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  • Start date: 2018-01-01, End date: 2018-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2018

    The government of NL expects to begin posting positions for midwives in the spring of 2018 as part of a pilot project in Gander to integrate them into the health care system. If pilots are successful, midwives may be working across the province by 2019.
  • Start date: 2017-12-25, End date: 2017-12-29
    Week of Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2017

    As part of its plan to retain and provide services to immigrants, the government of NL has announced funding to assist the Association for New Canadians to establish satellite offices in the Labrador, Western, and Central regions of the province
  • Start date: 2017-12-18, End date: 2017-12-22
    Week of Dec 18 - Dec 22, 2017

    Starcade, a games arcade in the Avalon Mall in St. John's, will close in January 2018 after 25 years in business, while a new arcade, G-Force Funderdome, opened in December in Mount Pearl.
    The Newfoundland Chocolate Co. is expected to open a café and retail store, while Yellowbelly Brewery plans to open a full-service restaurant, both by the summer of 2018 as part of the first phase of an expansion in the St. John's International Airport.
  • Start date: 2017-12-11, End date: 2017-12-15
    Week of Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017

    The NL government has entered into an agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation for the supply and production of cannabis in the province. Canopy will build a production facility, likely in the St. John's area by 2019, and create 145 jobs.
    The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor and 89 of its unionized employees have entered into a new four-year collective agreement beginning in 2017 that will provide total wage increases of 10.5% over four years
    The NL government will expand its job search assistance and employment services programs over the coming months to College of the North Atlantic campuses across the province.
  • Start date: 2017-12-04, End date: 2017-12-08
    Week of Dec 04 - Dec 08, 2017

    Work on 18.5km of new hiking trails for the 46.3km St. Lunaire-Griquet Iceberg Trail system will begin in the spring of 2018. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
    Taste of Jamaica, a restaurant in the Broadway section of Corner Brook, will close at the end of December 2017
    The government of NL has announced support for two programs aimed at connecting international students and graduates with employers. The programs are part of efforts to retain international students and increase the number of new immigrants.
  • Start date: 2017-11-27, End date: 2017-12-01
    Week of Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2017

    The federal government's new National Housing Strategy to combat homelessness in Canada is expected to provide significant activity around the construction and refurbishment of housing units in NL over the next decade
    Sobeys announced in November 2017 that it will cut 14 office staff in NL as part of the grocery chain's national reduction of 800 employees
    Exxon Mobil's Hebron offshore platform has produced its first oil. The platform is expected to produce 150,000 barrels of oil per day at peak production, and the day-to-day operations require more than 600 onshore and offshore workers.
    Construction will begin in 2019 on two 60-bed, long-term care homes in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor, and on the expansion of an existing unit in Botwood. About 200 public service employees will be required to staff the facilities.
    Eastern Health has opened a mental health and addictions wellness centre, staffed with a nurse and social worker, in Grand Bank, and is also increasing similar services in Marystown
    A 148-room Alt Hotel has opened in downtown St. John's. A restaurant and coffee shop are under construction as part of the hotel as well, which the national chain expects to open in the spring of 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-11-20, End date: 2017-11-24
    Week of Nov 20 - Nov 24, 2017

    Full construction of a yet-unbranded hotel on Grenfell Drive in Corner Brook is likely to begin in the spring of 2018. The developer also hopes to include amenities such as eating establishments and a gas bar on the site.
    Phase 1 of a five-year, $15.5M project to upgrade aging water and sewer infrastructure along Water Street in St. John's is scheduled to begin in April 2018, following a tendering process.
    A $4.2M theatre complex, expected to open in 2019, will be built in Cow Head, home of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. About 100 jobs will be created during construction, and the theatre is expected to provide economic benefits to nearby communities.
    St. John's-based radient360, a high-tech company that provides data analytics support to industries such as oil and gas exploration, will expand its sales and product development teams and open a new office in Calgary as a result of $3.3M in seed funding.
    Some work has begun to turn the former Clock Shopping Centre in St. Anthony into a microbrewery by June of 2019. While still early in the planning stages, the proposed business would be known as RagnaRöck Northern Brewing Company.
    The St. John's International Airport Authority and its unionized workers have ratified a five-year collective agreement that will provide a 12% wage increase over the life of the deal.
    Stein Group International will develop a yet-unbranded, four-storey hotel complex with a restaurant and banquet centre on Olympic Drive in Mount Pearl. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2018, with an anticipated opening in 2020.
  • Start date: 2017-11-13, End date: 2017-11-17
    Week of Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017

