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  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    Nautilus Biosciences officially opened an expanded facility at UPEI this month, complete with a new $1.3M robot that can efficiently and accurately mix and test samples. The high-tech machine will allow scientists to potentially make more discoveries.
    Prince Edward Island's minimum wage is set to go up to $12.25 per hour on April 1, 2019. The Island will continue to have the highest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada with the 70 cent increase.
    P.E.I.'s tourism numbers for August 2018 is showing more visitors, but reduced accommodation numbers. Compared to 2017 levels, bridge traffic was up 0.7% and ferry traffic increased 2.6%, while room nights and the occupancy rate dropped by more than 2%.
    With cannabis now legal in Canada numerous businesses are cropping up across P.E.I. Canna Island and Gocanna are venturing into cannabis tourism, while Home Grow PEI, Grow Daddy, and Wild Impulse sell items like grow kits and cannabis accessories.
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    The final work was completed this month on the $18M main runway rehabilitation project at the Charlottetown Airport. Now the airport has two runways that can accommodate all but the very largest intercontinental aircraft.
    P.E.I.'s retail sales in August 2018 were up 5.1% compared to August 2017, and outperformed the national sales growth of 3.5% over the same period. The province has enjoyed monthly retail sales in excess of $200M since October 2017.
  • Start date: 2018-10-15, End date: 2018-10-19
    Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018

    Statistics Canada's job vacancy report for the second quarter of 2018 found that P.E.I.'s average hourly wage was just $14.40 an hour, the lowest average offered wage in Canada. The national average wage was $20.65 an hour.
    Under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), P.E.I. will be allowed to have 220 vacancies filled by foreign nationals in 2018. Over 200 P.E.I. companies are involved in the program, which is geared to fill positions that can't be filled locally.
    The Atlantic Fisheries Fund is providing over $700K to eight P.E.I. shellfish companies to help expand their operations. Prince Edward Aqua Farms is using its funding for a new automated oyster grading machine, which can do the work of up to 10 workers.
    Wicker Emporium, a Canadian-owned retailer of furniture and home décor, is closing six stores in Atlantic Canada. Stores closing are in Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, Dartmouth, Charlottetown, and St. John's. The store in Saint John, NB will remain open.
    The Glow Juicery P.E.I. has moved from a seasonal space to 115 Walker Avenue in Summerside. The business makes various vegetable and fruit beverages, snacks, and salads. The owner currently employs four staff, but intends to expand the business in 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-10-08, End date: 2018-10-12
    Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2018

    Island Investment Development Inc. has issued a $4M loan to redevelop the former Sears property on Malpeque Road in Charlottetown. The plan is to turn the space into a shopping retail centre and potentially open in the spring with six to eight tenants.
    A new flour mill called High Tide Milling Company is getting set for a December opening at 203 Park Lane in Tignish. Once operational, the company plans to employ a full-time and a part-time employee and may expand if it moves to a permanent facility.
    The building housing CBC/Radio-Canada Prince Edward Island will undergo $2M in renovations, with tenders for the first phase of the work going out in November. Renovation on the 40 year-old building are expected to be completed in August 2019.
    The University of Prince Edward Island, Holland College and Collège de l'Île will benefit from $1.5M in government funding to help recruit more international students to the Island. It is hoped that skilled graduates will remain on the Island and work.
    The town of Stratford issued building permits valued at $37.8M in the first nine months of 2018, compared to $21M for the same period in 2017. According to the mayor, growth in Stratford has been particularly strong in commercial development.
    P.E.I. farmers are being allowed to apply late for AgriStability insurance to help with losses from the June frost damage. The insurance kicks in when 30% of a crop are lost. Those affected include blueberry, strawberry, apple and some vegetable growers.
  • Start date: 2018-10-01, End date: 2018-10-05
    Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2018

    The P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association states that frost was a significant factor in what appears to be a decline in the blueberry crop yield for 2018. Some areas of the province were untouched by frost, while others were destroyed.
    Red Island Cider was among 10 Island startup companies to receive $25K grants from the province's Ignition Fund. Companies were assessed on how well their plans would grow the economy and create new jobs.
    Starport Managed Services, a Toronto-based company, is planning to open a satellite office in Summerside's Holman Building this November. The company, which provides IT services to small and medium-sized companies, plans to initially hire five employees.
  • Start date: 2018-09-24, End date: 2018-09-28
    Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2018

    A P.E.I. technology company, Island Water Technologies, was awarded a $470K federal government contract to install nine bio-electrode sensors at wastewater facilities across Canada. The sensors allow real-time monitoring of water quality.
    Mad Wok is looking to open a second location in Charlottetown this November at the Belvedere Plaza. The location on lower Queen Street, which opened in 2016, was the first Mad Wok in Canada. The new location will feature more noodle dishes.
