Job Market Trends and News

Canada

Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.

The following table offers significant events from past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force across Canada. It can prove to be a useful resource to complement your job search and career exploration.

You can explore news items across Canada on this page or refine your search to a specific news event type, sector or region.

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, third quarter 2017

Canadian businesses reported 468,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, up 62,000 (+15.1%) from the third quarter of 2016. The overall job vacancy rate increased 0.3 percentage points to 2.9% in the quarter.

The job vacancy rate represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand; that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

Vacancies for permanent positions accounted for 80.2% of all job vacancies in the third quarter, up from 78.5% the same quarter a year earlier.

Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies
Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies

This was the fourth consecutive quarter with year-over-year increases in both the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate. As in the second quarter of 2017, year-over-year increases in job vacancies were broadly based across the provinces, industrial sectors and occupations.

Compared with the second quarter of 2017, the number of job vacancies (unadjusted for seasonality) in Canada increased by 1.6%, while the job vacancy rate was unchanged, as payroll employment also rose. By comparison, the number of job vacancies declined between the same quarters in 2015 while it had gone up between the same quarters in 2016.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
A major partner in Cape Sharp Tidal has pulled out of the turbine power project in the Bay of Fundy, leaving some immediate uncertainty about future developments. Industry officials indicate some optimism that other tidal projects may emerge in the area. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Town Shoes is closing all 38 stores across Canada by January 2019, including its Saskatoon location Retail Trade Layoff SK
The Government of Saskatchewan has released its Prairie Resilience Strategy. The strategy is designed to make the province more resilient to effects of climate change. Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
According to the board of police commissioners, Regina's Police Service had fewer Indigenous employees in 2017 compared to 2016 levels Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
SaskTel is upgrading internet services in six rural communities. The upgrades are part of SaskTel's commitment to invest $301M of capital in Saskatchewan in 2018/2019. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event SK
The Government of Saskatchewan is spending more than $300,000 to upgrade facilities and infrastructure at provincial parks in the province's North East region. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed prior to the 2019 camping season. Construction Job Creation SK
Northern Lights School Division has a total of 14 full-time teaching vacancies in the communities of La Loche, Sandy Bay, La Ronge, Pinehouse Lake and Stony Rapids Educational Services Job Creation SK
The Social House, a local bar and social events venue in Whitehorse, will permanently close its doors on August 31 Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event YT
The Tourism Industry Association of Yukon is working to retain and hire more reliable workers for small businesses involved in the tourism sector, as the industry reports staffing shortages across the territory Public Administration Job Creation YT
The Federal Court of Appeal nullified the Government of Canada certification approving the construction and operation of the $7.4B Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Work on the project has been halted indefinitely. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
The Whistler Chamber of Commerce is seeking changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program as one way of addressing the ongoing staffing shortages plaguing Whistler businesses Retail Trade Other Type of Event BC
Telus is spending $21M to connect homes and businesses in Langley to its high speed, gigabit-enabled PureFibre network. Telus expects the majority of the work to be done by spring 2019. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation BC
V2V Vacations ferry service is adding daily trips between Vancouver and Victoria to its fall and spring schedule. The additional service will operate from September 20 to October 15 and resume for the 2019 high season between April and September. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
The District of Houston is reducing the hours of operation of its aquatic centre due to a shortage of certified lifeguards. The district council has requested the development of a strategy to train, hire and retain lifeguards. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event BC
Nechako Lakes' School District 91 has approximately 10 full and part time teaching positions to fill across the region and may consider hiring non-certified teachers to work as substitutes if the positions remain vacant Educational Services Job Creation BC
EllisDon Infrastructure has been chosen as the preferred proponent on the $417.2M Royal Inland Hospital Patient Care Tower project in Kamloops. Construction on Phase 1 is expected to begin this fall, with the tower set to open for patients in early 2022. Construction Job Creation BC
The City of Vancouver has selected the Lu'ma Native Housing Society to build and operate 98 temporary modular homes that give priority to homeless Indigenous people. Construction of the new homes will begin in September with occupancy expected in December. Construction Job Creation BC
