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Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region (ON)

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  • Start date: 2019-08-26, End date: 2019-08-30
    Week of Aug 26 - Aug 30, 2019

    Heico Canada Holding Company, a manufacturer of wire and wire rod products, will invest part of $50.7M in funding into facilities in L'Orignal and Ingersoll
    Indigo Books and Music Inc. will open a new store in Barrie in September
    Arnott Construction Ltd. will begin their $14M reconstruction of King Street Midland in mid-September
    Snakes and Lattes, a board game café franchise, is set to open a new location in Guelph later this year
    Birch Cabin, a home décor store, opened in Thornbury
  • Start date: 2019-08-19, End date: 2019-08-23
    Week of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019

    The Government of Canada is investing $18M in Heico Companies LLC, the parent company of Ivaco Rolling Mills LP, a steel wire and billets manufacturer, to create 86 new jobs across plants in L'Orignal, Ingersoll and Marieville in Quebec
    Phase one of the Dunlop Street reconstruction will begin in Barrie in September. The $13M project is expected to finish in fall 2020.
    W.S. Morgan Construction Ltd., has been selected to construct the Building Hope project that will include the Lighthouse Community Services Hub and Lighthouse Supportive Housing in Orillia. Construction is expected to start in September.
    Post Script, a 500-sq.-ft. multi-purpose event space opened in downtown Harriston, in Wellington County
    The Dance Factory, a dance studio, opened in Wingham, in Huron County
    Following the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's Cannabis store lottery results, several licensed cannabis retail stores are set to open in Kitchener and Guelph
    Chuck's Roadhouse Bar and Grill plans to open a location in Guelph
    Sweet Jesus, a Toronto-based soft serve ice-cream outlet, opened a location in Waterloo
    Quesada Burritos & Tacos, a Mexican themed restaurant, opened in Alliston
    The Ear and Hearing Clinic, opened in Palmerston, in Wellington County
    Kulfi Café opened in Palmerston, in Wellington County
  • Start date: 2019-08-12, End date: 2019-08-16
    Week of Aug 12 - Aug 16, 2019

    Construction began on Cambridge's new Gaslight District, a $100M project including two 20-storey residential towers, commercial space, a cobblestone public square and an event hall
    Snobelen Farms Ltd. will expand at their Palmerston facility with a new seed facility, with construction beginning this summer
    Lot 88 Kitchen and Bar, a new restaurant, opened in Waterloo
    Illustrated Movement Dance Academy opened its studio in Palmerston
    Zellers, a departmental store, is closing its last two remaining stores in Ottawa and Toronto
  • Start date: 2019-08-05, End date: 2019-08-09
    Week of Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2019

    The Government of Canada is investing over $2M in local festivals and events. This funding will support 24 additional events this year while creating jobs and boosting local tourism across the province.
    Thornbury Village Cidery is set to expand their current operations with the addition of a 4,700-sq-ft. craft brewery operation to their current location in Thornberry
  • Start date: 2019-07-29, End date: 2019-08-02
    Week of Jul 29 - Aug 02, 2019

