Job Market Trends and News

Canada

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 offers significant events from past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force across Canada. It can prove to be a useful resource to complement your job search and career exploration.

You can explore news items across Canada on this page or refine your search to a specific news event type, sector or region.

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, third quarter 2017

Canadian businesses reported 468,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, up 62,000 (+15.1%) from the third quarter of 2016. The overall job vacancy rate increased 0.3 percentage points to 2.9% in the quarter.

The job vacancy rate represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand; that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

Vacancies for permanent positions accounted for 80.2% of all job vacancies in the third quarter, up from 78.5% the same quarter a year earlier.

Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies
Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies

This was the fourth consecutive quarter with year-over-year increases in both the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate. As in the second quarter of 2017, year-over-year increases in job vacancies were broadly based across the provinces, industrial sectors and occupations.

Compared with the second quarter of 2017, the number of job vacancies (unadjusted for seasonality) in Canada increased by 1.6%, while the job vacancy rate was unchanged, as payroll employment also rose. By comparison, the number of job vacancies declined between the same quarters in 2015 while it had gone up between the same quarters in 2016.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
G3 Canada Limited will be building a new high-efficiency grain elevator site in Erskine that will employ 12 to 14 people on completion. Construction is expected to start this summer and be complete in 2020. Construction Job Creation AB
PetroLMI, an industry-backed non-profit specializing in oil and gas job trends, is forecasting that direct employment in Canada's oil and gas sector will fall by more than 12,000 jobs this year. The losses are due to factors including low commodity prices, a decline in capital spending and uncertain market access. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Lethbridge College is launching a two-year diploma in Architectural Animation Technology and a one-year certificate in Virtual and Augmented Reality this fall. The virtual reality industry over the next three years is forecast to grow over 400 per cent. Educational Services Job Creation AB
Southland Transportation is starting scheduled bus service between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Southland will run two return trips between the cities on weekdays, stopping for passengers at towns and villages in between. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
C&B Alberta Solar Development ULC is planning to hire more than 200 workers this summer as it starts construction on a 90,000 panel solar farm near Suffield Construction Job Creation AB
Gibson Energy has struck a deal that will see Trimac Transportation pay about $70M for its trucking assets and $30M for property in Edmonton. Trimac will take on Gibson's commercial trucking contracts, equipment, and 160 employees. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
North American Construction Group has entered into a new five-year contract with an unnamed major oilsands customer and the Mikisew Cree First Nation through a joint venture partnership. The value of the contracted work is estimated at $400M out to 2023. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
SemCAMS Midstream ULC is expecting to complete construction of its Smoke Lake gas plant near Fox Creek by November 1st. The company will be looking to fill approximately 10 new positions for plant operators at the site. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
TransCanada expects to start pipeline/compressor station construction on its West Path Delivery Project in the summer.The expansion is part of a $2B upgrade program for TransCanada's NOVA Gas system. Construction Job Creation AB
Mountain View Seniors' Housing, which operates seniors' facilities, is planning to terminate the Alberta Health Services contracts for all its sites in 12 months' time. The contracts are currently for health-care delivery at Didsbury, Olds and Sundre. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Nanaimo's Medical Arts Urgent and Primary Care Centre will open in June to offer increased local access to health-care services. Fourteen additional health-care professionals, including doctors, nurses and substance-abuse clinicians will be hired. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
Cloud Nine Collective received its provincial license to operate the first recreational cannabis store in Victoria. The store anticipates opening in April and employing a dozen workers. Retail Trade Job Creation BC
The Government of Manitoba is providing $7.9M in funding to the new Building Sustainable Communities Program. The program replaces and modernizes seven grant programs allowing it to respond to local, municipal and regional priorities. Public Administration Other Type of Event MB
The Province of BC is contributing $7.9M to 15 industry trade associations and research institutes for projects that advance innovative uses of wood products and expand global markets for wood products manufactured in BC Manufacturing Job Creation BC
Cineplex Cinemas recently opened a new 11-screen Cineplex Cinemas Park Royal and VIP in West Vancouver Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
