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  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    The Atlantic Lottery Corporation's office in Moncton is adding 30 new full-time information technology jobs to its current IT staff of 70. Positions already posted include quality testing analysts, web and senior developers, and application architects.
    Moncton's city council has decided to have trash collected by its own unionized trash collectors. The work handled by a private company last year. Public works has five garbage trucks and six drivers, but will need to hire at least one more employee.
    S&P Data will receive $2.2M in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB for opening a new call centre in Edmundston, NB. The company has signed a lease for space in the Madawaska Centre and plans to create 289 positions over the next five years.
    Nine more fishing areas closed this week, following six closures last week, as more right whales arrived in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. N.B. crab fishermen and plant workers have been impacted by the closures and the smaller amounts of snow crab this year.
    Cannabis NB is now accepting job applications for 27 full-time positions in its Cannabis NB stores across New Brunswick, expected to open later this year. Positions posted on the government's website include team lead and customer service representative.
    Siemens will open a cybersecurity centre in Fredericton, with the help of $3.6M in assistance from Opportunities NB. The company plans to hire 30 people by 2020 and 60 in total, with jobs in areas such as engineering, cyber analysis and consulting.
    LuminUltra Technologies will add another seven full-time jobs at its head office in Fredericton, with the help of up to $171K in financial assistance from Opportunities NB. The biological monitoring technologies company currently employs 44 people.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    Skills Launch, an employment program that helps immigrant youth gain employability skills, is getting an additional $1.8M in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The 52-week program is offered in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton, NB.
    The Ichiboshi fish plant in Caraquet has laid off about 40 employees this month due to poor crab catches so far this season. The plant, which manufactures, processes and markets seafood, employs around 600 people.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed six fishing areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after endangered right whales were spotted in the area. Fishermen have to remove their gear from those areas, which account for about 25% of their total catch.
    Alternate Waste Management, a Minto-based company hired to pick up flood debris in the Grand Lake region, is looking for more labourers and Class 3 truck drivers. The company has a crew of 25, working 12 hours a day, but need more workers for a night crew.
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    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.
    Beresford's Discovery Drill received $400,000 in provincial and federal funding to develop a better drill for the oil and natural gas sector. The company hopes to double sales within five years, expand its facility and grow its staff from 25 to 50 people.
    Ontario-based CamTran is opening a manufacturing facility in Sackville, NB and expects to initially hire 15 people and to employ 35 people by 2020. Positions will include welders, coil winders, administrative staff, technicians and machine operators.
    Canadian Nuclear Laboratories will invest over $3M and hire 24 employees over five years to establish its cybersecurity facility in Fredericton. The company will recruit people skilled in computer science, systems engineering, applied physics and math.
    Moncton's APEX Industries will expand its steel door division, upgrade equipment and hire new employees with the help of a $2.6M investment by the federal and provincial governments. The multi-year growth plan will result in 80 new jobs being created.
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    A new restaurant called Rustico, is planning to open in downtown Fredericton this June. Moving into the former Mexicali Rosa's location on King Street, Rustico will feature a wood-fired brick oven and will be able to seat about 150 people inside.
    HGS Canada is planning to create up to 300 home-based jobs across northern New Brunswick with the help of $1.19M in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB. The company provides support services for businesses across the province.
    Many gaspereau fishermen in New Brunswick report that they can't fish, or are only getting minor catches, due to the flooding along the St. John River. Lobster fishermen on P.E.I., who use gaspereau for bait, have had to look for other alternatives.
    Crab fishermen and processing plants are worried about a new no-fishing zone off northern New Brunswick, put in place to protect migrating whales. The area accounted for 20% of last year's catch, and crab landings are reported to be lower so far this year.
    Marshalls department store has announced that it will open a Saint John location in the fall of 2018 at McAllister Place. The store will occupy the former Sobeys location. Marshalls has over 60 stores in Canada.
    The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association states that the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway from Moncton to Fredericton has increased fuel costs, added distance and impacted drivers' hours. Truck drivers are only permitted to drive 13 hours a day.
    The Quebec-based chain, Hart Department Store, will open in October 2018 at Fredericton's Brookside Mall as its anchor tenant. The store will take over a 25,000 sq.-ft. space previously occupied by Zellers. Hart has 80 stores across eastern Canada.
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    The City of Dieppe will be able to count on about $29M in funding from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments for its intergenerational community complex project. Work should begin this autumn and finish in 2020.
    The federal and provincial governments are investing a combined $18M at the Fredericton airport. The funding will allow up-grades to the current terminal in order to increase its capacity.
    Little River Holsteins near Salisbury is having difficulty recruiting New Brunswickers to work on his dairy farm. Employees earn around $15 an hour and work for six days, then off for three. Candidates would ideally have a two-year diploma from an agriculture college, be able to drive a tractor, milk a cow and use computerized systems. According to the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick about 70% of the province's dairy farms are between Moncton and Saint John.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    A new TD corporate office intends to open in Dieppe in January 2019, with the help of a $8.8M provincial loan. The Champlain mall location will have a new TD finance centre and a TD business services centre, which will create 1,000 jobs over seven years.
    Purolator is expanding its service centre in Dieppe and will create 85 jobs over the next five years. The company will receive $560,000 from Opportunities NB in wage subsidies if it achieves its job creation goal.
    New Brunswick fishery is hit with whale-protection measures as an area of the Gulf is closed. A buffer zone will be shut down for a minimum of 15 days if a whale is seen.
    A BunkHaus Hostel will open in St John. The 22-bed hostel located at 36 Water Street will offer an option of either private or dormitory-style shared rooms at $49 per night. The hostel will be staffed 24/7 and expects to create three to six jobs.
    The government of New Brunswick will invest $53M in innovation. The money will roll out this fiscal year, while the Innovation Agenda will span 2018 ¿ 2023 and focus on six pillars including commercialization and starting and scaling enterprises.
    M3SH, the Canadian arm of South Africa¿s Ningi Manufacturing, is building a plant in Fredericton to make protective equipment for the mining and industrial sectors. The company plans to employ up to 60 high-skilled people mainly in New Brunswick.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    New Brunswick announced plans to hire 25 new medical specialists within this fiscal year, at a cost of around $16M. The province currently has 26 specialist vacancies, with many of those being in Acadie-Bathurst and the Northwest region of the province.
    ACOA is investing $235K into Sentrex Wind Services, a Quispamsis technology company. The money will go toward marketing, as well as purchasing new remote sonic detection and ranging equipment to collect wind data. Two new jobs will be created.
    ABC Taxi will take over Oromocto's cab service following the closure of Diamond Taxi a few weeks ago. Service has already started and ABC will have eight cabs serving the Oromocto area. The 15 former employees of Diamond Taxi will be transferred to ABC.
    New Brunswick is facing a teacher shortage, with about 175 teachers in the anglophone school districts and another 50 to 60 in the francophone districts set to retire. The number of education student graduates is insufficient to fill all the vacancies.
    Brookfield Global Integrated Services will close its call centre in Campbellton on July 27, putting 85 employees out of work. Brookfield has operated a call centre in Campbellton for 11 years, but decided to downsize from three call centres down to two.
