Toronto Region (ON)
Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.
The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements which can complement your job search and career exploration.
Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019
- The Government of Canada has invested over $2.3M and created more than 560 summer jobs in Toronto for at-risk youth who face barriers to employment. These jobs are in addition to the more than 6,500 jobs funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program.
- Longo's Brothers Fruit Market opened a new store location at the Yonge Sheppard Centre in Toronto, creating 185 new jobs
- The Government of Canada is investing $20M into an $81.2M project to help Gerdau Ameristeel upgrade its facilities, creating 108 jobs and maintaining another 710 jobs in Whitby and Cambridge
- Microbix Biosystems Inc., a biotechnology company, will receive nearly $2.8M from FedDev Ontario to scale up production and create up to 97 highly skilled jobs in science and manufacturing in Mississauga
- Toronto Tunnel Partners started construction on two rail tunnels under Highways 401 and 409 to accommodate two additional tracks and expand GO train service on the Kitchener line. The estimated $116.9M project is expected to be completed by late 2021.
- CHLOE, a plant-based restaurant chain, will open a location at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping center this fall with plans to open a second location in downtown Toronto next year
- Juul, an e-cigarette maker, opened its first retail store in downtown Toronto
- Ample Organics, a Toronto-based cannabis software start-up, laid off about 20 employees across departments, affecting senior management as well as software developers and designers. The majority of the layoffs came from their Toronto headquarters.
Week of Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019
- The Government of Ontario is investing $28M to expand midwifery services in the province, supporting up to 90 new midwifery graduates and upgrading technology at the clinics
- The Government of Ontario is hiring 65 new correctional officer graduates across the province
- Kingdom Developments Inc. broke ground on its mixed-use condominium development, KSquare Condos, in Scarborough, featuring 34 and 31 storey towers
- Core Development Group started construction on its Birchcliff Urban Towns project in Scarborough
- Construction is underway on a new brewery, Third Moon Brewing Company Incorporated, in Milton and is expected to open this fall
- Pariveda Solutions, a management and technology consulting firm, opened its first Canadian location, with an office in downtown Toronto
- WYRTH, a home goods store, opened its first location in Toronto
- Little Einstein Education Centre opened in East Gwillimbury
- Gucci will open a concession at Holt Renfrew at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre in August. The luxury brand is also updating its standalone store in downtown Toronto, which is expected to be completed by November.
- The Tokyo Smoke, a cannabis retailer, opened in Oshawa
- Canada House Clinics, a medical cannabis clinic, opened a location at North York's Champagne Centre in Toronto
- Scaddabush Italian Kitchen and Bar opened a new location in Etobicoke
- Wayne Gretzky's Toronto and its Oasis Rooftop Patio in downtown Toronto will close in 2020 to make way for a new condominium building
- Two restaurants, Fred's Not Here and the Red Tomato, will close in Toronto in August to make way for a condominium development
- Ford Motor Company plans to layoff about 200 people at its Oakville plant starting in September, with further layoffs expected in January 2020
Week of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2019
- Woodbridge Foam Corporation received up to $20M from the federal government to modernize two manufacturing plants in Woodbridge and Blenheim. The investment is part of a $100M project that will create about 110 new jobs and maintain more than 727 jobs.
- FedDev Ontario is contributing $14M to Niagara College to expand the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation research project, which will support 240 businesses, over 550 jobs and train up to 360 students and researchers
- FedDev Ontario will contribute $3M to help Northern Transformer Corporation to adopt innovative clean technology, scale up production and create about 32 skilled manufacturing and engineering jobs in Vaughan
- The City of Toronto will provide $7.5M to expand Bike Share Toronto, adding 1,250 new bikes and 105 new stations across the city
- Avling Kitchen and Brewery, a Scandinavian-inspired brew pub, opened in Toronto
- Healthy Planet, a health supplement chain, opened in Scarborough
- The Mosaic Creative, a retailer and workshop that offers vintage and antique items, opened in Oshawa
Week of Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2019
- The federal, provincial and municipal governments are jointly investing $152M towards the Eastern Ontario Regional Network's mobile broadband project, expected to create more than 3000 full-time jobs over ten years
- Blaze Pizza restaurant opened in Vaughan, creating 50 local jobs
- The federal government will spend $48.6M on three flood mitigation projects in Markham, with expected completion in about five years
- The Government of Ontario is investing more than $6M for summer initiatives throughout the province, focused on strengthening math skills for all students and improving job prospects
- The Federal Government has announced $5.75M in grants and loans to support deep energy retrofits in four residential buildings in Toronto and Hamilton
- The federal and provincial governments are investing $2.7M to create 18 new affordable homes in Milton
- A candle and jewelry store, Charmed Aroma, opened in the Scarborough Town Centre
- Chronic Ink, a tattoo and piercing parlour, opened in Mississauga's Square One Mall
- Solutions, a retailer specializing in organizational and storage products, will be closing in Mississauga
- About 150 employees at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto resigned or were terminated over benefits fraud
