Job Market Trends and News

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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.

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[ Updated: June 2019 | Statistics Canada ]
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News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The federal government is granting $1.4M over five years towards Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Drug Recognition Expert evaluation in the Northwest Territories to combat drug- impaired driving Public Administration Job Creation NT
North Star Infrastructure has started construction on the Tlicho all-season road in Whatı̀. The project is expected to be completed by 2022. Construction Job Creation NT
Osisko Metals has launched its exploration program for lead and zinc deposits at Pine Point Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NT
The NWT Housing Corporation and the RCMP recently signed an agreement to construct and manage 45 rental units for RCMP employees Construction Job Creation NT
The territorial government is planning to demolish the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre in Yellowknife. A public tender for the project will be sent out in the near future and the demolition is estimated to cost $597,000. Construction Other Type of Event NT
The Government of Canada is providing $3.5M to upgrade the Dene Wellness and Development Centre as well as waste facilities in Hay River and Yellowknife Construction Job Creation NT
The federal government is granting $964,800 over the next five years towards impaired driving reduction in Nunavut, using Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Drug Recognition Expert evaluation Public Administration Job Creation NU
The Government of Nunavut has awarded air service contracts to Canadian North for the Qikiqtaaluk and Kitikmeot regions, and Calm Air for the Kivalliq and Sanikluaq regions Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event NU
Tumikuluit, Iqaluit's only daycare, has closed temporarily due to a shortage of staff Educational Services Other Type of Event NU
Tununirusiq Daycare in Arctic Bay will be reopening its doors after receiving a $50,000 donation from Baffinland Iron Mines Corp Educational Services Job Creation NU
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. is donating $1M towards four projects in Baker Lake, including $150,000 for Baker Lake Search and Rescue to purchase drones and to provide technical training and certification for operators Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NU
The Government of Yukon and the Republic of the Philippines have signed a letter of intent to improve the recruitment system for Filipino workers in Yukon N/A Other Type of Event YT
The federal government is granting $33M to Yukon under the Gas Tax Fund. The funding will be used for local infrastructure projects including upgrades on the Hart Crescent recirculation station in Whitehorse and a new concession building in Dawson. Construction Job Creation YT
The Supreme Group of Companies is realigning its management team and reducing the workforce across all its locations. The company has two locations in the Edmonton area. Manufacturing Layoff AB
Numerous solar farms are currently in the works across Alberta. According to a document published by Solas Energy Consulting, if the province hit 3,200 MW of solar power capacity by 2030 it would create more than 8,800 annual full-time equivalent jobs. Utilities Job Creation AB
Glacier Kootenay Craft Ltd, a micro cannabis producer in Claresholm, has received its development permit. At the end of phase two, the project may to need a total of 75 employees, including growers, trimmers, cleaners and security staff. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
TC Energy is ramping up construction of the West Path pipeline through Cochrane with completion of the line expected in 2020. The expansion is part of a $2B upgrade program for the NOVA Gas system. Construction Job Creation AB
Ponoka County is providing about $1.5M to Rimbey's Missing Link Internet for two fibre optic cable projects. An additional $5.5M from the federal government and Missing Link will expand the project to several communities with completion expected in 2023. Construction Job Creation AB
Tilray Inc. is buying marijuana retailer 420 Investments Ltd. of Calgary for $110M. Four20 owns and operates six outlets in Alberta and has secured 16 more locations in the province, including Canmore, Calgary and Edmonton. Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Canada is providing about $5.7M for 10 steel and aluminum companies in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, and Nisku. The companies will create approximately 150 jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The Government of Canada is providing over $1.4M for festivals and arts organizations in Calgary and southern Alberta Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
JustBioFiber Structural Solutions is planning to invest $37M to expand production at its Airdrie plant to 3.5M hempcrete bricks a year Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Facing a revenue shortfall due to more than $4.473M in tax arrears owed by two oil and gas companies, Woodlands County is halting all non-essential spending including a $100,000 paving project for the Blue Ridge highway, among other projects Public Administration Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Cochrane is receiving provincial and federal funding totaling $7.1M for the 2019/2020 budget cycle. The money will be used for numerous infrastructure projects. Construction Job Creation AB