    Opportunities New Brunswick will administer a new $2M program called the Capital Investment Enhancement Policy, which will target provincial businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Eligible companies with export potential can apply for funding.
    The Planning Advisory Committee in Saint John has recommended city council to rezone site of the former Salvation Army shelter to allow for a 25-unit apartment complex. The South End building will be renovated to house a mix of one and two-bedroom units.
    Moncton City Council approved to rezone land for a 473-unit mixed-density subdivision off Maplehurst Drive. Mountain Way Developments is looking to start construction on the subdivision later this year and plans to be completed by September 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    The Government of New Brunswick has announced a $23.1M investment in continuing expansion work on the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. This expansion will total 15,712 m² and be finished in 2024 at a cost of $217M.
    A job fair will take place on May 1 and 2 in Saint-André following the closure of the Dr. Oetker pizza plant. Many regional employers are looking for qualified workers. There will be 300 jobs to fill.
    Moncton-based Dovico Software will receive $463,000 in government loans, which will go toward creating new positions and market development. The software company has already hired three people and will hire another 10, bringing its staff total to 45.
    Northcliff Resources has stated that a proposed tungsten mine in central New Brunswick will not start construction in the spring, as further environmental approvals are needed. It is expected that 500 jobs could be created at the Sisson Mine.
    The Saint John Airport will receive $14M in government funding, which will go toward renovating and modernizing the airport's runways.
    The Bank of Montreal's labour market report card has Moncton ranked as the top city in Canada to find a job. Halifax finished 10th on the list, while Saint John finished last.
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    Workers in processing plants on the Acadian Peninsula fear they will not accumulate enough hours to qualify for Employment Insurance because of measures to protect right whales in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
    The federal and provincial governments are investing $180M to expand Route 11 in the Cocagne region of New Brunswick. Two sections of road, 6.8 km and 13.8 km long, respectively, will be widened to four lanes.
    The provincial government is providing financial support for the construction of a $25M Acadian Peninsula vegetable processing facility in Bois-Gagnon, NB. The facility will employ 95 positions and create 239 jobs in the construction phase.
    Tobique First Nation will be majority owner of a $50M six turbine wind energy farm near Sussex, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2019. First Nation expects to earn $3M in annual revenue from selling the energy to NB Power.
    A 1,951 m2 space formerly occupied by GoodLife Fitness is being renovated by Oasis Trampoline Park, which is preparing to open this summer inside Saint John's Parkway Mall. The trampoline park will feature a ninja course, a soft play area, and a lounge.
    Diamond Taxi, Oromocto's only taxi company, shut down over Easter weekend citing business mistakes as a reason for the closure. Checker Cab in Fredericton is negotiating to buy Diamond Taxi, which had up to eight cars serving the town.
    New Brunswick has approved the province-wide permanent use of Advanced Care Paramedics, which previously was only a pilot project offered in Moncton, Saint John and Bathurst. Paramedics can now use the advanced training on patients, like using adrenaline.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    Oxford Frozen Foods plans to expand its Bois-Gagnon facilities on the Acadian Peninsula at a cost of $25M. The vegetable processing plant will open at the end of 2019 and create 95 full-time jobs.
    The Anglophone East School District in southeastern New Brunswick has a shortage of school psychologists. The district has funding for eight psychologists, but has six vacancies it can't fill.
    Cazza Petite opened its first New Brunswick store this month in the CF Champlain mall in Dieppe. The Montreal-based retailer, which sells clothing for petite women, is looking to expand further in the Maritimes.
    Moosehead Breweries in Saint John is recruiting for brewery ambassadors at its new small-batch brewery opening this June. Moosehead is looking for full-time and part-time staff, who will serve beer, give tours, and interact with the public.
    A new microbrewery and tap room is looking to open in late June 2018 in downtown Bathurst. 13 Barrels will operate out of a 5,100 ft2 space and plans to employ about five people. Bathurst is also home to Four Rivers Brewing Co. and AKA Beer.
    The Francophone South School District has launched a new recruitment campaign to attract French-speaking teachers to the area. The district is growing on average by about 300 to 400 students a year and is looking to staff 50 permanent contract positions.
    S&P Data announced that it expects to hire 450 people over the next five years at its newly opened Saint John contact centre in Loch Lomond Place. The company already has 160 staff hired, with earnings starting at $13 an hour plus commission.
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    New Brunswick's premier signed a bilateral agreement, which will result in $673M in federal funding being invested in the province's infrastructure over the next ten years. The investment is designed to help stimulate the economy and create jobs.
    A new 130 seat burger restaurant is opening up on April 1, 2018 at 300 Main Street in Moncton. Classic Burger will offer pub-style gluten-free food, as well as nachos, soup, and salads. The restaurant will employ eight kitchen staff and 11 servers.
    A recent survey from Turner Drake & Partners show that office vacancy rates in Saint John fell below 20% in 2017, for the first time in six years. In comparison, Fredericton's office vacancy rate is around 10% and Moncton's vacancy rate was 13% in 2017.
    Organigram, a Moncton-based cannabis producer, opened a 100,000 ft2 plant this month and is expanding again later in the year. The company has grown from 70 employees when it opened last year, to 175 staff now, and plans to employ 270 people by June 2018.
    Moncton city council approved a development by PVC Homes to build a 51-unit apartment building and seven townhouses in the city's north end. Construction of the townhouses could begin as early as this summer, followed by the apartment building in 2020.
    According to the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, the province has been increasing funding into health research over the past 10 years. As more money is invested, it helps to attract highly educated researchers to the province and creates jobs.
    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

    The Madawaska is stepping up its efforts to recurit foreign workers as the unemployment rate in the Edmundston region veers close to 5%. Various stakeholders held an information session on international recruitment.
    Landscape New Brunswick reports that the horticulture industry is experiencing a chronic shortage of workers, which has been an issue for about 15 years. Part of the challenge is that the work is outside, physically demanding and is not high paying.
    New Brunswick could reach $2B in annual seafood and fish product sales next year, as a result of diversifying its markets and doing more value-added work. Last year New Brunswick sold $1.7B in product, and producers are looking beyond the United States.
    Fredericton city council has approved plans for a developer to demolish a rental property at 279 Aberdeen Street and rebuild a luxury apartment building in its place. Work on the new seven unit, two storey building is expected to be done in eight months.
    CUPE local 3433, which represents 140 staff at Mount Allison University, has ratified a new collective agreement with the university. The four-year agreement covers the secretarial, clerical, and technical staff until June 30, 2021.
    Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) saw its overtime spending exceed $8M in 2017, with paramedics putting in more than 216,000 hours of extra time. Demand for services has increased and ANB recently hired 33 new paramedics to help alleviate staffing shortfalls.
    Pur & Simple, a Quebec-based restaurant and juice bar chain, is going to open a location in Moncton on Mountain Road. The new restaurant is planned to open on March 27, 2018. Other locations being explored are Saint John, Fredericton and Edmundston.
    A 20,000 ft2 space in the Bathurst Supermall is being prepared for a new store tenant under the TJX banner. TJK operates stores such as Winners, Home Sense, and Marshalls. The mall was recently changed from an enclosed mall layout to that of a strip mall.