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The Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation received a $3M contribution from the FedDev Ontario to attract foreign investment opportunities and generate more than 275 jobs for southern OntarioThe Halton Catholic District School Board revealed plans to hire a total of 36.8 staff positions for the 2019-20 school year; 16 new elementary teachers, 10.3 new secondary teachers, and 10.5 school support staffGoodwill Boutique, a multi-faceted goodwill store, opened in Newmarket, creating 15 new jobsThe Ontario Government is investing $6.8M to support cross-provincial newborn patient transport and another $5.8M to support the specialized care teams required at the four receiving children's hospitalsToronto-based BenchSci, an AI biomedical startup, has raised $6.7M in new funding and plans to hire engineers specializing in big data, machine learning, and user interface technologiesFedDev Ontario announced a $5M investment into innovation centre ventureLAB for the creation of the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, a lab and incubator hub in MarkhamThe Public Health Agency of Canada will invest up to $4.5M over four years in LMC Healthcare's Diabetes Prevention Program, part of which will take place in BramptonThe federal government, through the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) announced funding of $1M over five years to York University's bilingual campus, Glendon College, to improve training in French language health servicesFifty new cannabis retail stores will open across the province in October: 19 in the GTA, 11 in Western Ontario, 7 in Eastern Ontario, 5 in Northern Ontario, and 8 on First Nations reservesBuild Your Dreams (BYD) expanded its North American operations with the opening of a 45,000-sq.ft. electric bus assembly plant in NewmarketThe Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will launch a new employment services model in Muskoka-Kawarthas, Peel Region and Hamilton-Niagara in fall 2019Mumuso, a Korean-inspired dollar store opened in Toronto
Purolator Inc. will invest $1B over the next five years, investing $330M on a new delivery hub in Toronto that will open in 2021 and an $8.5M terminal in North York that will open September 2019.George Brown College is partnering with the City of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, and Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) to create a new urban manufacturing space for entrepreneurs in TorontoThe Government of Ontario is investing $1M through the Francophone Community Grants Program to assist in economic development and job creation across OntarioFrench skincare brand Caudalie will open a multi-level retail store and spa in TorontoWomen's apparel shop Ricki's opened at North York's Yonge Sheppard Centre in TorontoThe Standard, a new late hour bar, opened in Toronto's Parkdale neighborhoodMorning Parade Coffee Bar, a new café opened in Toronto's Beach Hill neighborhoodThe Toronto District School Board will layoff about 100 staff in student support services, outdoor education, caretaking, psychological support and lunchroom supervisorsCarrot Rewards, a health and wellness computer app, is filing for bankruptcy and closed its Toronto office
Mad Radish will open three new restaurants in Toronto over the rest of the yearHangry Pirates restaurant is opening in Oakville at the end of JuneConstruction will start this summer on a six-storey parking structure at Rutherford GO stationCanna Cabanna, a recreational cannabis retailer, opened in TorontoThe Government of Canada is investing $10M to support a new $30M national innovation hub for collaboration on cybersecurity in Brampton. It is expected to open in 2022 and create 790 permanent skilled jobs in the city.Reid's Distillery, a family-run gin distillery, opened in TorontoThe Bachir Yerex Family Dialysis Centre, an expansion in St. Joseph's Health Centre, opened in TorontoThe Bone & Biscuit Company, a Canadian pet food and supply retail franchise, opened a location in OakvilleErinoakkids Centre for Treatment and Development will layoff approximately 291 workers across three GTA locations due to funding cuts. At least 113 full-time employees will be permanently laid off, and 178 will be rehired on contracts.As part of restructuring to combine several agencies into the new Ontario Health organization, over 400 workers were laid off across 20 health agencies
A countrywide supply shortage of cannabis has spurred licensed pot producers to expand operations at more than 15 growers in Southwestern Ontario and add hundreds of jobsThe Liquor Control Board of Ontario will open 200 new stores, known as LCBO Convenience outlets, throughout Ontario as part of the Government of Ontario's expansion planThe Government of Canada and Government of Ontario are investing over $1M to help craft breweries in the province expand operationsHyatt Hotels Corporation announced plans to open 22 new hotels across Canada by the end of 2022, 16 of which will be in OntarioGraywood Developments and Alterra Group have started construction on Wonder Condos in Toronto, expected to be complete by 2020A clean-tech solutions company, KPM Power Inc. opened in EtobicokeSYNERGISTIX Health and Wellness, a clinic of osteopaths, naturopaths, and massage therapists, opened in BramptonZucca's Ristorante and Pizzeria, opened its second location in NewmarketOomomo, a Japanese variety store, opened their 23,000-sq-ft. flagship store in MarkhamGoh Ballet Academy is opening a location in North York with smaller programs this summer and a full annual program beginning in SeptemberLuxury lifestyle retailer WDLT 117 opened a storefront in TorontoCollège La Cité, a French language college in Ottawa, received $1.35M in funding from the Government of Canada to offer personalized coaching to Francophone entrepreneursWingporium Sports Bar opened a fifth Toronto location in Scarborough VillageTFI International, a trucking company operating in the US and Canada, is closing their Highland Transport division on June 28, laying off about 150 peopleLeave the Pack Behind, a smoking-cessation program in Ontario for young adults, is laying off 28 employeesThe Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), an organization promoting industry and academic collaboration, is laying off about 28 full-time employees
Construction started on a 65,000-sq-ft. hotel in Hamilton, creating 35 full-time jobs when it opens in spring 2020. The $20M hotel development is a joint project between Sigma Group and Kothari Group.Bridgit Inc., a mobile application developer for the construction industry, received $750,000 from the Government of Canada to expand in Kitchener and create 12 new jobsThe Government of Ontario is investing $3.1M in 13 agricultural companies in the northeast, creating or retaining 39 jobsUride, a ride-sharing app, began service in North Bay and is looking for new driversWilliam F. White International Inc., a film and television production services company, will open its new 151,000-sq-ft. facility in Mississauga in 2020Dolson Public School, a public elementary school in Brampton, opened on June 6Nourish Moi, a vegan and gluten free restaurant, opened in MississaugaPho Mid-Way, a Vietnamese and Thai restaurant opened in MississaugaHaight and Ashbury, a menswear clothing store, opened a location at Square One shopping centre in MississaugaGoodfellas, a Neapolitan wood oven pizza restaurant, opened a location in MississaugaSHAPED, a women's only gym, opened in BramptonTop Gun Burgers opened a location in the Heartland Town Centre in MississaugaFurla, an Italian luxury boutique store, has secured a 1,500-sq-ft. retail location at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping CentreThe Government of Canada pledged $15M to the 50 Million Tree Program, which aims to plant 50 million trees across Ontario by 2025
