Job Market Trends and News


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  • Start date: 2018-01-08, End date: 2018-01-12
    Week of Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018

    Delta 9, a Winnipeg-based cannabis company, plans to create 105 full-time positions this year and 12 construction jobs with the expansion of its production facility
    Shared Health Services in Winnipeg is seeking creative thinkers in health care as they move forward with plans to centralize ambulance and other services in Manitoba
    Kasper Transportation recently launched a commuter service between Selkirk and Winnipeg
    Winners and HomeSense are opening a joint store in the former Target location near Winnipeg's Polo Park Shopping Centre
    7 Ages Productions is shuttering operations after 21 years of theatrical performances at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium in Brandon. The production company's final show will run from January 11-13.
    The last two remaining Sears stores in Winnipeg, St. Vital Centre and Kildonan Place, closed on January 8
    New tenants including Jenna Rae Cakes and McNally Robinson Booksellers will set up shop at The Forks in 2018. About 4 million people visit The Forks each year.
    The federal and provincial governments are pledging nearly $84M toward infrastructure improvements to bring high-speed internet to 112 remote Manitoba communities, including 48 First Nations
    Mining company Klondex announced an immediate reduction in its operations and workforce at its True North gold mine in Bissett. The number of affected employees is unknown at this time.
  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    Chaeban Ice Cream, a new ice cream business, opened in Winnipeg on December 21
    Two new classrooms are to be constructed at Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School in East St. Paul. The construction work should be completed by September 2019.
    Adrenaline Adventures, an outdoor amusement park in Headingley, closed unexpectedly on December 15
    The nearly 300 km ice road from Gillam to Churchill is now complete. Trucks can now transport goods to Churchill until the spring thaw.
    The provincial government is currently evaluating over 100 proposals from applicants seeking to operate cannabis retail locations. Successful applicants will be notified in February, with retail locations expected to begin operating as early as July 2, 2018.
    The Winnipeg School Division is offering swimming lessons as part of the curriculum from January to June 2018. The program is being offered to approximately 2,300 Grade 3 and 4 students from 59 schools in the division.
    According to the latest census, Manitoba's film industry is growing at a rate of 4.3% per year. At the national level, the industry is growing at 5.7% per year.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    The Manitoba government is set to streamline 25 provincial agencies, eliminating over 170 positions in the process. No layoffs are expected as a result of the cost-cutting measures.
    The Manitoba government has created a program, in partnership with Keystone Agricultural Producers, to provide dairy farm training to job seekers. The nine-week program will also include literacy and numeracy skills training.
    A recent study by Alamos Gold Inc. yielded positive results for two gold mines in Lynn Lake. If the company goes ahead with the project, 500 jobs could be created during the construction phase and another 500 once the site becomes operational.
    Three Manitoba First Nations have joined National Access Cannabis, a Winnipeg-based health-care service provider. The partnership will lead to the construction and operation of recreational cannabis stores on First Nation land.
    Canadian National Railway plans to hire approximately 5,500 workers in the coming year, including 700 train conductors across Western Canada. Of this number, about 80 new conductors are expected to be hired in Manitoba.
    The provincial government is contributing $10M over five years toward the construction of the Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The federal government has already given $15M, while the City of Winnipeg will provide $5M.
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    MacDon Industries, a Winnipeg-based retailer of agricultural harvesting equipment, was recently sold to Linamar Corp. for $1.2B
    Salisbury House of Canada Ltd., a chain of seven Winnipeg restaurants, has been sold, along with four Sals XPress locations and restaurants in Steinbach and Norway House
    The CEO of the Communities Economic Development Fund recently met with business leaders in Flin Flon to discuss northern commerce. The fund supports local communities, primarily through business loans and fish loans.
    Flin Flon's sewer and water infrastructure are being upgraded thanks to the Canada-Manitoba New Building Canada Fund. The City of Flin Flon will spend $3.96M, and the provincial and federal governments will each provide $1.32M.
    The Southwest Business & Entrepreneur Expo will take place in Virden February 7, 2018. Several local communities and an employment centre are collaborating to organize the trade show and educational sessions.
    Bell MTS recently opened a Virden store in partnership with 3CTech. The store has seven employees.
    The federal government is granting $4.2M to support communities in northern Manitoba. Part of the funds will be allocated to the University of Manitoba's Churchill Marine Observatory - creating 15 full-time and 20 short-term positions over five years.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    The Blueberry Jam Music Gathering, a new music event, is being planned for August 2018 in Flin Flon. The organizers hope to draw up to 500 visitors.
    The government of Manitoba is granting over $2.6M for community development projects via the Community Places program. Ninety-eight non-profit and community-led organizations from across the province will receive a grant through this program.
    An all-weather road linking Berens River with the Bloodvein First Nation is now complete. The 70-km road is expected to open up economic and tourism opportunities for the communities.
    Ogoki Learning Inc., a Winnipeg-based technology company, has launched Ojibway TV, believed to be the world's first Indigenous language TV streaming app
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    Metro Winnipeg has been shut down, after being acquired by Postmedia. Around 27 employees have lost their jobs.
    On December 4, Filipino fast-food chain, Jollibee opened its second Canadian franchise in Winnipeg
    Eight Caisse Financial Group branches are set to close in March 2018 due to a "low volume of activity"
    Delta 9, a Winnipeg medical marijuana producer, has teamed up with Canopy Growth, Canada's largest publicly traded marijuana producer, to sell cannabis products online
    Southern Health-Santé Sud hired thirteen new paramedics. The eleven full-time and two part-time positions are located in Gladstone, Carman and Morris
    The La Salle School in the Seine River School Division will soon have 6 new classrooms and a gym. The construction project is to begin in early 2018, and should be completed by April 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    The provincial government has passed the Fisheries Amendment Act to lift the monopoly of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation. Effective December 1, allowing commercial fishers to market their own catch.
    The City of Winnipeg has earmarked $116M for road renewal projects in 2018 - an increase of $11M compared to 2017
    The provincial government is giving $25M to support 86 community-based training and employment agencies. The grant will help over 20,400 Manitobans improve their skills and employment opportunities.
    On November 24, Sobeys Inc. began laying off over 800 employees across the country in an effort to cut costs as the company moves toward e-commerce. No details were available on the number of workers affected in Manitoba.
    The Miles Macdonell Collegiate in Winnipeg will soon have 6 new classrooms and a gym. The construction project should be completed by January 2019.
    Third + Bird, a pop-up Christmas market, was recently held in the Bay store in downtown Winnipeg. The event attracted over 12,000 shoppers.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    Ram Wools Yarn Co-op, Winnipeg's oldest independent yarn shop, closed its doors on November 5
    Winnipeg's eleventh Boston Pizza restaurant will open in December. The new location will feature a dining room, a sports bar and two seasonal outdoor patios.
