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Week of Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017
- The PEI government tabled a balance budget with a $600K surplus for 2016-17, after years of deficits. Last year the province benefited from sales and income tax increases, as well as strong revenues from Crown corporations and agricultural insurance savings.
- A new three-year nursing strategy has been released by the PEI government. Priorities include increasing the ratio of full-time to part-time nurses and recruiting more graduate nurses. Health PEI is currently recruiting for 89 nursing positions.
- The co-owners of HopYard are in the process of opening a seasonal restaurant called the Sugar Skull Cantina, which will be open from May to October. The new Charlottetown eatery will open at 83 Water Street and will feature tacos and tequila on the menu.
- A Summerside couple who operate Bony Broth Co. and Harmony Hills, are going to open Farmed Market & Craft Butchery in downtown Summerside. The business will sell local meats and vegetables, and serve food-to-go, such as their broth and chickens.
- A Statistics Canada report on post-secondary enrolment shows that although the number of 19-year-old PEI students enrolled in college or university is increasing, the proportion of students from lower income families is relatively unchanged since 2001
- PEI's trade mission to China is expected to quadruple by 2025. China is the province's second-largest trading partner, worth over $50M. The mission is aimed at improving the demand for PEI's food, travel experiences, and educational programs.
Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017
- According to Statistics Canada, PEI's average weekly wage was the lowest nationally at $827.81 in January 2017, which is below the Canadian average of $967.15. The retail and wholesale trade industry, the Island's largest employer, saw its wages drop 3%.
- A new pop-up restaurant, the Pure Kitchen Pop Up Burgertown, has opened in Charlottetown to take advantage of the month-long Burger Love campaign. Located on Great George Street, the chef plans to change the theme and type of food offered every month.
- PEI dairy farmers produced 8.5% more milk in 2016, compared to 2015, mainly from an increased demand for butter across North America
- According to a new report from Generation Squeeze, which looked at housing prices and average wages across Canada, PEI has the second most affordable housing market in Canada. Nova Scotia's housing market was ranked first and British Columbia was ranked last.
Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017
- Frosty Treat Dairy Bars is opening a second location in Kensington, just a half kilometre away from its original location. The new Frosty Treat restaurant is expected to open in April 2017 in the former space of Johnny's Dairy Bar.
- The city of Charlottetown tabled a balanced budget for 2017, after posting deficits in the past two years. The city had held off on filling some vacancies in an effort to save money, but are now prepared to hire a deputy chief administrative officer.
- Xplornet Communications will complete its fixed wireless system by the end of September 2017, which will offer broadband internet to 80% of PEI's households. Remaining households will be able to access Xplornet's satellite internet service by year's end.
- According to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, many recent university graduates surveyed were disappointed with the level of skill acquisition, income, and workforce preparation they had two years after graduation
Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017
- Montague Brewing Company is expected to open this summer on Brook Street, after given approval by town council. The brewery will produce 300,000 litres of beer to be sold on-site and in liquor stores, creating at least seven jobs.
- Manpower Group released a survey done with Charlottetown-area employers that shows that 17% of employers plan to hire new employees between April to June 2017. Three percent of employers anticipate reducing staff, while 80% will maintain their numbers.
- Ferme Isle Saint-Jean Farm in North Rustico, PEI is creating a new line of cheese and yogurt products made from their sheep¿s milk. A new milking parlour will be operational by April 2017, and there are plans for a retail outlet and a processing facility.
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PEI employers report that housekeepers, cooks, and kitchen staff are difficult jobs to fill. The Holman Grand Hotel is looking to hire 12 staff this summer. A culinary job fair will be held in Charlottetown on March 30, 2017 to help with recruitment.The federal government is investing $325M to create an Atlantic Fisheries Fund, which will help boost the fisheries and aquaculture sector and create jobs. PEI's fisheries and aquaculture industry is valued at around $400M and employs up to 8,500 people.PEI's seafood processing sector is getting additional funding for Team Seafood, an incentive program to attract more students into summer jobs. The program provides a $1,000 bursary to students and funds will be available for 250 students.The Lennox Island First Nation in Prince County will receive $1.8M from the federal government for infrastructure and planning projects. Funding will go toward priorities like bridge and road repairs, housing capacity and renovations, and school repairs.The Tourism Industry Association of PEI is addressing the need for kitchen staff by adding two weeks of hands-on culinary training to its Ready for Work training program. The program, aimed at youth, will now take 22 weeks to complete.
The Home Depot will hire almost 190 full-time, part-time and seasonal positions across the Maritimes beginning in the spring, with 17 to be hired in Charlottetown. Candidates can attend in-store job fairs in March or view jobs at www.homedepot.ca/jobs.The PEI Trucking Sector Council is looking at how to attract and retain women to the trucking industry. Women currently represent about 6.5% of the Island's trucking workforce.PEI-based Somru Bioscience Inc. has received almost $1M in funding to build a new, 5,000 ft2 facility in Charlottetown's BioCommons Research Park. The biotechnology company started in 2012 and expects to create up to 15 jobs over the next 12 to 18 months.PEI's manufacturing sales were up 5.8% in 2016, compared to 2015. The Island's manufacturing industry led the country in growth and had $1.7B in sales in 2016. PEI has shown steady growth since 2012, with the largest sector being food manufacturing.Seafood producers in Atlantic Canada are benefiting from a low Canadian dollar, strong demand, and high seafood prices. Cooke Aquaculture states it has added 38 trucks to its fleet and expanded its workforce in recent years as a result.WA Grain Holdings Inc. will open a new field pea processing facility in Summerside's Slemon Park, called New Leaf Essentials East. The company has contracts with about 50 local farmers and the facility is expected to create up to 12 new jobs.