    According to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, only 10% of Saint John employers are planning to hire in the April-to-June 2018 period, the lowest in Atlantic Canada. Moncton was at the top of the list with 30% of businesses planning to hire.
    Nova Scotia company, HaliMac, is opening an axe-throwing facility in downtown Moncton. The owners are hoping to open the facility by the end of the summer, with plans to hire anywhere from eight to twelve employees. HaliMac has two other locations.
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    Vitalité Health Network in New Brunswick is preparing for a wave of retirements. Although no service had to close due to a staff shortage, the network must reorganize its services. However, it could see a nurse shortage in 10 to 15 years.
    The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick's Edmundston campus will offer a home support service training program to mitigate the field's acute labour shortage. In total, 12 to 15 students will be able to participate in the program, which provides quick access to the labour market.
    BioNB's Annual Report states that 2017 was a strong year for New Brunswick's bioscience sector. The sector saw increases in the number of companies, jobs and private capital raised. There are now over 100 companies involved in bioscience in the province.
    Paturel management has told employees, who worked at its lobster plant, that it will take two years to rebuild the Deer Island operation that burned down last week. Over 100 people are out of work. The company is trying to find jobs for those affected.
    The Horizon Health Network has launched a national recruitment drive to address the nursing shortage in New Brunswick. Horizon's goal is to recruit 320 nurses a year over the next five years. A lot of nurses are retiring due to their aging workforce.
    The House of Chan is in the process of opening its third Saint John location, when it opens this spring in Millidgeville. The 30-seat restaurant will operate out of the same building as the Irving and Circle K store, once renovations are complete.
    A new vegetarian Saint John restaurant, Vegolution, plans to open on on Germain Street by this summer. The location was the former home of Reggie's Restaurant. Vegolution will serve lunch and supper six day a week, and will employ up to six people.
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    The Government of New Brunswick has announced that $2M worth of preparatory work for the construction of a new Moncton school will begin this year. This school should welcome 650 to 700 kindergarten to Grade 8 students.
    The federal budget includes some announcements that should have a positive impact on New Brunswick, particularly on eliminating the ¿trou noir¿ (black hole). A total of $10M is available immediately for income and training assistance, $80M is expected for 2018/2019, and $150M for the following year.
    Cabela's, the hunting and fishing retailer, has closed its Moncton location this month. A Cabela's spokesman stated that most of the 25 full-time staff have been offered employment at the Bass Pro Shop in Dieppe and at the new Halifax-area Cabela's store.
    Construction has begun on the $26.5M Greater Saint John Field House in east Saint John. Excavation and foundation work has started, and tenders will go out in March for the building work. It is expected that the facility will be open by fall 2019.
    The Winter Street building in downtown Sussex has re-opened for business after sitting vacant for 12 years. TaberKat Carpentry took the lead in gutting, renovating, and installing a new ventilation system in the office building.
    Air Canada is looking to create up to 227 jobs at its Saint John contact centre over the next five years, with the help of $1.5M in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB. The centre currently employs 300 staff and has already begun hiring and training.
    Excellence NB launched a new ¿Buy Local¿ campaign to promote New Brunswick products and services, including an online catalogue of businesses. Research found that up to 9,000 jobs could be created over five years if 5% of New Brunswickers bought local.
    The City of Moncton approved Costco's submission to build a new 154,000 ft2 building off the TransCanada Highway at Elmwood Drive, which will replace the Trinity Drive location. The new store will be larger, with more parking and have four fuel islands.
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    The price of 7¿8 oz. lobster tails has spiked by $6/lb to settle at $23.50/lb as a result of demand from China. From 2014 to 2017, the value of lobster shipped to China increased from $136,000 to $4.3M.
    Nordia Inc. plans to expand and is currently recruiting to fill 140 additional positions at its call centre on Prince Edward Street in Saint John. The call centre had employed 300 workers prior to the expansion.
    Cooke Aquaculture and the University of New Brunswick are part of the Ocean Supercluster bid from Atlantic Canada, who will receive a portion of $950M in federal funding in order to use technology to build innovation. The money is designed to help universities and businesses to work together to boost sectors such as fisheries, oil and gas, and ocean technology.
    CannabisNB says it will have more time to prepare its retail operations, as the legislation to legalize marijuana is delayed. Their stores are expected to open in the fall of 2018 and CannabisNB will employ around 198 people or about 10 workers per store.
    According to a new city report, Fredericton saw $118M in construction development in 2017, compared to $94.5M in 2016. Projects included the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel and the art gallery addition, and saw 79 new single family homes built in 2017.
    The CG Group has applied to have eight acres of land at 470 Ryan Street rezoned to allow for a 51-unit building with commercial space and 48 townhouse units. If approved by Moncton city council the development could come about in two years.
    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

    The Government of New Brunswick has announced that a new 60-bed care home will be built in Cocagne and that almost $1.8M will be invested over five years to renovate Foyer Saint-Antoine.
    New Brunswick needs 160 new nurses according to the École de sciences infirmières at the Université de Moncton. From 2011 to 2016, the number of registered nurses dropped from 9,067 to 8,625 and needs increased as the population aged.
    The Anglophone East School District in the Moncton area is trying to hire 40 full-time French immersion teachers for the Fall to keep up with demand. Those interested have to be proficient in French and qualify for a New Brunswick teacher certificate.
    Soulflower Salon Spa is planning to open a high-energy spa in April on Mountain Road in Moncton. The owners of the spa plan to initially hire five people.
    Tony's Bistro in Moncton is again expanding its popular brunch location at 137 McLaughlin Road. The restaurant will take over the space next door and hire 12 additional staff by early April.
    The Moncton Hospital and Dr. Georges Dumont Hospital in Moncton will get an extra $3M to help reduce the wait time for knee and hip replacement surgery.The funding will go toward more staff, equipment, and greater access to operating rooms.
    Kim's Mart, a Korean grocery store and market, has opened in the now-closed Lotus Restaurant location on Mountain Road in Moncton. The market will feature groceries and pre-prepared Korean meals.
    Two former international students have opened the Barakat African Cuisine restaurant at 331 Elmwood Drive in Moncton. The 28-seat restaurant opened on February 10 with plans to hire six people.
    A New Hampshire-based job-search company, Appcast, will create up to 70 new jobs over the next four years at its Fredericton office. Opportunities NB will provide up to $1.35M in payroll rebates to go toward hiring account management and sales people.
    The local Chamber of Commerce in St-François-de-Madawaska is offering cash incentives to attract workers to the area to come and live. Located upriver from Edmundston, the rural area has low unemployment and around 50 vacant jobs that need to be filled.
    The New Brunswick government is funding another $4M for the SEED program, a student employment program, which increases the number of job placements to 2,000. Students apply online at NBseed.ca for the chance to secure a job with participating employers.
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    Two new 60-bed care homes will be built in Moncton and St. Stephen. Others will be built in Fredericton and Florenceville-Bristol in accordance with the government's plan to construct 10 care homes over the next five years.
    The provincial government plans to spend $2.2M to renovate the 30-bed Westford Nursing Home in Port Elgin as part of a five-year plan to add over 1,000 senior-care beds in the province.