The Forest Enhancement Society of BC is contributing almost $3.4M to eight projects that bring forests damaged by wildfires back into production and available as a future source of mid-term timber Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation BC
Delta 9's new cannabis retail store, Brandon's fourth, is now open. The store not only sells cannabis products, but it also includes a classroom to teach people about marijuana and how to use it. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
Canada Jetlines, an ultra-low cost airline flying out of Vancouver, is delaying its launch until December 2019 Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event BC
Amazon's Web Services opened its first ¿ThinkBox¿ office in Winnipeg. The company develops creative tools technology for the film industry. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation MB
TransLink is upgrading the infrastructure at several of its older, high traffic stations in the Vancouver area with the aim of attracting new food vendors, boutiques and other retail shops Retail Trade Job Creation BC
The government of Manitoba is granting $118,000 to the West Central Women's Resource Centre in Winnipeg and $58,000 to the Women's Resource Centre in Brandon. The funding will help deliver programs and services to support women and their families. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
The Government of BC is providing $7.6M to set up a modular affordable housing facility in Sechelt. RainCity Housing and Support Society will operate the facility and provide support services to 40 residents beginning in mid-April. Construction Job Creation BC
Construction on the Haney Bypass improvement project in Maple Ridge will begin this summer with completion expected by summer 2020. These upgrades are part of the $70M Highway 7 project to improve traffic flow by upgrading roads and intersections. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is providing over $3.6M in funding to the Gillam Airport to maintain the runways, taxiways and aprons Construction Job Creation MB
HUB International, a leading North American insurance brokerage, recently opened a new branch in Portage la Prairie Finance and Insurance Job Creation MB
Victoria-based CHOICES Adoption and Pregnancy Counselling Agency will close on May 31. The agency identified the declining number of children available for domestic and international adoptions as the reason for the closure. Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff BC
According to the Vancouver Economic Commission, there is high demand for workers in the BC film and television industry, including in the field of graphic design, animation, and video game development Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
The City of North Vancouver has approved new zoning bylaws that will permit breweries to open lounges within the designated Lower Lonsdale brewery district. Five breweries have expressed interest in expanding their operations. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation BC
The City of Kelowna has resumed construction on the Glenmore Recreation Park. Phase two, which should be completed by September 2019, includes two multi-use playing fields, irrigation, and drainage. Construction Job Creation BC
The West Kootenay Region Airport in Castlegar received almost $1.3M through the Government of Canada's Airports Capital Assistance Program. The funds will be used to upgrade its runway lighting and electrical systems. Construction Job Creation BC
The Okanagan Skaha School District has launched the SD67 Careers Department that connects students with local employers through job posting flyers N/A Job Creation BC
The number of people employed in Saskatchewan increased 3,900 month-over-month in March. Meanwhile, the province's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% - the lowest level since August 2015. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Nutrien Wonderhub, a new museum for children, will open in Saskatoon on June 28, 2019 Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event SK
Miyosiwin Salon Spa in Regina reopened on April 4, 2019, a year after it was damaged in a fire Other Services (except Public Administration) Job Creation SK
The City of Prince Albert is spending $80,000 to upgrade lights at the Art Hauser Center during this off-season. A request for proposals for the project was posted on SaskTenders in late March. Construction Other Type of Event SK
SaskTel recently launched a new cell tower in Lloydminster. The company has also upgraded an existing tower in the community to improve wireless LTE service. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event SK
SaskTel has upgraded its high speed internet services in Lumsden and Melfort. Residents and businesses will now have download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event SK
A multi-million dollar project is underway in Ben Eoin to include a new restaurant and lounge, expanded accommodations, and a golf pro shop at The Birches resort. A residential development is part of a long-term plan as well. Construction Other Type of Event NS
The owner of a McDonald's that is about to open soon in Valley, near Truro, is in the process of filling about 60 positions at the restaurant. A gas station and convenience store will also open on the site. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
King Street Beer, a taproom serving local craft beer, will open in May 2019 in downtown Bridgewater Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
