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  • Week of Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017

    Cirque du Soleil hired 193 workers in Winnipeg for the six-week duration of their Kurios tour in the city. The final show in Winnipeg took place on July 9.
    Omnitrax has closed its Thompson office, citing the washout of the only railway to Churchill for its closure
    The Town Centre Hotel in The Pas was destroyed by fire on July 7. Eleven employees have now lost their jobs.
    Winnipeg hoteliers have yet to see an uptake of reservations for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, a two-week event from July 28 to August 13, that is expected to draw over 20,000 visitors to the city
    The provincial and federal governments are providing $2.25M to build an affordable housing complex for seniors in Thompson. The facility should be completed by the end of 2018.
    Manitoba pork farmers have been struggling to contain a virus fatal to piglets that could threaten the province's industry. The outbreak has now spread to 51 pork operations in early July, compared to about 40 the previous month.
  • Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017

    Nova House, a women's shelter, opened its newly expanded shelter in Selkirk on June 28. The $3M facility offers emergency and longer-term shelter services, as well as counselling, ​advocacy and referrals.
    The provincial government is providing over $1.7M for 29.2 full-time equivalent paramedic positions in rural Manitoba
    The Université de Saint-Boniface received over $1.4M in joint federal-provincial funding to build a specialized centre for shipping and processing chemical products. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2017.
    The provincial government is opening 5 new emergency medical stations to help improve ambulance response times in rural Manitoba. The new stations will result in the closure of 18 rural emergency medical service stations to consolidate services.
    The Garrick Centre, a live-entertainment venue in Winnipeg, closed its doors at the end of June. The number of affected employees was not provided.
    On June 29, over 5,000 unionized Winnipeg workers voted in favour of a 4-year contract with the City of Winnipeg. The contract includes a guarantee that none of the members will be laid off. City council is expected to approve the contract in July.
    Winnipeg's 100-year-old Scientific Marvel Beauty School will close its doors at the end of October. The school's other locations across Canada will also cease operations.
    Mini Homes of Manitoba started building 12 compact houses in Long Plain First Nation, Manitoba in late June. The mini-homes will cost less than $100,000 each and should be completed within 6 months.
    The University of Winnipeg will begin expanding its daycare centre in July at a cost of $1.2M. Scheduled to be completed in November, the daycare will welcome 32 additional children and employ 9 new employees.
    Construction has begun on the new Murray Field at Dakota Collegiate in Winnipeg. The field, which will include a mini-soccer area and a basketball court, is expected to be completed by September 2017.
  • Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017

    The North West Company, Churchill's main retailer, stopped subsidizing grocery prices on June 25. However, the company will continue to partially subsidize milk, bread, and some produce and meat in the short-term.
    Sears Canada is closing 59 stores and laying-off 2,900 workers across the country as part of its restructuration plans. No details were provided on the number of workers affected at the Winnipeg Garden City location.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will reduce the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre's hours of operation starting on July 5. Affected staff will be reassigned to other shifts. The Misericordia Urgent Care Centre is scheduled to close October 3.
    Enbridge will start construction on its $7.5B Line 3 replacement project this summer. The first construction phase, from Alberta to Saskatchewan, will be completed in 2017; the second phase into the US via Manitoba will be built in 2018.
    The Academy Lanes bowling alley will close in July, after 35 years at its Academy Road location. The company intends to re-open the business at another location in Winnipeg.
    Winnipeg-based Richardson International bought UK-based European Oat Millers on June 15. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Richardson International employs over 2,500 people worldwide.
    The federal and Manitoba governments provided $1.2M to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for 25 families in need. The homes will be located in Winnipeg, Brandon and Portage la Prairie. Five hundred workers will take part in the 6-day construction blitz in July.
    The federal government has approved Nutrition North food subsidies to Churchill retailers. The subsidies are to offset the cost of flying in supplies after the single rail line was flooded in May. Omnitrax plans to close the rail line indefinitely.
    Shoal Lake 40 First Nation will celebrate the start of construction of Freedom Road, an all-weather road to the community, on June 30. Shoal Lake is also in talks with the federal government concerning a new water treatment plant.
  • Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017

    A Winners department store is set to open at Grant Park Shopping Centre on August 15. This will be the sixth Winners location in Winnipeg.
    Lowe's Canada is opening a new store in Winnipeg in 2018. The new store will create about 125 permanent jobs, with up to 35 seasonal positions.
    The municipality of Rossburn is now one of 65 local governments partnering with Canada and Manitoba in the BizPal program, a free online permit and licence service to help entrepreneurs start or run a business
    The Manitoba government, Hanover School Division and Garden Valley School Division have issued a request for proposals for two new schools in Winkler and Niverville
    The Selkirk Regional Health Centre opened on June 25. The $111M hospital features 65 beds, a spacious emergency area and a climate-controlled drive-thru bay for ambulances.
    Manitoba's Southern Air Ambulance service is experiencing a shortage of pilots. The transport program provides air transportation to patients who may not be physically able to make a long trip in a conventional ambulance.
    The Northern Health Region has cut seven management positions, including at least one in Flin Flon, in an effort to meet a 15% management reduction target set by the provincial government
  • Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    The federal government is granting $15M to the Government of Manitoba as part of a 10-year multilateral agreement on early learning and child care
    Hudson's Bay Company is cutting 2,000 jobs as it restructures operations due to a challenging sales environment. No details were provided as to where the layoffs will occur.
    The Riverview Health Centre, a 60-bed Alzheimer care facility in Winnipeg, is planning to renovate its existing building and develop a new centre on its grounds. Construction will begin in August and should take two years to complete.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba added 2,700 jobs in May. As well, the province's unemployment rate dropped from 5.4% in April to 5.3% in May - the lowest in the country for a second consecutive month.
    Suspension of OmniTrax's only rail line into Churchill is forcing business owners to lay-off staff. To date, five workers have been let go and more layoffs are expected in the coming weeks.
    The Windmill restaurant in Winnipeg is closing its doors after nearly 50 years in the business
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will close the Victoria Hospital emergency room by October, as part of its plan to cut over $80M in health-care costs across the province
  • Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    Over 800 Manitoba Hydro employees have been approved for voluntary buyouts as the crown corporation restructures operations. Approximately 30% of the employees taking the buyouts will leave by June, while the rest will leave sometime in 2018.
    The Forks is holding public consultations on June 8 and 10 to gather ideas on how to redevelop the Alexander Docks site. The Forks and the City of Winnipeg have also launched an online survey.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Prairie Mountain Health are laying-off at least 197 management staff across the province, in an effort to meet a 15% management reduction target set by the provincial government
    The Winnipeg Police Association will vote on a collective bargaining agreement with the City of Winnipeg on June 21. The police union's last contract expired in December 2016.
    The provincial government is reducing its subsidy for those enrolled in its Rent Assist program by three percent, starting on July 1. The change will only affect individuals who do not receive Employment and Income Assistance.
    Creighton town council has issued a request for proposals for a storm sewer replacement project. The deadline to apply for the project is June 6.
  • Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    North Point Douglas Women's Centre, a shelter in Winnipeg, is laying-off eight workers and cutting services after losing one-third of its funding
    Exclusive Bus Lines is discontinuing service between Selkirk and Winnipeg starting on September 2, 2017. A decline in ridership has been cited as the reason behind its discontinuation.
