Prince Edward Island
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Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019
- A new study reports that child-care costs are now the second biggest parental expense across the country and have risen faster than the rate of inflation in 61% of Canadian cities. Typical fees across the country are about $1000 a month, although in Charlottetown the median cost is about $738.
- The Wicker Emporium in Charlottetown will re-open in its old location on March 2. The chain closed six stores in Atlantic Canada last October, but this was one of the better performing stores. Some former staff have returned and more may be hired.
- Ontario-based Eastern Fabricators have bought Atlantic Systems Manufacturing, which shut down last fall when Diversified Metal Engineering went into receivership. The new owners have re-hired six of the 13 former staff so far and are securing new work.
- Gass' Country Store in New Dominion will close its doors on February 23. The owners decided that it was too expensive to replace the 25 year-old underground gas tanks and could not get insurance. Staff have been offered work at Gass' New Haven location.
- According to the Early Childhood Development Association of P.E.I. it is becoming harder for government-regulated and subsidized child care centres to register a profit as operating costs rise. The province sets the fees, which haven't increased since 2015.
- Charlottetown Metal Products (CMP) is being bought out by B.C.'s Food Process Solutions. CMP manufactures food processing equipment and has 80 staff. There are plans to grow by doubling CMP's staff and adding up to 40,000 sq. ft. to its Milton facility.
Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019
- W.P. Griffin Inc. in Elmsdale, P.E.I. has launched a new product line of Potato Cuisine mini potatoes, which they calculate will create six new jobs. The product will be sold in Sobeys, Foodland and select Co-op stores from Newfoundland to Ontario.
- P.E.I.'s tourism industry reported a 27% increase in overnight stays from 2013 to 2018, despite a 1.3% drop in 2018 over 2017 numbers. The cottage sector posted the largest growth at 41%. The Island has been developing new experiences aimed at tourists.
- A new Mel's Petro-Canada is being built at the intersection of route 13 and Cavendish Road. Although a seasonal location, it was felt that an upgrade was necessary with all the new Cavendish businesses. The Petro-Canada is expected to open June 1.
- According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, there were 77 new housing listings in P.E.I. for December 2018, a decrease of 38.9% from December 2017. A Charlottetown real estate broker states that demand is outpacing the supply of new homes.
- A new restaurant will open in the Bloomfield Mall, taking over the space recently vacated by Route 145 Bar and Grill. Uncle Mike's Up West plans to offer a family-oriented atmosphere and expects to hire 10 staff by time it opens in March 2019.
- BuildForce Canada's latest labour market report is forecasting that 2019 will be P.E.I.'s busiest construction season ever, and could even struggle to meet the supply of labour necessary to meet demand. Construction is projected to add 600 jobs on the Island by 2022.
- Health PEI says that due to a shortage of physiotherapists at QE Hospital (QEH), outpatient services will be limited. Recruiting has been unsuccessful at the QEH and there are eight vacant physio positions due to retirements, maternity and sick leave.
Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019
- An Albany family-owned farm operation, Eric C. Robinson Inc., is getting out of potato farming and will focus on growing soybeans, forage and barley. Its other operations, Island Lime, P.E.I. Agromart and Garden Isle Farms, will not be affected.
- J.D. Irving Ltd. expects that it will need to hire 727 full-time staff on P.E.I. over the next three years, as well as non full-time staff, including 60 students. Cavendish Farms will need about 490 people and Kent Building Supplies another 300 staff.
- A Statistics Canada report analyzing 2017 annual incomes, found that Islanders have the lowest median income at $28,870, while the Canadian median was $36,980. P.E.I., however, registered the smallest income differential between top and bottom earners at $39,290.
- Irving-owned Cavendish Farms has imported 20 million pounds of potatoes from New Brunswick, Alberta, Maine and Idaho this year, a record amount. The New Annan french fry plant is mainly supplied by P.E.I. potatoes, but crops were impacted by poor weather.
- The Unique Work on Grafton Street in Charlottetown was shut down by provincial health inspectors after it found 30 violations at the restaurant. The department won't allow the restaurant to re-open until the owner has a plan to address the violations.
- P.E.I.'s minister of Education and Early Learning reports that a study on the early childhood educational (ECE) sector is expected mid-March. Island ECEs earn $12.48 to $17.56 an hour, while educational assistants in the schools earn up to $22 an hour.
- The Royal LePage House Price Survey reports that the aggregate price of a home in Charlottetown was $295,085 in the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of 7.1%, over the previous year. Nationally the price of a home in Canada increased by 4% to $631,223.
- Inclusions East, a non-profit group that provides employment and residential services to those with intellectual disabilities, is looking to build a $3M centre in Three Rivers to replace its current home. It is also looking to build a $2.56M residence.
Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019
- Charlottetown firefighters have formally parted ways from CUPE local 501 and have formed their own union, the Charlottetown Professional Firefighters Association (CPFA). The CPFA had issues with CUPE such as outstanding grievances and shift scheduling.
- Island Stoneware has moved from Borden-Carleton to a larger space in Summerside, allowing better access to skilled talent and shipping services. The company is primarily a manufacturing wholesaler and is looking to hire new staff, such as a hand builder.
- A new study from APEC shows that P.E.I. has the lowest immigration retention rate in Canada, with only 16% of immigrants remaining on the Island after five years. The next lowest immigration retention rate in Atlantic Canada was in New Brunswick at 48%.