The Great Canadian Dollar Store will open a new store in Charlottetown on February 25, 2017 in the Spring Park Plaza. The location has hired about 15 people and is still hiring. The franchise is planning to open three or four more stores in PEI.Montague Brewing Company is working to open a new microbrewery this summer in the former HGS building at 9 Brook Street in Montague. The brewery will have a Bavarian brewmaster, and will feature a canning line, onsite tap room and retail location.Sunrise Records, an Ontario-based music retail chain, is planning to move into 70 retail spaces being vacated by HMV Canada. Stores will begin opening across the country in the spring and Sunrise's expansion will create 700 jobs.The price of PEI potatoes did well in 2016, according to the farm product prices index released by Statistics Canada. PEI potatoes jumped to 169.3 on the index last year, compared to 150.2 in the previous year. Prices have trended upwards since 2004.The provincial and federal governments will invest nearly $4.6M to upgrade infrastructure at Holland College's Prince of Wales campus in Charlottetown. The funding will improve specialized research and training space, to better meet the needs of local industry.A study using Holland College enrolment numbers, forecasts that the number of women in trades will equal men in 45 years. Women only account for 5% of PEI's trade workforce, but programs such as Trade HERizons are helping women to explore trade careers.The federal government will provide over $450K through the Skills Link program, to help PEI youth who face barriers to employment. The project is aimed at assisting single parents, those with disabilities, newcomers, and those in rural and remote areas.Sekisui Diagnostics, which develops and manufactures innovative medical diagnostics on PEI, will receive $66K through the Canada Job Grant to provide training for 117 employees. Funding was also approved for Sekisui to hire and mentor recent graduates.Overnight stays on PEI were up 10.2% in 2016 compared to 2015, however restaurant and bar sales on the island only increased by 1.9%, according to Statistics Canada. Nationally, food and drink sales rose 6.3%.The federal government is investing over $1.4M to help PEI employers train new and existing workers for in-demand jobs. The money will be provided through the Canada¿PEI Labour Market Development Agreement and the Canada¿PEI Job Fund agreement.Health PEI is actively recruiting for two physicians to take over a practice left vacant at the Sherwood Family Medical Centre. The practice was vacated last year and served about 3,000 patients.Ikea announced that Charlottetown will be one of five new delivery depot locations in Atlantic Canada, where customers can have product delivered there for a flat fee of $59. Fredericton, New Glasgow, Sydney and St. John's, NF are the other locations.Work PEI will be hosting four Career Fairs across the province from March 6 to March 15, 2017. Over 75 employers will be recruiting for more than 675 openings. The fairs are being held in Montague, O'Leary, Summerside, and Charlottetown.
The PEI government has posted tenders to build two new long-term care facilities in Montague and Tyne Valley, to replace the current manors in those areas. Tenders are expected back late in March 2017 and have construction completed by the Fall of 2018.Health Canada has given approval for Canada's Island Garden to sell medical marijuana. The company operates a 2,160 square-metre facility in the BioCommons Research Park in Charlottetown and has 13 full-time and five part-time staff.The Murphy Hospitality Group bought a former restaurant in Oyster Bed Bridge. Once renovated, the property will be used as an event centre, a place for weddings and corporate retreats. The plan is to hire six to 10 staff and be open by June 1, 2017.PEI's minimum wage will be the highest in Atlantic Canada, when it goes to $11.25 an hour on April 1, 2017. In April New Brunswick's minimum wage will go to $11 an hour, Nova Scotia's will be $10.85 an hour, and Newfoundland's wage will rise to $10.75.Prince Edward Island's retail sales increased by 6.6% in 2016 compared to 2015 levels, surpassing the national retail growth rate of 3.7%. The Island had $2.2B in total retail sales during the year.
HGS Canada will host a job fair on February 16, 2017 and plan to hire staff to begin in the next few weeks at its Charlottetown contact centre. The company is looking to hire 170 people. Entry-level positions get paid an annual salary of about $27,500.The Tourism Industry Association of PEI will host its annual job fair at the Delta Hotel on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The deadline for employers to book a booth is February 28, 2017. Jobseekers could potentially be interviewed and hired the same day.Murphy's Pharmacies is opening a new pharmacy, food market and health centre in the former location of the Queen Street Co-op in Charlottetown. The store is planning to open on February 16, 2017 and medical staff will begin moving in by March 2017.The Panda Fun indoor playground, a jungle-themed facility, is planning to open in Charlottetown by the end of February 2017. The location will feature a jungle gym, ballpit, slides, as well as party rooms and an arts and crafts station.
