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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.
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
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.
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
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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.
Ontario-based restaurant chain Meltwich Food Co. opened a location on Prince Street in Sydney in July 2019 that employs 18 workersThe 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 KentvilleA 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
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 programA new pub, The Blunt Bartender, is expected to open on Prince Street in Truro at the end of July 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.
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 BayThe 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 CentreRimot, 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
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 jobsAsian 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 employeesUsing 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.
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.
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
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.
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 populationsConstruction, 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 HalifaxDairy Queen will open a location next to the Tim Hortons on Trunk 2 in Fall River in the spring of 2020A 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.
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 KentvilleJapanese restaurant Kyo Kitchen and Bar has been hiring staff in preparation for a planned opening across from Grand Parade on Barrington Street in HalifaxBoardwalk 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.
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 HarbourTwo 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 workersHalifax-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
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 yearsWomen'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 areaThe 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.
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 workersThe 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.
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 2020Coffee 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.
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.
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.
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 BridgewaterA 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 CrossingRequests 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 HawkesburyThe 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.
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.
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 industryConstruction 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.
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 autismThe 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 StreetRetail chain Home Sense has opened a location in the Granite Drive Plaza in New MinasInto 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.
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 locationsClearwater 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
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 governmentHalifax-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 resultsMassage Experts will open a location in the Sunnyside Mall in Bedford in March 2019Work 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 positionsDartmouth 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
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 businessHighland 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.
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 1,600Peace 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 marketGarrison 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 StreetFitness chain World Gym will open a location in May 2019 in Woodlawn Plaza in DartmouthDartmouth-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 workforceWhistleBerry 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
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 issuesThe 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 peopleThrift store retail chain Value Village will open a location in the Bridgewater Mall in the fall of 2019The 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
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 seasonSurrette 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 workersThe 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 2019Web.com, 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 monthsMany 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.
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 2019The 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 productsArdene, a women's clothing chain, will close its store in Bayers Lake in Halifax at the end of January 2019Land 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 laterA 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.
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 2019Covey 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 peopleIn 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 institutionsDifficulty 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 areaDigby'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.
A Tim Hortons restaurant in Hantsport, opened in 2002, closed in January 2019Boardwalk Taproom and Eatery, a bar and restaurant to be located in city hall in Sydney, is scheduled to open in April 2019Dartmouth-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 newcomersB.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 workersZephyr Rug and Home in Halifax and Giggles Pizza in Dartmouth both recently closed their businessesHill Top Hops Brewhouse, serving beer made on site, opened in January 2019 in BrooklynA 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.
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 weeksTwo 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 HalifaxJamaica Vibes, a restaurant in Spring Garden Place in Halifax, will open near the end of January 2019The 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 lessDartmouth-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
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.
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 fundingSydney-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
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 productMembertou 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 2019Restaurants 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 StreetThe 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.
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.
