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, fourth quarter 2016

Job vacancies rose 6.3% from the fourth quarter of 2015 to 375,000 in the fourth quarter, following little year-over-year change in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the job vacancy rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 2.4%.

Compared with the third quarter of 2016, the number of job vacancies (unadjusted for seasonality) fell by 6.6% in Canada, while the job vacancy rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points. These quarter-to-quarter declines may reflect typical seasonal recruitment patterns, as job vacancies also decreased (-12.0%) between the same quarters in 2015.

The job vacancy rate refers to the share of jobs that are unfilled out of all available payroll jobs. It represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand; that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The federal government is granting $15M to the Government of Manitoba as part of a 10-year multilateral agreement on early learning and child care Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
Hudson's Bay Company is cutting 2,000 jobs as it restructures operations due to a challenging sales environment. No details were provided as to where the layoffs will occur. Retail Trade Layoff MB
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. Construction Job Creation MB
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. N/A Other Type of Event MB
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. N/A Layoff MB
The Windmill restaurant in Winnipeg is closing its doors after nearly 50 years in the business Accommodation and Food Services Layoff MB
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will close the Victoria Hospital emergency room by October, as part of its plan to cut over $80M in health-care costs across the province Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
Aboriginal Business Match, an annual job fair that connects agriculture and manufacturing businesses with Aboriginal communities, took place in Regina on June 6 and 7 N/A Other Type of Event SK
Hudson's Bay Company is cutting 2,000 jobs as it restructures operations due to a challenging sales environment. No details were provided as to where the layoffs will occur. Retail Trade Layoff SK
The Bethune K+S potash mine, which opened in May, produced its first tonnes of marketable potash by the second weekend of June. The company expects the facility to produce 2 million tonnes by the end of 2017. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
Leopold's Tavern is looking to open a second location in Saskatoon this summer Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
The Prairie South School Division is considering cancelling bus service from Briercrest to Moose Jaw starting this fall. The school division is hoping to save about $80,000 in transportation costs. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event SK
The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $7M to support housing initiatives in northern Saskatchewan. The funds will be used to develop up to 44 affordable rental units and to renovate eight emergency shelter units. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The Government of Nunavut has launched Destination Nunavut to market and promote the tourism sectors of the territory. The program supports outfitters and other tourism operators. N/A Job Creation NU
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. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NL
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. Manufacturing Job Creation NL
The Government of Nunavut is making changes to its Income Assistance Program effective July 1, 2017 N/A Other Type of Event NS
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. Construction Job Creation NL
Auryn Resources Inc. has started its summer exploration drill program at the Committee Bay gold project. The company is also conducting a regional geochemical survey and drone imagery survey at the Gibson MacQuoid gold project. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NU
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. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NL
After a tendering process, construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2018 on the $19M East Hants Aquatic Centre in the Elmsdale Business Park. The opening date of the centre is set for the summer of 2019. Construction Other Type of Event NS
Bionic knee brace manufacturer Spring Loaded Technology expects to add another eight workers with backgrounds in mechanical engineering and production to its staff of 29 as it invests $3.8M to develop new products and boost capacity Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Deep Panuke and Sable, the two Nova Scotia offshore gas projects, will begin plugging their wells over the next couple of years and end both operations by 2021. No further offshore gas projects are currently planned for the province. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NS
The provincial government is investing $3M in infrastructure improvements to the Charlo Dam. This investment presents potential for new economic growth opportunities. Construction Other Type of Event NB
LED Roadway Lighting has laid off 45 assembly workers in Amherst and will shift its focus from manufacturing lighting to production planning. About 90 to 100 workers remain in Amherst and some planning-related jobs may eventually be added. Manufacturing Layoff NS
The United Mine Workers of America intends to organize a union drive among the 64 workers at the recently opened Donkin Mine in Cape Breton. The workforce is expected to grow to 130 over the next couple of years. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NS
Work has begun on a marijuana growing operation at Port Mersey Industrial Park in Brooklyn that would create at least 60 jobs during production, but the company, Aquilitas, still needs approval for a license to grow from the federal government Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NS
According to the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, there are now 20 wineries in the province as compared to nine in 2005, and 934 full-time jobs exist in the grape and wine industry in mostly rural areas of Nova Scotia Manufacturing Other Type of Event NS
Industrial products distributor Acklands-Grainger will close its Stellarton location in July 2017, as part of a national downsizing. The jobs of four workers will be affected, although some have been offered other roles with the company. Retail Trade Layoff NS
