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  • Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    The provincial and federal governments announced $262,000 in funding for wastewater and sewer system upgrades for the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. These projects are part of the Small Communities Fund.
    Over $15.3M was announced by the provincial and federal government for major upgrades to the Trans-Labrador Highway. The project will include repaving the highway from the Quebec border to Pinware, guiderail replacement and culvert and ditch excavation.
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments have announced $10.1M for road improvements for the city of Mount Pearl. The funding is for widening and repaving of roads, new traffic signals and wastewater management system upgrades.
    New housing starts in the metro region were down 17% compared to this time last year. Single detached housing starts dropped by 28% while multiple housing dwellings increased. The reduction is attributed to low levels of economic activity.
  • Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    The Labrador Fishermen's Union Shrimp Co. Ltd. hopes to turn the former crab plant in Mary's Harbour into a salt fish processing facility over the next three to four years
    The hourly minimum wage in NL increased by $0.25, to $11.00 in October 2017
    Sears Canada will close its store in the Avalon Mall in St. John's over the coming months, as part of the latest national reduction of 10 more stores. About 1,200 employees will be affected across Canada by the latest round of closures.
    Long's Hill Convenience, which opened in 1976 in downtown St. John's, closed in October 2017 due to the retirement of the owners
    The opening of a granite quarry in Jumpers Brook has been delayed indefinitely, according to the owner. The business had expected to open in the fall of 2017 and would have employed a dozen workers.
    Barite Mud Operations, a company that recovers barite from tailings from old mining operations, will receive assistance from the NL government to develop the skills of 13 new employees. The company would then employ 38 workers in the Buchans area.
  • Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    West Valley Bakery has opened on Premier Drive in Corner Brook, employing five workers. The company hopes to add two or three more employees in the coming weeks.
    Gander-based aviation and aerospace company EVAS indicates its aircraft maintenance division continues to expand and the firm has been adding employees. Most of the company's 225 workers are in Gander.
    The Fire Hall, a microbrewery and café, is expected to open in the summer of 2018 in the old east end fire station at 90 Duckworth Street in St. John's
    The government of NL and sector leaders have released a work plan which will aim to increase growth and promote new careers in aquaculture over the coming years. Among actions promoted in the report are those which will address human resource needs.
    The NL government is moving forward with a plan to incorporate midwives into the provincial health care system. Several industry groups will work with a recently hired consultant to establish the process over the next twelve months.
  • Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    The provincial government announced $1.7M in funding for infrastructure projects in the Humber-Gros Morne area. The funding will help upgrade water and wastewater systems, a pump house extension, and upgrades to a lift station.
    Two new craft beer options, Baccalieu Trail Brewing Co. Ltd and Secret Cove Microbrewery, are coming to Bay Roberts and Port au Port East. Both breweries are hoping to bring their beer to market soon, as they are waiting on approval of their applications.
    Eimskip Canada has announced that it is adding a new vessel and increasing calls to the port of Argentia with a weekly service. The company also plans to bring a mobile harbour crane to the port in support of the expansion.
  • Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    According to a study from Memorial University, the population of NL, estimated at 519,880 in 2016, is aging and is predicted to shrink to 479,907 by 2036. Growth, at 15%, is predicted only for the northeast Avalon region of the province.
  • Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    A combined government investment of $38.8M under the Small Communities Fund and Municipal Capital Works program has been committed to 77 projects in Newfoundland and Labrador to upgrade municipal infrastructure, including water and sewage systems and roads
    Boston Pizza will open a franchise in the Corner Brook Plaza in Corner Brook during the spring of 2018. The restaurant is expected to employ 65-70 workers.
  • Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    Despite recruitment and retention challenges, Central Health has attracted 11 new physician specialists for central Newfoundland, including seven for Gander
    The government of NL will commit $5.5M through short-term employment projects to assist fish plant workers affected by shellfish quota reductions and severe spring ice conditions. Projects will be designed with the potential to generate new jobs.
    The growth in microbreweries continues in NL. Rough Waters Brewing Company Ltd. is expected to be in operation by the spring of 2018 in Burin.
    Several Inuit towns in Labrador are experiencing high staff turnover and recruitment difficulties among daycare operators and workers. Operators are now required to have at least a Level 2 early childhood education certificate.
