Job Market Trends and News

Canada

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.

You can explore news items across Canada on this page or refine your search to a specific news event type, sector or region.

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, fourth quarter 2016

Job vacancies rose 6.3% from the fourth quarter of 2015 to 375,000 in the fourth quarter, following little year-over-year change in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the job vacancy rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 2.4%.

Compared with the third quarter of 2016, the number of job vacancies (unadjusted for seasonality) fell by 6.6% in Canada, while the job vacancy rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points. These quarter-to-quarter declines may reflect typical seasonal recruitment patterns, as job vacancies also decreased (-12.0%) between the same quarters in 2015.

The job vacancy rate refers to the share of jobs that are unfilled out of all available payroll jobs. It represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand; that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
The federal and provincial governments are providing $2M in funding to the City of Brandon for six public transit projects N/A Other Type of Event MB
Manitoba Hydro is offering buyouts to its workers as it continues the process of eliminating 900 jobs. The company has already cut its executive base by 30% in February. Utilities Layoff MB
Weatherlogics, a new start-up, will begin operations in Winnipeg on May 1. The private weather services firm will focus on weather forecasting for farmers, as well as for construction, media and transportation companies. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation MB
The Province of Manitoba has improved its service standards for the Provincial Nominee Program. The program aims to attract job-ready skilled workers and active investors to Manitoba's economy. N/A Other Type of Event MB
Half of the hospitals in Winnipeg will be closing their emergency rooms as part of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's move to streamline operations, reduce wait times and find efficiencies in the health system Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event MB
The provincial government has unveiled a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement that replaces the Agreement on Internal Trade. According to the Bank of Canada, the new interprovincial agreement could provide Manitoba with an economic boost of $120M per year. N/A Other Type of Event MB
According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba's unemployment rate dropped from 5.8% in February to 5.5% in March. At the national level, the unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percentage point over the same period. N/A Other Type of Event MB
The Winnipeg Police Service is recruiting women to join the force due to a decline in the number of female officers over the past few years Public Administration Job Creation MB
Antares Construction Ltd. has started remediation work on the Seton Canal. It is expected this project will create up to 6,000 person hours in labour, as well as additional sub-contracting opportunities for local businesses. Construction Job Creation BC
The Government of BC is granting $488,000 to North Island College for a new film and TV industry training pilot. The specialized training will prepare students to work on productions that could begin in Vancouver Island next spring. Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event BC
The Regina public school board plans to phase out some preschool programs by 2018-19 as a result of provincial budget cuts Educational Services Other Type of Event SK
G3 Canada Limited is building two new primary grain elevators near Melville. Construction will begin in April and should be completed in time for the 2018 harvest. Construction Job Creation SK
Metro Vancouver has awarded a $525M contract to ADAPT Consortium to design and construct the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant. Construction will begin this spring and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Construction Job Creation BC
The Canadian branch of Repsol SA has vacated eight of its 22 floors office space in a Calgary building, with plans to sublet the space. The decision comes as a result of there being fewer Repsol staff in the building due to relocations and job cuts. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Gensource Potash Corp. and Essel Group ME Ltd. have created a joint venture called Vanguard Potash Corp., and are planning to construct a new US$200M mine near Moose Jaw Construction Job Creation SK
WestJet is outsourcing its in-flight food services as it changes its onboard food service. Affected employees will either have the option to stay on with the airline in another role, or take a severance package and apply for third-party food service job. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
Regina's planning commission met on April 5 to discuss a future development in the northwest portion of the city. The commission plans to create six neighbourhoods in this area, which could be home to 36,000 people. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Alberta Health Services is planning to construct a new heliport at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray, starting in late 2017. The project is subject to approval from Transport Canada and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of BC is providing $12.5M for upgrades to Prince George's University Hospital of Northern BC. The funding will go towards two construction projects that will create an estimated 45 direct jobs and 30 indirect jobs. Construction Job Creation BC