- A new Atlantic Provinces Economic Council report states that Atlantic Canada's labour force dropped by 30,700 between 2012 and 2018, mainly due to retiring baby boomers. The shortage of labour is particularly bad in low-skill sectors like food and retail.
- The receiver for Diversified Metal Engineering (DME) is negotiating with one of the companies bidding to buy the Charlottetown DME division. Its bid was deemed to be superior based on purchase price, financing and employment opportunities for DME's staff.
- The RCMP has hired its first reserve officers on P.E.I., who will backfill when the RCMP need more staff, and is looking to fill more vacancies. Reservists are former RCMP officers, but the program is looking to also include other retired law enforcement.
- The P.E.I. Department of Education has hired four educational assistants to work with the 150 new immigrant students who have arrived in the province since the fall of 2018. Five new contract teachers will also be hired. Many of the students need help learning English or French.
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The Charlottetown Airport Authority reports that air traffic has increased 25% over the last five years and narrowly broke its record for passengers, with 370,730 passengers reported in 2018. The airport also completed its $18M runway project in 2018.The Summerside restaurant, Local 311, suddenly shut down on January 14. Staff had complained of pay issues and were down to five servers and two cooks. One of the owners reported that the business was bankrupt due to theft in excess of $100,000.The P.E.I. Cannabis Corporation says that the O'Leary store will be ready by the end of January, after facing unexpected complications and some procurement delays. Employees who were hired to staff the store have been working at the Summerside store.The P.E.I. Midwives Association has applied to be regulated under the new P.E.I. Health Professionals Act, allowing midwives to practise on the Island. Midwives want to be publicly funded like other provinces, and work beside health-care professionals.Parks Canada has begun its annual recruitment campaign, which will end on February 8. The goal is to fill more than 100 positions at various parks and historic sites. To apply you must be a high school or post-secondary student.P.E.I. has signed a 10-year bilateral housing agreement with the government of Canada, which will see at least $15M invested towards housing repair, construction and affordability on the Island. The agreement is part of the National Housing Strategy.
A Freetown entrepreneur who was awarded $25K from Innovation PEI, has used the money to buy equipment to make foeders. New World Foeders makes large wooden barrels used to age beer, wine and spirits. The owner hopes to become a full-time enterprise.The Freshest Fruits and Vegetables store opened in the former location of the Needs convenience store at 421 University Ave. The store sells typical produce such as potatoes and apples, but also international produce such as taro root and tamarillos.The owner of Route 145 Bar and Grill announced on January 3, that he was shutting down the bar after three years in business at the Bloomfield Mall. No reason was given for the closure and its unknown how many employees were affected.The Handpie Company recently relocated from Borden-Carleton to the former Scotiabank location in Albany, where it manufactures handheld savoury pies. The business is expanding and can offer year-round employment for pastry and culinary schools grads.
According to Statistics Canada, the percentage of people aged 60 and over who are working out of necessity, is the highest in P.E.I. at 53%. New Brunswick had the next highest percentage at 52.1%, while the national average was 49%.The P.E.I. government is surveying women who work in agriculture and fisheries to identify barriers in those industries. The survey is open until January 11 and will explore issues like mentorship opportunities. A report will follow in the spring.A 56-unit residential building is being proposed for Dale Drive in the town of Stratford, which would also include 30 affordable units. The developer, Pan American Properties Inc., is going through the rezoning process to get the project approved.
CareWorx, an Ottawa-based IT company, has merged with a Vancouver-based company and will be known as CareWorx Fully Managed. The merger will mean more opportunities, especially for its Summerside office, which does remote IT work and employs 85 staff.The Bank of Montreal has launched a financial relief program for P.E.I. potato farmers, whose crops were impacted by unfavorable weather conditions in 2018. The program will help alleviate challenges faced by farmers as a result of the poor harvest.
According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, housing starts for November 2018 are up 93% compared to November 2017. The Construction Association of P.E.I. says that the industry is working at close to capacity to meet the high demand for housing.As the Halifax Regional Police launches its own police training program, Holland College's Atlantic Police Academy in Summerside, has seen its enrolment numbers drop. The Summerside academy had 62 cadets enrolled last year and 46 to start this January.The federal and provincial governments are providing over $200K in funding to P.E.I.'s Central Development Corporation (CDC). The CDC delivers projects to attract and retain newcomers, and also provides support services to not-for-profit organizations.A C.D. Howe Institute report states that many Maritime cities had high overall tax burdens on new business investment in 2018. Moncton was found to be at 45.1%, Halifax at 45.9%, and Charlottetown - 43.1%. St. John's was much lower at 34.6%.
Health PEI's website will show the number of people on the patient registry according to counties, to see where demand is concentrated. P.E.I. has about 12,000 people on the waiting list for a family doctor and is currently trying to hire three doctors.A new round of funding through the Quality Oyster Aquaculture Program was announced this week in Alberton, P.E.I. Projects being considered are those that that promote quality control and innovative technology. The deadline to apply is December 21.A training survey conducted for Education 20/20 found that Souris residents want hands-on practical training, more information about training opportunities, and improved access to on-line training. Participants ranged from individuals to organizations.The receiver for Diversified Metal Engineering (DME), has revealed that DME owes over $27M to various creditors. DME's assets have an estimated value of $71M and the receiver has stated that employees will receive owed wages and accrued vacation.The Conference Board of Canada says that P.E.I. is expected to see strong growth of 2.7% next year, thanks to steady immigration and a booming tourism industry. New Brunswick's growth is projected to be just 1.3%, due to its aging and retiring population.
