the province. Work will include upgrading exterior cladding, attic insulation updates, and installing energy efficiency windows and doors.
    Halifax council has voted to add an additional 600 taxi owner licenses, to eliminate the Halifax, Dartmouth and county taxi zones, and require GPS, debit, and credit in all taxis. The new licenses will be added incrementally over the next few years.
    Halifax council has voted to increase bus fares at the end of September. Conventional adult fares will increase to $2.75, senior and youth fares will increase to $2, and MetroX bus fares will increase to $4.25.
    The province has released its 3-year plan for the first stage of the 10-year, $88M housing partnership they have with the federal government. $12.5M is for constructing 197 new affordable housing units, and $62M is for repairing existing units.
    A 2018 Economic Impact Study on the Halifax International Airport Authority has been released. It states that the airport contributed $3.8B to NS's economy, and that that 2018 upgrades created $90M in economic output and 550 full-time-equivalent jobs.
  • Start date: 2019-09-09, End date: 2019-09-13
    Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2019

    Aqualitas is expanding its cannabis production facility near Liverpool, and expects to increase its current workforce from 80 to over 100 employees within the next year
    Joint government funding of $98M will go towards the construction of new treatment plants in Glace Bay and Port Morien, as well as other wastewater upgrades in Cape Breton. Project start dates have not been announced.
    The province has ordered a stop-work order at a construction site in downtown Halifax where a crane collapsed during Hurricane Dorian. The Department of Labour's occupational health and safety division has also launched an investigation.
    DFO has shut down multiple shellfish fisheries across the Maritimes due to contamination concerns as a result of Hurricane Dorian. The shutdown includes parts of Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou Counties, and will be in effect for at least a week.
    Steele Auto Group is hoping to fill 59 positions through its Come Home campaign. They are offering relocation assistance of $2500-$7500 for those who will move for a Steele job in Atlantic Canada. Jobs include technicians, sale representatives, and management.
    Two Doors Down will be opening a second restaurant later this fall in Dartmouth Crossing. It is expected that they will hire 25-30 staff.
    The Bay It Forward program received new funding from ACOA and the province to help deliver the ARTpreneurs program in Glace Bay. The skills development program is for people aged 18-22 looking to become an entrepreneur in the arts and culture sector.
  • Start date: 2019-09-02, End date: 2019-09-06
    Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2019

    Zenabis hosted a job fair in August 2019, as it plans to add 45 new positions at its cannabis production facility in Stellarton. With the new positions, the company hopes to have between 80 and 100 people employed at the plant by Christmas 2019.
    The federal and provincial governments will partner with Mi'kmaw communities across Nova Scotia in a $16.5M initiative to improve energy efficiency in on-reserve homes. Improvements will include adding insulation, ventilation systems, and heat pumps.
    Food service businesses Yeah Yeah's Pizza, in downtown Halifax, and Backoos Korean Food, in Dartmouth, have added second locations in the area. Other openings include Kanpai Izakaya, also downtown, and sit down restaurant The Rustic Crust, in Tantallon.
    Black Harbour Distillers opened in August 2019 in Hubbards. The company currently makes rum and vodka, with a view to expanding its product line.
    Work is nearing completion on the Bayfield Travel Centre, a Paqtnkek First Nation and federal initiative near Antigonish that includes a 24-hour gas station and other truck-stop services. The centre is expected to open in October 2019.
    The federal government will provide support to Hacketts Cove-based ASKO Marine Biotech Inc. to help the company create six positions as it develops more products from its harvest of sea cucumbers, including dietary supplement capsules
    Construction of a $48.8M highway interchange near Bridgewater, expected to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2022, will create 480 jobs
    A McDonalds restaurant at the Pictou Rotary is expected to open in the summer of 2020, while a Starbucks coffee shop is currently under construction in the Aberdeen Shopping Centre in New Glasgow
    MacDonald Auto Group closed Causeway Kia in Port Hawkesbury in August 2019, as it decided to centralize the small sales and service satellite operation to its larger dealership in Sydney. Four people were employed at Causeway Kia.
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    A Freshii restaurant location has opened on Charlotte Street in downtown Sydney, employing 18 full- and part-time workers. International students seeking part-time work formed a large number of the applicants, according to the owner.
    Tsujiri Matcha Café, in downtown Halifax, Kebab Kitchen, in Burnside, and Pur & Simple, in downtown Dartmouth, are among restaurants that have opened recently or will soon open in the Halifax Metro area
    Moto Italia, a motorcycle shop on Acadia Street, has opened in Dartmouth
    Audiologists and speech-language pathologists will require licensing in order to work in Nova Scotia beginning in November 2019, and a newly formed body will regulate the professions
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    The federal government has awarded Irving Shipbuilding a 5-year, $500M contract to conduct maintenance on warships. It is expected to create or maintain 400 jobs at the shipyard, along with additional opportunities for subcontractors and suppliers.
    Ski Cape Smokey was sold to a New York-based developer who wants to turn the ski hill into a year-round destination by constructing a treetop walkway. The developer stated that they are planning to employ up to 300 people full-time.
    A new NSCC campus will be opening in Sydney in 2024, and a tender has been issued for an energy-conscious building design proposal
    Screen Nova Scotia and the Halifax Black Film Festival are partnering to offer four paid internship positions on the upcoming season of the TV show Diggstown. The internships will last for two weeks, while the show is being filmed in the province.
    The federal government will be giving $220K to NSCC for the Pathways to Shipbuilding for African Nova Scotians project. The project supports 20 African Nova Scotians looking to take the pre-apprenticeship welding diploma program at NSCC.
    The federal and provincial governments announced a community housing funding agreement where they will spend $394M on affordable housing over 10 years. The fund will be used across the province to build new housing units, and renovate existing locations.
    The province will be expanding its before-and-after school care program by adding an additional 40 pre-primary locations this school year. They are also planning to provide busing for 56 pre-primary locations, with a focus on rural communities.
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    AtlantiCann Medical is in the process of adding 12 workers to its current staff of 30 employees at its cannabis production facility in Lower Sackville. The company anticipates hiring another 10 to 15 people within the coming months.
    Sustane Fuels anticipates creating about 20 jobs over the next several months at its plant in Chester that converts solid waste into biomass fuels. The company is currently testing fuel made from recycled plastics.
