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  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    Truro Herbal Company has received a permit from Health Canada to produce cannabis for medicinal purposes, making it the first such approved operation in Nova Scotia. The company expects to begin operating within several months in Truro.
    The City of Halifax will hire nine compliance officers over the coming months and take over the enforcement of parking rules and related activity after contracting out the service for a number of years
    The Maple Leaf restaurant, in business for more than 60 years in Sydney, has closed. A lack of year-round business was given as the reason for the closure.
    A dairy and butcher shop to open in the spring of 2018 at the Masstown Market will employ 30 workers. About 170 people currently work in the various shops and outlets at the market.
    A BMO report predicts Nova Scotia will show 1.6% real GDP growth in 2017, up from 0.9% in 2016. The $25B Irving Shipbuilding contract, major construction activity in Halifax, and an influx of immigrants are factors listed as favourable to the economy.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    Dalhousie University in Halifax hopes to double the number of female students in its undergraduate computer science faculty by 2018 by taking steps such as increasing scholarships and adding more co-op and mentorship opportunities for women
    Nova Scotia Power will spend $133M to install smart meters in homes across the province over the next couple of years. The company will likely find other positions for most of its 55 meter readers, who will no longer be needed in their current roles.
    Sobeys will cut dozens of higher-level management positions across Canada, including 14 in Pictou County and three in Dartmouth, as it attempts to restructure and cut costs. Further layoffs are anticipated before the end of 2017.
    Construction is expected to begin immediately on a $10M expansion of Williston House Assisted Living Centre in Sydney. The expansion will provide space for 50 additional seniors.
    Kitchener-based Red Meat Games is in the process of establishing a gaming studio in Halifax and plans to hire more than 10 senior-level programmers and graphic artists throughout 2018
    Research Nova Scotia Trust has invested $6.5M towards nine ocean science and technology research projects expected to support more than 170 jobs. The Trust funds projects put forward by the province's universities and colleges.
    According to the Department of Education, the hiring of additional full-time teachers in Nova Scotia in recent years may have resulted in a shortage of trained substitutes. School boards continue to expand recruitment efforts.
    There is still uncertainty around the start of a 10-year, $58M wastewater system construction project for Sydney harbour. A tendering process will begin soon, but concerns exist around the operating expenses of the system once completed.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    Apprentices in Atlantic Canada are expected to have an easier time finding work with the harmonization of six Red Seal trade requirements; making that a total of 16 trades now harmonized. The federal and provincial governments have contributed $17M to the program.
    A&W held a job fair for the new store opening on Prince Street in Sydney. The restaurant is planning to hire 40 people, with over 115 applications received from the fair.
    A new apprenticeship program is set to begin in February 2018. Hairstylists will be able to be trained in approved salons over a three-year period and attend blocks of technical training.
    Halifax-based real estate brokerage Red Door Realty will open an office in January 2018 on Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth. The company plans to have 20 realtors at the new site with room to add more later.
    Loblaw's has begun a layoff of 500 office workers of various levels in five locations across Canada, including Halifax. No store positions will be affected, and jobs are expected to be added later in 2017 in financial services and other company divisions.
    Nova Scotia Power has begun a two-year, $18.2M project to refurbish the Tusket Dam in Yarmouth County, with Elliot Excavators and Mecan Hydro among the contractors. Work will cease for six months in late fall and resume in June 2018.
    The Nova Scotia government plans to hire four surgeons and four anaesthetists in order to reduce wait times for hip and knee replacements. Unlike for some specialist positions, the government feels recruitment will not be a major problem.
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    Some preschool and daycare operators in Nova Scotia are concerned about losing both staff and students to the pre-primary program recently established in schools by the provincial government. The operators find it challenging to fill positions.
    Sears Canada announced it is seeking approval to close its remaining 130 stores across Canada. This will affect at least 140 people in Nova Scotia, with 134 from the Halifax Shopping Centre store. If approved, liquidation will begin October 19.
    The Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association says the Honeycrisp apple variety is bringing in $700 to $800 per bin, which is five times as much as other varieties of apples grown in the region. Apple exports are up 24% from last year, with a value of $15M.
    The Highland Village Museum in Iona is receiving $1.2M from ACOA for renovations beginning in spring of 2018. The project includes a new welcome centre, renovation of existing structures and a new interpretive and support structure.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Nova Scotia doctors have the lowest average wage in Canada, but there are more doctors per capita than elsewhere. Nova Scotia was the only province to see a net loss of doctors in 2016.
    Halifax-based Copernicus Studios indicates it is constantly recruiting employees and feels recent government and industry decisions to back more Canadian video productions will lead to even more business. The company now has 180 workers in the city.
    Robinson's Cannabis Inc. plans to establish a medical marijuana growing operation and create about 30 jobs in Kentville within a year or so. The company has started clearing land for a facility, but still needs final Health Canada approval.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Montreal-based i3Vision Technologies, a company specializing in designing and customizing contact centre technology, could benefit from a provincial government payroll rebate program if it adds up to 80 positions to its support operations in Yarmouth
    Trenton-based distiller Nova Scotia Spirits Co. now employs 16 full-time workers after starting in 2015 as a two-person operation. The company will soon move into a larger property in Stellarton where it will expand its products and also add a brewery.
    Halifax-based toymaker Orb is expanding its product line and indicates it is currently hiring to fill over a dozen positions at its Herring Cove Road location
    Two large liquefied natural gas facilities for eastern Nova Scotia remain in the speculation and planning stages. The plants, one in Goldboro and one in Point Tupper, would provide construction and permanent jobs if plans become finalized.
    IKEA opened its newly-constructed store in Dartmouth Crossing in September 2017. The store employs about 300 workers and received more than 3,500 job applications.
    The expanded pre-primary program for children four-years old began in September 2017, resulting in employment for 102 early childhood educators with provincial school boards. A further expansion of 70 classrooms is expected in the fall of 2018.
    The opening of Portside, a downtown seasonal beer garden in Sydney, has been delayed until June of 2018. The owner expects to hire about two dozen workers.
    The Nova Scotia government will commit an extra $1.8M for youth mental health. The funding will support an expansion of the Kids Help Phone line, the addition of outreach services, and about five new social workers or psychologists across the province.
    The Nova Scotia government will fund the hiring of two community liaison officers, a land surveyor, and two survey technicians as part of an initiative to help residents in five historically black communities obtain legal titles to their land.
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    Hefler Forest Products sawmill has reopened, producing specialty wood products, including 12 ft. and 16 ft. length deck boards. The mill will hire 25 people next month, tripling the companies current workforce.
    Dartmouth-based Cheese Curds and Habaneros food chain are coming to Truro. The dual-concept restaurant provides gourmet burgers, poutine and Mexican cuisine. The store is slated to open in October.
    Twitter Canada was in Sydney to take part in #PitchTweet. It was a chance for local entrepreneurs to learn how to promote their products and/or companies by using Twitter, while demonstrating that geography should not be a hindrance in business.
