Job Market Trends and News


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  • 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.
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    Healthcare workers in the Interlake-Eastern area voted to strike in late July
    Midwifery students already enrolled at the University of Manitoba will be able to continue their studies thanks to a new agreement with McMaster University
    Verde Juice Bar, a café offering healthy fare, opened its doors in Winnipeg in late June
    GPP Architecture has been selected to build a new tower at the International Peace Garden, near the Canada-US border. A construction start date has not been set.
    The Manitoba Filipino Street Festival took place in Winnipeg on August 20. The one-day street festival was expected to draw up to 8,000 visitors.
    Brandon's historic Dome Building is undergoing renovations. The $7M project is expected to be completed by 2017, pending funding approval.
    The governments of Canada and Manitoba announced funding of $270,000 to find new uses for pulse flours and to expand markets for related bakery products
    The provincial government is providing $9M to the University of Manitoba toward the construction of a new marine observatory in Churchill. Once completed, the observatory will create up to 21 permanent jobs.
    The provincial government recently announced that plans for construction of the $155M Waverley underpass will go ahead. Construction work will begin in January 2017 and should be completed by October 2019.
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    Contract talks between the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers union, representing 739 professionals, broke off in July. The union has been without a contract since October 2015 and has requested arbitration.
    The Government of Manitoba has pledged to maintain programs for families receiving income assistance. Anti-poverty groups had expressed concerns about provincial rollbacks following the launch of the Canada Child Benefit.
    Thompson will receive $2.25M in joint federal-provincial funding for its water main renewal program. The construction project, which is one of 27 supported through federal infrastructure funds, is set to begin next April.
    The provincial government launched the 10th annual Great Manitoba Food Fight contest on August 4. The program is designed to help Manitoban entrepreneurs commercialize their food products.
    Long Plain First Nation has received approval from an insurance company to begin construction of homes damaged by a tornado in July. According to Red Cross, 30 properties are uninhabitable.
    The federal and provincial governments announced a joint funding project worth over $53M to upgrade and expand waste treatment plants in Selkirk and Gimli
    Provincial government ministers met with municipal and First Nation leaders, as well as business owners in Winnipeg, to discuss economic opportunities for Churchill and northern communities on August 5
    The provincial government is granting an additional $7M to the Rent Assist Program in 2016. More than 1,000 northern Manitobans will benefit from the added funding this year.
    The 2016 Power Smart Manitoba Summer Games took place in Steinbach from August 7 to 10. The biennial event attracts over 7,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers to the community.
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    Loblaw¿s Extra Foods will close its Transcona location in September 2016. All unionized employees affected by the closure have been offered jobs in other Loblaw-owned stores.
    The Government of Manitoba revealed plans for the province to join the New West Partnership Trade Agreement on July 28. Membership in the agreement will give Manitoba greater access to internal trade and business opportunities.
    According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Winnipeg has too many unsold condominiums. In the first quarter of 2016, there were 1,573 new condos under construction¿an 11% increase over the five-year average of 1,417 condos.
    The federal government announced the creation of temporary offices in four Canadian cities, including Winnipeg, to address payroll issues affecting thousands of federal public servants. Up to 50 compensation advisers will be hired in Winnipeg.
    The federal and provincial governments¿ Biomass Energy Support Program will distribute $1M in grants to help make the agriculture sector more competitive, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The deadline to apply for a grant is September 30.
    Winnipeg-based Ben Moss Jewellers is closing all 54 of its locations across Western Canada, including five in Manitoba. No details were provided on the number of affected employees.
    Nearly thirty Macdonald Youth Crisis workers went on strike on August 2. The employees have been working without a contract since 2014.
    The federal ($15M), provincial ($15M) and municipal ($5M) governments¿ are contributing towards the construction of Winnipeg Art Gallery's Inuit Art Centre. The centre will house world¿s largest collection of Inuit art.