    Mad Dog Spray Foam & Coatings Ltd., a multi-purpose business specializing in spray foam insulation, opened its doors in Virden in April
    Work is underway at the Shoppers Mall in Brandon to build several new restaurants. The project is expected to be completed by August 2017.
    Candace House, a space for victims of crime going through the court process, is under construction in Winnipeg. The facility is expected to open in fall 2017, pending funding.
  • Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    Out of 84 family physician positions in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, 31 positions are currently vacant. Overall, rural Manitoba is in need of 70 doctors to cater to the current demand.
    The Government of Manitoba has asked the province's public post-secondary institutions to reduce senior management positions by 15%. No timeline has been given for implementation of the cuts.
    Mastermind Toys, Canada's largest specialty toy and children's books retailer, plans to open 11 new locations in 2017 including a new store in Winnipeg
    Little Goat Food & Drink is opening its doors this summer in Winnipeg's Osborne Village
    Hnausa General Store opened its doors on May 12, 2017. The grand opening of the store will be held in August.
    SafetyAid, a crime prevention and personal safety program for senior Manitobans, is ceasing operations after a $150,000 funding cut
    Star Building Materials is redeveloping a former St. Boniface gas station in Winnipeg into a new shipping office, cold-storage facility and paved storage yard. The $4.9M project is expected to be completed by early 2019.
    The Westman Child Development Centre, a centre to support children with disabilities, is planning to open its doors in Brandon
  • Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    The provincial government is set to table a new law to index minimum wage hikes. Currently, the minimum wage in Manitoba is $11 per hour.
    The federal government is granting almost $6M to upgrade infrastructure at Riding Mountain National Park. The funding will go towards the restoration of heritage buildings and to renovate the visitor centre.
    Vale is closing its Birchtree nickel mine in Thompson this October, putting nearly 200 people out of work. The company cites falling nickel prices as the reason behind the closure.
    The St. Norbert Farmers' Market in Winnipeg opened its 29th season on May 20, 2017. Up to 130 vendors are expected to be a part of the market during peak periods.
    Winnipeg's 107-year-old St. Regis Hotel is set to close in June. The hotel will be demolished to make way for a new parkade and retail complex on the property.
    The Winnipeg Free Press and Unifor have reached a two-year agreement that includes an eight percent wage cut for employees if the company's financial position changes. In return, the company has agreed not to lay off staff during this period.
  • Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    According to Statistics Canada's 2016 Census, children made up 19.1% of the province's population, while seniors accounted for 18.1%
    Price Chopper issued layoff notices to 60 workers in Winnipeg, ahead of its closing day on May 20. A Giant Tiger retail store will open at the location.
    IGM Financial Inc. laid-off 30 workers from its Winnipeg headquarters on May 1, as well as 50 employees from regional offices across the country
    The Governments of Canada and of Manitoba have launched a rent-assist program in Brandon. The two-year program will provide rental subsidies for nearly 50 vulnerable individuals and families in Brandon.
    The Government of Manitoba and the Public Schools Finance Board jointly issued a request for proposals (RFP) to construct four new schools across the province. The deadline to apply is June 15, with construction slated to begin in 2019.
    Bell-MTS is planning to lay-off 85 workers following its recent merger. Affected employees were notified of the plans on May 1 and have been offered voluntary departure incentives.
    The Children's Hospital of Winnipeg received a $2M donation that will go towards the creation of a pediatric epilepsy and neurosurgery program. The hospital is now recruiting a second pediatric neurosurgeon.
    According to Statistics Canada, the value of building permits in Manitoba declined by 25.7% on a year over year basis in March
  • Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    Winnipeg City Council is granting $6.5M to Fortress Real Developments to build the SkyCity Centre, a residential tower planned for downtown Winnipeg
    The Red River College is planning to construct a new $95.4M Innovation Centre across from its main downtown campus centre. The federal government is contributing $40.6M towards the project, while the remaining costs will be raised by the college.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $1.5M in funding to repair the RM of Cartier's Elie wastewater lagoon
    WestJet recently announced that it will offer daily direct flights from Winnipeg to Abbotsford, starting April 30 through October 28, 2017
    Winnipeg-based North West Company has acquired North Star Air for $31M. The food and supply retailer will use the airline to increase its service standards.
    The Tipsy Cow, a restaurant and bar, is planning to open its doors in downtown Winnipeg in late June
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's economic growth was the third-best among Canadian provinces in 2016. The province's real GDP growth increased from 2.1% in 2015 to 2.4% in 2016.
    The Province of Manitoba is providing $253,000 to the Rest Haven Group in Steinbach to upgrade its 55-plus Housing facility, Woodhaven Manor
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $19M over the next two years to Manitoba NGOs for renovations to social and affordable housing units
    Construction of a new spray park in Reston is slated to begin this summer
  • Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    Winnipeg's Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association is laying-off six full-time employees due to a funding shortfall
    Great-West Lifeco is reducing its workforce by 13% or 1,500 positions across Canada, including 450 positions at its Winnipeg headquarters. The cuts are expected to save the company $200M a year.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's annual inflation rate dropped from 2.3% in February to 1.6% in March. At the national level, Canada's annual inflation rate also slowed to 1.6% in March.
    Forbidden Flavours is opening at Brandon University, in the former Student Union Drinking Spot (SUDS), by the start of the university's fall semester
    According to a study by Intervistas, the Winnipeg James Richardson International Airport had an estimated $3.37B economic impact on the city in 2016
    Winnipeg-based Bonify has received approval from Health Canada to operate the province's second licensed medical marijuana plant. The company currently has 19 employees and plans to add another 40 positions by year end.
    The RCMP in Manitoba has a job vacancy rate of 8%, which is equivalent to 86.5 vacant positions. To support community officers in their duties, some municipalities are implementing support measures such as hiring administrative staff.
    The City of Winnipeg has awarded a $44.7M contract to Maple Leaf Construction to complete work on the Waverley underpass
  • Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    Fionn MacCool's will be opening its second Winnipeg location, near Grant Park Shopping Centre, in late spring or early summer 2017
    Passero and the Red Ember, two new restaurants, are planning to open their doors at the Forks in Winnipeg
    The Government of Manitoba is introducing a new $10.5M grant for lower income students in the 2017-18 school year. The funding aims to increase access and reduce barriers to post-secondary education in the province.
    The provincial government is planning to upgrade and flood-proof Highway 75, south of Morris. The $21M multi-year project is expected to begin in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
    Lake St. Martin First Nation recently started construction on a new school for the community. The $18M building is set to open in two years and will accommodate students from nursery to Grade 12.
    The Main Street Project in Winnipeg is partially closing its Intoxicated Persons Detention Area. The company has already started restructuring staff and at least nine employees have received layoff notices.
    The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is launching short-term intensive home-care services. The program focuses on helping patients transition out of hospital more effectively.
    Peavey Mart, a home hardware store, will open its second Winnipeg location in Fort Richmond Plaza by fall 2017
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $2.4M in funding to the City of Brandon to upgrade its water treatment plant. The city will also contribute $0.8M towards the project.
    Manitoba Hydro is closing several offices in southeastern Manitoba as part of a cost-saving initiative. According to the utility crown corporation, about 20 employees will be re-assigned to other centres.