A CFIB report has found that a shortage of labour in Atlantic Canada has 22% of businesses considering cancelling expansion plans. Over two-thirds of employers stated they have trouble finding staff with the right skills and 20% can't find enough workers.P.E.I. is looking at all options to address the shortage of affordable housing on the Island. The province is looking to add 1,000 units over four years and is also offering rent supplements. Other solutions include micro-housing and taller buildings.P.E.I.'s first axe-throwing lounge, Chuck Hatchets, opened in Charlottetown this month. Located on Kent Street, next to the Sports Page, patrons can enjoy local beer from P.E.I. Brewing and Upstreet Craft Brewing. Famous Peppers will supply the food.Island Memories Gifts shut down after 10 years in business in downtown Summerside. The owner of the retail shop sold her own handmade crafts as well as those of 20 other local artisans. The shop owner decided to close shop following a recent back injury.Western Hospital in rural Alberton, is doing a six-month pilot ¿tele-rounding¿ project, in an effort to address doctor shortages. Doctors can treat P.E.I. patients via a secure video conference link and are assisted locally by a nurse or lab technician.
P.E.I. has a new program to attract physiotherapists to the province, with over 10 full-time vacancies on the Island. Recent physiotherapy graduates are being offered a salary plus $20,000 if they accept work in a rural hospital for at least three years.The P.E.I. government is offering as much as $23,000 to enable Islanders to open up home daycares across the island. Money would go toward renovations, furniture, equipment, and related costs. It is hoped that 14 daycares can be added by the end of 2019.Halifax-based Corridor Resources Inc. is decommissioning two exploration gas wells near Cavendish. The wells had never produced any commercial quantities of natural gas and will be capped off. The company will do remediation work at the site if necessary.CMHC reports that P.E.I.'s vacancy rate is at 0.3% in 2018 compared to 1.2% in 2017. According to a CMHC senior analyst, strong immigration levels are contributing to increased demand. The average rental cost of smaller units increased by over 5%.Charlottetown-based Diversified Metal Engineering has gone into receivership after 27 years of operation. The company employs around 165 people on the Island and creates products used in various industries such as craft brewing, marine, and biotechnology.3 Points Aviation, an aerospace company with operations in Charlottetown, has laid off 21 people as of November 30th. The company had previously stated it was moving its repair and overhaul operations to Calgary and keep some operations in Charlottetown.
ACOA will contribute $750,000 to go toward the construction of an 18,000 sq. ft. Urban Indigenous Centre on the Charlottetown waterfront. The facility will house a cultural centre, programming and services for Indigenous communities, and retail space.P.E.I. is on track to post a third straight year of manufacturing growth, with overall growth in the first three quarters of 2018 up 5.7% compared to 2017. Roughly 70% of manufacturing on the Island is in non-durable goods, such as food processing.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has rejected Canada Post's latest offer, stating that it didn't address workload issues, injured workers, gender equality and more full-time jobs. The union is in its fourth week of rotating strikes.Port Charlottetown recorded its best cruise season in 2018, with 98,000 passengers visiting the port and a direct economic impact of just over $16.5M, an 8.2% increase over 2017. The Island also welcomed some new cruise lines and ships to the region.The P.E.I. Cannabis Corporation reports that due to high demand at its retail stores it will hire more casual staff members. FIGR, the company that supplies recreational cannabis to P.E.I., has also hired eight new employees to address order backlogs.The P.E.I. government says it's difficult to recruit planning officers, who process and approve building permits, which has caused building delays. Demand is high nationally and P.E.I. has increased the salary twice in an effort to fill its two vacancies.
The P.E.I. Potato Board estimates that 15% of the Island¿s potato crop or approximately 13,000 aces is still in the ground due to poor harvesting conditions. Farmers report having a very dry growing season, followed by heavy rain and frost in the fall.The P.E.I. provincial government announced that it will provide funding for 175 affordable housing units across P.E.I. and a new 260-bed year-round residence at UPEI. The total cost will be around $60M, but is expected to address P.E.I.¿s housing crunch.The Bedeque Rural Action Centre has been closed after eight years of offering government support to businesses in the area. A program review found that this centre had the fewest on-site resources, the lowest foot-traffic, and had difficulties hiring new staff.A recent study of 67 Canadian universities by CUPE and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that 53.6% of instructors are now on contract, with 80% of them being part-time. On P.E.I. the percentage of contract faculty is 39% and 47% in N.B.A new Charlottetown company called Mi'kmaq Printing & Design has started up a design and printing company that creates Mi'kmaq-inspired T-shirts and bags. Besides creating employment, the company promotes cultural awareness through the products it sells.Canada Post has offered its employees a four-year contract deal that includes annual 2% wage hikes, up to $1000 in signing bonuses, new job-security provisions, and a $10M health-and-safety fund. Workers have until November 17 to accept the deal.
The 3rd annual Explore Economics East conference was held on the island this month and discussed labour issues facing P.E.I. businesses. HR Specialists identified the need for more skilled tradespeople like CNC machinists and experienced Class 1 drivers.The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown officially opened its new $2.1M P.E.I. Renal Clinic. The 6,000 sq. ft. clinic has eight patient care/exam rooms, a patient training room, as well as a clinical work space designed to better manage kidney disease.The P.E.I. government stated that 100 new long-term care beds will be added across five communities starting this fall and be completed by June 2019. The beds will go into nursing homes in Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford, Belfast and Wellington.
