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  • 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 29 - Aug 02, 2016

    St. John's city council has approved the demolition of an old restaurant and the construction of a new one in Quidi Vidi, NL
  • 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 Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2016

    The Port Rexton Brewing Company is set to open in late July 2016 on the Bonavista Peninsula and the ScudRunner Brewery will be open by the end of 2016 in Gander. Both establishments will brew their own unique craft beer.
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans' Small Craft Harbors Program is providing an undisclosed amount of funding to Cartwright Harbour for a launchway for small boats, safer tie up areas, and fishing gear storage
    The federal government will spend $22M to upgrade the Marine Atlantic facilities in North Sydney, NS and Port aux Basques, NL
  • Week of Jul 04 - Jul 08, 2016

    The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing Memorial University's Marine Institute ocean technology base with $3M to develop wharf infrastructure, support growth in research and train students in ocean techonology
  • Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016

    The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency provided $100K to Stephenville, NL, for the expansion of the community's soccer pitch, energy efficient lighting, new nets and bleachers
    A new training, research and development centre for helicopter pilots recently opened in Mount Pearl. The centre was established through a $13M investment by the Hibernia oil field and $3.3M from the province.
    The new Mobile Workforce Redistribution Centre at the Goose Bay airport has been officially opened. The expansion project was funded by a federal contribution of $2.8M, with matching amounts from the airport corporation and the province of NL.
    The federal government is providing $12M for upgrades to 5 Wing Goose Bay airfield in Happy Valley-Goose Bay
    The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $2M to the town of Harbour Breton to develop wharf infrastructure to support business growth and the local aquaculture industry
  • Week of Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2016

    The Government of NL announced $9.3M in funding for Job Creation Partnerships for 2016-17 in the province. Two hundred and nineteen projects have been approved that will employ over 1,000 people in total.
    Six new businesses will open in the downtown area of Bonavista, NL on June 25. The Boreal Diner, Broken Books, East Coast Glow, Paddy Barry Photography, Sweet Rock Ice Cream, and Tree Line Fine Art & Craft are located in restored commercial properties.
    The Government of NL plans to establish an industry development council with a mandate to develop a long-term vision for the oil and gas sector in NL this summer
  • Week of Jun 13 - Jun 17, 2016

    A new Mill St. Brewpub and Bier Markt has opened on Harbour Drive in St. John's, NL. The pub plans to offer 46 draught taps and a range of locally-brewed options.
    The Government of NL has announced $2.2M in funding for five commercial projects supporting sensor-related research, technology development and demonstration
    According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, housing prices in NL are expected to drop by 8% in 2016 compared to an average 10% increase across the country
    The Government of NL has issued 25 tenders for road construction in 2016-17. The projects are funded under the $62M Provincial Roads Program funding.
    Statoil has confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons in the Baccalieu and Bay de Verde sites in addition to the Bay du Nord, Harpoon and Mizzen discoveries in the NL offshore
    The Government of NL has reached a tentative agreement with doctors represented by the Professional Association of Interns and Residents. The deal would make salaries comparable to those in other Atlantic provinces.
    The St. John's Convention Centre opened for business. The $70M centre was built through a partnership between all levels of government along with St John's Sports and Entertainment. The facility can hold 1,700 guests in 10 meeting rooms.
    According to a recent manpower employment outlook survey, 3% of employers in NL plan to hire from July to September, while 7% anticipate cutbacks. The remaining 90% of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter.
  • 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.
  • Week of Jun 06 - Jun 10, 2016

    The Government of NL announced $100,000 in funding to the East Coast Trail Association to support trail operations and maintenance on the Avalon Peninsula
    Approximately 60 unionized Pepsi products workers in NL have reached a tentative agreement with Browning Harvey Ltd, the ratification vote is yet to come
    TC Media has eliminated one position at the Western Star in Corner Brook and one at the Aurora in Labrador West due to restructuring. Thirteen positions were eliminated at the Telegram in St. John's earlier this week.
    According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, major projects investment in NL is expected to decline by 14% in 2016. The decline is attributed to the winding down of Hebron construction and reduced spending elsewhere.
    The Government of NL announced $765,000 in funding to support tourism partnerships in the province
    The Hibernia oilfield continues to set new milestones for production and longevity in NL. One billion barrels of oil is expected to be produced by 2017 and production is expected to continue for another 15 to 20 years.
  • Week of May 30 - Jun 03, 2016

    The Government of NL announced $830,000 in funding to support over 90 museums, archives and historical societies throughout NL to preserve the province's heritage
    Due to budgetary constraints, the provincial government has withdrawn $1.2M of funding to build a new childcare centre at Memorial University's Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook. The university is committed to going ahead with the project.
    Western Newfoundland Brewing Company Ltd. is opening a nanobrewery in Pasadena. The company hopes to have its first batches of Killdevil Pale Ale and Wild Cove Cream Ale on the shelves by mid-July.
    The St. John's Telegram laid off the layout department effective June 24th, including eight page builders, three editorial staff, and two managers. The page layout work will be moved to PEI.
    The $250M Wabush 3 mining project in western Labrador has been delayed due to poor performance at the Iron Ore Company of Canada. The construction of the open pit mine was expected to create 2,400 person months of employment.
    Atlantic Minerals has submitted a plan to extend the operating life of the limestone quarry on the Port au Port Peninsula. If approved, the extension will employ 150 workers for the next 25 years.
    The Muskrat Falls project site is shut down after an industrial accident in the powerhouse area, involving a concrete pour on May 29. A safety investigation is underway.
  • Week of May 23 - May 27, 2016

    As a result of new legislation, the College of the North Atlantic can now offer applied degree programs in business, science and technology
    The province's first canola field was planted on 30 acres in Pasadena, NL on May 20th as a pilot project. Harvesting is expected to occur in late-August to early-September.
    The Federal Government of Canada and the Government of NL have each contributed $220,193 to the Heart's Delight-Islington Marina Committee in support of the expansion of the marina. Five people will be hired to work on the project for 22 weeks.
    Twenty-eight municipal infrastructure projects in NL will soon be underway. The funding, valued at $24.4M, will be cost-shared by the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
    The Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook is experiencing a shortage of surgeons. The Health Authority has three surgeons but is actively recruiting for another two.
    Demolition work has begun on the Memorial University of NL pedway overpass. A new underpass has been installed so that students can safely cross the road.
    The Government of NL is investing $123,678 in Marble Zip Tours Inc. and the Western Newfoundland Brewing Company Ltd. to build stronger and more dynamic communities with enhanced local economies
    The Government of Canada and the Government of NL have contributed $45,000 each to support the Downtown Development Plan in Carbonear. The $100,000 project will revitalize the downtown area to benefit local businesses and enhance tourism.
  • Week of May 09 - May 13, 2016

    Construction is underway on new passing lanes through Terra Nova National Park. There will be 13 new passing lanes created in the park. Work is expected to wrap up by the end of 2017.
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada will hire 135 research scientists, biologists, oceanographers and technicians in its recruitment efforts to enhance ocean science. The Government of Canada will fund $197M for the project.
    Air Labrador has announced the return of its direct flight between Happy Valley-Goose Bay, St. John's and Deer Lake, starting May 31
    According to the NL Teachers Association, 19 teachers have been laid off and 300 teachers have been reassigned or transferred as schools deal with budgetary pressures
    Kiewit Offshore Services will be shutting down the Cow Head fabrication facility in Marystown at the end of May for a three year period. Over 700 union workers will be affected.
  • Week of May 02 - May 06, 2016

    The St. John's Convention Centre officially opened on May 3, after years of construction on a $65M expansion

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