The Flying Squirrel, a 37,000-sq.-ft. indoor trampoline park, is scheduled to open this summer in WhitbyAll or Nothing Brewhouse relocated to OshawaSquare One Health Group, a medical and dental centre, opened in MississaugaSchomberg Community Hall, in the Township of King, will undergo $1M in renovations beginning in June. Construction is expected to take 12 months.Healthy Planet, a Toronto-based health and wellness retail chain, will open eight new stores this year in: Ancaster, Kitchener, Kingston, Barrie, two locations in Hamilton and two locations in Ottawa"Enviroplast Inc., a Montreal-based sustainability firm, received $3M from FedDev Ontario to build a recycling facility in Vaughan, creating 30 full-time jobs. It is expected to be operational by spring 2020.The Art Shoppe, a high end furniture store in Toronto, will close its 70,000-sq.-ft. design showroom after 83 years in business
The Government of Ontario is committing $71M to the Eastern Ontario Regional Network's (EORN) project to eliminate cellular coverage gaps in the region, creating up to 3,000 jobs over 10 yearsShopify Inc., a Canadian e-commerce company, opened a second office in Toronto with plans to hire an additional 750 employees by 2022Uber Technologies Inc., a transportation network company, is opening an engineering hub in Toronto, initially employing 200 workers with plans to accommodate 400 employeesOak + Fort, a fashion retailer, is opening a store in Markham's CF Markville Mall at the end of JuneOver the Rainbow, a Toronto-based fashion retailer, relocated to a larger location on Bloor Street West in TorontoChuck's Roadhouse Bar and Grill opened a third location in MississaugaStarbucks opened a third location in Mississauga's Square One Shopping CentreGoodfellas Wood Oven Pizza, a Neapolitan pizza restaurant, is opening in Mississuaga's Sussex Centre at the end of MayConstruction is underway on Wish Condos, an 18 storey condominum development in Scarborough
Hey Noodles restaurant opened in Mississauga9 Queen Chinese restaurant opened in BramptonThe Government of Ontario is investing $20M in the construction of an Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division detachment in Mississauga, with expected completion in 2020Toys Toys Toys, a specialty toy store, opened in Brampton's Bramalea City CentreWhaley's Corners Public School opened in BramptonEmpire Company Limited is constructing a customer fulfillment centre in Vaughan for Sobey's upcoming online grocery home delivery service; approximately 1,500 jobs will be created from the expansionTranscontinental Inc., a Canadian newspaper publishing and marketing company, is closing its Brampton facility by the end of 2019, affecting 125 employees
Chanel, a luxury fashion and goods retailer, has opened a fragrance and beauty boutique in Toronto's Holt Renfrew CentreWal-Mart Canada Corp. (Walmart) is investing over $200M in renovations for 31 stores, creating approximately 3,250 construction jobs across Canada; 17 stores in Ontario will be renovatedThe Green Goose Pub & Grill has opened in MississaugaBread and Salt is opening an artisanal bakery in Mississauga in JuneThe Kebab Bistro has opened in MississaugaBean & Pearl Café, an artisanal bubble tea shop, has opened a second location, in Toronto's Stackt MarketUdon Kitanoya, a noodle restaurant, has opened in TorontoChick Fiesta, a halal chicken restaurant, has opened in Mississauga's Heartland Town CentreSt. Michael's Hospital in Toronto has laid off 40 clerical positions due to budget cutsT by Daniel, a specialty tea shop, will close its Bramalea City Centre location in Brampton at the end of MayThe Ontario Telemedecine Network, a virtual healthcare provider, has eliminated 44 jobs due to budget cutsGM Canada is investing $170M at its Oshawa facility, retaining 300 jobs
Edo Japan, a teppanyaki restaurant, has opened at the Heartland Town Centre in MississaugaUnited Way Greater Toronto is investing $3.5-million over the next year towards youth employment programs in Toronto and York and Peel RegionsElite 6ix Bar & Grill opened in Mississauga's Streetsville neighbourhoodLes Moulins La Fayette, a Quebec-based bakery, has opened in MississaugaTier 3 Restaurant and Bar has opened in MiltonA new Starbucks location has opened in OakvilleThe Government of Canada will invest $575,000 in Riverside Natural Foods Ltd. in Vaughan. The investment will support factory upgrades and create 15 jobs in the region.Greenwin Incorporated and Choice Properties REIT are planning redevelopment of surplus land in downtown Toronto, with plans for 200 affordable housing units, 700 purpose -built rental units, a daycare and retail spaceBailey Nelson, an Australian-based optical retailer, has opened in TorontoToronto-based Mobile Klinik, a smartphone repair retailer, plans to open 200 stores over the next three years in Walmart Supercentres across Canada. Of the first five stores opening, Ontario has three locations: Scarborough, Oshawa and London.West Corridor Constructors will begin a $639.8M reconstruction project of Highway 401 in Mississauga and Milton in late 2019, with expected completion in late 2022Southern Ontario Library Service will end their interlibrary loan program due to budget cuts, laying off 24 driversAllen's Scottish Butchers in Toronto has closedCommunity Living North Halton and Lunchbox Café, a restaurant in Milton, have partnered to provide training for 13 adults with special needs to gain job experience in the food services industry
The Government of Canada is investing $5.6M in three innovation companies in Richmond Hill, Applanix Corporation, Opus One Solutions and Hibar Systems Limited, creating 36 new jobs in the GTAConstruction started for Durham Live, a 240-acre entertainment development in Pickering. The project includes a hotel, casino, concert venue, convention centre, movie studio and retail space with the first phase expecting to open in 2020.Mastermind Toys opened a store in Mississauga's Clarkson Crossing Centre plazaNova Cannabis opened a retail store in Toronto on Queen St. W.Ever New, an Australian women's fashion retailer, will open its seventh Canadian store in Vaughan Mills in MayHilton's dual branded Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Brampton West and Home2 Suites by Hilton Toronto Brampton opened with 220 rooms