Nautilus Biosciences officially opened an expanded facility at UPEI this month, complete with a new $1.3M robot that can efficiently and accurately mix and test samples. The high-tech machine will allow scientists to potentially make more discoveries.Prince Edward Island's minimum wage is set to go up to $12.25 per hour on April 1, 2019. The Island will continue to have the highest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada with the 70 cent increase.P.E.I.'s tourism numbers for August 2018 is showing more visitors, but reduced accommodation numbers. Compared to 2017 levels, bridge traffic was up 0.7% and ferry traffic increased 2.6%, while room nights and the occupancy rate dropped by more than 2%.With cannabis now legal in Canada numerous businesses are cropping up across P.E.I. Canna Island and Gocanna are venturing into cannabis tourism, while Home Grow PEI, Grow Daddy, and Wild Impulse sell items like grow kits and cannabis accessories.
The final work was completed this month on the $18M main runway rehabilitation project at the Charlottetown Airport. Now the airport has two runways that can accommodate all but the very largest intercontinental aircraft.P.E.I.'s retail sales in August 2018 were up 5.1% compared to August 2017, and outperformed the national sales growth of 3.5% over the same period. The province has enjoyed monthly retail sales in excess of $200M since October 2017.
Statistics Canada's job vacancy report for the second quarter of 2018 found that P.E.I.'s average hourly wage was just $14.40 an hour, the lowest average offered wage in Canada. The national average wage was $20.65 an hour.Under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), P.E.I. will be allowed to have 220 vacancies filled by foreign nationals in 2018. Over 200 P.E.I. companies are involved in the program, which is geared to fill positions that can't be filled locally.The Atlantic Fisheries Fund is providing over $700K to eight P.E.I. shellfish companies to help expand their operations. Prince Edward Aqua Farms is using its funding for a new automated oyster grading machine, which can do the work of up to 10 workers.Wicker Emporium, a Canadian-owned retailer of furniture and home décor, is closing six stores in Atlantic Canada. Stores closing are in Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, Dartmouth, Charlottetown, and St. John's. The store in Saint John, NB will remain open.The Glow Juicery P.E.I. has moved from a seasonal space to 115 Walker Avenue in Summerside. The business makes various vegetable and fruit beverages, snacks, and salads. The owner currently employs four staff, but intends to expand the business in 2019.
Island Investment Development Inc. has issued a $4M loan to redevelop the former Sears property on Malpeque Road in Charlottetown. The plan is to turn the space into a shopping retail centre and potentially open in the spring with six to eight tenants.A new flour mill called High Tide Milling Company is getting set for a December opening at 203 Park Lane in Tignish. Once operational, the company plans to employ a full-time and a part-time employee and may expand if it moves to a permanent facility.The building housing CBC/Radio-Canada Prince Edward Island will undergo $2M in renovations, with tenders for the first phase of the work going out in November. Renovation on the 40 year-old building are expected to be completed in August 2019.The University of Prince Edward Island, Holland College and Collège de l'Île will benefit from $1.5M in government funding to help recruit more international students to the Island. It is hoped that skilled graduates will remain on the Island and work.The town of Stratford issued building permits valued at $37.8M in the first nine months of 2018, compared to $21M for the same period in 2017. According to the mayor, growth in Stratford has been particularly strong in commercial development.P.E.I. farmers are being allowed to apply late for AgriStability insurance to help with losses from the June frost damage. The insurance kicks in when 30% of a crop are lost. Those affected include blueberry, strawberry, apple and some vegetable growers.
The P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association states that frost was a significant factor in what appears to be a decline in the blueberry crop yield for 2018. Some areas of the province were untouched by frost, while others were destroyed.Red Island Cider was among 10 Island startup companies to receive $25K grants from the province's Ignition Fund. Companies were assessed on how well their plans would grow the economy and create new jobs.Starport Managed Services, a Toronto-based company, is planning to open a satellite office in Summerside's Holman Building this November. The company, which provides IT services to small and medium-sized companies, plans to initially hire five employees.
A P.E.I. technology company, Island Water Technologies, was awarded a $470K federal government contract to install nine bio-electrode sensors at wastewater facilities across Canada. The sensors allow real-time monitoring of water quality.Mad Wok is looking to open a second location in Charlottetown this November at the Belvedere Plaza. The location on lower Queen Street, which opened in 2016, was the first Mad Wok in Canada. The new location will feature more noodle dishes.Camera crews and actors were in Charlottetown over two days to shoot the TV show Cavendish. The show will air on CBC TV in January. Shot with a crew of about 30 people, the footage shot on the Island will be featured in at least four different episodes.
P.E.I. Cannabis Management Corp. will begin training its 46 employees next week, with a focus on responsible use of cannabis, in advance of it becoming legal on October 17. Staff at the four stores will have a starting salary of about $18 an hour.According to the latest Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey, 20% of Charlottetown employers report they plan to hire between October and December 2018. Of the 1,900 employers surveyed across Canada, 16% of them plan to hire during the same period.The Unique Wok on Grafton Street was closed down for a week by health authorities after food-safety violations were identified. The restaurant re-opened after a follow-up inspection was done and the restaurant's practices were found to be in compliance.
The P.E.I. government will end the entrepreneur stream of its Provincial Nominee Program, after facing some concerns and need for more accountability. Under that program, immigrants who set up a P.E.I. business could get immediate permanent residency.The Prince Edward Restaurant shut down this summer after nearly five years in operation. The owner of the Charlottetown business stated that there were a number of reasons for the closure including repair issues and a decrease in customer traffic.According to the latest report from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, P.E.I. leads the region on various economic indicators. P.E.I.'s employment growth led the rest of Canada in the first half of 2018 and also had the fastest retail sales.