Blue Roof Distillers has opened, making it the first farm-to-bottle micro distiller in Atlantic Canada, according to ownership. They have hired a distiller and hope to hire more people. Manufacturing Job Creation NB
Save-On Foods is planning to open its doors in Steveston's Roderick development in 2019. The 20,000sq.-ft. grocery store would employ at least 100 people. Construction Job Creation BC
The University of Victoria properties division and Chard Development Ltd. are redeveloping three properties for condo, rental and commercial use Construction Job Creation BC
According to Statistics Canada, Victoria had the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 3.9% in May 2017, down from 5.6% in May 2016 N/A Other Type of Event BC
Arc'teryx, an outdoor clothing retail outlet, has opened its second location in downtown Vancouver Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Seaspan Ferries has opened a new $44M loading facility at Duke Point terminal in Nanaimo due to rising demand on Vancouver Island. According to company officials, more than half the consumer goods delivered to the Island arrive via a Seaspan ferry. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Construction has started on the Pangea Pod Hotel in Whistler. The $10M project, which is the first of its kind in Canada, will open in April 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
Parq Vancouver casino is holding four job fairs throughout the summer. The casino plans to fill over 1,000 positions for its opening this fall. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
The City of Prince George is providing $5.2M for two projects that will improve the reliability of water service to the Hart Construction Job Creation BC
The Prince George Airport is undergoing upgrades. The renovation project, which is worth over $5M, is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of the Northwest Territories is providing nearly $1M for the Mining Incentive Program in 2017-18. Seven corporate recipients and six prospectors were awarded funding. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NT
The Government of Alberta is providing $1.7M to address health, fire and safety risks in 17 adult homeless shelters in seven communities. The funding will also be used to improve homelessness supports in Edmonton. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing $15.3M for new mental health and substance abuse beds at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Government of Yukon is expecting to pay $1.8M to cover the cost of full abandonment of a gas well at the Kotaneelee gas processing plant. The original owner of the site left a security deposit which covers part of the $2.4M total cost. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
Aquatera has granted a contract to Neptune Technology Group to replace water meters in more than 2,000 homes in the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, and the Town of Sexsmith Utilities Job Creation AB
Strikepoint Gold Inc. has started exploration work on the Mahtin Project near Mayo. Sample drilling is expected to follow the initial survey work. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
Goldstrike Resources Ltd. and Newmont Mining have established two fly-in camps to host their technical teams and drilling crews as they start exploration on the Plateau Property Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
The Government of Alberta is covering the course fees for students enrolled in Alberta's Green Certificate Program. The program gives hands-on opportunities in various agriculture-related fields for high school students. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event AB
K2 Gold Corporation has started a diamond drill program at its Wels Gold Property. The company also has plans for exploration programs at three additional properties in the Yukon. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
The Government of Yukon and City of Whitehorse are working together to apply the Business Incentive Program to the municipal operations building project. The program will ensure local labour, apprentices, youth and manufactured materials are used. Construction Job Creation YT
StrikePoint Gold Inc. has engaged Groundtruth Exploration and their Drones to Drill program, to execute its 2017 Yukon exploration program. Groundtruth is a Yukon-based company that specialize in exploration activities within the Territory. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
The Government of Alberta has laid off at least 20 employees at Alberta Innovates due to a $16M budget cut this year, and a $60M reduction over the previous two years Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff AB
The Singhmar Centre for Learning, currently under construction at Norquest College in Edmonton, will house three new restaurants and a daycare facility when it opens in September N/A Job Creation AB
The Global Petroleum Show is expecting about 1,000 exhibitors at this year's event in Calgary, a 50% decrease from the peak in 2014. The organizers expect 50,000 attendees from 110 countries. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The unemployment rate in the Fort McMurray area continued to drop in May 2017 partly because more workers associated with the rebuilding efforts entered the region. About 800 full-time positions were added to the local economy. N/A Job Creation AB
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar in Grande Prairie has temporarily closed as it undergoes a $5M renovation Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Quebec has announced investments of over $50M to construct 18 new gymnasiums and modernize 140 school yards in the province over the summer of 2017 Construction Other Type of Event QC
Urban Planet is opening in Grande Prairie's Prairie Mall in August 2017. A Marshalls store is also expected to open by the end of September, and Sunrise Records is taking over the former HMV space. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
IKEA is investing $160M to develop its distribution centre in Beauharnois. Construction has started and the centre's opening is planned for late 2019. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Saint-Isidore branch of Portes et Fenêtres Verdun is moving to Châteauguay in August, creating 3 or 4 new jobs Wholesale Trade Job Creation QC
Dream Development is starting construction on a new phased residential development in High River. A nearby retail development, Montrose Plaza, is set to open in the spring of 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
