Job Market Trends and News

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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 offers significant events from past four weeks that may affect the supply and demand in the labour force across Canada. It can prove to be a useful resource to complement your job search and career exploration.

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News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The Government of Canada is providing $900,000 towards a marine transportation system project in NWT. The project is estimated to create 16 jobs during implementation. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NT
The federal government is providing over $4.7M for two projects aimed at assessing the impacts of climate change on transportation corridors and infrastructure in NWT. These projects are expected to create 70 full-time jobs. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NT
Merle Norman, a cosmetics and spa franchise in Yellowknife, has closed its doors. It is unknown how many jobs are affected. Other Services (except Public Administration) Layoff NT
The federal government is committing $2.2M over five years to support the Guns and Gang Violence Action Fund initiative to help combat gun and gang violence in the Northwest Territories Public Administration Other Type of Event NT
The Government of Canada has committed $33M through the Gas Tax Fund this fiscal year for local infrastructure projects in the Northwest Territories Construction Other Type of Event NT
The Hamlet of Sanikiluaq recently received funding of $5.5M from the federal government to construct a new multi-purpose research facility on the Belcher Islands. The project is expected to create job opportunities for local Inuit residents. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NU
The federal and territorial governments have announced joint funding of $67M over five years to support programs aimed to increase the number of Inuktut speakers in Nunavut Educational Services Job Creation NU
The federal government recently pledged over $425,000 for two marine environmental data collection projects to study the coastal ecosystems and environmental conditions around Iqaluit Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NU
The federal government allocated $33M through the Gas Tax Fund to Nunavut to support local infrastructure projects this fiscal year Construction Other Type of Event NU
Victoria Gold Corp. will pour its first bar of gold at the Eagle Gold mine in mid-September. Once fully operational, the mine will employ approximately 400 people. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation YT
The federal and territorial governments, along with Yukon Energy Corporation, announced over $59M in joint funding toward the construction of a new battery energy storage system in Whitehorse and replacement of the Mayo-McQuesten transmission line Construction Job Creation YT
The federal government is providing over $98.3M towards 16 local infrastructure projects across Yukon including improvements to fire halls, government buildings and recreation facilities Construction Job Creation YT
Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services is closing its doors due to a lack of funding Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff YT
The federal government is providing $2.9M in funding under the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk. The funding will support projects in the southern Prariries aimed at assessing aquatic habitats as well as the recovery and protection of aquatic species at risk. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event MB
Correctional Service Canada announced the signing of an agreement that will see the Eagle Women's Lodge in Winnipeg converted into a healing lodge. The new healing lodge is specifically for Indigenous women and is set to open in this fall. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
Winnipeg-based Parrish & Heimbecker has acquired 10 Louis Dreyfus Company locations across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event MB
For the first time in four years, a grain vessel left the Port of Churchill on September 7th Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event MB
The Government of Canada is granting more than $11M to support tourism projects across Western Canada. The funding will help the tourism industry improve products, facilities, and experiences. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The federal and provincial governments are providing more than $71M towards 12 projects across Saskatchewan. Projects that will receive funding include upgrades to water and wastewater infrastructure, landfill management, and internet connections. Construction Job Creation SK
The Government of Canada is granting about $2.9M to assess important habitats to improve the recovery of aquatic species at risk throughout the southern Prairie provinces Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
The federal and provincial governments are granting more than $34.4M to upgrade road, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in Northern Saskatchewan Construction Job Creation SK
The Government of Canada is providing $869,000 to the University of Regina to develop new clean technologies for the oil and gas industry Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event SK
The federal and provincial governments are providing $18M to build the new Thunderchild Wellness Centre northeast of Turtleford. The new multi-purpose facility will include medical offices, childcare, a full-sized ice rink and a field house. Construction Job Creation SK
