Job Market Trends and News


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

    The rural municipalities of Piney and Stuartburn are working together to create a five-year action plan to increase economic development and create job opportunities in Manitoba's Southeast corner
    The Klinic Community Health Centre in Winnipeg and the Community Health and Housing Association in Brandon have added 11 flexible-length withdrawal beds to treat individuals struggling with a methamphetamine or opioid addiction
    The Government of Manitoba is partnering with the Metis Child and Family Services Authority on a $1.9M three-year pilot project to offer services to families at risk of child apprehension. The project is expected to begin by February 2020.
    Construction of the new Boyne Care personal care home is underway in Carman. The new facility will have 110 beds and is expected to open in 2021.
  • Start date: 2019-10-14, End date: 2019-10-18
    Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2019

    A new on-line cannabis delivery platform, Super Anytime, is planning to start in Winnipeg by mid-to late November. Deliveries will then be made by Pineapple Express, which already operates in Winnipeg.
    After reaching a deal with Pimicikamak Cree Nation, Maple Bus Lines is planning to expand its existing northern services, increase direct and charter bus services to Cross Lake, and extend bus use to the west and north
    Red River Valley School Division has hired seven full-time equivalent teachers and eight educational assistants due to increased student enrollment
    Cannabis 204, Virden's first cannabis store, is set to open in the beginning of November. The company plans to hire four full- and part-time employees.
  • Start date: 2019-10-07, End date: 2019-10-11
    Week of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2019

    Construction on Steinbach's new 143-bed personal care home expansion has begun and is expected to be completed by 2021
    Construction of a new oat mill is set begin immediately. Paterson GlobalFoods is building the new mill next to its grain terminal in northwest Winnipeg.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing $2.94M over the next three years for youth programs aimed at improving mental health and addictions services
  • Start date: 2019-09-30, End date: 2019-10-04
    Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2019

    Effective October 1, minimum wage in Manitoba increased to $11.65 an hour
    Retail store, Forever 21, is closing all 44 of its stores across Canada, including two in Winnipeg. It is unknown how many employees will be affected by the closure.
  • Start date: 2019-09-23, End date: 2019-09-27
    Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2019

    Construction on the Trans-Canada Highway from Ste. Anne to Dufresne has been delayed. Construction is now set to start in the spring 2020.
    A new animal rescue centre is now open in the community of Ile des Chênes. The Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre helps sick, injured and orphaned animals heal before being released back into the wild.
    Manitoba Hydro is currently renovating its office building in Steinbach. The $1.6M project is expected to be complete in the next few months.
    The Pembina Valley Water Co-op is planning to upgrade its Stephenfield water treatment plant. The $4.75M project is expected to be done by the end of August 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-09-16, End date: 2019-09-20
    Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2019

    A local indoor playground, Great Big Adventure, recently closed its doors. It is unknown how many staff are affected.
    The Government of Manitoba is allowing livestock producers affected by the dry summer to apply for funding through the Ag Action Manitoba ¿ Assurance program to enhance their water supply system for their livestock.
    The First Steps Wellness Centre is now open in Winnipeg. The new rehab centre specializes in spinal injuries and neuro-muscular disorders.
    Delta 9 Cannabis plans to open a new cannabis store on September 27 in Thompson. The store will be the city's second cannabis retailer.
  • Start date: 2019-09-09, End date: 2019-09-13
    Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2019

    The federal government is providing $2.9M in funding under the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk. The funding will support projects in the southern Prariries aimed at assessing aquatic habitats as well as the recovery and protection of aquatic species at risk.
    Correctional Service Canada announced the signing of an agreement that will see the Eagle Women's Lodge in Winnipeg converted into a healing lodge. The new healing lodge is specifically for Indigenous women and is set to open in this fall.
    Winnipeg-based Parrish & Heimbecker has acquired 10 Louis Dreyfus Company locations across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
    For the first time in four years, a grain vessel left the Port of Churchill on September 7th
    The Government of Canada is granting more than $11M to support tourism projects across Western Canada. The funding will help the tourism industry improve products, facilities, and experiences.
  • Start date: 2019-09-02, End date: 2019-09-06
    Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2019

    Supreme Steel, a steel construction plant in Winnipeg, is closing effective September 30, 2019. Approximately 54 staff will be affected by the closure.
    The City of Brandon is tendering a renovation project that will amalgamate two Enhanced 911 backup centres to one location. The city's goal is to have the work done by December 31, 2019.
    Three major projects, totalling around $82M, are currently under development at the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation: a water treatment plant, a Grade 7-12 school, and a new health centre
    A new Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health will be located at Brandon University. The timeframe for opening of the centre is unknown at this time.
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    The Pine Ridge Childcare Centre is under construction in Winkler and is expected to open October 7. The centre is currently hiring to ensure they are ready for opening day.