    Camera crews and actors were in Charlottetown over two days to shoot the TV show Cavendish. The show will air on CBC TV in January. Shot with a crew of about 30 people, the footage shot on the Island will be featured in at least four different episodes.
  • Start date: 2018-09-17, End date: 2018-09-21
    Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2018

    P.E.I. Cannabis Management Corp. will begin training its 46 employees next week, with a focus on responsible use of cannabis, in advance of it becoming legal on October 17. Staff at the four stores will have a starting salary of about $18 an hour.
    According to the latest Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey, 20% of Charlottetown employers report they plan to hire between October and December 2018. Of the 1,900 employers surveyed across Canada, 16% of them plan to hire during the same period.
    The Unique Wok on Grafton Street was closed down for a week by health authorities after food-safety violations were identified. The restaurant re-opened after a follow-up inspection was done and the restaurant's practices were found to be in compliance.
  • Start date: 2018-09-10, End date: 2018-09-14
    Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018

    The P.E.I. government will end the entrepreneur stream of its Provincial Nominee Program, after facing some concerns and need for more accountability. Under that program, immigrants who set up a P.E.I. business could get immediate permanent residency.
    The Prince Edward Restaurant shut down this summer after nearly five years in operation. The owner of the Charlottetown business stated that there were a number of reasons for the closure including repair issues and a decrease in customer traffic.
    According to the latest report from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, P.E.I. leads the region on various economic indicators. P.E.I.'s employment growth led the rest of Canada in the first half of 2018 and also had the fastest retail sales.
  • Start date: 2018-09-03, End date: 2018-09-07
    Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2018

    P. E I.-based Cows Creamery will gets $2.6M in federal funding, allowing it to expand its cheese processing capacity and create 15 new jobs by 2023. The 25,000 sq. ft. expansion will increase freezer, cooler and dry storage space at the facility.
    The P.E.I. Grain Elevators Corporation will receive $9.2M in provincial loan financing to expand and update its grain elevators in Roseneath, Kensington and Elmsdale. It is hoped that it will help grow the Island's grain and oilseed industries.
    P.E.I.'s Public Schools Branch has added 12 new teaching positions to address the addition of 241 new immigrant students starting this fall. Most of the new teachers will be hired to work in Charlottetown-area schools and more teachers could be added.
    Homburg Atlantic Inc. has purchased the former Myron's nightclub building in downtown Charlottetown with plans to open a 105-room hotel in May 2020. The new Arts Hotel on Kent Street will feature smaller and more affordable rooms compared to other hotels.
    The PEI and Intergovernmental Policy for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business states that many small businesses on P.E.I. are faced with labour shortages. Seasonal businesses have been hit hard and there is a lack of available skilled workers.
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    Booster Juice opened its first location on P.E.I., when it opened in the Charlottetown Mall this month. According to the franchise's owner, business has been good and he is looking to hire two more people on top of the four staff originally hired.
    Island Capital Partners is investing $180K in Bluefield Seeding Solutions, to help grow its operation. The P.E.I. company develops state-of-the-art agricultural planting technology, including a press wheel kit which ensures seeds are planted uniformly.
    IO Solutions Inc., a call centre in Bloomfield, has started recruiting for agents for its new online chat program. The centre, which already employs about 75 phone agents, is looking to hire 100 employees who will e-chat with customers.
    The rural community of Murray River, P.E.I. will lose its only bank when the CIBC branch closes this month. Customers from the area will have to travel to Montague to do in-person banking and will no longer have access to a CIBC bank machine.
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    The P.E.I. and federal governments signed a new $366M bilateral funding agreement, which will fund island projects over the next decade. Money will go toward green infrastructure projects, as well as transit, community, culture and recreation projects.
    Piatto Pronto has opened a Neapolitan-style pizzeria at 15 Milky Way off the North River Causeway. The Newfoundland-based restaurant offers customers dine-in or take away options.
    The Canadian Real Estate Association states that home prices on Prince Edward Island went up 3.1% over the first seven months of 2018 and sales were down 7.7%, compared to the same period in 2017. The average price of a home on the island is $205,768.
  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    A Wendy's restaurant will open on St. Peters Road in Charlottetown this December. This will be the fifth Wendy's location on P.E.I. for DP Murphy Inc., which will likely have a staff of about 40 people.
    P.E.I. exceeded its 2018 target of finding permanent, full-time work for 10% of international graduates, by finding positions for 15% of its students. Jobs were in areas such as fish plants, call centres, civil service, banking, retail, and childcare.
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    According to the Construction Association of P.E.I. there is a shortage of skilled workers on the Island, even with a record number of construction people now employed. The association states that there are year-round construction opportunities available.