Veoneer Canada Inc., an automobile electronics manufacturer in Markham, plans to hire 300 new auto-tech positionsFernbrook Homes started construction on a 12-storey condo project with 200 units and retail shops in Milton. Completion is expected in 2020.9 Queen, a full service dine-in Chinese food restaurant, opened in downtown BramptonEver New, an Australian-based clothing store, opened in Mississauga's Square One Shopping CentreToronto's Humber College opened the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation facility which will promote science, technology, engineering, art and math outreach with industry and community partners, and address skills gaps
Thales Canada Inc. is expected to hire more than 400 employees, primarily in Burlington and Ottawa, as it builds its digital security businessThe Government of Canada and the City of Toronto is investing $1.3B in over 58,000 affordable housing units with renovations scheduled to begin in spring 2019Ameri, a cannabis retailer, opened in Yorkville, hiring about 20 staffGTA Vapes, a specialty vape retailer, opened its sixth store in Georgetown at 118 Guelph St.Kitchener-based Charcoal Group of Restaurants is opening new locations of Beertown Public Houses in Oakville, Toronto, Barrie and GuelphCanada Goose, a luxury parka retailer, will open a new location in Toronto's CF Sherway Gardens mall
Construction will start in April on the CF Fairview Mall $80M revitalization project in Toronto. It will include redevelopment of existing retail space, new restaurants and improving pedestrian access.Stackt, a 100,000-sq.-ft. retail and community hub, opened in Toronto. The space will house retailers, restaurants and services including a brewery, a basketball court and movie screenings.The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. opened a retail store near Queen St. W and University Avenue in downtown Toronto hiring about 20 front-line staffGanjika House, a cannabis retailer, opened on Main St. in BramptonRELM Cannabis Co. opened a retail store at Fairview Street and Walkers Line in BurlingtonMississauga's Square One Shopping Centre officially opened The Food District a food emporium style marketplaceTJ Grill, a Mediterranean restaurant, opened in Port CreditBalena Restaurant & Karahi House, an Afghan restaurant is opening at Tenth Line West and Thomas Street in Mississauga
Volvo Group opened a parts distribution centre in Milton with 38 employees, 12 more than were employed at its former Mississauga facilityThe Devil's Pulpit Golf Association in Caledon is hiring for a variety of seasonal positionsThe South West Local Health Integration Network will receive $4M from the Government of Ontario to increase the number of personal support workersJack Nathan Medical Inc. opened an 8,300-sq.-ft. multidisciplinary medical clinic inside a Walmart store in VaughanOnline grocery retailer Fresh City Farms Inc. opened two stores in Toronto and plans to open more locations over the next couple of yearsEndy, an online mattress retailer, will open in the Stackt marketplace in Toronto this springElio Ristorante opened in Sutton in the Town of GeorginaAn A&W restaurant opened in East GwillimburyVDL Cosmetics will open its first Canadian store in TorontoTan Mujiang, a retailer of Chinese wooden combs, opened its first Canadian store in Scarborough Town CentreNineteen staff were laid off at Child and Community Resources, which serves multiple communities in Northern OntarioQueen Video in downtown Toronto will close by the end of April
A fourth Chalo! FreshCo grocery store opened in Brampton, creating over 100 jobsConstruction is underway on a Best Western Hotel in Ajax to be completed this fall, creating more than 50 jobsConstruction is underway on Terraces of Princess Gardens in Etobicoke, an affordable housing project by Princess ManagementA HomeSense and Marshalls outlet store opened in OshawaThe Durham District School Board is undertaking several projects including constructing a youth hub at GL Roberts CVI in Oshawa, to be completed in May, and roofing projects at six schools beginning in JuneThe Belgian Moon Brewery by Molson Coors Canada will open in the Stackt marketplace in Toronto this springGreen Earth Stores Ltd., a specialty retailer will close 29 stores in Ontario, with the number of jobs affected unknown
Alstom Canada Inc. is nearing completion on a new light rail assembly facility in Brampton, and expected to employ between 100 and 120 workersThe North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network and the County of Simcoe's four long-term care facilities are experiencing a shortage of personal support workersConstruction began on a six-storey apartment building in Mississauga by Starlight Group Property Holdings Inc. and is expected to be completed in 2020U.S.-based retailer L.L. Bean Inc. will open its first Canadian store in OakvilleStructube, a home furnishings retailer, opened a store in ScarboroughMarket 63 by Coppa's grocery and Nonna Francesca's Ristorante opened in TorontoHardy John's Bar & Grill opened in OshawaChinese value-priced retailer Ximivogue will open its first two Canadian stores in TorontoSoftware developer SAP Canada Inc. laid-off 64 employees at its offices in Toronto and WaterlooThe Waterfront restaurant in Pickering closed on March 23
Metrolinx has partnered with Woodbine Entertainment Group to build a GO Transit station, at an estimated cost between $75M and $90M next to the Woodbine Racetrack in EtobicokeConstruction is underway on a 300,000-sq.-ft. retail and commercial project in Newmarket by the Rice GroupBittele Electronics Inc., a manufacturer of printed circuit boards, will open a new 14,000-sq.-ft. assembly plant in Markham in JuneSilicon Valley Bank, a U.S. bank specializing in lending to technology and life sciences companies, opened its Canadian headquarters in Toronto and will hire over the next few monthsLuxury brand Valentino S.p.A. opened a store at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping CentreCascades Inc. will shutter tissue paper machines in Whitby and Scarborough by August, affecting 68 employees. Some employees will transfer to other operations.Wet 'n' Wild Toronto will hold job fairs on March 25 and April 6 for various summer employment opportunities. Applicants must pre-register for each job fair.