    Winnipeg-based Community Development First is planning to build a $200M fish processing plant on the shores of Lake Manitoba. The new plant will create dozens of jobs and provide a boost to the community's fishing industry.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $37M towards the construction of 24 new water and wastewater projects across Manitoba
  • Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    The federal and provincial governments are providing $2M in funding to the City of Brandon for six public transit projects
    Manitoba Hydro is offering buyouts to its workers as it continues the process of eliminating 900 jobs. The company has already cut its executive base by 30% in February.
    Weatherlogics, a new start-up, will begin operations in Winnipeg on May 1. The private weather services firm will focus on weather forecasting for farmers, as well as for construction, media and transportation companies.
    The Province of Manitoba has improved its service standards for the Provincial Nominee Program. The program aims to attract job-ready skilled workers and active investors to Manitoba's economy.
    Half of the hospitals in Winnipeg will be closing their emergency rooms as part of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's move to streamline operations, reduce wait times and find efficiencies in the health system
    The provincial government has unveiled a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement that replaces the Agreement on Internal Trade. According to the Bank of Canada, the new interprovincial agreement could provide Manitoba with an economic boost of $120M per year.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's unemployment rate dropped from 5.8% in February to 5.5% in March. At the national level, the unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage point over the same period.
    The Winnipeg Police Service is recruiting women to join the force due to a decline in the number of female officers over the past few years
  • Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    Timely Care Clinic recently opened its doors in Winnipeg. The clinic employs four nurse practitioners, including one staff member that performs home visits.
    Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries has been awarded a USD$18M contract to manufacture 25 buses for the Port Authority of Allegheny County. As well, the county may order up to 75 additional buses over the next five years.
    Manitoba First Nations have launched the first of six mobile crisis teams in response to youth suicides last year. The initiative is part of a three-year, $10M program that aims to set up mental-health prevention programs across the province.
    Urban Planet is opening its third Winnipeg location in Kildonan Place Shopping Centre this summer. The fashion retailer is one of 11 tenants moving into the former Target department store space.
    Behlen Industries LP has secured a $45M contract to build three indoor sports arenas for three cities in Georgia. The Brandon-based steel-building manufacturer will be hiring at least 20 more skilled workers.
    Production volumes in Manitoba's film industry reached $127M in the 2016-17 fiscal year - 27% higher than its annual average. The industry currently employs 1,600 people, with production companies looking to add more crew members.
    The federal government is providing $1.6M in funding to the Brandon Airport for runway upgrades
    The Town of Niverville has awarded Armada Construction a $78,000 contract to upgrade the town's sidewalks
    Long Plain First Nation is planning to build a conference centre and commercial enterprise on its urban reserve near Winnipeg's Polo Park
    The Student Union Drinking Spot at the Brandon University is closing its doors after 30 years. The closure is a result of declining revenue and lack of student interest.
    Construction of HyLife's new feed mill in Killarney is set to begin this spring. The company plans to employ about 20 people to operate the facility.
    Sunset Estates has been hired to upgrade an intersection of Highway 311 and Krahn Road in Niverville. Construction is expected to begin in May and should be completed by mid-summer.
    Hudbay Minerals may be hiring as many as 100 additional employees for its Lalor mine. Staffing will be determined by the pace of production over the next couple of years.
  • Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    Winnipeg's Osborne Village Motor Inn is undergoing renovations and is being converted to a mixed-use residential and commercial building. The renovated property will reopen this fall.
    Karma Development Corporation is constructing a 66-suite condominium building, 139 Tuxedo, in Winnipeg. Construction of the building is expected to start in summer 2017 and should be completed in late 2018.
    The Town of Niverville is providing $79,000 towards the expansion of its public works building. Armada Construction has been awarded the construction contract for the project.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's inflation rate rose from 2.1% in January to 2.3% in February. At the national level, the inflation rate declined by 0.1% over the same period.
    A McDonald's franchise will be opening its doors in Sage Creek in early July. Recruitment for the new location will begin in May, once construction is underway.
    The provincial government has granted funding to the Greendell Park Community Centre, through its Manitoba/Winnipeg Infrastructure Agreement, to upgrade its current facility. The renovation project began in mid-February and is anticipated to be completed by summer.
    iQmetrix is expanding its office space from 10,000sq.-ft. to 18,274sq.-ft. The expansion will allow the company to add another 108 employees to its current staff of 95.
    Motio Massage and VanJohan men's clothing, two new businesses, recently opened their doors in downtown Winnipeg as part of the Launch it! Retail Incubator program.
    Copper Reef Mining Corp. has started exploratory drilling at its North Star-Gold Rock property, east of Flin Flon. The company plans to drill seven holes by the end of March.
  • Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    Rivers West Red River Corridor Inc. is set to close due to a lack of funds. The organization facilitates tourism, economic development and conservation along the Red River Corridor from Emerson to Lake Winnipeg.
    The federal government is granting $375,000 for a new training program aimed at reducing injuries related to grain-handling. The program will be run by a non-profit group that includes farm industry representatives, producers and government officials.
    The Manitoba government has set a new mandate for health agencies and authorities to reduce management positions by 15%. A plan on how to achieve the reduction is expected from the province's regional health authorities by the end of March.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $25,000 in funding to support two Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba projects. The projects aim to expand and create new opportunities for youth and to help them learn about agriculture and food.
    The provincial government is cutting its funding for Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Hospital Home Team home-care program. The program cut will result in the loss of 10 nursing positions.
    The Manitoba government has imposed a two-year wage freeze on public sector workers. The freeze is an attempt to offset the province's operating deficit that is nearing $1B.
    According to Statistics Canada, year over year wholesale trade in Manitoba increased from $1.44B in December 2016 to $1.47B in January 2017
    The Red River College recently unveiled its new 100,000sq.ft. Skilled Trades and Technology Centre in Winnipeg. The $67M facility is expected to train 1,000 additional students every year in high demand trades' fields.
    The provincial government is providing $7.5M in new funding to match donations to the United Way Winnipeg's For Every Family initiative. The funding will support 24 neighbourhood family centres.
    The Seven Oaks School Division is constructing a new performing arts centre in northwest Winnipeg. The $7.7M facility is set to open in 2019 and will house teaching and rehearsal space, as well as a 526 seat performance venue.
    Bell's takeover of MTS is complete and has been launched as Bell MTS. The newly-formed company, which is headquartered in Winnipeg, plans to invest $1B over the next five years to expand Manitoba's broadband network.
    According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's retail sales totalled $1.65B in January - up 2.5% from the previous month. At the national level, retail sales rose by 2.2% during the same period.
    The Department of National Defence is spending $400,000 on the demolition of military houses in Winnipeg, in preparation for the widening of Kenaston boulevard. Demolition work started in February on nine vacant houses.
  • Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    A job fair for the new Outlet Collection Winnipeg mall was recently held in the city. The mall is set to open in May, and will create more than 1,300 full- and part-time jobs.
    Manitoba Hydro has revised its cost estimate for the Keeyask dam project. The project is expected to cost $2.2B more than the initial estimate of $6.5B.
