Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.
The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements for the selected Province or Territory which can complement your job search and career exploration.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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 serviceThe 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 yearsPlans 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.
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 NovemberThe Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is laying off at least 20 physiotherapists on November 24
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 WinnipegWinnipeg'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.
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 regionThe Northern Regional Health Authority has hired 6 family physicians to work in communities across the regionTransCanada 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 workStarting in October, Rockcliff Copper Corp. will commence drilling at a high-grade zinc property near Snow LakeThe Manitoba government has selected Deloitte LLP to analyze business and community needs to help create a strategy for economic development in the provinceCancerCare 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%
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 yearsNineteen new family doctors and three specialists have started or will soon start to serve communities in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health AuthorityAccording to the Keystone Agricultural Producers, the 2017 growing season is expected to be an above-average cropMarymound North opened in Thompson on September 19, the new family resource facility offers early childhood care programs and servicesConstruction on Thompson's new wastewater treatment plant is expected to continue throughout the winter until its completionSears Canada intends to close its Polo Park location in Winnipeg, affecting 159 employeesOn 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.
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 functionalitiesCanada Jetlines, a new ultra-low-cost airline based in Ontario, will start offering flights to Winnipeg and other destinations in June of 2018Rockcliff Copper Corp., a mining company, has identified a gold-bearing trend at the long-idle Laguna mine in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake regionFar 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
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 instructorsWholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters, a hunting, fishing and camping supply store, is closing all 12 locations in Western Canada; including its Winnipeg storeAbout 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 futureVirden'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.
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 1Manitoba's unemployment rate decreased to 4.9% in August, the lowest across the countryStudents 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.
Around 3,700 people from three First Nations in the Island Lake area were evacuated on August 29 due to a nearby wildfirePapa'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 yearThe University of Manitoba Faculty Association ratified a tentative, four-year deal with the university's administration on August 31, 2017The 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.
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 $50,000Winnipeg'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
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 busesElcano 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
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 provinceThe 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 workThe only grocery store in Bissett, a small community northeast of Beausejour, was destroyed by a fire on August 10The 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 yearDairy 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 servedThe 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.
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 communityDairy 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
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 2018The 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
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 fallThe 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 21Applications 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
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 14Bell 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.
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 closureThe 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 cityThe 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.
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 ManitobaThe 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.
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.
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 businessThe Manitoba government, Hanover School Division and Garden Valley School Division have issued a request for proposals for two new schools in Winkler and NivervilleThe 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
The federal government is granting $15M to the Government of Manitoba as part of a 10-year multilateral agreement on early learning and child careHudson'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 businessThe 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
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 governmentThe 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.
North Point Douglas Women's Centre, a shelter in Winnipeg, is laying-off eight workers and cutting services after losing one-third of its fundingExclusive 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 AprilWork 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.
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 WinnipegLittle Goat Food & Drink is opening its doors this summer in Winnipeg's Osborne VillageHnausa 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 cutStar 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
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.
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 countryThe 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
Winnipeg City Council is granting $6.5M to Fortress Real Developments to build the SkyCity Centre, a residential tower planned for downtown WinnipegThe 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 lagoonWestJet recently announced that it will offer daily direct flights from Winnipeg to Abbotsford, starting April 30 through October 28, 2017Winnipeg-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 JuneAccording 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 ManorThe federal and provincial governments are providing $19M over the next two years to Manitoba NGOs for renovations to social and affordable housing unitsConstruction of a new spray park in Reston is slated to begin this summer
Winnipeg's Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association is laying-off six full-time employees due to a funding shortfallGreat-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 semesterAccording to a study by Intervistas, the Winnipeg James Richardson International Airport had an estimated $3.37B economic impact on the city in 2016Winnipeg-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
Fionn MacCool's will be opening its second Winnipeg location, near Grant Park Shopping Centre, in late spring or early summer 2017Passero and the Red Ember, two new restaurants, are planning to open their doors at the Forks in WinnipegThe 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 2017The 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
The federal and provincial governments are providing $2M in funding to the City of Brandon for six public transit projectsManitoba 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 systemThe 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
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 upgradesThe Town of Niverville has awarded Armada Construction a $78,000 contract to upgrade the town's sidewalksLong Plain First Nation is planning to build a conference centre and commercial enterprise on its urban reserve near Winnipeg's Polo ParkThe 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.
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.
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 2017The 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.