Calgary Co-op has decided to end its grocery contract with Federated Co-operative (FCL), worth about $400M, or about 20 per cent of FLC's grocery segment revenue in 2018. FCL also owns warehouses in Calgary, where several hundred jobs could be affected. Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
Supreme Steel, a steel construction plant in Winnipeg, is closing effective September 30, 2019. Approximately 54 staff will be affected by the closure. Manufacturing Layoff MB
The City of Brandon is tendering a renovation project that will amalgamate two Enhanced 911 backup centres to one location. The city's goal is to have the work done by December 31, 2019. Construction Job Creation MB
Three major projects, totalling around $82M, are currently under development at the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation: a water treatment plant, a Grade 7-12 school, and a new health centre Construction Job Creation MB
A new Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health will be located at Brandon University. The timeframe for opening of the centre is unknown at this time. Educational Services Other Type of Event MB
Habitat for Humanity is building 10 new homes in Regina. The federal and provincial governments are providing $455,000 towards the project, while the City of Regina will provide $150,000. Construction Other Type of Event SK
A new adult emergency department will be opening at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital this fall Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
The Government of Canada is granting $15.2M over three years to establish an Indigenous youth pilot program. The pilot will help engage and support Indigenous youth on the path towards reconciliation. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The federal government is granting $60,000 to the Town of Coronach and $518,500 to the City of Estevan to help the communities in transitioning to clean energy economies N/A Other Type of Event SK
Lake Estates Retirement community is building new retirement homes in Prince Albert. The $9M, 40-unit project will employ close to 75 people during construction and is scheduled for completion by summer 2020. Construction Job Creation SK
The Government of Canada is providing $5.4M over five years to help police departments across Saskatchewan combat drug-impaired driving Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
Grand Villa Casino in downtown Edmonton has laid off nearly 50 full-time employees. Another 50 to 60 part-time positions have also been eliminated. Gateway says that the cuts to staff and hours are meant to be temporary. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff AB
Waiward Industrial, a supplier of steel for oilsands projects, is loaded with work thanks to Alberta's continued petrochemical sector development, particularly the construction of Inter Pipeline's $3.5B Heartland Petrochemical Complex Manufacturing Job Creation AB
Alberta Innovates is joining federal, provincial, municipal and industry partners in contributing to a unique $10.5M clean technology demonstration project to reclaim land at the Paintearth coal mine near Forestburg Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation AB
SugarBud Craft Growers is starting cannabis cultivation and expects to complete its initial two harvests in December. Sugarbud expects to spend $11.7M to complete Phase 1 of its production facility and start construction on Phase 2 in 2020. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
Equs, a rural electrification association, is receiving $2.7M in federal and provincial funding to upgrade the rural power grid in Cypress County and a local shop. Equs is also installing automated meters for its 12,000 rural customers across Alberta. Utilities Job Creation AB
The City of Cold Lake is seeking designs for a new detachment building for the Cold Lake RCMP. The new building is expected to cost about $12M and be complete in three years. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation AB
Prospera Energy is making progress on well reactivations and workovers at a rate of 8-10 per month, with expectations that it will continue at this rate throughout the balance of 2019 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Crescent Point Energy is now targeting approximately 175 to 200 injection well conversions in 2019 compared to its original budget of approximately 145 conversions Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
The Grande Prairie Public School District is in the process of picking a contractor by the end of September to build the Grande Prairie Composite High School replacement project. The school is expected to open for the 2022/2023 school year. Construction Job Creation AB
Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. is expecting to bring its Pipestone/Wembley well into production during the second half of September 2019. Advantage is also bringing four light oil wells at Progress into production by November 2019. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
A jointly funded construction project will take place to enhance operations at the Port of Corner Brook, including the addition of a new warehouse and crane. The project will create an estimated 100 construction jobs. Construction Job Creation NL
Vanstone Scott College, a Department of Education-approved school that specializes in advanced medical aesthetic therapies, has opened on Torbay road in St. John's Educational Services Other Type of Event NL
Pumpkin House Child Care Centre, a jointly funded development that provides preschool and afterschool care for more than 120 children, opened in September 2019 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NL
