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, third quarter 2017

Canadian businesses reported 468,000 job vacancies in the third quarter, up 62,000 (+15.1%) from the third quarter of 2016. The overall job vacancy rate increased 0.3 percentage points to 2.9% in the quarter.

The job vacancy rate represents the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand; that is, the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.

Vacancies for permanent positions accounted for 80.2% of all job vacancies in the third quarter, up from 78.5% the same quarter a year earlier.

Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies
Year-over-year change in the number of job vacancies

This was the fourth consecutive quarter with year-over-year increases in both the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate. As in the second quarter of 2017, year-over-year increases in job vacancies were broadly based across the provinces, industrial sectors and occupations.

Compared with the second quarter of 2017, the number of job vacancies (unadjusted for seasonality) in Canada increased by 1.6%, while the job vacancy rate was unchanged, as payroll employment also rose. By comparison, the number of job vacancies declined between the same quarters in 2015 while it had gone up between the same quarters in 2016.

News For Canada
News Title Industry Event Type Province/ Territory
Commercial Tent Rentals in Sussex, NB, will have more room and increased productivity after receiving $180,000 in funding from ACOA. The funds will help the company improve its inventory system and an expansion of the existing warehouse. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Job Creation NB
Shediac Lobster Shop is investing close to $1M in its operations thanks to financial support from the provincial and federal governments. This funding will make it possible to purchase new equipment and improve facilities, and it will create eight highly skilled jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation NB
Diefenda, an Ontario-based cybersecurity company, is expanding into Fredericton and will hire five new staff for its Fredericton office. Positions will include a malware analyst, an incident response analyst a forensic analyst, and cyber-threat hunters. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NB
Fredericton's Introhive recruited a dozen people in June into its engineering and program management teams, with six people hired to work out of Saint John. Introhive's expansion into Saint John will enable greater access to talent and continued growth. Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation NB
The New Brunswick government announced that it will invest $18.4M to expand experiential educational opportunities for students at New Brunswick universities. Students will develop marketable skills and be exposed to local career paths and opportunities. Educational Services Other Type of Event NB
A Scottish couple who operate a 3,000-tree orchard in Bonshaw, P.E.I have launched a craft cidery called the Riverdale Ochard Cidery. The apples are used to produce an artisanal hard apple cider called 2 Scots 3 Apples. Manufacturing Other Type of Event PE
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce says that the U.S.-Canada trade dispute is hurting the manufacturing sector. The cost of production is going up as steel and aluminum are hit by tariffs, with prices on numerous U.S. items fluctuating. Other Services (except Public Administration) Other Type of Event PE
The Government of Saskatchewan is granting $230,000 to DOT Technology Corp. to develop and pilot its autonomous power platform, which will be used in the agriculture industry Manufacturing Job Creation SK
The Canadian National Railway is planning to invest $210M in expanding, upgrading and maintaining its railway networks across Saskatchewan Construction Job Creation SK
Saskatoon's city council is studying the cost of regulating ride-sharing companies and will vote on ride-sharing rules on July 23, 2018. Ride-sharing will be legal across the province effective October 2018. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation SK
According to Saskatchewan's latest weekly Crop Report, the majority of crops are at their normal stages of development and are in good condition for this time of year Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
The provincial government is spending more than $21M to upgrade highways near provincial parks Construction Job Creation SK
According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan farmers have seeded more wheat and barley but less canola, soybeans, and oats in 2018 compared to the previous year. Planting for lentils and dry peas has also declined in the province. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Other Type of Event SK
The Government of Saskatchewan awarded $150,000 to upgrade and renovate the washrooms at the Horizon Centre in Waldheim Construction Job Creation SK
As of July 1, 2018, the Government of Saskatchewan will no longer accept applications for its rental housing supplement program. The Province is estimated to save $5M per year as a result of these changes. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event SK
Correctional Service of Canada, along with its partners, opened its vocational training and employment services centre in Saskatoon to enhance employment and employability for Indigenous offenders Information and Cultural Industries Job Creation SK
The Government of Saskatchewan will be holding its first ever Subsurface Mineral Rights Public Offering on December 18, 2018. Auction winners will be able to explore for minerals more than 60 meters below the surface. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation SK
Dildo Brewing Company, a craft brewery and pub, opened in July in Dildo Manufacturing Other Type of Event NL
The Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission is eliminating six support staff positions in Saskatoon, effective September 2018. Also, the commission will not be filling three vacant lawyer positions. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Layoff SK
The N.L. nurses' union would like to see an expanded role for nurse practitioners, including public funding to those who wish to be self-employed. Currently there are 120 nurse practitioners employed in the province. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NL
Saskatchewan is one of four provinces that is planning on hiring underage employees to launch sting operations against marijuana retailers to ensure products are not being sold to those under the age of 19 years Retail Trade Job Creation SK
A list of municipal infrastructure projects, valued at over $46M, has been announced for St. John's. The projects are funded through an ongoing cost-shared Capital works program. Construction Other Type of Event NL
The Government of Canada is granting up to $7.5M, while the Province of Saskatchewan and the City of Regina are contributing $3.75M each, to upgrade the third main pump of the wastewater collection system Utilities Job Creation SK
The City of North Battleford has sold a parcel of land for $1M for the construction of a new Holiday Inn and Suites hotel Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation SK
Construction of a new landfill cell in Yorkton is nearly complete and the site slated to open in fall 2018. The landfill is approximately the size of six CFL football fields and is being built to lessen the environmental impact. Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services Job Creation SK
The government of Nova Scotia will launch several measures to support the recruitment and training of early childhood educators, including the offering of training bursaries to members of selected groups and a marketing campaign Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event NS
WoodsCamp Technologies, a Lunenburg-based company that develops IT technology for forestry management, will undergo a change of ownership, likely add to its current staff of four, and continue to develop products locally Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Job Creation NS
Little Al's Mini Putt opened in Waskesiu on July 1. The next stage of Waskesiu's revitalization project includes rejuvenation of the lawn bowling and installation of basketball, volleyball, and soccer courts. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation SK
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality anticipates some vacancies over the next five years, as about half of its 800 employees reach age 55. Some openings may take place in police and fire service, administration, and public works. Public Administration Other Type of Event NS
On July 1, the Government of Canada imposed a 10% tariff on American whiskey. According to the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, the impact of the tariffs will be minimal as American whiskey accounts for less than one percent of all spirit sales. Retail Trade Other Type of Event SK
The Government of Canada is investing $27.5M over five years to support conservation efforts in Wood Buffalo National Park and to ensure its status as a world heritage site Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Job Creation AB
The Government of Alberta is investing $1.4M over two years towards four rural transportation pilot programs. The programs will expand public transportation options into areas where there are no existing providers. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation AB
A Calgary city committee has granted (zoning) approval for the development of eight new communities on the outskirts of the city Construction Job Creation AB
Air Canada will discontinue its thrice daily flights between Calgary and Red Deer on November 1st Transportation and Warehousing Other Type of Event AB
The federal government and Vancouver-based TRIUMF are providing a combined $12M to the Large Hadron Collider upgrade project. TRIUMF will be responsible for the production of five super-freezers for the Large Hadron Collider particle research tool. Manufacturing Job Creation BC
The federal government rejected plans for an open pit copper and gold mine near Kamloops citing environmental concerns. According to KGHM Ajax Mining Inc., the mine would have created 1,800 jobs during construction and 500 during operation. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Layoff BC
The Government of Alberta has launched the $120M Indigenous Housing Capital Program which will fund the construction of affordable housing designed and owned by Indigenous governments and organizations Construction Job Creation AB
Cozy Bay Seafood Café in Summerland is closing on September 1 after close to 18 years in business Accommodation and Food Services Layoff BC
The Government of Alberta is providing $4.3M towards improving services and supports for Indigenous children and families, focused on the areas of mental health and addiction, services for the disabled, and for post-secondary opportunities Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation AB
The Province of BC is spending $30.8M to build a new elementary school in Fort St. John that will have 505 student spaces. Construction on the Northeast Elementary school is set to begin in summer 2019, and the school is expected to open in fall 2021. Construction Job Creation ON
The Gardens Children's Centre is set to open in September in Richmond. The new childcare facility will have 37 spaces for infants and toddlers and children up to five years old. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation BC
