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
On August 1, Canadian North will begin offering additional air service on Wednesdays between Iqaluit, Cape Dorset and Rankin Inlet. The flights will improve travel between the regions for passengers and freight. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NU
According to the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation, two-thirds of Iqaluit residents receive housing assistance from either the territorial government or their employer. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NU
This July, Tower Arctic Ltd. will begin construction of Iqaluit's small-craft harbour and deep-sea port. Construction is expected to be completed at the end of November. The port will be built in Koojesse Inlet. Construction Job Creation NU
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reports that in 2017 new residential construction in Yellowknife fell 49% compared to 2016 as the territory's economy improved slightly Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NT
Dominion Diamond Mines and the Union of Northern Workers reached a tentative agreement over a labour dispute at the Ekati mine. Once approved, the agreement will address several issues, including job security for 150 workers at the Ekati mine. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NT
The federal government and Northwest Territories are jointly investing $140M in the Mackenzie Valley Highway project. The funding is expected to create 400 jobs and will include construction of an all-weather road, a new bridge, and environmental and planning studies for the highway. Construction Job Creation NT
On June 26, Air North began air service between Whitehorse and Mayo, due to increased demand from the region's mining sector. The company hired additional staff and expanded services to meet the growing demand. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation YT
The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and ATCO Electric Yukon signed a 25-year energy agreement. The First Nation will install solar panels to offset 190,000 litres of diesel fuel that the community uses for electricity. Utilities Job Creation YT
Northwest, the Government of Canada and the Government of the Yukon are funding up to $79M to build a 777 km fibre network across the Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and northern B.C. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation YT
Under the Affordable Housing Agreement, the federal and Yukon governments will provide $500,000 in funding to the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. The funding will be used to create ten utility buildings in Old Crow. Construction Job Creation YT
Maritime Iron might build an iron production factory in Belledune. The project, worth $1B, could create 1000 jobs during construction and 200 permanent jobs thereafter. Opening is slotted for 2022. Manufacturing Job Creation NB
Christmas tree growers in the maritime provinces believe that this year's late frost will seriously impact their industry. Laurie Allain from Sainte-Marie-de-Kent expects that close to 95% of his production will not be able to be sold for Christmas. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NB
New Brunswick trucking companies state that there is a trucker shortage, especially for long-haul drivers. The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is trying to promote job opportunities and report that the average long-haul driver earns around $55K. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NB
The N.B. government says it will invest $1.5M over three years in experiential education opportunities for Indigenous university students. The funding will allow students to access more hands-on learning opportunities in conventional academic settings. Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
The YMCA in Saint John has a new five-year strategic plan, with a focus on expanding and opening five new YMCA locations within the next five years. Saint John currently has about 260 paid staff and could add 350 new jobs, ranging from early childhood educators to managerial positions. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation NB
Read's Newsstand & Cafe in downtown Fredericton announced that it will shut down its business at the end of June due to personal health reasons Retail Trade Layoff NB
Co_Pain, a bakery that originally operated from the kitchen of a downtown Moncton daycare, has moved across the street to larger location and brought in more staff. Located on 98 Bonaccord Street, Co_Pain is now a full-fledged bakery and coffee shop. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NB
Damda, a downtown Fredericton Vietnamese restaurant, is closing at the end of June due to a shortage of labour Accommodation and Food Services Layoff NB
Pomodori Pizzeria opened a second location this month at 34 Canterbury Street in uptown Saint John. The original Pomodori opened in Rothesay in 2008. The new location has new staff and will be open seven days a week. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
The Foodland in downtown Summerside will close its doors on July 21 after operating for several years out of the Waterfront Campus of Holland College. No reasons were provided for the store closing, which is owned by Sobeys. Retail Trade Layoff PE
Charlottetown shipping company Seafood Express is going to start this month on a new state-of-the-art facility at Malpeque and Sherwood Road. The 13,000 ft2 building is expected to be ready by next winter for its 30 office staff and 70 drivers. Construction Job Creation PE
