Job Market Trends and News

Canada

Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.

The following table offers significant events from past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force across Canada. It can prove to be a useful resource to complement your job search and career exploration.

You can explore news items across Canada on this page or refine your search to a specific news event type, sector or region.

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, third quarter 2017

Canadian businesses reported 468,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, up 62,000 (+15.1%) from the third quarter of 2016. The overall job vacancy rate increased 0.3 percentage points to 2.9% in the quarter.

The job vacancy rate represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand; that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

Vacancies for permanent positions accounted for 80.2% of all job vacancies in the third quarter, up from 78.5% the same quarter a year earlier.

Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies
Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies

This was the fourth consecutive quarter with year-over-year increases in both the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate. As in the second quarter of 2017, year-over-year increases in job vacancies were broadly based across the provinces, industrial sectors and occupations.

Compared with the second quarter of 2017, the number of job vacancies (unadjusted for seasonality) in Canada increased by 1.6%, while the job vacancy rate was unchanged, as payroll employment also rose. By comparison, the number of job vacancies declined between the same quarters in 2015 while it had gone up between the same quarters in 2016.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
On April 5, the provincial and federal governments announced the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year bilateral agreement to invest $176M in Manitoba's agricultural and agri-food sector Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event MB
Brandon's first Freshii restaurant officially opened April 6 Retail Trade Job Creation MB
Video game developer Ubisoft announced it is opening an office in Winnipeg this fall. The company plans to invest $35M in Manitoba and will create 100 jobs over the next five years. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation MB
Ivory restaurant has re-opened at a new location in downtown Winnipeg Retail Trade Job Creation MB
Winnipeg-based ice cream company Cornell Creme announced it was closing permanently on April 10 Retail Trade Layoff MB
The Indian cuisine King of Butter Chicken restaurant announced it will open on Corydon Avenue in a few weeks Retail Trade Job Creation MB
Brandon's 111th Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, which ran from March 26 to March 31, had over 110,000 people attend, slightly fewer compared to 2017 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event MB
The homeless shelter Oscar's Place in The Pas will no longer be closed this June. Manitoba Housing announced the purchase of the facility from The Pas Friendship Centre. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
The Treaty One First Nations and the federal government have reached an agreement in principal regarding the Kapyong Barracks in Winnipeg. Demolition work on the 65 acres of land is expected to begin sometime in May, and take two years to complete. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The Manitoba Government announced it will increase the provincial minimum wage from $11.15 to $11.35 on October 1, 2018 N/A Other Type of Event MB
Construction of several new retail stores is underway in east Regina, including Costco, Shoppers Drug Mart and Save-On-Foods. No details have been provided regarding the opening dates. Retail Trade Job Creation SK
Regina's Wonderland arcade recently closed due to water damage caused by a fire next door, but the company plans to reopen the venue. The number of affected employees is unknown. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff SK
The 33rd annual Agri-Mex farm show took place on April 5, 6 and 7 in North Battleford. The trade and home show attracts about 5,000 people annually. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation SK
Construction work on the redesigned Canada Post office in North Battleford is underway. No opening date was provided. Construction Job Creation SK
The Joint Indigenous Employment Strategy program was launched on April 2 in North Battleford as part of a partnership between the City and Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs Public Administration Job Creation SK
UNIQLO, a Japanese clothing retailer, recently opened its third location in Metro Vancouver at the Richmond Centre Retail Trade Job Creation BC
There were 4,200 new jobs created in Saskatchewan in March 2018, compared to the previous month - a 0.7% increase and the highest percentage increase among the provinces N/A Other Type of Event SK
The provincial government is committing $4.7M to build a housing project for Indigenous youth and elders in Kamloops. Construction on the 31-unit two-story building is set to begin in the summer. Construction Job Creation BC
The Town of Wynyard recently opened a new $1.2M centre for SARCAN and other recycling services. The infrastructure project was partly funded by the federal and provincial governments. Public Administration Job Creation SK
Vancouver-based Harbour Air is partnering with US-based Kenmore Air to run four daily weekday flights between Coal Harbour in Vancouver and Lake Union and Lake Washington near Seattle. The new seaplane service will begin on April 26. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