Copper Branche Corp. plans to open five new quick-service restaurants in Ontario this yearSoda Stream Canada will open the company's first Canadian C02 refilling centre in Mississauga in MarchRedwood Properties began construction on two high-rise residential apartment buildings in Brampton expected to be ready for occupancy in 2022Vaultra Asset Management Inc. is building a 100,000-sq.-ft. self-storage facility in Ajax to be completed in the fall of 2019Shoppers Drug Mart launched an online nutrition counselling service delivered by registered dietitians across OntarioF45 Training studios will open in Milton and OakvilleThe Government of Ontario will close the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre in Toronto by June 30, affecting about 10 employeesThe Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth offices in Thunder Bay and Toronto will close in May when the Ontario Ombudsman assumes their duties
Netflix, Inc. plans to establish a dedicated production hub in Toronto, creating up to 1,850 jobs per yearGordon Food Service, a foodservice distribution company, is constructing a new 342,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Ajax. The facility is scheduled to be operational by early 2020, creating 300 jobs.Conavi Medical Inc., a manufacturer of medical technologies, will receive over $3.9M from the Government of Canada to purchase advanced equipment and expand its facility in Toronto by 8,000-sq-ft. The company will create 61 skilled full-time jobs.Bluebird Self Storage opened four outlets and plans to build another six locations in the Greater Toronto AreaHudson's Bay Company will close all 37 Home Outfitters stores in Canada by the end of 2019, affecting close to 700 workersPayless ShoeSource Canada Inc., will close all of its 248 stores in Canada, affecting approximately 2,400 employees. In Ontario, the closure will impact 119 locations.
The Home Depot Canada is looking to hire more than 2,400 workers for the spring/summer season across its stores in OntarioThe Entrepreneurship Discovery and Growth Engine at Sheridan College in Mississauga will receive $1.5M from the Government of Canada to provide a broader range of support services, creating and maintaining about 70 jobs in the communityDrone Delivery Canada will open a 16,000-sq.-ft. Commercial Operations Centre in Vaughan to host up to 25 drone operators. The facility is expected to be fully operational by third-quarter 2019.Construction is underway on The Well, a 3.1 million-sq.-ft. mixed-use development in downtown Toronto featuring 1,700 condominium and apartment units. Construction of the retail and office building is scheduled to be completed by fall 2021.The Government of Canada is investing $60M towards the construction of a 308-unit affordable housing project, Vision at Pat Bayly Square, in AjaxSolmar Development Corp. held a ground breaking ceremony at the site of the Edge Towers condominium project in MississaugaAdastra Corp., a data management and analytics firm, opened an office in downtown TorontoA FreshCo. grocery store opened in TorontoCathy Pacific Airways Ltd., announced it will close its cabin crew base in Toronto, potentially affecting about 120 employees
Daisy Intelligence, an AI software developer in Concord, will receive up to $882K from the Government of Canada, creating up to 29 highly-skilled jobs in southern OntarioThe Lester B. Pearson Theatre in Brampton will undergo $2.6M in renovations beginning in February and expected to be completed this fallLakeridge Health will receive close to $2M from the Government of Ontario for repairs and upgrades at the Ajax-Pickering General HospitalPCL Construction with BEUMER Group will upgrade Toronto Pearson International Airport's baggage-handling operations. Construction on the first four work packages is scheduled for completion in 2021.AutoPlanet Direct, an independent automotive retail dealership, will open a location in ClaringtonMagna Tyres Group, a manufacturer of off-road tires, will open a sales office in Vaughan
Datto, Inc., an international cybersecurity firm, opened its Canadian headquarters in Markham with about 20 employeesThe Government of Ontario is investing up to $633M towards the construction of two new facilities at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in TorontoThe Mon Sheong Foundation held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new $80M long-term care home in Stouffville. The six-storey, 320-bed facility is expected to open by the end of 2022.Italdesign Group, an Italian brand of designer home furnishings, will open a 2,500-sq.-ft. showroom in TorontoThe former Genosha Hotel in Oshawa is being transformed into a residential building with construction expected to be completed by JulyOrangetheory Fitness plans to open three new locations in downtown Toronto in 2019
Niagara University, a private American faith-based institution, opened a 12,000-sq.-ft. campus in VaughanShopify Inc. is launching Shopify Studios, a TV and film content development and production house, which will be headquartered in TorontoMy Lauft Inc. opened a 2,400-sq.ft. flexible workspace in Newmarket the firm¿s first Canadian locationConstruction is underway on a seniors independent retirement residence in OshawaThe McEwan Group opened a third grocery store in TorontoWe Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, an indoor play space for children with autism and special needs, will open in Oakville in FebruaryUnboxed Market, a zero-waste market store, will open in Toronto in FebruaryChildren¿s apparel retailer Gymboree Group, Inc. will close all 49 Canadian stores
Lowe's Canada is looking to hire about 2,650 full-time, part-time and seasonal staff at its stores in Ontario. The company will hold a National Hiring Day on February 23.Redfin Corp., an American real estate brokerage, is expanding into Canada and hiring in TorontoMidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Co., Sweet Jesus, La Carnita and The Pie Commission will be among several restaurants opening in the 34,000-sq.-ft. Food District in Mississauga this springMenkes Developments Ltd., in partnership with TD Greystone Asset Management, will renovate the former Canada Permanent Trust Building in Toronto. Work on the 270,000-sq.-ft. space is expected to take between 12 and 18 months.The Rec Room, a 44,000-sq.-ft. entertainment complex by Cineplex Entertainment LP, is scheduled to open in Mississauga in MarchYang Teashop opened a second location in Toronto with plans to open two more locations in the Greater Toronto AreaBeauty brand Morphe LLC opened a store in MississaugaFootwear retailer Brown Shoe Company of Canada Ltd. Inc. will open an outlet store in Halton Hills in AprilMy Roti Place opened a fourth restaurant in TorontoA Gangster Cheese restaurant opened in WhitbyA Copper Branch restaurant opened in MississaugaHallmark Canada will exit about 20 company-owned stores across Canada in 2019 by either transitioning them to independent ownership or closing them. The loacations of the affected stores have not been identified.