    Antigonish is undergoing a building boom. A new $50M public policy and governance facility was announced for St. Francis Xavier University, along with a new $30M health innovation centre. Other projects include senior and supported living facilities.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    According to the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, 23 new employees have recently been added to the sheriff section, including six in the Halifax area. Continued recruitment and hiring are planned for later in 2017 to avoid courtroom delays.
    The Cape Breton business community has developed a new website doctorscapebreton.com to help fix the doctor shortage in the area. The site gives the advantages of living in Cape Breton along with links to over two dozen job postings.
    Peace by Chocolate, a small family business in Antigonish, has expanded its small business into a factory. The company plans to hire 10 more employees, bringing the total to 20. With the expansion the company will provide its product to Sobeys stores.
    The Play Palace in Cape Breton, a new indoor kids play area, doesn't open until October but is already a hit. The company already has 15 birthday parties booked. They are currently hiring staff for the opening.
    The latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey expects Cape Breton to have a healthy hiring climate for the last quarter of 2017. Seventeen per cent of employers plan to hire in the quarter.
    Six business acceleration programs are being launched this fall to provide support to ocean and clean technology start-ups in the province. The province and ACOA are providing the combined funding of $920,000 for the initiatives.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    Vino Volo, a wine bar chain, is expected to open a location in the post-security departure level at the Halifax Stanfield Airport in November 2017
    The Oxford Theatre, an 80-year old historic movie theatre on Quinpool Road in Halifax, will close in September 2017. The building has been sold, and the new owner plans to eventually turn it into a commercial and residential complex.
    Hiring continues among school boards to fill positions created by the expansion of the provincial pre-primary program for four-year olds. The program is expected to expand to 30 new classrooms in September 2017.
    Dexter Construction is working on the $10M first phase of a multi-year project to install new infrastructure and rejuvenate the canal system from Sullivans Pond to the harbour in Dartmouth
    Armour Construction is currently carrying out a $14.5M rebuilding project at the Halifax Grammar School on Tower Road in Halifax
    Peace by Chocolate, a small Antigonish-based chocolate producer started by a family of Syrian refugees in 2016, will expand its operation into a larger building on Cloverville Road in September 2017, and plans on hiring 15-25 workers
    Lunenburg-based Terra Beata Farms has grown from four to about 25 employees since 2008, and plans to hire a couple more workers in 2017. In addition to growing cranberries, the business also produces a range of cranberry products.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    The number of commercial beekeepers has been rising in Nova Scotia over the past several years, and there are now 41 in the province. However, a drop in rentals of hives to blueberry farmers for pollination purposes has affected the 2017 season.
    An association of contractors has been lobbying for better scheduling and higher wages for silviculture workers in Nova Scotia. They indicate that it is difficult to retain workers in the industry due to low wages and an uncertain work schedule.
    Novonix Battery Testing Services plans to add workers to its staff of eight and expand equipment sales and testing services. The Dartmouth-based company researches high-precision battery testing systems for tech firms such as Apple and Tesla Motors.
    A seafood storage and shipping facility has opened in the former Co-op distribution centre in Westmount. The building is partly owned by Eskasoni First Nation, and is expected to employ as many as 20 workers once it is fully running.
    A new Montana's restaurant under construction on Welton Street in Sydney is expected to open in early 2018, and will hire 90-100 workers
    Sydney Street Pub and Café opened in August 2017 in Digby
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Gogii Games, a video game developer and publisher, has hired 10 people for its new offices in downtown Halifax and is seeking additional employees. The company already has offices in Moncton, NB.
    Zara, a fashion retailer, has opened in the Halifax Shopping Centre. The 25,400 sq.-ft. store is the first Zara location in Atlantic Canada.
    Half Cocked Brewery Company in North Grant, Antigonish County is open for business. The craft brewery currently has five beers to select from, but plans to expand later this year.
    The Argyle Bar & Grill in Halifax will be closing in September. The redevelopment project on Argyle street is being blamed for the closure, as the work has reduced traffic in the area.
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    Reporters, photographers and other unionized newsroom staff at The Chronicle Herald in Halifax will return to work after accepting an eight-year deal which ends a 19-month strike and includes wage cuts and layoffs
    Halifax-based CaNile Consultants Ltd. hopes to start an aquaponics operation in a former school building in Newport Station by February 2018. A minimum of 10 to 15 new jobs would be created upon opening.
    The Truro Herbal Co has awarded Lindsay's Construction of Dartmouth the contract to build a 20,000 sq. ft. medical marijuana production facility in Truro Industrial Park. Construction is expected to begin this month with completion by early 2018.
    The Nova Scotia Community College has received $2.2M in funding from ACOA for equipment and fund new projects to help boost students' job readiness.
    The Company House, a live music venue, is closing its doors next month. The owner states ongoing harassment as the reason for the closure. The final day the venue will be open is September 5, 2017.
    The Needs Convenience store in Sydney will be closing as of August 29. An assessment of the business and operating more efficiently was noted as the reason for the closure. Four employees will be affected.
    iFUELS gas bar in Canning is expanding. Construction has begun on a new building that will house a deGraff's Kwik Way and a Robins Donuts outlet.
    The federal government has announced $155,000 in funding for the Lunenburg Yacht Club for wharf infrastructure projects, and to promote upcoming international sailing events.
    A new Montana's BBQ & Bar is currently under construction in Sydney. The restaurant will be located off Welton Street and will open possibly late this year or early next year.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    A Boston Pizza restaurant is set to open in the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow in September 2017. About 60 workers are expected to be employed.
    Great Northern Timber Group hopes to buy and restart the former Atlantic biomass wood pellet plant in Middle Musquodoboit before the end of 2017. Wood supply issues and low pellet prices contributed to the plant's closure and layoff of 30 workers in 2016.
    The Cape Breton Region remains short of doctors, despite the provincial health authority's recent recruitment of some new physicians to the area. Efforts remain ongoing to fill more positions.
    Ontario-based Marine Recycling Services will hire and train workers for a $12.6M contract to dismantle two former Canadian Navy ships in Sydney. Work is expected to take about 18 months, and result in 35 direct jobs in addition to some subcontracting.
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    Middle Sackville-based Hefler Forest Products, operating under new ownership, will add a couple of workers on top of the 20 people currently working at the planer mill and kiln operation. The sawmill, which closed in 2016, will not reopen at this time.
    Dartmouth-based MetOcean Telematics, after signing a recent deal to provide the federal government with satellite communications service, will add more engineers and IT developers in the coming months. The company currently has nine job postings.
    Lunenburg-based Rikjak Construction Ltd. has been awarded a $2.9M contract to build the new medical clinic in Shelburne. Work is expected to begin in August 2017 and be completed in late 2018.