    The Manitoba-Minnesota power transmission project is ahead of schedule with construction beginning in September. Manitoba Hydro expects the $453M project will be complete by June 2020.
    A new hotel is under construction in Dauphin and is set to open in the spring of 2020
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    The provincial government is planning to build another health lab in Dauphin. The new lab will allow for more testing and detecting of a fatal neurological disease found in deer.
    Rockcliff Metals Corporation will start drilling in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake greenstone belt. The 100,000 meter drill program is expected begin in August 2019 and end in December 2020.
    A new building construction project has begun in Steinbach and is expected to be done by the end of the year. Once complete, it will be home to two businesses; however, the tenants are unknown at this time.
    Siloam Mission in Winnipeg is raising money to purchase equipment to start up a commercial laundry facility. Once open, the facility will provide an opportunity for vulnerable individuals to gain work experience.
    Kasper Transportation has shut down its Selkirk-to-Winnipeg route. The company states the route was not sustainable.
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    Ride-sharing company ReRyde is accepting applications in Brandon and hopes to be up and running within a month or two. The city is still exploring how the industry will be regulated.
    The Government of Canada is providing more than $6.3M to the University of Manitoba to study oil spill response technology and techniques in Canada. Funding is being provided through the Oceans Protection Plan.
    The Government of Canada is providing $710,410 over four years to the Université de Saint-Boniface to support the addition of 10 new legal translation courses to the Bachelors of Translation Program
    ReRyde, a ride-sharing company, will be operating in Morden, Winkler and the RM of Stanley in the coming weeks. The company is currently looking to add drivers before launching.
    A new Mary Brown's restaurant recently opened in Winnipeg
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    The Government of Canada is providing $4.9M in funding to six projects for business growth, skills training, and economic development, designed to build an inclusive and empowered economy in Manitoba
    The Information and Communications Technologies Association of Manitoba is offering free computer classes at the University College of the North's Thompson campus until mid-September 2019
    The Government of Canada is providing more than $12M in funding for four projects as part of the Western Canada Growth Strategy to help increase Manitoba's global competitiveness and economic growth
    The federal and provincial governments are each providing $65M towards four projects under the Investing in Canada plan aimed at improving water and wastewater services for residents across Manitoba
    The Government of Canada is providing $4.7M to build a new multi-purpose facility and renovate the Interpretive Centre in FortWhyte. Construction is set to begin in 2019 with the Interpretive Centre re-opening in 2020 and the new facility in 2021.
    The federal government is funding more then $4.2M in four projects through the Business Scale-up and Productivity program to increase export sales and business revenue growth, potentially creating 70 new jobs.
    The Government of Canada is funding more than $7.4M for seven projects designed to develop, attract, and retain highly skilled workers in the digital sector as well as support digital innovation in the province
    The federal government is investing over $5.9M in Cerebra Health, Kane Biotech Inc., The Bioscience Association of Manitoba, and Biomedical Commercialization Canada - aimed at spurring growth and development opportunities in the life sciences sector
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    Cannabis retailer Garden Variety plans to open a new store in Brandon this September. The company is currently recruiting staff to work at its new location.
    Parkland Fabrics and More is now open in Dauphin
    The Government of Canada is providing $4.2M to nine projects in the steel and aluminum sector across Manitoba. The funding will help businesses adopt new technology and equipment to increase competitiveness, and create new jobs.
    The Government of Canada is providing up to $862,000 in funding to four projects to enhance the province's tourism opportunities and Francophone communities
    Farmers near Niverville plan to start harvesting winter wheat and barley as soon as the end of this week
    Inn on Centre, a new hotel in Gimli, recently opened
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    A new food hall is set to open this fall at True North Square in Winnipeg. Some of the new tenants include a brewing company, a coffee shop, a boutique food store, and a taco restaurant.
    A new Za Pizza Bistro is set to open in Winnipeg in mid-August 2019, making it the seventh location in the city
    The Municipality of Ritchot has approved conditional use of two residential housing developments. Pending final approvals, 102 bungalows for seniors would be built in Grande Pointe, while 90 multi-family units would be constructed in St. Adolphe.
    The Government of Canada is providing $8.8M in funding to support the construction of a new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada facility in Winnipeg
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    Red River Co-op has purchased the Super A Foods in Gimli. The new grocery store is set to open July 8, 2019, making it the co-op's seventh food store in Manitoba. All Super A Foods employees will continue to work under the new company.
    Lark, a new café, bakery and market is scheduled to open this July in Winnipeg's Exchange District
    A Perkins restaurant on Winnipeg's Henderson Highway is now closed. The number of staff affected by the closure is unknown at this time.
