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  • Start date: 2019-10-14, End date: 2019-10-18
    Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2019

    Interest in offshore oil and gas exploration off the coast of NL remains strong. Industry officials indicate major oil companies may spend about $4B in drilling activity between now and 2024.
    The Gander International Airport Authority is looking for a design company to refurbish the airport's international lounge. The proposal submission deadline is October 31st, and they are hoping that the lounge will re-open in June 2020.
    The NL government has appointed a committee to review its minimum wage rate, which is currently set at $11.40/hour. Minimum wage is reviewed every two years in the province, and the committee will need to complete their review by April 1 2020.
    A nurse-practitioner has opened a fee-for-service clinic in Labrador City in response to doctor shortages in the province. The average cost of an appointment is $60, and follow ups average $30 each.
    The St. John's Board of Trade is having a contest where job hunters can submit a 60-second personal pitch video. The top three will be invited to present their pitch to potential employers at the Business Excellence Awards in November.
  • Start date: 2019-10-07, End date: 2019-10-11
    Week of Oct 07 - Oct 11, 2019

    St. John's-based software development company CoLab Software continues to expand and plans to hire 10 additional employees over the next eight months. The company currently employs about 16 workers.
    About 70 employees of a fish plant destroyed by fire in Black Duck Cove in May 2019 are awaiting a decision on whether it will be rebuilt. Some workers have found a few weeks work over the summer, but there are limited employment options in the area.
    Nova Scotia-based TMSI Ltd. began a weekly marine cargo service from Halifax to Argentia in October 2019. The vessel Nolhan Ava employs two 14-member crews, mostly all natives of NL.
  • Start date: 2019-09-30, End date: 2019-10-04
    Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2019

    Attracting enough software developers to meet the needs of the digital technology sector is a challenge in NL, as it is in many places. While training programs are expanding, companies often have to search broadly to fill positions.
    Verafin, a St. John's-based company that develops crime management software for the finance industry, now employs about 500 workers and anticipates further significant growth after securing a $515M equity financing deal
  • Start date: 2019-09-23, End date: 2019-09-27
    Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2019

    Matador Mining continues to carry out exploratory activity for gold in the Isle aux Morts area, in the hopes of eventually establishing an open-pit mine and processing operation. The project is still in the early assessment stages.
    Synergy World Power hopes to establish a plant in Lewisporte that would convert solid waste products, such as plastic, into liquid fuel. The company claims the operation would create more than 500 jobs if developed, but is in the early planning stages.
    Quin-Sea Fisheries opened a live lobster storage facility employing 20 workers in New Harbour in September 2019. The facility will enable shipments of the large, hard-shelled NL lobster to international markets outside the short season.
    Marbase has finalized a deal to transform the former Marystown Shipyard into a service centre for the local aquaculture industry. The company will develop the facility over the next several years, and hopes to create up to 400 jobs over time.
    Fort Amherst Properties will convert the former Bishops College high school in St. John's into a personal care home for seniors, expected to open in late 2020. Independent living apartments, a salon, and pub will be included in the development.
  • Start date: 2019-09-16, End date: 2019-09-20
    Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2019

    Corner Brook Health Partnership hosted a job fair on September 17th at the Corner Brook Civic Centre. Contractors responsible for constructing the new Corner Brook hospital were present to speak with job seekers.
    PAL Airlines announced they will have their last regularly scheduled flight out of the Stephenville Airport on January 16th 2020. The airport will no longer have any year-round commercial air service, now that PAL has pulled out.
    The Southwest Coast SPCA has announced they will be opening their new location on Minnesota Drive, instead of at the previously announced Stephenville Town Hall-area location. It is expected that construction of the facility will begin in the fall.
  • Start date: 2019-09-09, End date: 2019-09-13
    Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2019

    C-NLOPB has suspended work on the Transocean Barents rig after an employee was injured while preparing the rig for the upcoming storm. Drilling will be suspended until C-NLOPB gives approval for the work to resume.
    The City of Corner Brook will help fund the proposed Centre for Research and Innovation which will be located in a former Pulp and Paper building in the city. The tendering process is expected to occur this calendar year, and construction will start in 2020.
    The federal government will be investing $5.5M in six research initiatives at MUN to determine ways to minimize the environmental impact of oil spills. It will also be investing $1.8M in 11 environmental data collection projects in Placentia Bay.
    The new Stephenville Farmers Market scheduled three trial runs for September 14, 21, and October 5. The market will be open from 9AM-2PM, and vendors can reserve a table by going to Ben's Pharmacy or emailing stephenvillefarmersmarket@hotmail.com.
  • Start date: 2019-09-02, End date: 2019-09-06
    Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2019