    After several years of planning, land is being cleared at the Stewiacke River Crossing development in Stewiacke. The developer hopes to attract residential-commercial business to the area.
    Choco Café, a six-year-old business on Barrington Street in Halifax, closed in July 2017 with an unspecified number of job losses
    Machine operators and technicians with college diplomas will be among the 24 workers Sustane Technologies expects to hire in the spring of 2018 when it opens a plant in Chester. The facility will turn household waste into biomass pellets and diesel fuel.
    Based on recommendations from a youth mental health report, the provincial government will hire two more guidance counsellors and a social worker to work in the Cape Breton school system. The mental health crisis line will also get additional staff.
    Portside, a combination outdoor dining room and lounge, will open along the Sydney harbour within a few weeks
    The Dalhousie University student union will open a support centre for survivors of sexual violence and relaunch a helpline service. A process is underway for the hiring of a full-time coordinator and some part-time staff.
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    A new restaurant and café, Hill¿s Grills Panini & Tea House, will open in downtown Kentville in the fall of 2017
    A new dental clinic, River Hill Dental, has opened in New Glasgow
    Port Hawkesbury¿s Leslie & Benn Contracting will spend the next several months rebuilding wharfs in Port Bickerton and New Harbour. The contracts are worth more than $7M and the company may hire a couple of extra workers on top of its current workforce.
    Lindsay Construction will begin work in August 2017 on the second phase of Berwick¿s recreation centre. The $4.2M project will include the addition of a curling facility and wellness and health centres, and is expected to be completed in the spring.
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Almost 200 people attended a job fair in Sydney in July 2017 in hopes of landing a job at the Donkin mine, which began producing coal in the spring. The company did not say how many jobs would be filled as a result of the fair.
    PCL Construction has been awarded the contract for a $3.8M renovation project at the Hants County Community hospital in Windsor. The project will begin in August 2017 and last several months.
    Construction on Argyle Street in downtown Halifax has reduced customer traffic in the area. As a result, The Loose Cannon and Bitter End did not hire its seasonal 10 additional food and drink staff, and the World Tea House cut two of its four employees.
    The DEVI International Boarding School Society will open a private school for students from Grades 6 to 10 in Mill Village in the fall of 2017. Depending on enrolments, about seven or eight workers will be employed at the school.
    School boards in Nova Scotia will hire early childhood educators in 25 additional locations where the pre-primary program for four-year olds will be offered in September 2017. The provincial government plans to continue to add locations over the coming years.
    For the second straight summer, a one-week layoff will occur at Port Hawkesbury Paper due to a market-related shutdown. The mill directly employs almost 350 workers, and only a skeleton crew will remain on staff during the downtime.
  • Start date: 2017-07-10, End date: 2017-07-14
    Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

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

    Maritech Construction has been awarded a tender for a $5.1M project to construct a water reservoir system in Amherst. No timelines were provided.
    REDspace has added 25 workers to its payroll in the last six months and now has 170 employees. The Halifax-based digital-media company creates web and mobile games and other interactive web and social media applications.
    Rob's Underground Entertainment, featuring live music, opens for business in July 2017 on Elliot Street in Sydney Mines
    Securicy, a Sydney-based company that develops software to assist businesses with cybersecurity issues, expects to double its current number of 10 employees in the next six to 12 months
    Dexter Construction will carry out the $3M demolition of a large section of the former Domtex building on the Yarmouth waterfront in the summer of 2017. There are no firm plans yet for further development of the site.
  • Start date: 2017-06-26, End date: 2017-06-30
    Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    Construction has begun on the conversion of the former Shelburne School site into a 46-acre residential property
    Truro Herbal Company expects to begin construction of a marijuana production facility in the Truro Industrial Park in the summer of 2017, as its application to grow moves into the final review stages. Eventually, the company hopes to employ 50 workers.
    The jobs of 190 employees will be affected with the closure of Sears Canada's full-line stores in Dartmouth (announced in 2016) and Truro, and an outlet store in Halifax. The store in the Halifax Shopping Centre is not slated for closure at this time.
    Lightfoot and Wolfville will open a winery in the Wolfville area in July 2017 that will create 20 jobs. Other wineries in the region are also expanding, and a lab has recently opened at Acadia University to provide support to the industry.
    Green Diamond Equipment, a John Deere equipment dealer for the Maritimes, plans on moving into a new location in the Truro area by the spring of 2018. The dealership employs 24 workers, and needs 10 additional sales staff and technicians.
    Scotiabank shut down two employee centres in Halifax in June that mainly processed paper, and moved some jobs to Toronto. The pending closures had been announced two years ago, and the bank has not said whether any layoffs occurred locally.
    The Nova Scotia government has offered payroll rebate support to Pepper Group, an international mortgage and loan services company, if it creates up to 200 jobs over five years as part of an expansion of its Global Shared Service Centre in Halifax
    A tender for exterior cladding and roof work has been issued for the ongoing major expansion of the Dartmouth General Hospital. A tender for the interior work will be issued in the fall of 2017. The$132-138M project is expected to be completed in 2022.
  • Start date: 2017-06-19, End date: 2017-06-23
    Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    The 2017 strawberry harvest in Nova Scotia appears to be quite promising, but there are reports that challenges persist at times in attracting enough pickers to take care of the crop
    Production is on schedule to begin in September 2017 at Atlantic Gold's Touquoy mine in the Eastern Shore area, which will result in the creation of 200 jobs. Other gold operations are possible over the next few years in the area.
    After much public debate, Scotia Materials Ltd. has received a permit to operate a quarry in Goffs, near Fall River. Work could begin at the site within the next few months, and the company will now go ahead and hire workers
    Horton Ridge Malt House opened in June 2017 near Grand-Pré. The business will sell a selection of Nova Scotia beer, including some produced in house from locally grown grain.
    Reitmans will close its clothing store in New Minas at the end of June 2017
    Private liquor store Cristall Wine Merchants will rebrand as Westside Beer Wine and Spirits and add five or six workers to its current staff of 10 as it moves from Bedford to a location in Clayton Park in the next few months
    Ruby Rhinestone, a bar and restaurant, is expected to open in August in downtown Halifax and employ about 20 workers. Restaurants Six 303 Eatery on Quinpool Road and Silong Express on Titus Street have also opened recently or will open soon in Halifax.
  • Start date: 2017-06-12, End date: 2017-06-16
    Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    After a tendering process, construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2018 on the $19M East Hants Aquatic Centre in the Elmsdale Business Park. The opening date of the centre is set for the summer of 2019.
    Bionic knee brace manufacturer Spring Loaded Technology expects to add another eight workers with backgrounds in mechanical engineering and production to its staff of 29 as it invests $3.8M to develop new products and boost capacity
    Deep Panuke and Sable, the two Nova Scotia offshore gas projects, will begin plugging their wells over the next couple of years and end both operations by 2021. No further offshore gas projects are currently planned for the province.