The BC Centre for Women in the Trades has launched a project to increase the retention and advancement of women in the construction trades. Women represent less than five percent of the construction trade workforce in BC. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Northern Development Initiative Trust is providing grants to expand high-speed internet access in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Applicants can receive up to 50% of project costs through the Connecting British Columbia fund. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation BC
The Government of BC is providing $580M towards the hiring of 3,700 new teachers and educational assistants. Secondary school math and science teachers in rural and remote districts and French immersion teachers are particularly in demand. Educational Services Job Creation BC
The University of BC's School of Social Work launched a program in September to connect youth with a range of intellectual disabilities with meaningful employment. The five year research program has received more than $1M in federal funding. Educational Services Job Creation BC
Pela, a high-tech company that manufactures compostable, recyclable smartphone cases out of flax straw, is moving to Kelowna. The company is hoping to hire 40 sales and marketing, customer service, product development and social media workers by December. N/A Job Creation BC
The federal and provincial governments are jointly contributing over $3B towards two rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver. The projects will ease traffic congestion by extending the Skytrain line and create the first light rail transit system in BC. Construction Job Creation BC
Construction on the Pine Ridge Elementary School in Winkler is on schedule and is expected be complete by mid-August 2019 Construction Job Creation MB
The Manitoba and Saskatchewan governments have allocated more than $320,000 to the City of Flin Flon through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The funding will be used to support Flin Flon's public infrastructure. Construction Job Creation MB
Student enrollment within the Brandon School Division increased this school year, and construction of a new elementary school is to begin next year. The school division has since hired seven new teachers, eight support staff, and two vice principals. Educational Services Job Creation MB
Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership has purchased the Port of Churchill and the railway leading to the remote town. Repairs on the flood-damaged rail link are set to begin in the near future. Construction Job Creation MB
The City of Morden continues to benefit from Manitoba's provincial nominee program, as local businesses hire skilled newcomers to overcome the challenge of a small local labour pool N/A Other Type of Event MB
Mary Brown's Chicken & Taters opened its first location in Brandon. The restaurant hired 25 staff for its operations. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation MB
After 20 years in business, the Muddy Waters restaurant located at The Forks in Winnipeg will close September 30 Accommodation and Food Services Layoff MB
The Sahtú Got'iné Regional Health and Social Services Centre and Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́ Long Term Care Facility officially opened in Norman Wells in the Northwest Territories Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NT
The federal and territorial governments have pledged $27M in funding towards the construction of a new francophone high school in Whitehorse. Construction is set to begin next spring with a projected completion date of November 2020. Construction Job Creation NT
Two luxury cruise ships that were expected to land in Ulukhaktok in early September have been cancelled due to difficult ice conditions. Approximately 40 temporary jobs were affected by the cancellations. N/A Layoff NT
The New Brunswick Teachers' Association is concerned whether the number of university graduates will be enough to fill vacancies, with 200 teachers expected to retire per year. Roughly 240 teachers graduate each year, but nearly half leave the province. Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
Members of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association are promoting the $500M Grays Bay road and port project in Western Nunavut. The proposed 227km all-weather road promises to create jobs and reduce the cost of living. Construction Job Creation NU
The Play Café, located on Edmonton Avenue in Moncton, closed its doors this month. The café opened in October 2016 and featured an indoor children's play area and a café offering snacks and drinks. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff NB
Over two years, the liberals wish to use $4M to $5M released by Ottawa to finance jobs for the unemployed. Particpants may receive up to $14/h for five 40-hour weeks. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NB
A study by the Business Development Bank of Canada states that half of Atlantic Canadian businesses are having difficulty recruiting new staff. Issues include a lack of youth in the region and employers unable to find workers with the skills they want. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event NB
According to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, New Brunswick's undergraduate tuition fees increased by 2.9%, compared to 3.3% nationally. The average tuition in the province for 2018-19 is now $7,108. Graduate level tuitions increased by 2.3%. Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
P. E I.-based Cows Creamery will gets $2.6M in federal funding, allowing it to expand its cheese processing capacity and create 15 new jobs by 2023. The 25,000 sq. ft. expansion will increase freezer, cooler and dry storage space at the facility. Manufacturing Job Creation PE