    After 100 years in business, Dean's Flowers, a flower shop on Stanley Street in Halifax, has closed
    The federal government announced a commitment of $858,000 to renovate a Sydney-area building that will re-open as a 20-bed homeless shelter this fall. The province has also committed $768,000 for the shelter's renovations and management.
    Federal and provincial governments will spend $2M to build a new wharf on Georges Island, with an additional federal commitment of $1.6M for upgrades. Develop Nova Scotia will oversee the wharf's construction and with plans to issue a tender this fall.
    The Government of Canada announced a $2.5M investment in Ocean Crisp Apple Company, to help advance their apple processing technology. The Kentville company will receive $2M from the AgriInnovate Program, and $500,000 from ACOA.
    The provincial and federal governments announced they will spend $26M to build a 48-bed long-term care facility in Eskasoni, N.S. They also announced an additional $3M in spending to upgrade the community's internet service to fibre-optic.
    The province announced that next summer, employers will receive an additional of $1.50/hour with the Co-op Education Incentive, and $1/hour with the Student Summer Skills Incentive, if they hire young, diverse students through these programs
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    A report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives indicates that labour standards may not be adequate for vulnerable workers in Nova Scotia. Mandatory overtime after 40 hours and an increase in minimum wage are among its recommendations.
    Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2020 on new health care centres and long-term care homes in New Waterford and North Sydney. The initiatives are part of an ongoing plan to redevelop the health care system in Cape Breton.
    An end of life hospice facility, the third in Nova Scotia, will open in Membertou, hopefully by 2021. The Nova Scotia government will staff the facility.
    Site preparation will begin immediately on an $18M project to build a new location on the Sydney waterfront for Nova Scotia Community College's Marconi Campus. The campus is expected to open by 2024.
    Construction of a new $12M health care centre is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019 in Middleton. The project is expected to take about a year to complete.
    Local restaurant chain Charger Burger plans to open a location in Lower Sackville in the fall of 2019. National fast food chains Tex-Mex barBurrito, in Bayers Lake, and Chopped Leaf, in Bayers Lake and Dartmouth Crossing, expect to open soon also.
    Cherubini Metal Works, a major steel fabrication business based in Dartmouth, will expand its facilities and purchase new equipment, with financial assistance from the federal government. The company expects to add about 20 or more full-time jobs.
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    Ontario-based restaurant chain Meltwich Food Co. opened a location on Prince Street in Sydney in July 2019 that employs 18 workers
    The Nova Scotia government will provide 115 bursaries to people wishing to train as continuing care assistants in various post-secondary institutions. The need for more trained continuing care assistants in the province has been well established.
    Parsons Green Developments could start work before the end of 2019 on an approved project to construct three apartment buildings and some individual town home units on a former school property in Kentville
    A new restaurant, The Shawarma King, has opened on Sackville Drive in Lower Sackville. As well, construction has begun on a Tim Hortons and Shell gas station combination in Musquodoboit Harbour.
    National discount retail chain Giant Tiger recently opened a location on Chain Lake Drive in Halifax
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    Church Brewing Co. in Wolfville has hired 91 people since opening its restaurant on Main Street in January 2019. The business has also recently started its own brewing operation, and is about to open a retail space as well.
    Hantsport-based Morse Machining, a provider of machining and millwright services, will expand its Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technology with financial assistance from the federal government, and add two employees.
    Coloursmith Labs opened a research laboratory in the field of contact lens technology on Summer Street in Halifax in July 2019. The company has recruited six employees.
    Cape Breton University is hiring drivers for a shuttle service that will transport students to seasonal jobs in rural areas. Positions in the food and accommodations industry in those areas are often difficult to fill from the local labour supply.
    After closing a year ago, Boston Pizza will reopen under new management in late summer 2019 in the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow. The restaurant is expected to hire between 70 and 80 workers, and former employees will get special consideration.
    Clothing stores Under Armour and Columbia, in Dartmouth Crossing, and OshKosh and Carter's, in the Halifax Shopping Centre, will open later in 2019. Information technology store Canada Computers also plans to open soon on Chain Lake Drive in Halifax.
    The federal government is providing $2.5M to the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency to encourage up to 40 women to learn a skilled trade. Wage subsidies for employers, training, and employment support are part of the planned programming.
    Halifax-based VERB Interactive, a digital marketing agency serving travel and hospitality companies, will aim to create up to 130 jobs over five years with financial assistance from a provincial payroll rebate program
    A new pub, The Blunt Bartender, is expected to open on Prince Street in Truro at the end of July 2019
  • Start date: 2019-07-15, End date: 2019-07-19
    Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

    Yarmouth Cleaning Ladies, a locally operated business in Yarmouth, has grown from six to 15 employees in a short time. The cleaning of fishing and other vessels forms about 40% of the company's work.
    Production at the Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton has resumed after a rock fall had halted work earlier in July 2019. It was the second temporary closure within a year at the mine.
    Smith's Bakery, located on Agricola Street in Halifax which has been in business since 1932, will permanently close in August 2019. The closure is related to the sale of the building housing the bakery.
    McFadgen's Bakery, in business since 1948 in Glace Bay, is in the process of expanding its premises to increase production. The expansion may lead to more jobs at the company.
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    Lindsay Construction has begun work on a new $2.7M police station in Glace Bay and is expected to complete the project by late winter 2020. Dominion Drywall and Curry Brothers are among the list of sub-contractors hired for the project.
    Mahone Bay Brewing Company plans to open a cidery in Lunenburg which it hopes will be ready for business by the spring of 2020. The company currently owns two other brewing-related businesses in a nearby area.
    Roscoe Construction will build the new $8.7M municipal building for Lunenburg County, which council hopes to be completed by the spring of 2020. The mayor says costs for the project have risen due to a construction boom in the province.
    The Bitten Moon Pub, specializing in craft beer, opened in July 2019 in Glace Bay
    The Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton, which employs about 120 workers, has shut down indefinitely as investigators look into a rock fall that occurred in July 2019. The mine had resumed full production in May 2019 following a similar closure.
    La Femme Fatale+ will open a clothing store in the Sunnyside Mall in Bedford in the fall of 2019 and shoe retailer Sketchers will open a location later in the year in the Halifax Shopping Centre
    Rimot, a Dartmouth-based developer of a technology that monitors transmitter infrastructure in remote areas, plans on hiring more workers in data analytics, systems engineering, and sales
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    EnergyXSolutions Inc., a Toronto-based company that develops software technology to assist in improving building energy consumption, will establish a business development and customer support team in Halifax and create up to six highly skilled jobs
    Asian restaurant and sushi bar Hokkai opened recently in downtown Halifax. Pizzatown has opened as well on Young Street in the city, while another pizza chain, Snappy Tomato, will open soon in the Bayers Lake shopping area.
