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  • Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    According to government officials, 2017 will be a busy construction season in Cape Breton, with work on a second cruise ship berth and a new wastewater system in Sydney among projects to take place. The recent re-opening of the Donkin Mine is also positive news for the area.
    Parks Canada will fill 100 positions for students at its Cape Breton locations during the 2017 season. The jobs will range from office positions to labourers.
    Fresh Food Truck and Smokinstein Food Truck will begin operating in the Halifax area in April 2017. The owner, who is relocating the trucks from Barrie, ON., plans to hire four full-time and up to eight part-time workers.
    The Halifax Employers Association will hold a job fair in March 2017 to add 32 casual longshoremen to its reserve of workers. This will help deal with increasing cargo volumes, and labour shortages during busy periods or when workers retire.
    Pizza Girls will open on the corner of Blowers and Grafton Streets in Halifax in May 2017. It will be the fourth location for the business in the Halifax area.
    Rosborough Boats in Beechville has been awarded a $7.3M contract to build rescue boats for the Arctic patrol vessels being constructed at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax. The company will add two positions in 2017 to its current staff of 12 employees.
    Ontario-based metal distributor, Metal Supermarkets, has opened a franchise location in Burnside, and has four employees
    A tender has been issued for the major expansion of the Dartmouth General Hospital, with work to begin in May 2017. The project is estimated to cost between $132 and $138M. More tenders will be issued throughout the year.
  • Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    Moon Bakery and Café recently opened in downtown Glace Bay and hired seven workers
    Slyce Inc., a creator of software applications, plans to grow its 30-person workforce in New Waterford after receiving financial assistance from the federal government. The company has been recruiting computer specialists.
    MrsGrocery, a Moncton-based, internet grocery delivery business that had employed home-based workers, plans to move its headquarters to the former Scotiabank building in downtown Amherst by the spring of 2017 and possibly create two dozen jobs
    Toronto-based game developer Ubique Networks Inc., which has 12 employees in Sydney and three in Halifax, has received financial assistance from the federal government and plans to expand its workforce
    The Halifax Stanfield Airport is committing $45M to its 2017 capital projects program. The plan includes the expansion of passenger screening areas, work on the electrical and refrigeration systems, and runway renovations.
    If it can secure financing, Advanced Materials Inc. would like to process tin in East Kemptville from ore stockpiled at the former Rio Alom mine which closed there in 1992. The operation would last about six to seven years and create about 30 jobs.
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    Perfect Diversity Clay Art Studio, a combination coffee shop and studio offering pottery lessons, is expected to open in downtown New Glasgow in March 2017
    The Conference Board of Canada has downgraded its GDP growth prediction for Nova Scotia to 0.8% in 2017 and 1.0% in 2018. Major construction projects including the Maritime Link and Halifax Convention Centre will come to an end, but the manufacturing sector will benefit from the large Halifax Shipyard project.
    The number of non-resident visitors to Nova Scotia reached 2.2M in 2016, an increase of 8% over 2015 according to Tourism Nova Scotia. The number of room nights sold to all parties was up 4%, with the Cape Breton region leading the way at 16%.
    CovenHoven Distillery near Digby is now producing spirits and has hired a full time distiller. The business will construct a permanent structure in the summer of 2017 on its property where it will retail its products.
    Vi's Restaurant in Wycocomagh will close in April 2017, after 59 years in business
    Coal is being mined in Cape Breton for the first time since 2001, with the opening of the Donkin mine. The current number of 64 workers will rise to about 135 over the next couple of years as production increases.
    The Rodd Grand Hotel in Yarmouth is currently undergoing a $2M renovation project as the business prepares for the upcoming tourist season. The hotel employs over 80 workers during peak season.
    Relish Gourmet Burgers has closed its restaurants across Canada, including the location on Larry Uteck Boulevard in Halifax. The Quinpool Road location in Halifax, will remain open as one of six Canadian independant locations.
    According to NSCC, job prospects are excellent for graduates of the game development and animation programs offered at its Truro college campus, while the CEO of a Bedford IT business says there is a shortage across industry for senior IT programmers
    Doctors Nova Scotia indicates many people in both rural and urban areas of the province do not have family physicians, and as many as 400 of the 1,200 physicians in current practice may leave in the next 10 years, mostly due to retirements
    Redo's Pizza is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017 on the corner of Forest Street and Haley Road in Yarmouth. The business will employ six to eight people.
  • Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    Cape Breton University and its faculty association have ratified a new three-year contract that will include an annual 1.25% wage increase and suitable changes to a layoff clause
    Celtz, a St. John's, NL-based producer of a range of software for the film industry, is building a sales team in Halifax as it continues to make inroads into various markets
    Two virtual reality-related businesses have opened recently on Gottingen and Oxford Streets in Halifax. Nearby Planet VR and Halifax VR Room offer services to those who enjoy playing high-tech video games in a relaxing environment.
    Water & Bone, a 40-seat restaurant, has opened at 5687 Charles Street in Halifax
    Geebo Device Repair has opened on Queen Street in Halifax. The business, which offers computer and cell phone repairs and sells used devices, now employs a total of 10 workers in its three locations in the Halifax area.
    About 40 jobs will be created when H & M, a Swedish clothing chain, opens in the Halifax Shopping Centre in the summer of 2017. Clothing retailer Zara will also open in the Shopping Centre around the same time.
    Mian's Restaurant, a family-owned business, has opened on George Street in Sydney in the location of the former Zana's Diner, which closed in recent months
    The Nova Scotia government has imposed a four year contract on the province's public school teachers, after collective bargaining failed to result in a deal. Both sides want to continue to try and work together going forward to address classroom concerns.
    Modest Tree, a Halifax-based interactive training company, doubled its staff in 2016 to about 20 workers and expects to add another 15 people in 2017 after landing a number of contracts connected to Canadian military operations
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    A&W plans to open 200 restaurants in Canada over the next four years, including 10 in Nova Scotia which will create a total of 250 jobs. The unnamed Nova Scotia locations will include five full-size restaurants with drive-thrus.
    According to the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the wait time for mental health services has more than doubled over the past six months in Cape Breton. The health authority is working to fill six psychiatrist vacancies, as well as other clinical positions.
    The Captain's Boil, a Toronto-based Cajun-style restaurant chain, is set to open a franchise in the former Pizza Delight location at 5680 Spring Garden Road in Halifax in April 2017. The restaurant is expected to hire about 10 workers.
    The Good Food Emporium, a restaurant on Windsor Street in Halifax, has closed. A yet-unnamed Italian-American restaurant is expected to open in the space at the end of March 2017.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    Irving Shipbuilding is seeking work to fill a looming gap in construction between 2019 and 2021 in the federal shipbuilding program in Halifax. Irving would like to fill the gap to prevent large layoffs and potential loss of some of its workforce.
    BuildForce Canada predicts that Nova Scotia will lose over 8,000 construction workers to retirements over the next 10 years, and replacing them could provide a challenge as the pool of younger workers to draw from is smaller than it once was
    The Nova Scotia government has rejected a wage proposal from an independent tribunal and instead imposed a lower wage settlement on provincial court judges. Judges in Nova Scotia currently make $236,376 plus benefits.
    Demolition of the former Shannon Park military community in Dartmouth will now take until July 2017 to complete. Future use of the land is still in the planning stage, but up to 3,000 housing units could be built there over the next 10 to 15 years.