    LED Roadway Lighting has laid off 45 assembly workers in Amherst and will shift its focus from manufacturing lighting to production planning. About 90 to 100 workers remain in Amherst and some planning-related jobs may eventually be added.
    The United Mine Workers of America intends to organize a union drive among the 64 workers at the recently opened Donkin Mine in Cape Breton. The workforce is expected to grow to 130 over the next couple of years.
    Work has begun on a marijuana growing operation at Port Mersey Industrial Park in Brooklyn that would create at least 60 jobs during production, but the company, Aquilitas, still needs approval for a license to grow from the federal government
    According to the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, there are now 20 wineries in the province as compared to nine in 2005, and 934 full-time jobs exist in the grape and wine industry in mostly rural areas of Nova Scotia
    Industrial products distributor Acklands-Grainger will close its Stellarton location in July 2017, as part of a national downsizing. The jobs of four workers will be affected, although some have been offered other roles with the company.
  • Start date: 2017-06-05, End date: 2017-06-09
    Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    QRA Corp Ltd., a Halifax-based developer of aerospace software to help engineering firms detect faults in the design phase, continues to attract business and has recently added several employees in the areas of project management and business development
    Metamaterial Technologies, a Halifax-based firm that designs products based on light technology, could add 100 workers to its staff of 33 over the next three years. Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin recently contributed $5.6M to the company's research.
    Ramar Construction will begin construction in the summer of 2017 on Soaring Way, an $8.1M residential development in Hammonds Plains
    Lady Drive-Her, an airport taxi service that has 10 all-female drivers, has opened in Halifax
    According to the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia, increased demand and good growing conditions over the last few years have now led to a current oversupply of berries, resulting in unsustainable low prices for producers
  • Start date: 2017-05-29, End date: 2017-06-02
    Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    New businesses that have opened recently or will open soon in the Halifax area include a restaurant, The Rooftop, on Grafton Street, Juice Press in Purdy's Wharf, the Grounded Coffee Bar in Historic Properties, pawn shop Most Wanted on Cole Harbour Road, and toy store Scholar's Choice in the Mic Mac Mall
    Construction Technologies Inc., a Burnside-based supplier to the construction industry, has gone into receivership. The jobs of 30 employees are affected.
    The Conference Board of Canada has downgraded its GDP growth prediction for Nova Scotia to 0.5% in 2017 and 0.7% in 2018. Shipbuilding will provide a boost to the economy, but predicted declines in construction and a labour supply limited by an aging population provide challenges.
    The Best Western Plus Dartmouth near the Burnside Industrial Park will undergo an expansion over the next few months which is expected to result in the addition of up to 10 housekeeping and support jobs at the hotel
    "According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, the current softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the U.S. will likely have a negative impact on the Nova Scotia economy and possibly factor into a revision of the Council's growth rate forecast of 1.2% for 2017 for the province "
    The Scotian Gold Cooperative Ltd. may double its apple packaging capacity over the next decade in Coldbrook, as a result of a recent expansion. Exports of Nova Scotia apples have grown significantly over the past couple of years.
    Parks Canada has awarded Dexter Construction a $3.8M contract for road and bridge work along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park during the 2017 season
    According to the Nova Scotia government, the difficulty of securing workers for seafood processing plants across the province remains a concern. Seafood is Nova Scotia's number one export, worth $1.81B, with strong demand for it in China and Europe.
  • Start date: 2017-05-22, End date: 2017-05-26
    Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service plans to fill five new crown attorney positions, while the association representing the attorneys would like to see more resources dedicated to front line service due to heavy workloads
    Halifax-based Ambassatours will use two vehicles to begin amphibious tours of the Sydney Harbour area in the fall of 2017, and hopes to expand its offerings over the next several years upon completion of the port¿s expanded cruise ship facilities
    A contract awarded to Lockheed Martin Canada to replace combat systems on Chilean navy ships will result in additional jobs in systems software engineering and integration at the company¿s facility in Dartmouth, where 250 workers are now employed
    The Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board has handed out 28 layoff notices, most of which are believed to be to teaching assistants. The final number of potential layoffs could change depending on adjustments to the budget.
  • Start date: 2017-05-15, End date: 2017-05-19
    Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    Stitches, a Toronto-based youth clothing chain, has opened a store at 1566 Barrington Street in Halifax and is in the process of hiring management, cashier, and retail sales associate positions
    Wheaton's reopened its store in Berwick in May 2017, replacing the retail chain's original location that burnt to the ground a year before. The store employed 18 workers prior to the fire, and most have returned.
    Thrift store chain Value Village opened a new location at the Aberdeen Shopping Centre in New Glasgow in May 2017
    Downtown Nutrition, a Sydney-based food service and retail business, has opened a location in Sydney River. The business employs a total of 15 workers in its two area outlets and is looking to expand beyond Cape Breton.
    InterTalk, a Dartmouth-based developer of radio dispatch systems, has added eight full-time software engineers over the past three years and now has a staff of 27 workers. The company continues to gain contracts with clients in the United States.
    A&W will open a restaurant on Prince Street in Sydney by the end of October 2017. It is expected 40 to 50 workers will be employed.
    Construction of the first phase of the Glooscap Landing development project, delayed due to an appeal, is expected to resume soon. A gas bar and possibly a coffee shop are planned initially for the site, with expansions to follow.
    Construction has begun on the Chedabucto Lifestyle complex in Guysborough. Marko Construction, Turf Master, Con and Con Construction, and the Guysborough Truckers Association are involved in contracts related to the project.
    Bubba Ray's Sports Bar on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has closed. The business has four other locations in the province, including two in the Halifax area.
    Sustane Technologies has begun construction of its plant in Chester which will convert household refuse into fuel. The plant, expected to be operational in 2018, will employ about 25 people.
  • Start date: 2017-05-08, End date: 2017-05-12
    Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

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

    The Theatre Pub & Grill will open in May 2017 in downtown North Sydney
    Eight Nova Scotia companies have been awarded contracts totalling about $12M for the Dartmouth General Hospital expansion and renovation to begin in May 2017. A second tender package will be issued later in the spring.
    As a result of recommendations from a council on classroom conditions, the Department of Education will hire at least 139 more teachers for Nova Scotia schools and cap class sizes in the higher grades beginning in September 2017
    A mix of returning and new seasonal food service and water transportation businesses are among those that will open along the Halifax downtown waterfront beginning in June 2017
    MrsGrocery.com, a national grocery delivery business now headquartered in Amherst, is seeking 12 to 15 customer service, sales, and other workers
    J. Farwell Sailing Co., a new Halifax-based water transportation business, is seeking three to five deckhands with sailing experience for its seasonal harbour tours
    The Tri-County Regional School Board, based in the Yarmouth area, will add an additional 16 teaching positions for the 2017-18 school year
  • Start date: 2017-04-24, End date: 2017-04-28
    Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Marco construction company has been awarded a $8.9M tender to build the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex in Guysborough. No timelines for construction are available, but two levels of government have agreed to contribute to funding the project.
