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Newfoundland and Labrador

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

    S&P Data, which provides service to telecommunication companies across North America, aims to create 500 jobs at an in-bound call centre it expects to open in November 2018 in the Village Shopping Centre in St. John's. Recruitment is currently underway.
    According to a survey by the Business Development Bank, mechanics, welders, truck drivers and retail workers are among difficult to fill jobs in Atlantic Canada, where labour shortages are more severe due to fewer young people and an aging population
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    Activity has been dormant at the Bull Arm industrial fabrication site near Sunnyside since the completion of the Hebron oil platform in 2017 and may remain that way for two to three years, when work on the Bay du Nord offshore project is a possibility
    Marine Contractors will construct a$7M building, expected to be completed in the summer of 2018, on Wheeler Drive in Corner Brook which will house the local provincial Department of Fisheries and Land Resources staff
    Work is underway on a $2.23M project to convert the former Cabot Collegiate in Bonavista into a centre which will host the area's primary health care team. A gymnasium will also be part of the facility, expected to open in the summer of 2018.
    Labrador Gold hired some cooks and field assistants from Hopedale in the summer of 2018 as it continued its exploration for possible gold mining ventures in the area. More exploration is anticipated in the fall.
    Labrador-Grenfell Health is in the process of hiring two permanent psychiatrists in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, as part of the province's mental health and addictions plan which began in 2017
    Marine Atlantic hired over 100 workers, mainly passenger service staff, for the 2018 peak summer season. The company fills positions in demand in the marine industry throughout the year, and currently employs 774 people on its vessels alone.
    The decision in the United States to overturn planned duties on Canadian newsprint is seen as a very positive development for the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill, and for the forestry industry at large in NL
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    While workers at St. Anthony Seafoods had been getting less work due to a decline in shrimp processing in 2018, some processing of cod is now taking place at the plant and giving reason for a little optimism
    Harbour Grace-based Fitz's Mobile Welding Inc., which began as a family operation in 2012, now includes 20 employees and plans on further expanding its industry partnerships
    Plans are underway to open a craft brewery, Union Electric Brewing Company, in Port Union sometime in 2019
    Coates Lumber, a sawmill in Main Brook, has laid off seven of its nine employees and weak demand for lumber may lead to layoffs among woods contractors. There is hope a pellet mill that would create 45 jobs in the area may get approval at some point.
    Capital Hyundai will increase the size of its vehicle service capacity from 22 to 40 bays with the construction of new premises on Kenmount Road in St. John's, expected to be ready in 2020
    The federal government has reversed its decision to award to another group 25% of the arctic clam quota previously held by Clearwater Seafoods. There had been concern processing jobs would be lost in NL had Clearwater's quota been reduced as planned.
    ScudRunner Brewing Ltd. now employs 12 part-time workers in Gander, and Split Rock Brewery has eight employees in Twillingate. Both craft breweries have opened in central Newfoundland within the past year and are looking forward to more growth.
    RockLeaf Agriculture Inc. would like to establish a cannabis production facility in the former Terra Nova Shoes factory in Harbour Grace that would create 51 jobs. Government approvals need to be obtained.
    The Conference Board of Canada expects the economy of St. John's to grow by 1.9% in 2018, compared to 2.1% growth in 2017. Slower construction activity and declines in offshore revenues factor into the forecast.
  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    The government of N.L. has announced over $14M in joint federal-provincial-municipal funding through the Small Communities Fund to support 20 infrastructure projects on the west coast of the island
    Fishing outfitters in N.L. are claiming that business is suffering due to catch-and-release requirements and delays in rolling out the 2018 season¿s salmon fishing regulations
    Nature Sea Farms, a fish plant in St. Alban¿s, is not expected to re-open this fall, leaving about two dozen people without work. Some have been offered employment at another company plant in Harbour Breton.
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    The federal government announced a $949M investment through a pair of labour market agreements that are aimed at increasing the jobs and skills training available to people in Newfoundland and Labrador
    A decision by the United States to reduce planned tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint from about 32% to just under 10% appears to be a positive development for the Kruger-owned Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill
    Green Kitchen, a plant-based vegan restaurant, is scheduled to open St. John's in August. The restaurant's menu will cater to a variety of diets and will also have some gluten-free options for those with allergies or sensitivity.
    A new Dairy Queen outlet is being planned for Deer Lake and is expected to create 40 jobs. The restaurant will be one of three businesses that will be developed on the same site.