    The City of Steinbach has awarded Maple Leaf Construction a $2.33M contract for various city infrastructure projects in 2017
    The Province of Manitoba is providing more than $6.1M for 15 community-based capital projects that will create up to 739 new licensed child-care spaces
    The City of Winnipeg has implemented a hiring and wage freeze on many positions to help deal with a $9.5M shortfall in the 2017 budget. The city is also cancelling or delaying some major projects to help with the budget deficit.
    Sunrise Records is planning to replace HMV retail spaces in malls across Canada, including two in Winnipeg
    The Manitoba government introduced legislation to create Efficiency Manitoba, a stand-alone Crown corporation that will deliver energy-efficiency services
    The Canadian Blood Services Donor Clinic in Brandon will close on June 8. Seventeen staff members were recently given a 90-day layoff notice.
    The Main Street Project has secured two years of funding from the City of Winnipeg. The $126,000 annual grant will be used to patrol the city's streets for persons at risk when the weather is extremely cold.
    Manitoba's unemployment rate dropped from 6.1% in January 2017 to 5.8% in February 2017. The number of people employed in the province edged up 3,400 during this period.
    Fools & Horses is set to open at the Forks in early summer. This will be the Winnipeg-based coffee shop's second location in the city.
    The Manitoba government is spending $44M on 72 public school infrastructure renewal projects across the province
    The Tache Promenade Renewal Project and The Forks North Portage Partnership have received $1M in federal funding for projects that will link St. Boniface and The Forks
    The City of Winnipeg selected Marrbeck Construction for the renovation and expansion of Seven Oaks Pool. The $7M project is expected to begin this spring.
  • Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    Hire a Refugee, a website to help connect refugees with meaningful employment, was recently launched in Winnipeg
    Dynasty Bathrooms recently opened a second location in Winnipeg's south end. The company employs 18 people between the two locations.
    The Government of Canada is granting $30,000 to Emerson, a small town in southern Manitoba, to help manage the influx of asylum seekers
    The Province of Manitoba is hiring more sheriff's officers to help decrease a growing reliance on overtime
    The federal government is providing $15,000 for upgrades to the Gwen Sector Creative Living Centre in Winnipeg
    The Province of Manitoba and Red River College recently launched the Pathway Program to Construction Skills. The program will help refugees learn basic English language and construction skills.
    Diamonds have been discovered in the northeast region of Manitoba. Lynx Consortium, the group responsible for discovering the micro-diamonds, are planning a deeper exploration as part of the next phase of their work.
    Home Depot Canada is holding job fairs as part of its spring hiring blitz. The retailer plans to hire 347 associates across Manitoba.
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    Saks Off Fifth will be opening its doors in Outlet Collection Winnipeg, a factory outlet mall, on May 3. The 32,191 square foot store will be an anchor tenant in the new mall.
    According to Statistics Canada, retail sales in Manitoba rose from $18.3B in 2015 to $19.1B in 2016 - an increase of 4.5%. At the national level, retail sales edged up 3.7% over the same period.
    The Manitoba government is providing emergency support funding for refugee claimants. The province will fund 14 units of emergency housing; $70,000 towards the extension of a refugee response co-ordinator for 2017-18 and $110,000 for support services.
    The 32nd annual Brandon Career Symposium will take place from March 6 through March 8. Approximately 90 exhibitors will be present at the symposium for students to explore different careers and jobs that are available.
    According to Statistics Canada, the number of payroll employees in Manitoba rose 0.5% in December compared to the previous month. In addition, average weekly earnings in the province edged up $5.57 in December on an annual basis.
    The provincial government is providing more than $90,000 for the Wood Employee Readiness Curriculum Project. The project prepares newcomers in the Winkler/Morden area for jobs in the wood manufacturing industry.
    Great-West Life Assurance Co. is partnering with the YMCA-YWCA to open a 100-space daycare complex in Winnipeg. The 11,000-square-foot facility is set to open at the end of March.
    The federal, provincial and municipal governments are granting $105M towards infrastructure projects in Winnipeg. The funding will be used to improve local roads, back lanes and sidewalks.
    Grandview Exponent, a community newspaper, ended publications at the end of February 2017 after 117 years in business
    The federal and provincial governments have suspended funding for the Indian and Metis Friendship Center in Winnipeg
    Mitchell Fabrics closed its doors in downtown Winnipeg after 70 years in business
    According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Manitoba's small business optimism stood at 66.9 in February - the highest in the country
  • Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    The federal government has granted Bell final approval to acquire MTS in a $3.9B deal. The transaction will close on March 17 and the new entity will launch as Bell MTS.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $1M to renovate science labs at The Pas' University College of the North. The $1.5M project will also receive funding of $500,000 from the university.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $1.6M in funding for eight research projects to help grain crop producers' in increasing production and addressing risks that could impact their crops
    The province is investing $1.5M in equipment for technical vocational and industrial arts skills training in schools across Manitoba. The funding will provide students access to state-of-the-art equipment and will help them in learning new job skills.
    Trimont Financial, a subsidiary of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, is acquiring Western Financial Group and Western Life Assurance for $775M. The transaction is expected to close in late 2017.
    Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery is set to open its doors in Winnipeg's Fort Rouge area. The microbrewery has hired 70 staff and will be taking over the old Round Table restaurant location.
    Lowe's is shutting down TruServ Canada's head office and distribution centre in Winnipeg by the end of this year. The closure will put 200 employees out of work.
    The Royal Bank Building in downtown Winnipeg is undergoing a $16M renovation and upgrade that will be completed later this year
    Manitoba Hydro is constructing two new transmission lines from the St. Vital station to a facility outside Letellier. The $92M project is expected to begin in summer 2018, with completion slated in 2020.
    WestJet has added more flights to its summer schedule in Winnipeg. The additions include flights to Edmonton, Abbotsford and Hamilton.
    The Government of Manitoba is launching the next phase of its Look North Strategy to increase economic development and growth in northern Manitoba. Community round tables have been set up across the province.
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    Chucky D's restaurant in Flin Flon closed its doors due to declining sales in recent years
    The Manitoba government is spending $30M on 95 urgent health-care system maintenance projects throughout the province. The upgrades include: repairs to existing facilities, replacement equipment and improvements to safety and security. Manitoba.
    The Manitoba government has cut funding to six health-care projects, including a $300M expansion to CancerCare Manitoba. The money saved will be used by the province to help undertake $30M worth of necessary maintenance at hospitals across Manitoba.
    The Government of Manitoba is granting $3.4M to the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The funds will be used for purchasing and installing a replacement MRI.
    Prairie Mountain Health regional authority is facing challenges in staffing positions throughout the southwest corner of Manitoba. Service providers' unwillingness to go to certain locations has been cited as the reason behind the staffing shortage.
    The Manitoba government is spending $1.9M to build and repair ten bridges across the province. Work on several of the bridges is already underway.
    Federated Co-operatives Limited is currently building a state-of-the-art fertilizer terminal near Brandon. The terminal will blend, distribute and warehouse fertilizer for local Co-ops in Western Canada and is expected to open in late spring.
    Virden Chrysler Dodge opened for business in Virden on February 1. The dealership currently employs 25 staff members and is still in the process of hiring.
    Manitoba's unemployment rate dropped from 6.3% in December 2016 to 6.1% in January 2017. The provincial economy added 1,300 jobs during this period.