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    According to BuildForce Canada's latest forecasts, the New Brunswick construction industry will lose 28% of its workforce over the next 10 years. However, no decrease in employment is expected before 2021 and 2022.
    Dr. Oetker will close its pizza production plant in Saint-André, New Brunswick, at the end of May. In total, 180 people will lose their jobs.
    The inaugural World Cannabis Conference will be held June 10 to 12 in Saint John and will feature more than 350 industry businesses, policy makers and academics hoping to bring more companies to the province and create more jobs.
    Education spending gets $72M in New Brunswick's budget. This amount includes funds to hire more teachers and $28 M over four years on wages increases for early childhood educators. Post-Secondary Education also increased 4.1 % to $644.7M.
    Ambulance NB has announced the hiring of 33 new paramedics who have been assigned to 20 different communities. Recruitment has been an ongoing challenge for Ambulance NB. Most of the new employees are from New Brunswick, and a third, from other provinces.
    Toronto-based Porter Airlines is recruiting seven full-time bilingual call centre agents in Bathurst. A seven-week training for the employees will begin in March, after which, they will eventually work from home.
    New Brunswick's premier has announced $20M to help spur the economy and make it more competitive. The money will be allocated to researchers, small businesses, the seafood industry, the forestry sector and tourism operators.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    In some New Brunswick cities, it is difficult to find alternate bus drivers who speak French. The District scolaire francophone Sud confirms that this problem is a priority and that alternate drivers can find permanent work.
    On Monday, the Government of New Brunswick announced that it will dedicate $25M in the next budget to youth employment. This initiative also aims to counter the exodus of young people, which could create a worker shortage in the province.
    The growing francophone population in Saint John, New Brunswick has significant repercussions on daycares, which are struggling to find early childhood educators. Recruitment extends to outside the province.
    The Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce reports that of the 120 members it surveyed, 25% stated that finding employees with the right labour skills is their biggest challenge. Another 23.5% said that their biggest challenge was a lack of customers.
    Construction will begin this spring on a $3.5M residential hospice in Miramichi. Hospice Miramichi will open the eight bed facility on Gordon Road for patients in the last three months of their lives and have space for family members to stay.
    Maple syrup producers in New Brunswick are hoping to gain access to 5,700 hectares of maple forest trees in the province. New Brunswick had 2.3M taps in 2016, the second most in the country behind only Quebec. If access is approved, the syrup producers could create more jobs by producing up to 2M more taps.
    The New Brunswick government is planning to spend $25M to help youth in the province join the workforce. Investments will be made towards experiential learning, student employment, and internship programs. The funds will also support student loan debt relief and assistance identify available jobs.
    Ross Ventures has secured an anchor tenant for its 90,000 sq.-ft. commercial building, which will be built on Carleton Street in downtown Fredericton. The project will begin construction in early 2019 and open in late 2020.
    The city of Fredericton announced a new $8.9M plan for Officers' Square, which will include an outdoor oval, a performance stage, playground and a food and beverage area. Construction is to begin in the fall of 2018 and take four years to complete.
    Ontario's Cam Tran Co. has purchased the former Moloney Electric plant in Sackville, NB. The company will invest about $1.25M into the property, where it will produce energy-efficient transformers. Cam Tran will initially hire eight to 10 people.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    The Government of N.B. is providing free daycare services for low-income families by creating a wait list and by increasing educator wages. A $28M investment will be dedicated to wage increases.
    The New Brunswick Lumber Producers says it has paid $31M in anti-dumping and duties on softwood that was sold in the American market last year. There is concerned that the duties may eventually impact the province's mills and 20,000 workers.
    Saint John police have ratified a new agreement with the city that will see its members receive a 10.25% wage increase over four years. The city's firefighter union went to arbitration last month, which resulted in wage increases of nearly 3% per year.
    Moncton surpassed its 2016 levels for construction permits, with a record $243.4M in permits issued in 2017. Commercial and industrial projects were worth $99M, institutional permits accounted for $77M, and residential developments were valued at $62.7M.
    The N.B. Association of Nursing Homes states that the government's plan to open new nursing beds is difficult due to a lack of resident attendants, licensed practical nurses and RN positions across the province. The aging population is driving demand.
    Port Saint John will have a busy cruise season in 2018, with a 13% increase in the amount of cruise ships booked and a 19% increase in passengers compared to 2017. According to a news release, the cruise industry contributes $50M to the provincial economy.
    The New Brunswick government announced that families with children under five in a designated child care centre will not pay more than 20% of their gross income on fees. Free child care will also be provided to families with gross income under $37,500.
    The Saint John Real Estate Board states that 2017 was a good year, with home sales up 9% compared to 2016. The area covered extends from Sussex to St. Stephen and saw 2,365 homes sold in 2017, up from 2,159 sold in 2016 and 1,915 in 2015.
    In Moncton, finding skilled labour will be the biggest economic challenge, according to a survey by the Chamber of Commerce. The survey found that 25% of members have issues recruiting skilled labour and 40% plan on hiring more employees in 2018.
    The New Brunswick government has signed an agreement with Nuuvera Corp. to supply cannabis products after July 2018. Nuuvera is the fourth cannabis company to sign such an agreement, along with Organigram, Canopy Growth Corp. and Zenabis.
  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    On Monday, the 10-year agreement between Medavie and the Government of New Brunswick to privatize extramural management was made public. The company will receive an annual base amount of $2.6M, and the government will continue to offset program costs to the amount of $70M a year. Current extramural employees will remain in service to the province.
    FiveFive Queen, a $30M development is underway in downtown Moncton. The eight-storey project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018 and will include a restaurant, 72 hotel rooms, as well as 29 leased and 41 owned condos.
    The Saint John Airport had record growth in 2017 with 263,719 passengers, representing a 5.2% increase over 2016. The airport can handle up to 400,000 passengers, but 52% of Saint John-based travellers fly out of Moncton, Halifax, Fredericton or Bangor.
    The City of Fredericton has signed a three year $225K agreement to provide regional fire dispatch to area departments such as Oromocto, New Maryland, Harvey and Upper Gagetown. The new system will offer improve services and create two new part-time job.
    The NB government announced that it will provide $41M in daycare funding, as well as create a province-wide registry and wait-list. The Province hopes to add 3,000 new daycare spaces by 2020, including 200 new infant and toddler spaces.
    Toronto-based Nuuvera Corp is looking to set-up a research and testing lab for cannabis at 384 Lancaster Ave in west Saint John. If approved, the 25,000 sq.-ft. facility could be staffed with 20 to 25 people in high paying pharmaceutical positions.
    U.S.-based company S&P Data is opening a customer contact centre at the former Sears location in Saint John. The company will be conducting job fairs until they open on February 5th and expect to have 300 staff within the first eight months of operation.
    The Port of Saint John handled more than 30 million tonnes in 2017, an increase of 15% compared to 2016 levels. The CEO of Port Saint John attributed the success to its positive performance in the bulk sectors as well as its new partnership with DP World.
    Opportunities New Brunswick anticipates the cannabis sector could create up to 6,000 jobs in the province over the next five years
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    A former Top Chef Canada contestant has opened a new 34-seat restaurant in Bathurst called Fresco Kitchen, which serves modern Canadian cuisine. The chef also owns Jobie's Mobile Kitchen, a food truck that serves burgers and salads in the summer.