P. E I.-based Cows Creamery will gets $2.6M in federal funding, allowing it to expand its cheese processing capacity and create 15 new jobs by 2023. The 25,000 sq. ft. expansion will increase freezer, cooler and dry storage space at the facility.The P.E.I. Grain Elevators Corporation will receive $9.2M in provincial loan financing to expand and update its grain elevators in Roseneath, Kensington and Elmsdale. It is hoped that it will help grow the Island's grain and oilseed industries.P.E.I.'s Public Schools Branch has added 12 new teaching positions to address the addition of 241 new immigrant students starting this fall. Most of the new teachers will be hired to work in Charlottetown-area schools and more teachers could be added.Homburg Atlantic Inc. has purchased the former Myron's nightclub building in downtown Charlottetown with plans to open a 105-room hotel in May 2020. The new Arts Hotel on Kent Street will feature smaller and more affordable rooms compared to other hotels.The PEI and Intergovernmental Policy for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business states that many small businesses on P.E.I. are faced with labour shortages. Seasonal businesses have been hit hard and there is a lack of available skilled workers.
Booster Juice opened its first location on P.E.I., when it opened in the Charlottetown Mall this month. According to the franchise's owner, business has been good and he is looking to hire two more people on top of the four staff originally hired.Island Capital Partners is investing $180K in Bluefield Seeding Solutions, to help grow its operation. The P.E.I. company develops state-of-the-art agricultural planting technology, including a press wheel kit which ensures seeds are planted uniformly.IO Solutions Inc., a call centre in Bloomfield, has started recruiting for agents for its new online chat program. The centre, which already employs about 75 phone agents, is looking to hire 100 employees who will e-chat with customers.The rural community of Murray River, P.E.I. will lose its only bank when the CIBC branch closes this month. Customers from the area will have to travel to Montague to do in-person banking and will no longer have access to a CIBC bank machine.
The P.E.I. and federal governments signed a new $366M bilateral funding agreement, which will fund island projects over the next decade. Money will go toward green infrastructure projects, as well as transit, community, culture and recreation projects.Piatto Pronto has opened a Neapolitan-style pizzeria at 15 Milky Way off the North River Causeway. The Newfoundland-based restaurant offers customers dine-in or take away options.The Canadian Real Estate Association states that home prices on Prince Edward Island went up 3.1% over the first seven months of 2018 and sales were down 7.7%, compared to the same period in 2017. The average price of a home on the island is $205,768.
A Wendy's restaurant will open on St. Peters Road in Charlottetown this December. This will be the fifth Wendy's location on P.E.I. for DP Murphy Inc., which will likely have a staff of about 40 people.P.E.I. exceeded its 2018 target of finding permanent, full-time work for 10% of international graduates, by finding positions for 15% of its students. Jobs were in areas such as fish plants, call centres, civil service, banking, retail, and childcare.
According to the Construction Association of P.E.I. there is a shortage of skilled workers on the Island, even with a record number of construction people now employed. The association states that there are year-round construction opportunities available.The province of P.E.I. and tourism operators are taking steps to meet the demand of Chinese visitors to the Island. Trade missions to China are establishing relationships and local businesses are installing Motion Pay systems, which are popular in China.
Cavendish Farms will close its fresh produce packaging facility in O'Leary, P.E.I. by the end of the year. The company claims that a shortage of P.E.I. potatoes was the reason for the closure. Forty employees will be affected, but some could be re-hired.The Red Maple Hibachi Grill restaurant opened in July at Ocean View Resort and Golf in Summerside.The head chef states that hibachi is a very specialized skill and that the plan is to train others in that style of cooking as they grow.
The P.E.I. Brewing Company will invest over $1.25M to expand its facility and to purchase new equipment with the help of federal and provincial loans. The brewery will also add three jobs, increase its production and explore new export opportunities.The Kettle Black recently opened a second location in Charlottetown at 135 Kent Street. The new Kettle Black Marché has seating for 16 people and offers homemade meals, fresh bakery products, and has an espresso bar.The Homburg family of companies has pledged $9M toward the development of a science and discovery facility in Charlottetown's Confederation Court Mall. The 15,000 sq ft facility is set to launch next summer and would create management and student jobs.The provincial and federal governments will provide nearly $1.5M in financial support to the PEI Bag Company, allowing it to purchase a modern printing press and make other upgrades. The new equipment is expected to increase sales and create two new jobs.
Construction is slated to begin soon on a Buddhist monastery in Brudenell, P.E.I., which has been approved to proceed by the provincial government. The entire project will take 10 to 15 years to complete and is expected to become a tourist attraction.Evermoore Brewery opened this month at the old train station in downtown Summerside. The 150-seat craft brewery has only one beer on tap for now, but more are in production. The brewery has three full-time staff, but may need to hire more based on demand.
Peoples Jewellers in the Charlottetown Mall is slated to close this month and is referring people requiring in-store services to go to its Dieppe, N.B. location. No reasons were provided for the closure.A new fish and chips takeout restaurant, the Go! Fish Eatery, opened this month in Kensington. The fish and chip shop opened in the former location of the James Mullally Blacksmith Shop and will operate in the summer and fall seasons.ACOA will invest $3.2M in MDS Coating Technologies, an aerospace company in Slemon Park, P.E.I. MDS will use the money to develop new manufacturing processes and technology for its coatings used on aerospace and industrial turbine engines.Two aerospace companies in Slemon Park will receive $5M in provincial and federal assistance. Hangar 8, a multi-tenant facility, will utilize the money to upgrade its 300,000 square-foot hangar and StandardAero will expand its operations.The Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. is looking to recruit 20 candidates to undergo a three-week training program to become certified tour guides. The new tour guides are needed to meet peak demand in the fall, particularly to serve cruise ships.Charlottetown-based bioscience company Somru BioScience will receive over $4M in federal and provincial funding over the course of the next five years. The company plans to invest in R&D, expand its facilities and create up to 100 new jobs.
