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  • Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    Superior Tanks, of St. Stephen, NB, announced that it will be closing its steel oil tank plant immediately, citing a declining market for residential oil tanks. The action puts 33 people out of work.
    Work is now underway on Five Five Queen, a downtown Moncton hotel-condo-restaurant development. The project is estimated to cost $30M and will take 18 months to complete.
    Starbucks Canada has committed to hiring at least 1,000 refugees over the next five years. The company will actively recruit candidates through the national organization, Hire Immigrants, which works with municipal and provincial resettlement agencies.
  • Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    Sunrise Records, one of Canada's top music retailers, will be opening shops in both Fredericton and Saint John in April. The music retailer recently announced that they are taking over 70 previously owned HMV locations across Canada.
    According to the provincial government, NB is 70 doctors short and is actively recruiting across Canada to find family physicians and specialists to fill those vacancies. The 70 positions are a mix of newly created and replacement positions.
    According to the Nurses Association of New Brunswick, nurse practitioners are willing to fill many duties left behind by the lack of family doctors across New Brunswick. There are currently 70 physician vacancies.
    The Match Factory Restaurant and The Match Stick Café will be opening in Hampton, at the Hampton Mall. The restaurant will create 15-20 new jobs and is currently seeking cooks, servers, food prep, bakers and management.
    RPS Composites announced that its Minto fibreglass plant will close in March, after 22 years in operation, resulting in the layoff of 30 people. This is the third major closure for the Minto-Grand Lake area in the last 7 years.
  • Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    Fit Rocks Climbing Gym is set to open. The facility, which will be the first rock-climbing gym in Moncton and the largest in Atlantic Canada, is state-of-the-art and includes an augmented wall, computerised games and traditional gym equipment.
    According to the Multicultural Association of Fredericton (MCAF), 88 of the 559 Syrian refugees who came to the capital city last year have obtained some form of employment
    The Point Lepreau nuclear generating station will undergo planned maintenance that will involve approximately 600 contractors and tradespeople from within and outside of NB
    The Home Depot hosted job fairs in Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton in preparation for the spring season, when activity is expected to pick-up
    Mrs. Dunsters, a bakery based in Sussex, has doubled its staff size from 56 employees to 125 within the last two and a half years
    Cooke Aquaculture, a salmon farming company with processing plants based in Charlotte County, has had to expand in order to meet growing demand for its products. Since 2010, it has seen its workforce grow by 22%, to 1,200 people.
    According to the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, equity in NB does not compare very well with the rest of Canada, especially in certain job sectors
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    The Conference Board of Canada is projecting that the NB economy will expand by 1.2% in 2017 and this activity is expected to translate into 2,800 net new jobs
    Relish Gourmet Burgers will soon be filing for bankruptcy, according to the owners of the business. While all the corporate locations are now closed, franchise locations in Halifax and Vancouver will remain open, as they are independent operators.
    According to the provincial government, NB's maple syrup industry earned revenue of $32M in 2015 and provided 2,300 seasonal and part-time jobs. NB is the world's third largest producer of maple syrup after Quebec and Vermont.
    The provincial government has announced $2M in funding to put 36 ¿literacy lead¿ teachers back into the provincial school system in an attempt to reverse slumping literacy rates. These teachers are already working in the province.
    The provincial government has pledged $500,000 towards Curl Moncton's strategic infrastructure project, which will help create construction jobs. The expansion will put the facility in a better position to host major national and international events.
    The provincial government has announced payroll support of $50,000 to help Locavore, a Fredericton based food company, hire 10 new full-time employees
    The provincial government has pledged $400,000 in payroll rebates to Quick Service Software to create 50 new full-time jobs over a four-year period. The Fredericton-based software company currently employs 50.
    The federal and provincial governments are contributing $94.4M for a new bridge to replace the 63-year-old Anderson Bridge. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and the bridge is slated to open in 2021.
  • Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    J.D. Irving plans to go ahead with improvements to its Doaktown sawmill this year after two years of delays. The scope of the plan is broader than what was originally projected, which may result in more jobs.
    The first Cheese Curds/Habaneros Modern Taco Bar will open in Oromocto in late May or early June and will employ between 20 and 25 people. This will be the owner's first foray into NB, after operating in NS for more than five years.
    The Town of Shediac will spend $1.9M to upgrade the municipal water system in its downtown area. The work will be completed in two phases, with the first phase spanning from April to June and the remaining work to be completed in the fall.
    The provincial government is providing $35M to the Moncton Hospital to fund a new maternity and neonatal unit and to relocate and renovate two cardiac care units. The project is expected to be completed by 2022.
    The provincial government announced that $1.1M will be provided to Petitcodiac Regional School to build an addition for an automotive and metal trades shop. The spending corresponds with the government's 10-year education plan for the anglophone sector.
    According to the provincial government, there are more than 100 contact centres in NB, employing more than 18,000 people. There are 39 in Moncton alone, employing more than 10,000 people.
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    Little Miss Café has opened in Salisbury. The restaurant offers home cooked meals like pastas, paninis, wraps and all-day breakfast. This is the owner's second foray into the restaurant business.
    The provincial government will spend $4.4M during the 2017-2018 fiscal year to prepare for a 10-year, $200M expansion and upgrade of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. Actual construction will begin in 2018.
    The opening of a new Swiss Chalet/Harvey's location, in Dieppe, has been pushed back to February 28, a week later than initially anticipated.
    Motel Camping Haché, a campground located in Nigadoo, has filed for bankruptcy. The site will now close, unless a buyer emerges.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    The provincial government announced changes to this year's SEED program, which provides funding for student summer employment. Adjustments were made to funding levels and 400 positions were added.
    Tropical Shipping, the main container service at Port Saint John since 2001, moved its operations to Halifax in January. Workers are now counting on DP World, the new operator of the Rodney Container Terminal, to drum up new business.
    According to a study undertaken by Université de Moncton researchers and the Association of Francophone Seniors in NB, about one third of new businesses are being started by seniors
    The provincial government has pledged $25M over the next three years towards the restoration of the Memramcook Institute, an Acadian school of higher learning. The remaining $7.5M in required funding has yet to be secured.
    According to Statistics Canada's 2016 census, New Brunswick's population declined by 0.5% (from 751,171 to 747,101) between 2011 and 2016
    Owners of Liquid Gold Olive Oils and Vinegars have decided to close their uptown Saint John location, after operating for five years without turning a profit. The company sells artisanal olive oil and other high-end foods.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    A new immigration pilot program, hatched by the Atlantic provinces and the federal government, will look to admit an additional 2,000 skilled immigrant workers and their families to Atlantic Canada in 2017
    The University of New Brunswick has announced the creation of the Emera and NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies, at its Fredericton campus. The number of university researchers in the field will double from the current staff of 26.