    As of January 1, Medavie Health Services will manage New Brunswick's Tele-Care and extramural services, along with ambulance services. It is hoped that Medavie can increase the number of home visits while reducing emergency room visits and wait times.
    Usva Spa Nordik will open a $2.6M Nordic-style thermotherapy spa next month in Moncton. The two-storey 6,400 sq.-ft. building will include a 1,000 sq.-ft. sauna space and have a licensed bistro. Massage therapy will also be offered, but not aesthetic services.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    A developer has begun renovations on a three-storey building at 1 Charlotte Street in Saint John. The plan is to restore the 150-year-old building, build on the adjacent vacant lot and turn the property into a commercial and residential complex.
    The firefighters union states that there is a shortage of firefighters in Miramichi. The city has 20 staff firefighters and 35 volunteers. The city is addressing the issue by creating a deputy chief position and will add two more firefighters this year.
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    The Corey Craig Group will build a $17M Hyatt hotel near Moncton's event centre. Construction will begin in spring 2018, and the 120-room hotel is scheduled to open in 2020.
    The Restigouche CBDC recently obtained $3.1M from the federal government to develop a literacy training program. The program is intended for the Canadian manufacturing industry and will create or retain a dozen jobs in the region.
    Hinduja Global Solutions, which specializes in client service management, launched a recruitment drive in the northern part of the province last week. The company is looking to fill around 100 positions in Edmunston, Bathurst, and Miramichi.
    The Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre in Shediac is set to open a new 19,000 sq.-ft. facility in September 2018. The $3.1M centre will be on Calder Street and will have emergency beds, a medical exam room, transitional housing and counselling rooms.
    The Corey Craig Group paid $3M for a parcel of land next to the Downtown Event Centre in Moncton with plans to build a 120-room Hyatt Hotel. Rice Contracting Ltd will begin construction on the $17M project in the spring of 2018, with completion by early 2020.
    The Shot Lab, a high-tech basketball training facility in Moncton, is shutting down 15 months after it opened. The owners state that they needed about 8% of the local basketball community to become members to be sustainable, which didn't happen.
    A Moncton daycare is worried that proposed changes to New Brunswick's Early Childhood Services Act will make it harder to get enough qualified staff. The changes would require more staff per child and more staff trained in early childhood education.
    The New Brunswick government announced that the first 11 Cannabis NB stores will open in Moncton, Dieppe, Fredericton, Oromocto, Saint John, Bathurst, Miramichi, Sussex and St. Stephen. The initial 11 stores will open in July of 2018.
    New Brunswick seafood giant Cooke Aquaculture has acquired Houston-based Omega Protein Corp. in a $500M deal that will add 1,000 people to its workforce. The company stated that the deal would strengthen jobs in N.B.
    The federal government and Emera will invest $4.3M in the University of New Brunswick's smart grid research project, which will look at developing and testing new technology. The UNB research centre will expand from 34 people to over 60 in two years.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    New England-based company Aspen Technology has purchased a major product from Moncton's RtTech Software, as well as some associated assets. The Moncton company will use the capital from this sale to grow its operations with its other product lines.
    Mexicali Rosa's in Fredericton will close this month, but the new owners are planning to re-open with a renovated and larger restaurant in the spring of 2018. The restaurant currently has 10 staff, but will employ up to 40 people upon re-opening.
    According to Ambulance New Brunswick statistics, a lack of paramedics had ambulances in the province out of service 14,000 times over three years (2014-2017). Paid overtime has also gone up annually for the past six years in New Brunswick.
    The New Brunswick government will invest $28M over four years to increase wages for early childhood educators starting in 2019-20. Trained early childhood educators will see their wages go from $16 to $19 an hour, which is expected to reduce turnover.
    Sussex Craft Distillery has opened a new distillery in Sussex Corner and will unveil its first spirits this month.
    NexGen has almost completed the first phase of a 500-panel solar power generating station in Studholm, NB. This is the first solar energy project to be connected to NB Power's distribution system and will produce 177 MWh of electricity.
    Moncton-based Codiac Transpo has approval to hire 21 drivers. The company is also making changes to better recruit and retain bus drivers. New employees will now be guaranteed at least 30 hours a week and applicants don't need a bus licence when they apply.
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    Canada's largest private-sale real estate network, PropertyGuys.com, is expanding in Moncton with the creation of 30 more jobs over the next three years. Opportunities NB will provide $150K in payroll rebates to the Moncton business services centre.
    Sussex-based Mrs. Dunster's is further expanding its operations and baking capacity, with the purchase of Moncton-based McBuns Bakery. Mrs. Dunster's also recently bought Kredl's Corner Market and will go from 140 employees to 240 in the next 90 days.
    NB Power and the provincial and federal governments will spend up to $234 million over the next five years on energy efficiency programs in the province. A spokesperson for NB Power states that the programs could create 400 jobs over 5 years.
    The New Brunswick government is supporting research and venture capital investments by investing $10 million over five years in the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF). The NBIF supports 20 to 25 companies per year with money and business support.
    Moncton city councillors approved a new contract for about 230 city hall workers, which will provide a 6.5% pay increase over four years. The newly ratified contract will cost the city about $300K a year in salaries and benefits.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    Unemployment increased in September in New Brunswick. The province has 32,300 EI claimants, which represents a 1.6% increase compared to August. In the Moncton region, the number of claimants dropped by 2.1%.
    To address the labour shortage, Pêcheries Belle Île, based in Lamèque, has installed a robot developed in the Acadian Peninsula. The average age of workers is close to 55, which forces processing companies to turn to robotics.
    Cube Automation, located in Tracadie, developed the Igloo robot, which is currently in operation at the Pêcheries Belle Île plant on Lamèque Island. Other plants could benefit from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, which provides $400M over seven years for these types of initiatives.
    Purolator will move its call centre from Montréal to Moncton. The closure of the Montréal office will be in effect on April 13, 2018, and the company will begin hiring in New Brunswick. The number of jobs created in New Brunswick remains to be confirmed.
    Enterprise Saint John will lead an effort next year to create a central database to track job opportunities in the region. Eight local businesses, including Irving, will enter detailed current and projected labour needs to address potential skill gaps.
    New Brunswick has hired 301 new physicians across the province since September 2014. Moncton has received the largest share with 93 physicians; 34 of which are general practitioners and 59 specialists.
    Moncton's 230 city employees reached a tentative agreement with the municipality in late November. The agreement will need to be ratified by city council. The previous collective agreement expired at the end of 2016 and the last item to be negotiated was wages.
    Craft Coast Canning, a new Fredericton-based mobile canning company, started operating in October and already has worked with 15 breweries. The company provide canning services for breweries and also offers graphic design for shrink-sleeves on beer cans.
    Of the 800 Sobeys employees across the country that will lose their jobs, 19 staff in New Brunswick will be affected. According to the director of external communications, only office employees will be impacted, not in-store workers.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    A potato farm in Malden, NB opened a vodka business in June called Blue Roof Distillers, as a way of using up small unsold potatoes. Four months later they have exceeded sales projections and have hired two extra staff to handle the demand for tours.