    Cavicchi's Meats on St. Margaret's Bay Road, Sunrise Records in the Mic Mac Mall, and women's clothing retailer Olsen Europe in the Halifax Shopping Centre are among retailers who have recently opened or will soon open in the area
    Greco's Pizza has recently opened a franchise in Sackville. Other food businesses expected to open soon in the Halifax area include fast-food restaurants Mezza and Kenny's Pizza in Cole Harbour, and a bakery, Birdies Bread Co., in Woodside.
    The Nova Scotia government will build a community outpatient centre in Bayers Lake in Halifax. Construction is scheduled to begin in the winter of 2018 and be completed by the winter of 2021.
    Nieforth Furnishers in downtown Dartmouth has closed after 79 years in business
    A new restaurant, The Crossing, has opened in Kingston
    Montreal-based frozen yogurt chain Yeh! closed its franchise in the Mayflower Mall in Sydney in April 2017
    Sustainable Fish Farming Inc., with financial assistance from the federal government, will add four workers to its staff of seven as a result of a planned increase in production of Atlantic salmon at its land-based fish farm in Centre Burlington
    The Turtleback, a Fall River restaurant currently employing 21 workers, plans to add staff for the 2017 summer season
    The Nova Scotia government will provide payroll rebate support to MUFG Investor Services to create up to 100 jobs over five years as it expands its Halifax operations
    During a recent job fair in Pictou County hosted by Career Connections, employers Pictou Lodge Beach Resort indicated it would add more workers than usual for the upcoming season, while web.com expects to add 20 workers at its local area IT call centre
  • Start date: 2017-04-17, End date: 2017-04-21
    Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    L.J. Robicheau and Son Fisheries Limited intends to open a fish plant in the former Kings Produce food processing plant in Middleton by the summer of 2017. The company would like to begin with 10 to 15 workers, and employ up to 60 in its first year.
    Greenwood Golf Course in Greenwood will close at the end of the 2017 season due to declining membership, after nearly 60 years in operation
    The Nova Scotia government will provide support to Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Son Limited for creating up to 100 finance positions in Halifax, up from the 50 jobs in the original six-year deal it signed with the company in 2015
    The Nova Scotia government has added 23 nurse practitioners and family practice nurses at collaborative care clinics across Nova Scotia, as part of a plan announced in 2016
  • Start date: 2017-04-10, End date: 2017-04-14
    Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    Mount Saint Vincent University will begin providing services to assist government in reducing the number of public school students awaiting psycho-educational assessments. Adding more school psychologists will also be considered at a later date.
    Screen Nova Scotia says that while only some of the workers who left the province in the past couple of years due to a decline in film production have returned, a recent investment of $6.9M from the Nova Scotia government is positive for the industry
    IKEA will hold several spring job fairs to fill about 300 positions for the fall 2017 opening of its Dartmouth Crossing store. About 3,500 applications have been received for positons in logistics, sales, interior design, and customer and food services.
    The owners of the Jumping Bean coffee franchise in Bedford will buy The Nook, a coffee shop on Gottingen Street in Halifax that was due to close. The employees at The Nook will maintain their jobs, and a few more will be added.
    The Nova Scotia government will replace the hospital in Pugwash and renovate the one in Bridgewater. Work on both projects may begin by the fall of 2018, after design work is complete.
    Metamaterial Technologies Inc., a Halifax-based company that has developed light filtering technology enabling aircraft to guard against laser attacks, has doubled its workforce to 30 staff over the past year as it continues to research new products
    Kentville-based Apple Valley Foods, which was offered a payroll rebate program by the province of Nova Scotia earlier in April 2017 to create 80 jobs over five years, has already advertised for 12 positions, including jobs for 10 production labourers
    Kenny's Pizza will open an outlet on Cole Harbour Road in Halifax during July 2017 and is expected to employ 12 to 15 workers. It is the tenth Kenny's Pizza location in the province.
  • Start date: 2017-04-03, End date: 2017-04-07
    Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    More than 100 employees have been working for several months in Moose River Gold Mines preparing the new Atlantic Gold-owned mine. The number of workers is expected to double when production begins in September 2017.
    Rinaldo's Italian American Specialities is scheduled to open in May 2017 on Windsor Street in Halifax. The new restaurant will employ 15 to 20 workers.
    A new Dairy Queen in Dartmouth Crossing is expected to open in December 2017 and employ 40 to 50 workers. The Ontario-based company would like to add more restaurants over the next several years in the Halifax area.
    Pleasant St. Diner, a 60-seat restaurant, has opened in the Woodside area of Dartmouth
    NTT Data Canada Inc. plans to expand its Halifax operations and has been offered a payroll rebate by the Nova Scotia government if it creates up to 500 jobs over the next six years
    Kentville-based Apple Valley Foods, a manufacturer of frozen fruit pies, has been offered a payroll rebate from the Nova Scotia government if it creates up to 80 jobs over the next five years
    Synergy Seafoods has significantly increased the number of employees at its fish plant in Comeauville since purchasing it in January 2017. The plant decided to expand as more workers became available due to decreasing employment in local mink farming.
    Work will begin in the summer of this year on an $80M project to convert the former Discovery Centre and Green Lantern properties on Barrington Street in Halifax into a pair of commercial/residential developments
    Banc Developments expects to begin excavation in April 2017 for the Margaretta, a nine-storey commercial/residential building to be built over three years on Clyde Street in Halifax
    A-1 Pizza in Port Hawkesbury continues to expand its space and has grown its staff from one to 15 employees since opening in 2010. The business expects to add five more workers in 2017 for the busy summer season.
  • Start date: 2017-03-27, End date: 2017-03-31
    Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    The Nova Scotia government has introduced rules requiring private colleges to provide students with more information on job prospects for some programs. Colleges will also be required to submit graduate surveys related to employment.
    Tatamagouche Brewing Company in Tatamagouche expects to add two workers to the three staff in brewing operations in the spring of 2017. The total brewery operation would then employ about 12 to 14 workers in the busy summer season.
    The Nova Scotia government has committed $1.44M towards 22 projects designed to improve high-speed internet access in rural Nova Scotia. The projects will take place over the next several months.
    As a result of an increase in production, Copernicus Studios has hired 80 full-time staff into design, animation, programming and production jobs in Halifax since December 2016, bringing its total number of employees to 180. The company creates animation for television, film, websites, and games.
    Construction is expected to begin in late July 2017 and last until the spring of 2019 on a $5M project to renovate and renew social housing infrastructure in Mulgrave Park in Halifax
    Ottawa-based retailer Giant Tiger will open a store on the Bedford Highway in Halifax in the fall of 2017, its 10th Nova Scotia location
    The Port of Sydney expects to hire five or six additional employees in anticipation of a busy 2017 cruise ship season
  • Start date: 2017-03-20, End date: 2017-03-24
    Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The province of Nova Scotia has extended a payroll rebate agreement with IBM Canada. The company plans to add 250 more positions to the 500 it had already agreed to create at its client innovation centre in Halifax .