St. Michael's secondary school in Low is getting a new gymnasium thanks to a $3.94M Government of Quebec investment Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Alberta is ramping up training for caseworkers and supervisors in Children's Services, and developing a pool of full-time floater staff who could be deployed around the province as required Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The ArcelorMittal steel company is investing $27M in new production equipment for its Longueuil rolling mill and is increasing its production capacity by 25% Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The Town of Hinton has awarded two infrastructure construction contracts, worth a combined $6.08M, to GS Construction Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Montréal has announced a $20M investment over two years to extend and upgrade bicycle paths in its network Construction Other Type of Event QC
EPCOR Utilities is planning to build a solar farm in Edmonton to run a water treatment centre and supply the electrical grid. EPCOR intends to fund the project partly through a $1.9M annual contribution from Edmonton utility ratepayers. Utilities Job Creation AB
The Government of Quebec has announced an additional $40M for educational childcare within its network Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers forecasts that drilling by conventional crude oil producers will increase 70% this year compared to 2016 levels Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The Government of Quebec has announced a $400M allocation to build, maintain and enlarge more than 40 Quebec schools over the summer of 2017 Construction Other Type of Event QC
USD Partners has entered into an agreement to move crude oil by rail from its Hardisy terminal to a recently acquired US$25M facility in Oklahoma. The company expects to transport up to 70,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The Côme-Saint-Germain library in Drummondville is moving to new premises constructed at a cost of $21M and plans to hire seven new employees. The development of the project was entrusted to the firms Chevalier Morales Architectes and DMA Architectes. Construction Job Creation QC
Sanjel Energy Services plans to hire as many as 150 more workers by fall 2017 to meet growing demand from its oil and gas producer customers Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
TransCanada Corporation is investing $2B to expand its NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. System infrastructure between now and 2021. The expansion adds to the current $5.1B near-term capital program for the pipeline system. Construction Job Creation AB
Sunset Heights Meadery has partnered with the owners of the Pumphouse Brewery and Pioneer Mountain Estates Winery, renting additional space and equipment in order to boost production. The expansion will allow the company to stock products at more than 30 NB Liquor outlets across the province this summer. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
Lorneville Mechanical, of Saint John, has won a contract to pre-build sections of a new gasoline processing unit to be installed next year at the Irving Oil refinery Construction Other Type of Event NB
According to the census of agriculture, PEI potato production remains first in Canada despite 9.5% fewer farms since 2011 and that dairy farmers improved productivity on PEI producing 10 million more litres of milk than 2011, despite fewer farms and cows. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
The PEI and federal governments announced a joint contribution of $29.8M for 26 waste and wastewater projects in the province. The federal government will contribute $20M of the total funds. Of the spending, $15M will go towards projects in Charlottetown. Utilities Other Type of Event PE
Green Diamond Equipment will rebuild their Summerside John Deere dealership; nine months after a fire destroyed it. Tenders are being worked on for Island construction contractors to bid on. The John Deere dealership employs 30 people while at its peak. Construction Other Type of Event PE
Cousins restaurant, in Tignish, is to be reconstructed two years after it was destroyed by fire. The new foundation has already been laid for the restaurant, which aims to begin operations by autumn. The restaurant will have the capacity to seat 110. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event PE
PEI has lost many of its strawberry farms in recent years, with only a dozen farms remaining; compared with 20 just a few years ago. Strawberry farmland almost halved from 2011 to 2016. This is due in large part to retiring farmers not being replaced. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
The price of a mortgage on PEI is among the lowest in Canada. The average value of a mortgage loan on PEI is $155,769, which is $115,000 less than the national average. Despite this, PEI mortgage delinquency rates are nearly twice the Canadian average. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event PE
The number of permit requests to build in Stratford is growing. Compared to last year, the value of construction permits in Stratford more than doubled, now valued at over $10M. Permits for new domestic dwellings made up the majority of issued permits. Construction Other Type of Event PE
The Société de transport de Montréal has announced the construction of a new maintenance and service centre worth over $150M. The facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2021. Construction Other Type of Event QC
eStruxture, which operates a Montréal-based cloud computing centre, is implementing its new Canada-wide platform and acquiring Netelligent Services after raising $80M from investors Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event QC
L'Issue, an escape game that recently opened in Drummondville at a cost of $100,000, has created 9 new jobs Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
Micro Logic, a Quebec supplier of IT services for the business market, is opening a Montréal office and plans to hire about 75 employees over the next three years Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation QC
The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (CISSS-AT) has invested $2M to create eight private birthing rooms at the Val-d'Or hospital Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Canada has announced approximately $1.3B in financial support for the Réseau électrique métropolitain project in Montréal Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Groupe Magma has announced the launch of construction on the 93-unit condominium project known as Le M Montréal Est, valued at an estimated $35M Construction Other Type of Event QC