    A jointly funded construction project will take place to enhance operations at the Port of Corner Brook, including the addition of a new warehouse and crane. The project will create an estimated 100 construction jobs.
    Vanstone Scott College, a Department of Education-approved school that specializes in advanced medical aesthetic therapies, has opened on Torbay road in St. John's
    Pumpkin House Child Care Centre, a jointly funded development that provides preschool and afterschool care for more than 120 children, opened in September 2019 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay
    Atlantic Cultivation Inc. has signed a deal to become a supplier and retailer of cannabis in NL. The company will create jobs in five retail outlets beginning in 2020, and at a growth facility on Kenmount Road in St. John's starting in 2021.
  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    The Grenfell Memorial Co-op, a grocery store in St. Anthony that closed in early 2018, may reopen under an agreement with grocery chain Colemans. Exact details of the arrangement have yet to be confirmed.
    Beginning in September 2019, nurse practitioners in NL will have greater authority to provide advanced health care services without oversight from a doctor. The changes will likely lead to more opportunities in the profession.
    The Innu school board indicates it still needs to fill 19 teaching positions for September 2019 in two communities in northern Labrador. While recruitment to the area is challenging, the board is optimistic the positions will be filled.
    There are now more than 430 people working on the underground expansion of the Voisey's Bay mine in Labrador. Recruitment efforts are underway to fill about 250 more jobs at the mine over the next few years resulting from the extension.
    Unionized municipal workers and the Town of Placentia have reached a four-year collective agreement, after a seven-week strike. The deal will include 30-cent and 40-cent raises in the third and fourth years, and some signing bonuses.
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    The provincial and federal governments announced new funding for a project to provide hydroelectricity to a mining operation in western Labrador. The project will reduce the mine's diesel consumption by 40%.
    St. John's city council has approved a new six-storey apartment building in Churchill Square to fill an abandoned supermarket. The building will house 78 apartment units on the top five floors, while the ground level will have commercial space.
    A well-known, and at times controversial, mink farming company in Trinity Bay has reapplied with the provincial government to diversify into raising local beef. If approved, there will be an opportunity for new jobs.
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    Brook Construction has been awarded a $16.2M contract to build a new all grade school in St. Alban's. Work is expected to begin in the spring of 2020, and completed by autumn 2021.
    The town of Dildo is generating international buzz thanks to comedian and late night host Jimmy Kimmel's mayoral candidacy. The owner of Inn By The Bay claims that bookings at the Inn increased 40 % since the town was featured.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is beefing up its presence in Labrador, designating its Happy Valley-Goose Bay location as a regional office. The office will bring new employment opportunities to the region.
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    Pending approvals, a locally-owned company would like to develop a 402-hectare blueberry farm over the next several years near Bay Roberts. The Frozen in Time Blueberry Farm could employ 10 to 15 pickers if in full operation.
    A HomeSense/Marshall's retail superstore is expected to open in August 2019 in the Galway retail development in St. John's
    Axe-throwing lounges Odin's Axe, in Corner Brook, and The Axe Shed, in Gander, opened in July 2019. The activity seems to be gaining popularity in NL.
    Marco Services Ltd. Has been awarded a $19M contract to build a new primary school in Gander. Work on Gander Academy is expected to begin in 2019, and be completed in the spring of 2021.
    Tuck's Bee Better Farm will add advanced equipment to produce juice from local cranberries and honey at its facility in Grand Falls-Windsor, with financial assistance from the federal government. The expansion will result in five new jobs.
    According to town officials, Canadian Maritime Engineering has purchased Burry's Shipyard in Clarenville, which closed in 2018. The town expects 12 to 15 workers to be hired within weeks for a clean-up phase, with 30 to 40 more positions to follow later.
    Sweden-based clothing retailer H&M plans to open a store in the expanded Avalon Mall in St. John's in 2020, resulting in about 25 jobs. Other clothing chains The Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy have also announced their intentions to open in the mall in 2020.
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    Three levels of government have combined on a joint investment of $123M over several years into 140 community infrastructure projects across NL. Projects will provide employment, as well as water, road, and other community benefits.
    The federal government is providing more than $1M to a provincial apprenticeship agency that will assist over 200 women in NL to pursue a skilled trade. Employment support and opportunities to pursue certification are part of the planned programming.
    Unionized municipal workers, including clerical staff, labourers, and enforcement officers, went on strike in Placentia in July 2019, after both sides failed to reach a collective agreement. Wages and scheduling are key issues.
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

