Estrie Region (QC)
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The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements which can complement your job search and career exploration.
Week of Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2019
- The Merry House, the oldest house in Magog where visitors can learn about the history of the city and region, has been renovated thanks to an investment of nearly $3M (available in French only)
- World Gym, a fitness centre, is looking for about 40 people to work at its Sherbrooke location (available in French only)
- Graphic Packaging International, a manufacturer of paper-based packaging, is looking for several people to fill positions at its East Angus plant, such as mechanic, electrician, operator and office staff (available in French only)
- Various types of businesses, all located in the Au pied des Tours shopping centre in the Rock Forest sector of Sherbrooke, were destroyed by a fire (available in French only)
- Caisse Desjardins de Lac-Mégantic-Le Granit will close the three service centres in Sainte-Cécile-de-Whitton, Saint-Romain and Piopolis due to lack of patronage. The teller positions at Audet and Lac-Mégantic on Salaberry Road will also be eliminated. (available in French only)
- Forever 21, a retailer specializing in teen fashion, announced the closure of all of its stores in Canada, including six in Quebec, mainly in the Greater Montréal and Québec City areas. The number of employees affected is unknown. (available in French only)
Week of Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2019
- The Eastern Townships school board is receiving more than $21M from the Government of Quebec to maintain and renovate its schools and its two vocational training centres (available in French only)
- Miniso, a discount chain, is closing almost all of its stores in Quebec. Only 4 of 13 stores will remain open (Place Alexis-Nihon, Carrefour Angrignon, Place Vertu and rue Sainte-Catherine). The number of layoffs is not known. (available in French only)
Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2019
- ROYER, a manufacturer of work boots and safety shoes, invested over $10M to open a plant in Sherbrooke. The Government of Quebec provided loans to assist the project. Over the next three years, 32 people will be hired. (available in French only)
- Classcraft, based in Sherbrooke and specializing in educational technologies, is investing $10M through a provincial government grant to develop educational games for students in association with the Université de Montréal (available in French only)
- Oneka Technologies, a manufacturer of desalination buoys used to produce drinking water, plans to double its current team of about 10 employees at its Sherbrooke location next year (available in French only)
- The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) will be recruiting 20 people to work at its Magog outlet, scheduled to open in early 2020. The amount invested was not mentioned. (available in French only)
Week of Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2019
- Caroline Néron announced the closing of all six of its jewellery boutiques and one franchisee in Quebec. The date of its closing as well as the number of workers who will lose their jobs is currently unknown. (available in French only)
- Kobo Ramen, a Japanese restaurant, will set up shop in Sherbrooke. About 12 people are planned to be hired for its opening, scheduled for mid-October. (available in French only)
- Groupe Résidences des Bâtisseurs is looking for 58 medical orderlies, including about 10 in Mauricie, for its seniors residences in Quebec. The company is counting on a recruitment mission to Madagascar to help fill these positions. (available in French only)
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Costco, a warehouse club-style retailer, will relocate its Sherbrooke location to the Plateau Saint-Joseph area. Eighty positions will need to be filled for its opening, scheduled for next year.Soft Tex Pillows, a manufacturer and distributor of pillows and other filled products, wants to hire about 20 people to fill day labourer positions at its Magog plantParc Découverte Nature in Coaticook is investing nearly $2.7M to develop an interactive fishing survival game called Acoatica. Five people will be hired for its opening in summer 2020.
Palettes Perron, based in Cookshire-Eaton, is investing $12M in new machinery to increase its production capacity. The Government of Quebec is providing financial support for the project. About a dozen people will be hired.The Government of Quebec is investing $8.3M to enhance immigration business services in all regions. This effort includes adding 111 employees to the network and aims to foster access to programs and services.The Government of Canada announced a $7.4M investment in a feasibility study on extending the Dolbeau-Mistassini rail line to Baie-Comeau. The initiative is expected to create 105 new jobs.