    The province of P.E.I. and tourism operators are taking steps to meet the demand of Chinese visitors to the Island. Trade missions to China are establishing relationships and local businesses are installing Motion Pay systems, which are popular in China.
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    Cavendish Farms will close its fresh produce packaging facility in O'Leary, P.E.I. by the end of the year. The company claims that a shortage of P.E.I. potatoes was the reason for the closure. Forty employees will be affected, but some could be re-hired.
    The Red Maple Hibachi Grill restaurant opened in July at Ocean View Resort and Golf in Summerside.The head chef states that hibachi is a very specialized skill and that the plan is to train others in that style of cooking as they grow.
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    The P.E.I. Brewing Company will invest over $1.25M to expand its facility and to purchase new equipment with the help of federal and provincial loans. The brewery will also add three jobs, increase its production and explore new export opportunities.
    The Kettle Black recently opened a second location in Charlottetown at 135 Kent Street. The new Kettle Black Marché has seating for 16 people and offers homemade meals, fresh bakery products, and has an espresso bar.
    The Homburg family of companies has pledged $9M toward the development of a science and discovery facility in Charlottetown's Confederation Court Mall. The 15,000 sq ft facility is set to launch next summer and would create management and student jobs.
    The provincial and federal governments will provide nearly $1.5M in financial support to the PEI Bag Company, allowing it to purchase a modern printing press and make other upgrades. The new equipment is expected to increase sales and create two new jobs.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    Construction is slated to begin soon on a Buddhist monastery in Brudenell, P.E.I., which has been approved to proceed by the provincial government. The entire project will take 10 to 15 years to complete and is expected to become a tourist attraction.
    Evermoore Brewery opened this month at the old train station in downtown Summerside. The 150-seat craft brewery has only one beer on tap for now, but more are in production. The brewery has three full-time staff, but may need to hire more based on demand.
  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    Peoples Jewellers in the Charlottetown Mall is slated to close this month and is referring people requiring in-store services to go to its Dieppe, N.B. location. No reasons were provided for the closure.
    A new fish and chips takeout restaurant, the Go! Fish Eatery, opened this month in Kensington. The fish and chip shop opened in the former location of the James Mullally Blacksmith Shop and will operate in the summer and fall seasons.
    ACOA will invest $3.2M in MDS Coating Technologies, an aerospace company in Slemon Park, P.E.I. MDS will use the money to develop new manufacturing processes and technology for its coatings used on aerospace and industrial turbine engines.
    Two aerospace companies in Slemon Park will receive $5M in provincial and federal assistance. Hangar 8, a multi-tenant facility, will utilize the money to upgrade its 300,000 square-foot hangar and StandardAero will expand its operations.
    The Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. is looking to recruit 20 candidates to undergo a three-week training program to become certified tour guides. The new tour guides are needed to meet peak demand in the fall, particularly to serve cruise ships.
    Charlottetown-based bioscience company Somru BioScience will receive over $4M in federal and provincial funding over the course of the next five years. The company plans to invest in R&D, expand its facilities and create up to 100 new jobs.
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    A Scottish couple who operate a 3,000-tree orchard in Bonshaw, P.E.I have launched a craft cidery called the Riverdale Ochard Cidery. The apples are used to produce an artisanal hard apple cider called 2 Scots 3 Apples.
    The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce says that the U.S.-Canada trade dispute is hurting the manufacturing sector. The cost of production is going up as steel and aluminum are hit by tariffs, with prices on numerous U.S. items fluctuating.
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    The Foodland in downtown Summerside will close its doors on July 21 after operating for several years out of the Waterfront Campus of Holland College. No reasons were provided for the store closing, which is owned by Sobeys.
    Charlottetown shipping company Seafood Express is going to start this month on a new state-of-the-art facility at Malpeque and Sherwood Road. The 13,000 ft2 building is expected to be ready by next winter for its 30 office staff and 70 drivers.
    The Transcontinental printing plant in Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. laid off 10 full-time employees earlier this month. The decision followed SaltWire's decision to print the Guardian and Journal Pioneer in Halifax. Twelve employees remain at the P.E.I. plant.
    Summerside's Loyalist Country Inn will begin its final phase of renovations in October 2018. The $1.1M project is expected to be completed by March 2019. It will rebrand under the Best Western Signature Collection and may require additional staff.
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    A Manpower survey of Charlottetown-area employers reveals that 35% of them plan to do some hiring from July to September, while none plan to reduce staffing levels. Remaining employers plan to keep staffing levels the same.
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    The P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association has stated that recent late season frost has caused a concerning level of crop damage that may impact crop yield. P.E.I. produced 23.4M pounds of wild blueberries last year.