    A decision by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to open the 3P cod fishery area in November 2017 will mean employment over the winter months for the 200 workers at Icewater Seafoods plant in Arnold¿s Cove
  • Start date: 2017-11-06, End date: 2017-11-10
    Week of Nov 06 - Nov 10, 2017

    The United States will exclude NL from softwood lumber export tariffs, after ruling that the province's lumber producers do not benefit from an unfair subsidy. The ruling also applies to lumber from NS and PEI.
    The Corner Brook Care Partnership will design, build, finance and maintain a new long-term care facility that will employ 200 public sector employees when it opens in the spring of 2020 in Corner Brook. Construction will begin in the spring of 2018.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) projects real GDP will decline in NL by 2.2% in 2017 and by 0.5% in 2018. Oil production from the new Hebron field in 2018 will help offset the impact of provincial fiscal restraints and low oil prices.
    A building is under construction on Powell Street in Carbonear which will house a new Mary Brown's restaurant franchise. A different Mary Browns franchise had closed in the town earlier in 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-10-30, End date: 2017-11-03
    Week of Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2017

    Clothes retailer Modern Men's Wear has closed its store in Gander after 50 years in business due to the retirement of the owner
    Scudrunner Brewing expects to officially open its new microbrewery within the next few weeks in Gander
    The Town of Paradise and its unionized workers have reached an agreement on a 3.5 year deal, which will include wage raises of 12% over the life of the contract
    Country Ribbon, a chicken processing facility with two locations in the St. John's area, and its 300 unionized employees have reached a tentative deal on a new collective agreement. The contract would include some unspecified wage increases.
    The former Newfoundland Clothing Factory building at 275 Duckworth Street in St. John's will undergo renovations which will turn it into a 40-room hotel with a small restaurant. The owner hopes to have some rooms open by the summer of 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-10-23, End date: 2017-10-27
    Week of Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2017

    Export Development Canada predicts that a rebound in the oil and gas sector, increased nickel production, and healthy markets for seafood products will contribute to an increase of 17% in export values for NL in 2017, followed by a 12% increase in 2018
    Afterwords, a book store on Duckworth Street in St. John's, has closed after 45 years in business
    Corner Brook-based Coleman's opened a new grocery store on Newfoundland Drive in St. John's in October 2017, creating 100 jobs. It is the third Coleman's grocery store in the St. John's area.
    Employment is expected to hit a peak in the spring of 2019 of close to 450 workers at the $325M science building construction project currently underway at Memorial University in St. John's. Marco Services Ltd. is the primary contractor.
    Three Walmart auto centres in the St. John's region will close in November 2017. The company indicates the centres are no longer considered as part of its core business, and that other positions have been offered to affected employees.
    The NL government has launched initiatives which aim to double the number of people directly employed in the food agriculture sector. The initiatives include advancing education and innovation, and creating new opportunities for local growers.
  • Start date: 2017-10-16, End date: 2017-10-20
    Week of Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

    Royal Lepage Vision Realty opened a new real estate brokerage office in Mount Pearl in October 2017
    A combination gas bar, consisting of Orangestore and Tim Hortons is expected to open in early 2018 near the St. John's International Airport. Nearby, a Best Western hotel is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-10-09, End date: 2017-10-13
    Week of Oct 09 - Oct 13, 2017

    The provincial and federal governments announced $262,000 in funding for wastewater and sewer system upgrades for the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. These projects are part of the Small Communities Fund.
    Over $15.3M was announced by the provincial and federal government for major upgrades to the Trans-Labrador Highway. The project will include repaving the highway from the Quebec border to Pinware, guiderail replacement and culvert and ditch excavation.
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments have announced $10.1M for road improvements for the city of Mount Pearl. The funding is for widening and repaving of roads, new traffic signals and wastewater management system upgrades.
    New housing starts in the metro region were down 17% compared to this time last year. Single detached housing starts dropped by 28% while multiple housing dwellings increased. The reduction is attributed to low levels of economic activity.
  • Start date: 2017-10-02, End date: 2017-10-06
    Week of Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2017

    The Labrador Fishermen's Union Shrimp Co. Ltd. hopes to turn the former crab plant in Mary's Harbour into a salt fish processing facility over the next three to four years
    The hourly minimum wage in NL increased by $0.25, to $11.00 in October 2017
    Sears Canada will close its store in the Avalon Mall in St. John's over the coming months, as part of the latest national reduction of 10 more stores. About 1,200 employees will be affected across Canada by the latest round of closures.
    Long's Hill Convenience, which opened in 1976 in downtown St. John's, closed in October 2017 due to the retirement of the owners
    The opening of a granite quarry in Jumpers Brook has been delayed indefinitely, according to the owner. The business had expected to open in the fall of 2017 and would have employed a dozen workers.
    Barite Mud Operations, a company that recovers barite from tailings from old mining operations, will receive assistance from the NL government to develop the skills of 13 new employees. The company would then employ 38 workers in the Buchans area.
  • Start date: 2017-09-25, End date: 2017-09-29
    Week of Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2017