A Scottish couple who operate a 3,000-tree orchard in Bonshaw, P.E.I have launched a craft cidery called the Riverdale Ochard Cidery. The apples are used to produce an artisanal hard apple cider called 2 Scots 3 Apples.The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce says that the U.S.-Canada trade dispute is hurting the manufacturing sector. The cost of production is going up as steel and aluminum are hit by tariffs, with prices on numerous U.S. items fluctuating.
The Foodland in downtown Summerside will close its doors on July 21 after operating for several years out of the Waterfront Campus of Holland College. No reasons were provided for the store closing, which is owned by Sobeys.Charlottetown shipping company Seafood Express is going to start this month on a new state-of-the-art facility at Malpeque and Sherwood Road. The 13,000 ft2 building is expected to be ready by next winter for its 30 office staff and 70 drivers.The Transcontinental printing plant in Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. laid off 10 full-time employees earlier this month. The decision followed SaltWire's decision to print the Guardian and Journal Pioneer in Halifax. Twelve employees remain at the P.E.I. plant.Summerside's Loyalist Country Inn will begin its final phase of renovations in October 2018. The $1.1M project is expected to be completed by March 2019. It will rebrand under the Best Western Signature Collection and may require additional staff.
A Manpower survey of Charlottetown-area employers reveals that 35% of them plan to do some hiring from July to September, while none plan to reduce staffing levels. Remaining employers plan to keep staffing levels the same.
The P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association has stated that recent late season frost has caused a concerning level of crop damage that may impact crop yield. P.E.I. produced 23.4M pounds of wild blueberries last year.The Mill River Resort had its official opening this month, with the majority of the renovations already completed at the resort. The province funded 70% of the $8.5M in renovations. The resort is expected to have a strong economic impact on the region.
A $14M expansion of the Charlottetown Marine Terminal is slated to begin soon and is expected to be completed in about 18 months. The work will involve building a larger berth so large cruise ships, oil tankers, and cargo ships can dock at the same time.ADL is undergoing a 20,000 ft2 expansion of its storage and distribution facility at Reads Corner in Summerside, which is expected to be operational by September 2018. The new space will be used for curing cheese, storing product, and packaging.A Georgetown jewelry maker is expanding operations. The original Georgetown shop is adding 3,000 ft2 of space, a new Shoreline Design store recently opened in Summerside, and a Halifax store will open in the fall. Shoreline Design employs 11 people.
Prince Edward Island biometrics company Stepscan Technologies has raised half of its funding goal of $300K. The company, which makes pressure-sensitive floor tiles that can analyze how a person walks, is looking to market its technology to the professional sports worlds and the military. Up to this point, the tiles have been sold as a medical product. The company recently added two more people to its staff of eight.The Charlottetown airport project received $8.1M from the federal government and an additional $900K from the provincial government for major runway upgrades and improvements. The project is expected to employ 180 workers during construction.A shortage of cooks in PEI could impact restaurants on the island. The Lost Anchor restaurant in Cavendish might remain closed for the summer season unless it can recruit cooks. A referral reward of $250 and a signing bonus of $500 are being offered.Election PEI is looking to hire returning officers for Belfast-Murray River, Charlottetown-Brighton, Charlottetown-Lewis point, and Rustico-Emerald. Applicants can apply for open positions until June 15, 2018.True North Seafood in Charlottetown is looking to expand and hire 10 to 15 more staff. The fish plant currently employs 86 full-time people, but demand for its product and the closing of a Nova Scotian plant will increase production at True North.CareWorx, an information technology company, which recently moved into Summerside's Holman Building is looking to hire 20 more staff by the end of 2018. The company currently employs 80 people and provides offsite IT support for commercial clients.
Canada's Island Garden expects to hire 100 to 200 more staff by 2020, once the company's $35M expansion project is complete. The Charlottetown-based cannabis producer and supplier currently has 20 employees. The first phase should be done by August 2019.A new farmer's market, George's Island Market, is opening at the former Bargain Fabric Outlet in North Bedeque around mid-June to early July. There is space for about 40 to 60 vendors. Vendors are asked to apply online or through paper forms.Sekisui Diagnostics, a Japanese-based company, has hired 50 more full-time staff and is looking to expand further. The Charlottetown facility is very cost competitive and produces 1.5B clinical chemistry tests in PEI that get shipped around the globe.StandardAero is expanding with a 30,000 sq.-ft. addition to its Slemon Park workshop in Summerside, which is expected to create 80 new jobs. The facility currently employs 465 people and will specialize in turboprop-related work, previously done in Winnipeg.