    Home sales in Fredericton reached a five-year high in 2016, totalling 2,024 and up 6.6% from 2015. The Fredericton Real Estate Board says they've started 2017 on target and expect another busy year for real estate in the capital city.
    Schnitzel Haus restaurant, which has operated in Aulac for nearly 30 years, announced that it is closing its doors. A family-run business, the closure is a result of the pending retirement of its owners.
    RPS Composite, a fibreglass pipe manufacturing company operating out of Minto, will be closing, putting 40 people out of work. A downturn in the market for its product was cited as the cause.
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    Comer Defence, a Manitoba-based aerospace and defence firm, will be hosting a job fair in Miramichi on January 25 and 26, 2017. They are searching for people to work as defence assemblers and general labourers.
    With a contribution of nearly $5.2M from the provincial government, Sears Canada is opening a call centre in Saint John. The centre will create 350 jobs.
    Holly's Restaurant, a long-time staple of Hampton's main drag, has closed its doors after 20 years in operation. The closure will result in the loss of 10 jobs.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced that they are investing nearly $60M towards 74 clean water and wastewater projects across New Brunswick
    Locavore Foods is set to open in Saint John. The venue will be a ¿café application¿ and will feature New Brunswick-sourced foods.
    The new Sears business centre that is set to open in Saint John will begin the hiring process with a job fair on February 1 and 2, 2017. The fair will be held at the future location of the centre, Loch Lomond Place on McDonald Road.
    East Side Shop, a popular skateboarding shop in Saint John, has closed its doors. The store employed four people and there has been no official word on why the store closed.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    J.D. Irving, Limited, headquartered in Saint John, anticipates hiring 3,900 people in New Brunswick over the next three years. The company attributes this future demand to business growth, pending retirements and general workforce turnover.
    Major upgrades to Bathurst Regional Airport infrastructure will begin in the spring, despite a downturn in passengers served in 2016. The airport was initially built to accommodate 30,000 passengers but served nearly 45,000 passengers in 2016.
    Mills Seafood, a Bouctouche-based seafood company, has been placed into receivership. The plant employed 100 people, who are now out of work unless the plant is purchased and re-opened by a new buyer.
    An estimated 5,700 immigrants could potentially settle in NB in 2017, according to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. This would be double the number that settled in 2015.
    The federal and provincial governments have committed $272M to twin a section of Route 11 between Shediac and Bouctouche and to create a new bypass near Miramichi. The spending is expected to create over 2,500 jobs over the next four years.
    Agropur Dairy Co-operative and Saputo have announced that they are laying off hundreds of workers across Atlantic Canada, beginning April 1, 2017. Agropur will lay off 57 employees in New Brunswick, while Saputo has yet to release a figure.
    The provincial government is investing $526,000 in Island Fisherman Cooperative Association Ltd., which is undertaking a $5M modernization project at its Lamèque and Point-Sapin plants. The company employs between 450-500 seasonal and full-time workers.
    Kredl's Corner Market, of Hampton, has avoided bankruptcy after paying a $750,000 settlement to its creditors. Owner, David Wolpin, has already called back 18 employees who were let go at an earlier date.
    Pannizza has announced that it will be opening its second pizza restaurant in Moncton in May. The company is also looking to open new restaurants in Dieppe and Fredericton.
    The provincial government is providing Sears Canada Inc. with $3.5M to open a business centre in Edmundston. The centre is expected to create 180 new jobs and to generate $8.9M in GDP, annually. Sears currently employs 418 people in New Brunswick.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    The Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown Hotel is undergoing a $6M upgrade. The focus will be on interior renovations and the hotel will remain open throughout the project. Further work is being considered for the building exterior.
    The federal and provincial governments are investing $1.5M to help establish a specialized training centre for the mining and drilling sectors at the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) Bathurst campus
    Burrito Jax, a restaurant chain that specializes in healthy offerings, is opening a store in downtown Fredericton in April. Target audiences include the downtown lunch and late evening crowds, though they also offer catering services.
    Sequoia Natural & Organic, a Moncton-based organic food store, is opening its first Fredericton location in the spring. The company already operates three stores in Moncton and Dieppe.
    The provincial government has committed $649,000 towards the support of youth employment in the Kennebecasis Valley region. The funding will support 57 jobs with 32 different employers.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    A new highway pit stop featuring a Sobeys Express and a Shell gas station is scheduled to open in Salisbury in late spring, 2017. The outlet is expected to employ 12 people.
    Tim Hortons has opened a new coffee shop at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport. Café Cavu, a sandwich-and-salads specialist, has also opened a restaurant, offering upscale sandwiches, salads, beverages and other healthy options.
    Hayward and Warwick, one of Saint John`s oldest businesses, announced that it will be shutting down after remaining in operation for over 160 years. The shop specialized in china and other upscale offerings.
    Moosehead Breweries announced that it will not go ahead with its small-batch brewery that was planned for the Saint John harbour front. The project which included a brewery, tap room and retail outlet, was scrapped due to cost concerns.
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    Key Industries, a Saint John company that teaches employment skills to the intellectually disabled, is expanding its services to reach people outside the city
    Panizza, a pizza chain that has its roots in Montreal, is aiming to open a restaurant in Moncton in March
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    The federal and provincial governments have committed a combined $61.6M towards the construction of a new bridge across the Petitcodiac River, with work to begin in the spring of 2017
    The provincial government is investing $2.2M for the purchase of snow-making equipment at Sugarloaf Provincial Park. The equipment is expected to be in place for 2017.
    The City of Bathurst has eliminated two positions in the tourism sector, and their functions will be replaced by a new regional tourism office, supported by the Chaleur Regional Service Commission
    The federal government has committed $200,000 towards upgrades to the Magnetic Hill Zoo Education Centre, in Moncton
    NB Power has recommended a rehabilitation project that will maintain the Mactaquac dam until 2068. Most of the work will take place between 2020 and 2036.
    Locavore Foods has taken over the two Real Food Connections properties in Fredericton and Saint John, and intends to re-hire many of the Real Food Connections staff in 2017.
    Cirrus Garment, a new Saint John-based sewing business that produces ladies` clothing, currently has 31 employees, 12 of which are newcomers to Canada
    Fit Rocks Climbing Gym is set to open in Moncton by early 2017. The gym will feature 18-foot climbing walls and a training area.