    United Way Winnipeg and Volunteer Manitoba launched 211 Manitoba, an online directory to connect Manitobans with health and social service providers, on February 9
    Minnova Corp has started exploration work at its Puffy Lake mine, near Flin Flon, with plans to revive operations at the idled gold mine. Camp mobilization is currently underway at the location and drilling activity is expected to commence in the near future.
    The Government of Manitoba is investing more than $170,000 on new training opportunities for northern Indigenous communities. The training program will help connect northerners with well-paying jobs.
    Sears Home Store in Winnipeg is closing its doors on March 12. The store's 33 employees have been given the option to apply for jobs in other Sears locations or take a separation package.
    Giant Tiger is planning to open a new location in Winnipeg on November 18. This will be the chain's 15th store in Manitoba.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    Seven Oaks School Division is building a $6M agriculture-learning centre in the Rural Municipality of West St. Paul, near Winnipeg. Construction is slated to start in summer 2017 and should be completed within a year.
    The federal government is providing $0.75M in funding for two new training projects to reskill former Churchill port workers. Ten workers will be trained to remove asbestos and another ten to fix local roads.
    The City of Winnipeg opened its second 4R recycling depot in January. Plans are already underway to build a third recycling facility in Winnipeg by late 2017.
    Manitoba Hydro is reducing its workforce by 15% or 900 positions, including executive staff. The cuts represent cost savings of $60M to $65M and will help offset the crown corporation's growing budget deficit.
    The provincial government has instructed Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, and Manitoba Public Insurance to reduce its executive workforce by 15%
    Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park received a $1M donation from MacDon Industries, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. The donation will help create two new attractions at Canada's Diversity Gardens and children's petting zoo.
    The Government of Manitoba selected Brandon's Horizon Builders Ltd. to redevelop and expand the emergency department at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre. The $23M project is expected to begin this spring.
    GoodLife fitness is planning to open its doors in Brandon's Shoppers Mall by June 15. The fitness centre will employ at least 25 full-time workers.
    Brandon's Sears store is closing in mid-April. Direct Wholesale is planning to move into the Sears retail space by May.
    CIBC will be closing its Elkhorn branch on August 18 due to low business volumes
    The provincial government is recruiting a consultant to develop a new mental health and addictions strategy. Qualified applicants have until February 15 to submit a proposal.
    The Bank of Montreal has donated $250,000 towards Manitoba Museum's redevelopment campaign. The upgrade is expected to be completed by 2020.
    H&M is opening its second Winnipeg location in Kildonan Place Shopping Centre later this spring. The new location will employ 35 workers.
    Brandon's Making Roots Montessori Centre closed on January 23. At the time of closing, the centre provided educational services to 16 children in the area.
    Toronto-based Kothari Group is building Crocus Gardens, a 232-unit condominium project, in Winnipeg's Transcona area. The first phase of the project will include 52 condominiums and is slated for completion in late 2017.
    HMV Canada, which went into receivership on January 27, is closing all of its stores across the country by April 30. About 50 people will be laid-off from Winnipeg's four stores.
    The federal government awarded a four-year, $45M contract to Winnipeg-based Standard Aero to repair airplane engines for the Canadian military
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's latest assessment, the housing market in Winnipeg shows moderate evidence of problematic conditions
    Winnipeg-based NewLeaf announced on February 1 that it will offer twice as many flights to Abbotsford, Edmonton and Hamilton between May 1 and October 30
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    Marshalls and HomeSense are set to move into the former Target location at Winnipeg's Kildonan Place Mall on April 18. In addition, nine other vendors are also planning to open their doors in the shopping centre by March.
    The City of Winnipeg has awarded a $2.2M contract to MMM Group Limited to complete a preliminary design for the extension of Chief Peguis Trail. Construction of the extension is slated to begin in 2018.
    River City Collision Centre opened a new location in Winnipeg in mid-December 2016. The dealership has already hired 20 employees for operations, and plans to add another 10 positions this year.
    Sir Paul Martin Estates recently opened in Winnipeg's Transcona neighbourhood. The $26.8M project includes 92 units of affordable housing for families and seniors.
    The Fred Douglas Society plans to build 28 new affordable seniors housing units in North Winnipeg. Construction of the $8.2M project is expected to start in summer 2017 and should take one year to complete.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $28M and $4M respectively to the University of Manitoba towards the construction of two new research facilities - the Stanley Pauley Engineering Building and the Innovation Hub building
    The provincial government is granting $51,000 to the Brandon School Division to support increasing enrolments of refugee students. The grants will be used towards funding a half-time teacher and an Arabic-speaking educational assistant.
    Shrugging Doctor Brewing Company launched a liquor delivery service in Winnipeg on January 27. The company has hired 10 drivers and three dispatchers for their service.
    Winnipeg's first Transportation Management Centre recently opened its doors. The $3.6M centre has an annual operating budget of $500,000 and will be staffed by one to two people during weekdays.
    Eight new stores are expected to open in Winnipeg's Cityplace Mall in January. The shopping centre also plans to expand alongside the adjoining True North Square, a mixed use development that is currently under construction.
    French food ingredients Company Roquette Frères SA plans to build a $400M factory in Portage La Prairie to process yellow peas. The factory will create about 150 new jobs and is expected begin production in 2019.
    Hudbay Minerals is planning to shutter two of its mines in the Flin Flon region in the next two to three years. At least 500 workers will be affected by the closures, which will come through a combination of layoffs and attrition.
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    Shur-Gro Farm Services and Munro Farm Supplies Ltd is planning to start the second phase of its fertilizer storage and handling expansion project at the Brandon Terminal distribution facility. In total, the company has invested $15M in the facility.
    The Rural Municipality of La Broquerie intends to start construction on a number of infrastructure projects, such as road repairs and a drainage lagoon project, in spring 2017
    Za Pizza recently opened a new location in Winnipeg. The company also plans to launch a third site in the city later this year.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    Halifax-based Charm Diamond Centres has acquired Winnipeg-based Ben Moss Jewellers and is planning to reopen 16 stores in five provinces. As a result of the deal, 100 current Ben Moss employees will keep their jobs and 75 new positions will be created.
    The Government of Manitoba recently released its draft employment accessibility standard, which outlines workplace accommodations required for persons with disabilities. Members of the public have until February 15 to provide feedback on the plan.
    According to the Business Development Bank of Canada, small business investment in Manitoba is expected to decline 17.5% in 2017 compared to last year, despite renewed confidence in the economy
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Over 80% of the City of Winnipeg's unionized workers have been without a collective agreement since labour deals expired last year. Contract negotiations with various unions are either underway or are scheduled for the coming weeks.
    The Portage Assisted Living Corporation is planning to build two 50-unit facilities on a parcel of land donated by the City of Portage la Prairie. The company is currently raising funds for the project, which is estimated to cost up to $15M.
    Sherbrook Pool in Winnipeg's West End is set to reopen after a four-year closure
    The 40th edition of Manitoba Ag Days is taking place from January 17 to 19, at the Keystone Centre in Brandon
    Two Winnipeg restaurants, Amici and Bombolini, recently closed their doors after more than 30 years in business
    Manitoba Hydro is freezing wages for over half of its employees and executives in 2017 in an effort to reduce costs and limit the public utility's debt
    Winnipeg's St. Vital Library closed its doors on January 14, 2017 to undergo $2.6M in renovations. The library is expected to reopen in fall 2017.