    IR Scientific Inc., a Halifax-based company that has developed a product to strengthen teeth, will receive financial assistance from the federal government to help establish a production process and hire five full-time employees
    Using computer solutions, Halifax-based biomedical firm NovaResp has developed a device to treat sleep apnea, which it wants to bring to market. The company plans to add an unspecified number of workers to its three full-time staff in the fall of 2019.
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    Axe-throwing entertainment company FlannelJax plans to hire 7 or 8 workers at a small call centre it will open in Sydney in July 2019 to take bookings for its North American locations. Over time, the company hopes to add more staff at the centre.
    Planning is in the early stages for a residential development in Lantz that would add 3,500 new dwellings over an unspecified period of years to the area. Armco Capital Inc. and Clayton Developments are involved in the proposed project.
    Nursing home operators indicate that there are about 300 vacancies for continuing care assistants in Nova Scotia. Personnel often are sourced from outside of Canada, and operators continue to explore ways of reducing burnout among staff.
    Beyond Food Inc., with assistance from the federal government, will establish a facility in Dartmouth to transform fruit and vegetable waste gathered from grocers into food supplements. The company expects to create up to 17 highly-skilled jobs.
    Boysenberry Boutique + Café opened in June 2019 on Charlotte Street in Sydney. The business, a combination of café and clothing store for women, has hired five part-time workers.
    The Keg Steakhouse & Grill opened in June 2019 in Dartmouth Crossing. Other recent openings in the Halifax area include café Boozy Cakes on Boland Road, and boat and paddle board rental shop Porters Lake Pontoon Boats at 4886 Highway 7.
    Jonelljim Construction will begin work soon on a renal clinic in Glace Bay. Plans are in the works as well for new community health centres in New Waterford and North Sydney.
    As part of a multi-year expansion, the Nova Scotia government announced it will invest $4.4M to create an additional 403 daycare spaces in the province. Recruitment and pay equality issues for early childhood educators remain challenges in the industry.
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    Ocean Sonics, a producer of devices that measure underwater sounds, hopes to expand its 17-person workforce (comprising of software developers, electrical engineers, and sales staff) following its recent move from Great Village to a larger building in Truro Heights.
    Some Halifax area employers that manufacture products for the growing ocean technology field claim that a shortage of machinists is often a hindrance to their business operations, and would like to see an expansion in training opportunities for the trade.
    Swaagat, an Indian restaurant located on Prince Street in Sydney, opened in June 2019. The business employs about 10 workers.
    Clothing chain Ecko Unlimited has opened its second Halifax area location, in the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth. Amo, a store selling cell phone and similar accessories, has also opened in Park Lane in Halifax.
    Sourwood Cider, a taproom and restaurant, has opened on Cornwallis Street in Halifax.
    Mike's Lunch, a restaurant employing 18 people in Glace Bay that had been operating for 109 years, will close in June 2019. The owner named increased competition and a poor local economy as factors for the closure.
    East Avenue, a restaurant seating about 80 people, is expected to open before the end of June 2019 in downtown New Glasgow.
    Oak Manor Men's Wear, in business for decades in downtown Antigonish, will close in the summer of 2019 due to the retirement of the owner
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    North Brewing Co. opened a retail outlet on Portland Street in Dartmouth in June 2019. A taproom and part of its brewing operation will follow shortly in the same location.
    Some uncertainty exists among unionized employees of Stock Transportation, after the Nova Scotia government cancelled the company's existing contract to provide school bus service within the Halifax area. The province will seek other service providers.
    The Sydney Call Centre continues to expand since reopening in January 2019, and will add at least 100 inbound call positions to support work created by the addition of a new client. Between 550 and 600 people currently work at the centre.
    Julep Kitchen & Cocktails, a restaurant on the corner of Barrington and Prince Streets in Halifax, opened in June 2019. A restaurant named 1862, on Granville Street in Halifax, and District 5 Bar & Grill, on King Street in Dartmouth, will open soon.
    North Brewing Co. opened a retail outlet on Portland Street in Dartmouth in June 2019. A taproom and part of its brewing operation will follow shortly in the same location.
    After receiving environmental approval for its planned satellite launching site in the Canso area, Maritime Launch Services now hopes to begin major construction in the spring of 2020. The company would like to have its first launch in late 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    The government of Nova Scotia will pilot a three-year program to attract immigrants in specific occupations, and begin by targeting continuing care assistants and truck drivers. Changes will also be made to existing immigrant entrepreneur programs.
    The federal government will invest $6.1M at Cape Breton Highlands National Park in ongoing improvements to road and bridge infrastructure and in a project to help restore salmon populations
    Construction, expected to create 880 jobs, will likely begin in 2020 in Halifax on a multi-year, $100M project to realign and upgrade several main traffic and rail connections to the Port of Halifax
    Dairy Queen will open a location next to the Tim Hortons on Trunk 2 in Fall River in the spring of 2020
    A Great Canadian Dollar Store, employing 12 people, opened in June 2019 in St. Peter¿s. A Subway restaurant, a Robin¿s Donuts, and a New Orleans pizza franchise, all new to the area, will also open soon in a building nearing completion in the town.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it would like to hire all of the 400 nurses who will graduate from programs in the province in 2019. As graduates often have many options, recruitment to some areas will remain a challenge.
    iGot Skate, a store that sells skateboards, accessories and clothing, opened in May 2019 on Main Street in Kentville
    Japanese restaurant Kyo Kitchen and Bar has been hiring staff in preparation for a planned opening across from Grand Parade on Barrington Street in Halifax
    Boardwalk Tap Room and Eatery will employ about 45 workers when it opens in city hall in Sydney in June 2019. Portside, the seasonal eatery and beer garden in the same area, will reopen in June and employ about the same number of workers.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    Ethiopian and Canadian takeout restaurant Ali¿s Place has opened on Highfield Park Drive in Dartmouth, while fried chicken chain Mary Brown¿s is about to open a location in Forest Hills Plaza in Cole Harbour
    Two arts and craft supply stores, Red Wagon Art Studio on Hammonds Plains Road and Crafty Fox Makerspace in Fairview, will open soon in the Halifax Metro area. Asian food market Goblin¿s Nibbles is also preparing to open in Spring Garden Place in Halifax.
