Campbellton--Miramichi Region (NB)
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Week of Apr 29 - May 03, 2019
- Ice is preventing the early opening of the crab fishery in Shippagan, which would have allowed fishers to use all fishing areas. An area in the Gulf will be closed as of 28 April to protect right whales. (available in French only)
- Given the shortage of skilled labour, the Caraquet hospital laboratory will no longer be open 24 hours a day. Starting in June, some analyses will be sent to the Tracadie hospital. Technological advances will also allow 90% of analyses to be performed directly at the Caraquet emergency room.
- Stricter rules in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are delaying the arrival of workers in N.B. seafood processing plants. Some plants are waiting for 30 to 40 workers who have been approved by the program but do not yet have work permits or are blocked at customs.
- The Economy Glass stores in Moncton, Fredericton, and Beresford, N.B are all closed and going through bankruptcy proceedings. The locations in Dartmouth and Mount Pearl, N.L. are also affected. Economy Glass has been in the Maritimes for over 40 years.
- The president of the New Brunswick Medical Society states that the nursing shortage is directly impacting patient care in the province. Without enough nurses, overtime increases, which costs the province over $16M a year and also impacts the nurses' mental health. The province has 400 vacant positions, 378 nurses on sick leave, and 54% of its nursing staff are aged 45 to 55.
- New Brunswick's cannabis retailer, Cannabis NB, reports that it lost $11.7M in its first year of operation. The agency says sales of legal cannabis were $18.6M for the year-end, with cannabis becoming legal in October 2018.
- Maritime Iron is proposing to build an iron-ore facility in Belldedune, once environmental permits are issued and consultations are done. If approved the project could start in the fall and would create 1,000 construction jobs and 200 more at the plant.
- Twelve UNI Financial branches will be closed across New Brunswick from October to December 2019, due to more on-line banking and reduced customer traffic. UNI Financial says no jobs will be lost, as staff will be offered work at nearby branches.
Week of Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2019
- New Brunswick¿s Education Minister announced that early childhood educators with one-year diplomas will also be eligible to receive the 75-cent hourly wage increase announced last week.
- Over 280 employees at Glencore Canada's Brunswick smelter in Belledune were locked out by their employer prior to a planned strike. The union states that many of its positions are at risk as a result and that the company is also proposing to scrap early retirement.
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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.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.
S&P Data closed its two New Brunswick contact centre locations in Saint John and Edmundston, putting 245 people out of work. The closure came from the sudden loss of its only client. S&P is working to replace the lost business and re-open the locations.A new Statistics Canada report states that the francophone population declined between 2001 and 2016 in New Brunswick and there was less French being spoke at home and at work. The overall rate of bilingualism in the province however, remained at 34%.Unionized workers at the Brunswick Smelter in Belledune voted 99% in favour of going on strike. The members have been without a contract since February and have been unable to agree to a new deal. Key issues include benefits and pensions.Northern New Brunswick communities are finding it harder to find employees, faced with a declining population and a rebounding labour market. In Atholville, Zenabis is adding 200 more jobs, while Campbellton has a shortage of nurses and trades people.
The New Brunswick Court of Appeal have extended a court action that says that nursing home workers in the province are not allowed to strike. The union is hoping that amendments can be made to allow its workers the option of binding arbitration.The New Brunswick government is implementing changes to allow municipalities to charge a hospitality tax on hotel rooms as a way to raise money for tourism marketing. The hospitality tax in other Atlantic Canadian cities ranges two to four percent.According to various stakeholders in the lobster fishing industry, 40% of lobster fishers will sell their fishing licence in the next 10 years due to retirements. Total licence sales are expected to reach $100M in the next 5 years.
"Restigouche mon choix", an activity that will take place in the next few days has allowed recruting up to 90 young graduates over the last six years. The initiative is intended to address the labour shortage issue in northern N.-B.Businesspersons criticize the premium increase at WorkSafe NB. Restaurant owner Perry Flann says that his contribution went up by $13,000, threatening jobs. N.-B. has the highest premiums in Atlantic Canada.Saint Joseph health community centre had to shorten the number of hours a physician is available due to some departures that have not been replaced. These measures will be in place until April 12.The New Brunswick economy is forecasted to expand by 0.6% in 2019 and no job gains are expected. The province has been faced with labour shortages, an aging population, and trade uncertainty, especially with softwood lumber.Zenabis announced that it is now licensed to sell cannabis oil produced at its Atholville facility, one of the largest indoor cannabis growing facilities in Canada. The approval will enable the company to grow and develop more value-added products.