Ontario-based Sunrise Records confirmed on April 6 that they will take over four former HMV locations in Saskatchewan: two in Regina and two in Saskatoon Retail Trade Job Creation SK
Construction of Horizon Housing Society's new affordable housing project in Calgary is set to begin in April and should be completed by late 2018. The Government of Alberta has granted $17.9M towards the development. Construction Job Creation AB
Prairie South School Division is offering high school students an opportunity to obtain a fifth class power engineering certificate. The free program also includes training in the SaskPower mobile lab. N/A Other Type of Event SK
Canadian Pacific Railway is planning to relocate 73 locomotive engineer and conductors positions from Cranbrook to Sparwood in order to create a new crew base. The moves are being made to adjust for changing business conditions and to improve efficiency. Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event BC
The Town of Canmore is selling a parcel of land to the Canmore Community Housing Corporation for $1.3M to allow the society to develop its next affordable housing project Construction Job Creation AB
Prairie South School Division held its 2017 Think Construction event, in partnership with a number of local businesses and provincial partners. The event aimed to provide students with hands on experience in the construction industry with industry experts. N/A Other Type of Event SK
The New Westminster Public Library will undergo a $4.7M renovation. Construction is expected to begin in October 2017 and should be completed by September 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
Royal Roads University, in partnership with the Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association, hosted a multi-day learning opportunity for about 30 students enrolled at the university's international hotel management program Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
The unemployment rate in Saskatchewan stood at 6.0% in March 2017, down 0.2 percentage points from March 2016. Saskatchewan has the third lowest unemployment rate among provinces. Educational Services Layoff SK
McBride's BKB Cedar Manufacturing mill was destroyed in a fire on April 5. The mill employed 35 people in a community of approximately 600 people. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Layoff BC
The Government of Alberta is launching a province-wide school nutrition program in the 2017/18 school year, thanks to an additional funding of $10M in the 2017 Budget. The money will be provided to 60 school boards who will administer the program. Educational Services Job Creation AB
Rockwell Group and Nearctic Property Group are seeking $13M from the City of Edmonton for a pedestrian street as part of an $800M mixed retail and residential development. The first phase, worth $300M, is anticipated to be completed in three years. Construction Other Type of Event AB
According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Greater Victoria stood at 3.8% in March 2017 - the lowest unemployment rate in Canada and at a level last seen in 2008 N/A Other Type of Event BC
The Government of Alberta and the province's unions are expecting a surge in contract bargaining in 2017. Overall, more than 400 agreements will expire in 2017 in total. N/A Other Type of Event AB
Alberta Transportation has approved funding to replace the existing old Smoky River Blue Truss Bridge on Highway 40, near Grande Cache. Construction could start as early as spring 2017 and is expected to be completed in late fall 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
Strathcona County council has approved care centre as a permitted use within the Emerald Hills Urban Village. A child care facility is proposed for the site. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The new $25M Cascades Casino Penticton recently opened. The casino has hired more than 150 new employees, bringing their total staffing complement to 340 employees - the majority of which are full-time. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation BC
International Coliseums Company Ltd. and the City of Spruce Grove are planning to build a $79.3M multi-use sport and event centre. If approved, construction of the facility would create an estimated 3,300 jobs, starting in 2019. Construction Job Creation AB
The new YMCA Child Care Centre opened in Spruce Grove on April 3, 2017. The centre has 18-20 staff. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The provincial government and Trans Mountain reached a final benefits agreement ensuring BC workers will have priority for construction jobs resulting from the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project Construction Other Type of Event N/A
The Town of Okotoks is planning to replace the Laurie Boyd Bridge across the Sheep River. Construction is expected to begin in 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing almost $1M in joint funding for seniors and affordable housing initiatives in Grande Prairie Construction Job Creation AB
The Government of BC is granting $1.6M to create nine support recovery units for individuals suffering from mental-health and substance-use issues in Squamish. The funding is part of the new Mental Health Housing program. Construction Job Creation BC
The City of Prince Rupert and Pembina Pipelines have signed a letter of intent to construct a liquid propane export terminal on Watson Island. Construction of the project is expected to cost up to $175M. Construction Other Type of Event BC
