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
According to the Association of Regina Realtors Inc., real estate sales declined six percent in the city during the first half of 2017. Meanwhile, the number of listings rose to 1,577 at the end of June - reaching its highest level in a decade. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event SK
SaskPower has issued a request for proposals for a 200-megawatt wind power project. The successful independent power producer will be announced in the of fall 2018, with the project expected to begin operations in early 2021. Utilities Other Type of Event SK
Work is underway to build two sets of passing lanes on Highway 5 near Humboldt. The $7.6M project, which started in late June, should be completed this fall. Construction Job Creation SK
Saskatchewan's merchandise exports reached $2.6B in May 2017, up 38.3% from the previous year. The province experienced the third highest percentage increase in the country. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The value of building permits issued in Saskatchewan during the first five months of 2017 reached $805.3M, an increase of 20.8% compared to the same period in 2016 Construction Other Type of Event SK
Apache Corp., a US oil and gas company, has sold its Canadian assets in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan for close to $1B Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
The federal government is granting $896M over the next 11 years for infrastructure projects in Saskatchewan as part of a long-term bilateral agreement with the province N/A Other Type of Event SK
Correctional Service Canada is closing its national training academy in Regina in 2018. Ten affected employees will be reassigned to other positions within the service. Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
Cirque du Soleil hired 193 workers in Winnipeg for the six-week duration of their Kurios tour in the city. The final show in Winnipeg took place on July 9. N/A Job Creation MB
Omnitrax has closed its Thompson office, citing the washout of the only railway to Churchill for its closure Transportation and Warehousing Layoff MB
The Town Centre Hotel in The Pas was destroyed by fire on July 7. Eleven employees have now lost their jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff MB
Winnipeg hoteliers have yet to see an uptake of reservations for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, a two-week event from July 28 to August 13, that is expected to draw over 20,000 visitors to the city Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event MB
The provincial and federal governments are providing $2.25M to build an affordable housing complex for seniors in Thompson. The facility should be completed by the end of 2018. Construction Job Creation MB
Manitoba pork farmers have been struggling to contain a virus fatal to piglets that could threaten the province's industry. The outbreak has now spread to 51 pork operations in early July, compared to about 40 the previous month. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event MB
Ontario-based OnX Canada will begin operating an emergency backup data centre for the Nova Scotia government in the summer of 2018. Fifteen to 20 full-time jobs will be created at the centre. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NS
Celtic Air Services expects to create 19 jobs over the next few years at the Port Hawkesbury Airport as it increases its aircraft services. The company says increased tourism has led to much more activity at the airport over recent years. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NS
The Great Canadian Dollar Store expects to open a location in the New Glasgow Highland Square Mall in October 2017. It is the chain's second store in the area, and will employ about 15 workers. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Sailor Bup's Barbershop will open a location at the Cornwallis Inn, Kentville, in August 2017. The business has three locations in the Halifax metro area as well. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event NS
BeaverTails opened at Peake's Quay on Charlottetown's waterfront this month, with the store expecting to staff 15 people. The Canadian-based chain, which has another PEI location on the Cavendish boardwalk, specializes in pastries. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation PE
About 10 new small businesses have opened in Tatamagouche over the last year. The charm, friendly people and affordability are contributing to the mini boom of the area. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NS
The latest Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey states that only 7% of Charlottetown area employers expect to hire in the third quarter of 2017, with the same percentage anticipating cutbacks. Across Canada 17% of employers expect to hire more staff. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event PE
Heddle Marine Services has grown its workforce to more than 25 employees over the last few months at its Sydport location. The business employs labourers, welders, fitters and other occupations while providing a variety of marine services. Manufacturing Job Creation NS
A six-month pilot project which will see a public transit system introduced to Bridgewater will begin the fall of 2017. Drivers will be hired over the next few months for the single bus which will make a loop through the town. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NS
