North Region (MB)
Following labour market events is key to helping job seekers understand where the opportunities (short, medium and long-term) might be in a local community and elsewhere in the country.
The following table presents local and regional labour market events and announcements which can complement your job search and career exploration.
Week of Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2018
- According to the Conference Board of Canada, Manitoba's economic growth for 2018 and 2019 is forecast at 1.9%. The province`s economic growth is predicted to slowdown in 2020 to 0.9% due to dwindling mineral production and weaker investment.
- The provincial government is providing around $950,000 in funding for 57 additional community development projects across the province. This funding is in addition to more than $4.5M in grants announced earlier in 2018.
Week of Dec 10 - Dec 14, 2018
- The federal government will provide Manitoba with $500M towards jobs and skills training over the next six years. The funding will be administered through Workforce Development Agreements and Labour Market Development Agreements.
- The Government of Manitoba launched its Economic Growth Action Plan to support economic development in the province
- The provincial and federal governments are each providing close to $4.2M to fight methamphetamine use in Manitoba. The funding will be used for flexible length withdrawal management and recovery beds as well as mobile clinical support services.
Week of Dec 03 - Dec 07, 2018
- Hudbay will close its 777 mine and mill in Flin Flon by 2021 after failed attempts to find a replacement for the mine. Approximately 800 people will be affected by the closures.
- The Province of Manitoba is eliminating 11 positions from its translation services department and will increase its use of freelance translators
- The Manitoba government entered into an agreement with Babcock Canada Inc. after privatizing its forest firefighting services. The change will affect 52 jobs and it is unknown how many employees will be hired by the new operator.
- Applications for the Urban and Hometown Green Team are now available. The grants are for organizations who are looking to hire youth between the ages of 15 and 29 for summer work in 2019.
- The provincial government launched the Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course to teach youth the basics about workers' and employers' rights and responsibilities for safety and health in the workplace
Week of Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018
- According to the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, there is a shortage of workers in Manitoba's hog industry
- The provincial government is investing more than $5.3M to significantly increase the number of hip replacements, knee replacements and cataract surgeries in Manitoba in 2019
- Hatch Ltd. and KGS Group were each awarded contracts for the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels project. The contracts are for the engineering design and construction oversite of building channels that will provide better flood protection.
- McCain Foods is investing $75M towards upgrading its potato processing plants in Carberry and Portage la Prairie
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The federal government is providing $248M to build four new schools as well as upgrades to an existing school in First Nation communities in northern Manitoba. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019.The Province of Manitoba is spending $20M for infrastructure projects for the remainder of the 2018-19 fiscal year
Xplore Mobile recently launched in Manitoba, opening retail stores in Brandon and Winnipeg
Repairs to the rail line into Churchill are now complete and full passenger and freight service are set to resume later this fall. The rail line has been out of commission since May 2017 following spring flooding damage.The Province recently introduced the International Student Entrepreneur Pathway and Graduate Internship Pathway for international student graduates in Manitoba. The pathways enable students a fast track to nomination for permanent residency.Meta Cannabis Supply Co. recently opened a store on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), 51 % of which is OCN owned. The retail outlet currently has 12 employees so far, 11 of whom are from OCN.A new women's shelter has opened in Nelson House. The new shelter has nine staff from the community, that includes support workers, security staff and a child care worker.
Six communities in Manitoba, including Steinbach and Winkler, voted to outlaw the sale of recreational cannabis. Out of the eight Manitoba municipalities that held votes, only Lac du Bonnet and Snow lake voted to allow sales.According to the Manitoba Labour Market Outlook Report, the province expects168,700 job openings are to be created between 2018 and 2024According to a Winnipeg Free Press survey, more than 500 people are now directly employed in the province's legal cannabis industry
Two new rapid access to addictions medicine clinics are now open in Brandon and Thompson. The clinics offer walk-in patients access to intervention and community treatment programs.Over the next year, the federal government will provide nearly $1.2M in program funding towards healthcare services for First Nations children in Manitoba
Peguis First Nation, in partnership with Bridging Finance Inc. and Growforce, plan to open two cannabis retail stores, one in Winnipeg and another Selkirk. The joint venture is also building a cultivation facility in Winnipeg, which is expected to employ 150-200 people once complete.Six cannabis stores are now open in Manitoba, with another to open soon in Winnipeg. The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba approved six stores in Winnipeg and one store in Dauphin.
On October 3, the protein industries supercluster was launched in Winnipeg. The supercluster is a consortium of enterprizes involved in food manufacturing and food services. The plant protein industry is expected to create more than 4,500 jobs over the next 10 years.The provincial and federal governments are spending a combined $10M for four projects that will help boost Manitoba's aerospace industry. The new funding is expected to create 70 jobs.