    There are tentative plans to grow cannabis in shuttered fish plants in several locations in rural NL, including Jackson's Arm, Fair Haven, Burin, and Port Union. The plans are in various stages of development, and would need licensing approvals.
    The most recent collective agreement for teachers in NL gives a higher priority to an applicant's previous seniority when hiring for new positions occurs. The union feels it provides a more objective way to hire, while others debate the issue.
    Long's Hill Café & Bookshelf opened in July 2019 in the downtown area of St. John's, at the location once occupied for 42 years by a convenience store. Workers at the café include those who produce baking goods on site.
    About 40 unionized workers at Steel Honda on Kenmount Road in St. John's went on strike in July 2019. Issues around pay structure and benefits are a point of focus.
  • Start date: 2019-07-15, End date: 2019-07-19
    Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019

    Canopy Growth expects work on its cannabis production facility in the White Hills area of St. John's to be completed in the late fall of 2019. The facility will employ 146 workers, and the majority of the jobs will involve care of the plants.
    St. John's-based Markland Construction will carry out a $2.3M short-term upgrade of the runway at CFB Goose Bay over the summer of 2019. Full repaving and lighting of the airfield will take place as well over the next few years.
    Cork'd Lounge, a speakeasy specializing in wine, is expected to open in the MIX building on Duckworth Street in August 2019
    Saint-Pierre and Miquelon will contribute $525,000 per year over 10 years to the Fortune Port Corporation to expand the wharf in Fortune. Ferries have not been able to transport any vehicles since last year due to the inaccessibility of the wharf.
    The YMCA indicates it will likely employ between 35 to 40 mostly part-time workers at a multi-purpose centre scheduled to open in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in 2021. YMCA programs provide early work experience for many teenagers and youth.
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019