    Eskasoni Cold Logistics Limited plans to employ four or five people at its seafood storage and shipping facility in Sydney, and may eventually add another 10 workers
    Halifax-based pharmaceutical research firm Solid State Pharma continues to grow and plans to add 25 highly skilled positions over the next five years. Other companies use Solid State¿s research to develop drugs and natural health products.
    The planned construction of two Coast Guard patrol vessels at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax will prevent major layoffs that might have occurred there due to a gap in production before the next major navy shipbuilding project starts in 2023
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    Halifax-based SalesRight will use recently-received venture capital funding to expand its three-member team. The company is developing software to streamline pricing models for businesses.
    The Barking Bean Café is expected open in June 2019 on Main Street in Hantsport, and plans to hire staff. The business will also include a health food store for dogs on the premises.
    Work is underway on a third course, to open in 2020, at the Cabot Links Golf Resort in Inverness. A new clubhouse with a restaurant is scheduled to open at the resort as well in 2020, and there are plans to add a health facility.
    Meteghan-based Riverside Lobster is one of several employers in southwestern Nova Scotia indicating challenges in finding labour because of outmigration and an aging population. Nearly half of the fish processor's 300 employees are from outside Canada.
    The federal government and non-profit sources have contributed over $7.5M to Uplift, which will enable the organization to hire 15 youth co-ordinators to promote healthy eating and exercise in schools across Nova Scotia over the next five years
    Women's clothing chain Ardene will close its store in the Halifax Shopping Centre in May 2019, leaving the Mic Mac Mall location as the only one remaining in the Halifax Metro area
    The owners of the Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton expect the operation to resume full production once final inspections are completed. The mine, which employs about 120 workers, had been running at limited capacity since a roof collapse in December 2018.
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    The Nova Scotia school system will add 173 positions in 2019 as part of a five-year plan for inclusive education. Guidance counsellors, school psychologists, autism specialists, and various resource teachers and assistants will be among those hired.
    Pickford & Black Local Seafood & Craft Beer, a recently opened restaurant and bar in the Historic Properties in downtown Halifax, has hired about 80 workers
    The Margaree branch of the East Coast Credit Union will close in July 2019, and two of the five workers will move to the Inverness branch. Three workers will lose their jobs, although the credit union is seeking opportunities for them.
    Sheet metal product manufacturer Protocase, an employer of 200 workers, has completed a $4.5M expansion of its Sydney facilities and will add CNC machining to its business line. The company is anticipating a growth in contracts.
    A Subway restaurant is expected to open by June 2019 on Plummer Avenue in New Waterford. About 10 to 15 workers will be hired.
    Ren's Pets plans to open in Dartmouth Crossing and on Chain Lake Drive in the near future. Velo's Pizza on Dutch Village Road, downtown Halifax bar Ruby's Rhinestone, and Ripsters Halloween Shop in Lower Sackville all recently closed in the area.
    A tender has been issued for the first year of a three-year project to cull trees at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax. As many as 80,000 trees could be taken down in the summer of 2019.
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    Kenny's Pizza plans to open within a few weeks in the Bedford Place Mall. It will be the second location for the business in the Halifax area.
    The planned openings in the spring of 2019 of the Sutton Place Hotel and partner restaurants Moxie's and Chop Steakhouse in the Nova Centre in Halifax have been delayed until early 2020
    Coffee shop Sine Coffee Labs is expected to open by the end of May 2019 in the Maritime Centre in Halifax. Employed baristas will undergo a training and certification process to expand their skill sets and prepare them to enter competitions.
    Owners of greenhouse operations in Nova Scotia indicate a number of challenges, including a declining rural labour force and competition from imported products and big box stores. Some operations have closed in recent years.
    Pond Classic Grill, a tavern in Bible Hill that opened in 1963, closed at end of April 2019. The business may eventually reopen under new ownership in nearby Truro if a sales offer goes through.
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    The Denturist Association of Canada says that retiring denturists in Atlantic Canada have difficulty finding suitable replacements to take eventually take over their practices once they retire. There is no school for denturists in the area, and those who have left to train elsewhere often do not return.
    Sydney-based Brilun Construction Ltd. Is scheduled to begin a $9.2M, one-year project in June 2019 to upgrade and expand the shuttered Bayplex recreation facility in Glace Bay. The facility will be renamed the ''Glace Bay Miners Forum''.
    Bedford-based Pomerleau Construction has been awarded a $4.26M contract to renovate the Dickson building in Halifax, part of a large, multi-year redevelopment of hospitals in the QE11Health Sciences system in the city.
    Yarmouth-based The Lobster Trap Co. plans to soon begin manufacturing plastic lobster traps in a yet to be determined space. The company also plans to increase its workforce from three to 10 workers by the end of May 2019.
    Long & McQuade will move its Sydney music instrument store to a new location on Prince Street later in 2019, where it will include a music lesson centre. Over time, the business would like to add a dozen or more independent music lesson teachers.
    St. F.X. University will begin a new, part-time B.Ed. program in the fall of 2019 aimed at people currently employmed on a full-time basis in rural areas who may wish to become teachers. The goal is to address possible future shortages of teachers in those areas.
    Dartmouth-based company GSTS plans to accelerate growth and increase its staff from about 12 to 30 workers over the next few years. The company uses artificial intelligence and analytical tools to generate data on ocean and weather conditions.
    The North Bay Fishermen's Co-op will enlarge its lobster holding system in Ballantyne's Cove, with financial assistance from the federal government.The larger facility will enable the company to create up to six additional seasonal positions.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    Halifax-based biotechnology firm Motryx projects it will increase its staff from five to eight workers by July 2019, and to 15 workers within a year. The company employs engineers and software developers with very specific skillsets.
    Construction will begin in the spring of 2019 on a new 82-room Hilton hotel to open in the summer of 2020 on the Acadia First Nation Reserve near Yarmouth. Several properties in the area's accommodation sector are also undergoing major renovations.
    The Backyard Beer and Wine Garden will open in June 2019 across from the Superstore in Upper Tantallon, with a restaurant likely to be added later in the year. Also, Avanti Pizza, on Boland Road in Dartmouth, has closed after 25 years in business.
    The approximately 240 workers at Tarkett North America's carpet factory in Truro will lose their jobs in July 2019 when the company closes the mill and moves all production to Georgia. The factory has been in Truro since 1964.
