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.

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News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The Government of Canada and the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay are jointly investing over $160,000 under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to renovate the hamlet's youth centre Construction Job Creation NU
The Government of Nunavut is offering an Introduction to Prospecting course in eight communities this summer. The sessions will provide attendees with the skills and techniques needed to see jobs in the prospecting field. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NU
Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. recently announced that it would reimburse employee travel costs from all 13 Qikiqtani communities to its Mary River mine and training sites with the goal of increasing Inuit employment numbers Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NU
The Government of Northwest Territories has budgeted $30M towards the construction of a replacement air terminal in Inuvik while the federal government is investing a further $2.3M towards airport improvements in Fort Smith and Norman Wells Construction Job Creation NT
The Territories' summer construction season will begin shortly and include improvements to more than 200 km of highway, three access roads and three bridges. The $46.4M federal¿ joint territorial funding was announced in the fall of 2017. Construction Job Creation NT
Solvest Inc. is partnering with Cropbox to test a hydroponic farming operation in Whitehorse. The refurbished shipping container will grow sufficient fresh produce for a small community and be adapted to meet arctic energy consumption needs. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation YT
The federal and Yukon governments along with First Nations and other organizations have jointly funded $11.4M over two years toward upgrading and renovating public spaces and community infrastructure in the territory N/A Job Creation NT
The Government of Yukon recently announced a $3.6M fund for the development and construction of innovative and affordable housing projects throughout the territory. The fund will extend over five years, with annual intakes and pre-approvals possible. Construction Job Creation NT
The Yukon government has accepted the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board's recommendation to reject a proposal for a placer mine at Judas Creek due to the potentially harmful impacts on wildlife in the Marsh Lake area Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event YT
The governments of Canada and Yukon are jointly investing more than $9M towards the installation of sensors so that the safety of roads, bridges and streams can be electronically monitored Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation YT
According to a new report by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan farmers reported a decrease of 22% in net income compared to 2016-17. The decline is attributed to tariffs imposed by India and to extreme drought in the province. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
The provincial government approved legislation authorizing ridesharing companies to operate in Saskatchewan on May 29. Municipalities will set their ridesharing bylaws for their jurisdictions. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation SK
According to the Conference Board of Canada, Saskatchewan's economic growth is expected to slow down to 1.3% in 2018. However, job creation is anticipated to improve, and the unemployment rate will decline in the province this year. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Weyburn City Council recently awarded a water main replacement project worth over $500,000 to Jordan Excavating. Work is expected to start in July and should be completed by the end of August. Construction Job Creation SK
ComIT will offer its first course in computer programming in Saskatoon in June. The provincial government is funding the three-month program to help alleviate a shortage of software developers in the province. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event SK
The provincial government has provided over $15M for highway and bridge construction work that is currently underway in southwestern Saskatchewan Construction Job Creation SK
According to the latest crop report, 91% of crops were in the ground as of May 31, well ahead of the five-year average of 81% for this time of year Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
The University of Saskatchewan received a private donation of over $2M to build a state-of-the-art sport, science and health centre on campus. The facility is expected to open in early 2019. Construction Job Creation SK
Several schools in northeastern Saskatchewan will receive nearly $1.4M in repairs and upgrades over the next school year Construction Job Creation SK
The Richardson Foundation has donated $50,000 towards repurposing the former Unity Centennial Swimming Pool site into a multi-use facility. Construction work is set to begin in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed by fall 2018. Construction Job Creation SK
The provincial government recently started construction on Farm in the Dell group home in Aberdeen. The group home supports the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy by creating residential services for persons with disabilities. Construction Job Creation SK