    Ocean Choice International will create about 70 full-time jobs to process fish at sea in a fish processing unit aboard one of its ships. Bay Bulls-based C & W Industrial Fabrication has 45 employees currently constructing the unit for Ocean Choice.
    Back Home Medical Cannabis Corp. is proceeding with work on its facility in Barachois Brook, where it hopes to begin growing cannabis within several months. The company already has a supply contract with the provincial government.
    The new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in St. Anthony has officially opened. Two other stations, located in Twillingate and Old Perlican, are expected to be operational in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    Work on the new $750M acute care hospital in Corner Brook is expected to begin in the summer of 2019 and be completed in 2023. Corner Brook Health Partnership will hold job fairs for labourers and develop hiring plans for tradeswomen and apprentices.
    A new owner has taken over the Terra Nova Resort hotel and golf course in Port Blandford, which had gone into receivership in the fall of 2018. After fearing job losses, most of the 60 employees have returned to work for the 2019 season.
    Mexican restaurant Cojones Tacos & Tequila is expected to open in late July 2019 on Water Street in St. John's
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    Labrador Gem Seafood will begin processing sea cucumber, sea urchin, whelk, and lumpfish on an experimental basis at its plant in Ramea. The company hopes that the processing will lead to a few extra months of work each year for plant workers.
    Lindsay Construction has been awarded a $30.9M contract to build a new school in Paradise. Work is also underway or soon to begin on new schools in Gander, Bay d'Espoir, and Bay Roberts, and all are anticipated to be completed in 2021.
    The owner of a new microbrewery, Rough Waters Brewing Company Ltd., hopes to be in operation on Wight's Road in Deer Lake in the fall of 2019
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    The government of NL hopes to award a tender and begin construction of a mental health unit at the Labrador Health Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay by early 2020. A staffing plan is being developed for the unit, which is anticipated to open in 2022.
    Craft beer brewery Ninepenny Brewing recently opened on the Conception Bay Highway in Manuels.
    The Autism Society of NL says it has had to lay off seven workers due to funding constraints and rising operational costs. The government of NL is in the process of developing a provincial autism action plan.
    Loblaw will restructure 11 Dominion grocery stores in NL, resulting in a loss of 44 positions according to the store workers'union. The company says it is hoping to reduce the impact by offering buyout and early retirement options.
    After receiving council approval, Alre Properties plans to turn an outdoor parking lot on Water Street in St. John's into a $30M office and retail building. The developer hopes to begin construction in July 2019, and expects it will take 18 months to complete.
    Harbourview Manor, a personal care facility in Mary's Harbour on the coast of Labrador, is having difficulty in attracting and retaining staff due to a dwindling and aging population in the area.
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    According to a union representing personal care attendants and licensed practical nurses in NL, recruitment of those workers to long-term care facilities needs to be expanded due to a large number of anticipated retirements and demand for service
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    The government of NL and the Registered Nurses Union (RNUNL) have reached a four-year collective agreement that expires in 2020. A wage freeze and elimination of severance are included in the deal.
    The Garden, a restaurant and patio bar, is expected to open in June 2019 in the Broadway section of Corner Brook
    According to the Mobile Vendors Association of Newfoundland (MVAN), the number of food trucks operating in St. John's continues to grow rapidly. The association was recently formed among food truck owners to address common concerns.
    A decision by Suncor Energy and its partners to extend production from the Terra Nova offshore oil field until at least 2021 will maintain hundreds of related jobs in NL. The Terra Nova field is one of four producing oil fields in the province.
    Dildo-based Dildo Brewing Co. plans to add a retail location for its products in June 2019 on Water Street in St. John's, while St. John's-based Rocket Bakery expects to add a retail outlet on Bannister Street in Mount Pearl around the same time.
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    The federal government will invest $4.2M at Gros Morne National Park in infrastructure improvements, tourism development, and a project to restore the salmon population
    Crooked Feeder Gastropub, which will include a restaurant and craft beer retail section, is expected to open by the end of June 2019 in the Millbrook Mall in Corner Brook. Crooked Feeder produces its own beer at its brewery in in Cormack.
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    Quinlan Brothers will offer relocation and accommodation costs to about 60 employees displaced by the fire at its shrimp and crab processing plant in Black Duck Cove in May 2019. A destination for many may be a company-owned plant in Old Perlican.
    Social enterprise SmartICE hopes to train and employ six local young workers beginning in June 2019 in Nain for a project to produce buoys to measure sea-ice thickness. Community support is strong for the project.
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    Costco will close its current Stavanger Drive location in St. John's near the end of June 2019, and open its largest store in Canada in the Galway development area of the city. The 300 employees at the new location will include some new staff.
    About 60 people are out of work after a fire destroyed a shrimp and crab processing plant operated by Quinlan Brothers in Black Duck Cove in May 2019, just weeks into the beginning of the season. A future plan for the plant is not yet known.
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    According to the Paramedic Association of NL, some workers are choosing to leave the province or the occupation altogether due to a disjointed approach to ambulance service. The health department is working on streamlining the system over time.
    St. John's-based IT Company CoLab Software expects to expand its 14-person workforce over the next few months, with positions in software development, engineering, and sales among those likely to be filled
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    Tacora is set to begin iron ore extraction as planned in June 2019 at the former Scully mine in Wabush, which had shut down in 2014. The mine will have a core workforce of about 360 employees.