    According to Statistics Canada, employment in Manitoba decreased by 5,200 and the unemployment rate increased 0.7 percentage points in June 2019 compared to the previous month
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    Nine pilots and maintenance staff, from the province's air ambulance program, were laid off. The layoffs are part of the province's plan to privatize its air ambulance program. The affected employees may be able to transfer to other positions within the civil service.
    First Steps, a new rehabilitation centre, is planning to open in Winnipeg on August 5, 2019. Once open, the centre will help Manitobans recover from spinal cord injuries.
    Whispering Pines, an addictions treatment facility in Teulon, has closed. The closure affected around 12 employees.
    PetSmart is planning to open a new location in Brandon by early 2020
    Brandon's Maple Leaf Foods processing plant is experiencing a labour shortage as it is reportedly running at around 80% capacity
    The School District of Mystery Lake will spend almost $500,000 on maintenance and infrastructure projects at various schools this summer
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    A new solar farm at Fisher River Cree Nation will soon be connected to the provincial power grid. The Indigenous led project helped members of the community develop specialized skills, with the potential of working on future renewable energy projects.
    The Government of Canada is providing $5.2M, through the Green Municipal Fund, to upgrade the Town of Neepawa's wastewater treatment system
    Kasual Joe Men's Apparel, a new men's clothing store, recently opened in Winkler
    The Snow Lake Mining Museum is now open for the season
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    Construction of a new 19-storey tower at True North Square is scheduled to start in 2020 and be completed by 2023. Once complete, the new tower will be home to the headquarters of Wawanesa Insurance, one of Manitoba's largest employers.
    The provincial and federal governments have reached a 10-year, $450.8M agreement which will be invested towards accessible, affordable and quality housing
    The Government of Manitoba announced they will provide funding to preserve heritage infrastructure throughout the province. The $15M Heritage Resources Fund will offer annual grants managed by The Winnipeg Foundation.
    The Government of Manitoba announced plans to convert the current Women's Pavilion at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg into a dedicated 28-bed acute stroke unit. Construction on the new stroke unit will begin once the Women's facility is relocated in December 2019.
    The Government of Manitoba is granting $2.5M over 10 years to the University of Manitoba's James W. Burns Leadership Institute. The funding provides students with opportunities to develop leadership knowledge and skills.
    The Government of Manitoba is granting up to $1.7M to 24 projects for non-profit and community-led organizations across the province
    The provincial government is providing $1.25M over five years to educate students and teachers about treaties and the treaty relationships
    The provincial government is planning to create a $52M fund for the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds Program to help private landowners contribute to reduced flooding, improved water quality, and support Manitoba's Climate and Green Plan.
    Brandon and the Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee region are two of eleven communities chosen to be a part of the federal government's Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program. The program's goal is to boost immigration in rural and northern communities struggling with labour shortages.
    A new daycare facility in Morden is currently under construction and is expected to open by March 2020. Once complete, the new $1.24M facility will add 90 childcare spaces.
    The new Main Street Café restaurant is now open in Souris
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    The provincial and federal governments are providing $294,000 in funding for a licensed child-care centre in the community of St-Georges. Construction is already underway and the facility is set to open in the fall 2019.
    The Government of Manitoba is spending $11M to enhance infrastructure and public safety in Thompson. The province is also providing $300,000 to support collaboration between Thompson and the RCMP, plus another $70,000 for specialized equipment for the RCMP.
    The provincial and federal governments are providing $538,000 to 12 community-based organizations that serve vulnerable families. The funding will ensure child-care is provided when parents are seeking supports and services such as skills training, therapy or counselling.
    The provincial and federal governments are investing more than $1.8M to build the new Assiniboine Children's Centre in Winnipeg. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020 and will create 40 child-care spaces spaces.
    The provincial and federal governments are providing $1.2M in funding towards a new a child-care centre in Winnipeg. The new Festival Early Learning and Child Care Centre will have 125 new child-care spaces and is set to open in 2020.
    Over the next 3 years, the Government of Manitoba will invest $140,000 per year, through the Reading Apprenticeship program. The funding will support teachers by providing resources to help students improve literary engagement, fluency and comprehension.
    A new nursing station recently opened in the community of Red Sucker Lake First Nation. Funding for the new facility was provided under the Social Infrastructure Fund.
    Through Manitoba's Economic Growth Action Plan, the province is launching a new program, Innovation Growth Program (IGP). The IGP will cost-share funding to help small and medium sized businesses develop and market new products.
    The Government of Manitoba is spending over $7.5M to improve the facilities and infrastructure at Whiteshell Provincial Park. The upgrades are expected to be completed in 2020.
    Tweed, a cannabis retailer, has laid off 9 workers from three of their Manitoba stores. The company stated the layoffs are not a reflection of demand but the company learning and adapting to how many workers are necessary to run the stores.