Some food truck operators in Regina will not renew their permit, citing higher permit prices and declining sales Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event SK
The federal government has approved seven Saskatchewan crop-dusting operators to fight grass fires in the province through the Single Engine Aircraft Tanker (SEAT) program Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
The provincial government is providing $1.54M to upgrade the Theodore Dam as part of its 2018-19 water management infrastructure plan. A start date has not yet been established. Construction Job Creation SK
The third phase of Moose Jaw's water main replacement plan recently got underway. Construction work is expected to be completed by the end of June. Construction Job Creation SK
A new state-of-the-art weather radar station opened in Radisson, near Saskatoon, replacing the old radar that had been down for eight months Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation SK
The Government of Alberta has reached a two-year funding agreement with the Alberta Medical Association that contains no pay increases and will save $95M in health-care costs. The agreement runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta, through the 2018 Visitor Services Innovation Fund, provided grants to 16 visitor services providers of up to $7,000 to individual organizations and up to $16,000 to those that partner on improvements Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
Red Deer College is launching a two-year Justice Studies Diploma starting in fall 2018 partly in response to a local shortage of qualified corrections officers. The program will offer graduates the opportunity to begin entry-level jobs in corrections. Educational Services Job Creation AB
Prairie Provident Resources plans to spend $12M on completions and drilling during the second and third quarters of 2018 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Rangeland Helicopters Inc. and Super T Aviation have leased space at the former Integra Air hangar in Medicine Hat to provide ramp services at the airport. Rangeland has kept four members of staff who were previously with Integra. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The City of Medicine Hat has contracted out work for five roofing projects at city parks throughout the summer Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing $90M to upgrade or replace the Vinca Bridge near Redwater. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 with the aim of a 2023 completion. Construction Job Creation AB
The $100M Dorian Hotel in Calgary, currently under construction, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 with about 150 employees Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
The City of Lethbridge has passed two borrow bylaws totalling nearly $14M for electricity transmission infrastructure upgrades. The funding covers two separate projects that were both included as part of the 2018 to 2027 Capital Improvement Program. Construction Job Creation AB
The US Department of Commerce recently imposed tariffs of 25% on Canadian imported steel and 10% on Canadian imported aluminum. Rio Tinto in Kitimat is BC's only aluminum smelter. The company employs 1,000 people and is an economic driver for the region. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event BC
The federal government awarded a $66M contract to Seaspan Shipyards to build two support ships for the Canadian Navy. Initial work on the vessels began in June. Manufacturing Job Creation BC
An Urban Fare grocery store and a Canadian Tire store are opening in fall 2018 at Mount Royal West in Calgary. The mixed-use development will also have medical office suites and a 32-storey condominium tower. N/A Job Creation AB
Construction is underway on 46 modular housing units in Kelowna. The provincial government is providing $8M in capital and construction costs for the project. The units are expected to be completed by September 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
ATB Riva Calzoni Hydro Canada Inc. signed a $68M contract with BC Hydro to provide the hydromechanical equipment for the Site C dam. The company will mobilize to the site in the summer, and the work will be completed over five years. Construction Job Creation ON
Construction started on the Cambie Street bridge in Vancouver to add a new bike lane. The work is expected to be completed by the end of June. Construction Job Creation BC
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is staffing a southwest rescue unit and replacing retiring firefighters with thirty new graduates. Another class of 16 to 20 firefighters is expected to graduate toward the end of this year. Public Administration Job Creation AB
The Patient Family Centre recently opened at BC Cancer - Abbotsford. The new centre offers cancer-related workshops, teaching sessions and resource materials. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
Longview Aviation Capital and its related company Viking Air Ltd. are hiring 150 new employees in Calgary. The Victoria-based company recently secured a $90M order for upgraded waterbombers. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The Province of BC is expanding tuition-fee waivers for former youth in care to include construction trades training delivered by union providers Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