Maple Bus Lines is expanding service and offering round-trip bus service from Thompson to Winnipeg and Cross LakeThe minimum wage in Manitoba increased by 20 cents to $11.35 effective October 1University College of the North is reorganizing its administrative structure and will cut five senior administration positions throughout 2018-19The Manitoba government and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce are organizing Economic Development Tours to northern communities. The tours will connect business leaders with local businesses in the north for potential economic development opportunities.
Delta 9 Cannabis Store will soon open two locations, one in Winnipeg and another in Thompson. The company is awaiting on approval for two more, one in Brandon and another in Winnipeg.Bell MTS is expanding wireless coverage in southeast Manitoba with the addition of three new cellular sites in Woodridge, Zhoda and StuartburnThe provincial government is investing $9.7M for 13 new projects that will upgrade health-care facilities throughout the province
Construction continues on seven major projects at schools across Manitoba. The provincial government is spending $129.5M on public school infrastructure projects in 2018-19.The federal government will provide the Manitoba Metis Federation with $112M in child-care program funding. It is anticipated that the funding will create 100 new jobs for Metis workers in next year.The provincial government is supporting expansions to Hylife Foods pork facilities through tax increment financing estimated at $9.5M over 22 years
Over the next three years, the Government of Canada will provide nearly $68M in funding to support the transformation of healthcare for First Nations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and OntarioOver the next five years, the federal government will invest $100M towards the construction of the Norway House Cree Nation Health Centre of Excellence
The Manitoba and Saskatchewan governments have allocated more than $320,000 to the City of Flin Flon through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The funding will be used to support Flin Flon's public infrastructure.Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership has purchased the Port of Churchill and the railway leading to the remote town. Repairs on the flood-damaged rail link are set to begin in the near future.
Over the next five years, the governments of Canada and Manitoba will invest $2.85M into the Manitoba Beef & Forage Institute. The instutute also celebrated the opening of its new learning centre at Broodale Farm, near Brandon.Cannabis retailer Garden Variety plans to open four stores across the province--two stores in Winnipeg, one in Brandon, and one in Thompson. The Winnipeg locations will open within the year and the other two stores will open in 2019.
The Government of Manitoba will provide $3.7M in grants to non-profit and community-led organizations for 225 community development projects. The funding is in addition to the $848,000 in grants announced earlier this summer.
Peguis First Nation broke ground on its new urban reserves in Winnipeg and Selkirk. The first construction phase on the Winnipeg reserve is to be completed this December, and will include a restaurant, pharmacy, and pain management clinic.The Province awarded a $380M contract to Bell Mobility for the replacement of the provincial FleetNet emergency communications system. The new system will be implemented over a three-year period.The Assiniboine Community College is developing an Agricultural Operator program. A start date has not yet been set; however, the program will be approximately 500 hours long with a couple weeks of practicum.The University College of the North reports that 7 positions were eliminated earlier this year in an attempt to reduce administrative costs
This fall, wireless network operator Xplornet Communications Inc. will launch in Manitoba under the brand Xplore Mobile. The company currently employs 100 workers in the province, and plans to hire 35 more people.The federal government is providing $5.6M in funding for the improvements to The Central Manitoba Railway`s Pine Falls subdivision line. The construction is expected to create around 100 jobs and is scheduled to be complete by spring 2020.At the end of July, Hudbay ceased production at its Reed mine near Flin Flon. The company now only has two active mines in the region, the 777 and Lalor mines.The Province of Manitoba is providing 30 municipalities and 18 northern affairs communities with $2.25M in Municipal Road Improvement Program funding. In addition, over $6M in funding will be provided to municipalities from previous commitments.The Province provided over $5.4M to over 700 community organizations, rural municipalities, and provincial parks that are participating in the Green Team program. This summer, over 1,200 youth have been employed through the program.
The rural municipalities of Souris-Glenwood, Killarney-Turtle Mountain, Glenboro-South Cypress, Prairie Lakes, Cornwallis, Whitehead, and Argyle will receive $177,405 in funding through various community development programs. The funding will support fifteen community projects.
The Province will provide over $848,000 in grants for more than 120 community development projects across Manitoba, including projects for regions to identify and pursue economic development opportunitiesThis September, a new Thompson-based bus operator called Thompson Bus is expected to offer passenger and freight services. The company will offer transit routes around Thompson and to multiple locations in Winnipeg.The Government of Manitoba issued a request for pre-qualifications to further increase the number of cannabis retail stores across the province
Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have ordered 1,000 grain cars to improve grain transportation. CN has also hired 1,200 new conductors, and ordered 200 new locomotives. The company is also investing $3.4B in upgrades of its national network.