Scotiabank will close its branch in Hantsport in May 2019 due to the effects of online banking, and consolidate operations at its location in Windsor. The bank will work with employees on possible options, including moving to the Windsor branch.About 14 workers in the press and mailroom operations of the Cape Breton Post in Sydney received layoff notices in November 2018 after parent company Saltwire Network decided to produce the printed versions of the newspaper in Halifax in the futureA community centre will be built in Acaciaville containing a pre-school and other space for learning. Combined government funding of more than $5.5M has been committed to the project.An expanded Winners World on Acadia First Nation Yarmouth Reserve, which will employ about 32 workers, opened in November 2018. The building includes a gaming centre, gas bar, and convenience store, and a restaurant will be added early in 2019.Construction continues on the Vida Cannabis facility in Stellarton, and the company anticipates permits will be in place before the end of 2018 to proceed with the operation, expected to create up to 200 jobs in the areaGift store and café Selby's Bunker and children's boutique Flower Child in Dartmouth, a Sobeys Express and Shell with an A&W in Bedford, and jewelry maker Shoreline Design in Halifax have opened or will open soon in the areaAali's Butcher Shop has closed on the Bedford Highway, while bicycle shop VeloLab Cycle in Dartmouth will close before the end of 2018The Nova Scotia government and its almost 12,000 unionized acute care workers, including nurses and support staff, have reached collective agreements through a mediated process. Deals are now in place with all major health-care union councils.Construction will begin in the spring of 2020 on enlarging the capacity of the emergency department at the IWK Health Centre's emergency department in Halifax. Costs of the project will be announced as work is awarded by tender.Gaslight Café, employing five workers, opened on George Street in Sydney in November 2018. The business also plans to add additional workers when it reopens its seasonal operation in Louisbourg in the spring of 2019.Headland Cultivation expects to start hiring in the summer of 2019 at its planned cannabis production facility in Lennox Passage. The company plans to begin construction of the facility in the spring and have it completed by the fall of 2019.Jollytails Inc., a pet retailer with dog grooming and boarding service, will open its fourth area location, on McQuade Lake Crescent in Halifax in December 2018
Highlanders Cannabis Corp. hopes to convert a former pharmaceutical plant in North Sydney into a cannabis processing facility once licensing permits are in placeDue to the effects of online and telephone banking, CIBC will close its bank in Parrsboro in June 2019 and consolidate operations at its location in Springhill. The company says it work with the five affected workers on possible options.HaliMac Axe Throwing, with a kitchen and taproom, will open soon on Brunswick Street in Halifax. As well, Chinese restaurant May Garden has opened inside Casino Nova Scotia and plans to open two other locations soon, in Bedford and downtown Dartmouth.Tim Hortons plans to open an outlet in the Ivany Campus of NSCC in Dartmouth in January 2019. Also, Chinese variety store chain Miniso Canada recently opened on Brenton Street in Halifax, and will soon open in the Halifax Shopping Centre as well.Monkedia, a company that designs advertising campaigns for businesses on social media, plans to expand its Halifax satellite office and will benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program if it establishes up to 50 jobs over the next five years
Construction was announced in November 2018 of a new $36M cargo-handling facility to be built at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to handle the growing volume of seafood exports, especially lobster to China. Work will begin within six months.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has announced it will invest close to $8.2M in Woodman's Grove Residences, a 4-storey affordable housing building to be constructed in WolfvilleDue to the fiscal challenges in running the operation, the Town of Yarmouth will lay off its emergency dispatch staff and look to alternate forms of delivery of the service. The changes will take place during the 2018 fiscal year.There are currently a number of direct care and supervisory vacancies in a provincial early invention program for children with autism, while two clinical positions in Cape Breton have recently been filledPrinting supply business Panda Print recently opened in Windsor, while wine and beer supply company Noble Grape will open there in early 2019. It is the third location in the Annapolis Valley for both businesses.Upscale restaurant The Fourth Lock has opened on Highway 2 in Fall RiverRUA Sports Fanatic will close both its sports memorabilia locations, in the Halifax Shopping Centre and in the Mayflower Mall in Sydney, before the end of 2018A new $5M bowling complex containing a bar and restaurant and employing about 60 workers opened in Membertou First Nation in November 2018Construction of the new $3M medical clinic in Shelburne is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, at which point the family practice teams will move into the spaceTwo Sydney-area companies, Municipal Ready-Mix Ltd. and Joneljim Concrete Construction, have been awarded contracts for a federally-funded $1.5M renovation project at the Alexander Graham Bell National historic Site in BaddeckPort Hastings-based Allsteel Coatings Ltd. has been awarded a $4.5M contract for renovations on the Lennox Passage bridge. The project, expected to be completed by June 2018, will provide employment for 20 to 25 workers.About 25 employers attended Halifax's first job fair for LGBT job seekers, held by the YMCA in November 2018Ocean Pride Fisheries wants to develop a facility in Tusket that would turn waste from its sea cucumber plant in Wedgeport into pharmaceutical products. About 10 to 20 positions would be created for mechanical and lab technicians and other staff.
The Nova Scotia government will establish a pilot program with established child care providers in 10 locations that will focus on physical activity and play outside of school hours for students attending the provincial pre-primary programDHX Media Ltd. has agreed to sell its Halifax animation studio to Toronto-based loM Media Ventures. The new owner would like to increase over time the number of workers at the Halifax studio from 170 to about the 250 once employed there.Dalhousie University indicates it has more than doubled the number of female students in its undergraduate computer science programs since 2016, when it set a target and designed programs to recruit more women. Efforts in that regard will continue.In the Halifax metro area, men's clothier chain Indochino has opened its showroom in the Halifax Shopping Centre, while Sobeys is expected to open a new grocery store on Timberlea Village Parkway in late 2019Café Laura has opened on Agricola Street in Halifax, while Turkish restaurant Turkuaz will open soon on the Bedford Highway. Café/bar Lion & Bright on Agricola Street has closed.Tic Tac Go, an escape room and board game café, will open on Queen Street in Dartmouth in early December 2018Microbrewery, pub, and restaurant Route 19 will open in December 2018 in Inverness, and is seeking workersW.L. Nelson, a furniture retailer in business for 72 years in Yarmouth, will close by January 2019 due to the retirement of the ownerThere are currently no exploratory drilling projects off the coast of Nova Scotia, and no applications from companies looking to obtain drilling licenses. Project activity over the past couple of years had failed to uncover significant hydrocarbons.