    The Government of Manitoba will be spending $2.7M per year to increase access to mental health and addictions treatment at five Rapid Access To Addictions Medicine clinics. The changes include extended hours, enhanced staffing resources, adding 16 new beds, and offering expanded mental health programming.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing $15M to repair the roof and exterior of the Centennial Concert Hall
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    Two Steinbach-based businesses, Reimer Overhead Doors and S.A.R Sports and Recreation, are expanding into Brandon this July
    Redevelopment of the Brandon Regional Health Centre is now complete, and includes the addition of 12 medical beds
    The Government of Manitoba is granting more than $5.5M to nearly 800 organizations and administrations across the province who deliver Green Team projects. The program hires youth to work on community projects during the summer months.
    Leopold's Tavern plans to open a second location in Winnipeg in October 2019
    The Government of Manitoba is hiring additional full-time paramedics later this year. Thirteen positions will be posted in the Northern Regional Health Authority, 12 in Southern Health-Sante Sud, and 10 will be with the Prairie Mountain Health region.
    The Government of Canada is providing over $6.7M in funding to 14 women-led businesses in Manitoba through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. The program's goal is to help women develop and grow their businesses.
    The provincial government is will provide almost $500,000 to support law enforcement and intervention initiatives in Brandon, including $80,000 for support services offered by Community Mobilization Westman
    Winnipeg's Johnny G's restaurant and bar is set to reopen soon. The restaurant has undergone a complete renovation resulting in a new look and new business hours.
    The Government of Manitoba introduced the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). In partnership with the federal government, over $3B will be invested over then next 10 years to improve infrastructure in communities across the province.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    The provincial and federal governments are together spending up to $1,132,000 for Bothwell Cheese to hire and train more staff, invest in new equipment, and complete its new waste-water treatment centre
    Under the Canadian Experiences Fund, the Government of Canada will invest $2.5M to promote Indigenous tourism projects across Canada
    Friesens Corporation in Altona has installed a third hardcover binding line and is looking to hire more people
    Located just outside of Virden, the Wellview Golf Clubhouse and restaurant are now open
    The Government of Manitoba is investing $2.74M in the Policing and Public Safety Strategy with the intent to increase collaboration between Manitoba Justice and various policing agencies, to improve intelligence and to fight the illegal drug trade
    The Government of Canada, through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, is granting $28M for the construction of a new terminal, taxiways, and water treatment plant at Thompson's airport
    The federal government is investing more than $4.8M for 22 projects under the Ag Action Manitoba Research and Innovation Activity Stream. The program funds research that improves agricultural skills, knowledge, competitiveness, and sustainability
    Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar is now open in Brandon's Shoppers Mall
    Construction of a $4.7M hotel, located in the town of Rivers, is set to begin in July 2019 with a completion date of January 2020
    Over the next five years, the federal government is providing $1.74M to the city of Thompson to prevent and reduce homelessness
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program is granting more than $2M over five years to train Manitoba's physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists on opiate replacement therapy
    The Government of Manitoba has made its selection of retailers for the second phase of cannabis stores. Once the retailers confirm their interest, they may proceed with the process of opening their store.
    The Government of Manitoba will convert the 24-hour emergency department at Concordia Hospital into an urgent care facility. The conversion is expected to take four to six weeks.
    A new ambulatory care clinic will be built on the third floor of the Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine. The clinic will perform more transplants and is expected to be open in the fall of 2020.
    The provincial government has approved and issued a licence for the Wanipigow Silica Sand Extraction Project. The mine is 200km north of Winnipeg and could generate 150 jobs.
    The Government of Manitoba is spending almost $10M to upgrade the infrastructure in provincial parks across the province
    The Government of Manitoba is investing $24M over four years to help various industry organizations develop and deliver training to meet their needs. Some of the key sectors include aerospace, agriculture, and construction.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    The Government of Manitoba has created a $2M Military Memorial Conservation Fund for the preservation and maintenance of war memorials throughout the province
    Liquor Mart Growler Bars will be closed as of July 1, 2019
    Manitoba Youth Job Centres are now open across the province until mid-August. The centres will help clients, ages 12 to 29, find summer jobs and provide employment-related resources.
    The University of Manitoba's Wayne Fleming Arena is getting $1.2M in upgrades for the upcoming WHL season. The renovations are expected to be completed by September 2019.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing the RCMP with more than $546,000 to support mental health assessment and crime prevention initiatives
    The Lower Fort Garry Historical Site is now open for the 2019 season
    Federated Co-op's feed production plant in Brandon is closing in October 2019. Ten workers are affected by the closure.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing Peguis First Nation exclusive use of a quarry on Crown land, with the goal of establishing the land as Peguis First Nation Reserve
    The Government of Manitoba is upgrading a 20km section of highway near Arborg
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    DoorDash, Winnipeg's newest food-delivery service, is currently hiring drivers
    A new licensed child-care centre is now open in Rivers. Funding for the centre was provided through the Canada-Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement.