The province has decided to come to the bargaining table to help negotiate a deal between the N.B. Association of Nursing Homes and the union that represents its workers. The main issues are pay raises, working conditions and more funded hours of care.The N.B. Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association states that funeral homes are always looking for licensed funeral directors. This occupation has an average salary of $47,319.According to an economic impact study conducted by Jupia Consultants for the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, immigrants generate about $168M a year towards provincial government revenues. Between 2011 and 2016 nearly 7,000 immigrants entered the workforce.The nursing home association states there are up to 70 licensed practical nurse and 103 resident attendant jobs vacant in nursing homes across New Brunswick.
Workers at 45 non-profit nursing homes across the province will take part in a strike vote on March 7. The 4,100 unionized workers include licensed practical nurses and homecare workers, who have been without a contract since 2016. The main issue is wages.
Spending by foreign travellers in the Atlantic region from July to September 2018 is estimated at $589.2M. Of this total, $158.9M was spent in New Brunswick. Tourists from the United States were the largest spenders, followed by those from the United Kingdom, China, and Germany.The first numbers concerning the legalization of marijuana are deceiving. From October 17 to December 23, sales in New Brunswick totalled $8.6M. Faced with supply difficulties, Cannabis NB stores laid off workers, and some locations had to close temporarily in November.The Conference Board of Canada is predicting stronger growth for all four Atlantic provinces. P.E.I is expected to lead the country with 3.2% economic growth in 2019, while the N.B. economy is expected to grow by 1.4% due mostly to stability in the service-sector and rising exports.
The federal government is providing $145,000 to continue the Career Focus project in Restigouche. Established last year, this placement project has enabled 27 young people aged 30 and under to obtain paid employment in their field of study.A new study reports that child-care costs are often the second biggest parental expense and have recently risen faster than inflation in 61% of Canadian cities. Typical fees are about $1000 a month, with the city of Saint John being about $900 a month.
Purolator reports that it is looking for a temporary location for its Bathurst distribution centre after it was heavily damaged in a fire Saturday night. The company will implement a contingency plan to minimize the impact on employees and customers.New Brunswick nurses within the Vitalité Health Network saw their overtime hours jump by 26% in 2018, as nursing vacancies rise. The francophone health district lost 200 nurses between 2017 and 2018 and there are nearly 400 vacancies across the province.Zenabis Global has an agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart to sell medical marijuana products online. The agreement is subject to laws and licensing approval, but Zenabis is preparing to expand its cannabis-growing facility in Atholville by the end of June and hire an additional 250 staff. New staff will be needed in cultivation, scientific research, processing, packaging, as well as office staff.A survey sent to New Brunswick tourism operators found that the three hardest positions to fill are chefs, housekeeping and cleaning staff, and front desk staff. The tourism association will issue a plan in March on how to recruit and retain staff.Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick's largest health authority, says it is talking with the University of New Brunswick about increasing seats for nursing students to help ease the province's shortage. It is expected that 320 nurses will retire annually, while there are only 265 nurses graduating in the province each year.
According to a survey by the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, labour shortages could lead to closures this summer. The restaurant and accommodation industry in particular is affected, and the problem is most severe in the Northeast, followed by the Northwest and Southeast. A total of 1,900 positions will need to be filled in the province.J.D. Irving Limited is projecting it will hire 7,500 full-time staff between 2019 and 2021, mostly in Atlantic Canada and 3,200 of them based in New Brunswick. Hiring will be focused on operations, shipping, supply and logistics, retail sales and finance.An announcement was made in Fredericton that Ottawa will invest $35.66M in Siemens, NB Power and Nova Scotia Power's $92.7M Smart Grid Atlantic project. The goal is to develop and implement a powerful cloud-based platform and be a leader in clean energy.The provincial government has a new workforce initiative called FutureReadyNB. The program's aim is to provide N.B. students with job experience in their field before they graduate, while helping employers fill labour gaps and retain university graduates.New Brunswick Innovation Foundation and Innovacorp will invest a combined $1M to fund a select number of Atlantic companies who enter Phase 2 of Propel's ¿Incite¿ accelerator over the next few years. Propel's goal is to help startups grow and prosper.A Statistics Canada report analyzing 2017 annual incomes found that N.B. had the second lowest median income at $31,430. It also reviewed income differentials between the top and bottom quarter earners and N.B. had the largest gap difference at $79,180.The latest market survey from Turner and Drake, report that the combined office vacancy rate for Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton dropped from 13.66% in December 2017 to 11.26% in 2018. New Brunswick also has the lowest rental rates in Atlantic Canada.The Government of New Brunswick and various companies continued their efforts to recruit foreign workers by participating in the 5th Salon du travail et de la mobilité professionnelle last Thursday and Friday in Paris. According to the website nbjobs.ca, there are 2,900 positions to fill in the province.