The Father Beauregard School will be reopening in September 2017 following interior renovations to repair smoke damage from the wildfire in May 2016. Many of the former staff are expected to return to the school once it reopens. Educational Services Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing $10M for 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centres across Alberta, to demonstrate the importance and viability of $25-a-day child care. The project will create approximately 119 new child care staff jobs. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
Two major road construction projects in Lethbridge are slated to begin in April 2017. Both projects are expected to be completed by fall 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
The City of Victoria and Tourism Victoria are providing $3M to upgrade the 400-block of Belleville Street, including improvements to the Belleville/Menzies plaza. Construction is set to begin in October, with completion of the project anticipated in April 2018. Construction Job Creation BC
The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $7.8M contract to Westpro-Pomerleau, a Calgary-based facility constructor, to replace the Crescent Heights Lift Station Construction Job Creation AB
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has eliminated 400 jobs in the past two years through attrition. Most of the positions were in its North American exploration and production division. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
The Government of Alberta is planning to build a new $50M interchange in Cochrane, at Highways 1A and 22. Construction could start as early as fall 2019, with completion in 2021. Construction Job Creation AB
Sabina Gold & Silver Corp has started its 2017 spring drilling program at the Black River gold project. The company also has a summer drilling program, which is scheduled to commence in August 2017. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NU
The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $0.47M for three projects in rural Alberta which aim to create jobs and diversify their local economies N/A Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $0.24M to five communities in northwestern Alberta for regional economic development projects N/A Job Creation AB
The new Jimmy Erasmus Seniors' Home recently opened its doors in Behchokǫ̀. The $14.2M facility will serve all territorial communities. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation NT
The Government of Alberta is providing $0.3M to the Village of Foremost for Phase Two of its Foremost Unmanned Aerial Systems Range project Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing nearly $0.225M for economic development projects in southwestern Alberta, including a material recovery facility in the Town of Taber N/A Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is providing $0.3M towards economic developments projects in Calgary's International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone. Approximately 425 businesses operate in the zone. N/A Job Creation AB
Five schools in Fort McMurray affected by the wildfire in May 2016 have been cleaned and repaired, and are set to reopen in September 2017. The schools are in the hardest-hit wildfire areas, and will likely have low enrolment. Educational Services Job Creation AB
Construction of a new Students' Association of MacEwan University building recently began in Edmonton. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2019. Construction Job Creation AB
His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, has donated over $25M to the University of Alberta for construction of The Aga Khan Garden, southwest of Edmonton. The garden is expected to open in 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
Construction of a new ambulance bay and expanded emergency department at the Wainwright Health Centre is set to start soon. The $3.65M project is expected to be completed in late 2018. Construction Job Creation AB
Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, a California-based restaurant chain, opened a second location in Edmonton on April 13, 2017 Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation AB
Barrick Gold Corporation has invested $8.3M in the Rackla Gold project east of Keno City, owned by ATAC Resources. The potential total investment by Barrick could reach $63.3M, according to ATAC. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event YT
The Parc national d'Opémican in Témiscamingue is seeking to fill seven positions, including territory attendants and team leaders. These positions will be posted in the coming weeks. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation QC
Belgh Brasse brewery has ceased its operations for an indeterminate period due to a major fire at its facilities, causing 16 layoffs in Amos Manufacturing Layoff QC
Jazz Aviation, a regional air carrier, currently has 10 permanent apprentice mechanic positions to fill. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
Château Bellevue is investing $29M for the construction of the first phase of a 180-unit retirement home for independent seniors in Valleyfield Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec has announced a $175M investment over 5 years to decontaminate lands in the province Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Other Type of Event QC
Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation, a slaughterhouse located in Saint-André-Avellin, will cease its operations due to a lack of slaughter volume, causing some 60 layoffs for an indeterminate period Manufacturing Layoff QC
