Newfoundland and Labrador
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Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 2018
- Abbot & Haliburton, which has continued to do business despite a major fire in 2017, hopes to move to its new home building centre in Port au Port West in June 2018, increase its staff from 12 to 16 employees, and likely add some seasonal workers as well.
- Construction of a new mental health and addictions facility on the Health Sciences campus in St. John¿s is expected to begin in the summer of 2019. The facility will deliver services currently offered at the Waterford Hospital.
- A $25M wellness centre, including a pool and fitness facilities, will be built in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and likely open in 2020. The centre will employ up to 100 workers during construction, and up to 40 full and part time employees once completed.
- NAPE, the union representing 19,000 public sector employees, and the government of NL have signed several collective agreements which will run until March 2020. A wage freeze, elimination of severance, and increased job security are among the highlights.
Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018
- Unionized workers at the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) in Labrador City have rejected contract offers and went on strike in March 2018. Issues around the temporary workforce unit remain a point of contention between the parties.
- The Sandman Hotel Group opened a six-storey hotel on Kenmount Road in St. John's in March 2018. A Denny's restaurant has also opened on-site, and Moxie's will open another in the summer of 2018.
- A Sobeys-owned Needs convenience store on Brookfield Road in St. John's closed in March 2018, the second Needs location to close in the city in less than a year.
- The government of NL will contribute $3.1M to allow schools to hire more reading specialists, learning resource teachers, and instructional assistants.
- According to CMHC, new home construction in the St. John's area has decreased by 60% since reaching a peak in 2012 during the period of high oil prices. Some home builders have adjusted by focusing on renovations and other markets.
- Construction will take place throughout 2018 and 2019 on the large Galway retail development in the west end of St. John's. Costco will move its store to the area from the east end in late 2018, with other businesses likely to open by the spring of 2019.
Week of Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2018
- Connecticut-based company Centerplate has been awarded a 10-year contract to take over all food and beverage services at the St. John's Convention Centre, beginning in June 2018. Centerplate is currently determining its hiring process.
- Yes B'ys Social Bar opened on Queen Street in St. John's in March 2018. The owner expects to employ about five or six workers once all staffing is finalized.
- NDC, a Labrador partner in a First Nations corsortium recently awarded a share of the arctic surf clam quota, says it expects to gain a proportion of the 70 to 80 harvesting jobs which may be created. Processing, however, will take place in Nova Scotia.
- The government of NL has invested $10.6M towards cost-shared municipal projects, which will include water system, road and other infrastructure upgrades for 48 communities in the province.
Week of Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2018
- Kruger will eliminate 12 positions at the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill, possibly due to a duty imposed by the United States on Canadian newsprint. Some of the positions are currently unfilled, and the remainder may be taken care of through attrition.
- An industry report indicates the number of workers dropped by 10% in the fish processing sector in NL in 2017 over 2016, and remained about the same in fish harvesting and aquaculture. Fish and seafood values, while also dropping by 10%, exceeded $1B.
- Concern is strong around tariffs imposed by the United States on newsprint imported from Kruger-owned Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, expected to go into effect in March 2018, and which now appear more severe than initially thought.
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Eastern Health says no full-time employees will lose their jobs, but there will be less opportunity for temporary food service workers at hospitals in the region due to the introduction of a new system to produce meals for patientsDexter, Pyramid, and Platinum Construction companies have been awarded contracts for work related to the five-year, $15.5M water and sewer project expected to begin in April 2018 in downtown St. John's
The city of Mount Pearl has laid off five members of its management staff as its restructures operationsA removal of 25% of the clam quota harvested by Clearwater Seafoods and processed in the plant at Grand Bank may affect jobs in the NL community. The decision will likely lead to increased processing at Nova Scotia-based Premium Seafoods.The government of NL and industry partners have released a plan to increase technology sector business activity. Key goals include supporting the creation of 40 new firms, and individuals who wish to retrain for new careers in technology.St. John's-based Enercon Builders Inc. has been awarded a $1.1M contract to refurbish the Canadian Coast Guard building in St. AnthonySolace Power, a high-tech Mount Pearl-based firm that focuses on wireless power development, indicates it will need to look beyond NL for future workers as it has exhausted the supply of local employees. The company currently employs 31people.Work on an RV park project on Lundrigan Drive in Corner Brook which will include chalets, a convenience store and restaurant is expected to begin in the spring of 2018. Some parts of the project are expected to be operational for the 2018 season.The Rec Room is expected to open in the Avalon Mall in St. John's early in 2019, its seventh location in Canada. The business comprises a complex for dining, live entertainment, and amusement gaming experiences.