The Transcontinental printing plant in Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. laid off 10 full-time employees earlier this month. The decision followed SaltWire's decision to print the Guardian and Journal Pioneer in Halifax. Twelve employees remain at the P.E.I. plant. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff PE
Summerside's Loyalist Country Inn will begin its final phase of renovations in October 2018. The $1.1M project is expected to be completed by March 2019. It will rebrand under the Best Western Signature Collection and may require additional staff. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event PE
St. John's-based IT firm CoLab Software expects to add staff in 2018 as it prepares to release a new cloud-based platform accessible through a web browser Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NL
The government of NL will contribute towards construction of a new community child care centre that will provide additional daycare and afterschool programs in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The centre is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
A $23.6M program has been designed to train more Indigenous people at the College of the North Atlantic over the next few years to work at the expanded Vale mine in Voisey's Bay. The program includes funding from the federal and provincial governments. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NL
More than a dozen brewing operations are in various stages of development or close to opening in NL. The businesses are scattered throughout the province. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
The Trans-Labrador Highway, a project that began in 2009, is expected to be completed by 2021. Combined government funding of $64.5M will go towards the paving of a 126 kilometre stretch in 2019. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The operators of the Sail Pond project near Roddickton will continue to hire local workers as needed to explore for silver and other mineral deposits. It is uncertain whether the exploration activity will eventually lead to a mining venture. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NL
SmartICE will establish a facility in Nain, with assistance from federal and provincial governments, to produce buoys to measure sea-ice thickness. The facility hopes to begin training eight to 10 Inuit youth workers in October 2018. Manufacturing Job Creation NL
Workers at St. Anthony Seafoods are getting less work in the 2018 season due to a decline in shrimp and other fish processing. Plant owners indicate they are looking for ways to improve the viability of the plant. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
To better address their specific concerns, community college faculty and support staff in Nova Scotia have voted to leave the broad provincial teachers union and form their own. Some hiring for administrative positions will eventually take place Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
Fresh From the Oven, a restaurant serving meals and goods baked on site and employing six workers, has opened on Central Avenue in Greenwood Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The multi-year, $58M Sydney Harbour wastewater treatment project, originally approved in 2015, is now expected to begin in about two years after several years of funding delays Construction Other Type of Event NS
Glitter Bean Café is expected to open in July 2018 on Spring Garden Road in Halifax. Nine former employees of a coffee shop that closed on the site in April will run the business as a unionized co-operative. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Irving Shipbuilding has reached a four-year deal with 900 unionized workers at its shipyard in Halifax. Highlights include wage increases of 2% in the first year and 1.5% in each of the following years, and improved health-care and other benefits. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
Dartmouth-based Thermo Dynamics, a solar equipment manufacturing and installation business, expects that a provincial rebate program to help homeowners install solar technology will result in dozens of jobs with the company Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Tim Hortons is spending $100M to update their current distribution system, expand the warehouse in Debart, NS and open two new warehouses in Calgary and Langley. The upgrades are expected to be completed by 2020 and create 150 jobs. N/A Job Creation BC
The Province is providing $40M to Sullivan Heights Secondary school in Surrey for the construction of a three-storey addition that will add 29 new classrooms. Construction is set to begin in winter 2020 with completion expected in fall 2021. Construction Job Creation BC
Herschel Supply Co. opened its first wholly-owned retail location in North America in Vancouver's Gastown on June 16 Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Construction is underway on the new Kootenay Street Village, a 97 unit seniors housing facility in Cranbrook Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is providing $167M for three projects that will improve road and rail infrastructure for the Port of Vancouver and Canadian National Railway Construction Job Creation BC
According to the BC Care Providers Association, there will be approximately 2,800 job vacancies for senior care workers in the province over the next five years Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