Tastee Dawgs, a takeout restaurant is opening in Gateway Village in Borden-Carleton over the long weekend in May. The business has already hired some first-time workers, as well as students, and will be open seven days a week.Employers in PEI who are willing to hire seasonal workers, whose EI benefits have expired, can apply and get 90% of the workers' wages through PEI Seasonal Workers Skills Initiative Training. The federal government gave PEI $1.1M for the program.The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association has launched a campaign to recruit more people into their industry. Drivers are in huge demand, but also needed are certified heavy duty mechanics, dispatchers, and jobs in logistics planning and analytics.Construction work is underway on the new six-storey Hampton Inn and Suites hotel in Charlottetown. The $15M hotel is being built on Capital Drive near the Maypoint Road roundabout, and is expected to be completed and open by May 2019.
A new restaurant, Uncle Mikes On The Water, is planning to open on Victoria Day weekend on the Summerside boardwalk. The venue will seat 40 patrons inside and up to 80 on its patio, which will also feature a barbecue pit and live entertainment.Montague's Copper Bottom Brewing is looking to expand with the purchase of a canning system. The company has been distributing kegs to over a dozen P.E.I. establishments, but will now start selling cans of beer in three liquor stores on the island.New business owners on PEI who spend up to a maximum of $25,000 on capital investment can apply for a provincial grant and get 15% of their investment back. The funding is part of the 2018 budget.PEI's construction season has started early this year and East Coast Security in O'Leary is one of several companies looking to hire flaggers. The company states that they need about 12 more flaggers for upcoming road work.Stratford town council has approved Crombie REIT's application to add three new retail buildings at Kinlock Plaza. Shoppers Drug Mart is looking to occupy the 10,500 sq.-ft. space being proposed, with two other slightly smaller buildings to also be built.
The General XX youth centre in Summerside received $125,000 from the federal government's Homelessness Strategy and is renovating its building. The centre plans to expand its service and offer help in resume writing and job referrals.With a shortage of bees pollinating the blueberry crop in PEI, the provincial government is investing $150,000 with 17 beekeepers as part its Pollination Expansion Program. There is a need for over 2000 bee hives.Mosh Lane Brewing, which opened on Mickey Allen's Road in December of 2017, is looking to expand its business and hire more employees. There is also a plan to increase its capacity and bottling line.
The PEI government will open its Cannabis stores at 85 Belvedere Avenue in Charlottetown and 474 Main Street in O'Leary. It is planning to hire a contractor to renovate the stores. Each store will have between six to nine workers.It is expected that 92 cruise ships carrying more than 117,000 passengers will arrive in PEI during the 2018 season. The economic impact is projected to be $19.5M.Charlottetown Airport will spend $18M on runway renovations in the summer of 2018. The project is expected to take about six months to finish and employ over 100 people.A new restaurant, Uncle Mikes On The Water, is opening at Spinnakers Landing in Summerside in May 2018.The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is providing a grant of $99,476 to four conservation projects in PEI. The fund is part of $1.1M grant provided by ASCF to 66 Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation projects in Atlantic and Quebec.A job fair was held in western PEI in April 2018. Employers included fish plants, lumberyards and sawmills, seeking to fill positions such as fish plant workers, carpenter¿s assistants, and general labourers.Loyalist Country Inn in Summerside has undergone a change in ownership, and may add more workers during peak season to the 40 to 45 people normally employed. As well, major renovations of the building will start in October.
The provincial government is investing $115K in the P.E.I. Centre for Craft, a multi-purpose facility geared to grow P.E.I.'s fine craft business. The centre will offer courses and workshops in business management, as well as technical training.P.E.I. farmers and food processors will get $37M over 5 years as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The funding is geared to help increase demand in new markets, increase domestic exports, and address climate change challenges.CA Ventures are renovating a former pizza factory in DeSable, P.E.I. with plans to hire 20 people and operate three new businesses in late May. The facility will house an ice manufacturer, a propane tank refurbisher, and a cold and dry storage facility.RWL Holdings Ltd. received a $5.2M provincial loan to build a state-of-the-art line at its potato pre-processing and wash facility in Travellers Rest. Construction of the second line may start in the fall and will add 10 new positions to its staff of 30.The provincial government has a new six-month internship program, which prepares island graduates in their careers. Eligible candidates have to came from the field of engineering, CADD, construction technology and management, and policy planning.Charlottetown city planners are hopeful that the number of new rental units approved for construction in 2018 will improve supply. Last year the vacancy rate was .09%, but have approved 820 units to be built in 2018. Only 135 units were built in 2017.ACOA and the Province of PEI are investing $185K in FilmPEI, which will go toward new infrastructure and equipment upgrades for the PEI film industry. The money will allow for a new facility for training, as well as a sound stage and production space.
The University of Prince Edward Island will hire two faculty members for a new doctorate of psychology program at UPEI. The four-year program will initially take six students, but could expand to ten. P.E.I. is faced with a shortage of psychologists.Route 2 Diner restaurant opened on March 25, 2018 in Hazelgrove, P.E.I. The 60 seat family restaurant serves traditional British food such as bangers and mash, as well as hamburgers and other Canadian dishes, and local seafood in the summer.Amalgamated Dairies Ltd (ADL) will receive $5.4M in federal funding to upgrade and expand its Summerside dairy plant. Expansion of the plant is expected to increase production capacity by 40%, storage capacity by 30%, and create at least 25 new jobs.SkillsPEI held its first job fair at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown this month. Organizers state that 1,300 jobs are available. Additional job fairs will take place this month in Summerside, Montague, and O'Leary.
Prince Edward Island's minimum wage rose to $11.55 an hour on April 1, 2018. P.E.I.'s rate of pay surpasses New Brunswick's minimum wage which is now at $11.25, Newfoundland and Labrador's wage of $11.15 an hour, and Nova Scotia's $11 an hour.A program called the PEI Network was launched this month in Charlottetown, which matches employers to recent graduates and newcomers to PEI. The idea is for employers to connect with talent. Participants have to speak English and have a diploma or degree.
