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  • Start date: 2018-03-05, End date: 2018-03-09
    Week of Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2018

    Vitalité Health Network in New Brunswick is preparing for a wave of retirements. Although no service had to close due to a staff shortage, the network must reorganize its services. However, it could see a nurse shortage in 10 to 15 years.
    The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick's Edmundston campus will offer a home support service training program to mitigate the field's acute labour shortage. In total, 12 to 15 students will be able to participate in the program, which provides quick access to the labour market.
    BioNB's Annual Report states that 2017 was a strong year for New Brunswick's bioscience sector. The sector saw increases in the number of companies, jobs and private capital raised. There are now over 100 companies involved in bioscience in the province.
    Paturel management has told employees, who worked at its lobster plant, that it will take two years to rebuild the Deer Island operation that burned down last week. Over 100 people are out of work. The company is trying to find jobs for those affected.
    The Horizon Health Network has launched a national recruitment drive to address the nursing shortage in New Brunswick. Horizon's goal is to recruit 320 nurses a year over the next five years. A lot of nurses are retiring due to their aging workforce.
    The House of Chan is in the process of opening its third Saint John location, when it opens this spring in Millidgeville. The 30-seat restaurant will operate out of the same building as the Irving and Circle K store, once renovations are complete.
    A new vegetarian Saint John restaurant, Vegolution, plans to open on on Germain Street by this summer. The location was the former home of Reggie's Restaurant. Vegolution will serve lunch and supper six day a week, and will employ up to six people.
  • Start date: 2018-02-26, End date: 2018-03-02
    Week of Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2018

    The Government of New Brunswick has announced that $2M worth of preparatory work for the construction of a new Moncton school will begin this year. This school should welcome 650 to 700 kindergarten to Grade 8 students.
    The federal budget includes some announcements that should have a positive impact on New Brunswick, particularly on eliminating the ¿trou noir¿ (black hole). A total of $10M is available immediately for income and training assistance, $80M is expected for 2018/2019, and $150M for the following year.
    Cabela's, the hunting and fishing retailer, has closed its Moncton location this month. A Cabela's spokesman stated that most of the 25 full-time staff have been offered employment at the Bass Pro Shop in Dieppe and at the new Halifax-area Cabela's store.
    Construction has begun on the $26.5M Greater Saint John Field House in east Saint John. Excavation and foundation work has started, and tenders will go out in March for the building work. It is expected that the facility will be open by fall 2019.
    The Winter Street building in downtown Sussex has re-opened for business after sitting vacant for 12 years. TaberKat Carpentry took the lead in gutting, renovating, and installing a new ventilation system in the office building.
    Air Canada is looking to create up to 227 jobs at its Saint John contact centre over the next five years, with the help of $1.5M in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB. The centre currently employs 300 staff and has already begun hiring and training.
    Excellence NB launched a new ¿Buy Local¿ campaign to promote New Brunswick products and services, including an online catalogue of businesses. Research found that up to 9,000 jobs could be created over five years if 5% of New Brunswickers bought local.
    The City of Moncton approved Costco's submission to build a new 154,000 ft2 building off the TransCanada Highway at Elmwood Drive, which will replace the Trinity Drive location. The new store will be larger, with more parking and have four fuel islands.
  • Start date: 2018-02-19, End date: 2018-02-23
    Week of Feb 19 - Feb 23, 2018

    The price of 7¿8 oz. lobster tails has spiked by $6/lb to settle at $23.50/lb as a result of demand from China. From 2014 to 2017, the value of lobster shipped to China increased from $136,000 to $4.3M.
    Nordia Inc. plans to expand and is currently recruiting to fill 140 additional positions at its call centre on Prince Edward Street in Saint John. The call centre had employed 300 workers prior to the expansion.
    Cooke Aquaculture and the University of New Brunswick are part of the Ocean Supercluster bid from Atlantic Canada, who will receive a portion of $950M in federal funding in order to use technology to build innovation. The money is designed to help universities and businesses to work together to boost sectors such as fisheries, oil and gas, and ocean technology.
    CannabisNB says it will have more time to prepare its retail operations, as the legislation to legalize marijuana is delayed. Their stores are expected to open in the fall of 2018 and CannabisNB will employ around 198 people or about 10 workers per store.
    According to a new city report, Fredericton saw $118M in construction development in 2017, compared to $94.5M in 2016. Projects included the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel and the art gallery addition, and saw 79 new single family homes built in 2017.
    The CG Group has applied to have eight acres of land at 470 Ryan Street rezoned to allow for a 51-unit building with commercial space and 48 townhouse units. If approved by Moncton city council the development could come about in two years.
    A new Study & Stay program will be implemented in Atlantic Canada in order to retain international students, based on the Nova Scotia pilot program. The program tries to match students with employers and helps with language and soft-skill enhancements.
  • Start date: 2018-02-12, End date: 2018-02-16
    Week of Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2018

    The Government of New Brunswick has announced that a new 60-bed care home will be built in Cocagne and that almost $1.8M will be invested over five years to renovate Foyer Saint-Antoine.
    New Brunswick needs 160 new nurses according to the École de sciences infirmières at the Université de Moncton. From 2011 to 2016, the number of registered nurses dropped from 9,067 to 8,625 and needs increased as the population aged.
    The Anglophone East School District in the Moncton area is trying to hire 40 full-time French immersion teachers for the Fall to keep up with demand. Those interested have to be proficient in French and qualify for a New Brunswick teacher certificate.
    Soulflower Salon Spa is planning to open a high-energy spa in April on Mountain Road in Moncton. The owners of the spa plan to initially hire five people.
    Tony's Bistro in Moncton is again expanding its popular brunch location at 137 McLaughlin Road. The restaurant will take over the space next door and hire 12 additional staff by early April.
    The Moncton Hospital and Dr. Georges Dumont Hospital in Moncton will get an extra $3M to help reduce the wait time for knee and hip replacement surgery.The funding will go toward more staff, equipment, and greater access to operating rooms.
    Kim's Mart, a Korean grocery store and market, has opened in the now-closed Lotus Restaurant location on Mountain Road in Moncton. The market will feature groceries and pre-prepared Korean meals.
    Two former international students have opened the Barakat African Cuisine restaurant at 331 Elmwood Drive in Moncton. The 28-seat restaurant opened on February 10 with plans to hire six people.
    A New Hampshire-based job-search company, Appcast, will create up to 70 new jobs over the next four years at its Fredericton office. Opportunities NB will provide up to $1.35M in payroll rebates to go toward hiring account management and sales people.
    The local Chamber of Commerce in St-François-de-Madawaska is offering cash incentives to attract workers to the area to come and live. Located upriver from Edmundston, the rural area has low unemployment and around 50 vacant jobs that need to be filled.
    The New Brunswick government is funding another $4M for the SEED program, a student employment program, which increases the number of job placements to 2,000. Students apply online at for the chance to secure a job with participating employers.
  • Start date: 2018-02-05, End date: 2018-02-09
    Week of Feb 05 - Feb 09, 2018