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    A tornado caused extensive damages at Long Plain First Nation recently, forcing up to 200 people to evacuate and seek temporary emergency accommodations
    Brandon's Riverbank Discovery Centre received a donation of $75,000 from Co-op Community Spaces to help it build Festival Park. In 2016, Co-op Community Spaces awarded funding to 21 community organizations.
    A new five-plex housing unit recently opened in Brandon. The project intends to offer a stable home environment to individuals at risk of becoming homeless and will be managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association ¿ Westman Region.
    Several Winnipeg Transit mechanics and other unionized employees doubled their salaries in 2014 and 2015 due to overtime. Staffing shortage was cited as the main reason for overtime, which totalled $4.3M in 2015.
    Brandon city council approved a new contract that will give 911 dispatchers a 16.5% pay raise over the next six years. The wage increase will be retroactive to January 1, 2016.
    The federal and provincial governments reached an agreement under the new Investing in Canada plan. More than $205M in combined federal, provincial and municipal funding will be available to Manitoba to support various infrastructure projects.
    A new coffee shop is slated to open in Winnipeg. An opening date will be announced as soon as all regulatory approvals are obtained.
    OmniTrax Canada issued layoff notices to 50 employees in Churchill on July 25. In addition, about 40 to 50 employees who were expecting to be called back were also informed that there is no work for them.
    Winnipeg Transit will receive $79M through the new Investing in Canada infrastructure agreement. The federal-provincial funding will allow the transit company to purchase 60 new buses and expand its Osborne Street garage.
    Federated Co-operatives Limited announced plans to build two fertilizer terminals in Hanley, Saskatchewan, and Brandon, Manitoba. The two terminals, worth $75M, are expected to be in service by 2017.
    Omnitrax announced it will scale back freight-train service to Churchill to once a week. This follows the recent closure of the Port of Churchill and ensuing layoffs.
  • Week of Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2016

    According to a survey by Royal LePage Prime Real Estate, year-over-year housing prices in Winnipeg were up 2% in the second quarter of 2016. The report also forecasts that the aggregate home price will increase by 2.6% in this year, compared to 2015.
    The federal and provincial governments are investing approximately $400,000 in ten farm-level research projects in Manitoba. The projects are a part of the Growing Forward 2 initiative, which aims to advance agricultural practices.
    Businesses in Winnipeg's Exchange District are concerned about the effect on their bottom line of reduced parking due to ongoing construction. The area's city councillor is considering alternative solutions.
    Winnipeg's Louise Bridge has been closed for traffic as it undergoes repairs. The maintenance work began on July 16, and will be completed by July 24.
    Construction of a new library began in Winnipeg on July 14. The $4.7M Windsor Park Library is expected to be completed in 2017.
    The Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg will be closed until late September. The facility will undergo repairs to make it ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
    S&P Global Ratings downgraded Manitoba's credit ratings from double-A to double-A-minus. The decrease in rating has been attributed to the province's rising debt burden.
    More than two dozen Macdonald Youth Crisis workers announced plans to go on strike starting August 1. The employees have been working without a contract for two years.
    The federal and provincial governments announced funding of $500,000 to expand production at Maple Leaf Food's Winnipeg facility. The funds will be used to purchase new equipment for the company's bacon production line.
    NewLeaf Travel is adding new non-stop flights from Winnipeg to Edmonton. The airline's first flights are scheduled to begin on July 25.
  • Week of Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The Gas Station Arts Centre in Winnipeg is planning a $26.5M renovation and expansion project. Pending funding, the project could include a six-storey residential building with 55 housing units.
    Several new residential construction projects are in the works in downtown Winnipeg, resulting in additional rental space. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the number of rental units in the city grew by 2.6% between 2014 and 2015.
    According to Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, a crown-owned farm insurance provider, more than 1,400 hail damage claims have been filed to date in 2016. In 2015, about 2,800 hail claims were filed and over $31M was paid out.
    Winnipeg¿s water bus launched its summer service on July 9. No reservations are required for the service, which runs along the Red and Assiniboine rivers.