Costco, the American retail giant, will open its new distribution centre in Varennes. Divco, a general contractor, will be in charge of the construction site. Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
Carré Saint-Laurent, a realty project valued at an estimated $115M, has launched in Montréal. The project, which will be located near the Quartier des spectacles, will include a hotel, a food hall, and the Centre d'histoire de Montréal, among other establishments. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The City of Boucherville is investing $7.5M to build a new state-of-the-art fire station Construction Other Type of Event QC
According to the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec , 40 new family physicians will arrive in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec by fall 2017 Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Lepage Millwork, a company based in Rivière-du-Loup that specializes in designing doors and windows, is expected to hire between 50 and 75 workers in 2017. Over the past two years, the company has invested $6M to expand its facilities. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Premier Tech, a company based in Rivière-du-Loup, will invest $21M in 2017 to build a new office building and expand its campus road network and one of its factories. By February 2020, Premier Tech plans to have hired close to 300 new employees. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux du Bas-Saint-Laurent will hire 18 additional workers in the region's residential and long-term care centres to improve the care and services offered Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Les Fruits de mer de l'Est du Québec in Matane is facing recruitment issues; it must replace workers with over 30 years of service. The shrimp processing plant has over 150 employees. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Employment in manufacturing has reached a new high in the RCM of Rivière-du-Loup in 2016, with an increase of 181 jobs. The dynamism of several manufacturers has allowed for this increase, including Rototeck Industries Inc., Lepage Millwork, and Premier Tech. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The need for workers in Matanie is mainly related to technical professions. The preferred sectors are agri-food, transportation, tourism, and maple syrup production. A list of available positions will be posted until the end of April. N/A Job Creation QC
Urba Habitation, a manufacturer of unimodular mini-homes in Carleton-sur-Mer, could begin production in June, creating six jobs. The first houses could be installed in Maria in the fall, but they will more likely be installed in spring 2018. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Following financial difficulties, the Site Mary Travers called « La Bolduc », an interpretive centre in Chandler, is closing permanently. Furthermore, the building was damaged by winter storms and required repairs. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff QC
Strøm Spa Nordique will build a new location on Champlain Boulevard in Québec City. Construction will begin in the summer and should last one year. The investment is valued at between $13M and $15M. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event QC
The Château Bellevue group will open a new retirement complex in fall 2018 in Québec City's Val-Bélair neighbourhood. Ultimately, the promoter believes that its development will create some 50 jobs in the region. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The Government of Quebec has authorized the construction of the first phase of the new CHU de Québec hospital complex. Construction should begin in June. The complex is scheduled to open in December 2020. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Société ferroviaire et portuaire de Pointe-Noire in Sept-Îles is currently expanding, thanks to several investors from the public and private sectors. The port already employs 39 workers and plans on hiring 11 more employees in the summer. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
The City of Nicolet is purchasing a very large piece of downtown property valued at $750,000 and plans on building housing or apartments Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Other Type of Event QC
The Centre local de développement de Bécancour is responsible for creating and maintaining 546 jobs in the region with its business support and services, thanks to an $85.8M investment N/A Job Creation QC
Nature Fibres, a company that specializes in industrial ecomaterial production, has received $1.16M in financial assistance from the Government of Quebec and the RCM of Les Sources. The company is in discussions with the RCM to open a plant in the region. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
5 MARS RV, an RV manufacturer, will move into new facilities in Joliette, following an investment of over $1M. Some 10 new employees will be hired and join the 8 existing employees. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec have announced an investment of over $23M to carry out 12 water projects in the Laurentides region Construction Other Type of Event QC
Bombardier Aerospace, based in Mirabel, has announced the sale of four CRJ900 aircraft after contract options valued at approximately $187M were exercised Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec will invest over $7.1M in healthcare services in the Lanaudière region. Of that amount, $2.8M will be used to hire staff to work in residential and long-term care centres. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