While the Irving Shipyard in Halifax will likely lose some navy ship maintenance contract work in the coming years, the construction of a sixth Artic patrol at the facility will help mitigate any temporary job loses that might have occurred as a result.Truro Herbal Company held a job fair in Truro in November to recruit workers for its cannabis production facility. The company anticipates ramping up production, and positions in cultivation, skill trades and IT may be available.In the Halifax metro area, salon and hair care chain Glamour Secrets has opened in the Halifax Shopping Centre, and baked goods retailer Locally Baked Outlet on Sackville Drive. Discount store Cost U Less has closed on Portland Street in Dartmouth.While activity is reflected across the province, it's ports in southwestern Nova Scotia that are especially driving Nova Scotia's thriving $1.1B seafood industry, according to recently released 2017 buyer data.Construction is underway at Paq'tknek First Nation near Antigonish on a travel centre, expected to open in the summer of 2019, containing a Wilsons Fuels operation with amenities for truck drivers.Local film lobby group Screen Nova Scotia views the provincial government's decision to add $6M to the film production fund as a positive move to encourage growth in an industry that had lost workers to other regions in recent years when production fell.Work is underway on a $35M project to extend the Port of Halifax's shipping berths at its Halterm terminal, and is expected to be completed early in 2020.The Port of Sydney welcomed visits from 90 cruise ships carrying 131,000 passengers in 2018, which represent record numbers. Business is expected to continue to grow at the port with the anticipated completion of expanded facilities in 2019.An employment service centre in Pictou County indicates there has been a steady stream of job postings in the area recently, including at major employers such as tire manufacturer Michelin and web.com, an IT call centre.Pizza Girls and Katch Seafood have opened in the Scotia Square food court in Halifax, while Salena's Pizza has opened on Cole Harbour Road.
Despite the provincial government's offering of incentives to attract psychiatrists to work in Cape Breton, the region, like many areas of the country, continues to suffer from a shortage of the mental health specialists.According to the teachers union, Nova Scotia is facing a desperate shortage of French immersion and high school math teachers. The union indicates that while there are plenty of education graduates, these specialized positions are hard to fill.Cooke Aquaculture, owner of several aquaculture sites in southwest Nova Scotia, is looking into further developments in the Liverpool area. The company may also expand its distribution operations in the Burnside Industrial Park in Dartmouth.MobSquad, an exporter of software development and engineering services to U.S.-based clients, has entered into a provincial payroll rebate agreement to create 100 positions over five years in Halifax with a focus on hiring new graduates and new Nova Scotians.Maritime Express Cider, a taproom and cidery, has opened in KentvilleLe Chateau, a national clothing chain that has been downsizing in recent years, is in the process of closing its Spring Garden Road location in Halifax.Pictou Landing First Nation opened The Wolf Den, a gaming centre, in October 2018.A survey of Canadian universities indicates that 53% of those who teach in Nova Scotia universities do so under contract, rather than in permanent or secure positions. Nationally, the results are similar, but vary greatly by faculty or discipline.Pieridae Energy has been given regulatory approval to build its liquefied natural gas plant in Goldboro. About 4,000 jobs could be created over a four-year construction phase, but the company has yet to make a final decision on whether to proceed.
Connors Family Restaurant, on South Albion Street in Amherst and in business since 2008, has closedPittsburgh-based Patron Technology has acquired Sydney-based software developer Marcato Digital Solutions, and intends to retain most of the staff and grow the local 13-member workforceWee Folk, a private pre-school in Kentville, will close in November 2018 after 49 years in business. The school has seen declining enrolments, possible due to more children now attending the new pre-primary programs in Nova Scotia's public schools.Private career college Cape Breton Business College will add the former McKenzie College building on Townsend Street to its other locations in the Sydney area over the next few months. More Instructors and administrative staff will likely be added.A $9.2M flood protection project is underway at the Louisbourg National Historic Site. Parks Canada expects the work, being carried out in stages, to be fully completed in March 2020.Breathing Green Solutions, based in the Wentworth Valley, has become the first cannabis grower in Nova Scotia to be granted a license to sell its product. The company, which has 30 employees, becomes part of the supply chain for cannabis in the province.After adding 152 jobs since 2014, financial services and insurance firm Manulife indicates it will further expand its Halifax operations and add up to 600 jobs over the next five years with the assistance of a provincial payroll rebate program.Fast-food restaurant franchise Wok Box has opened on Young Street in Halifax, its second location in the Halifax area.Porter's Lake-based bistro Cicero's on The Water, takeout Captain Kevin's on Cole Harbour Road, and a Ben's Bakery Outlet in Lower Sackville have recently closed in the Halifax Metro area.Michelin will create 150 new jobs and make permanent 200 other existing temporary positions as a result of a planned expansion of operations at its Pictou County site. Hiring for most of the new positions will begin immediately.Unionized crane and heavy equipment operators in Nova Scotia went on strike in October 2018 in an attempt to reach a wage settlement with an association of employers. If the strike lasts for 21 days, the matter would go to arbitration.BretonCannaPharms Ltd. hopes to convert a former call centre building in Port Hawkesbury into a cannabis production facility which would create between 50 to 100 jobs. If licensing is approved, the company hopes to begin operations in the spring of 2019.