    Horse Racing New Brunswick will be moving its harness racing operations from Fredericton to Saint John once the existing lease expires on December 31, 2016
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    A Syrian refugee who recently immigrated to Fredericton has opened a tailoring business called Ahmed Designs.
    The federal and provincial governments are contributing a combined $45.2M towards improvements to the TransAqua Wastewater Treatment Facility, which serves the Greater Moncton area
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Reneu Boutique, of Fredericton, will be shutting down on February 1, 2017, after 10 years in business
    Northampton Brewery has opened its Roundhouse location to the Fredericton public, nearly a year after moving its Picaroons brewery operations to the site
    The provincial government is hiring four midwives as part of a pilot project based in Fredericton, which will introduce midwifery care in New Brunswick
    Syrian newcomers to New Brunswick found jobs at a higher rate than the national average, over the last year. This is despite the fact that the province also received the highest percentage of refugees who spoke neither English nor French
    The provincial and federal governments are investing over $45M in the Fundy Trail Connector infrastructure project, improving connections to the Fundy Trail Parkway in southern New Brunswick
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    The provincial government plans to cut approximately 1,300 civil service positions, over the next five years from departmental staff. An estimated 45,500 people currently work for the provincial government in a full-time or part-time capacity, including departmental, school system and health care staff.
    PMV Canada has begun construction of a new commercial space at 840 Main Street, in Moncton and hopes to find a suitable tenant by spring, 2017, when the building is expected to be at or near completion. The downtown area is seeing solid development, which the city attributes to construction of a new events centre.
    Organigram, a medical marijuana producer based in Moncton, announced plans to expand its Moncton Industrial Park facility in order attain sufficient scale to accommodate a recent promotional deal. The expansion will add 9,000 kg of capacity, bringing the total to approximately 26,000 kg. The new addition is anticipated to be operational by spring, 2018.
    A new NB Liquor store is set to open in uptown Saint John and will replace the Prince Edward Square location. The new store will feature an enhanced products portfolio, a chilled products area, a growler bar and a wine-tasting station.
    Real Food Connections is shutting down after six and a half years in operation. The company distributed and sold locally produced products and food, via a grocery box program and two retail outlets located in Fredericton and Saint John.
    The People, Skills, Jobs, a career fair sponsored by Ignite Fredericton and the Provincial government, was held on November 29. There were 36 booths, with companies advertising 460 job openings. Many companies identified a skills gap as being the main issue that they face when hiring.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    The city of Saint John and various community partners have contributed nearly $10.5M towards the Greater Saint John field house project. Phases one and two will cost an estimated $40M and will cover new construction and improvements to existing facilities. Construction is expected to begin in March 2017, with a projected opening in October 2018.
    Tropical Shipping, which represents almost half of the Port of Saint John's container traffic business, is terminating its relationship with the port after 15 years. The company will shift its operations to Halterm Container Terminal in Halifax, NS, on January 9, 2017.
    Tweedside Road Home Decor has opened a second retail location in Fredericton. The first store, located in Saint Andrews, has been in operation since 2014.
    Hammond River Brewing will be moving its operations into a new $900,000 building, attached to Barrel's Head Gastropub and Peddlers Creek, in Rothesay. Capacity will increase from 140 to 1,750 litres per batch.
    The Canadian Consumer Finance Association is projecting that some of the 25 businesses that offer payday loans in NB will have to close if the provincial government implements its proposed changes to payday loan regulations. Under tougher guidelines, operators may not be able to conduct enough business to offset overhead costs such as wages and retail space.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    According to the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce, small businesses in Saint John, as much as multibillion dollar industries have shaped the fabric of the city and have thrived for hundreds of years. Small businesses employ 25,000 to 29,000 Saint John residents among Chamber members alone.
    The provincial government will contribute $500,000 to a $1.9M project for the expansion of the community services centre in Clair, NB. The new centre is expected to house the municipal office and other professional services when completed.
    About 90 new staff will be added to the Federal government pay centre in Miramichi in the near future, after the completion of their training. The centre currently employs 600 people.
    The city of Fredericton has increased its allocation on water and sewage projects in 2017 by $15M, with the federal and provincial governments committing 50% and 25% of the total costs, respectively. These projects are expected to generate additional economic activity and employment opportunities.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    The Saint John Airport reports their operations contributed more than $63M and 446 full-time jobs to the city's economy in 2015. Corporate and business activity accounted for one quarter of the impact and tenants like Irving Oil Ltd. and Cooke Aquaculture created activity beyond traditional passenger movement.
    The Saint John Airport will invest $33.7M over 10 years towards capital projects, which will add more carriers, connections and businesses to the current 20 tenants. The airport contribute $30M of the expenditure while tenants will be add the rest.
    The provincial and federal governments are investing $10M to support the establishment of four new maple syrup operations and the expansion of another 19 businesses in the Madawaska and Restigouche regions
    An agreement has been struck between the New Brunswick government and Groupe Ocean for the use of the Bas-Caraquet shipyard. Once built, the company will then lease the dock from the shipyard.
    The provincial government will increase the number of business service centres in sectors such as banking, finance, information technology and research. The initiative will add new high-skill and high-paying jobs.
    Work on Moncton's $104M downtown centre is on schedule and will be completed in 2018 according to a city spokesperson. The project has 110 workers on site, most of them New Brunswickers.
    The federal government introduced new funding to allow an outreach plan to extend its program to northern New Brunswick. The program shows middle school students the opportunities that exist in the fields of sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
    NB Liquor replaced an old store wih a new 13,000 ft2 store on Mountain Road. The Vaughan Harvey Sobeys location will be revamped in April 2017, as will other locations across the province.
    According to data on hotel industry performance, Saint John's hotels occupancy rates were up 5.8% in September 2016, compared to last year at this point. Discover Saint John's tourism numbers also show that 1.5M visitors came to the port city in 2015.
    According to Statistics Canada, New Brunswick's unemployment rate rose by 0.7 percentage points to 10% in October. Saint John's rate increased slightly to 7.6% in October and Moncton's rate remained steady at 6.9%.
    IBM's Qradar security intelligence program now employs 400 people. The office started with 40 employees, with the acquisition of Fredericton-based Q1 Labs.
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    A new $5M education centre for pre-school children and a daycare have opened in the Chief Harold Sappier School in St. Mary¿s First Nation
    Elsipogtog First Nation opened a new 17,000 ft2 retail plaza with a Pharmasave and River of Fire Market, which will allow the 3,000 residents to shop for groceries in their own community. The plaza will employ more than 50 people and has a third retail space available for rent. Elsipogtog is located about 90 km away from Moncton.