    Two new 60-bed care homes will be built in Moncton and St. Stephen. Others will be built in Fredericton and Florenceville-Bristol in accordance with the government's plan to construct 10 care homes over the next five years.
    The provincial government plans to spend $2.2M to renovate the 30-bed Westford Nursing Home in Port Elgin as part of a five-year plan to add over 1,000 senior-care beds in the province.
  • Start date: 2018-01-29, End date: 2018-02-02
    Week of Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018

    According to BuildForce Canada's latest forecasts, the New Brunswick construction industry will lose 28% of its workforce over the next 10 years. However, no decrease in employment is expected before 2021 and 2022.
    Dr. Oetker will close its pizza production plant in Saint-André, New Brunswick, at the end of May. In total, 180 people will lose their jobs.
    The inaugural World Cannabis Conference will be held June 10 to 12 in Saint John and will feature more than 350 industry businesses, policy makers and academics hoping to bring more companies to the province and create more jobs.
    Education spending gets $72M in New Brunswick's budget. This amount includes funds to hire more teachers and $28 M over four years on wages increases for early childhood educators. Post-Secondary Education also increased 4.1 % to $644.7M.
    Ambulance NB has announced the hiring of 33 new paramedics who have been assigned to 20 different communities. Recruitment has been an ongoing challenge for Ambulance NB. Most of the new employees are from New Brunswick, and a third, from other provinces.
    Toronto-based Porter Airlines is recruiting seven full-time bilingual call centre agents in Bathurst. A seven-week training for the employees will begin in March, after which, they will eventually work from home.
    New Brunswick's premier has announced $20M to help spur the economy and make it more competitive. The money will be allocated to researchers, small businesses, the seafood industry, the forestry sector and tourism operators.
  • Start date: 2018-01-22, End date: 2018-01-26
    Week of Jan 22 - Jan 26, 2018

    In some New Brunswick cities, it is difficult to find alternate bus drivers who speak French. The District scolaire francophone Sud confirms that this problem is a priority and that alternate drivers can find permanent work.
    On Monday, the Government of New Brunswick announced that it will dedicate $25M in the next budget to youth employment. This initiative also aims to counter the exodus of young people, which could create a worker shortage in the province.
    The growing francophone population in Saint John, New Brunswick has significant repercussions on daycares, which are struggling to find early childhood educators. Recruitment extends to outside the province.
    The Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce reports that of the 120 members it surveyed, 25% stated that finding employees with the right labour skills is their biggest challenge. Another 23.5% said that their biggest challenge was a lack of customers.
    Construction will begin this spring on a $3.5M residential hospice in Miramichi. Hospice Miramichi will open the eight bed facility on Gordon Road for patients in the last three months of their lives and have space for family members to stay.
    Maple syrup producers in New Brunswick are hoping to gain access to 5,700 hectares of maple forest trees in the province. New Brunswick had 2.3M taps in 2016, the second most in the country behind only Quebec. If access is approved, the syrup producers could create more jobs by producing up to 2M more taps.
    The New Brunswick government is planning to spend $25M to help youth in the province join the workforce. Investments will be made towards experiential learning, student employment, and internship programs. The funds will also support student loan debt relief and assistance identify available jobs.
    Ross Ventures has secured an anchor tenant for its 90,000 sq.-ft. commercial building, which will be built on Carleton Street in downtown Fredericton. The project will begin construction in early 2019 and open in late 2020.
    The city of Fredericton announced a new $8.9M plan for Officers' Square, which will include an outdoor oval, a performance stage, playground and a food and beverage area. Construction is to begin in the fall of 2018 and take four years to complete.
    Ontario's Cam Tran Co. has purchased the former Moloney Electric plant in Sackville, NB. The company will invest about $1.25M into the property, where it will produce energy-efficient transformers. Cam Tran will initially hire eight to 10 people.
  • Start date: 2018-01-15, End date: 2018-01-19
    Week of Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2018