Muir Tapes & Adhesives Ltd. opened a 40,000-sq.-ft. facility in OakvilleIgloo Food Equipment Co., a supplier of restaurant equipment and small wares, opened a 20,000-sq.-ft. location in ScarboroughConstruction began on an extension of Toronto¿s underground PATH walking network scheduled to be completed in April 2020Construction is underway on Cineplex Inc.¿s Whitby Playdium, a 36,000-sq.-ft. entertainment complex scheduled to be completed in late summer 2019Pilteq Inc., a manufacturer of acoustic equipment, opened an expanded facility in Vaughan, creating 62 skilled jobsFashion retailer Uniqlo will open two new stores in Oshawa and Newmarket this springMold Hotrunner Solutions Inc., a manufacturer of injection moulding systems in Halton Hills, expects to increase production and expand its workforce in the areas of assembly, machining, engineering and designStackt, a marketplace constructed out of shipping containers, is scheduled to open in Toronto in spring 2019 and will feature about 30 businessesLawyers & Lattes Legal Café opened in TorontoRPM Distribution, a distributor of vinyl recordings to independent music retailers, closed in ConcordFashion retailers Hugo Boss Canada Inc. and J. Crew Group, Inc. will each close a store in Toronto in January. Hugo Boss will re-open its store in the Yorkdale shopping centre.The ServiceOntario office in Georgetown will close effective February 15Wal-Mart Canada Corp. will close its store at the Cedarbrae Mall in Scarborough at the end of January. Employees are being offered comparable positions within the company.York Regional Police will hold recruitment sessions on February 5 and March 6 in East Gwillimbury
UBER Advanced Technologies Group will double its AI research team to 100 in 2019. The office will relocate to the Bathurst College Centre in Toronto currently under construction by RioCan.
Amazon Canada opened their new Toronto office in December, creating about 600 high-tech engineering jobsThe Government of Ontario hired 53 new correctional officers for deployment into 15 adult correctional facilities across the provinceThe City of Toronto is accepting summer job applications for camps, aquatic programs and various recreation programs until early February 2019EllisDon Corporation was awarded a $239M construction contract for the Rutherford GO station in Vaughan. Construction will start this spring and be complete by 2023.Minto Communities Canada started construction on 53 single-family homes in Etobicoke and is expected to be complete in spring 2019Construction started on a six-storey Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Aurora and is expected to open early 2020.Japanese-style retailer, Oomomo, opened a location on Don Mills Road in Toronto with a Markham store set to open in spring 2019The Sweet Oven Inc., a Barrie-based bakery, will open two new locations, one in Orillia and one in Toronto, in early 2019The Toronto Catholic District School Board will layoff 95 part-time student workersPusateri's Fine Foods closed their Oakville location at the end of December. Affected employees will have the opportunity to relocate to other Pusateri locations.Lbs., a Toronto seafood restaurant, will close at the end of December after two years in businessToronto's Bathurst Bowlerama closed in December after 56 years in businessGeneral Motors of Canada Ltd. identified 300 openings for auto technicians at GM dealerships and 100 jobs at other GM facilities in Ontario for its affected employees in Oshawa
Oakville Place will be adding several new food offerings including Kernels Popcorn, Yogen Fruz and Pitalite, in the coming monthsFive restaurants opened new locations in Toronto: Bar Buca, Cantina Mercatto, Coffee Oysters Champagne, Donna's and NerudaThe Town of Newmarket will install a new public art installation known as Newmarket's Community Living Room. It is expected to be complete in summer 2019.MINISO, a Japanese lifestyle brand and Chinese variety retailer, will open a location in Oakville Place in early 2019Italian luxury clothing brand, Ermenegildo Zegna, opened a standalone store on Bloor Street West in TorontoFurnace Room Brewery opened in Georgetown in DecemberThe Queensway Rotisserie and Grill in Etobicoke permanently closed in December after 37 years in business
TJX Companies, Inc. opened a Marshalls fashion retail store in BradfordTwo new restaurants, La Carnita and Sweet Jesus, will open at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga in spring 2019Firehouse Subs, a sub sandwich shop, opened in BramptonLindt Chocolate Shop opened a flagship store at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in TorontoCrabtree & Evelyn, a beauty and home products retailer, filed for bankruptcy, resulting in the closure of their 11 stores in OntarioMartinrea International Inc. announced it would close its plant in Ajax in 2020 as the location supplies the GM Oshawa Assembly Plant, affecting about 77 workersNorpak Custom Packaging, a subsidized packaging business that employed workers with intellectual disabilities, closed at the end of NovemberPlaybox Children Centre daycare in Georgetown closed
Bruce Power Limited Partnership will create 2000 skilled trade jobs by January 2020 as the Unit 6 Major Component Replacement project begins. The project value is over $2B and is expected to last 46 months.Excavation started for the $1.2B Toronto Port Lands flood protection project, creating an estimated 1,500 jobs during the cleanup and development phasesAccenture, a consulting firm, opened an innovation hub in Toronto with 300 workers, and plans to add 800 technology jobs across Canada by 2020SNC-Lavalin and Eclipse Automation Inc. secured a $33M production tooling contract to support Bruce Power's fuel channel and feeder replacement project. Manufacturing will take place in Mississauga and will be completed by September 2019.The food court at Toronto's Union Station opened with ten food vendorsThree new restaurants, Copper Branch, Starbucks and Edo Japan, will open at Heartland Town Centre in MississaugaBlyth Academy, a private experiential learning high school, opened in EtobicokeGeneral Motors of Canada Company will close their Oshawa plant in 2019 resulting in 2,500 layoffsMaple Leaf Foods Inc., will close its Toronto, Brampton and St. Mary's facilities by 2022, and consolidate its operations at a new $660M facility in London by 2025. The new facility will create 1,450 jobs and lead to a net reduction of about 300 jobs.
