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  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    A group of MB First Nations, along with iChurchill Inc., have entered into an acquisition agreement with the U.S. based owner of the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill. The partnership hopes to conclude acquisition of the railway and port facilities by mid-June.
    The Manitoba government announced the redevelopment and relocation of the pediatric cardiology clinic at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg. Construction of the new clinic is expected to begin later this year.
    The MB government will close the provincially operated Pineland Forestry Nursery, near Hadashville, on December 31
    The Marketplace grocery in St. Norbert will be rebuilt after the previous location was closed due to flooding in January. Construction of the new store is to be complete by next summer.
    Southport Bowl in Southport has closed for renovations. The project will include upgrades to the lanes, addition of electronic scoring capabilities and making it wheelchair accessible. A grand opening is planned for the fall.
    On May 5, Giant Tiger opened a new store in Steinbach
    On May 8, Altern Properties Summit unveiled a new 416-unit five-building luxury apartment complex, Summit at Seasons, in Winnipeg. The development will feature on-site administration and 24 hour customer care.
    The Mystery Lake Road McDonald's restaurant in Thompson will soon be demolished. A new McDonald's restaurant will be constructed on the same site this spring/summer.
    The MB government announced over $1.2M of funding to establish five rapid-access clinics across the province to treat individuals suffering from substance-related addictions
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    Flight Club, a full-service restaurant, officially opened on April 26 at the Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg
    Providence University College announced plans for a new 130-student dorm building on campus. Construction on the facility will start in late August and is expected to be completed for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
    Wheelies Roller Rink, located in Winnipeg's West End, is closing at its current location after 21 years
    Winnipeg's George's Burgers and Subs officially closed on April 28 after 24 years in business
    The MB Government announced funding for 60 new full-time paramedics throughout rural Manitoba
    Ride-hailing companies TappCar and Cowboy Taxi Ltd. have reported strong growth since they began operating in Winnipeg. Two more services, U2Go and InstaRyde, are expected to set up operations in the city in the near future.
    Academy Lanes bowling alley closed on April 28. The business is expected to re-open at its new location on St. Matthews Ave. in Winnipeg sometime this July.
    Completion of the Roquette pea processing facility in Portage la Prairie has been delayed until 2020. The plant is expected to create 200 jobs, 150 of which are full-time positions once it is operational.
    University of Winnipeg approved its $143M balanced budget on April 30; eight support staff positions were eliminated and five faculty staff positions will remain empty
    Brandon City Council approved E.F. Moon Construction Ltd. to replace five water mains, as well as asphalt milling and overlay for one of the water mains, at a total cost of $2.4M. The projects are expected to be done by the end of 2018.
    Brandon's Wheat City Bar and Grill has closed. The restaurant employed around 20 people, five of which have been offered positions at Astoria Pizza and Pasta.
    The new North of 53 Consumers Co-op grocery in Flin Flon is now open. The expanded store employs 30 new staff in addition to employees from the previous location.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    Manitoba-based snack food producer Ronnie's Jumbo Seeds has increased production as major grocery chain stores focus on sourcing local foods
    Hildegard's Bakery officially opened in Winnipeg on April 3. The bakery offers a variety of organic baked goods.
    Carbone's Coal Fired Pizza is expanding in Winnipeg with the opening of four Fast Fired by Carbone franchise locations in June. The outlets will use gas-fired ovens rather than coal-fired ones, and will on focus serving pizzas and salads.
    Winnipeg's Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. recently announced it had entered into a limited partnership with Westleaf Cannabis Inc. and Delta West Inc. for the joint development of a production facility in Alberta
    Steel Creek Developers is planning a hotel/seniors housing complex in Neepawa. The building will have 60 hotel rooms, a pool and mineral spa as well as 18 two-bedroom apartments for seniors. A similar facility is nearing completion in Souris.
    The MB government announced that a new K-8 school will be constructed in Brandon and is expected to be completed for September 2020. The school will have capacity for 450 students, and will also include a child-care centre for preschool children.
    The provincial government announced that work has begun to replace the aging bridge along PTH 2 near Cypress River. Construction is expected to begin in late 2018 and be complete by fall 2019.
    Kim's Asian Restaurant in Brandon will open its second location on April 26
    Triple Crown Sports officially opened its TC365 Indoor Hitting Facility in Brandon. Due to its popularity, plans are underway to turn the space into a multi-use sports facility.
    In preparation for the shutdown of its smelter and refinery in Thompson, Vale Manitoba Operations has issued layoff notices to 169 hourly employees. Two smaller layoff phases are expected within the next year.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    The Killarney provincial services office will close May 9 in order to consolidate services in Winnipeg. The office employs five staff members, all of whom were invited to continue their work in Winnipeg.
    After four years in operation, the Boxe Neepawa Combat Sports and Fitness Club will close permanently on April 30
    Kerf Construction has been awarded the building contract for the expansion of the Beautiful Plains Medical Clinic in Neepawa
    The Portage la Prairie School Division was awarded a $50K federal grant to assist in the construction of a new accessibility entrance for Portage Collegiate. Construction of the new entrance is expected to start this summer.
    Canadian Mennonite University officially opened its Centre for Environmental and Economic Resilience on April 13. The $1.7M project includes research space and an incubator facility.
    Red River College announced the acquisition of its Stevenson Aviation Campus, which was previously leased from Hubert Kleysen. The campus offers various diplomas under its aviation and aeronautics programs, training over 400 students annually.
    Great Canadian Dollar Store is opening its first Portage la Prairie store in June, and is now seeking employees
    Altona's Elmer's Manufacturing, an agricultural equipment manufacturer, announced the acquisition of the Dugald-based Dynamic Ditchers Inc.
    ATP Nutrition, a crop nutrition company located in Oak Bluff, has been purchased by Inocucor Corporation, a US-based developer of biological crop inputs. Operations will continue at ATP's R&D formulation and manufacturing facility.
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    On April 5, the provincial and federal governments announced the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year bilateral agreement to invest $176M in Manitoba's agricultural and agri-food sector
    Brandon's first Freshii restaurant officially opened April 6
    Video game developer Ubisoft announced it is opening an office in Winnipeg this fall. The company plans to invest $35M in Manitoba and will create 100 jobs over the next five years.
