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  • Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    A Boston Pizza restaurant is set to open in the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow in September 2017. About 60 workers are expected to be employed.
    Great Northern Timber Group hopes to buy and restart the former Atlantic biomass wood pellet plant in Middle Musquodoboit before the end of 2017. Wood supply issues and low pellet prices contributed to the plant's closure and layoff of 30 workers in 2016.
    The Cape Breton Region remains short of doctors, despite the provincial health authority's recent recruitment of some new physicians to the area. Efforts remain ongoing to fill more positions.
    Ontario-based Marine Recycling Services will hire and train workers for a $12.6M contract to dismantle two former Canadian Navy ships in Sydney. Work is expected to take about 18 months, and result in 35 direct jobs in addition to some subcontracting.
  • Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    Middle Sackville-based Hefler Forest Products, operating under new ownership, will add a couple of workers on top of the 20 people currently working at the planer mill and kiln operation. The sawmill, which closed in 2016, will not reopen at this time.
    Dartmouth-based MetOcean Telematics, after signing a recent deal to provide the federal government with satellite communications service, will add more engineers and IT developers in the coming months. The company currently has nine job postings.
    Lunenburg-based Rikjak Construction Ltd. has been awarded a $2.9M contract to build the new medical clinic in Shelburne. Work is expected to begin in August 2017 and be completed in late 2018.
    After several years of planning, land is being cleared at the Stewiacke River Crossing development in Stewiacke. The developer hopes to attract residential-commercial business to the area.
    Choco Café, a six-year-old business on Barrington Street in Halifax, closed in July 2017 with an unspecified number of job losses
    Machine operators and technicians with college diplomas will be among the 24 workers Sustane Technologies expects to hire in the spring of 2018 when it opens a plant in Chester. The facility will turn household waste into biomass pellets and diesel fuel.
    Based on recommendations from a youth mental health report, the provincial government will hire two more guidance counsellors and a social worker to work in the Cape Breton school system. The mental health crisis line will also get additional staff.
    Portside, a combination outdoor dining room and lounge, will open along the Sydney harbour within a few weeks
    The Dalhousie University student union will open a support centre for survivors of sexual violence and relaunch a helpline service. A process is underway for the hiring of a full-time coordinator and some part-time staff.
  • Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    A new restaurant and café, Hill¿s Grills Panini & Tea House, will open in downtown Kentville in the fall of 2017
    A new dental clinic, River Hill Dental, has opened in New Glasgow
    Port Hawkesbury¿s Leslie & Benn Contracting will spend the next several months rebuilding wharfs in Port Bickerton and New Harbour. The contracts are worth more than $7M and the company may hire a couple of extra workers on top of its current workforce.
    Lindsay Construction will begin work in August 2017 on the second phase of Berwick¿s recreation centre. The $4.2M project will include the addition of a curling facility and wellness and health centres, and is expected to be completed in the spring.
  • Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Almost 200 people attended a job fair in Sydney in July 2017 in hopes of landing a job at the Donkin mine, which began producing coal in the spring. The company did not say how many jobs would be filled as a result of the fair.
    PCL Construction has been awarded the contract for a $3.8M renovation project at the Hants County Community hospital in Windsor. The project will begin in August 2017 and last several months.
    Construction on Argyle Street in downtown Halifax has reduced customer traffic in the area. As a result, The Loose Cannon and Bitter End did not hire its seasonal 10 additional food and drink staff, and the World Tea House cut two of its four employees.
    The DEVI International Boarding School Society will open a private school for students from Grades 6 to 10 in Mill Village in the fall of 2017. Depending on enrolments, about seven or eight workers will be employed at the school.
    School boards in Nova Scotia will hire early childhood educators in 25 additional locations where the pre-primary program for four-year olds will be offered in September 2017. The provincial government plans to continue to add locations over the coming years.
    For the second straight summer, a one-week layoff will occur at Port Hawkesbury Paper due to a market-related shutdown. The mill directly employs almost 350 workers, and only a skeleton crew will remain on staff during the downtime.
  • Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    Ontario-based OnX Canada will begin operating an emergency backup data centre for the Nova Scotia government in the summer of 2018. Fifteen to 20 full-time jobs will be created at the centre.
    Celtic Air Services expects to create 19 jobs over the next few years at the Port Hawkesbury Airport as it increases its aircraft services. The company says increased tourism has led to much more activity at the airport over recent years.
    The Great Canadian Dollar Store expects to open a location in the New Glasgow Highland Square Mall in October 2017. It is the chain's second store in the area, and will employ about 15 workers.
    Sailor Bup's Barbershop will open a location at the Cornwallis Inn, Kentville, in August 2017. The business has three locations in the Halifax metro area as well.
    About 10 new small businesses have opened in Tatamagouche over the last year. The charm, friendly people and affordability are contributing to the mini boom of the area.
    Heddle Marine Services has grown its workforce to more than 25 employees over the last few months at its Sydport location. The business employs labourers, welders, fitters and other occupations while providing a variety of marine services.
    A six-month pilot project which will see a public transit system introduced to Bridgewater will begin the fall of 2017. Drivers will be hired over the next few months for the single bus which will make a loop through the town.
    The Summit Academy of Active Learning, an independent private school, will open in Bedford in the fall of 2017 and serve pre-primary to Grade 9 students
  • Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    Maritech Construction has been awarded a tender for a $5.1M project to construct a water reservoir system in Amherst. No timelines were provided.
    REDspace has added 25 workers to its payroll in the last six months and now has 170 employees. The Halifax-based digital-media company creates web and mobile games and other interactive web and social media applications.
    Rob's Underground Entertainment, featuring live music, opens for business in July 2017 on Elliot Street in Sydney Mines
    Securicy, a Sydney-based company that develops software to assist businesses with cybersecurity issues, expects to double its current number of 10 employees in the next six to 12 months
    Dexter Construction will carry out the $3M demolition of a large section of the former Domtex building on the Yarmouth waterfront in the summer of 2017. There are no firm plans yet for further development of the site.
  • Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    Construction has begun on the conversion of the former Shelburne School site into a 46-acre residential property
    Truro Herbal Company expects to begin construction of a marijuana production facility in the Truro Industrial Park in the summer of 2017, as its application to grow moves into the final review stages. Eventually, the company hopes to employ 50 workers.
    The jobs of 190 employees will be affected with the closure of Sears Canada's full-line stores in Dartmouth (announced in 2016) and Truro, and an outlet store in Halifax. The store in the Halifax Shopping Centre is not slated for closure at this time.
    Lightfoot and Wolfville will open a winery in the Wolfville area in July 2017 that will create 20 jobs. Other wineries in the region are also expanding, and a lab has recently opened at Acadia University to provide support to the industry.
    Green Diamond Equipment, a John Deere equipment dealer for the Maritimes, plans on moving into a new location in the Truro area by the spring of 2018. The dealership employs 24 workers, and needs 10 additional sales staff and technicians.
    Scotiabank shut down two employee centres in Halifax in June that mainly processed paper, and moved some jobs to Toronto. The pending closures had been announced two years ago, and the bank has not said whether any layoffs occurred locally.