    West Valley Bakery has opened on Premier Drive in Corner Brook, employing five workers. The company hopes to add two or three more employees in the coming weeks.
    Gander-based aviation and aerospace company EVAS indicates its aircraft maintenance division continues to expand and the firm has been adding employees. Most of the company's 225 workers are in Gander.
    The Fire Hall, a microbrewery and café, is expected to open in the summer of 2018 in the old east end fire station at 90 Duckworth Street in St. John's
    The government of NL and sector leaders have released a work plan which will aim to increase growth and promote new careers in aquaculture over the coming years. Among actions promoted in the report are those which will address human resource needs.
    The NL government is moving forward with a plan to incorporate midwives into the provincial health care system. Several industry groups will work with a recently hired consultant to establish the process over the next twelve months.
  • Start date: 2017-09-18, End date: 2017-09-22
    Week of Sep 18 - Sep 22, 2017

    The provincial government announced $1.7M in funding for infrastructure projects in the Humber-Gros Morne area. The funding will help upgrade water and wastewater systems, a pump house extension, and upgrades to a lift station.
    Two new craft beer options, Baccalieu Trail Brewing Co. Ltd and Secret Cove Microbrewery, are coming to Bay Roberts and Port au Port East. Both breweries are hoping to bring their beer to market soon, as they are waiting on approval of their applications.
    Eimskip Canada has announced that it is adding a new vessel and increasing calls to the port of Argentia with a weekly service. The company also plans to bring a mobile harbour crane to the port in support of the expansion.
  • Start date: 2017-09-11, End date: 2017-09-15
    Week of Sep 11 - Sep 15, 2017

    According to a study from Memorial University, the population of NL, estimated at 519,880 in 2016, is aging and is predicted to shrink to 479,907 by 2036. Growth, at 15%, is predicted only for the northeast Avalon region of the province.
  • Start date: 2017-09-04, End date: 2017-09-08
    Week of Sep 04 - Sep 08, 2017

    A combined government investment of $38.8M under the Small Communities Fund and Municipal Capital Works program has been committed to 77 projects in Newfoundland and Labrador to upgrade municipal infrastructure, including water and sewage systems and roads
    Boston Pizza will open a franchise in the Corner Brook Plaza in Corner Brook during the spring of 2018. The restaurant is expected to employ 65-70 workers.
  • Start date: 2017-08-28, End date: 2017-09-01
    Week of Aug 28 - Sep 01, 2017

    Despite recruitment and retention challenges, Central Health has attracted 11 new physician specialists for central Newfoundland, including seven for Gander
    The government of NL will commit $5.5M through short-term employment projects to assist fish plant workers affected by shellfish quota reductions and severe spring ice conditions. Projects will be designed with the potential to generate new jobs.
    The growth in microbreweries continues in NL. Rough Waters Brewing Company Ltd. is expected to be in operation by the spring of 2018 in Burin.
    Several Inuit towns in Labrador are experiencing high staff turnover and recruitment difficulties among daycare operators and workers. Operators are now required to have at least a Level 2 early childhood education certificate.
    An underground mine expansion at Vale Inco Voisey's Bay mine has been put on hold indefinitely due to a downturn in nickel prices. Some engineering and procurement work related to the project will continue.
    Technip FMC has been awarded a contract to supply and install subsea equipment for the Husky Energy West White Rose offshore project. The work will include tying platforms to storage vessels, among other installations.
    The federal government has awarded a $5.2M contract to CAN-AM Platforms and Construction Ltd. to build new and expand existing Coast Guard and DFO facilities in Placentia. Work is expected to begin in September 2017 and take about a year to complete.
  • Start date: 2017-08-21, End date: 2017-08-25
    Week of Aug 21 - Aug 25, 2017

    Denny's Restaurants is opening up in St. John's. The chain, known for its breakfasts and large portions, has advertised for a general manager. Denny's is associated with Sandman hotels, which is opening a new location on Kenmount Road.
    Ocean Floor Granite in Jumpers Brook will begin production next month, producing a rare product, ebony, that is marketed as granite. The company has a dozen employees to start, with hopes to expand to 50.
    Sunrise Records, a national record store, is opening a location in the Avalon Mall. The store is expected to open in October.
    Pasta Plus Restaurant in St. John's has closed its doors. The restaurant's Facebook page announced the closure but gave no reason.
  • Start date: 2017-08-14, End date: 2017-08-18
    Week of Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017