The BC Liquor Distribution Branch is partnering with Shopify Inc. for the online sale of non-medical cannabis. A new 70,000 sq.-ft. distribution facility has been secured in Richmond and is expected to employ 130 staff. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
The Regina Catholic School Board is adding more than 30 staff in the 2018-19 school year to support an all-time high student population Educational Services Job Creation SK
Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops is spending $37M to expand student-housing. The 533 additional housing units are expected to open in September 2019. Construction Job Creation BC
SaskPower is installing 7,500 smart meters on commercial and industrial customers. This phase of the smart meter expansion project will be completed by the end of this year. Utilities Job Creation SK
According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan had the highest annual inflation rate among all the provinces in May. Costs increased in seven of the eight major components. N/A Other Type of Event SK
According to Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), 11 producer and two wholesalers have applied to become part of SLGA's recreational marijuana supply chain. No permits or registrations for cannabis will be issued until October 17, 2018. Wholesale Trade Job Creation SK
According to Saskatchewan's latest weekly Crop Report, 75% of pulse crops and 70% of oilseeds were at normal stages of development in the week ending June 18. Many areas reported rain and less wind, which allowed producers to do weed control. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
SaskPower is spending $300M to lay 200km of power line from east of Moose Jaw to Swift Current, as it connect its power grid to the new Chinook Power Station. Work on this project will be completed by late summer. Utilities Job Creation SK
Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project is awarding $620M in conditional contract opportunities to northern BC Indigenous businesses. The projects will create various job opportunities with varying skill levels and trade specializations. N/A Job Creation BC
The City of Saskatoon is developing a mandatory composting program and a pay-as-you-throw system which will cost the city between $13M and $22M. Both systems are anticipated to be in place by the end of 2019. Utilities Job Creation SK
The provincial and federal government signed an agreement to equally share in spending nearly $1B over ten years for affordable housing in the province Construction Other Type of Event BC
The provincial government is spending $7.4M to build 30 units of supportive housing and 20 shelter spaces in Port Alberni. The new housing is expected to be open by December 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
Nexen Energy is proceeding with a $400M expansion of its Long Lake project. The addition of new well pads and pipelines to the existing facility will enable it to increase daily oil production by 26,000 barrels. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Alberta Health Services has announced that the Lacombe hospital will undergo a $3.1-million facelift starting this fall. Renovations include a new waiting room, co-location of triage and admitting areas, and barrier-free public washrooms. Construction Job Creation AB
Liquor Depot recently opened for business in Medicine Hat's Strachan Corner. The new complex includes a supermarket and other retail stores. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Pembina Pipelines has received approval to construct a new rail terminal at its forthcoming $120M propane extraction facility near Empress Construction Job Creation AB
Construction work on the $63M Wye Road redesign project in Sherwood Park is underway. Work scheduled for 2018 includes road widening, intersection improvement, removal of an abandoned pipeline, and landscaping. Construction Job Creation AB
The Charlton Hotel is being built in St. Albert. The 141 suite, seven story hotel will include a convention room, pool and restaurant and is scheduled to be completed in 2019. Construction Job Creation AB
The Stoney Health Centre in Morley will double in size when construction begins later this summer. The expansion will permit it to amalgamate all of its services into one location. Construction Job Creation AB
Canadian Western Agribition has signed a 10 year agreement with EVRAZ Place to host the livestock show in Regina. The event generates more than $73M of economic impact on an annual basis. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation SK
The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission joined Cereals Canada, an industry group, on June 22, 2018. Cereals Canada now has a total of 27 member organizations. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
The Rink Training Centre is expanding to develop a new $20M ice hockey complex in southwest Winnipeg. The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2019. Construction Job Creation MB
A new boreal laboratory classroom and research complex has opened its doors at the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre in Candle Lake. The centre is a partnership between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation. Educational Services Job Creation SK
The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $4.2M towards 14 support emergency shelter initiatives in nine communities across Saskatchewan Construction Job Creation SK
Syncrude Canada has temporarily shut down production of upgraded bitumen at its oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray due to a power outage. Production could remain offline through July. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff AB