    The Nova Scotia government has offered payroll rebate support to Pepper Group, an international mortgage and loan services company, if it creates up to 200 jobs over five years as part of an expansion of its Global Shared Service Centre in Halifax
    A tender for exterior cladding and roof work has been issued for the ongoing major expansion of the Dartmouth General Hospital. A tender for the interior work will be issued in the fall of 2017. The$132-138M project is expected to be completed in 2022.
  • Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    The 2017 strawberry harvest in Nova Scotia appears to be quite promising, but there are reports that challenges persist at times in attracting enough pickers to take care of the crop
    Production is on schedule to begin in September 2017 at Atlantic Gold's Touquoy mine in the Eastern Shore area, which will result in the creation of 200 jobs. Other gold operations are possible over the next few years in the area.
    After much public debate, Scotia Materials Ltd. has received a permit to operate a quarry in Goffs, near Fall River. Work could begin at the site within the next few months, and the company will now go ahead and hire workers
    Horton Ridge Malt House opened in June 2017 near Grand-Pré. The business will sell a selection of Nova Scotia beer, including some produced in house from locally grown grain.
    Reitmans will close its clothing store in New Minas at the end of June 2017
    Private liquor store Cristall Wine Merchants will rebrand as Westside Beer Wine and Spirits and add five or six workers to its current staff of 10 as it moves from Bedford to a location in Clayton Park in the next few months
    Ruby Rhinestone, a bar and restaurant, is expected to open in August in downtown Halifax and employ about 20 workers. Restaurants Six 303 Eatery on Quinpool Road and Silong Express on Titus Street have also opened recently or will open soon in Halifax.
  • Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    After a tendering process, construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2018 on the $19M East Hants Aquatic Centre in the Elmsdale Business Park. The opening date of the centre is set for the summer of 2019.
    Bionic knee brace manufacturer Spring Loaded Technology expects to add another eight workers with backgrounds in mechanical engineering and production to its staff of 29 as it invests $3.8M to develop new products and boost capacity
    Deep Panuke and Sable, the two Nova Scotia offshore gas projects, will begin plugging their wells over the next couple of years and end both operations by 2021. No further offshore gas projects are currently planned for the province.
    LED Roadway Lighting has laid off 45 assembly workers in Amherst and will shift its focus from manufacturing lighting to production planning. About 90 to 100 workers remain in Amherst and some planning-related jobs may eventually be added.
    The United Mine Workers of America intends to organize a union drive among the 64 workers at the recently opened Donkin Mine in Cape Breton. The workforce is expected to grow to 130 over the next couple of years.
    Work has begun on a marijuana growing operation at Port Mersey Industrial Park in Brooklyn that would create at least 60 jobs during production, but the company, Aquilitas, still needs approval for a license to grow from the federal government
    According to the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, there are now 20 wineries in the province as compared to nine in 2005, and 934 full-time jobs exist in the grape and wine industry in mostly rural areas of Nova Scotia
    Industrial products distributor Acklands-Grainger will close its Stellarton location in July 2017, as part of a national downsizing. The jobs of four workers will be affected, although some have been offered other roles with the company.
  • Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    QRA Corp Ltd., a Halifax-based developer of aerospace software to help engineering firms detect faults in the design phase, continues to attract business and has recently added several employees in the areas of project management and business development
    Metamaterial Technologies, a Halifax-based firm that designs products based on light technology, could add 100 workers to its staff of 33 over the next three years. Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin recently contributed $5.6M to the company's research.
    Ramar Construction will begin construction in the summer of 2017 on Soaring Way, an $8.1M residential development in Hammonds Plains
    Lady Drive-Her, an airport taxi service that has 10 all-female drivers, has opened in Halifax
    According to the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia, increased demand and good growing conditions over the last few years have now led to a current oversupply of berries, resulting in unsustainable low prices for producers
  • Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    New businesses that have opened recently or will open soon in the Halifax area include a restaurant, The Rooftop, on Grafton Street, Juice Press in Purdy's Wharf, the Grounded Coffee Bar in Historic Properties, pawn shop Most Wanted on Cole Harbour Road, and toy store Scholar's Choice in the Mic Mac Mall
    Construction Technologies Inc., a Burnside-based supplier to the construction industry, has gone into receivership. The jobs of 30 employees are affected.
    The Conference Board of Canada has downgraded its GDP growth prediction for Nova Scotia to 0.5% in 2017 and 0.7% in 2018. Shipbuilding will provide a boost to the economy, but predicted declines in construction and a labour supply limited by an aging population provide challenges.
    The Best Western Plus Dartmouth near the Burnside Industrial Park will undergo an expansion over the next few months which is expected to result in the addition of up to 10 housekeeping and support jobs at the hotel
    "According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, the current softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the U.S. will likely have a negative impact on the Nova Scotia economy and possibly factor into a revision of the Council's growth rate forecast of 1.2% for 2017 for the province "
    The Scotian Gold Cooperative Ltd. may double its apple packaging capacity over the next decade in Coldbrook, as a result of a recent expansion. Exports of Nova Scotia apples have grown significantly over the past couple of years.
    Parks Canada has awarded Dexter Construction a $3.8M contract for road and bridge work along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park during the 2017 season
    According to the Nova Scotia government, the difficulty of securing workers for seafood processing plants across the province remains a concern. Seafood is Nova Scotia's number one export, worth $1.81B, with strong demand for it in China and Europe.
  • Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service plans to fill five new crown attorney positions, while the association representing the attorneys would like to see more resources dedicated to front line service due to heavy workloads
    Halifax-based Ambassatours will use two vehicles to begin amphibious tours of the Sydney Harbour area in the fall of 2017, and hopes to expand its offerings over the next several years upon completion of the port¿s expanded cruise ship facilities
    A contract awarded to Lockheed Martin Canada to replace combat systems on Chilean navy ships will result in additional jobs in systems software engineering and integration at the company¿s facility in Dartmouth, where 250 workers are now employed
    The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board has handed out 28 layoff notices, most of which are believed to be to teaching assistants. The final number of potential layoffs could change depending on adjustments to the budget.
  • Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    Stitches, a Toronto-based youth clothing chain, has opened a store at 1566 Barrington Street in Halifax and is in the process of hiring management, cashier, and retail sales associate positions
    Wheaton's reopened its store in Berwick in May 2017, replacing the retail chain's original location that burnt to the ground a year before. The store employed 18 workers prior to the fire, and most have returned.
    Thrift store chain Value Village opened a new location at the Aberdeen Shopping Centre in New Glasgow in May 2017
    Downtown Nutrition, a Sydney-based food service and retail business, has opened a location in Sydney River. The business employs a total of 15 workers in its two area outlets and is looking to expand beyond Cape Breton.
    InterTalk, a Dartmouth-based developer of radio dispatch systems, has added eight full-time software engineers over the past three years and now has a staff of 27 workers. The company continues to gain contracts with clients in the United States.
    A&W will open a restaurant on Prince Street in Sydney by the end of October 2017. It is expected 40 to 50 workers will be employed.
