Notre Dame-Central-Bonavista Bay Region (NL)
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Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018
- The government of NL and bargaining groups of CUPE, the union representing 4,500 public sector employees, have reached collective agreements which will run until March 2020. A wage freeze and elimination of severance are included in the deals.
- Cruise NL indicates 30 cruise ships carrying more than 70,000 visitors to 21 ports arrived in the province in 2018, and projects a busy 2019 season as well. The 2018 figures are lower than those for 2017, but well above the 2016 figures.
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The crew of the Northern Ranger and dock workers in Lewisporte and Cartwright are facing layoffs due to changes taking place to the current ferry service to coastal Labrador. Neither the ship nor the two ports will be included in the planned new service.
The government of N.L. has released a report indicating it hopes to add five unspecified new mines to the current 11 sites by 2030, increase the workforce from 4,800 to 6,200, and double the number of women and Indigenous workers in the industry.As part of a national downsizing, U.S.-based Lowe's will close all six of its Rona building supplies stores on the Avalon Peninsula in January 2019, affecting 250 union workers. Two independently-owned Rona stores, in Fortune and Wabush, will remain open.Interest remains strong from companies interested in offshore oil exploration in NL, as a record total of over $1.3B in bids resulted from the petroleum board's 2018 call for proposals. The board will issue licenses in January 2019.
The government of NL and its 250 unionized correctional officers have agreed on a new contract that includes a wage freeze and no-layoff clause. The four-year agreement, retroactive to 2015, expires at the end of October 2019.
There has been a tentative agreement between the union that represents 250 correctional officers and the provincial government. No details of the agreement have been released and the union members still must ratify the deal before it becomes official.
The government of NL will invest over $588K through the province's main aquaculture association to develop labour market information tools and products for what is viewed as a rapidly growing industry
There is two weeks left and $2M in the provincial job creation partnerships program. There have been 197 projects already approved for a total value of $8.6M.
According to the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters, labour shortages due to declining and aging populations in rural areas will provide a serious challenge to future growth of the fishing industry, despite expanding markets for fish.The federal government has set up a $556M fund for Newfoundland and Labrador to use on community infrastructure projects. The projects are broken down into public transit, green infrastructure, culture and recreation, rural and Northern communities.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers voted in favour of strike action if no agreement is reached with Canada Post. A strike could be called as early as September 26th. Among the issues separating the sides is pay equity and working conditions.Although oil prices have recovered, Newfoundland and Labrador is looking for additional revenue to help its fiscal problems. For every dollar per barrel of oil above $63, the province gets about $23 M. Oil has rebounded to about $80 per barrel.
According to a survey by the Business Development Bank, mechanics, welders, truck drivers and retail workers are among difficult to fill jobs in Atlantic Canada, where labour shortages are more severe due to fewer young people and an aging population
Marine Atlantic hired over 100 workers, mainly passenger service staff, for the 2018 peak summer season. The company fills positions in demand in the marine industry throughout the year, and currently employs 774 people on its vessels alone.
Plans are underway to open a craft brewery, Union Electric Brewing Company, in Port Union sometime in 2019The federal government has reversed its decision to award to another group 25% of the arctic clam quota previously held by Clearwater Seafoods. There had been concern processing jobs would be lost in NL had Clearwater's quota been reduced as planned.ScudRunner Brewing Ltd. now employs 12 part-time workers in Gander, and Split Rock Brewery has eight employees in Twillingate. Both craft breweries have opened in central Newfoundland within the past year and are looking forward to more growth.The Conference Board of Canada expects the economy of St. John's to grow by 1.9% in 2018, compared to 2.1% growth in 2017. Slower construction activity and declines in offshore revenues factor into the forecast.