    Art City, a West End art centre in Winnipeg, is currently recruiting professional artists to teach workshops in the 2017-2018 programming year
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has cancelled its Manitoba Craft Liquor Opportunity Fund - a $5M loan program created in January 2016 to help breweries and distilleries expand
    OmniTrax Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding with Missinippi Rail Consortium, a group of northern Manitoba First Nations, to sell and transfer assets for the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay rail line
    Barley Brothers, a restaurant and craft brewery, closed its Polo Park location on January 1 and plans to relocate to downtown Winnipeg later in 2017
    Winnipeg-based IGM Financial is investing $468M in China Asset Management Co. Ltd., a Chinese digital wealth adviser. The investment, which represents a 10% interest in the firm, is expected to close in the first half of 2017.
    The North West Company is planning to build a new full-service grocery store in Pelican Narrows to replace the previous grocery store that burned down in the spring of 2016
    Winnipeg Harvest is offering five training programs, ranging in length from six to 12 weeks, to help develop participants' job-readiness skills
    Winnipeg-based NewLeaf cancelled flights from Calgary and Edmonton to Phoenix, Arizona, after WestJet announced similar offerings. The impact on NewLeaf employees is unknown.
    The Workplace Essential Skills Training Centre (WEST) in Steinbach is offering a new nine-week program to help women, aged 40 years and older, access or re-enter the workforce starting in late January
  • Week of Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2016

    About 30 Manitoba Government Employees Union employees at Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home in Nelson House ended their two-week strike on December 15, signing a two-year collective agreement with the employer
    Winnipeg-based SkipTheDishes has been acquired by UK-based Just Eat for $110M. The impact of the acquisition on the company's current employees is unknown at this time.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    Carter's Osh Kosh, a children's clothing store, opened its doors in Brandon on December 6
    The City of Steinbach announced plans to build a performing arts centre, at an estimated cost of $24.3M, pending government funding. The municipal government has pledged up to $7.5M towards the project.
    Winnipeg City Council has approved the construction of Ventura Development's four-storey, 12-unit condo project in the Crescentwood neighbourhood. No timeline was given for the start of construction.
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    Winnipeg was chosen as the site for a heavy maintenance hangar for Canada's new fleet of Airbus C-295 search-and-rescue aircrafts. The $2.4B, 11-year contract will likely create 100 jobs.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $1.1M to establish a Centre for Environmental and Economic Resilience at Winnipeg's Canadian Mennonite University. The funds will help support partnering social enterprises.
    North of 53 Consumers Co-op is moving forward with plans to open a new store in Flin Flon by spring 2018. Demolition work has already begun on the Flin Flon armoury site to make room for the new store.
    The federal and provincial governments, along with the City of Winnipeg, are granting $40M to build Shoal Lake 40's Freedom Road. Construction on the 24km road connecting Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the Trans-Canada Highway is expected to start soon.
    Winnipeg-based Peerless Garments LP has been awarded a four-year contract, worth up to $18.2M, to supply combat uniforms to the Canadian Forces. The company has hired nearly 20 workers over the past three months, bringing total staffing levels up to 120.
    Whiteshell Laboratories, an atomic energy research facility located in Pinawa, may be decommissioned by 2024. The research facility currently employs 350 staff in a town of about 1,500 people.
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    American Apparel, a US-based clothing manufacturer, is set to close its Winnipeg location. The company filed for bankruptcy in November.
    Jollibee, a Filipino fast-food chain, will open its first Canadian location in Winnipeg on December 15
    Sunwing will offer direct flights from Winnipeg to the Bahamas from December 17, 2016 to April 1, 2017
    Underdogs, a new restaurant and bar, opened in Winnipeg in early December
    Approximately 30 unionized workers at the Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home in Nelson House went on strike effective the last week of November
    Little Brown Jug Brewing, a new brewery and taproom, opened its doors in Winnipeg on November 30
    The RBC Foundation donated $500,000 towards the construction of Winnipeg Art Gallery's new Inuit Art Centre. Construction of the $65M project is expected to begin in 2017.
    Arnason Industries was selected to repair two digesters in the wastewater treatment plant in Thompson, at a cost of about $241,000
    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is cutting positions at its seven regional offices, including Manitoba, and is centralizing some client services at its National Capital Region headquarters
    North Forge Technology Exchange is opening its first satellite centre in Pinawa. The company plans to open additional entrepreneur support facilities in Brandon and northern Manitoba.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    Teachers in Pimicikamak, an indigenous community located in northern Manitoba, went on strike on November 21
    The Government of Manitoba is providing over $19M in funding to renovate social and affordable housing managed by non-profit groups across the province. Eligible organizations have until December 22 to apply.
    The Government of Manitoba, through its Tourism Development Fund, has granted $19,000 to the municipality of Taché to build a park at the Centre of Canada. The municipality has also received $22,000 from other organizations towards the project.
    The federal and provincial governments are investing $4.5M towards Phase 2 of the new MotiveLab at Winnipeg's Red River College. The funds will support local economic development through research, innovation, education and training.
    About 30 members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU) working at the personal care home in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation went on strike on November 28
    Save-On-Foods is considering opening a store in Flin Flon. The Vancouver-based grocery store chain is also exploring the possibility of opening new locations in Steinbach and Brandon.
    Red River College received $6M in joint federal-provincial funding to build an extreme weather lab for vehicle tests, which will be the only one of its kind in Western Canada. The new climatic chamber should be operational in January 2018.
    Career Connections, an employment agency in Brandon that specializes in working with people with disabilities, recently added Westman Employment Services to its umbrella of services. The transition did not result in any layoffs.
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    Winnipeg's casinos will be open 24 hours a day on Saturdays and Sundays starting December 2, as part of a four-month pilot project initiated by the Government of Manitoba
    The province of Manitoba has joined the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, a trade deal that will create an open, barrier-free interprovincial market of 11 million people, with a combined GDP of over $750B
    The Government of Manitoba will spend $2.5B on highway construction over the next five years, including $502M for the 2017-2018 construction season
    The federal and provincial governments granted $135,000 to the Flax Council of Canada to develop products made with ground flaxseed. The Flax Council of Canada is contributing an additional $54,000 to this project.
    The former location of the Palomino Club is being torn down to make way for a new condominium building. The demolition work is expected to take two weeks.
    The University of Manitoba ratified a deal with the University of Manitoba Faculty Association on November 21, following a 20-day strike
    The Canada Revenue Agency is streamlining operations in several cities across the country, including in Winnipeg. Over 2,300 workers will be affected by this transition across Canada.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    The federal government provided $2.5M in funding to the Manitoba Museum for exhibit upgrades. The renovations are expected to be completed by spring 2017.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing $1.3M to the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) to buy equipment and to evaluate the economic benefits, as well as the health benefits, of people eating healthy foods
    Tolko finalized the sale of its paper mill to Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Ltd., an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corp., on November 10. Over 300 Tolko employees will keep their jobs under the new owner.
    Save-On-Foods, the oldest grocery store chain in western Canada, opened three new locations in Winnipeg on November 19. A total of 1,000 workers were hired for the three stores.