    Ivory restaurant has re-opened at a new location in downtown Winnipeg
    Winnipeg-based ice cream company Cornell Creme announced it was closing permanently on April 10
    The Indian cuisine King of Butter Chicken restaurant announced it will open on Corydon Avenue in a few weeks
    Brandon's 111th Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, which ran from March 26 to March 31, had over 110,000 people attend, slightly fewer compared to 2017
    The homeless shelter Oscar's Place in The Pas will no longer be closed this June. Manitoba Housing announced the purchase of the facility from The Pas Friendship Centre.
    The Treaty One First Nations and the federal government have reached an agreement in principal regarding the Kapyong Barracks in Winnipeg. Demolition work on the 65 acres of land is expected to begin sometime in May, and take two years to complete.
    The Manitoba Government announced it will increase the provincial minimum wage from $11.15 to $11.35 on October 1, 2018
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    The provincial and federal governments are investing nearly $484,000 towards completion of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) grain innovation facility near Portage La Prairie
    Pembina Counselling Centre in Morden is expanding to a larger location in 2018. The expanded facility, located at Boundary Trails Place, will allow the centre to add another counsellor.
    Two new restaurants opened in Winnipeg's Cityplace, Human Bean Coffee & Tea and Freshii, while two more, Barburrito and Hawaii Kai, will open this spring or early summer
    Topigs Norsvin, a Dutch swine-genetics company, announced its new $15M hog facility, located just north of Woodlands, will open this July. The 52,000 sq.-ft facility will employ 10 to 12 people.
    Winnipeg's Academy Lanes will be re-opening at a new location in St. James this July. The business will be re-named Uptown Alley, and will include 30 bowling lanes, laser tag, an arcade, restaurant and lounge.
    Adult and Teen Challenge, a non-profit women's recovery centre, will soon be opening a thrift store in downtown Brandon this summer.
    Construction on the final phase of the Winnipeg River Bridge near Lac du Bonnet has begun. The entire project, valued at $30M, is expected to be completed by December 2019.
    The federal government is investing over $27M in 45 Indigenous Economic Growth projects across Western Canada through its Western Diversification Program. Over $5M was announced for eight such projects in Manitoba.
    HyLife completed the expansion of its Neepawa pork-processing plant. The $176M plant improvements created an additional 165 jobs.
    The Kiwanis Club of Brandon will start construction of a pavilion in Rideau Park in May. The pavilion is expected to be completed next year.
    Richardson International announced the $30M Richardson Innovation Centre, a food research and development facility that will employ 100 people in Winnipeg. Construction is scheduled for completion by spring 2020.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    Cinneplex announced plans to open The Rec Room, a 40,000sq.-ft entertainment centre in Winnipeg. The centre may open by late 2019, featuring arcade games, restaurants, and live entertainment.
    The provincial government introduced legislation that will extend parental leave from 37 weeks to 63 weeks, and establish a 17-week leave to care for a critically ill adult family member
    The provincial government announced the upcoming construction of a roundabout south of Oak Bluff. The new roundabout is to improve road safety and be completed late 2018.
    Western Asphalt Products purchased an additional 71 acres of adjoinging land in Brandon's east-end industrial area. The company plans to develop a transload facility on the property.
    Permission Click, an online permission-slip service, announced a multi-million dollar foreign investment to distribute its systems to school districts overseas. The Winnipeg based company intends to hire at least a dozen more people.
    Yellow Taxi, a new Winnipeg taxi service, will launch in the near future
    The TD Canada Trust branch in Deloraine will close permanently on August 24
    After 32 years in business, Winnipeg's Teak Furniture Centre will close permanently by early June
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    Construction of Thompson's new wastewater treatment plant is a month behind schedule. Bird Construction, the project contractor, is still accepting job applications from residents to work on the project.
    The governments of Canada and Manitoba are granting over $167,000 to Morris-based Ecopoxy. The funding will be used in purchasing a new lab and processing equipment and will allow for the hiring of two additional employees.
    Brandon's News In A Minute will resume printing after new owners bought the newspaper. The first edition is expected to be published by April 2.
    Brandon University will eliminate 15% of its senior administration in the 2018-19 fiscal year to comply with the provincial government's mandate to reduce management positions
    A rising number of residents are looking to leave Churchill after record flooding in Manitoba's north damaged portions of the Hudson Bay Railway last spring. Food and gas prices have risen in the region, and most industries are facing declining business.
    Assiniboine Community College (ACC) could lose up to 5 administrative positions in order to comply with the provincial government's mandate to reduce management positions by 15%
    The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832, the union representing 2,200 Manitoban Safeway employees, reached a tentative agreement with Sobeys West Inc.
    The True North Square development project, located in downtown Winnipeg, is expecting its first commercial tenant to move in as early as June 2018. The $400M project is set to be completed by spring 2019.
    Pollock's Hardware on Osborne Street in Winnipeg might shut down due to lack of business
    Long Plain First Nation is planning to build two hotels on urban reserves in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie. Construction on the two buildings, which are expected to cost $20M altogether, should start this summer.
    Flamingo Vape Shop will celebrate the grand opening of its first location in Brandon on April 7
    Churchill's Rocket Greens, a hydroponic farm supplying fresh produce to the local community, is planning to expand. Also, Growcer Modular Food Solutions, the designers of the hydroponic system, plans on adding six other systems in Northern Canada.
    A number of mining exploration projects have begun in and around Flin Flon recently, with companies drilling test targets throughout the area
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018

    The Manitoba government announced a $550M flood-management project that is to be completed by 2025. The project includes the construction of an access road and outlet channels from Lake St. Martin to Lake Manitoba.
    The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba laid off five managers as part of a restructuring effort
    Hive Development Group announced the construction of a three-storey, 27-unit condo complex in Morden. The project will begin this spring and be completed by mid-2019.
    Astoria Pizza and Pasta is re-opening in Brandon after closing 13 years ago
    On March 9, the Manitoba government released Deloitte LLP's economic development report. The report provides recommendations for further economic development, and predicts lower economic growth in 2018.
    The provincial government recently announced the new Primary Care Paramedic Certification program at the University College of the North. The 16-seat program is expected to begin accepting applications in September 2018.
    As part of the 2018 provincial budget, the Manitoba government will invest over $100M to build five new schools over the next two years
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    The Ward 1 restaurant, located in Osborne Village, has closed after less than two months in business
    The Canadian government granted over $17K to the Manitoba Printmakers Association (Martha Street Studio) for equipment upgrades of its digital suite
    The Manitoban government announced that the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant program is currently assisting nearly 3,600 workers at 163 Manitoban companies. The grant provides companies with funding towards employee skills training.