    Yeah Yeahs Pizza plans to open on Octerloney Street in Dartmouth in May 2017 and hire about five employees
    According to a report released by the Halifax Port Authority, the port¿s operations account for the equivalent of 12,446 full-time jobs, a 5.3% increase since 2013. The Port of Halifax now generates more than $1.7B in economic activity.
    Futureworx and food service businesses in the Antigonish area will partner to offer a 19 week program beginning in March 2017 to train people to work in the food service industry. More than 25 possible vacancies have been identified in the industry in the area.
    Meteghan-based A.F. Theriault & Son will hire 15 workers for a six week project beginning in April 2017. The project is to construct fibreglass hulls for the Arctic patrol vessel rescue boats being built in Halifax by Rosborough Boats for the Irving Shipyard.
    The Town of Trenton plans to reopen Trenton Park for limited camping in 2017, after closing the campground in 2009 because of operational costs
    A second phase of construction on the Apple Dome, Berwick¿s multi-use recreation centre, will likely start in 2017. The $5.3M expansion will include the addition of a new curling facility, and fitness and health centres.
    Nautel, a Hackett¿s Cove-based maker of radio transmitters, plans to add a significant number of employees to its design and research teams over the next year to work on new products. Nautel had increased from 210 to 240 staff over the past six years.
  • Start date: 2017-03-13, End date: 2017-03-17
    Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    According to government officials, 2017 will be a busy construction season in Cape Breton, with work on a second cruise ship berth and a new wastewater system in Sydney among projects to take place. The recent re-opening of the Donkin Mine is also positive news for the area.
    Parks Canada will fill 100 positions for students at its Cape Breton locations during the 2017 season. The jobs will range from office positions to labourers.
    Fresh Food Truck and Smokinstein Food Truck will begin operating in the Halifax area in April 2017. The owner, who is relocating the trucks from Barrie, ON., plans to hire four full-time and up to eight part-time workers.
    The Halifax Employers Association will hold a job fair in March 2017 to add 32 casual longshoremen to its reserve of workers. This will help deal with increasing cargo volumes, and labour shortages during busy periods or when workers retire.
    Pizza Girls will open on the corner of Blowers and Grafton Streets in Halifax in May 2017. It will be the fourth location for the business in the Halifax area.
    Rosborough Boats in Beechville has been awarded a $7.3M contract to build rescue boats for the Arctic patrol vessels being constructed at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax. The company will add two positions in 2017 to its current staff of 12 employees.
    Ontario-based metal distributor, Metal Supermarkets, has opened a franchise location in Burnside, and has four employees
    A tender has been issued for the major expansion of the Dartmouth General Hospital, with work to begin in May 2017. The project is estimated to cost between $132 and $138M. More tenders will be issued throughout the year.
  • Start date: 2017-03-06, End date: 2017-03-10
    Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    Moon Bakery and Café recently opened in downtown Glace Bay and hired seven workers
    Slyce Inc., a creator of software applications, plans to grow its 30-person workforce in New Waterford after receiving financial assistance from the federal government. The company has been recruiting computer specialists.
    MrsGrocery, a Moncton-based, internet grocery delivery business that had employed home-based workers, plans to move its headquarters to the former Scotiabank building in downtown Amherst by the spring of 2017 and possibly create two dozen jobs
    Toronto-based game developer Ubique Networks Inc., which has 12 employees in Sydney and three in Halifax, has received financial assistance from the federal government and plans to expand its workforce
    The Halifax Stanfield Airport is committing $45M to its 2017 capital projects program. The plan includes the expansion of passenger screening areas, work on the electrical and refrigeration systems, and runway renovations.
    If it can secure financing, Advanced Materials Inc. would like to process tin in East Kemptville from ore stockpiled at the former Rio Alom mine which closed there in 1992. The operation would last about six to seven years and create about 30 jobs.
  • Start date: 2017-02-27, End date: 2017-03-03
    Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    Perfect Diversity Clay Art Studio, a combination coffee shop and studio offering pottery lessons, is expected to open in downtown New Glasgow in March 2017
    The Conference Board of Canada has downgraded its GDP growth prediction for Nova Scotia to 0.8% in 2017 and 1.0% in 2018. Major construction projects including the Maritime Link and Halifax Convention Centre will come to an end, but the manufacturing sector will benefit from the large Halifax Shipyard project.
    The number of non-resident visitors to Nova Scotia reached 2.2M in 2016, an increase of 8% over 2015 according to Tourism Nova Scotia. The number of room nights sold to all parties was up 4%, with the Cape Breton region leading the way at 16%.
    CovenHoven Distillery near Digby is now producing spirits and has hired a full time distiller. The business will construct a permanent structure in the summer of 2017 on its property where it will retail its products.
    Vi's Restaurant in Wycocomagh will close in April 2017, after 59 years in business
    Coal is being mined in Cape Breton for the first time since 2001, with the opening of the Donkin mine. The current number of 64 workers will rise to about 135 over the next couple of years as production increases.
    The Rodd Grand Hotel in Yarmouth is currently undergoing a $2M renovation project as the business prepares for the upcoming tourist season. The hotel employs over 80 workers during peak season.
    Relish Gourmet Burgers has closed its restaurants across Canada, including the location on Larry Uteck Boulevard in Halifax. The Quinpool Road location in Halifax, will remain open as one of six Canadian independant locations.
    According to NSCC, job prospects are excellent for graduates of the game development and animation programs offered at its Truro college campus, while the CEO of a Bedford IT business says there is a shortage across industry for senior IT programmers
    Doctors Nova Scotia indicates many people in both rural and urban areas of the province do not have family physicians, and as many as 400 of the 1,200 physicians in current practice may leave in the next 10 years, mostly due to retirements
    Redo's Pizza is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017 on the corner of Forest Street and Haley Road in Yarmouth. The business will employ six to eight people.
  • Start date: 2017-02-20, End date: 2017-02-24
    Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    Cape Breton University and its faculty association have ratified a new three-year contract that will include an annual 1.25% wage increase and suitable changes to a layoff clause
    Celtz, a St. John's, NL-based producer of a range of software for the film industry, is building a sales team in Halifax as it continues to make inroads into various markets
    Two virtual reality-related businesses have opened recently on Gottingen and Oxford Streets in Halifax. Nearby Planet VR and Halifax VR Room offer services to those who enjoy playing high-tech video games in a relaxing environment.
    Water & Bone, a 40-seat restaurant, has opened at 5687 Charles Street in Halifax
    Geebo Device Repair has opened on Queen Street in Halifax. The business, which offers computer and cell phone repairs and sells used devices, now employs a total of 10 workers in its three locations in the Halifax area.
