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Nova Scotia

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  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    After nearly four years locked in a labour dispute, about 1,000 provincial highway workers have a new collective agreement, but CUPE says Bill 148 has removed the public service award for employees hired after 2015
    The departure of medical residents from Saudi Arabia amid a diplomatic spat would create a staffing crisis at Nova Scotia's largest hospital says the acting chief of surgery at the Halifax Infirmary. Twenty-four surgery residents at the Infirmary and other QEII Health Sciences Centre sites are from Saudi Arabia. In cardiac and orthopedic surgery, the QEII would lose one-third of its resident body
    Skills Canada ¿ Nova Scotia hosted a skills camp that allowed 40 Halifax-area students between Grade 8 and Grade 12 to get some hands-on experience with industry professionals learning anything from pipe trades to bricklaying and car painting
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    The government of Nova Scotia will introduce a program to attract trained immigrants to help fill jobs for early childhood educators, which have increased due to recent expansions of provincial pre-primary and daycare programs
    Antigonish firm Peace By Chocolate, is in the process of hiring 25 more employees. High demand has the chocolate makers working evening shifts to keep production going
    Backlogs in Nova Scotia's health-care system are reducing the availability of emergency care and paramedics
    Ottawa has provided a grant of about $280,000 to the Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers for its Work Ready Advancement Project which will enable them to purchase equipment and materials that will help apprentices in the carpenter and industrial mechanic Red Seal trades progress through technical training
    Two-hundred new positions were added to the Nova Scotia government's Co-operative Education Incentive Program for a total of more than 700 work placements
    Five thousand litres of oil leaked into Halifax harbour Aug. 2 and contractors are in the process of hiring more people to help with the cleanup
    More than 6,000 health-care workers in Nova Scotia have been awarded a new collective agreement after a nearly two-year contract dispute with the province's health authority and the IWK Health Centre
    About 20 workers who deliver parcels for Nor-Pel, a Quebec-based company contracted by Canada Post, launched an information picket Wednesday morning at the Sydney mail sorting plant on Upper Prince Street disrupting some mail delivery in the Maritimes
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    Nova Scotia Power has awarded Savage CANAC Corp. a contract for managing its pier and rail operations in Sydney. Logistec Corp had held the previous contract, and It is uncertain how many of its 16 workers will be rehired under with the new company.
    After several delays, Cabela's will open Bass Pro Shops Outpost in Dartmouth Crossing in the fall of 2018. The retailer of fishing, hunting and other outdoor gear will employ about 145 workers in the store.
    Atlantic Gold would like to open Fifteen Mile Stream, a mine near Sheet Harbour, by 2021. It would operate for six years and employ 200 people. The company currently operates the nearby Touquoy mine, and is also considering other sites in the area.
    Caseworkers at the Community Justice Society, the contracted organization that carries out Nova Scotia's restorative justice program, went on strike in July 2018 to seek higher wages
    The Tare Shop, a coffee shop and bulk store, is expected to open in the early fall of 2018 in north end Halifax
    According to the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, some blueberry, apple and Christmas tree farmers are hiring fewer or no labourers in 2018 due to poor crop yields caused by the late spring frosts
    Anaconda Mining has submitted plans for approval for a mine near Goldboro which would begin in 2020, produce gold for nine years, and create up to 200 jobs. It would start as an open-pit mine before becoming an underground operation after three years.
    Mastermind Toys is expected to open a store in Grand Lake Crossing in Sydney in the fall of 2018. It would be third location in Nova Scotia for the children's toy and book retail chain.
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    Cape Sharp Tidal continued its ongoing tidal power research in the Bay of Fundy in July, with the installation of another turbine near Parrsboro that provided 30 to 45 people with several days of work. Other companies are considering similar projects.
    Windsor Salt has hired 10 new employees in the past several months at its mine in Pugwash as it increases production to meet demand for de-icing salt in eastern Canada. About 150 workers are employed at the mine.
    Snow Queen Leisure World, an ice-cream parlour, restaurant and amusement park which closed in the summer of 2017 in Antigonish when the owner retired, has reopened under new ownership. Many of the former staff will be re-employed.
    Westside Cookhouse, a restaurant employing about 20 workers near the Cabot Links golf course in Inverness, opened in June 2018. The same owners hope to open Route 19 Brewing Inc., a microbrewery and restaurant, nearby in the fall of 2018.
    Elegant Touch Hair Design, on Quinpool Road in Halifax, closed in July 2018. The owners had operated in the same location for 43 years, and decided against performing renovations that would have been needed to stay open.
    The government of Nova Scotia will add 135 seats to its community college system to train more early childhood educators to help fill 500 jobs expected to result from expansions of daycare and pre-primary programs. Positions have been difficult to fill.
    Fleur de Sel, a restaurant on Montague Street in Lunenburg, will close in October 2018. The owners have decided to focus on other business interests, which include four other Lunenburg restaurants.
    The Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth will undergo a $55M renovation project, expected to be completed by the end of 2019. As well, home décor retailer Linen Chest will open a store in the mall.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    Some employers in the food and accommodation and retail industries in southern Nova Scotia indicate they continue to have difficulties filling seasonal positions. A lack of local applicants and seasonal housing contribute to the problem.
    According to the Nova Scotia Nurses' Union, attracting nurse practitioners to rural areas of the province can be challenging. The provincial government has recently begun a program to cover salaries for some nurses to upgrade to practitioners.
    Exxon Mobile has submitted a plan to provincial regulators to abandon and dismantle its fractionation plant in Point Tupper in 2020. The process is part of the company's winding down of the Sable offshore natural gas project.
    The Roman Catholic diocese in eastern Nova Scotia continues to struggle to attract candidates to the priesthood, as the number of clergy continues to decline. Many priests continue to work well beyond retirement age to fill the void.
  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    The newly constructed $11M Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex opened in June 2018 in Guysborough. The complex includes tracks, rinks, and a gym and fitness centre among its facilities.
    According to an industry association, June frosts may have wiped out up to 70% of the 2018 wild blueberry crop in Nova Scotia, following two years where growers suffered from low prices. Grape growers also anticipate a reduced crop in 2018.
    Global cyber security company BeyondTrust will expand its Halifax workforce and benefit from a provincial rebate program if it creates up to 150 jobs over the next five years
    The owner of Rascalz Kidz Clothing, a children's clothing store on Charlotte Street in Sydney, will close the business in July 2018. Unlike some other local businesses in recent years, financial strain was not the reason for the closure.
    An Irving Shipbuilding program to train Indigenous students as metal fabricators is expected to soon result in the hiring of 12 graduates at the Halifax Shipyard. Irving is currently running similar programs for women and African Nova Scotians.