Construction is underway on the Skeetchestn Health & Wellness Facility. The new health centre located on Skeetchestn First Nation will provide nursing, mental health and children's oral health services and more. Construction Job Creation BC
Mikey's Juke Joint, a local live music venue, recently announced that it was closing its doors, citing ¿many reasons¿ for its closure Retail Trade Layoff AB
Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd will restart construction on the North Thompson region portion of the Trans Mountain pipeline's expansion in September Construction Job Creation ON
Langley-based Dorosh Construction recently started work on a $2.3M project to replace the existing Hedley Bridge with a new, two-lane structure. The replacement bridge, located west of Keremeos, is expected to be completed in the fall. Construction Job Creation BC
According to a study by the University of Calgary, two-thirds of Albertans with developmental disabilities are unemployed. Based on 2012 data, the study found that low public awareness of disability issues, and entrenched workplace cultures are major barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities. N/A Other Type of Event AB
The provincial government is providing $111,000 to the University of the Fraser Valley to add 12 new seats for the September 2018 infant toddler educator program Educational Services Other Type of Event BC
The Horizon Housing Society was awarded a $13.6M loan under the Rental Construction Financing program to build 161 new affordable rental apartment units in southwest Calgary Construction Job Creation AB
The OTTO is currently under construction in Saanich. The 59-unit residential complex is scheduled to be completed in spring 2019. Construction Job Creation BC
The federal government is providing $2.5B over six years to the Province of BC to increase jobs and skills training N/A Other Type of Event BC
Prospect Human Services recently opened in Strathmore. The not-for-profit organization provides career and employment services to both job seekers and employers. N/A Other Type of Event AB
The Municipal District of Bonnyville is funding additional support staff positions at the Cold Lake and Bonnyville RCMP detachments to handle administrative matters while freeing up uniformed officers to handle police issues Public Administration Job Creation AB
The Municipal District of Bonnyville has approved $2.5M towards the construction of new fire halls for the Fort Kent and Ardmore volunteer fire departments Construction Job Creation AB
Thorhild County has allocated $971,000 towards repairing or replacing fourteen county bridges, some of which are currently closed due to damage caused by spring flooding Construction Job Creation AB
Royal Canadian Cannabis, a medical marijuana company, will be the first tenant in the town of Barrhead's Kiel Industrial Park. The town is expecting the company to provide both employment opportunities and economic benefits to the county. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Job Creation AB
Unified MMA, a mixed martial arts company, announced that it was moving its business from Edmonton to the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch due to the city's moratorium on combative sports. The company's events employ between 100 to 200 people. Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Layoff AB
Kinder Morgan announced that work on a 290 km Albertan section of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will begin in August Construction Job Creation AB
According to a report from PetroLMI, Canada's evolving energy industry will need more data management and analytics specialists, software engineers, and instrumentation technologists. Field workers will need both mechanical and digital skills. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Other Type of Event AB
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), a snowmobile manufacturer in Valcourt, is seeking over 300 temporary employees such as assemblers, mechanics, painters and welders to work evenings until October Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Siboire Dépôt, a microbrewery in Sherbrooke, will invest $3.5M to purchase and expand its current location, add a store section to it, and develop new beers. Construction could be finished by autumn 2019. Construction Other Type of Event QC
TEKNA Plasma Systems in Sherbrooke, specializing in 3D printing, is investing over $128M thanks to contributions from the Canadian and Quebec governments. This funding will enable it to, among other things, hire 170 new employees. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Sagami has announced a $32M investment in the construction of organic tomato greenhouses in Mirabel, marking phase 1 of a 5-year investment of over $125M. Production will begin in autumn 2018. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Société du parc Jean-Drapeau has announced the construction of new paddocks at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, a $59M project financed by the City of Montréal and the Government of Quebec. Construction is expected to end in spring 2019. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) has announced the October 17 opening of about 20 branches in Quebec. The society is currently hiring to fill positions in its stores. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The Maison des Copains, a childcare centre affiliated with the Abracadabra childcare centre, has officially opened in Sainte-Martine, thereby creating 20 jobs Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
Matica Enterprises, an Ontarian company, has announced the construction of medicinal cannabis greenhouses in Hemmingford township. This $12M investment will create 50 jobs. Construction Job Creation QC