    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
    FedDev Ontario is investing $2.5M in Newton Group Ltd., to scale up production by adding a new, highly automated pre-cast concrete production line as part of a 40,000-sq.-ft. facility expansion, creating 28 technical and professional jobs in Guelph
    Groupe Touchette Inc., opened a tire distribution centre in Cambridge, employing seven people
    Snobelen Farms Ltd., plans to build a new seed processing, treatment and packaging facility in Palmerston, with construction starting this summer and completion expected by fall 2020
    ADM Design and Décor, a new decor store, opened in Innisfil
  • Start date: 2019-07-22, End date: 2019-07-26
    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
    Dufferin County plans to invest about $8.4M on capital projects in 2019. Work on multiple road improvements and rehabilitation projects are currently underway in the Orangeville and Shelburne area, with some work expected to be completed by this summer.
    MyFit Gym, opened its second location in Minto
    KidsAbility will lay off between 20 and 25 employees in Waterloo Region at the beginning of next year
    Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited laid off 65 full-time unionized and several dozen non-unionized employees at its Casino Rama location in Orillia
  • Start date: 2019-07-15, End date: 2019-07-19
    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
    ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., broke ground for the expansion of their headquarters in Cambridge, adding 122,000-sq.-ft. of additional space for manufacturing, office and innovation centre. The project is expected to be completed by May 2020.
    The Waterloo Region Community Legal Services opened a legal clinic for the LGBTQ community at the Spectrum's offices in Kitchener
    The Centre for International Governance Innovation laid off 21 employees in Waterloo as a result of provincial funding cuts
  • Start date: 2019-07-08, End date: 2019-07-12
    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
    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 government is providing nearly $5.5M to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 84 to support a new training program in Breslau. The project expects to train 240 electrical apprentices over the next five years.
    Construction is underway on a 120,000-sq-ft., 750-unit storage facility for Apple Self Storage in Kitchener, with an expected completion date of spring 2020
    A Dynacare facility opened a new location in Tottenham, providing laboratory and healthcare services
    Ride Well, a new on-demand ride sharing program, is set to launch in October in Wellington County
    A.L. Appliances & Lighting opened a retail store in Stroud
  • Start date: 2019-07-01, End date: 2019-07-05
    Week of Jul 01 - Jul 05, 2019

    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 Ontario
    Abel's on Queen, a new barbershop at the Walper Hotel, opened in Kitchener, creating eight new jobs
    The Government of Ontario is investing $12M along with Ontario Pork which is contributing $3M to build a new swine research facility in Elora, expected to be complete in three years
    The 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 hospitals
    Construction will begin on a 60,000-sq-ft commercial plaza in Tottenham in the fall. Some units are expected to open as early as 2020.
    Fifty 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 reserves
    The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will launch a new employment services model in Muskoka-Kawarthas, Peel Region and Hamilton-Niagara in fall 2019
    The Nest, a home decor store, opened in Collingwood
    A new visitor information centre opened in Wasaga Beach
    Grand River Rocks, a rock climbing gym in Kitchener, will open a new 12,500-sq-ft. location in Waterloo
    The Mexican House, a restaurant and store with a focus on Mexican and Latin cuisine, opened in Orillia
    Guac Mexi Grill, a Mexican restaurant, opened in Innisfil
  • Start date: 2019-06-24, End date: 2019-06-28
    Week of Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2019

    Hanson Development will commence construction for the Seasons on Little Lake, a waterfront community in Midland, in July. Construction will include 1,700 homes, a 10,000-sq-ft. members club, a 13km trail network, and a waterfront boardwalk.
    Construction commenced along Front Street in Orillia, the first of two phases in the $6.5M project, and is expected to be completed by 2020
    Alectra Utilities received $3M from the Government of Canada to support two electrical grid projects in Guelph
    The Government of Ontario is investing $1M through the Francophone Community Grants Program to assist in economic development and job creation across Ontario
    Winnie's Gluten-Free Bakery opened a new location in Belmont Village in Kitchener
    Halibut House Fish and Chips opened in Barrie
    Chrome Pole Dance Studio, a pole fitness studio, opened in Guelph
  • Start date: 2019-06-17, End date: 2019-06-21
    Week of Jun 17 - Jun 21, 2019

    SAP Canada is currently hiring 30-40 people and looking to add an additional 50 in the next few years to their SAP Labs office in Waterloo
    Challenger Motor Freight Inc. will open its own training school in July in Cambridge for drivers to earn their AZ license required for tractor trailers
    Rapido Group will establish an RV manufacturing facility in Cambridge, expecting to hire 110 employees by the end of summer 2019, and growing to 200 by the end of 2020
    VO2 Sports, a multi-sports store, opened in Collingwood
    Propel Centre for Population Health Impacts, a cancer research centre at the University of Waterloo, will close at the end of June due to funding cuts, affecting 20 employees
    As part of restructuring to combine several agencies into the new Ontario Health organization, over 400 workers were laid off across 20 health agencies
  • Start date: 2019-06-10, End date: 2019-06-14
    Week of Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2019