Cannabis NB gave a breakdown of its recent layoffs, with Fredericton eliminating 10 jobs from its two stores. Oromocto will lay seven off, Edmundston will axe five, and Tracadie, Miramichi, Sackville, Saint John, and Rothesay will each cut four staff.A new Atlantic Provinces Economic Council report states that Atlantic Canada's labour force dropped by 30,700 between 2012 and 2018, mainly due to retiring baby boomers. The shortage of labour is particularly bad in low-skill sectors like food and retail.The province has given a directive to Ambulance New Brunswick to impose a hiring freeze. This will result in unilingual paramedics being left in bilingual positions for now. The freeze will be lifted once demand for each official language is reviewed.Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) was given new directives from the provincial health minister to ensure that every emergency ambulance unit is a bilingual unit. ANB has also been directed to create new float team positions for unilingual paramedics.The three main airports in New Brunswick had a record number of passengers fly out of their facilities in 2018. The Greater Moncton International Airport saw 681,437 passengers, Fredericton International Airport had 424,324 and Saint John saw 282,217.A new study from APEC shows that P.E.I. has the lowest immigration retention rate in Canada, with only 16% of immigrants remaining on the Island after five years. By comparison, the next lowest immigration retention rate in Atlantic Canada was in New Brunswick at 48%.Atlantic premiers want to change the way doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are accredited by creating regional licences to improve their mobility. This, among other things, would help solve problems related to the ageing of the population.
A poor haying season in northern and central areas of New Brunswick, has led some farmers to choose between buying hay at $60 a bale or selling cattle. A dry summer resulted in less feed being available and higher prices for hay.The cafetorium-theatre project at the Étoile de l'Acadie school in Rogersville is receiving $3.2M over two years from the federal government. The cafetorium-theatre will include 329 seats and provide a space for community, cultural, and artistic activities.According to the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Atlantic provinces stand to lose close to a quarter of a million workers over the next decade as baby boomers retire.New Brunswick has published a list of 584 organizations who have been approved through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, to recruit immigrants for hard to fill jobs. The list includes a health authority, schools, trucking, seafood, and fast food companies.Zenabis Global Inc., who has an operation in Atholville, N.B, is now one of the largest licensed marijuana companies in the world and is continuing to grow. The Atholville facility is expected to expand further this year and add to its 150 staff.The Kaffeine Espresso Bar, a specialty coffee shop, will open in the coming weeks at 145 Main Street in Bathurst. Besides coffee, the shop will serve craft teas and some food. The coffee shop will seat up to 30 people and expects to hire eight employees.
The advanced care paramedic program is growing in New Brunswick and is now a permanent service. The pilot launched in April 2017 in Bathurst, Moncton and Saint John, but now includes Fredericton. Advanced care paramedics can perform more procedures.Chaleur Regional Hospital's obstetrics unit will tentatively re-open on February 4. The unit closed at the end of November due to a shortage of nurses. Additional nurses are undergoing labour and delivery training at other hospitals to address the issue.Statistics Canada's annual data shows New Brunswick's labour force grew by 600 people, with more people aged 15-24 either working or looking for work, but fewer 25-and-older active participants. In contrast the population of 15-to-24-year-olds dropped by 1,100.Cannabis NB is laying off about 60 retail workers across the province, in an effort to adjust to operational needs. Most laid-off staff are seasonal, but some part-time and full-time staff are also impacted. Pay rates range from $19 to $23 an hour.