Layoff notices were issued to 49 government employees at Mill River Resort. The province sold the resort to a private buyer, who may hire staff back, but at a lower wage. The laid-off staff are mainly seasonal workers, except for nine that were permanent.DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts is opening a six-storey 120-room hotel on Capital Drive in Charlottetown. Contracts to build the hotel have not yet been tendered, however construction is expected to take 12 to 16 months.Irving Ltd. expects to hire almost 500 people on PEI over the next three years, mainly due to retirements. The company operates various subsidiaries such as Kent Building Supplies, Canvendish Farms, Kent Homes, Midland Transport and Master Packaging.A new Atlantic Immigration Pilot has been approved to help employers fill labour gaps more quickly. PEI has been approved to bring an additional 120 immigrants to the Island, who could be eligible for permanent residency status in as little as six months.Census figures for 2016 show that PEI had the largest population growth in Atlantic Canada at 1.9%, but was below the national average of 5.0%. Newfoundland grew by 1.0% since the 2011 census, Nova Scotia by 0.2%, and New Brunswick decreased by 0.5%.The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) saw its overall enrolment drop by 2.0% in 2015-16, mainly due to a 8.0% drop in students from PEI. Enrolment by international students grew by 15.6% over the year. UPEI had 4,188 students enrolled last year.Montana's BBQ and Bar officially opened its Charlottetown location on Babineau Drive this month. The restaurant received 200 job applications, hired 85 people, and can serve up to 170 customers.
HMV Canada has informed employees that they will be closing 113 stores across Canada, including three in Atlantic Canada. No further details were provided as to when the closures will happen.Charlottetown's Queen Bee Games is developing a new video game thanks to $230K in funding from the Canada Media Fund. The money will be used to hire production people and market the game, which will launch in early 2018. The company has four staff.According to the head of the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council, PEI's shortage of agricultural workers is costing the industry millions. In 2014 the industry employed 4,900 workers, but 200 jobs were left unfilled, which cost the industry $4M.Atlantic Canadian provinces will now start designating employers that want to hire skilled immigrants as part of a new Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The plan is to help immigrants and their families to integrate into Atlantic communities and to remain here.A new micro-brewery plans to open up in the summer of 2017 in the Eastern Graphic building in Montague. Copper Bottom Brewing plans to produce kegs of beer for local restaurants, have cans for sale, and establish a taproom and entertainment venue.According to BuildForce Canada, almost 26% of PEI's construction workforce will retire over the next 10 years, requiring 1,500 construction workers to replace them. The industry is forecasting that 600 jobs will be added over the next five years as well.The Province of PEI announced that it will assist Trout River Industries in their expansion plans by providing labour rebates for up to 30 positions, as well as rental assistance toward operating a manufacturing facility in Bloomfield, PEIThe PEI government will invest about $5M over the next three years to improve their Recorded Information Management (RIM) system. A full-time record analyst and additional RIM staff will be hired to address the growth of records being retained.
Amalgamated Dairies Ltd, a producer-owned PEI co-op with dairy and retail food facilities across the Island, has begun a $12M expansion. Money is being spent to build a new warehouse, to upgrade technology, and to train and hire additional staff.Mighty Pebble Games of Charlottetown will release its first video game next month, with the financial help from Skills PEI and Innovation PEI. The game developer contracted out for an artist and sound engineer and hopes to expand the company.Retail sales across PEI in November 2016 were $191 million or 9.1% higher than in 2015. PEI led the country in retail growth, with national sales growth at 3.0% annually.UPEI will offer a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine for those with a diploma in paramedicine from Holland College or a similarly accredited institution. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and provides paramedics with more academic knowledge.The Consolidated Credit Union in Borden-Carleton will be closing on January 27, 2017. The night deposit and ATM will remain at that location and staff will move to the Summerside office on Water Street.A study by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission has compared Grade 12 students' expectations to the experience of university graduates. Expectations of length of time to complete a degree and how to pay for it differed from the reality.The clothing store Urban Planet will open a store in the Charlottetown Mall as its anchor tenant. The number of jobs to be created and the opening date will be announced later.
The PEI government is changing its employment assistance services to a more integrated model under the Work PEI banner. There are currently 11 contractors offering services, but a tender for services will look for five new providers to start in July 2017.The Charlottetown Airport set a new record for annual passengers with 350,000 people using the airport in 2016. This is an increase of 12% compared to 2015. Traffic at the airport has grown by 57% in the past 10 years as well.According to a report from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, PEI has the lowest immigrant retention rate in Atlantic Canada. Of the immigrants that arrived to PEI five years ago, 41% remained on the island compared to 70% in Nova Scotia.A survey conducted by Angus Reid has found that only about half of disabled Canadians have a full or part-time job, while nearly 80% of the general population are employed. Two-thirds said that their lack of work was a direct result of their disability.The new owners of the Mill River Resort state that the redevelopment of the property will lead to 100 construction jobs over 30 months. The owners will invest at least $1M towards new banquet and meeting rooms, as well as indoor and outdoor attractions.ACOA is giving Delivra's Charlottetown laboratory a $655,000 loan to buy needed equipment and to help it break into the U.S. market. The Ontario-based company, which makes pain-relief products, has hired two people this year and has plans to hire two more.ACOA and the PEI Government are providing financial support in order to establish Atlantic Canada's first vinyl record pressing plant. Kaneshii Vinyl Press will operate out of Charlottetown and will focus on small-run productions at an affordable price.An old courthouse in Abram-Village is being transformed into a malting facility. The PEI company, Productions Piroune, will take local barley and turn it into Maritime Malt. The co-founders hope that their hops will be available to brewers by this summer.