    Sydney-based Highland Hemp has signed a deal to export its hemp oil product to Brazil. The company had grown its own hemp previously, but would like local farms to act as independent producers as well in the future.
    The Nova Scotia government will commit $705,000 over the next three years to fund internships in research and innovation for 170 high-level university graduates. Sixty of the internships will take place at Acadian Seaplants in Cornwallis.
    Clearwater Seafoods will invest in a system to process high clam volumes at its Highland Fisheries plant in Glace Bay, resulting in year-round jobs for the roughly 36 seasonal employees who work there. Some seasonal crab processing jobs may also be added.
    The Canteen has expanded from a lunch to a full service restaurant and moved from Octerloney to Portland Street in downtown Dartmouth. The business has added 20 positions to the seven that moved from the old location.
    The Ramada on Brownlow Avenue in Dartmouth has closed and laid off its roughly 120 employees. However, the hotel will reopen after renovations as a Delta Hotel by Marriot in the summer of 2017, with the expectation the staff will be re-hired.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    The Halifax Stanfield International Airport served nearly 4M passengers in 2016, its highest number ever. Domestic traffic made up 84% of the total, and was up 7.4% from the previous year. Air cargo, much of it live lobster, was up 4.1% from 2015.
    It is expected that 179 cruise ships will visit Halifax in 2017, up 31.5% from the 136 visits in 2016. The anticipated number of passengers is estimated at about 270,000, which would be a 15.4% increase from the previous year.
    Training partners will offer a continuing care assistant program beginning in April 2017 in Baddeck, one of several such courses that have been ongoing around Nova Scotia to address what the industry calls a critical need for workers in that field
    A Forest Nova Scotia report states that 6,100 workers were employed directly in the forestry industry in Nova Scotia in 2015, while there were 5,400 spinoff jobs. The report also states that 1,300 jobs were added in the industry between 2012 and 2015.
    Aerospace and defence manufacturer Stelia Aerospace will cut 30 production and management jobs at its main Lunenburg location, due to softening demand and delayed starts on some projects. Stelia still employs 400 workers in Lunenburg.
    A dairy and butcher shop is expected to open in the fall of 2017 in a building currently under construction in the Masstown Market. Local farms will provide milk and meat to the businesses, and the milk will be bottled on site.
    Bubba Ray's Sports Bar will open in Garlands Crossing in February 2017, which will become the sixth location for the business. About 75 applications have been received for positions.
    According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Nova Scotia led the country in the number of wind energy projects undertaken in 2016, with 10 new wind facilities installed during the year
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    A seven-year, $131M project to rebuild parts of DND's North Park Armoury in Halifax will begin in the summer of 2017. Tenders have been called for contractors in stone masonry for the first phase, while mechanical, electrical and other work will take place later.
    Production at the Donkin coal mine, expected to begin in December 2016, has not yet started. There are currently 45 workers employed at the mine, with the number expected to increase to 135 during full production.
    The Port of Halifax, bolstered by the addition of several new shipping lines, is coming off its busiest year since the recession of 2007-08. Total cargo tonnage increased by 16.2% at the Port of Halifax in 2016 over the previous year, with container traffic jumping by 14.9%.
    An A&W location is expected to open in the food court at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in the spring of 2017
    A $16M upgrade will take place in 2017 on the 100-year-old sewer system along Northwest Arm in Halifax
    Fairlanes Bowling Centre in New Minas will close in March 2017, resulting in eight job losses. Management indicates the sport in the area has been in decline for some time.
    Centreville Kwik-Way & Diner will close at the beginning of February 2017, resulting in 12 job losses
    Sobeys Inc. will cut 26 jobs in its Lawtons distribution centres in Dartmouth, N.S. and St. John's, NL and will partner with pharmaceutical distributor McKesson to provide the service instead. McKesson has centres in Moncton, N.B. and St. John's.
    The three levels of government will contribute $20M to the building of a second cruise ship berth for the Port of Sydney. Although some details have yet to be worked out, it is hoped work will start soon and that the berth will be ready by late 2018.
    The hourly minimum wage in Nova Scotia will increase by $0.15, to $10.85 on April 1, 2017. The hourly minimum wage for a worker with less than three months experience will increase by the same amount, to $10.35.
    The Nova Scotia government will commit $515M to its 2017-18 capital investment plan. Highlights will include spending on roads, schools, health care, and other public infrastructure.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    China-based First Catch Fisheries Company will hire 30 to 40 workers and up to 100 in peak season for a lobster processing facility it will begin building in the spring of 2017 in Shelburne. The facility may open by late 2017.
    Contractors are working through the winter in the Halifax area to finish buildings and get them on the market due to a strong demand for rental units. Contractors and labour may be a little easier to find in the winter, according to industry contacts.
    Retail chain Dollarama will open a location in Park Lane Mall in downtown Halifax in January 2017, while Payless Shoe Source will soon open a store in the Halifax Shopping Centre
    Bier Markt, an Ontario-based pub restaurant chain, is expected to open in the late summer of 2017 in downtown Halifax when construction of the Nova Centre complex will be completed. It will be the first Maritime location for the business.
    Work has begun on the three-year, multi-million dollar commercial, retail, and residential Queen's Marque District development along the historic downtown Halifax waterfront. The area will also include 75,000 square feet of public space and new wharfs.
    Construction will begin on a Tim Hortons location on Reserve Street in Glace Bay in the spring of 2017. While the scheduled opening is unknown at this point, the business will employ about 50 people.
    Photography retail business Carsand-Mosher will close its Truro store at the end of February 2017 due to a lack of business, putting 15 employees out of work. The Truro location is the last one remaining for the Nova Scotia company.
    Lower tariffs on fish products entering China will likely benefit Nova Scotia seafood exporters. An already strong Chinese market for Nova Scotia seafood has prompted recent investments in processing and cargo shipping facilities in the province.
    Shell is abandoning two exploratory oil and gas wells off Nova Scotia due to poor yields. Industry analysts say it is unlikely there will any further drilling in the province in 2017. BP Oil has a plan to drill a deep water well in 2018.
    IKEA is actively recruiting about 300 workers for its store in Dartmouth Crossing, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. Positions, some to be filled by May, are available in logistics, sales, interior design, information technology and food services.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Mezza Lebanese Restaurant will open in late winter 2017 in the former Target building on Prince Street in Sydney. The business, which also has franchises in the Halifax Metro area, will employ seven to 10 employees.
    The Riverside Lobster International Inc. processing plant in Meteghan River has gone from 65 to 300 employees over the past five years. The company advertises for workers 52 weeks of the year as it struggles to attract labour.
    Peace by Chocolate, a small chocolate factory started by a family of Syrian refugees in Antigonish in August 2016, now employs 10 workers
    Dalhousie University has awarded contracts to Halifax area-based firms Allstar Rebar, LEAD Structural Formwork Ltd., and Quality Concrete for work related to the $64M project to construct two new academic buildings to open in 2018 on its Sexton Campus.
    The Government of Canada will invest $66M in the construction of a military armoury expected to be completed in 2018 in Willow Park in Halifax. Another $21M will also be spent on other military infrastructure upgrades in the city.