    A new licensed child-care centre in Virden plans to open throughout the summer and be fully open by September 2019. Funding for the centre was provided through the Canada-Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Agreement.
    Tweed, Portage la Prairie's first cannabis retail store, is now open
    This fall, provincial program Jobs on 9th, will soon provide employment support services in Brandon. The program includes job counselling, as well as helping people develop their resumes.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing $130,000 to the Brandon Police Service to purchase equipment that will improve the safety of officers and the public
    There are 146 nurse vacancies in the Southern Health region making the vacancy rate 13.6%; however, the target is 4%. There are also 21 physician vacancies, four of which are physician specialists.
    The Great Canadian Dollar Store is now open in Altona
    Negash Coffee, an Ethiopian coffeehouse, is now open in Niverville
    The Government of Manitoba is creating a $2M Learning Fund for provincial public servants to upgrade their skills. The pilot project is to help support modernizing the public service and improve services.
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    The Government of Canada is providing Manitoba with $2.3M over two years to support gun and gang-related prevention and intervention programs
    The Government of Canada provided the World Police and Fire Games 2023 Host Society with $2M to promote economic growth in Manitoba. The funding will help the society host a smart cities technology exhibition on emergency services.
    The Minor Illness and Injury Clinic is now open in Winnipeg and provides non-emergency care. The clinic offers adult and pediatric services 7 days a week.
    Construction has begun on a new $24.1M kindergarten to Grade 8 school in Brandon. The school will include a 74-space child-care centre and is scheduled to open in fall 2020.
    Assiniboine Community College received $640,000 from the Government of Manitoba and other private funding partners to build a new Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins. Located in Brandon, the new centre will train individuals for employment in rural meat-processing facilities.
    The Government of Canada provided $3.45M to two projects that will help support the digital agriculture industry
    Winnipeg's City Council approved spending $22.5M of the $40M federal gas tax revenue it will receive in 2019 on residential road renewal, road safety infrastructure and other active transportation projects
    Under the Capital Transformation Fund, the Government of Manitoba will invest $8M for two new information technology systems in order to improve staff scheduling at provincial health facilities
    Effective April 29, the Westman Journal ceased operations. The weekly newspaper had served Brandon for 17 years.
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    Under a new bilateral health care agreement, the Government of Canada is granting the provincial government around $182M annually until 2022. The funding is for home and community care as well as mental health and addiction services.
    Under the Manitoba government's Conservation Trust, 41 projects will receive over $2.2M in funding
    The federal government is granting more than $2.7M to increase trade in the technology sector. The funding will be divided between two projects, a pan-western initiative to support global trade and software development for a virtual reality platform.
    Over the next two years, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School will receive $1.55M in federal funding through the Canada Arts Training Fund
    The Manitoba government, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Travel Manitoba launched their new tourism strategy in order to increase spending by tourists to $2.2 billion by 2022
    The Government of Manitoba will provide $57.5M in funding for 59 infrastructure projects to renovate and upgrade elementary schools across the province
    Over the next five years, the Government of Manitoba will provided $1.125M to the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre to further its operational and educational activities
    The Astoria Pizza and Pasta restaurant in Brandon is now closed
    The Government of Manitoba announced $45M in infrastructure funding to mark the province's 150 anniversary, including upgrades to Winnipeg's Memorial Park and fountain
    ComIT, a charitable organization operating in Winnipeg, offers free, three-month intensive computer training programs to those seeking jobs in the information technology industry
    The Government of Canada is contributing more than $1.1M towards the University of Manitoba Centre for Oil and Gas Research and Development. The funds will be used to set up an environmental DNA laboratory and create fourteen jobs.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    Medicinal cannabis clinic, CannaWay Clinic, has opened three new doctor-led medicinal clinics in Winnipeg and another in Steinbach
    The Government of Manitoba is providing $3.1M in funding to improve support services for newcomers to the province
    The federal and provincial governments, along with the Town of Niverville, are granting a combined $19.5M to build a new community resource centre. The facility will provide programs and services for the town and surrounding area.
    Direct Action in Support of Community Homes (DASCH) in Winnipeg has laid off 62 full-time staff and will be restructuring another 37 positions due to rising costs
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    The Government of Manitoba is providing $7.9M in funding to the new Building Sustainable Communities Program. The program replaces and modernizes seven grant programs allowing it to respond to local, municipal and regional priorities.
    Delta 9's new cannabis retail store, Brandon's fourth, is now open. The store not only sells cannabis products, but it also includes a classroom to teach people about marijuana and how to use it.
    Amazon's Web Services opened its first ¿ThinkBox¿ office in Winnipeg. The company develops creative tools technology for the film industry.