    Two new microbreweries, Cooked Feeder Brewing Co. in Cormack, and Bootleg Brew Co. in Corner Brook, plan to open in the fall of 2017
    Kiewit has been awarded the contract for construction of living quarters for the West White Rose project. Hiring has already begun, which is positive news, as the facility has been idle for almost two years.
    Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod is a small home bakery operated by 12 year old twin sisters. The company has made over 50 cakes since January including wedding cakes. The company was a recent recipient of a Youth Ventures Excellence in Customer Service award.
    Healers of Tomorrow is a camp for youth aged 14 to 19, to give them a look at health care jobs and the education they need to work in those fields. This year 22 students are taking part in the camp.
  • Start date: 2017-08-07, End date: 2017-08-11
    Week of Aug 07 - Aug 11, 2017

    Certified early childhood educators working in NL will receive pay increases between $1 to more than $2 an hour, depending on the level of certificate, due to an increase in supplements from the provincial government
    The Government of Canada will spend $14.6M in the repair and maintenance of 12 small craft harbours in various communities in eastern NL
    A new restaurant, Nirvana Authentic Indian Cuisine, will open in the Broadway section of downtown Corner Brook in August 2017
    Calgary-based Dynamic Air Shelters will receive more than $2M in combined government funding to expand the manufacturing and marketing of rentable inflatable air shelters at its Grand Bank facility. The company employs over 50 workers in Grand Bank.
    Canada Fluorspar has reopened the fluorspar mine in St. Lawrence, NL. The company projects 3,000 person years of employment in mining and milling over the first 12 years of operation. Construction at the mine had been ongoing over the past year.
    SABRI has put its mussel farming operation in St.Lunaire-Griquet up for sale after processing its last batch for the season. If no buyer is found, the operation may not re-open, which would affect the jobs of three employees.
    A $5.2M contract for renovations to St.Peter's Primary school in Mount Pearl has been awarded to Marco Services Limited. Work is expected to be completed by the spring of 2019.
    Husky Energy has awarded two major contracts to fabricate components for its $3.2B West White Rose offshore project. Work is expected to get underway in 2017 and create hundreds of jobs at facilities in Marystown and Placentia over a four-year duration.
  • Start date: 2017-07-31, End date: 2017-08-04
    Week of Jul 31 - Aug 04, 2017

    An application by Shoal Point Energy to carry out drilling on the Port au Port Peninsula has been rejected by the province¿s regulator of petroleum exploration. A reason for the decision has not yet been given.
    Changes to the NL Child Care Act will result in stricter training regulations around post-secondary education that new employees will need to follow to work in childcare centres in the province. Those already working in the industry will not be affected.
    Recruitment for a new eating disorder treatment unit at the Health Sciences Complex in St. John's will begin immediately. Positions will include psychiatric nurses, a psychologist, a dietitian and a social worker.
  • Start date: 2017-07-24, End date: 2017-07-28
    Week of Jul 24 - Jul 28, 2017

    Tacora Resources has purchased the shuttered Scully Mine in Wabush. Once a feasibility study is completed, the company would like to reopen the iron ore operation by the summer of 2018 and employ about 300 workers.
    The government of NL will spend $100M over the next three years in improvements to the Trans Labrador Highway
    The College of the North Atlantic has been awarded $6.8M in funding for infrastructure improvements at 10 locations in the province. A tender has been awarded to Newfoundland HVAC Ltd. for work at the Grand Falls-Windsor campus.
    Bird Construction has been awarded a $9M construction tender for the new Kenmount Terrace Community Park in St. John¿s. Work is expected to begin later in the summer of 2017.
  • Start date: 2017-07-17, End date: 2017-07-21
    Week of Jul 17 - Jul 21, 2017