    An underground mine expansion at Vale Inco Voisey's Bay mine has been put on hold indefinitely due to a downturn in nickel prices. Some engineering and procurement work related to the project will continue.
    Technip FMC has been awarded a contract to supply and install subsea equipment for the Husky Energy West White Rose offshore project. The work will include tying platforms to storage vessels, among other installations.
    The federal government has awarded a $5.2M contract to CAN-AM Platforms and Construction Ltd. to build new and expand existing Coast Guard and DFO facilities in Placentia. Work is expected to begin in September 2017 and take about a year to complete.
  • Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Denny's Restaurants is opening up in St. John's. The chain, known for its breakfasts and large portions, has advertised for a general manager. Denny's is associated with Sandman hotels, which is opening a new location on Kenmount Road.
    Ocean Floor Granite in Jumpers Brook will begin production next month, producing a rare product, ebony, that is marketed as granite. The company has a dozen employees to start, with hopes to expand to 50.
    Sunrise Records, a national record store, is opening a location in the Avalon Mall. The store is expected to open in October.
    Pasta Plus Restaurant in St. John's has closed its doors. The restaurant's Facebook page announced the closure but gave no reason.
  • Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    Two new microbreweries, Cooked Feeder Brewing Co. in Cormack, and Bootleg Brew Co. in Corner Brook, plan to open in the fall of 2017
    Kiewit has been awarded the contract for construction of living quarters for the West White Rose project. Hiring has already begun, which is positive news, as the facility has been idle for almost two years.
    Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod is a small home bakery operated by 12 year old twin sisters. The company has made over 50 cakes since January including wedding cakes. The company was a recent recipient of a Youth Ventures Excellence in Customer Service award.
    Healers of Tomorrow is a camp for youth aged 14 to 19, to give them a look at health care jobs and the education they need to work in those fields. This year 22 students are taking part in the camp.
  • Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    Certified early childhood educators working in NL will receive pay increases between $1 to more than $2 an hour, depending on the level of certificate, due to an increase in supplements from the provincial government
    The Government of Canada will spend $14.6M in the repair and maintenance of 12 small craft harbours in various communities in eastern NL
    A new restaurant, Nirvana Authentic Indian Cuisine, will open in the Broadway section of downtown Corner Brook in August 2017
    Calgary-based Dynamic Air Shelters will receive more than $2M in combined government funding to expand the manufacturing and marketing of rentable inflatable air shelters at its Grand Bank facility. The company employs over 50 workers in Grand Bank.
    Canada Fluorspar has reopened the fluorspar mine in St. Lawrence, NL. The company projects 3,000 person years of employment in mining and milling over the first 12 years of operation. Construction at the mine had been ongoing over the past year.
    SABRI has put its mussel farming operation in St.Lunaire-Griquet up for sale after processing its last batch for the season. If no buyer is found, the operation may not re-open, which would affect the jobs of three employees.
    A $5.2M contract for renovations to St.Peter's Primary school in Mount Pearl has been awarded to Marco Services Limited. Work is expected to be completed by the spring of 2019.
    Husky Energy has awarded two major contracts to fabricate components for its $3.2B West White Rose offshore project. Work is expected to get underway in 2017 and create hundreds of jobs at facilities in Marystown and Placentia over a four-year duration.
  • Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    An application by Shoal Point Energy to carry out drilling on the Port au Port Peninsula has been rejected by the province¿s regulator of petroleum exploration. A reason for the decision has not yet been given.
    Changes to the NL Child Care Act will result in stricter training regulations around post-secondary education that new employees will need to follow to work in childcare centres in the province. Those already working in the industry will not be affected.
    Recruitment for a new eating disorder treatment unit at the Health Sciences Complex in St. John's will begin immediately. Positions will include psychiatric nurses, a psychologist, a dietitian and a social worker.
  • Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    Tacora Resources has purchased the shuttered Scully Mine in Wabush. Once a feasibility study is completed, the company would like to reopen the iron ore operation by the summer of 2018 and employ about 300 workers.
    The government of NL will spend $100M over the next three years in improvements to the Trans Labrador Highway
    The College of the North Atlantic has been awarded $6.8M in funding for infrastructure improvements at 10 locations in the province. A tender has been awarded to Newfoundland HVAC Ltd. for work at the Grand Falls-Windsor campus.