Fast food restaurant Fritou Chicken, which opened in June 2007 in Carbonear, has closed due to a decline in businessThe government of NL has released Advance 2030, a plan to grow the oil and gas industry over the next several years. Among the targets are the drilling of over 100 new exploration wells and direct employment of more than 7,500 workers in operations.The hourly minimum wage in NL will rise by $0.15 on April 1, 2018, to $11.15The Reluctant Chef, a restaurant on Duckworth Street in St. John's that had been in business for five years, closed in February 2018. The owner believes a weaker provincial economy led to a decline in business over the past year at the restaurant.
The government of NL is in the process of releasing tenders for more than $77M of planned roadwork for 2018. The work does not include some major planned projects, such as the Trans Labrador Highway.Argentina Gold Corporation would like to complete work in 2018 on converting an existing building to a facility where it would grow medical cannabis in the Argentina industrial ParkTwo walk-in mental health clinics have opened in Grand Falls-Windsor and GanderSt. Anthony Seafoods will begin operating on a part-year basis for the first time in its history, as it shut down in January 2018. The owners would like to reopen the plant in April 2018, but face uncertainty around future shrimp quotas.
J.D. Irving has announced it is forecasting to hire 950 people in Newfoundland and Labrador over the next three years. They say that 360 of those jobs will be in the St. John's area, and split between Kent Building Supplies and Atlantic Towing.Bulk Logistics, a UK based company, is looking to acquire the timber rights once belonging to Abitibi. Local saw mills will process the wood and send it to international markets. They project 300-plus jobs within three to five years if approved.The Reluctant Chef a restaurant in St. John's, is closing it's doors the end of February. The owner has stated the decision was made to close the restaurant to focus more on its catering service.
A Little Caesars Pizza restaurant is expected to open in the spring of 2018 on Union Street in Corner BrookThe Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp. will reduce the size of its management group from 76 to 62 employees. Apart from one position in Corner Brook, the rest are in St. John's, and three are currently vacant.EXCITE Corporation's Genomics-Based R&D Centre for Health in Grand Falls-Windsor will receive over $785K from ACOA to conduct hearing loss research. The money will help the genomics centre to expand its research and development as well as build partnerships.The Grenfell Memorial Co-op in St. Anthony will close after 105 years of operation, impacting 17 employees. The Co-op membership decided to close the store, as it was unable to generate enough revenue to remain financially viable.Bootleg Brew Co. opened their microbrewery to the public last weekend. Located on West Street in Corner Brook, the owners expected to sell up to 10 kegs of beer, but had sold between 16 to 20 kegs by the end of the weekend before running out of beer.Approximately $1.3M in combined federal and provincial funding will be invested with four businesses on the Bonavista Peninsula. Recipients include the Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Seaport Inn, the Newfoundland Salt Company Ltd., and Sea of Whales Adventures Ltd.Ziggy Peelgood's, a chip truck business in St. John's, is opening a storefront location and a new production facility in Ropewalk Plaza as early as March.Jumping Bean Café is opening a new location on Kelsey Drive in St. John's. The new cafe will be the company's biggest to date and will also have a drive-thru. With the added location, it brings the franchise's total to 11 stores.
A Wing'n It restaurant franchise is expected to open in the recently renovated Springdale Inn and Suites in the spring of 2018.The nurses' union continues to voice concerns that more full-time registered nurses are needed in NL to address workload issues and staff shortages. Most of the employment growth since 2011, according to the union, has been for casual positions.A specialty grocery store, O'Leva Olive Oils and Vinegars, will close on Stavanger Drive in St. John's at the end of January 2018 after four years in businessConstruction of a health care complex including the new Western Memorial Hospital and a long-term care centre in Corner Brook is expected to bring $498M in economic activity to the area. Work is expected to begin in 2019 and finish in 2020.Gander International Airport recorded 177,532 passengers in 2017, an increase of 3% over 2016. While travel was reduced for commuting workers to Labrador and Western Canada, officials noted there was a spike in tourism-driven summer traffic.With the help of over $2M in combined government funding, Grenfell Campus and the College of North Atlantic in Corner Brook will establish a joint centre with two full-time employees to support and help expand business start-ups in the province.