    Construction of the first phase of the Glooscap Landing development project, delayed due to an appeal, is expected to resume soon. A gas bar and possibly a coffee shop are planned initially for the site, with expansions to follow.
    Construction has begun on the Chedabucto Lifestyle complex in Guysborough. Marko Construction, Turf Master, Con and Con Construction, and the Guysborough Truckers Association are involved in contracts related to the project.
    Bubba Ray's Sports Bar on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has closed. The business has four other locations in the province, including two in the Halifax area.
    Sustane Technologies has begun construction of its plant in Chester which will convert household refuse into fuel. The plant, expected to be operational in 2018, will employ about 25 people.
  • Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    Ocean Sonics, based in the Truro area, is actively recruiting engineers, software developers, and salespersons to add to its current staff of 15 employees. The company develops digital devices that measure ocean sounds.
    Burrito Jax has closed three of its Halifax-area restaurants, while three others in the area will remain open
    In addition to the reopening of the campground in the summer of 2017, the Town of Trenton has announced plans for an eventual $2.6M revitalization of Trenton Park
  • Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    The Theatre Pub & Grill will open in May 2017 in downtown North Sydney
    Eight Nova Scotia companies have been awarded contracts totalling about $12M for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion and renovation to begin in May 2017. A second tender package will be issued later in the spring.
    As a result of recommendations from a council on classroom conditions, the Department of Education will hire at least 139 more teachers for Nova Scotia schools and cap class sizes in the higher grades beginning in September 2017
    A mix of returning and new seasonal food service and water transportation businesses are among those that will open along the Halifax downtown waterfront beginning in June 2017
    MrsGrocery.com, a national grocery delivery business now headquartered in Amherst, is seeking 12 to 15 customer service, sales, and other workers
    J. Farwell Sailing Co., a new Halifax-based water transportation business, is seeking three to five deckhands with sailing experience for its seasonal harbour tours
    The Tri-County Regional School Board, based in the Yarmouth area, will add an additional 16 teaching positions for the 2017-18 school year
  • Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Marco construction company has been awarded a $8.9M tender to build the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough. No timelines for construction are available, but two levels of government have agreed to contribute to funding the project.
    Cavicchi's Meats on St. Margaret's Bay Road, Sunrise Records in the Mic Mac Mall, and women's clothing retailer Olsen Europe in the Halifax Shopping Centre are among retailers who have recently opened or will soon open in the area
    Greco's Pizza has recently opened a franchise in Sackville. Other food businesses expected to open soon in the Halifax area include fast-food restaurants Mezza and Kenny's Pizza in Cole Harbour, and a bakery, Birdies Bread Co., in Woodside.
    The Nova Scotia government will build a community outpatient centre in Bayers Lake in Halifax. Construction is scheduled to begin in the winter of 2018 and be completed by the winter of 2021.
    Nieforth Furnishers in downtown Dartmouth has closed after 79 years in business
    A new restaurant, The Crossing, has opened in Kingston
    Montreal-based frozen yogurt chain Yeh! closed its franchise in the Mayflower Mall in Sydney in April 2017
    Sustainable Fish Farming Inc., with financial assistance from the federal government, will add four workers to its staff of seven as a result of a planned increase in production of Atlantic salmon at its land-based fish farm in Centre Burlington
    The Turtleback, a Fall River restaurant currently employing 21 workers, plans to add staff for the 2017 summer season
    The Nova Scotia government will provide payroll rebate support to MUFG Investor Services to create up to 100 jobs over five years as it expands its Halifax operations
    During a recent job fair in Pictou County hosted by Career Connections, employers Pictou Lodge Beach Resort indicated it would add more workers than usual for the upcoming season, while web.com expects to add 20 workers at its local area IT call centre
  • Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    L.J. Robicheau and Son Fisheries Limited intends to open a fish plant in the former Kings Produce food processing plant in Middleton by the summer of 2017. The company would like to begin with 10 to 15 workers, and employ up to 60 in its first year.
    Greenwood Golf Course in Greenwood will close at the end of the 2017 season due to declining membership, after nearly 60 years in operation
    The Nova Scotia government will provide support to Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Son Limited for creating up to 100 finance positions in Halifax, up from the 50 jobs in the original six-year deal it signed with the company in 2015
    The Nova Scotia government has added 23 nurse practitioners and family practice nurses at collaborative care clinics across Nova Scotia, as part of a plan announced in 2016
  • Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    Mount Saint Vincent University will begin providing services to assist government in reducing the number of public school students awaiting psycho-educational assessments. Adding more school psychologists will also be considered at a later date.
    Screen Nova Scotia says that while only some of the workers who left the province in the past couple of years due to a decline in film production have returned, a recent investment of $6.9M from the Nova Scotia government is positive for the industry
    IKEA will hold several spring job fairs to fill about 300 positions for the fall 2017 opening of its Dartmouth Crossing store. About 3,500 applications have been received for positons in logistics, sales, interior design, and customer and food services.
    The owners of the Jumping Bean coffee franchise in Bedford will buy The Nook, a coffee shop on Gottingen Street in Halifax that was due to close. The employees at The Nook will maintain their jobs, and a few more will be added.
    The Nova Scotia government will replace the hospital in Pugwash and renovate the one in Bridgewater. Work on both projects may begin by the fall of 2018, after design work is complete.
    Metamaterial Technologies Inc., a Halifax-based company that has developed light filtering technology enabling aircraft to guard against laser attacks, has doubled its workforce to 30 staff over the past year as it continues to research new products
    Kentville-based Apple Valley Foods, which was offered a payroll rebate program by the province of Nova Scotia earlier in April 2017 to create 80 jobs over five years, has already advertised for 12 positions, including jobs for 10 production labourers
    Kenny's Pizza will open an outlet on Cole Harbour Road in Halifax during July 2017 and is expected to employ 12 to 15 workers. It is the tenth Kenny's Pizza location in the province.
  • Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    More than 100 employees have been working for several months in Moose River Gold Mines preparing the new Atlantic Gold-owned mine. The number of workers is expected to double when production begins in September 2017.
    Rinaldo's Italian American Specialities is scheduled to open in May 2017 on Windsor Street in Halifax. The new restaurant will employ 15 to 20 workers.
    A new Dairy Queen in Dartmouth Crossing is expected to open in December 2017 and employ 40 to 50 workers. The Ontario-based company would like to add more restaurants over the next several years in the Halifax area.
    Pleasant St. Diner, a 60-seat restaurant, has opened in the Woodside area of Dartmouth
    NTT Data Canada Inc. plans to expand its Halifax operations and has been offered a payroll rebate by the Nova Scotia government if it creates up to 500 jobs over the next six years
    Kentville-based Apple Valley Foods, a manufacturer of frozen fruit pies, has been offered a payroll rebate from the Nova Scotia government if it creates up to 80 jobs over the next five years
    Synergy Seafoods has significantly increased the number of employees at its fish plant in Comeauville since purchasing it in January 2017. The plant decided to expand as more workers became available due to decreasing employment in local mink farming.