    The federal government announced a $949M investment through a pair of labour market agreements that are aimed at increasing the jobs and skills training available to people in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    According to town officials, some local workers are assisting in Matador Mining¿s assessment of the Cape Ray area near Port aux Basques as a site for a potential gold mine
    Construction began in July 2018 on a $25M shopping centre in Paradise. The first stores are expected to open in the spring of 2019, and once fully occupied it will include several well-known chains and likely about 400 to 500 full and part-time jobs.
    Ocean Choice International is currently hiring additional workers for its fish plant in Fortune, where the processing of redfish and other species is expected to run until late 2018
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    The Town of Gander has awarded an $18.7M tender to Pomerleau Inc. to build a wastewater treatment plant. The project will take about 18 months to complete.
    Burry's Shipyard in Clarenville has filed for bankruptcy protection and laid off 100 workers. The company has no work lined up after a recent contract to refit a ferry was cancelled due to infrastructure problems at the yard.
    Five additional cannabis retail locations have been selected for NL, in Marystown, Port aux Basques, Rocky Harbour, Bonavista, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay
    Nav Canada will fully automate its airport weather monitoring station in Cartwright in late 2018, and its four workers will be laid off. A similar trend is occurring at many small airports in the country.
    The owners of the Indian Head Salmon Smolt Hatchery have submitted a proposal for regulatory approval for a $51M expansion of its facility in Stephenville. The project would result in construction jobs and increased long term employment once completed.
    Little Burgundy, a shoe store chain, has begun recruiting workers for a location expected to open in September 2018 in the Avalon Mall in St. John's
    Hebert's Recycling Inc. opened a plant in Mount Pearl in July 2018, creating six jobs to process and recycle plastic containers
    The government of NL and Equinor Canada will develop the Bay du Nord oil find, discovered in 2013 at 500 kilometres off the coast of St. John's. The project will create about 11,000 person years of employment and first oil is expected in 2025.
    Rocket Bakery is expected to open in Churchill Square in September 2018, its second St. John's location. While all food will be made at the original downtown site, the business will hire cooks, bakers, and retail staff as a result of the expansion.
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    Ontario-based FSD Pharma and local partners would like to establish a cannabis production facility in Freshwater, near Carbonear, that would create about 50 to 80 construction jobs and 200 permanent positions. Government approvals need to be obtained.
    As part of its recently announced Education Action Plan, the government of NL aims to hire 104 reading specialists, 200 teaching assistants, 39 teacher librarians and 12 ESL teachers over the next three years, beginning with the 2018 school year
    Work has begun on a cost shared $3M wastewater infrastructure project in Labrador City
    York Developments will begin construction of a Mr. Lube location, expected to open in early 2019, on Kenmount Road in St. John's. The vehicle service business will employ about 13 regular staff and more during peak tire change season.
    A list of 10 private and three non-profit groups that have been given conditional approval and financial assistance to build 93 affordable housing units in the province has been released by the government of NL
  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    SaltWire Network announced that it will merge four of its newspapers in central NL in into one publication, The Central Voice, in August 2018. The change will result in the loss of five mostly clerical and circulation-related jobs.
    The Canadian Homebuilders Association of Newfoundland and Labrador indicates that while new home construction has fallen off over the past five years, the home renovation market has grown significantly in the province
    The federal government will spend $40M in improvements to small craft harbours in NL in 2018, including investments towards a major, multi-year project at Fort Amherst in St. John¿s
    Competition from within the marine industry results in staffing recruitment and turnover challenges for the provincial government on its vessels, and factors into high overtime payments to marine engineers, ferry captains, deckhands, and other employees
    The government of NL plans to increase the number of fish inspectors in Port aux Basques to oversee exported seafood products, and possibly also increase the size of its facility. No timelines or specific numbers are available for the hiring.
    Toronto-based retailer YM Inc. opened three stores, West 49, Urban Planet, and Urban Kids, in the Corner Brook Plaza in Corner Brook in July 2018. The stores sell clothing and accessories for various ages.
    Tacora expects to eventually employ 280 workers and give priority to former workers at Wabush mines if it succeeds in its plan to reopen the shuttered operation. The plan is still in the development stages with no firm dates in place.
    The completion of the first-phase expansion of the St. John¿s International Airport has resulted in recent openings of several retail and food service businesses. Two Tim Hortons outlets are expected in the fall of 2018 as well.
    The Mad Catter, a cat café that will open on Duckworth Street in St. John¿s in August 2018, is currently accepting applications for baristas
    A $12.6M contract to construct a new Green Bay Health Centre in Springdale has been awarded to JMJ Holdings. Work is expected to begin in August 2018 and be completed in 18 to 20 months,
    Runway renovations will take place at Gander international Airport over the next several months. The $10M cost-shared project will support 100 construction jobs.