Construction of a new Canadian Coast Guard seasonal rescue lifeboat station in Old Perlican is expected to begin in the spring of 2018. The facility, expected to open in the summer of 2019, is expected to result in about eight new jobs for the areaThe U.S. government has made a preliminary decision to impose extra duties on newsprint exported from Canada, which stands to negatively affect the Kruger-owned Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill. A final decision is expected later in 2018.Living Rooms, a cookware/décor retail business and café located in Churchill Square in St. John's will close the end of January 2018. A few of the 17 employees may continue to work in a smaller version of the business planned for another location within St. John's.St. John's-based Bluedrop Performance Learning, with support from the government of NL, will begin a four-year project to develop further workplace e-learning technology. The project may create 50 positions at the company's offices in Atlantic Canada.Balkan Kitchen, a restaurant on Cookstown Road in St. John's, is expected to open in February 2018.Deer Lake Regional Airport recorded 365,186 passengers in 2017, a modest decrease of 864 from 2016. According to officials, a strong tourist season may have been offset by fewer workers travelling to and from the Muskrat Falls Hydro Project.
The government of NL expects to begin posting positions for midwives in the spring of 2018 as part of a pilot project in Gander to integrate them into the health care system. If pilots are successful, midwives may be working across the province by 2019.
As part of its plan to retain and provide services to immigrants, the government of NL has announced funding to assist the Association for New Canadians to establish satellite offices in the Labrador, Western, and Central regions of the province
Starcade, a games arcade in the Avalon Mall in St. John's, will close in January 2018 after 25 years in business, while a new arcade, G-Force Funderdome, opened in December in Mount Pearl.The Newfoundland Chocolate Co. is expected to open a café and retail store, while Yellowbelly Brewery plans to open a full-service restaurant, both by the summer of 2018 as part of the first phase of an expansion in the St. John's International Airport.
The NL government has entered into an agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation for the supply and production of cannabis in the province. Canopy will build a production facility, likely in the St. John's area by 2019, and create 145 jobs.The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor and 89 of its unionized employees have entered into a new four-year collective agreement beginning in 2017 that will provide total wage increases of 10.5% over four yearsThe NL government will expand its job search assistance and employment services programs over the coming months to College of the North Atlantic campuses across the province.
Work on 18.5km of new hiking trails for the 46.3km St. Lunaire-Griquet Iceberg Trail system will begin in the spring of 2018. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2019.Taste of Jamaica, a restaurant in the Broadway section of Corner Brook, will close at the end of December 2017The government of NL has announced support for two programs aimed at connecting international students and graduates with employers. The programs are part of efforts to retain international students and increase the number of new immigrants.
The federal government's new National Housing Strategy to combat homelessness in Canada is expected to provide significant activity around the construction and refurbishment of housing units in NL over the next decadeSobeys announced in November 2017 that it will cut 14 office staff in NL as part of the grocery chain's national reduction of 800 employeesExxon Mobil's Hebron offshore platform has produced its first oil. The platform is expected to produce 150,000 barrels of oil per day at peak production, and the day-to-day operations require more than 600 onshore and offshore workers.Construction will begin in 2019 on two 60-bed, long-term care homes in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor, and on the expansion of an existing unit in Botwood. About 200 public service employees will be required to staff the facilities.Eastern Health has opened a mental health and addictions wellness centre, staffed with a nurse and social worker, in Grand Bank, and is also increasing similar services in MarystownA 148-room Alt Hotel has opened in downtown St. John's. A restaurant and coffee shop are under construction as part of the hotel as well, which the national chain expects to open in the spring of 2018.
Full construction of a yet-unbranded hotel on Grenfell Drive in Corner Brook is likely to begin in the spring of 2018. The developer also hopes to include amenities such as eating establishments and a gas bar on the site.Phase 1 of a five-year, $15.5M project to upgrade aging water and sewer infrastructure along Water Street in St. John's is scheduled to begin in April 2018, following a tendering process.A $4.2M theatre complex, expected to open in 2019, will be built in Cow Head, home of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. About 100 jobs will be created during construction, and the theatre is expected to provide economic benefits to nearby communities.St. John's-based radient360, a high-tech company that provides data analytics support to industries such as oil and gas exploration, will expand its sales and product development teams and open a new office in Calgary as a result of $3.3M in seed funding.Some work has begun to turn the former Clock Shopping Centre in St. Anthony into a microbrewery by June of 2019. While still early in the planning stages, the proposed business would be known as RagnaRöck Northern Brewing Company.The St. John's International Airport Authority and its unionized workers have ratified a five-year collective agreement that will provide a 12% wage increase over the life of the deal.Stein Group International will develop a yet-unbranded, four-storey hotel complex with a restaurant and banquet centre on Olympic Drive in Mount Pearl. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2018, with an anticipated opening in 2020.