    The New Brunswick government has signed an agreement with Restigouche-based Zenabis, to be New Brunswick's third supplier of recreational marijuana. Organigram and Canopy Growth also have agreements in place to supply marijuana upon becoming legal.
    Prelam Enterprises, a Moncton-based air freshener company, has broken into the Chinese market and is selling its product in multiple Chinese retail locations. The company hopes to further expand, when it attends a trade mission to China in January 2018.
    Two Fredericton men are looking to resurrect the Hartt Shoe Company, a local company that began back in the 1890s and whose factory closed in 2000. The owners have a factory in Spain to make the shoes, but hope to eventually manufacture the shoes in NB.
    According to the Conference Board, New Brunswick will experience the weakest economic growth in Canada over the next two years with a 0.8% GDP increase in 2018 and a 1% gain in 2019. This trend can be explained in part by the aging population and will affect several aspects of the province's economy.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    The Government of New Brunswick introduced a bill to lower the small business income tax rate to 2.5%. This rate has been reduced four times since 2014, when it reached 4.5%.
    The ACOA has tasked NouLAB (New Brunswick's Social and Public Innovation Lab) with finding and implementing solutions to keep immigrants in New Brunswick. The federal and provincial governments have invested over $410,000 in the project.
    A parliamentary committee report has 24 recommendations to improve immigration to Atlantic Canada. The report states that Atlantic Canada received 4.6% of Canada's newcomers in 2016, while Western Canada saw 40%.
    The Pond-Deshpande Centre at UNB Fredericton will receive $400,000 in public funding to develop new ways to retain immigrants in the province. The Economic Immigration Lab project will bring together various stakeholders to collaborate on the issue.
    Club Auto opened a new call centre last month in Moncton with 35 positions and future plans to employ up to 150 staff. The company will need to maintain the jobs for at least one year to receive $830,000 in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB.
    The Fall lobster season in the Bay of Fundy started on November 15, 2017, with 300 boats and roughly 900 crew members fishing the 23 harbours from Grand Manan to Alma, NB. The season for Lobster Fishing Area 36 will end January 15th.
    Fit Rocks Climbing Gym announced that it will open a second location on Ashburn Lake Road in Saint John, NB. The owner, who opened the first location in Moncton nine months ago, hopes to open the new facility by April 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    Chase the Ace lotteries are multiplying in the Acadian Peninsula. The income generated by these lotteries helps pay for current expenditures and finance maintenance work for community and religious buildings in particular.
    Members of the Healthy Aging Provincial Roundtable met on Wednesday in Fredericton to discuss the implementation of the New Brunswick Aging Strategy. By 2038, seniors will make up 31.3% of the population.
    New Brunswick softwood producers will now pay a 20.83% duty on lumber entering the United States, with the exception of J.D. Irving, which will pay a 9.92% tariff. The other Atlantic province's lumber producers are not considered subsidized and will be exempt.
    Moncton city council will allow an eight to 14 storey hotel and a three to five storey parking garage to be built on the corner of Main Street and Harper. The proposed hotel will have ground-level retail space, as well as a sushi bar and restaurant.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council released its 2018 job market outlook for New Brunswick, which predicts that the provincial economy will grow by 1% next year. The council doesn't anticipate much job growth, but expects a declining labour force will create job vacancies.
    Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG), a New Brunswick survey company, has signed a deal with Montreal-based Novacap that could create up to 90 new jobs in the next five years. Novacap's investment will help spur growth for LEG, which currently has 60 employees.
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    New Brunswick is lacking workers in nursing homes. A recruitment activity is organized at the Centre Communautaire d'Inkerman for November 16. In total, 200 students in the five NBCC are receiving training for this type of job.
    An office for immigrants wishing to move to Kent North will soon open in Richibucto. An outreach coordinator position and a settlement officer position will be created.
    The Government of New Brunswick will dedicate $50M to constructing a new provincial museum in downtown Saint John. The building will replace the New Brunswick Museum's current facilities.
    The New Brunswick Senior Citizens Federation's 50/50 draw tickets are now available in the Acadian Peninsula. This new lottery will fund the activities of the organization, which defends the interests of senior citizens.
    Marshalls and HomeSense will open a combined store by late in 2018 in east Saint John. According to McAllister Place, the store will be located in the former Sobeys location of the mall.
    The Gahan House Port City opened this month on Prince William Street in Saint John, NB. The location has more than 30 staff and will feature a pub, an oyster bar, a microbrewery, and a retail store offering a range of Gahan beers.
    The Community College in Dieppe will be the first to offer training as medical cannabis cultivation technicians in Canada. The 12 week program will start November 27, 2017 and will offer the course in English to the initial class of 25 students.
    Imperial Manufacturing Group in Richibucto will utilize a new multicultural satellite office in Kent County to help hire up to 25 people from the Philippines
    The Atlantic immigration pilot program has a new multi-year target to add 4,000 immigrants to the region by 2020, with a goal of helping fill existing and future skills gaps. Under the initiative, newcomers would be permitted to bring their families with the hope that they will settle in the region long-term.
    ContactNB organized a job fair in October to help workers affected by the closures of Sears' contact centres; connecting them with 22 area businesses with over 600 job openings. Most businesses were contact centres, while five organizations came from other sectors.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    A ferry to Kennebecasis Island will be built at the New Brunswick Naval Centre in Bas-Caraquet. The Ocean New Brunswick Inc. order will create 15 jobs. The delivery is scheduled for September 1, 2018.
    CUPE, New Brunswick's largest health-care union, has agreed to a new four-year deal with the provincial government. Union members include licensed practical nurses, paramedics and housekeeping staff.
    McCain Foods opened a new 35,000 sq.-ft. potato production line in Florenceville, NB. The construction of the new $65M line, and the resulting demand, will increase economic activity and has created 40 new jobs in the region.
    Approximately 1,000 people attended Organigram Holdings' cannabis career fair in Moncton. The company is looking to hire 140 people to work in sanitation, maintenance, quality assurance, security, laboratory, sales, accounting and client services.
    NB Liquor has issued a tender for potential locations to sell recreational cannabis, when it becomes legal in July 2018. There will be up to 20 stand-alone subsidiary stores, operating under tight regulations in 15 New Brunswick communities and online.
    New Brunswick's four universities experienced an enrolment decline of -0.8% this year, compared to 2016. Mount Allison saw the biggest drop at 3.2%. The Association of Atlantic Universities states that more domestic and international students are needed.
    According to Statistics Canada's census data, 9,330 immigrants came to New Brunswick between 2011 and 2016, and represent 5.6% of the population. The province saw only 10,205 immigrants in the previous 20 years. Most newcomers are settling in urban areas.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    Edmundston, Saint John, and Perth-Andover are proposing the creation of two new community wind farms in the counties of Charlotte and Carleton. The project's value is approximately $120M, and each farm would generate electricity for 6,400 households.
    Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Restigouche is unveiling its ¿Hire For Talent¿ toolkit to encourage employers across the country to hire workers with a disability, who form a pool of 411,600 workers in Canada
    Ambulance NB is looking for 100 more paramedics, but there are few candidates. The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) in Campbellton is offering a new paramedic services program that could help meet this shortage.