    Marjoel, previously known as Arvato Digital Services LLC, Canada, will add 200 new employees to their contact center site in Waterloo
    Leoni Elocab Ltd., a specialty cable manufacturer in Kitchener, is undergoing a $14M expansion at its facility is expecting to hire 25 people
    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 jobs
    The 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 plan
    The Government of Canada and Government of Ontario are investing over $1M to help craft breweries in the province expand operations
    Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced plans to open 22 new hotels across Canada by the end of 2022, 16 of which will be in Ontario
    Collège La Cité, a French language college in Ottawa, received $1.35M in funding from the Government of Canada to offer personalized coaching to Francophone entrepreneurs
    Leave the Pack Behind, a smoking-cessation program in Ontario for young adults, is laying off 28 employees
    The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), an organization promoting industry and academic collaboration, is laying off about 28 full-time employees
  • Start date: 2019-06-03, End date: 2019-06-07
    Week of Jun 03 - Jun 07, 2019

    ApplyBoard Inc., a Kitchener-based company which helps international students apply for post-secondary education, raised $55M in funding and expects to add about 100 new employees in the coming year
    Ontario Correctional Services is hiring 21 new probation and parole officers across the province
    Yo!! Taco, a Mexican restaurant, opened on June 1 in Barrie
    The Government of Canada pledged $15M to the 50 Million Tree Program, which aims to plant 50 million trees across Ontario by 2025
  • Start date: 2019-05-27, End date: 2019-05-31
    Week of May 27 - May 31, 2019

    The Government of Ontario is investing $63.7M in Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology to expand broadband internet service in Wellington County
    The Government of Canada is investing $750K in Bridgit Inc., a women-led mobile applications firm, creating 12 new jobs in Kitchener
    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
  • Start date: 2019-05-20, End date: 2019-05-24
    Week of May 20 - May 24, 2019

    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 years
    Construction is underway on a six storey office building project by Perimeter Development Corp.
    Vital Images, a medical software developer, moved into a new Waterloo office with plans to hire 10 to 15 employees by the end of the year and up to 100 employees by 2020
  • Start date: 2019-05-13, End date: 2019-05-17
    Week of May 13 - May 17, 2019

    A new Canadian Tire location opened in Wellington County, creating 40 positions
    Moose Mountain, an indoor children's play space, opened in Wellington County
    iPotato, a Mediterranean eatery, opened in Waterloo
    Tesla, Inc., an electric vehicle manufacturer, opened a service centre in Kitchener
    Bowling on Broadway, a bowling alley and arcade facility, will open in Orangeville in May
    Tarkett Group will close the Johnsonite flooring plant in Waterloo by the end of 2019, laying off 70 workers
  • Start date: 2019-05-06, End date: 2019-05-10
    Week of May 06 - May 10, 2019

    The Government of Canada has invested $2.57M as a repayable loan to Nicoya Lifesciences, a biotechnology firm in Kitchener, to support further technical development and create 29 new positions in the next few years
    Mortgage Partners Corporation, a boutique financial brokerage, has opened in Bradford
    Talize, a used apparel and housewares retailer, has opened in Barrie
    Georgian Shores Fine Foods & Catering has opened in the town of Midland
    The Government of Canada is investing a total of $41M in Quantum Valley Ideas Lab, Cognitive Systems, High Q Technologies and ISARA Corp., creating 167 jobs and maintaining 75 jobs in the Waterloo region
    The Ontario Telemedecine Network, a virtual healthcare provider, has eliminated 44 jobs due to budget cuts
    Communitech, an innovation hub in Kitchener-Waterloo, has laid off 15 employees
    Wroute Inc., a Kitchener-based transportation company, has closed, affecting 18 employees
  • Start date: 2019-04-29, End date: 2019-05-03
    Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada will begin production of the Lexus NX series at its Cambridge facility starting in 2022. In conjunction with the recent RAV4 production announcement, 450 jobs will be created.
    Verda Innovations, a Waterloo-based cannabis tech start-up, hired four new programmers
    Southern Ontario Library Service will end their interlibrary loan program due to budget cuts, laying off 24 drivers
  • Start date: 2019-04-22, End date: 2019-04-26
    Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019