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 2017The 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 spacesThe 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 WinnipegThe Manitoba government introduced legislation to create Efficiency Manitoba, a stand-alone Crown corporation that will deliver energy-efficiency servicesThe 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 provinceThe 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 ForksThe City of Winnipeg selected Marrbeck Construction for the renovation and expansion of Seven Oaks Pool. The $7M project is expected to begin this spring.
Hire a Refugee, a website to help connect refugees with meaningful employment, was recently launched in WinnipegDynasty 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 seekersThe Province of Manitoba is hiring more sheriff's officers to help decrease a growing reliance on overtimeThe federal government is providing $15,000 for upgrades to the Gwen Sector Creative Living Centre in WinnipegThe 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.
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 businessThe federal and provincial governments have suspended funding for the Indian and Metis Friendship Center in WinnipegMitchell Fabrics closed its doors in downtown Winnipeg after 70 years in businessAccording to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Manitoba's small business optimism stood at 66.9 in February - the highest in the country
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 cropsThe 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 yearManitoba 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.
Chucky D's restaurant in Flin Flon closed its doors due to declining sales in recent yearsThe Manitoba government is spending $30M on 95 urgent health-care system maintenance projects throughout the province. The upgrades include: repairs to existing facilities, replacement equipment and improvements to safety and security. Manitoba.The Manitoba government has cut funding to six health-care projects, including a $300M expansion to CancerCare Manitoba. The money saved will be used by the province to help undertake $30M worth of necessary maintenance at hospitals across Manitoba.The Government of Manitoba is granting $3.4M to the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The funds will be used for purchasing and installing a replacement MRI.Prairie Mountain Health regional authority is facing challenges in staffing positions throughout the southwest corner of Manitoba. Service providers' unwillingness to go to certain locations has been cited as the reason behind the staffing shortage.The Manitoba government is spending $1.9M to build and repair ten bridges across the province. Work on several of the bridges is already underway.Federated Co-operatives Limited is currently building a state-of-the-art fertilizer terminal near Brandon. The terminal will blend, distribute and warehouse fertilizer for local Co-ops in Western Canada and is expected to open in late spring.Virden Chrysler Dodge opened for business in Virden on February 1. The dealership currently employs 25 staff members and is still in the process of hiring.Manitoba's unemployment rate dropped from 6.3% in December 2016 to 6.1% in January 2017. The provincial economy added 1,300 jobs during this period.United Way Winnipeg and Volunteer Manitoba launched 211 Manitoba, an online directory to connect Manitobans with health and social service providers, on February 9Minnova Corp has started exploration work at its Puffy Lake mine, near Flin Flon, with plans to revive operations at the idled gold mine. Camp mobilization is currently underway at the location and drilling activity is expected to commence in the near future.The Government of Manitoba is investing more than $170,000 on new training opportunities for northern Indigenous communities. The training program will help connect northerners with well-paying jobs.Sears Home Store in Winnipeg is closing its doors on March 12. The store's 33 employees have been given the option to apply for jobs in other Sears locations or take a separation package.Giant Tiger is planning to open a new location in Winnipeg on November 18. This will be the chain's 15th store in Manitoba.
Seven Oaks School Division is building a $6M agriculture-learning centre in the Rural Municipality of West St. Paul, near Winnipeg. Construction is slated to start in summer 2017 and should be completed within a year.The federal government is providing $0.75M in funding for two new training projects to reskill former Churchill port workers. Ten workers will be trained to remove asbestos and another ten to fix local roads.The City of Winnipeg opened its second 4R recycling depot in January. Plans are already underway to build a third recycling facility in Winnipeg by late 2017.Manitoba Hydro is reducing its workforce by 15% or 900 positions, including executive staff. The cuts represent cost savings of $60M to $65M and will help offset the crown corporation's growing budget deficit.The provincial government has instructed Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, and Manitoba Public Insurance to reduce its executive workforce by 15%Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park