    Seven new food businesses and a number of new retail locations will open within the next year at the St. John's International Airport, where a massive $200M improvement plan continues. By 2021, the terminal will be twice its current size.
    The tender for $1.5M of renovations to Elizabeth Swan Park in Clarenville will close at the end of July 2017. Work is expected to start in mid-August with a planned grand opening in the spring of 2018.
  • Start date: 2017-07-10, End date: 2017-07-14
    Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    Dexter Mining has begun work on the I.O.C's Wabush 3 project in Labrador West. About 70 workers will be employed in the construction of the new mining pit, which is expected to begin operating in the second half of 2018 and extend the life of the mine.
    The Barry Group hopes to invest $20M to establish ocean perch processing plants in Humber Arm South and Port-aux-Basques in anticipation of increased allocated quotas in 2019.The company says hundreds of jobs would be created in the construction phase.
    The government of NL and St. John's-based Bluedrop Performance Learning have entered into a partnership to expand the company's on-line workplace training technology. The project could result in the creation of 50 jobs in Atlantic Canada.
    Halifax-based C&D Recycling expects to set up an operation in Norris Arm to recycle used tires into aggregate for the construction industry. The pilot project would create jobs for four to six workers.
  • Start date: 2017-07-03, End date: 2017-07-07
    Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    While fish processing remains a backbone of the rural NL economy, an aging population and fewer young people choosing to work in the industry are challenges faced by many local plants. Increased mechanization is seen as a possible solution.
  • Start date: 2017-06-26, End date: 2017-06-30
    Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    The Sears store located in Corner Brook is one of the 59 stores closing across Canada. The closure will be the second large retailer to leave the Corner Brook Plaza after Target closed its doors in January 2015.
    Wreckhouse Energy, a new energy start-up in St. John's, plans to install wind turbines in the coming months after net metering legislation comes into effect July 1st. They will offer rentals for a monthly fee while benefiting from the power that is generated.
    The Equifax Consumer Credit report states that the average household debt for Newfoundland and Labrador is $23,000. The report also indicates that the delinquency rate for the province has increased to 28.8%, the highest in the country.
    PAL Aerospace in St. John's has received a $2.2M grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador government to remodel a Dash-8 plane to be used for special missions around the world. This is expected to create 150 jobs.
  • Start date: 2017-06-19, End date: 2017-06-23
    Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    Secret Cove Brewing Company, a craft beer microbrewery, on the Port Au Port Peninsula hopes to be in production by early 2018. The company is planning to build a production facility and a tap room for customers to sample the brew.
    Fugro Geosurveys and Solace Power Inc., two technology companies, have received $8M in combined funding from ACOA and the provincial government. The funding will help both companies expand and grow their technologies.
    Husky Energy has announced that the major construction contracts for the White Rose extension project will be awarded in several weeks and activity will ramp up quickly. Work at the facility is expected to employ 700 to 800 during peak construction.
    Notre Dame Seafoods Inc. has announced it is permanently closing the shrimp plant in Twillingate, affecting approximately 100 workers.
    Nexen Energy, a new player in the NL offshore, is putting down roots. The company has two blocks in the Flemish Pass that they are planning long term drilling campaigns. The company has also opened an office in downtown St. John's.
  • Start date: 2017-06-12, End date: 2017-06-16
    Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    Bad Bones Ramen, a new noodle restaurant, is opening June 15 in downtown St. John's. The owners are hoping to fill a niche market, that is considered must-eat cuisine in other Canadian cities.
    Newfoundland Distillery Company has launched a first of its kind vodka that is produced in Clarke's Beach. The company produces its product from the grain to the finished product, using Newfoundland grown barley.
    The Provincial and Federal governments announced $45.4M in funding to complete the widening, upgrading and paving of the Labrador Highway. The money will be used for the Charlottetown to Cartwright junction section of the highway.
    The NL government has announced that an agreement has been reached for the purchase of the Wabush Mine with Tacora Resources. The Wabush Mines have been locked in creditor protection since 2014.
  • Start date: 2017-06-05, End date: 2017-06-09
    Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    Recent curling Brier Champions Brad Gushue and Mark Nichols are opening the provinces first OrangeTheory Fitness studio this month in St. John's. OrangeTheory Fitness is a group-based personal training concept. The grand opening is June 21.
    Sunnyside Foodex, a local grocery store in Sunnyside, opened on May 18. This is the first grocery store the community has had in over two years. The store carries mostly grocery items but plans to expand to carry hardware and gift items soon.
    Factory, a music and art venue in St. Johns, has closed its door after just over a year in business. The owners cited issues with the building ownership as the main reason for the closure.
    The City of St. John's has awarded a $2.4M construction contract for the new St. John's Farmers Market site. The old Metrobus depot will be renovated to house the market and construction is expected to begin the end of the summer.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) released its major projects inventory report for 2017. APEC forecasts $6.6B in spending on major projects this year for the province, a reduction of 15% from last year.