    TreeGo, an aerial adventure business that had planned to set up a course in Trenton Park in Trenton, has cancelled the project
    Quebec-based dairy producers Agropur and Saputo Inc. will lay off 346 employees who work in distribution and the stocking of store shelves in Atlantic Canada beginning in April 2017. Agropur indicates 78 of their layoffs will be in Nova Scotia.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Holiday Inn Harbourview in Dartmouth will close in January to undergo an $8M facelift, and reopen in May or June 2017 under the name Double Tree Suites by Hilton. Truro-based Maxim Construction will be the general contractor for the project.
    Moe's Place Music Sales in Windsor will transition out of instrument sales by the spring of 2017 to expand the teaching of music and programming side of the operation. The business indicates it will likely need more music teachers as a result.
    According to the Halifax International Airport Authority, some new restaurants and vendors are expected to be added at the airport over the next year
    A brewery, Lunn's Mill Beer Company, is expected to open early in 2017 in the old Carleton Road Industries property in Lawrencetown. The brewery also plans to serve beer and food.
    A $20M construction renovation project will begin in February 2017 on the former coast guard property in Dartmouth to transform it into a collaborative ocean research and development facility. The building will be ready for use by the spring of 2018.
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Halifax Water will install automatic meters over a three year period, beginning in the spring of 2017. The water utility says this could result in a need for fewer workers to read meters, although the full impact on the workforce is uncertain.
    Aecon Atlantic recently laid off some workers at its facility in Pictou due to work slowdowns, which the company says are normal in the industry. Aecon had been fabricating turbines for the Fundy tidal projects, and work is expected to increase in 2017.
    Junk Works, a franchise that removes and recycles or disposes of unwanted household items, has opened in the Halifax Metro area. The business has four employees, and plans to add another truck and at least two more employees over the next year.
    Susie's Shortbreads closed its retail outlet in December 2016 in Purdy's Wharf in downtown Halifax. The four part-time employees may still be able to work some hours at the company's main production facility and retail space at Bayers Lake in Halifax.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    The landmark Westin Nova Scotia hotel in Halifax will undergo $10M of renovations beginning in November 2017
    The Nova Scotia government has advertised for and will add 22 nurse practitioners and family practice nurses early in 2017, including approximately seven positions in Hants County. The hiring is part of a plan announced earlier in 2016 of changes to the health care system.
    The Hants Community Hospital in Windsor will undergo a $3.8M renovation project scheduled to begin in 2017
    Construction is scheduled to start in 2017 and last until 2020 on The Promenade at Robie South, a $100M mixed use, two-tower development at the corner of Robie and College streets in Halifax
    Point Tupper-based gypsum plant Cabot Gypsum has recently added production workers and is currently seeking millwrights as it expands its operations to manufacture a new product. About 50 employees currently work at the plant.
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    The owner of Midgard Insect cricket farm, a new business in Windsor that produces insect protein for use in pet foods, is looking to hire additional employees and expand operations
    The Conference Board of Canada predicts real GDP growth for Nova Scotia will be 1.3% in 2016, just above the 1.1% mark for 2015. Annual growth of 1.5%, 1.7% and 1.5% are forecasted for the next three years. Tire and seafood manufacturing, the Irving Shipbuilding project, the Maritime Link, and the Halifax Convention Centre construction projects will bolster the economy.
    Kentville-based Nova Solar Capital Inc. hopes to begin a mass installation of solar panels on homes in around the region in the spring of 2017. The company, which helps customers access financing, will subcontract the work to existing solar companies.
    Zana Diner, a family-owned business on George Street in Sydney, will close at the end of December 2016
    The Port of Sydney has 90 cruise ship visits scheduled for the 2017 season, carrying 137,596 passengers. The number of passengers would represent a 67% increase over the 2016 season.
    The Sarsfield Foods frozen pie factory in Kentville closed in December 2016. The company announced the impending closure some months ago, with an estimated loss of 90 jobs.
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    A new First Nation gas bar, convenience store, and Tim Hortons has opened in Waycobah, employing about 35 workers
    Valley Mushrooms will close its farm in Waterville in December 2016, putting 23 people out of work
    A new YMCA gym has opened in the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre complex in the Cape Breton First Nations community of Membertou. The $18M complex had opened in September 2016.
    Work continues on the $150M Long Lake Village in Halifax. The residential project is being developed over a period of years through several phases by a number of contractors.
    Construction is expected to be completed by January 2017 on the new $3M shipyard building at Canadian Maritime Engineering in North Sydney. Johnljim Construction is the general contractor for the project.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    About 200 to 300 jobs are expected to be created on the construction of the Maristella, a $100M, 36-storey hotel and condominium project planned to be completed by 2019 as part of the massive King's Wharf development project in Dartmouth
    Farmer's Daughter Market in Whycocomagh has recently hired five new employees. The owners say it was necessary to advertise widely, as small businesses in rural areas workers are often limited by a small pool of workers.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    Halifax Convention Centre Corp., operator of the city's convention centre, will likely add 160 workers to its current staff of about 200 when it moves into the larger Nova Centre. Completion of the Nova Centre has been delayed until late 2017.
    PetValu, a pet supply and service franchise, has opened a location in the Port Hawkesbury Shopping Centre
    Atlantic Gold has hired 140 employees as it prepares the open pit Touquoy Project in Moose River Gold Mines for production in 2017. The company hopes to employ a total of 350 workers within 10 years if it develops three other planned mines in the area.
    A likely phaseout of coal-fired plants in Cape Breton will not affect the planned start of coal production within the next month at the Donkin mine. The mine owners indicate that they have other markets for the product other than the coal plants.
    Halifax welcomed 136 visits from cruise ships in 2016, compared to 141 in 2015. The 238,000 passengers in 2016 represented a 7% increase over 2015 and accounted for an active season along the waterfront, according to the Port Authority.
    The owners of the Capital Seafood fish plant in Eastern Passage destroyed by fire in November say they will rebuild the facility, and continue live shipment of lobsters in the meantime. The company normally employed up to 50 workers at the plant.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    According to IBM Canada, its client innovation centre in Halifax which began in 2013 with 70 workers, now employs 500 people and services clients from around the world
    Atlantic Bottle Wash will open a facility in Burnside in March 2017 to recycle and sell bottles to microbreweries. The company has three employees, plans to hire 12 to 15 more when it starts production, and perhaps an additional 20 to 30 as it expands.
    A fire has destroyed the Capital Seafood fish plant in Eastern Passage, putting more than 20 current workers out of work
    General contractors in Cape Breton are reporting they are very busy and often overwhelmed with requests for work required to repair homes that suffered damage from the fall floods in the area
    Seafood and automotive parts exports are expected to drive the manufacturing industry in Nova Scotia in 2016 and 2017, according to the Conference Board of Canada. Mining activity will likely slow.
    The Irving Shipbuilding project and construction activity at Dartmouth Crossing, Kings Wharf, downtown Halifax, and on the Macdonald Bridge will fuel economic activity in Halifax in 2016 and 2017, according to the Conference Board of Canada. However, despite some overall growth in the retail sector, employment there is expected to remain stagnant.
    Peace by Chocolate, a small chocolate factory started by a family of Syrian refugees in August 2016 in Antigonish, has recently hired three local workers. The factory may need to hire more people for an expected busy Christmas season.
    Cape Sharp Tidal has installed its first tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy. The company is one of several that plan to test various tidal turbine technologies to harness electricity over the next few years.
    The Nova Scotia government is crediting a $4.7M strategy it implemented in 2016 with helping employers recruit and retain nurses in the province. The strategy provides orientation and support to new graduates.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Due to recent flooding in Cape Breton, home heating companies have been busy with repairs and installations of furnaces and water heaters. Vision Heating has had to hire four extra workers.
