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  • Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Jun 05 - Jun 09, 2017

    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.
  • Week of May 29 - Jun 02, 2017

    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.
  • Week of May 22 - May 26, 2017

    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.
  • Week of May 15 - May 19, 2017

    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.
  • Week of May 08 - May 12, 2017

    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.
  • Week of May 01 - May 05, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2017

    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.
  • Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017

    The City of Corner Brook has created a Business Improvement Program with a total of $50,000 available to businesses to improve their physical appearance. The money will come in the form of a tax credit up to 50% of the project value.
    One year after the Quinlan Brothers fish plant in Bay de Verde was destroyed by fire, the facility has been rebuilt and ready to open. The new facility is highly automated and will reduce the number of jobs available from previous years.
    Workers at the processing plant in Anchor Point, NL, that typically employ 130 people, are worried that cuts to the shrimp quotas for 2017 will result in cuts to possibly half the staff. Workers also fear they will not qualify for EI come next winter.
    The provincial government is now accepting applications for it's Summer Student Employment Programs (SSEP). The SSEP allows students the opportunity to use the skills they learned in school in the real world.
  • Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017

    According to the Conference Board of Canada's Atlantic Business Outlook, projections for the province of NL are less than encouraging. Unemployment is expected to rise to 17.3% partly due to the completion of the Hebron project, but there will be opportunities for innovation.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently announced that shrimp quotas in Area 6 have been reduced to 10,400 tonnes for the upcoming year. Shrimp harvesting in the region employs roughly 3000 people.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced that quotas for snow crab for this year have been cut by 22 per cent. The announcement came just days after the shrimp quota was cut, and will likely lead to the closure of some processing plants.
    Marble Mountain Ski Hill will remain open through the Easter Weekend after several board members were laid off. The provincial tourism minister has indicated that a review will be done to look for ways to keep Marble Mountain operating year-round.
  • Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017

    After eight years in business, The Levee, a downtown bar and live music venue is up for sale. A noticeable drop in business has been given as the reason for the sale.
    The provincial government has announced its new immigrant attraction and retention strategy. The five-year plan looks to increase immigration by 1,700 immigrants annually and encourage NL expats to return home through employer and community engagement.
    The provincial government announced a five-year Marine Infrastructure Plan to provide better ferry services across the province. Projects for the 2017-2018 year have been identified with a total funding of $8M for upgrades and enhancements.
    The provincial government has announced 93 positions have been cut from the province's Regional Health Authorities. Currently 37 of those positions are vacant. These cuts will save $7.6M annually in salaries and benefits.
  • Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017

    The NL Provincial government announced $3B in funding for infrastructure investments over the next five years. Transportation infrastructure, major health projects, and construction of new schools are some of the planned investments.
    A recent Consumer Research Associates poll has shown that 46% of the people of NL are extremely concerned with the provincial debt. Provincial debt currently sits at $14.6B or $28,000 per person. Only 3% of respondents indicated they were not concerned.
    Come by Chance Refinery has been put up for sale. It has been indicated that lack of profit is the reason for the sale. If the refinery shuts down, 600 people would be out of work. The company has already laid off 80 workers.
    The NL Government has announced enhancements to the Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Program. The enhancements effective March 31, 2017 include; subsidizing 75% of third and fourth year apprenticeship wages, more responsive approval process, and an evaluation component.
  • Week of Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2017

    The City of St. John's has released it's 2016 economic review. The report shows GDP was up 3.1% for the year, housing starts were down 15.4% from the previous year. The outlook for 2017 remains subdued with major projects near completion.
    Hiring climate for the next quarter of 2017 in St. John's will be sluggish. The recent Manpower Group Employment Outlook survey shows employers have no hiring plans, with three percent anticipating cutbacks in the next quarter.
    Porter Airlines has announced it will be resuming its non-stop service between Stephenville and Halifax for the summer season. The flights will also connect with Ottawa and Toronto. The flights will operate from June 28 through September 2, 2017.
    The Town of Holyrood is receiving $122,918 in government funding for an oceans-related project. The project is to promote Holyrood as a place to conduct oceans related business. The funding will help further build the oceans sector.
    Canada Fluorspar has received a $5M from the federal government to re-activate the St. Lawrence mine. The repayable contribution will help with the purchase of clean-technology equipment, and is expected to create 400 construction jobs, and 200 jobs while in operation.
  • Week of Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2017