Alford Floors & Interiors (1967) Ltd. is closing in Regina after 55 years in business. The number of workers affected by the closure is unknown. Retail Trade Layoff SK
The federal and provincial governments are providing almost $50M to build two new recreational facilities in Prince Albert and Southend Construction Job Creation SK
According to Statistics Canada, the number of people employed in Saskatchewan increased 12,500 in August 2019 compared to the same month last year N/A Other Type of Event SK
Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp. plans to invest $100M per year over the next five years in Saskatchewan and North Dakota. The company is planning to double its size by purchasing and building smaller-sized gas plants and interconnecting them. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event SK
Cariboo Place, a new long-term care home for seniors in Williams Lake, celebrated its grand opening on August 29. The facility is looking to hire at least 15 more health care aides to complete its staffing complement. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
Coast Mountain College (CMC) and the Province of BC are spending $19.7M to build two new student housing buildings at CMC's Terrace campus ¿ a project that will create 98 jobs. Construction is expected to start in summer 2020 and be complete in fall 2021. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is providing Coast Mountain College $1.3M to expand its mobile trades training programs to students living in rural and remote areas of Northwest BC Educational Services Job Creation BC
Uride plans to launch ride-hailing services in BC by the end of this year, with a focus on smaller communities. The company is currently recruiting drivers in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Kelowna, and Prince George. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
InOrbis plans to launch long-haul ride-hailing services in BC as early as September 16, using its fleet of Tesla vehicles. Initial operations will target the Lower Mainland including Whistler and the Fraser Valley. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Kater plans to launch ride-hailing services across all BC regions. The company intends to begin operating in Metro Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, and the Okanagan by this winter, with plans to expand to other parts of BC over the next year. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Construction on Phase 2 of the David E. Kampe Tower project at Penticton Regional Hospital begins this month. The renovation and expansion of the hospital's emergency department and pharmacy is expected to be complete in the fall of 2021. Construction Job Creation BC
Canfor Pulp Products Ltd. is closing its Prince George Pulp and Paper Mill for at least three weeks, from September 14 to October 7. There will be a week of scheduled maintenance followed by a two-week curtailment due to weak market prices. Manufacturing Layoff BC
Canfor Pulp Products Ltd. is re-extending the curtailment at its Taylor Pulp Mill for an additional three weeks. The mill, which has been down since June 29, is now expected to restart on September 30. Manufacturing Layoff ON
The Government of Canada is spending $153.7M on three projects to increase capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert. The projects are expected to create around 3,100 jobs in the region during construction. Construction Job Creation BC
Twelve post-secondary institutions across BC are adding a total of 314 student seats in early childhood education programs, starting this September. The additional seats include full- and part-time studies, online learning, and specialty programs. Educational Services Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is providing $3.2M towards six projects to improve employment and businesses development opportunities for people in Northern BC. The projects are expected to create at least 152 jobs. N/A Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is providing the Township of Langley $3M to build the Fort Langley Museums Heritage Centre. The cultural facility includes a new Langley Centennial Museum and an Indigenous museum developed with the Kwantlen First Nation. Construction Job Creation BC
Nordstrom Rack, the discount division of Nordstrom, is opening a store in Langley's Willowbrook Shopping Centre in spring 2020 Retail Trade Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and local communities are spending over $26M to build and improve six cultural and recreational facilities in Colwood, North Cowichan, Tsawwassen First Nation, Sumas First Nation, Lake County, and Williams Lake Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is providing over $4.9M to 10 companies in the steel and aluminum sector across BC. The funding will help the companies design new products, open new facilities, install manufacturing equipment, and create around 97 jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation BC
The Government of Canada is spending $15M to build a commercial vehicle inspection station on Highway 16 east of Terrace. The project is expected to create around 300 jobs during construction. Construction Job Creation BC
The Passenger Transportation Board has approved an application from Ebus to add five new bus stops on its daily Kamloops to Kelowna route. The route will now make additional stops in Chase, Sorrento, Salmon Arm, Enderby, and Armstrong. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Martini Film Studios plans to build a new 600,000 square feet production facility in Langley. At least half of the space will be dedicated to soundstages, while the rest will include offices and production support buildings. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation BC