The New Brunswick Real Estate Association states that 7,826 residential units were sold in 2018, representing a 2% increase from 2017. The average New Brunswick home sold for $176K in 2018, up 11.4% from 2017, but considerably lower than the national average price of $488K.According to Statistics Canada, the percentage of people aged 60 and over who are working out of necessity is the highest in P.E.I. at 53%. New Brunswick had the next highest percentage at 52.1%, while the national average was 49%.Preliminary numbers from the Vital Statistics Office reveal a 17% drop in the number of babies born in New Brunswick in 2018, compared to 2017. There were 5,448 births in 2018. New Brunswick is the only province with a shrinking population.
In an effort to attract youth to manual trades, the high school in Saint-Quentin is offering an introductory course to the trades. It is estimated that by 2026, the province will need more than 14,000 new workers in the industrial sector.New Brunswick's $1.5B tourism industry is looking to target older workers and immigrants to address the shortage of workers during the summer months. Part of the challenge is that tourism jobs are often temporary, offer low-pay, and are labour-intensive.The New Brunswick government is eliminating the requirement for paramedics to be bilingual, if they work in unilingual areas of the province. According to the Health Minister, ambulances should not be sitting idle due to a lack of bilingual paramedics.ACOA will provide a $100K repayable investment to Johnson Enterprises of Val D'amour, NB. Johnson will use the money to buy specialized computer numerical controlled equipment, which will help them expand their production abilities and create new jobs.A judge has ruled that naturopaths in New Brunswick cannot advertise that they are medically trained. N.B. has 20 licensed naturopaths, but the profession is not regulated in the province, allowing non- licensed people to call themselves naturopaths.
According to Statistics Canada, Canadian production of maple syrup fell 22% in 2018. New Brunswick experienced a 34.5% decrease, producing 1.6 million litres.Given the lack of staff in care homes, the Réseau de vie confort in southern New Brunswick is offering a six-week, personal care attendant course. Students will earn a salary starting on their first day of studies, and 12th grade education will no longer be required.Opportunities New Brunswick states that the contact centre industry is going strong in the province, due to its qualified, bilingual workers and low-cost cities. Some pay $30,000 a year, but the average salary for contact centre staff is around $40,000.The national fashion retailer, Marshalls, is going to open a 20,000 sq. ft. location in the Bathurst Supermall. The store is expected to open March 19, 2019.The Conference Board of Canada says that P.E.I. is expected to see strong growth of 2.7% next year, thanks to steady immigration and a booming tourism industry. New Brunswick's growth is projected to be just 1.3%, due to its aging and retiring population.
Liberty Utilities, a subsidiary of Ontario-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., has purchased Enbridge Gas New Brunswick for $331M. The plan is to grow the New Brunswick company and increase the accessibility of natural gas across the province.A CFIB report has found that a shortage of labour in Atlantic Canada has 22% of businesses considering cancelling expansion plans. Over two-thirds of employers stated they have trouble finding staff with the right skills and 20% can't find enough workers.
In order to address the shortage of workers in northern New Brunswick, the Campbellton Regional Chamber of Commerce will organize a mini job-fair for special care homes at the end of November. They are mainly looking for care attendants, but also for maintenance and kitchen workers, among other positions.The cannabis producer Zenabis in Atholville, New Brunswick is looking for workers on both sides of Chaleur Bay. The plant will be expanded within 2 years and is expected to have between 400 and 500 employees.According to the president of the Agricultural Alliance of NB, the shortage of agricultural workers is a costly problem. In 2014, 7,500 people in the province worked in this industry, and 400 positions remained vacant, resulting in a loss of $7M in sales. By 2025, increased productivity should reduce labour needs, but there will then be 800 fewer people in the labour pool.According to a study by the Conference Board of Canada, bilingual workers make on average $1,150 more than unilingual workers in N.B., and they inject more money into the provincial economy. The purchasing power of a bilingual person is $47,117, while it is only $4,400 for a unilingual Anglophone. Bilingual people make up 35.5% of the province's population.The Golden Image Centre in Bathurst announced that it will close once the holiday season is done, after being in business for almost three decades. The photography store, which employs four staff, couldn't compete against on-line and out-of-town shopping.A study released by the University of Moncton found that 20% of New Brunswick seniors (65 and over) are living in poverty, with only $14,000 or less to live on per year. Women, francophones, older seniors and seniors in rural areas were worst off.A new 2-year rapid response paramedic pilot project was launched this month in New Brunswick. Five units will be able to be dispatched with a lone paramedic in rural areas, to provide initial emergency services when ambulances are tied up.