The Buddhist monk monastery in Heatherdale will be undergoing a multimillion-dollar expansion project that will take five to seven years to complete. The construction project is being done by Island companies and will create hundreds of PEI jobs.SongCat Music Inc. in Charlottetown is expanding its operation by building new technology and will begin hiring for highly skilled technical and customers service positions over the next year. SongCat offers online professional music production.BioVectra Inc., a Charlottetown bioscience company, is set to launch the company's next stage of growth. The company wants to build global partnerships and plans to hire staff in research and development, quality assurance and control, and production.After more than 40 years in business, the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Stratford closed its doors on December 31, 2016. The restaurant employed 16 people, who were mainly part-time staff. PEI has five other KFC outlets in the province.A new PEI business called Treetop Haven, is hoping to that their winter tree pods will be completed and available to rent by the end of February. Located in Mount Tryon, guests will be able to rent one of five geodesic domes mounted on raised decks.UPEI has reached a tentative collective agreement with its 280 support staff. CUPE Local 1870 will take the deal back to its members for ratification. The membership includes technical staff, programmer analyst and administrative support service positions.Some PEI oyster companies are reporting an increase demand for oysters in 2016. Raspberry Point Oysters estimate that their sales grew by 10 to 20%, while Atlantic Shellfish state that their sales doubled. Growth is being seen across the industry.MacDougall Steel Erectors will take over the former McCain facility in Borden-Carleton, with the hopes of adding up to 140 jobs. The PEI company manufactures steel buildings and currently employs over 100 workers at a plant in the region.The Mill River Resort will begin a major redevelopment in the spring thanks to $7.6 million in investments from the Province of PEI. The property was sold to a local businessman, who is looking to update the resort and increase jobs in the region.
PEI-based manufacturer, Trout River Industries, is looking to increase its workforce beyond its current staff of 105. The Prince County company is expanding globally and recently shipped a large order of trailer components to Jordan-based Manaseer Group.New PEI legislation governing child care and early-learning centres came into effect on January 1, 2017. The Early Learning and Child Care Act has new requirements regarding curriculum, equipment, health and safety, as well as enforcement measures.According to Statistics Canada, PEI manufacturers are leading Atlantic Canada in growth. Manufacturing in PEI grew by 12.8% from 2014 to 2015 and had $1.9B in revenues in 2015. Big gains came from chemical and transportation equipment manufacturing.PEI's five French daycare centres have been unable to operate at full capacity due to a shortage of French speaking staff on the island. The daycare centres have started recruiting abroad for French childhood educators as a result.
Construction is slated to begin for a new Dixie Lee Chicken restaurant, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017. The 40 seat establishment will be across the street from the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside.
ACOA announced that funding will be provided to Lennox Island First Nation to create a new shellfish hatchery in Ellerslie, PEI. Aquaculture operators will have access to diverse seeds, allowing them to produce high-value products and increase exports.ACOA announced that funding will be provided to Lennox Island First Nation to create a new shellfish hatchery in Ellerslie, PEI. Aquaculture operators will have access to diverse seeds, allowing them to produce high-value products and increase exports.The province's first indoor trampoline facility, Off the Wallz, will open in late December 2016 at Slemon Park in Summerside. It is expected that 20 to 30 employees will be hired for the facility, which features 14,000 square feet of recreation space.Montague's Atlantic Roasted Products Inc. received a $119,000 loan from ACOA to purchase a natural air drying system. The system will improve the quality of the feed, which the company hopes will help the business thrive and be able to hire more people.Frontier Power Systems, a manufacturer of wind turbine blades, will move into the old Georgetown Timber Yard in eastern PEI. The move is part of the company's expansion plans and will allow it to increase its staffing levels from eight to 22 employees.PEI groups representing seafood processors and migrant workers are encouraged by changes to the temporary foreign worker program. A cumulative-duration rule was scrapped and seasonal industries can be exempted from a cap on workers for up to 180 days.
East Side Mario's and Ise's Sports Bar in Charlottetown are shutting down at the end of the year, putting about 40 employees out of work. Giant Tiger will move into the space at University Plaza by July 2017 and expects to hire 30 employees.The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1870, which represents 280 support staff at UPEI, has filed for conciliation after contract negotiations broke down. Members include technical staff, programmer analyst and administrative support positions.According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the apartment vacancy rate in PEI went from 4.8% in October 2015 to 2.1% in October 2016. Contributing to the lower vacancy rate are an influx of immigrants, downsizing seniors, and students.Moth Lane Brewing in Ellerslie, PEI is slated to open before Christmas and will be the first microbrewery in Prince County. The beer is brewed on the lower level, while the main level will be a pub capable of seating 50 people.Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI has received approval from Charlottetown city council for its proposal to construct a three-storey building on the waterfront. The building will house a cultural centre, a space for programming, and retail space.Charlottetown city council passed a mobile canteen bylaw amendment, which will allow food trucks on private property to be open year round. Restrictions still apply inside the 500-lot area, where food trucks can only operate over a six-month period.PEI's Cavendish Farms announced a $350M infrastructure deal to build a new frozen potato processing plant in Lethbridge, AB. The deal will allow Cavendish to expand its business and create demand for an additional 3,640 hectares of potatoes.PEI's population grew by 1.38% in 2016 and now has a population of nearly 150,000 people. In the first three quarters of 2016, almost 2,000 immigrants came to the Island, while 830 people left the province due to out migration during that same period.