A decision by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to open the 3P cod fishery area in November 2017 will mean employment over the winter months for the 200 workers at Icewater Seafoods plant in Arnold¿s Cove
The United States will exclude NL from softwood lumber export tariffs, after ruling that the province's lumber producers do not benefit from an unfair subsidy. The ruling also applies to lumber from NS and PEI.The Corner Brook Care Partnership will design, build, finance and maintain a new long-term care facility that will employ 200 public sector employees when it opens in the spring of 2020 in Corner Brook. Construction will begin in the spring of 2018.The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) projects real GDP will decline in NL by 2.2% in 2017 and by 0.5% in 2018. Oil production from the new Hebron field in 2018 will help offset the impact of provincial fiscal restraints and low oil prices.A building is under construction on Powell Street in Carbonear which will house a new Mary Brown's restaurant franchise. A different Mary Browns franchise had closed in the town earlier in 2017.
Clothes retailer Modern Men's Wear has closed its store in Gander after 50 years in business due to the retirement of the ownerScudrunner Brewing expects to officially open its new microbrewery within the next few weeks in GanderThe Town of Paradise and its unionized workers have reached an agreement on a 3.5 year deal, which will include wage raises of 12% over the life of the contractCountry Ribbon, a chicken processing facility with two locations in the St. John's area, and its 300 unionized employees have reached a tentative deal on a new collective agreement. The contract would include some unspecified wage increases.The former Newfoundland Clothing Factory building at 275 Duckworth Street in St. John's will undergo renovations which will turn it into a 40-room hotel with a small restaurant. The owner hopes to have some rooms open by the summer of 2018.
Export Development Canada predicts that a rebound in the oil and gas sector, increased nickel production, and healthy markets for seafood products will contribute to an increase of 17% in export values for NL in 2017, followed by a 12% increase in 2018Afterwords, a book store on Duckworth Street in St. John's, has closed after 45 years in businessCorner Brook-based Coleman's opened a new grocery store on Newfoundland Drive in St. John's in October 2017, creating 100 jobs. It is the third Coleman's grocery store in the St. John's area.Employment is expected to hit a peak in the spring of 2019 of close to 450 workers at the $325M science building construction project currently underway at Memorial University in St. John's. Marco Services Ltd. is the primary contractor.Three Walmart auto centres in the St. John's region will close in November 2017. The company indicates the centres are no longer considered as part of its core business, and that other positions have been offered to affected employees.The NL government has launched initiatives which aim to double the number of people directly employed in the food agriculture sector. The initiatives include advancing education and innovation, and creating new opportunities for local growers.
Royal Lepage Vision Realty opened a new real estate brokerage office in Mount Pearl in October 2017A combination gas bar, consisting of Orangestore and Tim Hortons is expected to open in early 2018 near the St. John's International Airport. Nearby, a Best Western hotel is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
The provincial and federal governments announced $262,000 in funding for wastewater and sewer system upgrades for the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. These projects are part of the Small Communities Fund.Over $15.3M was announced by the provincial and federal government for major upgrades to the Trans-Labrador Highway. The project will include repaving the highway from the Quebec border to Pinware, guiderail replacement and culvert and ditch excavation.The federal, provincial and municipal governments have announced $10.1M for road improvements for the city of Mount Pearl. The funding is for widening and repaving of roads, new traffic signals and wastewater management system upgrades.New housing starts in the metro region were down 17% compared to this time last year. Single detached housing starts dropped by 28% while multiple housing dwellings increased. The reduction is attributed to low levels of economic activity.
The Labrador Fishermen's Union Shrimp Co. Ltd. hopes to turn the former crab plant in Mary's Harbour into a salt fish processing facility over the next three to four yearsThe hourly minimum wage in NL increased by $0.25, to $11.00 in October 2017Sears Canada will close its store in the Avalon Mall in St. John's over the coming months, as part of the latest national reduction of 10 more stores. About 1,200 employees will be affected across Canada by the latest round of closures.Long's Hill Convenience, which opened in 1976 in downtown St. John's, closed in October 2017 due to the retirement of the ownersThe opening of a granite quarry in Jumpers Brook has been delayed indefinitely, according to the owner. The business had expected to open in the fall of 2017 and would have employed a dozen workers.Barite Mud Operations, a company that recovers barite from tailings from old mining operations, will receive assistance from the NL government to develop the skills of 13 new employees. The company would then employ 38 workers in the Buchans area.