    Years of low cranberry prices have forced many New Brunswick cranberry farmers to not harvest their crops this year or have had to lay off employees. New Brunswick has more than 20 cranberry producers and produces the most berries in Atlantic Canada, but many farms have been operating at a loss.
    SimpTek Technologies, a Fredericton software company, is in the process of marketing its energy metering technology to new markets in Québec, Ontario and New England. The company¿s expansion plan includes hiring a few more staff, forming new partnerships with other utilities and recruiting sales people in different regions.
    Brunswick Square in Saint John, will lose another retailer when Starbucks shuts down on November 5, 2016. Hallmark and Suzy Shier also closed their operations in the downtown shopping centre this past winter. No reason was provided for Starbucks closure.
    The New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) announced that it will partner with the Salesforce Academic Alliance program to develop training geared toward future IT employment. Although the program is just launching, NBCC says it will work closely with Salesforce to ensure that a variety of skills are incorporated in the program.
    Subway will be the first tenant in McLaughlin Place, a new commercial plaza being built in Moncton's north end. Hiring is expected to take place before it opens in late December 2016. The complex will have five buildings and will also house a Pharmasave and a Guacamole Mexican Street Food restaurant.
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Thirteen new jobs will be created at wood product manufacturer JMN Enterprises, three at firewood producer Fiready and four at Water Blasting & Vacuum Services. Financial assistance will be provided by the federal and provincial governments to the Edmundston-area companies.
    In an effort to increase the supply of bilingual paramedics in the province, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick will begin offering a two-year program in September 2017. The course will be managed from the Campbellton campus, but could be offered at various locations depending on need.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    According to a survey conducted by Ignite Fredericton, about one third of 118 businesses consulted across industries in the Fredericton area report difficulty in attracting new employees. A lack of required skills and/or lack of experience were the main reasons for the difficulties.
    According to the New Brunswick government, of the 583 working-age Syrian refugees who settled in the province over the past 11 months, only 103 of them have a job. In total, about 1,420 Syrian refugees have moved to the province. The federal government provides Syrian refugees with income support for up to one year.
    The City of Fredericton plans to eliminate most of its accumulated debt in the 2017 budget by not renewing 4.75 unnamed full-time equivalent positions which will be generated from retirements
    The Play Café, an indoor play space and café for parents and children, will open in November 2016 at 150 Edmonton Avenue in Moncton
    The Midwives' Association of New Brunswick has expressed concern that there are currently no positons in the province for midwives despite a government announcement earlier in 2016 that four positions would be created. The government indicates the program is still in the planning stages.
  • Week of Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2016

    Imperial Manufacturing in Richibucto is bringing in 20 new immigrants from Romania under a new federal program, to fill manufacturing jobs and help counteract stagnant population growth in the area. The jobs are general labourer positions that the company has not been able to staff locally.
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    The Bank of Montreal predicts that New Brunswick's economic growth rate will be one of the lowest in the country at 0.5% in 2016 and 0.8% in 2017. Impacting the province is soft economic growth, demographic and fiscal challenges. The bank estimates that the average growth for Canada as a whole will be 1.2 % in 2016 and 2.0% in 2017.
    Based on numbers released by New Brunswick's Department of Health, the province has 75 doctor vacancies, 33 for general practitioners and 42 for specialists. New Brunswick competes against other provinces to recruit doctors and despite incentives, still face a shortage, especially for specialists.
    Celebrate!, a specialty store featuring name-brand merchandise at marked-down prices, is the 26th retailer to open at the East Point Shopping Centre in Saint John. PetSmart is also scheduled to open a store at East Point later this autumn.
    A new manufacturing company, Omera Shells Inc., is slated to begin operations in Richibucto this fall. The facility will take seafood waste and convert it into bio-organic fertilizer, which will be exported to Asia. It is expected that 30 jobs will be initially created, with another 20 to be hired in 2017. According to Opportunities NB, there could be up to 74 jobs created in the next two years.
    Cox Electronics & Communications' stores in Saint John and Fredericton are shutting down for good at the end of October. The company's owner is retiring and has sold the St. Stephen location, which will remain in operation. The retail and commercial business had employed over 50 people at its three locations.
    The Rallye Motors Auto Group will build an auto mall on 12 acres of land on Carson Drive in Moncton. The facility will offer multiple new and used automotive brands, a full service collision center, a service drive-through, and other services in one location. The first phase of the development will open in 2018 and staffing levels are expected to go from 150 to 200 once fully completed.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    A new craft beer brewery, Foghorn Brewing Co., is slated to open in Rothesay this October at 47 Clark Road. The 2,000 square-foot brewery will have a tap room, as well as a growler and keg service, and expects to hire some part-time help soon.
    A new bar called the Five and Dime, which will focus on vinyl records and craft beer, will be opening in early November on Grannan Lane in Saint John. The bar will host vinyl exchange events and allow patrons to bring their own records.
    New Brunswick's population was 756,780, as of July 1, 2016 and this was an increase of 0.3% compared to the previous year. Prince Edward Island had the largest growth in Atlantic Canada at 1.3%, which was higher than the national average of 1.2%.
    The Moncton events centre is on schedule according to the project director. The $104M facility will have about 9,000 seats and will feature an arena as well as retail space, concession stands, two outdoor patios and an outdoor events space. The venue is expected to open in September 2018.
    Fredericton-based PMV Canada Inc. is buying apartment houses in Saint John's north end, with the plan to fix them up or do something new with the land. The company wants to develop new affordable housing and help spark further development in the area.
    Resilia Medical Solutions, a Shediac company that makes a bladder leakage device, has a new distribution deal with Aspen Pharmacare. The company expects the new deal will allow it grow and staff up to 15 people in sales and marketing by 2017.
    The Anglophone East School District has hired 58 full-time teachers this year as a result of retirements and increased enrolment. There has been an increase in newcomer families to the area, including over 120 Syrian refugee students. The district employs about 1,700 full-time staff and 700 part-time staff.
    Miami-based ARS Canada Rolling Stock plans to start manufacturing rail cars at the old Moncton Hump Yard, creating 200 jobs by 2017 in the first phase. The company plans to employ more than 700 people by 2021, which will include welders and mechanics.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Princess Auto has begun construction of its third location in New Brunswick, which will open in Fredericton in the spring of 2017. The 20,000 square foot space will be located in the Corbett Centre and will employ 35 staff.
    The New Brunswick government has committed $200K in funding to help the trucking industry address their labour shortage. Many trucking jobs do not get filled, and with the average age of drivers being 50 years old, being able to recruit and retain truckers is key. According to the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, the average truck driver makes about $65K a year.