    The city is trying to assist the 185 staff of the Dartmouth Sportsplex, who will be out of work when the facility closes from May 2017 to August 2018. The sports complex will shut down for 16 months in order to get a $23M makeover.
    Halifax-based Chorus Aviation's aircraft leasing revenue was up 47% to $72 million over the past year, after signing a deal with Air Canada in 2015. Chorus Aviation's charter and contract flying operations decreased compared to last year.
    The Alliance, a huge consortium of shipping lines, is adding a Western Mediterranean Ltd. route to Halifax at Ceres Group's Container Terminal beginning in April 2016
    For the third time in four years, Nova Scotia's offshore petroleum regulator has received no bids from companies interested in offshore exploration. The government says the lack of interest may be a result of the downturn in oil prices.
    Parks Canada will invest over $2M to construct a new campground near Chéticamp in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park as part of the $3B infrastructure investment across Canada over the next five years
    The Cape Breton University Faculty Association voted to accept a tentative three-year agreement with the university. No details were released, but the board of governors are expected to vote on it on December 9. There are 152 members of the association.
    Canaqua Seafoods Ltd., in Advocate Harbour, has received $300K in debtor-in-possession financing, to keep operating while it attempts to restructure. Canaqua, which grows fish in large tanks on land, employs about 11 people.
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    High Liner Foods will add 70 union jobs and invest $13M at its fish plant in Lunenburg. The Nova Scotia-based company, with 340 employees in Lunenburg and Halifax, had recently ceased production at two plants in Massachusetts.
    The owner of the Roof Hound brewing company and restaurant near Digby says he has been busier than expected since opening in August 2016, has 14 workers on the payroll, and wants to keep growing and hire more employees
    Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax expects to add 200 workers, mainly experienced welders, ironworkers, pipefitters, and production supervisors, by the end of 2016. The current workforce of 1,300 is expected to grow to 2,400 during peak periods of the major shipbuilding contract.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council indicates that while retail sales have increased in 2016 in Nova Scotia, the industry remains volatile. IKEA is expected to employ 350 workers in a new store in Halifax in 2017, but the area has experienced closures or planned closures of major retailers such as Target, Future Shop, and Sears in recent years.
    Biotech firm Sona Nanotech Ltd. plans to move its lab facilities from Antigonish to Halifax and hire three additional employees to handle production, research, and business development. The company produces minute gold particles for use in the health industry.
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Halifax-based skin care product manufacturer Skinfix indicates it will likely hire more workers in 2017. Most of the company's 45 employees work on Lower Water Street in Halifax, although the products are made in Toronto.
    Halifax-based Kinduct Technologies, a developer of fitness and sport performance software, now employs 67 workers in Halifax, up from 45 since the spring of 2016. It plans to hire 30 more over the next 6-12 months.
    The gypsum mine in Little Narrows is expected to close permanently due to a lack of demand for the product. The mine, which once employed about 150 people, laid off 13 staff in October while eight remain to wind down the operation.
    Sears Canada will close its department store in the Penhorn Mall in Dartmouth in September 2017. The 73 employees affected will be given first preference for positons at the Sears location in the Halifax Shopping Centre should they become available.
    Halifax municipal council and its more than 300 outside workers have agreed on a new two-year contract which will see wage increases of 1.5% in each year of the deal along with other improved benefits
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts will decline in 2016 in Halifax after a very strong 2015. With many multiple units in the planning stages, starts are likely to rise again above the ten-year average in 2017 and 2018.
    Alton Gas will delay the main work of the first phase of a $130M natural gas storage project near Alton until 2017 but continue some preliminary construction on the site which currently employs about 25 workers on a daily basis
    The Rainbow Motel in Truro will close at the end of October 2016, with the property sold to neighbouring Zacks Auto Sales. That company will demolish the motel and add four or five additional employees as it expands its own operation.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    The owner of Canteen, a sandwich shop in downtown Dartmouth, plans to open a second and larger location early in 2017 in the area. The new restaurant would be known as The Canteen on Portland and would employ about 16 people.
    Radio Middle East, an Arabic radio station broadcasting from Montreal to Halifax, is looking to build a Halifax studio and hire local hosts and journalists by year end. Halifax was chosen due to the size of its Arabic and Lebanese immigrant community.
    Modest Tree, a Halifax-based software company that specializes in interactive training applications focused on virtual reality, will increase staff from 15 to 20 workers over the next couple of months to accommodate demands for its products and services
    Since being on the brink of closure three years ago, increased production at Halifax-based Nova Scotia Crystal has allowed the company to expand the number of staff to 40. The company trains its own glass blowers in-house.
    A contract landed by Halifax-based IMP Aerospace to do upgrades on two Chilean navy planes will provide enough work for 30 workers over three years. IMP, which employs 1,200 workers in Halifax, had laid off 44 workers in March 2016 due to slowdowns in the aerospace industry. The company continues to seek out new business.
    According to a BMO report, real GDP in Nova Scotia is expected to grow 1.1% in 2016, up from 0.8% in 2015. The Halifax Shipyard, Nova Centre, and Maritime Link projects are supporting growth, as are fishery exports.
    The federal government will invest $14.1M in 2016 on 12 small craft harbour improvement projects in northeast Nova Scotia. According to the government, coastal communities benefit from the employment opportunities of such investments.
    Construction projects underway or about to begin in Berwick include a new Wheaton's home furnishing store, a town hall, and work on a second phase of the sport complex
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Victim services in Nova Scotia will get $3.75M over five years from the federal government, to help victims of crime in the province. The money will go toward transportation costs, technology improvements, and to hire more victim service officers.
    Southwest Properties and New Castle Hotels & Resorts announced it will build a new $40M Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn on Fyne Lane in Dartmouth Crossing. The hotel is expected to open in the autumn of 2018 and will have 190 rooms and a pool.
    Halifax-based drug research firm Appili Therapeutics Inc. has recently increased its staff to 13 workers, and may eventually employ up to 20. The company is hoping to find biotechnical workers with a Nova Scotia connection who may be working elsewhere.
    The new Maurices clothing store that is expected to open in October in the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow will employ 10 workers
    TruLeaf, a Bible Hill based agri-tech company, will open a large indoor crop growing facility on the west side of Toronto late in 2017. TruLeaf would employ 30 people in Toronto, while 15 more staff may be hired to work in Bible Hill in the coming months.
    Canadian Maritime Engineering is continuing to pursue contracts and hiring local workers. The company plans to increase its staff from the current two dozen to more than 100 once its new ship fabrication facility in North Sydney is fully operational.
    Nova Scotia had about 400,000 overnight visitors in August 2016, with 125,000 air visitors and 273,000 travellers coming by road. According to Tourism Nova Scotia, the province had a record tourism season not seen in 17 years.
    The St. F.X. Association of University Teachers (AUT) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year collective deal with the university. Members of the union will meet on October 11, 2016 to discuss the agreement. Members include teaching faculty, librarians, lab instructors, and nursing staff.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The construction of the IKEA store currently underway in Dartmouth Crossing will support 450 jobs over the course of the project. Bird Construction, Atlantica Mechanical Contractors and Brewster Well Drilling are among several companies involved in the project. The store is expected to employ 350 people when completed in 2017.