    Junk for Joy, a collectibles shop, is closing its doors in Portage la Prairie
    Via Rail train service between Winnipeg and Churchill has been cancelled temporarily effective July 13, due to high water level warnings
    Pending finalization of the sale of MTS to Bell, the new network plans to expand service to Thompson and Flin Flon. Residents of Northern Manitoba will benefit from improved internet and cell reception.
    Crow¿s General Store, a new ice cream shop, recently opened in Brandon
  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    The Bachelor of Midwifery program at the University of Manitoba will likely not be offered this fall due to a lack of accreditation and insufficient funding
    The St. Vital outdoor swimming pool recently re-opened after undergoing $3M upgrades. The city-run facility was expected to open in fall 2014, but faced delays.
    BCE Inc.'s $3.9B offer to takeover Manitoba Telecom Services has been approved by the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench. However, the transaction remains subject to other mandatory approvals.
    The federal and provincial governments are granting $400,000 to the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers. The funds will be used in finding new ways for growers to achieve higher yields with fewer inputs.
    The Community Places program will provide nearly $3.6M in grants to 214 community groups to build, upgrade or acquire facilities focused on culture, recreation and wellness
    The federal and provincial governments are investing $1M in a water management pilot-project in Bifrost-Riverton. The project aims to improve drainage and other water-related concerns to ensure the long-term sustainability of the farming land.
    The City of Winnipeg's infrastructure committee recently approved $8M worth of road repairs starting this year. However, the City Council still has to approve the funding.
    The federal and provincial governments have been negotiating a deal with Air Canada and Cargojet Airways. The agreement could translate into as many as 400 new jobs.
    The federal government is planning to build a $40M hospital in Cross Lake. The Pimicikamak Cree Nation, which has a population of over 8,000, had been requesting it for 12 years.
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    Manitoba will receive funding of $20M for aerospace training, part of which will go to the Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training at Red River College
    NewLeaf Travel will fly to 12 Canadian destinations starting July 25. The Winnipeg-based company has begun taking online reservations.
    WAG @ The Forks, a satellite of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, recently opened. The new store will promote and sell Inuit and Indigenous art.
    The North End Water Pollution Control Centre is set to undergo upgrades worth an estimated $795 million dollars. The funds will serve to build a new facility that will reduce run-off in Lake Winnipeg.
    Ambush Paintball, a business near Brandon, was destroyed by a fire on June 24. The number of affected employees in unknown.
    The Manitoba government provided $1M for the construction of a walkway along the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve. The one kilometre trail includes resting points and signage that highlight specific plants.
    Canadian Pacific Railway laid off 500 track maintenance workers across Canada on June 30. No details were provided regarding the number of employees affected in Manitoba.
    Representatives from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and the Heart and Stroke Foundation offered free CPR training to members of the public at The Forks on June 26. Participants were taken through four hours of instruction.
    Despite a thriving restaurant scene in Winnipeg, mid-sized restaurants claim they have difficulty finding, training, and retaining staff
    Heavy rain washed out roads and caused substantial damages in the Whiteshell Provincial Park area last week. Repair work will begin once water levels recede.
    The City of Winnipeg is going ahead with plans to replace the Arlington Bridge. Pending final approval of the proposed $300M design, work should be completed by 2025.
    WestJet launched a new flight from Brandon to Toronto¿s Pearson International Airport on June 28. The company will offer the service four times a week, until a tentative end date of September 5.
  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    The Winnipeg Parking Authority is enforcing a limit of two food trucks per block. The Winnipeg Food Truck Alliance has already submitted a proposal for 2017 which would increase the limit to three food trucks.
    Fur Babies, Winnipeg's first cat cafe, is set to open in July. The coffeehouse will also double as a cat adoption centre.
    Gonzaga Jesuit school, a private Jesuit middle school in Winnipeg, will open in the fall. Initially, the school will have 20 Grade 6 students only and plans to increase to 60 Grade 6 to 8 students in subsequent years.
    Manitoba's population increased by over 19,000 people in the past year, according to Statistics Canada. Manitoba now ranks second nation-wide in terms of growth rate.