    The Government of N.B. is providing free daycare services for low-income families by creating a wait list and by increasing educator wages. A $28M investment will be dedicated to wage increases.
    The New Brunswick Lumber Producers says it has paid $31M in anti-dumping and duties on softwood that was sold in the American market last year. There is concerned that the duties may eventually impact the province's mills and 20,000 workers.
    Saint John police have ratified a new agreement with the city that will see its members receive a 10.25% wage increase over four years. The city's firefighter union went to arbitration last month, which resulted in wage increases of nearly 3% per year.
    Moncton surpassed its 2016 levels for construction permits, with a record $243.4M in permits issued in 2017. Commercial and industrial projects were worth $99M, institutional permits accounted for $77M, and residential developments were valued at $62.7M.
    The N.B. Association of Nursing Homes states that the government's plan to open new nursing beds is difficult due to a lack of resident attendants, licensed practical nurses and RN positions across the province. The aging population is driving demand.
    Port Saint John will have a busy cruise season in 2018, with a 13% increase in the amount of cruise ships booked and a 19% increase in passengers compared to 2017. According to a news release, the cruise industry contributes $50M to the provincial economy.
    The New Brunswick government announced that families with children under five in a designated child care centre will not pay more than 20% of their gross income on fees. Free child care will also be provided to families with gross income under $37,500.
    The Saint John Real Estate Board states that 2017 was a good year, with home sales up 9% compared to 2016. The area covered extends from Sussex to St. Stephen and saw 2,365 homes sold in 2017, up from 2,159 sold in 2016 and 1,915 in 2015.
    In Moncton, finding skilled labour will be the biggest economic challenge, according to a survey by the Chamber of Commerce. The survey found that 25% of members have issues recruiting skilled labour and 40% plan on hiring more employees in 2018.
    The New Brunswick government has signed an agreement with Nuuvera Corp. to supply cannabis products after July 2018. Nuuvera is the fourth cannabis company to sign such an agreement, along with Organigram, Canopy Growth Corp. and Zenabis.
  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    On Monday, the 10-year agreement between Medavie and the Government of New Brunswick to privatize extramural management was made public. The company will receive an annual base amount of $2.6M, and the government will continue to offset program costs to the amount of $70M a year. Current extramural employees will remain in service to the province.
    FiveFive Queen, a $30M development is underway in downtown Moncton. The eight-storey project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018 and will include a restaurant, 72 hotel rooms, as well as 29 leased and 41 owned condos.
    The Saint John Airport had record growth in 2017 with 263,719 passengers, representing a 5.2% increase over 2016. The airport can handle up to 400,000 passengers, but 52% of Saint John-based travellers fly out of Moncton, Halifax, Fredericton or Bangor.
    The City of Fredericton has signed a three year $225K agreement to provide regional fire dispatch to area departments such as Oromocto, New Maryland, Harvey and Upper Gagetown. The new system will offer improve services and create two new part-time job.
    The NB government announced that it will provide $41M in daycare funding, as well as create a province-wide registry and wait-list. The Province hopes to add 3,000 new daycare spaces by 2020, including 200 new infant and toddler spaces.
    Toronto-based Nuuvera Corp is looking to set-up a research and testing lab for cannabis at 384 Lancaster Ave in west Saint John. If approved, the 25,000 sq.-ft. facility could be staffed with 20 to 25 people in high paying pharmaceutical positions.
    U.S.-based company S&P Data is opening a customer contact centre at the former Sears location in Saint John. The company will be conducting job fairs until they open on February 5th and expect to have 300 staff within the first eight months of operation.
    The Port of Saint John handled more than 30 million tonnes in 2017, an increase of 15% compared to 2016 levels. The CEO of Port Saint John attributed the success to its positive performance in the bulk sectors as well as its new partnership with DP World.
    Opportunities New Brunswick anticipates the cannabis sector could create up to 6,000 jobs in the province over the next five years
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    A former Top Chef Canada contestant has opened a new 34-seat restaurant in Bathurst called Fresco Kitchen, which serves modern Canadian cuisine. The chef also owns Jobie's Mobile Kitchen, a food truck that serves burgers and salads in the summer.
    As of January 1, Medavie Health Services will manage New Brunswick's Tele-Care and extramural services, along with ambulance services. It is hoped that Medavie can increase the number of home visits while reducing emergency room visits and wait times.
    Usva Spa Nordik will open a $2.6M Nordic-style thermotherapy spa next month in Moncton. The two-storey 6,400 sq.-ft. building will include a 1,000 sq.-ft. sauna space and have a licensed bistro. Massage therapy will also be offered, but not aesthetic services.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    A developer has begun renovations on a three-storey building at 1 Charlotte Street in Saint John. The plan is to restore the 150-year-old building, build on the adjacent vacant lot and turn the property into a commercial and residential complex.
    The firefighters union states that there is a shortage of firefighters in Miramichi. The city has 20 staff firefighters and 35 volunteers. The city is addressing the issue by creating a deputy chief position and will add two more firefighters this year.
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    The Corey Craig Group will build a $17M Hyatt hotel near Moncton's event centre. Construction will begin in spring 2018, and the 120-room hotel is scheduled to open in 2020.
    The Restigouche CBDC recently obtained $3.1M from the federal government to develop a literacy training program. The program is intended for the Canadian manufacturing industry and will create or retain a dozen jobs in the region.
    Hinduja Global Solutions, which specializes in client service management, launched a recruitment drive in the northern part of the province last week. The company is looking to fill around 100 positions in Edmunston, Bathurst, and Miramichi.
    The Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre in Shediac is set to open a new 19,000 sq.-ft. facility in September 2018. The $3.1M centre will be on Calder Street and will have emergency beds, a medical exam room, transitional housing and counselling rooms.
    The Corey Craig Group paid $3M for a parcel of land next to the Downtown Event Centre in Moncton with plans to build a 120-room Hyatt Hotel. Rice Contracting Ltd will begin construction on the $17M project in the spring of 2018, with completion by early 2020.
    The Shot Lab, a high-tech basketball training facility in Moncton, is shutting down 15 months after it opened. The owners state that they needed about 8% of the local basketball community to become members to be sustainable, which didn't happen.
    A Moncton daycare is worried that proposed changes to New Brunswick's Early Childhood Services Act will make it harder to get enough qualified staff. The changes would require more staff per child and more staff trained in early childhood education.
    The New Brunswick government announced that the first 11 Cannabis NB stores will open in Moncton, Dieppe, Fredericton, Oromocto, Saint John, Bathurst, Miramichi, Sussex and St. Stephen. The initial 11 stores will open in July of 2018.
    New Brunswick seafood giant Cooke Aquaculture has acquired Houston-based Omega Protein Corp. in a $500M deal that will add 1,000 people to its workforce. The company stated that the deal would strengthen jobs in N.B.
    The federal government and Emera will invest $4.3M in the University of New Brunswick's smart grid research project, which will look at developing and testing new technology. The UNB research centre will expand from 34 people to over 60 in two years.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    New England-based company Aspen Technology has purchased a major product from Moncton's RtTech Software, as well as some associated assets. The Moncton company will use the capital from this sale to grow its operations with its other product lines.
    Mexicali Rosa's in Fredericton will close this month, but the new owners are planning to re-open with a renovated and larger restaurant in the spring of 2018. The restaurant currently has 10 staff, but will employ up to 40 people upon re-opening.
    According to Ambulance New Brunswick statistics, a lack of paramedics had ambulances in the province out of service 14,000 times over three years (2014-2017). Paid overtime has also gone up annually for the past six years in New Brunswick.
    The New Brunswick government will invest $28M over four years to increase wages for early childhood educators starting in 2019-20. Trained early childhood educators will see their wages go from $16 to $19 an hour, which is expected to reduce turnover.