A new café, Open Book Coffee, will open in April 2019 on Strawberry Hill in Halifax, while Ontario-based pet supply chain Ren's Pets will open soon in Dartmouth Crossing Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Requests for proposals will be issued immediately for a $24M project to construct additional buildings at Nova Scotia Community College campuses in Halifax, Lawrencetown, and Port Hawkesbury Construction Other Type of Event NS
The Nova Scotia government indicates a need for math and French specialists especially in the province, and wider recruitment efforts for teachers are underway. The supply of substitute teachers is also experiencing pressure. Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
Aqualitas could add 30 to 40 more positions to its current staff of 50 workers by the end of 2019 at its cannabis operation near Liverpool. The company recently received a license to sell its product. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NS
Frank & Gino's Grill & Pasta House is scheduled to open near the end of April 2019 in the former Connors Restaurant building in Amherst. The business will employ a mix of about 32 to 40 full-time and part-time workers. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The recruitment of anesthesiologists remains a challenge in Nova Scotia, as it is for specialist physicians generally in many parts of the country. The Yarmouth Regional Hospital recently lost three of its four anesthesiologists. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
The Nova Scotia government will expand its pre-primary program to 56 more schools in the fall of 2019. The program would then employ about 400 early childhood educators in the province, including about 224 that will be hired to support the expansion. Educational Services Job Creation NS
Proponents for a cannabis operation in South River that would employ up to 25 people held public information sessions in April 2019. The tentative project is in the early stages of development. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NL
The government of NL will invest $50.5M from its 2019 budget towards 31 municipal capital works projects in 29 communities. Projects will improve water and wastewater systems, and provide community-oriented infrastructure. Construction Other Type of Event NL
Saltwire Network will lay off 30 employees, merge two newspapers in Labrador, and begin publishing weekly instead of daily the Western Star newspaper in Corner Brook in April 2019. Changes in the marketplace account for the decision. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff NL
The government of NL will issue requests for proposals later in 2019 to build a $200M replacement for Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John 's. Construction, in the White Hills area, is expected to begin in 2022 and be tentatively completed in 2024. Construction Other Type of Event NL
Snow crab quotas are increasing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to just over 32,000 tonnes. Most catches will be made in Area 12, which is used mainly by Gaspé and New Brunswick fishers. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NB
The New Brunswick government has cut the primary caregiver benefit program in order to fund a wage increase for 9,500 home-care workers. Home support workers, family support workers and attendant care workers will now earn over $14 per hour on average. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NB
The Plan b Bar & Lounge has closed after a decade in business in Moncton. Located at the corner of St. George and Lutz Streets, the live music venue gave emerging musicians a place to perform. Accommodation and Food Services Layoff NB
Accor Hotels will begin laying off 43 staff at its call centre in Moncton starting in late August, as part of a company restructuring. The Accor - Global Reservations Centre, currently employs 310 people and serves hotel chains such as Fairmont and Ibis. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Layoff NB
Construction is slated to begin in the spring on two 36-unit luxury apartment complexes at Pinewood Road and Gunningsville Boulevard in Riverview. Site preparation work for The Kensington will begin this month and will be completed in mid-to-late 2020. Construction Other Type of Event NB
Following a recent expansion of its main production facility on English Drive, Cannabis producer Organigram now has over 650 employees in Moncton and has distribution agreements with every province. The Moncton facility employed 100 staff in 2017. Manufacturing Job Creation NB
Riverview's planning committee approved five bylaw variances, which would allow Cordova Realty Ltd. to build two 10 storey towers along the Petitcodiac River. The proposed $35M project would have 150 residential units and retail space if approved. Construction Other Type of Event NB
P.E.I. has two new businesses creating malt for the craft brewing industry, Shoreline Malting in Summerside and Island Malt House in New Glasgow. Growing malting barley can be a challenge as it is typical for only half of the crop to make the grade. Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
A survey conducted by the Medical Society of P.E.I. reports that 56% of physicians responded that they plan to retire, leave the province, or downsize their practice. The society is hoping to address the issue with improved recruitment and retention. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event PE
Habitat for Humanity NWT recently opened a ReStore in downtown Yellowknife. The store sells second hand furniture and other household goods to fund their mission of creating affordable housing across the territory. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NT