  • Start date: 2017-05-29, End date: 2017-06-02
    Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    The Provincial Government and Husky Energy have announced the West White Rose project in the offshore of NL will be going forward. The will be 250 permanent platform positions, and will create 10 million person-hours during construction.
    The federal government has announced $6.4M in funding for the St. John's Port Authority. The funds will go towards infrastructure upgrades and a new finger pier. The projects will increase the harbour's vessel capacity.
    The results of an economic impact study completed by Cruise Line International Assoc. have shown that over 26,500 passengers and crew members docked in St. John's during the 2016 cruise season. Passenger spending in the city was $1.4M.
    Long-lasting sea ice in Twillingate harbour has affected the entire community. With less vessel traffic there has been less work for dockhands, and the local grocery store, liquor store and oil companies are feeling the pinch as well.
    The Newfoundland Tea Company, a small family business, produces organic loose leaf tea in Gander. The company produces 28 different types of teas and are sold in stores in Gander, Trinity and Bonavista.
    HeyOrca, a St. John's start-up that creates social media planning tools, has received $2M in funding from private investors to expand into the US market. The funding will help grow its product and double its team to 30 people.
  • Start date: 2017-05-22, End date: 2017-05-26
    Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    St. John's Beer Tours is a new company that offers participants a chance to experience different craft beers brewed in the city. Participants receive a beer tasting journal to take notes and a Newfoundland Beer Diploma at the end.
    Delays in the announcement of the opening of the cod offshore fishery may affect fish plants in Arnold's Cove. The delay could impact the ability to catch the quota, possibly putting the jobs of over 200 fish plant workers in jeopardy.
    Active Energy, a British renewable energy company, has a potential deal with the province to build a CoalSwitch plant in the region. It could create up to 45 jobs immediately if approved.
    The Holyrood Marina has received $869,000 in funding from the three levels of government to complete upgrade work. Marine and land-based infrastructure will be upgraded to make the marina a state-of-the-art facility.
  • Start date: 2017-05-15, End date: 2017-05-19
    Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    The Bonne Bay Region of the province has received $2.1M in funding from the provincial and federal governments that will be allocated to four projects in the region. The initiatives will help bolster the region's diversity, and stimulate tourism and growth.
    Halliburton Group Canada has submitted a proposal to the province to build a temporary plant in Donovans Industrial Park in Mount Pearl. The temporary plant would produce drilling mud to be used in offshore drilling in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin.
    The Registered Nurses Union in Newfoundland and Labrador is asking the health care system to improve the way it approaches staffing of nurses. According to the union, nurses are often working overtime and 24 hour shifts which could impact patient care.
    A new robotic crab butchering system could soon be used in fish plants. The new system could improve job prospects in the province as crab will no longer have to be shipped out for the extraction process.
    AppAds Promotions, a company that creates apps for businesses, schools and municipalities, has created an app for iceberg hunters. Iceberg Alley was created to make it easier for people to experience icebergs and whales in the province.
  • Start date: 2017-05-08, End date: 2017-05-12
    Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    College of the North Atlantic has announced it is suspending seven programs in September due to low enrollment. This will result in the termination of 11 permanent positions, and temporary staff will also be affected.
    Rogers TV has announced the elimination of four jobs in St. John's, Corner Brook and Gander. The layoffs are two full-time and two part-time positions. Rogers TV has said the cuts will not affect programming.
    The NL provincial government has announced a new cabinet committee that will focus on creating more private sector jobs. The committee will focus on agriculture and aquaculture industries first, with the goal of creating jobs in rural areas.
    The Bee's Knees, a store that sells environmentally friendly products, has recently opened in downtown St. John's. Everything in the store is either upcycled, recycled, ethically produced or locally made, such as mats, dog toys and jewelry.
    The Marine Institute's Offshore Safety and Survival Centre has cut five positions, three instructors and two technical positions. The cuts are due to a downturn in the offshore industry and increased competitors offering similar courses.
  • Start date: 2017-05-01, End date: 2017-05-05
    Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    Shoal Point Energy is still hoping to retrieve the estimated half a billion barrels of oil from the west coast. The company believes it can drill without using the hydraulic fracturing method and will submit a plan in May for approval.
    Sextons Lumber, the largest sawmill in NL, says recent tariffs announced will have a dramatic impact on the industry. They say they will be forced to look for other markets outside the US, which is where 65% of their lumber was shipped last year.
    The Town of Pouch Cove has received $4.5M in funding to begin work on upgrades to the water supply. The town has been plagued for years with issues with the system, requiring boil order advisories.