    Tourism Nova Scotia indicates the number of visitors to the province decreased by 0.8% in 2018 from 2017, but has increased by 27% since 2013. In 2018, visitation by air and licensed room nights sold increased slightly.
    The Hospice Society of Greater Halifax opened a new $7M end of life care facility on Francklyn Street in April 2019. The hospice employs 50 clinical-care workers.
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    A multi-million dollar project is underway in Ben Eoin to include a new restaurant and lounge, expanded accommodations, and a golf pro shop at The Birches resort. A residential development is part of a long-term plan as well.
    The owner of a McDonald's that is about to open soon in Valley, near Truro, is in the process of filling about 60 positions at the restaurant. A gas station and convenience store will also open on the site.
    King Street Beer, a taproom serving local craft beer, will open in May 2019 in downtown Bridgewater
    A new café, Open Book Coffee, will open in April 2019 on Strawberry Hill in Halifax, while Ontario-based pet supply chain Ren's Pets will open soon in Dartmouth Crossing
    Requests for proposals will be issued immediately for a $24M project to construct additional buildings at Nova Scotia Community College campuses in Halifax, Lawrencetown, and Port Hawkesbury
    The Nova Scotia government indicates a need for math and French specialists especially in the province, and wider recruitment efforts for teachers are underway. The supply of substitute teachers is also experiencing pressure.
    Aqualitas could add 30 to 40 more positions to its current staff of 50 workers by the end of 2019 at its cannabis operation near Liverpool. The company recently received a license to sell its product.
    Frank & Gino's Grill & Pasta House is scheduled to open near the end of April 2019 in the former Connors Restaurant building in Amherst. The business will employ a mix of about 32 to 40 full-time and part-time workers.
    The recruitment of anesthesiologists remains a challenge in Nova Scotia, as it is for specialist physicians generally in many parts of the country. The Yarmouth Regional Hospital recently lost three of its four anesthesiologists.
    The Nova Scotia government will expand its pre-primary program to 56 more schools in the fall of 2019. The program would then employ about 400 early childhood educators in the province, including about 224 that will be hired to support the expansion.
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    The provincial health authority will add a lab technologist position at the hospital at Neils Harbour, although it indicates shortages in the occupation in Nova Scotia and Canada.
    Software development companies Proposify and Introhive Services Inc. will benefit from a five-year provincial payroll rebate incentive to create jobs in the Halifax area. The agreements apply to 58 jobs at Proposify, and to 66 jobs at Introhive.
    Thai Ivory Cuisine has opened a second Halifax area restaurant. The new Young Street location will be known as Kajohn Thai.
    Aqualitas has received a license to sell the cannabis it has been growing in the former Bowater pulp mill near Liverpool. The company currently employs 50 workers at the mill site, nine office staff in Bedford, and plans to expand the operation.
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    The Donkin coal mine held a job fair for underground miners in March 2019. Given that training will be provided upon hiring, experience is not necessarily required for these positions.
    Marine Atlantic has been meeting with representatives of various groups as it launches an initiative to further diversify its workforce, in what it describes as a male-dominated industry
    Construction is expected to begin sometime over the next year on a $100M expansion of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney. Once completed, the facility will provide increased health services to the area.
    Playdium plans to begin construction of a games and entertainment complex in the fall of 2019 in Dartmouth Crossing. It is expected to open in mid-2020.
    Thrift store chain Value Village is expected to open a new location in Halifax Metro at Bedford Commons. As well, pizza shop Yeah Yeah's will open a second location in the city, at 1663 Barrington Street. No dates are available.
    With positons often difficult to fill, Louisbourg Seafood Ltd. is encouraging students to apply for seasonal work at its processing plants in Louisbourg and Glace Bay. Hours of work can be uncertain, however, as they are dependent on the catch.
    After 32 years in business, Sydney-based home décor business Finishing Touch Centre will close in April 2019, due to the retirement of the owners. The jobs of nine employees will be affected.
    Construction will begin soon in Osprey Village in Lunenburg on a new $7.2M municipal building for the area. It is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    The Nova Scotia government will hire eight specialists, including social workers, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists, as part of a pilot program in Halifax and Sydney to enhance service to children with autism
    The health authority has told nurses at hospitals in Canso and Guysborough that summer vacation requests cannot be approved until staffing issues are addressed. The nurses' union says recruitment issues at rural hospitals remain an important concern.
    New restaurants that have opened or are about to open in Halifax include Mabata, on the Bedford Highway, and Tako Loko, on Isleville Street
    Retail chain Home Sense has opened a location in the Granite Drive Plaza in New Minas
    Into it second year of production, Atlantic Gold now employs 280 workers at the open-pit Touquoy gold mine in Moose River. Pending approval, the company would like to start production in three nearby sites as well over the next couple of years.
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    Rodd Hotels and Resorts will create close to 150 construction jobs and hire at least 50 additional hotel workers as a result of renovations already begun on its two properties in Yarmouth. Both locations will be fully open by May 2020.
    The Nova Scotia government will commit $691.3M to its 2019-20 capital investment plan. Health care and hospital infrastructure, as well as school construction and information technology projects account for a large part of the expenditures.
    Work on phase 1 of a $9M project for Yarmouth ferry terminal upgrades is expected to begin in May 2019, and be completed by the fall of 2021. A Request for Proposals for project management has been issued.
    Lobster Pound and Moore, closed since the end of 2018, hopes to add three or four workers to its usual staff of six when it reopens and relocates its restaurant from Queen Street to Archibald Wharf in North Sydney in the spring of 2019.
    Mara, a Dartmouth-based company that focuses on developing algae-based nutritional additives, will add three researchers to its current staff of 23 workers. Many of the company's employees have doctoral-level qualifications.
    Unionized faculty members and librarians at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax returned to work in March 2019, after less than two weeks on strike. Both parties have agreed to have the impasse settled through arbitration.
    Officials at the Port of Sydney anticipate there could be a record high 114 cruise ship visits in 2019. A total of 12 visits are scheduled for nearby Louisbourg.
    Valley Waste will adjust service levels and shorten hours of operation at its waste transfer station in Lawrencetown, beginning in April 2019. Three employees were laid off as a result of the coming change.
    Restaurant chain Mezza Lebanese Kitchen will open a location on Herring Cove Road in Halifax in June 2019, while restaurant chain Wing'n It and retailers Reitmans and Halifax Watch have closed or will soon close their Dartmouth area locations
    Clearwater Seafoods and 14 First Nations in NS and NL have agreed to a 50-year partnership on the Arctic surf clam fishery that aims to protect existing jobs related to the fishery in both provinces.