Sekisui Diagnostics in Charlottetown's West Royalty Business Park has completed a $6M expansion and is now expanding further with the construction of another building in Charlottetown. The bioscience company has grown by 34 full-time staff since 2011. Manufacturing Job Creation PE
The Summit Academy of Active Learning, an independent private school, will open in Bedford in the fall of 2017 and serve pre-primary to Grade 9 students Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
Dexter Mining has begun work on the I.O.C's Wabush 3 project in Labrador West. About 70 workers will be employed in the construction of the new mining pit, which is expected to begin operating in the second half of 2018 and extend the life of the mine. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NL
Housing starts in PEI are up 46% over the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. According to the CMHC, this is the strongest growth in a long time and the increase can be attributed to the number of new immigrants on the Island. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event PE
The Barry Group hopes to invest $20M to establish ocean perch processing plants in Humber Arm South and Port-aux-Basques in anticipation of increased allocated quotas in 2019.The company says hundreds of jobs would be created in the construction phase. Manufacturing Job Creation NL
The government of NL and St. John's-based Bluedrop Performance Learning have entered into a partnership to expand the company's on-line workplace training technology. The project could result in the creation of 50 jobs in Atlantic Canada. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NL
Halifax-based C&D Recycling expects to set up an operation in Norris Arm to recycle used tires into aggregate for the construction industry. The pilot project would create jobs for four to six workers. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation NL
Moncton's Apex Industries has secured additional contracts for Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet program. Twelve full-time jobs including planners, machinists, quality assurance, and program management will be secured as a result. Manufacturing Job Creation NB
Saje Natural Wellness has opened its first New Brunswick location in CF Champlain in Dieppe. Saje was founded in 1992 and sells essential oils and related products. The company also has two stores in Halifax, NS and another in St. John's, NF. Retail Trade Job Creation NB
The new Reversing Falls restaurant in Saint John is in the final stages of construction and with staffing being hired as it prepares to open in late July 2017. The 2,600-ft. skywalk is a key tourist attraction of the venue, which will allow people to go to the rooftop. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NB
ACOA announced that $24.5M will be invested in Atlantic Canadian tourism over three years, which is expected to create 6,000 jobs. The Atlantic Growth Strategy will promote Atlantic Canada as a global tourism destination, to areas like China and Germany. Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation NB
Toronto-based financial technology company Dream Payments opened a Centre of Excellence in Moncton, with plans to expand. The office has 15 staff, including software engineers and developers, with a focus on improving the company's payment technology. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NB
Cineplex Entertainment is building a Rec Room recreation complex at West Edmonton Mall, the second location in the city. The company is planning a job fair within the next month to fill the 400 positions expected when the venue opens. Construction Job Creation AB
CBI Health Group, the largest provider of community healthcare services in Canada, has opened a health clinic in Lloydminster. The company plans to hire between 15 to 18 professionals, as services grow over the next couple of years. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The County of Grande Prairie has awarded a contract to Taber Solids Control to desludge wastewater treatment lagoons in La Glace and Bezanson. The work is expected to be complete by the end of the summer. Construction Job Creation AB
Border Paving is undertaking the crack sealing and asphalt paving program for the Town of Ponoka in 2017. The Ponoka Airport taxiway extension will also be completed this summer. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta has allocated almost $1M in additional GreenTrip money for the Roam Regional Transit service in the Bow Valley. The funds will target expansion of transit options and improvement of transit infrastructure. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
The County of Wetaskiwin is receiving $3.7M from the Government of Alberta for four transportation infrastructure projects. Some of the work will extend into the 2018 construction season. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta has committed up to $1.53B over eight years to the first phase of the Calgary Green Line public transit project. Construction is estimated to create more than 12,000 direct jobs and over 8,000 supporting jobs. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing $32.4M to the Heartland Housing Foundation to construct the Clover Bar Lodge seniors facility in Sherwood Park. Construction is expected to start in spring 2018 with occupancy projected for spring 2020. Construction Job Creation AB