    The Government of Canada is investing $2.1M in Melitron Corporation, a metal manufacturer, to expand its facilities in Guelph expecting to create 22 full-time jobs
    The Government of Canada is investing $2.85M for the construction of Allanview Place, an affordable housing unit in Barrie
    Canadian-Made Apparel Inc., a clothing manufacturer in Cambridge, filed for bankruptcy affecting approximately 60 employees
  • Start date: 2019-04-15, End date: 2019-04-19
    Week of Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

    East Side Mario's restaurant re-opened under new management in Barrie, with 50 employees
    Urban Legend Developments Ltd., a partner with VanMar Developments, is building a mixed-use condominium development in Kitchener
    The Original Princess Cinema, a cultural movie theatre in Waterloo, will close in June
  • Start date: 2019-04-08, End date: 2019-04-12
    Week of Apr 08 - Apr 12, 2019

    Thales Canada Inc. is expected to hire more than 400 employees, primarily in Burlington and Ottawa, as it builds its digital security business
    Drewlo Holdings started construction on an $80M project in Kitchener which will include two residential towers with retail space at street level
    Kitchener-based Charcoal Group of Restaurants is opening new locations of Beertown Public Houses in Oakville, Toronto, Barrie and Guelph
  • Start date: 2019-04-01, End date: 2019-04-05
    Week of Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2019

    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, started production of its RAV4 vehicle at its Cambridge and Woodstock facilities adding 450 workers
    Construction is set to begin on King Street in the municipality of Preston, the $8.6M project is expected to take 2 years
    The Anishnabeg Outreach's Child and Family Centre, opened in the Region of Waterloo
    Mr. Sub, a sandwich shop, opened at Mapleview Drive in Barrie
  • Start date: 2019-03-25, End date: 2019-03-29
    Week of Mar 25 - Mar 29, 2019

    Avidbots Corp., a manufacturer of industrial floor cleaning robots, plans to hire about 50 employees in Kitchener
    Index Exchange Inc., an advertising and marketing company, is looking to hire about 50 software developers
    Kik Interactive Inc., an instant messaging company in Kitchener, is looking to hire 30 employees
    The Hospice of Waterloo Region will begin construction on the Gies Family Centre, a 28,000-sq.-ft. palliative care facility, which is expected to open in early 2020
    The South West Local Health Integration Network will receive $4M from the Government of Ontario to increase the number of personal support workers
    Nineteen staff were laid off at Child and Community Resources, which serves multiple communities in Northern Ontario
  • Start date: 2019-03-18, End date: 2019-03-22
    Week of Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019

    AMI Attachments Inc., a manufacturer of attachments for heavy equipment in Hawkesville, is looking to hire between 20 and 30 employees for various positions
    Recharge & Play Wellness Café opened in Waterloo
    Green Earth Stores Ltd., a specialty retailer will close 29 stores in Ontario, with the number of jobs affected unknown
  • Start date: 2019-03-11, End date: 2019-03-15
    Week of Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2019