    Work will begin in the summer of this year on an $80M project to convert the former Discovery Centre and Green Lantern properties on Barrington Street in Halifax into a pair of commercial/residential developments
    Banc Developments expects to begin excavation in April 2017 for the Margaretta, a nine-storey commercial/residential building to be built over three years on Clyde Street in Halifax
    A-1 Pizza in Port Hawkesbury continues to expand its space and has grown its staff from one to 15 employees since opening in 2010. The business expects to add five more workers in 2017 for the busy summer season.
  • Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    The Nova Scotia government has introduced rules requiring private colleges to provide students with more information on job prospects for some programs. Colleges will also be required to submit graduate surveys related to employment.
    Tatamagouche Brewing Company in Tatamagouche expects to add two workers to the three staff in brewing operations in the spring of 2017. The total brewery operation would then employ about 12 to 14 workers in the busy summer season.
    The Nova Scotia government has committed $1.44M towards 22 projects designed to improve high-speed internet access in rural Nova Scotia. The projects will take place over the next several months.
    As a result of an increase in production, Copernicus Studios has hired 80 full-time staff into design, animation, programming and production jobs in Halifax since December 2016, bringing its total number of employees to 180. The company creates animation for television, film, websites, and games.
    Construction is expected to begin in late July 2017 and last until the spring of 2019 on a $5M project to renovate and renew social housing infrastructure in Mulgrave Park in Halifax
    Ottawa-based retailer Giant Tiger will open a store on the Bedford Highway in Halifax in the fall of 2017, its 10th Nova Scotia location
    The Port of Sydney expects to hire five or six additional employees in anticipation of a busy 2017 cruise ship season
  • Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The province of Nova Scotia has extended a payroll rebate agreement with IBM Canada. The company plans to add 250 more positions to the 500 it had already agreed to create at its client innovation centre in Halifax .
    Yeah Yeahs Pizza plans to open on Octerloney Street in Dartmouth in May 2017 and hire about five employees
    According to a report released by the Halifax Port Authority, the port¿s operations account for the equivalent of 12,446 full-time jobs, a 5.3% increase since 2013. The Port of Halifax now generates more than $1.7B in economic activity.
    Futureworx and food service businesses in the Antigonish area will partner to offer a 19 week program beginning in March 2017 to train people to work in the food service industry. More than 25 possible vacancies have been identified in the industry in the area.
    Meteghan-based A.F. Theriault & Son will hire 15 workers for a six week project beginning in April 2017. The project is to construct fibreglass hulls for the Arctic patrol vessel rescue boats being built in Halifax by Rosborough Boats for the Irving Shipyard.
    The Town of Trenton plans to reopen Trenton Park for limited camping in 2017, after closing the campground in 2009 because of operational costs
    A second phase of construction on the Apple Dome, Berwick¿s multi-use recreation centre, will likely start in 2017. The $5.3M expansion will include the addition of a new curling facility, and fitness and health centres.
    Nautel, a Hackett¿s Cove-based maker of radio transmitters, plans to add a significant number of employees to its design and research teams over the next year to work on new products. Nautel had increased from 210 to 240 staff over the past six years.
  • Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    According to government officials, 2017 will be a busy construction season in Cape Breton, with work on a second cruise ship berth and a new wastewater system in Sydney among projects to take place. The recent re-opening of the Donkin Mine is also positive news for the area.
    Parks Canada will fill 100 positions for students at its Cape Breton locations during the 2017 season. The jobs will range from office positions to labourers.
    Fresh Food Truck and Smokinstein Food Truck will begin operating in the Halifax area in April 2017. The owner, who is relocating the trucks from Barrie, ON., plans to hire four full-time and up to eight part-time workers.
    The Halifax Employers Association will hold a job fair in March 2017 to add 32 casual longshoremen to its reserve of workers. This will help deal with increasing cargo volumes, and labour shortages during busy periods or when workers retire.
    Pizza Girls will open on the corner of Blowers and Grafton Streets in Halifax in May 2017. It will be the fourth location for the business in the Halifax area.
    Rosborough Boats in Beechville has been awarded a $7.3M contract to build rescue boats for the Arctic patrol vessels being constructed at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax. The company will add two positions in 2017 to its current staff of 12 employees.
    Ontario-based metal distributor, Metal Supermarkets, has opened a franchise location in Burnside, and has four employees
    A tender has been issued for the major expansion of the Dartmouth General Hospital, with work to begin in May 2017. The project is estimated to cost between $132 and $138M. More tenders will be issued throughout the year.
  • Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    Moon Bakery and Café recently opened in downtown Glace Bay and hired seven workers
    Slyce Inc., a creator of software applications, plans to grow its 30-person workforce in New Waterford after receiving financial assistance from the federal government. The company has been recruiting computer specialists.
    MrsGrocery, a Moncton-based, internet grocery delivery business that had employed home-based workers, plans to move its headquarters to the former Scotiabank building in downtown Amherst by the spring of 2017 and possibly create two dozen jobs
    Toronto-based game developer Ubique Networks Inc., which has 12 employees in Sydney and three in Halifax, has received financial assistance from the federal government and plans to expand its workforce
    The Halifax Stanfield Airport is committing $45M to its 2017 capital projects program. The plan includes the expansion of passenger screening areas, work on the electrical and refrigeration systems, and runway renovations.
    If it can secure financing, Advanced Materials Inc. would like to process tin in East Kemptville from ore stockpiled at the former Rio Alom mine which closed there in 1992. The operation would last about six to seven years and create about 30 jobs.
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    Perfect Diversity Clay Art Studio, a combination coffee shop and studio offering pottery lessons, is expected to open in downtown New Glasgow in March 2017
    The Conference Board of Canada has downgraded its GDP growth prediction for Nova Scotia to 0.8% in 2017 and 1.0% in 2018. Major construction projects including the Maritime Link and Halifax Convention Centre will come to an end, but the manufacturing sector will benefit from the large Halifax Shipyard project.
    The number of non-resident visitors to Nova Scotia reached 2.2M in 2016, an increase of 8% over 2015 according to Tourism Nova Scotia. The number of room nights sold to all parties was up 4%, with the Cape Breton region leading the way at 16%.
    CovenHoven Distillery near Digby is now producing spirits and has hired a full time distiller. The business will construct a permanent structure in the summer of 2017 on its property where it will retail its products.
    Vi's Restaurant in Wycocomagh will close in April 2017, after 59 years in business
    Coal is being mined in Cape Breton for the first time since 2001, with the opening of the Donkin mine. The current number of 64 workers will rise to about 135 over the next couple of years as production increases.
    The Rodd Grand Hotel in Yarmouth is currently undergoing a $2M renovation project as the business prepares for the upcoming tourist season. The hotel employs over 80 workers during peak season.
    Relish Gourmet Burgers has closed its restaurants across Canada, including the location on Larry Uteck Boulevard in Halifax. The Quinpool Road location in Halifax, will remain open as one of six Canadian independant locations.
    According to NSCC, job prospects are excellent for graduates of the game development and animation programs offered at its Truro college campus, while the CEO of a Bedford IT business says there is a shortage across industry for senior IT programmers
    Doctors Nova Scotia indicates many people in both rural and urban areas of the province do not have family physicians, and as many as 400 of the 1,200 physicians in current practice may leave in the next 10 years, mostly due to retirements
    Redo's Pizza is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017 on the corner of Forest Street and Haley Road in Yarmouth. The business will employ six to eight people.
  • Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    Cape Breton University and its faculty association have ratified a new three-year contract that will include an annual 1.25% wage increase and suitable changes to a layoff clause
    Celtz, a St. John's, NL-based producer of a range of software for the film industry, is building a sales team in Halifax as it continues to make inroads into various markets
    Two virtual reality-related businesses have opened recently on Gottingen and Oxford Streets in Halifax. Nearby Planet VR and Halifax VR Room offer services to those who enjoy playing high-tech video games in a relaxing environment.
    Water & Bone, a 40-seat restaurant, has opened at 5687 Charles Street in Halifax
    Geebo Device Repair has opened on Queen Street in Halifax. The business, which offers computer and cell phone repairs and sells used devices, now employs a total of 10 workers in its three locations in the Halifax area.
    About 40 jobs will be created when H & M, a Swedish clothing chain, opens in the Halifax Shopping Centre in the summer of 2017. Clothing retailer Zara will also open in the Shopping Centre around the same time.
    Mian's Restaurant, a family-owned business, has opened on George Street in Sydney in the location of the former Zana's Diner, which closed in recent months
    The Nova Scotia government has imposed a four year contract on the province's public school teachers, after collective bargaining failed to result in a deal. Both sides want to continue to try and work together going forward to address classroom concerns.
    Modest Tree, a Halifax-based interactive training company, doubled its staff in 2016 to about 20 workers and expects to add another 15 people in 2017 after landing a number of contracts connected to Canadian military operations
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    A&W plans to open 200 restaurants in Canada over the next four years, including 10 in Nova Scotia which will create a total of 250 jobs. The unnamed Nova Scotia locations will include five full-size restaurants with drive-thrus.
    According to the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the wait time for mental health services has more than doubled over the past six months in Cape Breton. The health authority is working to fill six psychiatrist vacancies, as well as other clinical positions.
    The Captain's Boil, a Toronto-based Cajun-style restaurant chain, is set to open a franchise in the former Pizza Delight location at 5680 Spring Garden Road in Halifax in April 2017. The restaurant is expected to hire about 10 workers.
    The Good Food Emporium, a restaurant on Windsor Street in Halifax, has closed. A yet-unnamed Italian-American restaurant is expected to open in the space at the end of March 2017.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    Irving Shipbuilding is seeking work to fill a looming gap in construction between 2019 and 2021 in the federal shipbuilding program in Halifax. Irving would like to fill the gap to prevent large layoffs and potential loss of some of its workforce.
    BuildForce Canada predicts that Nova Scotia will lose over 8,000 construction workers to retirements over the next 10 years, and replacing them could provide a challenge as the pool of younger workers to draw from is smaller than it once was
    The Nova Scotia government has rejected a wage proposal from an independent tribunal and instead imposed a lower wage settlement on provincial court judges. Judges in Nova Scotia currently make $236,376 plus benefits.
    Demolition of the former Shannon Park military community in Dartmouth will now take until July 2017 to complete. Future use of the land is still in the planning stage, but up to 3,000 housing units could be built there over the next 10 to 15 years.
    Sydney-based Highland Hemp has signed a deal to export its hemp oil product to Brazil. The company had grown its own hemp previously, but would like local farms to act as independent producers as well in the future.
    The Nova Scotia government will commit $705,000 over the next three years to fund internships in research and innovation for 170 high-level university graduates. Sixty of the internships will take place at Acadian Seaplants in Cornwallis.
    Clearwater Seafoods will invest in a system to process high clam volumes at its Highland Fisheries plant in Glace Bay, resulting in year-round jobs for the roughly 36 seasonal employees who work there. Some seasonal crab processing jobs may also be added.
    The Canteen has expanded from a lunch to a full service restaurant and moved from Octerloney to Portland Street in downtown Dartmouth. The business has added 20 positions to the seven that moved from the old location.
    The Ramada on Brownlow Avenue in Dartmouth has closed and laid off its roughly 120 employees. However, the hotel will reopen after renovations as a Delta Hotel by Marriot in the summer of 2017, with the expectation the staff will be re-hired.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    The Halifax Stanfield International Airport served nearly 4M passengers in 2016, its highest number ever. Domestic traffic made up 84% of the total, and was up 7.4% from the previous year. Air cargo, much of it live lobster, was up 4.1% from 2015.
    It is expected that 179 cruise ships will visit Halifax in 2017, up 31.5% from the 136 visits in 2016. The anticipated number of passengers is estimated at about 270,000, which would be a 15.4% increase from the previous year.
    Training partners will offer a continuing care assistant program beginning in April 2017 in Baddeck, one of several such courses that have been ongoing around Nova Scotia to address what the industry calls a critical need for workers in that field
    A Forest Nova Scotia report states that 6,100 workers were employed directly in the forestry industry in Nova Scotia in 2015, while there were 5,400 spinoff jobs. The report also states that 1,300 jobs were added in the industry between 2012 and 2015.
    Aerospace and defence manufacturer Stelia Aerospace will cut 30 production and management jobs at its main Lunenburg location, due to softening demand and delayed starts on some projects. Stelia still employs 400 workers in Lunenburg.
    A dairy and butcher shop is expected to open in the fall of 2017 in a building currently under construction in the Masstown Market. Local farms will provide milk and meat to the businesses, and the milk will be bottled on site.
    Bubba Ray's Sports Bar will open in Garlands Crossing in February 2017, which will become the sixth location for the business. About 75 applications have been received for positions.
    According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Nova Scotia led the country in the number of wind energy projects undertaken in 2016, with 10 new wind facilities installed during the year
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    A seven-year, $131M project to rebuild parts of DND's North Park Armoury in Halifax will begin in the summer of 2017. Tenders have been called for contractors in stone masonry for the first phase, while mechanical, electrical and other work will take place later.
    Production at the Donkin coal mine, expected to begin in December 2016, has not yet started. There are currently 45 workers employed at the mine, with the number expected to increase to 135 during full production.
    The Port of Halifax, bolstered by the addition of several new shipping lines, is coming off its busiest year since the recession of 2007-08. Total cargo tonnage increased by 16.2% at the Port of Halifax in 2016 over the previous year, with container traffic jumping by 14.9%.
    An A&W location is expected to open in the food court at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in the spring of 2017
    A $16M upgrade will take place in 2017 on the 100-year-old sewer system along Northwest Arm in Halifax
    Fairlanes Bowling Centre in New Minas will close in March 2017, resulting in eight job losses. Management indicates the sport in the area has been in decline for some time.
    Centreville Kwik-Way & Diner will close at the beginning of February 2017, resulting in 12 job losses
    Sobeys Inc. will cut 26 jobs in its Lawtons distribution centres in Dartmouth, N.S. and St. John's, NL and will partner with pharmaceutical distributor McKesson to provide the service instead. McKesson has centres in Moncton, N.B. and St. John's.