The Edmonton Police Service is starting design work for a new $48M live-fire training facility. The design portion is estimated at $1M, with projected construction in 2019-2022. Construction Job Creation AB
Campgrounds in the Bow Valley are slated for improvements as part of a $30M funding commitment from the Government of Alberta for infrastructure work in Kananaskis Country Construction Job Creation AB
Apache Corp. has sold its assets in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan for close to $1B in a strategic exit from Canada. The company had previously planned $125M in spending in Canada through to 2018. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Starbuds, a medical marijuana access centre, has opened in St. Albert. The centre has one part-time doctor on site to assess patients and provide treatment options. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Emissions Reduction Alberta has awarded $30M to help fund 12 projects designed to tackle methane emissions in the province. The projects have a combined value of more than $83M. N/A Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is investing $88M and the Government of Canada more than $74M to twin the Peace River bridge. Funding will also be used to construct an underslung pedestrian bridge. Construction Job Creation AB
The Jasper Employment and Education Centre currently lists about 300 job openings in hotels, bars, restaurants and tour companies, but employers are reporting a shortage of workers this year N/A Other Type of Event AB
Natural Health Services is opening a medical cannabis clinic in Lethbridge on July 17. The company is the largest prescriber of medical marijuana in Canada. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Portage College in Lac La Biche is planning to open a dedicated laboratory facility for its water and wastewater operator technician courses. The college estimates that the project will cost $25M to $40M for construction. Educational Services Job Creation AB
The Sears store in Medicine Hat has given layoff notice to 20 full-time and 54 part-time employees. Local Sears employees have been told the store will be closing in mid-September and will be moved out of Medicine Hat Mall in early October. Retail Trade Layoff AB
The Government of Alberta is investing about $27M worth of credits in 17 businesses, in the first round of the Capital Investment Tax Credit. The program is expected to support more than 1,500 full- and part-time jobs. N/A Job Creation AB
Red Bull is planning to film extreme sports activities, such as mountain biking, and do aerial photography in Nunavut. The company also plans to establish a base camp, which will be operated by the Arctic Kingdom tour company. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NU
The Government of Nunavut is publishing online cruise ships itineraries with passenger information and dates in anticipation of the upcoming tourist season N/A Other Type of Event NU
The SideDoor youth ministries centre in Yellowknife has launched two new programs: Housing First 4 Youth and HELP4U, an employment program for youth Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NT
The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are jointly providing $520,000 for affordable housing projects in Carmacks and Watson Lake Construction Job Creation YT
The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board has granted conditional approval for the Haeckel Hill wind turbine project by Northern Capital Energy. Pending final approval, the project could begin production as early as fall 2018. Construction Job Creation YT
The Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada are providing $600M for improving and developing infrastructure. The funding will be available starting March 31, 2018 and will be dispersed over 10 years. Construction Job Creation YT
Plans for rehabilitation of the aging Ross River suspension footbridge may be in limbo due to escalating costs of construction. The Government of Yukon has already spent more than $1.5M on design work and on stabilizing the north and south towers. Construction Job Creation YT
The City of Chilliwack has awarded Preview Builders International a $10.8M contract to build a new curling rink and community centre. The majority of construction is expected to be completed by July 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
Britco, a modular construction company in Agassiz, is hiring employees to fill positions vacated by previous layoffs Construction Job Creation BC
The Town of View Royal has approved rezoning for a $200M high-density housing complex. The redevelopment plans include replacing the 161-unit Christie Point complex with 473 rental units. Construction Job Creation BC
The Josie Hotel in Rossland has begun the process of hiring 90 to 100 staff for various positions. The hotel is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2018. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The provincial government is providing $100M in relief funds to those affected by the Interior wildfires. The funding will assist evacuees with the resources needed to rebuild. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Vancouver Coastal Health recently hired five full-time specialized nurses set to begin work on August 11 in the Sea to Sky corridor Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
Northern Health has hired three new resident psychiatrists to serve Smithers, Terrace and surrounding communities Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