Greyhound Canada will end its bus and freight services in Western Canada as of October 31. About 440 employees will be affected in Western Canada. Seventy-five bus drivers, pickup and delivery drivers, mechanics, and freight handlers in Winnipeg and Thompson are among those impacted.Ontario-based bus operator Kasper Transportation will be adding 5 new routes in Manitoba starting October 31, including interprovincial routes from Winnipeg, and a route between Winnipeg and ThompsonDistinct Infrastructure Group Inc. is partnering with Clear Sky Connections Inc. and Broadband Communications North Inc. to build a fiber optic network to 63 First Nations and non-Indigenous communities in rural Manitoba. The project is planned to begin by next year.
Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. will open four marijuana retail stores in Manitoba by the end of this year. Two stores will be located in Winnipeg, one in Brandon, and one in Thompson. One of the Winnipeg's stores is scheduled to open October 17.The government of Manitoba is permitting National Access Cannabis Corp. to open ten marijuana retail stores in the province. The company plans to open four stores in Winnipeg, one in Brandon, and five in smaller municipalities.According to The Canadian Federation of Independent Business's survey, 15% of Manitoba's small businesses plan to increase employment within the next 3 to 4 months, while 12% plan to reduce full-time employment
On June 20, The North West Company opened its new store in Garden Hill. The store features Tim Hortons and KFC and employs approximately 60 associates.The Province provided Hiku Brands Company Ltd. with a permission to open 10 cannabis retail stores in Manitoba. Hiku's Tokyo Smoke retail brand will open four stores in Winnipeg and one in Brandon.
There are now 38 Manitoba Youth Job Centres located throughout northern and rural Manitoba to assist students and youth seeking summer employmentThe provincial and federal governments will jointly invest $540 million for the construction of permanent flood mitigation channels at Lake Manitoba and Lake St. MartinThis July, Red River Co-operative Ltd. will acquire three Marketplace stores from Federated Co-operatives Ltd. The stores are in Selkirk, Stonewall, and Lorette.
Starting this fall, Calgary-based ride-hailing company Cowboy Taxi plans expand their operations into Brandon. Meanwhile, Edmonton-based TappCar, is planning to expand into Steinbach.A tentative deal has been reached between Manitoba groups and American company Omnitrax for ownership of the Churchill rail lineThe provincial and federal governments signed a bi-lateral spending agreement worth more than $1.1B to support infrastructure projects over the next ten yearsManufacturers on both sides of the US-Canada border expect to be negatively impacted by recently imposed tariffs. Manitoba exports about $10B worth of goods and services to the United States every year.Manitoba egg farmers are benefiting from the increased popularity of breakfast options in the restaurant industry. According to Manitoba Egg Farmers, retail egg sales increased 5.5% over a recent one-year period.
On May 23, the Manitoba government made changes to increase accountability and transparency of its fish marketing regulations. In addition, commercial fishers will be able to catch and sell channel catfish directly to final consumers.
According to a new report by Scotiabank, the immigrant employment rate in Manitoba stood at 82.5% between 2010 and 2017, significantly higher than the national average of 76.9%Manitoba Youth Job Centres (MYJC) have opened their doors across the province for the summer season. The centres assist students and youth in finding summer employment as well as help local employers in finding qualified staff.The Northern Workforce Development Centre celebrated its grand opening in Thompson's University College of the North on May 18. The provincially funded centre offers education and training for workers in Thompson and surrounding areas.
Gypsy's Bakery, a local restaurant in Churchill, burned down May 13
A group of MB First Nations, along with iChurchill Inc., have entered into an acquisition agreement with the U.S. based owner of the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill. The partnership hopes to conclude acquisition of the railway and port facilities by mid-June.The Mystery Lake Road McDonald's restaurant in Thompson will soon be demolished. A new McDonald's restaurant will be constructed on the same site this spring/summer.The MB government announced over $1.2M of funding to establish five rapid-access clinics across the province to treat individuals suffering from substance-related addictions
The MB Government announced funding for 60 new full-time paramedics throughout rural ManitobaThe new North of 53 Consumers Co-op grocery in Flin Flon is now open. The expanded store employs 30 new staff in addition to employees from the previous location.The Northern Store, the only grocery store in La Loche, was destroyed by fire on April 25. The store's 16 employees, who are now without work, as a result, may be hired by a general store that operates in the community.
In preparation for the shutdown of its smelter and refinery in Thompson, Vale Manitoba Operations has issued layoff notices to 169 hourly employees. Two smaller layoff phases are expected within the next year.