Parks Canada is opening a space for an additional outfitter to provide river guiding operations down the South Nahanni River. The new outfitter would begin operating in the summer of 2020. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation NT
A national charitable organization, Actua, is planning to expand its InSTEM program to northern communities as part of $2.3M in funding from the federal government. Over the next two years, 65-75 Indigenous students will take part in the program. Educational Services Job Creation NT
The federal government is contributing $13M over five years to the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning to support the development of indigenous land-based education Educational Services Other Type of Event NT
The Government of Nunavut is launching a weekly evening walk-in clinic at Iqaluit Health Services to increase accessibility to health care services in the territory Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NU
The federal government is providing over $3.8M in funding for geoscience and permafrost research in Nunavut to determine the territory's vulnerability to climate change Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NU
The Government of Yukon is hiring local contractors to maintain waste disposal sites in Mount Lorne and Marsh Lake due to steady increases in the volume of waste drop-offs Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation YT
A national charitable organization, Actua, is planning to expand its InSTEM program to northern communities as part of $2.3M in funding from the federal government. Over the next two years, 65-75 Indigenous students will take part in the program. Educational Services Job Creation YT
Yukon College is offering a new bachelor of business administration program starting this fall Educational Services Job Creation YT
Citadelle, a cooperative of maple syrup producers, is investing close to $5M to modernize its plants in Plessisville and Aston-Jonction. Half of the cost is being covered by the Government of Quebec. The employer will have 13 positions to fill. Manufacturing Investment QC
A Shell gas station is currently being built in Joliette. The site will also have a car wash and a convenience store. The $2.75M investment will lead to the creation of 20 part-time and full-time jobs. Construction Construction QC
The Cégep de Sherbrooke will inject hundreds of thousands of dollars into creating a facility specifically for students in arts-related programs. The facility will be open by the start of the fall semester. Construction Construction QC
CIBC will close its branch in Stanstead on June 13. The number of jobs lost has not been disclosed. Finance and Insurance Layoff QC
Avenue Code, a business specializing in e-commerce consulting, has announced the opening of an office in Montréal and the creation of 50 jobs in 2019. Most of the job openings will be on the coding team. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
eSports Central, a provider of electronic sports services, has announced the opening of a location for matches and hosting teams in Montréal by mid-May. Some 40 people are expected to be hired. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec will invest more than $564M over 2019-2021 in different road projects throughout the territory of the Côte-Nord region Construction Construction QC
Thales Canada Inc. is expected to hire more than 400 employees, primarily in Burlington and Ottawa, as it builds its digital security business Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Stryker Corp., a medical devices and equipment manufacturer, opened its $100M Canadian headquarters in Hamilton with over 200 employees Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Movati Athletic began construction on an $18M fitness centre in Windsor expected to open in spring 2020, creating more than 150 construction jobs and about 125 permanent positions  Construction Job Creation ON
MacLean Engineering is expanding and will hire an additional 50 to 60 workers such as welders, machinists, electricians, mechanics and administrative people at their manufacturing facility in Owen Sound Manufacturing Job Creation ON
A Fionn MacCool¿s restaurant and bar will open in Windsor in May, creating 70 jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Construction started on the next phase of the $1.6B Wataynikaneyap Power project. The installation of 1,630 kilometres of transmission line in remote northwestern Ontario is expected to be complete by 2023. Construction Job Creation ON
The 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 2019 Construction Job Creation ON
Drewlo Holdings started construction on an $80M project in Kitchener which will include two residential towers with retail space at street level Construction Job Creation ON
Cannabis retailer J. London opened a store in London with 25 employees  Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Ameri, a cannabis retailer, opened in Yorkville, hiring about 20 staff Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Brock Street Cannabis Co., a Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. branded store, opened in Kingston Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Construction Tremblant has announced the reconstruction of Le Maître de Mont-Tremblant golf club pavilion, an investment estimated at $3.5M. The work will begin in mid-April, and will be completed by the fall of 2019. Construction Construction QC
The Niagara Herbalist opened a cannabis retail store in St. Catharines  Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Curative Cannabis, a cultivator of medical and recreational cannabis, is hiring for a variety of positions in Chatham Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation ON