    Manitoba may face a potential Canada Post work stoppage. The union representing Canada Post employees is expecting a lockout in early July.
    Bold Commerce, a Winnipeg-based tech company, plans to double its workforce within two to three years. Since its start in 2013, the e-commerce developer has designed and sold over 20 apps.
    Peerless Garments won a $11.2M contract to produce uniforms for the army and air force. The Winnipeg-based manufacturer, which has about 100 employees, is looking to hire experienced sewing machine operators.
    Patmore Garden Centre and Nursery is closing its doors after more than 130 years in business in Brandon. The July 9 closure will impact two full-time employees and about a dozen seasonal workers.
    CentreVenture, a Winnipeg developer, plans to convert the James Avenue Pumping Station into new office, residential, and retail space. Work on the mixed-use development could start this year.
    A new $24M Southeast Collegiate facility will be built in Winnipeg starting this summer. The collegiate, a school for eligible indigenous students, will offer more vocational programs.
  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    Manitoba Hydro approved the sale of 16 acres to the City of Winnipeg. The transaction, which is priced at $19M, may be reduced to $11.7M if certain conditions are met within 18 months.
    Construction of new homes is rebounding in Winnipeg, with 398 housing starts in May, compared to 204 the previous year
    The former Christie's Biscuits factory in Winnipeg underwent a $5.2M renovation, transforming the building into the Specialized Services for Children and Youth centre. The centre will house nine agencies that support children with disabilities and their families.
    Winnipeg Transit is considering converting downtown's Union Station into a rapid-transit node. The study should be completed by 2018.
    The Manitoba government announced it will provide $94,000 for improvements to fairgrounds and other infrastructures. Agricultural societies in Manitoba can apply for funds to upgrade building and exhibition grounds.
    A recent report by the Conference Board of Canada predicts that Manitoba will be one of the leading provincial economies in 2016. Manitoba's GDP is expected to increase by 2.1 per cent this year and by 2.6 per cent in 2017.
    The City of Winnipeg's public works committee approved additional funding of $1.5M to upgrade public words in the Exchange District. In total, $5.4M will be invested in streetscaping improvements.
    Construction work has started on a new 127-room Seasons hotel in Winnipeg. The $35M luxury hotel is expected to open by the end of summer 2017.
    A recent survey by Manpower Canada reveals that only 10% of Winnipeg employers plan to hire more workers this summer. The rest of the employers surveyed either plan to maintain (88%) or reduce (2%) current staff levels.
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    Canadian Tire and Goodlife Fitness are both setting up shop in a vacant Target store at the Grant Park Shopping Centre in Winnipeg. Canadian Tire will open on July 1 while Goodlife anticipates an early-2017 opening.
    Westeel is laying off 24 workers at its St. Boniface production plant. The grain storage company cited soft market conditions in Western Canada as a reason for the layoffs.
    The Manitoba government announced plans to invest $3.4M to develop and market tourism in the province
    The Women's Enterprise Centre held a business breakfast in Winnipeg on June 8. The featured speaker shared advice to help women entrepreneurs transform their personal and professional lives.
    The federal government is investing $574,000 in the University College of the North (UNC). The funding will serve to create an industrial skills and trades training centre in Thompson.
    Winnipeg's property development committee approved the expropriation of numerous parcels of land in preparation of the future Waverley underpass. The $155M project, which should be completed in 2019, still requires the approval of the full city council.
    Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg will remain closed for construction work until the end of July. The closure started in May and has significantly reduced foot traffic in the area, creating a difficult situation for local businesses.
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    Superstore launched a click-and-collect e-grocery pickup service at two select locations in Winnipeg
    HD-Petroleum is launching a micro-refinery to recycle waste oil. The facility, which should open at the end of June, will transform 12 million litres of waste oil into 10 million litres of diesel fuel.
    Parks Canada is investing over $6M for infrastructure upgrades in Manitoba national parks. Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site will receive $4.4M to complete restoration work.
    Manitoba issued 54.6% more permits to food trucks and hot dog stands over the past five years. The provincial department issued around 500 such permits in 2015 and expects to have as many this year.