    New Brunswick introduced two new midwives at Fredericton's downtown health clinic, who are the first publicly funded midwives in the province. Two more midwifes will join them in Fredericton, which is serving as a demonstration site to gauge demand for the service.
    RevJet, a software development company that moved its Ukrainian R&D office to uptown Saint John, is planning to open a customer support centre within the next six months. The company currently has a staff of 24, who are educated in coding and technology.
    Saint John's Colonial Inn and Canada's Best Value Inn have new owners, who will invest millions in renovations. The work will add local jobs, with up to $3M worth of renovations going into the Colonial Inn and another $5M targeted for the Best Value Inn.
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    Bell Canada has received $3.6M from Opportunities NB to open a new national service centre in Fredericton, which will create up to 150 jobs over five years. The company has hired 12 people so far and expects to have 75 staff by this time next year.
    A new Montreal-based furniture retailer plans to open a new store at Moncton's Mapleton Centre in late January 2018. Structube has about 55 retail stores in six provinces, with the only existing Maritime location being in Nova Scotia.
    If Sears gets approved to close its remaining stores in Fredericton and Moncton it would impact roughly 200 workers in NB. Also at risk would be the 300 positions at the recently opened Sears call centres in Saint John and Edmundston.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    In New Brunswick, the aging population is an economic issue. It presents challenges in transportation and housing and will have an impact on health care costs.
    A new pub dedicated to chicken wings is slated to open October 14,2017 and will be located in Chuckles Lounge at the Parkway Mall. The co-founders state that once completed, it will be the largest restaurant in Saint John.
    The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a new study that shows that 1,735 physicians worked in New Brunswick in 2016, up 3.6%, compared to 2015. Over that same period, the number of specialists decreased by 1% in the province.
    New Brunswick's Armouries, as well as 100 more across the country were open to the public, in an effort to recruit more reserve members. In 2012, New Brunswick had 1,539 army reserve members. The current number of part-time reservists is at 1,321.
    Sears officially closed its Saint John store on October 1, 2017. The Saint John location had 71 staff when the store closure was announced and hired 24 workers to help liquidate stock. The Bathurst store has also closed as part of Sears' restructuring plan.
    The latest Report Card from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council states that Atlantic Canada needs to increase the number of exporters and expand into more markets. Both New Brunswick and Newfoundland had a drop in the number of exporters since 2010.
    New Brunswick employers are facing a 15% hike in workers' compensation rates in 2018, with employers to pay $1.70 for every $100 in payroll. According to WorkSafeNB, the rate increase is due to rising claim costs. Rates went up by 33% in the year before.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Moncton-based Organigram is looking to expand by another 102,000 sq.-ft. by the end of the 2017. The marijuana producer has over 100 staff but is aiming to employ 250 by the end of 2018. The company will seek to recruit up to 50 skilled workers at its job fair this October.
    Canadian Nuclear Laboratories announced plans to establish a new multi-million dollar National Innovation Centre at Knowledge Park in Fredericton, NB. The cybersecurity research facility is expected to create 10 to 20 jobs within five years.
    Moncton-based technology company Tech Software Solutions (TKS) has immediate plans to hire up to 10 additional staff after being acquired by Assumption Group
    The City of Moncton approved a six-storey Hilton Home 2 Suites hotel to be built at the Junction Urban Village development. The hotel is one of many projects being planned for Junction Urban Village, which is expected to open early in 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    DP World Saint John has an agreement with Massachusetts-based Pan Am Railways which will allow product to move in and out of New England through the Saint John port using intermodal service. It's expected to boost imports and potentially create jobs.
    Despite filing for bankruptcy protection, the Toys 'R' Us stores in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John will remain open at least through holiday shopping season. A spokesperson for the company would not comment on possible store closures.
    The New Brunswick government has established a crown corporation to oversee the sale of non-medicinal cannabis in the province. The Provincial Government has also signed memorandums of understanding with two licensed producers, Organigram and Canopy Growth Corp.
    The New Brunswick Medical Society states that the province needs to do more to recruit and retain physicians in the province. The aging population is driving demand and there are only two training centres, with no specialist training in the province.
    Dream Payments, which opened a Moncton office back in July 2017, is eligible to receive up to $2M in support from Opportunities NB. The company is hoping to create 125 jobs including web developers, software engineers and quality assurance personnel.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    A new small-batch brewery and tap room will be built at Moosehead's West Side brewery in Saint John. Opening in May 2018, it will allow Moosehead to create new beers in smaller quantities. It is expected that additional people will be hired.
    The Sugar Brook Community Wind Farm Limited Partnership has submitted a proposal to NB Power to build a 20 mw community-owned wind farm in the Sackville area. If approved, the electricity generated from the wind farm could power up to 7,000 homes.
    The Fredericton International Airport welcomed the first flight from Porter Airlines this month. Porter is offering daily flights to Ottawa, with continuing service to Toronto.
    According to the 2016 census data, New Brunswick has the lowest median household income in Canada at $59,347, compared to $70,336 nationally. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick had the highest rate of children living in low-income households at 22.2%.
    A Quebec company that is using the government-owned shipyard in Bas-Caraquet says that they have over 50 people working at the New Brunswick Naval Centre and hope to have 77 employed there. Groupe Océan has an eight-year contract with the provincial government.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    Brunswick News plans to hire six newspaper and package carriers and drivers. The organization recently instituted a policy requiring delivery workers to be at least 19 years old, resulting in the layoff of a number of young employees.
    New Brunswick has experienced 7% growth in the number of small acre farms over the past five years, according to Statistics Canada. While small acre farms are growing, 356 independently-owned large and medium size farms have closed in New Brunswick since 2011.
    Maghill Paintball is a new paintball field in Moncton. The field is outfitted with a tactical town and woodsball field. Maghill Paintball will have a public walk-on on Sundays, with private bookings available Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    The Moncton Community Residences Inc.'s West Lane facility will shut down in September due to a lack of funds. Seven residents with various disabilities will be affected, as will 10 employees. The average wage at the facility is $15.50 an hour.
    Baci Italia, a newly opened 200-plus seat Italian restaurant in Moncton, has been packed and getting favourable reviews since opening in August. Located at the corner of Church Street and Mountain Road, the 8,500 sq.-ft. building took a year to build.
    Burrito Jax opened a second Moncton location at 1380 Mountain Road on August 23, 2017. The new store has 12 staff on site. The franchise has locations across Atlantic Canada and has plans to open a third Moncton location in 2018.
    Moncton city council approved a request allowing Moncton's first shipping container restaurant to be built on Euston Street, called Euston Park. Set to open in 2018, the outdoor restaurant will offer food and drinks with a large fenced-in patio space.
    Canada's largest licensed marijuana producer, Canopy Growth, has acquired a building in Fredericton's Industrial Park. Construction will begin in October 2017 to expand the facility to over 100,000 sq.-ft., which is expected to create 50 jobs.
    NB Power announced a project that is expected to come online in a year, which will see methane gas captured from the Chaleur landfill and converted into electricity. NB Power will buy about 6,000 MWh annually of the power generated over the next 20 years.