Rocky View County has approved Cochrane North, a planned community by Canopy Lands slated for 425 homes and a community centre. The developer plans to spend the balance of this year working on utility servicing. Construction Job Creation AB
Viking Air Ltd. is hiring 50 skilled trades workers at its North Saanich manufacturing facility to build conversion kits for waterbombers Manufacturing Job Creation BC
The provincial government is spending $23M over three years for a developmental program that will include 50 new clinical pharmacists. The new positions are part of the government's plan for a primary health-care strategy for the province. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
Babies to Big Kids Childcare in Victoria is shutting down at the end of June. The daycare was forced to close due to the lease not being renewed. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff BC
Obsidian Energy is spending an additional $50M in the remainder of 2018 to drill 13 more oil wells Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Starting this fall, Calgary-based ride-hailing company Cowboy Taxi plans expand their operations into Brandon. Meanwhile, Edmonton-based TappCar, is planning to expand into Steinbach. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation MB
The City of Airdrie has approved a bylaw that will allow debenture borrowing to fund the 2018 Roadworks Capital Project. The costs for financing the construction of the two-lane road will add up to approximately $11.3M. Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Grande Prairie has started work on three construction projects. The work consists of road rehabilitation, replacing and upgrading of concrete sidewalks, and the construction of industrial storm ponds. Construction Job Creation AB
Terra Life Sciences has completed Phase 1 of its medical cannabis facility in Olds and is starting construction on Phase 2. The site is expected to have up to 112 full-time employees by the end of 2019. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
Pembina Hills Public Schools is offering a $2,500 incentive to all new and existing staff if they move into the division's geographic area. The initiative is intended to help grow the local communities and sustain school viability. Educational Services Other Type of Event AB
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced that it will close the Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals emergency rooms and intensive care units by June 2019. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
A tentative deal has been reached between Manitoba groups and American company Omnitrax for ownership of the Churchill rail line Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event MB
The provincial and federal governments signed a bi-lateral spending agreement worth more than $1.1B to support infrastructure projects over the next ten years Wholesale Trade Other Type of Event MB
Manufacturers on both sides of the US-Canada border expect to be negatively impacted by recently imposed tariffs. Manitoba exports about $10B worth of goods and services to the United States every year. Manufacturing Other Type of Event MB
Winnipeg's Cumberland Avenue will be partially closed for construction from June 3 to July 27. Over 150Km of of lanes within Winnipeg will be repaired, due in part to $116M in municipal funding. Construction Job Creation MB
The provincial government is providing an additional $5M to the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Inuit Art Centre. Last year, the provincial government committed $10M to the project over 5 years. Public Administration Other Type of Event MB
Manitoba egg farmers are benefiting from the increased popularity of breakfast options in the restaurant industry. According to Manitoba Egg Farmers, retail egg sales increased 5.5% over a recent one-year period. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event MB
Silverstone Precast Inc. has hired 25 employees for its new Pickardville facility in Westlock County. Silverstone manufactures precast hollow-core concrete panels used in building construction. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The Town of Slave Lake and several independent contractors are installing two raw water intake pipes extending several hundred metres into Lesser Slave Lake. The intake and an associated waterline will supply the water treatment plant in Slave Lake. Construction Job Creation AB
The Town of Taber has awarded a $1.45M contract to Tollestrup Construction Inc. for street improvement projects in 2018. The work includes paving, asphalt milling and surface concrete improvements. Construction Job Creation AB
The Town of Taber has signed a Utility Services Agreement to operate the Lantic Inc. wastewater treatment plant effective June 1, 2018. Lantic will pay the town to provide skilled workers to operate the wastewater services to the Rogers Sugar Factory. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation AB
Postmedia Network Inc. is eliminating 26 full-time and 26 part-time positions in Calgary due to a plant closure this summer. The company is outsourcing the printing of the Calgary Sun newspaper. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation AB
Acreage Pharms Ltd., a medical cannabis supplier near Peers, has been licensed by Health Canada effective May 18, 2018 and is accepting patients and processing orders Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The City of Sudbury will spend $90M on road construction in 2018 Construction Job Creation ON