    Nova Scotia will increase its training ratios for automotive, truck, and transport mechanic and cook apprentices. Two apprentices will be able to train under one journeyperson, hopefully resulting in more skilled workers in these high growth trades.
    The Centre for Employment Innovation is expected to open in the fall of 2016 at St.F.X. University in Antigonish. The centre will provide training and support for the 17 Nova Scotia Works employment service centers in the province.
    Dartmouth-based PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has been awarded the contract for a major expansion and renovation of the Dartmouth General Hospital. The work is valued at between $132M and $138M, and is expected to begin in the spring of 2017.
    Dalhousie University will begin a $64M project in the spring of 2017 to construct two new academic structures for its engineering and architecture faculty near the existing Sexton campus
    Construction of a new wastewater treatment plant for the community of Parrsboro is expected to commence by the spring of 2017. A contract for the design of the plant has been awarded to CBCL, and $6.4M in government funding has been allocated to the project.
  • Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2016

    A study by Gardner Pinfold shows Northern Pulp's mill in Pictou County has a total employment impact of 2,043 jobs, including 339 directly at the mill, and is a significant contributor to the economy of rural Nova Scotia
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    The Nova Scotia government will add 13 nurse practitioners and nine family practice nurses to collaborative care practices across the province. No timelines for hiring have been given. Physician recruitment remains a priority as well. has opened its new call center in New Glasgow, and hired its first 70 workers. The web site development company plans to hire another 130 people by the end of 2016, with an employment target of 330 by 2019. Starting wage is $12.50 an hour.
    An echocardiography service has been added to St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish. One ultrasound sonographer will join the staff, and the service may be expanded further in the future.
    A shortage of highly-skilled cooks and qualified kitchen staff continues to create staffing difficulties in the local food service industry, according to some Halifax-area restaurant owners
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    First Catch, a China-based seafood company, is planning to build a lobster processing plant on the Shelburne waterfront. The plant is expected to employ 30 to 100 workers when operational in the spring of 2017.
    Amherst-based Access Labels has acquired the label manufacturing division of Dartmouth-based Farnell Packaging. Access Labels is expected to add a few jobs to its 30-person Amherst workforce, while no job losses will occur at Farnell in Dartmouth.
    Scotsburn Ice Cream Co. will lay off up to 50 unionized workers at its plant in Truro. The company indicates the layoffs are just seasonal in nature, although several Scotsburn divisions have closed in Atlantic Canada in recent years.
    Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site will benefit from $4M in spending as part of Parks Canada's $3B investment to improve infrastructure at various locations across Canada over the next five years
    Banc Group will construct a Tim Hortons restaurant and gas station at the Halifax Exhibition Centre, with an anticipated opening in late 2017
    CANSA, an Amherst-based career development and employment services organization serving Cumberland County, has opened a satellite office in Springhill
    Dexter Construction has been awarded a $5.4M contract for the construction of the replacement Cornwallis River Bridge. Work is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016 and expected to last six to eight months
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    L'Arche Cape Breton Society's location in Iron Mines will build a new 3,800 sq ft facility to support adults with intellectual disabilities. The expansion will allow more programs to be offered and create more work opportunities.
    According to the head of Digital Nova Scotia, the province will need to fill 3,242 new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) positions by 2019. About 17,000 Nova Scotians currently work in ICT either directly or indirectly.
    Northern Pulp has hired roughly 600 tradespeople in addition to its normal staff of 330 people at its pulp mill in Pictou County, while it performs a $10M preventative maintenance shutdown. The work is expected to be completed by September 20, 2016.
    Resources Capital Gold is in the process of buying 90% ownership interest in the Dufferin gold mine near Sheet Harbour, with the aim to re-open the mine within four months. When the mine was last operational, it employed about 60 people.
    A $15.2M investment in the Pictou NSCC will go toward the building of a new trades wing to accommodate carpentry, cabinetry, motor vehicle repair and heavy duty equipment. The aim is to provide training that will meet industry demand and create jobs.
    Immigration numbers are up in Nova Scotia, with 3,418 newcomers coming to the province in the first half of 2016, many coming from Syria. The province has budgeted $4.4M for 2016-17 to support settlement.
    The number of Nova Scotians claiming bankruptcy is on the rise, with about 300 more people becoming insolvent compared to the previous year. Nova Scotia is ahead of the national average, due in part to credit card debt and job losses.
    Changes made by the federal government to increase Canada Student Grant amounts by 50% is expected to help more than 11,000 students in Nova Scotia. Graduates will also have more time to pay off their student loan debt.
    Pomerleau Construction has been awarded a $14M contract for construction of a new air traffic control tower in Greenwood, as the federal government continues a series of investments in infrastructure improvements at the military base
    Toronto-based security firm G4S Canada has been awarded a security contract at the Halifax Airport that had been held by Commissionaires Nova Scotia for 56 years. About 151 commissionaires work at the airport, and G4S plans to hire as many as possible.
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    The $220M Ocean Frontier Institute, a joint venture focusing on research into ocean and ecosystem change, will be set up at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Employment for up to 40 scientists will likely occur as research increases, and technicians will also be needed
    The Halifax Regional School Board has hired six additional teachers, as part of a team of 26, to help students who came to Nova Scotia as refugees learn English. School Boards are expecting more such students to register throughout the year.
    Funding of $11.5M from three levels of government will be spent to support water system projects in Amherst
    The government of Nova Scotia has revamped its employment services network. The number of service locations has been reduced, but the savings in administrative costs has resulted in an increase of about 40 workers who deal directly with the public.
    The Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre, a new $19M sports complex in the Cape Breton First Nations community of Membertou, opened in September
  • Week of Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2016

    A restaurant, YOKA Japanese & Thai, is expected to open in September 2016 on Prince Street in Truro
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Provincial Energy Ventures is expected to begin a $75M expansion of its coal pier in Sydney Harbour in 2017, which will lead to employment for 25 workers and more work for local contractors
    Clothing store chain Maurices will open a store in the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow in the fall of 2016
    Athletigen Technologies Inc., a Halifax-based company which builds software to analyze the DNA of athletes, expects to add to its 25-person workforce and hire specialists in disciplines including genomics, physiology, and data science
    Chain-Yard Cider is expected to open a cidery on Agricola Street in Halifax in the winter of 2017. The business, which has not yet chosen an operating name, will produce cider and likely include a lounge or pub.
    The Scotia Atlantic Biomass wood pellet plant in Middle Musquodoboit has closed due to current declines for the product, and about 16 employees are affected
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    Renovations are nearly completed on the Whitney Pier Youth Club, with plans to have an open house in October 2016. The expanded facility will allow more kids to join and more staff will be needed as well.
    Vancouver-based Atlantic Gold is set to jumpstart the construction of its Nova Scotia mining operation in Moose River. The company is taking online applications and could employ as many as 300 workers.
    Monkeys and More, an online business that sells sock monkeys, is expanding their business in New Waterford. The business has already hired three people from New Waterford to sew and stuff the monkeys.
    Compass Distilling, plans to open for business by March 2017 at the former Nauss Bicycle Shop location in North End Halifax. The distillery is looking to hire a head distiller.
    Globex Mining Enterprises announced that it won't be pursuing any potash exploration projects on Boularderie Island. The Victoria County Deputy Warden stated that the project could have created needed employment in the area.
    The owners of Aspen Grove Farm have opened a wool and yarn shop at their sheep farm near New Germany. The Wool Room will offer products such as yarn, fleece, sheep collectibles, as well as socks and duvets.