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    Dildo Brewing Company, a craft brewery and pub, opened in July in Dildo
    The N.L. nurses' union would like to see an expanded role for nurse practitioners, including public funding to those who wish to be self-employed. Currently there are 120 nurse practitioners employed in the province.
    A list of municipal infrastructure projects, valued at over $46M, has been announced for St. John's. The projects are funded through an ongoing cost-shared Capital works program.
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    St. John's-based IT firm CoLab Software expects to add staff in 2018 as it prepares to release a new cloud-based platform accessible through a web browser
    The government of NL will contribute towards construction of a new community child care centre that will provide additional daycare and afterschool programs in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The centre is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.
    A $23.6M program has been designed to train more Indigenous people at the College of the North Atlantic over the next few years to work at the expanded Vale mine in Voisey's Bay. The program includes funding from the federal and provincial governments.
    More than a dozen brewing operations are in various stages of development or close to opening in NL. The businesses are scattered throughout the province.
    The Trans-Labrador Highway, a project that began in 2009, is expected to be completed by 2021. Combined government funding of $64.5M will go towards the paving of a 126 kilometre stretch in 2019.
    The operators of the Sail Pond project near Roddickton will continue to hire local workers as needed to explore for silver and other mineral deposits. It is uncertain whether the exploration activity will eventually lead to a mining venture.
    SmartICE will establish a facility in Nain, with assistance from federal and provincial governments, to produce buoys to measure sea-ice thickness. The facility hopes to begin training eight to 10 Inuit youth workers in October 2018.
    Workers at St. Anthony Seafoods are getting less work in the 2018 season due to a decline in shrimp and other fish processing. Plant owners indicate they are looking for ways to improve the viability of the plant.
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    Toslow, a snack bar and lounge, opened in June 2018 on Water Street in downtown St. John's
    The underground expansion of the Voisey's Bay mine is expected to increase its workforce from 450 to 900 jobs. The current surface mine will be exhausted in about four years, but the expansion will add at least 15 years to the life of the operation.
    Due to the unavailability of audiologists in Grand Falls, Central Health has diverted services normally provided there to the health centre in Gander. Recruitment efforts are underway so audiology services in Grand Falls can be restored.
    The federal government has announced it will spend $27.5M on infrastructure repair projects in Gros Morne National Park
  • Start date: 2018-06-11, End date: 2018-06-15
    Week of Jun 11 - Jun 15, 2018

    Some owners of fishing lodges in western NL report fewer bookings and less employment for guides with their operations due to stronger limits imposed in the province on salmon angling for 2018
    Construction will begin in the summer of 2018 to extend the Voisey's Bay nickel mine in Labrador into an underground operation. Production will begin in 2021, and ensure employment for 1,700 workers at the mine and processing facility in Long Harbour.
    Marlaine's Tidewatcher Café, a seasonal operation in Lark Harbour, has closed after 32 years in business
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    According to the government of NL, the numbers of workers in the seafood processing sector decreased by 10% from 2016 to 2017. Many plants have closed in recent years as a result of the decline in crab and shrimp stocks and quotas.
    A private retirement home to be built in Baie Verte is expected to employ 36 people, including personal care attendants and cooking and cleaning staff. It was hoped to have the centre open by Christmas 2018, but weather has delayed construction.
    Canopy Growth plans to fill more than 150 jobs at its production plant in St. John's and 75 to 100 jobs at its four retail stores in NL upon the legalization of cannabis. A job fair was held in June 2018, and another will follow at a later date.
    The town of Burgeo has awarded a 6% wage increase to its five employees as part of a deal that will run to 2020. According to town officials, the raise brings wages in line with those of similar workers in other communities in the region.
    Biome Grow hopes to build a cannabis production facility in Barachois Brook by late 2019 and employ 100 workers. The company may start a smaller scale operation before that date in a temporary structure, once it obtains the needed licenses.
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    Some seasonal museum and historical site operators on the upper Great Northern Peninsula indicate that the hiring of post-secondary summer students has become more difficult in recent years, with fewer young people returning to the area in the summer
    Labrador-Grenfell Health will carry out almost $2M in repairs and renovations to hospitals and health staff accommodations in the St. Anthony and Roddickton areas
    Unionized workers at the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) in Labrador City have accepted the company's latest offer and have ended a nine-week strike. Improvements to medical benefits and pensions were among the highlights of the five-year agreement.