    On November 8, the Manitoba Teachers' Society welcomed 43 new educators to the School District of Mystery Lake
    Fairfax Financial Holdings will partner with two Manitoba groups and attempt to buy Omnitrax's assets, which includes the flood-damaged rail line to the port of Churchill
    The Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg added 11 new beds to its special needs behavioural unit. The centre underwent $200,000 in renovations to add the new beds, and will include additional new nursing staff.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    Travel Manitoba is working with communities in northern Manitoba as part of the Look North initiative to promote tourism within the region. The goal is for the tourism industry to reach $2B by 2020.
    The 9th annual Artist, Crafters and Small Business Expo took place in Thompson on November 4. The event drew 49 vendors and about 700 visitors.
    Vale hosted their annual open house in Thompson on November 4. The event demonstrated Vale's responsibility to the community and promoted the new Workforce Adjustment Services. The company expects to lay-off 700 workers by the end of 2018.
    On November 1, OmniTrax, which owns the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill, raised fuel prices in Churchill by 30%. The town is working with Calm Air and government officials to ensure there is enough fuel throughout the winter.
    The City of Winnipeg plans to build a $2.6M retaining wall around the grocery store, Piazza de Nardi. The addition is part of the Waverley underpass construction project and will ensure the store can continue to lease about 35 parking spaces from the city.
    Winnipeg Transit may lay-off up to 120 drivers, eliminate 59 bus routes and hike transit fares in an effort to deal with an anticipated $10M funding shortfall
    The provincial government is investing almost $200,000 to support at-risk youth in Thompson earn high school credits and gain work skills. The Youth Build Program in Thompson will provide at-risk youth training in carpentry and construction, followed with a paid work experience.
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    The Town of Nipawin is looking to hire a new food services company for the Evergreen Centre. The restaurant at the centre is now closed after the previous lease was canceled on October 30.
    US-based Mitchell International Inc., a firm that provides technology solutions for automobile collision repair claims, is opening an office in Winnipeg. The company expects to hire up to 23 employees as business grows.
    According to Statistics Canada, the Manitoba economy added 4,000 new jobs in October, including 1,000 full time positions. The unemployment rate fell to 5.2%, down from 5.5% in the previous month.
    The Creighton Volunteer Fire Department has donated expired equipment to support the Flin Flon Fire Department's training program. The program provides training to firefighters in isolated communities in northern Manitoba.
    Lowe's held a job fair November 2 and 3 to fill 130 positions for its new Winnipeg location. The company also plans to hire up to 40 additional seasonal workers for next spring and summer. The store is expected to open next spring
    The provincial government unveiled its plans for the sale of recreational marijuana for when it becomes legal July 1, 2018. Supply and distribution will be controlled by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, and private retailers will sell to the public.
    The Conference Board of Canada's is forecasting Manitoba's 2018 real gross domestic product growth to reach 1.3% ¿ a full percentage point higher than the board's previous forecast of 0.3% growth
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    The provincial government is partnering with Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Manitoba Aerospace to create a new manufacturing company in northern Manitoba. The plan is for the facility to be operational within the next two years.
    A new dairy processing plant opened in Winnipeg on October 25. The facility will boost dairy-processing capacity in Manitoba by nearly 40% and will employ 67 workers.
    A new cable ferry serving the community of Norway House is now in service. The new ferry which cost $3M and took two years to build will run 24 hours a day, from April 1 to January 1.
    Rogers Communications announced on October 23 that several northern communities, including Thompson, Flin Flon and Churchill, now have access to LTE-Advanced wireless service
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is in consultations with nurses at the Deer Lodge Centre to discuss reorganizing schedules. The new schedules may result in the loss of 15 full-time nursing positions.
    Delta 9, a Winnipeg medical marijuana producer, expects to create between 300 and 500 production jobs over the next two years
    Plans are underway to create an ice road to connect Churchill with the provincial highway system. The road, a joint project between three Manitoba companies, is expected to be ready for use by early 2018.
    Compared to last year, third quarter passenger traffic at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport grew by 7.4%. The 2017 Canada Summer Games was one of many events that helped increase passenger volumes.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    Winnipeg is one of eight Canadian cities that have applied to host Amazon's new headquarters. The company has promised up to 50,000 jobs and a $5B investment to the successful applicant.
    According to BMO's latest quarterly Regional Labour Market Report Card of Canadian cities, Winnipeg ranks among their top 10 best performers list. Winnipeg had an employment growth rate of 2.6% and a net gain of 11,000 new jobs in 2016.
    The government of Manitoba is expanding BizPal, an online business permit and licence service, to Winnipeg Beach. The service helps local entrepreneurs to access valuable information about requirements to start or expand a business.
    The Stephenfield Regional Water Treatment Plant expansion project in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin is now complete. The plant supplies water to a region with a population of over 9,000 people.
    Expansion and renovation work for more classrooms and a new gym will soon be underway at École Dugald School in the Rural Municipality of Springfield. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
    Express by Canad Inns, a 36-room hotel property in Winnipeg, will close at the end of November
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is laying off at least 20 physiotherapists on November 24
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    The Manitoba government is providing $3.7M over five years to develop an apprenticeship management online system that is to improve online services. Additional funding will be provided by the federal government and the Atlantic provinces.
    Loblaw Companies Ltd. has begun cutting 500 office employees across the country, including Winnipeg
    Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital will soon add 50 nursing positions, following the creation of a standardized schedule affecting about 1,000 nurses. The changes are to improve health care services.
    The Centre for Automotive Research and Training opened in Winnipeg on October 17. The facility will work in collaboration with Red River College to provide technicians with training on new and emerging techniques and equipment.
    The Conference Board of Canada reports that Winnipeg's GDP growth is expected to slow down to 1.4% in 2018. A drop in housing demand and consumer spending are expected to be factors for the economic decline.
    Rockcliff Copper Corporation purchased the Berry Creek gold property near Snow Lake on October 5. Exploration of the property is expected to commence in 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    Winnipeg Airports Authority and the union representing about 150 striking employees reached a tentative agreement on October 1. The employees have been without a contract since June 2016.
    The Southern Health-Santé Sud has hired 16 additional doctors (nine family physicians and 7 specialists) to work in the region
    The Northern Regional Health Authority has hired 6 family physicians to work in communities across the region
    TransCanada has cancelled its Energy East pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects. The $16B Energy East project would have added 1,500 km worth of pipelines to carry oil from the Prairies to Atlantic Canada.