The provincial government is investing $7.8M to advance wood building systems and products and to promote and expand BC's wood exports. The funding will go to 13 industry trade associations and research institutes in the province. N/A Job Creation BC
FrontCounter BC, a one-stop facility that offers various government services, opened a new office in Nelson Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation BC
Saskatchewan's 2018-19 budget, which was tabled on April 10, restores $30M for K-12 education. However, financial support for post-secondary students has been cut by $12M. Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
Construction on the new nursing building at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops is expected to begin in April. The $37.2M, 49,000-sq.-ft. project is expected to create 176 jobs in construction and supplier industries. Construction Job Creation BC
The Forest Enhancement Society of BC is providing $134M to 71 forest enhancement projects around the province. The projects include restoring damaged forests and supporting communities affected by wildfires. N/A Other Type of Event BC
The provincial government is adding a 6% PST on used vehicles on sale at Saskatchewan auto dealerships. The move is anticipated to generate $95M for the province. Retail Trade Other Type of Event SK
The Province of BC is providing $6.45M in funding over three years to all 25 Aboriginal friendship centres in the province as part of Budget 2018 Construction Job Creation BC
Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. is suspending all non-essential activities and related spending for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project Construction Other Type of Event BC
Victoria Shipyards acquired a number of high-value public and private sector contracts that will result in more jobs from now until 2020 Manufacturing Job Creation BC
According to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Vancouver's 2018 cruise season will be its largest since 2010 with an expected increase of 7% more visitors than 2017 Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
The provincial government is providing $300,000 to the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance to help strengthen economic development in the region. The organization represents 21 local governments from Vanderhoof to Masset. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Saskatchewan's 2018-19 budget has earmarked $2.3M to develop the remand initiative. The funding will expand the program into Regina and add more staff in Saskatoon. Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
The provincial government will phase out the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement starting in July citing a significantly improved housing market. The move is expected to save about $5M. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
The Government of Nunavut is accepting applications for its Summer Student Employment Equity Program Educational Services Job Creation NU
The Government of Nunavut is offering funding for victim assistance projects that offer training and services to victims of crime and frontline service providers Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NU
The federal government is contributing $2.1M towards eleven economic development projects in the Beaufort and Sathu regions. The funds target community infrastructure improvements such as biomass initiatives, IT upgrades and an educational garden. N/A Job Creation NT
The Government of Canada and Arctic Energy Alliance are accepting proposals for renewable energy project to install solar panel systems on a number of buildings in the Town of Inuvik Utilities Job Creation NT
According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in the Northwest Territories rose to 8.8% in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 1.7% from the previous quarter N/A Other Type of Event NT
The Government of Northwest Territories is investing approximately $5.6M under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership to encourage the commercialization of local food production while strengthening farmers' markets and agricultural industries Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NT
Yukon Legal Aid has received additional funding from the territorial government to expand its capacity to hire senior criminal lawyers to assist on complex cases Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event YT
The Government of Yukon is investing $1.9M in equipping schools with the mobile technology needed to support a redesigned curriculum focusing on digital learning and increased connectivity. Instructional leaders will be identified to guide the transition. Educational Services Other Type of Event YT
The City of Whitehorse is shifting $63.5M originally approved for projects to be completed in 2017 to the 2018 season. The rebudgeting was due to a multi-year building project, weather delays, and the unavailability of goods and workers. N/A Job Creation YT
ATAC Resources Ltd., in partnership with Barrick Gold Corporation, recently announced a combined $13M exploration budget to proceed with their 2018 drilling program at the Rackla gold property. ATAC anticipates employing approximately 50 workers. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-mining-atac-rackla-project-1.4609149 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
The Yukon government's Developer Build Program will provide $2M over three years in short-term construction financing to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of affordable housing projects throughout the territory Construction Job Creation YT
Five additional contracts for interior work at the Dartmouth General Hospital were awarded to Nova Scotia companies in April 2018. The $138M project is part of the major overhaul of several hospitals in the QEII Health Sciences system. Construction Other Type of Event NS