The P.E.I. Grain Elevators Corporation will receive $9.2M in provincial loan financing to expand and update its grain elevators in Roseneath, Kensington and Elmsdale. It is hoped that it will help grow the Island's grain and oilseed industries. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event PE
P.E.I.'s Public Schools Branch has added 12 new teaching positions to address the addition of 241 new immigrant students starting this fall. Most of the new teachers will be hired to work in Charlottetown-area schools and more teachers could be added. Educational Services Job Creation PE
Homburg Atlantic Inc. has purchased the former Myron's nightclub building in downtown Charlottetown with plans to open a 105-room hotel in May 2020. The new Arts Hotel on Kent Street will feature smaller and more affordable rooms compared to other hotels. Construction Other Type of Event PE
The PEI and Intergovernmental Policy for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business states that many small businesses on P.E.I. are faced with labour shortages. Seasonal businesses have been hit hard and there is a lack of available skilled workers. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event PE
Tipping Point Distilleries, which will produce vodka and rum, is expected to open in Chester Basin by the end of 2018 Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
According to a survey by the Business Development Bank, mechanics, welders, truck drivers and retail workers are among difficult to fill jobs in Atlantic Canada, where labour shortages are more severe due to fewer young people and an aging population Construction Other Type of Event NS
A joint funded $9M project to provide construction upgrades to the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal was announced in September 2018 Construction Other Type of Event NS
After going on strike in July 2018, unionized restorative justice caseworkers in Nova Scotia have voted to accept a new collective agreement that includes an immediate pay raise of almost 20%. The agreement runs from April 2016 to March 2021. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NS
Due to declining enrolments, the number of hours for library technicians employed at the Strait Regional Centre for Education in northeastern Nova Scotia have been reduced to the equivalent of two full-time positions Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
Victoria Co-operative Fisheries Ltd. will likely be able to keep its fish plant in Neils Harbour open into the fall of 2018, as it has found markets for Jonah crab. This would allow the company to employ some workers that would normally be laid off. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
S&P Data, which provides service to telecommunication companies across North America, aims to create 500 jobs at an in-bound call centre it expects to open in November 2018 in the Village Shopping Centre in St. John's. Recruitment is currently underway. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NL
According to a survey by the Business Development Bank, mechanics, welders, truck drivers and retail workers are among difficult to fill jobs in Atlantic Canada, where labour shortages are more severe due to fewer young people and an aging population Construction Other Type of Event NL
Green Relief, a medical cannabis manufacturer, will expand its operations in Flamboro and Stoney Creek resulting in 250 new jobs for the Hamilton region Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is expanding the Baskin-Robbins ice-cream chain in Ontario with 18 new locations, including the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and Ottawa Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Indiva, a marijuana producer in London, will double its staff of 25 over the next nine months to support the addition of eight new grow rooms, an extraction facility and lab space Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The City of Cambridge opened a new fire station and hired 20 additional firefighters Public Administration Job Creation ON
Seniors Active Living Centre, a membership-based centre for seniors¿ activities, will open two locations in the Ottawa area on October 1 and in early 2019 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
A $1.3M upgrade of Isabella St. in Parry Sound is scheduled for spring 2019 Construction Job Creation ON
Northern Mining Analytical Laboratory, a minerals testing facility, opened in Timmins Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
The Kenora District Services Board and Bimose Tribal Council will open an Urban Indigenous childcare centre in spring 2019 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
The Town of Bracebridge and District of Muskoka opened a new paramedic and fire station on September 6 Public Administration Job Creation ON
Goodfellas Wood Oven Pizza opened in Georgetown Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Brock Street Brewery will open a second location in Whitby this fall Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The City of North Bay awarded the Para Bus contract to Voyageur Transportation Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
Max¿s Pet Deli opened in Sudbury Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The City of Thunder Bay is hiring regular and spare crossing guards for the 2018-19 academic year Public Administration Job Creation ON
DSW Inc. plans to close its 38 Town Shoes stores in Canada by the end of its financial year in January 2019. About 400 Town Shoes workers are expected to be affected, but DSW hopes to find them alternative employment through its other brands. Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
Lola's Kitchen closed in Toronto, affecting more than 45 employees Accommodation and Food Services Layoff ON
General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, an armoured vehicle manufacturer, has laid off 28 temporary workers at its London plant Manufacturing Layoff ON