    Peg Beer, a brew pub located in Winnipeg's Exchange District, closed on February 20. The business employed three full-time employees in its brewery and more than 30 full- and part-time employees in its restaurant.
    The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $47M over three years to help create up to 1,400 new child-care spaces. The funding will also improve child-care services in rural and northern Manitoba.
    Construction of a 44-unit condo building on Brandon's Riverside Lifestyle Estates is expected to begin this summer
    The Manitoba government approved nearly $30M in funding towards 120 health-care facility maintenance projects across the province
    The province of Manitoba has begun the initial stages of replacing an overpass near Portage la Prairie. Design work is to begin later this year.
    The second-hand women's clothing store, Style Encore, opened its first Winnipeg store on March 1
    Fidler's Corner Store, located 16km south of Cranberry Portage, has reopened under new ownership
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    Global News eliminated close to 80 jobs across Canada, including six positions in its Winnipeg office, as part of a company-wide restructuring to focus on online media
    The Provincial Government has conditionally accepted proposals from four organizations to operate retail cannabis locations across Manitoba
    The Federal Government granted the town of Churchill over $130K in funding to address the increasing cost of gasoline as the rail line remains out of service
    The ride-sharing company TappCar is hiring drivers for Winnipeg to begin March 1st
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    Over 1,300 RCMP telecommunications staff across Canada voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and are expected to be certified by mid-March
    The City of Winnipeg awarded Stantec Consulting Ltd. with $2.6M to replace the ceiling, lighting, and public address system at the Pan Am Pool. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
    Saskatchewan based Protein Industries Canada (PIC), which includes businesses and organizations from across the prairies, will receive between $150M to $250M over five years from the federal government's Innovation Superclusters Initiative
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    Buildforce Canada recently released its annual 10-year forecast for Manitoba. The report suggests that the local construction industry could see a 7% decline in employment over the next decade.
    Prairie Mountain Health is seeking to hire three full-time anesthesiologists for the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The BRHC has been operating with only four anesthesiologists instead of its normal contingent of eight due to recent resignations.
    Ventura Developments obtained approval to construct a high-end condo complex in Winnipeg. Construction of the 12-unit building is expected to begin next month.
    The City of Winnipeg is budgeting $105M over the next decade to deal with the invasive Emerald Ash Borer. This includes the removal, re-planting and protection of ash trees, as well as hiring a new supervisor.
    Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is expanding operations in the village of Wawanesa. Around 15 new employees are expected to be hired by the insurer.
    Starting this spring, Thompson's stand alone McDonald's restaurant will be redeveloped into a new 90-seat restaurant. Additional employees are expected to be hired once construction is complete.
    Prairie Mountain Health held a Health Care Career Event at the Dauphin Recreation Complex on February 15
    The Southern Chiefs' Organization has partnered with Working Warriors, a community-owned database, to connect Indigenous people with employers in Manitoba
    Siloam Mission has started construction on their new two-storey shelter in Winnipeg. The $19M facility, which is expected to be completed by 2020, will include 50 new overnight shelter beds.
    GE Aviation recently opened its expanded Testing, Research and Development Centre (TRDC) at Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport. The $26M upgraded facility will test the GE9X, the largest commercial aircraft jet engine manufactured by GE.
    The Brandon School Division plans to create six new full-time teaching positions due to a projected increase in student enrollment for the 2018-19 school year
    Simplot is planning an expansion of its potato plant in Portage la Prairie. The $460M project will see the facility double in size and is expected to create 87 jobs once it is complete.
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    On January 31, 20 local chapters representing 7,000 Winnipeg health-care workers merged to form the Canadian Union Public Employees Local 204
    On December 2017, the province of Saskatchewan and the federal government signed an agreement worth about $2M to help junior mining companies explore areas of northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba
    WestJet recently launched Swoop, an ultra-low cost carrier that will offer flights from Hamilton, including service to Winnipeg, starting in June
    Lowe's Canada will host its first National Hiring Day on February 24. The company plans to hire over 7,000 employees across the country this spring, including 150 in Manitoba
    The Marketplace, a grocery store in St. Norbert was closed on January 15 due to flooding and may be shuttered permanently. Twenty-seven workers were laid-off as a result of the closure.
    Nearly 150 candidates applied for 22 spots in a 6-month paid training program organized by BUILD (Building Urban Industries for Local Development), an organization that helps people facing employment barriers
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    First Nations-owned Clear Sky Connections is set to bring upgraded internet service to 72 communities in Northern Manitoba. Funding for the $63M project will be provided by the federal and provincial governments and other donors.
    Shaw Communications recently offered a voluntary buyout program to 6,500 Shaw and Freedom Mobile workers in an effort to refocus the company's operations. The program will remain open until February 14.
    Construction continues on the new Lions Manor 55 co-operative housing project in Thompson, and is expected to be ready in the fall of 2018
    Winnipeg-based Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. is partnering with Westleaf Cannabis Inc. to build a production facility in southern Alberta.
    The next phase of Shoal Lake 40's ¿Freedom Road¿ is set to begin in early February and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2019. Plans are also in the works to build Shoal Lake 40 a water treatment plant by 2021.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    24-7 Intouch, a customer service call centre, is set to open in the former Target location near Winnipeg's Polo Park shopping centre. The company expects to create 500 new jobs when construction is complete.
    Dynacare now owns and operates 63 diagnostic labs in Winnipeg. The company bought out labs previously owned by Unicity Laboratory, closing 21 sites and laying off 35 people. Dynacare did hire 47 former Unicity Laboratory employees in the changeover.
    The provincial government is granting over $1.4M to non-profit and community organizations for community development projects
    The Flax Council of Canada will close its Winnipeg office on January 31. The number of workers affected by this closure is unknown.
    The Manitoba film industry expects 2017-2018 to be a boon year, with a record $160M in productions. Industry experts anticipate continued job growth due to the province's film tax credit and a low Canadian dollar.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    The federal government is providing $300M to support Indigenous police forces. The funds will serve to hire 110 new positions over the next five years in First Nations communities across Canada.
    Scout: Coffee + Tea, a child-friendly coffee shop, recently opened in Winnipeg
    The Manitoba government announced plans to fund repair and restoration work at the Churchill Town Centre Complex. The province will issue public tenders for the project, which is expected to be complete by the fall of 2018.