West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd is implementing variable operating schedules at five BC sawmills as of September 16, reducing lumber production by an estimated 15-25%. Its plywood operations in BC will also be curtailed for two weeks beginning September 16. Manufacturing Layoff BC
The Teal-Jones Group halted all harvesting operations on the BC coast on September 10. The curtailment affects 300 logging contractors in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island, and 500 workers at Teal-Jones' two lumber, shake and shingle mills in Surrey. Manufacturing Layoff BC
KF Aerospace is hosting a career fair at the KF Aerospace building in Kelowna on September 26. The company is hiring for a variety of roles within its aircraft maintenance services department. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation BC
Inter Pipeline is investing $580,000 over three years to support Women Building Futures in providing pre-apprenticeship training to women in Alberta's Industrial Heartland Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Western Securities is planning to start work on the long-delayed Stadium Shopping Centre redevelopment in Calgary. The redevelopment plans include a hotel, medical centre, office and residential buildings, along with restaurants and retail shops. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta has awarded a $100M contract to widen the southwest portion of Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton to Carmacks Enterprises. The work is expected to start this fall and be completed in 2022. Construction Job Creation AB
Rogers Media has cut 11 employees in Calgary as it reorganizes the early morning Breakfast Television shows across Canada Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff AB
The Hardware Grill, an upscale restaurant in downtown Edmonton, has permanently closed after operating for the last 23 years Accommodation and Food Services Layoff AB
Canada Goose has opened the doors to its second Alberta free-standing store, in West Edmonton Mall. Canada Goose plans to open stores in Banff and another in Toronto later this year. Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The Brick, a furniture and appliance chain, has opened its largest store in Edmonton in the former Sears location at West Edmonton Mall Retail Trade Job Creation AB
The University Hospital Foundation has donated $10M to the Mazankowski Heart Institute in Edmonton. The funding will support research and enhancing care for complex and chronic cardiac patients. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event AB
Parkland Fuel, based in Calgary, is acquiring the assets of Tropic Oil headquartered in Miami, Florida. Parkland is absorbing the management team and all the employees of Tropic Oil. Retail Trade Other Type of Event AB
Edmonton-based Wavefront Technology Solutions has renewed an agreement with its partner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to continue providing marketing and technical support for enhanced drilling operations. The agreement has a minimum value of $1.0M. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Folium Biosciences is planning to temporarily begin operations at an existing facility in the Medicine Hat area while a larger permanent operation is being built. Folium is planning a $30M facility to process hemp oil. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
The Frog Lake First Nation has started work on a new high school in the community. Construction is expected to finish up in March 2021 with the first students in by Fall of that year. Construction Job Creation AB
McAllister Place announced that Labels Clothing fashions will open a new retail location in the mall this month. The Saint John mall has also been busy redeveloping the former Sears space and expects it to be ready for retailers by 2021. Retail Trade Job Creation NB
Following heavy rainfall from Hurricane Dorian, DFO stated that a large number of Maritime shellfish fisheries will be closed for at least a week, due to contamination concerns. Areas along New Brunswick's eastern and northeastern coasts will be closed. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NB
According to the Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey, most Saint John employers surveyed plan to maintain staffing levels and 7% plan to hire more staff in the fourth quarter of 2019. The remaining 13% of employers surveyed anticipate cutting back on staff. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event NB
According to a Statistics Canada report, New Brunswick has the highest proportion of people aged 65 and older in Canada, at 20.8%. The report states that many young people are moving to other provinces which has been a contributing factor to the skilled worker shortage in New Brunswick. Public Administration Other Type of Event NB
Following heavy rainfall from Hurricane Dorian, DFO will close a large number of Maritime shellfish fisheries for at least a week, due to contamination concerns. In P.E.I. the area along Prince County will be closed, as well as a portion of Queens County. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event PE
H.I.G. Capital is buying Charlottetown-based BioVectra for $250M US. According to BioVectra's president, the company expects to continue on its current growth path. BioVectra announced plans in March to add 150 more staff across its Charlottetown and Windsor, NS locations, adding to its existing workforce of 350. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event PE