    The three levels of government will contribute $20M to the building of a second cruise ship berth for the Port of Sydney. Although some details have yet to be worked out, it is hoped work will start soon and that the berth will be ready by late 2018.
    The hourly minimum wage in Nova Scotia will increase by $0.15, to $10.85 on April 1, 2017. The hourly minimum wage for a worker with less than three months experience will increase by the same amount, to $10.35.
    The Nova Scotia government will commit $515M to its 2017-18 capital investment plan. Highlights will include spending on roads, schools, health care, and other public infrastructure.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    China-based First Catch Fisheries Company will hire 30 to 40 workers and up to 100 in peak season for a lobster processing facility it will begin building in the spring of 2017 in Shelburne. The facility may open by late 2017.
    Contractors are working through the winter in the Halifax area to finish buildings and get them on the market due to a strong demand for rental units. Contractors and labour may be a little easier to find in the winter, according to industry contacts.
    Retail chain Dollarama will open a location in Park Lane Mall in downtown Halifax in January 2017, while Payless Shoe Source will soon open a store in the Halifax Shopping Centre
    Bier Markt, an Ontario-based pub restaurant chain, is expected to open in the late summer of 2017 in downtown Halifax when construction of the Nova Centre complex will be completed. It will be the first Maritime location for the business.
    Work has begun on the three-year, multi-million dollar commercial, retail, and residential Queen's Marque District development along the historic downtown Halifax waterfront. The area will also include 75,000 square feet of public space and new wharfs.
    Construction will begin on a Tim Hortons location on Reserve Street in Glace Bay in the spring of 2017. While the scheduled opening is unknown at this point, the business will employ about 50 people.
    Photography retail business Carsand-Mosher will close its Truro store at the end of February 2017 due to a lack of business, putting 15 employees out of work. The Truro location is the last one remaining for the Nova Scotia company.
    Lower tariffs on fish products entering China will likely benefit Nova Scotia seafood exporters. An already strong Chinese market for Nova Scotia seafood has prompted recent investments in processing and cargo shipping facilities in the province.
    Shell is abandoning two exploratory oil and gas wells off Nova Scotia due to poor yields. Industry analysts say it is unlikely there will any further drilling in the province in 2017. BP Oil has a plan to drill a deep water well in 2018.
    IKEA is actively recruiting about 300 workers for its store in Dartmouth Crossing, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. Positions, some to be filled by May, are available in logistics, sales, interior design, information technology and food services.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Mezza Lebanese Restaurant will open in late winter 2017 in the former Target building on Prince Street in Sydney. The business, which also has franchises in the Halifax Metro area, will employ seven to 10 employees.
    The Riverside Lobster International Inc. processing plant in Meteghan River has gone from 65 to 300 employees over the past five years. The company advertises for workers 52 weeks of the year as it struggles to attract labour.
    Peace by Chocolate, a small chocolate factory started by a family of Syrian refugees in Antigonish in August 2016, now employs 10 workers
    Dalhousie University has awarded contracts to Halifax area-based firms Allstar Rebar, LEAD Structural Formwork Ltd., and Quality Concrete for work related to the $64M project to construct two new academic buildings to open in 2018 on its Sexton Campus.
    The Government of Canada will invest $66M in the construction of a military armoury expected to be completed in 2018 in Willow Park in Halifax. Another $21M will also be spent on other military infrastructure upgrades in the city.
    TreeGo, an aerial adventure business that had planned to set up a course in Trenton Park in Trenton, has cancelled the project
    Quebec-based dairy producers Agropur and Saputo Inc. will lay off 346 employees who work in distribution and the stocking of store shelves in Atlantic Canada beginning in April 2017. Agropur indicates 78 of their layoffs will be in Nova Scotia.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Holiday Inn Harbourview in Dartmouth will close in January to undergo an $8M facelift, and reopen in May or June 2017 under the name Double Tree Suites by Hilton. Truro-based Maxim Construction will be the general contractor for the project.
    Moe's Place Music Sales in Windsor will transition out of instrument sales by the spring of 2017 to expand the teaching of music and programming side of the operation. The business indicates it will likely need more music teachers as a result.
    According to the Halifax International Airport Authority, some new restaurants and vendors are expected to be added at the airport over the next year
    A brewery, Lunn's Mill Beer Company, is expected to open early in 2017 in the old Carleton Road Industries property in Lawrencetown. The brewery also plans to serve beer and food.
    A $20M construction renovation project will begin in February 2017 on the former coast guard property in Dartmouth to transform it into a collaborative ocean research and development facility. The building will be ready for use by the spring of 2018.
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Halifax Water will install automatic meters over a three year period, beginning in the spring of 2017. The water utility says this could result in a need for fewer workers to read meters, although the full impact on the workforce is uncertain.
    Aecon Atlantic recently laid off some workers at its facility in Pictou due to work slowdowns, which the company says are normal in the industry. Aecon had been fabricating turbines for the Fundy tidal projects, and work is expected to increase in 2017.
    Junk Works, a franchise that removes and recycles or disposes of unwanted household items, has opened in the Halifax Metro area. The business has four employees, and plans to add another truck and at least two more employees over the next year.
    Susie's Shortbreads closed its retail outlet in December 2016 in Purdy's Wharf in downtown Halifax. The four part-time employees may still be able to work some hours at the company's main production facility and retail space at Bayers Lake in Halifax.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    The landmark Westin Nova Scotia hotel in Halifax will undergo $10M of renovations beginning in November 2017
    The Nova Scotia government has advertised for and will add 22 nurse practitioners and family practice nurses early in 2017, including approximately seven positions in Hants County. The hiring is part of a plan announced earlier in 2016 of changes to the health care system.
    The Hants Community Hospital in Windsor will undergo a $3.8M renovation project scheduled to begin in 2017
    Construction is scheduled to start in 2017 and last until 2020 on The Promenade at Robie South, a $100M mixed use, two-tower development at the corner of Robie and College streets in Halifax
    Point Tupper-based gypsum plant Cabot Gypsum has recently added production workers and is currently seeking millwrights as it expands its operations to manufacture a new product. About 50 employees currently work at the plant.
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    The owner of Midgard Insect cricket farm, a new business in Windsor that produces insect protein for use in pet foods, is looking to hire additional employees and expand operations
    The Conference Board of Canada predicts real GDP growth for Nova Scotia will be 1.3% in 2016, just above the 1.1% mark for 2015. Annual growth of 1.5%, 1.7% and 1.5% are forecasted for the next three years. Tire and seafood manufacturing, the Irving Shipbuilding project, the Maritime Link, and the Halifax Convention Centre construction projects will bolster the economy.
    Kentville-based Nova Solar Capital Inc. hopes to begin a mass installation of solar panels on homes in around the region in the spring of 2017. The company, which helps customers access financing, will subcontract the work to existing solar companies.
    Zana Diner, a family-owned business on George Street in Sydney, will close at the end of December 2016
    The Port of Sydney has 90 cruise ship visits scheduled for the 2017 season, carrying 137,596 passengers. The number of passengers would represent a 67% increase over the 2016 season.