    The Manitoba government recently signed a multilateral agreement with the federal government to implement the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The five-year partnership will take effect on April 1, and invest $176M in strategic programming.
    The Southwest Business & Entrepreneur Expo will be held at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden on February 7
  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    Delta 9, a Winnipeg-based cannabis company, plans to create 105 full-time positions this year and 12 construction jobs with the expansion of its production facility
    Shared Health Services in Winnipeg is seeking creative thinkers in health care as they move forward with plans to centralize ambulance and other services in Manitoba
    Kasper Transportation recently launched a commuter service between Selkirk and Winnipeg
    Winners and HomeSense are opening a joint store in the former Target location near Winnipeg's Polo Park Shopping Centre
    7 Ages Productions is shuttering operations after 21 years of theatrical performances at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium in Brandon. The production company's final show will run from January 11-13.
    The last two remaining Sears stores in Winnipeg, St. Vital Centre and Kildonan Place, closed on January 8
    New tenants including Jenna Rae Cakes and McNally Robinson Booksellers will set up shop at The Forks in 2018. About 4 million people visit The Forks each year.
    The federal and provincial governments are pledging nearly $84M toward infrastructure improvements to bring high-speed internet to 112 remote Manitoba communities, including 48 First Nations
    Mining company Klondex announced an immediate reduction in its operations and workforce at its True North gold mine in Bissett. The number of affected employees is unknown at this time.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    Chaeban Ice Cream, a new ice cream business, opened in Winnipeg on December 21
    Two new classrooms are to be constructed at Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School in East St. Paul. The construction work should be completed by September 2019.
    Adrenaline Adventures, an outdoor amusement park in Headingley, closed unexpectedly on December 15
    The nearly 300 km ice road from Gillam to Churchill is now complete. Trucks can now transport goods to Churchill until the spring thaw.
    The provincial government is currently evaluating over 100 proposals from applicants seeking to operate cannabis retail locations. Successful applicants will be notified in February, with retail locations expected to begin operating as early as July 2, 2018.
    The Winnipeg School Division is offering swimming lessons as part of the curriculum from January to June 2018. The program is being offered to approximately 2,300 Grade 3 and 4 students from 59 schools in the division.
    According to the latest census, Manitoba's film industry is growing at a rate of 4.3% per year. At the national level, the industry is growing at 5.7% per year.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    The Manitoba government is set to streamline 25 provincial agencies, eliminating over 170 positions in the process. No layoffs are expected as a result of the cost-cutting measures.
    The Manitoba government has created a program, in partnership with Keystone Agricultural Producers, to provide dairy farm training to job seekers. The nine-week program will also include literacy and numeracy skills training.
    A recent study by Alamos Gold Inc. yielded positive results for two gold mines in Lynn Lake. If the company goes ahead with the project, 500 jobs could be created during the construction phase and another 500 once the site becomes operational.
    Three Manitoba First Nations have joined National Access Cannabis, a Winnipeg-based health-care service provider. The partnership will lead to the construction and operation of recreational cannabis stores on First Nation land.
    Canadian National Railway plans to hire approximately 5,500 workers in the coming year, including 700 train conductors across Western Canada. Of this number, about 80 new conductors are expected to be hired in Manitoba.
    The provincial government is contributing $10M over five years toward the construction of the Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The federal government has already given $15M, while the City of Winnipeg will provide $5M.
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    MacDon Industries, a Winnipeg-based retailer of agricultural harvesting equipment, was recently sold to Linamar Corp. for $1.2B
    Salisbury House of Canada Ltd., a chain of seven Winnipeg restaurants, has been sold, along with four Sals XPress locations and restaurants in Steinbach and Norway House
    The CEO of the Communities Economic Development Fund recently met with business leaders in Flin Flon to discuss northern commerce. The fund supports local communities, primarily through business loans and fish loans.
    Flin Flon's sewer and water infrastructure are being upgraded thanks to the Canada-Manitoba New Building Canada Fund. The City of Flin Flon will spend $3.96M, and the provincial and federal governments will each provide $1.32M.
    The Southwest Business & Entrepreneur Expo will take place in Virden February 7, 2018. Several local communities and an employment centre are collaborating to organize the trade show and educational sessions.
    Bell MTS recently opened a Virden store in partnership with 3CTech. The store has seven employees.
    The federal government is granting $4.2M to support communities in northern Manitoba. Part of the funds will be allocated to the University of Manitoba's Churchill Marine Observatory - creating 15 full-time and 20 short-term positions over five years.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    The Blueberry Jam Music Gathering, a new music event, is being planned for August 2018 in Flin Flon. The organizers hope to draw up to 500 visitors.
    The government of Manitoba is granting over $2.6M for community development projects via the Community Places program. Ninety-eight non-profit and community-led organizations from across the province will receive a grant through this program.
    An all-weather road linking Berens River with the Bloodvein First Nation is now complete. The 70-km road is expected to open up economic and tourism opportunities for the communities.
    Ogoki Learning Inc., a Winnipeg-based technology company, has launched Ojibway TV, believed to be the world's first Indigenous language TV streaming app
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    Metro Winnipeg has been shut down, after being acquired by Postmedia. Around 27 employees have lost their jobs.
    On December 4, Filipino fast-food chain, Jollibee opened its second Canadian franchise in Winnipeg
    Eight Caisse Financial Group branches are set to close in March 2018 due to a "low volume of activity"
    Delta 9, a Winnipeg medical marijuana producer, has teamed up with Canopy Growth, Canada's largest publicly traded marijuana producer, to sell cannabis products online
    Southern Health-Santé Sud hired thirteen new paramedics. The eleven full-time and two part-time positions are located in Gladstone, Carman and Morris
    The La Salle School in the Seine River School Division will soon have 6 new classrooms and a gym. The construction project is to begin in early 2018, and should be completed by April 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    The provincial government has passed the Fisheries Amendment Act to lift the monopoly of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation. Effective December 1, allowing commercial fishers to market their own catch.
    The City of Winnipeg has earmarked $116M for road renewal projects in 2018 - an increase of $11M compared to 2017
    The provincial government is giving $25M to support 86 community-based training and employment agencies. The grant will help over 20,400 Manitobans improve their skills and employment opportunities.
    On November 24, Sobeys Inc. began laying off over 800 employees across the country in an effort to cut costs as the company moves toward e-commerce. No details were available on the number of workers affected in Manitoba.
    The Miles Macdonell Collegiate in Winnipeg will soon have 6 new classrooms and a gym. The construction project should be completed by January 2019.