Ferme piscicole des Bobines, specializing in trout farming in East Hereford, is investing more than $1M to acquire a wastewater treatment system. Both federal and provincial governments are providing financial assistance to the project.Boucherie Clément Jacques, a butcher shop that is now based in Magog, received a financial contribution of $1M from the City for its expansion. About 15 people will be hired within the next five years.Verbom, a company specializing in sheet metal processing, will be looking for 13 people next year to work at its Valcourt plant. The federal government is providing $964,275 to support its growth.PhenoSwitch Bioscience, a mass spectrometry analysis laboratory based in Sherbrooke, is investing about $2.5M to support its growth. The Government of Canada is contributing to the project. Three jobs are to be filled.Coveo, an artificial intelligence technology provider, has just opened a new location in Sherbrooke. Five specialized positions in IT are to be filled. Within two years, the company will invest $1.5M.L'Atelier du Pain, an artisanal bakery, is investing $2.5M to open a location in Magog. The bakery is looking for about 15 people to start work in December.The City of Coaticook is investing $6M to renovate its arena known as Centre récréatif Gérard-Couillard. The arena will be open to the public in November.School boards in the Capitale Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions are looking for 258 day-care teachers. Full- and part-time positions are available.
Serres et Pépinières Gagnon Botanix in Sherbrooke has closed. After 40 years of service, the owners have decided to retire. The number of jobs affected was not disclosed.Institut Desgraff, a private school offering training in digital art, closed its Sherbrooke campus for financial reasons. The number of layoffs was not disclosed.
The Government of Quebec announced an annual investment of $20M and the creation of 84 new positions with the establishment of a new system dedicated to supporting immigrantsBhango Horticulture, a future producer of cannabis, will invest $10M to move to Potton. At most, 30 people will be hired to work part-time starting at the beginning of 2020, when production will begin.Construction Bon-Air announced the expansion of its facilities in Saint-Félicien and Chibougamau as well as the construction of a new location in Alma. Investments totalling $2M are expected, which will create 30 jobs.The province of Quebec is looking to fill 32,000 health care attendant positions for its health network over the next five years
SAIL, an outdoor equipment store, is investing $12M to set up a location in Sherbrooke. About 100 people will be hired for its opening scheduled in the fall.
STACE, a manufacturer of photovoltaic cells used to design solar panels, will set up a plant in Sherbrooke thanks to an investment of approximately $39M. Fifty people are expected to be hired.Condominiums that will house businesses on the ground floor and offices on the floor above will be built in the Rock Forest borough of Sherbrooke thanks to an investment of $7M. Future owners will be able to move in towards the end of this year.Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), a Valcourt-based manufacturer of snowmobiles and other vehicles, was successful in filling 463 production positions during the summer. Welders, mechanics, and machinists are still needed.
The Government of Quebec announced a $23.4M investment over four years in SCALE AI, an investment and innovation hub in the artificial intelligence sector, to help skills development in Quebec's workforceUsinage Marcotte will relocate its plant from Westbury to East Angus. The approximately 20 employees already in place will move to the new location. New positions may be created.Impressions GB, a Coaticook-based company specializing in printing, will close on August 16. The number of job losses has not been specified.The J-Bar-C Steakhouse restaurant in Coaticook closed its doors in the last few days and will reopen in summer 2020. The number of employees temporarily laid off has not been disclosed.The Government of Quebec is providing $4M to the Réserve faunique La Vérendrye to support improvements to its facilities starting in fall 2020. These projects will result in the creation of about 20 direct and indirect jobs.Dental offices in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, and Côte-Nord regions are looking for dental hygienistsThe Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations in Laval, Saint-Jérôme, Saint-Hubert and Saint-Léonard are closing due to financial difficulties, a decision that affects 70 employeesHog farm Équiporc is investing $10M to expand its facilities in Saint-Camille in order to triple its number of sows
Microtel is investing $9M to build a hotel, which will welcome its first guests in summer 2020, in Lac-MéganticAn optometrists' office, whose name has not been disclosed, will be built in Lac-Mégantic thanks to a $1.6M investmentCaffuccino will cease operations in downtown Sherbrooke. Its employees will be relocated to the restaurant chain's other locations.