    Pending court approval, Sears Canada intends to close its remaining three Winnipeg stores in the CF Polo Park, St. Vital and Kildonan Place shopping centres, putting 359 employees out of work
    Starting in October, Rockcliff Copper Corp. will commence drilling at a high-grade zinc property near Snow Lake
    The Manitoba government has selected Deloitte LLP to analyze business and community needs to help create a strategy for economic development in the province
    CancerCare has eliminated seven managerial positions following a request by the provincial government to find $2.5M in savings and to reduce executive staff by 15%
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    The provincial government is granting $270,000 to support the tech company Bold Commerce in its hiring and training of 81 new employees and 10 existing employees over 2 years
    Nineteen new family doctors and three specialists have started or will soon start to serve communities in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
    According to the Keystone Agricultural Producers, the 2017 growing season is expected to be an above-average crop
    Marymound North opened in Thompson on September 19, the new family resource facility offers early childhood care programs and services
    Construction on Thompson's new wastewater treatment plant is expected to continue throughout the winter until its completion
    Sears Canada intends to close its Polo Park location in Winnipeg, affecting 159 employees
    On September 30, the Canadian Armed Forces held open houses in their armouries across the country, including in Brandon and Portage la Prairie, in order to increase the number of reservists. A faster enrolment process and paid summer jobs for students are new initiatives to improve recruitment.
    Three historic buildings in Virden were destroyed by fire on September 23. Several businesses have been without services including power since the blaze.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    Several isolated First Nations in Northern Manitoba require close to 40 certified teachers. The remote locations and lower pay are barriers to attracting and retaining teachers.
    Exploration company, Ashburton Ventures, claims promising drill results from a lithium property near Snow Lake. The company is ready to review the remaining four drill holes to determine the quality of their ore.
    The government of Manitoba has launched the new Companies Online system, which will enable users to register their businesses online and have access to other self-serve functionalities
    Canada Jetlines, a new ultra-low-cost airline based in Ontario, will start offering flights to Winnipeg and other destinations in June of 2018
    Rockcliff Copper Corp., a mining company, has identified a gold-bearing trend at the long-idle Laguna mine in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake region
    Far Resources has found strong lithium results at the Zoro lithium property near Snow Lake. The company is preparing for further exploration on the property.
    Bell MTS is in the process of developing wireless and hard-line infrastructure in Northern Manitoba. The company plans to invest $1B over 5 years in communication networks in urban, rural, and remote areas of Manitoba.
    International House of Pancakes opened their first restaurant in Winnipeg on September 25 and plans to open a second location over the next few years
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    Rosenau Transport Ltd. will open a trucking terminal and warehousing operation in Winnipeg's CentrePort. The location will employ 25 workers after $1.5M in renovations.
    Despite an increasing demand for teachers of Indigenous languages in Manitoba, school divisions struggle to find and retain qualified instructors
    Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters, a hunting, fishing and camping supply store, is closing all 12 locations in Western Canada; including its Winnipeg store
    About 200 elementary students haven't started classes in Shamattawa First Nation because of a shortage of teachers. The fly-in northern community is looking to hire 11 teachers and other school staff.
    Calm Air, an airline serving northern Manitoba, expects to see an in an increase in business, as the rail line to Churchill remains closed for the foreseeable future
    Virden's Pipestone Livestock Sales re-opened in September. The auction mart offers producers from southwest Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan another market to sell their cattle.
    Federated Co-op recently opened a new fertilizer terminal in Brandon. The $31M state-of-the-art facility can receive and ship up to 400 metric tonnes of product per hour.
    American toy retailer Toys "R" Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and its Canadian subsidiary is expected to follow suit. Stores worldwide will remain open as the company seeks to reorganize.
    Four University of Manitoba research teams have received a combined total of $10.1M from Research Manitoba, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and from local research partners. The funds will be used to conduct studies on chronic diseases.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    Winnipeg-based Amenity Health Care, an operator of retail pharmacies across Western Canada, has been acquired by TorQuest Partners, a Toronto private equity firm. Amenity employs nearly 400 people across Western Canada.
    Minnova Corporation is aiming to reopen the PL mine, a long-idle gold mine near Flin Flon, by the fall of 2018. The project could employ up to 100 workers over a period of over 10 years.
    Transport Canada is providing nearly $700,000 for the Thompson Airport to rehabilitate their primary apron. The construction work should be completed in October.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will add 65 transitional care beds at the River Ridge II care centre starting in October. The two-year, $9.2M contract was awarded to All Seniors Care, a private firm that runs the facility.
    EnL's Come & See Collectables and Antiques opened its doors in Oak Lake on September 1
    Manitoba's unemployment rate decreased to 4.9% in August, the lowest across the country
    Students at Garden City Collegiate now have access to a new building trades program after $3.1M in provincial funding. The expanded and renovated facilities allows students to learn with current equipment, and earn both college and apprenticeship credits.
    Around 700 support staff from hospitals in Winnipeg will receive deletion notices. Affected staff will have the choice to accept a new position, apply for a new one, be bumped into a new role, or be layed off.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    Around 3,700 people from three First Nations in the Island Lake area were evacuated on August 29 due to a nearby wildfire
    Papa's Place Family Restaurant will open its doors in Virden's Alexandra Hotel on October 1. The new restaurant will employ over half a dozen workers.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's average weekly earnings dropped 1.3% in June 2017 compared to the previous year
    The University of Manitoba Faculty Association ratified a tentative, four-year deal with the university's administration on August 31, 2017
    The provincial government is granting over $2.5M to upgrade schools in Flin Flon and Snow Lake. The projects will take up to 24 months following the start of construction.
    Work on the True North Square is progressing. Construction of the Sutton Place Hotel and residential tower is slated to begin in spring 2018.
    A new category of nurse is being created in Manitoba under the Regulated Health Professions Act. The Registered Nurse Authorized Prescriber will be allowed to independently order diagnostic tests and prescribe some medications, effective May 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    Anytime Fitness is set to open in Winnipeg's Osborne Village by the end of 2017. The new gym franchise will be situated in the former American Apparel location.
    Knox Community Kitchen, a subsidized commercial kitchen that helped launch local food businesses in Winnipeg, is closing on September 15 due to a funding shortfall of $50,000
    Winnipeg's St. John's Library closed on August 25 to undergo renovations. The library is expected to reopen sometime in the fall of 2018.
    The Government of Manitoba is spending $54M on 110 infrastructure projects in school divisions across the province. The funds will be used to implement structural upgrades and accessibility improvements.
    The federal government is increasing Manitoba's healthcare funding by $10.9M. The funds will be used to support home and community care, as well as for initiatives to address mental health and addictions.
    Brandon University is opening a new Integrative Biology Core Facility in the fall to conduct research on health, disease and biodiversity in Manitoba. The facility is receiving $297,569 in federal funding.
    Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual opened a second Manitoba location in Winkler on August 22. The chain plans to open its first restaurant in Winnipeg in early 2018.
    The Olympia Diner in Winnipeg will be closed for repairs following a fire on August 29
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Over 500 nurses will receive deletion notices in Phase 1 of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's restructuring plan. Affected staff will then have to apply for open positions that are available.
    Sears Canada is creating a $500,000 hardship fund for former employees who were laid-off and denied severance payments. Pending court approval, the fund will support people experiencing financial hardship.
    CIBC is acquiring PC Financial and will rebrand the bank as Simplii. Hundreds of PC Financial ATMs and pavilions across the country will be closed between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
    Winnipeg-based New Flyer, the largest bus manufacturer in North America, has been awarded a contract to provide the City of Edmonton with 110 clean diesel transit buses
    Elcano Exploration reached a deal with Gambler First Nation to drill two oil wells on their land. The partnership could earn the First Nation millions of dollars in royalties over 20 years.