West Valley Bakery has opened on Premier Drive in Corner Brook, employing five workers. The company hopes to add two or three more employees in the coming weeks.Gander-based aviation and aerospace company EVAS indicates its aircraft maintenance division continues to expand and the firm has been adding employees. Most of the company's 225 workers are in Gander.The Fire Hall, a microbrewery and café, is expected to open in the summer of 2018 in the old east end fire station at 90 Duckworth Street in St. John'sThe government of NL and sector leaders have released a work plan which will aim to increase growth and promote new careers in aquaculture over the coming years. Among actions promoted in the report are those which will address human resource needs.The NL government is moving forward with a plan to incorporate midwives into the provincial health care system. Several industry groups will work with a recently hired consultant to establish the process over the next twelve months.
The provincial government announced $1.7M in funding for infrastructure projects in the Humber-Gros Morne area. The funding will help upgrade water and wastewater systems, a pump house extension, and upgrades to a lift station.Two new craft beer options, Baccalieu Trail Brewing Co. Ltd and Secret Cove Microbrewery, are coming to Bay Roberts and Port au Port East. Both breweries are hoping to bring their beer to market soon, as they are waiting on approval of their applications.Eimskip Canada has announced that it is adding a new vessel and increasing calls to the port of Argentia with a weekly service. The company also plans to bring a mobile harbour crane to the port in support of the expansion.
According to a study from Memorial University, the population of NL, estimated at 519,880 in 2016, is aging and is predicted to shrink to 479,907 by 2036. Growth, at 15%, is predicted only for the northeast Avalon region of the province.
A combined government investment of $38.8M under the Small Communities Fund and Municipal Capital Works program has been committed to 77 projects in Newfoundland and Labrador to upgrade municipal infrastructure, including water and sewage systems and roadsBoston Pizza will open a franchise in the Corner Brook Plaza in Corner Brook during the spring of 2018. The restaurant is expected to employ 65-70 workers.
Despite recruitment and retention challenges, Central Health has attracted 11 new physician specialists for central Newfoundland, including seven for GanderThe government of NL will commit $5.5M through short-term employment projects to assist fish plant workers affected by shellfish quota reductions and severe spring ice conditions. Projects will be designed with the potential to generate new jobs.The growth in microbreweries continues in NL. Rough Waters Brewing Company Ltd. is expected to be in operation by the spring of 2018 in Burin.Several Inuit towns in Labrador are experiencing high staff turnover and recruitment difficulties among daycare operators and workers. Operators are now required to have at least a Level 2 early childhood education certificate.An underground mine expansion at Vale Inco Voisey's Bay mine has been put on hold indefinitely due to a downturn in nickel prices. Some engineering and procurement work related to the project will continue.Technip FMC has been awarded a contract to supply and install subsea equipment for the Husky Energy West White Rose offshore project. The work will include tying platforms to storage vessels, among other installations.The federal government has awarded a $5.2M contract to CAN-AM Platforms and Construction Ltd. to build new and expand existing Coast Guard and DFO facilities in Placentia. Work is expected to begin in September 2017 and take about a year to complete.
Denny's Restaurants is opening up in St. John's. The chain, known for its breakfasts and large portions, has advertised for a general manager. Denny's is associated with Sandman hotels, which is opening a new location on Kenmount Road.Ocean Floor Granite in Jumpers Brook will begin production next month, producing a rare product, ebony, that is marketed as granite. The company has a dozen employees to start, with hopes to expand to 50.Sunrise Records, a national record store, is opening a location in the Avalon Mall. The store is expected to open in October.Pasta Plus Restaurant in St. John's has closed its doors. The restaurant's Facebook page announced the closure but gave no reason.
Two new microbreweries, Cooked Feeder Brewing Co. in Cormack, and Bootleg Brew Co. in Corner Brook, plan to open in the fall of 2017Kiewit has been awarded the contract for construction of living quarters for the West White Rose project. Hiring has already begun, which is positive news, as the facility has been idle for almost two years.Cakes by Two Peas in a Pod is a small home bakery operated by 12 year old twin sisters. The company has made over 50 cakes since January including wedding cakes. The company was a recent recipient of a Youth Ventures Excellence in Customer Service award.Healers of Tomorrow is a camp for youth aged 14 to 19, to give them a look at health care jobs and the education they need to work in those fields. This year 22 students are taking part in the camp.