The New Brunswick government will create a new non-emergency transfer service for hospital patients and will make 40 casual unilingual paramedics into permanent employees. The move is expected to enable more bilingual paramedics to handle emergency calls.The Anglophone North School District states there is a shortage of supply teachers across New Brunswick. Job fairs are being held to recruit supply teachers and other positions. To qualify for a permit and get on the supply list you need a couple of years of post-secondary. Teachers with French immersion or high school specialty courses have the best prospect for a permanent teaching position.Based on provincial statistics for the end of October, 751 seniors were waiting to be placed in a nursing home, compared to 2017 when the average number on the list was around 595. The number of seniors waiting for home-care assessments has also grown.
With as many as 12 Cannabis NB stores closed earlier this month due to a lack of stock, some workers have been without work or pay. One manager stated that they are trying to find other tasks for their employees to do, when a store is closed.A recent study of 67 Canadian universities by CUPE and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that 53.6% of instructors are now on contract, with 80% of them being part-time. On P.E.I. the percentage of contract faculty is 39% and 47% in N.B.According to figures obtained by Radio-Canada, there are 376 nursing vacancies across New Brunswick. Of those, 200 are in the Vitalité Health Network and 176 are in the Horizon hospitals. N.B. nursing homes are also reporting a shortage of nurses.Canada Post has offered its employees a four-year contract deal that includes annual 2% wage hikes, up to $1000 in signing bonuses, new job-security provisions, and a $10M health-and-safety fund. Workers have until November 17 to accept the deal.Three businesses that operated out of the Dover Street building in Campbellton have been destroyed by a fire. The building, which contained Campbellton Auto-Collision, Vitro-Plus Ziebart, and Campbellton Auto-Direct, was a total loss.
Supply issues continue to plague Cannabis NB retail shops across the province with at least half of their 20 store temporarily closed over a two day period this month due to a lack of inventory. Stores have not been fully stocked since opening day.A new report by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council recommends the province double immigration rates to about 7,500 newcomers per year. It is predicted that 110,000 workers will retire over the next 10 years, which can't be filled by N.B. youth alone.Canada Post workers in N.B. took part in rotating strikes in Fredericton, Bathurst, Miramichi, Campbellton, Edmundston, Woodstock and St. Stephen. According to a CUPW union representative the main issue has been health and safety conditions and pay inequality between rural and urban letter carriers. Canada Post states that it has offered to increase wages, job security, and improve benefits.There are 376 vacant nursing positions in the two New Brunswick health networks. The Horizon network expects to hire 320 nurses a year over the next five years. The province has a shortage of 46 medical specialists.
About 10 new ambulance paramedics will soon begin working in New Brunswick, which has an acute shortage of workers in this field. These paramedics are the first to complete the French training offered by the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) in Campbellton.Saint John will host a job fair on November 7 aimed to help match newcomers with employers. The Connect & Settle Hiring Fair for International Students & Newcomers saw 203 job seekers last year. Enterprise Saint John states that there are more than 650 jobs listed as unfilled in the Saint John region.NB Liquor reported its second quarter sales in 2018 were up 4.9% compared to the same period last year, with sales totaling $128.9M for the three months. Sales of coolers and ciders increased 15.7%, beer 4.1%, wine rose 2.9% and spirits jumped 4.1%.
Some New Brunswick hospitals must suspend obstetric services due to a staff shortage. Chaleur Regional Hospital and Upper Valley Hospital in Wakefield had to send women due to give birth to neighbouring hospitals.Opportunities NB states that job growth in the cannabis sector has exceeded expectations, with almost 1,000 cannabis-related jobs already created. Cannabis NB employs 330 staff. The agency expects there could be nearly 3,000 cannabis-related jobs by 2022.The Paramedic Association of New Brunswick (PANB) has issued a report with 35 recommendations to improve ambulance service in the province. Suggestions include having dispatch and monitoring performed by a government-operated agency and allowing vacant positions to be awarded permanently on the basis of seniority, not language.Officials with Cannabis NB report that the province sold $940K worth of marijuana through its 20 stores and website in the first 48 hours of legalization. Moncton-based Organigram, which is a marijuana supplier to Cannabis NB, stated that initial demand was higher than expected and had requests for more product by the second day.