    Third + Bird, a pop-up Christmas market, was recently held in the Bay store in downtown Winnipeg. The event attracted over 12,000 shoppers.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    Ram Wools Yarn Co-op, Winnipeg's oldest independent yarn shop, closed its doors on November 5
    Winnipeg's eleventh Boston Pizza restaurant will open in December. The new location will feature a dining room, a sports bar and two seasonal outdoor patios.
    On November 8, the Manitoba Teachers' Society welcomed 43 new educators to the School District of Mystery Lake
    Fairfax Financial Holdings will partner with two Manitoba groups and attempt to buy Omnitrax's assets, which includes the flood-damaged rail line to the port of Churchill
    The Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg added 11 new beds to its special needs behavioural unit. The centre underwent $200,000 in renovations to add the new beds, and will include additional new nursing staff.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    Travel Manitoba is working with communities in northern Manitoba as part of the Look North initiative to promote tourism within the region. The goal is for the tourism industry to reach $2B by 2020.
    The 9th annual Artist, Crafters and Small Business Expo took place in Thompson on November 4. The event drew 49 vendors and about 700 visitors.
    Vale hosted their annual open house in Thompson on November 4. The event demonstrated Vale's responsibility to the community and promoted the new Workforce Adjustment Services. The company expects to lay-off 700 workers by the end of 2018.
    On November 1, OmniTrax, which owns the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill, raised fuel prices in Churchill by 30%. The town is working with Calm Air and government officials to ensure there is enough fuel throughout the winter.
    The City of Winnipeg plans to build a $2.6M retaining wall around the grocery store, Piazza de Nardi. The addition is part of the Waverley underpass construction project and will ensure the store can continue to lease about 35 parking spaces from the city.
    Winnipeg Transit may lay-off up to 120 drivers, eliminate 59 bus routes and hike transit fares in an effort to deal with an anticipated $10M funding shortfall
    The provincial government is investing almost $200,000 to support at-risk youth in Thompson earn high school credits and gain work skills. The Youth Build Program in Thompson will provide at-risk youth training in carpentry and construction, followed with a paid work experience.
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    The Town of Nipawin is looking to hire a new food services company for the Evergreen Centre. The restaurant at the centre is now closed after the previous lease was canceled on October 30.
    US-based Mitchell International Inc., a firm that provides technology solutions for automobile collision repair claims, is opening an office in Winnipeg. The company expects to hire up to 23 employees as business grows.
    According to Statistics Canada, the Manitoba economy added 4,000 new jobs in October, including 1,000 full time positions. The unemployment rate fell to 5.2%, down from 5.5% in the previous month.
    The Creighton Volunteer Fire Department has donated expired equipment to support the Flin Flon Fire Department's training program. The program provides training to firefighters in isolated communities in northern Manitoba.
    Lowe's held a job fair November 2 and 3 to fill 130 positions for its new Winnipeg location. The company also plans to hire up to 40 additional seasonal workers for next spring and summer. The store is expected to open next spring
    The provincial government unveiled its plans for the sale of recreational marijuana for when it becomes legal July 1, 2018. Supply and distribution will be controlled by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, and private retailers will sell to the public.
    The Conference Board of Canada's is forecasting Manitoba's 2018 real gross domestic product growth to reach 1.3% ¿ a full percentage point higher than the board's previous forecast of 0.3% growth
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    The provincial government is partnering with Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Manitoba Aerospace to create a new manufacturing company in northern Manitoba. The plan is for the facility to be operational within the next two years.
    A new dairy processing plant opened in Winnipeg on October 25. The facility will boost dairy-processing capacity in Manitoba by nearly 40% and will employ 67 workers.
    A new cable ferry serving the community of Norway House is now in service. The new ferry which cost $3M and took two years to build will run 24 hours a day, from April 1 to January 1.
    Rogers Communications announced on October 23 that several northern communities, including Thompson, Flin Flon and Churchill, now have access to LTE-Advanced wireless service
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is in consultations with nurses at the Deer Lodge Centre to discuss reorganizing schedules. The new schedules may result in the loss of 15 full-time nursing positions.
    Delta 9, a Winnipeg medical marijuana producer, expects to create between 300 and 500 production jobs over the next two years
    Plans are underway to create an ice road to connect Churchill with the provincial highway system. The road, a joint project between three Manitoba companies, is expected to be ready for use by early 2018.
    Compared to last year, third quarter passenger traffic at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport grew by 7.4%. The 2017 Canada Summer Games was one of many events that helped increase passenger volumes.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    Winnipeg is one of eight Canadian cities that have applied to host Amazon's new headquarters. The company has promised up to 50,000 jobs and a $5B investment to the successful applicant.
    According to BMO's latest quarterly Regional Labour Market Report Card of Canadian cities, Winnipeg ranks among their top 10 best performers list. Winnipeg had an employment growth rate of 2.6% and a net gain of 11,000 new jobs in 2016.
    The government of Manitoba is expanding BizPal, an online business permit and licence service, to Winnipeg Beach. The service helps local entrepreneurs to access valuable information about requirements to start or expand a business.
    The Stephenfield Regional Water Treatment Plant expansion project in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin is now complete. The plant supplies water to a region with a population of over 9,000 people.
    Expansion and renovation work for more classrooms and a new gym will soon be underway at École Dugald School in the Rural Municipality of Springfield. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
    Express by Canad Inns, a 36-room hotel property in Winnipeg, will close at the end of November
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is laying off at least 20 physiotherapists on November 24
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    The Manitoba government is providing $3.7M over five years to develop an apprenticeship management online system that is to improve online services. Additional funding will be provided by the federal government and the Atlantic provinces.
    Loblaw Companies Ltd. has begun cutting 500 office employees across the country, including Winnipeg
    Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital will soon add 50 nursing positions, following the creation of a standardized schedule affecting about 1,000 nurses. The changes are to improve health care services.
    The Centre for Automotive Research and Training opened in Winnipeg on October 17. The facility will work in collaboration with Red River College to provide technicians with training on new and emerging techniques and equipment.
    The Conference Board of Canada reports that Winnipeg's GDP growth is expected to slow down to 1.4% in 2018. A drop in housing demand and consumer spending are expected to be factors for the economic decline.
    Rockcliff Copper Corporation purchased the Berry Creek gold property near Snow Lake on October 5. Exploration of the property is expected to commence in 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    Winnipeg Airports Authority and the union representing about 150 striking employees reached a tentative agreement on October 1. The employees have been without a contract since June 2016.