    The government of NL has amended benefits for its non-union employees, including freezing wages to 2020 and eliminating severance. Similar changes were recently made to collective agreements with union employees.
    According to figures released by the provincial tourism department, 553,000 visitors arrived in NL in 2017, the highest number ever recorded in the history of the province
    The Fifth Ticket, a restaurant on Water Street in St. John's, closed this month
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council predicts major project spending will continue to decline in NL in 2018, despite strength in construction in the St. John's area. Increases are also expected in the mining and oil and gas sectors for the years ahead.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    After closing in 2012, a Canadian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre has reopened in St. John's. The centre has 12 search and rescue coordinators, and operations will move to a new building in 2019 once construction is completed.
    Oceanic Releaf Inc. is currently converting the former fish plant in Burin into a cannabis production facility, which will eventually employ more than 50 people. The company still needs to obtain final licenses before it can begin production.
    Newco Metal and Auto Recycling will establish a new secondary processing centre in Foxtrap, near St. John's. Once open in late 2018, 20 new employees will be added to the payroll. The company operates nine locations in NL, including the one in St. John's.
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    Quorum Information Systems, a developer of online auto purchasing tools, will create new products and a minimum of 24 new full-time positions at its St. John's office with financial assistance from the provincial government
    Great North Data indicates it plans to hire between 10 and 20 new employees in 2018 at its data centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, where about five people are currently employed. The company seeks workers skilled in computer or electrical technology.
    According to recruiters, it is more difficult for graduates to find employment as teachers in urban areas in NL than in rural regions such as coastal Labrador, where recruitment difficulties are common. High proficiency in French is also an asset.
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    Red Moon Resources has submitted plans for an open-pit gypsum mine in Flat Bay, at the site of a former mine left dormant since 1990. The plans are still in the early stages, and the company is now attempting to identify potential customers.
    The oil refinery in Come-by-Chance recently added 250 workers to its regular staff of 390 full-time employees to complete a short-term preventative maintenance shutdown on part of the operation. Another similar shutdown will be performed in 2019.
    Canopy Growth has selected the White Hills area of St. John¿s as the site for its previously-announced cannabis production facility, that will result in 145 jobs. Construction will start in June 2018 and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019.
    Declining enrolments and the suspension of some programs have resulted in the layoff of 14 permanent staff and six contract workers, mostly instructors in industrial trades programs, at College of the North Atlantic campuses across NL
    Canopy Growth will create 60 retail positions at six Newfoundland locations when cannabis becomes legalized. The locations include three in St. John¿s, one in Mount Pearl, and one in Corner Brook.
    A list of potentially approved retailers to sell cannabis in NL, once it becomes legalized, has been released by provincial authorities. Loblaws and Canopy Growth are among those with multiple locations.
    Powell¿s Supermarket closed its grocery store on Harvey Street in Harbour Grace in May 2018. The number of employees affected was not announced.
    As the first phase of the large St. John¿s International Airport expansion nears completion, design work is underway and construction is expected to start in 2019 on Phase 2
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    Memorial University of Newfoundland has cut three positions at its Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook due to budgetary restrictions and structural realignments. The positions include a director, manager and co-ordinator.
    Local contractors are expected to begin more exploratory gold drilling by June 2018 near Bishop's Falls, part of Sokoman Iron Corp.'s Moosehead project. Gold had been discovered there before, but it is uncertain if a mining operation would be feasible.
    St. John's-based Newfound Cabs expanded its service into Mount Pearl in May 2018 with 15 vehicles licensed specifically for the city
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    A tentative plan is underway to renovate the former Ocean Choice fish plant in Port Union into a cannabis growing facility that would create between 70 to 100 jobs. The facility would need to obtain a license for the operation.
    A new daycare, Growing Our Future, has opened in Port aux Basques. The business is still in the process of staffing positions.
    The government of NL will provide $1.7M to recruit mental health nurses and social workers required for crisis intervention teams to be set up in various regions. Two such teams were recently established in St. John's and Labrador West.
    Due primarily to a lack of crab, a fish plant in New Harbour will not reopen for the 2018 season. Several dozen workers may accept offers to work at plants in New Brunswick operated by the same owner, and others may have found work elsewhere.
    Gear's Gains, the first private gym in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, opened in March 2018.
    Landwash Brewery has begun construction of a brewery, taproom, and retail store in Mount Pearl, and expects to open by the fall of 2018. There would then likely be 17 microbreweries in operation in the province.
    Western Furniture and Appliances opened in March 2018 on North Main Street in Deer Lake.