    The Sarsfield Foods frozen pie factory in Kentville closed in December 2016. The company announced the impending closure some months ago, with an estimated loss of 90 jobs.
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    A new First Nation gas bar, convenience store, and Tim Hortons has opened in Waycobah, employing about 35 workers
    Valley Mushrooms will close its farm in Waterville in December 2016, putting 23 people out of work
    A new YMCA gym has opened in the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre complex in the Cape Breton First Nations community of Membertou. The $18M complex had opened in September 2016.
    Work continues on the $150M Long Lake Village in Halifax. The residential project is being developed over a period of years through several phases by a number of contractors.
    Construction is expected to be completed by January 2017 on the new $3M shipyard building at Canadian Maritime Engineering in North Sydney. Johnljim Construction is the general contractor for the project.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    About 200 to 300 jobs are expected to be created on the construction of the Maristella, a $100M, 36-storey hotel and condominium project planned to be completed by 2019 as part of the massive King's Wharf development project in Dartmouth
    Farmer's Daughter Market in Whycocomagh has recently hired five new employees. The owners say it was necessary to advertise widely, as small businesses in rural areas workers are often limited by a small pool of workers.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    Halifax Convention Centre Corp., operator of the city's convention centre, will likely add 160 workers to its current staff of about 200 when it moves into the larger Nova Centre. Completion of the Nova Centre has been delayed until late 2017.
    PetValu, a pet supply and service franchise, has opened a location in the Port Hawkesbury Shopping Centre
    Atlantic Gold has hired 140 employees as it prepares the open pit Touquoy Project in Moose River Gold Mines for production in 2017. The company hopes to employ a total of 350 workers within 10 years if it develops three other planned mines in the area.
    A likely phaseout of coal-fired plants in Cape Breton will not affect the planned start of coal production within the next month at the Donkin mine. The mine owners indicate that they have other markets for the product other than the coal plants.
    Halifax welcomed 136 visits from cruise ships in 2016, compared to 141 in 2015. The 238,000 passengers in 2016 represented a 7% increase over 2015 and accounted for an active season along the waterfront, according to the Port Authority.
    The owners of the Capital Seafood fish plant in Eastern Passage destroyed by fire in November say they will rebuild the facility, and continue live shipment of lobsters in the meantime. The company normally employed up to 50 workers at the plant.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    According to IBM Canada, its client innovation centre in Halifax which began in 2013 with 70 workers, now employs 500 people and services clients from around the world
    Atlantic Bottle Wash will open a facility in Burnside in March 2017 to recycle and sell bottles to microbreweries. The company has three employees, plans to hire 12 to 15 more when it starts production, and perhaps an additional 20 to 30 as it expands.
    A fire has destroyed the Capital Seafood fish plant in Eastern Passage, putting more than 20 current workers out of work
    General contractors in Cape Breton are reporting they are very busy and often overwhelmed with requests for work required to repair homes that suffered damage from the fall floods in the area
    Seafood and automotive parts exports are expected to drive the manufacturing industry in Nova Scotia in 2016 and 2017, according to the Conference Board of Canada. Mining activity will likely slow.
    The Irving Shipbuilding project and construction activity at Dartmouth Crossing, Kings Wharf, downtown Halifax, and on the Macdonald Bridge will fuel economic activity in Halifax in 2016 and 2017, according to the Conference Board of Canada. However, despite some overall growth in the retail sector, employment there is expected to remain stagnant.
    Peace by Chocolate, a small chocolate factory started by a family of Syrian refugees in August 2016 in Antigonish, has recently hired three local workers. The factory may need to hire more people for an expected busy Christmas season.
    Cape Sharp Tidal has installed its first tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy. The company is one of several that plan to test various tidal turbine technologies to harness electricity over the next few years.
    The Nova Scotia government is crediting a $4.7M strategy it implemented in 2016 with helping employers recruit and retain nurses in the province. The strategy provides orientation and support to new graduates.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Due to recent flooding in Cape Breton, home heating companies have been busy with repairs and installations of furnaces and water heaters. Vision Heating has had to hire four extra workers.
    The city is trying to assist the 185 staff of the Dartmouth Sportsplex, who will be out of work when the facility closes from May 2017 to August 2018. The sports complex will shut down for 16 months in order to get a $23M makeover.
    Halifax-based Chorus Aviation's aircraft leasing revenue was up 47% to $72 million over the past year, after signing a deal with Air Canada in 2015. Chorus Aviation's charter and contract flying operations decreased compared to last year.
    The Alliance, a huge consortium of shipping lines, is adding a Western Mediterranean Ltd. route to Halifax at Ceres Group's Container Terminal beginning in April 2016
    For the third time in four years, Nova Scotia's offshore petroleum regulator has received no bids from companies interested in offshore exploration. The government says the lack of interest may be a result of the downturn in oil prices.
    Parks Canada will invest over $2M to construct a new campground near Chéticamp in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park as part of the $3B infrastructure investment across Canada over the next five years
    The Cape Breton University Faculty Association voted to accept a tentative three-year agreement with the university. No details were released, but the board of governors are expected to vote on it on December 9. There are 152 members of the association.
    Canaqua Seafoods Ltd., in Advocate Harbour, has received $300K in debtor-in-possession financing, to keep operating while it attempts to restructure. Canaqua, which grows fish in large tanks on land, employs about 11 people.
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    High Liner Foods will add 70 union jobs and invest $13M at its fish plant in Lunenburg. The Nova Scotia-based company, with 340 employees in Lunenburg and Halifax, had recently ceased production at two plants in Massachusetts.
    The owner of the Roof Hound brewing company and restaurant near Digby says he has been busier than expected since opening in August 2016, has 14 workers on the payroll, and wants to keep growing and hire more employees
    Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax expects to add 200 workers, mainly experienced welders, ironworkers, pipefitters, and production supervisors, by the end of 2016. The current workforce of 1,300 is expected to grow to 2,400 during peak periods of the major shipbuilding contract.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council indicates that while retail sales have increased in 2016 in Nova Scotia, the industry remains volatile. IKEA is expected to employ 350 workers in a new store in Halifax in 2017, but the area has experienced closures or planned closures of major retailers such as Target, Future Shop, and Sears in recent years.
    Biotech firm Sona Nanotech Ltd. plans to move its lab facilities from Antigonish to Halifax and hire three additional employees to handle production, research, and business development. The company produces minute gold particles for use in the health industry.
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Halifax-based skin care product manufacturer Skinfix indicates it will likely hire more workers in 2017. Most of the company's 45 employees work on Lower Water Street in Halifax, although the products are made in Toronto.
    Halifax-based Kinduct Technologies, a developer of fitness and sport performance software, now employs 67 workers in Halifax, up from 45 since the spring of 2016. It plans to hire 30 more over the next 6-12 months.
    The gypsum mine in Little Narrows is expected to close permanently due to a lack of demand for the product. The mine, which once employed about 150 people, laid off 13 staff in October while eight remain to wind down the operation.
    Sears Canada will close its department store in the Penhorn Mall in Dartmouth in September 2017. The 73 employees affected will be given first preference for positons at the Sears location in the Halifax Shopping Centre should they become available.