    The Southern Health-Santé Sud has hired 16 additional doctors (nine family physicians and 7 specialists) to work in the region
    The Northern Regional Health Authority has hired 6 family physicians to work in communities across the region
    TransCanada has cancelled its Energy East pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects. The $16B Energy East project would have added 1,500 km worth of pipelines to carry oil from the Prairies to Atlantic Canada.
    Pending court approval, Sears Canada intends to close its remaining three Winnipeg stores in the CF Polo Park, St. Vital and Kildonan Place shopping centres, putting 359 employees out of work
    Starting in October, Rockcliff Copper Corp. will commence drilling at a high-grade zinc property near Snow Lake
    The Manitoba government has selected Deloitte LLP to analyze business and community needs to help create a strategy for economic development in the province
    CancerCare has eliminated seven managerial positions following a request by the provincial government to find $2.5M in savings and to reduce executive staff by 15%
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    The provincial government is granting $270,000 to support the tech company Bold Commerce in its hiring and training of 81 new employees and 10 existing employees over 2 years
    Nineteen new family doctors and three specialists have started or will soon start to serve communities in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
    According to the Keystone Agricultural Producers, the 2017 growing season is expected to be an above-average crop
    Marymound North opened in Thompson on September 19, the new family resource facility offers early childhood care programs and services
    Construction on Thompson's new wastewater treatment plant is expected to continue throughout the winter until its completion
    Sears Canada intends to close its Polo Park location in Winnipeg, affecting 159 employees
    On September 30, the Canadian Armed Forces held open houses in their armouries across the country, including in Brandon and Portage la Prairie, in order to increase the number of reservists. A faster enrolment process and paid summer jobs for students are new initiatives to improve recruitment.
    Three historic buildings in Virden were destroyed by fire on September 23. Several businesses have been without services including power since the blaze.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Several isolated First Nations in Northern Manitoba require close to 40 certified teachers. The remote locations and lower pay are barriers to attracting and retaining teachers.
    Exploration company, Ashburton Ventures, claims promising drill results from a lithium property near Snow Lake. The company is ready to review the remaining four drill holes to determine the quality of their ore.
    The government of Manitoba has launched the new Companies Online system, which will enable users to register their businesses online and have access to other self-serve functionalities
    Canada Jetlines, a new ultra-low-cost airline based in Ontario, will start offering flights to Winnipeg and other destinations in June of 2018
    Rockcliff Copper Corp., a mining company, has identified a gold-bearing trend at the long-idle Laguna mine in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake region
    Far Resources has found strong lithium results at the Zoro lithium property near Snow Lake. The company is preparing for further exploration on the property.
    Bell MTS is in the process of developing wireless and hard-line infrastructure in Northern Manitoba. The company plans to invest $1B over 5 years in communication networks in urban, rural, and remote areas of Manitoba.
    International House of Pancakes opened their first restaurant in Winnipeg on September 25 and plans to open a second location over the next few years
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    Rosenau Transport Ltd. will open a trucking terminal and warehousing operation in Winnipeg's CentrePort. The location will employ 25 workers after $1.5M in renovations.
    Despite an increasing demand for teachers of Indigenous languages in Manitoba, school divisions struggle to find and retain qualified instructors
    Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters, a hunting, fishing and camping supply store, is closing all 12 locations in Western Canada; including its Winnipeg store
    About 200 elementary students haven't started classes in Shamattawa First Nation because of a shortage of teachers. The fly-in northern community is looking to hire 11 teachers and other school staff.
    Calm Air, an airline serving northern Manitoba, expects to see an in an increase in business, as the rail line to Churchill remains closed for the foreseeable future
    Virden's Pipestone Livestock Sales re-opened in September. The auction mart offers producers from southwest Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan another market to sell their cattle.
    Federated Co-op recently opened a new fertilizer terminal in Brandon. The $31M state-of-the-art facility can receive and ship up to 400 metric tonnes of product per hour.
    American toy retailer Toys "R" Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and its Canadian subsidiary is expected to follow suit. Stores worldwide will remain open as the company seeks to reorganize.
    Four University of Manitoba research teams have received a combined total of $10.1M from Research Manitoba, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and from local research partners. The funds will be used to conduct studies on chronic diseases.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    Winnipeg-based Amenity Health Care, an operator of retail pharmacies across Western Canada, has been acquired by TorQuest Partners, a Toronto private equity firm. Amenity employs nearly 400 people across Western Canada.
    Minnova Corporation is aiming to reopen the PL mine, a long-idle gold mine near Flin Flon, by the fall of 2018. The project could employ up to 100 workers over a period of over 10 years.
    Transport Canada is providing nearly $700,000 for the Thompson Airport to rehabilitate their primary apron. The construction work should be completed in October.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will add 65 transitional care beds at the River Ridge II care centre starting in October. The two-year, $9.2M contract was awarded to All Seniors Care, a private firm that runs the facility.
    EnL's Come & See Collectables and Antiques opened its doors in Oak Lake on September 1
    Manitoba's unemployment rate decreased to 4.9% in August, the lowest across the country
    Students at Garden City Collegiate now have access to a new building trades program after $3.1M in provincial funding. The expanded and renovated facilities allows students to learn with current equipment, and earn both college and apprenticeship credits.
    Around 700 support staff from hospitals in Winnipeg will receive deletion notices. Affected staff will have the choice to accept a new position, apply for a new one, be bumped into a new role, or be layed off.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    Around 3,700 people from three First Nations in the Island Lake area were evacuated on August 29 due to a nearby wildfire
    Papa's Place Family Restaurant will open its doors in Virden's Alexandra Hotel on October 1. The new restaurant will employ over half a dozen workers.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's average weekly earnings dropped 1.3% in June 2017 compared to the previous year
    The University of Manitoba Faculty Association ratified a tentative, four-year deal with the university's administration on August 31, 2017
    The provincial government is granting over $2.5M to upgrade schools in Flin Flon and Snow Lake. The projects will take up to 24 months following the start of construction.
    Work on the True North Square is progressing. Construction of the Sutton Place Hotel and residential tower is slated to begin in spring 2018.
    A new category of nurse is being created in Manitoba under the Regulated Health Professions Act. The Registered Nurse Authorized Prescriber will be allowed to independently order diagnostic tests and prescribe some medications, effective May 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    Anytime Fitness is set to open in Winnipeg's Osborne Village by the end of 2017. The new gym franchise will be situated in the former American Apparel location.