  • Start date: 2018-04-16, End date: 2018-04-20
    Week of Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018

    The Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority and 20 unionized workers who provide administrative, operational, and technical services have negotiated a four-year collective agreement set to expire in November 2020.
    A Little Caesars takeout pizza restaurant, the second in the city, is expected to open in May 2018 on Southlands Boulevard in the west end of St.John's.
    The government of NL will establish two itinerant teaching units to support the work of Brilliant Labs, a company it has partnered with to expose provincial school students to coding and other programming languages and technologies.
    Kruger, owner of the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill, has reduced the amount of wood it will buy from logging contractors in an attempt to improve efficiency. The decision will result in the loss of 24 unionized jobs with affected contractors.
    The Royal Newfoundland constabulary will expand to Conception Bay South by June 2018 and set up a local detachment which will include administrative and other support staff.
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    The overall snow crab catch quota in NL for 2018 has been cut by 17% from 2017, with some regional variations. The 2018 season will open in April for in most areas.
    After a fire in January 2018, Badger Diner is expected to reopen by the end of April 2018 a few miles east of the original location, in Grand Falls-Windsor. Most of the former staff will rejoin the restaurant, and additional workers may be added.
    Construction will begin in the summer of 2018 on a gas bar/convenience store and retail centre at the former ACAN site on Topsail Road in Paradise. The first yet-unnamed stores are expected to open in the spring of 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018

    Abbot & Haliburton, which has continued to do business despite a major fire in 2017, hopes to move to its new home building centre in Port au Port West in June 2018, increase its staff from 12 to 16 employees, and likely add some seasonal workers as well.
    Construction of a new mental health and addictions facility on the Health Sciences campus in St. John¿s is expected to begin in the summer of 2019. The facility will deliver services currently offered at the Waterford Hospital.
    A $25M wellness centre, including a pool and fitness facilities, will be built in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and likely open in 2020. The centre will employ up to 100 workers during construction, and up to 40 full and part time employees once completed.
    NAPE, the union representing 19,000 public sector employees, and the government of NL have signed several collective agreements which will run until March 2020. A wage freeze, elimination of severance, and increased job security are among the highlights.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    Unionized workers at the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) in Labrador City have rejected contract offers and went on strike in March 2018. Issues around the temporary workforce unit remain a point of contention between the parties.
    The Sandman Hotel Group opened a six-storey hotel on Kenmount Road in St. John's in March 2018. A Denny's restaurant has also opened on-site, and Moxie's will open another in the summer of 2018.
    A Sobeys-owned Needs convenience store on Brookfield Road in St. John's closed in March 2018, the second Needs location to close in the city in less than a year.
    The government of NL will contribute $3.1M to allow schools to hire more reading specialists, learning resource teachers, and instructional assistants.
    According to CMHC, new home construction in the St. John's area has decreased by 60% since reaching a peak in 2012 during the period of high oil prices. Some home builders have adjusted by focusing on renovations and other markets.
    Construction will take place throughout 2018 and 2019 on the large Galway retail development in the west end of St. John's. Costco will move its store to the area from the east end in late 2018, with other businesses likely to open by the spring of 2019.
  • Start date: 2018-03-19, End date: 2018-03-23
    Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018

    Connecticut-based company Centerplate has been awarded a 10-year contract to take over all food and beverage services at the St. John's Convention Centre, beginning in June 2018. Centerplate is currently determining its hiring process.
    Yes B'ys Social Bar opened on Queen Street in St. John's in March 2018. The owner expects to employ about five or six workers once all staffing is finalized.
    NDC, a Labrador partner in a First Nations corsortium recently awarded a share of the arctic surf clam quota, says it expects to gain a proportion of the 70 to 80 harvesting jobs which may be created. Processing, however, will take place in Nova Scotia.
    The government of NL has invested $10.6M towards cost-shared municipal projects, which will include water system, road and other infrastructure upgrades for 48 communities in the province.
  • Start date: 2018-03-12, End date: 2018-03-16
    Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018

    Kruger will eliminate 12 positions at the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill, possibly due to a duty imposed by the United States on Canadian newsprint. Some of the positions are currently unfilled, and the remainder may be taken care of through attrition.
    An industry report indicates the number of workers dropped by 10% in the fish processing sector in NL in 2017 over 2016, and remained about the same in fish harvesting and aquaculture. Fish and seafood values, while also dropping by 10%, exceeded $1B.
    Concern is strong around tariffs imposed by the United States on newsprint imported from Kruger-owned Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, expected to go into effect in March 2018, and which now appear more severe than initially thought.