    Churchill's tourism industry is struggling after the washout of its only railway. Rail Travel Tours has cancelled its polar bear viewing tours, while other operators are postponing or rebooking group tours.
    GYMGUYZ, an on-demand personal training service, is planning to open 20 locations in Manitoba, including one in Thompson
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre's emergency room will undergo $765,000 in renovations to provide extra space for patient care. Construction will start this fall and is expected to be completed in 2018.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing over $34M to upgrade water and wastewater projects in rural communities across the province
    The federal government is providing over $800,000 to support the Premier Choix project, a Manitoba initiative to help at-risk youths develop job skills and help them find work
    The only grocery store in Bissett, a small community northeast of Beausejour, was destroyed by a fire on August 10
    The Canada Summer Games had a positive economic impact on businesses at The Forks, with a reported 30% increase in customer traffic compared to the same period last year
    Dairy Queen is planning to open a restaurant in Flin Flon in the middle of 2019. The new location is expected to create 45 to 60 jobs.
    The Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show is in the final year of its seven-year contract with the City of Brandon. The equestrian event, which began August 13, runs until August 19 at the Keystone Centre.
    The RCMP position vacancy rate stood at 6.6% nationally as of April 1, 2017. In Manitoba, the RCMP had a vacancy rate of 5.8%.
    Siloam Mission received $2M from the Government of Manitoba and another $1M through a joint provincial-federal fund to increase facility space and the number of meals served
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced plans to renovate Winnipeg's hospitals over the next two years. The $19.9M renovations should be completed by the spring of 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    The federal government is providing $10M to expand Red River College's Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training in Winnipeg. Additional funding is also being provided by StandardAero ($4.5M) and Red River College ($1.2M).
    Sewage and water infrastructure upgrade projects are underway in Two Borders and Brenda-Waskada. The Province is covering 75% of the costs, while the municipalities will cover the remainder.
    Telehealth is adding four new sites within the Prairie Mountain Health Region. The sites include Erickson, Glenboro, Melita, and the Ste. Rose Primary Health Care Centre. The network uses a video link to connect clients to health care providers at a distance.
    Work is underway to build a protective dike in Elkhorn to prevent overland flooding in the municipality. The construction project began in July and is expected to be completed in August.
    CIBC is closing its Elkhorn branch in mid-August after over 100 years in the community
    Dairy Queen, which has 650 locations across Canada, is considering expanding its presence in Manitoba. The company is interested in securing a franchisee, especially in Virden.
    The Government of Manitoba has granted $100,000 to the City of Flin Flon on a 50/50 cost-shared basis to upgrade and repair roads throughout the municipality
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    The Winnipeg Regional health authority is cutting 17 nurse positions at Health Sciences Centre. No details were provided on the effective date of the layoffs.
    The provincial government is spending $12M on municipal roads through a cost-sharing partnership with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. This year, the Municipal Road Improvement Program will have 188 projects in 99 municipalities.
    The Manitoba government is providing $4.5M to build a larger gymnasium at W.C. Miller Collegiate in Altona. Construction of the new gym is expected to begin in September.
    Minnova Corporation is planning to restart production at its PL mine, a long-idle gold mine near Flin Flon. The project could start in the summer of 2018 and would employ 100 workers.
    Starbucks is closing all of its Teavana stores, including 3 locations in Manitoba, by the spring of 2018
    The Manitoba government is providing $5.5M towards a highway surfacing project and $3M on a new cable ferry for safe and reliable access to Norway House. The entire project is expected to be completed by the fall.
    Wallace District Fire Department is looking for new volunteer firefighting recruits for the Virden and Elkhorn Stations
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    The Ag in Motion outdoor farm expo took place in Flin Flon from July 18 to 20. The event featured over 350 exhibitors and cutting-edge technological advances in farm equipment.
    The government of Manitoba is allocating $6M for the shipment of 2.2 million litres of propane to Churchill from a port in Quebec in early fall. The shipment is to support the town and area residents until June 2018.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will cut 2 positions in the adult audiology outpatient program at the Health Sciences Centre this fall
    The federal government is giving $5M toward the expansion of the National Microbiology Laboratory, a level-4 facility that provides the highest degree of biocontainment of infectious diseases. The expanded lab will improve testing and research of infectious diseases.
    150 Winnipeg airport workers went on strike on July 24, after rejecting the airport-authority's last offer. The workers have been without a contract since June 30, 2016.
    A Sobeys Extra grocery store opened in Brandon on July 21
    Applications are now being accepted for the Great Manitoba Food Fight, an annual competition for Manitoba entrepreneurs looking to launch a food or drink-based business
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Four of Winnipeg's five QuickCare clinics are set to close by early 2018. Affected workers will be relocated to Access centres, which will begin to offer extended hours from then on.
    Eighteen high school graduates recently met with nearly a dozen Manitoba CEOs through the Youth CEO pilot program. The program aims to give participants valuable experience with thirteen Manitoba companies .
    PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has been awarded a $53M contract to expand Winnipeg Transit's bus maintenance and repair garage. The project will start in July and should be completed by March 2019.
    With additional funding from the federal government, CommStream, a Winnipeg telecommunications provider, will soon be delivering high-speed internet to 10 northern First Nation communities. The $7M telecommunications construction project will begin this year and is scheduled for completion in 2019.
    Hermanos, a South American-style steak house, opened a second location in Winnipeg on July 14
    Bell MTS opened a store in Portage la Prairie's Royal Plaza on July 8. The new store employs seven workers.
    Plans are underway to create new Indigenous-focused facilities at South Point Park at The Forks in Winnipeg. Funding for the $1.2M project will be provided by the federal government, the Winnipeg Foundation and The Forks Foundation.
  • Start date: 2017-07-10, End date: 2017-07-14
    Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    Cirque du Soleil hired 193 workers in Winnipeg for the six-week duration of their Kurios tour in the city. The final show in Winnipeg took place on July 9.
    Omnitrax has closed its Thompson office, citing the washout of the only railway to Churchill for its closure
    The Town Centre Hotel in The Pas was destroyed by fire on July 7. Eleven employees have now lost their jobs.
    Winnipeg hoteliers have yet to see an uptake of reservations for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, a two-week event from July 28 to August 13, that is expected to draw over 20,000 visitors to the city
    The provincial and federal governments are providing $2.25M to build an affordable housing complex for seniors in Thompson. The facility should be completed by the end of 2018.
    Manitoba pork farmers have been struggling to contain a virus fatal to piglets that could threaten the province's industry. The outbreak has now spread to 51 pork operations in early July, compared to about 40 the previous month.
  • Start date: 2017-07-03, End date: 2017-07-07
    Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    Nova House, a women's shelter, opened its newly expanded shelter in Selkirk on June 28. The $3M facility offers emergency and longer-term shelter services, as well as counselling, ​advocacy and referrals.