A $230M investment into the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster by the federal government, matched by the private sector, is projected to create more than 13,500 jobs over the next 10 yearsConstruction on the new $200M United Parcel Service (UPS) facility began in Caledon, with expected completion in late 2020A new community centre and an affordable housing complex for seniors is under construction in Toronto, with expected completion in spring 2020Restaurant chain Ruth's Chris Steak House opened a location in MarkhamYouthLink, a facility for homeless youth, will open in Scarborough in February 2019David's Bridal will open their 12th Canadian store in Vaughan at the end of DecemberTorstar Corporation eliminated 13 jobs in its StarMetro department in Toronto
The Toronto Police Service plans to add 175 officers by the end of this yearA McDonald's opened in Scarborough, employing 150 staffThe federal government will spend $88.6M to build and repair police stations in First Nation and Inuit communities over seven yearsCactus Club Café, a restaurant chain, opened its second Ontario location at CF Sherway Gardens in EtobicokeA $25M expansion of the Ottawa International Airport terminal is scheduled to begin in spring 2019, part of a five-year $45M transformation projectNestlé Canada Inc. will close their Purina PetCare Company, a pet food manufacturer in Mississauga, in 2019 as operations are moved to the U.S., affecting 87 employees
Construction began on the new Agincourt and Milliken GO Stations in Scarborough. The Agincourt Station is expected to be complete in 2020 while the Milliken Station will be done in 2021.Construction began on the new $12M North York Women's Shelter, with expected completion in summer 2019UL CLEB, a company offering building science and building envelope testing services, opened a new facility in TorontoT&T Supermarket, an Asian grocery store, opened in AuroraMatt & Nat, an accessory fashion brand, opened two new standalone stores in Toronto at CF Sherway Gardens and Square One Shopping Centre
Toronto Premium Outlets will open a new expansion in mid-November, adding over 40 new stores and a full-service Madison's Restaurant and BarCollège Boréal, a French language college from Sudbury, announced the start of construction on its $21.7M Toronto campus. The college is expected to open by 2020 or early 2021.Peloton Interactive, Inc., a fitness and technology company, opened a retail location in downtown Toronto, and is opening two more locations at Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Square One in MississaugaLeo Baeck Day School, a private Jewish school, is closing its York Region Campus due to declining enrolment
Think Research Corp., a digital health care provider, is expanding to a new location in downtown Toronto and will increase their staff from 220 to over 500 once the move is completeMitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace (MHICA), an aerospace manufacturer, is expanding their Mississauga facility with completion expected in November 2019Dymon Storage Corp. plans to open 18 new storage facilities in Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area by 2021AirRiderz opened a 30,000-sq.-ft. trampoline park in VaughanAlmond Butterfly, a gluten-free café and bakeshop, is opening their second location in Toronto in April 2019; with plans to open more locations over the next few yearsiQ Food Co., a healthy casual dining restaurant, opened their flagship location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto
General Motors of Canada Ltd. will build a new Urban Mobility Research and Development centre and car dealership complex in Toronto, creating more than 200 jobs. The complex itself will employ approximately 2,000 workers.Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. is opening Canada's first energy efficient 'net-zero supermarket' in Stouffville. The 40,000-sq.-ft. store will use 35% less energy than average and produce 65% of its own energy.The Government of Canada will invest over $2.1M in Oakville-based LED lighting technology company, GVA Lighting Inc., creating up to 49 full-time jobs
Amazon is looking to hire over 4,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers at its customer fulfillment centres and delivery facilities in the Greater Toronto AreaConstruction on York University's Markham Centre Campus is set to begin at the end of 2018. The $253M facility is set to open in 2021, creating over 400 on-campus jobs.The Government of Canada announced a $25M investment in the Toronto-based Creative Destruction Lab. The funding will support a number of different initiatives, including backing science-based start-ups across Canada, creating up to 22,000 jobs.Radial, an e-commerce fulfillment company, is hiring 350 workers for their Mississauga fulfillment centre to meet holiday demandDurham College unveiled its Centre for Collaborative Education in OshawaA grand opening ceremony was held for Seneca College's King Campus expansion at Magna Hall, a new 200,000-sq.-ft. facility in King City, north of TorontoTJX Companies, Inc. opened a new HomeSense store in WhitbyA second Planet Fitness will open in BramptonRollerplex Entertainment Centre opened in BramptonThe Oakville Pump & Patio will open in the Upper Oakville Shopping Centre in DecemberSugarfina Inc., a candy store, opened at Mississauga's Square One Shopping Centre
Shopify Inc., an e-commerce company, will invest up to $500M for an office development in downtown Toronto by 2022, which will result in the hiring of hundreds of employeesLush Cosmetics, a handmade cosmetics brand, will hire 1,400 seasonal workers at their Toronto production facilityFarm Boy will open its second store in Toronto this winter, creating 130 new jobs