Baytex Energy Corp. is planning to drill 100 wells in the Lloydminster area, 32 wells in the Peace River area and 275 wells in the Viking area in 2019 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Trans Mountain is taking steps to suspend construction-related activities on its pipeline expansion to B.C.'s west coast. The action follows a recent decision from the Federal Court of Appeal that overturned the project's operating permits. Construction Other Type of Event AB
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has signed a deal to buy the Joslyn oilsands project from Total SA and its partners for $225M. The Joslyn project is directly south of Canadian Natural's Horizon project which has been on indefinite hold since 2014. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Sundre has awarded a $2.68M construction contract to Calgary-based UG Excavating Ltd. The work involves road repaving, and replacing and upgrading underground infrastructure. The project is expected to be complete by the end of October. Construction Job Creation AB
Paterson Grain has opened its $40M Foothills grain terminal near Bowden. Some construction at the site is still underway. When fully staffed the facility is expected to have 18 to 20 employees. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
The Sturgeon Refinery near Redwater is completing the construction of the final two processing units at the facility. When the facility is fully operational by the end of 2018 the long term workforce will be approximately 450 people. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Mission 19 Ltd. is building a $25M condominium complex in Calgary. Construction is expected to start in late November, with the potential for occupancies in June 2020. Construction Job Creation AB
La Villa Le Reflet in Victoriaville, a residence for independent and semi-independent seniors and those with decreasing independence, has invested $3.5M to expand its facilities Construction Other Type of Event QC
Doucet Machineries, a manufacturer of wood processing equipment, is anticipating growth next year and is seeking about 12 employees to work in Daveluyville in machining, welding, electromechanical, mechanical engineering and automation Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Coaticook medical clinic is seeking general practitioners to serve the population of the RCM of Coaticook Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The first CANAC store in the Lanaudière region will open in spring 2019 in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies. The project will require a $7M investment and will create about 90 new jobs. Construction Job Creation QC
The Buffet sportif le Sieur will open a new restaurant in Saint-Charles-Borromée. The opening is planned for October 2018 and will result in the hiring of 70 employees. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Mondou, a pet products and accessories retailer, announced the opening of its 65th store in Quebec in Montréal in the Saint-Léonard district Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
Metro Beaumier is investing more than $2.3M on renovations. The supermarket in Bécancour will remain open during the work that should be completed in spring 2019. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The City of Drummondville will invest $3.6M in the first phase of the revitalization of the Saint-Joseph neighbourhood Construction Other Type of Event QC
Soprema officially opened its first insulation panel plant in Sherbrooke following an investment of close to $43M, including funding from the Governments of Quebec and Canada. Some 15 employees will be hired over the next 3 years. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
East Side Mario's has closed its restaurant in Sherbrooke. The business had been for sale for more than a year. Brasserie Daniel Lapointe will be relocating to the site. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
The Commission scolaire des Sommets has invested more than $4M in renovations at 12 schools in the RCMs of Val-Saint-François, Sources and Memphrémagog after receiving funding from the provincial government Construction Other Type of Event QC
Bishop's University officially opened its library after a $17M investment in renovations funded by contributions from the governments of Canada and Quebec and numerous donors Educational Services Other Type of Event QC
The Canadian Tire in Val-d'Or is undergoing an over $7M expansion. The store plans to hire about 20 employees once the project is completed in fall 2019. Construction Job Creation QC
Invictus MD Strategies Corp. and GTEC Holdings expect to have a minimum of 15 Cannabis Cowboy retail stores in Alberta open by October 17, 2018, to serve the recreational cannabis market Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Centre Julien Ducharme, owned by the City of Sherbrooke, is undergoing renovations with the $2M budget having been increased. The arena should reopen by October 1. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Monarques Gold Corporation will close the Beaufor mine in Val-Senneville as of December 14 for approximately two years. Some 140 workers will be laid off. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff QC
Alberta Health Services (AHS) has started construction on a new Community Health Centre in Lacombe. It is unclear at this time whether the new facility, which will open in 12 to 18 months, will create more AHS staffing opportunities. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Quebec is providing more than $6.5M in funding for two Inuit worker training projects in the Nunavik region. The funds will be used to train hundreds of workers in the mining and construction industries. N/A Other Type of Event QC
Elk Island Public Schools has started work on the $16M Wye Elementary replacement school in Sherwood Park. Construction is expected to be complete by 2020. Construction Job Creation AB