    UpEast, a rock climbing gym, is expected to open in September 2019 as part of the redevelopment of the former Oxford Theatre on Quinpool Road in Halifax. The owner estimates about 10 to 15 jobs would be created.
    Structural steel fabricator RKO Steel, with financial assistance from the federal government, will add up to 30 positions at its Dartmouth facility as it incorporates advanced Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) technology to increase production
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    The Coady Institute at St.F.X. University in Antigonish will proceed with its earlier announced plan to reduce staff, but has managed to avoid involuntary layoffs. Five people have accepted severance packages, while some have found other positions.
    Unionized faculty members and librarians at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) went on strike in March 2019, following failed negotiations for a new contract. Key issues include wages, workloads, and job security.
    Zenabis has received a federal government permit to begin cultivating cannabis at its facility in Stellarton. The company, currently employing 20 workers, projects it will have 200 staff by the end of 2019.
    Biopharmaceutical manufacturer BioVectra plans to expand and add 110 jobs over the next two to three years at its facility in Windsor, with assistance from the federal government
    Halifax-based medical technology firm Alectic Microscience Inc. plans to add six positons, including biological and systems engineers and a software developer, as it commercializes a device it has developed to quickly analyze blood test results
    Massage Experts will open a location in the Sunnyside Mall in Bedford in March 2019
    Work will proceed immediately on a $6M phase of the multi-year, $30M refurbishment of the Oland Centre, the athletic facilities at St.F.X. University in Antigonish. The latest phase is expected to be completed in August 2019.
    The federal government will invest $2.4M to create 756 new child-care spaces in Nova Scotia. Of the new spaces, 455 will be in child-care centres, while 301 will be in family home child-care settings.
    National electronics retailer The Source recently closed its store in the Sydney Shopping Centre, resulting in the loss of three part-time positions
    Dartmouth based company Ace Machining will receive assistance from the federal government to expand its production capacity with the purchase of new Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) equipment. Four full-time positions will be added.
    Truro's first Home Hardware store, in business since 1973 on Willow Street, will close before the end of March 2019 with the retirement of the owner
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    The provincial health authority plans to hire over 400 nurses across Nova Scotia in 2019. While nursing shortages are not evident across the entire province, the authority says there are recruitment challenges in various rural areas or in more specialized occupations.
    A project to build a highway connection from the Burnside business park to other major roads in the area is expected to begin in the spring of 2019, and to create 150 jobs. Work is anticipated to be completed by 2023.
    Curry's Funeral Home in Glace Bay, which employs a director and three part-time employees, will close in March 2019 after more than a century in business
    Highland Grow will begin a program at its production facility near Antigonish to train Indigenous Nova Scotians interested in working in the cannabis industry. It also plans to increase its workforce from 15 to more than 80 employees over the next year.
    Gow's Home Hardware and Gow's Home Furniture will expand and combine their locations with a move to High Street in Bridgewater in May 2019. About 10 to 15 new positions will be added.
    Almonak, a restaurant on Almon Street, will open in Halifax in the spring of 2019. Clothing retailers Penti and Cazza Petite also announced openings in the Halifax area. The Lawn Guy, meanwhile, will open a second location.
    In addition to a tentative plan to begin construction of a gold mine near Goldboro in 2020, Anaconda Mining is now considering adding a processing facility to the operation. The facility would add an undetermined number of jobs to the entire project.
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    Despite some opposition from the industry association, Halifax Regional Council will raise the number of taxi licenses in the city from the current 1,000 to 1,600
    Peace by Chocolate now employs 45 workers at peak production at its chocolate factory in Antigonish, and hopes to double that number within a couple of years. A family of Syrian refugees started the business in 2016.
    Maplewave, a Dartmouth-based developer of software for the retail and telecommunications sectors, plans to hire more staff in well-paid positions as it moves forward with a project to grow its international market
    Garrison Brewing plans to open a taproom, retail store, and small brewery in late spring 2019 in the former Oxford Theatre building on Quinpool Road in Halifax. Garrison's main brewery will continue to be located in downtown Halifax.
    The Ville Caffeine Bar opened in February 2019 on Sackville Street in Halifax, while gourmet pizza shop G-Street Pizza will open in April 2019 on Gottingen Street
    Fitness chain World Gym will open a location in May 2019 in Woodlawn Plaza in Dartmouth
    Dartmouth-based Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems has been awarded a significant contract to design and manufacture sonar systems for the 15 navy combat ships to be built at the Irving Shipyard. The work will generate high-tech jobs in the region.
    Zutphen Contractors Inc. indicates that about 12 workers are currently involved in construction of the second cruise ship berth in Sydney. The company expects the number of workers on the project will grow to about 40 at peak. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2019.
    The Nova Scotia government will now require all companies whose portion of any bid on all provincially-funded construction projects that exceeds $100,000 to hire apprentices as part of their workforce
    WhistleBerry Market & Eatery, currently employing eight workers, opened in Salt Springs in February 2019. The business offers a selection of groceries, and produces its own meats.
    Century Nissan plans to construct a building and open a car dealership in the fall of 2019 in the East Gate Ridge business park in Antigonish
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    The provincial government will add 11 mental health and addictions staff to schools in Nova Scotia as it expands its outreach program aimed at helping youth cope with mental health issues
    The federal government has awarded a $185M contract to Lockheed Martin Canada for the design of 15 Canadian warships that Irving Shipbuilding will commence building in Halifax in 2023. The design work is expected to take up to four years to complete.
    Kinduct Technologies, a Halifax-based provider of fitness performance software to elite sports teams, will add three client support workers and a business developer to its current staff of 58 people
    Thrift store retail chain Value Village will open a location in the Bridgewater Mall in the fall of 2019
    The Canadian Press will cut six editorial positions, including four in Halifax, at the end of March 2019 due to a decline in subscription revenue. According to industry sources, the public increasingly reads its news on the internet.
    Unionized maintenance workers and firefighters at the Sydney Airport have a new four-year collective agreement that will include annual raises of between 2.15% and 2.50% over the life of the deal. The agreement is retroactive to 2017.
    While production has not yet restarted at the Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton following a ceiling cave-in in December 2018, all employees are now back to work. Some of the workers have taken on temporary roles until production resumes.