Charlottetown saw an increase in housing prices of 2.3% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 2015. The Royal LePage House Price Survey stated that the aggregate house price was $224,219. Population growth and an influx of retirees boosted the market.The Centre for Aquaculture Technologies Canada (CATC), an aquaculture research centre, has established operations in a former fish plant in Souris. The company currently employs 21 people, but plans to expand to 30 employees by the end of 2017.PEI will be losing a radiation oncologist, as well as a medical oncologist at the end of December. Health PEI is recruiting for these positions, as the province is supposed to have a total of five full time medical and radiation oncologists on staff.Nautican Research and Development is opening a new manufacturing facility in Summerside, which is expected to add 21 new full-time jobs over the next three years. The company builds efficient marine propulsion products and currently has six employees.The federal government through Farm Credit Canada, is increasing the value of loans available to young farmers from $500K to $1M. Farmers have to provide a 20% down payment of the loan value. Loans can be used to get their businesses up and running.Kangaroo Hub, a Charlottetown company, is set to start a new grocery delivery service to households in the city. The company currently employs about 15 drivers for its other delivery services, but expects to hire more people as the new service takes off.
Early projections from the Prince Edward Island tourism industry indicate that 1.5M visitors came to the island in 2016, a 6.9% increase from last year . Tourism contributes 6.4% of PEI's total GDP.A PEI gastroenterologist, hired on a temporary basis several years ago, has accepted a job in Newfoundland. This will leave only one gastroenterologist in PEI at the end of the month. Health PEI has searched for two years to get a permanent doctor.Port Charlottetown finished the 2016 cruise season with over 66,000 passengers, but is expecting 2017 to be its best season with 83 ships and over 110,000 passengers. The port's growing popularity is estimated to add $49.4M into the provincial economy.
The Canada Revenue Agency has decided to streamline its national processing to four centres in Summerside, Winnipeg, Sudbury, and Jonquière, Quebec. This change is expected to result in an additional 70 staff being hired at the Summerside centre.The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issued 182 letters to its staff in Summerside, stating that their work will no longer be done there. CRA has given staff six months to decide if they want to relocate or stay in Summerside and apply for a different job.Mermaid Marine, a wholesale marine distributor in Charlottetown, is looking to hire additional employees on top of its current staff of 25The provincial government is in the process of consolidating the development corporations of Charlottetown and Summerside. The aim is to involve the private sector with the municipalities, in order to develop a strategic approach to economic development.According to the BMO Blue Book, PEI's trade and tourism are supporting economic growth, while the province's knowledge-based and technology companies are growing in importance. The report shows exports are up 7% over the year, while employment has dropped 2% from 2015 to 2016.The $3.5M expansion project at the Gillis Lodge nursing home in Belfast has started with 31 rooms and 17,000 square feet to be added. Slated to open in August 2017, an extra 21 direct care jobs will also be required.According to an economist with Farm Credit Canada, PEI's agriculture outlook is positive thanks to a low Canadian dollar and a strong demand for potatoes. PEI's GDP growth is above the national average and the province has a strong manufacturing base.
Prince Edward Island's new mental health and addictions strategy has been unveiled. Part of the strategy will involve recruiting a new youth psychiatrist, increasing availability of outpatient psychiatrists, and adding new frontline positions and programming.Charlottetown's Burke Electric, a lighting fixture and repair store on Queen Street, will close its doors on November 25 after 68 years in business. The owner is retiring.Work is progressing on the Tides at Harbour's Edge, a 64 unit apartment complex being built on MacKenzie Drive in Summerside. Technical and manpower issues had caused delays, but investors are taking steps such as doubling its staff to get back on track.The UPEI board of governors voted to approve the collective agreement that the university's faculty association had accepted the week before. The agreement is effective from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020.
PEI's life sciences industry group, the BioAlliance, will develop a $30 to $35M BioAccelerator complex. The province has 46 private firms with 2,000 employees and $200M in revenues for the life sciences sector.The PEI provincial government has imposed a ban on bottling Island water until its Water Act is completed. Pure Island Waters Ltd. has plans to set up a water bottling plant in Brookvale, PEI.The University of Prince Edward Island has agreed to a four year collective agreement, which includes 2% pay increases each year for its librarians, sessional instructors, and clinical nursing instructorsIcejam, a Charlottetown-based mobile gaming company, is getting a $1M loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to launch its first game. Skills PEI will also provide $53K for graduate mentorship.The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has overturned an earlier decision and will allow the construction of 36 condominium units on Stratford's Shakespeare Drive
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business Barometer Index has indicated that business optimism on P.E.I remains strong. The report also indicates that business health remains unchanged. At 68.5, P.E.I's number is one of the highest in Canada.A new trampoline park called Off the Wallz is opening in Slemon Park, outside Summerside in December 2016. The company plans to hire 7 to 12 employees.Clam Diggers Beach House and Restaurant in Georgetown, is planning to turn its seasonal business into a year-round operation. The restaurant had planned to open this year, but will have to wait until a new long term lease for the property is signed.