    Bird Construction has been awarded a $9M construction tender for the new Kenmount Terrace Community Park in St. John¿s. Work is expected to begin later in the summer of 2017.
  • Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Seven new food businesses and a number of new retail locations will open within the next year at the St. John's International Airport, where a massive $200M improvement plan continues. By 2021, the terminal will be twice its current size.
    The tender for $1.5M of renovations to Elizabeth Swan Park in Clarenville will close at the end of July 2017. Work is expected to start in mid-August with a planned grand opening in the spring of 2018.
  • Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    Dexter Mining has begun work on the I.O.C's Wabush 3 project in Labrador West. About 70 workers will be employed in the construction of the new mining pit, which is expected to begin operating in the second half of 2018 and extend the life of the mine.
    The Barry Group hopes to invest $20M to establish ocean perch processing plants in Humber Arm South and Port-aux-Basques in anticipation of increased allocated quotas in 2019.The company says hundreds of jobs would be created in the construction phase.
    The government of NL and St. John's-based Bluedrop Performance Learning have entered into a partnership to expand the company's on-line workplace training technology. The project could result in the creation of 50 jobs in Atlantic Canada.
    Halifax-based C&D Recycling expects to set up an operation in Norris Arm to recycle used tires into aggregate for the construction industry. The pilot project would create jobs for four to six workers.
  • Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    While fish processing remains a backbone of the rural NL economy, an aging population and fewer young people choosing to work in the industry are challenges faced by many local plants. Increased mechanization is seen as a possible solution.
  • Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    The Sears store located in Corner Brook is one of the 59 stores closing across Canada. The closure will be the second large retailer to leave the Corner Brook Plaza after Target closed its doors in January 2015.
    Wreckhouse Energy, a new energy start-up in St. John's, plans to install wind turbines in the coming months after net metering legislation comes into effect July 1st. They will offer rentals for a monthly fee while benefiting from the power that is generated.
    The Equifax Consumer Credit report states that the average household debt for Newfoundland and Labrador is $23,000. The report also indicates that the delinquency rate for the province has increased to 28.8%, the highest in the country.
    PAL Aerospace in St. John's has received a $2.2M grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador government to remodel a Dash-8 plane to be used for special missions around the world. This is expected to create 150 jobs.
  • Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    Secret Cove Brewing Company, a craft beer microbrewery, on the Port Au Port Peninsula hopes to be in production by early 2018. The company is planning to build a production facility and a tap room for customers to sample the brew.
    Fugro Geosurveys and Solace Power Inc., two technology companies, have received $8M in combined funding from ACOA and the provincial government. The funding will help both companies expand and grow their technologies.
    Husky Energy has announced that the major construction contracts for the White Rose extension project will be awarded in several weeks and activity will ramp up quickly. Work at the facility is expected to employ 700 to 800 during peak construction.
    Notre Dame Seafoods Inc. has announced it is permanently closing the shrimp plant in Twillingate, affecting approximately 100 workers.
    Nexen Energy, a new player in the NL offshore, is putting down roots. The company has two blocks in the Flemish Pass that they are planning long term drilling campaigns. The company has also opened an office in downtown St. John's.
  • Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    Bad Bones Ramen, a new noodle restaurant, is opening June 15 in downtown St. John's. The owners are hoping to fill a niche market, that is considered must-eat cuisine in other Canadian cities.
    Newfoundland Distillery Company has launched a first of its kind vodka that is produced in Clarke's Beach. The company produces its product from the grain to the finished product, using Newfoundland grown barley.
    The Provincial and Federal governments announced $45.4M in funding to complete the widening, upgrading and paving of the Labrador Highway. The money will be used for the Charlottetown to Cartwright junction section of the highway.
    The NL government has announced that an agreement has been reached for the purchase of the Wabush Mine with Tacora Resources. The Wabush Mines have been locked in creditor protection since 2014.
  • Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    Recent curling Brier Champions Brad Gushue and Mark Nichols are opening the provinces first OrangeTheory Fitness studio this month in St. John's. OrangeTheory Fitness is a group-based personal training concept. The grand opening is June 21.
    Sunnyside Foodex, a local grocery store in Sunnyside, opened on May 18. This is the first grocery store the community has had in over two years. The store carries mostly grocery items but plans to expand to carry hardware and gift items soon.