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    The government of Nova Scotia will launch several measures to support the recruitment and training of early childhood educators, including the offering of training bursaries to members of selected groups and a marketing campaign
    WoodsCamp Technologies, a Lunenburg-based company that develops IT technology for forestry management, will undergo a change of ownership, likely add to its current staff of four, and continue to develop products locally
    The Cape Breton Regional Municipality anticipates some vacancies over the next five years, as about half of its 800 employees reach age 55. Some openings may take place in police and fire service, administration, and public works.
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    To better address their specific concerns, community college faculty and support staff in Nova Scotia have voted to leave the broad provincial teachers union and form their own. Some hiring for administrative positions will eventually take place
    Fresh From the Oven, a restaurant serving meals and goods baked on site and employing six workers, has opened on Central Avenue in Greenwood
    The multi-year, $58M Sydney Harbour wastewater treatment project, originally approved in 2015, is now expected to begin in about two years after several years of funding delays
    Glitter Bean Café is expected to open in July 2018 on Spring Garden Road in Halifax. Nine former employees of a coffee shop that closed on the site in April will run the business as a unionized co-operative.
    Irving Shipbuilding has reached a four-year deal with 900 unionized workers at its shipyard in Halifax. Highlights include wage increases of 2% in the first year and 1.5% in each of the following years, and improved health-care and other benefits.
    Dartmouth-based Thermo Dynamics, a solar equipment manufacturing and installation business, expects that a provincial rebate program to help homeowners install solar technology will result in dozens of jobs with the company
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    An Orangetheory Fitness franchise will open in Monaghan Square in Halifax in the summer of 2018. The workout studio chain has more than 70 locations in Canada.
    The Trailsman Motel in Nyanza has increased staff from 12 to 25 workers since undergoing renovations over the past year. A restaurant was added to the operation in June 2018.
    A new arena, The Dauphinee Centre, is currently under construction at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. The $14.8M facility is expected to be open in time for the 2019-20 hockey season.
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    Bay Ferries began its 2018 season of service from Yarmouth to Maine in June. While the crew is American, there are now about 100 Yarmouth-area workers employed as terminal staff, stevedores, and on board service workers, among other positions.
    Salt Mango Tree, a restaurant featuring Canadian and Indian food, opened in May 2018 in Caledonia
    REIN Technologies Inc., an IT company that offers services such as web site design to insurance companies, will establish an office in Halifax and benefit from a provincial payroll rebate if it creates up to a maximum of 65 jobs over the next five years
    New speech-language pathologists and school psychologists in Nova Scotia schools will not be required to have teaching certificates, and will not be part of the teacher's union. The specialists would be certified by their own regulatory bodies.
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    Irving Shipbuilding hopes to grow from 1,800 to 2,800 workers in Halifax by late 2020 and also will begin an initiative to recruit 100 CAF veterans over the next five years in various positions, as work continues on the federal shipbuilding contract
    The government of Nova Scotia has eliminated six library technician positions from elementary schools in Cape Breton, as part of a trend in the province to instead allow classroom teachers manage the library experience of students
    For the second time in 2018, Waycobah First Nation has announced an expansion of its steelhead trout farm and processing facility. The latest expansion is expected to add 10 workers to the current staff of 45 employees.
    The Cabot Links golf resort in Inverness will expand its Cabot Cliffs course and facilities, resulting in an additional 50 full-time jobs. The resort currently employs nearly 300 people.
    Avondale Construction has been awarded a $14M construction tender for a new elementary school in Yarmouth. Work is underway, and is expected to be completed by June 2019.
    A Jungle Jim's restaurant franchise in the Truro Mall has closed, resulting in the loss of 18 full- and part-time jobs. The franchise, one of 26 Jungle Jim's in Canada, is for sale.
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    Lunenburg-based ABCO Industries Ltd. has been awarded an $8.9M contract to design and construct aluminum landing craft for the Arctic patrol ships being built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax. It is expected six to eight jobs will be created at ABCO.
    RBC has opened a digital advice centre in Halifax at Quinpool Road and Oxford Street. The centre provides a variety of services such as video financial planning, and will employ 12 advisors, with another 10 staff expected to be hired in July 2018.
    Membertou First Nation has partnered with Canadian Maritime Engineering to open a $1.5M boat-building facility in Sydney. The plant is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018 and is expected to create at least 10 full time jobs.
    Cooke Aquaculture will close St. Mary's River Smokeshouses, a smoked salmon processing facility in Sherbrooke, in June 2018 and move operations to PEI. The 18 workers affected will be offered positions elsewhere with Cooke, if they choose to move.
    A specialized apprenticeship training and work experience program is underway to train 16 people from Cape Breton as skilled carpenters. It is hoped that the program will address the need in that area for more trade workers in the Mi'kmaw communities.
    SaltWire Network announced that it will merge some of its newspapers on the South Shore and in the Amherst, Truro and New Glasgow areas. It will also change some daily papers into weekly publications. The changes will result in the loss of five jobs.
    The Nova Scotia Community College has reached a six-year agreement with its faculty and support staff, which will include a 7% wage increase over six years. The agreement will run from September 2014 to August 2020.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    Robinson's Cannabis expects to create 20 local jobs in the Kentville area in the summer of 2018, and another 10 in the fall. It plans to begin cannabis production once its facility is completed in December 2018.
    A new structure to house an existing gas bar and convenience store on Pictou Road in Bible Hill, will also include a Tim Hortons drive-thru. Completion of the building is expected near the end of the summer of 2018.
    Educational software company Velsoft, based in New Glasgow, will benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program if it creates up to 30 new jobs over the next five years. Anticipated product growth could lead to positions in Halifax and New Glasgow.
    Nova Scotia will delay its call for offshore oil and gas exploration bids until later in 2018, as activity remains quite slow in the province. BP Canada may drill a single exploration well in 2018, while the Sable project is currently winding down.
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    Atlantic Lighting Studio, a lighting fixture store in Wolfville, will close in May 2018. The jobs of three employees will be affected.
    Great British Grub, a café on Prince Street in Truro, recently opened for business
    Mader's Clover Farm Supermarket in Barss Corner, in business for 110 years, will close in June 2018 due to the retirement of the owner
    Australia-based Cresco Pharma is currently constructing a cannabis production facility in the Windsor Business Park in Windsor. The number of jobs to be potentially created upon its completion is unknown at this time.
    Dartmouth-based Spring Loaded Technology plans to increase its production capacity of bionic knee braces, with financial assistance from the federal government. As production increases, the company plans to add to its 30 current positions.
    VistaCare Communications, a Bedford-based installer of communication systems, will benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program if it creates up to 100 jobs over the next five years. The company is expanding into new North American markets.
    Global fund administrator Opus Fund Services Limited will open an office in Halifax and benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program if it creates up to 30 jobs over the next five years
    The government of Nova Scotia will provide an extra $1.2M to organizations that provide employment and similar supports to persons with disabilities. One recipient, Dartmouth-based LakeCity Woodworkers, says it will be able to add 25 more participants.