C-NLOPB has suspended work on the Transocean Barents rig after an employee was injured while preparing the rig for the upcoming storm. Drilling will be suspended until C-NLOPB gives approval for the work to resume. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event NL
The City of Corner Brook will help fund the proposed Centre for Research and Innovation which will be located in a former Pulp and Paper building in the city. The tendering process is expected to occur this calendar year, and construction will start in 2020. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
The federal government will be investing $5.5M in six research initiatives at MUN to determine ways to minimize the environmental impact of oil spills. It will also be investing $1.8M in 11 environmental data collection projects in Placentia Bay. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Other Type of Event NL
The new Stephenville Farmers Market scheduled three trial runs for September 14, 21, and October 5. The market will be open from 9AM-2PM, and vendors can reserve a table by going to Ben's Pharmacy or emailing stephenvillefarmersmarket@hotmail.com. Retail Trade Other Type of Event NL
Aqualitas is expanding its cannabis production facility near Liverpool, and expects to increase its current workforce from 80 to over 100 employees within the next year Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation NS
Joint government funding of $98M will go towards the construction of new treatment plants in Glace Bay and Port Morien, as well as other wastewater upgrades in Cape Breton. Project start dates have not been announced. Construction Job Creation NS
The province has ordered a stop-work order at a construction site in downtown Halifax where a crane collapsed during Hurricane Dorian. The Department of Labour's occupational health and safety division has also launched an investigation. Construction Other Type of Event NS
DFO has shut down multiple shellfish fisheries across the Maritimes due to contamination concerns as a result of Hurricane Dorian. The shutdown includes parts of Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou Counties, and will be in effect for at least a week. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event NS
Steele Auto Group is hoping to fill 59 positions through its Come Home campaign. They are offering relocation assistance of $2500-$7500 for those who will move for a Steele job in Atlantic Canada. Jobs include technicians, sale representatives, and management. Retail Trade Job Creation NS
Two Doors Down will be opening a second restaurant later this fall in Dartmouth Crossing. It is expected that they will hire 25-30 staff. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation NS
The Bay It Forward program received new funding from ACOA and the province to help deliver the ARTpreneurs program in Glace Bay. The skills development program is for people aged 18-22 looking to become an entrepreneur in the arts and culture sector. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event NS
The Manpower Group expects that the hiring climate in Calgary will remain stagnant with most employers opting to refrain from hiring or firing staff for the rest of the year, according to a recent report N/A Other Type of Event AB
Suncor Energy is spending $1.4B to replace its coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its Oil Sands Base Plant in northern Alberta. The project is expected to be in-service in the second half of 2023. Construction Job Creation AB
Athabasca Minerals Inc. has completed design work for a sand processing facility and is moving ahead with regulatory approvals for the site. Athabasca is also planning further drilling in Q4-2019 for its proposed Montney in-Basin Premium Sand Project. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation AB
Inter Pipeline has added a night shift to its Heartland Petrochemical project. The site now has more than 1,200 people working 24 hours a day. Inter Pipeline is also actively recruiting for the 200 full-time positions it expects to fill on completion. Construction Job Creation AB
The Sturgeon Refinery is planning a fall shutdown to complete routine maintenance, inspections and repairs on the units that have been functioning and producing diesel since 2017. The shut down will see about 700 local contractors on site at peak. Construction Job Creation AB
Eguana Technologies is ramping up production at its Calgary facility in response to an additional $1.1M in new orders from long standing partner Hawaii Energy Connection. The new orders follow a record setting month of shipments to Hawaii for Eguana. Manufacturing Job Creation AB
The Government of Canada is providing $693,500 to the Hanna Learning Centre to establish services to help Hanna transition off the coal industry, once the Sheerness power plant closes N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Town of Peace River is looking for someone else to run the Peace River Regional Airport. The town is looking for a minimum 20-year commitment for the airport operations. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
FIGR Norfolk Inc., a cannabis producer, and Autofeed Corporation, an automated feeder and parts manufacturer, will be expanding their businesses in Simcoe's Judd Industrial Park, and expect to employ 400 and 22 workers, respectively, once construction is complete Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation ON
HEIN, a general contractor company, will create nearly 180 jobs during construction of the Place des Arts in downtown Sudbury, a $30M multi-purpose facility Construction Job Creation ON