    Factory, a music and art venue in St. Johns, has closed its door after just over a year in business. The owners cited issues with the building ownership as the main reason for the closure.
    The City of St. John's has awarded a $2.4M construction contract for the new St. John's Farmers Market site. The old Metrobus depot will be renovated to house the market and construction is expected to begin the end of the summer.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) released its major projects inventory report for 2017. APEC forecasts $6.6B in spending on major projects this year for the province, a reduction of 15% from last year.
  • Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    The Provincial Government and Husky Energy have announced the West White Rose project in the offshore of NL will be going forward. The will be 250 permanent platform positions, and will create 10 million person-hours during construction.
    The federal government has announced $6.4M in funding for the St. John's Port Authority. The funds will go towards infrastructure upgrades and a new finger pier. The projects will increase the harbour's vessel capacity.
    The results of an economic impact study completed by Cruise Line International Assoc. have shown that over 26,500 passengers and crew members docked in St. John's during the 2016 cruise season. Passenger spending in the city was $1.4M.
    Long-lasting sea ice in Twillingate harbour has affected the entire community. With less vessel traffic there has been less work for dockhands, and the local grocery store, liquor store and oil companies are feeling the pinch as well.
    The Newfoundland Tea Company, a small family business, produces organic loose leaf tea in Gander. The company produces 28 different types of teas and are sold in stores in Gander, Trinity and Bonavista.
    HeyOrca, a St. John's start-up that creates social media planning tools, has received $2M in funding from private investors to expand into the US market. The funding will help grow its product and double its team to 30 people.
  • Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    St. John's Beer Tours is a new company that offers participants a chance to experience different craft beers brewed in the city. Participants receive a beer tasting journal to take notes and a Newfoundland Beer Diploma at the end.
    Delays in the announcement of the opening of the cod offshore fishery may affect fish plants in Arnold's Cove. The delay could impact the ability to catch the quota, possibly putting the jobs of over 200 fish plant workers in jeopardy.
    Active Energy, a British renewable energy company, has a potential deal with the province to build a CoalSwitch plant in the region. It could create up to 45 jobs immediately if approved.
    The Holyrood Marina has received $869,000 in funding from the three levels of government to complete upgrade work. Marine and land-based infrastructure will be upgraded to make the marina a state-of-the-art facility.
  • Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    The Bonne Bay Region of the province has received $2.1M in funding from the provincial and federal governments that will be allocated to four projects in the region. The initiatives will help bolster the region's diversity, and stimulate tourism and growth.
    Halliburton Group Canada has submitted a proposal to the province to build a temporary plant in Donovans Industrial Park in Mount Pearl. The temporary plant would produce drilling mud to be used in offshore drilling in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin.
    The Registered Nurses Union in Newfoundland and Labrador is asking the health care system to improve the way it approaches staffing of nurses. According to the union, nurses are often working overtime and 24 hour shifts which could impact patient care.
    A new robotic crab butchering system could soon be used in fish plants. The new system could improve job prospects in the province as crab will no longer have to be shipped out for the extraction process.
    AppAds Promotions, a company that creates apps for businesses, schools and municipalities, has created an app for iceberg hunters. Iceberg Alley was created to make it easier for people to experience icebergs and whales in the province.
  • Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    College of the North Atlantic has announced it is suspending seven programs in September due to low enrollment. This will result in the termination of 11 permanent positions, and temporary staff will also be affected.
    Rogers TV has announced the elimination of four jobs in St. John's, Corner Brook and Gander. The layoffs are two full-time and two part-time positions. Rogers TV has said the cuts will not affect programming.
    The NL provincial government has announced a new cabinet committee that will focus on creating more private sector jobs. The committee will focus on agriculture and aquaculture industries first, with the goal of creating jobs in rural areas.
    The Bee's Knees, a store that sells environmentally friendly products, has recently opened in downtown St. John's. Everything in the store is either upcycled, recycled, ethically produced or locally made, such as mats, dog toys and jewelry.
    The Marine Institute's Offshore Safety and Survival Centre has cut five positions, three instructors and two technical positions. The cuts are due to a downturn in the offshore industry and increased competitors offering similar courses.
  • Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    Shoal Point Energy is still hoping to retrieve the estimated half a billion barrels of oil from the west coast. The company believes it can drill without using the hydraulic fracturing method and will submit a plan in May for approval.