    Simulation training firm Bluedrop will create 45 jobs over five years at its Halifax location in highly skilled positions such as programmers and systems engineers, with financial assistance from the federal government
    Retail delivery service company Instacart and plans to hire more than 100 new workers to accept and fill orders from customers who choose to use the company's technology to shop for groceries at Loblaws locations in the Halifax area
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    COVE, a hub at the former Coast Guard site in Dartmouth that will house businesses specializing in ocean activity, will open in the spring of 2018. Among the tenants will be six start-up companies that deal with high-end ocean research and technologies.
    A Shell gas bar will be built on the site of the now demolished Ralph's Place nightclub on Main Street in Dartmouth. A Harvey's restaurant will also be added in the nearby Swiss Chalet building. No exact timelines for openings were available.
    Dartmouth-based Metamaterial Technologies Inc. hopes to add 15 new full-time jobs in production, marketing, research, and development to its current staff of 27 employees. The company develops light filtering technology for a variety of products.
    Antigonish-based Highland Bike Shop Ltd. opened a seasonal location on the Port Hawkesbury waterfront in May 2018. The company, which sells and repairs bicycles, may turn it into a year-round operation.
    Over 190 new positions focused on supporting behavioural issues and autism will be added to Nova Scotia schools by September 2018. Teachers, education assistants, youth care workers, school psychologists and SL pathologists will be among those hired.
    In an effort to create more provincial equity related to class size, 57 new full-time high school teaching positions will be added to Nova Scotia schools outside the Halifax area by September 2018
    Wicker Emporium, the home décor and furniture chain, will close stores in Halifax, New Minas and Bridgewater in the coming weeks. It had announced earlier about the store closure in Sydney. There will be only two remaining stores left open in Nova Scotia, both in the Halifax area.
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    A total of 17 small businesses are expected to operate at the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion along the Sydney waterfront during the 2018 tourist season, an increase from 10 shops in 2017. Regular hours will begin on July 1.
    Wicker Emporium, a home décor and furniture chain, will close its store at the Mayflower Mall's annex in Sydney in May 2018. The jobs of two full-time and two part-time workers will be eliminated.
    U.S.-based Instinct Dog Behaviour and Training will open a business office in North Sydney in 2018 and initially hire three client service counsellors and an IT worker. More workers and locations may be added over time.
    The $20M reconstruction of the Highway 102 and 103 interchange near the Bayers Lake Business Park in Halifax will begin in the summer of 2018 and is hoped to be completed in the fall of 2019
    The government of Nova Scotia has released a specific list of 13 school construction and renovation projects that will take place over the next several years as part of its capital spending plan
    Four additional contracts were awarded in May 2018 for interior work at the Dartmouth General Hospital, including two to Dartmouth-based companies. The $138M project is part of the major overhaul of several hospitals in the QE11 Health Sciences system.
    McKenzie College, a private career college located in Sydney, closed in April 2018 after three decades in business, resulting in job losses for five full-time and four part-time workers. The slowdown in the western oil sector was named as a factor.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    Bent Ridge, an operation that will produce wine and beer, and also provide food and beverage service, is expected to open in July 2018 near Windsor. The business will hire six full-time staff, as well as several part¿time and seasonal workers.
    An additional 700 early childhood educators will be needed in Nova Scotia to meet the needs of the pre-primary program for four-year olds once it is fully implemented in 2020. Recruitment and retention of workers remain challenges for employers.
    R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish, employer of 250 workers, may see a reduction in hours for some staff and some combining of positions as a result of budget shortfalls. In addition, certain administrative vacancies may not be filled.
  • Start date: 2018-04-19, End date: 2018-04-23
    Week of Apr 19 - Apr 23, 2018

    According to the Canadian Armed Forces, there are more than 265 mainly part-time positions open for army reservists in Sydney and Glace Bay, and other units in Nova Scotia are also recruiting. Many of the positions are entry-level.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    Pharmaceutical manufacturer Biovectra Inc. will expand its operation in Windsor with financial assistance from the federal government, resulting in 28 additional highly-skilled positions. The company also anticipates further employment growth by 2020.
    A boatbuilding business, Corkum Boat Shop, is scheduled to be completed and in operation by May 2018 on Water Street in Yarmouth. The owner says there is strong demand for small inshore fishing boats, and 10 to 12 workers will employed.
    A full-service Tim Hortons, operated by food service provider Chartwells Canada, will be built on the campus of Cape Breton University and is expected to open by September 2018.
    The owners of a recently-opened ice cream shop on St. George Street in Annapolis Royal expect to hire additional staff for the 2018 season due to strong customer response.
    A Greco Xpress fast-food restaurant opened in April 2018 at Glooscap, near Hantsport, resulting in five full-time and five part-time jobs.
    The government of Nova Scotia indicates that film production is on the upswing, while Screen Nova Scotia says there are still fewer people working in an industry that has not recovered from changes made to the film tax credit system in 2015.
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    Five additional contracts for interior work at the Dartmouth General Hospital were awarded to Nova Scotia companies in April 2018. The $138M project is part of the major overhaul of several hospitals in the QEII Health Sciences system.
    BP Canada has been given authorization to start preparatory work for the drilling of an exploratory oil and gas well off the coast of Nova Scotia, over a year after Shell Canada decided to abandon its plans for further exploratory work in the area.
    Economic development association Business Cape Breton has folded, resulting in layoff notices for four employees. New models of similar service delivery will likely be reviewed by the municipality and its partners.
    Meteghan River-based shipyard A.F. Theriault and Son Ltd. will undertake upgrades to increase capacity, likely resulting in the addition of 40 jobs to its current workforce of 120 people. Some construction jobs will also occur with the project.
    Some students in a 20-week Restaurantworx program in Yarmouth have found job before graduating. The program trains workers for the food service industry in regions where there are a number of unemployed workers and employers trying to fill positions.
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    While the Cabot Trail area of Cape Breton has seen increased tourism in recent years, some small businesses report challenges in finding either enough local seasonal workers, or sufficient housing for those willing to temporarily relocate to the area.
    The Government of Nova Scotia is calling for a standard minimum wage in the Atlantic region. The minimum wage increased April 1 in the four Atlantic provinces and varies from $11 to $11.55, with the lowest being in Nova Scotia, and the highest in P.E.I.
    The Irving Shipyard expects to fill about 450 positions in 2018, including 50 to 100 in specialized professions such as naval engineers, for work related to the major ongoing shipbuilding project in Halifax. About 1,800 workers now work at the shipyard.
    Sustane Technologies, the company that intends to open a plant in Chester in the summer of 2018 to convert solid waste to biofuel, anticipates it will hire at least 25 people over the next year.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation doesn't expect cannabis to be very profitable. Although earnings should reach $87M, the associated costs will result in a much smaller profit margin than for alcohol.