  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    Eastern Health says no full-time employees will lose their jobs, but there will be less opportunity for temporary food service workers at hospitals in the region due to the introduction of a new system to produce meals for patients
    Dexter, Pyramid, and Platinum Construction companies have been awarded contracts for work related to the five-year, $15.5M water and sewer project expected to begin in April 2018 in downtown St. John's
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    The city of Mount Pearl has laid off five members of its management staff as its restructures operations
    A removal of 25% of the clam quota harvested by Clearwater Seafoods and processed in the plant at Grand Bank may affect jobs in the NL community. The decision will likely lead to increased processing at Nova Scotia-based Premium Seafoods.
    The government of NL and industry partners have released a plan to increase technology sector business activity. Key goals include supporting the creation of 40 new firms, and individuals who wish to retrain for new careers in technology.
    St. John's-based Enercon Builders Inc. has been awarded a $1.1M contract to refurbish the Canadian Coast Guard building in St. Anthony
    Solace Power, a high-tech Mount Pearl-based firm that focuses on wireless power development, indicates it will need to look beyond NL for future workers as it has exhausted the supply of local employees. The company currently employs 31people.
    Work on an RV park project on Lundrigan Drive in Corner Brook which will include chalets, a convenience store and restaurant is expected to begin in the spring of 2018. Some parts of the project are expected to be operational for the 2018 season.
    The Rec Room is expected to open in the Avalon Mall in St. John's early in 2019, its seventh location in Canada. The business comprises a complex for dining, live entertainment, and amusement gaming experiences.
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    Fast food restaurant Fritou Chicken, which opened in June 2007 in Carbonear, has closed due to a decline in business
    The government of NL has released Advance 2030, a plan to grow the oil and gas industry over the next several years. Among the targets are the drilling of over 100 new exploration wells and direct employment of more than 7,500 workers in operations.
    The hourly minimum wage in NL will rise by $0.15 on April 1, 2018, to $11.15
    The Reluctant Chef, a restaurant on Duckworth Street in St. John's that had been in business for five years, closed in February 2018. The owner believes a weaker provincial economy led to a decline in business over the past year at the restaurant.
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    The government of NL is in the process of releasing tenders for more than $77M of planned roadwork for 2018. The work does not include some major planned projects, such as the Trans Labrador Highway.
    Argentina Gold Corporation would like to complete work in 2018 on converting an existing building to a facility where it would grow medical cannabis in the Argentina industrial Park
    Two walk-in mental health clinics have opened in Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander
    St. Anthony Seafoods will begin operating on a part-year basis for the first time in its history, as it shut down in January 2018. The owners would like to reopen the plant in April 2018, but face uncertainty around future shrimp quotas.
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    J.D. Irving has announced it is forecasting to hire 950 people in Newfoundland and Labrador over the next three years. They say that 360 of those jobs will be in the St. John's area, and split between Kent Building Supplies and Atlantic Towing.
    Bulk Logistics, a UK based company, is looking to acquire the timber rights once belonging to Abitibi. Local saw mills will process the wood and send it to international markets. They project 300-plus jobs within three to five years if approved.
    The Reluctant Chef a restaurant in St. John's, is closing it's doors the end of February. The owner has stated the decision was made to close the restaurant to focus more on its catering service.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    A Little Caesars Pizza restaurant is expected to open in the spring of 2018 on Union Street in Corner Brook
    The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp. will reduce the size of its management group from 76 to 62 employees. Apart from one position in Corner Brook, the rest are in St. John's, and three are currently vacant.
    EXCITE Corporation's Genomics-Based R&D Centre for Health in Grand Falls-Windsor will receive over $785K from ACOA to conduct hearing loss research. The money will help the genomics centre to expand its research and development as well as build partnerships.
    The Grenfell Memorial Co-op in St. Anthony will close after 105 years of operation, impacting 17 employees. The Co-op membership decided to close the store, as it was unable to generate enough revenue to remain financially viable.
    Bootleg Brew Co. opened their microbrewery to the public last weekend. Located on West Street in Corner Brook, the owners expected to sell up to 10 kegs of beer, but had sold between 16 to 20 kegs by the end of the weekend before running out of beer.
    Approximately $1.3M in combined federal and provincial funding will be invested with four businesses on the Bonavista Peninsula. Recipients include the Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Seaport Inn, the Newfoundland Salt Company Ltd., and Sea of Whales Adventures Ltd.
    Ziggy Peelgood's, a chip truck business in St. John's, is opening a storefront location and a new production facility in Ropewalk Plaza as early as March.