    The Pickle Barrel opened restaurants in Waterloo and Cambridge, creating about 250 jobs
    The 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 workers
    Preston Sand and Gravel Co. Ltd. is adding a hot-mix asphalt and ready-mix concrete plants at its Wolfe Pit near St. Jacobs
    Construction is underway on a new Tim Hortons location in Waterloo
    The Round Table, a board game café in Guelph, is opening locations in Waterloo and Kitchener by April
    Software developer SAP Canada Inc. laid-off 64 employees at its offices in Toronto and Waterloo
    Kidsability is laying off eight instructor therapists and one family support worker in Waterloo Region as of April 1
  • Start date: 2019-03-04, End date: 2019-03-08
    Week of Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2019

    eSentire Inc., a cybersecurity firm in Cambridge, will move its headquarters into 65,000-sq.-ft. of office space in Waterloo this summer. The company is looking to grow its local workforce of 300 employees.
    Construction is almost complete on a new 6,000-sq.-ft. LCBO store in Kitchener scheduled to open this spring
    Stone Road Mall in Guelph will add 90,000-sq.-ft. of retail space to accommodate three new retailers in the location formally occupied by Sears Canada
    Dozr Inc., an online rental marketplace, expects to hire about eight employees over the next few months
    Chuck's Roadhouse Bar and Grill is hiring for a variety of positions in Orangeville
    Grand River Hospital in Kitchener is eliminating 60+ positions. Transfers and early retirements have reduced the number of layoffs to about eight employees.
    KW Leather Products Ltd. in Waterloo, a supplier to Erwin Hymer Group North America, laid-off about 20 staff after the recreational vehicle manufacturer went into receivership in February
  • Start date: 2019-02-25, End date: 2019-03-01
    Week of Feb 25 - Mar 01, 2019

    Majorel, formally Arvato, is looking to fill 70 positions at its customer service centre in Waterloo
    The Waterloo Regional Police Service is intensifying efforts to recruit new officers and has about 22 new recruits on track to start filling 47 newly approved positions
    Copper Branche Corp. plans to open five new quick-service restaurants in Ontario this year
    Conseil scolaire Viamonde will build a new $17M French-language public high school in Kitchener expected to open in February 2020  
    The Township of Wellesley awarded a $1.3M contract to Frey Building Contractors to build a new fire station in St. Clements to be completed this fall
    Shoppers Drug Mart launched an online nutrition counselling service delivered by registered dietitians across Ontario
    North Inc., a designer of high-tech eyewear in Kitchener, laid off about 150 employees
    The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth offices in Thunder Bay and Toronto will close in May when the Ontario Ombudsman assumes their duties
  • Start date: 2019-02-18, End date: 2019-02-22
    Week of Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2019

    Wroute Inc., a Kitchener-based transportation service provider, has laid-off seven employees since the beginning of 2019 due to slower growth in ridership
    Hudson's Bay Company will close all 37 Home Outfitters stores in Canada by the end of 2019, affecting close to 700 workers
    Erwin Hymer Group North America, a manufacturer of recreational vehicles, closed its plants in Cambridge and Kitchener, affecting about 900 workers
    Payless 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.
  • Start date: 2019-02-11, End date: 2019-02-15
    Week of Feb 11 - Feb 15, 2019

    The Home Depot Canada is looking to hire more than 2,400 workers for the spring/summer season across its stores in Ontario
    Blaze Pizza restaurant opened in Guelph, with just under 40 employees
    Construction is underway on the Rizzardo Health and Wellness Centre in Innisfil, with a partial opening planned for this spring
  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    ProNavigator, an AI software developer, plans to hire 10 employees by the end of 2019 in Kitchener
    Construction continues at the Village at University Gates, a long-term care community in Waterloo, with an expected completion date of late summer 2020
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    Naranj restaurant opened in Waterloo with about 15 employees
    Three hospitals in Waterloo Region will receive more than $4.6M from the provincial government for infrastructure upgrades
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    An Ashley Homestore furniture and home decor store opened in Barrie
    Children¿s apparel retailer Gymboree Group, Inc. will close all 49 Canadian stores
    Erwin Hymer Group North America Inc., a Cambridge-based manufacturer of motorhomes, laid off about 100 employees at three locations in Waterloo Region 
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    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.
    Westmount Signs & Printing in Waterloo is hiring experienced installers after doubling the size of its workforce to 24 employees in the last year and a half
    Monigram Coffee Midtown cafe will open in Kitchener this winter 
    Hallmark 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.
  • Start date: 2019-01-07, End date: 2019-01-11
    Week of Jan 07 - Jan 11, 2019