    The provincial government is providing over $1.7M for 29.2 full-time equivalent paramedic positions in rural Manitoba
    The Université de Saint-Boniface received over $1.4M in joint federal-provincial funding to build a specialized centre for shipping and processing chemical products. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2017.
    The provincial government is opening 5 new emergency medical stations to help improve ambulance response times in rural Manitoba. The new stations will result in the closure of 18 rural emergency medical service stations to consolidate services.
    The Garrick Centre, a live-entertainment venue in Winnipeg, closed its doors at the end of June. The number of affected employees was not provided.
    On June 29, over 5,000 unionized Winnipeg workers voted in favour of a 4-year contract with the City of Winnipeg. The contract includes a guarantee that none of the members will be laid off. City council is expected to approve the contract in July.
    Winnipeg's 100-year-old Scientific Marvel Beauty School will close its doors at the end of October. The school's other locations across Canada will also cease operations.
    Mini Homes of Manitoba started building 12 compact houses in Long Plain First Nation, Manitoba in late June. The mini-homes will cost less than $100,000 each and should be completed within 6 months.
    The University of Winnipeg will begin expanding its daycare centre in July at a cost of $1.2M. Scheduled to be completed in November, the daycare will welcome 32 additional children and employ 9 new employees.
    Construction has begun on the new Murray Field at Dakota Collegiate in Winnipeg. The field, which will include a mini-soccer area and a basketball court, is expected to be completed by September 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-06-26, End date: 2017-06-30
    Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    The North West Company, Churchill's main retailer, stopped subsidizing grocery prices on June 25. However, the company will continue to partially subsidize milk, bread, and some produce and meat in the short-term.
    Sears Canada is closing 59 stores and laying-off 2,900 workers across the country as part of its restructuration plans. No details were provided on the number of workers affected at the Winnipeg Garden City location.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will reduce the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre's hours of operation starting on July 5. Affected staff will be reassigned to other shifts. The Misericordia Urgent Care Centre is scheduled to close October 3.
    Enbridge will start construction on its $7.5B Line 3 replacement project this summer. The first construction phase, from Alberta to Saskatchewan, will be completed in 2017; the second phase into the US via Manitoba will be built in 2018.
    The Academy Lanes bowling alley will close in July, after 35 years at its Academy Road location. The company intends to re-open the business at another location in Winnipeg.
    Winnipeg-based Richardson International bought UK-based European Oat Millers on June 15. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Richardson International employs over 2,500 people worldwide.
    The federal and Manitoba governments provided $1.2M to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for 25 families in need. The homes will be located in Winnipeg, Brandon and Portage la Prairie. Five hundred workers will take part in the 6-day construction blitz in July.
    The federal government has approved Nutrition North food subsidies to Churchill retailers. The subsidies are to offset the cost of flying in supplies after the single rail line was flooded in May. Omnitrax plans to close the rail line indefinitely.
    Shoal Lake 40 First Nation will celebrate the start of construction of Freedom Road, an all-weather road to the community, on June 30. Shoal Lake is also in talks with the federal government concerning a new water treatment plant.
  • Start date: 2017-06-19, End date: 2017-06-23
    Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    A Winners department store is set to open at Grant Park Shopping Centre on August 15. This will be the sixth Winners location in Winnipeg.
    Lowe's Canada is opening a new store in Winnipeg in 2018. The new store will create about 125 permanent jobs, with up to 35 seasonal positions.
    The municipality of Rossburn is now one of 65 local governments partnering with Canada and Manitoba in the BizPal program, a free online permit and licence service to help entrepreneurs start or run a business
    The Manitoba government, Hanover School Division and Garden Valley School Division have issued a request for proposals for two new schools in Winkler and Niverville
    The Selkirk Regional Health Centre opened on June 25. The $111M hospital features 65 beds, a spacious emergency area and a climate-controlled drive-thru bay for ambulances.
    Manitoba's Southern Air Ambulance service is experiencing a shortage of pilots. The transport program provides air transportation to patients who may not be physically able to make a long trip in a conventional ambulance.
    The Northern Health Region has cut seven management positions, including at least one in Flin Flon, in an effort to meet a 15% management reduction target set by the provincial government
  • Start date: 2017-06-12, End date: 2017-06-16
    Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    The federal government is granting $15M to the Government of Manitoba as part of a 10-year multilateral agreement on early learning and child care
    Hudson's Bay Company is cutting 2,000 jobs as it restructures operations due to a challenging sales environment. No details were provided as to where the layoffs will occur.
    The Riverview Health Centre, a 60-bed Alzheimer care facility in Winnipeg, is planning to renovate its existing building and develop a new centre on its grounds. Construction will begin in August and should take two years to complete.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba added 2,700 jobs in May. As well, the province's unemployment rate dropped from 5.4% in April to 5.3% in May - the lowest in the country for a second consecutive month.
    Suspension of OmniTrax's only rail line into Churchill is forcing business owners to lay-off staff. To date, five workers have been let go and more layoffs are expected in the coming weeks.
    The Windmill restaurant in Winnipeg is closing its doors after nearly 50 years in the business
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will close the Victoria Hospital emergency room by October, as part of its plan to cut over $80M in health-care costs across the province
  • Start date: 2017-06-05, End date: 2017-06-09
    Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    Over 800 Manitoba Hydro employees have been approved for voluntary buyouts as the crown corporation restructures operations. Approximately 30% of the employees taking the buyouts will leave by June, while the rest will leave sometime in 2018.
    The Forks is holding public consultations on June 8 and 10 to gather ideas on how to redevelop the Alexander Docks site. The Forks and the City of Winnipeg have also launched an online survey.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Prairie Mountain Health are laying-off at least 197 management staff across the province, in an effort to meet a 15% management reduction target set by the provincial government
    The Winnipeg Police Association will vote on a collective bargaining agreement with the City of Winnipeg on June 21. The police union's last contract expired in December 2016.
    The provincial government is reducing its subsidy for those enrolled in its Rent Assist program by three percent, starting on July 1. The change will only affect individuals who do not receive Employment and Income Assistance.
    Creighton town council has issued a request for proposals for a storm sewer replacement project. The deadline to apply for the project is June 6.
  • Start date: 2017-05-29, End date: 2017-06-02
    Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    North Point Douglas Women's Centre, a shelter in Winnipeg, is laying-off eight workers and cutting services after losing one-third of its funding
    Exclusive Bus Lines is discontinuing service between Selkirk and Winnipeg starting on September 2, 2017. A decline in ridership has been cited as the reason behind its discontinuation.
    Mad Dog Spray Foam & Coatings Ltd., a multi-purpose business specializing in spray foam insulation, opened its doors in Virden in April
    Work is underway at the Shoppers Mall in Brandon to build several new restaurants. The project is expected to be completed by August 2017.
    Candace House, a space for victims of crime going through the court process, is under construction in Winnipeg. The facility is expected to open in fall 2017, pending funding.