    The cuts announced for the Come By Chance oil refinery will take effect this week, however the losses are not as high as planned. The onsite lab will remain open, saving 12 jobs. Another 12 workers have retired, leaving 80 people without work after this week.
    Memorial University is attempting a second time to start construction on the new science building at the St. John's campus. Bids are now being reviewed with a recommendation expected March 16. The project stalled last year when bids were above budget.
    The communities of Chance Cove, Arnold's Cove, Chapel Arm and Come By Chance are receiving hundreds of thousands in government grants for water system improvements. Also several local companies are receiving grants for expansion and upgrades to their businesses.
    Scotiabank is consolidating two of its Corner Brook branches later this fall. Officials say the move is because of increased mobile adoption and online banking, customers are visiting branches less. The impact on staff has not been identified.
  • Week of Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2017

    The Iron Ore Company of Canada has announced the Wabush 3 mining project in Labrador will be going ahead. This project extends the life of the mine by 12 years. Construction will start in the spring, creating 70 new construction jobs.
    Gap Clothing store, located in the Avalon Mall in St. John's, has announced it will be closing this location in April 2017. Officials stated they want the right stores in the right locations. Employees will be offered opportunities to apply for positions at Old Navy.
    DFO released its snow crab stock assessment and it's not good news. The overall crab available to the fishery has declined by 80% since 2013. These assessments will be used to develop 2017 quotas and other management measures.
    Newfoundland Cider Company, a new commercial cider operation near Milton, plans to begin construction on their factory this spring, and plans to have their first batch available for purchase at the end of this fall
    Alderon Iron Ore Corp. has announced the Kami Project is going ahead in Labrador. The project will use the depleted Wabush Scully mine as a tailings pond. Construction will take two years, with the life of the mine expected to be 24 years.
  • Week of Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2017

    Mile One Centre has not secured a new main tenant for when the Montreal Canadiens AHL farm team moves this spring. Without a full-time tenant the building will have a lot of empty evenings, meaning less work for part-time staff.
    The Bed and Breakfast industry in the province is feeling the squeeze. Several factors have been suggested for the decline including, higher taxes, new provincial regulations, along with competition from new services such as Airbnb.
    NewGreen Technologies has signed an agreement in principle for a proposed $185M biofuel plant in Botwood. This project could lead to 400-600 jobs for the region during construction, with 150 full-time jobs during production.
    The Newfoundland and Labrador government has announced nearly 300 jobs in the core public service will be eliminated. Of those positions, 90 are currently vacant. These cuts represent a 17% reduction in management level positions.
    One year after fire destroyed the Quinlan Brothers fish plant in Bay de Verde, the newly rebuilt plant is scheduled to open in April. The new plant will be automated but there will still be plenty of work available.
    Husky Energy will be sanctioning the West White Rose extension project as early as March. Husky will proceed with a concrete gravity structure for the project, which is great timing as construction on the Hebron project is winding down.
  • Week of Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2017

    Pennecon has laid off 145 employees from the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador. The layoffs followed a renegotiation with a main contractor, however the employer states the layoffs are due to extreme winter weather impacting the work.
    Two Gander pilots are opening a new brewery in the area called Scud Runner Brewing. Test batches have been done for the past 18 months and they are planning to be up and running by June.
    The Labrador West Home Hardware has closed it's doors due to poor economic conditions. The closure affects about ten workers.
    A new 12-episode reality series for the Discovery Channel will feature CRB Rebuild and Recreation in North West River, Labrador. An eight person TV crew will capture the shops everyday happenings. The show is expected to air in late 2017.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced $22M in joint funding for a new wastewater treatment plant for Gander. The new facility and 2.5km of new piping will ensure the town can meet the federal wastewater system effluent regulations.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced over $6.83M in joint funding for the expansion of the wastewater treatment facility in Grand Falls-Windsor. The investment will be for the addition of a secondary level of treatment at the facility.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced $500,000 for projects in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The projects include upgrades to Kinsmen Park, the Salvation Army facilities, enhancements to a shooting range and upgrades to the ski trail system.
  • Week of Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2017