    Sussex Craft Distillery has opened a new distillery in Sussex Corner and will unveil its first spirits this month.
    NexGen has almost completed the first phase of a 500-panel solar power generating station in Studholm, NB. This is the first solar energy project to be connected to NB Power's distribution system and will produce 177 MWh of electricity.
    Moncton-based Codiac Transpo has approval to hire 21 drivers. The company is also making changes to better recruit and retain bus drivers. New employees will now be guaranteed at least 30 hours a week and applicants don't need a bus licence when they apply.
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    Canada's largest private-sale real estate network,, is expanding in Moncton with the creation of 30 more jobs over the next three years. Opportunities NB will provide $150K in payroll rebates to the Moncton business services centre.
    Sussex-based Mrs. Dunster's is further expanding its operations and baking capacity, with the purchase of Moncton-based McBuns Bakery. Mrs. Dunster's also recently bought Kredl's Corner Market and will go from 140 employees to 240 in the next 90 days.
    NB Power and the provincial and federal governments will spend up to $234 million over the next five years on energy efficiency programs in the province. A spokesperson for NB Power states that the programs could create 400 jobs over 5 years.
    The New Brunswick government is supporting research and venture capital investments by investing $10 million over five years in the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF). The NBIF supports 20 to 25 companies per year with money and business support.
    Moncton city councillors approved a new contract for about 230 city hall workers, which will provide a 6.5% pay increase over four years. The newly ratified contract will cost the city about $300K a year in salaries and benefits.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    Unemployment increased in September in New Brunswick. The province has 32,300 EI claimants, which represents a 1.6% increase compared to August. In the Moncton region, the number of claimants dropped by 2.1%.
    To address the labour shortage, Pêcheries Belle Île, based in Lamèque, has installed a robot developed in the Acadian Peninsula. The average age of workers is close to 55, which forces processing companies to turn to robotics.
    Cube Automation, located in Tracadie, developed the Igloo robot, which is currently in operation at the Pêcheries Belle Île plant on Lamèque Island. Other plants could benefit from the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, which provides $400M over seven years for these types of initiatives.
    Purolator will move its call centre from Montréal to Moncton. The closure of the Montréal office will be in effect on April 13, 2018, and the company will begin hiring in New Brunswick. The number of jobs created in New Brunswick remains to be confirmed.
    Enterprise Saint John will lead an effort next year to create a central database to track job opportunities in the region. Eight local businesses, including Irving, will enter detailed current and projected labour needs to address potential skill gaps.
    New Brunswick has hired 301 new physicians across the province since September 2014. Moncton has received the largest share with 93 physicians; 34 of which are general practitioners and 59 specialists.
    Moncton's 230 city employees reached a tentative agreement with the municipality in late November. The agreement will need to be ratified by city council. The previous collective agreement expired at the end of 2016 and the last item to be negotiated was wages.
    Craft Coast Canning, a new Fredericton-based mobile canning company, started operating in October and already has worked with 15 breweries. The company provide canning services for breweries and also offers graphic design for shrink-sleeves on beer cans.
    Of the 800 Sobeys employees across the country that will lose their jobs, 19 staff in New Brunswick will be affected. According to the director of external communications, only office employees will be impacted, not in-store workers.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    A potato farm in Malden, NB opened a vodka business in June called Blue Roof Distillers, as a way of using up small unsold potatoes. Four months later they have exceeded sales projections and have hired two extra staff to handle the demand for tours.
    The New Brunswick government has signed an agreement with Restigouche-based Zenabis, to be New Brunswick's third supplier of recreational marijuana. Organigram and Canopy Growth also have agreements in place to supply marijuana upon becoming legal.
    Prelam Enterprises, a Moncton-based air freshener company, has broken into the Chinese market and is selling its product in multiple Chinese retail locations. The company hopes to further expand, when it attends a trade mission to China in January 2018.
    Two Fredericton men are looking to resurrect the Hartt Shoe Company, a local company that began back in the 1890s and whose factory closed in 2000. The owners have a factory in Spain to make the shoes, but hope to eventually manufacture the shoes in NB.
    According to the Conference Board, New Brunswick will experience the weakest economic growth in Canada over the next two years with a 0.8% GDP increase in 2018 and a 1% gain in 2019. This trend can be explained in part by the aging population and will affect several aspects of the province's economy.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    The Government of New Brunswick introduced a bill to lower the small business income tax rate to 2.5%. This rate has been reduced four times since 2014, when it reached 4.5%.
    The ACOA has tasked NouLAB (New Brunswick's Social and Public Innovation Lab) with finding and implementing solutions to keep immigrants in New Brunswick. The federal and provincial governments have invested over $410,000 in the project.
    A parliamentary committee report has 24 recommendations to improve immigration to Atlantic Canada. The report states that Atlantic Canada received 4.6% of Canada's newcomers in 2016, while Western Canada saw 40%.
    The Pond-Deshpande Centre at UNB Fredericton will receive $400,000 in public funding to develop new ways to retain immigrants in the province. The Economic Immigration Lab project will bring together various stakeholders to collaborate on the issue.
    Club Auto opened a new call centre last month in Moncton with 35 positions and future plans to employ up to 150 staff. The company will need to maintain the jobs for at least one year to receive $830,000 in payroll rebates from Opportunities NB.
    The Fall lobster season in the Bay of Fundy started on November 15, 2017, with 300 boats and roughly 900 crew members fishing the 23 harbours from Grand Manan to Alma, NB. The season for Lobster Fishing Area 36 will end January 15th.
    Fit Rocks Climbing Gym announced that it will open a second location on Ashburn Lake Road in Saint John, NB. The owner, who opened the first location in Moncton nine months ago, hopes to open the new facility by April 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    Chase the Ace lotteries are multiplying in the Acadian Peninsula. The income generated by these lotteries helps pay for current expenditures and finance maintenance work for community and religious buildings in particular.
    Members of the Healthy Aging Provincial Roundtable met on Wednesday in Fredericton to discuss the implementation of the New Brunswick Aging Strategy. By 2038, seniors will make up 31.3% of the population.
    New Brunswick softwood producers will now pay a 20.83% duty on lumber entering the United States, with the exception of J.D. Irving, which will pay a 9.92% tariff. The other Atlantic province's lumber producers are not considered subsidized and will be exempt.
    Moncton city council will allow an eight to 14 storey hotel and a three to five storey parking garage to be built on the corner of Main Street and Harper. The proposed hotel will have ground-level retail space, as well as a sushi bar and restaurant.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council released its 2018 job market outlook for New Brunswick, which predicts that the provincial economy will grow by 1% next year. The council doesn't anticipate much job growth, but expects a declining labour force will create job vacancies.
    Leading Edge Geomatics (LEG), a New Brunswick survey company, has signed a deal with Montreal-based Novacap that could create up to 90 new jobs in the next five years. Novacap's investment will help spur growth for LEG, which currently has 60 employees.
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    New Brunswick is lacking workers in nursing homes. A recruitment activity is organized at the Centre Communautaire d'Inkerman for November 16. In total, 200 students in the five NBCC are receiving training for this type of job.
    An office for immigrants wishing to move to Kent North will soon open in Richibucto. An outreach coordinator position and a settlement officer position will be created.
    The Government of New Brunswick will dedicate $50M to constructing a new provincial museum in downtown Saint John. The building will replace the New Brunswick Museum's current facilities.
    The New Brunswick Senior Citizens Federation's 50/50 draw tickets are now available in the Acadian Peninsula. This new lottery will fund the activities of the organization, which defends the interests of senior citizens.
    Marshalls and HomeSense will open a combined store by late in 2018 in east Saint John. According to McAllister Place, the store will be located in the former Sobeys location of the mall.