Aphria Inc. is investing $55M to build a new cannabis extraction facility in Leamington, which will create 50 new jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Kinectrics Inc., a Bruce Power supplier has secured two new locations in Bruce County and plans to create 50 jobs over the next several years Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
The Coca-Cola Company is spending $85M to construct a dairy production facility in Peterborough. The facility will create 35 manufacturing jobs and should begin operations in early 2020. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Foodora Inc., a food delivery service, is expanding into Mississauga  Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
Reko International Group Inc. has opened a new automation facility in Lakeshore, which will employ 30 people Manufacturing Job Creation ON
UNIQLO Canada Inc. will open three new stores this fall in the Greater Toronto Area in Vaughan Mills, Square One in Mississauga, and in Cadillac Fairview Markville in Markham Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Tomlinson Aqua Park in Kingston has opened for the summer season Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Samuel, Son & Co., a metals distributor and industrial products manufacturer, will invest $18M towards expanding its Brantford automotive metal processing centre by end of this year Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Shaw Almex Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of vulcanizing equipment for the mining industry, is looking to add five new employees at its operation in Parry Sound by the end of 2018 Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd. will be closing its downtown London location and intends on relocating affected employees to other locations where possible. Date of closure has not been confirmed at this time. Retail Trade Layoff ON
The Kingston Guitar Shop has closed, citing internet competition as the reason Retail Trade Layoff ON
Oasis animation, a 2D animation studio, has announced its plan to expand in Montréal to increase its production capacity after securing contracts. This project will create 100 jobs and establish a training campus. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec has announced details on the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project in Montréal. This nearly $394M investment should begin in August 2018 and finish in 2022. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec has announced the opening an 80-place day-care centre in the Jewish General Hospital of Montréal. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
The National Institute of Scientific Research in Laval has announced a $20M investment from the governments of Quebec and Canada to modernize its main building and carry out research work on new medications. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Action 500 Dorval has announced the opening of an indoor karting centre for electric vehicles following a $500,000 investment from Fondaction, which also created about 30 jobs in Dorval Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec and its partners have announced that construction has started on the Kehilla affordable housing project in Côte-Saint-Luc, an almost $16M investment Construction Other Type of Event QC
Les Entreprises QMD inc., a construction firm, is implementing the Building Information Model (BIM) process and workforce training plan, which will create 52 jobs Construction Job Creation QC
Groupe Leclair is starting work on its Composites Leclair division in Terrebonne, which will be up and running in November following a total investment of $8.5M. Sixteen employees are expected to be hired, and this number could reach 25 during the first two years. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Nolinor Aviation is investing in a new technological project aiming to upgrade its aircraft fleet's avionics systems, a $10M investment that will be spread over 5 to 6 years Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event QC
The provincial Conseil du trésor will make an interest call from June 7 to 19 to fill 1,500 positions, including a socio-economic research and planning officer, a business process analyst, and an administrative officer Public Administration Other Type of Event QC
A Ben & Florentine restaurant will open in the Complexe santé Kingsville in Thetford this fall. About 20 jobs will be created. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Avril, a supermarket offering organic products, is opening its largest Quebec store in Laval. This $10M investment created 180 jobs. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Simons, a retailer, is unveiling its plans to design a store in Montréal's West Island at CF Fairview Pointe Claire. The location is expected to open in 2021. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Nicolas-Riou wind farm in the Basques and Rimouski-Neigette RCMs has been employing 10 people responsible for managing and maintaining of the site's infrastructure since January Utilities Job Creation QC
The extension of the Montréal métro renewal contract should ensure a year and a half's worth of work at the Bombardier plant in La Pocatière. There will still be some layoffs, but they will be temporary. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
