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North Region (MB)

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  • Start date: 2019-02-04, End date: 2019-02-08
    Week of Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2019

    The Government of Manitoba is providing an extra $2.3M to Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital and Health Sciences Centre to hire more nurses for the two obstetrics units
    The Government of Manitoba announced it will purchase 65 replacement ambulances. Once tendered, they should be delivered to all five regional health authorities later this year.
    Over the next 5 years, the federal and provincial governments will invest more than $1.1M towards the Keystone Agricultural Producers to deliver the Farm Safety Program and develop tools, training and resources for farmers
  • Start date: 2019-01-28, End date: 2019-02-01
    Week of Jan 28 - Feb 01, 2019

    Amazon Studios is expected to film the TV series, Tales from the Loop, in Manitoba, creating hundreds of skilled jobs
    Red River College reduced its registered nursing program by 75 seats, to 150 seats, due in part to funding cuts
    The Government of Manitoba is offering multiple two-year paid internship opportunities through their Leaders in Training Program. Applications for the program close February 8, 2019 with successful candidates starting in spring 2019.
  • Start date: 2019-01-21, End date: 2019-01-25
    Week of Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2019

    The Government of Canada announced $15,500 in funding to the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce to host a Business Procurement Workshop
  • Start date: 2019-01-14, End date: 2019-01-18
    Week of Jan 14 - Jan 18, 2019

    According to the 'Indigenous Contributions to the Manitoba Economy' report, Indigenous businesses, governments, households spending on infrastructure totaled $9.3 billion in 2016
    The Manitoba government will make its provincial Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit permanent
  • Start date: 2018-12-17, End date: 2018-12-21
    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.
  • Start date: 2018-12-10, End date: 2018-12-14
    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.
  • Start date: 2018-12-03, End date: 2018-12-07
    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
  • Start date: 2018-11-26, End date: 2018-11-30
    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
  • Start date: 2018-11-19, End date: 2018-11-23
    Week of Nov 19 - Nov 23, 2018

    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
  • Start date: 2018-11-12, End date: 2018-11-16
    Week of Nov 12 - Nov 16, 2018

    Xplore Mobile recently launched in Manitoba, opening retail stores in Brandon and Winnipeg
  • Start date: 2018-11-05, End date: 2018-11-09
    Week of Nov 05 - Nov 09, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-10-29, End date: 2018-11-02
    Week of Oct 29 - Nov 02, 2018

    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 2024
    According to a Winnipeg Free Press survey, more than 500 people are now directly employed in the province's legal cannabis industry
  • Start date: 2018-10-22, End date: 2018-10-26
    Week of Oct 22 - Oct 26, 2018

    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
  • Start date: 2018-10-15, End date: 2018-10-19
    Week of Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-10-08, End date: 2018-10-12
    Week of Oct 08 - Oct 12, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-10-01, End date: 2018-10-05
    Week of Oct 01 - Oct 05, 2018

    Maple Bus Lines is expanding service and offering round-trip bus service from Thompson to Winnipeg and Cross Lake
    The minimum wage in Manitoba increased by 20 cents to $11.35 effective October 1
    University College of the North is reorganizing its administrative structure and will cut five senior administration positions throughout 2018-19
    The 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.
  • Start date: 2018-09-24, End date: 2018-09-28
    Week of Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2018

    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 Stuartburn
    The provincial government is investing $9.7M for 13 new projects that will upgrade health-care facilities throughout the province
  • Start date: 2018-09-17, End date: 2018-09-21
    Week of Sep 17 - Sep 21, 2018

    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
  • Start date: 2018-09-10, End date: 2018-09-14
    Week of Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018

    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 Ontario
    Over the next five years, the federal government will invest $100M towards the construction of the Norway House Cree Nation Health Centre of Excellence
  • Start date: 2018-09-03, End date: 2018-09-07
    Week of Sep 03 - Sep 07, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-08-27, End date: 2018-08-31
    Week of Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-08-20, End date: 2018-08-24
    Week of Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-08-13, End date: 2018-08-17
    Week of Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018

    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
  • Start date: 2018-08-06, End date: 2018-08-10
    Week of Aug 06 - Aug 10, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-07-30, End date: 2018-08-03
    Week of Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-07-23, End date: 2018-07-27
    Week of Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018

    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 opportunities
    This 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
  • Start date: 2018-07-16, End date: 2018-07-20
    Week of Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-07-09, End date: 2018-07-13
    Week of Jul 09 - Jul 13, 2018

    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 Thompson
    Distinct 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.
  • Start date: 2018-07-02, End date: 2018-07-06
    Week of Jul 02 - Jul 06, 2018

    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
  • Start date: 2018-06-25, End date: 2018-06-29
    Week of Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-06-18, End date: 2018-06-22
    Week of Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

    There are now 38 Manitoba Youth Job Centres located throughout northern and rural Manitoba to assist students and youth seeking summer employment
    The provincial and federal governments will jointly invest $540 million for the construction of permanent flood mitigation channels at Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin
    This July, Red River Co-operative Ltd. will acquire three Marketplace stores from Federated Co-operatives Ltd. The stores are in Selkirk, Stonewall, and Lorette.
  • Start date: 2018-06-04, End date: 2018-06-08
    Week of Jun 04 - Jun 08, 2018

    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 line
    The provincial and federal governments signed a bi-lateral spending agreement worth more than $1.1B to support infrastructure projects over the next ten years
    Manufacturers 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.
  • Start date: 2018-05-28, End date: 2018-06-01
    Week of May 28 - Jun 01, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-05-21, End date: 2018-05-25
    Week of May 21 - May 25, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-05-14, End date: 2018-05-18
    Week of May 14 - May 18, 2018

    Gypsy's Bakery, a local restaurant in Churchill, burned down May 13
  • Start date: 2018-05-07, End date: 2018-05-11
    Week of May 07 - May 11, 2018

    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
  • Start date: 2018-04-30, End date: 2018-05-04
    Week of Apr 30 - May 04, 2018

    The MB Government announced funding for 60 new full-time paramedics throughout rural Manitoba
    The 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.
  • Start date: 2018-04-23, End date: 2018-04-27
    Week of Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018

    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.
  • Start date: 2018-04-09, End date: 2018-04-13
    Week of Apr 09 - Apr 13, 2018

    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 sector
    The 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
  • Start date: 2018-04-02, End date: 2018-04-06
    Week of Apr 02 - Apr 06, 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 Prairie
    The 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.
  • Start date: 2018-03-26, End date: 2018-03-30
    Week of Mar 26 - Mar 30, 2018

    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

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