    The Gahan House Port City opened this month on Prince William Street in Saint John, NB. The location has more than 30 staff and will feature a pub, an oyster bar, a microbrewery, and a retail store offering a range of Gahan beers.
    The Community College in Dieppe will be the first to offer training as medical cannabis cultivation technicians in Canada. The 12 week program will start November 27, 2017 and will offer the course in English to the initial class of 25 students.
    Imperial Manufacturing Group in Richibucto will utilize a new multicultural satellite office in Kent County to help hire up to 25 people from the Philippines
    The Atlantic immigration pilot program has a new multi-year target to add 4,000 immigrants to the region by 2020, with a goal of helping fill existing and future skills gaps. Under the initiative, newcomers would be permitted to bring their families with the hope that they will settle in the region long-term.
    ContactNB organized a job fair in October to help workers affected by the closures of Sears' contact centres; connecting them with 22 area businesses with over 600 job openings. Most businesses were contact centres, while five organizations came from other sectors.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    A ferry to Kennebecasis Island will be built at the New Brunswick Naval Centre in Bas-Caraquet. The Ocean New Brunswick Inc. order will create 15 jobs. The delivery is scheduled for September 1, 2018.
    CUPE, New Brunswick's largest health-care union, has agreed to a new four-year deal with the provincial government. Union members include licensed practical nurses, paramedics and housekeeping staff.
    McCain Foods opened a new 35,000 sq.-ft. potato production line in Florenceville, NB. The construction of the new $65M line, and the resulting demand, will increase economic activity and has created 40 new jobs in the region.
    Approximately 1,000 people attended Organigram Holdings' cannabis career fair in Moncton. The company is looking to hire 140 people to work in sanitation, maintenance, quality assurance, security, laboratory, sales, accounting and client services.
    NB Liquor has issued a tender for potential locations to sell recreational cannabis, when it becomes legal in July 2018. There will be up to 20 stand-alone subsidiary stores, operating under tight regulations in 15 New Brunswick communities and online.
    New Brunswick's four universities experienced an enrolment decline of -0.8% this year, compared to 2016. Mount Allison saw the biggest drop at 3.2%. The Association of Atlantic Universities states that more domestic and international students are needed.
    According to Statistics Canada's census data, 9,330 immigrants came to New Brunswick between 2011 and 2016, and represent 5.6% of the population. The province saw only 10,205 immigrants in the previous 20 years. Most newcomers are settling in urban areas.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    Edmundston, Saint John, and Perth-Andover are proposing the creation of two new community wind farms in the counties of Charlotte and Carleton. The project's value is approximately $120M, and each farm would generate electricity for 6,400 households.
    Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Restigouche is unveiling its ¿Hire For Talent¿ toolkit to encourage employers across the country to hire workers with a disability, who form a pool of 411,600 workers in Canada
    Ambulance NB is looking for 100 more paramedics, but there are few candidates. The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) in Campbellton is offering a new paramedic services program that could help meet this shortage.
    New Brunswick introduced two new midwives at Fredericton's downtown health clinic, who are the first publicly funded midwives in the province. Two more midwifes will join them in Fredericton, which is serving as a demonstration site to gauge demand for the service.
    RevJet, a software development company that moved its Ukrainian R&D office to uptown Saint John, is planning to open a customer support centre within the next six months. The company currently has a staff of 24, who are educated in coding and technology.
    Saint John's Colonial Inn and Canada's Best Value Inn have new owners, who will invest millions in renovations. The work will add local jobs, with up to $3M worth of renovations going into the Colonial Inn and another $5M targeted for the Best Value Inn.
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    Bell Canada has received $3.6M from Opportunities NB to open a new national service centre in Fredericton, which will create up to 150 jobs over five years. The company has hired 12 people so far and expects to have 75 staff by this time next year.
    A new Montreal-based furniture retailer plans to open a new store at Moncton's Mapleton Centre in late January 2018. Structube has about 55 retail stores in six provinces, with the only existing Maritime location being in Nova Scotia.
    If Sears gets approved to close its remaining stores in Fredericton and Moncton it would impact roughly 200 workers in NB. Also at risk would be the 300 positions at the recently opened Sears call centres in Saint John and Edmundston.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    In New Brunswick, the aging population is an economic issue. It presents challenges in transportation and housing and will have an impact on health care costs.
    A new pub dedicated to chicken wings is slated to open October 14,2017 and will be located in Chuckles Lounge at the Parkway Mall. The co-founders state that once completed, it will be the largest restaurant in Saint John.
    The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a new study that shows that 1,735 physicians worked in New Brunswick in 2016, up 3.6%, compared to 2015. Over that same period, the number of specialists decreased by 1% in the province.
    New Brunswick's Armouries, as well as 100 more across the country were open to the public, in an effort to recruit more reserve members. In 2012, New Brunswick had 1,539 army reserve members. The current number of part-time reservists is at 1,321.
    Sears officially closed its Saint John store on October 1, 2017. The Saint John location had 71 staff when the store closure was announced and hired 24 workers to help liquidate stock. The Bathurst store has also closed as part of Sears' restructuring plan.
    The latest Report Card from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council states that Atlantic Canada needs to increase the number of exporters and expand into more markets. Both New Brunswick and Newfoundland had a drop in the number of exporters since 2010.
    New Brunswick employers are facing a 15% hike in workers' compensation rates in 2018, with employers to pay $1.70 for every $100 in payroll. According to WorkSafeNB, the rate increase is due to rising claim costs. Rates went up by 33% in the year before.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Moncton-based Organigram is looking to expand by another 102,000 sq.-ft. by the end of the 2017. The marijuana producer has over 100 staff but is aiming to employ 250 by the end of 2018. The company will seek to recruit up to 50 skilled workers at its job fair this October.
    Canadian Nuclear Laboratories announced plans to establish a new multi-million dollar National Innovation Centre at Knowledge Park in Fredericton, NB. The cybersecurity research facility is expected to create 10 to 20 jobs within five years.
    Moncton-based technology company Tech Software Solutions (TKS) has immediate plans to hire up to 10 additional staff after being acquired by Assumption Group
    The City of Moncton approved a six-storey Hilton Home 2 Suites hotel to be built at the Junction Urban Village development. The hotel is one of many projects being planned for Junction Urban Village, which is expected to open early in 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    DP World Saint John has an agreement with Massachusetts-based Pan Am Railways which will allow product to move in and out of New England through the Saint John port using intermodal service. It's expected to boost imports and potentially create jobs.
    Despite filing for bankruptcy protection, the Toys 'R' Us stores in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John will remain open at least through holiday shopping season. A spokesperson for the company would not comment on possible store closures.
    The New Brunswick government has established a crown corporation to oversee the sale of non-medicinal cannabis in the province. The Provincial Government has also signed memorandums of understanding with two licensed producers, Organigram and Canopy Growth Corp.
    The New Brunswick Medical Society states that the province needs to do more to recruit and retain physicians in the province. The aging population is driving demand and there are only two training centres, with no specialist training in the province.
    Dream Payments, which opened a Moncton office back in July 2017, is eligible to receive up to $2M in support from Opportunities NB. The company is hoping to create 125 jobs including web developers, software engineers and quality assurance personnel.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    A new small-batch brewery and tap room will be built at Moosehead's West Side brewery in Saint John. Opening in May 2018, it will allow Moosehead to create new beers in smaller quantities. It is expected that additional people will be hired.