    The Mill River Resort had its official opening this month, with the majority of the renovations already completed at the resort. The province funded 70% of the $8.5M in renovations. The resort is expected to have a strong economic impact on the region.
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    A $14M expansion of the Charlottetown Marine Terminal is slated to begin soon and is expected to be completed in about 18 months. The work will involve building a larger berth so large cruise ships, oil tankers, and cargo ships can dock at the same time.
    ADL is undergoing a 20,000 ft2 expansion of its storage and distribution facility at Reads Corner in Summerside, which is expected to be operational by September 2018. The new space will be used for curing cheese, storing product, and packaging.
    A Georgetown jewelry maker is expanding operations. The original Georgetown shop is adding 3,000 ft2 of space, a new Shoreline Design store recently opened in Summerside, and a Halifax store will open in the fall. Shoreline Design employs 11 people.
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    Prince Edward Island biometrics company Stepscan Technologies has raised half of its funding goal of $300K. The company, which makes pressure-sensitive floor tiles that can analyze how a person walks, is looking to market its technology to the professional sports worlds and the military. Up to this point, the tiles have been sold as a medical product. The company recently added two more people to its staff of eight.
    The Charlottetown airport project received $8.1M from the federal government and an additional $900K from the provincial government for major runway upgrades and improvements. The project is expected to employ 180 workers during construction.
    A shortage of cooks in PEI could impact restaurants on the island. The Lost Anchor restaurant in Cavendish might remain closed for the summer season unless it can recruit cooks. A referral reward of $250 and a signing bonus of $500 are being offered.
    Election PEI is looking to hire returning officers for Belfast-Murray River, Charlottetown-Brighton, Charlottetown-Lewis point, and Rustico-Emerald. Applicants can apply for open positions until June 15, 2018.
    True North Seafood in Charlottetown is looking to expand and hire 10 to 15 more staff. The fish plant currently employs 86 full-time people, but demand for its product and the closing of a Nova Scotian plant will increase production at True North.
    CareWorx, an information technology company, which recently moved into Summerside's Holman Building is looking to hire 20 more staff by the end of 2018. The company currently employs 80 people and provides offsite IT support for commercial clients.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    Canada's Island Garden expects to hire 100 to 200 more staff by 2020, once the company's $35M expansion project is complete. The Charlottetown-based cannabis producer and supplier currently has 20 employees. The first phase should be done by August 2019.
    A new farmer's market, George's Island Market, is opening at the former Bargain Fabric Outlet in North Bedeque around mid-June to early July. There is space for about 40 to 60 vendors. Vendors are asked to apply online or through paper forms.
    Sekisui Diagnostics, a Japanese-based company, has hired 50 more full-time staff and is looking to expand further. The Charlottetown facility is very cost competitive and produces 1.5B clinical chemistry tests in PEI that get shipped around the globe.
    StandardAero is expanding with a 30,000 sq.-ft. addition to its Slemon Park workshop in Summerside, which is expected to create 80 new jobs. The facility currently employs 465 people and will specialize in turboprop-related work, previously done in Winnipeg.
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    Tastee Dawgs, a takeout restaurant is opening in Gateway Village in Borden-Carleton over the long weekend in May. The business has already hired some first-time workers, as well as students, and will be open seven days a week.
    Employers in PEI who are willing to hire seasonal workers, whose EI benefits have expired, can apply and get 90% of the workers' wages through PEI Seasonal Workers Skills Initiative Training. The federal government gave PEI $1.1M for the program.
    The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association has launched a campaign to recruit more people into their industry. Drivers are in huge demand, but also needed are certified heavy duty mechanics, dispatchers, and jobs in logistics planning and analytics.
    Construction work is underway on the new six-storey Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in Charlottetown. The $15M hotel is being built on Capital Drive near the Maypoint Road roundabout, and is expected to be completed and open by May 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    A new restaurant, Uncle Mikes On The Water, is planning to open on Victoria Day weekend on the Summerside boardwalk. The venue will seat 40 patrons inside and up to 80 on its patio, which will also feature a barbecue pit and live entertainment.
    Montague's Copper Bottom Brewing is looking to expand with the purchase of a canning system. The company has been distributing kegs to over a dozen P.E.I. establishments, but will now start selling cans of beer in three liquor stores on the island.
    New business owners on PEI who spend up to a maximum of $25,000 on capital investment can apply for a provincial grant and get 15% of their investment back. The funding is part of the 2018 budget.
    PEI's construction season has started early this year and East Coast Security in O'Leary is one of several companies looking to hire flaggers. The company states that they need about 12 more flaggers for upcoming road work.
    Stratford town council has approved Crombie REIT's application to add three new retail buildings at Kinlock Plaza. Shoppers Drug Mart is looking to occupy the 10,500 sq.-ft. space being proposed, with two other slightly smaller buildings to also be built.