    Timberlands International¿s plan to establish a pellet plant in Hawkes Bay and create up to 30 jobs now appears uncertain. The plan had been announced in the fall of 2018, but sources indicate the company is struggling to raise capital.
    Nursing positions in specialized areas such as intensive care at the Janeway children's hospital in St. John's remain difficult to fill despite recruitment efforts, according to the provincial health department
  • 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.
    Superior Glove would like to add about 30 additional workers to the 160 people employed at its glove factory in Point Leamington, but a limited labour force makes it a challenge to fill positions. The company also employs 70 workers in Springdale.
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    Marathon Gold is considering establishing an open-pit gold mine within a few years in the Valentine Lake area, near Millertown, that would create 450 jobs at full production. The company continues its exploration of gold reserves in the area.
    Fish plant workers in NL affected by declining inshore shrimp quotas will likely benefit from a new agreement to process offshore shrimp in the province. Offshore shrimp previously landed in NL had been shipped to Europe for processing.
    NL Healthcare Partners will begin construction in the summer of 2019 on two 60-bed, long-term care homes in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor. Work on an expanded health care centre in Botwood will also begin in the next few months.
    An $8.5M building expansion has been announced for the Holyrood Marine Base, where research into ocean-based products and technology takes place
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    Proponents for a cannabis operation in South River that would employ up to 25 people held public information sessions in April 2019. The tentative project is in the early stages of development.
    The government of NL will invest $50.5M from its 2019 budget towards 31 municipal capital works projects in 29 communities. Projects will improve water and wastewater systems, and provide community-oriented infrastructure.
    Saltwire Network will lay off 30 employees, merge two newspapers in Labrador, and begin publishing weekly instead of daily the Western Star newspaper in Corner Brook in April 2019. Changes in the marketplace account for the decision.
    The government of NL will issue requests for proposals later in 2019 to build a $200M replacement for Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John 's. Construction, in the White Hills area, is expected to begin in 2022 and be tentatively completed in 2024.
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    The Atlantic Canada Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers has set up an office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay to better assist local union members take advantage of future expansions of mining operations in Voisey's Bay and Labrador West
    Eastern Contracting Ltd. has been awarded a $3.6M contract to provide repairs to Bishop Field Elementary School in St. John's. Work is expected to be completed December 2019.
    An increase in sea cucumber processing in the summer of 2019 at the Clearwater Seafoods plant in Grand Bank will provide work for 19 people. While some of the work will go to existing staff, there will be new positions.
    The 2019 quota for snow crab in NL waters has been cut by 9% over 2018, with regional variations ranging from decreases of 39% to increases of 48%. The cuts were not as severe as some in the industry had feared, and product demand remains strong.
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    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
    Pipers will open a location in Bay Roberts in August 2019 that will employ 20 workers. The department store will also close two of its six St. John's locations, but workers may move to other stores if they choose, including the one in Bay Roberts.
    Gander-based Scudrunner Brewery has closed after only eight months in business. The owners hope potential buyers come forward to restart the operation.
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    The Port of St. John's anticipates 38 cruise ship visits in 2019, up from 24 visits in 2018
    If all approvals are in place, construction is expected to start in Baie Verte in May 2019 on Little North Brewhouse, a microbrewery that would also contain a taproom, retail space, and kitchen
    Several major construction projects in NL, such as the Hebron offshore platform, the Vale nickel processing facility, and the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, have ended recently or are currently winding down
    The teachers' union and the English school district agree that it can be more difficult to find substitute teachers in both rural and urban areas of NL than it once was. Traditionally, substitute shortages were confined to rural and remote regions.
    Phase 2 of a multi-year project to upgrade water and sewer infrastructure along Water Street in downtown St. John's is scheduled to begin in April 2019 and last for three months.
    Pomerleau Inc. is expected to begin construction in the spring of 2019 on the new $25M Labrador Wellness Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The YMCA will operate the multi-purpose centre when completed in about two years.
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    Marbase hopes to finalize a deal in 2019 to purchase the former Marystown Shipyard and operate it as a service hub for the local aquaculture industry. The facility may employ 50 to 100 workers initially, and add more over time.
    China Minmetals will soon restart the Beaver Brook Antimony Mine near Glenwood, after stopping production in 2012. The mine, with an anticipated lifespan of three and a half years, is expected to employ about 100 workers.
    Port Rexton Brewing Company Limited will add a new manufacturing facility and an automated canning line to its operation in 2019. Two new jobs will be created.
    WaterWest Kitchen and Meats, a restaurant with a retail butcher counter, is scheduled to open in the west end of downtown St. John's by early summer 2019.
    The Canadian Home builders' Association says that while new home construction may have slowed in recent years in NL, the home renovation and repair sector is thriving.
    Clearwater Seafoods and 14 First Nations in NS and NL have agreed to a 50-year partnership on the Arctic surf clam fishery. The deal will help protect existing jobs at Clearwater's processing plant in Grand Bank.
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    The Moorland Motel, a long-time business along the Trans Canada Highway in Whitbourne, has closed permanently
    The government of NL and the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) have reached a four-year collective agreement that expires in 2020. A wage freeze and elimination of severance are included in the deal.
    Norway-based Aqualine has created six jobs in Lawn with a pilot project currently underway to manufacture sea cages to be used in the aquaculture industry