    Construction began on Urban Legend Development Ltd.'s Blackstone Condominium development in Waterloo and is scheduled to be completed in 2021
    An Indigo bookstore opened in Cambridge
    Appleflats Foods Inc., a manufacturer of crab apple products, relocated to an expanded 20,000-sq.-ft. facility and retail store in the Township of Perth East
    A HomeSense store will open in Orillia this spring
    Fusion Authentic Indian Cuisine restaurant opened in Guelph
    Lion¿s Den Yoga Studio opened in Orangeville
    The Hive eatery, spa and retail store opened in Collingwood
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018

    FleetCarma, a company specializing in electric vehicle telematics, is looking to hire about 100 workers at its new Kitchener location
    Manufacturers in the North Simcoe area are experiencing a shortage of skilled trades workers and are expecting to fill 60 to 70 positions in 2019, including electricians, millwrights and tool and die makers
    The Government of Ontario hired 53 new correctional officers for deployment into 15 adult correctional facilities across the province
    The Waterloo Regional Police Service welcomed 10 new officers to its force in December
    Baxter Canada, a medical product manufacturer, will invest an additional $19M on upgrades on their facility in Alliston over the next two years
    Construction is underway on Storehouse 408, a new wedding and event venue in Cambridge. It is expected to open May 2019.
    The David Busby Centre, a shelter in Barrie, will receive $200K from Barrie City Council to open its new facility on Mulcaster Street
    Toys "R" Us Canada opened a Toybox store in Guelph's Stone Road Mall in November
    The Sweet Oven Inc., a Barrie-based bakery, will open two new locations, one in Orillia and one in Toronto, in early 2019
    The University of Guelph received a $7M donation for their Centre for Business and Student Enterprise, which will help fund two new academic chairs, as well as provide start-up funds for students and alumni
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018

    Home Hardware is hiring 40 material handlers for its distribution centre in St. Jacobs
    Construction is underway on a $10M renovation project at Elmvale District High School in Elmvale
    Intersection improvements at Yonge and County Road 4 in Bradford are expected to begin in 2019 while the first phase of road construction is expected to begin in 2021
    F45 Training, a fitness club, will open in Kitchener's Catalyst137 Building in early January
    The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will close its Brechin branch in Ramara Township by August 2019
    Holmes Appliances and Music Shop in Shelburne will close at the end of December
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018

    The Government of Canada announced additional funding of up to $5.5M for the Accelerator Centre through FedDev Ontario, to help over 125 start-ups and create 400 more jobs in the Waterloo region
    The Town of Orangeville is experiencing a shortage of lifeguards and swimming instructors and is implementing new recruitment and training strategies to attract new employees
    Tretan Inc., a logistics company, is expected to start construction on a new 9,677-sq.-ft. facility in the Township of Mono near Orangeville this spring
    T&T Supermarket Co., an Asian food grocery chain, opened a location in Waterloo
    Construction is set to begin on one of two new walk-in clinics in Barrie that will prescribe both medical cannabis and conventional medicine
    A new medical clinic, Georgian Bay Integrative Medicine, opened in Collingwood on November 30
    HOERBIGER Fine Stamping Inc. will close its motor vehicle metal stamping manufacturing plant in Waterloo in 2019, affecting about 200 employees
    Crabtree & Evelyn, a beauty and home products retailer, filed for bankruptcy, resulting in the closure of their 11 stores in Ontario
    Goodlife Fitness will close its downtown Kitchener location at Market Square on December 31
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018