Wicker Emporium, a Canadian-owned retailer of furniture and home décor, is closing six stores in Atlantic Canada. The stores to be closed are in Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, Dartmouth, Charlottetown, and St. John's. The store in Saint John, NB will remain open.
A Belledune dairy farmer fears repercussions from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. An analysis by the Dairy Farmers of Canada predicts annual monetary losses of $192M for Canada's 12,000 farmers.
The New Brunswick Teachers' Association is concerned whether the number of university graduates will be enough to fill vacancies, with 200 teachers expected to retire per year. Roughly 240 teachers graduate each year, but nearly half leave the province.Over two years, the liberals wish to use $4M to $5M released by Ottawa to finance jobs for the unemployed. Particpants may receive up to $14/h for five 40-hour weeks.A study by the Business Development Bank of Canada states that half of Atlantic Canadian businesses are having difficulty recruiting new staff. Issues include a lack of youth in the region and employers unable to find workers with the skills they want.According to the latest figures from Statistics Canada, New Brunswick's undergraduate tuition fees increased by 2.9%, compared to 3.3% nationally. The average tuition in the province for 2018-19 is now $7,108. Graduate level tuitions increased by 2.3%.
According to Entrevestor's Atlantic Canadian Startup Community 2017 report, there were 486 Atlantic Canadian startups as of December 31, 2017. The number of startups has been steadily increasing, with 414 companies at the end of 2016 and 263 in 2013.
The federal government will invest $189M nationally to provide an extra five weeks of employment insurance (EI) support to eligible seasonal workers in targeted regions. An estimated 7,000 workers in New Brunswick will benefit from the pilot project.The Town of Dalhousie was informed by Bank of Montreal representatives, that the Dalhousie BMO branch will be shut down on March 22, 2019. The nearest BMO branch is in Bathurst, however the town does have another bank and a credit union.The Port of Belledune handled a record amount of tonnage in July of 2018, with 402,172 metric tons of cargo going through the port. The port is on pace to surpass the record for tonnage handled in a year, which it set at 2.6M metric tons back in 2009.
Arianne Phosphate, a Quebec phosphate mining company, is partnering with the New Brunswick government to conduct a feasibility study for a phosphoric acid plant in Belledune. The proposed plant could potentially create 120 new jobs in the region.
Northern Energy Solutions Ltd. revealed their plans for a proposed pellet plant in Miramichi. Once it gets approved for an industrial permit, the company would start construction. The facility would directly employ 60 staff and another 70 indirectly.Hemp cultivation is upsurging in New Brunswick. The plant may benefit from the upcoming legalization of its cousin¿cannabis¿and see an increase in its demand. Industrial Hemp Cooperation Ltd. is preparing to expand its production.The New Brunswick government contributed $10M to Build Ventures, a Halifax-based venture capital fund. It is designed to provide early-stage capital to New Brunswick companies involved in growth areas like IT, clean technology, and life sciences.
It is possible to find employment in northeastern N.B. According to the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour, there are over 400 positions to be filled in Caraquet, Tracadie, Shippagan and the surrounding areas.Tracadie carries on with the restructuring of its fire department and is launching a 5-month pilot project, hiring 5 full-time firefighters. Volunteer firefighters will continue to be compensated only for their hours worked.
District scolaire francophone Sud is still struggling to replenish its list of substitutes for teacher, educational assistant, custodian, and bus driver positions. In August, two new schools will open in Dieppe.
The drop in unemployment rate is complicating access to employment insurance in northeastern New Brunswick. Since July 8, it is now necessary to work 525 hours to qualify for 21 weeks of benefits.New Brunswick Anglophone school districts are struggling to find enough French immersion teachers, especially as new Grade 2 teachers start this fall. The requirement that teachers have a superior level of French proficiency when hired is not expected.Carleton County will have a new distillery when Moonshine Creek Distillery in Waterville, N.B. opens in late July. The distillery already has developed an apple crumble sipping cocktail, and an unaged whisky called White Pup. Besides selling spirits, the distillery will also sell merchandise and have distillery tours.The federal government will allow an additional 500 immigrants to settle in Atlantic Canada through a pilot program. The program allows employers to fill labour needs by offering jobs to newcomers or recently graduated international students.