    Shaw Communications is laying off 15 installation and service technicians in Manitoba as a result of corporate restructuring
    The Government of Manitoba granted $10,000 to the Vita Community Recreation Centre to host a winter carnival in mid-January. The grants are intended to help the community improve visitor experiences and to promote tourism in the region.
    The YMCA in downtown Winnipeg will close its doors in fall 2017. The number of affected employees is unknown.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Mid Canada Millwork in Steinbach was placed in receivership on October 27. The number of employees affected by the closure is unknown.
    Callinex Mines is undertaking several measures to fast-track drilling at its new zinc- and gold-rich discovery near Flin Flon. The company is aiming to complete its expansion project before the end of the winter drilling season.
    Brandon's Global Market will be open year-round on Saturdays, starting November 5. The market will offer products by local producers, artisans, crafters and food vendors, and will feature an outdoor skating rink.
    PCU Centre's Shindleman Aquatic Centre in Portage la Prairie closed in October due to structural safety concerns. The centre is expected to reopen its doors in fall 2017.
    BC-based Jetlines is planning to make Winnipeg its regional hub, which is expected to create about 250 new jobs in the city. The airline is also planning to operate 12 routes out of Winnipeg over the next eight years.
    The Pas' Tolko mill workers recently approved a deal allowing US-based American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (AIAC) to defer contributions to their pension fund for three years. AIAC signed an expression of interest to buy the mill in early October.
    The Prospector Inn in Creighton is tentatively set to reopen on December 1, after having been closed for nearly two years. The new owner is currently hiring staff.
    The Government of Manitoba awarded a total of $297,000 for 2016-2017 to 29 rural, northern and Indigenous tourism and community organizations, to expand tourism-related products and experiences
    Members of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association, which represents about 1,200 professors, instructors and librarians, have been on strike since November 1. Nearly 30,000 students have been affected by the strike due to cancelled classes.
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    Four new retailers participating in CentreVenture Development Corporation's Pop Up Shop Hop (PUSH) program recently opened their doors in downtown Winnipeg. The PUSH program is partly funded by the Government of Manitoba.
    According to Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business optimism in Manitoba rose to 55.6 in October, up 0.9 points compared to the previous month. Nationally, the index stood at 57.7 in October.
    Callinex Mines signed a term sheet with two wealth-management firms to complete a $5M non-brokered private placement. Proceeds will be invested in Callinex's zinc- and gold-rich discovery at its Pine Bay Project near Flin Flon.
    The University of Manitoba Faculty Association went on strike on November 1, after collective agreement talks with university representatives broke off. The university intends to continue classes during the strike.
    Farm Credit Canada plans to offer solutions, such as deferral of principle payments and loan payment schedule amendments, on a case-by-case basis to support Manitoba farmers facing financial hardship due to wet conditions this growing season
    The Northern Delegation, a group of 17 northern Manitoba towns and First Nations and Northern Affairs communities, signed an agreement on October 21 to support economic recovery and development in the region
    The Cargill Curling Training Centre opened in Morris on November 2, with the goal of becoming a year-round facility. The new centre features lasers, cameras and speed traps to enhance training.
    The federal and provincial governments are providing $432,000, under the Growing Forward 2 initiative, to support Keystone Agricultural Producers' new farm safety program. Services offered will include resources and safety training for farm workers.
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    The Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre is planning to open a homeless shelter in the area. Details, such as timelines and location, have not been finalized.
    The federal government is providing $50,000, via the Small Communities Transportation Fund, towards the construction of multi-use pathways in Thompson
    Sobeys is closing its IGA store in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, located near The Pas, citing weak economic conditions. The closure will affect 47 employees.
    A new nursing station officially opened its doors in Grand Rapids on October 21. The $9.4M provincially funded facility includes exam rooms, offices for visiting healthcare professionals, as well as a traditional healing room.
    The Government of Manitoba has signed a $160,000 funding agreement with Frontier College to support a summer learning opportunities program in ten Indigenous communities across the province over the next two years
    A former Target location in Winnipeg's Kildonan Place mall is undergoing renovations and is being converted into several smaller retail spaces. The new stores are expected to open by summer 2017.
    US-based American Industrial Acquisition Corporation made an offer to buy The Pas' Tolko Industries in early October. The deal depends on Tolko workers' approval of a three-year deferment of company contributions to the pension fund.
    The Government of Manitoba is providing nearly $95,000 to five commercial community kitchens across the province to buy new equipment. The funding aims to support local bakers, chefs and other start-up food entrepreneurs.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    The Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is holding workshops on developing business plans in Winnipeg on six consecutive Wednesdays, from November 9 to December 14
    Vale's Manitoba Operations in Thompson is transitioning to a single-furnace operation in 2017, a change that will impact about 35 workers
    Sobeys is closing one of its grocery stores in Winnipeg on December 3. The closure will affect 84 unionized workers.
    Hylife Ltd. is investing $125M in its pork-production operations across Manitoba over the next few years and plans to expand its Neepawa hog-processing. The company expects to create about 165 new jobs in the province.
    EllisDon was selected to build the $200M SkyCity Centre tower in downtown Winnipeg starting next spring. The 45-storey building will feature retail and office space, as well as 388 condo units.
    Gooch's Bicycle & Hobby Shop in Winnipeg closed its doors after nearly 90 years in business. The number of employees impacted by the closure is unknown.
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Construction of the Lions Senior Manor in Thompson is set to start in spring 2017, pending financial approval
    The Manitoba government plans to streamline 112 senior management positions through attrition, retirements and reductions by the end of 2017. This decision is expected to result in an estimated $10M in savings to the government.
    Mid Canada Millwork in Steinbach recently filed for protection from creditors and is undergoing financial restructuring
    According to the provincial government, Manitoba's population grew by 22,147 people (+1.71%) over the 12 month period ending June 30, 2016. This is the largest annual increase in Manitoba's population on record.
    Food Matters Manitoba is offering a free monthly food handling course to help newcomers to Winnipeg develop job skills and confidence
    Hunt Mechanical, the only mechanic shop in Gladstone, was destroyed by fire on October 9. The number of employees impacted is unknown.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    The City of Winnipeg recently awarded two garbage and recycling contracts to Miller Waste Systems and GFL Environmental. The contracts, worth an estimated $24M, are in effect until 2025.
    Construction of Mennonite Heritage Village's $1.3M three-season pavilion began on September 29. The project is partly funded by the provincial government, and should be completed by May 2017.
    The Rural Municipality of Hanover is planning to build a fourth fire hall in the community. Pending all regulatory approvals, construction of the estimated $2.6M project could begin in 2019.
    The federal government is providing $4.6M in funding to support economic development in northern Manitoba. The funds will finance projects that create jobs in tourism, research, and other industries.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Winnipeg's executive policy committee has approved grants worth $2M to support two downtown residential housing projects
    Community Futures Greenstone is hosting the Infusion Entrepreneurship Conference in Flin Flon on October 19. The conference will feature workshops designed to inform and inspire local business owners.
    A new affordable triplex, funded by the provincial government and the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF), recently opened in Brandon. The province is providing $5.5M over five years to support MMF housing initiatives across Manitoba.
