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  • Start date: 2018-09-03, End date: 2018-09-07
    Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2018

    Construction on the Pine Ridge Elementary School in Winkler is on schedule and is expected be complete by mid-August 2019
    The Manitoba and Saskatchewan governments have allocated more than $320,000 to the City of Flin Flon through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The funding will be used to support Flin Flon's public infrastructure.
    Student enrollment within the Brandon School Division increased this school year, and construction of a new elementary school is to begin next year. The school division has since hired seven new teachers, eight support staff, and two vice principals.
    Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership has purchased the Port of Churchill and the railway leading to the remote town. Repairs on the flood-damaged rail link are set to begin in the near future.
    The City of Morden continues to benefit from Manitoba's provincial nominee program, as local businesses hire skilled newcomers to overcome the challenge of a small local labour pool
    Mary Brown's Chicken & Taters opened its first location in Brandon. The restaurant hired 25 staff for its operations.
    After 20 years in business, the Muddy Waters restaurant located at The Forks in Winnipeg will close September 30
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    Over the next five years, the governments of Canada and Manitoba will invest $2.85M into the Manitoba Beef & Forage Institute. The instutute also celebrated the opening of its new learning centre at Broodale Farm, near Brandon.
    Construction has begun on a new splash park in St. Jean Baptiste. The $600,000 project is expected to be complete next spring.
    Cannabis retailer Garden Variety plans to open four stores across the province--two stores in Winnipeg, one in Brandon, and one in Thompson. The Winnipeg locations will open within the year and the other two stores will open in 2019.
    Panizza, a Quebec-based pizza and sandwich restaurant, has opened in Winnipeg. The restaurant currently has nine employees, and plans to hire more staff in the near future.
    Design of Morden's $1.7M roundabout improvement project is nearly complete, as construction is expected to begin this fall
    Next summer, American-based grocer Seafood City Supermarket, will open a new store in Winnipeg
    Steinbach residents continue to look for family physicians, as an estimated 1,700 people are waiting for a family doctor
    The Government of Manitoba awarded a Community Places grant worth $42,265 to help pay for the construction of a walking and cycling path in Grunthal
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    This fall, Clearview Co-op is expanding with construction of a new Co-op Agro Centre near Steinbach. Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2019, and will then employ between five to ten people.
    Dry weather conditions are hurting Winnipeg's lawn-maintenance companies as lawns remain dehydrated. The Regal Grass Cutting laid off 4 employees, while employees at Green Blade Lawn Care are working less.
    The Government of Manitoba will provide $3.7M in grants to non-profit and community-led organizations for 225 community development projects. The funding is in addition to the $848,000 in grants announced earlier this summer.
    On August 20, a large fire destroyed the grain elevator and the Cudmore Bros. Hardware store in the Crystal City
    Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited will construct a new crop input centre and grain terminal in Gilbert Plains. The new facility will include a bulk fertilizer shed, a chemical storage shed, seed treating facilities, and a new grain drying system.
    Pending provincial approvals, Rider Express Transportation announced it will soon add interprovincial bus routes across Western Canada
  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    Since April, a growing number of surgeries have been canceled due to a shortage of anesthesiologists in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. The province is aware of the issue, and recruitment is underway.
    Peguis First Nation broke ground on its new urban reserves in Winnipeg and Selkirk. The first construction phase on the Winnipeg reserve is to be completed this December, and will include a restaurant, pharmacy, and pain management clinic.
    The Province awarded a $380M contract to Bell Mobility for the replacement of the provincial FleetNet emergency communications system. The new system will be implemented over a three-year period.
    Construction is nearing completion on the new McDonald's in Thompson. The restaurant is hiring 10-15 full-time and 25-30 part-time employees before it reopens mid-September. Meanwhile, the McDonald's Walmart location has closed as the retail store is being converted into a supercentre.
    On August 22, Winnipeg-based newspaper the Ukrainian Voice, will cease operations after 108 years of publishing
    Renovations have begun on the Melita and Area Communiplex Project. The $3.5 M project includes an upgrade to the arena's entranceway, installation of new dressing rooms and washrooms, and the development of a new fitness centre.