The Federal government is spending $1M for improvement to three PEI fishing harbours. The money will be spent on pier reconstruction and channel dredging.Y-Day, a brainstorming session for youth to help them find ways to make it easier to stay and work on the island, was recently held in PEI. There were 120 participants, and reps from the Chamber of Commerce, post-secondary institutions and the youth futures council.The PEI BioAlliance group are looking for more space for future growth. There are a dozen companies in the development pipeline and facilities are needed in order compete for the jobs, investment and brainpower these opportunities present.
Mrs. Dunster's Inc., a NB company, is expanding into PEI. The company received $400,000 in funding from the federal and provincial governments for the expansion. Since 2013 when they took control of the business, staff has nearly doubled.Murphy's Pharmacy is opening a new location in Summerside, PEI. Many details of the new location won't be released until closer to the opening, but it has been announced that the new location will be a dual pharmacy and walk-in clinic.
P.E.I. is showing strong growth immigration in 2016 and close to reversing its aging population trend. However the number of young people in their 20's leaving the island has been the worst in the last five years.Montana's Cookhouse is opening a restaurant in Charlottetown as construction work has started. The restaurant is expected to do well as most of the traffic at the Moncton location in the summer is from Island customers.Eastern PEI businesses are well positioned to benefit from massive growth in the coming years from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). UAE, in particular Dubai is expected to double in population and visitors.
The PEI BioAlliance released a document titled "Next Generation Prosperity" which assesses the bioscience sector and outlines targets for job creation, export revenue, investment and attraction of private capital for the next five years.Sekisui Diagnostics, an international bioscience firm, is expanding in PEI with the aid of a $3.5M expansion and renovation funding from the provincial government. Sekisui has added 44 full-time jobs to the PEI biosceince sector since 2011.The provincial and federal governments have announced $20.8M for research infrastructure in PEI. The funds will be used to renovate UPEI's Dalton Hall into an eHub and student centre.
Crossfire Adventure Paintball in Cavendish, PEI is looking for zombies for the upcoming Halloween season. After a successful launch of the Apocalyptic town last summer they are doubling the number of zombies needed for the expanded experience.The Women's Economic Empowerment Project is teaching women about career options in trades and technology. The program uses a mix of hands-on learning and classroom sessions. The project is funded through the Canada-PEI Job Fund Agreement.
Giant Tiger will be opening a new store in Charlottetown, PEI in July 2017Hopkins, a company that sells high-speed French fry cutting machines in PEI, has received funding from ACOA and the provincial government for wage subsidies and marketing. The company employs five people and will soon have six at its manufacturing facility.The provincial and federal governments have announced funding to help complete the construction of the Miltonvale wellfield and have the new system connected. When completed this new system will ease the strain on the Winter River Watershed.
Glo, a smoothie bar in Charlottetown, PEI, opened a month ago and offers healthly snacks in the downtown area. Glo has 3 full-time and 6 part time employees.Fabricville in the Oak Tree Place Mall, Charlottetown, PEI is closing its doors on November 30, 2016The Great Canadian Dollar store is planning to open five locations in PEI by March 2017. The first store will open in Cornwall by the end of September and will employ 8 people.IKBEE, a mobile application start-up company, has relocated to Summerside, PEI. The company plans to hire four employees.
Green Diamond Equipment in Summerside, PEI finds temporary location five days after fire destroyed the Sherbrooke locationYoung Millionaires program had 27 participants from the Souris, Charlottetown, Kinkora, Summerside and Evangeline PEI areas establish small businesses which sold products to tourists and IslandersRetailer H&M is opening a location in the Charlottetown mall on September 29, 2016. A total of 45 employees have been hired for the store.The town of O'Leary has seen a spike in new business openings. The economic growth is due to the council who see the value of going out and attracting new businesses to the area.
Charlottetown-based Timeless Veterinary Systems has created a completely web-based veterinary tool called VPR Cloud Powered. The company has two new employees on staff and is looking to add another 10 over the next two years.The Town of Kensington and the union representing 12 of its employees have been in negotiations in efforts to reach a new contract agreement. Their last contract expired in April 2016.The RCMP announced that it is holding a recruiting session on September 7, 2016 at the RCMP headquarters in Charlottetown. Interested applicants can go to rcmpcareers.ca for more information.According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), PEI businesses reported the highest level of optimism across the country, with businesses reporting moderately strong hiring plans over the next three monthsPEI's Tignish Fisheries is hoping the federal government can extend the work contracts of its 17 temporary foreign workers. The company was allowed to offer six-month non-renewable contracts, but is concerned about having enough workers in the Fall.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.The last Jumbo Video store in Charlottetown, PEI is closing its doors on September 30, 2016
The PEI Department of Education states that 49 teachers will retire this year, but this may not result in the same number of new teachers being hired to replace them"Workers with the Canadian Blood Services in PEI have accepted a new contract offer almost a year after they went on strike. Eleven part-time employees were affected over issues such as guaranteed minimum hours for part-time workers."According to the PEI Real Estate Association housing sales have increased by 30.4% so far this year and the average price has gone up by 5.4% from 2015. There have been a lot of first time buyers and buyers from outside of PEI.