    Statoil, a Norwegian oil company, has announced that they will be drilling two exploration wells in Newfoundland's offshore mid 2017. The announcement is considered good news for the industry, showing there is long-term potential for the resource.
    The federal government announced $58,821 in funding to improve accessibility for people with disabilities in the city of Corner Brook. The money will go towards accessible pedestrian signals, and sidewalk and traffic island improvements.
    A recent survey by Corporate Research Associates has shown that business confidence in the province remains low, but shows improvement. The report shows business confidence has increased 10.4 points over the last six months.
    Newly-released census data has shown that Newfoundland and Labrador's population has grown one percent since 2011. Over 200 towns in the province have fewer people, while the Avalon Peninsula and central Newfoundland showed the strongest growth.
  • Week of Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2017

    According to a CFIB report, small business confidence in the province was at an all-time low of 46% for January. When it comes to hiring, only 4% of businesses expect to add full-time staff in the next three months.
    The Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership has launched a worker database. The directory will help connect employers with Aboriginal workers across Labrador. There are 1,200 workers already registered in the directory.
    BuildForce Canada, a construction-industry led organization has released its 2017-2026 forecast. The report indicates that construction employment in the province is in decline due to the winding down of major projects and falling oil and gas prices.
    The St. John's International Airport had 1.6M passengers fly through the airport in 2016, that's an increase of 4.3% from 2015. The airport authority says the increase was attributed to one of the busiest summers in airport history.
  • Week of Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017

    Sobeys Inc. will cut 26 jobs in its Lawtons distribution centres in Dartmouth, N.S. and St. John's, NL and will partner with pharmaceutical distributor McKesson to provide the service instead. McKesson has centres in Moncton, N.B. and St. John's.
    The City of St. John's is going to use trenchless technology to replace aging infrastructure in the downtown core instead of digging up the entire street which could cause major disruptions to vehicle traffic and local businesses
    A study released by the Business Development Bank of Canada shows that Newfoundland Businesses are among the most optimistic in Canada. A full 83% of provincial businesses expect an increase in revenues in 2017.
    The Town of Clarenville and surrounding areas have received $456,000 in federal and provincial government funding for infrastructure projects. The projects include upgrades to recreational facilities.
    The provincial government announced the construction of a new long-term care home in Corner Brook. Construction will begin in the fall 2017. The new facility will have 120 long-term beds, 15 palliative care beds and 10 rehabilitative care beds.
  • Week of Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2017

    Red Rock Restaurant located in St. John's has closed its doors. The owners stated many factors caused the closure, such as the current provincial economy and a large number of players in the industry.
    Brewkies, a company that makes dog treats, is expanding. The business is renting a commercial space and will also be offering dog grooming. The new location is expected to open in February 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments announced $1.2M in funding for nine projects on the Northern Peninsula to improve community infrastructure and to enhance tourism to the region
    Communities on the south coast of Labrador have received $305,835 in funding from the federal and provincial governments to enhance community and tourism infrastructure
    The Waterford Hospital in St. John's is receiving $650,000 from the provincial government. The money will go toward renovating the psychiatric assessment unit and hiring more staff.
  • Week of Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2017

    Businesses in Stephenville are reporting 2016 to be a record year. The Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce says the region had a robust business environment last year in contrast to the provincial economic woes.
    A new player has entered the Newfoundland offshore. Total E&P Canada Limited joins Suncor Energy Offshore Exploration Partnership and ExxonMobil Canada Ltd in the transfer of interest in a parcel of land in the Carson Basin area.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced $634,750 in funding for five projects in Notre Dame Bay communities. The projects include infrastructure upgrades, building renovations, and new skateboard park equipment.
    Deer Lake Regional Airport has reported a 7% increase in passenger traffic for 2016. The Deer Lake Regional Airport President credits tourism and increased traffic to and from Muskrat falls for the upswing in traffic.
    Quebec-based dairy producers Agropur and Saputo Inc. will lay off 346 employees who work in distribution and the stocking of store shelves in Atlantic Canada beginning in April 2017. Agropur indicates 24 of their layoffs will be in Newfoundland.
  • Week of Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2017