    According to Tourism Nova Scotia, a record 2.43M visitors arrived in the province in 2017, a 9% increase over 2016. Visitation by air increased by 13%, while road visitors increased by 7%. Room nights sold were up by 2%.
    Hubtown Sports Bar, which opened in Truro in late 2017, has closed. According to the owner, the closure is temporary and he expects to reopen at a new site by late May or early June 2018. is currently in the process of filling eight outbound call centre positions at its New Glasgow location, and expects to hire 60 more employees by the end of 2018. The company provides a range of internet services to small businesses.
    Digby Pines Resort, HGS Call Centre, Cornwallis YMCA, and the Tideview Terrace care home were among 14 employers represented at a community job fair in Digby in March 2018.
    Five Dartmouth companies have been awarded contracts for interior work on the Dartmouth General Hospital, part of the major overhaul of several hospitals in the QE11 Health Sciences system. More contracts are expected to be awarded in the coming weeks.
    Pure Paint, a recently-opened Bible Hill business that creates its own paint, plans to move to a larger site within several months, and eventually significantly expand its current workforce of three full-time and eight part-time employees.
    Surveillance software developer MDA Systems Ltd. will benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program to create up to 50 jobs over the next five years at its Dartmouth location.
    Lindsay Construction has been awarded a contract to oversee a $32M renovation project expected to start in the summer of 2018 at the Halifax Infirmary, part of the major overhaul of several hospitals in the QE11 Health Sciences system.
    Two to three cooks and a cleaner are expected to be hired at a yet-unnamed takeout expected to open in late 2018 or early 2019 at 322 George Street in Sydney.
    A Starbucks coffee shop will be built onto the Subway location on East River Road in New Glasgow, and likely open before the end of 2018.
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    Sutton Place Hotels expects to open a 22-room luxury hotel in the recently constructed Nova Centre in Halifax in the spring of 2019, and in the summer of 2018 will begin building another to possibly open in the fall of 2020 in Dartmouth Crossing
    Little construction is currently taking place on the large Alton Gas natural gas storage project near Stewiacke. Work on the controversial project began several years ago, but has mostly been paused ever since for various reasons.
    The government of Nova Scotia plans to invest at least $120M in a trust over the next several years to expand access to high-speed internet in the province. Projects are expected to begin receiving funding in 2018.
    The government of Nova Scotia will invest $1.4M over three years towards employment coaching for people with autism, to help them find work and stay employed
    According to the Municipality of East Hants, the region has more young people than seniors, and is one of the few regions that is growing in Nova Scotia. As well, a higher percentage of residents commute to work outside of the area than in other regions.
    A.F. Theriault & Son is hiring regularly and now employs about 240 workers, including welders, carpenters, electricians, and pipefitters, at its boatbuilding facility in Meteghan River. The company remains quite busy with a number of projects.
    The Government of Nova Scotia is increasing its doctors' pay by injecting $39.6M into trying to improve access to health care and reducing wait lists. The province is currently facing a doctor shortage.   
    The government of Nova Scotia will commit $605M to its 2018-19 Capital Plan, which includes spending on roads, schools, health care facilities, and technology.
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018

    Proposify, a Halifax-based company that produces software to automate the process of writing proposals, expects expanded markets will allow it to increase staff from 27 to 60 workers in 2018
    The government of Nova Scotia has added 39 health care workers, mostly family practice nurses and nurse practitioners, to 23 collaborative care clinics across the province. Seven of the clinics are new, and half of the workers are currently in place.
    Work on the $9M project to renovate the Bayplex recreation complex in Glace Bay is expected to start in April 2018, with the building likely to open by September 2019
    Retail store Shiretown Discount Emporium on Main Street in Liverpool will close at the end of May 2018
    The government of Nova Scotia will spend $32M on upgrades to the Halifax Infirmary, part of the massive ongoing redevelopment of the QE11 Health Sciences system. Construction at the Infirmary is expected to begin in the summer of 2018.
    Construction of a $7.4M dialysis unit at the Digby General Hospital is expected to begin late in 2018 and be completed in 2020. The project is one of several planned for hospitals in the province to expand dialysis services.
    The Government of Nova Scotia has just announced the opening of 130 new pre-kindergarten classes for September. In total, 30 of these classes will be French. The provincial plan is aiming for free kindergarten for all by 2020 at a cost of $49.9M a year.
    Bulletproof Solutions, an international information technology services and cybersecurity firm, will benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program if it creates up to 60 jobs over five years at its Halifax location
    According to town officials, Zenabis has received approval from Health Canada to grow cannabis in the former Clairtone plant in Stellarton, and will hire 50 full-time workers in 2018. Production will likely start once renovations are completed.
    The Conference Board of Canada predicts GDP growth of near 1.8% for Halifax from 2019 to 2022. Shipbuilding, Construction, and Health Care show strength, while the end of offshore gas production and an aging population work against economic growth.
    Habr, a Halifax-based company that develops technology to help construction companies improve workflow, plans on using recently-acquired investment money to grow its workforce of 11 people. In particular, the company would like to increase its sales team.
    The owner of the former Minto Hotel in Woods Harbour, which has sat vacant for a number of years, hopes to open a coffee shop in the structure by the summer of 2018, and a bed and breakfast by the spring of 2019
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    A tender has been issued for the construction of the new $19M aquatic centre in Elmsdale. Work is expected to begin in May 2018 and be completed by the fall of 2019.
    Damascus Pizza and Donair, which closed in Bible Hill in 2016, has reopened in a location at the corner of Mill and Queen Streets in Truro
    The Allure Nightclub, on George Street in Sydney, closed in March and will reopen in April 2018 under new ownership. Hiring, and the solicitation of resumes, is currently taking place.
    Nautics Technical Surveillance Corporation will benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program to create up to 28 jobs over five years in Halifax. The company develops technology for law enforcement, military and global intelligence markets.
    The government of Nova Scotia will commit $8.9M to create 1,000 new regulated child care spaces across the province. Half of the spaces will be in 15 announced child care centres, with the other half in home-based settings.
    The amount of grapes grown in Nova Scotia in recent years has expanded significantly, according to the Nova Scotia government, and is tied to the need from an expanded wine industry
    The government of Nova Scotia's decision to expand the provincial pre-primary program for four-year olds to 65 more communities by September 2018 will result in a need to fill 250 additional early childhood educator positions
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    ABK Biomedical Inc. will benefit from nearly $3M in federal government funding to help develop cancer treatments. The funding is expected to create six jobs at ABK, with the potential for more if its products grow.
    Five Nations Clam Co. and Arichat-based Premium Seafoods have been awarded part of the artic surf clam quota formerly harvested and processed in NL by Clearwater Seafoods. The decision will likely lead to increased work at the Arichat plant.
    Air cargo increased by 2.2% in 2017 over 2016 at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, a record total. A large volume of seafood exports contributed to the numbers.