    A local business man has purchased the old Terra Nova Shoes factory in Harbour Grace, NL. The property will be used as a storage facility for now, but the goal is to restore the facility to manufacturing.
  • Start date: 2017-04-24, End date: 2017-04-28
    Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Lice Squad NL ias a new mobile service offered to families to treat head lice. The treatments take over an hour and cost $75. The owner plans to open a clinic in St. John's, as well as hire consultants across the province.
    PAL Airlines has announced it is adding new routes. Beginning May 15 flights will run from Sept-Iles to St. Augustine and onto Blanc-Sablon. The new route will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
    The RE/MAX 2017 Spring Market Trends Report is showing housing prices in the St. John's area have decreased by 6% in the first quarter of 2017. Lower home prices will mean greater opportunities for first time buyers who are driving demand.
    The City of St. John's will be conducting an Entry/Exit Survey to better understand what attracts new businesses to the downtown core and what issues cause businesses to leave. The survey will provide insight for future decision making.
    Construction on the new science building for Memorial University will resume this spring after the project had stalled due to tender bids coming in above estimates. The building is scheduled to be ready to open for the fall semester in 2020.
    The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Union is hopeful that layoffs of teachers can be avoided when allocations are announced for the coming year. They believe the cuts can be offset by retirements.
  • Start date: 2017-04-17, End date: 2017-04-21
    Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    Third Place Cocktail Company, a St. John's based manufacturer of cocktail mixes, has launched its third product, Elderflower. The new product joins the line up of Third Place Tonic and Ginger Rose cocktail mixes.
    The Newfoundland Trading Company, a new online retailer, is hoping to connect people from around the globe with the province through local products. The website will specialize in high-quality, locally made products.
  • Start date: 2017-04-10, End date: 2017-04-14
    Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    The City of Corner Brook has created a Business Improvement Program with a total of $50,000 available to businesses to improve their physical appearance. The money will come in the form of a tax credit up to 50% of the project value.
    One year after the Quinlan Brothers fish plant in Bay de Verde was destroyed by fire, the facility has been rebuilt and ready to open. The new facility is highly automated and will reduce the number of jobs available from previous years.
    Workers at the processing plant in Anchor Point, NL, that typically employ 130 people, are worried that cuts to the shrimp quotas for 2017 will result in cuts to possibly half the staff. Workers also fear they will not qualify for EI come next winter.
    The provincial government is now accepting applications for it's Summer Student Employment Programs (SSEP). The SSEP allows students the opportunity to use the skills they learned in school in the real world.
  • Start date: 2017-04-03, End date: 2017-04-07
    Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    According to the Conference Board of Canada's Atlantic Business Outlook, projections for the province of NL are less than encouraging. Unemployment is expected to rise to 17.3% partly due to the completion of the Hebron project, but there will be opportunities for innovation.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently announced that shrimp quotas in Area 6 have been reduced to 10,400 tonnes for the upcoming year. Shrimp harvesting in the region employs roughly 3000 people.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced that quotas for snow crab for this year have been cut by 22 per cent. The announcement came just days after the shrimp quota was cut, and will likely lead to the closure of some processing plants.
    Marble Mountain Ski Hill will remain open through the Easter Weekend after several board members were laid off. The provincial tourism minister has indicated that a review will be done to look for ways to keep Marble Mountain operating year-round.
  • Start date: 2017-03-27, End date: 2017-03-31
    Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    After eight years in business, The Levee, a downtown bar and live music venue is up for sale. A noticeable drop in business has been given as the reason for the sale.
    The provincial government has announced its new immigrant attraction and retention strategy. The five-year plan looks to increase immigration by 1,700 immigrants annually and encourage NL expats to return home through employer and community engagement.
    The provincial government announced a five-year Marine Infrastructure Plan to provide better ferry services across the province. Projects for the 2017-2018 year have been identified with a total funding of $8M for upgrades and enhancements.
    The provincial government has announced 93 positions have been cut from the province's Regional Health Authorities. Currently 37 of those positions are vacant. These cuts will save $7.6M annually in salaries and benefits.
  • Start date: 2017-03-20, End date: 2017-03-24
    Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The NL Provincial government announced $3B in funding for infrastructure investments over the next five years. Transportation infrastructure, major health projects, and construction of new schools are some of the planned investments.
    A recent Consumer Research Associates poll has shown that 46% of the people of NL are extremely concerned with the provincial debt. Provincial debt currently sits at $14.6B or $28,000 per person. Only 3% of respondents indicated they were not concerned.