    Sextons Lumber, the largest sawmill in NL, says recent tariffs announced will have a dramatic impact on the industry. They say they will be forced to look for other markets outside the US, which is where 65% of their lumber was shipped last year.
    The Town of Pouch Cove has received $4.5M in funding to begin work on upgrades to the water supply. The town has been plagued for years with issues with the system, requiring boil order advisories.
    A local business man has purchased the old Terra Nova Shoes factory in Harbour Grace, NL. The property will be used as a storage facility for now, but the goal is to restore the facility to manufacturing.
  • Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Lice Squad NL ias a new mobile service offered to families to treat head lice. The treatments take over an hour and cost $75. The owner plans to open a clinic in St. John's, as well as hire consultants across the province.
    PAL Airlines has announced it is adding new routes. Beginning May 15 flights will run from Sept-Iles to St. Augustine and onto Blanc-Sablon. The new route will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
    The RE/MAX 2017 Spring Market Trends Report is showing housing prices in the St. John's area have decreased by 6% in the first quarter of 2017. Lower home prices will mean greater opportunities for first time buyers who are driving demand.
    The City of St. John's will be conducting an Entry/Exit Survey to better understand what attracts new businesses to the downtown core and what issues cause businesses to leave. The survey will provide insight for future decision making.
    Construction on the new science building for Memorial University will resume this spring after the project had stalled due to tender bids coming in above estimates. The building is scheduled to be ready to open for the fall semester in 2020.
    The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Union is hopeful that layoffs of teachers can be avoided when allocations are announced for the coming year. They believe the cuts can be offset by retirements.
  • Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    Third Place Cocktail Company, a St. John's based manufacturer of cocktail mixes, has launched its third product, Elderflower. The new product joins the line up of Third Place Tonic and Ginger Rose cocktail mixes.
    The Newfoundland Trading Company, a new online retailer, is hoping to connect people from around the globe with the province through local products. The website will specialize in high-quality, locally made products.
  • Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    The City of Corner Brook has created a Business Improvement Program with a total of $50,000 available to businesses to improve their physical appearance. The money will come in the form of a tax credit up to 50% of the project value.
    One year after the Quinlan Brothers fish plant in Bay de Verde was destroyed by fire, the facility has been rebuilt and ready to open. The new facility is highly automated and will reduce the number of jobs available from previous years.
    Workers at the processing plant in Anchor Point, NL, that typically employ 130 people, are worried that cuts to the shrimp quotas for 2017 will result in cuts to possibly half the staff. Workers also fear they will not qualify for EI come next winter.
    The provincial government is now accepting applications for it's Summer Student Employment Programs (SSEP). The SSEP allows students the opportunity to use the skills they learned in school in the real world.
  • Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    According to the Conference Board of Canada's Atlantic Business Outlook, projections for the province of NL are less than encouraging. Unemployment is expected to rise to 17.3% partly due to the completion of the Hebron project, but there will be opportunities for innovation.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently announced that shrimp quotas in Area 6 have been reduced to 10,400 tonnes for the upcoming year. Shrimp harvesting in the region employs roughly 3000 people.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced that quotas for snow crab for this year have been cut by 22 per cent. The announcement came just days after the shrimp quota was cut, and will likely lead to the closure of some processing plants.
    Marble Mountain Ski Hill will remain open through the Easter Weekend after several board members were laid off. The provincial tourism minister has indicated that a review will be done to look for ways to keep Marble Mountain operating year-round.
  • Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    After eight years in business, The Levee, a downtown bar and live music venue is up for sale. A noticeable drop in business has been given as the reason for the sale.
    The provincial government has announced its new immigrant attraction and retention strategy. The five-year plan looks to increase immigration by 1,700 immigrants annually and encourage NL expats to return home through employer and community engagement.
    The provincial government announced a five-year Marine Infrastructure Plan to provide better ferry services across the province. Projects for the 2017-2018 year have been identified with a total funding of $8M for upgrades and enhancements.
    The provincial government has announced 93 positions have been cut from the province's Regional Health Authorities. Currently 37 of those positions are vacant. These cuts will save $7.6M annually in salaries and benefits.
  • Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The NL Provincial government announced $3B in funding for infrastructure investments over the next five years. Transportation infrastructure, major health projects, and construction of new schools are some of the planned investments.