BDM + Furniture inc. in Trois-Rivières has 50 jobs to fill but is facing recruitment difficulties, specifically in upholstery. The company has started hiring newcomers. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Marché Massicotte Ami, located in the Cap-de-la-Madeleine sector of the City of Trois-Rivières , will close on June 8 Retail Trade Layoff QC
A new website named Choisir La Tuque was created to promote employment, entrepreneurship, tourism, recreation and lifestyle. It can be accessed at www.choisirlatuque.ca and includes a company directory. N/A Other Type of Event QC
The Société de transport de Montréal has announced a $941M investment in constructing about 830 hybrid buses. These vehicles will be built in Saint-Eustache by the Nova company and delivered by 2024. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Airbus, Bombardier, and Investissement Québec have agreed to close the C Series partnership effective July 1, 2018. The head office, main assembly line, and associated operations will be Mirabel-based. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Alco-TMI, a company specializing in the installation of piping, industrial mechanics, and boilermaking in Alma, has been awarded a $4M contract to install CO2 capture towers Construction Other Type of Event QC
Groupe LAR inc. in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-La-Croix has been awarded a $150M contract with BC Hydro Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Giant Tiger Stores Limited opened a store in Rouyn-Noranda on June 2 Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
Cegreco, a construction company in Chicoutimi, has been awarded a $15M contract in Ontario for Parks Canada Construction Other Type of Event QC
Resolute Forest Products, located in various parts of the Côte-Nord region, is looking for 70 new employees by the end of the year Manufacturing Job Creation QC
PCP Aluminium in La Baie announces the elimination of a work shift, resulting in the layoff of 30 employees Manufacturing Layoff QC
Accreon Inc., a technical company specializing in servicing healthcare companies, is increasing its presence in Montréal. The company anticipates hiring about 40 people by 2019. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
The National Optics Institute (INO) announces the opening of its Montréal office in the Computer Research Institute of Montréal (CRIM) Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event QC
Verbom inc., a company specializing in sheet metal processing, announces the construction of a new plant in Sherbrooke. This project valued at nearly $13M will create about 50 jobs. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The CoCo délice restaurant in Sherbrooke ceased operations on June 3, 2018, resulting in the loss of about 20 jobs Accommodation and Food Services Layoff QC
According to the government of NL, the numbers of workers in the seafood processing sector decreased by 10% from 2016 to 2017. Many plants have closed in recent years as a result of the decline in crab and shrimp stocks and quotas. Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
Armatures Bois-Francs inc., a company specializing in reinforcing steel manufacturing for the construction industry, has announced a $3.5M investment to acquire a plant in Châteauguay, which will create 15 jobs Wholesale Trade Job Creation QC
Yourbarfactory, a company specializing in healthy snack production, started construction on its Châteauguay plant. Work is expected to end in December 2018 and will create 100 jobs. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Coopérative de solidarité du Bel Âge in Pincourt has begun constructing an 80-unit senior's home following an $18.1M investment Construction Other Type of Event QC
A private retirement home to be built in Baie Verte is expected to employ 36 people, including personal care attendants and cooking and cleaning staff. It was hoped to have the centre open by Christmas 2018, but weather has delayed construction. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NL
Canopy Growth plans to fill more than 150 jobs at its production plant in St. John's and 75 to 100 jobs at its four retail stores in NL upon the legalization of cannabis. A job fair was held in June 2018, and another will follow at a later date. Retail Trade Job Creation NL
The town of Burgeo has awarded a 6% wage increase to its five employees as part of a deal that will run to 2020. According to town officials, the raise brings wages in line with those of similar workers in other communities in the region. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
Biome Grow hopes to build a cannabis production facility in Barachois Brook by late 2019 and employ 100 workers. The company may start a smaller scale operation before that date in a temporary structure, once it obtains the needed licenses. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NL
Irving Shipbuilding hopes to grow from 1,800 to 2,800 workers in Halifax by late 2020 and also will begin an initiative to recruit 100 CAF veterans over the next five years in various positions, as work continues on the federal shipbuilding contract Manufacturing Job Creation NS
The government of Nova Scotia has eliminated six library technician positions from elementary schools in Cape Breton, as part of a trend in the province to instead allow classroom teachers manage the library experience of students Educational Services Layoff NS

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