Osé Sushi, a restaurant specializing in sushi, will open a second location in Sherbrooke. The employees already working at the first establishment will share the workload at both restaurants. The amount invested has not been disclosed.Saladshop, a restaurant specializing in freshly prepared meals, opened its first location in Sherbrooke and hired seven peopleFilSpec, a manufacturer of high-performance technical textile yarns, is looking for at least about 20 people to work at its Sherbrooke plantThe Municipality of Ascot Corner is investing $800,000 to install a new biological wastewater treatment systemThe Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke will receive close to $4M from the Government of Quebec to renovate the Sylvestre and Des Avenues elementary schools, both of which are in SherbrookeThe Jardin-des-Lacs elementary school, which is located in Saint-Denis-de-Brompton and is part of the Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke, will be expanded following an investment of over $7.5M from the provincial governmentThe Commission scolaire des Sommets will receive $9M from the Government of Quebec to renovate two elementary schools: Deux-Soleils in Magog and Arc-en-Ciel in Saint-François-Xavier-de-BromptonThe Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons will expand Notre-Dame-du-Paradis elementary school in Dudswell following an investment of over $4M from the provincial governmentStrait Air, an airline based in Québec City, is suspending service to Basse-Côte-Nord, Wabush, and Anticosti Island due to a shortage of staff. Between 25 and 30 people are being laid off.The Government of Quebec announced an investment of $47M in the Director of Youth Protection (DYP) network to hire 382 professionals to reduce the number of people on waiting lists
Le Renaissance, a residence of 161 apartments for retirees, is now opened in Cowansville after an investment of $31MKnowlbanks / Résidence Knowlton, a residence for semi-autonomous seniors, is closing its doors in Knowlton on July 20. The number of employees affected has not been disclosed.Granby Industries in Cowansville and Pro-Par in Sherbrooke are two manufacturers of storage tanks that have modernized their plants as a result of financial support from the governments of Canada and Quebec for the project of about $13MLe Concerto, a mixed-use building recently constructed in downtown Lac-Mégantic, officially opened following an investment of $4MTerrapure Environmental, which has offices in Châteauguay and Sainte-Catherine, has purchased RSR Environnement, which has branches in Verchères, Anjou and Lac-Mégantic. The transaction will facilitate delivery of a range of integrated waste management services.Dessercom, a not-for-profit organization offering medical transport and assistance services, is investing $2M to build a new ambulance station in Lac-MéganticAvril Supermarché Santé, a grocery store offering natural products in Magog, invested $800,000 to re-open its food service area following renovation and expansionThe Université de Sherbrooke will spend $65M to obtain a new computer system, which should be operational in 2022-2023The Séminaire de Sherbrooke will be acquiring the building that housed the Collège du Sacré-Coeur, also in Sherbrooke, as the new site for its college level courses. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed.Boston Bar closed in Sherbrooke. The number of jobs lost was not disclosed.Tafisa Canada, a manufacturer of panels from recycled wood, is investing $4.7M in its Lac-Mégantic plant to obtain a new purifier to help reduce its environmental footprintStation du Chêne rouge, an outdoor centre in Hatley that offers accommodation in forest ecolodges, obtained a loan from the provincial government for a project totalling more than $1.1MThe Délimax-Montpak group, a veal and lamb producer and processor in Saint-Hyacinthe, with plants in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Laval and Terrebonne, has acquired the Viandes Forget slaughterhouse in Terrebonne
The Government of Quebec announced an investment of $1.7B for the expansion and construction of elementary and secondary schools in Quebec. The government is expected to carry out 128 projects in 2019-2020 alone.Han-Logement, a charitable organization in Sherbrooke, inaugurated two buildings named Les Habitations Michel Lapierre following an investment of nearly $2M. Twelve tenants with physical or intellectual disabilities live there.Exonetik, an engine design company that solves problems related to mechanical limits, will invest more than $2M to relocate to Sherbrooke. Once it is in its new location by the end of the year, it will be looking for additional workers.
The City of Sherbrooke inaugurated a fire station in the Lennoxville borough after having invested over $3M in its construction. Twelve employees have joined the existing team.Estrie Glace, a producer of iced water for various industries, is investing $1.5M to purchase new equipment. A dozen jobs will be created, doubling the number of employees at the Magog plant.The Government of Quebec announced funding of $17M to help cybersecurity companies develop projects that strengthen computer security in Quebec. The project is expected to create 400 jobs in five years.Les Grands-Ducs de Wellington bar in Sherbrooke has closed. The number of employees affected has not been disclosed.
Laboratoire M2 is investing more than $1.6M to accelerate the expansion of its disinfectant used for animal health and crop protection into new markets. The Government of Canada is contributing financially to the project. Four people will be hired in Sherbrooke.La Commission des liqueurs, a bar located in Sherbrooke, has closed its doors. The number of employees who lost their jobs was not disclosed.Immune Biosolutions, a Sherbrooke-based biotechnology company specializing in antibody development, is investing more than $1.8M to acquire new state-of-the-art equipmentManoir Hovey, an inn located in North Hatley, has invested more than $1.5M for renovationsThe Government of Quebec announced a $70M investment in the school system to help students with physical or learning disabilities or adjustment problems by adding 850 extra teachers, professionals, and professional support resourcesGroupe TVA announced the elimination of 68 positions in its Quebec network following budget cutsA&W, a fast-food chain, will build a franchise in the Quartier Université in Sherbrooke. The location is planned to open before winter.