    A recent Consumer Research Associates poll has shown that 46% of the people of NL are extremely concerned with the provincial debt. Provincial debt currently sits at $14.6B or $28,000 per person. Only 3% of respondents indicated they were not concerned.
    Come by Chance Refinery has been put up for sale. It has been indicated that lack of profit is the reason for the sale. If the refinery shuts down, 600 people would be out of work. The company has already laid off 80 workers.
    The NL Government has announced enhancements to the Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Program. The enhancements effective March 31, 2017 include; subsidizing 75% of third and fourth year apprenticeship wages, more responsive approval process, and an evaluation component.
  • Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    The City of St. John's has released it's 2016 economic review. The report shows GDP was up 3.1% for the year, housing starts were down 15.4% from the previous year. The outlook for 2017 remains subdued with major projects near completion.
    Hiring climate for the next quarter of 2017 in St. John's will be sluggish. The recent Manpower Group Employment Outlook survey shows employers have no hiring plans, with three percent anticipating cutbacks in the next quarter.
    Porter Airlines has announced it will be resuming its non-stop service between Stephenville and Halifax for the summer season. The flights will also connect with Ottawa and Toronto. The flights will operate from June 28 through September 2, 2017.
    The Town of Holyrood is receiving $122,918 in government funding for an oceans-related project. The project is to promote Holyrood as a place to conduct oceans related business. The funding will help further build the oceans sector.
    Canada Fluorspar has received a $5M from the federal government to re-activate the St. Lawrence mine. The repayable contribution will help with the purchase of clean-technology equipment, and is expected to create 400 construction jobs, and 200 jobs while in operation.
  • Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    The cuts announced for the Come By Chance oil refinery will take effect this week, however the losses are not as high as planned. The onsite lab will remain open, saving 12 jobs. Another 12 workers have retired, leaving 80 people without work after this week.
    Memorial University is attempting a second time to start construction on the new science building at the St. John's campus. Bids are now being reviewed with a recommendation expected March 16. The project stalled last year when bids were above budget.
    The communities of Chance Cove, Arnold's Cove, Chapel Arm and Come By Chance are receiving hundreds of thousands in government grants for water system improvements. Also several local companies are receiving grants for expansion and upgrades to their businesses.
    Scotiabank is consolidating two of its Corner Brook branches later this fall. Officials say the move is because of increased mobile adoption and online banking, customers are visiting branches less. The impact on staff has not been identified.
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    The Iron Ore Company of Canada has announced the Wabush 3 mining project in Labrador will be going ahead. This project extends the life of the mine by 12 years. Construction will start in the spring, creating 70 new construction jobs.
    Gap Clothing store, located in the Avalon Mall in St. John's, has announced it will be closing this location in April 2017. Officials stated they want the right stores in the right locations. Employees will be offered opportunities to apply for positions at Old Navy.
    DFO released its snow crab stock assessment and it's not good news. The overall crab available to the fishery has declined by 80% since 2013. These assessments will be used to develop 2017 quotas and other management measures.
    Newfoundland Cider Company, a new commercial cider operation near Milton, plans to begin construction on their factory this spring, and plans to have their first batch available for purchase at the end of this fall
    Alderon Iron Ore Corp. has announced the Kami Project is going ahead in Labrador. The project will use the depleted Wabush Scully mine as a tailings pond. Construction will take two years, with the life of the mine expected to be 24 years.
  • Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    Mile One Centre has not secured a new main tenant for when the Montreal Canadiens AHL farm team moves this spring. Without a full-time tenant the building will have a lot of empty evenings, meaning less work for part-time staff.
    The Bed and Breakfast industry in the province is feeling the squeeze. Several factors have been suggested for the decline including, higher taxes, new provincial regulations, along with competition from new services such as Airbnb.
    NewGreen Technologies has signed an agreement in principle for a proposed $185M biofuel plant in Botwood. This project could lead to 400-600 jobs for the region during construction, with 150 full-time jobs during production.
    The Newfoundland and Labrador government has announced nearly 300 jobs in the core public service will be eliminated. Of those positions, 90 are currently vacant. These cuts represent a 17% reduction in management level positions.
    One year after fire destroyed the Quinlan Brothers fish plant in Bay de Verde, the newly rebuilt plant is scheduled to open in April. The new plant will be automated but there will still be plenty of work available.