Buchanan Technologies of Charlottetown, PEI has won a contract to provide IT services for the Ontario Educational Collaborative Marketplace. The new contract could lead to more hiring on top of it current staff of 50.According to PEI's Department of Tourism, visitation numbers to the Island were up in July. Confederation Bridge traffic was up 12.5% and air passenger visits were 8.8% higher.Charlottetown city council awarded about $9M in contracts for ongoing water and sewer projects. WM&M (1993) Ltd. successful bid was $2.36M, Duffy Construction Ltd. contract was valued at $4.73M, and Island Coastal's project at $1.93M.According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, the number of people immigrating to Prince Edward Island is being offset by negative interprovincial migration. In 2015, 1,180 people immigrated to the province, while 1,243 people left the province.According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, retail sales in Prince Edward Island remain strong, however employment levels dropped by 1.4% in the first seven months of the yearAccording to Prince Edward Island's Finance Minister, housing starts in the province increased by 16.7% in the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. The previous year also saw a 9.2 % annual increase in new housing construction.
The Optometry Service Program, introduced in August 2015, has expanded optometry services on Prince Edward IslandThe HST in PEI will increase to 15% in October, resulting in a 0.5% increase in the cost of living. A household that spends $20K a year would pay an extra $109 in taxes. A tax fairness measures will allow low-income households to get up to $192 back.Testori Americas Corp. and Wiebel Aerospace Ltd. closed in July 2016 and December 2015 respectively. The two aerospace companies collectively employed 230 people in Summerside, PEI.
Accreon, an information and communications technology company in Charlottetown, P.E.I., has grown from one to 36 employees since 2012McDonald's on Walker Avenue in Summerside, P.E.I. is renovating and will be hiring 10 new people to meet requirements for their new business model
P.E.I.'s Employment Standards Board is accepting submissions for its review of the province's minimum wage for 2017. The minimum wage will increase to $11 per hour in September 2016.According to the P.E.I. Fur Breeders Association there are only four mink farms left on the island due to low prices in the world market. A typical farm employs ten full and part-time people.Kensington, P.E.I. is getting a new building which will house at least two restaurants. The $450,000 building is scheduled for completion in January, 2017.Tourism indicators for June 2016 show a 9.8% increase in overnight stays compared to June 2015. It was the largest increase since 2005 and visitors from Quebec had the largest increase by place of origin.
According to Statistics Canada, retail sales in P.E.I. were up in May 2016 for the seventh straight month. Sales were up by 4.4% since May 2015 on the island compared to a 3.6% increase for Canada as a whole.The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, will give $133,350 to help upgrade the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 5 in Summerside, PEILa Vie en Rose will open in Charlottetown, PEI in September 2016 and is now hiring for all positions
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $150,000, and the provincial government is providing $10,000 to MacAusland's Woolen Mills Ltd. for the purchase of two modern textile weaving looms to increase productionThe Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $84,975, and the provincial government is providing $84,646 to Gradpeek for its marketing plan to connect recent graduates with employers seeking qualified employeesThe Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $43,083, and the provincial government is providing $34,426 to The Guild in Charlottetown for renovations of the operator¿s booth, dressing rooms, storage, and more
Mad Wok, a casual fast food dining restaurant that focuses on stir-fried Asian cuisine, recently opened on Queen St, CharlottetownThe governments of Canada and PEI are each contributing $1.2M to reconstruct the Cascumpec Bridge to improve safety and boost economic growth. Work is expected to begin by July 2016.
According to Statistics Canada, PEI had the lowest average weekly wage at $809.17 in April, 2016 compared to the Canadian average weekly wage of $955.67. PEI wages did grow above the national average of 0.6 per cent between April 2015 and April 2016.
ACFOR Energy will construct and operate one of the largest biomass heating systems in PEI. The company will supply heating to Prince County Hospital and Summerset manor in Summerside, by winter 2017.The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $500,000 and the Government of PEI is providing $514,400 over the next three years to the Startup Zone. Startup Zone is a non-profit entity that supports business startups and entrepreneurship in PEI.The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $434,000 to IO Solutions Call Centre Inc. for investment of new technology and the retrofitting of an existing office space, in Summerside, while creating 200 new jobsGreco Pizza will be opening a new franchise in Morell at the former location of the Riverside DinerThe PEI government is providing $50,000 to Aquaculture Technology Program to assist with the development or adoption of technologies and $93,800 to Aquaculture Future Programs for research and development
The Farmer's Wife, a new store featuring soy-based soaps, balms, bath and cleaning products, recently opened on Queen Street in Summerside, PEILeezen, an organic food chain with 120 stores in Taiwan, recently opened a franchise store in Charlottetown, PEIThe Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, and the Government of PEI are providing a combined $580,000 to Golf PEI's marketing plan for 2016-17. They will establish a stronger online, on-site, and TV presence with the funds.Funds of $10M from the federal, provincial and municipal governments will pay to upgrade the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant to accept wasterwater and sludge from East Royalty and Stratford
Mary Brown's restaurant on University Avenue has announced it will close immediately due to operational problems since late 2014Sobeys in Stratford will be converted into a Sobeys Extra, with work to be completed in early 2017. The store will add 10,000 sq.-ft. and will include well-being counsellor, a chef cooking meals, and more.Holland College and Collège Acadie have formed a partnership to provide post-secondary education in English or French for six to eight programs. The renovations to accommodate Collège Acadie will be complete by September 2016.The Dr. John M Gillis Memorial Lodge in Belfast, PEI will increase their capacity by 31 beds. The expansion is expected to start in the fall of 2016 and will create 19 jobs.The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing $26,050 to the Royal Canadian Legion in Charlottetown to support a series of improvements with accessibility, security, and renovationsCharlottetown is upgrading the lighting of Pownal, Fitzroy, and Queen Street parkcades to LED lighting. The project will cost approximately $243,000 and completed by end of summer, 2016.