A McDonald's restaurant and a Petro-Canada gas station opened in the Municipality of Saint-Jacques. The $4M investment has allowed for the creation of 55 new jobs. N/A Job Creation QC
The Coco Frutti restaurant chain is investing $600,000 to open a new restaurant in Magog, creating 35 new jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
CentreCourt Developments will build Transit City Condos, a 55-storey residential tower in Vaughan. Construction is expected to start this year with an occupancy date set for 2020. Construction Job Creation ON
Atelka Inc. is hiring 450 full-time English-speaking, and French and English bilingual customer experience representatives in Cornwall Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation ON
MedReleaf Corp., a licensed medical marijuana producer, will hold job fairs on May 6 and 10. The company expects to hire 250 full-time and 100 part-time employees this spring and summer. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation ON
Dozr, an online service for renting heavy equipment, plans to hire around 50 employees over the next six months in Kitchener Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Job Creation ON
Ground Effects Ltd., an auto parts supplier, is expected to add a third shift at the newly acquired ANM Industries in Windsor, creating around 30 jobs Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Bad Dog Bar & Grill, scheduled to open this summer in Sarnia, is hiring 25 part-time and full-time positions Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Cadillac Fairview started construction on a new pedestrian skybridge linking the Eaton Centre to the Hudson¿s Bay/Saks Fifth Avenue store in Toronto Construction Job Creation ON
Fusion Homes is refurbishing a heritage building on the former W. C. Wood site in downtown Guelph into a distillery, restaurant and office space. The complex is expected to open in 2018 Construction Job Creation ON
NatureFresh Farms¿ new $4M distribution centre in Leamington is expected to be completed by June Construction Job Creation ON
Cowbell Brewery in Blyth is holding two job fairs in April to recruit kitchen and general store staff, as well as cooks, serving staff and management positions Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The first Canadian Cheesecake Factory is opening this fall at the Yorkdale Mall in Toronto Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The City of Pembroke has awarded the Indian River Bridge Rehabilitation contract to Willis Kerr Contracting Ltd. The work should be completed this summer. Construction Job Creation ON
The City of Burlington and Halton Region will begin Phase 2 of improvements to Spencer Smith Park and are expecting the work to be completed later this year Construction Job Creation ON
La Vie en Rose Inc., a Montreal-based lingerie retailer, will open five locations this spring, in Kitchener, Toronto, Hamilton and Mississauga Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Footaction, a New York-based retailer of apparel and footwear lifestyle brands, opened its first Canadian shop-in-shop store at the Toronto Eaton Centre on April 7 Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Davids Tea Inc. opened a store at Cornwall Square Retail Trade Job Creation ON
A new Sobeys grocery store opened in Orléans Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Captain George¿s Fish & Chips opened its second location in Cornwall Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Sonshine Day Care Centre locations at Belle River Public School and St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School in Windsor will close at the end of June, affecting up to 20 employees Health Care and Social Assistance Layoff ON
The National Bank of Canada will close its branch on Front St. in Orangeville on August 4, resulting in four layoffs Finance and Insurance Layoff ON
The City of Corner Brook has created a Business Improvement Program with a total of $50,000 available to businesses to improve their physical appearance. The money will come in the form of a tax credit up to 50% of the project value. Public Administration Other Type of Event NL
One year after the Quinlan Brothers fish plant in Bay de Verde was destroyed by fire, the facility has been rebuilt and ready to open. The new facility is highly automated and will reduce the number of jobs available from previous years. Manufacturing Job Creation NL
Workers at the processing plant in Anchor Point, NL, that typically employ 130 people, are worried that cuts to the shrimp quotas for 2017 will result in cuts to possibly half the staff. Workers also fear they will not qualify for EI come next winter. Manufacturing Layoff NL
The provincial government is now accepting applications for it's Summer Student Employment Programs (SSEP). The SSEP allows students the opportunity to use the skills they learned in school in the real world. Public Administration Job Creation NL
Mount Saint Vincent University will begin providing services to assist government in reducing the number of public school students awaiting psycho-educational assessments. Adding more school psychologists will also be considered at a later date. Educational Services Other Type of Event NS
Screen Nova Scotia says that while only some of the workers who left the province in the past couple of years due to a decline in film production have returned, a recent investment of $6.9M from the Nova Scotia government is positive for the industry Information and Cultural Industries Other Type of Event NS

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