BP Canada has been given authorization to start preparatory work for the drilling of an exploratory oil and gas well off the coast of Nova Scotia, over a year after Shell Canada decided to abandon its plans for further exploratory work in the area. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NS
Economic development association Business Cape Breton has folded, resulting in layoff notices for four employees. New models of similar service delivery will likely be reviewed by the municipality and its partners. Other Services (except Public Administration) Layoff NS
Meteghan River-based shipyard A.F. Theriault and Son Ltd. will undertake upgrades to increase capacity, likely resulting in the addition of 40 jobs to its current workforce of 120 people. Some construction jobs will also occur with the project. Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Some students in a 20-week Restaurantworx program in Yarmouth have found job before graduating. The program trains workers for the food service industry in regions where there are a number of unemployed workers and employers trying to fill positions. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
The overall snow crab catch quota in NL for 2018 has been cut by 17% from 2017, with some regional variations. The 2018 season will open in April for in most areas. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NL
After a fire in January 2018, Badger Diner is expected to reopen by the end of April 2018 a few miles east of the original location, in Grand Falls-Windsor. Most of the former staff will rejoin the restaurant, and additional workers may be added. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NL
Construction will begin in the summer of 2018 on a gas bar/convenience store and retail centre at the former ACAN site on Topsail Road in Paradise. The first yet-unnamed stores are expected to open in the spring of 2019. Retail Trade Job Creation NL
The Government of New Brunswick has announced a $23.1M investment in continuing expansion work on the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. This expansion will total 15,712 m² and be finished in 2024 at a cost of $217M. Construction Other Type of Event NB
A job fair will take place on May 1 and 2 in Saint-André following the closure of the Dr. Oetker pizza plant. Many regional employers are looking for qualified workers. There will be 300 jobs to fill. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
Moncton-based Dovico Software will receive $463,000 in government loans, which will go toward creating new positions and market development. The software company has already hired three people and will hire another 10, bringing its staff total to 45. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation NB
Northcliff Resources has stated that a proposed tungsten mine in central New Brunswick will not start construction in the spring, as further environmental approvals are needed. It is expected that 500 jobs could be created at the Sisson Mine. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NB
The Saint John Airport will receive $14M in government funding, which will go toward renovating and modernizing the airport's runways. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NB
The Bank of Montreal's labour market report card has Moncton ranked as the top city in Canada to find a job. Halifax finished 10th on the list, while Saint John finished last. Finance and Insurance Other Type of Event NB
The University of Prince Edward Island will hire two faculty members for a new doctorate of psychology program at UPEI. The four-year program will initially take six students, but could expand to ten. P.E.I. is faced with a shortage of psychologists. Educational Services Other Type of Event PE
Route 2 Diner restaurant opened on March 25, 2018 in Hazelgrove, P.E.I. The 60 seat family restaurant serves traditional British food such as bangers and mash, as well as hamburgers and other Canadian dishes, and local seafood in the summer. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event PE
Amalgamated Dairies Ltd (ADL) will receive $5.4M in federal funding to upgrade and expand its Summerside dairy plant. Expansion of the plant is expected to increase production capacity by 40%, storage capacity by 30%, and create at least 25 new jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation PE
SkillsPEI held its first job fair at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown this month. Organizers state that 1,300 jobs are available. Additional job fairs will take place this month in Summerside, Montague, and O'Leary. Construction Other Type of Event PE
The Government of Alberta is opening up another round of bidding from companies interested in supplying renewable electricity. One round will target companies at least one-quarter owned by Indigenous communities. Utilities Job Creation AB
Alberta Health Services is actively recruiting for the new Advanced Ambulatory Care Services in Sylvan Lake. A manager has been hired for the site and the opening is on schedule for late May 2018. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Crackmasters Windshield Repair & Replacement Specialists has opened in Vermilion Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Freson Bros., an Alberta-based grocery chain, is hiring 200 employees for its new store in Fort Saskatchewan. The company is also opening its first big-city outlet in Edmonton in 2020. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
Uber has reached a deal with Edmonton International Airport that allows the ride-sharing service to pick up and drop off passengers. Uber will pay a fee to serve the facility, as do other transportation providers. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