    The New Brunswick government has committed $200K in funding to help the trucking industry address their labour shortage. Many trucking jobs do not get filled, and with the average age of drivers being 50 years old, being able to recruit and retain truckers is key. According to the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, the average truck driver makes about $65K a year.
    The New Brunswick government will spend up to $1M to allow unemployed adults to take free second−language training, in order to improve their job prospects. The program will begin in January 2017 and be available at community colleges across the province.
    A survey completed by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission shows that 70% of New Brunswick's 2012 university graduates who stayed home were working two years later, while 61% of the graduates who had moved away were working
    IBM will host a career fair on October 5, 2016 at 400 Main Street in Saint John. The company is looking to hire entry level people, as well as experienced technical support experts and leaders. In May, IBM stated that they would create 110 new jobs.
    A new bar in uptown Saint John called Eighty3 Bar Arcade will officially open for business on October 1, 2016. The bar features craft beer and vintage arcade games for patrons to play. The owner hopes it will have its kitchen in operation by Christmas.
    New Brunswick must improve its retention rates of immigrants, if a pilot project to attract skilled workers to the region is to continue. Atlantic Canada has retained 40% of its immigrant population, while Ontario has kept 93% while Western has retained 90%.
  • Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2016

    Construction has begun on a new $17.6M Kingswood Cambria Suites Hotel in Fredericton. The hotel will create 100 new jobs and will be next to the largest indoor water park in Atlantic Canada, both slated to open in September 2017. The water park will employ 30 staff.
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Qimple Inc., a Moncton start-up, will receive a $500,000 loan from ACOA to promote and innovate their product. Their product enables companies to create a job ad and post it to numerous job boards, then screen applicants using their technology.
    The Old Cosmo Complex, which closed in September, will re-open under new management on October 14, 2016 as Venue Moncton. The 24,000 square foot venue will have a nightclub that features touring DJs and bands one side and a country bar on the other side.
    Mount Allison University will build a new $13M Centre for Environmental Innovation at its Sackville campus, which will consolidate the research work of 15 scientists and create new jobs in the process. The centre is expected to be completed by the spring or summer of 2018.
    A new fertilizer plant, which will turn seafood-processing waste into fertilizer, is under construction in Richibucto, NB. The Omera Shells facility will initially create 30 jobs when it opens in the fall of 2016, and as many as 74 jobs over the next two years.
    The New Brunswick Community College in Saint John will build a new trades education building with the help of $15.89M in government funding, which is seen as preparing youth for high value jobs of the future. Work is expected to begin in the spring of 2017 and be completed by May of 2018.
    Moosehead Breweries has announced that it will build a 10,000 sq ft small-batch brewery on the Saint John waterfront. The company expects to start construction in Spring 2017.
    The Moncton Flight College will add 29 new jobs to its staff of 142 currently employed at its Moncton and Fredericton campuses. The jobs will include flight-training instructors, aviation maintenance engineers and administrative staff.
    Irving Oil will begin a $135M turnaround project this fall to increase the efficiency of its Saint John refinery. The project will require 2,400 tradespeople including boilermakers, electricians, labourers, scaffolders, and pipefitters over six weeks.
    Maritime Law Book, a Fredericton law book publisher, will be shutting down after 51 years in business. At its peak the company employed 75 people, but are now down to 23 staff.
    The University of New Brunswick will be hosting its 2016 Career and Education Options Fair on September 29 at the Richard J. Currie Center's performance gym in Fredericton. Post-secondary education students will be able to connect with over 60 employers and 20 educational institutions.
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Work has begun on a new development on the former CN lands in Moncton, which will include a hotel, high-end apartments, retail space and a restaurant. Westmount Developments will construct five or six buildings over the next four years.
    TrailWay Brewing Company, a Fredericton microbrewery, is expanding again with the help of ACOA. The brewing company is upgrading its location and purchasing equipment to help the microbrewery increase production.
    CBC News compared the Market Basket Measure, which looks at the cost to pay for necessities, to what a New Brunswicker would earn if working full-time on minimum wage. A single adult would need roughly $1,500 more to live and much more if caring for kids.
    According to Site Selection magazine, Moncton is one of the 10 locations in Canada to do business. The magazine evaluated 280 locations based on criteria like regional partnerships, business friendly legislation, worker availability and economic growth.
    Accreon Inc., a Fredericton information technology company, is going to create up to 120 full-time jobs with the help of a $1.5M payroll rebate from Opportunities NB. Jobs would include technical and software development and support positions.
    Cormer Defense, a Winnipeg-based aerospace and defence firm, announced that a new contract for 83 light-armoured vehicle drivetrains, will result in jobs at its Miramichi operation. The company is yet to specific the number of jobs that would be created, but the hiring process is expected to start soon.
    LiveOps Cloud, a contact centre service provider, will create 50 new information technology jobs in Fredericton thanks to $825K in payroll rebates from Opportunities New Brunswick. The positions will require a combination of information technology and software skills.
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    Jiffy Products will move its peat moss processing facility and its 200 staff, from Shippagan to the nearby community of Pokemouche, NB. With the help of government subsidies, the company will expand and plans to add up to 50 jobs.
    The owners of Spree, a new lifestyle boutique and studio that opened in St. Stephen this summer, are looking to hire staff to keep up with demand. The store sells locally made clothes, quilts, and bath products in its street level retail space and will operate a craft studio downstairs. A number of new businesses have opened or have plans to open in St. Stephen.
    Medical marijuana company OrganiGram is preparing to expand its facility and create more than 100 jobs for growers, chemists, microbiologists, accountants, and call centre employees at its base in Moncton. The company currently has 65 employees. The company is preparing for the recreational legalization of marijuana and has plans to quadruple its production space.
    HBB Medical Inc. has opened a second marijuana dispensary along Chesley Drive in Saint John. Employees of HBB Medical are prescribed users of marijuana, in order to better understand their customer's needs.
    The University of New Brunswick in Fredericton announced that it will build a $36M Centre for Healthy Living on its campus. The building must be completed within two years and will create well-paying research jobs.
    New Brunswick will soon have advanced-care paramedics working in the province as part of a new pilot project. The province is the only one that doesn't use advanced paramedics, who are highly skilled emergency medical professionals.
    The Central New Brunswick Nursing Home in Upper Miramichi had its grand opening for the 30-bed nursing home. According to the Mayor, the facility is the largest employer in the community, which typically relies on forestry for employment.
    The Old Cosmo Complex in Moncton has shut down after struggling to attract customers to its bars after closing for renovations and faced greater competition once it re-opened. The complex was the largest nightclub in the city.