Metrolinx purchased 36 additional BiLevel cars from Bombardier Transportation, which will be manufactured at Bombardier's Thunder Bay plant Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Construction of the $64M Winchester Glen Retirement Community in Oshawa is underway and is expected to open in winter 2020 Construction Job Creation ON
Green Relief Inc. cancelled plans to grow cannabis in a previously announced Stoney Creek facility that was expected to create up to 100 jobs. The company will continue to operate their 30,000-sq.-ft. medical cannabis facility in Flamborough. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event ON
Construction will begin this fall on one of two new medical buildings in Kitchener Construction Job Creation ON
The Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel is undergoing a $40M transformation and rebranding into W Toronto. Completion is scheduled by summer 2020. Construction Job Creation ON
Construction began on a 95,900-sq.-ft. Mercedes-Benz dealership in Toronto Construction Job Creation ON
La Rocca Creative Cakes Inc., a food manufacturer, is investing $8.5M, with nearly $3M from the Government of Canada, to expand and renovate its existing facility. This will create 64 full-time jobs in Richmond Hill. Manufacturing Job Creation ON
PiVAL International Inc., opened a 255,000-sq.ft. distribution centre in Guelph, employing 56 people Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation ON
Construction is underway on the Endress+Hauser Canada Ltd $28M facility expansion in Burlington Construction Job Creation ON
The Grand Theatre in London will undergo an $8M renovation starting in May 2020 Construction Job Creation ON
BioConnect, a cybersecurity company, is investing more than $13M, with nearly $3.9M from the Government of Canada, and expects to create 40 jobs in Toronto Manufacturing Job Creation ON
LCY Bioscience Inc. hired over 35 employees to restart production at the former BioAmber site in Sarnia Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Ranch Fresh Supermarket opened in Newmarket Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Point Pelee National Park in Leamington will spend $9.9M to improve infrastructure Construction Job Creation ON
E. Hofmann Plastics Inc., a packaging manufacturer in Orangeville, plans to invest $22.4M and create 25 full-time jobs with help from FedDev Ontario Manufacturing Job Creation ON
St. Louis Bar and Grill opened in Alliston Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The provincial and federal government, along with the Nipissing First Nation, are investing over $3.3M to construct a new road linking the communities of Yellek and Duchesnay Construction Job Creation ON
Innisfree, a South Korean cosmetic brand, opened its first Canadian store in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre. A second location will be opening at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre in the near future. Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Dumas Mine Contracting of Timmins was awarded an underground mine design engineering contract for the Madsen Red Lake Mine project close to Thunder Bay Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation ON
The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre opened a child care centre in Batawa at the former Bata plant. The new centre is licensed to care for 76 children. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation ON
The Lakeridge Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ltd. dealership in Port Hope hired six to seven new employees following an expansion Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Casino Woodbine will hold a job fair on September 25th and October 31st at the Rexdale Community Hub in Toronto Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Other Type of Event ON
Canada Goose Inc., a manufacturer of cold weather outerwear, will hold an employment information session on September 25th at the Costi Employment Services in Toronto Manufacturing Other Type of Event ON
Dufferin Mall Job Fair is taking place on October 3rd at the Lawrence Square Employment Centre Retail Trade Other Type of Event ON
CannTrust Holdings Inc., a cannabis producer with facilities in Pelham and Vaughan is laying off about 180 people due to regulatory problems Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff ON
Gravenhurst's Mark's Work Wearhouse closed in September Retail Trade Layoff ON
Pickles and Poppets, a daycare with locations in Kanata and Barrhaven, closed Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff ON
Hoy's Chinese Cuisine, a restaurant in Simcoe, closed Accommodation and Food Services Layoff ON
Défi Emploi Drummond, a job fair that will be held on November 1 and 2 at the Centrexpo Cogeco Drummondville, will welcome approximately 80 employers that will offer around 2,000 positions to jobseekers N/A Other Type of Event QC
A casino will be built in October in Wôlinak, an Abenaki First Nations reserve. More than 20 people will be hired for its opening, the date of which has yet to be determined. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Construction QC
Salon de l'Emploi de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, a showcase for about 40 employers looking to fill hundreds of positions, will be held on Wednesday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Château Vaudreuil in Vaudreuil-Dorion N/A Other Type of Event QC
Machinex is investing more than $7.5M in the creation of a technology equipment laboratory for recycling and waste management in Plessisville. The provincial government is financially supporting the project. Manufacturing Construction QC

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