Le Sélection Deux-Montagnes, a retirement residence complex, has just opened in the city by the same name following a $60M investment Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
Groupe ADF, a steel superstructure manufacturer based in Terrebonne, has announced that it has won contracts valued in excess of an estimated $51M Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The Laurentides, Pierre-Neveu, de la Rivière-du-Nord, de la Seigneurie-des-Milles-Iles and Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier school boards will share over $29M in funds for 150 school renovation projects in the Laurentides region Construction Other Type of Event QC
FSM Canada, a Sherbrooke-based company that designs and fabricates molds for seals used on vehicles, is investing $950,000 to expand its factory, creating five new jobs in the process Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Métosak, a company that manufactures machined parts in Sherbrooke, is investing $1.1M in its factory, which should create 20 new jobs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
A Kenworth Maska branch will be built in Sherbrooke following an investment of close to $3M, which should create 25 new jobs Wholesale Trade Job Creation QC
SC 360, a telecommunications firm, opened an office in Magog, which should allow the short-term creation of close to 35 new jobs Construction Job Creation QC
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) in Valcourt plans to hire over 300 casual new employees Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Multi Luminaire will open a branch in Sherbrooke. The investment of close to $1.5M should allow the creation of 15 new jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Eagle Hydraulic Components, located in Mirabel, is investing $6M to enlarge its premises, creating 23 new jobs Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Maurice Lamontagne Institute, an oceanography facility in Mont-Joli, plans to hire 25 researchers, biologists, technicians, oceanographers and hydrographers following a $27M investment to upgrade its infrastructures Public Administration Job Creation QC
The Viandes duBreton slaughterhouse in Rivière-du-Loup is in full expansion and seeking to hire over 60 employees. The company is pursuing its goal of raising cage-free 300,000 pigs by 2018. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Three youth services cooperatives (CJS) will be active this summer in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, including one in Rivière-Bleue. Six students have been hired as activity leaders to accompany about 35 adolescents in launching their own company. N/A Job Creation QC
The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec wants to recruit 150 orderlies in the coming year. Despite the addition of over 350 orderlies last year, the centre is confronting a recruitment problem. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Three companies operating on the site of the Auberge Festive Sea Shack in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts employ about fifty young people each year during peak season Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Bois Marsoui GDS sawmill is looking for employees: the Haute-Gaspésie is facing a shortage of new forestry workers N/A Job Creation QC
The shortage of restaurant workers in Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine is causing concern given the absence of a succession in this sector of activity, which employs over 2,000 in the region Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event QC
Based on the current high demand for buyer professionals in Mauricie, according to Services Québec, Collège Laflèche is offering its local and international procurement management course free of charge. The program lasts less than a year and will start as soon as September 2017. N/A Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec has announced a $5.2M investment in the Lac Bloom mine owned by the company Minerai de fer Québec (Champion) to modernize a boiler and install an ore conveyor that will replace 240-tonne trucks Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec is providing close to $14M in financial aid to APN, a company in Québec City. The investment will allow APN to purchase the assets of another company, AFP, and proceed with an investment project valued at $8.6M. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Gateway Tremblant Ltd. Partnership announced a $17M investment in the construction of a complex including a hotel and four restaurants at Mont-Tremblant. The opening is planned for the summer of 2018. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event QC
The Coco Frutti restaurant chain is investing over $1M to build a restaurant in Sherbrooke Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event QC
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., an engineering and construction firm is opening a new office in Kingston with plans to hire between 45 to 50 engineers Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Pan-Oston Ltd., a manufacturer of fixtures for retail trade in Peterborough, received a grant from the Government of Canada to create 35 new full-time positions Manufacturing Job Creation ON
RBW Graphics, a printing company in Owen Sound, is hiring 20 people to work full-time Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario will provide $15M in funding to hire staff to deal with the opioid crisis. Five workers will be hired in Toronto and all Ontario public health units will be able to hire up to four new staff. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
Oxford County EMS has hired seven new paramedics Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
Bropak Inc., a new plastics and paper products manufacturer in Brantford plans to hire up to seven people this year and add more than 50 workers over the next seven years Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Construction on the Region of Peel's $200M watermain project at the Mississauga City Centre will begin this summer Construction Job Creation ON
The Government of Ontario will invest $60M to build a new bridge over the Cataraqui River in Kingston. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and to be completed in 2023. Construction Job Creation ON
Black Sheep Developments will build a $20M sports facility for gymnastics on Mer Bleue Road in Ottawa's Orléans community Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON

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