Atlantic Gold is in the early stages of developing Cochrane Hill, a proposed gold mine near Melrose that would open in 2022, operate for five years and employ about 190 workers. The company currently operates the Touquoy mine in eastern Nova Scotia.After closing some stores earlier in 2018, home décor and furniture chain Wicker Emporium announced in October that six of its remaining outlets, including two Nova Scotia locations in Halifax and Dartmouth, will shut down over the next few monthsA McDonald's restaurant, convenience store, and gas station off Highway 104 in Valley, near Truro, will open in Match 2019. The service area will create between 60 and 70 jobs, with 40 to 50 jobs at McDonald's alone.Fry Daddy's, a restaurant based in Windsor, has opened a second location, in Middle Sackville. Also, Dinah's Sourdough, a small bakery with takeout service, will open in October 2018 on Novalea Drive in Halifax.Sydney-based Brilun Construction began building a multimillion dollar water treatment plant at Potlotek First Nation in September 2018
Work on the ongoing $2B redevelopment of the QE11 hospital complex in the Halifax area will continue over the next several years, under a public-private funding model. Several structures will be demolished, with others being added or renovated.Laurentide Re/sources Inc. will close its paint recycling operation in Springhill, affecting 16 workers who will be offered jobs at its plant in Richibucto, NB. The closure is scheduled for December 2018, but some work may continue beyond that time.The federal government has announced 44 new payroll specialists will be hired in the New Waterford area for a period of two years starting November 19th. The positions will have salaries in the $50 to $60-thousand-dollar range.Curv is a software company that has developed a platform to let the video camera on a mobile device be used as a diagnostic tool. They will hire four software developers in Halifax next spring.
Retail chain The Great Canadian Dollar Store is currently hiring to fill about 12 positions at its new store in Kingston, expected to open in October 2018.Dartmouth-based industrial manufacturer Atlantic Hardchrome Limited will expand its automated machining capacity, resulting in the addition of two full-time positions to its current staff of 40 workers, and possibly future growth.The Nova Scotia government indicates it has filled 190 of the 191 positions it created for the 2018-19 school year to help with complex classroom needs. School psychologists and behavioural support workers are among those hired.
Black Rock Tidal Power and Halogonia Tidal Energy plan on carrying out tidal research in the Bay of Fundy over the next couple of years. Uncertainty arose around future projects after another company had run into financial trouble earlier in 2018.The federal government has reversed a decision made in August 2018 to privatize cleaning services at CFB Greenwood that could have resulted in the loss of seven term jobs. The janitorial staff will remain employed by the federal government.Bistro 300 Coffee House is expected to open on Main Street in Middleton in October 2018The Lumber Yard, an axe-throwing venue and barroom, is expected to open in October 2018 in Greenwood, and may also offer food service by the following springA PharmaChoice drug store on Highfield Park Drive, and sports clothing store Urban Closet Plug on Windmill Road have opened in Dartmouth. Labels, a clothing store in the Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, has closed.Mabou-based Zutphen Contractors Inc. has been awarded a contract to build a second cruise ship berth in Sydney. It is hoped the $19M project will be completed by the end of 2019, although the berth may be operational before that date.The trade war between the United States and China is benefitting Nova Scotia's lobster exports, which have almost doubled compared to last year. Their value has jumped from $12M to nearly $21M.Australia-based Nautics Group, a developer of surveillance technologies for military, government, and police applications, plans to hire engineers as it relocates its headquarters to Bedford, resulting in five new jobsHeadland Cultivation Inc. is hoping to begin construction soon on a cannabis production operation in Lennox Passage that would create 60 jobs when in full production, possibly by July 2019
Some businesses in Ingonish county have had difficulty finding employees during the busy season. For instance, Main Street Restaurant and Bakery and Rona hardware have had to shorten their operating hours as a result.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Canada Post are still far apart in terms of wage hikes with only two weeks before the union is in a legal strike position.The union also wants wage parity between rural and urban postal workers.The professional association for doctors in Nova Scotia is concerned about the opening of a private health clinic, Unified Health Community Triage Centre, based in Halifax.Local fishermen blocked the entrance to the Donkin Mine over concerns of possible impacts on their industry from seismic testing and barging coal. A company official agreed to meet with the fishermen to discuss the matter.Archer's Edge Luxury Camping is installing five all-weather domes equipped with beds, kitchenettes and toilets. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency provided a $132K loan to help build the facilities, which will be located in Inverness County.Nova Scotia Business Inc. will provide a payroll rebate to DiLytics Canada Inc. who is establishing an office in Halifax with a maximum of 30 jobs. The company provides business analytics and data warehousing.
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.
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.
Labour Market Bulletins
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