On April 5, the provincial and federal governments announced the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year bilateral agreement to invest $176M in Manitoba's agricultural and agri-food sectorThe homeless shelter Oscar's Place in The Pas will no longer be closed this June. Manitoba Housing announced the purchase of the facility from The Pas Friendship Centre.The Manitoba Government announced it will increase the provincial minimum wage from $11.15 to $11.35 on October 1, 2018
The provincial and federal governments are investing nearly $484,000 towards completion of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) grain innovation facility near Portage La PrairieThe federal government is investing over $27M in 45 Indigenous Economic Growth projects across Western Canada through its Western Diversification Program. Over $5M was announced for eight such projects in Manitoba.
The provincial government introduced legislation that will extend parental leave from 37 weeks to 63 weeks, and establish a 17-week leave to care for a critically ill adult family member
Construction of Thompson's new wastewater treatment plant is a month behind schedule. Bird Construction, the project contractor, is still accepting job applications from residents to work on the project.A rising number of residents are looking to leave Churchill after record flooding in Manitoba's north damaged portions of the Hudson Bay Railway last spring. Food and gas prices have risen in the region, and most industries are facing declining business.The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832, the union representing 2,200 Manitoban Safeway employees, reached a tentative agreement with Sobeys West Inc.Churchill's Rocket Greens, a hydroponic farm supplying fresh produce to the local community, is planning to expand. Also, Growcer Modular Food Solutions, the designers of the hydroponic system, plans on adding six other systems in Northern Canada.A number of mining exploration projects have begun in and around Flin Flon recently, with companies drilling test targets throughout the areaThe Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon is granting $50,000 to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations over the next five years. The funds will be used to promote scientific research for youth in remote Saskatchewan communities and First Nations.
The Manitoba government announced a $550M flood-management project that is to be completed by 2025. The project includes the construction of an access road and outlet channels from Lake St. Martin to Lake Manitoba.On March 9, the Manitoba government released Deloitte LLP's economic development report. The report provides recommendations for further economic development, and predicts lower economic growth in 2018.The provincial government recently announced the new Primary Care Paramedic Certification program at the University College of the North. The 16-seat program is expected to begin accepting applications in September 2018.As part of the 2018 provincial budget, the Manitoba government will invest over $100M to build five new schools over the next two years
The Manitoban government announced that the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant program is currently assisting nearly 3,600 workers at 163 Manitoban companies. The grant provides companies with funding towards employee skills training.The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $47M over three years to help create up to 1,400 new child-care spaces. The funding will also improve child-care services in rural and northern Manitoba.The Manitoba government approved nearly $30M in funding towards 120 health-care facility maintenance projects across the provinceFidler's Corner Store, located 16km south of Cranberry Portage, has reopened under new ownership
The Provincial Government has conditionally accepted proposals from four organizations to operate retail cannabis locations across ManitobaThe Federal Government granted the town of Churchill over $130K in funding to address the increasing cost of gasoline as the rail line remains out of service
Over 1,300 RCMP telecommunications staff across Canada voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and are expected to be certified by mid-MarchSaskatchewan based Protein Industries Canada (PIC), which includes businesses and organizations from across the prairies, will receive between $150M to $250M over five years from the federal government's Innovation Superclusters Initiative
Buildforce Canada recently released its annual 10-year forecast for Manitoba. The report suggests that the local construction industry could see a 7% decline in employment over the next decade.Starting this spring, Thompson's stand alone McDonald's restaurant will be redeveloped into a new 90-seat restaurant. Additional employees are expected to be hired once construction is complete.The Southern Chiefs' Organization has partnered with Working Warriors, a community-owned database, to connect Indigenous people with employers in Manitoba
On December 2017, the province of Saskatchewan and the federal government signed an agreement worth about $2M to help junior mining companies explore areas of northern Saskatchewan and ManitobaLowe's Canada will host its first National Hiring Day on February 24. The company plans to hire over 7,000 employees across the country this spring, including 150 in Manitoba
First Nations-owned Clear Sky Connections is set to bring upgraded internet service to 72 communities in Northern Manitoba. Funding for the $63M project will be provided by the federal and provincial governments and other donors.Shaw Communications recently offered a voluntary buyout program to 6,500 Shaw and Freedom Mobile workers in an effort to refocus the company's operations. The program will remain open until February 14.Construction continues on the new Lions Manor 55 co-operative housing project in Thompson, and is expected to be ready in the fall of 2018
The provincial government is granting over $1.4M to non-profit and community organizations for community development projectsThe Manitoba film industry expects 2017-2018 to be a boon year, with a record $160M in productions. Industry experts anticipate continued job growth due to the province's film tax credit and a low Canadian dollar.
The federal government is providing $300M to support Indigenous police forces. The funds will serve to hire 110 new positions over the next five years in First Nations communities across Canada.The Manitoba government recently signed a multilateral agreement with the federal government to implement the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The five-year partnership will take effect on April 1, and invest $176M in strategic programming.
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