  • Start date: 2017-05-22, End date: 2017-05-26
    Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    Out of 84 family physician positions in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, 31 positions are currently vacant. Overall, rural Manitoba is in need of 70 doctors to cater to the current demand.
    The Government of Manitoba has asked the province's public post-secondary institutions to reduce senior management positions by 15%. No timeline has been given for implementation of the cuts.
    Mastermind Toys, Canada's largest specialty toy and children's books retailer, plans to open 11 new locations in 2017 including a new store in Winnipeg
    Little Goat Food & Drink is opening its doors this summer in Winnipeg's Osborne Village
    Hnausa General Store opened its doors on May 12, 2017. The grand opening of the store will be held in August.
    SafetyAid, a crime prevention and personal safety program for senior Manitobans, is ceasing operations after a $150,000 funding cut
    Star Building Materials is redeveloping a former St. Boniface gas station in Winnipeg into a new shipping office, cold-storage facility and paved storage yard. The $4.9M project is expected to be completed by early 2019.
    The Westman Child Development Centre, a centre to support children with disabilities, is planning to open its doors in Brandon
  • Start date: 2017-05-15, End date: 2017-05-19
    Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    The provincial government is set to table a new law to index minimum wage hikes. Currently, the minimum wage in Manitoba is $11 per hour.
    The federal government is granting almost $6M to upgrade infrastructure at Riding Mountain National Park. The funding will go towards the restoration of heritage buildings and to renovate the visitor centre.
    Vale is closing its Birchtree nickel mine in Thompson this October, putting nearly 200 people out of work. The company cites falling nickel prices as the reason behind the closure.
    The St. Norbert Farmers' Market in Winnipeg opened its 29th season on May 20, 2017. Up to 130 vendors are expected to be a part of the market during peak periods.
    Winnipeg's 107-year-old St. Regis Hotel is set to close in June. The hotel will be demolished to make way for a new parkade and retail complex on the property.
    The Winnipeg Free Press and Unifor have reached a two-year agreement that includes an eight percent wage cut for employees if the company's financial position changes. In return, the company has agreed not to lay off staff during this period.
  • Start date: 2017-05-08, End date: 2017-05-12
    Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    According to Statistics Canada's 2016 Census, children made up 19.1% of the province's population, while seniors accounted for 18.1%
    Price Chopper issued layoff notices to 60 workers in Winnipeg, ahead of its closing day on May 20. A Giant Tiger retail store will open at the location.
    IGM Financial Inc. laid-off 30 workers from its Winnipeg headquarters on May 1, as well as 50 employees from regional offices across the country
    The Governments of Canada and of Manitoba have launched a rent-assist program in Brandon. The two-year program will provide rental subsidies for nearly 50 vulnerable individuals and families in Brandon.
    The Government of Manitoba and the Public Schools Finance Board jointly issued a request for proposals (RFP) to construct four new schools across the province. The deadline to apply is June 15, with construction slated to begin in 2019.
    Bell-MTS is planning to lay-off 85 workers following its recent merger. Affected employees were notified of the plans on May 1 and have been offered voluntary departure incentives.
    The Children's Hospital of Winnipeg received a $2M donation that will go towards the creation of a pediatric epilepsy and neurosurgery program. The hospital is now recruiting a second pediatric neurosurgeon.
    According to Statistics Canada, the value of building permits in Manitoba declined by 25.7% on a year over year basis in March
  • Start date: 2017-05-01, End date: 2017-05-05
    Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    Winnipeg City Council is granting $6.5M to Fortress Real Developments to build the SkyCity Centre, a residential tower planned for downtown Winnipeg
    The Red River College is planning to construct a new $95.4M Innovation Centre across from its main downtown campus centre. The federal government is contributing $40.6M towards the project, while the remaining costs will be raised by the college.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $1.5M in funding to repair the RM of Cartier's Elie wastewater lagoon
    WestJet recently announced that it will offer daily direct flights from Winnipeg to Abbotsford, starting April 30 through October 28, 2017
    Winnipeg-based North West Company has acquired North Star Air for $31M. The food and supply retailer will use the airline to increase its service standards.
    The Tipsy Cow, a restaurant and bar, is planning to open its doors in downtown Winnipeg in late June
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's economic growth was the third-best among Canadian provinces in 2016. The province's real GDP growth increased from 2.1% in 2015 to 2.4% in 2016.
    The Province of Manitoba is providing $253,000 to the Rest Haven Group in Steinbach to upgrade its 55-plus Housing facility, Woodhaven Manor
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $19M over the next two years to Manitoba NGOs for renovations to social and affordable housing units
    Construction of a new spray park in Reston is slated to begin this summer
  • Start date: 2017-04-24, End date: 2017-04-28
    Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Winnipeg's Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association is laying-off six full-time employees due to a funding shortfall
    Great-West Lifeco is reducing its workforce by 13% or 1,500 positions across Canada, including 450 positions at its Winnipeg headquarters. The cuts are expected to save the company $200M a year.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's annual inflation rate dropped from 2.3% in February to 1.6% in March. At the national level, Canada's annual inflation rate also slowed to 1.6% in March.
    Forbidden Flavours is opening at Brandon University, in the former Student Union Drinking Spot (SUDS), by the start of the university's fall semester
    According to a study by Intervistas, the Winnipeg James Richardson International Airport had an estimated $3.37B economic impact on the city in 2016
    Winnipeg-based Bonify has received approval from Health Canada to operate the province's second licensed medical marijuana plant. The company currently has 19 employees and plans to add another 40 positions by year end.
    The RCMP in Manitoba has a job vacancy rate of 8%, which is equivalent to 86.5 vacant positions. To support community officers in their duties, some municipalities are implementing support measures such as hiring administrative staff.
    The City of Winnipeg has awarded a $44.7M contract to Maple Leaf Construction to complete work on the Waverley underpass
  • Start date: 2017-04-17, End date: 2017-04-21
    Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    Fionn MacCool's will be opening its second Winnipeg location, near Grant Park Shopping Centre, in late spring or early summer 2017
    Passero and the Red Ember, two new restaurants, are planning to open their doors at the Forks in Winnipeg
    The Government of Manitoba is introducing a new $10.5M grant for lower income students in the 2017-18 school year. The funding aims to increase access and reduce barriers to post-secondary education in the province.
    The provincial government is planning to upgrade and flood-proof Highway 75, south of Morris. The $21M multi-year project is expected to begin in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
    Lake St. Martin First Nation recently started construction on a new school for the community. The $18M building is set to open in two years and will accommodate students from nursery to Grade 12.
    The Main Street Project in Winnipeg is partially closing its Intoxicated Persons Detention Area. The company has already started restructuring staff and at least nine employees have received layoff notices.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is launching short-term intensive home-care services. The program focuses on helping patients transition out of hospital more effectively.