Amazon.com, Inc. will hire 500 full- and part-time warehouse associates for their fulfillment centres in Mississauga, Milton and two in BramptonInstacart, a grocery-delivery company, plans to expand its Toronto office by 200 employees over the next several years, with a focus on tech, research and developmentCineplex Odeon Orion Gates Cinema in Brampton will close at the end of September to begin the conversion into a Playdium complex, which is expected to open in mid-2019. Cineplex plans to hire about 100 people at the new facility.Starwood Capital Group will open a hotel in Toronto under their 1 Hotel brand. The location is expected to open in 2020.CBS will open a 260,000-sq.-ft. studio space in Mississauga in March 2019Pinterest will open its first office in Canada in Toronto on October 1
French-Canadian outerwear brand, Soia & Kyo, opened a store in Mississauga's Square One shopping centreSleep Country Canada Inc. opened its 258th Canadian store at CF Sherway Gardens in Toronto
Microsoft Canada Inc. announced plans for a new Canadian headquarters in downtown Toronto. The company plans to add more than 500 full-time employees with an additional 500 co-ops and internships by 2022.Uber will invest $200M to expand its Advanced Technologies Group in Toronto and open a new engineering lab that will add approximately 300 jobsFirst Studio City will start construction on a new $100M film studio in Markham in spring 2019, with an expected completion by 2020Intel Corporation plans to open a new graphics chip engineering lab in North YorkUNTUCKit, an American mens retailer, opened its first Canadian retail store in the CF Sherway Gardens mall in TorontoToronto Premium Outlets will host a job fair in Halton Hills on September 25 with over 50 hiring retailersThe Canadian Apparel Federation and the City of Toronto will host the Apparel and Fashion Career Fair on September 25 at Metro Hall in TorontoThe Canadian Army Reserve Open House and Job Fair will be held at units across Canada on September 29
Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is expanding the Baskin-Robbins ice-cream chain in Ontario with 18 new locations, including the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and OttawaGoodfellas Wood Oven Pizza opened in GeorgetownBrock Street Brewery will open a second location in Whitby this fallLola's Kitchen closed in Toronto, affecting more than 45 employees
The City of Oakville will open the redeveloped Trafalgar Park Community Centre on September 22. The $41M+ project includes a new fire station.Construction is underway in Newmarket on a 2,200-sq.-ft. medical centre by Mulock Canada Med Inc.Meadowglen Pharmacy and Medical Centre is now open in WhitbyDSW Inc. will close all 38 locations of its Canadian footwear chain, Town Shoes Ltd., by January. Approximately 400 workers will be affected.Cascades Inc., a recycled fibre manufacturer, is closing two of its corrugated packaging plants, affecting 65 employees in Barrie and Peterborough. Some employees may be able to relocate to other operations.
The Government of Ontario is investing more than $182M to modernize nine Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) facilities across the province. Bird Construction Inc. is set to begin construction this fall with substantial completion expected by late 2020.The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) selected B+H Architects as the architect for the new 22-storey Patient Support Centre which will replace the aging Elizabeth McMaster Building in downtown TorontoEllisDon Healthcare Infrastructure will start construction on Mississauga's West Park Healthcare Centre Redevelopment Project. The project will include a new 730K-sq.-ft. hospital building and is expected to be complete in early 2023.Projectcore Inc. will start renovations on the 4,423-sq.ft. historic Eclipse Whitewear building in Toronto to accommodate a new Mirvish art gallery. Construction is expected to start in October and be completed by August 2020.The Retail Council of Canada, in partnership with the City of Toronto, will host 2018 Fall Retail Job Fair on September 13 at the Toronto Reference Library to fill over 500 positions across more than 20 retail employersCementation Canada Inc., a mine and facilities contracting and engineering company, opened a new office in Toronto. The company is also growing its capacity at its North Bay and Sudbury locations.M&M Food Market, a retailer of specialty frozen foods, opened a new store in Scarborough in AugustDUCA Credit Union opened a new branch in Mount Albert, located within the Town of East Gwillimbury in August
Mad Radish, a chain of salad-based restaurants out of Ottawa, opened its first location in Toronto
Labour Market Bulletins
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
- Arts, Entertainment and Recreation | (PDF, 194 KB)
- Accommodation and Food Services | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Agriculture | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Business, Building and Other Support Services | (PDF, 203 KB)
- Chemical Manufacturing | (PDF, 626 KB)
- Clothing | (PDF, 286 KB)
- Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Construction | (PDF, 286 KB)
- Educational Services | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Fabricated Metal Manufacturing | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Rental and Leasing | (PDF, 557 KB)
- Food, Beverage and Tobacco Product | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Health Care and Social Assistance | (PDF, 583 KB)
- Information and Culture | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Machinery Manufacturing | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Motor Vehicle, Body, Trailer and Parts Manufacturing | (PDF, 251 KB)
- Primary Metal Manufacturing | (PDF, 207 KB)
- Professional, Technical and Scientific Services | (PDF, 207 KB)
- Retail Trade | (PDF, 246 KB)
- Textile Mills & Textile Product Mills MFG | (PDF, 540 KB)
- Transportation and Warehousing | (PDF, 540 KB)
- Utilities | (PDF, 540 KB)
- Wholesale Trade | (PDF, 540 KB)
- Wood Product Manufacturing | (PDF, 247 KB)