received a $1M donation from MacDon Industries, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. The donation will help create two new attractions at Canada's Diversity Gardens and children's petting zoo.The Government of Manitoba selected Brandon's Horizon Builders Ltd. to redevelop and expand the emergency department at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre. The $23M project is expected to begin this spring.GoodLife fitness is planning to open its doors in Brandon's Shoppers Mall by June 15. The fitness centre will employ at least 25 full-time workers.Brandon's Sears store is closing in mid-April. Direct Wholesale is planning to move into the Sears retail space by May.CIBC will be closing its Elkhorn branch on August 18 due to low business volumesThe provincial government is recruiting a consultant to develop a new mental health and addictions strategy. Qualified applicants have until February 15 to submit a proposal.The Bank of Montreal has donated $250,000 towards Manitoba Museum's redevelopment campaign. The upgrade is expected to be completed by 2020.H&M is opening its second Winnipeg location in Kildonan Place Shopping Centre later this spring. The new location will employ 35 workers.Brandon's Making Roots Montessori Centre closed on January 23. At the time of closing, the centre provided educational services to 16 children in the area.Toronto-based Kothari Group is building Crocus Gardens, a 232-unit condominium project, in Winnipeg's Transcona area. The first phase of the project will include 52 condominiums and is slated for completion in late 2017.HMV Canada, which went into receivership on January 27, is closing all of its stores across the country by April 30. About 50 people will be laid-off from Winnipeg's four stores.The federal government awarded a four-year, $45M contract to Winnipeg-based Standard Aero to repair airplane engines for the Canadian militaryAccording to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's latest assessment, the housing market in Winnipeg shows moderate evidence of problematic conditionsWinnipeg-based NewLeaf announced on February 1 that it will offer twice as many flights to Abbotsford, Edmonton and Hamilton between May 1 and October 30
Marshalls and HomeSense are set to move into the former Target location at Winnipeg's Kildonan Place Mall on April 18. In addition, nine other vendors are also planning to open their doors in the shopping centre by March.The City of Winnipeg has awarded a $2.2M contract to MMM Group Limited to complete a preliminary design for the extension of Chief Peguis Trail. Construction of the extension is slated to begin in 2018.River City Collision Centre opened a new location in Winnipeg in mid-December 2016. The dealership has already hired 20 employees for operations, and plans to add another 10 positions this year.Sir Paul Martin Estates recently opened in Winnipeg's Transcona neighbourhood. The $26.8M project includes 92 units of affordable housing for families and seniors.The Fred Douglas Society plans to build 28 new affordable seniors housing units in North Winnipeg. Construction of the $8.2M project is expected to start in summer 2017 and should take one year to complete.The federal and provincial governments are providing $28M and $4M respectively to the University of Manitoba towards the construction of two new research facilities - the Stanley Pauley Engineering Building and the Innovation Hub buildingThe provincial government is granting $51,000 to the Brandon School Division to support increasing enrolments of refugee students. The grants will be used towards funding a half-time teacher and an Arabic-speaking educational assistant.Shrugging Doctor Brewing Company launched a liquor delivery service in Winnipeg on January 27. The company has hired 10 drivers and three dispatchers for their service.Winnipeg's first Transportation Management Centre recently opened its doors. The $3.6M centre has an annual operating budget of $500,000 and will be staffed by one to two people during weekdays.Eight new stores are expected to open in Winnipeg's Cityplace Mall in January. The shopping centre also plans to expand alongside the adjoining True North Square, a mixed use development that is currently under construction.French food ingredients Company Roquette Frères SA plans to build a $400M factory in Portage La Prairie to process yellow peas. The factory will create about 150 new jobs and is expected begin production in 2019.Hudbay Minerals is planning to shutter two of its mines in the Flin Flon region in the next two to three years. At least 500 workers will be affected by the closures, which will come through a combination of layoffs and attrition.
Shur-Gro Farm Services and Munro Farm Supplies Ltd is planning to start the second phase of its fertilizer storage and handling expansion project at the Brandon Terminal distribution facility. In total, the company has invested $15M in the facility.The Rural Municipality of La Broquerie intends to start construction on a number of infrastructure projects, such as road repairs and a drainage lagoon project, in spring 2017Za Pizza recently opened a new location in Winnipeg. The company also plans to launch a third site in the city later this year.