    Jumping Bean Café is opening a new location on Kelsey Drive in St. John's. The new cafe will be the company's biggest to date and will also have a drive-thru. With the added location, it brings the franchise's total to 11 stores.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    A Wing'n It restaurant franchise is expected to open in the recently renovated Springdale Inn and Suites in the spring of 2018.
    The nurses' union continues to voice concerns that more full-time registered nurses are needed in NL to address workload issues and staff shortages. Most of the employment growth since 2011, according to the union, has been for casual positions.
    A specialty grocery store, O'Leva Olive Oils and Vinegars, will close on Stavanger Drive in St. John's at the end of January 2018 after four years in business
    Construction of a health care complex including the new Western Memorial Hospital and a long-term care centre in Corner Brook is expected to bring $498M in economic activity to the area. Work is expected to begin in 2019 and finish in 2020.
    Gander International Airport recorded 177,532 passengers in 2017, an increase of 3% over 2016. While travel was reduced for commuting workers to Labrador and Western Canada, officials noted there was a spike in tourism-driven summer traffic.
    With the help of over $2M in combined government funding, Grenfell Campus and the College of North Atlantic in Corner Brook will establish a joint centre with two full-time employees to support and help expand business start-ups in the province.
  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    Construction of a new Canadian Coast Guard seasonal rescue lifeboat station in Old Perlican is expected to begin in the spring of 2018. The facility, expected to open in the summer of 2019, is expected to result in about eight new jobs for the area
    The U.S. government has made a preliminary decision to impose extra duties on newsprint exported from Canada, which stands to negatively affect the Kruger-owned Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill. A final decision is expected later in 2018.
    Living Rooms, a cookware/décor retail business and café located in Churchill Square in St. John's will close the end of January 2018. A few of the 17 employees may continue to work in a smaller version of the business planned for another location within St. John's.
    St. John's-based Bluedrop Performance Learning, with support from the government of NL, will begin a four-year project to develop further workplace e-learning technology. The project may create 50 positions at the company's offices in Atlantic Canada.
    Balkan Kitchen, a restaurant on Cookstown Road in St. John's, is expected to open in February 2018.
    Deer Lake Regional Airport recorded 365,186 passengers in 2017, a modest decrease of 864 from 2016. According to officials, a strong tourist season may have been offset by fewer workers travelling to and from the Muskrat Falls Hydro Project.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    The government of NL expects to begin posting positions for midwives in the spring of 2018 as part of a pilot project in Gander to integrate them into the health care system. If pilots are successful, midwives may be working across the province by 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    As part of its plan to retain and provide services to immigrants, the government of NL has announced funding to assist the Association for New Canadians to establish satellite offices in the Labrador, Western, and Central regions of the province
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    Starcade, a games arcade in the Avalon Mall in St. John's, will close in January 2018 after 25 years in business, while a new arcade, G-Force Funderdome, opened in December in Mount Pearl.
    The Newfoundland Chocolate Co. is expected to open a café and retail store, while Yellowbelly Brewery plans to open a full-service restaurant, both by the summer of 2018 as part of the first phase of an expansion in the St. John's International Airport.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    The NL government has entered into an agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation for the supply and production of cannabis in the province. Canopy will build a production facility, likely in the St. John's area by 2019, and create 145 jobs.
    The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor and 89 of its unionized employees have entered into a new four-year collective agreement beginning in 2017 that will provide total wage increases of 10.5% over four years
    The NL government will expand its job search assistance and employment services programs over the coming months to College of the North Atlantic campuses across the province.
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    Work on 18.5km of new hiking trails for the 46.3km St. Lunaire-Griquet Iceberg Trail system will begin in the spring of 2018. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
    Taste of Jamaica, a restaurant in the Broadway section of Corner Brook, will close at the end of December 2017
    The government of NL has announced support for two programs aimed at connecting international students and graduates with employers. The programs are part of efforts to retain international students and increase the number of new immigrants.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    The federal government's new National Housing Strategy to combat homelessness in Canada is expected to provide significant activity around the construction and refurbishment of housing units in NL over the next decade
    Sobeys announced in November 2017 that it will cut 14 office staff in NL as part of the grocery chain's national reduction of 800 employees
    Exxon Mobil's Hebron offshore platform has produced its first oil. The platform is expected to produce 150,000 barrels of oil per day at peak production, and the day-to-day operations require more than 600 onshore and offshore workers.
    Construction will begin in 2019 on two 60-bed, long-term care homes in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor, and on the expansion of an existing unit in Botwood. About 200 public service employees will be required to staff the facilities.