Kozy Korner Café restaurant is reopening at Cornwell Plaza. The restaurant plans to hire about eight employees. The menu consists of traditional Lebanese and Canadian food, and also has gluten- free options. It will be open 7 days a week.P.E.I.'s Atlantic Beef Products says it needs more Island cattle to grow its business, but the supply of P.E.I. cattle has dropped from 30,000 in 2004-05, to about 13,000 today. To ensure a steady supply, the plant gets 20% of its cattle from Quebec.The P.E.I. government will provide $900K in funding to organizations that help people join the workforce. The Construction Association of PEI will receive $295K for its program that provides training and employment opportunities for youth in construction.The newly expanded Sidewalk Grill Restaurant and Lounge opened on March 21 in Alberton, P.E.I. The restaurant is now licensed and added pizza to the menu. With 600 ft2 of additional space and seating for 75, the restaurant's 15 staff have been busy.
Two new eateries, Satellite Pizza and Speedy Combo, opened in the Shops of Confederation Court Mall in Charlottetown this month. Satellite Pizza sells authentic New York-Style pizza, while Speedy Combo's menu includes Won Ton Soup, subs, salad and wraps.HMS Office Supplies store in Summerside is joining Novexco's 108 stores under a new identity, Hamster. As an independent merchant of Quebec-based Novexco, it will be able to offer enhanced local and online shopping experience to its customers.SkillsPEI is hosting job fairs in Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague, and O'Leary from April 9-19, 2018. Besides job fairs, the provincial government has also developed a worker recruitment plan to fill the many job opportunities in construction.The president of the P.E.I. Teachers' Federation says that the province has a shortage of substitute teachers. P.E.I. currently has 410 certified substitutes, about 20% less than the previous year, as many substitutes have been hired as regular teachers.A new report entitled "The People Imperative" states that Atlantic Canada has the lowest immigration retention rates in the country. Nova Scotia's retention rate from 2011 to 2015 was 72%, Newfoundland was 56%, New Brunswick was 52%, and P.E.I. was 18%.
Self Employ PEI and the Propel ICT program is helping entrepreneurs who wish to stay and open a business on the island, by providing training and financing. Self Employ has assisted over 300 residents start their businesses in the last two years.The federal government is providing financial assistance for facility upgrades at Thompson Potato Company Inc. in Victoria, which will increase its capacity and extend its operation season. The move will create longer term employment for its workers.P.E.I. company, Onset Communications, will receive $176K in federal and provincial money to develop a new software product to be used in movies, television and advertising. The money will allow the company's programmers to get the product to market.According to a P.E.I. broker, the purchase price of lobster fishing fleets in P.E.I. are going as high as $1M, due to large catch sizes and the high value of landings in recent years. Banks will loan up to 75% of the value of a fishing boat.
The PEI Liquor Control Commission plans to sell cannabis through its government-owned e-commerce platform and retail shops in Charlottetown, Summerside, Montague and West Prince. It also announced guidelines pertaining to the sale of cannabis in P.E.I.The PEI Farm Team program will recruit up to 350 students in the summer of 2018. Students will receive a bursary, as well as their wages, to go toward their schooling. Participants will work on farms, and at seafood and agricultural processing plants.The expansion work at The Mount Continuing Care Community in Charlottetown, is expected to have the school section completed in September 2018, while the 18 apartment units will be ready by January 2019. Mount Academy will be able to handle 150 students.Alberta-based W.A. Grain and Pulse Solutions plans to expand their Summerside operation and target the domestic market, despite India's new tariff increases on chickpeas, lentils and peas. The company has been exploring potential new markets.Health PEI is looking to hire seven new nurse practitioners across the Island, who will work in areas such as Montague, Alberton, Tyne Valley, Summerside, and Charlottetown. Practitioners work with doctors, and are trained to do much of the same work.A Chinese immigrant is in the process of buying a heritage building on 91 Water Street in downtown Charlottetown. The investor has received the city council's approval and plans to turn the building into a five-star heritage inn with 15 rooms.
The $3.3M design contract to upgrade the Veterans Affairs building in Charlottetown was awarded this month to NORR Architects & Engineers Limited. Once the design work is completed, construction will begin in January 2020 and be completed late in 2023.The P.E.I. government has signed a five year agreement with the federal government, which will see the province receive $20M in federal funding for home care and mental health. Money will go toward establishing new initiatives and expand current programs.Freshii in downtown Charlottetown closed this month, nearly three years after it opened. The health food restaurant was a franchise operation, which has over 300 locations globally. The franchise owner has stated he will help his staff find new work.Charlottetown Port Authority plans to open an Urban Market in Founders Hall. It has signed a two year lease and is looking for vendors. The focus is on local produce and food.Tourism PEI'S 2018 tourism campaign will promote the island through various platforms. Their plan is to continue growing tourism across PEI. The industry provides 7,700 full-time jobs for Islanders and contributes 6.4% of the total GDP.A temporary walk-in medical clinic recently opened in Crapaud's South Shore Pharmacy. The clinic is only open once a week and has two physicians, but will add a third doctor next month and be open two days a week. A permanent clinic is being planned.
According to a recent report from Statistics Canada, PEI's average weekly wages are the lowest in the country at $827, which is a 1.9% increase over June 2015. Nova Scotia had the next lowest wage at $845 a week.
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