Residents from the community of Southend were allowed to return to their homes June 26, 2018, after being evacuated last week due to wildfires. Air quality remains a concern in the area. N/A Other Type of Event SK
On June 14, Planet Fitness opened its first fitness centre in Winnipeg Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation MB
The City of Estevan has awarded a $950,000 contract to Chamney Crushing to widen and repave a section of King Street. Work on the project is expected to be completed in the next six weeks. Construction Job Creation SK
On June 20, The North West Company opened its new store in Garden Hill. The store features Tim Hortons and KFC and employs approximately 60 associates. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
The Saskatoon Catholic school division is hiring 37 teachers and 19 education assistants for the 2018-19 school year to support a 2.7% increase in its student population Educational Services Job Creation SK
The City of Regina has increased the licensing fees for vendor food trucks by $280. Only five food truck licenses have been issued this year, compared to 10 issued last year. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event SK
PostMedia will stop producing the Camrose Canadian and the Strathmore Standard by the end of August, as part of efforts to cut the company's salary costs by 10% this fiscal year Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event AB
Winnipeg's Kapyong Park will get a renovation. Construction on the project is expected to begin in August and be complete by mid-October. Construction Job Creation MB
The City of Winnipeg has officially started its construction season, with $116M to be invested in nearly 150km of improvements Construction Job Creation MB
The Governments of Alberta and Canada have increased their funding of programs that enable Indigenous communities and organizations to invest in local renewable projects, energy efficient audits and job training for the low-carbon economy N/A Job Creation N/A
Construction has begun on the $27M Ground Services Equipment building at Winnipeg's airport. The facility is expected to open in fall 2019. Construction Job Creation MB
The Province provided Hiku Brands Company Ltd. with a permission to open 10 cannabis retail stores in Manitoba. Hiku's Tokyo Smoke retail brand will open four stores in Winnipeg and one in Brandon. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
ATCO Group recently issued an undisclosed number of layoff notices to employees at ATCO Power and ATCO Electric. The company cited unmaterialized growth opportunities as the cause of the layoffs. N/A Layoff N/A
According to a study by ATB Financial, the number of temporary foreign workers in Alberta dropped from 110,000 in 2014 to 76,000 in 2017. The number of applications for the Temporary Foreign Worker program also declined during this period. N/A Other Type of Event N/A
Five of the 10 economic regions in Canada with the highest average full-time hourly wage were in Alberta last year, according to Statistics Canada. Alberta also had the highest proportion of 25 ¿ 39 years olds working full time. N/A Other Type of Event N/A
Road construction has begun on Calgary's Bow Trail. The $20M project, which will add lanes in both directions and new pedestrian pathways, is expected to be completed next summer. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Canada is investing an additional $500M towards job training in Alberta, for a total of $1.7B over six years. The programs funded will provide skills, apprenticeship and self-employment training along with academic upgrading N/A Job Creation N/A
The Christensen Group of Companies is building a 14-storey seniors high-rise in Edmonton as part of a two tower $60M project. The Village at Westmount will have 105 units and other assisted living spaces, and is scheduled to open in spring 2019. Construction Job Creation AB
Drummondville Elementary School will be expanding to better serve its growing clientele thanks to an investment of over $6M from the Government of Quebec Construction Other Type of Event QC
Marché Ami Épicerie J.L. Lafond in Nicolet will lock its doors on August 1st, citing the health and well-being of the owners' families Retail Trade Layoff QC
The City of Sainte-Thérèse will completely redesign a portion of Turgeon Street to bury electrical wires, an $11.9M investment coupled with a $2.6M subsidy from Hydro-Quebec. Work will be completed in 2021. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Centre de la biodiversité du Québec, a conservation area in Bécancour for Quebec's biological species, opened its facilities following a $650,000 expansion Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event QC
Marquis, a public primary school in Saint-Célestin, will be demolished and rebuilt thanks to a $7.07M investment from the Government of Quebec. It is expected to reopen in September 2019 or 2020 at the latest. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Parc écomaritime de L'Anse du Port in Nicolet invested $1.1M in reconstructing its big footbridge. The $280,000 refurbishment of its service cabin should be completed in 2018 or 2019 at the latest. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Princecraft Boats, a marine recreational goods manufacturer and distributor in Princeville, will add $1.3M to the $850,000 already invested in 2017 to expand and improve its production operations. New hires can be expected. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