Certified early childhood educators working in NL will receive pay increases between $1 to more than $2 an hour, depending on the level of certificate, due to an increase in supplements from the provincial governmentThe Government of Canada will spend $14.6M in the repair and maintenance of 12 small craft harbours in various communities in eastern NLA new restaurant, Nirvana Authentic Indian Cuisine, will open in the Broadway section of downtown Corner Brook in August 2017Calgary-based Dynamic Air Shelters will receive more than $2M in combined government funding to expand the manufacturing and marketing of rentable inflatable air shelters at its Grand Bank facility. The company employs over 50 workers in Grand Bank.Canada Fluorspar has reopened the fluorspar mine in St. Lawrence, NL. The company projects 3,000 person years of employment in mining and milling over the first 12 years of operation. Construction at the mine had been ongoing over the past year.SABRI has put its mussel farming operation in St.Lunaire-Griquet up for sale after processing its last batch for the season. If no buyer is found, the operation may not re-open, which would affect the jobs of three employees.A $5.2M contract for renovations to St.Peter's Primary school in Mount Pearl has been awarded to Marco Services Limited. Work is expected to be completed by the spring of 2019.Husky Energy has awarded two major contracts to fabricate components for its $3.2B West White Rose offshore project. Work is expected to get underway in 2017 and create hundreds of jobs at facilities in Marystown and Placentia over a four-year duration.
An application by Shoal Point Energy to carry out drilling on the Port au Port Peninsula has been rejected by the province¿s regulator of petroleum exploration. A reason for the decision has not yet been given.Changes to the NL Child Care Act will result in stricter training regulations around post-secondary education that new employees will need to follow to work in childcare centres in the province. Those already working in the industry will not be affected.Recruitment for a new eating disorder treatment unit at the Health Sciences Complex in St. John's will begin immediately. Positions will include psychiatric nurses, a psychologist, a dietitian and a social worker.
Tacora Resources has purchased the shuttered Scully Mine in Wabush. Once a feasibility study is completed, the company would like to reopen the iron ore operation by the summer of 2018 and employ about 300 workers.The government of NL will spend $100M over the next three years in improvements to the Trans Labrador HighwayThe College of the North Atlantic has been awarded $6.8M in funding for infrastructure improvements at 10 locations in the province. A tender has been awarded to Newfoundland HVAC Ltd. for work at the Grand Falls-Windsor campus.Bird Construction has been awarded a $9M construction tender for the new Kenmount Terrace Community Park in St. John¿s. Work is expected to begin later in the summer of 2017.
Seven new food businesses and a number of new retail locations will open within the next year at the St. John's International Airport, where a massive $200M improvement plan continues. By 2021, the terminal will be twice its current size.The tender for $1.5M of renovations to Elizabeth Swan Park in Clarenville will close at the end of July 2017. Work is expected to start in mid-August with a planned grand opening in the spring of 2018.
Dexter Mining has begun work on the I.O.C's Wabush 3 project in Labrador West. About 70 workers will be employed in the construction of the new mining pit, which is expected to begin operating in the second half of 2018 and extend the life of the mine.The Barry Group hopes to invest $20M to establish ocean perch processing plants in Humber Arm South and Port-aux-Basques in anticipation of increased allocated quotas in 2019.The company says hundreds of jobs would be created in the construction phase.The government of NL and St. John's-based Bluedrop Performance Learning have entered into a partnership to expand the company's on-line workplace training technology. The project could result in the creation of 50 jobs in Atlantic Canada.Halifax-based C&D Recycling expects to set up an operation in Norris Arm to recycle used tires into aggregate for the construction industry. The pilot project would create jobs for four to six workers.
While fish processing remains a backbone of the rural NL economy, an aging population and fewer young people choosing to work in the industry are challenges faced by many local plants. Increased mechanization is seen as a possible solution.
The Sears store located in Corner Brook is one of the 59 stores closing across Canada. The closure will be the second large retailer to leave the Corner Brook Plaza after Target closed its doors in January 2015.Wreckhouse Energy, a new energy start-up in St. John's, plans to install wind turbines in the coming months after net metering legislation comes into effect July 1st. They will offer rentals for a monthly fee while benefiting from the power that is generated.The Equifax Consumer Credit report states that the average household debt for Newfoundland and Labrador is $23,000. The report also indicates that the delinquency rate for the province has increased to 28.8%, the highest in the country.PAL Aerospace in St. John's has received a $2.2M grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador government to remodel a Dash-8 plane to be used for special missions around the world. This is expected to create 150 jobs.
Secret Cove Brewing Company, a craft beer microbrewery, on the Port Au Port Peninsula hopes to be in production by early 2018. The company is planning to build a production facility and a tap room for customers to sample the brew.Fugro Geosurveys and Solace Power Inc., two technology companies, have received $8M in combined funding from ACOA and the provincial government. The funding will help both companies expand and grow their technologies.Husky Energy has announced that the major construction contracts for the White Rose extension project will be awarded in several weeks and activity will ramp up quickly. Work at the facility is expected to employ 700 to 800 during peak construction.Notre Dame Seafoods Inc. has announced it is permanently closing the shrimp plant in Twillingate, affecting approximately 100 workers.Nexen Energy, a new player in the NL offshore, is putting down roots. The company has two blocks in the Flemish Pass that they are planning long term drilling campaigns. The company has also opened an office in downtown St. John's.