    Peavey Mart, a home hardware store, will open its second Winnipeg location in Fort Richmond Plaza by fall 2017
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $2.4M in funding to the City of Brandon to upgrade its water treatment plant. The city will also contribute $0.8M towards the project.
    Manitoba Hydro is closing several offices in southeastern Manitoba as part of a cost-saving initiative. According to the utility crown corporation, about 20 employees will be re-assigned to other centres.
    Winnipeg-based Community Development First is planning to build a $200M fish processing plant on the shores of Lake Manitoba. The new plant will create dozens of jobs and provide a boost to the community's fishing industry.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $37M towards the construction of 24 new water and wastewater projects across Manitoba
  • Start date: 2017-04-10, End date: 2017-04-14
    Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    The federal and provincial governments are providing $2M in funding to the City of Brandon for six public transit projects
    Manitoba Hydro is offering buyouts to its workers as it continues the process of eliminating 900 jobs. The company has already cut its executive base by 30% in February.
    Weatherlogics, a new start-up, will begin operations in Winnipeg on May 1. The private weather services firm will focus on weather forecasting for farmers, as well as for construction, media and transportation companies.
    The Province of Manitoba has improved its service standards for the Provincial Nominee Program. The program aims to attract job-ready skilled workers and active investors to Manitoba's economy.
    Half of the hospitals in Winnipeg will be closing their emergency rooms as part of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's move to streamline operations, reduce wait times and find efficiencies in the health system
    The provincial government has unveiled a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement that replaces the Agreement on Internal Trade. According to the Bank of Canada, the new interprovincial agreement could provide Manitoba with an economic boost of $120M per year.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's unemployment rate dropped from 5.8% in February to 5.5% in March. At the national level, the unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage point over the same period.
    The Winnipeg Police Service is recruiting women to join the force due to a decline in the number of female officers over the past few years
  • Start date: 2017-04-03, End date: 2017-04-07
    Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    Timely Care Clinic recently opened its doors in Winnipeg. The clinic employs four nurse practitioners, including one staff member that performs home visits.
    Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries has been awarded a USD$18M contract to manufacture 25 buses for the Port Authority of Allegheny County. As well, the county may order up to 75 additional buses over the next five years.
    Manitoba First Nations have launched the first of six mobile crisis teams in response to youth suicides last year. The initiative is part of a three-year, $10M program that aims to set up mental-health prevention programs across the province.
    Urban Planet is opening its third Winnipeg location in Kildonan Place Shopping Centre this summer. The fashion retailer is one of 11 tenants moving into the former Target department store space.
    Behlen Industries LP has secured a $45M contract to build three indoor sports arenas for three cities in Georgia. The Brandon-based steel-building manufacturer will be hiring at least 20 more skilled workers.
    Production volumes in Manitoba's film industry reached $127M in the 2016-17 fiscal year - 27% higher than its annual average. The industry currently employs 1,600 people, with production companies looking to add more crew members.
    The federal government is providing $1.6M in funding to the Brandon Airport for runway upgrades
    The Town of Niverville has awarded Armada Construction a $78,000 contract to upgrade the town's sidewalks
    Long Plain First Nation is planning to build a conference centre and commercial enterprise on its urban reserve near Winnipeg's Polo Park
    The Student Union Drinking Spot at the Brandon University is closing its doors after 30 years. The closure is a result of declining revenue and lack of student interest.
    Construction of HyLife's new feed mill in Killarney is set to begin this spring. The company plans to employ about 20 people to operate the facility.
    Sunset Estates has been hired to upgrade an intersection of Highway 311 and Krahn Road in Niverville. Construction is expected to begin in May and should be completed by mid-summer.
    Hudbay Minerals may be hiring as many as 100 additional employees for its Lalor mine. Staffing will be determined by the pace of production over the next couple of years.
  • Start date: 2017-03-27, End date: 2017-03-31
    Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    Winnipeg's Osborne Village Motor Inn is undergoing renovations and is being converted to a mixed-use residential and commercial building. The renovated property will reopen this fall.
    Karma Development Corporation is constructing a 66-suite condominium building, 139 Tuxedo, in Winnipeg. Construction of the building is expected to start in summer 2017 and should be completed in late 2018.
    The Town of Niverville is providing $79,000 towards the expansion of its public works building. Armada Construction has been awarded the construction contract for the project.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's inflation rate rose from 2.1% in January to 2.3% in February. At the national level, the inflation rate declined by 0.1% over the same period.
    A McDonald's franchise will be opening its doors in Sage Creek in early July. Recruitment for the new location will begin in May, once construction is underway.
    The provincial government has granted funding to the Greendell Park Community Centre, through its Manitoba/Winnipeg Infrastructure Agreement, to upgrade its current facility. The renovation project began in mid-February and is anticipated to be completed by summer.
    iQmetrix is expanding its office space from 10,000sq.-ft. to 18,274sq.-ft. The expansion will allow the company to add another 108 employees to its current staff of 95.
    Motio Massage and VanJohan men's clothing, two new businesses, recently opened their doors in downtown Winnipeg as part of the Launch it! Retail Incubator program.
    Copper Reef Mining Corp. has started exploratory drilling at its North Star-Gold Rock property, east of Flin Flon. The company plans to drill seven holes by the end of March.
  • Start date: 2017-03-20, End date: 2017-03-24
    Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    Rivers West Red River Corridor Inc. is set to close due to a lack of funds. The organization facilitates tourism, economic development and conservation along the Red River Corridor from Emerson to Lake Winnipeg.
    The federal government is granting $375,000 for a new training program aimed at reducing injuries related to grain-handling. The program will be run by a non-profit group that includes farm industry representatives, producers and government officials.
    The Manitoba government has set a new mandate for health agencies and authorities to reduce management positions by 15%. A plan on how to achieve the reduction is expected from the province's regional health authorities by the end of March.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $25,000 in funding to support two Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba projects. The projects aim to expand and create new opportunities for youth and to help them learn about agriculture and food.
    The provincial government is cutting its funding for Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Hospital Home Team home-care program. The program cut will result in the loss of 10 nursing positions.
    The Manitoba government has imposed a two-year wage freeze on public sector workers. The freeze is an attempt to offset the province's operating deficit that is nearing $1B.
    According to Statistics Canada, year over year wholesale trade in Manitoba increased from $1.44B in December 2016 to $1.47B in January 2017
    The Red River College recently unveiled its new 100,000sq.ft. Skilled Trades and Technology Centre in Winnipeg. The $67M facility is expected to train 1,000 additional students every year in high demand trades' fields.
    The provincial government is providing $7.5M in new funding to match donations to the United Way Winnipeg's For Every Family initiative. The funding will support 24 neighbourhood family centres.
    The Seven Oaks School Division is constructing a new performing arts centre in northwest Winnipeg. The $7.7M facility is set to open in 2019 and will house teaching and rehearsal space, as well as a 526 seat performance venue.