The New Brunswick government announced that it will invest $18.4M to expand experiential educational opportunities for students at New Brunswick universities. Students will develop marketable skills and be exposed to local career paths and opportunities.
Maritime Iron might build an iron production factory in Belledune. The project, worth $1B, could create 1000 jobs during construction and 200 permanent jobs thereafter. Opening is slotted for 2022.Christmas tree growers in the maritime provinces believe that this year's late frost will seriously impact their industry. Laurie Allain from Sainte-Marie-de-Kent expects that close to 95% of his production will not be able to be sold for Christmas.New Brunswick trucking companies state that there is a trucker shortage, especially for long-haul drivers. The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is trying to promote job opportunities and report that the average long-haul driver earns around $55K.The N.B. government says it will invest $1.5M over three years in experiential education opportunities for Indigenous university students. The funding will allow students to access more hands-on learning opportunities in conventional academic settings.Read's Newsstand & Cafe in downtown Fredericton announced that it will shut down its business at the end of June due to personal health reasonsCo_Pain, a bakery that originally operated from the kitchen of a downtown Moncton daycare, has moved across the street to larger location and brought in more staff. Located on 98 Bonaccord Street, Co_Pain is now a full-fledged bakery and coffee shop.Pomodori Pizzeria opened a second location this month at 34 Canterbury Street in uptown Saint John. The original Pomodori opened in Rothesay in 2008. The new location has new staff and will be open seven days a week.
Caraquet's Manoir Marie, a level 1 and 2 care home, will close its doors after 11 years of service. The dozen laid-off employees should be able to relocate, given the labour shortage in the region's establishments.The airport on Village Blanchard's Acadian Peninsula will receive $1.8 M to modernize its facilities. These funds will be used for upgrades such as extending the landing strip and improving the lighting. Calls for tenders should be made within the next two months.
New Brunswick fiddlehead pickers state that public warnings about flood-contaminated fiddleheads is impacting demand for all NB fiddleheads. A Miramichi River fiddlehead picker stated that he typically employs 30 pickers, but only hired three this year.
Nine more fishing areas closed this week, following six closures last week, as more right whales arrived in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. N.B. crab fishermen and plant workers have been impacted by the closures and the smaller amounts of snow crab this year.Cannabis NB is now accepting job applications for 27 full-time positions in its Cannabis NB stores across New Brunswick, expected to open later this year. Positions posted on the government's website include team lead and customer service representative.
Skills Launch, an employment program that helps immigrant youth gain employability skills, is getting an additional $1.8M in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The 52-week program is offered in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton, NB.The Ichiboshi fish plant in Caraquet has laid off about 40 employees this month due to poor crab catches so far this season. The plant, which manufactures, processes and markets seafood, employs around 600 people.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has closed six fishing areas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after endangered right whales were spotted in the area. Fishermen have to remove their gear from those areas, which account for about 25% of their total catch.
The Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation will invest $3M in a new plant being built by Zenabis in Campbellton. Construction of the medical marijuana facility is expected create up to 300 jobs and to initially employ 60 people when it opens in the spring of 2017.
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- April 2017 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- February 2017 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- January 2017 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- 2016 (Annual Edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- December 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 621 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 464 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 470 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 478 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 315 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 559 KB)
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
- Accommodation and food services | (PDF)
- Agriculture | (PDF)
- Aquaculture | (PDF)
- Arts, Entertainment and Recreation | (PDF)
- Construction | (PDF)
- Educational services | (PDF)
- Finance and insurance | (PDF)
- Fishing | (PDF)
- Forestry and Forestry Products | (PDF)
- Health care and social assistance | (PDF)
- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction | (PDF)
- Professional, scientific and technical services | (PDF)
- Public Administration | (PDF)
- Real estate and rental and leasing | (PDF)
- Retail trade | (PDF)
- Seafood processing | (PDF)
- Trucking | (PDF)
- Utilities | (PDF)
- Wholesale trade | (PDF)
Client Segment Profiles
A report that provides provincial and local demographic and labour market information, trends and prospects for a selected socio-demographic group