The Commission scolaire de Laval has announced the construction of a new primary school in Laval-des-Rapides, which is scheduled to open in September 2019 Construction Other Type of Event QC
The retailer IKEA announced it will open three pick-up points in Quebec: in Drummondville, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières. The company Dicom will provide service within its own premises. Retail Trade Other Type of Event QC
Habitations Saint-Michel Nord, a residential complex with 185 social housing units in Montréal, will be renovated at the cost of $54.3M by late March 2019. The project will be carried out with support from the municipal, provincial and federal governments. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Khrome Produit Transport in Drummondville, which manufactures parts for public transit, will invest $707,000 to boost its productivity. Part of that amount is funding from the Government of Quebec. The company will create 50 jobs. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Pizza Pizza will open a restaurant in Delson before year's end. Construction should begin over the summer. Construction Other Type of Event QC
Soucy Group, with 12 branches in Drummondville manufacturing parts and accessories for various vehicles, is seeking 60 workers such as engineers, machinists and operators. To support growth, the employer plans to hire 200 employees over the next 2 years. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Olymel, the largest bacon producer in Canada, is currently seeking 50 workers such as production employees and electrical mechanics to work evenings or nights at its Drummondville factory. They will join the 500 employees already on the payroll. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
Victoriaville Cégep is investing over $2.2M to renovate its building as well as its student residence Construction Other Type of Event QC
The high school Le tandem boisé, located in Victoriaville, is investing over $1.1M to be renovated Construction Other Type of Event QC
The City of Victoriaville is investing over $1.7M in its territory to renovate 3 buildings of the Victoriaville-Warwick Office municipal d'habitation (OMH) (Municipal Housing Bureau) Construction Other Type of Event QC
Le Canadien, a restaurant based in Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, has invested several thousand dollars to put its third food truck on the road. Three employees will be hired this summer. Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation QC
Délices d'Antan is acquiring and renovating a new production plant in Berthierville, a $1.2M investment. Production of goods aimed at retail and franchises is scheduled to begin in July 2018. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Nova Bus has announced an order for 82 diesel-powered city buses by OC Transpo, the City of Ottawa's transit company. The buses will be manufactured in Saint-Eustache and deliveries are scheduled for 2019. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
The Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie will increase its staff from 20 to 30 employees because of the increase in railcar traffic, which has quadrupled since 2015, and because transshipment sites have been set up in New Richmond and in Nouvelle Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation QC
McInnis Cement in Port-Daniel-Gascons again has a number of positions to fill, including head of human resources, process engineer and industrial mechanic. All jobs are posted on this cement manufacturer's website. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Société québécoise du cannabis (Quebec Cannabis Society) will open a retail location in Trois-Rivières on October 17. This society has begun its hiring process in cities where it will establish branches, which should have about 15 employees each. Retail Trade Job Creation QC
The hospitals in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec are going ahead with hiring specialized educators and administrative officers. In addition, 400 health and social services students have been hired to meet the needs arising from vacation leaves. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation QC
The business Cuisines gaspésiennes, in Matane, is working toward automating and computerizing its equipment. Approximately 25 jobs should be created, which will bring the number of employees at the meat processing company to 165. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
The Bombardier transport division factory in La Pocatière is going to conduct preventive maintenance on the welds of 67 Toronto streetcars. The streetcar check must be completed by 2022 at the latest and will involve between 25 and 30 employees. Manufacturing Job Creation QC
A program to train orderlies has been revised, enabling students to be hired at health establishments in Bas-St-Laurent upon the start of their training. Students are guaranteed a job after their studies. Health Care and Social Assistance Other Type of Event QC
The Government of Quebec has granted $2.7M of financial assistance in the form of a loan to the company P. F. Industries in Saint-Martin to help it maximize its productivity. The project's total cost requires $7.4M in investments. Manufacturing Other Type of Event QC
Le Soleil, a daily newspaper in Québec City, will cut approximately 25 jobs. This restructuring plan, which will take effect on January 1, will eliminate 14 writing jobs and 11 administrative positions. Information and Cultural Industries Layoff QC
La Distillerie du Fjord, in Saint-David-de-Falardeau, is expanding. It will invest close to $1M in the construction of new facilities measuring 3,000 square feet. Two new jobs will be added to the two existing positions. Construction Other Type of Event QC