    Bell's takeover of MTS is complete and has been launched as Bell MTS. The newly-formed company, which is headquartered in Winnipeg, plans to invest $1B over the next five years to expand Manitoba's broadband network.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's retail sales totalled $1.65B in January - up 2.5% from the previous month. At the national level, retail sales rose by 2.2% during the same period.
    The Department of National Defence is spending $400,000 on the demolition of military houses in Winnipeg, in preparation for the widening of Kenaston boulevard. Demolition work started in February on nine vacant houses.
  • Start date: 2017-03-13, End date: 2017-03-17
    Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    A job fair for the new Outlet Collection Winnipeg mall was recently held in the city. The mall is set to open in May, and will create more than 1,300 full- and part-time jobs.
    Manitoba Hydro has revised its cost estimate for the Keeyask dam project. The project is expected to cost $2.2B more than the initial estimate of $6.5B.
    The City of Steinbach has awarded Maple Leaf Construction a $2.33M contract for various city infrastructure projects in 2017
    The Province of Manitoba is providing more than $6.1M for 15 community-based capital projects that will create up to 739 new licensed child-care spaces
    The City of Winnipeg has implemented a hiring and wage freeze on many positions to help deal with a $9.5M shortfall in the 2017 budget. The city is also cancelling or delaying some major projects to help with the budget deficit.
    Sunrise Records is planning to replace HMV retail spaces in malls across Canada, including two in Winnipeg
    The Manitoba government introduced legislation to create Efficiency Manitoba, a stand-alone Crown corporation that will deliver energy-efficiency services
    The Canadian Blood Services Donor Clinic in Brandon will close on June 8. Seventeen staff members were recently given a 90-day layoff notice.
    The Main Street Project has secured two years of funding from the City of Winnipeg. The $126,000 annual grant will be used to patrol the city's streets for persons at risk when the weather is extremely cold.
    Manitoba's unemployment rate dropped from 6.1% in January 2017 to 5.8% in February 2017. The number of people employed in the province edged up 3,400 during this period.
    Fools & Horses is set to open at the Forks in early summer. This will be the Winnipeg-based coffee shop's second location in the city.
    The Manitoba government is spending $44M on 72 public school infrastructure renewal projects across the province
    The Tache Promenade Renewal Project and The Forks North Portage Partnership have received $1M in federal funding for projects that will link St. Boniface and The Forks
    The City of Winnipeg selected Marrbeck Construction for the renovation and expansion of Seven Oaks Pool. The $7M project is expected to begin this spring.
  • Start date: 2017-03-06, End date: 2017-03-10
    Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    Hire a Refugee, a website to help connect refugees with meaningful employment, was recently launched in Winnipeg
    Dynasty Bathrooms recently opened a second location in Winnipeg's south end. The company employs 18 people between the two locations.
    The Government of Canada is granting $30,000 to Emerson, a small town in southern Manitoba, to help manage the influx of asylum seekers
    The Province of Manitoba is hiring more sheriff's officers to help decrease a growing reliance on overtime
    The federal government is providing $15,000 for upgrades to the Gwen Sector Creative Living Centre in Winnipeg
    The Province of Manitoba and Red River College recently launched the Pathway Program to Construction Skills. The program will help refugees learn basic English language and construction skills.
    Diamonds have been discovered in the northeast region of Manitoba. Lynx Consortium, the group responsible for discovering the micro-diamonds, are planning a deeper exploration as part of the next phase of their work.
    Home Depot Canada is holding job fairs as part of its spring hiring blitz. The retailer plans to hire 347 associates across Manitoba.
  • Start date: 2017-02-27, End date: 2017-03-03
    Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    Saks Off Fifth will be opening its doors in Outlet Collection Winnipeg, a factory outlet mall, on May 3. The 32,191 square foot store will be an anchor tenant in the new mall.
    According to Statistics Canada, retail sales in Manitoba rose from $18.3B in 2015 to $19.1B in 2016 - an increase of 4.5%. At the national level, retail sales edged up 3.7% over the same period.
    The Manitoba government is providing emergency support funding for refugee claimants. The province will fund 14 units of emergency housing; $70,000 towards the extension of a refugee response co-ordinator for 2017-18 and $110,000 for support services.
    The 32nd annual Brandon Career Symposium will take place from March 6 through March 8. Approximately 90 exhibitors will be present at the symposium for students to explore different careers and jobs that are available.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of payroll employees in Manitoba rose 0.5% in December compared to the previous month. In addition, average weekly earnings in the province edged up $5.57 in December on an annual basis.
    The provincial government is providing more than $90,000 for the Wood Employee Readiness Curriculum Project. The project prepares newcomers in the Winkler/Morden area for jobs in the wood manufacturing industry.
    Great-West Life Assurance Co. is partnering with the YMCA-YWCA to open a 100-space daycare complex in Winnipeg. The 11,000-square-foot facility is set to open at the end of March.
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments are granting $105M towards infrastructure projects in Winnipeg. The funding will be used to improve local roads, back lanes and sidewalks.
    Grandview Exponent, a community newspaper, ended publications at the end of February 2017 after 117 years in business
    The federal and provincial governments have suspended funding for the Indian and Metis Friendship Center in Winnipeg
    Mitchell Fabrics closed its doors in downtown Winnipeg after 70 years in business
    According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Manitoba's small business optimism stood at 66.9 in February - the highest in the country
  • Start date: 2017-02-20, End date: 2017-02-24
    Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    The federal government has granted Bell final approval to acquire MTS in a $3.9B deal. The transaction will close on March 17 and the new entity will launch as Bell MTS.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $1M to renovate science labs at The Pas' University College of the North. The $1.5M project will also receive funding of $500,000 from the university.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $1.6M in funding for eight research projects to help grain crop producers' in increasing production and addressing risks that could impact their crops
    The province is investing $1.5M in equipment for technical vocational and industrial arts skills training in schools across Manitoba. The funding will provide students access to state-of-the-art equipment and will help them in learning new job skills.
    Trimont Financial, a subsidiary of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, is acquiring Western Financial Group and Western Life Assurance for $775M. The transaction is expected to close in late 2017.
    Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery is set to open its doors in Winnipeg's Fort Rouge area. The microbrewery has hired 70 staff and will be taking over the old Round Table restaurant location.
    Lowe's is shutting down TruServ Canada's head office and distribution centre in Winnipeg by the end of this year. The closure will put 200 employees out of work.
    The Royal Bank Building in downtown Winnipeg is undergoing a $16M renovation and upgrade that will be completed later this year
    Manitoba Hydro is constructing two new transmission lines from the St. Vital station to a facility outside Letellier. The $92M project is expected to begin in summer 2018, with completion slated in 2020.
    WestJet has added more flights to its summer schedule in Winnipeg. The additions include flights to Edmonton, Abbotsford and Hamilton.
    The Government of Manitoba is launching the next phase of its Look North Strategy to increase economic development and growth in northern Manitoba. Community round tables have been set up across the province.

Economic/Environmental Scan

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

Sectoral Profiles

Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.

Occupational Outlook

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

Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016

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