The Université de Sherbrooke inaugurated its solar park following an investment of nearly $6M, which includes financial contributions from both the federal and provincial governments
The Government of Canada is investing more than $345M to modernize three key roadways in Greater Montréal. The project involves the extension of Autoroute 19, the renovation of the Pont Pie-IX bridge between Montréal and Laval, and the construction of a reserved lane.The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) will soon be opening three additional outlets in the province in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Granby and MontréalKruger is investing $575M to build a tissue paper manufacturing plant in Sherbrooke. The provincial government will contribute $105M to the project. More than 180 people could be employed in the plant in spring 2021.Bureau en gros-Staples Canada, an office supply retailer, will be holding a one-day job fair on June 1 in all 305 of its stores across Canada. The company is looking to fill 1,000 positions in its stores and distribution centres.IBIOM Instruments, a manufacturer of ergonomic medical equipment, is investing $1.9M to build a new plant in Sherbrooke and to acquire new equipment. The plant will be operational in late fall 2019.The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) is looking to hire between 15 and 20 people to work in its Sherbrooke store, which will open in late November. The amount of the investment was not disclosed.SherWeb, a company that specializes in the storage of cloud computing data and has its Canadian head office in Sherbrooke, is expanding its presence in the Voice over IP (VoIP) market by acquiring Pulsar360CannaSher is investing $40M to build a plant in Sherbrooke to produce and extract medicinal cannabis oil. Some 50 people will be hired to begin work in the plant in the fall.
Hydro-Québec will invest approximately $375M over the next 10 to 15 years in Estrie to modernize its network, which is at full capacityThe RCM of Coaticook will invest $15M to deploy a fibre optic network throughout its territory, which covers 12 municipalities. The governments of Canada and Quebec will help fund the project.The City of Coaticook is investing more than $4M to renovate its arena, known as the Centre récréatif Gérard-Couillard. The governments of Canada and Quebec will help fund the project.L'Appui, a non-profit organization for caregivers, is investing $50M over three years to provide support across the province through its 17 affiliated organizationsPavex, a paving company in Saint-Félicien, has been awarded a $20M contract to repair the runway at the Kuujjuaq airport. The work will begin in the summer, and some 30 workers, including 10 from Kuujjuaq, will be involved.
The Municipality of Compton is investing more than $3M in the demolition and construction of City Hall. The building will also welcome Desjardins and Canada Post as tenants.Jardins de Magog, a residence for semi-autonomous seniors in Magog, will invest between $3M and $4M in the expansion of its building and the construction of a new parking lotCabico, a custom cabinet manufacturer in Coaticook, is looking to hire sanders, painters, assemblers, shipping and receiving agents, as well as a designerSt-Hubert Express/Harvey's, a new co-branded fast food concept, has opened in Lac-Mégantic following an investment of approximately $2.5M. About 50 jobs were created.DE LA FONTAINE, a manufacturer of steel doors and metal frames, has invested more than $2M in the purchase of production equipment at its Sherbrooke plant. The employer would like to hire 15 people to fill day labourer positions.Walmart Canada has announced an investment of $200M to renovate and refresh 31 stores across Canada. In Quebec, the three stores that will be renovated are located in Montréal (Décarie), Repentigny, and Saint-Jérôme.