The government of N.L. has announced over $14M in joint federal-provincial-municipal funding through the Small Communities Fund to support 20 infrastructure projects on the west coast of the islandFishing outfitters in N.L. are claiming that business is suffering due to catch-and-release requirements and delays in rolling out the 2018 season¿s salmon fishing regulations
The federal government announced a $949M investment through a pair of labour market agreements that are aimed at increasing the jobs and skills training available to people in Newfoundland and LabradorA decision by the United States to reduce planned tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint from about 32% to just under 10% appears to be a positive development for the Kruger-owned Corner Brook Pulp and Paper MillThe federal government announced a $949M investment through a pair of labour market agreements that are aimed at increasing the jobs and skills training available to people in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Town of Gander has awarded an $18.7M tender to Pomerleau Inc. to build a wastewater treatment plant. The project will take about 18 months to complete.Burry's Shipyard in Clarenville has filed for bankruptcy protection and laid off 100 workers. The company has no work lined up after a recent contract to refit a ferry was cancelled due to infrastructure problems at the yard.Five additional cannabis retail locations have been selected for NL, in Marystown, Port aux Basques, Rocky Harbour, Bonavista, and Happy Valley-Goose BayThe government of NL and Equinor Canada will develop the Bay du Nord oil find, discovered in 2013 at 500 kilometres off the coast of St. John's. The project will create about 11,000 person years of employment and first oil is expected in 2025.
As part of its recently announced Education Action Plan, the government of NL aims to hire 104 reading specialists, 200 teaching assistants, 39 teacher librarians and 12 ESL teachers over the next three years, beginning with the 2018 school yearA list of 10 private and three non-profit groups that have been given conditional approval and financial assistance to build 93 affordable housing units in the province has been released by the government of NL
SaltWire Network announced that it will merge four of its newspapers in central NL in into one publication, The Central Voice, in August 2018. The change will result in the loss of five mostly clerical and circulation-related jobs.The Canadian Homebuilders Association of Newfoundland and Labrador indicates that while new home construction has fallen off over the past five years, the home renovation market has grown significantly in the provinceThe federal government will spend $40M in improvements to small craft harbours in NL in 2018, including investments towards a major, multi-year project at Fort Amherst in St. John¿sCompetition from within the marine industry results in staffing recruitment and turnover challenges for the provincial government on its vessels, and factors into high overtime payments to marine engineers, ferry captains, deckhands, and other employees
The N.L. nurses' union would like to see an expanded role for nurse practitioners, including public funding to those who wish to be self-employed. Currently there are 120 nurse practitioners employed in the province.
More than a dozen brewing operations are in various stages of development or close to opening in NL. The businesses are scattered throughout the province.
Due to the unavailability of audiologists in Grand Falls, Central Health has diverted services normally provided there to the health centre in Gander. Recruitment efforts are underway so audiology services in Grand Falls can be restored.
According to the government of NL, the numbers of workers in the seafood processing sector decreased by 10% from 2016 to 2017. Many plants have closed in recent years as a result of the decline in crab and shrimp stocks and quotas.Canopy Growth plans to fill more than 150 jobs at its production plant in St. John's and 75 to 100 jobs at its four retail stores in NL upon the legalization of cannabis. A job fair was held in June 2018, and another will follow at a later date.
The government of NL has amended benefits for its non-union employees, including freezing wages to 2020 and eliminating severance. Similar changes were recently made to collective agreements with union employees.According to figures released by the provincial tourism department, 553,000 visitors arrived in NL in 2017, the highest number ever recorded in the history of the provinceThe Atlantic Provinces Economic Council predicts major project spending will continue to decline in NL in 2018, despite strength in construction in the St. John's area. Increases are also expected in the mining and oil and gas sectors for the years ahead.
According to recruiters, it is more difficult for graduates to find employment as teachers in urban areas in NL than in rural regions such as coastal Labrador, where recruitment difficulties are common. High proficiency in French is also an asset.
Declining enrolments and the suspension of some programs have resulted in the layoff of 14 permanent staff and six contract workers, mostly instructors in industrial trades programs, at College of the North Atlantic campuses across NLCanopy Growth will create 60 retail positions at six Newfoundland locations when cannabis becomes legalized. The locations include three in St. John¿s, one in Mount Pearl, and one in Corner Brook.A list of potentially approved retailers to sell cannabis in NL, once it becomes legalized, has been released by provincial authorities. Loblaws and Canopy Growth are among those with multiple locations.