    The Assiniboine Community College is developing an Agricultural Operator program. A start date has not yet been set; however, the program will be approximately 500 hours long with a couple weeks of practicum.
    Construction has begun on the Funshine Early Learning Centre in Virden. The $2.2M facility is expected to offer 66 new child care spaces.
    The University College of the North reports that 7 positions were eliminated earlier this year in an attempt to reduce administrative costs
    The government of Canada posted a notice for tenders for the construction of 130 new homes in the Lake St. Martin region.The new housing units are for First Nation evacuees who lost their homes from the 2011 flood.
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    Construction has begun on the $4M La Broquerie Lagoon Tertiary Project. The earth moving is expected to be complete by the end of the year, and the treatment system is expected to be fully operational in 2019.
    This fall, wireless network operator Xplornet Communications Inc. will launch in Manitoba under the brand Xplore Mobile. The company currently employs 100 workers in the province, and plans to hire 35 more people.
    The federal government is providing $5.6M in funding for the improvements to The Central Manitoba Railway`s Pine Falls subdivision line. The construction is expected to create around 100 jobs and is scheduled to be complete by spring 2020.
    The Municipality of Rhineland is undergoing several construction projects this summer, including construction of new rental spaces and housing in Gretna, work on a sewer system in Plum Coulee, drainage work in Neuhorst, and road repair in Gretna and Plum Coulee
    A new junior and women's clothing store will open in Virden later this year
    On July 31, Vale ceased operations at its smelter and refinery in Thompson. The company laid off 127 workers, while another 34 layoffs will go in effect on December 31, 2018.
    At the end of July, Hudbay ceased production at its Reed mine near Flin Flon. The company now only has two active mines in the region, the 777 and Lalor mines.
    The Province of Manitoba is providing 30 municipalities and 18 northern affairs communities with $2.25M in Municipal Road Improvement Program funding. In addition, over $6M in funding will be provided to municipalities from previous commitments.
    The Province provided over $5.4M to over 700 community organizations, rural municipalities, and provincial parks that are participating in the Green Team program. This summer, over 1,200 youth have been employed through the program.
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    The Canada Foundation for Innovation provided Red River College with over $1M for the creation of a new culinary research centre. The project is scheduled to be completed next year.
    This August, Uber will launch its food delivery service, Uber Eats, in Winnipeg
    On July 27, Leopold's Tavern, a bar and a restaurant chain, opened a new location in Winnipeg
    On July 28, the Ponton Service Station located near Thompson was destroyed by fire. The station employed fourteen people and housed a store, hotel, and gas bar.
    On July 30, East Side Mario's restaurant opened its first Manitoba location in Brandon
    The Province is providing a multi-million dollar upgrade to the Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach. The upgrades include improvements to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and are expected to be fully operational by 2020.
    Career Connections has launched a new vocational development program in Brandon. The program is offering hands-on training to individuals with intellectual disabilities to prepare them for future employment.
    The rural municipalities of Souris-Glenwood, Killarney-Turtle Mountain, Glenboro-South Cypress, Prairie Lakes, Cornwallis, Whitehead, and Argyle will receive $177,405 in funding through various community development programs. The funding will support fifteen community projects.
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    Construction has started on a $95M Innovation Centre at the Red River College in Winnipeg. The project is slated to be complete by fall 2020.
    The Province will provide over $848,000 in grants for more than 120 community development projects across Manitoba, including projects for regions to identify and pursue economic development opportunities
    The Province is providing the City of Winnipeg with up to $3.9M worth of upgrades to the St. James Civic Centre
    Heavenly Care Agency, a new home care business, will soon offer personalized care services in Morden and Winkler. The company intends to hire up to 30 workers to compliment existing home care services.
    The Province will invest $50K towards the construction of Festival Park in Brandon. The project is to be completed later this summer and will include an outdoor stage with amphitheatre seating, and two family picnic shelters.
    This September, a new Thompson-based bus operator called Thompson Bus is expected to offer passenger and freight services. The company will offer transit routes around Thompson and to multiple locations in Winnipeg.