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    The General XX youth centre in Summerside received $125,000 from the federal government's Homelessness Strategy and is renovating its building. The centre plans to expand its service and offer help in resume writing and job referrals.
    With a shortage of bees pollinating the blueberry crop in PEI, the provincial government is investing $150,000 with 17 beekeepers as part its Pollination Expansion Program. There is a need for over 2000 bee hives.
    Mosh Lane Brewing, which opened on Mickey Allen's Road in December of 2017, is looking to expand its business and hire more employees. There is also a plan to increase its capacity and bottling line.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    The PEI government will open its Cannabis stores at 85 Belvedere Avenue in Charlottetown and 474 Main Street in O'Leary. It is planning to hire a contractor to renovate the stores. Each store will have between six to nine workers.
    It is expected that 92 cruise ships carrying more than 117,000 passengers will arrive in PEI during the 2018 season. The economic impact is projected to be $19.5M.
    Charlottetown Airport will spend $18M on runway renovations in the summer of 2018. The project is expected to take about six months to finish and employ over 100 people.
    A new restaurant, Uncle Mikes On The Water, is opening at Spinnakers Landing in Summerside in May 2018.
    The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is providing a grant of $99,476 to four conservation projects in PEI. The fund is part of $1.1M grant provided by ASCF to 66 Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation projects in Atlantic and Quebec.
    A job fair was held in western PEI in April 2018. Employers included fish plants, lumberyards and sawmills, seeking to fill positions such as fish plant workers, carpenter¿s assistants, and general labourers.
    Loyalist Country Inn in Summerside has undergone a change in ownership, and may add more workers during peak season to the 40 to 45 people normally employed. As well, major renovations of the building will start in October.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    The provincial government is investing $115K in the P.E.I. Centre for Craft, a multi-purpose facility geared to grow P.E.I.'s fine craft business. The centre will offer courses and workshops in business management, as well as technical training.
    P.E.I. farmers and food processors will get $37M over 5 years as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The funding is geared to help increase demand in new markets, increase domestic exports, and address climate change challenges.
    CA Ventures are renovating a former pizza factory in DeSable, P.E.I. with plans to hire 20 people and operate three new businesses in late May. The facility will house an ice manufacturer, a propane tank refurbisher, and a cold and dry storage facility.
    RWL Holdings Ltd. received a $5.2M provincial loan to build a state-of-the-art line at its potato pre-processing and wash facility in Travellers Rest. Construction of the second line may start in the fall and will add 10 new positions to its staff of 30.
    The provincial government has a new six-month internship program, which prepares island graduates in their careers. Eligible candidates have to came from the field of engineering, CADD, construction technology and management, and policy planning.
    Charlottetown city planners are hopeful that the number of new rental units approved for construction in 2018 will improve supply. Last year the vacancy rate was .09%, but have approved 820 units to be built in 2018. Only 135 units were built in 2017.
    ACOA and the Province of PEI are investing $185K in FilmPEI, which will go toward new infrastructure and equipment upgrades for the PEI film industry. The money will allow for a new facility for training, as well as a sound stage and production space.
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    The University of Prince Edward Island will hire two faculty members for a new doctorate of psychology program at UPEI. The four-year program will initially take six students, but could expand to ten. P.E.I. is faced with a shortage of psychologists.
    Route 2 Diner restaurant opened on March 25, 2018 in Hazelgrove, P.E.I. The 60 seat family restaurant serves traditional British food such as bangers and mash, as well as hamburgers and other Canadian dishes, and local seafood in the summer.
    Amalgamated Dairies Ltd (ADL) will receive $5.4M in federal funding to upgrade and expand its Summerside dairy plant. Expansion of the plant is expected to increase production capacity by 40%, storage capacity by 30%, and create at least 25 new jobs.
    SkillsPEI held its first job fair at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown this month. Organizers state that 1,300 jobs are available. Additional job fairs will take place this month in Summerside, Montague, and O'Leary.
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    Prince Edward Island's minimum wage rose to $11.55 an hour on April 1, 2018. P.E.I.'s rate of pay surpasses New Brunswick's minimum wage which is now at $11.25, Newfoundland and Labrador's wage of $11.15 an hour, and Nova Scotia's $11 an hour.
    A program called the PEI Network was launched this month in Charlottetown, which matches employers to recent graduates and newcomers to PEI. The idea is for employers to connect with talent. Participants have to speak English and have a diploma or degree.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    Kozy Korner Café restaurant is reopening at Cornwell Plaza. The restaurant plans to hire about eight employees. The menu consists of traditional Lebanese and Canadian food, and also has gluten- free options. It will be open 7 days a week.