U.S. clothing manufacturer Michael Kors will open its first flagship boutique in downtown Montréal. The date of the opening and the number of jobs created have not been disclosed. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
GTA Vapes, a specialty vape retailer, opened its sixth store in Georgetown at 118 Guelph St. Retail Trade Job Creation ON
BlaSter, an entertainment venue formerly known as Soo Blaster, is reopening in Sault Ste. Marie this spring and will hire 20 full-time and part-time positions including servers, bartenders and supervisors Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
Kitchener-based Charcoal Group of Restaurants is opening new locations of Beertown Public Houses in Oakville, Toronto, Barrie and Guelph Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines announced more than $1M for six tourism projects in the Thunder Bay region, creating 18 full and part-time jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Construction started on the new 12,000-sq.-ft. Ontario Provincial Police detachment in Little Current, expected to be complete in 2020 Construction Job Creation ON
CX Solutions, a global tech and consulting firm, will open a location in Sault Ste. Marie, hiring project coordinators, customer experience specialists, and help desk specialists Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
Canada Goose, a luxury parka retailer, will open a new location in Toronto's CF Sherway Gardens mall Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The obstetrics unit at the Centre hospitalier de La Sarre will reopen as of April 14 thanks to the arrival of 10 nurses. The unit shut down in March due to a shortage of nurses. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
St. Mary's Development Corp. will build a car dealership and high-rise building in Ottawa Construction Job Creation ON
Silvergate Homes Ltd. started construction for its Legends on The Green housing development in Niagara Falls to be completed this fall Construction Job Creation ON
The City of Senneterre has announced its first job fair in the fall to encourage new workers to settle there N/A Other Type of Event QC
Hamilton Film Studios, a company offering studio space and location support equipment, opened in Hamilton Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation ON
The City of Sarnia awarded Birnam Excavating Ltd. a $7.7M contract for sewer upgrades  Construction Job Creation ON
Club de golf Hemmingford will be completely redesigned and modernized starting this season. Some 20 people will be hired for maintenance and the kitchen. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
A Food Basics grocery store is under construction in Tecumseh for a summer opening  Construction Job Creation ON
The former Town and Country Restaurant in West Lorne is being converted into retail space and residential apartments Construction Job Creation ON
Windsor Regional Hospital will issue about 80 layoffs, primarily in food services and housekeeping, over the next few months Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff ON
Axionable, a French company specializing in applied research and artificial intelligence projects, is opening a laboratory in Montréal and intends to create 50 jobs within two years Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation QC
Midway Lumber Mills in Thessalon will layoff 16 jobs in May due to inaccessibility to a portion of their wood supply Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Alternative Coup de Pouce, a daycare personnel replacement service, is looking for some 20 people to work in the Montérégie region and the West Island in Montréal Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation QC
The City of Montréal has announced a contract of more than $21M with Aménagement Côté Jardin to modernize part of Sainte-Catherine Street West. If everything goes according to plan, the work should be completed in 2020. Construction Construction QC
Jeans Factory, a clothing chain based in Warwick, is closing all of its shops in Quebec, laying off approximately 100 people Retail Trade Layoff QC
L'Hôtel & Suites Normandin has officially opened in Lévis. The $20M project led to the hiring of some 30 people. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Decathlon, a sports retailer, has announced the upcoming opening of its second Canadian shop in Boisbriand. The amount invested and the number of jobs created have not been announced. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Metro DB grocery store located in Dolbeau-Mistassini is investing $5M in modernizing and expanding its premises. The work should be completed by November. Construction Construction QC
Construction Rock Dufour, an excavation and paving company located in Jonquière, will install a new lighting system at the Bagotville military base. The $3.7M contract covers 16 months of work starting in June. Construction Construction QC
The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et services sociaux (CIUSSS) in Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean is looking for students to fill 110 positions over the summer. The recruitment period has been extended until the end of April. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Groupe Dallaire will build two social housing and two seniors residence buildings in the Beauport sector of Québec City. The work on these projects will begin between August 2019 and 2020. Construction Construction QC
Transport Memphré, a company specializing in freight logistics and transportation, is injecting $4M into expanding its building in Magog in order to focus all of its activities in a single location and to acquire new equipment Construction Construction QC

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