    Port Rexton Brewing Company, a microbrewery that opened six months ago, is surviving the tough economic times. The company supply bars and restaurants in the St. John's area, and have recently opened a tap room to draw in tourists and locals.
  • Week of Dec 19 - Dec 23, 2016

    The provincial and federal governments announced $14M for 11 water and wastewater projects in the province. Upgrades to the dam drainage systems, new water main lines and chlorination upgrades are some of the projects receiving funding.
    Marine Harvest, a Norwegian-based aquaculture producer, is looking to set-up operations in the province. They have acquired the assets of the defunct Gray Aqua Group, which includes the Hermitage processing plant and seven farming licences.
  • Week of Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2016

    PAL Aerospace has been awarded a federal government contract with the Fixed Wing Aircraft Replacement Program. The contract is for 25 years and will create 150 jobs within the province and across the country.
    The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Headquarters in St. John's has been alloted $4M for upgrades. The funds are to dredge the harbour to allow for larger vessels to use the dock in front of the headquarters.
    Re/Max has released it's 2017 Housing Market Outlook Report. The report shows sales have softened in the province, but prices are expected to remain stable.
  • Week of Dec 05 - Dec 09, 2016

    Northern Harvest Sea Farm has pledged $6M to expand it's salmon hatchery in Stephenville. The expansion will bring about 10 more jobs to the hatchery and more jobs to the sea cage facility in the Coast of Bays.
    The City of St. John's has announced 17 more layoffs through its ongoing program review. The layoffs include managers/supervisors, administrative positions, custodial and technical support positions.
    Caredrop, a private in home health service, started business this week in St. John's. The fee based service allows a nurse practitioner to come to your house for non-urgent requests for care.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced $2.7M in combined funding for infrastructure upgrades in Deer Lake. The upgrades include replacing asbestos pipes, sanitary and storm collection, and water distribution lines.
  • Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016

    Healy's Deli on Water Street west in downtown St. John's has indicated it will be closing its doors. The challenges of operating in these tough economic times was the reason given for the closure.
    Biped Sports, a running store located in downtown St. John's, has announced it will be closing their doors. No official closing date has been announced. Tough economic times was indicated as the reason for the closure.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced over $131,000 in funding for projects in five communities on the Burin Peninsula. The projects include trail upgrades, renovations and upgrades to buildings in some of the communities.
    Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. is the newest craft beer brewer located in Pasadena, NL. The nanobrewery is coming into the market with two beers for now, with plans to open a tap room and eventually expand to include canned beer.
    The provincial government has announced increases to the minimum wage. Beginning April 2017 the minimum wage in NL will increase by 25¢ and an additional 25¢ October 2017.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced $2.5M in funding for the group Rainbow Riders to make riding trails more accessible, extend outdoor riding space, construct a heated riding arena and other upgrades
    Templeton's, a paint and hardware store that has been in business for over a century in downtown St. John's, is closing its doors. The business is having a liquidation sale beginning November 29. The store has 10 employees.
    Corporate Research Associates latest business and consumer confidence index indicates that business confidence in the province is at the lowest levels seen in the last 25 years, which is not surprising with the current fiscal situation
  • Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016

    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced they will be hiring for the equivalent of 140 new full-time positions in the St. John's Tax Centre over the next two years. The new positions are the result of a restructuring in the CRA.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced $610,000 in funding to develop three heritage sites in the town of Torbay, which will support tourism and economic diversification
    A poll conducted by the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade indicates that businesses in the area are optimistic about the economy, with 33% expecting to expand their business in the next five years
    Ballistic, a skate and snowboarding gear shop in downtown St. John's, has announced it will be closing its doors permanently in January 2017. The owner states no specific reason for the closure.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced $365,000 in funding to rehabilitate the Bannerman Lake dam in Harbour Grace. The work will involve replacing the spillway and upgrading the dam.
  • Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016

    Nalcor, a provincial energy corporation , has reported a record breaking land sale for oil exploration off the Newfoundland coast. According to the announcement eight of the available 16 land parcels were sold for a total work commitment of $758M. The land sale included new players such as BP and NESS.
    Provincial minister Gerry Byrne has indicated that the province's minimum wage will increase in the coming months, but consultations are still ongoing. The province currently has the lowest minimum wage in the country.
  • Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016

    Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Ltd., Baie Verte, has received a $2M expansion loan from ACOA. The loan will create 300 jobs during construction and 25 new jobs afterwards for a total of 200 company employees.
    My Mother's Secrets, Glenwood NL, is expanding its bath bomb business. The operation started by selling from a home operation but grew quickly since they opened a month ago.
    The federal government has announced the St. John's Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre will reopen in 18 months and there will be funding for the construction of two lifeboat stations in the province
    The provincial government has announced $4.7M for Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) and Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW). This funding will create employment for over 300 people.
    The North Atlantic Oil Refinery of Come by Chance, NL is laying off 128 workers, about one third of all staff, due to economic pressures. Twenty-one management lay-offs are effective immediately while 107 union members will be laid off in March 2017.
  • Week of Oct 31 - Nov 04, 2016

    National Airlines, an american carrier that provided direct flights from St. John's to Florida, has announced it will cease flights to St. John's effective Jan 16, 2017. The announcement came after a flight was held in lieu of unpaid bills.
    The provincial government has announced the termination of 13 communications positions. Three current communications directors have been laid off, while ten of the positions are currently vacant.
    The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) is predicting the Newfoundland and Labrador economy will temporarily bounce back in 2016, due to a jump in oil production, but the province's GDP is expected to drop in 2017 due to major projects decline
    The provincial government has laid off 15 assistant deputy ministers following its fall fiscal update. The move was made to streamline government operations, and further actions at the senior management level are expected.
    The federal and provincial governments have announced combined funding of $579,000 for further development and enhancements to the Manuels River trail network in Conception Bay South
    The Peyton Corral steakhouse in Grand Falls-Windsor is closing its doors on New Years Eve after 43 years in business. As many as 10 jobs will be lost to the closure.
  • Week of Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2016

    Superior Glove Works, an ON based industrial glove manufacturer, is opening up a new plant in Springdale. The company plans to start with 12 employees and grow to 20 by 2017.
    The City of St. John's has completed phase 3 of its program review. The review has resulted in a total cut of $13.2M and 72 full-time positions. 10 of the positions to be cut are management positions.
    Employees of Dominion grocery stores are voting on a tentative deal which affects 1300 workers. In 2003 the employer locked out employees for three weeks after workers picketed.
    BizPal, a federal-provincial online program that helps local entrepreneurs, has signed on seven communities to partner in Labrador. The BizPal website is accessed thousands of times monthly by local business operators.
    The Federal and Provincial governments have provide a total investment of $814,000 for major renovations to the Marystown Smallwood Crescent Community Centre and survey work for the Marystown Industrial Park
    Frontier, a television show shot in Newfoundland, has been renewed for a second season. Take the Shot productions, which produces the show, is a strong believer in the province and in providing employment locally.
    Talon Energy has been awarded a contract to supply, install and protect the subsea cable for the Maritime Link Project. The work will be done from its Port aux Basques fabrication facility and expected to start this month.
  • Week of Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2016

    Golf Town has closed its White Rose Drive store in St. John's, NL. A sign in the store window states the closure is permanent and for customers to contact the store about orders and repairs via email.
    The provincial government has announced over $286,000 in investments for economic development in Grand Bank, NL. The funds will go towards the purchase of specialized equipment for local businesses and upgrades to the Grand Bank pool heating and ventilation systems.
  • Week of Oct 10 - Oct 14, 2016

    Marshalls, an off-price retailer, affiliated with Winners has announced that it is opening a store in St. John's, NL in the spring of 2017. More details are expected later in 2016.
    BMO Capital Markets have indicated that the NL economy will shrink in 2016 by 2%, but the 2017 outlook shows a growth of 0.7%, with oil prices expected to increase to the $60 dollar range in 2017. BMO also noted that employment has been gradually declining in the province since 2013.
    Western Health has indicated that the region is in need of family doctors, especially in the Corner Brook area. The region is in need of six hospitalists-physicians as well as community based doctors.
    The provincial government announced $1.5M in funding for projects with the Linkages program. Linkages is a career and employment program to help young people of the province succeed.
    The federal government and Memorial University have announced $25M in funding to redevelop the Memorial University's Battery Facility. This project will allow for the relocation of four innovation hubs.
  • Week of Oct 03 - Oct 07, 2016