    P.E.I.'s Atlantic Beef Products says it needs more Island cattle to grow its business, but the supply of P.E.I. cattle has dropped from 30,000 in 2004-05, to about 13,000 today. To ensure a steady supply, the plant gets 20% of its cattle from Quebec.
    The P.E.I. government will provide $900K in funding to organizations that help people join the workforce. The Construction Association of PEI will receive $295K for its program that provides training and employment opportunities for youth in construction.
    The newly expanded Sidewalk Grill Restaurant and Lounge opened on March 21 in Alberton, P.E.I. The restaurant is now licensed and added pizza to the menu. With 600 ft2 of additional space and seating for 75, the restaurant's 15 staff have been busy.
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    Two new eateries, Satellite Pizza and Speedy Combo, opened in the Shops of Confederation Court Mall in Charlottetown this month. Satellite Pizza sells authentic New York-Style pizza, while Speedy Combo's menu includes Won Ton Soup, subs, salad and wraps.
    HMS Office Supplies store in Summerside is joining Novexco's 108 stores under a new identity, Hamster. As an independent merchant of Quebec-based Novexco, it will be able to offer enhanced local and online shopping experience to its customers.
    SkillsPEI is hosting job fairs in Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague, and O'Leary from April 9-19, 2018. Besides job fairs, the provincial government has also developed a worker recruitment plan to fill the many job opportunities in construction.
    The president of the P.E.I. Teachers' Federation says that the province has a shortage of substitute teachers. P.E.I. currently has 410 certified substitutes, about 20% less than the previous year, as many substitutes have been hired as regular teachers.
    A new report entitled "The People Imperative" states that Atlantic Canada has the lowest immigration retention rates in the country. Nova Scotia's retention rate from 2011 to 2015 was 72%, Newfoundland was 56%, New Brunswick was 52%, and P.E.I. was 18%.
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018

    Self Employ PEI and the Propel ICT program is helping entrepreneurs who wish to stay and open a business on the island, by providing training and financing. Self Employ has assisted over 300 residents start their businesses in the last two years.
    The federal government is providing financial assistance for facility upgrades at Thompson Potato Company Inc. in Victoria, which will increase its capacity and extend its operation season. The move will create longer term employment for its workers.
    P.E.I. company, Onset Communications, will receive $176K in federal and provincial money to develop a new software product to be used in movies, television and advertising. The money will allow the company's programmers to get the product to market.
    According to a P.E.I. broker, the purchase price of lobster fishing fleets in P.E.I. are going as high as $1M, due to large catch sizes and the high value of landings in recent years. Banks will loan up to 75% of the value of a fishing boat.
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    The PEI Liquor Control Commission plans to sell cannabis through its government-owned e-commerce platform and retail shops in Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague and West Prince. It also announced guidelines pertaining to the sale of cannabis in P.E.I.
    The PEI Farm Team program will recruit up to 350 students in the summer of 2018. Students will receive a bursary, as well as their wages, to go toward their schooling. Participants will work on farms, and at seafood and agricultural processing plants.
    The expansion work at The Mount Continuing Care Community in Charlottetown, is expected to have the school section completed in September 2018, while the 18 apartment units will be ready by January 2019. Mount Academy will be able to handle 150 students.
    Alberta-based W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions plans to expand their Summerside operation and target the domestic market, despite India's new tariff increases on chickpeas, lentils and peas. The company has been exploring potential new markets.
    Health PEI is looking to hire seven new nurse practitioners across the Island, who will work in areas such as Montague, Alberton, Tyne Valley, Summerside, and Charlottetown. Practitioners work with doctors, and are trained to do much of the same work.
    A Chinese immigrant is in the process of buying a heritage building on 91 Water Street in downtown Charlottetown. The investor has received the city council's approval and plans to turn the building into a five-star heritage inn with 15 rooms.
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    The $3.3M design contract to upgrade the Veterans Affairs building in Charlottetown was awarded this month to NORR Architects & Engineers Limited. Once the design work is completed, construction will begin in January 2020 and be completed late in 2023.
    The P.E.I. government has signed a five year agreement with the federal government, which will see the province receive $20M in federal funding for home care and mental health. Money will go toward establishing new initiatives and expand current programs.
    Freshii in downtown Charlottetown closed this month, nearly three years after it opened. The health food restaurant was a franchise operation, which has over 300 locations globally. The franchise owner has stated he will help his staff find new work.
    Charlottetown Port Authority plans to open an Urban Market in Founders Hall. It has signed a two year lease and is looking for vendors. The focus is on local produce and food.
    Tourism PEI'S 2018 tourism campaign will promote the island through various platforms. Their plan is to continue growing tourism across PEI. The industry provides 7,700 full-time jobs for Islanders and contributes 6.4% of the total GDP.