The government of NL will provide $1.7M to recruit mental health nurses and social workers required for crisis intervention teams to be set up in various regions. Two such teams were recently established in St. John's and Labrador West.
The government of NL will establish two itinerant teaching units to support the work of Brilliant Labs, a company it has partnered with to expose provincial school students to coding and other programming languages and technologies.
The overall snow crab catch quota in NL for 2018 has been cut by 17% from 2017, with some regional variations. The 2018 season will open in April for in most areas.
NAPE, the union representing 19,000 public sector employees, and the government of NL have signed several collective agreements which will run until March 2020. A wage freeze, elimination of severance, and increased job security are among the highlights.
The government of NL will contribute $3.1M to allow schools to hire more reading specialists, learning resource teachers, and instructional assistants.
The government of NL has invested $10.6M towards cost-shared municipal projects, which will include water system, road and other infrastructure upgrades for 48 communities in the province.
An industry report indicates the number of workers dropped by 10% in the fish processing sector in NL in 2017 over 2016, and remained about the same in fish harvesting and aquaculture. Fish and seafood values, while also dropping by 10%, exceeded $1B.
A removal of 25% of the clam quota harvested by Clearwater Seafoods and processed in the plant at Grand Bank may affect jobs in the NL community. The decision will likely lead to increased processing at Nova Scotia-based Premium Seafoods.The government of NL and industry partners have released a plan to increase technology sector business activity. Key goals include supporting the creation of 40 new firms, and individuals who wish to retrain for new careers in technology.
The government of NL has released Advance 2030, a plan to grow the oil and gas industry over the next several years. Among the targets are the drilling of over 100 new exploration wells and direct employment of more than 7,500 workers in operations.The hourly minimum wage in NL will rise by $0.15 on April 1, 2018, to $11.15
The government of NL is in the process of releasing tenders for more than $77M of planned roadwork for 2018. The work does not include some major planned projects, such as the Trans Labrador Highway.
A new MQO Research poll shows that consumer confidence in the province is up from this time last year; however, it shows that 52% of Newfoundlanders believe the economic outlook has worsened.The latest report from Buildforce Canada projects a decrease in the construction industry by 30% over the next five years. The decline is due to an aging workforce and outmigration of the workforce when major projects end.
J.D. Irving has announced it is forecasting to hire 950 people in Newfoundland and Labrador over the next three years. They say that 360 of those jobs will be in the St. John's area, and split between Kent Building Supplies and Atlantic Towing.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp. will reduce the size of its management group from 76 to 62 employees. Apart from one position in Corner Brook, the rest are in St. John's, and three are currently vacant.
The nurses' union continues to voice concerns that more full-time registered nurses are needed in NL to address workload issues and staff shortages. Most of the employment growth since 2011, according to the union, has been for casual positions.
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- December 2018 | (PDF, 552 KB)
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- June 2018 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
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- March 2018 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
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- 2017 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 505 KB)
- December 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2017 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2017 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
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- July 2017 | (PDF, 509 KB)
- June 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 533 KB)
- May 2017 | (PDF, 551 KB)
- April 2017 | (PDF, 472 KB)
- March 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 509 KB)
- February 2017 | (PDF, 731 KB)
- January 2017 | (PDF, 471 KB)
- Annual Edition 2016 | (PDF, 505 KB)
- December 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 498 KB)
- November 2016 | (PDF, 551 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 551 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 706 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 477 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 636 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
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- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 468 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
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- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction | (PDF)
- Aquaculture | (PDF)
- Construction | (PDF)
- Seafood processing | (PDF)
- Wholesale trade | (PDF)
- Retail trade | (PDF)
- Trucking | (PDF)
- Finance and insurance | (PDF)
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