Chocolat Lamontagne is investing about $1.5M to expand its Sherbrooke plant. The employer wants to hire workers to sustain its growth.Starbucks opened a second location in Sherbrooke in the Promenades King shopping centre. The employer created 18 jobs.Telecommunications company Bell Canada has laid off 76 technicians working on its residential wireless internet service in Quebec and OntarioGroupe Méridien Maritime will invest $17.6M in the construction of a hybrid factory ship prototype, creating 109 jobs at its Matane, Portneuf, and Longueuil facilities. About 40 positions will be added to the Matane shipyard.Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), a manufacturer of recreational vehicles in Valcourt, is looking to hire 425 people to fill positions as assemblers, welders, and freight elevator operators assigned to snowmobile production during the summer
The building housing the former Belding Corticelli plant in Coaticook will be converted into 66 residential condos to be ready in summer 2020. Between $10M and $12M will be invested in the project.Leprohon, a company specializing in air conditioning, heating, ventilation, refrigeration and geothermal for residential, commercial and industrial markets, is expanding its territory by acquiring Ventilex in Saint-EustacheSherweb, specializing in the storage of cloud computing data for various companies, is looking to hire 100 people in its offices in Sherbrooke and Longueuil in order to support its growthBestar, a ready-to-assemble furniture manufacturer, will be injecting more than $7M to build a store in Sherbrooke to accommodate its growth. The employer will hire about 15 people.Jouvence, an all inclusive resort in Parc national de Mont-Orford, is investing $1.7M to construct a new accommodation building that will be ready in JuneCorporation Ski & Golf Mont-Orford will be investing about $6M to expand and renovate the main lodge and to build an outside space for events. All of the work will be completed by November.Lambert Peat Moss is investing $6M in Rivière-Ouelle in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region and in Longue-Rive in Côte-Nord to expand its bagging plant and improve productivity. Some 15 jobs, including 10 in Rivière-Ouelle, will be created over the coming year.The Government of Quebec, in collaboration with a number of community partners, is creating a network of digital culture development officers. This initiative will result in the creation of some 40 officer positions across the province.
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.CIBC will close its branch in Stanstead on June 13. The number of jobs lost has not been disclosed.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 MontréalJeans Factory, a clothing chain based in Warwick, is closing all of its shops in Quebec, laying off approximately 100 peopleTransport 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
Wiptec, a company specializing in order fulfilment for various large online brands, hired 35 additional employees at its Sherbrooke facilityEggsquis will hire about 30 people to work at its future restaurant in the Rock Forest borough of Sherbrooke in MayChâteau du Bel Âge, a retirement residence in Windsor, is investing $2.5M in expansions in order to accommodate people with a loss of autonomy. Full- and part-time jobs will be created.After having resorted to insolvency proceedings in 2018, Dans un Jardin, the Quebec chain of personal care product boutiques, will reopen 15 boutiques in Quebec thanks to intervention by Groupe Marie ClaireArmoires Cuisines Action, which serves residential and commercial markets, invested $8M to expand and modernize its Sainte-Sabine plant and develop showrooms in Montérégie and LavalThe CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS is looking to fill 575 positions by summer. The open positions, which include but are not limited to service attendants, nurses, medical secretaries, and social workers, are posted on its website.
Clinique dentaire du Complexe set up shop in Sherbrooke. The amount invested and the number of jobs created has not been released.Rexfab, a manufacturer of specialized industrial baking machinery, is investing more than $1.5M to expand its plant in Sherbrooke. To sustain its growth, up to 10 people will be hired to join 70 current employees.Commission scolaire des Sommets is investing over $4M to expand Saint-Pie-X primary school in Magog. Construction should be completed in December.Canadian telecommunications company Telus has announced a $95M investment to expand its wireless and fibre optic networks in eastern Quebec and the Québec City region in 2019CN Rail has announced its intention to invest $245M to modernize its network in Quebec in 2019 through its capital investment program
The Municipality of the Township of Potton is investing $1.2M to build a shelter over a multipurpose surface in André-Gagnon Park. It is expected to be open to the public in October. The Government of Quebec is contributing half of the total cost of the project.The Bec-O-Lanctôt farm in Compton invested over $1M to construct a chicken coop for laying hensMagnesium Technology Recycles, a magnesium ingot recycling company, also known as MTR Mag, will open in Asbestos by 2020 and will have 40 open positions for job seekersBitfarms, a technology firm using blockchain technology such as the cryptocurrency bitcoin, is investing $250M in several phases to build another computing centre, this time in SherbrookeUniprix in Coaticook closed, resulting in a loss of 24 jobsHydro Coupe CRC, a Sherbrooke company specializing in cutting and welding parts, is investing $1M to expand its warehouse and purchase a laser machineThe Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec has about 20 pharmacist positions to be filled at the Hôpital du Centre-de-la-Mauricie in Shawinigan and at the Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu d'Arthabaska
The Government of Canada has announced $100M in funding to small and medium businesses in the steel and aluminum sectors. The funds will be used to buy new technology to improve productivity and competitiveness.Metro Rouillard in Pierreville has acquired the Metro store in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières. Management plans to hire new people.Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) is investing $10M received from the Government of Canada to support its researchers examining the health problems of CanadiansThe only food processing development centre in the province, Centre de valorisation de l'aliment (CVA), is currently under construction in Sherbrooke thanks to an investment of nearly $6M. Its opening is planned for mid-July with jobs for five workers.The Clément Jacques meat company is investing $1.5M to build a meat processing plant in Magog as the plant in Sherbrooke is too small to meet its needs. Around 10 people will be hired for the opening in June.The ministère des Transports will invest more than $190M in road projects in the Estrie region by 2021Aux grains, a café-bakery, is opening in Sherbrooke by this summer. The employer will hire about 20 employees starting in April.