    The Asper School of Business at University of Manitoba received a $1M donation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba. The gift will serve in part to fund scholarships for Indigenous students.
    The Edge Skills Centre in Winnipeg received 30 refurbished computers. The donation will help 70 low-income residents to improve their job-readiness skills.
    Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF) recently hosted a business development workshop in Thompson. The event served to promote CEDF's programs and to give northern entrepreneurs an opportunity to network.
    Southland Church in Steinbach is building a new retreat and training centre. The new facility is expected to be functional by the end of 2016.
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    M3 Aerial Productions is launching Green Gold, a project that utilizes drone technology to capture farm field data. The company believes that the technology could save farmers time and money.
    Thanks to the Plant Factory pilot project, a closed growing system developed by a Korean company, the community of Opaskwayak Cree Nation can enjoy fresh produce all year
    The St. Norbert Farmers' Market officially opened on May 21. More than 100 vendors were on hand to sell locally grown fresh produce and other goods.
    Winnipeg-based jewellery chain Ben Moss has filed for creditor protection and is closing 11 stores across Canada. The five stores in Manitoba will not be affected by the restructuring.
    According to Export Development Canada, Manitoba's export economy is expected to grow by 4% in 2016 and 5% in 2017. The agri-food and manufacturing sectors will continue to lead provincial export growth.
    The Behavioural Health Foundation, Manitoba's only long-term treatment centre for teens with addiction and mental health issues, may have to close in June due to lack of funding. The number of affected employees is unknown at this time.
    Bell MTS plans to build three cell towers between Winnipeg and the US border. Pending finalization of the Bell MTS merger, the new towers should be complete by the middle of 2017.
    The Pembina Autopac service centre will close this summer and be converted into office space. Affected employees will be transferred to other service centres in Winnipeg.
    IGM Financial, a Winnipeg-based wealth-management company, is investing $75M in Personal Capital Corp. This investment represents a 10% stake in the U.S. digital wealth advising firm.
    Winnipeg startup Prairie Box recently began a meal subscription service. Designed for families and professionals, the service can provide up to 12 ready-made healthy meals per week.
    Riding Mountain National Park will partner with local Indigenous groups to promote the area's heritage. Plans include additional cultural programming featuring Aboriginal interpreters and festivities to mark National Aboriginal Day.
    Hudbay has suspended its development-miner training program in Flin Flon. Trainees were transferred to other positions within the company.
  • Week of May 16 - May 20, 2016

    University of Manitoba has received a gift of $30M from the Rady Family Foundation to support the faculty of health sciences
    University College of the North (UCN) recently hosted workplace safety programs to mark North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The annual event, which always takes place in the first week of May, spans Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
    The second phase of Winnipeg's Rapid Transit project will begin this summer. Construction on the southwest transit way is expected to be complete in late 2019.
    The Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg offers a program that provides selected high school students with the opportunity to explore various career options in healthcare
    According to the Manitoba Trucking Association, the province may face a shortage of truck drivers in the next ten years. Currently, the number of drivers getting close to retirement exceeds the number of young drivers entering the profession.
    The Co-op grocery on Winnipeg's main street will close on June 18, 2016. The majority of employees impacted by the closure will be transferred to other Co-op locations in the city.
    Bikram Yoga studio in Winnipeg closed its doors on May 17, 2016. At least five regular teachers and several part-time instructors will be laid-off as a result of the closure.
    The City of Winnipeg has issued a request for proposals to design a bridge in Shoal Lake 40. All three levels of government have committed to the project, which will connect the community to the Trans-Canada Highway.
    Downtown Winnipeg Biz has launched a new initiative to make the city centre area more inclusive of Indigenous culture. Participating downtown stores will display Indigenous art in their storefronts until August.
    The Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples¿ Council will host a business planning workshop in Brandon on May 24, 2016. The workshop is intended to encourage Aboriginals to start their own businesses.