    Based on recommendations from industry, the government of Nova Scotia will step up enforcement measures to combat the use of unskilled labour in situations that call for certified tradespersons
    Kameron Coal indicates it has added about 20 workers at the Donkin coal mine since its layoff of 49 employees in November 2017, just a few months after starting operations. The company continues to restructure and seek out markets for its product.
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    As part of a national restructuring, Global News will lay off two camera operators in Halifax and shift its local evening news program to Toronto.
    Work is progressing on the multi-year, $30M refurbishment of the Oland Centre, the athletic facilities at St.F.X. University in Antigonish. The first phase of the project was completed in 2017.
    Guitar case manufacturer Levy's Leathers, employer of about 65 workers in Antigonish, has been purchased by U.S.-based Gator Cases. The new owners indicate they would like to expand operations, and eventually hire an undisclosed number of new people.
    The creation of 69 jobs in areas related to chemistry and engineering will result from three recently funded clean technology university research projects at Dalhousie and St.F.X.
    Swept, a Halifax-based company that creates software for the cleaning industry, has hired five new employees since October 2017 and is currently seeking people for development and marketing-related roles.
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    A report from BuildForce Canada indicates that while construction employment levels in Nova Scotia will remain near current levels over the next decade, the retirement of up to 8,200 workers will present recruitment challenges for the industry
    The Mainland Nova Scotia Building Trades Council says other than occasional short-term labour shortages usually caused by ongoing major projects, the supply and demand of construction workers is generally balanced in the province
    The record number of more than 4 million passengers served at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport in 2017 represents an increase of 4.5% over 2016, and a 13.9% increase over the past five years. Domestic travel was up 6.5% in 2017 over 2016.
    The Halifax Port Authority anticipates more than 200 cruise ships carrying more than 300,000 passengers will visit the city in 2018. The numbers would represent record high figures over the 173 vessels and 292,722 passengers in 2017.
    Marine Recycling Corp. indicates it has had no difficulty hiring between 25 and 30 local workers for the dismantling of the navy ship HMCS Athabaskan in Sydney. The company expects to hire another 10 people to work on the project.
    Construction continues at the Forest Lakes Country Club commercial-residential development near Windsor. Workers have been hired for work on the golf course, expected to open in 2019 as part of the multi-year project.
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    A Sydney man is proposing a $14M waterfront project to be built between the Holiday Inn and the Sydney Marine Terminal. If approved by the municipality, construction on the apartment building could begin this year.
    Halifax has a lot of office vacancies in the downtown area. An internal survey conducted by The Armour Group Limited estimated the vacancy rate at around 13 to 14%, while the firm Turner Drake places it as high as 17%; 5% is regarded as ideal.
    Nova Scotia Business Inc. states that there are 20 video game studios in the province that employ about 300 people. The two biggest firms are HB Studios with 80 staff and Ubisoft with 39 employees. Workers typically earn between $50K and $75K a year.
    ACOA is providing a $5.9M grant to Dalhousie University to establish DeepSense, a leading-edge computing platform, to help grow the regional ocean economy. DeepSense will enable Atlantic Canadian companies to commercialize research, develop products and services, and create a pool of highly qualified people with technical ocean expertise.
    The Canadian Institute for Health Information says Nova Scotia family doctors are the lowest paid in the country. Doctors in the province earn on average just over $259,000, compared to Ontario family doctors that earn over $363,000 or P.E.I. doctors at $293,000.
    The Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association are hopeful that the proposed changes to the Fisheries Act will protect independent inshore commercial fish harvesters, allowing them to get the full financial benefits from their catch
    Amherst-based Access Labels is planning to expand with the help of a $1M repayable loan from ACOA. The company will grow from 32 to 36 employees and will be able to scale-up operations with additional warehouse space and a new press.
    According to a doctor involved in recruiting for physicians, Annapolis and Kings counties have seven family doctor vacancies and are recruiting for another two as well. Adding to the situation is the fact that 85 of the 222 doctors in the area are over 50.
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    According to BuildForce Canada's latest forecasts, labour needs will stay steady in the Nova Scotia construction industry over the next 10 years. Only 5,800 new workers will replace the 8,200 retiring.
    J.D. Irving, Ltd. says it will create 1,510 new jobs in Canada over the next three years, with as many as 10,400 people hired to replace staff who have left the company or retired. Atlantic Canada will account for 84% of the hiring, according to Irving.
    Despite just opening in October 2017, the Annapolis Brewing Company in Annapolis Royal is looking to expand. The owners are opening a small second brewery and a taproom in May 2018 across from Fort Anne, but eventually want everything under one roof.
    Nova Scotia's deputy minister of community services announced that income-assistance recipients will be able to keep more work earnings starting in 2019-20. Currently the amount of earnings that recipients can keep is $150, but will rise to $250 a month.
    Marine Recycling Corp. is expected to be busy with new contracts to dismantle two former navy vessels at Sydport Industrial Park. The two contracts are valued at $12.6M and $5.7M. The company currently has 27 staff, but could have as many as 40 by April.
    The Nova Scotia government announced that the province's minimum wage will rise 15 cents on April 1 to $11 an hour. This will match the current rates for Newfoundland and New Brunswick, but below P.E.I.'s rate of $11.25. Ontario's rate is $14 an hour.
    A study done for the Port of Sydney Development Corp. reports that it would cost $102M to upgrade the rail line from Sydney to Truro, to a class 3 standard. This would enable the Sydney container terminal to transport double-stacked container freight.
    Discover Halifax states that Halifax had its fifth year of tourism growth in 2017. The number of room nights sold was 5.8% higher than 2016 levels, there were 23% more cruise ship visitors, and a 4.5% increase in air travellers compared to 2016.
    Robinson's Cannabis is building a 27,700-square foot marijuana production facility in the Kentville Business Park. The facility is applying to be a licensed producer and expects that it will create 25 to 30 jobs in the first phase of their business plan.
    The Valley Credit Union officially opened a new Bridgetown branch office at 256 Granville Street in January 2018. The new branch offers traditional service as well as self-serve options, but members can also speak face-to-face with a financial advisor.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    Marine Recycling Corp. has been awarded a $5.7M contract to dispose of the Royal Canadian Navy destroyer ship HMCS Athabaskan. Expected to be completed by July 2019 at its Sydney location, the conrtact would sustain about 30 jobs in the region.
    The Nova Scotia government has announced that it will dissolve the province's seven regional school boards, based on a consultant's report. In its place a single provincial advisory council will be created. The francophone school board will remain.
    Nova Scotia company, Aqualitas Inc., has been granted a cultivation licence to grow cannabis in the former Bowater plant in Queens County. Aqualitas plans to start growing its first crop in February. The company has 15 staff and hopes to expand to 60.
    A $1M investment is being made to help 8,700 First Nations students in Nova Scotia develop skills in coding, robotics and information technology. It is part of a national program and will be distributed to 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia.