Bad Bones Ramen, a new noodle restaurant, is opening June 15 in downtown St. John's. The owners are hoping to fill a niche market, that is considered must-eat cuisine in other Canadian cities.Newfoundland Distillery Company has launched a first of its kind vodka that is produced in Clarke's Beach. The company produces its product from the grain to the finished product, using Newfoundland grown barley.The Provincial and Federal governments announced $45.4M in funding to complete the widening, upgrading and paving of the Labrador Highway. The money will be used for the Charlottetown to Cartwright junction section of the highway.The NL government has announced that an agreement has been reached for the purchase of the Wabush Mine with Tacora Resources. The Wabush Mines have been locked in creditor protection since 2014.
Recent curling Brier Champions Brad Gushue and Mark Nichols are opening the provinces first OrangeTheory Fitness studio this month in St. John's. OrangeTheory Fitness is a group-based personal training concept. The grand opening is June 21.Sunnyside Foodex, a local grocery store in Sunnyside, opened on May 18. This is the first grocery store the community has had in over two years. The store carries mostly grocery items but plans to expand to carry hardware and gift items soon.Factory, a music and art venue in St. Johns, has closed its door after just over a year in business. The owners cited issues with the building ownership as the main reason for the closure.The City of St. John's has awarded a $2.4M construction contract for the new St. John's Farmers Market site. The old Metrobus depot will be renovated to house the market and construction is expected to begin the end of the summer.The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) released its major projects inventory report for 2017. APEC forecasts $6.6B in spending on major projects this year for the province, a reduction of 15% from last year.
The Provincial Government and Husky Energy have announced the West White Rose project in the offshore of NL will be going forward. The will be 250 permanent platform positions, and will create 10 million person-hours during construction.The federal government has announced $6.4M in funding for the St. John's Port Authority. The funds will go towards infrastructure upgrades and a new finger pier. The projects will increase the harbour's vessel capacity.The results of an economic impact study completed by Cruise Line International Assoc. have shown that over 26,500 passengers and crew members docked in St. John's during the 2016 cruise season. Passenger spending in the city was $1.4M.Long-lasting sea ice in Twillingate harbour has affected the entire community. With less vessel traffic there has been less work for dockhands, and the local grocery store, liquor store and oil companies are feeling the pinch as well.The Newfoundland Tea Company, a small family business, produces organic loose leaf tea in Gander. The company produces 28 different types of teas and are sold in stores in Gander, Trinity and Bonavista.HeyOrca, a St. John's start-up that creates social media planning tools, has received $2M in funding from private investors to expand into the US market. The funding will help grow its product and double its team to 30 people.
St. John's Beer Tours is a new company that offers participants a chance to experience different craft beers brewed in the city. Participants receive a beer tasting journal to take notes and a Newfoundland Beer Diploma at the end.Delays in the announcement of the opening of the cod offshore fishery may affect fish plants in Arnold's Cove. The delay could impact the ability to catch the quota, possibly putting the jobs of over 200 fish plant workers in jeopardy.Active Energy, a British renewable energy company, has a potential deal with the province to build a CoalSwitch plant in the region. It could create up to 45 jobs immediately if approved.The Holyrood Marina has received $869,000 in funding from the three levels of government to complete upgrade work. Marine and land-based infrastructure will be upgraded to make the marina a state-of-the-art facility.
The Bonne Bay Region of the province has received $2.1M in funding from the provincial and federal governments that will be allocated to four projects in the region. The initiatives will help bolster the region's diversity, and stimulate tourism and growth.Halliburton Group Canada has submitted a proposal to the province to build a temporary plant in Donovans Industrial Park in Mount Pearl. The temporary plant would produce drilling mud to be used in offshore drilling in the Jeanne d'Arc Basin.The Registered Nurses Union in Newfoundland and Labrador is asking the health care system to improve the way it approaches staffing of nurses. According to the union, nurses are often working overtime and 24 hour shifts which could impact patient care.A new robotic crab butchering system could soon be used in fish plants. The new system could improve job prospects in the province as crab will no longer have to be shipped out for the extraction process.AppAds Promotions, a company that creates apps for businesses, schools and municipalities, has created an app for iceberg hunters. Iceberg Alley was created to make it easier for people to experience icebergs and whales in the province.