    The provincial and federal governments have committed almost $57 to allow better and expanded access to affordable housing in New Brunswick over the next two years. It's estimated that several hundred families will benefit from the funding.
    Hammond River Brewing announced that it is expanding its operation with a 3,000 square-foot addition to Barrel's Head Pub in Rothesay. The owner plans to break ground October 1, 2016 and open in early 2017. The brewery will need to hire an assistant brewer, a delivery worker as well as some part-time staff at the location, which will feature a bottling line and an on-site tap room.
    New Brunswick's university tuition fees are the fourth highest in the country according to a recent Statistics Canada report. Undergraduate students paid an average of $6,682 for the 2016/17 academic year. Ontario has the highest average undergraduate tuition in the country at $8,114, while Newfoundland and Labrador's average is $2,759. Tuition for a graduate degree in New Brunswick is $5,737.
    The New Brunswick government has signed a five-year contract with CUPE 2745, who represents school intervention workers, as well as educational, library and administrative assistants. The agreement includes annual wage increases of 1%.
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    According to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, New Brunswick had 53 fewer doctors in 2015 compared to 2014. The only other province to see a decline was Newfoundland and Labrador.
    In June 2016, NB's average weekly earnings rose by 3% to $879 for non-farm payroll employees compared to June 2015 and this was primarily driven by the health care and social assistance, and administrative and support services industries
    The Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization (PLATO) has opened a new office in Miramichi and wants to train Aboriginals to become software testers. There are 36 First Nations people already working for PLATO in NB.
    The Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation will invest $3M in a new plant being built by Zenabis in Campbellton. Construction of the medical marijuana facility is expected create up to 300 jobs and to initially employ 60 people when it opens in the spring of 2017.
    The four Anglophone school districts in NB are hiring additional teachers and educational assistants to support Syrian students starting in September. The province is providing an additional $4.5M in funding in order to provide assistance.
    Four job fairs held in Moncton in the past year, resulted in the employment of at least 84 immigrants, including 50 international students. The Empress Theatre on Main Street will host the next fairs on September 23, 2016 and October 7, 2016.
    Stewart Farms wants to establish Canada's largest aquaponics and indoor vertical farming system in St. Stephen, NB as early as 2017. Pending approval, a 200-ton aquaculture system will be installed in a 100,000 sq ft building in town.
    A new thrift store called For A Pound is opening on September 1, 2016 at Lancaster Mall in Saint John. The store will charge customers $1.99 per pound of clothing, and will be operated by the organization East Coast Rag and Bone.
    Crown prosecutors in NB have rejected the government's offer of a 1% annual wage increase over four years. The province employs 61 crown prosecutors, who are the lowest paid in the country, and have been without a contract since 2013.
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    The Five Fingers watershed group in Saint Quentin, NB have received $16,500 from the NB Government to hire a project co-ordinator for environmental activities
    The NB Government and the Government of Canada announced $176M in combined funding for an initial 51 projects, including upgrades to the Fredericton, NB wastewater treatment facility and new buses for Moncton transit
    The Saint John, NB city market is receiving $6.1M to support infrastructure upgrades and improvements from the provincial and federal governments
    The Miramichi Folklore Park will receive infrastructure upgrades from a joint investment of $84,098 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
    Following the recent review of its programs, the Government of NB has announced the centralization of 74 call centers into four new regional locations. The number of positions that will be affected remains undetermined.
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    HotSpot Merchant Solutions is a small Fredericton, NB start-up company, with offices in Fredericton, NB, Saint John, NB, Moncton, NB, and Charlottetown, PEI. They are currently looking to hire account managers and developers as they grow with a major U.S. partner. Hiring could be up to five new hires and grow to as many as 15 by the fall of 2016.
    The Government of NB has signed an agreement with the Federal Government for $98.6M dollars from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Infrastructure Fund that will be invested in university and college infrastructure
    The NB Government has announced funding of $225,500 for an improvement project for Highland Park in Salisbury, NB. The project will upgrade and expand the park.
    The Miramichi, NB airport is receiving an investment of up to $1M dollars from the provincial government of NB and the Federal government for the building of a new multifunctional air services building.
    Provincial and Federal are investing $4.19 million dollars into the Bathurst, NB airport for upgrades to the airport, which will double the size of the terminal and extend the runway.
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    Campus Pharmacy at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB opened to students and the general public in August. The business, which currently employs one pharmacist, expects to hire more staff depending on demand.
    Moosehead will open a small-batch brewery by the end of 2017 in Saint John, NB. The brewery will operate in addition to Moosehead’s west side brewery in the city.
    General store Elgin Country Market in Elgin, NB will close in August. Four workers will be affected.
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    Don Cherry's Sports Grill, a restaurant on Champlain Street in Dieppe, NB, has closed until further notice, putting 15 employees out of work. Construction projects in the area were limiting customers and they do not anticipate reopening this year.
    The New Brunswick government will invest $4.9M on infrastructure and site upgrades at the Fundy Marine Service Centre on Grand Manan
    Par-T-Perfect, a children's entertainment company, will open an indoor play centre in August in the Pinewood Plaza in Riverview, NB
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    Baisley Construction will complete the $1.5M terminal building at the Miramichi Airport over the next several months
    The Anglophone South School District will add an additional 12 teaching positions due to an expected influx of Syrian refugee students, mostly in Saint John, for the new school year. Six additional educational assistants may also be hired.
    The University of New Brunswick and the Association of New Brunswick Teachers have negotiated a four-year collective agreement which will provide raises of 0.9% every six months starting in July 2016
    Alien Boats, a company that manufactures aluminum boats, has opened on Halifax Street in Moncton
    Café Diem has opened in Moncton, NB; women's clothing boutique Maddie & Sofia and the Supplement King nutritional supplement store will both open in the next couple of months in Dieppe, NB
    Club Rewind, a nightclub, has opened in Saint John, NB
  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    Canadel Furniture Factory Outlet will open a location in August 2016, and two clothing retailers, Cleo and Ricki¿s, will open a joint store in the following month. All stores will be located in Moncton, NB.
    Several large New Brunswick manufacturing employers, including food producers, are reporting difficulties recruiting production workers for jobs requiring stamina and dexterity. An aging population and commuting distance are cited as factors that may limit the potential labour force.
    Jean¿s Restaurant will close its St. George Street location, but the restaurant chain Thaizone will open a Moncton location in October 2016.
    Oxford Frozen Foods opened a blueberry processing plant in Saint-Isidore in July. The plant will employ 70 full-time and more than 200 seasonal workers. More jobs are expected to be created over the next several years as production expands.