    Bridgewater's Rofihe's Mens Wear is shutting down its downtown clothing store after 92 years in business. The King Street store will have a clearout sale prior to closing in mid-February.
    ACOA has given Sydney-based Orenda Software Solutions, a $200K repayable loan to further develop its artificial intelligence software. The company currently employs six people and is looking to expand to 20 staff members.
    Ontario-based OnX Solutions Enterprises has signed a five-year lease at the Millbrook strip mall under construction at the Truro Power Centre. The company plans to open a data centre and office as of May 1, 2018 and will initially staff up to 10 people.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    The Association of Nova Scotia Midwives indicates the nine positions for midwives in the province are insufficient to meet demand. In some cases, workers have left their jobs due to overwork, leaving a loss of midwife service in some centres.
    Ernst and Young will benefit from a provincial payroll rebate program to create up to 150 jobs over five years at a robotic automation centre it will establish in Halifax. System developers and business analysts are among those the company plans to hire.
    Retail chain The Bargain Shop will close its store at the North Sydney Mall at the end of its lease in January 2018. The company could not confirm the number of job losses, and there are no plans to reopen in the area.
    According to industry officials, there are now 16 craft distilleries and about 55 craft breweries in Nova Scotia, with 12 of the distilleries having started over the past five years. The winery sector has also grown significantly in recent times.
    Anaconda Mining has received positive results from an economic assessment of a potential mixed open pit and underground gold mine near Goldboro. If eventually developed, the mine would employ about 200 workers at peak production, and last 8.8 years.
  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    Waycobah First Nation will expand its steelhead trout farm and processing facility, with financial assistance from the federal government. The number of workers during full production periods is expected to increase from 45 in 2017 to about 70 in 2019.
    According to figures released by the union representing film technicians in Nova Scotia, work in the film industry is down 55% in 2017 compared to 2016. The union would like to see improved incentives to attract film productions to the province.
    The Town of Amherst has reached a tentative deal to buy the heritage Via Rail train station. The town would like to lease the station to a local entrepreneur, who would operate two restaurants out of the building.
    The Nova Scotia government indicates it will create as many as 1,000 new daycare spaces in areas with the greatest need as a result of a three-year, $35M deal with the federal government. More specific details on the plan will be announced later.
    Rimini Pasta and Noodle opened in December 2017 on Townsend Street in Sydney. The restaurant employs 12 workers, four of whom are full-time.
  • Start date: 2018-01-05, End date: 2018-01-09
    Week of Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2018

    Lily Pad Cat Lounge, the first cat lounge in Atlantic Canada, will open in the near future at 590 Portland Street in Dartmouth. Patrons will be able to eat and drink while interacting with cats.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    Highland Hemp has no immediate plans to continue growing hemp for pharmaceutical purposes in Cape Breton as it has for the past two seasons and will move its production outside Atlantic Canada due to the company's need for more acreage
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    Tate Construction has been awarded a contract to begin construction in early 2018 of a palliative care unit in the St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish
    THC Inc. has received a permit from Health Canada to grow cannabis in the Antigonish area. The company hopes to begin growing by the end of January 2018, and to employ more than 100 workers if the final product is approved for sale.
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    The Greenwood Golf Club in the Annapolis Valley, scheduled to be closed for good after the 2017 season, will reopen in 2018 as a new owner has taken control of the operation.
    As part of an $80M investment from the federal government to be spent in Canada on ocean research, Canada's Centre of Offshore Oil, Gas, and Energy Research in Halifax will increase its capacity to study oil spills and add more scientists.
    Clothing chain Levi's opened a store in December 2017 in the Halifax Shopping Centre.
    Hubtown Sports Bar has opened in the former Bubba Ray's Sports Bar location in Truro, which had announced it would close in November 2017. Hubtown had previously indicated that all former employees of Bubba's were offered jobs.
    Slyce, an IT company currently employing more than 30 workers in New Waterford, has received financial assistance from the federal government to help it expand and create more jobs. Slyce's software allows customers to take photos and find retail matches.
    Irving Shipbuilding has begun construction in Halifax of the third of five or six Arctic patrol vessels to be built as part of its ongoing major shipbuilding contract with the Canadian government. Completion of the first vessel is expected in 2018.
    A tender has been issued for interior construction work at the ongoing major expansion of the Dartmouth General Hospital. The project is one of several ongoing major overhauls of hospitals in the QEII Health Sciences System.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    Stanfield's Ltd., which currently employs about 300 workers in its underwear and garment manufacturing plant in Truro, indicates it often has difficulties filling full-time positions and will begin offering part-time employment to attract new workers
    The closure of a Kent Building Supplies store in Guysborough in December 2017 will result in the loss of four full-time jobs in the town. One of those workers will relocate to another Kent location.
    An arbitration panel has awarded a 7% wage increase over six years to 7,000 provincial civil servant members of NSGEU, the largest public sector union in Nova Scotia. The contract runs from 2015 to 2021.
    According to the Brookfield Institute, Halifax is well above the Canadian average in terms of the number of workers in the information technology sector, with a high concentration of graphics programmers and iOS mobile developers.
    The Nova Scotia government continues to expand the SchoolsPlus program to more locations and will add 22 social workers, facilitators, and mental health and outreach staff. The program provides supports for students and their families.
    Alteen's Jewellers, who was in business for 75 years in Sydney, closed in December 2017 due to the retirement of the owner.
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    It is hoped that work will begin in the spring of 2018 on a third, somewhat smaller golf course near the Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs courses in Inverness. Cabot employed more than 400 employees during peak season in 2017.
    More than 300 people attended a job fair in November 2017 in Liverpool held by cannabis producer Aqualitas. Once approved and in operation, the company would like to begin with 60 workers in a variety of positions and add more than 300 as it expands.
    The Nova Scotia government is seeking a private contractor to oversee the $11M renovations project at the Halifax Infirmary. The project is one of several ongoing major overhauls of hospitals in the QEII Health Sciences System.
    Increased demand for Christmas trees in the United States has been beneficial to growers in Nova Scotia and across the country over the past five years, according to industry officials
    Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019 on a new health care facility for Pugwash which will replace the aging hospital. Architecture49 has been awarded the contract to design the new facility.
    Dartmouth-based Northeastern Protection Service has signed a multi-year contract to provide security personnel at the large new Nova Centre complex in downtown Halifax
    Montana's expects to open its new restaurant on Welton Street in Sydney in January 2018, and held a four-day job fair in December in anticipation of the event. The business is in the process of hiring as many as 120 workers for various positions.
    A Robin's coffee shop, employing 10 workers, opened in December 2017 in New Waterford.
    Fit for Life, a gym specifically for women, will open a location in Sydney River in late December 2017. Together with its current gym in Sydney, the business will then employ about 15 people, including independent fitness instructors.