College of the North Atlantic has announced it is suspending seven programs in September due to low enrollment. This will result in the termination of 11 permanent positions, and temporary staff will also be affected.Rogers TV has announced the elimination of four jobs in St. John's, Corner Brook and Gander. The layoffs are two full-time and two part-time positions. Rogers TV has said the cuts will not affect programming.The NL provincial government has announced a new cabinet committee that will focus on creating more private sector jobs. The committee will focus on agriculture and aquaculture industries first, with the goal of creating jobs in rural areas.The Bee's Knees, a store that sells environmentally friendly products, has recently opened in downtown St. John's. Everything in the store is either upcycled, recycled, ethically produced or locally made, such as mats, dog toys and jewelry.The Marine Institute's Offshore Safety and Survival Centre has cut five positions, three instructors and two technical positions. The cuts are due to a downturn in the offshore industry and increased competitors offering similar courses.
Shoal Point Energy is still hoping to retrieve the estimated half a billion barrels of oil from the west coast. The company believes it can drill without using the hydraulic fracturing method and will submit a plan in May for approval.Sextons Lumber, the largest sawmill in NL, says recent tariffs announced will have a dramatic impact on the industry. They say they will be forced to look for other markets outside the US, which is where 65% of their lumber was shipped last year.The Town of Pouch Cove has received $4.5M in funding to begin work on upgrades to the water supply. The town has been plagued for years with issues with the system, requiring boil order advisories.A local business man has purchased the old Terra Nova Shoes factory in Harbour Grace, NL. The property will be used as a storage facility for now, but the goal is to restore the facility to manufacturing.
Lice Squad NL ias a new mobile service offered to families to treat head lice. The treatments take over an hour and cost $75. The owner plans to open a clinic in St. John's, as well as hire consultants across the province.PAL Airlines has announced it is adding new routes. Beginning May 15 flights will run from Sept-Iles to St. Augustine and onto Blanc-Sablon. The new route will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.The RE/MAX 2017 Spring Market Trends Report is showing housing prices in the St. John's area have decreased by 6% in the first quarter of 2017. Lower home prices will mean greater opportunities for first time buyers who are driving demand.The City of St. John's will be conducting an Entry/Exit Survey to better understand what attracts new businesses to the downtown core and what issues cause businesses to leave. The survey will provide insight for future decision making.Construction on the new science building for Memorial University will resume this spring after the project had stalled due to tender bids coming in above estimates. The building is scheduled to be ready to open for the fall semester in 2020.The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Union is hopeful that layoffs of teachers can be avoided when allocations are announced for the coming year. They believe the cuts can be offset by retirements.
Third Place Cocktail Company, a St. John's based manufacturer of cocktail mixes, has launched its third product, Elderflower. The new product joins the line up of Third Place Tonic and Ginger Rose cocktail mixes.The Newfoundland Trading Company, a new online retailer, is hoping to connect people from around the globe with the province through local products. The website will specialize in high-quality, locally made products.
About $40M in combined government funding will be used to expand internet services across NL, with work to begin in the summer of 2018. A tendering process for interested telecommunications companies has begun.
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
(To access archived Labour Market Bulletins not appearing on this webpage, please contact us).
- February 2018 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- January 2018 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- 2017 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 505 KB)
- December 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2017 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2017 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- August 2017 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- July 2017 | (PDF, 509 KB)
- June 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 533 KB)
- May 2017 | (PDF, 551 KB)
- April 2017 | (PDF, 472 KB)
- March 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 509 KB)
- February 2017 | (PDF, 731 KB)
- January 2017 | (PDF, 471 KB)
- Annual Edition 2016 | (PDF, 505 KB)
- December 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 498 KB)
- November 2016 | (PDF, 551 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 551 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 706 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 477 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 636 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 468 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
- Agriculture | (PDF)
- Utilities | (PDF)
- Forestry and Forestry Products | (PDF)
- Fishing | (PDF)
- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction | (PDF)
- Aquaculture | (PDF)
- Construction | (PDF)
- Seafood processing | (PDF)
- Wholesale trade | (PDF)
- Retail trade | (PDF)
- Trucking | (PDF)
- Finance and insurance | (PDF)
- Real estate and rental and leasing | (PDF)
- Professional, scientific and technical services | (PDF)
- Educational services | (PDF)
- Health care and social assistance | (PDF)
- Arts, Entertainment and Recreation | (PDF)
- Accommodation and food services | (PDF)
- Public Administration | (PDF)
Client Segment Profile
A report that provides provincial and local demographic and labour market information, trends and prospects for a selected socio-demographic group