    About 40 jobs will be created when H & M, a Swedish clothing chain, opens in the Halifax Shopping Centre in the summer of 2017. Clothing retailer Zara will also open in the Shopping Centre around the same time.
    Mian's Restaurant, a family-owned business, has opened on George Street in Sydney in the location of the former Zana's Diner, which closed in recent months
    The Nova Scotia government has imposed a four year contract on the province's public school teachers, after collective bargaining failed to result in a deal. Both sides want to continue to try and work together going forward to address classroom concerns.
    Modest Tree, a Halifax-based interactive training company, doubled its staff in 2016 to about 20 workers and expects to add another 15 people in 2017 after landing a number of contracts connected to Canadian military operations
  • Start date: 2017-02-13, End date: 2017-02-17
    Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    A&W plans to open 200 restaurants in Canada over the next four years, including 10 in Nova Scotia which will create a total of 250 jobs. The unnamed Nova Scotia locations will include five full-size restaurants with drive-thrus.
    According to the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the wait time for mental health services has more than doubled over the past six months in Cape Breton. The health authority is working to fill six psychiatrist vacancies, as well as other clinical positions.
    The Captain's Boil, a Toronto-based Cajun-style restaurant chain, is set to open a franchise in the former Pizza Delight location at 5680 Spring Garden Road in Halifax in April 2017. The restaurant is expected to hire about 10 workers.
    The Good Food Emporium, a restaurant on Windsor Street in Halifax, has closed. A yet-unnamed Italian-American restaurant is expected to open in the space at the end of March 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-02-06, End date: 2017-02-10
    Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    Irving Shipbuilding is seeking work to fill a looming gap in construction between 2019 and 2021 in the federal shipbuilding program in Halifax. Irving would like to fill the gap to prevent large layoffs and potential loss of some of its workforce.
    BuildForce Canada predicts that Nova Scotia will lose over 8,000 construction workers to retirements over the next 10 years, and replacing them could provide a challenge as the pool of younger workers to draw from is smaller than it once was
    The Nova Scotia government has rejected a wage proposal from an independent tribunal and instead imposed a lower wage settlement on provincial court judges. Judges in Nova Scotia currently make $236,376 plus benefits.
    Demolition of the former Shannon Park military community in Dartmouth will now take until July 2017 to complete. Future use of the land is still in the planning stage, but up to 3,000 housing units could be built there over the next 10 to 15 years.
    Sydney-based Highland Hemp has signed a deal to export its hemp oil product to Brazil. The company had grown its own hemp previously, but would like local farms to act as independent producers as well in the future.
    The Nova Scotia government will commit $705,000 over the next three years to fund internships in research and innovation for 170 high-level university graduates. Sixty of the internships will take place at Acadian Seaplants in Cornwallis.
    Clearwater Seafoods will invest in a system to process high clam volumes at its Highland Fisheries plant in Glace Bay, resulting in year-round jobs for the roughly 36 seasonal employees who work there. Some seasonal crab processing jobs may also be added.
    The Canteen has expanded from a lunch to a full service restaurant and moved from Octerloney to Portland Street in downtown Dartmouth. The business has added 20 positions to the seven that moved from the old location.
    The Ramada on Brownlow Avenue in Dartmouth has closed and laid off its roughly 120 employees. However, the hotel will reopen after renovations as a Delta Hotel by Marriot in the summer of 2017, with the expectation the staff will be re-hired.
  • Start date: 2017-01-30, End date: 2017-02-03
    Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    The Halifax Stanfield International Airport served nearly 4M passengers in 2016, its highest number ever. Domestic traffic made up 84% of the total, and was up 7.4% from the previous year. Air cargo, much of it live lobster, was up 4.1% from 2015.
    It is expected that 179 cruise ships will visit Halifax in 2017, up 31.5% from the 136 visits in 2016. The anticipated number of passengers is estimated at about 270,000, which would be a 15.4% increase from the previous year.
    Training partners will offer a continuing care assistant program beginning in April 2017 in Baddeck, one of several such courses that have been ongoing around Nova Scotia to address what the industry calls a critical need for workers in that field
    A Forest Nova Scotia report states that 6,100 workers were employed directly in the forestry industry in Nova Scotia in 2015, while there were 5,400 spinoff jobs. The report also states that 1,300 jobs were added in the industry between 2012 and 2015.
    Aerospace and defence manufacturer Stelia Aerospace will cut 30 production and management jobs at its main Lunenburg location, due to softening demand and delayed starts on some projects. Stelia still employs 400 workers in Lunenburg.
    A dairy and butcher shop is expected to open in the fall of 2017 in a building currently under construction in the Masstown Market. Local farms will provide milk and meat to the businesses, and the milk will be bottled on site.
    Bubba Ray's Sports Bar will open in Garlands Crossing in February 2017, which will become the sixth location for the business. About 75 applications have been received for positions.
    According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Nova Scotia led the country in the number of wind energy projects undertaken in 2016, with 10 new wind facilities installed during the year
  • Start date: 2017-01-23, End date: 2017-01-27
    Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    A seven-year, $131M project to rebuild parts of DND's North Park Armoury in Halifax will begin in the summer of 2017. Tenders have been called for contractors in stone masonry for the first phase, while mechanical, electrical and other work will take place later.
    Production at the Donkin coal mine, expected to begin in December 2016, has not yet started. There are currently 45 workers employed at the mine, with the number expected to increase to 135 during full production.
    The Port of Halifax, bolstered by the addition of several new shipping lines, is coming off its busiest year since the recession of 2007-08. Total cargo tonnage increased by 16.2% at the Port of Halifax in 2016 over the previous year, with container traffic jumping by 14.9%.
    An A&W location is expected to open in the food court at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in the spring of 2017
    A $16M upgrade will take place in 2017 on the 100-year-old sewer system along Northwest Arm in Halifax
    Fairlanes Bowling Centre in New Minas will close in March 2017, resulting in eight job losses. Management indicates the sport in the area has been in decline for some time.
    Centreville Kwik-Way & Diner will close at the beginning of February 2017, resulting in 12 job losses
    Sobeys Inc. will cut 26 jobs in its Lawtons distribution centres in Dartmouth, N.S. and St. John's, NL and will partner with pharmaceutical distributor McKesson to provide the service instead. McKesson has centres in Moncton, N.B. and St. John's.
    The three levels of government will contribute $20M to the building of a second cruise ship berth for the Port of Sydney. Although some details have yet to be worked out, it is hoped work will start soon and that the berth will be ready by late 2018.
    The hourly minimum wage in Nova Scotia will increase by $0.15, to $10.85 on April 1, 2017. The hourly minimum wage for a worker with less than three months experience will increase by the same amount, to $10.35.
    The Nova Scotia government will commit $515M to its 2017-18 capital investment plan. Highlights will include spending on roads, schools, health care, and other public infrastructure.