    The federal and New Brunswick governments signed an agreement that will see $71M invested in early learning and child-care services over the next three years. The money will help improve the level of accessibility, affordability, and quality of service.
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Moncton's Gulf Fisheries Centre on University Avenue will get $1.8M in renovation work to turn the facility into a scientific research centre. The small crafts harbour program will also be moved from Ottawa to Moncton, bringing up to 40 high paying jobs.
    Zenabis, a proposed medical marijuana facility in Atholville, N.B., received a production licence from Health Canada. The plant is nearly 1.3M sq.-ft. and once operational, is expected to employ over 200 people in northern New Brunswick.
    The Saint John Community Loan Fund is looking for women who have a business idea to apply for the Enterprising Women program. The program is free, but applications are due by September 3, 2017. Participants learn all aspects of starting a business.
    Schools in the Anglophone East School District are struggling to recruit for supply teachers, after hiring 31 teachers for the new school year. Most of those will teach Grade 1 French immersion, which is being offered again in New Brunswick.
    Moncton-based Port Royal Distillers has expanded the distribution of its Snowfox Vodka into Newfoundland and Labrador, making it available across Atlantic Canada. The company states that if they could expand into Quebec it would create 12 more jobs.
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    According to a new report by Statistics Canada, about 40,000 jobs or 8% of total employment in New Brunswick are due to exporting business with the United States. Ninety percent of New Brunswick's exports go to the United States.
    Mastermind Toys is further expanding in Atlantic Canada with the opening of a Moncton location in September 2017, just off Wheeler Boulevard in Mapleton Centre. New stores are also planned to open this fall in Fredericton, Dartmouth and Halifax.
    TimberTop Aerial Adventure Park is proposing to open a 14.7-acre adventure park in Dominion Park as early as May 2018. The next step for the company is to secure a 10-year non-exclusive lease with the city of Saint John to allow the use of the park.
    A new licensed family restaurant recently opened its doors at the City Motel on Regent Street in Fredericton. Stuft! Burger Bar and Poutinerie serve gourmet burgers along with local beers and local product.
    In September, St. Thomas University will start a hiring process for a research chair, who will focus on the well-being of seniors. Roughly 20% of New Brunswick's population are seniors. The duties will be split between researching and teaching.
    Sackville's Karen Marine Phytoplankton, a vitamin supplement distributor, is currently recruiting staff to call and connect with various health and wellness people and businesses. The company has been expanding across Canada and into the United States.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    Enterprise Saint John has announced that they have helped to create or retain 395 jobs in the first quarter of this year. The agency, which is partially municipally-funded, has a stated goal of 810 jobs this year.
    According to Ambulance New Brunswick data, overcrowding in the province's hospitals last year resulted in NB paramedics waiting almost 1,000 hours for hospital staff to admit patients. Saint John Regional and the Moncton City hospital had the most delays.
    A smaller temporary Foodland location will open this month in Minto, NB, which will employ 14 former employees from the original store. The old location had 30 staff, which burned down in June 2017. A permanent Foodland has yet to be built.
    St. Thomas University (STU) and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have announced plans to hire health research chairs in cannabis. The position at STU will research socio-economic and health issues and the UNB chair will focus on pharmacology.
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    The Sussex civic centre is set to close its doors on September 4, 2017 unless the facility gets more funding. The centre opened in October 2012 and features an indoor pool, walking track, gym and a staff of 40 people, of which four are full-time workers.
    Fisheries and Oceans stated that it will re-open the Kedgwick office and increase the number of fisheries officers in Charlo, NB. The number of staff in Charlo will go from two to three in the coming months and four people will be hired for the Kedgwick office.
    According to the latest Census figures, New Brunswick had one of the biggest jumps in English-French bilingualism in Canada. Quebec had the highest rate of bilingualism, with 44.9% speaking both languages, while New Brunswick's rate was 34%.
    Emera revealed details of a proposed $2B plan to run a 563 km undersea cable from Saint John, NB into Massachusetts. Called the Atlantic Link, the cable would be powered by five wind farms, and could create 3,000 construction jobs at its peak.
    Trevali Mining Corp is expanding its mining operations in northern New Brunswick with the acquisition of the former Restigouche zinc, lead and silver mine. According to the company, the addition of the new site will add 50 to 60 mining jobs.
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    Archstone Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre is moving to a new location in Rothesay. The practice currently has a physiotherapist, a massage therapist, a pediatric physiotherapist and will add a certified hand specialist to the team.
    Port Saint John has added Bahri, a global shipping line that will link the city with ports in the Middle East, India, Mediterranean Sea, Mexico, and the U.S. Bahri vessels specialize in carrying roll-on-roll-off cargo, project cargo, and containers.
    Curl Moncton officially broke ground on a $2.7M expansion at the former Beauséjour Curling Club. The facility will double to ten sheets of ice. Funding is being provided by three levels of government and work is expected to be done in February 2018.
    The Residence du Bonheur, a special care home in northern New Brunswick, is scheduled to close October 20, 2017. The government will work to relocate the disabled adults and seniors, who have been residents at the Saint-Andre home, to other facilities.
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Pannizza Restaurants, a pizza chain that specializes in personal pizzas, is opening a Fredericton location in early August 2017 at 1033 Prospect Street. The franchise has 15 locations and plans to further expand into Oromocto and downtown Fredericton.
    Sears Canada has stated that it wants to close stores in Saint John and Bathurst by October 12, 2017, and is looking to begin liquidation sales in July. Some Sears locations across Canada could be closed as early as the end of July 2017.
    Statistics Canada reports that Moncton led Atlantic Canada in commercial and industrial development spending in the first six months of 2017. Non-residential building construction totalled $163.9M and $137.6M in Greater Moncton and Halifax respectively.
    Port Saint John released its mid-year shipping data up to June 2017, which shows a 4% increase in the tonnage shipped compared to last year. Container traffic was down by almost 50%, but is expected to rebound when CMA-CGM begins its service in August.
    Salisbury-based Petz International Ltd., a producer of all-natural pet treats, is receiving over $500K from the NB government in order to expand their facility, create more jobs, and pursue new opportunities. The company currently has 24 people on staff.
    The NB government announced that the St. Andrews Biological Station will receive $8.9M in funding and the addition of seven new employees who will do aquaculture research. The station is Canada's oldest biological station and employs almost 100 people.
    Party City is opening a 15,000 sq.-ft. store in Saint John's McAllister Place on July 22, 2017. Goodlife Fitness will also open a 25,000 sq.-ft. location in the fall of 2017. The two businesses will occupy former space in the mall previously held by Target.
  • Start date: 2017-04-24, End date: 2017-04-28
    Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Canadian Plasma Resources, a private clinic that pays blood plasma donors, is now open in Moncton, NB. The plasma is sent to a German lab for processing, but the clinic hopes to have the processing done in Montreal, once that facility is completed.
  • Start date: 2016-08-29, End date: 2016-09-02
    Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    The Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation will invest $3M in a new plant being built by Zenabis in Campbellton. Construction of the medical marijuana facility is expected create up to 300 jobs and to initially employ 60 people when it opens in the spring of 2017.

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