    A temporary walk-in medical clinic recently opened in Crapaud's South Shore Pharmacy. The clinic is only open once a week and has two physicians, but will add a third doctor next month and be open two days a week. A permanent clinic is being planned.
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    Statistics Canada figures show that P.E.I. had $1.383B in exports in 2017. This was a 4.6% increase over 2016, with food and equipment manufacturing exports leading the way. P.E.I.'s exports to the United States exceeded $1B for the first time ever.
    IO Solutions wants to expand operations at both of its customer care call centres on P.E.I. It is looking to hire an additional 200 people to work at its Bloomfield and Summerside facilities. The company is currently accepting applications.
    Bogside Brewing in Montague is looking to open its doors in the summer of 2018. The owner is currently renovating a 10,000 ft2 building on Brook Street, has recruited a German brewmaster, and plans to hire around 10 employees in the beginning.
    P.E.I. Potato Solutions, of Wilmot Valley, has purchased a $1.1M chemical imaging machine that inspects potatoes for defects or foreign objects. ACOA provided $375K in funding for the purchase. The company is looking to double its capacity by 2020.
    Charlottetown architecture firm Sable Arc Studios, has received preliminary approval to develop the former Home Hardware in Stratford, P.E.I. The plan is to begin renovating the building this summer and develop it into a 10-unit commercial property.
    A new Study & Stay program will be implemented in Atlantic Canada in order to retain international students, based on the Nova Scotia pilot program. The program tries to match students with employers and helps with language and soft-skill enhancements.
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    P.E.I.'s only licensed medical marijuana producer, Canada's Island Garden, was bought by a large American company. The acquisition could see production increase from 1,000 to 30,000 kilograms a year and potentially add 130 to 180 jobs over two years.
    P.E.I.'s construction industry launched a new campaign to address the shortage of workers in the province, including a new website ¿, which will list job openings. The association says it needs 1,800 new workers over the next 10 years.
    The P.E.I. Society of Medical Laboratory Science says there is shortage of Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) in the province and nationally. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is 40% short of staff and there are only two MLT programs in the Maritimes.
    The P.E.I. government announced three new programs aimed to bridge the gap between hospital and home care access. EMS paramedics will be a vital part of the plan, which will also result in three new nurses and a nurse practitioner being hired.
    A new Mexican food restaurant recently opened on Queen Street in Charlottetown. La Sazon de Mexico serves up authentic Mexican food seven days a week and has in-house dining.
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    According to Statistics Canada the high school dropout rate on P.E.I. was 3.2% in 2016, much lower than the 1990 rate of 20.1%. Over that time governments have worked to reduce dropout rates and the number of job options for dropouts has decreased.
    Charlottetown-based DME Brewing Solutions has established itself as a major company in the growing craft brewing industry. DME has 335 staff in total, with 165 employees in Charlottetown. The company produces craft beer tanks and ships to 67 countries.
    Initial details were provided on the $6.5M P.E.I. Discovery and Research Centre, which will be located in Summerside. Organizers are in the process of securing funding to build the facility, which will have paid staff and volunteers.
    The P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture is trying to get funding for a project to explore what barriers may exist for women who want to work in farming. Island farms are faced with a shortage of workers and women provide less than 20% of farm staff.
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    The Sears store in Charlottetown closed its doors on January 8, 2018, along with 60 other Sears stores across Canada. The Charlottetown store had employed about 85 people.
    Renovations have begun to convert the former Summerside train station into a craft brewery, tap room, and restaurant. The brewing equipment is to be installed by the end of March and the aim is to open for business in June 2018, with up to 30 staff.
    Green Meadow Farms Inc. in Morell and Marvyn's Garden Inc. in Elmira received ACOA funding to go toward equipment that will help improve efficiency and productivity. Green Meadow received $155K and Marvyn's Garden received $180K in repayable loans.
    The Harvest and Prosper Project ended in December but a dozen of the 32 participants have received full-time jobs. The project helped newcomers and people on social assistance or disability find short term work in the agricultural industry.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    Kensington-based Atlantic Grown Organics Ltd. is expanding operations with the help of $236K in ACOA funding. The vegetable producer wants to diversify its products and increase efficiency with the purchase of automated grading and packaging equipment.
    Lobster landings were up this year on P.E.I., with good prices and strong sales, but there are labour concerns. Most processing plants are in rural P.E.I., which make filling a job difficult because the rural workforce is decreasing and getting older.
    Major upgrades at the Agriculture Canada research farm in Harrington, P.E.I. are now done. The federal government invested $3M for 10 new and renovated laboratories, $1.3M on a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, and $2.5M to expand the greenhouse.