The plaza at Place Ville-Marie in Montréal will be transformed through a $200M renovation project. The Cathcart Restaurants and Biergarten food court will provide seating for 1000 with the opening planned for late 2019. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Canada Revenue Agency's National Verification and Collection Centre in Shawinigan anticipates hiring at least 100 people by April 2019. Since November 2016, this centre has hired 300 employees, including 160 this year. Public Administration Job Creation QC
Garmin Canada has opened its new headquarters in downtown Cochrane. The facility has approximately 100 engineers and support staff who design and develop fitness, outdoor and wireless products. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Kongsberg Automotive in Shawinigan has about 40 positions to fill, especially in technical areas and assembly. This designer of electrical circuits also requires day labourers, engineers, managers and technicians. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Crescent Point Energy Corp. is reducing its workforce immediately by 17%, selling some infrastructure assets and reducing its debt by more than $1B by the end of 2019. The company expects the staff reductions to lower expenses by more than $50M annually. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
The Haute-Gaspésie fire service is seeking firefighters for all of its stations from Cap-Chat to Madeleine. To apply, applicants must be 18 years old, hold a valid driver's licence and have no criminal record. Public Administration Job Creation QC
The Résidences de la Vallée, which closed in May 2018, will reopen on November 15 under the name Villa du Cap. The number of employees will be adjusted based on the number of tenants to a maximum of 20 once the building is fully occupied. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Industries Langebec in Sainte-Justine will invest more than $2.5M to construct new buildings and modernize some of its equipment. The work should begin in the second week of September. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Microbrasserie Archibald microbrewery announced the opening of its restaurant in Blainville following an investment of more than $4M. Some 140 employees have been hired. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The East Side Mario's restaurant in Saint-Jérôme will close on September 16, 2018 Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
Signalisation Inter-Lignes in Chicoutimi is looking to hire about 10 flag persons to meet its needs Construction Job Creation QC
The Carl Savard funeral complex has opened in Chicoutimi following a $3M investment, resulting in the creation of seven new jobs Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation QC
The Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean school boards are seeking elementary and secondary school teachers. There is a desperate need for substitute teachers in mathematics, music, French, and English. Educational Services Job Creation QC
The Microbrasserie Beemer microbrewery in Roberval has announced an investment of several hundreds of thousands of dollars to establish a distillery. The project will create four jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Whistler Bounce, a trampoline facility, is shuttering operations after seven years in business Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff BC
The $72M Mayfair Centre expansion in Victoria is nearing completion. Sport Chek, Saje Natural Wellness and a larger Aritzia will be the first tenants to open in the new space. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
WestJet is reducing its flight schedule to address its first revenue loss in 13 years. Flights between Vancouver and Edmonton, Calgary, Fort St. John, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Palm Springs and Mexico City have been affected. Transportation and Warehousing Layoff BC
Approximately 3,150 people are currently working on the Site C dam construction project located on the Peace River. The workforce for the $10.7B project is expected to increase as construction progresses. Construction Job Creation BC
The provincial government awarded new contracts to Mainroad Mid-Island Contracting LP and Mainroad North Island Contracting LP for the maintenance of two highway service areas on Vancouver Island Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of Yukon has halted funding for the Yukon Federation of Labour because services provided by the organization no longer fit into the government's mandate. The federation provides support for non-unionized workers in the territory. N/A Other Type of Event YT
Vancouver-based ATAC Resources Ltd. discovered a significant gold and copper skarn at its Bobcat Target exploration program within the Rau Project, located northeast of Keno City Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon has pledged $500,000 in funding for the installation of a new 940-kilowatt solar array in Old Crow. The solar array is expected to help save up to 189,000 litres of diesel fuel annually. Utilities Job Creation YT
The federal government is providing $374,000 in funding to the Yukon Advocate Case Review project to study how the territorial judicial system handles sexual assault cases and their causes Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation YT
The Canada Revenue Agency is investing $6M to set up three new tax centres in each of the territorial capitals as part of their Northern Service Improvement Strategy. The new offices will employ 12 people in total. Public Administration Job Creation YT
The Government of Saskatchewan is spending more than $2M to upgrade facilities and infrastructure at provincial parks in the province's central region. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed prior to the 2019 camping season. Construction Job Creation SK

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