  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The Saint John Police Force will hire five new full-time officers during the coming weeks. Over the past five years, 20 officers have left their position out of the 147-person force, but the attrition rate is expected to be low for the next five years.
    Fredericton-based Loft1 Inc. will receive more than $1M from the federal and provincial governments to further develop its Smart Board software. The company is seeking additional software engineers, which it finds difficult to recruit at times.
    Work is expected to begin in 2017 on the $205M expansion and modernization of the Port of Saint John
    Sky Zone, a trampoline park franchise, will open on Champlain Street in Moncton within the coming weeks
    Between 20 and 25 employees are expected to be hired over the next few months at the TriStar Mercedes-Benz car dealership currently under construction in Dieppe, NB. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017
  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    Global Solutions, an international gaming technology company, has grown from two to 35 employees since opening its Moncton operation in 2011. The company will continue to expand in the future.
    Construction is underway on the $104M events centre in Moncton with an average of 40 workers are on site each day. It is expected about 150 people will be employed during peak periods and will continue into 2017.
    Surgical services at the Charlotte County Hospital in St. Stephen, NB will cease due to the low volume. As a result of the closure, four nurses and one environmental service employee will be laid off.
    A new restaurant, Pitaza, will open in July 2016 in the former Quiznos location on Mountain Road in Moncton, NB.
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    Cask & Kettle Irish Gastropub has opened on Prince William Street in Saint John
    The federal government will invest $38M on improvements to infrastructure and training facilities at the Canadian Armed Forces base in Gagetown. Work is expected to begin in the summer of 2016.
    Murphy Hospitality Group will build and open The Wesley Hotel in downtown Moncton by the late fall of 2017, or shortly after. The 75-unit hotel will also contain the third Gahan House Restaurant and Brewery location in Atlantic Canada.
  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    McCains Foods Ltd. and Monsanto are investing about $14M in Fredericton-based Resson Aerospace, an agri-tech company that uses big data and predictive analysis to improve crop yields. The company is expected to hire about 20 positions in engineering, computer science and data science in Fredericton.
    The NB Government has approved pay equity adjustments for about 3,300 mainly female workers in the education sector including educational assistants, administrative assistants, school library workers and intervention workers
    McCain Foods in Florenceville-Bristol has announced a $65M expansion that is expected to create an additional 40 to 50 jobs and boost demand from local potato growers
    Holy Whale Brewery, a café and brewery in Alma, NB, is expected to be open for business by the end of the summer with construction on the brewery beginning in the fall
    Registered nurses have ratified a new collective agreement that will affect roughly 450 nurses working in unionized NB nursing homes. It includes wage increases of 4.45% over the four-year term plus new language around layoff protection.
    The Fredericton-based lingerie store, Elle Mio, is opening a new location on Main Street in Moncton in early July.
    The NB government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada have signed a six-year collective agreement with 252 employees at school district administrative offices that includes wage increases of 1% per year
    Yoga on York will be opening at 73 York Street in Fredericton, NB in September, 2016
  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    Candy Craze opened on June 5 in Shediac, NB with plans to hire additional part-time employees by the start of the summer
    The only grocery store in Tabusintac, NB will close on July 30 as the Co-op grocery store and gas bar ends its run of almost 75 years. There are grocery stores in nearby Neguac and Brantville.
    Four of Charlotte County's largest employers, Ganong Brothers, Cooke Aquaculture, Connors Brothers and Paturel International, have joined to form the Charlotte County Employers Working Committee. The group will work to fill 200-300 job vacancies.
    Major projects for Moncton in 2016 include the events centre ($100M), the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital expansion ($100M), two new schools in Metro Moncton, the 185-lot Irishview Estates subdivision in Irishtown ($56M), and the Seniors Campus by Shannex ($60M)
    Construction crews will begin a $7.4M renovation project at Moncton's Harrison Trimble High School this summer. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.
    A 240-bed nursing home will be built through a public-private partnership in Miramichi, NB and will replace two existing facilities
    New Brunswick's 1.9% economic growth in 2015 was stronger than expected and will not likely be repeated in 2016 and 2017 according to a report by RBC released in June, 2016
    The Conference Board of Canada projects job losses of 3,000 in 2016 and a stalled economy for New Brunswick
    New Brunswick has expanded the Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) program to fund 300-400 additional student summer jobs at non-profit organizations
    The opening of the Gateway Wetland and Nature Trail in Oromocto, NB marked the end of phase one of a $1.2M conservation and urban development initiative. The next phase begins in September 2016.
    The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station re-opened after being taken offline April 1 for regularly scheduled maintenance. Over 600 contractors and tradespeople worked with NB Power staff over the 72-day outage.
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    The NB trucking industry recently held a job fair in Moncton to fill vacant positions for truck drivers and to promote diversity among drivers and mechanics
    Damda, a Vietnamese / Thai restaurant, recently opened on Queen Street in Fredericton and hired four kitchen and four front-of-house staff
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) expects major project spending in New Brunswick to grow by 5% in 2016 and 2017 to levels in excess of $2B. APEC has identified 87 major projects in the province which would cost a total of $19.4B to build.
    NB Liquor and the New Brunswick Craft Alcohol Producers Association have signed an agreement to help the province's craft beer industry gain a larger market share. Craft beer currently accounts for about 4% of the market.
    The McAllister Place Sobeys, Saint John will be closing and another location will open in mid-summer. The current location has 132 employees and the new store will be hiring an additional 75 employees.
    Work has begun at Irving Oil Ltd.'s new head office which is expected to open in 18-24 months. More than 200 tradespeople will be employed during the construction.
    Xenia Housing and Martell Custom Homes have begun construction on Anchors Landing, a 36-unit apartment building for senior citizens in Saint Andrews. The building will be open for tenants in January 2017.
    Opportunities NB will contribute up to $173,500 in the form of a payroll rebate over five years to create and maintain 40 full-time positions at Blue Ocean Contact Centers in Bathurst. Blue Ocean has been in Bathurst since 2000 and employs 125 people.
    Revolution Night Club will open on Elmwood Drive in Moncton in July
    Acadian Construction (Dieppe) will begin construction of a 120-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Moncton this summer
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Fredericton's latest craft brewery, Gray Stone Brewing, is planning to open by the end of June on King Street. When complete it will employ 8-12 people including brewers, front of house staff, and support staff.
    The St. Thomas University campus (Fredericton) is getting a $6M renovation for its Harrington Residence by September 2017
    Modern General, a boutique general store, is opening on York Street in Fredericton on June 1 and will be run solely by the owner
    Greco Pizza is opening a Greco Pizza/Captain Submarine Xpress location in Hanwell off Route 640
    A crew of 35 workers will remain for ongoing care and maintenance after PotashCorp closed its Picadilly mine in Sussex. Other projects will give about 40 people term or contract work.