    Come by Chance Refinery has been put up for sale. It has been indicated that lack of profit is the reason for the sale. If the refinery shuts down, 600 people would be out of work. The company has already laid off 80 workers.
    The NL Government has announced enhancements to the Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Program. The enhancements effective March 31, 2017 include; subsidizing 75% of third and fourth year apprenticeship wages, more responsive approval process, and an evaluation component.
  • Start date: 2017-03-13, End date: 2017-03-17
    Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    The City of St. John's has released it's 2016 economic review. The report shows GDP was up 3.1% for the year, housing starts were down 15.4% from the previous year. The outlook for 2017 remains subdued with major projects near completion.
    Hiring climate for the next quarter of 2017 in St. John's will be sluggish. The recent Manpower Group Employment Outlook survey shows employers have no hiring plans, with three percent anticipating cutbacks in the next quarter.
    Porter Airlines has announced it will be resuming its non-stop service between Stephenville and Halifax for the summer season. The flights will also connect with Ottawa and Toronto. The flights will operate from June 28 through September 2, 2017.
    The Town of Holyrood is receiving $122,918 in government funding for an oceans-related project. The project is to promote Holyrood as a place to conduct oceans related business. The funding will help further build the oceans sector.
    Canada Fluorspar has received a $5M from the federal government to re-activate the St. Lawrence mine. The repayable contribution will help with the purchase of clean-technology equipment, and is expected to create 400 construction jobs, and 200 jobs while in operation.
  • Start date: 2017-03-06, End date: 2017-03-10
    Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    The cuts announced for the Come By Chance oil refinery will take effect this week, however the losses are not as high as planned. The onsite lab will remain open, saving 12 jobs. Another 12 workers have retired, leaving 80 people without work after this week.
    Memorial University is attempting a second time to start construction on the new science building at the St. John's campus. Bids are now being reviewed with a recommendation expected March 16. The project stalled last year when bids were above budget.
    The communities of Chance Cove, Arnold's Cove, Chapel Arm and Come By Chance are receiving hundreds of thousands in government grants for water system improvements. Also several local companies are receiving grants for expansion and upgrades to their businesses.
    Scotiabank is consolidating two of its Corner Brook branches later this fall. Officials say the move is because of increased mobile adoption and online banking, customers are visiting branches less. The impact on staff has not been identified.
  • Start date: 2017-02-27, End date: 2017-03-03
    Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    The Iron Ore Company of Canada has announced the Wabush 3 mining project in Labrador will be going ahead. This project extends the life of the mine by 12 years. Construction will start in the spring, creating 70 new construction jobs.
    Gap Clothing store, located in the Avalon Mall in St. John's, has announced it will be closing this location in April 2017. Officials stated they want the right stores in the right locations. Employees will be offered opportunities to apply for positions at Old Navy.
    DFO released its snow crab stock assessment and it's not good news. The overall crab available to the fishery has declined by 80% since 2013. These assessments will be used to develop 2017 quotas and other management measures.
    Newfoundland Cider Company, a new commercial cider operation near Milton, plans to begin construction on their factory this spring, and plans to have their first batch available for purchase at the end of this fall
    Alderon Iron Ore Corp. has announced the Kami Project is going ahead in Labrador. The project will use the depleted Wabush Scully mine as a tailings pond. Construction will take two years, with the life of the mine expected to be 24 years.
  • Start date: 2017-02-20, End date: 2017-02-24
    Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    Mile One Centre has not secured a new main tenant for when the Montreal Canadiens AHL farm team moves this spring. Without a full-time tenant the building will have a lot of empty evenings, meaning less work for part-time staff.
    The Bed and Breakfast industry in the province is feeling the squeeze. Several factors have been suggested for the decline including, higher taxes, new provincial regulations, along with competition from new services such as Airbnb.
    NewGreen Technologies has signed an agreement in principle for a proposed $185M biofuel plant in Botwood. This project could lead to 400-600 jobs for the region during construction, with 150 full-time jobs during production.
    The Newfoundland and Labrador government has announced nearly 300 jobs in the core public service will be eliminated. Of those positions, 90 are currently vacant. These cuts represent a 17% reduction in management level positions.
    One year after fire destroyed the Quinlan Brothers fish plant in Bay de Verde, the newly rebuilt plant is scheduled to open in April. The new plant will be automated but there will still be plenty of work available.
    Husky Energy will be sanctioning the West White Rose extension project as early as March. Husky will proceed with a concrete gravity structure for the project, which is great timing as construction on the Hebron project is winding down.
  • Start date: 2017-01-01, End date: 2017-01-05
    Week of Jan 01 - Jan 05, 2017

    About $40M in combined government funding will be used to expand internet services across NL, with work to begin in the summer of 2018. A tendering process for interested telecommunications companies has begun.

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