    No'kmaq Village has announced a wage subsidy to employers who are willing to hire older displaced workers. No'kmaq Village will pay for four weeks of employment and ten workers will be accepted into the program.
    Grieg NL held an information session in Marystown regarding a land based salmon recirculating hatchery and sea based cage grow outs in Placentia Bay. Planning has already begun for future employment opportunities.
    The CFIB has indicated that optimism has declined among Canada's small business owners in September. However, NL has seen an increase in business confidence up to 41.1%.
    Suncor has awarded Transocean a new 15-month drilling contract for the Newfoundland offshore. Operations are expected to begin in late 2017.
    Jack Axes Inc., an axe throwing business in St. John's, NL, is officially open for business. The owners plan to open a bar as well. The first league is scheduled to start in October.
    Porter Airlines has decided to no longer service St. John's, NL for the winter season, from January 4 to April 11, 2016. The airline has cited local economic downturn for the decision.
    The provincial and federal governments have announced a combined $798,000 in funding for the redevelopment of Elizabeth Swan Park in Clarenville, NL. The development will include green space for events and replacement of the cookhouse and pavilion and the construction of an amphitheatre.
    Serco, the company that provides site support to 5 Wing Goose Bay in Labrador, has announced layoffs of 29 non-military personnel and is demoting 18 others. The announcement was made the same day they announced a new two-year contract.
  • Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016

    Pipers has opened a new warehouse concept store in St. John's NL. The company currently operate six stores in the St. John's area and buys 55% of its goods from local suppliers.
    Quesada, a burrito and taco franchise, has arrived in St. John's, NL. There are currently 23 people employed at the restaurant. The owners are already looking for a location to open a second restaurant.
    Brewed Awakening, the first franchise location of a Corner Brook based coffee shop, has opened in Burgeo, NL
    Business is booming at Hogan's Barbershop and Art Gallery in Carbonear, NL. The business has hired an assistant in order to meet the increasing demand.
    Vale has announced it is closing its St. John's office, and shifting focus to the Voisey's Bay mine site in Labrador. The closure will affect four employees.
  • Week of Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2016

    Udderly Delicious, a new smoothie and milkshake shop in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, opened its doors in early September of this year
    Clearwater Seafoods has announced a $350,000 upgrade to its plant in Grand Bank, NL. The upgrade will add a 25 person prime cut line for European and North American markets.
    The provincial government has announced $1.8M in funding to support innovation in the seafood industry in NL. The funds have been awarded for 27 projects to date.
    The City of St. John's have announced the elimination of the equivalent of nearly 20 full-time positions through the second phase of its program review
  • Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016

    Scotsburn Ice Cream Company has announced the closure of its St. John's, NL plant. The plant will close December 9 and 167 people will be affected.
    Steele Communications has confirmed the closure of 3 radio stations in Marystown, Grand Falls-Windsor and Stephenville, NL. The closure will result in the loss of the equivalent of six full-time positions.
    The Federal and provincial governments have announced $81,684 in funding for improvements to the Rose Blanche lighthouse and Barachois Falls walking trail. These improvement will help boost tourism in the area.
    A recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey has shown hiring in the St. John's area is down 20% from last year
  • Week of Sep 05 - Sep 09, 2016

    Beothuck Energy of Newfoundland expects a funding announcement for wind farms on the west coast of the province. US has indicated it wants offshore wind electricity instead of hyrdo power.
    The town of Lewisporte has hired a municipal enforcement officer. It is the first by-law officer hired by the town in 40 years.
    The Federal and Provincial government have invested $1.6m to help start-ups through programs at the Genesis Centre, a busness incubator at Memorial University of Newfoundland
    The Provincial and Federal governments have announced $26M in funding for 60KM of road repaving on Route 1 and Route 2
    The Canada-NL Jub Fund Agreement providing an additional $500,000 for the Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy. This additional funding will be to assist more non-Employment Insurance (EI) apprrentices secure employment to become journeypersons.
    College of the North Atlantic's Bay St. George Campus will receive $18.5M from provincial and federal governments for a Center of Excellence for Heavy Equipment and Industrial trades
    Astaldi Canada is looking to fill 10 top positions on the Muskrat Falls project. All of the posiitions listed are replacement positions.
  • Week of Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016