Atlantic Cultivation Inc. has signed a deal to become a supplier and retailer of cannabis in NL. The company will create jobs in five retail outlets beginning in 2020, and at a growth facility on Kenmount Road in St. John's starting in 2021. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NL
Zenabis hosted a job fair in August 2019, as it plans to add 45 new positions at its cannabis production facility in Stellarton. With the new positions, the company hopes to have between 80 and 100 people employed at the plant by Christmas 2019. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NS
The federal and provincial governments will partner with Mi'kmaw communities across Nova Scotia in a $16.5M initiative to improve energy efficiency in on-reserve homes. Improvements will include adding insulation, ventilation systems, and heat pumps. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NS
Food service businesses Yeah Yeah's Pizza, in downtown Halifax, and Backoos Korean Food, in Dartmouth, have added second locations in the area. Other openings include Kanpai Izakaya, also downtown, and sit down restaurant The Rustic Crust, in Tantallon. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
Black Harbour Distillers opened in August 2019 in Hubbards. The company currently makes rum and vodka, with a view to expanding its product line. Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Work is nearing completion on the Bayfield Travel Centre, a Paqtnkek First Nation and federal initiative near Antigonish that includes a 24-hour gas station and other truck-stop services. The centre is expected to open in October 2019. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
The federal government will provide support to Hacketts Cove-based ASKO Marine Biotech Inc. to help the company create six positions as it develops more products from its harvest of sea cucumbers, including dietary supplement capsules Manufacturing Job Creation NS
Construction of a $48.8M highway interchange near Bridgewater, expected to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2022, will create 480 jobs Construction Job Creation NS
A McDonalds restaurant at the Pictou Rotary is expected to open in the summer of 2020, while a Starbucks coffee shop is currently under construction in the Aberdeen Shopping Centre in New Glasgow Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
MacDonald Auto Group closed Causeway Kia in Port Hawkesbury in August 2019, as it decided to centralize the small sales and service satellite operation to its larger dealership in Sydney. Four people were employed at Causeway Kia. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NS
The Government of Canada is providing $1M to a fundraising campaign for a palliative care home in Moncton. The provincial government had promised in June to provide $1M to the project if the federal government did the same. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2020. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
The District scolaire francophone Sud is still experiencing a shortage of staff. There is a serious shortage of bus drivers, substitute teachers, and janitors, particularly in the Miramichi, Saint John, and Fredericton regions. Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
Halifax-based Natural Forces has been selected by Saint John Energy to build, own and operate a $60M wind farm in Saint John's west side. The project will install up to 10 turbines, create 100 construction jobs and is expected to be operational by 2021. Utilities Job Creation NB
ACOA has provided $62,500 to Ébénisterie Foxwoods Millwork Inc., enabling the Beresford company to purchase new equipment and improve efficiencies. Foxwood is now better equipped to handle larger orders and has recently secured a large new contract. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NB
Gemba Software Solutions, a Saint John-headquartered company, has secured $2.9M in funding from various Atlantic Canadian firms. The company will use the funding to help increase its sales efforts and grow revenue. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event NB
The Construction Association of P.E.I. states that there is a need for 300 workers on the Island, with construction demands high in the midst of a housing shortage. It is reported that trained carpenters and site supervisors are the most in-demand. Construction Other Type of Event PE
Construction on the West Park Lane affordable rental housing development in View Royal is set to start this October. The Capital Region Housing Corporation will operate the 152-unit building when it opens for residents in September 2021. Construction Job Creation BC
Uber plans to launch ride-hailing services in the Lower Mainland by late 2019. Initial operations will likely focus on Metro Vancouver, with more communities added based on the number of available drivers. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
BC Canna Park is developing part of the Sooke Industrial Park into a complex providing 34 cannabis micro-cultivators with two buildings of growing space and a production facility. These new operations could employ up to 200 people. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
BC's Employment Standards Branch is hiring additional staff to investigate employment standards violations following changes to the complaint process that aim to make it more accessible for workers Public Administration Job Creation BC
Chinese grocery store chain Sungiven Foods plans to open three new locations in the Lower Mainland. Two of the stores will be located in Vancouver, while the third will be situated in Burnaby. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is providing the City of Vancouver $22M to establish a Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) urban climate centre. The funding will support the development of energy efficiency improvements in homes and buildings. Public Administration Job Creation BC