    Over the past six months, the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA) increased its staff by 13 workers to 42 to accommodate new programming for the city's newcomers including 352 Syrian refugees. There will be a second workplace integration program for those with entry level work skills and rudimentary language skills.
    The value of building permits in the City of Moncton increased to $42M in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to $9.1M from the same period last year. Major commercial permits issued include the foundation permit for phase I of the events centre ($16.5M); Delta Beauséjour renovations ($2M); RBC call centre renovations ($2.7M); new NB Liquor store ($1.7M).
    An estimated $1.9M in road upgrades will soon begin in Grand Falls, Saint-Léonard, Drummond and Saint-André under the Municipal Designated Highway Program
    The provincial government is contributing $325,000 from the Environmental Trust Fund for 10 projects in the Miramichi region. A total of 207 projects valued at $6.5M have been approved under the fund.
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    A shift to telecommuting has accelerated since the 1990's growth of technology, with about 30% of NB's more than 100 call centres currently allowing some form of telecommuting. Monster Canada says nearly 5,000 home-based employment positions are currently listed on its website, up 18% from 2015. Available positions vary from customer service and sales representatives to tech support, finance and real estate services.
    Topmar Building Supplies Ltd. opened its first satellite location in Nackawic in March 2016, creating three full-time and three part-time positions
    Princess Auto will open in Fredericton in the spring of 2017. There are currently 42 Princess Auto stores across Canada employing more than 2,400 people.
    Work is currently underway on a new Lawtons Drugs in the Regent Mall, Fredericton, which will offer a full-service pharmacy
    TrailWay Brewing Company is launching a brewery and tasting room on Main St. in Fredericton
    Fredericton's planning advisory committee approved a new restaurant and gas bar on the Two Nations Crossing. Construction will start in late June on this second phase of a development planned by Colpitts Developments Ltd.
    Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization is creating 87 new software testing positions while Professional Quality Assurance (PQA) is creating up to 58 high-skilled jobs in IT, project management, sales and marketing, for a total of 145 new jobs
    Nut butter producer, G.E. Barbour (Sussex), is developing new products and looking at doubling its capacity to keep pace with new major US contracts. They have grown their workforce to 110, up from 75 a few years ago, and invested $1M into new equipment in 2015.
    Technology company RevJet has moved its office and 20 employees to Saint John from Ukraine and is going to receive upwards of $400k from Opportunities NB to maintain the positions for three years
    More than $1M in government funding will help transform the Village of Alma, the doorway to Fundy National Park, into a regional tourism hub. As part of the project, the former Alma Consolidated School will be transformed into a multipurpose centre and green space to be completed by July 2017.
    The $73M Fundy Trail Parkway project from St. Martins in the west to just north of Fundy National Park in the east will be complete in 2018, and is expected to contribute $32.5M annually to the tourism sector and create 750 jobs on an ongoing basis.
    The City of Moncton's planning committee has approved a new development project along the border of Dieppe which will include the Canadian breakfast restaurant chain Cora's
    The provincial and federal governments will loan a combined $4.7M to Westmorland Fisheries to allow the company to modernize its Cap-Pelé lobster processing plant. The company, which employs 400 people, will invest an additional $5.8M as it expands its presence in international markets.
    The Corey Craig group, owner of the Tim Hortons franchises in Moncton, have recently opened their 37th restaurant located in the city's north end
    Construction is underway on a new $7.5M Wingate Hotel and Convention Centre in downtown Dieppe, which is expected to open in the spring of 2017
    Pet Valu opened up a new store on Main Street in Moncton on May 17
    The province of NB is working hard to fill four vacant positions for family doctors in Kings County. Saint John and Charlotte County also have vacancies to be filled.
    The strike at Covered Bridge Potato Chips in Hartland has come to an end after the United Food and Commercial Workers union voted in favour of a three-year contract. The contract will, among other things, deliver a wage increase of approximately 15% on average. The company employs approximately 90 people.
  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    According to Statistics Canada, New Brunswick recorded its highest economic growth in five years. The gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 1.9% in 2015, the highest provincial growth rate in Atlantic Canada and the fourth highest in the country.
    The federal government will provide the Human Development Council with $1.2M over five years to administer projects aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness in Saint John. One of the projects, to be managed by Housing Alternatives Inc., will require a new staff person to connect people and service providers.
    Medical marijuana producer OrganiGram Inc. (Moncton) will raise $10.5M from the sale of nine million shares to expand its facility and provide additional jobs
    Steamers' Bed & Breakfast, Gagetown NB., opened year-round in April 2016
    Cooke Aquaculture and Cooke Seafood Inc. purchased Icicle Seafoods Incorporated of Alaska. Cooke employs about 1,800 people in Atlantic Canada and Maine plus another 1,200 workers globally. Icicle has about 350 full-time employees and another 2,000 seasonal workers.
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    Allaire Living has a proposal before the planning commission for a 96-bed care facility to be built in Newcastle. The project is expected to take ten months to build once it is approved.
    Goji's Frozen Yogurt opened on Regent St. in Fredericton. The store will employ six people and it is the seventh location in New Brunswick.
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    Cox Electronics will be closing its three locations in Saint John, Fredericton and St. Stephen by the end of 2016 due to the retirement of the owner. The closure will leave about 45 employees out of work.
    The Government of NB has announced a $1.3M investment through the Innovation Foundation's Innovation Voucher Fund to help fund research and development activities for small and medium-sized businesses to develop a new or better product or technology
    Skillsoft, a multi-national e-learning technology company, has laid off about 50 workers in its Fredericton location
    Apple Tree Market, a new grocery story featuring local and natural food, opened on April 30 in Gagetown. The owners have also been operating the Lazy Farmer, a small farm and hostel in the village, for a number of years.
    Aux Delices, a gourmet meat and cheese business closed in Saint John City Market after opening last October
    Owners of the Bangkok Food Truck will be adding a second mobile unit, The Big Show Food Truck, in June along with the new Bangkok Thai Bistro on Main Street in Shediac. All together the three businesses will employ 12 people, up from two last year.
    Tokai, a ramen restaurant, is expected to open on May 9 on Main Street in Moncton
    An investment of $425,000 in new equipment will be installed at the Doaktown Value Added Centre resulting in up to five new permanent jobs. The sawmill, owned by J.D. Irving Limited, plans to be in full production this July.
    Satellite Theatre, an avant-garde theatre company, is moving its head office and staff from Montreal to Moncton in July

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