Kinder Morgan has suspended all non-essential spending on the $7.4B Trans Mountain expansion project to protect shareholder interests pending further government decisions N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo is set to receive $17.4M for transit services from the Government of Canada over the next 10 years Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The Hampton by Hilton Hotel in St. Paul opened on March 29, 2018. The hotel is owned by Charity Developments Ltd. and was developed by the St. Paul Abilities Network. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
The Town of Innisfail has contracted with Master Meter Canada to replace all 3,000 faulty water registers in the community. The total project cost is just over $573,000. Utilities Job Creation AB
Pembina Hills Public Schools is reducing support staff at its regional office and at the Alberta Distance Learning Centre in Barrhead. The school division is also implementing a teacher stabilization program that offers a lump sum to teachers to give up their contract, and then replaces retiring teachers with less experienced ones. Educational Services Layoff AB
The Government of Alberta is bringing salaries for Alberta's post-secondary presidents in line with the national average and eliminating perks under a new compensation framework effective April 15, 2018 Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
Scope AR, an Edmonton augmented reality company, plans to hire about 25 new employees this year, a doubling of its workforce Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation AB
Graham Construction and Engineering LP secured a $236.6M contract from the City of Toronto towards upgrades at the Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant. Construction is underway and is scheduled to be completed in November 2021.  Construction Job Creation ON
Baylis Medical Company Inc., a manufacturer of medical devices, will receive up to $17.2M from the Province of Ontario towards a total investment of $130.9M to build a new R&D facility in Mississauga, creating 233 jobs and retaining 339 positions Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ontario Cannabis Store will open the first four provincially run cannabis stores in Guelph, Kingston, Toronto and Thunder Bay. Forty stores are expected to open this year and an additional forty by July 2019. Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Kraft Heinz Canada ULC will open a 775,000-sq.-ft. distribution centre in Milton, near Toronto, creating 150 jobs Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
Steam Whistle Brewing plans to open a new $22.8M manufacturing facility in Etobicoke, creating 100 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario and the City of Peterborough announced joint funding for a new $54M arena and aquatics complex at Trent University Construction Job Creation ON
Build North Construction Inc. is scheduled to begin construction on two new schools in Espanola this spring. Construction on the $25.2M project is expected to be completed in 2020. Construction Job Creation ON
The police and fire departments in Chatham-Kent are planning to hire 25 new recruits by the summer Public Administration Job Creation ON
The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario will each invest $5M per annum to support the creation of 19 mental wellness teams in First Nations communities across Ontario Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
A Kelsey's Original Roadhouse restaurant, T&T Supermarket, Harbin BBQ restaurant and Pedi N Nails, are slated to open in Aurora starting in July Retail Trade Job Creation ON
White River Forest Products Ltd. will receive $1.9M over four years from the Government of Ontario towards upgrades at its sawmill in White River, creating 15 jobs and retaining 161 positions Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Construction is now complete on the North Kent Wind project, a wind power facility in Chatham-Kent. The facility employed approximately 175 workers at the peak of construction and will retain about 10 employees for ongoing operations and maintenance. Utilities Job Creation ON
BluMetric Environmental Inc., an environmental solutions firm, will open an office in Thunder Bay Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
The North East Local Health Integration Network is funding the creation of 13 new positions, including social workers and recreational therapists, at long term care facilities in communities such as Timmins, Kapuskasing, Hearst and Iroquois Falls Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
The Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre in Sudbury will receive $1.8M from the Province of Ontario to hire two social workers, two cultural practitioners, a traditional healer and a part-time nurse practitioner Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
Homestead Organics, an organic seed, feed and milling company with locations in Berwick, Morrisburg and Sebringville, announced its closure, affecting 18 workers Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff ON
Fashion retailer Urban Planet closed its store in the North Bay Mall Retail Trade Layoff ON
Michaels Canada will close its store in Timmins on June 26 Retail Trade Layoff ON
Cineplex Inc. is laying off less than 100 full-time employees as part of a restructuring. The impact on Ontario is unknown at this time. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff ON
The Government of Quebec has announced the expansion of the Musée d'art contemporain in Montréal. Work on this $44M project should start in summer 2019 and finish in autumn 2021. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Kintavar Exploration Inc. is receiving $2.5M of funding from the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec for its Mitchi copper project in Mont-Laurier. A drilling program will begin in the coming months to assess the project's potential. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event QC