    The Sugar Brook Community Wind Farm Limited Partnership has submitted a proposal to NB Power to build a 20 mw community-owned wind farm in the Sackville area. If approved, the electricity generated from the wind farm could power up to 7,000 homes.
    The Fredericton International Airport welcomed the first flight from Porter Airlines this month. Porter is offering daily flights to Ottawa, with continuing service to Toronto.
    According to the 2016 census data, New Brunswick has the lowest median household income in Canada at $59,347, compared to $70,336 nationally. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick had the highest rate of children living in low-income households at 22.2%.
    A Quebec company that is using the government-owned shipyard in Bas-Caraquet says that they have over 50 people working at the New Brunswick Naval Centre and hope to have 77 employed there. Groupe Océan has an eight-year contract with the provincial government.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    Brunswick News plans to hire six newspaper and package carriers and drivers. The organization recently instituted a policy requiring delivery workers to be at least 19 years old, resulting in the layoff of a number of young employees.
    New Brunswick has experienced 7% growth in the number of small acre farms over the past five years, according to Statistics Canada. While small acre farms are growing, 356 independently-owned large and medium size farms have closed in New Brunswick since 2011.
    Maghill Paintball is a new paintball field in Moncton. The field is outfitted with a tactical town and woodsball field. Maghill Paintball will have a public walk-on on Sundays, with private bookings available Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    The Moncton Community Residences Inc.'s West Lane facility will shut down in September due to a lack of funds. Seven residents with various disabilities will be affected, as will 10 employees. The average wage at the facility is $15.50 an hour.
    Baci Italia, a newly opened 200-plus seat Italian restaurant in Moncton, has been packed and getting favourable reviews since opening in August. Located at the corner of Church Street and Mountain Road, the 8,500 sq.-ft. building took a year to build.
    Burrito Jax opened a second Moncton location at 1380 Mountain Road on August 23, 2017. The new store has 12 staff on site. The franchise has locations across Atlantic Canada and has plans to open a third Moncton location in 2018.
    Moncton city council approved a request allowing Moncton's first shipping container restaurant to be built on Euston Street, called Euston Park. Set to open in 2018, the outdoor restaurant will offer food and drinks with a large fenced-in patio space.
    Canada's largest licensed marijuana producer, Canopy Growth, has acquired a building in Fredericton's Industrial Park. Construction will begin in October 2017 to expand the facility to over 100,000 sq.-ft., which is expected to create 50 jobs.
    NB Power announced a project that is expected to come online in a year, which will see methane gas captured from the Chaleur landfill and converted into electricity. NB Power will buy about 6,000 MWh annually of the power generated over the next 20 years.
    The federal and New Brunswick governments signed an agreement that will see $71M invested in early learning and child-care services over the next three years. The money will help improve the level of accessibility, affordability, and quality of service.
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Moncton's Gulf Fisheries Centre on University Avenue will get $1.8M in renovation work to turn the facility into a scientific research centre. The small crafts harbour program will also be moved from Ottawa to Moncton, bringing up to 40 high paying jobs.
    Zenabis, a proposed medical marijuana facility in Atholville, N.B., received a production licence from Health Canada. The plant is nearly 1.3M sq.-ft. and once operational, is expected to employ over 200 people in northern New Brunswick.
    The Saint John Community Loan Fund is looking for women who have a business idea to apply for the Enterprising Women program. The program is free, but applications are due by September 3, 2017. Participants learn all aspects of starting a business.
    Schools in the Anglophone East School District are struggling to recruit for supply teachers, after hiring 31 teachers for the new school year. Most of those will teach Grade 1 French immersion, which is being offered again in New Brunswick.
    Moncton-based Port Royal Distillers has expanded the distribution of its Snowfox Vodka into Newfoundland and Labrador, making it available across Atlantic Canada. The company states that if they could expand into Quebec it would create 12 more jobs.
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    According to a new report by Statistics Canada, about 40,000 jobs or 8% of total employment in New Brunswick are due to exporting business with the United States. Ninety percent of New Brunswick's exports go to the United States.
    Mastermind Toys is further expanding in Atlantic Canada with the opening of a Moncton location in September 2017, just off Wheeler Boulevard in Mapleton Centre. New stores are also planned to open this fall in Fredericton, Dartmouth and Halifax.
    TimberTop Aerial Adventure Park is proposing to open a 14.7-acre adventure park in Dominion Park as early as May 2018. The next step for the company is to secure a 10-year non-exclusive lease with the city of Saint John to allow the use of the park.
    A new licensed family restaurant recently opened its doors at the City Motel on Regent Street in Fredericton. Stuft! Burger Bar and Poutinerie serve gourmet burgers along with local beers and local product.
    In September, St. Thomas University will start a hiring process for a research chair, who will focus on the well-being of seniors. Roughly 20% of New Brunswick's population are seniors. The duties will be split between researching and teaching.
    Sackville's Karen Marine Phytoplankton, a vitamin supplement distributor, is currently recruiting staff to call and connect with various health and wellness people and businesses. The company has been expanding across Canada and into the United States.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    Enterprise Saint John has announced that they have helped to create or retain 395 jobs in the first quarter of this year. The agency, which is partially municipally-funded, has a stated goal of 810 jobs this year.
    According to Ambulance New Brunswick data, overcrowding in the province's hospitals last year resulted in NB paramedics waiting almost 1,000 hours for hospital staff to admit patients. Saint John Regional and the Moncton City hospital had the most delays.
    A smaller temporary Foodland location will open this month in Minto, NB, which will employ 14 former employees from the original store. The old location had 30 staff, which burned down in June 2017. A permanent Foodland has yet to be built.
    St. Thomas University (STU) and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have announced plans to hire health research chairs in cannabis. The position at STU will research socio-economic and health issues and the UNB chair will focus on pharmacology.
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    The Sussex civic centre is set to close its doors on September 4, 2017 unless the facility gets more funding. The centre opened in October 2012 and features an indoor pool, walking track, gym and a staff of 40 people, of which four are full-time workers.
    Fisheries and Oceans stated that it will re-open the Kedgwick office and increase the number of fisheries officers in Charlo, NB. The number of staff in Charlo will go from two to three in the coming months and four people will be hired for the Kedgwick office.
    According to the latest Census figures, New Brunswick had one of the biggest jumps in English-French bilingualism in Canada. Quebec had the highest rate of bilingualism, with 44.9% speaking both languages, while New Brunswick's rate was 34%.
    Emera revealed details of a proposed $2B plan to run a 563 km undersea cable from Saint John, NB into Massachusetts. Called the Atlantic Link, the cable would be powered by five wind farms, and could create 3,000 construction jobs at its peak.
    Trevali Mining Corp is expanding its mining operations in northern New Brunswick with the acquisition of the former Restigouche zinc, lead and silver mine. According to the company, the addition of the new site will add 50 to 60 mining jobs.
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    Archstone Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre is moving to a new location in Rothesay. The practice currently has a physiotherapist, a massage therapist, a pediatric physiotherapist and will add a certified hand specialist to the team.
    Port Saint John has added Bahri, a global shipping line that will link the city with ports in the Middle East, India, Mediterranean Sea, Mexico, and the U.S. Bahri vessels specialize in carrying roll-on-roll-off cargo, project cargo, and containers.
    Curl Moncton officially broke ground on a $2.7M expansion at the former Beauséjour Curling Club. The facility will double to ten sheets of ice. Funding is being provided by three levels of government and work is expected to be done in February 2018.
    The Residence du Bonheur, a special care home in northern New Brunswick, is scheduled to close October 20, 2017. The government will work to relocate the disabled adults and seniors, who have been residents at the Saint-Andre home, to other facilities.