Life Cycle Nutrition recently opened at the Tignish Health Centre. It provides education on nutrition and health; ways to prevent disease and improve overall health.Innovation PEI has contributed more than $224,000 to the Live Lobster Holding Program since March of 2015. This will increase the total capacity of lobster holding facilities in the province by 500,000 pounds.The Prince Edward Island government is investing $100,000 to upgrade the tools and equipment in the Intermediate Technology Education, automotive, carpentry, and welding programs
1888 Pub, is a new restaurant that recently opened in Cardigan PEI within the same location as the Cardigan Lobster Suppers and features an economical alternative to the dining roomInnovation PEI is providing $18,177 to the Upstreet Craft Brewery in Charlottetown for the capital acquisition of two additional 45 HL fermenters and to develop their marketing campaign for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
The construction of a new strip mall, Kirkwood Mews II, will begin in the fall of 2016. It is designed for up to 15 tenants and is located on Kirkwood Drive, Charlottetown.Sun-N-Shade Campground in Borden-Carleton, is being converted to the first Jellystone Park on PEI. Currently there are 82 Jellystone campgrounds throughout the United States and three in Canada.The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Business Development Program and the Government of PEI are providing a total of $850,000 to Halibut PEI for the expansion of their juvenile hatchery in Victoria PEIThe Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing $299,270 to UPEI for construction of a new 2,400 sq.-ft. activity centre and to replace the existing bleachers at Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre in CharlottetownThe Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing $120,000 to improve the lighting, boardwalk and seawall section of Harbourside Complex in CharlottetownThe Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $495,000 to purchase a new bridge training simulator for Holland College in Summerside
Vector Aerospace recently announced the opening of their fourth test cell of turboprop engines and extension of their contract with Jazz as the sole provider of engine maintenance repair and overhaul services until 2025Hopyard, a new bar, recently opened in Charlottetown featuring craft beer and cider from across North America, a menu created from local products, while listening to music from its collection of 500 vinyl recordsThoughtful Squash, a seasonal restaurant located in Mount Stewart will be moving to the former Pat and Willy's location on Kent St, Charlottetown. Thoughtful Squash's new location will open May 2016 and be available all year around.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $1,101,304 and Canadian Heritage, through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund is giving $1,101,304 towards upgrades at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, CharlottetownThe Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $291,691 and the Government of PEI is contributing $116,000 to Engineering Technologies Canada Ltd. for the development of a product which will notify you if your septic system malfunctionsMaritimes Electric has begun work to install two new underwater electric cables between PEI and New Brunswick. The project is estimated to cost $140M, with the Government of Canada contributing $50M.The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing $55,252 to the City of Summerside for the redevelopment of its waterfront-downtown and to strengthen Summerside's reputation as a tourism destinationPrincess Auto will be opening a new store at the end of May, 2016, in Charlottetown. A total of 75 people have been hired.
Export Development Canada expects PEI and Ontario to lead all Canadian provinces with 7% export growth in 2016 due to high demand in the U.S. and a low Canadian Dollar. A large contributor to this growth is PEI's aerospace industry.PEI Brick Company will open a brick manufacturing plant in Crapaud in the next few weeks with help from Innovation PEI who provided a $10,000 grant. The company currently employs four people with plans to hire another six.The Government of PEI has called for bids for site preparation and foundation work on a new $12.5M Riverview long-term care facility to be built in Montague. It will replace an existing 49 bed manor and is expected to open in early 2018.The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency, is providing $135,000 to Country View Farms for a new ventilation system in its storage facilities to allow safer storage of potatoesBeijing-based China Gold Fortune International is opening a new facility in Summerside to manufacture smart meters for monitoring electricity consumption and LED technology. The company will employ approximately 30 people.The Government of Prince Edward Island is providing $45,000 to Abegweit First Nation Biodiversity Enhancement Hatchery to support its restocking efforts of Brook Trout and Atlantic SalmonThe Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency, and the Government of PEI and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is providing $95,000 and $30,000 respectively to Brookfield Gardens for new cooling equipment for harvested cropsEast Coast Furnishings, a new business offering products such as mattresses, furniture, appliances, and yard equipment, will be opening at the former Sears location in Summerside, April 2016
The port of Georgetown, PEI is looking at the potential for expansion. The community is ready to commit financially to a study, but it also needs assistance from ACOA and the provincial government.
Labour Market Bulletins
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Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
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Client Segment Profile
A report that provides provincial and local demographic and labour market information, trends and prospects for a selected socio-demographic group