    Tourism in the South Shore Region has seen the number of room nights sold in June go up 4% compared to June 2015. Province-wide there was also a 7% increase compared to the year before.
    Bergman Landscape and Masonry Centres have expanded their business with the opening of its seventh location. The Antigonish County location will serve contractors, as well as retail customers.
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    A new agricultural technician apprenticeship program has been developed by the province with the hope of creating jobs and helping Nova Scotian farmers fix their machinery. The program combines technical training, online courses and on the job training.
    The Cape Breton municipalities will receive $14M in federal infrastructure funding, with most of the associated projects taking place next year. The various projects are expected to create jobs for local tradespeople and contractors.
    Covey Island Boatworks of Lunenburg is expanding into commercial boat building with the opening of its facility at Port Mersey Commercial Park near Liverpool. The company plans to initially employ five to eight workers, but with plans to grow to between 15 and 20 staff.
    A number of establishments opened this month or broke ground in the Halifax area including Vernon's Thunderbird Diner, the Edible Matters Pub, Jumping Beans Coffee, Tantallon Dance, and Panache Luxury Linens. Follow the link to see additional openings.
    The town of New Glasgow has struck a deal with Canada to set up shop with the help of a payroll rebate through NSBI. The company wants to hire 30 to 40 staff right away and up to 330 more jobs in areas like technical support and management.
    Halifax firm QRA Corp. recently announced it had secured $6M from projects with Lockheed Martin, including a $2M contract for Project QVscribe. The firm develops software tools that help systems engineering firms identify faults early in a project.
    Shell Canada has been approved to begin drilling off Nova Scotia's southwestern coast from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum board. Drilling will start after the Stena IceMax drillship wraps up drilling at the Cheshire site in the Shelburne Basin.
    Dartmouth-based New Scotland Clothing Company announced plans to move its manufacturing operation from Quebec to Truro's Stanfield's factory and it will open a third store at the Stanfield International Airport. New Scotland was launched in 2014 and employs six people.
    Nova Scotia is matching a new federal investment of $21.4M to build affordable housing projects targeted for seniors, and those needing shelter and transition housing.
    Halifax-based GoodStuff has finalized a deal with Loblaw's to distribute its coconut water products across Canada by late October. The business opened in 2014 and employs one full-time person and four part-time sales representatives.
    Halifax's apartment-building boom has not resulted in an over-supply of units. CMHC is forecasting the vacancy rate to be 3.2% in 2016 and 3.6% in 2017. The downtown core will have 430 units completed this year, with another 3,200 units in development.
    The new Peace by Chocolate production facility has opened in Antigonish and expects to hire local workers
    Container traffic at the Port of Halifax grew by 19.6% in the first half of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. Quick turnaround times, a capacity for larger ships, and the low Canadian dollar have contributed to its success.
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    Protocase, a maker of electronic enclosures, will open a new division called 45 Drives in September at Ashby Corner in Sydney, NS. The new division will produce data storage servers, and the company expects to add 20 people to its workforce over the next year.
    Noble Grape Urban Winery, an on-site winemaking retailer, will open in September 2016 in Kingston, NS. It will be larger than its other Annapolis Valley location in Cold Brook, and is seeking to hire staff.
    Software company CarteNav Solutions has added 15 to 20 workers to its Halifax workforce over the past two years. The company now employs 35 workers and is seeking more software developers, project managers, and business development personnel.
    Construction has begun on an IKEA store in Dartmouth Crossing which is expected to open in the fall of 2017. So far, the company has received 1,500 applications for the 300 jobs it intends to fill. Half of the positions will be full-time jobs.
    Berry's Furniture will create 10 full-time jobs when it opens a store in the fall of 2016 in Elmsdale, NS
    Schoolhouse Brewery will expand its operation and require more staff when it moves from Falmouth to Windsor, NS in late 2016
    Unique Solutions Design in Dartmouth, NS, a developer of body-scanning booths for clothing retailers, has ceased operations. The company had employed 27 workers and three will remain to wind up business.
    About 25 workers, mostly in Nova Scotia, are currently seasonally employed in food services on the Cat ferry from Yarmouth to Maine. The ferry also employs reservation agents, security personnel, baggage handlers and other workers onshore in Yarmouth.
    Some businesses in Liverpool, NS are having difficulty finding enough staff. White Point Resort needs bartenders, servers, front desk and room service staff, while call centre HGS needs to fill 20 positions.
    Parks Canada will spend $66M on infrastructure improvements beginning in the spring of 2017 in Cape Breton, NS, mostly in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The funding is in addition to $85M being spent on projects currently underway in the area.
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    Atlantic Sea Cucumber Ltd. has moved its processing plant from Sambro into a larger facility in Hackett's Cove. The company expects the number of workers will increase from about 20 to 40 or 50 over the next few years.
    Glooscap First Nation has contracted Dexter Construction to begin work later in 2016 on the first phase of a three-year, multi-million dollar retail development project. About 200 jobs will be created in the various businesses to be located in Glooscap Landing upon completion.
    Video rental business Video Difference will close its two Halifax-area stores, on Quinpool Road and on the Bedford Highway, in August 2016. Between eight and ten workers will lose their jobs.
    Transcontinental will shut down its printing plant in Dartmouth, NS. They will lay off 55 workers and sell most of its assets to Advocate Printing and Publishing who will offer positions to some of the affected workers.
    According to the Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association, low market prices and tighter provincial regulations have caused more than 20 mink farms to close in 2016, and the number of workers in the industry has dropped to a third of previous levels
    Brison Developments will soon begin construction on a multi-unit housing development project on School Street in Kentville, NS
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    Halifax-based company QRA will add 13 new research and development positions to their existing 17 employees with financial assistance from the federal government. The company will develop and market software to analyze engineering designs.
    Surrette Battery of Springhill, NS will receive assistance from a provincial payroll rebate agreement if it creates up to 90 new jobs over a five-year period. The company manufactures lead-acid batteries for various industries.
    According to a report from Ryerson University, 2% of workers in Atlantic Canada were employed in the IT sector in 2015, compared to 5.6% of workers in Canada. The concentration of tech workers is 20% higher and wages 2% lower in Halifax than in Canada overall.
    Construction is currently underway on a building in a strip mall in the Truro Power Centre in Millbrook, NS. Further buildings will be added over the next few months, and rental space could be available by January 2017.
    Midland Transport will use local contractors to construct a transportation storage facility in the next few months at the Yarmouth Airport to serve inbound and outbound shipments
  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    The new 94-room Hampton Inn has opened in the Truro Power Centre in Truro, NS
    Value Village, a thrift superstore chain, will open its new store in New Minas in August 2016.
    A restaurant, Naru Sushi, opened in July in Sydney, NS. In addition to the core staff already hired, the restaurant is still in the process of filling positions for ten servers and three or four kitchen helpers.
    Spring Loaded Technology plans to increase its staff from 21 to about 40 workers over the next year. The company continues to develop markets for its bionic knee brace, and is ready to move into full-scale production at its Burnside location in Dartmouth, NS.
    Video game developer HB Studios will reopen in Halifax in 2016, after leaving the city in 2012. The Bayers Road location will add 6 to 10 new workers to the company¿s staff of about 80 software engineers and artists employed at its base in Lunenburg, NS.