    Knox Community Kitchen, a subsidized commercial kitchen that helped launch local food businesses in Winnipeg, is closing on September 15 due to a funding shortfall of $50,000
    Winnipeg's St. John's Library closed on August 25 to undergo renovations. The library is expected to reopen sometime in the fall of 2018.
    The Government of Manitoba is spending $54M on 110 infrastructure projects in school divisions across the province. The funds will be used to implement structural upgrades and accessibility improvements.
    The federal government is increasing Manitoba's healthcare funding by $10.9M. The funds will be used to support home and community care, as well as for initiatives to address mental health and addictions.
    Brandon University is opening a new Integrative Biology Core Facility in the fall to conduct research on health, disease and biodiversity in Manitoba. The facility is receiving $297,569 in federal funding.
    Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual opened a second Manitoba location in Winkler on August 22. The chain plans to open its first restaurant in Winnipeg in early 2018.
    The Olympia Diner in Winnipeg will be closed for repairs following a fire on August 29
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Over 500 nurses will receive deletion notices in Phase 1 of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's restructuring plan. Affected staff will then have to apply for open positions that are available.
    Sears Canada is creating a $500,000 hardship fund for former employees who were laid-off and denied severance payments. Pending court approval, the fund will support people experiencing financial hardship.
    CIBC is acquiring PC Financial and will rebrand the bank as Simplii. Hundreds of PC Financial ATMs and pavilions across the country will be closed between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
    Winnipeg-based New Flyer, the largest bus manufacturer in North America, has been awarded a contract to provide the City of Edmonton with 110 clean diesel transit buses
    Elcano Exploration reached a deal with Gambler First Nation to drill two oil wells on their land. The partnership could earn the First Nation millions of dollars in royalties over 20 years.
    Churchill's tourism industry is struggling after the washout of its only railway. Rail Travel Tours has cancelled its polar bear viewing tours, while other operators are postponing or rebooking group tours.
    GYMGUYZ, an on-demand personal training service, is planning to open 20 locations in Manitoba, including one in Thompson
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre's emergency room will undergo $765,000 in renovations to provide extra space for patient care. Construction will start this fall and is expected to be completed in 2018.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing over $34M to upgrade water and wastewater projects in rural communities across the province
    The federal government is providing over $800,000 to support the Premier Choix project, a Manitoba initiative to help at-risk youths develop job skills and help them find work
    The only grocery store in Bissett, a small community northeast of Beausejour, was destroyed by a fire on August 10
    The Canada Summer Games had a positive economic impact on businesses at The Forks, with a reported 30% increase in customer traffic compared to the same period last year
    Dairy Queen is planning to open a restaurant in Flin Flon in the middle of 2019. The new location is expected to create 45 to 60 jobs.
    The Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show is in the final year of its seven-year contract with the City of Brandon. The equestrian event, which began August 13, runs until August 19 at the Keystone Centre.
    The RCMP position vacancy rate stood at 6.6% nationally as of April 1, 2017. In Manitoba, the RCMP had a vacancy rate of 5.8%.
    Siloam Mission received $2M from the Government of Manitoba and another $1M through a joint provincial-federal fund to increase facility space and the number of meals served
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced plans to renovate Winnipeg's hospitals over the next two years. The $19.9M renovations should be completed by the spring of 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    The federal government is providing $10M to expand Red River College's Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training in Winnipeg. Additional funding is also being provided by StandardAero ($4.5M) and Red River College ($1.2M).
    Sewage and water infrastructure upgrade projects are underway in Two Borders and Brenda-Waskada. The Province is covering 75% of the costs, while the municipalities will cover the remainder.
    Telehealth is adding four new sites within the Prairie Mountain Health Region. The sites include Erickson, Glenboro, Melita, and the Ste. Rose Primary Health Care Centre. The network uses a video link to connect clients to health care providers at a distance.
    Work is underway to build a protective dike in Elkhorn to prevent overland flooding in the municipality. The construction project began in July and is expected to be completed in August.
    CIBC is closing its Elkhorn branch in mid-August after over 100 years in the community
    Dairy Queen, which has 650 locations across Canada, is considering expanding its presence in Manitoba. The company is interested in securing a franchisee, especially in Virden.
    The Government of Manitoba has granted $100,000 to the City of Flin Flon on a 50/50 cost-shared basis to upgrade and repair roads throughout the municipality
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    The Winnipeg Regional health authority is cutting 17 nurse positions at Health Sciences Centre. No details were provided on the effective date of the layoffs.
    The provincial government is spending $12M on municipal roads through a cost-sharing partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. This year, the Municipal Road Improvement Program will have 188 projects in 99 municipalities.
    The Manitoba government is providing $4.5M to build a larger gymnasium at W.C. Miller Collegiate in Altona. Construction of the new gym is expected to begin in September.
    Minnova Corporation is planning to restart production at its PL mine, a long-idle gold mine near Flin Flon. The project could start in the summer of 2018 and would employ 100 workers.
    Starbucks is closing all of its Teavana stores, including 3 locations in Manitoba, by the spring of 2018
    The Manitoba government is providing $5.5M towards a highway surfacing project and $3M on a new cable ferry for safe and reliable access to Norway House. The entire project is expected to be completed by the fall.
    Wallace District Fire Department is looking for new volunteer firefighting recruits for the Virden and Elkhorn Stations
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    The Ag in Motion outdoor farm expo took place in Flin Flon from July 18 to 20. The event featured over 350 exhibitors and cutting-edge technological advances in farm equipment.
    The government of Manitoba is allocating $6M for the shipment of 2.2 million litres of propane to Churchill from a port in Quebec in early fall. The shipment is to support the town and area residents until June 2018.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will cut 2 positions in the adult audiology outpatient program at the Health Sciences Centre this fall
    The federal government is giving $5M toward the expansion of the National Microbiology Laboratory, a level-4 facility that provides the highest degree of biocontainment of infectious diseases. The expanded lab will improve testing and research of infectious diseases.
    150 Winnipeg airport workers went on strike on July 24, after rejecting the airport-authority's last offer. The workers have been without a contract since June 30, 2016.
    A Sobeys Extra grocery store opened in Brandon on July 21
    Applications are now being accepted for the Great Manitoba Food Fight, an annual competition for Manitoba entrepreneurs looking to launch a food or drink-based business
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Four of Winnipeg's five QuickCare clinics are set to close by early 2018. Affected workers will be relocated to Access centres, which will begin to offer extended hours from then on.