The Interior Health Authority has put out an urgent call to health care workers in the Interior to assist during the wildfire evacuations. Care aides are needed to work in Prince George and Merritt. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
The federal government is providing $2.7M in funding to the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Chance to Choose: A Youth Employment Program. The program aims to help vulnerable youth between the ages of 15 and 30 become employed or return to school. N/A Other Type of Event BC
Concentrix Corporation has announced plans to hire 200 new call centre workers in Oshawa Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
Ontario Northland Transportation Commission is recruiting 60 skilled workers, including more than 40 production workers, at its Remanufacturing and Repair division in North Bay Manufacturing Job Creation ON
KSR International Co., an auto parts manufacturer in Chatham-Kent, will expand its production and invest in new equipment, creating 40 new jobs and retaining 607 positions Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Niagara College is investing more than $70M for ten projects at their Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses, which are expected to be completed by August 2018 Construction Job Creation ON
Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners has been awarded the contract to build a 5,000 seat entertainment centre in Niagara Falls, with construction expected to begin late summer Construction Job Creation ON
Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital will receive $2.3M from the Government of Ontario to revitalize its facilities Construction Job Creation ON
Venasse Building Group Inc. began construction on Canadore College's new 2,500-sq.-ft. post-production facility to be completed in the fall Construction Job Creation ON
Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute in M'Chigeeng, Manitoulin Island, is expected to begin construction on the new Anishinabek Skills, Innovation and Research Centre this summer. The $2M project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2018. Educational Services Job Creation ON
Caron Equipment Inc. began reconstruction of Pine St. South in Timmins. The $850K project is expected to be completed in August. Construction Job Creation ON
Drexel Industries, a warehousing, logistics and shipping company plans to hire more staff at their London plant Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre will begin construction on a new cardiovascular surgery facility to be operational by spring 2020 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
The Canadian Tire store in Listowel will expand to 30,000-sq.-ft. by spring 2018 to accommodate future growth Construction Job Creation ON
TimeHero Inc., a software firm in Sudbury, will develop a scheduling app, creating eight jobs Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Four new restaurants and a flower shop opened in Asphodel-Norwood, in Peterborough Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Niagara Region is hiring six full-time childcare staff as part of a regional expansion Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is cutting 12 full-time and two part-time nursing positions Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff ON
The City of Drummondville has awarded a $930,000 contract to Ciment projeté and Piscines Orléans to build a new pool and slide and to develop a new layout for the site while incorporating existing water play areas Construction Other Type of Event QC
The expansion of the Rouyn-Noranda Airport will cost $37.2M. The expansion will include the construction of a new terminal and parking lot and the redevelopment of access routes thanks to co-funding by the federal, provincial, and municipal governments. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The expansion of the Saint-Viateur primary school in Saint-Rémi will cost $9.14M and will add two preschool classes, six primary classes, and a double gymnasium. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The federal and provincial governments are investing close to $260M into renovation work on the James Bay Road between Matagami and Radisson and a further $5.4M in the road to Chisasibi Construction Other Type of Event QC
A $1.5M investment will provide the means to complete a new entertainment centre in Drummondville. Espace 81 will include a laser tag arena, bowling lanes, and reception rooms. Construction Other Type of Event QC
On June 26, Fu Dat Express restaurant opened in Rimouski, creating around ten jobs. The establishment includes a 50-seater dining room and a take-out counter where customers can order Asian dishes. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Fraisière de Chez-Nous in Saint-Anaclet-de-Lessard is lacking berry pickers. This strawberry producer would need approximately ten additional employees, but workers are rare in agriculture. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation QC
The Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie is developing an expertise in hatchery lobster rearing and seeding. This $600,000 project, a four-year investment, will provide work for five people. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
Considering the importance of labour needs, composite training will be offered at the Centre de formation de la Côte-de-Gaspé beginning on August 8. East Coast Wind, Travaux sur cordes Suspendem, and Techéol will hire program graduates. Utilities Job Creation QC