    DashAll, an on-demand food delivery company in St. John's, NL, is gearing up for a busy fall. New drivers are being hired and additional technological features are in the works to improve customer experience.
    A business barometer report recently released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), has given the provincial economy a poor grade and is suggesting difficult times for small businesses in NL
    Volcano Bakery in St. John's, NL has seen demand grow since opening on August 11, 2016. The bakery currently employs 12 people and expects that number to go up.
  • Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016

    The federal and provincial governments have announced over $1.7M in combined funding for eight community and business investments for Wabush and Labrador City, NL benefiting the tourism, mining, business and community sectors.
    Relish Gourmet Burgers has closed its doors at its St. John's, NL location. In December 2015 the restaurant noted that ongoing construction in the area was a problem and hurting the business.
    Gros Morne National Park along with two other Parks Canada sites will benefit from $45.4M in funding for repairs to bridges, roadways and site amenities
    West End Electronics, a well-known electronics store in St. John's, NL has closed its doors after sixty years in business
  • Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2016

    A major shake up with the NL provincial government has led to the job losses of five deputy ministers, which represents a 19% reduction in staffing at this level.
  • Week of Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2016

    Scotsburn Ice Cream Co. is making deeper-than-normal cuts to it managers at its St. John¿s, NL operations, as the 2016 ice cream season peak passes.
    The town of Gander, NL is cutting two new firefighting positions for its understaffed fire department and has delayed plans to hire an in house counsel for the town office.
    Fourteen cost-shared municipal infrastructure projects were announced for Newfoundland and Labrador, valued at $6.2M. The funding has been approved through the cost-shared Small Communities fund.
  • Week of Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2016

    The Fortune Port Corporation will receive $29,363 from ACOA and $33,750 from the provincial government to address the challenges of traffic congestion near the port and downtown area of Fortune.
    The town of St. Lawrence, NL will receive $413,019 in funding from ACOA to renovate the St. Lawrence Laurentian community centre. Another $105,133 has also been invested for Phase 4 of water and sewer system upgrades.
    Ocean Choice International plant located in Port Union, NL has been transferred over to the municipality of Trinity Bay North at no cost. Over 170 people were out of work when the plant originally shut down in 2011.
    A Request for Proposal (RFP) has been issued by the Provincial Government for the renovation and extension of St. Peter¿s Primary school in Mount Pearl, NL
    An information session to hear about programs and projects, is being held by various provincial and federal government departments for workers who lost work due to the closure of the Barry Group shrimp plant in Clarenville, NL
  • Week of Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2016

    N.L. Hydro is seeking approval to spend $271.4 M on repairs, upgrades, new equipment and systems in 2017, all separate from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.
  • Week of Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2016

    The Barry Group shrimp plant in Clarenville, NL will not open this year due to cuts in the quota for Northern Shrimp. The plant normally employs 100 people.
    The federal government will spend $13M to rebuild the wharf, break-water extensions and the parking lot in Bay de Verde, NL. The work will support the community and the reconstruction of the Quinlan Brothers crab processing plant.
    Four new businesses have recently opened in the neighbourhood where a Canadian Tire store closed in St. John's, NL and more businesses are planned to open in the area.
    Memorial University's new Core Science Building on the St. John's campus will not be ready in September 2019. The construction tender was cancelled because all bids were above the $325M ceiling. The university will look at options to reduce the cost and open the project for new bids.
    A new water supply system will be completed by November 2016 for Steady Brook, NL. Ninety percent of the $590,000 project will be covered by the province.
    Fire has destroyed a fish plant in Norman's Cove ¿ Long Cove on Trinity Bay, NL that employed 240 people at its peak. No decision about the plant's future has yet been made.
  • Week of Jun 12 - Jun 16, 2016

    A new Correctional Officer Recruit Training (CORT) program will have 30 recruits train at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Memorial Campus in St. John's, NL. Upon completion the recruits will be eligible for employment in January 2017.

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