    Rokstad Power will take over as the main contractor for the Maritime Link power project in Cape Breton from financially-troubled company S.A. Abengoa. Unions will continue to supply workers to the project, which is expected to be completed by 2017.
    Terra Firma Development Corporation continues construction on the 20-year, $1B Forest Lakes Country Club commercial-residential development northwest of Halifax. The first residents will move in over the next year, and a golf course is expected to be playable within two years.
    The Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Fund has authorized the spending of $5.9M for eligible costs, including labour, for the television series The Mist. It will be one of the highest budgeted productions ever to film in the province.
    The federal government will invest $47M in 2016 in small craft harbour improvements across Nova Scotia.
  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The federal government will hire three scientists at the Kentville Research and Development Centre as part of an ongoing wine grape research program
    Lunenburg-based Covey Island Boatworks will expand its operations and begin building commercial fishing boats in Liverpool. The new facility will likely initially employ 6 - 8 workers, with a plan to increase the number to 15 to 20 as production increases.
    About 10 - 15 employees are expected to be employed at a Robin's Donuts coffee shop to be constructed on King Street in New Waterford. No date has been set for the opening.
    The Hamachi chain of restaurants has reopened two of the four restaurants it recently closed in the Halifax area as part of its restructuring. The Morris Street and Bedford locations will remain closed, while the Young Street and Bishop's Landing locations have reopened.
    J.D. Irving has purchased J and H Industries in Liverpool, and will reopen it as a Kent Building Supplies store. Among the 35 former employees, 25 were offered employment. A J and H Industries lumber yard in Greenfield, employing four workers, will close.
    The federal government will spend $22M to upgrade the Marine Atlantic facilities in North Sydney, NS and Port aux Basques, NL
    The Nova Scotia government and local processors have released videos promoting careers in the seafood industry. Seafood companies have indicated that recruiting workers to the industry can be a challenge.
    The federal government will invest $10.8M over the next two years to repair and maintain the infrastructure at seven small craft harbours in Central Nova Scotia
    Construction of a new 25-bed nursing home to replace an existing facility will begin immediately in Antigonish. Shannex will operate the facility, which is expected to open by February 2018.
  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    In New Glasgow, NS, about 40 workers are currently directly employed converting the former Temperance Street School into apartment units
    Renovations are currently underway in the Truro Mall to prepare for the September 2016 opening of a Rossy variety store
    East of Grafton Tavern, Verano, and 244 are among several restaurants to open recently in the Halifax area, while House of Mei Mei, on the Bedford highway, has closed. A bakery, Patty Cakes, will soon open in Sackville, and 2 Cross Brewing will open a brewery in the fall of 2016 in north end Halifax.
    The Nova Scotia government will invest $2.8M on research and expansion in the aquaculture sector to create jobs in the province. According to the government, the industry supports 600 direct jobs in Nova Scotia.
    The Strait Regional School Board will cut 9.35 full-time equivalent teaching positons through attrition due mainly to declining enrolments. The board will also eliminate a small number of teaching assistant, school board, and support staff positions.
    Lockheed Martin Canada has been awarded a $14.5M contract to maintain and upgrade the weapon control systems on Canada's fleet of Victoria-class submarines. Some of the work will take place at the company's Dartmouth facility.
    Veterans Affairs Canada will reopen an office in Sydney in the fall of 2016. There had been 13 full-time and four part-time employees in the former office, which was closed in 2014.
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    Dalhousie University will close the daycare at its agriculture campus in Bible Hill in September 2016, due to declining enrolments. The jobs of five full-time staff will be affected.
    Doctors in Nova Scotia have voted to accept a four-year contract with the provincial government which includes increases of zero, zero, one and 1.5% to compensation amounts. Recruitment and retention issues will continue to be addressed.
    Local subcontractors remain busy on the Maritime Link power project in Cape Breton, despite financial difficulties experienced by the company overseeing transmission construction. Activity on the project is expected to continue through 2016 and 2017.
    Construction is expected to begin soon on a $4M gaming and bowling centre in the community of Membertou. Work on a major shopping centre and $18M sportsplex continues in the community as well.
    The Port of Sydney is projecting 57 cruise ship visits during the 2016 season, which will boost the tourism industry in Cape Breton
    A 16-month, $23M renovation project at the Dartmouth Sportsplex will begin in June 2017. The facility will remain closed during the project, and reopen in the fall of 2018.
  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    Authentic Seacoast Company has opened its new distillery and brewing facility in Guysborough. About 20 workers are currently employed with the company, and it needs to hire 20 to 25 more.
    The Tri-County Regional School Board will add four teaching positions, and reinstate some school librarian positions cut in 2015. Increased funding from other sources enabled the board to offset the loss of some positons caused by declining enrolments.
    The Little Narrows gypsum mine will not operate in 2016, and a decision on its future is expected later in the year. The mine has not rehired the14 seasonal employees laid off six months ago, but 21 current employees will remain for reclamation work.
    More than half of the 330 employees at Port Hawkesbury Paper will be affected by a one-week layoff due to current poor market conditions for paper. The company is uncertain about possible future layoffs, but is hopeful that conditions will improve.
    The design phase for the $65M Cogswell Interchange redevelopment project in Halifax will take about a year after a consultant is hired. That will be followed, beginning in 2017, with a four year demolition phase of the existing street network, and then a redevelopment period which could take 13 more years.
    According to the Nurse Practitioners Association of Nova Scotia, the number of nurse practitioners in Nova Scotia has grown from five to about 141 since 2005
  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    Immediate plans to install tidal turbines in the Bay of Fundy have been delayed due to concerns raised around possible impacts on the marine environment. Cape Sharp Tidal hopes to have several turbines on the site by 2019.
    The Nova Scotia Operational Stress Injury Clinic, funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and operated by the provincial health authority, has opened at 100 Eileen Stubbs Ave. in Dartmouth. The clinic has psychologists, nurses, social workers and other health professionals on staff to treat veterans and former RCMP members.
    Lock Stock and Barrel, a gas station and general store, has opened in Lockeport
    The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association says boatyards may struggle to find young people to train and work as skilled labourers in rural Nova Scotia. While conditions can vary over time, boatyards in the province are currently very busy.
    Work is scheduled to begin in June 2016 on a new Tim Hortons building to replace an existing structure in New Glasgow, NS. DORA Construction and Weeks Construction have been contracted to build the project over four months.
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    The federal government will invest $32M in a major infrastructure upgrade to the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney. The work wil create 50 to 60 jobs over four years for sheet-metal workers, plumbers, carpenters, and other tradespeople.
    The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board will cut 24.5 full-time equivalent teaching positions and 19.5 support staff positions due to declining enrolments. All of the teaching and some of the support staff cuts will be made through attrition.
    A new $3.4M medical clinic will be constructed in Shelburne by late winter 2018. The old clinic will be demolished in the fall of 2016.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council projects the Irving Shipyard work and potential increases in offshore exploration will help to increase spending on major construction projects in Nova Scotia in 2016
    The Nova Scotia government will invest more than $6M in capital repairs to 25 schools in 2016
    Luckett Vineyards will increase the amount of land under cultivation in 2017 and triple wine production by 2020 at its Wolfville-area winery to meet growing demand for products
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Montreal-based Saputo Inc. will close the Scotsburn dairy production plant in Sydney at the end of June 2016 resulting in job losses for 65 unionized employees and 15-20 management and lab workers
    Average wages for early childhood educators in Nova Scotia will increase from $12.84 to the national average of between $15 and $19 an hour as a result of increased support from the provincial government
    The J.A.Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney has trained 11 maintenance staff to work as firefighters. The airport had relied on volunteer fire departments, but an on-site service is now required due to increased traffic volumes over the last few years.