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    Portobello, a restaurant on Duckworth Street in St. John's employing 25 workers, closed in February 2019 after 11 years in business. The owner identified less activity in the oil sector as a factor in the closure.
    Work is well underway in Argentia on infrastructure for the West White Rose offshore project, with oil production expected to begin in 2022. Manufacturing related to the oil industry had fallen in recent years upon completion of work on the Hebron project.
    Three NL-based companies, Coady Construction, Traytown Builders, and Chimo Construction, have been awarded contracts totalling $10.4M related to the ongoing construction of Coast Guard stations in Twillingate and Old Perlican
    Ár n-oileán Resources Ltd. hopes to begin producing seal oil capsules at a plant in Shoal Harbour over the next couple of years that would employ about 20 workers. The company is still in the early planning stages of the operation.
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    Despite news of some recent closures, new businesses that have opened or are about open in downtown St.John's include restaurants Gingergrass and Greco Pizza, the Geek Bar, and Dollarama
    The hourly minimum wage in NL will rise by $0.25 to $11.40 on April 1, 2019. The minimum overtime wage will be $17.10.
    JMJ Holdings Ltd. has been awarded a $16.2M contract to build a primary school in Bay Roberts. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019 and be completed in early 2021.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    The Innu Education board is conducting a recruitment drive to attract teachers to northern communities in Labrador. Recruitment and retention issues can be challenging for the region.
    The Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill has reached a collective agreement with all its unionized employees. According to the union, the four-year deal will include wage increases of 2% in the first two years and 2.5% in the final two years.
    Grieg NL says it has received 3,300 applications for about 600 jobs it expects to create over the next few years upon completion of its salmon hatchery in Marystown. Construction, expected to create 250 jobs, is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019.
    St. John's Dockyard Ltd. has been awarded a $10M contract to refit the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson. Work will begin in St. John's in late February 2019 and last about six months.
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    BuiildForce Canada predicts that construction employment in NL may decrease over the coming decade as some major projects, such as Muskrat Falls, wind down. However, forecasts could change if work proceeds on the Bay du Nord and other oil developments.
    Comfort and Class, a small clothing store in Clarenville employing two full-time workers, closed in January 2019 after 10 years in business. The effects of on-line shopping and a poor local economy were noted as factors.
    Curry Delight, a takeout restaurant featuring Pakistani food, will open on Park Avenue in Mount Pearl in February 2019 and employ two part-time workers in addition to the owners
    About 14 of the 32 employees have returned to work at aerospace parts maker D-J Composites in Gander since a two year work stoppage ended in November 2018. While others are on a recall list, there is not enough work to employ more people at this time.
    After seven years in business, Fixed Coffee & Baking on Duckworth Street in St. John's will close in March 2019 for financial reasons. The food service operation employs 15 staff.
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    After clearing an environmental assessment process, the owner of the proposed Rocky River Zip Line and Adventure Park in Colinet hopes to have some lines open by the summer of 2019, and further develop the park over the next few years
    J.D. Irving Ltd. projects it will fill 550 full-time and 227 student jobs from 2019-21 in its operations in NL, including Kent Building Centres, Atlantic Towing, and Midland Transport. The hires will be a result of normal turnover and new growth.
    Due to ongoing shortages of obstetricians, the regional health authority had not been able to get a planned midwifery pilot program off the ground in Gander. However, three midwives are now scheduled to begin work over the next few months.
    Hi-Point Industries will add six workers to its current workforce of over 40 people. The company maintains facilities in Bishop's Falls and Corner Brook, and produces industrial oil absorbents made from peat moss.
    Puff Puff Pass Headshop, one of six cannabis retailers in NL, closed its store in Clarenville in January 2019 due to supply issues
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    Alderon Iron Ore Co. is optimistic it will break ground on the proposed Kami iron ore mine in in western Labrador by early 2020, although it still needs to raise capital. The project had been announced in 2013, but was postponed when ore prices fell.
    Surveillance drone designer AS Works will double its small St. John's workforce by adding two engineers to its reseach and development staff. The company hopes to launch its products in the spring of 2019.
    Bad Bones Ramen, a St. John's-based restaurant that had announced its closure late in 2018, will remain open at a new location on Water Street
    Jeans Experts will close its store in Marystown at the end of January 2018, with one full-time and five part-time workers losing their jobs. The effects of online shopping and a poor local economy were noted as factors.
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    Memorial University reached two tentative agreements in January 2019 with faculty associations representing permanent, contractual, and per-course instructors. Pay equity, job security, and some wage concerns were among the issues.
    According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic council (APEC), increased production at the $3.2B West White Rose offshore oil project and activity at the $2.2B Voisey's Bay nickel mine will likely contribute to higher economic growth for NL in 2019
    Fewer travellers used Deer Lake Regional Airport for the second year in a row in 2018, despite a busy tourist season. The decline in workers going to Alberta and to the Muskrat Falls power project resulted in a 4% drop overall in traffic for the year.
    CEPG Consulting and Design Inc. hopes to create five or six jobs in the coming weeks during the cleanup and conversion of a former fish plant in Jackson's Arm into a facility where fresh produce and possibly cannabis would be grown
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    The provincial registered nurses' union indicates that 24-hour shifts caused mainly by staff shortages are common in NL, and recommends breaking the shifts into more manageable and shorter intervals
  • Start date: 2018-12-31, End date: 2019-01-04
    Week of Dec 31 - Jan 04, 2018