    Husky Energy will be sanctioning the West White Rose extension project as early as March. Husky will proceed with a concrete gravity structure for the project, which is great timing as construction on the Hebron project is winding down.
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    Pennecon has laid off 145 employees from the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador. The layoffs followed a renegotiation with a main contractor, however the employer states the layoffs are due to extreme winter weather impacting the work.
    Two Gander pilots are opening a new brewery in the area called Scud Runner Brewing. Test batches have been done for the past 18 months and they are planning to be up and running by June.
    The Labrador West Home Hardware has closed it's doors due to poor economic conditions. The closure affects about ten workers.
    A new 12-episode reality series for the Discovery Channel will feature CRB Rebuild and Recreation in North West River, Labrador. An eight person TV crew will capture the shops everyday happenings. The show is expected to air in late 2017.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced $22M in joint funding for a new wastewater treatment plant for Gander. The new facility and 2.5km of new piping will ensure the town can meet the federal wastewater system effluent regulations.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced over $6.83M in joint funding for the expansion of the wastewater treatment facility in Grand Falls-Windsor. The investment will be for the addition of a secondary level of treatment at the facility.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced $500,000 for projects in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The projects include upgrades to Kinsmen Park, the Salvation Army facilities, enhancements to a shooting range and upgrades to the ski trail system.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    Statoil, a Norwegian oil company, has announced that they will be drilling two exploration wells in Newfoundland's offshore mid 2017. The announcement is considered good news for the industry, showing there is long-term potential for the resource.
    The federal government announced $58,821 in funding to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in the city of Corner Brook. The money will go towards accessible pedestrian signals, and sidewalk and traffic island improvements.
    A recent survey by Corporate Research Associates has shown that business confidence in the province remains low, but shows improvement. The report shows business confidence has increased 10.4 points over the last six months.
    Newly-released census data has shown that Newfoundland and Labrador's population has grown one percent since 2011. Over 200 towns in the province have fewer people, while the Avalon Peninsula and central Newfoundland showed the strongest growth.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    According to a CFIB report, small business confidence in the province was at an all-time low of 46% for January. When it comes to hiring, only 4% of businesses expect to add full-time staff in the next three months.
    The Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership has launched a worker database. The directory will help connect employers with Aboriginal workers across Labrador. There are 1,200 workers already registered in the directory.
    BuildForce Canada, a construction-industry led organization has released its 2017-2026 forecast. The report indicates that construction employment in the province is in decline due to the winding down of major projects and falling oil and gas prices.
    The St. John's International Airport had 1.6M passengers fly through the airport in 2016, that's an increase of 4.3% from 2015. The airport authority says the increase was attributed to one of the busiest summers in airport history.
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    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 City of St. John's is going to use trenchless technology to replace aging infrastructure in the downtown core instead of digging up the entire street which could cause major disruptions to vehicle traffic and local businesses
    A study released by the Business Development Bank of Canada shows that Newfoundland Businesses are among the most optimistic in Canada. A full 83% of provincial businesses expect an increase in revenues in 2017.
    The Town of Clarenville and surrounding areas have received $456,000 in federal and provincial government funding for infrastructure projects. The projects include upgrades to recreational facilities.
    The provincial government announced the construction of a new long-term care home in Corner Brook. Construction will begin in the fall 2017. The new facility will have 120 long-term beds, 15 palliative care beds and 10 rehabilitative care beds.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    Red Rock Restaurant located in St. John's has closed its doors. The owners stated many factors caused the closure, such as the current provincial economy and a large number of players in the industry.
    Brewkies, a company that makes dog treats, is expanding. The business is renting a commercial space and will also be offering dog grooming. The new location is expected to open in February 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments announced $1.2M in funding for nine projects on the Northern Peninsula to improve community infrastructure and to enhance tourism to the region
    Communities on the south coast of Labrador have received $305,835 in funding from the federal and provincial governments to enhance community and tourism infrastructure
    The Waterford Hospital in St. John's is receiving $650,000 from the provincial government. The money will go toward renovating the psychiatric assessment unit and hiring more staff.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Businesses in Stephenville are reporting 2016 to be a record year. The Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce says the region had a robust business environment last year in contrast to the provincial economic woes.