    P.E.I. has hired three new psychiatrists who started work this month, and another will arrive in February. Recruiting for psychiatrists is a challenge due to the high demand across Canada. The new doctors are all from outside Canada.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    Heart Beet Organics in Darlington, P.E.I. is hiring two new employees when they expand operations in the summer of 2018 by tripling their production of kombucha, a fermented tea. Organic produce is their mainstay, but kombucha now accounts for 30% of sales.
    Canada's Island Garden of West Royalty, P.E.I. has signed an agreement to supply the province with marijuana. To meet the demand the company is planning a $20M expansion, which could create up to 70 jobs and increase production six-fold.
    The P.E.I. government announced that Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague and West Prince will be the locations for four initial retail locations where legalized marijuana will be sold. The sites will be government-owned, stand-alone stores.
  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    The Sears store in Charlottetown closed its doors on January 8, 2018, along with 60 other Sears stores across Canada. The Charlottetown store had employed about 85 people.
    Renovations have begun to convert the former Summerside train station into a craft brewery, tap room, and restaurant. The brewing equipment is to be installed by the end of March and the aim is to open for business in June 2018, with up to 30 staff.
    Green Meadow Farms Inc. in Morell and Marvyn¿s Garden Inc. in Elmira received ACOA funding to go toward equipment that will help improve efficiency and productivity. Green Meadow received $155K and Marvyn¿s Garden received $180K in repayable loans.
    The Harvest and Prosper Project ended in December but a dozen of the 32 participants have received full-time jobs. The project helped newcomers and people on social assistance or disability find short term work in the agricultural industry.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    The rural communities of Brackley and Winsloe South were officially amalgamated into the Community of Brackley, which will represent about 600 residents. The communities felt that they would benefit from a larger tax base and have better access to funds.
    A 20-year study of soil health on P.E.I. is showing that there is an overall decline in organic matter, due to increased erosion, decreasing supply of manure for the soil and frequent tillage. Samples were taken from 600 sites around the Island.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    P.E.I.'s growth in retail sales were up 8% in 2017, which surpassed the Canadian average. Retailers on P.E.I. saw sales exceed $200M on a monthly basis for the first time ever. P.E.I. food service sales were also up 4.8% compared to the previous year.
    The Petite Job Service was launched in December 2017, a free service to promote part-time or casual bilingual jobs on Prince Edward Island. Jobs submitted from organizations get posted on the and on social media.
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    According to a survey from ManpowerGroup Employment, only 3% of Charlottetown employers are planning to hire in early 2018, while 20% anticipate cutbacks. The majority of employers plan to keep their employment levels the same from January to March 2018.
    The Red Island Market is planning on opening in April 2018 in the former space of Bargain Fabric Outlet building in North Bedeque. The owners are hoping to fill the 6,000 sq.-ft. space with 50 to 60 vendors offering a variety of foods and crafts.
    CIBC's Murray River branch will be closed in August 2018. Four employees will be affected by the closure and the clients of the bank will be transferred to the Montague branch. Bank officials stated that less people are using traditional banking centres.
    P.E.I.'s Bideford shellfish hatchery in Ellerslie plans to expand this winter and will likely hire two more staff before this spring to keep up with strong demand for its oyster seeds. The hatchery has seed orders for 18 million oysters for next year.
    Silliker Glass announced that it will open a second glass manufacturing plant in Borden-Carleton, PEI. ACOA and the PEI government will help fund the $5.5M project, which plans to be operational by April 2018 and could see up to 30 new workers added.
    The Kettle Black is expanding into a 3,600 sq.-ft. space at 135 Kent Street in Charlottetown. The café is expected to open in March, creating up to 17 additional jobs.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    Health P.E.I. has hired 64 new graduate nurses since January, as part of its three year nursing strategy to hire more graduate registered nurses and make more full-time nursing positions. Recruiting is underway to fill about 100 vacancies in the province.
    Housing starts are up 43.7% on P.E.I. compared to 2016 and building permits have increased 23.8%. According to the Construction Association of P.E.I., the construction boom will require hiring up to 400 additional workers to keep up with demand.
    A number of construction projects are underway in Cavendish, including an expansion of Mariner's Cove Boardwalk, with a new restaurant and shops being added. Many cottage properties are also being upgraded and BeaverTails is opening three new locations.
    According to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Charlottetown has the lowest child care rates in the country. The median cost for infant and toddler spaces ranges from $608 to $738 per month. Fees are set by the P.E.I. government.
  • Start date: 2016-08-29, End date: 2016-09-02
    Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    According to a recent report from Statistics Canada, PEI's average weekly wages are the lowest in the country at $827, which is a 1.9% increase over June 2015. Nova Scotia had the next lowest wage at $845 a week.

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