    The Canvas Room, a bar and restaurant, opened in May on Cornwallis street in downtown Halifax. Art instruction and supplies are also available to customers.
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    Canadian Maritime Engineering will increase its workforce in North Sydney from 15 to 29 workers by 2017, and to 64 by 2020. The company has close to 400 resumes, including those from tradespeople returning to Cape Breton from Western Canada.
    Appili Therapeutics Inc. has opened a medical chemistry lab in Halifax and has five new chemists among its 10 employees. The pharmaceutical development company is currently focusing on antibiotic research, and expects to add more chemists, biologists, and other employees as it grows.
    Barreling Tide Distillery opened in May 2016 in Port Williams, becoming one of a growing number of craft brewing operations and wineries in the area. It is the ninth distillery in Nova Scotia.
    Winnipeg-based jewellery chain Ben Moss will close its store in the Halifax Shopping Centre within the next few weeks. The company will close 11 stores across Canada, including one in Atlantic Canada, leaving it with 55 other operations.
    The federal government will invest $49M in 61 small harbour projects over the next two years in Nova Scotia. The government indicates that projects will help renew local harbour infrastructure and foster local employment opportunities.
    The Town of New Glasgow is expected to award a contract to Stewiacke-based L&R Construction for a water treatment plant expansion. The project will cost more than $3M and take about 62 weeks to complete.
    Dalhousie University will spend $23.3M to replace Dalplex, its deteriorating fitness centre. The new Dalplex is set to open in 2018.
    Kameron Coal has 46 workers at the Donkin coal mine, as it prepares the site for production scheduled to start in late 2016. At full production, the mine will employ 135 people.
    According to the developer, the number of construction workers on the site of the $500M Nova Centre project in downtown Halifax will top out at about 500 in June 2016. Some delays have occurred due to a lack of available tradespeople.
  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    A Boston Pizza restaurant will open in June 2016 on Robie Street in Truro. The business recently held a job fair to fill 110 positions.
    The Nova Scotia government will spend another $3.6M on an intensive treatment program for pre-school children with autism spectrum disorder. An additional 30 to 40 children will be treated, and 40 more workers hired.
    Appleton Chocolates will open in Tatamagouche, NS in May 2016. Chocolates will be made on site, and the business will employ five people.
    Increased provincial government funding will enable the YMCA to add two additional immigration support workers, one in Kentville and one in another community. Overall, the YMCA will employ nine settlement workers across Nova Scotia.
    Black Rock Tidal Power has awarded a contract to Aecon Atlantic Industrial Inc. to fabricate a tidal power platform which will be installed in 2017. Aecon has three fabrication facilities in Nova Scotia
    Export Development Canada is predicting strong growth for Nova Scotia exports over the next two years because there is high demand for seafood in China, the Canadian dollar is relatively low, and the United States economy is performing well
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    The Chignecto-Central Regional School board will have 43 more teaching positions in the fall of 2016. Despite declining enrolments, a cap on class sizes has led to a budget increase for teaching positions across Nova Scotia.
    The same owner plans to open a Robin's Donuts coffee shop in the summer of 2016 in Chéticamp, and another in New Waterford later in the fall
    Non-bargaining unit employees of the Nova Scotia government will receive the same 1%, 1.5% and 0.5% wage increases as offered to the bargaining unit employees
    The Nova Scotia government will spend an extra $6.6M on early childhood education, part of which must be used to increase wages for workers. Wages for early childhood workers in the province are well below the national average.
    Parks Canada will spend $20M on upgrades to Halifax Citadel and a tower in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax during the spring and summer of 2016
    Stillwell Bar will open a seasonal beer garden on Spring Garden Road in Halifax in June of 2016. The company had operated a beer garden on the waterfront last year, but that tender was awarded to another company, The Stubborn Goat, for 2016.
    The Nova Scotia government will invest more than $12M on programs to help young workers in the province. Employers and graduate students may be eligible for funding to gain work experience and research opportunities.
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    Bluedrop Training and Simulation has added eight positions to its Halifax workforce, and now employs 25 people, including software experts and 3-D designers. The company was recently awarded a $15M contract to develop training and simulation software for the Arctic patrol vessels being constructed at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax.
    Some workers on the transmission lines of the Maritime Link power project in Cape Breton will likely be laid off as a result of the declared bankruptcy of one of the major contractors. The number of employees affected has not yet been determined.
    The Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre in Halifax will manage recruiting for a two-year program in metal fabrication for indigenous students to be offered through the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth. The program will prepare students for potential employment at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax.
    According to the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, a sudden surge of new restaurant openings has been occurring recently in downtown Halifax. The construction of the Convention Centre, a planned makeover of some streets, and optimism around the tourist season are driving a sense of confidence in the area among restaurant owners.
    Jazz Aviation is creating a new division which will conduct aircraft heavy maintenance repair and overhaul in Halifax for Ontario-based Air Georgian. The two companies recently signed a five-year deal, and work should begin in the summer of 2016.
    The Nova Scotia Health Authority has recruited 10 new family doctors who will set up practice in Cape Breton over the next 18 months. Recruitment will continue for 10 more doctors to fill vacancies to be created by upcoming retirements or departures.
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    A multi-million dollar renovation project on the medical clinic in Shelburne planned for the spring of 2016 will not go ahead. The building is not repairable and a new clinic will be needed instead. Any further plans have yet to be decided.
    Digby Pines still has some openings for housekeeping and food and beverage service jobs for the 2016 season. About 150 people are employed at the resort in Digby in peak season, with normally about a 45% annual turnover of staff according to management.
    Bedford-based Dexter Construction and Yarmouth-based Tri-County Construction Limited have been awarded contracts from the federal government to carry out a total of $3.5M in wharf upgrades on Cape Sable Island, which will be completed over the next few months
    The Town of Truro, with assistance from the federal government, will redevelop its civic square. The project will involve landscaping, and the addition of a new library building and outdoor ice surface.
    PJ's Pets, which operates Pets Unlimited, Petculture and Oliver & Pets Co, will close six stores in Nova Scotia as part of a larger chain of closures across Canada
    Six additional mental health clinicians will be hired as the provincial government expands the network of SchoolPlus sites within schools across Nova Scotia. The sites offer a range of support programs, and will employ 29 clinicians with the new hires.
    J.W. Lindsay Enterprises has been awarded a $10M contract to begin building an elementary school in Bible Hill in May of 2016, while Bird Construction has been awarded a $19.764M contract to build a P-12 school in Bridgetown
    AltaGas Ltd. will restart construction in the summer of 2016 on the Alton natural gas storage facility. About 60 to 80 contractors will be employed over the life of the project, and once completed the facility will employ eight to 10 full-time workers.
    A major project to replace the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax will take place over the next five to seven years. Services will be moved to other sites during construction, and some renovations will be required at those sites as well.
    According to Doctors Nova Scotia, the province's resource plan states 1,070 new doctors will be needed over the next 10 years to fill both replacement and new positions. About half of the positions will be for family doctors.
    Damascus Pizza & Donair, a restaurant in Truro, has closed and the property sold for other use. However, the owner hopes to eventually reopen elsewhere in the area.

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