    Eastern Health has opened a mental health and addictions wellness centre, staffed with a nurse and social worker, in Grand Bank, and is also increasing similar services in Marystown
    A 148-room Alt Hotel has opened in downtown St. John's. A restaurant and coffee shop are under construction as part of the hotel as well, which the national chain expects to open in the spring of 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    Full construction of a yet-unbranded hotel on Grenfell Drive in Corner Brook is likely to begin in the spring of 2018. The developer also hopes to include amenities such as eating establishments and a gas bar on the site.
    Phase 1 of a five-year, $15.5M project to upgrade aging water and sewer infrastructure along Water Street in St. John's is scheduled to begin in April 2018, following a tendering process.
    A $4.2M theatre complex, expected to open in 2019, will be built in Cow Head, home of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. About 100 jobs will be created during construction, and the theatre is expected to provide economic benefits to nearby communities.
    St. John's-based radient360, a high-tech company that provides data analytics support to industries such as oil and gas exploration, will expand its sales and product development teams and open a new office in Calgary as a result of $3.3M in seed funding.
    Some work has begun to turn the former Clock Shopping Centre in St. Anthony into a microbrewery by June of 2019. While still early in the planning stages, the proposed business would be known as RagnaRöck Northern Brewing Company.
    The St. John's International Airport Authority and its unionized workers have ratified a five-year collective agreement that will provide a 12% wage increase over the life of the deal.
    Stein Group International will develop a yet-unbranded, four-storey hotel complex with a restaurant and banquet centre on Olympic Drive in Mount Pearl. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2018, with an anticipated opening in 2020.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    A decision by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to open the 3P cod fishery area in November 2017 will mean employment over the winter months for the 200 workers at Icewater Seafoods plant in Arnold¿s Cove
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    The United States will exclude NL from softwood lumber export tariffs, after ruling that the province's lumber producers do not benefit from an unfair subsidy. The ruling also applies to lumber from NS and PEI.
    The Corner Brook Care Partnership will design, build, finance and maintain a new long-term care facility that will employ 200 public sector employees when it opens in the spring of 2020 in Corner Brook. Construction will begin in the spring of 2018.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) projects real GDP will decline in NL by 2.2% in 2017 and by 0.5% in 2018. Oil production from the new Hebron field in 2018 will help offset the impact of provincial fiscal restraints and low oil prices.
    A building is under construction on Powell Street in Carbonear which will house a new Mary Brown's restaurant franchise. A different Mary Browns franchise had closed in the town earlier in 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    Clothes retailer Modern Men's Wear has closed its store in Gander after 50 years in business due to the retirement of the owner
    Scudrunner Brewing expects to officially open its new microbrewery within the next few weeks in Gander
    The Town of Paradise and its unionized workers have reached an agreement on a 3.5 year deal, which will include wage raises of 12% over the life of the contract
    Country Ribbon, a chicken processing facility with two locations in the St. John's area, and its 300 unionized employees have reached a tentative deal on a new collective agreement. The contract would include some unspecified wage increases.
    The former Newfoundland Clothing Factory building at 275 Duckworth Street in St. John's will undergo renovations which will turn it into a 40-room hotel with a small restaurant. The owner hopes to have some rooms open by the summer of 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    Export Development Canada predicts that a rebound in the oil and gas sector, increased nickel production, and healthy markets for seafood products will contribute to an increase of 17% in export values for NL in 2017, followed by a 12% increase in 2018
    Afterwords, a book store on Duckworth Street in St. John's, has closed after 45 years in business
    Corner Brook-based Coleman's opened a new grocery store on Newfoundland Drive in St. John's in October 2017, creating 100 jobs. It is the third Coleman's grocery store in the St. John's area.
    Employment is expected to hit a peak in the spring of 2019 of close to 450 workers at the $325M science building construction project currently underway at Memorial University in St. John's. Marco Services Ltd. is the primary contractor.
    Three Walmart auto centres in the St. John's region will close in November 2017. The company indicates the centres are no longer considered as part of its core business, and that other positions have been offered to affected employees.
    The NL government has launched initiatives which aim to double the number of people directly employed in the food agriculture sector. The initiatives include advancing education and innovation, and creating new opportunities for local growers.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    Royal Lepage Vision Realty opened a new real estate brokerage office in Mount Pearl in October 2017
    A combination gas bar, consisting of Orangestore and Tim Hortons is expected to open in early 2018 near the St. John's International Airport. Nearby, a Best Western hotel is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-01-01, End date: 2017-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2017

    About $40M in combined government funding will be used to expand internet services across NL, with work to begin in the summer of 2018. A tendering process for interested telecommunications companies has begun.

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