  • Start date: 2017-01-16, End date: 2017-01-20
    Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    China-based First Catch Fisheries Company will hire 30 to 40 workers and up to 100 in peak season for a lobster processing facility it will begin building in the spring of 2017 in Shelburne. The facility may open by late 2017.
    Contractors are working through the winter in the Halifax area to finish buildings and get them on the market due to a strong demand for rental units. Contractors and labour may be a little easier to find in the winter, according to industry contacts.
    Retail chain Dollarama will open a location in Park Lane Mall in downtown Halifax in January 2017, while Payless Shoe Source will soon open a store in the Halifax Shopping Centre
    Bier Markt, an Ontario-based pub restaurant chain, is expected to open in the late summer of 2017 in downtown Halifax when construction of the Nova Centre complex will be completed. It will be the first Maritime location for the business.
    Work has begun on the three-year, multi-million dollar commercial, retail, and residential Queen's Marque District development along the historic downtown Halifax waterfront. The area will also include 75,000 square feet of public space and new wharfs.
    Construction will begin on a Tim Hortons location on Reserve Street in Glace Bay in the spring of 2017. While the scheduled opening is unknown at this point, the business will employ about 50 people.
    Photography retail business Carsand-Mosher will close its Truro store at the end of February 2017 due to a lack of business, putting 15 employees out of work. The Truro location is the last one remaining for the Nova Scotia company.
    Lower tariffs on fish products entering China will likely benefit Nova Scotia seafood exporters. An already strong Chinese market for Nova Scotia seafood has prompted recent investments in processing and cargo shipping facilities in the province.
    Shell is abandoning two exploratory oil and gas wells off Nova Scotia due to poor yields. Industry analysts say it is unlikely there will any further drilling in the province in 2017. BP Oil has a plan to drill a deep water well in 2018.
    IKEA is actively recruiting about 300 workers for its store in Dartmouth Crossing, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. Positions, some to be filled by May, are available in logistics, sales, interior design, information technology and food services.
  • Start date: 2017-01-09, End date: 2017-01-13
    Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Mezza Lebanese Restaurant will open in late winter 2017 in the former Target building on Prince Street in Sydney. The business, which also has franchises in the Halifax Metro area, will employ seven to 10 employees.
    The Riverside Lobster International Inc. processing plant in Meteghan River has gone from 65 to 300 employees over the past five years. The company advertises for workers 52 weeks of the year as it struggles to attract labour.
    Peace by Chocolate, a small chocolate factory started by a family of Syrian refugees in Antigonish in August 2016, now employs 10 workers
    Dalhousie University has awarded contracts to Halifax area-based firms Allstar Rebar, LEAD Structural Formwork Ltd., and Quality Concrete for work related to the $64M project to construct two new academic buildings to open in 2018 on its Sexton Campus.
    The Government of Canada will invest $66M in the construction of a military armoury expected to be completed in 2018 in Willow Park in Halifax. Another $21M will also be spent on other military infrastructure upgrades in the city.
    TreeGo, an aerial adventure business that had planned to set up a course in Trenton Park in Trenton, has cancelled the project
    Quebec-based dairy producers Agropur and Saputo Inc. will lay off 346 employees who work in distribution and the stocking of store shelves in Atlantic Canada beginning in April 2017. Agropur indicates 78 of their layoffs will be in Nova Scotia.
  • Start date: 2017-01-02, End date: 2017-01-06
    Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Holiday Inn Harbourview in Dartmouth will close in January to undergo an $8M facelift, and reopen in May or June 2017 under the name Double Tree Suites by Hilton. Truro-based Maxim Construction will be the general contractor for the project.
    Moe's Place Music Sales in Windsor will transition out of instrument sales by the spring of 2017 to expand the teaching of music and programming side of the operation. The business indicates it will likely need more music teachers as a result.
    According to the Halifax International Airport Authority, some new restaurants and vendors are expected to be added at the airport over the next year
    A brewery, Lunn's Mill Beer Company, is expected to open early in 2017 in the old Carleton Road Industries property in Lawrencetown. The brewery also plans to serve beer and food.
    A $20M construction renovation project will begin in February 2017 on the former coast guard property in Dartmouth to transform it into a collaborative ocean research and development facility. The building will be ready for use by the spring of 2018.
  • Start date: 2016-12-26, End date: 2016-12-30
    Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Halifax Water will install automatic meters over a three year period, beginning in the spring of 2017. The water utility says this could result in a need for fewer workers to read meters, although the full impact on the workforce is uncertain.
    Aecon Atlantic recently laid off some workers at its facility in Pictou due to work slowdowns, which the company says are normal in the industry. Aecon had been fabricating turbines for the Fundy tidal projects, and work is expected to increase in 2017.
    Junk Works, a franchise that removes and recycles or disposes of unwanted household items, has opened in the Halifax Metro area. The business has four employees, and plans to add another truck and at least two more employees over the next year.
    Susie's Shortbreads closed its retail outlet in December 2016 in Purdy's Wharf in downtown Halifax. The four part-time employees may still be able to work some hours at the company's main production facility and retail space at Bayers Lake in Halifax.
  • Start date: 2016-12-19, End date: 2016-12-23
    Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

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

    The owner of Midgard Insect cricket farm, a new business in Windsor that produces insect protein for use in pet foods, is looking to hire additional employees and expand operations
    The Conference Board of Canada predicts real GDP growth for Nova Scotia will be 1.3% in 2016, just above the 1.1% mark for 2015. Annual growth of 1.5%, 1.7% and 1.5% are forecasted for the next three years. Tire and seafood manufacturing, the Irving Shipbuilding project, the Maritime Link, and the Halifax Convention Centre construction projects will bolster the economy.
    Kentville-based Nova Solar Capital Inc. hopes to begin a mass installation of solar panels on homes in around the region in the spring of 2017. The company, which helps customers access financing, will subcontract the work to existing solar companies.
    Zana Diner, a family-owned business on George Street in Sydney, will close at the end of December 2016
    The Port of Sydney has 90 cruise ship visits scheduled for the 2017 season, carrying 137,596 passengers. The number of passengers would represent a 67% increase over the 2016 season.
    The Sarsfield Foods frozen pie factory in Kentville closed in December 2016. The company announced the impending closure some months ago, with an estimated loss of 90 jobs.
  • Start date: 2016-09-12, End date: 2016-09-16
    Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Resources Capital Gold is in the process of buying 90% ownership interest in the Dufferin gold mine near Sheet Harbour, with the aim to re-open the mine within four months. When the mine was last operational, it employed about 60 people.
    Immigration numbers are up in Nova Scotia, with 3,418 newcomers coming to the province in the first half of 2016, many coming from Syria. The province has budgeted $4.4M for 2016-17 to support settlement.
  • Start date: 2016-08-29, End date: 2016-09-02
    Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

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

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