The governments of Quebec and Canada and the City de Montréal have announced the extension of the blue metro line, a $3.9B investment. If everything goes according to plan, work will begin in 2020 and finish in 2026. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Autodrome Saint-Eustache will close at the end of the 2019 season. The Municipality of Saint-Eustache announced it will acquire the land at a cost of $5.3M to build a business park. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff QC
The provincial government has announced a $35M investment for 169 infrastructure projects in schools in the Lanaudière and Laurentides regions. Work will take place during summer 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. in Saint-Michel-des-Saints will complete, by the end of 2018, a feasibility study leading to the establishment of the first open-pit mine in Quebec whose operations will be fully electrified Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event QC
The City of Saint-Eustache began construction on a new fire station. Built at a cost of $8.3M, the new structure will be operational as of April 2019. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Guimond Construction began the construction of a building with a glulam structure, valued at $5.9M, in Saint-Eustache. The office building is expected to be ready in July 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Via Rail has announced that it awarded a contract to CAD Railway Industries to modernize 25 train cars, a $46M investment. This two-year agreement will create about 100 jobs in Montréal. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
L'Interval, an outdoor cooperative in Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, has added 20 new cabins, a $1.4M investment. This project will ensure about 15 permanent or seasonal jobs are maintained. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event QC
The City of Montréal has announced that it awarded a contract of nearly $60M to Groupe Geyser to rebuild the paddocks of the Gilles-Villeneuve racetrack. Work is expected to begin in July 2018 and will be completed in May 2019. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Insurance company Manulife announces the launch of its 3D Innovation Hub in Montréal. Its research, exploration, and development laboratory plans to fill about 100 positions in Montréal and across the country. Finance and Insurance Job Creation QC
Au Chalet en Bois Rond will invest over $3M over the next three years in a major development project. A $1.1M grant was provided by the ministère du Tourisme. This project will create about 10 jobs. Construction Job Creation QC
The KandJu chain will open a new location on Rue Saint-Jean in Québec City in early June. About 10 jobs will be created. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Gentec just entered into an agreement valued at $75M over the next 15 years with Hydro-Québec. This contract will consolidate over 60 jobs in Québec City in the manufacturing and technical support sector. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The Marché Blais crab-processing plant in Pabos in Gaspésie was completely destroyed by a fire on April 2, 2018. It will not be rebuilt this year, which leaves 75 employees temporarily without a job. Manufacturing Layoff QC
The Government of Canada, Les Tourbières Berger Ltée., Cotech/Xmetal, Verbois, and Usinage FR are investing $18M in the RCM of Rivière-du-Loup to launch several modernization and automation projects, which should create 80 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec is providing $3.5M to the Grand-Portage regional hospital in the Rivière-du-Loup region to set up a hemodialysis service by the end of November Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
Sauvetage Adrénaline will hire a dozen lifeguards to monitor the beaches of Pabos, Pabos-Mills, and Newport in the Gaspésie region. An investment of $45,000 will be required to acquire equipment and build a comfort station. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The Kraft Heinz distribution centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion will close permanently at the end of 2019, which will lead to the loss of nearly 95 jobs Transportation and Warehousing Layoff QC
Pizzeria Geppetto will open in Mont-Saint-Hilaire. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. Some jobs will be created. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
IBM in Bromont is now hiring and wants to recruit about 20 employees Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Parc Safari in Hemmingford, located in Montérégie, will invest $24M in partnership with the Government of Quebec in the next five years to modernize its facilities and add recreational infrastructure Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event QC
Bowling alley Coop de Solidarité des quilles just opened in Port-Cartier following an investment of over $450,000 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NS
Go Sport, a sportswear company, will open in Jonquière. A $2M investment should create six new jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Hydropothicaire, a Gatineau-based company that produces and distributes medical cannabis, has announced the signature of a contract to provide the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) with 200,000 kg of cannabis over five years Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event QC
The newspaper La Gatineau in Maniwaki will close permanently, leading to the loss of several jobs Information and Cultural Industries Layoff QC

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