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    Crown Royal employees are back at work at the companies Gimli facility, after being on strike since March 5
    Plans to build a new housing development in Thompson have been approved. The construction project will include 12 units and could cost up to $5M.
    The Thompson Multiculture Centre is offering French and English classes. The free weekly lessons are offered to newcomers and to long-time residents of Thompson.
    The Global Market's Good Food Box initiative has been expanded after a successful trial run in Brandon. The program was created to provide access to quality food at lower prices.
    American clothing retailer Aeropostale has declared bankruptcy and is closing all of its locations in the U.S. and in Canada. No details were available on the number of employees affected by the closure of three Aeropostale stores in Winnipeg.
    Manitoba had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country in April at 6.1%, while full-time employment in the province increased by 1,200 on a monthly basis
    Work is underway to redevelop Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park. Canada's Diversity Gardens, which will feature horticultural attractions and a new building for indoor gardens, should be completed by the fall of 2019.
    Creighton's city council recently approved its 2016 budget in the amount of $3.6M. The city is focussed on economic development, as well as on maintaining and investing in community infrastructure.
    Residential construction activity declined sharply in Winnipeg over the first four months of 2016. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, builders will be scaling back production until early 2017.
    Career Trek, a non-profit organization, is offering a program for young mothers aged 14 to 21 through the University of Winnipeg. The ¿M' program allows participants to explore a wide range of occupations.
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    Sturgeon Creek bridges in Winnipeg will undergo repairs starting in May. Work should be completed by the end of July.
    A year-long study has been launched to determine the future development needs of the Manitoba Centennial Centre. The Centre¿s corporation hopes to have plans ready to action by 2017.
    Nisichawayasihk Neyo Ohtinwak Collegiate in Nelson House will offer a small engines repair class starting in September. The program, which is supported by Vale, will offer students hands-on experience.
    Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), a Montreal-based telecommunications business, is purchasing Manitoba Telecom for $3.9B. Pending regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to close by early 2017.
    The biannual Centrallia business summit will take place in Winnipeg at the end of May. Hundreds of businesses will participate in the event, which will focus on focus on opportunities in the Arctic and the Americas.
    SK Developments Inc. is building a $35M Hilton Garden Inn as part of the Seasons development in Winnipeg. Construction work on the 127-room hotel is already underway.
    The University of Manitoba has developed technology to help local beekeepers remain competitive against low-priced imports. Sensors placed in beehives allow producers to detect and rectify problems in hives and tells them when to harvest.
    The cardiac care unit at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg is being restructured into two units. Up to 12 nurses could be laid-off as a result of this change.
  • Week of Apr 25 - Apr 29, 2016

    The City of Winnipeg plans to rehabilitate a portion of Pembina Highway. The $11.7M project will start in a few weeks and should be completed in the fall of 2017.
    Canadian Forces announced that seven military bases, including CFB Shilo, will undergo energy efficiency upgrades totaling $100M
    The federal government is investing $165M to hire young people across the country this summer as part of its Youth Employment Strategy
    The Winnipeg Richardson International Airport announced plans to add new direct flights to Halifax this summer. The airport serves nearly 3.8 million passengers annually.
    A recent report shows that the vacancy rate among Winnipeg's retail and commercial properties is the highest it has been in over 15 years. However, despite the increase in online shopping, outlet stores and certain service and bargain oriented retailers are expanding.
    The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce recently launched the Chamber Office for Business Support. The new service is designed to support small businesses and will include a 311 business help line.
    The Osborne Village Motor Inn in Winnipeg is being remodeled into a boutique hotel that will feature up to 30 rooms as well as retail and commercial spaces
    According to the South Indian Lake Fisherman's Association, commercial whitefish fishing on South Indian Lake has declined by 90 per cent over the past 15 years
    Komfort Kitchen, a store specializing in restaurant-grade supplies and equipment, opened in Brandon in March
    Abby Rose, a store that offers new and repurposed clothing and home décor items, opened in Brandon
    Slide the City, a one-day waterslide event, will take place near Winnipeg in July. Organizers of the event expect up to 6,000 visitors.

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