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Pannizza Restaurants, a pizza chain that specializes in personal pizzas, is opening a Fredericton location in early August 2017 at 1033 Prospect Street. The franchise has 15 locations and plans to further expand into Oromocto and downtown Fredericton.
    Sears Canada has stated that it wants to close stores in Saint John and Bathurst by October 12, 2017, and is looking to begin liquidation sales in July. Some Sears locations across Canada could be closed as early as the end of July 2017.
    Statistics Canada reports that Moncton led Atlantic Canada in commercial and industrial development spending in the first six months of 2017. Non-residential building construction totalled $163.9M and $137.6M in Greater Moncton and Halifax respectively.
    Port Saint John released its mid-year shipping data up to June 2017, which shows a 4% increase in the tonnage shipped compared to last year. Container traffic was down by almost 50%, but is expected to rebound when CMA-CGM begins its service in August.
    Salisbury-based Petz International Ltd., a producer of all-natural pet treats, is receiving over $500K from the NB government in order to expand their facility, create more jobs, and pursue new opportunities. The company currently has 24 people on staff.
    The NB government announced that the St. Andrews Biological Station will receive $8.9M in funding and the addition of seven new employees who will do aquaculture research. The station is Canada's oldest biological station and employs almost 100 people.
    Party City is opening a 15,000 sq.-ft. store in Saint John's McAllister Place on July 22, 2017. Goodlife Fitness will also open a 25,000 sq.-ft. location in the fall of 2017. The two businesses will occupy former space in the mall previously held by Target.
  • Start date: 2017-07-10, End date: 2017-07-14
    Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    Moncton's Apex Industries has secured additional contracts for Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet program. Twelve full-time jobs including planners, machinists, quality assurance, and program management will be secured as a result.
    Saje Natural Wellness has opened its first New Brunswick location in CF Champlain in Dieppe. Saje was founded in 1992 and sells essential oils and related products. The company also has two stores in Halifax, NS and another in St. John's, NF.
    The new Reversing Falls restaurant in Saint John is in the final stages of construction and with staffing being hired as it prepares to open in late July 2017. The 2,600-ft. skywalk is a key tourist attraction of the venue, which will allow people to go to the rooftop.
    ACOA announced that $24.5M will be invested in Atlantic Canadian tourism over three years, which is expected to create 6,000 jobs. The Atlantic Growth Strategy will promote Atlantic Canada as a global tourism destination, to areas like China and Germany.
    Toronto-based financial technology company Dream Payments opened a Centre of Excellence in Moncton, with plans to expand. The office has 15 staff, including software engineers and developers, with a focus on improving the company's payment technology.
  • Start date: 2017-07-03, End date: 2017-07-07
    Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    Overcrowding at the Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital in Moncton has hit an occupancy rate of about 120%. The francophone hospital has many beds filled by patients who are waiting to get in a nursing home, and has faced a recent shortage of staff.
    Sussex Excavators won the bid to do repair work on Leonard Drive, which has a hospital, two schools and a RCMP station along its stretch. The $930K project will start construction on July 10, 2017.
    Saint John is expected to begin construction later in 2017 on the Greater Saint John Field House, now that $16.2M has been secured for the project. The athletic centre will allow event-hosting, will promote long-term prosperity and help create jobs.
    Dem Good Vibes, a homegrown clothing company, is opening a small retail store within Captain Dan's Seafood Patio Bar on the Pointe-du-Chêne Wharf. The shop will operate in the summer and is looking to hire people to help with promotion and retail work.
    The world's third largest container line, CMA-CGM, will begin weekly stops at the Port of Saint John in late August 2017. The new service will allow exporters and importers to access new markets along the eastern seaboard, the Caribbean and South America.
  • Start date: 2017-06-26, End date: 2017-06-30
    Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    Sears Canada announced that it intends to close two of its four NB stores, in Saint John and Bathurst. A total of 146 positions between the two stores will be terminated, with Saint John losing 25 full-time and 75 part-time positions and Bathurst losing eight full-time and 38 part-time positions. Stores in Dieppe and Fredericton have not been named among the list of closures.
    Sisson Mine Ltd. has received federal environmental approval to build a tungsten and molybdenum mine in central NB. Construction is expected to create 500 jobs, with another 300 coming online during the mine's 27-year lifespan.
    The provincial government paid out $558M to NB's nearly 2,000 doctors last fiscal year, with 22 of them earning more than $1M each, according to government data. Cardiac surgeons were the province's most expensive specialty, with five practitioners earning an average of $589,000.
    Sobeys is opening a Foodland store in a temporary location in Minto, located near the former store which was destroyed by fire earlier in June. Some of the 32 employees from the previous store will be working at the new location. The company hopes to have the new store open by mid-August.
    Canopy Growth Corp, Canada's biggest licensed marijuana producer, is planning to open a 100,000 sq.-ft. indoor production facility in Fredericton. Details regarding timeline have yet to be finalised.
  • Start date: 2017-06-19, End date: 2017-06-23
    Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    The provincial and federal governments are investing a combined $6.6M in a new sports and recreation facility in Richibucto
    Sears Canada may be on the brink of filing for creditor protection, in which case hundreds of NB jobs would be at risk
    Hundreds of Unifor union forestry workers from across the Maritimes gathered at Irving Pulp and Paper, Limited, to call on the Federal government to lock-in "a fair negotiated softwood lumber deal" with Washington that protects Canadian jobs. The forestry sector is one of New Brunswick's largest industries and supports more than 20,000 jobs.
  • Start date: 2017-06-12, End date: 2017-06-16
    Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    The provincial government is investing $3M in infrastructure improvements to the Charlo Dam. This investment presents potential for new economic growth opportunities.
    Blue Roof Distillers has opened, making it the first farm-to-bottle micro distiller in Atlantic Canada, according to ownership. They have hired a distiller and hope to hire more people.
    Sunset Heights Meadery has partnered with the owners of the Pumphouse Brewery and Pioneer Mountain Estates Winery, renting additional space and equipment in order to boost production. The expansion will allow the company to stock products at more than 30 NB Liquor outlets across the province this summer.
    Lorneville Mechanical, of Saint John, has won a contract to pre-build sections of a new gasoline processing unit to be installed next year at the Irving Oil refinery
  • Start date: 2017-06-05, End date: 2017-06-09
    Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    Seven newcomers to Canada have graduated from the first phase of a bricklaying program in Fredericton meant to train or re-certify them to work in the NB construction industry
    Burrito Jax is opening two restaurant locations in Moncton, in July, with a third coming by spring, 2018. The Halifax-born restaurant recently opened a location in Fredericton.
    Mastermind Toys, Canada's largest specialty toy and children's books retail store, will be opening its first Atlantic Canada location in Saint John, with stores in Moncton and Fredericton opening later in the year. Mastermind offers shoppers a classic toy experience, offering a selection of more than 10,000 toys from LEGO to lifelike Hansa plush animals.
    The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce's business immigrant mentorship program graduated 17 newcomers, from five different countries, from its five-month business development program at the Planet Hatch office in Knowledge Park. The program is meant to ease the transition for investors and business owners from their home countries to NB.
    The federal government is hiring 50 people in Shediac to help correct issues with the Phoenix pay system. These are in addition to the 25 hired in Shediac earlier this year and all will stay onboard until the problems are corrected. The positions are considered term public-service positions that come with benefits.
    A Foodland in Minto was destroyed by fire, resulting in loss of employment for an estimated 30-40 people, including part-time workers. This was the village's only grocery store.
  • Start date: 2017-05-29, End date: 2017-06-02
    Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    The federal and provincial governments contributed over $1M towards the New Brunswick School of Fisheries, in Caraquet, to upgrade equipment and to diversify the school's training and professional development offerings for the maritime sector