    Halifax municipal council and its more than 300 outside workers have agreed on a new two-year contract which will see wage increases of 1.5% in each year of the deal along with other improved benefits
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts will decline in 2016 in Halifax after a very strong 2015. With many multiple units in the planning stages, starts are likely to rise again above the ten-year average in 2017 and 2018.
    Alton Gas will delay the main work of the first phase of a $130M natural gas storage project near Alton until 2017 but continue some preliminary construction on the site which currently employs about 25 workers on a daily basis
    The Rainbow Motel in Truro will close at the end of October 2016, with the property sold to neighbouring Zacks Auto Sales. That company will demolish the motel and add four or five additional employees as it expands its own operation.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    The owner of Canteen, a sandwich shop in downtown Dartmouth, plans to open a second and larger location early in 2017 in the area. The new restaurant would be known as The Canteen on Portland and would employ about 16 people.
    Radio Middle East, an Arabic radio station broadcasting from Montreal to Halifax, is looking to build a Halifax studio and hire local hosts and journalists by year end. Halifax was chosen due to the size of its Arabic and Lebanese immigrant community.
    Modest Tree, a Halifax-based software company that specializes in interactive training applications focused on virtual reality, will increase staff from 15 to 20 workers over the next couple of months to accommodate demands for its products and services
    Since being on the brink of closure three years ago, increased production at Halifax-based Nova Scotia Crystal has allowed the company to expand the number of staff to 40. The company trains its own glass blowers in-house.
    A contract landed by Halifax-based IMP Aerospace to do upgrades on two Chilean navy planes will provide enough work for 30 workers over three years. IMP, which employs 1,200 workers in Halifax, had laid off 44 workers in March 2016 due to slowdowns in the aerospace industry. The company continues to seek out new business.
    According to a BMO report, real GDP in Nova Scotia is expected to grow 1.1% in 2016, up from 0.8% in 2015. The Halifax Shipyard, Nova Centre, and Maritime Link projects are supporting growth, as are fishery exports.
    The federal government will invest $14.1M in 2016 on 12 small craft harbour improvement projects in northeast Nova Scotia. According to the government, coastal communities benefit from the employment opportunities of such investments.
    Construction projects underway or about to begin in Berwick include a new Wheaton's home furnishing store, a town hall, and work on a second phase of the sport complex
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Victim services in Nova Scotia will get $3.75M over five years from the federal government, to help victims of crime in the province. The money will go toward transportation costs, technology improvements, and to hire more victim service officers.
    Southwest Properties and New Castle Hotels & Resorts announced it will build a new $40M Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn on Fyne Lane in Dartmouth Crossing. The hotel is expected to open in the autumn of 2018 and will have 190 rooms and a pool.
    Halifax-based drug research firm Appili Therapeutics Inc. has recently increased its staff to 13 workers, and may eventually employ up to 20. The company is hoping to find biotechnical workers with a Nova Scotia connection who may be working elsewhere.
    The new Maurices clothing store that is expected to open in October in the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow will employ 10 workers
    TruLeaf, a Bible Hill based agri-tech company, will open a large indoor crop growing facility on the west side of Toronto late in 2017. TruLeaf would employ 30 people in Toronto, while 15 more staff may be hired to work in Bible Hill in the coming months.
    Canadian Maritime Engineering is continuing to pursue contracts and hiring local workers. The company plans to increase its staff from the current two dozen to more than 100 once its new ship fabrication facility in North Sydney is fully operational.
    Nova Scotia had about 400,000 overnight visitors in August 2016, with 125,000 air visitors and 273,000 travellers coming by road. According to Tourism Nova Scotia, the province had a record tourism season not seen in 17 years.
    The St. F.X. Association of University Teachers (AUT) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year collective deal with the university. Members of the union will meet on October 11, 2016 to discuss the agreement. Members include teaching faculty, librarians, lab instructors, and nursing staff.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The construction of the IKEA store currently underway in Dartmouth Crossing will support 450 jobs over the course of the project. Bird Construction, Atlantica Mechanical Contractors and Brewster Well Drilling are among several companies involved in the project. The store is expected to employ 350 people when completed in 2017.
    Nova Scotia will increase its training ratios for automotive, truck, and transport mechanic and cook apprentices. Two apprentices will be able to train under one journeyperson, hopefully resulting in more skilled workers in these high growth trades.
    The Centre for Employment Innovation is expected to open in the fall of 2016 at St.F.X. University in Antigonish. The centre will provide training and support for the 17 Nova Scotia Works employment service centers in the province.
    Dartmouth-based PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has been awarded the contract for a major expansion and renovation of the Dartmouth General Hospital. The work is valued at between $132M and $138M, and is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.
    Dalhousie University will begin a $64M project in the spring of 2017 to construct two new academic structures for its engineering and architecture faculty near the existing Sexton campus
    Construction of a new wastewater treatment plant for the community of Parrsboro is expected to commence by the spring of 2017. A contract for the design of the plant has been awarded to CBCL, and $6.4M in government funding has been allocated to the project.
  • Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2016

    A study by Gardner Pinfold shows Northern Pulp's mill in Pictou County has a total employment impact of 2,043 jobs, including 339 directly at the mill, and is a significant contributor to the economy of rural Nova Scotia
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    The Nova Scotia government will add 13 nurse practitioners and nine family practice nurses to collaborative care practices across the province. No timelines for hiring have been given. Physician recruitment remains a priority as well.
    Web.com has opened its new call center in New Glasgow, and hired its first 70 workers. The web site development company plans to hire another 130 people by the end of 2016, with an employment target of 330 by 2019. Starting wage is $12.50 an hour.
    An echocardiography service has been added to St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish. One ultrasound sonographer will join the staff, and the service may be expanded further in the future.
    A shortage of highly-skilled cooks and qualified kitchen staff continues to create staffing difficulties in the local food service industry, according to some Halifax-area restaurant owners
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    First Catch, a China-based seafood company, is planning to build a lobster processing plant on the Shelburne waterfront. The plant is expected to employ 30 to 100 workers when operational in the spring of 2017.
    Amherst-based Access Labels has acquired the label manufacturing division of Dartmouth-based Farnell Packaging. Access Labels is expected to add a few jobs to its 30-person Amherst workforce, while no job losses will occur at Farnell in Dartmouth.
    Scotsburn Ice Cream Co. will lay off up to 50 unionized workers at its plant in Truro. The company indicates the layoffs are just seasonal in nature, although several Scotsburn divisions have closed in Atlantic Canada in recent years.
    Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site will benefit from $4M in spending as part of Parks Canada's $3B investment to improve infrastructure at various locations across Canada over the next five years
    Banc Group will construct a Tim Hortons restaurant and gas station at the Halifax Exhibition Centre, with an anticipated opening in late 2017
    CANSA, an Amherst-based career development and employment services organization serving Cumberland County, has opened a satellite office in Springhill
    Dexter Construction has been awarded a $5.4M contract for the construction of the replacement Cornwallis River Bridge. Work is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016 and expected to last six to eight months
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

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

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

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