    A new player has entered the Newfoundland offshore. Total E&P Canada Limited joins Suncor Energy Offshore Exploration Partnership and ExxonMobil Canada Ltd in the transfer of interest in a parcel of land in the Carson Basin area.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced $634,750 in funding for five projects in Notre Dame Bay communities. The projects include infrastructure upgrades, building renovations, and new skateboard park equipment.
    Deer Lake Regional Airport has reported a 7% increase in passenger traffic for 2016. The Deer Lake Regional Airport President credits tourism and increased traffic to and from Muskrat falls for the upswing in traffic.
    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 24 of their layoffs will be in Newfoundland.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Port Rexton Brewing Company, a microbrewery that opened six months ago, is surviving the tough economic times. The company supply bars and restaurants in the St. John's area, and have recently opened a tap room to draw in tourists and locals.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    The provincial and federal governments announced $14M for 11 water and wastewater projects in the province. Upgrades to the dam drainage systems, new water main lines and chlorination upgrades are some of the projects receiving funding.
    Marine Harvest, a Norwegian-based aquaculture producer, is looking to set-up operations in the province. They have acquired the assets of the defunct Gray Aqua Group, which includes the Hermitage processing plant and seven farming licences.
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    PAL Aerospace has been awarded a federal government contract with the Fixed Wing Aircraft Replacement Program. The contract is for 25 years and will create 150 jobs within the province and across the country.
    The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Headquarters in St. John's has been alloted $4M for upgrades. The funds are to dredge the harbour to allow for larger vessels to use the dock in front of the headquarters.
    Re/Max has released it's 2017 Housing Market Outlook Report. The report shows sales have softened in the province, but prices are expected to remain stable.
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Northern Harvest Sea Farm has pledged $6M to expand it's salmon hatchery in Stephenville. The expansion will bring about 10 more jobs to the hatchery and more jobs to the sea cage facility in the Coast of Bays.
    The City of St. John's has announced 17 more layoffs through its ongoing program review. The layoffs include managers/supervisors, administrative positions, custodial and technical support positions.
    Caredrop, a private in home health service, started business this week in St. John's. The fee based service allows a nurse practitioner to come to your house for non-urgent requests for care.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced $2.7M in combined funding for infrastructure upgrades in Deer Lake. The upgrades include replacing asbestos pipes, sanitary and storm collection, and water distribution lines.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    Healy's Deli on Water Street west in downtown St. John's has indicated it will be closing its doors. The challenges of operating in these tough economic times was the reason given for the closure.
    Biped Sports, a running store located in downtown St. John's, has announced it will be closing their doors. No official closing date has been announced. Tough economic times was indicated as the reason for the closure.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced over $131,000 in funding for projects in five communities on the Burin Peninsula. The projects include trail upgrades, renovations and upgrades to buildings in some of the communities.
    Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. is the newest craft beer brewer located in Pasadena, NL. The nanobrewery is coming into the market with two beers for now, with plans to open a tap room and eventually expand to include canned beer.
    The provincial government has announced increases to the minimum wage. Beginning April 2017 the minimum wage in NL will increase by 25¢ and an additional 25¢ October 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced $2.5M in funding for the group Rainbow Riders to make riding trails more accessible, extend outdoor riding space, construct a heated riding arena and other upgrades
    Templeton's, a paint and hardware store that has been in business for over a century in downtown St. John's, is closing its doors. The business is having a liquidation sale beginning November 29. The store has 10 employees.
    Corporate Research Associates latest business and consumer confidence index indicates that business confidence in the province is at the lowest levels seen in the last 25 years, which is not surprising with the current fiscal situation
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced they will be hiring for the equivalent of 140 new full-time positions in the St. John's Tax Centre over the next two years. The new positions are the result of a restructuring in the CRA.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced $610,000 in funding to develop three heritage sites in the town of Torbay, which will support tourism and economic diversification
    A poll conducted by the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade indicates that businesses in the area are optimistic about the economy, with 33% expecting to expand their business in the next five years
    Ballistic, a skate and snowboarding gear shop in downtown St. John's, has announced it will be closing its doors permanently in January 2017. The owner states no specific reason for the closure.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced $365,000 in funding to rehabilitate the Bannerman Lake dam in Harbour Grace. The work will involve replacing the spillway and upgrading the dam.

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