The Government of Quebec has announced plans to modernize the Pie-IX Bridge between Montréal and Laval. Costing close to $199M, the project will start in late 2019 and end in the fall of 2022.The Trois-Rivières/Bécancour job fair will take place on March 27 and 28, with over 1,700 job vacancies to fill. The Trois-Rivières industrial building will serve as the venue for the first day of the fair, followed by a virtual fair the next day.The Centres intégrés de santé et de services sociaux in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, and Côte-Nord have posted several job offers on their websites for psychologists to fill vacant positions
Les Meubles B.O.F.F., a manufacturer of wall beds and other items, is investing over $2M to build a new factory in Sherbrooke and purchase equipment. Ten welder, press operator and cabinetmaker positions will be created.Bombardier Aerospace is investing a total of $22M over a three-year period in two major aerospace investment and innovation projects: Aero21 and the third phase of the SA²GE projectThe Government of Quebec has announced a $41.3M investment to support Quebec aerospace sector investment and innovation projectsTourism Eastern Townships will be exhibiting at the Salon Priorité-Emploi on March 15 and 16 at the Sherbrooke Exhibition Centre to offer over 1,000 full-time and part-time jobsThe CIUSSS MCQ is looking for about 100 people to fill administrative technician, administrative officer and medical secretary positions. Interested candidates must apply online no later than March 13.Wouf Zone, a canine recreation centre in Sherbrooke, is closing at the end of April. About 10 part-time employees will be laid off.The Laurentian Bank has announced the elimination of 350 jobs in Quebec within the year after unveiling a plan to streamline certain administrative functions and support duties related to services for individualsSilo Épicerie Bio-Vrac and ÉcoloBoutique are both opening second locations in Sherbrooke, side by side. About 20 people will be hired for their planned openings in the fall.
Corporation de développement socioéconomique d'Asbestos is investing $3M to provide new business incubator facilities within the regionBonduelle, a company that specializes in processing and conserving vegetables, has four plants in Montérégie and one in Montréal and has acquired Seneca in Lebanon, PA, in the United States, where fruits and vegetables are frozenThe City of Magog is investing more than $22M in a facelift for its downtown. The work will be done in two stages, and could extend until the summer of 2020.Home Depot, a retailer in the home renovation sector, is launching a recruitment campaign to fill more than 5,500 jobs across CanadaPayless ShoeSource, a shoe retailer, has announced the closure of all of its stores across Canada after a failed attempt at restructuring. In Quebec, approximately 25 stores will close by late March.The Government of Quebec has announced the creation of 2,500 subsidized childcare spots over the next two years throughout the provinceTM Solution and AàZ Netmédia are teaming up to set up Prospecto, which will have offices in Victoriaville, Drummondville, Montréal and Québec City. They will be hiring.The Home Depot hardware store in Sherbrooke is looking for 37 people for various positions, including sales, cashier, night maintenance, parking and garden centre. Applicants can send in their CVs online or by text message.The Government of Quebec has announced a $450M investment over two years for forestry work on public lands
Smucker's, a U.S. agri-food company, will invest approximately $12M to expand its Sherbrooke plant and purchase new equipment. The project is receiving a financial contribution from the Government of Canada.The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec has launched an advertising campaign and a new platform for job offers to address recruitment issues in health care
The Goverment of Quebec has announced a funding of $70M to $90M over the next two years used for detecting developmental delays among children. The hiring of 800 health professionals and administrative staff is planned.The Collège du Sacré-Coeur, a private secondary school, will close in Sherbrooke at the end of the school year, leading to the loss of about 30 jobs
Alimplus, a Quebec food product distributor, has acquired AOF service alimentaire based in Drummondville, which operates in the same field as its buyerLogements Handi-Cité, a 23-unit building with apartments adapted to independent persons with disabilities, will be built in Sherbrooke following an investment of more than $4M by Handi-Capable. Future tenants will be able to move in in July 2020.The City of Sherbrooke invested $26M to build the Gaston-Massé power distribution station, the fourth in the Hydro-Sherbrooke networkThe City of Sherbrooke is investing more than $36M, in partnership with the Government of Quebec, to rebuild the Rue des Grandes-Fourches Nord sector. The work will begin in the spring.