    Loblaws has added an unspecified number of new employees in connection with a program begun in the Halifax area which allows customers to order groceries online. The program will eventually be expanded to stores across the Maritimes.
    A Burrito Jax restaurant, employing 10 workers, opened in December 2017 in Sydney River.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    Marine Atlantic is currently recruiting passenger service staff for the 2018 summer season and is holding two job fairs in the Sydney area as part of the process. Experience in the hospitality industry and bilingualism are viewed as assets.
    Anaconda Mining Inc. is currently involved in exploratory drilling for gold near Goldboro. If viable, the company would like to eventually open a mixed open pit and underground mine in the area.
    Sobeys announced in November 2017 that it will cut 100 office staff at its headquarters in Stellarton, 25 workers in Dartmouth and another 25 in other field offices in Nova Scotia as part of the grocery chain's national reduction of 800 employees
    Halifax welcomed visits from 173 cruise ships carrying 292,722 passengers in 2017. The figures represent record high numbers for the port.
    The Halifax Convention Centre, part of the new one-million sq.-ft. Nova Centre complex in downtown Halifax, will hold its official opening in December 2017
    Sobeys has launched a support program for the 100 workers who lost their jobs at the company's office in Stellarton. The program will provide supports to those wishing to pursue skills training or start a small business.
    GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. will be eligible for a provincial payroll rebate program if it creates up to 30 jobs in Dartmouth over the next five years. The company specializes in the development of underwater acoustic systems.
    Sydney-based Brilun Construction has begun work on a $4M recreation complex which will contain a bowling alley, sports simulators, and a restaurant in Membertou First Nation. The bowling alley itself has a tentative completion date of September 2018.
    aFrite, a 30-seat restaurant, will open on Lower Water Street in Halifax in late November 2017
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    Logit Group, a Toronto-based outbound call centre involved in data collection, hopes to open an office in Aberdeen Place in Kentville and hire up to 100 staff before the end of 2017. Most of the part-time agents will work from home.
    The Great Canadian Dollar Store will open a location in the Sydney Shopping Centre in late November 2017.
    According to the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, all teacher assistants who received layoff notices in the spring of 2017 have since been recalled, and 7.3 new positions were also added for the 2017-18 school year.
    North Carolina-based Vulcan Materials Company hopes to make a final decision in 2018 as to whether it will move forward on a much-discussed stone quarry near Canso, which would generate 120 direct and indirect jobs.
    An $8.5M expansion of a natural gas distribution network into Antigonish, which Heritage Gas had originally planned to be in service by the fall of 2015, has been postponed indefinitely due to current market conditions for the product.
    CBWES, a Halifax-based company that provides expertise primarily to government in assessing the effects of human activity on tidal habitats, has experienced healthy growth since 2005 and hopes to double the number of projects it undertakes.
    Workers at Central Building Supplies in Guysborough have been given notice that the store will close in the near future. The store has been part of the Kent chain since the end of 2016.
    A seven-year, $133M rehabilitation of the historic North Park Armoury in Halifax is underway. The first phase will involve wall reconstruction, while mechanical, electrical and other work will take place later.
    Due to the demand for lobster-fishing boats, Wedgeport Boats is expanding its facility in Wedgeport and would like to possibly add up to five or six workers. According to industry insiders, it can be difficult to find workers skilled in boatbuilding.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    Representatives from Nova Scotia attended a trade fair in France in November 2017 seeking to attract skilled workers such as early childhood educators and truck drivers, and hoping to increase the province¿s francophone population
    Breathing Green Solutions has received a licence from Health Canada to grow cannabis in the Wentworth Valley, and anticipates employing 30 to 40 workers once in full production. The company hopes to have its product on the market by the spring of 2018.
    An Esso gas bar and Tim Hortons coffee shop are expected to open by the spring of 2018 at Glooscap Landing, as work on the first phase of the development continues near Hantsport
    TruLeaf, a high tech indoor farm operation in Bible Hill which now employs 38 workers, says it now creates most new jobs in higher level computer science, engineering, and plant science operations. Fewer positions are being created at the lower skilled end.
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    The United States will exclude Nova Scotia from softwood lumber export tariffs, after ruling that the province's lumber producers do not benefit from an unfair subsidy. The ruling also applies to lumber from NL and PEI.
    Caper Base, a Cape Breton-based youth outreach service team working in schools and the community, plans to hire more staff as a result of an increase in funding from the provincial government. The team includes social workers and recreational therapists.
    Kameron Coal indicates that restructuring at the Donkin coal mine resulted in the layoff of 49 of its 130 workers in November 2017, only a few months after operations had begun. Coal production has been below the projected targets to this point in 2017.
    Heerema Marine Contractors will begin work shortly to decommission the Sable offshore natural gas project, southeast of Nova Scotia. Final stages for removal of the platforms are set for 2020.
    A new mental health centre focusing on young people has opened in Eskasoni. The centre, funded by Access Open Minds, has two workers on staff.
    Fourteen workers will be hired in Nova Scotia schools to monitor and deal with student attendance issues, as part of a two-year pilot project set to begin early in 2018. Those hired need to be eligible for teacher certification.
    Direction 180 will add two case managers to the two it currently employs in Halifax, as a result of increased funding for opioid treatment centres in Nova Scotia. The province also plans to eventually add three new centres to its existing facilities.
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    Truro Herbal Company has received a permit from Health Canada to produce cannabis for medicinal purposes, making it the first such approved operation in Nova Scotia. The company expects to begin operating within several months in Truro.
    The City of Halifax will hire nine compliance officers over the coming months and take over the enforcement of parking rules and related activity after contracting out the service for a number of years
    The Maple Leaf restaurant, in business for more than 60 years in Sydney, has closed. A lack of year-round business was given as the reason for the closure.
    A dairy and butcher shop to open in the spring of 2018 at the Masstown Market will employ 30 workers. About 170 people currently work in the various shops and outlets at the market.
    A BMO report predicts Nova Scotia will show 1.6% real GDP growth in 2017, up from 0.9% in 2016. The $25B Irving Shipbuilding contract, major construction activity in Halifax, and an influx of immigrants are factors listed as favourable to the economy.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    Dalhousie University in Halifax hopes to double the number of female students in its undergraduate computer science faculty by 2018 by taking steps such as increasing scholarships and adding more co-op and mentorship opportunities for women
    Nova Scotia Power will spend $133M to install smart meters in homes across the province over the next couple of years. The company will likely find other positions for most of its 55 meter readers, who will no longer be needed in their current roles.
    Sobeys will cut dozens of higher-level management positions across Canada, including 14 in Pictou County and three in Dartmouth, as it attempts to restructure and cut costs. Further layoffs are anticipated before the end of 2017.
    Construction is expected to begin immediately on a $10M expansion of Williston House Assisted Living Centre in Sydney. The expansion will provide space for 50 additional seniors.