    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.
    FedDev Ontairo invested $2.3M in the Bioenterprise Corporation, an agri-tech accelerator, funding up to 52 start-up companies in the agri-tech sector, supporting over 160 businesses and creating up to 290 jobs in southern Ontario
    Georgian Bay Biomed expects to hire 80 people once the construction of its 120,000-sq.-ft. facility in Collingwood is complete in early 2019
    TJX Companies, Inc. will open a new HomeSense store at The Boardwalk in Kitchener in May 2019
    The County of Simcoe opened a new $4.2M Paramedic Services Centre in Collingwood
    Bare Axe Throwing Bar and Lounge opened a location in Collingwood
    Appleflats Foods Inc. opened a new retail facility in Shakespeare
    Maple 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.
    Stompin Grounds Barn and Nightlife bar closed in Orangeville
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    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 years
    Brick Brewing Co. Ltd. will spend $9.6M to expand their Waterloo Brewing brewery and retail store
    Shasta Ventures is investing $10M in Isara Corp., a software development startup in Waterloo. Isara Corp. will develop new products and expects to hire 20 new employees.
    The University of Guelph received $4.7M in funding from the federal government for various research projects
    Osmow's, a Mediterranean restaurant, opened a new location in Bradford
    Bonfire Interactive Ltd. is expanding their Kitchener office by 8,000-sq.-ft. and will hire additional employees to fill the space
    Construction is underway in Alliston on a $2.2M reconstruction of King Street, to be completed next year
    Healthy Babies, Happy Families Clinic, a mid-wife clinic, opened in Collingwood
    Nestlé Waters Canada laid off an unknown number of workers from their Guelph plant due to cost increases
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    North Inc., a Waterloo based technology company, will receive a $24M repayable contribution from the federal government and will create 230 new jobs in Kitchener
    IN8 Development began work on a $100M, 33-storey condominium building in Kitchener and expects to conclude construction in the summer of 2021
    The federal government will spend $88.6M to build and repair police stations in First Nation and Inuit communities over seven years
    A $25M expansion of the Ottawa International Airport terminal is scheduled to begin in spring 2019, part of a five-year $45M transformation project
    T&T Supermarket, an Asian grocery store, will open in Waterloo in December
    Armour Alloys Stainless & Aluminum in Cambridge is looking to expand their facility and hire up to 20 new employees in the next few years
    The Waterloo Hotel in uptown Waterloo closed
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018

    University of Guelph received $2.13M from a technology start up Left, and research group Mitacs, to work on developing improved mobile networks in remote communities, supporting up to 120 graduate student internships over five years
    Decast Ltd., a manufacturer of infrastructure precast products, is expanding and will create 70 new jobs in Essa Township. Facility expansion will take place from November until mid-2019.
    The LCBO opened a new location in Kitchener's Pioneer Park Plaza and will employ 11 full-time and part-time staff
    The LCBO opened a new location in Tottenham
    Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. has opened a store in Bradford
    Ren's Pets, a Canadian-owned pet store chain, has opened a location in Barrie
    The Angus Health Centre has opened in Alliston, with a pharmacy scheduled to open in early 2019
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    Tribute Communities' 245-unit residential subdivision in Shelburne has been approved for construction
    Canadian Army Reserve, The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, is looking to recruit approximately 200 new members in the next couple of years for part-time positions
    Construction of The Rec Room, a large Cineplex Inc. entertainment complex, will begin early next year in Barrie with plans to open in summer of 2020
    The University of Waterloo opened their newest engineering building, Engineering 7, an $88 million project featuring an artificial intelligence facility
    Faire and Bungalow, two online platform companies, are hiring for their software development teams in Kitchener. Faire expects to hire 10 employees by the end of 2018, and up to 50 programmers in 2019.
    The Last Level Lounge restaurant will open in Barrie in late November
    The Burrito Bar and Shawarma Mexican and Middle Eastern Grill opened in Collingwood
    Orangetheory Fitness is opening a location in Orangeville
    Weber Street Public House restaurant has permanently closed in Waterloo
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    Conestoga College opened the $58M expansion of their Waterloo campus which includes new labs, student-run restaurant and welcome center
  • Start date: 0028-04-09, End date: 0028-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 0028

    A merger between Guelph Hydro and Alectra will affect approximately 70 workers; however half will be offered jobs elsewhere

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