The City of Windsor is investing over $12M to renovate its water treatment plant, with work continuing throughout the year. The provincial government is partially funding the project.Z Spa Urbain in Magog is closing. The number of jobs lost has not been disclosed.Bitfarms, a technology company that uses block chain, like bitcoin cryptocurrency, has invested several million dollars in building its calculation centre in Magog.
Bijoux Caroline Néron, a Quebec chain of jewellery stores, is filing for bankruptcy protection and closing 9 of its 14 stores. In all, 64 workers are affected, including positions at the Montréal head office.The Government of Canada provided the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac with approximately $1.7M of the $8.6M it spent about a year ago to build a cheese factory. Two employees will be hired, who will join the 20 existing employees.Lowe's, the hardware retailer and owner of RONA and Réno-Dépôt, is currently seeking to fill 1,950 seasonal positions in Quebec. Applicants are being sought in a number of departments for spring 2019.Eagle Vizion, a manufacturer of optical sorting equipment for waste material, is investing $2.8M, of which the federal government is contributing $650,000. The employer will hire 19 people in Sherbrooke.G. E. Gilbert, a metalwork company in Sherbrooke, has invested more than $4M to expand and acquire new machinery. The Government of Canada has contributed $200,000 to the project. Six jobs have been created.
Neptune Wellness Solutions, a producer of medical cannabis, will soon be seeking 10 employees, including engineers, to work at its plant in SherbrookeA Salon Priorité-Emploi job fair will be held on January 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Pavillon des arts et de la culture in Coaticook. Employers from the region have about 200 jobs to fill.Dermapure, a non-surgical rejuvenation clinic, will be moving to new facilities on May 1. Three new employees will be hired at the new location, along with six others at headquarters, all located in Sherbrooke.The CIUSSS de l'Estrie - Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) opened new facilities in Sherbrooke as a result of an investment of over $6.7M from the provincial government
Eggs Fruits, a restaurant located in the Rock Forest borough of Sherbrooke, shut its doors on December 31, 2018. The number of jobs lost has not been released.La Cartoucherie, a printer and ink cartridge retailer in Sherbrooke, has acquired the Clinique du Copieur in Québec City, a company involved in the sale and repair of photocopiers
Studio MW-FX, which specializes in 3D design and animation for film and video games, will open in Estrie by March. Some employees will be hired the first year, and about 15 will be hired the second year to reach about 60 in the medium term.
Usinatech, a mechanical parts manufacturer, needs new employees for its Melbourne plantsLes Soudures St-Denis (SSD), which manufactures and installs steel structures, needs new employees for its plant in Saint-Denis-de-BromptonEngineering firm SNC-Lavalin has announced the elimination of 100 positions across its Canadian network as a result of project completionsStructures légères de l'Estrie, a new manufacturer of machined metal components, is investing more than $3.8M in building its plant in Sherbrooke, which should open in June 2019. Five workers will be hired.The federal government is lending $425,000 to Équipements NAD (NAD Klima) and Ateliers BG. In total, more than $1M will be invested, and the two Sherbrooke employers will create 7 and 10 new jobs, respectively.The municipality of Saint-Sébastien has inaugurated a new $844,000 building for its fire department, to which the provincial government contributedOneka Technologies, which manufactures desalination buoys to produce drinking water, is investing $2M to commercialize its product with the financial participation of several partners. Eight employees will be hired in Sherbrooke.The CHSLD in Magog will invest approximately $5M to provide 31 new beds, which will become available in the fall of 2020PizzBox has opened its second restaurant in Sherbrooke, creating 15 jobs
Place Water, a Marché Ami grocery store, opened in Waterville with 15 employees
Granite Créations has invested more than $1.2M to expand its plant in Dixville as well as acquire new machinery. Two new employees will join the nine current ones.Salon Priorité-Emploi, a showcase for various employers wishing to meet job seekers, will begin a tour of the Estrie region's six RCMs, from January to June 2019Services Immobiliers First is investing $30M in the construction of a 173-unit high-end rental complex in Magog. Future tenants will be able to move into Humano starting in July 2020.The Government of Canada, the Province of Quebec and private sector partners have announced an investment of nearly $290M to support AI-driven supply chains and the SCALE.AI supercluster
The Gérard-Couillard recreation centre in Coaticook will be renovated thanks to an investment of $3M. Work will begin in spring 2019 and is to be completed by early fall.The City of Coaticook inaugurated its new Hydro-Coaticook electricity distribution substation following an investment of nearly $8M. The construction turned out to be necessary, as Hydro-Québec had reached its transmission limit.Global Excel, a world-leading expert in medical cost containment, inaugurated its headquarters in Sherbrooke, which was renovated at a cost of $6M
Québec company Dans un Jardin has announced the closing of its boutiques by January 2019 after placing itself under the protection of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The number of employees that will be affected by the closures is unknown.