    Construction of True North Square continues; the appartment units are to be completed by spring 2019. Meanwhile, construction on the Sutton Place Hotel will begin within the next few months and be completed by 2021.
    On July 12, One Stop Gas & Convenience Store celebrated its grand opening in Fisher Branch
    The new Souris Hotel (in Souris) is open for business, and has 29 rooms available for visitors
    The Government of Manitoba issued a request for pre-qualifications to further increase the number of cannabis retail stores across the province
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    On July 4, the Pinaymootang First Nation Health Centre opened its expanded facility. The health centre will offer additonal services, including a satellite pharmacy, women's clinics, foot care, and increased access to mental health services.
    A new library is set to open in southwest Winnipeg in 2021 as part of the Grant Park Recreational Plan. The new facility will replace the River Heights Library, which will be converted into a daycare. Construction is expected to start in 2019.
    The City of Winnipeg is investing $210,000 for the redevelopment of Durham Park and Agate Park. Improvements will include construction of new play structures, upgrades to pathways, and installation of fencing, benches, picnic tables, and swing sets.
    The Town of Ste. Anne is growing, as 39 construction permits were issued this year.The town has issued ten permits for single-family homes, eight permits for multi-family homes, and two permits for commercial development.
    Pending final approval, the Peguis First Nation plans to develop a new urban reserve in Winnipeg. The urban reserve would include a condominium, retail space, and office tower.
    Construction activity in the City of Brandon appears to have declined. So far, only 57 permits for new dwelling units have been issued this year, compared to 161 permits during the same period last year.
    Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have ordered 1,000 grain cars to improve grain transportation. CN has also hired 1,200 new conductors, and ordered 200 new locomotives. The company is also investing $3.4B in upgrades of its national network.
    Construction is off to a slow start in the Town of Niverville. A total of $9.1M in permits has been issued this year compared to $17.1M in 2017. The upcoming construction of the Canadian Dollar Store and a Dairy Queen will increase the value of permits issued.
    On July 11, TappCar, a ride sharing service, expanded into Steinbach and will be looking to hire local drivers. TappCar is planning to expand its services to ten vehicles and provide rides from Steinbach to Winnipeg.
  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    Eautopia Biological Technology Inc. is a new bottling and beverage plant that opened in Winnipeg. The company will employ 15-20 workers, and plans to open a second location by late 2018 or early 2019.
    On July 3, Jekyll and Hyde's Freehouse, a local restaurant and bar in Winnipeg, closed its doors. KAI Asset Management Inc. and the Norman Hugh Group are investing $1M for redevelopment of the property into a retail space.
    Greyhound Canada will end its bus and freight services in Western Canada as of October 31. About 440 employees will be affected in Western Canada. Seventy-five bus drivers, pickup and delivery drivers, mechanics, and freight handlers in Winnipeg and Thompson are among those impacted.
    Ontario-based bus operator Kasper Transportation will be adding 5 new routes in Manitoba starting October 31, including interprovincial routes from Winnipeg, and a route between Winnipeg and Thompson
    Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc. is partnering with Clear Sky Connections Inc. and Broadband Communications North Inc. to build a fiber optic network to 63 First Nations and non-Indigenous communities in rural Manitoba. The project is planned to begin by next year.
    On July 5th, HyLife opened a new feed mill in Killarney and is employing 20 workers at the new facility. HyLife is also building finishing barns, some of which will start operating next year.
    The Business Council of Manitoba launched its annual Youth Creative Employment Opportunity summer internship program. Sixteen students were hired for six-week work placements in Winnipeg.
    Brandon will undergo multiple construction projects this summer including street resurfacing, sewer work, and water main replacement
    Best Western is building a new three-storey hotel in Morden which will employ 20 to 25 people. Construction is expected to be complete as early as spring 2019.
    On July 7, the Super Thrift Store opened in downtown Brandon. The store offers work experience to the participants of the Adult & Teen Challenge program.
    On July 27, Brandon`s Pharma-Medic Services will permanently close after 40 years in operation
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    GrowForce Holdings is partnering with Peguis First Nation to build a cannabis production plant in Selkirk. Construction will begin early 2019, afterwards the company expects to hire 75-150 people for the plant.
    Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. will open four marijuana retail stores in Manitoba by the end of this year. Two stores will be located in Winnipeg, one in Brandon, and one in Thompson. One of the Winnipeg's stores is scheduled to open October 17.
    Neechi Commons, a grocery-and-retail complex in North Point Douglas, has closed due to rising debt
    The government of Manitoba is permitting National Access Cannabis Corp. to open ten marijuana retail stores in the province. The company plans to open four stores in Winnipeg, one in Brandon, and five in smaller municipalities.
    A number of construction projects continue in Niverville, including road work and beautification of Hespeler Park
    According to The Canadian Federation of Independent Business's survey, 15% of Manitoba's small businesses plan to increase employment within the next 3 to 4 months, while 12% plan to reduce full-time employment
    Since January, overtime rates at St Boniface Hospital have remained high. The hospital is working on filling existing vacancies, and has since hired 50 new nurses who will start work in July and August.
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    The Rink Training Centre is expanding to develop a new $20M ice hockey complex in southwest Winnipeg. The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2019.
    On June 14, Planet Fitness opened its first fitness centre in Winnipeg
    On June 20, The North West Company opened its new store in Garden Hill. The store features Tim Hortons and KFC and employs approximately 60 associates.
    Winnipeg's Kapyong Park will get a renovation. Construction on the project is expected to begin in August and be complete by mid-October.
    The City of Winnipeg has officially started its construction season, with $116M to be invested in nearly 150km of improvements
    Construction has begun on the $27M Ground Services Equipment building at Winnipeg's airport. The facility is expected to open in fall 2019.
    The Province provided Hiku Brands Company Ltd. with a permission to open 10 cannabis retail stores in Manitoba. Hiku's Tokyo Smoke retail brand will open four stores in Winnipeg and one in Brandon.
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    As part of the WRHA's ongoing health-care transformation, Concordia's emergency department will be closed mid-2019. The hospital will then open a new walk-in clinic.
    Parian Logistics Inc. purchased an office and distribution centre in southwest Winnipeg to evenutally be used by clothing retailers: Warehouse One, Ricki's, Bootlegger, and Cleo. Renovations are scheduled for completion by 2020, and the site will employ 350 people.
    Altona town council awarded a $275,000 contract to J.K.W. Construction to build a waste diversion system at the Altona/Rhineland landfill. Construction is set to begin in the near future.
    Due to budget cuts, Red River College is laying off three instructors, not renewing contracts for three term instructors, cutting down on hours of part-time positions, and raising tuition
    There are now 38 Manitoba Youth Job Centres located throughout northern and rural Manitoba to assist students and youth seeking summer employment
    The provincial and federal governments will jointly invest $540 million for the construction of permanent flood mitigation channels at Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin
    Work is underway on the $7.2M Chief Peguis Greenway Extension Project in Winnipeg. Construction is expected to be competed in summer 2019.
    This July, Red River Co-operative Ltd. will acquire three Marketplace stores from Federated Co-operatives Ltd. The stores are in Selkirk, Stonewall, and Lorette.
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    The Province announced a new kindergarten to Grade 5 school for the Seven Oaks School Division. Construction of the 56,423-sq.-ft. school is expected to be complete for the September 2020 school year.
    Construction continues on the new Niverville School, and is expected to be complete for the 2019 school year
    CN Rail is investing $3.4 billion to strenghten its operations, including $130M in Manitoba. The company is also hiring in Winnipeg and across Western Canada.
    Winnipeg Transit recently added five new Transit Inspectors on-street and on buses to improve operator and passenger safety
    Toronto-based InstaRyde, a rideshare service, is now operating in Winnipeg
    Construction has begun on a 18,000-sq.-ft. arts and design centre at Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg. The $6M project is to help promote young women enter the STEM fields, and is scheduled for completion in early 2019.
    Hyatt House is currently under construction at the Seasons of Tuxedo in Winnipeg. The 135-room hotel is expected to open in summer 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    Starting this fall, Calgary-based ride-hailing company Cowboy Taxi plans expand their operations into Brandon. Meanwhile, Edmonton-based TappCar, is planning to expand into Steinbach.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced that it will close the Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals emergency rooms and intensive care units by June 2019.