    The government of Manitoba is granting $118,000 to the West Central Women's Resource Centre in Winnipeg and $58,000 to the Women's Resource Centre in Brandon. The funding will help deliver programs and services to support women and their families.
    The Government of Canada is providing over $3.6M in funding to the Gillam Airport to maintain the runways, taxiways and aprons
    HUB International, a leading North American insurance brokerage, recently opened a new branch in Portage la Prairie
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    Pending final approval, an inflatable water park is expected to open at Minnedosa Beach for late June 2019
    Brandon Clinic Medical Corporation has opened its third location within the city, and will be for walk-in patients only
    The Government of Manitoba is planning to increase the province's minimum wage from $11.35 to $11.65 starting October 1, 2019
    The Government of Canada will provide $4M in funding for infrastructure projects plus further training and education to youth in eight First Nation communities in Manitoba
    The Government of Manitoba has renewed the Age is an Asset training program. The program consists of classroom training followed by a two-week on the job experience program to help individuals, over the age of 30, get back into the workforce.
    Effective April 26, 2019, the food-concession services will stop at the Community Sportsplex in Brandon. One full-time and 6 part-time employees will be laid off.
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    Cannabis retail stores will soon open in seven rural communities across the province. Once open, 90% of Manitobans will be within a 30-minute drive from a cannabis store.
    A new Dairy Queen restaurant is now open in Niverville. The restaurant has 50 employees, with around 70% employed part-time.
    The Rural Municipality of West St. Paul is collaborating with the provincial government to replace the Grassmere Drain culvert. Construction is set to start this summer, and be completed by fall 2020 at an estimated cost of $7.6M.
    A new Dairy Queen restaurant is now open in Dauphin. The restaurant hired 40 staff and is looking to hire more.
    The Government of Manitoba is implementing mandatory training for Class 1 commercial licences beginning September 1, 2019. The program requires new drivers to have 121.5 hours of training.
    Beginning April 21, 2019 the Bulk Barn in Brandon will close temporarily for renovations, and is scheduled to reopen May 23, 2019
    The Seven Oaks Pool in Winnipeg will be reopening this spring after being closed since 2017 due to renovations. The pool will be offering swimming lessons throughout the spring and summer. /
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    The Government of Manitoba will be providing an additional $240,000 in annual funding for post-vision-loss rehabilitation and other services delivered by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind
    The Government of Manitoba will be providing $5.2M to expand dialysis services across the province. The funding will also create 57 new jobs, including around 30 nursing positions.
    The Government of Manitoba increased the Manitoba Water Services Board capital budget by $2M. A total of $15.8M will be spent to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure throughout the province.
    The Government of Manitoba will be granting an additional $10M in funding to rural municipalities for infrastructure upgrades, such as fixing bridges and roads
    Original Joe's will be opening its first restaurant in Brandon later this spring
    The Government of Canada is granting $10.4M to the University of Manitoba to fund 15 research projects
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    Garden Variety will soon open two new cannabis retail stores in Winnipeg, and employ 60 full- and part-time workers. The company plans to open stores in Thompson and Brandon later this year.
    The Government of Manitoba announced $70M in funding to expand the Daly Overpass in Brandon
    The Government of Manitoba announced, in the recent budget, the film and video production tax credit will be increasing from $16M to $31.5M
    According to a survey completed by ManpowerGroup, approximately 10% of companies in Winnipeg are projected to hire in the second quarter of 2019
    Construction recently started on a new Holiday Inn Express and is expected to take approximately one year to complete
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    The federal and provincial governments will provide $950K in funding over five years to the Assiniboine Community College for its Field to Fork initiative. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding will be used to support horticultural research and product extension.
    Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the federal and provincial governments will provide more than $99K over two years to support the Agriculture in Classroom program. Delivered at all grade levels, the program will educate students on the impact of agriculture in the province.
    The waitlist for cardiac surgery in the province has doubled in the past few months amid a shortage of coronary care nurses. At the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, there are 17 positions in the critical care units that are vacant.
    This July, St. Boniface Family Medicine Centre will close its doors. Physicians and a majority of staff at the patient care-centre and teaching facility will be redeployed to other primary care providers.
    Winnipeg's new $232M Women's Hospital will open its doors in December this year. Over the next few months, the hospital's employees will be undergoing training while the equipment and furniture is being installed.
    On February 28, grocery delivery service Instacart launched in Brandon 
    China revoked Winnipeg-based Richardson International Ltd. registration to ship canola to China. China purchases approximately $2.5 billion of canola from Canada per year.
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    Winnipeg-based The Cutting Edge offers newcomer women access to industrial sewing machine training, as the city's garment industry continues to grow
    Winnipeg-based Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services Inc. is celebrating their 20th anniversary. The organization offers support to youth and their families who have immigrated to Canada.