Bishop's College School (BCS), a private high school, is investing $20M to undergo renovations
Wiptec, a company specializing in preparing and distributing orders for various major commercial brands that sell online, wishes to hire about 40 extra employees at its Sherbrooke centreThe Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) is investing $11.5M in 16 health research projects funded by the Government of CanadaLupa, a restaurant in Sherbrooke for ten years, will close in 2019, enough time to find a buyer or renter. The number of jobs that will be lost has not been revealed.PersonnAide, an aid organization in Magog for over 27 years, will close on November 30 due to a labour shortage among other things. The number of jobs that will be lost has not been revealed.Bombardier has announced a restructuration to eliminate 2,500 Quebec-based jobs in its aerospace division. Layoffs will be completed by 2021.Sherweb, a company specializing in hosting cloud-based data for various companies, expects to increase its number of employees by the end of 2019 to support its growth in Sherbrooke
The City of Magog has opened its new fire station following an investment of over $5MBell Canada is eliminating 700 senior management positions across the country following a restructuring of its management unit
Alliance Magnesium, a company that produces magnesium from serpentine, will receive $12M in financial aid from the Government of Canada for the second phase of its Danville plant. In total, 70 workers are expected to be hired.
Labour Market Bulletins
Sectoral Profiles provide an overview of recent labour market developments and outlooks for some of the key industries in various regions of the country.
- Accommodation and Food Services | (PDF, 273 KB)
- Agriculture: farm crops, livestock and aquaculture | (PDF, 250 KB)
- Chemical Manufacturing | (PDF, 261 KB)
- Clothing Manufacturing, Leather and Allied Products | (PDF, 250 KB)
- Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing | (PDF, 255 KB)
- Construction | (PDF, 264 KB)
- Education Services | (PDF, 255 KB)
- Electrical Equipment, Appliance and Component Manufacturing | (PDF, 259 KB)
- Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing | (PDF, 261 KB)
- Finance and Insurance, Real Estate and Rental and Leasing | (PDF, 266 KB)
- Food, Beverage and Tobacco Products Manufacturing | (PDF, 276 KB)
- Forestry and Logging | (PDF, 256 KB)
- Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing | (PDF, 260 KB)
- Health Care and Social Assistance | (PDF, 260 KB)
- Information, Cultural, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Industry | (PDF, 260 KB)
- Mining, Quarry Operations and Oil and Gas Extraction | (PDF, 260 KB)
- Machinery Manufacturing | (PDF, 259 KB)
- Management of Companies and Enterprises Administrative and Support Services, Waste Management and Remediation Services | (PDF, 261 KB)
- Mining, Quarry Operations and Oil and Gas Extraction | (PDF, 260 KB)
- Non-Metallic Mineral Product Manufacturing | (PDF, 252 KB)
- Paper Manufacturing | (PDF, 276 KB)
- Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing | (PDF, 263 KB)
- Primary Metal Manufacturing | (PDF, 269 KB)
- Printing and Related Support Activities | (PDF, 272 KB)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services | (PDF, 269 KB)
- Public Administrations | (PDF, 254 KB)
- Retail Trade | (PDF, 267 KB)
- Textile Mills, Textile Product Mills | (PDF, 257 KB)
- Transportation and Warehousing | (PDF, 275 KB)
- Transportation Equipment Manufacturing | (PDF, 278 KB)
- Utilities | (PDF, 257 KB)
- Wholesale Trade | (PDF, 257 KB)
- Wood Product Manufacturing | (PDF, 262 KB)