The Governments of Canada and BC have signed an agreement to support the electrification of the natural gas industry. The projects under consideration are expected to create new jobs and opportunities in rural and Indigenous communities across BC. N/A Job Creation BC
The McArthurGlen Vancouver Airport Outlet Centre expansion opened on August 29, featuring seven new retail stores. At least seven more retailers are expected to open over the coming months. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is providing the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) $1.9M towards research that will help minimize the environmental impacts of oil spills. The funding will support 11 scientific trainee positions at UNBC. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation BC
The Province of BC has awarded Windley Contracting a $9.7M contract to widen Highway 1 in Langford from Leigh Road to the West Shore Parkway. Construction will begin this September and is expected to be complete by summer 2021. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and New Relationship Trust have committed $9.5M in funding for the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative. The initiative supports Indigenous communities in developing local clean energy projects across BC. N/A Job Creation BC
TappCar plans to launch ride-hailing services in BC later this year. The company has applied to operate in parts of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay, and Cariboo regions. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Interfor will permanently close its Hammond sawmill in Maple Ridge by the end of 2019. The decision is part of Interfor's plan to reconfigure its BC Coastal business and reorganize its forestry and woodlands operations in coastal BC. Manufacturing Layoff BC
The Province of BC is spending $1.3B to redevelop Burnaby Hospital. The upgraded facility will include 2 new patient-care towers, 400 beds, an expanded emergency department, and a new cancer treatment centre. Construction is expected to begin in 2021. Construction Job Creation BC
The Province of BC is spending $21.4M to carry out seismic upgrades at Holly Elementary and George Greenaway Elementary in Surrey. Construction on both schools is expected to begin in summer 2020 and be compete by fall 2021. Construction Job Creation BC
Le Matériel Industriel (LMI), a manufacturer of sheet metal, wants to hire several mechanics and electrical mechanics at its Rougemont plant. The Government of Canada provided nearly $900,000 to help the employer modernize. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Emblem Cranberry, a Sainte-Eulalie-based berry producer, is investing $1.75M with the support of the provincial government to purchase machinery that will help expand its production to increasingly international customers Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Investment QC
Costco, a warehouse club-style retailer, will relocate its Sherbrooke location to the Plateau Saint-Joseph area. Eighty positions will need to be filled for its opening, scheduled for next year. Wholesale Trade Job Creation QC
Restaurant Le Samuel in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu closed, resulting in about 30 layoffs Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
Aztec Camping in Granby is investing nearly $3M to redevelop its site, which will reopen next summer Accommodation and Food Services Investment QC
Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) and the Government of Canada announced combined investments of $107M to develop freight transportation at Mirabel Airport Transportation and Warehousing Investment QC
Soft Tex Pillows, a manufacturer and distributor of pillows and other filled products, wants to hire about 20 people to fill day labourer positions at its Magog plant Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Sheraton Laval announced the start of major renovation work valued at $13M that will be carried out over the next two years Accommodation and Food Services Construction QC
The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing a combined $16M to renovate the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montréal. The renovations are scheduled to be completed by fall 2022. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Construction QC
Jupiter is investing approximately $45M in the construction of a dog and cat food manufacturing facility in Drummondville. About 50 people will be hired within the next five years. The project is supported by various partners. Manufacturing Construction QC
A Bâton Rouge restaurant opened in Joliette, creating 50 new jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Parc Découverte Nature in Coaticook is investing nearly $2.7M to develop an interactive fishing survival game called Acoatica. Five people will be hired for its opening in summer 2020. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
The City of Montréal is providing $16.5M to support 19 projects to develop and improve outdoor sports facilities in 16 of its boroughs Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Investment QC
Château Bellevue seniors residence opened on September 1 in Amqui following an investment of $35M. About 30 employees are working at the residence, a number that is expected to double in early October, when its care unit is scheduled to open. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Job Creation QC
Commission scolaire des Phares wants to fill 25 daycare teacher positions and about 15 support staff and teaching positions in particular subjects in schools in the RCMs of Rimouski-Neigette and La Mitis Educational Services Job Creation QC