    Winnipeg's first physician-led medical marijuana clinic, CannaWay clinic, is now open. The clinic offers patients treatment plans, and sells a variety medical cannabis directly from the clinic.
    Hudbay Minerals announced increased mineral reserves at its Lalor mine and a new expansion plan to increase production at its New Britannia Mill
    Tilray Inc. is acquiring Manitoba Harvest's parent company FHF Holdings Ltd. for an estimated $491M. The acquisition is part of Tilray's move to further focus on the cannabidiol (CBD) market.
    Winnipeg-based cannabis producer Delta9 plans to increase production to 60,000kg of cannabis per year by 2022. The company also plans to open three more cannabis stores in Manitoba.
    The Government of Manitoba announced that construction of a new 143-bed personal care home in Steinbach will proceed
    The Government of Manitoba announced that construction of a new 110-bed personal care home in Carman will proceed
    Botanist Organic Growers have purchased Manitoba's Pineland Forest Nursery, near Hadashville, and plans to hire up to 200 workers over the next three years.The company will soon grow hemp, for cannabidiol production.
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    The Norplex Pool in Thompson is now permanently closed due to safety concerns. The city will be offering new jobs to pool staff and will go ahead with plans to build a new pool.
    The federal and provincial governments together are granting more than $291M to eight highway improvement projects
    Winnipeg-based Exchange Income Corporation was awarded a five year, $4.2M per year, contract with the provincial government to provide general air transportation
    The provincial, federal and municipal governments are partnering to fund projects to help protect against storm water flooding in the City of Selkirk and ensure clean drinking water for the R.M. of Ritchot
    Together, the City of Brandon, the Province of Manitoba, and the Government of Canada are investing over $1M to enhance the City of Brandon's public transit infrastructure
    The Government of Canada is granting $814,000 to the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in efforts to help reduce climate-related flooding and wildfires within its six First Nation communities
    Through the Nation Rebuilding Program, the Government of Canada announced $1.9M in funding to five Indigenous groups in Manitoba
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    After years of delays, Winnipeg's new $230M Women's Hospital is set to open this fall
    This spring, two FreshCo grocery stores will be opening in Winnipeg. The new stores will include Cantor's Express butcher counters, a local family-owned butcher shop.
    Over the next 5 years, the federal and provincial governments will grant $350,000 to the Manitoba Beef Producers to deliver the Verified Beef Production Plus program. The program helps beef producers ensure food safety.
    National Access Cannabis Corp new retail cannabis shop is now open in Brandon. The company now has nine stores in Manitoba and 23 stores nationwide.
    Progress continues on Siloam Mission's $19M expansion, which will include 50 new beds for its homeless shelter, a women's only shelter, and more mental health supports. The shelter is set to open in spring 2020.
    Winnipeg-based Fresh Projects has been selected to build Brandon's newest elementary school, Maryland Park School. The school, which will also house a nursery school and a childcare centre, is expected to open in August 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    The Government of Manitoba is providing an extra $2.3M to Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital and Health Sciences Centre to hire more nurses for the two obstetrics units
    Sirius Protection & Security Services, a new security firm in Portage la Prairie, currently employs 17 people and is likely to hire more in the coming months
    Main Street Project's new drop-in centre is set to open soon in Winnipeg. The centre will offer vulnerable people a place to rest any time of day or night.
    The Government of Manitoba announced it will purchase 65 replacement ambulances. Once tendered, they should be delivered to all five regional health authorities later this year.
    Canada Jetlines Ltd, a new ultra-low-cost-carrier, announced it will soon be flying to and from Winnipeg once its routes are finalized
    Over the next 5 years, the federal and provincial governments will invest more than $1.1M towards the Keystone Agricultural Producers to deliver the Farm Safety Program and develop tools, training and resources for farmers
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    Construction of a new apartment tower near the Winnipeg Art Gallery is expected to begin soon. The tower will include 119 rental housing units and commercial space, and should be completed by July 2020.
    Activate Games, an interactive gaming experience, is now open in Winnipeg. There are currently 11 gaming rooms for teams to play.
    Amazon Studios is expected to film the TV series, Tales from the Loop, in Manitoba, creating hundreds of skilled jobs
    Red River College reduced its registered nursing program by 75 seats, to 150 seats, due in part to funding cuts
    The Government of Manitoba is offering multiple two-year paid internship opportunities through their Leaders in Training Program. Applications for the program close February 8, 2019 with successful candidates starting in spring 2019.
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    The City of Winnipeg is considering on issuing a $4.85M grant to upgrade the RBC Convention Centre
    The Government of Manitoba released a tender for the construction of a 22-station hemodialysis unit at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg. Once built, it is expected that up to 132 patients will be able to access hemodialysis services.
    Vermillion Growers and the City of Dauphin signed an agreement to build a new greenhouse. Construction is expected to start this spring and be completed in the fall of 2019.