The Société des établissements de plein air du Québec will invest $21.66M in Jacques-Cartier National Park and the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve. The government expects this project to create 223 direct and indirect jobs. Construction Job Creation QC
The governments of Canada and Quebec, along with the municipality of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, are investing close to $2.9M to renovate Le Patriote theatre and bring it up to standard. Construction Other Type of Event QC
GrowForce Holdings is partnering with Peguis First Nation to build a cannabis production plant in Selkirk. Construction will begin early 2019, afterwards the company expects to hire 75-150 people for the plant. Construction Job Creation MB
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. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
The Yukon government announced that the construction of Whitehorse's new Whistle Bend Continuing Care Facility is finished ahead of its projected opening in October. The facility is expected to hire 250 employees. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation YT
Neechi Commons, a grocery-and-retail complex in North Point Douglas, has closed due to rising debt Retail Trade Layoff MB
The Yukon government voted this week to rezone the Takhini Hot Springs near Whitehorse for the construction of a new housing development comprised of a recreational pool facility and nine homes. The project should be open by 2020. Construction Other Type of Event YT
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. Retail Trade Job Creation MB
The Nunavut Impact Review Board recommended the federal government approve TMAC Resources' plans to develop three new underground gold mines in the Kitikmeot region. If approved, the company anticipates it will hire over 800 people throughout operations. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction Job Creation NU
The Nunavut RCMP introduced a two-year college program as an alternative to writing an entrance exam as an effort to make the RCMP more accessible for Inuit applicants as the number of Inuit RCMP officers continues to decline in the territory Public Administration Other Type of Event NU
A number of construction projects continue in Niverville, including road work and beautification of Hespeler Park Construction Job Creation MB
The Government of Northwest Territories has revitalized its labour market programs specifically tailored to provide increased training and employment outcomes for individuals, employers and organizations Educational Services Other Type of Event NT
The Northwest Territories government has announced an investment of over $6.9 million aimed at helping 508 under or unemployed indigenous individuals to gain skills and training for long-term employment in the Tłı̨cho region Educational Services Other Type of Event NT
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 N/A Other Type of Event MB
A funding proposal of $1 million has been brought forth to the Northwest Territories government by the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation Chief to start a new trades program in the old Aurora College facility to provide employment opportunities for students Educational Services Other Type of Event NT
Since January, overtime rates at St Boniface Hospital have remained high. The hospital is working on filling existing vacancies, and has since hired 50 new nurses who will start work in July and August. Health Care and Social Assistance Job Creation MB
The federal and territorial governments have invested $46 million in funding over the next six years to the Labour Market Transfer Agreements aimed at pre-employment and training readiness for almost 1,300 workers in the Northwest Territories N/A Other Type of Event NT
The Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission has approved a $4.9M sewer separation project with Henry Heyink Construction Ltd. which will begin later this year Construction Job Creation ON
Jakeman's Maple Syrup is building a new 17,000-sq.-ft. production facility which is expected to be completed by December 2018 Construction Job Creation ON
General Motors Canada Ltd. will rehire 25 of 400 laid-off workers at its CAMI Automotive assembly plant in Ingersoll Manufacturing Job Creation ON
Dairy Queen will open its third location in Brantford in early 2019, resulting in 30 to 40 jobs Retail Trade Job Creation ON
Retail Trade Job Creation ON
The District School Board Ontario North East will spend an estimated $18M on 200+ projects this summer Educational Services Job Creation ON
A Montana's BBQ & Bar restaurant is scheduled to open in August in Sault Ste. Marie, creating between 75 and 100 jobs Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
The former Thunder Bay District Courthouse is being converted into a 41-room boutique hotel scheduled to open this fall Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Goodfellas Wood Oven Pizza will open its first Halton Hills location in August Accommodation and Food Services Job Creation ON
Magna International Inc. is closing its Grenville Castings plant in Perth by June 2019, affecting as many as 380 employees Manufacturing Layoff ON
Manufacturing Layoff ON
WestJet Airlines Ltd. will cease operating out of the Greater Sudbury Airport as of October 28 due to insufficient demand Transportation and Warehousing Layoff ON
On August 1, Canadian North will begin offering additional air service on Wednesdays between Iqaluit, Cape Dorset and Rankin Inlet. The flights will improve travel between the regions for passengers and freight. Transportation and Warehousing Job Creation NU
According to the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation, two-thirds of Iqaluit residents receive housing assistance from either the territorial government or their employer. Accommodation and Food Services Other Type of Event NU

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