    Rose Ann's Unisex Hair Designs in Labrador City will close after 40 years in business unless a buyer can be found to keep it running.
    The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has reduced the provincial deficit by $2 billion over the past two years but they have not yet reached a balanced budget
  • Start date: 2018-12-24, End date: 2018-12-28
    Week of Dec 24 - Dec 28, 2018

    Landwash Brewery, a craft brewery and taproom, opened in December 2018 on Commonwealth Avenue in Mount Pearl. The opening brings the total number of craft beer breweries in the province to 12.
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    Bad Bones Ramen, a restaurant on Water Street in St. John's, will close by the end of 2018. According to the owner, the high cost of rent is a factor, and a reopening at another location is possible in the future.
    The government of NL and bargaining groups of CUPE, the union representing 4,500 public sector employees, have reached collective agreements which will run until March 2020. A wage freeze and elimination of severance are included in the deals.
    Cruise NL indicates 30 cruise ships carrying more than 70,000 visitors to 21 ports arrived in the province in 2018, and projects a busy 2019 season as well. The 2018 figures are lower than those for 2017, but well above the 2016 figures.
    A $7.8M regional wellness centre will be constructed in Placentia, with the assistance of combined government funding. The centre will include extensions to the existing arena, a swimming pool, fitness room, and other amenities.
    Construction is underway on a Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in Twillingate The station, expected to be operational by the summer of 2019, will employ two four-member crews.
    The Town of Conception Bay South and unionized workers with CUPE have reached a four-year collective agreement, which will provide wage increases of 3.5% over the life of the deal as well as some signing incentives.
    Secret Cove Brewery, a craft brewery on Hynes Road in Port au Port East, will open before the end of 2018.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    Pennecon will recommence immediately the work started by Astaldi Canada on the Muskrat Falls power project in Labrador. Due to a dispute, the developer, Nalcor, had ordered Astaldi to stop work in October 2018, throwing 500 people out of work.
    A retail development for multiple occupants will proceed at the site of a former rubber plant in Holyrood. No timelines have yet been announced.
    Bacalao, a restaurant on LeMarchant Road in St. John's, will close in the coming weeks after 11 years in business.
    Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2019 on a $10M upgrade to the wastewater treatment facility in Grand Falls-Windsor. The town will develop a Women's Employment Plan for the construction phase.
    The Conference Board of Canada predicts economic growth of 5.2% for N.L. in 2019, which would lead the country. Increased offshore oil developments and production are anticipated in 2019.

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