    A fire at the Miscou Fish Product plant early Thursday morning has put 108 employees out of work. The company produced about one million pounds of herring products per year, as well as snow crab and lobster, and exports to the U.S. and Europe.
    Jessy's Pizza, which operates 12 restaurants in Nova Scotia, has opened its first NB location in Dieppe. They offer custom-made pizza, as well as various other menu items.
    Cardinal Path, a marketing analytics consulting firm, expects to create up to 100 full-time positions in Saint John over the next five years. They offer services and solutions in the areas of digital intelligence and digital marketing.
    Bolster Canada, a metal fabrication and coating factory, is expanding its Perth-Andover operations and hiring up to 11 new employees. The company manufactures the popular Santa's Solution Christmas tree stand and other accessories.
    The Kennebecasis Regional Joint Board of Police Commissioners has posted an opening for a new police chief for the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force. The board will be accepting applications until August 4 and hopes to have someone selected by the fall.
  • Start date: 2017-05-22, End date: 2017-05-26
    Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    Canadian-based ARS Canada Rolling Stock Inc. and CRRC Meishan, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation Ltd, are partnering to bring a railcar manufacturing plant to Moncton. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created in Moncton during the first phase of the rollout. No opening date has been announced.
    New Brunswick's business services centres are seeking recent graduates, new immigrants and others looking for meaningful careers to fill more than 2,000 job openings in the sector, including home-based work
    The formerly-named Targett's Chicken restaurant, in Shediac, will reopen as Lenny's Takeout, after sitting closed for six years. The family owned and operated business will serve chicken along with fresh seafood, smoked meats and a homemade vegetarian burger.
    Kingsclear First Nation is building a new convenience store and gas bar along Route 102, which is set to open in July. The store that the community currently runs employs 16 people full-time and several more on a part-time, call-in basis.
    The New Brunswick Multicultural Association has launched a loan program to help newcomers and permanent residents overcome labour market barriers by updating their credentials
    TD Bank has announced that it will open a business services contact centre in Moncton in 2019. The centre is expected to employ up to 575 people, over six years.
    Anglophone School District West has posted a job advertisement for French second language teachers. The ads are for teaching positions this fall and applicants must possess a valid New Brunswick teacher's certificate and must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of oral proficiency.
  • Start date: 2017-05-15, End date: 2017-05-19
    Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    The provincial government is investing $555K in McGraw Seafood, a fish plant based in Tracadie-Sheila, to support the company's plans to modernize their facilities. These investments will assist in maintaining 200 positions.
    The National Bank branch in the village of Norton is closing its doors on October 27. The branch is merging with the Saint John branch and four of the five Norton employees will be given jobs at this office. There are 25 National Bank branches in the province.
    According to an industry expert, recruiting and retaining medical staff in NB nursing homes is becoming increasingly difficult and is contributing to chronic overcrowding in hospitals across the province. Specifically, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and personal support workers were identified as being in short supply.
  • Start date: 2017-05-08, End date: 2017-05-12
    Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    New Brunswick's Environmental Trust Fund has awarded $665K in grants towards 20 environmental projects in the Moncton region this year. Grants were awarded in the categories of beautification, sustainable development, restoration, protection, education and conservation.
    The Spinning Wheel Yarn Shop, a specialty yarn and thread store operating in Bathurst, will be closing in May as the owner is set to retire and no buyer could be found. The business has been open for 13 years.
    The City of Dieppe plans to build a new $29M arena complex beside the site of its 50-year-old arena. Go Dieppe, a volunteer community group, is looking to raise $4.5M towards the project, while $5.5M will be paid by the City of Dieppe. The provincial and federal governments will provide the remaining $19M.
    The Research and Productivity Council [RPC], a Fredericton-based industrial research centre that's involved in medical marijuana testing, has added 26 new staff in the last year, with hopefully 12 more to be added in upcoming months.
  • Start date: 2017-05-01, End date: 2017-05-05
    Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    PotashCorp is terminating its salt mining operations at the Picadilly potash mine, putting 34 temporary employees out of work. Nearly 400 were laid off over one year ago, when production at the mine stopped. This marks the end of salt production in NB, as an out-of-province company will supply salt beginning next winter.
    Gahan House, a Prince Edward Island brewery that's already made significant inroads in NB, is setting up a new brewery and restaurant in Saint John. The brewpub is slated to open in September. This will be the third Gahan restaurant and brewery to pop up in the Maritimes with another slated to open in Moncton next year.
    According to a Statistics Canada report released this week, NB's real gross domestic product increased by 1.4% in 2016. This growth rate is higher than the national average.
    MacArthur's Nurseries will open a year-round farmers' market in Moncton next month. The market will be open seven days a week and will serve locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and other products. Unlike traditional farmers' market, MacArthur's will sell products it has already purchased from area growers, farmers and producers.
  • Start date: 2017-04-24, End date: 2017-04-28
    Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Charlotte County Job Fair is taking place at the Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen on April 25. More than 30 employers will attend, seeking to fill positions in manufacturing, customer service at banks, administrative support functions in offices, call centres, fast food, home care and others. The event date was moved up following the announcement that 33 people lost their jobs when Superior Tanks shut down on March 20.
    AccorHotels, a worldwide hotel company, is looking to add 40 full-time positions at its North American Global Reservation Centre in Moncton by the end of the year. The call for agents is also open to home-based employees.
    The Sequoia Whole Foods brand will be adding a franchise location in Fredericton, which is set to open on May 1. The store will feature organic and natural foods, as well as natural health products, sourced locally when possible.
    The owner of a small mill in NB that supplies cedar lumber to fencing and log home builders in the US says he's closing the business after three decades. His decision came after softwood lumber tariffs were announced on April 25, 2017. The company employed six.
    Canadian Plasma Resources, a private clinic that pays blood plasma donors, is now open in Moncton, NB. The plasma is sent to a German lab for processing, but the clinic hopes to have the processing done in Montreal, once that facility is completed.
  • Start date: 2017-04-17, End date: 2017-04-21
    Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    A total of 153 NB employers have applied through the federal government's Atlantic immigration pilot project for access to immigrants to fill 1,051 jobs. The program allows for entry of 2,000 skilled workers and their families to Atlantic Canada in 2017.
    Dolma Foods, a small grocery store located in Moncton, is re-opening after the building in which it was originally housed was destroyed in a fire, 15 months ago
  • Start date: 2016-08-29, End date: 2016-09-02
    Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    The Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation will invest $3M in a new plant being built by Zenabis in Campbellton. Construction of the medical marijuana facility is expected create up to 300 jobs and to initially employ 60 people when it opens in the spring of 2017.

Economic/Environmental Scan

A report that provides an overview of major socio-economic trends that can have an impact on the local and provincial economy and labour market.

Occupational Outlook

To review the most recent medium-term outlooks for occupations at the provincial, territorial and economic region level, please refer to the Outlook Report on Job Bank.

Client Segment Profiles

A report that provides provincial and local demographic and labour market information, trends and prospects for a selected socio-demographic group

Aboriginal Peoples
Older Worker

Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016

The National Occupational Classification is being updated. To propose a change, please visit ESDC to submit proposals.
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