    A tentative deal has been reached between Manitoba groups and American company Omnitrax for ownership of the Churchill rail line
    The provincial and federal governments signed a bi-lateral spending agreement worth more than $1.1B to support infrastructure projects over the next ten years
    Manufacturers on both sides of the US-Canada border expect to be negatively impacted by recently imposed tariffs. Manitoba exports about $10B worth of goods and services to the United States every year.
    Winnipeg's Cumberland Avenue will be partially closed for construction from June 3 to July 27. Over 150Km of of lanes within Winnipeg will be repaired, due in part to $116M in municipal funding.
    The provincial government is providing an additional $5M to the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Inuit Art Centre. Last year, the provincial government committed $10M to the project over 5 years.
    Manitoba egg farmers are benefiting from the increased popularity of breakfast options in the restaurant industry. According to Manitoba Egg Farmers, retail egg sales increased 5.5% over a recent one-year period.
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    On May 25, the Winkler Aquatic Centre reopened after receiving $600K in renovations
    Winnipeg's Grace Hospital opened its newly expanded emergency room on May 29. The $43.8 million expansion is designed to better serve patients and improve working conditions for staff.
    Federated Co-operatives Ltd. announced it will close its last Winnipeg Marketplace grocery store within the next couple of months
    The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie had purchased 115 acres of land from Enns Brothers for $1M. Future development of the land should begin next year.
    On May 23, the Manitoba government made changes to increase accountability and transparency of its fish marketing regulations. In addition, commercial fishers will be able to catch and sell channel catfish directly to final consumers.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    St. Norbert Farmers' Market will open for the season on May 19 for its 30th year of operation
    The Winkler city council has approved a paving project at its Clover Creek industrial park. The $617,000 project will begin this summer.
    According to a new report by Scotiabank, the immigrant employment rate in Manitoba stood at 82.5% between 2010 and 2017, significantly higher than the national average of 76.9%
    Over 200 jobs are anticipated to be created in Portage la Prairie as Roquette plant opens its new plant and Simplot expands its operation in the city
    The Government of Manitoba sold a former social housing building in Winnipeg to Edison Properties for $16.2M. The company plans to turn the building into a new apartment building, which will likely take 18 to 24 months.
    Manitoba Youth Job Centres (MYJC) have opened their doors across the province for the summer season. The centres assist students and youth in finding summer employment as well as help local employers in finding qualified staff.
    The Northern Workforce Development Centre celebrated its grand opening in Thompson's University College of the North on May 18. The provincially funded centre offers education and training for workers in Thompson and surrounding areas.
    A massive fire destroyed three buildings and damaged another in downtown Brandon on May 19
    Aecom Production Services permanently closed its field offices in Virden and Estevan on May 8. Between 30 and 35 employees were affected by the closures.
    The 3D's Car Wash, a coin-operated car wash, has opened in Neepawa
    The North West Company opened a new store in Shamattawa on May 18. The store, which replaces one that was destroyed in a fire in 2016, is expected to employ 24 people.
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    Souris Glenwood council has approved $1.5M towards the renovation of Crescent Avenue in Souris. The construction project should start mid-May, and will be completed by Burns Maendel Consulting Engineering Ltd..
    In 2018/19, Library and Archives Canada will provide funding to three projects in Manitoba dedicated to preserving documentary heritage
    Gypsy's Bakery, a local restaurant in Churchill, burned down May 13
    The Winnipeg Grain Exchange will be closed this July after the owner, Intercontinental Exchange Inc., transfers the bourse's future contract to New York. Two of the exchange's 14 staff will remain in the city.
    In its 2018/19 budget, Brandon University announced it will increase tuition by 6.6% and eliminate nine administrative positions. In addition, five positions in each faculty will be left vacant temporarily and 6 new full-time positions will be added.
    GrowForce Holdings Inc. will open a cannabis growing facility in St. Boniface. The new location will eventually bring 150-200 jobs to Winnipeg.
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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