    Anytime Fitness is planning to open a new gym franchise in Winnipeg's Osborne Village, pending regulatory approvals
    US-based International House of Pancakes plans to open its first Winnipeg outlet in August 2017. The new restaurant will create about 100 jobs in the city.
    CentreVenture is looking to fill two retail spaces in downtown Winnipeg as a part of the provincial PUSH program. Interested entrepreneurs and retailers have until September 30 to apply.
    The federal and provincial governments are investing $1.2M in 275 biosecurity and animal welfare improvement projects under the Growing Forward 2's Growing Assurance - Food Safety On-Farm program
    The federal and provincial governments are providing over $366,000 to the University of Manitoba, through the Growing Forward 2 initiative, to support organic grain research
    The City of Dauphin boasts over 200 new housing starts since 2012 - a building boom that is attributed to the arrival of 600 new residents to the community over the past few years
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Bayer AG has signed a deal valued at $66B to acquire US seed and herbicide company Monsanto, which has its Canadian head office in Winnipeg
    Red River Exhibition is launching a $140M development in Winnipeg. The project includes construction of a new 100-room hotel, as well as an expansion of its existing space to hold large-scale trade shows.
    McDonald's Canada held its National Hiring Day on September 13, in an effort to help recruit 250 new staff for its operations in Manitoba
    Manitoba Telecom Services plans to cut 50 jobs through its voluntary workforce reduction program. The program will allow eligible workers to apply for early retirement until October 13.
    A total of 28 employees from a Taco Bell/KFC franchise in Winnipeg received union certification from the Manitoba Labour Board on September 13. This represents the first such franchise to be unionized in Canada.
    The provincial government is holding its annual Great Manitoba Food Fight on September 21. Participating food entrepreneurs can win up to $10,000 to help develop and commercialize their business.
    WestJet is cancelling direct flights from Brandon to Toronto starting this winter due to insufficient demand
    Discount travel company, NewLeaf, will temporarily suspend flights from Winnipeg to Victoria in November while it evaluates consumer demand. The company expects to resume flights in mid-December.
    Klondex Mines Ltd. recently reopened its True North Gold mine in Bissett, hiring 200 workers for its operations. The company plans to invest up to $25M in mine operations annually.
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Several small vendors in Manitoba are out of money due to the cancellation or lack of promotion of scheduled craft fairs. Some of the unregulated fair organizers have promised refunds.
    The Government of Manitoba is increasing its funding for adult learning centres and literacy programs by two percent, to a total of $20.25M for 2016-17
    Bell MTS is planning to expand mobile and wireline broadband networks to Churchill. The expansion will improve social and economic opportunities for northern residents, as well as businesses.
    Hayes Auto Body & Glass is undergoing renovations and expanding its facility in Thompson. The upgrades will be completed by a local company - A & B Builders.
    Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park received a private donation of $2.5M towards the creation of Canada's Diversity Gardens, bringing the total amount raised for redevelopment to $155M
    The Manitoba Legislative Building is undergoing upgrades to improve accessibility. The renovation project should be completed by 2020.
    The Government of Manitoba is dissolving the East Side Road Authority to centralize the delivery of highway infrastructure in the province. Approximately 80 employees will be affected by the changes.
    The ManyFest street festival was held in Winnipeg from September 9 to 11. The event featured live music, as well as artisan and food vendors, attracting 70,000 visitors to the city.
    The Thompson Community Foundation and the Joe Brain Fund granted $4,560.63 towards the redevelopment of Boreal Discovery Centre. The upgrades will allow the centre to offer year-round programming.
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    A section of Winnipeg¿s St. Mary's Road is closed for construction until the end of October. Businesses in the area are expecting lower sales until the project is completed.
    North of 53 Consumers Co-op is planning to open a new $17M store in Flin Flon by early 2018
    A one-day summit took place in Flin Flon on September 6, to explore ways to develop and market tourism in northern Manitoba
    Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries notified 1,600 workers of potential layoffs if funding issues, stemming from New Jersey Transit¿s suspension of a large order, are not resolved by mid-September
    Winnipeg¿s Isaac Brock School is offering Ojibwa and Cree bilingual classes to kindergarten students starting this year. The school plans to expand the program to Grades 1 through 6 in the future.
    The federal government is providing $4.6M to Red River College for two research and development projects related to food services and vehicle technology
    Alamos Gold Inc., a gold mining company, will be conducting a feasibility study of its Lynn Lake gold project. The study should be completed by fall 2017.
    Aseneskak Casino, located near The Pas, plans to close its doors in two years. The closure will affect about 150 employees.
    Steinbach City Council has approved plans to build a new hotel on the former Bumpers property, along Highway 52. The hotel would employ 30 to 35 people.
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    Tolko Industries, The Pas' largest employer, announced that it will cease local operations in December 2016. The closure will affect 332 employees in the region.
    The provincial and federal governments are investing a combined $53M to upgrade sections of Highways 1 and 6 in Manitoba
    Canadian Pacific Railway is bringing locomotives, cars and staff back into service to ensure efficient transportation of this year's expected bumper crop
    The federal government is granting $8M to the University of Manitoba for repairs, upgrades and maintenance of its research labs
    According to the Manitoba Child Care Association, licensing for new child care spaces has not caught up with higher demand, resulting in a shortage of available spaces
    The federal and provincial governments are providing over $210,000 in funding for a new vegetable research site near Winkler. The project aims to increase yields and create opportunities for vegetable growers in Manitoba.
    Lab technologists in Manitoba voted for a strike mandate on August 25
    The provincial government is increasing its contribution to the Tourism Development Fund, to a total of $297,000. Rural, northern and indigenous organizations can receive grants of up to $25,000 for tourism planning and project development.
    Making Roots, a Montessori child care centre, will be opening a new location in Brandon on September 7. The centre will hire up to eight full-time employees.
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    Miss J.La's Fur Babies Cat Café and adoption centre opened in Winnipeg on August 13, 2016
    The second annual Interstellar Rodeo music festival took place at The Forks in Winnipeg from August 12 to 14
    Street Links St. Boniface opened a new homeless shelter in Winnipeg on August 17. The shelter will house up to 12 people.
    The provincial government is providing over $1.85M to the criminal property forfeiture program, an initiative that supports law enforcement agencies and victim services across Manitoba
    Winnipeg's Immigrant Centre held its annual job fair on August 24. The event, which featured over 30 employers, aims to connect newcomers with available jobs.
    The provincial government announced that it will allow commercial fishers in the province to market and sell their products outside Manitoba. The new marketing option will help fishers to be more competitive in the global seafood market.
    A section of Winnipeg's Selkirk Avenue has been closed for construction until mid-November. Businesses located on the closed section of the street are expecting lower sales until the project is completed.
    The new Women's Hospital at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg is tentatively set to open this fall. The $265M facility will have 170 private rooms, a lobby and an outdoor patio.

Economic/Environmental Scan

A report that provides an overview of major socio-economic trends that can have an impact on the local and provincial economy and labour market.

Sectoral Profiles

Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.

Occupational Outlook

To review the most recent medium-term outlooks for occupations at the provincial, territorial and economic region level, please refer to the Outlook Report on Job Bank.

Update of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011

The National Occupational Classification is being updated. To propose a change, please visit Statistics Canada.
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