Commission scolaire de Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup created at least 27 daycare teacher positions in preparation for the start of the current school year. To achieve this, a Skills Training Certificate program in daycare services was offered at the regional vocational centre. Educational Services Job Creation QC
Commission scolaire du Fleuve-et-des-Lacs is experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers on its substitute lists. The school board covers the territories of the RCMs of Les Basques and Témiscouata. Educational Services Job Creation QC
The federal government signed a 10-year agreement with the Maliseet of Viger First Nation in Cacouna to develop the commercial fishing industry and is providing $13M for hiring staff and the purchase of fishing equipment Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Investment QC
The construction of Desjardins' IT centre in Shawinigan's DigiHub is beginning thanks to an investment of $1.5M for this first phase of the project. The offices, where 30 employees will work, are scheduled to be ready for December. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation QC
Salon de l'emploi et de la formation de Shawinigan, a job and training fair in Shawinigan, will take place on September 18. The fair will have up to 75 exhibitors, including 65 employers, as well as training institutions, and employability resources. N/A Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec announced the start of construction on the courthouse in Roberval. The project, valued at more than $66M, is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2022. Public Administration Construction QC
A Shogun Sushi chain restaurant has just opened in Chicoutimi. About 10 jobs were created. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Plomberie R. Morris in Albanel announced it has been awarded a contract worth $2M to install a plumbing and heating system in a local community service centre (CLSC) in Aupaluk Construction Other Type of Event QC
Inkub Desjardins, a project promoting entrepreneurship and the development of digital technologies, was launched in Chicoutimi. An investment of more than $1.1M was required for the project. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec announced an investment of $8.3M for the creation of three offices of the Ministère de l'Immigration de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion. The offices will be located in La Sarre, Amos, and Ville-Marie and create seven jobs. Public Administration Job Creation QC
Achard Location et Vente announced an investment of $1M to expand its facilities in Chicoutimi, creating four jobs Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec announced a contribution of $5.5M to Cégep Beauce-Appalaches in Sainte-Marie for the construction of a new learning centre. Construction is scheduled to be completed by fall 2020. Educational Services Construction QC
Fortress Global obtained a loan of $5M from the Government of Quebec to help it sustain operations at its Thurso plant. The loan will allow the company to maintain 323 jobs in the short term. Manufacturing Investment QC
The BMR Matériaux Delisle hardware store in Saint-Nazaire will close at the beginning of November. The number of jobs that will be lost is currently unknown. Retail Trade Layoff QC
Au Pierre-Narcisse restaurant in Baie-Saint-Paul closed permanently at the end of August. The number of employees who have lost their job is currently unknown. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
The Government of Quebec and the Municipality of Deux-Montagnes announced a joint investment of more than $3.4M to expand the municipal fire station and bring it up to code Public Administration Construction QC
Fengate PCL Progress Partners secured a $1.5B contract from the Government of Ontario for the Macdonald Block Reconstruction Project in Toronto. Construction will begin immediately and last until 2024. Construction Job Creation ON
Construction by Buttcon Limited and The Atlas Corporation is underway on the new $116M North building at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto Construction Job Creation ON
Transport Canada announced an investment of $5.5M for a project that will increase capacity at the Port of Hamilton, creating an estimated 110 construction jobs in the region Construction Job Creation ON
Adient plc, an automotive parts manufacturer in Tillsonburg, will hire between 70 and 100 workers after securing a new contract with Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Construction commenced in Chatham-Kent on two new natural gas transmission pipelines developed by Enbridge Gas Construction Job Creation ON
Metrolinx awarded Icomera Canada Inc. a $65M contract to equip its fleet of GO Transit buses and trains with wireless internet service beginning in 2020 Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation ON
Multi-Health Systems Inc., a technology company in Markham, will receive $1.9M from the Government of Canada for research and development, creating about 80 jobs Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Decast Ltd., a manufacturer in Simcoe County, completed a $12M expansion, creating about 70 new jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
The first phase of the $80M Maley Drive expansion in Sudbury should be completed by the end of 2019 Construction Job Creation ON
Dabbah Corp., business support services provider, is looking to hire 20 employees in Peterborough by this December and another 17 next year Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON

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