A $15M investment will facilitate the construction of a new primary school in the LaSalle borough, which will welcome students as early as the start of the 2019 school year Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec has allocated a little over $4.7M to allow the Commission scolaire des Bois-Francs to begin renovating its schools in summer 2019 Construction Other Type of Event QC
Urban Planet, a clothing chain for the whole family, will open in Promenades Drummondville in October Construction Other Type of Event QC
In total, over $122M has been invested into renovating and building Commission scolaire de Laval schools for the 2018-2019 period Construction Other Type of Event QC
The aquatic complex in Mascouche is currently under construction, an estimated $13M project with a strict construction timeline of 14 months Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Centre de formation professionnelle Marie-Rivier in Drummondville finally received the Government of Quebec's contribution to relocate its restaurant school and school restaurant to a facility to be built, a $13M project Construction Other Type of Event QC
L'Élan, a housing resource in Port-Cartier, will close on September 30, 2018. The organization will have to layoff seven employees. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff QC
The Government of Quebec allocated $5.8M to allow the Commission scolaire des Chênes to begin renovating its schools in summer 2019 Construction Other Type of Event QC
A Benny&Co rotisserie opened in Mercier thanks to a $1M investment, leading to the creation of 25 jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Groupe Énergie BDL has invested $8M in building a distribution centre in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and will create 10 jobs upon its completion Construction Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec has invested $26M in building a specialized school for people with disabilities in Laval Construction Other Type of Event QC
Pier 1 Imports, a home accessory and furniture retailer, will close its six Quebec stores in early August, leading to the layoff of all employees Retail Trade Layoff QC
The Government of Quebec is investing $7.2M in completing various projects on Anticosti Island. Work will occur on Auberge Port-Menier, Sépaq Anticosti, and the Vauréal waterfall at the Parc national d'Anticosti. Construction Other Type of Event QC
CGP Expal, an anti-slip sheet manufacturer in Bromont, is investing $11M into equipment acquisition thanks to government aid and is creating 14 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Service de sécurité incendie de l'agglomération de Longueuil (SSIAL) hired 31 temporary firefighters to better serve the population Public Administration Job Creation QC
Tecnar Automation Ltée in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Labplas Inc. in Sainte-Julie are benefitting from $3.2M worth of financial aid from the governments of Quebec and Canada Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Probiotech International is investing $2.5M in expanding its production plant, distribution centre and office spaces, leading to the creation of two jobs in Saint-Hyacinthe Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The 2018 Salon aérien des Cantons-de-l'Est job fair will take place from September 14 to 16 and will give participants the opportunity to submit applications and meet manufacturers N/A Other Type of Event QC
La Fromagerie La Station in Compton will receive up to $910,355 from the Government of Canada to obtain a robotic machine that will help the cheese factory meet the growing demand in the ripened cheese market Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec is granting $2.6M to Énergir to extend its natural gas network in the Parc d'affaires de la 55 in Windsor Utilities Other Type of Event QC
Groupe NP, a printer in Drummondville, acquired Imagerie digitale and Lettrage GP in Sherbrooke. Now grouped together, the service offering has increased. The $1M transaction will result in the hiring of three new employees. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Presti Home and Developments, a real estate firm, is investing $30M in building 200 rental units in Outremont Construction Other Type of Event QC
Olymel has acquired all of Aliments Triomphe's assets. Aliments Triomphe employs more than 250 people, has three production establishments (Laval, Blainville and Québec City), and two distribution centres (Blainville and Saint-Léonard). Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) in Valcourt has acquired the American company Alumacraft. As a result, its range of outboard engines has grown. The cost of the transaction was not revealed. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The Owl's Head Ski and Golf Centre in Potton is investing more than $4M in restoring its chalet, ski lifts, and snow-making system by winter Construction Other Type of Event QC
Aeroshuttle, a Sherbrooke-based passenger transportation company, is a victim of its own success. It has to increase its number of employees, which currently sits at about 40. The employer expects to relocate to a larger building. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
The Color Group, a cosmetics and skin care product manufacturer in Sherbrooke, opened a larger plant following a $1.2M investment. By the fall, 10 employees will be hired to join the existing 75. Manufacturing Job Creation QC

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