Halifax-based Charm Diamond Centres has acquired Winnipeg-based Ben Moss Jewellers and is planning to reopen 16 stores in five provinces. As a result of the deal, 100 current Ben Moss employees will keep their jobs and 75 new positions will be created.The Government of Manitoba recently released its draft employment accessibility standard, which outlines workplace accommodations required for persons with disabilities. Members of the public have until February 15 to provide feedback on the plan.According to the Business Development Bank of Canada, small business investment in Manitoba is expected to decline 17.5% in 2017 compared to last year, despite renewed confidence in the economy
Over 80% of the City of Winnipeg's unionized workers have been without a collective agreement since labour deals expired last year. Contract negotiations with various unions are either underway or are scheduled for the coming weeks.The Portage Assisted Living Corporation is planning to build two 50-unit facilities on a parcel of land donated by the City of Portage la Prairie. The company is currently raising funds for the project, which is estimated to cost up to $15M.Sherbrook Pool in Winnipeg's West End is set to reopen after a four-year closureThe 40th edition of Manitoba Ag Days is taking place from January 17 to 19, at the Keystone Centre in BrandonTwo Winnipeg restaurants, Amici and Bombolini, recently closed their doors after more than 30 years in businessManitoba Hydro is freezing wages for over half of its employees and executives in 2017 in an effort to reduce costs and limit the public utility's debtWinnipeg's St. Vital Library closed its doors on January 14, 2017 to undergo $2.6M in renovations. The library is expected to reopen in fall 2017.Art City, a West End art centre in Winnipeg, is currently recruiting professional artists to teach workshops in the 2017-2018 programming year
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has cancelled its Manitoba Craft Liquor Opportunity Fund - a $5M loan program created in January 2016 to help breweries and distilleries expandOmniTrax Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding with Missinippi Rail Consortium, a group of northern Manitoba First Nations, to sell and transfer assets for the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay rail lineBarley Brothers, a restaurant and craft brewery, closed its Polo Park location on January 1 and plans to relocate to downtown Winnipeg later in 2017Winnipeg-based IGM Financial is investing $468M in China Asset Management Co. Ltd., a Chinese digital wealth adviser. The investment, which represents a 10% interest in the firm, is expected to close in the first half of 2017.The North West Company is planning to build a new full-service grocery store in Pelican Narrows to replace the previous grocery store that burned down in the spring of 2016Winnipeg Harvest is offering five training programs, ranging in length from six to 12 weeks, to help develop participants' job-readiness skillsWinnipeg-based NewLeaf cancelled flights from Calgary and Edmonton to Phoenix, Arizona, after WestJet announced similar offerings. The impact on NewLeaf employees is unknown.The Workplace Essential Skills Training Centre (WEST) in Steinbach is offering a new nine-week program to help women, aged 40 years and older, access or re-enter the workforce starting in late January
About 30 Manitoba Government Employees Union employees at Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home in Nelson House ended their two-week strike on December 15, signing a two-year collective agreement with the employerWinnipeg-based SkipTheDishes has been acquired by UK-based Just Eat for $110M. The impact of the acquisition on the company's current employees is unknown at this time.
Carter's Osh Kosh, a children's clothing store, opened its doors in Brandon on December 6The City of Steinbach announced plans to build a performing arts centre, at an estimated cost of $24.3M, pending government funding. The municipal government has pledged up to $7.5M towards the project.Winnipeg City Council has approved the construction of Ventura Development's four-storey, 12-unit condo project in the Crescentwood neighbourhood. No timeline was given for the start of construction.
Winnipeg was chosen as the site for a heavy maintenance hangar for Canada's new fleet of Airbus C-295 search-and-rescue aircrafts. The $2.4B, 11-year contract will likely create 100 jobs.The federal and provincial governments are granting $1.1M to establish a Centre for Environmental and Economic Resilience at Winnipeg's Canadian Mennonite University. The funds will help support partnering social enterprises.North of 53 Consumers Co-op is moving forward with plans to open a new store in Flin Flon by spring 2018. Demolition work has already begun on the Flin Flon armoury site to make room for the new store.The federal and provincial governments, along with the City of Winnipeg, are granting $40M to build Shoal Lake 40's Freedom Road. Construction on the 24km road connecting Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the Trans-Canada Highway is expected to start soon.Winnipeg-based Peerless Garments LP has been awarded a four-year contract, worth up to $18.2M, to supply combat uniforms to the Canadian Forces. The company has hired nearly 20 workers over the past three months, bringing total staffing levels up to 120.Whiteshell Laboratories, an atomic energy research facility located in Pinawa, may be decommissioned by 2024. The research facility currently employs 350 staff in a town of about 1,500 people.
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An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
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- April 2017 | (PDF, 231 KB)
- March 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 285 KB)
- February 2017 | (PDF, 222 KB)
- January 2017 | (PDF, 234 KB)
- 2016 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 270 KB)
- December 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 237 KB)
- November 2016 | (PDF, 225 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 228 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 246 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 229 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 517 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 242 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 240 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 226 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- 2015 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 230 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 265 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 516 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 264 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 519 KB)
- 2014 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 494 KB)
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
- Manufacturing | (PDF, 417 KB)
- Agriculture | (PDF, 416 KB)
- Construction | (PDF, 427 KB)
- Forestry | (PDF, 422 KB)
- Health Care and Social Assistance | (PDF, 399 KB)
- Mining and Quarry Operations | (PDF, 498 KB)
- Oil and Gas | (PDF, 416 KB)
- Transportation and Warehousing | (PDF, 425 KB)
- Wholesale Trade | (PDF, 396 KB)