    In February 2019 in the Halifax area, chocolate retailer Leonidas Chocolates opened on Cole Harbour Road while restaurant Baan Thai closed on Blowers Street. Pickford & Black, a bar in Historic Properties, will open in April 2019.
    Bedford-based battery research firm Novonix Battery Testing Services Inc. expects to add five to seven more workers to its current staff of 15 employees over the next year as it begins a pilot manufacturing program
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    Due to funding shortfalls, the Coady International Institute at St. F.X. University in Antigonish plans to layoff about one third of its 30 workers. As it continues to seek funding sources, the university will proceed with the cuts and advise workers.
    Rita's Tea Room, a restaurant in Big Pond in business since 1986, will not reopen for the 2019 season
    Surrette Battery is incorporating advanced robotics and automation and also expanding the size of its battery production plant in Springhill. It will add 18 jobs to its current workforce of 82 people.
    Blockhouse-based Walls Metal Roofing expects to increase its workforce in 2019 due to strong product demand. The company had employed about 25 workers during peak season, and prefers to hire installers with carpentry or related skills.
    Quebec-based Hart Stores, a retail chain offering a variety of home furnishings and housewares, is expected to open a location in the Amherst Town Square Mall in the spring of 2019 that would employ about 10 to 15 workers
    The Sydney Call Centre will benefit through the form of provincial tax rebates if it creates up to 750 jobs by the end of 2021. The jobs of the nearly 500 former ServiCom employees, rehired in January 2019, are included in the numbers.
    The Port of Halifax anticipates 192 cruise ships carrying a record number of about 320,000 passengers will visit the city in 2019. In 2018, 198 ships arrived in port, but authorities say ships are getting bigger and carrying more passengers.
    A Petro Canada and Sobeys Express gas bar and convenience store has opened at the Halifax Exhibition Centre on Prospect Road, and an attached Tim Hortons will open in February 2019, a provider of internet support services, will lay off up to one third of its 130 workers in its New Glasgow call centre in the coming months as it streamlines operations. The centre had been actively hiring in the area since it opened in 2016.
    With the assistance of a provincial payroll rebate program, Savormetrics will create 75 jobs over three years, while Influitive will create 30 jobs over five years. The Halifax area employers develop IT products related to sales and food technology.
    Shipwright Brewing Company, a brewery that opened in late 2018 in Lunenburg, plans to expand its production and retail space over the coming months
    Many international students at Cape Breton University are working in part-time positons while attending school. The jobs, usually in the retail and food service industries, are often difficult for local employers to fill from the local labour supply.
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    The union representing paramedics says its members are burning out through overwork, and many of them may leave Nova Scotia as they did in 2013 for similar reasons. The Department of Health indicates it is working on a plan to address the conditions.
    Two Annapolis valley restaurants, The Crossing in Kingston and Driftwood in Berwick, closed in January 2019
    The federal government has awarded a $53.6M contract to Joneljim Construction to replace mechanical and sprinkler systems at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney. The multi-year project is expected to create and sustain between 60 to 80 jobs.
    Andra Motion Technologies Inc., a Dartmouth-based company that develops sensor technology for the film industry, is currently hiring and expects to double its current staff of 10 engineers in the next year as it develops new products
    Ardene, a women's clothing chain, will close its store in Bayers Lake in Halifax at the end of January 2019
    Land and Sea Instrumentation Ltd., a Dartmouth-based company that provides valve testing services to various industry sectors, is integrating new technology into its operation, and will immediately hire four technicians and possibly three more later
    A study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives indicates low wages and recruitment and retention problems continue to plague the child care sector in Nova Scotia. Higher wages for early childhood educators are among recommendations.
    Peppereka , a café employing 17 workers in Burnside Park in Dartmouth, opened in January 2019. The business expects to add about eight more workers as it expands into catering and supplying food to local gas stations.
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    A $2M construction project to revitalize the main street in Arichat is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019. Work will include improving sidewalks, storefronts, and landscaping features.
    After rehiring most of the 600 former ServiCom workers laid off in December 2018, the new owner of Sydney Call Centre Inc. has a steady stream of applicants for 50 additional full-time positons it intends to fill in the spring of 2019
    Covey Island Boatworks is increasing capacity and expanding its product line at its boatyard facility in Brooklyn. Three full-time positions will be added to its nine-member workforce.
    Canadian Maritime Engineering Inc. will begin expanding its shipyard facility in North Sydney in the spring of 2019, and could add 20 to 30 jobs in skilled trades jobs within a year to its current workforce of about 60 people
    In an effort to bring more diversity to its workforce, the Nova Scotia government is currently advertising to fill between eight to 10 casual relief positions for African-Nova Scotian and Indigenous correctional officers at its four adult institutions
    Difficulty in filling three positions for midwives in Antigonish has led to a suspension of the service in northern Nova Scotia. The province has had difficulty in maintaining staffing levels since it began regulating the profession in 2009.
    In addition to a tentative plan to begin construction of a gold mine near Goldboro in 2020, Anaconda Mining has been hiring local residents to assist in exploratory drilling activities it continues to carry out in the area
    Digby's municipal fire dispatch centre will soon begin providing service to the Yarmouth area as well and likely add workers in the spring of 2019. The centre currently employs five full-time and up to eight part-time staff.
    Halifax-based company Shift has been selected to establish youth care programs in Fort Smith, N.W.T., and is seeking to fill human services positions both there and in Nova Scotia. Shift has experience in running similar programs in northern Canada.
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    A Tim Hortons restaurant in Hantsport, opened in 2002, closed in January 2019
    Boardwalk Taproom and Eatery, a bar and restaurant to be located in city hall in Sydney, is scheduled to open in April 2019
    Dartmouth-based Metamaterial Technologies will collaborate with Dalhousie University to identify PhD interns to work on research projects using light technology. The company currently employs engineers in chemistry, physics, and related fields.
    Halifax-based Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) will receive $13.1M from the federal government to provide expanded pre-arrival services, including employment counselling and job search supports, to Canadian newcomers
    B.M.C. Seafoods Ltd. is in the process of adding equipment and enlarging lobster-holding capacity at its plant in Meteghan, which will enable it to convert 50 seasonal positions to year-round jobs and add 13 new workers
    Zephyr Rug and Home in Halifax and Giggles Pizza in Dartmouth both recently closed their businesses
    Hill Top Hops Brewhouse, serving beer made on site, opened in January 2019 in Brooklyn
    A panel of health experts indicates serious recruitment and retention problems are resulting in shortages of continuing care assistants and nurses within long-term care homes in Nova Scotia. The health department will focus on addressing the issues.