    Enbridge's Line 3 replacement project in Manitoba is nearing completion. Crews will begin ramping down operations in the area, with reclamation work to begin later this spring.
    The Government of Canada announced $15,500 in funding to the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce to host a Business Procurement Workshop
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    Ubisoft Entertainment opened its latest studio in Winnipeg's Exchange District. The studio currently has 25 employees and plans to create a total of 100 new jobs and invest $35M in Manitoba over the next five years.
    According to the 'Indigenous Contributions to the Manitoba Economy' report, Indigenous businesses, governments, households spending on infrastructure totaled $9.3 billion in 2016
    Virden now has a new taxi service, Prairie Shuttle Service
    Winnipeg-based Delta 9 Cannabis is selling cannabis growing pods made from renovated shipping containers, to other cannabis producers. The company plans to operate its own 600 pods by the end of 2019, to produce about 17,500kg of cannabis.
    Effective January 18, 2019 Brandon Bus Lines passenger service from Winnipeg to Brandon will be cancelled due to low ridership
    The Manitoba government is granting $25,000 to the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology for a new initiative that will increase the number of women enrolled in the school's programs
    The Manitoba government will make its provincial Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit permanent
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    Winnipeg's Pan Am Pool is now open to the public after undergoing a $3.42M renovation
    Brandon's second Freshii restaurant is set to open in late April 2019
    Portage Community Revitalization Corporation recently hired 3 new employees
    University of Manitoba will be hosting a career fair on January 15 and 16, 2019 with over 100 employers and educational institutions
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    Steinbach city council is funding $1M to rebuild one block of Elmdale St. The project includes replacing the underground water and sewer infrastructure and re-design work.
    Hanover council approved construction of a 120-foot freestanding communications tower northeast of Grunthal
    Steinbach is on pace to having one of the best totals in building permits within the last five years. As of November, the city issued over $51M in permits for 2018.
    The 2nd Annual South West Business and Entrepreneurship Expo will take place at the RES Centre in Reston on February 6. The event will showcase services available to entrepreneurs that provide ideas and tools for them to succeed.
    Booster Juice is set to open a new location in Portage la Prairie in early 2019
    The City of Winnipeg is accepting applications to the Building Exterior Lighting Grant Program. The program promotes downtown building owners to invest in improved lighting to enhance safety in the downtown area. The city has allocated up to $300,000 over the next two years.
    Demolition of the Public Safety Building and parkade in downtown Winnipeg is set for 2019. Low-cost housing, a public market, and multi-use plazas are to be constructed on the former site sometime in 2020.
    Bold Commerce, an e-commerce software company in Winnipeg with 260 employees expects to hire another 150 in 2019
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    The Rural Family Medicine Residency Program was announced for the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority. The program will support physician training and recruitment.
    The Pint Public House restaurant and sports bar in downtown Winnipeg is shuttering operations in February
    The City of Winnipeg is granting $146,147.02 for upgrades and renovations to five City-owned community centres
    Construction is underway on the Latitude 49 apartment complex in Winnipeg, including a six-storey buidling. Four four-storey, and a three storey buidling are also expected to be constructed. The first buildings are set to open in summer 2020 and the remaining buildings will be completed in summer 2021.
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    After almost 18 years in business, Pete's Place restaurant in Winnipeg is closing its doors
    Meta Cannabis Supply opened Thompson's first marijuana shop on December 12
    According to the Conference Board of Canada, Manitoba's economic growth for 2018 and 2019 is forecast at 1.9%. The province`s economic growth is predicted to slowdown in 2020 to 0.9% due to dwindling mineral production and weaker investment.
    The provincial government is providing around $950,000 in funding for 57 additional community development projects across the province. This funding is in addition to more than $4.5M in grants announced earlier in 2018.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    The federal government will provide Manitoba with $500M towards jobs and skills training over the next six years. The funding will be administered through Workforce Development Agreements and Labour Market Development Agreements.
    Obstacle Warriors, an indoor parkour entertainment centre, is now open in Winkler
    Construction is underway on the Meridian Exhibition Centre in Winkler. The 23,000-sq.-ft. expansion will add a second arena, a turfed area, and other amenities. The new facility is expected to open in Spring 2020.
    The Government of Manitoba launched its Economic Growth Action Plan to support economic development in the province
    The provincial and federal governments are each providing close to $4.2M to fight methamphetamine use in Manitoba. The funding will be used for flexible length withdrawal management and recovery beds as well as mobile clinical support services.
    The first urban reserve pot shop is now open in Winnipeg. The Meta Cannabis Supply Co. is located on the Long Plain First Nation urban reserve and will employ 14 Long Plain members.
    The Villages, a 24 room community-based care facility, is now open in Winkler

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