    Eighteen high school graduates recently met with nearly a dozen Manitoba CEOs through the Youth CEO pilot program. The program aims to give participants valuable experience with thirteen Manitoba companies .
    PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has been awarded a $53M contract to expand Winnipeg Transit's bus maintenance and repair garage. The project will start in July and should be completed by March 2019.
    With additional funding from the federal government, CommStream, a Winnipeg telecommunications provider, will soon be delivering high-speed internet to 10 northern First Nation communities. The $7M telecommunications construction project will begin this year and is scheduled for completion in 2019.
    Hermanos, a South American-style steak house, opened a second location in Winnipeg on July 14
    Bell MTS opened a store in Portage la Prairie's Royal Plaza on July 8. The new store employs seven workers.
    Plans are underway to create new Indigenous-focused facilities at South Point Park at The Forks in Winnipeg. Funding for the $1.2M project will be provided by the federal government, the Winnipeg Foundation and The Forks Foundation.
  • Start date: 2017-07-10, End date: 2017-07-14
    Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    Cirque du Soleil hired 193 workers in Winnipeg for the six-week duration of their Kurios tour in the city. The final show in Winnipeg took place on July 9.
    Omnitrax has closed its Thompson office, citing the washout of the only railway to Churchill for its closure
    The Town Centre Hotel in The Pas was destroyed by fire on July 7. Eleven employees have now lost their jobs.
    Winnipeg hoteliers have yet to see an uptake of reservations for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, a two-week event from July 28 to August 13, that is expected to draw over 20,000 visitors to the city
    The provincial and federal governments are providing $2.25M to build an affordable housing complex for seniors in Thompson. The facility should be completed by the end of 2018.
    Manitoba pork farmers have been struggling to contain a virus fatal to piglets that could threaten the province's industry. The outbreak has now spread to 51 pork operations in early July, compared to about 40 the previous month.
  • Start date: 2017-07-03, End date: 2017-07-07
    Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    Nova House, a women's shelter, opened its newly expanded shelter in Selkirk on June 28. The $3M facility offers emergency and longer-term shelter services, as well as counselling, ​advocacy and referrals.
    The provincial government is providing over $1.7M for 29.2 full-time equivalent paramedic positions in rural Manitoba
    The Université de Saint-Boniface received over $1.4M in joint federal-provincial funding to build a specialized centre for shipping and processing chemical products. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2017.
    The provincial government is opening 5 new emergency medical stations to help improve ambulance response times in rural Manitoba. The new stations will result in the closure of 18 rural emergency medical service stations to consolidate services.
    The Garrick Centre, a live-entertainment venue in Winnipeg, closed its doors at the end of June. The number of affected employees was not provided.
    On June 29, over 5,000 unionized Winnipeg workers voted in favour of a 4-year contract with the City of Winnipeg. The contract includes a guarantee that none of the members will be laid off. City council is expected to approve the contract in July.
    Winnipeg's 100-year-old Scientific Marvel Beauty School will close its doors at the end of October. The school's other locations across Canada will also cease operations.
    Mini Homes of Manitoba started building 12 compact houses in Long Plain First Nation, Manitoba in late June. The mini-homes will cost less than $100,000 each and should be completed within 6 months.
    The University of Winnipeg will begin expanding its daycare centre in July at a cost of $1.2M. Scheduled to be completed in November, the daycare will welcome 32 additional children and employ 9 new employees.
    Construction has begun on the new Murray Field at Dakota Collegiate in Winnipeg. The field, which will include a mini-soccer area and a basketball court, is expected to be completed by September 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-06-26, End date: 2017-06-30
    Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    The North West Company, Churchill's main retailer, stopped subsidizing grocery prices on June 25. However, the company will continue to partially subsidize milk, bread, and some produce and meat in the short-term.
    Sears Canada is closing 59 stores and laying-off 2,900 workers across the country as part of its restructuration plans. No details were provided on the number of workers affected at the Winnipeg Garden City location.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will reduce the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre's hours of operation starting on July 5. Affected staff will be reassigned to other shifts. The Misericordia Urgent Care Centre is scheduled to close October 3.
    Enbridge will start construction on its $7.5B Line 3 replacement project this summer. The first construction phase, from Alberta to Saskatchewan, will be completed in 2017; the second phase into the US via Manitoba will be built in 2018.
    The Academy Lanes bowling alley will close in July, after 35 years at its Academy Road location. The company intends to re-open the business at another location in Winnipeg.
    Winnipeg-based Richardson International bought UK-based European Oat Millers on June 15. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Richardson International employs over 2,500 people worldwide.
    The federal and Manitoba governments provided $1.2M to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for 25 families in need. The homes will be located in Winnipeg, Brandon and Portage la Prairie. Five hundred workers will take part in the 6-day construction blitz in July.
    The federal government has approved Nutrition North food subsidies to Churchill retailers. The subsidies are to offset the cost of flying in supplies after the single rail line was flooded in May. Omnitrax plans to close the rail line indefinitely.
    Shoal Lake 40 First Nation will celebrate the start of construction of Freedom Road, an all-weather road to the community, on June 30. Shoal Lake is also in talks with the federal government concerning a new water treatment plant.
  • Start date: 2017-06-19, End date: 2017-06-23
    Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    A Winners department store is set to open at Grant Park Shopping Centre on August 15. This will be the sixth Winners location in Winnipeg.
    Lowe's Canada is opening a new store in Winnipeg in 2018. The new store will create about 125 permanent jobs, with up to 35 seasonal positions.
    The municipality of Rossburn is now one of 65 local governments partnering with Canada and Manitoba in the BizPal program, a free online permit and licence service to help entrepreneurs start or run a business
    The Manitoba government, Hanover School Division and Garden Valley School Division have issued a request for proposals for two new schools in Winkler and Niverville
    The Selkirk Regional Health Centre opened on June 25. The $111M hospital features 65 beds, a spacious emergency area and a climate-controlled drive-thru bay for ambulances.
    Manitoba's Southern Air Ambulance service is experiencing a shortage of pilots. The transport program provides air transportation to patients who may not be physically able to make a long trip in a conventional ambulance.
    The Northern Health Region has cut seven management positions, including at least one in Flin Flon, in an effort to meet a 15% management reduction target set by the provincial government

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