The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec has proposed a recruitment campaign to encourage permanent doctors to come to and stay at the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux des Îles-de-la-Madeleine Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada will invest $17.7M in Wemotaci and Opitciwan Atikamekw communities for Internet connectivity, infrastructure, and housing construction and renovation projects Public Administration Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec and the Commission scolaire de La Jonquière announced an investment of nearly $4.8M to add eight classes to Bois-Joli primary school in Shipshaw Construction Other Type of Event QC
Resolute Forest Products in Kénogami anticipates hiring close to 60 employees in various positions, such as electrical technicians, paper manufacturers, and operators Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine in Montréal, in partnership with the federal and provincial governments, is investing $31.32M into constructing a paediatric rehabilitation technopolis. This technopolis is expected to open in 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Concordia University in Montréal is investing $52.75M in partnership with the federal and provincial governments in order to establish a research and innovation hub Educational Services Other Type of Event QC
St-Hubert Express opened in the northern end of Chicoutimi. This nearly $1M investment created 45 jobs. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
The Jeans Factory chain clothing store will open a location in Chicoutimi. Its opening is expected to take place in fall 2017, and 12 jobs should be created. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is teaming up with some partners to create a blockchain centre of expertise in Montréal. This centre is expected to open in the fall and hire 15 employees. Finance and Insurance Job Creation QC
The SuperClub Vidéotron in Sherbrooke is closing, which will result in the loss of some jobs Retail Trade Layoff QC
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal has reopened following investments totaling $140M Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event QC
In Baie-Saint-Paul, a new 103-bed nursing home and long-term care facility has opened. This $82.5M worth of work represents the first phase of reorganizing the region's health services, which will cost a total of $275M. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
33 1/3 Coffee Roasters will open a second coffee shop in Regina by the fall of 2017 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
Regina's 94-year-old Scott Collegiate high school will be demolished in July. Students will be moved to the new Mamaweyatitan Centre starting next fall. Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
DiCal Transport, a courier service, has been approved by the provincial government to offer passenger bus service to areas formerly served by the Saskatchewan Transportation Company Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event SK
Weyburn Comprehensive School's machining lab installed a state-of-the-art $50,000 milling machine in time for the new school year Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
The provincial government is selling the Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation's fleet of 898 hopper cars to three Saskatchewan shortline railways. The sales totalling $9.7M should be concluded within two or three months. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event SK
The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $250,000 for the construction of a group home in Biggar for people with disabilities Construction Job Creation SK
The provincial government is providing close to $1.8M in funding for the Discounted Bus Pass program in 2017-2018. The program helps keep monthly bus passes affordable for people receiving income assistance. Public Administration Other Type of Event SK
The Ministry of Education is providing nearly $5M to the New Westminster school district to hire up to 51 new teachers for the fall Educational Services Job Creation BC
The Vancouver Island Conservation Land Management Program is beginning the first phase of a five-year enhancement restoration project of Parksville's Englishman River Estuary in late July. The total cost for the project is estimated to be up to $200,000. Construction Job Creation BC
Construction began July 10 to replace the bridge over MacDougall Creek on Shannon Lake Road in West Kelowna. The $975,000 project is expected to be completed in October 2017. Construction Job Creation BC
La Maison Valmont recently opened its first North American store at Oakridge Mall in Vancouver. The 1,100 sq.-ft. store employs four full-time and two part-time staff, as well as three estheticians. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
Nanaimo Christian School recently began a multi-phased expansion that will take place over the next ten years. Construction for the first phase of the expansion is estimated to cost $5M and is expected to be completed by May 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
Interior Health has awarded contracts to Good Samaritan Canada and H&H Total Care Services to create 35 seniors' residential care beds in Penticton. The new beds are expected to open in late 2018. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC

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