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    The Donkin coal mine, which employs about 100 workers in Cape Breton, has been shut down indefinitely after a ceiling cave-in while investigators try to determine the cause. No timelines have been given for when the mine would reopen.
    Bentley Leather, a national retailer of luggage, handbags, and accessories, will close its store in the County Fair Mall in New Minas in the coming weeks
    Two independently owned Leon's furniture stores, in Cold Brook and Bridgewater, closed suddenly in January 2018. The number of positions affected remains uncertain at this time.
    Ottotos, a tailor shop that makes suits, shirts and other menswear, has opened in Spring Garden Place in Halifax
    Jamaica Vibes, a restaurant in Spring Garden Place in Halifax, will open near the end of January 2019
    The hourly minimum wage in Nova Scotia will increase by $0.55 to $11.55 on April 1, 2019, and is expected to rise to $12.10 in April 2020 and $12.65 in April 2021.Workers with less than three months experience can be paid $0.50 less
    Dartmouth-based Cabinet Central will hire six people, including a cabinetmaker, shipper-receiver, and general woodworkers, for a new cabinet manufacturing and distribution centre scheduled to open in the Amherst Industrial Park by the end of March 2019
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    New owner MCI Canada reopened the former ServiCom call centre in Sydney in January 2019 and rehired most of the nearly 600 workers affected by the closure a month before. The centre is still hiring, and would like to add more contracts in the future.
    Halifax-based REDspace, a creator of web-based gaming applications, will create up to 125 jobs over the next five years with the assistance of a provincial payroll rebate program. The company currently has nearly 200 employees.
    ExxonMobil permanently shut down the Sable offshore gas project as expected in December 2018, after nearly 20 years of production. Decommissioning activities will continue throughout 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    It is hoped a new sports complex will open on the Hants County Exhibition Grounds in Windsor by the fall of 2020, although further fundraising has to take place before construction starts. More than $11M has been committed in combined government funding.
    A $3.5M outdoor athletics complex containing sports fields, running tracks, and other amenities will be built in Bridgetown, with the assistance of combined government funding
    Sydney-based Ubique Networks, an IT firm that develops applications for the sports gaming industry, will set up an office in Halifax that will employ a dozen IT professionals. It will be the company's third operating centre in Canada.
    An Iowa businessman met with laid off Servicom employees in Cape Breton on December 20 to answer questions about The Sydney Call Centre Inc. which will open in the new year and re-employ many of the laid off workers
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    In addition to 10 graduates it recently hired from Holland College, Halifax Regional Police will train 24 recruits from more than 1,000 applicants in a 38-week program starting in January 2019. Annual salaries for constables range from $59,155 to $98,592.
    Two Islands Brewery and Rising Tide Bakery, two businesses under the same ownership, recently opened in Parrsboro. The company employs a handful of workers, and will likely add more during the tourist season.
    Iowa-based MCI has taken over the former ServiCom call centre in Sydney, which closed abruptly in December 2018. Operations will resume early in January 2019, and positions are expected to be offered to the approximately 600 workers who lost their jobs.
    Highland Grow, employer of 14 workers in a cannabis production plant near Antigonish, has received a sales license from Health Canada. The company hopes to begin constructing a bigger facility in early 2019, and hire up to 80 people.
    AtlantiCann Medical Inc. received a license from Health Canada in December 2018 to cultivate cannabis at its production facility in Lower Sackville, and is now awaiting a sales license to market the product
    Membertou First Nation has created about construction 30 jobs in 2018 during the first phase of a site development on Sydney Harbour. Membertou hopes to use the site to take advantage of possible opportunities associated with the growing waterfront.
    The government of Nova Scotia plans to invest $300M in capital spending on improvements to its roads, highways and bridges in 2019-20.
    Home decor store Coast to Coast and photography shop Henry's will close their Dartmouth Crossing locations early in 2019
    Restaurants that have opened or will open early in 2019 in the Halifax area include Thai Express in Dartmouth Crossing, Five Guys Burgers and Fries in the Nova Centre, and Taco Loco on Isleville Street
    The owners of the Rodd Grand Hotel in Yarmouth will reopen the Rodd Colony Harbour Inn in the town, perhaps by the summer of 2019. The inn, which closed in 2011, once had a staff of 65 workers and could eventually employ a similar number.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    The ServiCom call centre, which had operated for 19 years in Sydney, suddenly went bankrupt and closed in December 2018, throwing about 600 people out of work. Some optimism has been expressed that a new buyer will be found soon.
    The Nova Scotia government has announced policy changes that may make it easier for new entrants and workers in fishing-related industries to access and finance loans.
    Restaurant chain Freshii plans to open a location on Charlotte Street in Sydney, hopefully in the spring of 2019.
    Scotland-based private school Gordonstoun plans to construct a branch of its operation near Bridgetown. The school would offer Grades 9-12 to about 600 students, and is expected to phase in operations over a three-year period beginning in 2020.
    Rodgers Law Group, a law firm with offices in four Nova Scotia communities, has closed its operations due to financial difficulties. The 21 employees, including six lawyers, have received layoff notices.
    The federal government will spend $20M in improving energy efficiency, including upgrading heating plant and ventilation systems, at its Armed Forces base in Greenwood. A contract for work has been awarded to MCW Custom Energy Solutions Inc.
    Glooscap Restaurant and Lounge, the only full-service restaurant open in Parrsboro in the winter, was destroyed by fire in December 2018, putting 14 people out of work.
    The Conference Board of Canada predicts economic growth of 1% for Nova Scotia in 2019, which would be the lowest in the country. Labour force challenges include an aging population and a high number of retirements.
  • Start date: 2016-09-12, End date: 2016-09-16
    Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Resources Capital Gold is in the process of buying 90% ownership interest in the Dufferin gold mine near Sheet Harbour, with the aim to re-open the mine within four months. When the mine was last operational, it employed about 60 people.
    Immigration numbers are up in Nova Scotia, with 3,418 newcomers coming to the province in the first half of 2016, many coming from Syria. The province has budgeted $4.4M for 2016-17 to support settlement.
  • Start date: 2016-08-29, End date: 2016-09-02
    Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Chain-Yard Cider is expected to open a cidery on Agricola Street in Halifax in the winter of 2017. The business, which has not yet chosen an operating name, will produce cider and likely include a lounge or pub.

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