    Kitchener-based Red Meat Games is in the process of establishing a gaming studio in Halifax and plans to hire more than 10 senior-level programmers and graphic artists throughout 2018
    Research Nova Scotia Trust has invested $6.5M towards nine ocean science and technology research projects expected to support more than 170 jobs. The Trust funds projects put forward by the province's universities and colleges.
    According to the Department of Education, the hiring of additional full-time teachers in Nova Scotia in recent years may have resulted in a shortage of trained substitutes. School boards continue to expand recruitment efforts.
    There is still uncertainty around the start of a 10-year, $58M wastewater system construction project for Sydney harbour. A tendering process will begin soon, but concerns exist around the operating expenses of the system once completed.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    Apprentices in Atlantic Canada are expected to have an easier time finding work with the harmonization of six Red Seal trade requirements; making that a total of 16 trades now harmonized. The federal and provincial governments have contributed $17M to the program.
    A&W held a job fair for the new store opening on Prince Street in Sydney. The restaurant is planning to hire 40 people, with over 115 applications received from the fair.
    A new apprenticeship program is set to begin in February 2018. Hairstylists will be able to be trained in approved salons over a three-year period and attend blocks of technical training.
    Halifax-based real estate brokerage Red Door Realty will open an office in January 2018 on Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth. The company plans to have 20 realtors at the new site with room to add more later.
    Loblaw's has begun a layoff of 500 office workers of various levels in five locations across Canada, including Halifax. No store positions will be affected, and jobs are expected to be added later in 2017 in financial services and other company divisions.
    Nova Scotia Power has begun a two-year, $18.2M project to refurbish the Tusket Dam in Yarmouth County, with Elliot Excavators and Mecan Hydro among the contractors. Work will cease for six months in late fall and resume in June 2018.
    The Nova Scotia government plans to hire four surgeons and four anaesthetists in order to reduce wait times for hip and knee replacements. Unlike for some specialist positions, the government feels recruitment will not be a major problem.
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    Some preschool and daycare operators in Nova Scotia are concerned about losing both staff and students to the pre-primary program recently established in schools by the provincial government. The operators find it challenging to fill positions.
    Sears Canada announced it is seeking approval to close its remaining 130 stores across Canada. This will affect at least 140 people in Nova Scotia, with 134 from the Halifax Shopping Centre store. If approved, liquidation will begin October 19.
    The Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association says the Honeycrisp apple variety is bringing in $700 to $800 per bin, which is five times as much as other varieties of apples grown in the region. Apple exports are up 24% from last year, with a value of $15M.
    The Highland Village Museum in Iona is receiving $1.2M from ACOA for renovations beginning in spring of 2018. The project includes a new welcome centre, renovation of existing structures and a new interpretive and support structure.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Nova Scotia doctors have the lowest average wage in Canada, but there are more doctors per capita than elsewhere. Nova Scotia was the only province to see a net loss of doctors in 2016.
    Halifax-based Copernicus Studios indicates it is constantly recruiting employees and feels recent government and industry decisions to back more Canadian video productions will lead to even more business. The company now has 180 workers in the city.
    Robinson's Cannabis Inc. plans to establish a medical marijuana growing operation and create about 30 jobs in Kentville within a year or so. The company has started clearing land for a facility, but still needs final Health Canada approval.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Montreal-based i3Vision Technologies, a company specializing in designing and customizing contact centre technology, could benefit from a provincial government payroll rebate program if it adds up to 80 positions to its support operations in Yarmouth
    Trenton-based distiller Nova Scotia Spirits Co. now employs 16 full-time workers after starting in 2015 as a two-person operation. The company will soon move into a larger property in Stellarton where it will expand its products and also add a brewery.
    Halifax-based toymaker Orb is expanding its product line and indicates it is currently hiring to fill over a dozen positions at its Herring Cove Road location
    Two large liquefied natural gas facilities for eastern Nova Scotia remain in the speculation and planning stages. The plants, one in Goldboro and one in Point Tupper, would provide construction and permanent jobs if plans become finalized.
    IKEA opened its newly-constructed store in Dartmouth Crossing in September 2017. The store employs about 300 workers and received more than 3,500 job applications.
    The expanded pre-primary program for children four-years old began in September 2017, resulting in employment for 102 early childhood educators with provincial school boards. A further expansion of 70 classrooms is expected in the fall of 2018.
    The opening of Portside, a downtown seasonal beer garden in Sydney, has been delayed until June of 2018. The owner expects to hire about two dozen workers.
    The Nova Scotia government will commit an extra $1.8M for youth mental health. The funding will support an expansion of the Kids Help Phone line, the addition of outreach services, and about five new social workers or psychologists across the province.
    The Nova Scotia government will fund the hiring of two community liaison officers, a land surveyor, and two survey technicians as part of an initiative to help residents in five historically black communities obtain legal titles to their land.
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    Hefler Forest Products sawmill has reopened, producing specialty wood products, including 12 ft. and 16 ft. length deck boards. The mill will hire 25 people next month, tripling the companies current workforce.
    Dartmouth-based Cheese Curds and Habaneros food chain are coming to Truro. The dual-concept restaurant provides gourmet burgers, poutine and Mexican cuisine. The store is slated to open in October.
    Twitter Canada was in Sydney to take part in #PitchTweet. It was a chance for local entrepreneurs to learn how to promote their products and/or companies by using Twitter, while demonstrating that geography should not be a hindrance in business.
    Antigonish is undergoing a building boom. A new $50M public policy and governance facility was announced for St. Francis Xavier University, along with a new $30M health innovation centre. Other projects include senior and supported living facilities.
  • Start date: 2016-09-12, End date: 2016-09-16
    Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Resources Capital Gold is in the process of buying 90% ownership interest in the Dufferin gold mine near Sheet Harbour, with the aim to re-open the mine within four months. When the mine was last operational, it employed about 60 people.
    Immigration numbers are up in Nova Scotia, with 3,418 newcomers coming to the province in the first half of 2016, many coming from Syria. The province has budgeted $4.4M for 2016-17 to support settlement.
  • Start date: 2016-08-29, End date: 2016-09-02
    Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Chain-Yard Cider is expected to open a cidery on Agricola Street in Halifax in the winter of 2017. The business, which has not yet chosen an operating name, will produce cider and likely include a lounge or pub.

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Economic/Environmental Scan

A report that provides an overview of major socio-economic trends that can have an impact on the local and provincial economy and labour market.

Occupational Outlook

To review the most recent medium-term outlooks for occupations at the provincial, territorial and economic region level, please refer to the Outlook Report on Job Bank.

Client Segment Profile

A report that provides provincial and local demographic and labour market information, trends and prospects for a selected socio-demographic group

Aboriginal People
Older Worker

Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016

The National Occupational Classification is being updated. To propose a change, please visit ESDC to submit proposals.
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